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RE: dedicated charging station for phones, wifi, tablets

I installed something similar (different brand) to the item pictured below in our Motorhome. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61SzGkzQINL._AC_SL1100_.jpg width=640 I couldn't find one that had 2 sets of USB ports, so I replaced the 12v power outlet with a second dual USB socket for a total of 4 USB ports. I then attached a little dollar store letter organizer above the outlets to hold tablets and phones. It worked really well, wish I had done it when we first bought the Motorhome. The new TT has USB ports in both bedrooms, so never bothered installing them in the TT. -Michael Moderator edit to re-size image to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum width.
mgirardo 01/06/20 06:52am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Surveillance Camera Setups on your RV

Hmm. It seems like the consensus is that the camera is mostly a value as a deterrent. I bet you can buy dummy cameras much cheaper that you can install on both sides of the RV and sleep easier. Just saying. That has not been the case in our neighborhood. I have been in charge of our neighborhood pool for the past 10 years. When I took over, I had security cameras installed since our neighborhood pool was located between 2 densely wooded lots and an easy target. Not long after the pool opened for the season that first year, we had a couple hop the fence around 3 am. The man quickly strips down and goes into the pool. The woman appears to be concerned about the cameras. She repeatedly points to the one directly in front of her and looks back and forward between it and the man in the pool. She finally relents, strips down and jumps in the pool. We did share the video footage with police after reporting the break-in. We have had several occasions where folks look directly at the camera before jumping the fence. At night, it is very obvious they are functioning cameras. The lens is ringed by red glowing infrared lights. The pool cameras (8 of them) continually record onto a 3 TB drive. We get about 18 days of storage on the 3 TB drive. I have been asked by local police for copy of the footage of the camera facing the street. The last time, they wanted to use it to determine whether or not their suspect did indeed drive into or out of the neighborhood. -Michael
mgirardo 12/28/19 06:47am Tech Issues
RE: Survey for online reservation vs old school phone and email

1. If I can't reserve online, I don't stay there (except our seasonal site). 2. No. 3. No, if I have reserved a site and the campground staff gives my site to someone else, then I'd move on. If there is a problem with the site and it can't be occupied, then that's different. 4. If the web site says it is unavailable, then it is unavailable. Why it is unavailable is not important to me. 5. We rarely camp with a group, so not important to us. -Michael
mgirardo 12/23/19 05:41am Beginning RVing
RE: Nj to SW Fl

You don't say were in New Jersey you are leaving from, but if you do leave at 2 am, you can take I-95 all the way south to I-10 and avoid DC traffic. We travel from GA to NJ and back multiple times a year. As long as we leave by 3:30 am at the latest, we easily make it to Fredericksburg, VA by 7 am (averaging 74 mph) and avoid all the traffic of Northern VA and DC. The rest of the drive is smooth sailing. We leave from South Jersey (30 minutes from Delaware Memorial Bridge) and usually leave at 3 am. Same thing for the drive north lave GA at 3 am and get to NJ by 3 pm. That's making only 1 stop for gas, food and potty. -Michael
mgirardo 12/19/19 05:55am Snowbirds
RE: Seasonal site N Florida or S Georgia

Coastal GA RV Resort in Brunswick is fully paved, mostly pull thru sites, there are a bunch of back-in sites along the perimeter of the park. They are usually booked for the season, but you can contact them. They are expanding the park, but probably won't be ready for a few months. They are a couple miles from I-95. Can't buy the lot though. -Michael
mgirardo 12/12/19 05:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Handle came off sliding window in my destination trlr

We had that happen with the most used sliding Window in our Class C. The handle was just held in place by friction. There was a piece of rubber between the handle and the glass. We'd put the handle back on and it would fall off again in a day or two. We learned to just slide the window open from the glass. We'd just put our hand on the glass and slide. The window still locked as the lock was not part of the handle. -Michael
mgirardo 12/08/19 04:42am Tech Issues
RE: stopping point/overnight camp between Ohio & Fort Wilderness

...the holiday week traffic... That would be my main concern. I know I-95 is rough all that week between Christmas and New Years, I'm sure I-75 is the same. Stop and go traffic is tough with kids. If you had a Motorhome, maybe not so bad, but since they'll need potty breaks more often, that means getting off the Interstate or trying to pull over and get back into traffic. I would plan on making it as far as you can, but check on campgrounds or stops earlier so you aren't scrambling if you can't get as far south as you want. New Years Day, traffic shouldn't be bad early in the morning. -Michael
mgirardo 11/13/19 05:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Signing a power of attorney for bank when selling your RV

