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RE: Getting Trailer Home

It would seem that FMCA/Assist is limited to a Motorhome and may not include Travel Trailer or Fifth wheels. You can be traveling in a motorhome, car, plane, ship, or motorcycle to be eligible for this benefit.
SCR 08/29/15 08:40am Full-time RVing
RE: How Long?

Going on 17 years, still out here roaming around but I get lost more often now and my truck keys have gotten better at hiding, I think.
SCR 08/25/15 06:36pm Full-time RVing
RE: Upgrading to new computer

We've scared off the OP *sigh* Yep. Frozen in techno terror!:E:B But hey, it's good to know one's limitations and tolerances. Perhaps when I get a new computer, I'll use the old one to practice "gee I wonder what will happen if I press this...." I appreciate all the help. cts "Pressing this..." probably won't do anything that a reboot wouldn't cure...with one major exception. The "Delete" key.
SCR 08/24/15 05:49am Technology Corner
RE: Upgrading to new computer

Strollin has given you a very good definition of bloatware. I would add that before you dig in to it's a removal I strongly suggest that you create an image of your drive as it is now on a external hard drive. As you remove things do it slowly and not all at once. As you are successful at removing each item create another image so you always have a path back should something go wrong. I have never had an issue after removing the manufacturer installed software but you never know. If you know enough to make images of the hard drive, it is easier to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system IMHO. That's another approach however the idea was to remove bloatware. Unless you have a Windows Retail disk you are not going to get a clean install but in fact will just put it back to factory setting bloatware and all. If you do have the disk it would be a good idea to have the proprietary manufacturers drivers on a disk as you will need them. To The OP... It's really not that difficult however, I do understand your reflectance. The first time I decided to do the bloatware removal I was extremely worried something would go wrong and I would destroy my new computer. It didn't. If you want assistance there is a very good website with very knowledgeable professionals willing to help over at Seven Forums All the geeks you could ever want in one place. Sign up, it's free, fill in your system specs and ask away. There are numerous tutorials available on just about any subject relating to computers and the Windows Seven System. If you don't have Windows 7 there is also a forum by the same group for Windows Vista, 8 and 10. Look at the bottom of the linked page for the group that fits your needs.
SCR 08/22/15 07:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Upgrading to new computer

Can someone define "bloatware"... in English? I don't know what is needed and what isn't. cts For the most part "bloatware" is a bunch of software that the hardware mfr installs on a PC (I'm sure they collect a fee from the software maker for doing such) that is of marginal use. Many times it is trial stuff that bugs you to upgrade to the "full" version. It can be system utilities (like Anti-Virus stuff), games or everyday applications for doing such things as word processing or spreadsheets. Many times the PC Mfr installs a bunch of their own utilities that are of marginal value. It is referred to as "bloatware" because most people don't use or want it and all it does is take up disk space. In many cases, it can also consume cpu and memory resources because often the software installs little "helper" stubs that run at Startup to bug you to upgrade or make it so their program launches quicker. All those little helper things take up memory and cpu without much benefit to the user. Strollin has given you a very good definition of bloatware. I would add that before you dig in to it's a removal I strongly suggest that you create an image of your drive as it is now on a external hard drive. As you remove things do it slowly and not all at once. As you are successful at removing each item create another image so you always have a path back should something go wrong. I have never had an issue after removing the manufacturer installed software but you never know.
SCR 08/22/15 12:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Win 10 data update costs, you thinkk its bad Here

Free isn't always free..... Free can have hidden reasons its free.... They didn't write Win 10 just for the good of their health.... Apple went to FREE OS version upgrade model several iterations ago. Don't hear a lot of MAC users demanding paid OS upgrades back? Wonder what the price is being paid for FREE on a MAC? The cost of the Mac is about one and a half or more of a PC with the same specs. That's a hefty free OS.
SCR 08/21/15 06:49pm Technology Corner
RE: Win 10 data update costs, you thinkk its bad Here

