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RE: What kind of RVer are you

This is us.... Retirees seeing the country and traveling for months at a time at a leisurely pace stopping for days or weeks at they go along but returning to a home base for most of the year; us as well. usually two 3-mos trips each year.
rk911 08/31/15 03:37pm RV Lifestyle
RE: My worst trip so far

Pulled out 2 windows Saturday that started showing signs of moisture. Tomorrow I make the trip to Sunstate Designers to leave the windows for repair. I have heard good things about their work and feel lucky that I have a place to get windows repaired within driving distance. 3 hours one way but at least I don't have to camp in their parking lot a lot it is but with 50amp hookup. we had Suncoast Designers repair 7-windows in our 2000 Suncruiser and couldn't be happier.
rk911 08/26/15 11:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What to do with water filters between trips?

We have the Blue Camco for outside the RV and a whole house filter inside the wet bay. After camping for a week and not having another trip planned for about 3 months, what do you guys do with your water filters? How do you store them? Throw em out? I don't keep rig hooked up to water when she is parked home. Please don't turn this into my filter system is better than yours, I trust yours is great. Thanks. we have the under-sink filter. between trips it stays put. I remove it at the end of the season and toss it and then install a new one at the beginning of the next season.
rk911 08/26/15 11:16am General RVing Issues
RE: RV duty propane, CO, and smoke detectors

What is needed is a dual chamber detector that will detect CO and smoke from a slow smoldering fire such as may start in a R/V because of electrical fires and fast burning smokeless fires. After a lot of research and talking to Kidde, they assured me that this one would work in a home and also A RV,there is no difference. This is what I found. A Kidde KN-COSM-XTR-B Nighthawk That seemed to be best suited for this kind of application. Like This They now can be bought at Home Depot, also At Amazon. Amazon I suggest you read all the info and make your decision on this but I replaced the ones in my Class C with this one.They are rated for 7 years and most are only rated for 5,If your RV is older than 5 years old and they haven't been changed they are most likely no good. Mine needed to be replaced so this was a good deal for me, I had a hard wired one and I chucked it for the battery powered ones, they can be checked before each trip by pushing the test button in the center of the unit. Just a reminder,a first line of defense is always the best. Check those smoke detectors and replace them if needed,all have a date on them and how long they are good for. If they don't, toss them. I hope that this helps or from here at a substantial discount.
rk911 08/18/15 02:02pm Tech Issues
RE: RV duty propane, CO, and smoke detectors

Even when plugged into shore power, one of the detectors starts beeping about low voltage while the water pump is cycling rapidly, such as when I'm taking a shower. How far down is the voltage going when this happens ? If you are going to replace them all just because you think it's time anyway.....I think you should stick with the 12 V ones like it came with. Much more reliable. What if the 9 V model runs the battery down while the RV is in storage; will you know it the next time it's used ?? I replace my 9v batteries every spring as part of my start-of-the-season checklist. if the OP is a fulltimer just replace the batteries when DST starts and ends. I'd rather have the peace of mind that comes with the 9v models knowing that they'll operate in case of a 12v failure in the coach.
rk911 08/18/15 01:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Verizon plan changes!

I can guarantee you that Verizon, ATT, Sprint and others never make changes that they don't profit from. This latest change has been carefully crafted to save some people money, but in the overall picture will generate more money for Verizon. It's the American way! and there ain't nuthin wrong with that.
rk911 08/14/15 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Desk in Slideout

I have a 38ft Fleetwood Expedition. It came with a desk in the passenger slideout instead of a couch. We are having trouble finding a computer chair to work with it. Due to it being in the slideout, there is about a 1 inch height difference, so a typical desk chair wont sit under the desk. Any ideas? how 'bout adding a boat seat cushion to the chair? that should raise it up enough.
rk911 08/14/15 11:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Verizon plan changes!

My understanding is that Verizon will no longer provide free phones. In the past people would get a free phone when they sign up for service. The phone has to be paid for so it was added to the cost of peoples plan. Now that the free phones are taken out of the plans the cost should go down. I was skeptical that the cost would actually go down. Hopefully it is true but when you need a new phone you will have to pay for it out of pocket. most phones weren't "free" as the cost between the discount you paid up front was simply figured into the monthly line cost. ain't nuttin free.
rk911 08/13/15 05:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: How many GB's?

