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RE: Strange advice

I finally got around to looking at the latest Escapee magazine. They have a help columnist in it and he was asked this question(paraphrased): "We have a giant fiver with four slideouts. We drive six hours a day at 70 mph on the Interstates on GY Marathon tires. We had two blowouts in one day! What is our problem??" Now looking at this I see two glaring issues myself but the help guy saw another third issue: get your fiver weighed. Now I admit that is general good advice but the fact that the Escapees seem to run a weighing operation may have crept into his thoughts. What do you guys think, good advice or not.!!!! To avoid flat tires and save time--------------Just buy an airline ticket:):):) Marathons are for runners not RVers!!!!!
MarkTwain 11/28/20 06:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Lock

How do I know which RV Lock to order for my 2011 Heartland Big Country 3250ts? Call Heartland customer service for this information.
MarkTwain 11/26/20 08:35am General RVing Issues
RE: 1/2 ton towing

Just purchased a 2020 Ram 1500 5.7 with the etourqe along with a 3.92 rear. Specs on the truck says it has a 1681lb payload and can tow up to 11500 lbs. Looking into purchasing a 2021 Grand Design 3250BH. Dry weight on the rig is 8450lbs and hitch weight is 850lbs. Am I crazy for trying to tow something this big? The numbers seem to be in line with what the truck is rated for. Have you considered towing up mountains or towing when it is windy??
MarkTwain 11/23/20 08:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Reservations

Seems the moral high counsel has spoken. To all on this forum: No one should ever cancel a reservation regardless of circumstances. We are to act like the post office - rain, sleet, snow, we will persevere to our destination while waving off any reasonable logic otherwise. Cancellation policies be damned. Your commitment to your site is your bond and be sealed in blood for the sake of those less fortunate who may not have planned accordingly. So sayeth the moral high counsel. By decree of those self proclaimed moral superiors on RV.NET forum, no one henceforth shall make a reservation without the faithful commitment of said reservation regardless of circumstances included but not limited to; health, weather, timing or death, lest ye be sentenced to written stoning on the aforementioned forum by those who hold the position of a self appointed higher moral ground. And further to hence be known as selfish and of despicable low moral character. Lordy lord. People simply disagreed with you. If you took it as an attack, maybe that's Jiminy Cricket on your shoulder. We're allowed to disagree with each other here as long as the disagreements don't become attacks. I've seen you dish it out here before, so I assumed you could take it too. Perhaps not. Keep doing what you do and just know that some folks don't agree with you. Simple as that. I can take it. It was a diatribe in sarcasm and I thought it was pretty funny. Is this post for real???? Somebody drank to much of Jim Jones kool-aid!!!!!!:):):)
MarkTwain 11/20/20 03:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which Way from Napa to Quartzite?

I drive home from CA most of the time on 58 then I-40. I like AZ95...goes near the CO river at Lake Havasu and by Parker. Never been on US95. I can't understand why anyone would want to drive down into the greater L.A. area with motorhome if there is an alternate route. In October, I drove down I-5 from Oregon to Santa Clarita Valley (over Grapevine, but located north of L.A.). As soon as I came to Santa Clarita I wanted to drive right out of there! But I was there to visit family and friends. I still drove up to Barstow to catch I-40 to go home. Check the weather for Tehachapi...that would be your highest pass. If you're driving down I-5, don't take 58 to get to 99. Instead take 7th Standard Rd just north of 58 to get over to 99. Much easier and less busy. From I-5 take Hwy.46 east right to Bakersfield then Hwy 58 to 395. U.S. Hwy 95 is not my first choice, a narrow 2 lane road with no places to pull off the Hwy. if you have mechanical problems or need to change a tire. I took it ONCE by mistake:(
MarkTwain 11/18/20 06:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Reservations

Resverations! You have everything to gain and nothing to loss by making reservations in advance. Making reservations and does not LOCK you into a set schedule because you can always change or cancel a reservation. Always ask what the cancellation policy is. Call in advance to make sure the RV park is open. I never understood what the advantage is to wait until the day of your expected arrival and then run the risk of not finding a RV park site. Sure, you can always divert and lose your deposit...most places that take reservations want a non-refundable deposit. Some may let you change but frequently not...particularly govt parks where the rules are the rules. Unless there is a holiday or a longer stay, we usually call the day before or even the morning of travel. Rare for it to be an issue. That is why you need to call and ask their cancellation policy to avoid loosing your deposit!!!
MarkTwain 11/17/20 10:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which Way from Napa to Quartzite?

