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RE: Rodent repellant

Hedge apples. Keeps mice and spiders away. Place a few in something like 1 gal milk jugs. Set several around inside and in the basement. The hedge apples will soften and begin to rot during the winter with the freezing and thawing so the need to put them in something like plastic jugs. But when they soften and start rotting they put off a sweet smell which not only keeps the critters away but gives the camper a nice smell. I'm in the country where crops are all around the house and camper. Hedge apples have worked for years keeping critters out.
Wadcutter 04/08/23 10:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Omaha to Peoria US 34?

US 34 is definitely slower than I-80. It goes thru lots of small towns. Not really that much difference in miles. Can't say it's more scenic than I-80. It goes thru Iowa. You'll see corn either route. If you want to see something other than interstate then US 34. I use to live along US 34 and have driven it alot. I've seen that area so it doesn't matter to me to see it again. I'd take I-80.
Wadcutter 04/01/23 08:30am Roads and Routes
RE: New Orleans

Second for Bayou Segnette SP. How bearable NOLA is during the summer depends on what you're use to. Millions of people live in that part of the country and manage the heat and humidity. But it's going to be hot and humid. Hot and really humid. In the morning it feels like a sauna then it starts getting hot and really humid. There is always something going on in NOLA but during the summer things slow a bit.
Wadcutter 01/30/23 02:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVIA Certificate?

Obsessed with the truth, the fact they’re legally required on an RV and the fact that there’s actually required for safety, yes, absolutely. No. Always funny when someone says "it's the law" and they don't have a clue. RVIA is a trade group, nothing more. No manufacturer is required to join nor abide by whatever RVIA wants. Private trade groups do not write laws. Here's what RVIA is from their website. "The RV Industry Association is the national trade group representing the manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs manufactured in North America. Our organization unites the diverse RV industry and forges alliances to form a strong, single voice. Working with our members, we advance the industry and drive growth and innovation across the outdoor business landscape. Membership is available to companies and businesses actively engaged in manufacturing RVs and Park Model RVs as well as those providing a product or service, directly or indirectly, to an RV manufacturer, Park Model RV manufacturer, component supplier, aftermarket supplier, or other wholesale participant in the industry. There are membership categories for RV Manufacturer, Park Model RV Manufacturer, Supplier, Manufacturer’s Representative, Finance Firm, and Associate."
Wadcutter 01/20/23 08:46am General RVing Issues
RE: CGs Near Osseo/Eau Claire, WI w/o Minimum Stay Requirement?

There's a concession operated military campground on Ft McCoy WI that is open to the public. It may fit your needs. It's been a few years since I've been to Ft McCoy so I have no idea what it's like now. Description, prices, pictures here. Pine View Recreation Area, Ft McCoy WI
Wadcutter 12/03/22 08:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Owl Creek pass

Owl Creek Pass is an easy gravel road. We were last on it 4 years ago. We met a Vette on it that last time. I assume he didn't have clearance problems. Not a difficult road at all. Just a wide almost 2 lane gravel road. Nice area. Watch for livestock on the road as it's open range. At the pass is Debbie's Meadow. Chimney Rock is visible. Named for Debbie Reynolds because she really loved the area when filming How The West Was Won which was filmed in the area. Before going watch the original move True Grit with John Wayne. At Debbie's Meadow is where Ned Pepper and his gang meet Rooster Cogburn for the famous ending scene and the gang is defeated. "Pretty bold talk for a one eyed fat man." You see exactly where John Wayne was positioned and also the where the Ned Pepper gang was when the scene was filmed. There is a small stream at the pass where some of the scenes were filmed. After watching the movie and paying attention to the scenery you'll easily spot the areas. When in Ridgway CO stop into the True Grit Cafe where the crew from the movie use to hang out. Some movie items are on display. One wall in the cafe is in the movie where John Wayne is first seen meeting Mattie Ross (Kim Darby). The park across from the True Grit Cafe is where the hanging scene was filmed. Dennis Weaver (Chester from Gunsmoke) donated a lot to the village of Ridgway and some areas are named in his honor.
Wadcutter 09/30/22 08:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-55 at Memphis

We go thru Memphis several times a year. We quit taking I-55 thru the city. Usually more congested. 1 crash and it can get plugged quickly. We hop on I-40 in W. Memphis then stay on it until it connects back up with I-55 on the south side. Traffic seems to flow easier, roadway better, and is the same distance as staying on I-55.
Wadcutter 09/06/22 05:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: Unbraked trailer, towing limitations

