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RE: Bears and garbage

Keep the garbage inside the trailer until you're at a gas station or somewhere with a dumpster. Yosemite bears peel cars open to get at food - a lightweight aluminium thing in the bed of your truck will not work. If the Yosemite bears peel cars open, I imagine they can have a real field day with some thin fiberglass, two pieces of 1/8" luan plywood, and styrofoam, or .024 or thinner aluminum siding and luan. I often think of that same thing when I put my grill in a compartment so its not left out for the bears to bother!
johnwalkerpa1 02/21/18 12:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bears and garbage

Just dont leave any garbage or organic waste outside your rv or anywhere a bear could get to. There is no such thing as a bear proof container! If any bears show up take pictures and enjoy the opportunity to see nature up close. Enjoy your trip! Well of course there is such a thing, but thin aluminum sheet isn't it. Yep, I made one when I lived in bear country... it was about 500 pounds of steel and bolted to a concrete slab :) worked perfect but not too practical for mobile use!
johnwalkerpa1 02/21/18 12:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Extension Valves on Inside Dually, Yes or No

Tire-Man. Great product/service - no leaks. Agreed......totally trouble free and maintains constant pressure better than anything I've ever had. When I bought them 4 years ago it was about $150 for the kit and another $100 to have them installed. Best money spent on any mod.
johnwalkerpa1 02/19/18 09:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Depreciation

Whew! Lots of great responses! Thanks Guys! I'll continue my research! Digging digging digging! PS - I was looking at NADA recently and thought the same thing, seems high! Finding out actual sales is probably key! Yes, they are always high. As an example, I recently looked mine up on NADA. It is 2015 model year 30' Class C and retail is currently showing MORE than what I paid for it in 2014. Not taking into account my down payment, just what the actual sale price was at the time. There is no way on earth I could sell it for anything close to what NADA says. I'd guess I could realistically sell it for about $15K less than NADA now. But, I'm not selling :)
johnwalkerpa1 02/19/18 09:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Family returns from vacation to find home flooded, frozen

Turning off the water and opening a faucet is not going to keep pipes from freezing. No, but it will limit the damage to 80-100 gallons rather than ten thousand :)
johnwalkerpa1 02/02/18 12:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does an affordable, quality class A or C exist?

Some units are better than others but you will find many people happy with the entry level units and some unhappy with the higher end units too. And all combinations thereof:) In reality, it is going to be rare to find any RV at any price point that will match the quality and reliability you found with your two cars. And, even the most reliable of brands (car, RV, or otherwise) still churns out the occasional lemon. Remember that very few people make a lot of noise about something that works well. But, almost everyone will scream about something that does not. There are indeed a few people that have had true nightmares out there. But, I expect there are far more satisfied people out there than it seems. I wouldn't let it bother you too much and certainly don't let it talk you out of your plans...Find a make/model/and most importantly floor plan you like then be extra careful with your inspection/checklists. If buying new, the dealer is key. Despite the occasional annoyances, we have always found that the good far outweighs the bad...Have fun!
johnwalkerpa1 02/02/18 11:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New power outlet question

I'd like to install a new power outlet to use primarily for my toaster oven. The only circuit that I can tie in to is the circuit that the water heater plugs in to. Are other outlets typically tied into this circuit and would it be safe for me to tie into this circuit for another outlet? Would I be constantly tripping the breaker if toaster oven and water heater on electric were both on at same time? It would work well if you always turn off the electric side of your water heater when using the toaster oven, but not a good idea otherwise.
johnwalkerpa1 01/22/18 09:36am Travel Trailers
RE: A Minor Hassle When Using a VPN

Aside from the various theories on the use of VPN, what the OP is describing is nothing more than two-factor authentication. It is widely used and is going to be the norm...in many places, it already is the norm.
johnwalkerpa1 01/22/18 09:29am Technology Corner
RE: My Plans Have Been Wrecked

The lease pros/cons and alternate MH/toad options have been covered well so i won't rehash those... But, in your original post, you said "My plan to retire in September, 2018 and live in an RV full-time is being re-evaluated. My plan was that when my auto lease was up in August, 2018 I could lease a big new tow vehicle (maybe an F-350) and buy a 2-3 year old travel trailer."..... If you had already decided that was the best plan for you, I wouldn't let an unfortunate accident change your plans. Assuming that insurance makes you whole on the existing lease and you owe no money, why not just go ahead and get your new "post retirement" vehicle 7 months early? Its not like its years. Maybe not an valid option if you currently drive 100 miles a day but if your daily mileage won't exceed your lease restrictions or cause you to spend an exorbitant extra amount in gas, just get the truck now. Its not that big a deal to use a truck as a daily driver. Just a thought.
johnwalkerpa1 01/22/18 06:44am Beginning RVing
RE: Good deal or not a good deal?

