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RE: Trailer length restrictions

Thanks again for the follow up posts and the wealth of information. Along the West Coast some reservations, aside from length, would have width restrictions with questions about slides. To my mind, complying with the restrictions is essential specially this summer when public campsites are mostly fully booked. You don't want to cheat with putting in the wrong dimensions to get the spot, only to find out you won't fit and then having to leave with only Walmart as prospect to spend the night, lol.
Yosemite Sam1 07/12/19 11:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Was rear ended on the highway

I feel for you. Put your priorities are lined up properly and well fist -- yeah, it's your health and well being first. As to the adjuster, imply you might be getting a lawyer if you feel you are being given the shaft. A total loss, seems the case for all your units. Good luck and hope everything tuns up well.
Yosemite Sam1 07/11/19 08:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer length restrictions

I agree with you all, the final reckoning is if you could fit. Except if the ranger or camp host pre-empt you into even trying. Or, the reservation system sets a very conservative number and requires you to put in the size of your rig and thus disqualifies you to make the reservations because yours didn't make the number. That's the case for my question. National Park reservations would specify that RV had to be 24' but has lower number for trailer at 18' (and added the question whether that 18 is the cab or the whole length to the hitch). Thanks all for your responses.
Yosemite Sam1 07/11/19 07:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Mayan Temples Trip - Safe?

I think what he is referring to is that the left turn signal often means it's clear to pass a vehicle. We live on a fairly busy hilly road with lots of beach traffic. We have to make a left turn into our driveway/garage. We have learned to, yes, use the left blinker, but also to put our left hand out and give the "slow down" signal. Also to really really watch the cars behind us! Generally, driving in Mexico is easy. Different, but easy. Little things like the left blinker, but as safety goes, if there is a hazard ahead of you, on go the flashers immediately. If you are on a two lane road, oncoming traffic will flash their lights and wave their arms if there is something ahead, be it a cow, a slow down, whatever. Never see those things done in the US. How about those intersection traffic lights that generally means -- it's just a suggestion.:E:B
Yosemite Sam1 07/10/19 01:33pm RVing in Mexico and South America
Trailer length restrictions

National and state park campsites has trailer/RV restrictions. Camp hosts also are at a loss whether it's just the cab length (say, 17') or end-to-end including the tip of the hitch (21'). Anyone else has the discussions or disagreement with the camp host/ranger -- and what's been settled? I know, I know, there is no further discussion if trailer won't fit or would block the road, lol. But if you can maneuver into it....
Yosemite Sam1 07/10/19 01:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Seattle RV Park Recs

WA have very nice state and county camping sites.
Yosemite Sam1 07/10/19 11:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sequoia Can't Really Tow Anything (Family of 6). Am I Right?

Sam - which 4runner do you have? The older 8-cylinder? If so you may be OK. But if you have a more recent 6-cylinder, what are you doing about hitch weight? That 5000lbs trailer should have a hitch weight of 500 to 700 lbs. That would exceed the capacity of the 4runner's hitch unless you're using weight distribution. Unfortunately, the 4runner's frame isn't recommended for weight distribution. So what's your situation? I went through all of that stuff a few years ago. Was shocked and terribly disappointed to learn that I was exceeding specs on my 4runner. Had to trade it out for a better tow vehicle. Toyota is horrible about towing and payload. They just don't "get it." And I had been a Toyota loyalist for over 30 years! -Speak I have encountered most of the adverse driving conditions I can imagine and I don't want to add anymore into my worry. I hear you. I didn't need to add to my worries either, and I really wanted to keep that 4Runner. It towed like a dream. However, when I was faced with the fact that the manufacturer would not endorse use of a WDH, I had to deal with it. I contacted Toyota directly, and they told me directly that use of the WDH was not recommended. It has to do with the way the receiver is attached to the frame. There are mere bolts to make that attachment, and the rotational torque applied by the WDH was not appropriate for that attachment point. Se la vie. -Speak Thanks and I appreciate the info. Time for me to check my own understanding (lol). I might mis-understood "not necessary" with "not recommended" (i.e., harmful and dangerous). Yes indeed, the 4runner tows like a dream -- an author/RVer in fact wrote about it entitled "The Little Machine Than Can" (or something).
Yosemite Sam1 07/09/19 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Angry wannabe RV police encounter

Funny, I don't get that kind of encounter with people when I'm wearing my Pistol Club hat, lol. Everyone actually are extra courteous to me.
Yosemite Sam1 07/09/19 11:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Adjusting Weight Distribution Hitch

I simple level will tell you if you need to.
Yosemite Sam1 07/09/19 10:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Sequoia Can't Really Tow Anything (Family of 6). Am I Right?

