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RE: Autostop vs Ready Brute vs something else

I haven't found any disadvantages to using our ReadyBrute Elite tow bar/brake system. The 8,000 lb rated all-terrain aluminum tow bar is easy to hook up to our Blue Ox base plate, and the brake hookup is quite literally a "snap". Once the initial braking setup adjustments were made a couple of years ago, I've not had to re-adjust anything. It just works...
Dutch_12078 01/20/17 06:38pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Advise on Satellite choice

One advantage for part-time RV'ers that Dish has over DTV is the "Flex" account, where you pay month to month with no contract. If you don't want the service for the next month, just don't pay the bill. Ready to go again? Give Dish a call and turn it back on again. Also, with some Dish antennas, you have the choice of using either the western or eastern arc satellites, giving you more aiming opportunities on treed sites.
Dutch_12078 01/20/17 06:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Trucker WE Boost

I'll very much add my "X2" vote to YC 1's for the Maximum Signal Max Amp RV! We used a WeBoost Drive 4G-M prior to getting our Max Amp, and the Max Amp has consistently given us better, stronger signals in areas where the WeBoost gave us little or nothing. And as said, our Max Amp gives us end to end coverage in our coach, where the WeBoost kept us within a few feet of the inside antenna. With multiple devices and two people using them, that end to end coverage is a major plus for us. And the customer service/tech support at Maximum Signal is nothing but top shelf! I should add for 5'ver/TT use, Maximum Signal does have a package that supplies the antenna setup for both the truck and trailer, making it easy to move the Max Amp back and forth for use while under way.
Dutch_12078 01/20/17 06:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Route 3 in New York

3 is doable, but 11 is a better choice in my opinion. I've driven both in our motorhome... I'll just add that if you have a little extra time, the run further north along the Seaway is a nice scenic ride.
Dutch_12078 01/19/17 07:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: 48 inch wide rolls of Eternabond tape?

Re-roofing with wide Eternabond would be doable, but it would cost more than a conventional EPDM DIY re-roof kit. The labor would likely be similar anyway.
Dutch_12078 01/19/17 06:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Plumbing-Freshwater

If reseating the check valve doesn't work, the quick fix is to pickup an in-line hose shut off valve at Walmart or a hardware store and screw it into the city water connection. A screw in hose plug will also work. The permanent fix of course, would be to replace the city water port. They're not expensive, and replacement is a relatively easy DIY job.
Dutch_12078 01/19/17 06:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Guitar playing

So I'm just starting my RVing life. Wife & I just want to see the sites in America. I enjoy playing around on my guitar. Not that I'm good. I just enjoy it. I'm hoping that while we're out, if I just drag my guitar out & start playing it will lead to something. Am I overly optimistic, naive??? What should I expect? How could i make this work? Honestly. at least in the South. If your guitar is acoustic, You will draw a crowd. Every where we have been, when a guitar come out the migration to that campfire begins. One special night stands out. While camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Linville Falls. I grabbed my Dulcimer started to our friends site, and saw another camper inside with their Guitar. Hollered at them and we sat, played, and sang for hours. He was much better than me, but it didn't seem to matter. We played until we noticed the Ranger standing there. We offered to stop, and he said no go ahead. The whole CG is here anyway. It was a magical night. nothing planned, no fussin, just playing what the crowd ask for. Him more than me. Thing is. The best times just happen, you can't plan them. So take the Guitar, play softly, and folks will join you. And yes. Some will be really good. and yes, You will get better. Did Dutch_12078 show up? I very well might have. I've sat in on many ad-hoc sessions over the years. Including some that likely annoyed some of the neighbors...
Dutch_12078 01/19/17 11:28am RV Lifestyle
RE: Cell phone signal booster advice needed

I know this is an old thread, but to bring it up to date, Jack Mayer, a 16 year veteran fulltimer well known for his extensive experience and knowledge of RV'er communications needs posted his current experience using a Maximum Signal Max Amp booster on the Escapees Forum: Posted Today, 08:05 AM User Experience. Consider this somewhat anecdotal. I'm currently in SE KS out in the "hinterlands". Without assistance there is only 3G data here, and the phone barely works. That is a good phone (Note 5). Lesser phones do not work at all. I set up the Mobile amp as a "house" amp (I'm staying in a house). The 13" mag mount antenna in a window on the "tower side" (on a pizza plate). The Super maxx is on top of the kitchen refrigerator at the front edge. That gives me an average of 18 dbi of gain. It takes data speeds from 2 kbps (note the K) on 3G to an average of 3.8 MBPS. That is not screaming, but the tower is deficient to start with, since speeds near it are only around 5-6 MBPS. Why do I only see so little gain? The way these amps work, after hundreds of tests, is that the gain bounces. It will crank the gain up, and then adjust it down until the connection is solid. Or at least that seems to be the way it works, empirically. The weBoost -M with its provided antennas averages speeds of 1.85 MBPS. So I'd say the the Maxamp handily outperforms the weBoost in THIS set of circumstances, which I would call "challenging". To be fair, I have seen the weBoost outperform the Max in other circumstances. Mostly when it is closer to the towers. Id say the Max performs best when really challenged. Jack & Danielle Mayer #60376 Lifetime Member Living on the road since 2000 http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=119238&p=880243 In a follow-up post, Jack mentions that he is 10 miles from the nearest tower.
Dutch_12078 01/18/17 04:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Guitar playing

