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RE: Jan-Feb-Mar in Orlando Fl area..Recommendations?

Big area. Which side of town?
aslakson 09/28/16 02:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: External GPS and Laptop Map Program ???

Good luck. We went with large-screen Garmin units when Delorme stopped developing Street Atlas. There was rumor than Garmin was buying Delorme, but haven't heard more on that front. Don't know if Base Camp will actually serve as a navigation package - but I doubt it. I use base camp to plan routes that I upload to the Garmin RV-760. It ain't perfect, but it's a pretty good navigator. If you really need a large screen navigation package, you might have to get a tablet and something like Co-pilot - the bigger screen on a tablet might work for you. Don't quite know why an external antenna is essential unless you do find a laptop program. If you have weak GPS signal in your rig, Amazon sells GPS repeaters that will boost the signal inside. al
aslakson 09/25/16 11:08am Technology Corner
RE: Slide is marking the floor

Slide Slickers will cure the symptom and keep the floor from getting scarred until you can get the slide adjusted. And maybe after that. Some slides simply cannot be adjusted to clear the floor and the ceiling at the same time (can we say "bad design"?) al
aslakson 09/20/16 06:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Route: Palmdale to San Diego, avoiding LA

Sweet shortcut. Used it several times. Expect some congestion on 15 as you get closer to San Diego, depending on the time of day, but nothing like LA congestion. Go for it. al
aslakson 09/19/16 05:11pm Roads and Routes
Demand Water Pump - dumb question

Our rig has a "demand" water pump. I know that when the pump is powered, it'll come on if the outside water pressure drops below a certain point. What I don't know is where the pump is then getting water - is it switching to the on-board water tank, is it just sucking more water from the city connection, or is it mixing the two somehow? I realize that not all rigs are plumbed the same, so a "generally" or "most of the time" type of answer is fine. Just wondering . . . Thanks al
aslakson 09/18/16 11:36am General RVing Issues
RE: XHose for Water Supply

We've been very happy with the hoses we got from the RV Water Filter Store - not only can you get any length you want, but these hoses seem to coil up much better, especially at lower temperatures. They may cost a little more, but IMHO they are very much worth it. We have 2 25' and a 10'. al
aslakson 09/16/16 12:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Route south around Seattle to Olympia

Third vote for the Whidby Island Ferry route. As a bonus, the Swinomish Casino on WA-20 just before Anacortes generally has about the lowest fuel prices around. al
aslakson 09/14/16 08:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: companies that have gone out of business problems

Most if not all of the components of the "home" part are off the shelf and made by companies other than the RV manufacturer and are readily available. If the RV was built on a regular chassis rather than their own custom chassis, then those parts are also easily found. Ditto the engine and transmission. windows and windshield, running lights, etc. In short, unless you need to replace a body panel or brand-specific decal, you'll probably have no problems. Our rig has been orphaned for a few years now, and so far we've had no problems getting parts replaced. Most of them can actually be found on Amazon if you know what you're looking for. al
aslakson 09/11/16 05:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: road construction on I-64 through Louisville, Ky

Pick your times and you should be OK. We came thru there in late May on a Saturday morning around 8am and had no problems. Avoid rush hours. According to Google maps traffic data when we went thru, there was more congestion on the bypass loop than on the main road. al
aslakson 09/03/16 01:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Whoa, how much to wash my rig again...???

We get our 32' MH detailed - wash, wax, polish - for $300 in Southern California. They include the wheel simulators and for another $20 even do the toad. And it's good work - crew of 4 guys takes about half a day. The result usually lasts a whole year until we get back there. al
aslakson 08/22/16 11:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential 10 cu ft frig

First thing you need to do is get the dimensions of the space you have for the refrigerator, so the new one will fit. A residential refrigerator will have more internal space than an RV refrigerator. Our new residential unit is about half again as big inside than the RV unit, but still has essentially the same outside dimensions. Then what we did was head for Home Depot with a tape measure. Then you can also verify the current draw. Once you get dimensions, you can also shop the internet. I'm pretty sure the coils on ours are in the back, but he whole back is sealed, so I'm not sure. FWIW, the Samsung unit we chose was also on sale at Home Depot, and they delivered it free the next day. al .
aslakson 08/22/16 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: US-31 Indiana

There's a big stretch of US-31 between Seymour and Columbus that's closed until sometime in November. They're replacing a few bridges. al
aslakson 07/16/16 09:50am Roads and Routes
RE: Do LP leak detectors go bad?

