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RE: Trip Advisor

I do look at Trip Advisor some, but take it (and other review sites) with a grain of salt. Google reviews are probably the least biased.
coolmom42 11/23/17 05:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need help finding our ideal campground

Bluewater Resort
coolmom42 11/23/17 02:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Keeping warm using air mattress

Use memory foam on the air mattress or just the memory foam by itself. This.
coolmom42 11/23/17 08:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Short corded small appliance dilemma

You can use an extension cord. Just get a good one, not the cheapest. You can plug different things in it at the same time, just don't use more than one at a time. Remember the appliances will all be on the same circuit. The warning is the mfr covering themselves. Because people can be incredibly stupid with extension cords. A good plug strip is probably the simplest solution.
coolmom42 11/22/17 06:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Alberta to Tennessee

Peak color is usually mid-October in higher elevations, to the end of October in lower elevations. Elevations in the Smokies range from 1000-6000 feet. Temps are also highly variable and can change drastically in a very short time. You might have great weather for riding and it might be awful. If you bring your bikes, bring cold-weather gear.
coolmom42 11/22/17 11:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buying my first TT, and I have a few questions

You do want a water heater bypass, unless you live somewhere that you don't need to winterize. Otherwise you will have to fill the water heater with antifreeze, before you get any antifreeze in the hot water lines. Aside from being a big waste of antifreeze, it's a PITA to get OUT of the water heater in the spring. I thought so too until he showed me that you can drain the hot water heater, by removing a cap, and then opening up all the faucets and blow air into the pipes. Does this sound correct? Well you have to hook up an air compressor and set the pressure correctly. Many people here do this, but I have never felt that it would positively get all the water out. It's also not clear to me how it gets the water out of the pump, and it doesn't work at all on the city water inlet valve, which also needs some antifreeze. If you pump the antifreeze through, you can see it coming out of all the faucets, and be sure that water is displaced from the lines.
coolmom42 11/22/17 09:43am Beginning RVing
RE: Buying my first TT, and I have a few questions

You do want a water heater bypass, unless you live somewhere that you don't need to winterize. Otherwise you will have to fill the water heater with antifreeze, before you get any antifreeze in the hot water lines. Aside from being a big waste of antifreeze, it's a PITA to get OUT of the water heater in the spring.
coolmom42 11/21/17 07:18pm Beginning RVing
RE: Tow/Camper connected

Disconnect, so as not to drain the tow vehicle chassis battery.
coolmom42 11/21/17 09:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Vent issue-help me understand this

Your air admittance valves in the drain lines have failed. There is one under both the kitchen and bathroom sinks somewhere. They are supposed to allow air to move in one direction-- into the drain lines when you dump the tanks, to avoid sucking the P-traps dry. But they are letting stinky gas from the gray tank in, when the gray tank space is being filled by your shower water. When you open the tank drain, that lets the displaced air go on down the drain. Right now it's burping back up through the air admittance valves. Air admittance valve It's also likely your tank vent is plugged--either with bird or insect nest. The tank vent could also have slipped down (at the factory) and be sitting right on the bottom of the tank.
coolmom42 11/20/17 07:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable electric heaters

We use a small cube style heater from Walmart. Adjustable thermostat (no numbers, just a dial from low to high) and 2 fan speeds. Very quiet fan. Works great in a 25' trailer. We've camped down to mid-20s and never needed the furnace.
coolmom42 11/20/17 05:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Refrigerator Circuit Board replacement

Not sure about the blue wire but the yellow stain indicates a cooling unit failure as newman fulltimer suggested. I wouldn't waste any money on a new circuit board. I've seen where some folks have decided to change out the old fridge with an all electric fridge that's close enough to the same size, and do a little trim work to make it fit. It's a lot cheaper than a gas/electric. I would go with a 12 V swing compressor type fridge. Very efficient, cheaper than an ammonia fridge.
coolmom42 11/20/17 12:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: 3 routers with same ssid & password

I have 3 routers that I log into. Home, work & RV. They are never within range of each other when turned on. The RV router is off when it is home. Is there any problem using the same ssid & password for all three routers? I know it's not a problem connectiong to different ssid's on my phone. The problem is I'm starting to log in to my routers with other devices like Alexa & ESP3266 micro controllers. I have to flash the micro controlers with one ssid and password. My thoughts are, if all three routers had the same ssid and password, I could take the devices from one location to the other. They'd never know they had been moved. Then all devices would connect to any of the three routers. PS for you "real nerds": If you're really into gadgets, check out the NodeMCU boards you program with Arduino. You can control almost anything using NPN transistors and the boards GPIO pins. 2 bucks each! Big learning curve! Buy a few extra, you'll smoke one! I have a bunch of stuff automated using MQTT, Alexa and IFTTT. I'm up to 5 Alexa's now and some Nodes controling a bunch of the 12 volt stuff. YES it can cause problems. You are better off giving them different names. One of my friends has the same Asus router that I do, and he has problems using the router at my house with the same name. Use the same password if you want, but name them differently so your devices don't confuse them.
coolmom42 11/19/17 02:54pm Technology Corner
RE: Malwarebytes??

Back in the days when I was very active in fighting hackers and scammers the rule was THREE anti-malware programs.. I won't tell you what programs I used, save for Malware Bytes.. But Norton and McAffee were NOT on my systems. Especially McAffee. Another one I would avoid is Kaspersky. I hate Norton, McAfee, and Kaspersky. Horrible clunky programs and terrible memory hogs. Norton is almost impossible to remove completely.
coolmom42 11/17/17 08:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Malwarebytes??

avast free edition (my primary) ccleaner free edition (occasional) malwarebytes free edition. (occasional) This is what I use. Zero problems. I also pay attention to where I click, and don't visit high-risk sites such as internet gambling and porn sites. I'm also very careful what I download from any site.
coolmom42 11/17/17 08:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Malwarebytes??

Malwarebytes is an excellent program and the free version works as well as the subscription version. Yep. Updated more frequently than Win10, too.
coolmom42 11/17/17 08:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Solar trickle charger help

This is an excellent guide to calculating your energy usage, battery sizing, and solar system sizing. RV Energy Calculator
coolmom42 11/17/17 07:25am Travel Trailers
RE: connecting grey tanks to get more capacity for the shower

If you ever get in a bind for gray tank space and the black still has a lot of room, you can drain the gray tank into a bucket and pour it down the toilet. Not convenient, but also serves the purpose of providing a forceful rinse-out to any solids accumulating at the toilet outlet.
coolmom42 11/17/17 07:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long to wait for delivery

I would never pay for a unit until it was in acceptable condition. No other industry operates this way. I don't know why the RV industry thinks you should pay for something that is not in functional condition. The problem of poor quality as received is between the dealer and the mfr, and not my responsibility to fix or pay for.
coolmom42 11/16/17 01:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Day Use Fees & Increase Existing Fees, Public Lands

That is on a developed recreation area--not the type of place that has ever been free. I think we will see steady increases in areas like this, which are very different from the dispersed type of camping you are referring to.
coolmom42 11/15/17 12:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Custom B or Custom Van?

Sounds like you need to start with something like a high-top Ford Transit passenger van. Take out the seats and upgrade them, add the plumbing and wiring in the back. If you get the long chassis version, there will be plenty of space. There are a lot of cargo vans coming off lease. Since you will be changing the interior anyway, that would be a blank slate.
coolmom42 11/14/17 11:26am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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