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RE: Pay for garage storage

You could get $750 or more if your shop was in Los Angeles.
msmith1199 05/24/15 03:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A and boats

Depends on the ramp. I haven't done it before myself, but I would do it if the ramp was wide enough to drive straight down and turn around at the bottom. But I wouldn't try and back it down a tight fitting ramp or a really long one. I've seen people do it before and it can be done. I also would not try and do it at a crowded ramp where I'm going to back everybody else up.
msmith1199 05/24/15 03:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blow front tire, what do you do?

Here is a video of a motor home being chased by police on the interstate. It has a blown left front tire and managed to stay in the lane during a high speed chase. A few sparks but the driver had control. :B Police chase in Oklahoma That video shows a motorhome being driven on a flat tire. I don't see an indication that it was a sudden blow out. I think the vast majority of us on here could completely control our motorhome if we knew the exact second the tire was going to blow and were ready for it. The issue is when you're driving down the road on cruise control with one hand on the wheel and your ice tea in the other hand and all the sudden BANG! one of the front tires blows! It's the immediate reaction by the driver that causes the problems as we all know if you react correctly odds are you'll maintain control, but if you panic or don't react correctly, you could find yourself in a lot of hurt.
msmith1199 05/21/15 04:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blow front tire, what do you do?

If you have ever watched COPS on TV, there is always a high speed chase where stop strips are used to disable the bad guys car. Ever notice that when the tires are blown, the car just keeps on going at a high rate of speed? Just because you lose a tire, doesn't mean that you have to panic, just accelerate a bit and regain the control and slowly come to a stop. Spike strips used by the police do not "blow" the tires specifically because they don't want the driver to lose control. The spikes are like straws and let the air out slowly so it's not a quick blow out.
msmith1199 05/21/15 03:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: seatbelt laws

dubdub07: I suggest you check applicability of California vehicle rules as they apply to vehicles registered in another state. Obviously, traffic rules apply, but vehicle construction rules probably won't. For example, it would put a big dent in CA's tourist business if all incoming vehicles had to meet their emission regulations. Thanks. I really want to come out as being in Colorado I am not far away. I can tell you in all the years I've been driving a motorhome in California I've only been pulled over one time. And that was because I was towing a flat trailer with my Harley on it and I had somehow lost my electrical adapter and couldn't plug the trailer into the motorhome so I had no trailer lights. Pretty sure that would be illegal in every state. I was traveling in daylight so he didn't give me a ticket.
msmith1199 05/21/15 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: seatbelt laws

50 different states and 50 different sets of laws. I was a cop for almost 30 years and all I can tell you is current California law requires all people in a motorhome to be in seatbelts. It originally started out as front seat passengers only and they quietly changed it and I didn't even know they changed it until I saw somebody on here mention it and I looked it up. My MH only has 5 sets of seatbelts in it. So technically I can only carry 5 people. I want to go to Cali so bad in my MH, but all the crazy laws scare the******out of me. I'm not going to deny that we get some weird laws, but I can assure you California isn't the only one with this particular law. I recall debating a guy on here many years ago who lived in Texas and he complained about California's dumb laws like not being able to have a TV turned on that the driver can view. So I looked up Texas law for him and showed him they had the same law.
msmith1199 05/21/15 03:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: seatbelt laws

50 different states and 50 different sets of laws. I was a cop for almost 30 years and all I can tell you is current California law requires all people in a motorhome to be in seatbelts. It originally started out as front seat passengers only and they quietly changed it and I didn't even know they changed it until I saw somebody on here mention it and I looked it up. My MH only has 5 sets of seatbelts in it. So technically I can only carry 5 people.
msmith1199 05/20/15 07:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Beware of Arizona Saguaro Cactus

"I can go on and on about what they can do with these cameras. And oh yeah, if you drive down the road past one of the cameras you'll get your license plate read and the police will know your vehicle went down the road! Oh my! " If I drive past one of the cameras and my license plate is read, why do the police need to know that my vehicle went down that road? Are you on a secret mission driving down the road in a stealth vehicle and nobody is supposed to see you there? Police patrols have existed for decades. Every time a police officer sees you driving down the road he knows where you are. Are you opposed to officers looking out their windows too?
msmith1199 05/19/15 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Beware of Arizona Saguaro Cactus

