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RE: 2021 TRIP PLANNING ?

Oasis Bob, I am going to fire a big scatter shot at you, but be ready. I do it all when planning a serious excursion. I usually start with my go to with is Street Atlas 2015 (the newest but was out of date when new). If you can find a copy, it is great but it has a very steep initial learning curve. ¿¿Why do I do this?? Because I have laid in my speeds, perfered stopping time and tank range. So, as soon as I say "Here" to "Here" it draws a path, tells me road hours and lays out marks for ONP and fuel stops. So, I put in Portland - to Mount Rushmore and that is 1252 and 22 road hours. So, I added Fishing Bridge at YNP an FHU park and now we see 1310 and 24-1/2 rhs. Put in Silverwood south of Athol and we now have 1355 and 26 rhs for the whole run. So, the diversion to the amusement park was not a killer. It is 397 to Silverwood. That is a long day. Another 498 to Yellowstone. I would plan to break this up unless you can co-drive. And 460 to Mt Rushmore. Ditto I also have an address book full of stops I would like to make, some are dreams of someday. In your case, you really should consider the Museum of the Rockies (Look up Jack Horner - you want to see that). It is about 6 miles off the planned track, a couple or 4 hour stop 6 hours from Silverwood and possibly a place to find a stop for the night. From there it is 2 plus hours to Fishing bridge. From Yellowstone it is 459 to Rushmore. There is also a good stop at the museum in Cody (You will never guess who that is about). Crossing the Big Horn makes it a day. You will want an ONP stop about Upton or Osage. Rushmore is a good stop, but not a real time killer. As you unwind from there, add Crazy Horse as a stop. It isn't cheap, but it is good. The restaurant there is great and tell them you plan that at the gate. They might give you a break. This all took about 20 minutes for me to assemble. Before I commit to it, I will check all the individual legs on both AAA online (free) and Google Maps because SA is sooo OOld. I will also use all the area guides and AAA guides (now online so unavailable on the road), and pull in paper maps also from AAA. Paper maps still work when the electronic stuff shoots *****.... Unfortunately, I have not found another - newer package that can do what I just did. Many can sort of do most of it. Some only want you to stop at cramp grounds that they know about. And none of the on-line can adapt when you make changes on the road. I keep looking. I hope this was a help. Matt Silverwood in Athol right there on the river and Silverwood just south of Athol and it cam back with 397 Miles and 7+ road hours. Then I put in Old Faithful. Now it says 872 miles and 16 RHr.
Matt_Colie 10/28/20 07:17pm Family Camping
RE: 2021 TRIP PLANNING ?

Oasis Bob, I am going to fire a big scatter shot at you, but be ready. I do it all when planning a serious excursion. I usually start with my go to with is Street Atlas 2015 (the newest but was out of date when new). If you can find a copy, it is great but it has a very steep initial learning curve. ¿¿Why do I do this?? Because I have laid in my speeds, preferred stopping time and tank range. So, as soon as I say "Here" to "Here" it draws a path, tells me road hours and lays out marks for ONP and fuel stops. So, I put in Portland (right on the river)- to Mount Rushmore and that is 1252 and 22 road hours. So, I added Fishing Bridge at YNP an FHU park and now we see 1310 and 24-1/2 rhs. Put in Silverwood south of Athol and we now have 1355 and 26 rhs for the whole run. So, the diversion to the amusement park was not a killer. It is 397 to Silverwood. That is a long day. Another 498 to Yellowstone. I would plan to break this up unless you can co-drive. And 460 to Mt Rushmore. Ditto I also have an address book full of stops I would like to make, some are dreams of someday. In your case, you really should consider the Museum of the Rockies (Look up Jack Horner - you want to see that). It is about 6 miles off the planned track, a couple or 4 hour stop 6 hours from Silverwood and possibly a place to find a stop for the night. From there it is 2 plus hours to Fishing bridge. From Yellowstone it is 459 to Rushmore. There is also a good stop at the museum in Cody (You will never guess who that is about). Crossing the Big Horn makes it a day. You will want an ONP stop about Upton or Osage. Rushmore is a good stop, but not a real time killer. As you unwind from there, add Crazy Horse as a stop. It isn't cheap, but it is good. The restaurant there is great and tell them you plan that at the gate. They might give you a break on entry - used to. This all took about 20 minutes for me to assemble. Before I commit to it, I will check all the individual legs on AAA online (free) and/or Google Maps because SA is sooo OOld. I will also use all the area guides and AAA guides (now online so unavailable on the road), and pull in paper maps also from AAA. Paper maps still work when the electronic stuff shoots *****.... Unfortunately, I have not found another - newer package that can do what I just did. Many can sort of do most of it. Some only want you to stop at cramp grounds that they know about. And none of the on-line can adapt when you make changes on the road. I keep looking. I like this because it keeps track of when we last fueled and suggests where to think about it again. (This is where Gasbuddy comes in.) I hope this was a help. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/28/20 07:10pm Family Camping
RE: Books for first time RV owners?

