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RE: Routing/trip planning app ???

I don't use a "trip planner". This works for me. To be honest, I haven't found a "trip planner" that I like. (Warning lengthy post... stop reading now if a lengthy post bothers you) I have a Next Exit book, a Rand McNally trucker's atlas and a Rand McNally mid sized road atlas. I ripped the midsized atlas apart and it lives in sheet protectors in a 3 ring binder, just like the Next Exit does. I always have my daily route written down on paper. To plan a trip, I use various websites, the Next Exit and the midsized atlas. I build and save the maps in Google My Maps. I will find a place/area to visit and build a map around that and save it for later. I prefer to find a "base" campground/RVpark and daytrip from that base. I have several "maps" saved in My Maps that I can build into a new trip. Since I like to run US highways along with a few state and county roads, I use the trucker's atlas to make sure there isn't a problem with my route. Once I get my basic route marked out on the Mid sized atlas with wet erase markers (and this is why they are in sheet protectors), I double check my stops on Google satellite view to see where my best parking will be. is good for finding fuel stops. Although I default to Sam's Clubs and Murphy's for fuel, particularly if overnight parking (ONP) in a Sam's Club lot (most of the time, not always, those two have the cheapest prices, unfortunately not all Sam's Clubs have diesel). I do unhook to get fuel as it's easier and I top off fuel either the night before or in the morning before heading out. Once my trip is finalized, I plug it into the CoPilot. Each day is a trip. I have discovered that is easiest to work with. I have the (paid) CoPilot RV app on a dedicated tablet (VANKYO MatrixPad S7 7 inch Tablet). The tablet allows me to take the my GPS in my old towed or the truck camper or anything else I decide to drive. I tried the RV Trip Wizard trip planner and GPS app but it lost it's mind somewhere down the highway (Arkansas, I think). I find the CoPilot app easier to use. For Daytripping, I use to find places to visit and then pin them to one of the maps I saved in Google. For example, I recently read a book set in Charleston SC. So I have been looking at places to visit there. I like living museums, botanical gardens and food. So my map reflects those places that I find interesting. I also have several campgrounds/RVparks on that map. But no driving routes to/from my base as I'm not at that point. When I decide on a base, I will create a driving map, from my location to that base. Then the other POIs will be chosen. I can delete the POIs as I decide. Charleston is one of those places that will require multiple trips in order to see all the places I want to see. Plus I will be adding more places to the map as I find them. Along with where to get fuel while I'm there.
LMHS 09/25/22 12:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Do Some Travel Trailers Have Levelling Jacks?

I was always given to understand that one really shouldn't lift any camper/motorhome off the ground and not have the tires supported. I know that it caused problems with the suspension on an Eagle bus to have it's tires unsupported.
LMHS 09/25/22 11:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Smaller Propane Tanks

"What do you do if you are in an area where you must swap tanks rather than refill them, but the swapper is not the empty one?" I run multiple tanks. I have 3 swappers for my bus. I have one for the truck camper. I doubt the truck camper will ever have two empty tanks at the same time. The "swappers" are the back-up tanks to my own tanks. So I use them when my own tanks are empty. At this point in time, I have 8 of my own tanks and at least 3 swappers not counting what is on the truck camper (not sure since part of my tanks are in storage). I built my "RV" so it's not like most RVs. I use LP for heating/cooking/dryer which runs on one LP manifold system and I have an LP generator which runs on a second LP manifold system. All the tanks have gauges added to them so I can see which are empty and which are full. They also are on manifolds with shut-off valves so I can open up to 4 tanks on a single manifold and still have one (usually a swapper) as a backup for when the 4 tanks finally empty. All my LP appliances are residential so they are all energy efficient, which RV appliances are not required to be because they are not made to be used all the time like residential appliances are, so no energy saving regulations are followed. In my current location, legally I can only transport 3 tanks inside my jeep. When I have 3 empty, I take them to be refilled.
LMHS 09/21/22 10:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Smaller Propane Tanks

