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RE: Morryde Step Above

I would look at these steps if you haven't alreadyTorklift Yiu get the best of both worlds, no mess and very solid. Dan Till I saw this post I was leaning toward either the Moryde or LCI steps and I had not heard about the Torklift steps. After following the link above and other reviews I'm sold. I really like the fact that I can easily remove the old fold-up steps and simply bolt the Torklift steps right in the existing brackets. Hey Torklift, I'll be buying your steps for my rig.
Dave5143 03/04/20 06:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are TPMS questions

I have the TST system which relies on valve-mounted sensors, not the flow-through types. Must absolutely use metal valve stems with these. Had to get the repeater to minimize loss of comms at the receiver. Despite these shortcomings it will pay for itself the first time it minimizes serious damage caused by tire blowouts that I didn't know happened back there.
Dave5143 03/02/20 04:55pm Tech Issues
RE: 1st TT arriving tomm, what is your check list for setup?

Sure would be nice if more RV dealers offered weekend RV-101 classes for new users. They could probably pick up a few sales on useful accessories doing so. Maybe there's a dealer near you with such a class.
Dave5143 03/02/20 03:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: TPMS temps

In the summertime on a hot day I usually see the TPMS measured temps to be in the upper 90s at highway speeds. I run on GY Endurance tires.
Dave5143 02/24/20 06:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Daunting it's not...rooftop AC replacement

Interesting topic. I'll remember these suggestions if I ever need to replace ours.
Dave5143 02/22/20 04:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 Ford Raptor towing

The Timbren suspension enhacement costs around $250 and will greatly reduce that sag. It's not as sophisticated as airbags but it works and is easy to install. I have it on my F250 and it works for me.
Dave5143 02/22/20 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Your Favorite Browser?

I hate, hate, hate auto-play videos. And if you are in an RV with limited bandwidth it's much worse. I KNOW HOW TO CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON. I think whoever creates/allows auto-play videos should be put in prison. Did I mention that I hate auto-play videos? Having said that, it seems like Firefox does the best job of stopping auto-play videos, but it's not easy, even on Firefox. If anybody knows a browser that does a better job of blocking auto-play videos I'll give it a try. X2 on hating autoplay. Most of them aren't worth watching anyway. The settings menu in Brave has an explicit setting for blocking it. The Chromium based Edge browser has the ability to block it also but it's also not easy to use since it requires a special incantation to get to it otherwise it only allows you to "limit" autoplay.
Dave5143 02/22/20 10:18am Technology Corner
RE: Your Favorite Browser?

I'm using the new beta version of Edge. I like it. It's based on the Chromium platform which means it will accept many of the extensions that run on Chrome. I can use my VPN proxy extension and it runs very smoothly. It has many privacy protecting features and runs circles around the older MS browsers. Brave is another good browser. Also based on Chromium. It has a good adblocker built in.
Dave5143 02/21/20 04:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Tucson, Az.

You might look at Cactus Country RV Resort. It's right off of I-10 at the Houghton Rd. exit. That's not very far from Vail. We've stayed here a couple of times and it's a pretty nice park. The entry road is a bit narrow but unless you have to pass another RV coming out you should not have a problem.
Dave5143 02/21/20 11:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What to clean old lap sealant with besides denatured alcohol

I use a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. Never allow mineral spirits to puddle up on an EPDM roof however.
Dave5143 02/18/20 04:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Any problems with Goodyear Endurance tires?

We've had ours for two years now. At first it seemed like they wanted to wander around a bit more than the Maxxis tires I had replaced but not unduly so. They have been very reliable and after bout 10K miles they have very little wear to report.
Dave5143 02/18/20 04:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank?

I have an in bed RDS tank I bought used. It really makes it nice. I’m a little paranoid and if my gauge drops below 1/2 I get nervous. Below 1/4 and I’m in a panic. So now just as soon as my gauge drops off from full, I know my auxiliary tank is empty and I only have 28 gallons left. I will usually start looking for fuel when I only have 3/4 of my tank left. This will usually keep me above half and out of the panic zone. Depending on where I’m at, that gives me a range of about 350 miles. If I were to run all the way to empty, I could probably go 550 miles or so. For me to run that low it would have to be a life or death situation. If you have a diesel engine this is a good way to go. I also have an RDS tank in the bed of my truck. I can skip fuel stations that look too small for my truck/trailer combo or have expensive fuel. One downside that I've noted, if you park on a hill where the passenger side is higher than the driver side with a nearly full tank the fill cap will leak fuel. I don't know why.
Dave5143 02/17/20 03:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Good Sam trip planner

I used it a couple of weeks ago to plan out our summer trip. I don't know why you don't see the mileages/times, they show up along with the routing instructions for me. It also presents non-Good Sam parks for my consideration though some parks in the database are missing (e,g, KOA Eureka, MO ). It does not yet show any points of interest however and each trip is limited to 25 stops which is not enough for me. Just the same, I bit the bullet and signed up to RV Trip Wizard. It blows the socks off of the GS Trip Planner. However some of the routes it comes up with don't seem to be RV friendly and manually changing the route by dragging waypoints doesn't seem to work very well. There are other trip planners out there.
Dave5143 02/15/20 02:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing through New York City

