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RE: Mail Services

Although we are not going to rv "full" time we are going to be gone for at least 3 months. The only option I think we have is a mail servie to have mail forwarded to as USPS will not hold for longer than 30 in which I cant see my mail anyway. They will forward my mail for at least 3 months so I need a mail service. We used on in Florida last time which was great, but thought getting one in the same half of the country would get mail forwarded faster. SO, any recommendations for mail services out west? Home base in Colorado. Make sure you set up TEMPORARY forwarding - not a change of address. They will forward for six months and you can extend that another six months. From the USPS web site: "Regular Forward Mail If your move is temporary, you can use this service for as short as 15 days or as long as 1 year. After the first 6 months, you can extend for another 6 months. Direct your mail to a new address with a few clicks and a $1.05 charge to your credit card (the charge verifies your identity)."
Clay L 04/28/16 09:56am Full-time RVing
RE: flat towing 2004 honda accord auto trans

This is redundant since the other posters have it right but here is a copy of a letter I received from Honda in 2002. I think 2005 was the last year Honda okayed 4 down towing for the Accord. Dear customer: Regarding your inquiry on towing your Honda or Acura automobile behind a motorhome: For your vehicle, the Owner's Manual advises against towing at more than 35 m.p.h or for more than 50 miles. However, this recommendation exists primarily because Honda has not conducted formal tests at higher speeds and for greater distances. We are not aware of any particular problems being caused by motorhome towing of Honda/Acura automobiles with either manual or automatic transmission, so long as proper pre-towing preparations are made and the vehicle is towed at legal highway speeds. Manual Transmission When preparing to tow your vehicle, make sure the transmission is full of fluid. Do not overfill. • Release the parking brake. • Shift the transmission to Neutral. • Turn the ignition key to the ACCESSORY (1) position to release the steering wheel lock. Make sure that the radio and all accessories are turned off. Automatic Transmission When preparing to tow your vehicle, make sure the transmission fluid level is full. Do not overfill. If Honda/Acura automobile with an automatic transmission is towed with the front or all four wheels on the ground, you must do the following every day immediately before towing: • Start the engine. • Press on the brake pedal. Shift the lever through all the positions (P,R,N,D,2,1). • Shift to D, then to N. Let the engine run for at least three minutes, then turn off engine. • Release the parking brake. • Leave the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (1) so the steering wheel does not lock. Make sure the radio and any items plugged into the accessory power sockets are turned off so you do not run down the battery. If you travel more than 8 hours in one day (including stopping time), you must stop and repeat the above procedures. NOTICE: The steering system can be damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Always leave the key in the ACCESSORY (1) position to prevent damage to the steering system when towing behind another vehicle. CAUTION: Severe automatic transmission damage will occur if the car is shifted from reverse to neutral and then towed with the drive wheels on the ground. NOTICE: Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shift the transmission or start the engine, your vehicle must be on a flat bed truck or trailer. If you tow a Honda/Acura vehicle with automatic transmission, the fluid must be changed every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. Although experience has shown that the Honda/Acura transmission and powertrain are capable of being "motorhome towed", America Honda does not assume responsibility for any vehicle damage or liabilities incurred due to the towing device, towing vehicle, lighting hookup, or other towing equipment or towing procedures; any responsibility for these items is assumed by the owner/operator. If you have additional questions, please call American Honda Motor Co. Inc. (National Consumer Affairs) at 800-999-1009.
Clay L 04/28/16 09:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Choices after coming off the road ...

When we started full timing we said we do it until we got too sick, too old, or too bored. After 11 years of full timing a combination of all three things caught up with us so we bought a house in western CO and had all of our stuff moved here from a storage unit in NH. We tried snow birding for a year and then moved into the house for good. The motor home was sold last summer. When we stored stuff we had sold all of the big appliances and most of the soft furniture but still had a lot of stuff. I am sure glad we did not follow the convectional advice and get rid of all of it. We have spent about $15,000 buying what we need for the house - stuff that we sold for maybe 10 percent of what it cost back then. If we had to replace what we had stored - like guns, complete woodworking shop, my wifes equipment for building miniatures, her genealogy research records and small appliances, desks and office equipment, and my electronic gear, it would have cost a lot more than what we spent for storage. Some things like heirlooms that came from as far back as our great grand parents could not be replaced at any cost. As an aside, while full timing we so loved the freedom from yard work that we have zeriscaped our grounds to eliminate yard work as much as possible. It has certainly minimized it to a point where it can be handled even if we become limited by health issues. That is common in western CO so it isn't out of place. The house has vinyl siding so it is a very low maintenance item. We have also put in two RV sites with hookups for RV friends that visi
Clay L 04/26/16 01:35pm Full-time RVing
RE: Flojet Question

I trenched and buried a 1 1/4 inch 130 feet long pvc pipe with a male hose fitting on each end. I ran the pipe to green valve box on each end and use two short 3/4 inch hoses - one to connect to the macerator and the other to the sewer clean out. After flushing for about 5 minutes with fresh water per the macerator instructions I store the 3/4 inch hoses in a plastic tub.
Clay L 04/24/16 10:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Kwikee step problem.