Well, the last page of lawyer vs other guy sure helped with the OPs question...... Lol! Yep, reminded me of two 10 year old kids arguing on the playground.....but it seems like the OP did get some good info in spite of these two...
johnwalkerpa1 01/16/18 08:16am Beginning RVing
RE: Recomendations for a new gasser

Very true, my $79.00 registration fee went up to $3,600.00 and Insurance went up from $500.00 per year to $1,500.00 but after 2 years of headaches we just decided since this is going to be out last home what the heck. My Monaco Monarch needed Transmission work, front end work, just replaced a fuel pump and 6 new tires. Probably would have been worth the effort but now we are comfortable in the new rig and thats the key. Miserable and cramped or lots of storage with a whole wall slide and a bedroom slide so flip a coin, pros and cons we are happy and glad your bounder keeps you happy. Sooo, How does a $79 registration fee go up to $3600? Fee goes up when you trade a 17 year old Monaco Monarch in and buy a 2018 Thor, the positive side is the fee goes down 10% every year HAH. Actually we are very pleased going from 32 feet to 37 feet. 30 feet of it is one slide and the Master Bed has its own slide. This morning I found a connection for my propane grille. Did that $3600 registration include sales tax. If not that is robbery Agreed! I was fuming (sort of ;)) when my annual registration went up from $81 to $112 a few years back.
johnwalkerpa1 12/28/17 05:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Loan Interest Deduction yes or no?

Thanks to those of you who stayed on topic :) Yes, I'm aware of how things have worked in the past as I've been deducting the RV interest for 4 years. It's not going to impact me much either way since I only have 6 months left until the loan is paid off. It was more a curiosity. Moderator....feel free to close this thread if you wish....I don't think there is much more to discuss and the politics are starting to creep in.. Thanks!
johnwalkerpa1 12/20/17 07:51pm General RVing Issues
RV Loan Interest Deduction yes or no?

Hello all, I did some research and even read the actual text of the new tax law. Maybe I missed it but I have been unable to find a concise answer....So....Does anyone know if: 1. IS Second home mortgage interest still deductible in general (I know that home equity loans are NOT) 2. Do RVs still qualify as second homes? And...please no politics or discussion about if either of the above two items or the tax law in general is good, bad, or indifferent :) There are MANY other places for that debate... Just a simple question...Thanks..
johnwalkerpa1 12/20/17 12:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire plugging

Ran across my old tire plugging stuff. Plugs with glue has hardened up, probably 12 years old. Couple years before I retired, a new corp safety guy comes in and says…no more plugging of any tire (front, drive or tag). Don’t know if policy was new DOT rule or his own. What are the feelings on here for plugging a tire? I understand that the way tire are made now days that plugging might not be good because of sticking metal tools in the hole you might cut a steel strand. Which would come undone sometime down the road. Wonder if I should get some new glue or not? (puncher wounds only, no sidewall or tread seperations and using common since) My kit little bit more than "glove box" cheapy kit. Sort of like this. https://www.amazon.com/Boulder-Tools-Motorcycle-Tractor-Puncture/dp/B01E635PGA/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_263_bs_tr_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=Z5VHYZ5GMNM7VJ0S6V8N Thanks...Your thoughts please. I still have a kit and have used them albeit only on a pickup, not the MH....but I use them only to get me someplace that I can either get a proper repair or a new tire. One time I was on back roads far north in Canada and had three flats in one day...Did have two spares but the plugs did save me that day for the third one. Very rare event though...
johnwalkerpa1 12/12/17 07:22am Beginning RVing
RE: portable grill ( Soution found)

