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RE: Harris Ranch on I-5 CA - RV Parking overnight?

I'm getting a road trip planned - Does Harris Ranch Restaurant still allow RV'ers to park, eat and drycamp overnight? Call the Ranch to be sure.
MarkTwain 01/27/22 08:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Scottsdale Arizona 2023

The wife and I are starting early on planning a trip to Scottsdale for SF Giants Spring Training in 2023 in our 39' 5ver TH. Does anyone have any personal recommendations for a mid week stay around the last week of March? We've never been so we're not familiar with how close all the different Stadiums are. We would like to catch a couple games during the week and we're not against driving a little to get to different stadiums depending on the schedule and proximity to Scottsdale Stadium. 55+ is OK and we'll have 1 dog with us. We don't need much as far as amenities and even dry camping is OK provided it's clean and safe. Thanks for any suggestions you might have. Did the spring training for 13 yrs. You need to make your reservations for RV parks as soon as possible as well as your baseball tickets. Spring training brings many, many "Snow Birders" for the warm weather. Around the town of El mirage (15 miles west of Scottsdale) , there are 4 Major league stadiums close to each other. Rather than fight the downtown traffic in Scottsdale and around the Giants stadium which is old and small, I would wait till the Giants played K.C. in their stadium. K.C. stadium is newer and beautiful for fans to watch the game. I use to stay at the Publeo El Mirage Resort from Jan. through March. A little costly but is a great park with all the amenities you could want. Golf course, paddle board courts, tennis courts and resturant. I use to make my reservations 1 yr. advance.
MarkTwain 01/24/22 05:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Changing Tires

Those numbers are nonsense unless you’ve mistreated the tires. Goodyear and Michelin have a 10 year life but suggest annual inspections after year 7. Proper inflation, keep them washed, but more importantly keep them moving. Letting tires just stay put is probably the worst thing you can do. Running tires after 7 yrs. is like playing at the Casino **** table. After rolling the dice 7 times your odds are pretty good that you are going to loose your $$$ at the table. Blowouts on tires can do some real damage and be costly. Going on a long RV trip i.e coast to coast on 7 yr. old tires would not be my choice!!!!
MarkTwain 01/22/22 08:30pm Good Sam Club
RE: Changing Tires

Me. A blowout will likely cost well north of $10K IF there is no accident. Plus down time. 8 tires cost $4K and that's before the current inflation. AGREE!!!! Even if the tires look good , I put 4 new tires on.
MarkTwain 01/22/22 06:13pm Good Sam Club
RE: Am I over the Max 5fer length?

I think you will have issues finding RV Parks for your 5th wheel size. Call ahead in your planning for future trips to avoid surprizes:(:(
MarkTwain 01/18/22 06:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

I've got a 2018 RAM diesel, dually, crew cab, long bed. It is also blessed with a 32 gallon fuel tank. Has anyone replaced that tank with a larger one? I'm looking at Titan and S&B brands. The S&B is 60 gallons so I'm leaning that direction. Only issue is the Torklift mounted on the front drivers side. It looks like it could be a tight fit up against the tank. Has anyone done this swap with Torklifts? Thanks in advance... I suggest you contact "Transfer Flow" in Chico Calif. and talk to them about replacement diesel fuel tanks. Great company and quality work. They have many choices of tanks. I have bought 3 different tanks from Transfer Fuel on different tanks and they have worked great. They can install a new tank in 1 day. It would take me at least 3 days to drive there, then 3 days back. I think I can install the tank on a Saturday afternoon. If not, pay a truck accessory shop to install it. Transfer Flow will ship the tank of your choice to your truck accessory shop.
MarkTwain 01/17/22 10:00am Truck Campers
RE: Dumb mistake

Three pages of response, but OP has not returned. With the mixture of solutions, I wonder what the OP plans to do? I am guessing he hates to waste the small amount of fuel, or he would not be asking. Is it safe to use, worth trying to separate, worth the stinky mess on your clothes, hands, and shoes? I think OP was asking, should I just dump it in the truck, or not? Let us know OP, is it worth the risk to YOU? Jerry NO! NO!NO! NO! NO!
MarkTwain 01/17/22 09:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

