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RE: Taos, NM campground advice

Second the motion for Monte Bello RV Park. Make sure when you reserve you tell them the size rig you're bringing. They tend to try to match your size to their site size. al
aslakson 08/10/14 02:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Snow birds

We look for a full hookup site where our satellite dish will get a signal - that generally means a southern exposure. After that, we go for level and then grass and then more space between neighbors. Middle of the state to us means the Orlando area or a little south - and it can get chilly. Having sun to warm you may be appreciated. But the way the weather's been lately, all bets are off trying to predict. Adjust and adapt and have fun. al
aslakson 08/09/14 05:54am Full-time RVing
RE: Electricity issue? TV blacking out when the heater is on.

If your rig has an energy management system, it's possible that the system is "shedding load" when the heater is running - in other words, turning off lower-priority circuits to keep the total current below the EMS maximums. On our rig, for example, running the microwave or toaster oven will shut down the bedroom air conditioner or space heater, depending on the time of year. Once that extra load is removed, the shed circuits come alive again. al
aslakson 08/09/14 05:22am Tech Issues
RE: WhatChaMaCall-it?

On our rig, that screw-in cover is actually a marine hatch . . . but I called the factory and got a spare from them just because I figured sooner or later I'd lose one. That was 6 years ago. Haven't lost one yet. :) al
aslakson 08/05/14 02:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Map program

The thing I like about Delorme is the ability to add in and/or modify an almost unlimited number of POI (point of interest) files. They let you customize the maps to almost any degree you want. You mentioned low clearances - there's a POI for that (from lowclearances.com) that shows those places you don't want to leave an air conditioner. What the software doesn't do is plot a route to automatically avoid those low clearance points. But if you spend a few minutes with the software you can easily spot the problems and reroute. al
aslakson 08/04/14 05:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 101 From Seattle to San Diego

If at all possible, don't try to follow 101 thru San Francisco. If you really need to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, park the TT someplace first. When you get to LA, you might consider one of the interstates to minimize traffic congestion woes, but you can also just time your trip and avoid rush hours. From Seattle, stay on 101 and go up and around the Olympic Penninsula. Visit the rain forests on the west side of the National Park. Drive or ride horses on the beach at Ocean Shores. Just into Oregon, spend some time in the Astoria area - Lewis & Clark country and lots more. Stop at the Tillamook Dairy for cheese and ice cream. South of Tillamook, detour out to the Pacific City area and enjoy the beach and some quirky places to eat. Lincoln City is always fun if you like antique shops. Newport is well worth some time . . tour the lighthouses. Stop in Depot Bay for whale watching. See the animals at Sea Lion Caves north of Florence. From Florence to Coos Bay, rent an ATV and ride the dunes. (There's a popular surfing spot at Winchester Bay.) South of Coos Bay, don't pass up Shore Acres State Park and Cape Arago State park. Great views and good views of an elephant seal breeding beach. Into California, the redwoods are always worth a few days. You might consider a detour south of the redwoods and head out to the ocean and pick up CA-1 for a while. Some while-knuckle driving, but the scenery is spectacular. Inland from 101, the Napa valley is very tasty. We tend to avoid the San Francisco area, but just south on 101 is San Jose. The Winchester Mystery House is a must. Then head to the coast again for Monterey and Carmel. Don't miss Hearst Castle and the Pismo Beach area. Plan on spending time in the Santa Barbara Area. It's a delightful town. And of course San Diego has bunches of stuff in Balboa Park - you could spend a week in just that one park. And that's just for starters. Have a bunch of fun. We've been wandering up and down 101 for several years now, and always find a few surprises on every trip. al
aslakson 07/30/14 12:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Grand Haven, MI in early September

Many of the sites are electric only, so fill your tanks on the way in (there is a watering station available). You may also have to purchase separate vehicle passes for your truck and trailer, and being out of state that might get spendy. As far as swimable, depends on your tolerance for chill. al
aslakson 07/29/14 05:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Explain DOT Tire Certification

