I viewed the blog and noticed there are very few posts over the last year or so. The main reason why is RVing. It’s the only thing I’ve found interesting besides “Couples Court with the Cutlers.” It’s a show with some class but still has people revealing their trashy life situations. I digress.
RVing is consuming my life, even though we don’t “go” very often. We average about one outing per month. I have a full time job. We had a major family situation so we didn’t camp for over three months. We made a couple of boondocking trips in April but our next distance trip (200 miles) will be a full hookup trip. We are going with our RV club. I will cover our RV club in my next post.
Our travel trailer is small. We don’t have a lot of room, but I do want to keep it for a while. I’ve made a few modifications to it in order to make it more livable while we have it. I changed out the shower head in favor of an Oxygenics spa shower system. This is to save water and to get better water flow. It took maybe about 15 minutes to swap the shower heads so I’m wondering why I didn’t do it long before.
I also installed an electric power jack for the trailer. I selected this power jack due to customer comments and the reputation. It should make setting up camp easier. I’m excited to see it work when we go out on a trip.
I’ve bought a Samsung 32″ Smart TV for our bedroom. The vehicle has a space for a television in the bedroom, but I need to mount it. It is not an easy job, because it’s not possible to determine the thickness of the wall studs. The RV dealer has been less than cooperative. I asked the service reps at the dealer if they would install a TV mount in the space. They said “sure, just ask (my service rep).” I asked my service rep and he said “no, can’t say for sure it would work.” I’ve not been certain I could do any kind of install there, but I’m going to give it a shot in the next couple of days.
I want to perform an upgrade to our RV; I want to do something to make the vehicle ride smoother. It’s like a mini-earthquake driving these RV’s down the road, so minimizing the shaking will keep items in the vehicle stable.
I’ll give a plug for a YouTube video channel called “Big Truck, Big RV.” The proprietor of this channel is an engineer, “J.D.” who provides no BS reviews of trucks, RV and truck/RV accessories. I’ve learned a great deal about trucks, RV’s and especially hitches from that channel. Towing vehicles, and especially RV’s is not an easy task. Most drivers don’t know what they can tow safely; all they know is their vehicles pull whatever they attach to it. Big Truck, Big RV makes it clear there are limits and they deserve our attention.
When I bought my RV, I thought “my truck (a Ram 1500) can tow 10,000 lbs and the RV is only 6500 lbs, so I’m good.” When I towed it, it felt like a giant brick behind me. The RV swayed a little and the front end of my truck lifted. Furthermore, my truck didn’t have 10,000 lbs worth of towing capacity; it was more like 8300 lbs. It was a huge factor I didn’t really pay attention to …. and the RV dealer didn’t bother mentioning it to me either. As I’ve said before, RV salesmen don’t care about what happens to you once you get the car off the lot.