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RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

In my opinion WA-20 over the N. Cascades is more scenic, is more remote than is US-2 over Stevens Pass, and is the safer of the two routes. Depending upon time of day, weekend vs. weekday, etc., US-2 west of the summit can be very congested and over the years has had many, many traffic fatalities. Both routes are scenic, but I recommend WA-20 for you.
jamesu 11/13/19 04:15am Roads and Routes
Battery storage

Over the years I have taken out my TT batteries and hooked them to a trickle charger in my garage during each winter. I now have the TT under covered storage at a local storage yard which has electric plug ins. Related to my TT battery’s winterization, am I good just plugging in the TT? Will this keep the battery warm/charged? Or should I remove the battery and trickle charge it in my garage? My storage facility is open-sided, covered storage so there is no heat, just an electric plug in next to my TT. I can count on a few decent freezes in December/January here in W. Washington. Other than this battery question, my TT is stowed and winterized.
jamesu 11/07/19 05:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Blow out water lines question

I recommend just using the pink stuff. I have never blown a line in my. 20 years of TT’ing. Have never had frozen pipes and my entire procedure takes about 20 minutes and approximately 1.5 containers of pink antifreeze. Run each faucet and shower (including the outside one) until it runs pink. It is not a tough process. Also, make sure you have turned the bi-Pass valve under the kitchen sink leading into the water heater and have unscrewed the water heater plug outside the trailer and drained it before running the pink antifreeze into the system. You do not want pink anti-freeze inside the water heater. When you de-winterize in the Spring, re-open the bi-pass valve under the sink AFTER have you have finished de-winterizing by running water until it’s not pink. Doing this keeps anti-freeze out of the empty water heater. Then keep the water running until the water heater is full.
jamesu 11/03/19 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Blow out water lines question

I recommend just using the pink stuff. I have never blown a line in my. 20 years of TT’ing. Have never had frozen pipes and my entire procedure takes about 20 minutes and approximately 1.5 containers of pink antifreeze. Run each faucet and shower (including the outside one) until it runs pink. It is not a tough process.
jamesu 11/03/19 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Trans Labrador Highway

Moderator: This post should be moved to the “Canada” section. It is not possible to reach a Moderator with such a request via the “Notify Moderator” link inside each post anymore. Your IT dept. needs to look into this as this has been a problem for quite some time.
jamesu 11/02/19 06:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Places to stay near Mt. Ranier, Olympic and Crater Lake NPs

Regardless of the doubts posted raised by “ppine” after my initial post, I stick by my previous recommendations based upon my experience as a lifetime resident of W. Washington. The Ohanapeecosh entrance near Packwood, as I stated before, is a good one in Rainier’s SE corner. Another option is the entrance between Ashford and Longmire in the Park’s S.W. corner if you had come through Eatonville via Tacoma. From Mt. Rainier both I-5 and US-97 are viable routes to Crater Lake. You can PM me if want. Happy to help.
jamesu 11/01/19 10:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Places to stay near Mt. Ranier, Olympic and Crater Lake NPs

Randle, PA and Forks are not exactly handy locations for visiting these parks. You have a lot of commute time built into your trip. ppine, I am curious how you would advise the OP, given his trip parameters that he won’t be RV’ing, but will be renting a car and will rent accommodations along the way.
jamesu 11/01/19 05:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Places to stay near Mt. Ranier, Olympic and Crater Lake NPs

Mt. Rainier NP is big, and Olympic NP even bigger. To stay in one place at each park to be able to fully experience each park is tough. Since you are not rv’ing on this trip, for Mt. Rainier I suggest finding a motel in either Packwood or Randle. This is fairly near the Ohanapeecosh Entrance in the S.E. corner of Rainier NP with access to Sunrise, an awesome high elevation viewing area; within a couple miles of the Ohanapeecosh Entrance pull over, park, and take a walk through “The Grove of the Patriarchs”...a beautiful walk through a forest of impressively huge old growth Douglas Firs. Packwood and Randle are somewhat remote on US-12 (White Pass Hwy) so you won’t find fancy accommodations, but the location is perfect in that you are fairly equidistant between Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams (12,276’), and the backside of Mt. St. Helens. A trip to the summit of White Pass gives you impressive views of the backside of Rainier’s summit. I recommend at least 4-5 days in this location to be able to explore all 3 mountains. Olympic NP is huge and cannot be seen from one location, but I recommend you rent a motel in Pt. Angeles from where you can visit the NP Visitor Center and Hurricane Ridge, Crescent Lake, and explore the Sol Duc and Elwa Rivers...all on the north perimeter of the Olympic Peninsula. Also Salt Creek Recreation Area near Joyce 12 miles west of Pt. Angeles on WA-112...a beautiful, craggy spot with tide pools, beaches on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. 3-4 days in Pt. Angeles should be enough. To explore the Hoh Rain Forest on the west perimeter of Olympic NP I recommend you motel it in Forks or google for accommodations in LaPush. Once again this is pretty remote so accommodations will likely be pretty basic. Forks is an old logging town and LaPush is a village on the ocean about 10 miles west of Forks. LaPush gets you into hikes on the Pacific beaches portion of the NP. Depending upon your level of activity you could probably use 2-4 days in Forks/LaPush.
jamesu 10/30/19 05:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

