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RE: Maybe getting a longer trailer

I had a 30 footer and went up to a 37 footer. BIG difference. I could fit into most gas stations with the 30, now I have to be very careful as to where I pull in to. At 31 ft you will likely be fine. Just go slow and you'll get used to it pretty quickly.
ken56 05/12/22 06:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Blackstone Griddle or ?

I bought the 22" with the stand and love the thing. I don't hardly use my regular grill anymore. Make sure you follow the seasoning directions and do it properly. I think the Blackstone is well built and good quality but like you say there are others available. Look up who sells what and go look at all the options and decide what is best for you. A griddle can do it all.
ken56 05/11/22 06:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: New Jersey to California

the trip back is even more fluid then the trip out.... im going to ride glacier and ive learned not to try to plan rides on a particular day because weather might not go along with your plans...lol we have been to Mt Rushmore during previous Sturgis trips so its not really on the radar for this one. we are going to bring our passports and i would like to drive back through the different providences of Canada...however i carry a handgun on the coach and im not sure how they handle that... but i guess thats another thread!.....lol Absolutely no handguns OR ammo in Canada. Not a single bullet... Don't even try. Be very careful with that.
ken56 05/09/22 05:21am Roads and Routes
RE: New Jersey to California

Unless you have a reason to head to Columbus consider doing the 81 to 40 way. There is so much to see it's impossible to do it all. Ever been to the Biltmore House in Asheville? It would be easy to drop down to Asheville from 81 and pick up 40 there. Then you have Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg if you want. Then Nashville and Broadway street and the Hermitage. Oklahoma has a few things to see. In Amarillo there is the Palo Duro Canyon as mentioned and the Big Texan Steak Ranch. Good steaks. New Mexico has a few things to see. Williams AZ is the town to stay in and DO take the train trip up to the Grand Canyon. The RV park is right there where you get the train and it has a wonderful buffet restaurant for breakfast before you go. We stayed there some years back and it was a great park then. Williams is on route 66 and it has that historical theme. What I have done in the past is gone online and ordered the travel guides from all the states we were going to pass through. Very helpful to have the hard copy in hand when planning. Is there a return trip planned? Do the northern route back and go see Mt. Rushmore.
ken56 05/08/22 06:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Slide Electrical Issues

Check the circuit breakers on the trailer tongue. If they are weathered and have any corrosion on them replace all of them. Not hard to do.
ken56 05/08/22 08:00am Tech Issues
RE: Camping Courtesies

Follow the speed limits in the parks. I know 5 mph is just agony to do but there are small kids playing at times and it helps keep the dust down too. Just stop being in a rush to get to the exit.
ken56 04/25/22 03:03pm RV Lifestyle
RE: ZEP Floor Wax Update

I've needed a solution to the light oxidation on my 2017 TT. I keep it outside in the yard and don't cover it and the sun is brutal. Researching I found a product called Poli-Glow. I had heard of using the Zep before but was concerned that it was an indoor product and was skeptical of using it on the trailer. The Poli-Glow so the advertising says is formulated to bond with the fiberglass and has the UV protection in it.....OK, advertising is advertising I know. We shall see how it works soon enough.
ken56 04/23/22 05:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Route to Up The Creek, Pigeon Forge, TN

Quite honestly I think your best bet is to stay on 40. We were through 2 weeks ago and it was not that bad and didn't take long to get through although it did slow down and stopped a couple times. You potentially have a bigger issue with the construction on 26 south of Asheville. Patience is a virtue. Up the Creek is a nice campground. Been by it many times and it looks nice. Enjoy your time here.
ken56 04/23/22 05:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: cleaning duct work

Very carefully. If you knock it loose somewhere underneath, then you have a job taking the underbelly off to get at it to put it back together. For the most part trailers use the same mylar flexible ducting as a residential home does so it is fairly tough and can stand some abuse while cleaning. The way they put trailers together though I would be concerned about other damage. As far as the duct cleaning business goes, I worked in HVAC before and attest to the validity of it. A friend just had it done in his older 70's home and they took out 7 lbs. of dirt. Yeah, it builds up.
ken56 04/22/22 05:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Route to Up The Creek, Pigeon Forge, TN

No real problems with the bridge issue. Time of day of course will determine traffic conditions and if the back up is bad. You seem to be on top of that though. I've taken 25 many times but one question, how tall is your trailer or motorhome? There is a low clearance coming into Newport TN, 13' 10". Most rigs can pass under it but some?? Make sure of yours. The road is decent for the most part but it is still in the mountains. There is only one area that is steep and twisty. others are just steep....nothing hair raising though. I've done it pulling my 37 foot TT. Now, going through Newport it can be busy for a little burg and the street will accommodate you but right through downtown might be considered narrow. You can't go fast anyway and it's only a short way through town. Next challenge is connect with 411 and head toward Sevierville/Pigeon Forge. There is no need to get back on 40. It's a new wide road....UNTIL ..you get to Bush's beans. Then it's a 2 lane road for some miles into Sevierville. Use Google maps. Stop at Bush's Beans Visitor Center. They were redoing the museum and I don't know if it's back open yet. When you get into PF patience is indeed in order. Traffic has been heavy here already.
ken56 04/22/22 04:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travel through Atlanta

