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RE: Flying J / RV Lanes

I used Flying J quite a bit early on, but stopped when they dropped the discount club. Any big gas station should be usable with a 30' trailer. Some of the smaller gas stations work even better if the pumps are parallel to the road. By all means, scout it out via Google Maps in the satellite view first. That alone has saved me from some ugly back-up moves. When we had our motorhome pulling our van, backing up simply wasn't an option...
lane hog 04/06/22 06:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: portable grey waste disposal cart

Why couldn't you do the same with the rolling cart? Weight? 35 lbs is manageable for most people. The 11 gallon tote the OP bought becomes 80 lbs, which is manageable for some, but not for all. Those 20 gallon totes? No way at 150 lbs that thing is getting put in the bed...
lane hog 03/30/22 02:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Eastbound I-90 Chicago

I'm staying in Rochester for the night so coming down 63 sounds like a good option. Is that a 4 or 2 lane road? Thanks It's a mix. The first 70 miles is two lanes, and yes, you do go thru a couple small towns (Stewartville, Racine, Spring Valley, Chester) but they're all in that first 30 miles. From south of the state line, it's open farm country. The last 40 miles from New Hampton to Waterloo is all divided highway and bypasses the small towns.
lane hog 03/29/22 01:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Eastbound I-90 Chicago

Understood, and I've gone thru as often as weekly, having commuted between Indy and Chicago for a couple years and having family in Michigan... Some times of day it moves, others it crawls. And I stand by it being the worst section of road in the US since at least 1986...
lane hog 03/28/22 10:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Eastbound I-90 Chicago

As someone who lives in Illinois, the stretch of road from the I-294/I-94 interchange to just past the I-94/I-80/I-65 interchange in Indiana is the worst fifteen miles of road in the United States.... It doesn't matter what day of the week, but if the sun's out, you'll be sitting in four+ lanes of solid traffic. Just pick a lane and stay there... The only way to avoid the volume is to drive thru that stretch at 2am when most of the trucks are asleep. That's doable for us living in the People's Republic of Illinois, but not for everyone. Taking I-90 all the way thru and across the Skyway is the only alternative, and that gets expensive. The road is also not in the greatest condition and you'd have to drive thru construction in downtown Chicago which is never fun at 50+ feet long. If you're coming from Rochester, consider dropping down on US-63 to Waterloo, IA and jumping on I-380 to 80. It's the same distance as taking I-90 to I-39 to I-80.
lane hog 03/28/22 09:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: The cat is out of the bag ! New Honda Generator !!

Dumb question, but is this 3200W at 220V? Wouldn't the 110V output be closer to 13A?
lane hog 03/28/22 08:19am Tech Issues
RE: No hot water flow, stopped up ?

With all the generator advice Mr. Wizard has given over the years, it pains me to see him having this kind of trouble with something that shouldn't be this difficult to fix...
lane hog 03/28/22 08:01am Tech Issues
RE: Should I re-winterize?

This is why we don't de-winterize until April or May. For winter camping, we bring bottled water for drinking, and milk jugs filled with water for hand washing and toilet flushing. We can survive without a shower for the weekend.
lane hog 03/28/22 07:51am Travel Trailers
RE: portable grey waste disposal cart

That inability to dump reliably is where the 5 gallon bucket approach comes in handy compared to the rolling cart... Worst case, they stay in the bed of the truck until I get home and can dump them out on my own land.
lane hog 03/28/22 07:48am Travel Trailers
RE: New to site. Looking for advice between 2 TT models.

I pull 8000 lbs with my F-150 Max Tow, so you should be more than fine with the Ram Max Tow. I'm also a bit suspect of the Winnebago towables, and that's as a former Winnebago owner. Winnebago also own Grand Design, but hasn't touched their manufacturing or design processes yet (which is a good thing). If they're taking the same mostly-hands-off approach with what was Sunnybrook, I might be more inclined to go with the Forest River.
lane hog 03/23/22 10:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: are there upsides/downfalls to single-axle TT's?

