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RE: West to East Across Houston in Rush Hour?

Regarding using the beltway 8 (Sam Houston Tollway) you will have to go thru the cash line when pulling a trailer. At rush hour, the lines can be anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 mile long at some of the toll booths. Also, some of the toll road cannot be used unless you have a Texas EZ Tag (portion between Highway 59 and I10 on the north side. You will have to use the access road on that portion which isn't too bad. If I were you, I would go straight thru on I10. Get in the middle lane and just watch closely as you approach downtown at the I10 and I45 interchange in order to get in the lane going east on I10. Of course, all bets are off if there is a wreck on the freeway. As someone said monitor the traffic with real time mapping if possible.
RamTX 03/16/15 02:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

We stayed there a few years ago. Just your average campground; I think that the campground reviews found in RV Park Reviews gives you a good picture of the park.
RamTX 03/06/15 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Be careful returning from MX to TX

I wouldn't worry about random road rage or random shooting incidents when passing through Houston or anywhere else in Texas.
RamTX 02/26/15 08:48pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Glacier National Park

The KOA on the west side of the park is one of the nicest KOA's we have ever been in. X2
RamTX 01/14/15 06:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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
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