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RE: Antenna and Amplifiers for Weak WiFi Signals

The problem with the rvs is that your sitting in a metal can which blocks the signal. I use a Hawking's Smart Repeater which receives the signal and repeats it wireless through out the rig. Connected to that is a Hawking's amplifier and a 9db dipole on the roof. I bolted the dipole to the Maxx Air shroud and used a marine antenna cam to raise and lower it. The dipole is great as you do not have to aim it. This weekend we are going where the signal is very weak and I bought an MFJ Yagi a directional antenna with 15db gain, that I will have to aim. Ill let you know how that is. Keep in mind that this will only work as good as the signal you can grab and how many others are between you and the signal.
Crabbypatty 08/27/15 04:48am Technology Corner
RE: Advice on storing in a backyard.

I made a spot next to my garage and the bed is round drainage gravel. I also ran a dedicated 30 amp and installed a 6 foot gate so you really do not notice the TT. I turn the refrig off but its plugged in all the time which keeps the batts healthy. I do have a charge wizard module pluggeg into my inverter that takes great care of the batts.
Crabbypatty 08/27/15 04:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Running entire TT off batteries

I purchased my inverters from donrowe.com. This is what they do and wouldn't buy a cheap inverter especially when running some watts. I now have a 2000 watts Xantrax Pro Sine Inverter. The Pro Sine is needed for todays sensitive electronics, other wise you can damage their circuits. So go cheap on inverters then start replacing lap tops, tvs, disc players etc. Soon you will realize that the more expensive inverters are actually reasonably priced.
Crabbypatty 08/26/15 04:40am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Question on storing a LED TV

I live in NY and my tvs stay in the rig all winter. The only time that would ever be an issue is when its freezing cold and you powered it up. It could crack. However that wouldn't happen as I would rather sit on my couch in front of the wood stove than in a snowmobile suit in the camper to watch tv. I would be more concerned over theft.
Crabbypatty 08/26/15 04:26am Technology Corner
RE: Where to mount MPPT controller?

I am mounting my MS 45 PWM in the storage bay behind the batts. Its the only option I have other than to put it in another batt box on top the batt boxes on the tongue. Others do the same so I feel good about the location. Just put 448 watts upstairs and might expand it another 224 watts. The thought of no genny while dry camping is very appealing.
Crabbypatty 08/26/15 04:23am Tech Issues
RE: Fort Wilderness Campground

We camped there once. I took a premium waterfront site in the non pet loop but cant remember the number. We tried the bus system once but it was excruciatingly long to get anywhere. After that it was the ferry to the Magic Kingdom or we got off at the Contemporary and jumped on the monorail. In the CG is a western themed restaurant and they have a show the hoop de do review. Nice pool but it wasn't very refreshing as we went in July and everything is just hot. As everything Disney is expensive we did drive out of the CG and nearby are convenience stores. We needed to replenish our drinking water supply. I would go back there again.
Crabbypatty 08/25/15 04:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: installing solar panels without drilling holes

I will be installing solar soon on my epdm rubber roof. I am not concerned about leaks. Already I have installed a ladder and utilize Dicor Lap Sealant. Works perfectly. I will be doing the same. I am going to attached the mounts to the panels first and apply sealant to the bottom of mount then place the panel on the roof. Now fasten with a screw gun through the hole oozing in sealant. After apply more sealant over the top. This way sealant is under the bracket and also follows the screw into the hole. The Dicor self levels and makes for a nice neat waterproof install.
Crabbypatty 08/20/15 04:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Xantrex Prosine 2.0

I am just wondering if you did not experience a power surge while on shore power. Did you have surge protection when that occurred?
Crabbypatty 08/20/15 04:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dodge Ram 2500 VS Chevy 2500 Gaser Short beds

Great Info All! And thank you! I'll see what develops on the lots as the new models are coming so maybe there will be a great deal on a leftover .
Crabbypatty 08/19/15 11:48am Towing
RE: KOA ridiculous charge

We recently went to visit our daughter to go to a show. I told the DW lets continue on to a nearby state as we don't have that magnet!!!I called up the cg that we like, not that we have a lot of choice with the location and they did not have overflow. I wasn't about to unhitch and leave my TT in Wally world and expect it to be there when I got back. So I gladly paid for a water and electric site. It was safe and secure when we returned and I didn't worry or think about it one bit. $40 is cheap insurance for piece of mind. Think of the **** you would go through if it were stolen! If you dont want to pay the money dont bring the rig next time.
Crabbypatty 08/19/15 04:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: is it risky buying a travel trailer that is 8 years old

