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RE: 4 season camping

Helping my daughter look for a trailer. Looking for a true 4 season unit. We went to the RV show last weekend in Tacoma, and she is impressed with the Arctic Fox and Outdoors RV. Intended use will be the Washington Coast in the winter, and also at the local ski areas, in addition to the usual better weather camping. She can buy new, but I have suggested she look for a used unit. The 2020 Arctic Fox 25W is her current favorite. Whatever she ends up with, she would like to keep the overall under 30 ft. Can you folks suggest any other brands or lines to check out? In the PNW I would go with your DD likes of the North Woods units Arctic Fox is well known for 4 season builds. I am very interested in them, and will likely do a factory tour in the near future. We full tile in the PNW, both on the coast and Willamette Valley, have seen temps in the high teens in our three season Keystone Copper Canyon. Has heated tanks, and I have enclosed the belly, but we still have less than great insulation. That said we heat with RV Comfort System "Cheap Heat" and it never was taxed keeping us warm (68 to 70 degrees). So at 5,000 watt of heating we get 17,060 BTU, our gas furnace is rated at 30,000 BTU input, assume 80% efficiency is 24,000 BTU, so I can go colder by switching to gas. We are two to four years from upgrading our 5er, will likely be an AF when we do.
rhagfo 01/23/20 03:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ford 7.3 vs GM 6.6 fuel economy TFL video

I've always found it amusing they use only 66 miles to figure a mpg number....and they let the trucks computer do the shifting on long climbs. I realize many pickup owners today have no idea what gear the engine needs to be in going up or down steep grades...sooo they let the computer do the shifting for them. The mpg test with the 6.6 and 7.3 gazzers IMO would be more accurate running 3 tanks and then take a average on the same day with the same trailer over the same highways. I'm a big GM fan but I would say the Ford front end looks a hellz of a lot better. Good gawdz that GM trucks front is ugly. The Chevy was running non winter blend gas and probably with less winds and a heavier trailer. The Ford was running a winter blend gas with probably higher winds and a lighter trailer. The two samples were run so far apart in time/season, external temps, wind variation, different trailer/weight and with this many different variables this really isn't a good comparison. About the only take away is how the trucks performed pulling x amount of weight. I guess these guys can't afford to fill the full tank. the variables on a 66 mile fuel mileage test run are too many to be at all accurate. Even if they actually accurately measured the fuel used down to the ounce. Even with a gas engine only getting about 6 mpg that is only 11 gallons of fuel. They need to run at least 600 miles. They are likely not allowed to put that many miles on a borrowed test truck.
rhagfo 01/23/20 06:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Portland Oregon Parks question

Portland is a large area. Commute from different area could be long. What part of Portland is your job located? X2 What area of the greater Metro Portland are you going to work. Getting from east Portland to the west side can easily take an hour. Moving between two or three different parks every three months is not all that bad.
rhagfo 01/20/20 07:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: melting plug

in the past 14 months i have had to replace the 30A plug that plugs into the rv parks box at least 3 times because 1 of the prongs overheats and melts my plug. need ideas on what might be the cause OP has not been back in like 8 days, if same park, bad pedestal outlet. Different parks likely too much draw.
rhagfo 01/19/20 02:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camping Lights

Under trailer repel rodents, they don't seem to like the bright light. Not 100% but nothing is. I also have a string of led's under the hood of my truck and keep plugged in when not driving.
rhagfo 01/19/20 08:02am General RVing Issues
RE: 5th wheel tires

We run LT’s on our 12,500# 5er no issues.
rhagfo 01/17/20 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New truck batteries

Not due for batteries on the 2016 yet, but when the 2001 needed batteries I chose to get from the local Ram dealer OEM as many were reporting getting 7+ years out of them. I will see when the current OEM's start to fail. I replaced the batteries 9/29/2012 at 253,050 miles, I sold it 6/30/2019 at 315,000 miles. During the last six months the truck would set for a month between starts, fired up every time.
rhagfo 01/16/20 07:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Verizon 5g as hotspot if anyone has it yet

