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RE: Our first motorhome question.

So there you have it :) DP owners saying their ride is better than a gas coach (oh I mean motorhome), and gas motorhome owners defending their ride because of all the $$$ they saved. In the end - did you have fun when you got there and did you have fun getting there? Other than aircraft or hover boat, you aren't going to tame these crummy highways.
Mile High 08/03/17 10:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

Thanks all! Doc, I admire your dedication to bike cycling! Wish I would have kept up on it myself.
Mile High 07/31/17 03:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

Well just to close on this - DW just received the Heartware HVAD, and with this particular manufacture's upgraded control system, it operates on 2 batteries at a time (primary and standby), or AC and one battery on standby, so with AC fail she has 6-7 hours of power and it alarms to wake her up (no sleeping on batteries :) ). They provide 8 batteries. Spoke with the Rep who called the manufacturer Friday and the AC consist of a 15V - 4A transformer so the AC side is pretty tolerant as it buffers the output somewhat. They said the pure sine wave from the inverter and generator are more than perfect. Not saying we would ever go off the grid with this, but if we lose power on one of our outings, I'm not going to damage her controller with the MH inverter or generator which was one of my original concerns.
Mile High 07/29/17 05:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why is there a TV over the driver seat?

We looked at quite a few that had couches on both sides and that was the only living room TV - and some were huge. It was on option on ours I see from the brochure.
Mile High 07/25/17 11:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

Bless you Mile High for exploring all the options to make the most out of a complicated situation. I suspect as technology continues to create more miracles there will be more posts like yours and hopefully as loving and thoughtful.Thank you Goldencrazy!
Mile High 07/25/17 11:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

Mile High..... Kudos to you and yours for choosing to live fully, whatever life you may have! So many choose to lay down and let it happen! Since the LVAD is a battery operated device, your RV power should be fine to charge the batteries. But as stated earlier, I'd verify with the manufacturer. The rep at the hospital should be able to tell you anything you need to know.Thanks 10forty2! The LVAD runs on batteries during the day, but at night the FDA requires them to be on house power for sleeping (just like they do for portable O2 equipment). The LVAD control plugs directly into house current, and the batteries are charged separately. Power loss causes an alarm and the user has to manually reinstall the batteries for power. The device they are considering actually gives you 15 minutes of power within the control box, but others just stop. When at home - power goes out, we get up and reinstall batteries. normal condition. When in the RV, power goes out we don't even know it because it goes to inverter, and eventually generator if voltage gets down to 12v. My original question was compatibility with the system on inverter or generator, and as stated, they are pure sine wave. It may be fine, and if not, I can always defeat the generator and inverter at night and just do the same thing we would at the house - get up and install the batteries. I just need to figure it out up front. (I probably don't want to test it on her, I would be horrified if I burned out the control). I'm actually going to see if an LVAD Rep would put me in contact with the engineering department. Maybe they will even test it with me.
Mile High 07/24/17 04:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

Mile High, I certainly hope the best in your 'important lady's' situation. A good friend of mine needed a new liver and was sick for a long time. He had an unusual inherited situation and it's a terrible thing to go through. At first, they said he was not a candidate as certain parameters have to be met. One hospital said no and another in a different city said absolutely yes (always get a second opinion!). Unfortunately, the circumstances of one person give life to another. It has certainly made me an organ donor advocate. Best of luck to you. MM.Thank you so much for the kind words Mr. Mark - you always take the high ground and I appreciate that. She also has an inherited issue that is leading to this, so her siblings are watching carefully. She is a pillar of health otherwise, never abused herself like I have. This pump should make her feel better than she has in several years, and it does put her higher on the transplant list.
Mile High 07/24/17 11:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: HELP! Winnebago Journey (2009) 34Y Air Conditioner Out

There are some Winnebago specific forums you might try that are more focused on keeping those basement units running and some pretty sharp characters. You might ask on the rvforum Winnebago section.
Mile High 07/24/17 08:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

A friend of mine was on a waiting list for a kidney. After about four years he got a call at midnight from the hospital where they were going to do the transplant and they told him he had to be at the hospital in four hours. He lived in Fresno and the hospital is in San Francisco. If you don't show up they give the kidney to someone else so time is of the essence. He got there right at 4am and got the kidney. Everything worked out great. No more dialysis!! So my question to you is...how fast do you have to get to the hospital and how far away are you planning on traveling? Sorry if I misled anyone, as my original post question was purely technical. We are in one of the top rated transplant systems in the country and we have been through months of counseling, training, and decision making. As I've already stated, we have tons of local parks within the response time area, some we have never been to. There is also the very personal decision she will have to make as to whether some of the items on her bucket list out weight the risk of missing that call. The transplant center has a system to go on temporary suspension when traveling outside of the response zone. Many potential recipients continue on with the Europe trip, or some snowbirders even register for tansplant in both habitat regions. Regardless - that wasn't where I was going with this. I am merely the facilitator to a very important lady in my life and if she wants to see the west coast or the lake down the street, I want to make it happen.
Mile High 07/24/17 08:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A roof

