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  1. We've been fulltiming in a MH for several years and are now considering a 5'er. All of our fuses and breakers are inside the coach, so someone would have to break in to replace any pulled fuses or reset tripped breakers. 1. Some 5'ers have hydraulic leveling systems, while others have only hydraulic legs at the front. I assume that those systems have some sort of electrical control for them, which means that there is a fuse or circuit breaker somewhere. If that is pulled/tripped, will the system remain level, or will the weight of the coach cause it to drop? 2. Related to above, are
  2. I had the layers in mind when I originally posted this. Anything to make it difficult is going to make the thief look at the neighbor's rig instead of mine. A couple of years ago I saw a video of someone "stealing" a travel trailer in less than 30 seconds. The trailer had a tongue lock on it. The "thief" simply backed a truck up to the trailer and chained the hitch to the tongue. Then he plugged in the electric cable and drove off. The tongue jack was electric, so it worked just fine. That towing wouldn't work for very far or very fast, but it would let the their get away to a place where
  3. Our cat has traveled all of her life. When she was very little she got out once and was crying at the patio door until we let her back in. Another time she went out of the Foretravel by herself. She was very surprised to find lots of cold, wet white stuff on the ground. I put her back inside and she hasn't gone out by herself since. She sometimes sniffs at the air when the door is open, but has shown no inclination to go outside. She travels in a cat carrier. When it shows up she knows we'll be going somewhere tomorrow. As we're doing the final packing we have to be sure that the door to
  4. I saw this an hour or so ago, too. It may be an interesting concept IF it is done correctly. That means some absolute national standards that are high enough to keep the junk parks out of the system. Personally, I'd like to see the parks all have 50A FHU sites that are concrete that is thick enough to take the heaviest RV made plus a tow vehicle/towed that is also quite heavy. The pad should be long enough for everything to easily park on it without being anywhere close to the street. Sites should be far enough apart that you will get a bit of exercise going from your door to your neighbo
  5. Jo Ann just showed me a post from somewhere about a brand-new 5'er that was stolen. I've seen lots of threads about different devices for preventing the theft of a travel trailer, but what about a 5'er? How does one prevent it from being stolen?
  6. As they say, you can make anything fly if you throw enough money at it. Many school buses are geared for in-town routes, so they aren't really able to go all that fast. Also, even though they are built on a medium-duty truck chassis, they rarely are loaded anywhere near GVWR, so the engine seems to have enough power, but it really doesn't for what you are proposing. Remember that a fifth wheel needs the hitch pretty much over the rear axle, You will want to make sure that you have plenty of room between the back of the bus and the front of the trailer. If you already have the trailer
  7. A few years ago we got one of those invitations that just happened to be right by where family was going to be. We took the tour (and the free nights), There are lots of C2C memberships available for MUCH less than a new membership, should you decide to go that way. For us, a lifetime Passport America membership has been a much better deal. We have already saved more than what we paid, and that was a couple of years ago.
  8. I play the piano and also tune them. Anything can be made to fly if you throw enough money at it. IF I were to want to do this, I'd think long and hard about securing it so that it can't go traveling by itself. Keeping it in tune will be a constant challenge. My suggestion is that, if you want to take a real piano along, is that you learn to tune yourself. Not really all that difficult. You will have to decide how often you will need to tune it. I'd wait a few days after landing before any tuning. An electronic keyboard is probably, overall, a much better choice. No tuning issues and MUCH
  9. I, too, find this thread interesting. We need to remember that each of us has differing needs. Yes, there are lots of people who can easily use an EV as their only vehicle. There is a place for an EV truck, too. Rural America may not be the best choice for an EV, though. Right now I'm in a town of 15,000 and we have the only Wal-Mart for over 100 miles in some directions. Assuming that people in those places have a need/want to go to Wal-Mart, how useful is an EV for them? Now move to the RV world. We currently have a 40' motorhome and normally don't travel more than about 250 miles on a
  10. Thanks for mentioning that. That was one of the more important things we considered before we bought our Foretravel. One brand that was mentioned several times as being a higher-end coach required one to own one of their coaches before being allowed to post on the forum! They didn't make the cut. We're looking at four options (two of which are Foretravels), and all have reasonably active owners forums.
  11. We're fulltiming in a 1993 Foretravel. It has a Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engine and an Allison 4-speed automatic transmission. Foretravel made the chassis and body. Everything else is off the shelf stuff. Since this is the two-cycle engine, there aren't a lot of mechanics that can work on it, but they are out there. We had an inframe overhaul done a few years ago. The mechanic in charge of the project had his son working with him. The dad has retired, but I'm guessing the son is learning and following in his father's footsteps. We generally plan for an annual visit to Nacogdoches for service
  12. Usually the number that is of greatest concern is overall length. Since part of a 5'er is over the truck bed, the actual overall length is less than the sum of the length of the truck plus the length of the trailer.
  13. I hope you kept his information. If you are going to be there next year when he comes through it might be worth it to get on his schedule.
  14. I suspect that at least some manufacturers read general RV forums. I know that many follow their own brand-specific ones. We have to remember that what I think would be an improvement you might think is a disaster. When one gets to the point of ordering a custom or semi-custom RV it is a different story. When a company is manufacturing for the masses they have to build what will sell. I was about to add some comments to the OP and then noticed the date. One thing that we really appreciate on our 1993 Foretravel is the side-opening tambour doors on the overhead cabinets. The roll take
  15. We had an inframe overhaul done a few years ago. Ours has a bed that lifts up, so no dismanteling needed. They used an air compressor to raise the coach, put the safety stands in, settled it on the safety stands, and were able to work from below, above and from the rear as needed.
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