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RE: Limitations with Propane

Virginia tunnels just require that all propane tanks be turned off. However, the two tunnels under the Baltimore harbor, on I-95 and I-895, do NOT allow any propane tanks to go through. It doesn't matter if they are cut off. If you have an RV that has propane aboard, you must either take I-495 around the western land based side of Baltimore, or east of the city, I-695 which includs the Francis Scott Key bridge over the harbor.
Atlee 08/03/15 12:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yes I did it, 2015 F-150 and 35 foot TT

All Eco's do not have the same rear axle. The F150's that have the HD package have beefier frame, beefier springs, & shocks, and a different axle. The fake 1/2 ton being referred to is probably the one's with the HD pkg, which shouldn't be confused with TowMax pkg. I prefer to call them F150 Heavies or F150 HD. Far as I know, the ecos all have the same rear axle. Only different ratios. How can on be regular and one be a fake?
Atlee 07/29/15 06:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Traveling with Spare Fuel - Where to Store?

Thanks for shouting. Otherwise I would not have heard you. Yes the OP could build a platform above his propane tanks in the tongue of the TT. However that may add way too much weight to the tongue, and at the same time to the cargo capacity. I suspect his SUV is nearing it's cargo capacity even before adding that external gas tank. 15 gallons of gasoline weight 94.5#. Plus the weight of the tank itself, plus the weight of the metal needed to build the platform for the tank to sit on. I'd say that was a most impractical solution. Also notice I did not have to shout at you even once. That doesn't help the OP. He has an SUV, not a truck. How many of you travel with spare fuel for your TV? I'm sure for most of you with pickups, there is a pretty simple solution...toss a can in the truck bed. I have an SUV. Where would you recommend I store spare fuel? The front hitch area is too tight to fit a gas can. I thought of may be mounting a Jerry can on the rear bumper, but was curious what others do. During my research for a can thats the right size I came across pre-packaged spare fuel, which is an interesting concept. Super expensive, but you can toss a jug in the pass thru storage and be done. I have to wonder how long it'd be good for though. Fuel stops often can be a bit worrisome and always ended up stopping more often than we needed to because of a few long stretches of no stations or what we found were miles out of the way or difficult to get into the pumps. We fixed that by buying one of these.. 15 GALLON FUEL STATION along with a electric gas fuel pump, I was able to put the tank on some long 2x6s and put in the back of my truck. This gives us an extra 140 miles of range.. You could mount it above your propane tanks and possibly gravity feed it, avoiding the need for a fuel pump.. We are pleased with it and wished we had done it 15 yrs ago. Umm. perhaps YOU SHOULD READ THE ENTIRE POST BEFORE MAKING A FOOL OF YOURSELF? I DID ADDRESS THE OP'S SITUATION. I BOLDED my text to clearly show you YOUR MISTAKE OP CAN build a platform over the propane tanks, MOUNT the fuel station ABOVE THE PROPANE TANKS. Then it may be possible to gravity feed. The tank I posted was designed for landscapers, to be MOUNTED on a landscape trailer and IS "legal" to haul gasoline or diesel. Did that clear up YOUR "objections about my suggestion?
Atlee 07/27/15 02:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: I think this forum is dangerous

This is what I know, concerning the Maxxis I have on my trailer. Put them on summer of 2013. I now have over 16K miles on them, including a cross country trip of over 7,900 miles. They still look new on the tread, and I haven't seen any cracks in the sidewall yet. (I will knock on wood now.) If they keep wearing like they have so far, I will probably not have to change them out until sometime in 2017. I don't baby them, but neither do I abuse them by pulling several hundred miles over 65 mph at a time. I spent the first fours years of trailer ownership riding along the highways at whatever speeds I felt safe with combined with a set of factory China bombs on my trailer. Just bought a set of 10 ply Maxxis tires aired up to spec and just had a blow out on I37 doing 62 mph. Should have just ran not China bombs one more year and I would already be at my destination. I guess none of the brands are any better than the others and you never know when disaster is coming.
Atlee 07/27/15 01:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling with Spare Fuel - Where to Store?

