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RE: A real honest-to goodness "NEWBIE"

you need to rent on see if you are comfortable with it.i would recomend a fiver truck combo fir a first rig. go to campgrounds talk to rv owners In my opinion if he wants a DP and opts for a 5'er and truck he will never be happy and always feel he made a mistake. Actually, I see no valid reason to go the 5'er route first.
SteveRuff 07/17/14 07:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slide Outs

The shear pin is located outside, under the slide where the mechanics are on my coach. I had to crawl under the slide almost to the center of the coach to find it.
SteveRuff 07/12/14 05:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV lifestyle =

Bought the motor home to travel to our sons baseball games in the summer before his senior year of high school. He played on a travel team in Texas, La. and even in Georgia. He continued playing for 4 years of college so we went to all of those games too! Team made the playoffs and advanced to the 2nd round which was in Kentucky. After they were eliminated we decided we were so far east already we would just keep going. Toured Niagara Falls area, upstate New York then down the east coast before going back home. Since then we take from 6 to 11 months each year to see a different part of the country. Along the way we worked some KOA workamping jobs but eventually settled on working for Amazon during their peak season. We have done that for 3 years and are in NJ now getting ready to help open a new facility. We work for 3 months, make enough money to refill the travel coffers, then are off again. We have a sticks and bricks with a garage apartment and a downstairs converted into an apartment so it basically takes care of itself while we are gone. The rents pay the mortgage. Plan to do this until it isn't fun or the health fails, whichever comes first.
SteveRuff 07/04/14 07:45am RV Lifestyle
RE: Slide Outs

The first check is always the pin. There is a pin that goes through a square rod turned by the motor. If the shear pin has snapped the rod turns but not the inside. I replaced mine three times before understanding I needed a grade 8 from Home Depot. What they have out is usually a 5 but they have 8's if you ask.
SteveRuff 07/04/14 07:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Batteries Won't Charge on shore power or genny

When I had this problem I eventually discovered that my converter had developed a problem. A call to the manufacturer got me a tech who was really savvy and knew immediately what to tell me to do. I had to open it up and solder a broken connection that had come loose. He told me this was a common problem that had since been addressed. I ordered a new converter but it is still in the box waiting for when I might need it.
SteveRuff 07/01/14 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: washer and dryer in RV

we have the space and the hookups for a combo set, but have opted for the huge storage area it gives us instead. being able to do your laundry "at home" sounds great, but in a MH, you must be on full hookups to have enough water and a place to drain all the wash water. And instead of doing a dinky little load each day, I would rather do it all in one afternoon every week or 10 days. But to each his or her own, so go for it. Mine will wash from my tank with the pump on and the gray tank holds more than enough. The Splendide only uses about 5 or 6 gallons of water per load. I don't boondock extensively but I wouldn't hesitate to wash if I knew a dump station was coming within the next couple of days. We recently did 4 loads of wash, 4 full showers, and 3 sinks full of dishes before having to pull the valve to empty the gray tank. Granted, we were very full and had a small bit of standing water in the shower, but we were not being conservative in the least.
SteveRuff 06/25/14 07:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What Campground Memberships do you use?

We bought the Thousand Trails 2 for 1 zone deal last year when we were going to be traveling in the Wash., Oregon., California area. We used it where we could and sved a ton of money although we did have to stay in some rather remote places and use our toad to drive to the places we wanted to visit. Passport America is our go to club and I have renewed every year since we started RV'ing. There has never been a year I lost money on the deal and many years I have saved at least 10 times the cost.
SteveRuff 06/21/14 07:14am Full-time RVing
RE: Do you suffer from Stuff-o-cation?

We learned from our sailing experiences ... if something comes in something must go out. Sure, buy that T-shirt, but when you get it home...throw one out. Takes great discipline but it works.
SteveRuff 06/19/14 07:26am General RVing Issues
RE: New microwave or convection oven?

I so like the Micro/Convec in our motor home that when our sticks and bricks micro bit the dust I replaced it with the same unit I have in the MH. I think I have only used the oven once in 8 months in the sticks and bricks. The new unit does it all and is more energy efficient.
SteveRuff 06/13/14 05:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Dental Implants in Algodones?

There is the air conditioned casino in Yuma. A couple of them actually. Personally, I would take the motor home and not mess with the long drive back and forth. My coach stays cool, I have television and my Kindle, who needs to do anything else?
SteveRuff 06/03/14 06:28am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: LaMesa RV

I tried on two occasions to get the one in Yuma to do some work for me. Both times they gave me a brush off with a target date over a month away.
SteveRuff 05/30/14 07:47am Tech Issues
RE: Dental Implants in Algodones?

We go through this every time this subject arises. The dentists are, for the most part, trained in the US. The safety and sanitary conditions are equal to the US. The dentists don't have to cater to the insurance industry as they do here so they don't charge me $4000 because your insurance company only allows them to charge you $500. They do not have massive malpractice insurance bills to pay, which may be taken as a negative because you probably won't get very far trying to sue them. Their buildings don't cost as much and their equipment, although often new and state of the art, is less expensive. Their office staff makes peanuts compared to here. Drugs, supplies, etc. are much less expensive. They have an enormous US and Canadian clientele so they work on a smaller profit margin and make sure they keep their customers satisfied because they know we talk to each other. I certainly am not trying to make anyone use them who is not comfortable with the idea, but I do wish to share my positive experience with those who ask.
SteveRuff 05/27/14 08:56am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Dental Implants in Algodones?

