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RE: Income Tax for Full Timers

I don't think you can put a PO box on a driver's license so your official IRS address would be whatever is on your driver's license. That depends on the state, some do allow it. My SD drivers license showed my address as: 3700 South Westport Ave, PMB XXXX. The PMB stands for "private mail box" and the address is that of the mail forwarding service I used. In many cases I used the number sign "#" instead of PMB. The post office allows that and if someone thought it stood for suite or apartment - oh well. The IRS and other government entities such as Medicare and Social Security also used the mail forwarding address as my home address.
Clay L 03/27/15 02:45pm Full-time RVing
RE: wind speed and wineguard

Mine was up a few years ago near Quartzsite AZ when the wind really started gusting. I stowed it before the wind hit it's peak of over 60 mph. It's hard to say exactly but the local weather showed 50 mph gusts at the time we stowed. As I recall Bill Adams (later went to work for Winegard as a dealer trainer) said he left his up until the 60 mph point. In any case I would err on the side of caution and stow it.
Clay L 03/27/15 02:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Waste Disposal?

Some companies that work with septic/sewer systems have a video camera on a very long cable that they can snake into lines to look for blockage. That might tell you where the pipe ends up. We hired it done at a commercial peach orchard we inherited. I don't remember what it cost but it wasn't a lot.
Clay L 03/27/15 02:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: Water pump rocker switch

The one in my Sightseer can be pried apart and the grain of wheat bulb cut out and replaced by soldering in a new one, but it was a royal pita and I wouldn't recommend it. When another one burned out I got a small 12 LED panel light with a built in resistor, drilled a small hole next to the switch and installed it there. Looks like a factory installation and has lasted about 8 years so far.
Clay L 03/23/15 11:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A Surprise Telephone Call From China

I used the GI bill to help pay for my engineering degree (BSEE - graduated in 1972). In either the very late 60s or early 70s I built a Heathkit solid state (except for the CRT) oscilloscope. In the next month or so I plan to take it out of the box it was stored in for the years we were full timing and get it up and running. Suspect I will have to reform or replace some electrolytic capacitors in the process.
Clay L 03/21/15 02:03pm Tech Issues
RE: kwik lube

I have used KwikLube for a number jobs other than my steps - my overhead garage door for one. It penetrates and then dries to a waxy lubricant. A number of people have posted that motorcycle chain lube is similar and works well on steps but I haven't tried it.
Clay L 03/21/15 01:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Sat TV and trees? No problem!

As I recall the sat is about 23 degrees higher than the arm. The dish is a section of a parabola cut so that the signal shadow of the arm does not obstruct the LNB.
Clay L 03/21/15 01:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Tax Exempt States for Full Time RVing

NH has no excise or sales tax on Motor home purchases. They do have a very large fee based on weight (as I recall) for plates when you buy one and each year thereafter. It goes down very slowly each year. When I bought my motor home new in 2004 the fee for plates for it and my 1999 Honda was over $1800. They also taxed my interest and dividend income. At the time I didn't have enough income to file a Federal tax document but still had to pay NH over $200. I moved to SD in a couple of years. SD charged $186 for my car and motor home plates. No taxes on dividend and interest income.
Clay L 03/13/15 02:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: What tire pressure gauge do you use?

Robert - I have an Accurite digital gauge I bought at Camping World near Concord and a plunger/slider type I bought at the truck accessory store right off 3A a few miles out of Concord. Coming from Concord It is a left turn across from the place that used to sell steamed hot dogs and fireworks A few years ago at the Winnebago Grand National Rally, Michelin was checking gauge accuracy at their booth. The slider one was dead nuts on and the digital one was about 1 1/2 pounds off.
Clay L 03/11/15 01:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan 5500 Generator problem

Well now! I just looked up how to prime the generator and will give that a shot tonight when I get home. Will report tomorrow. Some take quite a bit longer than others to start to prime after the stop switch is pressed. Mine takes at least 30 seconds maybe 45.
Clay L 03/11/15 01:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Whats the best restaurant .....