I just ordered a connection kit from this place. I've got a Weber Q100, and this kit screws onto where the regulator on the grill comes off. I got the Weber specifically because it could be converted to hook up to the low pressure outlet on the side of the RV. I've gotten tired of using the 1# bottles, and having them run out of fuel halfway through grilling a chop or steak. Could not have said it any better as I too hate messing with the 1# bottles and running out of gas part way through grilling a rib eye. Thank you very much for the link, that is EXACTLY the info I was looking for. You rock. So you are getting good heat cooking with the grill hooked up that way? I'm asking because I thought the gas coming from the camper's regulator is lower pressure than a "standard" gas grill regulator. . We have the exact same setup. Plenty of heat with one exceptions....if we are also running 3 burners on the stove and the gas oven, the gas pressure will get too low and the grill will go out. But, that is very rare. Most times, no issue.
johnwalkerpa1 12/06/17 10:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2018

I think Alaska sounds like trip for a little more experience RVer. Not much experience needed. By the time you buy your RV and do some local trips, you'll be just fine for the Alaska trip. You'll have worked out issues with your RV to begin with. By the time you cross the Canadian border, you will have the experience. This isn't a trip like years and years ago. The highways are just like the lower 48. Yes, you will encounter some construction areas of gravel - like in the lower 48. In a couple areas but not for the whole trip, you will encounter frost heaves in the pavement. Most of the time red warning cones will be placed in the area - but not always. You'll soon learn what a frost heave looks like from a reasonable distance. It will be wavy. The secret to the whole trip is to allow plenty of time for it - preferably at least 2-3 months, and top priority is to drive it slow. You can't be in a rush. That's when damage to your vehicle happens. Hope you get to do the trip! X2....in some ways it is even easier to drive to and in Alaska in that it is mostly very wide open. The only real difference is that you have to pay a little more attention to distances between fuel/services and not expect cell service everywhere... But, not that long ago, everyone, got along fine without cell service anywhere...
johnwalkerpa1 11/21/17 02:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Brake systems- Motohome Magazine

The other thing to consider, whether or not one needs a supplemental brake system due to size of coach, etc., is a break-away device to lock up the tow vehicle if it disconnects. Law or not, I wouldn't want to be responsible for my toad careening out of control into oncoming traffic, etc. ST Seems to me it is a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenario. While having it "careen out of control into oncoming traffic" would certainly not be an ideal situation, neither would having it come to a screeching halt in the midst of 70 MPH traffic! The resultant chain reaction crash could be horrific. The best bet would be to have safety chains or cables attached in such a manner that the toad could not separate completely except in the unlikely event of total systemic failure i.e. the entire back of the coach frame broke off. I do not use an emergency brake away system either. The base plate is bolted to the uniframe, a cable is wrapped around the base plate and uniframe, there are two heavy safety cables attached to the car and motor home, and if I was really worried I would install two more safety cables rather than a brake away system. My take is if the tow bars break, the safety cables break then I have a LOT more to worry about than having a emergency break away system. Chances are I would not be around to worry if all those items broke at the same time. I had the same thought for the same reasons...there is so much redundancy built into the tow bar that it seems very unlikely it is all going to break lose at once....if it does, it is going to be in a catastrophic explosive type of accident where everything is loose and a breakaway device will be irrelevant..
johnwalkerpa1 11/21/17 02:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: LP usage

Thanks for the replies. On my part is a big Duh. I went back out to see how the little electric heaters were doing and noticed I had let all 3 roof vents open. Aside from the roof vent issue.... :) At those temps, is your electric heater able to keep up? The furnace is the propane hog so if you can avoid using that or use it very little, you'll be able to go a long time.
johnwalkerpa1 11/21/17 07:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Base plate ?

Can a baseplate from a Wrangler fit a Liberty ? Is it difficult to mount a baseplate? My local Hitch place says $400 labor. I can't help about the fit...but, I just installed a base plate on a 2017 Ford explorer this summer. Pay the $400...believe me...that is well worth it :)
johnwalkerpa1 11/15/17 09:11am Dinghy Towing
RE: Custom B or Custom Van?

Thanks everyone for some great ideas. After looking at several of the suggested sources, it does look like it is possible to get exactly what I want out there....but perhaps at a price I am not able to afford :) Now, i have to consider the pros and cons of several options and decide where I want to compromise between price, needs, and wants!
johnwalkerpa1 11/15/17 08:13am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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