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RE: Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

I don't know how anyone could tell that I was not using tow/haul by what I wrote. I always use tow/haul but I prefer to stay ahead of excess speed by shifting myself. I have a selective shift 6 speed and was able to use it without hitting the brakes unless necessary. Without hitting the brakes, the tranny will not know there are sharp turns ahead that I can control most of the time with my shifter but had to use the brakes more than I like as reported in my original post. I was raised by a truck driving father who taught me how to drive a manual and automatic tranny on hills and when pulling loads. Considering that he was a trained driving instructor, I think he did a pretty good job in teaching me how to drive.
BarabooBob 09/18/19 09:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stopped to help fellow camper

Bob here. What was left of the tire was spread out all over I-70. The core of the tire was still there but nothing of the sidewalls or tread. I was not going to go out into traffic to try to find parts of the tire to do an autopsy. I checked her other tire and it was at 50 psi just like it said on the sidewall. I did not look to see what brand or country of origin the other tire was. I did not want to ruin her day and explain to her that she was probably out of luck as far as the dealer backing anything but MAYBE a new tire and rim. I have no idea if she had insurance or not. Unless she can find a handyman, she may find that repairs will exceed the value of the camper.
BarabooBob 09/18/19 09:39pm Folding Trailers
RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

I know that in Wisconsin, by law, we have to have our septic tanks pumped every three years. If I were to call a septic pumper to clean out a system that you described, he is required to report me to the DNR for having an illegal and un-certified system. The pumper could receive a huge fine for servicing the system.
BarabooBob 09/18/19 09:28pm Tech Issues
Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

Well we have been traveling all over the place and I found out how my 3.5 EcoBoost would handle the Rockies. Going up hills I have no problem with power at all. I slow for the corners and speed back up to whatever speed I feel is safe. We have passed many gas Class A's that are in the slow lane with their engines screaming to get to the top. On the downhill runs however, the engine is still a 3.5 liter gasser when it comes to motor braking. I have to use my brakes more than I would like on the long high speed drops. Today I came down what is probably my steepest, curviest downhill in my driving experience. This road was handled well by the EB because the speed limit was 25 and I could use first gear and had very good speed control with engine braking. I only had to touch the brakes a few times on that stretch. This was in Colorado between the towns of Dinosaur and Fruita. I don't remember the road number right now. For an everyday driver with only limited towing in the mountains, I really like my EB and may buy another one in the future. I will have to do some serious thinking before I get a new truck because I may buy a diesel with exhaust brake. I don't know what size truck at this time. They keep changing options on trucks so time will tell.
BarabooBob 09/17/19 08:42pm Travel Trailers
Stopped to help fellow camper

This afternoon I stopped along I-70 in Utah to help out a fellow camper. She had a shredded tire on her new to her Rockwood A-frame. She had just installed new tires on the unit about 50 miles before heading out for a 2 week trip. According to her, the tire exploded and that started the trailer swaying and she said that she was lucky to not end up in the ditch. The damage to the trailer was extensive. The plastic wheel well was destroyed, the floor of the camper had a hole about a foot wide and three feet long toward the rear of the camper, the welded on frame extension that goes to the side of the camper was bent 90 degrees from its normal position, the inside of the cabinet above the wheel well was torn apart, the gas line to the outdoor stove connection was smashed, most of the wiring for the entire trailer goes through that cabinet and the wires were wrapped around the wheel. Since the wires were shredded anyway, I cut them away from carnage to get things cleaned up. I had to unwrap the copper gas line from around the wheel. I used a ratcheting tie down strap to straighten the bent frame member because it would have hit the new time. I could not believe that her stop/turn signals still worked and so did her electric brakes. After only 90 minutes, I had things cleaned up enough that she could limp back home or wherever she decided to go. I informed her that I would take it back to the RV sales place that installed her new tires and try to get some of her repairs covered. As a result of spending 90 minutes along the road helping her, I got into Moab at 6:30 pm and found most campsites full. I stopped at Moab Rim Campground and they had an overflow site available without any hookups. I was telling him about the afternoon and he let me stay the first night for free and I was able to get an electric only site for tomorrow night. I guess karma liked me today.
BarabooBob 09/17/19 08:22pm Folding Trailers
RE: Thunder Storms

