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RE: How to Run TV from 12 Volt Receptacle in Trailer???

dahkota - We have a Sony Flat Screen CRT in our spare bedroom (no more than a 32 inch or maybe smaller - not sure). A wild guess is it weighs about 150 pounds. Not something you would take camping. No, not at all. But, there are people on here with older motorhomes and tts that came with CRTs that are still using those CRTs. I didn't want to assume that he had and was talking about an LED tv. I also noted in my edit about 3 minutes after I posted that I did not mean a 'flatscreen' of any kind, but an LED.
dahkota 08/22/14 06:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Motor home plugged into house

Does your air conditioner have a fan mode? If it does, you can set the timers for when you want it on and off plus you can set the temperature on the thermostat. My a/c units pull, at most, 9A each when starting and 7A after that. We are currently plugged into a 15A receptacle with a 15A extension cord. Runs one A/C just fine.
dahkota 08/22/14 05:45am General RVing Issues
RE: How to Run TV from 12 Volt Receptacle in Trailer???

If you have a flat screen, the tv will pull under 88 watts (most are 25-50). Even for a 40". We had no problem running a 32" flat screen and a satellite receiver off of a tv jack with an inverter. However, if you have only 1 12V battery (typically group 24 with about 75AH), you won't be able to do it for long before draining the battery to below 50%. *** Sorry - edit to add - LED flatscreen. I forgot there are older CRT 'flatscreens.' CRTs suck a lot of power.
dahkota 08/22/14 05:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Small Class A with Large FW tank

The 2011 Bounder 33 has an 85G fresh water tank. My 2014 does also.
dahkota 08/21/14 04:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Part time insurance for fulltimers

Unless you cancel your registration, you can't cancel your insurance without penalties from the state, including fines and potentially revoking your license. You can downgrade your policy to the minimum required in your state any time you wish, depending on your insurance company. Otherwise, you will have to cancel and then reregister your vehicle every time you want to drive it. North Carolina insurance guide Note on page three the minimum requirements.
dahkota 08/21/14 03:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: Near retirement - health insurance

Here are a couple of blog posts from fulltimers regarding health insurance and how they deal with it. They may be of some help. Technomadia Wheeling It
dahkota 08/21/14 06:59am Full-time RVing
RE: Near retirement - health insurance

So, at this point you pay $600/month or $7200/year for health insurance? This is a silver plan form BCBS? For us, we're planning on $700/per month for a Bronze plan. We need to look around at SD, Texas, and FLA for completive plans and cost over the next few months. Out of pocket plus deductibles will also play a roll in the decision, but keeping an emergency fund for this will help. $552 per month for 2 to be exact. We went direct through BCBS (got our quote off their website) rather than through any of the exchanges. To shop rates, try ehealthinsurance.com. Use the zip code of any mail service you are considering. If you want a national network, you have to be careful with which plan you select. For BCBS, you must choose a PPO plan - I have been unable to find an HMO plan that has a nationwide network. In the example above, with the aneurism, deductibles mean nothing - the entire bill was probably significantly more than the max out of pocket. Regardless of what the deductibles are, if one has a significant medical event, one will have to pay at least the max out of pocket. (It is also important to check out of network coverage - some plans will not even cover you outside of network). You aren't saving any money by having low deductibles if you have a high max out of pocket. In South Dakota, there was one insurance company that may cover fulltimers but they had a very limited national network and it was more than three times what our current premiums are (for us). It took me months of research (and lots of spreadsheets) to work through all the cost/benefit analyses of various states for domicile. Health insurance was a huge factor in our decision. Ease of setting up residency was second. Texas and Florida came out on top for all the factors involved, with Florida the winner because of health care costs. I wish you the best. There are many things to work through and in the end, only you can make the decision that is best for your family.
dahkota 08/21/14 06:36am Full-time RVing
RE: Am I special or what?

In my experience, it isn't necessarily communication; there are good repair shops and bad repair shops, just like with anything else. We have had experience with one very bad repair shop - we refused to even leave our tt there after talking with the service manager (who didn't know his a$$ from a hole in the ground), and several experiences with a very good repair shop. I would rather drive 200 miles (which we did) and know I am getting a job done and done right than drive 10 miles away and wait months for service that never happens.
dahkota 08/21/14 05:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Has anyone received their Fastec replacement lock?

One of ours broke in February - while in the door. We replaced it outside the recall, then filled out the survey. We received new locks in April, about 8 weeks later.
dahkota 08/21/14 05:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Stick-On LED Lights

Use command strips or velcro to stick them up. They won't come down unless you want them to. We used them a lot dry camping. Used the $ store ones - they worked okay - one year - and you can't beat the value for the price.
dahkota 08/20/14 02:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Near retirement - health insurance

We are just now establishing domicile in Florida. We are waiting for our bank to send us a statement so we can get driver's licenses. We got our address through Good Sam Mail Service in Crestview. Currently, our motorhome is registered in Florida. We are fulltimers - have been for 6 months. Florida has no income tax and rv tags are fairly cheap, depending on what they were in your previous state. We are coming from a fairly high tax state (Maryland) so Florida seems very cheap to us. We will be paying about $1200 more per year for health insurance but saving about $3500 a year in income tax. Car/motorhome insurance is about 2/3s of what it is in our area of Maryland (DC suburbs) so we will save another $600 there. We really wanted to declare residency in South Dakota - it is so easy! But, once we crunched the numbers, we would actually pay more for adequate health insurance than we would save in taxes. Nevada and Texas were about a wash - there was a little profit in getting residency there but it was offset by other issues such as vehicle registration or inspection. Tennessee was definitely the best state over all, but they make it difficult to get residency and it wasn't worth the hassle.
dahkota 08/20/14 07:36am Full-time RVing
RE: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Rest Area?

