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I-40 Road Condition

Has anyone driven I-40 eastbound from New Mexico to North Carolina recently? How are the road condition? Any areas of construction causing traffic headaches? Thanks for any information.
PenMan 08/29/16 11:40am Roads and Routes
Security Camera Question

I am thinking about installing some cameras to keep an eye on the house while we are camping. I was looking at the Blink cameras. They use the home wi-fi system to upload video/pictures to the cloud and allow monitoring from a smart phone. Unfortunately they require an upload speed of 2 Mbps minimum. Our lousy CenturyLink only has an upload of from .4 to .75 Mbps. Are there any cameras that will work with this speed? Any help is appreciated.
PenMan 08/22/16 12:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Open Range or Lance

We love our Open Range TT but it is not a light model. Very few problems since we bought it new over 3 years ago. I did change out the junk tires to some good Maxxis tires after one year.
PenMan 08/19/16 09:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is soon. Any tips or comments?

Don't miss Old Town as someone mentioned. I'd also take a trip on the Tram. Be prepared for cold and/or hot weather. It can be cold in the mornings and hot in the afternoons. If you take the tram ride, take a jacket as it could be real cold in short sleeved. You go from about 5500 ft. elevation to 10,400 ft. and the weather can really change. If you don't do anything else but watch the balloons, be sure to get away from the fiesta grounds to get some great New Mexican food. Have fun. We'll step out our back door and watch the balloons too.
PenMan 08/06/16 10:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Taking the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos

I would not do it with my 59 ft. rig. As others have suggested, use your toad and leave the MH in the campground. There are some tight turns.
PenMan 07/18/16 10:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Where to find things

That should have been a question during your PDI.
PenMan 07/13/16 10:10am Toy Haulers
RE: Knock It OFF!

We're you able to get back to sleep? I probably would have had a few choice words with the offender. It probably would have ruined both of our days. Just lucky his behavior is the exception not the rule. I definitely would have spoken softly to him.
PenMan 07/11/16 10:44am RV Lifestyle
RE: Church Families Watching Service Camping

Excellent idea.
PenMan 07/10/16 12:41pm Family Camping
RE: I40 west roadside must sees?

I would spend a lot more time at the spots along I-40 and less time at the grand canyon. One day was plenty at the canyon. Just my opinion but my DW agrees so I guess two opinions. Spend a day in Santa Fe, NM. It's an hour from I-40. Ride the tram in Albuquerque. It's just minutes from I-40 but you will want to plan on half a day including the tram ride. You can spend the rest of that day in Old Town Albuquerque which is about two minutes from I-40. I'd take a couple of days in Northern NM and ride the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad in Chama, NM. Fun ride and beautiful scenery.
PenMan 07/04/16 11:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Cool Mods - Thread restored 10/18/2012

Oh that's a good idea too. But I was wondering about the tank itself. Think I've seen them vertical on top of the bumper but it must be held by something. I have not done this yet but plan to. I have seen others that use a cheap hand truck (like delivery people use for several boxes) with the wheels removed and then mounted to the bumper. The empty tank can then be secured to the hand truck with straps or even bungee cords.
PenMan 06/30/16 11:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Budgeting for Camping

Welcome to the forum. I'm sure you will get lots of answers. We camped in tents when our kids were young except when we used my dad's motorhomes (he had several over the years). We went from tents to a hybrid when my knees got bad enough that I didn't want to sleep on the ground. We moved from the hybrid to our TT when we wanted to stay longer and wanted to be more comfortable. The amount to budget is very open. If you camp in a national forest or boondock then the cost of fuel and your food is basically it. If you stay fairly close to home and cook in camp like you cook at home the cost difference is negligible (if you don't have monthly trailer payments :) ). If you stay in state parks the cost is fairly low. In NM the rates vary from free to $18 depending on the amenities. If you camp at an RV resort you could spend over $50 per night. So the cost varies depending on what you want. Sorry, I can't help with a bunkhouse trailer as I have never owned one but I'm sure many will chime in. At any rate, camping is a great way to get closer with your kids and I know you will enjoy it.
PenMan 06/10/16 11:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Garmin 760LMT......Any opinions?

