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RE: Good Sam ERS Hung Us Out to Dry

Are there any good reports on Good Sam? I have had three pretty good experiences with Good Sam Roadside Assistance: 1> Had a spring to break on my fifth wheel trailer in Dalhart, Texas. We were completely immobile. It took some time (maybe 4 hours) but they did send a very large low-boy trailer, not just a tow truck (which would have been inadequate). Hauled on trailer to Amarillo, Texas about 80 miles away to a facility that was able to replace the spring pack. 2> Had a spring to break on I-20 in Louisiana (YES, same trailer). They sent a tow truck which, in this case, was able to tow us back to Monroe and the driver allowed us to stay in our trailer in their yard. Replaced the spring the next day by 10:00 and we were on our way home. 3> Had a bearing to fail with close call on trailer catching fire. I put it out with fire extinguisher. Was only 4 miles from service in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Again, it took too long, but we were towed and did get the trailer repaired that same day and finished out trip. They did give good advice to call 911 and Arkansas trooper came quickly and stayed with us several hours until the tow truck arrived. We have had this service for over 20 years, and maybe we have just been lucky. In every one of these experiences it did take longer than we thought it should have, but the outcome was good. I'm not coming to the defense of Good Sam, just trying to answer a question honestly.
padredw 10/23/21 09:14am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Figuring Mileages

A general rule of thumb. Use whatever method you want to determine distance. Divide total distance by 50 and you will get a pretty accurate time that includes stops. This has worked well for me in towing a fifth wheel for over 20 years and 194,500 miles of towing.
padredw 09/27/21 10:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Trinidad CO to Clayton NM (160->389->551->325->64)

I am in full agreement with those who have said that Raton Pass is one of the "easiest" in the Rockies. I have towed over it more times than I can count, so my remarks are not in relation to the route as I have never gone that way, but regarding campgrounds. There is not a good campground IN Trinidad that I know of. I have noticed many RV in the Walmart parking lot. Since I always go over the pass, we have most often stayed at the Raton Pass RV Park. In Amarillo we most often stay at the Overnight RV Park because it is so conveniently located at the intersection of the bypass and I-40 which is the route we take to our home in East Texas, but that might not be as convenient if you are going to Big Spring. The Oasis Campground is west of Amarillo and gets good reviews, though we have never stayed there.
padredw 09/27/21 10:45am Roads and Routes
RE: Driving through Albuquerque during Balloon Festival

Well, there is always to option to stay on US 160 to US 84 and down to US 285 and Santa Fe. This is probably the way I would go, always enjoy a stop in Santa Fe. If you've never been to Taos a good alternative would be to stop by there on this same basic route. We have made this route several times to our home in Northeast Texas. In fact we did so in July from Silverton, CO through Durango. Taos and Santa Fe are our favorites in New Mexico so this route comes to mind. I can tell you many good places for overnight along this route. From Santa Fe, down to I-40 and from Amarillo US 287. We take US 82 at Henrietta, TX to avoid the DFW altogether. I2 is a good route for us.
padredw 09/13/21 10:46am Roads and Routes
RE: CG Suggestions

OK, here is just one example: First day drive to Sevierville/Gatlinburg, TN 240 miles, easy drive East at the Apple Tree Restaurant -- Dinner arrival day, or lunch the next day. Second day drive to Kentucky Horse Park north of Lexington visit Lexington as well as the Horse Park Third day drive to Archbald, Ohio and stay at Sauder Village RV Park Eat as Amish restaurant Visit the village Fourth day drive to Holland, MI only 175 miles, arrive rested. We have stayed in all the places. Several different campground in the Sevierville area. Riverside is good. Horse Park includes a fine campground. Be sure to reserve. We have stayed at Sauder RV Park several times. If 250 miles is too short a day, I can give you an entirely different 3 day trip.
padredw 09/07/21 12:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Panther Creek

Yes, we camped there for several days a few years ago. Very convenient to Morristown, TN where we attended a conference. Considered it a very good campground --NO BEARS!
padredw 08/31/21 10:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: BUYING NEW RV OUT-OF-STATE -- ANY TAX PLUS OR MINUS???

