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RE: Oh my, getting old

Know just how you feel. Age caught up to us well before we planned for it to - started summer before last. I am 74 and my wife is 70. This is the first winter we have been someplace cold in 12 years. Sure lucky we bought a house two and a half years ago. Didn't plan to use it for more than a month or so in the spring and a couple of months in the fall but had to spend all last summer and the summer before last in it. Did south to AZ for last winter and then spent all summer here and stayed for the winter. Had a ball though for those 11 years of full timing and one year of snow birding.
Clay L 03/04/15 02:51pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Web Browsers Issues

I used FireFox for years and now use Chrome. In both cases I use Thunderbird as my email client. I use MailWasher to look at the headers, delete the crud and then have Thunderbird download the ones I want. That way our emails and contacts are always on our computers and can be backed up. My email addresses are on CompuServe and Outlook.live and my wife's are on Yahoo and Outlook.live.
Clay L 03/03/15 11:43am Technology Corner
RE: Establish Residency in Wyoming?

This is a couple of years old, but seems to provide decent info: What's The Best State for Fulltime RVers When It Comes To Taxes? Here's another resource with steps on how to gain South Dakota Resedency (2012): Setting Up South Dakota Residency for RVers (Pt. 1) The first link does have some good info but it doesn't mention jury duty. TX (Livingston where Escappees has one of it's mail forwarding service addresses) will excuse you and SD will remove you from the rolls.
Clay L 03/03/15 11:27am Full-time RVing
RE: Change Residency but keep Vacation Home?

One thing to note - many/most/all? - insurance companies coverage will lapse if the home is vacant for more than a time they set, often a month or so unless you have someone checking on it often. In our case we had to insure the home as a seasonal home which cost us about twice as much as the amount we pay now that we live in the house year round.
Clay L 03/03/15 11:19am Full-time RVing
RE: Metered Electric Cost

It all depends on the cost per kilowatt hour and your use of appliances like the AC or convection microwave. With no AC use we used about 300 to 350 KWh per month. It was always cheaper for to stay for a month and pay for metered electricity no matter where we were in the country. We have seen KWh rates from 11 cents per KWh to as high as 20 cents per KWh. In spite of what some think, there are states that allow RV parks to charge more for electricity than they pay. AZ is one that does. It is not a Federal matter, it is governed by state utility boards and regulations.
Clay L 03/03/15 11:03am Beginning RVing
RE: The BORG Where To Get TO247 HEATSINKS?

Reading your posts I see that you do a lot of electronic home brew projects. A few years ago I wrote an app that will figure out the heat sink value you need for a given set of parameters. Below is a screen shot of the program. If you want to download the program go to My DropBox http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Public/heat%20sink%20app_zpsjt2yucbn.jpg
Clay L 03/02/15 11:33am Tech Issues
RE: Whats the best restaurant .....

Best rib eye steak I have ever had was at Meridy's steak house in Russell Kansas right off I 70. Best meal I have had anywhere in the world was at Le Francais in Wheeling IL. They had a Mobil 5 star rating and a Beard Award. Closed in 2003 I understand.
Clay L 03/01/15 01:58pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Cooking in a convection/ microwave

All electric ovens are not convection ovens. Electric convection ovens have a blower that circulates the heat. Without the blower it is just an electric oven.
Clay L 02/27/15 12:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: emergency exit windows in motorhomes

I don't think it is a Federal law requiring one. I suspect it is an RVAA requirement though and if your rig has a RVAA tag on it (and I believe Tiffin rigs do or should) You should have an emergency exit.
Clay L 02/27/15 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Auxilliary Propane

I installed a "Stay a While" tee that is intended for that purpose. It is made by Mr Heater and is available in many RV stores and on Amazon. It also has a hose that can be connected to a propane grill with a built in regulator. See HERE Another brand - Extend a Stay by Marshall Gas Controls - was popular but they quit making it for a while. It appears to be on the market again at Amazon. A very similar one is made by Sturgi HERE One advantage of these over a home made one is some built in safety features such as check valves. They install between the RV tank and regulator.
Clay L 02/27/15 12:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What do you do with your time while full-timing

I "rest" a lot. :B YUP.
Clay L 02/26/15 11:27am Full-time RVing
RE: Day/Night shade cleaning

My wife laid them out in the shower pretty much like Tinstar did except she used Scrubbing Bubbles as the detergent. After they were rinsed I put them on a picnic table to dry - partially collapsed hoping to preserve the pleats. That worked and they looked much much better.
Clay L 02/25/15 01:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: looking to buy 2006 itasca sunrise....but....

