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RE: Help, Ford Explore battery dies when flat towing

Only one additional note... I'm reasonably sure that the Ford recommendation to start the engine after 5 or 6 hours of towing has nothing to do with the electrical system or battery. As mentioned earlier, 5 minutes of idling would do almost nothing to recharge the battery....I believe its for lubrication... of course I've been wrong before :)
johnwalkerpa1 06/13/17 08:45am Dinghy Towing
RE: Please help! Alaska itinerary for RV newbie.

One thing to consider...when you say that you are an RV newbie, does that mean you have no experience at all with an RV? If so, you should consider that some of the things that experienced RVers take for granted will take you more time until you get the hang of things. Its not a big deal and none of it's rocket science, but if its all new, you'll want to leave more time for things like taking on water, dumping your tanks, stopping for gas, backing into campsites, leveling etc.
johnwalkerpa1 04/11/17 10:43am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Class C without boondocking amenities

I'm considering getting a Minnie Winnie 22R to travel around the country while working remotely. It's the smallest class C that Winnebago makes while still having plenty of room for a single guy. I like the idea of getting a Winnebago because they're so highly regarded by the community. I'll stay at my destination for at least a month or so at a time. I don't need the propane system, I can easily get by without it when I'm on the road. It just seems like a waste to have a propane system and all of those propane appliances that I don't really need. Is there an alternative that better suits my needs? There are always alternatives, given enough money. You could get a custom build done or you could simply remove anything you don't want after purchase and replace those items with more storage or ?. But, you'll spend substantially more money and end up with something you'll probably never be able to sell for a reasonable price. Unless there is a real pressing need, I'd just not use what you don't want to use but leave it intact.
johnwalkerpa1 04/11/17 10:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chesapeake Bay Bridge (not the tunnel)

It's not bad. It looks narrow but it's mostly psychological as the lanes are standard width. Semi trucks drive it all the time. Just stay to the right and drive at normal speed and you'll be fine. I'd avoid it in high winds but there will be warnings and or restrictions posted at those times.
johnwalkerpa1 03/22/17 08:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: East coast camping

Assateague STATE PARK in Maryland Why not Assateague NATIONAL PARK???? They are similar but the state park has some hookups. AC is nice as there is little shade and can get buggy at night.
johnwalkerpa1 03/21/17 10:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Travel Restrictions due to snow on PA interstates

There is no route I99 in PA I believe you need a newer map :)
johnwalkerpa1 03/14/17 04:58am Roads and Routes
RE: Rt. 301 in MD & VA

We are heading to Florida from Vermont in 10 days. We usually go down on I-81 as I-95 is too hectic. Looking at the weather forecast there may be ice and snow in the mountains so we will probably take the coastal route and we have not been on 301 in 20 years. Is it too slow with many traffic lights and a lot of development now? How is the pavement? We will be towing an 18ft. travel trailer. Any suggestions will be appreciated. If your plans are 10 days out, I wouldn't worry about snow on 81.. The next two days might be rough but by the weekend temperatures will be well into spring like conditions. That's the nice thing about March snow in the mid Atlantic states.....it can dump a lot but it never lasts long.
johnwalkerpa1 03/13/17 06:59pm Roads and Routes
RV Travel Restrictions due to snow on PA interstates

FYI....Starting at 10:00 PM, tonight, Monday March 13, certain classes of vehicles, including RVs are banned from Pennsylvania interstate highways east of I-99 due to the impending snow storm. Not that I expect that many people would want to drive through the storm anyway :) But, if you are stuck in the area you probably want to start looking for a place to hunker down for a day or two. The bulk of the storm will be over by late Tuesday but with high winds expected, I wouldn't be surprised if drifting is an issue into Wednesday or so.
johnwalkerpa1 03/13/17 11:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Dolly tow a 2017 CR-V

Thanks to all for your thoughts and advice. Here's a short video describing how the tow dolly works...and why I am trying to find out if the front wheels are free to turn left & right. I guess a picture (video) is worth a thousand words....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xktb6wuoo4o Thanks OP for including the video link! That will be helpful to others who may be reading the thread to understand how the ACME dolly works. Some of the above posts stating that wheels are always locked need to take into account the type of dolly....some do and some don't. This one does not...in fact, must not. I have an ACME dolly and it works great. Of course, none of this answers your actual question but may be helpful to others :)
johnwalkerpa1 02/27/17 12:21pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Yellowstone

How hard is it to get a camping spot in Sept. after school has started? Dusty Usually much easier after Labor Day...
johnwalkerpa1 02/16/17 06:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yellowstone

