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RE: Is upgrading from XP to Windows 7 worth it?

Stick with XP it is still being supported... not my Microsoft. no more updates, patches or fixes. XP was a wonderful OS but I wouldn't put it online. it'll still be fine for offline use, though. as for the OP...I would agree with the other post. you can still find new Win7 machines that can be upgraded to Win10 when the time comes.
rk911 09/23/15 04:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Getting rid of Road Trip grill - replace with Weber Q?

...I've read a LOT of folks recommending Weber. Which one to get?... this is the weber we use. smallish, folds flat.
rk911 09/22/15 06:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Drop down hitch or no?

I measured the height of the hitch receiver on my Fleetwood Fiesta. Measuring from the bottom, it's 23" off the ground. Im going to be moving from Minnesota to Tennessee I'm going to be renting a uhaul tow dolly to tow my car (toyota corrola) down there. I do not yet have a ball mount....planning to buy one soon. The guy I talked to at uhaul when booking the tow dolly said I should get one that drops down 10". That seems a little extreme to me. What do you guys think? I needed an 8" drop-down in order to flat tow our 2010 Liberty behind our 2016 Itasca Suncruiser. do what ya gotta do.
rk911 09/15/15 09:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: What do all the veteran RV enthusiasts think.........

In the spirit of "Go Big or Go Home" the DH and I have found a beautiful 2003 Fleetwood Providence diesel pusher with 56,000 miles on it to begin our RV adventure. It appears to be a very sweet deal, under $50k. We do have a few questions since this is a smaller dealer. it it normal to see an RV that was taken in trade with no inspection, registration or plates? Is it reasonable to pay a $500 deposit while you are negotiating? Since the DH is a whiz with a gas engine, but not diesels we were going to have a diesel RV mechanic look at it. Any direction or thoughts on the unit would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Caroline we've purchased three motorhomes since 1986, the most recent just two weeks ago. our experience has been that it is NOT usual to demand a deposit during negotiations. once the deal has been agreed upon by all parties then yes, a small deposit is customary. in addition to the diesel mechanic have a qualified RV tech inspect the RV itself...slideouts, roof, side walls, appliances, gas/water system, etc. good luck.
rk911 09/14/15 12:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yay or Nay?

Many probably already know our story. We have a 2013 32' Class C with a Ford V10 E50 engine/chassis. We had a tow dolly (and was fine with it). We started towing my toyota yaris and I traded it in on a ford focus. The focus was hit by another and totaled. I decided to not base my daily driver (70 miles/day to and from work) on a car that could be towed. Ended up with an automatic Subaru that can't be towed and sold the tow dolly. Anyway, my wife has a 2013 Ford Explorer. Weight in around 4500 lbs or so. The weight limit for our motorhome is 5000. Would you consider towing it (flat) behind the motorhome (with braking syustem of course)? Another possibility is that we could trade it in on something else, but if I can avoid having to do another deal, I would highly consider it. your towing weight limit may very well be 5000-lbs but are you sure? 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 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. and are you sure your Explorer weighs 4500-lbs? weigh it and be sure.
rk911 09/14/15 12:26pm Dinghy Towing
RE: tire pressure

My inflation rates per Newmar table are 100 psi each 255/80/22.5 tire, front and rear. Check in the driver's area for manufacturer chart listing inflation rates. check the mfg chart carefully and i'll bet you see that the 100-psi recommendation is based on the RV being at the GVWR. you aren't wrong inflating to 100-psi. heck, I had a roadside service call a few years back for a blowout and the service guy told me he just inflates all of his truck tires to the max cold inflation and doesn't worry about the weight. as I said, you're not wrong but unless your RV weighs in at the GVWR i'll bet you could soften your ride by reducing the tire pressure and maybe get better handling. both Winnebago motorhomes that we've bought new recommended using a tire pressure based on an assumed weight of GVWR.
rk911 09/05/15 03:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tire pressure

Rich, I agree, but it is really the MINIMUM PSI for a given weight. If it weighs any more, you move right on the chart to the next higher PSI. We may be talking semantics here, as both agree on the plus 5-10 PSI. yes...when i wrote "for the load being carried" I meant exactly what you wrote..."for a given weight". semantics. :)
rk911 09/05/15 03:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tire pressure

Remember, the chart gives the MINIMUM PSI for a given weight. If these are not individual wheel position weights, add 5 PSI to account for side to side imbalance. I always add a 5 PSI "safety reserve" to the minimum. So, 5-10 PSI over the minimum. the Michelin chart gives the minimum PSI for the load being carried. I agree with the 5-10 psi over minimum. we have the same tires as the OP except ours are load range 'G'. we took delivery yesterday and just determined my wet weights (full fuel, water and LP tanks...nothing else on board) today. front axle weighs 7,140, rear weighs 15,100 making 3570 per tire in front and 3775 per tire in the rear. at those weights the Michelin table calls for 70-psi all around. once the MH is fully loaded as we usually travel I will re-weigh and set inflation accordingly likely rounding up to the next highest inflation for unequal corner weights. the placard on the driver's door of our MH indicates a cold pressure of 100-psi front and rear but that is based on an assumed GVW of 9000-lbs front and 17,500-lbs rear and not the actual weight of the motorhome.
rk911 09/05/15 03:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: WiFi options

in our old MH I used a RadioLabs Wave RV external antenna/wifi adapter mounted to our crank up batwing antenna. that really helped to capture a park's wifi signal as well as signals within a 3-5 mile radius. very soon now we're taking delivery of a new class A without a winegard crank up so looking for a different solution. I recall reading about a way using a standard router that would capture the park's wifi signal and convert that to a secure wifi signal for use within the RV. can't recall which router or any other details. I'm looking into a MiFi/Wilson sleek, air card with cradle point and just using the tablet or phone's hotspot but I'd rather use the park's wifi signal as much as possible and any edge or way of maximizing that signal.
rk911 09/01/15 03:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Cleaning the Class A while using it?

