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RE: High mile gas engine trucks

I don't tow a TT anymore, but for most of my truck's life it has towed either a TT or a boat. I have just under 110,000 miles on my 2005 Ram 1500 Hemi and it still runs like the day I bought it new.
MetalGator 07/18/19 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV Tank Maintenance

By adhering to recommended practices with every RV I've owned over the past 45 years, I've never had any issues with my sensors not reading properly. So what are the recommended practices?
MetalGator 07/17/19 06:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dogs

We travel with 4 dogs and they always come with us. They are small and if we are outside with them, they will bark if someone walks past our site but they behave well. We can leave them inside while we run out and I have never had a compliant from any of our neighbors (and I usually ask). We work long hours so our dogs are used to sleeping in the house during the day so they sleep in the motorhome while we run out exploring during the day. I rarely leave them for more than a couple of hours. We have been RVing for almost 10 years now and I can only think of a time or two that there was a constant barking dog. However, I can think of many times where kids and adults caused much more noise than I would have liked.
MetalGator 07/15/19 01:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Daytona/Ormond beach RV parks

Thank you all for your suggestions.
MetalGator 07/12/19 11:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Daytona/Ormond beach RV parks

We are planning a few days next May in the Ormond Beach/Daytona beach area. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to stay? We have a 37' Class A motorhome. I used to stay at Tomoka State park years ago during spring break in college but the sites there are too small for our motorhome. Burch
MetalGator 07/08/19 09:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Good Morning Back to work today after 5 nights at Jetty Park at Cape Canaveral. We had a really good time and have made reservations for next year. Now I have to give the motor home a good cleaning. Lots of sand in the motor home brought in by us and the doggies. I have the motor home parked at the house and plan on moping the floors tonight after work so I can put it back in the storage garage. Richard, I hope you can get your health issues under control and you get to feeling better. Burch
MetalGator 07/08/19 06:07am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Some pictures of our site at Jetty Park. https://i.imgur.com/wqzPgOTl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/fF1XtPAl.jpg Burch
MetalGator 07/04/19 07:33am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Happy 4th of July! We are camping at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral. We got here around 4:30pm on Tuesday afternoon after leaving work early. We really like it here but it is hot! The RV is a nice 75 degrees inside so at least we can get out of the heat. I brought a couple of fans to keep the air morning while outside. It the afternoons, we get a nice sea breeze so its not so bad but the mornings the air is still. My niece and her boyfriend are driving over this morning. They both like to fish and there is a long fishing pier that goes from the shipping channel out to the Atlantic Ocean. I hope they catch some fish. I will be smoking some baby back ribs for dinner tonight. Not sure what we are doing yet for lunch but we don't plan on leaving the park today, The Pavillon area gets really packed with families enjoying the holiday and there is usually a long line of cars trying to get into the park. I hope everyone has a great day. Burch
MetalGator 07/04/19 06:24am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Good Morning FOOFs We are getting ready for our trip to Jetty Park for the 4th of July holiday. Our office is closed on Thursday and the partners decided to also close on Friday. Now I only have to use one vacation day for Wednesday so I can save a day for another RV adventure. The Papillons got hair cuts yesterday and they look good. My wife bought a grooming table that will hold the dogs. I call it the torture table as it looks like two nooses hanging down from a pole. It really helped hold the dogs so she could trim them but they didn't like it. Murphy got a bath yesterday afternoon. I was a little worried about her as she was shaking and acted as if she didn't feel good. She was down on her hips a little. I don't know if she was cold from the bath or what was going on. She sometimes walks like a robot when her back hips get stiff. She was back to her ornery self this morning running around the house wanting to get fed. I worry about her since she is 16 years old but she still gets around well for an old dog. She is the only dog that will go up and down the motor home stairs. The little dogs are too small and Monty is petrified of the stairs for some reason. I have to carry him up and down the stairs and he always has the death grip on me when doing so. The plan is to leave work around 2pm on Tuesday and head to Cape Canaveral. It usually takes us around 2 hours and 45 minutes to get there. Sometimes going around Orlando can have heavy traffic but I am hoping that by leaving early, we can miss most of the traffic. We will be staying there until Sunday morning. I hope everyone has a great holiday week. I will check in a couple times during our trip. Burch
MetalGator 07/01/19 06:42am RV Pet Stop
RE: Why a discrepancy between sticker payload & actual weight?

