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RE: Land Between the Lakes

We camped in LBL first week of April last year. Temps ranged from 20's to 70's during the week with snow and frozen water on Saturday morning as we packed up to head home. Piney (TN) and Hillman (KY) have lots of activities for kids and adults. If you choose the North end of LBL, Grand Rivers is a nice little town with plenty of shopping and the best pork chop I have ever tasted. Be a while before they have pork chops again. Patti’s burned.
jkwilson 02/19/19 06:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Why ABS instead of PVC?

Stick to ABS... snip I think this is very much Canada specific. Product availabilty is completely different in the US and Canada. I didn't know that. Being a Canadian contractor, all my experience, knowledge etc is from Canada. With the exception of a couple small projects in Oak Harbour Wa, I've never worked in the US. In all the reno projects I've been involved in, I have never once seen anything but ABS used in drain applications. This includes RV's I've worked on. I think you also tend to see PVC in Canada that is either gray or black. A little searching on Home Depot sites in US and Canada will give startlingly different results in plumbing products.
jkwilson 02/14/19 09:35am Tech Issues
RE: Children Friendly Campgrounds Near Yuma, AZ

I'd suggest you contact the visitor information center and ask them if they know of a place. Do you have a need to be in Yuma or can you look elsewhere? I know there is a place in Blythe, but have never stayed there. I used to work out there quite a bit and a guy I worked with from San Diego brought an RV and his family came to stay with him at Blythe regularly.
jkwilson 02/14/19 05:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ft. Worth to Niagara Falls (Road Trip, No Trailer)

BTW, just in case you don't know, the Canadian side of the falls is much more impressive. Be sure you have passports. For an alternate route home, we have driven from Niagara around Huron (pretty area) and through Sault Ste. Marie with a stop at the locks then down to Mackinac Island for a day. This also gives you the option of visiting Chicago. Surprisingly a very easy city to visit with parking right on the lake at Soldier Field with fairly easy access to the museums along and near the lake. Sue at the Field Museum is awe inspiring. Many other museums in the area. Science and Industry is my favorite, but there are a bunch of interesting museums there.
jkwilson 02/14/19 05:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Why ABS instead of PVC?

Stick to ABS for all your drain stuff. That's what it's made for. I've never measured it but the wall on ABS is at least twice as thick as PVC. 2 different plastics here, and each designed for different purposes. You can throw a chunk of ABS off a building and won't hurt it much. Forget the PVC for the purpose you describe. Drain fittings and more are all designed to fit with ABS, not PVC I think this is very much Canada specific. Product availabilty is completely different in the US and Canada.
jkwilson 02/14/19 05:06am Tech Issues
RE: Ft. Worth to Niagara Falls (Road Trip, No Trailer)

Letchworth State Park is a little past Niagara, but well worth it IMO. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH
jkwilson 02/13/19 04:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: Atwood range electric start mod.

Another benefit is that it is quiet! I did the same with mine. I haven't done the oven yet, but I have the idea in my head that the igniter lead I got for my oven is jacketed in braided metal. I'll try to remember to check. ETA: I got This one and one of the igniter leads is covered with a braided fabric jacket. Whether it will hold up in the oven remains to be seen, but I believe the post I read where I got the idea at least gave me the idea it would.
jkwilson 02/13/19 06:14am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Electric Heater lowers Voltage ??? HARMFUL ???

50 amp is 230vac Single Phase Two hot legs one neutral, standard residential service (technically 120v is split phase, only one leg of the power that is coming to your house) Industrial / Commercial 3 phase uses three Hot Legs and NO NEUTRAL There is no such thing as two phase power in the USA This discussion comes up almost every time somebody mentions 50 service That's because people use different definitions of the word phase. To an electrician or power company worker, the 120/240 is a single phase even with the center tap for the neutral because they use the term phase to describe the service that the power provided to the customer is derived from. To an engineer or a technician, there are two phases on the user's side of the transformer because they use the term phase to describe the timing relationship between the sine waves. Having fixed phase relationships is critical to a power grid, so the idea of variable timing relationships seldom enters a lineman's world. Except at generating stations. BTW, on 3-phase Wye circuits, there is a neutral created from the joining of the phases. Often referred to as a virtual neutral, it can do some bizarre things when the load becomes unbalanced. You'd be amazed at the amount of smoke created when a large motor winding fails.
jkwilson 02/12/19 01:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Rear view camera for trailer

Now and then I think about buying a backup camera, then I remember that I never have a problem backing in. I'm sure I'm not the only one, either. Is it really that much better? Backing is a trivial function for the camera. Clearance for changing lanes and seeing vehicles right on your tail is where they shine.
jkwilson 02/12/19 01:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: SunnyBrook titan 31BWKS

Just be aware they are no longer produced. Winnebago purchased the brand, but doesn't make anything. Not a huge deal since most parts and systems are made by other companies anyway.
jkwilson 02/12/19 01:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric Heater lowers Voltage ??? HARMFUL ???

