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RE: Dish Network On The Road

We have had Dish at home for many years. I bought a vip211 receiver and Tailgater for the RV and added it to the home account for $7/mo. Worked great. And when we traveled outside our home viewing area, a call to Dish and we got local network channels from the nearest major city. Only downside was that when they changed the local viewing area for the Rv to some new area, it also changed it at our home. No problem as we were not home any way. But our daughter moved back in with us, and it prevented her from watching our home channels. So I changed the RV to a separate dishformyrv pay as you go (monthly) account. That works great also, particularly since we only use the RV a few months during the summer. Now I can change the RV local viewing area without affecting the home receiver viewing area.
BB_TX 09/25/16 10:41am RV Lifestyle
RE: JT Strongarm Stabilizers

I bolted the front stabilizers to the front edge of the steel floor of the front storage compartment. Works fine. Mounting the brackets at the front bent edge of the steel floor provides plenty of support for the struts. For the rear, I have an enclosed underbelly, cannot see what is under it, and did not want to take it loose or cut it. So I added a piece of 2" x 2" square tube from one side of the frame to the other, and bolted the strut mounting brackets to that tube. Very sturdy. A metal fab shop could easily make one for you. http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac270/BB_TX/Camper/JTs/100_1137-1.jpg width=500
BB_TX 09/25/16 10:23am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: New 5th wheel & now new Tow Vehicle

B&W, Reese, Pullrite, Curt, Andersen, they all make good hitches. Just a matter of which one you like best and can get a good price on.
BB_TX 09/25/16 10:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best cell and data phone plans

We had ATT and now Verizon and have found Verizon had better coverage and better customer service in our travels.
BB_TX 09/24/16 04:38pm Full-time RVing
RE: Failed Inspection

I agree with the adjustment. Really easy to do, and a brake adjustment tool is cheap. I adjusted my 2007 5er brakes last year and it made a world of difference. Texas also requires an annual inspection. But all they do is check the tires and check the lights. Takes longer to do the paperwork than the inspection.
BB_TX 09/24/16 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Afraid to make the leap to diesel

I bought my first diesel in 2004. Like you I was nervous about buying one. Bought extended service plans in case of expensive repairs. But have been pleasantly surprised as I have never had a problem yet with any of the diesel engines I have bought. Only problems I have had have had to do with some kind of sensor for all the new monitoring the new vehicles have on them, gas or diesel. I used to do all the work on all my vehicles myself. But even the gassers have become so difficult to work on, I no longer do that.
BB_TX 09/23/16 03:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Factory Installed Integrated Brake Controllers

My last two trucks have had the integrated brake controllers. And they work very well. Have never had an after market controller so can't comment on differences.
BB_TX 09/23/16 03:38pm Towing
RE: Ford Navigation

We have a 2015 Ford Expedition, not with Sync 3 though. But the maps were very up to date when we bought it new in Jan 2015, and we live in a rapidly growing area. Certainly much, much newer than 10 yrs. I really like it now that I have learned how to talk to her. She is particular about answering her questions in the way she wants it when seeking directions. I also have a 2012 F350. The maps on it are still pretty accurate, just missing new streets built since I bought it. Have been considering updating, but just not missing enough yet to make me do it. I think an update every 4-5 years is good enough.
BB_TX 09/23/16 12:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Which Pin Box

I can only speak about a 5th Airborne. Have had mine for 7-8 years. Never have had to do anything to it but add a little air each spring. And maybe a few pounds 2-3 times during the season. Softens the ride. Had very little chucking to begin with, but it pretty much eliminated what little I did had. Installation was easy. Did it by myself in an hour or so. An extra set of hands would speed it up.
BB_TX 09/20/16 07:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tandem trailer towing

No jurisdiction allows for a ball coupling on the first trailer. Fifth-wheel kingpin only. Wrong. You can do it in Indiana. He is speaking of Canada.
BB_TX 09/20/16 12:21pm Folding Trailers
RE: How many of you use other brand Service Shops ?

