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RE: QUOTE, don't know where it came from, Brenda saw it

My biggest problem is that when I get somewhere,, I always want to see what is up ahead. I have a hard time sitting still. After hiking around the area I just get the urge to go again. So many places to see and tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone. I sometimes will watch youtube videos and get the urge to hitch up the TT and leave. My wife is very patient with me, thank you wifey.
BarabooBob 12/19/20 02:02pm Truck Campers
RE: 2021 Fall trip MI to Rushmore then AZ

We have taken that route during late Sept in 2019 and 2020. The weather was beautiful. We carry emergency supplies for an extra few days in case we get stuck somewhere due to weather.
BarabooBob 12/17/20 08:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Spare Tire Bracket - broken - Jayco 1206

do any of your friends or neighbors have a welder AND know how to weld? If thye do, a case of beer would probably result in a repair job just waiting to be wire brushed and painted.
BarabooBob 12/13/20 05:54pm Folding Trailers
RE: Antifreeze no longer pink

$3.50/gallon. Throw the old stuff away.
BarabooBob 12/13/20 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is it a sin to modify an antique cast iron griddle?

I have a lot of rally good Griswald and Wagner frying pans, dutch ovens and griddles. To me, they were made to be used. Make it useful to you. Are you more interested in antique value or usefulness?
BarabooBob 12/12/20 02:43pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

I tow a 3500 pound Tt with my 2011 F150. I do not use a wd hitch or sway control I have pulled my TT's over 30,000 miles in 3 years and have never had a problem I do have the max tow package, 3.5 Ecoboost. I love the combination.
BarabooBob 12/12/20 02:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Light Problem

double post
BarabooBob 12/12/20 02:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Light Problem

Try pulling the fuse for the outside lights. Next connect a jumper wire from the supply end of one of the other fuses to the feed side of the outside light fuse. Check the function of the outside lights. If the lights work, your problem is within your power system. You can make the jumper by using male spade connectors and a short wire.
BarabooBob 12/12/20 02:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow vehicle charging RV batteries

I added a 6 gauge wire from the alternator to the TT battery. I did install a circuit breaker on each end to avoid problems. My voltage meter in the TT definitely shows and improvement over the charge line on the 7 pin TT plug. When I owned my Class C, I had to replace my battery isolator and I ran 6 gauge wire from the isolator to the battery, about 8 feet. I improved my house battery charging immensely.
BarabooBob 12/05/20 11:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow vehicle charging RV batteries

I added a 6 gauge wire from the alternator to the TT battery. I did install a circuit breaker on each end to avoid problems. My voltage meter in the TT definitely shows and improvement over the charge line on the 7 pin TT plug. When I owned my Class C, I had to replace my battery isolator and I ran 6 gauge wire from the isolator to the battery, about 8 feet. I improved my house battery charging immensely.
BarabooBob 12/05/20 11:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Omaha to Mt Rushmore route through Nebraska?

My personal preference is to stay off the interstate highway system and stop at the little towns to talk to the locals and see what most people fly past. It is all about the journey AND the destination. But I am retired and can stay on the road as long as I want.
BarabooBob 12/03/20 06:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Toyota motor homes

Do a search for the recent posts. Here is a copy of what I wrote: I owned a 1988 Damon Escaper build on a true one ton Toyota dually chassis. It had a 22Re engine (2.4l) and an 4 speed automatic tranny. We could not use 4th gear, overdrive, unless going down a steep grade. We drove that thing over 45,000 miles in 6 years. We had a great time traveling around in it but I would never own one again. The first big problem is that it weighed 6,000 pounds and the chassis was maxed out before I filled the tank with gasoline. The engine made 120 horsepower. The gas mileage was not great like some people claim. I got 12 mpg going 55 and 9 mpg when my daughter tried driving 65. When I got into big hills I was driving 45 mph turning 5000 rpm's in 2nd gear. Remember that Toyota NEVER built a single RV, they supplied just the chassis and the builders overloaded every one of them. Until 1988, the chassis that was provided did not have a full floating one ton axle, they had 1/2 ton axles with dual wheels that were actually just half ton wheels welded together, they were called foolies by the people that had the RV's. Those foolies would break the axles at the housing and the wheels would fall off. Toyota eventually gave one ton axles to every owner of an RV that was build on one of their chassis to avoid publicity. The RV's rode like lumber wagons, cornered like a double deck3er bus, and were so underpowered that with a stiff headwind, you could not go over 50 mph. If it was hot outside, you cannot use the dash mounted air conditioning because the truck will over heat. There are many people that have the romantic belief that these things are great, if you want to hear more, send me a PM and give me your phone number.
BarabooBob 12/03/20 05:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: easy on/off truck caps?

