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RE: How many GB's?

Verizon phone/data plans are changing as of Thursday, the 13th. don't know if this change affects MiFi plans or not. FYI.
rk911 08/11/15 01:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Stuck on frwy due to accident ahead. Let others use toilet?

Hello! This has not happened to me. Yet. Just a what-if question. If I got stuck for a couple of hours on the interstate behind a major traffic accident and somebody comes up and asks to use my trailer's bathroom, do I allow it, or tell them No? What if it's a pregnant lady or a mother with a little kid? I don't want strangers messing with my stuff, but I also don't want to be a jerk and say No if the wife and I have been in and out of the trailer getting drinks and using the facilities and the people around us have seen us doing it. Has this happened to anybody? What did you do? Would you do it the same again? Thanks, Kirk years ago we were on the tollway between Cape Kennedy and Orlando heading back from watching a space shuttle launch when we were trapped in a traffic jam. traffic was moving inch-by-inch. we found ourselves to the right of a semi and my wife struck up a conversation with him. "what're you hauling", "where are you going"...thar sort of thing. he then asked if we had any ice and water. sure, she replied. he then tossed over his insulated mug which we happily filled with ice and water for him. he gently eased over to the left a bit so Donna could lean out and hand him his mug. that was a neat experience but I would probably draw the line at letting someone in to use the john...especially in traffic.
rk911 08/03/15 10:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Windows 10

Wow, some insane posts I see here. So now XP is more secure than 10 and Microsoft now installs Adware, bloatware and bricks your PC.:S I am always amazed at folks drinking the update koolaid.. http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/hand-gestures/forehead-slap-smiley-emoticon.gif Never said XP is more "secure" but BLINDLY installing each and every update CAN expose your OS to a BAD update.. MS has had quite a few very recent blunders for Win7 AND Win8, while for the most part updates tend to be "harmless" in nature, there are many good reasons as to why you DON'T really want to be the first guinea pig for the updates.. Many large companies actually run their OWN "Windows Update Server", why? Well they DON'T TRUST MS Updates and will run MANY tests in VMs to ensure the updates don't foul up the PCs they maintain.. Only once the updates have been tested and found to be necessary AND harmless they will copy the updates to their server and push the update to the PCs.. A former coworker of mine actually has worked for a few companies in the IT departments testing updates and approving the release of them.. I personally like to hold off the updates for a week and monitor the chat forums for complaints.. Saved me from downloading that stupid Win10 nag on my Win7 PC.. and before that a Font corruption issue with a update.. to name a couple of recent blunders.. Win10 HOME you won't have a choice, Win10 "Pro" you can only temporarily DELAY the automatic download and install.. I like to think of it as an INFORMED consumer instead of a paranoid uninformed user that accepts all updates so it makes them feel safe, secure from all those nasty s waiting to turn their PC into a mindless robot.. Just because you have all the latest patches it doesn't make your PC any "safer".. I HAVE seen PCs which were fully up to date with all patches FAIL as fast as one that was not patched.. Better security really starts right at your browser level, if you are running IE or any other browser barefoot you WILL at some point and time get hit with malware. I used to drink the koolaid of patches and ran IE.. I found that out the hard way, now I run FireFox with AdBlock Plus PLUS NoScript.. Makes it one heck of a lot harder for a drive by malware hit if it can't run JavaScripts.. X2!!
rk911 07/30/15 06:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Survey - How Do You Store Your Class A?

Considering new home options and how to store our Class A. Currently it sits in the driveway, exposed. I don't like it but not willing to invest in a short term structure. So what is the consensus? How do you store your Class A? Full timer, park to park? No shelter? Park at storage facility exposed? Park at storage facility under roof? RV Garage? Pole barn? Sits in the driveway? If you built an enclosed garage, what was the cost, how big, what materials and how long ago? or $/sq ft? With enough responses I'll build a spreadsheet with percentages. Thanks for your time, - bob uncovered in a storage lot. if the lot had indoor or covered spots I would take advantage of that.
rk911 07/30/15 06:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windows 10

If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1, and don't want the Win 10 download, HERE, it tells about a specific Windows update, KB3035583, which you can uninstall if it is already on your system. I don't want Win 10, so I never even let it download. same here. I'm happy to sit it out and see what develops. two of my buddies are eager to be pathfinders and it'll be interesting to see what they find.
rk911 07/29/15 11:10am Technology Corner
RE: Is it really too far to walk to the bathroom at a rest area?

Not to start a truckers vs RV-ears dispute, but once while we were stopped at a PFJ lot we saw a trucker drive by and throw a half eaten pizza out his window at a MH (not ours). Seagulls immediately went after the pizza and there were bird droppings all over the RV in very short order. I have always wondered what (if anything) the RVer had done to deserve that... might have been the result of some real or perceived slight from the road, envy, jealously or just because the RVer exists.
rk911 07/27/15 05:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is it really too far to walk to the bathroom at a rest area?

