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RE: Selling a Distressed Motorhome

Make a concise list of the good points and bad points. That way buyers wont' be wasting their time and yours asking questions only to find out something is a deal-breaker for them.
coolmom42 01/24/15 09:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Verizon vs AT&T

Verizon all the way. Much better coverage outside of cities than any other carrier.
coolmom42 01/24/15 09:08pm Technology Corner
RE: Tennessee

Looking at leaving about April 20th. The plan..... Ct. To Asheville NC all in one straight shot Asheville to Pigeon Forge Pigeon Forge to Chattanooga Chattanooga to Memphis Memphis to Nashville Nashville to Berlin Ohio Amish country Berlin to Ct in one straight shot Input on were to stay and things to do. Would you skip any of these? Was only planing on staying two nights at each stop unless we really liked the area and wanted to see/do more. Skip Memphis and spend more time in East TN & Nashville. Nothing in Memphis worth driving 8 hours extra for in the time frame you have. (Unless someone is a die-hard Elvis fan & just gotta go to Graceland, which is nothing to get excited about otherwise.) I would even consider skipping Nashville for more time in Chattanooga & the Smokies. All depends on what you like to do. There are really 3 types of things to see/do in those areas---music stuff (Nashville-Memphis); historical stuff (Smokies/Chattanooga/Nashville) outdoor/scenic stuff (east TN).
coolmom42 01/24/15 10:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: All these questions on routing???

I prefer to start with a road map to get an overall idea of the major roads, options, etc. Then I'll look on Google maps/earth for more details. Then if something looks iffy or there are some options I'll search on here. For instance---I found out that one route across the Bighorns is pretty dicey with a trailer, the other much better. There was no obvious difference from any other source. There are also details of routes that only locals know. Recently there were several questions about routes around/through Nashville & TN from snowbirds headed south. Myself and a few others were able to answer those with info not obvious from any map or GPS. One thing people neglect to do is check state DOT sites. You can usually get info about construction and closures there. Tennessee has one of the best ones, updated realtime with traffic incident info.
coolmom42 01/24/15 10:35am Roads and Routes
RE: All these questions on routing???

with their input and pictures it entices me to go there. My bucket list of places I must visit in the US has grown greatly since I've started following this forum. And I thought I was pretty well educated on this country before. Mine too!
coolmom42 01/24/15 10:30am Roads and Routes
RE: YOU NEED TO SEE THIS PIC

The problem is that the photo is intended to lead buyers to believe that any 1/2 ton truck will tow that trailer---regardless of truck options and other cargo. Many newby RV'rs will take that photo at face value and buy more than they can safely tow.
coolmom42 01/21/15 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Draining water heater

If yours is a Suburban you need to pull plug to check anode yearly. If it is an Attwood, you can get a MPT to Male Hose Thread adapter, and put on a Hose cap which can be removed by hand (idea stolen from somewhere on this site). Doug Great tip! I will keep that in mind when I acquire a RV.
coolmom42 01/19/15 05:44am Tech Issues
RE: Draining water heater

As I said, I am no longer involved with this TT, having split with the now-full-owner. (He bought my half of it.) I was just trying to figure out the best way to do it myself if I buy a RV in the future. The TT is a basic Gulfstream Amerilite. It never occurred to us that the WH would NOT drain through the low point drains. We had the faucets open while draining. It did drain slowly but the amount of water seemed to confirm that the WH did drain. If it was not drained, it definitely would have frozen under the storage conditions. I believe it's an Atwood WH, am not 100% sure. So the moral of the story is, some WH might drain through the low points, but not all will. And the anode should be checked regardless. (I don't know if ExBF has done that or not, it's not really my concern any more.) Atwood doesn't use an anode rod because it has an aluminum alloy tank. (Suburban uses anodes because of the steel glass-lined tank) WH tank may have drained, may have only partially drained.......regardless it must have drained enough that the water left behind had enough room to expand when frozen that it didn't do harm ie: rupture tank BUT easy sure fire way is to remove drain plug I agree you are right about that. Will keep it in mind when I acquire my own RV. Good to know ahead of time.
coolmom42 01/19/15 05:43am Tech Issues
RE: How do they do that?

There are extension articulating brackets (not for huge TVs, maybe 36" max) that allow an arm to be extended and angled for best viewing. They could be mounted to a reinforcement board in the overhead cabinet. I would want some extra support for the bracket while driving, if it is left in the extended position. That could be achieved with some wood blocking and some sort of tie-down strap fastened to it.
coolmom42 01/19/15 05:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Draining water heater

Mine doesn't drain through the low point drains. Are you SURE yours does? Personally, I wouldn't take the chance until I knew for sure. This is what the plumbing in my rig looks like: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-QPRantI1M3w/UTOGoXhASyI/AAAAAAAAKc4/q18QQd3cDnE/w1062-h797-no/IMG_2777.JPG width=640 Yours is probably similar. Can you be sure all that drains just by opening the low point drains? The plumbing in your photo is a hot mess. Good grief. Nothing in the RV I dealt with looked like that. It was very straight-forward & easy to figure out which lines went where.
coolmom42 01/18/15 09:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Draining water heater

keeping anode rod in during the winter keeps the spiders out. Or MICE. ICK.
coolmom42 01/18/15 09:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Got my Chromecast yesterday

