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RE: Road condition of I-40 in Oklahoma

Thanks guys. We're going to give it a go!
KM Rolling 09/11/19 02:55pm Roads and Routes
Road condition of I-40 in Oklahoma

We're headed to the west coast this weekend. We'd like to take the 40 most of the way....BUT, I have avoided Oklahoma for many years because the road surface has been so bad in past travels. Anyone have any recent experience on Interstate 40 thru Oklahoma? Is it smooth, or still very rough/bumpy? Thanks in advance for any recent reports.
KM Rolling 09/10/19 09:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: TT Toyhaulers - What Else is Out There

We had a Freedom Express 17BLSE and really enjoyed it. We now have a Freedom Express 271BL and are enjoying it. 98 gallon fresh & a rack for a generator.
KM Rolling 08/30/19 05:25pm Toy Haulers
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

It seems to have been narrowed down to 3 things- 1. Find out your loaded weight to make sure you are not exceeding GVWR 2. You may have had older and/or bad tires. Just because the trailer was only 2 years old does not mean the tires were only 2 years old. 3. Driving faster than the tires are rated for seems like a surefire way to have a failure. Sharp turns should not cause a tire failure...hitting curbs, yeah, sharp maneuvering, no.
KM Rolling 08/25/19 05:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Love the Lance 2375 layout: but the price! Any alternatives?

We've been in our Rockwood 2502 ultralight (3600# dry - see sig) going on 15 years. We've pulled it all over the country and nothing major has failed (thank you Lord!). Admittedly I am quite handy, and have done a good job keeping up after this and that. Anyway, we've been daydreaming about what we might get if not in this trailer (for whatever reason). So I've looked around a bit and it seems that everything in the size we like (25-27') is at least a couple thousand pounds heavier! This seems to be on account of everything has slides these days . . . We like our smaller, V8 4Runner tow vehicle - it fits in the garage and is also a great vehicle for narrow mountain 4x4 roads. I did spot something which has an awesome floor plan we really, really like - the Lance 2375. The weight is a bit more, but might be doable with the 4Runner (or other smaller V8). BUT, what I'm seeing of prices on these is quite shocking (e.g., $35k for a used 2018)! This is up there in Arctic Fox or Airstream territory price-wise! Is the quality or materials that great on a Lance that they can justify a price tag of $50,000+ new!? We paid $16k for our Rockwood 2502 fifteen years ago, and just can't justify that kind of rarefied price for something we currently use no more than 4-6 weeks a year. Does anybody know of a decent light-weight with that basic floor plan, with a price that won't give us a major coronary? We have had really good experiences (20k+ miles a year) with our Freedom Express Toy Haulers. I cannot say that the Freedom Express Travel Trailers are built to the same quality, but it seems they would be. Take a look at them here, they may be what you are looking for. I believe you'll find the price much easier to stomach.
KM Rolling 08/25/19 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing speed

I tow at whatever is a safe speed for the road conditions and traffic conditions. (also taking into account the max speed rating of 75 MPH on the trailer tires) Usually it ends up being between 65-68. I do get significantly better MPG at 55-57, but over 7 days driving, that extra 10 mph slower would make it 8 days of driving instead of 7. RE: the OP concerns of "getting run over"... never had anything like that happen/or come close to happening. Even when in SD or Montana where most everyone is running 85-95. They just go around me, never had anyone run me over. :) If they're jammed up because of a slow moving semi, if it is safe I will speed up a bit to lower their blood pressure. But they couldn't "run me over" even if they decided to try. When not towing the trailer I ride a motorcycle as my daily driver. I do what is safe for me...on the bike and in the truck. No small part of that is staying away from the herds/clumps of vehicles all traveling fast and too close to each other. I ESPECIALLY put a lot of distance between me and a truck pulling a trailer at 75-85, wagging their tail down the road.
KM Rolling 08/24/19 09:03pm Towing
RE: New to the RV World - Towing Mirrors Recommendation

I got these Fit System Snap on Mirrors- see them HERE They were inexpensive. Worked flawlessly, & are unobtrusive. You will need to get some that fit your model TV. I put them and they have worked well for over 36K miles. They are made to be able to take them off when not towing. I don't bother.
KM Rolling 08/24/19 05:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

