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RE: 7" GPS Mounting Locations

The windshield is too far away, so I mount it with a suction cup to side window over the corner of the dashboard.
kjburns 04/22/14 09:05am Technology Corner
RE: Adaptive Cruise Control

I love the adaptive cruise control in my Jeep, but it sounds like this one is much cruder and would just be an annoyance. I'd save the $8k.
kjburns 04/20/14 10:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: The Hopper from Dish?????

Please don't ask me why, I only report the news! It is an odd policy. I can't think of a reason why they would care.
kjburns 04/07/14 10:22pm Technology Corner
RE: 45' Motor Home?

We started with 40' and eventually moved up to 43' with no regrets. Sure, there are some state and national parks where you'll be too long, but if you can live with that, then by all means do it. The longer, heavier coach with tag axle is better equipped to handle crosswinds. Last June, we went from AZ to IL and all I planned was the route. We had no problem finding a place to park each night. I just drove until I felt like stopping and found an RV park with full hookups within an hour. Good luck with it :)
kjburns 04/07/14 10:16pm Class A Motorhomes
GCT Carbon Fiber RV

This should be interesting to watch. It's a 35' travel trailer with a claimed base weight of 6,000 lbs. It has a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and body that are bonded. It will be pricey, with an expected range of $170,000 to $700,000. http://news.easybranches.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/GCT-CR1-RV-001.jpg
kjburns 04/07/14 05:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which diesel rig would you purchase?

The kids, we have a 9 year old and a 13 year old, want the 38 ft bunkhouse. I would like the extra half bath that comes with the 38ft non-bunkhouse model. We looked at the Itasca Meridan and the Solei models, in the same 38ft length. The 2014 Itasca's come in white seating, only. Not a godo mix with kids. I am looking for a manufacturer that is known for quality. We would like to stay around 38 feet. I am hoping for a consus like "Tiffen is the way to go" and/or Avoid Fleetwood diesels, or guidance like that. We were offered the Red in the bunkhouse model for $200k, and wonder if we could do better than that if we go that direction also. Now, you're talking...people here know what to respond to. Since you're talking kids and bunks, many models are off the table. I don't have a problem with your selection of manufacturers, but be sure to your research. I have heard some really bad things with some. Do your test drive and check every nook and cranny. Don't jump in. Tiffin and Winnebago have very good reputations. Others, like Newmar should be at the top of your list. As you do your research, look at the details like build quality. We have a Winnebago Tour and there are some build issues. Look at those things and decide which you can live with. Above all, think about how you'll use it down the road. Is this a floor plan you'll want as your second home? Is this something your family will enjoy years from now?
kjburns 03/31/14 09:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which diesel rig would you purchase?

I think you'll get more responses if you're more specific about models and price range. The only one you mention is the Tiffin Red, but there are five different floor plans for that one. Is there a length that you're considering, anything specific you want in the floor plan, etc?
kjburns 03/31/14 05:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Amazon Prime --- Worth It?

In your example, there is no justification. In other examples, like the wallet I bought, the Amazon Prime price with shipping was the same as Walmart's price without shipping. We were looking at some larger exercise equipment. Amazon's price was less than Walmart and again, the price included shipping. It's rare that I find things I need for less than Amazon. Often, the items ship from a warehouse that's 100 miles away so the item arrives the next day.
kjburns 03/22/14 04:06pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish network and King Dome Satellite

Assuming you have a dome, it could be setup for DirecTV. Setting it for Dish is generally pretty simple whether you do it yourself or hire someone. I'm just speculating since you don't mention the make and model of the antenna. Until the antenna is set correctly, it won't matter what Dish receiver you try. Chances are that your dealer or a mobile RV tech can do the setup for a minimal charge and your existing receiver will work.
kjburns 03/19/14 09:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Amazon Prime --- Worth It?

You get free super saver shipping on orders over $35 so unless you NEED it in 2 days, Prime isn't really worth the money spent. If you want streaming Netflix is better is almost every say with the exception of Nickelodeon shows. We have Prime and a Netflix account. The problem with Netflix is that almost every movie we want to watch is not on Netflix, but is on Prime. I would estimate that 5% of the movies we come up with for a night are not on Netflix. I always start with Netflix, with no luck, then I find the movie on Amazon and we watch it.
kjburns 03/19/14 05:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Amazon Prime --- Worth It?