No its not provided that you check it out yourself as well. The dealer will probably only give you 30 days and who needs the back n forth hassle. We just bought a 2008 Sunnybrook Sunset Creek a year ago. So it was 6 years old. We looked for quite awhile and settled on this make and model. Finding one hundreds of miles away, I placed a credit card deposit subject to my inspection on the phone and went up the following week. They said that they would have it prepped and ready so we could leave with it. Couldn't have been further from he truth. It was filthy. So the salesman had the cleaning crew come back in while I had the technician turn everything on. First he said that he couldn't put water in it and I said then I cant buy it unless we check all the systems. He said they did so I said then it shouldn't be a problem turning it all on again. The picture we looked to buy had a spare but there wasn't one on the trailer so I mentioned that they weren't happy, but then new spare was placed on it. the invoice had a new battery and battery box on it. I told them I didn't want that as I was going to buy two 6 volts for up front. We went round and round with that for a bit and finally the manager came out and said it would cos more to take it off, so its your for free. A good 4-5 hours later. We were satisfied, hitched up and drove off. We went to a cg as it was two far to make it home and wouldn't you know it, toilet leaked. I called the salesman and he had a new toilet shipped tour house. In this instance the sales man at Kingston CW made all the difference in the sale. You cant trust that the dealer will have it all together unless you check it out. If you don't know what to do, bring someone who does. Dont sign the papers or pay until your completely satisfied. If they resist then that's the first sign of trouble go somewhere else.
Crabbypatty 08/19/15 04:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Dodge Ram 2500 VS Chevy 2500 Gaser Short beds

It seems that votes are for Ram with a 6.4 and 4.10 gears. Not unless I can find a left over CTD at a gasser price. Then the DW wouldnt have a choice. ! ;)
Crabbypatty 08/18/15 04:40am Towing
RE: 2004 4x4 3 / 4 Ton 8.1 Suburban

We have a 2001 4x4 Burb with the 8.1 and 205,000 miles still going strong. Pulling a 30ft Sunnybrook Sunset Creek. Max 10,000lbs, though the burb is rated and designed for 12,000. Had it since 2004 and its still going strong. We use the 4x4 to pull the TT over the dunes for outerbeach camping. Air down to 15 lbs all around and it just walks over the sand. I think that might just answer your question.....
Crabbypatty 08/18/15 04:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dodge Ram 2500 VS Chevy 2500 Gaser Short beds

This so far is great info. Thanks. Now I know to look 6.4 hemi and 4:10 gears
Crabbypatty 08/17/15 08:19am Towing
RE: Dodge Ram 2500 VS Chevy 2500 Gaser Short beds

We will be looking for a 2012-2014. I never buy new as you lose 20% once you leave the dealership. 2 yrs young or so add the extended warranty seem to work for us and we save a a lot of cash.
Crabbypatty 08/17/15 06:36am Towing
RE: Trojan T105 Replacement

I have and had a pair of T-125's on each TT. When I sold my TT last year they were 10 years old and going strong. Actually no difference as they acted the same way. So it was a no brainer to place two on our new to us TT. The key is never to go under 50% discharge and to add a charge wizard to the house charger convertor, keep water topped up. We are going to add solar in the next week and see how they do and may add two more. At the moment when dry camping, I charge them up with our Honda generator. We dry camp about 50% of our days of camping per year.
Crabbypatty 08/17/15 04:47am Fifth-Wheels
Dodge Ram 2500 VS Chevy 2500 Gaser Short beds

We need a new TV soon and have been using a 2500 series Suburban with an 8.1l. Its a beast of a truck. We bought two Jeeps and have lifetime warranties on them and the Ram trucks have that option as well. Wife likes the Dodge I like the Chevy and would like to do diesel but we only tow 30+/- days out of 365, so its not cost effective. Has anyone had any experience towing with either truck. Keep in mind we would be getting the short bed 4x4. The long beds are like trying to park a bus and wifey would not be happy about that. Presently we are pulling a Sunnybrook Sunset Creek with a max weight of 10,000. I think we are around 8500 as presently configured. Any issues with either truck? Thanks!
Crabbypatty 08/17/15 04:42am Towing
RE: Motorhome on beach

The beaches in CC are soft sand and unless you are 4x4 your not getting on it. The end of CC are see rvers set up in a parking lot with the beach on the other side of the dunes. That is what I would do. Never saw a camper on the beach there and you also need permits. I camp on the outerbeach with my 30TT pulled by my 3/4 ton Suburban, where I live and have been doing it for years. I watch the weekend warriors who think they can muscle through and sink all the time. There is one chap who has a short Winnebago and he drives up the burma road which is fairly packed and camps on the hill without much trouble. The beaches in other parts of the country from what I understand can be fairly hard making driving easy. Still they charge $400 to tow out a stuck truck, you could probably double that for a MoHo.
Crabbypatty 08/16/15 04:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best Camping - Bar Harbor - Acadia Nat'l Park Area

We stayed at Bar Harbor KOA Oceanside CG. Got a fhu oceanfront site. It was wonderful. They have a guy who cooks fresh lobster dinners right in the CG. The Island has a bus service called Mountain Explorer. All you need to do is walk up to the cg office and wait, they drive around and can drop you off anywhere on the Island for free. On the Road just before you hit the causeway to the Island is Trents Lobster Pound. I have never had a sweeter 2.5 pound lobster anywhere since. Enjoy some for us! Happy Trails!!
Crabbypatty 08/15/15 05:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer sway

How did you load your TT for this trip? Did you put alot of stuff aft of the TT wheels or hanging on a rack off the bumper? That would do it. I have the Reese dual cam hitch with the same bars for 12 years now. I still use 6 links of chain on them. They havent worn out. Examine them and maybe you cracked one or the hitch is defective in some way. Otherwise I think its your load.
Crabbypatty 08/14/15 05:00am Travel Trailers
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