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RE: First extended trip with 5th wheel

Those hills on 281 can be long and the extended pull while not steep will cause your transmission to shift down. Eleven MPG is actually pretty good but it might go up just a bit if your speed dropped a couple of MPH. We get our best mileage at 62-63 MPH. Just saying.
jrs1871 07/23/17 06:11am Fifth-Wheels
Windows 10 laptop very slow

I bought a new Dell laptop that came preloaded with windows 10. I hated the windows 10 interface so I downloaded a free program called Classic Shell that makes it look like windows 7 even it is still running windows 10. The problem is it runs slower than molasses and I have not loaded any programs except my antivirus program. RAM after the initial bootup is fine. But it shows the CPU running at 95%+ all the time. I can't find anything that should be making the CPU run like that. Suggestions or should I take it back and have Staples tech look at it?
jrs1871 07/22/17 06:05am Technology Corner
RE: Oven to Cooktop Conversion

We replaced the stove top/oven unit with a cooktop only. Then we built two drawers to fit in the space formerly occupied by the oven. This is where I store my pots and pans. And with the drawers, it is easy to get to what you need.
jrs1871 07/15/17 06:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: battery charging inconsistently

The battery could be going bad or the converter could be on its last legs. I would tend to believe it is the converter if it is OEM. The OEM converters are borderline at best. To check, you might take your battery to an auto parts store and have them test it. If it checks out OK, it is your converter. If you need to replace your converter, look for a smart converter with a higher amp rating than the OEM.
jrs1871 07/02/17 07:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Sierra 5th wheel question

It could be that your tank handles are mislabeled. It wouldn't be the first time that has happened. You may need to experiment a little to determine specifically which handle goes to which tank.
jrs1871 06/26/17 05:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: every week its something

Like Dutchmen Sport said you could be in a no reception area. If you have a smart phone, there are a couple of apps that show what TV channels you should be able to get and what direction they come from. As for a problem coming up every time you turn around, that is part and parcel of the RVing lifestyle. Things get shook loose/disconnected or just break. If you were dragging your stick and brick down the highway, you would have similar problems.
jrs1871 06/23/17 05:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide Out

On our old trailer with hydraulic slides, there was a fitting on the end of the hydraulic pump that would take a socket. You could retract or extend the slide by using a drill and socket. So, look on the end of your hydraulic pump. It probably has some sort of covering over it. I think on ours the covering just peeled off.
jrs1871 06/20/17 01:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Kansas City to Goshen, In.

Tatest, I agree about not going through downtown Logansport. We did one time and the time it took to make those corners and through the residential area was more than what it takes to do the US24 bypass. Also, I didn't think the route through town was that well marked. We made it through OK but there was a couple of tense moments when we thought we had taken the wrong turn.
jrs1871 06/18/17 06:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Toilet bowl doesn't hold water

NMDriver, if it was me I wouldn't put cooking oil in there while in storage. I would think the oil would get rancid and very smelly if it set very long. We put RV antifreeze in our toilet when storing it. The antifreeze doesn't evaporate like water and won't get smelly over time. JMHO
jrs1871 06/15/17 06:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Kansas City to Goshen, In.

We have been to Goshen several times and we take your second route, almost. We take US36 across Missouri, I72 and I57 across Illinois, then US 24 across to US 31, north to US 6, east on US 6, then IN 15 into Goshen. We have taken 421 north from US 24 but find the roads to be a little better by taking 31. There is no really straight forward way to get to Goshen if you want to avoid the Chicago area. And we definitely want to avoid that area. As far as driving it in one day it is doable if you knock off a few miles that first evening. We drive from about 100 miles southwest of KC to just north of Champaign/Urbana the first day and into Goshen the second.
jrs1871 06/11/17 05:53am Roads and Routes
RE: New Forest River service policy for dealers

While I appreciate that Forest River wants to be timely informed of repair issues, I think the dealers have a legitimate beef when they can't get the repair parts needed. It seems like both sides need to work together on this. The end goal is to have satisfied owners but that will take teamwork between FR and the dealers. And to be quite blunt, some of the problems dealers have to contend with should have never made it out of the manufacturing facility. A little more QC on the front end would be a definite plus.
jrs1871 05/22/17 06:15am General RVing Issues
RE: experience with unlocked Verizon phones

I am aware of the SIM card requirement. A friend bought one of the Motorola phones and I put my SIM card into her phone and it worked just fine. So I knew the phone would work, I just wasn't sure how Verizon handled a phone switch if they didn't sell it. Thanks for the replies. It gave ma a couple of more things to think about before I pull the trigger.
jrs1871 05/22/17 05:57am Technology Corner
RE: experience with unlocked Verizon phones

