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RE: Uhaul tow dolly

I used a rental tow dolly some years ago when moving. It wasn't Uhaul, but some other outfit. It didn't have brakes, and it worked just fine. I think the rental ones are built more solidly than ones you buy for personal use because they get so much action.
Popsie 07/04/15 02:16pm Dinghy Towing
RE: DirecTV Software Download

I've had DirecTV send a technician to us when we were on the road in an RV Park. I've heard that since ATT is buying (has bought ?) DirecTV, DirecTV is modifying their customer support to fit the ATT model (we've had ATT in the past - never again), so they are unlikely to give you onsite support away from your home of record. In many areas, you can find an independent shop that sells systems like music in stores and elevators, etc. and also shops that sell free to air satellite TV systems, etc. as well as DirecTV setups. Many of these places will have technicians that can come out and help you for a fee, but with no hassle about being in an RV park. Also, to get multiple satellites, you need something other than the 18" round dish setup.
Popsie 06/23/15 03:21pm Technology Corner
lightning damage question

I know from past experience that homeowner's insurance covers damage from lightning strikes. Does RV insurance do the same?
Popsie 06/21/15 09:22pm Tech Issues
RE: How many class A owners have or want to down size their RV

When we retired, we bought a 40 ft. Class A DP. The number one factor was storage capacity - we needed to carry everything we might need, including the stuff to support our hobbies through all seasons. Secondly, we wanted to be able to carry family members with us on trips, especially educational excursions for our grandkids. We stopped full timing a few years ago because we needed a fixed base to support some medical issues. Even though we are not full timers now, we just returned from seven months on the road, primarily to visit family from coast to coast, and we usually spend more time in the RV than in our little townhouse. For our lifestyle, sizing down would have a negative impact. Of course, YMMV :) Also, considering our income, replacing the RV from time to time would not work out.
Popsie 06/13/15 02:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for a good cell phone booster

We just returned from a six month trip throughout the southwestern US. Without exception, in areas where our cellphone coverage was poor to nonexistent, by reading RV park reviews, we were able to find RV parks with decent to really good wifi service. It did seem to me that more expensive RV parks had better wifi, but that isn't a scientific result - just an impression.
Popsie 06/08/15 04:44am Technology Corner
RE: Damage from tire blow-outs

Left front blowout at around 55, class A DP. Damage = two cut wires, and knocked off mud flap. Nothing serious.
Popsie 06/06/15 05:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: My 2014 Honda CR-V ..

Since you Honda uses indirect tire pressure monitoring, you can replace the rubber valve stems with metal valve stems. If you had direct tire pressure monitoring, you would already have metal valve stems. Honda 2014 CR-V uses indirect tire pressure monitoring.
Popsie 06/04/15 06:53am Dinghy Towing
RE: Signal Booster location??

Our RV is about 15 years old, and I never turn off the power to the antenna amplifier. As far as I can tell, it still works, and the little red light is on every time I open the cupboard that has all the TV related stuff in it.
Popsie 05/31/15 04:15pm Tech Issues
RE: locked in, again!

The inside of our door has a panel mounted with screws. If you undo the screws and remove the panel, you have complete access to the door open/closure mechanism and the two locks (which are also mounted in the door with more screws). It can all be taken apart in a few minutes - especially with a phillips bit in a power drill. I may be screwy, but I have two tool boxes and a drill in the bedroom closet, and four tool boxes in the storage compartments. If all else fails, I have a box of hand grenades under the bed :B
Popsie 05/31/15 04:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Illegal GPS mounting

DW has the GPS on her armrest, and keeps me updated as we travel. I don't ever have to take my focus off the road to check the GPS. However, I regularly check my mirrors, all the instruments on the dash, and the rear view camera video (also on the dash) which does take my focus off the road and traffic ahead for moments. IMHO the mirrors require taking my attention away from the road ahead more than anything else, including how much the GPS would if it were on the dashboard.
Popsie 05/24/15 08:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Uneven tire wear

That sure sounds like an alignment problem.
Popsie 05/14/15 01:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bump or indent

I've got several new tires with the "indent". Seems to be pretty common IME.Then it's a feature :)
Popsie 05/14/15 09:44am Tech Issues
RE: Bump or indent

You might put the picture and the explanation and the inspectors statement on a piece of paper, and get a notarized signature from him (or her), along with the name of the tire store, all the letters and numbers on the tire, etc. If the inspector is unwilling to sign, then contact the manufacturer and tell them you need a replacement tire because the inspector won't vouch for it. Added: You might inspect their inventory and see how common this uneven sidewall is.
Popsie 05/14/15 08:35am Tech Issues
RE: Beware the Danger Zone!