I taught my kids early in life that you choose your campsites based on the worst possible weather for where you are at and for 40 miles upstream. They now that you should never camp in a ravine or dry wash. They have seen the power of a storm many miles away with clear skies overhead. My kids tell others about these precautions. When my daughter was about 14 years old, we were camping with a friend near Craters of the Moon National Monument. The friend started to set his tent up in a dry wash to get some privacy. My daughter walked over to the edge, looked down at him and simply stated-"You are stupid." and walked away. The friend came over to me and wanted me to discipline my daughter. After all, we had a PhD in engineering. I asked the daughter why she said what she said. She explained to the "Doctor" that setting up in a wash was in dead stupid and explained why. That night there was a thunderstorm "upstream" from us and the wash had 3 feet of fast moving water in it.
BarabooBob 09/08/19 09:23pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

I forgot to mention that my wife had a stroke when she was 42. She was not treated properly due to her age and it did not show up right away on a scan. She does her best but has a difficult time getting around. We diud a few experiments with gas mileage on our first day of travel, We had about a 30 to 40 mph headwind and our mileage was bad. We tried 30 mile tests at 55 mph, 60 mph, and 65 mph. Without heavy wind we usually get about 10.5 mpg at 55 top 60. With the wind we were getting 8.5 at 55. We did our little experiments and found that 65 mph only coast us .5 mpg. We decided to go faster. We spent 2 days at TR NP car sightseeing and short hikes. I had never seen this section of badlands topography before. It is like the Badlands NP on steroids. The scale is so much bigger. The valleys are deeper and wider. We loved it. The trip across Highway 2 in Montana included about 30 miles of one way roads with pilot cars to follow. It was slow going and took more time than we wanted. From Browning Montana to Glacier, highway 89 is really torn up. The route is 26 miles long and about 10 miles is nothing but mud, rocks and driving in ditches. My blue truck and white TT were both covered with mud. In Glacier, we took a boat tour at Many Glacier Hotel, and admired the architecture of the hotel. We did some short hikes together and I hiked to Hidden Lake at the top of Logan Pass. We drove all of Going to the Sun road which took all day with the short hikes and sightseeing that we did. We hiked the Trail of the Cedars on the west side of the park. It is amazing to sit and look up at 200 ft tall, 600 year old trees. Being from Wisconsin this is hard to fathom. Wisconsin was just about stripped of old growth trees in the late 1800's. Today we have been wandering toward West Yellowstone. We are both morning people and we get up at about 6:00. I make coffee for me and tea for her. We pack a light breakfast to eat on the road and are usually rolling by 7:00. This is how we like to travel. We frequently eat while driving unless we find something that we want to sit and admire. We would not mind being snowed in somewhere. We have supplies packed that would keep us comfortable for up to a week without getting hungry or cold. I have gone snowmobile and cross country ski camping in northern WI and Michigan. We have been to the Rockies 5 or 6 times in the past. The best part of these trips is that we get to spend the time together admiring everything along the way. We keep commenting on the beauty around us. I told my wife that I would have made a great artist because of my eye for beauty but was stopped by my absolute lack of talent with anything but my camera. We are wandering toward Yellowstone now and have no solid plans as to where we are going after that. I'll check back in when we get a connection again. By the way, 2 Bar Lazy H campground west of Butte MT has the best wifi I have ever had while camping.
BarabooBob 09/08/19 09:01pm Roads and Routes
Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

My wife and I are heading out tomorrow morning a oh dark thirty for a 5 week trip to most everywhere in the Rockies. We are starting in WI, heading to Theodore Roosevelt NP, Glacier, Yellowstone, Tetons, Dinosaur, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, Silverton, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Pikes Peak, Mt Evans, Rocky Mtn NP, Devils Tower, Black Hills, Badlands, and back home. We rarely travel on the interstates so we are looking forward to seeing some great little towns along the way. We know that we may have to bug out of some areas due to snow but we are really looking forward to this trip. I will write a few entries along the way when we are near civilization. We frequently boondock so internet is pretty much not a thing unless we stop at a restaurant along the way.
BarabooBob 09/02/19 04:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Some poor fellas waste tank broke!

