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RE: Interstate 80 thru Wyoming and Nebraska

I have driven 80 in both directions with Class C and truck?TT combinations. The wind gets strongest in the afternoon and can push you around a bit. If you are familiar with your rig, just slow down and drive through it. We once had a Class C built on a Toyota one ton C/C with a whopping 120 hp. All I could do was put it in second gear and let the engine sing. 45 mph at 4000 rpms. You actually get use to your fillings vibrating due to engine noise. (only kidding.)
BarabooBob 01/21/20 01:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Camping in Minnesota

I drove through that area with a Toyota RV with a 200 mile to empty tank. I would fill up at 150 and never had a problem. Yo are rarely over 50 miles from a gas station if you are on the interstate. Plan accordingly. My current truck has 250 mile comfortable range. I fill at 200.
BarabooBob 01/19/20 07:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping Lights

This keeps coming up and it probably is not going to change. Some people have no consideration for other people. We just have to live with it, not like it.
BarabooBob 01/19/20 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling through the Appalachian Mountains

Just looking at internet specs for your truck it looks like towing capacity is between 3500 and 6500 pounds. I also see that the DRY weight of 27' Wildwood TT are in the area of 6200 pounds. When you add batteries, lp tanks, people, and all of your other stuff, you will be overweight. You may want to look at your truck/trailer combination.
BarabooBob 01/18/20 09:02am Beginning RVing
RE: Champion generator

If I need the power to run a construction site, I get my 8500 watt gen set out. When I start it, conversation is not possible but with the table saws, air compressors, circular saws, etc all running at the same time, ear protection is required. When I want to charge my batteries in my TT, I fire up the Champion. Some people will never admit than anyone but Honda can make a quality gen set. Honda, Yamaha, and Champion all make good gen sets. Make a decision and live with it.
BarabooBob 01/17/20 03:04pm Tech Issues
RE: What is a good camp stove to buy now days?

I currently have about 5 or 6 good working Coleman stoves in the garage. I mean old school Coleman fuel stoves. I pick them up for under $10 at garage sales, clean them up and give them to my friends. I would rather carry a gallon of Coleman fuel than have a dozen propane tanks in the back of the truck. I don't worry about the can of gas exploding as some do.
BarabooBob 01/15/20 07:12pm Beginning RVing
RE: Residential Refrigerator – Good or avoid?

We rarely have electric hookups. The gas/electric refrigerator in the TT is big enough for us. We cook most of our meals on the old Coleman stove. We buy meat along the way for 4 days at a time. We use a lot of canned veggies. We don't make leftovers that we have to store. I don't need a case of beverages cooled at a time. I would never buy a TT with a residential refrigerator but they work for some people. I don't worry about the fact that I am using a propane appliance. My home has natural gas and I don't worry about it there either.
BarabooBob 01/15/20 11:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Substancial deposit required

The CG owners need to protect their investment. If you make a no deposit reservation and don't show up, they loose money. At the state parks in Wisconsin, if you make a reservation for multiple days for multiple days, you pay for the entire stay up front. If you cancel a long way out, you get charged a cancellation fee plus loose your reservation fee. It costs you about $20 in this case. If you cancel on short notice, you loose your reservation fee plus the first night. That amounts to about $30 to $50. If you want a place to stay at the parks, you pay it. We never cancel so we don't worry about it.
BarabooBob 01/15/20 08:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 1st RV Road Trip - Florida itinerary

We frequently do "road trips" for our vacations. Our daughters grew up doing them. three of them still do that type of trips and the other one does not camp at all. She hates being outdoors unless it is in a crowded water park. I would take the trip and enjoy every mile. My wife and I now take month long road trips and only stay in the same place in NP's. Travel the way you want, not the way others think is the "only way" to travel.
BarabooBob 01/15/20 07:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Flipping Axle

I would never use any cinder block to support weight such a car or trailer. In high school we had a shop teacher do a demonstration. He placed a cinder block on the ground under a car, placed a hydraulic jack on top of the block and jacked the car up about 3 inches. He then tapped the cinder block with a very light weight hammer and the block shattered. There is a reason that I have high end jack stands in my garage and will not ever use concrete blocks. I will not apply for a Darwin Award.
BarabooBob 01/13/20 03:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Northern Utah and Idaho in 2020

If you are planning on staying in the parks, you better make plans soon. It may already be too late.
BarabooBob 01/13/20 03:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Northeast Ohio to Yellowstone with Kids!

