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RE: Towing with steep grades

Basic rules, go down in the same gear you went up. When speed increases more than your comfortable with, brake hard enough to slow quickly to 5MPH below desired speed. DO NOT ride the brakes. Agree, and maybe even one gear lower than what you used on ascent. Another reply to your post pointed out that the grade on the descent may not be the same as the ascent. True, but don't assume it will be less. Enjoy & be safe.
Drbolasky 08/27/15 02:06pm Towing
RE: Yep! saw it myself!

Saw a similar incident at Lake Elsinore (in CA) about 6 years ago, only in that case the MH went in the water front end first (and yes, with the boat trailer behind). Still can't figure out what the driver was trying to do.........
Drbolasky 08/24/15 07:45am RV Lifestyle
RE: Some Businesses on Facebook rant

My gripe is that when I "liked" a page in order to get updates on the huge fires in North Idaho near where I used to live, I started getting ads from everywhere. Apparently they think I am interested in everything that anyone else who liked the page is interested in. Even getting off the page didn't help. Now about every third or fourth post on my timeline is an ad for something that FB thinks I should be interested in. Rant over. Agree. I'm not on Facebook (DW is) but my cell phone provider likes to bombard me with ads, too. Hate it. That's not why I got a smart phone.......
Drbolasky 08/23/15 04:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: US 15 in Pennsylvania

Rt. 15 - just be sure you don't miss the right-hand turn on to Walnut St. in Wormleysburg. Rt. 15 & Front St. are one in the same until you get to this point. Things are not always marked real well in PA. From the NY/PA line down to Williamsport Rt. 15 runs together with the "Future I-99 Corridor" so it's all 4-lane limited access. At just about any exit, however, you can get off and find fuel at the small towns along old Rt. 15. In Williamsport you leave the limited access and take the Rt. 15 bridge across the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in to South Williamsport. Lots of stations along here but you also have lots of traffic lights and cross traffic all the way south until you're below I-80 at Watsontown. You're back to 4-lane once you get below the Rt. 15 interchange with Rt. 581 except for the stretch at Dillsburg. Enjoy & safe travels. On edit: Believe it or not most of Rt. 15 is actually in good shape. Otherwise, yeah, our roads in PA are among the worst in the U. S.
Drbolasky 08/22/15 03:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Riding Mower

I've had a John Deere for 23 years - IMHO they are solidly built and designed to last. Still expensive but prices have come down somewhat now that you can get them at HD and other "big box" stores.
Drbolasky 08/20/15 04:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Why so many rude and irrelevant comments

This forum is tame compared to others I've visited, but mosseater is right on the money. The downside of all this technology that we use to stay connected is that it has depersonalized our interactions with one another. Lots of folks use that as license to say things in cyberspace that they would not say in person. JMHO 99% of the folks I've met in campgrounds are great people.
Drbolasky 08/19/15 07:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Have you ever camped in a cemetery??

Overnight in a cemetery? Disrespectful, period. Even if that list was "tongue in cheek" there is nothing funny about that suggestion.
Drbolasky 08/19/15 07:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mountain Towing

I used tow/haul, and manually shifted gears. Be patient, both going up and down hills. Let the engine do the work downhill - not your brakes. Plan ahead and anticipate as you approach steep grades and sharp turns. Regards to the controller - I've had great results with a Tekonsha Prodigy. X 2
Drbolasky 08/18/15 05:40am Towing
RE: is it risky buying a travel trailer that is 8 years old

Our first TT was a Sunline T-1550 that was 14 years old when we bought it, so age by itself is not the issue. Our current TT is 15 years old. A thorough inspection is a must, as a number of replies to this post have said. Typically the refrigerator is the most expensive appliance to replace, so if it is weak or non-functioning that would be a deal-breaker. If the unit has any water damage, walk away.
Drbolasky 08/18/15 05:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Family across country road trip

We've done three such cross-country trips of over 30 days each. You didn't say if you had kids with you but if that is the case, I'd break up a 1900-mile trip like that in half with a day or two off the road, or possibly a driving marathon to the Outer Banks but then making time to stop & see things on the way back. Just saying'. I would book the campgrounds for the first half of the trip, especially if we were in a popular tourist area or if we needed to have a site over a holiday weekend. I'd have already planned out where I though we'd be staying for the balance of the trip and would call those campgrounds a day or two in advance to reserve. We had a couple of instances where the places I anticipated we'd stay did not pan out, and in both cases we ultimately lucked out. It's no fun not having a place to stay in hot, humid summer weather so advance planning can really save the day. Figure closer to 50-55 mph for your rate of travel. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 08/16/15 02:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trip Coventry CT to Gettysburg PA

