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RE: Extended trip planning

Posted on another forum also want to get thoughts here. I planned a trip out to Yellowstone from New Hampshire and going to take about six weeks to get out and back. I felt that I needed to secure reservations for the entire trip because of the increased popularity of RVing and campgrounds being mostly if not totally filled most nights and especially on weekends in the more popular areas. This is so contrary to the way I used to travel pre pandemic when I wouldn't plan more than a couple of days out. One of the problems with this sort of travel is that if I find an area that I really like and want to spend an extra day or two I can't because of the ripple effects of all the reservations I have going forward. Even worse would be if I had a mechanical issue and got delayed a day or two then every reservation would need to be canceled or rescheduled and I'd probably be out of luck with some of them if not most. Wondering how others have handled this and curious how many of you have run into these sort of issues or have you not changed the way you do things since the pandemic hit? Love to get your thoughts. Thanks for reading. We plot our trip route using Garmin Basecamp so that we can upload trip segments directly into our Garmin. By early afternoon we have a good idea how far we want to drive. We'll use Google Maps or Orbitz to find a hotel/motel near the day's projected destination and then make a reservation. This has worked well for us.
whjco 04/11/22 06:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Protection/Maintenance Packages

I paid about $2500 for an extended factory warranty on my 2015 Ram. It was a total waste of money as the warranty aged out and the only warranty repair was one axle seal. The truck now has 120k on the odometer and has been the most reliable truck I've ever owned.
whjco 04/06/22 07:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I-75 at Chattanooga

Is there still a backup on north bound I-75 going from Georgia into Tennsssee ? Is the construction finished? You can open Google Maps and turn on the traffic layer.
whjco 03/23/22 01:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is it time to "chip" the V-10 in an E-450 class C?

The chip and tuner folks will promise you more power, better shifting patterns and improved mileage...:S The only one that is likely to be true is a slightly different {not necessarily better} shift pattern. The energy in a gallon of any fuel is finite. You might maybe get a little more power and you might maybe get slightly better mileage but no way you will get both. Keep up on the routine maintenance, when you want/need more power put your foot into and drive it as the engineers intended and if you want better mileage slow down, run the proper psi and unload any unnecessary gear. Greater efficiency is at your fingertips when you simply engage the Tow Haul mode. The weight of any E-450 is sufficient to justify the use of TH even if you are not towing... you are hauling 14,500#. Now put the money you just saved into a fund for any unforeseen repairs that may be coming down the road. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C Excellent information and advice!
whjco 03/23/22 01:40pm Tech Issues
RE: $1000 for a 23 mile tow?

I was driving a 45' Motor Coach in Eastern KY and the road took a sharp curve up the mountain. The left front and right rear skid plates made contact with the pavement and I got stuck right in the middle of the road. I had to pay $250 for a 6-foot tow. No roadside assistance on your MH policy? This was a 55 passenger Prevost commercial motor coach.
whjco 03/23/22 01:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV Queen mattress

Anyone change out their Rv mattress? What brand did you select,and how do you like it. Ours is just terrible . Thank you We bought a Brooklyn Memory Foam Mattress. Great price and the bed in the RV sleeps as good as the Tempur Pedic we have in the house! I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.
whjco 03/17/22 04:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: $1000 for a 23 mile tow?

I was driving a 45' Motor Coach in Eastern KY and the road took a sharp curve up the mountain. The left front and right rear skid plates made contact with the pavement and I got stuck right in the middle of the road. I had to pay $250 for a 6-foot tow.
whjco 03/17/22 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: OnStar requires update due to 3G end of life

I was wondering if anybody has had the update to their TV to handle 4G? My Silverado required a hardware change from 2G to 3G but apparently the change to 4G is "over the air". Haven't driven the truck in the last two years but I'm thinking about it now. I was sent a free dongle from Ram to plug into my 2015 Ram's OBD II port which enabled 4g and also changed cellular networks.
whjco 03/07/22 04:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Why not diesel electric trucks?

