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RE: I-70 vs I-80 road condition, which is better.

Our kids went to university in Laramie and we drove the 80 many times. Wyoming is such a gorgeous state, but you really don't see any of the beauty from I-80. It's long and monotonous and it feels like it will never end. The winds are predictably horrible, and it can storm as late as May and as early as September. It snowed every year for finals week in May and we got snowed in when we visited for graduation. Most recently we dipped down into Wyoming in late September to dodge an early snow storm in Montana when we were heading west from North Dakota. We should have dipped further south than we did, because the drive on I-80 was horrible. The winds stopped all truck and RV traffic for hours. It was still blowing when we got back on the road, and somehow a gust got inside our bedroom and blew out our large bedroom window. The window wasn't broken or damaged, it was just plain gone. All of the papers and receipts on my dresser beneath the window were still there, but the window was missing. We had to finish the cold trip with plastic duct-taped over the window, which was pretty chilly when we got snow in Nevada. Not that the I-80 should be avoided all the time, but Wyoming is a rugged state with a pretty short summer and harsh winters.
dedmiston 05/18/21 10:19am Roads and Routes
RE: What converter is in my trailer? 2017 Heartland

If you don't like your converter, consider upgrading to an inverter/charger and disabling the stock converter.
dedmiston 05/17/21 12:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: PLEASE DON’T LOG OUT

No problem with Chrome or Brave browsers for me. Maybe something else- virus etc??? W10 Pro latest updates. Can you see your private messages?
dedmiston 05/15/21 09:13pm General RVing Issues
PLEASE DON’T LOG OUT

If you use Chrome Browser or any Chromium based browser, the log in is presently broken. IF YOU LOG OUT, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO LOG BACK IN. I don’t know why or what’s up, but I assume a recent Chrome update isn’t compatible with our ancient forum software. My only advice at this point is to not log out, because you won’t be able to log back in with Chrome. Other browsers don’t appear to be affected.
dedmiston 05/15/21 06:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: false alarm "jacks down"

Thinking a little more... I think I'm going to close this thread for now. Andy - If you want me to reopen the thread, feel free to send me a Private Message and I'll fix it for you. Good luck, Dave
dedmiston 05/14/21 04:33pm Tech Issues
RE: false alarm "jacks down"

I am so sorry about my misuse of the English language. I thought this was a place where people of similar interests could get together and learn from each other. I was mistaken, it really is a class on proper English grammar. If you had the same amount of interest in helping me fix my technical problem as you do showing the world how ignorant I am, this site would be a better place. Thanks for nothing. I'm sorry you had a bad experience here Andy. Did Doug's comments help you resolve your problem? Doug is a long time member and is one of our most helpful resources. He really does know his stuff. I'm very familiar with the term Stanchion, but I've never heard it in this context either. It didn't stop me from understanding what you meant though. Sorry we got so pedantic with you. I think the covid lockdowns have made us all pretty twitchy. We just need to get out there and camp more. Good luck with your jacks (and your stanchions!!!).
dedmiston 05/14/21 04:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Anybody still going out?

Did I read this correctly. An RVer is thinking of calling it quits while we have yet to go on trip #1 because of the cool weather in the Midwest and the pandemic!! Our riding season is late October / early November through May, but it's been so dry this year that it's way too hot and dusty to ride now. Last year at this time we had some of the best wild flowers ever, but nothing really bloomed this year except for the "cotton head" barrel cacti. I think we camped more this year than ever before. We started in the fall when it cooled down and we went out with just two other families in our pod. It's pretty easy to isolate and socially distance out there, so we did that instead of sitting around at home doing more jigsaw puzzles. We kept up a good pace of every other weekend most of this season. Some weekends we even did back to back trips. Now we're looking at beaches and RV parks with pools. :( The nice thing about riding with all of these small groups is that we found more incredible new trails and spots than we have in the past 5+ years. It's hard to explore when we're in a huge group with 10+ cars, but with just one or two others, it's pretty easy to try new things and turn around if the trails don't go through. Lots of new pins and trails saved on the GPS.
dedmiston 05/14/21 04:22pm Toy Haulers
Anybody still going out?

