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RE: I69 to 288 Houston

The I69 to 288 is not good but it's not as bad as it was before covid. There is the usual congestion at Minute Maid stadium & George Brown Center but it clears up before the 288 exit. Just take a deep breath and dive in. How are you wanting to get to the Houston area from Tyler? I would consider I59 to 99 to 6 to 288, or 36. 99 is toll with no booths. I bet they will mail you a bill.
TxGearhead 02/10/21 05:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Morryde Rubber pin box

I would ditch the hitch and get the Reese Goosebox.
TxGearhead 02/07/21 05:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hwy TX 6

I think I would go up 6 and get on 35
TxGearhead 02/07/21 05:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Bigfoot (old vs new)

I agree with HMS Beagle. They build the best camper but there are issues. If I was ordering a new one I would delete the living area skylight and the cargo rail for sure. Maybe both awnings as well, I never use them. My A/C is right up against the skylight. Speaking of the A/C...what were they thinking when they put a 13,500 BTU unit on these highly insulated small campers? It requires more generator to run and cycles too frequently.
TxGearhead 02/05/21 04:57am Truck Campers
RE: Spare on Class C

Coachman no spare? BS. Assuming Coachman was gracious enough to install a receiver hitch, use that for a spare wheel and tire. Like this: https://www.amazon.com/CURT-31006-Hitch-Mounted-Spare-Mount/dp/B0009YIE1O f you're using the receiver for something else (bikes?) use this: https://www.amazon.com/CURT-45792-Receiver-Trailer-2-Inch/dp/B00371VLAC/ref=asc_df_B00371VLAC/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241915008172&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4505672379815143385&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9027838&hvtargid=pla-571952257097&psc=1
TxGearhead 02/04/21 05:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: SRW 3500 Dodge work with a Arctic Fox 811

My story...I had a 2016 Ram CC LB 4X4 Cummins SRW. I bought the Bigfoot and installed a Big Wig. Driving back to Houston from Maryland wasn't too bad. But when I loaded it up for an extended winter trip it wallowed and tilted. I stopped at a scale and I was way over payload (4100#) and up against GVW and tires. I dumped a full load of water at the scale. When I got back home I ordered the 2018 dually. I transferred the Big Wig to the dually. The difference was like a 1977 Olds Delta 88 and a 2021 Corvette. I would order a 6.4 gasser DRW with the Aisin if they offer it. Also definitely the optional 55 gallon gas tank . Maybe the self leveling air suspension too. Put a Big Wig on it and call it good.
TxGearhead 02/03/21 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot (old vs new)

On my 2008 I can see where the factory cut/hacksawed the lip out of the bottom of the propane hatch. I assume for fear of propane settling low in the compartment in case of a leak. It always held water. I bought some 3/4" X 3/4" aluminum angle and glued that in. No more water and I'll take my chances with a propane leak. Another issue I have never understood is the plastic tray the batteries sit in. All four of the bottom corners had a 1/4" hole drilled in them. Any battery acid that puked out ended up draining out of the compartment and down the side of my truck. Duct tape and silicone plugged the holes. I love it but don't use it much and am considering selling it.
TxGearhead 02/03/21 06:38am Truck Campers
RE: Texas/SE NM during Spring Break - just getting our trailer

Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Bandera. We are way overdue.
TxGearhead 02/02/21 05:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: vallecito res. colorado

WE spent last August at Vallecito Resort, just south of the dam. I went up around the NF campground a couple times. Depending on the size of your RV it could be a squeeze.
TxGearhead 01/31/21 06:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Removable 5th wheel hitch?

I never understood if the OP had the towing prep package...pucks and a ball. I've got a PullRite 2600 single point pulling a 18,000# 5th. No issues. I would recommend it but I think the Andersen may have a model with a rearward offset that could work better with a shortbed. Not sure if a Reese Goosebox would work on a short bed. I'm thinking about going to the GEN-Y pinbox myself.
TxGearhead 01/26/21 01:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pass-through window custom replacement??