The roof is a sandwich of 1/16 inch fiberglass, 1/8 inch luan plywood, styrofoam, 1/8 inch luan and ceiling covering material.It is all laminated together with contact cement. There are aluminum rails and studs embedded for the frame. It sounds like something hit the roof hard enough to compress the foam. If the compression isn't too severe and the aluminum rail wasn't damaged and if the fiberglass isn't broken through I don't think I would be too concerned about it. Here is across section showing the roof construction at the edge. The white area on the right is styrofoam. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Public/WinniebagoRoofCrosssection.jpg
Clay L 02/16/15 03:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood H20 Heater wont pass water

How you get to the back varies model to model. Some have an access panel, some are visible behind a cabinet door. I would call customer service with your VIN or Winnebago ID number. They may be able to tell you how to see the back of the water heater.
Clay L 02/11/15 12:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Atwood H20 Heater wont pass water

For winterizing Winnebago typically uses one diverter valve and two check valves - one on the input line and one on the output line. If yours is like that this drawing I made shows how it is set up. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Winnebagowaterheaterplumbingdiagram.png
Clay L 02/11/15 11:56am Tech Issues
RE: New to Satellite

I had that type of Winegard dish for years before I upgraded it to a Winegard Traveler. I used it with Direct TV. I always used a compass to align the azimuth ring to north (magnetic north according to DirectTV) and used the elevation and azimuth as supplied by the receiver based on the zip code where I was. After setting it up I was usually very close and only had to adjust the dish azimuth slightly to peak the signal. It usually took me 5 minutes or so, start to finish. To get HD from Direct you will need to upgrade to a Winegard Traveler or other brand.
Clay L 02/11/15 11:41am Technology Corner
RE: How Level is Level

To put it more simply, if you refrigerator is located along the side wall like mine is then: multiply your RV width across the tires in inches by 0.1045 and multiply your wheelbase in inches by 0.0523 Calculating the inches out of level allowed for the refrigerator requires that you know the wheelbase of your MH (the distance between the front and rear wheels) and the distance side to side between the center of the tires. After that, it's simple trigonometry. In my MH the refrigerator is located along the side wall on the passenger side. Front to back on the fridge is therefore side to side on the MH, so I am allowed to be off level in this direction by 6 degrees. I measured 73 inches across the tires, so multiplying 73 by the sine of 6 degrees (0.1045) gave me an allowable out of level of 7.6 inches. The fridge is allowed to be off level by 3 degrees side to side, which is front to back on the MH. My E450 chassis has a wheelbase of 158 inches, so multiplying 158 by the sine of 3 degrees (0.0523) gives me an allowable out of level of 8.3 inches. Great answer.
Clay L 02/09/15 11:19am Tech Issues
RE: Removing th ASK Toolbar?

What are you guys doing? I have never had a program that I installed install anything else. I also have never had a virus or malware.:h If you download and install a Java update there is a small check box up in the text that must be checked to prevent the ASK bar from being installed. It is not really hidden but is easily missed. There is another update ( I don't remember which one) that will install a Mcafee scanner if a box is not checked.
Clay L 02/09/15 11:13am Technology Corner
RE: RV types for full timing

In our 10 years of full timing I didn't see very many full timers in a TT. Lack of storage compared to a 5Th wheel or motor home was a problem for the TTs I have looked at.
Clay L 02/07/15 02:26pm Full-time RVing
RE: Questionable Toilet Gasket

Use a wax seal instead of a foam rubber seal. I wouldn't. The manufacturers use the foam seal because of vibration and shock in the RV environment.
Clay L 02/07/15 02:12pm Class A Motorhomes
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