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RE: leaving the stick and brick for the summer

86 also. Plus I lift up the toilet seat, put plastic wrap sealed very well over the toilet bowl, and put the seat and lid down. That water in the bowl will evaporate and could dry out your toilet if this is not done...which could cause problems. Don't ask me how I know.
Janss 05/20/22 10:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hemet, CA to Klamath River RV Park, CA

Petaluma KOA, mentioned earlier in this thread, is north of the GG bridge. If you happen to be an Elks member, there is also an Elks club with RV parking in Petaluma. To avoid San Francisco, from I-5 you can take 580--680--780--80--37--Lakeville Hwy to Petaluma (also has been mentioned in this thread). Or you could stay on I-5 and take 12 across north of Stockton.
Janss 05/19/22 04:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: Covid in RV Parks

Regardless if that guy had Covid or the flu, I think it is just plain inconsiderate to be knowingly spreading germs. I don't like to get sick, whatever it is! If I had the flu, I would certainly not be out socializing! The RV parks are just like the general public. Some take precautions and some act the same as pre-pandemic. I've been to RV park offices that had set up no contact check-in....and to some where I've gone into their small office with unmasked employee and several other unmasked RVers waiting to check in or just socializing. I also do everything I can to keep myself safe. You have to set your own boundaries. I've literally had to back up from some people who get what I consider too close to me to talk. My friend was in an RV park laundry room and she had to open a side-swinging dryer door just to get a guy to stay a distance from her.
Janss 05/10/22 11:36pm Full-time RVing
RE: 30A Surge Protector Recommendations

I would spend the money and go for the better protection. That is the Progressive EMS-PT30X (or hardwired version) or the Surge Guard 34930. I had the Progressive unit for years and years. It saved me a few times. Last year, it finally died...while we were traveling. Picked up a lesser Surge Guard unit because it was all I could find in the small towns we were driving through. It was a POS! I wrote a nice complaint to Surge Guard. To my surprise, they sent me a new 34930 (the good unit!). Meanwhile I had purchased another Progressive EMS-PT30X online. But kudos to Surge Guard for their great customer service! Progressive has also had good customer service for years...don't know how it is lately. Just haven't had to deal with them. But they did replace the plug on my old one for free one time years ago.
Janss 05/08/22 02:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Jersey to California

Carlsbad Caverns would be quite a long detour off your I-40 route. I prefer staying inside GCNP because sunrise and sunset times are beautiful on the canyon walls. Plus I'm on my own schedule. Must get campsite reservations. I agree, you won't enjoy driving RV in southern CA. Use this website to find interesting or quirky places along the way. Click on Maps and find your route in each State. Pass your mouse over all the pinpoints. Roadside America We found the Oklahoma City Memorial to be hauntingly beautiful (we only visited outside portion). Stop at Tucumcari, NM for some Route 66 kitsch.
Janss 05/07/22 06:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: It's getting warm in Arizona...

Desert Captain...Reading your posts makes me feel reminiscent of our days gone by, when we had a small Class C and my spouse was more able-bodied, and didn't need supplemental oxygen. We used to frequently boondock or stay in USFS campgrounds (like Pinegrove) all over Coconino and Kaibab Nat'l Forests. Also plenty of camping in the White Mtns. Unfortunately we never made it to Big Lake, but did get to Greer. Now we go to the low elevation Coast with our bigger Class A and tow car to get out of the heat. A great option too. Just a little farther :) I enjoy reading your trip reports!
Janss 05/07/22 02:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Antelope Canyon

You must take a tour to see Antelope Slot Canyon. Prebook with one of these tour guides. It's a very busy tourist attraction. Tour Operators I wouldn't book with a third party. Upper AC involves a couple mile bumpy Jeep ride, then you walk straight into the canyon at sandy floor level. Used to be out and back, but they've now built a series of ramps and steps to exit up and around the canyon back to the vehicle. Lower AC involves a short walk, then you descend a long set of stairs down into the canyon. Exiting up through a crack to parking lot level. Lower involves just a bit more squeezing and scrambling through, but nothing a reasonably able person couldn't do. It's not really necessary to do both. You will be sufficiently awed by one. As far as I know, the only RV parks with hookups are Wahweap by Lake Powell and Page Lake Powell Campground in the town of Page. By the lake is nice, being in town will get you closer to other sites. There is also boondocking on the sandy beach (for a fee) at Lone Rock Beach. Better be careful there. You can do Horseshoe Bend Overlook on your own. It's free, but parking costs I think $10. The float trip down the river is a big hit. There is only one company authorized to do this. See here: Rafting If the Visitors Center and tour at Glen Canyon Dam ever open again, those are interesting. I don't know the status right now. I like the Dam Overlook off Scenic View Rd. Also Wahweap Overlook (especially at sunset) off Hwy 89 north of the dam. You say you are going in fall, but then you ask for best time of year. Huh? Fall is good!
Janss 04/14/22 07:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jan-Feb-March in Mesa, AZ- few questions about heat sources

We were just down in that area in January through March. We ran our electric heat pump often because my spouse is always cold. Occasionally we ran the propane furnace. Our electric bill ran about $75/month. We didn't want to use up our propane because the delivery charge per gallon is quite a bit higher than driving over to the propane store. Don't really know which one would end up cheaper though.
Janss 04/08/22 10:25am Snowbirds
RE: towing

