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RE: Contacts and Cataracts

Yeah, that works for those under 40 (or so). But due to ageing, the eyes will continue to deteriorate and you'll be back with glasses or contacts again. Enjoy the 20/20 while you can. Ron
lanerd 06/29/16 06:44pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Sewer smell in trailer and under kitchen sink

Most don't realize that the gray tank can smell something awful also. As mentioned, you4 problem is probably the AAV and needs to be replaced. However, I have to jump in here with my usual rant on chemicals. In my, and many others, opinion....chemicals just aren't needed. If you have an odor, you have a problem with a leak, broken seal, plugged vent pipe, or in this case, a faulty AAV. Chemicals just "mask" the odor and does nothing to repair the problem. The key is water! Before traveling, rinse out the tank the best your can and then put in a couple of gallons of water and add a cup of laundry soap (I use liquid Oxy-Clean) and a capfull of liquid Calgon water softener. During the traveling the sloshing solution will wash down the inside of the tank and the water softener will coat it with a slick film that is resistant to "stuff" sticking to it. Once at your destination, drain and rinse the tank once more and add a couple of gallons of water back into the tank. Never, never leave the tank without water in it. You can do the same with the gray tank, except since they don't have a rinse system, you have to make do without it. Do the same procedure again when you head home and rinse once you are. I've had many different rv's, from pop-up to my current motor home and have always used the same procedure. My tanks do not smell in the rv and my tank level gauges work perfectly Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Ron
lanerd 06/29/16 06:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Contacts and Cataracts

I don't understand. What's the problem? I've had cataract surgery in both eyes, radial keratotomy in both eyes and still wear contacts. No big deal. Ron
lanerd 06/29/16 12:12pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Age restrictions

If they have the 10 year rule you should look somewhere else to stay! If they really don't want you there you should just keep your money in your pocket and visit a campground where they remember what camping means. One campground wanted us to send pictures of the coach, including all sides and the ROOF! Oh, heck no! We went somewhere else and so should you! Bill, with all due respect, the OP stated "rv parks"...not campgrounds. Two different things. RV parks are typically privately owned and have the right to make their own rules. As you mentioned, if you don't like their rules...don't go there. Ron
lanerd 06/29/16 11:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gray/Black sensor problems

Unfortunately, once there is a build up on the sensors and is left for a longer period of time before trying to clean it off, will be very difficult to remove. To keep the sensors working properly, regular (and often) cleaning is required from day one. Both of my motor homes were perchased new and I have never had a problem with the tank sensors in either one. However, my TT was used (if even only briefly) but was allowed to set at the bank (repossessed) for about six months and naturally, the prior owner did not clean it out prior to it being hauled off. It took me many cleanings (see my post above) to finally get the sensors to work but once they did, they worked just fine for as long as I had the trailer. Ron
lanerd 06/28/16 11:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Quick Response to Tire Blowout

Unfortunately, when calling any roadside service for help, you are at the mercy of the person you answers your request. It really doesn't matter if it is Good Sam, Coach Net, AAA...or who ever. However, I have found in the past that if I am connected to a person who is giving me ****, I will hang up and call again. I have yet to be connected to the same person again and normally, the 2nd call I will get someone who knows what to do with my problem. You lucked out and got the right person on the first call.
lanerd 06/27/16 11:06am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Horrible experience yesterday

Unfortunately, when calling any roadside service for help, you are at the mercy of the person you answers your request. It really doesn't matter if it is Good Sam, Coach Net, AAA...or who ever. However, I have found in the past that if I am connected to a person who is giving me ****, I will hang up and call again. I have yet to be connected to the same person again and normally, the 2nd call I will get someone who knows what to do with my problem. Ron
lanerd 06/27/16 11:05am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Gray/Black sensor problems

