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RE: Trailering after a stroke

I always use my computer or iphone to get a list of all medical emergency facilities and hospitals addresses and phone numbers and maps of the area at the next town I am going to stay at. After I get my RV unhooked and set up I take a drive to each of the medical facilities so I can quickly get to them in case of emergency.
MarkTwain 07/23/21 03:22pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Another GS roadside FAILURE

Had an air bag failure while on a trip called roadside assistance and they found no one around to work on a diesel as far out as 55 miles or a tow, so I said I would call around and see if I could find one and would call back if I needed a tow so she said she would keep it open. Well I called to get a tow and the guy on the phone said I could only tow 36 miles then a minute later he said 26 miles. I told him I have Platinum coverage which is unlimited miles and he still insisted on 26 miles well the call ended there. This is the 2nd failure I have had in the 2 times I called them. Well as soon as I find another Roadside I will cancel this and I am sure I will get a hassle with the refund. I will NEVER recommend Good Sam for anything. Marcus you should change the name to BAD SAM. Now I know I will get the standard response from corporate, and we will see. Give Customer Service at Good Sam and ask to speak to a supervisor to resolve your break down incident.
MarkTwain 07/21/21 07:43am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: F250 Short Bed Adding Diesel Auxiliary Tank

I'm interested in adding an Auxiliary Tank to my short bed F250 and wondering what the largest tank you've installed without running into turning issues with the 5th wheel. Thanks Call Transfer Flow Company in Chico , Calif. for all your questions. They have installed 62 gal. auxiliary diesel tanks in 3 different Dodge trucks. Never had a problem. they can install the tanks in 1 day.
MarkTwain 07/20/21 11:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roadside Assistance

AAA does not offer good roadside assistance for RVs. What’s your beef with it? Btw, it also covers my vehicles including motorcycles. I also get AAA discounts at places like hotels and car rentals, and of course, maps. When I was searching a few years back, I found a note in their details saying that towing coverage was for trailers under a certain length (I think it was 30'). I couldn't get a good answer on whether or not they would cover mine at 35', so I went another route. None of these make their policy details easy to find. My beef is that AAA is not available in all states and they have a 5 mile limit for towing then they start charging you by the mile. When you break down will they tow both your trailer and truck in the same tow or only one??
MarkTwain 07/20/21 11:13am Truck Campers
RE: Roadside Assistance

I have AAA with RV. AAA does not offer good roadside assistance for RVs. Check the details of your plan very carefully and then compare it with other RS assistance plans. i.e. How many miles will they tow before they start charging you per mile extra, will they tow both your truck and trailer at the same time, where will they tow you to get RV or Trucks repaired???? etc. etc
MarkTwain 07/19/21 07:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Roadside Assistance

Hi I have been reading this forum for awhile. I bought a TC this year 2021 NL it sits on a 2012 GMC dually. In life I always did the hotel thing made the wife happy but a change was needed so I got a TC. Their are a lot of expanses here and their I am working them out. My question is does everyone purchased Roadside Assistance. Is this item good or not. Thanks If you live in a fantasy dream world where you will never have any problems,breakdowns or need to be towed , then you don't need to purchase Roadside Assistance!!!!!
MarkTwain 07/19/21 03:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Roadside Assistance

We have roadside as part of our USAA policy and I also have a progressive policy on my TC so it is covered both on and off the truck. I have never used roadside and I have had it with several different providers so I can't comment on how good it is. Most I would probably need it for is a flat tire and I can change that myself. If the motor blows up I'll have bigger issues than assistance. :-) If your motor blows up or just quits running is when you really need to have your rig towed or put on a flatbed trailer, ESPECIALLY if you are 100 miles from the nearest RV repair facility that can fix your problems!!!! I had my rear springs on my trailer break on 2 different occasions. The trailer could not be towed and Good Sam sent a big flat bed trailer. The nearest RV repair facility was over 150 miles on both occasions. I did not pay for either tow:) I asked the tow truck driver what the tow would have cost me without Road Side Assistance, $1250 on both occassions:):)
MarkTwain 07/19/21 03:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Reno, NV over to I-5 north

