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RE: Adding 12V outlet questions (did I do it right)

I installed a very similar 12v outlet on our Jayco Class C. The only difference being, the one I purchased had a 12v meter in it. I pulled power from the LED lights over the sofa, which we rarely used. The lights were protected by a 10 amp fuse. The 12v outlet pulled less than 5 amps and we had no problems. We used ours a lot to charge phones and tablets. You won't be able to run an inverter larger than maybe 150 watts. If you want to run an inverter, run it directly to the battery. Get a larger one than you think you will need as you will probably want a bigger one eventually. -Michael
mgirardo 05/11/21 07:40am Tech Issues
RE: What do you use for an outdoor ground cover?

When we owned our pop-up we didn't use anything. We owned if for 1 year and only used it a handful of times. With the Hybrid, we used a 3'x3' piece of 3/4" plywood with AstroTurf glued to it. Our kids were little (4 & 2) when we first bought it and wanted to make they had a stable landing when leaving the camper and a stable platform when stepping into camper. When we bought the motorhome, we decided to get an indoor/outdoor type rug from Lowe's. It folded up pretty small and went under the bed in a trash bag. We had an 11' awning and the rug was 8' wide. When we moved to the Destination Trailer, our current RV, we bought this. The awning is 20' and this mat fit under it nicely. The weave lets water and dirt passthrough easily. Light doesn't get through very well, but our seasonal site didn't have grass where we put the mat, so no worries with killing the grass. The mat has held up very well after 3 years of use, but we have to make sure that all sticks and stones are removed from under it before laying it out in the spring. One of our Zero Gravity chairs did put a small rip in it, but it's not really noticeable and it hasn't gotten any worse since it happened. This thing cleans off very easily and dries very quickly. It folds up and is stored in a bag that it came with. It is light as a feather. -Michael
mgirardo 04/16/21 07:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Internet for 4 months

Thank you everyone for the feedback. My DIL says she contacted Xfinity and was told that since they already had the Xfinity service at their home, another Xfinity stand alone service to that address is not possible. Are you a Xfinity customer? If so, you can use the free Xfinity WiFi Hotspots anywhere in the country. I usually get 20 - 30 mbps download with the Xfinity Hotspots, which is good enough for streaming. Do you know what the current speed your daughter-in-law gets with Xfinity? I would offer to increase their speed for the year and pay the difference. We currently have Gigabit speed with Xfinity. We also have the unlimited package which includes the modem and pay $95/month. Wired directly to the router, I see speeds of 930 - 940 mbps on my laptop and about 550 mbps on my smartphone. With 4 of us in the house, we used a Terabyte a month or more each month. We don't have TV service and stream everything we watch between Hulu, Amazon Prime, Pluto TV, Roku, YouTube, NBC website and CBS web site. -Michael
mgirardo 04/06/21 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: Stimulus Late in Arriving

I'm still waiting for my 2019 Tax Refund and the 2nd & 3rd stimulus. I filed my 2019 paper return on April 14th, but they are still processing it!? I received a notice at the end of November that I forgot to include a schedule. The letter said it would be 6 to 8 weeks after they received the schedule to finish my return. I'm still waiting. IRS furloughed 800 employees for 2 weeks because of the pandemic and somehow they get almost a year backlog. I efiled 2020 return, so hopefully I will get it and the 2nd stimulus soon. I would think the 3rd stimulus would soon follow since the IRS would have my 2020 return to base 3rd stimulus on. -Michael
mgirardo 03/29/21 09:04am Around the Campfire
RE: How long do you drive/tow in a day?