I typically refill all my tanks. BUT I used to often stay for a month or more in a small town in GA that had no place that would refill a 20LB tank. We could only do tank swaps. It was weird but not a big deal since I have always had one tank that was a "swap" tank (one that I typically would either refill or swap). I ended up with two swapped tanks and two owned tanks during the years that I was going there. I could refill all my tanks when I went back home. I currently have "several" 20LB tanks of which two are "swappers" (Tanks that I have gotten at whichever tank swap outfit is locally). I always paint my owned tanks a very different colour (Rustoleum light turquoise for the last 10 years) and the "swappers" get painted white so I can easily and quickly tell which I will swap (I have gotten old rusty tanks at swaps). I treat the swappers like my tanks in that I keep them clean, rust free and paint them every few years as needed. I tend to remove the wrapper as it holds moisture which accelerates rust. I don't even worry about the age of my turquoise tanks. They are in such good condition that the tank fillers always say how good and clean they are. I keep the swappers because I don't always keep all my tanks filled. I have found a few times when I needed to swap a tank out because I ran out of LP when the tank fill is closed. The truck camper has one swapper and one owned tank. I figured the tank that came with the camper could be the swapper and I added one of my tanks to the camper when I set up a dual tank system.
LMHS 09/20/22 09:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Full-time RVing proof of residence?

A bit of good cautionary experience here....but hard to read between the off topic and Barbara Streisand to be of any use, especially to the OP who probably has no ties to either NM or TN. So sorry. I'll try to delete my post.
LMHS 09/19/22 09:08pm General RVing Issues

MODS EDIT: You really really can’t discuss legal stuff here.
LMHS 09/19/22 09:05pm Toy Haulers
RE: Full-time RVing proof of residence?

Deleted as it was "off topic"
LMHS 09/19/22 12:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hamilton, Missouri restaurants

Try and Also Google maps often has reviews of restaurants
LMHS 09/18/22 07:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Arcadia FL RV Resorts

Try reading the reviews at and
LMHS 09/18/22 07:42pm Family Camping
RE: America's first automated RV park

I personally like the idea. I don't park in parking lots because it's "free". I park because it's convenient. I have "older" campers and many RV Parks and Campground do not want my older campers. The newer RVs might get cooties or something (not sure what). I would like to pull into a parking lot, plug into the electric (to run the AC or heat if needed), dump tanks, get water, walk the dog a few times, roll out the next morning. Or wait out a storm. I don't care to talk to my neighbours (when traveling, I avoid strangers). I think this is a good idea. And it would be a good option for those who start foaming at the mouth over the idea of someone parking overnight at a Wal-Mart or similar store. Basically it's a parking lot with hookups.
LMHS 09/16/22 10:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: My Coach Net experience tonight.

I've had to use Coach-net. My experience was very good. I know what a tow in our area costs due to the "deadhead fee". When a tow can (and often does) costs over $1k, Coach-net pays for itself. Finding someone who can tow my 23,000lb bus is difficult to do. But I expect that because the tow trucks in our area that can tow something like my bus are few (as in 2 trucks with different companies over 100 miles apart). And the driver of the one we used is constantly on the road in a 1000 mile radius of his "base". These specialty tow trucks are in high demand and are few in number. Often commercial vehicles get priority over recreational vehicles.
LMHS 09/16/22 10:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Closer to a head on then you ever want to be...

I'm amazed that you folks only run into this when you are in RVs. My daughter & I take a road almost twice daily (into town and back) that is also a truck bypass route and has farm tractors on it. Almost every trip on that road we are passed by some idiot in a no passing area or passed by an idiot using a turn lane as a passing lane. We do the speed limit (55mph set on cruise control) always. We are always, always passed like we are standing still. Doesn't matter what vehicle we are in, we are never going fast enough for someone. About once per week, one of us will see a "near miss". Every other week, we see evidence of a new wreck. And it doesn't slow folks down at all. And this is nothing compared to the main highway where folks are running 70mph (speed limit) and then hit the 55mph stretch before slowing down to 35 for town driving. They don't slow down until the traffic slights are so close together they can't get back up to 70mph. Basically, there are too many idiots driving now. An idiot driving recklessly will get innocent people killed. We try to drive defensively. But I'm not taking the non-existent side of the highway. Been there, done that, idiot was long gone and we are the injured. And it's not just on the roads. We saw one of the shopping cart pushers at Sam's Club almost get run over by a car in the parking lot, the day before yesterday. Good thing he was nimble. Did the car stop? NOPE. Too busy looking for that space to park in, I guess.
LMHS 09/16/22 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Storage of Fresh Water - How Long