There are very few things in a trailer that are brand specific. Fortunately in 9 years mine has never been in the shop. But if it needed anything, I would not hesitate to take it to any RV repair facility that had a good reputation.
BB_TX 09/20/16 12:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replacing Old TV

I replaced my old TV several years ago with a Samsung 32" LED TV. Don't remember the weight, but not very heavy. The new TV is quite a bit wider than the old one. But they are so thin, mounting them outside the cabinet is no problem. Easiest way is to just install a piece of plywood in the cabinet opening and get a wall mount to attach the TV to the plywood. I went a bit overboard on mine, but you can see how well the thin TVs mount outside the cabinet. Before http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac270/BB_TX/TV%20Mod/100_1188-1.jpg height=500 The opening http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac270/BB_TX/TV%20Mod/100_1190-1.jpg height=500 Cabinet insert I made http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac270/BB_TX/TV%20Mod/100_1192-1.jpg height=500 Insert installed http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac270/BB_TX/TV%20Mod/100_1196-1.jpg height=500 Complete http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac270/BB_TX/TV%20Mod/100_1201-1.jpg height=500 I did put a narrow shelf under it for additional support and use velcro strips (not visible in this pic) to secure it while traveling. The velcro strips are attached behind the TV and I can pull them out and stretch them across the TV.
BB_TX 09/20/16 12:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Tandem trailer towing

Don't know about Canada. But for the US - In addition to the possible stability issues, some (but not all) states allow towing two trailers. And of the states that do allow two trailers, some of those require the first trailer to be a 5th wheel.
BB_TX 09/20/16 09:11am Folding Trailers
RE: Stabilizing a 5th Wheel

JT Strongarm or similar. Well worth the money. Much better than a tripod.
BB_TX 09/19/16 01:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long is too long to travel In a fifth wheel.

Most private RV parks will have sites you can fit in. Federal, state, COE, city RV parks can be hit or miss. Many will have some number of longer sites, but those are typically the first taken and may or may not be available when you need one. More primitive campgrounds such as national forest campgrounds could be even more hit and miss.
BB_TX 09/18/16 08:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Keystone RV is recalling nearly 52,000 camping trailers

HA I went to the link,, it was all adds and no info from keystone??? BUT mine was put together here in Oregon,, HA I believe . I wish All you well. Cheers 2013 Passport chuck Read the report. Apparently your 2013 Passport is included in the recall, along with Bullets, both of model years 2011 - 2017.
BB_TX 09/18/16 07:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Was retirement for you a good or not so good choice?

Retired at 62 after 35 yrs with same company and 40+ yrs working. No regrets. BUT. We have a small business the DW runs with me as Mr. fixit for the frequent needs of a general handyman requiring me to work a few hours each week. Fortunately we were financially prepared for it. But a good friend and hunting buddy retired 2 yrs ago at 67 and has not been as happy with his decision even though he was also financially prepared. Another good friend retired then went back to work after a couple years because of being bored. Definitely a very personal decision and choice to make. Even after giving it lots of thought, you can still make the wrong decision (for yourself).
BB_TX 09/18/16 03:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorcycle on the back of the 5er.

The rear of a trailer bounces a lot. Any thing cantilevered off the rear is going to bounce even more. And that is a lot of weight to bounce. Consider a front hitch for your truck.
BB_TX 09/18/16 03:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rv was totalled by insurance company

You were paid once for it being totaled. You can't be paid for it being totaled a second time. Unless possibly if you spent a sufficient amount of money to show it had been restored.
BB_TX 09/17/16 06:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric heaters

There's at least one 1800 W model. It's way overpriced, though. $194.90 !!!!! No thanks. Read the fine print at the bottom. $19.95 is a 30 day trial.
BB_TX 09/16/16 07:07am Tech Issues
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