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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
RE: New Truck for New Empty Nesters

Me Again has a very good point. If you are new at this game, be aware that 2 foot itis will happen after a few trips. If you buy a tow vehicle, plan ahead for bigger trailer. Ask me how I know. You mentioned a possible trip to AK---from your home area, it would be hard to make it in three weeks and enjoy the trip. A couple buddies of mine did Idaho to Ak in two weeks on Harleys. It consisted of a week up, and a week back. No real stopping other then motels, potty, and meals.
Blazing Zippers 08/16/20 11:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bathroom on the road?

We use our trailer potty all the time, although I do miss the clever writing on the walls. Or the peep holes between stalls. The best thing about our RV is the fact that it's clean--something not easily found on the road.
Blazing Zippers 08/16/20 10:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Think your're good at backing? Think again.......

Kellem, that's a funny one about 20 waiting to see her in the mirrors. On a side note, my bride hooked the unit up yesterday, did some backing, towed the trailer from the CG to the dump station and then home. Very good job on her part and she learned some things along the way. I think she's up for another run.
Blazing Zippers 08/14/20 10:34pm Towing
RE: Just cannot fix stupid....repeat...over and over....

Wild Hogs vs. Wild Animals I did see what looked like a fellow starting to pull a hand gun from his right hip. Me thinks one might be armed with a bit more than a 9mm. But, in hind sight, I'm not sure which combatant would have been the intended target.
Blazing Zippers 08/14/20 10:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi Towing a Fifth Wheel

We have a 2016 Ram 6.4 373 gears, and have towed a 10300 lb fifth wheel to AK, CA, OR, NV, several times. No problem. Just put in gas and keep track of your mileage between gas stops. The fifth wheel towed quite well and only once did we have chucking. The fifth wheel fell apart, so now we tow a travel trailer--again, quite nicely. See ya out there.
Blazing Zippers 08/09/20 10:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV extended warrantee

We just went ahead and had two brand new axles, with new bearings, brakes, grease, etc installed. Will attempt one more try on a warrantee, but it's time to just suck it and roll. In a couple days, we're going to call and drop the warrantee. IF we get any $$$ back, it will be a shock. As a side note, when we were signing the contracts at the dealer, we were rushed by the fellow, many folks kept popping in the room, and I didn't think to read the 14 poorly printed pages before signing. Live and learn. Umbrella drinks good---extended warrantees bad!!
Blazing Zippers 08/09/20 10:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV extended warrantee

As far as cheap tires and are the rims bent--- I'm kind type A. I check everything all the time. In the 7000 miles we've had this rig, I've probably checked lug nuts 20? times, TST tire monitor, check tires and hubs at each stop, etc. The wheels are pretty heavy duty as are the Goodyear Endurance 10 ply tires. The suspension is the 3000 with wet bolts. The tires started wearing on the rear axle about 1000-1200 miles ago. We encountered a construction zone, heavy traffic, and terrible road surfaces-hubcaps, plastic parts, vehicles pulled over, etc. I couldn't hear what the shop manager was telling the warrantee company, but it was to the effect of bent axles. Also, this trailer has axles that actually carry more weight then what the trailer weighs. A majority of other units only carry a portion of the weight, leaving the rest to hitch or pin weight.
Blazing Zippers 08/06/20 10:05pm General RVing Issues
RV extended warrantee

We bought an extended warrantee on our new travel trailer at a cost of over $3900.00. The company's name is Compass RV Coverage. The dealer (Broodmore Rv in Paasco, WA) told us that the policy would cover anything that could go wrong with the unit would be covered. Well, guess what? What is clearly written in the contract about axles being covered, doesn't mean squat. Why? Well, we must have abused the covered component during the usage of the trailer and that means the axles are not under warrantee. Our trailer has never seen even a dirt driveway and is towed with great care. The tires started showing wear after a bout with a freeway construction zone in Utah. Buyer Beware!!!!!! This is the second extended coverage we've purchased that has been a total waste of money because there is always a way out for the company. There is special place in my heart for companies like these and dealers that sell their products.
Blazing Zippers 08/06/20 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: over nite stops

In this day and age, it would seem to be a safety factor for more and larger rest areas. Our trucking industry has more stringent rules to abide by, and our population has grown. However, I don't feel any rush by our officials to address this issue. I could rant loudly now, but what's the use?
Blazing Zippers 08/05/20 10:45pm Around the Campfire
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