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RE: Electric only TT

I will stay with propane as long as possible. We try to stay on BLM and FS campgrounds whenever possible. I can recharge my batteries with my 2000i generator if I need to. I don't want to find shore power to cook my supper. We really COOK food while traveling, we don't just heat up something to avoid being hungary. I love good home cooked meals.
BarabooBob 07/25/21 03:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel for Gassers

I ran 87 octane through the Rockies on multiple occasions with my 3.5 EB and light (3500 pounds) and did great. I tried corn free fuel and gained almost nothing in MPG. It was not worth the extra cost to me. If I towed a heavier TT maybe it would be worth the money. My EB has 215,000 miles and I plan on using it through the Rockies on more trips. It runs great. My only major repair was an exhaust manifold at 205,000 miles. I still get 21 mpg while not towing on the highway and 12 mpg with the TT on the ball.
BarabooBob 07/23/21 05:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Jump start

I always carry 25' 1 ga jumper cables. I have not had to have someone jump my vehicles in about 20 years but I use them at least 4 or 5 times a year helping other people. We were at the Grand Canyon and stopped to help someone near Grand Canyon Village. My daughter hooked up the cables while I talked to the other couple. It turns out that they live about 20 miles from us. Yes, all 4 of my daughters know how to properly use jumper cables and carry a set just like mine that I bought them for Christmas the year they turn 16. Everyone laughs about it being a right of passage in the family.
BarabooBob 07/13/21 09:12pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Problem with U-Haul refill. Time replace my propane tanks?

Last month I was a the city waste disposal site and someone had dropped off a BBQ grill with an LP tank attached. I took it and stopped at WalMart on the way home to exchange it. I ended up getting a nice, shiny, new LP tank with 15 pounds of LP in it for $15. Not a bad deal.
BarabooBob 07/12/21 05:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Bad lands area

I don't consider the parking fees excessive at Mt. Rushmore. People pay more than that for a couple of drinks and think nothing of it. I don't understand why people think that everything should be covered for life because of a free senior citizen pass or $80 yearly pass. RVing is an expensive hobby or lifestyle. Accept that and get the wallet out.
BarabooBob 07/02/21 07:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Electrical issue

The OP stated that he is staying at a friend's place and the friend who is not an electrician installed the outlet. Or should I say that he exchanged the 220 volt outlet for a 110 volt outlet but it still has 220 volts Are you going to sue a friend that lets you stay at their place, probably for free because he screwed up? Scratch one friendship if you do. I would guess that you lost your converter, microwave, tv and any other 120 volt stuff plugged in.
BarabooBob 07/02/21 07:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tow distance limits

I had my truck towed once due to a driveshaft bearing failure. The driver told me that 10 miles to the Ford dealer was acceptable even though he drove past 4 other shops that could do it. Maybe I got a break because I am local and live in a small town. His total trip from HIS lot to my house, the Ford dealer and back to his place was 19 miles.
BarabooBob 06/30/21 04:22am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Ever heard of spraying insulation with a home d rental?

Menards sells a product called Froth-Pak. It is a two part product that requires a spray gun to install it. The product with spray gun sells for over $850 and covers 65- sq ft at 1" thick. I don't think you can put into an enclosed wall.
BarabooBob 06/20/21 03:38pm Tech Issues
RE: "Maybe 550 is not so bad, after all . . . "

I once worked at a resort where they had a tow truck convention every year. Several towing companies would bring their heavy lifting rotator wreckers to demonstrate what they could do. They would have made short work of that problem. One company near Milwaukee brought one of their heavy units to the convention that was capable of lifting and moving 100 tones. They had a heavier one but it required bringing a semi along to carry counter-weights. 1) the toad is doing nothing to stabilize the RV so unload it and drive it away. 2) The rotator would lick up the dolly and pivot the rotator to set the dolly behind the tow truck and have it towed away. 3) The rotator could pick up the back of the RV and put it back on the road or carry the back of the RV while a driver steers the RV back a ways to a more stable area.
BarabooBob 06/17/21 08:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

We have way more signaled intersections than round-abouts. I ride a motorcycle most of the time when not towing and I am a very defensive driver because of it. If you get hit on a cycle, you will not do well on a bike against a cage driver. I feel much safer going through the roundabouts than the signaled intersections. The people around here have developed the habit of running red lights so being on a bike requires constant attention. With roundabouts, you know that everyone is coming through without stopping.
BarabooBob 06/17/21 07:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: What's up with Rocky Mt. National Park entry?

