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RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

Cocktails for 6 Dinner for 4 Sleeping for 2 The afore was on a placard aboard a vessel and we've found it to be valuable. Especially when we found 6 of us crammed into a small cabover camper due to rain.
Blazing Zippers 08/01/20 10:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer length - does that influence spot availability?

If this is your first trailer-----chose carefully. I'll bet that after a year or so, another unit will peak your interest. Maybe look for a good used unit first--take a friend with you when looking. A friend will find item and issues that you won't. If you're still working full time, do you want to spend $$$$ to sit along side the house or in a storage yard? Again, maybe check used. 35 feet will hamper a large number of spots to camp, especially if you like to use forest service, BLM, or city parks. I'm NOT knocking a few on here when they say they use pull throughs or have long rigs, but "SIZE DOES MATTER." My bride and I currently have a 30 foot (hitch to rear tire) tow behind with a slide, big tanks, a sofa, insulated windows, big batteries, and a full queen bed (not a RV queen), and it works just great for us. In fact, we downsized from a larger fifth wheel because we didn't use that large of a space. We tow with a 3/4 ton gasser and go anywhere we want. The important thing is that you use it! The RV!
Blazing Zippers 08/01/20 10:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winnemucca to Klamath Falls on 140

I can't recall driving that highway---however, check on Google Earth. You can see the elevation, road surfaces, curves, etc. Most highways around Klamath Falls are pretty good.
Blazing Zippers 07/29/20 10:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: What do you shut off when leaving for a trip

I made a "take list" which lists everything we need to address before leaving--- Notify credit card companies, get $$$, arrange for mail pick up, water shut off, clothes to take, equipment to take (genny, chairs, hike gear, etc) set watering, heater, ---and so on. The list is on the computer and I print it out and leave it on the counter so it's the last thing we check before leaving for any trip. So far, the only item we've forgotten were the trailer keys. DOOOHHH!
Blazing Zippers 07/26/20 09:39pm General RVing Issues
Bears in the parking lot!!!

A few days ago, we went to Schweitzer Ski Resort in Sandpoint, ID. We parked in the lot and took the lift to the top. My bride hadn't been up this mountain before, so it was a good day. Well, Mister Prepared here had a small day pack with water, first aid supplies, snacks, etc, etc. Also, a bear bell was attached to the pack along with a can of bear spray (I normally carry a 357, but didn't want to scare the tourists). So, up on top, where one can see Canada and the Selkirks, it was clear and perfect. A fellow hiker asked me about the bell, and I stated it was to warn the bears of approaching people. She laughed and said that they had encountered a bear and two small cubs in the parking lot when they pulled in. We must have just missed them when we parked the truck. Ahhh Well, tis better to have and not need, than to need and not have.
Blazing Zippers 07/26/20 09:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Big truck dealer in Idaho?

Sadly, Smith sold out to the "modern" dealers. Their dealership still does have hundreds of vehicles stored all over Kellogg, ID. The last truck we bought was from a dealer in Spokane and was as good a deal as Smith might have had. At one time, Smith paid a huge portion of the taxes in their county due to the sales.
Blazing Zippers 07/19/20 10:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Modern 1/2 ton tow vehicle question

I'm not an expert here, however, I will chime in; Towing a long, large trailer at the top end of a 1/2 ton capacity wouldn't make for an enjoyable outing. 1st off, you have to nickel and dime all the weight in the tow vehicle. 2nd, the tow vehicle isn't going to have as highly rated tire system as a 3/4 ton.,3rd, the trailer contents would be a concern with regard to weight,ei beans, water, drinks, clothing, toys, etc. 4th, the cost of a 3/4 ton truck isn't all that much more than a smaller truck. We own a 3/4 ton truck and have just jumped in and took off on a cross country trip with no regrets. Yes, gas is more than a 1/2 ton, but overall, the 3/4 ton is worth it just for the safety value.
Blazing Zippers 07/17/20 10:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pet Peeves long road trip

Someone earlier on this subject stated that one shouldn't drive 55. Well, the great state of California reads that when towing, one is held to that speed. It's like being a rock in a stream with the water damming up behind. I have had to "wiggle" the rig a few times to get attention of drivers who are distracted. It's a tactic I learned while driving my semi in N.J. I had 6 (yep, six) turn signal lights on each side and drivers still ignored them. Ahhhh, the good 'ol days.
Blazing Zippers 07/12/20 10:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Another roadside assistance question

We were in remote Idaho a couple years ago, and NO ONE had any communication at all. It made one think about how folks were able to do anything before dependence on phones. Or GPS. We made it out alive. Safe travels my friend.
Blazing Zippers 07/12/20 09:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travel Trailer Rubber Roof Blew Off

Ah----Been There! Our POS 2016 Cougar fifth wheel roof came loose so badly that I could actually adjust the rear view mirror and see the balloon. We took it to a dealer and it was repaired for a fee. Just a couple months before, I had inspected all the roofing and nothing was amiss. Your issue seems much more involved, I wish you success in finding a solution. Issues like these makes one hate RVing. Hopefully readers on here take note and remember when buying a rig.
Blazing Zippers 07/10/20 10:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Costco batteries

We've had Costco 6 volts on three trailers now. The last set lasted less than 10 months and two went bad. Costco said to bring all of them back to replace--I did. They do honor the product. I think a better choice would be Trojan 105's. They cost more, but maybe you get what you pay for. Would I buy more Costco batteries? I don't know.
Blazing Zippers 07/05/20 10:56pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Stay on your own side....