On our outbound trip recently we had hit a 4x4 that caused us to stop at the next rest area. I was looking for any damage and had to get down on my knees at the rear wheel and front wheel. At first I thought I might have ruptured my black tank as there was a distinct urine smell. Yet after looking nothing was dripping on the ground. Then I thought maybe the DEF tank got hit. Nope it wasn't that. I then smelled my hands and yup, there was a smell of urine and upon smelling the cement it was everywhere in the trailer lane. Why pull over to use the rest area and are then too lazy to make it to the bathroom. Just wiz all over your tires or the ground? Gross. I assume it might mostly be OTR drivers? Next time I'll be sure to use rubber gloves if needing to inspect anything. :E just another symptom of our declining society.
rk911 07/27/15 11:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: OTA antenna, Sling TV, DVR+

CAN the DVR+ be used on cable or sat TV?
rk911 07/27/15 09:35am Technology Corner
RE: Weird electrical problem - 2 phones won't charge

Check to see if you tripped a GFCI receptacle. Use known good appliance in receptacle to test for presence of 120 volts AC. X2 on this and fyi you may find more than one GFCI receptacle and you may find them in storage compartments and other places you might not expect to find them. or just plug in a fan, work light...anything like that to see if the outlet is actually working. if it's not check for tripped GFCI; if the outlet is working try a different outlet and/or charging cords.
rk911 07/24/15 10:26am Tech Issues
RE: Airless Tires? Maybe ...

not for me until they've been on the market for at least 10-years with a no-worse track record than std tires in terms of reliability, durability and load carrying capability. all those important 'ilities. :) if they end up being "greener" all the better but that's not the most important factor, not by a long shot.
rk911 07/22/15 07:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fridge Issue

When not in use, the fifth wheel sits in our driveway plugged up to a 110 outlet. I assume the dc converter would charge and keep them charged?? I have not checked the batteries charge...but I will do that first. I will put a charger on them as well to make sure they have a full charge. Thanks if it's a triple-stage charger (ie "smart" charger) then your battery charge will be maintained. a "smart" charger will charge the batteries and then go into a float mode to keep them charged. an older charger will simply go full-bore and if left connected too long may boil or otherwise harm your batteries. as I and others have mentioned the best way to ascertain the state of charge in your batteries is with a hydrometer. check the water level in your cells and the lug connections on your batteries.
rk911 07/22/15 01:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Fridge Issue

Had a fridge issue this week. It would work fine on propane all day until approx 3:00 -5:00 am then would stop....check light would be on. Would not reignite after several attempts. Heres the strange part. I would start my genny and rung the fridge in "auto" mode for an hour or so and when I turned off the genny the fridge would run just fine on propane until early the nes morning and I would get up to a check light again. Did this all four days. Propane tanks were both at 40%. Any ideas on why its doing this? Thanks yup...low voltage on your battery. simple things first...check water levels in each cell and add where needed (distilled water would be best) and charge your battery. once charged using a hydrometer (any hardware or automotive store) check each cell. also make sure that the post connections are clean and tight. i'm guessing you have a loose/dirty connection, you're either low on water or you have at least one weak or bad cell.
rk911 07/22/15 12:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Repair Cost List

Is there a list of ballpark MH repair/replacement costs? I've been poking around and can find figures here and there but not a list and thought I'd ask if anyone has one or knows where one is? such as: Tires $2000 -$3500 Generator replacement $ - $ Air Con Unit replacement $ - $ Transmission Overhaul $ - $ Etc. Thanks of the list you posted estimating tire replacement is the easiest. make a few calls and compare pricing. and you want an out-the-door price...mounted, balanced, new valves, etc. figure on replacing your tires no later than every 7-years (some folks will say 5-7 and others will say they've been driving on 20-yr old tires). the point is you can easily budget for tire replacement. what we do is set aside $X every month for RV maintenance and repair and an additional $X each month for tire replacement. all of the maintenance and repairs on our current MH have been paid for from this fund. same when I replaced all 6 tires 7-years ago.
rk911 07/20/15 01:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newbee question for long timeRVer's

So I am contemplating retiring in a few years and buying an RV to long to full time RVing. The question is for those who have owned their MH 10+ years and bought a new one. Why did you get rid of the old one? Would you have felt comfortable still traveling with the old and just wanted all the new updates? I'm thinking of getting one that is 10 - 15 years old as the prices (for the right one properly maintained) seem to be exceptional. We have never RV'ed before and I 'm thinking 2 years of RVing and then go from there. We may hate it and quite after 6 months or we may love it and hit the road for the rest our health. So my thinking is get a well maintained older model and put a several thousand into it to get up to snuff then if we decide after 6 months to sell it then I can dump it without to much heartburn. I'm afraid if I rent one first for a week or so and we have a bad experience the wife is going to nix the whole idea. I have been cultivating the idea for a while now and have gotten her from are you crazy to yeah maybe we can do this for a while if you really want to. We have been researching and looking at prices for a while trying to learn all we can not wanting to go in things blind. I would really like to get thoughts from those who own or have purchased older MH and the pros and cons. we just traded in our 15-yr old class A (89,000 miles) on a new 2016 class A. the old one was starting to nickel and dime us in repairs and the current set of tires were 7-yrs old. since we've been saving for a new one we decided that now was the time. we also kept our first class A for 15-yrs....I sense a trend. :)
rk911 07/19/15 02:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What's the average of 5 MPG and 10 MPG?

