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RE: Key West question

We just got back a week ago. The road varies from 2-4 lane, but it is a beautiful drive across the bridges. Just be prepared, once you get in the keys, you are still 2 hours from Key West, it is a long way to the end. have a great time!!
wowens79 04/13/19 10:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Would gas engine opinions change if.....

I just got back from a trip from Atlanta to Key Largo and back, about 1500 miles towing with my GM 6.0. It won't hold 65-68 in 4th without shifting all the time, so I drop it to 4th, and it is just under 3000 RPMs. At first it seems to be screaming, but you get used to it, and it works well at those RPMs. The truck has over 228k miles, and still runs great. I try not to let it get above 4000 RPMs, and that has nicer been a problem.
wowens79 04/13/19 10:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan/Cummins 5.0 548rwhp/930rwtq!

I was originally intrigued by this truck. My camper is about 8k lbs, so kinda heavy for 1/2 tons, but kinda light for a 3/4 ton, and I thought the diesel Titan might be just right!! But is is priced like a 3/4 ton, and gets the mileage of a 3/4 ton, but not as heavy duty as a 3/4 ton. So with I think I'll end up just with a 3/4 ton gasser. Like others has said the EPA is killing the diesels. Hopefully the manufacurers will figure out a way to make them clean, reliable, and powerful.
wowens79 03/27/19 05:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: residential refrigerator vs normal RV fridge/freezer

I've got a Resi fridge in my TT, and I'm very happy with it. We are normally in a campground with power so batteries are not really a concern. I have 2 golf cart batteries, and they run the fridge fine, while driving the truck keeps them charged, and the batteries last overnight easily. We keep the camper at a storage lot, and when I get to the lot I flip on the batteries, and the inverter, and by the time I get hooked up and drive the 5 miles to the house the fridge is already getting cold. No need to go by the storage place ahead of time like with the propane fridges. Also you can camp in 100 degree weather, and still have ice cream with no worries.
wowens79 03/13/19 09:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grill

Like everyone else has said, the Weber is great. Mine is 12 years old, and I've never had to replace anything. Only other grill I would consider would be a Green Egg, love my egg at home, but I'm scared I'd break one in the camper.
wowens79 03/05/19 08:41pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Ocala/Orlando overnight stop

Pulling into a campground at 11pm might wake lots of tired travelers up. Think I'd find something else, but it's just my opinion. While I actually prefer Walmarts- I've come into campgrounds late a few times. I talk to neighbors the next morning and apologize. I usually get, "didn't even know you pulled in." And that's with 2 kids who are incapable of closing doors gently and being quiet! :( I think this is less of an issue than most believe, especially with pull-thru spots. I've never been woken by people coming in late at night. That's why I'm looking for a pull through, pull in, turn off the truck (gasser, no rattles), pull in the power, go to bed. I have been woken up many times in a hotel by noise in the hall, or adjacent rooms. Maybe I'm odd, but I don't really like the idea of my wife and teenager daughter sleeping at a Walmart/truck stop. Maybe I need to try it, but it seems odd to me.
wowens79 03/04/19 08:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Time for truck tires.

Cooper Discoverer AT3. Good traction, designed not to hold gravel, not sure on that, but saw that on their webpage. I just started my second set, and was really pleased with the first set
wowens79 03/03/19 07:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ocala/Orlando overnight stop

Orlando is a long drive from I-75, they are on opposite side of the state I guess it's the Florida Turnpike at that point, I forgot where 75 split off towards Tampa.
wowens79 03/03/19 12:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Ocala/Orlando overnight stop

We will be heading to the Keys in a month, and I'm looking for an easy in/out campground somewhere on I-75 round Ocala/Orlando. We will probably get there around 10-11pm, and then be leaving by 6-8am. Would like a level pull through so I don't have to unhitch. I do need power to top off my batteries for my Resi fridge, so I really don't want a Walmart, but would work in a pinch. Thanks
wowens79 03/03/19 03:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tolls in Florida

The letter you get with the bill is really nice, they thank you for visiting ect, then by the way you owe us $xx.xx. We thought it was pretty funny.
wowens79 02/23/19 08:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Florida Keys State Park Reservations

I've tried to get sites 11 mo out twice and was successful both times. Although for my upcoming trip in March, I had a site at Bahia Honda snatched away in a split second. I did get one at Pennekamp that was my backup. It's crazy how hard it is to get in there. The gulf coast is getting almost that bad if you want a full week including the weekends during the summer.
wowens79 02/22/19 04:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gas engine

