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RE: New Mexico Highway 20

Made the drive today. Most of the 45 miles was a little rough, but not bad if adhering to 55mph speed limit. No pot holes or big road defects. The lanes seemed standard width. The first 15 miles had a pretty wide shoulder as did the last 10. According to my mapping program it saved over 70 miles and over an hour of travel time. Nothing rattled loose that I can find.
trailertraveler 10/31/17 04:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: New Mexico Highway 20

Thanks for the responses. No shoulder is not an issue. Just wanted to get from Roswell to Fort Sumner without going all the way on US-285 to US-60.
trailertraveler 10/26/17 06:24pm Roads and Routes
New Mexico Highway 20

Has anyone traveled NM-20 from US-285 to US-60 recently? How is the road surface?
trailertraveler 10/25/17 08:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Newbie looking for semi-secluded RV camping in NM & TX

...Trailertraveler, what a learning experience regarding MVUM. I've downloaded numerous maps since reading your post...Glad it helped. Pay close attention to the Legend on each map. The distance you can take the RV from the traveled roadway can vary from Forest to Forest and sometimes from area to area within a Forest.
trailertraveler 10/19/17 04:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Newbie looking for semi-secluded RV camping in NM & TX

Secluded is a subjective term. I would not consider any public or private campground secluded. Those that accept reservations generally do so because they are popular and the management wants to give opportunity to all. New Mexico State Park campgrounds are generally not parking lots, but I would not consider them secluded. As mentioned, some NM State Parks like Elephant Butte and Caballo have primitive camping areas where you may be able to get away from other campers. Some New Mexico Wildlife Management Areas allow camping. You can find National Forest Campgrounds in New Mexico on the website in the link. The term dispersed camping is often used by RVers to describe what agencies often consider car/vehicle camping which can only be done in areas open to vehicle traffic while dispersed camping/back packing can be done in areas closed to vehicle traffic. On National Forests, areas open to car/vehicle camping are shown on the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) or Travel Maps. These areas can change as often as every year and are not marked on the ground, so you need the maps. Maps can be obtained from the Forest Service Ranger Stations and many are available on line. Search for MVUM or the individual Forest's websites. BLM lands have been mentioned. Be aware that some BLM areas like the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument along the Rio Grande River restrict car/RV camping to developed campgrounds only.
trailertraveler 10/18/17 10:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wyoming into Utah

We have driven it several times, but not in the last couple of years. The up and down through Flaming Gorge has some steep descents and climbs. Some years US-191 has a better road surface and other years the state routes South from Green River are in better shape. The really steep descent with 10 switchbacks is on US-191 going South into Vernal, UT. Gear down early. I have walked the rig down the really steep sections in first and second gear. If you have an exhaust break make sure it is on.
trailertraveler 10/08/17 05:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fly Fishing and RV Parks - Where in the Southwest?

...I guess I think/dream and am looking for places with meandering streams/rivers, lined with trees and brush...The Cimarron River where I am fishing now fits this description. Even has a number of beaver dams to slow the flow and create cover. There is snow on distant 10,000'+ Wheeler Mountain that fell the other night. The Red River, Rio Chama, Pecos, and Rio Pueblo are other New Mexico rivers that are also mountain streams.
trailertraveler 10/08/17 03:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fly Fishing and RV Parks - Where in the Southwest?

North west New Mexico...North Central NM. Costilla, Red River, Eagles Nest, Pecos, even down around Ruidoso and Cloudcroft... I'll add the San Juan, Rio Chama, Rio Grande, Rio Pueblo, and Cimarron. Their are public and private campgrounds near all of them.
trailertraveler 10/05/17 08:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Civil War Trail - Virginia / West Virginia

Here is a link to another website, Civil War Trails.org that has information on civil war sites and trails in several states.
trailertraveler 09/23/17 06:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: COE Campgrounds

There was quite a fuss a couple of years ago when the Forest Service proposed to change the rules regarding discounts for concession contractors running campgrounds. At the time, National Park Service campground concessionaires could give discounts to pass holders but were not required to and many did not. Some gave smaller discounts and some like in Grand Teton NP gave a discount outside of peak season. The Forest Service contracts required the 50% discount. I did not keep up with what the final outcome was.
trailertraveler 09/16/17 07:40am Full-time RVing
RE: I 80