What is the problem with giving Power of Attorney over the title, if you still hold the title in hand? What can a SE Financial do with a Power of Attorney over the title if they don't have the title? I guess get a replacement title. If they get a replacement title, what does that give them? The ability to take the trailer from you? Then what, sell it? I doubt they want to be bothered trying to sell your RV. Sounds to me like they are protecting themselves from the buyer not handing the title over to them so they can file a lien on the RV. Can a stipulation be added to the POA that the POA is null and void without proof of cancelled check showing they paid you for the RV? Not trying to be an a$$, I just have no experience with this outside of a Dealer. -Michael
mgirardo 11/13/19 05:51am General RVing Issues
RE: How to winterize residential refrigerator??

We have a GE Residential Fridge with an ice maker only. I have read online and watched videos for other refrigerators that have a button or a solenoid that can be jumped to force the ice maker to demand water, but there is nothing in the owners manual about either and I haven't been able to find one looking at the fridge. Anyway, what I do is just winterize the rest of the RV, then with a mostly full bottle of antifreeze, I just leave the pump on with the suction tube still in the bottle. I leave the fridge on and wait. The first tray of cubes to come out are usually pink ice cubes, then eventually, it'll be mostly slush coming out. Once it is all slush, I know all the water is out and I am done. When it comes time to de-winterize, we usually wait a few days of making ice cubes, throwing them out as they are made. Then after a few days, all the anti-freeze taste is gone. -Michael
mgirardo 11/11/19 06:36am Tech Issues
RE: Filling Propane While Traveling

Some U Haul locations also refill propane. RV Dealerships do too. -Michael
mgirardo 11/07/19 05:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Closing thread fixes error message.

Yes, it would seem that the issue has been fixed. Threads I couldn't read yesterday morning are now working accessible. -Michael
mgirardo 10/19/19 09:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Is this forum going to get fixed???

It may eventually get fixed. It's much better than it was a couple weeks ago. I am still getting the "We're sorry. An error has occurred." message when I try to view posts with more than 1 page. For instance: https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29955556.cfm. I know a lot of folks just hit the Newest or Active links at the top of the page. Most of the threads in those links don't have more than 1 page, so it's not so prevalent. -Michael
mgirardo 10/18/19 05:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Disney World (not fort wilderness)

3 Years old is a great time to go to Disney. Yes, they won't remember it, but they will have such a great time. You will have a great time watching them. The Disney characters are drawn to little ones, so if your 3 year old isn't really into that, just keep him back from the crowd. The first time we took our kids to Disney (2005), our son was 2.5 years old. Both our kids loved Jo Jo's Circus (not sure if it is still popular) and we ran into Jo Jo and the lion from the show. Our son was in the stroller and he didn't want to go near them. While our daughter was taking pictures with Jo Jo, the lion slowly crept up to the stroller, got down on his needs and "said hi" to our son. It was such a cool experience and our son loved it. The first time we went, we stayed at Fort Wilderness for 10 days. We did Magic Kingdom twice, Animal Kingdom twice and Hollywood Studios twice. We skipped Epcot and we probably could have skipped Hollywood Studios. Don't forget the water parks or Disney Springs. We also took the kids on the boats between the campground, Wilderness Lodge and Magic Kingdom, that was a good way to let them recharge. If you are staying at a Disney Resort, ask about the Hidden Mickey challenge. Not all the Resorts have it, but the one at the Wilderness Lodge is fun. Your son might not enjoy it as much as your daughter. -Michael
mgirardo 10/16/19 08:07am Around the Campfire
RE: Modern Food?

We prefer going to local restaurants instead of chains. Although I do like Outback and Longhorn, most other chains are okay at best. Sorry, Steak and Shake does not even rate in my opinion. Most of the time, the local restaurants feature local cuisine using locally harvested meat and produce - so both are usually fresh. Plus in a local restaurant, the chef can do his/her own thing and his/her name is on the line. It does make a big difference. With a chain, they just follow whatever corporate sets and if it isn't great, they don't care. Chefs don't become famous using other folks' recipes. When we are traveling to new locations, we always ask the locals where the best places are to eat, rarely do they tell us about a chain restaurant. -Michael
mgirardo 10/15/19 10:51am General RVing Issues
RE: An error has occurred (Resolved at last)

