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This group is for those of us who own a larger rig and know the problems and benefits of such ownership.  It's open to all classes of RV, whether class A, fifth wheel, class B... see more

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  • Mark and Connie Garrett
    Mark and Connie Garrett:
    September 23
    Anyone traveled from Boise Idaho northvto McCall Idaho? Take the 55 or 95? We are 40 ft towing a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Thank you!
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    • Mark and Connie Garrett
      SCOOTER
      September 23 Easy in and out is one subject. Getting fresh desiel is another.  Hide 1 Reply
      • Mark and Connie Garrett
        Mark and Connie Garrett
        September 23 Thank you. Is one highway easier than the other? One more scenic than the other?
    • Mark and Connie Garrett
      BoA36
      September 23 55 is beautiful! Be sure to do it during the day. Hide 2 Replies
      • Mark and Connie Garrett
        Mark and Connie Garrett
        September 23 Thank you! Yes we will be traveling during the day.
      • Mark and Connie Garrett
        BoA36
        September 23 Has some hills and curves but nothing horrible. The Payette River runs much of the way on the passenger side, the rapids are amazing. As I recall there is a spot to pull off at a rafting company, for driver relief, when you get to Banks.
    • Mark and Connie Garrett
      Hank & Shirleen
      September 23 #Idaho
    • Mark and Connie Garrett
      Mark and Connie Garrett
      September 23 BoA36. Thank you for the details. Sounds like the 55 it is. The scenery is what it’s all about - looking out those big bus windows !!
  • murphmurphys
    murphmurphys :
    September 18
    What do most of you find easiest for fueling deisel at just curious I have a 5th wheel.
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    • murphmurphys
      Curtis & Betty King
      September 18 I have a 42’ DP and generally get diesel at Pilot/Flyinh J since I use the GS Pilot card.....I pull in with the truckers so I can get the fast fuel flow without stopping every $75 dollars worth and I know the fuel is fresh and filtered. Hide 1 Reply
    • murphmurphys
      Sandy1951
      September 18 We have diesel dually towing a fifth wheel. Use truck stops. Easy in and easy out. Never had a problem with the fuel in 9 years.
    • murphmurphys
      The Rolling Stones
      September 18 I try to stay away from Pilot, Flying J, T/A and Love’s. They are currently charging 30-60 cents a gallon over other stations I can access. With the volume of diesel pickups on the road today I don’t worry about bad fuel as it turns over pretty fast in th...  more
    • murphmurphys
      Steve & Diane
      September 19 We have a Transfer Flow Aux fuel tank on our diesel truck and can carry 55 gallons of fuel.  We almost always fuel up when we are not towing our 5er.
    • murphmurphys
      Bobc
      September 19 We tow a 5th wheel with a Ram 5500,,we carry 110 gallons of fuel.so we never have to fuel up with the trail attached.this way we can fuel up where ever the price is cheaper by doing so we can save .15-.20 cents per gallon when we fill up also don’t have t...  more
  • Rick Johnson
    Rick Johnson:
    September 18
    Do you have a converted bus? The doors on the diesel pushers are set up like the interstate buses. So you can access the fan belts. And depending on the manufacturer of the coach the radiator should swing out. I hope this helps.
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    • Rick Johnson
      LC Revolution
      September 18 No it’s an American Coach But think your right the radiator and all swing out. The louvers are loose and hoped the cover swung out individually so I could repair
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      • Rick Johnson
        Rick Johnson
        September 18 Do you have the owners manual? If not, you can download it, I hate reading through them. I still have contacts in the industry and I will try to help you
  • LC Revolution
    LC Revolution :
    September 18
    Question for the ones in the know. Side radiator panel has hinges on the front but find no release for the door. Is this for radiator and all to be released and swing out to get to fan? Any help is appreciated C
    • Karen and Steve Veneskey likes this.
