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RE: Wyoming Highways - Info Needed by Midwest Flatlander

If you have the time, a nice route would be to go north on 120, 72 to Billings and follow I-90 east to Devils tower. On the way, I would suggest stopping at Hardin and look at Little Big Horn National Monument. There are several guided tours starting around 10:00 AM. The hidden treasure is Big Horn County Museum at Hardin. They have about 36 acres with old buildings and many antiques. Great family museum with lots of things to touch. There is a nice KOA at Hardin. We just came east on I-90 pulling a 25 ft FW with a 1/2 ton GMC with no problems. The biggest hill will be on Hwy 14 when you turn off I-90 to go up to Devils Tower and then back to I-90. I-90 into Rapid City is fairly low grades. There is a RV park outside Devils tower. ( no facilities) It is about 400 miles that route. I HIGHLY recommend both these stops, they are WONDERFUL. The Little Big Horn Monument is beautiful and historically fascinating. The Big Horn County Museum is fascinating---it is truly a hidden gem. Another great hidden treasure is the museum in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Thermopolis is a quirky little town with all kinds of hot springs and this great little museum. Otherwise---go down a grade in the same gear you went up, usually second or third. Keep your foot off the brakes as much as possible. Get up a good speed (as much as is safe) before you hit the uphill climb. Just take your time. You have a good amount of truck for your size trailer, you will be fine.
coolmom42 08/29/14 06:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Coolers

I got a very very good cooler at Costco. $99.99, Igloo brand, all white, and very very similar to the pricey Igloo Yukon brand. It is excellent. I start out with big blue ice packs, and ice frozen in 1/2 gallon milk jugs. After 3 days it is barely melted. One that is a HUGE help is to cover the entire cooler with something like an old comforter, especially if it will be sitting in the sun.
coolmom42 08/26/14 05:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: toilet paper

We do not put paper in the black tank, partly because the trailer is used but not moved and had a couple of issues with clogs in the dump line, from someone (not me) putting big wads of TP down with not much water. We use normal to generous amounts, fold it over neatly & wrap if necessary. Put it in the small bathroom trash can lined with a Walmart bag, which is emptied daily.
coolmom42 08/26/14 05:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are my turn signals invisible?

When I am on the interstate in my car I usually am found in the high speed lane keeping up with traffic. I just love it when a big rig decides to get in the passing lane and goes UNDER THE SPEED LIMIT. That fries my butt. So I DON"T YEILD and get past them so they can putter in the high speed lane without me behind them. Now, when in my M/H I STAY in the right lane unless I am able to pass the vehicle ahead of me without slowing traffic in the passing lane down. I wait until I see that there is little or NO traffic in the passing lane before I pass. Most people in the passing lane are going around 75 to 80 MPH. I don't want to or need to go that fast in a big RV pulling a toad. THIS. X1000
coolmom42 08/21/14 11:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are my turn signals invisible?

The main purpose of signalling a move to the left lane is to alert other drivers to speed up, so you won't get in front of them. This is normal I-40 behavior. And I'm sure 99% of drivers (including me) don't want to be behind a RV with a toad in the left lane. IMHO RVs belong in the right lane. And I've pulled a trailer a few thousand miles.
coolmom42 08/21/14 11:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Additives for Grey Water Holding Tank

My grey tank smells worse than my black tank! Mostly because I can flush the heck out of the black tank, but can't flush out the grey tank with any kind of pressure like I do with the black.. Just filling it up and dumping helps some, but really is just a waste of time and water. I've used the 'grey tank' deodarizors and I don't think it worked very well.. Even tried partially filling it up and driving to my destination with it, thinking it would slosh around enough to clean it a bit.. I guess it did to some extent, but it still stunk.. ;) Just my experience with it.. I've considered getting one of those kits that installs spray heads thru the tank, but haven't wanted to really do that either.. Good luck! Mitch This.
coolmom42 08/17/14 04:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: My first camping neighbor story to share!

