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RE: California 101 to Yosemite

And for info, you can't get to Yosemite without big hills and curves. It's just that some roads don't have has many big hills and curves as others. Personally I'd take 120, but I don't worry about the curves and hills. 140 is in fact the easiest of the roads into Yosemite, but it has a big hill between Mariposa and where the road meets up with the Merced River.
msmith1199 07/23/14 09:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Very Scary Tow Car Breakaway

But on a related note, a few years back somebody posted photos of a similar incident. In that incident the welds and bolts on the tow hitch on the motorhome had failed causing the entire tow hitch to drop off the motorhome. The results were the same as the brake away cable and safety cables are all attached to the hitch. So nothing stopped the towed. That is probably more of a problem as lots of times people drag their tow hitch on the ground on steep driveways and grade changes and that can cause the hitch mount to fail.
msmith1199 07/23/14 09:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Very Scary Tow Car Breakaway

I was about to say it sounds like the owner is to blame for not keeping an eye on the base plate bolts, but it was only installed 18 months ago? Whomever did that install screwed it up. But even at that, the owner should still be keeping an eye on the bolts. They didn't all fall out at the same time.
msmith1199 07/23/14 09:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coldest Antartic June Ever Recorded

I have heard that argument "Climate has changed before" over and over. I suppose neither of you are skiers or care about the amount of snow in the mountains in the winter. Huh?
msmith1199 07/23/14 10:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Oshkosh Wi to Dayton Ohio

Or..........head west out of Oshkosh, hang a left at Seattle. head south to LA, hang another left then head east to Atlanta. take I75 north to Dayton. simple really, you avoid Chicago and Indy and it`s much more sceinic! let me know if you need anymore directions! You obviously haven't been to Seattle lately. Traffic there is a nightmare.
msmith1199 07/22/14 09:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Coldest Antartic June Ever Recorded

msmith1199 gets it but the "sky is falling" people sure don't! Where I'm sitting and have lived for over 72 years was once a subtropical forest steamy hot and then was under over a mile deep ice which then melted again and here we are today with the normal temp and weather that equals all the same as "recorded" history with humans living here has documented. The climate on the planet Earth is constantly changing in many thousands of years cycles over and over. Hot, cold, hot, cold, hot, cold. On and on! Not a thing anyone can do about it! Maybe when we're on the verge of the next ice age, if we all get out in our cars and remove the smog devices and drive in circles around the block all day, we'll be able to warm the planet back up and save humanity.
msmith1199 07/22/14 08:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Apollo 11 Moon Landing 45 Years Ago Today

I think the punch in the face was in 2002. The guy tried to press charges against Aldrin for assault but the prosecutor refused saying the guy provoked Aldrin and it was self defense. If the whole moon landing was faked, then the current staff of NASA is still in on the faking as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter took pictures just a few years ago of some of the Apollo landing sites and you could still see the foot tracks left by the astronauts as well as tracks from the lunar rover. So those photos would have to have all been faked too.
msmith1199 07/22/14 08:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Apollo 11 Moon Landing 45 Years Ago Today

Here's what Buzz Aldrin thinks about the conspiracy theory people: Buzz punches guy in the face.
msmith1199 07/22/14 04:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: Coldest Antartic June Ever Recorded

A particularly hot is no more an indication of the truth of global climate change than a particularly cold is an indication of it not being true. Global climate change is tracking a change in averages over long(ish) periods of time. ("ish" because they're long from the human perspective - decades - but not in terms of how quickly climate has historically changed.) Single seasons vary quite a lot - the change recorded over the last century (on the order of a couple of degrees C on average) - is swamped out by the typically noisy weather data of a given week, month, etc., but can still be tracked over longer periods of time. Sorry - the ice might grow during one season, but then shrink even more the following. The growth of one season (which has indeed been reported in mainstream media, such as the NY Times) doesn't mean the shrinking over time isn't happening. Also, the ice in the ANTarctic has been shrinking quite a lot - have to look at the whole planet, not just one spot, and again, over time not just one season. BTW - there are some benefits to shrinking arctic sea ice, such as the eventual ability to reliably transport goods through the arctic. As with any change, there will be winners and losers. Personally, I think it would be nice if our present society is prepared enough to end up being the former. I don't think there are any sane people who would argue that global climate change doesn't happen. The evidence of climate change is not in dispute. The dispute is whether it's natural or man made or a combination of both. When you go to Yosemite National Park you'll be able see these giant cliffs that they well tell you were carved by glaciers. Yet when the white man first set foot in Yosemite Valley there was no sign of those glaciers and there were Indians living in the valley that appeared to have lived there for hundreds of years. So what caused those glaciers to melt? Clearly it was climate change, so was that climate change thousands of years ago caused by man or by nature?
msmith1199 07/22/14 01:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: Oshkosh Wi to Dayton Ohio

