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RE: How many miles have you towed in one day?

550+ miles. But that got tough. Ended up driving a fair amount in the dark at night. Hate driving at night. Besides having all the car lights, when I'm driving at night, I tend to be really tired. Now, we try to keep it to 300 to 350. I do not mind waking up early and getting under way while its dark. I'm rested then, and the sky is just going to get lighter. But of course, I'm much older now, and retired.
Atlee 12/10/17 08:05pm Towing
RE: Water pressure regulator...

I've been doing this more lately. An example is this. We'd boondock at the football all weekend. Then go to a campground with water hookup. However, I'd just continue using out of the fresh water tanks in order to help keep that water fresh. When I'd run out of water from the fresh tanks, I'd put more city water in them. Then I'd be back at the boondocking area at the university for another football weekend. Hadn't given that much thought about pressure from the city water possibly doing damage to the piping. .... After a $6000 repair due to $0.50 fitting breaking and RV getting flooded I no longer stay connected to 'city water'-----use the pump exclusively This is exactly why I do the same thing. I never hook up the hose to the fresh water inlet. I always fill the fresh water tank and pump from there. And .... I've never had problems doing it this way either. But, for the OP, if you are going to use a regulator, put it on the spigot. Hopefully, if it fails, your garden hose will blow before the pipes in your camper does!
Atlee 12/10/17 07:57pm Beginning RVing
RE: Tombstone AZ Area

How can Boothill Cemetery charge folks to view the cemetery? As far as I know, it's unlawful to charge folks to visit a cemetery. How can they force folks to prove they are related to anyone buried in that cemetery? If I were distantly related to anyone there, I wouldn't pay money to see the grave site. And when we were there in 2014, the folks running the gift shop told us that. They couldn't charge folks to view the grave yard. Also, the Gunfight at OK Coral was fought downtown. It was not fought in the OK Coral itself. Instead, it was in a then open lot next to Allen Street. The OK Coral was next to the vacant lot, facing another street. When we were visiting Tombstone, we found it to be a large tourist thing. Everything but Boothill cost money to do. The vacant lot where the gun fight was held has now been walled off so money has to be spent to see the recreation. But I was glad I went there. I was able to walk the same streets as the Cowboys, and Wyatt and Doc, etc. There is one other attraction I though was interesting was the Tombstone Epitaph. It was free. The original building where the paper was printed is now used as a museum by the paper. It has the old printing press, plus a lot of photos etc especially following the life of the guy who originally established the paper. Agree on what’s already been said, especially Kartchner Caverns and Bisbee. In Tombstone itself the OK Corral shootout is worth seeing and the courthouse is great for the historic perspective. There are a couple of saloons we enjoy with decent food. A few other touristy things and the Boothill Cemetery is worth a visit too and it’s free Watch the movie before you visit...makes it a little more fun. Boothill Cemetery is 3.oo per person now, and I think under 12 is free. Now is the time when everything is open. Not so sure in the Summer. Lady we spoke to at the Court House/ Museum, ( Which is the only thing worth the money ), told us... plan on at least 10.00 per person, per “ attraction “, and if you’re going to eat, bump it up. The Museum/ Court House tells the TRUE history of the area. The walking tour is the second best, which also is factual. The food there is not cheap, nor is anything else, but they have some very nice Western stores. The actual place where the shoot out happened is on Hwy 80, before you turn into town. Chiricahua National Monument is worth checking out. It will most likely be too hot to hike any time other than early morning. Have a great trip
Atlee 12/07/17 04:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How did you decide on which TT to buy ?

When we bought our new one, we were replacing one a little smaller. The old one was only 24' 1" long, bumper to ball. The only seating was a sofa on a short slide, and it was directly across from the sink and stove. It was just too small for the two of us. So we started looking around again. We didn't want anything too large, and one with no slide didn't bother us one iota. We also needed one that would explode my bank account and I didn't want any payments since I'm retired. We ended up finding the Jayco Jay Flight 23RB checked off most of our boxes. it was only 27' 2", had a sofa, dinette, front island queen, no slide, and large bathroom with plenty of wardroom space. A bonus was the nearly 8 cuft fridge. All RV choices usually have some compromises. One of ours is the stick and tin design. It doesn't have a pantry either, but it has lots of cabinets and the dinette has doors and a tub in each seat area. We put the heavy stuff on the floor in one of the tubs, and the light food stuffs up in a cabinet. The size works very well for the two of us. And it's still relatively short so not many sites will be too small for us.
Atlee 12/07/17 03:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Vanity Plates

You need to recheck DMV. I just got permanent plates in June of this year for a new TT. And 3 years ago, I got permanent plates for another TT. In Virginia, a permanent trailer plate is $100 plus a one time charge of $10 for getting a personalized plate. The annual charge for a trailer plate is $40, again with a one time $10 charge for the personalized. These rates are for a 4001# and above trailer. Vanity plates cost extra. In my state $25 annually plus a one time manufacturing fee of $55 for the life of the plate. What for? so someone else who just happens to be behind me can see it! I get nothing out of it. Waste of money! Sometime before 2007 Va change the law for permanent plates and now you no longer can get them for TTs only utility type trailers. Larry
Atlee 11/29/17 06:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: What are good apps for use on tablets when traveling?

