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RE: Western Washington to Nashville

A couple years ago, a friend and I drove from Portland to Savannah. I-84, I-5 to I-80 east....Easy peasy. Stop at the original Cabalas. For a real odd stop, on I-80, take exit 29 for Dix NB -turn right at the stop sign, drive 100 yards, then turn right again toward a large chain link fence that houses a real active missile silo! Yep, the real thing, just sitting there. Your tax dollars at work protecting us. Not really much to look at, but just strangely eerie. Note that you will be on camera, so comb your hair.
Blazing Zippers 02/06/21 11:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for reliable travel trailer

Living in Colorado is a great place to start RVing. If you like to RV, this first unit probably isn't going to be your last. As stated before on here; your current tow vehicle is a consideration. Don't bet your life and future on a salesman's tale about what he has to offer. Look, ask other travelers, consider price, and think about what you folks like to do and see. For example, small trailers will allow you access to forest campgrounds and boondocking. Have fun and see you out there
Blazing Zippers 02/06/21 10:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: White Out in Sierra Nevada

I love Juan's videos! If that man had been a teacher when I was in school, I would have been much smarterer. As for the snow dump over Donner/Truckee, this is kind of like the good 'ol days-long ago. Interestingly, this spring will bring lots of "for sale" signs out due to second home owners leaving the area. The last year we lived there, we had 8 feet of pack in our yard at the end of April and 16 feet still at the base of the resort I patrolled at. Good times!! As for North Idaho--51 degrees here today. Shorts & sandals weather.
Blazing Zippers 02/01/21 10:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which TT has the Best Kitchen and Why?

I do not want to be a meany here---but, after RVing for over 35 years in one form or another, I have never seen a BMW in front of a trailer. Not saying it can't be done. Chose wisely and think safety.
Blazing Zippers 01/22/21 11:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer too long for truck?

I HAVE to reply to this---first, anybody with the handle containing the words"61 chevy" has to be pretty cool. Second, the remark from the Eastern Idaho fellow about coal between your cheeks funny! Thanks Your set up is a little light IMHO. As I've stated here before, "a Toyota towed a space shuttle." I am wondering about some of the factory ratings being spewed with regard to towing. Tire ratings, springs, brakes, etc-etc come into play. I'm not one to preach bigger is better, but safer is better. We have hundreds of trailer transports coming through our area (towing new units to dealers), and have never seen a 1/2 ton tow vehicle. See you out there
Blazing Zippers 01/14/21 10:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Overnight stay in California

GEEZZZZ!!! First, OP, thank your family member for his service for me. I mean that. Second, maybe I'm missing the gist of the OP, but I gather he wanted some info about just parking overnight for a rest. Maybe folks in the area could calmly direct the OP to a place? I had several quips about Cali and their newly thought up restrictions, but I'm not going to write them here. Peace out...
Blazing Zippers 12/16/20 08:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Zero-G water hoses

After rolling around in the grass trying to roll up a white water hose, we bought a blue 50 foot EZ hose. No issues, no leaks yet, coils easily, and stores with the filter in a plastic trash can. I put a pressure reducer and the filter on the spigot first, then the blue hose. Our issue with the white hoses were that they were so stiff. Each to their own preference.
Blazing Zippers 12/10/20 09:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery questions for boondocking

A comment about Costco batteries; I've been screwing around with either sets of two 6 volt batteries, or now I have 4 6 volt Costco batteries. Costco is a great company to work with, they are everywhere, and have good quality products. HOWEVER!!!! The 6 volt batteries just don't hold up all that well. We just pulled into town from a 4 week trip where we experienced extreme weather changes. For what it's worth, we charged the batteries with a PD Wildcat to 14.4 volts and about an hour later, the volts were down to under 13---no usage from us except for the propane refer. 3 hours later, the readings were 12.5 with a couple LED lights. The heater ran some in the night and by morning, the volts were right at 12 even. These batteries were installed new in March. The reason these batteries were new, is two of the other Costco batteries failed and the store had me replace all of them. When these are to be replaced, I'm going to explore Trojan 125s.
Blazing Zippers 10/29/20 10:36pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Schwintek slide system.

