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RE: Jan-Feb-Mar in Orlando Fl area..Recommendations?

We booked all of our longer term sites in Florida for this winter before we left last winter, and had to go on a couple of waiting lists even then. I would start checking daily now, and hope for a cancellation someplace that will fit your needs.
Dutch_12078 09/28/16 06:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Coachnet vs Good Sam roadside assist

Good Sam also uses Allstate as its ERS call center provider currently. Coach-Net has its own call center.
Dutch_12078 09/28/16 04:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Charlotte, N.Carolina thru or around?

We always take the 485 bypass to avoid any traffic issues now. The few extra miles are usually more than made by the time savings.
Dutch_12078 09/27/16 04:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: AT&T/Direct TV to discontinue satellite use

I wonder if the announcement will provide some impetus for Dish to enhance its satellite programming to attract the many DTV subscribers that will be disenfranchised due to a lack of adequate high speed Internet. The little community near our former mountain top home in upstate NY was one such place when we lived there at least. No cell service, no cable service, no DSL service, just slow dial-up or limited satellite Internet. That may have changed since we left, although the coverage maps all still show no cell service there.
Dutch_12078 09/27/16 04:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water Heater Drain Valves..are they worth it?

Don't put anything but a nylon plug in a Atwood water heater. Dissimilar metals will freeze in the aluminum tank fitting. CPVC plugs from the hardware store work well too. About 50 cents each... YES they (CPVC) plugs will fit..same 1/2" NPT size except for one real important item.........HEAT CPVC is NOT rated for the temperatures that can be reached in an RV water heater. CPVC temp rated only up to 200*F MAX------ Nylon temp rated up over 400*F safely Water heater T&P Relief Valves OPEN at 210*F That is one reason Atwood uses the NYLON plug......temp rating If the heater is operating properly, a CPVC plug will last indefinitely. Or at least plenty long enough to order a nylon replacement. And they're much easier to find when you need one right now... :W
Dutch_12078 09/27/16 03:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: Time for new satellite antenna?

A good choice, Glenn. I think the X2 will serve you well as long as you stay with the 211/Wally series receivers.
Dutch_12078 09/26/16 03:35pm Technology Corner
RE: 1/2" pex is not 1/2"?

1/2" PEX pipe is 1/2" CTS (Copper Tube Size), the same OD as 1/2" copper tubing. PEX push-on fittings are usually marked that way.
Dutch_12078 09/26/16 12:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hot Water Heater only puts out warm water

Yep, the two most common warm water complaint causes seem to be shower valves left on and improperly set bypass valves. A failing thermostat is probably a distant third cause.
Dutch_12078 09/26/16 05:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: DirecTV self powered setup meter recommendations?

I have always found the Receiver's antenna set up page to be better than any meter.. Just use a portable TV (color) in the 5-10 inch range next to the tripod. That would not be fun to do when I have 150'-200' of coax stretched out to reach a clear sat view. Even setting it up with just 50' run would be a PITA compared to just hooking up a meter. It rarely takes me more than 15 minutes to do a complete setup and aiming with my current meter, however the LCD display is failing, so it's time to look for a replacement, preferably in the same sub-$130 price range the OP is looking for.
Dutch_12078 09/25/16 06:32pm Technology Corner
RE: Additional handrail

Our previous coach had a hinged panel that covered the stairwell while underway. When raised and latched, it created a short wall on the right side of the stairs. I found a wooden handrail online that was a close match to the factory on on the left and installed it on the panel on the right. With the panel down it was out of sight, and when it was up the handrail was quite stable. How was the panel fastened (held up securely) when in the upright position? Sorry for the delay in getting back to this... The panel latched upright with brass barrel latch. A smaller version of the kind often used on gates or shed doors.
Dutch_12078 09/25/16 06:08pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Water Heater Drain Valves..are they worth it?

Don't put anything but a nylon plug in a Atwood water heater. Dissimilar metals will freeze in the aluminum tank fitting. CPVC plugs from the hardware store work well too. About 50 cents each...
Dutch_12078 09/25/16 06:04pm Beginning RVing
RE: Water Heater Drain Valves..are they worth it?

The higher flow that comes with removing the drain plug also does a better job of flushing out mineral deposits, etc., than using a drain valve. Unless you need to drain the heater tank frequently, I would stick with removing the drain plug.
Dutch_12078 09/25/16 06:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Toad brakes

With that system your toad brakes will be braking even though you do not need it's help. Smelling the brakes means they are getting HOT not warm. Front brakes do 60 percent of the braking so they will be hotter. The ReadyBrake system has a preload spring that's designed to prevent inadvertent brake action with mild coach braking when the cable is properly adjusted. Even down shifting our coach only occasionally triggers a brief blink of the dash LED indicating the brake pedal has been pulled just enough to trip the brake lights momentarily.
Dutch_12078 09/25/16 05:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: DirecTV self powered setup meter recommendations?

I'm currently looking at a "Sathero SH-200HD" self-powered sat meter as a step up from the meter I'm currently using that doesn't ID the Dish eastern arc sats correctly. I don't know how well it works for the DTV sats, but at $130 it might be worth looking into.
Dutch_12078 09/25/16 06:59am Technology Corner
RE: Toad brakes

Our TPMS always shows the front toad tires running a few degrees hotter than the rear, likely just from the heavier weight in the front. When actually driving the toad, the fronts run even a little hotter. Nothing to be concerned about. Was your ReadyBrake indicator LED on the coach dash on coming down those grades? That would indicate that the cable needs to be a tad looser as suggested. I added a turnbuckle to my brake cable for easy adjustment.
Dutch_12078 09/25/16 06:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasoline supply in south?

No problems around Knoxville, TN. Prices have pretty much remained stable here.
Dutch_12078 09/24/16 07:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Poll

It depends on where we are... In most campgrounds the shades go down at dark. In very private boondocking spots, we usually don't bother.
Dutch_12078 09/24/16 06:23pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Total undercarriage

Thank you for the response Wolfe10. Not to be argumentative but are there not lines or wires that go from front to back that are under the carriage that may need maintenance in case of failure or parts that need to be greased? On most Class A gassers, I just slide underneath and do what needs doing. On DP's, I either extend the jacks if equipped, or use floor jacks, to lift where needed before blocking it up and then crawling under. Basically not much different than working under a car, just a lot more weight to make certain is safely supported.
Dutch_12078 09/24/16 05:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas at flying J RV lanes?

The "myPilot" app installed on my smartphone shows the number of RV lanes at those locations that have them. It also shows if a location has designated RV parking spaces, along with the current fuel prices, etc.
Dutch_12078 09/23/16 07:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Winnebago cuts another corner

Additional cooling fans may help the fridge work more efficiently, but they won't help with the underlying cause of the fires. The ARP unit is a good safety choice though.
Dutch_12078 09/23/16 03:03pm General RVing Issues
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