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RE: Seat belts in a camper?

So as fortune would have it, my wife and I found out that we are expecting twins! The domino's are falling all over the place as we re-contemplate life in general. Our life just got a whole lot more complicated! Part of that contemplation is the realization that the truck (F350 Quad Cab with seats for 5) is no longer able to transport two adults, two teens and two car seats along with the dog. Changing the truck isn't in the cards (have to save up for a daily driver that can transport six now) so I'm trying to come up with options. As a kid, I remember spending plenty of miles in the overhead of the camper and looking out the front facing window. In today's bubble wrapped world though, such "freedom" is frowned upon. One solution I considered is adding seat-belts in the camper itself for the teens. I know class C RVs will do this but I don't think I have ever heard of it being done in a camper. Safety and keeping the kids buckled in is concern of course but pushing that aside for the discussion, is there any legal issues with the idea? The next option which may only last for a year or two is to put one car seat on the bench in the back and another where the center console is. This would take some modification to make sure it is secure but I think it is possible. Of course the last option (and least favorite) will be to suck up and drive a second vehicle. The problem with this solution is my wife doesn't like to drive long distances on mountain roads so it would dampen the distances taken for trips. Trading the truck and camper are not options. Thoughts? I can't tell you about inside the camper. But I'm pretty sure putting a baby / car seat in the front on the console would be against the law. Actually in NC it would be 100 percent against the law. Car seats must be in the back facing backwards.
Terryallan 10/17/19 05:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

Don't think he needs the tunnels on the Parkway. It's the bridges going UNDER the BRP he is asking about. Yes, Terry is exactly right. I don't think I have anything to worry about in that regard. We are not traveling extensively on the BRP. Maybe I should have started a new topic about the route FROM New River State Park. But, again, I don't think I have anything to worry about, just looking for local reassurance. I don't think you would have a problem either. As I say. The big trucks go under those bridges as they are not allowed on the Parkway.
Terryallan 10/16/19 08:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Just a thought on truck campers place here

Just a thought for this web site... Why not ID the topic place or what ever. I really tire of opening a page just to see that it doesn't pertain to anything about my TT or 5er or even motorhome. Not to be pompous but most stuff for TC's is of little or not concern to most of the rest of us. I would think it wouldn't take much for RV.com to show the main topic that the poster is asking about. Just me thinking again. Actually there is a Truck Campers forum page. Many people use it. And it shows up on the top of the page. Just like the Motorhome page, or traveltrailer page.
Terryallan 10/16/19 01:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

Blue Ridge Parkway bridge clearance heights Don't think he needs the tunnels on the Parkway. It's the bridges going UNDER the BRP he is asking about.
Terryallan 10/16/19 01:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2019 F-150

A quick search would indicate that the 3,000 lbs. you quote is empty. GVWR for the trailer is 5,835. Use 10% of the GVWR of the trailer to estimate tongue weight and add 75 - 100 lbs. for a good WD hitch. Now... what does the payload sticker on your truck say? Remember that gas, occupants and "stuff" all count against the truck's payload. The EcoBoost is a good motor. With 1/2-ton trucks it's all about payload. Rob A 600 lb TW needs a WDH on a half ton? Wow. So now everybody thinks 290 horsepower can't pull 3,500 pounds???? That's more horsepower than the original Triton V10 made! Sure, the turbo motors are far superior, but I don't think that part of the question. OP - You'll be fine. It'll be spinning fast at times and you won't be able to tow in 6th gear, but it'll get the job done easily. Good thing our tax money keeps the price of gas down, some need a N14 to pull a popup Actually. I think many so called half ton only have a 500lb weight carrying max hitch.. Meaning not WDH. So a WDH may be needed for a 600lb tongue weight. not a problem though. Plenty of payload for a WDH.
Terryallan 10/15/19 08:19am Towing
RE: 2019 F-150

Wow. So now everybody thinks 290 horsepower can't pull 3,500 pounds???? That's more horsepower than the original Triton V10 made! Sure, the turbo motors are far superior, but I don't think that part of the question. OP - You'll be fine. It'll be spinning fast at times and you won't be able to tow in 6th gear, but it'll get the job done easily. Agree. It will work. but you will know it is there. But then if truth were told. Everybody knows it when they hook up. Only a 6 speed? Horror of horrors. Y'all would never have made it towing trailer with a 3 speed. BTW. they worked VERY well. 6 is plenty, actually more than enough. As mentioned. lock out 6th, and let it run. It will be much happier running in 5th closer to it's power band, and not lugging.
Terryallan 10/15/19 08:15am Towing
RE: I want something different!

