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RE: Charleston with a wheelchair?

My DH and I finally made it down to Charleston about 18 months ago, but unfortunately that was the time of the terrible flooding along the east coast. We had to head home two days after getting there. Last summer was terrible for me, 2 heart attacks so no camping was done. Luckily things are looking up and we would so much love to return to the Charleston area but due to my health will most likely need a wheelchair. I know old cities are notorious for the uneven sidewalks and small streets, etc. Has anyone done Charleston and/or Patriots Point while in a wheelchair. I can stand and walk for a bit but am on oxygen and long jaunts are just not do-able. I know there would be parts of the city that would not be accessible but hopefully we can go back and finish our trip. This has been on our bucket list for a while! Thanks for any help. I would suggest taking a carriage ride, or two. You will see a lot of the history. Each tour would take a different route thru the city, and will ride the whole way. I also suggest taking a harbor tour. The boat will take you around the whole place, Best thing. Both tours have narration by very informed guides. there is also a very nice waterfront park under the bridge with smooth paved sidewalks, and pier going out into the river. I think you would do fine on the carriage, and boat tours, and park. not sure you would want to do Fort Sumpter. Hope you have a great trip.
Terryallan 06/19/17 07:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing with Chevy Suburban 1500

?Sounds like it is doing a good job. No problems, EXCEPT as mentioned above. 99 percent of TT tires are rated to 65mph. IF you are running 70+ you are going too fast. Slow it down, and relax. No one will run over you. Excellent point and compromising a tire's reliability is not necessarily a cumulative thing ... IMO it's sort of like cracking a glass, it only takes one time to crack it and then you've done the damage immediately. In view of the potential damage from a blowout vs the total cost of new tires if it were me I would be replacing all those tires ASAP. I personally just would no longer trust them to any longer. Of course I'm also the one that if I do have a flat on a tire, I consider the other tire on that side also no good (i.e. compromised reliability wise) and I replace tires in pairs. Larry I change mine in 5s. Last summer I had 2 flats on one side of the TT in one trip. I am fully convinced that the second one went because it had to carry the full weight of that side of the TT for a few miles until we realized we had a flat. Later in the day. the other one blew. they were in their 4th year. so when I got home. I bought 5 new tires, and junked all of the old ones. No more old tire for me, and now I carry 2 spares.
Terryallan 06/16/17 08:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 30' Travel Trailer State/County Parks

We are moving up from our popup and want to get a Travel Trailer. We are considering a 30' trailer but i'm a little hesitant that it might be too long in state and county parks. Can anyone comment on this? We would mainly be camping in the midwest, (Minnesota, Dakotas, Wisconsin) I'm not too worried about pulling it down the road, I pull my 24 foot snowmobile trailer just fine, its just getting it in the park and positioned in its spot that worries me. Thanks for your input. so you have been popup camping. In your travels, you have prolly seen the campgrounds you want to visit. Did it look like there would be a problem with the sites you want to use? Honestly. There are a myriad of campsites that you could use in the popup that you won't be able to use with a 30' TT. We are going thru the same thing. We like to camp on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are VERY few campsites in the CGs we like that we can get our 30' TT in. Have to pick, and choose very carefully.
Terryallan 06/16/17 04:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with Chevy Suburban 1500

?Sounds like it is doing a good job. No problems, EXCEPT as mentioned above. 99 percent of TT tires are rated to 65mph. IF you are running 70+ you are going too fast. Slow it down, and relax. No one will run over you.
Terryallan 06/16/17 10:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tip: "Tractor" fuel = RV diesel

I was refueling at a place that uses a touch-screen for paying at the truck pump. After I swiped my credit card, the following questions appeared: Tractor fuel: yes no I pressed "no" because I'm not agricultural or whatever. Then it said: Reefer fuel: yes no I pressed "no" and it came up and said "no fuel" and cancelled the transaction. I went inside and found out that "tractor fuel" is just regular diesel. So they tried to run my card in there and problems ensued because of their terminal, and I gave up. And at the next place, my card was declined because my credit card company had detected fraud. The moral of this story: if you're filling your motorhome and see "tractor fuel" on a screen, press "yes." however. IF it meant farm tractor fuel, and you are caught running it. It won't be cheap. Often. the pumps are side by side.
Terryallan 06/14/17 08:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: 6 days to get a tow

