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RE: Driving 32' motorhome from Durango to Silverton

Large Tour buses drive it taking the train passengers back and forth each day. It should not be a problem for you.
NMDriver2 06/03/19 06:38am Roads and Routes
RE: What are your yearly registration costs for your truck?

$51 in NM for a 08 Chevy 2500 diesel- but free to 100% disabled Vets like me. Thanks for your service and sacrifice! I’m glad you made it home. :) Thanks for paying your taxes.
NMDriver2 05/30/19 05:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What are your yearly registration costs for your truck?

$51 in NM for a 08 Chevy 2500 diesel- but free to 100% disabled Vets like me.
NMDriver2 05/30/19 06:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Southern California to Iowa July 1st. 2019

Check this web site the week before you leave. https://graphical.weather.gov/# They show expected wind for the week ahead and any other weather condition you care about. BTW: I would go up I-15 to I-70 to get some elevation and cooler weather for at least part of your trip.
NMDriver2 05/28/19 07:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Albuquerque to Moab Utah

550 is a 4 lane, in NM, with speed traps in San Isidro (24 mi from I-25) and in Cuba (64 mi from I-25). I recommend turning onto BIA 7010 before Bloomfield (watch for sign to "371 NAPI Raytheon 15 miles") and follow it through the irrigation fields over to 371 to get to 64 in Farmington and over to 491 in Shiprock. It avoids the traffic in Farmington and has some good scenery coming off the Mesa into Farmington. For a more scenic route stay on 550 up to US160 in Durango and take that over to Cortez and US 491.
NMDriver2 05/06/19 03:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: Looking to buy older 5th wheel

To many variables. Old and well maintained in the desert vs newer and parked near the ocean. Parked and only used a few months a year or parked and lived in all year. Driven 10K plus each year with no blow-outs or only 2K but with damaging blow outs. Each unit has to be looked at and evaluated for condition. Older and seldom used can be a red flag or a great bargain. No one can tell until they see the unit and go over it carefully.
NMDriver2 05/05/19 05:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Walmart Tire & Lube Express - Carlisle Radial Trail HD

Look at their LT tires in the 15 inch rim. They have a couple of very good LT tires that are 50 psi and have a load range around 2200lbs, but they need a rim that will accept a 235 tire. They also have some LT215/75/15 (100=1700lb) load tires that should fit fine on a 205 rim. AS for the service it is really dependent on the store. One here in my town has a bad rep and one has a great rep. for customer service. Almost no complaints about the product or level of skill at either store.
NMDriver2 04/28/19 05:50pm Towing
RE: Sewer hose support question

I carry 4 eight foot pvc sewer pipe halves (8ft of 4 inch pipe cut in half to make two troughs). They nest in each other and can telescope out to 32 ft or any length down to the one 8 fter. I use a few bungee cords to hold them up along the side and at the joints. If I am only using two of the sections I place the other two on top to keep birds from pecking the hose.
NMDriver2 04/17/19 06:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: Breakfast Enchiladas at Blue Moon Café and Blue Moon Too

Which Blue Moon Cafe? I know of one in NM and CA.
NMDriver2 04/07/19 09:51am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Best Sales Platform?

I have successfully sold on Craigslist and Letitgo. As mentioned above put all the information someone can ask for. Use all the advertising you can. My 5er sold in one day and had multiple buyers, so my price was likely a little low, but my boat has not had anyone come see it, so it may be to high. Craigs list can work but you need to have a price that is in line with similar items. Letitgo sold some of my stuff within a day or so, but you need to install the app and it requires checking for text messages frequently.
NMDriver2 04/02/19 03:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Beginner Trailer Leveling Questions

Most camp sites will only be 2-4 inches off level side to side. Rarely (2-4 times in 15 yrs) have I needed more than that. Most of the time, in a commercial park, the pad was level or only a inch or two off. A little shovel work can help in even a bad site. Keep it simple. Start with four or five 2x8x12 planks with beveled ends and two or three 1x8x12. They will last longer if you glue and screw a 1/4 inch chip board or similar composite to them to avoid cracking and splitting. Carry a bottle jack and a shovel to change tires. There will be times when the axle will be to close to the ground, after a flat, and you will need to dig a hole for the jack. The shovel is good for other things around the camp site and can even help getting you level. Generally the taller the stabilizers are the more wobble you will get. I try to lower them as little as possible and carry spare leveling boards just for the stabilizers to land on.
NMDriver2 03/24/19 07:35am Beginning RVing
RE: Goose neck, 5th wheel connection, Long bed, short bed truck

I love a gooseneck but not for a short bed truck. For a short bed you need a slider and that means a regular hitch. There are pin extensions, and goose ball pivots etc. but to keep it simple, a gooseneck is best in a long bed. You are failing to consider the CARGO/Carrying capacity of the truck as the main factor. Towing capacity does not matter with a 5er. With a Travel trailer most of the weight is carried by the axles not the hitch. With a 5er the hitch carries a lot of the weight. 15-20 % or around 2500-3600 lbs for a 18000lb loaded 5er. That is what matters with a 5th wheel tow truck. What everyone is saying is get a dual wheel truck or smaller 5er. That is not to say you will not see someone pulling a 40ft monster with a single axle 3/4 ton, but it is not good for the truck to work at its limits all the time.
NMDriver2 03/17/19 04:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are CB radios still used or now antiquated?

