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RE: Adding Canadian service to Verizon plan - any experience???

I am not sure you can. We tried to add Canada to our Verizon plan for a trip a couple of years ago. When I had asked about it a month or so before we left, the staff at the Verizon store said no problem. When I tried to add it, just before we headed to Canada, they said no can do. So I don't know if I just got bad answers from the Verizon folks or if it is not available. We ended up buying a cheap prepaid phone so we could keep in contact with kids. And the per minute rate that the Canada plan charged was not cheap. Probably would have been just at cheap to use our Verizon phone and pay the roaming charges.
jrs1871 05/24/15 06:50am Technology Corner
Road to Ardmore, OK

We have friends that are coming from Wisconsin to Ardmore, OK. He is thinking of coming down 169 to I40 to 177. He is pulling a fifth wheel. Is that a decent route or is there a better way? Thanks.
jrs1871 05/22/15 06:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Where do you carry/store large cooler?

We have a crew cab and the cooler goes in the back seat. The seat behind the driver lifts up and the cooler fits there nicely. That way when we get groceries, the cooler is readily available for the cold stuff. And we don't have to mess with putting it away if we are gone from the campground for any length of time. To drain the water, we just pull it part way out and open the plug. Works for us.
jrs1871 05/17/15 05:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: a/c new 5er

In high humidity situations, you AC may freeze over. It shuts down until the ice build up melts some and air flow is restored.
jrs1871 05/12/15 03:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 'Another' Class A Fire from blown tire?

Within the past week, a couple from Lawrence, KS was killed in Illinois when their Class A caught fire after a blown tire. The local news was a little sketchy on the details except to say a blown tire caused the fire. The pic that was on the news showed the motor home was totally destroyed.
jrs1871 04/24/15 06:33am General RVing Issues
RE: US-54 and I-35 Conditions

Last time we came that way, 54 through the panhandle of OK was in need of repair but the rest of it wasn't bad. But that has been 6 years ago so hopefully it has been overlayed by now. There is a lot of truck traffic on 54 but there are also passing lanes along the way so it generally is not a problem.
jrs1871 04/22/15 02:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Are Dexter E-Z Flex Bearings really forever?

A word of caution. Those Nev-R-Lube bearings can fail and seize up. A member of the club had that happen on his Cedar Creek with considerably less than 100,000 miles. The pic he took of the failed bearing looked as if there was no grease in there. I also believe there has been some problems with the EZ Flex due to bad rubber. When you crawl under there to grease the zerks on the wet bolts, it is easy to give them a once over.
jrs1871 04/22/15 01:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sony Xperia cell phone

We are with Verizon. They are the only ones with any semblance of reliable service where we live. I guess it is just figuring out where the things that I use most often are located. I finally figured out how to delete texts this morning. Hidden in the edit menu. Now if I can get my internet, mail, facebook, weather to my home page, I'll be OK. After a little more time with the phone, I think it is just learning curve.
jrs1871 04/15/15 12:54pm Technology Corner
Sony Xperia cell phone

I had reached the point where I needed to upgrade my cellphone. I had a Samsun Galaxy S3 and I was overall pleased with it. I was planning on going to the Galaxy S5. But because we live in a fringe area where you are lucky to get two bars, the rep thought the Sony Experia would work better as Sony has better antennas. I like a lot of features on the Xperia but I really dislike how it does other things. I consider myself fairly technology proficient, but this thing is driving me nuts. I have five more days to decide whether to keep it. Does anyone have experience with the Xperia.
jrs1871 04/15/15 05:39am Technology Corner
RE: Forest River pecking order

Because Forest River makes its many different lines in different facilities that are operated autonomously, saying he is having problems with FR warranty issues is not helpful. From personal experience Cedar Creek's response to warranty matters (very few) has been very prompt. I can't say the same for Cardinal, Sierra, Sandpiper, Rpod, etc. They are all Forest River companies but have their own policies and practices. So saying FR warranty experience is bad says nothing.
jrs1871 04/11/15 06:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Forest River pecking order

Cedar Creek is considered top of the FR line. However I believe Cardinal is pretty close behind. They are built in different plants with slightly different specs and processes. To compare you have to look at specific things to make a valid comparison.
jrs1871 04/05/15 02:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: South-TX Weather Has Been Wonderful (So Far)

