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RE: No Warranty on your RV? Don't buy new?

For me buying new was all about getting the exact unit I wanted with the exact features I wanted vs. settling for what was on the lot or what someone else I ordered or selected. I was more interested in getting the exact colors,capacities,and options that I wanted vs. getting a bargain or avoiding depreciation I agree problems are still problems new or used. Used does not guarantee all the bugs are worked out. You maybe buying someone else's problems that they decided to unload. On the other hand a new unit warranty is nice and does provide peace of mind. however using the warranty can be challenging and is not as simple as it should be. New warranties can be another type of headache and are only beneficial if you encounter major or catastrophic repairs. Otherwise small items are easier to repair yourself. If you have done your homework, know exactly what you want and are sure you are committed to RV life, buying new is OK.
Lantley 12/12/19 11:58am Beginning RVing
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

based on the amount of traffic on this site I didn't think a new thread was necessary as most people would go to the last posted response anyway. There was some history here that I thought relevant. For future reference you would get a better response by starting a new thread. There are lots of people on this forum but very few of the overall membership responded to: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.? Your initial/opening question has nothing to do with your current plugging in question. By asking the question within your initial thread you are leaving out a lot of participants/members that could possibly give insight into your new question. Back on topic. For the record I keep my RV plugged in 24/7 365. Keeps everything charged and ready to go. Been doing it that way for years
Lantley 12/10/19 07:45am Truck Campers
RE: Baltimore area campground

We always stayed at Merry Meadows in Freeland and liked the large Flagpole sites as being at altitude and relatively isolated. This makes sense if Johns Hopkins is on the north side of town. You don't want to have to drive thru/around Baltimore at any time. All in all Merry Meadows is not a bad option. I agree it's on the right side of town and a direct shot to Hopkins. One thing not mentioned I assume we are talking Johns Hopkins University vs. the hospital
Lantley 12/07/19 11:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Baltimore area campground

Patapsco state park is decent if you don't need full hook ups.It is your closest place but still not that close. 30-45 min. away from Hopkins Millersville KOA or Bar Harbor are your next options they are a little farther away. Woodbine or anywhere across the bay bridge are too far away. Bay bridge is under construction and should be avoided at all cost
Lantley 12/06/19 08:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Generator handling?

I think it be easier to carry more propane than deal with a 100# genset just for battery charging. A 4500 watt model is way to big and heavy. You've got the right idea to avoid using Lp. But you need a smaller genset. Consider a 2000 watt model . Honda Champion, Predator. There are lots of 2000 watt options now available
Lantley 12/04/19 08:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thomas Payne Furniture - AVOID IT

I do believe the OP is sincere in their desire to warns others of his poor furniture purchase. However drive by posters will always have credibility issues. If the first time I meet you all you want to do is make a complaint vs. fully participate you will not be well received. A better approach may have been: "I recently purchased Brand XYZ furniture.It did not hold up well and I now need to replace it with something else.This is my 2nd attempt to get it right can you suggest a quality manufacture of RV furniture? Brand XYZ did not last very long at all. I am still in need of decent furniture.".... If you just come off as a one time poster with a rant your post will be easily dismissed. Amen to that.Maybe by you two - don't be so presumptuous as to speak for the entire forum. If you don't like the post, as someone already stated - why bother? I am only speaking for myself. I'm not asking anyone to agree with my opinion or comments. Nevertheless if your post is just a one off rant it will be taken as just a one off rant by others vs. a post with more substance than just a rant. Just my 2 cents. YMMVOh - OK - then I can tell you how to phrase things then - right? If you are really speaking for only yourself, then instead of saying "If you just come off as a one time poster with a rant your post will be easily dismissed.", you should say something like: In my opinion, If you just come off as a one time poster with a rant your post will be easily dismissed. Or If you just come off as a one time poster with a rant, I would most likely easily dismiss your post. I'm sure you could come up with one on your own though. You can word it however you want. You can agree or disagree but I do think you get my point. A rant is generally a way to get and issue off your chest and make yourself feel better however I don't see it as the best way to communicate or get any real action or satisfaction. A more reasonable tone and detailed post will be more effective vs. a rant. Choosing the correct words is all about effective communication. A more simply stated"getting your point across." A rant maybe good for ones stress level, but it is not the most effective way to communicate. If your just looking to scream at the world to relieve some stress ranting is fine and often helps. But if your looking to actually communicate with others ranting is not the best way.
Lantley 12/04/19 05:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Garmin GPS