They do have a finite life - most come with instructions to replace them every five years or so - but in reality they tend to last about twice that long. Same with the CO2 detectors. I'd replace it. Why take the chance? Any name-brand RV propane detector will do the trick, unless yours is one that also turns off the gas when it alarms (mine does). When my detector started not detecting leaks after about 10 years, I found a guy who could rebuild it. I have it tested every year and it's all good. Not looking forward to the next time it dies - there are no direct replacements available. al
aslakson 07/13/16 07:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dish Or Direct

We have DirecTV because they have some channels we like a lot that Dish doesn't. And we have just one receiver - a Genie - that drives both TV sets thru an HDMI splitter. al
aslakson 06/29/16 07:06am Technology Corner
RE: Bathroom sink drains slowly - could be check valve?

Liquid Plumber Pro Foaming - pour it in, let it work for half an hour, then flush it down. Only thing that works for us - and we've done the snake thing and the check valve thing. al
aslakson 06/09/16 06:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential Fridge Questions

We replaced our Dometic New Dimension with this Samsung in December - it's about 3" taller than the old one, but otherwise a perfect fit. Our old one was on its last legs, so it was just scrapped. It'll be a tight squeeze getting it into your rig unless you have a bigger door than ours - the folks who did the work had to remove the passenger-side window and bring it in lying down on a forklift. The installation cost was just about the same as the refrigerator cost. BIG bonus - the Samsun is about half again as big as the Dometic. We can store more stuff! al
aslakson 05/29/16 02:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is the etiquette when staying at Walmart pkg lots

We always ask permission (generally at the customer service desk) and ask where they'd like us to park. Almost always it's long the edge of the lot and as far away from the store doors as possible. We put the slide side away from the lot so it won't be in any traffic, and use the generator only if it's hot enough to need the AC before bed. If not on the edge of the lot, we try to get next to a light pole and put the slide on that side. Walmarts are not the only option - most big box stores will tolerate your rig overnight. Last month we asked a store manager if we could spend the night in his lot. He said he couldn't authorize that as they didn't have security or insurance. He then also told us just where in the lot would be the best and quietest place to set up and assured us that we wouldn't be bothered. It was one of the best unauthorized night's sleep we've had. Most Cracker Barrels have "rv" parking spaces that you can spend the night in. If you get there after the dinner rush, there's usually space. And breakfast is just a few steps away in the morning! Just don't act like you're entitled to spend the night, and most folks will be happy to host you. Just remember - you're not camping, you're parking. Take up as little space as possible, and don't "set up camp". al
aslakson 05/26/16 07:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Using Directv HDDVR versus HD

I don't think The antenna you have in the MH is SWM, and the Genie requires a SWM. In addition to the SWM power inserter, you'll need a switch like this one to adapt your antenna to the SWM receiver. The switch also requires a different power inserter than the one from your S&B. There's a lot of info on wiring up a SWM8 switch here. al
aslakson 05/24/16 08:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Oshkosh Air Venture Camping?

Make a reservation - hope it doesn't rain. Rain turns the dry camp fields into bogs. The year we went was just after a bad rain, and they sent us to a paved parking lot a mile or so away, and ran shuttle buses. In retrospect, that probably worked better for us than had we been parked on the grounds - no traffic jams when we wanted to go into town. If you like aircraft or just air shows, it's a must-go event. al
aslakson 05/24/16 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Unlimited internet

Looks like T-Mobile for $150 a month, AT&T for $200 a month, Verizon $250 a month. T-Mobile could be tempting depending on the coverage. We currently have Verizon with almost no coverage problems in 9+ years. al al
aslakson 05/17/16 07:58am Technology Corner
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