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RE: Sam's Club credit card for fuel savings.

Tell us more: Is it Visa or and what type? When do you get the cash back - on every billing cycle or? The PenFed Cash Rewards Visa card has 5% cash back for fuel on the monthly billing cycle and is good virtually everywhere including Canada. Doesn't work for truck pumps since you pay inside. Good in Canada with no transaction fees. BTW Kroger also includes Frys and probably other chains. We've also get the 5% on propane.
CA Traveler 08/31/14 06:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: 50 amp to 20$30 amp RV cord

Yes and he said both plugs would not be used at the same time. However wiring them to each hot wire would allow both to be used together if desired. Plus the 20A plug. But CBs should be used.
CA Traveler 08/31/14 02:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: 50 amp to 20$30 amp RV cord

Sorry about raining on your parade but it isn't safe the way you have it. Just do the same thing using a sub-panel with proper breakers.X2 Plus what's your reasoning for wiring both 30A plugs to the same hot wire? They should be on opposite hot wires with CB's. Please edit your post and resize your image.
CA Traveler 08/31/14 09:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

trcgolf, The Alaskan Highway and the main Alaska roads do not go over mountains, just some rolling hills and a few low passes, basically not high elevations. So your mileage might be a little less than your local travel. But what you should expect is to pay for costly fuel. In 2013 gasoline was about 20 cents more per gallon than diesel in Canada and that is not a typo. Our diesel average cost in 2013 was $4.35/gallon and we have a long range and could bypass the $6/gal fuel. If you don't plan ahead for fuel then expect to sometimes pay $6/gal. For 10,000 miles at 7MPH and $4.50/gal the fuel cost is $6,428. But the trip is an adventure.
CA Traveler 08/29/14 11:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RV Sheet Sizes?

It's common for rigs to have non standard sizes. If you have over sized flat sheets then you won't be doing any last minute shopping.
CA Traveler 08/27/14 11:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar Charge Controller

PWM passes just the amps from the panel to the battery. Hence any panel voltage (and power) higher than the battery charging voltage is lost. It cost less and works good with "12V" panels. Higher voltage panels need MPPT which converts the panel power (volts and amps) to amps (more amps than the panels can produce) to charge the battery. It costs more than PWM controllers. Many other factors are involved including required power, panel size/location, cost/watt, wiring, etc.
CA Traveler 08/27/14 10:37am Tech Issues
RE: Portable satellite

I have a roof mounted dish and portable. I really don't mind setting it up but I am sure if I had a automatic satellite finder I could get spoiled quickly. For a period of time I had both the roof and portable setup (SD only) with the DTV HR24 receiver. But as a warning to others: We were on the central Oregon coast planning to watch the Winter Olympics. Oops no Olympics. After numerous calls to DTV it was discovered that in that area DTV DOES NOT transmit any SD local stations - all stations are HD. Several other posters have also reported this for other areas. So I upgraded to the RF Mogul SWM dish which is compatible with the HR24. Since then I upgraded the house to SWM both dish and upgrade to HR44 receiver (receives both SD and HD but SWM only). The 5 channel recording is beneficial for watching pre recorded shows when trees are in the way of the dish for the rig. In the future I may add a SWM portable dish for the rig.
CA Traveler 08/26/14 08:21pm Camping World Accessories
RE: Why buy out of California

My reading of the current Pub 52 aside from the current 1 year requirement is that it's now even more difficult for a CA resident to get the exemption. So make sure that you understand the requirements.
CA Traveler 08/26/14 10:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why buy out of California

Read and completely understand Pub 52 for CA. Among other restrictions in 2004 and I believe still current was functional use out of state, currently for 1 year. Storage was not functional use. This are other current restrictions that may make it difficult to qualify, perhaps very difficult for a CA resident. Just curious, how do you get your license (plates) and tabs if you don't pay taxes. You can't buy and register a vehicle in a State you don't live in (well legally you can't) You can't drive the vehicle around without plates.I took delivery in Nevada, then registered in CA and kept the rig out of CA for the required time. Temporary tags are a possibility and you can register is some states that you don't live in.
CA Traveler 08/24/14 10:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV NET solar install?

The picture below shows a DIY solar tracker that is simple and inexpensive. http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/oo134/catraveler/DSC01509.jpg So since you tow solar panels, you can't tow a toad, right? Plus, unless you're on site 24/7, a sudden storm or gust of wind will wreck your panels. Finally, after all that effort, you're getting shade on your panels!The panel is removed and the frame lays flat on the trailer and for this camper is under the ATV. Clearly the frame could both be stronger and collapse even further. He designed the frame for 2 panels and found that with full daylight tracking his batteries were fully charged by noon. So in this particular case there was no reason not to park next to his friend and have a little morning sun. This was an inexpensive DIY project that others might find interesting to adapt for their use. I don't recall any other posts on these boards that have a tracker that is anything other than manual.
CA Traveler 08/20/14 09:27pm Tech Issues
RE: RV NET solar install?

