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RE: 2001 Bounder windshield repair/replace

Best resin fixers are affiliated with GlasWeld. If there's a tech near you, ask them. Best windshield replacers are RV Glass Solutions. They have installers all over the country. In my experience, if the hole is all the way thru the glass, the resin won't do the trick and you'll need to replace it. If it's just thru the outer layer, then the resin will probably work if it's done right. Your insurance company may want to get involved if the windshield needs to be replaced. Depending on your insurance, it may be less expensive in the long run to pay for the resin treatment out of pocket rather than file a claim. Never know what will trigger a rate increase these days. al
aslakson 04/29/15 06:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Portable sattelite and or antennas

Slingbox requires a good internet connection with a lot of bandwidth. It's generally not a viable option unless you have a solid land-line internet. And, it needs to be installed at a stationary location with an equally solid internet connection to have a signal source - your local cable or antenna. It's the internet connection that's the choke point - you'll be using a LOT of bandwidth to stream video - HD stuff is around 1gb per hour. SD is less, but still a lot. We have 30gb a month on our wireless plan, and we have to keep a close eye on it to avoid overages. Not a lot of youtube in our daily regimen. al
aslakson 04/26/15 05:17am General RVing Issues
RE: TT - Wilderness Lakes reviews please

We like Wilderness Lakes - and while we've not been back since the next door dairy farm closed (the smell is reportedly much different now), when we get back to the west coast we'll be spending more time there in the winter. We've never had a problem getting a spot, although we tend to reserve several weeks out. And once you make your reservation, you'll have your spot for the duration. There are lots of kids in the park when school is closed - none of them ours (we're beyond that). Consider the possibility of buying a full membership on the resale market - one that gets you longer stays than 14 days for zero dollars. Our annual dues are about what your zone pass would cost, and we get 21 day stays, no time out between stays (and usually just 7 days before returning to the same park). And no $3 a day ever. A resale membership can be had for around $2500 one-time. After that, pay your annual dues and stay as much as you want. For a fulltimer, it's the best deal there is. There are several 1000 trails parks within an easy drive of Wilderness Lakes - Palm Springs is great in the winter, and Pio Pico near San Diego is also nice. We've spent several winters in Southern California, bouncing from park to park, with no daily charges at all. al
aslakson 04/26/15 05:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Has anyone claimed the tax credit for RV solar installation?

We did when we had the solar panels + inverter + new batteries installed a few years ago. Being fulltimers, the RV is our primary residence. At that time, the credit would also apply to "secondary residences" such as vacation homes or RVs. In our case, it was the cost of the inverter and four deep-cycle gel cells that drove the cost up to the point where the credit was worth filing for. We use TurboTax, and there's a specific set of questions/forms that are used to enter the info. We'd planned the inverter and new batteries, but adding the solar made all that into a "system", and made it all eligible for the credit. The credit ended up being just about equal to the extra cost of adding solar to the other stuff. We had it all professionally installed, and so the amounts we used covered parts and labor. If I recall, the limit on the credit back then was $2000. I think it might be higher now. Don't remember what the credit percentage of total cost was - something around 20%. That was for the Federal taxes - if you file state taxes (we don't), there might be additional opportunities. al
aslakson 04/25/15 07:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Satellite Days

Sign I saw yesterday at a CW said the Satellite Days promotion was "in cooperation with Dish Networks". I'm guessing nobody will be pushing DirecTV anything . . . al
aslakson 04/24/15 04:55am Camping World Accessories
RE: Splitter for Directv Slimline

If it's a SWM dish (has just one co-ax connector at the dish), get a DirecTV SWM Splitter. If it's not an SWM dish (multiple co-ax connectors at the dish), you'll either need separate cables to the dish for each receiver or you'll need to convert to an SWM setup using a SWM multi-switch. al
aslakson 04/19/15 06:28am Technology Corner
RE: Good place between Indianapolis and Louisville??

Ceraland in Columbus IN has it all . . . al
aslakson 04/15/15 07:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Denver to Rapid City, SD

We go north on I-25 into Wyoming, then east on US-20, north on US-85, east on US-18 and finally north on SD-79 to Rapid City. Might be a tad longer than some other ways, but the roads are all good and easy. al
aslakson 04/09/15 12:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: 30 amp to 50amp Adapter

In fact, whenever it's available, we always plug our 30amp coach into the 50amp connector - they tend to be a lot less worn, make a tighter connection, and we often get 30amp hookups with circuit breakers that are really sensitive. Using the 50amp side means we never pop the breaker on the pole. al
aslakson 04/05/15 05:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using Directv HDDVR versus SDDVR

