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  • Ricky & Sharon Severe
    Ricky & Sharon Severe :
    Tue at 10:29 PMWe have a 36’ fifth wheel & was wondering if any of you have traveled the I 95 from Jacksonville Florida to Bangor Maine. I know there might be tolls but is it a feasible drive? No restrictions? Thanks for your help! 😎
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    • Ricky & Sharon Severe
      Joe and Lori Wed at 3:11 AM Very "doable" personally I would avoid the DC beltway area and NYC area. Head north until Fredericksburg VA, take 17 north to Winchester pick up I-81 North.. up thru PayPal, over into NY (don't remember the interstate#). Then onto 95 North. Short drive th...  more
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    • Ricky & Sharon Severe
      Tom&Beth Wed at 4:10 AM Joe and Lori are right on the money. Between Fredericksburg VA and DC the traffic gets horrendous. Cutting over to 17 N to 66 to 81 is a better route.
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      Gypsy Lass Wed at 6:28 AM I have a cabin in Upstate NY and I agree that’s the way to go. Came back that way last October and you’ll hit plenty of road construction as u go thru PA but still better overall to miss DC and NYC areas
  • Jeannie and Larry
    Jeannie and Larry :
    Mon at 10:02 PMDoes anyone have a theme song to get you going when you start a road trip? I came up with three that I like: On the Road Again by Willie Nelson, I've Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash, and King of the Road by Roger Miller. Share your road trip songs with us.
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    • Jeannie and Larry
      Joe and Lori Tue at 2:30 AM Not full time yet, when we're heading out it's always "On the Road Again". Waiting and anticipating for "North to Alaska".
    • Jeannie and Larry
      Gypsy Lass Tue at 4:13 AM Going up the country by canned heat
    • Jeannie and Larry
      Nancy & Jonathan Wed at 5:17 AM My husband thinks mine should be "Born to be Wild", but I lean towards "On the Road Again".  Guess we will just have to wait for our first RV trip to see what comes out.  Maybe this should be asked on the home group so you get more responses?
    • Jeannie and Larry
      rvericksons Wed at 4:42 PM Ours is definitely "King of the Road", Roger Miller, because we have a KOTR 5th wheel!
    • Jeannie and Larry
      Rick & Lil 6 hours ago "What was I Thinkin' " by Dirks Bentley
  • Tugboat (Scott & Lydia)
    Tugboat (Scott & Lydia):
    Mon at 4:50 PMHello everyone. I posted the below on the home page and have not received any feedback. So, I am reaching out to a smaller subset of RVillage members to see if any of you may have a recommendation:

    My wife and I are taking a trip to Yellowstone / Gr...  more
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    • Tugboat (Scott & Lydia)
      Big G & Lou Mon at 7:37 PM Tugboat, Sorry I can’t help, I’ve not travelled into Yellowstone from the South pulling our trailer. I drove it in a car 20yrs ago, but that isn’t going to help. I do understand why your gps routed you that way, I’ve learned not to trust ours when pulling...  more
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    • Tugboat (Scott & Lydia)
      dstowe Tue at 3:19 AM Do not pull a trailer that large over the pass.  take 191/89 to Jackson then continue on 26/89 to Alpine junction then 89 on down to Cokeville Wy then 30  to 89 to Evanston Wy then I 80 into Utah.
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    • Tugboat (Scott & Lydia)
      Steve & Diane Tue at 6:22 AM There are some long, steep grades into/out of Jackson Hole, WY.  I do NOT recommend you take your RV over them.  When we visited the Grand Tetons & Jackson Hole, we stayed in Victor, ID.
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      • Tugboat (Scott & Lydia)
        Tugboat (Scott & Lydia) Tue at 7:18 PM Thanks—I’ll look into that. Our issue is we are staying in Cody, WY first and then moving to a site just outside of Moran, WY before heading to Utah.
    • Tugboat (Scott & Lydia)
      Robert & Diane B Tue at 9:11 AM We recently uploaded the TruckMap app. We figure that if a semi can go there, we can.
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  • Kathy Back
    Kathy Back :
    April 14Hello, I am a solo traveler. Are there any tricks or tips on how to hitch up by yourself?
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    • Kathy Back
      Irvin & Nancy just outside of normal April 14 Develop a routine and do it the same every time. Don't let well wishers distract or help while unhooking or hooking up, at least dubble check.
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      Kevin/Yvonne & 4 Doxies April 14 Backup camera on tow vehicle helps.
    • Kathy Back
      Kelly & Sara April 14 Take it slow and don’t ever be afraid to get out and look. It’s evident you know the process so just break it down to small steps.
    • Kathy Back
      Texas_Nomads (Michael&Joan) April 14 all the comments below are great - I hookup by myself BUT the big thing is be patient and take it slow. If you become frustrated - STOP and settle down before starting over. If there is ANY DOUBT - start over and resolve the doubt issue. I start and stop ...  more
    • Kathy Back
      Kevin/Yvonne & 4 Doxies April 14 Should have mentioned before - CHECKLIST - use everytime.
  • John & Sandy G
    John & Sandy G :
    April 10How much space (inches) should there be between the top of truck box rails and the bottom of the fifth wheel itself?
    • John & Sandy G
      Minton Reunion April 10 8 to 10 inches
    • John & Sandy G
      Rick & Debbie April 10 Most will recommend a minimum of 5”.
    • John & Sandy G
      Big G & Lou April 10 I have pulled 45,000 miles with 5” only come close to touching a couple times. I’d say 6” would be much safer.
      Be sure and measure at the rear of the bed.
    • John & Sandy G
      rvericksons April 10 It's also important that your trailer rides level, not "uphill" or "downhill" on the road. That way the weight on the axles/ tires is evenly distributed,
      assuming u have multi axles.