Thank you so much for all the wonderful replies! We go to the Oregon Coast annually, but planning the route is getting trickier each year. We like to drive up western NV mainly to avoid as much of CA gas prices as possible! We could always just go I-40/58/I-5. If we go the Reno route, I just thought driving down I-80 to Sac was backtracking, so wanted to know about the other routes. But it sounds like I don't want to drive 20 from Reno to Yuba City. I may end up driving 20 from I-5 to 101, but I'm planning to come back that way to show more of the coast to a relative who is joining us on the return home. What about Hwy 36 west from Susanville. Anyone know how that route is for a motorhome towing? Last time we went this way, Hwy 44 from Susanville had just reopened a day before we got there. CA Traveler...I remember hearing about that fire. What an awful experience! I can imagine how conditioned you are now to think about that. MarkTwain...I didn't know people still use CBs. We have a portable one. I'll have to hook it up and see if it still works. I'll be checking all the fire and road condition websites. Thanks again! Buy a Cobra or Midland CB and a 5ft. Wilson antenna with a magnet base so you can place it on the top of your Cab in the center. Buy a cheap CB but make sure you buy a Wilson 5ft. antenna. Portable CB's generally do not have the capability to reach out any real distance to talk with other people. You want the capaility to reach out in the 1 mile range. Approximately $150 or less will get you all set up. Go to a CB shop so they can adjust the antenna to get maximum distance for good contact with others.
MarkTwain 07/15/21 11:17am Roads and Routes
RE: Reno, NV over to I-5 north

Thank you so much for all the wonderful replies! We go to the Oregon Coast annually, but planning the route is getting trickier each year. We like to drive up western NV mainly to avoid as much of CA gas prices as possible! We could always just go I-40/58/I-5. If we go the Reno route, I just thought driving down I-80 to Sac was backtracking, so wanted to know about the other routes. But it sounds like I don't want to drive 20 from Reno to Yuba City. I may end up driving 20 from I-5 to 101, but I'm planning to come back that way to show more of the coast to a relative who is joining us on the return home. What about Hwy 36 west from Susanville. Anyone know how that route is for a motorhome towing? Last time we went this way, Hwy 44 from Susanville had just reopened a day before we got there. CA Traveler...I remember hearing about that fire. What an awful experience! I can imagine how conditioned you are now to think about that. MarkTwain...I didn't know people still use CBs. We have a portable one. I'll have to hook it up and see if it still works. I'll be checking all the fire and road condition websites. Thanks again! But a Cobra or Midland CB and a 5ft. Wilson antenna with a magnet base so you can place it on the top of your Cab in the center. Portable CB's generally do not have the ability to talk with others in the 1 mile range because of it's antenna. $150 will get you all set up. Go to a CB shop so they can adjust the antenna to get maximum distance for good contact with others.
MarkTwain 07/14/21 09:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Reno, NV over to I-5 north

Given all the unpredictable fire conditions, I would take 80 through Sacramento, up I-5 north to Hwy. 20. Hwy. 20 is an easy route for RVers even though it is 2 lanes but it is a scenic trip to hwy. 101 then north to Oregon. there is an Indian Casino 1/2 way on Hwy. 20 with a big parking lot to stay over night or just pull over to rest. No charge. As far as the Sacramento traffic cluster, I just stay in the middle lane all the way. Stay out of the right lanes to avoid the turning off and merging traffic.Good advice and a more scenic and slower route up 101. At the end of August I would like to take 5 south from Eugene OR but it will be based on fire conditions period. In Aug 2018 we were just 2 hours ahead of the fire that swept over 5 in N CA that destroyed cars and trucks. We and they were unaware of the pending disaster and fire awareness is now burned into my brain. Be careful, be safe. I terms of keeping up to date on road conditions/fires, I always have my CB radio on channel 17 on the west coast which also has the national weather alert feature. The truckers have always been helpful with information on road/traffic conditions:)
MarkTwain 07/14/21 10:54am Roads and Routes
RE: Reno, NV over to I-5 north