Quote Yes, I can imagine the drive train...look the last steam engines ever built. They were wildly complicated systems of gears, axles and shafts...and even there not all the wheels were powered. Steam engines do have the advantage that they can put out peak torque from zero RPM similar to electric motors. I believe hydraulic has been used on some smaller railyard engines but it's not as efficient. There is no "regen" with diesel locomotives. The available power is what the engine is putting out right now. If the engine puts out more power than the electric motors take up, it's wasted but since trains spend 95%+ of their time running at a steady speed, it's not a big deal. End Quote Actually, the only steam locomotives that used gears to drive them were low-speed high adhesion locomotives like Shay or Heisler engines that were typically used in logging operations in the early 20th Century. Mainline engines use conventional steam chests, pistons, crossheads, connecting rods and side rods to power the locomotive. As for starting torque, a diesel-electric is much better at starting a train as compared to a steam locomotive. A steam locomotive has to have some movement before it can get a full charge of steam in the pistons. If you're fortunate enough to have an engine with a power reverse, you can charge the pistons to help get things going, but the mechanical reversing bar won't generally let the engineer do this. As for electrical control in a diesel-electric locomotive, in the older DC powered locomotives the field windings for the traction generator and the traction motors are in series. A locomotive starts with the main power leads to the motors in series. As it picks up speed, the control circuit will momentarily drop load while the relays switch the motors to a series/parallel configuration. As the locomotive picks up more, the control circuit will again momentarily drop load and the relays will shift the motors into full parallel configuration. The load to the motors is controlled by a governor which will automatically reduce power output to the motors and with the traction motors and traction generator fields in series, there's never any excess power generation unless a control malfunction occurs. On locomotives equipped with dynamic braking, the traction motors become the generators and are loaded with a large resistor bank so that EMF is used for braking instead of mechanical brake shoes.
whjco 03/07/22 02:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Installing new anode rod

I remove the anode rod and never had a problem.You may not have had a problem, but it's not a good idea to recommend it to anyone. Sometimes it's a good idea to stick to what the manufacturer recommends, they actually have reasons on occasion. :) I'm in full agreement. Anode rods aren't expensive and they're much cheaper than replacing a corroded hot water heater. If the anode is being sacrificed quickly, that justifies the need for it even more.
whjco 02/21/22 05:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Travel apps

I use a Garmin DezlCam 785 LMT but I also drive charter buses. Some of our drivers use the Garmin that's specifically made for RVs that also allows inputting vehicle specifications. For route planning, I use Garmin Basecamp which is a free program that can be downloaded from Garmin's web site. It allows for creation of custom vehicle profiles and then you can upload your routes and favorites from Basecamp directly to the Garmin for custom navigation. If you decided to use Basecamp, I strongly recommend using Garmin Express to install map updates to both the Garmin and to the computer using Basecamp. This keeps you from the need to have your Garmin attached to your computer to use the map information as well as rapidly speeding up functionality.
whjco 02/21/22 05:38pm Technology Corner
RE: 3.0 Duramax concerns ?

I know a couple of guys that have them. The only issue I have heard is they think that it uses more DEF than they would have thought they would. Everyone loves the nontowing MPG though. I have a Ram 2500 with a 6.7 Cummins. It just sips DEF when being driven by itself but when towing I'll use a jug of DEF about every 650 miles. Hook a boxy RV or car trailer behind any modern diesel and the fuel and DEF consumption will definitely increase.
whjco 02/15/22 02:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is GasBuddy any use at all now??

What are you using to look at it with? I just went to the online site on my android pad and it worked fine. I just checked it with my Samsung phone and it's working fine and the map is working great.
whjco 10/04/21 03:42pm Technology Corner
RE: An upgraded option for the half ton Pickup crowd

I'm a big Toyota fan, and have been for a long, long time, however that front end does make me cringe a bit. Almost looks like it should say Tonka rather than Toyota. I'm sure it's a fine truck, however. Maybe when I see one parked next to a Chevy HD it will take the edge off it!! :C Regarding that Chevy HD, let's be thankful that the guy who designed the Pontiac Aztec apparently still has a job in the GM Design Department. :)
whjco 10/04/21 03:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

