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Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-22-2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 787
Posted By gcakia
5th Wheel Market?

I'm curious about the market right now for buying a used 5th wheel. Once COVID hit this time last year the market for RV's in general went crazy. Everyone was buying everything. Demand was high!
...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-13-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 462
Posted By gcakia
Need advice on selling 5th wheel, please

My wife and I have been living in a Redwood 5th wheel for the past 9 years or so. We're retired now and don't require the ability to move with work so we've bought a brick and mortar house. [Mod...
Forum: Going Green 07-30-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,203
Posted By gcakia
Thanks everyone! Appreciate the education.

Thanks everyone! Appreciate the education.
Forum: Going Green 07-30-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,203
Posted By gcakia
Battery Question

Which battery solution provides more storage of power?

1. Two 6 volt AGM with 224 amp hours each, or
2. Two 12 volt lithium batteries with 100 amp hours each.

Appreciate the education.
Forum: Going Green 07-19-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 252
Posted By gcakia
Boondocking

Understood. The auto start feature would only be enabled when dry camping.
Forum: Going Green 07-19-2020, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 252
Posted By gcakia
Auto Generator Starter

Wife and I are getting a solar solution installed in our Cirrus truck camper. It's a large enough system to run the AC for a few hours but not all night. I'm thinking of installing an AGS so the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-18-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,291
Posted By gcakia
Silicone vs Acrylic?

I've moved away from Shade RV and/or Reflectix material being taped to the roof. I'm focusing now on an Acrylic or Silicone covering that is more permanent.

From reading a 1000 or so articles...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-17-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,291
Posted By gcakia
How do you use the Reflectix. I have a 43 ft 5th...

How do you use the Reflectix. I have a 43 ft 5th wheel. Do you cover the roof with it and tape it down? I read that it is waterproof and good insulation to use year round.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-17-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,291
Posted By gcakia
Reducing A/C Costs

Wife and live in Texas in a Redwood 5th wheel We've seen an elevated cover that sits above your roof and ac units the entire length of the rv. It helps block the sun and reduces your ac costs. ...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 07-17-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By gcakia
Lithium Solar Capacity

Does anyone have two lithium batteries as part of their solar system? We're having a solar system installed in our Cirrus 920 truck camper. Fully charged, we've gotten an estimate that we can run the...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-06-2020, 08:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 682
Posted By gcakia
Custom Flatbed

Any companies in (or around) Texas that does a good job building custom flatbeds for a Cirrus 920 truck camper to be mounted on an F-350 dually?
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 05-10-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,316
Posted By gcakia
What do you tow?

Wife and I are getting ready to retire and will travel extensively with a Cirrus 920. Looking for something fun to take with us (besides a boat). Tricycle, jeep, 4x4, or other.

I'd like to hear...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 04-27-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 350
Posted By gcakia
Washer - Dryer Selection

Wife and I have been full timing in a Redwood 5th wheel for 7 years. We've decided to stay where we are (minimal travel) and would like to buy a washer dryer. Need some help on determining best...
Forum: Going Green 01-25-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 707
Posted By gcakia
Guessing at the meaning of tiering, I think...

Guessing at the meaning of tiering, I think that's what I'm trying to do. I don't need the expense of supporting 100% of my power needs at peak usage. I'm trying to peel off a section each month...
Forum: Going Green 01-25-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 707
Posted By gcakia
Solar; But Not For Boondocking?

Wife and I live in a Redwood 5th wheel full time. I'm still working (couple more years). We have the benefit of Texas sun and are interested in cutting our electric costs during retirement.

Is...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-13-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,924
Posted By gcakia
Thanks (so far)

All of your responses are insightful and are helping me make a better, long term decision.

Keep the feedback coming. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate everyone's help.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-13-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,924
Posted By gcakia
Primary Decision Criteria

Great point! Having the ability for my wife to use the restroom while driving (given proper aim and stability) is worth any additional cost that a Class A would require. That will save us time and...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-12-2018, 01:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,924
Posted By gcakia
Class A vs 5th Wheel

My wife and I have lived in a 5th wheel full time for about 5 years. We did this for two reasons; travel with my work and to lower costs so we'd have more during retirement. (we felt a 5th wheel...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 01-11-2018, 10:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 942
Posted By gcakia
Jack Issue

Have a Lance 1181 on a 1 Ton Ford Dually.

Lately when operating the jacks (with remote) I can raise or lower an individual jack just fine. I can lower all the jacks simultaneously, just fine.
...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-11-2017, 07:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,875
Posted By gcakia
Right On, Right On,...etc.

Exactly!

PS. Nice rig!
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-10-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,875
Posted By gcakia
Rodney Dangerfield Syndrome?

Seems that Truck Campers "don't get no respect".

My wife and I have owned a 2011 Lance 1181 since February. We've found RV parks (way too many) that say they don't accept truck campers. We...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-01-2017, 06:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,441
Posted By gcakia
Can't hear myself think!

We bought a 2011 Lance truck camper (1181) this past winter. When we drive down the highway, it sounds like the wind is coming right through our windows. As the winds shift and as we change...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 05-15-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 759
Posted By gcakia
Dallas to Durango

Wife and I are heading to Durango in July. Based on Bing Maps, there are two alternative routes. After leaving Dallas, there's one route to Amarillo, TX. Once in Amarillo we can:

1. Continue west...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 03-20-2017, 11:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 994
Posted By gcakia
Vacation Options

My wife and I are considering a trip this summer to either Durango Colorado or Taos NM.

We'll be driving an F-350 (from Dallas) with a Lance truck camper (1181) on the back. We've never been...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-05-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 659
Posted By gcakia
Servicing a Residential Fridge

Love the fridge, but servicing the unit is a real challenge.

