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RE: Other Uses for a Bottle Jack

Don't forget the jack that comes with your truck! Mine has worked great for changing TT tires and doing maintenance like greasing. A big plus - it has the extra long rods for spinning up and down; No need to get under the TT to work the jack.
Tvov 11/28/14 05:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Video Streaming-Opinions

I don't know if this will help, but we use a Nintendo Wii video game console for streaming Netflix at home. If you have an Xbox, Nintendo, etc laying around you might already have a "streaming device". As someone else posted, we also routinely hookup our laptop to the TV to watch online programs. Our TV, by now, is a little older flat screen so the speakers of the TV don't work when the laptop is plugged in - we either need to use headphones plugged into the laptop, or hookup portable speakers to the laptop.
Tvov 11/27/14 06:35am Technology Corner
RE: Trip Report: The Perfect Family Trip!

"We did see this guy going in on the trail. Turns out, that a few times a week, a ranger has to go to the remote camping spots and remove human waste. The job itself isn't so good, but the commute ain't bad! " As Mike Rowe would say, "Somebody's got to do it!"! Great pictures! You are REALLY making me think about planning a trip out West.
Tvov 11/27/14 06:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Which State Has the Best Drivers?

"The only thing I don't understand here is when you are turning left on a light they stay behind the line waiting instead of moving into the intersection so a couple cars 'can' turn left when the light turns." That is a puzzlement in north Colorado, too. I kind of enjoy aggravating people by letting semis in, or folks out of parking spaces. In truth, drivers are pretty mellow and laid back around here. Only real complaint is the state motto should be changed to, "Colorado, where the speed limit is never quite enough". I think that is actually part of the "rules of the road" for many states, in New York that is called "blocking the box" of an intersection (I think, but not positive). Technically, you are not supposed to go into an intersection until you have room to drive through it. But... I think I remember reading in Connecticut's driver's ed booklet (two teenagers of mine went through that not too long ago) that it is okay to try to give people behind you room to get by - without blocking the road, though. I know what you mean, though... Especially I wish the person turning left in front of me moves forward a bit so cars behind can get around to go straight. Then you get the folks that don't understand what I am doing, when I move forward a bit while waiting to turn left -- they just sit behind me, when there is room to go around. I've usually considered Connecticut drivers to be direct, as opposed to rude. They usually(!) will not drive crazy, but be ready for quick lane changes if there is room - and they may let you do a lane change, but again, be quick about it!
Tvov 11/27/14 06:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Which State Has the Best Drivers?

lol, I just drove from Connecticut to Maine and back to pickup my daughter for Thanksgiving. I did not notice much difference between the three states, CT MA and ME (New Hampshire doesn't really count, I was only in it for about 10 minutes). Generally in New England (of course, I can speak for everyone!) Massachusetts drivers are considered the worst... but as posted earlier, during rush house it doesn't seem to matter where you are. Mass drivers seem to "lane hunt" during traffic - always looking for the "faster" lane. Biggest problem, as usual, is people using cell phones (I don't care hands free or not). Cars speed up, then slow down... speed up, then slow down... as people talk and text. At least they could try cruise control, but no.
Tvov 11/26/14 05:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

Al my small engine stuff i just leave the fuel valve on except when transporting never had an issue with gumming or plugged jets.My honda gen gets used atleast once a month. Most i know who have problems are the ones who drain all the fuel out of carb and let it sit.My guess would be that the carb in mine stays wet vs drying and leaving the residue. Yes, if you use small engines at least once a month, then you don't have to do any special additives or draining. Storing an engine without running it is the issue. Not if you store it properly meaning getting all of the gas out. I have four Honda generators that are not used very often and all of them are stored dry (really dry not just running it until it quits the first time). When I need one I put fresh gas with Stabil Marine in it and crank it 13 times or so and it is off and running. Dick Okay, I think we are talking in circles now!
Tvov 11/26/14 05:24am Tech Issues
RE: Stocking Cabinets

We are weekend campers. Dishes are heavy duty plastic or thick paper/cardboard (Chinette (sp?) is great). Cups are plastic and/or steel mugs. Utensils are heavy duty plastic and stainless, which ones we use seemingly depends on our mood. If things can't be put in cabinet with securely closing doors, we put them on the beds (obviously temporarily just during travel). Coffee maker and other items we wrap with beach towels and put them in a cabinet. Also, don't forget about the oven! We put some pots and pans in the oven... and the microwave is good to use to store stuff. DON'T forget that stuff is in there!! Just before we leave on a trip, I look around the camper. Anything loose is either secured or put on the beds. ANYTHING will move and/or fall to the floor if not secured, so keep that in mind while storing stuff. On the other hand, sometimes we'll forget to put something away and nothing will happen - like a friends large ceramic coffee mug sitting on the kitchen counter the whole way home on rough roads. It barely seemed to move. See you on the road!
Tvov 11/25/14 06:07am Beginning RVing
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

Al my small engine stuff i just leave the fuel valve on except when transporting never had an issue with gumming or plugged jets.My honda gen gets used atleast once a month. Most i know who have problems are the ones who drain all the fuel out of carb and let it sit.My guess would be that the carb in mine stays wet vs drying and leaving the residue. Yes, if you use small engines at least once a month, then you don't have to do any special additives or draining. Storing an engine without running it is the issue.
Tvov 11/25/14 05:32am Tech Issues
RE: Ford cruise control

.... Unfortunately not available on Super Duty's yet Yes, that is pretty much what we are talking about...
Tvov 11/25/14 05:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Unattended RV question