A Roku device is much better. Does not need the controller, just works off your wi-fi signal.
coolmom42 01/18/15 06:46pm Technology Corner
RE: Draining water heater

As I said, I am no longer involved with this TT, having split with the now-full-owner. (He bought my half of it.) I was just trying to figure out the best way to do it myself if I buy a RV in the future. The TT is a basic Gulfstream Amerilite. It never occurred to us that the WH would NOT drain through the low point drains. We had the faucets open while draining. It did drain slowly but the amount of water seemed to confirm that the WH did drain. If it was not drained, it definitely would have frozen under the storage conditions. I believe it's an Atwood WH, am not 100% sure. So the moral of the story is, some WH might drain through the low points, but not all will. And the anode should be checked regardless. (I don't know if ExBF has done that or not, it's not really my concern any more.)
coolmom42 01/18/15 06:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Gas question

I've never gotten "bad gas" either. I always buy the cheapest stuff for the automobiles. I always by ethanol free for the boat and small engines. Ethanol isn't about economics, It's about the strength of the corn lobby in Washington. I don't see it going away anytime soon even though it makes absolutely no sense to be using it. Gas is not cheap because the oil companies want it that way. It's called supply and demand, it's a basic economic principle. Ditto.
coolmom42 01/17/15 10:30pm Tech Issues
Draining water heater

When former BF & I had a RV together, we drained the water heater ( or thought we did) by opening the low point drains and parking on a slope so that the water heater was uphill. We then winterized by closing the WH bypass & pumping pink stuff through the lines, plus pouring in traps. Never had any problem for 3 years. Now that I'm reading with an eye to doing this on my own in the future, I see comments that say things like, "Water heater drain plug must be removed to drain it." Were we just blissfully ignorant and got lucky? (Which I doubt, as RV was stored in central IL for the winter.) Or did we manage to drain the water heater through the low point drains? And what is there to prevent the WH from draining through the low point drains?
coolmom42 01/17/15 10:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Walmart Locator

Walmart.com has locations. It will show them on a map when you search for a store in some location.
coolmom42 01/17/15 10:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: My relentless pursuit to cure trailer sway - the dancing TT

Just as a question, does your Weight Distribution hitch have anti-sway bars on it? If not, try installing a set and see what happens. Your truck may cary the weight, but the trailer will sway without the anti-sway bars. Very good point. Not all WDH have anti-staw built in and so far I have seen no details of the hitch. Could be the OP has the inexpensive round-bar type WDH which has no anti-sway and relies on separate friction bars to help control sway. If that is the case then, aside from assuring the 15% tongue weight first, the OP is well advised to change the WDH and get one with anti-sway built in. A popular, reasonably priced and effective alternative is the Equal-i-zer hitch. WDH alone does nothing to control sway. This too, in addition to the truck height issue.
coolmom42 01/16/15 08:05am Travel Trailers
RE: My relentless pursuit to cure trailer sway - the dancing TT

Are the tall tires acting like marshmallows and just to tall of sidewalls to be stable? Just my guess This. Big tires, big lifts and all that other related junk leads to a bad towing or hauling experience. I would bet that if your truck were closer to stock it would tow perfectly. I know that's not what you want to hear but real working trucks avoid all big tires and such for good reason. Yep. Your truck center of gravity is way too high, and the tires are too tall to be rigid. IMHO that's not a safe vehicle to be hauling kids around in. Your roll-over chances are extreme. I don't see how it handles well WITHOUT a load.
coolmom42 01/16/15 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: AMAZON Caught 'Em Again

When you search for an item... make sure to select "eligible for free shipping." Then choose the free shipping option at checkout. Also, don't use one-click. It's fast, but you lose the chance to double-check your total and select free shipping.
coolmom42 01/16/15 08:00am Tech Issues
RE: Camera help needed

You probably need to clean the autofocus sensor. Also try cleaning your lenses. I always keep a UV filter on my lenses and replace them about once a year. It's a lot cheaper to replace the filter than the lens. Why do you need to replace the UV filter?? Isn't taking them off periodically and cleaning all you need to do. I use UV filters on my lenses but certainly don't need to replace them. I'm just curious...don't mean to imply anything but that. It's personal preference. Could be the thought that the UV filter becomes scratched with time and it's better to replace it, or that after X number of cleanings, it gets a bit fuzzy, etc., that additional cleaning can't correct. There are more opinions on UV filters than there are on dogs in campgrounds. Digital cameras made in the last 15 years all have built-in UV filters on the sensor. There is no need for an external UV filter. It is another source of optical degradation & chromatic aberration. The only possible purpose it serves is protecting the front lens element. That can be done very effectively by using the lens hood turned the right way.
coolmom42 01/15/15 07:02pm Technology Corner
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