Hello,my husband and I will be traveling with a fifth wheel from NC to west Yellowstone in august of next year.I am scared of heights and drop offs . I would appreciate some advise as to the route I can take to and from west Yellowstone with no drop-offs .Please advise It’s pretty flat between NC and Montana. Once you reach the eastern edge of the Rockies it’s pretty tough to keep going west from that point without going through mountains. With your fear of heights maybe you should reconsider a trip to the western U.S.
jamesu 10/20/19 08:14am Roads and Routes
RE: How cold can you go?

Just a thought. If your RV is stowed on your property could you do your 4 year old’s birthday “camping trip” there, instead of venturing off with all the concerns and parameters that freezing temp camping entails? Keep the propane furnace running, cart needed supplies in and out of the house, spend the night, and have fun. The little tyke is on the short side of 4, and I’ll bet those memories will stick just about as well as if you went far afield and maybe ended up with frozen pipes out in the country. Back in the day it worked when mine turned 3, and he still talks about it. He’ll be 30 on his next birthday. Just a thought.
jamesu 10/17/19 06:59am Travel Trailers
Back in the day...

...posts to this “Humor/Jokes” were actually funny. In fact many of them were hilarious, and this section was often full. That was 10-15 years ago. What happened here? This is my first journey back to this section in years. Now it is me and another post about tomato as a fruit. Not exactly side splitting.
jamesu 09/27/19 06:26am Around the Campfire
RE: RV Parking at Hovenweep National Monument

Just to clarify. We just want to stop at the visitor center and see what is there as we Pass through on our way to stay at Cortez. Just looking to make sure there is plenty of room to park and turn around an RV in there visitor center parking area. We were there during the off season several years ago. Hovenweep is not a heavily visited place. We were not towing when we were there, but I remember a large, paved parking area. You should have no issues. A fascinating a small, diminutive Mesa Verde except it is “above ground”.
jamesu 09/12/19 06:38am Roads and Routes
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

Thank you all for the responses!! My 1/2 ton is rated to pull 9,400. Was considering the new 1/2 Silverado with max tow package rated at 11,300. It is just DW and I nothing unusual as far as packing except two bicycles just struggling on what to do I am confused: the TV listed in your signature is a 3/4 ton (“2500”) Silverado same as mine, except mine is a Duramax diesel. Is your signature TV # a typo, or are you just thinking of downgrading to a 1/2 ton? After towing with a 1/2 ton all those years, and now with having the benefit and luxury of more power than I actually need, I would never go back.
jamesu 09/10/19 05:48am Travel Trailers
RE: How to deal with grease on ball of receiver

Once you have grease on the ball, how do you cover while in the campground ? It seems that grease was all over the place...Will the rubber ball hitch cover work or are there better ideas out there? Thanks Ed Life continues to be a learning experience . After reading this OP and all subsequent answers, I am wondering why this is so complicated. As soon as I unhitch the TT I wipe all the grease from the ball and underneath where the stabilizers plug in with a paper towel and either throw it in the garbage or in the adjacent campfire pit. Not sure why 3 pages of replies have chimed in with creative ways to cover a greasy ball when all that is needed is to wipe it off. What am I missing here?
jamesu 08/30/19 07:13am Towing
RE: British Columbia, Canada

Moderator: This OP needs to be moved to the “Canada” section. It isn’t possible to notify you of this via the “Notify Moderator” link anymore.
jamesu 08/22/19 07:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Cabin filte

I recently changed the cabin filter in my car. Having never done so in my Silverado, I started researching it. Finding nothing on that subject on-line, I called the local dealership: the 2011 Silverado has no cabin filter.
jamesu 08/13/19 06:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rear picture window model suggestions

Mine (see signature). Exterior length is 28’8”. One of the main draws for us was the picture window in the rear and the 2 swivel rocker recliners. Easy to spin around and relax with the view. Manufactured in LeGrande,, OR. This TT is the right size for the two of us, and we love the view out the back.
jamesu 08/13/19 05:53am Travel Trailers
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