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RE: Horrible Gas mileage

Well if you get a 3/4 ton gasser, you'll get worse mileage on all the non towing miles than you get now. At least that was always true in my trucks.
Snowman9000 08/30/15 06:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buy a dinghy in Arizona?

Just did a quick check on the Yuma Craigslist and here is one. they have them most of the time, you just have to look. 2009 CRV ready to tow w/braking system. Yeah, that would be perfect.
Snowman9000 08/29/15 07:23pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Ford Van baseplate

I wonder if you can use a front hitch instead. Or adapt a front hitch to become a two point "baseplate"? I'm sure a good welder could do that.
Snowman9000 08/29/15 10:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: Jack

I recently bought a Harbor Freight electric impact wrench. I returned it for a refund after one use. I tried it on my 3/4 ton truck. It did loosen some nuts but not all. And the ones that didn't loosen got beat up by the hammering. I loosened them with a 4 way lug wrench and a cheater pipe. So that told me that if I have to choose between the two, I'll carry the old fashioned tool. As much as I wanted the HF thing to work. Now, maybe the Kobalt mentioned in this thread is stronger?
Snowman9000 08/29/15 10:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2007 Chevy Trail Lite Motorhome -Is this a good deal?? Newby

We bought a 2005 with low miles about 3 years ago for less than that, so don't fret that you might be taking advantage of the sellers. It's probably a fair price. As Burl said, it's a fairly well thought out and constructed entry level B+. They have the type of basic RV construction that can be vulnerable to water damage, but I don't recall any TL owners here having any water problems. If you read that huge thread that Burl linked to, you'll eventually see a lot of tips and maintenance suggestions. The bed is uncomfy IMO, but that is a personal decision. The couch is not long enough in its stock form to sleep on lengthwise. I would try the bed before buying. A few of us took out the couch and built a flat bed.
Snowman9000 08/28/15 06:36pm Class C Motorhomes
Buy a dinghy in Arizona?

Is there much of a resale market for dinghys in AZ? We are headed there in October with our MH for a family thing. I am wondering if I'd have any luck finding used dinghys for sale out there. Then buy one (CR-V) and tow it home. Seems like AZ or FL would be the best bet for this.
Snowman9000 08/27/15 03:52pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Bogart Solar Controller...Comments?

Check out the Handy Bob Solar blog. He really likes it.
Snowman9000 08/27/15 03:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Powering Just TV and Cable

It depends somewhat on your television. I have a Samsung 22" (give or take an inch) that draws watts in the low 20s. The Dish receiver draws another 20-some watts. They can be powered by a small inverter, obviously. We had a 150w Samlex which was big enough but it ran from a plug in 12v lighter style outlet. The voltage drop on the 12v side was a continual problem. I switched to a hard wired 300W inverter now. I bought a power strip that has a switch on each individual outlet. It is plugged into an outlet that is dedicated from the inverter. So no messing around with moving cords and such. When we are on shore power, it works the same as when we are dry camped. For extra battery savings, you can find TVs that have a 12v brick in the power line, then eliminate that and run it direct off 12v. Actually our Samsung is that way, so I only have to run the Dish receiver off the inverter. But that is not essential; you can invert and run your TV. With two batteries (I have the same) you won't want to run the TV for hours and hours. But you can certainly watch it for a couple of hours or so. I am assuming you have LED lights in your MH. If not, do that too, it will give you more watts to play with. Get cheap warm white LEDs on ebay if you need LEDs.
Snowman9000 08/27/15 03:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Verizon Hotspot still $20/month? Maybe not.

In my case, I already have the data plan for my phones, so it is only another $10/mo for the hotspot. It's shared data.
Snowman9000 08/26/15 02:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon Hotspot still $20/month? Maybe not.

I am currently connected by my brand new Verizon jetpack. I went to a different store and asked about it again. They assured me it is $10/month. So I got one. It is free but there is still a 2 year contract with it. So in that respect on the new plan, they are not treating it like they are treating phones.
Snowman9000 08/25/15 05:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon Hotspot still $20/month? Maybe not.

Interesting. Thanks!
Snowman9000 08/25/15 05:34am Technology Corner
RE: Verizon Hotspot still $20/month? Maybe not.

Smartphones are a different item. They do happen to be the same $20, but you can't infer anything about hotspots from that. I have not had time to check the website since I started the thread. I hope I am wrong and the charge IS $10/mo. for hotspots.
Snowman9000 08/24/15 10:24am Technology Corner
RE: Onan 4000 Generator Problem

Sure sounds like dirty jets in the carb. No real harm in trying the fuel filter, but don't get your hopes up.
Snowman9000 08/23/15 03:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New vs used (from another angle - RV depreciation "gap")?

We found the same thing when we bought our new 2014 Class C. Our local dealer matched (beat, actually) the RV Direct pricing, and we did not find ANY late model used ones that were priced to compete with a new one.
Snowman9000 08/23/15 03:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tailgater question

Having seen the inside of the Tailgater, don't want mine shaking around up there. That and the fact we typically park in the trees probably would have to take it off more than leave it on anyway. If you have a towable RV, then it probably will shake up there, or more correctly it will be bouncing up and down a fair bit. If you have a MH, the ladder does not move any more than the rest of the coach.
Snowman9000 08/23/15 10:22am General RVing Issues
RE: First time snowbird....need help

To far north! It will be COLD there with ice and snow :( That is true.
Snowman9000 08/23/15 10:17am General RVing Issues
Verizon Hotspot still $20/month? Maybe not.

My local Verizon store told me today that the press releases and promo materials for the new plans were wrongly showing $10 for the monthly fee for hotspots. In fact it is still $20 a month. Tablets are $10 though. :( x 100 EDIT: Today 8/24 the Verizon website still shows $10 a month for hotspots on the new Verizon plan. I guess the local store manager was wrong and the printed material he showed me was wrong. Surely they would have the website correct as of today. So I'm going to assume the charge is $10/mo until we hear otherwise.
Snowman9000 08/21/15 07:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Better gas mileage

I have to take exception to you Cousin. Studies have proven many times that the drafting effect only works at a distance of a very few feet, well closer than any safety margin. Yes you will feel some difference at a safe distance but extemely small MPG effect. Please don't draft. In the meantime, check up on your life insurance. We really don't want to lose you. Have you tried it? It makes a huge difference in our current C and the B+ before that. You don't have to have your nose up the bumper of the big rig either. Obviously the closer the more effect, but it's not safe to get up close. But even at several car lengths, it has a big effect. I'm not going to argue with anyone about the practice; I'm just reporting that it does indeed make a considerable difference. What anyone does with the info is up to them.
Snowman9000 08/20/15 03:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Honda 1000 will it charge my batts

That WFCO 55 amper is not going to put out anywhere near that for battery charging. I tested mine in absolutely best case installation conditions with very short fat cables, the batteries at 50% state of charge, and it put out amps in the 30's for a few minutes. The amps began tapering immediately. And the voltage was nothing to get excited about either. I would be pretty surprised if a Honda 1000 would NOT power it. The real problem is that you wouldn't get anywhere. Here is my WFCO data
Snowman9000 08/19/15 06:55pm Tech Issues
RE: has anyone attempted to make their own sofa?

There are also foam stores online which sell foam and cushions of different densities. If you google foam wedge bolster, you will see some things you can use as a backrest.
Snowman9000 08/19/15 07:26am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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