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RE: water supply

It varies. The water company likely doesn't know the difference, but the hookups for a RV and a mobile home are not at all the same. Ask the management of the mobile home park. Water is probably the least of your problems, sewage and electrical hookups can be quite different RV vs mobile home, and the power company can be a stickler for following code. Banged heads with those when they were rewiring entrance service to a 70 year old house I owned, ended up putting in a new breaker box and bypassing all the old boxes. It is not like just plugging in a cord.
tatest 09/24/16 02:41am Tech Issues
RE: Reformat old computer hard drive

In the XP era, I would boot from the Windows install CD. Back then, almost every computer came with one, as well as a CD package of necessary drivers. The XP install program can choose any internal hard drive to partition, write a boot block, and install the OS. I set up a two-drive XP system with the XP OS on each drive, one for Flight Simulator, the other for any other use. With XP, starting over tended to be easier than fixing. However, you may no longer be able to get all the updates and service packs. I don't know, moved on to Win 7 about 10 years ago.
tatest 09/24/16 02:32am Technology Corner
RE: Flat Towing Honda Element

Element has the same drive train as contemporary CR-V models, and is just as towable, following the CR-V instructions. Because the Element was targeted to a lower price point, price of car did not cover the additional warranty cost of covering damage from recreational towing. As you noted, earlier Elements included towing instructions. There were not changes in drivetrain, but as Honda built experience with warranty service costs associated with flat towing, they restricted it to the CR-V which could sell at a high enough price and volume to cover the additional warranty service costs. Similar issues with Accords, Odysseys, Pilots, Civics, which Honda said were flat towable until warranty service started eating their lunch. Approval of recreational towing is often more an economic/business decision than a technical issue. There was a time when almost all Toyota models were treated as flat towable until Toyota figured out what this was costing them, vs the small market for flat tow capability. If it is beyond warranty period and mileage, you are towing at your own risk, regardless of what the manufacturer said.
tatest 09/24/16 02:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: Why can't I get what I want with manual transmission

Ford Focus ST is manual transmission only, all the bells and whistles. At a price. But wait. Since you are asking here, you probably want to tow it. Ford does not rate the ST as towable. This likely has more to do with suspension, wheel alignment and tire wear, and ground clearance, than it has to do with the transmission.
tatest 09/24/16 02:01am Dinghy Towing
RE: A novice's question about towing a car behind a Class C

You've put yourself in the position of needing a towed vehicle in the 3000 pounds or under range, and your present vehicle inventory doesn't really make the grade. In the U.S., with all the mandatory safety equipment, under 3000 is the sub-compact size category. I've found towed vehicle happiness with a base model Honda Fit (2012, manual transmission) which is about a half ton lighter than the Ford Ranger I used to tow (also manual transmission, and my limit is 5000 pounds) but not as comfortable to drive on long trips (although the Fit is a blast around town, under 50 mph, it is really buzzy at 70-80 mph). But really, a towed vehicle is a compromise between what can be towed, and what meets your transportation needs, towing and not towing. If you really think you need to tow a vehicle behind a Fuse (all of my 30,000 miles of travels in a much larger Winnebago have been without towing) then you need to find a towable vehicle much smaller than the Escape. Options under 3000 pounds are limited, unless you are willing to drive manual transmission, with opens up choices for a lot of front wheel drive subcompact cars.
tatest 09/24/16 01:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: How big is big enough?

For me, 16-18 feet might be enough, it would give me a bathroom, modest storage, a permanent sleeping area, and a work area and kitchen. I don't need a lounge area. But storage for the stuff you want with you is the big issue with full timing, and I would be covered by using a full-size van as the tow vehicle for a small TT. But tight now, for seasonal/snowbirding, I'm hanging on to the 29-foot motorhome I've already paid for, as it has space to rattle around in (we've done trips with six people) and can carry about 2000 pounds of stuff. A 24-26 foot TT might have equivalent space, but it is not so easy to find that carrying capacity, some of what you think your life needs might have to go on the tow vehicle. I've met folks who full time solo in van conversions, pop-up trailers on 10 or 12 foot boxes, 24-foot travel trailers (with 2-4 children). I've met couples and even singles who need 40-45 feet of motorcoach, or 38-40 feet of fifth wheel trailer. Much of this depends on how much stuff you need to carry with you, as a single human being needs very little space for survival or modest comfort.
tatest 09/24/16 01:17am Full-time RVing
RE: RV Storage

It is about land values to start with, then about the cost of building and maintaining the facility. I pay $66 a month for covered open storage in a formerly rural area that is starting to be more developed, within city limits of a declining small city (all the biggest employers moved to bigger cities). A spot in the open within 20 miles of Tulsa (or one of its suburbs) is going to cost $120-150. So $120 near KC doesn't sound all that bad. I don't like the storage to be more than 3-5 miles away. As it is, I put on almost as much miles to-from storage as I do going house to campsite, which is about 15 miles for me. In a severe storm area, I'll pay whatever is needed for covered storage. In this part of the country, enclosed and climate controlled is not such a big deal, my concern is the frequency of "golf ball size" or "baseball size" hail. Other locales have different problems (think 200 inches of snow). Storage is just one of the costs of RV ownership, about on a par with insurance (for a motorized RV, at least) but a small fraction of value of money costs (depreciation, interest, loss of investment income). RV owners tend to ignore these bigger costs, which they don't easily see, and get hung up on the smaller costs for which they have to write checks monthly, quarterly, annually etc.
tatest 09/24/16 12:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Campground Flooded in MN

