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RE: Portable or Hardwired EMS?

Depending on where your 30A/50A shore power cord is stored, you can plug a portable EMS like the PT-30X into your shore cable, keep the portable inside the (lockable?) electrical bay compartment, and buy a second 30A shore power extension cord, and use that between the electrical bay/EMS and the c/g power post. Cheaper to lose an extension cord than the EMS. It's how I do it. If your portable ever fails for any reason, and you're under warranty, it's easier to send it back, than unistalling the hard wired versions or trying to replace parts in it. Brilliant!
Powertour 10/22/19 02:07pm Tech Issues
Portable or Hardwired EMS?

To me it'd be a no-brainer to have a hard wired unit if we were full timers but we're not. Wondering if it'd make more sense to get an exterior unit considering: - We're weekenders - I can see where we might change out rigs sometime within the next 5yrs Also, I can see benefit in being able to test different pedestals w/out having to move the rig should a fault be found at an initially assigned spot. Understand a big downside is potential theft of exterior EMS units, just wondering if other than that there's much of a downside to having one.
Powertour 10/22/19 01:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Camping etiquette

For those of you that think people are overly sensitive to others being in their site… would you be ok if you were at say some beach resort hotel & people came onto your room’s deck, took chairs/tables/grill &/or used some property you had on your deck? On the one hand, boisterous neighbors can be a way to meet new friends, but on the other & IMO far more frequent from my experience it ends up being a rude unpleasant stay for the person being encroached on. The sad part is all of it could normally be avoided if the offending neighbor would just talk to you about their plans/activity before it kicked off. The bigger ‘rub’ IMO is the attitude of these kind of people that they can do whatever the hell they want & you can kiss their rear end if you don’t like it. 20-30 people in a single RV site is asinine & supremely disrespectful of anyone else. Those kind of #s should necessitate them having to get a “Group” site somewhere that has group areas. When you pay money for a camp site you’re renting the use of that square footage. To barge into space that someone else is paying for is rude, arrogant behavior. A little respect & common courtesy goes a long long way but too many people choose to not show it to others.
Powertour 10/22/19 12:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble with California

These ag stations are typically so full of derp it's unreal. For instance, just south of Las Vegas on the I-15 you will hit the NV/CA border & just beyond that a CA Ag Inspection station. It's a total joke as the vast majority of the fruits & veggies sold in Vegas come into Vegas from CA. They're not protecting anything, just wasting money & hassling the public. Commercial vehicle inspections for produce are one thing, stopping Joe bag-o-donuts is something else entirely. Oregon story: Friend of mine buys some fresh cherries at a roadside stand somewhere around the Columbia River part of the state. Travels only a few miles south of that point & runs into a Ag Station. Friend tells them he just bought some cherries right up the road.... they demand he hand over the cherries.... WTF. Friend opens his door, puts bag of cherries on the ground, & promptly smashes the you know what out of them.... then hands them over. BRILLIANT on his part as you just know this inspector's brother in law is the cherry seller up the road & the same cherries get sold multiple times after they're confiscated.
Powertour 10/22/19 11:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Covering up holes in paneling

Some great ideas, thanks much everyone!
Powertour 10/22/19 07:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Truckers Atlas ~ Best ~ most preferred

On our last trip out, we were without cell service for three days. That was in Michigan, not the Wild West. That's why we still carry a paper atlas. Boy I got a wake up call on that fact while recently back in the Northeast. Will never get caught without an old-fashioned road atlas again. I don't use a trucker's atlas (no need), I actually like the current Walmart atlas for my purposes.
Powertour 10/18/19 02:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Another "Yuk" thread, or OMG, or what are they thinking?

You're joking, right??? How many times have you placed your raw meat on a cold grill? No-one, but no-one, does not heat the grill to temperature and scrub the crud from the last cook out off the grill by which time _anything_ that _might_ have been on the outside is burned away. Ever seen people use a cold grill as a make-shift table?
Powertour 10/18/19 02:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas / Diesel contamination

No.
Powertour 10/18/19 02:07pm General RVing Issues
Covering up holes in paneling

Moron that had my coach before me installed a TV/TV mount in an asinine position at the foot of the rear bed (super low just off the bed surface). In addition to having to strain your next to watch any TV back there the TV itself was right in the way of pretty much everything & we were constantly making contact with it. So, I moved everything up high now but was left with about a 1/2 dozen holes in the wall that are probably around 5/16ths - 3/8ths in diameter. We can't do the obvious & 'hang a picture over them' b/c again, the holes where the TV mount was is super low on the wall. Any other suggestions on how to plug/cover/patch would be appreciated. Push come to shove I'll just leave them but they're kind of an eye sore given what the previous owner did & how it did it. Thanks in advance!
Powertour 10/17/19 11:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

I see both sides of this issue. I generally agree having a campfire is VERY much a part of the experience however, I've been on the other side of things where I've had people make a fire 5-6' from the side of my rig, had neighbors w/fires where the smoke was just blasting us out of our rig (for hours & hours). What I have a huge problem with is places that don't allow for controlled flame stuff such as propane fire rings & the like. To me that's just asinine.
Powertour 10/17/19 11:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Modern Food?

