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RE: COVID PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

Your experience was much like mine and my wife's. I'm curious at what point it ceases to be a vaccine and becomes a treatment. Based on what we are seeing now, the vaccine doesn't appear to be very effective in preventing one from getting covid, at least not the current variant, it just lessens the severity of the illness. That would seem to be more akin to a treatment rather than a vaccine. Vaccinated, but no boosters yet. Our illness was relatively recent and our doctor has recommended no booster for another month.
p220sigman 01/05/22 02:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Bought a second truck.

At the rate you are going, it will be new! I think it is a great looking truck. I'm glad it didn't end up rotting away in some field.
p220sigman 12/21/21 05:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Antifreeze in transmission 2010 Duramax??

Not that I really care about your peeing contest, but when I look at Rock Auto for a '15 Ram 3500 with the 6.7 diesel engine, and look at the trans fluid cooler lines, there is a cooler in the picture. They list a fluid cooler and it looks like the one in the replacement cooler lines picture... Back to your contest.
p220sigman 12/19/21 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: New GMC 2500 Wont Engage Trailer Brakes

I agree that I wouldn't have taken it back from them with the , "Sorry, can't figure it out and fix it" decision. With you taking it back, the time you have it with the brake issue still going likely isn't counting towards the time it is down for repairs under most lemon laws.
p220sigman 12/15/21 07:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing a popup with 2008 Odyssey - assorted questions

We towed a Pup with a Sienna for years. Loaded for travel, it was right at 3500. The Sienna was a great tow vehicle for it. It did come stock with a trans cooler so I didn't have to deal with that. Your daughter will need to confirm if her van has a trans cooler or not. I did add airbags to the rear springs. Unfortunately, this is the downside of using a minivan for towing. They are designed to carry people in comfort so the rear suspension is soft. Unless the Pup is pretty light, you will want to have your daughter upgrade the rear suspension with bags (if available) or some other spring support. No, it does not increase the towing/carrying capacity, just helps the van not sag as much. The bags also helped a lot when we had the bike rack on the van with the bikes so the hitch didn't drag on every driveway. As has been mentioned, she will need a brake controller and likely a seven pin plug installed. I also echo the sway control as well. While I never had any sway issues, I did use a friction sway control. Not the best option, but pretty much all that was available for towing with the van. I don't remember if you mentioned it, but obviously she will need a 2" receiver installed. One thing she may want to consider unless she plans to continue to tow in the future, she may can rent something that will tow it for about the same cost as she is going to spend getting the van set up, especially if she has to pay someone to add a trans cooler. It can be done with the van safely as long as the Pup is not too big.
p220sigman 12/06/21 07:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone use a battery operated blower?

Not a bad plan if the mower works for you. I replaced my gas push mower with an electric and love it. The electric is half the weight of the gas powered one and does a great job. The only place the gas was better was if I let the grass get really high. The electric has to work harder and it is slower going. It still cuts it, just takes longer. Then there is the added benefit of not having to get gas before mowing and having the smell in the shed.
p220sigman 11/19/21 05:52am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone use a battery operated blower?

I have a Ryobi 40V handheld model that works very well. It easily works as well as the old corded electric one I had for blowing of the roof of the sticks and bricks home. I really bought it for the battery so I would have an extra for my mower. I could by a replacement battery for $149 and the blower with battery was on sale for $179.
p220sigman 11/18/21 08:18am Tech Issues
RE: Can't imagine a world without internal combustion engines

Finding an unbiased researcher truly presents the dilemma for any issue, be it electric vehicles, climate change, or vaccines. When you can't trust that the researcher who is being paid large sums of money by companies/individuals will draw a conclusion contrary to the beliefs/interests of the financiers and you can't trust the research who is being paid large sums of money by a government to draw a conclusion contrary to the beliefs/interests of the government, where do you turn? Unfortunately, we are at a point where you can't even ask questions contrary to popular belief or you are labeled or just completely dismissed. Ironically, most ideas that do not want to stand up to questions are probably ones that cannot stand up to questions. I just try to read as much raw data on subjects as I can and make observations of people/groups making claims and draw my own conclusions.
p220sigman 11/17/21 12:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: Question about gray water...?

Our Pup drains the sink out of a fitting on the side. I added a tee to create an air break with a piece of pipe going down to a 5 gallon jerry can. When it is full, I either dump it in sewer inlet (we mostly camp where there are full-hookups) or the toilet of the bath house if there are no hook-ups/dump station. Like others, we use mostly disposable items and for a normal weekend camping trip, only have to dump at the end of the weekend. Most of our gray water is from washing hands.
p220sigman 10/20/21 02:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Coal-Rolling Teen Pickup Truck Driver Hits Six Cyclists

The problem is that the good ole' boys weren't riding the bicycles... The driver absolutely should be held accountable. This hit pretty close to home for me (no pun intended). I have a friend who has been in the hospital for more than three weeks now, one in ICU, after being struck while riding his bike. He had multiple broken bones including both legs, one ankle, pelvis, ribs and one arm plus internal injuries and bleeding. He was riding legally and on the far right side of the roadway. He has had five surgeries so far including an emergency surgery the day of the crash. They have already said he will likely need several more surgeries. He will not walk again until at least Christmas and may not ever walk normally again. There was no indication it was intentional on the part of the driver or that they were trying to intimidate my friend and was likely just inattention. I say all of this to say please pay attention and watch for cyclist. As I taught my kids, even if you are in the right or have the right of way, always avoid a crash if possible.
p220sigman 10/20/21 09:57am Around the Campfire
RE: In a quandary

