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RE: Bridge and Tunnel Restrictions

In Maryland, you can not use either of the underwater tunnels in Baltimore. You must use the either the Francis Scott Keys bridge or go the longer western route via 49. There are no underwater tunnels on I-95 from DC south so you have no problem. However, if you ventured down to Tidewater (Hampton, Norfolk) you can take propane through the tunnels down there, BUT they must be turned off before doing so.
Atlee 04/23/18 05:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Are Heartland RVs that bad? Many negative reviews on the net

Still mostly the manufacturers fault. Even if Lippert is supplying the trailer frames. Lippert makes some frames to a manufacturers specs. If Lippert is doing this, and the frames are not strong enough, then that's not Lippert's fault, especially if Lippert believes the frame is strong enough. If a manufacturer is buying Lippert frames off the shelf, the manufacturer needs to make sure that frame is strong enough for the trailer they plan to build. And if a particular frame is giving problems, then that is on the manufacturer if the continue to use that frame. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Heartland-Smeartland lol. The facts are that 90% of what's out there is going to be on a frame made by Lippert and that's where the problems originate. Thin steel, fugly welds, questionable engineering. Sure the RV manufacturers use them, and spec them, and continue to use them, despite known issues going back years, that seem to ebb and flow like the tide. It's all about bottom line. When your foundation is junk from the get go, good luck. Nothing is changing anytime soon, hardly none are immune, so roll the dice.
Atlee 04/23/18 05:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Small Camper for 2 people

But with a max budget of 25k, a Scamp or Bambi (especially) may be out of reach, unless they are old. Sounds like you might like a Scamp or Airstream Bambi.
Atlee 04/23/18 04:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford F150 is going Powerstroke Diesel

My Ecoboost at 60 mph on a level , in 6th gear is turning about 17-1800 rpms. Oh, one other diesel advantage--it's quiet at highway speeds. A quiet diesel? Impossible, you say! What RPM does your tach show when you are towing your trailer at 60 MPH on a level Interstate? Mine shows 1,400 RPM.
Atlee 04/22/18 08:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Tire Blowout

You put on a "new" GY Marathon within the last year? If so, it was already an old tire. They haven't been made for a while. The bad Marathon's were replaced with what apparently, so far, a far superior GY Endurance trailer tire. I would agree with the other posters. If the Endurance isn't available in 13" tire, then the next best choice I feel is the Carlisle Radial Trail HD. I bought Jayco Jay Feather hybrid new in 2014. It had 4 Towmax ST185/80R13 tires from the factory. Since owning the camper I've blown out 3 tires. Took the camper out for the first time this year last week and ended up on I81 between York and Harrisburg during rush-hour. The front passenger tire blew and took the plastic skirt with it. I've replaced each blown tire with Goodyear Marathon's so the rear axle has two new GY's and now I'm going to replace the blown tire from last week and the one remaining Towmax but I'm unsure what to put on it. I've not had probs with the Marathon's but have read nothing good about these tires. I'm just exhausted with being along the road with cars wizzing by - the camper before this Jayco was a pop-up that I had 2 blowout on it - and want to good tire, would hate to have to take off the two new Marathon's. Anyone have experience with some good tires in the st185/80r13 size? I did search on here and go through a bunch of threads but I'm looking for some new info on newer tires - some of the threads were old and the tires mentioned are no longer in production. Thanks in advance! From my research, this is a big problem. These Chinese tires aren't holding up.
Atlee 04/21/18 04:22am Tech Issues
RE: Mounting Items

So far I've only hung one item on my walls. It's our travel map. I put the map on a large picture frame. This is where we record the states we've been in with our trailers. I screwed a screw into the wall and hung the picture frame. When underway, we pull it off and lay it under a blanket on the bed. When we are camped somewhere, we hang it. https://i.imgur.com/7ozKbMrl.jpg
Atlee 04/20/18 06:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: campgrounds close to LA and Anahiem

There is a relatively small rv park in Van Nuys, called Hollywood RV Park (formerly known as Balboa RV Park). The address is 7740 Balboa Blvd, Van Nuys, CA. The regular sites are relatively small so you may have a problem with your 40 TH. There is an area at the rear of the park that can accommodate larger rigs. You could call ahead to see if you can fit. There are a number of long term residents here who mainly work in the TV and film industry. This park is relatively close to the major film and TV studios. We stayed there for 4 nights in March 2014. It was convienent to a lot of things we wanted to do. One thing that's interesting due to the tight quarters, you drop your trailer at the office just after turning off the street. Folks who work there will then use a fork lift to maneuver your rig into it's site.
Atlee 04/19/18 10:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: campgrounds close to LA and Anahiem

You and Ed the Edge are talking about the same place. It's a state park but run by LA county. I stayed there 2 nights in March 2014. It was a decent place. We liked it. It is near the end of LAX, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile south of the end of the runway. The takeoffs never bothered us when we were sleeping. There's also a Dockwieler rv park, not the state park, look on www.rvparkreviews.com, think it's under Playa del Rey? There's also Golden Shores in Long Beach. Valencia or Pomona are decent choices. If you have been there then you know LA is not rv friendly and parks are sparse.
Atlee 04/19/18 10:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New tire question

The OEM BF Goodrich LT245/75R17 LRE Rugged Trail TA's have served me well so far. 52K miles and still have a lot of good tread left. The tires have been mostly rotated every 5k oil change. There have been some oil changes that I skipped rotating them.
Atlee 04/19/18 04:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toll plazas - bus/truck lane or passenger car lane?

