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RE: US 285 Ft. Worth to Amarillo

Yeah, it is US 287. A very good highway. We take it every year on our annual trip to Colorado. Four lane divided and bypasses all small towns between Decatur and Chillicothe. Then you start getting some lower speed limits and traffic lights thru the towns. Easy day's drive to Amarillo. Don't know that you need any place to stop between Ft Worth and Amarillo. Around 5 hours driving time plus stops.
BB_TX 09/30/14 07:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Winterizing Question

My 5er has black tank flush, not sure it is the same as "santi-flush". But I pump antifreeze thru the black tank flush line since it may contain water that could freeze. To do that, when pumping antifreeze thru the fresh water lines, I connect a short hose from the outside shower connection to the black tank flush line connection and let the antifreeze flow thru the flush line. That winterizes both my shower line and the flush line.
BB_TX 09/30/14 03:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tailgate while towing question?

Factory gate stays on. Locking tailgate and locking roll type tonneau cover lets me carry things in the bed securely when not towing. Hose clamp on tailgate pin with tightening screw turned in least accessible direction and a dab of epoxy on end of hose clamp screw makes stealing my tailgate difficult at best.
BB_TX 09/29/14 08:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: the new texas safety inspection

When the new system begins. If your inspection expires before your registration expires, then you must have it inspected within 90 days of new registration and the station will give you proof of inspection for your registration. If you registration expires before your inspection expires, then you can get the registration and will not need a new inspection until next year. Only one window sticker with the new system.
BB_TX 09/27/14 08:46pm Snowbirds
RE: Pulling a Fifth Wheel problem, worried about my Dad...

How fast does he drive? If he drives slow (60) compared to trucks passing fast (70-75) it will amplify the push/pull effect. You will get a rapid push/pull rather than a gradual push/pull you get when speeds are closer.
BB_TX 09/27/14 08:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camper Lengths??

I believe it means the forward most point to the rearmost point, not including ladder. And forget model numbers. My 3075RL is listed as 34'-8". Have not actually measured it.
BB_TX 09/26/14 01:26pm Toy Haulers
RE: Lowering 2 inches w/o lowering tow capacity

Don't know about the van, but on the F350 trucks you can replace the 4" blocks under the springs with 2" blocks. Had that done on a previous 2007 F350. May be the same on the vans.
BB_TX 09/26/14 01:24pm Towing
RE: Social Security question/ help please if you know

If you take social security at 62 and invest it in good growth mutual funds for 5 years you will not only have a large pot of money to draw on, but the growth on your investments will offset the reduction factor and increase the break even point. Unless you happen to start drawing and investing at the start of one of the periodic drops in market value. Then you will lose money at first and spend the next years trying to get back to even. Even "good growth mutual funds" lose money during downturns. Been there more than once in my 401k/IRA investment years.
BB_TX 09/25/14 02:12pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Black tank overflow !!!

I use my tank flusher all the time but don't walk away while doing it. Same here. I do it just before getting ready to leave. I stand right beside the pull handle and where I can see the clear extension. After fully drained and flush on, I close the black tank valve no longer than a couple of minutes then open it. Do that until the water comes out relatively clean, about 4-5 times. Lots of extra "stuff" comes out the first time or two.
BB_TX 09/25/14 12:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: managing those 50 Amp cords

The yellow Marinco 50 amp cords are much easier to work with than those stiff 50 amp black cords, cold or hot.
BB_TX 09/25/14 11:53am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV Ovens, hate them, love them, or just meh?

Definitely a pizza stone in the bottom. Cooks very well with one. We use both the conventional oven and the microwave/convection oven for baking depending on what we are oooking.
BB_TX 09/25/14 08:16am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: ?

