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Sliding shelf for Blackstone I have a 2021 Grand Design Reflection 31MB 5th wheel with a kitchen compartment with a small frig and storage area for a stove. We like using the Blackstone so we installed a double sliding shelf for storing and use. This might be the best mod we've made to this trailer so far. Copy and paste the youtube video.
Lightning55 12/26/21 08:58am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Remembering my best physical condition

My best physical shape was in my mid thirties. Things slowly started slipping after that. 74 now and it seems to get worse every year as far as health goes.
Lightning55 12/24/21 10:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Straw cowboy style hats

^^Most, would figure a Cowboy in California, is a cut above! Yes, the truck would help, especially with bull horns attached to the grill. Jerry Bull horns on my beautiful Duramax Denali? Hmmm, I have my limitations.....
Lightning55 12/22/21 11:48am Around the Campfire
RE: Straw cowboy style hats

As a little kid, I loved wearing cowboy hats. I grew up in the northern CA suburbs and whenever I wore a cowboy hat, people would look at me like I was an alien or something. Now as an old guy, I really like the look of jeans, boots, and straw hats, but wonder if it's now more acceptable to wear western wear even though I'm not a cow poke. I haven't been on a horse in decades! It's the 21st century and I see people from all over the world around here dressed in their traditional/cultural clothing. Think I would still fit in if I looked like I was from Texas? I drive a pick up truck if that helps...
Lightning55 12/22/21 10:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Ever Notice?

I noticed his pants with no pockets a long time ago and thought that was a little odd. I also noticed that the bad guy got the drop on him but I figured he was a bad shot and just missed him. In most scenes, I noticed that Dillon never had his holster tied to his leg, the leather straps just dangled at his side. Just a side note - I read that opening gun fight scene was filmed at the same set that High Noon was filmed.
Lightning55 12/17/21 04:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Straw cowboy style hats

I'm no cow poke but I know steam is the best way to shape and needs to be worn to break in for a comfortable fit. I think a Resistol George Strait hat is the best looking cowboy hat there is!
Lightning55 12/16/21 10:40am Around the Campfire
RE: 5th wheel purchase advise - Solitude or Jayco

I've owned a new Jayco and a Grand Design Reflection 5th wheel. My Reflection is much nicer in my opinion and the Solitude is even nicer. Better overall quality and tows better.
Lightning55 12/10/21 04:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The RV market December 2021

I've heard that the market is still strong, but RV lots are filling up with inventory again. I'm not in the market but I'd guess that prices are starting to soften with increased availability. I think the late model used market is still strong. I suspect that it won't be long and the market will be flooded with inventory and the prices will drop a lot.
Lightning55 12/08/21 09:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch What Kind

There are lots of good hitches out there but on my last two 5th wheels, I use an Andersen Ultimate hitch and like it.
Lightning55 12/04/21 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Renting out a parking spot on my property...?

So I spoke with my insurance agent this morning, one reason that I still have a local bricks and sticks agent is to discuss minor questions such as this. As a result of the conversation I decided, from a liability standpoint, it is not worth the risk for me. The part of my property that I would allow access is not a defined vehicular spot; it is not a driveway or similar, it is just a part of field/ lawn/ grassy spot. There are vole holes and ant hills around. While the ants are dormant, the potential to twist an ankle in one of the hills or holes is quite possible. The potential to make a few hundred bucks is not worth any potential claim against my homeowners policy. If it were some sort of "defined" spot for which a vehicle could be parked then I would entertain the thought more. Thanks for comments. Smart call. It's not worth the potential exposure to liability.
Lightning55 11/29/21 11:07am Around the Campfire
RE: Champion Generator

I've got a Champion 3100 and although a little bigger and a bit more expensive, it's a great value for what you get. Remote control electric starter and enough power to run our AC unit. Very quiet, reliable and easy to move with the wheels on the front. I'll admit it's a little heavy though.
Lightning55 11/29/21 10:54am General RVing Issues
RE: 45ft, would I be too limited?

45? That's huge. You'll need a Freightliner to pull it! Like others have said, you will really limit the places you can get reservations.
Lightning55 11/07/21 04:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alignment...I think!

If only one tire is wearing unevenly like that, I would bet it's probably a bent axle rather than a misalignment. It's wearing pretty bad so it should be pretty apparent what's going on.
Lightning55 10/20/21 10:20am Fifth-Wheels
Nowhere to go

I live in northern CA and went online yesterday searching for a camping spot for a future weekend outing with the new 5th wheel. EVERYWHERE is booked solid for months. Anywhere near the coast is impossible, and going into the mountains are slim pickings with all the state park closures due to fires. I might as well just park it in front of my house and pretend we're in the mountains. Is everywhere else like this? Owning this rig and an expensive tow vehicle hardly seems worth it if we can't go anywhere.
Lightning55 10/01/21 09:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Lounge Chair / Recliner for a relaxing nap

I vote for zero gravity reclining chairs. It's almost impossible to not doze off within 5 minutes. The only draw back is that they are big and harder to store.
Lightning55 09/05/21 10:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric bikes !!

ktmrfs - I guess I was exaggerating a bit at 100lbs, it's actually 65 lbs. When I crashed, I was on my back under the bike and it felt like over 100 lbs. trying to get out from under it! I think trying to hold on, I actually hit the twist throttle and launched it as I went down. Not a fun ride.
Lightning55 08/05/21 12:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric bikes !!

Just a little reminder to electric bike riders: Be careful on these things! While camping last weekend, I went for a ride with my grand daughter and crashed. Riding on an asphalt path on a hillside, my front wheel drifted off the edge of the pavement and hit the dirt. I lost traction and went flying. Lucky I didn't break anything but got banged up. At 74 yrs old, I don't recover as fast and didn't walk too well for a couple of days. It was my own fault. I was going faster than I should have and didn't have the ability to control this nearly 100 lbs bike when I lost traction. I was lucky I'm not in the hospital right now.
Lightning55 08/05/21 08:22am General RVing Issues
RE: I kid you not!

Kids nowadays don't have a clue and our schools no longer teach history.
Lightning55 07/04/21 11:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Grand Design Quality

I bought a new 2020 GD Reflection 31MB last February and although I've had a few minor problems, I think it is definitely better quality than the Jayco that I bought a few years ago. The most noticeable difference is that the GN tows much smoother than the Jayco. The "clucking" was so bad on the Jayco that I installed a Morryde rubber pinbox and it helped a lot. On the Reflection I didn't need to add the rubber pinbox at all. It tows much smoother. Most new trailers regardless of the manufacturer, put these things together with cheap, lightweight materials that don't hold up well.GN is no exception.
Lightning55 07/03/21 08:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric bikes !!

I bought an Lectric XP when I could no longer keep up with the grandkids when we went camping. It's fast (28mph) and so far reliable. I picked the Lectric because I wanted a fat tire bike that folded and was affordable at $899. Folding it is kind of difficult and it's hard to handle when folded up. The grandkids liked it so much that they both got one for Xmas. Overall, I'm glad I got it but don't ride as often as I should.
Lightning55 06/27/21 09:14am General RVing Issues
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