The best to me are in no particular order... Newicks Seafood in Dover, NH Big Texan Steakhouse in Amarillo, TX Allen's Chinese in Powhatan, VA Angelia's Italian in Powhatan, VA Dot's Back inn in Richmond, VA Capt. Chuckamuck's seafood in Rescue, VA Every one of these places is well worth the time spent. They have a Newicks in Concord NH now out across from the mall. Used to go there often.
Clay L 03/10/15 10:35am RV Lifestyle
RE: Marshall brass or Camco

In regards to "extend-a-stay" propane set-ups, are Marshall brass products worth the extra $$$ ? You do not have a choice, Marshall Brass dropped the line, Mr. Heater picked it up. Actually Mr Heater was concurrent with Marshal and when Marshal apparently stopped making them for a while Sturgi stated making them. It appears that Marshal is making them again. I bought my Mr Heater Stay a While back in 2003 and Marshal was selling the Extend a Stay at the time.
Clay L 03/08/15 01:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: Shower valve question

Most of the restrictors can just be removed. However. More flow will cause you to use the hot water faster, and so run out faster. Ask me how I know. Yeah I did. Yes same here. After I enlarged the restrictor hole I could hardly finish a navy type shower before running out of hot water.
Clay L 03/06/15 01:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inverter

Although my machine will run on 12 vdc I chose to use an inverter because it was difficult to run a 12 volt line to the bedroom slide. My Respironics System One 60 Series machine will operate on a 300 watt modified sine wave inverter. The last time I checked (a few years ago) the Resmed web site said they required a pure sine wave inverter.
Clay L 03/06/15 01:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oh my, getting old

Know just how you feel. Age caught up to us well before we planned for it to - started summer before last. I am 74 and my wife is 70. This is the first winter we have been someplace cold in 12 years. Sure lucky we bought a house two and a half years ago. Didn't plan to use it for more than a month or so in the spring and a couple of months in the fall but had to spend all last summer and the summer before last in it. Did south to AZ for last winter and then spent all summer here and stayed for the winter. Had a ball though for those 11 years of full timing and one year of snow birding.
Clay L 03/04/15 02:51pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Web Browsers Issues

I used FireFox for years and now use Chrome. In both cases I use Thunderbird as my email client. I use MailWasher to look at the headers, delete the crud and then have Thunderbird download the ones I want. That way our emails and contacts are always on our computers and can be backed up. My email addresses are on CompuServe and Outlook.live and my wife's are on Yahoo and Outlook.live.
Clay L 03/03/15 11:43am Technology Corner
RE: Establish Residency in Wyoming?

This is a couple of years old, but seems to provide decent info: What's The Best State for Fulltime RVers When It Comes To Taxes? Here's another resource with steps on how to gain South Dakota Resedency (2012): Setting Up South Dakota Residency for RVers (Pt. 1) The first link does have some good info but it doesn't mention jury duty. TX (Livingston where Escappees has one of it's mail forwarding service addresses) will excuse you and SD will remove you from the rolls.
Clay L 03/03/15 11:27am Full-time RVing
RE: Change Residency but keep Vacation Home?

One thing to note - many/most/all? - insurance companies coverage will lapse if the home is vacant for more than a time they set, often a month or so unless you have someone checking on it often. In our case we had to insure the home as a seasonal home which cost us about twice as much as the amount we pay now that we live in the house year round.
Clay L 03/03/15 11:19am Full-time RVing
RE: Metered Electric Cost

It all depends on the cost per kilowatt hour and your use of appliances like the AC or convection microwave. With no AC use we used about 300 to 350 KWh per month. It was always cheaper for to stay for a month and pay for metered electricity no matter where we were in the country. We have seen KWh rates from 11 cents per KWh to as high as 20 cents per KWh. In spite of what some think, there are states that allow RV parks to charge more for electricity than they pay. AZ is one that does. It is not a Federal matter, it is governed by state utility boards and regulations.
Clay L 03/03/15 11:03am Beginning RVing
RE: The BORG Where To Get TO247 HEATSINKS?

Reading your posts I see that you do a lot of electronic home brew projects. A few years ago I wrote an app that will figure out the heat sink value you need for a given set of parameters. Below is a screen shot of the program. If you want to download the program go to My DropBox http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Public/heat%20sink%20app_zpsjt2yucbn.jpg
Clay L 03/02/15 11:33am Tech Issues
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