First of all, the article calls these "hidden" cameras. If they are "hidden" how come the public knows about them? In looking at the photos, if they were trying to install "hidden" cameras, they did a really bad job. Anybody with one working eyeball can see the camera in the cactus. Second of all, all these cameras are doing is capturing information that is plainly out in the public view. If you don't want somebody to see you drive through an intersection, then don't drive through that intersection. But if you do drive it through it, then somebody may see you and a camera may record your license plate. Thirdly, the information in these cameras can actually be used for a lot of stuff. It is checking for stolen and wanted vehicles, but it is also recording all license plates of every car that passes by along with the date and time. That information can potentially be used for all kinds of things. For example lets say your house gets broken into and all your property was stolen. A neighbor comes out and says, "Yeah I saw this newer Chev van parked in front of your house and I thought it was odd, but I didn't write down the license plate." Well guess what, that license plate reader in the cactus down the road did get the license plate of that Chev van and maybe the cops can go find the suspects. Another use, the local bank downtown gets robbed. Somebody gets a license plate of the get away car. The dispatcher can run that plate through the camera database and potentially get the route they took to get into town, and monitor them every time they pass a camera on the way out of town. There are just so many good things that can be done with these cameras. How many times have you heard of people witness a crime but they only get part of the license plate. They know it was a small white compact car and the last three numbers on the plate were 398. Guess what? You can search for 398 in the camera database and look at photos of every car that passed the cameras with 398 in the plate until you find the small white compact car then you have a place to start looking. I can go on and on about what they can do with these cameras. And oh yeah, if you drive down the road past one of the cameras you'll get your license plate read and the police will know your vehicle went down the road! Oh my!
msmith1199 05/13/15 05:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dashcam view of a Class A blowing tire and rolling.

If you watch the video closely, it appears that the vehicle was headed left until it got to the concrete ditch and cable barrier. The barrier did deflect the coach somewhat and it ran straight along it for awhile. Then I think it appears that the cable barrier actually is what flipped the coach over in to the on coming lanes of traffic. I don't think that the driver could have turned the wheel to cause the abrupt flip to the left that put it on it's side over the cables. I think the cable snagged the front end and flipped it. That's what I saw. The cable was clearly wrapped around the motorhome somewhere, as you can see the post being ripped from the ground as the motorhome flips.
msmith1199 05/12/15 09:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dashcam view of a Class A blowing tire and rolling.

He rolled right over those cables and never even slowed. Redirected? I think not. Look again. When the motorhome changes direction it's because of the cable. If you look when he rolls over, you'll see he's completely on the other side of the cable, but you can see the cable posts still being pulled out of the ground. That means the cable was wrapped around the motorhome and was keeping it from going into the other lanes. The cable worked just like it was supposed to.
msmith1199 05/12/15 09:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: This is why some people don't fly!

I just flew from Jacksonville to SF and back a few months ago. Flew out in coach and was re-routed 2 times during the trip. They did give us free movies as a sorry jester in coach, normal price was like $7 per passenger for a movie. Then if you wanted food, (cold sandwich) it was $7. Anyway somehow on the way back we ended up in 1st class.... OMG. I thought ok this is going to be great. Well let me tell you 1st class today is like coach was 10 years ago. You get a free drink (good luck trying to get a second one) you get the free Cold sandwich that the coach folks are paying for, you get the free movie also, but you have to pay for internet just like the coach folks. Anyway it is very disappointing to fly anymore. This December I have a flight over Christmas and have booked 1st class hoping to hold down the hassles I see for that time frame. But you know what .... I cannot go to the lounge while waiting for the connecting domestic flight unless I pay extra on top of the 1st class ticket price .... unbelievable. I've flown first class a couple of times and it was worth it just for the nice seat. I couldn't care less about the food or drinks. But it was nice having real silverware for dinner. Hawaiian Airlines first class is great. I'd fly all the time if I could always go first class. But every time I check the price it's usually at least three times the cost of coach. A comfortable seat for 4 or 5 hours isn't worth that much money.
msmith1199 05/12/15 09:07pm Around the Campfire
RE: Phone as gps

