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RE: Crazy Accident

When the signs pictured above are present I agree only a moron (Chucklehead, idiot, Bozo.... take your pick), ignore those instructions. The reality is that often, if not most of the time, those signs are not present. What you usually encounter is a sign simply stating right/left lane closed ahead and perhaps another saying merge left/right. When you encounter these signs it is your responsibility (not to mention the law), to merge as soon as it is safe to do so. That does not mean put the pedal to the metal in the lane that is about to close and pass all the folks that are complying with warning/instruction to move over and vacated the lane that is soon to close. The "people" that do this know they are jumping the line so to speak. They are self absorbed enough to think they simply do not need to wait/take their appropriate turn and properly merge. All to often these "people" underestimate how quickly the lane closes out and they find themselves flying by the slowing traffic with no place to go. No problem for them, they just slam on the brakes and jam in at the last possible moment. Then they show up on Forums like this one trying to justify their behavior but anyone with an IQ above their shoe size knows what is really happening. Methinks my new Dash camera is going to make me rich one of these days.... :B
Desert Captain 12/21/14 04:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Crazy Accident

Interesting (and slightly terrifying), thread. :E I must admit that the folks here who advocate just ignoring the upcoming lane closure warnings (while blasting past all of the folks who didn't), until the last minute, then jamming on the brakes and forcing their way in have convinced me.... to finally break down and buy a Dash camera. Sent an e mail to Santa just this morning for a nice, quality catching/documenting device that will surely pay for itself thousands of times over the first time there is an accident. Thanks again for all your input, I've put off adding this bit of protection for far too long. :C
Desert Captain 12/20/14 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Crazy Accident

If folks followed the 3 second rule, everyone could merge without forcing others to stop - period. Those jams that happen at the merge point wouldn't happen because every merging car would have enough room to merge into the other lane and no car in the other lane would have to slam on their brakes to avoid a collision. As long as folks ride each others bumpers in stop and go traffic, we will never have smooth merging. And, NO, the 3 second rule doesn't get you there any later than riding bumpers. What exactly IS the three second rule? The three second rule, usually known as the 2, 4, or 6 second rule allows you to easily and accurately determine the proper following distance instead of trying to compute one car length for each 10 mph(as was taught back in the 50's). Simply put you should have 2 seconds of following distance (regardless of your speed), on dry pavement, 4 on wet pavement and 6 if snow or ice are present. Watch the vehicle ahead of you and count off 2 full seconds (one thousand, two thousand, Mississippi, whatever),when they pass a particular point such as a shadow, lane marking or signpost. If you have the proper following distance you will not reach that point before the full 2, 4 or 6 seconds have passed. This method will generate one vehicle length per 10 mph of following distance easily and accurately. Some folks use the 3 second rule and that only enhances/increases you following distance which is usually a good idea. :C
Desert Captain 12/19/14 10:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Quartzsite - High Fuel Prices !

If you are eastbound to the Q just wait to buy your fuel when you clear out of California. Arizona will always be cheaper by a lot. The further east you go, farther from CA, the cheaper it gets. If you are westbound to the Q fuel up well before reaching the Q. Gas Buddy is currently showing several stations here in the north end of Tucson at $2.15. :C
Desert Captain 12/19/14 08:33am Roads and Routes
RE: Crazy Accident

The potential for that kind of scenario makes me appreciate it when a trucker or two begins to straddle two lanes, making it real hard for the guys who want to race up to the very last inch before merging into the only open lane. Had a trucker do that on I-40 east of Kingman earlier this year and I loved it! As long as the chuckleheads could pass after the lane closed warning signs they would. As car after car blasted by us and jammed into our lane traffic back up for miles. Once the trucker straddled the two lanes it ended the problem completely and made for safer conditions for everyone. A couple of miles later as the lane reopened the trucker passed, I tooted my horn and gave him a big thumbs up. :B
Desert Captain 12/19/14 08:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Furnace BTUs 18 vs 30

Pianotuna... Never mind. :R
Desert Captain 12/18/14 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Furnace BTUs 18 vs 30

Pianotuna, a large furnace will keep a coach whatever temperature you set the thermostat to. A smaller furnace may or may not do so do to the lack of available BTU's. Your pipes and tanks will be no colder, in fact quite the opposite, with the larger furnace. If you want to frame this discussion in terms of -30 to -40 that will apply to very few folks as camping in those conditions seriously borders on the insane. :E If it is going to be that cold you might just want to stay home snug and warm in the stick and brick and wait for better, safer conditions. BTW: It looks like ole man winter has arrived early here in Tucson.... it got down to 42 last night. We are looking at a high of only 58, dang, I may need to wear long pants out on the golf course this afternoon. :B As always.... Opinions and YMMV
Desert Captain 12/18/14 07:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Furnace BTUs 18 vs 30

"The closer the furnace is to 100% run time the more the comfort." "With a larger furnace the tank heaters become even more necessary." Huh? :h You are going to have to help me out with those two statements. I would have to argue that a larger furnace that has to run significantly less to maintain the same temperature, in addition to being more efficient will generate less noise (a part of overall comfort). A larger furnace, generating more heat, in no way necessitates a greater need for tank heaters. Most folks just crack the cabinet doors or a drawer or two to facilitate the abundant warm air's circulation. If anything a coach with a larger furnace might be just fine with no tank heaters. I have tank heat but have yet to run it as the large (35K BTU) furnace keeps our little 24' C so toasty with minimal run time. On a typical night below freezing the furnace only kicks on a few times for 5 minutes with the thermostat set at 65. Less furnace is a problem not a solution. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 12/17/14 11:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for a Cool Place to Camp in AZ during the Summer

