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  • BE&CI
    BE&CI:
    What are the best type tires to put in a 35 ft motorhome, considering normal driving, only occasionally on gravel road to get to campsite or boondocking location? Also would like to consider quality, durability, driving stability and comfort of ride. I ...  more
    • Mon at 9:30 AM
    • · via iPhone
    • Bowlinglarry and 1 other like this.
    • BE&CI
      Jim & Sharon Ham I have B.F.Goodrich All Season LT tires in all positions on my 33ft motorhome. I have been a very happy camper. Michelin and BFG are now the same company and same warranty page website.  I like the performance and noise level of the All Season tire b...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • BE&CI
        BE&CI Thank you, very informative. When rotating the tires, what is your rotation pattern
        • Mon at 1:49 PM
    • BE&CI
      TriMoot Well I'm sure you will get a ton of recommendations, so i'll throw my 2 cents in as well. We purchased 6 Hercules H-901 14 Ply tires (14 ply's as I wanted as much carrying capacity as possible) for $265 each total!  We LOVE the tires.  They are ...  more
      • Mon at 2:37 PM
    • BE&CI
      Iwannagocamping Rotation is usually determined by the mechanic. Other proper maintenance would be keeping them covered with the tire covers when in storage, or off season. We usually keep the weight of the vehicle to a minimum during non use also, by putting the stabiliz...  more
      • Mon at 8:20 PM
    • BE&CI
      Jim & Sharon Ham To answer the question, we do NOT rotate tires on the motorhome like the car where rotation is based on mileage.  Our tires "age" out long before they "wear" out.  When purchasing new, we may pay the tire store a bit of extra labor to have old t...  more
    • BE&CI
      BE&CI Thank you so much, we are learning from these replies to this post!
      • Tue at 4:46 PM
  • RV Travel
    RV Travel:
    Our RV Daily Tips Newsletter is back after two years of hibernating like a bear! Lots of good stuff every Monday through Thursday. Check us out.
    RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 847 - RV Travel
    • February 12
  • Jimmy and Becky
    Jimmy and Becky:
    Looking for a place to park a night or two near Phoenix AZ. Wanting to attend an event at the arena downtown.
    • February 7
    • · via iPad
    • RV Travel and 1 other like this.
    • Jimmy and Becky
      Lori123 Usery (sp?) Mtn. Regional Park and Lost Dutchman State Park are just NE of Mesa
    • Jimmy and Becky
      OBZRV Agree with BPMJim. Spring baseball starts at the end of this month, NASCAR is here in March. Most RV parks in the immediate Phoenix area will be full. Go further east to Apache Junction area, you might find something there. Good luck!
    • Jimmy and Becky
      Marianne and Randy Three (value priced options): 1- Rovers Roost, SKP park,  at 3241 S Montgomery Rd, Casa Grande, ($5.00 for boondocking & hookups reasonable rates). Non-Escapee members welcome. 2- There's  BLM boondocking, approx 70 miles west of city center a...  more
    • Jimmy and Becky
      Azdaveretired If you don't mind dry camping, you can park at the Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale.  You can jump on the 101 to I10 to downtown in about 15 or 20 mins.  It will cost you nothing to stay and they allow you to stay up to 7 days.
    • Jimmy and Becky
      Jimmy and Becky Thanks for the great tips. Trip planned for early May. Anyone heard of Apache Palms RVPark?  Hide 2 Replies
      • Jimmy and Becky
        Ray Zimmermann Yes, I've stayed in Apache Palms and it is a nice park, not real fancy  and not a fancy neighborhood, but we felt safe there.  You can't beat the location in Tempe.  The light rail station is across the street and is an easy way to get down...  more
      • Jimmy and Becky
        xctraveler We have stayed there when we needed to fly out for a weekend. Light rail to airport from the curb out front couldn't be beat. Nice people, small park and spaces are tight. Not a problem to us as we do not spend a lot of time in the park.