Well you kind of ruled out all the meat groups. However there is a thousand ways to cook Chicken, from Woking to baking. Or just stir frying in a skillet. And you can Wok beef, broil, skewer. Nothing better than stir frying beef, or Chicken with peppers, and onions, one a bed of rice, or potatoes, or the rice cooked, and stirred into the mix in a Wok. Fact is. You can cook everything camping that you can at home. and we NEVER cook inside while camping. BTW. Frozen vegies are very fresh when cooked. Just like fresh picked. Try it.
Terryallan 10/15/19 08:08am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

We will be traveling on NC 181 N. in a couple of weeks. We would like to turn off from 181 onto the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few miles and then back on 181 (near the Camp Creek Parking Lot). I see these stone arch bridges at each entrance/exit. I have a 12' 9" high fifth wheel. Will I have any problem with the arches? they are actually pretty high. I believe the big trucks use 181, and most roads that lead to the BRP.
Terryallan 10/14/19 08:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

Well, I do have to admit that campfires mean so little to me that I've never even considered asking if they don't allow fires. But to each their own. Asking about things that are important to you is the best way to insure a good camping experience. So we do. some may want to ask about the bathouses, we do that as well. Some may want to ask about the pool. Pools don't really interest us, but they do some. Some ask about the camp store, or if there is a laundry. Or where the nearest grocery store is. The only way to insure you get what you are looking for. Is to ask. BTW. We also ask about street lights in the CG. We don't want any. Or as few as possible. Can't see the stars if there is a lot of light pollution.I'll have to admit I don't care for lots of streetlights, but even without them, it seems there are more and more people that turn on their awning lights, porch lights, scare lights, and run light cords under their trailers. I have yet to figure this particular trend out. About the only thing we ask is whether they have a spot to fit our 5th wheel in. We've only left a couple of campgrounds/RV parks after pulling int. One was simply too hilly with steep roads for us to maneuver around, and the other looked like the cast from "Deliverance" was gathered on the front porch. Had a total of about 14 teeth between the six of them. I thought I heard banjo music in the background. Agree about the scare lights. The last Cg we were in. there were no streetlights. but the folks across the way decided that they could light up the entire CG. I don't mind awning light so much. But at least turn them, off when you go in for the night As for scare lights. I haven't seen them on newer RVs. Never should have been on them to start with. We have rope lights we lay on the ground just to be able to find the steps. not very bright, and we turn them off when we go in, and don't use them if there is a camper, or tent close to us. Getting ready to get another telescope. So lights are my worst enemy.
Terryallan 10/14/19 06:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Seized valve cable

Can you get to the knife valve it self? I was thinkin you may be able to pull it out manually or with a pair of plyers.
Terryallan 10/13/19 06:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

Well, I do have to admit that campfires mean so little to me that I've never even considered asking if they don't allow fires. But to each their own. Asking about things that are important to you is the best way to insure a good camping experience. So we do. some may want to ask about the bathouses, we do that as well. Some may want to ask about the pool. Pools don't really interest us, but they do some. Some ask about the camp store, or if there is a laundry. Or where the nearest grocery store is. The only way to insure you get what you are looking for. Is to ask. BTW. We also ask about street lights in the CG. We don't want any. Or as few as possible. Can't see the stars if there is a lot of light pollution.
Terryallan 10/13/19 06:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: A hidden gem