I'd like to hear comments from anyone that has previously owned an HD truck (2500 and higher) then stepped back down to a 1500 series. The long of the story is our two boys are several activities and with those busy schedules we just don't have time for camping :( Rather than having valuable assets setting unused we're in the process of selling our "extras" while they still have good value. If I no longer have a 5th wheel I can't see a good reason to keep my diesel HD truck. Pretty much any 1500 truck on the market will pull the other things I'm going to keep. My thought is to get max value out of the Ram now, step down to a 1500 for my daily driver and pulling duties, and then if we get back into camping in 6 or 7 years get a new HD truck. If I keep the Ram it will be 11 or 12 years old by the time we get another 5th wheel. Not necessarily a dinosaur but I'm sure I'll have well over 200,000 miles on the clock by that point. Here's the kicker....the truck is paid off so I'm not in a situation where I HAVE to get rid of it. I'm just trying to think what makes the most sense. So, I'd love to hear from anyone that did this. Did it work out or did you regret it and jump back to an HD truck? :h KJ I had a F250 4WD Powerstroke. It was a great truck, but there came a time when I no longer needed it, and I was able to sell it at a good price. It was replaced with a HDPP F150 and we are very happy with it. Would I do it again? Yep. Less capital tied up in a depreciating asset. The HDPP F150 is a fantastic truck. Costs less as a daily driver AND while towing with it. Will it hold it's value as well as a diesel? No. But that is more than made up for by the lower cpm to operate, plus the near zero % financing from FOMOCO.
KM Rolling 08/24/19 03:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

As others have noted, your total weight, including everything you're carrying (which includes water-fresh, gray & black) should not exceed your GVWR, which is a tad under 10,000 lbs. Many things, as already noted, can contribute to a tire failure. Being overloaded is easier than you think. Go across a CAT Scale to find out. Another big thing is speed. Find out the speed rating of your tires. Some trailer tires are rated above 65 (75), but most are 65. I see folks regularly running faster than their tires are rated for. Low psi, but you have your TPMS, so that should not be an issue. Sounds like none of your E tires have failed, so you may have found the solution. Edited to add: Meant to include. On my previous trailer I ran OEM, Made in China, Castle Rock tires. Kept them at Max recommended PSI, trailer was always loaded within 200 lbs of the max GVWR, never exceeded the speed rating of 75 mph, and ran them for a bit over 20,000 miles without a single issue. Still had good tread when I sold the trailer earlier this summer. I was concerned with everyone talking negative about "China Bombs", but my experience was not bad. The majority of my travel was in mid 80 to mid 90 degrees, and some in 100+ degrees. Additionally we traveled some really bad roads with a lot of very bad potholes. I was very impressed with how they held up. On our new trailer we have the same China Brand tires. Less than 2,000 miles on them. We'll see how they hold up.
KM Rolling 08/24/19 03:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Deep cycle battery for AC?

I highly doubt that your trailer is going to be able to carry the weight of the batteries! When we are running cross country and end up staying the night where it is hot, we simply start up our $500 inverter generator and run the A/C. It burns less than $5 of gas to run it all night.
KM Rolling 08/18/19 10:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Toy Hauler Pictures

When we got our first Toy Hauler 13 months ago, we got the smallest one we could find that would fit our Tri Glide. 20 feet, end to end. We did not know if we would like this new way of traveling. Figured if we did, we would go bigger, if not, we had not spent too much to find out. Well, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Did over 20K miles in the first 13 months. Last month we went from the 20' to a 31'. Here we are moving everything from one to another. After hanging around the dealership for a couple of days, making sure all was in good working order after being fully loaded and driving around some not so good roads, we started the 900 mile trip home. After the 20 footer, this one feels like a palace! We are very much enjoying it. We can have the TG loaded and still have plenty of living room while on the road. We are doing some things to it now, making it our own. Next month we leave out on a 4500 mile road trip.
KM Rolling 08/18/19 09:25am Toy Haulers
RE: Champion generator

I've been using a Champion inverter generator (3500 watt continuous) for over a year. It is quiet, not as quiet as a Honda, but close. I've run it over 500 hours. Change the oil, inspected the spark plug once. Starts with one pull and does the job. Uses very little gas. Used it from sea level to 8,000 feet. Very pleased with it.
KM Rolling 08/18/19 08:07am Tech Issues
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