Also, I'm a pretty good cook, so why would I go out to eat to get something like roast beef? I can make a good roast beef at home pretty easily. When I go out to eat, I want to eat something I either can't make at home, or would be a big pain to make at home (like good BBQ). I've found that we can't eat out for a good quality meal for less than $50 including drinks anymore. Often it's closer to $75. So many people still expect a good meal for $10/plate or less. These days, even fast food can get near the $10/meal mark. +1
Powertour 10/16/19 02:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery (really solar panel) Disconnect Question

Yeah the charge controller I inherited with this setup is a Chinese LMS unit. I don't see anything in the sparse (key word) documentation that says to avoid having panels wired to the controller unit if you don't have a battery bank wired up/connected at the same time. From the LMS manual: Caution: For secure installation, must follow below connect sequence: First battery, second load, and the last photovoltaic panel. ………………………………………………………………… Appreciate you pointing that out.... the only manual I'd found online didn't reference that.
Powertour 10/16/19 10:26am Tech Issues
RE: Battery (really solar panel) Disconnect Question

Yeah the charge controller I inherited with this setup is a Chinese LMS unit. I don't see anything in the sparse (key word) documentation that says to avoid having panels wired to the controller unit if you don't have a battery bank wired up/connected at the same time.
Powertour 10/16/19 09:54am Tech Issues
Battery (really solar panel) Disconnect Question

Would like to put a simple battery disconnect switch between my charge controller & the house batteries vs between the rooftop solar panel & the charge controller. Any potential issues doing it this way? Back Story: Solar was installed prior to me owning the coach & the way it was done leaves me no good access to put a disconnect switch between the solar panel & the controller, at least not without turning this want into a major project, which I'd like to avoid if I can.
Powertour 10/16/19 07:19am Tech Issues
RE: Toyo tires?

Absolutely nothing wrong with them! I currently prefer Coopers in my area as I can get them much fresher than the Toyos here & I've had excellent service out of them on both a 4x4 pickup & my Class C.
Powertour 10/09/19 11:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Planning a trip to the southwest US and renting an RV

Fly into Las Vegas & rent from there. You have multiple choices of rental outfits in Vegas to choose from but I would seriously consider using services such as RV Share & Outdoorsy if I were in your shoes. A guy I work with has 2 RVs he rents out on the side & it seems like a win-win to me but at the end of the day it's about the money (whomever comes out best in a cost-comparison would likely get my biz). My bottom line .02: Vegas is in easy RV striking distance of pretty much everything out West & is super easy to fly in to with it being one of the busiest airports in the nation.
Powertour 10/08/19 09:01am Beginning RVing
RE: New Ford Chassis

This!: I'm pretty sure the Chevy 4500 is already dead, or at least on hiatus. They announced last spring they were allocating more production to the Colorado (which is made on the same line). Navistar was supposed to take over the Express cutaway in 2018, but got caught up in the Silverado MDT production. All of the large RV makers have removed the Express 4500 from their new floorplans, and I'm not seeing any new bare chassis for sale, only built-out cube trucks. The new E-series has many upgrades (a few examples: lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, active cruise control, new instrument panel architecture) that indicate they indent to keep it around a while. The Sprinter being put into heavier service IMO is a non-starter, at least until they come out with a more powerful powertrain.
Powertour 09/30/19 05:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Novice looking for an upgrade to Class C

Short Class C's have less comfortable sleeping and limited cupboard and storage space. Need to convert a sofa into a bed or sleep in overhead can get on your nerves. A 27 footer without slides and rear bedroom with RV Queen bed is the best compromise compared to a much longer or shorter rig/floor plan. Agree w/above. Ours is a 25'model that runs 26' in real length. I have no issue with the ride or performance of the Ford E-chassis / V10 combo. I like not having a slide(s) at this point in my life. Have no problem with space in it.... I like it more than I thought I would, we like the physical size of it for many reasons. However.... One of the ONLY things we don't prefer about the one we have is the corner bed. A queen that you could get around would make all the difference in the world (to the good).
Powertour 09/25/19 12:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Albuquerque Balloon Festival Questions

I've heard that staying at the festival grounds is the best experience though. Kinda what I've heard as well that's why I'm thinking of taking a run at staying there for at least a couple of days.
Powertour 09/24/19 02:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Options for Replacement Mattresses?

Over the weekend we tried a work around of sorts. We ordered up 2 air mattresses from Amazon put them between the Winnebago 'mattress' & our foam pad topper, then covered the setup with sheets etc. Probably wouldn't work for a full-timer situation but for a sample of 1 weekend it worked fantastically..... slept like rocks Link to type we used here if interested
Powertour 09/24/19 02:00pm Class C Motorhomes
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