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RE: Passport America

We bought PPA the first year we had a motor home and have renewed every year since that time, now well over 10 years. There has never been a year when we failed to recoup our fee and most years have been more than substantial savings. We do not alter travel plans and we always make sure we factor in going an extra 10 miles out of the way, 20 miles round trip is about an extra $10 in gas at the normal prices for us so we have to make sure we are saving at least that much or we pass. The restrictions are there and are part of owning the membership but we aren't bothered by them and frequently have had them waived when we asked.
SteveRuff 11/24/14 09:09am RV Lifestyle
RE: And they want me to shop locally....

I heard an interview of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. He stated that he didn't expect to stay on top forever. Someone will come along with a better idea, a new concept, or a new method and they will take his place. No, he doesn't feel sorry for those he has replaced and he fully expects it will happen to him because that is the way of progress and business. This is a man who started his business in his parents garage in 1994! Cruel? Harsh? Maybe, but the bottom line is that it is not a whole lot different from survival in the wild, where we all came from. Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, adapt or perish.
SteveRuff 11/17/14 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Don't Blow Your Breaker!

DW finally learned to turn off the A/C and elecric water heater element before turning on the hair dryer. Took her a while. Yours does that herself???? Mine just yells that she is about to dry her hair and it's up to me to do what needs to be done, asap!
SteveRuff 11/12/14 08:22am Beginning RVing
RE: Let's fix football....once and for all

I think we should look to the past and introduce lions and tigers to the sport. Someone will have to be appointed to give the thumbs up or down signal. In schools that can be the home field Principal, in colleges, the President, and in the NFL the Commisioner.
SteveRuff 11/11/14 07:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Soup Time

I'll add one to the mix: Add a baguette and a salad and you have a full meal waiting when you get back to the RV. CROCKPOT GUMBO Ingredients: 3 tablespoons flour 3 tablespoons oil 1/2 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices 2 cups frozen cut okra 1 large onion, chopped 1 large green bell pepper, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 can (14.5 ounce size) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 package (12 ounce size) frozen shelled deveined cooked medium shrimp, rinsed 1 1/2 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice 3 cups water In small saucepan, combine flour and oil; mix well. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.This is your Roux. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring constantly, about 10 minutes or until mixture turns reddish brown. Place flour-oil mixture in 3 1/2 to 4 quart Crockpot. Stir in all remaining ingredients except shrimp, rice and water. Cover; cook on low setting for 7-9 hours. When ready to serve, cook rice in water as directed on package. Meanwhile, add shrimp to gumbo mixture in crockpot; mix well. Cover; cook on low setting for additional 20 minutes. Serve gumbo over rice.
SteveRuff 11/10/14 08:53am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: First Trip/Last Trip

Beverly is not gone nor is she forgotten. She is right there with you and will remain with you as long as you need her. Remember the good times the two of you had and create some new memories you can tell her about later. Grieve, yes, but also honor her memory by letting her share in your joy as well.
SteveRuff 11/05/14 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Induction Interface Disk

I think it is about a 70% efficiency with the disk. I used it a few times before getting some compliant cookware and was not pleased.
SteveRuff 11/05/14 07:13am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: How much are you driving your Toad?

We have towed a Pontiac Vibe for years and have loved it. Gas mileage is superb and we have spent little on maintenance other than tires, oil changes etc. Our problem is that after several years of fighting traffic in places like Boston, Atlanta, Houston, and San Francisco we finally decided we had to have an automatic. Dealing with the manual transmission in all that stop and go traffic is murder. Sadly, the selection of automatic transmission cars suitable for towing 4 down is quite limited. We were lucky to get in on a new Honda CRV 2014 after first buying a 2015 and finding the transmission had been changed making it now untowable.
SteveRuff 11/03/14 08:20am Full-time RVing
RE: The Cold

I just went out to get the paper, and it's too cold. It took me by surprise, 53 degrees and I forgot to put on my jacket. And, it's only going to get up to 72 this afternoon. I just don't like the cold! I've got some good ham, so I'm going to start making the pancakes. And, I better have that first cup of coffee. I just got home to the Houston area from spending a week in Weslaco in the Rio Grande Valley. Had to walk the dog this morning in 55 and wind ... I agree with you Cloud ... I become unhappy when I first have to put on long pants and stay that way until the shorts come out again! Back to the Valley next week for us.
SteveRuff 11/01/14 07:29am Around the Campfire
RE: How much are you driving your Toad?

While not actually full timers we almost qualify as we spend 8 or 9 months a year in our motor home. We are part of the Amazon Camperforce that travels to new facilities to help train their workers. This means we stay in one place for at least three months. We also have adapted our travel style to take advantage of the lower weekly and monthly rates when we are not working. All that being said I have found we put miles on the toad (Pontiac Vibe, new toad Honda CRV) at the rate of about 10 to 1. Having a toad that is comfortable, easy on the gas mileage, and big enough to take a couple of friends with you is essential to our lifestyle. It factored in heavily when we were choosing between a motor home and a fifth wheel. I just couldn't see myself using the big truck as my daily vehicle.
SteveRuff 10/30/14 07:35am Full-time RVing
RE: Green Water

Thanks Guys Steve, let us know if you got the green out! It only happens the first time and only twice. No taste to the water and no residual effects I can see. I am thinking the water sat in their system and I didn't flush it out before I hooked up as was suggested. We have stayed in a few almost deserted parks recently.
SteveRuff 10/29/14 08:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Green Water

Thanks Guys
SteveRuff 10/28/14 08:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: FruitCake

It was always my theory there was only ever ONE fruitcake. It kept being re-gifted since nobody ever actually ate the thing !
SteveRuff 10/28/14 07:51am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Green Water

The last few times I have hooked up to city water in a RV park I have found the first basin of water I run into the back bedroom sink is green, almost the color of transmission fluid. It only seems to happen in this one basin. This motor home has never been winterized so there is no possibility of cross contamination with antifreeze. Is it possible I have some mold in my hose, or perhaps in the plumbing? If so, how should I clear this up? Thanks
SteveRuff 10/27/14 08:20am Class A Motorhomes
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
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