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RE: Starlink mobile satellite internet is coming this year

I am encouraged and expect Elon will do better than the cell folks or the cable folks. He is on target to launch the necessary number of satellites and even the home antenna is already self-seeking. It should be almost a no-brainer to make the service mobile (not in motion but available at various fixed locations. Leave it to Winegard or some other manufacturer to make an antenna capable of in-motion reception! Did you read the article? To quote Elon Musk: "Yeah, should be fully mobile later this year, so you can move it anywhere or use it on an RV or truck in motion." (emphasis added)
Dutch_12078 04/19/21 05:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Supplemental brake locked up - at the wrong time.

If this is the ReadyStop system from NSA, the only way I can see it locking up the brakes without being pulled on from the front breakaway loop would be if the ReadyBrute/ReadyBrake applied the brakes and somehow the ReadyStop cable became jammed where it passes through the firewall. The ReadyStop cable is not in a casing like the ReadyBrake cable and there should be at least 3"-4" of slack in it between the brake peddle and the locking device. The slack should be wire tied where it can't be snagged by any moving parts of the vehicle.
Dutch_12078 04/19/21 11:00am Dinghy Towing
RE: Changing Cruise Control on a F53

We have a F53, and there was a recall that had something to do with wiring and the cruise control. We had ours repaired under this recall in about 2015/16. Do a google search for recalls related to cruise controls on the F53 chassis , there are multiple recalls for various things. The 2005 F53 was not included in the cruise control disconnect switch recall.
Dutch_12078 04/17/21 06:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hooray for Shark Bite fittings...

I've carried the similar Watts AquaLock(was SeaTech) push-on fittings in my spares for years. My most used fitting for emergency repairs is the in-line valve. It can be used as a connector, an end cap, and of course as a valve.
Dutch_12078 04/17/21 05:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: What do you use for an outdoor ground cover?

We don't use a rug/ground cover on grass, but we do use an open mesh poly rug on sand, fine crushed stone, etc, where tracking it into the RV can be a problem. It's about 8'x 9' and rolls up easily for stowing.
Dutch_12078 04/15/21 05:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Outdoor latches

There are several styles of bin latches used on RV's. A photo of yours would be helpful.
Dutch_12078 04/15/21 05:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Emergency flashers

Make sure the flasher is heavy duty rated that flashes independent of the load.
Dutch_12078 04/15/21 06:29am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dangerous Pranks

There's an easy mod that will prevent you from being locked in by the grab handle. Exterior Grab Handle Mod - Don't Get Locked in!
Dutch_12078 04/14/21 06:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: toilet

Even if the valve is difficult to access with the toilet in place, removing it is not difficult. It's only held in place by two nuts. Disconnect the water line of course. It wouldn't hurt to have a new rubber base gasket on hand in that case, but it may not be needed for a simple remove/replace.
Dutch_12078 04/14/21 02:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Disposable Razors Observation

I'm glad you liked it, Mr. Ed! At about a quarter each, as soon as one starts to feel a little rough to me, I don't hesitate to grab a fresh one...
Dutch_12078 04/13/21 11:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Are damage deposits at parks customary?

The only time I've seen anything like a damage deposit was at a very pricey Class A's only "resort" that had a $200 deposit for long term stays over 6 months. The deposit was refundable after a site inspection and clearance on any outstanding utility bills.
Dutch_12078 04/12/21 08:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Besides Amazon where?

eBay, PPL, Tweety's, Adventure RV, Dyers, and others depending on who has what I need at the best price.
Dutch_12078 04/12/21 11:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Under the sink water filtration

We use AP117 whole house filters from Waterdrop or Aqua-Pure to reduce sediment, chlorine, and rust. The filters are rated for 6 months or 12,000 gallons. We also use a PUR faucet mounted final filter for drinking water. https://www.amazon.com/Waterdrop-Compatible-Aqua-Pure-Whirlpool-Reduction/dp/B07GYQV2T2/ref=dp_prsubs_3?pd_rd_i=B07GYQV2T2&psc=1
Dutch_12078 04/12/21 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Changing Cruise Control on a F53

The two intermittent cruise shutting off issues I've run into on F53's and F59's are the mentioned cruise disconnect switch on the master cylinder and a weak brake pedal return spring. The 2005 F53 chassis was not subject to the Ford cruise switch recalls, but the switch is still subject to failure, just not the fire starting failure the recalls covered. A weak brake pedal return spring can allow the pedal to bounce and shut off the cruise on random bumps.
Dutch_12078 04/11/21 06:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stupid question about tires

Purging the air in the tires by deflating them and then reinflating with nitrogen a couple of times, it's possible to reach a ~98% nitrogen fill. Even just deflating the tire and refilling with nitrogen once can reach a 95% fill since the remaining 78/20/2% air is compressed to a smaller volume when the tire is pressurized. Is it worth the trouble for most common personal vehicle use? No...
Dutch_12078 04/08/21 10:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Stupid question about tires

The new tires on my Class A are nitrogen filled because that's all the truck shop that installed them uses. Their primary clientele is contract truck fleet operators and that's what they've asked for. I don't know if they charge anything extra for the nitrogen since I don't pay them for the work, but it may be built into their fleet pricing.
Dutch_12078 04/08/21 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Class C that's easy to fix?

Question, would class A have easier engine bay access than a class C? I get it I am generalizing. Gas Class A's generally require removing the doghouse and working from inside the coach for some engine maintenance items other than routine oil/transmission/coolant checks/fills and those items normally done from the bottom of course. Diesel pushers often require accessing the top of the engine through a hatch under the rear bed for some maintenance items. In general, Class C's have easier engine access than Class A's, with Super C's having the same external access as many the medium/heavy duty truck cab/chassis they're built on.
Dutch_12078 04/07/21 12:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Disposable Razors Observation

I've been using BIC "Sensitive" disposable razors for years at about $3 a dozen. I get a clean shave with no nicks or cuts using Coast bar soap in the shower. The county recycling program that serves our Adirondack family cottage accepts the plastic disposable razors.
Dutch_12078 04/05/21 07:57pm Around the Campfire
RE: Oil fill question

I use the 1-quart funnel below to refill my MH oil. I remove the supplied hose and with the twist valve closed, fill it to the 1-quart mark from a 5-quart jug. Once it's in place, I twist the valve open and watch it drain down the fill tube. The funnel also works well for transmission fluid. Hopkins 10704 FloTool Spill Saver Measu-Funnel
Dutch_12078 04/04/21 08:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Domicle not getting caught?

We've been fulltimers since 2013 and maintain our domicile in upstate NY. Our income is configured so we pay no state or federal income taxes, so that's not an issue. There are some advantages for us in maintaining our NY domicile. Our motorhome registration for instance, is just $70/year and there are no personal property or wheel taxes. We jointly own a lakeside family cottage with our kids, and our senior and my veteran status gives us considerable breaks on the property and school taxes there. We also maintain a full hookup RV site there that works as our home base for annual medical appointments, etc. as well as a place to park while visiting our kids that live in the area. NY may not be the right domicile state for many folks, but it works well for us...
Dutch_12078 04/02/21 08:34pm Full-time RVing
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