I have a good navigator in the right seat to do the looking. Candy crush will let you use the tablet. I'm old fashioned but I like to watch the road when I drive. Look at a map before you start out and then use your head. Keep the tablet and the phone, and GPS if you have one, in the glove box.
Atlee 11/29/17 06:49pm Technology Corner
RE: Vanity Plates

In Virginia, a permanent trailer plate is $100 plus a one time charge of $10 for getting a personalized plate. The annual charge for a trailer plate is $40, again with a one time $10 charge for the personalized. These rates are for a 4001# and above trailer. Vanity plates cost extra. In my state $25 annually plus a one time manufacturing fee of $55 for the life of the plate. What for? so someone else who just happens to be behind me can see it! I get nothing out of it. Waste of money!
Atlee 11/29/17 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Where is My Antenna?

My last TT, a Skyline Koala 21CS, did not have an external radio antenna. My current Jayco 23RB does have an external spring mounted radio antenna.
Atlee 11/29/17 06:38am Travel Trailers
What are good apps for use on tablets when traveling?

The other day when I had to get a new phone, the phone store was giving away "free" tablets. The tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0. It has cell service and supposedly GPS capability. It's free in the sense I had to add a new line. I will mostly use it when we are on the road with the travel trailer. So the question I have is what are some good apps to have on the tablet as we motor across America? I'll be adding Gas Buddy for sure. What is a good app for finding campgrounds? Also, a good weather warning app would come in handy, especially while we're out in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. Next would be a good app for warning about traffic in the area we're driving. And lastly, a good map app, such as Google Map, possibly. Are there any others that might be useful? Thanks.
Atlee 11/29/17 06:02am Technology Corner
RE: 15" tires, Goodyear Wrangler HT or Goodyear Endurance

I do have a "travel" trailer. :) I travel, rarely camp. I use it extensively in the fall for football games. Usually a minimum of 8 and most of the times more. Last year we went to 13 using the trailer. The football trips have been from Richmond to Orlando, to Syracuse, to South Bend, and to West Lafayette. The short football trips have been from Richmond to Blacksburg, a 440 mile round trip and there are at least 6 of those per year. Plus we've been to Orlando several times to visit in laws. The single longest tow was from Richmond to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles and return. That trip alone accounted for over 7,900 miles. And all of them were on Maxxis ST205/75R14 LRC tires. Like you, I much prefer the higher speed rating of the Endurance. Even though I still drive between 63 and 65 on the interstate, I like the extra margin of error I have now. And as you said, sometimes it's unavoidable to get up to 70 or so. For me this was usually when getting on an interstate. I'll have a pretty good idea how good the Endurance are in about 3 years, if not before. What happened to you, happened to me, down to fortunately catching the problem while it was sitting still, and not on the highway. My tires were Maxxis ST205/75R14 LRC. I did have over 30k miles on them, but they looked nearly new. Tire store said it suffered belt separation. I replaced the Maxxis with the latest Carlisle and then sold the trailer. My new trailer came with OEM GY Endurance tires. You certainly got a lot of miles out of your Maxxis tires Atlee. The seductive thing about these offshore tires is that they look great until they go boom. You were very lucky. With these C load rated tires the speed rating is commonly 65. I think this is a hard number that should not be exceeded. How many of us creep up to 70 or more with these tires? Probably most of us at one time or other, whether intentional or not. One of the best features of the Endurance tires is that they are rated at 87 mph. This is comforting if you want to run 70 all day on a hot day. Glad the Endurance tires came on your new trailer. The trailer manufacturers are catching on.
Atlee 11/26/17 04:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Tires for Jayco 20' White Hawk

The Endurance tire is only made in LRD and LRE sizes. All their tires, even the smaller ST205/75R14 tires start with the D rating. Thank you, everyone, soooooo much for your help. We will be getting 5 Endurance tires (have to replace the spare too). We hope everyone has safe, healthy, & happy holidays.
Atlee 11/26/17 03:50am Travel Trailers
RE: 15" tires, Goodyear Wrangler HT or Goodyear Endurance

