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RE: Best Route from NJ to Kittery Maine??

Never heard of a propane restriction for RVs on the NJ TPK. I've traveled it numerous times with the rv. Not sure where you are so... I'd take the NJ TPK to 287 North. At Mahwah take 87 North (NYS Thruway) to: Option 1: Newburg - pick up 84 into Connecticut to I-95, Mass Pike. If you go this way fuel up just before hitting the Mass Pike. Its way cheaper, and there happens to be a Cracker Barrel at the exit. FWIW we always seem to hit lots of traffic around Hartford, CT. Option 2: Take 87 all the way up and pick up 95 (Mass Pike) from there. Yes, its longer then 84. Perhaps the time is the same but the stress and aggravation sure isn't. Take the Mass Pike to 495, avoid Boston. You'll pick 95 backup north of Boston. There is a Cabellas with great overnight parking just off 495 if your looking for a overnight. They also have a dump station ($) if you need it and a grocery store in the same parking lot. And FYI - The TapanZee Bridge is no more. Its been replaced by the Mario Cuomo Bridge. No change to the route but you might notice the name discrepancy. My suggestions are based on numerous trips from northern NJ to Maine over the years. Might not always be the fastest route, but it gets us there safely and not feeling stressed out. Or with the warned about broken axels from the miserable excuse for some roads around NYC. Happy Trails!
camperfamily 06/19/18 09:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with a 2001 Chev S-10 w/v6

Not a S10, but a 1999 Ford Ranger with the pushrod 4.0 V6 – direct competitor. Pulled a 3023 trailmanor across the country and back with it. Stable, no problem. Sure, the Colorado mountain passes were pulled at 35-40 tops, but then I wouldn't want to go faster anyways considering the roads. Select your trailer carefully. Look for a narrow unit - there are 7' wide models to be had.
camperfamily 05/23/18 08:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Truck limit

Concerning your new truck. Seriously consider the DRW if this is your dedicated TV. We went from a 30' to a 36' 5th witha SRW (Ford, not RAM). Increase in weight about 3k as well. It actually rides nicer (smoother), BUT you can feel the cross winds more. I think a DRW would eliminate that. Drive both. I did and went SRW because its my DD in the suburbs outside NYC. I just don't want to deal with it unless necessary. FWIW.
camperfamily 04/16/18 08:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel Hitch Ripping off Camper!!??

Going through something similar myself now. Located a competent repair shop or if the current location will allow it, a mobil welder. Its scary but the repair really isn't that hard. Removing and reinstalling the covering is perhaps just as hard. Ours has failed a little differently than that one and requires different repairs. Google lippert frame failure or lippert pin box failure to see what's going on. Have it fixed and move on, not worth crying over or filing claims on. JMO. As others have said, do not tow it. A large flat bed tow will be in order. If she has roadside find the repair shop then call for a tow to that shop.
camperfamily 04/15/18 07:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Next on the List: Train Rides

Essex, CT. Train & Riverboat If you like history and are OK without the ride check out East Broad Top RR in Orbsonia, PA. They open just a couple times a year for tours.
camperfamily 04/15/18 06:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2018 Keystone Bullet 243BHS

No real experience with a Bullet, but picked up a nice used 2011 Cougar 36' bunkhouse last summer. So far, so good aside from a couple lack of proper maintenance issues from the prior owner. Can't fault a manufacturer for that. I suspect if your expectations are appropriate you'll be very happy with the Bullet. I do have to echo buster though. That is a lot of trailer for that truck. I pulled a TrailManor (look it up if you don't know them) for several years with a similar sized truck. It did well, maintained speed etc. But that was a low profile, folding trailer that was under 4000#. JMHO, but your into half ton territory. Your max towing might say its ok, but do your home work. All gear, people, etc etc. Not trying to rain on your parade, but want to make sure your informed. FWIW friends followed us cross country 2 years ago. Us with a 30' 5ver behind a Ford 6.7 diesel. Them with a 28' TT behind a Ford 6.2 gas. I had to follow or I just lost them. A new diesel truck appeared in that driveway not too long ago. Just an example. YMMV.
camperfamily 03/26/18 08:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best way to get outlet/power strip next to bed???