What's funny is no matter what scale I use to weigh my empty beer cans prior to driving them down there, they always weigh 10%-15% less on the scrap yards scale........Strange. That happens to you too?!?! :)
MetalGator 06/26/19 12:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Burch we stay home on the July 4th weekend. It's always crowded and hard to find a nice quiet place to camp around here. So if we are going to have to listen to the fireworks I had rather do it at home where the fur babies are more comfortable. We have gone to Jetty park the last three 4th of July's. When we check in, I basically reserve for the next 4th. You can reserve a year in advance and even then the sites are almost booked by the time I try and reserve. My dogs don't like fireworks but at Jetty Park, the fireworks are at a distance and aren't too noisy. Murphy probably can't hear them anymore as she is really getting hard of hearing in her old age.
MetalGator 06/26/19 07:51am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Does anyone have any camping plans for the 4th of July? I know most of you reading this forum are retired and probably avoid camping during the holidays but we use the day off to our advantage. We are taking off work early next Tuesday and heading to Jetty Park at Port Canaveral for 5 nights. That is our favorite place to go in the motorhome. Speaking of motorhome, I went to our storage garage on Sunday afternoon to put something in the motorhome. We went to Lazydays resort the weekend before last and I got a bunch of bugs on the front of the motorhome. I grabbed a bucket and went inside to turn on the water pump to put some water in the bucket. I cleaned off the bugs and went home. When I got up the next morning to go to work I realized I hadn't turned the water pump off. On my lunch break, I went over to the garage and there was water underneath the motorhome! It seemed to be coming from the compartment where the water panel is. There is a hose that goes into the water pump that looks like it has a small water filter that has a screen inside. Both the hose and the filter were a little loose. I hand tightening both of them and dried out the compartment. I went over today during lunch and turned on the pump and ran some water into the sink. I checked the compartment and it was dry so hopefully my issue is fixed. I rarely use the water pump so it might have been like this for some time and I didn't realize it. I guess over time, things loosen up while driving your house around. Burch
MetalGator 06/25/19 12:56pm RV Pet Stop
Lippert Schwintek 300:1 vs 500:1 Slide motor

I posted this on another RV forum but wanted to post here as well. I have a 2018 Miramar 35.3. About a year ago (right after the warranty was over), my dinette/living area slide would only come in a few inches and then one side would stop. I would have to extend it and then try to retract it again. Sometimes I would have to do this several times but it would always come in. Then one day, not so lucky. Didn't think I would ever get the slide in. Camping world said that one of the motors was shot and that I should probably replace both the motors, which I did. I had them give me the old motors that they replaced. I have read that Lippert has a 300:1 and a 500:1 motor. My slide is not quite a half length slide (12-13') so I didn't know which motor was originally installed at the factory. The small bedroom slide comes in at the same speed as the bigger slide so I assumed I had the 300:1 motors. I have also read that the 300:1 motors have a black cap on them and the 500:1 have a clear cap. Both of my removed motors have the black cap. I spoke to a Thor rep and gave them my VIN number and he gave me the model number of the motors. They are supposed to be the 300:1 model I was thinking about purchasing two more motors to have as spares and was going to update to the 500:1 for more torque. I figured the next time a motor went out, I would change out both motors to the 500:1. Now for the confusion! I just looked at the two old motors that were removed from the motorhome. Both have the black caps on them but only one has a label on it. It says it's a High Torque 500:1! Now I am really confused! So, one of the following must be true. 1) Thor told me the wrong information and the 500:1 was installed at the factory. 2) The motor with the label has been mislabeled. 3) Camping world gave me back the wrong motors that came out of another RV. Does anyone know how to identify the 500:1 motors? Below are a couple of pictures of the motors that supposedly came out of our Miramar slide. https://i.imgur.com/e0A2T7Rl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/v19cawBl.jpg
MetalGator 06/24/19 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: A crappy experience