Have to admit one time I was the bad neighbor, I had just bought a tent that sets up in the bed of your truck, many people came by and they all had to ask the same question is that one of those tents that go in the bed of your truck? And I would politely answear yes and answers their questions. This was on Friday, on Saturday I come down with a U.T.I. and felt like I was gonna die, well one woman who watched me set up the day before and walked through our camp many timesfinally stopped and asked the same question, I just looked at her and said nope set the tent up and the truck popped up out of the ground here's your sign. Then I left and went to the hospital. I feel your pain. And this made me LOL.
coolmom42 08/17/14 04:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Size truck to pull 16' - 20' travel trailer

Sure it can depending on the particular truck and with careful selection of trailer. Most 1/2 ton trucks are perfectly capable of handling up to about 8000 pounds no matter what these 3/4 ton folks want to tell you. No you are not going to be able to haul a family of six, bikes ,generator,hot tub and the kitchen sink. You need to get the figures for your particular truck,not brochure figures,but actual figures,with special attention to payload When looking for the trailer the only figure that you want to work with initially is the Gross Vehicle Weight rating. 11 to 15% of the gross weight is tongue weight which is carried on the truck as payload. There are literally millions of 1/2 tons hauling campers safely,just as there are many 3/4 ton mostly 5th wheel rigs that are overloaded. Do your due diligence,get your figures and go from there. This. We towed a 22' from TN to Glacier with a GMC 1500 with absolutely no problem. Make sure you have a tow package with tranny cooler. Check your weights, get a good brake controller, an Equal-i-zer hitch, a well-maintained truck, and you will be fine.
coolmom42 07/12/14 06:13pm Beginning RVing
RE: Campgrounds on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Whatever the temp is, it will be warmer than SD. :D For weather info---go on weather.com. Put in the city near where you want. Go to the monthly forecast, then go to "averages". You can see average highs/lows plus record highs/lows. Typically you will see highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 40s on the Gulf Coast that time of year. But do be aware of the records---they DO happen! Once in a while that part of the coast gets an Arctic blast coming down. Good news is that it normally lasts only a day or so. You WILL need heat, definitely.
coolmom42 07/12/14 05:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: battery wiring

Getting ready to swap out the 12V battery for two 6V. What gauage wire is recommended? I have 6 guage to a junction box just behind the current battery and then 6 guage to the converter about 15 feet away. Do I need to change out the wiring? To the junction box or all of the way to the converter? Two 6v's are simply connected in series to create one large 12v, thus no real need to change the wiring size as a consequence of swapping the 12v to two 6v (in series) battery swap... Here is a good reference. http://www.marxrv.com/12volt/12volt.htm I believe we used 4 gauge wire. Had a local battery shop make up the wiring. Be sure to get the wiring long enough, check the layout of your batteries first. One of ours had to be turned sideways, which required a longer wire than otherwise would have been needed. The price your dealer quoted is pretty reasonable, if it includes quality parts & labor. But be sure to spec the parts you want! It's also a simple DIY if you read up on it.
coolmom42 06/26/14 05:05am Tech Issues
RE: Charging house battery from alternator---disconnect switch??

Wait -- doesn't the house battery *usually* charge off the alternator when driving? I'm confused. R Yes. But in a retro-fitted camper van--which I am thinking about doing--there needs to be a switch to isolate the house battery during use so as not to drain the chassis battery accidentally.
coolmom42 06/26/14 05:00am Class C Motorhomes
Charging house battery from alternator---disconnect switch??

I saw a post (either here or in the Class B section) about exactly how to wire a house battery to charge off the alternator. The description included directions on how to wire a switch to disconnect the house battery from the chassis battery, so as not to run down the chassis battery. But then the switch can be turned to charge the house battery from the alternator while driving. But now I can't find the thread. Can't turn up anything on a search. Can anyone help me find this thread, or at least one with similar info?
coolmom42 06/25/14 08:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What limits your use of your travel trailer / RV?

