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RE: Tow Bar Age

We've had and used our Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain for about 10 years. Bought it used from an acquaintance who I think used it 3 years or so. Took it to Roadmaster to be refurbished (for a fee) about 3 years ago with no questions asked about age. I'm surprised that Blue Ox won't do that. Maybe you could find an experienced RV repair shop or mobile RV tech that knows how to refurb or at least look it over for safety.
Janss 08/03/20 04:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Loading the rig and freezer...

I am salivating for all those boxed treats! I so wish we had a Trader Joe's less than 50 miles away! We have a similar Norcold and it works great, even after all these years. We also minimize the packaging of our food. I try to pre-cook some protein. I cooked and froze hamburgers and shredded pork shoulder, froze several chicken breasts from store-bought rotisserie chickens. We're fortunate to be able to park our MH right next to our house, and put in a 30amp receptacle. So we start off our trips with a couple bags of ice from our icemaker in the house. I find it so amazing when I pack up the frig and freezer from home, I can fit nearly everything in it into the MH frig/freezer. Mind boggling!
Janss 07/24/20 03:36pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Reno, NV to Medford, OR

Thanks everybody for your replies. I'm confident in my options now. And I will check CalTrans and ODOT websites along the way.
Janss 07/24/20 11:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Celebrating 50 years while beating the heat...

Thanks for your celebratory trip report! Congratulations! We would much rather do what you did for our anniversary than have a party :) We've been on 191 from Springerville down to Hannagan Meadow, but never south of there. Gotta do it someday!
Janss 07/23/20 07:53pm Class C Motorhomes
Reno, NV to Medford, OR

Middle of next week I plan to do a leg of a longer trip involving Reno to Medford. Was going to go up to Susanville, then take 44 to Old Station then 89 to I-5. BUT, I just found out online that there is a fire near Susanville which is causing the closure of 44. So if 44 is still closed the day I travel this leg, I'm thinking of an alternate route...for which I would like comments. How about 395 north (including Standish cutoff to avoid Susanville) to Alturas, then 299 west to 139 (39 in Oregon), then take Hwy 140 west over to Medford. I actually think I did this route one year, but want additional confirmation that all roads included make up a good RV route. Or any other suggestions?
Janss 07/23/20 04:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: flat towing a toad

Here are Motorhome Magazine's Dinghy Guides. You can check out which cars are towable with which features. Many years available. https://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides Before making your final decision to purchase a particular vehicle, make sure to look in the vehicle's owners manual under "recreational towing", not road service towing. We love our Suzuki Grand Vitara. It's a relatively small SUV.
Janss 07/18/20 10:04am Dinghy Towing
RE: Buying RV that's been stored

I assume you mean the owner hasn't used or even started it for a year. Batteries, tires, rodent damage, leaks from rain if it wasn't under-cover storage (mold if there have been any leaks), dried out seals, dirty engine oil. These are a few things I would be concerned about. I would probably only buy a used motorhome that has been used. Then an owner knows if any problems arise. But that's just me.
Janss 07/03/20 11:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A useful search engine

It's funny....just yesterday I found that website because I was researching what I suspected was an RV for sale scam that my friend was interested in buying. I googled "all of craigslist" and Searchtempest was one of the sites that came up.
Janss 07/03/20 11:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Driving in windy conditions

I agree with others, 16 mph shouldn't be a problem. I prefer not to drive when wind reaches 25 mph, if it will be a crosswind. Size and kind of RV, and comfort level, is different for everyone. Know what direction the wind is coming from, so you will know what to expect while driving, i.e. so you won't think anything is wrong with the motorhome.
Janss 06/30/20 12:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rear view camera

I've been looking for an easy after-market backup camera for my car. The one posted by RobWNY looks pretty simple and nifty. I realize it's temporarily placed. My question...what is the difference between a hitch camera and a regular backup camera? Does a normal backup camera give a wider angle view than a hitch camera like this one?
Janss 06/26/20 05:35pm Technology Corner
RE: free or low cost overnight near Spokane?

Cabelas in Post Falls ID is where we stay to visit a friend in Spokane. But that's on the east side, not the west which you requested.
Janss 06/26/20 11:20am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: RVing with no mechanical capability

I do as JimK described to try to save money. I search the internet. You can sometimes find amazing specific instructive videos on Youtube. I changed the hard drive and RAM in my very old laptop following a youtube video...and I mean the video was screw by screw for my specific model. I was so proud of myself! :) We also try to watch any RV tech while they fix stuff on our RV so we can learn. We have not had much trouble finding a mobile RV tech or shop in all our travels. Well, sometimes we had to make 3 or 4 phones calls to different places. But we have never been stuck out in the cold (or heat). And I agree that most will help you expediently if they know you are traveling.
Janss 06/19/20 10:33am Beginning RVing
RE: RVing with no mechanical capability

