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RE: Winter cover for TT

OP here. Seems like I better start shopping for a cover. Any suggestions for the best/least expensive option, and where to look for one? And, it will be at my daughter's, so there's someone to help with the snow. Good question though.
rfloyd99 09/25/20 05:09pm General RVing Issues
Winter cover for TT

We live in Florida and have never covered our TT. This year I plan to winterize it and leave it in Colorado October through June. It will be at about 8,300 ft elevation, so quite cold, lots of snow and very low humidity. Also intense sun at that altitude.  I'm pretty sure it should be covered, for protection from the sun if nothing else. Here's my question: Can, or maybe should, I use tarps instead of a breathable cover? Beside the fact that the tarps would be much cheaper, I'm wondering if the breathable cover would allow moisture from the snow that will accumulate on the roof to affect the RV. Tarps wouldn't let moisture in, and in the low humidity there wouldn't be moisture inside that would need to get out. Anyone have any thoughts, or experience? Thanks!
rfloyd99 09/25/20 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Oil Change - synthetic oil

OP here.For those assuming I had to replace the engine because of poor maintenance/oil change frequency, I that was not the case. I asked the question because I had no knowledge of synthetic oil and what the effect of towing would have on it's longevity. I figured folks on here might have better info than the kid at the oil change place.
rfloyd99 08/30/20 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Oil Change - synthetic oil

Thanks for the input, everyone. I just had it changed (full synthetic) and plan to do so every 5-6K miles while towing.
rfloyd99 08/28/20 06:18pm Tow Vehicles
Oil Change - synthetic oil

I tow a 5,600 lb (loaded wt) TT with my Ram 1500 5.6L gasoline truck. I also have a few hundred lbs in the truck, but all in all I'm well within the towing capacity of the truck. I had to put a new (rebuilt) engine in it last year. That engine has 11,000 miles on it. I changed the oil to synthetic right before we left on a 10,000 mile trip. We've driven 6,000 miles so far, of which probably 4,000 have been pulling the TT. I travel about 60MPH, which results in RPMs of 1,500 to about 2,200 most of the time, with the higher number being pretty common. Obviously, higher RPMs happen in the mountains. We are in the West, BTW. Recommendation for synthetic oil is to change it after 10-15,000 miles, but I'm sure that supposes unloaded passenger car use. My question: given that I've pulled the load 4K miles, plus 2K unloaded, when should I change this oil? Thanks!
rfloyd99 08/28/20 01:40pm Tow Vehicles
Bighorn National Forest - Hwy 14 or Hwy 16?

We're traveling through Buffalo and Sheridan WY on the way to Bozeman this weekend. We plan to stay near one of the two towns Friday and Sat nights and drive through the NF. Since we don't have time to do both, which Hwy is the most scenic of the two? I couldn't find any opinions on the internet. Also, any info on places to stay or visit in either town are welcome. Either RV parks or dry camping are okay, we're in a 27 ft TT. Thanks!
rfloyd99 08/05/20 12:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone area update

OP here. Change in plans, we now have to have a usable internet connection on Monday, so will be going somewhere else for the next few days. Thanks for the responses, hopefully someone else will benefit.
rfloyd99 08/05/20 11:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone area update

OP here. Thanks for the responses. Apparently there are several first come, first served NFS campgrounds outside the park. as well as commercial RV parks outside the park. That's what I was looking to find out about, as well as general info about crowds and traffic within the park. I guess I could have been more specific in my question. I spoke with a friend who was in Y'stone last week who said the park did not seem crowded, although he had no info about RV options. Any info about the outside the park options or general level of crowds within is still welcome. Thanks!
rfloyd99 08/04/20 10:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Yellowstone area update

We are headed to Grand Teton/Yellowstone from Spearfish, SD on Friday, 8/6. I'm aware this may be the worst time of year to visit, but that's just how it worked out. I've gotten conflicting reports about crowds and campsite availability lately. We have a 27' TT, and can dry camp if necessary. Staying outside the parks is okay. Has anyone been there lately?
rfloyd99 08/03/20 01:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Roadside Assistance Companies

I'll do that. Anyone had experience with State Farm for roadside assistance? Everything I have is insured with them. I've never heard of them having roadside assistance programs.
rfloyd99 06/30/20 03:33pm General RVing Issues
Roadside Assistance Companies

I need to purchase a plan, and Good Sam's plans are 50% off for new members, which I would be. (July 4th sale, it says, ending soon). I researched this a year ago, and it seems that many were satisfied with their experience with Good Sam. Coach-net got good reviews also, but they are more than twice as expensive at $179. I have a 27' TT pulled with a 1/2 ton gas PU, so nothing unusual. Any comments before I make a decision? Thanks!
rfloyd99 06/30/20 03:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Florida Plates; How to Prove We haven't Been There Lately.

