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RE: We're new and excited!

I was concerned more with being make to make it down the paths to the camp grounds. How do you know if you'll fit into a certain park? Do you scope it out in the toad?We use prior experience, guides and phone calls. We've checked out CGs for immediate and future reference with the toad. We've also driven in blind and hoped for the best. Worst case scenario is to unhook the toad and back out. We use radios and hand signals for maneuvering. When backing DW is behind the rig watching the back, up/down and to the side. She directs the back while I'm responsible for the front. She is to keep in sight and if not my foot is on the brake - and there is no blame when this happens. We see partners that don't help, walking behind a backing rig or standing in the front yelling or waving their arms at random. We don't get it but to each his own... We're polite when someone wants to help but prefer our own know help. Plus we're responsible not them if something happens. We have gotten good help from hosts.
CA Traveler 11/24/14 12:16pm Full-time RVing
RE: In Motion Domed Sat. Ant.

Effy, We use our S&B HR44 in the rig which has 5 channel recording. We avoid watching in real time and have recorded shows for those times when the sat is blocked by trees. It does require a full array SWM dish and our RF Mogul locks on every time. I have a small portable dish but haven't yet gotten a HD portable. Great advice from your son. :C
CA Traveler 11/24/14 08:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

As we've learned never use the word durgs at the border. :( Say prescription medications. :C
CA Traveler 11/24/14 07:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: We're new and excited!

CA traveler, I know how you feel. DH and I find ourselves justifying the larger rig every time we look. He's 6'6" and that does limit us in certain areas (shower and bed). The ones we like the best are in the 40-42' range. I didn't even think about the limits on what roads we would be able to travel! Another thing to think about, glad you mentioned it! Do you find with some pre-planning, you're not too restricted?I believe our interior height is 7'. Part of the plan to make it look bigger by lowering the rig to the ground vs our 04 Endeavor. We look for ways around any restrictions such as some place nearby or using the rear overhang onto grass, etc.
CA Traveler 11/24/14 07:42am Full-time RVing
RE: We're new and excited!

But if I was FT vs the 6 mth status I'd buy 45', deal with any size restrictions and enjoy the few extra sq ft.
CA Traveler 11/23/14 07:38pm Full-time RVing
RE: We're new and excited!

I know this is a very general, open ended question, but for those of you that have rigs in the 36-42ft range, is there anything you wish you knew ahead of time?Yes, I got carried away with the current 42' rig. The justification was it was for the DW, OK not to mention me. 42' is nice and perhaps I would repeat but I did limit us to CA roads that aren't restricted to MH that are 40+ like Ft Bragg and much of US 1 on the CA coast. Not to mention park size restrictions.
CA Traveler 11/23/14 07:34pm Full-time RVing
RE: Cars that gan be towed

use those sources to screen for a toad, but VERIFY yourself by reading the owner's manual. it is the only valid source. Do NOT buy something that needs conversion, tranny lube pump, drive shaft disconnect, etc. to tow it. bumpy Sorry I disagree with you. We towed a Toyota Highlander 4 wheels down with a Remco lube pump for over 60,000 miles without incident. Maybe some people have had problems, but we never had any. We would not hesitate to do it again if necessary.Sure but why would the OP looking for a toad with many options available choose one that would require an additional $1000+ just to lube the tranny? And modifications do increase the chance of failure.
CA Traveler 11/23/14 04:20pm Dinghy Towing
RE: In Motion Domed Sat. Ant.

My in motion SD dome for DTV worked great. Tossed it for a full array SWM HD dish as they have little value in todays HD world. I believe you can get a HD in motion for Dish. Do you really need someone to watch TV while driving?
CA Traveler 11/23/14 03:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Satellite question

I had a HR24 receiver at home with a Slimline 5 dish with HD TV and a in motion dual LNB SD dish in the rig. Moved the receiver to the rig - SD worked great. Then one dark day in Oregon we could not get SD to watch the Olympics because in some areas of the country DTV transmits HD only. Upgraded the rig to a SWM dish (which the HR24 supports) and now had HD because of the rigs 720 TV. Since then we upgraded the house dish to SWM and HR44 which is SWM only. Since we don't watch TV in the rigs bedroom that TV is OTA or DVD only. If I was going to upgrade the bedroom TV it would be similar Big Katunas post. Keep in mind that DTV is not in the business of running HDMI or component/composite to remote TVs. Single coax to remote TVs using SWM and Genie Clients for each TV and of course there is a charge for each Genie Client. So you won't get much/any help from DTV for a RV.
CA Traveler 11/23/14 09:09am Tech Issues
RE: Electrical truck to trailer connection question

