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RE: Garmin RV 760 vs Rand McNally 7720

I recently got the Garmin and have been happy with it in general. I like the large screen and the split screen view when approaching an intersection. I have been disappointed in the city maps. I thought the main idea was to be able to determine places where it was not safe to take an RV when leaving the highway. In almost all cases when I leave the highway to go on city streets it tells me it doesn't know about RV travel in the area. My home is on a fairly main street and only one turn between home and I-40 and it's not sure if I can get home pulling the trailer when I get off I-40. I never trust the GPS by itself but use maps too. I don't know if the Rand is any better.
PenMan 04/24/14 05:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood Hot Water Drain Plug

That plastic plug is designed to blow out if the presure is too high. I took an RV tech course and they told me not to replace to with the butterfly valve. Probably should take a different course. They took your money and ran. That's what the relief valve is for. Add a drain valve and don't worry about it.
PenMan 04/24/14 10:32am Travel Trailers
RE: flushing hot water heater

I did the vinegar soak this spring and it worked wonders. Completely eliminated the rotten egg smell we experienced last year. I tried sanitizing the fresh water system with bleach last year but still had the smell. The owner's manual talked about a vinegar flush so I did it. Here is how: 1. Open relief valve and remove the drain plug to drain the water heater. 2. Remove the relief valve and replace the drain plug. 3. Use a funnel to pour the vinegar/water mixture into the water heater. 4. Install the relief valve and close it. 5. Run the water heater through several cycles of heating and allowing it to cool down then heat up again. We let it cycle on and off for a full day (8 hours). You do not run the vinegar solution through any of your pipes during this process. 6. Turn the water heater off and I let it cool down. 7. Open the relief valve and remove the drain plug and completely drain the water heater. 8. Close relief valve and put drain plug back in (or replace the drain plug with a close nipple and ball valve like I did to make it easier to drain from now on). 9. I did a complete fresh water system sanitize with bleach and ran a lot of it through the water heater. Be sure to run plenty of fresh water through the system after the bleach in drained. Go camping and enjoy not smelling the rotten eggs.
PenMan 04/23/14 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: Low Road or High Road to Taos? Chama?

Parking in Taos may be a problem but if you don't mind walking you shouldn't have a problem. You won't have any problem parking in Chama. There's not much in Chama except the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad which I would definitely take a day to ride. There are a couple of nice campground in Chama as well. I have never towed on the high road to Taos as I have been told that I would never make the curves with our rig. I'm guessing with the Minnie you won't have any problem. Have fun in New Mexico (it's lots better than the Grand Canyon in my opinion).
PenMan 04/23/14 09:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Atwood Hot Water Drain Plug

I used a Close Nipple and a Ball Valve. All brass. Works great.
PenMan 04/23/14 09:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Have you ever seen someone checking tire pressures?

I check them every trip before I leave home and before I leave the campground. I carry a 120vac compressor with me and have a generator if we don't have power at the campground. I also have a TPMS installed so I also check them while I drive. I have never had a blowout (knock on wood). I actually noticed several others checking their pressures at an Open Range rally we attended earlier this month.
PenMan 04/19/14 10:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: travel trailer vs hybrid for long term living

I really liked our hybrid because it felt more like tent camping which I had been doing since a kid. But for long term camping I would choose a hard sided trailer. In fact, that's exactly what we did. We planned to spend a lot more time camping and traveling after my wife retired so we upgraded last year to the TT in sig. It is so much easier to set up and so much quieter inside. I still have a tent if I really want to tent camp again but I doubt that will happen. I like having the bed made when it is time to sleep and I really don't miss sleeping on opposite ends of the hybrid to avoid having to climb over each other if one of us needs to get up during the night. I also don't miss dealing with the wet tent ends when it's been raining when you have to leave.
PenMan 04/18/14 09:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Complete Newbie Seeking Guidance