Probably because no one has ever tried to be this intrusive before with an Operating system. They are currently seeding windows 7 and 8 to prompt you to update to 10. I block outgoing big brother calls, even to Apple, OS X really doesn't phone home that often and I see all out going Big brother calls. Google is Horrible. But, my Car is not phone home, may gas tank is not phoning home, so they are clearly not in the same leagues as Microsoft. If you want a comparison Facebook is as bad as Microsoft. It's all about getting our information to sell. That needs to stop or compensate users. If you have allowed automatic updates to Windows 7 or 8 you have already let MS in to collect data and send telemetry back to MS. It was included in the updates. I stopped automatic updates from MS years ago and do it manually. I only allow updates that I have researched to determine the need and hide the rest. I never install "optional" updates. Of course this is not for everyone as it is somewhat time consuming and every system is different.
SCR 08/21/15 01:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Win 10 data update costs, you thinkk its bad Here

I down loaded to Windows 10. Works good. Don't care what info they get, it is not top secret info. When they stop supporting windows 7, you can then buy 10. Get it free now or pay later. People upgraded to 10 for same reason they upgraded to 7. When they stop supporting 7, in 2020, I won't be buying Windows 10. I will seek other alternatives.
SCR 08/21/15 06:57am Technology Corner
RE: Upgrading to new computer

I recently encouged my daughter and son-in-law to by a Mac. They thought that a computer was like a TV turn it on and it works. Their use needs are simple and it works for them. I have nothing against Macs except the price. I got twice the computer for the same price of a Mac. I don't mind a bit of tinkering, in fact I enjoy it. I don't have crashes, slow downs or any other issues. I guess it's all in how you go about it. I really don't think one is better then the other. Choice is what makes the world go around and the Corporations rich.
SCR 08/20/15 07:04pm Technology Corner
RE: Upgrading to new computer

A Geek told me that Win7 and Win10 were very similar... Win8 was a problem and to avoid that. I may have to find a refurbished unit with Win7. I'm going from Vista Home Premium. I never had a problem with Vista. But now... things are going south and it stalls, freezes, won't load properly... just on and on. And...more websites are starting to not support IE9. Very annoying. cts I bought a new HP computer 2 months ago specifically to get one with Windows 7 Pro. It has an Intel i7 four core processor. I also have a 4 year old HP with an AMD 2 core processor. I have not had an issue with either one. The latest purchase was made to pass the AMD 2 core on to my wife and replace the 13 year old HP XP machine she was using for her emails and limited surfing. The XP still runs fine and will become an experimental Linux machine for the purpose of learning. I will add that the HP bloatware is removed from all of them. It's the first thing I do. There is nothing that relates to HP on any of my machines with the exception of the HP propriety drivers. The removal of that bloatware made a significant difference in operation of all of them. If your looking for a gaming system then building your own would be far more cost effective I believe. I don't use mine for games. I don't think Win10 is like Win7.
SCR 08/20/15 02:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Win 10 data update costs, you thinkk its bad Here

Me...for one And Me. The more I read about v10 the less I believe the "Free" goes much past they won't charge you dollars for the new system. What happens after that is still murky, at best, to me. As it stands now you will pay with your data and they will use that data to make a profit. Nothing and I mean nothing is ever "Free" from corporate America after all their main objective is to make money.
SCR 08/20/15 02:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Win 10 data update costs, you thinkk its bad Here

For the sake of me, I cannot see why anyone would be updating to Windows 10 with all of these issues?? What can it do that Windows 7 cannot that is a must have? Because it's shiny. People like shiny stuff.
SCR 08/19/15 01:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Win 10 data update costs, you thinkk its bad Here

I have a 5 GB cap on my Verizon connection and two computers using it through a wired router. There is no way I'll be updating to Windows 10. I would not be able to turn off automatic updates as far I know. I have not seen anything in Windows 10 that can justify the 6 to 8 GB download I would need to do to update both machines. When Windows 7 reaches it's EOL in 2020 and if M$ has not changed it's no new operating systems after Windows 10 I'll look to something else other then Windows.
SCR 08/18/15 06:42am Technology Corner
RE: Worse this year?

