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RE: Suggestions for rest of Florida trip in Feb

Sounds like a great trip! We do a yearly trip down to the Gulf Coast every February from Maryland. We stop in Fayetteville, NC the first night, then head to Savannah, GA. Spend a couple or 3 nights in Savannah enjoying the beautiful city and now have friends that live nearby. Then we continue down to our beautiful undisclosed location in Florida, but near Tampa. My in-laws spend 2 months in the same campground and my parents rent a house on the island a couple miles away. The kids get to enjoy 2 weeks with their grandparents at the beach, riding bikes, camping, etc. Coming home we are stopping in St Augustine for 1 or 2 days this year (do that every 4 years or so), then we head up to Charleston, SC for a couple days. The last night we drive up to RV Crossroads at the NC/VA line or a little further into Emporia, VA. Our last day is a 2-3 hour drive home. Lots of beautiful older cities with rich history, and the longest day is about a 6 hour drive, depending upon traffic and stops. We have an 8 year old, 6 year old and 2 year old and 3 older dogs, so we stop rather frequently for potty breaks or to stretch legs. We find that these are about as long a distance as we can comfortably go right now and it breaks it up to some great stops along the way. I can also recommend Jekyll Island in Georgia as a beautiful place to stop. There is a nice campground in Brunswick, Coastal Georgia Campground, with easy access to Jekyll Island and St Simons. Haven't been up to Pensacola yet, but I've heard its very nice up there. Just be advised that the further north you go in February, the cooler it will be (air and water temps). Its usually in the mid to upper 70s in Tampa area, but if the sun is out it feels even warmer. Further up the coast will be cooler.
spoon059 01/15/21 07:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

If I'm the expert witness engineer, first thing I'd check is: does the 3500 SRW truck have the same rear brake caliper, rotor, and pads. If so, then braking is not an issue (provided toy hauler is within 3500 SRW limit). Trailer brakes remain constant. So obviously braking power is not the cause of the accident. Here is the rub... the petitioner will argue that its over the limit, its up to the respondent to explain why its ridiculous. Now, most attorney's in civil lawsuits will take a suit based upon collecting fees as a percentage of the settlement. Those attorney's aren't going to waste much time and energy on a frivolous lawsuit that doesn't stand a good chance of winning. Other attorney's will charge set fees and take any case to trial that you want, regardless of whether or not you win. Those are the guys that will take frivolous arguments. I will never exceed my axle ratings as rated by Ram. My AAM rear axle is rated for 10,120 lbs by AAM, but derated to 6500 lbs as an assembly by Ram. Then because its a Class 2B truck, it's derated by regulation to essentially 5000 lbs. My front axle is rated 6000 lbs by Ram, then because its a Class 2B its derated to essentially 5000 lbs. You can sue me because my truck weighed 11,000 lbs and claim its "overloaded" according to regulation. I can easily argue that Ram rates my truck to hold 12,500 lbs, and it was not overloaded, it was simply under-registered. Now the petitioner has the burden of proof to show that being over my "sticker" weight and under my manufacturer ratings was overloaded. To make your argument even weaker, in Maryland I can pay to register my 10,000 GVWR truck at a higher rate, thus making it a 12,500 GVWR truck... perfectly legal to drive down the highway.
spoon059 01/15/21 06:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

Who says debris gets spread around in every RV wreck? All one has to do is rear end someone at a stop sign/light and cause injury. Only thing messed up is the front of the truck/SUV. The trailer would still be 100% intact. And in that situation is it because you are overloaded or because you are going too fast, or are too distracted? And before you give me the dumb answer, a trailer, even overloaded for the truck, has its own brakes that are required to be sufficient to stop its weight. Besides, in a simple rear end injury wreck, who is coming out and weighing a truck and trailer? I'm a cop. I spent 16 years on the road and would be the guy investigating that wreck. I'm not pulling out scales or checking weights, etc. You guys live in a fantasy world where cops have time for that nonsense and the ambulance chasing attorney's are sitting at intersections waiting for a wreck to happen.
spoon059 01/13/21 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

