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RE: Trip Planned

Captron, Don't feel bad, I wish I could still pay 40$/yr to use Delorme Street Atlas. It was one of the best and most complete planning packages ever. It was unfortunately not PHD simple, but high performance usually requires training. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/15/22 05:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: gas problem

eHoefler, Jeremy's user name is 84 Sportscoach III. I can tell him (at great length if he cares) that he might as well plan to have the fuel tanks down now. This as the owner of another seasoned coach. He can count on all the rubber in the fuel system to be shot and it was probably not alcohol compatible to begin with. It usually requires that the tanks be taken down to replace all the fuel lines. While there, there are big o-rings that seal the sending units in the tanks. If it is new enough to have in tank pump(s), then those and the level senders might as well get replaced at the same time. Do I have to add "Been There - Done that" (look at the coach in my pic)
Matt_Colie 10/15/22 05:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Turbo

Follow the link.... What a great post. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/15/22 05:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: anti siphon device ?

Charlie, This is a common issue on many small boats as well. I have cured it for several owners just by disassembling and cleaning the part of the pump. Most pumps could be disassembled easily, but some are service proof. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/12/22 08:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Garmin RV 660

When I last updated out 890, it seemed to come up with some things I don't remember seeing. As the operating system is now Android, they are pretty limited by the size of the storage/memory and imagination. I will be interested to see what happens next. I am still annoyed with Garmin for buying Delorme and shutting down Street Atlas. That was the most powerful planner and enroute navigator and still has not been equaled. Yes, it was not a PHD (Push Here Dumby) system, but most powerful things do not meet that qualification. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/12/22 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Dump Valve issues

Richard, According to Norgren that is a Freightliner special part. Looking at it, I would bet the the Cclip that hold the solenoid on can be removed, but I would not bet that the valve can be rebuilt. For a lot of years Norgren was our bottom bidder and a reliable supplier. I never saw the warranty part, but if it had been serious i would have heard about it. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/10/22 05:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Everything Bad Hurricanes Tornadoes Earthquakes YIPES!

In my time, I have ridden out several hurricanes. What many people do not remember is that hurricanes often used to have much less notice than they do these days. Most memorable to me is one of my childhood. We lived on a largish sailboat. We got notice over the broadcast radio that this storm would be on us in less than a day. This was the first we had heard. (It is actually interesting that we did. The radio required 3 different batteries to work and usually on of them was dead.) The was no time to get the boat out of the way - sailboats like that are not very fast. So, my father sent all four (five counting the dog) ashore to find high ground to wait out the storm. We did. We talked about this until my father died and he still said that if he had solid warning, he would have gotten us out of the path. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/09/22 09:14am Around the Campfire
RE: need new gps.

Sadie, If you do not venture off major routes, a cell based GPS will do just fine. Some can be set for your coach's dimensions and that is good. We tried this (once) and even with the maps re-loaded as far as we expected to go, we still ended up driving off the end of the earth. Kind of like Columbus's four ship. The cartography in the Garmin charts seems to be pretty good, but I suggest that you look at as many as you can find and possibly even borrow for a day or three. Google maps might be more up to date, but using them is dependent on having signal and even with out external antenna and 3wERP repeater, we can still loose coverage when off the blue roads. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/07/22 06:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1974 Dometic Refrigerator Thermostat

Mark, Have you tried contacting any of the Amish refrigerator repair places? I don't have any links, so you will have to search this on your own. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/05/22 08:48am Tech Issues
RE: Help sick Charge Wizard

As Wa8yxm said, they are nice people. In Michigan, so remember the time zone, but they have really good support. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/04/22 10:41am Tech Issues
RE: Routing/trip planning app ???