Campgrounds are often located in flood areas because campers usually like to be close to the water. Ten people were killed in a 2010 flash flood of low-lying campgrounds in Arkansas, when 8-10 inches of rain in the upstream watershed raised stream levels as much as seven meters faster than rangers could get notification out to evacuate campgrounds. At least 200 campsites were flooded. This is also an issue in RV parks, when tend to be located on low value land, which often equates to flood plain. Our local RV "Resort" will be under 20 feet of water in a 100 year flood (we've had three of those in the 36 years I've lived here). I've been in more than one RV park where I was thinking, as I hooked up, "I don't want to be here if it might rain tonight." As a geoscientist, I'm probably more aware of these issues than most RVers and campers. It also has an influence on where I choose to live, like not on an island in the middle of a flood basin (especially a low-lying island) or at the top of a bluff or cliff ready to slide into the river or sea, which tend to be really choice property before the disaster happens. But "We love it here, we will come back" is the more typical response. A couple of my sisters really love beaches, probably the most ephemeral of properties for building. Fortunately for them, they can't afford beachfront property, at least not close enough to build something that will get washed away in their lifetimes.
tatest 09/24/16 12:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Winnebago cuts another corner

You bought this brand new? Refrigerator access panels OEM are not usually screened, although a prior owner may have added a screen.
tatest 09/23/16 11:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: East Coast Gas Shortage

According to the Tennessee Emergency Management director, the only reason there are shortages is because people are hoarding gas by filling their tanks before they need to and filling every possible container as a hedge against price increases. He said the excessive demand would have caused spot shortages even without the pipeline break. Colonial is currently using their second pipe line to ship gas, along with its usual diesel and jet fuel payloads. I noticed that the Pilot station near Heiskell, TN on I-75 was at $1.99 last week, and is still at $1.99 today with plenty of pump traffic, so apparently the break hasn't had any effect there. Does anyone else remember how Johnny Carson created a national toilet paper "shortage" by making a joke about a shortage so that people started hoarding the stuff?
tatest 09/21/16 07:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Open cars and bears~~~etc?

Bears break into cars to get food because they smell food. They don't care whether convertible or not, they do what they've learned, which is usually ripping open the doors. This happens in the places where bears have learned that cars are food containers, Yosemite is a particular problem because humans haven't learned there. They are not likely to attack occupied vehicles of any type, or moving vehicles. I think we have managed to move past the days when tourists fed bears from their car windows. However, in a territorial battle of motor vehicle vs bison or moose (or a domestic bull) I would bet on the animal vs a Miata. When I was driving a little 1600 BMW, and a large ungulate was in possesion of the roadway, I would yield. Now driving a 6000 pound truck, in my mind the bison, bull, or grizzly bear still has right of way.
tatest 09/19/16 01:28am General RVing Issues
RE: rock put a hole in my new travel trailer..help

When we punched a hole in the front of our TT with the tail fin of our 1960 Country Squire, we covered it with a (well sealed) patch cut from scrap of aluminum siding. We made it a name tag. The don't much do aluminum siding anymore, but a piece of PVC siding material, or any opaque HDPE, might work. Depending on what we were patching, sometimes the one-gallon rectangular tins used for stuff like Coleman fuel, paint thinner, or turpentine were good sources of patch material, although not as well finished as aluminum siding.
tatest 09/19/16 01:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Was retirement for you a good or not so good choice?

It wasn't a choice (forced by corporate mergers) but ultimately a good thing. The first year was pretty rough, even with 6-7 months of it traveling. Went to my high school 40 and 50 year reunions. At the 40, a lot of friends were jealous that I could manage such an early retirement. At the fifty, the few still working couldn't imagine a transition to retirement. Two who kept working didn't make it to the end of the year. I find that I spend more time working (12-16 hour days) on things that really interest me, than I ever did working for pay. But if your work is all that interests you, you'll most likely be happier working until you die at work.
tatest 09/19/16 12:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Large family problem (we are 8)