So, if the cat falls between the truck and camper..... I've got 2 tom cats. I just tell them to sit down and shut up.
TxGearhead 01/22/21 03:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Best tire inflator for dually tires

My 2018 Ram with alloy wheels has little 2 inch plastic extensions on the inner tires that have a little white button that has to be depressed to air up or down. I don't trust them. I tried cheap chinese valve extensions and good Milton extensions. Neither would work consistently. They both had to be screwed on to the tire valve in an exact spot to be able to press against the inner valve stem on the tire. I tried screwing the tire valve in and out and never could hit the sweet spot. I have reverted to the plastic OEM extensions. I did get some extras from my dealer. I air up and down a lot. I air up to hitch the 5th and air back down as soon as the 5th is off and in storage. I have heard that the equalizer system has a problem in that if one tire leaks down the other one will too. True?
TxGearhead 01/19/21 12:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Charleston SC

James Island for a TT X 3. 5th wheel you will have to watch for low hanging oak tree limbs.
TxGearhead 01/16/21 10:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TCs and Covid Vaccinations

^Are you going thru Memorial Hermann or has Houston/Harris County taken over the process? A few days ago my sister went thru Memorial Hermann for a NRG appointment. I would still try the small town stores/pharmacies. Someone might have some leftovers. We were sent home to get our Medicare cards before the shot. Long story but we are not in Medicare. We use a United Health Care/Shell Advantage plan. So if you are in Medicare, take the red white and blue card with new numbers/letters on it.
TxGearhead 01/15/21 10:49am Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on Grand Design Fifth Wheels

I read somewhere that Heartland Landmark is now using Azdel instead of luan. That would push me their way as most other things are about the same. This is my first full body paint and any others will be as well.
TxGearhead 01/15/21 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: TCs and Covid Vaccinations

My DW was scheduled for her 1st shot in Galveston on Monday. They informed her yesterday that has been cancelled because the governor decided to send all doses to major metro areas. So her shot went to Houston and she has to wait until who knows when. Her PCP couldn't tell her how to get 1 now. So Close Call all Brookshire Brothers grocery stores within a distance you would drive to. Call the store main number and ask for the pharmacy. They should tell you when you can get on their list. If you call the pharmacy number you will get a recording that is the same for all the stores. We got on the list at our store within walking distance and got the first Moderna vaccine within 7 days.
TxGearhead 01/15/21 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: Do any hotels/chains offer RV spots with electric or hookups

^This. If they had extra real estate for RV's, they would add rooms instead. I've stayed in hotels from Bellingham Washington to Buffalo NY, to Laredo Tx. Never noticed any RV hook ups.
TxGearhead 01/11/21 03:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Truck, and truck camper insurance questions.

I have State Farm. Haven’t had to get towed, BUT I had a hair raising, multi-week exchange with them after an elderly lady backed into my camper at a gas station and nearly pull the rear jack off along with half of the rear of the camper. When I first got the camper I was told my policy covered it along with the truck. When I called to report the accident I was also told it was covered along with the truck. Then the back-and-forth began with me being told alternately that it was and was not covered by my policy depending on which agent at what office I spoke to. The main office told me it was not covered and they wouldn’t be able to do anything for me. Thankfully my local agent is awesome I was able to get to the bottom of it and my camper was indeed 100% covered. So I would advise making sure your agent understands exactly what kind of camper it is and you were absolutely positive that it is covered by your insurance. The main problem I encountered was that most of the people I spoke to either thought it was a trailer for some reason or a cap. This despite the fact that I had sent multiple photographs of the rig while reporting in the accident online. My State Farm agent took pics of the Bigfoot on the truck. Hopefully helps.
TxGearhead 01/09/21 10:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Wheel bearing

My son had oil bath on a saltwater boat trailer. No thanks. But...I would love to have Vault hubs on the 5th. I have them on my saltwater boat trailer. Bought new 2014. No maintenance yet. Dexter owns Vault, I don't get it. https://www.dexteraxle.com/docs/default-source/ufp/product-documentation/hub-hub-drum-hub-rotor/flyers/the-vault-hyd-lub-system-(lit-704-00ufp).pdf?sfvrsn=2
TxGearhead 01/09/21 11:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gander Outdoors

I bought from Gander when they were mail order, maybe 1 or 2 stores. They had pretty good clothing for elk hunting. When they opened stores on the Texas Gulf Coast they didn't have a clue. They had muskie lures and spinning reels, that few here use. I would shop their sales but nothing else. They truly didn't know their customer.
TxGearhead 01/07/21 05:59pm Class A Motorhomes
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