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RE: Tampa, FL to Birmingham, AL - Sightseeing... What to do?

The Pensacola aviation museum is the Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola. It is not an Air Force Museum. Yes, it is world class.
rwess 03/12/20 06:22pm Family Camping
RE: Tampa, FL to Birmingham, AL - Sightseeing... What to do?

National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning.
rwess 03/12/20 11:12am Family Camping
RE: trailer wax

I use Maguires cleaner wax, but no wax on the decals I have learned my lesson after 7 campers in 24 years.
rwess 02/08/20 05:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: washer and dryer or combo

Splendide vented is the best
rwess 02/08/20 09:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Covering your travel trailer

Oh, I almost forgot. Do not wax the decals! You will be sorry.
rwess 02/07/20 02:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Covering your travel trailer

If you do not have a garage/barn for your camper a cover is a must. The most important thing it does is keep the sun/UV from damaging the camper. This is better for the roof, sides and especially the decals. Keeping dirt/water off is just a secondary benefit. If you want your camper to look good when you sell it keep it covered when not in use! If you see a good looking older camper in a campground then it has been covered or in a barn/garaged. Maybe a carport if you get full sun protection.
rwess 02/07/20 02:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slide out creep

It should not really be that major of a job to repair. I see 3 choices: 1. Remove actuators and replace all gaskets and O rings yourself. 2. Remove actuators and take to hydraulic shop for them to repack. 3. Take trailer to hydraulic shop for them to do everything. There could still be one other possible cause. You could have a leak in a hose and that would allow the static pressure to bleed off. My 1999 Innsbruck 5th wheel had hydraulic slideouts. The entire package is extremely heavy and took up a lot of space. One area for the pump and reservoir, hoses to cylinders. More slideouts means more hoses and actuators. I have had numerous campers since and none have had that system since. Electric motors and gearboxes or electric motors/gearboxes/chains/cables are all that I see now. I do not know what they use in the large motor homes. I adhere to the KISS principal, keep it simple stupid. Electric motors and gearboxes are simpler and lighter than a full hydraulic system and a lot less cumberson and lighter.
rwess 02/07/20 02:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Slide out creep

The hydraulic pressure is holding the slides firm against the trailer when the slides are pulled in. Over time that pressure, due to leakage past the O rings on the cylinder will bleed off. Apparently, the slide out creep is your slides returning to their natural relaxed position.
rwess 02/07/20 11:23am Tech Issues
RE: What is a 6.0L Chevy engine

The 5.3 came out as the 350/5.7 replacement. The 6.0 was their big motor for the HD's, 1500HD, 2500HD, 3500HD. Then in the early 2000's GM came out with the 8.1 for the HD's. I am not sure but somewhere in the mid 2000's GM dropped the 8.1 to meet EPA emission standards fleet wide. The 6.0 became the only gas engine available for the HD's. It is a great motor, not a big block, but it is a workhorse and very reliable. I have had a 2003 1500HD with the 6.0 and 4 speed transmission and a 2010 2500HD with the 6.0 and a 6 speed transmission. Both have been extremely reliable. With what I have towed I wanted a 1500/2500HD, but I did not need the diesel. The 6.0 does have its limitations depending on what you tow, but it is a very reliable engine. It does love to drink gas! My brother in law still has a 2002 2500 Suburban with the 8.1 that he bought new to tow his Airstream. I once met a man at a gas station who had a 2500HD pickup with the 8.1 and an Allison transmission, he said he was never going to sell it. You could not get the Allison transmission in the Suburban, supposedly it would not fit.
rwess 11/05/19 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Motorcoach Owner...

