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new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5412

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Greetings. We are new to rv'ing and will be picking up our 38 ft diesel pusher in South Carolina next week. We will use our 04 jeep gr cherokee ltd as a dingy. First, are MH's subject to go thru the highway weigh stations that commercial trucks do? Second, does anyone use the same dingy as we are and, if so, what precutions should we take with the trans case and tranny? Third, are MH's allowed to pass thru the tunnels? Our route will be SC, NC, VA, WV then onward to NW Pennsylvania. Any and all comments/info is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5413

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No you do not have to stop at weigh stations. You can go here www.motorhomemagazine.com/output.cfm?ID=1073647 to find you vehicle for towing as a dinghy.

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5414

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bosco14 wrote:

Greetings. We are new to rv'ing and will be picking up our 38 ft diesel pusher in South Carolina next week. We will use our 04 jeep gr cherokee ltd as a dingy. First, are MH's subject to go thru the highway weigh stations that commercial trucks do? Second, does anyone use the same dingy as we are and, if so, what precutions should we take with the trans case and tranny? Third, are MH's allowed to pass thru the tunnels? Our route will be SC, NC, VA, WV then onward to NW Pennsylvania. Any and all comments/info is greatly appreciated. Thanks


Hello Bosco and welcome to the site.

Some States don't allow propane true their tunnels.
Get yourself an RW400 GPS.you can punch in your RV height
and propane avoidance and it will take you around those places. Here is the web site there are on sale now
for $149,00 can beat that anywhere,

www.RightWayGPS.com

PS the RW 400 its the onlyone with RV guidance.
I tow a wrangler, I put the transfer case in neutral
key on ignition,Disconect the batt. and go.

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5415

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Make sure you check which tunnels propane is not allowed. Found that out, by going through the Holland Tunnel. Some very ticked off Police waiting for me at the toll gate. Told me never to come back to New York again until I learned the rules. Each state has their own rules as the tunnel under the Chesapeake was no problem.

d.bentley

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5416

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The propane in tunnels is a new issue that we have never encountered although we have been RV'ing for over 5 years and have traveled from coast to coast and border to border. This being said, we have not passed through the tunnels in New York although we have been to Niagara Falls. We have been asked to turn off our propane on some ferries though.
The height issue is a problem and we are always well aware of our 145 inch height and we carefully watch for low clearances. Our GPS does not seem to note low clearances and this would be a nice feature. We have only encountered though, one road (Utah) and one tunnel (Zion) where this was a problem in over 60K miles of travel. Both had work-a-rounds. We are mostly RV in the west though.
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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5417

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If your Jeep is a 4X4, there is no problem with flat towing. If it is not 4X4, you can check your manual.

Some tunnels and bridges do not allow vehicles with LP gas bottles. I know you will have to go around Baltimore. In Virginia Beach all I had to do was shut off my gas at the bottle. Each one is different. You need to check in advance to prevent having to retrace your path.

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5418

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Nomads wrote:

Get yourself an RW400 GPS.you can punch in your RV height and propane avoidance and it will take you around those places.


Nomads,

I was really interested in your post about this unit because I was getting ready to buy CoPilot 11 RV software because it does include Overpass and Propane avoidance but I would rather have a stand alone unit if one is available that does those things. I downloaded the manual on the RW400. I see where you can select the vehicle type as RV and I see where you can select the Propane avoidance, but I do not see where you can enter or select an RV Height or find any info on what they use as RV height, only that you can select Vehicle type as RV. In fact they do not mention anything about Low Overpass avoidance in the manual that I can find. Can you confirm for me that this unit does include Low Overpass Avoidance and Vehicle Height options?

Boscoe14,

Welcome to the road. If the Jeep is a 4x4 you can tow it four down. On my Liberty with automatic tranny I have to use this procedure. Pull up behind the coach. Put the transfer case in neutral, turn the engine off, move the transmission to Park. Make sure the key is where the steering wheel is not locked. My Liberty has a key position were the engine is off but the steering is not locked. Some cars you have to turn the ignition to the On position and either pull a fuse or disconnect the battery terminal.

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5419

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Wb4Zit wrote.
RW400. I see where you can select the vehicle type as RV and I see where you can select the Propane avoidance, but I do not see where you can enter or select an RV Height or find any info.

WB the info is right there it goes 12.5 and 13 height
You can also download trucker routing. I purchase one of
them(RW400 by the way it have co-pilot routing) as we speak and have all those thinks.
I also have Co-pilot 10 for my laptop, but is to big
I like the RW400 with 4 inch touch screen.It also have fuel
calculator.

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5420

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Look at pic below.

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5421

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Better yet here is a pic of the RW400 at the
routing section

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5424

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Nomads,

Thanks for the Personal Message. I would have sent you one instead of posting here but I have not figured out how to send a PM on the new board yet :-)

The pic looks like this RW400 unit has what the RVer needs. Looks like they would have mentioned the stuff about RV height in their manual they have for downloading from their site.

Anyway, thanks again for the PM and for uploading the pic. I believe I will try one.

Mel
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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5426

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5430

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A couple of summers ago we were parked at the Mill Creek Campground near Mackinaw, MI. A large section near our site had been reserved for a Monaco Motor Coach Club. Not only did they have to have a Monaco, their toad had to be some sort of Jeep. We do not remember the particular name of the club but there were about 50 rigs there and one thing we do remember is that every toad had all four on the ground. If you could find that club on the internet they could provide you with a wealth of information on Jeep towing.

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Re:new to rv'ing 12 years 3 months ago #5431

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All the tunnels in the VA Beach area require you to have your propane turned off prior to entering the tunnel. You have to pull off at the inspection area and show the personnel that your valves are indeed off. No big hassle. We didn't use the tunnel, used the James River bridge. Just as easy for us.

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Re:new to rv'ing 11 years 10 months ago #6193

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Nomads

Just checked out the rightway web site. The only GPS listed at the 149.00 price is a RW355. Is the 400 still avalable?

John

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Hi John. I check the site also and the "Dale Jr" is the same as the 400. They must change the name .But I notice the Specs are the same. **Navigation Features** Predictive Text Data Entry Yes /Voice Prompts Yes, in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s voice /Text-to-Speech Capabilities Yes /RightLane Assistant™ No /RightSpeed Assistant™ No /3D Map View Yes /Itinerary View Yes /Automatic Re-Route Yes ///Choice of Route Set-Up Yes ///Route Avoidance Options Yes /Points of Interest over 1.7 Million including unique Dale Jr. & NASCAR POIs Gas Calculator Yes

Good Luck.

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Re: new to rv'ing 8 years 1 month ago #11398

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Measure the height of your unit for low areas and post near the inside top of your windshield to prevent destroying the roof equipment.

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