Just guessing, this class A's traveling days are over....
Might be a pretty luxurious or at least comfy hunting camp, tho'...
Jim, "When the chips are down, the buffalo's empty."
In Windows 8, if you have a bunch of tiles setup as "live" then they will constantly be updating themselves so it makes sense that the box would use more data. If data usage is a concern, turn off all of the "live" tiles. You can do that by right-clicking on the tile and selecting "Turn live tile off".
Much thanks! All the stuff I'd found so far via Googling had been focused on the 'PC Settings'. I figured the tile updates jwere part of the issue, but hadn't gotten around to chasing that down yet. I can already tell that data usage has slowed down. I may actually enjoy Win 8 now, and it may help when I finally upgrade to a 'smart phone' later this year.
Jim, "What you have experienced is not a problem. It is an undocumented feature. Thank you for contacting Microsoft."
gfrank, I think I've seen aftermarket hose adapters from aftermarket cooler manufacturers. They're basically a thick plate that goes on where the filter would normally go. The hoses come out one side, and the filter screws on the bottom.
You might have some luck trying a search for 'engine oil coolers'.
Jim, "Make three consecutive correct guesses, and you've established a reputation as an expert."
If you use Mifi or some other form of metered data access, be wary of machines with Windows 8. Even after jumping all the hoops changing PC settings, this new Gateway seems to be much more of a data-hog than my old XP machine ever was.
Other than that, Best Buy has a variety of nice Win 8 laptops for around $300-$350. This one is the NE56R48u. 15.6" screen, 320 GB drive. Not a touchscreen.
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Dometic, hands down. Decided to replace the door gasket on my 7.5 year old 2354, a reefer shared with many class B's from that era.
Not listed in the parts manual. Looked on line, didn't find it. Called Dometic. A very helpful young lady kept me on hold while she researched it. Came back with this sad tale: A) it was only available as part of the complete door assembly, and B) the door assembly was no longer available. She did have a number for the company that originally made the gasket, but when I called it, no answer.
Emailed customer service. They suggested that I buy a different gasket (too long, but right thickness) and modify it. Only $142 + tax + $25 shipping..... Sorry, Bub... I won't _need_ a reefer when Hades freezes over!
Jim, in total disgust...
New River state parks in both NC & VA. Civil War battlefields in many states. USS North Carolina, BB-55. Mariner's Museum, Newport News, VA. Patriots Point & the Hunley in Charleston. Mt Mitchell, NC. Pilot Mtn & Hanging Rock SP's, NC. Biltmore House, Asheville, NC. Caesars Head SP, SC. Peachtree Rock Historic Preserve, near Columbia, SC.
Jim, "If you get an unlisted social security number, do you have to pay taxes?"
On the older generation of Microlites, both 2500 & 2800, the resonator was an Onan-approved part, far as I know. If yours is the newer generation with trouble codes, and you're worried, call Onan customer service.
Jim, "If you're swimming in a creek, and an eel bites your cheek, that's a moray."
Yep. Do a search limited to the class B forum. Search term would be 'Onan resonator' in title or posts. IIRC, Rodger has (had?) the part number on his 'My Roadtrek' website. It used to list for about $60, and could be ordered from either Onan dealers or Cummins service shops (tho' you may need to prod the Cummins people harder and provide the part no.).
Don't expect miracles, but it will be a little quieter, with a lower, less irritating tone. I've installed them on my last two Onan 2800's.
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
I know we have a few amateur astronomers in the group, and probably at least as many who'd like to look thru a telescope. In case any of you are in the area of the GSMNP at the end of May, our club will be co-hosting an evening stargaze at Purchase Knob in partnership with the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center, part of the national park. We may even have an 18" Dob there for you to look thru.
Go to http://www.astroasheville.org/ and scroll down to May 31st to read about the event. Note that while it's a free event, reservations are required. I would strongly suggest that you not try to come up the mountain in an RV any larger than my 19' Tiger. It's a moderately steep and narrow gravel road, and parking is limited.
Jim, "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."
Mower, sorry about Bailey. It's hard losing a pet & friend. Hope you grieving parents are coping all right.
I've been fighting a sinus infection all week, so haven't got a lot to report. Got too tired late last week, wasn't sleeping well, it's pollen season, and it just jumped all over me. Spent two days huddled in bed alternating between freezing and sweating, then had no energy. Finally dragged myself to the doc, and came home with a Z-pak (antibiotics). Feeling a bit better today.
Have been going 'round & 'round on the phone with Dometic about my 7 1/2 year-old RM 2354's door gasket. They say A) you had to buy the whole door, and B) the door is no longer available. Not sure how this is gonna turn out, but right now I think it's gonna be 'tough' for me, and a big black eye for Dometic.