Too many obligations that creep into our travel/camping time.
coolmom42 06/21/14 09:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: First time out... 3 day trip in the Amerigo

I have 2 comments; 1) Your work is amazing and that's a beautiful camper. 2) Some lady's undergarments are in one of your photos!
coolmom42 06/21/14 09:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Coleman mach 3 ac freezing up

Remove the "new" filter for a day or 2 and see if additional airflow solves.... Try this. Also check that you put the filter in correctly, and that the evaporator is not clogged with dust or dirt. If that's not it, you are low on refrigerant, which makes the compressor run continually & therefore you get icing. You likely are not hearing the compressor cycle because it's running all the time.
coolmom42 06/19/14 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: Gas can mystery

It is indeed a one-way cap. If the can gets warm, the pressure inside it builds and vents the vapors until the pressure is about the same as atmospheric pressure. Then when it cools down, there is a lower pressure inside the can than from the atmosphere, but it can't equalize because of the one-way cap. Same thing can happen with any container with a pressure change from temperature or from an elevation change. If you open and close a water bottle at high altitude, then go to a lower altitude, the bottle will get squished in. And by the way, plastic gas cans do NOT "breathe." Any pressure equalization is due to less effective sealing than the metal cans have.
coolmom42 06/12/14 04:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Busted in Yellowstone

What's really incredibly stupid (aside from the legality of it) is that they were doing it for very little money.
coolmom42 06/12/14 04:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: water jugs that DO NOT LEAK

Check out "http://www.containerstore.com/shop/kitchen/refrigeratorFreezer?productId=10006448&pickupStoreReallyFar=false. We use 2 1/2 gallon and they have held up well. Nice large fill hole and handle. We put it on countertop by sink. Spigot works good. Been using for 3 years. I really like the looks of these. The larger one would be just right. Some of the reviews had trouble cleaning it, but I think that would be easy with something like a bottle brush to reach the corners. Thanks for the suggestion!
coolmom42 06/11/14 08:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: water jugs that DO NOT LEAK

Maybe these will be OK with the Teflon tape as an aid on the threads. That seems like a good solution. Several of the reviews said the cap cracked, but I suspect someone cross-threaded it and muscled it on. I'll probably look for a couple of the smaller versions for easier handling. Thanks for the input!
coolmom42 06/11/14 06:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: A couple general questions about travel trailers

Hello. I am in the market for a travel trailer and have a couple questions. I will be living in the trailer a couple months out of the year and I found a four seasons campground that'll let me keep it there year round. They do however shut the water off November through April. Do all trailers come equipped with a water tank ? YESAre they ok during the winter or will it freeze ? They will freeze. You need to drain the tank, water heater, and water lines, and run some RV antifreeze through them. There are detailed instructions for winterizing a RV in many threads here. Can you get a circulator pump to prevent it from freezing ? No. And even if you could, that would not be adequate in a northern climate. Do they generally have removable propane tanks or do they need to be filled with a truck ? Propane tanks are removable on trailers. Some types of RVs have larger permanently mounted tanks.If so can it be modified to work with a portable tank ? No need, since the tanks will be removable. Do they come with sewage tanks or do they tie into on site sewer pipes or do they do both ? Both, if you have sewer at the site. But many sites do not have sewer. Your sewer aka "black" tank will freeze in a New Jersey climate. Does anybody use the automatic water heater system in trailers. If you're not familiar it's an on demand water heater that heats water instantly when needed. What size electric panel generally comes in a trailer ? 60 amps ? Every trailer I've ever seen uses fuses located near the converter. A trailer with one AC unit will need up to 30 amps. A trailer with 2 AC units will need up to 50 amps. You will need the appropriate cord plugged into the appropriate outlet at your site. The current you can pull through that outlet will be limited by the breaker on the site electrical pedestal. Any input would be awesome. Thanks guys. I'm assuming you will be living there only in summer months.
coolmom42 06/11/14 06:18pm Travel Trailers
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