It could be a sign of a bad connection in the wiring somewhere. A good first step in troubleshooting would be to move the voltmeter around to every outlet, including the one on the pedestal. You should see some that aren't affected as they are on the other leg of the 50A service. Might give you a clue to where the problem is. If you see any of the outlets increase in voltage when the heater is on, immediately shut the heater down, shut off power at the pedestal and disconnect your power cable. That probably means a missing or inadequate neutral connection which can cause serious damage.
jkwilson 02/12/19 09:37am Tech Issues
RE: Southern Indiana to Outer Banks in June

Our daughter was in Chapel Hill for several years, so we made a similar drive many times. I work for the Navy, so I've made the Norfolk drive many times as well. I'd probably prefer the Mt. Airy route if I was just driving. The potential negative there is the area around Charleston, WV. Pretty rugged terrain, so if there is any kind of traffic issue, you don't have an optional route. Several good campgrounds just after Huntington right on the route, so if there are issues, stop for the night and wait it out. Nothing to make me not go that way, just something to watch for. Winston-Salem is kind of a bottleneck during rush hour. Short ramps, narrow roads and not enough lanes. Timing it right will make it much easier. Right before you cross into NC from VA while still on the downgrade, the Love's is about the cheapest fuel you'll see for a while. At least that was our experience. If you have early notice of issues at Charleston, you can go down to Knoxville and across on 40 from there. It's about 20 minutes longer in a car, but the mountain driving is a little worse. Not terrible, just narrower interstate and more traffic IMO. Lexington, KY is a little more than 3 hours from us, so we always stopped there and did a traffic check before committing to the route. If you go through Charlottesville, Shenandoah National Park is on your route and you may get sidetracked. I always hated the last leg of 64 because gas stations all seem like they are 3 and 4 miles off the interstate.
jkwilson 02/11/19 10:38am Roads and Routes
RE: Rear view camera for trailer

I got this one https://www.amazon.com/Haloview-MC7101-Wireless-Reversing-Waterproof/dp/B079M6R7NB/ref=lp_18230184011_1_2?srs=18230184011&ie=UTF8&qid=1549896706&sr=8-2 Works well so far. Happy with it for $180 including shipping.
jkwilson 02/11/19 07:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Dometic RM2652 not cooling

Gaining an understanding of all this stuff is invaluable. I hate to spend money when I don’t need to, but it seems like you needed to and made sure of it.
jkwilson 02/09/19 10:51am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic RM2652 not cooling

Sorry you had to take the kick in the wallet. I’d guess with all you’ve done you’d have shaken out the problem if it was repairable. Only guess left is a cracked weld for the flue pipe which means a new cooling unit anyway.
jkwilson 02/09/19 06:45am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic RM2652 not cooling

I'd try a new orifice before giving up. If somebody stuck something in it, they probably damaged it. Or somebody replaced it with the wrong one for your unit. This isn't just a chunk of brass with a hole in it. There's a man made ruby that's laser drilled inside. At least verify you have the correct #58 orifice in there.
jkwilson 02/08/19 11:10am Tech Issues
RE: What about those houses with RV Garages

In a lot of places, building codes limit the ratio of garage space to living space or limit the height of homes to the point a 14' door is a problem to integrate into a building while still meeting hurricane requirements.
jkwilson 02/07/19 04:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Land Between the Lakes

I'm there every year at the end of March. Nice family place. Plenty to do, but plenty of solitude too. Weather can vary from 40s to 80s. Usually jacket weather which isn't necessarily bad as that means no bugs. I've been there every March since 2001, and most years in a tent. Did have an electric heater for nights though.
jkwilson 02/05/19 12:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: branson missouri

I'll mention two possibilities: 1> Land Between the Lakes (Tennessee/Kentucky) There are many good campgrounds on and between the lakes: private, COE, and state parks. 2> Audubon State Park in Kentucky across from Evansville, IN. A beautiful park and nice campground. Don't know what OP's schedule is, but you are unlikely to find any of those places open until March. you have anymore details as to land between the lakes? places you stayed or pictures? Hillman Ferry is great. Canal is better for an overnight. You can see Hillman Ferry at LBL.org. Canal is a COE property https://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Locations/Lakes/Lake-Barkley/Campgrounds/Canal/
jkwilson 02/05/19 12:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: branson missouri

I'll mention two possibilities: 1> Land Between the Lakes (Tennessee/Kentucky) There are many good campgrounds on and between the lakes: private, COE, and state parks. 2> Audubon State Park in Kentucky across from Evansville, IN. A beautiful park and nice campground. Don't know what OP's schedule is, but you are unlikely to find any of those places open until March.
jkwilson 02/05/19 09:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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