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Old 04-15-2012, 12:57 PM   #15
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Oh yeah...be sure to watch the motorhome TAIL SWING when exiting gas stations (or anywhere else there might be something in the way of the turn).
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Oh yeah...be sure to watch the motorhome TAIL SWING when exiting gas stations (or anywhere else there might be something in the way of the turn).
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Okay mc4fun -- You took the plunge, you're in over your head and nothing can save you now! You'll just have to go on the road like the rest of us and have the time of your life! There's no way out, so just relax and have a great time. Everybody here will help you do it! Happy trails....
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Since your signature block now says you have a 2004 Pace Arrow be sure to check the tires. If they are the originals they are at the age where they need to be replaced even if the tread looks good and they have low mileage on them. When you replace the rear dually's buy some dually valve stems for the inside duals to make it easier for you to check/add air. These are not the same as valve stem extensions that have a reputation of leaking.

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OK where do I go to get the weight. Not close to a scale here in Atlanta that I know of. Also, Do I have to pull into scales on the highway ?
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OK where do I go to get the weight. Not close to a scale here in Atlanta that I know of. Also, Do I have to pull into scales on the highway ?
Call any landscape place and ask them where they weigh their gravel trucks, No Motorhomes don't pull into highway weigh stations- those are for commercial trucks.
May vary by state but I have never stopped at them. You may also check with the state patrol as they might have scales in their vehicles.
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OK where do I go to get the weight. Not close to a scale here in Atlanta that I know of. Also, Do I have to pull into scales on the highway ?
Most highway truck stops will have scales. It can be intimidating at first... especially because I can never understand what they are saying over those speaker boxes they have at the scales so I park and go inside to tell them I want to get weighed. You just drive on to the scales and then go back inside to get your weight slip. Piece of cake.

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I have found that there are really only two basic RV protocols that make RVing the pleasurable experience it is meant to be.

1. One should never used the RV's smoke detector as a kitchen timer.

2. Never assume what the DW is in the bathroom when leaving a campground.

That's it. Now get out there and have some fun! Bob
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1. One should never used the RV's smoke detector as a kitchen timer.
Hell, now that made me laugh out loud.....
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Scales are at truck stops, metal recycling yards, landscape supply yards, sand and gravel pits, landfill entrances, moving companies etc. There may be a $10 fee for the scaling.

Some state leave the scales on when the weigh station is closed.
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Don't try and cram all the info at once. Heck we're out here learning everyday. It's a great experience for sure.
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I guarantee that you will only forget to do this once. When you stop at a rest stop and get out to stretch your legs, when you get in and before you take off, do a head count.

Weighing at a truck stop is axle weights only, and that is better than no weight at all, but for accuracy of tire inflation, when you can, get the four corners weighed individually.

One never knows from day to day what happened to the tires the day/night before so before I pull out of any spot that I have stayed the night in, I check my tires for the proper air pressure. Many have purchased and installed tire inflation monitors, but with out one a daily check is the best.

For the dreaded "Pyramid" that Sarah spoke about, it builds just below the down spout of the toilet. Remember to use lots of water when flushing, like several seconds. It is easy to dump when necessary. Something that I do that is visibly noticeable if you have the "clear" elbow on the outlet is, after dumping and while back-flushing, to have DW or someone fill the toilet bowl with water "to the brim" then flush it. I have this done at least twice after sitting for 3 or more days. The pressure of the downward flush will release the build up. watching at the outside clear elbow, it will be noticeable.

Bungee cords are an RV'ers best friend, or at least one of them. Instead of buying them outright I bought a bicycle inner tube for less than $2, slit the tube all the way around, then cut 1/2 inch strips from the tube. I then cut them to lengths I want and tie the ends of the strip together. The knot acts as the "bungee ball" and when placed around an object it will draw up tight - and stay there.

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If you have any connections to something towed, check them before you pull out; at home or pit stop. There may have been some....... that thought it would be fun to mess with your set up.
When stopping (see above) check all axles and bearings. A brake hung, the bearing died. Better to have to look for a shop than they look for you.
Each only takes a minute or less, for a little more peace of mind.
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