How do RV users keep them clean when using them? Most campgrounds don't allow you to clean them while camping. Inevitably we will end up driving in the rain thus getting them filthy. So how do you keep them clean when in use? Not looking to hear how you clean it when you get home. We all know how to do that. many to most of the CGs and RV Parks that we've used will allow a mobile wash service into the park. others will ask for a small fee ($5-$10) to offset the water use while still others will allow washing from a bucket (no running water).
rk911 09/01/15 03:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What kind of RVer are you

This is us.... Retirees seeing the country and traveling for months at a time at a leisurely pace stopping for days or weeks at they go along but returning to a home base for most of the year; us as well. usually two 3-mos trips each year.
rk911 08/31/15 03:37pm RV Lifestyle
RE: My worst trip so far

Pulled out 2 windows Saturday that started showing signs of moisture. Tomorrow I make the trip to Sunstate Designers to leave the windows for repair. I have heard good things about their work and feel lucky that I have a place to get windows repaired within driving distance. 3 hours one way but at least I don't have to camp in their parking lot a lot it is but with 50amp hookup. we had Suncoast Designers repair 7-windows in our 2000 Suncruiser and couldn't be happier.
rk911 08/26/15 11:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What to do with water filters between trips?

We have the Blue Camco for outside the RV and a whole house filter inside the wet bay. After camping for a week and not having another trip planned for about 3 months, what do you guys do with your water filters? How do you store them? Throw em out? I don't keep rig hooked up to water when she is parked home. Please don't turn this into my filter system is better than yours, I trust yours is great. Thanks. we have the under-sink filter. between trips it stays put. I remove it at the end of the season and toss it and then install a new one at the beginning of the next season.
rk911 08/26/15 11:16am General RVing Issues
RE: RV duty propane, CO, and smoke detectors

What is needed is a dual chamber detector that will detect CO and smoke from a slow smoldering fire such as may start in a R/V because of electrical fires and fast burning smokeless fires. After a lot of research and talking to Kidde, they assured me that this one would work in a home and also A RV,there is no difference. This is what I found. A Kidde KN-COSM-XTR-B Nighthawk That seemed to be best suited for this kind of application. Like This They now can be bought at Home Depot, also At Amazon. Amazon I suggest you read all the info and make your decision on this but I replaced the ones in my Class C with this one.They are rated for 7 years and most are only rated for 5,If your RV is older than 5 years old and they haven't been changed they are most likely no good. Mine needed to be replaced so this was a good deal for me, I had a hard wired one and I chucked it for the battery powered ones, they can be checked before each trip by pushing the test button in the center of the unit. Just a reminder,a first line of defense is always the best. Check those smoke detectors and replace them if needed,all have a date on them and how long they are good for. If they don't, toss them. I hope that this helps or from here at a substantial discount.
rk911 08/18/15 02:02pm Tech Issues
RE: RV duty propane, CO, and smoke detectors

Even when plugged into shore power, one of the detectors starts beeping about low voltage while the water pump is cycling rapidly, such as when I'm taking a shower. How far down is the voltage going when this happens ? If you are going to replace them all just because you think it's time anyway.....I think you should stick with the 12 V ones like it came with. Much more reliable. What if the 9 V model runs the battery down while the RV is in storage; will you know it the next time it's used ?? I replace my 9v batteries every spring as part of my start-of-the-season checklist. if the OP is a fulltimer just replace the batteries when DST starts and ends. I'd rather have the peace of mind that comes with the 9v models knowing that they'll operate in case of a 12v failure in the coach.
rk911 08/18/15 01:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Verizon plan changes!

I can guarantee you that Verizon, ATT, Sprint and others never make changes that they don't profit from. This latest change has been carefully crafted to save some people money, but in the overall picture will generate more money for Verizon. It's the American way! and there ain't nuthin wrong with that.
rk911 08/14/15 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Desk in Slideout

I have a 38ft Fleetwood Expedition. It came with a desk in the passenger slideout instead of a couch. We are having trouble finding a computer chair to work with it. Due to it being in the slideout, there is about a 1 inch height difference, so a typical desk chair wont sit under the desk. Any ideas? how 'bout adding a boat seat cushion to the chair? that should raise it up enough.
rk911 08/14/15 11:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Verizon plan changes!

My understanding is that Verizon will no longer provide free phones. In the past people would get a free phone when they sign up for service. The phone has to be paid for so it was added to the cost of peoples plan. Now that the free phones are taken out of the plans the cost should go down. I was skeptical that the cost would actually go down. Hopefully it is true but when you need a new phone you will have to pay for it out of pocket. most phones weren't "free" as the cost between the discount you paid up front was simply figured into the monthly line cost. ain't nuttin free.
rk911 08/13/15 05:38pm General RVing Issues
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
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