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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
RE: done for the year :(

This is going to almost be a full year for us. We pulled out of Virginia the last week in February, rolled across the south, the southwest, and into LA. Then back through the Grand Canyons, Kansas, Michigan and back home. A total of 46 days on the road. Then we had a number of 3 and 4 days trips, including spring football game, a wedding, a Beach Music Festival, a Riverfest, and a Bluegrass festival. Then we rested most of August before begining fall football season. Beginning Labor Day weekend, we had a home football game, then headed to Michigan for a few days and then went back down to Columbus, OH. After that, we've been to 3 more home games, and this weekend we'll be in Chapel Hill. Fortunately, we'll be able to rest about 15 days, then it's back at it for a Thursday night game, then Nov 1 at home, then 10 days on the road to Durham & Winston Salem, NC. plus a possible final home game after Thanksgiving. Then we'll be off until a possible bowl game late in December. Needless to say, we'll be camping with dry fresh water tanks a few games. In those cases, we'll be carrying drinking water in bottles. In early January, we'll be completely putting ours to bed.
Atlee 09/30/14 10:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Using a 2011 Ford F150 as a tow truck???

I haven't figured out how to lock out 6th gear yet. On mine, if the Tow/Haul is NOT engaged, and I go from D to M on the shift lever, I have 6 gears to manually choose from. However, if I'm in Tow/Haul mode and select M, I only have 3 gears to choose from, 3-2-1. I don't know about prior years but with the '11s and up you have "tow/haul" on the end of the shift lever and a rocker switch about 2/3 up the stalk to lock upper gears out or shift the gears manually if in "M".
Atlee 09/30/14 07:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: new F150 towing capacities

Really? If so, that's a bummer. I knew the 7 lug went to 6 lug this year (2015) but I figured they'd stay at 8200#. If the 7700# is now the top GVWR, they have effectively done away with the HD pkg. Glad I got my 2014 with Max Tow & HD pkg. 8200# GVWR & 2280# +/- Payload Capacity. The 2015 F-150s lost some weight, maybe 700 pounds for a crew cab 6.5' bed truck. That 700 pounds did not go straight to payload. The former HD payload 8200 pound GVWR package is now 7700 pounds I believe. 7 lug wheels down to 6 lug.
Atlee 09/30/14 07:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Doesn't seem to have been many ST tire failures this year.

I vote for all the above. Also, interesting, this is the first time I've seen a trailer tire that actually shred. I didn't see it from the beginning, but I caught up with a fifth wheel that was still rolling slowly on the shoulder. The front starboard tire blew. In comparison to past years, there doesn't seem to have been as many ST tire failures. Does this mean the tires are improving? Does this mean this year was just a mild year (weatherwise?) Does this mean fewer people are complaining? Does this mean people are paying more attention to tire condition and tire maintenance? What say you?
Atlee 09/29/14 11:49am Tech Issues
RE: F150 3.5l w\EcoBoost, MaxTow package

Yep, I just hit the hyperdrive button and chased after the USS Enterprise. :B I've just finished about a 2000k mile trip towing. Went from Richmond, VA area to Blacksburg, VA, then across WV through Ohio to Michigan, back down to Columbus, OH, then to Richmond, VA and back to Blacksburg, VA. I'm impressed that you drove 2,000,000 miles in your truck.
Atlee 09/16/14 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 3.5l w\EcoBoost, MaxTow package

No, I've only used 87 octane. I think the next time I pull from Richmond, VA area to Blacksburg, VA I may fill it with premium gas and see if I can tell any difference. I've driven that route a lot, know it very well, and have a good feel for what this truck as well as my previous truck did. ...Filled with 87 octane pure gasoline, and driving the most gentle route home, sans trailer, I got 19.9 mpg. Do you ever use anything higher than 87 octane? That's all I burn.
Atlee 09/16/14 12:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 3.5l w\EcoBoost, MaxTow package

