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  2. Kirk makes a good point. I thought I was a light-weight and lucky - I’ve never had to deal with much more than the usual maintenance issues and a couple of flat tires. But Kirk’s point about having to deal with life problems hit home - I’m solo and was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. I was getting ready to leave Las Vegas when I got the news and had to decide where I was going to go for treatment (not there), where I was going to stay, how I was going to be able to manage those times when I couldn’t drive myself (like to surgery). I was lucky that a couple I’m friends with (and fellow RVers) offered to take care of me when I couldn’t. I found a cancer center for treatment, then found a park reasonably close that had 2 sites available and moved in right away, my friends coming down a couple of weeks later. They stayed for 6 weeks, being my caregivers until my sister could come and take over. It all worked out, but was so different than what I had thought I would do if I had some sort of medical emergency. I’m very grateful for all of my friends, without whom I would not have been able to manage.
  3. Is this a matter of great minds think alike? BTW, I thought the hard-wired EMS too much install for me so I also use the portable. Works well and has warned me several times of potential issues.
  4. That is true when you change plans. Pam was on one occasion declined for a change in Medigap coverage. For that reason you make any changes in October/November to take effect Jan. 1, then do not cancel the present coverage until after the new policy has been accepted and approved by the underwriters. Not all doctors who accept Medicare are willing to accept Advantage plans. That is one of the reasons that we have stayed with our Medigap, plan G. Our primary care physician does not accept Advantage.
  5. Your aftermarket sensors, or from the sales yard? Sounds sketchy either way. A local dealership got caught red-handed a few years back when they tried to refuse warranty work on trucks with sensors from other brand dealerships. Swapped in their own shelf stock, and the problems remained. The deals included core charges, supposed re-programming to remove the bad sensors, etc. Tsk, tsk. This wasn't a case of freightliner parts on a Volvo, but KW on a Pete.
  6. Just for information: my little Kenworth has a 160” WB so 8” shorter than my F350 Fordor or the previous Dodge. The visibility forward is much better and turn radius is smaller. But - it is a truck not a pickup power to weight ratio wise. It does not have the zoom factor a pickup has. But you hitch up a 9 to 15 ton trailer and it’s like, “whatever”.
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  8. Sorry! I edited it to say many. ☺️
  9. We'll let you clear up any confusion or miss-steps with border patrol. I hate being the practice dummy. We plan to cross mid-November.
  10. Not at all. You can even quote me if you wish. It is something that I have been telling people for more than 20 years now. In our nearly 12 years on the road, we had a daughter-in-law hit by a car while giving first aid at a n auto accident resulting in time in the ICU, my mother passed away, a son's wedding, another son in combat, the birth of several grandchildren, and all of the other things that families experience. Sent you a PM.
  11. I don't disagree. We custom-ordered a Hitchhiker in 2011 and full-timed in it for 9 years. It was solid as a rock, and still in fantastic shape when we sold it earlier this year.
  12. They are the tubeless version of the old 10:00-20 tire. 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 are the most common tire ever in western Canada, eh? Metric “low pro’s” can be a bit of a chase to find.
  13. Well, I married a girl from Redlands(next door to San Bernardino) and we spend our wedding night in her parents cabin in Big Bear. She still has sisters in that area so I am quite familiar with the area. I also made a living driving around WY, CO, & NE for 21 years before we transferred to TX so am pretty familiar with bad weather and snow condition driving. I do believe that extra licensing for RV driving would probably be a good idea and that renewals are probably too easily acquired, but I don't see any easy answers for either problem.
  14. I won't try to characterize what "most of us prefer", but I will say that after many of years of full-timing with an adjustable regulator, I changed over to a fixed, high-volume regulator and now very much prefer it. They are compact, less expensive, and work very well. I use this High Flow Fixed Water Pressure Regulator from the RV Water Filter Store. My experience is that "most folks" with adjustable regulators set them once and then never again mess with them. I had one, but I got tired of the bulk, the need to occasionally re-build them, the fact that the pressure gauge will be damaged in a freeze and need to be replaced, etc.
