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RE: Route into Yosemite Valley

Well.... two people have already answered take the detour vs. the climb and another said it's a wash. One thing I've learned in 20 years here is never volunteer too much information when asking for advice. Saying things like "I really smoked my brakes in the mountains" is guaranteed to open yourself up to unsolicited advice. If you really want to have fun and see reactions, admit that you tow a 39' fifth wheel with a half-ton over in the Towing forums... ;)
lane hog 01/04/23 04:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Iowa to Mesa,AZ- I40 or the "southern route" with 5th wheel

I-20 -> I-10 is a flatter boring drive that I've done many times, I've also been stuck in the snow between Van Horn and Sierra Blanca in early December... Don't assume you'll never see it.
lane hog 01/04/23 03:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Yosemite Valley

You didn't say if you were downshifting for those types of grades. You need to do that in the mountains. In 12 years of driving a gasser 30ft Class C, I never once smelled my brakes. But she was always in second gear for the grades steep enough to merit a warning sign. Take the detour.
lane hog 01/02/23 05:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Iowa to Mesa,AZ- I40 or the "southern route" with 5th wheel

OKC-AMA-ABQ-FLG-PHX is the most direct route. It's a 200-300 mile detour to go OKC-DFW-ELP-TUS-PHX, so that's really a choice of last resort with today's diesel and gas prices. I think I'd just be watching the weather forecast coming into both OKC and ABQ. Driving across Oklahoma and the Panhandle you may get ice depending on the month, which is far worse than snow. ABQ-FLG is where you'll hit snow. It's not as expensive to reroute ABQ-TCS-DEM-TUS-PHX, but it's still longer.
lane hog 01/02/23 04:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-15 or I-215 Question

It's SoCal... you're going to have traffic on both depending on the time of day, and you're not exactly in the outskirts on I-215... Whatever Google Maps is showing for better time and fewer backups is what I'd go with.
lane hog 09/13/22 08:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Travel Trailer Purchase

Don't dismiss stick & tin construction... All laminated trailers will eventually have some degree of water damage and delamination. They also cost considerably more to repair if there's damage. Stick and tin requires some basic carpentry skills and won't delaminate.
lane hog 08/15/22 08:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: F150 3.31 gears vs 3.55 gears

Here's another vote for the 3.55... My 3.5 Eco+MaxTow with the 3.55 pulls 9,000 lbs of trailer fairly well. We've got 11% grades on gravel roads at my brother-in-law's property in TN, and the Ford handled that with no hesitation or slippage.
lane hog 08/15/22 07:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Overnite dry camp passing thru Las Vegas, NV?

Clark County has made it difficult to dry camp outside of rest areas... Ten years ago, it wasn't a problem to find a casino parking lot. Now they require hookups.
lane hog 08/14/22 03:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Directv NFL Pkg

We dropped DTV earlier this year... last year, I called and said I was considering dropping. Got the retention department, asked for Sunday Ticket for free, and they gave it to me. Canceled DTV right before the USFL season started. I'm told this will be the last year for DTV with Sunday Ticket, and it's clear they've cut the price this year by including it in Choice. It used to be a $300 package. Next year it will either be on Apple TV, YouTube TV or Amazon Prime. I've heard DirecTV isn't even bothering to bid against the other three.
lane hog 08/08/22 06:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Do you lock or unlock the hitch while pulling your TT?

Dear God, what have I stumbled into?... Yes, I usually use a D-pin when towing. The D portion of the pin gives me a place to run my 7-wire cord and my trailer's hardwired camera feed. I've also towed without one. Never worried about 8,000 lbs of trailer popping off the ball... but I also make sure my chains are secure and I test my breakaway every once in a while (intentionally & unintentionally).
lane hog 08/08/22 06:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Route NW Chicago to Whitefish MT

You rarely can go wrong on a US numbered highway... I might push a little further west on 94 before heading up to US-2 on US-83 or US-85.
lane hog 08/08/22 05:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cleveland to Upper Peninsula of Michigan

