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RE: Coming back off the road

When we started full timing we knew that at some point we would have to or would want to leave the road. We also knew we would not want to live in a rental or an apartment. We put the money from the sale of the house away to draw interest. After 11 years of full timing the time came when it was time to leave the road. We had all of our stuff in storage in NH moved to the house we bought in CO. The 4 bedroom house sits on 3/4 of an acre and has a detached 20 X 30 metal shop building and an attached two car heated garage. There is some grass in front and on the side but most of it including the back yard is xeriscaped (desert landscaped) and requires very little maintenance. The house has vinyl siding - also very low maintenance. I did have to get a lawnmower for the small amount of grass we have. His name is Salvador and he charges $10 per week to mow and trim during the summer months. We have two RV sites in the side yard. Why four bedrooms? One large bedroom for us, a guest bedroom for kids or friends when they visit, an office and a hobby room for my wife. We have a robot vacuum cleaner and a robot mopper. There is a great medical community here and the house has wide doors so if needed a wheel chair will fit through them. No stairs. Just took the motor home to a local dealer this morning. For ten percent he will sell it and handle the loan process. This is what worked for us.
Clay L 06/26/15 03:20pm Full-time RVing
RE: Running with air

We often ran the generator and house AC when driving.
Clay L 06/25/15 09:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is that gray putty behind exterior fixtures?

There are two types of grayish putty tape. One is butyl and the other is not butyl. The butyl tape is sort of stretchy and the other is not. The non butyl tape may be called mastic tape but I am not sure about that.
Clay L 06/24/15 10:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Water regulator question. 35 or 45 or max PSI?

The plumbing and fixtures in most RVs is good to about 85 psi. I have my motor home regulator set to 65 psi and have spent an entire summer in a campground where the unregulated pressure was 135 psi, so the output was always 65 psi. Nothing blew. Our town psi is about 140 psi and the house Watts regulator is set at 65 psi.
Clay L 06/23/15 10:12am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Shorting out

My 1995 P30 chassis had an OBD I (not II) under the dash just to the left of the steering column. There are still some scanners out there that will read OBD I - some will read I and II.
Clay L 06/22/15 09:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: window sealant

Butyl Tape is what is used by many(most?) manufacturers. It will squeeze out slightly but it does the job. Unless the surface is really uneven I would think that 1/8 inch thick would work fine.
Clay L 06/19/15 01:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Warranty on Private Sale

She might be able to buy a service policy (what is often called a "Warranty" is actually a service insurance policy) but while some people have come out ahead on one, they have so many loopholes and conditions that most people don't get their moneys worth.
Clay L 06/18/15 11:09am Beginning RVing
RE: '03 Winnebago Adventurer questions

Clay L, is the anti sway bar a square tube? I don't see a conventional round shaft but a square tube near the end of both the front and rear of the front leaf springs that goes from one side to the other. I have to assume that is the anti sway bar/stabilizer. Yes it is the square tube.
Clay L 06/17/15 10:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: '03 Winnebago Adventurer questions

As a side issue: Please note that the 2003 chassis (W20 and W22) had a 2 inch front stabilizer shaft. Often called an anti sway bar. In September of 2003 WH changed to a 2.5 inch bar. If your chassis has the 2 inch bar I would strongly recommend that you have the 2.5 inch bar installed. I did and it made a huge improvement in roll or side to side sway. This is from an email I got from WH in 2005: "The part number for the Front Stabilizer Bar with Brackets is: W0005643. This bar was found to have an advantage over the original 2" bar, and was put into regular production on 9/2/2003. The installation is very straightforward. Remove 4 retaining nuts while supporting bar, remove bar, hold new bar in position, reinstall 4 retaining nuts, and torque to specification. This procedure is NOT meant to replace the service manual, but is a generalized procedure. The upgraded stabilizer bar has been shown to provide the following benefits: 1. Reduced Body Roll when cornering. 2. Reduced "rocking" when passed by or passing large vehicles. 3. Reduced "rocking" when traversing bumps on an angle." The installation procedure is below- I did not raise the coach, just crawled under it: Stabilizer Shaft Replacement (Front) (W20/W22) Removal Procedure 1. Raise the vehicle on a hoist 2. Remove the nuts and washers from the stabilizer shaft clamp and the right front leaf spring. 3. Remove the nuts and washers from the stabilizer shaft clamp and the left front leaf spring, and remove the stabilizer shaft from the vehicle. 4. Remove the clamps from the stabilizer shaft. 5. Remove the insulators from the stabilizer shaft. Installation Procedure 1. Install the insulators to the stabilizer shaft. 2. Install the clamps to the stabilizer shaft. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Cautions and Notices in the WCC Service Manual. 3. Install the washers and nuts to the stabilizer shaft clamp and the left front leaf spring. 4. Install the washers and nuts to the stabilizer shaft clamp and the right front leaf spring. Tighten the stabilizer shaft clamp nuts to 373 N·m (275 lb ft). 5. Lower the vehicle.
Clay L 06/15/15 03:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adding G-mail Accounts to Windows Live Mail