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      • John & Sandy G
        John & Sandy G April 11 Yes two axles, it is a Jayco Eagle 325 BHS, about 35' long. 
  • Chris & Jennifer [ThxHarvey]
    Chris & Jennifer [ThxHarvey] :
    April 5We are getting ready to replace the storage compartment locks. Debating the pros and cons of putting cam locks on the propane compartments at the same time. Would like to know if anyone else has done this? Please share your thoughts on the idea.
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    • Chris & Jennifer [ThxHarvey]
      TroyNTracy April 5 I believe it is illegal to put locks on the propane access doors. The fire department would be unable to get to the propane is there was a fire.
    • Chris & Jennifer [ThxHarvey]
      DugoRVing April 5 We have did not put them on the propane door, instead locked the tanks with a bike chain and lock
    • Chris & Jennifer [ThxHarvey]
      JVBV April 5 Agree completely with comments above.  Don't lock the doors so that firefighters (or you) can get immediate access to turn the tank off in the case of an emergency.  You can lock the tank to the rig to prevent theft.  Good luck!
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    • Chris & Jennifer [ThxHarvey]
      John & Sandy G April 5 Good information I was thinking the same thing and was wondering about access.
  • Greg & Debra
    Greg & Debra:
    March 31On our quest to find a good used fifth wheel trailer, we have noticed some with washer and dryer hookups. My question for everyone is how often do you use them and how affordable are they, or is it better to use laundry facilities at RV parks. As I have ...  more
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    • Greg & Debra
      Steve & Marci April 1 It takes a good 2 hours or so to wash & dry a load. I usually just partly dry then hang to finish drying. This saves on wrinkling.
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    • Greg & Debra
      RV'ing Denise April 1 Love our Splendide vented washer dryer combo. I do small loads every other day or so. It’s well worth the money for me. I talked to one person this winter. They spent just shy of $300.00. The past year doing laundry for two. 
    • Greg & Debra
      Kristi and Joe April 1 I love having mine-not too fond of dragging my laundry to the facility then have to keep watch on it.
    • Greg & Debra
      Gypsy Lass April 3 I have heard that if it’s not vented don’t bother they work on condensation which is obviously slow going . My Keystone has hoookups but not vented so I use the laundromat
    • Greg & Debra
      Rick & Lil April 5 Some "public" or even campground laundry facilities can leave a lot to be desired. We opted for a "studio" style front loader by LG (GE & Samsung make them also). It can be stacked with a matching dryer if desired. The studio models are a larger capacity ...  more
  • Kelly & Sara
    Kelly & Sara:
    March 27Start of a great dinner.
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  • Dennis Schwab
    Dennis Schwab:
    March 18We pull a 42 ft. Solitude with a Chevy 3500 with single rear wheels. It handles it just fine. Our dealer has several of the 3500’s single wheel that they use to pull any size 5th wheel that they transport. The dual wheels add stability, but are too wide t...  more
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    • Dennis Schwab
      Kayo March 18 Check the weight that the trailer is putting on the truck (which is why a 5th wheel hitch is over the rear  wheels) Then, check the weight capacities of the tires
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      • Dennis Schwab
        Dennis Schwab March 18 The hitch weight of my trailer is about 3000#s. The tire capacity is 3527#s per tire. Is there something that I am missing here.
    • Dennis Schwab
      Dennis Schwab March 18 I ment the weight at the hitch is 3000#s
    • Dennis Schwab
      RV'ing Denise April 1 You can get in a parking spot, we have an extended cab. It’s tight. Can you get it in a garage? Depends on the garage. How tall and how wide are the doors?
    • Dennis Schwab
      Kayo April 3 Parking spaces are at least 8' wide. I have found that it is easier to  back into parking spots, and keep the rear wheels just inside the white line
  • Mark and Nga
    Mark and Nga :
    March 17Thinking of transitioning to full time RV'ing and upgrading to a little larger 5th wheel. This however means an upgraded truck to a 3500HD. Was informed by the local dealer that truck manufacturers recommend a truck with double rear wheels when pulling a ...  more
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    • Mark and Nga
      JVBV March 18 Ignore salesmen and opinions! Do your homework on the trailer's weight ratings (empty, GVWR, pin, etc.) Then compare to the truck manufacturer's specifications. The one thing I agree with from other comments: it's better to have more truck than you need t...  more
    • Mark and Nga
      Rick & Lil March 18 At that weight, I'd go with a DRW. Although I currently use a SRW with a 38.5' 5'er loaded for full timing, a DRW would be more stable.
    • Mark and Nga
      Tom&Beth March 18 A dually (DRW) will give you the extra payload and stability to safely haul a big 5th wheel. Can it be done with a single rear wheel( SRW) ?  Yes if you stay within all the weight ratings. That may be difficult with a SRW. My 39’4” Alpine comes in wi...  more
    • Mark and Nga
      Charlene Houle March 21 Great information thank you 🙏🏻 can you go to one of the truck weighing stations to get weight & does it cost ?
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      • Mark and Nga
        Kevin/Yvonne & 4 Doxies March 21 Yes you can go to places like Pilot/Flying J to weigh. Generally a nominal fee, always been less than $20 for me, but I don't have a lot of experience doing that. If you don't mind disconnecting you can figure out to the pound the weight of the loaded tru...  more
      • Mark and Nga
        Tom&Beth March 22 There is a scale near our RV dealer. I went in with the truck alone whiile RV was being worked on. Then when it was done I took it back and they ran it for me again. I think it was $10 and then $2 to reweigh. 
    • Mark and Nga
      Charlene Houle March 25 Awesome great information thank you 🙏🏻