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RE: So how did you come up with a USER NAME for group

In most places where I have a presence, it is my own name, closest variation that the site lets me have. This makes it easier for people who know me to find me.
tatest 04/11/18 02:38am Around the Campfire
RE: Where to go?

It is either someplace I have never been, or someplace I've been to and really like. It involves seeing something I want to see, or doing something I want to do, or going to an event. I've always started with road trip travel books to find destinations or interesting trips, also finding information from the many tourism sources on the Internet. I used to work with Streets and Trips to fit a trip to a time limit, finding additional interesting places along my route, adjusting the trip to make the the additional stops fit the schedule. Depending on what interests you, 2-4 days of driving can add up to a 2-4 week trip, checking out everything along the way. I've been traveling from NE Oklahoma to SE Michigan several times a year for more than 35 years and by varying my route and picking different places to stop, each trip can be different, seeing something new. From N Texas a two week trip could get you to the Pacific Northwest or New England, and back, if you didn't stop at any place interesting along the way. Four weeks could get you to Alaska and back. On the other hand, spending some time seeing things along the way, two weeks might be southern Colorado, southeast Utah, NW Arizona (all places I go to see geology, but you might not be interested in geology). It comes down to what interests you, where you've been, what you still might want to see. My travel more recently has been escorted tours and river cruises, and I choose places I've never been. When my wife still lived, much of our travel was repeat visits to places she loved to visit, and some of it to places we had never been. You need to first figure out what interests you, then you find the places that match that interest. For most people, that will involve new experiences, for others it is driven more by specific interests: historical museums, wineries, factory tours, automobile museums, horse races, rodeo circuit, auto races, flea markets, bluegrass festivals, and so on. I know people who just travel to go antiquing, others to music festivals. One of the things I like to do when traveling in the U.S. is to pick one of the numbered US Highways and try to follow it end to end, or if I have a destination, follow it as much as possible to that destination. "Road Trip USA" (book or website) covers a few of the highways in this system, many of which are still important trunk routes in the big empty parts of the country where the Eisenhower Interstate Highway system is sparse. But this is a personal quirk.
tatest 04/11/18 02:26am General RVing Issues
RE: RV LENGTH

Not a lot of campgrounds have limits that short for all campsites. Some of the state parks I go to have some campsites that won't take anything longer than a 20 foot van, but those are supposed to be parking for tent campers. Same parks have other sites as deep as 50-60 feet. Many older public park campgrounds are full of sites built in the 1930s to 1950's for tent campers and small trailer units, and these areas can get quite crowded when all sites fill with large modern RVs with awnings and slideout rooms. I am familiar with one on the south side of Grand Traverse Bay, and I suspect California also has some crowded campgrounds in older parks. There are options other than campgrounds, particularly disperse camping in forests, where shorter is better and a tent works better than a vehicle of any size. Pick a RV size based on how you want to use it. That is a compromise between how big a house you think you need and where you want to take it. The smaller it is, the more places you can take it. The bigger it is, the longer you might be willing to live in it.
tatest 04/11/18 01:44am Beginning RVing
RE: Generator help

The generator will flash codes suggesting the problem. Mine went through a period of shutting down on release of the start button because once the generator came online it detected a short in the 120V house system. Another time it was a problem transitioning from idle to light load running speeds, codes for that suggested an ignition or fuel system problem. Not many RV dealers are licensed Cummins/Onan service points, although a few will do limited work, like changing a spark plug or an oil change.
tatest 04/11/18 01:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: city water hookup in campground

I put on my Y valve if necessary.
tatest 04/09/18 02:08am Beginning RVing
RE: Cooper vs Michelin

