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RE: propane issue

hmmm... I've been in below freezing weather running off of a 20# external tank connected to a Stay-A-While adapter with no problems. Having said that.... https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8304/7796512600_e33a97ed60_n.jpg https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8298/7796567448_bf63310c08.jpg
gotsmart 11/27/14 11:41am Tech Issues
RE: Old Style Plumbing

There could be a case made for replacing all of the Qest plumbing with PEX.
gotsmart 11/25/14 07:42pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

This is my former Cruise America rental. Cruise America owns the brand name: Majestic and repaints/re-stripes/re-badges the coach under the Majestic name after it is removed from the rental fleet and put up for sale to the public. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8295/7796971254_fdf0243626_z.jpg
gotsmart 11/20/14 10:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Long shot, anyone used WA state as home base?

The reason no one uses WA for a domicile is that you have to have a PHYSICAL address in WA. This is why several of us are talking about renting private mailboxes (PMB). With the exception noted previously, P.O. Boxes cannot be used for a domicile because they do not have a physical street address in the mailing address. A private mailbox has a physical street address. Examples: John Doe 100 Main St PMB 3456 Chicago, IL 60609 John Doe PMB 3456 100 Main St Chicago, IL 60609 There is currently no insurance plan anywhere that is friendly to permanent "travelers" in the US, but stay tuned. I would bet that Oregon residents who have "Continuous Traveler" listed on their driver licenses and live out of a mailbox have figured out a way.
gotsmart 11/20/14 10:42pm Full-time RVing
RE: Long shot, anyone used WA state as home base?

...and one more item for the OP. The USPS has an FAQ that says that your address for your private mailbox has to use PMB as the first address line or on the street address line UNLESS you can't use the PMB designator. Then you can use the # sign. Figure that one out. Now, the place that I rent my mailbox from told me that as long as my box number is somewhere on the address so that they don't have to look me up on the computer - that they don't care if I use PMB, UNIT, #, STE, BLDG, ROOM, APT, FLOOR, etc. So for banking, insurance, pension, health insurance, credit card, cell phone, utility bills, federal/state taxes, TurboTax, etc - I type in: PMB xxxx on the street address line. If PMB isn't accepted I type in # xxxx on the street address line. If the # sign isn't accepted I look for a line (or box) to enter an apartment number and I type in my mailbox number. That's it. I have not had the address police come after me for incorrect labeling of my private mailbox address and have yet to have any mail not delivered because I did not have the "approved" syntax for a private mailbox on the address line.
gotsmart 11/20/14 02:32pm Full-time RVing
RE: Long shot, anyone used WA state as home base?

... There is a lot of terminology problems with "legal" address. I did a change of address for driver lic and other lic stuff and I don't think the people doing it even know what's right. Example: changed my address and can not find terminology for what WA calls "residence" address. But yet they say they will mail lic stuff to my "residence" even though I no longer have a mail box out on the street. State says it will not be forwarded as delivery confirms address. So how am I going to get it if their envelope says "do not forward"? When asked by anybody legal wise about address, I ask them "do you want my mailing address or where you can touch me"? That lets them decide what terminology they want to use to avoid confusion. To much confusion with "domicile address, residence address, legal address, etc" OK hope any of this helps but wait.... it gets better... From this link: http://dor.wa.gov/content/contactus/con_residdef.aspx Persons are considered residents of this state for sales and use tax purposes if they take actions which indicate that they intend to live in this state on more than a temporary or transient basis. A person may be considered a resident of this state even though the person is a resident of another state. The Department of Revenue presumes that a person is a resident of this state if he or she does any of the following: Maintains a residence in Washington for personal use; Lives in a motor home or vessel which is not permanently attached to any property if the person previously lived in this state and does not have a permanent residence in any other state; Is registered to vote in this state; Receives benefits under one of Washington's public assistance programs; Has a state professional or business license in this state; Is attending school in this state and paying tuition as a Washington resident or is a custodial parent with a child attending a public school in this state; Uses a Washington address for federal or state taxes; Has a Washington State driver's license; or Claims Washington as a residence for obtaining a hunting or fishing license, eligibility to hold public office or for judicial actions. Persons may rebut the presumption of residency if they provide other facts which show that they do not intend to reside in this state on either a temporary or permanent basis. A Washington resident who intends to move at a future date, however, will be considered a Washington resident. I live in a motor home. I use a WA address for Federal taxes. I have a WA fishing license. I'm a resident!! I used to be a WA registered voter too, but I got nabbed for jury doody {sic} and I detest the vote by mail system here so I cancelled my voter registration. No more ballots or voter guides filling up my mailbox! WooHoo!!! (yes I know, cancelling voter registration does not guarantee that I won't get selected for jury duty, but it reduces it. I was the presiding juror (foreman) on a criminal trial and I don't want to be the foreman again, because the foreman is the one who has to sign their name to the verdict sheet.)
gotsmart 11/20/14 02:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: Long shot, anyone used WA state as home base?

