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  1. alflorida

    Super Bowl

    Link to the beard shaving: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMYpVHi2xLg If you don't want to watch all of the video, move the slider on the bottom of the screen to about 8 minutes for shaving part.
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    Boondocking Etiquette

    This is not exactly about "campgrounds", but I don't see a "boondocking" section in this forum. Boondocking and dry camping topics appear from time to time in this forum. Sometimes folks w/o much experience boondocking talk about running their generators and just going out and parking in the boondocks.This video very nicely presents the 9 major items most boondockers would like for others to think about when they look for a place to park in the boonies.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3751kg4jhts&feature=youtu.be
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    Routes to Newfoundland, Canada

    I just went to Google Maps https://www.google.com/maps and got directions from Charlotte, NC to North Sidney, NS with no problems. However, it is good to note that there isn't a lot of choice in routes to North Sidney once you enter Canada. You pretty much follow the main hwy though NB & NS. About ferries to NL. Consider taking the long ferry to the western end of NL and then the short ferry either to or from NL. It is about 600 miles from the western end of NL to the eastern end where the short ferry is located, so the cost of the fuel comes close to the same as the extra cost of the long ferry ride. Additionally the drive on TC-1 to or from St Johns to Port Aux Basques is kind of dull and boring, especially since you already drove it once. It is best to allow 6-9 weeks in NL. There is lots to see and lots of driving.
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    Alaska Trip

    If you want a structured trip where they make all the places to stay and what to see then the caravans are for you. You will also have to pick up and move on the day and time they say. No staying an extra day or two, even if the weather is not what you want to drive in. Lots of people, including us, have made the trip w/o problems. The roads through Canada and inside AK are generally in good shape. Many times better than 2 lane roads in the lower 48. Yes there is some construction with gravel and splashing dirt/mud, but just slow down and take your time. It is best if you plan on no more than 200 miles in a day. Slow down and enjoy the trip. Most of the roads are 2 lane and 50-55mph speed limit. We spent 4 1/2 months on our trip from the Washington/BC border to AK and back to the US border. Really enjoyed the trip. If you are interested here is a link to our blog of our trip: http://downtheroadaroundthebend.blogspot.com/2017/01/alaska-trip-index-april-26september-6.html
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    Tire upgrade

    Please read my reply again. I am referring to dually spacing on my installed wheels to verify that the spacing is far enough apart to install different tires that the mfg specs on the tire are less than the spacing I have on my wheels. For example the dually tire spacing on my diesel pusher measures 13 3/8" between the inner tire center tread and the outer tire center tread. So it looks to me that if the mfg of a tire states the minimum spacing is 12 1/2" then there should not be a problem installing them on my wheels. That is why I am wondering why I can't just measure the distance between the tread groves to find the existing dually tire spacing on a RV to see if there is enough spacing for different tires.
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    Tire upgrade

    Tireman9, You write in your blog post that " there is also a CRITICAL dimension that you can't measure with a tape measure and that is called "Minimum Dual Spacing". " I don't understand why I can't take a tape measure and measure the distance between the center tread groves on both installed tires on my dual tires and come up the the the "Dual Spacing" on my tires and wheels. I believe this distance is determined by the wheels installed and does not change when different tires are installed. I do understand that wider tires require larger Dual Spacing. However if the distance I measure is greater than the Minimum Dual Spacing required for the new tires, then I should be good to go with new tires. Would you explain why my thoughts are incorrect?
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    Dealer Mileage fraud

    Curious. Are you saying the odometer was left in "trip" setting and had 70,000 miles. Then when you reset it and switched it to the true odometer reading it showed 120,000 miles? What year, make and model of MH do you have?
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    Year allison started with Transynd?

    If the former owner change the fluid and used standard transmission fluid, what is written on the dipstick doesn't matter much. For about $28 and a little more for the fluid type check, you not only know for sure the correct fluid is in there, but you also learn if there is excessive wear in the components. Not a bad investment in my opinion.
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    I-70 from Missouri to I-15 in Nevada

    Where in Nevada are you going? I-70 ends in Utah at I-15. If you are going to central NV, pick up US-50 on Salina, UT to US-6 in Delta, UT. Just be careful once you get west of Denver. You have some long steep climbs and drops. Going downhill slow down, get into a lower gear so the engine braking does most of the work. If you ride your brakes at 55-60mph you will likely overheat your brakes, experience brake fade and have serious problems. Manually shift into 3rd gear and 40mph if need be. Going up hill, downshift early to keep your RPM's up to the 3500-4500 range to keep from overheating the transmission & engine.
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    Year allison started with Transynd?

    Your main question is trying to find out if your transmission has 100% transynd, no transynd, or a mixture. I didn't see much of an answer to that question. Contact https://www.blackstone-labs.com/ and verify that they can check that the fluid is transynd or not. For about $28 you should get a definitive answer.
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    Medical insurance while in Canada

    If you have Medicare and by Medicare Supplement Part F, it covers up to $50,000 in Canada. Basic Medicare "sort of says" if you are traveling directly though Canada they will cover your medical expenses. There is no written definition of how quickly you need to be traveling through Canada, say from the lower 48 to Alaska. There is info in the Medicare book about it. I assume you are over 65, since there is an "Over 70" bullet at the topic.
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    Buying new Class C

    It is common in any industry which buys a chassis and then builds their custom vehicle on the chassis. Not limited to RV's.
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    yellow stone campgrounds

    Look at RV Park Reviews at http://www.rvparkreviews.com/ to find a selection of RV Parks and reviews in the towns around Yellowstone.
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    The chart is for the newer 6 speed transmission, which was introduced in the E-350 & E-450 chassis in I believe 2016. The F series (truck chassis) got the 6 speed earlier. However it looks like the F-53 chassis still only has the old 5 speed, even in the 2018 chassis. The F-53 is used in Class A and the E-350 & E-450 us used in the Class C.
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    Grand Tetons

    I have found that most National Parks have some campgrounds with some campsites which will accommodate up to 40 foot RV's. Sometimes you will have your rear bumper sticking out the back of the paved or gravel parking pad, but the RV will still fit. On the other hand, getting a reservation during the busy season for large RV's is a problem. Determining which campsites will accommodate your rig and finding it available is sometimes very difficult. One big exception is Yellowstone, which requires you to supply the total length of the RV and the toad you are pulling (or the trailer and tow vehicle) in order to make a reservation. Anything over about 50' to maybe 1 or 2 campsites at 60' total RV & Toad length is a problem. But if you are going in with a 40' motorhome w/o a toad there are quite a few campsites you can reserve. Note: one minor detail. At Yellowstone, reservations for the following year start on May 1st of the previous year. Waiting until spring of the year you are going and you probably won't be able to make a reservation. Lots of National Forest CG's will handle 40' RV's. For detailed NF CG's go to: https://www.forestcamping.com/