If money is no object and you're bridge averse, consider the Lake Michigan Car Ferry from Ludington to Manitowoc as an alternative... It's not cheap for a truck + trailer or motorhome, but it is enjoyable.
lane hog 08/08/22 05:53pm Roads and Routes

You didn't say where in AZ you were heading... Snow along I-40 isn't unheard of in October. The routes mentioned to Flagstaff work for Phoenix. Definitely head to I-70 at IND instead of anything close to Chicago. Bring cash for the OK Turnpike... If your destination is Tucson or Yuma, then you'd be better off heading down US-60/US-70 from Amarillo to Las Cruces, especially if the Balloon Festival is going on. It's a fairly interesting drive the more you get into South Central NM.
lane hog 08/08/22 05:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone NP roads and entrance closures

Known damage (at this time) to some park roads includes: North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana) to Mammoth Hot Springs: road washed out in multiple places, significant rockslide at Gardner Canyon Tower Junction to Northeast Entrance: segment of road washed out near Soda Butte Picnic Area, mudslides, downed trees Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass): mudslide on road Canyon Junction to Fishing Bridge: Segment of road just south of Canyon Junction potentially compromised and closed for evaluation The power continues to be out in multiple locations in the park. Water and wastewater systems at Canyon Village and Mammoth Hot Springs are being impacted by flooding conditions and are being monitored.
lane hog 06/15/22 12:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone NP roads and entrance closures

That's not going to be fixed by a pothole crew...
lane hog 06/15/22 12:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Flying J / RV Lanes

I used Flying J quite a bit early on, but stopped when they dropped the discount club. Any big gas station should be usable with a 30' trailer. Some of the smaller gas stations work even better if the pumps are parallel to the road. By all means, scout it out via Google Maps in the satellite view first. That alone has saved me from some ugly back-up moves. When we had our motorhome pulling our van, backing up simply wasn't an option...
lane hog 04/06/22 06:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: portable grey waste disposal cart

Why couldn't you do the same with the rolling cart? Weight? 35 lbs is manageable for most people. The 11 gallon tote the OP bought becomes 80 lbs, which is manageable for some, but not for all. Those 20 gallon totes? No way at 150 lbs that thing is getting put in the bed...
lane hog 03/30/22 02:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Eastbound I-90 Chicago

I'm staying in Rochester for the night so coming down 63 sounds like a good option. Is that a 4 or 2 lane road? Thanks It's a mix. The first 70 miles is two lanes, and yes, you do go thru a couple small towns (Stewartville, Racine, Spring Valley, Chester) but they're all in that first 30 miles. From south of the state line, it's open farm country. The last 40 miles from New Hampton to Waterloo is all divided highway and bypasses the small towns.
lane hog 03/29/22 01:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Eastbound I-90 Chicago

Understood, and I've gone thru as often as weekly, having commuted between Indy and Chicago for a couple years and having family in Michigan... Some times of day it moves, others it crawls. And I stand by it being the worst section of road in the US since at least 1986...
lane hog 03/28/22 10:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Eastbound I-90 Chicago

As someone who lives in Illinois, the stretch of road from the I-294/I-94 interchange to just past the I-94/I-80/I-65 interchange in Indiana is the worst fifteen miles of road in the United States.... It doesn't matter what day of the week, but if the sun's out, you'll be sitting in four+ lanes of solid traffic. Just pick a lane and stay there... The only way to avoid the volume is to drive thru that stretch at 2am when most of the trucks are asleep. That's doable for us living in the People's Republic of Illinois, but not for everyone. Taking I-90 all the way thru and across the Skyway is the only alternative, and that gets expensive. The road is also not in the greatest condition and you'd have to drive thru construction in downtown Chicago which is never fun at 50+ feet long. If you're coming from Rochester, consider dropping down on US-63 to Waterloo, IA and jumping on I-380 to 80. It's the same distance as taking I-90 to I-39 to I-80.
lane hog 03/28/22 09:42pm Roads and Routes
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