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RE: Virginia to Oregon and Back 45 foot with toad

To the Mississippi, my preferred fast route is I-64 across Virginia and Kentucky. It is interstate, but the scenery is good and the traffic is usually not heavy. Along the way, stop for a few minutes at the New River Gorge bridge (3rd tallest in the US). Have a (very expensive) lunch in the Sam Snead Restaurant at Greenbrier Country Club, White Sulfur Springs, WV. (My friends who play golf were pleased to get a paper napkin souvenir from the restaurant.) By the time you reach Lexington you may want to take a break. Camp at Kentucky Horse Farm for (at least) two nights. There is so much of interest (all having to do with horses) that you may want to want more than one full day. You have to cross the plains somehow. Of the interstates, I prefer I-80, but my favorite way is to cross Nebraska is on state highway 2 through the Sand Hills. In Wyoming, take state highway 450 to Wright and then highway 59 up to Gillette. You will see something that I thought amazing. These are the biggest coal mines in the country, and are the places where all those coal trains are loaded. Stop and watch to see how it is done. Two months is good. It sounds like a lot of time, but you could spend two weeks just getting to the Northwest, and then there is the return trip (along a different trip, of course.)
RoyF 05/05/21 01:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: So are there any decent 1141 replacement LEDs these days?

I have had good luck with leds from superbrightleds.com.
RoyF 04/26/21 08:45am Tech Issues
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway info??

I agree with valhalla360 about not taking the RV on the parkway. Besides the parking problem at viewpoints, there are very few places on the parkway where an RV can be turned around should you want to. We did the entire Blue Ridge Parkway plus Skyline Drive in about two weeks, choosing to camp at RV parks close to parkway entrances. I believe there were five camps, three nights at each camp. There were side trips to Monticello and Charlottesville.
RoyF 04/12/21 06:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Question about removing hitch with puck-system.

From OP: Ok, thanks, guys. As I said, I have a lot to learn. I was beginning to get the hang of my 2008 truck and setup when I traded it in.
RoyF 03/31/21 02:27pm Fifth-Wheels
Question about removing hitch with puck-system.

I picked up my 2021 Ford with factory-installed hitch just three weeks ago and am still learning about it. Yesterday, I removed the puck-system hitch in order to do some hauling. The hitch legs are held in place by four bolts (which the manual calls "T-pins".) Three of the T-pins stayed in place, but the fourth one dropped through to the ground. There are metal plates below three T-pins to prevent them from falling, but there is only air below the fourth. This problem with one T-pin made it a bit tricky to re-attach the hitch. Is my truck missing a plate below the fourth T-pin, or was the puck system designed so that one T-pin can fall to the ground when the hitch is removed?
RoyF 03/31/21 07:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fresh water pump

I usually turn mine off when it is not in use, but sometimes it gets left on all night and there has never been a problem. Unless you have a tap that is not completely closed (or a leak) then the pump ought not to run. ps: I turn it off when towing the trailer.
RoyF 03/25/21 01:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rear Storage Mod.

Beautiful job. Does the ladder simply pass through your storage top and is not supported by it?
RoyF 03/20/21 04:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Want CD player for new truck

From the OP: I have learned quite a bit since my original post. I'm using iTunes to convert my CDs to AAC format. I like to listen to classical music, which needs to be organized by composer (rather than by song title). So after copying the iTunes files to a flash drive, I create new folders (directories) and organize them to my own liking. So I have a Puccini folder, which contains a Tosca folder, which contains a Callas folder, which contains the folders created by iTunes. (One Itunes folder per CD. Most operas require two, three, or four CDs.) To find what I want on my flash drive, I use the command EXPLORE DEVICE. That displays the folders (directories) at the top level. From there I can go down the chain, just like on a computer. So, if I want the Milanov version of Tosca, I go to Puccini, to Tosca, to Milanov. Then PLAY ALL.
RoyF 03/20/21 08:04am Technology Corner
RE: New truck build time

I ordered a 2021 Ford F350 on December 1. It was delivered 14 weeks later on March 9. There is hope for you yet.
RoyF 03/19/21 08:25am Towing
RE: Want CD player for new truck

