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RE: Another Musician

FJ, You completely missed my point. Probably because you aren't left handed. It wasn't about his music - that was noise. It was about adapting to a right handed world. In ancient Rome, the word for "right" was dexter (as in dexterous) but the word for "left" was sinister. If you carried your sword in your left hand and your shield in your right hand, your life expectancy in a battle was pretty short. Paul McCartney is left handed, but he can afford to have guitars made for him with the strings reversed. Even some of today's tools are made for right handers. Tightening a screw or bolt left handed is backwards. OTOH, a hammer can be used equally well with either hand. I can put a hammer mark on a piece of expensive wood using either hand. :)
Jim Shoe 05/27/15 05:31am Around the Campfire
RE: Roof Ladder Question

I carry one of These. It straps to the existing ladder with bungee cords for traveling. And if you configure it as a platform, with a board across it, its high enough to look at the roof and as a straight 12' ladder, you have something to hold onto when taking that last step onto the roof. Personally, I can't think of anything important enough for me to actually climb on the roof. I fear that I'd be inside the RV before I knew it.
Jim Shoe 05/25/15 09:09am General RVing Issues
RE: overnight parking elko nevada

Good thinking, Dakota. Think of the money you save on gas. :)
Jim Shoe 05/25/15 08:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone in early August?

You might give Yellowstone Grizzly RV park in West Yellowstone, MT. a try. Its a FHU park two blocks to YNP's West Gate and 14 miles to the Grand Loop. Its a large park. What you spend on higher overnight rates, you'll make up in competing restaurants, grocery stores and souvenir shops in West Yellowstone. As with any trip to YNP when schools are out for the summer, the crowds are bigger.
Jim Shoe 05/25/15 08:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Water Treatment

I buy gallon jugs of distilled water for anything that goes inside me. Local water supplies sometimes have an "off" taste. The outside of me gets the local water.
Jim Shoe 05/25/15 07:16am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Campgrounds RV Parks Cincinnati Ohio Area

"S & T" is "Streets and Trips". Its an on line route mapping program and allows you to hunt for CGs or other things within "x" miles of your selected point. Microsoft markets it, although I've heard rumors that they may stop making it or at least sell it off to somebody else. It isn't like you need a new copy every year.
Jim Shoe 05/25/15 06:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground Guide

I've used www.rvparkreviews.com for a long time and frankly, I haven't looked for other sites. The only problem that bothers me some is the list of amenities marked with Y, N, or ?. Does the question mark mean "They have it but I didn't use it" or does it mean "I don't know if they have it". Example: My 'C' has a shower, so I don't look for one in the CG, so "I don't know if they have it."
Jim Shoe 05/25/15 06:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds RV Parks Cincinnati Ohio Area

S & T shows 53 CGs within 10 miles of I-71 between Cincinnati and Cleveland. Unfortunately (for you), I live in Cincinnati and I've never found the need to camp along that route, so I can't recommend any. Sorry.
Jim Shoe 05/24/15 05:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park, Full Amenities but no hot water

I stay in FHU parks exclusively, so that I don't have to use public showers. I know the difference between a toilet and a shower floor, unlike some Navy folks on the aircraft carrier I was on.
Jim Shoe 05/24/15 04:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: What did you find you did not need?

I carry an extra 30A cord, an extra "stinky slinky" with a connector and an extra water hose. If you're one foot too far away from the utilities, you might as well be a mile. To make room, I ditched the HUGE tool box since there isn't a single metric thing on my rig, and service for eight in the kitchen. I'm single and there's no good place to keep dirty dishes so I reduced it to service for one and carry paper plates. BTW, the rumor that Corelle is unbreakable isn't exactly true. If its dropped from a sufficient height and lands just right, it breaks into hundreds of tiny shards. Same deal with melamine. If you pour boiling hot coffee into a melamine coffee cup, you get a perfectly straight line separating the thick bottom from the thinner sides. And hot coffee running in every direction.
Jim Shoe 05/24/15 03:55pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Light weight portable gas grill

For those of you that stay exclusively at FHU parks, check out the MECO electric grill. It comes with a stand but its removable for use on a picnic table. It never runs out of gas and plugs into a regular 20A circuit. I have one that lives on my enclosed porch at home and goes with me on the road. I grill out all year.
Jim Shoe 05/24/15 03:21pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Memorial Day

