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RE: Maine to Florida

We are in the middle of southern Connecticut, so we always just go over the Tappan Zee bridge (which is NEW and mostly finished now!) and loop around New York City and Newark. That is I287, exit 21 I believe in New York off of I95 (just after the Connecticut border). For us, this does mean going down I95 in Connecticut - which I have decided actually has worse traffic than New York or New Jersey. As to the new Tappan Zee Bridge, stay out of the far right lane. I don't know if they will change them eventually, but they have water drains there that will shake and move you all over the place. Typical..... brand new bridge, and they have to put in something to remind you of how bad the old bridge was!
Tvov 02/21/18 05:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Do you budget for vacation?

We budget for "major" vacations... but weekend camping getaways usually cost less than staying at home (as long as we don't go near major shopping destinations...). When we went to Disney World twice and stayed at Fort Wilderness, we figured out most of the costs and paid for as much as possible in advance. When I say in "advance", I mean the costs that we put on a credit card (most all of the various reservations) we made sure were all paid off before we went - so that when we returned, we weren't still paying for the vacation. We did some rough figuring for spending cash, and brought that with us. Traveling / fuel costs I had great help figuring by asking people here on the forums (thanks all!). Not only did we have great trips, but when we got home we didn't owe any money for the trips. I like to plan. Some people might think it takes away the spontaneity of a situation, but I find I enjoy my self more.
Tvov 02/21/18 05:49am General RVing Issues
RE: to cover or not

One of the biggest problems with wind and covers is when people don't use rope / bungees / tie downs with every single grommet on the cover. Those grommets are there to secure the cover, so use every singe one!
Tvov 02/20/18 05:23am Travel Trailers
RE: EZ Lube axles/hubs

I bought my TT in 2017 and it has the EZ lube hubs, but.. When I bought it the RV mechanic that gave us the walk around was emphatic that we shouldn't mess with those hubs for a few years. He discouraged even squirting grease in them. I pushed him a little on that and he said that people regularly blow their seals out by trying to service the hubs. He said that if I wanted to I could maybe do one squirt a year into the hub. He also said, don't fool with them for ten years. Just tow it and don't worry about it. As a guy who has owned a few old Harleys with tapered roller bearings, and having personally repacked them at every new tire change, I'm really not comfortable with his instructions. I have pulled it for a few trips and the hubs are always cool. But, what's the point of EZ lube axles if you don't need to squirt some grease in there every once in a while? How can grease in a hub/bearing blow out a seal unless it's under pressure? There shouldn't be any pressure in there as a bead of grease will let you know you're done. Years ago (actually, decades... back in the '80s), I was buying some commercial mowing equipment. I was surprised that the newest commercial mowers had very few grease fittings - I knew "homeowner" equipment was "maintenance free" (which meant it would fail in 5 years), but commercial equipment, when doing maintenance such as greasing, could in theory last forever. I asked the dealer about the lack of grease fittings on new equipment, and he said that so many people were "over-maintenizing" equipment - especially over greasing! - that they were bringing in equipment that wasn't running correctly due to issues such as grease globs in places they weren't supposed to be. So the manufacturers were going to "grease-less", "maintenance free" parts just to keep the backyard mechanics from causing problems. So, long story even longer, the RV mechanic was probably just tired of seeing brakes, hubs, bearings with grease all over the place being brought in because they weren't working correctly. Yes, you can "over-maintenize" equipment. Do the maintenance required, then stop. Go out and enjoy camping!
Tvov 02/20/18 05:16am Towing
RE: Sleepy Hollow, New York, suggestions

Thanks for that link! Anyone know anything about Sleepy Hollow?
Tvov 02/20/18 04:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Sleepy Hollow, New York, suggestions

So, we are thinking of checking out Sleepy Hollow, New York this summer. Possibly staying at Croton Point Park about 10 miles north of it, on the Hudson River. Who's been to Sleepy Hollow? and anyone been to Croton Point Park? Thanks!
Tvov 02/19/18 01:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Overdrive lockout on ford e450

Heard from 5star today. Apparently they can program a tune to lockout overdrive. I am hoping they can calibrate a tune that only uses 4th while I activate tow haul. That way when about to pull a hill or need to slow down slightly I can click towhaul and automatically drop to fourth. Once things level out again, I can disable towhaul and back off to the races with overdrive. That is the way tow/haul works on my 5 speed trans in my F250 from the factory. If the truck needs the power, the trans quickly downshifts as needed, but hit a flat spot it shifts into overdrive.
Tvov 02/16/18 06:22am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Overdrive lockout on ford e450

I believe on the 5 speed f series transmissions, you can lock out overdrive with the tow haul button. Quick press of the button engages townhaul, and a long press of the same button disables overdrive. Would be real nice to have on the motor home. Are there certain years for that? I'm off to check my owner's manual!
Tvov 02/15/18 05:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Starting the new truck hunt

