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RE: Taking RV to FLA (west cost) to pick up mother in law

Ivylog, that's a great idea! While it may seem sort of uncaring, it's probably the quickest and safest way to get her up north. fourthclassC, if you come to Florida, assuming you're in a "safe" area, fully stock your RV and don't stop for anything besides gas and rest. No grocery stores, no hotdogs at a gas station, no using a restroom at a rest stop None of that, no exceptions. Everyone stays aboard and rides, no wandering around.
johnhicks 03/29/20 09:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: Reservations cancelled
johnhicks 03/21/20 07:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Senior Citizens Speak Up

Having all the fulltimers descend on Walmart would probably be much worse than letting them use parks. They're going to go somewhere, and when private parks fill up they're still going to go somewhere, and that isn't "home."
johnhicks 03/20/20 12:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Senior Citizens Speak Up

It would be way too cool if every fulltime person thrown out of a state park converge and boondock on the state capitol grounds to make the point. I recall farmers in Florida driving their tractors up the Capitol steps back in the late '70s. Closing the parks to camping is idiocy; all they need to do is padlock the restrooms and require units to be self-contained.
johnhicks 03/19/20 09:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: F53 brake master cylinder failure

You might be able to see the level of the fluid in the master cylinder reservoir by putting a bright light behind it.
johnhicks 03/04/20 07:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 brake master cylinder failure

When a master cylinder has an external leak it'll leak between the cylinder and the hydroboost; that's why there's a weep hole there so if either leaks it won't contaminate the other. The solution of course is to replace the master cylinder. Then I'd completely drain and refill the brake system since you'll be seriously bleeding it anyway. It's a failure, no way normal wear and tear. Spray everything with VHT rust converter or paint with ospho.
johnhicks 03/04/20 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Us 27 in Georgia

Heading north the key is to get to Newnan; south it's Rome. CGs are Chattahoochee Bend SP, John Tanner CG (county), Little Tallapoosa CG (county) and Harvest Moon RVP (Adairsville).
johnhicks 02/21/20 08:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Us 27 in Georgia

Yes, several times. It's a nice mostly leisurely drive. Be sure to take the bypass around Columbus. I also take off at Rome over to I-75 at Calhoun, then at Dalton take the Dalton Bypass/Cleveland Highway and avoid the Chattanooga area entirely.
johnhicks 02/19/20 10:33am Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for a propane setup for seafood boil cooking

Bayou Classic is a good brand commonly sold at Walart, Amazon, Home Depot etc. Generally speaking, you want to keep the weight down low so get a burner with short welded legs, not somehthing tall and spindly. Remember the top of the pot is going to be fairly high up too. Although a pan or griddle can be used on these burners it's difficult to turn the burner low enough and keep it lit. I use a Nordic Ware flame-tamer burner plate (Amazon) for that Although you can set the burner on a table it gets mighty hot under the burner; I use a pizza pan or sheet pan as a heat deflector so I don't melt my plastic table. I use an Imusa Caldera (Amazon) on the burner for ordinary fish or chicken frying.
johnhicks 02/02/20 09:10pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: 1st RV Road Trip - Florida itinerary

To get to the east coast I strongly suggest you get over there well north of the Orlando area. Go CR-42/SR-44 from just south of Summerfield towards New Smyrna or, the farthest south, SR-46 east from Mt. Dora. Orlando traffic has become legendary.
johnhicks 01/15/20 08:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 1st RV Road Trip - Florida itinerary

Jetty Park is a good spot. You can just tootle up SR-3/Courtenay Parkway to KSC. I'd give it a full day; however, if you've been to the Huntsville facility it might be somewhat old hat.
johnhicks 01/15/20 08:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 1st RV Road Trip - Florida itinerary

Dial that way back. Seems like just a driving trip, guaranteed to leave everyone worn out and grouchy every day. If you're going to KSC and Canaveral, you need to be at Manatee Hammock, not the backside of Melbourne an extra hour away.
johnhicks 01/14/20 11:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: We have to move
johnhicks 01/01/20 10:43am Snowbirds
RE: Backup to restore to new computer Worked for me, Win 10 to new machine Win 10.
johnhicks 12/18/19 08:59am Technology Corner
RE: New RV TV show 11/17/19

In the words of the immortal Frank Zappa, "The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe."
johnhicks 11/25/19 07:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: CENTRAMATIC Wheel Balancers

I have them; they work fine.
johnhicks 11/19/19 12:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Parts for Kwikee Steps

Why not check with Kwikee If you call them they'll help you figure it out.
johnhicks 11/19/19 12:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: gulf shores to spring hill, FL - US 98

Just past Apalachicola at East Point head across the bridge to St. George Island and camp there. The CG is on the sound side in the woods but take your toad over to the beach. Spectacular! Farther along, just across Ochlockonee Bay near Panacea is a nice CG, Holiday CG. It's on Ochlockonee Bay (no beach but a nice view) and take the toad down Mashes Sands Road at the flashing light to Mashes Sands Beach. It's a real beach but there's no surf. The Big Bend from Alligator Point around to perhaps Clearwater is so low-energy that beaches simply don't happen. At the Newport Bridge go down to the St. Marks Lighthouse. There's a parking area big enough for you and it's a nice drive across the marsh. No facilities, no camping. Supplies are up US-319 in Crawfordville and in Perry.
johnhicks 11/11/19 08:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: 20 year old hoses

Go ahead an change the radiator hoses, they should be about $50 each. For the heater hoses going up front, if you get into a jam you should have two shutoff valves at the engine. As for the hydraulic hoses running up front, that's a big job to replace but you should have them carefully inspected to be sure they're not rubbing on frame edges etc. Also, if you haven't already done so, change the belts. I sprung a leak in my 26-year-old top radiator hose last year and had it changed out at a CG in Montgomery. $45 for the hose and $200 for the service call and a couple of jugs of coolant. It would have been so much easier and cheaper to just do it in advance. If you have an Oshkosh/Freightliner chassis, call Freightliner and give them the last four digits of your VIN and they can sell you the parts of give you the part numbers.
johnhicks 11/11/19 08:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: gulf shores to spring hill, FL - US 98

I'd never want to slog through all that traffic. I'd take I-10 from US-90Alt west of Pensacola to just past the Marianna exit, then take SR-71 south to connect with US-98 at Port St. Joe. You'll be right along the coast from just west of Apalachicola to St. Teresa, then you'll be swinging inland and stay inland the rest of the way. US-98 from Medart to Perry and US-19 south can be rather boring but the road is good with little traffic. You'll see a pine tree or 10 billion. Traffic will thicken up from Crystal River southwards but then you're most of the way to Spring Hill.
johnhicks 11/10/19 08:22pm Roads and Routes
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