We are not retired, both kids are still home (19 & 17). When we towed our HTT, we usually maxed out at about 400 miles a day. We did have one trip where we needed to get home and did 600 miles one day. When we had the motorhome, there were several times we would travel about 800 miles a day. One time, driving 900 miles. -Michael
mgirardo 03/08/21 07:03am Travel Trailers
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

It looks fine on my 27" Monitors at 2560x1440 and the laptop's 17" screen at 1920x1080. On my phone, a Motorola One 5G-UW, the photos look fine stacked one after the other, but the font size should be smaller. -Michael
mgirardo 03/04/21 07:26am Tech Issues
RE: Buying RV from a far away dealer

We bought our Jayco Class C in NJ while we lived in GA (about 800 miles away). When we needed warranty work, the nearest Jayco dealer at the time was in St. Augustine, FL, about 100 miles away. The first thing they asked me when I called was, did you buy it here? After I said "no", they told me it would probably be a month before they could get to it. The next nearest dealership was in North Charleston, SC, about 180 miles away. They told me to just bring it in. Turns out, they didn't sell Class C motorhomes, so I couldn't have bought it from them. A week after dropping it off, we drove back to pick it up. About a year later, we used them for warranty work again and had the same great experience. Unfortunately, they were bought out by Camping World, so we won't be going back there. -Michael
mgirardo 03/03/21 08:04am General RVing Issues
RE: New post on bike carriers

Was never a fan of racks that attach to the bike's top tube and hang. They bang into one another and wear the paint and cables. They allow the bikes to swing and puts the weight high on the rack which exacerbates a bouncing effect, especially with more than 2 bikes. We have not experienced that with our bike rack. We carry 4 bikes and the bikes are spaced about 6 - 8 inches apart. Some times the last bike on the rack will move towards the 3rd bike on the rack, but we've never them rubbing together. Our hitch pin is threaded, so the only bouncing around is with the vehicle. The threaded hitch pin definitely makes a difference. We also have a hitch haul platform that does not have a threaded pin. It does rock around as we drive. -Michael
mgirardo 03/02/21 07:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

Sorry to hear about your lost cards. That is a real pain having to replace all those cards. Is there any way to put a tether onto your container, like bikers do with chains to their wallets? I hope it goes well getting the DL and VA cards replaced. -Michael
mgirardo 03/01/21 07:56am Around the Campfire
RE: New post on bike carriers

We have a similar hitch mounted rack made by Bell, the Hitchbiker 400. We bought it many years ago at Target. Ours uses Velcro instead to secure the bikes to the bars. The Velcro is nice because it snuggly secures the bike to the rack. Our 4 bikes all have different sized frames. We have used ours on the back of our Class C motorhome as well as the back of our CRV and have not had a problem with the rack. It's spent many miles on the back of both vehicles without incident. -Michael
mgirardo 03/01/21 07:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Texas winterizing...

I don't understand why all the house flooding because of busted water lines. Do people not think anymore. You know your not going to have power for several days and know you have no heat and it's below freezing. Turn the dang water main valve off! At least you you may have to repair a busted pipe somewhere later but it's not going to flood the house. I think you'd be surprised to learn how many people have no idea how to turn the water off to their house. Most of my neighbors in our previous house didn't know where it was. At several, our house included, the landscaping installed by the builder completely hide it. -Michael
mgirardo 02/23/21 07:45am Around the Campfire
RE: CG in Central FL With Golf Cart Access to Stores

Publix is right across the main highway, about 1/4 mile, but I haven't seen golf carts there. The highway might have something to do with it. I don't know of any state that allows golf carts on highways. -Michael
mgirardo 02/23/21 07:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Magazine

I subscribed to Motorhome Magazine when we first bought our Class C. It was an okay magazine. I kept the subscription for 2 years and then cancelled it. There is so much more useful info on the internet that the magazine is not very useful. Want a review of a particular RV, go to YouTube and get a video walk through. Have a problem? Go to YouTube, someone else most likely already has had it and created a video about fixing it. Between YouTube and all the different RV message boards, there is nothing a magazine can provide that would top what is on the internet. -Michael
mgirardo 02/23/21 07:13am Beginning RVing
RE: CC&R dated 1973 says no RVs, trailers, boats can be stored

