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RE: Joshua Tree State Park

Thanks. It looks like there are only two campgrounds out of the four that would accomodate our outfit within the park. We thought we might end up staying outside the park. There's one called the Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground. Any word on that one? We have a 28ft. 11in, Jamboree Class C it fits but not easily, if you have a toad.
PatrickA51 01/18/15 10:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Battery watering system

I have installed a Flow-Rite Pro-Fill battery watering system in my rig. So far all is well and working great. The only complaint I have after two years of using the system is the check-valve in the hand pump assembly needs a little distilled water ran through it before it starts working. Other than that the system works just fine. http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/attachments/430118/ height=480 width=600 http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/attachments/430119/ height=480 width=600 http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/attachments/430120/ height=480 width=600 http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/attachments/430121/ height=480 width=600 I have the same system Works well, but it's kind of a PITA. (to re-fill the battery's) My battery's are not in a tray that slides out, and I have 4 of them,in the storage area of a 26Q Fleetwood and 2 under the entry step.
PatrickA51 01/14/15 04:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Fried Oysters

Reading this thread is Cruel and Inhumane treatment. :W
PatrickA51 01/09/15 05:12pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: looking for good spots

Currently in MD an want to get out for some boondocking this summer. Hoping to find some primitive inexpensive spots in the area, PA, western MD, VA or WV. Any help would be great! Thanks Chris If you want primitive, look into BLM Campgrounds in your area. Also try and get an Inter-Agency Pass. Good for all US Govt. Camping area's. If you are 62 or Older or Disabled you can get a Lifetime Inter-Agency Pass and Pay Half price at all Govt.Campsites.
PatrickA51 01/04/15 05:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sailing the Southwest with the Whazoos

Wow Great trip report.
PatrickA51 12/14/14 12:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Surge protector

Just compare the warranty and you will get the Progressive EMS. X2
PatrickA51 12/03/14 12:30am Tech Issues
RE: *updated* New RV garage

Looks good, congrat's
PatrickA51 11/25/14 11:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Odie of the Outback, Capital Reef style.

Great report. Oh great looking Cute Magnet.
PatrickA51 11/23/14 02:14am Truck Campers
RE: What's the best deal you've gotten on a campground?

I believe the Geezer pass is free to veterans.Nope, still cost us $10.00. I got my Geezer Pass for free. (I'm disabled)
PatrickA51 11/02/14 11:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What's the best deal you've gotten on a campground?

what age requirement is the geezer card? 62, hence the name. :B Also if you are disabled it's Free!(the Geezer Card)
PatrickA51 10/31/14 09:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: LED tail lights.

Beemerphile nailed it. Replace the assemblies or don't bother. I got this type here They look like this http://www.easternmarine.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/5/2/5206117_lg_1.jpg width=200 except I got the triples with backup lights. $50 each for the ones pictured and $60 each for the triples. And they are AWESOME!!! beemerphile1 wrote: Replacing only the tail lamp with an LED will most always disappoint. You should replace the entire fixture with an LED fixture. Your original lamp was 402 lumen and 38 lumen. For an LED to be brighter it has to beat these measurements plus be properly designed to work in a reflector type fixture. I also agree with this! I tried the bulb replacement route and was very very disappointed. Go for a LED designed fixture. X3 I was going to do the same to my RV and decided on replacing the whole assembly.
PatrickA51 10/30/14 07:43am Tech Issues
RE: TR: roaming the Parashant

Cal Great trip report, well written and great pictures too. Thank You for posting them.
PatrickA51 10/29/14 12:41am Truck Campers
RE: Is this a Generator or A/C Problem

OP, I have that service manual. PM me with your email ID and I'll send it to you. You will never guess what I found today.....you guessed it my copy of the service manual. Not only did I find one that was in the RV, I also found one that a mechanic at Beaudry RV (where we bought our rig) gave me. So now I have three paper copies and I also have it saved to my desktop computer and I have it saved on my laptop. Of course I probably will never need it again. Thanks to all that replied, also I got it repaired and it runs great now.
PatrickA51 10/29/14 12:38am Tech Issues
RE: Q for meteors

I'm jealous.....can't wait to get there!!!!!!! Have fun! We can't either. We went to Joshua Tree NP a couple of years ago, what a great view of the night sky no lights from houses or business, could see for miles. It was one time that the moon wasn't out also.
PatrickA51 10/29/14 12:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: FYI Generators

