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RE: Got gamed Westmoreland State Park in Va- reservation rant!

What changes in the reservation system do you think would solve your problem? I have never understood a First-Come First-Serve "reservation" system. This system might work if the campground was a tarmac, where all sites were equal, but that is the only way I could see it working. . Same here. I would prefer that first come, first served, means just that...no reservation, no prepayment..you show up, pay for your site and get a site. If you are able to choose the one you want best, thats nice, but not always possible. In this case, if the other party pre-paid for the multiple sites and got there to claim them before anyone else, then it seems like they are in the clear to claim them.
johnwalkerpa1 10/13/17 05:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Painted Desert AZ

The Painted Desert only becomes "painted" due to the changes in lighting. That's a good point.....try to time your visit to be there early in the morning and in the evening. During the middle of a bright sunny day, large parts are just dull and brassy looking. And, if you go in early August like I did it can also be 109 degrees at noon. :)
johnwalkerpa1 09/21/17 07:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Value of a 2009 Winnebago View 24H

You can get an idea using NADA for RVs. Check the prices for similar units in your area on RV Trader and Craigslist. take those asking prices with a grain of salt. they are likely to be based on the size of the loan remaining and they are horribly upside down. bumpy Yes, maybe even a large bag of salt :) I punched mine in just out of curiosity, and low retail came in at more than I paid new for mine 4 years ago!
johnwalkerpa1 09/21/17 10:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: An electric bus that drove 1,100 miles between charges...

Solar is not there yet. If we remove all of the subsidies Solar still costs more to make the panels than they can produce. This article Solar panels claims this will turn around by 2020. But I suspect they assume electric rates will not change by 2020. Not likely as my Arizona rates just recently increased. Agreed...and you need ideal conditions to get the maximum benefit..which rules out northern winters! I do use solar at an off grid hunting cabin I have...but it is just to charge a couple of batteries to power a few LED lights and a water pump. Works great for limited use and low power needs but for larger needs, just not practical yet....unless you have an unlimited budget....
johnwalkerpa1 09/21/17 10:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: An electric bus that drove 1,100 miles between charges...

Interesting potential RV use......but only if it becomes cost effective enough to be practical for common use. There would be a few people who would sign on simply for the perceived need to "be green" but for the masses, it has to cost less than a conventional powerplant. And this has to factor in cost of electricity and repairs, not just purchase cost. It always seemed to me that something that would eliminate the need for a massive electrical grid is more practical for the eventual transition away from conventional fuels....fuel cells, shoebox sized, cold fusion powerplants for each home, etc. Cheap and simple solutions :) Maybe someday but not in my lifetime! But, the research is good...you have to start somewhere...
johnwalkerpa1 09/21/17 07:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2017 Ford Explorer mass flow indicator code

I follow all of the instructions in the Ford manual regarding flat towing a 2017 Ford Explorer with auto trans and 3.9l v6 engine. I run the engine for 5 minutes, put the trans in Drive then reverse then neutral, shut the engine off and open the knife switch on the negative battery cable. When I am done flat towing I the close the knife switch and put the car in park and star it. The problem is a 0068 mass flow indicator code pops up everytime, I clear the code and during normal driving every thing is fine it doesn't come back this only happens when I am done towing. Has anyone else experienced this code coming in or can explain it? I am also flat towing a 2017 explorer. I occasionally (not always) get the code and it eventually clears itself). The only pattern I can see is this....When I reconnect the battery (positive terminal in my case) ( I have a button attached to a solenoid rather than a knife switch but same idea), if I don't start the vehicle within about 5 minutes, the check engine light will come on and I get the code. If I start it in less than 5 minutes, I don't get the code... Not sure if that means anything but just my observation..
johnwalkerpa1 09/20/17 09:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Fantastic Vent 6600 Simplify remote?

Thanks for the information! That is very helpful and will save me from starting from scratch!
johnwalkerpa1 09/14/17 07:53am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: PA State Route 422 in Palmyra PA

PennDOT has been saying that this closure could last until about Thanksgiving.
johnwalkerpa1 09/13/17 08:00am Roads and Routes
RE: 30 foot Class C or shorter Class A

Just a couple of points that I have come to believe (IMO, of course) over the years... * I don't think there is any real difference in driving a 24-26 unit versus a 30-32 foot...minor things, yes, but nothing major * A lot of the larger Class C's and shorter Class A's will have similar floor plans. Now that many class A's have drop down beds over the front seats, the over the cab bed is even there in both. * In theory, a short class A would have more carrying capacity than a long class C but not always... * As mentioned above not all long class C's are overloaded as they used to be. I currently have a 32 foot class C that has 1600 Lbs of OCCC. * Most Class A's will have more external storage space than a Class C * Most all class A's are taller than a Class C. In many cases, this is more an issue than added length. * The Class C has 3 doors, the class A usually only has one. Good luck in your search!
johnwalkerpa1 09/13/17 06:57am Class C Motorhomes
Fantastic Vent 6600 Simplify remote?