If your music can be heard beyond the limits of your own site, at least some of your neighbors will be annoyed. It doesn't matter how good you are. The same holds for outside radio or TV speakers.
Dutch_12078 01/17/17 07:29pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Walmart vs Cracker Barrel for overnight stops off I 95

why not support the campgrounds,safe and all services.I'm being polite I have no problem with that WHEN there's a park where we need it to be at a price that makes sense for the time we need it. But when there isn't...
Dutch_12078 01/17/17 11:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Okay, ready to consider a toad

Both my wife and I have no problems hooking up our toad unaided. Having a second person help does save a minute or so, but that's about all.
Dutch_12078 01/17/17 11:21am Beginning RVing
RE: Okay, ready to consider a toad

I'll add my vote for the NSA ReadyBrute Elite combined 8,000 lb all terrain tow bar and braking system. Works great and it's literally a "snap" to hook up the braking system when getting underway.
Dutch_12078 01/17/17 05:56am Beginning RVing
RE: Flat tow newbie question

I agree on removing the full width flap. Still, we found the Protect-A-Tow gives us very good protection given that we travel on dirt and gravel roads fairly often. It only takes a minute to hook up or unhook.
Dutch_12078 01/16/17 02:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 35 Foot Max?

The length of the site is not always the determining factor behind the limits. The photo below shows a site at Manatee Springs State Park in Florida with a 35' foot max limit with our 34' coach parked on it, obviously with plenty of room left. The catch is that even at 34', it was pretty tight rounding the turns in the dirt access road and bending the rig around to back into the site with out taking down any trees on the other side. That's the part that doesn't show up in those nice site photos on ReserveAmerica. ;) http://i.imgur.com/Efr5ISCl.jpg width=500
Dutch_12078 01/16/17 02:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ringling Bros. Circus Closing after 146 years

Re the animals: I've read comments from folks on Facebook about "setting them freeeee". The truth is that those animals are just about as domesticated as our pets. They CAN'T be set free - they will seek out humans, which could end badly. I've heard that the elephants (and probably other grazing species) will be sent to a farm/refuge - but what do you do with a bunch of lions and tigers? The zoos don't want them - I'm afraid many will be euthanized simply because there's nowhere else to put them? There are a number of big cat sanctuaries in the US that are likely to easily absorb the relatively few cats from the show. I doubt any will be put down except in the unlikely event any are found to be deathly ill. www.tigersinamerica.org/sanctuary.htm
Dutch_12078 01/16/17 01:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Okay, discuss.

The waviness in the aluminum suggests it's pretty thin. A close up of the surface suggests it's a simple circular pattern finish, not diamond plate. The framing and interior finish could still add a lot of weight, but it may not be as bad as it looks.
Dutch_12078 01/16/17 10:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Free towing for 5 years on new Ford Class A chassis

If Ford hasn't changed their contract recently, the towing coverage is provided by Coach-Net.
Dutch_12078 01/16/17 10:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Walmart vs Cracker Barrel for overnight stops off I 95

I've seen a few RV's in the Walmart parking lot in Kingsland/St Mary's, GA (I-95 Exit 3) from time to time. I don't know if they stayed overnight though.
Dutch_12078 01/15/17 04:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drones

Lots of people doing it. Just be sure that you have the required FAA permit, and an AMA membership would be a good idea also. And be sure to get a copy of the safety rules published by the AMA,. and endorsed by FAA. Be aware also that flying one inside a National Park may be legally questionable also. Penalities can range from loss of the drone, and up to $5000. And it's not just National Parks that prohibit them. Some state parks do as well... Alerts for Florida State Parks...
Dutch_12078 01/15/17 04:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: Around the Campfire - litterally!

We were taught to make self-feeding fires similar those shown back in the 60's when I was in cold weather survival school. We used the wood only method of course, and why we wanted it to continuously burn should be self evident in those circumstances.
Dutch_12078 01/14/17 07:06pm RV Lifestyle
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