Thanks for everyone’s advice. This kind of went the way I thought it might. lol Everyone with a diesel says go with a diesel and everyone who pulls with a gas engine says they work just fine. I went to GM’s website and called them on the phone and they said you can tow a 5th wheel up to 14200 pounds with the 6.0 liter gas engine. After shopping around I’ve found that I can buy a new gas truck for the same amount of money that a 3 year old diesel will cost with 50,000 miles on it. That’s a hard pill to swallow for me anyway. I haven’t made up my mind yet maybe I’ll find a better deal before I buy. Thanks again for the advice. I've got the 6.0, and it as been great for 225k miles, but I tow 8k lbs. I don't think you will be happy at 10k lbs +. Maybe the new 6.6, or the 6.4, but I think the 7.0 is under powered for that weight. Mine coming up a 7% grade yesterday, I was at 5000 RPMs, doing 45mph, and that was all she would do pulling 8k lbs.
wowens79 02/21/19 09:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gas engine

Here's a thought, hows many miles are the Gasser's getting on their engines? my 6.6 Duramax has 200K and I'm told it's just broke in. Do the newer gas engines last as long as the diesel engines these days? My Chevy 6.0 has 225k on it and it has been a great motor. Only time it let me down was at 195k and the fuel pump went out 4 miles from the campground. $500 it was good to go. If that Dmax has the cp4 fuel pump, when it goes it will be $10k to repair. The OPs weight I’d think would be a bit much for the 6.0. I’m at 8k lbs and it struggles in the mountains. I think the Ram 6.4, or the new gassers Chevy and ford have coming would probably handle it.
wowens79 02/20/19 07:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: With all of the changes coming in 2020 to the 3/4 tons...

I'm excited for the new gassers, I've got an 02 Chevy with the 6.0 and the 4 spd and 225k miles. It struggles some with my 8000lb TT, so it is about time for a new one. My camper is not heavy enough to need diesel, and my 6 mile commute would not be diesel friendly. I was leaning Ram 6.4, but heard the tranny wasn't geared well. The Chevy 6.0 I was worried didn't have quite enough oomph, and I just didn't like the Ford (not sure why).
wowens79 02/13/19 02:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: But the salesman TOLD me it could!

I was looking at Jeep Wranglers just for fun, and asked him what the tow rating was, and he told me 8k lbs, when it is 1500lbs for the 2 door that I was looking at. I always ask a question that I know the answer to, to see if they either know the answer, admit they don't know and offer to check, or just lie.
wowens79 02/08/19 12:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Smoky Mountains in Feb

Thanks for all of the suggestions!!
wowens79 01/05/19 09:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Smoky Mountains in Feb

We are wanting to go to the Smokies in Feb, and wanting to not be in a tight parking lot type campground, but it seems most of the ones I find like that are closed for the winter. Any suggestions? We had thought about the east side of the park around Bryson, but everything seems closed. We do need at least electricity since we have a resi fridge, but no genset, and only enough battery for about a day or so. That puts the park campgrounds out of the picture. Thanks
wowens79 01/03/19 03:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Georgia/Alabama Campgrounds

There are COE parks on West Point Lake on the AL/GA line, They have 5-6 campgrounds on the lake, and one or two are open year round. FDR State Park in Pine Mountain GA is a nice park, some good hiking, and Pine Mountain and Warm Springs are nice little towns to visit. Both are off of I-85 south of ATL, and would be about the 100 mile mark from Kennesaw. I'm about 30 min south of the airport, and I can be at either in 30-45 min.
wowens79 01/03/19 03:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Route to Gulf Shores State Campground

When you get into Gulf Shores, your GPS will want to take you on a little small twisty road from Hwy 59 to the beach road. It is easier to stay on 59 to the beach road pulling a camper. Not pulling a car, they little twisty road maybe a minute or two quicker. One exception would be if you are going when they have a festival at the intersection of 59 and the beach road. They have a couple of those a year.
wowens79 01/03/19 08:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Who checks their oil?

i don't check after filling, my driveway has a pretty good slope, so it would not be accurate, but if I put 6 in, it is where it should be. My dad did fire protection design work for power plants, and found out that they did not change the oil in the steam turbines, that they ran for life on the same oil. He decided oil changes were just a way to get your money and decided not to do them on his Pontiac Gran Prix. Well it made it about 40k miles before the engine blew.
wowens79 12/22/18 06:00am Tow Vehicles
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