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RE: St. Louis to Central FL

I just returned from St. Louis to Central Florida last summer. I took I-55 south to Memphis,( I-269 is a loop around Memphis that is an easy drive to I-22) picked up I-22 to Tupelo, MS then turned south on US 45 to Meridian, MS then east on US 80 to Montgomery, AL then south on US 231 to I-10. I avoided Birmingham, AL as there is all kinds of road construction around that area and it is slow going with traffic delays plus rough road.This is a good choice with less traffic. Atlanta is a nightmare to get through due to traffic and construction. I live out side of Orlando so if I can be of additional help let me know.Safe travels and enjoy the trip! Thanks for the input. I've done the drive through Atlanta multiple times (usually coming from SE WI, and the detour is more significant from there). I'm curious, though, about your decision to avoid Birmingham. Google suggests that your side-route adds about 45 minutes to the trip - that seems like a lot to add on just to avoid a city of 200,000 people. With limited travel time, is it really worth such a substantial detour to avoid Birmingham?
Mickeyfan0805 02/21/20 10:33am Roads and Routes
St. Louis to Central FL

Will be traveling from just west of St. Louis to central FL this summer. Most direct and fastest route (not considering traffic) is to take 24 through Nashville to Chattanooga, and then catch 75 south through Atlanta. It looks, however, that a route south to Memphis and onto Montgomery only adds about 30-40 miles and cuts out all the major cities. Anyone familiar with these routes? Any suggestions?
Mickeyfan0805 02/20/20 03:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Myrtle Beach - Ocean Lakes, Pirateland or Lakewood

Thanks all - I appreciate the insights. We settled on Lakewood. We want to be at the beach, but also want the amenities and activities for the kids. This is a 'fun' trip, not as much a 'relaxing' one, so we are ok with the energy and activity of the campground. Seemed like Lakewood was likely the best balance all around.
Mickeyfan0805 02/18/20 12:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 3.5 EB Engine Braking?

Curious...how does the engine rev limiter function when engine braking ? My assumption is that it will shift all the way down to the lowest hear, right ? The puter will keep shifting up to keep it from over-revving. OK - help a newbie out here. In my old 'burb I would simply put it in 2nd or 3rd gear to get the control I wanted and work my way down the grade. Now that I'm shifting to the f150, I'm trying to understand how this works with the newer tech. So, how does the engine know what speed you are trying to maintain? In other words, how does it know to provide engine braking to keep me at 60 or 45? This is all new to me, but I'd like to understand BEFORE I'm traveling down a grade and trying to figure it out! Thanks for indulging me. If you are on cruise control it simply tries to maintain the set speed. Otherwise, it will not exceed the speed at which you took your foot off of the gas pedal. If you touch the brakes it gets more aggressive. That's what I imagined. Thanks, all, for the input!
Mickeyfan0805 02/18/20 08:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can I park my trailer at Universal Orlando?

We stayed at a KOA pretty close by to universal as a home base. Nice place good pool too. Yep, I think this is our plan. Thanks, all, for the input.
Mickeyfan0805 02/18/20 08:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Myrtle Beach - Ocean Lakes, Pirateland or Lakewood

Looking for a fun family location for a few days at Myrtle Beach this summer. For those of you who have used the resorts listed above, which would you recommend for a family with 3 kids (11, 14 and 15)? Why? Thanks!
Mickeyfan0805 02/17/20 02:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 3.5 EB Engine Braking?

Curious...how does the engine rev limiter function when engine braking ? My assumption is that it will shift all the way down to the lowest hear, right ? The puter will keep shifting up to keep it from over-revving. OK - help a newbie out here. In my old 'burb I would simply put it in 2nd or 3rd gear to get the control I wanted and work my way down the grade. Now that I'm shifting to the f150, I'm trying to understand how this works with the newer tech. So, how does the engine know what speed you are trying to maintain? In other words, how does it know to provide engine braking to keep me at 60 or 45? This is all new to me, but I'd like to understand BEFORE I'm traveling down a grade and trying to figure it out! Thanks for indulging me.
Mickeyfan0805 02/17/20 10:40am Tow Vehicles
3.5 EB Engine Braking?

