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RE: Campground Near Chicago

I have a meeting in Chicago in a few weeks and I am thinking about taking the family and making it a little vacation. Can someone recommend a nice campground close to Chicago? I have never been to Chicago so any help would be great. i'd recommend the Paul Wolff campground in the Burnidge Forest Preserve in Elgin, IL. electric hookups with fresh water fill and two dump stations. the suburban Metra commuter railroad has a nearby station that will get you downtown.
rk911 07/20/14 12:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What do you tow behind your Motorhome?

What do you tow behind your Motorhome and what did you have to do to make it towable. 2003 jeep wrangler or 2010 jeep liberty. no mods needed, no speed/time/distance restrictions. transfer case to neutral, tranny to park, key in ignition to unlocked/off position (wrangler only), hook up and go. couldn't be simpler.
rk911 07/20/14 11:38am Dinghy Towing
RE: Which Flat Screen TV ??? recommendations...

Samsung
rk911 07/19/14 06:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can't believe what i heard

I agree that a person should due his homework and know the facts himself but it is a very sad day when a salesman makes a statement like that. when we were shopping for a new toad a few years back I had some fun with the sales critters at the Chicago auto show. I would ask..."Can this vehicle be flat towed behind a MH?" more often than not the reply I received was, "Sure. Just put 'er in neutral and away you go!" there is no substitute for due diligence and homework.
rk911 07/19/14 03:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Carrying capacity question, vista

Looking at the Vista 30T carrying capacity...seems from what I can tell, it is 2700 lbs. The dry weight is 15,300 lbs. GVWR is spec'd at 18000 lbs. Gas tank is 80 gallon. Water is 75 gallons. This is about 1300 lbs. That leaves 1400 lbs. Is this enough? By the time you add passengers, a 500 lb hitch capacity, there is maybe only 500 lbs left for gear. It is one of the most popular models, so I am wondering if I am missing something. your math doesn't tell the whole story. you now have a reasonable idea of how much payload you have but not where that payload is. we had a very similar situation back in 2000 when we were shopping for a new MH. did the same sort of calculation that you're doing and had very similar results. then a more experienced friend advised us to have the MH weighed and to get individual axle weights. we did and soon found out that most of the available payload was on the front axle but of course most of the stuff we would be carrying would be on the rear axle (clothing, food, supplies, etc) and that meant that the rear axle would be overloaded while the front axle was not. I suggest you have this MH weighed to see on which axle most of the available payload is located. good luck.
rk911 07/19/14 09:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: AC and Sirius problems

Check on the generator itself to see if the circuit breaker has tripped. This is outside, under the generator cover, and is a push button reset for the output of the generator. and there may be two breakers on the genny. check.
rk911 07/18/14 12:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: GVWR GCWR

GVWR or GCWR Which one of these are the actual weight I can tow behind my motor home? Or is this not anything to do with what I can tow?\ neither. the GVWR is the total amount of weight your MH chassis is designed to safely carry, including itself. The GCWR is the total amount of weight the MH is designed to propel, including itself. in many, but not all cases, the difference between the GCWR and the GVWR is the total amount of weight you can tow. but..the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: * the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, eyc) * the weight rating of your tow bar * the weight rating of your hitch this is why it's vital to know what your MH weighs as it is loaded and configure for travel before choosing a toad. Your MH will not collapse if it is overloaded but you will experience handling issues as well as longer braking distances and accelerated wear on suspension, brakes, steering, etc when you weigh the MH at least get individual axle weights and then compare the actual weights to the GAWR for that axle. the sum of the GAWR should equal the GVWR. it is possible to be underweight on one axle and be overweight on the other. you'll never know that unless you get separate axle weights. I know this from personal experience. good luck.
rk911 07/18/14 12:14pm Dinghy Towing
RE: When To Unhook

Leave it hooked up, if you do not need car. Level the MH as needed, I always do, no problem so far. X2
rk911 07/18/14 12:05pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Ez pass locations

Picked up a ez pass on the way out to get RV at a rest stop ez pass store put in window go thru toll nothing call ez pass they say need special ez pass for RV will send one out get new pass go thru toll nothing call ez pass give number they say we gave you wrong one for RV send us one that is blue put in RV go thru toll nothing again call ez pass they say blue one for towing only send another one out to us last time out worked on one of four tolls. This is what was meant by wrong ones. So this is why we are posting to see if we are just lucky or others have had these issues.thanks again for replies. We live in vermont so no tolls here. just fyi...for those using Illinois I-Pass (I-Pass works in all EZ Pass states)...the I-Pass will work in your car, pickup, van or RV.
rk911 07/18/14 12:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ez pass locations

Thanks for all the tips. We will try lower. had it there, once no luck. we are on our 4th different ez pass as it seems that they can't get us the right one. every time we call ez pass they say we have the wrong one and send out another. We will keep trying . what does 'wrong one' mean? i'm pretty sure that you're not required to obtain an EZ Pass from your home state. you should be able to get one from any EZ Pass state including Illinois (I-Pass). there is no ongoing or one-time fee for an I-Pass and you can register as many vehicles to the I-Pass as you like.
rk911 07/16/14 08:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: polarized license plate covers

Simple solution, just cover everything with mud in the summer and snow in the winter. Both are pretty common around here, and there's no way an intersection or radar camera is going to get through. Plus if stopped, you have a strong case for plausible deniability. Another solution, one of those hitch mounted storage chests ... plenty of tourist yahoos driving around here with their tags obscured by a huge box hanging off the bumper. or....just stop at the red light. seems less stressful.
rk911 07/16/14 08:09am RV Lifestyle
RE: Weather Radio recomendations?

