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RE: How to navigate Los Angles to Long Beach?

It's been more than a few years since I lived in the San Fernando valley, but I always took I-405 to I-710 when going to Long Beach. I opt for fewer freeway interchanges, especially when towing.
Seattle Steve 01/02/22 05:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: The more the merrier...

It's nice he got AZ street plates. That's one of 5 things required for an OHV to be street legal in Arizona. The others: mirrors, horn, lighted license plate, and most importantly, full liability insurance just like a car or motorcycle.
Seattle Steve 11/19/21 02:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toilet broke loose!

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Seattle Steve 11/09/21 01:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Tucson AZ area recommendations?

Thanksgiving weekend camping is extremely popular with the locals in Tucson, so the best places have been booked for months. If you can avoid that weekend the best places for short stay are Catalina State park and Gibert Ray county park. Note the county park only has a few sites suitable for big rigs.
Seattle Steve 11/07/21 03:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Flying J frustrations - Alternatives?

It’s not just a matter of the convenience of using the RV lane for fueling it’s also a matter of having a place to park after fueling. (One of my pet peeves is motorists who disappear after fueling while others are waiting in line) I like the convenience of Flying J, and I am willing to pay a little extra for the convenience. I admit I was venting a little about bad service, but my main reason for posting was to see if other travelers might be aware of an equivalent setup to Flying J. So far I haven’t heard any. Park, as in free "overnighting"? If that is the case, truckstops are the last place to be as they tend to be busy (noisy) 24/7. We opt for gassing up at fuel places then move to other parking lots like WM.. This yr we used a Interstate rest stop which offered no services and instead of heading into the truck area we parked in the car section (while towing our TT)which was away from the big rigs, was a bit calmer and quieter than overnighting in WM.. Going inside to pay? We don't any more, we used to pay with cash but finding fuel stations that do not require prepaying has gotten difficult.. So, we started to buy prepaid giftcards we bough at home at a discount. The downside to gift cards was they only work at the fuel brand you bought them for. To get around that, we started buying throw away VISA or Mastercard prepaid debit cards and use those in the pump reader. Downside to those cards is the upfront $2-$4 dollar fee when you buy and load them but keeps us from sticking our credit card into pump readers that may have been hacked. Park, as in going inside to browse the store? We don't go to gas stations to browse around their store offerings, they provide a "convenience" to the customer by offering food and trinkets but at a higher cost than if you went to a grocery store.. We buy and carry all of our snacks and drinks we need before leaving on our trips and buy additional snacks and drinks as needed at grocery stores. As far as space goes, we pull a 26ft bumper pull TT, your 32ft 5th isn't that much longer than what our bumper pull is and we really have not had much trouble finding fuel stations large enough to allow use easy access.. It does take some thought before committing to pull in. We also added a 15 gallon "landscaper tank" rated for gasoline a few yrs back that I can pump into the truck tank at any rest stop we make. Adds an additional 150 miles to our 34 gallon truck tank which gets about 340 miles. Basically gives us 49 gallons with 490 miles worth of range. Cut down on the amount of fuel stops we need to make. Nice story! What was the point again? Obviously the point is that if you try hard enough, you can take a relatively simple task and make it extremely cumbersome.
Seattle Steve 10/07/21 02:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best WIFI Hotspot

An advantage to a stand-alone unit is you can go with a different carrier to expand your coverage options.
Seattle Steve 10/04/21 11:53am Technology Corner
RE: PUZZLER: Slides & jacks are dead

Converter problems was my first thought as well. Normally your batteries are charging fine from solar, so you don't notice that the converter isn't working until no solar.
Seattle Steve 10/02/21 12:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Wireless HDMI?

I picked up an old 3rd Gen AppleTV on eBay for about $25 and Airplay from my iPads or iPhone to the AppleTV.
Seattle Steve 09/25/21 12:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Ham License renewal question...?

