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RE: Newbie Road Trip TX to FL

These are, for the most part, routes that are familiar to me. I will give you one possibility that fits into the states you have mentioned. Of course, I-20 to Shreveport, but you could take the South loop around to I-49. One good possibility for overnight would be Poche's Market and RV Park at Breaux Bridge, LA. Great Cajun food at their restaurant. Continue from there on I-10. Several possibilities for overnight: Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi, Gulf State Park in Alabama, or best of all, Fort Pickens Campground National Seashore near Pensacola, FL. In Georgia there is Blyth Island Regional Park near Brunswick, GA. From there you have Savannah, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach. Make your own choice. Then on to Garner, NC. We have stayed at all the parks mentioned and many more along this same route. All great choices. EDIT to add: I live 20 miles north of Longview. Will be glad to answer any specific questions about this route or my suggestions. Please use a PM (Private Message) if I can be of more help.
padredw 09/12/22 10:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Las Vegas Nevada to Tampa Florida

When you get to Wichita Falls just East US 82 splits from US 287 take it to I30 about 30 miles West of Texarkana and I49 down to I20 at Shreveport. Totally avoid Ft Worth Dallas metroplex. I very much agree with this advice. I just followed it up to Wichita Falls on the way to Colorado and again from Wichita Falls on the way back.
padredw 08/30/22 11:05am Roads and Routes
RE: snowbird season/route to use west towards Az via TX from Fl

Another alternative is to go up from Mobile, AL to Jackson, MS and pick up I-20 West. That would put you through East Texas where there are plenty of COE campgrounds not far off the Interstate. Here are a few: Lake o' the Pines, two nice campgrounds on each side of the dam: Buckhorn and Brushy Creek. About 20 miles North of I-20 Bardwell Lake, southeast of Dallas may be a bit too far off your route, about 45 miles but there are 3 COE campgrounds around that Lake. Benbrook Lake is just 12 miles southwest of Fort Worth and less than 10 miles off I-20. Holiday COE Park seems to be the best campground around Benbrook Lake. I am limiting myself to those campgrounds near to I-20. One last comment: I-20 around Dallas/Fort Worth is one of the best bypasses around an urban area. I have rarely had to slow down from posted speed limit. Of course, I may have been lucky. One wreck could create an entirely different situation. Still, I have found the traffic to flow freely on I-20 south of DFW. You will merge with I-10 out in West Texas.
padredw 08/26/22 10:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado Hwy 50 @ Monarch Pass

I consider Monarch Pass a routine drive. I've been over it both ways many times. My present rig is a 34' fifth wheel pulled by a Chevrolet Duramax/Allison 2500. Never a worry on Monarch. The only pass I have bypassed so far is Slumgullion. I feel sure I could do it, but at almost 90 years old I think I will just let that one go. Wolf Creek many times. Both Monarch and Wolf Creek have been improved since my first tow over them.
padredw 07/22/22 12:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Using a Cpap in my AF 27-5

There are several possibilities depending on your circumstances. If you are connected to shore power you just have to find a plug convenient to your bed. In my case I purchased the DC power adapter. I had a 12V "cigarette type" plug installed in the bedroom with direct 12V from the batteries. This allows me to bypass the inverter and save significant energy overnight. I also use this same power source when we are "hooked up" -- no reason not to.
padredw 07/13/22 08:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best route

Starting from Dallas, I would get as quickly as possible to US 287 all the way to Amarillo. I have made that route so many times I almost know every curve and bump! (Though I pick it up at Henrietta not in Dallas). Especially at this time of year I would go through Dalhart to US 87 to Raton, NM where I would pick up I-25 North all the way to WY 59 to Gillette. I prefer this Western route because it is more interesting (and cooler) than to alternative through Oklahoma and Kansas.
padredw 07/04/22 06:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Dude ranch RV parks?

Here are just a few--I could go on. These are in our area of Texas and Arkansas. I only included ones that specifically reference RV camping as part of their identity. Broken Heart Ranch Circle J Guest Ranch Twin Elm Ranch Saddle Valley Ranch & RV Camp
padredw 06/19/22 08:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tonneau Covers

What I do not like about the back flip is the fact that it blocks the rear window when opened all the way Yes it does, but have never had need to drive with it in that position. The hitch works just fine with the cover in the next to last position. The cover snugs down and tows fine in that position; also allows covered storage under that front panel.
padredw 06/09/22 03:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fort Pickens

Looking for suggestions as to which loop or campsite would be best for us...not too far from restrooms, some shade. Are there any sites that are close to either the beach or the bay for launching kayaks? We clearly prefer Loop A which is a much smaller campground (and therefore often harder to get into). I would not say that any of the sites in any of the loop are close enough to the gulf or the sound to directly launch kayaks, but there are places to where you can drive and park that are close enough. Just down by the fishing pier at the end of the island is the best place to watch the Blue Angels. But there are many other places where it is possible.
padredw 06/03/22 03:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Purchasing advice?