We have this slide system on our Outdoor RV. The slide is about 6.5 feet wide. Two years of use and no issues. A neighbor up the street has a motorhome (I won't give the name, but it rhymes with "Roachman") and he's had fits with the slide. The slide is a biggie, and I don't think there is enough mechanical advantage to move the slide safely.
Blazing Zippers 10/29/20 09:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: General Question on Size

I've put this out many times when this question comes up- A Toyota pulled the space shuttle! Yep. Many years ago, it was a stunt by the company. For a safe enjoyable journey, you need to get a 3/4 ton truck for a start, either set up the hitch or have a "competent" dealer install it, and try to hook up with an experienced RVer for your maiden voyage. It sounds like the dealership was only interested in moving the unit out but I can't understand why they didn't address the hitch--the the hitches usually are brought up early on in the sale. Please don't roast me on this---but, in almost 50,000 miles of pulling a trailer, I've never seen a Cadillac as a tow vehicle. They do make a great toad behind a motorhome though. See ya out there.
Blazing Zippers 10/29/20 09:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Oregon coast to I-5 south?

Thanks. At this time, we might head south on 101 to Reedsport, but if the weather turns bad, we will take 18 to I-5. Can't wait to grab a bowl of chowder and some fish & chips.
Blazing Zippers 09/29/20 06:10pm Roads and Routes
Oregon coast to I-5 south?

Hey all, what would be the best route to take from Lincoln City over to I-5 south? We're towing a travel trailer and aren't scared of back roads, but do have to make an easy trip if possible. Thanks........
Blazing Zippers 09/28/20 09:36am Roads and Routes
RE: New RV delivery walk-through

What I ran into was the fact that even after being shown how to run the TV and radio/DVD/CD/BT, I still can't remember how! Oh, and how to shut off the outside speakers. Pay close attention to the PDI, and do a shake down trip to figure out the rig. Retorque the lug nuts, check the hitch set up, do NOT forget a blender, and have fun.
Blazing Zippers 09/20/20 10:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: I'm installing rigid insulation on the underbody.....

minerick, a dealer installed three steel angle beams from one frame rail to the other to stop tank sag. They were screwed in the frame and were under the coreplast. This was on warrantee. I can't comment on the repair, because 75 miles later an axle locked up and we crashed the entire rig. It was an Arctic Fox 25R brand new. YeeHaw! As a former resident of Truckee, I know how cold it gets. Are you trying to insulate the camper for winter usage or do you intend to tow it after the mods? If you're intending to park it for winter, you might consider the moisture element also. Propane heaters and stoves put out lots of dampness.
Blazing Zippers 09/13/20 10:52pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Teaching Your Spouse How to Pull a Trailer

52 years being married to the homecoming queen/head cheerleader. She is the greatest cook, cleaner, woman, spouse, and friend ever. Now that I've said that; teaching her certain things can be a challenge. As a spouse that values a good thing, we've found that she is pretty willing to try some things---like pulling our RV's. She has quietly watched me doing the "RV" thing, and has caught on pretty well. Use calming instructions and let her know ahead of time what is going to happen or what's coming up. IF something bad happens, ya know---stuff happens! The last camp trip, she pulled from the site, down the highway, into town, and into the dump station like a champ. Oh, and the fact she is a better shot then me curtails my actions somewhat.
Blazing Zippers 09/04/20 10:36pm Towing
RE: A/C ducts

There are several videos on YouTube addressing the AC loss by checking the unit from inside. They all seem to tape and smooth corners and crannies that are not installed correctly. Then I would try the old fish tape and flashlight search and seizure of junk in the ducts. At the ends of the ducts, some folks place a block of sorts to stop all movement of air past the furthest opening. Some say the ducks just open into the ceiling cavity. I did that and it seemed to improve air flow into the bedroom area in a Keystone product. Whoooo knows? You might find a treasure up there.
Blazing Zippers 09/04/20 10:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hwy 101 in Oregon and Washington

Sight see, T shirts shops, eat, views, Tillamook, State Parks, water, whales, traffic, clam chowder, ice cream. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Wonderful.
Blazing Zippers 08/29/20 11:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Question about exiting in an emergency

I'm going to sound like a know it all here---but years of emergency response has led me to the following; My clothes are laid out the same every night at bed time- wallet, keys, watch, phone, etc in the pockets- shoes are at a certain place on the floor- doors are set a certain way (so I know if I have to git, it's going to be fast)-flashlight and personal protection in a certain place. Especially in the RV. I don't "think" I'm paranoid much, but it's comforting to have given thought to a plan.
Blazing Zippers 08/29/20 11:35pm General RVing Issues
Chinook Winds Casino parking?

It looks like the Chinook Winds Casino in Oregon allows RV parking across the street from the casino. True?? Thanks..
Blazing Zippers 08/29/20 11:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: BEWARE Keystone Hideout

I think the magic word here is KEYSTONE. Been there, got the shirt. Hopefully, there are a couple other RV makers out there that actually care.
Blazing Zippers 08/25/20 10:46pm Travel Trailers
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