I have had a Garmin for at least around 10 decades. Now that's funny! So I guess I've been using my Google Maps for at least around 1000 years! My 7" Garmin lives under the couch as it can't compete with Google and WAZE. I use both neither are 100% foolproof.They are both capable of being lost. I have experienced both malfunctioning. Google is generally more efficient and more up to date. However that efficiency can lead me down some pretty narrow streets or around some tight turns Not an issue for most but as RV'ers going down tight and narrow roads can be problematic. Garmin may take you the longer way there however it will keep you on the main roads and larger streets which is generally preferable when towing a large RV. I prefer the Garmin when pulling the RV. I understand its routing may not be the most efficient,but I prefer wider roads vs. a more direct path on smaller/narrower roads
Lantley 12/03/19 07:12am Technology Corner
RE: Thomas Payne Furniture - AVOID IT

I do believe the OP is sincere in their desire to warns others of his poor furniture purchase. However drive by posters will always have credibility issues. If the first time I meet you all you want to do is make a complaint vs. fully participate you will not be well received. A better approach may have been: "I recently purchased Brand XYZ furniture.It did not hold up well and I now need to replace it with something else.This is my 2nd attempt to get it right can you suggest a quality manufacture of RV furniture? Brand XYZ did not last very long at all. I am still in need of decent furniture.".... If you just come off as a one time poster with a rant your post will be easily dismissed. Amen to that.Maybe by you two - don't be so presumptuous as to speak for the entire forum. If you don't like the post, as someone already stated - why bother? I am only speaking for myself. I'm not asking anyone to agree with my opinion or comments. Nevertheless if your post is just a one off rant it will be taken as just a one off rant by others vs. a post with more substance than just a rant. Just my 2 cents. YMMV
Lantley 12/02/19 10:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Thomas Payne Furniture - AVOID IT

I do believe the OP is sincere in their desire to warns others of his poor furniture purchase. However drive by posters will always have credibility issues. If the first time I meet you all you want to do is make a complaint vs. fully participate you will not be well received. A better approach may have been: "I recently purchased Brand XYZ furniture.It did not hold up well and I now need to replace it with something else.This is my 2nd attempt to get it right can you suggest a quality manufacture of RV furniture? Brand XYZ did not last very long at all. I am still in need of decent furniture.".... If you just come off as a one time poster with a rant your post will be easily dismissed.
Lantley 12/01/19 04:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Blackstone Griddle

THe camp Chef looks like a decent item. More versatile then the Blackstone. However the blackstone Griddle is cast iron which makes allows for more heat retention and creates a better cooking surface. Sorry but the Blackstone is steel, I have the 28" and the 17" griddles. At 3/16" thick the steel holds the heat well also. Jim. After doing a little research I stand corrected they are steel
Lantley 11/30/19 09:27am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Blackstone Griddle

THe camp Chef looks like a decent item. More versatile then the Blackstone. However the blackstone Griddle is cast iron which makes allows for more heat retention and creates a better cooking surface.
Lantley 11/29/19 09:09am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Blackstone Griddle

