DIY Repair of Most Recent Blowout Damage – I Learned About RVing From That

DIY Repair of Most Recent Blowout Damage – I Learned About RVing From That

A recent blowout  on the right side of the 5th wheel RV trailer blasted away the plastic wheel-opening trim, and tore the lower metal panel aft of the tire.  Checking with the dealer where I bought it, I learned that it would take at least a month (probably more) for them to fix it.  I thought about it for a little while, and decided to fix it myself.  It would be quicker (I hoped) and undoubtedly cheaper. I emailed photos of the damaged parts to the dealer and they agreed to have the parts loaded into the next new unit coming to them from the factory.  This way, I wouldn’t have to pay crating and truck-shipping fees. As Murphy’s Law would have it, the wrong gold-colored aluminum curved panel arrived. Reordering and waiting for another new unit...

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Mysterious Blowouts on RV – Possible Answer: Another Installment of ‘I Learned About RVing From That.’

Mysterious Blowouts on RV – Possible Answer: Another Installment of ‘I Learned About RVing From That.’

Five flat tires in three years.  Always on the right side of the fifth-wheel I bought just three years ago.  I could count on every long-distance trip featuring at least one blowout.  And when trailer tires let go, they can do some significant damage, as in this picture. I have RV auto club road service, but it’s always going to be two hours from when I call them until I’m back on the road again.  That delay, plus the potential expense of replacing yet another tire and repairing the trailer, makes any flat tire an unpleasant experience. I’ve wracked my brain over the years trying to figure it out.  I’ve upgraded tire load ranges, checked air pressure every day on a trip, double-checked weights and load distribution, but nothing proved...

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Carolina Collector Auto Fest

Carolina Collector Auto Fest

After watching hours of Fast n’ Loud on TV, I was interested in seeing what regular folks were doing with old car restoration and customization.  So it was that I headed over, once again, to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, this time for the Carolina Collector Auto Fest (and swap-meet.)  Following are some of the cars that caught my eye.                    

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Kennedy Space Center – On The Road To Florida

Kennedy Space Center – On The Road To Florida

  Have you ever seen something that caught you by surprise but then realized that you actually did know about it but had just forgotten? Some might consider this a sign of age, but I prefer to think that I just need to have some more personal RAM installed… We arrived in Cocoa Beach on Saturday, found the RV park and got set up. Next was an excursion to Publix, my go-to place in Florida, to pick up a few things. The rest of the afternoon was partially spent lolling (I like that word) in the pool. The park was not at all crowded and we had the pool to ourselves. After nearly an hour, though, we could see approaching young children in the near distance and grabbed our shoes and towels and headed back to the RV. Not a fan of loud kids splashing everything...

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St. Augustine – On The Road To Florida

St. Augustine – On The Road To Florida

  We rolled down I-95 past St. Augustine, Florida, on Thursday about twelve noon and found our campground just south of there off SR 207. I had picked it out of the Passport America directory and was curious to see how the description jibed with the actual place. As you might expect, things always look better on paper than they do in person. However, in this case, some of the sites were paved and level, a big plus for me. Unfortunately, no one was in the office when we arrived, and still not there when we returned from lunch and the outlet malls up the road at five-fifteen that evening. So, the next morning at eight-thirty I walked over to find that someone was actually in. Turns out the site I had picked was reserved for someone else arriving Friday evening...

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I Learned About RVing From That: Watch That First Step

I Learned About RVing From That: Watch That First Step

I got my first non-tent camping unit in 1994 – a used slide-in truck camper – and have had seven more RVs of various kinds since then, so I’ve been at this for a while. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or three about RVing, often the hard way. In the hope of keeping you from making the same mistakes, I’m periodically writing about some of my experiences. Many towable-trailer manufacturers build units with two doors. Usually, one is near the living area and the another off a bedroom. My first brand new unit – a Rockwood – had two doors and that was quite a novelty to me. But we nearly always used the aft door from the living area whenever we accessed the trailer because that was where we spent most of our time when on the road. However,...

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Surviving The Time-Share Pitch

Surviving The Time-Share Pitch

Many of you have probably sat through a time-share presentation. Some of you may have bought a time-share. I imagine a lot of you who bought one are perfectly happy with it. But I’ve mostly heard about those of you who aren’t happy. And who want to get out of their time-share, but can’t. There are even time-share resale brokers out there. So, we weren’t in the market for a time-share, but we agreed to listen to the pitch in exchange for a three-night stay at a two-bedroom condo in Williamsburg, Virginia, for $189 plus tax. A nice deal for roomy comfortable accommodations in that historic area. We had seen this ‘vacation’ offer at a home show in Raleigh. Of course, the pitch at the home show and the reality we found at the actual...

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