Cooper's Discoverer and Michelin's LTX M/S (when marketed as OEM replacement) are targeted to the same market. Michelin's similar BF Goodrich Commercial T/A is probably a bit closer to the Cooper price point, as will be Firestone's Transforce and Goodyear's commercial Wrangler lines. You can go even cheaper with Cooper's commercial Mastercraft or Roadmaster lines, or any of number of branded imports. Or you can upgrade to Michelin XPS, Bridgestone Duravis, or something in Goodyear's R-series commercial lines. One thing different about LTX in load range E, versus many lower cost OEM and replacement all-season LT tires in the same load range, is that the LTX gets an extra body ply. Other premium brands might have heavier belts, or Kevlar armor plies. Different body construction, body weight, belt construction, tread thickness, tread designs all have an effect on durability, ride comfort, noise. But you don't find this out until you actually buy the tires and install them. I tend to put my long-term relationships with my local tire dealers ahead of retail price points when choosing tires. I've run a lot of different Cooper models, different grades for different cars and trucks, because I had a great Cooper dealer who carried Michelin as his premium brand, Hankooks for price, Toyos for a performance market. Thus my minivan and SUV got Discoverers, sedans Trendsetters or Lifeliners, and the pickup I drove around town Mastercrafts replacing the cheap OEM Firestones. But my Class C got Michelin all-steel XPS Rib to replace the OEM LTX M/S because I wanted an extra degree of tire carcass toughness for this "always fully loaded" application. It is probably overkill, the XPS is a tire body designed to have a long tread life and be retreadable a couple of times to get a couple hundred thousand miles over a ten year or longer life. What mattered to me was the design for a ten year or longer carcass life. Since my Cooper dealer has switched to Bridgestone/Firestone as primary supplier, I face different choices for replacement tires. Should I ever wear out the XPS Ribs (unlikely at my age and RV usage) I could go to Bridgestone Duravis on the RV for hard use, or Firestone Transforce if I only do local trips. If you plan to replace your RV tires every 3-5 years, as is often advised here, you might go with the cheaper tire models which will have lighter tire bodies and maybe less original tread. A tire with lighter tread will be less likely to throw the tread if you tend to run underinflated.
tatest 04/09/18 02:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Why Are There Inside Rear View Mirrors In Class C's

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards have the mirrors put on when the chassis is manufactured (it starts out as a van). Thus even U-Hauls will have the mirrors, although there is nothing there to see. Whether or not the mirror is useful in a Class C RV depends on the design of the house. I can see what's going on with my passengers, and back to the kitchen, and what doors might be swinging. If it is all clear through the house, I can see my towed vehicle in the wide-angle lens on my rear window. If the mirror gets in your way, it can be slipped off the mounting puck, and the puck removed using acetone (maybe nail polish remover).
tatest 04/09/18 01:22am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Short class C RVs that has no sewage hose storage

My waste dump stuff goes into a plastic bin that fits into one of the street-side storage compartments. A bumper would handle only one hose, I would likely be assembling components each time I dumped if I stored my hose in a bumper. Dishpan-size tub holds 20-foot hose with elbow one end and connector the other, second 20-foot hose for extension, collection of rubber donuts, package of rubber gloves, etc. My fresh-water connection stuff gets a separate tub. I camp with folks who use a bumper for hose storage, they end up assembling their hose each time they want to use it. Compartment I use is the one just forward of the rear wheel well, you probably have one near this location, under the dinette.
tatest 04/09/18 01:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: help with majestic 19g

As it was built exclusively for the rental market, manufacturer would not have produced an "owner's manual," nor would CruiseAmerica have equipped it with a packet of owner's manuals and installation manuals for the components. Component manuals are usually not difficult to find online. Most manufacturers don't even prepare model specific manuals for retail RVs, will usually provide a generic manual for RV type or model line, and ship the RV with a package of manuals for components.
tatest 04/09/18 12:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Going south IN the winter...

30 years of winter travel between SE Michigan and Oklahoma and Texas, five years winter travel Michigan to the Carolinas or Florida, five years Chicago to and from Detroit. Most of the time the roads are reasonably clear, and when we could, we timed our travel days to not be traveling during a storm. If the roads were icy, we stopped; that happened maybe three times. A couple of times we've been stranded by blizzard conditions and couldn't even get started until highways were cleared and re-opened; that happens more often the further south you get because those states don't keep road clearing equipment for rare events. But these are rare events, and weather forecasting is a whole lot better than 30-40 years ago. Most of the time winter weather south of the Ohio River is pretty mild, although it tends to be wet. Other than that, I've found it pretty miserable trying to pump gas when it is below 10F and there is a 20 mph wind blowing, but that's more the Great Plains than mid-South.
tatest 03/27/18 08:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone doing macro photography?

TATEST... You are correct is stating that a 160mm equivalent lens falls in a odd spot due to FL. I have a EF-S 17-55 and a 70-200 F4L, with the 17-55 being on my camera 99% of the time. Are you suggesting that I look at something with a shorter FL like the Canon EF-S 60 macro or the Tamron SP 60 macro so they have the potential to be more of a used lens? If you are using only APS-C, I think a 60mm would be more useful, if your alternative use is head and shoulders or even full face portrait. I suspect a macro-focusing lens with APS-C coverage would also be significantly expensive than one that covers full-frame 35mm.
tatest 03/27/18 12:30am Around the Campfire
RE: How to stay warm with out electricity?