I think it's worth every penny. There are so many obscure things I find there instead of searching local stores and I don't have to leave the house. They have warehouses nearby so many deliveries are next day, including a heavy exercise bike I bought there. Even with the free shipping, their prices are usually the best I can find.
kjburns 03/19/14 11:44am Technology Corner
RE: Help with Verizon - Out of Service Area

We just bought a house that's iffy for Verizon service. It's 4G at times and barely 3G at others. That's temporary since Verizon is erecting a new tower nearby late this year. The house was also not served by cable, so internet looked like it might be a problem. I talked to DishNet about setting up service with them and to my surprise, they set me up with a local DSL provider I didn't know about. Something like this might be an option for you. I rarely text, relying on email more often. I don't know, but texting might work on a wifi connection from a cable or DSL line if you can get that. This is another option you might look into.
kjburns 03/16/14 11:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Direct TV sattelite - runs how many TVs ?

DISH: (The antenna matching your service, should be a "Triple" with dual out) see "DUAL" above. The Dish antennas with three LNBs have three outputs. Also, some of the Dish receivers can feed two TVs, so one antenna could feed six TVs.
kjburns 03/13/14 09:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Do you rent out your coach?

Not a chance...
kjburns 02/22/14 05:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good Tow Vehicle?

There is no real "best" vehicle to tow. Lots of vehicles are towable with no modifications and adding a transmission pump opens up another list. Given that, it comes down to what you want to tow and drive when you're out in the motorhome. When I first started, I picked up the Cherokee since it was cheap and my initial choice was to buy a dedicated car to tow. Later, I decided to sell it and make my primary car the toad. I haven't had any problems with rock chips on the paint or windshield. My 2013 Grand Cherokee looks like new after about 4000 miles of towing. It gets dirty during a trip, but washing it takes care of that.
kjburns 02/20/14 07:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full Wall Slide ??

Rexall makes units with full wall slides on both sides. Really neat unit available in either diesel or gas. I'd forgotten all about them until I read this. They do look nice. I've only seen one that was parked near us a couple of years ago and didn't go inside.
kjburns 02/20/14 06:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good Tow Vehicle?

Just to clarify, you're looking for a dinghy or toad. A tow vehicle would be one used to tow a trailer. Since you're driving a gasser, you're likely to be limited to 5000# so heavier vehicles are out. Most Jeeps are good candidates for towing four down, but verify that it has the right transfer case. There are lots of other candidates. Motorhome Magazine has a dinghy towing section with a list of makes and models that they've found to be towable. FMCA and Remco have similar information. I'm sure others will chime in with their preferences. I've towed a 2001 Jeep Cherokee and more recently a couple of different Grand Cherokees. They're all easy to setup and tow. You'll want supplemental braking of some sort. I prefer the system that's built in (Air Force One, etc) instead of a Brake Buddy. I recently bought my wife a 2011 Lincoln MKT that I'm pretty sure is towable, though we have no plans to tow it. The MKT is even supposed to be under 5000# and it's HUGE.
kjburns 02/20/14 06:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full Wall Slide ??

We have a long (28 ft or so) full wall slide on the driver's side, plus two slides on the passenger side. The added space makes it feel like a home away from home. The coach is three years old and we have not had any problems with the slides. I would buy another one if we were in the market.
kjburns 02/19/14 10:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Only laptops and smartphones survive

I would agree with the article to a point. I've owned a few tablets and never did use them much. The bulk of my goofing around online is done with a laptop and a phablet (Galaxy Note 3). For work, I generally turn to my desktop with two 27" monitors. I can do it with a 17" laptop and an external monitor, but it's a lot better with the two big monitors. The Galaxy Note 3 is okay for doing a lot of things, with some reading glasses for small fonts. The 17" laptop is perfect for reading web sites and some light work. The tablets were interesting at first, my iPad 2 spent much of its life collecting dust. I could never find a compelling reason to pick it up after the first week of playing with it. Eventually, I sold it.
kjburns 02/18/14 05:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Winegard Pathway X1

Amazon link
kjburns 02/15/14 05:39am Technology Corner
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