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RE: Goofy Garmin Directions

I don't trust my Garmin (the one specifically for RV's) unless I am on a four (or more) lane highway. It is never reliable on backroads. I go to Taos, NM at least twice a year. There are a couple routes I take depending on if I am towing or not. One route would be a disaster with our 37 foot trailer because there is one turn that could not be made at all and it would be impossible to back up. The other route is a simple direct and shorter route but the scenery is not quite as nice. Guess which route my Garmin wants me to take? Never really trust any GPS.
PenMan 11/26/15 10:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Low Point Drain Valve Replacement

I use Sharkbite like dmullen shows above. Work great.
PenMan 11/22/15 12:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generators stolen --- UPDATE pg 4

Ouch!!! that sucks... We camp off the grid all the time and not around many folks. For us keeping them out of sight is best defense... We would never leave anything like that unattended at the camp site... My 2KW Generator lives in the tail gate corner of my covered and locked folding bed cover truck bed... When we need to use it and it is allowed we just pull it out onto the dropped tail gate. This is the only time it is visible... Being secured in the truck bed my generator goes where we go. So far so good since 2008... http://i.imgur.com/YZMuX.jpg height=300 Roy Ken I do the same.
PenMan 11/20/15 11:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Santa Rosa, N.M. RV Campground

I'm not familiar with which campground you are referring to. It must not have been the Santa Rosa Lake State Park. The NM state parks are usually great places and I have never met an unfriendly person working at one. Sorry for the bad experience. Please do a review as others have suggested.
PenMan 11/16/15 10:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need advice on an RV GPS?

I'm not a fan of the Garmin for RV's. It has been very unreliable as far as routing. I really can't remember a trip over the past year and a half that it did not try to lead me to Tim-Buc-To (that's old people language for really, really lost). I will never trust it on anything other than major highways. If the road is two lanes just forget using it. I had an old Garmin from the early 2000's that did a much better job of routing. Unfortunately I gave it away when I got the new Garmin in 2014.
PenMan 11/15/15 01:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Respecting Boundaries at the RV Park

If I understand correctly, they are in the space behind yours. That would put your sewer connection right in the middle of what they consider their space. Could get funny.....just thinking out loud.
PenMan 11/04/15 10:31am RV Lifestyle
RE: Garmin Basecamp

http://gpx.cgtk.co.uk I did get it to show the US. It is not a easy as MS Streets and Trips or Delorme Street Atlas. How did you get it to show the USA?
PenMan 11/04/15 10:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Garmin 760

All I can say is good luck. You usually get to the desired location but it may be much farther than it needs to be. I have one and would not buy another. Always keep a paper map available.
PenMan 10/25/15 04:06pm Beginning RVing
RE: Wheel Bearing Maintenance

Owner's manual says annually but I repack every other year. Never a problem but I do watch temperatures when towing.
PenMan 10/21/15 03:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Open Range Owners Any Problems

We have had very few problems with our 2013 Open Range travel trailer. The only warranty item we had was a bad propane regulator (not Open Range fault) that would not switch between tanks. The replaced it promptly. We have had a cabinet start to come loose but I fixed that myself. I did have to change the door lock on the entry door after a couple of years. We really like our trailer and would definitely buy another one but we plan to keep this trailer until death do us part (we don't plan to full time in it but we do plan to snowbird starting next year).
PenMan 10/15/15 10:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Garmin RV 760LMT

This is my second Garmin. I bought it specifically because it was made for an RV. I bought a cheaper camera but it works great with the Garmin. I don't trust the GPS to guide me based on lots of use including cross country trips. It is not a map problem but the routing is crazy. I definitely carry paper maps and use them. I have actually found my phone gps app to work better as far as routing goes. The Garmin for RV's will definitely get you into trouble if you rely on it alone. If I had it to do over, I would not buy the Garmin but I don't have experience with other brands so I can't say if they would work any better.
PenMan 10/15/15 10:38am General RVing Issues
RE: good sam magazine (think it was called trailer life)

It is still being published. If you are a Good Sam member you get four issues of Trailer Life or Motorhome Life (your choice) with your membership. Either way you should be able to check your subscription by calling the numbers listed above.
PenMan 10/13/15 09:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Open Range Slide Out Problem

I haven't had any problems with my slides so I am repeating what I heard at an Open Range owner's rally. I don't think you have to do anything except push but it takes a couple of strong guys. Have you checked on the owner's forum? http://www.openrangeowners.com/ORforum/
PenMan 10/12/15 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Open Range Slide Out Problem

Did the tech offer any suggestions on how to move the slide in or out when you have a bad gearbox? It's called the two man push. I haven't had any problems with my slides on my Open Range but had lots of trouble with my previous hybrid. I think OR just got a batch of bad gears. They are very good about warranty work.
PenMan 10/11/15 12:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Black water toilet plugged

Is it really the toilet plugged or is it the black tank? Need more info.
PenMan 10/10/15 10:22am Tech Issues
RE: NM Route 3 between I-25 and I-40

I have always taken I25 and then take Tramway Road to get to I40. I live just off of Tramway Road near I40. If I were coming from Colorado I would do the same and take I40 east a few miles to Edgewood unless you just want to take backroads.
PenMan 10/06/15 11:53am Roads and Routes
RE: Please recommend TT for towing behind Chevy 1500 Van

I've been there, done that. Had a 1996 Ford E-150 with the biggest V8 they had at the time. It had a much higher tow rating than your van. Two adults and two kids. We had a 23 foot hybrid and the van really struggled in any mountains. I would recommend a new tow vehicle or a pop-up which will obviously not meet your needs. Just being realistic.
PenMan 10/02/15 11:02am Travel Trailers
RE: New Mexico State Parks Annual Pass

Maximum stay is 14 days but you can move to a different park and then move back to the original park. We enjoy Rockhound and Bottomless Lakes.
PenMan 09/26/15 11:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

We came home from NC last year in November. Two nights in Cracker Barrel parking lots. Total distance was about 1900 miles in 3 days. Didn't need electricity but ran heat one night (12 volt, propane).
PenMan 09/23/15 03:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Opinions on Highland Ridge Roamer and Mesa Ridge TT

I have had a Forest River trailer and we currently have the Open Range in my signature. The Open Range is far superior in build quality to my Forest River. We have had it over two years (it has a two year warranty) and pulled it many thousands of miles with very few problems. In fact, the only problem I had while under warranty was the propane regulator was bad and they replaced it. I have had a cabinet start to come loose but easily fixed it myself. I have been to two Open Range owner's rallies and most owners seem happy with their units. I did replace all the tires after about a year because as far as I can tell, all the manufacturers provide junk tires. We love our Open Range.
PenMan 09/23/15 11:23am Travel Trailers
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