Oh that's such a good point. It does seem strange, but we've been afraid to get to know "neighbors" just in case they would know when we would be gone and put our rig at risk. After your comment, though, maybe we're looking at this all wrong? Perhaps we need an attitude shift! Perhaps we'll enjoy the experience much better if we knew there were people helping look out for our site while we were gone. Great perspective! I don't mean to sound odd, but have you camped before? The first thing I usually do after setting up is to introduce myself to the immediate neighbors. Considering we are usually all of maybe 20 feet away from each other anyways, may as well get to know them at least on a polite basis. Also helps on figuring out hookups if the power and water posts are shared. If you end up at a campground where you feel uncomfortable, you can always go on down the road! I would definitely make sure the campground office has a cell phone number they can call if something happens to your camper while you are away.
Tvov 11/24/14 05:25am Beginning RVing
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

I siphon the gas out of the tank and then run it until the carb is dry. For insurance I also open the carb drain. And all my small engines get non-ethanol gas. The ethanol free gas is great......if you can get it. Soon - your state will be like CA....and not available. The site for the *few* supposed ethanol free station locations selling same is incorrect for CA. ~ Turns out we are not the only ones grumping about ethanol... seems there is at least a dim light at the end of the tunnel. I did not know gov was even considering reducing (or getting rid of) ethanol: http://news.yahoo.com/epa-delays-decision-ethanol-gas-161703053.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory&soc_trk=fb
Tvov 11/24/14 05:10am Tech Issues
RE: Short term travel trailer storage ....where?

You can't just park it (hooked up to your vehicle) in front of your son's house? Assuming it is a neighborhood road, and not a main road. If he has a driveway, there isn't enough room to just pull into it? You are just talking about overnight or maybe two nights, the neighbors might not say anything. But staying in a full hookup campground does sound best, as you can test everything out.
Tvov 11/19/14 05:49am Beginning RVing
RE: Ford cruise control

Yea, I agree with the "lazy" part. With my 2008 F250, I watch for hills while in cruise control and will tap the brakes to temporarily shut it off (don't hit brakes hard enough to engage them) and use the gas pedal to make the transmission downshift to maintain speed on hills. After the hill, hit "resume" on the cruise, and it goes back to cruising. I sort of figured this was intentional programing to get better fuel mileage (lower rpms) ? Just guessing at that.
Tvov 11/18/14 05:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Raising tires for winter storage.

Speaking of rule #8... I have read on these forums that when parking a camper outside for the winter in snow areas, to NOT put down the stabilizers. Heavy snow can add a lot of weight to the camper that might damage the jacks or the frame - but the suspension allows the camper to adjust for the weight. Seems like the above would require a LOT of snow, but it kinda makes sense to me. I winterize my TT, park it with the tires on boards, do not put down the stabilizers, and put a cover over it if I am not too lazy. Seems to work for me. Another reason I don't put down the stabilizers is in the off chance a tire goes flat over the winter, it doesn't put unnecessary strain on the frame. Actually, you reminded me that was the biggest reason to not put the stabilizers down - possible flat tire.
Tvov 11/15/14 07:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Trip Report: The Perfect Family Trip!

My knee is getting sore just looking at the pictures... lol! Great stuff!
Tvov 11/15/14 07:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Raising tires for winter storage.

Speaking of rule #8... I have read on these forums that when parking a camper outside for the winter in snow areas, to NOT put down the stabilizers. Heavy snow can add a lot of weight to the camper that might damage the jacks or the frame - but the suspension allows the camper to adjust for the weight. Seems like the above would require a LOT of snow, but it kinda makes sense to me. I winterize my TT, park it with the tires on boards, do not put down the stabilizers, and put a cover over it if I am not too lazy. Seems to work for me.
Tvov 11/14/14 05:37am Travel Trailers
RE: 18 mpg Dodge while towing?

Especially if the dashboard mpg is "instant" mpg instead of averaged. Go downhill, mpg could jump to 50mpg. Also he may have "hand calculated" mpg once under ideal conditions, instead of calculating on a regular basis to once again get an average mpg.
Tvov 11/14/14 05:11am Towing
RE: Privately Owned Parks that Just Do Not Want Your Business

What I like about their rules is they spell them out right away, clearly, and even explain why they have those rules. No surprises - allows campers (like myself) to decide if I want to stay there.
Tvov 11/14/14 05:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Opinions on this picture please

My front window leaked, and I had delamination similar to yours, except it was the whole panel under the window. I don't know if this is your problem, but what happened to me was: The leak was very difficult to figure out. The window was "fully sealed", from what myself and an experienced RV repair guy could see. What was happening was water was actually running up the outside of the bottom window seal (maybe 1/2 inch), down the window, under the window, up the inside of the inside window seal, then down the seal, under the inner trim, and then to in between the front panels to then delaminate the panels. The only reason I figured it out was because I happened to be looking at the base of the window when I noticed an air bubble make the trip under the seals. There ended up being gallons of water in between the front panels that must have accumulated over the winter. The RV repair guy took off the front trim and pulled up the front panel, let things dry in his shop, then glued it all back together and put everything back in place. Yes, it was expensive, and fortunately I had insurance on the TT that paid for it. I asked the repair guy about just removing the front window (we don't use anyways), but he didn't want to get into that project. Don't know if any of this helps you figure out what is going on, but good luck!
Tvov 11/12/14 05:30am Travel Trailers
RE: New to RV's and need some advice for winter....

Is your RV vented somehow? I know you need to insulate, but fresh air is also needed. Interesting thread to read, by the way!
Tvov 11/11/14 05:44am Class A Motorhomes
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