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RE: Need to know if I have ant options

In my opinion: You are not likely to get any help from insurance unless the leak in the roof was caused by branch falling off a tree. Unless your mobile guy took before and after pictures, you aren't likely to have a strong legal case. You have a chance that the place that installed the antenna will stand behind their work and make the necessary repairs. Since the roof structure is soft, that shows that water has been doing damage. It is possible that the damp roof structure will support mold - which could lead to health problems.
Popsie 03/30/14 06:36am General RVing Issues
RE: California DMV

The manufacturer's Certificate of Origin establishes the model year for a motor vehicle and may not coincide with the year that the chassis was built which is coded into the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). If you get a copy of the Certificate of Origin, the DMV just might retitle your RV. How to obtain certificate of origin.
Popsie 03/27/14 08:44am General RVing Issues
RE: slow moving vehicle sticker

Sounds great to me. OTOH maybe you should have a toke and chill out a bit. :) And FWIW comparing speeding and smoking a bit of rope is like comparing apples and oranges. Speeding is useful since you can/will spend less time on the highway trying to get where you want to go, whereas smoking a bit of pot is just recreational and hurts no one. I will give you one thing: Slow drivers meeting fast drivers can be a problem.Quote: A study of over 3,000 fatally injured drivers in Australia showed that when THC was present in the blood of the driver, he or she was much more likely to be at fault for the accident. Additionally, the higher the THC concentration, the more likely the driver was to be culpable. I found a number of similar studies, this short quote summarized a lot of boring info. Visit a Narcotics Anonymous meeting and you can learn much more.
Popsie 03/20/14 10:46am General RVing Issues
RE: TOAD or Dolly as a single RVer

It looks to me like there is a lot of info about towing 4-down, but not about towing with a dolly. I've hooked up my car on a dolly in the past when using a rental truck and dolly by myself. Basically, you hook the dolly up first then drive onto it carefully, then secure the car. When you are by yourself, you have to get in and out of the car making sure everything lines up, and making very small movements to get everything right. This Penske page has a video about loading a car onto a dolly with two people. But you can see how to do it alone. Also, most places you would be loading your car onto the dolly, you will probably find someone willing to help guide you.
Popsie 03/19/14 05:05pm Dinghy Towing
RE: slow moving vehicle sticker

Instead of driving slowly on a limited access/high speed road, try driving on the back roads. You'll probably find that you will enjoy your travel more with lower stress. you're obviously not obsessed with getting to your destination as soon as possible like some RVers are.
Popsie 03/19/14 02:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: When to unhook

The problem with backing up a car behind anything is the tendency of the front wheels to caster, or turn to the limit on one side or the other. If the front steering is locked straight, an experienced person should be able to back one. What actually happens is that the wheels turn hard to one side, and you can severly damage either the steering or the tow bar and brackets, or both. Most people have backed one up for a short distance, especially if taking it very slow, and generally in a straight line. So the correct answer is anytime you want to back up! If we are going to a campground, one of us will go in and register or whatever, and the other will disconnect the toad. Its not a big thing, usually less than a minute with our Blue Ox towbar and brackets. Generally the rule is if the toad is hooked up, you don't have reverse.In the old days, front suspension reaction to backing up could be simply determined by the positive or negative caster angle. Some cars now have front suspensions like the McPherson strut. In these cars, the steering axis inclination and the offset between center of the tire and the intersection of the steering axis and the ground coupled with the camber can be designed so that the front tires attempt to remain straight whether you are going forward or backward (when the front wheel turns to either direction the turning action tends to lift the front end, and the weight of the front end pushing down {gravity at work} tends to straighten the wheels). Also, with some of these newer front suspensions, the caster is set negative (some BMWs come to mind). So, with some cars, the front wheels tend to try and stay straight when backing up instead of trying to swing to max left or right when backing up. Depending on your cars front suspension characteristics, you may find it relatively easy to back up, including backing through turns. On other cars, you may experience the sharp turn to one side described above. I suspect that this is why some people can back up with the toad attached with little difficulty (including making turns), and other people experience severe problems. It's not the skill of the driver as much as it is the design of the Toad front suspension! AKA one size doesn't fit all. YMMV :B
Popsie 03/16/14 10:26pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep Liberty

