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Old 11-08-2006, 07:45 AM   #29
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Been aboard for two years as of Sept 20 save for one night. Can't imagine how other people live/travel anymore.
My coach has furnace, bathroom/shower, fridge, etc etc and it is all used daily just like any other house or apartment. I don't understand giving up basic conveniences in order to be camping/mobile.
I fill up with water every day, dump the grey every day, dump the black every week, fill a propane tank about every two weeks, and keep an eye on other maintenance items. I added a solar panel that brings me to full charge by about 2pm every day.
I've got wifi, TV/DVD, and PlayStation, and plenty to read every day.
With the 16' SD, I leave one table up and the other space is the bed. (I alternate depending on task.)
My Dodge has the 3.9l V6 and has plenty of power for towing the 16', but it is getting old and I can't wait to trade the accursed thing in for a Chevrolet.
I guess that adds up to about 800 days so far, and I continue to be delighted every day!
Best of Luck
I guess you win the endurance test. WOW. Very impressive. I hope you continue to enjoy your life on the road. I guess I can do 21-30 days then. Again, WOW.

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Old 11-10-2006, 08:56 PM   #30
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Seven weeks in a 17" Boler, with a fancy hotel half-way between. (In-room Jacuzzi, laundry facilities, pool, gourmet restaurant with Room Service, cable TV. One night was enough to recharge.)

Now every camping trip seems short in comparison.

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Old 11-11-2006, 05:12 PM   #31
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Several people have mentioned they like to break a trip up by spending a night in a hotel/motel. Great idea CharlynnT. TV, big bed, hot shower, room to pace around.

I just paid $40 for a night at KOA. A motel/hotel would only be a few bucks more.
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Old 11-11-2006, 10:12 PM   #32
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I found that, in my experience that the possible major factor in fuel consumption was the wind load on the front of a trailer as opposed to the weight.....used to pull a car on an open trailer, and later put on a 3 ft. x 7 ft. wide flat vertical front with an additional 1 ft. height at 45 degrees to protect the front of the car.....later noticed that it was easier to tow the car and trailer at highway speeds without the front, than an empty trailer with the front.....the wind load was tremendous with just the front.....never actually properly compared fuel usage but the truck really had to work to pull the empty trailer at 60+ mph speeds and noticed a large increase in fuel to run the same distances the last two years I find a large difference between the 13' Boler and the 17' Boler in towing.....with the 17' which has a larger frontal area, my current truck usually won`t go into overdrive even on flat land with the slightest headwind....with the 13' I can tow in OD pretty well anywhere and at higher speeds...Benny
Interesting!! I think that wind loading is also ruining my fuel economy as well. I bought a new hitch pin to attach that has a 5 inch drop rather than a 1 inch. I did notice that the pitch angle on the scamp trailer is higher on the new tow vehicle using my original pickup hitch . I will find out next weekend when we take a trip to laughlin, NV whether the lower hitch is effective.

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