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RE: CRV toad

I built a fuse cutout switch to turn off the entertainment system etc when towing. Otherwise, the battery would only last 3-4 hours powering the brakes. The CRV owner's manual gives you the fuse number(s) to either pull or switch out, plus the engine startup procedure. I'm also not sure you can flat-tow any of the CRVs except the AWD models. Again, check your owner's manual. al
aslakson 06/26/14 03:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Problems with backup camera

Our backup camera monitor has two possible camera inputs, but just one camera. Sometimes the button that switches between the two inputs gets bumped and it behaves just like yours. If you have such a switch, try switching it. al
aslakson 06/22/14 08:12pm Technology Corner
RE: directv dvr problem

A few quick thoughts: Do a power cycle on the problem receiver. Maybe even a full-blown reset. Don't know if a reset will require to you reauthorize the receiver, but if it does, you can do that on-line. Try swapping the two receivers and see if the problem moves to the other TV. Check the voltages at the power plug to make sure you're getting a full 120v for the receiver. Don't think that would do it, but worth a quick check. Is your DVR hard drive really full? Sometimes when it is, the recording gets fragmented so badly the receiver can't reassemble it fast enough - especially if the DVR is also recording something else at the same time. I don't know if DirecTV cares if you've taken your receivers from home. If they don't, you might want to get a service call. My guess is they'd just give you a new receiver, but also don't know about that. Personally, I like it best when DirecTV stays away. :) al
aslakson 06/22/14 07:27pm Tech Issues
RE: What Campground Memberships do you use?

1000 Trails, RPI, ROD, Passport America, Escapees. So far this year, our average out-of-pocket overnight cost for a place to park is under $5 a night. Under $10 if you factor in our annual dues for the above. And we rarely boondock or dry camp. al
aslakson 06/21/14 07:42am Full-time RVing
RE: Self Contained Sewer hose on Class A

Go to Home Depot or Lowes and ask for a swivel toilet flange. After that, all the fittings are standard. We put one on our Aerbus several years ago, and it sure saves a lot of hassle. al
aslakson 06/17/14 03:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recommended RV Class A Insurance Company

Find an insurance agent that specializes in RV insurance. There are ads in all the major RV magazines. We use Miller Insurance out of Portland OR who hooked us up with Progressive. They are independent agents, and will also give you quotes from lots of underwriters. We've found Progressive to be extremely responsive to claims, and also rather prompt on adjusting your rates in response. :) There are other national agents who advertise . . I think the Escapees have one of their own, among others. al
aslakson 06/13/14 06:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: turn signals on coach

On our rig, the side marker lights are dual filament, and flash with the turn signals. And when there's a bad bulb in the marker light, te turn signals don't work. Just a thought . . . al
aslakson 06/10/14 04:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yellowstone Eastside or Westside

We always stay in West Yellowstone - Yellowstone Grizzley - with full hookups. It's spendy, but convenient. Soon as you know your dates, make reservations. With school out, Yellowstone just got really really busy. al
aslakson 06/10/14 04:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TT Ready, Camp, Go Value card?

1000 Trails really makes sense when you fulltime. But buy your membership on the resale market - you ought to be able to find a good nationwide all-parks plan for around $2500, and you'll also be able to access the Encore parks at a discount. We tend to spend about half our year in 1000 Trails parks - so far this year we're planned out thru September with 177 1000 Trails nights booked. Encore parks tend to be spendier than we like, but sometimes they are the best (or only) game in town, so we use them sparingly. All depends on where you want to go. There are divisions within 1000 Trails - 1000 Trails, Naco, Outdoor World and Leisure Time. Make sure you get access to all of them. al
aslakson 06/09/14 12:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thousand trails resales

We don't have a home park with our Elite membership as far as 1000 Trails is concerned. But for the sake of the RPI reciprocals, RPI thinks our home park is in Indiana. I've never seen a 125 mile rule - just the standard 7 days out before you return to the same park (and sometimes 7 days out of the system, depending on your membership class). If you buy in the resale market (strongly advised) make sure you get at least an Elite plan - then you get 120 days advance reservations and no 7 days out when you go park to park. You should also try to find a plan that allows you to freeze your annual dues at age 65. Not all resales transfer that clause. al
aslakson 06/09/14 11:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Coiled Fresh Water Hose - Any Good?

