From Reno go to Lake Tahoe then 395 to I 40 then to either Lake Havasu State Park or Buckskin State Park ,both are Arizona State Parks. Then on to Phoenix.
I'm really confused on this one. You can't get to Lake Tahoe "out of Reno". You have to take 395 down to Carson City then Hwy 50 over to Lake Tahoe. And....395 doesn't go through Lake Tahoe at all....but it would be a good side trip while going down 395.
Next, 395 doesn't intersect with I40. You have to turn off of 395 at kramer junction onto Hwy 58 and go over to I-15 and then to I-40. Also, I-40 doesn't go through either Lake Havasue or Buckskin.
Unless you are generalizing, you left out a lot of pertinent information which could be very confusing to the OP if he isn't familiar with this area.
58 to Reno? A lot of different routes are available this way, and we have taken most. These are good highways and very scenic. Will take much longer.
If time is not an issue, 58 to 97, south to Klamath Falls, and then 39-139 down to Susanville and then 395 over to Reno.
However, have you thought of 84 out of Portland to Salt Lake City and Hwy I-15. South to Las Vegas and then 95 to Kingman and then I-10 to Phoenix?
I-5 and I-10 is probably the fastest, but not by much and you have to go through LA....not good.
Hope this helps
140k miles. It's a total beater but we love it but will be selling it soon. But if your looking for a pretty car this isn't it
If you're planning selling it "soon", then you don't want to spend $$ on setting it up for towing. Wait until you get what ever car you will be towing long term.
The cost of a good dolly is pretty much the same for setting up a car for 4-down towing (providing the car is capable of 4-down towing).
Depends. First is your car even towable with all 4 wheels on the ground? is your car FWD, RWD, or AWD?
4-wheel down is the most preferred, but usually the most expensive due to requiring base plate, tow bar, supplemental brakes, lighting, where as a dolly (front two wheels of the car off the ground) doesn't require any of this. But a RWD car that isn't towable 4-wheels down, can't be towed on a dolly...only FWD cars can.
So you need to provide us with more info before anyone can give you good answers.
Sorry, can't help you with your rig...our Phaeton has one in the bedroom and also another in the kitchen area, plus of course, the entry door.
I was reading in a Motor Home magazine that featured the new 2016 American Eagle. It has an optional emergency exit "door" in the bedroom that folds outward with hinges on the bottom and becomes steps down to the ground. Is that cool, or what!
I'm sure you have an emergency exit window in the rear of the coach somewhere...just not marked. If not, factory screwed up big time.
I had McKesh mirrors on my Tundra and while they normally worked pretty good, they did have some vibration to them. However, they also would scratch my windows whenever I would raise or lower them. I tried many times to adjust them so they wouldn't scratch but was never really successful.
It's really not a problem, just gotta be aware of it and slow way down. We came back from Redmond on 20 through Sweet Home last summer, and it was a nice drive......again,just slow due to the curves, grade, and dips. The turn off on 34 in Lebanon is easily missed if not paying attention.
Have a good trip.
I too recommend the Bend Sisters Garden Rv park....but if you can't afford the $35 fee, I would suggest Walmart in Bend.
Have you been over this route before? If not, the highway bettween the 20/22 split on down the mountains to Sweet Home can be very intimidating. Loooonnng 6% grade with several 15mph curves and many, many 25 to 35 curves. Also, you'll need to take Hwy 34 out of Lebanon over to Corvallis. If you stay on 20, it goes up to Albany and then back down to Corvallis. Hwy 34 will save about 20 miles off your trip. Hwy 20 between Philomath and Newport is still under construction so the old highway has some narrow parts with several horseshoe curves. However, it is one of my favorite drives...gonna miss it when the new part is opened up.
We spend our summers in Newport and make this trip over to Sisters and Redmond at least once a summer for the quilt shows. I usually take hwy 22...longer, but better highway.
Good luck and enjoy Newport. Best Chowder is at the Chowder Bowl at Nye Beach and for desert get their bread pudding! Yum yum.
