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RE: 5th wheel front tripod

Helps some with taking out the bounce. Not necessary but they work.
Wadcutter 06/22/22 12:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best itinerary for Alaska

All good advice. My advice to add. Don't speed thru Canada nor Alaska. I don't recall ever driving over 35 mph. Keep the speed down for 2 reasons. 1) Frost heaves. We found that generally they'll mark frost heaves. Maybe an orange cone, maybe a stick with orange tape. Or maybe they won't get a frost heave marked. Some of these can be quite pronounced. We saw an empty flat bed semi go all wheels airborne hitting an unmarked frost heave. Came across 2 cars on their tops in the bush at frost heaves, probably as a result of those frost heaves. 2) An important reason for keeping the speed down - critters. Slow down and you'll likely see all kinds of critters. And hopefully slow enough you can stop when that moose or bear decides to cross the roadway just as you're in the same spot. Keeping the speed down gives you a better chance of stopping before being stopped by a large moose. A full grown moose is a big critter. You will not win in a bumper contest with a moose. Law of superior tonnage. We came across a Dodge pickup right after he had hit a small young moose. Buckled the front frame of the pickup where the engine was shoved back to the firewall, the front tires were even with the front of the door and the dash was moved back several inches into the cab area. The moose didn't fare well either. We had a big female and calf come out of the brush straight for the side of my pickup while on the Dalton Highway. She was close enough I could have almost touched her. Her head was taller than the cab of my F-350 4X4. The people behind us thought she had hit us. Canada and Alaska are trips to be enjoyed. Slow down and enjoy the scenery and critters. Rushing and you'll miss it.
Wadcutter 06/12/22 08:54am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Unknown or erroneous title on single axle fifth wheel

I know that IL DMV will often re-label older trailers as home built instead of making the effort of finding an original title. Seem them do it on newer trailers too. Some states do not require a license/title for small trailers so a person can buy one in those states and lose the title over the years because they don't have to license it. Then they sell it to someone from a different state that requires a title. Instead of the 2nd state researching for a title or requiring the new purchaser to get a title which may be near impossible the 2nd state DMV will just do a home built title. Like your 5er it's obviously not a home built but given its age I can see where a previous owner might have lost the title, if they ever had one.
Wadcutter 06/11/22 01:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: downloading to a GPS

It's been a while since I played with a Rand McNally GPS so this is going from memory. IIRC the RM GPS used .csv format. If you have your trip file in Garmin format, ie .gpx, there are on line programs that can convert your .gpx file to .csv. Just do a websearch for gpx to csv converter. There will be several. If one converter doesn't work might try another one as not all converters are equal.
Wadcutter 05/31/22 05:04pm Technology Corner
RE: Theoretical heights.

Let me refresh your memory then on what you wrote to Second Chance who said 13'6" was the legal height. You took issue with his post stating someone had informed him wrong. Here's what you wrote: "You had someone inform you wrong. 13.5ft is the maximum height before you are considered an oversize load that requires permits for each trip." So now you're saying Second Chance wasn't wrong? Apparently so after you understood the conversion of 13.5 to 13'6". Obviously when you were so quick to tell Second Chance he was wrong about 13'6" that you weren't doing your math and realize that 13.5' is exactly what Second Chance said at 13'6". Second Chance wasn't told wrong by anyone. His post was correct. It's you who couldn't understand the conversion and then was so quick to jump on him. As far as what is "limiting because once you get off the roads and into RV parks, no guarantee you will have even 13.5ft." is a bogus argument and has nothing to do with legal height. Once you get on private property like an RV park there's no telling what over hanging objects will be encountered. But that has nothing to do with the discussion of what is legal.
Wadcutter 05/14/22 01:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Theoretical heights.

Someone with a CDL and experience straightened me out on this on another forum recently. There is no such thing as a legal "DOT height" from the Federal government. 13'6" is the minimum height for overpasses on the interstate highway system. Some states have their own regulations. That said, there is no such thing in my books as a "theoretical height." The only thing you can rely on is an actual measurement with the trailer on the truck on level ground. Rob You had someone inform you wrong. 13.5ft is the maximum height before you are considered an oversize load that requires permits for each trip. Sounds like someone informed you wrong. Second Chance is correct at 13'6". Probably what you read is max height of 13.5'. That's 13 and 1/2 foot. 1/2 foot is 6", not 5". 13'6" is the max legal height without a permit. Anything over 13'6" requires a permit. Some states go with max legal at 14' only on specific routes. No one wants to get a permit for overheight 5ers. When you get a permit the permit will specify the exact route you are restricted to travel. Absolutely no deviation from the route listed on that permit or the permit is not valid. No deviation. Not even to pull off to get fuel. You must stay exactly where the permit allows. The permit will also specify the days and time of travel. Every time you travel you would be required to get a new permit for that specific trip. Depending on the height a permit may require a lead escort vehicle with a height stick. Life gets a WHOLE lot more complicated for permit moves. I did truck enforcement and dealt with oversize loads for 42 years, taught truck law, taught motor carrier safety law, and was recognized by the courts both state and federal as an expert in truck laws.
Wadcutter 05/14/22 08:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Jersey to California

Before you enter Canada, have your gun mailed to a postal box in the city you will re-enter the U.S. Pick up gun there. It would have to be shipped by a common carrier, ie, FedEx, UPS. The USPS will not accept handguns for mailing.
Wadcutter 05/09/22 11:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Memphis Crossing

I-40. We make the trip from IL to NOLA 2-3 times a year. I-40 is a lot better for traffic and road conditions.
Wadcutter 05/09/22 08:12am Roads and Routes
RE: New Jersey to California