Great discussion!! I have a 2018 Ford F250 Crew Cab, 6.75' bed, diesel, 4X4 on order, so I don't have experience with it yet. One poster said "I will never buy a Ford because of...." Well, I had a bad experience with Dodge, and feel the same way. Probably irrational. It also depends on what features are important to you. We each have individual preferences beyond all the specs. For me, I want the high tech that the Ford has. Cameras, blindspot and especially the adaptive cruise control. Good luck in your search! We're going exactly opposite. As plain and simple as possible. This truck's sole purpose in life will be to tow our RV and keep the dog out of the nice cars. The less stuff to break, the better. That's what I like so much about our 02 1500HD. Simple as a rock and very little to go wrong when you're miles from anywhere camping. dugwms, don't be so quick to not look at all the available options today. Most of them are REALLY nice to have when towing / camping! To the point where you wonder how you got along without them. And many times they come with the "tow package" options anyways. Sometimes a dealer will give you a discount on a nicely optioned truck to get it off the lot - special ordering a less optioned truck may actually cost more. Keep an open mind, and good luck on dealing with the dealers!
Tvov 02/14/18 06:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Overdrive lockout on ford e450

What year is the vehicle? With my 2008 F250, the tow/haul does not "lock out" overdrive, it delays shifting into it until you are cruising on flat roads. My truck has the 5 speed torque-shift transmission.
Tvov 02/14/18 06:35am Class C Motorhomes
RE: DIY Tire chains

Seriously. LOL. Clicky-clicky. Well, I am fascinated by that. Now I want to go out and try that on my truck.
Tvov 02/14/18 06:14am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Down sides to being a TT Camper?

Our TT is on the smallish side, 21 feet, but still at some tight private campgrounds we park our truck sideways across the front of the campsite. If we left the truck in front of the TT straight, it would partly be in the road. When choosing campsites online (similar to what Valhalla posted), don't choose a site marked as being for a smaller camper just so you can get into the campground. I always try to get sites marked for larger campers (like 25 foot or more) as it gives us more room. Most campground websites say something like "up to 30 foot camper" - so if you are shorter, go ahead and rent that site. Also, most campgrounds we've been to usually have a visitor parking lot or extra vehicle parking lot where you can park a second vehicle, or your tow vehicle if you really don't have room on the campsite.
Tvov 02/13/18 04:54am Travel Trailers
RE: 2017 New truck says 5th wheel it not connect? Update 2-14-18

I love Fords, but I have read on here more than once that people replaced the trailer plug that came with the truck and solved their issues.
Tvov 02/12/18 06:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Photobucket test

I thought the issue with Photobucket was if you post a lot of pictures? I have no idea what the number of pictures would be.
Tvov 02/12/18 06:39am Forum Technical Support
RE: DIY Tire chains

.... If you want cheap DIY chains just take a length of 1” rope and wind it through the rim and around the tire, at least if it contacts the bodywork you won’t be in such trouble. Holy mackerel, I never thought of that! That obviously depends on your rim design if it would work.
Tvov 02/12/18 06:23am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: favorite campground and destination

Many years ago we stayed at Lake George Escape campground in upstate New York. It is at the southern end of the lake... at the northern end of the lake, after a really beautiful drive alongside the lake, is Fort Ticonderoga. Great place, loaded with history (from initial building to protect the northern approaches, to colonials dragging its' cannon down to fight the British), very well maintained and run place.
Tvov 02/12/18 06:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TravelAssist usage

Hello Lil Truckr, Thank you for your time and post. Please let us know if we can answer any additional questions your may have regarding Good Sam Travel Assist. Thank you, Ella Good Sam Care Team Okay Ella, you lost me on this one. "any additional questions"... I may have missed it, but were any of his questions answered by the Good Sam Care Team?
Tvov 02/12/18 06:15am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 15 Innovated Camper Designs

That was more interesting that I would have thought. A couple of the camper designs have been around for awhile, but a lot of them I haven't seen. The one that pivots is different, and I would like to see in person the French mini pod camper that triples in size with slideouts.
Tvov 02/10/18 07:01am General RVing Issues
RE: 1st time buyer (TT)

I'm assuming here (which is always a good thing to do, lol!), but if your truck has a "tow package", it should already have a built in brake controller and larger transmission cooler. If it doesn't have the built in brake controller, you may want to look at slightly lighter trailers, to give yourself more "cushion" in regards to weight capacities. A built-in brake controller has nothing to do with weight capacities. It's a convenience feature. Not all tow packages include a controller. They do include pre-wiring for a brake controller. It is just a very easy way to start out when figuring out your truck. When I bought my F250 in 2008, the built-in brake controller only came on Ford trucks that had a "tow package", which included some other features for towing. That's all.
Tvov 02/10/18 06:40am Beginning RVing
RE: 1st time buyer (TT)

I'm assuming here (which is always a good thing to do, lol!), but if your truck has a "tow package", it should already have a built in brake controller and larger transmission cooler. If it doesn't have the built in brake controller, you may want to look at slightly lighter trailers, to give yourself more "cushion" in regards to weight capacities.
Tvov 02/09/18 05:10am Beginning RVing
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