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2 stage furnace in Cody, Wy. update

This post is for those that were involved with a thread some months ago that included some info on two-stage Atwood furnace. I was intrigued, so contaced Atwood and they in turn put me onto a major distribution house and between one peron and another, I got all the needed information and parts numbers, right up to the knowledge that this required a specially designed Digital Thermostat that was sold as a 'kit' for this furnace. I made contact with an RV shop in Cody, Wyoming and all the parts were ordered with install today, Sept 19th, in Cody. Got it installed...fit right into the same hole and wiring harness was adjusted but it wouldn't fire up. Turns out the RV guy had not ordered the thermostat. Had never heard of the need to order it separately, although he and I had talked about it. I keep notes. Tried for an hour to locate one with an afternoons delivery to Cody and nothing. I had to tell him sorry....take the new one out. Doesn't do me any good of I can get heat. I had paid an up-front 50% so that was reimbursed and I drove away. Too bad. I really thought that this was going to a good thing. I will say too..if you are ever needing an RV repair and you are in or around Cody...Marty at Park County is sure a stand-up guy to deal with. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/19/14 02:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: hmmm...Info for CDN's heading into the US

I wonder what it is about this story that brings the nasty knee jerk reactions? No one talks like this if the story is about Mexico or other countries, but when it is home....out come the ugly comments. The fact is..it IS happening in some places in the US. There is no doubt as to the veracity of that info. You may not like it, or be proud of it, but being mean spirited just ignites a whole other conversation. And...just to be uuhhmmm....whatever...I am currently enjoying myself on a ranch in Montana and will soon be in Wyoming. I am not suggesting that coming to the US was a bad idea, I was simply offering up the info. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/11/14 05:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: hmmm...Info for CDN's heading into the US

I'm the O.P. and I didn't say I was reporting a theory, I was simply copy/pasting a news story from the CBC, along with the actual link to it. And, from what people have posted as a result, it is obvious that is does happen. There are many trustworthy reported stories of this in the US. Don't yell at someone that posts the info, yell at an department that allows such things. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/11/14 12:42pm General RVing Issues
hmmm...Info for CDN's heading into the US