  15. I plan to cross on or about November 8. As I can make it snow on I15 by traveling by RV any month of the year I would like to extend my apologies in advance for the chit weather we are about to receive.
  16. Welcome to the Escapee forums. In checking with her profile, it doesn't appear that Jennifer has been back since she made that post. Hopefully some of the other members will comment. I have never used a cover so have no experience with them.
  17. Best advice I can give you. If you want a big 5ver over 20K. Got MDT at minimum not a 450 pickup. Look at the new Kodiaks or International Sport Chassis. You want a true MDT. If money is an issue look at a used MDT or HDT. Same money spent in most cases at the end of the day. This way if you upgrade or go bigger you already have plenty of truck. I have a Topkick and it will hold my 6400 pounds of scaled pin weight squatting maybe an inch. F450 pickup was buried in the rear. Same for the new 3500 Air ride dodge. There rating my say it but there not the same build quality or the same league.
  18. Just to clarify: A water pressure gauge is different than a regulator. Some regulators have gauges, but many do not. There is not really a reason to have a gauge unless you have an adjustable regulator and want to adjust it to a specific pressure. If you have a pre-set regulator you don't need a gauge.
  19. A water pressure regulator is a very important thing to have as some areas have much higher water pressures than RVs are designed for. Many of us prefer one of the adjustable regulators similar to the one in the attached picture. I would consider a high flow regulator like the second one as the minimum but if I were to buy today I'd get this one from Amazon. On the surge protector, there are a lot of products that you will find with the surge protector name and the lower price ones only protect you from power surges. As a retired electrical service tech I consider one of the better units that has high & low voltage protection, and electrical fault protections to be very important. Electric power issues seldom take out your equipment on the first experience but each time such happens the result is a shorter lifespan for any equipment in use at the time. To me the purchase of one is just like doing preventive maintenance. I have been using one since 2001. What I recommend is that you get a 50A or 30A as your RV needs in either a Progressive EMS or one of the Southwire Surge Guards. There are several other brands which I have no experience with but that may well work and there are also many cheap devices that do much less by way of protection, if this becomes a budget issue.
  20. Darn I had hopes of a new Hitchhiker in the making. They had a good idea blue down foam insulation etc. Not that i would replace my Teton. But the hitchhiker jumped out at me in reading.
  21. I suspect that this is an old site that hasn't been updated. For about a year after closing Hitchhiker down, they had Excel (I think) building for them. Then Excel went out of business and that was the end of that. I haven't heard of anything since. Kansas RV Center isn't even stocking RVs any more.
  22. Water pressure regulator is a must - I went with the cheap ones to begin with and found they failed after a year or so, so bought an expensive one with the needle to show you the pressure. Bad thing is they can't be out in freezing weather or they break....two of those later, I saw a post from another RVer about one that is set at 55 gpm and is a reasonable price. On my 2nd one of those ONLY because I left the first one somewhere this summer. You can look at a dozen of the regulators on Amazon and then price check other places to get the best deal. Surge protectors are also important and you can go several ways ($-$$). I have a Progressive portable (not hard wired) and like it because it's easy to read and has been on the spot when low voltage or another problem shows up. Since I full time and visit lots of parks each year I like having a beefy EMS to watch over my trailer. Hey fpmtngal, we were typing at the same time!
  23. A bob tailed HDT is no longer and wider then a 3500 CCLB in most cases. Its just taller.
  24. If its a Cab and chassis I would. Not the pickup. ITs derated to class 3 and GVW is anemic.
  25. Water pressure regulator definitely - I’ve stayed at parks that say their water pressure could reach up to 100 psi in places. My trailer was only designed for somewhere between 40 and 50, don’t want any plumbing leaks caused by high pressure. I have a Progressive Industries EMS (electrical management system). It protects against both high voltage and low voltage (which can also be damaging), plus wiring problems like reversed polarity or open ground. You can get cheaper surge protectors but they don’t protect against as many things.
  26. I was looking at Nuwa/ Kansas rv center website. It says they partnered with a private kansas rv manufacturer. To produce a Hitchhiker at there specifications etc. Has anyone else seen this and i wonder who is building it. http://www.nuwa.com/kansasrvcenter/
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