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RE: Astoria,OR to Florence OR

Assuming US 101. The hills there are pretty gentle, as there is not a lot of elevation change. A lot of it is along the seashore. Usually slow going, though, as some of the parts are pretty curvy, and there is lots of traffic. Mostly folks pulling 40 ft fifth wheels (!). It's an iconic and scenic road, and very enjoyable. I would also try to avoid driving on the weekends.
MarkTwain 08/28/21 04:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Good Sam trip planner to Garmin 770

Why not just let Garmin plan out your trip?
MarkTwain 08/25/21 04:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Good Sam trip planner to Garmin 770

Hi all. Maybe someone with more tech savvy can help on this one. I have tried many times to follow the directions to get the final trip created in the Good Sam trip planner onto my Garmin 770. No joy ever! There must be a piece to the puzzle that I am missing. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Give Garmin tech support a call. If it can done tech support will tell you how to do it.
MarkTwain 08/24/21 07:37pm Technology Corner
RE: CBC radio

I mounted one on the side above the drivers window, sold it with the MH. There are groundless antennas that use the coax for the ground, limites the range more than the already limited range. Not much chatter on CB these days, replaced by cells and ham radio. Questionable value these days IMHO. To talk with truckers to get info on accidents/road conditions/ detours use channel 17 on the west coast or 19 in other states. You will get info on conditions approx. 1 mile ahead and behind your location. There is no separate CB channel just for RVers. Use a Wilson CB antenna for the best distance when talking with truckers or other people.
MarkTwain 08/19/21 10:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Portable, Battery Operated Radio for Camping

buy a CC Brand radio from the co. Crane. Great radios with great reception am/fm/ weather alert. I would also buy a separate National Weather Alert radio that I leave on whenever I am on the road or parked at an RV park. I also have Cobra CB radio with the national weather alert feature. The CB is great for talking to the truckers on Channel 17 on the west coast or 19 to get road conditions/accidents/detours a mile in front and rear of you. If you buy a CB make sure and get a long Wilson antenna with a magnet base to fit on the top of your truck cab so you don't have to drill holes in your truck. A good antenna is what will get your reception for longer distances. The little short cute ones are useless and a waste of time.
MarkTwain 08/19/21 10:18pm Technology Corner
RE: Road side assistance

We would like to share our experience with road side assistance. We were driving from Minnesota home to Colorado. Our motorhome engine broke down,we having Road side assistance from 2006 started call asking for help.First person told us that we too far , 60 miles from any repair facility. It is 10 am in the morning, we have hope.. second person told us that they can tow us to nearest Walmart.(?)or campground (?), we explained that we need repair facility. Its already 2 o'clock afternoon, we are on hwy 29 southbound, it is hot and smokey from the fires.At this point we looked at our RV GPS, 70 miles away repair facility.So we are calling again, and asking for towing... Third person told us that they need extra $511 for towing, ok we giving our credit card.. waiting for towing...Then they called us that they could not agree on price, and her supervisor told that we can find our own towing.So it was last call... it is already 6:00 o;clock in the evening, we called this facility, and asked them , please, send us somebody.. we still on side of the road.Eventually this repair facility send us towing. My question is if you avoid provide any road assistance, why you in this business. People relay on this, paying money, you have people taking calls and do nothing.It is unacceptable. I hope it will help people to make their opinion about this Road Assistance. Thank you. What Roadside Assistance company did you call and deal with? That has not been my experience with Good Sam Roadside Assistance services!
MarkTwain 08/18/21 02:58pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Route planning help

Route trip planning----- I use the Garmin Diesel for trip planning.
MarkTwain 08/09/21 12:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida to Arizona Trip

I was curious how long it would take to drive a Class C from North Florida to Arizona? My husband and I are thinking 3 days, but we are new to this and would rather know for sure from veterans. Figure out how many miles it is from start to end. Divide that number by 50MPH. This will tell you how many hours it will take. Then decide what kind of trip you are going to take. 1. marathon, few rests stops 2. easy with plenty of rest stops 3. Slow with stops with every rest stop and a lot of sight seeing.
MarkTwain 08/08/21 01:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing a 42 footer… What do you think?

Hi folks, Found the perfect 5th wheel and it’s 42 feet. Started out looking for a 38 but it’s the 42 footer that best handles our needs. Not concerned about state parks etc. We will use an occasional parking lot on travel days but mostly RV park pull thru. When all is said and done does the extra 4 feet make that big of difference towing and in general? We go between Georgia and Montana most summers but pretty much stay in one place. So not a lot of traveling around with the Coach once we arrive at our destination. Thanks guys Too avoid surprises in your RV trip reservations, I would call ahead and ask how many 42'sites they have available .
MarkTwain 08/07/21 04:03pm Fifth-Wheels
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
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