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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
RE: Not sure upper stableloads are right for me. Thoughts?

I drive a 2016 F250 ,6.2,4wd with the camper, towing and plow packages,Timbrens and lower Stabiloads. I run my stock shocks and tires at 80psi. My springs came predrilled from the factory. Are you certain that yours aren’t predrilled ? I have almost no deflection when I mount my Northstar Freedom. With about thirty thousand miles carrying my camper on and off road in the last three years, I’ve experienced very little sway ,porpoising or handing problems. Keep it simple.
moebedick 11/30/18 02:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Parking in MIL's driveway - solved

Fabulous idea! How did you get your MiL to move hundreds of miles away? I’ve been trying for almost fifty years!
moebedick 11/08/18 02:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bicycles vertically on the Camper Ladder??

Please,before you hang bike(s) on your ladder, consider a front hitch and bike rack. I carried two bicycles on a class C ladder and developed a chronic roof leak. It drove me crazy! I dismounted the ladder, sealed everything imaginable and reinstalled the ladder. A few storms and bingo,the leak would be back, I have been a boater for fifty years and I am quite good at solving leaks. It's a necessity when you have a large,moored sailboat. Camper roofs are flimsy by comparison to boat hulls. They are not intended to bear the weight,sustain the vibration or withstand the sudden shocks incurred when carrying bikes. Additionally, carrying the bikes in the way you suggest only increases those forces. I'm sure that some people will disagree and say that they've carried their bikes on there ladders over lunar landscapes with no ill affects. Good for them! I,however,know what it's like to suffer those ill affects! Best to avoid them. (Also,easier to load and unload on a horizontal rack).
moebedick 11/06/18 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper cover for 6 months

Google search- Home Depot,tarpaulin... See Everbilt 10x20 heavy duty tarp. I use good 1/4 nylon rope,not bungee,to tie fore and aft.
moebedick 10/28/18 01:56pm Truck Campers
RE: ~1 year from retirement

Tow the Jeep behind the TC. Buy the best,most comfortable lawn furniture manufactured. Put it in the back of the Jeep. When you stop,in nice weather, take out your luxurious lawn furniture and bask on it. It is ridiculous to go in hock for a comfortable chair that you would use for a couple of hours a day. Add a collapsible screen room and you have bug free sprawl room. Feel free to send all the money that I just saved you to your favorite charity.
moebedick 10/28/18 01:45pm Truck Campers
RE: TOOLS I Have A Question

I feel your pan!
moebedick 10/27/18 12:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Headlights are too high towing, getting high beam flashed.

Just to clarify my previous suggestion regarding Stabiloads on my lower springs. The installation took approximately one hour. Turning them,literally,on and off takes about two minutes, does not require going under the truck if your arms are more than one foot long, and is greatly simplified when you jack up the rear of your truck about two inches. Just remember to place the Jack under your hitch to relieve the pressure on your springs. Air bags will not reduce sway. Stabiloads level the truck,reduce sway and improve handling. I sound like a pitch man for these things,but I’m not. I’m just a very happy user.
moebedick 10/27/18 12:18pm Towing
RE: Headlights are too high towing, getting high beam flashed.

I also have a 2016 Ford F-250,4wd,camper,plow and towing packages and carry a Northstar Freedom truck camper. I also often pull a Seaway 18 CC Sportsman, with and without the camper. When I first started,my headlights would also blind oncoming drivers. I added lower Stabiloads ,kept my tires at 80 psi and problem solved. Rear went from +/-2” deflection to about 1/4”. I also avoid,whenever possible, night driving. While it would be easy to adjust your headlights before and after every trip and every time you drop your camper, with Stabiloads you get much better handling when loaded. Your trucks springs are already drilled at the ends of the lower leaf,so installation is easy.
moebedick 10/26/18 03:24pm Towing
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