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RE: pocket knife

I have carried a pen knife since childhood. Hard and fast rule in our family,"never leave the house without a way to make fire and a knife!" I remember my great grandfather giving me the knife and the lecture when I was about 8.
pitch 01/27/22 07:06am Around the Campfire
RE: RV Site UP Michigan - Finger Lakes

Sampson is a nice park. In the immediate area are a plethora of Wineries, and distilleries. The former Seneca Army Depot has White Deer tours,The LDS church has the Peter Whitmore Farm in Waterloo if you are interested in the history. Geneva has become somewhat of a foody destination. Taughannock Park is also a nice park although older and tighter than Sampson. Has the highest single drop falls East of the Rockies. Ithaca with Cornell is 8 miles South.
pitch 01/13/22 06:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ins and outs of DNA testing

It was always common knowledge that we had native blood in our veins. Fantasies,what ifs,and high adventure,was a topic of conversation around the campfire. I started doing family tracing in the early eighties,and that nugget was the first one to come crashing down. All the battles, conquests and adventures my native ancestor participated in were conducted on the grounds of county fairs up and down the East coast. Yep,My native connection was a tall craggy faced white man who was cast in the role of a "wild indian" in one of the myriad of Wild West Shows that became common around the turn of the century!
pitch 01/09/22 07:46am Around the Campfire
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

Very open question. Depends on your mental makeup. We almost never make reservations,except at our destination. On the road our normal SOP is to pull into a Wal mart or whatever about two in the afternoon use their WIFI to find a nearby campground. We avoid interstates like the plague,and have dropped any pretense of efficiency and just putter along, stopping when the spirit hits. The only time a clock comes into play is watching check out times. In the West, winds come up in the afternoon so you want to be flexible about getting of the road if it becomes to gusty. Don't over plan, be flexible. You are not mounting an expedition to Mars so pretty much anything can be overcome. Drive slow and smile. Of course number one rule with a trailer is, "don't enter if you cannot see a way to exit" (of course if you are a type A, none of this applies)
pitch 12/29/21 07:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Las vegas

The Oasis is best. If you stay at Sams Town make sure your stuff is locked up really well. Even then bikes are stolen on a regular basis. What make you say that? We've stayed at Sam's four times in the last few years. Never a problem. Did you have a bike stolen? a private gripe or actual reports of crime in the resort? I have heard that Circus-Circus is a real circus at night, but having never stayed, I cannot attest!
pitch 12/17/21 07:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gas Engine - Fill It Up

It sometimes takes patience. I am 53 ft. I don't mind being "rude" and positioning myself as needed to fuel up. My wife doesn't mind directing traffic. Almost every tight spot is caused by a motorist thatt is not cognizant of his surroundings and willing to make the necessary concessions. We take only as much time is needed to run the card, fuel, and acquire receipt. If we have any business inside the establishment I pull away from the pump. In all of our miles of travel the times we got jammed up at a fuel stop can be counted on one hand!
pitch 12/03/21 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can't imagine a world without internal combustion engines

We will not have to imagine a world with out ICE. While alternate energy sources will provide power for our future many engines will still be of the ICE family, albeit with different fuels. I would absolutely be thrilled if petroleum fueled engines were put to pasture, butI do not see that happening for a century. Time and technology waits for no man. You can be the old man sitting on his porch screaming impotently or you can accept that the future is bright.
pitch 11/17/21 07:22am Around the Campfire
RE: Sold RV and toad

Why are fuel prices a reason? Prices go up they go down,just depends on the "crisis of the week". Fuel prices are the last reason I would give up this lifestye.
pitch 11/13/21 08:33am General RVing Issues
RE: More garbage that'll get us ALL banned from National Forests

That is not a camp site. That is a squatter site. Entirely on the forest service plate hers. No way was this accumulated in 14 days. Forest Service needs to monitor much more closely.
pitch 11/05/21 07:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tire recommendations for pick up truck for towing

I,ve run Cooper AT3. Had them one set on my previous truck and two sets on this one. First two sets were D rated really liked them. Latest set is "e" just because they were in stock. These also perform like a champ,just a bit stiffer. I have no argument with Michelins, But they are like John Deere or Kubota,a superior product,but not by enough to rate the premium that is charged.
pitch 11/05/21 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I cover my tires?

