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RE: Full timing in a truck camper.

More power to you! Go for it!
coolmom42 05/25/17 03:18pm Truck Campers
RE: A word of warning about weights

The trailer is 5000 even on the tongue??? Does not compute. But with the tongue at 11 percent it might be a little light. If you could move some gear forward, that might help.
coolmom42 05/25/17 10:01am Beginning RVing
RE: Evading Nashville and Indianopolis

Go through Nashville between 9A-3P and there is rarely a problem. Check TDOT SmartWayfor traffic and construction. Get a map and figure your best route. If you are coming in I-24, get off on Briley Parkway (SR155) and go north on it until you hit I-65. Again, get a map and familiarize yourself with the exit layouts and options so you are not completely dependent on what a GPS tells you.
coolmom42 05/25/17 07:27am General RVing Issues
RE: GSMNP the most popular park

What time of year and day? Start early, go in the off-season. Yes, it can be a pain.
coolmom42 05/24/17 04:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Summer Trip - Rent or Buy?

Here is my perspective. You got about a year before your kids don't want to do stuff with you . More or less. Buy a camper. go on some trips before your kids grow up..... Yep. Or they get so tied down with extracurricular stuff that they can't get away. (Which in my opinion is just nuts, but it happens.)
coolmom42 05/24/17 02:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: travel trailer weight

If 4000 lb is your loaded weight, and your tow rating is 6500, you should be fine. Even if you put 1000 more on the trailer you will be at 5000 with 1500 to spare. General rule of thumb is to stay below 80 percent of your tow rating and you are well below that. You will need a good weight distributing and sway control hitch. A Blue Ox Sway Pro or Andersen should serve you well. Just get in the right lane and take your time. That's what the right lane is for. If you have tow/haul mode it should help. Read up on how it works in your vehicle. Otherwise shift down for more power going uphill, and go down a hill in the same gear you came up. Let the transmission hold your speed and do not ride the brakes.
coolmom42 05/23/17 03:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Converting from full size bed to two singles

Is there enough length to make a decent bed in the same space? Most sideways beds are standard queen width, 60". That's not long enough for a bed turned longways.
coolmom42 05/23/17 10:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Alaska Trip

That sounds like a wonderful trip. My recommendation is to see things that you might not ever get back to... so don't spend your time on things close to home. Montana and Wyoming are a far piece from NY. If I were you I would beat feet out west and have lots of time to spend there. Good info on MT & WY in this recent thread. The folks in this discussion don't have a lot of time, but you will have time to see everything listed and explore in depth. If you search on this forum you will find lots of info. I also strongly recommend that you get a couple of in-depth guidebooks like the Moon guide to Montana, and some for other states on your route. It will help you get familiar with the areas you will be travelling through.
coolmom42 05/23/17 08:29am Truck Campers
RE: What will happen?

This would be a good learning experience for them. Tell them to take lots of money and the title. They may be flying back home. Yep. So far as places to stay.... they should be able to find spots in public campgrounds that don't have restrictions. I've seen schoolies in NFS campgrounds. And there is always WM parking. First thing they will need is tires. That may take all their budget. If they are mechanically inclined, they may be able to deal with repairs, etc. IMHO they would be better off buying something like a Ford Transit high-top. More money up front, but a lot of it would come back if they buy it right.
coolmom42 05/23/17 06:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Where Do I Start Troubleshooting

if you did a channel scan in the house with 'input' set to antenna and only got 4 ch then you need a new TV it is really that simple, or you could have a repairman look at it maybe the antenna connection is broken inside the TV set, so the receiver is not getting the signal Haha I'm lucky to get 3 channels at my house with a big antenna!
coolmom42 05/22/17 06:06pm Technology Corner
RE: bathroom smells while travelling

