I've driven that route many times and I prefer to stay on the 15.
First of all, you will not have to slow down and dodge traffic as you exit the highway. Yes, there can be a little more traffic on the 15, especially when you get around the 10, but not enough to worry about.
To stay on the 215, you literally have to exit the highway and join the 91 highway, and that intersection can be a bear. Then you fight the traffic at the 215/10 intersection. Plus, after the intersection, the 215 goes through San Bernardino with only 2 to 3 lanes in each direction and it's always crowded and in need of repairs.
That's really great!! Glad to hear that you are progressing so well. Keep up with the physical therapy, it's very important. My wife and I are into ballroom dancing and we compete in it. Two weeks ago we were in Orlando at a competition, my first after the hip replacement in April. Went really well and I didn't have any problems with my hips at all. Now, it was a whole other story about my knees. Yuck, I get my hips fixed and now my knees are getting bad. It really sucks getting old!!
Like others have said, it's "white knuckles" for a while, but it's really not that hard. I had a little experience driving a 33' flat bed delivery truck a few times before I jumped into a Class A. Now, it's no problem.
The hardest part for me was learning how to drive a diesel versus a gas coach. There are many posts on this forum on the differences between driving a diesel and driving a gas coach, I suggest you search them out.
I have had both hips replaced. The right side was 9 1/2 years ago, and the left this past April, I am now 67 years old. No problems at all with recovery from both, but there was a definite difference in the 9.5 years!! In both cases, I was up and walking right after surgery, but this year I had to build up to walking 3/4 mile twice a day. Started walking with walker, graduated to a cane, and then no cane in 3 week time period. Back to work in 3 weeks the first time, 4 weeks this time, and driving sooner this time - left leg doesn't move in an automatic transmission, right leg had to heal more.
Regarding the "glue in" replacement hip. There are basically two different designs. The first is a prosthesis that is glued into your leg. This type provides for less chance in having the prosthesis relocate, or move, plus it does not allow for a lot of exercise, and is generally used for older patients. The type I have in both legs, has a perforated, or rough surface on the prosthesis that allows the leg to completely bond with the prosthesis while healing. This type provides a sound and complete structure between the prosthesis and the femur.
Another item to be aware... The "complete" healing time is around one year. That doesn't mean you cannot do anything for that time, heck I was out RVing in 8 weeks, but that is the critical time that you will have to watch for proper bending, reaching, and avoiding the 90 degree rule. The biggest problem with patients is that they start feeling really good, then overdo it, and pop out the hip joint. Then, it's "do not pass go, do not collect $200" dial 911 and get to the emergency room. According to some articles, about 8% of hip replacements have hip dislocations.
If you want to see what they really do to your body for this operation, there are some YouTube videos showing the complete operation. Not for the squeemish, they show a lot of blood loss.
I have been to Australia several times, but the last time was 13 years ago. My daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren live in the Sydney area. And, before that, they lived in the Brisbane area. I really love your country and had a great time touring the cities and the "Blue Mountain" areas. Australia reminded me of the US in the 1950's when I was last there - people were friendly and smiled all the time, no one locked their doors at night, or locked their cars. Very little criminal activity.
I just finished a project similar to yours. The old DVD player (actually part of the radio) stopped working and the audio amplifier stopped. Other parts of my system worked fine, DirecTV (SD receiver not HD), my TV is an LED with HDMI inputs, and my coach was wired for 5.1 surround sound and even included a subwolfer. Plus, and most importantly, I had limited space in my cabinet. The cabinet was 12" deep, 5" high, but very long.
After doing a lot of searching, I found that units advertised as "Home Theater" systems would fit my size restrictions and my requirements. I chose a Sony unit that has HDMI inputs and outputs, FM capability, AUX inputs, and USB inputs. I sold the speakers on Craigslist when I was finished.
So now, I run the DirecTV video to the TV using S-Video, the audio runs to the home theater where it is amplified and output to the speakers. Blu-ray, regular DVD's, and CD's are played in the home theater system and output by HDMI to the TV. FM radio is played from the home theater and my IPod is played using an iPod dock that came with the unit, and digital movies are played from a USB flash drive that I preload at home.
The most difficult part of my install was finding all the speaker wiring that was hidden and tapping into those wires.
I've been using a Hugh's Autoformer for 12 years now. First one was 30 amp which I used up until I bought my current coach, which uses 50 amp service. So, I sold my 30 amp and bought a 50 amp Autoformer. I have a lot of sensitive electronics in my coach and I would not tempt fate by connecting without it. I have had ZERO electrical problems in my coaches through the years.
I use my "Verizon" 4G MiFi from Millennicom connected to my "smart" home theater system and it works fine. With Millennicom, I have 20 GB of data per month so I can stream a couple of Netflix movies a month and not have any problems.
On mine, the slides/awnings will not work if the engine is running. BUT, I can use the leveling jacks while the engine is running, the only stipulation is that the parking brake is engaged. Have your tried using your jacks with the engine running.
You have not told us the type and year of your coach. Many solutions are applicable to specific brands of RV's. For example, this seems to be a pretty common problem with Monaco RV's. The solution, which makes no sense to me but it works, is to put a small accumulator tank right off the water pump. I had tried four different water pumps, even had a surflo engineer look my problem. But, I finally found a service center that recognized the problem right away, installed the accumulator tank, and I have not had any problems since.