Would the physical street address of something like that place in Aberdeen be usable and legal as a home address? I would hate to get in a $100,000 auto accident and have my claim denied because I used an improper address for my RV insurance. Call insurance companies. Tell them that you have an RV and that you want to live in it full time and use a private mailbox as your domicile as you don't have friends or family who will let you use their home address for your domicile. Ask them what they require in a policy to do this. I went through 4 insurances companies before I found one that would work with me. Much of what I posted in that link came from them. They told me about the street address. They told me that "PMB" doesn't work with the DOL and to list it as an apartment number. I asked why. They said that even they run audits against their own policy holders and PMB might generate a phone call from them about my policy. On their advice the address on my policy reads like an apartment address. I'm not going to handhold you through the process. Don't fixate on the private mailbox so much. WA doesn't care in the least if a PMB is your domicile. Find an insurance company that will work with you and give you everything you need for what you want to do, at a cost that is acceptable to you. It's doable. Just put in the sweat equity.
gotsmart 11/20/14 12:34pm Full-time RVing
RE: Long shot, anyone used WA state as home base?

My domicile is my private mailbox. I posted how I did it in this link: http://forums.goodsamclub.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26844437/gotomsg/26845136.cfm#26845136 The trick to it is: 1) to have a street address that isn't red flagged by your auto insurance company as a commercial address, and/or 2) call up your insurance company and ask them if they care. Your insurance company may balk at you fulltiming. Sign up with one that is OK with FT RVing. Your insurance company may be OK with FT RVing, BUT may require upgrading the RV policy to include home owners coverage. I called my insurance company for guidance. They told me they have policies for FT RVers, BUT they don't promote it and would rather I not promote it either as they don't want to become a haven for FTers. *EDIT* One could choose any state to homebase from as a FT RVer. Some states don't make it easy at all. Others like WA make it easy.
gotsmart 11/20/14 12:00pm Full-time RVing
RE: Long shot, anyone used WA state as home base?

I fulltime in WA (and in OR, and sometimes in ID). I rent a private mailbox at in Aberdeen, WA. Wherever you rent a mailbox in WA you'll want your mailbox in a non-emmissions testing county. For vehicle registration purposes avoid Clark County, King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, and Spokane County. I don't receive a lot of mail anymore so I use their free “Mail Check” service and "on demand" forwarding. They have a note on my mailbox to throw away all circulars, catalogs, and flyers. When I call they read the envelopes to me. I tell them what to throw away, what to forward to me, and what to put back in my mailbox. I give them my CC number. Done. I don't have to keep an account balance with them for postage (some providers do). Basically I'm saying that one does not have to sign up with a national mail service. I searched and found a small-time operator with excellent customer service. I call them up, ask for my mail, they send it to me and put my CC receipt in the envelope. For me, that's perfect.
gotsmart 11/20/14 11:17am Full-time RVing
RE: Fantastic Fan question

From this link. On my 6600R the rain sensor has an On/Off switch to disable it. In this picture the cabinet is the back and the ceiling light is the front. Back left - round black item is the POS glass fuse. the fuse needs to be removed during storage - parasitic draw Back right - 3-way On/Off switch for the fan - In/Off/Out Front left - blue/green teardrop sticker that says "rain sensor equipped" Front right - knob for manually opening and closing the cover. Hiding behind the base of the knob is a red and black label for the switch that turns the rain sensor on and off. In short, you can have a Fantastic Vent fan with a rain sensor and not use the rain sensor option. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/13896524228_b58839a4f3_z.jpg
gotsmart 11/19/14 11:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Safe electric heaters you can run all night

Also get one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Extension-Protected-Shield-1-Outlet/dp/B000XU3P9U I found them in-store at Walmart for a lot less than the price in the link. It's a 6 foot LCDI safety extension cord, with a 15 amp breaker. I use it on my space heater. The idea being that if the space heater has an electrical problem that it will stop at the extension cord and hopefully not damage the wall outlet or MH wiring. I bought this particular extension cord BECAUSE it only has 1 outlet on it. Only the space heater gets plugged into it - nothing else. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41salHMc6IL._SY450_.jpg height=225 width=225 Excluding anti-tipping switches, I found that most space heaters only have a 2-prong plug on the cord. In my opinion an LCDI safety extension cord adds back a measure of protection to the space heater that should have been included at the factory.
gotsmart 11/19/14 04:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Majestic 28 Speaker Wire Routing

