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RE: Itasca Ellipse 42QD - Drain/condensation line

Can't say where water is coming from, but if you are using water pump it would certainly be pulsing off and on with that amount of water. Using city water a minor leak can occur without being noticed sometimes. Good luck hope you figure it out soon.
Sandia Man 01/19/21 11:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full time with DirectTV

We have had both Directv and Dish over the last couple of decades, they don't know if you are obtaining your satellite signal from their antenna mounted on your home, or in the middle of nowhere when you are in your RV. With Directv we just used a bedroom receiver that we brought along while RVing. With Dish we purchased VIP receivers and added them to our account avoiding the hassle of bringing receivers from home. With Directv we have always set up our own satellite antenna upon arriving to our destination, we want full HD and the automated domes just don't have the ability to provide Directv in HD. We just purchased the same antenna we had at home from an online source, used a homemade stand or tripod we purchased, taking less than 10 minutes to have all the same channels we have at home, out of the spotbeam we lost local channels. If you currently have service with Directv, you can eliminate or add receivers as needed, no real need to tell them that you are not at home anymore. Address is primarily for billing and spotbeam purposes, you can just have the receivers in your RV activated and pay your bill automatically online. We are currently with Dish and using MyDish.com and their RV outdoors page, we can have locals from home or wherever we happen to be.
Sandia Man 01/19/21 11:05am Full-time RVing
RE: Road side assist

It might be nuts, but we just had my DD's tiny Chevy Spark towed to the dealership, cost more than that and they sent out the smallest tow truck I've ever seen to do the job. Like most insurance, appears to be a waste of money until you really need it. I personally would have more faith in FMCA than anything related to CW/GS, for us the price difference is nominal, what I would spend on a decent dinner for my DW and I or half a tank of gas for our rig.
Sandia Man 01/07/21 09:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Frosted dual pane window

Great advice above, I have seen videos on Youtube years ago that stated the same thing. Can be a DYI project, although the overall process might be more than most would attempt. I do pretty much all the repairs, maintenance, and upkeep of all my motorized and towable RVs over the last 3 decades, I would probably let the pros handle this scenario. Thankfully our Monaco has not experienced this issue, I know it will eventually occur some time down the road. Good luck, it would be a pain not being able to see our driver/passenger side mirrors and solely rely on our side cameras to maneuver down the road.
Sandia Man 01/07/21 09:35am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: I Like Verizon, But.....

Can say that my phone on the verizon network has very little issues with having service. In fact, here out west where coverage can be spotty my verizon service is often the only phone that can actually make calls, particularly when we're RVing in remote areas. T-Mobile and ATT have occasional lack of service in many smaller towns, and Sprint is nearly useless outside of major cities. We have been in both Tucson area (Kartchner Caverns) and a few days in Amarillo in the last few months, neither location posed any issues with our Verizon service. I have had friends and family having issues with dropping calls and lack of service that turned out to be phone related, maybe problem is more hardware related than network availability. Good luck, hope you find resolution quickly, these days we can hardly survive without our cell phones.
Sandia Man 01/07/21 09:21am Technology Corner
RE: Toad or No Toad ?- Grand Canyon road trip in a 23' class A

With the size of your RV you simply don't need a toad, our rig at roughly 40' we don't leave home without one. Your choice overall anyway, lots of good advise thus far, plenty of pros and cons to either choice. Have fun out here in the West, hope all goes as planned, would be fun to read about your adventures here on the forum.
Sandia Man 01/07/21 08:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What can you expect off MSRP?

Be as well informed on current market pricing if you are at the purchasing stage, a deal can be had no matter the time of year, state of economy, or national/global crisis we might be enduring. Since MSRP varies widely, knowing the high and low range across the region helps to identify quickly if a dealer is just jerking your chain, saves the hassle and aggravation. Better deals are everywhere if you are willing to travel, we drove nearly 1K miles to get our current rig. We all want to think we made the ultimate killer deal, rest assured the dealer made it's margin, and then some if falling for any of their upselling tactics. After always buying new, we decide to go with a lightly used Class A, 16K miles and $20K below market.
Sandia Man 01/06/21 12:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Backup cam - not sure what to do with it

As it came it certainly will need some additional purchases to make it usable for your situation. Up to you if you want to utilize it, probably better to start out with a complete multi-camera system as adding another single camera is really not worth the effort IMO.
Sandia Man 01/05/21 09:58am Technology Corner
RE: Comparing New Tires for trailer

Of the 2 choices I would go with the Carlisle HD, Carlisle ST tires have improved over time. Goodyear and Maxxis ST tires are better choices, keep in mind that ST tires need to be aired up to max psi for best results. Secondly, they are really only good for up to 5 years, that is when we always got a new set, never had any blowouts or even a flat with our ST tires, and yes we went above the 65mph threshold as needed. Main failure points for any ST tire is improper inflation and overloading, common occurrence since manufacturers barely put enough axle and tire under most of their rigs to begin with.
Sandia Man 01/05/21 09:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Replacement magazine

