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RE: Planned trip

Go to the states websites for the latest updates on state parks. Check the National Parks websites for the updates on those. Most private RV parks are open. Do your home work and GO! I would also call the Dept. of Health for each area, city , state to learn what the conditions are limited by the virus issues a week before you made your visit.
MarkTwain 09/22/20 09:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Half ton towing

Anyone tow a small fifth wheel with a half ton ? 25ft.to 29ft Dry weight 7000 Hitch weight 1400lbs Truck f-150 5.0 v8 3rd gen. 400hp 400lbs tq 9200 trailer tow rating 2210 payload. Firestone air bags Do you feel this would be safer than same size trailer considering sway ect. Safe is relative to each person! Driving wyouith a 1/2 ton truck might be ok on flat roads and no strong winds. Going up and down mountain roads could be questionable. What kind of brake system do you have? are you runing with TR tires with at least "E" rated tires? Do you have a Reese Dual cam sway control or some thing like it?
MarkTwain 09/15/20 06:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 30’ 5th wheel

Heartland Big Horn
MarkTwain 09/15/20 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hwy 42

Coos Bay to Hwy 5 via Hwy 42 ok for 32 ft TT THANKS Check Oregon Dept. of roads to see if I-5 is open.
MarkTwain 09/11/20 01:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: used price

Would $11,000 for a 2010 Keystone Cooper Canyon 252 be a fair price. Come on, doesn't anyone have a opinion on this, high or low. Whats the blue book value? What condition is it in? How much money will you have to spend to get it into excellent condition?
MarkTwain 09/10/20 11:27pm Fifth-Wheels
5th week hitches

Are 5th wheel hitches universal. Can I tow a friends 5th wheel trailer with my own 5th. wheel hitch and not do any damage to my hitch.
MarkTwain 09/10/20 10:44am Travel Trailers
RE: first time out

Hello friends This weekend will be out first time out in our new open range light 31bhs. I only have 15 amp to it in the driveway to keep the battery charged and run lights . just wondering what to check for after hooking up to 50 amps. I know to test the water heater on lp and electric.Look for leaks underneath.Test both ac units and furnace.Can you offer some small things I might overlook? If you have not packed the wheel bearings in the last year, do so. Carefully check tires for air maximum air pressure, cracks etc. Put about 30 gallons of water in your fresh tank. Make sure battery water is filled up, check for any battery post, cables for corrison.
MarkTwain 09/09/20 06:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

I continue to find these threads hilarious. Always the care of the tires is blamed by the "blame it on the owner crowd". Check your tire pressure every moorning, and inspect the tires at every stop. Don't drive too fast. Don't hit anything. Watch out for potholes. Really if we all treated our commuter vehicle tires this carefully, we would never get to work. The answer is getting better tires. Do what ever it takes to get LTs on your TT and never look back. PM me if you want some advise on how to do it right. Totally agree about LT Tires for your RV!!!!!
MarkTwain 09/07/20 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

I purchased a 2018 Prime Time Tracer 253Air in April. For Father's day my daughter got me a Good Sam membership with roadside assistance, thank God! I have used the TT once a month since May. Have had 3 tires blow out, 2 just this weekend, Labor Day weekend. It has been 3 different tires, different positions on the TT. The TT has double axles. Labor Day weekend had one blow out on my way to my destination, then another one on the way home on Monday. The tires on the TT when I bought it are Towmax 205/75R14's. The TT is not overloaded as I only use it for weekends so just the minimum stuff needed. The guy that came to change it on Friday said I need to get either D or E load rated tires. Currently they are C rated. He said they are just to light of a tire for a TT. Saturday I got another tire however couldn't find a D or E rated one any where. So ended up with another C rated just so I would have something for a spare. Was told by several tire places that to get the D or E rated they would have to be ordered. So before my next trip going to be ordering 5 D or E rated tires and put them on. Hopefully this will solve the issue. If not don't know what else to do. Has anyone else had this frequent of blow outs or is it just my luck? BTW, I can't say enough good about the roadside assistance. After you call they get ahold of someone that's closest to your location. Whoever they get ahold of then send you a text message with approximate arrival time. Friday night they said within an hour, actually got there within 45 minutes. Monday they said within 35 minutes and got there within 15 minutes. So way to go!!! One strange thing is that all 3 blow out have happened on the same Hwy within about 10 miles of the same spot. No work is being done to the road and didn't run over anything. Guess I should go a different route next time. Towmax tires are cheap tires which accouts for all your blow outs. I bought a new 5th wheel trailer that had new towmax tires, I told the dealer I would not buy the trailer unless he replaced all 5 tires with Good year tires. Do your own research. I suggest you also go to 15 inch rims and put at least "E" rated tires. I have 16" rims with "G" rated tires because I have a heavier 5th wheel trailer. Personally I prefer to have a heavier rated tire than I need.
MarkTwain 09/07/20 05:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Did I ruin my water heater, please help!

Battery- Put a battery "on and off" switch on your battery.
MarkTwain 09/05/20 07:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Significant hiatus but I'm back!

