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RE: Traveling Rt. 95 South - Beltways

He probably should have bought a lottery ticket that day, also. My BIL just drove south from here to Florida, reported that the "express lanes" or whatever, on I-95 between Balto and Wash DC are "open", and that he "flew right on by". He made it from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to Roanoke Rapids, NC in less than 6 hours, which is really flying when you consider the route. Take that for what it's worth... :)
Atlee 12/19/14 06:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: What type of pickup truck do i need?

IMO, it's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. "Unless you want something really heavy, a 3/4 ton 4-wheel drive" why does it have to be 4WD?
Atlee 12/19/14 05:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Should I Buy An Older Travel Trailer?

Nothing wrong with buying an older trailer. Price can be quite tempting. However, with older trailers you need to be even more vigilant. You will need to make sure each and every component is working like it's supposed to. You would need to make sure the bearings are not worn out. and probably most important to check and double check that there are no leaks, and there is no underlying damage from any leaks. This, IMO, is very, very important. You don't want to have to go through the process of fixing that kind of damage. I'm looking at purchasing a travel trailer and have noticed that they seem to run pretty inexpensive on Craigslist. I'm wondering if this is worth looking into? I've mentioned elsewhere that I'd like to have an office area in my travel trailer and I was thinking that if I bought a travel trailer used (for cheap) I could then spend some money on remodeling the interior... For example, I'm seeing a 1989 Corsair TT for $2k and a 2005 Gulf Stream Streamlite for $1.7k. I also know that "things aren't built to last they used to be" - is this true with TT's? If so, are there some classics that will last forever (okay, not quite that long...)? Thanks, Dave
Atlee 12/17/14 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: 2014 F150 Ecoboost Review

I got lucky with my 2014 XLT ECO. When looking to replace my '05 XLT 5.4, I was looking for a HD 150. No dealer around where I live had any. There were some MaxTows but no HD's. I wasn't going to trade if I couldn't get a HD. The dealer finally found 4 HD trucks up in PA. HD trucks only come in long wheelbase. So I ended up with a Supercab w/ 8ft box. I wish I could have gotten a Supercrew w/ 6.5 ft box. With an XLT and Ecoboost, you can only get the 3.73 locker with a Max Tow package and that's rare. The dealers here usually only put Max Tow on Lariats and Plats. Plus they usually only have FX4 Ecos with 3.55s. Even so, a FX4 with 3.73 is even further off being a different trim and heavier. I previously test drove 5.0L trucks with 3.55s and 3.73s, and there was little difference in performance. The performance differences I stated between the 5.0L and Eco were very much different. Besides, if I were to buy another truck, it would be a XLT and with that, that's the closest comparison that I can make. I'm not a fan of the Lariats leather or the FX4 boy racer look. Each to their own, as everyone has different tastes. My 5.0L pulls my camper pretty effortlessly, so I cant think of really any gains with the Eco. BUT as I said with gears 4th and up, there's more torque so if downshifting bothers you, the Eco will do it less with these gears. Myself, the downshifting does't bother me, but the lag off the line does. It's a matter of personal taste. Of course, if you power braked the Eco, all that turbo lag at 1000 to 2000 rpm would be gone from a stop and it would be an animal but I drove it as I would drive it daily. I now have a better appreciation of the Eco because I pin pointed it's positives as well as it's negatives, to explain why my previous Eco drives felt as they did. If my truck doesn't last up to the warranty's 125,000 mile mark, I know now a bit more than I did previously to make a better truck buying decision.
Atlee 12/15/14 12:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mountain Driving in West Virginia

The entire I77 is not toll. It's a toll road only from Charleston to Beckeley. Here's the link to the West Virginia Turnpike website. 77 is a toll road through West Virginia. The tolls are reasonable, and depend on what you're driving. Its all explained on the link above. Including the fact that they only accept cash - no debit/credit cards. You can also check the site for weather conditions just before you leave home. Its a beautiful drive.
Atlee 12/14/14 09:40am Roads and Routes
RE: Huge discrepancies

Only through 2014. The heavy payload pkg in 2015 only has 6 lugs. The HD 150, will have 7-bolt wheels, also easy to spot. You likely won't find one of these on the lot. Jerry
Atlee 12/13/14 09:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Colonial Williamsburg in June

I'd prefer that we not have another major hurricane here, thank you. : ) So, best go right after a major hurricane, if you can do it :-)
Atlee 11/30/14 10:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colonial Williamsburg in June