Maybe I should have phrased my question a little differently. I wondered if I can buy an unlocked Verizon phone and continue to use it on my Verizon plan, just not have a contract. I have no problem with Verizon, I just would rather not be under contract anymore. I am somewhat considering at Motorola Moto 4G.
jrs1871 05/21/17 02:56pm Technology Corner
experience with unlocked Verizon phones

My current phone is in its death throes and my Verizon contract has expired so I looking at the unlocked Verizon phones. Now before you start talking about Track Phone, etc., where we live Verizon is the only carrier that gives some semblance of reliable service and also works well when we are on the road. We can't get AT&T or Sprint service at home. So I am pretty much stuck with Verizon, which I really don't have a problem with except I dislike the contract part. Since you now pay nearly full load for a replacement phone even when you are on contract, I figured I might as well pay the full phone price and skip the contract. I will stick with an Android phone probably but just thought I would get others thoughts.
jrs1871 05/20/17 07:34am Technology Corner
RE: Newbie question, should have asked this first.

Personally, I would never buy an RV sight unseen. What looks good/workable in the pics turns out to be not so good. It took us over a year to find the model we were looking for within reasonable driving distance. But it was well worth the wait. I know you are anxious to get into a bigger unit, but take your time and do your homework. It will pay off in the end.
jrs1871 04/23/17 05:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newbie question, should have asked this first.

Don't feel too tied down to having a dealer for the particular trailer that you select close by. Find the one you like at the price you feel is right for you. If no local dealer or the local dealer drags their feet about taking care of you warranty problems, look for an independent RV tech. Virtually all manufacturers will let an independent tech take care of issues as long as you get pre- authorization. Think full timers. Rarely are they close to where they purchased their rig when repairs are needed. And unfortunately many times the independent tech does a much better job than a dealer. After all their livelihood depends on how good they do since they don't have a sales side for income.
jrs1871 04/23/17 05:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Given your knowledge, would you do it again?

Each of us has different priorities on how we spend our money. I am of the camp that if you feel it is time to upgrade your rig, then you don't need to seek justification from others. Both sides have presented valid points in this post. You know what your current unit is capable of and you have the bugs worked out. It isn't to the point that it is costing a ton of money to maintain it. On the other hand there are a few things that you would like to have in a rig that your current rig is not capable of. And I am not talking just bling but valid considerations. When we decided to upgrade, we didn't jump into it blindly. Our previous rig was solid, served our needs and was not causing problems. But we wanted a couple of things that were not financially justified to add to it. Namely we wanted dual pane windows and the level up system. No way we could justify adding those to a 10 year old trailer. So we upgraded and have not regretted it one bit. And we have been fortunate not to have any major problems with our new rig. It should serve our needs for 10 years or what ever time frame until we decide we no longer want to RV. So I guess the whole point of all this rambling is that if you would like to upgrade and are in a position to do so, go for it.
jrs1871 04/21/17 06:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is our truck sufficient

One reply midway through this thread really hits at the crux of the problem. "The dealer said sure your truck will pull it." Well virtually any full size truck out there will pull it. Even a 1500 would pull it. But pulling it is the least of the important criteria. Handling and stopping are far more critical. I think this is where many new buyers get side tracked; they concentrate on pulling and do not consider, at least critically, the other criteria. So now the original poster has some homework to do and based on those results decide if a stouter truck is required. I know it is small consolation, but he is not the first and he won't be the last that has faced this dilemma. About once a month someone starts a new thread asking the same question.
jrs1871 04/13/17 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Through upstate NY to Maine

We are not going into Canada. Just skirt along the border on hwys. 37 and 11 if they are decent roads.
jrs1871 03/27/17 12:09pm Roads and Routes
Through upstate NY to Maine

We are headed to an RV rally near Bangor, Maine in August. We are leaving Goshen, IN August 12 and don't have to be in Maine until the 20th. This will be our first trip to that neck of the woods. We will be at Niagra Falls on Aug. 13 and 14. From there I think we would like to go up by the St. Lawrence seaway, across the northern edge, down highway 2 to Burlington, VT and then across on 2 till we hit I95. I realize that most of this will be done on two lane roads and we don't have a problem with that but prefer US highways if possible. We will be pulling a 34 ft. 5th wheel. What are some must see attractions there and how do we get there. Since we also have to get back from Maine, and we prefer not to take the same roads coming and going, suggestions for a return route are appreciated.
jrs1871 03/27/17 09:08am Roads and Routes
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