That doesn't help the OP. He has an SUV, not a truck. How many of you travel with spare fuel for your TV? I'm sure for most of you with pickups, there is a pretty simple solution...toss a can in the truck bed. I have an SUV. Where would you recommend I store spare fuel? The front hitch area is too tight to fit a gas can. I thought of may be mounting a Jerry can on the rear bumper, but was curious what others do. During my research for a can thats the right size I came across pre-packaged spare fuel, which is an interesting concept. Super expensive, but you can toss a jug in the pass thru storage and be done. I have to wonder how long it'd be good for though. Fuel stops often can be a bit worrisome and always ended up stopping more often than we needed to because of a few long stretches of no stations or what we found were miles out of the way or difficult to get into the pumps. We fixed that by buying one of these.. 15 GALLON FUEL STATION along with a electric gas fuel pump, I was able to put the tank on some long 2x6s and put in the back of my truck. This gives us an extra 140 miles of range.. You could mount it above your propane tanks and possibly gravity feed it, avoiding the need for a fuel pump.. We are pleased with it and wished we had done it 15 yrs ago.
Atlee 07/24/15 12:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Selling my RV

Never, ever give up title and not have money in hand. If you sign over the title, you're at his mercy. Decided to sell my 2004 Dolphin Class A and have a dealer wanting to buy it. I am selling at wholesale (don't want to bother with doing it myself-too busy) and we decided on a decent price. The Dealer is Mike Thompson RV. They will cut me a check within 7 days however they want to take possession of the RV now (including title). Being a large dealership I can't imagine anything shady however I don't want any surprises. Is there anything I need to worry about here? Has anyone else ever done this before?? Thanks!
Atlee 07/21/15 06:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Just got some bad news, could use some perspective.

To OP: Can a different Ford dealer near you conduct a search of a 2015 HD F150? That's what my local dealer did last August. I was only going to trade in on a HD. He didn't have one locally or in any of his stores in northern VA or in MD. My salesman got on the phone and finally found 4 up in PA. Local dealer made what ever arrangements were needed for the PA dealer to part with one of his.
Atlee 07/02/15 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gasoline Pushers

Of course engine placement had nothing to do with the bad heater thingy. Bad heater had everything to do with it being an air cooled engine. There was no hot water for air to blow over to heat of the cabin. Cooling is the main issue, remember the Volkswagen Beetle? Bad heater, also.
Atlee 06/26/15 06:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Using ethanol free gas.

There should be no subsidy for ethanol gas in the first place. And it should be taxed at the same rate as regular gasoline. If a new power source can't compete on it's on with out taxpayer money, or borrowed government money, it shouldn't exist. When gasoline get too expensive, then alternate sources become more economically viable. Here it might cost 10 cents to 40 cents more per gallon, at 30 cents it doesn't save me money in improved MPG. So I don't seek out the stations that have it. Lately about $2.40 for E10 or less, $2.70 for no ethanol. One of my vehicles is flex fuel, and I actually save money running E85 if the price is at least 60 cents lower, but I lately been finding that only in a couple of corn belt states that totally forego road taxes on E85. The Federal subsidy for ethanol has been shrinking, and may not much longer even cover the higher production costs. I do buy it for my small engines, but all of those together don't use more than four gallons a year, so at twice as much it might be worth it to avoid equipment trouble on the tiny two-strokes.
Atlee 06/26/15 06:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving kids unattended in RV all day?