I dont own any type of griddle but my thinking is why not just purchase one of the stand alone griddle plates and use your camping stove with it. Seems as if it would cut down on the need for a multitude of differant types of cookware and the Coleman camp stove can be converted to run off of your trailer propane. Just my opinion, take it for what it is worth. In theory what your thinking is a viable solution. Where the Blackstone shines is it's ability to hold the heat and it ease of cleaning. If we ignore the cleaning factor The Blackstone cooks very well be cause it is a dedicated device designed to solely be a griddle. I agree the Blackstone is not as versatile it is designed to do one thing! It performs as a griddle very well. Much better than any multi purpose grill. Yes it becomes one more thing to bring along ...LOL.. I would think that the Lodge stand alone griddle or one similiar would hold the heat just as well. Also, using the stove one has the ability to adjust the heat from the burners as needed. Blackstone phenomenon is for real. They have built a great niche item. Their popularity and category dominance speak for itself. They did not introduce or create the Griddle they just revolutionized it. They have evolved the griddle and the form factor that many have ditched their grills totally and replaced them with a Blackstone. Or they ave added a Blackstone to heir arsenal. Lodge products have been around for decades but they have not created the griddle craze and demand that the Blackstone griddles have created This thread and Blackstone sales speak for themselves. Like many others I went out and got a Blackstone. We did not get a Lodge griddle because they simply do not deliver the same result. Universal products seldom match the performance singular purpose items
Lantley 11/28/19 05:14pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Blackstone Griddle

I dont own any type of griddle but my thinking is why not just purchase one of the stand alone griddle plates and use your camping stove with it. Seems as if it would cut down on the need for a multitude of differant types of cookware and the Coleman camp stove can be converted to run off of your trailer propane. Just my opinion, take it for what it is worth. In theory what your thinking is a viable solution. Where the Blackstone shines is it's ability to hold the heat and it ease of cleaning. If we ignore the cleaning factor The Blackstone cooks very well be cause it is a dedicated device designed to solely be a griddle. I agree the Blackstone is not as versatile it is designed to do one thing! It performs as a griddle very well. Much better than any multi purpose grill. Yes it becomes one more thing to bring along ...LOL..
Lantley 11/28/19 11:12am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Do upgrades help the selling price?

My thought is to sell with upgrades vs. going through the trouble of making it original again. I agree you will not get more $$$ for your upgrades but the unit should sell faster vs. stock unit
Lantley 11/20/19 08:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Large dog

I have a 85# dog, that is on the so called banned list. (More lunacy) Anyway he is no harder to deal with than a small dog. As long as you train the dog it is not an issue. Large or small they both require care, exercise and training. Unfortunately, the banned list is being mandated by liability insurance carriers. We had a rental complex and over the years, the insurance carriers started to require that certain sizes/breeds not be allowed. In today's litigious society you need to have insurance, and in order to have the insurance you have to restrictions, that's the way it works. While I don't dispute what your saying. The one time I was not allowed to check in due to my dog. I simply drove 1 mile away to the next CG where they gladly took my money. Seems silly one CG declares my breed is dangerous while the CG down the road could care less.
Lantley 11/20/19 05:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Getting Ready for First Tow with the EcoBoost!

Woo! you made me nervous for a moment. I'm glad I read the entire thread. I was afraid Burbman had replaced his Burb with a Ecoboost pickup. I glad to see that was not what this thread is about. Enjoy the trip, That appears to be a equally matched combo
Lantley 11/19/19 06:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Large dog

I have a 85# dog, that is on the so called banned list. (More lunacy) Anyway he is no harder to deal with than a small dog. As long as you train the dog it is not an issue. Large or small they both require care, exercise and training.
Lantley 11/18/19 07:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Space Heater

@ Huntindog I think where we disagree is calling it theft. Is the football team stealing at the buffet because they eat a lot of food? I'd say they paid the rate and ate all they could. Campers are doing the same thing. What you are essentially saying is you are not allowed to plug into the 20 amp outlet on the pedestal, because that constitutes theft. You are not basing the theft on how much electric a camper actually uses. You are basing it on camper hooking into the additional 20 amp outlet amp outlet. If CG's did not want those 20 amp outlets used it would be easy enough to remove them. Although I believe the GFCI maybe code in some places? The idea of theft is over the top. I have a 50 amp RV. I can and do use 3 space heaters for heat am I committing theft? Why is it theft when a 30 amp RV'er uses space heaters? What if a 30 amp RV'er plugs his electric griddle into the 20 amp outlet is that theft? Maybe it's not space heater detectives we need but 20 amp outlet enforcers that are needed to cut down on this new form of CG thievery
Lantley 11/17/19 06:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Space Heater

