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RE: How many miles a day can we go?

In closing in on 70 years old, going beyond 800 miles in a day is getting more difficult! However, more than the mileage......I think it’s the hours at the wheel and the stress imposed with traffic density. High mileage days in rural America is much more easily accomplished than driving among the “unwashed masses”! ;) While “not” in our class c, we recently covered a little over 5K miles in 8 travel days (not by choice but necessity) “dragging around” a 20K pound, 40 ft., 5th wheel! It took a few days to fully recover from that little trip! :B memtb
memtb 05/20/21 08:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: SRW vs DRW

The actual brake disc area of a DRW of same year model is just marginally larger than that of a SWR, and actually locking the rear brakes on either is nearly impossible when under load. If you could actually lock the rear wheels on both then the extra braking goes to the DRW. In the OP scenario.....nothing short of a class 6 or larger would significantly shorten the braking distance. Anyone relying on the tow vehicle to stop a heavy load are pretty badly mistaken.......the trailer brakes should be the primary stopping component for the trailer! Anyone doubting this, just hook up to about 20K pounds, do not connect the wiring harness and do a panic stop from about 60 mph. I think you’ll gain a healthy respect for the benefits of good trailer braking and the inability of a pickup truck to quickly stop said load! memtb
memtb 05/13/21 09:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How windy?

I visited my son on Saturday and the wind from the southwest was blowing 30+ mph gusting over fifty. I saw a number of trucks towing campers heading north but none heading south. Just how winding does it have to to be for you to pull over and wait for the wind to die down. I told the wife that there was no way I would been out in that wind towing our fifth wheel. This is a question often presented from time to time. I firmly believe that the weight of the rv weighs heavily (pun intended) into the equation. The heavier the towed unit, the higher the wind velocity you can safely handle. On our recent “marathon trip”, we encountered high winds from Oklahoma (a rather intense Thunderstorm just north of OK City) up through Cheyenne, Wy. Our 5th wheel weighs in @ 20K pounds, and we had zero issues.....no discomfort. We passed numerous tractor/trailer rigs that seemed to be having some difficulty. I don’t think that there is any “concrete” wind speed number. Everyone must make their decision based upon their comfort level! The heavier the unit the better it handles a hard cross-wind! That said, when/if that heavier unit does become unstable.....the more difficult it is to correct! It really comes down to your comfort level! memtb Very likely empty or very light load in 53ft at 13'6" makes a great sail. Edd505, Yes they do! My wife and I were owner/operators for a while.....nothing worse than a very light 53’ van.....well maybe “black ice” with wind! ;)! memtb
memtb 05/08/21 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How windy?

memtb, glad you made it to the wedding, high winds, and all. Thanks Gary! But, thanks to the little cold snap in the South in late February....I missed her wedding! :o But, at least I got a short visit with all of them! For a brief explanation of the “very” short visit see my post about “5050 Miles in 9 Travel Days”! Pretty much a 13 day disaster! memtb
memtb 05/07/21 09:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

IMO .....the felt effects of a cross-wind are directly related to the square footage of the rv side wall area and the weight of the rv. Again.....my opinion.......your unit is pretty light for it’s surface area. On a recent trip we had several hundred miles of high winds (Oklahoma well into Wyoming). We had no control issues, while others (semi’s and rv’s) appeared to be struggling. But, our 40’ 5th wheel weighs in at 20K. In a wind situation, heavy weight is your friend.....until the wind overcomes the rv weight! Then things get real ugly....real fast! Many folks get uncomfortable movement with their towed unit when passing a tractor/trailer at highway speeds. We rarely feel the wind from a passing semi! Weight is your friend......until it’s not! ;) You simply have to determine your comfort level with your particular unit. In some situations.....that may mean parking her nose into the wind (like a boat on the water) until the wind subsides! memtb
memtb 05/05/21 09:28am Towing
RE: How windy?

I visited my son on Saturday and the wind from the southwest was blowing 30+ mph gusting over fifty. I saw a number of trucks towing campers heading north but none heading south. Just how winding does it have to to be for you to pull over and wait for the wind to die down. I told the wife that there was no way I would been out in that wind towing our fifth wheel. This is a question often presented from time to time. I firmly believe that the weight of the rv weighs heavily (pun intended) into the equation. The heavier the towed unit, the higher the wind velocity you can safely handle. On our recent “marathon trip”, we encountered high winds from Oklahoma (a rather intense Thunderstorm just north of OK City) up through Cheyenne, Wy. Our 5th wheel weighs in @ 20K pounds, and we had zero issues.....no discomfort. We passed numerous tractor/trailer rigs that seemed to be having some difficulty. I don’t think that there is any “concrete” wind speed number. Everyone must make their decision based upon their comfort level! The heavier the unit the better it handles a hard cross-wind! That said, when/if that heavier unit does become unstable.....the more difficult it is to correct! It really comes down to your comfort level! memtb
memtb 05/05/21 09:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Isle SP, LA

