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RE: DirecTV Troubles

You can do a receiver reset online at the DirectTV web site if you have an account. I have to do this every time I let my dish sit for a month or so without using it.
SteveRuff 10/25/14 08:29am Technology Corner
RE: 2015 CRV and Towing

Dealership treated us well. We were able to move from the 2015 to a 2014 EXL. It was a step up in price from the basic, but they did it for almost the same money.
SteveRuff 10/22/14 07:40am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 CRV and Towing

Good thing you caught it, much discussed on here you must have missed it. Prime example of only reading what you are interested in. I didn't even know I was in the market for a new car until DW told me I was!!!!!
SteveRuff 10/20/14 08:11am Dinghy Towing
2015 CRV and Towing

DW and I just put down a $500 earnest money check on a new 2015 CRV EX to tow behind our motor home. The car is due to be in sometime this week. In looking for the base plate at Blue Ox I didn't find it. Further research (looking up the owners manual) I have discovered there is a change in the transmission that makes new CRV's not towable 4 down. It never occurred to me to do this research before shopping since so many CRV's are being towed now. I am very disappointed. We haven't yet talked to the dealership about getting our check back and I really don't anticipate a problem, but the list of automatic transmission cars that are towable 4 down is getting quite small.
SteveRuff 10/20/14 07:17am Dinghy Towing
2015 CRV and Towing

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 28015944
SteveRuff 10/20/14 07:17am Around the Campfire
RE: How you heatin?

I use the heat pump until the temps get down into the upper 30's, then switch over to the propane furnace. I also use two ceramic heaters that usually are enough to keep us toasty. My main source of heat is my location. When it gets cold I move south!
SteveRuff 10/13/14 07:18am Full-time RVing
RE: Bumper sticker !

My favorite: I owe, I owe, so off to work I go!
SteveRuff 10/12/14 07:02am Around the Campfire
RE: The Idiocy of Some Companies

I have dealt with issues from both Verizon and Comcast. To me they are just twins with different names. I especially like calling to alleviate an Internet issue and have the phone robot tell me I can get answers faster by going to their website!!!
SteveRuff 10/10/14 08:02am Around the Campfire
RE: Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Thanks guys. I think we will give it a go.
SteveRuff 10/02/14 03:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Chesapeake Bay Bridge

It can be turned off if necessary.
SteveRuff 10/02/14 01:33pm Roads and Routes
Chesapeake Bay Bridge

We will be leaving Jackson NJ Saturday and want to explore the Outer Banks before heading home to Texas. Will our 34' motor home, towing a Vibe have any trouble with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and tunnels? Wind an issue? We were thinking of taking highway 13 all the way down. Good idea or not? Thanks.
SteveRuff 10/02/14 01:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Extended Warranties - Are they worth it?

I made my own extended warranty that pays for anything and everything I need done, including upgrades and modifications. The cost of the extended warranty was to be about $3000 a year. That would add roughly $250 a month on to the contract. Since my coach was new, I felt I could take the chance to not have any major issues not covered by the manufacturers warranty that first year. I opened a new savings account and had $300 a month put into it automatically. My coach is a 2006 and I have paid for all work including two King Domes and the Winegard Traveler to replace them both! I bought and had the Splendide Combo installed, I have had various minor repairs done over the years including new day/night shades, new water pump, and 6 brand new tires plus all my maintenance for the motor and generator and too many other small things to mention. In addition, I use that account to help pay for trips and special tours, even an Alaskan Inner Passage Cruise. I still have money enough in that account to put in a new refrigerator, new transmission, and new microwave/convection if they were needed. I have been religious about adding the $300 a month and I also put any "extra" money we get into it. For us, holding our own extended warranty account was well worth the money.
SteveRuff 09/29/14 12:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: Unflattering work camper article rebutted

So much depends upon how what is being said is interpreted. I was one interviewed by Jessica Bruder, the author. I most certainly do not fit the description she depicted and have written her recently to point that out. Her response, "Thank you for taking the time to read the article and write to me with your thoughts. It's true that there are very many voices and experiences on the road, and I'm sorry you feel that those reflected in the story don't resonate with your own experience." I guess if you interview 12 people and 10 of them are crosseyed you might tend to think most people are crosseyed. I know I told her I worked so that we could travel and spend without impacting our retirement money. It is our "fun" money. I have heard some people call it their "egg" money, harking back to when people sold eggs off their farm for a little extra spending money for luxuries. If I never worked another season for Amazon I would not go hungry nor lose my home or even my RV for that matter. I would have to make a choice to limit where I traveled and how much I spent though because my retirement nest egg has to last until I die and I'm not making any plans to do that just yet!
SteveRuff 09/22/14 01:05pm Workamping Forum
RE: Unleashed dogs in campgrounds: A solution

I think I have hit on the answer. If we simply require all campers to join this forum the unleashed and pooping dog problem would vanish. In all these years I have never seen the offender be one of OUR people. ALL of the forum members leash and clean up after their dogs! It is always "the other" guy who is the offender.
SteveRuff 09/15/14 01:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Microwave/Convection Wire Racks

I leave my racks in all the time. Many of the settings are using both convection and microwave so it is obviously okay to do so. I have never seen a spark like used to happen with older microwaves when metal was inside.
SteveRuff 09/12/14 10:57am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: 2014 days spendt camping?

Left home on June 5th and won't be back there until mid to late October. At this point I am not quite sure when we will head out again after that.
SteveRuff 09/11/14 02:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Big or small with toddler

We spend most of the year in a 34' motor home. Our "stick and brick" home is 3200 sq. ft. We find the room in our motor home is more than adequate for our needs. I can't remember one moment where I felt crowded or cramped.
SteveRuff 09/10/14 03:26pm Full-time RVing
RE: Why I do not depend on camground Wifi

Right now my Netgear Genie is reporting 29 devices connected to the WIFI in the park. My connection is relatively good, certainly adequate for my email and surfing needs. I have seen it as high as 72 devices connected and at that time it is too slow to be of any use at all. The downside is that my MIFI Jetpack will only connect at 3G with 2 bars so it is even less satisfactory.
SteveRuff 09/06/14 11:37am Technology Corner
RE: Off-grid vs RV park

I realize you have a dream and this lifestyle is all about living "the dream." However, the "deal" you are being offered is too one sided and not in your favor. Take the park and learn to live in your RV first. One of the hardest lessons I had to learn was that I did not have to take the "Once in a Lifetime" deal, whatever it was, because there always seemed to be another one down the road. You will find that co-op deal again. If the one you are looking at makes it, they will still have room for you in a year or two and you can get in then.
SteveRuff 09/05/14 12:43pm Full-time RVing
RE: Financing Survey

We have always paid cash. Never finance anything that will depreciate in value or you will be upside-down sooner or later. While in theory I agree, but... With such low interest rate environments (we can get 5% at our credit union for up to 10 years) why not let your investments work for you and make payments. After you add the ability to write-off interest on the loan, in the 25% tax bracket your effective loan rate is 3.75%. (Last year most of my accounts had returns in the high teens and low twenties.) To each their own, I guess. JMHO Doug I am glad someone else feels the way I do. At the time I bought, my investments were making 3 to 4% more than the cost of the loan. Made more sense to finance rather than sell off for the cash. Financed for 20 years at 5%. I never figured it as a percentage of income although it is less than 2%. I used the dealer financing but then refinanced for a better rate.
SteveRuff 09/05/14 11:45am Beginning RVing
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