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RE: Traveling from Acadia NP to Bangor to White Mnts

If you’re going to Acadia do yourself a favor and go a little further north and see the Schoodic Peninsula. Much like Acadia, but in a more natural state. Good RV park run by NPS. If you’re feeling adventurous,go further north to Lubec.... real downeast Maine. A short trip further brings you to Campobello Island, FDR’s summer retreat (requires a passport). Beautiful setting and a quick island to tour. Very photogenic and historic. Enjoy.
moebedick 09/09/19 06:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV route, Albany NY to Acadia National park

I’m sure that you will either study maps or use your gps and have that AHA moment when you discover a beautiful shortcut through Worcester,Massachusetts called Rt 290. Resist the urge to save one minute and a little toll money. The “short cut “ will probably add hours to your trip and take a toll on your personal longevity. This is possibly the worst road to use as a time saver west of Boston or east of Chicago off Rt 90. The traffic is hideous,the drivers uncivilized and the roadway is serpentine. Construction is a constant and the bridge joints will put you airborne. Go east to Rt 495 to 95 to 295. A more leisurely and scenic ride would be Ma 2 to 495 etc. Whatever route you choose, you’re going to hit traffic and some real doozies driving, particularly in Lawrence and across SE New Hampshire. If you survive the trip, be sure to see the Schoodic Peninsula... Maine the way it used to be. Great National Park campground and much less expensive than Acadia.
moebedick 09/06/19 03:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Syracuse NY to Portsmouth NH then up the coast of Maine

The “short cut” of 290 between I-90 and I-495 would be a gigantic mistake. Between 6:30 am and 9:30 am you could swim faster. Conversely, between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm southbound (495 to 90), you had better pack a sandwich. At all other times of the day the road is merely hideous in both directions. Much better to go all the way to 495. When you finally get to Bar Harbor, go a few miles further and see the Schoodic Peninsula. Make arrangements at the national park campground and enjoy Maine the way it should be (and save a few bucks on a lobster dinner). Much less expensive and much more attractive than Bar Harbor.
moebedick 08/27/19 02:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is this RV to long in the back to launch 24’ boat.

So many variables. If your 24’ boat is a sailboat with a keel, forget about it. You will drown the truck. If it is a shallow draft power boat on a roller trailer, you don’t need to go deep to launch but you may have to for retrieving. A bunk trailer requires depth for both procedures. You definitely don’t want too long an extension on the vehicle because it will stick out straight when the boat is on the ramp,causing the trailer to be at an extreme angle. Could cause lots of damage. You could get an extension for the trailer ( 6’) and submerge the trailer while the truck stays high and dry. I had a B Touring Cruiser and launched a Whaler Montauk,but I never enjoyed it. I now have a F250 ,4wd with a slide in camper. I launch my 18’ Seaway Sportsman using my front mounted hitch. So far ,by far,the best solution to launch and retrieval.
moebedick 08/16/19 05:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: Bicycle Safety

We have a truck camper on an F250 Supercab. I bought two Blix Vika+ folding,electric bikes. When not in use,they reside behind the front seats. I removed the folding rear seat and seat back. Plenty of room and very secure storage.
moebedick 08/05/19 05:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bike rack on Motorhome ladder

I carried two bikes on my Btouring Cruiser’s ladder. Big mistake! Developed a massive leak where the ladder connected to roof. Switched to a truck camper with a front mounted hitch. No problems other than buggy bikes. Now that I’m older and smarter (despite what my wife thinks), I carry two,folding Blix Vika+ electric bikes inside my Super Cab pickup. They stay clean and I don’t get a heart attack when I peddle up hill.
moebedick 07/22/19 01:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bike Racks

I use a bike rack mounted on the front of my F250 (truck camper). I put the seat posts inside the cab. Doesn’t block my lights,not that I do much night driving. Doesn’t interrupt the airflow to my engine. We crossed the country several times with no problems. Just switched this week to folding,electric assist Blix+ bikes. Two fit easily behind the seats in our SuperCab after removing the rear folding seat and seat back. Going for initial test flight tomorrow. I may write a report if I survive.
moebedick 07/04/19 04:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stopover between PEI and Maine

X2 on Little Kopit’s Canadian island tour. Great fudge available in Lubec!
moebedick 07/04/19 04:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Mi to Acadia and Bay of Fundy New Brunswick

Please, don’t miss the Schoodic Peninsular. Several campgrounds outside National Park (Acadia) and a beautiful one within the park. I would reserve immediately. We have managed to stay twice without reservations,but it was not during the “season”. See what the coast of Maine was like hundreds of years ago and get the kids lobsters at a more reasonable price.
moebedick 06/16/19 05:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: NW Indiana to Bar Harbor

I would take Rt90 to 495n to 62e and stay the night at Cabelas. Avoid 290 weekdays between 7&9am and 3&7pm. If you think Boston traffic is bad, you’ll discover what bad really means. It can be an absolute nightmare. When you are touring Bar Harbor, don’t miss the Schoodic Peninsular. It is what you think the Maine coast should be,without the people.
moebedick 03/16/19 05:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: 4 x 9 plywood

I read your post and,out of curiosity, went on google and typed “who sells 4x10 sheets of plywood near me”. I got quite a few suggestions. Good luck.
moebedick 02/26/19 05:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Boston - Cape Cod area

