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RE: T-Mobile Vs Verizon??

If you stay near large population centers, either would suffice. In the boonies, hands down,Verizon beats them all.
vjstangelo 09/16/17 07:30am Technology Corner
Lube on Power Gear Hydraulic Jacks

When reviewing the Maintenance Procedures for the Power Gear jacks, I noted that the manufacturer recommended using white lithium grease on the seal lube points after 30 cycles of the jacks. I checked and sure enough, near the seal of each jack, just above the movable hydraulic ram, there is a zerk fitting buried under road grime! Has anyone here ever lubed these fittings? What would be the proper procedure? Can I use by good-old grease with a lithium cartridge or do I run the risk of blowing the seal with overpressure? Thanks.
vjstangelo 09/14/17 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Moose Jaw or Regina

Thanks to all for the update. We did wind up staying at Prairie campground in Moose Jaw, which I would recommend. Unfortunately we arrived late and the Tunnel area was closed, but we did unhitch the toad and tool about. Thanks again.
vjstangelo 09/03/17 07:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: KOA

We are in the middle of a 2 week trek out west. We stayed at KOA in Huntington, St. Louis, St. Mary's, Sheridan. Except for St. Mary which is at the doorstep of Glacier NP, we never paid more than $50 a night. As a business traveler when not camping, I want quality consistency and similarly when rving I want the same and am willing to pay extra for it. Every one of the above KOA gave me available pull through sites, 50A service, easy on and off of an interstate, well manicured, clean facilities. That's what I want an am willing to pay for. Just my 2 cents.
vjstangelo 08/27/17 12:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Small Class A

If you haven't already accessed it, there is a very active discussion thread in the Forest River Forums for the FR3. There is also an Android App for free for the Forest River Forums if you want to access via an app. Good luck.
vjstangelo 08/27/17 11:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Small Class A

Take a look at the Winnebago Vista 32k. Pluses are it has 2 slides, massive shower, 2 Heat Pumps and 50A service (with Onan 5500 genset), and the 32 ft length gets us in most any campground. Minuses are the storage compartments are not massive, but we use the bunks for storage and they are massive storage spaces. We have the V10 with the 5 speed torq shift and get 7 to 8 MPG towing a CRV. We put a separate Dorm sized fridge in the lower bunk to augment the standard sized rv fridge. There are outdoor TV connections in the storage bay if that is your pleasure. One final piece of advice is to get 2 AC units even in your 30 footer. You won't regret it.
vjstangelo 08/26/17 07:20pm Class A Motorhomes
Moose Jaw or Regina

We will be taking the Trans Canada back east to the US and an evening weigh over stop will be in the vicinity of Moose Jaw/Regina. I expect we will arrive in the early afternoon giving us time to do a quick explore of one or the other for dinner,drinks. Moose Jaw campgrounds include Peanut Hills, while Kings Acres in Regina looks promising. I am looking for advice as to which would be the best choice for an evening layover? Thanks
vjstangelo 08/15/17 06:21am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Advice on campgrounds within Yellowstone.

Pebble Creek campground in the Lamar Valley is very nice, first come first served. It is in the NE as you requested, next to a beautiful fast running creek. Dry camping.
vjstangelo 08/07/17 07:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling to view the Eclipse ?

Heck yeah. Wouldn't miss it for the world. We are headed to the high desert of WY hoping for clear skies, then headed to Glacier NP.
vjstangelo 08/05/17 07:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Top vehicles for longevity

I'm gonna vote for the Ford V10. We towed our TT all over America, including 3 round trips from VA to Yellowstone, with our V10 powered Excursion no problems with the motor. It has been retired for the Class A Winnebago, F53 V10. The transmission is another matter. The 4R100 transmission on the Excursion is a dog compared to the torqshift 5R110 on the Winnebago. I think the Chevy Allison with the 8.1 beats the V10 with the 4R100. Anyway, the V10 gets my vote.
vjstangelo 07/20/17 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What to do at night at Yellowstone.