Fridge service companies don't want to service it because it's so tightly lodged into a 5th wheel wall and hard to get to.

My RV...
Forum: Going Green 01-08-2017, 08:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,202
Posted By gcakia
Solar Panels 101

Topic moved.
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 01-07-2017, 09:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,584
Posted By gcakia
Solar 101

I have some really basic questions about using solar panels in a truck camper.

1. Do the panels charge the two 12 volt batteries which supply primary power to the TC? Or do the solar panels...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 01-04-2017, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,395
Posted By gcakia
Used Lance 1181

Appreciate the feedback.

The dealer is going to replace all hoses and put new sealant on all seams. They are replacing both batteries and filling both propane tanks. They're going to power wash...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 01-03-2017, 07:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 526
Posted By gcakia
Propane Gauge

The "red/black" propane gauge on my Redwood 5th wheel isn't working right anymore. I'm considering a simple gauge from Amazon (Camco 59023 Propane Gauge-$20). We have two 30 lb tanks on a switch...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 12-26-2016, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,395
Posted By gcakia
New to Me 2006 Lance 1181

Taking delivery on a 2006 TC that looks new on the inside but is faded and oxidized on the outside. Doing research on the best approach to fixing the outside. From what I've researched so far;
...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 12-18-2016, 09:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 771
Posted By gcakia
Thanks

Appreciate everyone's feedback!

Have a Merry Christmas!
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 12-17-2016, 08:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 771
Posted By gcakia
Direct TV DVR Mobility?

Wife and I are buying a truck camper. Most trips will be less than a week in duration for a while. Rather than subscribe for more service and more $ for the camper, can we simply disconnect the...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 12-12-2016, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 902
Posted By gcakia
DVR in a Truck Camper

Wife and I have put a down payment on a very good, used Lance TC. As we prepare to pick it up, we had a few questions.

1. The TC has an older model wineguard sat dish. It's manually...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 12-05-2016, 07:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,142
Posted By gcakia
Thanks

Appreciate everyone's input! Always good to hear from folks that have been through the alternatives and learn from the experience. We continue to look and learn. Hope to buy something after New...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 12-05-2016, 07:55 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,142
Posted By gcakia
My F350 is a 2012 Lariette.

My F350 is a 2012 Lariette.
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-29-2016, 11:23 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,142
Posted By gcakia
CampLite VS Lance

From all our investigation we seem to be narrowing our search to Lance or CampLite. Both have aluminum frames, similar price range, both seem to have good reputations, etc.

Any owners out...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-25-2016, 09:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,142
Posted By gcakia
Thanks gcsprayjr! Excellent feedback. Is S&S...

Thanks gcsprayjr! Excellent feedback. Is S&S an acronym for something or is that the brand name?
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-22-2016, 04:32 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,142
Posted By gcakia
Also, you suggested buying local. If I buy a...

Also, you suggested buying local. If I buy a Lance from a dealer in Austin and get it serviced at a Lance dealer locally, could I still have problems?

Do Lance dealers service brands other than...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-22-2016, 04:25 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,142
Posted By gcakia
Thanks Joe. LOA?

Thanks Joe. LOA?
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 07-21-2016, 08:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,142
Posted By gcakia
Alternatives???

Wife and I are considering a truck camper. We have a Ford F350 dually for a truck and are looking to travel extensively. We like a truck rather than a small bumper pull because we want to be able...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 06-19-2016, 09:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 737
Posted By gcakia
Texas Beach RV Parks

My wife and I were visiting Corpus Christi a few weeks ago and found Pioneer RV Park in Port Aransas. Fell in love with the park, but before we finalize selection of our retirement site, wanted to...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-10-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 557
Posted By gcakia
Insurance

Does anyone know of an insurance agency that will provide decent coverage for a cover over our RV and patio, as well as a storage shed on property. We'd like liability coverage for the property as...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-05-2015, 06:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By gcakia
Thanks Phonedude for such a detailed response. ...

Thanks Phonedude for such a detailed response. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and recommendations. We'll give these ideas a shot at fixing the problem. I can breather better already!
...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-31-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By gcakia
Thanks, but we're aware of the exhaust fan issue...

Thanks, but we're aware of the exhaust fan issue and don't do that. We also aren't traveling, which would make it worse. I'm going to climb up on the roof and make sure the vents are clear later...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-31-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By gcakia
I just spoke to the service desk at my dealer. ...

I just spoke to the service desk at my dealer. He's checking with their tech's, but said we may want to put bleach in the tank. I asked him to verify that would not eat any seals in the tank which...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-31-2015, 06:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By gcakia
Black Tank Odor

Over the past few months we've started experiencing toilet odor after 4 days or so accumulation in the black tanks (we have two separate black tanks). Both tanks have the same problem.

We empty...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-31-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,397
Posted By gcakia
1650 series, by the way.

1650 series, by the way.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-31-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,397
Posted By gcakia
5,000 Watt Generator by Briggs & stratton

Wife and I have a 43 ft Redwood that normally runs on 50 AMP power. Have never owned or operated a generator but have an opportunity to get this B&S generator with 30 amp locking outlet for a very...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-20-2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,204
Posted By gcakia
Bogie Wheels

Just saw a post that some people have successfully used bogie wheels or castors on the rear of the RV. Nice option, but I suspect it would only be safe for short distances of a few inches or a...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-20-2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,204
Posted By gcakia
Bogie Wheels

Just saw a post that some people have successfully used bogie wheels or castors on the rear of the RV. Nice option, but I suspect it would only be safe for short distances of a few inches or a...
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