Sorry about the Liberty subject line. I was reading about the different vehicles that can be towed 4 wheels down and the Liberty snuck in. I was wondering about the Patriot and the manual transmission. I called the dealership and they told me that the manual as well as the automatic can't be towed 4 wheels. I was inquiring about a 2014 model. I have a dolly but would prefer to tow 4 down and the Patriot seemed to be a decent choice. We live in Colorado and 4 wheel drive is nice for winter and off road travel. thanksIf it's not towable with all wheels down, it probably can't be towed on a dolly unless it's front wheel drive - which won't help so much in the winter.
Popsie 03/09/14 05:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: Ah, people should have just minded their business.

About 10 years ago, I had a dispute with Country Coach. The people I talked to (repeatedly) were polite, but they wouldn't even discuss making things right. The next thing I knew, they went out of business - which explained why the wouldn't/couldn't do anything for me. Maybe your experience indicates that Crossroads is in the process of going out of business.
Popsie 03/04/14 05:20am General RVing Issues
RE: How worried should we be?

The last time we were in Ontario, the newspapers were full of drug gang shootings in and around Toronto. We headed back to Detroit where we could feel safe as visitors.
Popsie 02/28/14 08:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: FireFox update?

The Internet Bad Boys seldom rest. New ways to attack your computer, steal your passwords, empty your bank accounts, etc. etc. keep popping up. Firefox, along with Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, etc. etc. keep cranking out fixes to protect you from the latest attacks. When you don't keep up to date, it's like leaving an open door to your computer for the bad guys to get into it. So, even if you think it's a pain, all the experts tell us to keep up with the updates or sooner or later something bad will happen to our computers.
Popsie 02/28/14 11:20am Technology Corner
RE: My sister bought a camper

Back in the 70's, we had a VW van. We removed the middle seat and built a platform level with the back seat. We slept on top of that shelf+back seat cushion with an air mattress and a two-person sleeping bag. We made big drawers that slid under the platform to carry stuff. We had some great times in our jury-rigged camper :C Like this one only green: http://i59.tinypic.com/1z3qykk.jpg
Popsie 02/17/14 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Cinch pins or locks?

When we had a Chevy Malibu as a toad we used an unchipped key for towing and knew that no one could start the car and drive off. So we used hitch pins without locks. With our new CR-V we need to used a chipped key in order to comply with the directions for towing, so now we use locks.We have an unchipped key (half the price of a chipped key - really the same key, but they don't program the car for it). We use the chipped key to go through the drill to ready the transmission, then turn off engine, put it in park, pull the chipped key, insert the unchipped key and turn it to the towing position - then lock the doors with the chipped key. I think you might be asking for trouble with the CRV by turning the key off and putting the transmission in Park to change the key. When you put the blank key back in and move the shift lever from PARK to Neutral, you have to go by REVERSE to get back to Neutral. According to the CRV's owner manual you should only go to neutral from DRIVE and never shift from reverse to NEUTRAL. Now weather if it matters when the engine is not running when you do this, I don't know, but myself as a CRV owner, I am not willing to take that chance. Take a look in you owners manual index under "towing behind a MH" and go to that page and read it your self. Now back to the locks question, I use a set of locks, 3, all keyed alike so you only need one key for all locks, keep one on each key ring. Here is what I use LOCKSI asked my dealer about your concern, and since the motor is off when the key is changed out, nothing happens in the transmission. I've been doing this for 3 years, which included about 13 months of RVing with no problem.
Popsie 02/15/14 07:45am Dinghy Towing
RE: Cinch pins or locks?

