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RE: Caution About Buying a Car with Electronic Power Steering

One thing I have never seen is a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA). Or in layman's terms, what things can go wrong, how likely they are to go wrong and what bad things happen when it does go wrong ! Off topic, but had to comment on FMEA as I don't think I have ever seen the term on this forum. Currently in middle of FMEA for a process at work, so it really jumped out at me.
wannavolunteerFT 05/20/18 08:08am Dinghy Towing
RE: Full tiime site cost

ila123, I plan to use a family owned farm in the same area very similarly. The farm is not a row crop farm, just timber for the last 40+ years. Since it is timber farm and my brother hunts there, what little maintenance is needed is done in preparation for deer season. There is electricity, but I will have well and septic put in (after we cut and replant in the next year) in the same area. I will be just across the river and a bit north, but in the same part of the world. I figure the investment of the well and septic tank will be worth it, to give me a place to go when I don't feel like traveling. Far enough South that we have little real winter weather, but not in the chaos of FL.
wannavolunteerFT 05/06/18 07:47am Full-time RVing
RE: Dinghy Towing pulling fuses

My parents had a Chevy Cobalt that required pulling a fuse. Well getting to the fuse panel and pulling and replacing the fuse was a chore. I found someone who made me a "fuse bypass switch". It had an inline fuse holder for the correct size fuse, you plugged it in to fuse location in panel and their was a switch that we mounted in dash nearby.. so you just toggled it on and off.. I think I found it on this forum probably close to 10 years ago. I did a quick google and found them for about $50 now... I think I paid $30 then.. I also found a website that showed how to make your own, if you have solder skills.
wannavolunteerFT 05/05/18 08:30am Dinghy Towing
RE: Would appreciate advice on a toad brake system

My parents used the Ready Brake and it worked well.. One of the biggest selling points was it didn't have to be situated in the toad before use.. as Dutch said, one or two cable connections and you are done. Also the simplicity of the mechanics (no electronics) appealed to my dad. It was so easy, it is probably what will end up on my new MH.. (just purchased and haven't made toad decision yet)
wannavolunteerFT 05/05/18 08:10am Dinghy Towing
RE: Need for pads/blocks with hydrolic levelers?

so I have just bought a gas class A, 24K pounds, and often stay in campgrounds that have gravel parking pads and just have grass at home. I have about 20+ yellow lego blocks, should I use them under my hydraulic leveling jacks? alone? or should I get some rubber type pads to put under them?
wannavolunteerFT 04/29/18 05:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sudafed?

Isn't it just great that because of meth head druggies, we can't simply buy a box of antihistamines any more? :R You do realize Pseudophedrine is not an antihistamine, don't you? It has a totally different purpose... It is a decongestant!!!.. that is why you can buy things like Claritin D... The antihistamine and decongestant together.. personally I prefer them separate.
wannavolunteerFT 04/29/18 10:41am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Need phone advice for aging parent

My Mom got the caption phone provided to her for free. She just pays for basic landline service. She did have to have internet, but her senior apt complex provides wifi throughout the complex, so she didn't have to purchase. If she didn't then were were just going to get her a router without a computer, since she doesn't know how to use one. (she can hardly work her flip phone). Her hearing aid provider sent in the paperwork for her phone and they delivered and set it up. BTW, she claims phone service as a medical expense, since it is required to make the caption phone work and for her it is a hearing device.
wannavolunteerFT 04/21/18 08:24am Technology Corner
necessities to take for pickup

I am purchasing a new to me Class A and will be picking it up at dealer later in the month. What do I need to carry to stay in it for a couple of days that will go in a single checked airline bag? Dealer plans for me to stay on their lot for a couple of days as I learn to work it and take a driving course. I have driven to look at it, but as I don't have anything that can be towed at this point, I will be flying into town and renting a car for a couple of days. I will get a basic starter kit from dealer but will be carrying some bedding in my luggage, and will be able to pickup some things at nearby Target or Home Depot. I have all the stuff from my previous TT (dishes, pots, pans, linens, etc) at home, and will be putting in the MH once I get home. I will buy new pillows when I get there, but need suggestions on what I should carry with me. I don't want to buy all new stuff until I figure out what I really want/need and what I will be using from previous. I will be using MH part time for the next year, and then plan to full-time after, so multiple opportunities to change out things during the next year.
wannavolunteerFT 04/15/18 03:39pm Class A Motorhomes
surge protection with amperage adapter

I am in process of buying new RV with 50amp power. I have a 30amp outlet wired on side of house. (Don't plan to stay buy another year, so not changing). I sold the 30 amp surge/EMS unit I had when I sold my previous 30 amp RV. If I use a 30amp male to 50 amp female adapter and then portable surge/EMS unit (probably Progressive Industries EMS-PT50X Portable RV Surge Protector - 50 Amp ), is the 50 amp unit suitable protection? I am sure there may be other times, that I run into sites that are only 30 amp, but as I am preparing to full time, I don't want to buy lots of unneccessary "Stuff".
wannavolunteerFT 04/15/18 09:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Fly and drive tool kit, picking our new to us CA 23A