Why carry all of that weight around anyway. I get water near where I am going and leave the waste at the closest available dump station. While traveling, I keep about 10 gallons of fresh water to be able to use the toilet on the road. I am more than happy to leave black and grey water at the dump station.
BarabooBob 08/30/19 06:53am General RVing Issues
RE: How to clean battery acid spill

I agree with using baking soda. Make sure to rinse everything with large quantities of water.
BarabooBob 08/24/19 07:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Restrictions on older RVs.

I owned a 1988 Damon Escaper built on a Toyota C/C. The unit was in very good shape and ran very good with only 70,000 miles on the clock. I only ran into a problem at a CG one time and I just moved on to the next CG.
BarabooBob 08/23/19 06:36am Snowbirds
RE: Revenge is mine, says the buffalo herd...

I also got stuck in a bison herd on a motorcycle. For me, it happened in Custer SP in SD. I just sat there and took some great photos of Bison at about 1 foot away. One Bull stopped right next to me and looked at me. Talk about a pucker moment.
BarabooBob 08/22/19 03:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Run the USA is what?

My wife and I are very happy with out 17' Viking which is 20' from bumper to coupler. We like being together so the close quarters don't bother us at all. We have always traveled light and ar not short on storage. We cook most of our own meals, spend time inside and outside. We don;t understand the need for 30' plus trailers for 2 people, but, to each his own. We like the simplicity of hooking and unhooking without the need for a WDH. We can also fit into almost every site designed for tents or pull throughs for monster rigs.
BarabooBob 08/19/19 03:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which Stand-alone GPS system to purchase?

I have a Garmin 2757ltm. We have never had a problem with it. I do not follow the GPS to the point of being stupid. My brother reset my GPS to use the shortest route that included off road and it wanted to take me down some deer trail/hiking paths. We had a good laugh when it said to turn down a snowmobile trail.
BarabooBob 08/19/19 04:22am Technology Corner
RE: Laws/Regulations for RV Fresh & Waste Water Service

4x4van -What is so terrible about the pipes being in view? Do you want me to put pants and underwear on my TT o that you can't see its private parts. Do you get disturbed when you drive past a field and see a cow taking a **** without using an outhouse? I think we have more important things to get upset about.
BarabooBob 08/18/19 04:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Recommend me a Vacume Food Bagger

I have been using a Food Saver vacuum sealer for over 20 years. It is starting to get a little slow so I bought a new Food Saver. I just can't bring myself to break out the new on and retire my old reliable unit. I do purchase the rolls of bag material because I am cheap and don;t like puRchasing high priced bags when I can make my own bags out of the exact material that I buy from them at half the cost or less when bought on sale.
BarabooBob 08/18/19 03:57am Beginning RVing
RE: LED's for marker lights

I replaced all of marker lights and tail light assemblies with complete LED units. I got them from etrailer and they worked great. I did however find that some of my marker lights were wired backwards and I had to correct that. My new lights were many times brighter than the originals. I was very happy with the small cash investment and a couple hours of my time installing them.
BarabooBob 08/17/19 07:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: stupid move

Where do you live? Maybe someone could check this problem out for you?
BarabooBob 08/16/19 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel fuel stop on I25 between Cheyenne Wy. Casper Wy.

I usually just check Gas Buddy for prices and then look at Google Maps to get a street level view to see what the station looks like. Never had a problem doing it this way. I sometimes will fill up at 60% to avoid a middle of nowhere gas stop. I had a Toyota based Damon that had short legs, only 200 miles between fill-ups so I had to be careful.
BarabooBob 08/13/19 08:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Tips for Traveling with Other Couples

I can travel with my immediate family but very few other people. My daughters know that my wife and I get up early, have breakfast, and break camp by 8:00. We travelled for for two weeks together on a trip to the Rockies. One daughter could not wait to get home, the other one wants to go with us again. Even people that KNOW each other may not travel well together.
BarabooBob 08/12/19 06:00pm RV Lifestyle
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