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RE: 5 figure 30 foot

Dave, have you done anything with my suggestion to look at the Treks I gave you links for earlier? These are 29-1/2 feet long, high end coachs with corian counter tops and real wood cabinets. Huge bathrooms, full body paint. 4 coach batteries with inverter and pass through storage compartments. These are not comparable to the under $100k units you've seen before. While they're orphans, they've got a great support group going for them with answers to just about anything you run across. At least take the time to look at the pictures in the ads and see what you think.
DFord 01/22/20 07:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I-10 Louisiana

I've heard that for many, many years now. Never tried it myself but I'll take the word of others. South bound I65 through Birmingham should be avoided also. I can't believe they haven't fixed this mess after years of bone jarring trips through there. I can't believe my MH is still in one piece after coming through there the day after Christmas. Totally unacceptable!
DFord 01/22/20 08:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Lights

Blinking LEDs are the first sign of failure probably caused by heat build-up and inferior design.
DFord 01/22/20 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: Everglades and Big Cypress camping in Feb. - availability?

They never leave Flamingo. One of the things mosquitoes key in on is CO2 from our breath. Clean burning cars of today also emit CO2. Park Rangers say after making their rounds in the evening and getting out of their car, the whole back end is black after being covered with mosquitoes! I tried to sit through a Ranger talk the last time I was there over the winter. It was mid-day but I only lasted a couple of minutes. I was being eaten alive! I'm not going back empty handed!
DFord 01/21/20 07:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Everglades and Big Cypress camping in Feb. - availability?

Whatever you do, bring plenty of insect repellent. The mosquitoes are very hungry! You may need to bathe in it.
DFord 01/21/20 06:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smart Light Bulbs

Smart Plugs: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/4191cJa%2B3QL._SL1000_.jpg height=200 Kasa Smart WiFi Plug w/Energy Monitoring by TP-Link - Reliable WiFi Connection, No Hub Required, Works with Alexa Echo & Google Assistant (HS110) https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-HS110-Monitoring-Required-Assistant/dp/B0178IC5ZY/ Put the KASA app on your phone, add the Smart Plugs and set up a schedule. Done. Turns your lights and appliances off and on plus keeps track of how much electric is used.
DFord 01/20/20 08:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Smart Light Bulbs

Why would anyone buy smart bulbs to use in timer controlled lamps? The harshness is due to the "temperature" of the bulb. 4000k is neutral. If you want a warmer light, get a bulb closer to 3000k. If you want a bright blue/white bulb buy a 6000k bulb. You need to understand those figures to select the right bulb. The app on you phone is used to control the schedule on smart bulbs and turn them ON/OFF. Power outages won't effect the schedule. Smart bulbs (and all smart devices) rely on an internet connection. Lose it and you lose control of the bulb but it will still turn on/off according to the schedule you programmed. Try a search on Amazon for 3 way LED smart bulbs and the other features you're wanting to know about.
DFord 01/20/20 07:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Places to camp....?

- The daily rate will be the highest. - The weekly rate will be better. - The monthly rate even better. - Many parks offer 3 month and 6 month discounted rates but you'll need to ask about them most of the time. Occasionally they post their rates on their website. - Good Sam (or most other RV clubs and maybe AAA) membership will get you a discount. - Passport America is a must as for as I'm concerned. - Membership in FMCA is also a must in my opinion. It includes repatriation insurance coverage should the need arise. You couldn't buy a policy for the cost of FMCA membership. - There are other memberhip organizations you might want to look in to - like The Elks, Coast to Coast, RPI (Resort Parks International), AOR (Adventure Outdoor Resorts) and Thousand Trails. All of these offer discounted camping for their members. Some are better than others. Don't buy a new membership from Thousand Trails.
DFord 01/20/20 01:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Adding outdoor lights to my RVs

Here's my solution - just peel and stick. No wiring necessary. https://www.dollargeneral.com/media/catalog/product/cache/d09876fe1f368cbe7f9f079fb9c0048a/1/8/18821801.1.jpg height=200 $5.50 in the Auto section at Dollar General https://www.dollargeneral.com/open-trails-motion-light-solar.html They also carry a similar light in the "As Seen On TV" section that sells for $14. Be sure to look in the Auto section!
DFord 01/20/20 08:33am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

I may be a little prejudice but try looking at the features of the Safari Trek 29rdb units - 2004 to 2008. Here's a link to a couple withing 112 miles from Tampa. There are several of these high end but smaller class As that have a huge bathroom in the back, and sleep 4. The bed stores up at the ceiling during the day giving you the space of a much longer MH without the length. Lots of storage along with full body paint. Safari was purchased by Monaco about 2002 and production ended in 2008. Monaco is now part of the REV Group. Most Treks are on the Workhorse chassis with GM's 8.1 engine. Take a look, it won't hurt to compare them to what you saw at the show. https://www.rvtrader.com/Safari-Trek-29rbd-class-a/rvs-for-sale?type=class%20a%7C198067&make=safari%7C2294444&model=trek%7C764848669&trim=29rbd%7C56123&zip=33601&radius=250&vrsn=results
DFord 01/19/20 07:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Send photo issue ??

the main difference between win 10 update and ransom ware is that they know how to fix ransom ware. bumpy X2 MS has been pushing patches they don't understand with changes and modifications no one wants. We're relying on 3rd parties for a fix.
DFord 01/17/20 05:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Send photo issue ??

