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RE: What's in your tool kit? What about other must-haves?

#1--a good 36" breaker bar and sockets to remove the lug nuts. My truck lugs are torqued to 150 lb/ft nad my TT is 100 lb/ft. It takes a proper tool to remove those lug nuts, not a short lug wrench that comes with many vehicles. #2 Good deep well sockets. My truck lugs are rather tall and regular sockets are not deep enough. The sockets also have to be rather thin walled because of the shape of the rims. Check them out before you need them.
BarabooBob 09/20/21 07:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: Navigation options

Maps are more fun. My wife and I sit in a restaurant and enjoy deciding where we want to go for the day. GPS and smart phone don't give you the big picture of where you are traveling. For us, it is a road trip to be enjoyed and we try to find really out of the way places to visit. We just happen to be dragging our house behind us. We also like the strange looks we get because we still use paper.
BarabooBob 09/20/21 06:40am Technology Corner
RE: Spouse left behind after death at a Campsite, what to do?

As many of the great people on here have pointed out, planning and mental attitude are very important. My wife and daughters will get through whatever happens. They are tough and practical. They would tell an outside observer that either of us died doing what we love so the end was good. If something happens to my wife, I will be lonely and very sad but I will get through it. We talked on this subject this evening after reading the OP and before I made my first post to this thread. We both realize that nobody gets out of this world alive. We trust in our faith that the best comes after this life ends. I hope nobody is offended by that statement.
BarabooBob 09/17/21 09:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Spouse left behind after death at a Campsite, what to do?

M wife and I have talked about how to handle this situation. She is able and does drive our truck and TT. She would make arrangements for cremation of my remains and have them sent home when that is done. She would contact all of our family members and someone would make arrangements to get to her asap to help her get everything home. About 20 years ago I had a medical emergency while we were travelling and my family mobilized to get us home. Luckily, I recovered enough to get home with the assistance of my wife and no outside assistance. My wife and I have had conversations like this for over 30 years because I worked in law enforcement. Most agencies try to prepare families for worse case scenarios. We prayed for the best and trained for the worst.
BarabooBob 09/17/21 08:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: cleaning 7-pin receiver connector on truck

Electrical contact cleaner had my rather messy truck connection looking good with very little effort. I believe that mine was made by PB Blaster
BarabooBob 09/15/21 08:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help buying a small travel trailer

I hope that you have good luck with your TT. My family has been travelling for 35 years and 3 of the kids love it, 1 hate it. 2 of our kids have their own camping equipment and spend as much time as possible camping. I hope that your kids and wife enjoy themselves. While travelling, I do most of the cooking so that my wife gets a vacation also. If she has a good time, things go much better and you may spend much of your life camping and making great memories. If she doe not have a good time, life can be VERRRRY bad. Treat her well. We have been happily together for 35 years.
BarabooBob 09/15/21 10:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Ruined manual transmissions

A friend of mine had a 2020 Ford Focus w/manual tranny. The Ford dealer showed them the manual that said it could be flat towed is properly set up. They had the dealer set it up and took off for AZ. They got about 100 miles and the tranny locked up. The dealer installed a new tranny, they took off and got about 100 miles and the tranny crapped out. The dealer bought the car back from them.
BarabooBob 09/13/21 05:09pm Dinghy Towing
RE: New Camping Stove Needed

Coleman
BarabooBob 09/13/21 04:38pm Family Camping
RE: Minneapolis

I have towed around Minneapolis going from WI on I94 and heading west several times. I never had a problem on 694 to the north. I to avoid driving through between 7am and 10am and between 3pm to 6pm.
BarabooBob 09/13/21 08:28am Roads and Routes
RE: “Pathetic quality”: RV dealers are fed up...

If they are paying minimum wage I don't think they will even get high school drop outs to apply. Menards is starting stockers at $16.50/hr with no experience here in Wisconsin.
BarabooBob 09/12/21 10:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Is there a quiet water pump?

Does your RV have a pressure tank in the system? IN my RV the pump comes on whenever I turn on any water. With a pressure tank installed, you could turn the pump off at night and be able to flush the toilet a couple of times and use the tank pressure to supply water.
BarabooBob 09/08/21 07:03am General RVing Issues
RE: GM and others shutting down production.

The car companies are having a hard time getting electrical components. I was told by a Ford salesman that many new cars and trucks are sitting in parking lots waiting for computer chips to arrive so that they can be installed and then the trucks can be delivered and sold.
BarabooBob 09/02/21 07:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Delta, CO to Durango via 550

Truckers drive that route all the time with 53' trailers. If you drive carefully and know your rig, it should not be a problem. Take you time, watch out for the people that always seem to be in a hurry, and stop often to enjoy the scenery. It is a beautiful drive that I have taken many times and will continue to drive.
BarabooBob 08/22/21 08:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Sylvan Lake Campground to Mt Rushmore

If you are in doubt about Highway 87, I would take Highway 89 to Custer and then take 385 to 244 to Rushmore. It is 10 miles further and 15 minutesw longer, but no tunnels.
BarabooBob 08/21/21 07:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV state sticker map opinions

We have camped in every state with a sticker on our map. Do what you want with yours. I had a competition with 2 of my daughters to fill in some of the states. They win for camping in Hawaii. I will probably never get there. I have been to 48 states but my wife has missed a few of those. I better not count them because I was with someone else.
BarabooBob 08/18/21 07:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

I tow with a 2011 F150 with a 3.5 EB and 6 speed tranny. I love the pulling power of the engine. My biggest complaint is that it is still a 3.5 l engine when it comes to motor braking coming down long grades. You will be using your trailer and or truck brakes so know how to do it without burning them up. You should also know how to look at your gauges and learn to shift the truck yourself to keep engine and tranny temps under control I frequently downshift before the truck decides to so that I can keep the tranny cool
BarabooBob 08/11/21 08:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pre-planning for first long duration trip upon retirement

Do yourself a favor and stay off the interstates. We travel mostly US numbered or state highways. We enjoy the small towns, slower pace, and unusual museums along the way. My truck and TT have never tried to jump off the road to kill me and I don't worry about 2 lane roads, scenic highways, mountain passes or long grades.
BarabooBob 08/11/21 08:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Off grid for first time, need some guidance !

Keep it simple. You have a Honda 2000i. Use it for an hour every morning and you should be ok. Do not run your truck to charge your TT batteries, it will use a lot more gas than your Honda 2000. I have used my Champion 2000 for this and have had wonderful success. I was talking to a gentleman in Glacier who was trying to charge his TT battery by hooking it to his Honda by using the 12 volt output on the generator. I told him that the salesman told him that it was the proper way to charge a battery. I told him that the generator 12 volt outlet was only 8 amps and that his TT converter was probably 40 amps or more and he told me that the salesman knew more than I did.
BarabooBob 08/02/21 07:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Key broke off inside front door lock on travel trailer

When I worked as a security office. I had very good luck using the tip of a very sharp knife catching the edge of a key and wiggling it out.
BarabooBob 08/01/21 07:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question about lowering unhitched 2 wheel travel trailer

I second what Mitch said. I would never use a cinder block to support anything like a car or trailer. I had a shop teacher back n the 70's that would jack up his own car and place a cinder block under the frame. After lowering the jack, he would tap the block with a light hammer. The cinder block would shatter and the car dropped to the ground. I never forgot that.
BarabooBob 07/31/21 04:52pm Travel Trailers
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