Why not just talk to the lady. Seems better than assuming things not in evidence. Heck, why not invite her and the kids over for a weiner roast, or something like that. Then you could informally get to know her and the kids better, and make a better more informed decision if the kids are being abused or endangered. I watched one of those Dr. Phil or Judge Judy shows some time ago and the question came up about the legality how old should a kid be, before they can be left alone. Actually, very few states have specific laws (if any) at what age. It's still basically a decision the parent makes based upon the situation and the maturity of their child. But, that does not stop the "law" from intervening if something happens and it is determined there is neglect or abuse going on, especially if the child is involved in a life-threatening accident or something. Then is when those hard decisions about neglect or abuse come into the question. Bottom line is, if you feel there is a real concern, a real "neglect" going on, or the kids are in danger, then YOU have an obligation (by law) to report the situation to the local Social Services agency for them to investigate. Your neglect (if it's really a concern) could cost YOU more legal entanglement than you may ever want. If the kids are just an annoyance to you, they will continue to be an annoyance if they have parents around too. It's your judgment call. But if you want to take a "lesser approach"... talk to your campground management and see what they have to say. But be prepared for some fall-out when you do. (ask how I know? My wife and I have been through this when we reported someone once).... it's not fun!
Atlee 06/26/15 06:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving kids unattended in RV all day?

If she was spending the day goofing off or partying some place else, then yes, I'd call authorities. If she is indeed working, trying to keep her family together, feed, clothed then, NO I would not call authorities. You assumed she was going to work. She could be doing other things. Maybe talk to her and offer to watch the kids? If she is doing something other than work, would you call authorities?
Atlee 06/26/15 05:55am General RVing Issues
RE: What is a "Small TT"?

That is not small. It's micro. How about this http://i.ytimg.com/vi/b5hHL3PQ3RI/hqdefault.jpg
Atlee 06/26/15 05:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Yes...another "New to RVing" thread

I'm not sure a baby seat along with booster seats for the other two children will fit comfortably in one back seat. If the vehicle is primarily for towing, can you consider a pickup truck instead of an SUV? I know you have three kids, but with a quad cab, that could be enough room for everyone. I've even had six people in my Avalanche from time to time. With a pickup, your options will be significantly increased, especially if you are going with a 3/4 ton. And therefore you have a better chance of getting something in your price range. On AutoTrader, I quick searched for Silverado 2500 and found 2 for less than $15K with less than 100K miles.
Atlee 06/26/15 05:03am Travel Trailers
RE: 50 to 30 dog bone Adapter

Unfortunately, your picture is no a 50 to 30 adapter. Looks like a female 30 amp and a male 30 amp. Using a 50-30 adapter is perfectly safe due to the 30 amp main breaker in the converter panel inside an RV. I believe some older RVs do not have one tho. These adapters are CSA listed and if they weren't safe, they wouldn't be on the market. The 30 amp receptacles get a LOT more abuse from users not turning the power off when plugging in (via the breaker) and yanking cords out. Sometimes they are so bad you need a stick or duct tape to hold your plug in place. I have seen pics of shore power cords melted and burned beyond recognition from bad connections at a pedestal. The converter in an RV has a high momentary inrush current when initially energized - you can hear a zap and in the dark you can see a flash. If you plug in live all the time, it causes pitting on your shore power plug blades which in turn attracts dirt, eventually causing poor contact, overheating and possible eventual meltdown. Same thing inside the 30 amp CG pedestal recept. which can get pretty crispy looking inside and have poor contact. Loose contact pressure inside a recept. caused by yanking cords out too often along with pitting inside a recept. can cause a high resistance connection and low voltage. Plugging into a clean and tight 50 amp recept. can avoid problems if there is one available. Sometimes you will find only 30 amps available in a CG if it's busy and you can be stuck with a bad pedestal. Some older CGs only have 30 amps available throughout. In this case, you can use a 30 amp to 30 amp 18" "extender" dogbone adapter like the Camco 55205 in the photo. This way, if your extender's plug goes up in smoke and flames, you will hopefully only lose your $20 extender. We carry one around now. Another thing I've found is that some pedestals won't allow you to fully insert your plug into the 30 amp recept. because the plug housing hits the pedestal enclosure which can cause/add to problems. We are at a Thousand Trails right now that has a new pedestal installed made by Heritage and our Conntek plug only goes in part way (about 3/4?). This would be another reason to plug into 50 amps. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41C1%2B1WXnzL.jpg height=100 width=100
Atlee 06/23/15 06:07am Travel Trailers
RE: 6000 Mile Trip!