Here is one that we came across completely by accident. Mountain View Speedway near Boone, NC. While everything else in the area is $40 plus & jammed up tight like rally camping this one is out in the open in the most delightful valley that one can imagine. $25PN with 30amp. The bad news is that there is no water & I did not see a sewer anywhere. We came for the 1/4 mile dirt track racing on a Saturday night. We were the only people camping there for 2 nights. Beautiful! Had the whole property to ourselves. By 10:30 on race night everyone was gone. Silence. 15 minutes from the crazyness of Boone. You could go out on the BRP to Julian Price park. Also not far from Boone. $20.00 per night $10.00 with the Senior pass. Pretty good site, not crowded. however no hookups at all. Do have a dump station. Water scattered thru out the CG. Beautiful place.
Terryallan 10/13/19 02:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New to the forum, new to TT's as well

Great!. Enjoy your self. Hardest thing to remember. Don't make it harder than it has to be.
Terryallan 10/13/19 02:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: One Side lower than the other

Try pulling them a little tighter. Might even the TV up some. If I am visualizing it right. 6 links is not very tight. I hang 3 links over the top of the snap ups
Terryallan 10/13/19 02:31pm Towing
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

Not one person commented on my idea of having a communal bonfire instead of 40 or 50 small fire's that makes the campground into a smokey haze. Sign of the times no compromising, don't get your way through a tantrum and demand others cave in to your wishes. Maggie Valley NC doesn't allow campfires on site. but do allow a communal fire at each CG. We stayed at one, and had the communal fire. Not really much fun. Circle way to large, and you couldn't really sit close enough to feel the warm. we found it better to just stay in CGs that allow fires, and avoid the ones that don't. really easy thing to do. all you got to do is ask when you are making the reservations. They will tell you if you can or not. there was a CG in Charleston SC, we were making a res at, ask about a fire, they said no, we thanked them and moved on to the next CG. Really easy.
Terryallan 10/13/19 02:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

We RVers need to Boycott places that don’t allow a special part of the camping experience...”campfires”. It’s bad enough that so many places don’t allow wood fires but not allowing propane campfires is beyond ridiculous. We carry in our RV a variety of equipment and supplies for a campfire and it’s so disappointing to not be able to use them and enjoy that experience. I own a small RV park and when we are in a burning ban I have had people cancel their reservation...”Really, we can’t have a campfire?...we will book another time” I will not book anymore places that don’t allow a campfire. We carry along a propane firepit and an extra 20 lb. propane tank to power it in order to solve the "no campfires" problem! No fire ring to clean out or messing with firewood is required. The flame is adjustable and comes up through the bricks in the firepit to look just like a the real thing. It puts out heat just like the real thing, cooks S'mores and hot dogs, emits no odors to bother other campers, and you just turn a knob to shut it down when going to bed. It works like a champ for providing carefree campfires everywhere. Can't make stick biscuits on one. got to have a real fire. I"ll bet we could make em' on this propane firepit - which is just like ours. We get dancing yellow flames, glowing red/orange hot lava rocks covering the bottom to bake/cook stuff over, warmth bathing our skin, etc. - all without the downsides of a legal or illegal messy wood fire: https://www.amazon.com/Outland-Firebowl-850-Propane-Outdoor/dp/B00FWKVGQ0/?tag=morningchores-20 Don't know how you make your stick biscuits. But we push the fire to one side, and just use the coals. can you push your fire to one side? And baking potatoes. We bury them UNDER the fire in the coals and cover them with the fire. If your propane fire can do that. Great. the one our friends have won't. And truth be told. As a former Boy Scout Master. I feel guilty just starting a fire with fire starters. Just seems like cheating somehow. We gave the boys 2 stick matches, a knife and 3 pieces of wood. And told them to start a fire. No we didn't make them rub sticks together.
Terryallan 10/13/19 02:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

