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RE: Advantages and Disadvantages of Portable Sewage Disposal

I purchased a portable dump caddy when I purchased my first motorhome, some 40 years ago. I still own it (the caddy), it sits on the side of the house, and I have used it twice. Both times on Girl Scout encampments (many years ago with the daughters) when moving the rig would be impractical. And remember, even with those hard plastic wheels, the caddy with 20 or 30 gallons of fluid weights a sh*** load. (did I really type that?) Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 08/24/15 10:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good Evening campers... How do you light up the night?

I love the night sky when out in the country. Never get to see the stars in the City.
kalynzoo 08/23/15 09:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane alarm

Propane monitor alarms do go bad. It is not uncommon, and replacements are not very expensive, replacement is plug-and-play. Low voltage, mentioned above, will also give you an alarm fault. However, please consider that you may have a propane leak or a burner valve is open. At very least, turn off the propane at the tank, ventilate the coach, and see if the alarm continues.
kalynzoo 08/23/15 09:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mexico travel

It's known as border control, if only we were to control our borders like other nations do.
kalynzoo 08/23/15 03:31pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Wholesale warranties Vs. Good Sam or Other?

The guys (and gals) at Wholesale Warranties are a really nice group. No hard sell, no pressure, they just give you a few choices and offer suggestions on products. After they sale they act as agents (they did for me) helping with filing the claim, helping when the claim was questioned, then check in regularly to make sure the claim was processed and repaired to my satisfaction. I could not ask for better service. I've met many of the group at FMCA Rallies. You should at least give them a call. JMHO ps:I have no connection or interest in WW. I just appreciated their service.
kalynzoo 08/22/15 09:50pm Travel Trailers
Which Flex for a Towed?

I think it is time, the 05 Saturn Vue is beginning to show it's age. I would like to tow the Ford Flex with it's 7 passenger seating. But which model has the lowest curb weight. I will "test drive" any serious considerations to the local scales, but I would like a place to start. If you currently tow a Flex and know it's curb weight could you please tell me which model...eco boost or standard engine...which wheel configuration? Thanks
kalynzoo 08/22/15 11:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: Simplest self install dinghy brake system for a DP?

I'm very happy with my ReadyBrake system. Just a wire from the front of the towed to the brake peddle. I'm sure it can be self installed if your up to that sort of thing. I had it installed by a technician as I had concerns about drilling through the firewall (and missing all the important stuff there) and I really don't crawl around under the car anymore. But there is nothing technical, no interruption of brake lines and no attachment to power.
kalynzoo 08/18/15 05:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: California trip

Since today's new reported that the medfly was again found in San Diego there is a good chance that the inspection station will be in operation.
kalynzoo 08/18/15 05:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Nervous about dealers

I bet someplace in the sales contract there will be a phrase that says the dealer is not responsible for anything the salesman says. So get any promise, no matter how minor, in writing. Then there is the idea that the dealer is far away in another state. If you have a conflict of opinion after the sale you will probably have to take action in the dealer's state. If it is a new RV, why can't a dealer in NJ sell it? How about a call to the manufacturer? Will there be a problem licensing the RV in NJ? Just things to think about. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 08/18/15 10:25am Beginning RVing
RE: Hwy 1 north of the bay area vs. big sur?

High 1 between Morro Bay and Carmel through the Big Sur area has been listed as one of the great scenic drives in America, with good reason. That said: DO NOT ATTEMPT THE DRIVE IN AN RV. Two lane, very tight sharp turns, shear drops into the rocks and ocean on the west and cliffs rising up against the road on the east. I did drive the motorhome on the road heading north but white knuckled it all the way and really didn't get to see the scenery. There are no turnouts large enough for a 38fter much less with a towed. Basecamp someplace and take the beautiful drive in a car. Stop at the turnouts, stop at the wineries or small shops at Big Sur, even stop for the night if you wish, but leave the RV behind. From Carmel to Morro Bay take highway 101, an easy divided highway. For the rest of the trip from Santa Barbara to Canada you can shift from the 101 to the 1 depending on how fast you wish to travel and how many lighthouses you wish to see. From Santa Barbara to San Diego is a whole different story, as you will be driving heavy traffic the entire route. Happy Trails
kalynzoo 08/17/15 04:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Thank goodness for Good Sam ERS

Nice to hear a positive review. ERS is only as good as the contract station called to give service. There are some really good people out there who still have pride in their workmanship. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 08/16/15 11:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Reservations or not

I typically make reservations for destination resorts or campgrounds by large cities eg: Salt Lake City, Portland, etc. Often along the way we will use the cell phone to make reservations for a few days ahead or even calling at noon to see if a spot is available for the evening. Much depends on your schedule. If you have two week of vacation and must be home by a certain date, then advanced reservations all along the way make the trip trouble free and predictable. If your flexible and need to be back sometime next month, then you can afford to travel stress free if you find your route changes. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 08/15/15 12:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: A minor emergency repair while traveling? YES Camping World