Given all the unpredictable fire conditions, I would take 80 through Sacramento, up I-5 north to Hwy. 20. Hwy. 20 is an easy route for RVers even though it is 2 lanes but it is a scenic trip to hwy. 101 then north to Oregon. there is an Indian Casino 1/2 way on Hwy. 20 with a big parking lot to stay over night or just pull over to rest. No charge. As far as the Sacramento traffic cluster, I just stay in the middle lane all the way. Stay out of the right lanes to avoid the turning off and merging traffic.
MarkTwain 07/14/21 07:32am Roads and Routes
RE: r v with a group

I am retiring soon and we plan to travel some. My wife wants to meet new people to visit with while camping. Where would we look to find some good groups for that? Clubs or whatever Contact any RV manufacturing Co. ie. Heartland, Jayco, Forest River, Lance, Winnebago, Fleetwood, Holiday Rambler and ask to join their RV Clubs. Contact the RV group "Escapees"
MarkTwain 07/10/21 07:37pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Should I Throw In the Towel?

Been camping for a lifetime, but over 25 years as a husband and father. In the last 25 years, we’ve owned two pop-ups, one hybrid, and three travel trailers. Out of the hybrid and three trailers, three units were major problems. This latest trailer just purchased late last summer is the latest to push me over the edge. Last Friday, we headed out for the holiday weekend. That evening, I noticed brown water leaching out from under the H-channels between the ceiling panels. Then, I noticed the skylight had water droplets hanging between the interior liner and exterior skylight. The perimeter of the interior skylight frame was also leaching brown water around its trim. Then, the wall to ceiling joint along the slide side of the trailer exhibited the same stained water. I immediately grabbed a screwdriver and pulled the interior skylight liner. Well, it wasn’t a second to see the curb around the skylight was soaked, and then, to my horror, I pulled down on the ceiling panel to find the luan panels soaked and beaded with water, as well as the batt insulation soaked like a sponge up 2-1/2” above the ceiling. When we got home to a ladder, I found the exterior skylight mounting flange cracked from almost every point the fasteners are installed to hold the skylight down, and other locations along the curb flange. Then, in at least eight locations, the cracks started to continue up the vertical plexiglas , but never make it to the top crease or the top of the skylight. This is not due to hail, or hitting something, but it appears someone got trigger happy with the screw gun at the factory. In addition, I walked the roof, and above the water-logged insulation, the roof deck is telegraphing the OSB plywood delaminating right through the rubber roofing. I notified the dealer. Now I need to take it back for them to look at. They said, “We’ll, this is common, so we’ll replace the dome”. What about the sagging ceiling? The water-logged insulation? The delaminating OSB plywood roof decking? And what about black mold? They said they don’t know if they can dry it out. They say they can’t do ceiling or roofing work. I’m about done. I really don’t want the darn thing after repairs because the only way to dry it out is to open it up fully where it’s been wet. How can I be guaranteed the factory would even dry it out and not reuse the materials? The slide started binding snd making noise. I think the water saturated the header, and started swelling. Who knows. Should I just get it pseudo-repaired by the dealer or factory, s as bd take it in the shorts and dump it? My daughter is severely allergic, so I am concerned with mold.. snd black mold is not good for anyone. Help! Thoughts? I would suggest you contact customer service with the manufacture of the trailer for additional help.
MarkTwain 07/09/21 08:44am Travel Trailers
RE: How old is too old?

I am in my 70s and in good health, but I am thinking ahead to when I will no longer be able to safely handle my 40 foot diesel pusher. Is there any consensus as to how old is too old to be doing this? "HOW LONG SHOULD A MAN'S LEGS BE, LONG ENOUGH TO TOUCH THE GROUND"!!!!!!
MarkTwain 06/26/21 11:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Smaller Holding Tanks...What to do when NO hookups??

