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RE: Which GPS Unit?

The Garmin Nuvi line is very good.
coolmom42 02/07/16 06:53pm Technology Corner
RE: I-40 in NC to Mammoth Cave Kentucky ?

I-40 to Knoxville I-640 bypass to I-75 North I-75 north to London, KY West on Cumberland Parkway towards Glasgow, Ky then Mammoth Cave This is a very pretty route, as is the 231 route. If you come through Nashville, take Briley Parkway (SR-155) around the northeast side to I-65. I-40 exit 215, then go north on Briley, take exit 15 to I-65. Pay attention to the signs, and get the right direction, it's a good road.
coolmom42 02/07/16 10:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Customizations / mods to the Freelander 21QB

Nice mods. If your stove is noisy, check the little rubber grommets around the corner posts of the grill. There should be one of them on each corner, if one is missing, it will add to the noise.
coolmom42 02/07/16 10:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Washington State Residency

Check the tax situation first.
coolmom42 02/06/16 05:09pm Full-time RVing
RE: Fresh water tank, contaminated?

Use 1/4 cup bleach to every 15 gallons, fill the tank with clean water (and the bleach), and then run each faucet until you smell bleach. Let a sit a few hours and flush it a couple of times, and you should be good to go. This. It may be the tank, but it could also be your water lines or HW heater. Just clean the whole system, it's pretty easy. DON'T go overboard with the bleach, the ratio above is fine. Otherwise you will have a hard time getting rid of the smell/taste. If you do this at least once a year you should never have a problem. It also makes the tank water perfectly safe to drink & cook with, no need to carry so much bottled water.
coolmom42 02/06/16 05:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2016 Driving Playlist

I enjoy listening to comedy. I just downloaded four albums of Jeanne Robertson from Amazon Prime. Also, enjoy Bill Engval and John Pinette. Jeanne Robertson kept me awake all the way across Nebraska one year... :D Engval is pretty funny too, and the earlier Foxworthy. Also... I love me some JERRY CLOWER!!! Although sometimes it's hard to see the road when you laugh so hard. Besides comedy... Pandora is good when there is a Verizon signal, love the 60s & 70s "stations." Music of my youth. Have a lot of that on my Ipod, too.
coolmom42 02/06/16 02:50pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Setting up RV to use water pump instead of Park Supply

I was looking to see if there was a way where I did not need to manually fill the tank as it got empty, but rather have it setup for autofill as it got empty. Then I could leave the water pump on all the time. Some of the other RV's have this setup from the factory, and it seems like a nice alternative. You can leave the water pump switch turned on all the time. It will not run unless the system pressure drops, which is what happens when you open a faucet. It's a demand system. It is a good idea to turn the power to the pump off at the switch if you are gone for more than a short time, in case you have a leak. You should also turn off the "city" water at the faucet, for the same reason.
coolmom42 02/06/16 02:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Feral cat in 5er

We have a nesting box next to the RV, and have for years and years. The feral cats sleep in it and we have -never- had mice in the rig. Nor do we have moles in the yard. We've made the cats allies rather then pests. This is actually a brilliant idea.
coolmom42 02/06/16 12:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Feral cat in 5er

All these crazy ideas....for a stupid cat. Kill the thang and its kittens and move on. Smell won't last long enough to matter. If a rat moved in, you'd kill it. How is a nuisance feral cat any different? Well you've got to get it out, first. And regardless of what you think of kittens or cats, you don't want them dying under the trailer.
coolmom42 02/06/16 12:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Refrigerator Smells. Help!

Soak the heck out of it in vinegar first. Actually I would try chlorine bleach full strength first.....with rubber gloves, old clothes and glasses. Wash it out good, leave it a little damp and then close it for 24 hours and then rinse good. That should replace your moldy food smell with a chlorine smell.....which should dissipate over time. For less drastic things I have been using a cleaner with bleach in it. It works good for lots of stuff.....including dumping a bit into the tanks for cleaning. DO NOT MIX CHLORINE BLEACH WITH VINEGAR OR ANYTHING ELSE. That can result in releasing deadly chlorine gas. It's chlorine + ammonia that is dangerous. The gas released is not chlorine, but a category of compounds called chloramines, which are almost as dangerous as chlorine. Bleach + acid (as in vinegar) produces water and salt. Harmless, but with no cleaning power. But I would not advise anyone to randomly mix cleaning products. Take out everything removable and wash it by hand in hot water, dish soap, and a dash of bleach. The dishwasher heat will likely warp it. Air dry. For the refrigerator, I would use vinegar, thoroughly rinse it out, then the charcoal trick. Break up the briquettes and spread them out in some flat pans, for maximum surface area. Leave the door propped open slightly so it can dry out thoroughly.
coolmom42 02/06/16 12:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Grey tank odor?