I replaced my halogen lamps with LED lamps from Carifex. It made a huge difference.
whjco 09/02/21 07:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Dexter Axles

I have a 1999 tri axel trailer outside that has well over 100,000mi on it and just went on an 1100mi trip. It weighs around 10,000lbs loaded and the Dexters have NEVER been greased or failed. I have EZ Lube axles but always periodically remove, clean, inspect and hand repack all of my trailer bearings no more than every couple of years. I recently pulled the bearings on my trailer I use for transporting my railroad motorcar and the trailer had been sitting for about a year. Condensate in one of the bearings had created a rust spot on the race and on a couple of the bearing rollers. Had I not found this, I could have ended up on the side of the road with a bearing failure. There's no substitute for proper maintenance.
whjco 08/22/21 03:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

I used my 2015 Ram 2500 CTD as a daily driver for the first 4 1/2 years that I owned it and had no issues whatsoever. Two years ago I bought a used minivan for a daily driver so that I wouldn't be running up the odometer on the pickup and to save it for pulling our enclosed car trailer and our travel trailer as I don't want to be shelling out the bucks for another one any time soon. I do love the truck and would buy another in a heartbeat. As for the gas vs diesel, there are certainly pros and cons but I much prefer towing my travel trailer with the diesel.
whjco 08/05/21 08:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheel Stop vs Wheel Chocks

I use the BAL-X chocks with the two rubber wheel chocks on each side. Very stable and safe setup.
whjco 08/01/21 08:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: The big anti virus lie

The reason I don't click on random links like this one! Best way to get a Virus. As a retired IT Professional, you're right on target with this advice!! The worst malware or ransomware attacks with which I had to deal were because someone clicked on a link that took their system to an infected or hacker site.
whjco 08/01/21 08:13pm Technology Corner
RE: RV navigation systemsl

Throw out the Garmin style GPS. Your smartphone and Google Maps and/or WAZE is all you need. Additionally, the information on Google Maps is years ahead of anything available on the standalone GPS's. As an example, I-70 here in Denver was closed for the weekend and Google Maps showed that closure and the correct route to avoid it. This would be impossible with a Garmin. We traveled out west earlier this year and many places had spotty or no cell service. If you're going to use only a smartphone for navigation then you'd better use a program like CoPilot or Sygic where larger map databases can be loaded directly onto the phone so that a cellular connection isn't needed. As to the traffic reports, all three of my various Garmins have a data link to my smartphone and receive immediate traffic updates so it IS possible to get dynamic traffic updates with a Garmin GPS. I have a Garmin DriveAssist 50 in one vehicle and a Garmin DriveAssist 51 in another. I use a Garmin dezlcam 785 LMT for my RV. It's a GPS that's designed for commercial vehicles and I have it because I drive charter motor coaches but it will support multiple vehicle configurations.. All three of these GPS units not only access dynamic traffic data but all three also have built-in dash cams. An added bonus is that I have Garmin's free Basecamp program installed on my PC. The program lets me design trips and then upload them directly to my Garmin so the GPS will then contain custom designed routes already installed and ready to go. If I encounter unplanned construction or traffic delays, the Garmin will automatically plot a detour around it if I want the device to do so. And then there's that problem when you're using a smart phone for navigation in a big city with numerous, fast approaching set of instructions and then you get a text or phone call at the worst moment possible. I have the above programs installed on my cell phone but they're only there for backup purposes or if I'm traveling on a boat or train and want to know my location. my experience as well on the Garmins. Yes, maps may not be as current as Google, and a few other things, but we very often travel in spots where we go 100+ miles with NO cell reception, and frankly the Garmin direction map and directions are as good as google, sometimes better. "Turn right at the next stop light on x street just after the McDonalds on the right" Or on freeways showing all the lanes you can use to turn and on a big screen. And the RV Garmins make it easy to find RV related items. Another plus is that you can download Garmin's free POI Loader program and install it on your computer. Then you can install custom POIs on your Garmin. I upload things like speed/stop light cameras, RV dump sites, Walmarts, etc. Many custom POI databases can be downloaded from
whjco 08/01/21 08:07pm Technology Corner
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