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RE: Mother in laws

Some years back, we took my wife's by then frail mother with us on several trips, as well as her terminally ill sister on other trips. We all had a good time every trip and got along well. As for privacy issues, since both women required assistance at times with their personal needs, we all decided early on that there wasn't any point in being overly prudish. We just did what needed doing...
Dutch_12078 07/30/16 12:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good Black flush "trick" or bad idea?

As long as you put an extra bowlful or two down the toilet each time it's used, it's really unlikely that you will have a problem with significant build-up of waste in the tank. It's a 'black tank', not a fish tank. When you get your septic tank pumped does the guy climb in and make sure it's spotless? So many seem to want to have a clean tank. Why? It's often just a matter of making sure the tank gets rinsed well enough that the level sensors work properly.
Dutch_12078 07/28/16 07:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mounted LP Tanks

The refiller is supposed to give an ASME tank a visual inspection and refuse to fill it if there's obvious damage or severe rust pitting. Rarely happens though...
Dutch_12078 07/28/16 07:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: KING OA8201 Jack HDTV Over-the-Air Antenna

Does it work? Debatable. Is it the best? Absolutely not. Dodge Guy and I (along with most others on this forum) will never agree on this. The truth is that the Winegard Batwing is by far a better antenna than the Jack. It is significantly better on UHF and head and shoulders better than the Jack on VHF that it's not even designed for, and that's going to be an important issue in the next few years as TV stations start moving back onto the VHF band. Like I told him more than once: if a Jack out performs a Batwing, then the Batwing is broken, and unfortunately that's a true statement more than it should be. If you are interested in the testing I did on this, that even Winegard has used on their website, let me know and I'll find it when not on an iPhone. No problem with me! but then there are far too many broken Batwings out there. many, many of us have replaced the Batwing and are very happy with how the Jack performs! there are way too many positive before and after`s with the Batwing to Jack to say that all of them must be broken! my tests are real world! 1 or 2 weak stations before and 10-12 strong after! and I`m not the only one. Sorry! I suspect very few people with a good working batwing go out and buy a Jack. Why would they? It'll be interesting to see how many Jack complaints we start seeing as many TV stations move back to VHF where the Jack performance is quite poor.
Dutch_12078 07/28/16 10:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Reserve America policies

Here in New Jersey, reserve America hits you with a cancelation fee of two full nights cost, so typically $40-50 cancelation fee. This results in most weekend campers not canceling, because there is no financial incentive to. I've spent many weekends here where park is 100 percent booked, but 20 percent of sites vacant, but tagged with a name. Reserve America doesn't "hit you" with any cancellation fee. New Jersey decides what the fee structure charged to the customers will be. RA has a set fee structure they charge the states or private parks that varies depending on which services they contract for. Whether those fees get absorbed into the site pricing or separately charged to the customers is the state or parks decision. There used to be no reservation fee for Florida state park reservations for instance, until a couple of years ago when they started adding on a $6.70 fee. RA didn't decide that, the state of Florida did. RA's per reservation charge to the state didn't change.
Dutch_12078 07/28/16 10:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready Brake Install Failure = 2K in Costs and Counting!

I don't understand how the breakaway cable could break the brake pedal. The cable is supposed to have a link installed that breaks loose with just a few hundred pounds of force if the vehicle breaks loose. I can understand the breakaway cable getting caught on something and applying the brakes enough to fry them, but not physically breaking the pedal. If the metal link on the breakaway cable that is designed to break loose with just a few hundred pounds of force was not used properly in the connection, I can definitely see how this would happen. Just hate that this had to be such an expensive lesson for Squealer. Lesson to be learned: Even when you have something installed and set up professionally, you still need to understand how a system works, and make sure you are hooking it up correctly and that the installer did their job right. Will Good point, I'm just stunned that the installer could be that incompetent. I would definitely be going after them for some sort of redress.
Dutch_12078 07/28/16 10:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is there a minimum amount one can finance an RV?

If the minimum is $8K, finance that much and pay it down to your $6K target quickly.
Dutch_12078 07/28/16 10:27am Beginning RVing
RE: Florida Camping: Where are your spots in the Sunshine State?

