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RE: Hemet, CA to Klamath River RV Park, CA

What size of RV are you driving? Have you ever driven through S.F. and gone across the Golden Gate bridge??
MarkTwain 06/20/21 08:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

So you guys might already know my story. Basically my TT rollover when I was making a left turn. I do see most of the folks suggest I should take the money and buy a new one, but here is my situation: 1. Insurance offers $18.7K for total loss settlement, purchase price 20k, buy back price 4k 2. I can not find a similar TT within 500 miles unless I add another 6~10k.We brought the TT for COVID travelling and need to rent storage for it, was only plan to own it for 1-3 years. My feeling is if I buy a new one and sell it in a year, I easily lose 5k due to devaluation. And to sell a RV is another hassle. 3. Seems to me now I have the chance to spend 4k to get a usable TT,to me it's actually much better than those popups which still cost 10k+ 4. Most tempting part is I went to the tow yard and checked the RV, everything inside still working OK. It rained the past few days and I don't see any leaking inside. Plus in my previous post someone mentioned most RV tends to leak anyway. My plan is to replace the edge trim and bottom trim myself, and for the crack I plan to add something like a vent cover to hide it and make sure water won't get in. All these should be done within 1k budget. 5.Checked with DMV, they have no problem to register/title in my case, even I don't fix my TT properly. There's no RV insurance requirement in my state, this is another plus to me 6. My WC case is the frame damage gets worse and I have to junk it, I did learn little business will take salvaged TT, but I feel mine still looks in good shape. WWC scenario: I pay another 1k to get rid of it?All in all, risking 5k for a usable TT rather than paying 20k for new one+ is tempting... What am I missing? I'm ready for any sarcasm and yes please wake me up.:? width=650 Your BIGGEST questionable unknown in your idea and plan is that you are assuming you can find a RV repair shop that can and will be able to repair your damaged trailer. How long will the repair shop take to make all the repairs and what warranty will they give if any of their repairs goes bad. What will be the total costs to do all the repairs?????? I would not choose to buy it back IMHO!!!!
MarkTwain 06/08/21 04:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: What to use for GPS

Went to update my Garmin (RV 760) this morning. I got sent to a site that wanted to charge me for updates. This unit is supposed to have lifetime maps. Any advice on how to get those updates ? Failing that is there an app to use on a phone that is reliable and reasonably priced ? Thanks in advance for any advice. Give Garmin customer service a call. They will update your GPS and not charge you.
MarkTwain 05/29/21 07:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing Disaster-AAA

AAA is not really set up to tow RVs. Drop them and sign Geo net or Good Sam Road Side service. AAA sells an emergency roadside service product for RV's, and I assume they just contract out to the same RV capable towing service(s) that the other clubs use. But there's probably not a lot of RV capable tow services, so it can be a long wait. Each state's AAA is independently owned so service varies widely among states. You just gave 2 big reasons why AAA is a POOR choice for RV owners. I have had Good Sam emergency road service and never had a bad experience getting emergency roadside service!!!!
MarkTwain 05/28/21 07:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing Disaster-AAA

AAA is not really set up to tow RVs. Drop them and sign Geo net or Good Sam Road Side service.
MarkTwain 05/28/21 06:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1 month old TT totaled?

I screwed up my holiday.First TT and only 1 month old.  Was trying to pull my TT from storage to home and prepare for the long weekend. Since it's only a 10min local drive, as usual I didn't bother setting up the WD. When I made a left turn, after waiting for a through vehicle I noticed the light turned yellow so I tried to speed up while turning, and in the end the TT rolled over. Lesson learned... The damages are all on the passenger side which landed on the curb, I noticed the following damage so far: 1: A 20 inch crack on the top left of the fiberglass side wall, it also comes with a dent into the inside shower area. 2: Power awning totally crashed, which actually protect most of the all and window glass from worse damages 3: Lots of scratches along the bottom edge, especially corners 4: power jack and propane case 5: two front stabilizer The insurance company GEICO will do the inspection in a few days, but when I talked to the adjuster he mentioned to me that for rollover cases like this they usually handle it with total loss. I did purchase RV insurance, but when I asked them about the detailed policy, they were not sure what kind of coverage I really have for total loss. Seems to me they leave some flexibility for themself. One representative told me most likely I only did the regulator policy and won't  have the total loss replacement option. My questions:1. Is it really that bad to total the RV, other than the body, should I expect some fundamental frame damage from this kind of accident?2. How much would it cost to seal the crack if I don't mind it doesn't look as nice3. If the insurance really totaled my TT, should I try to dispute and how?4. I kind of prefer they total it and I brought it back, after all the damage doesn't seem that bad to me, safety and function wise I guess. Also I assume the repair will take quite long and my whole summer will be screwed. So is it a good idea to buy it back? Take the total amount of your total loss from your insurance setellment. Go buy a new trailer. I would not want use the trailer even after all of the repairs are done. Are there going to be problems later with all the repairs?
MarkTwain 05/28/21 01:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank

