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Episode 4 – The Hershey Show – The Blue Ox Sway Pro – RV Industry news – What we are doing

Welcome to TowawayCouple’s RV Transport Podcast.

Episode 4
In this episode we talk about our experience with the Hershey Show in Hershey, PA, The Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution Hitch, RV Industry News and Rumors and what we are doing during the slow down.

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Episode 3 – Our RAM Dually broke down and we got it fixed

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Episode 3
We recently posted our RAM Dually broke down, we got asked a lot about what happened and did it get fixed, this podcast we discuss what happened, what we did and the end result of getting it fixed.

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Episode 2 – The Slow Down

Welcome to TowawayCouple’s RV Transport Podcast.

Episode 2
We discuss the slow down of the RV Transport industry, plant shut downs, Lack of inventory , recession, fuel cost and much much more.

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Episode 1 – Our introduction to our podcast for RV transport 9-6-2022

Episode 1 - our introduction to our podcast for rv transport 9-6-2022

Welcome to the TowawayCouple’s RV Transport Podcast.  This is our introduction Episode 1 Podcast.  Please check out our Website and Youtube videos at http://www.towawaycouple.com

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Tipsy Biscuit Elkhart Indiana

Tipsy Biscuit – Elkhart Indiana

Let us introduce you to The Tipsy Biscuit in Elkhart, Indiana. 

This place is only open Thursday thru Sunday, YES you read that correct, they are open only Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday.

We have seen the place many times going through Elkhart and for whatever reason, we were always on the wrong day or time.   Today we decided to go and give them a try!  We pull into the parking lot and it’s packed and thought, this is a good sign.   When we go inside, we do see a table open, but quickly found out that we did not have reservations.   So we put our name on the waiting list and we were told reservations first but it would be about 30 minutes.  Cool enough, we grab a menu and head to the car for air conditioning.  about 30 minutes go by and we get the call, they have a few seats at the counter.   No, we are looking for a dining experience so we wave off the counter and we are told we would be looking at another 30 minutes, being we are Biscuit lovers and wanting to try one we were good with the additional wait time as if it’s quality it will pay off.

We take photos of the menu and are posting them here for you to see what they offer and it’s way more then just biscuits.   Tom decided he wanted to sample and chose the Biscuit, gravy on the side, sausage, ham, two fried eggs over medium, home style potatoes and pancake.  Bunny opted for the Half order of biscuits and gravy, two eggs fried over medium and home style potatoes.  You could get tater tots as an alternate choice.

Sundays they only serve breakfast all day so we did not sample the lunch menu, but to be honest, we were looking for breakfast anyway so it all worked out.

The wait staff was excellent, and you could tell they were not there for a paycheck but they actually enjoyed working there and we met the owner who just happened to be sitting at the counter where we were offered our first choice of seating and we found out he was from the biscuit capital West Virginia (Our term not theirs)

So, we finish our mean, we will 100% return to Tipsy Biscuit again and we will bring friends.   the food was all cooked exactly like we would have expected and every bite was amazing.  when they brought the food, everything was on smaller plates and we did look at each other funny but after all said and done the portions were spot on, we ate everything except for 2 bites of what was left of the pancake.

We would suggest calling for reservations, especially on the weekends and you will be served faster.  With no reservations and we are pretty much carefree, the wait wasn’t too long and they did get us a nice booth and always kept checking on us throughout our meal.

We only had water but we did see people with drinks that looked really good, so splurge and make your meal an experience.

Total price for everything was $27.00 plus tip, it was a great price for everything we received.

The Parts Shortage in the RV Transport


We’re TowawayCouple, I’m Tom, the driver and I’m bunny. I’m also the driver. She is now going to be an official driver again, you know what? Call me Fair weather. Call me whatever you want, but I don’t want to drive in the snow. Uh, I don’t even drive my own car in the snow.

I’m not gonna take my chances with somebody else’s and I don’t want some idiot ruining me. Nope. So with that said today, we’re going to talk about the shortage, the shortage of parts in a RV transport industry. Because you know, people do, they send us all messages all the time. Can there be money that can be made in here?

Of course, but just like any other job, there’s going to be times when you have downtime. So one of the things we are being told was there’s a metal sword EJ. I mean, we’re hearing all kinds of different things. So what we’re telling you is what we’ve been told may or may not be factual. We’re not claiming any of this.

We’re just, you know, cause some people make reasons for things and then aren’t true. Right? So we were told that there was a metal shortage from China. We were told that before Christmas. Yep. Either that’s still going on, or it ended and then it started again. I don’t know. I, I think that’s been going on metal wood.

