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RE: Garmin, really

You're probably better off not using the Garmin. Program it to go to Alaska and you'll probably find yourself heading south into Florida as it takes you around the world to Alaska. The Trucker's Atlas is the way to go. When I want to get lost I program the Garmin to head to Dallas, Texas so I can find all the dirt roads on the way.
PenMan 05/03/18 11:19am Technology Corner
RE: How do I know a tire's low/flat on dual wheel axle?

I have a TPMS with sensors on my trailer and on my dually truck. I had a flat on the inner tire and only knew about it because of the monitor. It did not happen while I was traveling but I got an alarm as soon as I started to move the truck. I could not tell by looking that it was flat. I use the system even when not pulling the trailer for that exact reason. What TPMS system did you add to your truck ? I have a 2005 dodge dually I'd like to put TPMS on. I have the Truck System Technologies (TST) system. It has worked great. I had to add steel valve extensions (don't use the flexible ones) to get the sensors installed. I got them from Tire Man Valve Extensions but their webpage does not come up any longer. They are available from other vendors.
PenMan 04/25/18 12:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How do I know a tire's low/flat on dual wheel axle?

I have a TPMS with sensors on my trailer and on my dually truck. I had a flat on the inner tire and only knew about it because of the monitor. It did not happen while I was traveling but I got an alarm as soon as I started to move the truck. I could not tell by looking that it was flat. I use the system even when not pulling the trailer for that exact reason.
PenMan 04/24/18 11:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Owners of RVGarmin gps

Do you think maybe you set your height wrong in the setup screen? Or forgot to set it? I've driven that same route with my 13' high motorhome (really 12'6") and never had a bleep. I have the correct measurements in the setup. We are under 12 ft. high. The crazy part about it telling me to exit from I-40 was I had been through Oklahoma City but going the opposite direction a month before with no warnings from the Garmin. My first thought was they had started work on a bridge but when the 18 wheelers weren't exiting I decided to just follow one of them. Never did see any bridge construction. I still use it when on the interstates mainly to tell distance to a destination. I never trust it any more but use a trucker's atlas and it has never been wrong. The Garmin was wrong many, many times.
PenMan 04/21/18 11:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Owners of RVGarmin gps

Gee, my RV-760 does just fine. Of course I've learned how to set it up and how to plot a route using Basecamp. It takes a little effort. If you're not willing to put in the effort any gps or app will most assuredly lead you astray down a cow path through a farmer's back 40. So please, learn how it works. I know how it works. Poorly. I had a good route planned, straight down I-40 from Tennessee to New Mexico. Entering Oklahoma City my Garmin instructed me to exit as there was a low bridge ahead (yeah right, on I-40). The semis in front of me weren't exiting so I followed them. All the way to New Mexico there was not a low bridge even though my Garmin kept insisting (many, many times) that I needed to exit. Piece of junk. I now use a trucker's atlas.
PenMan 04/19/18 12:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Owners of RVGarmin gps

I have the Garmin 760 which offers the correct route/turns about 50% of the time. Very disappointed in this device and hope the later versions have been improved. x2 but I don't ever plan to buy another Garmin.
PenMan 04/18/18 11:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: gas stations

Truck stops won't help you since you don't use diesel fuel. I tow a 37 ft. trailer with a long bed Ram (total length of rig is 59 ft.) and find I have to be careful which stations I use but I have not had a real problem even when I don't use a truck lane. Since you are using gas it should be even easier since you will have a lot more choice in the pump location (diesel is almost always on the outside pump). Just take your time and don't get in a hurry and you should be fine.
PenMan 04/14/18 09:58am Travel Trailers
RE: question about macerator use

I've used mine for years and no problems. I use the black tank rinse until it runs clear.
PenMan 04/13/18 02:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Garmin GPS RV760 LMT

I have the 760 with up to date maps. All I have to do is turn it on and it will get me lost. I will never trust it again. I use a trucker's atlas to plan my route and use the GPS to look ahead for diesel, food, etc. My phone has a better map program. The last time I was on I40 in Oklahoma it kept telling me I had to exit as there was a low bridge ahead (I'm under 12 feet high). I noticed the 18 wheelers were not exiting so I decided to take a chance but the Garmin kept telling me to exit. Made it all the way to New Mexico and never saw a low bridge. It has done similar mid-directions many times. Just saying...
PenMan 03/31/18 11:30am Technology Corner
RE: Albuquerque During Balloon Fest

Thanks for all the wonderful info. We are now leaning strongly to staying on site. Very concerned about boon docking for 3 full nights. I'm also wondering about how crowded is it around Albuquerque during the Festival? I'm thinking we'll just enjoy a few days of the festival and then visit Albuquerque and surrounding areas next year when we head west again. It gets very crowded during the fiesta. It almost doubles the city's population over the ten day period. I'm not sure how they know how many people are visiting but it runs around 700,000 visitors. That's about what our population is last time I checked.
PenMan 03/24/18 10:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Can we tow 37' TT w/ Ram 2500 Diesel SRW w/ good stability?

I'm towing a 37 ft. TT with a Ram 3500 dually. Absolutely no problems. Can't even tell when a big truck passes me if I couldn't see it. No sway at all. Easy to back but it does require more room at that length. I have never towed this TT with a SRW so I'm not really certain how much the dually helps.
PenMan 03/16/18 09:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Albuquerque During Balloon Fest

You will have a great time if the weather cooperates. We just walk out our back door since we live in Albuquerque. I won't get into that traffic.
PenMan 03/12/18 12:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travel trailer security - keep it or stuff from being stolen

I use a hitch lock at home and in a campground. I lock the door and stoarge bin doors. I carry insurance. Never had anything stolen in a campground or while boondocking but I did have the battery stolen while parked in the driveway at home. I added a second battery and installed battery locks. Never another problem.
PenMan 03/02/18 10:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Spare tire age

I change the spare when I change the tires that are being used. Go by age, not use or mileage.
PenMan 02/28/18 11:20am Travel Trailers
RE: What is it like to tow a 34 foot hitch trailer?

I went from a 23 foot to a 37 foot TT. I pull with the RAM in my signature. Total length is 59 feet. It is actually easier to back the longer trailer but as others have mentioned the road width is fairly important when trying to back into a space. As far as pulling on the road I can barely tell the trailer is back there until it's time to stop. It is a much heavier trailer and does take longer to stop. It all comes down to practice and knowing what your setup can handle.
PenMan 02/27/18 12:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Harbor Freight Jump Starter

You don't mention what engine your Class C has but these are about useless on a diesel. I always have a generator with me so I carry a regular battery charger/starter that needs 120v power. Always works but it is a lot more trouble.
PenMan 02/21/18 10:51am Technology Corner
RE: Local Fellow Campers

Have you looked for a local Good Sam chapter? That may be the easiest way to find others near you.
PenMan 01/29/18 10:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Theft and replacement questions

Replace both batteries is the best practice.
PenMan 01/03/18 12:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Vehicle Overkill?

No such thing as tow vehicle overkill. I was having trouble pulling my 23 ft. hybrid in the NM mountains with a Ford half ton van (biggest V8 offered at the time). I bought a one ton Dodge diesel dually since I didn't know what I might want to move up to as far as a future trailer purchase. Now I'm very happy I did that.
PenMan 12/22/17 10:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1 ton Dually Pickup Owners Question

To the OP. You were lied to. No such laws.
PenMan 12/08/17 03:14pm Tow Vehicles
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