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RE: Insurance

I have found that no one can offer me better rates than USAA. and since not everyone is elegible for USAA auto insurance and if you're not fulltiming be sure to check State Farm. we've been SF customers forever and like the rates and service.
rk911 05/20/15 02:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Progressive Surge Guard Recommendation

As Learjet says the EMS-LCHW50 has a readout on the basic unit in the electrical bay and the EMS-HW50C has a remote readout you can mount within the motorhome. The remote readout is very handy in that you can monitor the voltage, Amps, Hz and any past or current error codes that occur at a glance. Dave and the remote display and lack thereof is the basic difference between the two units? no other functional difference? I've heard and read that the PD units are the best/preferred surge guards...true? I'm preferring a hard wired unit vs the portable? good idea?
rk911 05/20/15 01:58pm Tech Issues
Progressive Surge Guard Recommendation

we're taking delivery of a 2016 Itasca Suncruiser later this summer and we want to install a hard-wired 50-amp Progressive Surge Guard. Can someone please explain the functional difference between Progressive models EMS-LCHW50 and EMS-HW50C? Is there a different model I should take a look at? Do I need the sold separately digital display model 'EMS-Remote Display Switch' or do either of the surge guard models come with a remote display? I'd like to have a remote display installed at a convenient place in the MH's cabin. neither of our previously owned coaches had a surge guard. advice and recommendations appreciated. Thanks.
rk911 05/20/15 12:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Do you travel with your interior doors open or shut

When I bought my coach I asked them if I should close the interior doors to the bedroom or rear bathroom while I travel or leave them open. The delivery PDI guy told me emphatically to leave them open. I'm guessing it has something to do with safety. What do you guys do? closed. no need to have them bang shut. can't imagine why it would be a safety issue.
rk911 05/20/15 11:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Turn signal indicators

I installed my own about a third of the way from the front. I bought the brightest I could find and they are a definite asset when trying to change lanes and Willielumplump is driving along side of you and won't speed up or slow down to let you in. That catches there eye.And you think they'll actually move over or speed up to help you out? Hmm, you must be living in an alternate universe from mine. :) or you could always speed up or slow down to pull in front of or behind willy.
rk911 05/19/15 11:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Turn signal indicators

Why don't rv manufacturers install turn signal indicator lights along the sides of RV's? Don't say its because of cost because that just does not compute when you are spending 10's of thousands of dollars .......Retrofitting them is a PITA...... why are those even needed?? all RVs have tail lamps in the rear and indicator lights for the driver on the dash. Have you ever been driving down the interstate and had and rv pass you and come over on you? He is not past you so you cannot see his tail lights and he is far enough ahead of you to not be able to see his tail lights because rv's are wider than the trucks towing them..... huh? what's that got to do with side turn signal markers? if a TT or 5er is being towed aren't the trailer lights connected to the TV? if the TV driver isn't using his turn signals then there's nothing to see or if the TV driver starts his move without completing his pass of the other vehicle, well that's another story but hasn't got anything to do with side turn signal markers.
rk911 05/19/15 08:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Turn signal indicators

Why don't rv manufacturers install turn signal indicator lights along the sides of RV's? Don't say its because of cost because that just does not compute when you are spending 10's of thousands of dollars .......Retrofitting them is a PITA...... why are those even needed?? all RVs have tail lamps in the rear and indicator lights for the driver on the dash.
rk911 05/19/15 08:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Will Any Manual Tranny Work?

Now that we've moved from a trailer to our Class A, we're thinking about what kind of Toad we'd like to get. It seems like more and more new automatic tranny cars can't be towed flat, so we're thinking about getting something with a manual transmission. It wouldn't be a daily driver, so we're not concerned about having to shift in high-traffic areas. Are all manual transmission cars able to be towed flat? Thanks! check REMCO's database
rk911 05/19/15 07:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: You just cannot fix stupid

