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RE: What cars will tow behind a class c motorhome?

I tow a smart car.
gotsmart 02/23/17 05:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Amazon packages in Quartzsite

My (PMB) private mailbox provider has told me that they don't care what I do to get my box number on the address, as long as it saves them from having to look me up on their computer to get my box number. They don't care if the address says: PMB, SUITE, APT, UNIT, SITE, BLDG, FLOOR, SPACE, #, .... You get the picture. I would say to use whatever syntax that gets the box number on the address line, and gets the mail delivered to you. I haven't followed the USPS rules for a PMB. I use this format: my name 99 my street name APT 999 My City, XX 12345-6789 If you have a PO Box then I don't know how one could game the address with an online retailer and still get it delivered.
gotsmart 02/18/17 11:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2017 Last year for gas smart car in USA and Canada.

The entirety of the national electricity grid in the USA needs to be upgraded to cope with the possibility of every ICE vehicle being replaced with an electric vehicle. The U.S. can't even get the utility companies to upgrade their system software applications to increase security against hacking. If they can't be bothered to upgrade 40+ year old software systems I don't see them increasing their generation capacity to handle 500,000 to 20,000,000 electric vehicles per utility. Not without an act of Congress. IMO change-resistant companies like electric utilities will do "the path of least resistance" route and resort to "Supply and Demand" pricing. As more electric vehicles come online, charging station costs will increase exponentially as grid load reaches capacity. I believe the electric vehicles in the USA will remain a niche market until the electricity industry is forced to change. I don't see that happening for decades.
gotsmart 02/17/17 01:30pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 2017 Last year for gas smart car in USA and Canada.

MB will just shelve the ICE smart car designs until fuel prices rise high enough again to make them worthwhile to sell. at what price point do electric vehicles pay off? assuming an average guess on electricity costs vs. a 25mpg car at $2.50? bumpy I'm not talking: price point. I'm talking economic cycles and human nature. Japan and south east Asia perfected the business model in the years after the fuel crisis of the 1970s. As fuel prices increase, cars get smaller. As fuel prices decrease, cars get larger. Car buyers' purchase preferences also follow the same model. Since there can be a significant difference in profit margin between an ICE car and its electric version, and - the fact that state and federal tax credits for electric vehicles will someday go away, and - as states and fed govt figure out how to collect road usage taxes in lieu of taxes at the gas pump that ICE cars will never fully disappear, but will wax and wane along with the economy. I contend that the ICE smart could very possibly reappear in the future.
gotsmart 02/17/17 10:23am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2017 Last year for gas smart car in USA and Canada.

MB will just shelve the ICE smart car designs until fuel prices rise high enough again to make them worthwhile to sell.
gotsmart 02/16/17 06:55pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

Steve, If you own a home then look into a Home Equity Loan (2nd mortgage). You'll get to deduct the interest on your taxes, you're buying the RV with cash, and you get the title for the RV sent to you - cuz the loan is against the home and not the RV.
gotsmart 02/12/17 10:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can't get in

The window lock on many RVs where the windows slide sideways can be defeated. If the window latch looks something like a wing-nut, where you push on one side to lock it and then on the other side to unlock it - you can place both palms on the window pane that slides (near the divider between both panes), push the window inwards about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch, then while it is pushed in you slide the window open. For the above to work you have to know what type of latching mechanism that the window has in place.
gotsmart 02/10/17 03:36pm Tech Issues
RE: "RV" toilet paper - myth busted

I like thick soft fluffy TP and use big wads of it. Hard to plug up a 3" line. Water is key. High liquid to solid ratio and dump when full....WHOOSH. RVng should not be MADE complicated. Do what you do at home. Adding to what Old-Biscuit posted, in 2011 I was at an RV park on the Oregon coast and met a couple from Idaho. He was in the paper industry for 35 years. He told me that they did dissolve test after dissolve test after dissolve test, using many brands, RV-specific TP, and their own TP. He said that in the end it made no difference. He said that what does make a difference is how much toilet paper is used and put into the black tank. You want a slurry of waste and product, not a sludge of waste and product. "Water is key." Each model of RV is a little different from other RVs and each RVer has to find the "happy medium" (tipping point) as to much product can go in their RV's black tank so that it can be dumped without problems.
gotsmart 02/04/17 11:11pm Tech Issues
RE: There's no such thing as privacy anymore

I use a secondary gmail address for all non-amazon online purchases. There is nothing special about it except for a filter that I added: Matches: from: (*) Do this: Delete it, Never mark it as important All emails, and I do mean all emails, go directly to the Trash. It is an unmanaged email account. Everything that is in the Trash folder automatically gets deleted after 30 days. There are no emails in the Inbox. The email address in a dumping ground for all the spam and junk emails that I may receive as the result of needing to provide an email address. I place an online order. I then log onto this email account and check the trash folder for the order confirmation. I'll subsequently check the trash folder for the shipping confirmation (I may forward the shipping confirmation to my regular email address). Then I log off - knowing full well that the online retailer will likely spam the email address for the next 60 days. I don't care. It's off of my radar. There's no reason to log on because the Inbox is already empty.
gotsmart 01/21/17 10:15pm Technology Corner
RE: RidEx for Black & Gray Tanks

Here is what I posted about RID-X RV last November: http://forums.goodsamclub.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29103854/gotomsg/29104191.cfm#29104191
gotsmart 01/20/17 02:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: LP Tank Gauge?