What a price of Wood’s gone up air conditioners. Yeah. It was kind of, kind of weird, well, air conditioners, and I think it was condensers that they were talking about. Yeah. But we’ve heard air conditioners for the rooftop air conditioner. We’ve heard refrigerators. And recently we even heard toilets, a shortage of toilets.

Hey, you know what depends on where they’re coming from. Right. I mean, with the trucking industry and everything, it’s been pretty hectic. It’s been pretty slow. A lot of people are out. Right. A lot of people that were out of work are out of work. Right. And, and you know what, it’s nothing to laugh about.

We’re right there with you. Oh, yeah. Yeah. We’re furloughed from our other company, although we’re kind of not furloughed, but were furloughed. It’s a little too hard and it’s hard to explain, but anyway, um, we get a lot of people that want to do RV transport. A lot of people will go into the Facebook forums or groups and everything, and a lot of people that are feeling the hurt.

And we see them taking it out on people, honestly, asking genuine questions about trying to get into it right now, you know, kind of going back. I did read an article the other day, on Yahoo finance they kind of went into that it’s foam. Do you remember when the Texas froze? We were there. We literally, we were driving through Texas.

So if you go back to one of our videos, We talk about ways. And we talk about, um, our breakdown. We had just gone, that was during the freeze. Well, I mean, we are showing negative seven or negative nine inside our RV in Shreveport. So I took pictures. So, but basically that knocked out all of the petroleum companies, which in essence, knocked out all of the foam companies.

They couldn’t keep the plants heated up because of the electric and the petroleum and everything else. So, uh, I guess how they fill whatever they fill. Froze the pipes all froze. Correct. And well, a correct, according to the article. Okay. According to the article and this includes plastic as well. So those big end caps on the motor homes, those big old bus type motor homes are the front caps on the big fifth wheels.

Those are all plastic. They’re not fiberglass. I guess I thought they were fiberglass, but they’re plastic. Who would have known who to thank. I know the sides are fiberglass. What kind of makes make sense when you’re driving some of these sometimes and you look back and instead of it being rounded, it’s flat.

And then when you stop, it goes back out to round. Yeah. Are they’re just cheaply built. But anyway, uh, a lot of people keep going on the forums and the groups, Facebook on their RV transport, and they get really knocked down. I think personally, a lot of people are afraid that. You guys are going to come in and take all their loads from them.

And so they’re going to try to trash talk or scare you out of doing it any way they can. The fact is, is. These companies hire 12 to 20 new drivers every single day. Even during a park shortage, knowing that you’re going to get your first load for free, you’re going to get dispatched right? The same day.

You have orientation, you will have a load. It’s probably only going to make 200 bucks. Cause it’s only going 150 miles. That’s your trial. They want to make sure you get there because all those 20. 2300 mile Warrens have already been taken up by the experienced drivers. Right. But those are gone pretty quickly too.

So what happens is, is they reserve all these dispatches for the new hire. So if they hire, let’s just say when we were there, how many people now, mind you, this is during a part shortage. And a lot of people were there. First time, brand new. And this was our second orientation. Because we just moved over to the new company you had between 15 or more or more yeah.

15 or more drivers. So with the parks or adage, you know, I always told everyone, people say, why do they hire so many drivers because it’s a high turnover in there. In this Particular instance, we go through orientation, we get a run that’s only 210 miles, and then you come back and you can’t get another load.

And you can’t get a vote until you completed the dispatch and they paid you out, unless you call it this bachelor and you got to hope, they answer. So. So how many of those people get disappointed and just turn around and go back home? Well, how many people go broke? Because there is an initial investment to get into this. If you’re thinking about going out and buying a truck, now’s not the time I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you have a 3/4 ton or one ton truck,. Okay. You’re already ahead of the game. Right now we’re actually talking about getting a dually and put that on hold until everything gets back in place.

We didn’t want the extra payment, but we do want to get a dually specifically for RV transport. But not use as our every day vehicle. We love our current truck as our everyday vehicle. But we don’t want to Ruin it, putting all the miles on there from RV transport. So like, you know, to into, like I touched on already, the part shortage would be like, if you’re in your regular job, something happens and work is slow.

It’s the same thing. And one of the things that I try to relate to people that don’t know the industry, it’s like. Currently right now, trying to get a load is like throwing 10 French fries to 2000 pigeons. Correct. They’re going to go like that. They go fast. You gotta be quick fingered. The best way to get a load is be willing to go.