I've a 35' MH and will be towing my car via tow dolly. Live in North Bay (Napa, CA) and headed to Quartzsite. I was hoping for an alternative route, and considered Hwy 58 Bakersfield to Barstow, then on to I-40, after which I'll head South on 95... Didn't really want to go the Grapevine route, but weather forecast shows little chance of rain (or snow) either way I go... Help! Take I-5 or hwy 99 to Bakersfield Hwy. 58. Go east to Hwy. 395 then go south though Apple Valley to Palm Springs at I-10. Go East on 1-10 to Quartsite. Going over the Grape Vine will drop you onto I-10 and you will have to deal with congested L.A. traffic with crazy drivers. Not my 1st choice!!
MarkTwain 11/17/20 10:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Reservations

Been my experience recently with all the new Covid campers that we need reservations. Better to have a reservation and not need it, than need one and not have it. And we have made lots of reservations and had to cancel with a minimum fee - if any - if outside of 24 hrs so it's not a huge deal. Things happen. But during the holidays with all these new campers, no way I would risk not having a reservation especially if I was pretty solid on my route and timing. Of course you need to have no regard for others that really needed that site. Troll. The last sentence does not make sense and is ambiguous????????
MarkTwain 11/17/20 02:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reservations

We usually call ahead a few hours, but even then they are sometimes full, especially Passport America campgrounds. It's nice knowing your destination is confirmed. JK Totally agree! Why add additional stress to your life when it can be avoided.
MarkTwain 11/17/20 07:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Reservations

Resverations! You have everything to gain and nothing to loss by making reservations in advance. Making reservations and does not LOCK you into a set schedule because you can always change or cancel a reservation. Always ask what the cancellation policy is. Call in advance to make sure the RV park is open. I never understood what the advantage is to wait until the day of your expected arrival and then run the risk of not finding a RV park site.
MarkTwain 11/17/20 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Safety in Puerto Penasco

Bleeding from skin tears or cuts can be effectively controlled with a product called "Wound Seal". It is a powder in a small tube. You just wash the cut, pour the powder over the cut, press down and hold it for 30 seconds. The bleeding will stop in 30 seconds. If necessary repeat process. Wound Seal is sold on Amazon or most pharmacies.
MarkTwain 11/12/20 08:41pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Safety in Puerto Penasco

Check with your Dr. about switching to a blood thinner that doesn't require as frequent testing. Warfarin is the ONLY one that can be quickly reversed Others do NOT have that capability so if INR goes HIGH ... bleeding problems Warfarin....INR goes HIGH ....Vitamin K will counter act (Dark greens ---spinach, collard greens, broccoli etc) For bleeding skin problems, buy a product called " wound seal" it is a powder in sealed little tubes about the size of pencil. Each tube is about 2" long. 1. wash the cut 2. open the tube and pour the powder over the cut 3. press and hold the powder down for 30 seconds, wipe off powder. The bleeding will typically seal and stop within 30 seconds. Is her INR/Protime stable? Is she having to change dosage routinely or dosage is regulated? Should be stable......otherwise she needs to monitor diet and find a happy spot (same diet regiment and NOT splurge on foods with Vitamin K) Been on Warfarin since 2012 Eat greens but do not over indulge or binge eat them Moderation is key to keep INR level (2-3 INR Range) 4 to 6 week INR testing should be goal Is the Mexican Border OPEN?
MarkTwain 11/12/20 08:31pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Safety in Puerto Penasco

Mexicoruss, Hoping I can get some info and maybe advise from you. My mate and I are planning to come to Rocky point in January. We have been there several times, but not since covid started. She is on oxygen therapy and we will have a portable machine with us. She is also on warfarin for her blood and needs to have her blood checked for coagulation and I am having a hell of a time finding a doctor or lab that speaks English and can do this. I have been advised by a resident there to not come. Perhaps you can offer some help. Thank you very much. Bill Check with your Dr. about switching to a blood thinner that doesn't require as frequent testing.
MarkTwain 11/12/20 04:40pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Roadside Assistance Plans

