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Not really subjective. Payload and max tow weight are determining factors for me. Wouldn’t have a DRW unless absolutely needed. Too difficult to park, drive off-road etc. Same answer here. Have towed our 5er many miles with my SRW and stability is a non issue even in high cross winds, winding mountain passes, and passing trucks. Match loaded pin weight to truck payload rating and you are good to go.
BB_TX 07/10/20 10:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th Wheel Pin Box Mounted Bike Rack

Have been carrying our bikes on our pin box for years. I went a little different approach in how I made it than most have. I have a 5th Airborne air ride pin box and did not want to drill holes in it. So I made a mount to use the pin box mounting bolts. Works great. Can carry 3 adult bikes easily on my long bed, and possibly a 4th but have not tried it. No angles to calculate. Pin box bolts are already level. No part of mount touches top of pin box. Only thing I would do different would be buy a bike rack that holds the bikes by the tires. width=550 width=550 width=550
BB_TX 07/10/20 10:08am Tech Issues
RE: Are RV sewer hose supports necessary?

On the other hand, I always use mine. After draining the tanks the slinky is also fully drained. I watch others "walking" the water out of their slinky that was laying on the ground with the park dump pipe several inches above ground and wonder why people don't use them. Folded up it takes very little room. And it keeps the slinky off the rough concrete or paved or gravel site pads.
BB_TX 07/10/20 09:55am Beginning RVing
RE: Texas trip cancelled!

July in the mountains sounds much better than Texas. And I live here. Heat indexes are running 105 to 110 due to high humidity. Galveston beaches are still closed I think. Not a lot of other reasons to go there.
BB_TX 07/10/20 09:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How many miles a day can we go?

Really only you will know. And you will not know until after at least a couple of travel days. With stops for food, fuel, and restroom you will average 50-55 mph. Some people don’t have a problem traveling 10-12 hours a day. Some don’t go over 5-6 hours. Some do a long day followed by a short day or some variation. Only you (and family) can determine what works for you. And even that will likely change with experience. Enjoy.
BB_TX 07/07/20 07:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is a stabilizer jack for fifth wheel hitch worth the money?

Some have been very happy with them. But most who buy them end up selling them if they can, give them away if they can’t. Used mine for one season and then went with JTs.
BB_TX 07/07/20 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: breaker keeps blowing

Hi,........ 24 amps continuous is what a 30 amp service can handle. ........ If you check manufacturer circuit breaker trip curves, you will see that circuit breakers are rated to run at full rated load indefinitely. Only after they exceed that current rating do they begin to trip. Slightly exceeding the printed rating they will trip after a few seconds or a few minutes. The more the printed current rating is exceeded, the faster they trip. It is recommended that the expected design load on a circuit breaker to be less than the max rating. But that does not mean it will trip at less than the max rating. breaker trip curves
BB_TX 07/07/20 08:37am Travel Trailers
RE: breaker keeps blowing

Mine will trip a 30 amp pedestal if I run the AC (~15 A) , the WH on electric (~12 A), and the microwave or much anything else at the same time. Run the water heater on propane to save that 12 amps for other things.
BB_TX 07/06/20 04:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: 30amp Y Splitter for 2 RV's

My AC will trip a 15 amp breaker. If you have two RVs both running an AC, that will most likely trip the 30 amp breaker. And you sure couldn’t run anything else.
BB_TX 07/05/20 08:34pm Tech Issues
RE: New Mexico 'Quarantine" Requirements

Yep. And now it will get closed on baseless “facts”.
BB_TX 07/04/20 08:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Mexico 'Quarantine" Requirements

With some states with record new cases and hospitalizations almost every day, other states are implementing restrictions. Anyone traveling across states should check ahead on what, in any, restrictions they may encounter to avoid surprises like that.
BB_TX 07/04/20 10:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Melting wires

Agree with all of above. Loose/bad wire connections equals resistance. And resistance and current equals heat. And it doesn't take much resistance to create a lot of heat. Everyone with an RV, new or not, should disconnect from power, throw the battery disconnect switch, and tighten every screw in the circuit breaker panel and fuse panel, AC hot, neutral, ground, and 12 volt. I found about half of mine not tightened correctly.
BB_TX 07/04/20 09:58am Travel Trailers
RE: marginal park power on hot days

My Travel Trailer has a 30 amp plug. I've had good luck at some campgrounds by buying a 50 amp to 30 amp cheater plug and plugging into the 50 amp receptacle. .......... That’s not a cheater. Simply a 50 to 30 adapter. Many 30 amp people do that as the 50 amp receptacle is often better.
BB_TX 07/03/20 05:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Required signing waiver of responsibilty

This smells like an attorney's idea. ... My point is, a lot of zealous attorneys are advising their clients to either shut down or make releases a condition of reopening. Maybe that's what's happening with this park. Which is what you would do if you owned a business you wanted to protect from frivolous law suits that could at least be a huge inconvenience or at worst ruin your business.
BB_TX 07/01/20 09:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: KOA work

If you plan on staying at any KOAs in your travels, then get the membership. If you stay at a KOA more than about 8 nights, then it will pay for itself. Then you can check the listings, and staying there speak to people at KOAs and get a feel for how they like working there, their duties, and experience required. Since they are franchises, it will vary according to what the owner/operator wants.
BB_TX 07/01/20 09:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Black Tank Roof Vent and Bathroom Roof Vent Too Close?

Unfortunately, a common layout since both are typically right about the toilet. And every time you flush, the sudden drop of water into the black tank will push that volume of air out the vent. And if the wind direction is blowing from the tank vent to the open bathroom vent, in it goes. A new vent with a fan might solve the problem, but would require wiring in the electric.
BB_TX 07/01/20 09:40am Tech Issues
RE: Transfer switch salvagable?

Not likely something that can be rebuilt except by factory trained technicians who can diagnose the problem and replace the faulty parts, if they are replaceable at all.
BB_TX 07/01/20 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: Heads up to anyone coming to NY

People believe what they want to believe, what they hear from social media and non medical people, instead of what all the medical experts are saying.
BB_TX 07/01/20 09:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Water Heater Help

Maybe I read your post wrong. I often do that. If you are running on electric and propane at the same time is it possible that it is simply shutting off because the water got hot enough and it didn't need to run anymore ??? That was my thinking when I asked if it happened while he was running on both at the same time. But he did not reply.
BB_TX 06/30/20 06:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Required signing waiver of responsibilty

Likely as not you have signed similar when checking into an RV park and did not read all the fine print.
BB_TX 06/30/20 12:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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