Hey everyone, I can't believe I'm back! This forum has been an incredible resource for me over the years, dating back to 2005 when my wife and I bought our first RV! Since then we've moved from a TT to a toy hauler, back to a TT that we just sold (hopefully) this weekend. I would have sworn we were out of the game last year with most of our extra time being spent on our acreage; we really started to enjoy it last year and got to thinking, why drag a trailer around when we have a campground in our back yard? Well, the bug hit us hard again this year. In the matter of 3 days the F-150 is being enjoyed by a new owner, we have someone coming this weekend to hopefully take our existing 28 ft TT, and all going well the new F-250 is picked up Saturday just in time to take a trip a couple of provinces over to pick up our new unit! So, all of the research that comes with these big purchases is complete. Or at least I thought it was. I completely forgot about the hitch setup. I've done a little searching and I know that there are most likely, numerous threads on the very topic but selfishly, I wanted the excuse to re-introduce myself :) So, any advice or direction you can provide on a distribution/sway setup would be greatly appreciated. The truck is a 2020 F-250 and the trailer is the Grand Design Imagine 2970RL TT. Before you say it, I know that Henley is the hitch of hitches but I'm not ready to dump that kind of money, yet. That will buy me a lot of solar energy! Thanks in advance! I really liked the "Dual Cam Reese distribution hitch. Gives great sway control , minimizes trailer sway and easy to hook up.
MarkTwain 09/03/20 05:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

Running boards on a 3/4 PU is an option to make entry easier. Would not have a truck without running boards for safety and ease of getting in and out of truck. Get the flat running board not the round chrome bar.
MarkTwain 09/02/20 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel trailer recommendation

Buying a new trailer! DO NOT buy an RV from Camping World and do not let service or repair your RV!!!!!
MarkTwain 08/31/20 07:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailer recommendation

We have decided to move up to a bigger travel trailer. We have a hybrid now. The choices are a bit overwhelming. We dcoo have a specific list of wants. Maximum overall length of about 30' or 31'. At least a queen size master bed in a separate or some what separate room, 74" long though 80" would be better. Full or double size bunks. Wrap around dinette. Slide out. Our tow vehicle max is 8,100 lbs GVWR. We are considering new, but a few years old may save save us some money. I'm sure there there are as many suggestions as there are members here. Fire away! Buying a newer used RV will save you some$$$. When you find one, spend some $$$ and take it to a good RV shop and have them do a complete check of all the systems and mechanical overall conditions of the RV. This could save you alot of $$$ down the road in the future. Put some LT tires, new bearings right away.
MarkTwain 08/30/20 06:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hwy 101 in Oregon and Washington

We are planning a trip next year and thinking of doing the 101 down Washington and Oregon. Is this doable in 33' MH towing? Anything we should be aware of in doing this route? Sites to see and miss (outside of the usual)? Thanks in Advance, Janet Suggest you start to look at areas and towns you might want to visit and start thinking about reservations,especially along the Oregon coast.
MarkTwain 08/29/20 05:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Scottsdale in winter.......

Thanks everyone, really great tips and also warnings od what not to do. I plan on going to Scottsdale right after the first of January depending on snow storms heading south out of Oregon. I usually never make reservations, but this is an ever changing world we live in. I don't mind winter travel either. You need to make you reservations AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Jan is the high season in ARIZONA. What is your route to ARIZ.?
MarkTwain 08/29/20 12:56pm Snowbirds
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

We are heading to Utah from NC. I-40 most of the trip with speed limits at 75mph along much of the way. I do NOT go that speed when pulling. What do you guys do? 63 -65 keeps me from getting speeding ticket in Calif. from CHP. I always drive with my Valentine Radar unit on. Speed is relative to each individuals comfort safety levels and ability tow and control your Trailer.
MarkTwain 08/28/20 03:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Scottsdale in winter.......

Can anyone tell me any tips and tricks to going to Scottsdale in winter? My mother turned 90 and must see her this winter. I'm wanting to know any nice RV parks close to Scottsdale, maybe fairly quiet, or even good places outside town. I don't like ritzy fancy just nice places with nice people. I just need space the size of a parking space with my truck camper, but will do what is easiest if quiet. Thank you so much for any help as it's going to be all new to me. Find a RV park at least 10 to 15 miles away from Scottsdale, too expensive. Look around the El Mirage area or south of Scottsdale out in the country.
MarkTwain 08/26/20 10:20pm Snowbirds
RE: Camping with no reservations

You have everything to gain and nothing to loose by making reservations ahead and you avoid the possible frustrations and worry about finding an RV site every day. I don't agree with that, calling to change or cancel reservations is a PITA for all concerned. Unless it is a NP, SP or other high use area we didn't find reservations to be required or desirable. We had zero problems getting spots in COE parks unless it was the weekend when the locals swarm the parks. We even made a reservation online at our last COE park sitting in front of the check in booth window. Having a reliable hotspot makes all this much easier. We went thru FL, AL, GA, TN, AR, OK, NM, CO, UT, ID, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE, KS, and MS. And camped in every one except UT. Obviously certain states are verboten and to be avoided: NM, the left coast, all of New England and the Mid Atlantic states. We cut thru the corner of NM before the governor clamped down again. Your right! It is a real challenge to open your phone and say "cancel my reservations" . Strongly sugest don't consider RVing/camping on the west coast but I suspect it would not be your choice to consider anyway!
MarkTwain 08/25/20 03:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping with no reservations

200 to 250 miles per day is ideal for me! After 4 hrs. sitting on my "kester" for 4 hrs. starts giving me "TB"!!! I don't like arriving in camp all beat up and tired. I want to sit and have my Vodka tonic and relax:)
MarkTwain 08/25/20 02:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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