Let's get back to the practical instead of the hyperbole. A Lawyer ain't going to sue you for exceeding your GVWR because he can't prove his case. Lacking real numbers from a real scale, all he has is speculation. But if he wants to sue you, he will. He'll sue you for failing to stop in time, running the red light, speeding, whatever he comes up with that has some witnesses or provable facts behind it. Exactly. In a wreck, debris is scattered everywhere. Sorry, there is no chance that the police will be able to definitively prove that this particular pile of debris was absolutely from your vehicle. In some wrecks, that can be hundreds of pounds of debris, spread over large areas. Its MUCH easier to prove negligence due to speed, distraction or failure to properly maintain a vehicle. Tires a little bald, or maybe starting to get dry rotted? Are your pads low, or maybe your rotors are warped which prevented you from slowing as efficiently? How's that brake fluid, is it dirty and thus able to be compressed slightly, causing you to brake slightly slower? When was the last time you changed your rubber brake lines, is it possible that they stretched slightly and caused your braking time to suffer? Lets check your cell phone history, did you send or receive a text/phone call while you were driving? Maybe you adjusted your GPS settings while going down the road? "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, clearly the driver was prone to fiddling with electronics rather than paying full time and attention to driving..." Did you stop at a food establishment shortly before the wreck? Did you have a partial bottle of soda in your truck at the time of wreck? "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, clearly the driver was distracted by eating/drinking while moving down the road in excess of a safe speed, causing a momentary distraction that led to this collision". Even if you are below the speed limit, you can still be traveling too fast for road conditions. All of those arguments are easier to make than trying to convince a jury that maybe the vehicle was overloaded...
spoon059 01/13/21 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: St Augustine Campgrounds

The 10 year rule is more about keeping out poor quality campers. I agree with LadyRVer... see if you can send pictures of your 14 year old camper (or simply tell them its 10 years old) and see if they will make an exception. We stayed at a place with a 10 year old rule in a camper that was 18 years old at the time (didn't know about the rule) and didn't have an issue. That said, we like North Beach for St Augustine. Its literally on the sand though, so be prepared if you have pets.
spoon059 01/13/21 11:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: looking for info

Cape Henlopen State Park is right up in the corner of Delaware by the ferry launch. Really pretty park, lots of hiking and biking. The campground is in the pine trees and they added some electric sites in the past 2 or 3 years. I've never camped there, but have visited the park many times. Not super easy access to the beach, but you can drive from the campground section to the beach parking lot and park for free. Easy access to Lewes, which is a pretty little town with a nice downtown area and a few restaurants and little shops. Fun little place to stay. Access to the more commercial Rehoboth Beach is a little more arduous. Driving is only about 10 miles, but its every bit of a 30-45 minute drive of frustration and red light. Its faster and straighter to bike through the Gordon Pond area about 6 miles to get to downtown. A little further south is Delaware Seashore State Park. This is where we normally stay. It is a full hookup campground that is little more than asphalt road and pads in the middle of the sand. No shade, few amenities, but easy walking access to an isolated beach and short easy drives to Bethany, Dewey and Rehoboth beaches. Since we go to the beach for the access to water and we enjoy walking and eating in Rehoboth we go to Seashore State Park.
spoon059 01/11/21 01:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

But, who's ***** is larger at the top of the hill? I mean, that's essentially what we are arguing at this point, isn't it? All 3 pickup trucks can haul to the top of Ike (which I've never once driven and may only do it once or twice in my life, after I've retired and am doing cross country trips) within a very small window of each other. So, once all three are at the top of the hill, we're only measuring size, right? Goodness gracious, is it camping season yet? Only 4.5 weeks until my Florida trip...
spoon059 01/10/21 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

Are you sure it's not 2700lb payload? I know there are some oddly weak payload trucks out there but it would be unusual to find a truck with a 15k 5th Wheel/Gooseneck rating and only 1700lb payload. Is it some kind of gorped up harley edition where they added 500lb of bling eating up a lot of the payload? Not saying it would be impossible but a good chance you misread something. That was my thought as well. What is the point of a "Heavy Duty" truck with 1700 lbs of payload? And how do you make a F250 weigh 8300 lbs empty??? Must be a lot of Harley Davidson and Powerstroke stickers to weigh that much...
spoon059 01/10/21 12:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Disney Transportation question

