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RE: Sign I can hang from my front grille?

How about one of those signs that are attached to a rural mailbox? They're available at any home improvement store (Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, etc.) and would have the letters included in the kit. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 10/06/15 03:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: A/C with Heat Pump, worth it?

We purchased our RV new but didn't order it. It came with the heat pump and we use it a lot when we winter in Texas. I like it a lot but, given the choice, I'd probably go with the Cheap Heat option. I think it would be just as, or more, efficient that the heat pump and wouldn't be affected by the temp going below 40 degrees. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 10/06/15 03:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for working water hookups in late Oct. or early Nov.

We leave from SE Iowa about the time you leave your location. We've found that once we get down to the level of Kansas City and below we're pretty good for full hook-ups. That said, because we're just staying overnight, I usually just put an appropriate amount of water in the fresh water tank before leaving home and save the time of hooking/disconnecting to the parks' water supplies. If we start to run short on water I'll just resupply at one of our overnight stops. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 10/06/15 06:42am Snowbirds
RE: Anyone regret full-timing?

We spend 6 months of the year living in the RV and really enjoy our time doing so. That said, we really enjoy getting back to the S&B where I have a decent wood workshop and DW has a dedicated sewing room. For us, the long distance travel twice a year outweighs the alternative. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 10/05/15 04:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: I-820 around Ft. Worth?

Thanks for your responses; that helps a lot.
8ntw8tn 10/02/15 06:03am Roads and Routes
RE: I-820 around Ft. Worth?

"OMG, I35 is a hazard zone." Yeah, I'm not taking I-35 any further than I-820. No way I'm going to take the 5er through Austin. "If you pick the right time of day I see no problem going I35 south since you would only be in traffic a couple miles as you are going to the 820 exit. The worst of the traffic is right at that interchange on to downtown From Alliance airport to 820 can get real bad around rush hour. but it shouldnt put you out more than 20 minutes at its worst." So mid-morning, around 10:00-10:30 or so might be a good time?
8ntw8tn 10/01/15 08:48am Roads and Routes
I-820 around Ft. Worth?

I'm in the process of planning our route to the Texas Hill Country. In the past I've always caught 380 at Denton and taken it over to 281 in order to avoid Ft. Worth. But this year I'm considering taking I-35 down to I-820 and take that to I-30 then west to I-20 where it will intersect with 281. I'd heard last year that I-820 had a lot of construction and am wondering if that's still the situation or if it's completed. Thanks.
8ntw8tn 09/30/15 03:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Which Exhaust Brake?

I have the PacBrake PXRB on my '04.5 Dodge and like it very well. (My trailer weighs in the neighborhood of 13k loaded.) It came with the controller for the torque converter. I researched all of the brands, narrowed it down to the PacBrake and BD because they were controlled by compressed air, and selected PacBrake. If it's not on, it will automatically cycle when you start the vehicle in order to prevent seizing up. I have mine on nearly all the time. I have found that in town driving of speeds below 45 mph it's best to either have the brake turned off or to engage tow/haul; otherwise it seems the shift points are too high and the response from the throttle is sluggish. While towing the trailer the exhaust brake really shines and use of the service brakes is greatly reduced. It worked really great while going through the mountains as we went to Oregon several years ago. There is a learning curve and I had to learn to give the brake time enough to work by decelerating early and engaging tow/haul as I'm preparing to stop. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 09/26/15 06:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Getting rid of Road Trip grill - replace with Weber Q?

Another vote for the Weber Q. We've had a 1200 for 3 years or so. When weekend camping during the summer I use the 1 lb. canisters but while wintering in Texas I use the adapter hose and hook it up to a 20# tank for convenience. It's been the most consistent and trouble-free grill we've owned. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 09/24/15 09:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is upgrading from XP to Windows 7 worth it?

I should have clarified that I have a laptop with Windows 7 and another with Windows 8 (hate that thing!). It's just that occasionally I have cause to use the desk top. However, after my initial post I downloaded a program from Microsoft that checked the compatibility of the computer with Windows 7. The results indicated that I could only use the 32 bit version and that it Windows 7 is not compatible with my favorite flight simulation program (older version of X Plane). I've decided not to pursue the upgrade, as most of the advice give here has indicated. Thanks for all the replies.
8ntw8tn 09/23/15 11:10am Technology Corner
Is upgrading from XP to Windows 7 worth it?