Obviously it is a decision that only you can make based on your circumstances. For me, I'm moving forward living my life. My wife, who works from home, is fully vaccinated, wore her mask religiously when around others, and used hand sanitizer like we had stock in it, still got COVID last month. I am fully vaccinated and wore my mask too, also had it afterwards. We have no idea where she got it. By the time we realized she had it, I had it. Fortunately, both of us had mild cases even with me having an underlying medical condition and fully recovered with no lasting effects. I share this to say that you can take all the precautions and still get exposed/sick. While I don't advocate going around licking door knobs, take sensible precautions and you will very likely be fine.
p220sigman 10/18/21 08:03am Around the Campfire
RE: This WRONG on so many levels...!

That is pretty much wrong on every level...
p220sigman 10/14/21 11:14am Around the Campfire
RE: A richer man !

It is a light controlled intersection with crosswalks. It is just very busy and some drivers are not very attentive. I would probably run across (with the crossing light of course) if I had to cross there as well.
p220sigman 10/04/21 07:16am Around the Campfire
RE: weight question

The poor guy is going to end up with a pop-up camper after this thread. Someone will still say he needs a dually...:D
p220sigman 09/21/21 01:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2000 Triple E Commander Drivers Door power window

Sometimes you can just pull the door panel and see inside well enough to see if there is a physical issue such as the window being off track and maybe even see the motor to see anything obviously wrong. It would be unusual for the window to get off track unless a bolt came out, but you could have a stripped gear in the motor. If you can isolate the motor plug, you can apply 12v to one side and ground the other to see if the motor runs. You may have to try reversing the wires too. If the motor isn't moving the window, it is probably a bad motor. With the one's I've seen, a bad switch usually is a work/doesn't work kind of issue. Unfortunately, replacing window motors can be a giant pain in the rear. Some are easy and some are crazy hard. You won't really know until you get into the door.
p220sigman 08/19/21 07:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Safety issue in handicapped bathrooms

Could you add those adhesive non-slip tub stickers? I don't know how well the adhesive would hold up, but they survive on the tub surface even when the tub is consistently filled with water. There may be some strips available that would provide more coverage.
p220sigman 08/15/21 03:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dogs Amazing Sense of Smell

I've worked with trainers and handlers for years. They all have told me that dogs can be trained to find anything that has a scent as long as you get the dog to understand what scent (or component of that scent) it is looking for. They are truly amazing to watch work.
p220sigman 08/04/21 12:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: New vehicle - MSRP?

I agree that I don't think you can look for a standard percent off of MSRP as it will vary widely depending on the dealer, time of year, time of month, inventory availability (like now), etc. At the end of the day, it is a business transaction. The dealer wants to sell vehicles and you want to buy a vehicle. They will not sell the vehicle if the price is below what they determine they need to get for it and you should have a price established that is the maximum you will pay for the particular vehicle. That is where you will need to do your research to determine what a reasonable price that you are comfortable with. It is a little easier to research new vehicle values as opposed to used vehicles because you will likely never know how much a dealer is into a used vehicle. Personally, when I negotiate with a dealer, I only talk out-the-door price that includes tax, tag, title, fees, etc (I don't typically trade so I'm not dealing with trade values and allowances). My simple reasoning is that it is the final price I'm concerned with and have to pay. I don't really care what number goes in which category. I start at or below invoice depending on incentives/promotions and have a number that I will not go above. If the dealer won't deal, I go somewhere else. They aren't selling unicorns; someone else will have what you want and will deal. I bought a car one time that the first dealer didn't want to deal on and the second dealer did. The second dealer did a dealer trade to get the actual vehicle I had looked at and driven at the first dealership. The last vehicle we purchased was negotiated completely via email. I didn't set foot in the dealership until we had a number agreed on and I went to test drive and sign the papers. I was in and out in less than an hour. I've never had to go to or contact more than three dealerships to get a price I was happy with. Of course, as you know, now is probably the worst possible time to buy a vehicle (new or used) because of the market. We are currently looking at cars, but are making due with what we have until the market correction occurs. Hopefully it will ease in the next few months and certainly by next summer.
p220sigman 07/28/21 08:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for info on Insurance

We've had Progressive via USAA for 10 years or so. We haven't had any claims so I can't speak to how well the claim process would go, but our rates have remained the mostly the same with very small increases and decreases. It actually went down about $10 this past renewal.
p220sigman 07/21/21 01:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: MN changing to EZ-Pass

If you travel the toll roads in FL, you will definitely want a Sun Pass or acceptable alternative (EZ Pass is one) as many of the toll roads are doing away with traditional toll booths where you can pay with cash and doing toll by plate. Not a huge deal, but there is a $2.50 fee added to each invoice for toll by plate.
p220sigman 07/19/21 07:52am General RVing Issues
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