The title threw me. I've been eating unlicensed ham my whole life.
Seattle Steve 09/25/21 10:26am Around the Campfire
RE: GPS app best one for a iPad

We are trying to decide which app is best to install on our iPAD. You should make sure your iPad has GPS. Most do not. Generally cellular iPads have GPS, WIFI-only iPads do not have GPS.
Seattle Steve 09/22/21 01:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: cleaning tinted tempered glass

I've had good luck with Mr Clean magic erasers. Of course, try it on a corner first, not the middle of a window.
Seattle Steve 09/04/21 03:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Samsung smart tv

I've had that happen with a bad HDMI cable. Since, they're cheap, that's the first thing I would try.
Seattle Steve 08/29/21 10:00am Technology Corner
RE: how do you follow weather on the road

Check out an app called Highway Weather. You enter a destination and click leave now or plan ahead (future time and date.) It plans the route and gives you a breakdown of weather forecast for each hour along the route. Seems to work OK, but frankly we haven't been traveling enough since I found the app a year ago to really use it.
Seattle Steve 05/16/21 09:04am RV Lifestyle
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

FYI: I received this email from FlyingJ yesterday. It doesn't affect me since I don't travel East of the Mississippi river, but it might be helpful to you. One might assume that other stations in the area might have similar issues. To our Valued Guests: We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing Colonial Pipeline situation and are seeing increased demand for gasoline across various markets in the Southeast region. Diesel is still holding steady in most areas. The increased strain on the supply chain is causing supplies to get tighter. Currently, diesel is available at most of our locations with select stores experiencing outages as we work to bring in more supply. We will continue to do everything we can, including bringing in resources and extra drivers from unaffected areas, to meet demand and restore supply where needed at our travel centers. Additionally, please be aware of the recent Georgia Governor’s Executive Order dated May 10, 2021, which suspended the collection of motor fuel and diesel fuel taxes required by Code Section 48-9-3. More details on this are below. We greatly appreciate your patience as we work to keep up with the quickly evolving market and will inform you of any changes to diesel supply availability. Store Operations & Supply Conditions: All locations are open. No Gas, Diesel Only: Pilot #425, Midway, FL Pilot #6996, Warsaw, NC Pilot #6990, Kenly, NC Pilot #256, Danville, VA Pilot #500, Jasper, FL Flying J #712, Columbia, SC No Gas or Diesel: Pilot #7971, Conover, NC (Diesel delivery tonight) Pilot #7996, Monroe, NC (Diesel delivery tonight) No Diesel: Pilot #56, Kannapolis, NC (Diesel delivery tonight) Flying J #713, Latta, SC Pilot #4584, Latta, SC (Diesel delivery tonight) Flying J #623, Quincy/Midway, FL (Diesel delivery tonight) Pilot #4557, Carnesville, GA Georgia Excise Tax Executive Order: We are aware of the recent Georgia Governor’s Executive Order dated May 10, 2021 which suspended the collection of motor fuel and diesel fuel taxes required by Code Section 48-9-3. With the Colonial Pipeline down, we are required to transport fuel from out of state to our Georgia travel centers, which is creating additional issues as several states will require state excise states to be charged if Georgia taxes are not charged. We are attempting to get more information on the proper handling of this order. In the meantime, we request that you maintain your receipts for any cash or credit card purchases made on May 11, 2021 through 11:59pm on May 15, 2021, or until further guidance from the State of Georgia on the best way to handle this situation dictates otherwise. Based on guidance received, we will review all direct bill and billing card invoices and make adjustments or corrections as needed.
Seattle Steve 05/12/21 09:02am General RVing Issues
RE: To portable dump tank or not to portable dump tank...

If I were in your position I would gladly pay someone $20 a week so I wouldn't have to mess with it. Heck, I would pay twice that much...
Seattle Steve 05/11/21 04:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Turbo goes out at 37,000 miles

Heat is the biggest killer. Even though your unit only has 37,000 miles, it is 8-9 years old. That's the magic point where things will mysteriously start failing. That's why you've (hopefully) been putting a couple thousand dollars a year into your repair savings account.
Seattle Steve 04/27/21 03:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cleaning the solar panels

My standard course of action is to pick up a package of bakery cookies, or a pie, or brownies, or whatever, then look for an appropriate neighbor in the campground near me (athletic-looking 20-40 year old), introduce myself, give them the treats, and ask them to do a favor for me. It always works.
Seattle Steve 04/27/21 02:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Houston toll roads

What do you mean by a scary bill? Threatening legal action? Larger than you expected? Didn't expect to get billed at all?
Seattle Steve 04/27/21 10:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Cost for truly unlimited data - Wifi/hotspot

TravelData might be worth investigating.
Seattle Steve 04/23/21 12:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Locking surge protector

A lock will stop the opportunistic thief. It won't mean anything to a professional thief, because they will come prepared with bolt cutters. Unfortunately, with so many new RVers out this year, many of whom completely unprepared and under-funded (purchased an RV without counting all the costs), the opportunistic thefts might seriously increase.
Seattle Steve 04/12/21 01:44pm Tech Issues
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