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RE: Tiny Homes

If you've seen the pictures and videos you'll know that although they can be registered as trailers and can be towed that they have 2 drawbacks - aerodynamics and weight. You'll notice in the pictures where the Tiny House company shows them delivering a unit that they use a U-Haul box truck. It's my opinion that part of the reason for the box truck is to deflect air around the trailer while towing. The box truck probably also hauls install-related supplied as well. I suspect any pickup-style tow vehicle will get terribl;e fuel mileage. You've seen the construction of the trailers. Many have nice finish grade tongue and grove walls and ceilings. They are built more like S&B houses. I would expect that they are very sturdy and will have a long life. In comparison an RV is built more like tooth picks and styrofoam.
gotsmart 12/18/14 12:44pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Full time rig

A full time rig will have heated tanks, more insulation and double pane windows. There may be other things too, but those come to mind first. My motorhome does not have heated tanks (or an enclosed belly), or more insulation, and it has tinted POS windows. ....and I fulltime in it. Doh! https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8298/7796567448_bf63310c08_z.jpg
gotsmart 12/09/14 08:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: Full timing near Olympia WA with 3 young kids

28 miles west of Olympia is Elma RV Park for $375/mo + tax. Check out their Rates page. The only real concern might be the additional person fee for each child of $20/mo. I would call and inquire to see if the fee applies to children.
gotsmart 12/08/14 11:44am Full-time RVing
RE: Have the Police stopped enforcing our traffic laws?

We towed our 5er from northern Maine to Florida, about 2000 +/- miles. During this journey we observed about 75% of the total traffic driving 15 to 20 + MPH over the posted speed limit. Also observed was tailgating, lane maneuvers without signaling, aggressive “driving to endanger”, and yield signs that would be better used for target practice for we observed hardly anyone obeying a yield sign. Regular, common to us, driver courtesy was left behind in northern Maine accept for a few very courteous Pennsylvania drivers. I realize the Police are under staffed and busy otherwise with catching bad guys and illegals :D, but it would have been refreshing to observe more active traffic enforcement. Safe travels. Lakeside I grew up in South Portland, on the Cape Elizabeth town line. Greetings from WA's Olympic Peninsula (where I successfully escaped to). I commuted for 17 years from Manchester, NH down I-93 to Beantown. 80 MPH in a 65 MPH zone is commonplace. Welcome to I-95. What you experienced is normal for that travel corridor.
gotsmart 12/07/14 01:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: What weight toad do you have behind your class c ?

I flat tow a smart car with a curb weight of 1,806 lb (US) Couldn't you just put the car under the bed? :) Curious to know how many use an auxiliary brake system on their toad. It's juuuust a bit too big to fit under the bed. I do call it my "rolling snot bubble" though. The only time I can feel the car behind me is when I tow it over a campground's speed bumps. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8293/7796511834_89e23e1c6c_z.jpg
gotsmart 12/07/14 12:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What weight toad do you have behind your class c ?

I flat tow a smart car with a curb weight of 1,806 lb (US)
gotsmart 12/06/14 09:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E350 ignition coils

http://forums.goodsamclub.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27913129/gotomsg/27935168.cfm#27935168 When I had all 10 spark plugs replaced at 112,894 (9 May 2013) the mechanic told me that he replaces the plugs and boots. He said that the coil packs, which are about $75 USD each, only need to be replaced when they fail. My coil packs were good and none required replacing. I was out the door for $304.60 USD
gotsmart 12/03/14 11:32pm Class C Motorhomes
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
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