If I did not have a heat source I would be in a sleeping bag rated for the expected temperature range, just as if I were in a tent and on the ground (I did a bit of winter tent camping years ago). A great comforter doesn't help much if you are losing heat through the mattress. It can take a lot of body heat to warm up a mattress; foam mattresses insulate better, a foam topper can help insulate an innerspring or air mattress. All good outfitters rate sleeping bags by temperature. My collection includes a summer-weight bag, one for the 40's-50's, and one for 20 F (I still use it for watching meteor showers in the winter. An idea, two persons in a pair of bags zipped together will be warmer than each in their own bag. Another idea, a king-size fiber-fill sleeping bag, open flat, makes a pretty nice down-substitute comforter. Comforters themselves are pretty generic, brand is usually irrelevant, similar products from off-shore suppliers get sold as many different brands, and they don't get temperature rated because that is not their market, comforters are sold for use in temperature-controlled sleeping spaces. Down needs to be carefully maintained (regularly fluffed and redistributed) but with enough air space (3-6 inches loft) can be quite warm in cold sleeping spaces. I have a down comforter (probably a JC Penny brand) in my RV I can fluff up to almost three inches, it lets me get away with dropping the temperature to 60F. Much cooler, I throw a Hudson's Bay type of wool blanket over the top of it, for more insulation and to reduce air flow through the comforter. But at 20F, I would be in my 20F sleeping bag. I bought a RV because we were getting to old to deal with tent camping comfort issues. Considering what we paid for the RV, and the cost of fuel to move it around, a few dollars a day for LPG to stay warm at night is trivial. Without electrical service, however, you probable won't be able to use the furnace for very long if you were willing to pay for the LPG, because the furnace is one of your larger consumers of electrical power, so you would need a generator to supply that, and pay for fuel to run it.
tatest 03/26/18 11:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Good Sam's vs. KOA

KOA rewards program is worthwhile if you like to stay at KOA. My wife liked KOA, so she kept it up while she was still alive. While KOA is a franchise, and parks are independently owned, the KOA card and rewards program is good only at KOA. KOA parks may also do discounts for other programs and affinities (including Good Sam). We were Good Sam members from the beginning, so we could buy the Emergency Road Service. The discount is nice, but often a RV park giving a GS discount would be giving same discount for AARP or AAA or some other affinity. My experience is that discount offers are discounts from standard price, what the hospitality business calls the "rack rate." Just as with hotels, there will be a range of prices for the same facility, depending on state of the business. The park may have group rates lower than the going rate for the day, discount card will usually not discount the group rate, may not even discount the going rate for the day, only discount the standard rate. For discounts at private parks, Passport America is probably best, often 50% discount for at least one night, if business conditions allow discounts. Since my wife died, I tend to use public campgrounds rather than RV parks. So I let the KOA lapse, have kept the GS membership going (for ERS) but don't think I've used the discount because all of my visits to Good Sam parks have been for group activities and I've taken the group rate so group gets use of group facilities.
tatest 03/26/18 11:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Post Oak Park (Copan Lake), OK

Considering Crawford State Park and Roaring River are only three hours apart, and on the eastern edge of Kansas, I would suggest Twin Bridges State Park in eastern Oklahoma as an intermediate destination. The state parks keep campgrounds open year round (COEs are seasonal here) and it is less far off your route. If you really want to spend some time at Copan Lake, I recommend Washington Cove, because if Oklahoma 10 is still closed at the Copan Lake dam, you will need another 50-60 miles round trip to get to the Post Oak campground on US or state highways.
tatest 03/23/18 07:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Roadtrek 190 Polpular Tire

4 ply, 6 ply, 8 ply, 10 ply mean nothing now, that ply rating nonsense is about all tires having cotton cords. Modern tires are now 1, 2 or at most 3 ply, using synthetics (polyester, rayon, nylon, aramid fibers). The measurement standard has changed to Load Range. For LT tires, it is Load Range D or Load Range E. Load Range E is the heaviest tire with LT designation. Michelin's LTX tires are available to Load Range E in 16 inch wheel sizes, with AT and MS tread patterns. Bridgestone/Firestone, Goodyear, Cooper, Michelin/BF Goodrich/Uniroyal all offer adequate LR-E tires with polyester or steel bodies, steel belts, and a variety of tread designs (rib, highway, all-season, all-terrain, even some winter treads). Most Class C motorhome chassis, and all E-450 from Ford, are delivered today with Michelin LTX MS/2 tires, Load Range E. While there are tougher good weather highway tires around (Michelin XPS, Bridgestone R-250) the LTX is adequate and a good all season compromise. Without getting into subsidiary brands from the majors, Korean brands, or Chinese imports, there are a lot of LT tires meeting your needs. I think you are being jerked around by a tire salesman who doesn't have in stock what you need, or what gives him the best commission.
tatest 03/23/18 07:00am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Best Route- New Mexico to Florida