I had a 100-gallon Transfer-Flow tank in a long-bed 2008 Ford F350 diesel. One small problem (if you even call it that) was that the amount of fuel on the display was always less than what was in the tank -- I would have about 20 gallons left when it displayed 0 gallons. Another slight problem was that leaves and debris that collected in the one-inch space behind the tank were difficult to remove. I recently traded for a 2021 long-bed diesel, and want to get another Transfer-Flow when one becomes available for the 2021 Fords. I do it for peace-of-mind; so that I can tow for three for four days without constantly having to worry about fuel; so that I can reach Yellowstone (for example) at the end of a driving day and still enjoy driving around for the next couple of days without having to think about visiting a station. To me, that's worth 50 cents a day spread out over ten years. You do NOT get a transfer tank to for the purpose of finding cheaper fuel (you never save enough to get your money back), but a side benefit is that you have the option of topping-up whenever you happen to see a good price, or you can keep on trucking though a state where fuel is more expensive. But, as I said, that is secondary to peace-of-mind. Metal transfer tanks will have a good deal of water condensation. I put a water-separation filter in the line coming out of the transfer tank. That helped to keep water of out the main tank and not overtax the truck's own water-separation filter. Give Transfer a call and they will recalibrate your tank gauge.
MarkTwain 05/27/21 04:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Basalt Campground to Ukiah, CA

We will be towing and want to avoid San Jose and San Francisco. I'm looking at crossing over on the HWY 20 at Williams,CA. Any better alternatives? Thanks Hwy20 is a good RV road to use. Just take your time and don't be in a hurry, enjoy the trip. Great Deli restaurant in Willams , Granzella's.
MarkTwain 05/23/21 12:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV towing on 5 through San Francisco

My motorhome including my tow is a 60' rig. I am wondering if that is too long to go through San Francisco on State I-5? Anybody have similar experience? Driving a RV through SF is in my opinion, a "WHITE KUNCKLE" trip!!!
MarkTwain 05/13/21 05:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV towing on 5 through San Francisco

My motorhome including my tow is a 60' rig. I am wondering if that is too long to go through San Francisco on State I-5? Anybody have similar experience? Is your goal to drive right in SF city? If not I would take I-5 and avoid driving in SF.
MarkTwain 05/13/21 02:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dealing with campground reservations

Reservations- Plan the route for your whole trip. Pick places, sights and towns you would like to make reservations. Use Good sam web applicaton to give you RV parks names near the areas to want to stay. Be sure and check their cancellaton policies if you need to change locations.
MarkTwain 05/06/21 08:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Virginia to Oregon and Back 45 foot with toad

First cross country trip leaving from Southeastern Virginia bound for Oregon and back. Not new to RVing but have never traveled coast to coast (we have mostly explored the eastern seaboard and the south). Would like suggestions on the most beautiful, good roads for a 45 foot class A diesel pusher towing a toad? I’ve been using tools like RV Trip Wizard and RV Parky but there’s nothing better than hearing from someone who has experience! We want to hit the highlights along the way (Badlands, Yellowstone, Mt Rushmore, etc all the way out to Crater Lake OR). We have two months to do the circuit (June and July). For those who have done this trip before, we would really appreciate advice and suggestions on safe, beautiful routes and must see stops. Thank you in advance! Sounds like a great trip! My only suggestion is that you make all your reservations as soon as possible for the whole trip primarily because you will be RVing during the busiest time of the year. Reservations can always be changed to meet any changes, just be sure to check for any deposit charges.
MarkTwain 05/05/21 11:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Trailering

After several years of visiting this site I have to ask.... Why are so many interesting in such odd setups to their trailering???? I travel across the US from Michigan to Maryland to Las Vegas to Tucson to Florida every year pretty much. I have a Dmax and a 36' Jayco TT. I am wondering just how many of you really need or want items like 55 gallon diesel tanks, or worry about MPG or a reasonable speed to travel at. Unless you spend weeks and months on the road like we do annually then why would you sweat these items?? I am not a full timer but would guess our travels that takes several weeks never needed answers to these items listed above. I mean why sweat a 55 gallon fuel tank?? You only go out while on vacation a few weeks a year and your roan time is but a few days not weeks. Your speed is derived from knowing your set up and you experience again a few days on the road doesn't make you a hauler. I don't know but most inquires seem like not of much value to most. I have a Transfer Flow 55 gal. diesel tank. Does not affect my milage. When travling I want to have the option of stopping for fuel when I want and do not have to wonder if the diesel station is open or closed. It also gives me the chance to find the best fuel price.
MarkTwain 04/19/21 10:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need new tires