Non-DIYers here. Motorhome-ing for about 30 years with about 5 different MHs. First, you definitely have to be able to afford repairs done by someone else (as previously mentioned). Second, you need to have a mindset that doesn't go crazy with upset and fear when something goes wrong. It's good to have a trusted mechanic (for engine stuff) and RV tech (for all the other stuff) close to home. That way, you can get things fixed when home that aren't emergencies. That said, we have used lots and lots of repair shops, mobile techs, roadside assistance, etc. during our thousands and thousands of miles traveled in the USA and Canada over the years. Mostly good experiences, with a few not so good. But that's life, isn't it? We've had our fuel pump suddenly stop working and a hole blown out in our exhaust system while driving on a freeway. We've had multiple mobile techs come out to us at campgrounds, even one that roadside assistance sent to Glacier Nat'l Park. We've stayed in the yard of multiple repair shops for the night. Etc. Etc. We do try to be very good and consistent about keeping our engine, tires, and batteries maintained (by someone else...other than I check the water in the batteries)...so as to minimize getting stuck out on the road. We used to go out and boondock on a lot of US Forest Service roads when we had a smaller MH without tow car, but we didn't go TOO far out. All this is to say that IMO you can be a non-DIYer RVer. Just know what you're getting into.
Janss 06/18/20 04:07pm Beginning RVing
RE: Route advice needed for Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce

Yes, 89 leaving Zion northbound is fine for RVs. Grand Canyon east entrance is currently still closed. I assume you're looking at the Nat'l Park websites to keep up to date. Leaving GC, you can take 64 south to 180, but that dumps you right into the town streets of Flagstaff. If you don't mind driving through town, you can go that way. Alternatively, 64 south to I-40 is a simple drive. Along 89 northeast of Flagstaff, if you have time, you could stop at Sunset Crater/Wupatki Nat'l Monuments. You can look it up online. Regarding 89A or 89 closer to Page....89A takes you up a mountain about 3,000 ft to Jacob Lake (pine tree elevation), then down the other side. The other way...I've stayed a few times overnight at Page Walmart. 89 from there is an easier flatter drive. Both are scenic. Several miles north of Page, the Big Water BLM Visitor Center used to have a cool dinosaur exhibit. I haven't been there in a long time, so don't know if they still have the same display. I don't know if the places I mentioned are opened or closed. Have fun!
Janss 06/10/20 12:43am Roads and Routes
RE: RV sheets

I imagine you can find the right size sheets with the suggestions above. But have you tried all the different kinds of bed sheet straps? I was surprised when I just searched the internet, there were about half dozen kind that all worked differently. Other than the basic strap, one was a triangle strap with three connection points at the corners. Another actually went under the bed all around. Another was a group of L shape plastic thingies that tucked under the bed and attached to the sheet at several points. I would think one of these would work sufficiently. Heck, I may order something myself now that you brought up the subject :)
Janss 06/03/20 05:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: South rim Grand Canyon

Note that you'll want to check the Grand Canyon NPS website for current information. They just did a very limited opening last week (south entrance only, practically no services, limited viewpoints open, etc.) Already they just closed right now for three days, and website indicates to stay tuned for info about Memorial Day weekend. So things keep changing. I'd probably overnight on USFS land (or Ten-X campground, if open) just south of Tusayan.
Janss 05/19/20 08:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bucket List Item on Ca-58

Me Again....I had to look up BFE. Do you mean it's beyond the middle of nowhere? Well, it's right along Hwy 58, which we have driven back and forth many many times over the years, even when it was the old 58. You may be driving up 14 through Lancaster rather than up 395 to catch 58. If so, you will miss Boron. Too bad (ha ha). It is bleak out there. That's why I just had to find something to do after umpteen trips across 58.
Janss 05/11/20 04:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Bucket List Item on Ca-58

Look up "Tehachapi Loop Overlook" on Google maps satellite view. Basically a wide spot in the road. That's where you would have to turn around...which you may or may not be able to. I wouldn't take the chance. We went there in our car. We also had it on our bucket list. Had driven by Tehachapi many many times. One time during an RV trip, we finally stopped for an overnight. We looked at the railroad loop, and also did a neat self-driving tour of the wind farm. You can find the tour online if you Google it. Gets you up close to the wind mills. Also, we ate at Keene Cafe, which I think might be the diner that DennisVR is referring to. Keep in mind that if you are just stopping for a quick look see, you may not get to see a train coming through...unless, of course, you know the train schedule. On another note...along 58...we had another bucket list item that we finally visited. That was the Borax Mine. There is a friendly little RV park in Boron. You can't tour the mine, but there is a great visitors center atop a hill with a good view of the mine. Also a fun little museum in town to visit. (Though maybe all closed now with the current situation.)
Janss 05/11/20 01:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Driving 89A (Arizona) from Bitter springs to Fredonia ?

ItsyRV...I don't think your understanding of the OP's question is the same as mine. teeznu...Please clarify...Do you just want to drive through from Bitter Springs to get to the other side of the mountain to Fredonia? If so, as suggested you have the choice of 89A or 89. Hwy 89A from Bitter Springs to Fredonia is doable. Just know that you will be climbing and then going down about 4,500 ft. Some fairly easy switchbacks, but I believe you will be on the mountain side. Use your gears, don't expect to win any races. Hwy 89 from Bitter Springs to Page, Big Water, Kanab is definitely an easier drive. Just a pull up the mountain from Bitter Springs, but shorter, less elevation change and easier than the uphill on 89A. The rest is an easy drive.
Janss 05/04/20 12:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best way to sell?

Thank you for the info about the $5 fee for Craigslist vehicle sales. I haven't sold a vehicle for quite awhile. I see the fee on their website now. rgatijnet1, I like your idea about the tires. One might throw in new batteries too. Offering to pay for a couple nights in a nearby campground is a great idea also.
Janss 04/28/20 07:38pm Class A Motorhomes
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