I posted in the other thread so I assume you have already read it there. Dr. Rubio's Group in Algodones is excellent and I absolutely feel comfortable recommending them. DW had every tooth replaced in her upper and some crowns and deep root cleaning on her lowers. Bone grafts, implants, root canals ... the works. No problems other than the one mentioned and that was taken care of under warranty! Very professional, easy to work with.
SteveRuff 05/26/14 07:40am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Avocado Sandwich

Sourdough (sheepherder), sliced avocado, tomato, red onion. Oh, and a cold beer! Breakfast of Champions!!
SteveRuff 05/23/14 07:57am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: King Dome replacement

Another here that replaced two failed King Domes with the Winegard Traveler. Did this 3 years ago and have had zero problems since. Only once have I had trouble getting a signal and that was because I was totally blocked on all sides by tall trees. Moved to another site where I had a small but adequate window to the sky and resolved the issue. Added bonus is the HD I now get.
SteveRuff 05/22/14 08:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How useful is a washer/dryer

We're shopping for a motor home, and evaluating the utility of various features. If you have a washer, do you use it often, or do you end up at the laundromat anyway? Has anyone replaced a motor home that had a washer with one that didn't? Did you miss it terribly? Apologies if this has been addressed; I searched the forums and didn't find this topic. Bob and Betsy We put a combo unit in two years ago and my DW absolutely considers it essential. The combo unit takes some getting used to. It is small and slow so it is most effective doing frequent loads rather than waiting for "wash day." She loves being able to do a load of wash over coffee and breakfast and in her pajamas if she wishes. She doesn't have to wait for a dryer and she isn't worried about questionable clientele, except me of course. We don't have to carry two huge bags of clothes, detergent, dryer sheets etc. back and forth, and maybe most importantly, we don't have to arrange for $20.00 worth of quarters. Cost effective? I don't know and I don't care. DW is happy and that makes me happy.
SteveRuff 05/14/14 08:00am RV Lifestyle
RE: Any KOA work kampers?

We did two seasons of KOA workamping. One was a franchise and one was a corporate campground. DW and I decided it was not really for us. The hours promised really didn't materialize, the site, while discounted, still cost, but primarily I just didn't fit the skill set required. They seem to usually want the men to do the outside maintenance work while the ladies work the reservations and the desk. I didn't mind delivering firewood, escorting campers to their sites, patrolling in the evenings to help enforce the rules, and even occasionally cleaning a bathroom, but I am not well versed in electrical work, plumbing, etc. and I absolutely detest yard work. My own sticks and bricks has a black lava rock yard so I have no mowing or edging! This, plus the fact that we were working during the best times to travel and enjoy our motor home, while sitting at home during the times when many of the attractions are closed or inaccessible pointed us toward doing our work at Amazon during their peak season. We have done that for 3 years and will begin our 4th this year. Works for us.
SteveRuff 05/13/14 10:03am Workamping Forum
RE: stove top cooking

first, thanks for comments regarding these induction stoves.... let me explain why I am interested in them - I've tried elec burners outside for shrimp and crab boils and the one I had never did the trick. I also have a smaller kitchen now and the gas stove is usually covered with cutting boards etc - not much room. If I were boondocking of course I would use the propane....I have been told the induction heats faster etc etc.... but I also know advertisements often exaggerate, so am especially interested in the brand names which are recommended (or not) We bought the Max Burton 6000 from Amazon when it came with the add on plate to use with cookware that is non magnetic. Everything works as advertised. With proper cookware water boils in less than two minutes. Cooking temps can be regulated from 1 through 10 with the 1 setting being a simmer. The plate for non magnetic cookware reduces the efficiency by about 25% or more. I do not suggest using it. We like ours and use it in both the motor home and the sticks and bricks.
SteveRuff 05/12/14 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Google it! or Post a question on a forum?

I often post to ask a question because I don't know enough to do a proper search. Why does my slide only move one side? Why do my lights dim when I turn on my fan? What is the best way to tow a car behind my 24' motor home? People on this forum have experienced those problems and can tell me first off, what my problem might be, and secondly, how to fix it. It is a bonus that I sometimes get multiple answers which gives me more options to check if the first one doesn't help me. I have even been known to not phrase my problem correctly and through a series of questions from posters, I finally know enough to ask what I meant to ask!
SteveRuff 05/11/14 07:53am Around the Campfire
RE: Dentist recommendation in Algodones?

DW and I have used Zenni online for our glasses for the last 4 or 5 years. We have an eye exam here in the states every so often then take our prescription with us. One thing you need to ask at the exam is for them to include your PD (Pupilary Distance). This is not usually put on the prescription but is easily done. Once you have that then you can shop Zenni online at a huge savings. We have never had a problem and receive our glasses within a week. $70 buys you Titanium frames with no line bifocals, no scratch, tinted if wanted etc. Once your eyes reach a certain age (like mine) they just don't change much any more. I get a new exam about every 3 to 4 years.
SteveRuff 05/10/14 08:54am Full-time RVing
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