For those of you with a 3.5 Ecoboost and a 10spd, how do you manage the transmission on long downhill grades? Do you find that the tow/haul mode does enough engine braking on its own, or do you shift to manual and control the gears along the way?
Mickeyfan0805 02/15/20 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
Can I park my trailer at Universal Orlando?

In the midst of a 2 week trip, we are likely to land at Universal for a couple of days. We will probably get a hotel room in order to access their Express Pass. If so, do they have somewhere for me to park a 34' travel trailer, or would I need to drop that at a campsite nearby?
Mickeyfan0805 02/12/20 02:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Just sold the hybrid after 10 years.

We also sold our beloved Roo 23SS after 10 years but not because we were tired of it. We had retired and wanted a trailer better suited for snowboarding in. We miss the openness of the hybrid but the walk-around queen bed and theater recliners ease the pain.:W This gave me all sorts of fun images! ;)
Mickeyfan0805 02/05/20 02:44pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Just sold the hybrid after 10 years.

It's been a fantastic RV "Starcraft 21SSO " And we used it a lot. Easy to pull to State parks off the beaten path and the 21 footer really opened up. We got older and wanted a bedroom. Congrats - what did you get?
Mickeyfan0805 02/05/20 07:41am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: When buying a new TT how do you negotiate

We've only purchased twice, but in both cases purchased from an out of state volume dealer at a significant discount. For our current TT, I wanted to purchase from a local dealer for many of the reasons mentioned above (local relationship, service, etc...). I knew exactly what my unit would cost from the out of state dealer, walked into the local with a price and told them that I wanted to buy from them if they could come close to the deal I had. She looked me in the eye and told me to buy out of state because her dealer owners would never let her get within $7,000. In 10 years of camping I've had rigs in for service twice - once for tires (planned well ahead) and the other for an axle issue. Given the fact that I no longer live where I did when we bought, point of sale was meaningless, and I've had no dofficulties.
Mickeyfan0805 02/05/20 07:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping World Holdings Fiscal Health

Bad service is a sour taste, that takes a long time to go away. I don't know a thing about the realities of their loss (which very well may not be as much of one if it is based on inventory, investment, etc...), but this statement reflects an underlying truth that is difficult for CW. While there are always those who are new, the RV industry makes a lot of its money off of long-time campers. From rigs to gear and everything in-between, I have to imagine that a huge portion of their business comes from people who are far from new to the RV world. The problem for CW, however, is that they have developed a less than ideal reputation within that community. Some are better than others, and many have perfectly acceptable experiences with them, but the reality is that, from the junk mail to the sales tactics, CW leaves that sour taste in the mouths of many veteran RV'ers. This is a compounding reality that could be increasingly difficult to overcome.
Mickeyfan0805 02/04/20 07:46am Camping World RV Sales
RE: Quick winter question

30 minutes and $5.00. Is it really worth the risk? Yeah… I’m just going to winterize it to be safe. Dang it! LOL! Probably the best bet. Without knowing the routing of your lines, it's very hard for anyone to know if heating the interior cabin would be a sufficient resolution. Outdoor shower? Lines running underneath the cabin? Fresh water spigot? All these, and more, might not benefit from a heated cabin.
Mickeyfan0805 02/03/20 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: How does GCVWR affect stopping if you have trailer brakes?

My opinion and experience is they each stop them selves if each are in good shape. And the other -in an emergency. Brake lines blew on the TV when trying to avoid an idiot who cut me off on the interstate last summer. It was the trailer brakes that got us to safety! Could you not use your parking / E brake on the truck? Those are operated mechanically. Have a cable that pulls them on. In the moment of slamming on the brakes, there would not have been time. It was the fact that I had a hydraulic controller on the Suburban that kept activating the trailer brakes even after losing the TV brakes trailer kept slowing enough to avoid a wreck. From there, e-brakes could have worked, but didn't need to. The trailer brakes worked flawlessly to draw us to safety. So it probably wouldn't have worked with a normal proportional brake controler. they only apply the brakes as much as they feel the TV braking. Good to know. Just wondering. Did you gear it down to help the brakes to stop it? Easy to think of all this stuff while it isn't happening I know. Just thinking what I would do if it ever happened to me. A learning experience if you will. I am not entirely sure regarding the proportional controller. I think you are right that it wouldn't have worked in this manner. That said, some might have a manual override that would allow you to accomplish the same thing by engaging the controller manually. I haven't had a proportional controller in 8 years, and only had that for 18 months, so I don't remember for sure. As for gearing, it wasn't necessary. The lines really weren't bad enough that they should have blown (the guy at the shop was shocked). I really had to jam the brakes to avoid the other car, and the truck slowed significantly before the lines blew - at which time we were already moving pretty slowly. From there it was simply a slow crawl to safety.
Mickeyfan0805 01/30/20 12:25pm Towing
RE: How does GCVWR affect stopping if you have trailer brakes?