Oh I don't doubt that a "CVEO" said at least SOME if not ALL of the things being attributed to them. Even CVEOs are not all 100% up on the law or what it applies to. To be certified in FMCSA laws is a lengthy school. The CVEO is going to know more about the law than what I'm reading in this forum. People say all the time "cops don't know the law", said by people who have never read the law. Driving a truck down the road sure doesn't make that person a legal expert in it and it doesn't matter how long they've been doing it. Usually when someone says something totally off the wall it's due to 1 of 2 reasons. 1) They didn't understand what was being explained to them. They fill in the blanks with what they think the law is. Heard that way too many times. 2) The usual reason is tho they don't want to understand what's being explained to them because even tho they've never read a single statute in their life they think they know all about laws. Well, if I use a tandem dump mostly to haul dirt and rough haul, and don't want to get into the heavy vehicle tax, I license it for 54,000 lbs. Most loads will be well under 16 tons, so I'm in good shape. OTOH, if I decide to load 20 ton of gravel, get caught, I can tell you exactly what it will say on the ticket(s) 1 will say I was OVER licensed Gross WEIGHT by (roughly 7000) lbs. And when I call the court, give them the ticket number, the will read the same formula as what the charge is for over axle or tandem weight. (That works out to $635.00 for 7000 lbs) That's correct. You posted it correctly. Not overweight. Over Licensed Gross Weight. Your "Licensed" weight. They can use whatever fine schedule that state decides to use. It's what I said initially. A person has to learn the difference. Licensed weight is what you pay in licensing fee to haul whatever weight you want to haul. I taught truck weight law for a lot of years. I even attempted to teach it to truckers.
Wadcutter 08/29/22 05:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unbraked trailer, towing limitations

I was one of the first certified CVEO in the state. Did it for a lot of years, taught CVE for a lot of years. There's so much hooey on this thread concerning what a CVEO supposedly said that you can discount it. As soon as someone mentions CVEO enforcement on your RV then just page right on by their post. They don't know what they're talking about. CVEO = Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer. Read that very first word. Commercial. You pulling your popup or 43 ft 5er down the road is not a commercial vehicle. None of the commercial vehicle laws apply. Why? Think about it. Because you are not a commercial vehicle. It's clearly defined in the FMCSA. It's obvious some who are attributing something to a CVEO have never read any of the FMCSA. Manufacturers do not make the law. It doesn't matter what the manufacturer says is the limit. That is not the law. The state doesn't make trailers, the manufacturers don't make the law. For the person who said they said saw 4 people sitting in court to pay fines because they overweight on their RV or boat. They were not overweight on their RV or boat. They may be over on their registration for the weight they were hauling but they weren't overweight. Totally different. Know the difference in terminology. Generally weight limits per axle are 20K per single axle. Sometimes 18K depending on the class of the highway. You're not going to be overweight on a boat or RV axle limit. You may be over on your registration limit. If you only paid registration to haul 8K and hauling 12K that's over on registration and is an offense. Pay for the higher rate registration and you can haul it. But it's not overweight.
Wadcutter 08/29/22 09:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Alaska - 2023

From Ft Nelson we drove to Ft Liard and that's where we saw the most bear per mile. And the fewest vehicles. That's a long stretch - not by Canada or Alaska standards but it's a good drive. IIRC on our way to Ft Liard we saw 2 other vehicles and 10 bears. As PA12DRVR mentioned those towns are good jumping off places to see what else AK and Canada has to show. They're all nice towns with their own history but AK, Yukon, BC, and Alberta isn't about the towns. You don't want to underestimate the frost heaves. We were parked along the road taking in the view when a flatbed semi came by, well faster than I would have been driving. He hit a frost heave and all 18 wheels came off the ground by the time he cleared the heave. It was down and then up like going off a ramp. As far as hitting a moose we were first on the scene after a Dodge pickup hit a moose square on. The hood was crumpled and shoved inside the cab. The driver was OK but a bit banged up. Every thing in front of the engine, grill, lights, bumper, everything was compacted into the engine. The moose didn't fare any better.
Wadcutter 08/24/22 05:27pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska - 2023

Places you didn't name but we enjoyed. Carcross Whitehorse Watson Lake Muncho Lake Dawson Creek Skagway Haines Valdez Stewart-Hyder Top of the World Highway - Chicken From Haines take the ferry to Juneau. Take your time. Drive slow for a couple of reasons. 1) Frost heaves. They'll usually be marked with a flag on a stick or a cone. But sometimes not. These are not bumps. They are BUMPS! and DIPS! You may see vehicles on their tops next to these heaves. They can be a serious problem. 2) Critters. Drive fast and you'll miss seeing a lot of critters. Drive slow and you'll miss a lot of critters but get to see them. Animals like moose and caribou can cover a lot of ground fast. They'll be out of the brush and in the road before you can stop.
Wadcutter 08/24/22 02:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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
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