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RE: Notify Moderator failure.

You can always PM me On it.
jplante4 12/04/19 07:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas station guide

I have the same issue getting diesel off interstate. Gas Buddy then Google maps in street view. Try to choose stations with islands parallel to the convenience store.
jplante4 12/04/19 06:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Maryland to Washington State -- best routes

Ok, your pace (400 miles a day) is about the same as ours. We also like to stay in a spot 2-3 days (more if there's a lot to see). This is our route from Cape Cod,starting Aug 1 2018 and returning Oct 20th. For reference, we were in Diluth (stop #12) on Labor Day and Dodge City (stop #20) Sept 20-23. https://i.imgur.com/9E3A4pIl.png If we were able to go with the original plan, we would have been in Seattle area around Sept 20th. The plan from there was to head south and follow I-84 along the Columbia River, and then down I-15 to the Grand Canyon and back on US50. We would have needed another month (should have left July 1st).
jplante4 12/03/19 01:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: What jack to have onboard for roadside tire changes?

I did buy a bottle jack when I got my first motor home. It had 19.5 wheels and I was 10 years younger. I also carried a spare tire mounted and jack stands. Watched a video about changing a tire and using a jack stand as a lever under a wrench on a long pipe. I was ready :) When I got the Sahara (22.5 wheels), I got new tires as soon as I picked it up and kept one of the old (unmounted) tires in the basement for a spare. I also joined Coach-Net. Finally threw out the spare last year. At almost 70, I won't be changing any tires.
jplante4 12/02/19 04:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar panels. Looking to buy several.

You'll want to feed the batteries through a controller to keep the voltage withing acceptable limits for charging batteries. Unregulated solar panels will over charge the batteries and possibly fry your fridge circuit board. If you get a portable kit, they usually come with a controller and all the cables needed to connect to the batteries. GoPower has several sizes to choose from, but they are a little pricey. However, if you're not going to mount the panels on the roof, this may be your best option. More important than how much solar is how much battery. If you have 2 group 24 12v RV/marine "deep cycle" batteries, all the solar in the world won't get you through the night with the furnace running. The general rule of thumb is 100 watts of solar for every 100 amp hours of battery. Mounting the panels on the roof and running wires to the controller and then to the batteries is a medium skill task. Panel brackets are screwed into the roof and require proper sealing. I'd stay away from the cheap panels. Substandard wiring and construction makes them prone to catching fire.
jplante4 11/30/19 07:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 4 year old Forest River vent covers already failed

Hmmm ... I wonder why vent lids can't be made of polycarbonate, AKA Lexan??? I could answer that with a video of a typical vent cover buyer. They walk in, go to the vent lid section (ALWAYS fully stocked), look at the price ($15) and walk away. I always get a kick out of people with a quarter of a million dollars tied up in a motor home risking thousands of dollars in water damage over $15.
jplante4 11/29/19 04:45am Tech Issues
RE: TOGO WiFi system from Winegard/ATT

This guy did a review and it looks pretty complete. I'll be installing one in the spring. I'll be keeping the FMCA Verizon hotspot for a backup, or I may drop that and just use my Verizon tablet for a hotspot backup.
jplante4 11/28/19 12:08pm Technology Corner
RE: 4 year old Forest River vent covers already failed

Forest River uses the same vent manufacturers as everyone else, Camco or Ventline are the most prevalent. The sun beats them up pretty good. At the parts store where I work, we sell a hundred or so every season. MaxAir vent covers do help, and they are a little beefier plastic than the vent lids, but the sun will still degrade the plastic and they are more expensive than vent covers. One advantage to MaxAir covers is that if you park inside or nose into the prevalent wind, you can leave the vent open a crack and vent the inside of the camper in storage. When you go to the parts store make sure you bring one of the old covers. There are 5 different types of hinges.
jplante4 11/28/19 06:49am Tech Issues
RE: Back up camera