Alafia River State Park has some decent hiking trails, as does Myakka River SP. Up north, the Stephen Foster Folk Center has some cool trails, including a fairly long trail along the Suwannee River. All have electric and water, and Myakka has full hookups in the Palmetto Ridge section. Further south, we like the Midway Campground on the Tamiami Trail in the Big Cypress National Preserve section of the Everglades. Sites are electric only, but there's water available near the dump station. There's some pretty good hiking trails nearby.
Dutch_12078 07/27/16 06:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: KING OA8201 Jack HDTV Over-the-Air Antenna

If you are interested in the testing I did on this, that even Winegard has used on their website, let me know and I'll find it when not on an iPhone. I'll save you the trouble, Jeff. ;) Batwing vs.BatMan vs. Jack: The Results..
Dutch_12078 07/27/16 06:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ready Brake Install Failure = 2K in Costs and Counting!

I don't understand how the breakaway cable could break the brake pedal. The cable is supposed to have a link installed that breaks loose with just a few hundred pounds of force if the vehicle breaks loose. I can understand the breakaway cable getting caught on something and applying the brakes enough to fry them, but not physically breaking the pedal.
Dutch_12078 07/27/16 05:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What do you do if you find money...?

Years ago we lived next door to a bar with less than a stellar reputation. It wasn't uncommon on Sunday mornings to find some $1, $5, and $10 bills individually rolled into tubes in the parking lot while walking our dog. We washed and dried them, and dropped them in the church poor box.
Dutch_12078 07/27/16 05:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Good Black flush "trick" or bad idea?

Sounds risky. Yup allows bacteria into grey tank, bad idea. I don't ever do this, why would ya? How many sewer lines or septic tanks does an ordinary sticks and bricks residence have? And it's not uncommon for grey tank contents to smell worse than black tank contents due to... wait for it... bacteria!
Dutch_12078 07/27/16 05:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dealers Screwed Holes in The Roof - HELP

I agree with Bill, but I would sure let the dealer know you're not happy that his tech apparently couldn't read and follow the simple installation directions.
Dutch_12078 07/26/16 05:00pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Good Black flush "trick" or bad idea?

I have the twist-on third valve and a clear elbow semi-permanently installed. I use the valve to both backflush the black tank and to equalize the tanks as needed. http://i.imgur.com/HiJG2M6l.jpg width=500
Dutch_12078 07/26/16 11:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: unlimited data plans

I can only add that Travis has shipped me everything I've ordered, although not always in as timely a manner as I'd like. I did get it all though. I do agree that he needs to give customers a more realistic shipping date though, one that he can reasonably stick to.
Dutch_12078 07/25/16 08:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Leveling jacks question

As said, the stability will be compromised, and lifting the back wheels off the ground is definitely not recommended. Mechanically, there's no problem with having the front wheels off the ground on a Ford chassis gasser like the OP has. The leaf springs probably appreciate the "rest". ;)
Dutch_12078 07/25/16 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: grey and black water tanks

60 gallon fresh, 30 grey, and 25 black lasts us a week if we're careful with water use. That includes daily navy showers for each of us. We do have and use the third valve that SDcampowneroperator mentioned to equalize our waste tanks if needed.
Dutch_12078 07/25/16 08:11pm Beginning RVing
RE: Ready Brake Install Failure = 2K in Costs and Counting!

Sorry for your troubles. Sounds like you didn't have the brake light LED on your dash. It would have prevented that. We had the LED light on the dash but it just activates when the device is applying the brakes, it didn't indicate the continued brake application. That's the reason those of us with the older ReadyBrake units that connect the LED to the toad brake light switch recommend connecting the new ones the same way. We can better keep track of what's really going on.
Dutch_12078 07/25/16 05:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toad Protection

If you have a nice full mudflap, I cannot see why you need to protect the toad. I have never had an issue with the toad getting a rock chip, dings, or anything. It must be safer right behind my MH than if it was out in the open road driven by itself. The full width rear mud flaps can kick up more road debris than they deflect, particularly on dirt or gravel roads.
Dutch_12078 07/25/16 06:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: Leveling the RV

I typically push the "Auto" button on our Bigfoot jack panel and go outside to do the power, etc hookups while my wife handles unstowing the inside gear. When the jacks finish she runs the super slide out and we're done. We do have levels on the dash and driver's door that we check occasionally. If a site is way off level, I may put blocks under the low side jacks first.
Dutch_12078 07/25/16 06:06am Class A Motorhomes
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