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RE: rolled MH onto the side - and the towed

So it has damage that can be repaired. Get it repaired then. Why worry about diminished value when in fact it probably does have a diminished value? Why wouldn't it? I had my practically new truck hit while it was parked. Insurance paid for the complete repair and they would have nothing to do with my concerns about 'diminished value' as they said it would be repaired to an "as new" state. When I went to sell it I disclosed to buyers that there had been a repair done to it. The guy that bought said, "Doesn't bother me. I know it was fixed properly." I guess you could pay out of pocket to get it repaired "under the radar", but if it ever came to it would you be comfortable selling it to someone without disclosing the damage? Your call I suppose. I'm sure when you get a chance to reflect on everything, the fact that you and yours are all OK after an accident will diminish the concern over the value of a used car.
Mike E. 10/10/19 10:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Plan on going to Pioneer Trail RV Park @ Anacortes WA

Stayed there a few times with our new 5th and truck. Was a great spot to explore the area from. There are some fulltimers there but everything is well kept. On-site propane fillup was nice as our new trailer didn't come with two full tanks like the salesman said it would ;) The Wifi was we've ever encountered at a private park. Would recommend without hesitation.
Mike E. 10/03/19 03:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Low height trailer

Thanks for all the replies. I've seen some Hi Lo's locally and they look pretty cool. I know the parameters I was looking for were pretty much impossible to achieve but thought there might be some old-timey unit out there that would fit the bill. That 'garage model' is something I've never seen before. Oooohh....just had a crazy thought: air-ride suspension. Low-rider for the garage and pump 'er up for the road :)
Mike E. 06/26/19 07:56am Travel Trailers
Low height trailer

OK, this might sound crazy, but here goes..... Is there a trailer that's overall height is less than 7 feet while still having at least 6'3" interior height? As I type this it seems ridiculous, but maybe it exists :) Looking to find a small runabout for DW and I when we want to venture out instead of going to the RV lot we have. Kicker is that it has to fit into my townhouse's garage. Anyway,......discuss :
Mike E. 06/25/19 07:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Well this doesn't look good for FCA/RAM

When I was looking for a truck in early 2015 the salesman pointed to a "used" 2014 Ram 3500......he even used the 'air rabbit ears' quotations when he said "used." I asked him to elaborate. The truck had 110Kms on it and Ram had instructed the dealer to register it as Sold on Dec. 23, 2014. "That way Ram can show it's sales numbers for the year and we 'technically' have a used truck on the lot," said the salesman non-challantly. "Happens all the time," he said. With the carefree way he was talking about it I just thought it was standard practice. Guess it was/is :)
Mike E. 06/06/19 09:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: TT Bike rack for truck with topper

You will have to shop very carefully for a 4 bike rack that is "RV approved" by the manufacturer. There are a lot of "bouncing forces" back there, which is why most rack companies won't warranty a rack used in such a manner. I would also make sure your 2" reciever is attached to the frame of the trailer and not just the bumper. All the best, and happy camping :)
Mike E. 04/16/19 12:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Jeep GC and TT Towing Assistance

Not really sure how anyone can "plan" for a worst case scenario??? In my experience, it's HOW you drive that is the bigger determinator on how an emergency stop plays out than WHAT you are driving. Just using that example as it seems to be the most common cautionary scenario used here. I've had two different 'encounters' with yahoos merging onto Interstates in front of me and then slamming on brakes. I always leave a huge gap between me and traffic ahead of me for such occurrences. The first time I was in a 1/2 ton that was pretty much loaded to Max. Was I able to avoid the accident? Yes. Second time I was in my Ram 3500 loaded WELL below every rating. Was I able to avoid the accident? Yes. Was one of these occurernces 'easier' than the other to handle? NO. They both scared the **** out of me. It was a good thing on both occurrences that I had left my travelling gap as big as it was...which, as we all know, is almost impossible for yahoos to resist inserting themselves into :) Now, if one of the yahoos had clipped the front of one of my trucks and sent me into a jack-knife or the like at highway speeds??? I would have been in trouble, regardless of how well I had planned. Not trying to be inflammatory at all, just trying to add a bit of perspective. To the OP. Drive safely and enjoy your camping :)
Mike E. 03/29/19 10:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Downsizing, sort of?

Just went through a similar "life throws a curveball at you" situation. Wasn't my job, but my wife's. She had to go on disability and with it, an income that rivalled mine. Had an '18 5th wheel that we owed money on. Had a '14 Ram 3500 with only 42000Km's on it that was paid for. Managed to sell the 5th for what we still owed on it. Thankful for that. Had just purchased an RV lot that has proven to be very therapeutic for DW's condition, so we wanted to hang on to it if at all possible. Problem: no trailer. Sold the Ram and used its funds to buy a destination trailer. Problem solved, but now I don't have a truck. After making some other adjustments to our finances/lifestyle it looks like things should work out OK. In retrospect though, if I had waited a bit to see what some of the uncertainties would actually have looked like I most likely would have been able to keep the truck. Like yours, it wasn't being utilized to it's potential at the time, but who knows what the future may have held for it? Maybe if you get a job buyout then you could pay off your truck? Guess what I'm saying is that maybe a "step back and breathe" moment might be worth the time. I went through my situation with a "OK, let's get this plan in motion and not waiver". Yes, it did work out, but it may have worked out a bit differently/better perhaps if I'd taken a moment to pause. As for the last Mega you mentioned. It may be OK, but buying a deleted truck that someone else has had the controls of the tuner over would worry ME a bit. Not sure if this rambling is helpful, but thought I'd just relay my recent experience. All the best, Mike
Mike E. 03/12/19 12:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-650 VS International CV

