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RE: San Carlos MX

Never been there this late in the season but others should reply soon. Nor can I answer about the LLC. I don't believe you need anything for the vehicle in your name as long as you don't go much farther south. We always have the full permits as we travel everywhere. Dogs: Need to have their shots up to date. Note that Mexico does not recognise 2 or three year rabies vaccinations. Must be one year. You should also obtain an International Health Certificate from your vet. In 12 years we have never been asked for papers for the dogs southbound and only once going north into the USA. However we have heard from people being asked very time.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/20/14 12:10am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Jeep theft Document problem, ATTN Canadians.

. . . . Did ADUANA refund your 400 dollars via Banjercito? Didn't ask, didn't even stop at the checkpoint. The runaround we got as to who we had to see was rediculous. We wasted an entire week trying. When the last person we talked to, banjercito in Puerto Vallarta, told us we had to go to Guadalajara we gave up. IF we go that route (cancelling) we'll do it through Mexico City. Qualitas hasn't mentioned it again so we're just waiting to see.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/19/14 06:39pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Use onboard charger or external charger?

If you read his post carefully it seems that he doesn't have a class C yet: "When we get our class c. . . . " so he likely doesn't have the required answers yet either. But now he knows what to ask the dealer!
Canadian Rainbirds 04/18/14 05:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Use onboard charger or external charger?

If you read his post carefully it seems that he doesn't have a class C yet: "When we get our class c. . . . " so he likely doesn't have the required answers yet either. But know he knows what to ask the dealer!
Canadian Rainbirds 04/18/14 05:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Jeep theft Document problem, ATTN Canadians.

UPDATE: Documents for Qualitas arrived at the San Ysidro, Ca Post office on Tuesday and was signed for and picked up for shortly after noon today, Thursday, Apr 17th. . Just in time for Semana Santa. And to add a little humour to the story, today's post at home included one from Lewis and Lewis: a renewal notice for the Jeep's Mexican insurance. :S
Canadian Rainbirds 04/17/14 02:35pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: newbie trying to build solar system on a budget

FYI and FWIW, we run 420 watts of solar and 484 AH of battery with a 2000 Watt PSW inverter. I often wish we had another 100 or 200 watts of panel.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/15/14 12:32am Tech Issues
RE: Slide out problem

Need to know the type of slide out: Electric, hydraulic, Manufacturer?
Canadian Rainbirds 04/15/14 12:26am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Forumla?

I hope Pianotuna chimes in here. Going by my not too reliable memory, I believe the ratio is something like 50 to 160 watts of solar power per 100 AmpHours of battery capacity. I know I'm close, but can't guarantee that I'm dead on. We're running 420 Watts of panel to 484 AH of battery. We could use another 100 watts or even a bit more.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/15/14 12:22am Tech Issues
RE: Beware of Fire and Check that Extinguisher date

If you ever get a chance,take one of the seminars by this guy at a rally. We have the SS 400 Hawk seen here. A CAF (Compressed Air Foam) extinguisher. Don't need to be shaken and are extremely effective. If filled with Distilled Water can be used on electrical fires.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/15/14 12:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: newbie trying to build solar system on a budget

Voc should be in the 18-21volt range as far as I recall. Pianotuna and BLF13 both have extensive solar experience. At the risk of putting Don's nose out of joint :B , BLF13 has I think more experience in playing with actual numbers and doing innumerable experiments. Don has lots and lots of experience using solar in the Great White North. (Read COLD and SNOW) There is lots of good Solar help here. In fact I am going to be posting a question for a recommended new solar controller very soon.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/14/14 01:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Spray Sealer

Used the similar product from Home Depot on a leaking gutter joint last fall. It was very thin and needed lots of coats. Arrived home this spring to find the joint leaking again. Or possibly even still.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/14/14 12:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Samsung microwave not working

The is probably an internal fuse and yes, that could be the problem. It could also be the control board as mentioned. NOTE: VERY HIGH VOLTAGES CAN BE PRESENT EVEN IF THE UNIT US NOT PLUGGED IN.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/14/14 12:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Air horns don't work. update: DUH!

Forgot to post the solution earlier. Found the fault. Had a leaking air valve replaced last fall on the way south. The tech hadn't replaced the 12V connections to the solenoid. :S
Canadian Rainbirds 04/14/14 12:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Odometer Reset

We had this happen about 5 years ago at a Cummins shop. Freightliner had replaced a faulty oil pressure sensor and sent the rig next door to have Cummins reprogram the computer for the new sensor. They goofed and took out all the previous data including odometer reading. They were unable to get it back. We keep an accurate trip log on paper anyway so are able to show what the real mileage should be. If I recall, the odometer shows something like 25,000 miles or 40,000 kilometers low but since we've put on almost 100,000 miles since I don't think it's a big deal. Make note somewhere what the mileage was when it reset.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/13/14 04:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Voltage divider SOLVED

The problem is that incandescent bulb filaments change resistance as they heat up. Higher when cold, much lower when hot. Messes up the voltage divider math.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/10/14 07:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Jeep theft Document problem, ATTN Canadians.

