If you are driving a motor home do not use 198 into the park. From Visalia go north on 63 to 180 and then go into Sequoia on 180. MUCH, MUCH better mountain road into the park. Should you go 198, it will be two trips in one, your first and last.
If you are driving a car, 198 is OK, but very steep, windy road with switchbacks.
I have driven both roads many, many times over the years, and would NOT take a motorhome or pull a trailer up 198!!!
How is the 245 to the 180 to 198? I will be staying overnight in Visalia KOA, then to Lodgepole.
I could go stright shot north on the 63 to the 180, but the 245 looks a lot shorter. Thoughts?
Hwy 58 between Hwy 101 and Hwy 33 is not suitable for a 38 ft MH. At least I would not drive it, it's too steep, windy and narrow. Not too bad for a car or better yet a motorcycle.
Use either Hwy 46, best or Hwy 166 between 101and I-5.
I would contact CW, the selling dealer and demand immediate repairs. If they cannot or do not perform correctly, I would immediately seek advise from a lemon law vehicle attorney.
You did not pay for this unit to set in your drive, unusable, for weeks waiting for someone to make repairs. You are caught between CW, Ford and Thor. You don't care who's fault this is, just get it fixed!
In cases like this an attorney's demand letter can work miracles. HOPEFULLY
Best route is 101 north to 46 east. Hwy 46 has a lot of 4 lane divided hwy with 65 kph speed limit. Hwy 166 is ALL two lane, crooked road with 55 mph speed limit. Road surface is much better on 46.
There is no question 46 is the better route for ease of driving and quality of roadway!
Too many people wanting to camp at prime time and only about 600 spaces. Need to build more and reopen the upper and lower river campgrounds. Will never happen, though. So two choices: partake in the campground lottery at 7:00am on the appointed day or look for spaces outside the park and be willing to drive daily into and out of the park.
Your comment about building or reopening Upper and Lower River Campgrounds is certainly part of the problem. The flood that environenmentalist used to lobby for closing the campgrounds did not destroy the campgrounds. I personally walked the campgrounds in June after the flood and all features of the campground remained, including the roads, walkways, toilet buildings, firepits and food storage lockers. The flood was used as an excuse to get the campers with cars out of the valley!!!
Yosemite Lodge is still trying to get their allotment of cabins they had to close because of the flood. Again, anything to keep some people and cars out of the valley.
Are you aware the environmentalist lobby is trying to get some of the bridges across the Merced river that were build by CCC using native rock destroyed because they are not native. These bridges are now used by bicycles and hikers, not cars, but they want them out.
I urge you to contact your elected representatives, Congressmen and Senators to STOP 'restoring' Yosemite Valley. Otherwise it will be restored to keep all vehicles out, especially motor homes and trailers. They do not want us in the valley with our motorized vehicles.
The environmentalist lobby is very strong, Sierra Club, and well organized and if we set by without being heard, we will loose the use of a beautiful valley.
Hwy 166 is OK, but a much better route is Hwy 58 from Barstow to Bakersfield, then north on 99 to Hwy 46, then west to Hwy 101, then south to Pismo Beach. Hwy 46 is a much better highway, mostly 4 lane, divided and maybe about 15 miles further, but worth the extra miles!
I travel up and down the valley frequently, and find I-5 between Sacramento and Bakersfield is much a better road surface, smoother. Another plus is much less local traffic with on and off ramps. Strongly suggest I-5 south to Seventh Standard Road and then east to 99.
Seventh Standard is a very good two lane that turns into a four lane divided highway east of Santa Fe Way. By far the best route from I-5 to 99, less traffic and better roads.
Do not overlook Pismo Coast Village RV park in Pismo Beach. Very nice and right on the beach. Within walking distance to many good restaurants. Tends to fill up on weekends, but should have no problem during week.
Pismo area also has two State Park campgrounds. Oceano has electrical and water, but no sewer. North Beach does not have hookups, but has a dump station. North Beach has very spacious sites that are not crowded together. Oceano is limited to 36 ft length units. Both State Parks have nice toilet / shower facilities.
I agree with several previous posters about the use of good quality polish of your choice and apply with a power ball or cone.
After application of the polish using the ball / cone, I finish the job with Viva brand paper towels to remove the polish residue. After which you have a very high level shine.
I had a Banks system, air intake, headers, etc. installed on a '92 Airstream 31 ft MH with Chev 454 and could hardly believe the improvement in performance.
The engine ran cooler, and performed much better with less throttle. I was extremely pleased with the installation, and would recommend you go with the Banks system if the budget allows it. After I had the system installed I loved to drive the coach, it just seemed to run with a lot less effort.
I had a similar problem with a Dometic refer, and it finally would only stay on for a very few minutes. Had it checked out, and the main electronic board was bad. Tech said it was a fairly common problem. Easy fix. Install new board in a few minutes,, but not a Dometic board. Use a Diansour board. Less expensive and more dependable. My board was one of the most expensive at $225.00, most are much less.
Flying J at Merced Avenue north of Bakersfield has one lane dedicated for RV use, and it has both diesel and gas. In addition they have four fuel islands for autos, with access on both sides, and the islands on the outside have diesiel and gas, interior islands only have gas. They also have ten truck lanes with DEF. Truck lanes tend to always be very busy.
Their RV dump is adjacent to the RV fuel lane, but not accessible from the RV lane. You must exit and drive around to the dump station. It is easy accessible.
Easy on and off the freeway 99. I live in the area, and Flying J at this location is my favorite fueling station for diesel.