Been to Fishing Bridge many times. Unfortunately it is not much more than a big parking lot with RV's crammed on top of one another. But, it is the only campground in the park with full hookups so that makes it in high demand. No campfires are allowed. Since it does not get dark at that altitude until say 10:00pm (Summer DST), one can drive around the local area looking for wildlife almost until bedtime (the Hayden Valley, for example). Other things to do until bedtime are: Drive over to the Fishing Bridge General Store for an evening Ice Cream; Head over to the Fishing Bridge Visitor's Center for the evening program; Visit Lake Lodge or the Historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel (Yellow One) for an evening cocktail or meal. Note that all of the above are a convenient 10-15 minute drive from Fishing Bridge. Because of it's proximity to Lake Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge is active Grizzly country. No soft side TT's are allowed for that reason. Also, food must be stowed and not left unattended. We would walk the pups at night, but didn't stray far from the main lighted loops for that reason. Enjoy. There really is no other place like it in the Lower 48.
vjstangelo 07/19/17 03:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Blowout on Goodyear G670

To the OP. Do you have a safety steer on the front linkage? It is said that this will prevent the situation you described (or at least minimize). Anyone else with safety steer that would be wiling to share their real life experiences with front end blowouts would be nice. Thanks.
vjstangelo 07/17/17 07:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Right Truck for the job?

Our first tow with our Ford Excursion was also a white knuckle experience. We were towing a 6000# TT with an SUV designed to tow almost twice that amount. We also were using sway control (REESE Dual Cam). The fix was installing a Hellsing rear stabilizer bar. The improvement was like night and day. Check your rear stabilizer bar...
vjstangelo 07/16/17 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Running Out of Time - Need An RV For Full-Time Living....

It is doable, you are just asking the question to the wrong crowd. Go to Escapees Forum and you will get the help you need. There are a number of folks full timing in Airstreams and Calista TT's. Search for them on Instagram. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, you can turn an older Airstream into whatever you want. Good luck.
vjstangelo 07/08/17 08:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: What happened?

I visit the forum daily and learn something new occasionally. I also try to give good advice from my till of lessons learned. One useful resource I also go to is Instagram and I follow many full timers who give good advice.
vjstangelo 07/07/17 05:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: We think we're ready to start RVing

We differed from others as we jumped right in, purchasing a new 17' KIWI TT in 2000. We never looked back since. To me the most important things are a comfortable place to sit in the evening to watch TV, and a walk around bed. In September take an extended weekend trip to Hershey PA for the RV show. If you can't find one to your liking at that event, give it up!
vjstangelo 06/30/17 06:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: Richmond VA

There is plenty to do in Richmond, it was the capital of the Confederacy after all. Must see are the Confederate White House, Confederacy Museum, Tredigar Iron Works National Park, and Monument Avenue. A short drive away is Cold Harbor National Park where Grant's frontal charge resulted in thousands of casualties in only 1 hour. Also in town is St. John's Church where Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" is reenacted. Little known is the fact that Edgar Allen Poe lived much of his life in Richmond, and these is a small but sensational museum in Richmond (Poe Museum). I recommend stopping in Richmond as there is much to see.
vjstangelo 06/30/17 06:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I95 to I 81 north from Savannah

Depends on how you like back roads and where you are actually starting from and going to. I live in Charleston and can give you several options once I know the above. Without, assuming Charleston to Staunton, VA, grab 52 in Goose Creek, SC up through Cheraw grabing 1 to I-74 in Rockingham. In Greensboro, NC work your way over to Hwy 29 which will take you all the way up to I64 which you can grab over to I81. About 3/4 of this route is dual lane road and very few traffic lights. This is our preferred route as well. Cheraw is such a beautiful southern city.
vjstangelo 06/26/17 07:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Your favorite driving music?

XM Classics, and XM Bluegrass are our favorites.
vjstangelo 06/25/17 07:40pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Coleman Airxcel

Final post here. New rear heat pump installed. Two year warranty. So we have 2 brand spanking new heat pumps. Let's hope we get years of service out of these. Kudos to RB Taylor RV here in Lynchburg VA,. I highly recommend them.
vjstangelo 06/21/17 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
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