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RE: Tow Bars

We use a 10,000lb Blue Ox to tow our Honda CRV - after replacing a few Roadmaster 5K unis (one our fault, two they blamed us when it wasn't), I figured the tougher unit was better. At the time, the price difference was only about $30, which made it a no-brainer. So far, the Blue Ox has given zero problems in 5+ years of full-timing. al
aslakson 02/21/16 03:42pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Any suggestions for a stop between Philly & Charleston, SC?

Or head for the coast and try the Outer Banks. al
aslakson 02/10/16 02:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Adding Inverter

When we had our inverter/charger installed, it was wired whole-house (30amp coach). Not sure how AM Solar did it, but it's just like having an Uninterupted Power Supply for the coach - when the shore power is disconnected, the inverter takes over. When the generator comes on, the inverter starts charging. Of course, we have to remember to turn off the AC and electric WH before killing external power, but even when we don't, the worst thing that happens is that the inverter overloads and shuts down. Turn off the AC and/or WH, and restart the inverter, and all is well. If you go with AGM, DO get a combination inverter/charger if it will fit in your space - AGM and Gel cells are happiest with a staged charging using different voltages. Most older chargeres don't do that. FWIW, we have four 6v gell cells into a 2000 watt inverter, and we can run the whole coach (minus the AC and WH) for about 10 hours on one charge - that without changing any of our normal "plugged in" behavior (Microwave, TV, computer, etc). As a matter of fact, out electrical management system even has a 20amp setting we use if we're going to be dry camping for more than a night. With that, we could even run the AC - one unit only pulls about 6 amps after it gets started - but we don't. al
aslakson 02/10/16 02:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Rv Mechanic Near Orlando Fl

Try Camping Connection in Clermont. Also Master Pro RV Services in Winter Garden. al
aslakson 02/07/16 05:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: DTV losing some channels??

Every other line could also mean the LNB is going bad. There are some test channels up in the high 9000's that might help diagnose . . . al
aslakson 01/03/16 06:08am Technology Corner
RE: How do you get a library card when your address is a PMB

Public libraries are tied to local residency - the only hope you have is in Green Cove Spings (or at least in that county). Check with the folks who rent you the PMB and see what they say. You'll probably have to prove residency in that county, and the mail forwarders should be able to help you with that. Good luck. We're "residents" of Pennington County SD, and this year they've begun charging us traveling residents $70 a year for library membership. al
aslakson 01/02/16 11:24am Full-time RVing
RE: GPS units

Best Buy has it in some stores . . . check their website for the stores in your area. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp?st=Garmin+RV+760+LMT
aslakson 12/24/15 10:07am Technology Corner
RE: Combining Excel Data

Can't you just copy one of the datasets and paste it into the other one, and then sort on the time column (assuming the datasets are similarly formatted)? I do it fairly often . . . al
aslakson 12/12/15 07:09pm Technology Corner
RE: Goofy Garmin Directions

aslakson: How do I clear the travel history and reset the unit? On My unit: Settings > Device > Clear Travel History Reset - with the unit ON, press and hold the power switch until the unit reboots. Sorry for the delay in responding - Holiday lethargy and all. al
aslakson 12/05/15 12:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sheet metal repair @Camping World?

Can't speak to repairs, but for other service work we found (a few years ago) the CW at the south side of town to be much friendlier and willing to work without a long wait for an appointment than the one at the north side of town. Since both show "collision center", there's probably just one they both use. I'd be more inclined to patronize someplace else that specializes in RV repair. Unfortunately, CW doesn't inspire much confidence. That said, somebody who's actually had collision work done would have a better opinion. Might also want to check RV Service Reviews - there are 10 RV service shops listed in the Myrtle Beach area. Might get some insight from those reviews. al
aslakson 12/04/15 10:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Progressive Insurance in Mexico

Our Progressive coverage stops at the border. We buy Mexican insurance (thru Costco) when we cross over. So - no experience. al
aslakson 12/04/15 10:07am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Goofy Garmin Directions

Fastest route sometimes depends on whether the GPS is getting current traffic info and figuring it into the calculations. Garmin is also pretty good at adapting the routing to your driving habits - if you drive the same route a few times, Garmin will give that route preference sometimes. Try clearing your travel history. Double-check your routing preferences, and turn off the display option that shows all those Starbucks logos. Reset the unit. We have two units - one for the toad, and one for the motorhome. We've had almost no problem with routing. There was one instance where Garmin thought there was a length limit on a particular stretch of road and refused to route the motorhome over it . . .but I reduced the length in the RV profile by 1 foot and then it worked. In the motorhome, I ALWAYS proof the route on the laptop to make sure it goes where I want it to. In the toad, we tend to go where Garmin wants, because we can always get the toad out of a funny situation. al
aslakson 11/25/15 10:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Disneyland route to South of Bullhead City route?