I have friends who also did that years ago on a Toyota Matrix. They had nothing but problems.
Janss 04/05/22 11:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: towing

I just looked on Motorhome Magazine's 2017 Dinghy Towing Guide list and while the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion 2.7L AWD are listed as 4-down towable, your specific model is not listed. But don't go by any list or what anyone says....You should absolutely look in your owners manual (as suggested above) under Recreational Towing or something like that (not Emergency Towing) to be sure.
Janss 04/01/22 04:49pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Electric cord connection to tow car

I'm happy to report that I did as Dutch suggested with a flat screwdriver, specifically with the pin that controls the left light. When I connected the car yesterday, all lights worked! Yay! Of course, I should have checked the lights again before I disconnected the car at home, but forgot to. Who knows what happens on the road with all the bouncing going on. The electric contacts, both male and female all look very clean...no corrosion. I had already used Dioxit and Dielectric grease on them awhile ago, with no results. Thanks again everyone for all the input!
Janss 04/01/22 02:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Electric cord connection to tow car

Oh geez! Why didn't I think to google 6-pin wiring diagram! Yes, I have the 6-pin round plug. I see on the diagram which pin is the left turn signal. I'll try your suggestion, Dutch, when I hook up tomorrow. I had already tried a couple of contact cleaners without success. Thanks all!
Janss 03/31/22 12:17am Tech Issues
Electric cord connection to tow car

When I plug in the toad to the motorhome (for lights, etc.), the left rear car light usually does not work. It'll work if I jiggle the plug but only for a second. Don't know if plug is too loose, or perhaps a loose wire, or something else. I know nothing about electricity. But I do have a small multimeter. Wondering if it is possible to touch the multimeter to each of 6 pins and pinholes on both ends of the plug to find out if each is working good? Again, barely knowing how a multimeter works, it's just a thought I had. May be way off base. Any other simple testing ideas? Any simple way to find out which pin controls the left rear car light?
Janss 03/30/22 04:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Bedroom door comes open during travel.

Regarding my pocket door...It does have a plastic strap with snap. Unfortunately the inner two screws fell out of the top track, so essentially the door is falling off the track, putting more pressure on the strap. I had someone install another strap near the bottom. He did such a crappy job, it may as well not be there. The screw holes are impossible for me to access. I just wanted to see if anyone suggested a big thick door stop. Maybe I could glue two together, one on top of the other. I know I have to fix/tighten the door straps. But until I get to that.....
Janss 03/21/22 09:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bedroom door comes open during travel.

I have an issue with a pocket door that I want to put a door stop. But it also has a large gap at the ground. So I am following this post.
Janss 03/21/22 11:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: First trip- 2013 Winnebago Vista 35B 18,500 miles

Reading your subject line, I thought your first trip was 18,500 miles long! Ha ha! Then I was surprised that from Midlothian VA to Park City UT was only 50 miles :) 1. I dread the day when I may purchase a newer motorhome with a Ford engine. Our Chevy 8.1 purrs like a kitten. But still slows down alot going up an incline. I don't worry about it. Just watch the RPMs and change gears as needed. 2. Sewer hose...You mean another one for additional length? Or a better one? Get the Rhino. It's a better one and they make extension lengths that just hook on to the main hose. 3. Wish I had tons of unused storage! Hoses and extra hoses (garden, fresh-water, sewer), chairs, small stepladder, wood blocks, tools, various bottles (antifreeze, oil, ant spray, WD-40, sometimes gallons of drinking water). Plus some things mentioned above. This is stuff in the outside storage compartments. 4. If the ground is too unlevel for the automatic leveling to work, first I put wood blocks under front or rear tires for support. Then use the auto leveling. If I can't make it work, I just won't park there. 6. If you use enough flush water, you don't need any treatments (as long as seals and vents are working properly). Sometimes I use Happy Camper or Unique Digest-It. Both are natural enzymes. 7. In theory I think that should work. But once I got a burnt surge protector when I turned on the generator while being plugged in. So I'll leave it to others to comment.
Janss 03/20/22 03:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thetford

Could it be this Thetford Evacuation System?
Janss 02/20/22 01:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good Low cost Camping Map Books for The West?

Years ago, theee book to have was Don Wright's Guide to Free Camping (actually free and low cost). I think that's right up your alley. Of course, because it's years old, some of the info may not be accurate. He used to publish Western and Eastern U.S. editions. Then it was combined into one very large book. So here's a few links that I quickly found, but search the web yourself if you want to. Western Edition Full edition Edit: Actually, here is the Wright website: The Wright Guide
Janss 02/08/22 11:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Just purchased a 2016 Cambria

Before you go looking for a tow car (aka toad or dinghy), know how much weight your motorhome can tow (usually found on the weights sticker maybe located inside your mh's closet) and the weight rating of the actual hitch built on your motorhome. Here are the Dinghy Guides for each year. Each contains some education plus a list of that year's vehicles that are 4-down towable. Be sure to pay attention to the column "Automatic" or "Manual"! Dinghy Guides No matter where you get your information about a car being towable...whether from the Dinghy Guide or a salesman or someone on this forum...ALWAYS check the actual car's owners manual under "Recreational Towing" (not emergency towing) before purchasing!
Janss 02/03/22 09:08pm Class C Motorhomes
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