(on edit, got a reply from Dometic, $142+tx and $25 shipping for the gasket, _and_ I'll have to cut it to fit. I think they may have a great business model... back your customer into a corner, and hold him for ransom!)
Jim, "When marriage is outlawed, only outlaws will have inlaws."
Requires a certain amount of faith in the integrity of your hydraulic system's seals and hoses, but not a big trick for a skilled operator. Similar videos have been on the 'net for years. Still fun to watch!
I rented a same-sized Cat TLB (416? 417?) for a week back in the 90's, and had an utter blast learning how to make it do its thing. Still haven't a clue how I got the boom fully extended straight up in the air the first day..... ;) Finally set the RPM lower while learning, quit over-controlling it, and it all came together for me. Moved a lot of dirt and some pretty big boulders, improving a mountain-side home site that week. Made for a great vacation!
Jim, "Good health is merely the slowest rate at which one can die."
How about telling us _what_ coach, on which specific chassis, and what length? More specifics like brand / model of tires, air pressures in them, and with/without toad may get better answers, too. Otherwise we're kind of shooting in the dark.
Jim, "Yeah, I'm lost. But darn, I'm making good time!"
Be prepared to regret not taking a thorough test drive before committing, new or used. I neglected that rule... but only once. It ain't gonna drive any better just because you signed a piece of paper.
Jim, "Some folks are like Slinkies... not good for anything, but you still can't help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs."
Weigh the finished fully-loaded product and research to see if you can go to a lower load range tire. I'm assuming you know that you probably don't need the sidewall maximum air pressure; post back if this raises questions.
Check all rubber / plastic suspension bushings, replace as needed.
Find a company that runs the same chassis as box trucks and see if you can get a ride-along for comparison. At least talk to some other drivers of similar.
You may be expecting too much of a truck chassis.
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Wow! Two Xplorer class C's in little more than a week! What are the odds? See this thread for what (little) is known here:
If it's any help or comfort, RV owner's manuals are usually pretty generic or even useless. If you can find a good general book on RV'ing, it may teach you about as much.
Jim, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Chances are if you've not home by then, you're in trouble."
Half a day to a day wandering downtown looking at all the preserved Art Deco architecture, people-watching, eating, and window shopping; be sure to see Grove Arcade. At least a day on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Check to see if it's open north (currently closed for repairs; http://maps.nps.gov/blri/road-closures/). If so, go to Mt Mitchell if it's a clear day. Those two are pretty much must-do's. I'd do a day north and a day south & west, but don't know your interests.
Other things to do close-in: NC Arboretum (very close to Lake Powhatan); commercial rafting on the French broad River; Gray Lines 'trolley' (open bus) tour of downtown; art & gem/mineral museums downtown. Plenty more in tourist
guides available around town.
Jim, "Smile: To expose part of one's skeleton as a gesture of good-will to one's fellow human being."
Rosie, I'm still looking, sometimes almost desperately ;), for that 'boredom' that my friends warned me I'd suffer from when I took early retirement. It just ain't there, as far as I can tell.
We've got a freeze warning for areas above 3500' for tonight or tomorrow night (didn't hear which). Supposed to be windy & rainy today, and I've heard a few gusts already.
Water heater on the Tiger is acting up. It's the old-fashioned manual-light type. While I can light the pilot light, the main burner won't come on. But I know from my AZ trip that if I leave the pilot lit overnight it'll warm the water enough for a shower, so no big deal.
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
I'm still around... just being kept on the go by various commitments and springtime chores. Spent a chilly night at the mtntop observatory Friday. Clear skies, good crowd (30-40), but cool (low 40's) and very windy. I had a line at my old 8" SCT for nearly an hour just to look at the Orion Nebula.
Hauler, dunno what your level of experience is in astronomy. But if you're a novice, try to get to one of our stargazes if you're serious about buying a telescope. You'll get to look thru a bunch of different scopes on different mounts and talk to the owners.
Jim, "Neighbors... the strangers next door."
De-winterized in prep for a week at the OBX soon. Unloaded almost all the winter clothes, the garden sprayer I use for a winter shower, and most of the astronomy stuff (the 5" SCT lives in the Tiger with its tripod and eyepieces). Did leave the little Buddy heater & three LP bottles 'just in case'. Waxed the gray streaks off the sides, and washed the winter's mud off the tires (no point in doing the whole thing, it's going to rain tomorrow). New wiper blades. Screened the cat litter. Will vacuum today, and test the water heater.
Jim, "Struggling hair farmer."