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RE: Smaller Propane Tanks

I go to the local U-Haul rental shop to get my tanks filled. Last time they charged me $18 to FILL my empty tank. They set their scale according to the empty weight of the tank and fill it to 20 pounds. The exchange places are charging $20 too $25 for 15 pounds of gas. My tanks are also like new and I know that they work. I will top off my tanks when I find a place that fill them, I don't wait until I am empty.
BarabooBob 09/19/22 09:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: WFCO 55 amp converter operation

The only problem with your WFCO converter is that it is a WFCO. I have only owned 2 TT's but they both came with WFCO converters and neither one worked when new. I changed them out for a Progressive Dynamics.
BarabooBob 09/19/22 09:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Mirrors.. no one said we needed Mirrors

When driving a semi do you think that the driver can see directly behind them? You can fit 3 or 4 cars into the blind spot behind a 53 ft trailer. There is a reason you see signs on the back of a truck that say "If you can't see me in my mirrors, I can't see you." You can't control what other people do on the road, you just have to be able to react to their stupid actions.
BarabooBob 08/28/22 09:51am Towing
RE: Yellowstone Update

Thanks for the great update. I plan on going back in either 23 or 24. We frequently stay along the Beartooth but I guess we will have to wait until those roads get repaired to come in from the northeast. Concerning Fishing Bridge, if you want full hook ups, you gotta get the old credit card dusted off. I don't think the price is bad considering it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I personally stay in the other campgrounds within the park and deal with not having hookups.
BarabooBob 08/28/22 06:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mirrors.. no one said we needed Mirrors

My add-on mirrors by CIPA slip onto my existing mirrors and give me full view of the road behind my TT. They don't look like traditional towing mirrors and some people may not see that they are extended. They stick out about 6" on each side. When I went through the Zion tunnel, they made me take them off until I got through the tunnel because I was 2" too wide.
BarabooBob 08/28/22 06:37am Towing
RE: Unbraked trailer, towing limitations

Check out this site to determine state requirements for trailer brakes: For my own safety, I added trailer brakes to my utility trailer because I frequently load up with fire wood and it probably weighs in at 3500 pounds. I don't want to kill someone because I can't stop.
BarabooBob 08/24/22 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1981 Chevy Truck vs Ford Truck

I had a Chevy Astro with 4.3 injected. We puled a pop-up back then and pulled it all over the Rockies without a problem. We drove it from WI to NC one time and I told the wife that we were going to jump in thee middle of the fastest group of cars and I didn't care what mileage we got. I wanted to get there asap. We drove from Baraboo (WI) to Indianapolis at about 85 mph. I stopped there to get gas because I thought we should be out of gas. When we calculated the MPG and we got 22 on that tank. I could not believe it.
BarabooBob 08/18/22 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is my alternator going?

I believe that the photo show a WFCO converter. Those are well known for failing in many ways. Some of them boil the batteries dry by not regulating the power properly and they also frequently will not go into the bulk charging mode to speed up a very low battery. I would replace it with a higher quality converter such as Progressive Industries.
BarabooBob 08/16/22 06:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tires after over 2 years sitting

I installed a Tire Pressure Monitoring System on my TT & truck and will not tow without one ever again. I want to know what my pressures is at this exact time, not what it was last night when I LOOKED at them. I paid about $400 for mine with 6 sensors but compared to body damage from a blow out, it was cheap.
BarabooBob 08/16/22 05:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer Purchase

If time is not a problem, I would wait about 3 months to purchase a TT. People do not want to pay for winter storage and want their month back before Christmas.
BarabooBob 08/15/22 09:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Durango, CO to Baggs, WY

If you are an experienced mountain driver you will not have any problems with 550. It is absolutely beautiful. Stop frequently to enjoy the views. Don't be in a hurry and you will enjoy it. If you are not an experienced mountain driver, you may want to avoid 550. Loaded semi's go over that road year round without problems.
BarabooBob 08/09/22 06:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: Boondocking Devastation

That looks like straight line winds. All of the trees fell in the same direction and none of them are twisted off. I help with cleanup of many disasters here in Wisconsin, both straight line and tornadoes. That is some of the most dangerous chainsaw work possible. You have to study every tree that you cut and don't get in a hurry.
BarabooBob 08/05/22 07:48pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: tire wrench

I also need thin wall, deep well sockets for my travel trailer. I carry a set of standard and metric sockets and a 25" breaker bar. I have pulled to the side of the road to help people a couple of times. I have also driven right past some people because I don't like something about how the situation looks. I also carry a small compressor because half the time. the spare is severely low on air pressure.
BarabooBob 08/05/22 07:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Norcold 12cu Drains Battery on LP

I installed a switch on my propane/CO detector to turn it off when we are not using the TT. I also installed a battery power smoke/CO detector and a battery powered lp gas detector. We also installed a switch to turn off all power to the radio because I don't need a bright blue night light to stay on all of the time.
BarabooBob 08/03/22 05:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Route NW Chicago to Whitefish MT

I take highway 2 from just north of Theodore Roosevelt NP all the way to Glacier. I really enjoy the slower pace of the trip and the little towns are fun to see. The people are very friendly.
BarabooBob 08/03/22 04:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Your Opinion On Air Bags

Air Ride (or air bag) suspension kits do not increase your load capacity. They may level out your truck but the capacity is the same. Capacity is determined by tires, axle rating, weight of the empty vehicle, accessories added. This is all determined by the factory and their engineers. Look in the door frame to find out what your particular truck weight capacity is and get the truck weighed when empty, when loaded with passengers, and with the trailer hooked up with passengers and a full fuel tank.
BarabooBob 08/02/22 04:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Good Sam warranty

I second that you read the fine print with a magnifying glass. It doesn't help to have a service contract if you are told that it is a $500 co-pay for every item. $500 co-pay for water heater, $500 for heater, $500 for whatever. Your $1644 plus $500 co-pay would pay for most items if you have one item go per year. We had a 1988 Class C Damon that we bought in 2005. We put 60,000 miles on it and the only things that broke were a water heater on year, and a converter two years later. I was way ahead by self-insuring.
BarabooBob 07/22/22 06:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Favorite way to skip the interstates?

We get AAA maps of every state we are traveling through. For states where we are spending extended time such as Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas, and Idaho, I carry the Delorme Atlas & Gazeteer for each state. Mine are a few years old but they show (almost) every road in each state. We carry a plastic tote in the back seat of the truck to store all of our maps, camping books, and atlases to keep them in good shape when we are not using them. I also preplan our trips on the computer with Google Maps. The road less taken is more interesting. Stop frequently and actually talk to the locals. They will point out some amazing places to visit.
BarabooBob 07/16/22 07:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Tire pressure monitor systems

We have a tire minder system on truck and TT. On our latest trip it saved me some serious cash and possibly saved our trip. The right rear sensor on the truck started reading a high temp going across Kansas. I pulled over to check the temps with my infrared temp gun and found that the emergency brake drum was getting REAL hot. I crawled under the truck and found that my emergency brake had hung up and was in the process of cooking my brake, and grease seal on the differential. Without the warning, I would have probably had a rear end failure that would have probably ended our trip and cost me BIG money in repairs. I have not had any leaks on the rear end so I hope we caught it in time.
BarabooBob 07/14/22 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Yellowstone roads closed!

They did some very fast combat style engineering to get those roads opened asap. It is surprising how fast a temporary fix can be accomplished. It will take years for permanent repairs and improvements to be completed. Now is the time to do the improvements that have been needed for the last 40 years or more.
BarabooBob 07/11/22 07:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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