Anywhere and literally think fast act fast and you’ll get a vote. Meaning if you’re going to think about it, or you want to go to a specific location? The chances are you’re going to be one of those people on Facebook, 2 or 10 minutes later, or two minutes after everyone’s sucked up all the loads, because you took too long complaining that the load boards, saying you didn’t get a load.

No, the load board was there. You just weren’t fast enough to get a vote. And unfortunately that sucks, fortunately, and unfortunately, yeah, you’re right, because you don’t have time to look at where you want to go. It’s pick a load and go. Um, we ended up going to Delaware. We have never been in Delaware.

I told I, but I did look at, I look at weather ahead of, ahead of the game too. And I told them we do not go to South Dakota, do not go to Wyoming. They’re getting snow. We didn’t even look at those. So he’s like, how about Delaware? And I’m like, great. And then later on, there was a Mississippi load and she goes, grab that.

And I’m like, can’t we just dispatch? Cause we’re going to go home to Alabama. And that would have brought us all the way home within two hours of our house instead of. But, you know, into everybody wants to go south. Everybody wants to come back towards Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. Those are the perfect runs.

I mean, they’re great runs. And half the people that drive, I think, live out here. I mean, I turn around and come back to Alabama every time we could, but you know what, the way that we look at it is it takes us a lot farther away. You, you know, but just, we’re just taking it as an experience and we’re learning and we’re, we’re actually seeing the U S too.

Yeah. Now once the park sorted ends and it will end people. Don’t mistake a, it goes up and down. This is just another glitch in the pandemic up, but you know, it could have been partly caused by the container ship in the Suez Canal, blocking the thousands of other container ships for the toilets and refrigerators or anything else.

Any supplies could have been out in the ocean. The Texas thing did happen, but the article was very, very positive that by mid may they should be back up to full steam. That doesn’t mean the stuff will be delivered to Indiana. No, it just means. The supply chain will be back to full levels. Right!. And like, you know, and just like everybody else, you know, we’re, we’re biting at the bit to, to get out there and hauling, and, and now it’s like, all right, well, I wanted this and now I got to tuck money back in.

You know what? It, it’s just learning how to go with the flow. So right now, should you get into the question? The big question we always get is. With all I hear about all these load boards. Should I get into RV transport, you should be able to get an RV transport. I probably wouldn’t write today. And today we’re talking April of 2021.

Well, 20th, 20, 21, but maybe in mid may, first part of June, look back at it. If there and what I, what we did was we contacted. Couple drivers from different companies and asked them, Hey, what’s your load board look like? And, uh, people that were very helpful told us at each company, how many trailers per day were on their load board.

And that’s why we chose who we chose in the beginning. Now you can do that right now. If you contacted us or anyone else, we bought the load board and say, As of right this second there’s one trailer and it’s going to Canada. So unless you have a passport, and that trailer probably overweight is what you’re allowed to pull, because unless you have a CDL you’re limited to 26,000 combined pounds between your truck and the trailer.

So a lot of times you’ll see a load on the load board. Only a CDL driver can drive, uh, kudos to them for having a CDL, but, uh, Yeah. Whenever the load board gets full or filled up. Definitely, You just got to jump on. It started last year in July and came out of orientation with 782 trailers on the board right today.

I mean, we, we were at home, we’ve been at home for the past couple of days. We watching the load board and yeah, there might be 30 or 40 at a time. Go up. And they’re gone. So you gotta really, you gotta be quick. You gotta know. Like I said, just pick wherever you want to go. And you’re going to make some money are kind of our topic on the shortage.

The shortage could be any number of things. Uh, we do know sometimes they close the plants, all the plants for like two weeks. Why they redo a new model a year. Yeah. And we hear there’s a slowdown during that period. And I know it’s typically sometime in the summer and right around Christmas time this year, it didn’t happen because of course, right.

Not only did it not happen because of that is because there’s so much demand for RVs. They did not come out with a new model year. So that’s interesting. So yeah, I definitely, uh, will post the link to the article bunny found in the description of this YouTube video, as well as on www.towwaycouple.com under our resource link.

So for review that I’m are just looking at this and wanting to get into it, kind of hold off a little bit. Okay. Hold off for a little bit. Don’t I, I’m not, we’re not saying don’t get into it for the rest of us. Let’s just all hang in there and go with the ebbs and flows and get through this part forward is again, right.

So, all right, until next time, see you down the road, see you down the road

 

Introduction to RV Transport

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Hey, we’re Tom and buddy, and we are tow away. Couple on Tom, the driver, the sandwich maker, the sandwich maker. We all have to have a job, right. So recently for the last two years, we’ve been hauling a 40 foot fifth wheel all over the country for our current job right now we’re furloughed. And we decided we’re going to transport RVs from the manufacturer to the dealers.

