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RE: senior pass

Another vet here. Incredible that someone can equate working at a 7-11 with military service. Let me guess how much skin you have in the game. Thanks for the support. I was beginning to believe that I was the only one that was bothered by this.
jplante4 12/12/19 06:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Question

There are 2 places where the house and chassis batteries are cross connected 1. Through the isolator 2. Though the battery boost switch Either of those 2 could be bad. On a previous coach, the PO had a habit of jamming the boost switch with a screwdriver when he charged the chassis batteries. After some time it failed. Other than that, I'd be looking for a current draw on the house side. Install a knife switch on the negative side of the house and use an ammeter to measure across the open switch.
jplante4 12/11/19 06:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: senior pass

The clerk at the local 7-11 risks being shot by a crack head every day all the interest of selling someone a Slurpee. Do they deserve a discount for their service? A good friend of mine was electrocuted and permanently disabled while working as a lineman for the power company. I can make a very good case that his service (keeping the power on) is a much greater need than a peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. Does everyone who works for the utility companies deserve special discounts? Both fishing and logging have higher death rates than military service. And over that last 40 years only in 5 years were the deaths in military service higher for combat than for accidental deaths. That means even in military service you are more likely to die or be injured by a bad driver than a bomb. And any one of those people could walk away from any one of those jobs if they felt the risk was too big. If the owner of the 711 told that clerk when he/she was hired that they'd probably get shot doing the job, do you really think they would take the job anyway? Well before the number of deaths in any of those professions reach the 58,000 lost in southeast Asia, the government will step in and take measures to stop the carnage. I notice you didn't bring up police and fire fighters in your examples. Maybe you just have a problem with people who are wiling to risk their life for you. Like a recent Facebook meme said. If you want to thank a vet for their service, be the kind or person worth dying for.
jplante4 12/10/19 01:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: jack pads

I used some composite fascia board left over from a deck project. Cut them to 12X12 and tripled them up. At Ho D
jplante4 12/10/19 06:19am General RVing Issues
RE: You don't need it.

There are a few things you need to take. Oh sure, you can buy stuff on the road, but that's why I own 2 basin wrenches and 3 caulking guns.
jplante4 12/09/19 03:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: senior pass

I can make a case for "duty and honor" in almost all professions. Heck, the guy who drives the trash truck fulfills a duty of keeping our cities and towns free of garbage. And if there was an explosive hidden under one of the streets this guy was collecting garbage on, then this would be a reasonable comparison.
jplante4 12/08/19 11:11am General RVing Issues
RE: senior pass

Besides, why should you and I pay less than a hard working family? This would be a great argument when the social security checks equal that of a hard working family.
jplante4 12/07/19 06:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone Questions

Moved from General RVing.
jplante4 12/06/19 03:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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

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jplante4 11/27/19 07:12am Tech Issues
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