Like many places, June can be hit or miss. Normally, June in that part of Virginia is pretty decent. However, it's always possible to get the odd hot and humid. I'd say the earlier in June the better. July and August are months to stay away from.
Atlee 11/30/14 09:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Synthetic oil

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Atlee 11/28/14 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Synthetic oil

Happen to have my 2014 F150 Owners Manual next to me. On oil change intervals, it says: 7500-10000 miles = Normal-Normal commuting w/ highway driving. No, or moderate load or towing. Flat to moderately hilly roads. No extended idling. 5000-7500 miles = Severe-Moderate to heavy load or towing. Mountainous or off road conditions. Extended idling. Extended hot or cold operation. 3000-4999 miles = Extreme-Maximum load or toeing. Extreme hot or cold operation. On breaking in the engine, it says: Avoid driving too fast during the 1st 1000 miles. Vary your speed frequently & change up through gears early. Do not labor the engine. Do not tow during the 1st 1000 miles. On engine oil, it says: Use Motorcraft 5w-30 (Ecoboost engine), or equivalent, that meets Ford spec. XO-5W30-QSP or XO-5W30-QFO (US)
Atlee 11/28/14 12:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What PU to Buy

When did Ford borrow money from the government. I know for a fact Ford, a little before the crash, had mortgaged the entire company, including the Blue Oval, to fund a lot of R&D and other major projects. After the crash, GM & Chrysler had a lot of debt, no cash, and no way to borrow any more. They were either going belly up, or get balled out by the government. And for the record, Ford borrowed money from the government. True, it was a loan, but why did they go to the government and not the banks? Do you think they got better rates? That's the same as a subsidy provided by the taxpayers.
Atlee 11/28/14 11:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Chinese to buy Travel Trailer company

I actually prefer the Chinese spend their money buying stuff rather than buying government paper. Investing in the TT manufacturer means money inflow. If the manufacturer is successful, then the Chinese will take some profits home. If it is not successful, then the invested money is gone, over here, I might add. We have to redeem government paper. Way back during the time the Japanese were buying up major American real estate icons, I didn't care. While a lot of people did, I figured 1) some Americans would be making a boat load of money, 2) the Japanese couldn't take the RE home with them. If they wanted to cash out, they'd have to sell the asset. If the asset had appreciated then the country was doing good. If the price were deflated, the the new buyers (maybe Americans) would be getting a great deal.
Atlee 11/28/14 10:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Is there RV parking to see the Alamo?

I concur about San Antonio KOA. I found it to be a very good RV park. My visit in March of this year wasn't great either but for different reasons. It had finally gotten warm on our cross country trip. We pulled into the RV park wearing T-shirts and shorts. While on the bus going down town, the temperature dropped 20 degrees. We get to Alamo Plaza and we are freezing. We get back to the TT and are walking the dog around the park. We then get hit by a hail storm. We left the water hose hooked up and it froze solid. The next day the boats on Riverwalk were closed down due to inclement weather (read: too cold). However our visit to Mission San Jose and The Alamo were great. We stayed in San Antonio two months ago, and made the Alamo part of our itinerary. We stayed at the San Antonio KOA which is one of the nicest KOA's I've ever visited. Literally right across the street from the entrance to the park is a bus stop that will take you right down town for less than $2 per person. The KOA office will give you a bus schedule, and we found that the busses were right on time. The Alamo was kind of disappointing for us. There was some construction going on in the museum, and we couldn't get in. But since it's right down town, there is so much more to see in the area. Plan on spending some time in the Riverwalk area and maybe enjoy a boat tour and lunch. By all means, make sure you take a little time and walk to the Buchhorn Bar and Texas Ranger museum. Have a cold beer and tour the museums. It's well worth it. Right across the street from the Alamo are some cheesy tourist museums. They are very pricey and not worth the time. Here's a link to the San Antonio KOA. San Antonio KOA
Atlee 11/12/14 07:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Los Angeles base camp

March of this year I stayed 6 nights in LA. 2 days were at Dockweiler RV Park. Great place, right on the beach. Only draw back is it's at the end of LAX. Lot's of planes. If you sleep well, no problem. If you are a light sleeper, could be a problem. My other 4 days were at the Balboa RV Park in Van Nuys. This par is relatively small and many of the folks who stay there work in the film/TV industry. The owner keeps a percentage available for tourist like me. It was clean and quiet. One caveat though. It's so tight that if you have a trailer, you drop it at the entrance and the trailer is put in it's site using a fork lift that had a hitch ball attached. It worked for us. I liked this park because it was relatively close to a lot of stuff we wanted to visit while in LA.
Atlee 11/12/14 06:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Window stickers! Grrr....