In October of 2020, WE bought our first 5th wheel, a 2015 Heartland cyclone 4150. From what we can tell, it was left on a seasonal site since 2016. I am thinking the tires are original, and although they look almost new, I am planning on replacing them as it sounds like dry rot is a problem when a tire gets this old. The tires that are on it are E-rated. This is a triple axle coach with a 20,000 lb GVWR. When I did the math with the tire weight capacity that was listed on the tire, there was only 540 lbs left if the TH was fully loaded (which I doubt I will ever come close too). Does this seem odd that the TH would have come with these tires from the factory? I am thinking I need to put "G" rated tires on it when I replace these. My local small town tire shop recommended: "G" rated not only for the extra capacity but also said they have never seen a "G" rated tire shred on a 5th wheel. The price is about $210 per tire vs. $170 for the E rated. I have no problem spending the extra money, but just wanted opinions from those who have been doing this longer than I have Buy the “G” rated tires!!!! Then buy the Good Sam Emergency roadside service plan for break downs and changing tires??????
MarkTwain 03/29/21 09:51pm Toy Haulers
RE: First time RVing. What should we consider? Insurance?

Check with your current vechicle insurance company for a separate insurance policy or check with Good Sam. To plan your trip. Use the Good Sam RV PARKS web site. Search for RV parks around each city you will be traveling through then make reservations. I would all your reservations for your total trip. You can always cancel if your plans change along the way.
MarkTwain 03/29/21 08:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: highway 49 California

Hi all, Anyone drive down highway 49 from South shore Lake Camanche to Co Columbia State Park towing a 35ft., travel trailer? Your experience? Steep climb out of Lake Tahoe. Plan on a slow and leisurely drive on Hwy 49 to Columbia.
MarkTwain 03/27/21 04:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cant find a place to stay near Harrisburg, PA, help!

Hello all, I am out of options so I thought of posting this to see if anyone had any ideas. We need a place to camp in the Harrisburg Pa area or within half hour or so. We want to try and find a house to buy, with emphasis on "try". This alone may be impossible these days, but now since the whole world owns rv's we have no where to park that doesnt charge 60 or more dollars a night. Looking for a better monthly rate so we can survive while trying to find a house and am coming up empty. Sorry to be so blunt, but I'm stressed to the max and out of options. Any ideas? Use Good Sam RV Parks application to find parks in the area you want. Contack the "Escapees RV club on the internet" to see if there are any parks where you want to be.
MarkTwain 03/26/21 08:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lassen Volcanic NP Highway 89

Well, RedRolling is a former trucker, and I am not. So I would trust his judgment over mine. Having said that, I have taken 89 north to south, towing my small trailer, and it was not a problem at all. I did have to downshift several times, but I do that on many downgrades. And my wife said the scenery was great. I was looking at the road, so I can't comment. ;) There is one hike at the crest that you do not want to miss -- it is called "Bumpa$$ Heck." (The names have been changed slightly to avoid the anti-obscenity software.). Bumpa$$ was the name of the poor guy who discovered it by getting burned and dying. Here is a blog post that may be useful -- scroll down to the part on Lassen: Lassen post Great pictures/Video of an outstanding RV trip!. Keep posting your trips.
MarkTwain 03/18/21 08:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Water Hookup Order

Hello all! We are back in the RV Community after 15 years or so. Please consider us newbies. We just bought a 2018 K-Z Connect 251RK and are looking forward to our first trip! Question: All the videos and articles I have seen say to hook my pressure regulator and water filter up at the supply. The pressure regulator is fine but it seems to me that it would be better to hook up the water filter at the camper. The water will at times sit in the hose for hours when it is not being used. Wouldn't you want to filter that water? Am I missing something? Thanks! I want the weight of the water filter on the water faucet not on the plastic connector on the side of the RV.
MarkTwain 03/17/21 03:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lassen Volcanic NP Highway 89

How is the road North to South through the NP pulling a 36 foot 5th wheel in first week of August? We are thinking about staying a few days at Manzanita Lake Campground. Any suggestion on the best site are welcome. You will be traveling in the summer heat. Make your reservations now:)
MarkTwain 03/15/21 08:14pm Roads and Routes
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