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RE: Reflective Caution Tape

My take on this: If someone can't see the back of a full sized RV, then reflective tape isn't going to help... Yep, I sort of had the same thought...But, that being said..I did replace my tail lights with LEDs....Mine were not very bright, especially in the rain or fog...makes a huge difference in rear visibility at night...
johnwalkerpa1 11/16/15 02:03pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Correct way to start Onan 4K generator

Instruction manual says PRESS STOP till the light comes on (Assumes there is a light) I suggest you hold it a bit longer (15-30 seconds) ) that is usually the key...especially if the generator is a ways from your gas tank...they lose fuel pressure when they are off for a while and it takes a while to get it back...my gas tank is 20 feet away from the generator...about 30 seconds usually does it for the prime...the light comes on at about 8 seconds....not long enough..
johnwalkerpa1 11/16/15 01:55pm Beginning RVing

Having resisted going residential because we boondock often I finally gave up on my NoCold 1200 recently and all of your questions/concerns will be answered HERE. I did not post my costs so I'll do that here: Scratch/dent 21 cuft refer.....$500 4 new AGM 115 AH batteries......300 1000W PSW inverter.................175 100 amp smart charger.............200 Transfer switch and cables.......100 Total..................................$1275 I spent more than that on my 1200 over the last several years. Could you tell me where did you buy those 4 AGM batteries and what brand are they,, I have never seen anything priced that low Thanks X2!! At that price, I'll take a hundred of them :)
johnwalkerpa1 11/03/15 05:58am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Help ordering first new RV

On the startup kit, I too would skip it and get higher quality items yourself..you can use the kit as a reference list and then get your own. For the vent covers, I think they are very important...but, what are they charging to put them on? If its not too high, let them do it just to save the hassle. They are very easy to install, though, so if they want too much, you can do it yourself as long as you don't mind getting on the roof...
johnwalkerpa1 10/27/15 10:49am Beginning RVing
RE: Garmin 760

We have had this unit since the spring and all and all it has done well. We completed an 11,000 mile trip to Alaska this year where I had put in routes for each day and it performed well...On the whole trip, only twice did it mess up...once it was about 10 miles off on an address and the other time it said that our campground was 11 miles out in Cook Inlet :) Both issues were easily resolved before they caused any problems..or water damage!! I always map my route out ahead of time and decide how I want to go rather than just enter an address and hope. I really like to use a GPS more for knowing about how far ahead a turn may be and which lane to choose than the actual finding where I am going aspect. My only real complaint with it is sometimes I think that the "RV mode" is overly-conservative. It gets all disjointed on sharp curves and has been wrong on clearances on some bridges. Although, if its going to be wrong, I'd sooner it be wrong this way than the other way! In areas I know, I tend to ignore it or switch the RV mode off. One of these times, though, the "boy who cried wolf" syndrome may bite me by doing that...
johnwalkerpa1 10/26/15 10:46am Beginning RVing
RE: Upgrade for Alaska?

And ....sometimes things work out fine too :) We completed the epic 11,000 mile roundtrip this summer in less than 7 weeks. Absolutely, we would have liked more time but we didn't have it. We had a good trip and really nothing of any significance went wrong. All of our reservations were correct and no flat tires! Our biggest issue was our water pump quit working around Destruction Bay...turns out the plug came loose from that nice smooth stretch of the Alaskan Highway up there ;)
johnwalkerpa1 10/13/15 07:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: delaware seashore state park

If you are on the south side and want to go to the beach on the north side, you can cross over the dedicated bike/ped path on the east side of the cable stayed bridge. The views from up there are awesome. One issue with the south CG is that the roads are very old and have lots of dips and potholes. And when you get decent rain storm events, some of the roads (and sites) are under up to a foot of water. I would imagine the roads in the north CG are all brand new, and I'm not sure if they have any flooding issues there. The cottages available for rent are also on the north side. They are VERY expensive. We just returned from a long weekend on the north side. While we didn't experience any rain, I think that anything short of a hurricane or major noreaster would not be a problem...they have built wide drainage ditches between each row of sites that are about 3-5 feet deep. I am thinking it should drain fairly well. We loved the north side with the exception of one thing....The bathhouses are brand new and sparkling clean...BUT...they have two issues that really should be changed...one is they need to get rid of those stupid waterless urinals! Even though the whole place is clean, its still stinks as a result. Second, for some reason, they didn't include any private changing area in front of the shower stalls...makes it like a high school locker room when it comes to privacy.....there is plenty of room and it would add little to the expense...not sure what they were thinking there...
johnwalkerpa1 09/22/15 11:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: delaware seashore state park