Tried all of the above, and the best I've found I bought from the RV Water Filter Store. They have a stall at the flea market in Yuma during the winter, and ship from the website all year. Their hoses are spendy, but I've never had one kink or burst. Plus, they coil very well even at low temperatures. Been using mine for over 5 years now with no problems. al
aslakson 06/08/14 10:07am General RVing Issues
RE: indiana i-65

As you approach each construction zone, there are "I-65 Detour" signs that take you off to US31. If there's heavy traffic, you'll be less frustrated on 31. But at 5AM you shouldn't have a problem. IMO US-31 is a smoother road anyway, although possibly slower. al
aslakson 06/04/14 06:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Ridiculously simple mods -- let's see 'em!

Missed having a clock on the motorhome dashboard. Bought a cheap ($7) "designer" watch with a big analog face. Removed the watchband, and stuck it to the dash with velcro. No photo - it's way too simple for that. al
aslakson 06/03/14 06:09pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: HWH fluid is everywhere--how much can we lose?

You might have to call the factory to get the location of the reservoir - on our rig, it's right up front, just behind the front "bumper". I've seen some rigs where you get at it through one of the wheel wells. Don't even try to open it until you get the jacks retracted - until the jacks are up, the whole HWH system is pressurized. On our rig, the system isn't pressurized when the slide is out, but I wouldn't risk it until the all the slides are back in. Good luck. al
aslakson 06/03/14 02:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Free Office Software Suggestions...

Take a look at Kingsoft - it's basically a clone of MS Office, but using the "old" interface. And it's free. How Microsoft lets it live is beyond me, but it's a dandy bunch of software. al
aslakson 06/03/14 10:53am Technology Corner
RE: Intellitec EMS display flashes on and off

Sometimes removing all power from the AC circuits is needed to reset the EMS. al
aslakson 05/28/14 02:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Going to stick with DirecTV in the Fiver

It's called SWM - Single Wire Multi-Switch. It'll require a receiver that's SWM compatible (most of the newer ones are), an SWM power injector someplace in the coax between the receiver and the dish, and an SWM LNB on the dish. That means you won't use the same LNB on the RV dish as you use at home. OR, if you do use the same LNB and connect just the one wire, you'll only get signal to one of the receiver's two tuners. And you'll have to reconfigure your receiver's antenna settings when you move it from home to the RV or back again, although some receivers will auto-detect the antenna type. If you have HD service on your home dish, you'll need an HD dish for the RD. If you don't have HD at home I'm not sure if there's an SWM setup for the standard 18" "pizza pan" dish. al
aslakson 05/20/14 07:10am Beginning RVing
RE: Question for full timers

We rely on America's Mailbox in Rapid City SD. They provide us with a "residential" address we use for voter and vehicle registration and driver's licenses. They also accumulate our mail, discard all the junk, and then ship the good stuff to us whenever we ask, which is generally once a month around the 15th. We also don't like to stay anywhere very long - 2-3 weeks is our typical maximum, but we'll make sure to be somewhere long enough around the 15th for our shipment to find us. We chose SD as our domicile state primarily for the tax benefit, but find that our insurance rates are also a tad lower than other no-tax states. Plus, there's no annual vehicle inspection required. America's Mailbox website has lots of info, as does the Escapees website. Good luck and have fun - that's what it's all about. al
aslakson 05/19/14 06:23am Full-time RVing
RE: alternate route around Memphis going east/west??

FWIW - We just came thru Memphis last week, heading east. Other than the construction on I-40 from the I-55 interchange to the east side of the river, there were no challenges, no heavy traffic (on a Wednesday morning), no problems at all. Just avoid rush hour. al
aslakson 05/18/14 06:00am Roads and Routes
RE: What happened to my Firefox?

This might help bring back the look of the "old" Firefox. I haven't done the 29 update yet, so don't know how well it works. al
aslakson 05/11/14 07:41am Technology Corner
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