Are you sure you are talking about the "battery cutoff switch"? This switch is usually located in your battery compartment and is exactly like ones used in boats. The switch inside the door (usually referred to as the "salesman switch") controls only certain 12 volt circuits in the coach. It is so named because the salesperson can just hit the switch when coming or going and reduce 12v battery requirements.
Most of us do not need this switch and we bypass the relay it controls by jumpering the terminals. That way we don't have to worry about this switch breaking at a bad time.
Ditto on everyone's comments so far. As you can see, I have a 2007 36' Endeavor PDQ and love it. Great coach.
One issue nobody has talked about yet is the engine year. In January, 2007, new diesel "smog" devices had to be installed. Later, there were more stringent rules placed on diesel engines. Thus the reason for my coach. I purchased my coach as a 2007 model, but it uses a 2006 Cummins engine, therefore not requiring the new smog equipment. At that time, neither Cummins nor Cat could tell what effect the new equipment would have on their engines. So, I took the plunge to diesel sooner that I planned.
I would suggest that you look at the new Asus line of routers. In a short time on the market, they have received some of the highest rankings by IT guru's. I purchased one for my home to replace a failed linksys router.
The Asus is faster, has more features, has 2 USB ports that accept 3G or 4G wireless cards or network hard drives. Being an "n", it will has greater throughput and more power than your standard linksys. It even has a feature where you can setup a guest network without giving out your master password.
They are about 3 times more than a linksys, but around the same price as a Cradlepoint or Ranger. Google them and look at their features.
That's why I don't to live in a Super Bowl town. When I lived in San Diego and stored my RV at a storage lot, the only time I had a breakin was on both Super Bowl Sundays when the game was in San Diego. I guess all the police were involved in traffic and crowd control so the thieves took advantage of that.
For anyone shopping for a new router, I would suggest that you look at the new Asus line of routers. My old linksys router died and my IT guru suggested the Asus RT-N66U router which is rated very highly.
Yes, it cost almost 3x that of a new linksys, but its performance outshines anything on the market. It is a 2 band gigabit router, covering both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, with the ability to setup "guest" access so you don't have to give out your master password. It is very powerful and I now get a full wireless signal at the farthest room from the router where the linksys could not reach. Also, you can attach your 3G or 4G usb modem and have internet access. It also has two usb ports, so you could even hook up a network storage device.
The features are too many to list here. Just letting everyone know you have a new choice now for you home router. Here's a link to PC World's review of the router.
The point about overselling bandwidth is a valid concern. That's why the major players (Verizon, AT&T) are buying smaller providers like Alltel and soon Clearwire. By purchasing these companies, Verizon and AT&T gain the additional bandwidth of these smaller players.
It was only a few years ago that if you had AT&T in New York City, the odds of getting a signal was 50% at best. AT&T scrambled to increase its bandwidth before they lost too many subscribers. Also, that's one of the reasons that AT&T dropped their 4G technology and embraced the 4G LTE technology that Verizon uses.
The 4G technology operates on a different frequency than regular cell, text and 3G technologies use. This opens up a lot of bandwidth for the 4G technology.
Regarding the reselling of services and specifically why Verizon would do this, imagine that Millenicom has 100 subscribers. Verizon leases the bandwidth to Millenicom at a reduced rate. Verizon doesn't have to worry about customer support, preparing billing statements, collecting amounts due, etc. from these 100 subscribers, Millenicom handles all that. So it is "cheaper" for Verizon to sell some bandwidth to Millenicom. Now multiply this by the hundreds, thousands, etc. of Millenicom subscribers. So Verizon makes more money and there must be enough left over for Millenicom to make money.
I've been a Verizon customer since the late 80's, but once I found Millenicom, I let my Verizon data plan elapse. I chose the "Verizon" data plan from Millenicom since it uses the Verizon network and has the identical coverage. I have a 4G MiFi and I have a 20 GB per month data plan, all for $69.99 per month with NO TAXES, NO CONTRACT, and NO extra feels tossed in. Last time I checked, the Verizon 10 GB data plan was $60.00 per month PLUS tax, fees, etc.
One downside - you have to purchase the MiFi from Millenicom, you cannot use existing equipment for the "Verizon" service. When my MiFi arrived, it still had the Verizon sticker on it. Another downside is that you don't know your exact usage during a month. If I remember correctly, Millenicom will post your usage every Monday, but you don't have any type of real-time usage meters. On the other hand, you can call them, or email them, and they will tell your your usage.
I have been using Millenicom for about a year without any problems. The newer MiFi units that Millenicom uses (and Verizon) can have up to 10 simultaneous devices attached wirelessly. My particular device can have 5 devices attached.
I have been with Verizon before they were Verizon, somewhere around 1988. I have generally been pleased with their customer service and the quality of their network both cell service and data service. However, when my contract ended for my USB modem, I thoroughly researched Millenicom's data service. Millenicom is a reseller of Verizon, Sprint and AT&T data services, they do not offer cell service, data only. Their data services run on the exact same network as the named brand vendors.
I chose their Verizon data plan with a Verizon MiFi modem/router. I get 20 GB a month for $69.99 with NO TAXES and NO CONTRACT and no additional fees. When I opened the box and took out the MiFi, it still had the Verizon label on it. I have been using this system for about a year and have had good service and good connectivity in almost every place I've been in.