We usually vote for the shortest route (gas mileage, you know) - and once you get past the traffic, the I-40 route out of San Bernardino is the shortest and quickest, according to Google Maps. The run over the mountains to Victorville might be uncomfortable, depending on your rig. I'd probably go up to 40 thru Joshua Tree. Just a tad slower, but IMHO an easier drive. We usually start out in Palm Springs, and from there the run thru Desert Center to Bullhead is our choice. al
aslakson 11/24/15 09:54am Roads and Routes
RE: Mobile rv repairs

We've only had one questionable mobile repair guy - suburbs of Cincinatti . . but other than that, the service has always been top flight. We always ask at the RV park for suggestions. They usually recommend the folks who advertise in the park map, but often have cards from other folks. We also try to post our reviews on http://rvservicereviews.com/ - and wish more people would do the same. al
aslakson 11/23/15 07:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Need a place to park for a week in LA

Try the 1000 Trails Soledad Canyon Resort in Acton - might even be able to ride the light rail to the ship. We've also stayed at the 1000 Trails Wilderness Lakes in Menifee (south of Riverside) and left the rig to go cruising. Don't know what the costs would be for non-members (or even if they'd do it for non-members), but worth a call or two. Acton would be the most convenient to the cruise dock. As I recall, there's also a KOA near Acton that might work out . . . al al
aslakson 11/18/15 09:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need advice on an RV GPS?

My vote's for the Garmin dezl 760 - it's the trucker's unit, but also has RV profiles (Height, weight, length, etc.) 7" screen makes it big enough to see in a big RV cockpit. Might have to load some campground POI files - but all the fuel stops are there. If you have a smart phone, there's a free Garmin APP that will link to the unit for realtime weather, gas prices, road info, etc. And the free Garmin Base Camp software lets you build trips on a laptop and load them into the GPS (my preference). As with any routing aid, it's probably not perfect, but so far haven't found any flaws. al
aslakson 11/14/15 04:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Direct TV ??

It'll work - if you have a dish, you can get the current stuff. If you don't, you can play the stuff you've already recorded. If there's no satellite signal, the Genie won't be completely happy - the time displayed will be wrong - but other than that, no big deal. The Genie is an HD receiver, so depending on your home dish setup, you may have to reset the antenna type to match your portable dish, but it will work. Our Genie in the motorhome is connected to the rooftop HD dish, but we also have a portable SD dish and sometimes park where no dish works. But we still watch our Genie. al
aslakson 11/14/15 05:19am Technology Corner
RE: Advice for flying trips while on the road

Check with park to fly in Orlando - they keep your vehicle, charge less than airport parking fees, and run a shuttle to the airport on demand. We've left our car there(motorhome's in a seasonal site west of Orlando), and I know they say "oversize vehicles may cost more". It's a secured lot. Park To Fly Orlando 7800 Narcoossee Road 1/4 mile N. of (S R 528) Beachline Exit 13 Orlando, FL 32822 Phone: 407-851-8875 al
aslakson 11/10/15 03:50pm Full-time RVing
RE: Verizon HotSpot Plans

Verizon is currently offering an 18gb a month plan for $100 . . . don't know how long that will last. Used to be their 15gb was $130 a month. And they do now offer a USB 4G stick . . . al
aslakson 11/09/15 11:20am Technology Corner
RE: Finding the "real" Florida

Go to the Titusville area - even if you don't go to the space stuff, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is outstanding - so many birds you won't be able to count them all. And the claim is that Gatorland outside Orlando is one of the "original" tourist attractions - - - and the migrating birds there are also outstanding - you get close enough to the nests to count the eggs, and the birds don't mind. al
aslakson 11/08/15 01:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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