Lantley, Residencial fridges are way better for the campground owner than absorption units. Your probably right except when you add ice makers and water in the door etc. I agree they are more efficient but they are also typically bigger.
Lantley 11/17/19 05:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Space Heater

If the people who are using 30 amps + 15 amps are supposed to pay more, does that mean I get a discount for my van that only has a 15 amp service? I also don't use the sewer dump, the cable TV, and usually don't use the water hose. Do I get a discount for all these things? Again, out of context. If a park has seperate fees for 30 or 50 amp service, then one is not entitled to use more than that. Itf there were enough people only using 15 amps then you would likely see a lower fee for that use. Yes but if you think those running space heaters are committing theft Do you believe those using only 15 amps are entitled to refunds? I imagine the CG sets their rate high enough to include those using space heaters, or those running 3 AC's etc. If the CG rate is not high enough to cover these worst case/max.use scenarios, than the CG's need to increase their rates. Actually yes, I do think they should be charged less.... Though I doubt, it would happen. The van people just are not a big enough part of the business to cater to. I can not believe how many people get this concept of not using more than you pay for so confused. Do you got to the grocery store, put some apples in a bag and eat some of them before checking out too? I imagine the store charges enough to cover the theft???? Actually they do. What those that bend the rules to their likeing may not realize is that they are stealing from everyone. The RV park and grocery store compensate for abuse/theft by raising prices for everyone. Your parents, best friend, your children, neighbors, The handicaped people, those struggling on social security, disabled vets, and everyone on this forum.... Even the ones you like. They all pay more because of this. But hey, pat yourself on the back, as you got it for free. Where your analogy is wrong is that you are comparing using unmetered electric to a finite purchase. The CG knows that every RV'ers electric use will be different. A van will likely use less than a 36' class A. A casita will use less than a 36'TT yet they all pay the same 30 amp rate. The difference in actual cost at the end of the day is negligible. Some will use more some will use less but the CG will be covered. A better example is take the high school football team to the all you can eat buffet and take the ballerina squad to the buffet. I'm sure the football team is going to eat a whole lot more, but is that theft? Of course not. The owner has calculated how much food the average user will heat and set a profitable price. Sure my teenage son is going to eat 4 plates full, but there is a grandmother out there that will barely eat anything. There will be a few customers (football players) that you lose on and a few (grandmothers) that you win on. Overall the price is set to ensure profit. For every space heater electric hog, there is a van using 15 amp or a tent on a 30 amp site using minimal electric. CG's know that over the course of a short term stay they can estimate the usage apply a rate plus some and not worry about electric use. Do you really think CG owners are just gullible and are letting campers steal their electric as you imply? Now for longer stays and seasonal sites you often see metered electric because over a longer stay it becomes harder to estimate usage. The CG's understand what they are doing. Those that feel campers are taking advantage enact no heater rules. Most CG's it's easier to just raise the daily rate to cover the cost of electric. Than to strictly monitor each individual sites usage. There will always be a variable associated with electric usage, a heat wave or a cold spell will have an impact,the types of RV's renting sites will have an impact. RV appliance use will have a minimal impact. Do we need to charge more for multi battery RV's? How about those with Ice makers. Do we get into residential fridges.Electric water heaters vs.lp. What is the base electric usage? Without meters the CG doesn't really know. But more importantly they don't really care. They set a profitable rate and don't worry about it. Maybe they should hire "space heater police" to weed out the thieves?
Lantley 11/16/19 07:37pm Travel Trailers
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