I'm guessing that the dish will only get the 101 satellite like the 18" round ones - so you won't get any HD programming, but the receiver will work just fine once you get the antenna setup correct. And while it will only receive and record SD, it will play back any HD content you've already recorded. al
aslakson 04/04/15 10:09am Technology Corner
RE: Direct tv question

It depends on the LNB you have on your DirecTV dish. If it's an SWM lnb, then you can in fact use a SWM splitter to feed the two receivers with one coax each. And you'll have just one coax going to the dish from the SWM power inserter. The splitter MUST be a DirecTV SWM splitter, and goes between the SWM power inserter and the receivers. If it's not an SWM LNB, then you'll also need a SWM8 switch, which takes multiple coax feeds from the dish and does all the magic to send it all back up one coax to the receivers. The SWM8 switch requires a different power inserter than the one used for just the SWM dish. AND - the total number of tuners amongst the receivers can't be more than 8 - for example, a two-tuner DVR, or maybe the new 5-tuner Genies. If you have DVRs, you will have multiple tuners in each receiver. It's probably possible to get switches that support more than 8 tuners, but that would (IMHO) be serious overkill in an RV. :) al
aslakson 03/30/15 04:39pm Technology Corner
RE: links

It would help a lot if you told us what your email client is or if you read your email thru the browser. al
aslakson 03/27/15 06:31am Technology Corner
RE: Looking for App where I can select miles per day.

I use Delorme Street Atlas - and pick a direction and plug in a trial destination that I know is way further out than I want to go. The route preferences let me specify distance per day or miles per day, so then I start looking around that one day point. Then if necessary, move the trial destination in another direction. Or, if I know where I want to wind up - plug in that final destination and then pick intermediate stops based on time or distance. Street Atlas is Windows software - needs a laptop or Windows tablet. al
aslakson 03/17/15 06:39pm Beginning RVing
RE: A/C on 30 AMP Service

Make sure your 30 to 50 dogbone passes power to BOTH legs of your 50amp feed - many coaches have one AC unit on one leg, and the other on the other. You need to make sure both legs are getting power. I'd test it before you get there to make sure. And if you're lucky enough to have an energy management system that keeps track of your current draw, set it to 30 amps and it'll shed load as necessary to keep you under 30amps. On our coach (although it's a 30amp coach) the rear air automatically shuts off when the microwave goes on, and then comes back on when the microwave's been off for 30 seconds. Wouldn't have a coach without it. al
aslakson 03/17/15 03:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing a Honda 2012 CRV

Yep. I've seen 3 (and been in 2) here in Central Florida in the last 2 weeks. Both said they will not be closing, just adding more space for Sprint. al
aslakson 03/17/15 03:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a Honda 2012 CRV

Assuming you sort out the hitch and weight thing, be sure to read the owner's manual about towing and possible fuse pulling. On our 2012 CRV, we had to put a fuse cutout switch in the entertainment center circuit to keep the battery from going flat after a couple hours of towing. Our auxiliary braking unit is powered by the car battery, and apparently that extra load was just enough to do it in. You might also want to look at a battery charge line from the RV to the car - if done properly, it ought to keep the battery up. And - if you're at all electrically handy, you can built a fuse cutout switch for about 1/3 the price of a commercially available one. Radio Shack has all the necessary parts. al
aslakson 03/16/15 06:58am Dinghy Towing
RE: Winegard Travl'r Direct TV Dish

Have you called Winegard Tech support . . . 800-788-4417? They're pretty good with things like this. al
aslakson 03/05/15 06:18am Tech Issues
RE: Route stops between Albuquerque & Flagstaff?

Petrified Forest & Painted Desert are fun, as is Meteor Crater, both on I-40. Camp Verde/Cottonwood/Sedona are very nice - lots of native ruins in the area. Be sure to drive up to Jerome, and don't miss the scenic train ride from Cottonwood. In Flagstaff, visit the observatory where many neat discoveries were made. And you'll not be all that far from the Grand Canyon. North of Albuquerque, Santa Fe is nice, and Los Alamos is well worth it. The cliff dwellings at Bandalier National Monument are exceptional. Ten day may not be enough . . . we took about a month for all that stuff (and more). al
aslakson 02/26/15 04:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Converter with a built in inverter?

Don't know what you mean by a "power converter" - but our Magnum MS-series inverter/charger includes a battery charging system that converts AC from the generator or shore power to the proper DC charging voltages. al
aslakson 02/20/15 03:51am Tech Issues
RE: DTV SD Receiver Question

Thanks . . . I found the answer in a Winegard PDF - one cable from the LNB goes to the SWM8 101 connector, the other to the 99 connector. Bill.Satellite is Bill Adams in real life, and he still hangs out some (and responds) at the datastormusers.com forums. Hadn't noticed he'd backed away from these forums. He's been a great resource for a lot of us. Thanks al
aslakson 02/12/15 09:14am Technology Corner
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