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RE: Weight stations in New Mexico and RVs

It was most likely the Border Patrol. You are required to stop for their check points. No they will probably not chase you down. These are different then state weigh stations. You do not have to stop at them, unless there is a sign saying RVs must stop. These are normally temporary signs. Only seen a couple over the years. This is the correct answer. You have to stop. Most require every vehicle to stop. They are checking for undocumented aliens. If in a car they usually just wave you thru but they will randomly check RV's, etc. They can chase you down if you do not stop. They do carry guns.
PenMan 05/02/16 11:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Torque Wrench Question

Torquing by hand with an extension on your torque wrench is not going to affect the torque to the nut at all. Don't worry about that. Correct answer.
PenMan 05/01/16 12:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Good Sam Vehicle Insurance Plan

I think the OP is talking about insurance (liability, collision, etc.) and not roadside assistance. I have my trailer insured thru the Good Sam Insurance Plan (National General) but can't tell you much about it. The prices have always been reasonable but I have never had a claim so I don't know how good they are when actually needed.
PenMan 04/29/16 10:16am Good Sam Insurance
RE: Open Range Light by Highland Ridge

This is not a trailer issue but an A/C manuf issue. What brand of A/C do you have? Our Open Range has Dometic A.C's and we have not had any problems in over 3 years.
PenMan 04/22/16 10:21am Tech Issues
RE: New Sundance XLT 269TS or 2014 Open Range Light 318RLS

When we were looking for a new TT it came down to Jayco or Open Range. We ended up with the Open Range and have not regretted our choice at all. We love our Open Range. I know you are looking at a 5er but the same build quality in both.
PenMan 04/18/16 10:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide room cable adjustment

I have the same slide system as the OP. You need to adjust the cables if they are too tight or if they get too loose. They should have about 1/2" of play with you push up (or down) on the cables. As another poster said there is a ton of info available on youtube. There is a manual at this page http://www.doityourselfrv.com/adjust-cables-bal-accu-slide-cable-driven-slide/
PenMan 04/06/16 11:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking at a Highland Ridge, need some help.........

I agree with the others. Get at least a 3/4 ton truck. Our Open Range TT is quite a bit heavier than the one you are getting but I already had a one ton dually when we bought it. We love our Open Range.
PenMan 04/06/16 11:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: electric fireplace

Many of the fireplaces are built in to a cabinet that has no ventilation. Many people add vents on either side of the heater to allow for more air flow to the rear of the fireplace. This will usually stop the problems you are having. Simple way to fix is to drill holes in cabinet and just cover the holes with the metal louvered floor duct covers so it looks nice.
PenMan 04/06/16 11:25am Tech Issues
RE: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Just so you know, I live in Albuquerque and have never camped at the Fiesta. I'm not sure if GSC uses a campground or has spaces on the Balloon Fiesta grounds but that is where you want to be located. It's getting a little late to plan for this years fiesta but if you can book a spot yourself it would probably save you a lot of money. You really want to be on the grounds for the best experience. You'll have balloons flying right over you. As far as the weather that time of year, you will probably not need any A/C at night but may need it during the day. In fact, you will definitely need a jacket to watch the evening balloon glows, etc. I lived in SC (worked in Charlotte but lived across the border) for many years and it will be a welcome change to get away from the heat and humidity. When I first moved my family from SC to NM I took my teenage sons tent camping in the mountains. It was the middle of July. I told them to bring their winter coats as it would get cold at night. They chose to ignore my advice (they were teenagers so they knew everything) and they almost froze. So if you plan to visit the mountains while you are in NM you may even want to bring a heavy coat. I hope you can get a spot as it is definitely worth the trip. Travel safe.
PenMan 04/05/16 11:20am Travel Trailers
RE: questions on I-40 going west from NC to OK

That should be an easy 3-1/2 day trip. I make the trip from Charlotte to Albuquerque in 4 days easily. You have basically finished with the mountains just after entering TN. I hate the Memphis to Little Rock section of I-40. They dig holes in the road just to fill them in for fun I think. There has been construction in that area every time I have driven it for the past 20 years. I-40 in Oklahoma is a little rough I have heard but I didn't find it too bad but it has been two years since I drove this route. I normally try to take the southern route just to avoid Arkansas.
PenMan 03/31/16 11:40am Roads and Routes
RE: Favorite Breakfast

Get a dozen Krispy Kreme original glazed donuts as we head out of town. Heat in the microwave the next morning (if they last that long).
PenMan 03/20/16 06:10pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Tire Man Valve Extenders for dual tires

I have had Tire Man valve extenders on my truck for several years and they work great. I would never have a dually without them.
PenMan 03/15/16 10:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Good Sams?

