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RE: Washington DC Advice Needed

OP again. We've completed our visit, but I waited before saying so in case there were more comments that might others considering visiting DC. We stayed at a Quality Inn in Alexandria, <3 miles from the Huntington Metro station. We had a great time, including visiting Old Town Alexandria. We plan to come back in a couple of years to see the things we couldn't get to in the five days we were there. Thanks to all for the suggestions and information. Very helpful!
rfloyd99 11/03/22 07:24am Roads and Routes
Washington DC Advice Needed

We're visiting DC without the RV and would like some advice from someone very familiar with the area. We'll be driving from Charlottesville, and need a reasonably low-priced motel outside the city for 4-5 nights. We then plan to commute in to do the usual tourist stuff - museums, monuments, etc. This has worked well for us in other big cities. We find an RV park outside the city then drive to the nearest commuter transit station just after rush hour. We'll be leaving the DC area via Annapolis. I haven't researched the transit system yet, but thought I would ask for some guidance here regarding an area outside the city, preferably to the south. Any thoughts?
rfloyd99 10/22/22 08:16pm Roads and Routes
Advice on Cover for Winter Storage

I need help deciding what to do. I have a 23'TT (27 with tongue and bumper). I live at 4,900 ft elevation in far western Colorado, which means the sun is more intense. It hardly snows or rains here, so those aren't much of a factor. I've already bought a cover, but really hate to go to the trouble and risk of putting it on. My only helper is my wife, and we're both in our 70's, and I hate the thought of getting up on the roof to put it on then again to remove it in the spring. Here's the reason I'm wondering if it's worth it. I bought the trailer new in January of '16, and except for one winter in my daughter's barn it's been exposed year round, mostly in Florida, for almost seven years. After 2-3 years the fiberglass finish was completely oxidized. It looks kind of bad, but since it's gray and white it looks less bad than if it were a darker color. So, is the finish going to suffer more if it's not covered for the next six months, or is it already as bad as it's going to get? Of course, come spring it'll be exposed again for six months, since we use it during the warmer seasons. Are there any other things I should consider in making a decision? A side note: Of course, Jayco refused to even consider a warranty claim, even though there's no question in my mind that the finish was faulty somehow. I've seen other 2016 Jaycos with the same finish that had no issues.
rfloyd99 10/15/22 03:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winterizing Question

My manual recommends both methods, I chose the AF because my son-in-law helped me and that's how he always did it. Also, he had several gallons of AF available. I do drain the WH and include the drains, outside shower and toilet in the process.
rfloyd99 10/09/22 04:32pm General RVing Issues
Winter Battery Storage

I read somewhere that batteries should not be allowed to freeze. The first time my RV spent the winter here I had a heated place to store them, this time I don't. Temperatures here are frequently near zero. I use two golf cart batteries, will they be damaged this winter? Anyone have any experience with this issue?
rfloyd99 10/09/22 04:24pm General RVing Issues
Winterizing Question

I'm winterizing my TT for the second time, following the instructions in the TT's owner's manual. The pump is plumbed with a pipe designed to be inserted into a container of antifreeze so you can pump AF throughout the entire plumbing system. This seems to result in all the pipes being full of AF, including the part of the water pump that water (and AF) pass through. This is what I did when I first winterized it three years ago. The RV survived a very cold high-altitude Colorado winter with no problems. This time I read the separate water pump manual. It says to disconnect both inlet and outlet pipes and run the pump until all water is expelled. This would be a PITA, and would probably result in water on the pump compartment floor. The manual doesn't seem to contemplate that I could be pumping AF throughout the system. It just suggests that AF be poured down the drains to protect the P traps. My 1st question is, can I ignore the WP manual since it seems the pump's water-containing parts will be full of antifreeze? 2nd question: The TT manual says to open the low point drains, then close them after all water has drained out of the tank. The drain valves are cheap plastic - if they're closed isn't it possible the valves could have some water in them that would then freeze? I don't remember what I did three years ago. Some of you must be very experienced at winterizing - any suggestions? Thanks.
rfloyd99 10/09/22 04:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Load/Inflation Calculation

OP again. I just checked the tread wear - it's even on all four tires,but it looks like there's more wear on the edges (in and out) than in the center.That's how the original tires were also. Also, I found that I didn't go up in size - orig and new tires are 205/75. New tires are D load range, old were C.
rfloyd99 03/29/22 12:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Load/Inflation Calculation