Sam - which 4runner do you have? The older 8-cylinder? If so you may be OK. But if you have a more recent 6-cylinder, what are you doing about hitch weight? That 5000lbs trailer should have a hitch weight of 500 to 700 lbs. That would exceed the capacity of the 4runner's hitch unless you're using weight distribution. Unfortunately, the 4runner's frame isn't recommended for weight distribution. So what's your situation? I went through all of that stuff a few years ago. Was shocked and terribly disappointed to learn that I was exceeding specs on my 4runner. Had to trade it out for a better tow vehicle. Toyota is horrible about towing and payload. They just don't "get it." And I had been a Toyota loyalist for over 30 years! -Speak It's the 6cyl 4runner. This is my 3rd 4runner and had a mechanical engineer friend who worked for Toyota. My initial question to him was why my older one was rated at 7,000 lbs with the same 6 cyl engine. He said it was for bigger safety allowance for the litigious US customers. He also assured me that my 4runner has welded cross member on chassis meant for towing (I did look underneath). I have a weight distribution rated for 1,200 lbs. but have driven not quite a few miles without it. It's an afterthought looking at how that 5,000 lbs trailer is sitting on that single 2 5/8' ball. I admit it added some stability or confidence -- which might actually be psychological. I have encountered most of the adverse driving conditions I can imagine and I don't want to add anymore into my worry.
Yosemite Sam1 07/09/19 09:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Well.....we've done it again

First time buying a camper. I was inclined for a pop-up since I still want to maintain the outdoors feel. But saw one taking a bit of time and struggle to put up one. That's when I decided to go with the wife's preference (that's my excuse and I'm staying with it). We also looked at the Mercedes Benz van conversion camper and my wife asked, it's way cool, but where's the shower/toilet? And for the first time we agreed on something, it's not for us. Whew!
Yosemite Sam1 07/08/19 01:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where to place campground stickers?

The door as my wife does. She is also an admirer of those who are doing it and counting that other have more than hers -- positively giving her ideas of places we still need to visit. It's actually easy to peel off on that new shiny RV paint jobs. Or if it's those really sticky ones, just hot water and oil for the residual glue.
Yosemite Sam1 07/08/19 12:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sequoia Can't Really Tow Anything (Family of 6). Am I Right?

One last comment, many owners' manuals are also specifying "maximum frontal area" of the trailer, which in effect rules out hard sided RV trailers and limits towing to low-profile trailers like pop-ups and utility models. The reason being that the wind resistance of a high profile trailer adds as much load to the drivetrain as the weight of the trailer. This totally puzzles me. I look at Sequoia as a more powerful 8-cyl upgrade to a 4runner. And yet my 4runner can tow 5,000lbs travel trailer easily -- and have overtaken a few heftier Chevies (of course with bigger trailers) on uphill climb on the I-80, I-101, I-5, 395...
Yosemite Sam1 07/08/19 11:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sequoia Can't Really Tow Anything (Family of 6). Am I Right?

Oh I don’t know... I was climbing the grade on CA395 north of Bishop hauling my 30ft 11,000lbs trailer plus a bike in the truck at 85% fuel rate when a Sequoia blew by me towing a about 26 or 28 ft travel trailer. The V8 was roaring nicely. My poor little Cummings almost choked on the cloud of gasohol exhaust ????. He was towin’ ! That's me on the steep uphill past Mono Lake. It's a 4runner towing 21 ft trailer, lol. I did a double-floor on gas pedal maneuver on you to automatically downshift on uphill climb and overtaking.;):B
Yosemite Sam1 07/03/19 09:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bike Racks

I have my bike rack at the rear of the RV and have had no problem. But get a sturdy one, the RV has a lot more bounce than you truck or tow vehicle.
Yosemite Sam1 07/03/19 08:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sequoia Can't Really Tow Anything (Family of 6). Am I Right?

Coleman LT SQ17 sleeps 7 with net weight of 3,137 lbs. It is towable by Toyota 4Runner 4.0liter 4WD rated with towing capability of 5,000lbs.
Yosemite Sam1 07/03/19 06:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Topic Closed - Are you joking ???????

In this day and age that doesn't work. If someone comments on government action, then the thread devolves into political bashing. Every time. Then that calls for post zapping -- not the entire thread.
Yosemite Sam1 07/03/19 03:39pm Camping World Service and Installation
RE: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

I could feel my arteries clogging by just reading your post. Enjoy your bacon-fest and have a good holiday. :C Just flush with more beer :B 100 proof minimum. To dissolve the fats.
Yosemite Sam1 07/03/19 02:40pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Topic Closed - Are you joking ???????

Unfortunately, in this day and age, too many subjects fall into "politics". It's not the moderator's fault - they are just trying to keep to the "no politics" rule. Once upon a time, discussing politics meant discussing candidates or discussing foreign policies, etc. Now discussing politics means discussing religion, morals, medical care, sexual preference, sexual orientation, where you shop, where you live, where you visit, what flavor ice cream you eat, if it's raining, if there is a drought, what animals you see in the wild, what is in the wild, where you can park, and on and on and on. Someone posts a thread about no potable water in a campground and it turns into a political war about climate change. Someone posts a thread about storing their RV and someone makes a rant on local governments. Then the thread gets twisted into a political fight and the moderators have to deal with it. So for them, it's easier to close it up once the first or second sideways posts shows it's headed down the thread-destroying path. As a society, we are ALL too focused on politics. It ruins it for forums like this because these forums are built on the idea of conversation not validation. If we can't talk about things without turning them into political warfare, then we have only ourselves to blame. There in lies the distinction and nuances that moderators should have to discern and differentiate. If it's candidates or party vs another, it's politics that's no place here. If it's government action that affects us as campers, then it's an on-topic subject not to be censored.
Yosemite Sam1 07/03/19 02:30pm Camping World Service and Installation
RE: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Any cardiologist in attendance? lol
Yosemite Sam1 07/03/19 01:06pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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