I have noticed that I only get the error now when I try to read threads that are more than 1 page. I have my settings to display more posts per page, so a lot of the threads are only 1 page, but for those that go longer, I have to click on a different page to get into the thread, including this one. If it is a new thread to me, then it is useless since I can't read the first 20 posts. Here is an example of a thread I got the error message: https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29982009.cfm -Michael
mgirardo 10/11/19 11:33am Around the Campfire
RE: An error has occurred (Resolved at last)

Since logging in to post the above reply, I have not had a problem moving from Forum to Forum while logged in. Hopefully the issue has been resolved. -Michael
mgirardo 10/08/19 06:10am Around the Campfire
RE: An error has occurred (Resolved at last)

The server's logs should have plenty of error reports for the Server Admins to reference. The error is from the server, it's not a client side issue. It could be caused by something on the client side, but the server is generating the error and it should also be storing it in the error logs. Up until a few days ago, I have always stayed logged in, pretty much since the day I joined. I rarely log out. I have noticed if I am logged in, I can go to the Newest link or Active link at the top of the page and it will show me all the Newest/Active threads and I can read them. I'm guessing that is why some folks are saying they don't have a problem because it doesn't happen there and I know a lot of folks use those two links. I don't use the Newest and Active link. I am using the latest version of Google Chrome, but I have tried it using Microsoft Edge as well and still get the error. It has happened in every Forum I read: Class C, Travel Trailer, Beginner RV, General RV, Tech Forum, DIY, Campgrounds and Attractions, Boondocking, Snowbirding and Around the Campfire. In Google Chrome I do use Adblock Plus, but I don't in Microsoft Edge. The work around is to be logged out and then read the forums until I want to post a reply. Then I log in, hit the back button to get back to the thread and reply. This doesn't always work, but it usually does. Post volume has been very low the last week or so. Most likely people haven't figured out the workaround and just leave frustrated. Considering there are members that have been here for 10+ years that still can't figure out how to post pictures or create clickable links, most likely they get the error and just leave. -Michael
mgirardo 10/08/19 06:01am Around the Campfire
RE: An error has occurred (Resolved at last)

If you don't log in you can access all the forums, once you log in some are not available.. That's not entire true. I have gotten the "An error has occurred" error message when not logged in. Just happened a few minutes ago when I tried to access the DIY forum, after successfully reading the Tech forum while logged out. It's been a problem for me for the last 4 days. I have tried clearing my cache, nothing. I even tried different browsers, always get the error when logged in, every so often get it when not logged in. -Michael
mgirardo 10/06/19 08:39am Around the Campfire
RE: Replacing a Travel Trailer floor

I am looking for a local to MA or NH to replace my 21 ft TT floor due to it becoming spongy.I have attempted to do this on a local area of the trailer, but I found many other soft spots throughout. Does anyone have any recommendations? Mark I don't know anyone in your area, but as others have said, it will be costly. Our Hybrid TT had a soft floor from a leak at one of the outside storage doors. Factory didn't seal the bottom (have seen that on lots of TTs and MHs) and water came in. It started under the dinette, so we didn't notice it until the rot came out beyond the dinette. I ended up replacing about 40% of the floor. Ours was an ultralight and after making the fix, the floor was not as stiff as new. I ended up putting in a few 2x4s to act as I Beams between the main trailer supports. It helped, but still not as stiff as new. The process was a long one. I had a friend help me pull the furniture up (sofa, dinette and the front storage cabinet). We also had to remove the pump, fresh water tank and the hot water heater. We just the vinyl floor and pulled it back as far as we could, which was to the refrigerator. There was a small amount of rot under the refrigerator, but it wasn't bad enough to warrant removing the pantry and refrigerator cabinet. After we removed the rotten wood, I let the trailer sit for a week in the backyard with the bed ends out and the door open in the middle of the summer in GA (no rain all week) to dry out. Then I replaced most of the insulation (foam board) and I used 1/4" oak plywood instead of luan. Glued the floor back down and replaced everything we removed. -Michael
mgirardo 10/06/19 08:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Aquariums

M'lady had a pet shop for about 8 years. we sold quite a few turtles, and with most aquatic ones the biggest issue was space for them to turn around. The rule of thumb is 10 gallons of water for every inch of carapace. So if the turtle's carapace is less than 4", a 40 gallon tank will work fine. When a turtle is startled, its first instinct is to dive and they like to dive deep. They also like hiding places or vegetation to hide in or behind. Short term in a pet store, the 10 gallon rule can probably be ignored, but for long term health of a turtle, it needs a lot more room. -Michael
mgirardo 10/06/19 08:09am Travel Trailers
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