Check the air admittance valve under the sink, in the drain line. Also put a bucket under your P-trap, in all the sinks. They may have frozen if you only put a little antifreeze in them.
coolmom42 02/06/16 12:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: It's really pretty sad, when you think about it!

Possibly the mute button was stuck?? and he unstuck it.
coolmom42 02/05/16 07:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Feral cat in 5er

live trap with food. If you can find where it goes in and out, put the trap nearby. I'm guessing it got in around one of the larger penetrations through the belly covering.
coolmom42 02/05/16 07:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: "Youuuu Light Up My Lifeee"

Only legit reason for those is on a back-country road to give visibility of deer & other wildlife Cows sitting on the road in the night. They come at night when it's cold in desert and road paving releases the heat accumulated during the day. This, and UNMARKED speed bumps, and potholes, and cracked or missing sections of paving is the reason to avoid night driving in Mexico at all costs. And drunk drivers too - hola, here rests Antonio who never used his headlights because he thought he could see better without them :B Car insurance is optional, and many locals don't have it because can't afford it. Or, in the boonies of TN....
coolmom42 02/05/16 06:15pm Tech Issues
RE: How to back up a trailer

Pretty funny!
coolmom42 02/05/16 03:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: "Youuuu Light Up My Lifeee"

Some bubba who lives out past me has a couple of huge light bars above the windshield on his truck. I saw him running down the road a few times with them on, in city limits, early in the evening. Haven't seen him recently, my guess is that he met the ticket-writing bubba. :D Only legit reason for those is on a back-country road to give visibility of deer & other wildlife, or to light up a work area.
coolmom42 02/05/16 01:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Cloud Sharing of PDF files

On dropbox.... you only get a certain amount free. I don't know what that is, but check and figure out how many photos you can put up. You get up to 1 TB for $99/yr. You can share by sending someone a link, but they cannot edit the file. They can download them, which is probably what you want to do with photos. If you put it so they can actively add to the folder, it uses THEIR dropbox capacity too. Google Drive has more space but everyone must have a google (G-mail) account to use it. Those are free too, so it's not a big deal. Again, check the free limits. I'm not a fan of the MS OneDrive, it's harder to figure out where your stuff is, and harder to work with.
coolmom42 02/05/16 11:35am Technology Corner
RE: New laptop for an old guy

I am looking to replace my old Compaq laptop with Windows vista. It is very slow and the screen is cracked at the hinge area. I have looked at a number of the new ones and tried to understand what all the specs mean. From what I have concluded an Intel I5 chip with 4 gb of ram and 500 g of storage would be good enough for surfing the net,email,and enough storage for pictures. I found a HP Pavilion 15_ab165us at Staples on sale for $ 449. It has an I5 chip 5th generation,6gb ram and a terabite of storage. Does anyone know anything about this laptop? Does the price seem good for what it has in it? Yes, that laptop is adequate for your needs, and that is a reasonable price. If you are a Costco member, there is a Dell with the same exact specs for $429. Their concierge service is great for tech support. I am a member and just went online and saw a Dell for $429 and had 4 gb of ram is that the one you are referring to? Yes. If you go to laptops, non-touch screen, and sort by price, it will be near the lower end. It also has the i5 processor, which is a good speed for basic tasks. I didn't notice the disk storage, but unless you are storing thousands of photos or videos, 500 Gb hard drive is adequate.
coolmom42 02/05/16 07:22am Technology Corner
RE: Let's talk trash

Most places I camp are in bear country. So I would be horrified to see anything there but #2, in the form of large bear-proof dumpsters. At the most, scattered trash cans with the bear-proof openers.
coolmom42 02/05/16 07:17am General RVing Issues
RE: How old is TOO old??

You will know when it is time to hang up the keys but it does not sound like you are there yet. I would drive less hours each day and drive in the daytime hours. This. AARP offers driver safety courses. I'm sure they are oriented towards your daily driver, but quite honestly, you are more likely to have a wreck in the daily driver than in the class A. That's the vehicle you drive in congested areas, that other drivers might not see, and probably the one you drive the most. Generally be aware of your slower reflexes and possibly less sharp vision in poor conditions--rain, twilight, etc. Give yourself more room to stop, signal longer, and be more defensive.
coolmom42 02/04/16 08:02pm Class A Motorhomes
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