50 miles one way 5 mpg going....used 10 gallons 10 mpg coming back......used 5 gallons 15 gallons used.....100 miles traveled------6.67 mpg round trip Where/how do you come up with 7.5 mpg?? Your math & thought process is flawed he left out the total miles driven in the OP and was simply adding 10+15 and then dividing by 2. 7.5 would be the correct answer if he was simply finding the average of the two numbers but that's not how one determines MPG.
rk911 07/19/15 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: What option would you add?

What options did you order from factory and dealer. I like the 38Q except it is too long for my road to the cottage so I have the 35G. I thought the washer/dryer was just an option but we now see it as a necessity. * we ordered a 6-way powered co-pilot seat. never did understand why the left seat was powered and the right seat was manual. * we didn't like the stock sofa and recliner that came with the 38Q...they were uncomfortable (especially that Euro-Style recliner) and butt-ugly. but we did like the sofa and recliner in the Meridian (they actually looked like a sofa and recliner) so we that's what we ordered. unfortunately for us the Meridian sofa was 6" too long for the space in the 38Q so the factory is making one for us. as for standard options we ordered * the queen bed (comes with actual, usable side tables) * the driver's door (our 2016 is a U1 model which is mostly a 2015 model. the 2016 U1s were only available for a short time. the 2016 U2 models have a completely redesigned cab and a driver's door is not available even as an option...or so the factory told us). * the Winegard Trav'ler sat dish antenna (Dish Network) * the in-dash AM/FM/Sat radio with GPS * vinyl tile throughout except for the slideout rooms, cab and stepwell where there will be carpeting. the 2016 U2 models have no carpets. * the 100-watt solar battery charger we did not add the washer/dryer since there is no storage under the bed and we've been getting along without one (washer/dryer, not the bed) just fine for the past 30-yrs. one of the things the dealer is doing is re-configuring that space into a closet. although final details have yet to be worked out the door to that cabinet will be removed and the rear TV will be re-located to the top 25% of the closet. the remaining 75% of the will have 1 or 2 pull-out drawers and maybe a shoe shelf. a sliding door will cover the lower 75% while the TV will have a built-in look on the top. whew. other customizations include window awnings, installing a PI Surge-Guard, different shower door, removing or disabling the keyless entry lock with an actual keyed lock, replacing the Jack antenna with a Winegard Sensar IV/Wingman (powered), water and electric powered reels, built-in vac system, wall safe, running a 30-amp DC power and ground cable from the coach batteries to the cab for my ham radio equipment and installing a CB antenna on the sidewall. double whew! as I said....this will very likely be our last MH sooooo what the heck.
rk911 07/12/15 03:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What option would you add?

I special-ordered mine. I just wish I had gotten all the options I paid for. I remember your constant dialogue on the Newmar Forum while having your motorhome built. I think you might have had them shaking their head quite often. :) You must have had every option available and then a ton of your own changes/additions. I would have loved to see the finished product! we've ordered what may well be our final MH from Winnebago. it's a 2016 Itasca Suncruiser 38Q with several customized features from the factory and several more after arrival at the dealer. we kept each of our two prior MHs for 15-years each and this one will likely be no different. if we keep it for the next 15-years i'll be 80 and while I hope to still be as active as I am today the odds are not favorable. so we decided..what the heck..and splurged.
rk911 07/11/15 05:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What option would you add?

Each year MH manufacturers come up with new features and gadgets that make you want to buy a newer motorhome. So here are 2 questions for you: 2: What feature/option do you wish MFGs made for a motorhome? easy. a rear emergency door. I would likely be able to exit out of the emergency window but I doubt the wife could and I wouldn't leave the wife.
rk911 07/09/15 08:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question about 30 amp vs 50 amp service

Does the plug have 3 prongs or 4 prongs. 30 amp has 3. 50 amp has 4. And yes, 30 amp is generally not sufficient to run two ACs and the other high current devices. unless, as in my current Itasca MH, your MH is equipped with an energy management system.
rk911 07/08/15 12:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Another insurance question

Looking for good insurance on $500,000.00 value class A, Foretravel. Now with Nationwide and new rates killing me. Any suggestions on another company? Thanks Craig suggest you price quote all of the biggies...geico, progressive, state farm. we've had SF (last I heard they don't do fulltimers but it's been a while) since we were married in 1970 and my family had it before then. that should say something about how much we like SF.
rk911 07/05/15 06:51pm Class A Motorhomes
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