I had National Interstate for years. No claims. They kept raising my rates significantly each year and finally just got too expensive for us.
Thank the Texas Insurance Commission for that.
We used SD as Domicile---looked into changing our address to TX.
National Interstate asked if we were sure we wanted to do that.
Insurance rate TX vs SD--------doubled on truck and 50% increase on 5vr.
Are you keeping TX residency?
Except when we had National Interstate IN TX and the price went up, we shopped around and got a significantly lower price- and we were still in TX so that reason didn't hold true for us.
We took our truck camper all the way up the Dalton to Prudhoe Bay. It took us 5 days round trip from Fairbanks, and was one of the highlights of our summer. I would NOT take a trailer or motorhome up there.
You can dip your foot in the Arctic ocean but it has to be on a tour bus and arranged 24 hrs in advance for security reasons.
Arctic Circle was Blah, but Prudhoe Bay was cool, as was the drive up there.
We didn't do the Dempster but I wish we had.
Oh and anyone who wants to see the Northern lights, make sure you stay until the end of August.
Was one of the highlights of my LIFE.
We stayed there this summer but just overnight. it was an easy pull thru site. lots of older, permanent residents and it sure isn't a resort but it was ok. they do not take credit cards. We had to find the work camper and go to her rig to pay.
there aren't many options in that area. We would stay there again if we needed to.
Heads up. If your planning on driving through west Texas, you won't find an RV Park space on I-20 between Van Horn & Abilene because of the oil field workers.
And most of the way across rte 10 as well.
oh, and X2 on the Allstays app. Best app ever.
has rest areas, campgrounds, truck stops, low bridges, stores such as Walmart, Costco, cabelas, and so much more
Quoted from The Tire Rack: incidently, its also a good place to shop for tires.
Key info: ST tires are only rated to 65 MPH.
There are differences in the driving requirements between the tires on your trailer and those on the car or light truck you used to tow it. Therefore there are distinct differences between the way trailer tires and tow vehicle tires are engineered.
Your tow vehicle is a leader, which means traction is a key focus in the design of its tires. Traction allows your tow vehicle to accelerate down the road, turn around the corner and brake to a stop. Another important consideration is tow vehicle tires are designed for ride comfort, which is achieved in part by allowing their sidewalls to flex.
Your trailer is a follower, which often makes tire sidewall flexing a negative. Sidewall flexing on trailers, especially those with a high center of gravity (enclosed/travel trailers) or that carry heavy loads, is a primary cause of trailer sway. Typical passenger radial tires with flexible sidewalls can accentuate trailer sway problems. The stiffer sidewalls and higher operating pressures common with Special Trailer (ST) designated tires help reduce trailer sway.
Also consider that Special Trailer (ST), as well as Light Truck (LT) tires are fully rated for trailer applications. This means ST- and LT-sized tires can carry the full weight rating branded on the sidewalls when used on a trailer.
However when P-metric or Euro-metric tires are used on a trailer, the load capacity branded on the sidewalls must be reduced by 9%. This means P-metric or Euro-metric tires with a maximum branded load rating of 1,874 lbs. for use on a car is only rated to carry 1,705 lbs. when used on a trailer.
Comparing the load capacities of a pair of tires of the same dimensions fitted to a single axle trailer, ST225/75R15 Load Range C-sized tires inflated to their maximum of 50 psi provide 4,300 lbs. of load capacity, where P225/75R15 Standard Load-sized tires inflated to their maximum of 35 psi would be limited to 3,410 lbs. of load capacity, a total reduction of 890 pounds.
Trailers will be more stable and pull better on tires designed specifically for trailer use. Since Special Trailer (ST) tires are constructed with heavier duty materials, they are tougher than typical passenger vehicle tires. This is a plus because trailer suspension systems are generally stiffer and less sophisticated than automotive suspension systems.
Special Trailer (ST) Tire Speed Ratings
Industry standards dictate tires with the ST designation are speed rated to 65 MPH (104 km/h) under normal inflation and load conditions.
However Goodyear Marathon and Power King Towmax STR tires featuring the ST size designation may be used at speeds between 66 and 75 mph (106 and 121 km/h) by increasing their cold inflation pressure by 10 psi (69 kPa) above the recommended pressure for the rated maximum load.
Our 5th wheel weighs in at just under 18,000 lbs.
We tow it an average of 10,000 miles a year and get an average of 11 mpg while towing. As mentioned, wind can be your enemy with fuel economy.
With duallies, the trailer pulls like a dream. and the truck barely knows its there. with so much rubber on the road, big rigs passing by don't affect us.
No coverage is one of the selling points when true boondocking.
Our families know if they can't reach us to just leave a message. We check the phones every few days.
People went camping for centuries before cell phones were invented. Somehow they all survived and western civilization did not crash.
Yes but not all of us are "camping". We live in our 5th wheel and reliable phone service is important for day to day living and handling our bills etc.
