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RE: Is Roadside assistance worth it?

With a smart phone you can obviously google and find a towing company yourself without too much effort. But finding a good one that is experienced in towing RVs may be a little harder especially in a more remote area. A good ERS will already know, or should already know, who can do that.
BB_TX 03/24/19 09:30am General RVing Issues
RE: "Wild West RV Trip"

We did a very similar trip years ago, also in September. We went flew to Salt Lake City, then drove Jackson, Tetons, Yellowstone, Little Bighorn battlefield, Devils Tower, Deadwood, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and flew out of Denver. And due to work requirements, less than 2 weeks. We saw each area, but not a lot of each area. Would love to have had more time, but no regrets on doing what we did.
BB_TX 03/23/19 08:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I35 in Tx

We take I-35 from Dallas to Georgetown and back 2-3 times every year. With a few exceptions it has become a very good highway. Most has been completely rebuilt with an extra lane or two added each direction. There is still construction from Temple north for 20 miles or so. But most of that section now is on new pavement with some lane shifts. The only other construction area of concern is on I-35E from just south of Waxahatchie north for 10 miles or so. But other than lanes narrow in places it is not a real problem. I would not hesitate to tow our 5er there. If you do take I-35, take I-20 east from I-35E, then I-635 north to I-30. That takes you around the worst part of Dallas. And do it mid day or weekend. Many prefer secondary highways. But if I am trying to get from point A to point B quickly I take the interstates.
BB_TX 03/23/19 08:29pm General RVing Issues

How about stopping killing people in auto accidents or you will turn in your drivers license. :S This just win the most stupid post for the day. ............... Thank you. I try. :B Just about as stupid as posting on a public forum a threat to remove their name from a mailing list.
BB_TX 03/23/19 02:20pm Camping World Accessories

How about stopping killing people in auto accidents or you will turn in your drivers license. :S
BB_TX 03/23/19 12:48pm Camping World Accessories
RE: Oil change SHOCK

Some of you guys must be getting Gold Star service at your dealers. Last oil change on my F350 6.7 at my Ford dealer was about $160. And my only effort was to sit in the waiting room for an hour. No mess and no oil to dispose of. And after 4 oil changes, I get the next one free. So I take my DW's Expy there also. And it counts in the 4 changes. So I save the free one for my truck's next change.
BB_TX 03/23/19 09:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7 Diesel Towing MPG

2012 F350 CC LB FX4 6.7 w/3.55. Between 10 and 11 for most towing of my 35’ high profile 5er over flat to rolling terrain. Less in the mountains or high winds. I do run at the speed limit up to 70 on the highways. 19-20 mph when not towing on the highway at 70-75. 20-21 if I keep it below 70. 16-17 combined city/hwy.
BB_TX 03/22/19 08:34pm Towing
RE: Check Engine Light

The CEL can be as simple as a gas cap not sealing properly. Or precursor to a major repair. Or anything in between.
BB_TX 03/21/19 08:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electrical smell from water heater

see page 7 there is no relay on the 120v heating side Suburban Water Heater troubleshooting .......... If there is an inside switch for the water heater then it is likely that it is a 12 vdc switch that operates a relay on the water heater to send 120 vac to the switch located on the water heater itself. Info below is from the troubleshooting info you provided above. See page 8. Relay Behind the Switch Panel Beginning in 2012 or 2013, some trailers may have an interior water heater electric switch that uses 12V DC instead of 110V AC. DC switches are typically rocker switches whereas AC switches are usually wall- type light switches. A 12V DC switch powers a relay that is probably located behind the switch panel. The relay, when energized, supplies 110V AC to the water heater.
BB_TX 03/19/19 07:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical smell from water heater

If not the new jumper wire, check the neutral wire connection in the junction box on the back side of the water heater. There have been several reports of that neutral wire connection being bad and burned.
BB_TX 03/19/19 08:08am Tech Issues
RE: Night stops with RV

We don’t do Walmart’s, rest areas, truck stops, etc as we normally get off the road by mid afternoon. But we don’t usually make reservations for overnight stays either. After determining approx. where we will be stopping I will call ahead to make sure an RV park has sites available before I head there and pull in to find it full.
BB_TX 03/18/19 11:33am General RVing Issues
RE: firearm question

I have never needed one or felt like I was in a position where I might need one. But I do have a CHL and I do take a firearm when traveling.
BB_TX 03/18/19 11:27am General RVing Issues
RE: SR 290 to SR 71 through Austin?