"And since no one else is asking, I will: What are you planning to do with this setup? Especially 650 lbs. of generator? " Seriously committed to surviving the zombie appocalypes I'd say :)
Mike E. 02/13/19 10:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Titan XD 5th Wheel Hitch

"Um you better look at those specs sheets again :S" Here's a thought..... MAYBE the OP has taken HIS truck to the scales with it loaded up and after getting the numbers, performed some simple mathmatics in regard to his RAWR/GVWR and now knows HIS ACTUAL payload for HIS truck, hence the 2560lb number. Hmmmm.....mind-bowing, right? To that end, any "brochure/pdf" analysis is simply not applicable to his situation. :) The OP seems like a pretty proficient fella', and even mentions that if the XD isn't a perfect fit for the job he will adjust accordingly. Now, just for kicks ;) I'm going to make a comment on his actual question regarding short bed trucks and hitches. I had a Ram short box and used an Andersen rail mount and an '18 Reflection. I had lots of clearance on every front, although I did watch carefully when backing up if there were any dips etc in the approach to the site, which I would have done with whatever hitch I was using regardless. Never had any issues. The hitch has a few adjustments that you can make, so that's a plus as well. I looked at the XD's gooseneck set up on the Nissan site when I was searching for payload PDF's.....(lol., no, I wasn't) and it "appears" that the chain attachment points in the bed are pretty close to the gooseneck ball? You might want to take some measurements in that regard to see if the Andersen footprint will fit in-between everything. Could be my aging eyes, but would be worth confirming. Do come back and let us know how everything turns out, and Happy Camping :)
Mike E. 02/02/19 10:41am Towing
HW tank valves leak after de-winterizing....then stop?

Hey there, Had an interesting thing happen this weekend. Went out to the trailer for the weekend and had to de-winterize it to use. Hooked up water, opened all taps inside to flush all the pink stuff out. Then went to the HW tank and switched the valves from bypass to normal use. First noticed that after the tank filled that the valve on the Hot water line was dripping steadily....hmmm. Looked at the Cold water valve and it was dripping too....not as much as the Hot though. Even the bypass valve (which was closed now) was dripping. "For Pete's sake!!!"I thought. Closed the Hot valve and it stopped. Opened it up, and it dripped. Aarrggh. Closed it again and the leak stopped. "Burped" the pressure valve on the tank thinking that maybe there was too much pressure on the line. Went inside and made myself a hot chocolate/Baileys and turned on the electric element on the tank. After a bit of time I went back out to check things. All drips had stopped. Opened up the Hot valve and it DIDN"T drip. Dried all the valves up so I could check them again later. Every time I checked after that there were no drips. Anybody had this phenomenon happen to them? Forgot to mention that my water line does have a pressure regulator valve inline.
Mike E. 12/16/18 06:57pm Tech Issues
2020 Ram HD's - Pics

They look a little more sophisticated and maybe a bit lower stance? Could just be my 'morning-coffee-hasn't-kicked-in' point of view though.... Big Rams "And....................discuss." :)
Mike E. 12/08/18 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Opinions on Grand Design

You may find out that Coachmen also uses Lippert frames? They seem to have that market cornered. Northwood/Outdoors Manufacturing use their own frames....beefy. You have to like one of their floorplans though.
Mike E. 11/26/18 11:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Opinions on Grand Design

Hey there, Here's my 2 cents worth from a Reflection 5th wheel owner....short lived, but here are my observations. Build quality: very nice. Nothing is perfect, and I only had a few warranty issues that were sorted quickly. Impressions of when we picked it up were very good. No piles of sawdust in cabinets etc, no stripped cabinet screws. Very nice. It's not your first rodeo, so I'm sure you realize that "experiences may vary" when it comes to RV's. :) As for your floorplans and intended use I would only suggest the 315RLTS. You want as much room as you can get. The front bedroom with slide will offer WAY more comfort in terms of space when shuffling around getting dressed etc. Plus, the washer and dryer preps are what you're going to want too. My 5th was a 29RS which is similar to the 297RSTS. We got it because of the outside kitchen, which is very nice. Having said that though, that means that your "living slide" is now in full view of your neighbours, and you also lose any views into your own site. Might not seem like a big deal, but if you're going to be set up for lengths at a time, it might be nicer to have your neighbours 'blocked' by the inside entertainment slide like the 315 has. In hindsight, it would have been easy enough to create our own outside kitchen with the folding table we travel with by simply putting a TV on it and small fridge/electric cooler underneath. To be honest, the TV was used once, and that was when we were set up on our permanent site. Now, the 315 is a gigantic travel trailer, so you will know it's behind you. I borrowed my BIL's 38 foot trailer a few summers ago and pulled it with our '14 Ram 3500 CTD. No issues with power, but it is definitely a long sail behind you. Nothing scary, but definitely noticeable. Go big truck :) They are nice solid, heavy trailers. Well insulated, and make sure you get dual pane windows. We camped in freezing temps and woke up to very little condensation on the windows. For longer term living I'd suggest a small dehumidifier as well to keep the moisture down. Sounds like you have a great plan. If you have any pointed questions, or if I've left anything out in my ramblings here, just PM me :) Mike
Mike E. 11/25/18 02:25pm Travel Trailers
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