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RE: Does Using SmartPhone as Hotspot Ruin Battery?

That is a load of BS. It will run the battery down fairly fast. Just don't run the battery flat, then leave it plugged in the charger forever. Kind of like a RV deep-cycle battery. And even if you have to get a new phone a little more often, you're likely still ahead, because you are not paying for the stand-alone hot spot. I keep my Verizon data at 1 GB, and check it a couple of times a month. If I'm getting close to the cap, I go online and bump up the data package to avoid overages. Then go back to 1 GB the next month. You can change the plans up and down as often as you want.
coolmom42 11/25/15 04:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Finally! Cig Lighter USB Charger With A Pair of

It's $21.99 on Amazon--so check the total with shipping against that price. Looks like a handy thing to have.
coolmom42 11/24/15 11:20am Tech Issues
RE: Shower drain

Bad for the seals in the drain valve Try boiling water then repeat And do it once a month as a preventive.
coolmom42 11/24/15 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Small Trailer Recommendations

Check out the Amerilite here: Amerilite 14RBC You could leave the dinette made up as a bed, and still have a place to sit, since there is a sofa. I was a partner in an Amerilite trailer for a few years. They are entry level RVs, so far as features & decor, but reasonable quality. And the fewer bells & whistles you have, the less there is to go wrong.
coolmom42 11/24/15 08:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Gmc 1/2 Ton Yukon 4x4 & Nash 17k

You do need a good weight distribution & anti-sway hitch, like an Equalizer. You will be fine with that. Trailer sounds like a good match for your vehicle.
coolmom42 11/22/15 08:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Average carpet sqf in a RV?

No, just NO. You can't buy any kind of decent carpet for that price, much less install it with a good pad and proper stretching. Now it's possible he is an installer who has a scrap of carpet & pad that is costing him nothing, because it has already been paid for by someone else's job. And the charge is for the labor. Ask to see the carpet, ask him about his installation methods, what pad, etc.
coolmom42 11/22/15 05:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacing coleman ac with vented sunroof?

Go for it, if you think you will never use the AC. I would want to be able to block the light to some extent---that is a lot of heat you will let in if/when you don't want it.
coolmom42 11/22/15 04:29pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)

I like the idea of the Ford chassis that Winnebago is using on the Fuse. I don't like that the Fuse has only 2 floor plan options, both with slides. One has the fridge in a slideout, the other has a queen bed you can't use with the slide closed.
coolmom42 11/22/15 04:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gas Buddy is down

coolmom42 11/22/15 11:51am Technology Corner
RE: removing cigarette oder

Pass. A friend of mine bought a truck that had been ozone treated. When you got in it on a warm (not even hot) day you could still smell the smoke. He had it re-treated and it got a little better. But still on a hot day you could smell it. I would never ever buy a vehicle of any type that had the slightest smoke odor.
coolmom42 11/22/15 08:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Idea for simplified water tank heating -- need your advice

How about the theory that cooling hot water freezes quicker than cooling cold water? That theory has been proven to be bogus. It is true that hot water initially loses heat faster than cold water, because the rate of heat loss depends on the temperature differential between the water and its surroundings. BUT the hot water still has much more total heat to lose before it gets down to the same temp as its surroundings, so it is less likely than the cold water to freeze in the same amount of time. I think this is a good simple idea and wouldn't cost much to try out. The lines & pump will be full of warm water. Plus the warm water in the tank will radiate some heat into the area of the pump uptake line. If you could wrap Reflectix all around the tank & uptake line, that would be helpful. (I'm assuming you are talking about an exterior tank with an uptake line to the pump inside the trailer.)
coolmom42 11/21/15 08:51pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Need help, frozen water!