I have an older Dell desktop that I use only occasionally. However, because it has XP on it I'm starting to run into issues trying to download some applications (Dish Anywhere, for instance.) I'm considering upgrading to Windows 7 but have a few concerns. 1)Where to get an authentic version. Getting a disc off of eBay may be an issue; I've been burned there before on Microsoft products with an invalid key. 2)How long before Windows 7 is no longer supported? I don't keep up on those things and have no desire to spend decent money on an operating system that will leave me in a position similar to the current one. Thanks for any replies.
8ntw8tn 09/23/15 09:47am Technology Corner
RE: What is the trick to make bugs removeable from a vehicle?

I don't know how to keep them off but spraying them with hydrogen peroxide (dirt cheap) will turn them to goo and they will wipe right off. I use this with a micro-fiber cloth on my motorcycle. Do this the end of each day before they really get cooked on. Works as well as all the high priced "magic" stuff!! X2
8ntw8tn 09/19/15 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Air into tires while away

I, too carry a 6 gallon pancake compressor topped off at 150 psi. However, I also have a continuous supply with my PacBrake exhaust brake that operates off of a tank/compressor and has an outlet and supply hose.
8ntw8tn 09/18/15 04:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: satellite TV for RV'ers

We also have the VIP211k receiver and a Pathway X2 for the RV. We just added it to our existing account for $7/mo. as indicated in previous posts. It was advantageous for us because we're in Texas for 6 months out of the year and also use the RV for week-long getaways during the summer. Using the Dish Anywhere app allows me to watch programs, recorded or live, from my receiver in the sticks & bricks. I paid the $40 one-time fee to connect an external hard drive to the VIP211k receiver in the RV so I can record programs if I wish. However, you can only record/watch one program at a time with this feature. The Dish Anywhere app also allows me to set my receiver at the house for recording several programs at once. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 09/17/15 10:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Keeping it fresh from winter

We used to put antifreeze in the lines and drains/traps, remove anything perishable, and used a myriad of items to ward off rodents. Now we just take it to Texas for 6 months. :)
8ntw8tn 09/10/15 08:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: how do towing services work?

My experience was similar to that of djgarcia. The first year we had CoachNet we had a power failure on our TV. Both the truck and trailer had to be towed 45 miles to the nearest diesel mechanic. Fortunately there was a campground nearby and the tow operator dropped the trailer off there before continuing to the repair shop. The savings on that incident alone paid for the next five years' subscription fees; and I've used them twice since then to change tires when we had an imminent tire failure. I didn't have to pay out-of-pocket for any of the incidents. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 09/03/15 04:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: First time snowbird....need help

We stay at a park about 60 miles north of San Antonio. This will be our 5th season there. It has gotten as low as 20 degrees a couple of times, but usually stays above freezing at night and 50's or 60's during the day. Close enough to San Antonio or Austin if we'd like to go (usually don't) and rural enough to make it feel homey. I'd recommend reservations, especially for any time after the first of the year. From what I've seen the parks can get pretty full. My site is reserved for the next five years! Both Austin and San Antonio have a major airport, though for my money, traveling around and through San Antonio is much easier than Austin. Hope this helps, and good luck with your choice.
8ntw8tn 08/26/15 06:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Break away brake cable

I catch mine up in the lock on the safety latch on a Reese hitch. Using a carabiner, I do the same thing. I also encased the cable in a length of split loom to prevent it from getting caught up under a rail, etc.
8ntw8tn 08/20/15 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Quick, someone talk me out of elec/hydraulic disc brakes

A little bit of a change in plans. My dealer got back to me with the final equipment cost: $2500 plus tax and labor. That was a little steep for our budget so we compromised a bit. The dealer, whom I've known personally for over 30 years and trust implicitly, installed a elec/hydraulic drum brake system on his 2011 Cameo a couple of years ago. He says he's confident the disc brakes would be best, but he's really satisfied with the performance of the dual servo drum brakes. Equipment cost will be less than $1700 plus tax & labor. I placed the order and, if they arrive by Tuesday, we should be installing them next week. Just in time for a ten day trip to Nebraska for a Winter Texan summer reunion. I'll report my experiences if we get them installed for the trip. Thanks for all of your replies.
8ntw8tn 07/24/15 08:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Backup Camera ?

I, too, have a backup camera mounted for the purpose of hitching up and I like it really well. However, I mounted mine on the outside of the back glass so I can't help directly with the question of viewing through glass. I can say that I mounted mine outside because of training I had in my former occupation that led me to believe that shooting through the rear window may result in issues with clarity and reflections that I didn't want to deal with. One thing I can mention is that I often had an issue differentiating the black pin box from the black hitch in low light situations. My solution was to place a strip of reflective tape on the front of the pin box. I wouldn't recommend this. The reflection from the IR LED's overpowered the lens and nearly washed out the image; I think it was worse that the problem I tried to correct. Hope this helps
8ntw8tn 07/23/15 08:53pm Fifth-Wheels
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