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RE: Absolute positively the worst road ever

OR-31 between Valley Falls and La Pine, OR. 120 miles. An absolute Washboard for a good 80-90 miles of that route. Posted 60mph but we could not tow over 40-45mph. On the map it looked like a shortcut between Lakeview and Bend. (Actually that road is the hypotenuse if your going from Lakeview to Bend, and Klamath Falls is the 90 degrees on that triangle.) The map looked like it would save us time. Never again, unless ODOT smooths out that Hwy. Too bad because the terrain is central Oregon very scenic high desert.
jamesu 01/24/20 06:10am Roads and Routes
RE: North Whidbey Rv Park @ Oak Harbor,WA

Oops: They were “F-18’s”. The USN flies “F-18’s”. The USAF flies “F-16’s”.
jamesu 01/24/20 05:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: North Whidbey Rv Park @ Oak Harbor,WA

We stayed at N. Whidbey RV Pk 2 nights in September. It is right on SR-20 adjacent to the entrance to Deception Pass SP. We were camped far enough back that road noise was not an issue, but the jets were. F-16’s at adjacent NAS Whidbey we’re doing “touch and goes” and flying no more than 400’ right over our heads. This went on from when we got there at 3pm until about 9pm and went on for 10-12 hrs during the next 24 hr day. Sunday it stopped. I asked the lady at the office and was told this isn’t the norm, “but it happens from time to time.” We have stayed at all 3 WA SP’s in the Oak Harbor area many times over the years (Deception Pass, Ft. Ebey, Ft. Casey) and the fighter jets are always something to be taken into consideration. I am a local. We have never let the jets determine our camping plans. That’s the worst it has ever been, but with a Naval Air Station so close to some of the most beautiful camping in the state, it’s the price to pay when the fighter jets are doing “touch and goes”. N. Whidbey RV Pk is a good one. We would stay there again if the 3 SP’s in the area are full.
jamesu 01/24/20 05:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling to the NW

The only road that warrants special consideration is Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park. Leave the trailer behind and loop back via US2. If you don't like heights it's not a good idea. Otherwise you are good to go, enjoy the trip. X2
jamesu 01/23/20 06:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Purchasing First RV- would like some advice...

After 2 or 3 seasons in whatever you choose to buy you will have enough experience to make a good decision based on experience. I pretty much guarantee that you will be ready for a different TT by then and you will find and purchase one that better suits you. Our current TT is our 4th over the past 20 year period. It meets our needs well. You will also have a much better feel for the tow vehicle that keeps you happy. My philosophy is: “Being over-powered is way better than being under-powered.” My first 15 years I towed with a half ton (F-150)...lots and lots of days creeping up mountain passes and fretting about my brakes descending the other side; the past 5 years with the 3/4 diesel in my signature...going up is easy and the compression brake takes away fretting coming down the back side. A much, much better towing experience. Powerful, safer, and less stress. I learned as I went and upgraded when I could. It works for me.
jamesu 12/25/19 09:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Current weather warning for WA & OR coast

Lots and lots of rain from this latest winter “Pacific Fire Hose” aimed at W. Washington. Has really impacted the Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia areas south of here.
jamesu 12/21/19 05:58am Roads and Routes
RE: Camping Suggtions for Baker City, Oregon area please

This May we stayed 2 nights at Mt. View RV Pk, 2845 Hughes Ln, Baker City, OR 97814. On the edge of town, clean, good staff, level sites, decent shade trees. There were a few worker guys across from us: out early and back at the end of their work day. We felt safe here and no problem returning if we pass through Baker City agIn.
jamesu 12/01/19 07:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Maryland to Washington State -- best routes

Seems to me if you need to hog out miles from the east coast to Washington I would look for a fairly direct route northerly from Maryland to I-90 and start driving west. I-90 starts and ends in Boston and Seattle on either end. There are plenty of routes west, some more scenic than others, but 90 was designed to get you there fast. It is a very efficient route over the 2 major mountain ranges: the Rockies and the Cascades.
jamesu 11/30/19 04:43am Roads and Routes
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

Washington blackberries taste wonderful, and they are prolific and grow just about anywhere in Western Washington. In our yards they are weeds and we cut them down or pull them out by the roots. I have spent many a day trying to control the huge patch on my neighbor’s side of the fence that climb and take over the side of my garage and onto the roof. My neighbor doesn’t care; I do. Left to its own devices such blackberry patches try to rule the neighborhood. Goats love them and are great blackberry patch “mowers”. Blackberry season is short: usually late August until around Labor Day.
jamesu 11/23/19 06:05am Roads and Routes
RE: Blu-Shastin RV park

We stayed at Blu Shastin once based upon a friend’s recommendation who stays there quite often. It was okay, but once was enough for us.
jamesu 11/14/19 09:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

In my opinion WA-20 over the N. Cascades is more scenic, is more remote than is US-2 over Stevens Pass, and is the safer of the two routes. Depending upon time of day, weekend vs. weekday, etc., US-2 west of the summit can be very congested and over the years has had many, many traffic fatalities. Both routes are scenic, but I recommend WA-20 for you.
jamesu 11/13/19 04:15am Roads and Routes
Battery storage

Over the years I have taken out my TT batteries and hooked them to a trickle charger in my garage during each winter. I now have the TT under covered storage at a local storage yard which has electric plug ins. Related to my TT battery’s winterization, am I good just plugging in the TT? Will this keep the battery warm/charged? Or should I remove the battery and trickle charge it in my garage? My storage facility is open-sided, covered storage so there is no heat, just an electric plug in next to my TT. I can count on a few decent freezes in December/January here in W. Washington. Other than this battery question, my TT is stowed and winterized.
jamesu 11/07/19 05:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Blow out water lines question