Funny sidebar story about GWB tolls, back about 20 years ago when they were merely expensive and not requiring emptying your life savings in one passage, about a trip I made up to the Boston area. I was towing a street licensed car on an open trailer. Both that car, and the tow vehicle, had EZPass transponders. Went through the EZPass lanes, figuring that the system would count axles and ding me accordingly. But what it did, and this included the tolled Mass Pike portion of the trip, was read the truck as one vehicle and the trailer axles as another car following, via the transponder in the windshield of the car being towed. So I only ended up paying the two car tolls, instead of the at least 3x tow vehicle-trailer one. A bit of an oopsie that worked out to be about $20 to my advantage, discovered when I received my account statement and both transponders were showing sequential tolling all the way through that trip. I'm sure there was something about it I could have been fined for, but after 20 years the Statute of Limitations has hopefully passed. Interesting story. Makes me wonder what would happen if I had a transponder in the truck and stuck a second transponder on the front of my travel trailer. Not that I would ever do anything illegal.
Dave5143 02/15/20 11:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Towing through New York City

I'd take Lumpty's route. Have done that many times and yes, some of the CT cities are a PITA but are preferable to NYC any day. Ignore the people who think you are making too much of this. You aren't. I have the utmost respect for people who admit they are squeamish in certain driving situations. You aren't weak-you are pragmatic. I lived within 30 miles of Boston for the first 57 years of my life and learned to drive in and around the city. I'll tackle just about anywhere but unless I had no other choice I would avoid NYC. Thanks, I have decided to go with Lumpty's suggestion since I don't need to actually be in NYC. It's one of those times when Google Maps is not my friend. Since I'll be traveling on a Sunday during mid-day I'll take the risk of going through Hartford on I84 since that's the most direct route to Foxboro where the RV Park is located. Thank you everybody for your valuable suggestions/comments.
Dave5143 02/11/20 04:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing through New York City

I'm glad I asked. You all have justified my fears. I'll do the bridge formerly known as the Tappan Zee route to get over to I95 somewhere near Port Chester. May also consider I684 as another option.
Dave5143 02/10/20 07:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing through New York City

That's correct, I was putting you on the garden state further south, but 95 to 80 works as well. Have a safe trip! **edit** the tappan zee bridge signs probably say mario cuomo bridge. tax and spend Andrew named the bridge, at taxpayers expense, after his old man. I typed in Tappan Zee Bridge into Google Maps and it was indeed labeled Cuomo Bridge. But thanks for the warning.
Dave5143 02/10/20 05:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing through New York City

That's correct, I was putting you on the garden state further south, but 95 to 80 works as well. Have a safe trip! Thanks a bunch. Just the advice I was looking for. Now to sign up for EZ-Pass. Sure are a lot of tollroads in your neck of the woods. Dave
Dave5143 02/10/20 04:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing through New York City

The cross Bronx is an absolute horror show. Tractor trailers everywhere, cars, trucks, and taxis that absolutely don't give a hoot about you and your trailer wanting to get over. You putting your directional on to change lanes is the signal to other drivers to speed up and not let you in. I don't know when you plan this trip, but I would avoid nyc, unless that's your destination, like the corona virus. What I would suggest,is, and this is assuming youre taking I78 to I95, would be to stay on I78 past 95, and take that to the Garden State Parkway, (toll road). Take that to the end, which is the NYS thruway (I87/287) and take that east to the Tappan Zee Bridge. When you cross the bridge, you want to work your way to the left lanes, because 87 and 287 split, and you want to be on 287. tTake 287 to the end, and pick up 95 north. Your truck and trailer will thank you. Kevin Yes, I see that route now. My blood pressure is coming down now. It looks like I'll need to take I-80 westward to connect from I-95 to the Garden State Parkway. Otherwise your instructions look good to me. It will probably add some miles but my underwear will likely stay clean.
Dave5143 02/10/20 04:34pm Roads and Routes
Towing through New York City

I've towed my trailer up and down the mountains of Colorado and California. I've gone up Interstate 5 up California (horrible road surface). I've been stuck in Seattle traffic tie-ups. I've towed in rain and high winds without getting blown out of my lane. A few anxious moments but nothing truly frightening. My next trip involves towing my travel trailer from Jersey City to Boston over I-95. This involves driving across the George Washington Bridge and over the Cross-Bronx Expressway. Frankly, that scares the **** out of me. What a maze! I'm afraid I'll miss a key exit and wind up on some sketchy surface street without a clue of what to do next. Am I being being overly terrified or should I just be mildly concerned? Any tips of what to watch for to make sure I'm in the optimum lane(s) to get through New York City without experiencing any white knuckle experiences?
Dave5143 02/10/20 03:52pm Roads and Routes
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