Not that the prior version held me spellbound, but at least it would hold my interest for up to an hour. Received the new incarnation and literally ten minutes later it was in the recycle bin, way too much fluff, will not renew when subscription expires.
Sandia Man 01/05/21 09:40am Good Sam Club
RE: Avoiding Low clearance routes

Staying on interstates and major highways will pose no issues to taller RVs, more of an issue on the east coast than in the West as it pertains to low lying overpasses. As pointed out above there are plenty of solutions for those with taller RVs, we didn't fret too much when we had our 5er at over 13', we always use the interstates whenever possible anyway, just faster and more convenient overall. Here's hoping you love the RVing lifestyle as much as we do, over 3 decades and we still can't wait to get on the road.
Sandia Man 01/05/21 09:31am Beginning RVing
RE: RV Magazine

Although I have owned TTs, 5ers, and toyhaulers over the 3 decades of RVing, at this point I do want to have a magazine more specific to motorhomes. Secondly, too much fluff, hardly any articles worth reading, after ten minutes I was pretty much ready to toss it in the garbage. Won't renew when the time comes unless there is some changes to keep my interest, prior editions at least kept me interested for an hour or two at best.
Sandia Man 01/05/21 09:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Top down view of motorhome

Most Class A rigs already have multiple cameras (ours has 4) making parking, driving, and changing lanes a breeze. A top down image would be nice, although it is not something I would fret about not having or plan to invest in the near future.
Sandia Man 01/03/21 11:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using Side/Rear Cameras for Security

Like many have said above, our four camera system can work independently from ignition switch, sure we can use it whenever but it is rare indeed that we use it for security purposes. Same thing as most have indicated, for the 3 decades we have been RVing never had any issues, of course we are prepared for such occurrences. You could add cameras hardwired to 12 volts, lots of options on Amazon and Ebay.
Sandia Man 01/03/21 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: question about service

I guess if it is still under warranty you could take it in, I never did take our rig in for service during the first year. Rather than leave it for who knows how long, dealer provided parts under warranty and I fixed it myself. It could simply be toilet valve or one of the hose connections that is leaking, I do all my own work over the last 3 decades on several RVs we owned, knowing full well the work I do is going to be better than what any RV dealer will provide. Good luck!!!
Sandia Man 01/03/21 11:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Arizona Hwy 89 ALT info please

Traveled this scenic byway many times, only once while towing our rig. Being that there is such an elevation change from Flagstaff to Sedona, there are lots of challenging sections in either direction. Sure, it can be done but I prefer using I-17 south to Sedona area than traversing 89A in our 40' Class A. We will use our toad for going up and down from Flagstaff to Sedona via 89A, a truly breathtakingly beautiful panoramic drive that is certainly less stressful when travelling by car.
Sandia Man 12/31/20 09:43am Roads and Routes
RE: Battery life, fridge only

Without AC power your battery will slowly deplete although it takes several days just powering your RV fridge on propane. I have gone a week powering just my fridge, down to 12.1 volts when I finally plugged into shorepower.
Sandia Man 12/30/20 11:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Defective Renogy Solar Panel

I purchased one of their 100 watt suitcase kits 5 years ago, it has performed very well, really helps to give a boost to the panels mounted on the roof. Pretty durable as well, one time I left it on our metal rolling tonneau cover over our truck bed, next day found the wind had blown it off face down unto the ground, about 10' away from the truck. Thought it was a goner for sure, after removing all the dirt, sticks, and rocks the wind had driven into every nook and cranny of the suitcase it worked as if nothing had occurred. Did lose the charge controller as it went through a major storm and it was not water resistant, ordered another from Renogy that is waterproof and it has endured a few storms without issue since.
Sandia Man 12/29/20 05:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Chairs i bought at Camping World No Good nothing done!!

I know I have done the same thing in the past and just assumed all was well since the product was in new condition. As mentioned above, particularly with something that had a rough time being delivered, best to have inspected shipment before return policy expired. I have seen many complaints on Amazon from buyers who waited after the return window to verify proper operation of items purchased. Even Walmart will not accept a return beyond it's stated return window, I have been in the same predicament, no dice, I only have myself to blame.
Sandia Man 12/29/20 03:03pm Camping World RV Sales
RE: Quarantine for Florida trip?

Here in our neck of the woods we have been on a statewide lockdown pretty much since it all started, zero dining in restaurants and all state parks closed for RVers. We have traveled to neighboring states of TX, AZ, CO to be able to enjoy RVing during the pandemic. While for the most part people are wearing masks and practicing social distancing in these less restricted states, there are many who scoff at the notion. We didn't fret or just hide in our RV the whole time, we enjoyed ourselves immensely since we have no problem following CDC guidelines.
Sandia Man 12/29/20 02:48pm General RVing Issues
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