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RE: Closure Threads

Please don't lump everything into one thread. Makes it very hard to keep up with and impossible for people to stay on subject (since there are so many). JMHO. Scott And MHO as well. It's silly to lump all the discussions into 1 thread. Just make a forum for COVID-19 for all discussions. Once it passes, close the forum down. -Michael
mgirardo 03/29/20 08:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: S&B electrical question

Most ceiling fans have a separate wire for the fan motor. This also means that on the fan there should be a separate pull chain control for the fan motor, which how they are intended to be operated. You will need to take the fan down and wire the fan motor directly to the power feed ( black and white on the fan ) and wire the light to the switch leg ( often a blue wire on the fan ). This will also give a longer and quieter fan life since it can only be started on high as intended. The lights and the fan are separate. This fan does not have a light, that's why I want to separate the lights and fan from the same switch and have 1 switch control the fan and 1 switch to control the 2 lights (with 2 bulbs each) not attached to the fan. The wireless remote is a good option, but with the lights we have, they wouldn't fit. I did use a smart bulb to separate the front porch's fans and a separate light that were all on the same switch. Fortunately, this was just 1 light that doesn't get used much. We use the screened porch a lot, so I would rather separate the fan and the lights. Thanks for all the suggestions! -Michael
mgirardo 03/27/20 06:07am Around the Campfire
RE: S&B electrical question

Thanks all for your responses. I haven't identified all the breakers in the breaker box yet, this one included, so I haven't pulled the cover to look at the wiring on the switch. Hopefully it'll be a quick fix when the electrician gets here :) Thanks again, -Michael
mgirardo 03/25/20 04:05pm Around the Campfire
S&B electrical question

We recently purchased a new home. It was built about 20 years ago. Some of the switches are wired a little strange. For instance, on our screened porch, we have 2 lights and a ceiling fan. All 3 of them are controlled by one switch, so in order to have the ceiling fan on, we also have to have the lights on. I haven't actually looked at the switches to see the physical wiring, is it possible to just remove the fan from the switch and put it on its own switch without running new wire? I don't plan to do the work, I am just asking so I know what to expect when I call an electrician. We have like 3 different locations in the house setup like this. I am just wondering if it will be a quick hour or 2 call or will it be an all day thing running additional wiring, etc. Thanks, - Michael
mgirardo 03/25/20 11:53am Around the Campfire
RE: Groceries

We do our regular shopping on Monday which usually is just a Walmart Grocery pickup (order online, pickup at the store) and maybe stop at Sam's Club or another grocery store for meat and produce. Lots of our regular items out of stock at Walmart. The only meat we could get was seafood. Sam's club was not much better. Very little beef, except expensive cuts or large cuts. No chicken breast at all, but did find Wings. Some pork, mostly Boston Butts, Ribs and chops. Plenty of seafood at Sam's as well. The non-perishable aisles were a sad site. Normally, Sam's has shelves stocked and the top shelves are full with overflow. This trip, there was nothing above the first shelf. In most places, all they had was what was on the pallet on the floor. Winn Dixie's meat selection was good. Was able to find a good supply of chicken breast and ground beef. The cleaning supply aisle was pretty much empty. I thought it funny that all the wipes were gone, but plenty of all purpose cleaners that kill germs too. I guess people forget what life was like before wipes. Me personally, I rarely use the wipes. Give me a paper towel or rag and a spray bottle any day. -Michael
mgirardo 03/24/20 07:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Gas prices

Around here in Brunswick, the cheapest I've seen is at the Sam's Club, $1.87. Most other places are about $1.95, some a little cheaper, some a little higher. Our 18 year (has been driving since 16) is all excited as she has never seen gas below $2.00 since she started driving. But she has no where to drive to since the college has shutdown for the rest of the semester and her work has closed as well. -Michael
mgirardo 03/24/20 07:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Can You Pass Through States with Stay at Home Orders?