I mean some "repair" shops have to cover the extra time needed while the "mechanic" has to keep guessing, and replaces part after part after part until somehow he stumbles across what is actually broken. Red Hot technicians are loners. They do not want anyone around them especially not supervisors trying to tell them what's wrong. When I passed a few months in college working for an auto dealership as a line mechanic (electrical) I threw a fit because the service order writers had the guts to write repair functions on the repair order. I marched out to the service island, chewed their ass out and yelled YOU WRITE DOWN THE SYMPTOMS NOT SOME HALF (baked) DIAGNOSIS on the work order. This lead to a confrontation with an idiot service manager "The International Harvester Travelall with the A-727 Mopar transmission has the neutral safety switch on the steering column and not on the rear end of the manual selector rod in the transmission". I flipped 5 100 dollar bills on the service writer's desk and said "Put your money where your mouth is". He didn't like the idea of having a half dozen other mechanics witness this. Needless to say this greatly assisted my later decision not to work in a "corporate" environment. "Teamwork" many times is translated to "Subservient To Stupid Management". Kudos to the OP's intelligence and willingness to go the extra mile and find competent technical ability. Good technicians are efficient and do not need to cheat. Mex, your rant explains exactly why I worked in an independent garage. I greeted the customer, listened to his/her complaint, made the diagnostic and repair, wrote the bill and talked to the customer up on return. Like you, I'm not sure what qualifies a "service writer" to determine what corrective action needs to be taken. Flack jacket on. Richard Richard; Very well put!
PatrickA51 10/17/14 05:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a Generator or A/C Problem

I read in another post, about GFI plugs in the RV I know mine has 4 of them. I will go over and check them and see.
PatrickA51 10/13/14 11:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Take action or get ready to pay for boondocking

FWIW, I read Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire. Interestingly, in Desert Solitaire he was not against throwing trash out your car window when driving along a wilderness road. His point was that the wilderness had already been ruined because there was a road in it. I violently disagree with this implied view on wilderness roads as one of an uncaring elitest out of touch with humanity on many levels. Abbey's viewpoint on this seemed to be based on the wilderness not being there for any use requiring wheels. Some wonderful human beings are physically disabled (some being verterans who made possible Abbey's precious American wilderness that is free to roam in) and could not ever get close to natural areas without wheels being involved. Since wheels have been with us a long time and have proven their worth many times over, is it fair to marginalize the old, the infirm, or the disabled by saying they are to never use wheels to visit the wilderness? I think not. As an example close to home: My DW of 4 1/2 decades has some physical problems resulting from a childhood accident and from "getting old". She loves nature and even has a degree in Natural Science. Only our fully equipped self-contained RV makes it possible for her to still get out there for any length of time. If Abbey had his way ... she would not be permitted to get out there at all. Very well written Sir I agree!
PatrickA51 10/13/14 11:22pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Take action or get ready to pay for boondocking

I can't get too worked up about the San Gabriels, one way or the other -- that area used to be fairly nice as recently as the 1960s (I was there!), but in the last 30-plus years it has been destroyed by overuse and abuse. There are now literally 20 million folks who live within easy driving distance -- trash and graffiti are everywhere. A few years ago, after a rainy winter, we took a hike to a waterfall off the Angeles Crest HIghway -- when we got to the falls, there was a large group of large party people with an enormous boom-box blasting "music" throughout the canyon. We watched them throw a few celebratory beer bottles onto the rocks at the base of the falls. We turned around and went home, following a trail of discarded diapers back to the parking lot. This is no exaggeration, I am sorry to say. You can call it a national forest or a monument, but it is what it is. Well put.....is it now called a Federally Protected Landfill? :h Edward Abbey began foretelling this tale of woe four decades past. Few listened then, about the same number as are listening now. Speaking for myself, "We old folks have seen the best, it's all downhill from here." I remember going to Mt. Baldy as a child, with my parents, also going to the San Gabriel mountains. We went to Mt. Baldy more often, living less than 10 miles away. Edward Abbey you are right I guess I am of the age to fall in to that category "We old folks have seen the best, it's all downhill from here."
PatrickA51 10/13/14 05:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Take action or get ready to pay for boondocking

I can't get too worked up about the San Gabriels, one way or the other -- that area used to be fairly nice as recently as the 1960s (I was there!), but in the last 30-plus years it has been destroyed by overuse and abuse. There are now literally 20 million folks who live within easy driving distance -- trash and graffiti are everywhere. A few years ago, after a rainy winter, we took a hike to a waterfall off the Angeles Crest HIghway -- when we got to the falls, there was a large group of large party people with an enormous boom-box blasting "music" throughout the canyon. We watched them throw a few celebratory beer bottles onto the rocks at the base of the falls. We turned around and went home, following a trail of discarded diapers back to the parking lot. This is no exaggeration, I am sorry to say. You can call it a national forest or a monument, but it is what it is. Well put.....is it now called a Federally Protected Landfill? :h
PatrickA51 10/13/14 05:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Is this a Generator or A/C Problem

They can't rebuild Onan carbs any longer. $280 for new carb. Ask me how I know, lol. My toy hauler had sat for 4 yrs till I bought it. Need I say more? Not sure about the 110 issue. When we had it done the last time the guy gave me the song and dance that the State of Taxifornia aka California passed another law that they could not sell or rebuild the carbs. So I know the price, funny you could still buy a rebuild kit for the carb though. I think it cost us about the same for the Authorized Service Center to do the repairs last year.
PatrickA51 10/08/14 09:46am Tech Issues
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