From the OP: OK, you guys have convinced me. I'm putting my CDs on a thumb drive. I have hundreds of CD's, so this will keep me busy for a while. Thanks for the good advice.
RoyF 03/16/21 09:50am Technology Corner
RE: Want CD player for new truck

wildwood: We listen to classical music (symphonies, complete operas), and will take 50 or 60 CD's with us on a extended trip. Thumb drive may not be the right idea for us, but it may a good solution for somebody out there. Thanks for the suggestion.
RoyF 03/14/21 05:30pm Technology Corner
Want CD player for new truck

I'm excited about my 2021 Ford F350 diesel, but it has no CD player. I suppose that only old folks listen to CDs, but that's what we like to do. I have the Lariat entertainment system with a USB input, but do NOT have SYNC. I'll see what my local automobile stereo store has, but I welcome a suggestion.
RoyF 03/14/21 02:40pm Technology Corner
RE: Interesting vehicle

I think that's an Isuzu straight truck. They are not that cheap, and not very comfortable. But it would be easier to back it up.
RoyF 03/11/21 08:18am General RVing Issues
RE: toll charges

Toll for a four-axle combination (tow vehicle and two-axle trailer) is $13.75. (Go to pikepass.com to look up tolls in Oklahoma.)
RoyF 03/08/21 07:50am Roads and Routes
RE: Jump box for dual battery 7.3 diesel

Should camper batteries be used for engine starting? I have understood that deep-cycle batteries are not designed to deliver that kind of high amperage. Would engine starting harm camper batteries, or not? "There are times I almost think I am not sure of what I absolutely know." (The King and I)
RoyF 02/28/21 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: Help!!!! Travel Trailer Back in

In addition to all of the above good advice, I recommend that you take some time to walk over the ground before trying to back in. Look for things that would be easy to miss in the mirrors. Take this time to relax. Visualize the path you want the trailer to take. Early on, I scratched the right rear fender of my almost-new-at-the-time truck on a low wooden post while backing to the left. (I had not gotten out to look first.) This summer, I noticed a metal object (exposed by recent rains) that could have caused damage to tires. The hazard would have been easily overlooked from the mirrors. This time, I managed to avoid the problem. In addition to watching your mirrors, don't neglect to watch the front of your truck. While backing to the left, you don't want to a tree to jump up out of nowhere and scratch your right front fender. Finally, don't hesitate to get out and recheck the ground as often as you need to.
RoyF 02/26/21 09:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway - Early April

We did the Blue Ridge and Skyline drives in 2016. That part of the trip was 21 days. One wants to stop at viewpoints and at places of interest along the way, so we found that 50 miles on the parkway and return to base was plenty for one day. Given that, we chose three-day base camps about every 100 miles: one day for moving camp, one day up the parkway and back, one day down the parkway and back. We used private RV parks that were close to the parkway, and we did not take the fifth-wheel trailer on the parkway. The main reason for that was so we could have the option of turning around whenever we wanted to. (There are not many places on the parkway where you can turn around while towing.) Also, parking at viewpoints is sometimes difficult if you are towing. (But it is possible that you may have lighter traffic in April.)
RoyF 02/23/21 08:44am Roads and Routes
RV Magazine

Each issue of the new RV magazine has generated a lot of negative forum posts. The March issue has just come out. I now realize that the new magazine is entirely aimed at people who are new to RVing, and who are (mostly) younger than the readers of Trailer Life or Motorhome. Such a magazine is needed, and maybe this one will thrive. I will miss Trailer Life with its (somewhat) in-depth trailer reviews and (sometimes) helpful advice on technical problems. But I am not the target audience for RV, so I will stop griping about it.
RoyF 02/23/21 06:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Cell coverage in Death Valley

We were able to make calls from there with the aid of a booster. (That was several cell phones ago and I can't remember which booster we used.)
RoyF 02/17/21 08:12am Technology Corner
RE: FOB keys and theft

This came up on the forum not long ago: you can neither start nor unlock a car if the FOB is wrapped in aluminum foil. If I ever need to shield the FOB then I will come up with a solution that is cheaper than a farabag. Foil or a metal can will work. But I know that my truck cannot be unlocked or started when the FOB is on its hook in my fifth-wheel.
RoyF 02/10/21 06:47pm Tech Issues
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