There is probably more caulking maintenance on a Winnie fiberglass roof than other fiberglass roofs because of how the edges attach. I love our fiberglass and would never go back to a rubber roof type.
Mile High 07/23/17 09:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

IMHO a person on a LVAD needs to stay home close to medical care. your absolutely correct;;Perhaps you folks could stay home for us, and watch the house! You'll have plenty of time from the couch to type unsolicited opinions. I guess the suggestion was that if your that ill maybe you should not be driving a huge MH on a public highway endangering the other driving public;; I would also assume your DL would be invalid if your that ill I know that I would not be driving a large DPMH anywhere if I was that ill; just my opinion others may varyBoy you are a piece of work! You really know nothing about it do you. If it makes you feel any better, I'm doing the driving, not her. But I'll be sure to run over you if I see you. relax I thought you were the one needing itread first, type last
Mile High 07/23/17 09:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

It is what the surgeons and cardiologists all say... sounds great;; I wonder why anyone would risk a heart transplant? and if successful their only good for 10-15 year max Perhaps someday you'll have to answer that question for yourself. Live a year, or live 10-15. Which will you choose?
Mile High 07/23/17 08:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

Never failed, and it has less probability of failing than someone over 50 has a chance of having a heart attack. Ya they have high reliability - the bigger concern is blood clots.
Mile High 07/23/17 08:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

IMHO a person on a LVAD needs to stay home close to medical care. your absolutely correct;;Perhaps you folks could stay home for us, and watch the house! You'll have plenty of time from the couch to type unsolicited opinions. I guess the suggestion was that if your that ill maybe you should not be driving a huge MH on a public highway endangering the other driving public;; I would also assume your DL would be invalid if your that ill I know that I would not be driving a large DPMH anywhere if I was that ill; just my opinion others may varyBoy you are a piece of work! You really know nothing about it do you. If it makes you feel any better, I'm doing the driving, not her. But I'll be sure to run over you if I see you.
Mile High 07/23/17 08:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

Can not speak to a LAVD but can speak to a lithium ion batteries as I use an oxygen concentrator. We run the concentrator on the inverter on the road . At night we use a 2000 watt Honda generator to power things as it is quieter. We have run it over night using the on board 8K Power Tech generator but prefer the Honda. Go for it as life is for living. I ski with a bottle attached to a back pack. Thanks for the info Wallynm. Carried Liquid O2 on my back while river fishing for a couple of years before I was able to get back off the O2. Took a while to convince the O2 carrier that I needed the taller LOX unit because I didn't plan on sticking around the house. It was sure nice to get back above 12,000 ft too! Hats off to you for staying active! http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL1523/6528899/24438720/413476541.jpg
Mile High 07/22/17 10:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

IMHO a person on a LVAD needs to stay home close to medical care. your absolutely correct;;Perhaps you folks could stay home for us, and watch the house! You'll have plenty of time from the couch to type unsolicited opinions.
Mile High 07/22/17 10:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

Good luck, my bil is very glad he received the glad. I think he would be happy to talk to you or your wife about it if you had that interest.That is a very nice offer and I will let her know. Two gals that volunteer after having it installed have come into the hospital to talk to her in the last few days and it really helps overcome the shock of the thought.
Mile High 07/22/17 05:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: new washer and dryer

Good for you! That would be a job! Glad you enjoy them already. I would be dissapointed if I didn't have any now that I'm used to it.
Mile High 07/22/17 03:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

Great suggestion on getting the output checked on the power. I knew the generator could be adjusted, didn't know the inverter could. I know someone that adjusted the throttle on their generator to get the correct output, but my 8000K is variable speed rather than fixed throttle so I better have someone do it that knows what they are doing. KrivanJ, that is great about your brother in law, and as we go through this I will try to learn more details on the travel routing. I know for the most part, if she travels outside the transplant response zone she is temporarily off the list until she returns. Those trips will be pretty limited because of the trade off, but we have a ton of local State Parks within the zone that she also loves to spend time at, even if its nothing more than reading a book looking out over the lake.
Mile High 07/22/17 03:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone travel with an LVAD heart pump?

Good point on the conditioned power, I didn't think of that. Both the Magnum inverter and generator are pure sine wave so I should be able to ask the LVAD manufacturer. The device will have 6 batteries, each pair offering 17 hrs of service, however during sleep the device is required to be plugged in to house AC directly, as are many portable medical devices (FDA). During a power loss, an alarm sounds and the unit itself has 15 minutes of power to allow you to go back to battery pack. However on the MH, we would instantly go to inverter or eventually generator automatically so I was curious if anyone had issues with compatibility. I read where some Fisher-Paykel dishwashers in MH would not function on generator. I appreciate the medical concerns, but her LVAD is being installed to improve quality of life as she waits for a transplant, and travel is highly encouraged. The devices are TSA approved, but she far prefers the motorhome for travel.
Mile High 07/21/17 11:06pm Class A Motorhomes
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