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RE: Hwy. 95 in Idaho

Pulled my semi and travel trailer on 95 many times. Pretty scenery, some open range, a few hills, and some places to pull over on the river north of Riggins for a lunch stop. Gas up in New Meadows, Grangeville, and Lewiston. Nice ride.
Blazing Zippers 03/29/20 10:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: What is this called?

JIMNLIN, that's the first time I've ever had that explained. Make sense. Thanks
Blazing Zippers 03/29/20 10:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Just bought my first travel trailer

AHEM--- A Toyota pulled the space shuttle. After over 45,000 miles towing a travel trailer (the sales person probably can't claim that), size does matter! Choose one of the three major brand pick ups in at least a 3/4 ton version. Pull out your wallet and purchase a major brand WDH, not a cheap one (ask me how I know). With regard to engine type; We run a Ram 6.4 with 373 gears, towing a 10,000 trailer. The engine is not a speed ball, but does what it needs to do. The mileage is 8 MPG towing overall at 65 MPH. I chose a gasser due to the fact we drive around town quite a lot, it doesn't seem to require the maint that a diesel does, oil changes are cheaper, and no DEF. Our truck is a 2016, and has a six speed trans, where the new Rams come with an 8 speed, and that combo might be better for towing. That's a formable sized trailer you have, set it up right and enjoy. Now, wash your hands and stay well...….
Blazing Zippers 03/29/20 10:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hwy 395 North through Oregon and Washington

Been on this highway many times. If you want an easy ride, when you get to Pendleton, head West on I-84 to I-82 North, through The Tri cities--(watch the road signs carefully) head to Spokane, then to my town--Coeur d Alene. Now, when you are in CDA, visit the Seasons Restaurant on Thursday evening for a great $10.00 beer & burger. Or The Cedars Restaurant, or Wolf Lodge.
Blazing Zippers 03/09/20 11:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Coronavirus practical issues

Several years ago, I learned about hand sanitizing by watching fellows using the restroom and not washing their hands afterward. Good lord, I don't want to touch him by proxy!!! We aren't fanatics, but use sanitizer, wash our hands, wipe the food containers bought in a grocery, wipe surfaces, and carry bear spray. Hey, ya never can be tooooo careful! Come on guys, wash yer hands.
Blazing Zippers 03/09/20 11:37pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: SHANK question

I've used a longer hitch shank on two trailers and two different tow vehicles with no problem. Works fine. Both trailers weighed right at 10,000 lbs and have been towed maybe 18,000 miles combined.
Blazing Zippers 03/09/20 11:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mexico Beach Florida

Thanks all. We will go through there. Looking forward to seeing the area and trying the food along the Gulf. We'll be the ones with paper white legs and big grins......
Blazing Zippers 03/07/20 09:19am Roads and Routes
Mexico Beach Florida

A possible trip into Florida with our trailer---is the Mexico Beach area worth the effort to visit? We don't want to be in the way of folks getting back into their homes or businesses. Also, any good places to stop to eat or stay? Thanks
Blazing Zippers 03/05/20 05:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Slide out awnings yay or nay?

Well, first off--NEVER believe a salesperson! I bet he (or she) never climbed on the roof to "blow" off the junk in a rain storm. The cost of a slide cover is soon forgotten after you bring in the slide with no leaves, pine needles, or pine cones clogging up the seals. Disclaimer: I have nothing against salespeople other then they are like politicians.
Blazing Zippers 02/28/20 09:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fifth Wheel to TT?

Having owned 2 fifth wheels and 2 travel trailers, we now own a travel trailer again. Yeah, more money then brains-but we do like the travel trailer a bunch. Both rigs have their points as written before in this column. What we noticed right away after getting our new trailer is that we really miss being able to walk between the truck and trailer. Sounds stupid, but old legs just don't lift high enough to climb over the hitch. Having a truck bed and shell to carry our "stuff" in made the decision easy for us.
Blazing Zippers 02/28/20 09:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Homeless people coming to your favorite campground!

