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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
RE: Residential Fridge Question

Ours came in thru the passenger window - our entry door is amidships and too narrow. And the Samsung was even on sale at Home Depot that week. Fit into the same space as the old Dometic with very few issues. al
aslakson 05/06/16 07:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Best Route Heading West From FL to NM & Beyond

Qny way you do it, that haul across Texas west of San Antonio is long and pretty boring. I use I-10, and hope for a tailwind. al
aslakson 05/06/16 07:08am Roads and Routes
RE: Transit through Yellowstone? South ent to west ent

I would come through the south entrance up to Grant Village and then through to West Yellowstone Via Old faithful Ditto. Done it several times. Depending on the time of year, there may be heavy traffic . . . but that's Yellowstone. al
aslakson 04/22/16 12:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: replacing sofa with duel recliners

If it's going into a slideout, make sure the entire recliner footprint will fit on the slide floor - even when fully reclined. Our slide is a full 3' deep, and our FlexSteel recliners just fit. Also, if your recliners are electric (ours are) you'll need a place to plug them in. We had to have AC strung into the slide to make that happen. Our recliners are too big to fit thru the RV's door, and came disassembled. Putting them together may be a challenge - we had pros do it. Other than that, if they fit the space and the folks who'll sit in them, all is good. al
aslakson 04/07/16 04:05pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dish DirecTV Winegard questions

For HD as you trave, you could go with a Winegard Trav'ler rooftop automatic antenna - it works when stationary. Or, for less money and more hassle, you can get a DirecTV HD antenna and a sturdy tripod and just set it up when you need it. Lots of folks do one or the other. As far as the HR-24, it will work just fine with the newer antennas, and if Winegard says it will work with your old one, you'd be good to go. The HR-24 is not DirecTV's latest recever, but lots of folks have them. Not sure where you'd get one new. though. And if you get one of the newer "Genie" DirectV receivers for your sticks-n-bricks, DirecTV won't also authorize the HR-24. But if you get the HR-24 authorized first and then add the Genie later, they won't turn off the HR-24 (at least they didn't for us). al
aslakson 04/06/16 01:37pm Technology Corner
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