We are. We’re going to help them all over the country. And it’s a, it’s something we enjoy doing. However, there is a caveat, there’s a caveat difference of hauling around your own private fifth wheel to actually hauling one commercially. Correct now we’ve seen some really amazing videos out there from people that already do this, but nothing that starts from the very beginning.

So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to actually start from the beginning. I mean, we actually take off on Sunday for the first time, right? So we’ll be adding videos all the time and. We will be including everything from what we’re taking in the RV, to all the hurdles we have to go through and stuff.

We have to question other tow away drivers on. Yes, definitely. So definitely you want to follow us for sure. On YouTube subscribe, click the little gray bell. So that way you get notified. Absolutely. And definitely on Instagram and on Twitter. Tow away, couple on both Instagram and Twitter. So we’re definitely going to have a lot of fun along the way.

So definitely come to, to where the U S with us and possibly Canada. Right. So do you have any questions, comments, or anything we’d love to hear from you? Definitely putting them on each video and we do reply even if it’s just to give a thumbs up. Absolutely. At least, you know, we read it. All right. We’ll see you down the road and to come travel with us.

About our truck!
2017 RAM 3500 4×4 short bed 6’4″
6.7 Cummins turbo diesel
Aisin AS69RC six-speed automatic transmission
Demco AutoSlide Ultra Series 21K Above-Bed Fifth Wheel Hitch
Reese 30154 Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Mounting Adapter
Air Lift rear suspension upgrade
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar sidewalls
60 gallon auxiliary fuel tank gravity feed – Dan’s Hitch
Full width rear mud flap – Dan’s Hitch
14k Husky weight distribution hitch with Class 5 mount – Dan’s Hitch
DOT Sleeper Berth installed – Dan’s Hitch

Below are links to some of our equipment we use on our truck or for our business.

We highly recommend a DASH CAM that also records GPS and SPEED as well as Audio
Rexing V1P Pro Dual 1080p Full HD Front and Rear Wi-Fi Car Dash Cam with Built-in GPS & Speed Logger
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Officemate OIC Carry All Clipboard Storage Box, Letter/Legal Size, Black and Gray
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Demco 8550035 AutoSlide Ultra Series 21K Above-Bed Fifth Wheel Hitch
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Capture Plates for Demco for different trailers

Demco Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate for Lippert Rhino Pin Boxes
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Demco/DM76FR.html

Demco Hijacker Autoslide Capture Plates for Trailair Rota-Flex Pin Boxes
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Demco/DM6171.html

Demco Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate for MOR/ryde Pin Boxes
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Demco/DM6025.html

Reese 30154 Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Mounting Adapter For RAM
https://amzn.to/38Sf90s

Husky 31425 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Shank Assembly – (1001 lb. to 1400 lb. Tongue Weight Capacity)
https://amzn.to/312hWzP

CURT 17132 Replacement Weight Distribution Hitch Shank, 2-1/2-Inch Receiver, 8-Inch Drop
https://amzn.to/2ONmHuD

Tow Ready 228.1073 Reese 63840 Class V Hitch Ball – 2-5/16″ Ball x 1-1/4″ Shank x 2-3/4″ Shank Length, 20,000 lbs. GTW, Chrome
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CURT 40090 Chrome Trailer Hitch Ball, 10,000 lbs, 2-Inch Diameter, 1-1/4 x 2-5/8-Inch Shank
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Rigidhorse 12 Inch LED Light Bar Single Row Flood & Spot Beam Combo 10000LM Off Road LED Light Bar
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WeatherTech TECH SH DGE RAM1500/5500
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WeatherTech Custom Fit FloorLiner for Dodge Ram Truck 2500/3500-1st & 2nd Row (Black)
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Foxfire F3TK Roadside Safety Reflective Warning Triangle, DOT Approved with Weighted Base and Case, Collapsible, 3 Pack
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Tumecos Emergency Flare Alert Warning Signal Caution Light LED Beacon Pro with Magnetic Base for Vehicle (Yellow 1)
Need qty 3
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3ft 7-Way Trailer Plug Wiring Harness [7-Pin Trailer Cord Extension Wire Cable] [Gooseneck Hitch Extender] [Plug-N-Play] [10-14AWG] 7 Prong Trailer Tow Wiring Connector for RV
https://amzn.to/2QnclCt

CURT 58270 7-Pin RV Blade Trailer Wiring Towing Vehicle Socket Tester
https://amzn.to/3rZBssU