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Kirk W

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  1. We both joined Facebook because our kids and even more our grand-kids use it so much to communicate. Over the past several years, I have slowly accrued more and more "friends" from various contacts like Escapees, church, neighbors, and such places. It seems that I get friend requests several times per week and I am becoming much more selective in who I accept. Recently I have also begun to take advantage of the "un-follow" feature more and more. About the only group that I am active with is the Escapee page, which is monitored and controversial subjects and political junk are never posted. The admin must approve all posts there and so it has become more and more the place I spend most time.
  2. Not if they stated in new condition but they may not have been. To measure battery voltage accurately you should let it rest with no current flow for at least an hour or two, both after changing and when in use. Quite likely, if you open circuit the battery and let it sit the resting voltage will rise.
  3. Both Passport America and Happy Camper RV Club are discount associations that give a limited number of nights at half price. Good Sam is a market group that gives a 10% discount at member parks. Coast to Coast and RPI are associations much like TT. Escapees RV Club is a full service organization for RV travel which supplies many services from mail forwarding to RV parks, to a magazine and much more.
  4. I don’t remember ever hearing of anyone listening themselves as RV buying consulting. There are pre-purchase inspectors around who might be interested in the job. I agree that you could get a lot of guidance on these forums if you are willing to spend the time and do the research as members point you to information. To do that we would need to know how you plan to use the RV, what budget you have, and a little about yourself. There are many members of the forums who have found the RV which is perfect and probably no two are exactly alike because the people who travel in them are not alike.
  5. If you will share the make and model of the travel trailer, we could probably give you better guidance.
  6. Welcome to the Escapee forums! We are pleased that you have joined us and we will do all we are able to help and support you. It is impossible for us to give a definite answer to your towing question, without specific information on both the Tahoe and on the travel trailer. From the little amount of information given, I suspect that you should be OK but that is only a guess. To know for sure one must first verify the maximum weight of the travel trailer. Is the gross weight rating and not the dry weight which is often listed by RV manufacturers. If the trailer weight that you are listing is the dry weight, that means that you can only add a total of 1000# of water, food, and belongings to the total in order to stay under the Tahoe ratings. Water has a weight of 8.34# per gallon so a tank of 50 gallons will add 400+# to your listed weight. If the listing is dry weight When you consider propane bottles, (you probably have two of them on the tongue) they will add about 50 - 60# each, so now that 1000# available for your belongings and supplies has fallen to less than 500# and you haven't yet put anything into the RV. As you can easily see, this is a fairly complicated subject but if you take your time and do a little study you will be able to figure it out. Take some time and look over the links provided by Trailertraveler and you can do this. It is better to do your study now to be sure that you do not later regret your choice of RV. While there is a learning curve to the process, all of us go through this and it really isn't rocket science, it just takes a little bit of time and study. We are happy you are here and do not hesitate to ask any additional questions.
  7. I just saw these guys on Shark Tank and so visited their website. Even though they did get an investor, I really doubt that Winnebago management is at all worried. Anyone seen one of these yet? What do you think?
  8. Looks like I'll give LibreOffice a try. My son the programmer says I should stick with Google documents but I'm not sold on it.
  9. And it will give your heirs a nice boost to retire early and enjoy life! When we became friends with a couple who are both attorneys specializing in elder law, we took their advice and began to spend those payments to whittle down the amounts our kids will have to divide. It is amazing how frequently estates cause family fights.
  10. If both versions were put into one article with pro & con it would make it much more balanced. There is really very little that I would disagree with in either article, other than the presentation. If we had someone like Independent Lady still reading the forums, I am sure she would endorse the first one posted by Joel. Having been active in the RV related internet forums now for more about 30 years, I assure you that many of those who make a first post to announce that they are getting ready to become fulltimers live to regret that decision, just as Independent Lady did. I don't have any scientific data to support my opinion, but I would suspect that of those who try the lifestyle, fewer than half stay with fulltime for as much as 5 years and that may be an optimistic estimate. The US Census Bureau estimates that there are 45 million retirees in the US as of 2019 and most estimate fulltimers at about 1 million, so obviously this isn't the life for the majority. And all of this ignores the families and still working people who are living on the road. It has long been my belief that we who frequent the RV forums are guilty of failing to caution the newest people that join the forums of the challenges that go with living in an RV fulltime or even for extended periods. We tend to promote the positives because only those of us who love the lifestyle stay here to reply to those coming here to learn more.
  11. How do you know this? Will you share your information source?
  12. Or could it be that you operate from the battery when in the car but with power connected when at home? If this is the case, try running on battery when at home and see what happens then.
  13. We have purchased from an out of state dealer before and had somewhat the same issue as Grizz1 and have also had a case where it was no serious problem. The problem situation was one where we had shopped the local dealer and the one in the nest state sold for about 10% less then the local guy. The first time it was in for a minor issue nobody knew us and it went fine, but once he discovered who owned it, I got really shabby treatment. Once we went fulltime and were in a place where they knew no different that problem went away. While the dealers are reimbursed for expenses of warranty work, in many cases that is at a lower labor rate than is charged to other customers. For warranty work on your appliances you do not need to go to a dealer who sells the brand that you have but can go to any authorized service center for the brand of appliance that you have. Nearly all RV shops and many mobile service techs can do warranty repairs for companies like Dometic, Atwood, Suburban, and the various vendors who supply the components in your RV and so you can get work from most of them. I have found that service only shops and mobile RV techs are generally better qualified for service and perform better work. About the only thing that I return an RV to the dealer that I purchased from is for structural things that are RV manufacturer specific. A refrigerator, furnace, water heater, or other appliance can go almost anywhere. Most RVs only have a 1 year warranty for the parts that are exclusive to the RV manufacturer.
  14. If she returns to the forums, she can read it, the same as you. Most people who have never owned an RV do not grasp what it costs to buy one or the annual cost of keeping it, even when only used by the owners. Neither do many realize that it takes specialized & expensive insurance to cover an RV which is being rented out. A post of this type is probably looking either for a motorized RV or one that includes the tow vehicle, since there is little chance that they own something to tow a fair sized travel trailer or fifth wheel. With even used motorhomes costing in the neighborhood of $50-$75K, and travel trailers about half of that, few non RV owners really grasp the cost of owning one.
  15. True, but would you let someone you have never seen before drive away in your RV for a cheap price? And are you aware that your RV insurance most likely will not pay if the RV is damaged while it is rented? Commercial insurance is much higher priced than what most of us pay, which is a significant part of the reason rental rates are as high as they are.
  16. That would be a mighty big yard, even here in Texas! 😷 It is 35+ miles from Ft, Worth and twice that from Dallas.
  17. While I have never used one of the domes, I do have experience with a portable dish and know that it needs to have a clear shot at the southern sky to get TV. With a portable you just carry it to a place not under trees but I don't know how much the domes are impacted by parking under trees.
  18. Kirk W