  • RV Travel
    RV Travel:
    Be sure to check out our RVtravel.com Meet Up on Feb. 25, 2018 from 1 to 4:30 pm in Ingram, Texas. Hope to see Ya'll!
    • February 7
    • Birdie and 2 others like this.
    • RV Travel
      Curtis Here's the link: https://www.rvillage.com/get-together/2142
    • RV Travel
      Jim and Darlene Wright I sure wish I could make the gathering, but we are volunteering in New Mexico. Keep having them and sooner or later, we will make it to one.
    • RV Travel
      RV Travel Jim and Darlene, when we stay in a place long enough to put something together, we will definitely have more meet ups. Enjoy NM. What a beautiful state. Love the skies!
  • 2inaChinook
    2inaChinook:
    Our Windows are starting to fog in the RV. Has anyone had experience with Fog Dr in Arkansas?
    • February 5
    • · via mobile
    • Becca Ray likes this.
    • 2inaChinook
      RV Travel We don't have any experience with this company, but I do know that LazyDays in Florida has a special department dedicated to fogging window issues/repair.
    • 2inaChinook
      Tom & Carol Horner We have had a window repaired there by shipping it to them and them shipping it back.  5 stars.
      Also in Hudson, FL is Suncoast Designers.  Friends were there last month for the third time and they give them 5 stars also.
    • 2inaChinook
      TwinkleToes I have had windows in my last two Motorhomes repaired at RVFogDR in Searcy.  We took advantage of their hookups and stayed overnight.  They did a good job and the windows remained clear.  When we had it done, they were about $200 per window.
    • 2inaChinook
      2inaChinook Thanks so much your comments have been helpful
  • ekdman
    ekdman:
    Since there are times it's a nightmare to backup a travel trailer into a tight spot, I am considering of getting a trailer dolly. Does anyone use a dolly and share your experience with them?
    • February 3
    • TinCanRider789 and 2 others like this.
    • ekdman
      SouthParkSteve Following this--my driveway is a nightmare, as the road in front of my house is a narrow dirt road, and the culvert to get into the driveway is narrow as well.  I have thought of something like this to help me park it at home. Would love to hear ...  more
    • ekdman
      Irvin & Nancy just outside of normal Not sure if it would work for you but, there are made hitches for the front of some trucks. The most common use for them are to use at a boat ramp for launching . Hooking the trailer to the front allows better visability for placing trailer. Then some lig...  more
    • ekdman
      Matt & Mary I used to use a hitch dolly on my 2.5 ton boat/trailer all the time, but it better be flat and smooth.
  • cstoltz
    cstoltz:
    Is it required to have lights on the back of a vehicle that is being towed on a car dolly if the car dolly has lights (break, tail lights, and turn signals)?
    • February 1
    • DB&GG and 3 others like this.
    • cstoltz
      Wolfe Rose I believe you are required to have proper lights within a couple feet of the rearmost point in most states. So, towed on a flat trailer with it's own lights is fine, but a dolly requires either slave wiring or $20 stick-on lights. Whether legally requir...  more
    • cstoltz
      Wolfe Rose I'll double down. With a quick search, the law actually a states REQUIRED. -tow vehicle must properly registered, insured and legal to tow the dollies vehicle (hitch, weight ratings, etc.). -dolly must be properly registered and have the required dolly...  more
    • cstoltz
      k4kev Maybe I've just been Lucky? I've been pulling a Dolly with a toad for at least 10 years in the south and east. I only have the dolly lights, none on the rear of the car. I've never been stopped for it. Hide 1 Reply
      • cstoltz
        k4kev Also, I reside in the state of Georgia which doesn't require a license plate on the dolly.
    • cstoltz
      360TRUE (Paul & Gail) Florida doesn't require a plate on the dolly either. We only have lights on the dolly, but we don't tow at night much either.