I think a lot of your concerns may be irrelevant. It all depends upon what size and type of mh you have (which you didn't indicate). The smaller the mh, the more a toad will affect the driving characteristics of it. With most DPs (36 and above), you won't even know the toad is back there and as mentioned above, it will follow within the tracks of the mh. With smaller motor homes, the toad can become more prevalent and may require more input from the driver. Be aware that smaller motor homes do have a towing limit that can require only the very smallest of toads to be towed.
Having the toad equipped with brakes will take care of your concern with stopping. Actually, a mh towing a toad with supplemental brakes, will stop quicker and in a shorter distance than a mh without a toad.
IMO, the only negative aspects of a toad is one, you can't back up with it attached and two, you have more overall length to your rig and you need to be aware of this when merging, changing lanes, etc.
I think she will do just fine. There will be an adjustment period, but won't take her long to get the hang of it.
As Tom said...it depends upon your converter/inverter/charger. I don't think they (rv mfg) put the old style single stage charger in rvs anymore....well, maybe the really cheap ones. I had one in my old 2000 Coachmen TT and it went through two batteries before I found out what was happening.
This was a subject in Tuesday's RV TRAVEL newsletter, which read:
Bag those troublesome cords and hoses
by Russ and Tiña De Maris, Your RV Podcast
Of all the gear RVers have to struggle with, some of the most unruly in terms of storage are coils of hose and electrical cords. They all seem to have a marvelous ability to unravel and get scrambled in your basement storage compartment, making it a real mess when it comes time to set up camp.
Sure, there are cord reels and hose reels — they work to a limited degree. We once tried a "flat hose" and reel combination that proved most unsatisfactory when the packaging didn't warn users that the hose had to be completely unreeled before water pressure was applied. We had an interesting "experience" with an exploding hose reel on that occasion. Cord reels are rarely designed for the large-size cables needed for carrying lots of juice to an RV. They're best kept around for "normal" yard tool extension cords.
We've finally found the ticket for keeping cords and hoses put together while they bump around in your storage area: reusable grocery bags. The kind of bags that the stores are touting as an answer to paper versus plastic. Lightweight and durable, you can fit just about any size water hose or electrical cable common to RV use inside these critters. We coil our cords and hoses up first, then simply pop 'em in their respective bags. If there's enough room, you may be able to tie the handles together in a loose knot for further security.
If a storage bag gets a bit dirty, pop it in a wash load — they'll clean up and dry easily. If it gets completely out of hand, whistle on down to Walmart and pick up a new storage bag for a song.
Hope this helps
I believe your Mandalay is equipped with a raised rail Freightliner chassis, and it will be pre-wired for a "trailer brake" which is indeed the same wiring required for a toad braking system controller.
Typically, it is a six pin flat connector with four wires attached to it and a protective cap on it. Usually you will find it under the dash to the left of the steering wheel...sometimes it is located in the driver's left console. If it has not been previously used (sounds like you are not the original owner), it may be tied up with other wiring harnesses and very difficult to find. I located mine by finding the wiring harness coming out from the steering column and then following it for about six inches until I found the first harness leading off of the steering column harness. At the end of that harness was the connector. It was up under the dash just as far as possible and tied to another harness. I had a hard time cutting the ties so that I could get the connector and it's harness back down to where I could access it.
However, you will probably need an adapter cable from the manufacture of the controller (or toad brake system) that will mate the mh's connector with the controller's connector.
On our trip in 08, we had the Roadmaster Guardian on the front of our toad. While it kept pebbles and such from hitting the front of the toad, it did nothing for the pebbles hitting the side of the toad or on top of it. When we got home, I counted over 75 very small chips out of the paint on the hood, top, toneau cover and the driver's side.
We did take the advice of others when on gravel roads and with a vehicle coming towards us, we would slow way down and move as far right as we could. Mostly to no avail as those vehicles coming towards us, did not...especially the large trucks.
We actually saw toads that the people had wrapped in cardboard. Quite a sight.