All of the Interstate Highway system is busy with trucks. They will be moving at about the same pace you can maintain in a motorhome. So best route depends on where in New Mexico to where in Florida. Las Cruces to Jacksonville it would be I-10 all the way. Farmington to Sarasota or Miami, many interesting options, where you go east, where you start going south. From Albuquerque to almost anywhere in Florida I would choose the first route suggested by 2gypsies, because I have a lot of experience with the Mississippi section, although coming from NE Oklahoma I have a preference for staying on I-40 to Little Rock, then using I-530/US-65 to get down into western Mississippi to connect with US-49. If you are coming from northern New Mexico and drive on only Interstate highways, you are in a real fix, as there are no connections on a NW to SE diagonal.
tatest 03/23/18 06:33am Roads and Routes
RE: .How do you reserve? Online only, by phone or combined.

When traveling, we always reserved by phone, day to day, looking forward on the day's travel schedule. It was either "not a chance," "we've reserved for you," or "no reservations necessary" depending on time of year and other conditions. For commercial campgrounds, longer stays, we have usually reserved by phone, although more have started to come online with a WWW presence (particularly KOA). For USACE campgrounds and other sites managed by reservations.gov, we use reservations.gov, recognizing that not all sites in all campgrounds can be reserved. This because the web site is now the only access, if we show up at the gate (and someone is actually there) they need to go the reservations system to find out what is going on in their own campground.
tatest 03/23/18 06:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Post Oak Park (Copan Lake), OK

Post Oak is kind of a partying park on weekends, and somewhat less developed than Washington Cove on the other side of the same reservoir. Post Oak is mostly primitive sites, and attracts more tent campers, while Washington Cove is more of a RV campground, although it can get pretty wild on holiday weekends (but not in April). While I've not stayed at Post Oak, I have friends who go there to party. In late April Post Oak may or may not be open, depending on lake levels and whether or not they've managed to attract volunteer hosts to manage the campground; it sometimes opens later in the season. I don't know your travel direction, but last time I checked, Oklahoma Highway 10 was closed at the Copan Lake dam, as the Corps has been renovating or rebuilding this dam for almost two years. The detours to get to ad from Post Oak could be 30 to 60 miles off your logically direct routes, depending on how much you are willing to use county roads versus state highways and U.S. highways.
tatest 03/23/18 05:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Let's talk about NEXT wintah!

Cold snaps, but no snow blocking the doors? Coastal South Carolina would work. I went through two winters there, 48 years later my daughter stayed for one. Worst winter weather is persistent cold rain and an occasional ice storm, but no snow shovel needed. It just gets better as you go further south, into coastal Georgia and northern Florida. Even to the north, the coastal plain in North Carolina and southern Virginia, and even the coast of northern Virginia, Maryland and southern Delaware will usually be free of snowfall, but will not necessarily be warm, not even above freezing, most of the winter. Within 5 miles of the Atlantic coast, from the Delmarva peninsula on down, will be free of snowdrifts at the door. Also anywhere within 10 miles of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida to Texas, will be snow free. Across southern Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, coastal Texas, within 50 miles of the coast snowfall will be a rare event, winter storms rather being icy rain when cold, severe thunderstorms (maybe with tornadoes) when warm. Moving on west, the Texas Rio Grande Valley will be pretty much snow free, mostly dry, temperatures ranging from a bit below freezing to positively hot for Maine, and quite often windy.
tatest 03/23/18 05:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Weight Loss Programs

My wife did Weight Watchers, even worked for them for a couple years, lost some but didn't keep it off. Nutrisystem has a similar approach, working primarily from the diet side, but they want to sell you the food. If you know the calorie intake target, you can go to the supermarket and buy pretty much the same pre-packaged food products with the same calorie values. Even these tend to be smaller portions on the wrong foods, rather than the right foods. In the long term, this doesn't work even if you can stick with the diet, because your body starts thinking it is starving and dissolves muscle to store it as fat. Talk to your doctor about a weight control program. It will involve some large muscle exercise, as well as changes in diet.
tatest 03/23/18 05:18am Around the Campfire
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