Do you need to bring the rv? Just drive through and get on the boat. RV storage will most likely be a problem, especially that close to NYC. Although the storage center may be open for people to access their units, there may not be anyone there to set you up. You may get lucky and they can do everything over the phone or online, but NJ has shutdown all non-essential business. I don't know if self storage is considered essential business. I know the RV dealership that we bought our last 2 RVs from in Southern NJ has closed at least until the end of March. Yes, I live in GA, but all my family is in NJ (mostly southern NJ) and I lived in NJ most of my life. -Michael
mgirardo 03/24/20 07:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Possible stimulus payments from Gov't

We haven't received a refund the last few years until last year (although we did not expect a refund). For many years before that, the IRS always direct deposited, but not last year. I guess they need bank info every year. We moved 2 weeks ago. I filed Form 8822 (Change of Address), but I'm guessing it will take some time to process. I'm thinking of tracking down our old mail carrier (only moved a couple miles away) and asking her if she'll just deliver it to the old address. We are friends with the new owners, so they'd let us know when it came. We'll get it eventually. I'll probably have to call a request they resend it after Form 8822 is processed. -Michael
mgirardo 03/21/20 06:45am Around the Campfire
RE: People suck

The problem now is the people who conscientiously try to not hoard will start to run low on things including TP. Then they will have to go out and compete with the hoarders to get what they need. That's where we are at. We did our regular weekly shopping trip yesterday (Monday). We did a Walmart Grocery Pickup like normal and hit Sam's Club. Although the Walmart parking lot wasn't too crowded, we did have to get creative with what we bought. No chicken, ground beef was pretty non-existent, no toilet paper (except RV TP). The only eggs they had were 6 count packs. Sam's was in a similar condition. No toilet paper and people were hoarding paper towels (sure hope they aren't using them in place of TP). No chicken, no pork except for large cuts and very little beef. We just moved and tried to empty our freezer before moving, so we don't have much meat in the freezer, except what we were able to buy yesterday, which wasn't much. We do have enough TP for about a week to 10 days, so hopefully by then, we will be able to find some. I hope the neighbors chickens are tender, because we may have to swipe a bird or two :) (ONLY KIDDING!) Ironically, Sam's had plenty of Seafood. I guess Seafood is a little too expensive to hoard. -Michael
mgirardo 03/17/20 06:54am Around the Campfire
RE: Don't come to NH either!

Lighten up Jack_Diane, Mr Crowe knows if he feels well enough to think about nice eating places, I am sure he is intelligent enough to not travel right now. My post was to keep things on the lighter side, remembering happier times. I believe Crowe is a Mrs, not a Mr. Most know that traveling is not good right now. I think there is nothing against laughing, but I could be wrong. You could be wrong about the travel part. Judging from what I saw on my short travel on I-95 in south GA yesterday, Florida is emptying of RVers. Just RV after RV heading north. Definitely a lot more RVs than normal for this time of year. I'm guessing people are rushing home to beat any possible travel ban. -Michael
mgirardo 03/17/20 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

Newer trucks and SUVs have 110 volts plugs for low powered stuff including electric chain saws. My 2015 Tahoe was limited to 300 watts, the 2020 Silverado has 400 available. That would have to be a pretty tiny saw. My 16" electric chainsaw draws 12 amps, way more than any 400 watt inverter I've ever seen can handle. Electric chainsaws can still be messy too. If my saw tips over, it will leak bar oil. -Michael
mgirardo 03/16/20 07:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Shopping by phone or text

We love Walmart's Grocery Pickup. We use it at home and we use it while at our seasonal camp site. We don't do all of our grocery shopping at Walmart, but we for most of our everyday needs. Ground Beef and Chicken we do buy through Grocery Pickup, but steaks, pork, seafood and most fruits and produce we buy elsewhere, which is what we did before Grocery Pickup was available. Delivery is not offered where we live, but it is offered where we spend our summers. We have never tried it before. I'm lazy, but not that lazy :) We really haven't had any issues. A few times we received an item that was damaged or already opened. Using the App, we can return the products for a free refund without having to go to the store. They don't accept returns on food anyway, so we just throw it out. A couple times we didn't get an item we were supposed to. Same thing, just go to the App and get a refund. A few times we actually received food we didn't order. We called our store about it and again they told us they don't accept returns on food so we could keep it. Cool, as long as it is something we eat. From time to time we get goodie bags with free samples. We also get $10 when we refer a friend. We don't use it for all our grocery shopping, but for the shopping we do use Walmart for, it is great. Please keep in mind we are in our 40s and have 2 kids, so not having to go to the grocery store and actually go shopping is a great convenience. I also use Order Online and pickup in store at lots of locations, especially at Auto Parts stores. The ones near me are always under staffed and it is a pain if I need a part and have to wait for a sales associate. I did mention I am lazy, I am also impatient when it comes to customer service. Some stores are better at it than others. I use mostly Advanced Auto for auto parts and they have it figured out really well. Some stores have a good process for it and some don't, but anything that saves me a few minutes is a big help. I've used it at Lowe's and Home Depot as well as JcPenny's (not anymore since our local store closed) as well as Advanced Auto Parts, O'Reilly's Auto Parts (they do it very well too), Michael's - the craft store, they do not have a good process. It's not really much different than ordering food for take out. It's a time saver. -Michael
mgirardo 03/05/20 12:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: Newbie to do first outing