The sites themselves are all about the same. I prefer to see if I can get one of the sites around the outside parameter just to have a little more illusion of open space. The sites on the north side that front the water (not directly but across the path etc.) are nice for views of the inlet and part of the bay but are hard to get. If you want to walk to the beach, you may want a site on the south side, closest to the bridge.
johnwalkerpa1 09/16/15 07:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fridge Off While Gassing up

I never did. However, on my latest RV, it automatically shuts if off for 15 minutes when the ignition is turned off. So, its done by default....as long as I don't take longer than 15 minutes to fill up ;)
johnwalkerpa1 09/14/15 07:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone Yak Attack

For a minute there, I thought someone needed to buy a large mammal identification book :)
johnwalkerpa1 09/11/15 06:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Upgrade for Alaska?

johnwalker: thanks for the additional information and the words of encouragement! My wife has discovered the steam train trip and made that part of our very short "must do" list. I am glad to hear so much about the other fishing opportunities. Looks like I need to make room for some tackle, instead of just going with guides. You're welcome! Guided fishing is great but $$$$$$, esp. with a larger group. We did about 3 days of guided (one each of sockeye, king, and halibut) and then several more days on our own from the banks...
johnwalkerpa1 09/10/15 12:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Upgrade for Alaska?

I just spent an hour studying Ninilchik halibut fishing and nearby camping. That pushes out Homer. Thanks! We just did almost the same trip you are planning. 7 of us in a 32 foot class C. We left PA (York area) on July 9 and returned home on Aug 22...45 days. Just a little over 11,500 miles. To address a couple of the things you have been discussing... 1. First of all...go for it! Its not that hard to do the trip in the time you are considering. We always want more time but I have to get back to work too. I was the only driver too...if you have 3 drivers, it will be a piece of cake. 2. You don't need a toad. Even if you end up with a 37-40 footer. This trip is one of the easiest there is to be toad-less. Sure, there were a few times it would have been more convenient but we never felt at a loss without it. Never had a parking problem anywhere, even in towns. 3. We went halibut fishing out of Ninilchik as mentioned above. Great trip and you get to your fishing area in 1/2 the time it takes from Homer. Of course some got seasick but...... 4. Sockeye fishing was great on the middle Kenai. We also went King fishing on the Klutina. Good fishing and the added adventure of some class 2-3 whitewater in between fishing spots. 5. It was our first time on the Alaskan Highway south of Haines Junction..was a little different that we expected...especially the southern parts...Honestly not as interesting as we had hoped (at least IMHO). Be sure to allow extra time around Muncho Lake though...wonderful area. The stretch from Destruction Bay to the Alaska border is always bad but this time far worse on the way home than the way up. Literally there are miles of 20 mph sections..at least if you don't want to destroy your coach. rest of the highway you can easily do 55-60 with a few exceptions (road work, going thru towns, and a few places where the highway alignment is largely original) 6. Skagway reminds me of the Ocean City Boardwalk and/or Gatlinburg's main drag :) But, riding the train is a must, esp. on days they are running steam. 7. We really like Haines and always spend extra time there. Go fishing where the river empties out of Chilkoot Lake. If you are there at the right time, fishing is incredible. Great bear viewing along the river too.
johnwalkerpa1 09/10/15 10:45am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 20 amp service question

Can you run one air conditioner when hooked up to a 20 amp service? Yes, easily as long as you don't also try to run the microwave, elec eater heater, hair dryer, etc. We easily run one AC with some lights and fans.
johnwalkerpa1 07/06/15 06:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toronto to BC and Back again. Hints on Yellowstone area?

Unless you are really, really fond of motorcycles, you may want to avoid western South Dakota or eastern Wyoming in early August....Action from Sturgis can stretch out for quite a ways...
johnwalkerpa1 07/01/15 11:42am Roads and Routes
Old Fort Point Bridge (Jasper, Alberta)

Does anyone know if there are restrictions (weight, height, width), on the Old Fort Point Bridge just off of 93A near Jasper? I've been there before but always in a car and didn't pay attention...and my attempts to find the info online have all been dead-ends.... Thanks!
johnwalkerpa1 07/01/15 11:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Whitehorse, YT - RV Parking