I've got a 2018 RAM diesel, dually, crew cab, long bed. It is also blessed with a 32 gallon fuel tank. Has anyone replaced that tank with a larger one? I'm looking at Titan and S&B brands. The S&B is 60 gallons so I'm leaning that direction. Only issue is the Torklift mounted on the front drivers side. It looks like it could be a tight fit up against the tank. Has anyone done this swap with Torklifts? Thanks in advance... I suggest you contact "Transfer Flow" in Chico Calif. and talk to them about replacement diesel fuel tanks. Great company and quality work. They have many choices of tanks. I have bought 3 different tanks from Transfer Fuel on different tanks and they have worked great. They can install a new tank in 1 day.
MarkTwain 01/16/22 05:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Dumb mistake

I filled up my 5 gal can with diesei in back of pickup when towing and forgot to put cap on and drove for 3 hours in light rain. Will some water damage the fuel ? Is there something I could add to the fuel ? Yes, through the 5 gal. can of diesel AWAY!!!!! Could cause real problems and cost you some $$$$.
MarkTwain 01/15/22 08:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Great roadside assistance

Last night my wife and I had a flat on our vehicle while traveling in a rural area of North Carolina. Good Sam Roadside Assistance was contacted and gave us a likely response time of 60 to 90 minutes. From the time we made the call until we were back on the road was 32 minutes. The service man was very friendly, worked quickly and was very professional. We were extremely satisfied with Good Sam Roadside Assistance. Thanks for sharing assistance from Good Sam. I have had them for 25 yrs. and share your opinion.
MarkTwain 01/15/22 08:54pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Calculated MPG

Have read a number of posts, in different site forums, describing posters hand calculating their mileage. Some post that they record details at every gas-up and have kept meticulous records since they purchased their trailer/fifth wheel (for years), to show the exact MPG. I suppose I can understand doing so for a short time after acquiring a particular truck/trailer combo, to then know that combo's MPG, in various conditions. But, what is the purpose of going beyond that nice to know? And, has doing so caused anyone to change their driving habits or impacted a decision to choose a particular route to their destination? Just curious. Marv Old Mark Twain proverb "If you have to worry about MPG or have to ask the price of fuel, you probably should give up RVing" :):):)
MarkTwain 01/13/22 08:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camping on Sand

We’re at Mustang Island SP (Corpus Christi) in the conventional campground. Just walked along the beach and looked at the primitive beach campsites. I’m intrigued, looking out over the waves and listening to the breakers sounds inviting. DW is less enamored, especially after just watching a class c being pulled out because he’d buried it up to the axles. How many of you camp on the beach along south TX (S Padre Is has similar camping I believe). How risky is it with a 16k 5er, and an SRW 4wd truck? Am I just being too cautious, or too risky to think about it? Also, any tips or tricks? As always, thanks for your insights. Make sure you have a good Emergency Road Side policy that primary business is providing service for RV's. AAA would not be my choice.
MarkTwain 01/08/22 04:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New tires for 5'r

I was going to trade in my old 2007 Everest fifth wheel but found that my SRW F350 isn't capable of towing the trailer we really want, so I'll be buying new tires for the old 5'r to get a little more use out of it till I eventually upgrade my TV. So, being that the XPS ribs on the trailer now are over 10 years old (still in good appearance) I should replace the tires on the trailer before hitting the road. I haven't been keeping up on which tires are most reliable these days so I'm reaching out for suggestions or what to avoid and recommendations on what tires to purchase. I'd go with the XPS ribs again, as they've been very good and reliable tires, but I'd hate to invest that kind of money into a trailer that will likely be traded in within a year, so I'm thinking I should go with a more affordable ST this time, but still want the most reliable ST tire available. Change the tires without question. 5 to 6 yrs is my limit on trailer tires!!! I like Good year LT tires and have had good service with few tire problems over the years.
MarkTwain 01/01/22 03:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Broke down on the road, what's your insurance experience?

