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RE: Texas

Underappreciated is Big Bend National Park in West Texas. There are about 150 miles of paved roads within the park. Lots of elevation changes. Lots of curves, including switchbacks. Mountain roads, desert roads and Rio Grande River access points. Plenty of pulloffs. Just avoid Easter week. That's their peak camping event requiring use of overflow areas. Before Easter you'll probably catch the lupins blooming (2' tall bluebonnets).
DougE 09/18/19 08:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toad Hitch and wirig Installation

Go to Home Depot and get this magnetic trailer light kit. This will get you to your destination and you can get your issue fixed without being in crisis mode.
DougE 09/06/19 08:11am Good Sam Extended Service Plan
RE: Winter Route to South Texas

Definitely avoid I35 between Dallas/Ft Worth and San Antonio. Traffic delays can be unbelievable. US281 is a good route anywhere you can access it. The western route will be much more interesting.
DougE 09/03/19 08:37am Roads and Routes
RE: PC matic

I used it for quite a while and have had good results. I've only had one aberant website pop up that I had to do a maintenance scan to eliminate. If someone knows better, correct me. I think they have a list of "good" executible files and what their byte count should be. If it's not on the list and had the correct count, it doesn't let it run.
DougE 08/27/19 09:11am Technology Corner
RE: Trip Planner

Interesting, but starts at $17/year. Could be worth it for some travelers.
DougE 08/17/19 09:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Trip Planner

Yes, I know several trip planners that let you add in stops along the way to your destination, but you have to set the visit sequence yourself. What I am hoping for is a trip planner that will let you put in a start point, an end point and various points of interest you would like to visit along the way. I would like a program that picks the order in which those intermediate points would be visited. (I"ve heard the delivery companies have this capability along with chosing a route that maximizes right hand turns to minimize traffic delays).
DougE 08/16/19 03:07pm Roads and Routes
Trip Planner

Saw the TV spot on taking grandma to all the national parks. Curious - Is there a trip planner that will allow you to put in all the points of interest you want to visit that will then figure the best route and sequence to follow after you set the start and finish points?
DougE 08/16/19 08:54am Roads and Routes
RE: Jeep Death wobble

Historically death wobble on multiple brands has been lack of caster. Yes, tightening up clearances with new parts helps as does a steering damper (which just tries to control the wobble) but, in general, solid front axles require 5 to 7 degrees of caster.
DougE 08/13/19 09:47am Dinghy Towing
RE: Traveling From Kingman, az to near San Antonio, tx

This would make and interesting "poll" question!
DougE 08/05/19 03:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling From Kingman, az to near San Antonio, tx

Not sure where Spring Valley is but I would take I40 to Clines Corners in New Mexico, Go south on US285 to Vaughn, East on US60 to the Texas border, Southeast on US84 to Lubbock, and then South on US87. That will get you to the Austin/San Antonio region and you can pick the best final leg of your route from there. I've used this route many times and it works well for an RV. Note that many New Mexico state roads are narrow and have 55 mph speed limits.
DougE 08/05/19 08:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Current GM / Chevy Reliability

All trucks are really good these days. It's just a **** shoot as to whether or not you get one of the "problem children". That said, it's best to avoid the first model year of a particular driveline configuration as we're usually being the "beta" testers!
DougE 07/16/19 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you recommend unhitching the dinghy over Monarch Pass?

It will definitely be easier on your Class C and not that big of a deal to accomplish. I went over a really steep section going into California on IH8 with a 30' Class A (Chevy 454 engine) pulling a Suzuki Sidekick and really struggled. Sure wished I had thought to separate them and let the wife drive the Sidekick. It was the first time on that route and didn't know what I was facing.
DougE 07/10/19 08:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Chisos Basin, Big Bend

There's 3 hairpins where you'll have to go over the center line and there's only a few camping slots that will take long RV's. You'll be much happier at Rio Grande Village campground.
DougE 07/02/19 08:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Texas?!? I'm shocked.

My two cargo trailers are no longer required to get inspections in Texas. Don't know about RV's though. Just change 2 years ago I think.
DougE 06/25/19 03:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Level trailer

Don't obsess! If the adjustment holes in your hitch do not set the trailer exactly level, it's best to set it slightly nose down rather than nose up.
DougE 06/21/19 03:19pm Towing
RE: Turning your heat off at home while in Florida

For a rule of thumb, you can assume the temperature of the pipes in the exterior walls will be halfway between the interior temperature and the outside temperature. If its 0*F outside and you have the thermostat set to 60*F inside then the pipe could reach 30*F. BTW, pipe insulation does not stop freezing, it just increases the amount of time till the pipe does freeze.
DougE 06/20/19 08:53am Snowbirds
RE: Want to replace shower with shower/sauna/deep tub...

What you need is a pickup for a tow vehicle, a sheet of plastic, a propane burner and a bucket. Line the pickup bed with the plastic. Partially fill with water and bring up to temperature by adding water from a bucket heated over the burner. Sit inside and then use the bucket to pour water over your head. :)
DougE 06/17/19 08:06am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: It sure is complicated.

Common sense is not that common. Common sense is actually applied experience. Not everyone has the same experiences thus some have "common sense" about situations that others may not have.
DougE 06/17/19 08:00am General RVing Issues
RE: toy haulers stop at weigh stations?

Weight stations primarily exist to regulate heavy haulers and long distance drivers. For example, states generally restrict total rig loadweights to 80,000# (or something similar). There are also restrictions on driving hours that are confirmed by checking log books. So, in general, if you are not a long distance driver hauling heavy loads, weight stations are not for you.
DougE 06/03/19 07:50am Toy Haulers
RE: Tap into my 30 amp Dryer outlet for an RV outlet???

If the dryer is on a single pole, 30 amp, circuit breaker the answer is yes. (Inside the breaker panel the wiring from the plug should be 3 wires - hot, neutral and ground.)
DougE 05/30/19 08:29am Travel Trailers
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