I fact I do - From Amazon either as a book or kindle: The ABCs of RVing: Everything you wanted to know about RVing but were afraid to ask Paperback – October 19, 2020 by Chuck Woodbury (Author) In case you didn't know, Chuck is the force behind the RV Travel news letter. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/28/20 02:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: I Need a checklist

C McCain, First Thing... NEVER SKIP the complete walk around. If you get interrupted and are not sure, start it again. I have used this app: RV Checklist from Adventure Treks LLC. It is free on Play.Google.com. I don't know if it is available for IOS, and I know that there are others. This one is easily editted to fit your situation. Between DW and I we still always do a full check when we move. It is not so important when we stop because if something with a MH doesn't work, it is seldom critical. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/28/20 09:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reviews or model advice

PWR, There are reviews all over the place, but you have to go find them. Two things you should remember: If an owner tells you to buy one like his, listen carefully. If an owner tells you to NOT buy one like his, Believe Him. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/23/20 08:09am Beginning RVing
RE: Tail light issues

Rosie, I bet you dollars to donuts that you have a defective socket or two. I have recently run into several sockets that were defective. If you don't have to seriously push on the bulb to get it to go into the locked position or can't get it there at all, that is what you have. There is supposed to be a slot or a forming that causes the pins of the bulb to lock into the bayonet. This feature is a kind of L shape with the short part towards the lens. If this is the case, and it does not cause the bulb to lock in, it can be repaired buying a replacement socket is the better bet. Some years back, I ran into sockets that did not have springs, but had rubber plugs for the contact base and the rubber aged out. If that is what you have, just cut the effort and go buy new sockets. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/22/20 04:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Back tire stuck in wet ground

Kate, I just went through a similar with a multi-ton sailboat on a trailer in my back lot. It was supposed to be gone by August. Your problem: If the ground is soft, jacking will be really tough, but with enough planks to spread the load out you can do it. We did. Our axle was also on the ground so just towing was not going to work. We ended up doing it all. When there was room, we pushed stones under the tire to support some of the weight. We jacked enough to get the axle up on planks and dug an exit ramp that we also put also put planks on. We had to rig tackle to a hard point (tree) because the truck could not get enough traction on the wet ground. Finally we got it out and now all I have to do is get in a 5yd dump of something to fill in the holes. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/19/20 01:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Atwood Furnace - Ignition Lockout Fault

Braygor, Even if you don't want to change out the regulator, at least check that it is providing the 11"wc that it should. If it is at all old, get a 2 stage unit to replace it and many things will work better. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/18/20 06:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Old Coleman AC

Yes, it easily could be. It is not, however, a given. Capacitors do age out. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/18/20 04:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Swapping out the Water Pump

YB, Get to the Forest River owners group. Potable pumps are a common service item so I doubt that it is that difficult to get out and replace. I do not personally know about your unit. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/18/20 04:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New York to Florida tips

JR, You didn't include your departure point and NY is a big area. I normally would have said that Skyline and Blue Ridge are kind of a diversion. While not a bad diversion and if your starting point is well west of the Hudson, it might not be much of a diversion at all. Do be aware that some of the tunnels of the Blue Ridge are kind of low clearance. If you are leaving soon, be aware that the southern leaf peepers will be out in force. We did that run from Cherokee to Front Royal and didn't pay to camp anywhere. That was 10 years ago and we need to do it again. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/18/20 10:42am Roads and Routes
RE: 12 volt receptacles shorting 12 volt accessory charge cords