Smallest trailer we've owned was 23' and I don't know if I could ever go smaller, especially with dogs now that the kids are all adults. And yes, you'll still need room for those adult kids from time to time. That could be important....When I had a blowout on a tandem-axle trailer on I-10 in the Arizona desert, I didn't realize it until the tire was shredded (trailer feeling strange, and people passing me pointed)....drove on the shredded tire long enough to ruin the wheel and, more importantly, it tore the bathroom floor and ripped the water intake line...had to get a slapdash repair in Las Vegas to be able to continue the trip Chances are that the damage to the floor and water line happened immediately, especially if it was a tread separation like we had. Punched a football size hole in the floor, and also took our our water pump.
lane hog 03/23/22 04:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Illinois to Ft Lauderdale …… in December

Illinois is a big state... where are you planning to start? Quad Cities per your sig? Whenever we leave Illinois, our goal is to be out of the state in one day... Our preferred routing to FL is I-57 to I-24 to I-75. By not stopping anywhere in Illinois in December, that means pretty much getting away from exposure to freezing temps. 6 hours gets us to Paducah, 8 gets us to Nashville, 10 gets us to Chattanooga. Never stopped in Paducah (not even for fuel)... Nashville has good music history, great food, and lots of places where you can get live music with food... Bringing a 30' trailer into those areas downtown? Not so much fun, but if you're going to overnight in a campground, you've got options to drop and run for a couple hours of fun or you can call an Uber... Chattanooga is two hours further down the line, and more or less the halfway point, so it's a more logical stop for us. Lot of Civil War related sites in that area to visit either as a slow drive-thru or by dropping the trailer and being tourists for a day. Can't speak to much of anything south of there -- we're either two day drivers or round-the-clock-non-stop when we head to Florida just because I still work and rarely have more than 8 days off at a time. Hopefully someone else has some ideas on that I-75 corridor.
lane hog 03/22/22 10:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best RV route Palm Springs, CA to Denison Texas

Personally, I don't mind I-40 to US-287 to US-82, but yeah, I-40 can be a bit rough in places. For all-interstate... I-10 to AZ-85 at Buckeye, south to I-8... PHX traffic just isn't worth it, nor do you want to be on I-10 north of Casa Grande, AZ. US-281 to TX-59 to US-82 is a good bypass for Fort Worth. Another option if you don't mind the back roads is to hop US-70 at Las Cruces and take that up to US-380 across NM and TX. US-62 at El Paso to US-180 isn't so bad either. That runs right past Carlsbad Caverns and Guadelupe Mountains, which was our overnight stop between Tucson and Fort Worth for a few years.
lane hog 03/22/22 06:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Recommended storage in bed with 5th wheel

We used to carry a couple 5 gallon fuel jugs and a pair of Honda Generators in the truck bed with our fifth wheel.
lane hog 03/22/22 05:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: portable grey waste disposal cart

Yup. CA State Parks is adding a new $10 fee for dump station users. Won't apply to sites with full hookups. Locking down the dump stations will simply encourage people to dump their grey water on the ground... Perhaps with luck, those "self pay" dump stations will become as unreliable as the pay ones at Flying-J, which routinely remain stuck open for free use...
lane hog 03/22/22 02:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: portable grey waste disposal cart

Carrying 28-35 lbs in a 5 gallon bucket sure beats pulling a 210 pound 20 gallon tote. I've even used them for black water in an emergency. Always use the lid...
lane hog 03/21/22 06:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Portable Solar Panels

Portables are great, but I prefer to store mine on the roof permanently. Our single panel (right now) is a whopping 130W. It's been more than adequate for our family of 4-5 over the 18 years we've had it, but we also have a very light electrical footprint. We rarely run the furnace, and aside from inside LED lights/fridge circuit board while running off propane/phone recharging/~2 hours of TV after dark, we simply don't use a lot of power when on 12V and stationary. That's a conscious choice. Others need more than that due to things like a 110v fridge, CPAP, or inability to live without their Keurig... It doesn't take a whole lot of direct sun to recharge our lead acid batteries -- usually topped by mid-day. And because our storage space is in mostly full sun, our batteries stay topped off all winter.
lane hog 03/21/22 06:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Modifications

1) Adding rooftop solar... my original panel is now on its third coach in 18 years 2) Hardwiring a backup camera on my TT... zero latency compared to our wireless camera 3) Adding USB ports at the dinette
lane hog 03/21/22 05:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Yellowstone heading east

US-16 between Ten Sleep and Buffalo is the better of the two routings as far as grade and turns go. Stay on the US two-digit numbered highways and you'll rarely go wrong. Beware that Google Maps may try to divert you onto county roads to save a mile or two. They're gravel. Ask me how I know....
lane hog 03/19/22 04:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best camera setup for 44ft 5th wheel

Not the answer you're probably looking for, but I did a hardwired camera for the rear only with a dedicated 7" screen, and it's always on when we're moving. The reason for hard-wire was that with the last wireless I tried, I'd occasionally see someone passing my side window about the same time they were showing up at my rear bumper on the camera due to the latency between the camera and receiver... With the wired connection, I know it's realtime. I'm of the opinion my side mirrors work well enough that I don't know what I'd gain from having the side cameras.
lane hog 03/16/22 08:14pm Technology Corner
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