Of course we can go a few days here and there without coverage but if its totally inconsistent it becomes a hassle to deal with, always having to wait for signal to call a doctor, check on my accounts or post a blog :)
We own both and enjoy both but as everyone says, for offroad, the TC wins hands down.
Its a completely different way of traveling though and it took a little getting used to, but once we did, we loved always having everything with us. We spent 4 months traveling up to Alaska this summer. The biggest difference is when you are towing, you get to your destination, unhook, set up, then go off exploring. With a TC you get up, eat, go do whatever exploring you want and when you are done for the day, you find a place to park. In Alaska, thats hardly ever in an RV park. SO much easier to boondock with a TC.
We also found we gained time with the TC. For example, if we are staying in a national park and want to do a long hike. In the 5th wheel that usually means staying 2 nights because we would have to check out by noon (or couldn't check IN until 2) and there isn't usually a place to leave the 5th wheel. With the TC we arrive whenever we want, park in the day use, hike, then go to a spot for the night later in the day. Or we spend the night, move to day use in the morning, then hike as long as we want, no pressure. It was a great perk on our summer trip.
We had an awesome summer traveling in our "new to us" truck camper. We spent 4 months in it traveling thru Canada and Alaska. IMO it was the BEST way to see Alaska.
But the time has come and we have put it away for the winter and are back to living in our home- our palacial ( by comparison) 5th wheel. We never sit still so we are already heading across Texas, but it sure feels "bulky".
Oh well, the cat sure is happier about having more space!
Jury duty is one reason Escapees works well, although I believe other forwarding services may work this way too. When DH and I get called for jury duty, we simply call the number on the card and tell them we are Escapees. After checking the summons number, they thank us and let us know we are excused. Easy.
Most US national parks do not have electrical hookups so solar panels are a good idea.
About 40% of the sites in Federal Parks have electricity. Also, a little over 50% of all federal park sites are at least 40'.
About 50% of the sites in State Parks have electricity. Also, about 50% of all state park sites are at least 40'.
And don't forget about using county parks.
Many times the issue is not the length of the site, although with a 36 ft rig, I would still think twice about a 40 ft site- its the maneuvering room or lack thereof. Or its low tree branches.
After 5 years of travel, we still, very often, don't try to stay in many national parks. The stress level isn't worth it, so we stay outside and drive in daily. Now that we have a truck camper it has opened up lots more options.
I am not a full timer RV'er but in reading up on how to do it is interesting and all sounds quasi-illegal to me...
You read about residency fraud coming from States like Texas and South Dakota... Using the street address of a mail forwarding business sure sounds fishy to me...
States will not accept a PO BOX NUMBER for drivers license for example.
Roy - Sounds like to me your research has been faulty. For example, in Texas the SKP's organization took the state to court and their Personal Mailbox service (not a PO Box) is LEGAL address for any and all functions - voting, car registration, driver's license, etc.
Also in S.D. the state excepts the mail services PMB's as legal addresses for License, voting and registration. One only needs to sign a legal document stating you are a full time RV'er and PLAN to return to the state when you settle down. I plan to do that but my needs may change when I eventually do get off the road. Nothing illegal about that, people are free to move anywhere they so desire.
Sounds fishy? Hmmm... using a friend or family members address is the fishy one. And most probably illegal as a drivers license address, voting address, etc.
Do more research in the mail services in Texas and SD and get informed about the state's laws.
research "Domicile" in this and other forums. We have been legal residents of Rainbow Drive in Livingston TX for 5 years complete with voting rights etc. - its a mail forwarding service. Nothing illegal or fishy about it.
Starting to plan our trips with the new rig. The first "long" one will be about 12 days from Whitehorse to Denali Park and back, via the Denali Highway westbound and Fairbanks coming home :) I've driven tour buses on the Denali Highway many times, my wife has never seen it.
The Denali is one of my favorites, but I advise RV'rs to avoid it due to the stretches of raw exposed rock. They can be pretty hard on the trailer tires. Be most interested in a follow-up post.
We drove the Denali twice last summer because we enjoyed it so much. although we had a truck camper, we both agreed it was doable even if we had been towing our trailer.
The law in Canada and Alaska is to drive with your headlights on at all times. This law does NOT apply to vehicles with Alaska plates since at least 50% of them don't drive with headlights on. Among RV's and campers with Alaska plates, about 90% of them don't obey the law.
Just as an heads uop...the law requires that all new cars sold in Canada have a DRL module..(Daytime Running Lights). thus most/many of the cars you will see have their headlights on. Not the rear ones, tho..and the law does NOT require all vehicles to run with their headlights on.
According to the driver's manual, Yukon Does require lights on highways
"On Yukon highways,
you must drive with the low beam headlights on during the day if your car does not have automatic daytime running lights."
We saw many signs along the road that reminded drivers that they are required to have them on.