Geezzee! We're in a sort of quagmire with restrictions--I do not believe we should just roll over and give up, BUT, if wearing a mask and trying to at least slow the virus down might get our countries back on track-why not? Canada has restrictions, so lets go with them. God save the Queen Hip Hip!!
Blazing Zippers 07/05/20 10:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

We have 4 6 volt batteries, 200 watts of portable solar, and a PD Wildcat converter to keep our rig up and running. I could really use more solar, but for now, it works O.K. The PD converter charges the batteries much quicker than the standard unit, so we get our money's worth while using the genny.
Blazing Zippers 07/05/20 10:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: I-95 checkpoint entering Florida???

magicbus, most roads entering California have ag station check points that also allow other "services" like "where ya from there fella?" Or our favorite was the time we stopped in the Dorris Ag check and the CHP asked if we had snow tires (we had studs), then asked if we were seasoned snow drivers (we are), then he said "good luck." My bride and I just looked at each other with a big question mark. Well, down the road a piece, it was really snowing!
Blazing Zippers 06/27/20 10:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: free or low cost overnight near Spokane?

There is a truck stop at exit 272 (?) that might work. It's just west of the airport and across the freeway from the new Amazon center. Cabelas in Post Falls, exit 1 in Idaho would be a good choice, and the Walmart also has rigs parked in there. My choice would be Idaho.
Blazing Zippers 06/27/20 09:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: trip to Idaho

I'm in here a second time; Southern Idaho seems to be experiencing a second hit of the virus. We're possibly heading South in a few days and are planning to just git and go through Southern ID. Northern Idaho doesn't have too big an issue as of yet. Most everything is open with distant socializing. Not much in the way of protesting going on either. A side note on our town; we have a liquor store, a gun store, a sandwich shop, and a chiropractor in the same building-all essential-and the gun store's tele number begins with 666. Now, how are ya gonna beat that? Come on up, the area is great.
Blazing Zippers 06/21/20 08:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: trip to Idaho

Coeur d Alene, Wallace, Farragut State Park, Sandpoint, are but a few places to stop. Coeur d Alene has wonderful artsy stuff and great food (I know for I eat), Wallace has mining history and a kind of wild west downtown atmosphere, Farragut has beautiful camping, a lake carved by glaciers, and much naval history. Yep, Naval history. There are still subs in the lake doing training. Come on up. We did and never left.
Blazing Zippers 06/18/20 10:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How do you folks plan travel for long distances?

Free camp sites.net-compendium, google earth, are sites to start with. Also, we find youtube useful for ideas on travel. Check Cabelas for some stores have good overnight parking--also Cracker Barrel has tight parking. Use Google Earth to check out the possible stops. The Walmart parking trend is being stamped out in some places due to free loaders and "full timers" staying in the lot for days and weeks. There are even "rest areas" that have signs reading no overnight parking. I'm not a trouble maker, but what is a rest area other than to be a place to rest? As a last resort, truck stops can be used. We try to avoid them due to the fact that truckers are having to obey the log book laws more closely now and the truck stops are crowded. Plan on stopping before 3 P.M. if you can to guarantee a spot. We're not cheap, but do try to avoid high dollar RV parks when just going from place to place--we've not had too much trouble getting a stop for the night in most cases. We also try to drive large cities later at night or about 4 A.M. to avoid crowds.
Blazing Zippers 06/18/20 09:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rescue California to Coeur d'Alene Idaho

We live in CDA, and travel to Sacramento a couple times a year. Maybe I can help; I-5 to Weed Hwy 97, then North toward Bend. There is an Indian Casino North of Klamath Falls with a truck stop and parking-a Walt Haring Sno-Park about a half mile North on the town of Chemult (left off the highway and it's signed)-a Gordy's truck stop on the East side of the highway,just past the tracks North of La Pine-Peter Skene scenic viewpoint and rest stop about 9 miles North of Redmond (pretty nice place)-A Oregon state rest stop about 24 miles North of Madris- I-84, Exit 109 has great parking along the Columbia river-a rest area North of the tri cities (not very level)- a rest area on I-90 between Ritzville and Spokane. We've traveled just about every way and this is about the best over all. By the way, we used to live in Cameron Park way back when it had only one fire station! Safe travels...
Blazing Zippers 06/17/20 09:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2020 Travel Plans

Our friends just got to the house last night - North Idaho- to MN. and back. They pull a small travel trailer and had a quick visit with family. They came almost right home due to most places still closed, including RV parks. Museums and other attractions just weren't available. We're all experiencing travel jitters. Check ahead, plan ahead, be safe, and enjoy the new pup.
Blazing Zippers 06/16/20 09:25pm Roads and Routes
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