I read a story on here or somewhere on the web about a gentleman that spent the days leading up to Memorial Day planting small American Flags on the graves of all those who died in any of the wars. He chose a different Veteran's Cemetery each year. Many had been long forgotten.
Jim Shoe 05/24/15 10:45am Around the Campfire
RE: Illegal GPS mounting

I'm safely at home right now. At least on my laptop, there's an ad on the right hand side of the screen advertising Good Sam GPS units that mount on the dash. At my age, I know that I can't walk and chew gum at the same time. I print paper maps off of Streets and Trips and refer to them at rest areas along my route. I have to stop to "rest" more often than I used to. :)
Jim Shoe 05/24/15 05:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Insurance

OK. Time for a little lesson on Property and Casualty Insurance. I worked for such a company for many years before retiring. Rates are not set by individual states - with exceptions. They are set by each individual state's insurance rules and regulations. And each state has its own rules. I don't remember which is which anymore (except for Texas -more later). Each state may be different. That's how insurance companies as a whole avoid being considered a monopoly. Some states are "File and Use". Each company can use its own premium and loss experience for setting its rates and the state has no input. Not many of those. Some states are "Named Rate" where that particular state's insurance commission sets the max rate that can be charged. But if an individual company has a better loss ratio than the other companies, they can file for a lower rate. Generally allowed by the state. Some states set the rates - period. Each insurance company's choices are "yes, we'll play" or " no, we won't". This is where Texas comes in. They're so big, that many companies, (mine included) figure that the average loss in a year will occur six months after the average annual premium is paid. And they make some money investing that premium for six months. I actually spoke to the guy there one year and he said "Yeah, those numbers do look wrong. Oh well." One other exception is Florida. Because there's so much shoreline and an ever present hurricane risk, if a company chooses to play, they're randomly assigned so many sections of the shoreline, widely scattered, and may or may not choose to play. But if they want to insure inland areas, they must also take their share of the shoreline. Most companies take the risk because any hurricane is a crapshoot on where it hits or if it hits at all that year.
Jim Shoe 05/23/15 08:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Chevy cut away chassis putting gas in

I had the same problem on my 'C' on a Ford Chassis. The filler tube is too small to take gas at 'full open' because the gas rises up in the filler tube and shuts the pump off. So I don't push the nozzle all the way in and don't lock the lever all the way open. It gives me a chance to use their bathroom facilities instead of mine. :)
Jim Shoe 05/23/15 08:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Automatic leveling system on Mercedes Sprinter 3500 chassis

I, too have the HWH kick-down type levelers. They paid for themselves the first time I pulled into an RV park when it was pouring rain. I also added a TPMS system after I drove some part of my last 300 mile leg home with a giant nail but no air in an inside rear dually. And I carry a mounted spare in the rear storage compartment. Plenty of room once I removed all the tools that I don't know how to use anyway. The ones I do know how to use fit in a small tool box along with my GS Roadside Assistance card.
Jim Shoe 05/23/15 08:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: replacing keys

A little late for your problem, but I carry spare keys for my MH in the Toad, and spare keys for the Toad in the MH. A good locksmith can open it, but it takes time and money. While you're paying him, have him make spares for the above sets.
Jim Shoe 05/23/15 07:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Devils Tower >>>>Gardiner Mt

kknowlton, Since he's starting from Wisconsin, he'll be headed west.
Jim Shoe 05/23/15 06:46am Roads and Routes
RE: real world fuel mileage

An RV wouldn't get good gas mileage on the way down if it fell out of a tree. However, when you compare it to driving a car and staying in Hotels where you live out of a suitcase, have to wear shoes all the time to keep your feet from sticking to the carpet and where last night's top sheet becomes tonight's bottom sheet with a clean top sheet added, I'll stick with the RV. And don't forget adding all your meals in restaurants. I know, because I traveled for the company before I retired. If you must do the math and you don't like the answer, stop doing the math.
Jim Shoe 05/22/15 04:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV Security

In the long run, the only thing you can do is make your RV less attractive to thieves than someone else's. When I pull into a rest area, I get out to stretch my legs - by locking my rig and walking around it. I don't walk into the bathrooms there or anyplace else. I use the one in my rig. If I need to shop, I do so in my Jeep toad after I'm parked in a FHU RV Park for the day. Generally, they aren't as attractive to thieves because there are people out and about and there's generally only one road in and out of the park. Wally World OTOH, has people going in and out all day and night. Another car driving around the lot doesn't draw anyone's attention. Same deal with any large retail commercial building.
Jim Shoe 05/21/15 06:14pm General RVing Issues
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