Before I jump into wiring diagrams and such, I thought I'd check to see if anyone else has ever tried what I hope to do! * I have a fantastic Vent (fan) model 6600 in the bathroom that works great with just one issue....the remote control is just too complicated with too many options for visitors and children. * While the gazillion settings are nice (?), I would really just prefer one button or switch that would allows the fan to be turned on high. I have maxxair fans in my other locations that are much easier to use but I hate to replace a perfectly good fan in the bathroom just to get an easier to understand remote control unit. So.....by any chance, has anyone ever tackled this kind of mod....i.e., just getting into the wiring and replacing the remote with a simple wall switch that would open the lid, turn the thing on high, and back off with no complications? I know this may be a longshot but just thought I'd check before re-inventing the wheel!
johnwalkerpa1 09/12/17 08:33am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 12 volt system not working on 2011 Winnebago Vista

Thanks for responses. Went out in rain to look at house batteries and they are dry. Will fill them when weather clears. I think that may be the problem. Since they are bone dry, should I use distilled water or acid? If they are that dry, don't bother refilling them...they are toast...time to replace...
johnwalkerpa1 09/11/17 12:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Assateague Island MD, Columbus Day Weekend

DW loves the beach and most importantly, swimming. So how's the water temps? I was thinking of booking for 2018. Thanks for your replies Mike The water temps in October may be warmer than they would be next May or early June...But, the air temps are luck of the draw....add some wind and it could be cold. We were just there this weekend and water was nice and warm. On Saturday the air was about 68 but with a 30 mph wind...too cold to get wet!
johnwalkerpa1 09/11/17 07:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: KOA

Yea burn $200 of fuel for the day and then the campsite costs $10 too much? wow I see what you did there. Yer' tryin' to introduce them tricky maths to confusacate the issue. I never falls fur that! Seriously though, a trip to a tax free state, with gas at 10% less than neighboring states, by the time you add it up, an overpriced campground really isn't a deal breaker. Now if we are talking about ocean area campgrounds, it can be a bit shocking, but it beats paying 3x as much for a nearby hotel. This is a bit off topic but.....there is one bargain on the Delaware coast....Delaware seashore state park.....very inexpensive...not much in amenities other than full hookups, bathhouses and laundry...but walking distance to the beach!
johnwalkerpa1 08/21/17 05:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Your Opinion on Forest River

We purchased a new 2015 Forest River Sunseeker in May 2014. It is on a Ford E450 chassis so I cannot speak to the MB piece of the equation. In general, we have been very pleased. Like any new unit, we had a punch list of items to be repaired. They were a nuisance but didn't impact our use of the unit. The biggest issues were the kitchen window needed replaced and the backup camera was not working. Due to the problem with the kitchen window, the laminate countertop had a few bubbles so they replaced that without my even asking. Your success or lack thereof with warranty work depends more on your dealer than anything else. In general terms, I don't think there is much difference in build quality on ANY of the so called "entry level" units. They all use the same couple of chassis, and they all use appliances, parts, etc. that are largely the same. The variables in quality are often luck of the draw. You can get a good or bad forest river, just like you can get a good or bad Jayco, or Winnebago, or etc.... Personally I think Forest River has the edge with what you get for the money. When I was looking at class Cs from many different sources, the only concrete advantage I could find was that Winnebago does a far superior job with documentation and manuals than most others. So, you can add me to the "happy with Forest River" group..
johnwalkerpa1 08/21/17 11:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How young to take children??

No such thing as to young, take the baby now. Agreed! As long as there are no unusual medical issues, if you are able to handle the baby at home, you can handle them camping. We found that as long as the babies were warm, dry, and fed, they didn't notice the difference anyway :) The only thing we changed when the children were very young is that we made an effort to stay on a routine similar to at home..which mostly meant normal meal, bed, and nap times. As they got older, those things held less importance when on vacation...
johnwalkerpa1 08/21/17 11:01am RV Lifestyle
RE: KOA

Wow, one night at a KOA in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was $60, guess this is the last KOA I will stay at! Stayed in a nice campground near Mt. Rushmore for $40. :( I am always surprised when I hear what people think is "too much" for a campsite. Now, I am talking about full service commercial campgrounds here, not the more rustic state or national forest sites with no hookups and few to no amenities. In most cases, I consider myself fortunate to find a site for $60. Now, granted, we have 7 so in some cases, we pay a little extra for the number of people, but still.... Perhaps I am not a savvy comparison shopper but honestly I chose a campground based on what is most appropriate for my needs/wants. Price is much lower on the list of things I consider. And, yes, I do realize that we are blessed to not have to look as closely at the costs...
johnwalkerpa1 08/21/17 10:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: FOUR Corners Monument

Yes, there is plenty of room. As the linked post above states, some are disappointed by the area and some reports show it's in the wrong place...... but I think it's a fun stop, especially if you are passing by anyway. I wouldn't travel hundreds of miles out of my way but it's a good quick stop for a photo op and there are often some nice Navajo crafts for sale.
johnwalkerpa1 08/18/17 11:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Shutting off the water

I never shut it off. X2, I wonder if they shut off the water at the sticks and bricks when they leave on vacation? Never turn off the propane or H2O. Yep, I do...it only takes one burst washing machine hose to change your mind!
johnwalkerpa1 07/05/17 11:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Help, Ford Explore battery dies when flat towing

Only one additional note... I'm reasonably sure that the Ford recommendation to start the engine after 5 or 6 hours of towing has nothing to do with the electrical system or battery. As mentioned earlier, 5 minutes of idling would do almost nothing to recharge the battery....I believe its for lubrication... of course I've been wrong before :)
johnwalkerpa1 06/13/17 08:45am Dinghy Towing
RE: Please help! Alaska itinerary for RV newbie.

One thing to consider...when you say that you are an RV newbie, does that mean you have no experience at all with an RV? If so, you should consider that some of the things that experienced RVers take for granted will take you more time until you get the hang of things. Its not a big deal and none of it's rocket science, but if its all new, you'll want to leave more time for things like taking on water, dumping your tanks, stopping for gas, backing into campsites, leveling etc.
johnwalkerpa1 04/11/17 10:43am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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