I think having a camera in front of your head can make you even more stupid. I'm an amateur photographer and love taking photos, but when doing so, some seem to disengage from reality. Sometimes I wonder if they even really see what they're photographing. to that point...in the late 70's/early 80's we were on a car trip to Yellowstone staying in the cabins at the Old Faithful Lodge. as luck would have it our cabin was in the outside ring directly opposite the geyser. we woke up one morning, parted the shades on the window and were greeted with the following: mrs. tourist was standing on the boardwalk that surrounds Old Faithful holding a small camera to her eye. mr. tourist was maybe 50' away holding his faithful pooch, a small, white handful of fluff, by a leash and facing mrs. tourist. about 100' away from mrs. tourist and directly behind mr. tourist and fido was mr. bison calmly grazing on the ground. mrs. tourist while holding the camera to her eye used her free hand to motion mr. tourist to back up which he did. as mr. tourist slowly backed fido, sensing the danger, straight-legged his front legs into the ground, planted his butt on the ground and refused to move. mr. tourist was tugging and pulling on fido's leash while continuing to slowly back up following his wife's direction. fido, wanting none of this lunacy, was putting up a mightly struggle. my wife and i had a ringside seat to this show and you can probably guess what happened next. almost simultaneously mr. bison raised and shook his head, looked toward mr. tourist and snorted. he then turned and began to trot in the direction of mr. tourist who had apparently crossed the invisible line defining the bison's comfort zone. fido, with a mighty tug, yanked the leash from the still-not-aware-of-impending-doom mr. tourist and ran off at a right angle. mrs. tourist raised her head and sensing that now was not the time to adjust her f-stops also ran off at a right angle on the boardwalk. this left our hapless hero standing alone like Errol Flynn in the last battle scene of 'They Died With Their Boots On'. as he watched his faithful companions run for their lives mr. tourist must've either sensed the movement or caught the sight of mr. bison closing in on his backside and somehow had the presence of mind to move to the side just as the mr. bison passed him. I tell ya, a professional bullfighter would've been proud of that maneuver. if we had had a score card we would've awarded mr. tourist a 10-10-10. mr. bison continued trotting across the boardwalk and onto the geyser proper to continue his breakfast. we never did see what happened if or when mr. and mrs. tourist were reunited or if fido ever stopped running. all of this took place in maybe 30-seconds, too little time to find and grab our camera although I did get a later photo of the bison on the geyser proper. true story.
rk911 05/17/15 06:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: The 2015 Billboard Music Awards will air TONIGHT

if it ain't country...real country...it ain't music. they stopped making good rock n roll and pop music by 1985.
rk911 05/17/15 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: You just cannot fix stupid

we were taking a tram tour down in the everglades one year. the tram stops at an 'observation tower' (maybe 20' tall) from where we can get a panoramic look at the glades. before we get off the tram we are warned that there may be gators on the wide, paved path and to avoid stepping over them if they are perpendicular to the walkway and to otherwise give them a wide berth. if that was not possible we were instructed to wait for staff to clear the path. all went well until we reached the path leading to the entrance to the tower. as we approached we saw a kid who was maybe 14 or 15 sitting on the back of what we presume he thought was a statue of a gator that was on the unpaved edge of the walkway. he was smiling ear-to-ear as he posed for pictures...that is until the gator shifted slightly and the kid realized that this was no inamimate object. I've never seen a human move so fast as that kid moved.
rk911 05/17/15 08:36am General RVing Issues
RE: You just cannot fix stupid

one time back in the early 80's when we entered Yellowstone and paid the fee the ranger handed us the usual handful of papers which included a sheet of bright yellow paper with large red lettering at the top which said...and I paraphrase... YOU HAVE AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO DIE IN THIS PARK...AND THIS IS HOW IT MAY HAPPEN! it went on to list the many ways to die in Yellowstone one of which was to approach wildlife, especially moose and bison.
rk911 05/16/15 06:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: I was talked into buying a service contract, but now....