Another dealer collected all the taxes (correct amounts) and sent in the paperwork for us, received title in a few weeks. I bought a new fifth-wheel in Florida and the dealer followed the practice above. When I went to register the trailer at the County Tax Office here in Texas, the lady who issued my plates said that he had done it exactly right. The tax was due in Texas, my state of residence, not in Florida. EDIT to add: I bought an auto in Louisiana and the dealer there sold many autos to residents of Texas. Same procedure about Taxes as on the RV from Florida. It was routine for both dealers.
padredw 08/27/21 07:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lake Greeson Ar.

We had a very enjoyable stay at "Old Cowhide" campground. It is a very small campground with many of the sites right on the lake and others overlooking from higher up. There is a larger "Cowhide Campground" nearby with a few more amenities but we preferred Old Cowhide.
padredw 08/26/21 06:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Stone Mountain campground

The loop I stayed on was rather steep and needed a LOT of leveling. On the other hand, the lakeside sites were great. The sites are also well-separated so you're not right on top of your neighbors. Bring a sense of humor, good levelers and excellent chocks! Excellent advice! We have stayed at Stone Mountain many times over the years as we had friends who lived in that side of Atlanta and it was most convenient for visits with them. I remember one time, a good many years ago, when we were assigned a site which required a great effort on my part to level our fifth-wheel. As I was struggling, a vehicle stopped on the roadway and a very friendly gentleman said, "I believe you could get a better site than that." I replied that I wished I could, but felt I should try the site to which I had been assigned. Turned out, he was the park manager and told me to to go back up to the office and get a list of sites that would be better from which I could choose. I remember the slip of paper on which those numbers were written. I took a look at those sites and selected one that was much better in every way from that original site. Don't expect such an experience. It never happened again. But it helps to keep a good attitude and make the best of the situation in whatever park you are in. The need to level is certainly a part of the "character" of Stone Mountain, but it is still my favorite in the Atlanta area.
padredw 08/12/21 05:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Glenwood Canyon I-70 mudslides....!

But don't you want a road that safer for "large slow moving recreational vehicles"? This quote from the Project Page relates to the long range purpose of the work on US 50. Of course most of us would want that. The "pause" in the project relates to the immediate need for an alternate east/west route to I-70, which makes good sense. I have towed over Monarch many times over the years and consider it to be one of the easier major passes in Colorado. It has adequate opportunities for autos to pass slower moving larger vehicles including our RVs.
padredw 08/12/21 05:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Central Missouri to Colorado Springs

From Columbia, MO to Colorado Springs you have a straight shot on I-70 across Kansas to where it intersects with US 24 to take that highway into Colorado Springs. You will be lucky to find a hill along this route. At this stage, you would be extremely lucky to find a site in Cheyenne Mountain State Park, but it is certainly worth a try. You need to call this very minute to see if there has been a cancellation as the park remains fully reserved through the Summer. I would take I-25 straight through Denver. Maybe we have been lucky but we have never had a significant slowdown going North or South, of course avoiding rush hour traffic times. And I would go on up to Loveland and take US 34 into Estes Park, a nice drive in itself. Commercial RV parks in Estes Park are also likely to be near full. We have always stayed in Spruce Lake, but there are several choices. I think I would try for Mary's Lake at this stage. Again, you need to call immediately to find what is available in Estes Park. You are not likely to find a site within the National Park, but it will not hurt to call to see if a site you will fit in may have come open. I have been over all these roads several times (except for the eastern section of I-70) and if you take your time in the canyon I don't see any part of the route that should cause you any difficult driving. Good Luck and welcome to Colorado. (We just returned from Silveton and the Million Dollar Highway.) EDIT TO SAY: I was typing while Thom was posting, but I was thinking of him. He has helped me several times as I planned routes in the area. I defer to his judgement (but I seem to concur with it anyway!:)
padredw 07/20/21 06:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Thru Amarillo - south to north

When we travel "north" we are usually going up through Dalhart. If that is the case for you I recommend traveling west on IH-40 and then take highway 385 north. We always take this route, by far better than going on through town. This advice also applies to Dumas. Occasionally, we drive on I 40 to the Bell St. exit and go up to FM 1061 by the Cal Farley Boy's Ranch. This route bypasses Dumas but goes on to Dalhart. 1061 is a Farm (or Ranch) Road. It is a bit shorter but it is narrow and follows the contour of the land (up and down). I do not advise it, but I do often follow it myself as an alternate to Dalhart.
padredw 07/06/21 10:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Ute lake or Conchas Lk Stae Pks, New Mexico?