After 9 years of volunteering and workcamping...we realized we wanted a campground with no campers. It was time to retire. Might be a sign, as we are at the 9 years level also. But then you became a moderator? :h You certainty are a glutton for punishment. :S Wow, I'm 8 years past my exit, we've been at it for 17 years. We are giving serious consideration to retiring from volunteering and the road next spring. My biggest worry is that after all these years I'm not sure I can stay in one place.
SCR 08/11/15 06:46pm Workamping Forum
RE: Volunteers and paid employees

Personally, I hate the double standard the government somehow allows. A private park cannot legally hire a "volunteer" and provide them with a site. We cannot legally hire someone and pay them a stipend. We have to pay minimum wage and cover that employee with workman's comp insurance. We have to follow reams of rules and regulations. Apparently, if it is the government, those rules and regulations don't apply. Talk about owning a business that has the toughest competition in the world. A RV park competing with a state or national park has a competitor that doesn't have to pay their employees, doesn't have to pay for their facilities, doesn't have to pay taxes, can operate at a loss forever and doesn't have to follow the rules they created for everyone else. All that and they still have trouble putting out a decent product in many of their parks. As I have said in the past, if government is the answer, it must be a stupid question. WOW! With strong beliefs like that, it sounds like your only option is to sell the place and move to Costa Rica. What's your asking price?If you want to buy, you are welcome to PM me, provide me with the due diligence to prove you are a qualified buyer and sign a complete non disclosure agreement and I will be glad to provide you with the price and all the supporting financials. Just so you know, it will be a multi-million dollar transaction. Excellent response ! :C Ya right like someone is going to do this thru a PM on a RV site.jus sayin. Arrogance showing thru again. He said to contact him through a PM... I don't think his intention was to proceed with anything through a PM other then initial contact. Jus sayin
SCR 08/10/15 02:42pm Workamping Forum
RE: Worse this year?

We are volunteer hosts at a Corps. Of Engineers campground. This is a our fourth summer here. (9th year overall hosting) The past three years it was usual to have a noise compliant, maybe, once a month. This year we are receiving them once a week or more! We are asked to explain and educate campers about the rules. No enforcement. 99% of the time campers will comply when the rule is explained to them. No problem. This year I have had more people want to argue the rule. One 20 something group of six argued with me for 20 minutes about the "no parking/tents on grass" rule. After all that they only stayed one night!! ( I know I should have not argued but their overall attitude just angered me, which is VERY unusual.) I say to you campers: I did not write the rule, and there are places you can express your concern to, but not me. So what you say work campers? Is the general overall mood, and thus people's actions much worse this year than other years? I spent a number of years, to many actually, as a Contract Park Attendant for the COE. A few years back I guess I burned out with the customers being nastier then the year before and retired to volunteer security work at closed campgrounds. It seems to be a spreading disease. A few weeks back I had a camper show up and wanted to camp, no matter that the park was closed. When I explained that it wasn't possible and denied his demand to be let in explaining he was a taxpayer and as such he had every right to camp there closed or not. He eventually realized that it wasn't going to happen after much huffing and puffing and telling me that he was "resisting his urge to exercise his 2nd amendment rights" he left. So yes I would agree it's getting worse.
SCR 08/10/15 01:27pm Workamping Forum
RE: Volunteers and paid employees

In real life I was a self employed contract property manager for all types of commercial properties including Highrise Office building, Hotels, Shopping Centers, apartments, Highrise Condo's and everything in between. When I retired I decided to give A RV resort a try. I thought to myself how difficult could this be? I accepted a full charge management position and signed a 30 month contract with a absentee owner which I successfully completed. I would manage any of the property types I have in the past with one exception. I would never manage a RV Resort again, it's not as easy as it sounds or looks nor is it as near as much fun as you would think it would be. Tip of the hat to westernRVparkowner.... You have a tough job..
SCR 08/10/15 01:11pm Workamping Forum
RE: Volunteers and paid employees