I have a new '14 Ecoboost, SuperCab XLT 4x4, 8ft box, with Max Tow Pkg, and the HD Pkg which has a 3.73 rear end. It has a 8200# GVWR and Cargo Capacity of 2286#. I pull a relatively small TT, which has a 4995# GVWR. I've just finished about a 2000k mile trip towing. Went from Richmond, VA area to Blacksburg, VA, then across WV through Ohio to Michigan, back down to Columbus, OH, then to Richmond, VA and back to Blacksburg, VA. I averaged 10.2 mpg during that time. And by making a mistake on how to return from Columbus to Richmond, I definitely put this new EcoBoost through it's paces. In Ohio, I decided to drive across WV on US 50, which is part of the "Loneliest Highway". The second half of the drive was at night, and I was going up and down 9% grades and hair pin curves. I had all the power I could ever need. There was always more power left in reserve. Coming down the mountains, most of the time the tow haul would down shift enough for engine braking. A couple of times, I just shifted to M(anual) and selected a lower gear. I realize 5k mountains aren't 10k mountains, but 9% grades are 9% grades no matter where you are driving. All in all, I was quite pleased. Sunday, I left the TT in Blacksburg since we have 3 back to back games. There was no sense in pulling the trailer home, just to pull it back this coming weekend. Filled with 87 octane pure gasoline, and driving the most gentle route home, sans trailer, I got 19.9 mpg.
Atlee 09/16/14 05:33am Tow Vehicles
Yellowstone-Canyon Village & Fishing Bridge

I just made reservations for 3 nights at Canyon Village and 4 nights at Fishing Bridge. What are y'alls impressions of each of those campgrounds. I know that Canyon Village has no hookups and the sites are in more wooded areas. I also know that Fishing Bridge is "just a parking lot" which is fine by me. I will not be sitting around the campsite wanting to roast marshmallows. We'll either be out seeing what Yellowstone has to offer, or eating a meal inside and going to bed. These reservations are for the 2nd week in June 2015.
Atlee 08/26/14 04:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Equalizer hitch failure

Responsible companies do exactly what they are doing. This especially applies to Progress. The very last thing they need is for their hitches to randomly do what your's did. I sure they want to get their hands on that hitch as soon as possible. Their tech people need to study that thing. Ultimately I suspect they want to study the metal to make sure it didn't have a hidden defect. They would want to make sure it did not come from a batch of steel that was bad, in which case they would need to recall them. Like wise, CW. CW needs to make sure they didn't make a mistake, either from selling to light a hitch, or set it up incorrectly, neither of which is good for repeat business. I'm glad both are reacting with such speed. Speaks well. Would keep my confidence up. If either were dragging their feet, it would destroy my confidence. Just wanted to update this. Camping World and Progress Manufacturing replaced my entire hitch today for free. Todd with Progress Mfg. Is making a very sincere effort to find out exactly what the problem was so he can make sure this does not happen again. Camping world wants to inspect my entire setup again to make sure nothing was done wrong on their part. I must say, both parties are going the extra mile on this rather than just replace the parts and say good luck. Thanks everyone for your comments and opinions!
Atlee 08/26/14 03:04am Towing
RE: 60 mph is just fine.

Towing speed limit is still 55 in Cali this year. I can report I believe I was the only person towing that actually drove that speed limit. Last time I towed in California I believe the speed limit for vehicles towing was 55. Also remember when the national speed limit was 55 for all vehicles!
Atlee 08/23/14 07:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: F150 Eco Payload Sticker Question!

By the way, my new pickup w/ HD pkg and Max tow pkg is 2,286#. My old truck was 800# less.
Atlee 08/20/14 01:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tow Vehicle

You know it. I have to be careful with my turns now. That is one long truck with the 8'box and SCab. The longest F150 (F200!) out there. Wish they would put the HD Payload on SCabs with the 6.5' box.
Atlee 08/20/14 01:09pm Tow Vehicles
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