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RE: GY Endurance discontinued in my size. What tires next?

Maxxis tires worked well on two of our rigs. Not an endorsement, but Discount Tire had them in a timely fashion.
Blazing Zippers 04/07/22 10:19pm Towing
RE: Portable Solar Panels

I bought two 100 watt Renogy panels and a 400 watt MPPT controler. I made a suitcase set up out of the panels---the glass sides closed on each other to avoid damage. The two panels weigh about 43 pounds. Then I have a Renogy 40 foot cable that plugs into the trailer and goes to the controller. I found an old square PVC fence post that I cut in half longways, and lay that in the bed of the truck--to store or carry the panels, I slide the closed panels into the PVC really easily. I fashioned some folding legs to stand the panels up somewhat when using them. The system actually works pretty well and I have about $475.00 invested in it.
Blazing Zippers 03/15/22 11:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Good Low cost Camping Map Books for The West?

Last May, we went mostly across the U.S. before we found a Truckers Atlas at a truck stop. It seems that "maps" are so old school. On the other hand, the new atlas we bought really didn't have much different than the 12 year old one we had. I understand the need of the OP to have printed information.
Blazing Zippers 03/05/22 10:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Time to prepare

Ahhh, you Southerners. Us Yankees are still waiting for the mud to dry enough to tow the rig out to clean. I am jealous. See ya out there.
Blazing Zippers 03/05/22 10:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: New store space

In reply to the question about Smoky checking the interior of a big rig; ICC rules and Smoky's have a way of making things into bigger things, if you get my drift. Sometimes the truckers don't make friends in law enforcement, but LEO's have the upper hand in being obnoxious. As for the OP, if making storage is your goal I say go for it. I've made a hidden panel in a couple rigs to store papers and $$$ in--even to carry a firearm for my protection. I've never been stopped by LEO's to check my trailer and I can't recall anyone that has been. Now, I do have a small circle of friends, so what I just wrote might be slighted somewhat.
Blazing Zippers 03/05/22 10:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Direction help

Well, diggity dog!! I took advice from here---cleared the cache---reinstalled Bing Maps----and viola!! All good. Thank you for the help. A comment about the Google directions; I've only been with my daughter when she's using them, and they didn't give some important instructions that my Garmin would have. My inexpensive Garmin gives the lane we should be in, advance advice as to which direction to turn, and the side of the road the destination is on. I do believe we would still be in Asheville, NC without those directions! Again, thanks for the help.
Blazing Zippers 03/05/22 10:05pm Roads and Routes
Direction help

I have been using Bing maps for directions from here to there. However, awhile back, the site claims I haven't put in a "Waypoint" and cannot process the request. I haven't changed how I've done the inquiry, but now Bing doesn't work. Can anyone tell me what I have to do? OR---what's a good option for me to use?
Blazing Zippers 03/05/22 03:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: ALASKA! Driving from California to Anchorage...

In 2017, we pulled a fifth wheel to Alaska from North Idaho. We left May 15th, and had mostly great weather. The roads are muddy from the oil workers, but actually better than I-5 in most places. Speed is limited to taking pictures of the scenery and animals. There are frost heaves but most are marked by that time of year. There were all sorts of places to pull over for the night, but never go under 1/2 tank of fuel--we planned for gas at one place, but it was closed and barely made the next fuel stop (we used the 5 gallon gas jug on board to make it). Anchorage is a dingy place, but there is a RV park very close to a great Costco (with their famous chicken!). Don't miss their "zoo" that's just outside of town. Soldotna (Fred Meyers) is a great place to stop and explore. There are oil rigs, fishing, good food, and most import, a laundry. Seward is a must stop if you want a RV place right on the water. Homer Spit has RV parking at the fishing hole, right on the water. It's an easy walk into the shops for ice cream. About 2.5 miles South of Ninalchik, there is RV camping in a park at the side of the highway, but if you go down the steep paved road, there are many boondocking sites right on the water. There also is a boat loading place there that uses log skidders to put the boats in. Also, if there might be a tsunami, you'll be the first to know--it's that close to the water. We also went into Denali about 30 miles to camp for a few days--very cool. We did get a bug North of Denali that made all of us pretty sick. Fairbanks is another dingy town, but has all the goodies that you need .We spend about $1.00 per mile overall --7000 miles and $7000 in expenses. I would hook it upi and go again!!!!
Blazing Zippers 01/12/22 09:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Ever heard of this?

