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RE: Tire chains: ok to cut off extra links at end points?

My plow truck has all 4 wheels chained up and all have extra Link's which are secured to the opposite side of the chain by good bungee cords. Have been doing this for 11 years. You might want to sell them somedayto someone who has slightly bigger tires. I have 4 extra Link's on all 4 tires Leave the extra links. Dave Best advice. Plus when your tires are in the slush and you are laying down feeling for the inside links, fumbling with the link latch, with cold fingers, a few extra links are a good thing. ;)
NMDriver2 02/27/19 07:02am Tech Issues
RE: Question about being temporarily "homeless"

Once you sell you will have a lot less mail to worry about. By having our mail forwarded to a relative, we went 6 months without a permanent address with no problem. After we sold the house our mail volume went to almost zero. As for Drivers License and insurance we did not change those until we closed on our new place.
NMDriver2 02/24/19 06:54pm Full-time RVing
RE: 5th wheel age, how old is to old

Another vote for care not age. I just sold my 26 yr old 5er. Here in NM you do not have much rain so little if any rust and while I have repaired the roof twice over the years it is currently sound with no water damage. I am now in the market for a travel trailer with bunk beds.--Grand kids want to come along :(
NMDriver2 02/24/19 06:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Snow blanketing the southwest...

No snow around Las Cruces, NM, but I did run into muddy rain today. I drove round trip to Albuquerque. The wind blows up the dust and then a sprinkle of rain falls through the dust. It makes mud on windshield and hood. Not enough moisture in the sprinkle to wash the mud off or even get the road surface wet.
NMDriver2 02/22/19 04:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Santa Fe to Taos to Great Sand Dunes NP

No one actually answered your question about the highways. . And been years since I have been in that area. But from reading other posts about it, I think 68 from Espanola to Taos is fine for you. And from Taos you could take either 522 to Ft Garland or US 64 back to US 285 to Alamosa, either of which I believe is also ok. Maybe someone who has been there recently will chime in for a more up to date answer. There is a KOA just east of Alamosa and a short distance from the dunes that can handle your MH. April/May/early June is a great time to visit the dunes. Weather not so hot. And Medano Creek will still be running across the lower part of the dunes, wide but inches deep. Dries up toward end of June. X2 NM 522 becomes CO 159 at the border. Nice drive, a little up and down but nothing serious and not to much traffic. Using 64 to 285 adds about an hour to the trip by the time you drive back east to the Dunes.
NMDriver2 02/18/19 06:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best Route from AZ to Portland OR o/a Feb 25-28

You can miss the construction and most of LA traffic by going up to Palmdale on 138. Take I-210 to I-15 to 138 and follow it all the way to I-5 near the top of the grapevine. It generally saves some time, a lot of traffic headaches, and is a good road.
NMDriver2 02/18/19 06:20am Roads and Routes
RE: FCA Paid $77 Million in CAFE Penalties in 2016

;) I blame the insurance companies. People use to die in car wrecks now they just get injured, recover, and do it all over again--my niece being my best example. She has totaled 5 cars and has only been driving 6 years. All of that expensive safety equipment and improved highway barriers, signage, etc. Air quality is the same. In the good old days you had lead, coal, asbestos, etc. all in the air and people died at a earlier age so no need to have such high health insurance costs. Everyone contributes to Social Security and only a few reap the benefit, that is the way to make America great again. :B
NMDriver2 02/15/19 11:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: How fast do you go

The greater the difference between your speed and the normal flow of traffic speed the more likely there is to be an accident. Not necessarily involving the slower/faster vehicle but they are more likely to be the cause of or be involved in an accident. In short: it is just as unsafe to go slow as it is to speed. I tow at the same speed as the semi trucks. 80 in west TX and 55+ in CA
NMDriver2 02/15/19 11:30am Towing
RE: Tehachapi

If west bound wait, in Mojave for a day if they are not comfortable with the weather, but I would likely go on up to the top and wait there. Going up to the crest from Mojave is not bad. If it was snowing after I got up to the crest I would wait at the truck stops, big store parking lots, or one of the RV parks for conditions to improve before heading down.
NMDriver2 02/11/19 05:16am Roads and Routes
RE: Pinto bean stew

Follow the quick soak directions (boiling water instead of cold after cleaning and rinsing), add a tablespoon of baking soda or a can of soda or beer, the sausage and a couple of hours later you have sausage/bean soup. Do not pour off the boil water. That or go get some Boracho beans and add cooked sausage.
NMDriver2 02/10/19 08:33pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: 3d printed water fill adaptor

I use a cut off piece of garden hose about 1 ft long with the female end to screw onto a regular male hose end. I just put the cut end in the fill tube all the way to the connection and it has never come out under pressure. BTW I am pushing 80-90 psi through my hose.
NMDriver2 02/08/19 03:55pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: What do you do.