Guess I need to rephrase this... take out fleet sales and where would Ford sit in truck sales? Take out the fact that the federal government was STRONGLY encouraged to buy GM products after we, the taxpayers, bought them out and owned a majority share in them for several years... where does GM sit in any vehicles sold? This thread was obviously a trolling thread. It was only meant to stir the pot. We got the obligatory "McDonalds hamburger" theory too, the one that gets tossed around like its actually relevant. Lemme explain about the McDonalds hamburger again... McDonalds does NOT make the best hamburger. They do make the most popular hamburger for around $1. Therefore, amongst equally priced hamburgers, McDonalds is both the BEST and MOST POPULAR hamburger in the world. Ford, Ram and GM all make comparable products. They are all comparably priced. None of them are a Mercedes, but none of them are a Yugo either. Based upon sales of comparably priced vehicles with comparable features, Ford makes the most popular product. Definition of "best"; of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality. "the best pitcher in the league" synonyms: finest, greatest, top, foremost, leading, preeminent, premier, prime, first, chief, principal, supreme, of the highest quality, superlative, par excellence, unrivaled, second to none, without equal, nonpareil, unsurpassed, peerless, matchless, unparalleled, unbeaten, unbeatable, optimum, optimal, ultimate, incomparable, ideal, perfect; Ford trucks are the TOP in sales... FOREMOST in sales... LEADING in sales... FIRST, OF THE HIGHEST, UNRIVALED, SECOND TO NONE... Point made? Now, if we are going with the McDonalds hamburger argument then ANY truck can be compared to Ford. I would argue that Volvo is probably better and Freightliner may be the best. Of course a Ford F350 starts around $35K and a Freightliner is closer to $200K. Go back to bed kids... Amen!
BB_TX 09/24/14 06:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Connecting two 50 amp service cables together?

They do sell 50 amp extension cords for RVs.
BB_TX 09/24/14 02:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Social Security question/ help please if you know

80 is about right for the break even point. So your own personal health and life expectancy is a big factor. But so is your wife's. if you wait until full retirement age to draw and end up dying before 80 your wife, assuming she survives you, will continue to benefit from the higher monthly payment even though you are gone. For me and my wife, both of our parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles have tended to live to 85 and beyond with 90's common. So delaying applying for SS benefits made sense for us.
BB_TX 09/24/14 02:41pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Umbilical Cord

I have a 2012 F350 and the cord does not touch the paint on the back of the tailgate. The only place it touches is the top of the tailgate where the plastic rub strip is. I actually have both the in-bed connector and the bumper connector. And have used them both at different times.
BB_TX 09/23/14 08:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: honest advice on a truck for towing 10000lbs

If you are going to be towing in areas with mountains and steep grades you will probably be happier with the diesel. If most of your expected towing will be in flatter terrain then the gasser would probably do fine. My F350 6.7 diesel gets 10+ mpg towing a high profile ~12,500 lb 5er at 70 highway. So you could expect a little better for the lighter weight, and especially if you keep the speed down. I have a hard time doing that. Gasser may not do as well on the fuel economy. I can squeeze over 20 mpg highway on my diesel if I drive for maximum economy. But around 19 is more common for my driving habits. For that weight an F250/2500 truck would work fine. But an F350/3500 costs only slightly more and gives you more payload rating for that future upgrade in size/weight. ;) As for brand, any of the newer big 3 would be good. Just personal preference.
BB_TX 09/23/14 08:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7 diesel rear gear

My 2012 F350 6.7 SRW with 3.55 tows my ~12,500 lb 5er great, even in the Colorado mountains and passes.
BB_TX 09/22/14 01:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Keeping residential fridge doors closed during travel

At an RV show last weekend I overheard a lady discussing that with a salesman. She said a friend had their residential style fridge door come open during travel and dump most everything in the floor. He was recommending straps something like these, the best I could tell from his description. Adhesive backed so there is no drilling required.
BB_TX 09/21/14 07:40pm General RVing Issues

Check rvparkreviews.com for Terrell, TX. Some there but I don't know anything about them.
BB_TX 09/20/14 08:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grand Canyon or Yellowstone for 2015?

Although they are both awesome, my first choice would be Yellowstone. And, yes, I have been to both. But I think your 2 nights there and 2 back is a bit ambitious. You are looking at around 1,500 miles each way. Although some is interstate, a lot is not, and your average speed will not be that great. So doing 500 miles a day for 3 days would probably mean 10 hours travel each day including stops, maybe more with 3 children. A killer if done for 3 straight days going and again coming back. A trip to Grand Canyon would also be great. And you could run the interstate almost all the way greatly improving your average speed and lowering your travel hours. 2 nights would be much more doable there.
BB_TX 09/19/14 02:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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