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RE: Step to reach hitch pin

I think mine is a three step, but it's the same idea. I also find many uses for it around the campsite as well as on the road. I'm only 195 pounds, but I am 89 years old so that counts for something. Yep, that's me. Was out driving my tractor and working with my chainsaw this afternoon. Yet I have to admit I "wore out" far quicker than I used to. We haven't made a long trip since June/July of 2021 and may never take a really long one again, but we haven't quit yet. And yes, I carry that three step in the pickup right alongside the hitch.
padredw 03/10/22 05:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Step to reach hitch pin

I use a 2 step folding plastic ladder. I stand it beside the rear wheel and reach over to the handle to lock it in place or unlock it. When travelling I put it on the floor in the back seat. When not travelling it goes into the bed of the truck. I think mine is a three step, but it's the same idea. I also find many uses for it around the campsite as well as on the road. I'm only 195 pounds, but I am 89 years old so that counts for something.
padredw 03/05/22 05:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Santa Fe-Taos and Flagstaff suggestions please

padredw wrote: If you boondock you can stay up at the Taos Ski Valley for free--on the parking lot. Not any more. It's now $25/night plus tax with no hookups or showers, in designated sites that have a 36' maximum length. They want you to make reservation. I may have been one of the last to stay there without cost or reservations. There is one small ray of hope: Maybe this applies to ski season ? ? ? and not to Summer ? ? ? Well it was great while it lasted.
padredw 02/27/22 07:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Santa Fe-Taos and Flagstaff suggestions please

You mentioned Taos-- we stayed at Taos Valley RV park. FHU, sites were large enough to fit us and the toad.. length of 65'. Clean well maintained park Agree. If you boondock you can stay up at the Taos Ski Valley for free--on the parking lot. No hookups, but shops nearby and good WiFi. If your interest is in Santa Fe I would not recommend the Ski Valley as it would add a half hour to your travel to Santa Fe. You could also check on the Ranchos de Santa Fe campground. It is nearer to the city than the Santa Fe KOA--on the same road. Although we usually stay at Santa Fe Skies we have stayed at Ranchos several times and it is fine.
padredw 02/17/22 08:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Route from Ft Worth to Estes Park

Over that past 20 years I have towed my fifth-wheel over that route so many times I have lost count--average more than two times a year I would think. Raton Pass is one of the easiest passes in NM/CO. If you do not have experience with mountain towing this would be a good pass to practice on. We have stayed many times at the campground at the top of Raton Pass, though our recent experiences there have not been as good as our earlier ones. So I am on the side of your staying on US 287 to Amarillo, then on through Dumas and Dalhart; on through Texline and Clayton to Raton. You could make your first overnight in the Amarillo area and your second in the Colorado Springs area. There are plenty of choices in both places--from Walmart and Cracker Barrell to many commercial campgrounds. Forth Worth to Amarillo is about 340 miles. If you want to drive further, there is a well known free campground with electric hookups in Dumas. Amarillo to Colorado Springs is about 360 miles. For a first day shorter drive there is the Ole Town Cotton Gin at Goodlett, TX--a great overnight stop. If that fits your plan then you could overnight at Raton Pass. The very best place to stay in Colorado Springs is Cheyenne Mountain State Park but reservations are necessary and hard to get. But you might be lucky and find one night open. I often try for one or two nights and sometimes find an open spot. There are many more possible variations of this route. Without going much out of the way there are Copper Canyon State Park and Palo Duro State Park along this general route. There are also two of the largest, best developed Texas rest stops near Quanah and Hedley. You have lots of choices.
padredw 02/11/22 08:40am Roads and Routes
RE: Dallas to Mobile

That is our normal route also; sometimes we go on down on I49 to pickup I10. Some alternate routes: US 80 (take exit to Elmo, TX past Terrell) if you are not in a hurry. We make just as good time, but goes through many small towns then through Longview and Marshall; past Marshall join I 20 just past Scottsville, TX) Altogether different: take US 175 to Jacksonville, TX then US 69 to Rusk where you would pick up US 84 East to Hattisburg, MS where you would join US 98 on into Mobile. (There are several variations to this route but you would go through Farriday, LA and Natchez, MS worth a stop. Riverside RV a great stop on the Mississipi) I have towed on all these roads. Not recommendations, just some observations.
padredw 12/19/21 12:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Taos or Santa Fe, New Mexico

Depending on the time you have, you could do as we have often done: Spend a few nights in Santa Fe (I concur with Santa Fe Skies, but we also like Ranchos de Santa Fe on the east); then move on up to Taos. We prefer Taos Valley RV Park. But last Summer we stayed up at the Taos Ski Valley for free on their parking lot. No hookups, no campfire, but access to both shops and great trails. Also great cell signal. While you are in Santa Fe, you should take a day drive up the Old High Road to Taos, stopping in Chimayo for lunch at Ranchos de Cheymayo, one of New Mexico's great restaurants. Stop also at villages such as Truchas and Trampas and the old mission churches. You can scoot back to Santa Fe on the main highway. We enjoy eating breakfast and/or lunch at Michael's Kitchen in Taos.
padredw 12/09/21 07:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggestions of where to go

What about Tom Sawyer's RV Park in West Memphis, AR. If so come down I-69 and I-55 and you won't have to come through Nashville or Memphis.
padredw 12/02/21 08:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado Springs to Taos New Mexico

I would do the route I-25 south to Walsenburg then take 160 over LaVeta Pass then turn left onto 159 which turns into 522 in New Mexico which will run right into the center of Taos. I concur. We have towed our fifth-wheel over every mile of this--though I don't think we ever towed directly from Colorado Springs to Taos.
padredw 11/27/21 07:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

Northern Georgia mountains Western North Carolina mountains You should be able to find exactly what you are looking for within either of these regions. Some of the parks where we have stayed in these regions are" Creekwood Farms RV Park near Waynesville, NC Wingray Family Campground also near Waynesville, NC Holly Cove RV Park near Whittier, NC (long term only) Timberline RV Park also near Whittier, NC Buck Creek Campground near Marion, NC (Asheville area) New River State Park near Shatley Springs, NC Diamond Lure Campground near Elijay, GA These are only examples, there are many more in each of these areas. We have stayed in each of these and more than once in some.
padredw 11/12/21 08:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Good Sam ERS Hung Us Out to Dry

Are there any good reports on Good Sam? I have had three pretty good experiences with Good Sam Roadside Assistance: 1> Had a spring to break on my fifth wheel trailer in Dalhart, Texas. We were completely immobile. It took some time (maybe 4 hours) but they did send a very large low-boy trailer, not just a tow truck (which would have been inadequate). Hauled on trailer to Amarillo, Texas about 80 miles away to a facility that was able to replace the spring pack. 2> Had a spring to break on I-20 in Louisiana (YES, same trailer). They sent a tow truck which, in this case, was able to tow us back to Monroe and the driver allowed us to stay in our trailer in their yard. Replaced the spring the next day by 10:00 and we were on our way home. 3> Had a bearing to fail with close call on trailer catching fire. I put it out with fire extinguisher. Was only 4 miles from service in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Again, it took too long, but we were towed and did get the trailer repaired that same day and finished out trip. They did give good advice to call 911 and Arkansas trooper came quickly and stayed with us several hours until the tow truck arrived. We have had this service for over 20 years, and maybe we have just been lucky. In every one of these experiences it did take longer than we thought it should have, but the outcome was good. I'm not coming to the defense of Good Sam, just trying to answer a question honestly.
padredw 10/23/21 09:14am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
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