Cummins, good question. I've been running 55 psi (I check it often) and have pulled TT maybe 12-15,000 miles on these tires. I'm headed over to the trailer now and will carefully inspect all four tires. Unless I have some uneven wear issues, it seems that the opinions here are leaning toward 50 or 55 psi being the best choice. Now, any ideas about that tow vehicle psi?
rfloyd99 03/29/22 08:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Load/Inflation Calculation

OP again. Regarding TV tire pressure - I have a Ram 1500 gas guzzler (5.7L). I've put 100,000 miles on it, pulling the TT maybe 25,000. When on our long trips we carry the usual stuff in the truck (chairs, tools, a pancake air compressor, charcoal grill, etc., nothing really heavy) We'll have a couple of heavier things in the truck this time, maybe an extra 125 lbs. The truck is driven empty when we're not RVing. I've always run the pressure given on the door sticker (35 psi). I've always had very even tire wear, and gotten decent mileage out of the tires. BTW, I don't remember the exact tongue wt. when I had it weighed, but the guy said it was within the recommended range. Also, I have had no towing issues so far, such as sway, squirrely steering, etc. I never drive over 60 mph. I have new Michelin tires of the original size, and the weighing guy with Escapee's said my whole rig was within all the guidelines. Should I run the rear tires at a higher psi on this 2,500 mile trip?, Especially since I'll have a little more weight in the back of the truck?
rfloyd99 03/29/22 08:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Load/Inflation Calculation

OP here. I did go up a size, 205 to 215, and from C to D in load rating. Thanks for the responses, keep them coming!
rfloyd99 03/29/22 07:19am General RVing Issues
Tire Load/Inflation Calculation

Exactly three years ago I bought new tires for my Jayco 23' (27'OAL). I had previously had the trailer professionally weighed at an Escapee's weigh station where they weigh the load on each tire. Unfortunately, that information is in Colorado, and I'm in Florida. But I remember that the total weight was 5500 lbs. We were fully loaded for a three month trip, and that is within the GVWR of 5995 lbs. The tires (Goodyear Endurance ST205/75R14) are rated for for a load of 2040 lbs (per tire). I knew I didn't have that much wt, so I ran them at 55 psi, thinking I would do some research when I had more time to figure out recommended psi. Well, three years and many thousand miles later, I finally looked it up. The chart on Goodyear's site shows a psi of 40 for a load of 1500 lbs. 25% of 5500 is 1375, which calls for a psi of 30-35. I increased the wt estimate by 10%, since there may be more weight on an individual tire. That's where I got the 40 psi estimate. A psi of 35-40 just seems low to me. We are about to leave on a trip of 2,500 miles, and I would like to get this right. Anyone have expertise in this? Thanks!
rfloyd99 03/28/22 03:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

Ha! That's a good one - next forum I join I'm gonna call myself NuttyPoster...
rfloyd99 03/09/22 02:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

Moderators, thanks for trying to keep politics/conspiracy theories, etc out of this forum. Ajriding, you are obviously past the point of no return, but do us all a favor and spend your time on forums appropriate for your kind. Stay out of my thread.
rfloyd99 03/09/22 12:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

OP here. We're planning to leave Florida April 1. We're snowbirds, and our plan is to spend a month travelling to our home in western Colorado. The itinerary is FL to DC area to KY, to Nashville, and then straight to Colorado, arriving there about May 1st. Yesterday I calculated the mileage/gasoline cost of three different routes. The one described above would be about 3K miles towing, plus approximately another 650 of driving around without the trailer. The 2nd was FL, Nashville, KY then straight to Colorado. The third (about 2K miles) was straight to Colorado. Nashville is on the way, so one of our favored visits could still happen, and I'm sure we can find a couple of other places that would be nice to visit along the way. No one can predict the price of gas in April, but I'm sure it won't be low. We have a big decision to make in the next few days. The only silver lining I see is that there may be fewer people on the roads and in the campgrounds, but it's nothing to be glad about. Thanks, everyone, for the helpful posts. It's always good to see the concern people on this forum show for the well-being of folks who need some advice. Any input on the above would be welcome, and thanks again.
rfloyd99 03/09/22 08:19am General RVing Issues
Propane Regulator Issues

