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RE: New GPS App for IPHONE and Android

Co Pilot is good as it gives you routes to fit your rv under. You have to watch those underpasses on country roads. I just used the free AAA ap and its easy to use, but will not warn you about low bridges. Still have to pay attention to the signs!
Crabbypatty 10/30/14 04:33am Tech Issues
RE: Do you let your TV warm up before towing?

When Im ready to hitch up I start it, hitch up, walk around check, is usually enough. Runs around 5 minutes. Its better for the engine to acclimate and get the oil all around before you put a load on it. Alos there is low speed idle time leaving the cg.
Crabbypatty 10/30/14 04:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dish Tailgater - I don't like!

I use the tripod and a dish I got off of ebay. I wish I had an automatic one and am considering the x2. Why. It can sometimes take a frustrating amount of time to get connected. I will still keep the tripod as, in one cg, I had to run 100' of cable to see through a hole in the trees.
Crabbypatty 10/28/14 04:34am Technology Corner
RE: Cold Weather and LCD/LED televisions

LED=Light Emitting Diodes. They are the same but much smaller on tvs as LED lights on outside the vehicles. So an LED TV can stay out. The LCD is Liquid Crystal Display and it could be a problem. That I would bring in and store in the basement. MY LED tvs were out in the TT all last winter with no issues. The only issue I had was wifey not paying attention and broke it last weekend putting the slide in. So now I get to buy a bigger one:)
Crabbypatty 10/23/14 04:46am Technology Corner
RE: CB Radio - needed?

TMcarthur "I since removed the CB after listing to some Trucker curse and yell at me because I did not launch myself off the highway so he could continue at 80+ MPH. I figure if I can't hear them, they can't ruin my day" Yes they have called me a "Mohron" however who is the Mohron? Im going on vacation and he was just miserable cuz he was working. I keep it low as they can be filthy, but when traffic starts to check up I listen in.
Crabbypatty 10/23/14 04:38am Full-time RVing
RE: CB Radio - needed?

Depends on what traffic is like on your routes. Here in the Northeast going southbound, then back northbound on I95 can be challenging. I have put it in park, turned the key off and played frisbee with my daughter when an accident closed the interstate down for miles and there was no where for any of us to go. I now use a CB for that route and its mostly quiet on 19 until something is up. The truckers start talking about problems and workarounds. It has saved us many what could be miserable hours sitting in jams. So I cant speak to the rest of the country or even westbound, but I have been up and down I95 for 11 years and its part of my setup when I go that way. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 10/23/14 04:34am Full-time RVing
RE: Hitch for 3/4 ton TV and 37-ft TT

I have the reese dual cam sway 1200/12,000 lb hitch now for 11 years. Towing with a 3/4 ton Suburban 8.1L I put a class 4 hitch on back of Burb. First TT was 7,000Lb gvw. Never a issue in all kinds of weather and emergency stops. I just upgraded TT to a 30' Aluminum frame Sunny Brook. Its a heavier TT 10,000 gvw. Same hitch no issues. It has been said that the Hensely is the best but I have never had an issue with sway with the Reese or how it distributes weight to the Suburban.
Crabbypatty 10/22/14 04:34am Towing
RE: Propane furnace battery usage

As stated if this is your route, increase your batts to have more than 400ah. I have 240 in two slow to drain golf cart batts. You can go down to 50-60% batt by morning.So only 120ah is available. Never go below 50% your just killing the life of your batts. Also as recommended leave heat lower. Its a dry heat and if to hot, besides draining your batts, will leave you with a nice headache in the am. We just camped this past weekend and needed it both nights. I set it around 50.
Crabbypatty 10/21/14 04:32am Beginning RVing
Last bacon and eggs of the season

Sitting here in a cg in Mass. Overcast leaves turning color, the smell of bacon and coffee will have to last us for the winter. Smells great and somehow it smells better than at home. Shortly it will be wheels up, for the tow home. A great last trip of the year. Over the winter we will tweek the TT for the anticipated spring launch. But why rush it. THe bacon smells great.
Crabbypatty 10/19/14 07:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How Much solar to Add??