We have been coming to the RGV for 14 years and the last 2 years have been the coldest. I think last year was actually colder but this year has been wetter and way more clouds. I too hope this is not the new normal.
jrs1871 03/12/15 06:36am Snowbirds
RE: Leaving 5th Wheel Hooked to Truck

We always hook up a day or two before we are leaving if weather is likely to be questionable. If there is adequate room, we also hook up the night before when on the road as we like to get an early start. As you said, leave the legs down to take weight off of TV and to provide stability.
jrs1871 03/11/15 05:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Problems with buying 3-1/2 hours away

We drove 6 hours to get our last one. Closest dealer was 2 1/2 hours away but I wouldn't have gotten it there if they gave it to us. Absolutely horrible sales dept. and have heard service is no better. Because of distance involved, we had an agreement that any warranty issues, preauthorized, could be done by local independent RV repair shop. So check out that possibility if you buy from distant dealer.
jrs1871 02/25/15 06:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Comforters

We stored the comforter and throw pillows that came with our trailer in a closet at home. I bought a bed in a bag that complements the decor.
jrs1871 02/19/15 08:37am General RVing Issues
RE: forest river quality

We are on our second Cedar Creek and would buy another in a heartbeat. We had the 2004 Creek until 2013 when we traded it on a new one. Only a couple of minor issues with either of them and those issues were taken care of without any problems. As someone mentioned Forest River covers a lot of lines and comparing an entry level line to a Creek is like comparing apples to oranges. Cedar Creeks and Silverbacks are built in their own plant in Topeka, IN. The factory support for their product is incredible.
jrs1871 02/19/15 08:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I80 route to Middlebury area

We did the 24 to 31 route last August although is reverse as we were leaving the FROG rally in Goshen. It was not a bad route although there are several small towns that you have to go through. We will probably use that route again this year if we go to the FROG rally.
jrs1871 02/12/15 05:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Auto Leveling

I will second all of those that say they would not have another fifth wheel without auto leveling. We bought a 2013 Cedar Creek 30RL with the auto level. We absolutely love it. Also as we get older, the convenience of the auto level is awesome. We love the 30RL but Cedar Creek took it out of the line in 2014. The actual length is just over 34'. It has the best layout in the living area of any we looked at. The pantry space is a little sparse but that was a trade off we could live with. As Sandsorrel said, Cedar Creek customer support is excellent. So if you are looking in this length, you might try to find a gently used 2013 CC 30RL. There may also be few 2012 30RL's out there.
jrs1871 12/27/14 04:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Have you ever, or would you ever ....

Peaches, I think you are making way more out of this than people intended. You say you have no problems borrowing from or loaning planes to folks. But you further qualify that by saying that you taught them to fly. Thus that implies a level of training has occurred. Furthermore, most folks don't fly since it is a rather expensive undertaking. That being said, we have a sizeable investment in our trailer and tow vehicle. Could it be replaced? Yes and it is covered by insurance but that misses the point. RV systems tend to be somewhat unique. Towing is not the same as hopping into your car and hitting the road. So there is the question of liability and the question of damage, unintentional or not. You will note that most that replied they would loan qualified that by only to certain people and in certain circumstances. They have some confidence the borrower would take care of the unit, but the owner would most times take the RV to the site and set it up. I don't see that as being selfish at all, just being prudent. You wouldn't loan a plane to someone that didn't know how to fly, so why should we loan our RV to someone that is not familiar with all that RVing entails. And there are some people that can destroy a crow bar. Why would I even consider loaning to them. All this being said, I am in the group of no and no.
jrs1871 10/28/14 01:32pm General RVing Issues
Choosing between bunk house models

My nephew has asked me for some help in evaluating bunk house models while he is currently serving overseas. I understand there are pros and cons about whether a bunk house is desireable or not. I am more interested in specific comments about the units he has on his short list. The tow vehicle is not an issue as he will be purchasing it after he has decided on the trailer. His current short list includes the Cedar Creek Silverback 35Qb4, Mountaineer 350QBQ and Open Range 3x 427BHS. I have already noted things like fresh water capacity, access to the fridge when the slides are closed, cargo capacity and bunk size. I am really more interested in comments on build quality, accessibility and comfort. Thanks for your input.
jrs1871 10/17/14 08:03am Fifth-Wheels
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