Chevy Express 3500 passenger van is another tow vehicle option. To sleep eight, yes there are options, even in relatively light trailers, if the children can double up in beds and you don't mind using convertible spaces for sleeping. Comfortable living space for that many could require more trailer than you might be able to tow, all depending on your own needs and living space expectations. FWIW, our family of ten made a three week trip with a 16-foot trailer under 5000 pounds (might be called 18-19 foot today). This one had an overhang bunk over the tongue, to hold a double bed, a twin-size bed converted from a front dinette, a rear gaucho converting to a queen width, seven foot long bed, and two pipe punks over the gaucho. Mom and dad in the overhead; 80-something grandparents in the dinette (in their younger days, a twin slept two people). Two teen boys in the pipe bunks, teen girl, six year old boy, three year old girl in the gaucho, 11 year old boy on either the gaucho or the floor. We opened up some space sometimes by putting a couple of the boys in the back of the station wagon. We didn't eat or recreate in the RV, all that was outside, trailer was for sleeping. This was not a house-like RV, more 50s: stove-top, hand-pump sink, small fridge and space heater, closet with pit toilet. More facilities today need more space and weight. You have to figure out what works for you, what experience you seek. Maybe a surprise, the most living and sleeping space for many people is often found in fold-out or pop-up tent campers, which even in their largest sizes, are pretty easy to tow. But if you want a full-scale house on wheels for eight people, towable by SUV, it will likely be lightweight construction, and you'll probably have to do a lot of shopping to find just what works for you. It took us 16 months shopping 2004-05 to find a "house for six" solution, and it turned out to be most economical as a motorhome, when compared to cost of a big enough TT and an adequate tow vehicle.
tatest 09/19/16 12:40am Beginning RVing
RE: Driving - Day or Night

Daytime, between the Appalachian mountains and the Sierra Nevada. Part of my reason for daytime is availability of services, part has to do with the fact that automotive lighting is grossly inadequate for night time driving at highway speeds common in the U.S. so that everybody is over-driving their headlights and hoping the hazards they can't see are not actually there. I have to adjust for travel, because when I'm not traveling most of my awake hours are at night.
tatest 09/18/16 11:59pm Beginning RVing
RE: Generator

My Onan 4000 Microquiet needs lots of priming, sometimes two or three cycles, after a period of storage or idleness.
tatest 09/18/16 11:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: camping or RV storage

I am interpreting the French term "camping" as what we call a RV park. Some of our RV parks offer storage on the property, in a separate area from the sites where you would live in the RV. This storage is almost always outdoors. We have other storage businesses that handle RVs, boats, other "toys" of similar size. Storage may be in the open, under shelter, or indoors. Indoor storage may or may not be climate-controlled. Cost of storage will depend on location and type of facility. I am not in the San Francisco area, so I am not familiar with available storage and prices. For San Francisco, however, I expect that outdoor storage would be adequate, as severe weather conditions are unusual.
tatest 09/18/16 11:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tesla towing an Air Stream

Tesla X should make a great tow vehicle, so long as you can find charging stations everywhere you are traveling. Maybe every 100 miles, or as often as 70 miles? 289 mile nominal range is based on performance with light load, mixed driving cycle, and great aerodynamics of the car itself (0.24 CD). A trailer with 60-80 sq ft and CD more like 0.8 to 0.9 is going to triple or quadruple drag on the highway, and at least double the loads for acceleration and grade climbing. Electric cars are a move in the right direction, charging technology is improving, but they need a great expansion of charging infrastructure. When that is in place, electricity will not be given away free. The trailer pictured is suspect. It looks like one of the 25-foot floorplans, and even if a basic Flying Cloud the empty weight will be over the listed towing capacity of the Tesla X. A Bambi or a 19-20 foot (single axle) Flying Cloud would be more credible as a tow for a light SUV.
tatest 09/09/16 03:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which truck would be better for my TT

Somebody's 250/2500HD with diesel or 6.0 or larger gas engine. The diesel will cost $10,000 to $12,000 extra, but that's often less than the price difference between work truck/fleet truck trim level and full luxury passenger car trim and accessories. You can adjust your costs by balancing functional vs luxury options. E.G. the last time I tried to put together a deal on a new truck (passenger van), all the retail inventory had a $2300 radio I didn't really want, and another $4000 in trim and entertainment upgrades (piled on XLT trim, not a more premium trim level). I saved $18K by finding a low mileage year old XLT with all the features I wanted (GVWR and engine upgrades, backup camera and sensors) and none of the extras I didn't want. Profit margins are really high on the optional bling. It is a lot easier finding a 250/2500 or 350/3500 truck with lower cost, more basic trim, than it is the 1/2 ton. Businesses and fleets buy these in large numbers and they are often in regional inventory, i.e. sitting on the lot of one of the truck specialist dealers. Salesmen will push you to buy high trim levels from retail inventory, bigger commissions for them. If they won't help you, try to find the fleet sales specialist or sales manager.
tatest 09/09/16 02:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: I need 3 rows of seats and more towing power....

One ton passenger van. With Duramax. They are running about $18,000-19,000, 2011 models coming out of passenger fleet service with around 100,000 miles. With the 6.0 gas engine, they are about $3000 cheaper, and have much lower mileage, but you will have the same issues with the 6.0 in a van as you do in the SUV, it is necessary to run at high RPM to make the power you want to fly through the mountains. A dealer in Georgia (Hennessy of Southlake) has a small collection. I've never dealt with him, I have a dealer here that finds me trucks and vans to my specification, if the truck specialist in Owasso doesn't happen to have in stock what I'm looking for. Express passenger van is going to have 4 or 5 rows of seats, you can easily take out what you don't need and gain some big cargo space. The van will also have about 2800-3000 pounds of payload capacity, which you will not often find in a full-size SUV.
tatest 09/09/16 02:15pm Tow Vehicles
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