www.thetravelingkoala.blogspot.com. It certainly isn't a great blog. At the suggestion of my son, I decided to do a blog to keep the family and friends up to date with what we're doing.
We have over 1500 miles behind us already, but we aren't 1/2 way to LA yet. We are taking our time, seeing what we want to see.
Hey neighbor (I live in Henrico), what's the url of your blog. I'd like to read it. I have 2 miniature Badger dogs myself.
The day before i left on my epic cross country trip, I, of course, checked my tire pressure.
3 of the 4 tires were still spot on, but the right rear was way low. I pumped it up. However, bad me, I neglected to do so every day. Two days ago, I checked it and it was down to 40#.
On this trip, I'm carrying a 1.5hp, 3 gal air compressor. I pulled it out and aired the tire up to 50#.
When I checked today, it was holding at 50#.
Not sure where to post this, but wanted to let anyone who might be interested, know that I'm doing a periodic travel blog. You can find it at www.thetravelingkoala.blogspot.com. The title of my blog is, "Have Koala, Will Travel ... with apologies to Paladin".
We're traveling cross country to LA, CA.
Mine wears two hats. CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and CFO (Chief Financial Officer)
Just a tip: Don't count on quality time in any TT, if you refer to your wife as the 'warden'.
arent they all wardens :)
I refer to mine as the "War department".
At the Richmond, VA show a couple of weekends ago, I did not find one TT in my class (19 to 24 foot) that I would have traded mine for, in an even swap. Saw no floor plans that I liked better.
I saw a relatively small PUMA 5th wheel that I liked the floor plan. It was supposed to be tow-able by my F150. Even w/ the relative small pin weight, it was border line with my truck's cargo capacity.
I'm happy there was nothing there that could tempt me.
As long as you're moving it's no problem. The constant jostling of the RV will keep all the elements of the "cooling solution" mixed. If you stopped on that long 20-30 mile upgrade, then certain elements of the "cooling solution" will settle out and begin to clog up the cooling tubes. If these elements are allowed to harden in the constricted cooling tubes, then the cooling ability of the fridge will go down.
I would suggest if the traffic on this long 20-30 up hill grade should come to a halt for a while, it might be best if the fridge was cut off.
What about going up a 4% to 6% grade for 20 or 30 miles. I have done this in Colorado for years. You are sometimes going uphill for 30 minutes or more.
ST tires are rated for 65mph. That doesn't mean if one goes over that speed, the tire will self destruct. this mean if you find yourself in a position where you need to go faster around another vehicle, you can, or if you need to go faster than 65 to safely merge from an on ramp, you can. It does not mean you can continually go over 65mph for hundreds of miles at the time.
As a 25 yr veteran truck driver, sometimes you need to go faster than 65. I have over 750,000 accident free miles and can honestly say nothing surprises me anymore while driving on the highway. I am new to having a travel trailer thus my question.
With a half ton, the first thing you need to do is determine the cargo capacity of your pickup. Look on the drivers side door frame and find the yellow sticker. It has the cargo carrying capacity of your pickup. From this, subtract the weight of your passenger, Any after market add on, such as a cap over the bed, etc, any cargo you will carry in the truck, both in the cab and in the bed, plus the tongue weight of the trailer and the hitch head, which can be considerable depending on the WD system you choose. This will tell you if you're over loaded or not.
1/2 tons typically run out of cargo capacity well before they run out of towing capacity.
I seriously doubt Wally World would look kindly on someone dropping a TT in their parking lot for a day. I hope you don't. I would consider that abusing the kindness of WM to let us park over night in order to get a few hours sleep.
I also doubt truck stops would like it.
Heading to New England in a 22' TT but don't want to haul the trailer with us everywhere we go. Can't unhook at WM, or truck stops, or casinos, and we don't know anyone in New England. Any suggestions on how/where we can "camp" and safely unhook the trailer for several hours while we are out sightseeing?
No. I'd never pick up the TT in the snow.
We are scheduled to pick up our new Keystone Hideout 280 LHS tomorrow in Iowa. It is a 3 hour drive for us. We have snow on ground and I'm sure they do too. Expecting between 1 - 2 inches tonight and tomorrow.
Would you make the trip? This is not our first camper so we have experience driving campers, just not in snow or wintry weather, or ice.
Really want to pick her up but..... really don't want to wreck with a brand new camper. Honest answers please. Would you or wouldn't you???
My answer will not help anyone that's trying to make their CG more attractive.
We've stayed at the KOA at Lake Whipporwill in SE Orlando. We've stayed there more than once because it's withing a mile of my sister-in-law.
We've stayed at the KOA at Ft Mill, SC which is the closest convient CG to Charlotte's Panther Stadium.
So we've stayed at two different campgrounds two different times strictly because they are close to where we need to be.
If they were bad campgrounds, we would not have gone back. But they have been plenty good enough for our needs.
