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  • Rare phenomenon
    Thanks for sharing those cool pics!! I’ve never seen nor heard of such a thing!! Happy New Year.
  • Securing stuff in a fifth wheel while underway
    We also have a 2018 Grand Design Reflection 337 and are right now traveling across the country (from TN to West Coast to East Coast and back home!) I feel like I have gotten a good handle on how to stow things for travel so I’ll try to list my methods and products. First I LOVE having a homey camper so I have LOTS of decorating items that I used to have to get out and put away every time we moved. No more!! I found out about using Museum Putty to stick things in place and it works like a charm for things like lamps and knick-knacks. Then there are Command Strips!! An RVer’s answer to just about anything else!! I use them to mount pictures, calendars, bathroom towel racks, key hanger, Reflectix insulation on bathroom skylight and front door window (anywhere the sun comes in too strong). It removes easily and usually does no damage at all, but does need to be replaced occasionally if you are hanging something unusually heavy (I use a heavy duty one to hang deer antlers!!! :)

    I pick up my decorative round rug that is in front of the fireplace and put it on our bed and lay things across it that I don’t want to fall down (like my guitar, etc.) I make sure the closet doors are secured with the snap thingies, pull in the slide and close the bedroom door. I stow my bathroom lamp in the linen closet (removing the bulb and lampshade first so it doesn’t roll around and mess up the fixture), and I have a soft basket that I keep in the shower floor for the shampoo, soap and candles during travel. Make sure the shower door and bathroom door are secured (also that your toilet paper doesn’t fall and unroll during travel :-) Everything else stays put very securely in the linen closet. Occasionally things will fall over in the medicine cabinet but nothing is damaged.

    I have a basket with a flower arrangement, a tin with pine cones and a lamp on my dining room table. That all gets stowed under the table for travel as well as the Kleenex box. We used to secure the dining room chairs with the straps but no longer do that. Instead I cut some pool noodles to about 12” pieces and made a slit long ways to fit down over the sides of the back of the chairs to keep them
    from bumping or rubbing on the wall or each other during travel. It’s worked great! The water purifier, dog food and water bowls, candles and butter bell stow in the sink for travel (I use a plastic sink protector to keep scratches to a minimum in the stainless steel sink). The coffee maker and toaster go under the sink along with my paper towels.

    The TV has a great snap-in mount that keeps it secure during travel. I have only very rarely had any of the cabinet doors come open and usually only because I had something very heavy that fell against it, or an extremely bumpy road. I even have lots of glass dishes in the hutch cabinet (the one with glass doors) and have never had it open, nor has anything every chipped or broken. I do use a piece of that rubber cabinet liner on each shelf to keep things from scooting around and it has worked great!

    As for the glass-fronted pantry, I use those spring-loaded rods that you can get in camping stores and put those across the 3 shelves. I also use OXO “air-tight” canisters to store most of my food items in (more for mouse protection than anything else, but they have squared sides and fit side-by-side and stack really well!) We mounted 4 spice racks on the inside of the pantry door and that probably helps to keep things in place as well.

    I’d say that the cabinet I have the most trouble with is the one over the recliners. I store my books, maps, etc. there and they do shift around quite a bit. So I also put some fleece throws and neck rolls in there between the books and the door and that has worked better.

    I have a small coffee table in front of the sofa and for that I place it upside down on a fleece blanket with the excess thrown over the legs to prevent it from sliding into the glass fireplace during travel. It fits nicely between the closed slides and has never moved during travel.

    I have a check-off list that I printed out with a label maker and stuck inside the indoor control panel and use that every time I get ready to move to the next campsite. It has saved our bacon a few times!! I don’t have a picture of it, but I can post it once we get to our next destination. I’m sure you’re going to LOVE your new fifth wheel and it’ll become second nature to you once you’ve done it enough times!