And when it does roll out it will be limited to major cities. The 5G broadcast range is pathetic, a matter of feet not miles. I doubt it's anything RVers will need to concern themselves with until the do a major upgrade of the tech. True. From Verizon; The shorter wavelength means 5G can carry a lot of data much faster than 4G, but it also means a much shorter range. 4G wavelengths have a range of about 10 miles. 5G wavelengths have a range of about 1,000 feet, not even 2% of 4G's range. So roaming the country with 5G will be almost impossible unless they can somehow improve the range. Or built towers every 1,000 feet. This is why 4g will be around for a Long time. Just like the wireless devices used in business, time was 900 MHz one antenna covered 20,000 sq ft + with new data speeds for those devices need an antenna for about every 500 saw ft and everything in the building will interfere with the signal.
rhagfo 01/14/20 06:09pm Technology Corner
RE: Low cargo carrying capacity rant

Yep, our 32’ Copper Canyon has 2,106# of payload with a full fresh water tank, and full propane! Those are already deducted.
rhagfo 01/11/20 02:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Great new electrical connectors

They use the same style of jab in connector terminals on some switches and receptacles. Less then desireable connection. Rated for different gauges of wire but may not work well with small and large wire.I believe these are rated by code to allow to be covered in a wall without a J-box. In essence rated same as continuous wire by code. Sorry I don’t even need to look, code requires access to all wiring splices. You can NOT bury in walls!
rhagfo 01/11/20 07:39am Tech Issues
RE: Proposed new gun law for interstate travel

One can only hope something like this will pass someday. Kind of crazy that you can be all good and proper and become a felon by crossing a state line. Actually if all states followed the Constitution this would be a moot point. Speaking of that party that more than likely would never approve this seems to be constantly shouting "But the Constitution" but when it comes to measures like this, NOPE NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, we don't care what the Constitution says. State laws, what about local laws! What is allowed in one County or City, will get you arrested in another. Those that think taking guns from law abiding citizens, will solve the problem just are not thinking straight. Just like a "Gun Free Zone" It should read "Criminals Come here to shoot this place up, No Resistance"
rhagfo 01/10/20 06:54am General RVing Issues
RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

I gotta say, ALL of the big 3 have come a long way in the past 10 years.. I stopped on the way home tonight to look at the 2020 Lariat, 6.7, 4x4, Long Bed sitting at the local dealer .. curb weight - 7490# GVW - 12,400 listed payload on sticker - 4514 RAWR - 8300.. I may be wrong on that, but am pretty sure I saw that listed.. just for example, those numbers are a decent jump just from a 2015... payload is 1200# higher...GVW is 1,000# higher... curb weight is 1000# lighter...RAWR is about 1000 or 1200 higher... They are ALL making it easier to justify a SRW with those numbers... Pretty sure you are wrong on the GRAWR, 8,300# would require a tire rated at 4,150# each, 7,300# likely. Russ, I may very well be completely wrong on that number...The tires were rated at 3750 ea, I am sure of that . ..thats 7500 I was impressed by the other numbers, gonna check out the Rams next... I will say that my SRW has been nothing but rock solid, BUT I am only out on weekends in the summer and 1 trip at 2 weeks... IF and WHEN I start going more, it would be a DRW for sure, without thinking about it.. I am Just wasting time now, Christmas is over and I have no to do list on the Redwood, so I will waste my time looking at things I cant buy ! ! ! Just about all the weight of towing a 5th wheel goes on the TV Rear Axle. So 7300-4514 means the rear end would have to weigh in at 2786 to use that payload number. Probably not going to happen. All these high trailer towing numbers are hard to meet in the real world of towing. Well about 1/3 to 1/2 of the weight of the cab passengers and stuff, will go to the front axle, but even at that we are getting to the point where one can be within GVWR, but exceed rear axle and possibly tire rating. With our 2001 Ram 2500, I was 1,700# over GVWR, but still within both axle ratings.
rhagfo 01/10/20 06:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