    • LC Revolution
      Rick Johnson
      September 18 The release could be in the back, cable operated.they never mark them well.there are more ways to mount the the release, when you open the motor cover look at the side the radiator is on, close to the opening high and low. I have seen them mounted in some...  more
  • Sherlynn & Gary Bailey
    Sherlynn & Gary Bailey:
    August 20
    Help please! I need your rv park recomendations for a 43' 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire MH with 3 small dogs in the Phoenix area this winter. I've used rv parky, rv reviews, rvillage, allstays. I'm overehelmed...I don't want to be a sardine, want the option o...  more
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    • Sherlynn & Gary Bailey
      Goldenroamers
      August 20 We have stayed many times at Paradise RV Park in a Sun City....NW Valley of Phoenix.  It’s an older park, with many park models, but sites are good size.  We too are 45 ft and have a dog so we’re in the pet section and have never had a problem. ...  more
    • Sherlynn & Gary Bailey
      Sherlynn & Gary Bailey
      August 20 Thank you, it looks like a great park. With reading, this park too has a two pet limit. 
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      • Sherlynn & Gary Bailey
        Goldenroamers
        August 20 Hmmm....I would call and inquire.  I’ve seen people with 3 but maybe not during the winter. We aren’t here from about October to April anymore.....and then just off and off from April through September.  
    • Sherlynn & Gary Bailey
      Bill & Connie
      August 20 Being from Tucson we don’t stay in Phoenix to often. I use Google earth to zero in on sites at parks we don’t know.
    • Sherlynn & Gary Bailey
      LC Revolution
      September 18 Skyline RV Resort clear on east side of San Tan Valley large spots and very quiet
    • Sherlynn & Gary Bailey
      Barry & Millie-Ambassadors
      September 18 Just dont walk all three dogs at the same time
  • KarenCharlesLilTaji
    KarenCharlesLilTaji:
    August 14
    Has anyone learned how to figure different routes on an RV GPS? For instance if you want to stay off I95 on the east coast and are 13'6" at your highest point.
    • Bobc and 2 others like this.
    • KarenCharlesLilTaji
      KarenCharlesLilTaji
      August 14 I've found where you can favor or avoid different kinds of roads. It seems they are just different by speed or toll. The highest speed being 55mph. There are many roads where you can go 55, 65, 70 mph. I want to choose which of these I use.
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      • KarenCharlesLilTaji
        murphmurphys
        August 14 Go to AAA they should be able to help you.
      • KarenCharlesLilTaji
        LarandSus
        August 14 It still depends on what gps you have. On mine, you can drag the route to include different points after it suggests a route.
    • KarenCharlesLilTaji
      KarenCharlesLilTaji
      August 15 We use to have a real good map planner when we were on the motorcycle. You could plan your trip, pick your route, save the route, and download to your GPS. It's just trickier when you're big. The only thin we had to watch for when we were little was grave...  more
    • KarenCharlesLilTaji
      KarenCharlesLilTaji
      August 19 The one we're using now is for RV's. We can put in our height, but, it's difficult to pick different roads because it picks the road by speed limit. And the highest speed limit listed is 55mph. So, the only way to tell it to pick a different road is to al...  more
    • KarenCharlesLilTaji
      Stefan & Eva
      August 21 The RV and the truck one is the same GPS. just pick truck or RV in the settings. I have the truck one running on the RV setting.
    • KarenCharlesLilTaji
      Alaskan Snowbirds
      August 27 We use Co-Pilot.  It lets you choose everything...avoid tolls, road restrictions, set ht, etc.  love the program.
  • Dave and Sue
    Dave and Sue :
    August 12
    If you're in the Waco Texas area and the GPS tells you to turn into Old Railroad Road, don't do it! I had to back up about a quarter mile to get out of this jam. 😧
    • LarandSus and 3 others like this.
    • Dave and Sue
      Dave and Sue
      August 12 Yes sir I'm definitely going to get a better routing tool.
      Lesson learned. ?
    • Dave and Sue
      texanrver
      August 13 RV GPS & Trucker's Atlas for us - no other way, in our opinion, to travel!
    • Dave and Sue
      John & Diana
      August 13 Had to back off the Like button. 
      You almost misled me with your GPS warning.
      Had to read the thread to see it wasn't a GPS issue.
    • Dave and Sue
      Wbandrh
      August 15 Looks like a car wouldn’t fit! We’ve done the back up thing too.
    • Dave and Sue
      Daniel Cocuzza
      August 19 That sounds like pretty much driving through the state of Louisiana.