Folks, i'm looking at changing out the speakers on my 2005 Majestic 28R. I'm replacing the head unit and the speakers in the cab, and would like to install a new set of rear speakers just behind the cab. The existing rears are installed in the rear bedroom, which to me is totally useless. Does anyone have any idea where the speaker wires to the rear would be routed through? The four winds factory guys claim no knowledge of this, and report that the routing diagrams for 2005 are long gone. any help is appreciated! :) Since you're getting a new head unit (I assume it is not a Ford radio) then you'll need an adapter harness to go between you're new radio and the Ford radio harness. The adapter harness should come with a diagram to tell you which wires do what. Cut the rear channel wires on the adapter harness. Cut them about 3 inches from the back of the connector that plugs into the Ford harness. Tape off the unused wires on the back of the connector and run new speaker wire from the adapter harness to your new rear channel speakers in the cab. Why tape off the orphaned rear speaker wires on the adapter harness? This way you have the option of installing a small amp at a later date to drive both the rear cab speakers and the rear bedroom speakers.
gotsmart 11/19/14 03:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Propane Y-Connector

Here's a recent post (with photo) of my Stay-A-While adapter that I bought at Camping World.
gotsmart 11/15/14 05:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Loud Onan 4K Genny

My Onan MQ 4K was built in Fridley, MN in April 2004. Model: 4KYFA26100K Kilowatts: 4 = 4000 (4000 Watts) Product Family: KY Starting method: F (remote startable) Voltage & Frequency code: A (120 volt, 60-Hz) Specification number: 26100 (code for options & special features) Specification letter: K (Used to identify major design or manufacturing changes) ------- It has 1,070 hours on the clock and there's nothing small or quiet about it. It starts up every time. I wouldn't have it any other way. Why go to a cheap motel and feed the machine quarters to vibrate the bed when all I have to do is turn on the genset? :B :W
gotsmart 11/15/14 05:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Fantastic Fan question

Even without the cover the rain sensor is dang near worthless. ... I disagree. I have Fantastic Vent's 6600R in my bathroom - with no vent cover over it. It is about 10 inches from the edge of the roof on the driver's side. I was hanging out with a friend parked in the site next to me - on my driver's side. We were under his awning during a heavy afternoon drizzle and one of the afternoon's highlights was watching the stupid vent close and reopen every 20 minutes. The rain sensor on my 6600R works perfectly.
gotsmart 11/14/14 09:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camco Cyclone or 360 Siphon holding tank vent covers?

If you have a sink that drains into the black tank then it should have one of these vents downstream of the P-trap. It keeps the water from being sucked out of the P-trap when you dump the black tank. It is also a source of air intake for the roof vent (other than flushing the toilet) to help draw the sewer gases out of the holding tank. http://images.meredith.com/diy/images/2009/02/p_SCP_215_06.jpg
gotsmart 11/14/14 11:46am General RVing Issues
RE: propane tank hose adapter

Below is the Stay-A-While Deluxe that I have on my MH. It comes with a 12 foot gas grill hose and a 5 foot hose for an external tank. Click on the image for more pics. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8426/7796513374_e038868e0d_z.jpg
gotsmart 11/14/14 11:33am General RVing Issues
RE: State of residence for full timers

I fulltime in WA. I rent a private mail box (PMB) at a parcel store in Aberdeen - Grays Harbor County, WA. My mail box is my domicile. It is my address for: voting jury duty taxes auto/RV registration auto/RV insurance banking yadda, yadda, yadda Why Grays Harbor County? Several counties in WA require passing an emissions test in order to register the vehicle. Grays Harbor County does not require emissions testing. You may choose a particular state for tax benefits or health benefits, etc - BUT where you choose to establish your domicile in that state may also affect you - vehicle registration fees, vehicle insurance rates, etc. Just moving, on paper, one county over can save you money. Also the next county over may be more RVer friendly than your first choice. I don't need a mail service provider (like Escapees or Good Sam) to process my mail. I call my parcel store twice a month. They have a free mail-check service. They read the sender information to me. I tell them what to throw away, what to forward to me, and what to put back in my mailbox. None of my mail is critical enough for frequent forwarding. It can sit in my mailbox for a month or two.
gotsmart 11/03/14 05:33pm Full-time RVing
RE: Google is Hogging my Data Allotment

Does the OP have the WiFi password enabled on the hotspot? If not, someone else within range could be connecting to an unsecured hotspot and running up the OP's data usage.
gotsmart 11/01/14 05:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Who pulls what toad behind their class C?

We have a class "C" Bengal Tiger (The Tardis). We are towing a Smartcar on a trailer built for the Smartcar. You don't even know it's behind you until you look at the rear camera. Towing on a trailer VS 4 on the ground allows us to back up when necessary. The Smartcar can be towed with 4 on the ground but to me it puts a lot of ware & tare on such a small vehicle. The cost of the trailer VS tow bar, break activator & toad mods is almost tit-for-tat. http://i.imgur.com/QxXmBwJl.jpg Those things plus the SmartCar crack me up. I doubt I could even get in one but they are a total hoot to see. EDIT: I see that IS a Smart Car...thought it was another of those teeny tiny auto's smart cars are designed for a person who is 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) tall. This is my toad: https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8293/7796511834_89e23e1c6c_z.jpg
gotsmart 10/20/14 05:59pm Class C Motorhomes
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