Are any toy haulers still hitting the deserts, or have you all called it quits for this season. We already went for our last off-road trip of the season, but this weekend looks like perfect weather if we didn't already have other plans. For anyone still going out, have a great trip and post some photos.
dedmiston 05/14/21 11:05am Toy Haulers
RE: Adding travel time to Google maps

50 mph is accurate for us and it makes the math easy to do in your head.
dedmiston 05/14/21 11:02am Roads and Routes
RE: CA 1 from Monterey (Marina) to Half Moon Bay

I'll never forget how devastated our kids were when we made the drive north and they learned that the "Carmel Valley" they had been seeing signs to for hours actually contained zero "caramel". Not every road trip has a happy ending. :B
dedmiston 05/14/21 10:37am Roads and Routes
RE: H44 recall

Moved from General RVing.
dedmiston 05/14/21 06:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: H44 recall

Class A? Class C? Let's try to get you into the right neighborhood.
dedmiston 05/13/21 09:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What is the Passport America plan

I have been challenged to provide proof of false membeship in membership programs. When we operated our park we required proof of current membership in whatever club to recieve discount. A valid current dated card. Show us the card , or by name with a click we could verify honest membership. Honest menbership is a reflection on them The dishonesty , expired memberships we encountered were rare ,worth noting. . Other posters have reported they were not questioned about validity which undermines the entire concept of value for service so not so rare as we observed. membership in PPA is to PPA alone, camps participate at will with free will to designate dates, sites and rates If it works for that camp, I wholly support them I should probably confess that my Good Sam membership had lapsed.
dedmiston 05/13/21 09:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Running Inverter Generator Safely From Pickup

CO2 is harmless in "normal" concentrations. But In high concentrations can also lead to oxygen starvation and death. It is indeed rare, but can happen with inadequate ventilation when used a MIG or TIG welder running CO2 with inadequate ventilation. OK, so get a CO monitor and no welding in the RV! Or just a dusting of welding. Don't go nuts and definitely don't do it when the kids and wife are awake, but who among us could go cold turkey?
dedmiston 05/13/21 09:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

I'm sticking a fork in this thread and calling it done. The crisis seems to have passed. Closed.
dedmiston 05/13/21 04:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Memphis I-40 Bridge Closed

Reminder: Political and religious posts, pictures, links, signatures etc. are not allowed in these forums and may be removed without notice or discussion. I had to delete a couple posts. Please stay on topic.
dedmiston 05/13/21 02:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best route Provo, UT to Grand Tetons - Help!

Take the 80 to Evanston, and then the 89 north to criss-cross across the Idaho border until you get there. It's a pretty drive.
dedmiston 05/13/21 12:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

This is probably a good time for a reminder that the time to stock up to keep your future options open is when there isn't a crisis. I live in earthquake & brush fire country and I keep both fuel tanks in my toy hauler full (gen + fuel station), as well as water and emergency food (and liquor). I don't wait for things to go off the rails to prepare.
dedmiston 05/13/21 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: To portable dump tank or not to portable dump tank...

I had a tote for years and it seemed like I used it more when we were rookies. But when we needed it, we REALLY needed it. It was a disgusting hassle though. I'm not squeamish at all about dumping the tanks, but that tote was miserable. I remember having to take a Silkwood shower every time I used it, which kind of defeats the purpose of the tote. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/D2WrhReyYQo0LtSZPQBxEx0Yo-xhW9kF-ZRL9BZ2izLmq-rcB-bbEPwjjDRhRjriLH1AFQYl_wa_BFWvv8MpArcGi49wHGhnqk4mqyahkdm66Fgbt76QI2LxwZUKTGMSJeTz5QZXFc_38EAaB6vg9NZ6ibvbUyzOR2QMGc3UcQ height=225 I think we got rid of the tote after about five years of RVing and I've never missed it.
dedmiston 05/13/21 12:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Black walnut issue

It's ok, the OP hasn't said whether he's planning on living in it, parking it there, or any of the good breadcrumbs to not stray the topic. Even the wannabe AxMen weren't paying attention as the OP said a couple of the offending trees were on the neighbors lot... Yeah. That stuck in my craw too. If my neighbor's trees were hanging over into my yard and damaging my stuff, I'd chat with the neighbor and see what we could resolve. My lemon trees hang over my side wall and I know for a fact that my neighbor has never had to buy a lemon. Everybody seems happy. If the trees bugged them, I'd take care of them (the trees, not the neighbors). When we bought this house new in the 90s, we all had dirt lots with no improvements. We were the first ones to put in a yard because my wife is in the biz. After we built the planter retaining walls, the neighbor pointed out that part of the curved wall is actually on their side of the line. They were super cool about it, but the wife said that her husband is an attorney and she suggested that he draw up some kind of agreement that would cover it (who knows what that would be). I told her that contracts and agreements make bad relationships, but I'd also be more than happy to get my wife's mason back out to jack out the wall and pour it right. She looked at me like I was nuts, but then she decided that she'd rather be friends than dangle a document over my head. They've since moved away, but we're still thick as thieves 26 years later. Things don't have to be complicated.
dedmiston 05/12/21 04:02pm General RVing Issues
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