Things are looking up! :) Received an offer from Qualitas; we responded showing a few differences and listed the add ons: Tow bar, braking system etc etc. They moved up a little, in fact very close to our Declared Value on the policy. Wish we had made it higher. :S We now just need to be sure that the documentation that we have will be sufficient. They are not looking for as much paperwork as they first demanded. I will post the paperwork details when all is done and again when we get the cheque. Update to the above: It took several rounds of e-mails, Qualitas wasn't exactly prompt in responding. A nudge here and there from Jim Lewis helped. I CCd him on all emails to Qualitas This is what they asked for: Good morning, we do realize the issue and it's very particular to Canadian documentation, considering that it's different from the titles issued by the states in the US. In this case, and after reviewing this issue with my manager, we can offer to cover if the registered owner sends the following: 1. Transfer form filled by the registered owner as seller and notarized signature. 2. Sign the copy that you have (attached is the one we received previously). And for the rest of the documents we ask: • Copy of id from owner(s). • Copy of valid temporary importation permit (if you don't have it, just let us know) • Keys of the vehicle (any that you may have) • Certified copy of the stolen vehicle report filed at the Ministerio Publico. Please confirm if you have these documents so that I may send you the settlement offer. If you have any comments or observations also, please let me know. Item 2 above refers to the vehicle registration. Also, suggested by our ICBC broker, we included a signed bill of sale form and the ICBC Transfer Form (Requested in item 1 above) is really only for vehicles being sold in British Columbia. Of course we do not have a the TIP but we have the receipt from the banjercito. We sent a Notarised True Copy of that. We finally got the definitive answer on the Ministerio Publico report. Glad I asked for confirmation: they first asked for a Certified True Copy, but this morning reneged on that and asked for the original, with the stamp. Sent off this afternoon to their San Ysidro, CA PO Box number via Canada Post Express Post. We'll be watching the tracking number daily! I am sure that we would still be waiting were it not for Jim Lewis of Lewis and Lewis taking an interest. Thanks again to Moisheh and Mexicowanderer who also contacted Jim Lewis on our behalf. Of course the TIP has not been cancelled yet. We had nothing to cancel going northbound so we just carried on by. We turned in our FMT of course. Updates as and when.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/10/14 03:30pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: What do you carry for protection?

Trojans. :B I was going to say that!
Canadian Rainbirds 04/10/14 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exhaust or jake brake or neither?

Our Itasca Horizon has an Exhaust Brake but the control and indicator lights say Engine Brake. :S It is probable that your is an Exhaust Brake. It doesn't really matter, they are used in the same way.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/09/14 11:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can you jump the coach to chassi batteries to charge

Either Trik-L Start or Xantrex Echo Charger will do what you want. Both charge the Chassis Battery from the House batteries but ONLY when the house batteries are 13.2 (approx) or above, and ONLY when the chassis battery needs it. Neither will over charge the Chassis battery even if the House Batteries are taking a 14.4 or even higher charge voltage. The nice thing about this arrangement is that it works no matter what source is charging the House Batteries, be it Shore Power or Solar. We use the Echo Charger and have not had a dead or under charged chassis battery in more than the two years we have had it. Previously I had to remember to get the battery charger out at least monthly. Keeping the chassis battery up when dry camping is important since in our rig for example, that is the battery that operates the steps, the slides and leveler hydraulic pump motor and most important the surround sound for the radio, CD player and TV.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/09/14 11:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: looking to buy entry level Motorhome

. . . . . . . . After four motor homes, I am convinced the money saved by buying used is well worth it. If you can find a better quality, higher end unit a couple of years old, I think that would be a better choice. And make sure the length will do it for you. Good luck with your search! Very strongly agree on this. We have had a 1997 30' Triple E Commander (Canadian Built) and added 100,000 kilometers to the 80,000 already on it. 5 years ago we bought a 32' Itasca Horizon (similar to Winnebago Journey) and added 140,000 kilometers to the 40+ that were on the clock when we bought it. Cabinetry still in excellent shape, everything still works well, the rig still looks good. We have had some maintenance issues but nothing disastrous. We live in it 6 months every year and do a lot of miles so that is not too surprising.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/09/14 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
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