    Happy Traveling!!!
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  • Midwest weather safety
    We’re RVing across America right now (been gone 1 month so far) and fortunately left Texas right before they started getting all their terrible weather. We listened intently to weather alerts from our Weather app and ended up leaving Radium Springs (north of Las Cruces, NM) a day early because of high winds that were forecasted to start up around noon. We have found that the winds are usually not as bad in the morning hours, so that is a better time to travel across places known for high winds (southern NM, AZ, etc.) We wish you the best. Vigilance pays off!!
  • Hi from South Central MI
    Welcome to the forum! We live in Middle TN but are on a 6-month trip across the US! Loving it. We’re in the Coconino Natl. Forest outside Flagstaff, AZ right now. Staying for 2 weeks because there is SO much to do: hiking, kayaking, beautiful red rocks in Sedona, great pizza place in town, and just good down time between our various stops! Enjoy your long trip as well! We love the RV lifestyle!
  • Refrigerator light switch
    We suspected our fridge light was staying on when I found the butter melted (it was right next to the light) so we put our GoPro in there and closed it up. Sure enough, the monitor was showing it was on. Replaced the switch arm which was apparently too short to activate it, and voila! The problem was solved!
  • Shower skylight shade
    We cut some Reflectix bubble pack insulation to size and stuck it up with Command strips. It works great and you can easily take it down if you want to see the sky on a particularly cloudy day! We live and camp in Middle Tennessee which is plenty hot and sunny and have not had a problem with any bubbling or cracking of our skylight. It makes a huge difference in the heat factor inside the camper as well as keeping out the early morning light if we want to sleep in. We also use the Reflectix on our slide windows in the bedroom for a cozy dark night of sleep!
  • 5th Wheel King Pin LOCK???
    Thanks for the responses! We have never had anything stolen but still better safe than sorry! Cheers!
  • Changing Forum Name?
    I’m mapping our trip and am using TravellersPoint website and trip planning page that I saw on one of your videos. How do you find the interesting places to visit in an area you plan to visit? Word of mouth? Rest area brochures? We seem to miss out on so many cool things and don’t want to do that this time!
  • Changing Forum Name?
    Maybe so. I don’t remember if I was logged in or not! Thanks for the name change! By the way, what maps or website do you use to find BLM campsites in the boonies? I was looking at the areas around Guadalupe Mtns Natl Park and couldn’t find any info on the sites. I could only find some sketchy info on the AllStays app. Thanks.
  • Changing Forum Name?
    Hi Ray, For some reason the "send message" link on your profile doesn't work! I'm on a MacBook and it just gives a grayed out circle with / when I point to it.
    Anyway, could you change my profile name? I would like to be a little more “anonymous” so how about “Happy Times”?
    Thanks!
  • Yellow Desert Carpet
    The clouds are great too! Beauty everywhere!
  • Arizona Sunset viewed from New Mexico
    Thanks! My husband is interested in the Garmin dash cam you use but we couldn’t find an affiliate link for it so we’re not sure which model it is. We’re chomping at the bit to get at it!!
  • Arizona Sunset viewed from New Mexico
    Hi Ray! This is amazing! You and Anne have inspired us to follow in your footsteps...we will be leaving soon for an extended RV trip out West and we’re watching your videos and taking notes! We have purchased a Sony camcorder like yours (via your affiliate Amazon link) and plan to do our own travel blogs to post for friends and family! Do you use the Sony app to edit your videos or do you use something else? Also I’m wondering if you compose your own music for them...like on GarageBand? I’m just learning how to use that app...lots of fun! Original music for the videos! Yee haw! I esp like your western/cowboy themed ones! Cheers!
  • Kayak carrier
    We bought 12’ kayaks this past summer and had the same dilemma except that we have a 5th wheel. We tried all kinds of things and finally drug out the old Yakima system that we had used on an older Dodge Ram truck and found that it worked for our new Dodge Ram!! It’s a little unusual looking but works great. No flapping, and we can also transport them to the water after dropping off our 5er!! oao3nz8zdi3honix.jpeg