We found that the bouncing on rough roads was letting all the water out of the toilet, so there was not anything to block black tank smells coming up through the toilet. Finally figured this out because after a particularly rough road there was water out in the middle of the floor. Check your vent. Check the roof vent to make sure it's closed. If those are ok, the smell is probably coming up through the toilet. Not much to be done about it except add water and run the fan as soon as you stop. Other possibility is that the air admittance valve under the sink is letting in gray tank odors, which can be pretty awful. This might be worse while driving due to sloshing around.
coolmom42 05/22/17 06:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travel advice - quick cross country trip

I agree, the county museum in Thermopolis is well worth some time, as is Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis. Also, the Little Big Horn battlefield is amazing. Beautiful spot with a bloody history. There is a Big Horn County Historical Museum just off I-90 at exit 497. They have moved buildings from all over the county to this location to recreate many typical scenes of early Montana. There is also a photo exhibit which is very impressive.
coolmom42 05/22/17 02:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Apex 16RBX and Expedition EL

You should be fine. The high carrying capacity of that trailer is because it's a double axle. In a trailer that size, it would be difficult to add more than 1200 lb or so to the base weight. That puts you right at 4500 lb with a tongue weight approx 12 percent of that, so is 540 lb. Your family will take you up to 1240 lb. That leaves 250 lb for extra stuff in the Expy. And you will probably not put 1200 lb stuff on the trailer, so you have a good margin. If in doubt, go and get some weights after loaded up.
coolmom42 05/22/17 12:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel advice - quick cross country trip

Don't spend more than 5 minutes in Wall Drug and 10 minutes in the Corn Palace, unless you like tourist junk. The Minuteman missile range near the Badlands is worth a stop. Very interesting. You can avoid some traffic by going north through IL and crossing the Mississippi in Moline/Davenport. Take I-24 to I-57, then up to I-64 and go west. Get off I-64 at IL SR4. Use SR4 to cut through to I-55 and take the I-155 branch up to Peoria. Pick up I-74 in Peoria and go over to Moline, and pick up I-80 there. It's a little convoluted, but it spares you going through St. Louis and Kansas City. Rend Lake is a nice rest stop in southern IL. If you take this route, check out the John Deere museum in Moline. The Loess Hills in Iowa will be on your right all the way up I-29, and there should be some good places to stop along through there. The Union Pacific railroad museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa is worth a side trip.
coolmom42 05/22/17 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: windows 10 and post on this website

Also... if you are using the "edge" browser, it might not like the site. Download and install Chrome, it works great.
coolmom42 05/21/17 03:45pm Technology Corner
RE: windows 10 and post on this website

I use Windows 10, have no problems. If your post has a percent sign and some other things that could be considered HTML code, that could have caused the problem.
coolmom42 05/21/17 11:46am Technology Corner
RE: Major Dad hanging it up

Wishing you the best.
coolmom42 05/20/17 05:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing question

Need more info. Make, model, year, does it have a tow package with hitch receiver, and auxiliary tranny cooler, all the details you have. You should be able to look up the tow rating in your owner's manual online. Generally you are more limited in 5th wheel size than with trailer size. 5th wheels put a lot more weight directly on the rear axle (known as pin weight) and that becomes part of the cargo of the truck. There should also be a curb weight somewhere on the sticker. The info you listed tells nothing about the weight of the truck itself, so the gross weights don't give adequate info.
coolmom42 05/20/17 03:19pm Towing
RE: Outdoor kitchen in Yellowstone (bears)?

Above person is right, best thing is to ask a local ranger. Regardless, be very careful.
coolmom42 05/20/17 12:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Outdoor kitchen in Yellowstone (bears)?

My wife & I were camping in Grant Village Campground, Yellowstone last year and there were signs and pamphlets given out at the entrance to the Park and the campground saying not to leave food sitting out. We saw bears in the campground. Never the less, our neighbors left a grill and table loaded with food & scraps sitting out over night. Bears have just about the best nose for smelling food of any animal out there. I'm very surprised those people got away with this. If they had been close to me, I would have reported it. That makes things more dangerous for everyone, but mostly the bears. The camp hosts at Two Medicine in Glacier got on me for leaving an un-opened Diet Coke can on the table while I was loading the car.
coolmom42 05/20/17 12:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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