Just wondering what your experience has been. I have a RV rider on my policy, but they just say save your receipts and turn them in for reimbursement. I am curious as to how you even know who to call when you are broke down in the middle of no where. It can be even worse if no cell phone service and its after closing time. Not looking for horror stores, just how did you get taken care of. I know many have AAA or Good Sam, is that the best way to go? Look at Good Sam or Coach net. AAA does not offer complete coverage in all states or areas and AAA's primary coverage is for cars and not RV's. I have had Good Sam Platinum policy and GS Travel Assist plan 30 yrs. and recommend them. The Travel Assist plan is for emergencies if you are some where and medically are unable to drive your RV home, GS will provide a professional driver to drive your RV back to your home and fly you home.
MarkTwain 12/21/21 02:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Debating Class A purchase for Wa. State to Az snowbirding

Seeing as how you now own a 5th wheel, I would not go buy a 40ft motorized rv to use it once a year. Load the app "rv Parky" and follow your route to see where rv parks are located then plan your stops accordingly Does your current 5th wheel meet your current and future RV needs? What advantages would you have with a class A that you don't have with the your current 5th. wheel? If money is not an issue if you buy a Class A vs keeping your current 5th wheel, then the choice is not just up to your taste. I would choose to take hwy. 10 out of Palm Springs to Phoneix to Casa Grande, freeway all the way. If you choose hwy 84 be sure and the weather for sand storms. If you don't want to drive all the way from Palm Springs to Casa Grande in 1 day, there are a lot of RV parks along Hwy. 10 to Casa Grande.
MarkTwain 12/18/21 08:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: WANTED -- "Special" Insulated Cup

Looking for an insulated cold drink cup or mug that "properly" fits in the coach cup holders - something that goes all the way to the bottom with just a little wiggle room on the sides. Search so far unsuccessful at Academy, BassPro, Cabelas, Walmart...cups/mugs are either too narrow (flop around in cup holder = spills) or too fat to fit in at all. Or alternatively a replacement cup holder that fits in the hole and "properly" holds existing cup designs. Search so far turns up same exact cup holders. Try Amazon web site.
MarkTwain 12/15/21 03:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Carrying extra fuel in Canada

Thanks for all the varied opinions. I guess I should have been more specific. My question was more along the lines of whether it would be legal to cross the Canadian border carrying a couple of 5 gallon jugs of extra diesel. I'm certainly not going to spend $1800+ on an auxiliary fuel tank. We all get to make our own choices to meet our particular needs. Carrying 5-gallon cans of fuel is one choice. It just would not be my first choice, all things being equal and the river don't rise:)
MarkTwain 12/13/21 02:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Carrying extra fuel in Canada

My wife and I are planning to drive up to Alaska this summer with our new 5er and I'm wondering if anyone knows if it is legal to carry 10 extra gallons of diesel fuel. I don't want to be caught short between fill-ups in Canada or Alaska where I've been told never to pass up an opportunity to fill up the tank. My suggestion is to have a auxiliary diesel fuel tank installed. safer choice. I have a 60 gal. tank installed by Transfer Flow company located in Chico Calif. I can drive close to 1000 miles before needing fuel. Give them a call and ask what options you have. They can install the auxillary tank in 1 day. They will also ship the tank to your home town. What exactly is unsafe about a couple 5 gal jugs of diesel in the truck bed? For extra range it's a nice idea. I'm sure Canadian people use fuel jugs. How else to they fill up lawnmowers and other small equipment? Having an auxiliary fuel tank is more convenient and does require loading and unloading fuel cans or take up space in the bed of your truck.
MarkTwain 12/12/21 01:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Carrying extra fuel in Canada

My wife and I are planning to drive up to Alaska this summer with our new 5er and I'm wondering if anyone knows if it is legal to carry 10 extra gallons of diesel fuel. I don't want to be caught short between fill-ups in Canada or Alaska where I've been told never to pass up an opportunity to fill up the tank. My suggestion is to have a auxiliary diesel fuel tank installed. safer choice. I have a 60 gal. tank installed by Transfer Flow company located in Chico Calif. I can drive close to 1000 miles before needing fuel. Give them a call and ask what options you have. They can install the auxillary tank in 1 day. They will also ship the tank to your home town.
MarkTwain 12/11/21 04:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Paperwork

I always have the registration and insurance card with me for the fifth wheel. What other paperwork do you carry with you, if any? Also the wife and I are talking about heading out to Yellowstone this year. What fuel card is good along I90? I also carry a copy of the bill of sale for both my truck and RV. Also, if your truck and RV is still finaniced you need a letter of permission from the bank if you want to travel into Mexico.
MarkTwain 12/01/21 09:53am Fifth-Wheels
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