Personally, I hate the double standard the government somehow allows. A private park cannot legally hire a "volunteer" and provide them with a site. We cannot legally hire someone and pay them a stipend. We have to pay minimum wage and cover that employee with workman's comp insurance. We have to follow reams of rules and regulations. Apparently, if it is the government, those rules and regulations don't apply. Talk about owning a business that has the toughest competition in the world. A RV park competing with a state or national park has a competitor that doesn't have to pay their employees, doesn't have to pay for their facilities, doesn't have to pay taxes, can operate at a loss forever and doesn't have to follow the rules they created for everyone else. All that and they still have trouble putting out a decent product in many of their parks. As I have said in the past, if government is the answer, it must be a stupid question. WOW! With strong beliefs like that, it sounds like your only option is to sell the place and move to Costa Rica. What's your asking price?If you want to buy, you are welcome to PM me, provide me with the due diligence to prove you are a qualified buyer and sign a complete non disclosure agreement and I will be glad to provide you with the price and all the supporting financials. Just so you know, it will be a multi-million dollar transaction. Excellent response ! :C
SCR 08/10/15 12:51pm Workamping Forum
RE: Volunteers and paid employees

westernrvparkowner: I understand that this is a very complex issue but: I would ask to see some sources, as the 1099 issue has been discussed at least 50 times on other RV boards and the bottom line, as confirmed by the IRS, was determined as: Private, For Profit Employer - You are an Employee If you are working as an employee for a private, for-profit employer, there is a clear test to determine whether the value of the campsite they provide is taxable. If these conditions are met, it is NOT taxable and no tax form is necessary from the employer. 1) The campsite must be on-site at the employer's place of business. 2) Having you live on-site must be for the convenience of the employer. 3) Living on-site must be a condition to getting the position Do your work campers fit the above conditions?2 and 3 do not apply to most workamping positions. Yes, you could argue they were needed for overnight security, but proving it becomes problematic. Otherwise, there is no need for a workamper to live on site to work in the office, clean the restrooms, mow the grass, or do whatever else is done on a daily basis. As for requiring living on site as a matter of convenience, that is not at the employers discretion, it means the job cannot be completed by someone who does not live on the premises, such as Oilfield Gate guards who must be there whenever someone enters the premises, or something like a fireman at an oil refinery, where they would need to be at their duty station quickly and they tasks they would perform would be exclusive to their position and training. Hard to make that argument for a clogged toilet. The bigger issue in my mind is even if you want to provide the RV site free of rent, you still need to provide wages if they are an employee. Paying minimum wage is not a discretionary decision. If people work for you, they must be paid for the hours worked, and those wages must meet the minimum wage requirement. Paying Wages come with the need to provide unemployment compensation, you must withhold taxes and you need to provide workman's compensation coverage. Those items come with significant costs. If others skirt those rules and requirements I am at a disadvantage. My costs exceed the costs those other parks incur. it may seem unfair, but an employer giving and an employee taking a site as the only compensation for hours worked, without reporting it as income is illegal. It would seem that your issue is not the government but rather your competitors failure to comply with the regulations that cover all employment. While illegal and unfortunate as their actions may be it is the same as those that hire illegal immigrants for substandard pay. It would also seem that the issue is a lack of enforcement on the governments part. However I don't see how they can enforce what they don't know about. Regarding Social Security the only time the deduction for income is applicable is if the individual is under full retirement age and the income exceeds $15,720.00, for 2015. After full retirement age you can earn as much as you want without a reduction in your Social Security benefits. Social Security Benefits If your workampers are complaining about a reduction in benefits they must be under their full retirement age limit and have another source of income, unless your reimbursement exceeds the limit they can make. If they are complaining about having to pay taxes, that's just a fact of life. Many RV workamper employers set a minimum number of hours worked to be applied to the cost of site. Many workampers don't like this because they will get a 1099 for tax purposes. If the workampers income, including the site fee, exceeds the deductions they are entitled to then they pay taxes, again a fact of life. Since I retired from paid workamper positions I only seek security positions as a volunteer. I would suggest you get with an attorney to see if you can come up with some job descriptions that would include a certain amount of security work or on call provisions to satisfy the on site regulations requirements.
SCR 08/10/15 06:42am Workamping Forum
RE: how do you pack your DirectTv dish for travel

I use the slim line remove it from the tripod and store it where ever it will fit.
SCR 08/06/15 01:18pm Technology Corner
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