I have to second not running a extension under a mattress. Fire hazard. I still remember the smoke from a house behind us. Cause: extension under mattress. The resident was a fireman on the local dept... Be careful with a wire through a closet or storage area for the same reason.
camperfamily 03/21/18 07:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: f250 VS f350

F250 gas trans is different. I'd suggest not considering the 250 for that weight. Got for the 350 and get the 4.30 gearing. But do some homework on the tongue weights of that trailer. Given the GVWR of the trailer I'm guessing its a gooseneck. Even 20% of the GVWR is 3200#. Add a couple humans in the truck, some gear and some stuff in the bed and your going to be up against or over the GVWR of a SRW 350. If you go over to ford-trucks_com there is a guy with a 6.2 dually driving as a hot shot. Might be something to consider. Sure, a diesel dually is ideal but how much will be be towing and is the premium price for the diesel engine feasible. Happy Trails
camperfamily 03/20/18 07:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I80 instead of 78 into PA from 287

I prefer to drive 287 to 80 vs 78. Its a nicer and more relaxing drive. However, if your looking at taking 287 to 80 to 81 to 15 it will take longer than the 78 route. Been there done that. And there was construction on 81S last year, check the PA DOT website to see if its active still. While you could take 84 to 81 that will take even longer. It really depends how much time you have to get where your going IMO. Either way, if you need fuel get it in NJ. PA's taxes make it more $ there. At least in my experience. There is a truck stop not far before the DWG into PA. If you need a rest stop the PA welcome center immediately after crossing into PA is usually nice, not crowded and relatively easy on/off.
camperfamily 03/16/18 08:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Going up!!!

Aside from the answer of smaller tires. Flip the axels or have a sub-frame fully boxed to lift the trailer. Not sure why your looking to go with larger tires on your truck, but if its for off-road with the trailer make sure you have ample bed clearance when your done.
camperfamily 03/11/18 08:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Have a J.C. Penney Battery, Need warranty replacement!

How about a replacement for the Sears Muzzler muffler? I think we got 10+ of them replaced before Sears stopped selling mufflers and refunded the full purchase price. I actually felt bad when they refunded the money after all those years and replacements.
camperfamily 02/15/18 06:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2017 F350 6.2 Gasser, 4.30 gears??

My understanding is that the 250 trans is different than the 350 in the gasser. Can anyone confirm that to get the same heavy trans that is behind the diesel with the 6.2 you need to step up to the 350?
camperfamily 11/20/17 09:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Carrying spare bearing question

I just lost a bearing. Outer race seized on the spindle. I was fortunate to get parts easily. 3 hours later back on the road. Now if I had the spare bearings, seal, grease and some fine sand paper I'd have been back on the road in half that. I'd have also needed a washer and retaining clip. Cause for failure? Missing retainer allowed the castle nut to back off. Not happy that the dealer I just bought from used doesn't check bearings as part of their standard inspection. And no, I won't name them as they handled it very well and I believe changed their policy since. Moral? I'll be carrying spare parts starting next season.
camperfamily 11/18/17 07:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Simple question for B&W 5th wheel hitch owners

Added it to mine. It does help keep the head in a better position for hitching. I'll keep it.
camperfamily 11/13/17 07:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 F350

Just had to replace the EGR cooler on my '13. All plugged with carbon. Research tells me it's not unheard of. Put a new EGR valve and coolant in it too. Other than that, a couple sensors, brakes and tires. Almost at 78k on it now. Note: I blame the EGR on the hours of stop and go **** traffic I sit in daily. JMO. And it isn't only Ford that suffers from it. RAM/Chevy/CAT, heavy equipment etc. Happens to them all sometimes.
camperfamily 10/31/17 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2000 F250 7.3

Second for adding gauges. The tunes bring up the EGTs fast. Been there. Might check the UVC harnesses for cracks in the wiring insulation. They dry out and eventually cause the truck to run like **** or not at all.
camperfamily 09/07/17 09:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cass Scenic RR, WV

Last I was there no overnight parking was allowed in their lot. There is a campground that abuts the tracks that we stayed in, but its a bit rustic. I would not plan on to use the bathhouse unless something has changed. 30amp power at best.
camperfamily 09/06/17 06:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 10 year rule for PP tank certification delayed

They do check them. And around here its real hard to find someone to re-cert them.
camperfamily 08/29/17 06:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Carlisle HD owners feedback please!

Put them on last year and traveled 5000 miles, plus another 2k after that. So far all is good. Went from LR D to E.
camperfamily 07/20/17 08:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: EZ-PASS rate dispute

Thom, your right, I made a terrible, error - NJ-PA. slay - Apparently they have retrained the toll collectors. Had to pay $16 cash on the spot. Honestly wasn't prepared for that, had $9 in my pocket. Had to scrounge around the truck to come up with it. Doubt the folks behind me where very happy. Crossed the Tappanzee Bridge over the Hudson River heading up to New England, they nailed us $13.xx to go over that. Given the abhorrent condition of the road it should have been free or paid us!
camperfamily 07/19/17 08:26pm Roads and Routes
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