Interested a Garmin GPS as well. Would like to add the rear view camera option....any of you have the camera option and can comment on how you like it? How was installed? Is it clear, does it maintain signal, etc? Thanks I have a camera on the back of my truck to use when hooking up. It is not the Garmin camera but purchased on Amazon for about $15 and works great. It is a wired camera so if used on the back of your trailer would need to be wired to the tongue and have a connector to continue the signal to the GPS. The camera input is one of the few things I like about the Garmin since it is a large display.
PenMan 06/09/16 10:44am Technology Corner
RE: Best Additions / Modifications, What Did You Do ?

Want to see about 250+ pages of mods? Check out the Cool Mods sticky in the Travel Trailers forum and another big list in the General RVing Issues forum look for Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products and Gizmos. A couple of weeks worth of reading but lots of great mods.
PenMan 06/06/16 11:18am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Garmin 760LMT......Any opinions?

I looked thru my settings and I have the following selected: "Avoidances" - Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, U-Turns "Calculation Mode" - Faster Time Not sure if that helps... maybe... Thanks. I had the same settings except for Toll Roads. From what I understand the Faster Time mode is only for auto, not RV.
PenMan 06/06/16 11:01am Technology Corner
RE: Garmin 760LMT......Any opinions?

...put the weight at 3000lbs so you stay on all the main roads,true? I entered 17 tons, 9' wide, 13' tall, and 60' long. It has never directed me anywhere I couldn't go and screams at me when I intentionally turn onto a dirt/non-main road. I'm going to give this a try. I have put in actual dimensions and weights and it constantly tries to get me to go down dirt roads that end in a driveway without any place to turn around. Our rig is just over 8 ft. wide, 59 ft. long, and under 12 ft. high. I have grown so I do not trust it as far as my wife can throw me (and I'm big) so anything that helps it give better directions will help. I read your review and agree on some points but until it stops the stupid and dangerous routing I will never like it.
PenMan 06/05/16 02:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Garmin 760LMT......Any opinions?

I have one and can only say one thing, NEVER TRUST IT. I don't know if it is just the southwest area but we have had problems similar to the one Rob had above. It is constantly trying to get me to take dirt roads that lead nowhere. I do not trust it for anything except major highway travel. I do like the lane instructions when changing highways or taking an exit. I had a Garmin prior to this one that really seemed to choose routes better for some reason. I know you should never really trust a GPS but verify route with a published map but it should be better considering it is specifically for RV's. BTW, I do keep the maps updated and it still gives very poor routes.
PenMan 06/03/16 10:54am Technology Corner
RE: Is there a QUALITY Travel Trailer still built?

We have been very happy with our 2013 Open Range. The only problem we had under warranty was a propane regulator that didn't work and Open Range replaced it. We have been out of warranty for a year now (they have 2 year warranties) and had a cabinet loosen up which I fixed. I do have a piece of rubber molding on the exterior that has come loose but I will also fix that myself. They are not cheap but my family has had many different RV's (brands and types) and so far I like the Open Range the best. Brands we have owned include Winnebago, Holiday Rambler, Lance TC, Rockwood Roo and our current Open Range.
PenMan 05/18/16 12:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why we luv our rig

I'm going to get a little more specific. We love our rig for the quality build and the floor plan, specifically a large bathroom with shower big enough for me (about 400 lbs.) and comfortable living area. Would have preferred king size bed but our queen size works for us. We chose the TT over a 5er due to the fewer number of steps. This trailer also seems to have plenty of storage compared to others we looked at. It pulls great with our Ram 3500 dually with absolutely no sway. The only thing I have not been happy with that was bought specifically for use with the RV is our Garmin RV GPS. I definitely carry a trucker road atlas as our first trip planning guide. Our family has had everything from tents to truck campers to class A and C motorhomes and I think we have finally found the one we will keep till we can no longer go RVing. BTW, everything is paid for which is also nice.
PenMan 05/17/16 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: GPS Navigation

I have the Garmin RV760 also. Be sure to plan your trip using paper maps as it will get you lost in a heartbeat. I don't trust it for anything except interstate highways and I do like the way it lets you know what is the best lane to be in. No GPS should be trusted completely but this Garmin really chooses crazy routes and can quickly get you into trouble. My old Garmin (not for RV's) would have been better in my opinion.
PenMan 05/16/16 11:36am Technology Corner
RE: Highland Ridge Open Range Ultra Lite

Congratulations on the new trailer. Check out the Open Range Owner's Forum http://www.openrangeowners.com/ORforum/ . Lots of great people and many opportunities for rallies, etc. Look forward to meeting you down the road.
PenMan 05/12/16 10:29am Travel Trailers
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