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  1. That's how it was with the small flock I once had Spot
  2. X2!!! Dayam, somebody was busy Spot
  3. Yes because the environment is ever changing & calling you, & the very nature of many RVers is adventurous. No because the environment is never changing & holding you, & the very nature of many S&Bers is sedentary. Spot
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    His and hers B++

    You know Vern, when I first seen this I thought that it would make a better garage than it would another camper, that it would add to the storage capacity of the Class B. Spot
  5. Necessity is the mother of invention Sometimes I'll also see something and note other uses for it. Spot
  6. I also have a front hitch on the truck and use a Swagman Escapee bike rack which is RV rated, pleased with them both. https://www.swagman.net/product/escapee/ The Swagman doesn't use a pin through the receiver but uses a bolt/pin combination, 15/16 hex head with a lock at the other end similar to other locking pins, and the hole through it is threaded. This creates a very solid connection between hitch & rack with no slop or wiggle whatsoever. Of course the bikes have weight and with motion have momentum, but that's it. It's all very solid. If I ever obtain a trailer with a hitch out back I may use it but at this point I am not concerned with that at all, being so satisfied with the front mount. I'm aware of the gyro affect Kirk alluded to that the smaller wheels have on two wheelers which is why I'll have a full size bike with, at the very minimum, 20" wheels (26" currently on my Townie, my favorite push bike of all time). Even when looking at scooters I only focused on those with 15" - 17" tires for the inherent stability (Aprilia among others in the 250cc and under class). So my vote is for option B in the original post for the comfort of a full size bike, the under 30 seconds each for two bikes for putting on/taking off/ready to ride, and the non-effect this set up has on available storage within the truck & trailer. Spot
  7. Trailers have a sticker with the weight information, although yours may be gone. That could be rough, not knowing your trailer's GVWR. If you do know it though, a ballpark weight figure to use could be 20% of the GVWR. This could help determine what size Sherline to get regarding the 5er. For your other trailer, 12% of the GVWR could be a workable figure, again just to determine what size Sherline to get. Also do a search on how to obtain tongue weight with a bathroom scale for the trailer. Some use this method alone to determine tongue weight, never getting a Sherline Scale. These percentages above are guidelines that some use for proper weight distribution (20% - 25% of 5er weight for pin weight & 10% - 15% of trailer weight for tongue weight). Another way would be as just mentioned, if you can, get to a CAT Scale or similar with truck alone and then with trailer(s) attached (don't make separate trips, just disconnect in a good spot in the lot, so two trips I guess) and the difference in rear axle weight would be tongue weight and pin weight, and would help determine what size Sherline to get. I hope these options are helpful for you. Spot edit: I was just wondering if RV Trader or some other source that sells RVs would include the weight information within the listing for a particular RV. Maybe looking for your model for sale could help in getting weights.
  8. A ballpark pin weight & tongue weight of your trailers will help and give you a baseline to work with. Too large of range on the scale and the needle may not move enough to be as accurate as you'd like, and of course too small of range on the scale will be useless. If the scale is indicating a weight that is near midpoint within the range, not exact of course but in the region, then this could provide the accuracy you seek. Spot
  9. John, thanks so much for this info as well as the back story in the previous post. Personally, the timing in which you've shared this information is superb. Spot
  10. You may be feeling trapped in the condo environment while in the RV environment you're in control, leave if you like. It's not the same noise day after bloody day. It'll vary and more or less be characteristic of the location, and time of week or year. On food prep, I use griddle and grill outside and skillet or saucepan inside (really like one dish meals) and there's minimal effort here, believe me. When I had the house I heard the furnace or air conditioner break the silence just as it does in the RV, there's a little difference but definitely not a deal breaker given the adventure that awaits, and a given location can negate the use of either. Spend time in various RVs and take your time to find what you can live in, based on your own words this move seems inevitable Spot
  11. Pets have personalities and provide companionship, but when considering the rules and the acceptance of dogs while RVing along with the logistics of having one or more dogs I've been thinking about getting a couple of chickens. They'd be in the Clam inside of the "doggie fence" so would not feel threatened by aerial predators, and their personalities would provide companionship (and an egg every day). Of course other pet ownership details would be included when traveling with pets. Spot
  12. Nice to read a story like yours Joel, such a great outcome and on a Holiday no less. This is rooted in customer service, and based on your story and some other readings it'll be Coach-Net for me! Spot
  13. Martin's post is a great example of courtesy and the community found among some RVers. His neighbor received a vibe from Martin, either implied or explicit, on Martin's 5er experience and wanted to be of some help and Martin was courteous enough to just let it happen. They each made a friend or in the least had a nice time, and I'd wager that their next meeting will be a pleasant one. Spot
  14. No, no, no, we're good. It's all clearer than before we chatted. Thanks again 👍 Spot
  15. Sounds like an excellent plan, there are choices in travel trailers that'll be a good match for your truck. When the future arrives and retirement is at hand you will probably have a better idea what would fit you as you continue to research while using an RV regularly. FWIW, a while back I had an F150 Extended Cab 4X4 & a CAT Scale weight of 5300 pounds with me and about 100 pounds of tools, so if you still have the truck when you retire and go the Motor Home route that's a cost that you won't have to incur, with the right Motor Home. Good Luck & Happy Retirement Spot
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