I gave up on Live Mail and went with Thunderbird. No more problems. Same here. I have Thunderbird pick up my Live mail, CompuServe mail and my wife's yahoo mail. I did have to upgrade her yahoo a level ($10 per year maybe?) to get POP access to it for her.
Clay L 06/14/15 02:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Full Timing it? - 3 Kids, 2 Adults and a Chihuahuah

On the W20 and W22 the air filter is in front of the passenger side front tire. As I recall the sensor (MAF ?) on the filter housing cover needs to removed to make it easier to remove the cover. My 8.1 L has burned about a quart of oil in about 1500 miles since day one. I switched to Mobil One about 15,000 miles ago. Some people claim that will reduce the oil used but it didn't on mine.
Clay L 06/12/15 09:02am Full-time RVing
RE: Securing a new TV

You can see pictures of my 32 inch TV installation HERE. I made two sides, top, back and bottom out of 3/4 inch plywood. Probably overkill but I wanted 3/4 inches on the right side where I installed the articulating arm for strength and I just wanted to buy one sheet of plywood. The arm is held with two 1/4 inch bolts with fender washers under the nuts. The top one goes through the steel framework Winnebago uses around the cabinet. I put the back piece of plywood in last so it could be easily removed to have access to the area behind the cabinet to run wires to the electronics in the cabinets on each side. Before installing the plywood pieces I covered them with laminate flooring left over from my flooring project. I had to trim about 1/4 inch off the cabinet doors on each side of the TV. A little Light Oak stain and some polyurethane varnish and you can't tell they were trimmed. A couple of the pictures show what I used for the travel hold downs. I put some weather stripping on the back to protect the TV face. You can watch the TV fine with the hold downs in place so I don't remove them until we are stopped for a while and want access to the storage area.
Clay L 06/10/15 03:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Remove/close Satellite mount

I suspect it is from Winegard and was used for Direct TV. When mine was removed so a Winegard Traveler automatic dish could be installed it covered the holes in the roof but there were holes in the ceiling where the elevation display and cranking/turning mechanism was. I used some 3 or maybe 4 inch diameter round protectors used to protect a wall from a door knob. The adhesive didn't hold well on the fuzzy ceiling so I used hot melt glue and that worked great. The protectors were unobtrusive and most people didn't even notice they were there.
Clay L 06/10/15 03:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Water pump runs

On mine it was the pump check valve mentioned above and once one of the outside shower valves was on and the head was off. The trickle activated the pump every so often - much more often than the check valve.
Clay L 06/03/15 11:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fulltiming with a CPAP

That will depend on the average pressure and whether or not you use a humidifier. My Respironics System One 60 Series uses about 2.5 amps on 12.6 volts dc. I do use a humidifier and my pressure is 11.5 cmH2O.
Clay L 06/01/15 10:50am Full-time RVing
RE: Attwood mixing valve

One other thing to check is that the external shower valves are closed along with the wand valve. If the faucets are open you can get a cold water cross feed that yields some strange symptoms - often similar to what you described.
Clay L 05/28/15 02:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Support for larger TV

Winnebago uses 1/8 Luan sandwiched with polystyrene foam then more Luan then fiberglass - maybe 1/16 thick fiberglass sheet. It is laminated together under pressure with huge rollers - whole wall at one time. Where they mount cabinets and other items they enclose steel or aluminum plates in the wall so the screws have something to screw into. The plates hold the weight. There are aluminum rails top and bottom along with aluminum wall studs. You might be able to screw a big backing board to the top and bottom rails and any studs in the area to get the strength needed to support the TV.
Clay L 05/28/15 02:48pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: State of residence for full timers

SD has made it easy for full timers to meet the new requirements and get drivers licenses,register vehicles, and register to vote. See HERE for info from the mail forwarding service we used. You can call them with questions also. We used them for 8 or 9 years and had excellent service. There are other good ones in SD also. The last time I got a passport I was full timing and domiciled in SD. At that time you wrote your address in your passport in pencil so it could be changed easily if you moved. Don't know about now.
Clay L 05/28/15 02:37pm Full-time RVing
RE: Best leveling pads under jacks of 18k lb. class A?

I don't know what they cost but I used heavy duty plastic pads that truckers use under their trailer landing gear when they drop the trailer on pavement. A friend gave them to me. Easy to store and lighter than wood.
Clay L 05/28/15 12:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Satellite TV

If it is the Winegard manual crank up dish it will work with Dish or Direct TV. Before I had a Winegard Traveler automatic SK3005 dish installed I used a manual crank up for about seven years. It usually took me less than five minutes from crank up to having it set up. I entered the zip code via the receiver menu to get the azimuth and elevation and moved the dish to the settings. To use the dish you will need a subscription to Dish or Direct and a satellite receiver. The only reason I got the SK3005 was because I replaced the old TV with a 32 inch flat screen LCD unit and wanted High Definition. For a few years I carried an external dish and tripod to use when trees blocked the roof top dish, but after we began to spend almost all of our time in the west where there weren't so many trees I stopped taking it because I used it so rarely.
Clay L 05/26/15 02:52pm Technology Corner
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