One of the things I love about Les Schwab is that every store I visit treats me the same as the guys do at my local store who know me. We travel the NW a lot and have always been able to stop in to any store whenever there is an issue with no complaints.
I use Apple, Windows, and Android devices. For browsing, videos, email, etc, any of them would work fine. I would focus in hardware. For Android, the Samsung products have a great reputation. I have used Polaris Oftice and been able to read and make small edits on Office files. I have a 2nd generation iPad which serves me very well. You can buy a refurbished one from Apple with full support and warranty for $200, but (and I can't say this enough) the productivity apps like Numbers and Letters (excel and word knockoffs) are no where near as good as the Microsoft originals. I can read anything with minor formatting, but editing is a real pain. I would be able to tell you about Microsoft tablets, but everyone was sold out by the time I got there today :( . However, the responses seemed to be pretty good when I asked about it on this forum.
We use a 14 x 14 cabin every winter that is heated by a wood stove about the size of a microwave. The cabin is 80 years old, hasn't burned down yet, and as far as I know, no one has died. If we can safely have a wood stove in a small wooden structure for 80 years, why can't it work in an RV?
We have a pair of the Adventure folding bikes from Camping World that we bought at an RV show for $149 each. I have been amazed at how well they have held up. They have not had a single problem in the few years we have had them and they get used a lot in the summer. Additionally, I am a very large human and it has held up to my weight without a whimper.
If I were shopping for one today, I would look at Citizen Bike. They have a lot of configurations and colors and the prices are good. I would feel comfortable with the 16" wheels.
You can get a refurbished WIN Surface RT for $169. But I'd be cautious as to whether Microsoft intends to drop the RT in 2014? See article Microsoft ready to kill Windows RT. Interesting article. I can see the point of dropping RT. once tablets have enough power, it would be better for everyone if they ran the desktop OS. They are essentially there, and RT was the first OS to try (successfully in my opinion) to mimic the desktop experience. I'm not worried about support as I've never relied on manufacturer support for electronics. In fact, I still haspd Windows 98 (1st Ed.) on my media server until last year when I switched to an old XP laptop to save space.
I think your post got hijacked, getting back to the intercom, it takes two pieces. Did you get the truck half of the intercom system.
If not you'll need to come up with something compatible that's powered by 12 volts or batteries. If it's AM modulated it probably wouldn't be too hard. If it's FM it will be more difficult to find something.
A lot of the cheaper ones were in the unlicensed 27 Mhz band similar to kid's walkie talkies.
The other issue is whether the base portion is solid state or tube.
Somewhere here I have a bunch of old Sam's photo facts from that era that may have the schematics. Get the model info on the unit and I see what I can find.
If you aren't able to get the original working and want to keep the intercom you can buy a $12 pair of FRS radios and modify one to work in the original intercom case.
Interesting project either way. The one we had was hard wired. There was a small cable to attach in addition to the main umbilical.
We have an iPad and an HP tablet. I am looking seriously at a Microsoft Surface RT this year. Microsoft has come out with the Surface 2 so the first gen tablets are going for around $200 this Black Friday. See my post on the subject in this forum for more details.
My 1969 Travel Queen had one, but we didn't have the cab portion so we never tried it. My wife said that they had one when they were kids and would use it to talk to their mom and dad while they were driving down the road.
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Where can you get the 32 G Surface RT for $199 this weekend? Only through Microsoft or perhaps Best Buy. Is it a special Friday offer or is it Saturday and Sunday. Input appreciated. Thanks. I've been previewing the black friday ads and have seen it in several places from $199 to $249 with the keyboard cover. I know Microsoft, Best Buy, and Staples have it for sure.
I have used a Surface tablet all the time for about a year now. I see no difference in the Office on it compared to the one on my computer at work. This tablet does everything I used to do on my old Dell laptop other than allowing me to install 'extra' software from cd's. I rarely used those anyway. Really like this tablet and have no problems with Windows 8 or 8.1. Do you have the RT OS version?
Microsoft is dropping the price for the 32 GB Surface RT to $199 this weekend. I have always been interested in these due to the claim that they run office. I am a student and MUST have Excel, Word, and PowerPoint on my portable device.
I have a 17" laptop and an IPad right now. On days when I need my laptop at school to work on Excel or PowerPoint, I dread carrying that big thing around. The IPad productivity apps just don't cut it because they have a quarter of the functionality and are difficult to use on the touch screen.
I am hoping that the surface can fill in for the laptop when I need it at school. I am willing to take the chance at the $199 price point, but I was looking for information from people who have actually used Office applications and can tell me if they really work.
You mentioned that your oil and trans temps are normal which makes me wonder if the temp sending unit is different between the two engines. It could be that the voltage ranges are different. Can you swap it?
It's pretty easy to imagine when you simply look at cars. It seems to me that a family with a newer truck, a nice camper, and a sedan could easily be $80,000-$100,000 in debt on those items alone if they didn't put much down. If I think about my family, I have one relative with a $13k truck, $10k car, and a $10k RV loan. Total= $33k. Another has a $35k car loan and a $8k RV for $43k. A recent neck surgery with complications put another one $15k in debt in addition to whatever car loans, etc. Meanhile, my mother and my wife and I owe nothing.
If we averaged it out, we have at least $91k in debt over 5 households for an average of about $18k each. Keep in mind that this only includes the cars and RV's that they have told me about, this doesn't include credit cards, personal and student loans, etc.
Long story short, I think the $27k average seems within reason.
The guy who has the one on Seattle CL is recommending people ask Host about buying their own. He has a youtube video linked to it, but no weights, tanks, or other specs. He claims it is lighter than the AF 811.That's the one. I guess he's putting it on all of the Pacific NW sites.
Saw a nice camper on CL today. It was a 2014 Host Aspen triple slide for a short bed. What a nice layout. If I had a short bed, it would be hard to pass something like that up.
Note: I have nothing to do with this camper so I didn't post a link. You can check it out on the Host site.
I don't have a fire extinguisher and I don't know what size you are mounting, but I have a big mag light that fits very well between the driver's seat and the center console. If you are using one of the small ones, you could probably fit it there.