I'm not sure I'd want to live there either. If she's already told you she will complain about the Motorhome, what else will she complain about? Just knowing you have the Motorhome will probably keep her on edge. You would need to check with the county/state to find out whether the CC&Rs are enforceable if there is no HOA. In some states, they are. In other states they die with the HOA. In some states, the CC&Rs expire after so much time if they aren't renewed. In other states, they automatically renew until they are dissolved. You should check to make sure you have the complete set of Covenants and By-Laws. We live in Georgia, we used to live in a HOA. We had the Covenants and a separate set of By-Laws. The By-Laws explained how the HOA was made up, described the requirements of the Board of Directors and things like that. On our copy of the Covenants and By-Laws, on every page, it had the Book # and Page # stamped on it. You should be able to go to the County Records and pull up the original documents, based on those Book and Page #s and confirm what you have is complete. I have been told that at one time in Georgia, the CC&Rs had to be renewed or they expired after a specific amount of time. That is no longer the case in Georgia. If it were me, I'd avoid paying an attorney as this is all information you should be able to get from your Town/County/State government. -Michael
mgirardo 02/22/21 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Best Cell Phone App

Google maps will cache an area for you. Google Maps has offered this feature for a long time. Just create the route on your phone while you have internet access and it will ask if you want to download it for offline use. The data will stay on your phone for a few months. Google will ask if you want to keep and update the stored maps as the expiration date nears. We use our Garmin regularly. If we are going to an unfamiliar location or if I think Garmin is steering us wrong, I will confirm with Google Maps. -Michael
mgirardo 02/22/21 06:30am Beginning RVing
RE: Signs of Cognitive Decline

It's not necessarily an age thing-I am only 60 but I can't remember why I go into rooms or where I've put stuff all the time! I'm 47 and I have been doing that since I was a teenager. -Michael
mgirardo 02/12/21 08:04am Around the Campfire
RE: Stone Mt Ga

We were there in the winter and did the Snow activities which the kids enjoyed. We all concluded winter must be the better time to be there. You can take a cable car up to the top of the mountain and hike back down or take the cable car back down. We found several hiking trails in the park. The downtown village area has some shops, a 4D theater and a museum of sorts. I believe there is also a Paddle Boat and a train tour which were not in operation when we were there in January of 2015. We enjoyed our visit, but we did spend more time in the campground than we were expecting. -Michael
mgirardo 02/11/21 07:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: central vacuum

We have a Dirt Devil Central Vac in our TT and are very happy with it. We replace the bag at the end of the season, so as to not attract unwanted visitors while we are away from the TT. If we didn't replace the bag each season, it would probably take a few seasons to fill. We have the Dirt Devil Central Vacuum CV1500. We used to use a Shop Vac in our Class C, but the Central Vac is so much nicer. Our TT is 40' long and the hose reaches every inch of the TT. -Michael
mgirardo 02/10/21 07:29am Tech Issues
RE: Spare on Class C

My new Class C does not have a spare tire. When I asked the dealership about it, they told me I wouldn't be able to change it anyway. Yes, I know that but it doesn't make sense to me NOT to have one for Roadside Assistance to change it for me. Or do they have tires in stock to bring with them ? When we owned our Class C motorhome, we had AAA Plus with RV. The with RV portion covered replacing spare tire and towing if necessary. AAA, however, would only cover removing the flat tire and putting my already mounted spare tire on. The spare had to be mounted on a rim. Although any mobile tire repair guy could bring a spare tire to mount, AAA would not cover it. I was chatting with a fellow camper once that told me he had a spare for his Class A, but it wasn't mounted and with his road side assistance either CoachNet or GoodSam, I can't remember which, he had to pay $100 to remove the flat from the rim and put the spare on. So check with what your Roadside Assistance Program offers. -Michael
mgirardo 01/27/21 06:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rear View Camera - Cell Phone Hotspot as Wifi Booster?

I tried to tether the Nokia 2.1 phone to the iPad using a USB hub to connect the two cables that charge each device, and I couldn't get it to work like I can with the phone and laptop. That won't work, you can't split the tethered signal. The USB cable needs to go directly from the phone to the device. Since you have to connect directly to the camera's SSID, creating a hotspot on your phone isn't going to help you with the camera. However, you can watch this video to show you have to turn on Wi Fi hotspot on your phone. -Michael
mgirardo 01/15/21 08:10am Tech Issues
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