I recently upgraded to Life membership so I guess it is worth it. You will get four copies of Trailer Life or Motorhome Life (probably choose Trailer Life since you are posting in this section). I have a yearly subscription so this didn't really benefit me. You will get lots of email and mail from Good Sam but you can choose to get it or have them stop sending. Some have had problems with too much mail but I told them what I wanted to get and what I didn't want to get and they made it happen. One benefit that I have not taken advantage of is the local chapters. Most of them have monthly camping trips, get togethers, etc. and I may end up joining a local chapter in the future. I guess it depends on what you want out of the mambership so you'll need to decide if it is worth it to you.
PenMan 03/04/16 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Rv GPS

I have the Garmin and definitely would not buy it again. Picks the worst possible routes.
PenMan 02/28/16 02:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV 760LMT Users Only

for me I like the input for my back up camera. you won't get that with an 89 dollar gps As far as a GPS, it is not nearly as good as my old Garmin. I do like having the large screen for my back up camera. As a GPS it gives very crazy directions so I only use it on the highways so I can see correct lanes for exit ramps. If I had known how bad it was going to be I never would have bought it.
PenMan 02/28/16 02:14pm Technology Corner
RE: Progressive Industries PT30C Questions

Used the 30 amp one for years and now using the 50 amp. Neither was hard wired and have not lost one yet.
PenMan 02/22/16 09:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Any Open Range owners here????

We love our Open Range. My family has owned everything from truck campers to Class A's (including Holiday Rambler Motorhome, Winnebago Motorhome, Lance Truck Camper, Rockwood Roo Hybrid and others). I really think our Open Range is the best built of the group. I know they had some problems with the first couple of years models but they listened to their customers and corrected the problems from all I can tell. We use our trailer a lot and have only had two issues. We had a propane regulator go bad (replaced under warranty) and we did have a cabinet come loose from the wall. It didn't come completely off but I fixed it myself since we were out of warranty. Join the Open Range owners forum and if you have a chance to attend an owner's rally it is a great way to meet other owners. I have no connection with Open Range other than being a satisfied customer. One edit, we did replace the tires after one year but I would have done that no matter what manufacturer unless they used Goodyear LT's or Maxxis trailer tires.
PenMan 02/19/16 11:27am Travel Trailers
RE: What is a big rig?

I would hazard a guess that anything over 25 to 28 ft would be difficult in some of the older parks out west. Our 25 ft TT had no problems. At Glacier National Park even the road use was limited to a total TT and TV length of about 25ft. That would really be tough. My truck is 22 ft. long by itself. My rig is 59 ft bumper to bumper. I do research on campgrounds before going to them.
PenMan 02/19/16 11:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Don't worry , it's dead....

Good Lord Chris !!! :E I, for one, hope that 4-5 foot jump is urban mythology... perhaps sticking my cell phone in for an up close and personal spidey selfie wasn't such a good idea. My arms are a little short of 4-5 foot.:S ...then again... I only have to have response time faster then my bride ! :B p.s. nope....not going to try the nekkid with a tarantula maneuver if I can help it. Have to take your word on that one.. :h Charles I am serious. They really can jump. Our kids (grown) came over for dinner one night last fall and showed us a picture they had taken with their phone of our front door. There was a tarantula about 4 inches across walking up the door. We opened and closed the door carefully and didn't disturb it. I would much rather have tarantulas in the yard than bugs and they are great bug catchers. I can skip the rattlesnakes and scorpions however.
PenMan 02/17/16 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Don't worry , it's dead....

Want to know something else about tarantulas? They can JUMP. Yep, I've seen them jump 4 to 5 feet in one leap. They tickle when you let them walk around on your bare skin too. I've never been bitten but they are definitely not deadly. I have heard their bite can be painful. I've seen tarantulas as big as 6" diameter in my back yard and they usually just sit and watch me while I watch them. We also have rattlesnakes and big scorpions. Welcome to New Mexico.
PenMan 02/16/16 11:03am General RVing Issues
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