Tilting the panels sounds like such a great idea - I read that the average person tilts the panels 7 times. 7 times a day? This is more than most people would be willing to do. No, it was 7 times - period. Climb on the roof 14 times and then never tilt them again. Just saw the prior post.
CA Traveler 08/20/14 06:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Surge Guard 34560 Trips at night

FPL could be switching the power and causing a power glitch. I've had that happen in CA.
CA Traveler 08/20/14 10:18am Tech Issues
RE: RV NET solar install?

The picture below shows a DIY solar tracker that is simple and inexpensive. 1. This is a single axis E-W tracker. 2. The elevation is set by manually adjusting the frame. 3. The frame lays flat under the ATVs for transport and the panel is stored on the bed. Setup takes about 15 minutes. 4. The tracker waits for sunrise and then tracks the sun moving the panel every 5 minutes. 5. At night time the tracker returns to the east and waits for the sun. 6. The panel is in the morning position and will rotate CCW to the west. 7. On the lower left of the frame the servo that changes the panel angle is visible. 8. The controller is shown on the lower right corner of the panel and it’s mounted on the panel inside a glass or plastic bottle. The frame was designed for two panels which is why it's larger than necessary. The owner found that he got so much power from one panel that he didn't need a second panel. The controller can be purchased from Red Rock. Two LEDs about a inch apart detect the difference in light from the sun and the electronics instruct the servo to position the solar panel. Note: When light shines on a LED it produces a voltage. Many variations of this controller are available including two axis versions. The shadow is from an adjacent friends RV. http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/oo134/catraveler/DSC01509.jpg
CA Traveler 08/20/14 10:04am Tech Issues
RE: RV NET solar install?

Tilting the panels sounds like such a great idea - I read that the average person tilts the panels 7 times.
CA Traveler 08/19/14 09:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Charge cards and foreign transaction rates

Who cares what it is called, the bottom line it is a fee we pay to exchange money.I care since I pay no transaction fees on my Visa card vs transaction fees on my Amex (US based cards). Exchange rate fees are paid by all including getting cash from a foreign bank.
CA Traveler 08/18/14 02:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

1. Drive from Chicken to Dawson City as the wait will be shorter at the ferry on the river. The wait to use the ferry going from Dawson City to Chicken via the TOW can be up to 7 hours as one couple told us as they were waiting to cross the Yukon.Does this imply that from Chicken you'll meet more oncoming traffic and hence have more potential passing and rock damage issues?
CA Traveler 08/18/14 10:19am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Pulling a "Toad" on a Trailer?

I've got the all terrain towbar on the MH. Weight remains on the MH and easy to connect with no ball coupler alignment and no hassle disconnect. Invsibrake is 100% automatic, no switches, wires or air hose.
CA Traveler 08/18/14 10:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pulling a "Toad" on a Trailer?

Backing up a trailer vs flat tow is a very minor advantage for us. I've disconnected the toad 1 time in 10 years for that reason. While a toad works best for us there are advantages and disadvantages to every setup. Dolly or trailer storage, parking and setup would be an disadvantage for us as we tend to have short stays over longer periods of time. Trailer maintenance is likely less but tires and brakes do need maintenance. Tow bars and brakes are expensive. The tow bar can be used on the next vehicle, the base plate probably not. Originally we had a box brake because it was part of a tow package and could be used on another car. Still towing the same CRV after 10 years and now have a Invsibrake. Moving or setup on a second vehicle of a toad brake varies depending upon the type of brake, etc. Probably not much resale value on towbars and brakes vs dolly or trailer. For me parking a trailer at a CG would be a PITA. Remove the car, drive to storage and then drive to the site. Parking in the site with the trailer restricts where in the site and implies longer site and hookups. A Dolly would be easier to store. Some choose the lube pump or drive shaft disconnect option. It sounds like a trailer is the best option for the OP at this point. Learn and determine any future changes.
CA Traveler 08/18/14 08:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why buy out of California

OP Most of the posts on this and other related threads are incorrect or irrelevant for CA. My reading of the current version of Pub 52 led me to conclude that qualification for the exemption is difficult for a CA resident. As a CA resident I qualified in 2004 when the period was 3 months after submitting 100 pages of detailed logs, CG, food and fuel receipts for our travels. The rig was delivered to Nevada with notarized documents and then registered in CA.
CA Traveler 08/17/14 11:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why buy out of California

Read and completely understand Pub 52 for CA. Among other restrictions in 2004 and I believe still current was functional use out of state, currently for 1 year. Storage was not functional use. This are other current restrictions that may make it difficult to qualify, perhaps very difficult for a CA resident.
CA Traveler 08/17/14 11:03am Class A Motorhomes
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