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RE: Oak Plantation Campground - Charleston, SC

About the only thing that I can add, is the main road in the campground has speed bumps which seem to be every 20 ft or so (just kidding-not that close) which are annoying. As 2Retired said the traffic on the road in front of the campground can be very heavy during rush hour, so try to arrive/depart at off peak hours.
RamTX 10/30/14 03:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: advice needed on used Jayco 5er

I haven't slept on the couch but my adult kids have and it seems to be uncomfortable. The bunks are fine for kids, but a little small for adults especially if you are six feet or taller.
RamTX 10/14/14 08:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: advice needed on used Jayco 5er

I have this trailer. Just a little different arrangement inside. Here's some things to check for as I have experienced with this trailer: Check for cracks in frame above axles. Check for cracks in covers for skylights and vents (especially if they are discolored.) Check steps to make sure that they don't sag to one side are another indicating a possible weld failure. Hope this helps. I have experienced these with this particular trailer.
RamTX 10/13/14 09:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: San Antonio east or south toward Florida

Just go straight thru Houston at off peak hours (10:30am-2:00pm) during weekdays. I would not recommend travel at night or on weekends thru Houston since a huge amount of road construction is underway on most major freeways and these roads are sometimes completely closed or at least partially closed sometimes at night or on weekends. As an alternate, you could travel the access road from IH10 west to IH10 east on Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Tollway) around but there are many lights and this will take you about 1 hour longer than going directly thru Houston on IH10! I mention the access road for Beltway 8 as some of the tollway you need a special pass to use the tollway as there are no toll booths for collecting cash.
RamTX 09/30/14 08:38am Roads and Routes
RE: Oh No! Ruined theBumper on My New Truck

I bought a reconditioned OEM front bumper in Houston way cheaper than I could get a new OEM bumper. Looked as good or better than the original OEM bumper.
RamTX 09/28/14 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mall of America Warning

Haven't been there in 3 years, but Dakotah Meadows RV Park and casino run free shuttles to Mall of the Americas if your their guest. Much easier r than trying to navigate traffic and find parking spaces.
RamTX 09/25/14 08:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Getting Diesel at service station or truck stop?

Be aware that some of the diesel pumps for 18 wheelers are high capacity pumps and will fill your truck up in about 1/5 the time that a regular diesel pump will. This happened to me. Fortunately, I hadn't turned away to do something else when I was filling up, or I might have had a pretty good diesel spill.
RamTX 09/12/14 07:20am Beginning RVing
RE: state parks in Texas

Don't know if you are looking for an overnight stop or not, but Stephen F. Austin State Park about 40 miles west of Houston on I10 has full hookups and is a nice park. Also, there is Palmetto State Park about halfway between Houston and San Antonio-don't think that one has full hookups. South Llano River outside Junction is nice-we have stayed there a number of times-water and electricity only there though.
RamTX 09/06/14 06:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Possible Frame Damage in new to me Travel trailer

You might consider contacting a local company that repairs 18 wheeler trailer frames. Apparently, frame problems are not unique to RVs, so there are such companies. That's what I had to do with my 5er when the frame cracked. So far, so good.
RamTX 08/14/14 07:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Rt 65 from Branson to Little Rock

Traveled that road from Conway to Branson and back about 6 weeks ago. From Conway to Clinton it is 4 lane undivided except for a small stretch of two lane. From Clinton to just south of Harrison, it is two lane-hilly and curvy but nothing excessively steep. Road surface was good. The only thing about this stretch is the lack of shoulders, but there were no dropoffs. There were some passing lanes best I can remember. From the Missouri-Arkansas line to Branson was an excellent 4 lane divided highway. Certainly not the worse road I have ever towed on. Would go this route again when going to Branson.
RamTX 08/07/14 11:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Diagonal frame bracing

I have a diagram and instructions on the repair and strengthening of a cracked frame on a Dexter axle before the frame division was bought out by Lippert. Mine was repaired pretty much as they recommended and haven't had any trouble that I am aware of since the repair. I will be happy to send you a copy. Just let me know.
RamTX 07/22/14 01:16pm Towing
RE: Looks like new tires for me

My Michelin LTX A/S had cracks worse than that. They are about 4 years old. Took them back to Costco's where I bought them, and the tire manager compared my cracks and depth of them to a card with pics issued by Michelin. He said that the cracks were not deep enough for Michelin to do anything about the cracks. Just got back from about 1600 miles of towing the 5er, and they are still going with no problems encountered. Go to your Michelin dealer and have them look at the tires.
RamTX 07/21/14 05:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GS Roadside Unassistance!