...volunteer usually 24 hr each wife :B :W
NMDriver2 02/04/19 01:24pm Snowbirds
RE: Snow birding or why?

I am not sure I would call what you get in Oak Harbor very cold weather. You get relatively few freezing nights and the ones you get are like 30 and upper 20's. Most days are up in the 40's and 50's in Jan and Feb. Your weather seems warmer than the mild winters I get in southern NM which is where snowbirds come to for winter cold relief.
NMDriver2 02/04/19 01:13pm RV Lifestyle
RE: 90% of the country will be below freezing in the next 5 days

I have been on an outside job when the wind chill was -60 and I did not die, but I decided to never take another job like that. BTW Here in southern NM we will not get below 35 for the next two weeks and then it gets to 32 for a couple of nights before heading back up. Most of my grass is still green, but the rabbits keep it cut short. Of course come June the heat will force me to head for the coast until September. ;)
NMDriver2 01/29/19 05:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Biscuits

Put 1/2 inch of oil with some bacon grease in the skillet then fry the biscuit dough. You need to roll it out into thin rounds about the thickness of two tortillas. I use the canned dough because it is already in thin sections. The dough will puff up and make great tasting biscuit hush puppies. Try those with the gravy and you will likely prefer them to regular biscuits.
NMDriver2 01/29/19 07:09am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Help moving camper thru mud

Snow chains work in mud too. I have pulled a 4wd truck out of the bar ditch with my limited slip 2wd truck with chains on the rear tires, where the clay was so slick you might as well have been on ice. The chains dig down and do not slip along the surface or clog up and not push against the ground. Just make sure you do not spin the tires enough to dig a hole so deep your differential is on the ground. ;)
NMDriver2 01/24/19 08:00am General RVing Issues
RE: marshall tx to new braunfels tx

Watch your speed in the towns especially Franklin, TX. Speed trap just before you get into town. He likes to hide in a pic-nic/historic marker turnout right as the speed drops a mile or so from any buildings in town. If you look at the Franklin City limits on google maps you see a long strip that runs along 79 way past any actual town. My cousin and niece live along 79 so I frequently stay in a Franklin RV park to visit both of them. There are a couple of good restaurants in town, but the Horse Shoe Cafe, on your right just pass the Dairy Queen (good burgers) and the Texaco on the corner, coming from the northeast, is a pretty good one for breakfast.
NMDriver2 01/22/19 06:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: 3 week Canada BC trip - Sanity check

450 kilometers and google maps says it takes 8 hours, so you will be going slow. I suspect most people find driving that slow for that long is why they do not want to do it again. A google search of the highway gives tips, things to do and other good information. Have fun.
NMDriver2 01/18/19 06:38am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Double towing, which 5th wheel hitch?

The hitch is not going to be a big problem. Any hitch that will work with the 5er will be fine. I pull with a gooseneck, for 15yrs, with a 3500lb boat. The boat reduces your hitch weight some so you may need to load the nose of the 5er to compensate. Your main worry is not the hitch but some way to monitor the boat tires and make sure nothing is flying out of the boat. Check your boat hitch chains, welds and/or bolts at every stop.
NMDriver2 01/17/19 03:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Displaying American flag during hours of darkness

Well I am a 31 year, two war (vietnam/kuwait), combat infantry vet and every time I see a flag on a vehicle or residence, I think there is someone who is trying to prove their nationalism/patriotism. I always wonder why they feel they need to prove it. They are like those guys that come up to me and say I wish I could have served but....or I was in the ...... and did not get to go to...... it all does not matter to me. I will defend the flag burner as well as the flag waver. Neither one has my respect but they have their rights under the constitution. That is what I swore to protect and defend.
NMDriver2 01/15/19 06:36am General RVing Issues
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