Were the stickers attached to glass on the tow vehicle and/or TT? Or did they attach any to the skin of the TV and/or TT? The DW and I just spent 4 great days at Lake Havasu, AZ. When we pulled back into our driveway after the trip, I found out that the stickers the campground had attached to our camper and our tow vehicle appear to be made out of a 50/50 combination of RV toilet paper and superglue. 1. Is this common? I'm used to the little tag that you hang from your mirror or stick in your trailer window. 2. Does anyone have any super easy ways to get this off, or do I need a ladder and a razor blade to scrape this loose?
Atlee 11/12/14 05:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2wd vs 4wd

Better to have it, and not need it, than to need it, and not have it. Twice this year I have needed 4x4. 1st time this spring when going to a wedding. A bunch of the groom's friends parked their RV's at in a field next to his farm. Two days before, they had a torrential down pour. The entrance was horrible. But I got through with no problems in 4x4. A friend came in behind me. He has 4x2. He got stuck. We park in a large field next to the airport for football games. Again a ton of rain had fallen before we got their. Class A's were getting stuck all over the place. To get into my site, I needed to back up an incline over wet grass. Put the truck into 4x4 Low and backed right in my spot. Without 4x4, it wouldn't happened. If you know you will never need 4x4, great. But it's great to have those few times you really need it. Hi all...time to open another can of worms...we r going to purchase a 2015 2500 denali duramax crew...just don't see the need for 4wd...how abt some non male ego driven opinions on the subject. ..thx...bo
Atlee 11/12/14 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Murphy bed for TT

A couple of years ago we looked at some Micro Lites w/ the Murphy beds. Really liked them for the room the Murphy beds provided in a relatively short TT. However, I did not like the lack of pass through storage. We have a 23 ft Flagstaff micro lite with a front murphy bed. Really like the space it gives us. Ours had a sofa under the Murphy and it feels like a much bigger camper. We replaced the stock mattress with a memory foam mattress and it will will fold up and lock just fine
Atlee 11/08/14 11:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: installing a trailer electric jack?

I got the Barker VIP 3000. Wish I had gotten the VIP 3500, just because it was beefier. But my 3000 has served well so far, a year and 1/2 with a lot of lifts so far, including a 45 day cross country trip early this year. I paid a little more for the Barker because it was American owned, designed, and manufactured.
Atlee 11/03/14 04:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Keeping Things Cold on the Road

Please let me know what makes it ok, in your mind, to run a fridge on gas in a motorhome, but not in a TT or 5'er. Running your frig while traveling is a personal choice,not a necessity!You don't have to run your frig just to be like the cool kids.I don't run mine in trailers or fifth wheels but have in motorhomes...My choice for my reasons. It's just to easy to shut down the propane completely while traveling by using ice bottles in the refrigerator for long trips.With a pre-cooled refer your beer will be cold 8 hours later. Have I heard of fires from running the frig,Yes, but it was all here say from snow birds..Have I seen RV,s burnt to the ground on the road,yes but reason unknown at the time. So I choose not too,which is my choice and it presents no problems at all in keeping the cold items cold.I come from the ice box days of RV refrigerators and I never have to worry about being level fro long lunches or hunting/fishing adventures.
Atlee 10/30/14 01:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keeping Things Cold on the Road

You should post that picture of the "don't use while traveling" notice. That's what the poster you said took you to task wants. He provided several quotes which did not prohibit using the fridge on gas. He simply said if anyone could show info to the contrary, he would stand corrected. Running your frig while traveling is a personal choice,not a necessity!You don't have to run your frig just to be like the cool kids.I don't run mine in trailers or fifth wheels but have in motorhomes...My choice for my reasons. It's just to easy to shut down the propane completely while traveling by using ice bottles in the refrigerator for long trips.With a pre-cooled refer your beer will be cold 8 hours later. Have I heard of fires from running the frig,Yes, but it was all here say from snow birds..Have I seen RV,s burnt to the ground on the road,yes but reason unknown at the time. So I choose not too,which is my choice and it presents no problems at all in keeping the cold items cold.I come from the ice box days of RV refrigerators and I never have to worry about being level fro long lunches or hunting/fishing adventures. Thank you. My post was in answer to the OP's question. I refuse to stoop to the level of the poster who took me to task and therefore won't give him the satisfaction of a reply although I am very tempted to take a picture of the section under "General Safety Information" and send it to him jack l
Atlee 10/30/14 01:44pm Travel Trailers
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