We tested this one at the store when it first came out. Incredible range. We took the camera to the shop building (corr. aluminum) and left the camera in the store. 150 and 2 buildings away, the picture was crystal clear. It is a little pricey, but the big issue with the cheap ones is interference over short distances.
jplante4 11/28/19 06:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Maryland to Washington State -- best routes

We were headed that way 2 summers ago. We went up to the UP of Michigan and took US2 across. The plan was to get to Puget Sound but we ran out of time and shortened the goal to Glacier NP. Then that caught fire and we gave up and headed south. We left August 1st because we were warned to be out of the Rockies after September (weather). This last summer, that same route at the same time would have put us in snow. Go figger. US2 is good double two road lane most of the way, with the worse section being in Michigan. It's not interstate so the road goes through towns where the speed limit drops to 35-50 mph, but the open sections are 65 and 70. The larger cities are spaced well for refueling, but the major truck stop chains (Pilot/Flying J/Loves) are not that prevalent. If you're used to using these chains to get propane, you'll need to plan out where you can get some if you take US2. Places to consider stopping at - Pictured Rocks SP in Michigan, the ship channel in Diluth (stay at Burlington Bay CG in Two Harbors), one of the geographic centers of the US in Rugby ND, Glacier NP and Grand Coulee Dam.
jplante4 11/27/19 07:41am Roads and Routes
RE: camera

Moved from General RVing
jplante4 11/27/19 07:13am Tech Issues
RE: Dash camera recommendations

Moved from General RVing
jplante4 11/27/19 07:12am Tech Issues
RE: Nice Looking Classic

One of my classmates at Navy Nuke school had an F250 of this vintage that he put a cap on. Together we altered a cover from an old liberty boat to cover the bed on my 67 GMC and my first camper was born. I don't have any pics because cameras hadn't been invented yet :) On weekends, we traveled up and down the Sierra Nevadas and then the western Rockies when we transferred to Idaho. Some good times. It's funny how seeing an old truck can bring them back.
jplante4 11/24/19 07:43am Truck Campers
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

Way off track now. CLOSED
jplante4 11/22/19 03:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

We all have the same opportunities in this country. Not hardly. How not hardly? How so? Read this from Forbes.
jplante4 11/21/19 01:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: What is an RV Resort??

On our retirement trip, we stopped here. It set the bar pretty high for what an RV resort is. No trailers or fifth wheels, tennis and pickleball courts, 2 pools, privately own landscaped sites with pavers instead of a slab and patio furniture instead of a picnic table. It was pretty nice, but pricey. We normally would not pay to stay at places like this because all those amenities are wasted on us. We just like to sit at the site when we're not out exploring the area. However, they were offering 25% off for first time campers, so it brought the price from outrageous down to merely ridiculous. We compare every campground that calls itself a resort to HHIMR. Nothing has measured up yet. https://i.imgur.com/GGAljWyl.jpg
jplante4 11/21/19 06:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: ? Becoming a KOA Work Kamper for $

It's basically a hiring service for KOA work kampers. Doesn't look like there's any direct connection to KOA and I didn't see anywhere on their web site where they claim it's easier to get a work kamper position through them. You're paying $35 for access to their jobs database.
jplante4 11/20/19 12:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Nice Looking Classic

Interesting side story. I mentioned that the truck was older than all but one of the techs that would be working on it. Guess who had to get it started? Apparently, someone cracked down on the air cleaner and jammed the throttle closed. They had to get the old man to figured it out.
jplante4 11/20/19 12:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

I wasn’t going to get the involved but this has been an amazingly civil thread (of course I haven’t seen what’s been deleted :) ) Dave Surprisingly, I haven't deleted any posts. It's been pretty civil. Let's not ruin it. Spoke too soon. :(
jplante4 11/20/19 09:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

I wasn’t going to get the involved but this has been an amazingly civil thread (of course I haven’t seen what’s been deleted :) ) Dave Surprisingly, I haven't deleted any posts. It's been pretty civil. Let's not ruin it.
jplante4 11/20/19 07:55am General RVing Issues
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