I wish more RVers had one and listened to it. I see steps down, vents open, and low tires on RV's almost every trip and, if they are going the other way, I have no way to tell them. I have also warned trucks they have loose straps, smoking tires, etc. The wife finds it annoying when she is napping and the speaker sounds off but she is suppose to be keeping me entertained not napping ;) H#$% I cuss too and I would rather hear a sexually graphic or profane expletive than a bunch of holy rollers blessing me.
NMDriver2 03/09/19 05:27am Technology Corner
RE: demming, nm 2 Roswell, nm

If you want to easily get from Deming to Roswell then stay on US 70. There is a long gentle pull from Las Cruces up to the top of San Augustine pass. You almost don't know you are climbing until you get close to the top. It is then a long gentle down hill to the bottom. Flat all the way across the Tularosa Basin to Alamagordo. A gentle series of pulls up to Ruidoso and then gentle down to the 380 junction. From the 380 junction to Roswell you are following a river so there are some curves and up and downs but nothing to cause any trouble. Do not try to follow 70 through Las Cruces. Instead go south on I-10 to the I-25 north junction and take that back up to catch US 70 as it heads out of town. I would also use the Charlie Lee Relief route (US 54) around Alamagordo. Watch your speed between Alamagordo and Tularosa. The only way to completely avoid mountains is to drop down to TX and come up 285. Not only is it out of the way, but 285 is under construction according to another post on the forum. You can go up 54 to 380 and turn east at Carrizozo. As mentioned the road is not as good and there are still a few grades. Interesting places to stop and explore though if you have time and like old west history.
NMDriver2 03/09/19 05:05am Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 285 between Carlsbad, NM and Fort Stockton, TX

Ahhh the DOT total job security. At least it will be fixed some day and should last a season before needing repairs again. I should have kept that job with the Fed Highway Admin. ;)
NMDriver2 03/09/19 04:47am Roads and Routes
RE: Las Cruces NM to Camp Verde AZ

Just drove that route last week. It is steeper so I wouldn't be so sure you'll save fuel, but it is a nice drive in the mountains. But you do not loose as much elevation from Las Cruces to Globe as you do going to Phoenix. You go a little higher between Glove and Camp Verde and then drop down but you do the same between Phoenix and Camp Verde. Overall miles spent climbing is not that different. That pull from Phoenix up I-17 is a long pull ;)
NMDriver2 03/03/19 07:09am Roads and Routes
RE: Las Cruces NM to Camp Verde AZ

Take US 70 from Lordsburg and then AZ 188 to miss Tucson and Phoenix. It is also the Google Maps recommended route. It is also shorter by about 50 miles which is 5-6 gallons of fuel. The towns are smaller but Safford and Globe have good fuel opportunities or fill up in Lordsburg at one of the big truck stops. It is about 300 miles from Lordsburg to Camp Verde. Much more scenic vs the I-10/I-17 route.
NMDriver2 03/02/19 08:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Anyone use insect (tick) yard spray before they set up camp?

We keep a few cans of Raid yard gaurd spray and before setting up camp, I will spray the area. Not only ticks & fleas, but mosquitoes and gnats are taken care of. Plus it kills all the bees and any other pollinator in the area. :S
NMDriver2 03/02/19 05:50am RV Pet Stop
RE: Tire chains: ok to cut off extra links at end points?

My plow truck has all 4 wheels chained up and all have extra Link's which are secured to the opposite side of the chain by good bungee cords. Have been doing this for 11 years. You might want to sell them somedayto someone who has slightly bigger tires. I have 4 extra Link's on all 4 tires Leave the extra links. Dave Best advice. Plus when your tires are in the slush and you are laying down feeling for the inside links, fumbling with the link latch, with cold fingers, a few extra links are a good thing. ;)
NMDriver2 02/27/19 07:02am Tech Issues
RE: Question about being temporarily "homeless"

Once you sell you will have a lot less mail to worry about. By having our mail forwarded to a relative, we went 6 months without a permanent address with no problem. After we sold the house our mail volume went to almost zero. As for Drivers License and insurance we did not change those until we closed on our new place.
NMDriver2 02/24/19 06:54pm Full-time RVing
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