The best two ever are gone. I still use one for major planning, but I will morn the loss of these two for as long as I travel. Both took some learning to make them fully capable, but they were both capable of planning to a lever that nothing current is even near. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/28/22 08:03am Roads and Routes
RE: External hard drive info??????....UPDATE

Joelyn, I suggest that you look at, or at least estimate the amount of storage you need. There are, as been said above, some differing possibilities. These all have variations in convenience, reliability and cost. One and two terabyte drives either mechanical or solid state are very available. Mechanical drives are still a cost advantage, but they have parts and in hard work they have a limited life. They can also be damaged by mechanical shocks like being dropped. Solid State drives have a slight cost penalty (today), but they don't have parts that wear out. They can be damage by electric surprises so care must be taken to prevent this from happening. USB thumb drives have also been mentioned. When you come up with a requirement, this is something you should consider. The storage cost used to be high, but it has come down. They have an access speed disadvantage but very high durability. I believe the oldest I still have in service is over 20 years old and very small. In all that time, I have only had one actually fail. (I can't blame the one that the puppy chewed up.) I hope this has been some help to you. I do suggest that you buy a name you recognize from a known supplier. There is some junk out there. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/27/22 12:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Alcohol Detection Systems in All New Vehicles

I think this is just one more case of the government wanting to throw more of our money at a problem that does not affect enough people, but will get some thinking that they do care about us more than a rat's ass. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/26/22 10:03am Around the Campfire
RE: Just Asking

Bluedog, I think the better question is should he be called mentally unstable if he ever bought an RV. Motorhomes are the worst..... In reality, if you have to get top dollar and you are not paying storage fees, you might wait until people have their tax return in hand and are thinking about spring. If you need to get rid of it fast, this is the time to sell it because the bargain hunters are always looking. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/24/22 05:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: November travel

Bert and Heather, Because of our strange circumstances, we used to often travel late in the year. Yes, we got snockered in a couple of times. Fortunately the first time it was early in the excursion and we had fully provisioned. That was really good. We just hunkered down somewhere out of everyone's way and watched the chaos unfold through the warm windows. About a day and an half later, we ventured out onto the highways again. At the first opportunity we refilled the LP and other provisions to in the case that we might get hit again. (We didn't that time.) Ever since, when traveling late in the year we always have three solid days of provisions so we had hold up rather than be in the mayhem. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/20/22 07:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

Synergy, You do not include very much information except California. If you do not have to have an FHU site, you might investigate Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome. They are two very different versions managed by the same group. HH places you at commercial establishments. Most are limited to a single night and it is hoped that you will buy some of what they are selling. BW is just people with room to park for a night (or maybe more - usually in the profile). We are BW hosts in Michigan and we get to meet a lot of interesting people. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/19/22 10:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Finally replaced my propane regulator

Joe, Watch out for that one. There is one size pipe thread that will seem to go into one size of inverted flare fitting and it may even seem to "make up". But the pipe thread is taper and the nut for the inverted flare is not. If you are unsure of a female fitting, look in and if the bottom is nice looking, it is a most likely a flare. If the threads just "run out" it is a pipe fitting. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/18/22 05:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Handling home office equipment - hanging files

I had to move such a box several times. The first time, folders did jump off the rails. Then I packed the top with several layers of bubble wrap and even the box that fell upside down stayed engaged. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/13/22 10:21am RV Lifestyle
RE: OH to CT- I-80 or I-90?

OK K, You don't tell us where you are starting, but you want to stay clear of NYC at all cost. I-80 was rough as hell the last time we drove it, but it you run it to I-81 and take that to Scranton then you can run I-84 to Hartford. No tolls except the bridge. Be sure to check the toll rates before even considering the NYTW. They see you coming and they love it. If you want a nice ride, the southern tier is nice. That takes you a bit out of the way. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/13/22 10:15am Roads and Routes
RE: AAA Roadside Service

Our story is much like some others here. Yesterday (Sunday September 12) we had a problem that forced a shutdown on I-96 about 20 miles east of the state capitol. I called AAA. I gave them all the information. We had not heard for an hour when My wife called them again. This time she was told that they had nobody to send to get us off the highway. I was a AAA member for nearly 50 years. This is the second time I have had an RV policy there. This time just short of 20 years. I tried to use it twice before and one of those was also a failure, but at least that time they called and told us. This current mode of operation I find completely unacceptable. If someone else had not started this thread, I would have. We did get help after my wife called the police and asked for a lead. That worked our great. An officer came by and said he had one on the line. We and the coach got home. The nearest place than could do what she needs is another 100 miles, so I will do it - just not on the side of the road and I will have to order parts. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/12/22 07:23pm Class A Motorhomes
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