What is the best towing service to have such as AAA? I have a towing Rider on my insurance policy but it's pretty lame. I think I can only be towed 10 miles or so. When we owned a Class C, we had AAA Plus with RV. The Plus gives you four 100 mile tows and if you need to tow farther, you just pay the extra miles. We are in the AAA South region. We had a blow out on our Class C a few years ago and AAA covered it. We did have to wait a little while though. Never had to tow the Class C, but we did have AAA tow our Hybrid TT and tow vehicle, both times because the tow vehicle broke down. We have used AAA outside our region several times (including one of the tows of HTT and TV) and have never had a problem. One thing to keep in mind, there is a 7 day waiting period to get the RV portion of AAA, at least there was when we added it. We like AAA because it usually pays for itself in discounts from Restaurants, hotels, campgrounds, etc. -Michael
mgirardo 03/01/20 05:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 'Flat earther' dies in rocket crash

Not sure how he was going to see if the earth was actually round from 5000'. That would completely bolster his argument. "I went up 5,000 feet and saw only flat earth." The other flat earthers would eat it up. It doesn't matter that he needed to go at least another 30,000 feet up. -Michael
mgirardo 02/24/20 07:02am Around the Campfire
RE: Fireplace in TV, Do they work?

Our 40' TT has one, just about in the middle of the TT. It heats the back half of the TT very well. It will eventually warm up the front half of the TT. Ours is a 1500 Watt unit that is thermostatically controlled with a heating range of 66 - 80 degrees (give or take a few degrees). On colder nights, we put the fireplace on and the furnace. If the fireplace struggles, the furnace will kick on to warm the TT quickly, then the fireplace will maintain the temp. The furnace wakes me up, even though there is a bathroom between the bedroom and the furnace, so I like to use the fireplace as much as possible. -Michael
mgirardo 02/20/20 07:12am Tech Issues
RE: Who is responsible for discounts?

I feel it is the responsibility of the Customer to ask for discounts for Good Sam, AARP, AAA, etc. However, the campground should ask all customers if they are active Military if they offer a discount for Active Military. It's just a nice thing to do. -Michael
mgirardo 02/19/20 06:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Photoshop/Lightroom on Microsoft Surfacebook...thoughts

The Surface will run Photoshop and Lightroom just fine, my only concern is the screen size. I couldn't imagine doing anything in Photoshop or Lightroom on such a small screen. The Pen would certainly be a great option for Photoshop, but I'd still want a larger screen. tatest is correct. Yes, you can get a Surface for $400, but that one is going to struggle to efficiently run Photoshop. Get a higher end Surface Pro. -Michael
mgirardo 02/17/20 06:48am Around the Campfire
RE: What to clean old lap sealant with besides denatured alcohol

I have used Denatured Alcohol and Mineral Spirits. I prefer Mineral Spirits; I feel it cleaned better with less effort. -Michael
mgirardo 02/17/20 06:34am Tech Issues
RE: Panels don't run things

Why not explain to people that ask that question what the purpose of getting solar panels was for you? If I had solar panels on my RV and someone asked me that question, my response would be, "I have solar panels so I can keep my batteries charged so I can camp without shore power for an extended period of time. Most of the items in my RV run off the batteries, so by keeping them charged with the solar panels, I can live comfortably longer without full hookups." -Michael
mgirardo 02/05/20 12:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

Never really had trouble staying together when traveling in groups. My daughter and I just did it. Traveled from NJ to GA, 800 miles. She was never more than a few cars from me the entire trip. Pulled into the driveway right after I did. Just don't stress about it. Getting separated in traffic is inevitable. Keep the slowest driver in the lead and just follow behind. -Michael
mgirardo 02/05/20 11:58am General RVing Issues
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