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Old 07-06-2018, 05:05 PM   #521
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Measured Missy today. She has grown up a bit recently and has a new height of 12' 8" (at the normal/cruising ride height setting).
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:34 PM   #522
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That is true. It does take a bit of water though.
The latent heat of evaporation for water is 2,2300 KJ/kg ~ 2114 BTU/Liter.
Typical residential evaporative coolers for 300sqft have a 5 gal reservoir.

I would try one of these things for about $100-$150 new or less off CL.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:07 PM   #523
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Measured Missy today. She has grown up a bit recently and has a new height of 12' 8" (at the normal/cruising ride height setting).
Legal max height is 13 feet. A lot of bridges are lower than 12 feet, especially after the road under the bridge has been repaved a few times. They don't always correct the bridge clearance signage.
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:29 AM   #524
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Thanks Ben,

Please be careful with the legal stuff. We frequently get into this (legal stuff) and the answer almost always varies from place to place and with the situation. A quick little research (here, for example) will show that, for RV's, the maximum legal height is 13' 6" or more - for all states. It is 14' in my state of registration. Having been a full-timer for the last 5 years in an RV that was 12' 6" (and now Missy), I can say that I have never experienced a situation where I was too tall to fit. Please keep in mind that is for the areas of the country that I frequent - obviously this would NOT be true everywhere (especially in the east). Obviously, maximum legal height has nothing to do with the actual maximum height that will work on obscure county roads (thinking of the ones back east with little covered bridges and such).
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Old 07-07-2018, 12:04 PM   #525
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My $0.02...

I traveled through 40+ states over 6 years and 250k miles in a converted Eagle that was about 13'4" tall.

In my travels I ran into a few bridges and tunnels that I could not clear.

All but one occasion I had plenty of forewarning of low clearance and alternative route.

There were parts of Yellowstone National Park that I couldn't take the bus.

Getting off of the main roads in parts of the N.E. required attention.

I found one overpass that I could not clear near downtown Denver. No forewarning. I had to back up a block to get to a spot to turn around.....At 5:00pm on a Friday afternoon. Not an experience I care to repeat.

A truckers GPS is a handy tool in any tall rig.
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for RV's, the maximum legal height is 13' 6" or more - for all states. It is 14' in my state of registration.

Really? I didn't know that. I knew about the 13'6" but not that it varied for RVs.



That doesn't make any sense whatsoever. How is 14' for an RV shorter than 13'6" for a semi??? The bridge doesn't give a $hit what's trying to get under it. If anything it should be the other way around. As a soccer dad loaded with cash, what experience do you have driving an RV that taller than bridges? As a truck driver with 100,000 miles a year, you're a little more likely to pay attention to those things.
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Really? I didn't know that. I knew about the 13'6" but not that it varied for RVs.
I only listed what I found for RV's - no idea what it is for other vehicles. You'll have to research that one for yourself.
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Finally got around to taking outside photos with the new satellite dish, A/C-Heat Pumps, and vents.



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Old 07-29-2018, 09:47 AM   #530
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I'm not very good at trip reports. As a full-timer, I'm always on a trip so feels kinda odd to report the normal stuff...

That said, I started a 'longer than normal' trip this past week. I'm calling it my 2018 Far East Trip. In general, New Mexico to Minnesota for a family wedding and some time at the home office. Then to near St. Louis to visit more family. Then, who knows… Maybe to Ohio to visit more family… Or… maybe I'll have had enough of the far east and will head back out west. We'll see. It'll be at least a six week trip.

Middle of last week I made the short hop from my "home base" way up on the continental divide in New Mexico to near Albuquerque for some visits and business.

I was very lucky to get out of my summer spot due to the desert monsoon season rains. I was five miles off the paved road and the dirt trails liked to collect water and were really a mess. I spotted a bit of a window with a couple days of no rain and the road look passable so I gave it a shot. It all went fairly well until one spot where it was least expected - Missy's left rears sunk into mud that seemed to be under a dry crust. I kept the throttle down (not hammered, of course) and we just barely continued plowing thru it. A VERY close call. This photo was taken a few miles down the paved road - note how far the mud is up on the tire sidewalls.





A few minutes after taking those photos, the rain opened up and really dumped. So, I guess timing really is everything!



Friday started the first long haul segment to Minnesota. I decided to enjoy some of the secondary roads and took the route shown below.



The drive was pretty uneventful and Missy ran well. She still has a vibration that really annoys me - still working on that.



First night was spent in a nice little RV park near Hugoton, KS named Eagle RV Park. I kinda like the unattended operations. Pull in, pick a spot, put your money in an envelope and enjoy. Nice and easy. Photos?? No… forgot. Sorry…

Saturday was mostly lots of cruising - about 550 miles to Onawa, IA. These long drives give me lots of time to contemplate the changes I'd like to make to Missy. She is nowhere near "done" so I have a long list of things to do anyway but always adding more to that list.

Again, another RV park. This one named 'On-Ur-Wa RV Park'. A very nice couple checked me in and even provided a golf-cart escort into my spot. Very easy!



I don't normally stay at RV parks when traveling due to the hassle of getting in and out. This time around, I expected it to be hot weather and wanted shore power for air conditioning. It certainly wasn't as hot as I had expected but I carried on with the plan anyway.

Today I'll drive the final 300 miles to near St. Cloud, MN. I'll be there for a week boondocking on my sisters farm.

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