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RE: 2019 Roadtrek Zion

Former RT owner here. There were so many issues with this company for several years, that I suggest looking for a different brand. Quality control issues in the electrics seem to have been far too common.
obgraham 04/23/22 12:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Keeping fridge door open while in storage

I just use a chunk of styrofoam (of which there is far too much around!) inserted into the door opening and secured with a piece of packing tape. Place it along the top edge to prevent it slipping.
obgraham 04/14/22 03:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which Blackstone to buy?

I like the 22 because it has the 2 burners. I didn't get the cover, and I regret that. Sometimes it is hard to get the griddle up to the high temp you want unless you have the cover and/or some wind shielding.
obgraham 04/12/22 10:44am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Battery tender & storage

My advice is to disconnect the negative battery cable. I do that with my car, and 6 months later it starts right up. Pretty amazing that it starts right up with the negative battery cable disconnected! ;)He uses Wifi to access the battery.
obgraham 04/09/22 03:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Books on disk

To find actual CDs, I go to Half Price Books. All sorts of them there. At, well, half price. Then you can sell them back for 1/20th or so!
obgraham 03/07/22 07:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Books on disk

I've used lots of books on CD. When it became clear that vehicles were not coming with the CD player, I looked for alternatives. I now copy the CD into iTunes (or whatever they call it now). It's a little tedious, but once you get going... Now I can move the mp3 file to my iPhone, or my previous Android phone, or, yes, a usb stick. The audio system in my current vehicles plays all of those without a hitch. Easier to control it from the radio unit, but more than one way to hook it up.
obgraham 03/06/22 03:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Route Apache Junction AZ to El Paso TX in October

If you are not in a hurry and want to see scenery, just stay on 70 to Lordsburg instead of taking 191 south.This is what I did a year or so back -- a very easy run, no major climbs/descents. 70 is a lot easier than the traffic mess on I-10, so deleting a few miles of that was a bonus.
obgraham 02/24/22 11:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Would $7 per gal effect your RV lifestyle?

At the last gas crisis a few years back I paid 6 dollars a gallon for diesel at one place in Maritime Canada. So what were my choices? Fillerup, moan a bit, and head on down the road. (gotta say, that $400 fill was eye-watering!)
obgraham 02/23/22 12:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: “Under hood generator”

So, how many watts was the UHG good for? I’ve not seen one over 600 watts, and that’s well below the 2800:watts of the usual class B rig generator. Did it have an electric clutch like the one on the AC compressor so that if only drew power from the engine when needed? BobYou're trying to equate the UHG to a standard genny. Doesn't work that way. It charges a battery bank, and that's what you live off. It is true that if you need long hours of a/c, the current demands are beyond the capabilities. The UHG turns when the engine is on. No clutch. I doubt that during the life of the rig you would see significant cost due to increased fuel use. It's all about getting the right rig for its intended use.
obgraham 02/21/22 05:26pm Tech Issues
RE: “Under hood generator”

The UHG was and still is, a viable choice. But it depends just what you are using the RV for. I had a Roadtrek, with UHG. It charged my bank of 8 AGM batteries. Those powered a 5000 watt inverter, which supplied all the 110 voltage I ever needed -- space heaters, microwave, coffeemakers, tv's. I never once plugged the rig into shore power. Now since we were out and about almost every day, the UHG kept a full charge on those batteries as I drove around during the day. In addition there was a small solar, which would maintain the batteries while parked, so long as usage was not great. Where this system was not viable was if you parked up for a number of days, say boondocks with no shore power. Then yes, you had to start the rig and run the engine for perhaps 90 minutes to recharge. RT's problems were 2: Crooked management (that did them in), and their inability to stick to a configuration, changing it so often that their reliability went to heck because nobody knew how that rig was configured. The RT Class B's with the UHG worked very well for their purpose.
obgraham 02/21/22 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: Alaska 22 Prudhoe Bay on Moto, Alaska by class C

The haul road and the Dempster are two of the greatest adventures in driving I've had. Rain and mud stopped me from finishing the Haul Road, but it was a great adventure. Overnighted at Wiseman. Last time I was up there the Dempster only went to Inuvik, not Tuk. But I recommend anyone going that far hire a small plane and pilot to see Tuk. Up and back in the same day is just fine. However, now I see you can drive the whole way.
obgraham 02/15/22 11:03am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: When using a vault toilet….

If it is January (it is), you may need to Hover.
obgraham 01/27/22 11:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Old laptop working after 24+ hrs of fiddling

I have had them all slowly wither and die: HP, Dell, ASUS, Sony. So I switched sides, to the evil Apples. I grudgingly admit it is much more reliable.
obgraham 01/19/22 02:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Yakima

Interesting. I've lived in this part of the state for 45 years, and never driven the Canyon Road! Always seem to be in a hurry to go East-West. Changed my mind for next time!
obgraham 01/18/22 11:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Skating in Ottawa

This is why there are still people living in Canada!
obgraham 01/17/22 08:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Route 160 in Colorado

The only problem with that route is that you can see your fuel gauge needle dropping with every mile. The road itself is just fine. But I've never done it is nasty or snowy weather -- that might change my opinion!
obgraham 01/07/22 10:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pandemic in Mexico V USA

Can you “carry on” masked?Your choice. I would guess 10% are.
obgraham 12/29/21 01:40pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Pandemic in Mexico V USA

Indeed, here in AZ most of us are carrying on with our lives.
obgraham 12/29/21 08:59am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Debating Class A purchase for Wa. State to Az snowbirding

Snowbirder here, TriCities to Mesa AZ. Not now using an RV, but still, two comments: Driving back and forth is no issue. We did it in a 38 foot DP towing for a number of years. Road routes are fine (prefer US93 thru Nevada) and there are plenty of places to overnight. Even Jackpot is open in the winter, and there are many roadside stopover spots, such as Ash Springs. There are also a number of Over-55 parks in the East Valley catering to RV'ers, several in Apache Junction that friends of ours used for years. Some are all RV's, some have a section or maybe just a few. Plenty of big-rigs in them. We switched to buying in a "manufactured home" community in Mesa, but your plan will work just fine.
obgraham 12/19/21 01:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best route from Salem, OR to Houston, TX

Seems to me the I-5 then I-10 route fits your criteria. But it's all Interstate, and for me that is more hassle than a few mountain passes. I'd rather use less congested routes.
obgraham 12/12/21 01:01pm Roads and Routes
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