Hooking up our toad safely: First, I configure the tow bar to approximately the right location to connect to the toad baseplate - spread out to the right width + half way between all the way compressed and all the way extended. Second, I drive the toad up to be close to tow bar arms and closer to the RV than the final spacing. Third, I get out of the car and look, and if necessary I jockey the car around to be about where I want it (lined up with the tow bar arms, and closer than they will be when the arms extend and lock). Fourth, I connect the ends of the shortened tow bars to the base plate. Fifth, I back up the toad to latch the tow bars at their extended lengths. Sixth, if I can't quite get it right, I have DW get in the car and make some slow short movements - forward or back plus left to right - until both tow bars latch. Even if she gunned it, she couldn't squash me because I'm standing to the side, and the collapsed tow bar arms will stop the car before it can get all the way to the RV.
Popsie 05/13/15 03:41pm Dinghy Towing
RE: MH crashes into home in Florida I75

Brakes don't work during a blowout on a Class A. In fact it makes it worse! Here's an excerpt from the FMCA website: The man said he had completed the course at FMCA’s convention in Perry, Ga., in March. Soon after, he experienced a tire blowout on his coach. He slammed on the brakes, and his coach was about to flip. “Suddenly he remembered what we had discussed during the course in Perry and recalled what to do. What that grateful FMCA member did was follow the advice given in the RVAA RV Safe Driving Course: In case of a blowout or rapid loss of air on either axle, stab the accelerator to the floor to regain momentum in the intended direction of travel before gently removing your foot from the accelerator. Do not apply the brakes. I've had RV left front and sedan right rear blowouts. In both cases I was on a curve in the road, and the blowouts did not alter the direction of travel (left front tire on right hand curve in RV, right rear tire on right hand turn in sedan), nor did they change my momentum. I kept steering to follow the road, and immediately used the brakes to slow down and get off onto the side of the road. What is the factor that would make you change direction when you have a blowout? The only thing I can think of is a poorly designed suspension and steering system, or yanking on the steering wheel in a panic attack. Also, I was going 55mph in the RV, and around 100 mph in the sedan (on a German Autobahn). The immediate affect of the blowouts was noise, not any affect on the steering or direction of travel. Those of you have who have experienced blowouts, what happened to you as a driver? Oh yeah, I also had a blowout in a Corvair, and it was unsafe at any speed.
Popsie 05/13/15 08:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Directv -- install problem and fix

I'm sure some switches will work fine. I just posted for information purposes. If the receiver can't find the satellite, try bypassing the switch. Our local CW service department was talking about running new coax. Popsie, I'd like to keep the switch in play so we can just pop the antenna up when we don't want to mess with the dish. You wouldn't happen to know the manufacturer of your Antenna / Cable switch would you? Thx . . .I bought it on Amazon a few years ago. It looks like the A/B push button switch from Cables to Go that's on Amazon now.
Popsie 05/13/15 07:00am Tech Issues
RE: Directv -- install problem and fix

Can't be any splitters or switches in the line. Direct run only. I don't know if we are talking about the same stuff, but my TV is on now and DW is watching a DirecTV channel. The setup is, DTV SL3 antenna on a tripod, cable to a SWM power inserter, from the inserter to a one to two splitter (one output connected to the DTV box in the bedroom), and the other cable goes to the front where it goes through a splitter before connecting to the DTV box. The front splitter allows choosing between the tripod SL3 antenna (for HD) and an old roof mounted antenna (SD only) when I don't feel like putting out the SL3 antenna (weather usually drives that decision).
Popsie 05/11/15 01:52pm Tech Issues
RE: What's the cheapest way to get 15gb of data per month?

If you use a laptop or an iPad, and are willing to drive around away from the RV park, consider http://www.wififreespot.com. If you are anywhere near civilization, you should be able to find all the access you need.
Popsie 05/10/15 09:15am Technology Corner
RE: directv occasional use

I've heard that AT&T has made a deal to buy DirecTV, and that to get in line with AT&T, DirecTV is adapting their customer support to be more Company oriented and less customer oriented.
Popsie 05/04/15 05:22am Technology Corner
RE: Insurance

I had them decades ago for car insurance and had a problem, but that probably is irrelevant now. However, they use misleading advertising for car insurance which would make me stay away.
Popsie 04/20/15 07:10am Class A Motorhomes
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