If I read some of you guys right the best thing to do is cancel your service and use the money to pay your own tow. Why the hell should you pay for service and then call an outside provider like you suggest. RT Clearly the service did not honor their part of the deal. So it is the owner's responsibility to get it off the road, to get it fixed, to get it to a point where it is safe. THEN deal with getting reimbursed by the crappy roadside service company. But first you take care of your property. You really think the roadside service will take care of any damage done to the RV while it was sitting beside the road. In your dreams. And why should they. It was left there unattended.
Terryallan 06/14/17 08:08pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 6 days to get a tow

I have had that service for 9 years and I will be damed if I am going to pay out of my pocket for what I have paid over a $1000 dollars for, the responsibility was theirs to get me a tow, you keep right on thinking for yourself and I will do the same. your time, and your money. but I wouldn't let my RV sit in a gas station, beside the road for a week. I looked, but never saw where you got it home in those 6 days. Actually surprised the gas station let it sit there for a week. Again, Your money, your RV. And they would not have been responsible for any damage or theft while sitting there.
Terryallan 06/14/17 02:42pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: kids and camper doors.

3 steps - isn't far to fall if they do. Let them figure it out. I bought my TT when youngest juts turned 1. He will be 8 in 2 weeks. 1-3 years old I might be concerned with the problem stated. 6-7? Nah. My kids, and grand kids have been opening screen doors all their lives, all kind of doors. Camper doors, house doors, building doors. All of them open out. None of them have fallen because the doors open out. they have to step back to open every one of them. Lets face it. screen doors open out. Just a fact of life. Better learn how to open them now. I don't see it changing any time soon.
Terryallan 06/14/17 12:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: 6 days to get a tow

I'm just wondering. After the first time. What was stopping you from googling tow trucks, Calling one of them and having it towed yourself? Cause I'm 100 percent positive that is what I would have done. And trust me. there is a tow service that would gladly take your business. Why screw around for days with a poorly run unreliable service? I'm thinkin. There are times you have to accept responsibility for your self.
Terryallan 06/14/17 12:24pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 1/2 ton towing observations.. (probably need a 3/4)

I have a Suburban 2500 with a Vortec 8.1L rated for 12,000 lbs. It is the biggest gas moose you can buy. I tow a 8,250 lb dry weight TT with it. Does it work? Yeah it works OK. But it is no fun to tow and the drive is more stressful than I'd like. IMO, if you want a pleasant, worry free towing experience you cant do it in a half ton gasser. Next vehicle I buy will be a duramax/allison 2500. I cant wait. not really true unless the trailer is over the capacity of the 150, or 1500. Staying inside the capacities of the TV will make for a easy, worry free ride. My 31' TT is WELL within the towing capacity of my truck. I have no sway, and plenty of power. And believe it or not. It will go up the mountain at the speed limit. It does however drop a gear or two. For a TT the size and weight of mine. a diesel is not needed and just overkill. Now IF it were in the 9500lb range like yours. Then I'd consider a diesel. But not for a 6000lb TT.
Terryallan 06/13/17 05:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing observations.. (probably need a 3/4)

I don't agree that anything will slow down on hills. A mildly tuned newer diesel will pull anything up to 10k lbs up 95percent of hills in the country at 65mph. With 5-6k lbs behind it my mostly stock truck will pull some of the biggest hills on the west coast as 70. With 35in tires. And it has almost 280k miles. I guess what I meant. Is that if you are pulling a load. Any TV will slow down on hills. That truck is WAAAAY over kill for the light TT you have behind it. Load it like it was designed to be loaded and see if it don't slow down, and downshift on hills. 6K behind a cummins is like a popup behind a F150. Find a friend with a heavy trailer, say 12000lb and try it. Our trailertruck would go up the hill a lot better with 4000lb of potato chips, than it would with 40,000lb of produce. I regularly load it with a gooseneck and backhoe grossing 25k+. It obviously slows down on the hills. . so. we agree.:B
Terryallan 06/13/17 04:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing observations.. (probably need a 3/4)

I don't agree that anything will slow down on hills. A mildly tuned newer diesel will pull anything up to 10k lbs up 95percent of hills in the country at 65mph. With 5-6k lbs behind it my mostly stock truck will pull some of the biggest hills on the west coast as 70. With 35in tires. And it has almost 280k miles. I guess what I meant. Is that if you are pulling a load. Any TV will slow down on hills. That truck is WAAAAY over kill for the light TT you have behind it. Load it like it was designed to be loaded and see if it don't slow down, and downshift on hills. 6K behind a cummins is like a popup behind a F150. Find a friend with a heavy trailer, say 12000lb and try it. Our trailertruck would go up the hill a lot better with 4000lb of potato chips, than it would with 40,000lb of produce.
Terryallan 06/13/17 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Advice