  • Mark and Connie Garrett
    Mark and Connie Garrett:
    August 11
    Hello Big Rig friends. We are trying to plan our first couple of long trips. There are SO many different options to map trips, pick RV parks, etc. it’s a bit overwhelming. Anyone have a favorite app or program? Thanks in advance. Mark and Connie
    • Barry & Millie-Ambassadors and 2 others like this.
    • Mark and Connie Garrett
      Maren & Jeffrey
      August 12 We also use www.allstays.com, both phone app and website. Even pay for "Pro" version to make searches for the exact services we want in a park. I also like www.rvparkreviews.com to help vet the parks that look promising. Fulltiming over 6 years now. Hide 1 Reply
    • Mark and Connie Garrett
      Diana & Michael
      August 12 We use several apps plus website (non-app) resources:

      1. AllStays
      2. RVParkReviews
      3. Campendium
      4. DaysEndDirectory.com
      5. FreeCampsites.net
      6. RVParky
      7. nps.gov/aboutus/national-park-system
      8. Goo...  more
    • Mark and Connie Garrett
      Mark and Connie Garrett
      August 12 Thank you for all the great information!
    • Mark and Connie Garrett
      Stefan & Eva
      August 12 I also use the pro version of Allstays and the app. The app on my droid does not work so well. However the computer version is awesome. It takes a little getting used to. Another website I use is www.findfuelstops.com/ It is for trucks and if an 18...  more
    • Mark and Connie Garrett
      BJP23
      August 12 We use Good Sams, RV Parky, and RV Park Review on the internet. We also use an Excel spreadsheet for documenting our trip plan. For every planned overnight stay, we have 2-3 possible RV parks on our spreadsheet, along with ratings, prices, phone number, a...  more
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  • Dave and Sue
    Dave and Sue :
    August 11
    Hi all,
    Sue, the dogs and I will be stopping in Waco Texas fo a couple of nights. Does anyone have a good recommendation for an RV park that can handle a 39 footer pulling a18 foot car hauler.
    Thanks
    • Barry & Millie-Ambassadors and 2 others like this.
    • Dave and Sue
      BJP23
      August 11 We stayed at the I-35 RV Park just north of Waco. It's right on I-35 so a bit noisy, but they have long level sites and free hot breakfast (need to tip the servers). We would go back.
    • Dave and Sue
      Bill & Connie
      August 11 No but say hello to Chip and Joanne
    • Dave and Sue
      JD_AZ
      August 12 And the I-35 has a free breakfast daily sit-down restaurant style. Loved that. Noisy yes, but had no problem with our 42 ft 5th wheel. Chip and Joanne are too busy raking in cash to hear your greetings Bill.......
    • Dave and Sue
      BobKathy95
      August 12 We stayed at the Airport COE park back in June. After looking at other Waco options, this was miles better. The GPS directions are a little confusing but the scenery and location are the best. Which is normal for COE parks. Sites are full hook up except for cable.
    • Dave and Sue
      BobKathy95
      August 12 As for Chip and Joanna, not likely to be there - busy escorting the armored truck to the bank - LOL. Taper your expectations for the Silos. It is small, crowded and very expensive. The Magnolia restaurant is VERY difficult to get into. Hide 1 Reply
      • Dave and Sue
        Dave and Sue
        August 12 Thanks for the advice all. The COE park is closed for construction so I-35 RV Park it is.
        If I see Joanna or Chip I'll be sure to tell them that Bill says hi.
  • Redonion
    Redonion:
    August 10
    Just replaced shore power transfer switch coil,GE 55-B31A - 120V Max Definite Purpose, transfer switch ESSCO 55M-65N. Cost from ESSO thru Dryers, was quoted at $102.00. Purchase from Breaker Broker, Arlington, TX for $24.84 - shipping $5.45. I also fou...  more
    • Dave and Doris and 3 others like this.
    • Redonion
      360TRUE (Paul & Gail)
      August 12 What are the symptoms. That indicate this coil going bad?
    • Redonion
      Redonion
      August 12 Continuity test, with ohm meter, open reading, coil bad. If you have countinty, replace PC Board, between shore & generator power.
    • Redonion
      Redonion
      August 12 hope this helps