Quoted from the RMNP website, "This reservation period will be from 9 am to 3 pm. Reservations are not required for this area prior to 9 am or after 3 pm. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability. The reservation system will apply to all areas of the park. Easy solution, get there at 7:30 to make sure you get in before the 9:00am start time every day.
BarabooBob 06/09/21 04:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Glacier

According to the NPS web site for Glacier National Park, you need an entry permit between 6:00 am and 5:00opm. Get there are 5:00 am and eat breakfast until the sun gets high enough to enjoy the ride. Last time me were there, the Logan Pass parking lot filled up at 8:30am. If you enter the park at 5:30am, you can stop at the pulloffs on the way to Logan Pass and get there by 7:30am. You should get a parking stop and be able to enjoy some short hikes and still have time to enjoy the road.
BarabooBob 06/06/21 06:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Train vs Motorhome

I drive through Neenah frequently and that town is pretty flat, no tracks to high center on. Look at the photo, there is almost no rise to get over the tracks. My father was a truck driver and taught me to drive. He pounded a couple of important items into my thick skull, the most important one was that when you drive over a railroad track, you enter the track and drive all the way across without shifting. I still do it even with my vehicles today. There is much less chance of a vehicle stalling out it it is running mid-range rpm's and not shifting. I have seen cars and trucks hit by trains. The train does always win.
BarabooBob 06/05/21 08:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane Firepit Restrictions - West Coast

I totally agree with rhagfo. Why is having an open fire such a necessity during high or extreme fire conditions. Have you ever had to fight a wildfire. I have and it will change your perspective. As a property owner (I own a registered Tree Farm) I do not allow anything except cook stoves set up in a metal table during high danger events. No charcoal grills, no fire pits, no camp fires, no smoking.
BarabooBob 06/05/21 02:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 7.3 twin turbo Godzilla

I get the same mpg as Wing Zealot. I frequently get 21-22 on the highway doing 70 mpg (speed limit in WI) and 10.5 to 12 when towing my 3500 pound TT at 65 mph. If I slow to 55 mph, I can get 12 to 13. I love the EcoBoost in the mountains where I don't have to worry about being at 9,000 to 11,000 ft. SAt those elevations, still have all of my horses and torque. I can go over the Beartooth or up the west side of the Bighorns on 14A and not worry about overheating or running out of guts. To keep my heat down I do downshift to let the tranny take a break. When I do that I am still under 3000 rpm's.
BarabooBob 06/04/21 02:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane Firepit Restrictions - West Coast

Ivylog-you are correct, I have never used one of the fire pits. I do own property where we enforce a NO open flame other than cook stoves when the fire danger gets high. The property is used by family and friends only and they understand our desire to keep the property and them safe.
BarabooBob 06/03/21 05:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Propane Firepit Restrictions - West Coast

If the propane fire pts get hot and are close to the ground I can see where they would not be allowed. Nobody has a BBQ that sits 6" off the ground.
BarabooBob 06/02/21 08:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: PD Vs. WFCO

I have owned 3 RV's that came with WFCO converters. Two of them got PD units dropped in within a month, the other TT got sold after one trip because the wife didn't like it. We actually made money on that one because we bought it used at a good price and sold just before Memorial Day at a better price. I never saw any of the three WFCO units get above 13.4 even on a low battery. I carried my garage battery charger around until I got the PD's installed. I also added a heavier charging wire to every RV.
BarabooBob 06/01/21 08:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Out of touch with reality

We were looking at a 16' X 32' portable building (built off site and hauled to my property) back in September. The dealer called me one morning and said to get in there and sign the papers and put a deposit on it right now because the price was going up sometime that day. I drove over and signed and paid half up front. At close of business that day the dealer got a company wide email that announced a 20% increase and a month later another 20% was added. The are still selling as fast as they can build them.
BarabooBob 06/01/21 07:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Filling of Propane tank

I get my tanks filled t place that charges me my the gallon. They set the tank on a scale to tell when the tank is at max full and charge me for the gallons to top off. Most of the places around here that exchange tanks are currently selling 15 pounds of propane in the tanks. They tell you on the sign that is posted that you are paying for 15 pounds so it is not fraud. You just have to read the sign.
BarabooBob 06/01/21 07:34pm Tech Issues
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