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RE: digital photo storage

There were many, most defunct. Was this just to store/share photos or was it to store and print? I know Walgreen's photo storage recently had to archive millions of photos from years gone by due to no activity on the account.
ItsyRV 12/02/19 02:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: toilet

The seals are not that hard to replace. It varies by models so make sure you're looking at the directions for what yo have. Since you may have to remove the toilet from the floor, it's a good time to do all maintenance on the toilet. Think about replacing the floor seals, replace any "O" rings, inspect all parts and replace if worn and generally a thorough cleaning. I'm not a big fan on removing the toilet so when I do, everything is getting the once over. If the current issue is just a very slow loss of water, you may be able to just rejuvenate the seal with one of those RV toilet seal conditioner liquids. They serve to condition and lubricate the seal and work pretty well on those slow leaks. Good luck!
ItsyRV 11/30/19 10:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Algodones dental work and prescriptions?

If I go to the dentist in Mexico, can I get appropriate pain medication and will I have trouble at the border? There is no single answer as it depends on several things. You are also at the mercy of the border agent's discretion. Based on a few years ago, this is my suggestion. Have the doctor prescribe the medication in English on their prescription pad or letterhead with a copy of it for you to keep. Don't leave the pharmacy or doctor's office without a copy of the original prescription. Obtain only the amount necessary for suitable pain management. A 10 to 20 day supply should be the max. If I know I most likely may only need a day or two of medication, I ask them to only provide a proscription for 5 or 7 days. Make sure you are receiving medication that is also approved for use in the USA under the proper name. Make sure all medication is properly labeled as to dose, number of pills and proper name of the medication. If the border agents cant't figure out what you have, they may confiscate it. At the border, have it handy with all documentation and declare it. I practice the airport approach, have it in a bag ready for inspection. Normally, it's not that big a deal if you're not acting squirrelly or suspiciously. Also I find trying to be too friendly and chummy could lead to a secondary inspection just because of your 7 pills. Oh, one thing as a side note. You'll be surprised that some reputable medical practices along the border are actually under contract with US health insurance plans. Make sure to ask when setting an appointment if they accept any US plans.
ItsyRV 11/27/19 08:51pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Class Bs with Twin Beds other than the Travato 59K

A friend bought a Gulfstream BT Cruiser 5210 with the 2 couch/beds (can also be had with a single couch/bed and dinette). Very compact but seems big inside for the size. Has full dry bath. Nice kitchen and big fridge. Comes pretty well equip with everything. He got it after haggling for under 50K with all the options that were available. BT Cruiser 5210
ItsyRV 11/23/19 10:18pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Broken key, locked out of TT, no spare :(

Crisis averted. Since the lock seems to have failed, since we only had one key anyway, I saved money on a locksmith, drilled out hole, ordered new latch and we're back in business and now have 4 keys total. Thank you all for your suggestions! Glad you got it fixed. I had the same issue with the metal breaking inside so no key or pick would work. Fortunately having a "C" I just went in through the cab :) and disassembled the lock from inside. Unfortunately, I dropped and messed up the cylinder :( which was specifically keyed to work work with the cab's key, so still had go to a lock$mith to get it keyed alike.
ItsyRV 11/18/19 08:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Postal code

Even MasterCard's website states to use the three numbers followed by two zeros.
ItsyRV 11/18/19 08:23am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: roof coating

Just be careful using these roof coatings. Henry's makes two types, Silicone and Acrylic. The acrylic roof coating works best on standard membrane RV roofs like EPDM or TPO. The silicone is best for fiberglass, metal or bare wood roofs. Sadly the more expensive silicone won't last as long as the less expensive acrylic when applied to rubber roofs. This is the main reason so many complain that silicone roofs fail. It's not that the silicone roof is bad, just the wrong product was used. Likewise, the less expensive acrylic roof coating won't last as long as the silicone when dealing with hard roof surfaces like metal, fiberglass or even bare wood. So, if you have a membrane roof, save the money and buy the less expensive acrylic as the silicone won't hold up much longer than the acrylic on those roof. If you have a hard roof, metal, fiberglass, wood, etc., definitely go with the silicone.
ItsyRV 11/18/19 08:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Broken key, locked out of TT, no spare :(