The easiest day parking for RVs is at Shipyards Park, from where you can easily walk downtown or take the historic trolley. Shipyards is at the north end of Second Avenue, along the Yukon River. There are other spots, but Shipyards is where you will almost always find room. Canadian Tire was mentioned above - the lot is tight and they do not welcome RVs. Thanks! It sounds like this is our best bet. I found it on Google Earth and access looks easy as long as the lot is not full. And its right in the area we want to get to as well. Thanks!
johnwalkerpa1 06/29/15 06:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Whitehorse, YT - RV Parking

What are the options for RV parking in Whitehorse? We are in a 30-foot class C and toad-less. We want to visit the downtown/waterfront area. Is there any place reasonably close we can park for 1/2-full day...not overnight, just to tour the area on foot during the day?
johnwalkerpa1 06/27/15 08:00pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Seven People

We had the awning down, slide out, grill setup and generator running. Only thing missing was the pink flamingos 'cause I couldn't get the standing rod thru the asphalt. Next time you stay at Home Depot, pickup a Hammer Drill....that's what I use to drill holes for my pink flamingos at Wal-Mart :)
johnwalkerpa1 06/26/15 08:17am Family Camping
RE: Seven People

Well, in case anyone is wondering I have it all straightened out now. I found a different spot a couple of miles down the road that had an opening and I took it. I called and spoke with them on the phone and the issue of occupancy never even came up. Maybe the very nice lady I spoke with forgot to ask. I must confess, the thought of just registering at the first spot with six people did cross my mind. Like I mentioned before, I understand that "rules are rules" and I understand that it isn't my park and I don't get to make the rules. I guess in the end that's why I didn't spend any time arguing with them and just found a different spot that was more family friendly. We have had the experience of travelling with 7 or 8 people before. In my experience, if the group is a mother and father and dependent children (esp. younger children), many (but not all) will make an exception. Some won't and that's ok...I just ask up front so I know for sure. It is interesting that some have mentioned rental homes and the fair housing laws. I do own a rental property. I have also been discriminated against in a housing situation. About 10 years ago my wife and I (we had three kids then) were trying to rent a house. The landlord told our realtor point blank "We don't want to rent to you because your client has kids". This is a blatant violation of the fair housing law. Rather than rent to us the owner took the property off the market. I spent about 10 minutes being EXTREMELY upset about it. Then I decided that if the landlord really didn't want me in his house that much it was probably better that I didn't enter into a business relationship with him (or her). I am sure I'll be back on here over the next couple of weeks with more questions as our big trip is approaching (it is the second and third week of July). I'll also get back on here to let everyone know how it goes, and whether or not my wife and I can maintain our sanity with five children in 30 foot long box for eight days.
johnwalkerpa1 06/18/15 10:39am Family Camping
RE: Use Scangauge and Garmin on new Ford E-450?

We are buying a new 2016 Class C on the Ford chassis. I have been using scan gauge II and a Garmin Nuvi the past years in our 2004 Ford E-350. I think the new Ford has a built in tach, MPG and other functions but is missing the digital transmission temp, volts and engine temp on the scan gauge. The new MH will come with navigation, but will it be as good as my Garmin? Another issue with the scan gauge and Garmin is where to put them if I want to use them. There doesn't seem to be any room for attaching with velcro or suction plate. I have a 2015 but since the E450 hasn't changed (and likely won't again) since 2011 (I think), it should be the same. It does have a tach, engine temp, voltage, and oil P gauge, but none are digital. No tran temp and no MPG indicator. On my scangauge I keep tran temp, water temp (to be more precise than the dash gauge), MPG, and well, I forget the 4th one! For the tran temp, the x gauge lists 4 possibilities for the numbers...I had to use the 3rd one...first two didn't read. The Garmin will most likely be better than what is built in but that depends on what brand/model you get. the one built in mine is ok if you just want to search for a restaurant or such, but I like to put detailed trip plans in mine.. For mounting, I pulled out the little insert that covers the area high on the dash where the upfitter switches would go (I don't have them), reshaped it a bit with a dremel and mounted the scan gauge there. Then ran the cable behind the console. Of course, this won't work if you have upfitter switches. For the Garmin, I mounted it on top of the dash with an adhesive base mount and again routed the power cable under the dash and hardwired it to avoid dangling cords. Works well...My Garmin uses the newer mounts where the power cable plugs into the mount rather than directly to the GPS so I can remove it without unplugging each time which is handy
johnwalkerpa1 06/18/15 10:18am Class C Motorhomes
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