Look at all the people saying yes. Without exception from lower latitudes with higher temperatures and more direct prolonged sun. Those in more moderate climate are ambivalent at best. I have a '39 Ford 9N. Has Firestone tires that were mounted in 1939. One of the front single rib tires may also be original. They are weather checked, have cracks,but still function as designed. Tires on Rv's trailers and motorhomes have a recommended drop dead life of five years. I can't imagine that modern tires would self destruct from sun rays in five yearswhen 80 year old rubber formula has kept my tractor tires in shape for 82. Now if you have parked your trailer on a permanent site covering may have some slight advantage. Non use is as big a killer of a tire as any other abuse.
pitch 11/04/21 06:45am General RVing Issues
RE: EV's I know there are folks better versed than me in here

I keep seeing articles like this LA buses 3/4 million dollar vehicles that dont/cant work. Other articles showing that in hilly areas, the brakes dont work in part from attempts to capture energy stopping function, other cities having problems too, Minnesota To invest big bucks into one as a personal vehicle , without the ability like these cities to bring back a retired Diesel to handle operation while the electrics are being continually repaired just seems crazy for all but the insanely wealthy. If you have a problem with EV's, don't buy one. Why you gotta stick your nose into the tent,if it ain't your tent?
pitch 11/01/21 06:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for new motorhome…

I think that you need to look at as short of an overhang behind the rear axles.
pitch 10/26/21 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Winterizing Jayco 23' hybrid

Drivers side underneath just below the fill port.
pitch 10/26/21 07:38am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Looking at used, canvas repair?

Inspect closely before purchase. Dry out completely before closing up and storage. Beware that some parks don’t allow soft sided RVs. I know that you are an important man Mr.Lwiddis. But why would you lie or intentionally post false information? If you don't know or aren't sure don't put it out there. Your posts seem to paint you as an extremist!
pitch 10/19/21 06:43am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: In a quandary

To me it would depend on the habits of the unvaccinated. Are they retired or in the workforce with daily and hourly exposure to the general public? Children attending school? My brother and his wife are not vaccinated.I do not worry to much about them as they are homebodies and probably only leave the farm once a month for groceries so their chance of exposure is limited. On the other hand my sister(is vaccinated) is a home health aide and in and out of peoples homes every day.
pitch 10/18/21 07:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Latest project...parking pad for our cargo trailer

Looks like a fine job. It appears that you know just what you want and exactly how too achieve that. Too bad that instead of cheering your initiative,some feel that their advice and criticism is warranted.
pitch 10/16/21 07:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Tonneau Cover

You might want to reconsider soft covers with the tri-fold. I've had the old snap/velcro/slot type and yes, they have some serious drawbacks. We've had a newer tri-fold soft cover and it solves a lot of the issues: - 2-3min to install or remove completely. - You can fold up the back two sections if you don't need the entire bed uncovered (takes just a minute). - So far stays dry. Had it for about 1.5yrs so far and very happy. The only thing we'll have to see is how it holds up long term but at $200, I could replace it 3 times over for the cost of hard cover. I have had a "truxedo" trifold on my truck since day one. 8 years old and just like new!. (My truck is not garaged,cost of having three vehicles and a two car garage.)Cover has with stood Rain sun wind and vast quantities of snow.
pitch 10/08/21 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: A tale of two campgrounds

One was a forest, are you upset because there was too many trees in the forest or it wasn't all paved. That is not at all what the OP said or meant. But if it makes you feel better about yourself.....
pitch 10/07/21 07:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

For our off road and daily driver needs a IFS could be the ticket, but will need to test drive to confirm. I would like a soft long travel suspension which it appears how the Bronco is setup. We came close to pulling the trigger on a Jeep Wrangler but with a few things we didn't like about it, and knowing the Bronco was coming we decided to hold off. Based on what I've seen we made the right decision. The Bronco doesn't even have a mid-travel suspension let alone a long travel suspension. Heck, even the Raptor doesn't have a mid-travel suspension, but it is very close. If you are gonna use this vehicle as a daily/mall crawler that is not going to do any heavy rock crawling then IFS is the way to go. It will be noticeably smoother than a solid axle Jeep that you would have to throw a grand or so into for the same smoothness. If you do decide to take it on some serious trails, then make sure you bring along spare parts and/or upgrade to stronger materials if they have a lot of miles on them. Not everyone does rock crawling for their off road adventures. The trade off is pretty high between that ability and on road manners. I drive Wranglers/Renegades probably 1000 miles per week for work and they suck on the highway. For the trails I travel the IFS is a much better compromise. But I have not been able to test the Bronco yet to do a direct comparison. I understand that. Not downing the Bronco. It is just not ideal for the way I off road. No doubt an IFS is more comfortable for those that need that, but it is just not as capable or as strong. Another thing I hate about IFS's off road is that they teeter totter on a lot of obstacles which is an uneasy feeling. It is like the GM HDs. No doubt they give their trucks a more comfortable ride stock, but it is not as strong/reliable as solid axles of the Ford and Ram HDs when you start adding bigger tires and heavy off roading. They also cannot take the abuse that a solid axle can which is why it is common for the GM HD front ends to snap on the track or at truck pulls. Not downing the Bronco? 5 posts all saying that it does not work. You are aware that it is probably only 10% or less is into serious rock crawling don't you. The other 90 % is mud, overlanding,FS roads,hill climbing,etc. I have seen videos of the Bronco taking on the Rubicon and it did just as well as the Jeeps. You probably could have made one post saying that while the Bronco would suffice for most,it just isn't for you.
pitch 10/05/21 06:56am Tow Vehicles
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