Don't let a baby stop you from rving/camping. We started with tents and then got a hybrid. Traded that in and bought the TT in signature. I towed the hybrid, a 23 ft., using a half ton Ford van with the biggest V8 they put in them in 1996. It was horrible in the mountains so I bought the diesel in my sig knowing that I was going to eventually move up in size as we got ready to retire. My family (dad) has had many rv's from truck campers to class A motorhomes. Only you can decide what will work for you and your family. If I were starting over again, I would find the RV (trailers are also called RV's) that suited my needs and then buy the truck. I would not consider any tow vehicle other than a truck but you may want to consider a large SUV depending on future family plans. We had two kids and knew we would not have any more so the truck was perfect for us. If you have never camped before, I would definitely rent an RV and try it before buying one. BTW, welcome to the forum.
PenMan 04/17/14 03:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: **** Albuquerque Parks *****

I live in Albuquerque and have not stayed at any of the RV parks noted so far. I have stayed a couple of nights in a small park in the mountains just east of Albuquerque when I first got my new TT. It was nice, quiet and clean and a little bit cooler in the mountains. I have no idea about monthly rates. It is located in Cedar Crest which is about 4 or 5 miles from I-40. Very short drive to Albuquerque.
PenMan 04/17/14 10:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Open Range light fifth wheels

We have a 2013 Journeyer (TT) and love it. Have a couple of small problems that will be fixed under warranty. One window trim piece is loose. I think the antenna booster is not working correctly but it could be the cable signal at the campground we stayed at was not working right. I'll at least get it checked out. Antenna works perfectly but the cable picture was snowy (yes, I turned the booster off). That was the first campground we have ever stayed at that had cable. We also do not have cable at home. Check out the Open Range forum for more opinions.
PenMan 04/15/14 11:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: first trip out in the new trailer and have a question

It's possible to lose quite a bit of fresh water while driving. We have the same problem and I am in the process of adding a valve to the overflow line (bought valve but not yet installed). Open while filling and closed while traveling. We also have a vent line on the tank so I will not suck in the tank if I forget to open the overflow valve.
PenMan 04/14/14 04:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: PI EMS Protector Questions

I have both, a 30A and 50A. Bought the 30 when we had our hybrid with 30 amp service. When we upgraded to our current trailer (see sig) with 50 amp service I bought the 50A unit. To make a long answer short, buy the EMS that matches your trailer.
PenMan 04/14/14 10:12am Beginning RVing
RE: marcus you need to know about this scam at CW online

Could it just be coincidence that your automatically renewing roadside assistance renewed the day after you placed an online order? Don't ask me how I know this can happen.
PenMan 04/13/14 11:57am Camping World Accessories
RE: Question for Ram Diesel owners.

I'd be disappointed if I got less than 500,000 miles on it before it needs a rebuild.
PenMan 03/29/14 10:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: little help

the water was from the front bunk. i would have to say that there was about 3-4 gallons of water poured off the canvas with i opened it. Based on this statement, I would run quickly away from this dealer. They must have idiots working for them if they put the trailer away with that much "snow" trapped on it. I would not believe a word they told me. We had a HTT before upgrading to our TT this past year and loved it. We really had very few problems with it but to put the bunk ends in with snow on them would have been stupid. It takes a lot of snow to make 3-4 gallons of water so it sounds like they didn't even brush any off before putting the bunk up.
PenMan 03/23/14 11:43am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Gate Seals

OK. I'll be the first to ask. What is a "gate seal"?
PenMan 03/20/14 03:36pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Would you like

Yes, that would be nice.
PenMan 03/19/14 09:35am General RVing Issues
RE: GPS woes!

You should have had it fixed under warranty. There was obviously something wrong with the unit. I just bought the Garmin for RV's and it acquires a satellite in a few seconds. So far I am pleased with it.
PenMan 03/15/14 11:21am Technology Corner
RE: texas hill country and san antonio

Will be seeing penman over at the Fredericksburg RV park at the Open Range Texas Rally. Penman, we also have a JT337, 2011 model. You can tell,it is us by the decals that are in horrible condition. C U there, drive careful....."cC I can hardly wait. We're usually lucky to be able to camp for two or three nights at a time but my wife finally retired this year so we plan to get out a lot more. Look forward to meeting you at the rally.
PenMan 03/13/14 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Installing metal valve stems for TPMS

Just did the same thing yesterday. My owner's manual says to jack up the frame, not the axles. I did what it said with an 8 ton bottle jack. Removed two wheels and had the new metal valve stems installed and then tires balanced. Did the same thing to the other side of the trailer. I called that a good days work and quit (I'm retired so I can do that now).
PenMan 03/12/14 06:47pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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