I find this to be huge concern. We don't carry a bunch of cash, but still..cameras and so on, could lead an officer to see the value in those items. And of course...I don't really know if I have what it takes to refuse a 'request to search' without a warrant. I do at home, but when away...? I just don't know. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/american-shakedown-police-won-t-charge-you-but-they-ll-grab-your-money-1.2760736 On its official website, the Canadian government informs its citizens that “there is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the United States.” Nonetheless, it adds, banking in the U.S. can be difficult for non-residents, so Canadians shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash. That last bit is excellent advice, but for an entirely different reason than the one Ottawa cites. There’s a shakedown going on in the U.S., and the perps are in uniform. Across America, law enforcement officers — from federal agents to state troopers right down to sheriffs in one-street backwaters — are operating a vast, co-ordinated scheme to grab as much of the public’s cash as they can; “hand over fist,” to use the words of one police trainer. Roadside seizure It usually starts on the road somewhere. An officer pulls you over for some minor infraction — changing lanes without proper signalling, following the car ahead too closely, straddling lanes. The offence is irrelevant. Then the police officer wants to chat, asking questions about where you’re going, or where you came from, and why. He’ll peer into your car, then perhaps ask permission to search it, citing the need for vigilance against terrorist weaponry or drugs. What he’s really looking for, though, is money. 'Authorities claim it’s legal, but some prosecutors and judges have called it what it is: abuse. In any case, it’s a nasty American reality.' And if you were foolish (or intimidated) enough to have consented to the search, and you’re carrying any significant amount of cash, you are now likely to lose it. The officer will probably produce a waiver, saying that if you just sign over the money then the whole matter will just disappear, and you’ll be able to go on your way. Refuse to sign it, and he may take the cash anyway, proclaiming it the probable proceeds of drugs or some other crime. Either way, you almost certainly won’t be charged with anything; the objective is to take your money, not burden the system. You’ll have the right to seek its return in court, but of course that will mean big lawyer’s fees, and legally documenting exactly where the money came from. You will need to prove you are not a drug dealer or a terrorist. It might take a year or two. And several trips back to the jurisdiction where you were pulled over. Sorry. In places like Tijuana, police don’t make any pretense about this sort of thing. Here in the U.S., though, it’s dressed up in terms like “interdiction and forfeiture,” or “the equitable sharing program.” Authorities claim it’s legal, but some prosecutors and judges have called it what it is: abuse. In any case, it’s a nasty American reality. Powers and justifications Seizing suspected drug money has been legal here for decades, but after 9/11 police acquired a whole new set of powers and justifications. And they set about using them for profit. 'The Washington Post this week reported that in the past 13 years, there have been 61,998 cash seizures on roadways and elsewhere without use of search warrants. The total haul: $2.5 billion.' The Washington Post this week reported that in the past 13 years, there have been 61,998 cash seizures on roadways and elsewhere without use of search warrants. The total haul: $2.5 billion, divided pretty much equally between the U.S. government and state and local authorities (hence the Kafkaesque “equitable sharing” euphemism). Half of the seizures, according to the Post, were below $8,800. Only a sixth of those who had money taken from them pursued its return. Some, no doubt, were indeed drug dealers or money launderers and just walked away from the money. Others just couldn’t spare the expense and time of going to court. Of those who did, though, nearly half got their money back, a statistic that fairly screams about the legitimacy of the seizures. So does another fact: In many cases, authorities offer half the money back – money they’d claimed was proceeds of crime. And when they do issue a cheque, they almost always insist their victim sign a legal release promising never to sue. It would also appear police like to target minorities, who tend to be cooperative and less likely to hire a lawyer. Civil rights advocates have documented all sorts of outright legal theft: The (minority) businessman from Georgia who was relieved of $75,000 he’d raised from relatives to buy a restaurant in Louisiana. The (minority) church leaders who were carrying nearly $30,000 from their Baltimore parishioners to carry out church activities in North Carolina and El Salvador. The young college grad with no criminal record on his way to a job interview out West who was relieved of $2,500 lent to him by his dad for the trip. News outlets here have reported many such abuses over the years. But the Washington Post’s latest investigation exposes money-grabbing as big business. It involves a nationwide network of enforcement agencies (except in the few states that have banned it) that operates with the help of a vast private intelligence service called “Black Asphalt” (police forces pay an enrolment fee of $19.95). The network uses consultants and trainers who either charge fees or operate on contingency, keeping a percentage of cash seized by their police pupils. Police forces use the money to finance their departmental budgets, sometimes spending it on luxury vehicles, first-class tickets to conferences, and lavish quarters. They regard the money as rightfully theirs. One prosecutor used seized cash to defend herself against a lawsuit brought by people whose cash she seized. It’s just human nature, really. Give police the legal ability to take someone’s money, and to claim it’s in the national interest, and then tell them they can keep a nice chunk of it, and what other result could there be? Travel advice So, for any law-abiding Canadian thinking about an American road trip, here’s some non-official advice: Avoid long chats if you’re pulled over. Answer questions politely and concisely, then persistently ask if you are free to go. Don’t leave litter on the vehicle floor, especially energy drink cans. Don’t use air or breath fresheners; they could be interpreted as an attempt to mask the smell of drugs. Don’t be too talkative. Don’t be too quiet. Try not to wear expensive designer clothes. Don’t have tinted windows. And for heaven’s sake, don’t consent to a search if you are carrying a big roll of legitimate cash. As the Canadian government notes, there is no law against carrying it here or any legal limit on how much you can carry. But if you’re on an American roadway with a full wallet, in the eyes of thousands of cash-hungry cops you’re a rolling ATM.
garyhaupt 09/11/14 09:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Let it snow, let it snow!

Sitting in St Mary's, Mt right now...Tuesday morning and it has been trying to snow all night. The NOAA website suggests the next couple 3 days will have a winter type storm all over this area. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/09/14 09:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Triton V-10 Maintenance

I had to go in a double check..and yup..I posted this and it got scrubbed. ??? Just a thought, if you are a Canadian reader...If you have the V10, consider buying one or two coils from a US source. Coils will cost you about $80.00 each in Canada. You can find them for 30 in the US, even less if you are into gambling. Having just had the costly experience..I am buying a couple in the next couple of weeks while in the US, just to have on hand, should there be another failure. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/04/14 09:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: post being removed

You must remember there is freedom of the press but only if you're the press. And as far as freedom of writing what you want to really say; well you can forget that around here. This isn't the press and if it were, you 'could' say what you want if A) you owned it or B)you bought and paid for the space...neither of which applies here. You want to say that you want? Start your own Forum on whatever topic you like, then have it'r. In the meantime, you are on a free ride, so no smoking in the RV. Gary haupt
garyhaupt 09/04/14 07:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford V-10 or Chevy V-8

Just a thought, if you are a Canadian reader...If you have the V10, consider buying one or two coils from a US source. Coils will cost you about $80.00 each in Canada. You can find them for 30 in the US, even less if you are into gambling. Having just had the costly experience..I am buying a couple in the next couple of weeks while in the US, just to have on hand, should there be another failure. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/04/14 07:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Alaska or Not?