Anyone have any info on Roadside Assistance Plan provided by the RV Advisor Motor Club. The price quoted ($99) and list of services provided looks very favorable. Website is Never heard of them, but Dan Marino endorses (for what it's worth). Am currently with Good Sam at $149/yr. I just put in a call yesterday for my car (yes, it's covered) and their response was terrible (first time for that). Ended up with no service at all. Would appreciate input. Call and ask to speak to a customer service supervisor. It worked for me and I was refunded $800.
MarkTwain 11/10/20 06:36pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Roadside Assistance Plans

its cheap for a reason, we have coach net used three times great service each time. to be fair there all about the same. its the service person you get on the phone who makes things happen, and some of them should go back to flipping burgers. Totally agree %100. Good Sam needs to seriously revise and improve their training programs for service persons taking our calls. Records of complaints should be used to evaluate the performance of each employee and retraining offered. Failure to improve their performance or continued complaints should result in termination.
MarkTwain 11/10/20 06:33pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Opinion on a campground?

So when you made the reservation, quiet time didn't start until after midnight and the group partied until after midnight. You didn't make the reservation based on the paper you were handed when checking in. I'm failing to see where you have a complaint. It may not be your style park but unless the party went until WAYYYYY after midnight, sounds like you were informed of the rules ahead of time and you chose to go there anyway. Now if you want to post a factual review that there was a group that utilized all the non-quiet time, that's legitimate but "slamming" the RV park seems a little excessive. Being Monday, I assume the weekend group has left, so why leave early if it was otherwise nice? Defending obnoxious ,disruptive ,loud people who fail to demonstrate reasonable consideration for other people in RV parks is asinine:):):):)
MarkTwain 11/10/20 04:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Opinion on a campground?

I was wondering about everyone's thoughts about a camping experience we endured this weekend. We made a reservation some time ago to visit what is called a ranch and events center that included a campground. The place is very nice with lots of open spaces to stroll with several lakes. Lots to do. They set up and then others in cars and trucks began to arrive. At least 25 other vehicles came by night fall. Seems it was a local group from a nearby college. They played the music loud, drank to excess and partied until after midnight Friday and Saturday night. Broke every rule known to any camper. I will not go into each and every rule. Needless to say we complained Saturday and the owners promised to take care of the problem but never did anything. We have reservations through Wednesday but will be leaving tomorrow. I will not request any refund but just wondered what others thought about a campground with those times as "quiet time"? I would have called the local police or sheriff's office and reported the loud music and drinking. My quess is that many of the partiers were under the legal drinking age:)
MarkTwain 11/09/20 09:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New and looking to Yuma for winter in sm trl

I'm sort of forced into my situation and rather new to RVing. I'm seeking a warm weather area for Dec, Jan, Feb and maybe Mar. and I'm on a budget. I'll boondock over half the days but will need to hook up perhaps every 5-7 days throughout each month. BUT it appears I'm faced with a "minimum of 30 days" stay during the winter months at many RV spots. I'm looking for input on my situation. CA is out of the question for now. So, southern AZ appears to be my focus. I'm not considering the deep south or FL either. Help! Look for smaller and older RV parks a few miles away from Yuma. Yuma is a popular area for "snow Birders" which allows many of the RV parks to set up limitations like " min. of 30" days
MarkTwain 11/09/20 09:13pm Full-time RVing
RE: Heading to Quartzsite, AZ from Sacramento, CA

Or go down 99 to 58 and route yourself that way... Take 58 to 395 then south and head to Apple Valley which will drop you off at Palm Springs at I-10.
MarkTwain 11/07/20 08:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Collapsible ladder?

Thinking about getting an aluminum ladder to reach slide tops, curious as to what any of you folks bought. Thanks, Larry I have a roll up collapsible ladder for the fire escape to the upper bed room window.
MarkTwain 11/06/20 05:37pm Fifth-Wheels
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