Thanks for the pic's. I plan on spending a few days at Death Valley during the 1st couple of weeks in March. I hope I can get as many good pictures as you did.
Death Valley Days.
November through March are good months for a visit. Average daily high temperatures run from 65 to 80 degrees F(March). In July 1913 Furnace Creek recorded 134 degrees F. Summer highs can be over 120 degrees F.
Badwater Basin is the lowest elevation in North America at 282 ft. below sea level.
We visited DV in March, 2011 (and in 1995). We entered the park and went through Furnace Creek and on to Stovepipe Wells where there is a wonderful big-lot campground. Primitive is so good. It was quiet and nobody sneered at our truck camper.
Tucki Mountain to the south of the camp.
We left camp before sunrise to get early light on the nearby Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes. The wind was up during the night collecting dust.
Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes
Sunrise at the dunes. The air was heavy with dust so that looking directly into the sun did not burn up the photo.
The sun on the dunes was soft, but it was strong enough to give form.
Nearby is The Devils Cornfield
The plants look like corn shocks. It derives its name from a species of arroweed whose former roots have been exposed as the ground subsided around them.
We visited Scotty’s Castle on the north end of DV Park. It was a highlight of our trip. We took two tours. One covered the history of how it came to be, and viewing of the rooms. The second tour covered the basement and the construction features. We were there for over three hours and enjoyed every minute. The Park Service presenters were excellent.
The basic story is that Death Valley Scotty (Walter Scott, born 1872) was a con man with gift of gab. He was a showman in Buffalo Bill’s events, and sometimes cowhand and prospector. After making connection in 1904 with Albert Johnston who was a wealthy investor, Scott took him to a site in Death Valley to search for gold. Johnston fell in love with place. His wife Bessie hated camping there so he built a house below a good spring. The house turned in a huge project over many years.
Scott remained as a friend and entertainer for guests and remained there until his
death in 1954. He was the face of the home but never owned it.
One of the most famous overlooks in DV is Zabriskie Point. The location was named after Christian Brevoort Zabriskie, vice-president and general manager of the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the early 20th century.
The company's famous, iconic twenty-mule teams were used to transport borax from its mining operations in Death Valley.
One morning I walked up the short trail (not too steep for bad knees). The light was OK for the colorful formations so I burned a bunch of pixels.
The lowest place in DV is at Bad Water, 282 ft, (88 meters) below sea level
The Panamint Range 1995 photo. The highest mountain is Telescope Peak rising to 11049 ft (3866 meters).
During our 1995 trip we met a fiend who brought horses from his dude ranch , and we had nice ride east of Furnace Creek Inn.
We left DV for the Beatty RV Park when the weather turned to clouds and rain at 47 degrees F. The next morning was the same so we turned toward home. Heavy wind and dust storms lasted all the way to Moab.
Ron and Margot
Not really. I can't speak for the fiber glass on some trailers, there is nothing "damn cheap" about the Lamilux 4000 that's backed by the Azdek on my Koala. The Lamilux 4000 is as smooth as glass, with a metal flake finish.
The entire outside fiberglass outside panels on this Azdel product looks pretty dam cheap. I own a Sunny Brook finished with Crane Composite gel coat and it is much better finish. Absolutely no fiberglass track through, If you are going to upgrade materials, do the job correctly. Azdel is just trading one time tooling cost for cheaper materials. A compromise that gains a little benefit, but there is still a lot left on the table.
Any RV buyer who already uses Sch A should be able to deduct the RV interest.
They tend to oversell this idea, to sell RVs. Not a lot of buyers can make use of the interest deduction.
To make it worth while, the sum of your itemized deductions needs to exceed your standard deduction. Interest on a RV loan might not get you there. Taxes and interest on two stick and brick homes no longer take me past the standard deduction. Last time I was able to itemize that much, it included about $25K in medical expenses (my share, not the half million my insurer paid out).
Wish I could tell you my new one is great But we haven't had a chance to sleep on it yet. We have laid on it some and it was comfortable.
We bought through Amazon a Dynasty Mattress. It's 10 inches thick. It cost us under $300.
Recently there have been several topics on memory foam mattresses for the TT, but none of them answered my questions? We will be purchasing one in the spring for our TT. We are familiar with memory foam mattresses because we have one in our home as the mattress for our bed. Our current mattress at home is a bedinabox mattress. We have had it for about 2 years and are very happy with it and have no complaints.
I would totally buy another bedinabox mattress for our home, but I cannot bring myself to spend $800ish on a mattress that we only use several weeks out of a year. I understand that a good night sleep and comfortability is important to your health, but like I said, the limited time we are on it $800 is too much for me to justify.
I am curious what kind of memory foam mattress you are happy with or recommend. Looking for something that is $400 or less, firm, but not too firm, doesn't sleep hot, and good for a heavier person (I am 6'1" and nearly 300lbs.?