How much time do you have? What are your interests? There's a lot of country to be seen between NJ and CA. You could take 6 days to make the trip or you could take a lifetime and not see everything that is interesting.
Wadcutter 05/07/22 03:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Member Blocking is a Blessing

It appears he may have died in 2015. From the parts of your post I deleted from this reply it is possible he had a change of address in 2015 and no longer has internet access. Or a key to his door. He died 07/22/2015
Wadcutter 04/22/22 07:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Member Blocking is a Blessing

There use to be a person on here who thought he was some stud from TN. Apparently he was moderately famous in some sports circles. For some reason started sending me p(o)rn PMs of men and boys performing various acts on each other. I would block him and he'd send it using a different name. Have no idea what his problems was. I contacted the moderators and they said they would not do anything unless he sent the pictures to a moderator. It appears he may have died in 2015. To quote Mark Twain "I have never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."
Wadcutter 04/22/22 01:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Good RV parks near La Place, La.?

About 30 miles east of LaPlace is Bayou Signette State Park. Easy to get to and exit. It's on the edge of the city so you're not in all the city mess. LA has nice SPs and BSSP is really nice and quiet. The campgrounds is a ways off the highway so you don't get traffic noise. Water, electric, and WiFi at all the sites. The showers are usually very clean and modern. Sites are level and not crammed in on top of each other. We hit NOLA at least once a year and BSSP is our go to stop. Also, if you go that way from LaPlace take 310 to US90 and avoid the Huey P Long Bridge.
Wadcutter 04/09/22 08:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Military Campgrounds

Now, why would an active duty military family want to stay in a campground on base for six months? They make money by getting a housing allowance and then only having to pay the monthly rate at the campground. That could amount to $1000+/mo in their pocket tax free. A friend who is a USAF doc is doing it. She bought a trailer, about a 32 ft. She said there's limited housing on her base so she gets housing allowance. Apartments around the base are either not fit to live in or well above her allowance pay. She bought the trailer and pockets over $1000/mo tax free. The installation cmdr allows it on her base. It's against the MWR policy but installation cmdrs have a lot of freedom what they can do.
Wadcutter 03/31/22 08:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Illinois to Ft Lauderdale …… in December

When we make that trip from central IL we head straight south before making the change in direction to FL. If you can make it to Sikeston MO the first day that's a bit over 400 miles for you. There's a nice overnight stop at Sikeston about 1/4 mile east of I-55. Easy on and off. And a short drive to Lambert's Cafe. Another 400 mile day on I-55 will put you about Brookhaven MS. In December would normally be out of the really cold weather. Then pick up I-12 and I-10 into FL. Or another route is south of Sikeston head towards Dyersburg and Jackson TN to Corinth MS to Birmingham. Depending on where you're going in FL then Birmingham to Dothan and to FL. Or if going to the Pensacola to Ft Walton Beach area then take I-65 to Evergreen AL and 31 south. Both of those routes you'll avoid Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta. Always lots of traffic going thru all 3 cities. As long as everyone behaves you can get thru them with no problems. But it just takes one knucklehead to really plug up the works resulting in a mess. Also we've seen I-75 south of Atlanta into FL be at a total stop for no reason other than people not knowing how to drive, slowing down, and plugging up the flow of traffic.
Wadcutter 03/23/22 06:31am Roads and Routes
RE: East through Kansas

US 54 runs from TX to IL all the way thru KS. We make the trip thru there every couple of years or so. Some 2 lane, some 4 lane. It all depends on how far off of US 54 you want to go and what you want to see. A bit north of US 54 is Dodge City KS. 1800s history of KS. A lot of the small towns will have museums or tourist info covering the settling of KS. Also a bit off US 54 at Hutchinson is the underground salt mine. Wichita has a couple of nice museums.
Wadcutter 03/13/22 08:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Cost of FCC 2-Way-Radio License

What are the limits of a "Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit"? Is authorized to operate any radio station which may be operated by a person holding this class of license. This permit is issued in conformity with Paragraphs 3454 and 3945 of the Radio Regulations, Geneva 1987 and is valid for the lifetime of the holder unless suspended by the FCC. And exactly what does that have to do with the OP's question or the price of tea in China? Do you think if the OP had a RP that they'd be asking the question they did? The RP is not for general use. As I'm sure you must know an RP is for people doing radio repair and maintenance.
Wadcutter 03/07/22 01:44pm Technology Corner
RE: Between St. Louis and Cincinnati

If you're willing to divert a bit off the direct route between St Louis and Cincinnati, just a bit north off of I-72 at Monticello IL is Allerton Park. Beautiful gardens. Be sure to take a walk thru the paths to see all the statues. 1500 acres. Now owned by the UofI. Allerton Park Monticello There's a small county park and campground less than 10 miles west. Friends Creek County Park
Wadcutter 03/02/22 08:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing to Washington DC

Since you're coming in from the south. Prince William Forest RV Campground. That is way down in Quantico. The place to stop for the Marine Museum though. HAHA!!! Way down there? Not like Q is a long way from WDC. And yes I know exactly how far it is. Lived there for a bit. We've stayed at Prince William a number of times. A lot quieter than Cherry Hills. We'd drive north a short bit and catch the train in to WDC. Pretty painless.
Wadcutter 02/27/22 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

Where did they say they were coming in from the South? or did I miss that. Yeah, you missed it. It was in the OP's initial post. Here's what he wrote: "We will be coming from the south (via Richmond),". There, you're now up to date.
Wadcutter 02/26/22 07:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

Since you're coming in from the south. Prince William Forest RV Campground.
Wadcutter 02/25/22 08:34pm General RVing Issues
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