The main problem I found with using my iPhone as a GPS is I like the windshield or dash mount so it can be easily seen. So I bought I nice windshield mount for my iPhone but on warm sunny days the iPhone would overheat in the windshield and shut down. I had to move the phone down to the cup holder to keep it working. Now that was the iPhone 5. I have the 6 now so I don't know if it will do better in the windshield or not.
msmith1199 05/10/15 08:04pm General RVing Issues
Good find on E-Bay

I thought this was funny. I was searching for some RV items on ebay and came across a 2003 Trailer Life RV Campground Finder! Comes with CD too! And for only $13.48 you too can have 12 year old information on campgrounds! http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDY4WDQ2MA==/z/B0sAAMXQsMZRlEAT/$T2eC16JHJGEFFm(mN(jBBRlE!TiIJ!~~60_12.JPG
msmith1199 05/10/15 06:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: This is why some people don't fly!

I've been on several flights over the years where they have asked for volunteers to be bumped. You usually get a voucher for a free domestic flight if you get bumped and it's been my experience that people line up to get bumped. I've even jumped up to put my name on the list but never got bumped. One thing that does irritate me about flying is the inability to cancel or even change names on the ticket. I'd actually probably fly more often if they were more flexible on that.
msmith1199 05/09/15 06:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: This is why some people don't fly!

Since I've now had to pay extra for my window seat, you can be assured no teen is going to sit in it and force me to sit someplace else. Not going to happen.
msmith1199 05/09/15 09:14am Around the Campfire
RE: Fraud by some Ebay members, here is how it works

My favorite EBay scam is when a person was selling a Picture of a IPhone. Of course the way they worded the ad it appeared they were selling a phone, but the item was listed as "Picture of IPhone." Somebody bought it for whatever the price was and the selling shipped them a picture of a iPhone. They thought they did nothing wrong because they clearly pointed out the auction was for a picture and not for an iPhone even though they sold it for $150. I don't think law enforcement agreed with their legal opinion.
msmith1199 05/08/15 10:42am Around the Campfire
RE: This is why some people don't fly!

Jim, I'm not a small guy myself, but not huge either. A few years back I had to take a last minute flight for work and since I was late booking the flight I got a center seat. I recall walking back toward my seat and I could see both my seat mates already sitting in the row were 300+ pounders. Both were spilled into my seat and there was no way even a 100 female was going to sit there, much less me. I could see the flight attendant had already spotted the issue and she was waiting to see who was coming for that seat. When she saw it was me she directed me back to isle seat that she knew was going to be empty. That would have been one heck of uncomfortable flight if that other empty seat wasn't available. Actually I don't know how it would have turned out as it would not have been possible for me to get in that seat. Somebody would have had to got off the plane. I wonder how they would have picked who?
msmith1199 05/08/15 10:38am Around the Campfire
RE: This is why some people don't fly!

After all these horror stories I'm wondering if I should cancel my flight to Venice and back from Barcelona in August and September. I booked the flights on Expedia as well as the hotel rooms and thought I got a pretty good deal. Flights are on Delta or affiliates all the way. Had a really good non-stop from Salt Lake to Charlotte last winter and only one stop on the way back with no problems either way. But, if I cancel the flights, I'll have to cancel the cruise we are taking as well since I can't get on the boat if I'm not there. Oh well, maybe our 50th anniversary trip isn't that big a deal anyway. Horror stories? I had to pay another $150 bucks so I didn't have to sit in a center seat. Not quite a horror story, but enough to tick you off when you specifically pick a flight and airline just so you can either get a window or isle seat and then they change it on you midstream.
msmith1199 05/08/15 09:52am Around the Campfire
RE: This is why some people don't fly!

Thanks for that info Jax. I'll give that a try. Now that I'm semi-retired when I do fly I usually have some flexibility in the days to travel. I do know that can make a huge difference in prices.
msmith1199 05/07/15 03:48pm Around the Campfire
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