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RE: Which Stand-alone GPS system to purchase?

I still say go where you can play with a number of them and pick the one that seems most comfortable to you. You will find that all of the navigation sources (stand alone GPS or cell-based) will steer you wrong at times. Where I do prefer my phone over stand-alone is when I'm in an unfamiliar area and looking for a place to eat or similar. I've found the phone is more likely to be updated as to new places and places that may have closed recently. Been a Sigman since 1994...
p220sigman 08/14/19 03:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Which Stand-alone GPS system to purchase?

Used Garmin for years and never had any issues. Seems easy to use to me. Tried a Tom Tom years ago (someone gave it to my mother) and didn't like it at all. Out first van had an aftermarket DVD/Navigation head unit that was Garmin-based and it worked well also. Our second van had an aftermarket DVD/Navigation unit that was Magellan based and it was not user friendly at all. Ended up using my Garmin or phone instead. I would imagine most of them are pretty similar now days. I'd go somewhere like a Best Buy that has a selection and just play with them and see which you feel most comfortable with. I would still verify, but I think lifetime map updates is pretty standard now.
p220sigman 08/14/19 12:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Trailer with fixed coupler so it doesn't pivot

I've never seen one like that. About all you can do if you don't have a back-up camera is to mark the corners of the trailer with poles/pipe that sticks up high enough for you to see when backing and you just watch the poles/pipes. I've seen little fiberglass poles with magnetic mounts that could be used for this purpose. I used to have to back a log splitter that would completely jackknife before you could see what was happening. Not fun.
p220sigman 08/02/19 01:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Pressure Gauge

I doubt affiliate links on forums are kosher for the forum moderators. I have been trying to figure out just what is Kosher with some of the moderators on RVnet for awhile, especially on the around the campfire board where evidently most things are not Kosher. I think using the word Kosher may not be Kosher? I gave up on figuring out the ATC board a while back. I've come to the conclusion that if you disagree with the position of the mod of that board, your response or the thread is deleted/closed. Now, I just shrug and move on. Most of the Mods are pretty conservative in the use of their power though and some (Tow Vehicles for instance) have the patience of a saint. This thread is timely though as I'm currently looking for a new, more reliable, tire pressure gauge so I will be watching this one closely.
p220sigman 08/02/19 10:48am Tech Issues
RE: Towing with GM 1 ton extended passenger van (Savana/Express)

Personally, if I were looking to get another truck in a year and half regardless, I'd put a cover/shell on the truck to solve the storage out of the elements problem and keep the existing truck provided it has been maintained well. If you check your local listings, you can probably find a good used one that is relatively inexpensive. If it is in good shape, no real reason it wouldn't make the trip just fine.
p220sigman 07/30/19 05:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: "How did we do" ...everybody wants a survey

Hear a guy on the radio... He was a tourist in Tokyo and randomly picked a restaurant for a quick bite. Five minutes after he left he got a text asking for a review. Never researched the restaurant and payed cash so how did they know he was there. Now days, a lot of people have their wifi on all the time so his phone may have talked with the wifi network at the restaurant. Just a thought.
p220sigman 07/25/19 06:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: "How did we do" ...everybody wants a survey

I mostly just delete them or toss if mailed. Admittedly, if I had a problem or issue, I will respond even though I'm sure it doesn't really make a difference.
p220sigman 07/25/19 08:39am Around the Campfire
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

Is this what ya do when you get old? Sit around and argue about economics, politics and the weather (and axle ratings, lol)? YUP Shop local only and you need a 1 ton to tow a pop up! HEY YOU KIDS!!!, GET OFF OF MY LAWN!!!!
p220sigman 07/19/19 12:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: High mile gas engine trucks

We towed with our van right up until we traded it at 254K miles. I don't think 100K is really a concern now days. Heck, most gas vehicles don't even require spark plug changes until over 100K any more.
p220sigman 07/18/19 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Using this forum

I only look at 5 regularly (as in daily most of the time). The rest, while interesting to some, have no interest to me and I wouldn't have anything to add.
p220sigman 07/17/19 12:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Current GM / Chevy Reliability

Drive them all and see which you like best. You are always going to hear horror stories about any brand and indeed, all of them make the occasional lemon. Sucks if you happen to get one of them, but the odds are vastly in your favor that you won't. I think what you will find is none of the big 3 are considerably better or worse than the others overall. It really boils down to what works best for you.
p220sigman 07/16/19 12:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Was rear ended on the highway