Retirement often does present the opportunity to do long trips. I retired the 1st of Sep 2013. When the last week of February 2014 came around, we left home for a 7900+ mile trip from Virginia to LA. We stopped at a lot of places going and coming, starting with Vicksburg, MS National Battlefield going out LA at our furthest and Hannibal, MO (Mark Twain) coming home. We had hoped to do a similar trip out to Yellowstone, other places on the high plains, plus possibly some National Parks in Utah before coming home. But the birth of twin grandsons nixed that trip. We would have been gone when the boys were born, and that wasn't an option. Wow... I don't look forward to my yearly 2000 mile round trip to Florida every winter. 6000 miles is FOREVER! Have a safe trip and post some pics. I retire in 12 years... maybe then I will take that cross country trip with the wife and kids!
Atlee 06/21/15 04:48am Travel Trailers
RE: 6000 Mile Trip!

Bon Voyage. Sounds like a great trip.
Atlee 06/21/15 04:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing heavy with an F150?

I'll be sure to tell my F150 it's only a glorified car. Although I'm not sure what Unibody car my body on frame was copied from. W/ 2286# cargo capacity, my "glorified car" can do it's job quite well. Although, on second thought maybe I did screw up. Maybe I should have gotten a 1 ton dually with diesel just to make sure I got enough truck. I mean, a gas powered 3/4 ton truck is nothing more than a glorified car compared to a 1 ton diesel powered dually. Just remember a 150 is really just a glorified car. It is a lot safer to tow with a 3/4 or 1 ton. I certainly would not use a 150 to tow anything over 5000 lbs on a regular basis
Atlee 06/18/15 04:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Rant - looking for a travel trailer

Actually, within a few weeks the Mulberry at the American beach was destroyed in violent storm in the Channel. It was not replaced. Instead, the Americans just started unloading straight onto the beach. The Brits were amazed we could unload the same amount of supplies directly on the beach as they could via their Mulberry. Mulberry Harbours WWII Totally unrelated to this exact topic, but follows the spirit of my post. I watched a TV show yesterday regarding the invasion of Normandy. Because of the tides, they were unable to get the cargo ships close enough to the beach to unload cargo to support the troops during the invasion. Winston Churchill requested that his engineers come up with a way to unload their ships from the safety of deeper waters. The engineers complained to him that it couldn't be done. He tersely replied that he wanted it done, period, end of story and the difficulties (details) would take care of themselves. Knowing that failure was not an option, they devised a floating pier system with interlocking road sections that could tame the rough seas of the English Channel. These two harbors were significant in the unloading of men/materials to support the war effort and eventually helped lead to the overthrow of Hitler. My point...don't take no for an answer and figure out a way to make it work.
Atlee 06/18/15 04:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Need advice on a TT for ours needs

I shouldn't think the payload numbers are a "tab bit exuberant". I have a 2014 F150 that has a 2286# max payload. My F150 does have the HD pkg. First thing you should do is check your payload numbers I think they might be just a tad bit exuberant. Its a ¾ ton truck so 2400 is just a little less than a ton and a half? But even with the wrong payload numbers you should be able to handle a very nice trailer indeed. That's lots of truck. Nice engine as well. I would guess at least 30ft but that's just a guess without the numbers.
Atlee 06/08/15 05:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

The US17 bridge at Charleston, SC is one of the worst I've driven over. It's very high and the speed limit is 65. I did have a panic attack the first and only time I went over it.
Atlee 06/03/15 08:38am Roads and Routes
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