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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Open Roads Forum

Frequently Asked Questions on the Open Roads Forum

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0. How Do I Get My RV.NET Stickers?

1. How to Decide on the Type of RV and Things to Consider

2. Checklists & Procedures

3. Weighing your RV & Weigh Stations

4. Hitches
4a. Fifth Wheel Hitches and Sliders

4b. Weight Distribution Hitches

5. Brake controllers

6. Tire Pressure

7. Dually Inflation

8. Valve Extenders

9. Tire Pressure Monitors

10. Air Compressors (often discussed under tire pressure)

11. Wal*Mart and Other Free Camping

12. Black Streaks and How to Remove Them

There is a Part II to the FAQ - please see the next posting. -LL
Lou Leopold
Between RVs at this point
but I continue to tent camp!

open roads with lil peep hoodie, i mean these 104 gal grey sounds great

Have been thinking about going to Florida for the winters and have wondered how to get started, ie, what do you have to do with your home, mail etc. just basic questions about what to take with you ? Do you make reservations without seeing campgrounds, or should you make a rundown and check out places first. Any info will help.
Fritz and Me

Have owned a 26' TT before but looking into a Class A MH now. Even though this information is from 5 years ago, gives me lots of questions and information that is still useful.

I plan on going to Florida and spend winters there. Does anyone recommend a good camp ground or rv park to stay in? I'd like hook ups although full hook ups are not necessary. A reasonable price for 4 month stay would be nice. Looking for mid Florida and lower Florida for sites. I have a 35 foot motor home and tow a car. I'm an older person so a 55 and older park would be nice. Thanks for your help.

Looking for information to obtain a secure Wi-Fi while traveling. In layman's language. Newbie to RV life and going to be on the road Jan- April. Any help would be appreciated

Welcome to the forum and to the RVing world. Glad that you have joined us! Feel free to ask the community anything and everything about all things RV. Don't be shy. We were all newbies here once and are eager to share our knowledge and experiences.

cipherking wrote:
Hello everyone i am brand new to the forum and to rving. just saying hello and thaks for leting me in.

2003 Revolution 40C Class A. Electric smart car as a Toad on a smart car trailer
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but rather by the moments that take our breath away.

Hello everyone i am brand new to the forum and to rving. just saying hello and thaks for leting me in.

Bought palazzo 33.3 Mother's Day weekend yahoo!!!
Broken slide first trip on Fourth of July back to camping world.:(
Four weeks later came to pick up replaced twisted slide motor replaced
On third test try new motor twisted
I live an hour away was dropped off at 4:30 now 6 and they are locking doors and I have to still wait hour for ride home Grrrrrrrrrr. Would my chevy or Mercedes dealer do this on vehicles half the cost of a palazzo??? Hmmm
Next day service tells me it's the bracket not the motor that's why it twisted have to order parts ... two more weeks. Cancel camping reservations take family to hotel vaca
Two weeks later....wrong parts sol
Two weeks later should be here tomorrow
Three days later ... we are still waiting on parts due tomorrow ( is this taped to phone)
August 28 .... three calls to service .... voicemail

Camping world island lake Illinois does not have the right people or process!!

Not a happy camper here
who do you call at coporate level to get things done!

Wow, what a great forum. Lots of good stuff here.

I have a beginner question but it mostly pertains to motorhome drivers in Texas.

Our Texas driver licensing regulations are vague at best and I'm having a heck of a time trying to determine if I need any special licensing to drive my motorhome in Texas, or any state for that matter.

The regs are clear in that recreational RV drivers in Texas are exempt from being required to have a commercial drivers license(CDL). Does that mean I'm ok with my standard Class C license that we all get to drive a car or pick-up or do I need a non-CDL Class A or B license?

If anyone could help me answer this question I would sure appreciate it.


Dolly towing a FWD VW Tiguan 2.0T...Anything I need to be aware of ? Towing behind Coachmen C Class 29' Santara Ford V8 7.5 460. First timer

There are a couple of great sites to check this out.
One is
Next get info on the base and they will direct you to the RV park the Camp Host there are in these areas are very informative.
This site is a wealth of information and reviews,I look at this frequently GREAT site well managed, with trustworthy reviews. Go here first,have fun enjoy the keys!
2002 Prowler 27NLS TT
Gearing up for a Fifth-Wheel
2003 3500 Dually GMC Sierra 8.1L Allison

Has anyone who camped at signed military campground know if they have storage. Thinking about taking rv down after Christmas,coming back to new england for Drs appointments then return to key west

I recently bought a f250 lariat crew cab 4x4 with a rear axle of 10,000 looking at the 2017 lance 825 and 855s i do have a camper package with it. also putting air bags and the torklift suspension kit my tire have a 3360 payload on each tire. Looking for some information.