If I understand this correctly, you have key broken off in the lock itself. Usually the solution is for a locksmith to use a special broken key tool that serves as the head of the key. However, if the lock itself is damaged internally so that it just can't turn at all, they may have to drill the lock, saw the lock or something else that can bypass what is physically preventing the lock from turning. I would not beat myself up too much over not having a spare as with a key broken off in the lock, not sure what a spare would have accomplished anyways. Not sure if one of those electric keypad locks would have made any difference anyways as it sounds like some physical obstruction in the mechanism. Good luck and let us know how it turned out.
ItsyRV 11/13/19 01:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: From South to North, best route thru Pheonix

I didn't know about 101 construction in the east valley. Where (what stretch) is the construction? I'll be coming down to Apache Junction after New Year. I normally drive (southbound) 17/101/60 or 17/101/202/60. I took it midweek last week and what I hit was construction on the 101 from the Price Rd/202 beginning all the way up to the 60. It looks like road widening in both directions. But since you're coming south jumping off at the 202 or 60, this won't impact you. I would say take the 202 as the whack-em-up crunch at the 101 to 60 ramps is as bad as it gets, often backing up to just under the 202. I got off at the 202 and did some in town things but reconnected with he 101 at Via Linda. Up pass the N.Scottsdale curve was here and there construction almost all the way to the 17 in both directions. Lots of the mess is compounded during rush hours and to a lesser degree day time hours. But since ADOT does lots of closures at nights and weekends, you really need to check AZ511 the day before and the day of travel.
ItsyRV 11/12/19 10:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: From South to North, best route thru Pheonix

10, 17 is likely the "best". 10, 202, 101, 10 is a longer alternative and 101 construction is a non issue. Like everything it's traffic, time and accident dependent. If they are concerned about the 10 to the 17, there is no way they will want to deal with the East valley 101 construction. You have lane reduction, lane closures, multiple narrow jogs and rough pavement. The 10 to 17 is just traffic while the 101 through the East valley can be a mess at times. I do agree there is no rational reason to take the 10 into the West valley to connect with the 101 on that end just to get back to the 17. That's almost 20 miles of completely unnecessary driving not to mention the construction on 10 near 59th avenue for the new 202 Phoenix by-pass and connection ramps.
ItsyRV 11/12/19 05:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Passports

If a US Citizen, you do not need a Passport to enter the US. The Passport will speed things up, but if you have no Passport (expired or none), you will eventually be let in. It can take hours to be processed and released so make sure you have lots of reading material until they finally verify your identity.
ItsyRV 11/12/19 03:46pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: From South to North, best route thru Pheonix

The 101 in the east valley has several construction spots so it's actually worst than the 10 & 17 right now. Even the 51 interchange with the 101 is bogged down at times. Problem with the 101 is once past the 202, your only alternative if anything happens is the streets to the 17 anyways. My money is on the most direct route. Take the 10 to the 17 and just get it over with. I can't understand the fear so many have with the 10 or the 17, it's an interstate. If it's scary, travel after 9 pm and before 5 am when you have the roads mostly to yourself. The bulk of the traffic will be staying on the 10 heading to LA. There is nothing wrong with the 10 from Casa Grande to the 17 interchange and the 17 is one long straight road right out of Phoenix. Now, if you plan on traveling during the weekday, avoid 5am to 10am and again from 3pm to 9pm. If you travel between 10am to 3 pm (plenty of time to traverse all of the metro area), it's smooth sailing. Otherwise, check traffic conditions right before you leave and take the route with the fewest construction delays, the least accidents or where the traffic helicopter guy is reporting a major backup due to some slow RV in the left lane holding up traffic.
ItsyRV 11/12/19 02:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV Lot Insurance Ideas