    Mt Rushmore area

    We always stop at the highway welcome centers as we enter a state and pick up a copy of the official state highway map. I think that you can download a copy from this SD Dept. of Transportation website as well.
  19. Are you sure? In looking through that literature this was all that I found. All that I can see is on/off and auto/LP/Electric.
  20. With the new computer, I am also reviewing what software I want on it. Does anyone out there use one of the free word processor programs? Do you use MS Office? Why did you pick what you are using?
  21. There are those who will tell you that moving the thermisitor will adjust temperatures, but they do not all agree as this video from Youtube says something quite different from the "expert" who is quoted above. If you check this Youtube, he has a different opinion as well. It has been my experience that the amount of temperature change cause by moving the thermistor is not great and it also requires a lot of experimenting to find how much you can gain by doing so. It won't hurt anything to try this, but just be careful not to damage the cooling fins or coils that they attach to as that could do serious damage to the refrigerator.
  22. I can't remember ever having been in an RV park where one could rent a site with a cover for only 1 night. I suspect that the park with trees is as good as you will find.
  23. We had Good Sam's road service for about 10 years when we found ourselves at a large rally where it rained a great deal and many RVs had to be pulled out of the mud. Watching both Good Sam's ERS and Coach Net road service in action for many customers caused me to change companies, as prior to that we had never had an occasion to use the services. We then stayed with Coach Net for the next 15 years, during which we had 2 occasions to use their phone assistance and one time of our motorhome needing to be towed. While we were very happy with the service provided by Coach Net, the annual cost taking a very large jump and friends discovery that if you do not buy their premium coverage they will not tow your truck when no RV is attached, we have not changed our service to that provided by Escapees. It should be pointed out that Escapees Roadside Service is priced at $99/year but you are required to be a member of the Escapees RV Club to subscribe to it. Club membership comes with a long list of benefits that include their road service but it does add an additional $40/year to the cost if road service is all that you take advantage of.
  24. Kirk W


    Welcome to the Escapee forums! Is there some way that you could plug up the area where they gained access to the trailer? If you could stuff it full of something, even a temporary fix should keep them out of there long enough for them to find a new home.
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