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RE: Cable tv at campgrounds

I would think it's very rare for a park to provide their own cable to connect to your RV since I would bet that the cable would disappear quite frequently.
dieharder 07/13/16 11:23am Beginning RVing
RE: Water tank.... overflow

First, when your toilet tank is getting pretty full, you will start noticing the stink inside, since it's past the vent pipe to the roof. You don't want that smell seeping in for long. Also, at that point, the toilet will start to "burp". That is, when you flush, a bubble will come up and burst. Since the level inside is past the vent pipe, the air inside the tank has to come out when you flush and put more "stuff" in. Drain immediately if that's the case since there probably isn't much more room in there for more than a couple of more trips to the bathroom. Second is your grey tank. Some are built differently, but if your grey tank is an isolated tank with no overflow protection to the black (toilet) tank, when it gets full, the water will start to accumulate at the bottom of your tub, since it's lower than your sinks. That will be time to drain. If there is some kind of overflow protection (yes, it does exist, as disgusting as it sounds) to your black and you fill it up (essentially BOTH will be filled), that water at the bottom of your tub could and will be a mix of both grey and black tank water. UGH. Overfilling your water tank isn't much of an issue. Should be overflow protection, but even if not, no damage will occur since it'll be like overfilling your gas tank - it'll spit out at you.
dieharder 07/13/16 11:16am Beginning RVing
RE: Clogged Black Tank

I have a large wet/dry vacuum. If I had a clogged black water tank, most likely I'd try hooking it up and opening the tank valve. Once I sucked out what ever was clogging, I'd shut the valve and disconnect the vacuum, empty, clean and put it away. Once you've sucked out whatever is clogging, the rest of what's in the tank would flow out in the rush you regularly hear in your hose before you get to close the valve. Unfortunately, I've had to be there and do that.
dieharder 06/15/16 11:48am General RVing Issues
RE: How do you know if your water heater is full?

The easiest, but messiest, way to check if your water tank is full is to head outside where the tank is and give a quick shot on the release valve. Water should squirt out at you. If your sole purpose is to make sure there is water there so you don't burn out your element, that's all you need to do. Even if you're somehow in bypass mode with your tank full, your tank won't empty when you turn the taps on because water will come straight through the lines instead of from the tank. If, after a while, you're still not getting hot water, you know you're still in bypass mode, make the change and presto - hot water.
dieharder 06/14/16 09:57am Beginning RVing
RE: Weird question re: emergency procedures while driving

Both my wife and daughter have absolutely no desire to get behind the wheel. I have had them behind the wheel of my car a couple of times, but as far as getting their license, they have no interest. I'm just showing them what they need to do if I were to have a medical emergency behind the wheel. The main thing for them is to get control of the motorhome steering and, at least, get it in neutral quickly first. With it in neutral, cruise gets disengaged and they can, even in a panic, try to hit the brake, but won't get themselves in further trouble if they slam the gas by mistake. It's not as easy as moving me over and out of the way since I'll be strapped in, they should have hands on the wheel, I'm in the neighbourhood of 270lbs and they don't weigh much more than a popcorn fart. Just get control of the steering, get it on the shoulder and slowed to a stop, even if it's only neutral getting it done.
dieharder 06/10/16 07:10am General RVing Issues
Weird question re: emergency procedures while driving

Out of my entire family, I am the only one that drives. DW and, for now, DD do not have driver's licenses, nor do they have any desire to obtain. DW finds it strange that, every once in a while, I want to go through what they would need to do in the event that, heaven forbid, 'something' happens to me while we're rolling down the highway (take control of the wheel, shifter into neutral, etc.). Does (or would) anyone else do this if they're in the same scenario? To me, it seems like, if I don't go through this with them, they would have no idea what to do if something unfortunate happens since they have never driven.
dieharder 06/09/16 10:01am General RVing Issues
RE: It's back....and I'm stumped

When the fan is on, or if you're driving down the road with the roof vent open, you're creating a low pressure zone in your bathroom. It could be pulling air up from the tank through a leaky seal between the toilet and the tank and have nothing to do with the flush/flapper seal at all. If you have your fantastic fan or the bathroom fan on and you flush the toilet it will draw odor up thru the open vslve in the toilet bowl, leaky seal or not. There's nothing you can do about that but shut off the fans when you flush. And really, closing the toilet lid under those circumstances isn't a bad idea. Putting a Tee or the venturi type that swivels will definitely help will going down the road or anytime its windy. But if I have my fantastic fan on in the bedroom and the bedroom window open and the toilet is flushed it will draw the odor in thru the window. Considering that the OP indicated when driving or the fan is on, I think it's fair to assume that he's not talking about 'when flushing'. If he's getting odor just when the fan is on, then it's probably pulling the smell up through a leaky seal, and not just the one in the bowl itself, as I indicated.
dieharder 06/07/16 11:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Couldnt get cable tv to work

