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RE: Avoiding Nashville -- heading North

I think the best way to avoid is taking I-840 N to I-40 W to Route 46 N to Route 48 N to Clarksville TN, thereby bypassing Nashville. I'm asking has anyone done this or similar? Is there a better way? We are stopping for the nite in Clarksville on the way home so hoping this works. We've gone that route a few times. 48 is 2 lane and slower going. Lots of curves and a few small towns. Was a lot less of a problem tho than fighting traffic in Nashville. Last spring we took I-40 about 30 miles farther west to 641 and then north thru Paris and Murray. Good 4 lane. Nice drive. We've also taken the Briley Parkway around Nashville and gone straight thru. Usually, off peak hours Briley isn't too bad. But even then it only takes one crash or broken down vehicle to get Briley plugged up where you can be sitting or barely moving. 840 around Nashville is smooth sailing. Very little traffic.
Wadcutter 10/07/21 02:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: Arnold AFB FamCamp, TN

There are quite a few pictures at this website: Arnold AFB FamCamp There's also a couple of brochures for download. The pictures all show gravel. It's been 25 years, maybe a bit longer since I stayed there. Don't recall much about it.
Wadcutter 09/22/21 06:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: GPS tracker

If they have your stuff you can bet yours isn't the first one they've done.Nope. I'm sure there's statistics on how many crimes they've committed before they get caught. We could sometimes tell who the burglar or thief was by the methods they used or what they stole. One would only steal a certain type of riding lawn mower. We knew when we started seeing JD mowers being stolen that Twig was back in the area. He would only steal JD mowers. Had another burglar who when in a house always fixed himself a meal and then did a job in the bathroom but never flushed. Actually that's fairly common. Another if there was a clock next to the bed in a house he hit he always unplugged the clock.
Wadcutter 09/09/21 07:01am Technology Corner
RE: GPS tracker

We've recovered firearms from pawn shops that were stolen over 25 years earlier.Wow Had another 'interesting' experience. Reported a guitar stolen. Detective was investigating perp for another theft, saw what appeared to be my guitar at perp's house, recovered guitar, I got it back. A little out of the norm, but hey, I wasn't complaining. That's usually what we found when busting a thief. Find them with hot stuff from one burglary and they'll have stuff from others they've committed and leads to stuff they've already gotten rid of. That's how theft cases are made. If they have your stuff you can bet yours isn't the first one they've done.
Wadcutter 09/08/21 03:55pm Technology Corner
RE: GPS tracker

I'd like to read a statute that allows someone, even a pawn shop, to possess stolen property.Nope. My experience is they have to hold the item for a specified period of time before it's considered "not stolen." Had an item stolen in Seattle, found it in a pawn shop, got a cop, got it right back. A stolen item is never considered "not stolen" until it's recovered. We've recovered firearms from pawn shops that were stolen over 25 years earlier.
Wadcutter 09/08/21 06:59am Technology Corner
RE: GPS tracker

Well, in Missouri, if that stolen property ends up in a pawn shop, it will cost you to get it back, with or without the authorities. Stupid rules IMO. Cite that statute please. I'd like to read a statute that allows someone, even a pawn shop, to possess stolen property. I worked several burglaries where property ended up in MO pawn shops. We had no problem getting warrants to seize it from MO pawn shops and bring it back into IL.
Wadcutter 09/07/21 05:21pm Technology Corner
RE: GPS tracker

Of course once you locate it, you'll have to find someone in authority to go get it. Trying to get authorities to go get your property could be...interesting. :) Sorry I don't understand this. If your property is stolen and you can tell law enforcement exactly where it is, why is that a problem? I am sure the insurance company would be happy as well. You won't have a problem with LE provided there's not some emergency that takes priority. What you're wanting to do is the same principle as LoJack which has been operational for well over 40 years. We had some of our squads fitted with LoJack receivers listening for a LoJack beacon indicating a stolen car in the area. If you call and tell LE your stolen camper, whatever, is at a given location and you have a tracking unit on it that's a pop fly. Some people are showing they know less about tracking stolen property than they do LE and they don't know very much about LE.
Wadcutter 09/07/21 03:34pm Technology Corner
RE: GPS tracker

That appears to be about $132 per year subscription and cellular coverage. Reviews read like satisfied users. I use APRS when traveling so my kids and grandkids can see where we're at. Not always within coverage range but generally pretty good.
Wadcutter 09/06/21 06:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Denver area in Winter??

I was stationed at Lowry AFB in 1972-73. One morning in Jan 1973 I work up and looked out at the large parking lot next to my housing unit. The parking lot was larger than a football field and looked totally empty of cars. After a few seconds I realized that overnight we had gotten a snow which totally covered every car in the lot. Could not see any indication a car was even in the lot. Cold? You get use to the cold. But water still freezes at 32 deg and when the wind blows it can feel more than just a bit chilly by CO standards. If it was FL it would be miserable cold.
Wadcutter 08/13/21 05:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Central Missouri to Colorado Springs

If you plan on visiting RMNP or Mt Evans you need to go on line and get a reservation for a timed entrance pass. We just returned from the areas you mentioned. Good luck finding campsites. Make reservations as soon as possible.
Wadcutter 07/20/21 08:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Wiper blades

Mr Banks explains wiper blades in this link. Wiper blades
Wadcutter 06/16/21 06:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: love the truck hate the ride

Sulastic Very well made and they work. Easy to install.
Wadcutter 06/16/21 06:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hwy 36 across Kansas

Personally I prefer US 36 over I-70. As CloudDriver mentioned Prairie Dog SP is a nice stop. North of Lebanon KS is the geographic center of the lower 48 states. Nice picnic area but that's about it. Near Republic KS is the Pawnee Indian Museum which is very nice. At Maryville KS is a Pony Express Museum but I don't know if it's open. It was closed due to covid.
Wadcutter 03/21/21 03:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: Better ride when not towing?