Thanks for the notice, memth. I hope things are straightened out in the next couple of weeks. Too late to change plans now. We'll just have to call once we near there. Appreciate the heads up. I think that it was a “pretty freak” occurrence, but stuff can happen.....anywhere, at any time! Enjoy your time there.....it’s a pretty neat place! This morning the Coast Guard was rescuing crewmen from a 200+ foot vessel that capsized offshore during the storm! memtb
memtb 04/14/21 04:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Isle SP, LA

Wishing you much luck.....they had a terrible storm yesterday! memtb
memtb 04/14/21 10:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Titan tank

Had an extended replacement tank installed on my 3500 short bed 4x4 RAM. 32 gallon to 52 gallon - should give me more driving time before having to pull over and have more leisure find the best price on diesel. The installation people tried to get a D&G tank but after 2 months they couldn't deliver so went with the Titan. Price was the same. Congratulations! A fantasy of mine, but, we’ve been traveling so little the past 3 years......it was hard to justify! However, it would have been “VERY” welcome the past 2 weeks! A trip from hell! :) memtb
memtb 04/14/21 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: F350 SRW Enough Truck

Just finished a 9 day, 5050 mile trip ( long story) , with many high winds (some were cross-winds), towing a 20K pound 5th wheel with a SRW Ram 3500 diesel. Though, we’ve added air bags, changes tires/rims to a much higher load rating......never felt as though we were in a loss of control situation! Others, the law, and your insurance may share a different view regarding your towing capabilities! ;) memtb
memtb 04/14/21 10:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are 16" tires still common? South america.. And disk brakes

Can’t answer the Mexico/tire question! Disc Brakes are an absolute “Thumbs-Up”! However, be “very” careful with brake gain adjustment. :M I badly, “flat-spotted” 4 of 6, brand-new, very expensive Continental 17.5” tires! memtb
memtb 04/14/21 10:27am General RVing Issues
RE: 5050 miles in 9 Travel Days

BurbMan, nope not me! I only crossed I-70, didn’t travel it! Plus, I was “loping along” at 65- 66 mph., except on an occasional pass and wanting to clear quickly. Most of our return trip home was into a hard north wide or strong croos-wind. One tank of fuel, we got a trip low of 6.7 mpg. The past 2 weeks have hit the credit card pretty hard! :M “Hoped” he had upgraded the trailer tires to LTs'... If he didn’t, he probably has by now! :B memtb
memtb 04/14/21 10:08am General RVing Issues
RE: 5050 miles in 9 Travel Days

My record, though not towing a 5th wheel was about 1450 miles ( Baton Rouge to Cheyenne, Wy. ) in 24 hours. But, I was inspired, much younger and in an automobile! :) memtb Leapin' lizards. :E That's one heck of a day. Chasing No Doze with Dr. Pepper.....and had to get to work (the inspiration)! ;) memtb
memtb 04/13/21 02:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: 5050 miles in 9 Travel Days

Nothing like stopping to smell the roses Waiting for 3 days of snow here.....may be a while before the roses bloom! :B memtb
memtb 04/13/21 01:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: 5050 miles in 9 Travel Days

This was “supposed” to be a rush trip for an extended stay....then rush back home! Not so much a “scenic drive”....that part was definitely successful. The additional miles were added as several unplanned changes were made. My record, though not towing a 5th wheel was about 1450 miles ( Baton Rouge to Cheyenne, Wy. ) in 24 hours. But, I was inspired, much younger and in an automobile! :) memtb
memtb 04/13/21 01:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: 5050 miles in 9 Travel Days

I do enjoy driving.....but, this was a little too much pleasure! :B There were some unforeseen changes that changed our 2 to 3 week visit with 3500 travel miles into 5 days visiting and 9 days travel totaling 5050. The joys of life’s little detours! ;) memtb
memtb 04/13/21 09:43am General RVing Issues
5050 miles in 9 Travel Days

Though technically, more like 8 travel days......as a truck electrical issue kept us at only 100 miles (+/-) for one day. This was towing a 40 ft., 20K 5th wheel! The entire outing was 13 days, with the off-days (rest days)....traveling solo, while visiting relatives and attending baseball games! A while back, there was a topic about stopping rv’ing @70 years of age. At closing in on 70, I don’t think it’s time to stop....but, a marathon trip like in the title .....isn’t as easy as it once was. I’m not going into details, but, this was a lot more miles than we were supposed to travel.....and certainly in a shorter time frame. I’ll save the details for a chapter in my book “Life’s Challenges”! :B memtb
memtb 04/13/21 08:36am General RVing Issues
For Those of You That Flat Tow

You may want to be certain that you, “ do not try this at home”! ;) memtb https://www.technicalripon.com/cars/rver-flat-tows-new-jeep-wrangler-in-low-gear-carnage-ensues/
memtb 03/18/21 08:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Need a new vacuum cleaner

We are pretty pleased with the Shark! memtb
memtb 03/16/21 04:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: Drilling holes in trailer roof to install solar: worth it?

I’ve done it on 5 rv’s......a very difficult thing to do, as I’m always afraid that I will not get the hole “EXACTLY” where I want it. I use a plastic electrical junction box to run the panel wires into, and use pvc from the junction box into the rv attic. The junction box is screwed to the roof, with a very generous amount of epdm roof sealant between the rv roof and the junction box! memtb
memtb 03/16/21 04:43pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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