Where on the west side of Austin are you starting from? If you are starting in the area of Johnson City, then yes I would just take US 290 across to TX 71 and do it mid day if on a weekday. Austin traffic is almost always busy. If you are starting farther west such as Fredericksburg I would drop down US 87 to I-10 and head east, again mid day thru San Antonio.
BB_TX 03/18/19 08:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

A person might think timmac had some kind of financial interest in the demise of satellite. Or some personal grudge against them.
BB_TX 03/17/19 08:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Slides and Jacks function trips then resets

Noted above. Probably located near battery and hydraulic pump. And probably two or more of them and protected by red plastic covers. The one to the hydraulic pump would be the bad one and the only one needing replacement. Amp rating should be stamped on the side of it.
BB_TX 03/17/19 08:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: GM Certified Pre Owned 2016

We bought several low mileage “certified used” Chevy Express 3500 vans (no trucks though) for our small business and they were all great. Some people simply do not put a lot of miles on a vehicle but still want a new one every 2/3/4 years. My son lives about 4 miles from his work. My neighbor lived about 3 miles from his until retirement. Their yearly mileage is very low.
BB_TX 03/16/19 06:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pull Through or Back in sites? Which do you prefer.

It all depends on the park. No preference otherwise.
BB_TX 03/14/19 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Florida to yellowstone

Inside YNP there are some first come/first serve campgrounds with no hookups that will probably be your only option if you want to stay inside the park. Otherwise check for openings at West Yellowstone for sites with hookups. P It is over 2,300 miles Tampa to YNP south entrance. 600 miles is a long day. 600 miles for 4 straight days is really long. And that means no real stopping along the way. Even on interstates you will probably average about 55 mph factoring in rest stops, fuel stops, eating.
BB_TX 03/13/19 12:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Air bed w/ ac pump needed

If the bed is a standard size (full, queen, king) you can buy air mattresses with built in AC pumps many places such as Walmart, Target, Academy Sports, Cabelas, etc.
BB_TX 03/13/19 09:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Best Cell Phone Service

Not to get off topic too far but does the cell phone play a role in reception? Type of phone, built in antenna, etc.? That very question is why we ended up leaving AT&T. At a Colorado campground we could not get AT&T service on our phones. But another couple nearby both could get AT&T, weak but fairly reliable. This was before phones became very "smart". One had a very basic flip phone. The other had a slightly more advanced phone. Our phones were different from either of theirs. We could drive about 2-3 miles closer to a town and get good AT&T service. Upon returning home, I called AT&T and explained our issue with no service while these other people did have service. And I specifically asked if they could recommend a phone model to allow us to get service there. Sure, they said. And recommended a model I now forget. We both bought new phones. Next time at the campground, still no service. That same couple was there again, and they still had service. Returning home, I called AT&T again and explained the problem of no service while others did have it. I told them the phones they recommended did not help and we would like a better option. "We can send you new phones" they said, but it would simply be exact same phones as the phones they had already sold us. "Will those work better than the same ones you already sold us?", I asked. "Not likely, we don't have service to that area", they said. So I ask, if they don't service to that area, how were others getting AT&T service at the campground, and we could get good AT&T service if we drove 2-3 miles away. They said "don't know, we don't service that area". I ask if we could return the phones that still did not work, and they said no, we bought them, we were stuck with them. Upon arriving home, we cancelled our AT&T service (with penalty) and went to Verizon. And it has worked well every where we have been. So don't expect a new phone to work in an area your old one doesn't.
BB_TX 03/11/19 10:19am Tech Issues
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