"Seventy...and retirement not far off"? It's too late man! No one can tow cross country after seventy! Maybe a van camper, if you retire immediately Maybe Jerry is pulling my leg. Anyway he gets a rise out of me. I won't even try to go back to the young age of 70, but here is a report of my years since my age of 77 (only major trips included) 2009 Age 77 East Texas to San Diego, CA back by Utah & Colorado 4128 miles 2010 Age 78 Grand Teton/Yellowstone 3259 miles 2011 Age 79 East Texas to Maine Return via Savannah 4290 miles 2012 Age 80 Hamilton, Ontario and Niagara Falls 3020 miles 2013 Age 81 Glacier NP Return via Colorado 5442 miles 2016 Age 84 Grand Teton again Rocky Montain NP 3307 miles 2017 Age 85 Bannf and Rocky Mountains 4556 miles I'll skip over to: 2021 Age 89 Boondock to Taos, NM; Silverton CO 2021 miles including portion of Million Dollar Highway again. Total mileage since 2002 107,645 I will turn 90 in October and may never take another long RV trip. But this should be enough to encourage a still young Footsoldier.
padredw 06/03/22 11:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: DC to AC help

If you try to automate it, you need to have a way to disconnect the charger. Otherwise, it will draw battery power to run the inverter, which will run the battery charger, to charge the batteries and the cycle continues. This is absolutely true, but I used a very simple approach. There are two switches side by side inside my coach: one to turn the inverter on and the other to turn the converter off. I know this is not 100% fail proof, but in practice I find that it works well for me because anytime I turn the inverter on, the switch for the converter is right there beside it.
padredw 05/25/22 05:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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padredw 05/25/22 11:49am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: DC to AC help

There are probably several different ways of doing what you want. I will tell you of our way. I will try to make it simple so let's just start with the inverter (ours is 2000 W) which is wired to the battery bank in the front compartment of our fifth-wheel. We have hardwired from the inverter to a normal 30 Amp outlet which is open to the outside of the trailer. This required a hole and a cover for the outlet: Outlet I could go into much more detail and if you PM me I will be glad to answer any questions. But this is how it works. I simply use the regular 30 AMP cable and plug into the inverter just as I would to a campground pedestal. Everything in the trailer is "live" just as it would be in the campground. Of course, I cannot power everything, but all my plugs are "live", my TV is live, my refrigerator and heater are live
padredw 05/25/22 11:36am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Wobble Stoppers?

Smart move upgrading the AC before stability.... I would MUCH rather be cool then a bit un stable..... Over 25 years ago our first "used" fifth wheel came with a tripod. It did not take me long to realize it had little or no effect upon stability. Over those more than 25 years, four different fifth-wheels, and nearly 200,000 miles of towing, we have found that "stability" is not a problem for us. We often do not even put down the rear stabilizers when only overnight or if the site makes that difficult. Maybe for us it is like being on a cruise ship: movement that we can live with. This is only to share our experience and our preference. I am not trying to change the preference of those for whom "stability" is an issue and I am not saying that my preference is superior to theirs. But it is my experience and my preference.
padredw 05/25/22 07:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential vs Gas/Electric Fridge?

We have no problem making ice or keeping ice cream solid for weeks but a larger freezer volume would be nice. We are very limited to what we can put in the freezer. Exactly our experience with an "electric/propane" refrigerator, and we are also from Texas.
padredw 05/25/22 07:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Junction Colorado Traveling North on CO-139

We also drove this route several years ago pulling a 35' fifth wheel. Douglas Pass is one of the more "serious" passes in Colorado. I did not have any difficulty and felt no lack of control, but I have a good deal of experience in mountain driving. I would not hesitate to make this route again pulling a fifth wheel.
padredw 05/09/22 11:38am Roads and Routes

We have stayed there several times. It is a very popular park and seems always to be near full. There is a "disk golf course" and a water park nearby. Almost always many families with children. You will need reservations. If you do go, be very careful about the route you take to the park. For us the most direct route includes crossing a railroad track that has a steep approach on each side. You do not want to use that route. I can give you directions if I know from which direction you are coming. I think it is a great state park although it is not right on the Gulf.
padredw 04/27/22 11:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Landing Gear stoped working

Are you familiar with the NwWa Owners Forum? Someone there can surely help you. NuWa Owners Forum I have a 2007 HitchHiker II but have never had a problem with the landing legs. There are two locations of fuses: 1> under the "nose" of the trailer where the umbilical cord comes into the trailer. There is a "lid" which opens and a cover which must be removed, BUT I do not think there is a fuse for the landing legs there, just running lights, brakes, turn signals, etc. 2> Inside the trailer there is the main fuse block under the cover of the power control center there are both AC breakers and DC fuses.
padredw 04/14/22 12:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Campgrounds Santa Fe New Mexico

Our first choice in Santa Fe is always "Santa Fe Skies." http://www.santafeskiesrvpark.com/ Second choice is "Ranchos de Santa Fe" on the east side. https://rancheros.com/ Either one is good. We sometimes choose Ranchos related to the route toward home.
padredw 03/26/22 02:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best RV route Palm Springs, CA to Denison Texas

I will simply comment on the Texas end of the route. An alternative would be to take US 281 north off of I-20 then @ Jacksboro take TX 59 all the way to St. Jo where you would join US 82 E to Sherman where you could take either US 75 N or TX 91 on in to Denison. This will avoid the traffic congestion around DFW and bring you straight into Denison. There are other ways to get up from I-20 to US 82, but this looks like the best.
padredw 03/21/22 10:59am Roads and Routes
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