This is some info I have collected over the years from various threads for Kwikee steps. Maybe there is some info that will help. Trouble shooting chart HERE There is a trouble shooting guide HERE If you need sources for motors or parts check the following: Motor PARTS 1 PARTS 2 PARTS 3
Clay L 04/23/16 03:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Knee Issues

I guess I misread in your post that you had to use a cane or walker BEFORE the surgery....like you had to practice with it.:) I think you meant that AFTER the surgery you had to use a cane or walker. This is understandable and I think everyone would have to at first. Medicare doesn't trust the doctors judgement/diagnosis about your need for a replacement. They figure if you are using a cane or walker then you must really need the operation. Typical bureaucratic nonsense.
Clay L 04/17/16 10:30am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Onan Geneator

Have you checked the generator start switch for error codes? A code can help sometimes.
Clay L 04/16/16 11:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Health Insurance Information?

We used this agent - Dougherty & Associates. 3704 S Westport Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106. (605) 361-6318 - when we full timed. They work with a lot of full timers and can get quotes from several companies. How long ago was that? South Dakota doesn't have any health plans that have a nationwide network, so for this agent to find one would take a miracle. It has been a while and I know obama care has screwed SD up but I thought he would still be able to either find something if it exists now or let them know SD is not the best choice for them at this point. Maybe the OP will come back and let us know what they told him.
Clay L 04/16/16 09:33am Full-time RVing
RE: Knee Issues

When I had a hip replacement they checked (x-rayed) my knees and told Note that Medicare now requires you to be using a cane or walker before they will pay for the operation. This is not true. My better half had a replacement a month ago and Medicare covered it. I didn't say they wouldn't cover it - I said they now require you to be using a cane or walker before they will cover it. That is according to my surgeon who only does hip and knee replacements and should know what he is talking about.
Clay L 04/16/16 09:27am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Knee Issues

When I had a hip replacement they checked (x-rayed) my knees and told me I would probably need a left knee replacement in the future. Four years later the joint was bone on bone and was replaced last September. I can kneel and crawl and the degrees of rotation are the same in both knees. Many people won't be able to kneel or crawl - I am one of the lucky ones. Doing a lot of kneeling is more comfortable with a Folding-Garden-Kneeler Before the operation I learned a lot of coping skills. Go up one step at a time starting with the bad leg first. Use the good leg to push up one step then lift the bad leg up to the same step then repeat. Going down steps the good leg goes first - still one step for both feet. Also used to lift myself up from a sitting position with my arms. The last six months or so before the surgery I used a cane. Note that Medicare now requires you to be using a cane or walker before they will pay for the operation.
Clay L 04/15/16 02:51pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Health Insurance Information?

We used this agent - Dougherty & Associates. 3704 S Westport Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106. (605) 361-6318 - when we full timed. They work with a lot of full timers and can get quotes from several companies.
Clay L 04/14/16 01:32pm Full-time RVing
RE: Small; vacuum cleaner ?

We have tried three different vacs including a Eureka Whirlwind and a Shark (don't remember the model) - I don't remember what the other one was. None of them worked very well in our opinion. A few years ago I took the Eureka into a vacuum sales and repair shop and told him I wanted something a lot better and still small since it was for a motor home. He tested the suction and the airflow on the Eureka (said the airflow is more important than the suction) and came up with a Super Fastvac 500 Vacuum made by Schneider Industries in California. It has 85 inches of water lift and 115 cubic feet of airflow. That was over twice what the Eureka had and over three times what the Shark had. It's pricey - list is $170 (I paid about $130) but it does a heck of a job. I also bought a vacuum powered carpet brush head that cost another $38 and unlike the one that came with the Shark, it is hard to slow down. It's small: Weight = 4.5 pounds, Dimensions =7”x12.5”x4.5” but powerful and comes with the usual attachments plus attachments for cleaning computer keyboards and the like. Those work great on the motor home dash. Vacuum shops carry them but I haven't seen them at the mass merchandisers like Target or Walmart. I have seen it at Amazon and other places for as little as $80. The web site is HERE if you are interested.
Clay L 04/13/16 09:37am RV Lifestyle
RE: hard water

I have the FloPur Mark 8000. Cost is $220 and includes shipping if bought from the site above. Regeneration is done with a box of common table salt. It is similar to others like the "On-The-Go" water softener which is the one Camping World sells I believe. Both are 8000 grain units which means they will last longer than those with smaller numbers without requiring regeneration. The 10,000 grain units will last even longer before needing regeneration. Some folks use "Water Sticks" but the biggest one of those I have seen is only 1500 grains. In AZ where we spent most of the winter the water hardness is about 50 grains per gallon. That means that an 8000 grain unit will soften about 160 gallons before needing to be regenerated. Since we use about 13 gallons of water per day we had to regenerate every 12 days or so.
Clay L 04/12/16 02:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rear View Camera