Wintersun, Thats helpful. We rarely utilize the lights and I have been researching LED but they aren't cheap. Still I will eventually replace them. It was on my mind about the batt's being full and generating to much power for no purpose so I don't want to over size and pay out alot that I dont have to. I'm not concerned about clouds or shade as we always toat a genny and we will be downsizing to the lighter 2000's. I have begun researching 300 watt kits that are also easily expandable. So if its not enough I will add a panel. I do fortunately have a lot of real estate on this roof. Thanks for the input!
Crabbypatty 10/17/14 05:02am Tech Issues
RE: Travel during the Fall on the East Coast

The leaves are almost down in Maine but the leaves are just starting to turn in lower NY. We are heading to Boston Minuteman CG mid Massachusetts, this weekend where they should be in full color. If it were me I would be up in Bar Harbor Me end of Sept early Oct looking to color turn time as well as linking up fall festivals. I beleive end of Sept ME has a lobster fest. and start working south and west from there. A little coast time then west into the mountains down Pennsylvania way. That will be a fun future trip. Happy Trails!
Crabbypatty 10/16/14 05:00am Roads and Routes
RE: How Much solar to Add??

I appreciate the mostly constructive answers. Others shouldnt even post. We dry camp at the most 7 days at the moment, however that might change. We do not use the lights much the main draw in the summer is the water pump for dishes and showers. We do not use the bath houses.. In the spring and fall the heater blower would come on. Those are the main draws. From what I gather the more the merrier and certainly if it was just a weekend I would consider less. I believe that i will be increasing the battery bank, undecided if Ill add two more T-125's or sell them and get a pair of L16's upfront. Space and adding hitch weight are something to think about. I will start with around 500 watts or so with two panels, leaving space for more to add of we need it. We want to downsize our generator as the Honda 3000 is 135lbs and humping that up and out is getting to be a bit much. I want to sell it and get a pair of 2000's. One would be plenty to run on cloudy shady days to bump the batts up. A 2000 only weighs just under 50 lbs. Once I find a good sale and install I will post for others to learn fro as well. While there were alot of posts. I wanted to hear from real time issues. Happy Trails!!
Crabbypatty 10/16/14 04:42am Tech Issues
RE: Improve campground WiFi signal

Hawkings Smart Repeater plus Hawkings wifi dipole on the roof. I stream netflix providing that the cg has a good provider. Wife is FB addict. Its only as good as the signal your getting it from. Last week the cg signal was no good but I connected to a condo a mile away. Worked great.
Crabbypatty 10/15/14 04:28am Technology Corner
How Much solar to Add??

We dry camp as much as wet camp. I have tow Trojan T-125's up front providng a good long draw for 240ah. I am looking to keep these charged up. 300-400-500 Watts? Waterpump and heater are the two largest draws. Possibly might add two more T- 125's as well. Trials, tribulations and suppliers? Thanks
Crabbypatty 10/15/14 04:26am Tech Issues
RE: Bar Harbor RV Park in Aberdeen MD

My sister has a few times and love it. We will go some day so we can see Baltimore.
Crabbypatty 10/14/14 04:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New York State Thruway - overnight

Why bother? Locate a cg near where you need to layover and go there. Safer and more comfortable.
Crabbypatty 10/10/14 04:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Smoker----Professional Brisket Results???

I have owned a Weber Charcoal Smoker and just made my first brisket an it was awesome. My brisket can rival any bbq joint that Ive had. All true bbq is made with either wood or charcaol and that's part of the flavor profile. You can use wood chips with gas or electric but its missing something. Your great brisket is right here http://www.hayneedle.com/outdoor/smoker-grills_weber_list_169229_13430?source=msadcenter&kwid=weber%20smokey%20mountain%20cooker&tid=exact&redirect=false Have Santa put it under the tree! My 5lb brisket was cooked perfectly in 3hrs. I dry rubbed over night then placed on the smoker. I never basted it but used a varaint of Eastern Carolina sauce. Good luck!
Crabbypatty 10/08/14 04:57am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Selling an RV

I sold mine through Craigslist this past spring. I required that they reply with an email address and local telephone number. That separated the wheat from the chaff.
Crabbypatty 10/06/14 04:26am General RVing Issues
RE: done for the year :(

Garywt I feel your pain especially since we picked up a new rig. Maybe Columbus Day in Montauk then the weekend after that up by you. Then it's winterization......
Crabbypatty 09/30/14 03:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: slingbox anybody?

I have it and you need a strong wifi signal or internet connection. This is becoming harder as it seems everyone gets on the net about the same time so it depends on the CG wifi service. I also watch netflix while camping.
Crabbypatty 09/30/14 04:37am Technology Corner
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