We will be staying at Conchas Lake for our first time in June. It will be on our way as we will go on up to Las Vegas, NM and Taos before going on to Vallecito Campground and Silverton. We have passed by Conchas a few times on NM 104, but not in the last few years. I recall 104 as a pretty "lonely road."
padredw 05/25/21 03:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hwy 115 north from 50 in Colorado

Best way to come up to Cheyenne Mountain SP. I have done so several time and will be doing so in July, 2021. You will not encounter the Colorado Springs traffic as you will enter the state park well south of that. Also, you do not go "through" Fort Carson, but "by" it, and the main gate will be directly across from your entry into the state park. Cheyenne Mountain is one of our favorite parks in the entire country; hope you will enjoy it. You are fortunate to have reservations. Note: the closure of US 50 is between Montrose and Gunnison. We are having to revise our route from Silverton to Cheyenne Mountain because of that closure. We will come back around to Durango rather than going on up to Ouray and Montrose. EDIT TO ADD: That link given by agesilaus above confirms what I have said about traffic on week-ends and also has an excellent chart of all the traffic/closure times. I read some time ago that traffic may be permitted on week-ends. That wouldn't work for us, but you may want to check that out. Also that there were certain hours each day that would allow traffic. Check it out if your intended route is from Montrose to Gunnison.
padredw 05/25/21 03:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: ★ Signon on via Chrome (Workaround)

This behavior is NOT specific to Chrome. Microsoft EDGE had exactly the same problem. The good news? The work-around does solve the problem for me.
padredw 05/18/21 09:26am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Rv Park with Pine trees

It may be too far this time, but East Texas has some really nice parks with plenty of pine trees: Tyler State Park Daingerfield State Park Bob Sandlin State Park Atlanta State Park Brushy Creek, COE, Lake 'o the Pines Buckhorn, COE, Lake 'o the Pines 2 nice COE campgrounds, Wright Patman Lake And these are just those in the very Northeast corner of Texas -- about 150 miles east of Dallas. Most not far off I-20. For what it's worth, east/west around Dallas is easy on I-20. I usually tow at highway speed with no slowdown. I must admit I've never encountered an accident; that would surely cause a slow-down.
padredw 05/14/21 10:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buffalo Bill State Park

We stayed several years ago out at Island Park, Idaho. In fact, we have stayed there on two different occasions: once at the Red Rock RV park which is a commercial campground with full hookups, the other time at Henry's Lake State Park. I can highly recommend both of them. It is about 20 miles into West Yellowstone, but the area is worth a visit. We enjoyed the drive in and back each day.
padredw 04/21/21 05:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to stay near Johnson City TX?

Our first choice when staying in Fredericksburg is the KOA. We are not prejudiced one way or the other about KOA. We never choose a park BECAUSE it is a KOA, but some, like this one, we know and prefer. It is about 5 miles East of Fredericksburg toward Johnson City, so that may be an advantage to you.
padredw 03/18/21 07:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Would you do it?

I guess I'd have to say, I'm doing it, but I'm not telling anyone else to do it. Your weights are very close to mine. I have been towing this 34' HitchHiker II for 14 years (see my travel map). We have towed over most of the passes in Colorado and many others in the western states. Two times in emergency situations we have had to tow without trailer brakes--once over Monarch Pass. The other time we had to tow back home from Coastal Georgia to East Texas (weekend and need to get home. No repair available). I would never advise to tow without trailer brakes, but I can say (like the Bumblebee) I was able to do it when I had to. We have a 2017 Chevrolet Duramax diesel. We have actually been towing with a 2500 diesel with 4 different fifth-wheels for over 20 years, but we have towed this HitchHiker with the Chevrolet 2500 for over 100,000 miles. I have never felt any lack of control or stability on the highway or over high mountain passes. Of course I'm pretty experienced: almost 200,000 miles of fifth-wheel towing and 88 years of age! :R :B
padredw 03/17/21 06:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bryson City NC to Knoxville TN

If I wanted to see the park or Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, I would take 411. If I just wanted to get to Knoxville, especially on a weekend, I would take I 40. If you have not been through the park this would be a good opportunity to enjoy it. Just don't be in a hurry and consider it a visit to a very popular National Park.
padredw 03/16/21 05:49am Roads and Routes
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