Here's a tip to bypass Chattanooga. Bail off at Dalton exit 336 and go east to Ga 71. It takes you up to Cleveland Tn and you can pick up 75 again...that is if you intend to continue on 75 north.
ken56 04/21/22 07:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travel through Atlanta

It's roll the dice with that. Be patient is all and hope for the best. I refuse to go through ATL any more. I go around on 441. Yes. it's slower and through small towns but so much less stressful.
ken56 04/21/22 06:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Parking permits in the GSMNP

Maybe we're doing something different in Pa,but for the past 20 + years the parks have been upgraded with more FHU sites and new bathouses and concession stands. And the rates are pretty reasonable. In Va state parks we paid $48 for a W&E hookups. In Pa you can get FHU for less than that.For state residents it's $27 for electric and $40 for FHU.They charge $4 more per nite for a Friday and Saturday but give a senior discount of $4.50 a nite. This is the National Park, not a state park. Tennessee state parks are well run and very nice. Some of the best state parks I've been in.
ken56 04/17/22 07:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: US23 Between Toledo and Flint

Unless they have repaved the first 20 miles from the border the road is like it's bombed out. It's rough to say the least. Was through there last year and OMG, worst road I've been on in a long time. Go slower than the speed limit. You will bounce everything out of the cupboards if it's not packed well. Make sure things in the refrigerator are securely in place too. Other than that it is 4 lane divided expressway so no issues there. Pay attention at Ann Arbor because 23 merges on the left with MI 14 so you have 2 miles to get to the right to make the interchange to continue north on 23. If you miss it you will end up going around downtown Ann Arbor and dump onto 94.
ken56 04/17/22 06:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Run Flat Tires ?

There is a totally new type of tire being developed that has ribs to support them and no air at all in them. Interesting to say the least. If something like that could hit the market at a reasonable price then it could revolutionize the tire game. No more blowouts and damage to the rig and no more worries about the toad either.
ken56 04/16/22 04:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Trying to figure out what trailers I can tow

I spent the last 12 years out of my 32 years working at GM at the Flint Assembly plant and I never did see where those trucks were weighed and stickered. I was on skilled trades and was everywhere in that plant. No idea how they figured out the weight of those trucks with their different options as they rolled off the line. Maybe I just didn't pay attention.....
ken56 04/14/22 06:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Converter/Charger Questions.

I stand corrected. I didn't know there was a difference. Thanks for educating me on that. This is why I love this forum. The knowledge possessed by the members and helping others understand exactly what is what. Like my wife tells me, it's not what you say, it's how you say it. Seriously though, the wealth of knowledge of the members and their willingness to share it is invaluable.
ken56 04/14/22 08:10am Tech Issues
RE: Trying to figure out what trailers I can tow

afidel gives you good advice. If your heart is set on an Airstream then ...they are a heavy trailer. Check out the price difference between the 3/4 and 1 ton trucks. Diesel or gas, either way, your payload numbers are what are important. Tongue/pin weights of the trailers too. The dry weight numbers they give on trailers are pretty much useless because you are going to work with real world loaded and ready for camping numbers. Don't let any salesman tell you that you can pull ANYTHING with XXXX. The numbers tell the true story.
ken56 04/14/22 08:01am Travel Trailers
RE: roof seal

RV Armor is a 5000 dollar or more improvement. I had one put on. It's a nice roof. I had the help of an insurance claim though. Dragged a tree branch across my roof and tore it up some. A new membrane would have been 11,000 or more according to the dealer. After that quote from the dealer the insurance was happy to take my offer to accept the RV Armor roof. Anyway, as with anything prep is the most important step to redoing the Dicor self-leveling sealant. Thats what is recommended. Clean the area with mineral spirits and remove any that is even the slightest bit loose. A heat gun/hair dryer makes removal of the old Dicor easier.
ken56 04/13/22 06:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Finding a 3500 series truck to test drive....

There is only one plant that produces the crew cab 2500 and 3500 HD's..and that is Flint Assembly in Flint Michigan. The chip shortage has put them way behind. They have them parked all around the area from leasing parking lots at the airport to fields waiting on the chips. My latest plant newsletter said the chip situation is improving and they are shipping more trucks to the dealers every day. The short answer is to keep calling a dealer to see when they are expecting any in. Work with a salesman to stay on top of it for you.
ken56 04/13/22 05:56pm Tow Vehicles
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