Which version of Outlook are you using?
DFord 01/17/20 11:11am Technology Corner
RE: Norcold fridge

Contact Dinosaur Boards and talk to them before buying a control board. https://www.dinosaurelectronics.com/Cust_Service.htm They won't sell you a board unless you need it after sharing your problem with them. They'll give you troubleshooting suggestions to help you determine the source of your problem.
DFord 01/17/20 11:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stone protection for tow vehicle

I received notification of a new post and clicked on the link. It appeared to be a new topic with only one response. I added my comment thinking I hadn't replied to it before. After posting my reply and editing it a couple of times, all of sudden I had the full message string with all the responses. Seeing that I'd already said what I was going to post today, I deleted it and left the comment you're seem to be upset with. Now you have the full story and I'm stick'n to it.
DFord 01/15/20 11:56am Dinghy Towing
RE: Stone protection for tow vehicle

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DFord 01/15/20 10:18am Dinghy Towing
RE: Why are my batteries water overflowing during charging?

I've posted several times that I use and recommend the BatteryMinder sold at Northern Tools. I have several and keep on on my riding mower full time. After the battery reaches full charge, it goes into maintenance mode and begins pulsing the battery to break up any sulfate on the plates that kills batteries. I get over 5 years on the cheap 1 year batteries sold for riding lawnmowers stored in my unheated outside shed. I got 10 years out of my MH's chassis battery before it died. The latest model has temperature compensation circuitry built-in. Here's link to Northern Tools page where they are often on sale for under $30 (on sale for $21 right now): https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200332201_200332201 https://www.northerntool.com/images/product/2000x2000/167/167981_2000x2000.jpg height=200 - Full-time battery monitoring automatically tests battery continually, supplying only the current needed to maintain battery at full charge. - 8-stage unit charges and maintains from 1 to 4 batteries at a time (12V batteries parallel-connected or two 6V batteries series-connected. NOTE: Never connect 2 or more batteries together in parallel before fully charging each and checking their condition. Failure to fully charge each battery and check their condition can result in a serious safety hazard) - Does not overcharge, regardless of time connected - High-frequency pulses safely remove sulfate from battery's plates that prevent the batteries from holding a full charge - No need to add water to maintenance-type batteries during long, non-use storage I am not connected with Northern Tools or BatteryMinder in any way - just know a good thing when I see it.
DFord 01/14/20 08:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Anything to see?

I couldn't believe all the space hardware they've collected! As you walk in, you need to duck to avoid the SR-71 hanging from the ceiling. They've got several Russian Soyuz and Apollo capsules there - like the Apollo 13 almost didn't make it back and a Soyuz - Apollo connected through a common hatch in case a rescue mission was needed. I lost count of the capsules they have on display. Allow a minimum of 4 hours to rush through this museum - longer if you want to read most of the information accompanying the displays. This is a picture of the Apollo 13 module there on display. https://americanspacecraft.com/images/apollo/kcsc/a13/a13hero.jpg height=400 They really went all out collecting the history of space. We had Wernher Von Braun and the Russians had Sergey Korolev (both Germans) as our space experts. It's all explained along with the displays. I went in figuring on spending a couple of hours and was amazed at what they had. Hope you find the time and can get by there.
DFord 01/14/20 05:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anything to see?

After Branson, if you're going through Kansas, be sure to stop at Hutchins for the Cosmosphere and Space Center! Every bit as interesting as the Smithsonian Space Museum. https://cosmo.org/ It's a real hidden gem.
DFord 01/13/20 11:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Norcold 1200 - Thermistor temps wrong until power cycled

I'd check with ARP and Dinosaur Boards before condemning the controller. https://www.dinosaurelectronics.com/Nor_boards.htm https://www.dinosaurelectronics.com/contact_form.php If you are in need of immediate technical assistance, or have not heard back from us in two business days give us a call between 8:00 am and 5:00 PM PST at: (541) 994-4344
DFord 01/13/20 11:27am Tech Issues
RE: EPass Extra thoughts

Use the link provided and place your order through it. https://www.cfxway.com/e-pass-xtra/
DFord 01/12/20 07:29pm Roads and Routes
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