What happened to you, happened to me, down to fortunately catching the problem while it was sitting still, and not on the highway. My tires were Maxxis ST205/75R14 LRC. I did have over 30k miles on them, but they looked nearly new. Tire store said it suffered belt separation. I replaced the Maxxis with the latest Carlisle and then sold the trailer. My new trailer came with OEM GY Endurance tires. Thanks for the reply profdant139. I have read a lot of threads on tires since we got ours and there are a lot of people replacing their offshore tires with Endurance tires. On our long Spring vacation trip this year we were in Suffolk Virginia and getting ready to break camp. I was doing my usual checking each tire for pressure and anything unusual. On the right rear I found a raised place with the steel cord showing. 3/4 of the tire looked perfect. 14,000 miles on the tires. Found a set of ST205/75R14 at Discount Tire in Virginia Beach. Put the spare on and went to Discount Tire. Man we dodged a big bullet. Sure happy with the new tires. Out the door with new high pressure stems and balance for $532. Very nice folks at Discount Tire. The dealer said it was belt separation. Usually these offshore tires look perfect and run great until they blow. I was lucky. https://i.imgur.com/6a6ee9Hl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/q9qvMIkl.jpg
Atlee 11/23/17 06:45am Travel Trailers
RE: 15" tires, Goodyear Wrangler HT or Goodyear Endurance

What do you mean when you say "Really like the way they ride ..."? Obviously it doesn't mean the trailer's comfortable to ride in, since that's illegal. Does it mean it tracks well behind your TV? Does it mean it doesn't move from side to side? Endurance, so far so good, but only about 2k miles. Really like the way they ride compared to the crappy tires they replaced.
Atlee 11/21/17 03:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Atwood Hydro Flame furnace shoots cold air then shuts off

2 things. I'm not sure I understand correctly. Do you or do you not have a good 12V battery on the trailer? If you do not, how did you get the trailer to your in-laws? It's illegal to tow a trailer without a battery. The battery supplies power to the emergency brakes on the trailer. Lack of battery could be the problem, however, most likely the problem is the sail switch. The furnace fan comes on first. It pushes cold air across the heater flues. It then goes across a switch reacts to the air. If there is air, the switch allows the furnace to cut on and supply heated air. If the sail switch doesn't detect air, it will shut down the furnace. i am very new to the RV world. I have a 2015 starcraft ar-one that I just bought used. I got the RV winterized last friday and on saturday went up to the in-laws for a big party they throw every year. i was only planning on using the furnace to stay warm through the night. we used a converter to hook the 30v up to a normal outlet (15v). The heat worked great for most of the night and then shut off. When attempting to turn thermostat off and back on again. the fan starts to run, but shoots out cold air for about 30 seconds to a minute then shuts off. propane tank is full. i tested the burners on the stove and they seem to be working fine. the flames are blue with an occaional yellow flair. i also tried at home where i have a 30v plug. It looks as if the former owner replaced the propane regulator once or maybe moved it. Any ideas on how to fix it. could it be something with the winterizing? since it is a hydro flame...
Atlee 11/14/17 08:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: What's in a name?

Ships don't come when you call them either, but they all have names. Why bother? It's not going to come when you call it.
Atlee 11/14/17 08:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Overnight stays on the interstates

All the CG's that have just E/W hookups that I've seen, only charge about 5 dollars more for a full hookup. $5 isn't a lot of money to save. Now if these CG's actually had non hookup sites that cost only $10, that would save some money. They are called RV Park. Get a spot without dump to cut cost. With that you will have exactly what you want except water will be available.
Atlee 11/12/17 06:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Is my battery toast?

And if my TT was in winter hibernation, I would not replace it now. Just wait until spring when you are going to awaken your TT from it's long winter sleep. Unless you plan on using it during the winter, of course. OP here...Thanks for all the replies. I tried charging it for a full day but the charger circuit break flipped. The great majority of you are correct--it is apparently shot! Will replace..
Atlee 11/12/17 06:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Speeds

Poppycock. Have the "experienced motorcyclists" developed the ability to read people's minds? Experienced motorcyclists have told me that lane splitting is perfectly safe, that they can tell when (for example) someone is going to suddenly change lanes in front of them without signaling. Not being a biker, I have no way to know if that is true or not.
Atlee 11/12/17 06:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Speeds

That is a perceived right that really doesn't exist, the right of states to set their own speed limits. Back during the great oil embargo in the 1970's, the Federal government forced ALL states to lower their top speed limit to 55 mph. How could the Feds do this, you ask? Money, is the answer. The Feds give out beau-coups of money for highways. The Feds threatened to cut off all money to states that did not comply to the Federal demand. The states, being addicted to this money, quickly fell into line and obediently lowered their respective speed limits. Let me switch thst question up a hit. Why do states restrict interstate highway speeds when other states dont? These kinds of laws fall into the category of "states rights". So they can vary from one state to the next. The republik of kalifornia is kinda like it's own little fifedom, so it's hard to compare it to other states.
Atlee 11/12/17 06:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Speeds

3 years ago when I was in California, I drove the speed limit of 55 mph, or actually a few miles over. Everyone, including 18 wheelers were passing me. I drove slow because I didn't know how sensitive the local LEO's were, especially since I was from across the US. Why do you think States, like California, have a maximum speed of 55-mph when towing? Someone told me that the tires on most trailers, including semi-trucks, are not made for speeds over 55-mph; is this correct? :) Hi, it is normal for people in California to do at least ten MPH over the speed limit. Can you imagine if the California limits were higher?
Atlee 11/11/17 04:48am Travel Trailers
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