...going to Vermont from Louisville ky...Maybe I am missing something, but from Louisville, why not take I-64 to I-79 to I-68 to I-70 to I-81 to Binghamton, NY and then I-88 to I-87 as previously suggested.
trailertraveler 08/31/17 03:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Sedona Area resturants

Take a day and visit the Gold King Mine, Jerome State Historic Park, the town of Jerome and have lunch or dinner at the Haunted Hamburger.
trailertraveler 08/22/17 06:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 5W vs. Bumper Pull

A couple of things that I did not see specifically mentioned. First, a travel trailer will put 10-15% of its weight on the tow vehicle while a 5th wheel will put 20-25% on the tow vehicle. This can be somewhat confusing as the tow rating for a given tow vehicle is often greater for a 5th wheel than for a travel trailer. However, a tow vehicle may be under its payload capacity with a travel trailer and over its payload capacity with a 5th wheel of the same weight. In my experience, many travel trailers are built for the weekend/vacation market. It seems there are more higher quality 5th wheel choices with things like higher R value insulation, dual pane windows, etc. (at a higher price of course). Size may matter. While travel trailers over 32' box length (the living quarters without the tongue) are becoming more common, I think there are many more models in shorter lengths. Fifth wheels less than 30' seem to be relatively rare.
trailertraveler 08/22/17 09:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Refrigerator Question

You can replace just the cooling unit. Here is one source. Here is another and yet another. No personal experience with any of them.
trailertraveler 08/17/17 01:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Recommendations for Low Battery Disconnect

Thanks GordonThree!
trailertraveler 08/14/17 06:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Recommendations for Low Battery Disconnect

I'm hardly an expert... Despite the ratings on the charger, I'd call for a solenoid anyway - it's $20 of cheap insurance for an expensive solar charger.What solenoid are you using? Most of the ones I have found even if rated for 40Amps are prewired and do not have very large wires and I need at least #8 for the inverter.
trailertraveler 08/14/17 05:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Recommendations for Low Battery Disconnect

What solar controller? Many have load outputs with LVD. If your controller has a load output you may be able to use that directly, for just the 300W inverter (~30 A load).This is what I thought. However, the "experts" on another RV forum claimed that an inverter could not be attached to the load side of the controller despite the fact that the load rating was 720 watts (60 amp) and the peak inverter draw for the 300 watt inverter is 500 watts. They claimed things would go up in smoke. I became skeptical of their self proclaimed expertise when they suggested placing the inverter near the entertainment center and making the long 12v run to the batteries even after I told them that I was set up to make the run to the entertainment center on the 120v side. That is why I thought I would see what the folks here might be doing. I spoke to one of the electrical engineers at Samlex a few minutes ago and he said that as long as the charger was rated for a load greater than 500 watts, he did not see an issue.
trailertraveler 08/14/17 04:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Recommendations for Low Battery Disconnect

Thanks for the links! The solar controller load manager could handle a solenoid if I went that route. I was hoping that someone would share what they are actually using that has worked for them.
trailertraveler 08/14/17 02:27pm Tech Issues
Recommendations for Low Battery Disconnect

I have a Samlex 300 watt (500 watt peak) inverter that I use to power a TV and satellite receiver that draw 100 watts based on the labels on the devices. The inverter shutoff is at 10.5 volts which is essentially zero state of charge for the batteries. We mostly watch TV at night, so the solar panels are not in play (during the day they will run the TV/satellite without draining the batteries). I would like to have the inverter shutdown at 50% discharge or a little less in the event that I fall asleep and don't shut the TV/satellite off. I am interested in what others may have done to solve this issue. Thanks!
trailertraveler 08/13/17 03:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on campgrounds within Yellowstone.

Pebble Creek, Slough Creek, Tower, and Mammoth campgrounds are located in the Northern part of the park. You can read more about each here. All of these are dry camping. Mammoth is the only one that allows generator use if that is a factor for you.
trailertraveler 08/13/17 08:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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