As others have said, check the rubber O ring. My hose had always worked fine and one time it leaked bad when I was dumping. The black rubber O ring was missing. I picked up a 3 pack of them at Walmart and that fixed the leaking problem.
MetalGator 06/20/19 06:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Sue and I were discussing the sale of the camper and the truck after this Fall's trip to Sevierville. I am so glad I will be able to make this last trip. This is the first year that the dates worked for me Today is Monty and Lola's 9th birthday! They are such sweet dogs. I can't wait for you to meet them in Sevierville along with my other two. https://i.imgur.com/Rhlfzzdl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/cmRXBosl.png https://i.imgur.com/RieI1pIl.jpg This last picture of Lola was taken at the Hilton Head resort. Burch
MetalGator 06/20/19 06:28am RV Pet Stop
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi or Ecodiesel?

I can't comment on the Ecodiesel but I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab that I purchased new in August of 2005. I have 110,000 miles on it and it still runs and looks like new. I pulled a 6000lb boat for many years and after that, I towed a 6500lb travel trailer. The only thing I have done to the truck is preventative maintenance and tires and brake jobs a few times. The Hemi has turned out to be a very durable engine. I change the oil every 4-5k miles and it doesn't burn a drop of oil between changes. The Hemi doesn't get the best fuel mileage (I get around 14 in town and 19 unloaded on the road) but it is a great engine.
MetalGator 06/19/19 06:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I bought a small 1/4 acre lot and built a house on it almost 23 years ago. I bought northeast of town where there aren't any deed restrictions as I am a ham radio operator. I wanted to be able to put up a tower and have my antennas. On two sides of me were hundreds of acres of pasture land with lots of cattle. 22 1/2 years later I am surrounded by 1000s of homes. The county just approved 800 homes to be built down the street from me. My quiet country street now has a lot of traffic and they are planning to 4 lane it. It is unbelievable how much growth has sprung up around me. That is one of the reasons we purchased a travel trailer and now the motorhome so we can get away from all the craziness. I have been blessed with really good neighbors that have been living here from before I moved in. If it wasn't for them and my house being paid for I would move but unless I moved way out east, it would be no different. I don't know how the infrastructure keeps up with all the housing. We get our water from Lake Manatee and I can't believe there is enough water in the lake to keep up with all the new homes. Burch
MetalGator 06/18/19 07:20am RV Pet Stop
RE: RV-Dump parking sloping the wrong way

You shouldn't drain your black tank completely dry unless you are SURE there are no solids left. If there are it could dry into a mess that may not break up later. Better to leave some water in the bottom. If you do drain it completely then run a couple gallons through the toilet so stuff doesn't dry out. I always fill the toilet bowl 3 or 4 times and flush after dumping tanks.
MetalGator 06/14/19 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Any one have any summer plans they would like to share? We are going to take advantage of the 4th of July holiday. We are going to stay at Jetty Park at Port Canaveral near Cocoa Beach. We will be heading there after work in July 2nd and will stay until the morning of July 7th. This is my favorite place to stay. On the east side of the campground is the beach and the north side is the shipping channel for Port Canaveral. I love watching the cruise ships coming in and out of the port. The park is a gem for residents of Brevard county. They have a huge open area with a bunch of pavilions you can rent on the channel. $25 for the whole day for a pavilion that would accommodate 6-8 people. They also have camping sites right on the shipping channel. The only bad thing about the channel sites is they have water only and are slopped forward towards the channel. I mostly see class As and large fifth wheels parking there running their generators (especially in July in Florida). I am afraid that Jetty Park might be a thing of the past soon as I have heard rumors that the port is trying to sell it to developers. It would be a perfect spot for expensive condos. So we will enjoy it while we can. The port has fireworks on July 3rd and on July 4th we always walk out of the beach after dark. You can see fireworks for miles down the beach at night. Burch
MetalGator 06/13/19 08:09am RV Pet Stop
RE: How many seconds to extend your slide(s)?

I don't know how long it takes to extend/retract my slides but I do know that I always hold my breath and pray when I hit the slide button!
MetalGator 06/10/19 07:22am General RVing Issues
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