So we made compromises....smaller TT, lighter weight, easier to tow, easier to access locations, etc. Smaller, lighter TTs usually equals less CCC which equals smaller holding tanks. The new to me TT has holding tank capacities as follows: Fresh: 37ga B/G: 30ga Brochure on TT states 50 on fresh, but called Keystone, and per VIN, it is 37. We mainly camp where there are full hookups. Some state parks offer water and gray, but no black. But when we do want to go where there are no hookups, how can we handle the limited tanks? We travel most of the time with 3 adults......4 on occasion. Thoughts? Buy an additional holding tank that you strap to back of your RV.
MarkTwain 06/25/21 06:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Hemet, CA to Klamath River RV Park, CA

What size of RV are you driving? Have you ever driven through S.F. and gone across the Golden Gate bridge??
MarkTwain 06/20/21 08:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

So you guys might already know my story. Basically my TT rollover when I was making a left turn. I do see most of the folks suggest I should take the money and buy a new one, but here is my situation: 1. Insurance offers $18.7K for total loss settlement, purchase price 20k, buy back price 4k 2. I can not find a similar TT within 500 miles unless I add another 6~10k.We brought the TT for COVID travelling and need to rent storage for it, was only plan to own it for 1-3 years. My feeling is if I buy a new one and sell it in a year, I easily lose 5k due to devaluation. And to sell a RV is another hassle. 3. Seems to me now I have the chance to spend 4k to get a usable TT,to me it's actually much better than those popups which still cost 10k+ 4. Most tempting part is I went to the tow yard and checked the RV, everything inside still working OK. It rained the past few days and I don't see any leaking inside. Plus in my previous post someone mentioned most RV tends to leak anyway. My plan is to replace the edge trim and bottom trim myself, and for the crack I plan to add something like a vent cover to hide it and make sure water won't get in. All these should be done within 1k budget. 5.Checked with DMV, they have no problem to register/title in my case, even I don't fix my TT properly. There's no RV insurance requirement in my state, this is another plus to me 6. My WC case is the frame damage gets worse and I have to junk it, I did learn little business will take salvaged TT, but I feel mine still looks in good shape. WWC scenario: I pay another 1k to get rid of it?All in all, risking 5k for a usable TT rather than paying 20k for new one+ is tempting... What am I missing? I'm ready for any sarcasm and yes please wake me up.:? https://i.imgur.com/ETd8mQl.jpg width=650 Your BIGGEST questionable unknown in your idea and plan is that you are assuming you can find a RV repair shop that can and will be able to repair your damaged trailer. How long will the repair shop take to make all the repairs and what warranty will they give if any of their repairs goes bad. What will be the total costs to do all the repairs?????? I would not choose to buy it back IMHO!!!!
MarkTwain 06/08/21 04:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: What to use for GPS

Went to update my Garmin (RV 760) this morning. I got sent to a site that wanted to charge me for updates. This unit is supposed to have lifetime maps. Any advice on how to get those updates ? Failing that is there an app to use on a phone that is reliable and reasonably priced ? Thanks in advance for any advice. Give Garmin customer service a call. They will update your GPS and not charge you.
MarkTwain 05/29/21 07:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing Disaster-AAA

AAA is not really set up to tow RVs. Drop them and sign Geo net or Good Sam Road Side service. AAA sells an emergency roadside service product for RV's, and I assume they just contract out to the same RV capable towing service(s) that the other clubs use. But there's probably not a lot of RV capable tow services, so it can be a long wait. Each state's AAA is independently owned so service varies widely among states. You just gave 2 big reasons why AAA is a POOR choice for RV owners. I have had Good Sam emergency road service and never had a bad experience getting emergency roadside service!!!!
MarkTwain 05/28/21 07:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing Disaster-AAA

AAA is not really set up to tow RVs. Drop them and sign Geo net or Good Sam Road Side service.
MarkTwain 05/28/21 06:49pm General RVing Issues
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