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RE: Raleigh to Charlottesville, VA advice

Keep in mind that 288 in the morning, unlike VTLee's experience, can be gridlock, same in the PM. My secretary, who lives in Powhatan, takes 288 to Richmnod for work and gets stuck just about every morning.
LizBee 05/16/19 04:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Raleigh to Charlottesville, VA advice

I have to agree with above. Traffic through Richmond can be awful, and though 29 IS hilly, with frequent speed changes and lots of traps, it is hardly ever busy. It is a lovely drive
LizBee 05/15/19 01:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: First time TT trip AZ to VA

Can't emphasize enough the other posters advice on getting new trailer tires. Unless the current tires have been put on new within the last couple of years, you need to replace them before leaving Tucson. And even if they are new within the last couple of years, you still need to examine them closely to make sure they haven't developed cracks in the tread or sidewall. Thanks Atlee, the tires are the main thing we're concerned about. I'm told they are "new" within the past year, but we don't believe it until we see it. We will have the ability to purchase tires, so that won't be a barrier. I'm in Glen Allen, so you're not to far from us!
LizBee 05/15/19 05:42am Beginning RVing
RE: First time TT trip AZ to VA

Can't emphasize enough the other posters advice on getting new trailer tires. Unless the current tires have been put on new within the last couple of years, you need to replace them before leaving Tucson. And even if they are new within the last couple of years, you still need to examine them closely to make sure they haven't developed cracks in the tread or sidewall. Thanks Atlee, the tires are the main thing we're concerned about. I'm told they are "new" within the past year, but we don't believe it until we see it. We will have the ability to purchase tires, so that won't be a barrier. I'm in Glen Allen, so you're not to far from us!
LizBee 05/15/19 05:37am Beginning RVing
RE: First time TT trip AZ to VA

Can't emphasize enough the other posters advice on getting new trailer tires. Unless the current tires have been put on new within the last couple of years, you need to replace them before leaving Tucson. And even if they are new within the last couple of years, you still need to examine them closely to make sure they haven't developed cracks in the tread or sidewall. Thanks Atlee, the tires are the main thing we're concerned about. I'm told they are "new" within the past year, but we don't believe it until we see it. We will have the ability to purchase tires, so that won't be a barrier. I'm in Glen Allen, so you're not to far from us!
LizBee 05/15/19 05:36am Beginning RVing
RE: First time TT trip AZ to VA

Can't emphasize enough the other posters advice on getting new trailer tires. Unless the current tires have been put on new within the last couple of years, you need to replace them before leaving Tucson. And even if they are new within the last couple of years, you still need to examine them closely to make sure they haven't developed cracks in the tread or sidewall. Thanks Atlee, the tires are the main thing we're concerned about. I'm told they are "new" within the past year, but we don't believe it until we see it. We will have the ability to purchase tires, so that won't be a barrier. I'm in Glen Allen, so you're not to far from us!
LizBee 05/15/19 05:35am Beginning RVing
RE: First time TT trip AZ to VA

This is all great information. We are pretty careful types, so we'll check all the usual stuff. My husband grew up in that area, so he knows the effects of the AZ weather on vehicles. We'll try to balance reasonable preparation with play it as you go in terms of supplies. We aren't delicate or divas, and can do without! We're mainly looking forward to the journey. Any tips about actual travel? Etiquette we may not know about? I saw a trip planner on the KOA website that laid out their sites all along the way so we could sort of plan where we might stop - are KOA's ok? I've never used one before.
LizBee 05/14/19 03:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: First time TT trip AZ to VA

Consider shipping some of your camping items to Tucson. Check brakes including trailer brakes. Plan on having to use back in sites not just pull throughs. Find a empty parking lot and practice. Walmart has cheap hand held radios that might be useful including use in large stores. 25K miles on a 08 truck would make me suspicious with all of the flooded vehicles on the market but that is a boss problem. Ditto for the TT. Major checks before you purchase the trailer include chassis rust (salt) and water damage - ie soft spots. Maybe hire a professional as unseen repairs can be costly. Thank you for this good info! We know the owner of the truck, as it happens, and he has had serious health issues that has prevented him from being able to use the truck and trailer, but it has been sitting a while, which makes us nervous. We plan on having a mechanic look it over before hitting the road. Fortunately, where they are in Tucson there is not much concern about rust, but one never knows. Our friend in Tucson who is storing the rig for us until we get out there is experienced pulling and backing horse trailers, so we'll practice with his guidance out there before we leave. We could ship items ahead of time, and that will be a great option once I find out what they already have available. Great tip!
LizBee 05/14/19 11:55am Beginning RVing
First time TT trip AZ to VA

Hello, My husband and I are in our 50's and are not new to long road trips and camping, and are also accustomed to driving large vehicles (my daily driver is an Expedition EL) and towing boats/trailers/popup campers. My boss bought a 2008 F350 diesel (25k miles) with a 2012 28' Dutchmen TT that he needs moved from Tucson to Virginia, and since this type of road trip has been a dream of ours, we have volunteered. We'll fly from VA to Tucson, acquaint ourselves with the trailer and check things over (oil change, check tires, etc.). We're now starting to think of pertinent issues and are looking for tips. Since we're flying out there we won't have things like camp chairs and groceries, of course, so we'll provision in Tucson and pick up a couple of chairs at Walmart for cheap to use at our stops. We'll utilize GPS with RV setting as well as a trucker's road atlas to be sure we don't get into trouble with clearance, etc., and plan out our stops at RV parks where we'll be able to pull in. We're not sure what the trailer has in terms of cooking utensils, bedding, etc. but we'll find out ahead of time. Since the boss got the truck/trailer combo for about what the Ford is worth and planned to sell the TT, we're considering purchasing it from him, and this may become something we use frequently, so we're excited to explore this mode of travel. Any tips for first-time RV'ers? TIA Liz
LizBee 05/14/19 10:00am Beginning RVing
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