To answer the OP's question: They really do make a world of difference when the truck is empty.
Wadcutter 03/03/21 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

We're staying the night in Tok and then on to Anchorage after. In 2019 we drove the road from Tok to Anchorage. The Tok Cutoff from Tok to Glenallen was terrible. We were on it during the summer, have no idea what it's like in the winter. Lots of frost heaves where it would pitch you all over the place. We spent the summer driving a lot over Alaska on some pretty rough rock roads. The Tok Cutoff was paved but it was one of the worst driving. We saw 2 roll overs taped off along the side of the road. Take it slow and stay awake. Also saw a number of critters along that stretch.
Wadcutter 02/18/21 08:34pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

As said I towed nearly 16 years with the the early 99 Superduty 7.3 350 short bed. I wouldn't say I had a problem towing in the rockies considering I live here in the west. The most I towed was just over 13K , 38' fifth wheel. Have talked to many many people towing with a 7.3 over the years. Just curious occasionally I hear comments similar to yours , never had a problem, as said neither did I , but hopefully you were are a grade with a passing lane or you were holding up traffic :) Driving on grade with the 7.3 and 5er is no different than any other vehicle. You adapt to the vehicle and conditions. As you know there are a bunch of semis that creep up the grades. Too many drivers think because the speed limit is 70 mph that they need to keep going 70 mph up a 6+% grade. Then wonder why at the top of the pass their temp gauge is well into the red and others are sitting there with their hoods up and water on the ground. Same with going down the grade. Just because the speed limit is 70 mph doesn't mean you have to run 70 mph downhill and ride the brakes. But we've all seen too many pulling trailers who do it. Not only seen them but smelled them when they went by. It's not rocket science. It's knowing how to adapt to the conditions and vehicle. Doesn't matter if the vehicle has a 7.3 or a Detroit diesel or a 1.6L gas.
Wadcutter 02/18/21 07:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

I had a 99.5 F-350 SRW, crew cab, 4X4, 8 ft bed with the 7.3. I didn't have near the upgrades you've done. I ran a small programmer which gave me a little boost in HP and torque. I did the programmer mainly to get better shifting as it tweaked the shift points. I did not have an exhaust brake. The last 5er I pulled was a 40 ft which loaded maxed at 14,500. Never had a problem pulling. Made numerous trips thru the Rockies. Pulled some pretty good hills and never had a problem. Even with SRW it was very stable in any wind direction. Without the exhaust brake I had watch downhill runs but that would have been the case with any truck. I never had the 6.0 cooler. All stock except for the low grade programmer. The 7.3 was a good engine. A local truck mechanic friend kept trying to get me to really hot rod it saying it was near bullet proof and could really be turned up. It did all I needed without hot rodding it.
Wadcutter 02/17/21 01:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Suggestions for places near New Orleans LA.

We camp in NOLA at least once a year for over 20 years. There is no Gulf beach at NOLA. The closest Gulf campground would be at Waveland about 1 hour drive east of NOLA. The Silver Slipper casino just to the west of the campground. The campground is 1 row with back-ins to each side. It will probably accommodate 30-40 campers. It's right on the roadway. Cross the roadway and you're on the beach. The roadway doesn't get a lot of traffic like further east on US 90. It dead ends at the casino. It's easy to find on Google Earth. Camping near to NOLA we like Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego. We've always found it to be very clean and quiet. Water, electric, and WiFi at every site. Each campsite has a lot of room between. From BSSP into the French Quarter is a short drive. We prefer not to stay at the campgrounds closer into the city. We did one year at the west KOA for a couple of nights until we could get into BSSP. Noisy and cramped. We've looked at the French Quarter RV Park which is closest to the French Quarter. It's no place we're interested in camping. It's pretty much under I-10. I-10 is always busy. The area outside of the walled in campground is not an area you want to be walking around at night. I've read posts from people on this forum saying they've walked from the FQ to the RV park after dark and didn't have any problems. Remember the saying "a fish doesn't get caught every time." The FQ is pretty safe but it doesn't take but a block or 2 outside of the tourist area and you can find yourself where you don't want to be.
Wadcutter 02/13/21 03:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Like Grit Dog mentioned, and I said many pages of posts ago. Make sure your co-pilot has the camera handy for the entire trip. Like I said, your going to see some pretty spectacular sites on your trip north. Myself, I hate the camera option on my cell phone as it doesn’t take “good enough” pictures for my liking. I have a number of cameras, but my “go to” camera is a small Canon PowerShot with 12 times Optical Zoom. Small fits in your pocket like a cell phone, I take it snowmobiling, ATVing, fishing in the bush.... etc...and takes much better pictures than a cell phone.... ( my opinion) Have fun on your trip. Soup. Excellent advice. When we made the Alaska trip during the summer of 2019 I bought 2 pocket cameras and put them on neck lanyards. The rule was anytime we stepped out of the camper the camera had to be around our neck. If we hadn't we would have missed some great pictures. Animals won't wait for you to go back to the camper to get a camera. We took over 4000 pictures. We got extra rechargeable batteries for each camera. At least once a day we had to replace batteries then charged them at night. Friends just used their cell phone cameras. Their phones would not last all day taking pictures. Pocket cameras are cheap, reliable, and with extra batteries are always ready for that next unexpected photo.
Wadcutter 02/08/21 06:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

One of the most useful pieces of equipment I carry in my truck, and used it several times during our Alaska trip, is a piece of carpet about 3 ft wide by 6 ft long. It's so much more comfortable and cleaner to lay on a piece of carpet than lay on the bare ground.
Wadcutter 02/01/21 11:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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