Then the responses are right on target. :)
dahkota 08/19/14 07:19am Roads and Routes
RE: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Rest Area?

I think he is asking about the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (Maryland), not the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (Virginia). But I could be wrong...
dahkota 08/19/14 07:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Near retirement - health insurance

We purchased a silver level plan directly from Blue Cross. We found the plan through the exchange but it was easier to go direct as we knew we would not qualify for a subsidy. Our plan is about 1/2 the cost of our COBRA option and has a national network, which our previous plan did not. The cost of health plans varies widely by state and even by county. The two cheapest states (of the ones I investigated) were Maryland and Tennessee. For us, both were under $300/month/person for a silver plan with a $1500 deductible and max out of pocket of $5000. We looked at all the typical fulltimer states for their health insurance costs. South Dakota, our first choice for residency, was extremely expensive and had no true national networks. Texas and Nevada were also expensive (over $500/person). Tennessee was very cheap but it is hard to establish residency. So we have settled on Florida. The monthly cost is under $400/month/person with a $5000 max out of pocket. We are pretty healthy people, only visiting the doctor twice per year for checkups for our pre-existing conditions (free in all plans). So, we are considering a plan with a lower max out of pocket but higher deductible. For us, the max out of pocket is most important when looking at health plan costs (i.e. Monthly premium X 12 + max out of pocket = maximum yearly cost. Our current plan works out to $8312 per year if we hit the max out of pocket. We found many plans with a yearly cost over $12000 per year in the same situation). Most people focus on the deductible, which makes sense if you visit the doctor frequently but your charges don't reach your max out of pocket. In our case, because we don't see the doctor unless it is a major medical event, the max out of pocket is more important. We have funds set aside to cover both of us to our max out of pocket for two years. Meeting deductible requirements will come out of that. It takes some work but it really is in your best interest to find the best plan for your situation. Understand how you use medical care today so you can predict for tomorrow. In some cases, a high deductible/low cost plan would be best. In others, a low deductible/high cost plan will work best. In the end, you should look at total out of pocket costs for a year of coverage if you are looking for the best "bang for your buck."
dahkota 08/19/14 07:01am Full-time RVing
RE: Financing Survey

our first tt, paid cash. Our second tt, paid cash. Just bought a new class a. 20% down plus trade - total 35% down. Financed at dealer (could not beat 4.25% for 15 years). Plan on paying at least 1.5X payment amount. Honestly, we are making a higher percentage return on our funds than we are paying in interest, plus we get a tax break for the loan rather than an additional tax burden (cap gains tax) if we used invested money. Probably about 10% of our monthly income for required payments. Sometimes, it is better not to pay cash.
dahkota 08/18/14 02:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: Help with trailer brakes

We had that problem. It was dirt in the 7 pin. Took awhile, but it finally went away about the third time we cleaned it.
dahkota 08/18/14 02:20pm Tech Issues
RE: 12V Portable air compressor

Depends on what you need it for. The one posted above would be good for small cars, bikes and air mattresses, but not much else. we have a Viair 330P which will do our truck tires. You can go smaller such as the Viair 90P, but inflation and recovery take longer.
dahkota 08/18/14 04:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Back up camera for hitching to my TT ??

swift hitch Can be used in other places, too.
dahkota 08/17/14 02:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: fantastic fan

Our Kitchen fan has 2 switches - one on the fan, the other next to the kitchen sink. Our bathroom fantastic fan has two switches - one on the fan, one on the bathroom wall. Our previous rig had an aftermarket fantastic fan installed in the bedroom. It had a thermostat, an on/off switch, and a fan speed switch. The fan speed switch had to be on at least 1. The on/off switch had to be on. The thermostat had to be set high enough for the fan motor to run.
dahkota 08/16/14 05:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Class a vs. small trailer

We have been fulltiming for 6 months now. We started in a 32' tt with an F250 tow. Just last week, we switched to a 34' Class A. Honestly, the room is the same. But there are other differences. The class A is more convenient - we don't have to dig out and hook up a generator if we need 120V power. The class A is less work - our set up time is now under 3 minutes instead of the 15 it took to unhook, level, and set the tt. Our breakdown time is also about 1/5 the tt in the class A - we don't have to hitch and install the WDH and other tt involved specifics. If we want to, we can park the class A and drive off in our towed. You can't leave a tt anywhere without a tow but a campground without having to worry about tickets or towing. So, having experienced both, if only briefly for the class A, the class A wins. Especially if you already have one.
dahkota 08/16/14 03:46pm Full-time RVing
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