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RE: Winter cover for TT

We have two motorhomes and leave one of them covered all winter. I bought a good quality breathable rv cover which covers the entire motorhome. I then bought a blue plastic tarp of a size that covers the roof and only comes down over the sides and front and rear cap about a foot. The tarp does NOT cover the windows. I leave a roof vent open(it has a vent cover over it). We get quite a bit of snow, wind, and rain and I have never had any mildew or mold because of the breathable cover and the tarp not covering the windows. We also have never had any chafing on the motorhome since the tarp only comes down about a foot over the edge of the roof. You could leave a window cracked if more ventilation is wanted. This method has worked for several years for us without any problems. Why do you use a tarp on top of the cover?
coolmom42 09/25/20 11:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need New TV

Beware newer Visio TV’s do not have a built in tuner so no over the air capability. Some of them do. If it's called a TV it has a tuner. If it's called a monitor/display, it does not have a tuner.
coolmom42 09/24/20 09:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Need New TV

I agree with your assessment. Vizio P, M, and most E series have no tuners. Some model E and all series D have tuners. Depends on the size, mostly. IME smaller ones don't have tuners, but are great with devices like a Roku or Chromecast.
coolmom42 09/24/20 09:44pm Technology Corner
RE: Need New TV

I would opt for a Roku device over the built-in apps on a TV. I've had both, and the Roku apps work MUCH better and get updated more often. You also have a ton more choices. All you need to use a Roku is a HDMI port. If the TV has a powered USB, you can use that for the Roku power. Otherwise, the Roku needs a separate USB adapter for its power.
coolmom42 09/24/20 09:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Wiring issues...

Maybe "wiggle" was a bad word choice. He went through each wire on the converter and noticed some of the screws were loose. Once he tightened them up. The issue was gone. Loose connections are the cause of many many electrical problems in RVs. It's a good idea to go through the entire RV and check all the accessible connections. And I agree with the labelling thing. I have a little Brother printer and it saves my sanity.
coolmom42 09/24/20 09:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class C side mirror questions

Don't make the hinges too easy to operate. Otherwise, you'll find you have to roll down the window and push them back out into position at intervals when driving somewhere. Guess how I know this.... HAHA guess I will figure out where the fine line is. :D
coolmom42 09/24/20 09:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Settle this for Sequoia and 4Runner owners...

I towed with an older Sequoia for a while. Key is to downshift at the beginning of a grade (up OR down) so you have torque going up and control going down. I don't understand why people are so reluctant (lazy?) to do this, and want the electronics to make all the decisions for them. Just do it--it's not rocket science.
coolmom42 09/24/20 09:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Settle this for Sequoia and 4Runner owners...

Our 2013 4Runner, will downshift on a decent, once your speed exceeds 5 mph over the cruise control set point. Of course....you must have the cruise control activated to enjoy this feature! ?? memtb Thanks, this will be a hoot for my Sequoia, 4runner and Tacoma/Tundra driving friends if they don't know. this yet. One friend said that his SUV pulling his RV becomes a bit scary wobbly going downhill at 60 miles per. hour at. I-80. Eastbbound from Donner peak. Perhaps he can set the cruise control at 55 mph to keep control. Or perhaps he should just use his brake and transmission control to tow at a reasonable speed. GOOD GRIEF if you are wobbly, SLOW DOWN before you get in a sway situation.
coolmom42 09/24/20 09:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Does RV antifreeze go bad?