I would say hire an inspector before you fly in.. I had found a MH in TX (not terribly far from Dallas) and considered flying out to get it or look it over. I hired an inspector for less than the cost of a flight and rental car to get to MH. Turned out the seller was misrepresenting the MH. Pictures were all 4-5 years old, from when it was new. It was scratched, needed recaulking and had several issues that needed attention, indicating it had not had all the preventative maintenance it needed. That money I paid to the inspector was well worth the cost. He was great and really walked me through his report.
wannavolunteerFT 04/13/18 08:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Campground Near Savannah/I-95

I vote for Camp Jasper in Hardeeville... easy in and out, clean and I got a pull through that I didn't even have to unhook from truck. site was paved and level.
wannavolunteerFT 04/04/18 07:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Inspectors are Worth it. (long but true story)

Very smart decision on your part, you could have spent allot more than that on repairs after you brought the MH home, good luck in your search and I hope you find what you are looking for :B Do you know anything about National Indoor RV Center? they have one that I am probably going to be looking at soon. They are taking it in trade, so don't have it on their lot yet.
wannavolunteerFT 04/03/18 11:55am Beginning RVing
RE: Roaming RVers rally schedule for 2018

I just made reservations at Hart State Park, April 13th thru 15th, :B would love to, but don't know if I will make it.. Sold my TT about a month ago, going to ATL area to look at MH that weekend, and will probably go see Uncle in Loganville, but doubt I will get out that far. Please let me know what you think, considering Thanksgiving somewhere in that area. meeting kids, grandkids, taking Moma, etc
wannavolunteerFT 04/03/18 05:30am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Inspectors are Worth it. (long but true story)

brianosaur, Cost was approx. $850.. that included inspector going over the MH with fine tooth comb. Actually two people. spent 5-6 hours on it. Tested every appliance, ran water everywhere checking for leaks and pressure, checked supply and drain lines and valves, ran generator and tested power output, climbed on roof and checked it carefully for cracking, tears, seals etc. climbed under and checked for rust and visible (to someone who knows) suspension issues. Checked for propane leaks. checked all detectors (smoke, propane, etc). Checked for signs of leaking, soft spots, tears or scratches in all upholstery and finishes. Also pulled fluids and sent to lab for analysis. Full report included over 100 pages, probably about 100 pictures (I didn't count) and several videos (showing issue with slide going in and out) or very noisy awning.
wannavolunteerFT 04/03/18 05:23am Beginning RVing
RE: Side with most windows?

Not searching for a 5th wheel, but Class A, and window placement is Most Important to me. I want a view out on My patio, not the hookups or a neighbor's patio, but my own. So many Class A's seem to have kitchens on curb side and views out the back side (other than from cab area). I just can't imagine buying an RV that doesn't look out on your own patio.
wannavolunteerFT 04/01/18 08:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why not to buy used.

Not sure if anyone here saw my postpost about Inspections being worth it, but my story about paying for an inspection prior to purchasing is an example of being willing to pay for expertise and realizing that I don't know it all. spending slightly under $1K to avoid issues with a $80K purchase was well worth it. A TT inspection would be much less, as it would not include generator, engine and drive train inspection or fluid analysis.
wannavolunteerFT 03/31/18 04:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Recommendations?

I am going to take OP's question a bit further. I understand that Escapees offers much more, but Mail Service is a separate issue. I am hesitant to use any of these common ones as I plan to keep my residence in my current state. (not going into that here, but I have researched and it makes sense for me). Please share experience on the mail services... Do their costs come up to about what they say to expect on their web sites? Are they really good about getting mail to right place in a timely manner from request? Do you have problems with special requests? Is it easy to see what mail you have? Determine what to have forwarded or shredded?
wannavolunteerFT 03/31/18 06:08am Full-time RVing
RE: Terrible quality!

I about broke out in the vapors! I immediately looked to see where Blazing Zippers is from. Obviously a transplanted Southerner or parents were. That is a very old fashioned Southern saying. Even though I am a native and remain in the Deep South, I don't hear that one often. But I knew immediately the meaning. For the uneducated, the vapors come right before a faint.
wannavolunteerFT 03/31/18 05:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Engine shut off, no warning

I had that happen to me back in November in my 2010 F150.. Mine shut off once, restarted and I assumed it might be trash in fuel line (I was stopping and starting and turning around on mountain roads). It stopped again about 5 minutes later so I called for help. I was miles from campground in NGA mountains and several hundred miles from home. I got a tow to local Dealer as I didn't want that happening with TT attached. Turned out there was a service bulletin for some type wiring short between fuel pump and computer controls. Only took them a couple of hours to diagnose and repair (thank goodness). I was kinda bummed that my local dealer had not mentioned the service bulletin when I had the oil changed/basic service done just a week before.
wannavolunteerFT 03/30/18 06:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Inspectors are Worth it. (long but true story)

4X4van, I guess my comment about 100 plus pages was confusing.. All hundred pages were not problems, some were comments on things that were working, like stove, water heater, fridge... I just meant it was very comprehensive... Life safety issues--- gasket/seal at water heater could allow gases inside RV through gaps. Tire had gouge in side and was cracking.. I would rather not purchase sight unseen, but this "unicorn" was over 800 miles away. Inspection was less than time off work and travel to visit, so although I am out nearly a grand, it was still worth the cost.. and as I said, I wouldn't have caught all the issues (like none of the slides worked as they should.. one you could see daylight around edges.. others had torn sweeps or sweeps that didn't work correctly (indicating a lack of PM)
wannavolunteerFT 03/29/18 06:20pm Beginning RVing
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