I don't have a dually, but I still go to the widest line available, when possible. The trailer is 8 feet wide, and I have extended mirrors on the truck. Since I have a dually towing the fiver, should I be going through any of the wider bus and truck lanes, or will I fit through the passenger car lanes? I've not had to cross any bridges yet nor have I passed a toll lane.
Atlee 04/18/18 03:29am General RVing Issues
RE: overhead storage in bedroom

We have wicker basket style baskets, except instead of woven "wicker", ours has woven cloth. I put things like underwear, socks, T-shirts, etc. in them.
Atlee 04/18/18 03:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer weight capacity/axle weight capacity

My Jayco Jay Flight 23RB has 2 3500# axles under it and it's GVWR is 6500#. My Jayco has a GW of 8,700, and each axle is rated for 4,400 lbs. so not all cut it that close.
Atlee 04/11/18 09:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer weight capacity/axle weight capacity

They are leaving very little room for error, but it's how they roll. Why spend a little more money and put a larger axle under the trailer when you can barely make the numbers work with a lighter axle? Thanks oops forgot about the tongue.. but still aren't they cutting things close without much of a safety margin considering pot holes speed humps overweight and the like... I guess Chinese engineering is hitting America as well ??? and yes the tire load ratings are similarly slim as well.
Atlee 04/11/18 12:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer weight capacity/axle weight capacity

Less likely it will happen in the RV business. The volume isn't there. Doesn't the RV business brag about selling 500,000 units in a year? That almost a drop in the bucket WRT the auto industry. Thanks oops forgot about the tongue.. but still aren't they cutting things close without much of a safety margin considering pot holes speed humps overweight and the like... I guess Chinese engineering is hitting America as well ??? and yes the tire load ratings are similarly slim as well. Not Chinese engineering--good old American capitalism. Maximize profit by spending the least they can get away with. The RV industry has become especially bad about this since its consolidation into a handful of huge corporations. Isn't that the same as Chinese Engineering ? Actually a little Chinese Engineering might be what is needed to get these American Engineering a swift kick in the head and cause a little chaos Kinda like when Datsun, Nisson, Toyota showed up and Detroit had to change. Elkhart Indiana could use a reality check.....sooner the better Yep! They are doing what Detroit did in the later 70’s early 80’s. If they don’t get their act together bad things will come there way!
Atlee 04/11/18 12:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Valley of the Gods Road question.

Thanks for the heads up. Your post got me to thinking so I checked out Monument Valley/Valley of the Gods for average temperature for June. Came up a toasty 90. While hooked to electricity, the A/C could keep us cool inside. However, at least some of that time we'd boondocking. That trailer could get down right hot. So I'm thinking of substituting a trip to Grand Canyon NP-North Rim. Checked their average temperature, and it's in the 70's. I guess that's due to the higher elevation. Third week in June? Seriously? Anyone else think it might just be a tad warm? :h :B
Atlee 04/08/18 09:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Valley of the Gods Road question.

Could be. If we get there and it's too hot, we'll figure out something else. Third week in June? Seriously? Anyone else think it might just be a tad warm? :h :B
Atlee 04/07/18 08:08pm Roads and Routes
Valley of the Gods Road question.

I understand one can park pretty much where ever they want inside Valley of the Gods since it's BLM land. What is the road like inside V of the G pulling a 27 foot trailer. In other words, how far in can one go before they have to drop the trailer? I presume it isn't conducive to drive the entire length pulling a trailer. On a related note, I know Goose Neck SP isn't far away. I could drop the trailer there, and then drive the 4x4 truck tour Valley of the Gods. However, I noticed there are very few campsites at Goose Neck. Does that park see a lot of visitors. I would be there on a Monday and Tuesday of the 3rd week in June.
Atlee 04/07/18 05:58am Roads and Routes
RE: Andersen Hitch Co.owner defaces Arches NP.

He's only sorry because he got caught. It's hard for me to comprendend someone who is supposed to be smart, yet is dumb enough to do something like that. Of course, being smart in one area doesn't mean being smart in another. Or he could just be a jackass who believes since he's rich, he can do what he likes. Rules don't apply to him. He should be made an example of by the courts, but I'd be willing to bet he walks with a mere slap on the wrist.
Atlee 04/06/18 08:05pm Towing
RE: Do You Keep an RVing Log or Diary?

I kept a blog during our post retirement journey across the USA. From Richmond, VA, to Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, back through northern part of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and back home to Virginia. I did the blog at the behest of my son, so he could keep track of where we were. Of course, I couldn't do the blog every day since I didn't have Wi-Fi every day. This year our big trip will go to Arkansas, Monument Valley, Crators of the Moon NP, ID, Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, Cody, Little Big Horn NB, the Black Hills, Badlands NP, and Michigan (where my daughter and S-I-L live). I plan on getting a wall sized road map for my granddaughter. I'm going to message by phone to my son every night to let him know where we are, so our granddaughter, who's 6 and 1/2 years old, can keep track where we are by putting stick pins, or little stickers on the map. Might even be a little learning experience for her.
Atlee 04/03/18 10:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Highway Driving

I agree, that guy is impeding traffic. That type of driver should always stay in the right lane. I do occasionally see RV's impeding traffic flow. It will typically be an older class A (not always) in the center lane going at least 20 mph or so slower than the rest of the traffic. Cars and trucks are swirling/dodging around the RV on both sides attempting to get around/passed it. It is generally not a safe situation. If only the slow moving vehicle would stay to the right traffic would flow much better.
Atlee 04/03/18 09:39pm Travel Trailers
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