While weighing the tanks is obviously best, I don't think it is really practical. It sounds like none of the gauges really work (pretty much what I expected). Sounds like the water/condensation method is the easiest. (Oh, and I have standard 20# tanks on my HTT.) Thanks! -R The Grill Gauge is made for 20# tanks. It is why my external tanks for my MH are 20# tanks. I use a Grill Gauge to weigh the tanks. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ehC0POXbL._SL1000_.jpg height=320 width=227
gotsmart 01/20/17 02:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: Oregon Coast

8 miles north of Lincoln City on Route 101 is Neskowin Creek RV Resort in Neskowin, OR
gotsmart 01/18/17 11:24pm Beginning RVing
RE: Propane question

To to OP: I use 20 lb (gas grill) tanks for external tanks on my MH. During the past month the temperatures here have been down to about 25F at times. My propane furnace doesn't have a problem with low temperatures. What it does have a problem with is when there is only bout a half gallon or less of propane in the external tank. The furnace does not want to ignite when the fuel level is too low for it to operate. Another thing that I have noticed is when the propane level gets too low that there is a change to the quality of the flames on the burners on the cooktop. Another telltale sign that the fuel level is very low. https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3817/11749303956_711db287d5_n.jpg
gotsmart 01/13/17 12:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Olympic Peninsula -- How to plan a week long trip???

Sequim Bay State Park (located half way between Sequim and 7 Cedars Casino) park map. I believe the "Upper Loop" has a 25 foot length limit for the RV.
gotsmart 01/11/17 11:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cummins Onan RV Generator code 45

Hi, I have a 2013 Voltage toy hauler with a Cummins Onan RV QG 5500 EVAP gasoline generator, with 45 total hours. New battery. Model #: 5.5HGJAB-6755J Serial #: D120326173 ... This is what the Serial # says about your genset. Month built: D = April Year built: 12 = 2012 Build location: 0 = Fridley, MN Active Serial # 326173
gotsmart 01/08/17 11:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Blue Ox base plate vs Roadmaster Tor Bar Bracket

j-d The EZ2 brackets that the OP is referring to are round. They also employ the 1/4 turn twist lock. On my smart car I have Roadmaster EZ2 brackets with a Falcon 2 tow bar. Other versions of Roadmaster's "EZ" brackets are square. (click image for larger version) https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8424/7796905820_5d9207fe4c_z_d.jpg https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8431/7796923234_15f0033da8_z_d.jpg
gotsmart 01/08/17 11:33pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Does costco give discount off of posted fuel price.

One benefit of Costco gas is that it is TOP TIER gas. linky to TOP TIER branded gasoline.
gotsmart 01/05/17 04:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thetford valve issue/repair. 2 part question

Guessing cutting it all out and using rubber couplers is my only option unless someone out there has a better idea. We're currently snow birding in the rig for the winter which makes it a tougher job. If I cut it all out and it doesn't go as plan the rig becomes unlivable till I figure out a plan B. If you were to install Valterra valves, I would recommend taking the RV to a service center. Let them own the problem. The tolerances for the Valterra valve to fit properly have to be spot on. All this assumes that you want to be able to replace a valve by yourself in the future. Below is my black valve. To the left is the "Y", and on the other side of the "Y" is the gray valve. I keep spare valves. They are easy enough to change out, but I would not want to be the one to do the initial assembly to make the "Y" line up perfectly between the valves. https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2843/11499872614_84d3656212.jpg
gotsmart 01/05/17 04:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery disconnect switches

Amazon for $7.50. Marvin Clicky X2. I have it in my toad. https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8308/7796437964_0402227cd5.jpg
gotsmart 12/30/16 11:31pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Repair Sagging Jayco J-Steel Sofa Seat

Jack knife sofas make an awful bed. If you want to sleep overnight on it, buy an air mattress that fits its dimensions (when opened as a bed) and put it on top of the sofa. When laid out as a bed the gap between the seat back and the seat cushion becomes very uncomfortable. Been there. Done that.
gotsmart 12/29/16 02:16pm Tech Issues
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