My cat used to unplug the connector on the back of the monitor from time to time. There was also an unused second camera switch on the monitor that somehow got moved to the nonexistent camera position once.
Clay L 04/12/16 02:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Tenders

The BatteryMinder mentioned above will handle up to 4 batteries at once connected in parallel. The float voltage it provides is 13.2 v. I used the same one on my motor homes for 12 full timing years and it did a great job. When we inherited a 3000 tree commercial orchard in CO, I bought one for the farm equipment stored for the winter. Did a great job there also.
Clay L 03/29/16 03:06pm Tech Issues
RE: New coach, old (charging) question....

Here is a drawing I made of the battery disconnect circuit for my 2004 Winnebago.They have used to same set up for many years except for the Ultimate Advantage in the early 2001 time frame. It may help give you an idea of how it works and what to check. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Batterydisconnectschematic.jpg
Clay L 03/29/16 02:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What cars can be towed flat down?

I think 2004 or 2005 is the last year the Accord can be towed 4 down. You do have to follow the procedure below sent to me by Honda though. "02/22/02 (all models except CR-V) Dear customer: Regarding your inquiry on towing your Honda or Acura automobile behind a motorhome: For your vehicle, the Owner's Manual advises against towing at more than 35 m.p.h or for more than 50 miles. However, this recommendation exists primarily because Honda has not conducted formal tests at higher speeds and for greater distances. We are not aware of any particular problems being caused by motorhome towing of Honda/Acura automobiles with either manual or automatic transmission, so long as proper pre-towing preparations are made and the vehicle is towed at legal highway speeds. Manual Transmission When preparing to tow your vehicle, make sure the transmission is full of fluid. Do not overfill. • Release the parking brake. • Shift the transmission to Neutral. • Turn the ignition key to the ACCESSORY (1) position to release the steering wheel lock. Make sure that the radio and all accessories are turned off. Automatic Transmission When preparing to tow your vehicle, make sure the transmission fluid level is full. Do not overfill. If Honda/Acura automobile with an automatic transmission is towed with the front or all four wheels on the ground, you must do the following every day immediately before towing: • Start the engine. • Press on the brake pedal. Shift the lever through all the positions (P,R,N,D,2,1). • Shift to D, then to N. Let the engine run for at least three minutes, then turn off engine. • Release the parking brake. • Leave the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (1) so the steering wheel does not lock. Make sure the radio and any items plugged into the accessory power sockets are turned off so you do not run down the battery. If you travel more than 8 hours in one day (including stopping time), you must stop and repeat the above procedures. NOTICE: The steering system can be damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Always leave the key in the ACCESSORY (1) position to prevent damage to the steering system when towing behind another vehicle. CAUTION: Severe automatic transmission damage will occur if the car is shifted from reverse to neutral and then towed with the drive wheels on the ground. NOTICE: Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shift the transmission or start the engine, your vehicle must be on a flat bed truck or trailer. If you tow a Honda/Acura vehicle with automatic transmission, the fluid must be changed every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. Although experience has shown that the Honda/Acura transmission and powertrain are capable of being "motor home towed", America Honda does not assume responsibility for any vehicle damage or liabilities incurred due to the towing device, towing vehicle, lighting hookup, or other towing equipment or towing procedures; any responsibility for these items is assumed by the owner/operator. If you have additional questions, please call American Honda Motor Co. Inc. (National Consumer Affairs) at 800-999-1009."
Clay L 03/29/16 02:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pulled the trigger on the Full time Life

We spent all or part of the winter for 9 years near Quartzsite in the Coyote Ridge RV park in Bouse AZ. About 25 miles or so from Q. Close enough to go over for lunch or dinner or visiting the vendors but out of the hustle and bustle. $160 per month for full hookup with metered electricity extra - cost us about $50 per month with no AC used. About 25 miles from Parker which has supermarkets (Safeway, Walmart, and some smaller ones) drugstores, and a good hospital. If you call for a reservation ask for the middle row. Coyote Ridge RV park Bouse AZ 85325 27510 HWY 72 Their phone number is 928 851 1061
Clay L 03/24/16 10:58am Full-time RVing
RE: AWNINGS

I (and a lot of other folks) use a home made one that works very well. Instructions here
Clay L 03/23/16 02:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Georgia as domicile?

You might also want to consider how GA treats voter registration, jury duty,the address on your drivers license and vehicle registration for people with no real street address except the mail forwarding service street address.The three most popular full timer domicile states - SD,FL, and TX will allow it and they exempt full timers from jury duty or only request that you serve when you are in the county for a while. Most/many states will not.
Clay L 03/20/16 01:46pm Full-time RVing
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