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RE: West Michigan to Fort Wilderness review

I live on the south side of Nashville and have driven that route with both a TT and a MH many times. It’s an easy route and nearly all 4 lane divided. Plenty of services along the route and some good campgrounds along 231 between Montgomery and Dothan if you need one. I can get to central Florida about an hour quicker going through Atlanta IF the traffic cooperates. But the Alabama route is usually less stressful IMO. Thanks Dave, this is what I was thinking and hoping for in this route. Dan
Hammerboy 04/05/20 06:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Laundromats are closed!!

Yea, I don't understand the whole essential business rational. Unfortunately a lot of businesses are trying their best to declare themselves as essential - some of them are quite a stretch too. If we want to nip this thing we need to get serious about it and close a lot more businesses. I can work on a job site in construction literally by myself but I cannot. But yet drive through windows and take outs are deemed essential - learn to cook or pack a lunch, the person in the drive through window sees hundreds of people a day by the looks of it. The big box home improvement chains I believe are abusing it as well, 95% of what is being sold isn't essential either. I feel bad for the smaller businesses that are forced to close such as greenhouses while big boxes are making a killing. We have a big box home improvement chain that has been contacted by the states attorney general twice in regards to louring people in with sales ads as well as price gouging - I have since taken my business elsewhere. Sorry if I took that one a little of topic. Dan
Hammerboy 04/05/20 06:43am General RVing Issues
RE: West Michigan to Fort Wilderness review

Surprised they are taking you down I-65 all the way. I would cut over to I-75 around Lexington. Atlanta is not as bad as people say. Drive straight through. If you want to avoid traffic plan on hitting downtown before 6AM or after 8AM. This basic route is the way my wife's Aunt and Uncle take when they winter in Florida, I'll have to ask them as well next time I see them. I've driven through Atlanta many times but if I can find an alternate I'd rather not go through Atlanta with the fifth wheel. It's only about an hour longer and a change of scenery is welcome. I just don't know the finer details of this route or what road conditions are. Just looking for some tips from those who know these roads better or perhaps another route that avoids Atlanta. Dan
Hammerboy 04/03/20 06:40pm Roads and Routes
West Michigan to Fort Wilderness review

Although our reservations at the Fort isn't until next February, with all this free time on my hands it is nice to be able to take our minds off things and do a little planning. This is the type of stuff I really enjoy, planning routes and stops along the way. We have driven by car to Disney many times and have always driven through downtown Atlanta. This Google map link below shows the basic route I am thinking going thru Alabama thus avoiding Atlanta altogether. If anybody wants they can drag the route around a bit as I don't know the local conditions of roads as many of you may. I know once I get near Disney there is a quicker way but we wanted to be able to drive under the Disney Welcome sign (yes we are Disney nerds.) Once I get the basic route figured out then I can have fun with identify all the gas, overnight, rest stops etc. Google Map Route Thanks in advance Dan
Hammerboy 04/03/20 08:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Virginia - Stay At Home till June 10th

Not to be political but I think it's fishy that their ban is until the Republican primary on June 9. At least that is the news I caught on the subject. Dan
Hammerboy 04/01/20 01:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip Planning by mile

I use Google maps as well. It seems like the best all around package. Gives traffic, satellite views, street views, easy to drag a point to the amount of miles you want, etc. And just generally very easy to use. The only useful thing it doesn't have is height or length option. I do wish though I could create a map where I choose my route on my desktop and send it to my phone it would work without having to add way points to force it to work on the phone version. Hope that on made sense. One little surprise I found using Google maps is we have reservations next winter for Fort Wilderness for a couple weeks and sure enough they have Street View of all the loops! How cool is that:C Dan
Hammerboy 04/01/20 01:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Sierra 2500 fifth wheel hitch - factory prep vs aftermarket

People used rail mounted 5th wheel hitches for many years. If you put a lot of things in and out of your bed you might want to put some plywood down to make things level with the rails. I wouldn't let this be a deciding factor. So people used a horse and buggy for even longer, so what? The grand dad did it scheme doesn't mean it's better. Funny analogy. It all depends on what truck you find, how you intend to use it etc. I purchased a new 2019 at the end of last year and on my list of wants the pucks were on the bottom. For me the rails don't bother me at all and I am in construction field. I don't ever shovel dirt, mulch, out of my truck or fork in big heavy object either as I have trailers that work better for that anyway. If I did happen haul dirt (I can think of once in ten years) or something simply throw down a sheet of plywood and a tarp. The rails in my truck actually are kind of handy as they act as a stop for the few toolboxes that I do carry in the back of the truck. The other upside was I could keep my B&W Patriot hitch that I had in my last truck without the use of an adapter. Pucks are greats (although I wish they could standardize across all brands) if you want a flat bed but not everybody cares or needs a flat bed. Dan
Hammerboy 03/28/20 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trying to decide which way to go on fifth wheel hitch

When I bought my current truck I was trying to decide what to do for a hitch. At the end of the day I went back to the rails as I didn't have the puck option on my truck plus I really liked my Patriot hitch. I am in the camp of it doesn't bother me in the least having rails in my truck in fact for how I use it it's actually quite handy. It make a great stop for my various toolboxes that often ride back there and keeps them from sliding forward. As far as shoveling stuff or trying slide heavy objects in that is a non issue as I have various trailers that work better for that anyway. Dan
Hammerboy 03/26/20 06:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch lift

