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RE: TX HWY 21

Agree that TX secondary roads are better than most interstates. I have driven 21 as far as College Station but use US79 most of the time from Austin (Round Rock) to Shreveport. I have relatives all along 79 :) I know 79 is a good road for RV and is 4 lane for a lot of the way.
NMDriver2 11/07/21 12:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Driving through Albuquerque during Balloon Festival

Well, there is always to option to stay on US 160 to US 84 and down to US 285 and Santa Fe. I agree that 160 to 84-285 is an easy scenic route that will not take much longer to get to I-40 and is one of my favorites. However, it seems like you are in a hurry if a few extra minutes of traffic in Bernalillo is a problem. Time your arrival in Bernalillo and Albuquerque to avoid rush hours and it should not be a problem to go through even during the festival.
NMDriver2 09/14/21 08:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Delta, CO to Durango via 550

It can be done but it is not recommended. If you decide to try it make sure you watch the weather on the mountain. If the top is covered in clouds when you approach Ridgeway use US 62 at Ridgeway to go south. I have hit snow on Red Mountain in Aug when the valley was clear and 90. Check your tires, there is no shoulder for many long stretches of the way if you have a flat. If you are in a gas vehicle you will loose power as you gain altitude. Weekends are the worst time for heavy traffic over that route. Often it is bumper to bumper, particularly behind slow vehicles like yours will be. It is a pretty drive but only your passenger should be watching the scenery. BTW I lived up there for 13 years.
NMDriver2 08/21/21 05:39am Roads and Routes
RE: Florida to Arizona Trip

Mark Twain gave a good answer but if you are pulling a toad I would change the 50ph to 40 or 45 mph.
NMDriver2 08/08/21 02:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: House sitting

We did pet/house sitting for a couple of years. Mostly it was good pets and good houses, but there were a couple of bad houses (off grid or not well maintained) and some pets that were a problem (little dog and to many cats) After a while you learn what questions to ask and what standards to set. We registered with https://www.housesittersamerica.com/ and https://theinternationalhousesitters.com/ There are others and they are all pretty much the same. As a sitter you pay a fee to be vetted and then can communicate with people that want a sitter. If you want a sitter it is generally free and only the vetted sitters can contact you--in theory. After a few sits you may get invited back without going through the web site and you may make some friends worth keeping.
NMDriver2 07/17/21 06:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: US 550

550 In NM is 4 lane, uncontrolled access, relatively flat and crosses high desert country. There are a few areas of open range and one or two stoplights between Bloomfield and Albuquerque. 550 does not go through Shiprock but the road (US64) from Shiprock to 550 (in Bloomfield) is also mostly 4 lane. There is heavy traffic through Farmington.
NMDriver2 07/16/21 06:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Enchanted loop NM

You will be ok but may find a line of cars and motorcycles behind you or be in a line. Very few spots to pass, narrow to non-existent shoulders, altitudes above 9000ft on passes, critters on the road, weekends are crowded.
NMDriver2 07/11/21 06:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Dogs grazing

And my dogs consider green beans a treat.
NMDriver2 07/07/21 07:53pm RV Pet Stop
RE: North or South from ABQ this weekend?

I am in Angel Fire and it is wet, wet, wet. Rain everyday although some hours of no rain each afternoon. Angel Fire main activities (hiking, bikes, fishing,etc) are not pleasant in the rain. We live in Las Cruces and the forecast is nicer there than here for the weekend. The grand kids are here in Angel Fire though so we will stay for the rain. From an ease of getting there it is 3 hours either direction more or less and the roads are wider and the support facilities are better going south. I'd go south and I wish I could convince the kids, but reservations were made and refunds are not available.
NMDriver2 07/01/21 05:53am Roads and Routes
RE: Good place for 1 night stop in Yuma or Indio

We get a motel room if we have to stop in 100+ weather. The Days Inn exit 142 43505 Monroe St, Indio, CA 92201 has large vehicle parking.
NMDriver2 06/11/21 06:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Opinion on knock-off batteries for laptop...?

I bought one for an old 2010 ASUS and it has been working for 2.5 yrs now with no problems.
NMDriver2 04/23/21 09:39am Technology Corner
RE: Seatbelt grabs when its not suppose to ???

It is a safety feature for child seats. Do not pull the belt all the way out before fastening it. If you pull it all the way out it is designed to only get tighter and does not allow it to loosen If you only pull it out enough to fasten the belt instead of all the way, then it should allow both loosening and tightening as your body moves.
NMDriver2 04/17/21 07:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheel bearing advice

I check at the beginning of each long trip by removing the center cap. I also check the tire and hub temperature as I make stops along the way. If you use the back of your hand near the center cap as you walk around the unit you will notice any hub that is hotter than the others. Water submersion is the main reason to repack in my experience. I have gone through flooded areas and needed to repack right away and if I keep the axles out of the water I have waited as long as 20,000 miles and 5 years on the RV. On the boat I repack at the beginning of each season and check as mentioned above each time it is in the water.
NMDriver2 03/31/21 04:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Deming NM to Holbrook, AZ Rt 180

Nothing to steep but a lot of up and down on 180. If you are going to see the petrified forest then turn about 15 miles before Holbrook and take the Petrified Forest Rd through the park up to I-40.
NMDriver2 02/28/21 06:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: West Texas Sierra Blanca Van Horn FM1111

It was at least 10 yrs ago, pulling a 5er, but I do not remember any issues with the road. The bridges were icy at the time but the road was fine. If the oil field trucks are using it now days, it is likely to be pretty rough.
NMDriver2 02/27/21 08:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Indian Tribal road closure of federal highways ????

Contact the state Dept of Transportation. Here in NM they provide an online map of all closures. https://nmroads.com/mapIndex.html? The state and US roads are not closed but some tribal roads are and some are not. Generally the roads are open but you cannot enter the pueblos (get off the state/fed without a reason) unless you are a resident.
NMDriver2 02/04/21 06:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Durango, Colorado or Shiprock, New Mexico.????

Going from Ouray to Durango over Red Mountain, Molas, and Coal Bank Pass on 550 with a 36 ft 5er is not intelligent. For scenery go through Telluride on 145,then down to 160 at Cortez then over to Pagosa Springs before turning south on 84. If that is not enough mountains for you then take 64 over to Tres Piedras to 285 south again to 84. I personally refer the dry desert rock cliffs scenery from Cortez to 550 south of Bloomfield and the 4 lane down to Albuquerque.
NMDriver2 02/03/21 11:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Tucson to Springfield MO

The road is fine all the way and is basically 4 lane up to Ruidoso and over to US 60 in Clovis and 60 is 4 lane to I 27 in TX. There may be some small pieces of two lane (Tularosa, NM) through towns but it is good all the way. BTW: do not follow US70 Through Las Cruces (Pacacho and them Main st). Stay on I-10 to I-25 north (south end of town) and then get off onto US 70 at exit 6, from I-25 N to Albuquerque. PS: Missile shots are rare and seldom close the hiway for over an hour. It is a good opportunity if there is one to see and they park you in a rest area overlooking the range while the shot goes off.
NMDriver2 01/24/21 08:05am Roads and Routes
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