Verizon phone/data plans are changing as of Thursday, the 13th. don't know if this change affects MiFi plans or not. FYI.
rk911 08/11/15 01:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Stuck on frwy due to accident ahead. Let others use toilet?

Hello! This has not happened to me. Yet. Just a what-if question. If I got stuck for a couple of hours on the interstate behind a major traffic accident and somebody comes up and asks to use my trailer's bathroom, do I allow it, or tell them No? What if it's a pregnant lady or a mother with a little kid? I don't want strangers messing with my stuff, but I also don't want to be a jerk and say No if the wife and I have been in and out of the trailer getting drinks and using the facilities and the people around us have seen us doing it. Has this happened to anybody? What did you do? Would you do it the same again? Thanks, Kirk years ago we were on the tollway between Cape Kennedy and Orlando heading back from watching a space shuttle launch when we were trapped in a traffic jam. traffic was moving inch-by-inch. we found ourselves to the right of a semi and my wife struck up a conversation with him. "what're you hauling", "where are you going"...thar sort of thing. he then asked if we had any ice and water. sure, she replied. he then tossed over his insulated mug which we happily filled with ice and water for him. he gently eased over to the left a bit so Donna could lean out and hand him his mug. that was a neat experience but I would probably draw the line at letting someone in to use the john...especially in traffic.
rk911 08/03/15 10:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Windows 10

Wow, some insane posts I see here. So now XP is more secure than 10 and Microsoft now installs Adware, bloatware and bricks your PC.:S I am always amazed at folks drinking the update koolaid.. http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/hand-gestures/forehead-slap-smiley-emoticon.gif Never said XP is more "secure" but BLINDLY installing each and every update CAN expose your OS to a BAD update.. MS has had quite a few very recent blunders for Win7 AND Win8, while for the most part updates tend to be "harmless" in nature, there are many good reasons as to why you DON'T really want to be the first guinea pig for the updates.. Many large companies actually run their OWN "Windows Update Server", why? Well they DON'T TRUST MS Updates and will run MANY tests in VMs to ensure the updates don't foul up the PCs they maintain.. Only once the updates have been tested and found to be necessary AND harmless they will copy the updates to their server and push the update to the PCs.. A former coworker of mine actually has worked for a few companies in the IT departments testing updates and approving the release of them.. I personally like to hold off the updates for a week and monitor the chat forums for complaints.. Saved me from downloading that stupid Win10 nag on my Win7 PC.. and before that a Font corruption issue with a update.. to name a couple of recent blunders.. Win10 HOME you won't have a choice, Win10 "Pro" you can only temporarily DELAY the automatic download and install.. I like to think of it as an INFORMED consumer instead of a paranoid uninformed user that accepts all updates so it makes them feel safe, secure from all those nasty s waiting to turn their PC into a mindless robot.. Just because you have all the latest patches it doesn't make your PC any "safer".. I HAVE seen PCs which were fully up to date with all patches FAIL as fast as one that was not patched.. Better security really starts right at your browser level, if you are running IE or any other browser barefoot you WILL at some point and time get hit with malware. I used to drink the koolaid of patches and ran IE.. I found that out the hard way, now I run FireFox with AdBlock Plus PLUS NoScript.. Makes it one heck of a lot harder for a drive by malware hit if it can't run JavaScripts.. X2!!
rk911 07/30/15 06:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Survey - How Do You Store Your Class A?

Considering new home options and how to store our Class A. Currently it sits in the driveway, exposed. I don't like it but not willing to invest in a short term structure. So what is the consensus? How do you store your Class A? Full timer, park to park? No shelter? Park at storage facility exposed? Park at storage facility under roof? RV Garage? Pole barn? Sits in the driveway? If you built an enclosed garage, what was the cost, how big, what materials and how long ago? or $/sq ft? With enough responses I'll build a spreadsheet with percentages. Thanks for your time, - bob uncovered in a storage lot. if the lot had indoor or covered spots I would take advantage of that.
rk911 07/30/15 06:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windows 10

If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1, and don't want the Win 10 download, HERE, it tells about a specific Windows update, KB3035583, which you can uninstall if it is already on your system. I don't want Win 10, so I never even let it download. same here. I'm happy to sit it out and see what develops. two of my buddies are eager to be pathfinders and it'll be interesting to see what they find.
rk911 07/29/15 11:10am Technology Corner
RE: Is it really too far to walk to the bathroom at a rest area?