Last time the 30 gallon fresh tank on the truck camper was filled was in TN in Oct 2021. The water was treated city water. Unless taking a trip, the truck camper only gets taken to town (dog park and shopping so the dog goes with us). We carry a 3 gallon jug that we refill in town at one of the water filtration stations for our drinking/cooking water. Since I have been working on the camper (including some plumbing work) over the past winter and summer, I've had the cover for the fresh tank off. Water has no green or black things in it. Nor does it smell stale or "off". Works very well for flushing and washing hands. At some point it's going to need to be filled again as it's down to 1/4 of the tank (according to the tank level gauge). I think it will be taken it to town and filled from the city water spigot at the store my daughter works at.
LMHS 09/15/22 11:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Impossible RV specs... Help!

Does it HAVE to be a Class C? Have you looked at truck campers. If your truck is big enough to handle the load, you can even tow a car behind them. This one looks like a great alternative to a Class C.
LMHS 09/15/22 10:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Handling home office equipment - hanging files

I used to use the little skinny bungee cords to keep the files on the hangers in file cabinets when moving. I used one pair of cords over each end of the metal frame.
LMHS 09/13/22 05:26pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Towing truck camper (expecting first experience today)

Why don't you see if WalMart has a battery tester they can use to test your battery?
LMHS 09/12/22 08:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Occasional Winter Camping??

If you can, plug in and get a couple electric space heaters. It's cheaper than running your LP. If you are going to be doing this fairly often on electric hookups, you may want to get some heat tape for plumbing and tape your water lines (straight line only, no "spiraling", use skinny strips of Gorilla to keep the tape against the plastic pipe and touching any metal fittings). It only turns on if the temps drop below a certain point. I heat taped my daughter's truck camper last winter. Left it plugged it all the time.
LMHS 09/12/22 08:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Crack in black tank? Is it ABS or Polyethylene?

You want to make "ABS GOO" to repair/glue ABS with. ABS Goo is easily made by dissolving ABS shavings in MEK. MEK is nasty stuff. Use with plenty of ventilation. I installed ABS tanks because I know how to repair ABS thanks to owning a vintage Apache popup which had walls made from ABS. I bought my MEK from Home Depot (paint section) and I got my ABS by shaving ABS tent stakes (gave me yellow ABS Goo) bought at WalMart and shaving ABS from ABS plumbing pipe (gave me black ABS Goo) bought at Home Depot. I simply put the shavings in a short mason jar, add MEK and seal the metal lid tightly. Let stand overnight and stir the next morning. Might need to add more MEK or shavings. If it dries out, add more MEK. If too thin, add more shavings or leave the lid off so the MEK evaporates. Apply with a putty knife.
LMHS 09/09/22 05:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Bedroom door comes open during travel.

I don't have a fifth wheel but I do use a magnetic door stop in my bus conversion. The magnetic door stop I use is not "RV". I bought it at Home Depot so it's "residential". I don't remember what brand it is. The magnet in it is pretty strong. Of course not all magnetic door stops are the same. The one I use holds the door open while traveling with no problem. Actually it takes a pretty good tug to get it off the magnet. If you go the magnetic door stop route, make sure you are screwing it into something solid on both the door and the wall (in my case, it's a 6" high wood baseboard on the wall side and into the wood frame of the door panel). I suggest that you read the product reviews to find a door stop with a strong magnet and not just accept a blanket statement.
LMHS 08/31/22 09:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Florida Park costs this Winter?

There are places that are decent and cheaper. Like said, "you get what you pay for" or at least the perception. I have found a marina/campground near Tallahassee that has monthly sites for $600/mo. But I neither need nor want much of what most RVers want. But then I also have no problem with staying someplace that has "long-term, permanent, older RVs" in the reviews. If you want the "resort" amenities and you want to hold your nose up high, then you will have to pay for it. If you don't, there are places out there. If I can find them, I'm sure you can too. It just requires thinking outside the box (avoid highly desirable micro area) and looking at a lot of websites. If you want to be on the coast on a more rural "Old Florida" type place (I'm assuming that means "dirt-poor Florida Cracker", which is my family background), try looking on the Gulf Coast, north of Clearwater and east of Panama City. Otherwise you will need to get off the coast and head inland (north of Orlando towards the FL/GA state line and in the panhandle along the fL/GA and FL/AL state lines). Try using the map on AllStays to find CGs.
LMHS 08/29/22 10:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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