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RE: Dometic awning squeal

oil it.
dahkota 05/25/16 08:16am Tech Issues
RE: Charger / Inverter Control Panel.

When I unplug and want to have 12v converted to 110, do I push the INVERT button? Yes. Then when I stop and plug in, shut off INVERT light? You can, but we never do. It serves as a back up if shore power is lost. In almost two years, we have lost campground power probably a dozen times...
dahkota 05/25/16 07:05am Tech Issues
RE: Zero G hose for drinking water?

Has anybody researched this or used it with no issues? Any thoughts on it ? We had a raccoon chew through our hose in Hunting Island. Was desperate, so went to Lowe's and this was the only drinking water safe hose they had. We have been using it ever since, about 5 months. Water tastes the same and we aren't dead yet (5 months so far) so we continue to use it. We don't worry about putting it away wet; it lies coiled in our wetbay and dries quickly. For those that think, "euw, yuck!" Our wet bay has two compartments - the sewer side and the fresh side - separated by a wall. All in all, we like it, and the raccoons didn't seem to care to chew through it like the white hose we had before.
dahkota 05/24/16 07:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Trip Report-North to Alaska Chapter Two

The eagle feeding in Valdez - probably one of my favorite experiences in Alaska. I would make the drive all the way back up there just to hang out for a summer in Valdez. Great pics!
dahkota 05/24/16 06:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Class A - Gas vs Diesel

As a gas motorhome owner myself I would say save your money and go with a gas but if your going to be over 36 feet with 2 or more slides than a Diesel might be better but if your going to be under 36 foot than save your money and go with a gas it will get you there the same as a diesel but will leave more dollars in your pocket after the purchase.. Newer gas motorhomes are not like the ones 15 years ago.. I agree with timmac. We have been fulltiming for over two years now in our Bounder 33C. We have been over the Rockies, the Sierras, the Appalachians, all the way up to Dead Horse, Alaska (with 9-12 percent grades) and back. We have had no problems with our engine or transmission, making it up hills or down, towing a 4000 lb. jeep. We have lots of space in our storage bins - after 2.5 years, we still haven't filled it up. And, with our 3700 lb. cargo capacity, we have a little bit of weight left over, in spite of the fact we carry 60 gallons of water, 600W of solar, and 2 extra batteries. However, if looking at gassers over 35 feet, look very closely at the cargo capacity. Some larger gas coaches are built on the same chassis our is: the 22K F53. Each foot adds 500-1000 lbs., reducing the CCC. Find a good 24K or 26K chassis and you will be better off. Just an FYI, we only use our generator when we are awake so we prefer it in the bedroom instead of the **** pit. It is much quieter that way and we can shut the door. The best price on a diesel coach we could find in our size range with all the features we wanted was $45,000 more than our gas coach. When we ran the numbers, including initial cost and maintenance, we realized that was a year of fulltiming budget. That $45K will make a decent down payment for a future home or will insure we have a cushion in the face of a catastrophe. We aren't 'house rich' and 'cash poor.' Good luck with your choice. We are very happy with ours and love the full time life.
dahkota 05/24/16 06:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Realistic Budget?

Buy a national parks pass. For $80, you will save a couple hundred $$ on admission fees. You don't state how old you are but, if over 65, it is even cheaper and gets you 1/2 price camping in most federal campgrounds. You have no budget for maintenance. We have a line item for this in our budget and all maintenance and repairs are included - not just for the vehicles. Besides oil changes and tires, you will probably replace water filters, light bulbs, outside chairs, pots, etc. Your restaurant budget is really low. You have no clothes/gifts/souvenirs budget. But, your admission budget is really high (unless you plan to raft the grand canyon) so some of that can be diverted to other things. I'm not sure why you are including health ins., wireless, and dish, unless you are paying extra (over and above what you normally pay) during the four months of travel. If not, they aren't expenses due to travel. I'm not sure how you are calculating your fuel budget. Typically, we drive our bus, park it, and go explore in our jeep. A 5200 miles bus loop means we put at least another 5200 miles on the jeep. At $2/gallon, your budget would only cover our bus fuel. Even if you get 10 miles/gallon, at today's current average of $2.25, you aren't covering much more than place to place fuel. And the price will be going up over the summer. We have been fulltiming for about 2.5 years now and keep close track of our budget. That said, we average $2500/per month in traveling expenses (sites, food, gas, maintenance, propane, attractions/gifts/souvenirs) and we don't scrimp on what we want or do. I think your overall number is good, I just think you will find the $$ amounts a little different than projected. Best of luck and I hope you enjoy your trip! It is a beautiful country out there!
dahkota 05/24/16 06:11am Full-time RVing
RE: Am I supposed to plug anything in this port?

That port is for one of these: SK34. Might be useful if a light was attached to it so you knew it was up when the box is turned off.
dahkota 05/24/16 05:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Suggestions for a Good Mosquito repellant?