Been having issues with my gray/black sensors recently. Even after dumping it reports 1/3 full on black and 2/3 on gray. First I verified that it was draining properly - after emptying I put a bowl of dyed water down the gray, and then I drained it into the bowl and got back the same amount and it was dyed. After I empty I put Calgon/Blue Dawn in the holding tanks with 4-5 gallons of water. Yesterday I put all hot water in the gray tank with a generous amount of both before heading out on a 4 hour drive to try to let it swish around and clean the tank and sensors. Is there anything I can do to fix it? The unit is less than 3 months old. Did this help?? Personally, instead of using a dishwashing soap that makes tons of suds, I use a laundry detergent (Oxy-Clean), that seems to do a better job. Each morning, prior to travel, I use the liquid Oxy-Clean and liquid Calgon along with about 5 gals of water and I never experience odors or faulty tank gauge sensors. On non-traveling days, and when dumping the black tank, I will use the soapy water from the gray tank to help flush out everything in the black tank. If you haven't headed out yet, let us know after you have completed your initial trip. You may have to do this several times if your tanks are really dirty. Be sure to ALWAYS use LOTS of water in daily usage and when draining. Good luck Ron
lanerd 06/27/16 10:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Towable Car

The Taco can also be done with a driveshaft disconnect. As mentioned, you need to also take into consideration of the Class C's tow capacity. Usually it is limited by the hitch ration and for most Class Cs it is 5000 lbs. So you need to weigh the Lancer and also get the weight of the dolly and make sure the combined weight is less than 5000 lbs. also.... there are several different types of dollies. One of the main drawbacks is how to tie down the wheels of the car to the dolly. Many of them require you to do it from under the dolly and in unfavorable weather, this can be a real drawback. So, do your homework and research, research, research. Good luck Ron
lanerd 06/23/16 04:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: HWH 625 auto leveling system

The location of mine is also very difficult to access. I can reach around the manifold and by feel can locate the cap on the tank....just barely! If you can get your hand on top of the tank, you should be able to feel the cap. Mine is about 1 1/2 inch in dia...maybe 1 3/4. Turn about a 1/2 turn counter clockwise and it will come off. Be very careful about getting any dirt/grime in the tank or on the cap/dipstick. My HWH manual says to spray the top of the tank with WD-40 (or similar). Good luck Ron
lanerd 06/20/16 11:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best Route in California

101 is definitely the best route. I5 is really boring (except once you get to Shasta) and is usually heavily traveled with large trucks with cars doing 80 or better. From Barstow (end of I40), take Hwy 58 over to Bakersfield and go up 99 to Sacramento. A much better route (albeit longer) if you have the time, would be to take Hwy 395 off Hwy 58 and go north up Owens valley and the Eastern Sierras to Reno then I80 over to Sacramento. The Eastern Sierras are gorgeous this time of the year. Hope this helps Ron
lanerd 06/18/16 01:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Setting up sat dish

We've stayed in many RV parks where a roof mounted dish could not be used due to tree cover. Even with our portable dish we've sometimes been limited to only one or two sats though a small hole in the trees. The Dish version of the Trav'ler is a western arc only automatic dish, even further limiting the aiming options. We have found that by calling ahead to our next stop on the morning of the day we will arrive, we can always secure a spot that has a southern exposure for the sat dish. I think only once in the past few years was this not possible (due to a holiday weekend and the part was just about full). On that day, we just watched some of our recorded programs. Ron You must not have stayed in some of the parks we've been in where there's no good southern exposures on any site, just a few holes through the branches where careful positioning of a portable dish gets you one or two satellites on one arc or the other. The two photos below from our current site show where the Dish western arc and DTV birds are, followed by the hole where my dish could see the Dish eastern arc sats. What doesn't show, is the 100' of coax from our tripod mounted dish back to the motorhome. http://i.imgur.com/6iwl1IEl.jpg width=400 http://i.imgur.com/UmN724Fl.jpg width=400 When we call ahead to ask for southern exposure, they will normally tell us if they don't have any. If that's the case, we call another rv park. Now if you're camping (really camping), a portable antenna is the only way to go, but we rarely (if ever due to our size) camp in campgrounds in the forest or woods. We did that a lot in our younger years with our pop-up and TT, but then we didn't have much use for TV when camping. Ron
lanerd 06/18/16 12:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Hydraulic leveler a