Tropical Palms in Kissimmee is just outside the parks. Haven't been there in 10 years or so, but we used to love going there. The money you save by not being in a Disney hotel or campground more than pays for the price and inconvenience of parking.
spoon059 01/09/21 02:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Seven points campground Raystown lake PA

I won't name my favorite campground up there, because its already near impossible to get sites. But, I LOVE Raystown Lake. We go 3-4 times a year, a couple of weeklong trips and a couple longer weekends too. Have a couple friends that own and store boats up there. We get waterfront sites and really enjoy our time up there!
spoon059 01/09/21 02:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: SRW Tires

That is what I am talking about Rob. I don't see how the 350"s can be advertised as big load carriers if the tires are the same E rating as 250's. :h Your 17" wheels aren't rated to carry the weight that 18s or 20s rated to carry. I'm sure if you look at your axle ratings with 17s versus a same year 2500 with 18s then you will see several hundred lbs difference.
spoon059 01/08/21 07:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

The hybrid is rated to pull up to 12,700lbs and in the tests that I have seen outpulls everything else on the road short of big diesels. I'm not worried about max pull, I'm worried about PAYLOAD. I'm not sold on lighter half tons claiming 3000 lbs payload. I prefer the solid construction of a 3/4 or 1 ton when towing my family of 5 plus dogs.
spoon059 01/06/21 06:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

Looks awesome! I really like the idea and could absolutely put it to use. The question is COST and what trim levels will it be available on? And a half ton won't work for me anymore.
spoon059 01/06/21 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Southern Maryland Sojourn

Didn't read the article but Point Lookout State Park is a beautiful park just south of Scotland. Well kept and extremely peaceful! It really is... but I caution against going in the summer. While the park is on the water, the sites aren't. The sites are on a marshy area with tall grasses full of ticks and bugs. It gets HOT and STUFFY there in the summertime. But St Mary's is a beautiful county with lots of nice older waterfront and fishing towns. If you are there, Chaptico Market has great fried chicken (not as good as it once was, but what is?) and Nicoletti's Pizza on 235 by Chancellors Run Rd is good local pizza (just don't expect NY style).
spoon059 01/05/21 03:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

^ I understand the concept and terminology. I'm simply confused as to what your point is. So is he.
spoon059 01/04/21 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Securing black water tank

A nice thick gauge metal strapping with a couple of self tapping screws to secure the strapping to the frame rails. That's the way most travel trailers are done at least.
spoon059 01/01/21 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

Nonsensical trolling that adds nothing of value... You are a 100-200K short there Fish! The original troll... Why he feels the need to come to Ram threads when he will NEVER own one and can't help himself but to talk trash. I can only imagine the sad life that leads to this... Please stop quoting him, it defeats the block feature.
spoon059 01/01/21 07:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Enlarging my parking for the motorhome...

Nice! Beautiful looking area. I assume you are up in the mountains a little bit there?
spoon059 01/01/21 08:58am General RVing Issues
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

Your thinking the torque is 1075 lbft from 1356 to 1800 rpm, then drops to 807 lbft by the time the engine hits 2800 rpm .... maybe, I hope your right but I'm not convinced. I wish they would publish torque curves. Dude, are you trying to become the new fish? Why do you wish they would publish a torque curve? You aren't buying anything but a Ford, your screen name says so. Why do you constantly create and post in Ram threads? Are you that bored?
spoon059 12/30/20 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for portable electric space heater for rv!

My suggestion is to get one with a digital thermostat on it. That way you can set it to a temp that you find comfortable and know to always turn it to that. I don't think there is much difference besides digital and analog thermostats... maybe one has a remote or something. They work great inside campers. We always have two for our 32' bunkhouse camper. 1 is usually enough for most cooler nights for the whole camper. If its gonna be cold, we'll turn 2 on.
spoon059 12/29/20 04:29pm General RVing Issues
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