Hello, I am currently looking at a Jayco SLX 264 BHW travel trailer. Specs on the trailer, as built weight of 4702 and GVWR of 6000. My possible tow vehicles (own already) are as follows: 2012 Ford Expedition 4x4 EL, 5.3, HD tow package, CCW 1407, tow rating 8700. 2016 Ford F-150, 4x4, 2.7, Super Crew, tow package, CCW 1467, tow rating 7500. Anyone see any problem with this set up? I'd prefer to tow with the Expedition but could use either vehicle. Thanks. Shawn I'd do it in a heart beat with the Expy. BTW. Fords have 5.4s. GM has 5.3s. Actually I DID do it with a Expe. Towed our 6000 LB + TT with our 2002, 5.4, 3.55 Expedition. No problem, and all the power we needed. no sway, did great. And yours has more tow capacity than mine did.
Terryallan 06/12/17 08:12pm Towing
RE: 1/2 ton towing observations.. (probably need a 3/4)

ANY TV you buy WILL slow down on hills. Notice the big trucks crawling along in the slow lane, and those are designed to tow over 80,000lbs. Do NOT expect the TV to charge up hills with the TT like it does with out a trailer. You will be disappointed no matter what you get. 3/4 tons slow down, and downshift on hills as well. I have passed many of them going up Saluda grade, and Black mountain. IF you really want to see how well it does in the mountains. Tow the TT up 16 to Glendale Springs, or 321 to Boone. A serious test would be 226 out of Marion. However. In truth. IF you can hold 45 to 50 MPH going up Black mountain on 40, It is doing pretty good. Honestly It sounds like your TV, and TT are pretty well matched up. No sway, and little down shifting. you didn't really expect it to stay in high gear going up the hill did you? That is pretty much unrealistic. Unless you are like my ex son in law. A flatlander from the coast. Tried to take a S10 up to Blowing Rock in 5th gear, and then thought something was wrong with it. In short. Remember. Your 5.3 loves to rev. It makes it's power at higher RPM. Drive it like you stole it, and let it run. It will thank you for it. Mine like to rev as well, and it sounds GREAT doing it. BTW. I always turn off 6th gear when towing. The engine likes it much better running free at a little higher RPM.
Terryallan 06/12/17 07:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: why would my Travel Trailer draw more power in winter?

Only thing I can think of. Cold weather drains batteries faster. Maybe the on board charger is having to work harder to keep the battery charged. Don't know. Just a thought.
Terryallan 06/12/17 06:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: help with power tongue jack.

Well there is some sort of small device encased in plastic on the side that the power feed goes thru. Since i have nothing to lose, I will cut it out of circuit and see if that helps. It is not near any of the limits and the lights do not work either. Bet that is it. Mine was also on the side.
Terryallan 06/12/17 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway

We are planning on getting on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Fancy Gap, Va on a Saturday. We have reservations near Washington DC on the following Thursday night. Will those 6 days give us a good taste of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive? Is it enough time? Will we be missing a lot by not doing the NC section of the BRP? Your opinions please and thank-you! From this I gather you will be heading North on the BRP. If that is true. you will in fact miss a lot of good stuff of the BRP. If you are heading South. You won't get to see much before you have to get off the BRP, and haul butt back up to DC
Terryallan 06/12/17 02:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: help with power tongue jack.

What kind is it? Mine has / HAD a safety relay on the out side of it. The relay went bad. Jack would not work. Ask Ultra Tow about it. Yep they go bad we can send you another. however since the jack has fuse on it as well. I just by passed the relay, and the jack has worked first time every time ever since.
Terryallan 06/12/17 08:18am Travel Trailers
RE: campers for 10 people

Keep in mind, you probably have 1200-1500lb of bodies (let alone any stuff they bring along) that come off the weight ratings before you hook up the trailer. True. however little of that will be hauled in the trailer. When all of our bunch camps together. Only DW, and my stuff is hauled in the TT. The others pack their own vehicles, and bring what they need themselves. In fact. Stuff for 3 families will NOT fit inside the TT. there is only room inside to sleep, sit around, and eat. Not to store stuff for ten people.
Terryallan 06/07/17 08:26am Travel Trailers
RE: in a hurry

18 wheelers run down the road at 75mph grossing 80k#. Yes and they have tires rated to run that fast MOST, RV trailers don't. MOST TT, and 5ers have tires rated to 6+5 MPH. Believe it or not. there is a difference between a trailertruck, and a 5th wheel RV
Terryallan 06/06/17 08:42pm Towing
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