To itsyrv: no one else’s belongings will be stored there. Poorly worded sentence. I didn’t think a standard homeowner’s policy would be used to cover this type of situation which is what I think scared off the SF agent. I'm still trying to figure out the arrangement. Is the property just going to be used for storing the RV when not in use? or Is the property going to have a residential unit added for you to live in when not using the RV? or Are you planning on living in the RV at the property when not traveling? The first should be no issue for an insurance company, but the other two could present problems if not presented correctly to the agent.
ItsyRV 11/08/19 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Sticker shock

Maybe I'm out of the loop, but I thought the hourly labor rate was based on a combined cost of service, not what the mechanic gets paid. Since they are not billing based on the time the service adviser spent, the time the parts dept spent pulling the parts, the time the cashiers spent, the cost of the service bay rental, the cost of the electricity to run the compressor and lights, the"free" car wash, the paper mats and plastic seat covers, etc., etc., etc., they use a generic labor rate which was designed to be all inclusive. It's the "shop supplies" charges that is the real profit center as those generic items were already calculated in the generic labor rate.
ItsyRV 11/08/19 09:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV Lot Insurance Ideas

Not sure if you plan to convert part of the barn for residential use or if you're saying you plan on living in the RV when not traveling. Also what is this part about other people's belongings will be left?
ItsyRV 11/07/19 10:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help and Advice on a badly placed 5th wheel

Providing the ground is suitable, if you can support the king pin, rent a couple of machine skates (maybe $30 for 4 hours) and put them under the front jacks on top of plywood. You support the king pin, raise the jacks, place the skates, lower the jack stands on the skates, raise the jack stands and remove the king pin support. You will have to decide if trying something that cost money without much danger is worth it over trying something that if it fails, will cost you a whole lot more money.
ItsyRV 11/07/19 10:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Full-time in the Arizona heat

A lot of these hot weather recommendations include putting something in the roof vents. Why is this necessary if you have vent covers over the vents? Vent covers prevent the sun from heating the vents themselves and also provide a layer of air insulation between the vent cover and the vent. Our vents do not introduce heat into the interior of the coach in hot weather, but they do have vent covers permanently mounted on the roof over them to keep the sun, rain, snow, sleet, and hail off the vents. I wouldn't have an RV without vent covers over it's vents. Our vent covers allow the vents themselves to be completely open for ventilation in any kind of weather conditions. You need to define "hot weather". In AJ this year, On June 9th it hit over 100 degrees and stayed that way until almost September 15th. I belive there was only about 5 days when the daytime temperatures fell to under 100 (98 to be precise). You also had stretches of 110 weather. Nighttime lows hit about 80 degrees. Heat transfer from vents will happen under those extreme conditions unless additional insulting measures are taken. An occasional 95 degree warm day isn't going to matter much but when it starts hitting 105 and stays there, vent covers will start transferring heat and no roof mounted plastic cover is going to keep it out. We adapt by insulating the opening or paying for electricity.
ItsyRV 11/06/19 03:35pm Full-time RVing
RE: HDMI outlet.. Ideas??

I am looking for something that would be in a covered plate to protect it from road water / elements.. That was an example of the various configurations of standard communications/media plates. Any standard exterior RV electrical outlet cover sold in every RV, boat, home improvement or online will cover the plate and make it weather tight.
ItsyRV 11/06/19 03:16pm Technology Corner
RE: HDMI outlet.. Ideas??

Most HDMI outlets are just an outlet or a single port for mounting on a plate. What you can do is just make your own connection junction with whatever you like in it (HDMI, coax, USB etc.) and use a standard RV weatherproof cover and plate. Here's a picture of what one could look like; just imagine a standard cover like over your ac outlet. https://webobjects2.cdw.com/is/image/CDW/3204429?$product-main$ Note: this is a premade stock outlet from CDW, there are many more with different configurations.
ItsyRV 11/06/19 12:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Truck bed liner on roof

Some one has mentioned to me use of the truck bed liner on the roof. Is that a good idea? What are possible problems? You can use it but unless you have a metal roof, you'll need some type of compatible primer/bonder on the wood or fiberglass otherwise it will separate and ultimately fail. You can't apply it over a membrane roof as it will fail. The biggest problem is weight and adhesion.
ItsyRV 11/05/19 11:18pm Class A Motorhomes
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