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RE: Goodbye China Bombs, Hello Made In The USA

Do yourself a favor and install a tire pressure monitoring system (tpms) I put mine on just before our last rip and it saved me from having a major breakdown. My parking brake did not release properly and the rear hub started getting hot. My tpms let me know that the tire was getting hot and I was able to get the parking brake to release. I could have overheat the grease seal on the rear axle which would have resulted in loosing the differential grease and possibly ruining the rear end. I would have ended the trip. I put the tpms on the truck and TT.
BarabooBob 06/29/22 04:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing under cabinet lights with LED lights

About 8 years ago I replaced the lights in my Class C with LED's. That was generations ago in terms of LED technology but they were a huge improvement over the incendescent lights and sure drew a lot let juice. My current TT has all surface mounted LED's and we love them. I added extra LED's under the cabinets above the dinette benches to make it easier to read while lounging on the benches. I went with all bright white lights because it is easier for my old man eyes to read by. I could not find anything like the puck lights like you used or I may have gone that route.
BarabooBob 06/21/22 06:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Route from Cortez Colorado to Gunnison

I have taken 550 a couple of times and love it. The views are great. As long as I pull over when I get people behind me, I don't let them bother me. We all pay highway taxes. I have to pull over to enjoy the views anyway. We usually stop for lunch in Silverton at one of the many restaurants.
BarabooBob 06/20/22 01:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trailer brake problem?

I do my own brake maintenance because I know that I do it correctly. Some shops hire anyone that thinks he knows what a wrench is.
BarabooBob 06/14/22 03:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Alternative to 4wd

I have been in a couple of situations where I was very happy to have my 4x4. I retired from a law enforcement job that required me to arrive at work in any weather. I drove through over a foot of snow on more than one occasion because I had four wheel drive. While camping I needed 4x4 to get out of a campground that had serious water damage to the roads during a storm. I was able to tow several other vehicles out that had 2 wheel drive. I always carry several long tow straps so that I can stay on good ground to get another vehicle out. Yes, we could have all stayed put until the campground got someone to repair their road but I didn't want to wait a couple of days. During that incident where I was helping people get out, two of the vehicles were 2 wheel drive pulling TT's.
BarabooBob 06/14/22 04:25am Tech Issues
RE: thoughts on Ecoboost

BionicMan-try do2wnshifting the engine yourself. I have towed over almost every major pass in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. By downshifting, I have NEVER had my engine and tranny anywhere near 245 degrees. I drive at reasonable speeds and shift when by tranny digital temp meter starts getting near 205.
BarabooBob 06/07/22 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Goodyear recalls 173,000 RV tires

The tires that are being recalled are at least 15 to 20 years old. i would not mount them on my old utility trailer to take on the road.
BarabooBob 06/07/22 05:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: thoughts on Ecoboost

I have 229,000 miles on mine. At 185,000 I had to have the timing equipment replaced. At 215,000 miles I had an exhaust manifold warp. Not cheap repairs but nothing that busted the bank either. I only tow about 3500 pounds but have never had the engine heating up and I have towed over many 11,000 ft passes (most of the major ones) including I70, Trial Ridge Road, Beartooth, and 14A going both directions. We have put 50,000 miles of towing on the truck. I d3etermine my tranny gear by watching the tranny temp and shift if it gets above 200 degrees. I have never run out of power.
BarabooBob 06/06/22 03:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Running a/c off generator while towing

How are you going to plug the trailer into the generator? Does your trailer cord go out the front of the TT? Is your generator a built in unit? I would worry about the cord being pulled out of trailer if you have the generator mounted outside the camper or in the truck bed.
BarabooBob 06/03/22 07:08am Travel Trailers
RE: What's up with CGs?