There are shops that will sneak you in. To Camping Worlds credit, when I needed emergency help, (my HWH jacks had slipped in travel after being temp fixed by a technician at the campground), Camping World Portland/Wilsonville took a look at 4:30 and then stayed open after hours to get me back on the road. A group of really great people, and I will sing their praise. But that was a case of nice people helping...in general businesses need to serve those who are in line first. Think about it, you drop off your RV and you will be leaving on vacation tomorrow...they put you off because someone from out of town came in with an emergency...really. For emergency repair your best bet is the mobile tech who advertises at the local campground. Some of them also have brick and mortar shops, but they advertise for same day business. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 08/13/15 02:55pm Camping World Service and Installation
RE: Durango/Silverton Train

Fun day on the Durango Silverton train. When we went we received a discount because of the advanced reservation. The train was full. The seem really nice and flexible, so when you call for reservations see if they permit you to swap dates if your travel plans are not on schedule. Enjoy.
kalynzoo 08/13/15 01:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing without a car braking system??

About 12 years ago MY TOWED BROKE AWAY FROM ME! Yup, it really happened. The mounting bracket on the Saturn Vue (custom made by the hitch shop) failed and as I was stopping at a light one a lightly traveled road I saw the Saturn slowly begin to pass me on the right. OMG!!! I was able to stop, hop out of the motorhome, open the unlocked car and set the emergency brake before it got too far ahead. (I was 12 years younger then). The shop made it right by me. No one was hurt. Anyway, I now use a ReadyBrake with the Saturn and a we have a new diesel motorhome. I do not have a "brake in use" light or indicator. Seems silly with the ReadyBrake configuration. I probably don't need the auxiliary brake, but I believe it is required in some states, and it is just a safety thing. I would not travel without a "break away brake". You could kill someone. JMHO
kalynzoo 08/13/15 10:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator while traveling

I see no reason why not. They do laundry on boats/ships. It might be a problem going over the mountains on a long 6% grade as it might affect the drainage, but why not.
kalynzoo 08/12/15 05:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Got Coach back and they unplugged radio

Things only happen when quality control (management) let it happen. I would definitely tell the service manager when I returned to complete the monitor work. You found the wires and fixed it great. If it happened to me I would probably have to drive back to the dealer for the repair and then drive back again for the monitor work. I wouldn't get mad and complain, I would just be informative. JMHO
kalynzoo 08/12/15 01:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago basement air

Had one in the previous RV. It worked great. It was quiet as long as you were not in the bedroom, but if you used it at night, or used the electric heat pump at night you found you were sleeping right on top of the noise. Again, because it is in the back it is much quieter during daytime activities up front. I was told that it is no longer used because Coleman no longer supported the product. If this is true it will make future repair problematic. When I had that fear in the past, as my A/C did need service and a part, I was assured by the technician (who I know well) that worst case scenario I could easily put two A/C units on the roof and pull the basement air without "significant" cost. We had that coach for 11 years, traveling all through the hot West. The basement A/C worked well.
kalynzoo 08/10/15 02:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tow dolly spare tire

I once had a blowout on my dolly, many many years ago. It was late afternoon on a Friday as we were heading out on vacation. The first 2 places I contacted didn't have that size. Thank goodness the third stop did, and stayed open for us. Nice little tire store near Frasier Park. They got me on the road, and I happily paid the bill and gave them enough extra for dinner with their family. For the many years after that where I continued to use the dolly I carried a dolly spare which I would throw in the back of the Towad each trip.
kalynzoo 08/05/15 09:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Trip Denver,Co to San diego with a stop in Las vegas

Lovely drive, you'll have a wonderful trip. In Albuquerque don't miss the Childen's Park. Sure it says children's but adults love it too. Across to Flagstaff, but I would go a bit farther and base in Williams, about 15 min west. Enjoy Circle of Pines KOA, stop at Bearazone drive through animal park, and the Grand Canyon is 60 miles straight drive north. Then cut up the 93 or 95 to Las Vegas, we enjoy the Oasis RV park, although Sam's Town (now a KOA) is pleasant. All of this driving is through mountains and deserts on good roads (as good as they get with the current non-existent level of road repair). None of the mountain climbs are stressful in a well cared for RV. Las Vegas to San Diego is desert with two long mountain grades, Baker grade (not to bad but it is a place where cars in poor condition overheat) and the Cajon Pass (west of Victorville, a very long steep grade often with strong cross winds) You can do it but you won't go fast. With all this said, if you have time, I would go from Denver down the 25 and then across to Durango/Mesa Verde, and down through Monument Valley spending a night at Goulding's. Then on to Flagstaff and Williams and Vegas. Have a great trip.
kalynzoo 08/05/15 10:27am Class A Motorhomes
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