Everything everyone else said plus: Concord/ Lexington,where our Revolutionary War began. Worcester Art Museum,probably the finest”small” art museum in the country, also housing a magnificent collection of arms and armor. New Bedford Whaling Museum. Chatham,Ma Coast Guard Station. Cape Cod National Seashore,swim with the Great White sharks (if you’re insane). While in Worcester you can dine in some incredible restaurants that can match any sort of food you favor. Any country you can think of is represented. India, China,Tibet,Africa,Russian,French,Irish,Polish,Italian,etc. Plus we have McDonalds! What more could you want?
moebedick 02/25/19 10:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Pikes Peak

We are thinking of going to Pikes Peak in May or June in our 4wd Ford F-250 ,6.2 L carrying a Northstar Freedom camper. I know that both the truck and I begin breathing hard at about 10,000 feet. Has anyone done the climb (and descent) in a similar rig? I am curious to hear serious commentary. We have done quite a bit of mountain driving,but never at that altitude. I don’t mind hearing the truck revving up a storm while ascending, I don’t want to hear it’s screaming downhill while the brakes are streaming smoke. I might be getting a little timid with age, but as the days begin to dwindle, I’d rather not waste what I have left plummeting of a cliff.
moebedick 02/21/19 02:13pm Truck Campers
RE: How cold have you experienced?

About negative forty thousand degrees when my mother-in-law kissed me on the cheek unexpectedly. I still get the chills just thinking about it.
moebedick 01/31/19 01:28pm General RVing Issues

Just stripped and polished my navy blue 2006 Seaway center console boat in October. Nothing is harder to clean than a navy blue boat with salt stains. It would be easier to polish a curbstone. It took me two full days, but the result was a nearly factory fresh boat. I used the Colonite two step process.l purchased it on Amazon. I'm sure,had I been in a hurry, I could have done it faster,but I was in no rush. I did a sailboat several years ago with a Zep like product. Looked fabulous from a distance (10'). Sold it a year later for my asking price. It still looked good, but the process to remove the old finish and reapply was daunting. Very labor intensive to do the job correctly the first time,and I just removed wax and haze. It would probably require a jackhammer to remove the polymer.
moebedick 01/22/19 12:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: ON to PEI - Through the US or...?

I have one suggestion if you choose the blue route. Avoid I395/290 "shortcut " through Worcester,Ma! If you value your sanity, you will continue a few miles east on Rt90 and go directly to 495north. Between 7am to 9 am and 4pm to 6pm the traffic is extreme. You could probably row the distance as fast as you could drive it. At other times of the day it's tolerable as long as you have nerves of steel. Narrow lanes,too many exits and entrances too close together,and too many drivers with a me first attitude. Probably a close equal to NYC, Chicago or DC, and I've towed through all of them.
moebedick 01/22/19 09:44am Roads and Routes
RE: TC Centering Guides

Load slow and easy with frequent stops to check your progress. When you need a major adjustment, turn your wheel hard over and move minimally forward or back. With patience and practice you’ll find loading your camper becomes second nature. I’ve traveled about 30,000 miles loaded in the last 2 1/2 years and I doubt that a tenth of them were with a perfectly positioned camper. I’ve never noticed the difference. The main reason I travel by truck camping is to relax. I obsess about nothing. My truck is matched to my camper. My camper is pretty much dead on where it should be and very well secured. Everything is in excellent mechanical condition. Whatever happens will be dealt with,and life goes on. Practice,practice, practice... then relax and enjoy the day.
moebedick 01/17/19 06:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Ladders

I am a big fan of terra firma. The more firma,the less terror. Therefore, I spend as little time on ladders as possible. If your main priority is washing the tops of your windows, buy a telescoping wash brush. On the rare occasion you want to access your roof, borrow a neighbors’ ladder. It seems that everyone else is carrying at least one of the best ladders available for any job you need to do. If you’re lucky, they also have the requisite skills to perform any repair or maintenance required and will happily clamber up their ladder and demonstrate. Then, all you have to do is sit in your lawn chair,toasting their outstanding abilities,and perhaps provide your wife to steady the ladder.
moebedick 01/05/19 09:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rear View Mirror Replacement

I’ve been driving for nearly 60 years in every conceivable type of vehicle. From experience, I would say that it takes about twenty minutes to acclimate to the lack of a center mirror. In my tc combo, I can look straight through my camper and get a small view of whatever is behind me. I depend on my side mirrors,so I am always certain that they are correctly adjusted. I am a firm believer in keeping it simple. The more electronic gadgets you become reliant on, the more that can (and will) go wrong. If you don’t become accustomed to driving and backing with the tools you have, you will be up or in the creek when you lose them.
moebedick 12/18/18 05:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Is this a ripoff, Honda HRV 2016 Differential Fluid Change

Had a 2009 Nissan Frontier that the dealer said required several different fluid and filter changes along with minor “checks” and adjustments. The estimate was for only $925. Took the truck to my friendly local mechanic,showed him the estimate,and then watched him do it step by step for $225. I no longer bring any vehicles back to the dealership for anything but “free” maintenance or warranty work. I prefer to make my own boat payments,not the dealers.
moebedick 12/03/18 05:41pm Tech Issues
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