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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
RE: Your favorite place you've been

There are a lot of places we haven't been yet, but we did complete a 7900 mile cross country across the south and southwest to LA. The #1 place we saw were the Grand Canyons. They were simply awe inspiring to me. The #2 place we visited was Death Valley. I know many people just see dry desert in Death Valley. However, I saw a rugged beauty.
Atlee 10/19/14 12:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: upgrading tires

I'm of the opinion that you should put the largest tire on the trailer that will fit. Xtra margin always comes in handy.
Atlee 10/13/14 11:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why did the KOA's close?

That's what happened to Americamp campground on I-95 south of Ashland VA, and before the intersection with I-295. For years, they were Americamp. Then a few years ago they became affiliated with KOA and KOA was added to the sign. I live a few miles from that campground and go by there when I have a propane bottle that needs filling. One day, I noticed the KOA part of the sign was gone, and all the KOA yellow shirts were also gone. I asked why. The answer was the same. Couldn't justify paying all that money to KOA for no apparent benefit. Most that we have been to have said that the KOA name was not worth the amount they had to pay to keep the name. Many have improved without the KOA expense, and have very nice campgrounds. As we rarely use all the extras offered by KOA and the fees are usually a lot higher for things we don't need or use, I only stay at a KOA if there is no other choice. We do stay at a lot of ex-KOAs that are priced a lot more reasonable. However, for those with kids, or those that use the facilities,and don't mind the overcrowding, KOAs can be a great place.
Atlee 10/10/14 03:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Honda 2000

No I didn't. But that's ok. With the twins, I can run everything, including hot water heater and refrigerator plus the AC. My single Honda EU2000i would start my 13.5 BTU at 200 ft above sea level. It would not at 2k feet above sea level. I ended up buying a 2nd 2000i and now have no problems. Did you try hard start cap first?
Atlee 10/10/14 03:18am Tech Issues
RE: paying for a new RV before delivery

Do not pay before the PDI. Once you pay in full, you have lost any leverage you may have had. If the dealer has all of his money, there is no pressure on him to fix any problems found at PDI.
Atlee 10/10/14 02:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Cleaning & sealing a membrane roof

The manufacturer, Alpha Systems, of the roof on my trailer (EPDM)type says unequivocally to NOT use Acetone or any other petroleum based material on the roof. The roof will be damaged. "DO NOT USE ACETONE, OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS CONTAINING PETROLEUM DISTILLATES, ON THE ALPHA SYSTEMS ROOF MEMBRANE. USE OF THESE PRODUCTS WILL DAMAGE THE MEMBRANE." This is the direct quote from Alpha Systems. Alpha Systems also says treating the roof is not necessary, that all that needs to be done is periodic washing with either Spic & Span or Dawn or similar product. Some will disagree but Acetone is one of the best cleaners. Make real sure it stays on the roof or it will take paint off the sides of your RV. You are making a mistake. Acetone is a solvent and is used to soften sealants for removing them. Jack L I have used acetone for 20 years on several different roof types with no issues. Are you sure you know what you are talking about or did you just read the label? Try using acetone to soften seals and let me know how it works for you.
Atlee 10/10/14 02:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Honda 2000

My single Honda EU2000i would start my 13.5 BTU at 200 ft above sea level. It would not at 2k feet above sea level. I ended up buying a 2nd 2000i and now have no problems.
Atlee 10/07/14 07:46pm Tech Issues
RE: GM overstates 2014 tow ratings by almost 25%

Why do you say 10 pages of GM bashing? I see 10 pages of questioning the OP for information supporting his original post. Or questioning the fact he traded for another 1/2 ton that may have a lighter payload than the original one. Going for ten pages of GM bashing. May not be a record but a pretty good accomplishment. Facts and figures are being incrementally displayed to keep it going. Yellow sticker information and scale readings have been available since page one, but where are they? Where is the "Letter from the insurance company" that prompted all this? How many more are going to tell him that an overloaded vehicle is more dangerous than one with a slightly different rear axle ratio?
Atlee 10/06/14 11:22am Travel Trailers
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