Not to start a truckers vs RV-ears dispute, but once while we were stopped at a PFJ lot we saw a trucker drive by and throw a half eaten pizza out his window at a MH (not ours). Seagulls immediately went after the pizza and there were bird droppings all over the RV in very short order. I have always wondered what (if anything) the RVer had done to deserve that... might have been the result of some real or perceived slight from the road, envy, jealously or just because the RVer exists.
rk911 07/27/15 05:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is it really too far to walk to the bathroom at a rest area?

On our outbound trip recently we had hit a 4x4 that caused us to stop at the next rest area. I was looking for any damage and had to get down on my knees at the rear wheel and front wheel. At first I thought I might have ruptured my black tank as there was a distinct urine smell. Yet after looking nothing was dripping on the ground. Then I thought maybe the DEF tank got hit. Nope it wasn't that. I then smelled my hands and yup, there was a smell of urine and upon smelling the cement it was everywhere in the trailer lane. Why pull over to use the rest area and are then too lazy to make it to the bathroom. Just wiz all over your tires or the ground? Gross. I assume it might mostly be OTR drivers? Next time I'll be sure to use rubber gloves if needing to inspect anything. :E just another symptom of our declining society.
rk911 07/27/15 11:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: OTA antenna, Sling TV, DVR+

CAN the DVR+ be used on cable or sat TV?
rk911 07/27/15 09:35am Technology Corner
RE: Weird electrical problem - 2 phones won't charge

Check to see if you tripped a GFCI receptacle. Use known good appliance in receptacle to test for presence of 120 volts AC. X2 on this and fyi you may find more than one GFCI receptacle and you may find them in storage compartments and other places you might not expect to find them. or just plug in a fan, work light...anything like that to see if the outlet is actually working. if it's not check for tripped GFCI; if the outlet is working try a different outlet and/or charging cords.
rk911 07/24/15 10:26am Tech Issues
RE: Airless Tires? Maybe ...

not for me until they've been on the market for at least 10-years with a no-worse track record than std tires in terms of reliability, durability and load carrying capability. all those important 'ilities. :) if they end up being "greener" all the better but that's not the most important factor, not by a long shot.
rk911 07/22/15 07:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fridge Issue

When not in use, the fifth wheel sits in our driveway plugged up to a 110 outlet. I assume the dc converter would charge and keep them charged?? I have not checked the batteries charge...but I will do that first. I will put a charger on them as well to make sure they have a full charge. Thanks if it's a triple-stage charger (ie "smart" charger) then your battery charge will be maintained. a "smart" charger will charge the batteries and then go into a float mode to keep them charged. an older charger will simply go full-bore and if left connected too long may boil or otherwise harm your batteries. as I and others have mentioned the best way to ascertain the state of charge in your batteries is with a hydrometer. check the water level in your cells and the lug connections on your batteries.
rk911 07/22/15 01:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Fridge Issue

Had a fridge issue this week. It would work fine on propane all day until approx 3:00 -5:00 am then would stop....check light would be on. Would not reignite after several attempts. Heres the strange part. I would start my genny and rung the fridge in "auto" mode for an hour or so and when I turned off the genny the fridge would run just fine on propane until early the nes morning and I would get up to a check light again. Did this all four days. Propane tanks were both at 40%. Any ideas on why its doing this? Thanks yup...low voltage on your battery. simple things first...check water levels in each cell and add where needed (distilled water would be best) and charge your battery. once charged using a hydrometer (any hardware or automotive store) check each cell. also make sure that the post connections are clean and tight. i'm guessing you have a loose/dirty connection, you're either low on water or you have at least one weak or bad cell.
rk911 07/22/15 12:29pm Tech Issues
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