We have had great luck with the thermacell and have been using the same one for five years now. The lantern thermacell is great to cover a larger area (under our awning for example) and if the light is right, one can see the bugs hovering just outside of its radius. If ours broke, I would buy a new one in a heartbeat.
dahkota 05/23/16 05:55am Family Camping
RE: Our year long trip has begun !

Congratulations! Just a word of warning. Our plan was to full time for a year until we found a place where we wanted to settle down. That was 2.4 years ago. After 6 months, we went back, sold the house, and have been happily free ever since.
dahkota 05/21/16 07:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Using foam in a can to fill gaps

We used it quite a bit to keep mice out. Works well. No issues that we can think of except when needing to replace a line that runs through the spray foam. It takes a little longer.
dahkota 05/21/16 07:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Memorial Weekend

We full time so we are always 'home' but we have to park it somewhere. This year, it will be at Charlestown Breachway in Rhode Island. I waited until yesterday to book so I kinda had to take what I could get but it is on the beach... Walked through it last year and it's a great boondocking spot:). Good to know! It looks squishy (tight spaces) but it is right on the beach so I can't complain much.
dahkota 05/20/16 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas vs Diesel

its a lot quieter than gasers Only for those sitting inside them.
dahkota 05/20/16 06:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Memorial Weekend

We full time so we are always 'home' but we have to park it somewhere. This year, it will be at Charlestown Breachway in Rhode Island. I waited until yesterday to book so I kinda had to take what I could get but it is on the beach...
dahkota 05/19/16 08:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Black tank

We do this a lot. It sloshes the contents around and helps make sure it all comes out when you do dump (no stuck paper inside). We have never experienced a problem doing this with TT or now our TC. X2 in our class A. If it has been less than 5 days since we last dumped and we know a dump will be available where we are going, we wait.
dahkota 05/19/16 08:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Tent camping in Maryland... off the beaten path?

Assateague Island. Lots of sand. There is front country camping and back country (hike or paddle) camping. You can be as remote as you like. Or if you like mountains, try Greenridge State Forest. If you want really remote and have the time, try Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Absolutely beautiful there...
dahkota 05/19/16 06:29am Tent Camping
RE: NJ MV Inspection for your big gas class C now exempt.

Maryland doesn't have a state inspection except when a car is sold/purchased. Florida doesn't either.
dahkota 05/19/16 06:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Guilt about family left behind?

We were 47 when we hit the road. DH wasn't sure he wanted to full time so we rented out the house until he decided if he liked it. After 6 months on the road, we went back and sold the house and have been full timing ever since. Both our mothers lived in the area and were in their 70s. We went anyway. Since then, one has moved to Arizona and the other lives with her daughter. They are both happy and we talk to them often, more often than when we worked and lived there. Bring up the subject with the parents and ask their opinions. They might surprise you. Try a trial period - 3 months or 6 months - let your husband set the boundaries.
dahkota 05/13/16 06:16am Full-time RVing
RE: Refrigerator and Amps/hrs

We do have a Hvac member (Fred) who claims his RV requires 35 amp-hours per day for all parasitic loads with the Fridge running on propane. My class A, with CO detector, hard wired smoke detector, water pump on (but not being used), vacuflush toilet on (but not being used), dummy lights and fridge on propane draws 1.6 amps per hour or 38.4 amps per 24 hours. If I turn off the water pump and vacuflush, I can get it as low as 1.4 amps or 33.6 amps per 24 hours.
dahkota 05/13/16 06:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Should I change tires on my Jeep toad?

We bought our Wrangler (with Goodrich Mud Terrains) in September of 2015, hooked it up to our A, and drove. We drove from DC to Florida to Arizona to Alaska to Montana to Arizona then back to DC where we replaced them. We had put a total of 42,000 miles on the tires, with 22,000 of that on the jeep engine. The tires still had plenty of tread. Typically, we rotate the tires every 3-5,000 miles. Unfortunately, we put over 10,000 miles on the tires in Alaska and on the return trip without rotating them (lots of gravel and dirt roads). When we hit Montana, we had quite a bit of cupping. We rotated the tires in Montana and then again in Arizona (3,000 mile interval) but the cupping was still noticeable. So we replaced them with Duratracs. We previously had Duratracs on our F250 diesel and they towed and went off road well, even after 60,000 miles when we sold it. So, a 5K trip? No problem, just try to rotate them if the 5K is towing and you will adding non-towing miles.
dahkota 05/12/16 06:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The Camper Saga. Opened a can of worms or mice..

Spray foam is great for filling mouse holes. Is the leak current or old? Where is the furnace located? We have had water around/under our furnace twice: fridge drain line (on right of furnace) and a hot water fitting was dripping under our sink (on left of furnace). Neither were in the sub-floor or the furnace, that is just where the water ended up. The fill neck can be patched if it is gravity fed. Our gravity fill is near our furnace and water sloshing around while driving might potentially end up under the furnace. I think you should keep going. By the time you finish you will know the rig inside and out. You will also know the quality of work done and can be confident in the repairs. We bought ours new and, like anything else, need to maintain and fix it occasionally.
dahkota 05/11/16 06:57am Fifth-Wheels
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