Did you do a channel scan while on cable? It just said no signal, so I did not. Ya, that might just mean no signal for that particular channel. Do a scan first and see if that changes anything. Then, before you go changing where the cable is plugged, go through the input menu on your TV to make sure it's set to a signal from a different input.
dieharder 06/07/16 10:44am Beginning RVing
RE: It's back....and I'm stumped

When the fan is on, or if you're driving down the road with the roof vent open, you're creating a low pressure zone in your bathroom. It could be pulling air up from the tank through a leaky seal between the toilet and the tank and have nothing to do with the flush/flapper seal at all.
dieharder 06/07/16 10:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Jolly Roger CG Marathon Fl

The only pictures I have were before they made improvements. They didn't even have a pool in there when we went. We definitely hope to be back at some point in the near future.
dieharder 05/09/16 11:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: North Carolina

What kind of seasonal rate do you get from MBTP? Looking at their weekly rates don't make me feel like they would be less expensive than a comparable (amenities-wise but not beach-side) park in Florida.
dieharder 05/02/16 01:17pm Snowbirds
RE: Seeking recommendations - Ontario

There is also a small town further north called Athens that I believe has all the amenities you describe, just no idea on camping right in that town. It is driving distance from the KOA in Mallorytown since we did a little drive tour while camping there once.
dieharder 05/02/16 01:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Seeking recommendations - Ontario

The KOA in Mallorytown is walking distance to grocery and the type of watering hole you describe. LCBO in the grocery store. Just can't comment on veterinary and medical services since I only spent a few weekends there. Not far from the Gananoque casino, if you're into that kind of thing. It is right off the 401, but you can't hear a lick of it.
dieharder 05/02/16 01:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking To Get Roadside Coverage

Coach Net for me.
dieharder 05/02/16 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: stopping for a single night - rest area or rv park?

For me, it depends on the situation. If I'm on a long trip, I usually plan only 1 stop. Going to Myrtle Beach, I know I can plan a stop at a campground at somewhere past the half way mark and I can make it there next day. To Florida, however, I do my longest haul possible on the first day and stop wherever is convenient, be it a Cracker Barrel or Wally World. However, there are places I avoid. Walmart in Walterboro, SC for example. Stopped for a Friday night, about a half dozen other RVs in the lot. Local yahoos decided at around 2-3am to race around the parking lot in their ATVs revving the engines to the rev limiter.
dieharder 04/01/16 10:35am Beginning RVing
RE: Canadians filling at the pump in USA

From what I understand, this trick works best on the east side of the Mississippi. On the West side, it's touch and go whether it'll work or not. No idea why, that's just what I read years ago here on this site. I, for one, have had no problems up and down the East coast for years using this.
dieharder 03/24/16 11:57am Snowbirds
RE: Health Insurance & Cellphone coverage for trip to Canada

You can get a sim card from Petro Canada for their phone plan. However, I have no experience with their service. I am also not sure how many Petro Can's you'll see out East. From what I've seen, the maritimes are predominately Irving gas stations. PC mobile from President's Choice (I believe that would be Atlantic Superstore out east) have relatively cheap phones and plans, just don't know how cost effective they are considering that you only need it for 3 weeks. It uses the Bell network so you'll have more than just a local coverage area.
dieharder 03/24/16 11:27am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Good Sam vs Allstate Motor Club RV roadside assistance

Does Coach.net cover your everyday cars and spouse also or just TV + rv? Covers you, your spouse and personal cars. My wife has used Coach net when her clutch blew. Personal cars meaning not only those you own, but even one you borrow. Essentially, anything you, your spouse or dependents 24 and under could be driving. That's at the premier ($159/year) level. Anything lower and this "All Inclusive Coverage" is not included, so I believe then it will be only you and your RV.
dieharder 03/24/16 11:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping I-81 South of Binghamton NY

Haven't been there in quite a while, but I know the Petro in Dupont, PA (exit 178B) used to have electric overnight spots for a few $. 570-654-5111
dieharder 03/21/16 01:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: KOA WEST NEW ORLEANS

Regardless of whether you like it or not, there are some out there who use this to make determinations on where to stay. Same thing with wifi. Some people don't care if there is no sewer hookup on your site as long as a honey wagon comes along often enough, some like to have the sewer there to empty the tanks as needed. What's not a big deal to you might be to someone else. Good to have this posted to advise.
dieharder 03/18/16 10:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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