My opinion and experience is they each stop them selves if each are in good shape. And the other -in an emergency. Brake lines blew on the TV when trying to avoid an idiot who cut me off on the interstate last summer. It was the trailer brakes that got us to safety! Could you not use your parking / E brake on the truck? Those are operated mechanically. Have a cable that pulls them on. In the moment of slamming on the brakes, there would not have been time. It was the fact that I had a hydraulic controller on the Suburban that kept activating the trailer brakes even after losing the TV brakes trailer kept slowing enough to avoid a wreck. From there, e-brakes could have worked, but didn't need to. The trailer brakes worked flawlessly to draw us to safety.
Mickeyfan0805 01/30/20 07:23am Towing
RE: Just 13 threads

solismaris: I have to disagree about the lumping of categories. I don't care to read about a toy hauler with ramp issues when I drive a Class B. Couldn't care less about the best tent when I drive a Class A. ETC, etc. IMHO the divisions are great for narrowing down the information I would be interested/knowledgeable in. Looking for help or offering advice. But that's just me. I agree. As mentioned, I use the 'newest' tag and it works well for me. That said, once reviewing that list, I will sometimes look at the specific forum to know if it is something I'm interest in. If someone is talking about towing set-ups in a FW or TT forum, that is somewhere I might be of some help and/or might learn something useful to me. If someone asks about towing set-up and a class A/C forum, I'll skip right over it!
Mickeyfan0805 01/29/20 03:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: How does GCVWR affect stopping if you have trailer brakes?

My opinion and experience is they each stop them selves if each are in good shape. And the other -in an emergency. Brake lines blew on the TV when trying to avoid an idiot who cut me off on the interstate last summer. It was the trailer brakes that got us to safety!
Mickeyfan0805 01/29/20 02:15pm Towing
RE: Just 13 threads

Don't any updates from those forums appear in "Newest"? Try clicking on "Active" or "Popular". I'm thinking "Newest" is determined by the original post date, and the others are determined by the last response date...just a guess. Hmmm... I've always clicked 'newest' (still do) and it generally gives me anything that's had activity since the last time I was on - at the moment dating back to posts from last night. 'Active' seems to give you every thread that has had activity in the last 24 hours - regardless of when you were last logged in. The activity level goes up and down, but I never thought I was missing anything by using 'newest.' Perhaps I was/am, but it seems to work for me.
Mickeyfan0805 01/29/20 07:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Can we pull a TT with our ‘20 Suburban

Keep it simple......make sure your vehicle can comfortably tow the GVWR of trailer. It's that easy and by " comfortably " you won't have to pay mind to payload.....unless your a hoarder. I would suggest that it is trying to oversimplify things in this manner that can really get someone into trouble. You can readily purchase and F150 SuperCrew with a 12,000 pound towing capacity and less than 1,500 pounds of payload. Even keeping the trailer at only 75% of that capacity, you could end up with a 9,000 pound trailer with a 75 pound hitch and over 1,100 pounds in tongue weight. Add just two adults and nothing else and your are already over your payload. Start putting gear in your truck and/or other passengers and you can blow away your payload while still being way below your GCWR. I'm not one who I would consider a member of the 'weight police,' and have no problem with people deciding to use their truck to the max of its stated capacities. To do so, however, you need to know all of the weights and limits involved! Oversimplifying the calculations is just asking for trouble.
Mickeyfan0805 01/27/20 07:19pm Travel Trailers
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