There is a multi park vendor who does this sort of thing. He takes over State and Federal park campgrounds. He runs them, maintains them, improves them and still pays the state or Federal agency a fee for doing so. And he does not raise the fees and still makes a profit. He runs the Coyote Blog That link to his Park Privatization pages, where he explains how he does it. He hires many workcampers. It seems the logical solution would be to allow the park service to have workcampers. Are there laws against that, maybe labor rights laws? On a level playing field, government provided services are always cheaper than privately provided services. Both have the same base costs, but the private service has an additional cost, which is the profit to the owner. But often the playing field is not level, as in this example where the private owner has a large amount of work done by people who are basically volunteers. Don't know if this is what you mean. But the NP CGs, and COE campgrounds around here have Camp Hosts. They assign sites, and generally keep a close eye on the CG don't know how much they are paid, but they do get a site with full hookups. In many cases. the CGs they serve hove no hookups, or only have water, and sewer. But the hosts have it all. At the last Cg we were at. there were 2 host couples. They worked 4 days on and off. 12 hours a day. Don't know if that is what you were referring to or not
Terryallan 10/13/19 01:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

Seniors are one group that might be hit hard by the policies, if adopted. The memo argues that the 50 percent discount for seniors should apply only to base campsite fees and encourages NPS to introduce “new senior fee blackout periods during peak season periods.” A good idea that makes a lot of sense. Why do seniors get a %50 discount to begin with, or a discount at all. for the same reason seniors get their SS, their Medicare. We have paid for it since we were in high school. Then when we turned 62 1/2 we bought Senior Passes. Passes that allow us to get a discount. Have you ever bought a season ticket / pass? that is what our senior Pass does for us. Those National Parks don't pay for themselves. Fee only make a small amount of what it takes to run them. They are paid for with our taxes. Taxes we have been paying for 45 to 60 years. I have been camping in NP CGs for nearly 45 years. I have been paying full price for nearly 45 years. Now I intend to enjoy one of the small perks of being old. Shoot dude. it's only $10.00 to 12.00 per night. Not going to break the treasury. So yes. We have earned a discount. and when you reach senior age. You will be able to get one as well.
Terryallan 10/12/19 08:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

What puzzles me is that people will take part in an activity that clearly includes an aspect that they don't like, and knowing full well that that particular aspect is an integral part of the activity, set out to change things to remove that part which they don't like, ruining it for everyone. "Gee I love surfing, but the sharks!!! We should kill all the seals so the sharks will go away." For Barney... "I love ice cream, but the sugar!!! Let's get the gummint to set limits on the amount of sugar they are forcing me to eat." Make a trip to Prince Edward Island to find out how much french fries made with heart healthy oils suck. We're not happy until you're not happy. End of rant It is a lot like moving in beside a racetrack, or airport, and whining about the noise from the racetrack, or airport. Don't want to hear race cars, or plane. Don't move in beside of them. Don't want to smell campfires. Don't go where they will be. Really is that simple. A important part of camping is in fact the fire at night. where you can wind down, and discuss the days events, and plan what you want to do tomarrow. where you can meet with friends, and make new ones. A good fire just about ALWAYS draws a crowd. Many of us do not destination camp. We don't just use our campers for a hotel room, we go camping, just have a bed to sleep in. We go camping to relax, lay around the fire, go fishing, or just plain do nothing. A camp fire is a big part of that relaxing. Watching a fire will put you to sleep faster than drugs. Every part of your body relaxes when sitting by the fire. That is why we only go to places that allow fires
Terryallan 10/12/19 08:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

We RVers need to Boycott places that don’t allow a special part of the camping experience...”campfires”. It’s bad enough that so many places don’t allow wood fires but not allowing propane campfires is beyond ridiculous. We carry in our RV a variety of equipment and supplies for a campfire and it’s so disappointing to not be able to use them and enjoy that experience. I own a small RV park and when we are in a burning ban I have had people cancel their reservation...”Really, we can’t have a campfire?...we will book another time” I will not book anymore places that don’t allow a campfire. We carry along a propane firepit and an extra 20 lb. propane tank to power it in order to solve the "no campfires" problem! No fire ring to clean out or messing with firewood is required. The flame is adjustable and comes up through the bricks in the firepit to look just like a the real thing. It puts out heat just like the real thing, cooks S'mores and hot dogs, emits no odors to bother other campers, and you just turn a knob to shut it down when going to bed. It works like a champ for providing carefree campfires everywhere. Can't make stick biscuits on one. got to have a real fire.
Terryallan 10/12/19 08:31am General RVing Issues
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