Reading your post it appears to be that running the space heater inside prevented the furnace from turning on thus less heat to the tanks. It is very important to have the furnace furnish heat to the tanks. Maybe enough heat was furnished to the tanks because of the electric pads but not enough for the pipes in the area. This is what I was thinking. The space heater won't keep your plumbing warm.
coolmom42 11/21/15 05:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Toileting and the overnight stay

Welcome to the forum. Use the toilet in your RV. That's what it is for, not just when you are a campground. The 'others' don't know what they are talking about. Enjoy your travels and, your toilet. :) YES
coolmom42 11/21/15 05:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: To plug a VERY small inverter into the wall receptacle?

I use a 200 watt inverter on a 12 V outlet to charge electronics. But the outlet is hardwired in to a fused circuit. The inverter has a male 12V "cigarette lighter" plug. It has 2 110 V outlets and a USB. I've charged 2 phones at the same time. If charging a laptop, I don't plug anything else in because the laptop uses more current. No need for a bunch of extension cords. Put a 12 V outlet where you want it. If you can fish wire to rig it like you have it, you can install an outlet. But the outlet should be on a fused circuit.
coolmom42 11/21/15 06:29am Tech Issues
RE: How do I fix a crack in a poly skylight ?

You will probably have to replace the skylight.
coolmom42 11/21/15 06:23am Tech Issues
RE: Space Heater in Chinook RV

There should be no problem with running a 110 volt "cube" type heater in the RV. Use a good heavy extension cord. A small heater is plenty for a motorhome the size of a Chinook Concourse. I've had to get up and turn one off or down with temps in the 30s in a 24' travel trailer. It would be a good idea to use a material like Reflectix to prevent radiant heat loss through the windshield & larger windows at night.
coolmom42 11/20/15 09:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome driver sentenced in fatal accident

I was driving south on I-65 around the WK Parkway exchange. I was going posted limit or slightly above in my car. A car passed me IN THE EMERGENCY LANE. It scared the bejeebers out of me. That is a wild stretch of road. In my experience, it is very rare to see a non impaired driver charged with a crime, unless they were texting, on the phone or going way over the speed limit. A jury would have a hard time convicting someone of a felony without more than simple negligence. The accident happened in Nashville, not Kentucky. Yes there is a lot of traffic there, too.
coolmom42 11/20/15 06:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome driver sentenced in fatal accident

From what all the witnesses said, he was going at least 10 mph faster than the other traffic, which was slowing to merge over into the open lanes. Now ANY TIME you are going faster than surrounding traffic, even in a car, it's pretty stupid. In a motorhome, it's criminal, because you KNOW you need more time/distance to stop and maneuver than smaller vehicles. He tried to drive between the stopped vehicles because HE could not get stopped in time. He didn't slow down to merge in with other traffic, because there he's one of those people who wants to merge in at the last second. He couldn't merge in at the speed he was going, and he couldn't stop. So he ran over the policeman. I know that area well and there is no way he could not have seen some distance in front of him. No blind curve, no way to miss that lanes are closed.
coolmom42 11/20/15 03:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome driver sentenced in fatal accident

I suspect that his age and health were considerations in the sentencing. Also if he had no previous tickets or reckless incidents on his record, the judge may feel that he is not a threat to the general public and nothing will be gained by locking him up. Personally I think he was (and probably is still) an aggressive, careless driver who expects everyone else to get out of his way. So far as the restitution part of it.... I expect there is a civil suit forthcoming, if not already filed. So whatever insurance he has will be paying off, probably in a much larger amount than the legally required restitution.
coolmom42 11/20/15 01:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Traffic violation in a Class A

My guess is that the officer was objecting to the rotated front (cockpit) passenger seat. It's my impression that the front passenger seat has to be facing forward while in motion, whether occupied or not. Airbags and what not. (Although since many of us are driving dinosaurs built before airbags were invented, you'd think the rules wouldn't apply to those vehicles.) Of course I could be way off base. I think this may be correct. The passenger was not sitting in a seat that was turned around. The empty seat was turned around.
coolmom42 11/20/15 11:54am Class A Motorhomes
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