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RE: The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands

We had a 6+ week cross country trip in April that included stops in Moab, Escalante, Kanab, Williams (AZ), NM, TX, and working our way back to NY. Given the restrictions in Moab, the National Parks, State Park closures, and other attractions we wanted to see being closed we're canceling the trip. Maybe this fall we can get out.
mbopp 03/23/20 08:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Route from NY to NM

We're doing a loop through Utah and then to Williams AZ. Retired, so we're not on a schedule and plan to do some of the old RT 66 on the way back.
mbopp 03/11/20 08:17am Roads and Routes
RE: Masseys Landing DE

We were at a rally there a few years back. Nice sites and facilities.
mbopp 02/21/20 07:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fireplace in TV, Do they work?

Ours will keep the trailer warm down to 40 degrees or so.
mbopp 02/21/20 07:33am Tech Issues
RE: Grand Design Reflection

There are several very active Grand Design Facebook pages. And yes, Grand Design service is second to none after the sale. But dealership service depends on the individual dealer.
mbopp 02/21/20 07:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Info wanted on 2018 Heartland Sundance 221RB

We had a Heartland North Trail hardside. It wasn't a bad trailer but we were so impressed with the Grand Design that we upgraded ahead of schedule.
mbopp 02/15/20 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Pre Purchase Questions

Well, a few things...... On a 1/2-ton you'll run out of payload or hit your rear axle rating before you hit the max tow capacity. It's a common newbie trap. And since you're talking a bunkhouse I assume you have a family & maybe a crew cab? Passengers and gear count against your payload. If you can, research customer opinions on the dealers service dept. It's not unusual to be quoted several weeks or even months to get an appointment. RV's are a house being subjected to earthquakes rolling down the road. How handy are you at repairs? If you need to take the trailer back to the dealer for every minor issue you won't get a lot of camping time in.
mbopp 02/15/20 07:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Stabilizer Jacks

I had the Lippert electric stabilizers on our last trailer. Slow, loud, and the design allows the trailer to rock left to right since there's no way to lock the stabs in place. I ended up putting flea market scissors jacks under the frame to stop the rocking. And yes, my Dewalt drill runs the manua jacks just fine on the new trailer.
mbopp 02/14/20 07:26am Tech Issues
RE: Fridge Thermistor Replacement Question UPDATE (Fixed)

Our Norcold 611V would freeze everything. A new thermistor didn't help and neither did adjusting it. The solution was to install an adjustable "optical controller board", I got the board under warranty & it was a 5-minute job to change it.
mbopp 02/10/20 07:59am Tech Issues
RE: black tank chemicals

We were full time seasonal last summer. Using Happy Camper, we could go 9 days before the toilet started to smell. The Geo Method and TankTechsRX are other options.
mbopp 02/10/20 07:55am Tech Issues
RE: Pick up truck remembrance !

Dad's '49 Dodge. 6-cylinder, oil bath air cleaner, 6V battery that was under the drivers side floorboards. Yes, stomp on the starter pedal. It was a stepside with a wood floor in the bed.
mbopp 02/06/20 07:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: I-70 Colorado in April

Traffic on I-70 can be terrible, but end of April is mud season - most of the ski areas are closed but still more than enough snow to keep a lot of people out of the mountains. That said, if schedule permits, avoid going west Friday afternoon or evening and Saturday until about mid day. Going East, avoid traveling Sunday. Mud season - funny. Our usual 4-season stomping grounds are the NY Adirondacks and there's mud season there too. We have reservations in Moab. Current plans are to hit Escalante for a few days then Kanab.
mbopp 02/05/20 08:34am Roads and Routes
RE: I-70 Colorado in April

Thanks for the input. Coming from NY I'm used to driving in snow but not with a trailer. If I have to I'll wait a day on the weather. Not that I intend to travel if the weather is really bad, but if you have a 4X4 do you still need chains? New truck so the tires are good.
mbopp 02/02/20 07:21am Roads and Routes
I-70 Colorado in April

SO we're planning a trip to Moab, UT the end of April coming from the east. I'm hearing that it's not unusual to get snow at that time of year and I-70 may be closed then. Any comments?
mbopp 02/01/20 08:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Camping in VT, NH, ME, NY Looking for suggestions

Go to Lake Placid/Saranac Lake area, tons of hiking, wide shoulders for road biking, Iron Man is held there. Also paddle sports, tons of great canoeing, we stay at the North Pole Resorts but there are several NYS campgrounds in the area. Have fun. Ditto on North Pole. We were seasonal there last summer while I had a retirement gig at one of the local canoe outfitters.
mbopp 02/01/20 07:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Does this hitch actually do weight distribution?

While no expert by any means on WD hitches, I clicked onto the link and looked at the pics on left side of page and would be more concerned as to why the ball on hitch is tilted backwards. Tilting the ball backwards increases the load on the WD bars, tilting it forward unloads the bars. In my Reese the tilt angle is adjusted with cams.
mbopp 02/01/20 07:50am Towing
RE: disk brake questions

Performance Trailer Brakes offers a 3500# kit on their website. I emailed them & they replied they needed a pic of the axle tag and what brake controller I'm using to determine if it would work. They have people who travel & do mobile installations.
mbopp 01/24/20 06:29am Towing
RE: GM wants to improve trailer brakes

Grand Design offers disk brakes as an option on some of their trailers now. And yes, trailer braking standard are woefully out of date. That's one reason I went with a 3/4-ton truck this time - bigger brakes.
mbopp 01/24/20 06:26am Towing
RE: Solar and Charger into one?

Typical float voltage is 13.2 to 13.6V. If you can set your power supply to that range it'll help. The old Elixir converters were single stage, fixed output. And the old Magnetecs were a dirty converter that had to be connected to a battery to smooth out the ripple.
mbopp 01/24/20 06:21am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for RV parks near Boston MA

We stayed in Gloucester & took the rail to Boston (North Station). You can walk or take the subway from there.
mbopp 01/21/20 07:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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