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RE: Replacing antenna

I think the Sensar IV has the best signal gain of the popular RV anttenae - if the antenna on your Bounder is original equipment, it's probably not a IV model. The IV has the UHF antenna added to the batwing, a three-wing bat if you will. With almost all OTA TV now digital and on UHF, the Sensar IV should give you the best results. I'd replace the whole thing, just because the mechanism on yours is at least 15yrs old and those plastic gears are probably pretty worn by now. And when I did that, I also went with the Winegard Sensar Pro signal strength meter - makes pointing the antenna so much easier. al
aslakson 12/31/14 10:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: not sure if this is the posting area

I figure I'll never have to change any of our LED lights in my lifetime - most have been in use for the last 5 years. 8 hours a day is pretty heavy use, too. In our rig, the most-used lights are on maybe 5 hours a day, and most of the rest are used less than an hour a day. al
aslakson 12/28/14 10:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: led lights

Depends on the LED "tube" itself - some require 12v, others can work on the higher voltage from the ballast. al
aslakson 12/28/14 02:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cracked Windshield - need help please!

Contact http://www.rvglassexperts.com/ - they have glass shops all over the country and they do excellent work. They can either patch the windshield to stop the crack as a temporary fix, or get a replacement installed within a few days. Extremely easy folks to work with. al
aslakson 12/26/14 11:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Useless Service Sacrifices Safety for GS Profits. AMENDED

Doesn't Coach Net only cover the RV? GS covers all our vehicles for about the same price as CN for just the one. We've had four GS calls in the past 9 years, and only once did we have to wait a few hours for the service truck - but then we were literally in the middle of nowhere, 40+ miles from the nearest town. It ain't perfect - nothing is - but so far it works for us. al
aslakson 12/20/14 06:32am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Black Tank Treatment - taken off the market . . . .

Another vote for Happy Camper. No odors, everything is digested before the dump. To get that kind of a result with water alone, you'd have to use a lot more water and dump more frequently. I'm lazy - dumping once a week is enough. al
aslakson 12/15/14 02:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do you like your jacknife sofa?

Don't have one and never did - but when we replaced our hide-a-bed with dual recliners, the RV furniture place said that replacing jack-knife sofas was the most common furniture upgrade they did. They said people hated them. al
aslakson 12/12/14 03:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slide dragging on floor

I have ordered a set of the slickers but I not sure where to place them. Just put them over the scrape marks you're getting on the floor - probably near the ends of the slide. If you're getting scrapes at other places, you probably have some dirt or debris trapped under the slide. I've never personally done it, but on our rig if you remove all of the inside trim strips from the slide, you can slide it out past the wall. Trick is to get something under the slide to keep it from dropping. The last RV mechanic to do that used a 4x4 the length of the slide, resting on the top of the rails. Then you ought to be able to give the underside a good cleaning,if needed. al
aslakson 12/11/14 03:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slide dragging on floor

We had the same problem when we replaced the carpet. Turns out in some RVs (ours included) the slide depends on having carpet to ride on, and it's almost impossible to adjust the slide to clear it. Depends on how much play there is in the seal at the top of the slide. Generally, if there's enough play to adjust away from the floor, you've probably got a leak up there anyway. Our answer was slide-out slicker. Although designed for carpeted floors, they work on non-carpet if you cut the carpet spikes off the backside. On our rig, we had to screw them into place to keep them from slipping on the floor when the slide operates. Fortunately, the ends of our slide are in places where the slickers don't intrude too much on our living space. Good luck. al
aslakson 12/11/14 08:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dealership service challenges if buying coach elsewhere???