Have you checked the fluid level in the reservoir?
lanerd 06/17/16 04:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Black tank deodorizers

I'm a plain water fan. Try it, maybe you won't need a deodorizer. Typically, when you do have an odor, you might have a problem with a bad seal, plugged vent, or a leak. If and when you do discover an odor, see if you can find out exactly where it is coming from. Always remember to turn off the exhaust fan when you flush the toilet. When traveling, I put a cup of liquid laundry detergent (Oxy-Clean) an a cap full of Calgon water softener in both tanks along with about 5 gallons of water. When traveling, the soapy solution will slosh around in your tank. Once at my destination, I will drain and flush with fresh water. I have been doing this for years....no odors and my tank sensors work perfectly. So, if you don't have an odor now, no need to flush $$ down the drain with deodorizers. Use plenty of fresh water (in the toilet) to flush out the tanks and clean them with the laundry soap. Hope this helps Ron
lanerd 06/17/16 04:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Setting up sat dish

What DISH "box" (receiver) do you want to use, what rv do you have, and what do you use the rv for? DISH receivers will only work with DISH antennas. Some can be modified, but probably not cost effective. If you camp in s tree type of environment, you'd probably be better off with a portable antenna. If you use rv parks, a roof mounted antenna like the Wineguard Trav'ler would work best for you. Hope this helps Ron We've stayed in many RV parks where a roof mounted dish could not be used due to tree cover. Even with our portable dish we've sometimes been limited to only one or two sats though a small hole in the trees. The Dish version of the Trav'ler is a western arc only automatic dish, even further limiting the aiming options. We have found that by calling ahead to our next stop on the morning of the day we will arrive, we can always secure a spot that has a southern exposure for the sat dish. I think only once in the past few years was this not possible (due to a holiday weekend and the part was just about full). On that day, we just watched some of our recorded programs. Ron
lanerd 06/17/16 04:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Dome or Dish Receiver

Crank up dish? Boy...that's really old school. Your best bet by far would be to install a Winegard Trav'ler automatic dish antenna. Domes are limited to SD if you have Direct but will get HD with DISH. Domes are also much more susceptible to moisture on the outside of the dome...rain/show will shut it down and I've even heard that heavy dew can also. Domes typically will only lock on to one satellite at a time and if you switch channels that is transmitted on another satellite, there will be a small hesitation in the signal. With the Trav'ler, one push of a button and the dish will raise from it's stored position, find all and lock on to the required satellites and no hesitation between channels. You should already have a crank up OTA batwing antenna and they work just fine once you get it pointed in the right direction and are not too far away from the transmitting tv station. You will also have connections outside for cable or external (portable) dish antenna. We use DISH at home and just remove the receiver from there and install into the mh. If we travel outside of the "local" tv area, I contact DISH (via their website) and change my service address. Hope this helps Ron
lanerd 06/17/16 10:21am Technology Corner
RE: Setting up sat dish

What DISH "box" (receiver) do you want to use, what rv do you have, and what do you use the rv for? DISH receivers will only work with DISH antennas. Some can be modified, but probably not cost effective. If you camp in s tree type of environment, you'd probably be better off with a portable antenna. If you use rv parks, a roof mounted antenna like the Wineguard Trav'ler would work best for you. Hope this helps Ron
lanerd 06/15/16 11:28am Technology Corner
RE: Source Engneering Ultra Fan

I've heard of fans on some CAT engines that were so out of balance that after a few thousand miles the fan shaft would shear off in half. I had a C7, but never had a problem with the fan other than having a serpentine belt break in half for no apparent reason. Ron
lanerd 06/14/16 04:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Source Engneering Ultra Fan

Good job. BTW, what was wrong with the old fan....just noisy? Ron
lanerd 06/14/16 01:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water tank issue

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lanerd 06/14/16 01:33pm Beginning RVing
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