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RE: Campground Recs near Cleveland and Detroit

In Ipsilanti, MI, is the Detroit-Greenfield RV park. I've stayed there multiple times. It's relatively close to downtown Detroit, and pretty close to Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. (plus it's about 10 miles from my daughter). I've read some very unflattering reviews of Detroit-Greenfield RV Park. I don't understand why. Is it a 4 star RV Resort where only top of the line Class A Motor Coaches are welcome? Of course not. And some of the sites, especially those in the trees are not gravel. But it's a reasonably priced RV park to be used as a base to explore areas in and around Detroit. One reviewer claimed to be frightened to death of all the seasonals there. Well, I didn't see an unusually high ratio of seasonals to regular travelers. And on top of that, at NO time have I ever felt UNSAFE staying there, or leaving my trailer there for hours at the time. That particular reviewer must have grown up in Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.
Atlee 06/26/16 03:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
PI EMS-PT30C paid off a couple of days ago.

We went to a fairly new campground. I've had my PI EMS-PT30 for almost three years now. Made sure I had it before my cross country jaunt in Feb 2014. Wednesday, I plugged it in the post, but got a E 2 message which meant there was an open ground. Fortunately, I have a quality 50 amp to 30 amp pig tail. Used it on the 50 amp slot, then hooked the PI to the pig tail, and got no error messages. We were good for the next two days. I would recommend having a PI EMS-PT30C and a 50 amp to 30 amp pigtail adapter.
Atlee 06/03/16 10:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Any benefits to high octane

My manual says absolutely do not use E85 fuel. It also says don't use less than 87 octane, even in the mountain states that offer regular in 85 octane. It recommends use 87 octane when not towing or hauling. It also suggest performance may be improved if premium is used when towing and/or hauling. I have a 2014 F150 Eco-boost 3.5L engine.
Atlee 06/03/16 09:58pm Towing
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

If that were the case, there would be nearly as many, if not as many miles on the default trailer as it does on the odometer, itself. Just found this on page 114 of the 2016 manual under "Information Displays": Note: Once you select a trailer, it remains active until you set it as no longer active. An active trailer still accumulates miles even after you physically disconnect it from your vehicle. So...I guess it's not as automatic as we think it should be.
Atlee 06/03/16 09:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

Update on phantom trailer. Went camping Wednesday, and got home today. Brief excursion with our granddaughter. Anyway, I had physically put it on "no trailer" since going to the dealer. When I plugged in the trailer Wednesday, and it immediately went to "default" trailer which is where my current trailer resides. Wasn't smart enough in the beginning to give a name to my then current trailer. After arriving at the campground, and after unplugging, I get the message "trailer disconnected" or something similar. Plugged it in this morning, got the "default" trailer message, and after arriving home, got the message trailer disconnected. I don't know what happened. I'll just keep observing it and note if the problems reappears.
Atlee 06/03/16 09:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The China-Bomb debate Put to rest

ChinShin tire is a Taiwanese tire company, not a People's Republic of China company. The China-Bomb debate Put to rest......Thank-you, now sleep tight ;) My 8008's were made in Thailand, but I don't own them anymore. Yes they were made in Thailand by ChengShin Tire whch is the 4th largest tire maker in China. they are made in Thailand because the labor rates are cheaper. Did you even bother to look at the table in my post?
Atlee 05/31/16 10:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hwy 285 from Fort Stockton Texas to Carlsbad, NM

This is interesting. We drove the Ft Stockton to Carlsbad route on US285 in March of 2014. We did not find that road in very bad condition. But then, I have to drive I-295 around Richmond, VA all the time, and that is a fiasco. That's a road I'm embarrassed to have out of staters use. While driving that portion of south east New Mexico, saw a lot of oil pumps out in the fields, but didn't seem much oil related activity otherwise.
Atlee 05/26/16 01:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

It's not that I can't "learn" to switch off the trailer connect/disconnect. But since it's supposed to automatically default to "no trailer" if no trailer is connected, I expect it to do that. And since in the past, it didn't need manual intervention to switch from the trailer being pulled to no trailer after being unplugged, then it shouldn't need manual intervention now. I must have a very dumb TV. It doesn't have a clue whether a trailer is hitched up and plugged in or not. That decision has been left to me, the driver. Luckily, I have been able to determine that minor inconvenience. Who'd have ever thunk it that'd I'd be smarter than a computer!
Atlee 05/26/16 12:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

Dealer wasn't able to fix it this morning. They are waiting on a reply from Ford in Dearborn to their question.
Atlee 05/26/16 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

My truck always recognized there was no trailer hooked up. Most of the time the dash display would tell me if it were disconnected. My 2016 F150 automatically recognizes when an umbilical cord is plugged in, but doesn't "unrecognize" when it's unplugged. Under the "towing" settings on the dash, I have to unselect the trailer manually. I thought this was normal - but maybe not?
Atlee 05/25/16 09:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

Agree, and until recently, the truck did just that. The truck should unrecognize it when unplugged.
Atlee 05/25/16 09:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

I've always disconnected when the truck was off. Never a problem before. It started with the "phantom" trailer days after I last disconnected the trailer. Are you disconnecting the trailer while the truck is off? Try doing it with the truck on...
Atlee 05/25/16 09:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I worry?