When we had a Chevy Malibu as a toad we used an unchipped key for towing and knew that no one could start the car and drive off. So we used hitch pins without locks. With our new CR-V we need to used a chipped key in order to comply with the directions for towing, so now we use locks.We have an unchipped key (half the price of a chipped key - really the same key, but they don't program the car for it). We use the chipped key to go through the drill to ready the transmission, then turn off engine, put it in park, pull the chipped key, insert the unchipped key and turn it to the towing position - then lock the doors with the chipped key.
Popsie 02/14/14 06:14pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Google and privacy

We've switched over to duckduckgo - here is what they have to say http://donttrack.us.Don't believe everything they tell you. You should duckduckgo duckduckgo vs. google to get some more opinions. I am not convinced ddg is any better than any others. If they are based in the USA, they are subject to NSA and other gov demands for data.I'm not particularly worried about the US government. I know they regularly screw things up, but I'm also of the opinion that most of the people that work for the US government do have the best interests of our country at heart. (I'm not sanguine about the motivation of politicians at all levels though.) I do feel that we are much more likely to be personally affected by the misuse of private information by companies like the banks, retailers, etc.
Popsie 02/10/14 08:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Google and privacy

We've switched over to duckduckgo - here is what they have to say http://donttrack.us.
Popsie 02/10/14 10:58am Technology Corner
RE: Replacing Tires

Consider Firestone's FS560 in that size. I have 0ver 8,000 miles on mine; they look and ride great.Ditto the experience with the Firestones, plus they are Made in USA!
Popsie 02/07/14 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stuck on I20 EB 14 hours, still sitting.

I know people always get mad in the south when it snows and blame the hwy dept and each other for not dealing with it properly. We don't get mad. Our kids love it...no school. We love it (to an extent)...no work. After 24-48 hours...enough already. We couldn't put up with it every year and feel sorry for the folks that have to. We gotta complain about something. Might as well be the weather. Cat Lady On edit: I can no longer get TWC so don't know what they were forecasting. Sorry to hear about AL but our good ole boys here in South Louisiana nailed it. Sun's trying to come out now but it still won't start warming up until tomorrow.If you have a smart phone or a computer, go to www.weather.com to get TWC.
Popsie 01/29/14 02:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome will not move

Perhaps much of the $1,400 was for the call out and the towing? Perhaps your insurance will cover part of that charge?
Popsie 01/10/14 10:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Semi retirement guilt You opinion

How many times have you heard of someone on their deathbed, surrounded by their family, and saying "My one regret is that I retired instead of working for the last years of my life."
Popsie 01/07/14 03:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: confusion gas vs diesel prices

Someone above made reference to a statement that diesel would never be higher than gas. It reminds me that several years ago, I predicted that natural gas (for residential heat) was going to go up faster than electricity, so people should opt for a heat pump when feasible rather than gas heat. Then we elected a guy who doesn't like coal five years ago, which has tended to push up electric rates thanks to the EPA's tightening emission rules, and the 'fracking' revolution has led to a huge drop in gas prices. A few years ago, who among us had heard of fracking? It keeps one humble. (BTW, a heat pump still runs cheaper than gas heat at reasonable outside temps, say down to 40 degrees. If anyone cares, I'd recommend a hybrid system today: gas heat below about 40, heat pump above. All the major HVAC companies have hybrid/dual fuel systems available.)Well, when I went to work as a field mechanic in an oil field 50 years ago, we were fracking all over the place. We pumped water down the wells, used explosives to fracture the structures deep underground, started fires in the petroleum zones to liquify and drive the oil towards wells, added chemicals to the bottom of the wells, etc. etc. Also, our wells were under residential subdivisions and we angled our wells in under the housing areas. Amazingly, the residents never had any problems resulting from our well fracking. Go Figure!
Popsie 01/04/14 01:49pm General RVing Issues
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