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  1. Truck Fuel Stops On US45

    I stopped and fueled yesterday at a Pilot in Punta Gorda. Asked for a "blue truck stop guide" book and the manager looked at me like I had two heads! Said he had never heard of that one. He showed me where all of there books and forms were and no such animal. The next truck stop we are in I will try again but ask about the "Pocket Truck Stop Guide" instead.
  2. 3rd party RV Inspector for new rig

    I'm not sure I have ever talked to anyone who purchased a new RV and did not have issues of some sort. You just need to work through those issues the first year. We have only owned two new RVs. Our current one was 99% perfect 3.5 months ago when we went through PDI. After full timing and putting about 500 miles on it some minor issues have came up. None of these nagging little things could have been caught even if 10 RV inspectors would have spent all day on this rig. I do as good of a PDI as I can. I make every attempt to have the selling dealer fix anything during that first year than I can't fix myself. After that, unless you really got a lemon, you should be good to go just doing regular preventive maintenance.
  3. If we were even close I would jump all over it. Trying to find one during 2018 that we will be fairly close to so I can attend.
  4. Later this spring our travels will take us north from the Mobile area on US45. We will be on US45 from there us through Mississippi and into Tennessee (Savanna TN). My apps aren't showing any truck stops for getting diesel for about 350 miles or more of that route. Anyone pull that way before or know of any?
  5. We're back & raring to get on the road!

    Congrats on your long time coming final decision to full time!
  6. Dogs belong on a leash.

    Of course my agency paid for the training. However, about 75% of the training is for the canine handler and not the actual canine. Dogs are generally very smart and can easily be taught to do anything. The hard part is teaching the handler (owner) of the canine. If we are ever in the same CG for at least 2 days and you would like to devote an hour each day I would gladly help you train your pet to walk smartly at your left knee, stop when you do, and sit on command. Then when you take it out for a break you will be walking it and not the other way around. Dogs love to be trained because they love the extra attention.
  7. Dogs belong on a leash.

    I wasn't going to comment to such an old post, was just getting a kick out of reading it.....but As a retired K-9 handler I experienced the issue many times where I had to control where my partner lifted his leg. Not a good idea to arrive at the scene of a building search at 3am and I just let him out to go water down the closest squad car tire. A responsible dog owner would take his pet (you notice I said pet and not family member) out of their RV and put them on a lead, put the dog on heel and walk to where you would like them to start spilling their load. Unless you have neglected you pet and left them inside the RV for 10 hours believe me they can wait 5 minutes and walk a short distance to take a wiz. I really don't care how dirty mother nature is to my camp site, but if you stand there like some idiot and allow your dog to lift it's leg all over my camp chair or my RV tire, you are just demonstrating that you have zero manners and are too lazy to properly train your canine.
  8. Is 38 ft to long to bumper pull?

    Wow, I usually catch it when someone posts on a 2 year old subject. I must have missed this one before that first cup the other morning. Thanks Kirk.
  9. Is 38 ft to long to bumper pull?

    MLC, let me just throw one more observation out there. You said "33' camper with overall length of 38'" is what you where considering, or a fiver. Our current winter CG in SW Florida has about 400 spots. I walk the entire CG on a daily basis. Everyone here are snowbirds and have traveled from out of state. Out of all the RVs here there are probably over 200 MHs, 190 fivers, and 10 or less TTs. There is a reason for that IMHO, and that reason is probably that they are the worse overall to tow across country.
  10. Welcome, and congrats on taking the plunge for a year of full time RVing! Who knows you may decide on a second, third, ...... Extended warranties are simply insurance policies. I like to compare it to having insurance on your car. Would you just carry liability insurance on your car? Same issues, if something happen you could just take the money out of savings and fix it. You can have an accident with your car and sustain $8,000 to $15,000 in damages easily. A frig, air conditioner, and something else could get go in your RV and you could spend almost that much.
  11. Is 38 ft to long to bumper pull?

    IMHO, and this is just based on observations of TT being pulled down the interstate highways (career as State Trooper), and then full timing in a fiver, then a 37' gas MH, and now a 43' DP, there are huge differences in how these different RVs handle. I think what you would find is that with practice you could maneuver and handle any of the 4 types of aforementioned RVs. However, on a busy interstate, or on a day when those cross winds are hitting at 20mph and above, that would be a different story. Most TTs will be having a hard time consistently staying in their lane of travel. The gas coaches probably won't handle much better unless their suspensions have had extensive modifications. The fivers, with or without dually 1 tons, will be doing just fine. The large tag axle DP will be relaxing in their captain chairs driving with 2 fingers on the wheel. This is just my opinion so it doesn't really count for much. If I found a TT with the right floor plan and price then what the heck. But I think you should be prepared to stay in camp on days that there are bad cross winds because it probably won't be a fun travel day.
  12. Flatbed trailering behind a class A

    That would be a very nice combination, even if you end up with a 22' or 24' trailer you should still be close to legal almost anywhere. As far as maneuvering and backing up, the shorter your TV (tow vehicle) is and the longer your trailer is the easier it is to handle. Also a really good call on getting a DP for full time use. Safe travels!
  13. Washer / Dryers

    We have had 2 different Spendide W/D stackable set ups in RVs, and now a Whirlpool W/D stackable set. To my knowledge in the past several years almost all RV dryers have been 110, not 220V. Probably the best way to help dry clothes faster in an RV dryer is to get the vented model.
  14. Verion Jetpack problem or ??

    I have never even tried to look at my usage by messing with the small screen on the MiFi. I simply bring up the app on my phone and it breaks down each line plus the MiFi for usage and everything else. I keep the updates shut off on our Windows10. Last month in a 2 day period there were two updates that chewed through 11gigs for Windows10. Verizon was nice enough to grant me a data boost to get us through. Now we go someplace once a month and let our computers update, never on our Unlimited plan.
  15. Best Laid Plans

    Excellent post. Actually I hope the young couple that posted recently about buying a $40,000 RV and traveling around full time for a year reads it. Everyone can't sell off their house and most of their belongings and travel full time in an RV, just like a lot of folks can't spend 7 months in their sticknbrick and 5 months wintering in their RV someplace. Everyone is built different. It may sound like a really good idea until you do it for awhile and find out you hate it. Congrats on your new place and enjoy!