I recommend just using the pink stuff. I have never blown a line in my. 20 years of TT’ing. Have never had frozen pipes and my entire procedure takes about 20 minutes and approximately 1.5 containers of pink antifreeze. Run each faucet and shower (including the outside one) until it runs pink. It is not a tough process. Also, make sure you have turned the bi-Pass valve under the kitchen sink leading into the water heater and have unscrewed the water heater plug outside the trailer and drained it before running the pink antifreeze into the system. You do not want pink anti-freeze inside the water heater. When you de-winterize in the Spring, re-open the bi-pass valve under the sink AFTER have you have finished de-winterizing by running water until it’s not pink. Doing this keeps anti-freeze out of the empty water heater. Then keep the water running until the water heater is full.
jamesu 11/03/19 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Blow out water lines question

I recommend just using the pink stuff. I have never blown a line in my. 20 years of TT’ing. Have never had frozen pipes and my entire procedure takes about 20 minutes and approximately 1.5 containers of pink antifreeze. Run each faucet and shower (including the outside one) until it runs pink. It is not a tough process.
jamesu 11/03/19 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Trans Labrador Highway

Moderator: This post should be moved to the “Canada” section. It is not possible to reach a Moderator with such a request via the “Notify Moderator” link inside each post anymore. Your IT dept. needs to look into this as this has been a problem for quite some time.
jamesu 11/02/19 06:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Places to stay near Mt. Ranier, Olympic and Crater Lake NPs

Regardless of the doubts posted raised by “ppine” after my initial post, I stick by my previous recommendations based upon my experience as a lifetime resident of W. Washington. The Ohanapeecosh entrance near Packwood, as I stated before, is a good one in Rainier’s SE corner. Another option is the entrance between Ashford and Longmire in the Park’s S.W. corner if you had come through Eatonville via Tacoma. From Mt. Rainier both I-5 and US-97 are viable routes to Crater Lake. You can PM me if want. Happy to help.
jamesu 11/01/19 10:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Places to stay near Mt. Ranier, Olympic and Crater Lake NPs

Randle, PA and Forks are not exactly handy locations for visiting these parks. You have a lot of commute time built into your trip. ppine, I am curious how you would advise the OP, given his trip parameters that he won’t be RV’ing, but will be renting a car and will rent accommodations along the way.
jamesu 11/01/19 05:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Places to stay near Mt. Ranier, Olympic and Crater Lake NPs

Mt. Rainier NP is big, and Olympic NP even bigger. To stay in one place at each park to be able to fully experience each park is tough. Since you are not rv’ing on this trip, for Mt. Rainier I suggest finding a motel in either Packwood or Randle. This is fairly near the Ohanapeecosh Entrance in the S.E. corner of Rainier NP with access to Sunrise, an awesome high elevation viewing area; within a couple miles of the Ohanapeecosh Entrance pull over, park, and take a walk through “The Grove of the Patriarchs”...a beautiful walk through a forest of impressively huge old growth Douglas Firs. Packwood and Randle are somewhat remote on US-12 (White Pass Hwy) so you won’t find fancy accommodations, but the location is perfect in that you are fairly equidistant between Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams (12,276’), and the backside of Mt. St. Helens. A trip to the summit of White Pass gives you impressive views of the backside of Rainier’s summit. I recommend at least 4-5 days in this location to be able to explore all 3 mountains. Olympic NP is huge and cannot be seen from one location, but I recommend you rent a motel in Pt. Angeles from where you can visit the NP Visitor Center and Hurricane Ridge, Crescent Lake, and explore the Sol Duc and Elwa Rivers...all on the north perimeter of the Olympic Peninsula. Also Salt Creek Recreation Area near Joyce 12 miles west of Pt. Angeles on WA-112...a beautiful, craggy spot with tide pools, beaches on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. 3-4 days in Pt. Angeles should be enough. To explore the Hoh Rain Forest on the west perimeter of Olympic NP I recommend you motel it in Forks or google for accommodations in LaPush. Once again this is pretty remote so accommodations will likely be pretty basic. Forks is an old logging town and LaPush is a village on the ocean about 10 miles west of Forks. LaPush gets you into hikes on the Pacific beaches portion of the NP. Depending upon your level of activity you could probably use 2-4 days in Forks/LaPush.
jamesu 10/30/19 05:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: BEST ROUTE WITH LEAST MOUNTAINS

Hello,my husband and I will be traveling with a fifth wheel from NC to west Yellowstone in august of next year.I am scared of heights and drop offs . I would appreciate some advise as to the route I can take to and from west Yellowstone with no drop-offs .Please advise It’s pretty flat between NC and Montana. Once you reach the eastern edge of the Rockies it’s pretty tough to keep going west from that point without going through mountains. With your fear of heights maybe you should reconsider a trip to the western U.S.
jamesu 10/20/19 08:14am Roads and Routes
RE: How cold can you go?

Just a thought. If your RV is stowed on your property could you do your 4 year old’s birthday “camping trip” there, instead of venturing off with all the concerns and parameters that freezing temp camping entails? Keep the propane furnace running, cart needed supplies in and out of the house, spend the night, and have fun. The little tyke is on the short side of 4, and I’ll bet those memories will stick just about as well as if you went far afield and maybe ended up with frozen pipes out in the country. Back in the day it worked when mine turned 3, and he still talks about it. He’ll be 30 on his next birthday. Just a thought.
jamesu 10/17/19 06:59am Travel Trailers
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