For those who aren't as handy they to make one for a reasonable cost Hitch lift Dan
Hammerboy 03/22/20 06:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

Not to make light of the corona virus as I am sure more will die from it but.....this is for the United States in 2017 Number of deaths for leading causes of death: Heart disease: 647,457 Cancer: 599,108 Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936 Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201 Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383 Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404 Diabetes: 83,564 Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,633 Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173 coronavirus: 298 so far So...try to stay away from crowds....but don,t panic...imo None of those have the ability to tank the economy like Covid-19 already has....none of those stand to tax the health care system to the max and overwhelm things to the point where health care professional will have to make a decision on who lives and who dies . People may not only loose their lives but the economic impact will also lose people their jobs, homes, savings, retirement savings, cars, trucks, rv' name it. Seems many folks are just too narrow minded and selfish to take it serious enough...........let's see you post again in 3 to 6 months and see if you've changed your attitude and perspective on things. Nothing wrong with trying to calm people down a bit from the hysteria going on. Yes it serious and I am taking precautions but I am not living in fear. Dan
Hammerboy 03/21/20 03:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Senior Citizens Speak Up

Good grief, if you can afford an RV, you can afford a private RV park rate. That's not true at all. How do you know all they could afford is a $5,000 used trailer? Just because you own an RV doesn't mean you are made of money. Dan
Hammerboy 03/19/20 05:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Park & Campground Closures

Closing state parks makes no sense to me. Does to me actually. All about limiting exposure where people congregate. We are self contained and dont use the bath houses any way. We are no less safe camping at the state parks than we are staying at home. If your worried about the campgrounds they better shut down the grocery stores where it gets real ugly. We could have government workers deliver food in their tyvek suits and gas masks Dan
Hammerboy 03/16/20 10:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: fifth wheel gas stops

I reset my meter with ever tank and yes it has amazed me to that it is what it is. I m the type person though it wouldn’t matter what the mileage is if I’m wanting to go places . I lucked up so far on the mileage . Safe travels everyone When you say you reset it with every tank so that means possibly mixed driving trailer and no trailer? I know I get on average 12 mpg towing 10,500# at 65 based on the trip computer with my Duramax. I reset mine when whenever I am hitched up and only use those miles in the trip computers calculations. I never hand calculate other than quick fuzzy math in my head and it's close enough. Dan
Hammerboy 03/15/20 07:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Mexico State Parks Suspend Overnight Camping

So they’re closing it to overnight camping which has less people than during the day which they are still having the park open? Yep, someone isn’t the brightest! Not to mention all the lost revenue from the campgrounds. Dsn
Hammerboy 03/14/20 10:51am General RVing Issues
RE: New Mexico State Parks Suspend Overnight Camping

While camping seems like social distancing, many campers will use the restrooms, showers and common facilities. Then simply give notice that that the bath facilities will be closed. No reason to close the Campground to those who are self contained which is the majority. Dan
Hammerboy 03/13/20 05:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Having Second Thoughts

We were at Disney this past week just returning home yesterday. You would never know anything is going on as it was very busy and Fort Wilderness was busy as well. Our flight was filled also and I had zero concerns. I myself am not overly concerned about the virus itself as much as I am about economic impact caused by all this panic that the media just loves to report on. It pisses me off when I see price gouging going on. Just today I see at Menards (midwest home improvement chain) were advertising "everyday low price" for a 2 pack of N95 dust masks for $39.95 and then you get a $20 mail in rebate, what a deal! I immediately wrote them an email letting them know they lost a customer however. I have a ton of them in my shop I could sell for a big profit:E Anyway back on topic, go and enjoy the trip a don't fall into the hysteria and just use common sense. Dan
Hammerboy 03/10/20 01:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Morryde Step Above

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Your photos display what is wrong with the MoreRyde steps. 1. They block the entrance. 2. They dump water and dirt inside. 3. They need to be swept/cleaned off. Each of those 3 issues are a deal breaker Torxlift steps are just as stable but have none of those flaws. These are the same reasons we have the Torklift plus we wouldn't be able to deploy the solid step style in our barn because of the room needed to swing them out. Dan
Hammerboy 02/28/20 08:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford MSRP discount

While mine is not a Ford but a Chevy, last October when the new 2020's were starting to show up on the lots and there was still good selection available on the 2019's, I picked up mine for $13k under the $69k sticker. I was happy with what I paid and it is almost exactly how I would have ordered it. I did travel 2 1/2 hours to the selling dealer though to find what I wanted. I would think you could get at least that or better now that the 2020's are in full force. DanHow much of that $13K was incentives? If memory serves me I think it was between $5-6K. Dan
Hammerboy 02/26/20 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford MSRP discount

While mine is not a Ford but a Chevy, last October when the new 2020's were starting to show up on the lots and there was still good selection available on the 2019's, I picked up mine for $13k under the $69k sticker. I was happy with what I paid and it is almost exactly how I would have ordered it. I did travel 2 1/2 hours to the selling dealer though to find what I wanted. I would think you could get at least that or better now that the 2020's are in full force. Dan
Hammerboy 02/26/20 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 6.6 Tow Review

I still like my 06 GMC cant justify 70-80 grand! GEEEEZ I don't think the truck in the video cost nearly that much. I didn't spend anywhere close to that for my new LTZ deisel. You can still have a nice truck without spending that kind of money gas or deisel. Dan
Hammerboy 02/23/20 07:55pm Tow Vehicles
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