    • cstoltz
      rvgrandma Like the others, we tow a car with only lights on the dolly. Never had a problem. Your tail lights will work as reflectors but we also have a strip of reflective tape on the back bumper.  Hide 6 Replies
      • cstoltz
        cstoltz Thank you all. I talked with a state highway patrolman here in Ohio and it is required for vehicle being towed to have lights on the back of said vehicle.
      • cstoltz
        k4kev Are you sure he understood you were using a tow dolly? According to the following, that's not the case with a dolly unless the vehicle being towed hides the towing lights
        https://legalbeagle.com/7205794-illinois-tow-dolly-laws.html
      • cstoltz
        cstoltz Yes. The link you shared was for Illinois. I was referencing Ohio law. Each state is different so I am going to error on the side of buying lights for my vehicle.
        • February 17
      • cstoltz
        k4kev Understood. I think it's overkill but you have to do what you feel is right for you. I've traveled Ohio with only dolly lights extensively with no problem. But the difference could also could be that my towing vehicle is plated for Georgia, not Ohio.
      • cstoltz
        k4kev And for others reading this thread, I just found another interesting site that states the towing laws of the state your vehicle is plated and registered in follow you interstate. https://itstillruns.com/tow-dollies-legal-use-highways-7688341.html
      • cstoltz
        cstoltz Thanks for the article. For those who live in Ohio the dolly does not have to have a license plate, lights are required at the end of the towed vehicle, and the towed vehicle must be licensed.
  • Deb and Ron
    Deb and Ron:
    I’m a newbie. Should I have tires balanced on my new travel trailer? If not , why.
    • January 24
    • · via iPad
    • RV Travel and 1 other like this.
    • Deb and Ron
      Steve & Diane Be sure to get the trailer tires aligned so they track true (less wear / last longer).
    • Deb and Ron
      Seann balancing means less wear and tear on the rig and things don't loosen up nearly as much remember your towing a house down the highway
    • Deb and Ron
      Seabreeze Last Summer after 2 blow-outs I replaced all 5. The tire dealer said"It's only a trailer why would you balance them?" It cost $13.00 each he said. My philosophy is they will run truer, cooler and last longer. I even balanced the spare. If they aren't go f...  more
    • Deb and Ron
      Eric and Kathy We bought a new trailer 4 years ago.  While extremely important to balance the wheels, I would assume they are factory balanced if the trailer is new.  We didn't have more than about 4 or 5 thousand miles on them when I noticed pretty apparent w...  more
    • Deb and Ron
      Seann The factory almost never balances the tires because it's an extra cost they don't want to pay and since you're not riding in a trailer nobody knows but your trailer knows
      • Mon at 3:01 PM
  • Deb and Ron
    Deb and Ron:
    Taking 3 months from Buffalo to Alaska. I have my auto insurance all set , but what should I get for travel insurance . 26’ travel trailer.
    • January 24
    • · via iPad
    • Rob and Maureen and 4 others like this.
    • Deb and Ron
      Rob and Maureen In our 24 ft RV we pretty much have a choice of carrying our mountain bikes on the back or a spare tire.  We drove all across Canada last year without a spare without a problem.  There are trade off with any RV and ours is weight in the rear. &n...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Deb and Ron
        Hank & Shirleen Yes they come over the Border for lots of things! Less right now as the dollar here is worth much more than theirs! 
    • Deb and Ron
      xctraveler Yukon Territory was reported to a population of 30,000 and Whitehorse has 20,000 of those. Doesn't leave much for the rest of the territory.
    • Deb and Ron
      Hank & Shirleen We love the Yukon though! 
    • Deb and Ron
      xctraveler We spent an extra week there because we enjoyed it so much.
    • Deb and Ron
      LivinmyplanB I haven't had a chance yet to research all the options for insurance on my travel trailer so in the meantime it is insured with my pickup. It's affordable with the multi vehicle/home discounts.
  • NXTSTOP
    NXTSTOP:
    Has not been de-winterized, but itch needs a day fix, with some sun. Cheers
    • January 12