I've become a big fan of Roger Marble's RV Tire info blog. And for whatever it's worth, your tire size is under $680 (with FET) thru the FMCA's Michelin Advantage program. Might have to look around to actually find them - I understand Michelin isn't putting a lot of tires into the distribution channel right now. al
aslakson 07/28/14 12:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Di-electric spray

I use Radio Shack's spray-on contact cleaner. al
aslakson 07/25/14 12:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tightening rearview mirror on a 1999 Rexhall Aerbus

Mirror make and model would be helpful. Our 2000 Aerbus has Velvac model 2025 mirrors (electric movement and heat). If that matched yours, PM me with an email address and I'll send you a PDF of the user manual, which may or may not help. al
aslakson 07/25/14 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 360 Siphon Sewer Vent

We have two put on with our last roof reseal about 2 years ago. Work just fine. al
aslakson 07/25/14 12:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Purchase

You may have to shop for a dealer who has them in stock. We need two new front tires (not your size) and nobody in Ohio (where we are now) has them, and they are on nationwide Michelin backorder, according to two dealers we talked with. Found a dealer in Harrisburg PA with four in stock - two now have our name on them and we'll get them put on Friday morning. al
aslakson 07/22/14 02:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Questions about Algodones, Mexico

With or without a prescription, most eyeglasses take a couple of hours. They do an eye exam on site, but you may feel better with your own prescription. Only advice we had on border timing was to try to get back into the US before the liquor stores open. :) Even in winter, going in early will minimize your border wait times coming back out. Border Patrol has a border wait times website we've used when driving across at other crossings. Don't know how much help it would be for walk-throughs. al
aslakson 07/19/14 05:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which Flat Screen TV ??? recommendations...

Our first flat screen for the motorhome was a Visio - it lasted about a year. Replaced it with an Insignia brand (Best Buy house brand, I think) and it's been working fine for 4+ years. We also have a smaller Visio in the MH bedroom, and it's been working fine for 5+ years. al
aslakson 07/19/14 05:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Great RV Escapes Savings System???

If you google "great rv escapes savings system" and then follow the links to the posts on some of the other RV forums, it appears this is not a viable way to get discounts on RV parks. Go for Passport America - it's legit. al
aslakson 07/16/14 04:22am General RVing Issues
RE: full timing & mail

America's Mailbox in Rapid City SD. Great people to work with. al
aslakson 07/08/14 08:12pm Full-time RVing
RE: best credit card discounts

Most Murphy USA stations give you 10 cents off gasoline using a Walmart gift card, and 15 cents off using a Walmart credit card. Don't know if they sell diesel, as we don't use it. We have a Chase cash-back card that gives 5% on gas purchases during two of the four quarters of the year. but their exclusions list is such that most every gas station is listed as a "convenience store" and doesn't qualify. We use Gas Buddy for pricing and Google Maps or Google Earth to see whether we can get in and out easily, and then whatever card has the most potential for cash back or discount. It all adds up. al
aslakson 07/08/14 08:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: interactive map

Just ran across this but haven't used it. Looks promising . . . al
aslakson 07/08/14 06:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Issue with supplimental braking system

There are also instructions in the user manual on which fuse you need to pull or switch out to remove power from the entertainment system. That's a major power drain when the switch is on, and by pulling it (or better, using a cutout switch) you'll solve your problem. al
aslakson 07/07/14 04:07pm Dinghy Towing
RE: interactive map

Every mapping website I know of - and I think I've tried them all - requires that you pick your prospective destinations one at a time and in the sequence you want to use. I don't know of any that let you specify several destinations and then grinds out the optimum route to connect them all. Sounds like the kind of thing that a trucking company or delivery service would use. I know UPS uses something like it, and it's proprietary and closely-guarded. I use DeLorme Street Atlas USA, which lets you pick starting and ending points and then add in stops in between, and it kind of tries to do what you want, but doesn't succeed. al
aslakson 07/07/14 12:14pm Roads and Routes
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