It doesn't generally go bad. The dye may fade or change over time, but the ethanol and/or propylene glycol doesn't break down, at least over the course of a few years, assuming the container is closed so the contents cannot evaporate. If it's a few decades old or has evidence of some weird slime growing or something like that, I'd probably pass, but otherwise it shouldn't be any problem at all. This.
coolmom42 09/24/20 09:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thinking about buying a class c

Number 1 thing is to decide on a budget. Be sure to include enough for taxes and registration. Also allow for critical things after you need it, such as tires, or appliance replacement. You will also want to have some funds for general setup, such as dishes, bedding, etc. Number 2 thing is that it have no water leaks. Go over it with a fine-tooth comb. Number 3 thing is that you and your wife are going to be happy in it. *Are you agile and willing to use the over-cab bunk? Does one or both of you get up a lot at night? Consider bed access. Consider that you might split your sleeping arrangements, if that is something that will make life simpler. *Does it have a comfortable place for both of you to sit? Consider if you are computer users or TV watchers or hobbyists. You want a spot to do all of that and a standard dinette is probably not going to be comfortable for 2 people to do things. Maybe look for a sofa, or a setup where you could readily replace the dinette with a loveseat or twin recliners. *Are you people who can travel light or do you have to bring the kitchen sink? Take into consideration the inside storage. For 2 people IMHO the best floor plan is going to have a slide-out so you don't fall over each other all the time while trying to cook, eat, and move around in the RV. That gets really annoying. I do not have a slide but I am mostly by myself. There are lots of tips for pre-buying inspection checklists. Do your reading and learn about what to look for. Decide on your parameters and set up alerts on RVTrader. Be willing to wait a while to get exactly what you want.
coolmom42 09/24/20 09:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C side mirror questions

Does your mirror look like this, http://www.pacificrvmirrors.com/v/vspfiles/photos/714908-2T.jpg That is the standard mirror for the RV,it will fold in,just push on it and it will fold in. I have the same one on my Chevy RV. https://i.imgur.com/GBVai8xl.jpg height=300 I fold them in to park in my space at home. Guess I just need to push harder on mine, and then lubricate the hinge!
coolmom42 09/23/20 03:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C side mirror questions

I was under the impression they all fold in . If a mirror is folded in you cant see to back up. You would have to pull forward or back up blind. Maybe I need to push harder on mine! I would like to be able to fold it in when parked in a parking lot, to avoid having someone else clip it.
coolmom42 09/23/20 03:31pm Class C Motorhomes
Class C side mirror questions

Is there any type of aftermarket side mirrors for Class C (2014 Chevy 450) that will allow the mirrors to fold in? Seems to me the width with mirrors should be specified somewhere, so a person can figure out parking needs, without having the actual vehicle available.
coolmom42 09/23/20 02:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fresh water problem

It's possible you did not sanitize and flush your water heater. The sanitizing mixture should go through the water heater, even if it's been drained. Make sure it's not set to bypass, as it probably was when you winterized. All kinds of nasties can grow in there.
coolmom42 09/23/20 02:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Surrounded By Sheep!

Very cool!
coolmom42 09/22/20 11:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Floors

Lots of problems with the foam core floors getting soft spots. The stuff in the middle gets soft with use. I would rather have a wood floor with vinyl tile or sheet vinyl on top.
coolmom42 09/22/20 10:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wifi in Remote locations

Sometimes you can't.
coolmom42 09/22/20 10:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Adding USB and 12v outets to my 2 RVs

Yep, I really do own 2 RVs, the ones in my signature line. I have a lot of photo equipment and other things that need charged when I'm out adventuring. In my truck camper I switched things around part way through the project and ended up with a 12v battery monitor up near the control panel, and 12v / USB down below. Here's how I did it in the truck camper. In my Nash 17k, I connected the 12v and USB to the stereo power lead, which is right next to where I mounted them. 12v and USB in my Nash 17k Nice video. Something I plan to do! How does one go about locating, accessing, and identifying the wiring to something like the stereo? The inside entertainment setup has some cubbies around it that would provide a good location for chargers. There is also an outside unit that I never intend to use (TV, speakers) and would like to use the power supply to that system, too.
coolmom42 09/20/20 11:09pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Ford F150 STX V6

Why not keep your current truck?
coolmom42 09/20/20 10:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Very nice campground near I90 in Adrian, Minn

Thanks for the tip. IME city and county campgrounds in Minnesota are all nice.
coolmom42 09/20/20 10:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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