DW & I agreed when we bought our 07 Cougar back in 06 that instead of buying the 2500 dollar extended warranty that we would put the 2500 bucks in a Vanguard account and add a 100 a month to it. Well we sold the TT in 2014 and had accumulated a little over 13,000 in the account. Never needed to use it, So now with the new 5er added another 2500 to it + the 100 a month, we'll have a nice slush fund if we need any repairs and if not, it's gonna be our travel funds or for whatever. other than your choice of deposit account that's precisely what we did when we bought new back in 2000. we started with the cost of the 'extended warranty' (roughly $3500) and added $X to that fund every month. we paid for all routine maintenance, upgrades and repairs from that fund. we currently have a balance in that fund of around $8k. sometime in july we'll be taking delivery of a new MH and will continue to add $X to the maintenance and repair fund for the new MH.
rk911 05/15/15 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Favorite 3rd row vehicles to tow.

Thank you lanerd for pointing out his other post. Being it is a gasser you are limited to 5000 pounds. maybe, but maybe less. in general, 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, etc.) • 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...by axle...as it is loaded and configure for travel before choosing a toad. load the MH as you would for a trip including fuel, water, food, clothing, pets, supplies and people. get individual axle weights and compare them to the GAWR for that axle. if either axle is overweight then either move weight to the other axle or eliminate the weight altogether. you need to check individual axle weights because it is possible to be under the GVWR of the MH even if one axle is overweight. I know 'cuz it happened to us. you also need to know the gross weight of the vehicle you want to tow including whatever gas you want in the tank and cargo you want to carry while it's being towed. and since you may be using a dolly you must add the weight of the dolly to the weight of the vehicle you want to tow. you didn't say what the GVWR, GCWR or actual weights of the MH and toad are so i'll use the weights of our MH and toad to illustrate my point. we have a 2000 Itasca Suncruiser 35U that has a GVWR of 20,500-lbs (7000 front, 13,500 rear), a GCWR of 26,000-lbs and an actual weight of 19,300-lbs (6700 front, 12,580 rear). we usually tow a 2010 Jeep Liberty that has a total weight of 4,200-lbs. our hitch is rated at 5,000-lbs and the tow bar at 6,000-lbs. applying the three tests above gives us these results: • the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel = 6,700-lbs (26,000 minus 19,300) • the weight rating of our tow bar = 5,000-lbs • the weight rating of our hitch = 6,000-lbs 5,000-lbs is the most weight I can safely tow since the hitch has the lowest weight rating. but if I was towing on a dolly that weighed in excess of 800-lbs I couldn't (shouldn't) tow the Liberty as the combined weight of the Jeep and dolly would exceed the weight rating of the hitch. good luck to you.
rk911 05/15/15 08:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: I hate searching out propane

was your tank gauge malfunctioning? no advance warning??
rk911 05/11/15 06:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where do you wash your camper - not at home!

we wash our MH at home but when otherwise use a truck wash.
rk911 05/11/15 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: New Tablet ?s

Believe it or not, the term ecosystem is actually used that way too. ok but what does it mean with reference to Apple????
rk911 05/10/15 07:04pm Technology Corner
RE: Will 20 mos. old be to young for Yellowstone?

Trying to plan something for our 2 week vacation in August, i started thinking seriously about yellowstone and area. My wife thinks our biy will be a bit to young for the area, which i didnt consider. Are we better off waiting on this destination and finding a kid friendly place, or do you think we'd be good to go with it. Never been ther so we dont really know what to expect. too young. what is 'biy'?
rk911 05/10/15 06:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Tablet ?s

I'm not in the ipad camp because I'm not willing to buy into their ecosystem, and I'm well established with my Windows, Android and Kindle devices. With that said, your Smart Son might be right. If you want a push button solution that won't require any fiddling around with other wifi hotspots or introduce security obstacles, AND since you appear to have built in tech support for the Apple products, not to mention facetime, maybe it's the right way to go. If you like to tinker, there are lots of other (far cheaper) options. ecosystem????
rk911 05/10/15 01:18pm Technology Corner
RE: New Tablet ?s

my iPad mini is fine for surfing and checking e-mail. and despite what a certain politician claims you can set up multiple e-mail accounts on a tablet. I use 7 or 8 accounts for different things and all of the mail comes into my tablet's inbox or I could use each email provider's webmail page. all that being said we normally take our laptop when we're in the MH as there are some things we do that are just easier on the PC and my tablet is primarily for aviation. but for what you envision a tablet would be fine.
rk911 05/10/15 11:38am Technology Corner
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