I have taken trips like that and enjoyed them. However, if you could add even one day on each end it would make it more driver friendly. We frequently put on 600 +/- in a day and it does not bother me. When we get fuel, my wife puts together some food in the TT and we eat while driving. Our gas stops include restroom break, wife gets food ready while I fill the tank and check out the TT & truck and we are gone again. My daughters grew up thinking this was normal travel.
BarabooBob 01/13/20 03:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Advice from current owners on new purchase

When we were getting a new TT, we followed the "find a floor plan that you like" way of thinking. I looked at about 20 different floor plans and then went looking for price, dealer attitude, and quality of construction. I have no brand loyalty for TT or my vehicle insurance. It is all about the money and what they are giving me for it. As far as dealer, several just plain lied to me so I walked.
BarabooBob 01/12/20 11:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Yellowstone Trip

I personally love going over the Bighorn Mtn on 14a but agree that for most people it is not a good idea. I don't mind the extreme nature of 14a. I have gone over it in both directions with a variety of vehicle combinations. I have also gone over on 16 and would highly recommend it to most people. You will still be doing some steep and twisted roads.
BarabooBob 01/12/20 10:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park.

Fishing Bridge is the only CG with hookup within YNP. West Yellowstone and the area around Gardner MT has some CG with hookups. Take your time and enjoy both parks. Don't forget to visit Grand Teton National Park.
BarabooBob 01/09/20 10:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Alone or in a group?

My wife and I have a friend that constantly wants to travel with us. He wants to leave together, sightsee together, stop for gas, everything. My problem with him is that he does not get up until 9 or 10, spends a couple of hours getting ready to leave and then takes 45 minutes to get gas. My wife and I wake up before 6 on our days off, take our time eating and packing up and gone by 7:00. Our gas stops are always under 15 minutes. It is easy to see that this would never work out.
BarabooBob 01/09/20 02:16pm RV Lifestyle
RE: It could have went bad!

Towing the TT in heavy traffic near Niagara Falls, Ontario. This (b)witch in a little car that looked like a survivor of a demo derby cuts in front of me with about 6 inches between my bumper and her car. I could not see the back half of her car over my hood. Because she cut in front of me so close, I hammered the brakes. I found out that my trailer brakes worked very well. Just after I hit the brakes, she hit the brakes, hard. The left and center brake lights were both not functioning on her car and her right brake light was very dim. I missed her by inches. I think this whole thing was a set up for an insurance scam because there were 4 very large people in a very small car and all three passengers were looking at me when she stomped the brakes. It looked like they were anticipating impact.
BarabooBob 01/09/20 02:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: North Rim Campground

Demotte Campground in Kaibab National Forest is just 7 miles from the entrance to the Grand Canyon. They except reservations but they do not have any hookups. Of you are up for boondocking, it is a nice place. I would not pass on the north rim area of the Grand Canyon. It is beautiful and much less crowded that the south rim. If you have time, drive out to Cape Royal.
BarabooBob 01/09/20 10:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 6 gal electric hot water heater upgrade

I check the anode rod in my residential water heater every year. I thought everyone did. If you change to all electric, you are restricted to camping CG with electric or carrying a gen set or being without hot water and heat. I like boondocking to much for that.
BarabooBob 01/09/20 10:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a vintage car?

I would put it on a trailer and let the trailer hubs take the miles. It is easier on the very old drive train.
BarabooBob 01/09/20 08:26am Dinghy Towing
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