I used to drive a tricked out '67 Ford 4X4 with a built 390 engine. At 6000 feet elevation, there wasn't much piston knock, but near sea level in the heat---Zowwiee! The water injection quieted the knock almost completely. The system was a pain to maintain and regulate. I took it off one day and threw it far away.
Blazing Zippers 11/30/21 09:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wine Country north of San Francisco

As of 9/19/21, there are large wildfires at the trees. It probably will be shut down for the fall. Sorry.
Blazing Zippers 09/19/21 10:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2-1/2” Hitch extension?

With regard to decreased capacity of an extended shank---I've had two of them on two different trucks. No problem at all. On my current set up, the Equilizer hitch actually takes up a fair amount of the weight transferred to the truck. Anyway, they have worked well for me, and I can lower the tailgate without denting it on the hitch. It also allows tighter turns too.
Blazing Zippers 09/19/21 10:22pm Towing
RE: Pre-planning for first long duration trip upon retirement

Whoa!!! Somebody made a booboo. The road to the Badlands would be I-90, not I-80. Whew! In 2017, we left North Idaho on May 15th heading to Alaska. The weather was just beginning to turn nice, but some mud on the roads from the oil companies in Canada. The lower Canada roads were a little short on "pull over: spots, but once we got higher toward the Alcan, more places appeared to stop for the night. It took us a week to get to Tok, about 2600 miles from home. You have about twice that distance each way. When you drive to Ak, you have to go through Tok each way--nice RV places with wash racks to clean the goop off the rig. We used a credit card for gas purchases, which got the best exchange. Canada means higher prices for everything. We installed Rock Tamers on the truck, which helped the front of the trailer, but they really threw the gravel to the sides. Also put in a screen in front to the radiator, but never needed it. Never had any damage from driving or other drivers. Stop often, visit museums, absorb the culture, got to the zoo south of Anchorage, visit Homer, Seward, Denali, & Fairbanks. The BEST RV trip ever. The cost ran about $1.00 a mile for everything---$7,000 total. This included a Halibut trip, some eating out, some RV parks, Denali bus trip, ice cream, and a stop at the Salty Dog.
Blazing Zippers 09/06/21 10:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: TPMS question?

I placed the booster on the battery box in the front of the trailer--connected to the left clearance light of the trailer. We always run with the lights on, so when the lights are on, the booster is on. Taa Daah! Works great.
Blazing Zippers 09/06/21 09:52pm Towing
RE: Porsche as a tow vehicle? Depends on the trailer . . .

Come to think of it, I've seen a partridge in a pear tree, but never a Porsche towing a trailer. Me thinks I must get out more.
Blazing Zippers 08/25/21 09:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brand New, Just beginning process

WHEW!! Lots of "discussion" here. When we started looking in 2005, we set requirements that we wanted. A sofa. Large, enclosed, heated tanks. Nice bathing area (not in the hallway). Small enough to park anywhere. Affordable. Well, in 2018, we moved into our perfect tow behind. Finally. This is our 4th unit. Looong story. The moral here is that the first trailer you decide upon might soon be replaced by a "better" one. Have fun looking.
Blazing Zippers 08/25/21 09:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: How does a longer shank affect backing?

I've towed two 30 foot trailers with two different Ram trucks--using extended shank hitches. No problems at all. The trailer will track slightly closer to the truck track. When backing, the trailer can be turned sharper than when using a short shank. As far as the hitch causing huge weight changes to the front axle, I haven't had any issues at all. I have an Equilizer brand hitch and towed about 25,000 miles with this type set up. Your results may vary.
Blazing Zippers 08/20/21 11:31pm Towing
RE: Buying a new 25ft, 4 season TT - Are these high quality?

We went to a Outdoor Timber Ridge. it's similar to Arctic Fox, made right down the street, uses frames welded at AF, and have had pretty good luck with it. One owner lives in Alaska and camps in the winter with his. He's crazy, but my hat's off to him. He posted a pic where the thermometer read -28 degrees. He does things to keep the rig from clumping into a ball of ice, but just the fact he's out there is a statement for the brand. For the record, we've owned both a Nash and a Arctic Fox. The Outdoor fits us nicely and has given us about 18,000 miles of use in every weather condition from Washington state, Florida, Cali, and most of all--in Idaho.
Blazing Zippers 08/12/21 09:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Idaho fires

As written before---a situation can boil up in minutes, literally. Plan carefully and enjoy our great state.
Blazing Zippers 08/11/21 10:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TPMS valve stems issue

For the post that stated Discount Tire---They are the only company here that has the tires we want, but when I said "metal valve stems"---they looked at me like cows in a field do when you sing to them. Come on, we all have sung to a cow at some time in our lives.....
Blazing Zippers 08/11/21 05:59pm Tech Issues
TPMS valve stems issue

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 30270252
Blazing Zippers 08/11/21 08:43am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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