When I built my garage I built it with 10' walls so that I could store kayaks, canoes and my truck topper above my vehicles and out of the way. The trusses were built to be load bearing. The engineer that designed the trusses said that he was surprised more people didn't do it. I just hook my topper to the overhead winch with the attached eye bolts and hit the button. My wife keeps telling me to work smart, not hard. She lets me buy some great toys.
BarabooBob 12/01/20 02:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Am I making a mistake going with a heavier, thicker bumper?

I had to have the rear bumper replaced on my Class C. I was luck to find a great machine/fabricating shop while on the road after asking for recommendations at a local breakfast diner. I did not ask the shop owner what the price was going to be because I needed it repaired no matter what the cost. The guy reinforces the bumper mounts all the way to the original truck frame and had everything welded up perfectly square and looking great. He asked why I did not ask for an estimate and I told him that he was highly recommended by locals as being extremely skill and honest. He used 1/8" stock and it worked great. The final price (6 years ago) for labor and materials was under $200. I gave him a $20 tip for doing it and getting me on the road in under 2 hours. His regular work is repairing and building farm machinery. Last time we went through that town I dropped off 2 pounds of 5 year old Wisconsin cheddar that he mentioned he loved when he did the job.
BarabooBob 12/01/20 02:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dump Station Observations

My worst dump station experience was at an Interstate Highway rest area where there were 2 dump stations. When I pulled in, there was a diesel pusher at each dump and nobody in line. I pulled up to wait and both of these inconsiderate individuals dumped their tanks while enjoying a conversation and drinking their coffee. After dumping, they both got out their ladders and started washing their RV's right at the dump. I decided that I did not have to empty my tanks after all and left.
BarabooBob 12/01/20 07:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Future Used RV Market

We have been traveling through this year. Many new owners have been very willing to listen when I have tried to help them at campgrounds if they looked like they needed help. Most of them said that they had been thinking about getting some form of RV but took the dive with covid making hotels less attractive. Most of them seemed to be in it for the long haul. Most of the people that I talked to were in TT's less than 24 ft. I did not talk to the people in the larger units because most of them were sitting inside enjoying their larger units.
BarabooBob 11/29/20 06:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Long trips

We have a relatively small TT at 17' and a F150. It is perfect for us because we camp in hard to get to spots and places that can't take larger units. The combination has a comfortable ride, sleeps the two of us with enough room. We own property where as many as 20 family members spend several weekends every year. Our small TT works well for all of our travels. Boondocking works really well with this camper and we rarely fire up the generator unless the nights get cold enough to require the furnace, then we charge the batteries in the morning.
BarabooBob 11/26/20 10:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toyota motor homes

I owned a 1988 Damon Escaper build on a true one ton Toyota dually chassis. It had a 22Re engine (2.4l) and an 4 speed automatic tranny. We could not use 4th gear, overdrive, unless going down a steep grade. We drove that thing over 45,000 miles in 6 years. We had a great time traveling around in it but I would never own one again. The first big problem is that it weighed 6,000 pounds and the chassis was maxed out before I filled the tank with gasoline. The engine made 120 horsepower. The gas mileage was not great like some people claim. I got 12 mpg going 55 and 9 mpg when my daughter tried driving 65. When I got into big hills I was driving 45 mph turning 5000 rpm's in 2nd gear. Remember that Toyota NEVER built a single RV, they supplied just the chassis and the builders overloaded every one of them. Until 1988, the chassis that was provided did not have a full floating one ton axle, they had 1/2 ton axles with dual wheels that were actually just half ton wheels welded together, they were called foolies by the people that had the RV's. Those foolies would break the axles at the housing and the wheels would fall off. Toyota eventually gave one ton axles to every owner of an RV that was build on one of their chassis to avoid publicity. The RV's rode like lumber wagons, cornered like a double deck3er bus, and were so underpowered that with a stiff headwind, you could not go over 50 mph. If it was hot outside, you cannot use the dash mounted air conditioning because the truck will over heat. There are many people that have the romantic belief that these things are great, if you want to hear more, send me a PM and give me your phone number.
BarabooBob 11/24/20 07:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Check this if you've bought a used RV recently

I check both alarms before using the TT every time. Why, because according to the Wisconsin DNR, an average of 5 people per year die from CO poisoning in hunting shacks, ice shacks, and campers. I know that it is not many, but I will not be one of them. I am a DNR Hunter Education instructor and make sure that everyone hears this information while in our classes. It may save a life.
BarabooBob 11/17/20 04:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: marker lights to led marker lights

My Class C was older and the fixtures were not in good condition so I replaced all of my marker lights and turn/brake/backup lights with new fixtures. The improvement was huge. I bought my replacements form etrailer. Make sure that you seal everything with butyl tape and test them for leaks if possible.
BarabooBob 11/17/20 04:28pm Travel Trailers
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