Billyray, You should be aware that there are no standards for the ubiquitous 12V mousehole. So, there are no "standard" sockets and no guaranteed to fit plugs to go in them. There is also no designed means to retain any plug. I could actually go on for a while longer about the things that are bad about them. It sounds to me like you just ran into things that are incompatible. I can't tell you what to do about it other than try other things. If the plug you are using delivers power and doesn't blow a fuse, you can sometimes get it to stay put by jamming a toothpick in there. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/17/20 09:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: On the road breakdown stories..

We travel in a Classic GMC motorhome that 47 years old and is over 170K. We have loved her for 16 years and put 70k of those miles on her. We have had two critical breakdowns on the road. Both were serious. Neither stayed that way. The community of owners is such that when one of us needs assistance, help is coming. The number of parts that are still available is pretty good, but if you are going to need to find a mechanic for it in the general population - Good Luck. Both events required parts. For one, we were remotely directed to a shop that actually had a parts coach on hand and a man that understood the issue. The second time, we got parts shipped in from one of the suppliers that supports our habit, but the mechanic where we were was not eager to pay any attention to the instructions and was about to do more damage. We agreed that I would take the coach elsewhere. I called the Landol back and we left there. Again, I had been connected thought the owner's network with a very competent man (a retired Nebraska farmer) that had a place to work and some tools I did not carry. Two days later, we were on the road headed home. I our case, the owner's network made the adventures much less stressful and manageable. By the by, I have been on the other end of the situation as well. We tell new owners to always carry a printed copy of the Assist list. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/16/20 02:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: AC Amp/Voltage monitor

I have been trying to figure out how to do that so it will still work when a 50 amp coach is plugged into a 30 Amp post. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/12/20 08:35am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Should I buy a Class C or not for this specific situation?

Jeff, Class C are seldom the manufactures high end and as a result are prone to water leakage. No matter what you look at, if it shows or in any way evidences water leakage, walk away. Good used coaches are out there, but they are hard to find and you must do a search campaign. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/10/20 05:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Why is that ....

Guy, I can tell you exactly why in my case. I am a member of several organizations and write for more than a few of those and several unconnected forums in areas that I have experience. So, when a question is posed, I answer the question and when that is done, I may go on to explain both the short answer and the alternatives that I know about. This is a result of several experiences where I gave just the short answer and then others came back asking for more information or clarification. Other times, people have stopped me at rallies and thanked me for the complete answer because they had a similar issue, but did not yet have the vocabulary to frame a question. Is this too long of an answer? Matt
Matt_Colie 10/10/20 02:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: TOGO Power Generator 1000w

Riltri, There is a lot that a 1kw can do for you, but mostly it will have to just charge the house bank. Your grp 24 battery probably cannot run the heat all night. About all it can do is make some things more comfortable like run the TV and stereo and give you a false sense of security. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/08/20 05:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery questions

RR, Something you need to do is locate your converter/charger and the paper work (documentation) that should have come with it. Then come back and tell us about it. Yes, all of the posted numbers say you have a problem, but how much of a problem remains to be seen. I have a very old coach, and I leave it plugged into the 50 as long as it is in range. I have a good system and I have zero problems. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/08/20 05:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shurflow pump problem UPDATE

I let it run about 30 seconds and saw no water go into the strainer. Should I let it run longer? Yes It should be one of the diaphragm pumps and they are not hurt by running dry. It can take a while. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/07/20 07:44am Tech Issues
RE: 140 PSI Water Pressure

Who sets water pressure that high, never seen it. Did you gauge the pressure your self with a reliable gauge. Edd, Nobody "sets" a water pressure that high. It is a result of the local terrain as city water system. The storage tank is up a mountain somewhere because the land was cheap and it was a convenient place to locate it. The city has to pump the water up there to make it available. Nobody with any sense is going to pay money to pump the water mains to that pressure. If it does get pumped to that pressure, someone should be replaced. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/07/20 07:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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