I gotta say, ALL of the big 3 have come a long way in the past 10 years.. I stopped on the way home tonight to look at the 2020 Lariat, 6.7, 4x4, Long Bed sitting at the local dealer .. curb weight - 7490# GVW - 12,400 listed payload on sticker - 4514 RAWR - 8300.. I may be wrong on that, but am pretty sure I saw that listed.. just for example, those numbers are a decent jump just from a 2015... payload is 1200# higher...GVW is 1,000# higher... curb weight is 1000# lighter...RAWR is about 1000 or 1200 higher... They are ALL making it easier to justify a SRW with those numbers... Pretty sure you are wrong on the GRAWR, 8,300# would require a tire rated at 4,150# each, 7,300# likely. The payload is pretty impressive at 4,514, just would not want to be towing a 16,000# 5er on a SRW.
rhagfo 01/09/20 06:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6 gal electric hot water heater upgrade

I’ve not seen a residential water heater without an anode. The 6 gallon in my shop needs the top removed to access it. Before installing a new water heater, remove the often over tightened anode and reinstall with Teflon tape and do not over tighten, this is so future service will be easy. Water conditions will determine how often an anode needs replaced. I replaced the one in my DD house, after a few tries with a 24' breaker bar, I just got out my impact wrench!
rhagfo 01/09/20 06:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Montana for fulltiming??

I am a dietitian and my husband is a nurse. We are traveling, doing contract that are usually 3 months at a time. Right now we stay in air b&b’s usually but it’s so hard packing up and moving that often and it gets very expensive. Our poor pets get so stressed when we keep uprooting them. So, this is why we are going to get the 5th wheel. We have borrowed the in-laws trailer before and got a little idea of what it’s like. Because we have been on the road for about 6 months now we have already down sized considerably and just rent a uhaul when we move. My husband drives an F250 so we know what we can pull. We are a little worried that the Montana may be a little heavy. So the F250 can pull 15,900 lbs. Well at full GVWR of that 5er you really need a F350 DRW, while you might fit just under specs in a SRW you might not like the towing experience.
rhagfo 01/09/20 06:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 6 gal electric hot water heater upgrade

I would do it in a heart beat. We have a 40 foot two year old trailer with a Suburban gas/electric water heater, and as soon as it quits I'll replace it with a 6 gallon residential all electric one like I have at home. I figured I would maintain this in accordance with the book, and the first year I pulled out the anode to check it and it was still good. When I put it back in no matter how tight I snugged it, it leaked. I finally gave up and put a cheater bar on it and figure I would just leave it until it wears out and then replace it with something that is not junk. My electric one at home is 30 years old and has no anode. I have another one in a guest house that is 20 years old with no anode. On my last two trailer they were gas/electric with no anode and each of those were just drained once a year and I never had a problem like with this present piece of junk Guy Wow! You really hate gas hot water! I love having gas range and hot water, yes use electric for heat as we get it as part of the campsite. That said I love gas hot water, for the extremely fast recovery, even with two ladies taking showers before me I always had plenty of hot water, even with a 6 gallon tank.
rhagfo 01/09/20 06:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: 6 gal electric hot water heater upgrade

If you choose to go only electric, don't come back to this forum complaining about lack of Hot Water.
rhagfo 01/08/20 06:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Illinois state park alcohol rules

The park we'll be at is Illinois Beach State Park Looks like allowed in campground prohibited on the beach.
rhagfo 01/05/20 08:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Illinois state park alcohol rules

This is a case of don't ask a question that you really don't want to heat the answer to. Lots of states, & private CGs, have similar rules. They are there to provide a legal stick to beat rowdy abusers of alcohol with. Generally no CG is going to throw you out for possessing, even consuming alcohol at your site. There may be a few overzealous rangers here & there who are sticklers for every little rule. Like anything else drink responsibly. Keep it low key. Don't get obnoxious & disturb your neighbours & all will be well. Looking at the Illinois law it depends on the park and certain areas within those parks. This is likely due to too many wild drunken parties!
rhagfo 01/05/20 08:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV repossession question

I rented out to own my 5th wheel for someone to live in. They have defaulted on the rent. How do I repossess while they are still living in it? You list your location as Washington, I assume the state. Time to get a good property lawyer. It is likely going to cost a bit, you do have the fact they are in default on the agreement which will help. Things to consider, just how much skin do you have left in the game? Is it almost paid for, do you still have a loan out on it?
rhagfo 01/05/20 05:44am Fifth-Wheels
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