We bought our rig used, and since have never taken it to a dealership of any kind for service. Obviously, warranty wasn't an issue. We seek out and find independent shops who can do the work. As far as chassis work, we find Ford dealers who work on light trucks do good work. For the rest of it, we first try to find mobile shops that come to us, and when that's not practical, those with a sticks-n-bricks place. And if the owner or whoever greets us doesn't have dirty fingernails, we knock off a few points. :) al
aslakson 12/04/14 01:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adding Fireplace heater

If you're looking for heat, stick to the ceramic. RV fireplaces are largely decorative, IMHO. al
aslakson 11/30/14 12:26pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Stand alone mapping software

DeLorme runs from the local hard drive once installed. Install it from a USB DVD drive and you'll be good to go. That's a 4.7gb download from Amazon, and will take at least an hour. Personally, I'd rather have the DVD on hand. I tend to reload computers from time to time. al
aslakson 11/29/14 07:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Normal electric KWH used by the coach when camping

Also depends on where you park it. We're paying $45 a month fixed rate at the 1000 Trails Orlando park, because there's no meter on our post. I'm guessing that if it were metered, it would probably be about the same. They're not about to give it away. :) We rented a month in Palm Springs (January) a couple years ago where usage was metered - paid just under $30 for that month. Rented a week in Arizona a coupe years ago and the metered power was around $15. Call some parks you're interested in and ask what a typical charge would be. al
aslakson 11/29/14 07:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ethernet (RJ45) Jack on 5th wheel sidewall

Looks like a good plan, although sorta spendy for my blood. I'd drill a small hole thru the sidewall of your rig and measure the wall thickness - not necessarily through the insulation and inner wall, but just the outer wall. Inside, you can make that hole as big as you need, and if it's inside a cabinet or behind some furniture, it won't show anyway. al
aslakson 11/29/14 11:17am Technology Corner
RE: How Long Does Brake Buddy Last?

I think a lot depends on WHERE you travel - we started out with a Brake Buddy and after 2 years it developed a pinhole leak in the air reservoir. Brake Buddy replaced it with a new or rebuilt unit (I forget which), which developed the same problem after about a year. They said it was because of high humidity air leaving water in the tank, which rusted it from the inside. We switched to a Blue Ox Patriot, which while it has other quirks, doesn't use an air tank so doesn't have the leak problem. al
aslakson 11/25/14 06:36am Dinghy Towing
RE: Your Wish List for RV Manufacturers

Usable nightstands next to the bed with available AC outlets TV sets mounted where you can actually see them straight on from comfy seats Easily accessible cable ducts from front to rear of the rig - just in case No "step up" into rear bedrooms or baths No Norcold refrigerators, ever . . Black and gray tanks that'll last for a full week. And for a real wish - zero-gravity storage bays - more stuff, less weight. :) al
aslakson 11/22/14 07:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Long shot, anyone used WA state as home base?

We looked at WA and couldn't find a mail handling service that could provide a valid domicile address that wasn't in an area that required annual vehicle inspections. So we chose South Dakota. Medicare is national, so that wasn't a factor for us. Just gt our 2015 license tag notice - it'll be $87 for the car, $195 for the motorhome, including vanity plates on both. al
aslakson 11/20/14 10:41am Full-time RVing
RE: Millenicom Customer Accounts Acquired by Verizon

I just got a call from Verizon, and they were offering to reactivate the Millenicom hotspot to a 20gb plan for $99. They were also offering to upgrade it to 30gb for $130, essentially converting it to the "double-data" 15gb plan that was available in October. Told them we'd already done that with Verizon and got a newer piece of hardware as well. They said to hang on to the old hotspot just in case, as if the new one should die, we can just move the sim card over to the old one and be alive again. So we have a hardware backup. :) So - make sure you ask "what else" when/if they make their pitch. al
aslakson 11/13/14 01:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Problems with South Dakota Health Insurance for Full Timer's

Does your mailing service also offer a qualfying ""non-PMB" address? Ours does - it's used for voter registration and a library card, among other things. We thus have both a "domicile" address and a "mailing address". We've had no problems so far . . . but our monthly mail shipment arrives tomorrow, and we'll see if that brings anything from Humana . . . al
aslakson 11/13/14 07:19am Full-time RVing
RE: Arizona?

Forgot the Route 66 Museum in Kingman, Oatman and Jerome, and the old silver mining country north of Yuma. Plus the Arizona Marketplace at Yuma, one of the best "flea markets" anyplace. Make me want to Winter in AZ. Unfortunately, this winter we're in Florida. al
aslakson 11/11/14 03:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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