That is a really a top line unit. I occasionally look at them on RV Trader. It should last forever, without a lot of the issues of the new powertrains. It is a great unit whose previous owners have already taken the big depreciation hit. I used to occasionally have to drive by the Bluebird factory in Fort Valley when they were finishing up the Wanderlodges in 2006 and 2007 and they just looked great. As I understand it during the 1990's and early 2000's Bluebird was having financial problems and had several different owners and the company decided to get out of the RV business and concentrate on school buses. Enjoy your new purchase, I am jealous.
rwess 10/20/19 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help Switching to 40' Pusher

I would look at the BlueBird Wanderlodges. They were really well built and have Cat engines. There are always several for sale on RV Trader.
rwess 10/08/19 03:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2016 Highland Ridge LF319RLS

It probably has cable slideouts. Make sure you check all cables and chains for tightness and fraying. Everything, cables, chains and gears should be well lubricated.
rwess 09/13/19 10:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fort Pickens vs Fort Barrancas Florida

Fort Barrancas is on the Naval Air Station just down the street from the Naval Aviation Museum. That part of the base is open to everyone. You have to enter NAS Pensacola from the west gate, not the main gate to visit this area if you do not have military ID. This area also includes the lighthouse. You can visit all three for free and is definitely worth it. As far as comparing the two forts, Pickens is much bigger and has a lot more to see. Camping is also at Fort Pickens. My wife and I spent 2 weeks there in June and also 3 nights at the RV park on the base. I am retired Navy.
rwess 09/11/19 01:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida turnpike or I-95??

A few years back there was a lot of crime affecting tourists while traveling on I-95 in Miami. At that time they told all tourists/people passing through to use the Turnpike due to safety. I do not know if they cleaned up the problem at that time, but I would avoid I-95 in Miami like the plague!
rwess 09/08/19 04:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Recommendations for RV Park near Helen,GA

Unicoi State Park has a loop with full hookups, not sure about the amps though.
rwess 09/05/19 03:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations for RV Park near Helen,GA

Unicoi State Park has a loop with full hookups, not sure about the amps though.
rwess 09/05/19 03:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: For those that have had a blowout when towing

I have had two blowouts on travel trailers. Been towing trailers since 1996. Both blowouts happened on the right rear tire. I never knew that I had a blowout, never heard it or felt it. Camper still towed normally. Both times someone came up beside me and yelled and pointed at trailer tires. Both times were Chinese maypops. Always checked my tires and kept them properly inflated. Just replaced my Chinese maypops with a new set of Goodyear Endurance. I hope they are better than the imported tires. Changing tires on the side of an interstate highway is no fun at all. The best ST tires I ever had were Goodyear Marathons in the late 1990's and early 2000's. They lasted forever!
rwess 09/04/19 02:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Tires Today

Yes they are ST's. Load Range E, 10 ply 80 PSI.
rwess 08/22/19 06:59am General RVing Issues
New Tires Today

I got new tires for the camper today! The OEM Westlakes were manufactured Feb. 2016 and I bought my current camper Oct. 2016. I have had blowouts on the interstate highways before and it is not fun. We are going on a one month, Mid Dec. to Mid Jan. trip to the Keys. I was going to wait until Nov. to put a new set of tires on the camper. Discount Tire Direct had a $100.00 off flash sale per set of tires on Tuesday, I called my local store and they gave me the discount also. I got the Goodyear Endurance LT tires. Goodyear has a $60.00 manufacturer rebate on these tires also. I had them installed today. While waiting for the tires to be installed, and after I had already paid for them, I started wondering if Discount Tire gave a military discount (I am retired from the Navy). I went back up to my service guy and asked him if they gave the discount and he referred me to the manager who immediately gave me the discount! So I got $100.00 off from the flash sale, plus 10% from Discount Tire and a $60.00 rebate from Goodyear. So I only paid a total of $434.34 for a set of 225 75 15 LT Goodyear Endurance Tires including installation and balancing, with a manufacturing date of 3019, which means they are only 4 weeks old from manufacture!
rwess 08/21/19 03:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Kathryn Abbey Hanna - Campsite Walkaround Video

Be aware that this park gives zero refunds. If your travel plans change after a reservation is made you will get $0 refund.
rwess 08/12/19 10:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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