Glad that it was no worse than it was. As was said, take plenty of pictures of everything. I'm a bit confused though, did the other driver have insurance? If so, are you dealing with their adjuster? Just remember that if you are dealing with their insurance, you don't have to accept their offer. With your own insurance, you likely have an arbitration clause which makes it more difficult to get their stated value of the claim raised, but you don't have a similar agreement with other driver's insurance (assuming they have insurance). USAA has been a great company to deal with for us, but at the end of the day, they are in the business to make money and will have their interests in mind first. I don't usually jump to recommending an attorney, but in your case, you might want to consider at least talking to one as you may end up with a rather complex claim. An attorney can help you navigate these waters to ensure you are treated fairly. Good luck and thank you for your service.
p220sigman 07/11/19 10:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Go 5 miles over in Indiana and foreit your vehicle

I'll start to be concerned about it when I hear of someone getting stopped for 5.1 MPH over the limit and getting their vehicle seized with no criminal action/allegation involved.
p220sigman 07/10/19 01:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Will I kill my mini-van?

We towed a fairly large popup with our Sienna and it did fine. Of course two factors involved: no frontal area to deal with and most towing was done in and around Florida where our highest point is only 345' above sea level. Minivans can be very good tow vehicles when towing within their capabilities. Our popup was about 3300 lbs and we averaged about 15.8 MPG towing. We traded that van at 254K miles having never had a serious repair and no transmission or engine issues. All that being said, I personally would not tow a full-height trailer with one unless it was super light like in the 2k weight range and I don't know if such a beast even exists.
p220sigman 07/10/19 05:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Ascent, VW Atlas, or Rav4 Adventure for light towing?

Unless you are set on an SUV, you may want to also look at full-sized vans. Many have lots of room and plenty of towing power. Not as stylish as the SUV's, but probably a better tool for the job. That being said, we looked as the Ascent a few weeks ago. Super nice, but then it was a fully loaded top of the line model.
p220sigman 07/09/19 01:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: NC variety vacation land

You can increase your altitude in Florida . Breakfast on the beach , an hour inland be at 17 feet elevation ! If you are staying at Topsail, you can make it all the way up to 345' at Britton Hill in an hour, but you really have to watch for the nose bleeds at that altitude...
p220sigman 07/09/19 10:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Switch to houseboat?

Hopefully this wasn't you...
p220sigman 07/09/19 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

If anything, it means that you are going to turn somewhere in the near future, but don't really know for sure where. I wouldn't pass you unless I could see and verify it was safe to do so.
p220sigman 07/09/19 09:48am General RVing Issues
RE: 2020 Eco Diesel

If it goes 36K, it will probably go 136K. I have a good friend who runs coast to coast for Fed-Ex. Turns 100K in 2.5 years on a truck. I have no doubt that most makes these days are good to go for 200K+. Van before last was traded at 254K miles. No major repairs or costs other than maintenance. Most recent was traded with 192K. AC was going out, but other than that, also no major repairs or costs other than maintenance. Just in my opinion, a manufacturer saying something they make will last if they don't stand behind that statement. I'm just always amused by all of the brand wars on here, because with the modern vehicles, none of them are better or worse than other. There may be features and such that are different, but that is personal preferences, not better or worse. I've always been a buy what works best for you kind of person. When I car shop, I always tell the dealer I'm looking at a vehicle that is a direct competitor of theirs just to see what they say. The one's that instantly start telling me how bad the other brand is loses me. Kind of like deciding who to vote for in an election, don't tell me why the other guy stinks, tell me what you have to offer and why it is better.
p220sigman 07/03/19 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Eco Diesel

Do any of the manufacturers give a definitive answer on how long their vehicle will last? I only ask because I've never heard one say it will last for 250K miles or 200K, etc. My answer to quality and longevity claims by manufacturers is that if they have so much confidence, why are the basic warranties still 3 year/36K miles for the majority of makes. Also, I don't know of any that have a power train warranty over 100K miles. If they have that level of confidence, let them put their money on the line. Until then, there isn't any difference between them in my eyes. Of course I'm not remotely brand loyal so there is that.
p220sigman 07/03/19 12:10pm Tow Vehicles
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