Hello. M'y question is how to visit Yellowstone NP with a Class C motorhome with no car or motorcycle. It's for August this summer. Is Rvs allowed in this park, where park for night....??? Every good ideas are Welcome. Hello, Yes, RVs are allowed in the park. We have travelled the park several times with a 31 foot class C, without towing a car and had no problems. At some of the pull offs and scenic features, you might have trouble finding a parking place or may have to park farther away and walk. But, we never missed seeing anything by not having a smaller vehicle along. There are campgrounds in the park and several near the various entrances. Inside of the park, you can only stop for the night at the campgrounds, not at other places. During the summer months there are times that it may be difficult to get a campsite. Yellowstone is one place that I highly recommend making advance reservations whenever possible, especially if you need hookups. Have fun!
johnwalkerpa1 02/16/17 06:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 360 Siphon sanitary roof vent

We have a rotating type but I agree that they have little value...with one exception....that is if you "flush in motion". It seems that it prevents down pressure from the movement down the highway from pushing air back down the vent stack. Otherwise, I have not ever had a smell when sitting still..other than when someone forgets and doesn't turn the fan off when flushing..
johnwalkerpa1 02/03/17 09:23am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Campground Reservations

My experience is that the Canadian Rockies, Denali and July 4 are the biggest concerns. However, I've also found that if you are flexible enough, its not an issue.. By flexible, I mostly mean the following: 1. Occasionaly, Be willing to accept a dry site rather than hookups 2. Occasionaly, Be willing to wait a day or two to get in the popular spots 3. Occasionaly, Be willing to boondock which is easier in Alaska than most any other place.. Edit...When I said "the Canadian Rockies" above, I really meant Banff to Jasper...not the Canadian Rockies farther north....
johnwalkerpa1 02/03/17 06:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alcan Hwy Alaska Cell service?

I don't know if it's still an extra charge in Canada, but years ago the charge was outrageous. It depends on your plan. I have a Verizon plan that includes Canada and Mexico at no additional charge but plans vary widely.
johnwalkerpa1 01/18/17 07:49am Technology Corner
RE: Alcan Hwy Alaska Cell service?

What works best along the Alcan Highway? Verizon? AT&T? T-Mobile? A friend is going up there for a Willy's Jeep event. On our 2015 trip, we had both Verizon and ATT phones. They both worked around some of the towns but there are long stretches where nothing has service. We didn't really use them much so I can't tell you exactly where each one worked best. But, I can tell you that you shouldn't depend on having service in many places.
johnwalkerpa1 01/14/17 09:29am Technology Corner
RE: Typical Class C GAS mileage

All, I am interested in what your true Class C gas mileage history has been. Also, any advice/guidance on our plan is appreciated. Thank you in advance, Joe T. There are many variables but (for that length Class C) experience has shown me that the following generally holds true: 1. Hope for 8 2. Don't be surprised at 6 at high speed or in the mountains. 3. Budget your gas expenses at 7 Sometimes you'll be pleasantly surprised on low speed, level trips and get 9-10 but not often. In my personal experience, weight (meaning fully loaded, full tanks and towing, versus running light) makes little difference....speed and terrain does...
johnwalkerpa1 01/11/17 09:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Current Fuel Costs in Canada (heading toward AK)?

What is the conversion for Canadian prices to U.S. prices? Today's bank rate is $1.00 US = $1.35 CND... You won't get that but could expect anywhere from $1.28 - $1.32 depending on many variables....where you do the exchange, cash, credit card, terms of credit card, etc, etc..
johnwalkerpa1 12/29/16 11:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New rig, Winter camping, everything has gone wrong

If you were heating with electric heat pumps, that could be the problem. Heat pumps only work till about 40 degrees. Then they just blow cold air. Nothing wrong with them, that is how they work by design. Always keep propane when it's cold out. Dale I work for an HVAC manufacturer, we design heat pumps to operate down to minus 20f. I suspect those are bit more advanced than the $600-$1000 units that are popped on the top of most RVs :) As an aside, in good conditions I've been able to squeeze heat out of my RV heat pump down to 30 but that is about it...
johnwalkerpa1 12/29/16 11:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Rt 40 Alberta Canada?

We took it south on the way home from Alaska in 2015. Good road for the most part and nice scenery. Do be aware of the truck traffic...much more than we saw on the Alaskan Highway but its all relative. The thing to be aware of on this stretch of road is not so much the volume of truck traffic but of the many places where trucks are entering or leaving the highway...
johnwalkerpa1 11/29/16 08:52am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Water Pump

Nothing to add to the original question and answers, but a tip that could be helpful.. If you are ever in a situation where your campground water connection has very low pressure, you can improve it by turning on the pump even though you are connected to the campground water. Occasionally comes in handy.
johnwalkerpa1 11/23/16 10:01am Beginning RVing
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