Firstly, at this time there are no travel restrictions in place along my route, per an internet search. Kansas had general restrictions a month ago, but only if you lived there and were coming home. If you were passing through the state completely, as my son had to do for work, it didn't apply. Don't ask me how they enforced it. Just looked at a website that said as of June 17 their restrictions only applied to RESIDENTS who had visited AL, AR and AZ. All the restrictions that were in place over the last few months mentioned 14 days of quarantine. The few restrictions regarding "hot spot" states say the same thing. That's why I'm looking for suggestions to prove where I've been over the next four months. On July 21 I will have been out of Fl for 14 days. On August 20 I will have been out of Colorado for 14 days (should it become a new hot spot), etc. Secondly, if someone asks for suggestions for getting TV or internet service, or how to get FM radio to work, there's no place for comments about how they are all three full of propaganda, conspiracy theories, and generally contribute to mental decay. Although you could make a case for all that. So, I stand by my opinion that information, suggestions and advice are appropriate responses to questions on a forum like this. Comments implying travel restrictions, wearing of masks, etc. are turning our country into "nazi germany" (that post has been removed) have no place here. Likewise the commonly recurring theme that anyone buying anything produced in a communist country is not a good citizen. I'm willing to let people believe what they want, but I shouldn't have to put up with it at the grocery store or on a forum about RVing, or fishing, and so on.
rfloyd99 06/28/20 04:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Florida Plates; How to Prove We haven't Been There Lately.

Cummins2014, I agree with you and the others who posted in favor of safety. We are firm believers in staying safe AND doing the right thing regarding not spreading the virus to others, as mentioned in the original post (wearing masks, staying home as much possible, etc). Regarding travelling across several states during the pandemic, we feel we have had very low risk of becoming infected due to how (retired, stay at home) and where (within the state) we live. Also we are firm believers in doing what is needed to make things work in our increasingly difficult society - such as following rules and laws for the greater good. We have all given up certain "personal freedoms" so that order and safety can be maintained. I'm active on other forums like this one for the several activities and interests I have. ALL OF THEM exist for the purpose of sharing information about their narrow specialty. ALL OF THEM have rules about not including politics, religion, etc. in the discussions. I think these rules are necessary for the forums to function as intended, not to mention for the freedom to enjoy our pastimes away from the intrusion of politics and the like. This is not a freedom of speech issue, the forum is a private endeavor with the right to limit activities thereon. I'm always a vocal advocate for a forum to stick to its purpose.
rfloyd99 06/28/20 09:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Florida Plates; How to Prove We haven't Been There Lately.

OP here. Thanks for the suggestions about receipts, getting a test, etc. Also for posting the experiences you've had traveling lately. Any additional info is welcome. If anyone has any knowledge about accessing travel records in Google Maps please chime in. To those who want to espouse and/or discuss their political or cultural views regarding the virus issue, start your own thread. Maybe on some forum that exists for that purpose.
rfloyd99 06/28/20 08:40am General RVing Issues
Florida Plates; How to Prove We haven't Been There Lately.