We will not travel at night just for similar reasons. Who wants to be broken down in some unknown area in the dark and waiting for help to arrive. Mishaps are bad enough during the day. Glad it all worked out for you. X2 I had to call Good Sam on a Sunday evening this past Father's Day and waited about two hours to have a tire changed. Fortunately, I was sitting in a Wal-Mart parking lot and out of danger. I can understand the delay as I was a number of miles from any sizable town in Arkansas and it was Father's Day. Makes me wonder if traveling on a Sunday is even wise.
RamTX 07/15/14 06:12pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Hickory Springs RV Folding Step Failure

Our Jayco Pinnacle had almost exactly the same failure, got the step re-welded and replaced the broken rivet with a Grade 8 bolt. Glad you were able to repair yours. If I had not let the problem go before additional damage was done to other parts of the steps folding mechanism, I think that mine could have been repaired also.
RamTX 07/15/14 06:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hickory Springs Folding Step Failure

Don't have any small kids. Don't ever remember or know about two people being on the steps at the same time. It is possible that the weld at the point of failure overheated the metal and may have had something to do with it. Just a guess though.
RamTX 07/14/14 06:44pm Fifth-Wheels
Hickory Springs RV Folding Step Failure

I just wanted to make everyone aware that we had a metal fatigue failure on the Hickory Springs folding step on our 08 Jayco 5er Superlite trailer. One corner of the steps began to sag; condition slowly worsened over a couple of years until it got to the point of being a hazard when descending the steps. I finally closely examined the steps and found this problem. Metal frame had broken at the weld point resulting in the weight of the steps on one side to be mostly supported by the rivet holding the top step as well as the other steps attached to it. As the top rivet started to deform due to the added load on the rivet, the steps sagged further causing the problem. To the best of my knowledge the steps never hit anything. http://i.imgur.com/NMPqS1kl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/bhgJolpl.jpg
RamTX 07/14/14 04:59pm Fifth-Wheels
Hickory Springs Folding Step Failure

I noticed that my 3 step hickory springs folding steps on my 08 Jayco Superlight 5er started slightly sagging on the right bottom corner step about 2 years ago. To make a long story short, we continued using the trailer as the condition wasn't too bad, however, the condition slowly worsened to the point that I decided to fix the problem before someone lost their balance and fell while descending the steps. Looking at the steps, I found that the top step rivet had deformed significantly. I tried replacing the rivet with a bolt, but the steps continued to sag. Upon further examination, I found that the bottom metal support (as seen in the pictures) which actually supports the entire right side of the step mechanism had broken allowing the step to sag. As the top rivet deformed more, the corner of the step sagged further making the steps unsafe. If I had investigated the problem when I first noticed it, it might have been possible to weld the frame back up, but unfortunately I didn't until some of the other supporting members had bent and become distorted and were beyond fixing, thus I had to replace the steps. I post this only to alert RVers that the folding steps should be inspected and lubricated (which I had done) periodically to avoid a similar situation. When I replaced the steps, I found that none of the bolts attaching the steps to the trailer had lock washers or locking nuts on them. I would also suggest that the attachment points for the steps to the trailer be checked occasionally to make sure that all bolts and nuts are tight.
RamTX 07/14/14 04:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jackson Wy to Logan Ut

Took route 89 from Bear Lake to Logan Utah about 3 years ago. Great scenery but some parts of the road have many curves which slows down your speed considerably. I couldn't get up over 50 mph in some parts before having to slow down for the next curve. If you are in no hurry, then you would probably enjoy the beautiful drive.
RamTX 07/05/14 08:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Been struck by lightning?

except the rubber tires which don't conduct electricity... no ground.. . no worry maybe. If lightning can jump several miles through air, a little bit of rubber isn't going to worry it too much. Lighting will always seek the best ground and the easiest circuit... won't it? If there are multiple paths to ground at the point of a lightning strike, current will be present in each of these paths. The current in each path will be proportional to the resistance of each of the paths to ground albeit the path of least resistance will carry the bulk of the current.
RamTX 06/30/14 08:35am Truck Campers
RE: Retirement Trip Campground Recommendations

You really seem to be cutting yourself short on days to visit a lot of places. For instance, Black Hills area you could easily spend 4 days seeing everything unless you put in 12 hour days. Just IMHO. If you don't have time, then as someone else said reduce the places you intend to visit.
RamTX 06/14/14 07:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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