Now you guys have me all confused!! I don't know what time we're going to leave Oshkosh. What I'm thinking about doing is just making it later in the day. We'll be at the airshow so I'm thinking about just not leaving until around 4pm. That should put us into Chicago after 7pm. Would the traffic have died down by then? We're probably not making it all the way to Dayton on that day anyway so I'd like to just get passed Chicago and we'll find a place to stay for the night and then go into Dayton the next day.
msmith1199 07/21/14 09:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Which Flat Screen TV ??? recommendations...

Sarcasm Bill.
msmith1199 07/21/14 05:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel --- front engine -vs- rear engine

Like this one. http://www.classyrv.com/image.php?image_id=766948
msmith1199 07/21/14 05:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel --- front engine -vs- rear engine

There are quite a few front engine large diesels starting to appear out there. I think most of them are technically Class C's, but they are just as big and just as expensive as the Class A DP's. The ones I have looked at usually have hanger decks in the back. The one I really wanted had a huge lift gate in the back. It was designed to load heavy stuff like Harley's. The hanger was big enough for two Harleys all safely tucked away inside. My wife vetoed the idea.
msmith1199 07/21/14 05:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which Flat Screen TV ??? recommendations...

Our first flat screen for the motorhome was a Visio - it lasted about a year. Replaced it with an Insignia brand (Best Buy house brand, I think) and it's been working fine for 4+ years. We also have a smaller Visio in the MH bedroom, and it's been working fine for 5+ years. al So a bunch of people have Vizio's and they worked fine but this guy had a Vizio that only lasted a year. What's up with that?
msmith1199 07/21/14 02:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which Flat Screen TV ??? recommendations...

Personally I think the bounce around thing is a myth. First, MH's simply don't bounce around like a 3/4 T pickup with no load...they sort of float. Just buy one that has a good enough picture, not the picture in a store cause it is deceptive, and be happy with it. Cheap is good. Ha ha, maybe your Beaver Patriot floats, but my National Tropical DP does a lot of bouncing!
msmith1199 07/21/14 02:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Campground Question

The reason I am not naming this park is because I feel the owner does not know what is going on and why hurt him when he plays no part?.. I have worked at places that dealt mostly in cash and I have had a front row seat to some of the games that were played... If anything I feel sorry for the owner and just trying to educate others.. Like the old saying goes, We screwed the last guy and passed the savings on to you... Trick is not to be the last guy... Why don't you find out who the owner is and tell him or her or them privately about your story. If there is something nefarious going on give them the chance to fix it.
msmith1199 07/21/14 10:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Setup/Takedown Checklist

A checklist isn't a bad idea. I never did one, but I did get in a habit of making a pre-take off walk around. When everything is done and I'm ready to hop in the drivers seat I'll make one last walk around making sure everything is disconnected, didn't leave any chairs or anything under the motorhome, the jacks retracted, all the awnings are closed, sat dish and TV antenna are down, compartments all closed, etc. Do the same in the interior to make sure everything is secure and doors are all closed.
msmith1199 07/21/14 09:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oshkosh Wi to Dayton Ohio

If you really want to avoid traffic, go back to 90 from Oshkosh and take that to I355 via I294. 355 goes south to I80. much less traffic. and less tolls (maybe)! And less aggravation!!! Or just stay on I39 (i90) south to I80. It's a bit longer route, but no traffic. I had checked that on Google but it was 100 miles further. You would have to avoid a lot of traffic to make that worth it.
msmith1199 07/21/14 09:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Best state to register a Class A RV in?

Registration fees are actually one of the rare places that NY State is pretty reasonable. All non-commercial passenger vehicles (includes motorhomes) over 6951 lbs pay $70 per year. But then do they charge you personal property tax on the RV? I have a friend who recently bought a boat in California. He was surprised that the registration fee on the boat was so low in this state. I think it's $15 every two years. He didn't realize he was going to get a tax bill from the County Tax Assessor charging personal property taxes on it until I told him.
msmith1199 07/21/14 09:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best state to register a Class A RV in?

Washington State used to be really expensive, but a bunch of them got together, and decided who runs the state, us or them. They passed a constitutional amendment to limit registration fees to only $65 per year, unless the VOTERS decided to raise it. So that might be a state worth looking into. We have similar laws in California. Many taxes can't be raised without voter approval. The problem is the voters here keep voting to raise the taxes!
msmith1199 07/21/14 09:07am Class A Motorhomes
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