If there's snow in Tehachapi, might not there also be snow in the Gorman/Frazier Park area?
Anyway, if you do take 138 over to 14, you can just go back up 14 to Mojave and continue on your way on Hwy 58 east (that is, if you're wanting to come to AZ on I-40).
I live in Bakersfield, and the Tehachapi pass has far less problem with snow and ice than the I-5 Grapevine route. Often the pass thru Tehachapi is open when the Grapevine is closed or controlled.
Ladies and Gents,
Recently I posted a thread about my "Dream RV" and many of you nice folks responded with your thoughts. Well, the DW brought something up after a day or two of that thread and showed it to me. If you click on that C/L sales ad for that RV, there's something in the pictures that's not making sense.
Ultimate dream RV
Now, along with the big main picture in the ad, there's 8 small pics that are alongside it. Starting from number 1 at the top, pictures 6 and 7 are the ones in question. Now, take a look at #6 and notice the kitchen faucet and it's position on the counter, the cabinet arrangement, drawers etc. Now, hover over picture #7 and notice, the faucet appears to be in a different arrangement. Hmmmmmmm The cabinet arrangement is different in relation to the faucet and, if you look close, it appears there's a drop down section of the counter top just to the left of the faucet in that picture.
But, where would that drop down section of counter top be in pic #6?
I don't think that Alpine put two sinks and two kitchen faucets in one slide out so, there's just a strange optical illusion of some sort here. I'm thinking somehow, the faucet in pic #6 got put into the picture of #7 when, it's not supposed to be there, not sure. Or, am I not seeing the BIG PICTURE here? Maybe I'm (We're) not seeing something that all of you might see and can explain it to me (us).
Those two photographs are not of the same coach. Notice the cabinet apron / drawer front (horizontal) is a very light wood in #7, but not in #6. Also notice the drop down cabinet top is not in both photographs. Someone is playing tricks with photos!
I replaced my tires with Toyo's for less than $2000 for six tires. Check with Les Schwab if they are in your area or any truck tire dealer for Toyo's. I believe you will be plesantly surprised by the price and the quality of the tires.
Why is it the State's business who I rent a trailer from, or if it is a borrowed trailer, or if I own the unit?
because you asked another commercial vendor to deliver a trailer, when there was already a vendor that had exclusive rights to Oceano.
it's state property and they are bound by contract.
if you had drove it in yourself, then it wouldn't have been a problem.
SkyRiver put the Ranger in violation of the contract the Parks system had with Luv-to-Camp.
IF a California State campground has an exclusive arrangement with any such vendor, it must be a part of the CONTRACT with the person making the reservations. NO SURPRISES - PUT IT IN WRITING SO ALL WILL KNOW RULES!
California State Parks system has not credibility - remember they 'hid' $54 million dollars from the Budget Director. Something SMELLS!
Maybe you'd get a response if you just asked the supervising ranger, WHY?..I consider a lawsuit a LAST resort, not a FIRST one...just sayin..Dennis
Agree...I think you are over reacting and should rethink.
X3 - My "gut feeling" is the OP (for some reason) didn't have the "guts" to ask questions of the folks that did (or should have) had the answers.
What are the *chances* of someone on the forums who might have stayed there with a rental RV - and provide an answer?
My guess = Probably was one of the Chance Brothers: Slim and None!.:W
Your 'gut' feeling is wrong, because that is exactly what was done! The Ranger provided NO valid information.
Made reservations for spaces at Oceano State campground for Thanksgiving holiday for three days. Needed to rent a trailer for use and have the rental company spot the trailer in the campground. Arrived at campground registered with attendant on duty and told her the trailer will be delivered by Skyriver RV, a local RV dealer who rents units. She said NO, only RV units rented from Luv-to-Camp could be used in the campground. Remember this is a California State Park. All she said was I needed to contact Sky River RV to get a refund, NO question, we could not use the trailer we had rented. Immediately asked to discuss the issue with the Supervising Ranger of the park. Finally, she called him and he told her to let us go ahead with the reservations and rental we had made.
However, when the Skyriver RV delivered the unit, the Supervising Ranger had a private discussion with him.
My question is, has anyone else heard of anything like this restriction on rental units in California State Parks? I made reservation thru Reserve America, and their contract does not contain anything that references this.
My gut feeling is the local State Ranger Office has some sweet deal with Luv-to-Camp, and is getting a cut of the take???
Why is it the State's business who I rent a trailer from, or if it is a borrowed trailer, or if I own the unit?
Would like to know if anyone else has encountered such nonsence from a California State campground - anywhere?
I would love to pursue legal action against the Pismo State Beach Ranger Administration Office for restraint of trade!
1st off, your RV guy has NO idea what he is talking about. There was NO inert gas between the panes as these are dual pane NOT thermopane windows. They may have been coated with a "low E" coating, but I doubt it. If you remove the dual pane and replace with a single pane, expect significantly more noise intrusion and sweat on the window in colder temps.
Contact RV Glass Solutions for the truth about fogging and where it can be repaired. We had our one drivers window repaired by Suncoast Design in Hudson FL and the total cost to remove, repair, re-install and give a 5 year warranty was under $250. Plus they furnished a 50A RV site for the night at the factory.
Correct response. My first thought reading the OP's question was he should run, not walk away from that RV guy.
Contact one of the shops you recommended, or another source is Dave Root RV Glass in Bend Oregon. Dave also makes trips to Quartzite, and does repairs on the trip to and from his home. He repairs windows for about $300 per window. Your price may vary, but do not jerry rig your windows by making them single glass or Lexan, etc.