Full hook ups or will water/electric with a nice dumps station due? if not, why not? (but I digress). :h Canyon point out near the Mogollon Rim is at 7,700'. Big Lake has hook ups at 9,200'. Fool Hollow in Show Low has hook ups and is over 6,000' but you will need reservations at just about any place with hook ups. Bryce is "doable" in the summer but Zion (and most of Utah's canyon country can be brutally hot). The North Rim is over 9,000' but not sure about the hook ups. There is a nice RV park (Kaibob something), with hook ups in the woods just outside of Jacob lake (47 miles north of the North Rim). There are a number of nice CG's/RV parks in the Flagstaff area. If you are 5,000' or more Arizona summers are nothing but nice. :C
Desert Captain 12/17/14 08:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Furnace BTUs 18 vs 30

"Bigger furnace---equals more available heat-------less run time. And if gets too hot......turn t-stat down." X2 Got to agree with Old- Biscuit on this. You really can't have too much heat/AC, the thermostat will give you all the control you will ever need. Ours is analog but if it ever fails to accurately control the temp I'll just upgrade to a digital model, easily done and not much money. :C
Desert Captain 12/17/14 07:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Furnace BTUs 18 vs 30

When it comes to comfort systems like AC/Heat more is always better. A lot of builders go cheap on these systems (which is a good indicator of the overall quality or lack thereof). Lots of 30'+ RV's out there with just 13,500 BTU AC's and less than 20,000 BTU furnaces. Kind of makes you wonder what else they skimped on. :R Our 24' Class C has a 35,000 BTU furnace and a separate system of heated tanks. While we do camp throughout the winters our winters here in the west are mild and yet that 35K furnace still gets a workout every trip. Overall a larger system will be more efficient. I recommend the OP goes with the largest system available. :C
Desert Captain 12/16/14 03:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Must see destinations

Shenandoah National Park and surrounding area Smoky Mountain National Park and surrounding area You can use the Blue Ridge Parkway to see both. X2 We spent a week on the Blue Ridge Parkway/Shenandoah NP last May and it was unbelievable. Besides being off the chart gorgeous the sheer magnitude of the engineering marvel that is the Parkway/NP is a must experience adventure. A close second for us was touring DC and Annapolis (you'll just have to try and deal with the worst roads in the country), :E
Desert Captain 12/15/14 06:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What is Quartzsite RV Show all about?

This will be our 4th or 5th year :h and we have a blast every trip. We arrive on Monday after the opening weekend, spend 2 days and nights and then get on down the road. That is more than enough time to see everything we want to see and have a lot of fun doing it. The weather is usually pretty good and as noted above, the people watching is about as good as it gets. :B
Desert Captain 12/15/14 09:40am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona

Is there firewood available at this park? Yes, there's a fire ring in each site and decent sized bundles of firewood can be purchased from the Camp Hosts for around $6. :C
Desert Captain 12/14/14 07:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Camping in Arizona

Another good Tucson area park is Catalina State Park. Lots of room, lots of hiking trails, at the base of the Santa Catalina mountains. Catalina SP is very nice but be aware that if you want hookups, reservations during snowbird season are a very good idea. Also they do not allow wood fires of any kind. :C
Desert Captain 12/13/14 12:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Duracell Golf Cart Batteries

The golf carts will be taller. Do you have enough clearance to be able to top them up, check with a hydrometer and do the routine corrosion maintenance (measure twice, buy once). I am on the fence on going from my two group 27's (that are getting tired), to a pair of golf carts but these are the issues I am weighing (so to speak). If it is not easy to properly maintain them most folks won't and that gets expensive down the road. Let us know what you decide. :C
Desert Captain 12/12/14 04:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: cpap machine

Roy Ken, keep on yapping as you are getting it right on. That is the exact Blue Sea outlet I used. The quality of the Blue Sea product line is well worth a few extra bucks. :C
Desert Captain 12/12/14 01:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: cpap machine

If you are going to run a CPap off of an inverter it should be a Pure Sine Wave model. Using a non sine wave inverter will probably fry your CPap. Caps are much more efficient running off of DC vs an inverter. I added a dedicated 12V cigarette lighter style outlet and ordered a 12V power cord ($25), from my CPap manufacturer. The outlet is hard wired directly to the batteries with a 10 amp in line fuse and the 12V Cpap power cord also has an in line fuse. :C
Desert Captain 12/12/14 12:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anything worth visiting in Northwestern New Mexico?

We enjoyed our stay at Bluewater Lake which is just a few miles south of I-40 east of Gallup. Nice CG with hookups and spectacular lake views. :B
Desert Captain 12/09/14 04:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How many hours on your Generator ?

Bought our 2012 Nexus 15 months ago with 8.8 hours on the genny. After an additional 21,000 miles we are up to 52 hours. Mostly we camp without hook ups but even then we don't "need" to run it all that often. I try and put a solid hour under a significant load on it every month. Most of the time when I run it the benefit lies more with the generator vs the batteries. :C
Desert Captain 12/09/14 04:02pm General RVing Issues
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