As far as packin across the border, that's been beat to death, but I can tell you there are people who do it every day. Weigh the risk vs the perceived need. If you do, hide it well! Oh God, yes...bring it into Canada and hide it really really well. Makes my day, reading about another idiot that figured to fool the CBP folks. Then they cry and cry..."I forgot"...funny tho..no one ever says the clowns on RV.Net told me I should just 'hide it'. Maybe, if I am patient and live long enough, I'll read that, too. And if reading what I typed makes your blood boil...why? People smuggling stuff into the US is okay, right? Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/03/14 11:54am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: charging us for air

Hi, I think they would charge us for air we breath if they could figure out how to do it. http://freecampsites.net/all-access-to-public-lands-will-require-a-fee/There should definitely be a substantial usage fee for "public" lands for people who are not citizens, and hence taxpayers, of the country that owns, manages and maintains those public lands. If I was to go to Canada, I would expect to pay to use Crown Land. Foreign visitors should have to pay to access US Forest Service, BLM, National Park and other lands paid for by the US taxpayer. That would be fair. And we do...we pay taxes on everything we buy while in the US. Fuel, food, liquor, camping sites, golfing, etc. No, we don't pay income tax but the states we are in are collecting lots of CDN bucks. As do visitors to Canada, of course. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/02/14 08:07am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Manufactures & Subsidiaries.

One could always just buy and then tear out the interior and build what they want. No, I couldn't do that, but I have seen and read about enough folks that do do this. So..if you had the skills, you could design and build your interior to suit your desires. Just seems to me to be a good choice. Again...not for me...I cannot draw/saw/nail or screw in a straight line. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 08/31/14 08:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Fall trippin is good trippin

I should've posted a pic of the truck...if you see this going by, honk or throw something. http://i40.tinypic.com/vorjmc.jpg]http://i40.tinypic.com/vorjmc.jpg Be into Waterton on Friday the 5th and down to St Mary's on the 7th and then it's Montana and Wyoming. Keeping my eyes open for a Testy Festy, too. Want to try the Rocky Mountain Oysters and am hoping that the Cody party has them. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 08/30/14 08:01am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Fiberglass body, aluminium repair

Check out boat repair shops. Anything fiberglass can be repaired. x2..fibreglassing is not always 'easy'..but..if you have a yard, you can get the materials and produce your own panel, or as suggested, contact a boat yard. No shortage in SD, or take it across into Mexico. on edit: I had entirely forgotten that my first C had a hole in the front cap when I bought it. Covered up by a decal, and had it repaired by a fiberglass guy right in the RV yard. Yes, on the dealers dime. Anyway...couldn't see it after the repair was effected. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 08/28/14 06:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Changing degrees c to degrees f

Most likely you can get a sticker that goes on right over the face of your existing gauge. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 08/28/14 10:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Davis CA Stealth Camping

Just kidding. I found a nice quiet spot close to the University Airport, which is right next to a part of the UCDavis campus. I slept so well I slept right through the 6.0 earthquake at Napa, about 40 miles away. At the conference, I heard others talking about having been awakened by the quake, but I never noticed anything. Again,thanks all for your suggestions, I really appreciated them and found my spot with your help. Good goin. And as for sharing the spot location..you'll not see many on here telling the rest of us where their secret spot is, but they sure want you to tell them yours. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 08/26/14 01:30pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Fall trippin is good trippin

DFresh..thanks for that info. I am going to forward that along to our pals..he is doing the planning. fanrgs..thanks too. We'll be in Glacier the 7th..Waterton the 5/6, so have the To-The-Sun open still. Cody for the 18th tho..Festival and new 2 stage furnace install. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 08/24/14 07:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska or Not?

If we keep the conversation about the gun part cordial and linked to RV'ing, the thread will likely remain open. I am betting that the Moderator is a busy guy deleting comments that are not contributing to longevity. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 08/24/14 10:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Fall trippin is good trippin

Just starting off on a 6 - 8 week wander. We spent the last 6 months wrestling with home renos. Now that that's done we are off. Going to meet up with another RV.Net member in two weeks and spend 3 weeks in Montana and Wyoming. My Red Headed She Devil is flying into Calgary first week of September, and we'll do Waterton, Glacier and then on to horse country. We are hoping for Yellowstone too, but man, camping is sparse after Labour Day..that or grounds are full. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 08/24/14 09:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska or Not?

This is fresh off the press this morning of someone trying to bring a couple of hand guns across the line and he didn't make it. There isn't much as he just made a court appearance the other day, time will tell what happens to him Gun smuggling Soup. And not just someone...but a Judge. Albeit a judge that quit after getting caught shop-lifting, but still..a judge. An X judge. Probably rode a loud Harley too, nasty old man, Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 08/23/14 08:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

only seen 1 roll call sign and they were not friendly, How sucky, to have that happen. geeez..... Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 08/23/14 08:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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