Any real world advice will be most gratefully accepted. THANKS in advance.In my real world I use a smartphone. Here also. The problem with weather radios is that you constantly need to update locations while traveling. actually, you don't. if you don't enter the S.A.M.E. county codes you'll get alerts for the entire area served by the NOAA transmitter. you will need to adjust the radio for the correct frequency each time you move but that takes all of about 10-seconds. getting alerts for the entire area is actually a good thing when traveling. you'll likely be aware of developing storms long before they're on top of you.
rk911 07/15/14 07:33pm Technology Corner
RE: advice wiring a toad

Need to wire my 1991 ford ranger up . The previous owner gave me the towbar at he used (blue ox) the wiring is a long cord with a seven way connector on both ends. Can I just wire a female seven way plug from the ranger front bumper and run to the tail and brake lights? Or is this more complicated? Did some research online but no clear plan as to the correct way. there are, essentially, two different ways to do this. the first is to install a second set of bulbs in the truck and wire them to the front bumper. this is a totally independent set of wires which will make the install and troubleshooting much easier. the other is to use diodes in the existing wiring harness. when the truck is connected to the RV the RV has control of the lights. that is a more complicated install and if a diode fails you could find yourself with no tail and/or brake lights. I know this from experience. have you determined if your truck can be flat towed? have you determined if the RV can handle the weight?
rk911 07/15/14 11:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Weather Radio recomendations?

Any real world advice will be most gratefully accepted. THANKS in advance.In my real world I use a smartphone. which is fine and dandy as long as you have cell service or wifi.
rk911 07/15/14 10:10am Technology Corner
RE: Weather Radio recomendations?

Heading back to the east coast from Seattle in a month and watching all the difficult/dangerous weather. Do you have a recommendation for a good weather alert radio? I have read reviews and none seem to get a sterling recommendation. Looking for SAME technology, easy to program (HA!), battery backup and reliability. Any real world advice will be most gratefully accepted. THANKS in advance. a friend just bought a Midland WR-120 (available at RadioShack, street price approx. $40). clock, battery operation if AC fails or not available, SAME technology and amazingly simple to program. took me all of 5-minutes.
rk911 07/15/14 09:33am Technology Corner
RE: New TV (tel) No Work on DVD Player

Installing new Samsung tv, but before final, I plugged it all in. All works except existing non HD DVD player. Its playing fine on the old tv right now,....just 2 RCA plugs, LH audio, and video...PS open box special, no owners manual,.....not helping either try looking here for your owner's manual
rk911 07/15/14 09:31am Tech Issues
RE: Gas Buddy.com not working?

must be fixed...both the website and app maps are working.
rk911 07/14/14 06:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing a G5

I have a 2008 Pontiac G5 (same as Chevy Cobalt) that I'd like to tow with my 94 F53 Bounder. Finding a baseplate and wiring kit is easy: make/model/year: done. What about the tow-bar? I've been looking at Roadmaster and Blue Ox and there's a confusing array of tow bars. Are there other manufacturers I should also be looking at? I don't need anything fancy, it may not get used a lot some years. Due to work constraints some years we don't get away, last year we spent only 6 nights in the motorhome. This year we're planning on being away all of September (fingers crossed). at some level this is a chevy-ford, less-filling/tastes great, ginger or mary ann debate. we have a blue ox tow bar. a few years back I had trouble with one of the release handles. blue ox sent me a pair of new ones at no charge. to me that's great customer service. maybe roadmaster would do the same, I don't know. I DO know that blue ox DID.
rk911 07/14/14 02:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trouble with LP water heater

change the thermal couple X2
rk911 07/14/14 02:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Cable TV

Good morning, I have a 2008 Weekend Warrior SLC 3505 fifth wheel toy hualer. I tried hooking up my direct tv cable from home to the connector thats on the outside of my trailer. I get no signal / service when i conncet my dircet tv box inside the trailer. I have tried turning on / off that power button thats on the wall plate next to the cable connector and ac plug, but still no luck. Am i doing something wrong? Is the outside cable connector for when you go to campsites that have cable ready hook ups? Please help, Ernie. I don't have satellite but I believe that the cable you're using is 75-ohm and that's what you need. your TV should have a INPUT option on it's menu system...look on the remote as well as our TV's have that option right on the remote itself. one you find the INPUT option select CABLE. there may be more than one CABLE option so start with CABLE STD. once you've done that simply scan for channels the same way you would for new over-the-air channels. and the amplifier/booster you use for OTA TV should be OFF for cable.
rk911 07/14/14 10:07am Tech Issues
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