I may or may not have a faulty propane regulator on my 2016 TT. I bought the TT new, and have taken several months-long trips over the last six years. We took a long trip last fall, and when I was checking things out preparing for the trip the propane regulator seemed to be acting up. When I filled the propane tanks the problems (refrigerator wouldn't stay lit, stove burner performance was erratic) stopped, and we had no trouble during our month-long journey.  I'm now getting ready for another long trip, and am having similar problems. Since my tanks were both almost empty, I had them filled, and the problems disappeared. I'm planning to buy a new regulator so I'll have a spare in case the old one fails mid-trip. I have a few questions for anyone out there with more experience: 1. Had no trouble for the first five years of steady use, does it seem reasonable that I'm having trouble now? Do these things fail often? 2. When the tanks are full, the only problem is the stove burner has a lower flame if other things are using propane. Also, even without the WH or refr. on, using a second stove burner causes the flame level on the 1st one to be a little lower. Is that normal? Not a huge problem, but according to what I've read, the regulator should prevent this. Is it more evidence the regulator is failing?  3. In shopping for a new regulator, they range in price from $38 to $70-80 to $100-120. Of course, I'm attracted to the cheap ones, but would like some advice as to whether that could be a mistake. What say you all? Thanks!
rfloyd99 03/05/22 11:02am Tech Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

JimK-NY, Thanks for the tick info, I definitely plan to take serious precautions. As to improvements, this is copied from the NPS website: "The National Park Service is completely replacing roads, parking areas and a bridge in Greenbelt Park. Some roads and the park campground will reopen in late to mid September, and the work is scheduled to be complete in late-September 2021." Elsewhere on the page it said that the campground would be closed, I believe it was for quite a while, as the work was extensive. The CG reopened Nov 1st, it said. The reviews, all fairly old, that I found on the various CG review sites (Campendium, etc) mentioned bad roads, problems with the bathrooms, the dump station, untrimmed trees interfering with use of roads and campsites by RVs, and some extremely unlevel sites. The NPS site did not go into detail about what work was done, except for what I copied above, so I was hoping someone who uses the park regularly or has been there recently could report as to whether any improvements beyond road, parking lot and bridge work were done.
rfloyd99 02/25/22 08:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

Thanks for all the tips, I'm still paying attention! We definitely won't be driving into the city, will be taking the time to plan our days and will study the metro system. Still curious, has anyone been to Greenbelt CG in the last few months? I'm aware of its pluses and minuses, but can't find any recent reviews to see if there've been improvements. Also, many have reported ticks there in the past, any change to that issue? Are they a lesser problem in mid April than in the summer?
rfloyd99 02/25/22 02:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

OP again. Thanks for the input on Greenbelt. I've booked three nights there, roughly half our stay in the area. No hookups is fine for us, up to about 4-5 days, since I'm hopefull AC won't be a necessity at night. We removed the TV from our RV, so lights and water pump are about all we use. I installed two golf cart batteries a few years ago, and we've never had a problem being unhooked for a few days, as long as we don't need AC. Still open for suggestions about places to stay, things to see and do in DC, Annapolis, central/southern Deleaware. Thanks!
rfloyd99 02/24/22 01:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

Greenbelt Park looks interesting, but reviews are mostly poor, although many of them were old. It recently reopened after road repair/maintenance. Has anyone been there lately? Location and price certainly look good.
rfloyd99 02/24/22 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

OP again. We definitely plan to use public transit and uber to get around in the city. Night visits to monuments sounds great. We're experienced city visitors, but are a little freaked out by the reports of subway violence in NYC - do you feel that riding the trains, etc in the evenings (or anytime) is particularly ill-advised? Of course, we're always careful and on the lookout for suspicious stuff... And, while I've got your attention, we plan to visit Delaware, via Annapolis/Hwy 50. Probably just for a long day and evening. DE is the last state on my list - I've visited all of the other 49! My thought was to drive across the state, maybe to Rehoboth Beach, and then back to Annapolis, maybe by a slightly different route. I haven't yet researched the area, but any ideas? With such a short time, my goal is to see the countryside, maybe a few small towns, etc.
rfloyd99 02/23/22 01:24pm General RVing Issues
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