Yes, both of those two items could cause problems. For sure, lack of a sway bar would. 25 gallons of waste water certainly could, depending on where the tanks are located. Behind the axles could certainly add some "bounce".
Atlee 05/25/16 06:33am Towing
RE: Tow vehicle question?

Why would you down from a 1-ton to a 3/4 ton gasser? Does the CTD signify a diesel? If so, who go from a diesel to a gasser, unless you are dropping way down with regards to your travel trailer. I am considering a 2015 F250 for a tow vehicle to pull a 14000LB 5er;it is a 4wheel drive with single rear wheels,automatic trans.and standard triton engine,short bed;any thoughts on this would be appreciated;;;Tom
Atlee 05/25/16 06:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

Correct. That's exactly what it's doing. At this point, I'll probably just wait until tomorrow when I have an appointment to look at it up at the Ford dealer. What do you mean by "and it's adding miles to that phantom trailer."? Bill Looks like he has a F150 of a similar year to the one I used to own. The truck keeps track of mileage by trailer and you can program it to recognize several trailers through the user interface. As soon as you plug in a 7-pin (it's unaffected by the 4 pin), it automatically starts tracking mileage for the last selected trailer. OP is stating that it's doing this with no trailer actually attached. It can be manually selected to "No trailer", but it shouldn't need to be. In my opinion, OP has a short somewhere in the truck wiring to the 7 pin or is having a software issue. I'd start by checking the pins on the truck with a multi-meter or using a 7 pin plug-in tester if available and seeing if something's going to ground.
Atlee 05/25/16 06:16am Tow Vehicles
Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

My truck recognizes a trailer is connected when the umbilical cord from the trailer is plugged into the truck. Unfortunately, right now, it's getting a phantom signal that a trailer is hooked up, and it's adding miles to that phantom trailer. What would cause this? Something in the truck's receptacle? Computer bug?
Atlee 05/24/16 11:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lights on?

Mine stay on until the last of us are in for the night, then it's cut off. At football game weekends, and other weekends when we're with our RVing buddies, I have the honor of cutting it off, usually in the wee hours of the morning. :)
Atlee 05/24/16 10:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Load Range E tire pressure: how do you keep them up?

I've been carrying an air compressor (don't remember what size the air tank is off hand) for over two years now. In fact, carried it with me when we went on our coast to coast trip in early 2014. Only needed it twice in all this time, both on the trip out west. Once in Death Valley, I needed to add about 4 pounds to a trailer tire, and once in the Mohave Desert at a BLM off road recreation area to air up the rear tires of a guy who worked in the film, TV, commercial business of supplying animals. His rear wheels of his ATV were flat. Soon, I will have my newer trailer, a 2014 Arctic Fox 25r. The first thing I do will be to take it to Discount Tire and remove the GYM's and put on LRE Maxxis 8008's. My old trailer ran 14" LRC tires inflated to 50psi max. Even getting those up to pressure was sometimes difficult if I had to air up on the road using lousy gas station air. They held pressure very well, but once or twice I needed to bring them up a few lbs. Now, these new LRE's run at 80psi. I reckon truck stop compressors will do the job but like gas stations, they're not always easily accessible. Do any of y'all use 12v tankless compressors when you're afield? If so, I'd like a recommendation for a good one. IF, that is you think it necessary. Thanks, Mars
Atlee 05/24/16 10:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Load Range E tire pressure: how do you keep them up?

My Maxxis hold air for months at a time, what can I say? I fill my once a year. A few pounds over so they last for a year. Never have to add inbetween. Weigh your trailer then go by the tire chart for the correct amount. 80 may be too high.???I'm finding this hard to believe. I air up my Maxxis 8008 tires using my air compressor. I check them every 3-4 weeks, and they are always 5-10 lbs low. Good tires will hold air, what can I say?
Atlee 05/24/16 10:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Our year long trip has begun !

May you have fair winds and following seas. Sounds like a really grand adventure. And as you know, and others have mentioned, staying flexible will add greatly to the adventure.
Atlee 05/21/16 05:53am Roads and Routes
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