There is bridge construction on I-84 shortly after you cross from NY in to PA at Milford. Depending on the time of day there could be a significant back up. The only stretch of I-81 north of the junction with I-78 that I've driven has been at the Rt. 309 interchange where there was a bridge replacement going on - but that was over a year ago so I don't know what the status is today. I was just in Harrisburg two weeks ago and there was no construction on 81 between the Cameron St. interchange and I-78. You can avoid the I-84 bridge project north of Milford if you do this - I-84 east in to PA and get off at the first exit in PA (I think it's Exit 53) and go through Milford via Rt. 209/6. Staying on Rt. 209 south takes you through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (nice drive but not always fast). You'll have a short stretch on I-80 around Stroudsburg, then get on Rt. 33 south to I-78 west and on to I-81 south. Very do-able with your rig. Our usual route to Gettysburg via I-81 is to take I-83 south, then use Rt. 581 to get to Rt. 15. Traffic will be heavy in Harrisburg whether there is construction or not.
Drbolasky 08/16/15 04:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Hill City, SD to Sundance, WY

We drove that very route back in 2004. Nice drive, no issues. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 08/16/15 04:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Durango/Silverton Train

I would not risk going without reservations. JMHO
Drbolasky 08/13/15 01:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: See Little Bighorn and Devil's Tower "on the run"?

A couple of hours at each should suffice, but you do realize they are not really that close to each other, yes? Three & a half hours driving from one to the other with no stops.
Drbolasky 08/13/15 01:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Around Chicago

Either do Snowman's route or take the SS Badger, the car ferry from Manitowoc WI to Ludington, MI. Yes, it could be pricey depending on the length of your rig but it is a neat experience and gets you out from behind the wheel for four hours. There is a discount if you take the midnight sailing, however you cannot stay in your RV.
Drbolasky 08/12/15 05:38am Roads and Routes
RE: Mayberry RFD:::(humor, not mine)

The small town I grew up in was very much like Mayberry, and as a kid I couldn't understand what was so "special" about Mayberry since that was the only environment I knew at the time. Fast forward to 2015...the town I grew up in is still on the map but has long since lost its "Mayberry" feel. And they call it progress....... As to marital status of the characters, who knows if it was deliberate or not? I know I wouldn't want to live anywhere without my DW of 30 years......
Drbolasky 08/11/15 08:05am Around the Campfire
RE: overnight stay at Cabelas Hamburg, PA?

X 2 on Pine Hill. If you are eastbound on I-78, get off at the exit for Rt. 727/Krumsville, cross over the interstate to the blinking light then turn right to continue to head east. You are now on "Old Rt. 22, which parallels I-78. Pine Hill is a mile or two down the road. When you leave Pine Hill you can continue east on Old 22 and get back on I-78 at the next interchange.
Drbolasky 08/10/15 05:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Brothers trailer and truck destroyed

It's a miracle nobody was seriously injured - I with your brother & his family a speedy recovery and hope they do not let this keep them from traveling again.
Drbolasky 08/09/15 03:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Summer time campground for adults

"Cooler climates" is a large area - might help if you narrow it down a bit. In PA we did a kayak trip out of Buttonwood CG in Mexico, PA on the Juniata River. You'll find lots of outfitters along the Delaware River National Recreation Area in northeastern PA. Pennsylvania also has no shortage of rail trails so you'll have no problem finding at least one near a campground. Case in point - we're looking to do the rail trail in Pine Creek Canyon - Potter & Tioga Counties in the northern tier of PA. It will be interesting to see what other responses this post generates.
Drbolasky 08/08/15 04:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What would you change?

People change trailers because things change. Pretty much sums it up. Even though our kids are no longer camping with us (in spite of my sig!) we've found only maybe ONE floorpan we like better than what we have now. I'd like to think that's because we invested nearly 2 years worth of time thinking about how we were going to use our trailer, and then plenty of shopping at not less than 8 dealers. The dealer's goal is quite different. They just want to get you in to a trailer - ANY trailer!
Drbolasky 08/08/15 04:11pm Travel Trailers
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