Well, hold on there---maybe there are things that need to be said here. As an old firefighter, I've held hands of folks that have had a terrible event just happen to them and they are going to need a hand up. It's the people that are too lazy to even clean up their "homeless" dump, drop feces in the street, use drugs, and then claim they are being abused by society that fry my berries. When we, as a society, have to hire a "poop patrol" to wash the streets of cities, homeless has over stepped its bounds. Oh, where does the street washing contents go??? Why into the drain which flows into the water. But OMG!!don't wash yer car! That pollutes the water. A 3% unemployment rate means that folks can usually get work of some sort. It's just that a number of our citizens are to lazy to do it. Don't get me started on the green, blue, & purple haired folks!!
Blazing Zippers 02/24/20 10:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: HUGE Propane tanks on new Backcountry models from ORV

Oh, I can't ley this slip past me; "A 40 pound tank weighs 32 pounds empty" - This sounds like a government measurement! Funny.
Blazing Zippers 02/18/20 09:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: It has been 6 yrs since we sold our TT--back looking again!

HMMMMMM. Mother in law. We saw an interesting sign on a large boat that read; Cocktails for six, eating for four, sleeping for two." Just kidding. I had a wonderful MIL. Get that rig and enjoy our United States.
Blazing Zippers 02/15/20 09:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing through New York City

Over 1.5 million miles behind me, and one of the absolute BEST sights I've ever seen is New York City in my mirrors! Well, that and a fresh hot Costco chicken.
Blazing Zippers 02/10/20 10:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Southern Ca to Coeur d’Alene Idaho

I second the idea of two lane roads in central Id. There is so much to experience out here. If you're stuck with just a few days this way---I-15 in Montana up toward Dillon, check the map for the "Pioneer Mountain scenic byway." We did that loop last summer and it is truly pavement through the wilds. Nice CG's, a hot springs, 7800 ft elevation, starry nights, and wildlife. Few gas stations or food stores, but the miles aren't many, and well worth it.
Blazing Zippers 02/08/20 11:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Florida toll charges

Thanks to all of you. Now we have an idea of the way to go and the cost. We love Florida and the folks there, so we might head down that way.
Blazing Zippers 02/08/20 10:54pm Roads and Routes
Florida toll charges

Not certain if we can swing this, but, we're looking into a Florida Keys visit. How can I find out the approximate toll fees for a tow vehicle and a 30 foot travel trailer from Orlando to the top of the Keys? Also, can anyone tell me what type of toll pass would be the best? I don't think I'll ever use any other toll roads other than Florida, so I won't need anything later on. As a side note, the Keys seem to be very expensive for everything--not complaining, as I understand. The costs are almost out weighing the return.
Blazing Zippers 02/08/20 10:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling to the NW

PawPaw & Gram has it nailed. We've traveled the NW and agree with what he wrote completely. If possible, spend some time in Olympic Natl. Park. Wonderful sights. Also, Sol Dec Hot Springs was really nice, with cold and hot pools and boondocking. If you're there in summer, check out the wild blackberries just growing everywhere in the region. Check out the Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville, OR. The Spruce Goose is there, and they let you park two nights free in the lot. Tillamook, OR. has the famous cheese factory and a great air museum housed in the largest wooden blimp hanger in the U.S. Oregon also has the beat state parks probably anywhere. Idaho has places that you can get lost at--and still be on pavement. True story; 100 yards off a remote highway in the mountains, the elk were making so much noise, they woke me from a good nap. Come on out, it's nice here.
Blazing Zippers 01/31/20 12:08am Roads and Routes
RE: Can we pull a TT with our ‘20 Suburban

First off; you have a modern tow vehicle. IF set up properly, it will do pretty well with a reasonable amount of trailer. Second; how many days a year are you going to use the trailer? Paying a bazillion dollars on a unit to sit in storage for weeks/months at a time will grate on your mind. Third; what type of trips or travel currently matter to you? Are you camping in Forest Service campgrounds or RV parks? Being in the Eastern part of the U.S. you won't find boondocking like in the West. Fourth and probably most importantly: DO NOT believe everything a salesperson tells you. Their goal is to send you out with a unit, period! This time of year is good to shop and dream, but dealers won't cut much slack on the prices, so shop, look, think, and when you do make the plunge, enjoy!
Blazing Zippers 01/30/20 11:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: 4 season camping

We own a Outdoor trailer and have had pretty good luck with it. It's easy to heat and cool, tows very well, and is heck for stout. We've been in the low 20's and as hot as 100 degrees, and all was easy. Now, as with any trailer---there will be issues here and there, but we've encountered way less problems with ours than other brands. Take a trip to their factory in Le Grande (both AF and Outdoor are made there). If that's out of the question, youtube has several videos by Adventurous Ways during their factory tours. I don't work for them, but have been through several trailers and pulled thousands of miles.
Blazing Zippers 01/24/20 11:36pm Travel Trailers
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