The trucks alternator and charging voltage will be mostly determined by the trucks battery. If it drops to say 13.6V then there is less voltage difference to charge the trailer battery. The low voltage involved means that you need bigger wire. Sure you can calculate the voltage drop of the wire but there are other factors including the batteries and truck wiring. Can you connect directly form the truck battery to the trailer battery? ie The shortest possible distance. I would beg, borrow or steal (not really) a cord or other wiring and try it. Even if the trailer charging is limited you might get enough amps to allow usage of the trailer while maintaining the battery.
CA Traveler 11/23/14 08:10am Tech Issues
RE: Satellite question

If you are going to research for him then it would be helpful to post: 1. The model number of the home receiver 2. The model number of the rigs dish 3. The model number of the receiver previously used in the rig 4. The rigs TV model numbers or just SD or HD, HDMI capable or component/composite capable or coax input. The bottom line: DTV is pushing multiple channel HD recording/watching capability with Genie and with one coax to each remote Genie Client for your house. You need to figure out what to do with your rig.
CA Traveler 11/22/14 10:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Satellite question

I suspect that your friend had no idea of the potential changes to the rig. Of course another option might be a second DTV account for the rig with his old receiver. Or convert the rig to HD TVs as required and SWM setup.
CA Traveler 11/22/14 10:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Satellite question

I was going to ask this question earlier but I had to deal with my black tank. Anyway, My neighbor has a new receiver box from Direct TV to replace his old one. The new box only has one coax cable hook up that is for satellite in. The tv out is HDMI. Our problem is the he has a splitter for different TV's in the motorhome. The old receiver box has a coax in for satellite and a coax out for tv. This allows a coax cable to run from the receiver box to the splitter. The splitter does not have an HDMI connection. Is there a cable that will go from HDMI to a coax connection or our we looking at a new splitter box?Sounds like he now has a SWM receiver like the HR44 which is the Genie setup. He will need a SWM antenna for the rig. And a 21V power brick. He can use the composite output with a converter to coax to feed various TVs with lower quality (SD like) vs the HD HDMI. He'll have the 5 channel recording. He can watch either HD or SD channels depending upon his rigs TVs capability. The basic Genie setup is the HR44 receiver (or other Genie receiver), SWM antenna, 21V power brick and SWM splitter (his current rig splitter won't work) with a coax to remote Genie Client receivers which is connected to the TV. Then he can watch any of the 5 recorded shows or live show from any of the remote TVs - ie each one can be watching a different channel and each one can be HD. He can have just the HR44 and use a HDMI splitter to the remote TVs but he'll need to run HDMI cabel to each TV.
CA Traveler 11/22/14 10:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Where did you get your Electrical knowledge?

My first adventure was connecting my train transformer, switch and light together. Worked great! Later at the age of 9 I learned they should be connected in series not parallel. Been learning ever since.
CA Traveler 11/22/14 05:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical truck to trailer connection question

Can I use an extension cord to connect between my truck connector and my trailer cable connector ? Yes If yes do I have to worry about a voltage drop if the distance is too long. Yes Use a 10ga cord, 25' should be long enough but measure first. There will be some additional voltage drop. Even if you don't want to hear this: I would never work inside an enclosed area with a engine running due to carbon monoxide among other things. If power is not available my choice would be a portable 120V gen outside.
CA Traveler 11/22/14 05:10pm Tech Issues
RE: ideas for parks and sights in eastern CA. highway 395

No need to cross over to 5 from Reno. Continue on 395 and there are several routes through central OR to Portland.
CA Traveler 11/22/14 04:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Chasing electrical gremlins - GFCI outlet puzzle

Everything you described suggests a higher resistance short which would not trip the CB vs a direct short. Voltmeters, testers, etc typically draw so little current that the results can be misleading but testing with a load will often show different results.
CA Traveler 11/22/14 03:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Friday at SolarBlvd

Jim Typo The 230W is $138! Starts 11/28. Yes not real close but was traveling through LA so... Called ahead and ordered and no tax or S&H just an extra 15 miles. Drove around back with the toad, they helped load the panels and we were off. 138/230 = $0.60/watt MPPT solar just keeps getting better cost wise!
CA Traveler 11/22/14 10:55am Tech Issues
RE: Chasing electrical gremlins - GFCI outlet puzzle

YC1 has an excellent point. Also instead of using the circuit wires use a separate wire connected to the frame which should be bonded to the pedestal ground wire through the rigs CB panel. And at 11 degrees I'd wait for it to warm up a bit. :D
CA Traveler 11/22/14 09:44am Tech Issues
RE: RV wash, engine work in Las Vegas area?

Go to the Boulder City Elks and ask them. We belong to the Elks, have stayed there and they know the area. And there are lodges in LV, North LV and Henderson. There are generally more people around during the weekend.
CA Traveler 11/22/14 08:47am Class A Motorhomes
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