We're planning to leave the Tampa Bay area on July 7, driving straight through to Denver. Florida is becoming a real hotspot for COVID. I'm worried that one or more of the states we'll have to pass through could impose travel restrictions, possibly after we're several hundred miles into the trip. We also plan to visit a few other states out west before heading home in October, and FL license plates could be a problem. We're retired and have been able to social distance, wear masks, stay home, etc. We will take all precautions while traveling to avoid spreading, in case we happen to be carrying it.    It would help to be able to prove that we've been out of Florida for several weeks, once we've reached that point. Google Maps sends me a report monthly on where I've driven, I assume using data from my map searches and location data from my phone . Does anyone know how to access that information? Or have any other ideas for proving where we've been, and when? Or anything to add regarding recent travel experiences, etc.  This is a trip we are committed to making for various reasons. Thanks!
rfloyd99 06/27/20 10:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Ouray, CO to Fort Collins, CO

As a 30 year Colorado resident, I agree with the two posts recommending the Hwy 285 route.
rfloyd99 06/27/20 10:44am Roads and Routes
Slightly Different Mattress Issue

After two years of barely acceptable comfort, we decided we had to replace or improve the original mattress in our TT. Before our four month trip last year we added a 2" foam topper which was an improvement, but not much of one. Our TT has a Murphy Bed (which we love). Some toppers were quite heavy, and I was afraid that when the bed was up (vertical) the pad would slide down, especially as we drove for hours. So I found a lightweight one. BTW, it would slide down a little occasionally, but it wasn't a problem. At the time I also shopped for a new mattress. Again, some were very heavy, and I didn't find a ltwt. option that seemed good. One seemed okay, but when I spoke to the maker they said they did not recommend any of their mattresses for use on a murphy bed. Has anyone had any experience with mattress replacement for a murphy bed? Or with a good topper? It's a short queen, which limits choices somewhat. We're leaving on another four month trip soon, so I've got to do something about this. Conventional or foam okay, but price is an issue - just can't go over $500, less is even better. I know that's not much, but I was surprised at how many inexpensive well-reviewed mattresses I found. Height isn't really an issue, there's about 11" available, but weight is. I want to add as little as possible. Thanks!
rfloyd99 06/05/20 12:45pm General RVing Issues
Predator 2000 Inverter Generator

Consumer Reports rates this model from Harbor Freight very close to the Honda 2000 for about half the price. I'm considering a generator because I figure we'll need to do more dry camping on our four month trip this year. I can't afford a more expensive unit. Questions: Anyone have anything to add to the review, good or bad? If I get one, how long would it need to run to put a charge (at least a partial charge) on the two 6 volt golf cart batteries we use on our TT? Should I let the converter do the charging, or use the cheap plug in charger I have? For example, if we are drycamped for 4-5 days and on day 3 or 4 needed to charge enough to make it until we get back on the road? I realize that partial charging isn't ideal, but is it a problem if we do it occasionally? We wouldn't be using the generator to try to run the AC obviously. Would probably use it during breakfast for coffee, toaster microwave, or to charge cell phones, computers, etc. Mainly to keep batteries from being over-discharged, and to keep the control boards going. Any other ideas? Thanks!
rfloyd99 06/04/20 02:12pm General RVing Issues
Latest Info on Harvest Hosts & Boondockers Welcome

We've decided to go ahead with our four month trip (July-November)in our 27" travel trailer. Florida-CO-WY-MT-WA-OR-CA-AR-NM-TX-FL. This will be our 4th year to take this kind of trip. We stay in all kinds of places - national, state, local parks,comm. RV parks, etc. Dry, partial and full HUps all OK. We try to avoid Wal-marts, etc. I've read that camp sites of all kinds will be harder to find this year. I'm considering Harvest Hosts and/or Boondockers Welcome to expand the possibilities. I've studied their sites, read reviews and all the threads here, so I think I have a good understanding of how they work. My question: have any of you used these two sources lately, and have you gotten emails from the clubs on changes during Covid-19? Also, any other tips or comments on these two clubs would be greatly appreciated. Or thoughts about finding spots to stay, both short and longer times (5-10 days) Thanks!
rfloyd99 05/31/20 01:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need a Dometic rooftop AC unit

OP here with an update. With the help of responses here (in a different post in the tech section), I was able to reconnect the burned connection and the AC is now back in action! No thanks to the two RV places who were involved, or to Dometic. Those three entities could have at least steered me in the right direction instead of telling me there was no alternative to a new $500-800 rooftop unit. Cost me $2 in parts from Home Depot!! Plus a bunch of time, of course, but that's what being retired is all about. Thanks to everyone for your input.
rfloyd99 03/04/20 07:08pm Travel Trailers
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