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RE: 6 people killed in Texas campsite attack

Highly unlikely that anything like this will happen to you. So is your house burning down. But I bet you have fire insurance, just in case! Violence against one of us is unlikely. However, it does happen, and the only one who can stop it is YOU! Nobody else will get there soon enough to help. They can catch the perp, but the violence is already done.
mpierce 11/18/15 06:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Early 90's Class A --which brand best to buy?

mpierce 11/08/15 09:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fueling rant

I've heard these complaints since I've been old enough to drive. The generation has nothing to do with it, it all boils down to the individual. Some are considerate and consider what goes on around them, and some are not. Definitely not generation specific. Not generation specific, but it sure seems like a larger and larger percentage of the population fits into the "Me First" criteria.
mpierce 10/21/15 06:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Trojan L16h-ac batteries - a couple of questions

How much panel you need, depends on how much boondocking you do, and how much power you use during that time. If you use more than you are putting in, eventually the batteries will run down. If you just overnight, then you will be fine. Probably for a weekend too, if not a power hog.
mpierce 10/21/15 05:59am Toy Haulers

Forty or fifty years ago these things were all over the place then they disappeared because they substantially reduced airflow to the engine. If you want to see how much, hold your hand in front of a fan, or your wife's hairdryer, and see what the airflow feels like. Then put a piece of screen between your hand and the fan and notice the difference. True, they reduce flow to some extent. But, don't you think a radiator full of bug guts, pieces, and bent fins also blocks air flow? And, I can tell you which is easier to clean! Put one on, and if you start running hot, take it off. Otherwise, the reduced flow is not hurting you.
mpierce 10/19/15 06:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Fueling rant

At a truck stop once, I fueled, pulled into lot, and parked. Went inside to sit down and eat. Couple in next booth ordered about the same time. Meal came, we all ate. They left a couple minutes before me. Probably 40-45 minutes in cafe. When I walked out, they were unlocking their vehicle, AT THE PUMP, and getting in to leave! In their late 20's. It is the ME, ME, ME generation. So many have become entitled.
mpierce 10/19/15 06:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Dumping without a Sewer Hose

We used to pay pretty low rates to have our septic tank pumped, now it's almost $400.00. The trucks would spread it on large fields. I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not - but for the sake of other folks - that is NOT raw sewage being spread on fields (although it sure smells that way) It did smell that way because it WAS that way. Billybobs septic and catering service didn't run it through any processor when it was $65.00 to pump it and haul it. I dump mine out in our pasture. Figure a few gallons of watered down black water, CAN"T be worse than what 80 head of Angus cows with their calves emit! LOL
mpierce 10/01/15 12:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Generator exhaust rusted out

When I started mine recently, it had loads of (water) condensation , which was emitted from the pipe, so I think that if it gets crummy, I will have a stainless one made to replace it. If there is a low spot that collects water, drill about an 1/8" hole in the bottom there, to allow that water to drain out. My Honda Valkyrie motorcycles have them in them.
mpierce 09/20/15 06:29am Tech Issues
RE: Air pressure is gone, stuck in a Monaco Dynasty

This post is why so many of us want a separate license for large RV'ers! Here is someone who does NOT understand AT ALL how air brakes work! He should AT LEAST be required to know that air PARKING brakes go on when the air pressure is released. Scheesssh!
mpierce 09/20/15 06:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: VW/Audi

Sure glad I live in a state that does NOT do any testing! However, am still worried that if I go back to VW for ANY service, I will come back with a car that lost 20-30% of its fuel mileage!
mpierce 09/20/15 06:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Air into tires while away

If you went down to 70 in less than 3 years from 110, you have a leak to fix.
mpierce 09/19/15 02:43am General RVing Issues
RE: How often do you change your differential oil?

According to Freightliner the synthetic gear lube SHOULD be changed every three years. I don't know what the other manufacturer's requirements are. Of course, most trucks are putting on close to 400,000 miles in those 3 years too.
mpierce 09/19/15 02:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: USA Sticker Maps - Settle an argument!

Your map, your choice!
mpierce 09/18/15 05:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: How tall is too tall?

By Definition anything over 13 feet is "TOO TALL".. That is the maximum allowed height for vehicles without over size permits on the highways by law in most (if not all) states. Bridges and overpasses lower than I think 16 Feet are supposed to be marked .. That's the legal definition of too tall. The practical definition of too tall is: The height of the bottom of the bridge, overpass or other overhanging item you are approaching. NOTE: GPS low-bridge warnings can be wrong.. Imagine if you will a bridge that is 13'.. Well yesterday's project for the highway comission was adding 2" of asphault to the surface of the road so it's now 12'10". Your rig is 12' 11". Has happened to many a trucker.. I know.. My office phone was 9-1-1. 13' 6", NOT 13', is the limit in most places.
mpierce 09/18/15 05:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: VW/Audi

****. Love my Jetta TDI! Last week ran 800 miles one day for parts. On interstate, set cruise at 82. Averaged 38.9 mpg! Now, if recalled, will probably get 28.9! And, they will say that is good!
mpierce 09/18/15 04:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Confused...?)

Just curious, why did the tire dealer change load rated tires from F to H? Since I'm not a tire aficionado, is the H a lesser tire than the F rated tire? MM. No. As the letter goes up, the weight rating increases. A H is rated for more weight in a given size than an F. Just concerns weight rating, not if "better or lessor" tire.
mpierce 09/17/15 05:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Boat trailer comes loose - tragic.

IMHO, most states has too high a min threshold...it should under 1,000 lbs...maybe 500 lbs Boy that's really excessive. Agreed. Weight is weight. So I can't haul 1000 lbs of weight in my truck bed? Ben, that would outlaw almost every truck camper made. I would believe your truck has brakes. That is the weight he believes that trailers should have brakes if they weigh over that.
mpierce 09/17/15 05:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed rating answer from Maxxis

Every Maxxis ST tire I ever purchased had the speed max molded into it. Correct. And what the tire mtgs say, is that if you want to run faster, you can, IF you are carrying LESS than the maximum load. That speed rating, is for the tire loaded to the max. It allows for higher speeds, at lesser loads.
mpierce 09/10/15 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Entry door opened while travelling - update

Yep, had it happen. They are built so flimsy, that they flex going down the road. Flexes enough to allow the latch to disengage.
mpierce 09/08/15 05:14am Tech Issues
RE: Tips on acclimating the family to longer road trips

Its a wonder I survived. Spent thousands of miles in a truck camper as a kid. Rode almost 100% of the time in the bed above the cab of the pickup. Is there a risk? Yes. Is it a big risk? You decide. EVERYTHING carries some risk. Are you having a campfire? There is a risk of tripping, and falling in the fire. It happens. I heard swimming pools mentioned. I have heard of drowning. Have you? There is a difference if you are in heavy traffic, or out in the middle of Wyoming. Sometimes, being as safe as possible, may not be the ultimate goal.
mpierce 09/05/15 04:41pm General RVing Issues
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