I worked as security at a very popular resort in Wisconsin Dells. Extremely rude customers are not only found in campgrounds. We dealt with loud parties, smoking many substances and people threatening us with physical injury. Our advantage over most campgrounds was that we had cameras everywhere, over 600 cameras that we could bring up for the police. We would ask people to obay the rules ONCE. After that, we would inform them that they had to leave. If they gave us a hard time about it, we walked away and they would taunt us with insults and say that we were weak for walking away. About 20 minutes later I would knock on the door ands they were escorted off the property by the police. I hope that campgrounds would get similar help from the police if they had problems. And yes, some people (usually drunks) would get physical when we asked them the first time to quiet down. They got to go to jail and their group got evicted. I am retired law enforcement and most of the other security officers were either retired or active duty cops. We had a great security force.
BarabooBob 06/03/22 06:42am General RVing Issues
RE: conceal carry permit SD

Bigred-How do you know what areas are safe?
BarabooBob 05/24/22 05:05pm Full-time RVing
RE: Seeking Simple RV Recipes

We frequently make some of the best vegetable beef soup with barley. This takes about 15 minutes to put together 6 ounce sirloin steak, cut into cubes 1 teaspoon aus juiz base 1 cup water 1 can mixed vegetables brown gravy packet 1/4 cup barley 1/4 cup chopped onions 1/4 cup chopped celery brown the steak, onions, and celery in oil or butter add vegetables add water add aus juiz base bring to a boil add barley and cook for 10 minutes on low boil mix 1/2 of gravy mix with water, add to the beef/vegetable mix let it sit for a couple of minutes before eating
BarabooBob 05/21/22 06:54pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Owners manuel

I carry the manuals for all of my appliances that came with the TT. I have used a few of them on occasion. I carry them because we frequently don't have internet service where we camp. If I camped only in commercial campsites, I probably would not carry them.
BarabooBob 05/20/22 03:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Just give me the bad news.

I agree with putting a dehumidifier in the truck for a few days. Turn it all the way to DRY and empty the pan several times a day.
BarabooBob 05/11/22 07:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Brake and Turn Issue

While you are picking up fuses, pick up an assortment of the proper fuse type for your truck. I have given away more fuses over the years to people that did not have any with them than I have replaced in my rig.
BarabooBob 05/08/22 05:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Trans coolers

If I were towing with a V8 going up grades in the mountains I shift down to keep the rpm's up. This results in more HP and lower tranny temps. Your V8 probably puts out just over 200 HP at 3000 rpm's. Kick it down, rev it up a bit and you are making close to 400 HP and will top grades at whatever speed you want and the tranny will be cooler.
BarabooBob 05/08/22 03:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TST 507 TPMS

Make sure that the charger you are using has the correct output. Many old chargers only put out 1.0 amp and the newer ones put out 3.1 amp. I threw all of my old chargers away to avoid using the wrong ones. The 1.0 units worked well for flip phones but not much of anything else.
BarabooBob 04/27/22 08:00am Tech Issues
RE: La Veta Pass (Colorado) with old and heavy RV?

I went over La Veta Pass last week with my TT. It is probably the most gradual climb of any of the passes we encountered on this trip. It tops out at 9,426'. There are passing lanes going both directions so people can pass whenever they want. Make sure to shift down on the way up and down. I would not be surprised to hear that you go up and down in second gear doing 35 mph. Keep the gears low and let the engine work going up and down.
BarabooBob 04/25/22 02:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cooking surfaces and tools, What's your favorite to use!

We have about 30 Griswolds and Wagners at home, in the TT, and at the cabin. We carry 3 CI pans in the TT because I love cooking on them. We also carry 2 Coleman white gas stoves when camping. I believe that when you are camping, you deserve to eat food that is just as good as at home. We rarely cook in the TT.
BarabooBob 04/25/22 02:45pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Beartooth pass

I have gone over the Beartooth Highway with my current TT/truck combination and with a Class C on a Toyota one ton chassis. The Toyota made it but it was questionable. My truck never even had to work hard going up and with careful downshifting and going easy on the brakes I never had a problem. The last time we went over, we saw a guy pulling a very long TT behind a Ford 350 dually. I talked to him at a pulloff and ha said that he would not do it again.
BarabooBob 04/25/22 02:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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