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RE: Onstar phone

When I bought my Silverado, it came with 6 months of OnStar and my wife bought minutes for the phone part of it. The phone part worked great for me. Never had any issues with dropped calls. No one ever complained about being able to hear me and every thing sounded loud and clear in the truck. I did drop OnStar after the 6 months was up. I didn't use it often enough to justify paying for it. No complaints for me other than the price.
tomdinwv 08/03/13 09:21am General RVing Issues
RE: First New Travel Trailer!

That's a nice looking TT. Hope you have many fun, safe trips with it. The difference between camping in a tent and RVing is amazing. Congrats on your new TT.
tomdinwv 07/30/13 06:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Back Then

I've told my kids many times that they would not have survived my childhood. We had to go outside!!! Can you believe that? We would play with and actually talk to the other kids in the neighborhood. We couldn't text, facebook, or call them on our cell phone. We didn't come home until mom was calling us for dinner. She didn't call us on a phone either, she stuck her head out the front door and yelled for us. If we were thirsty, we didn't go to the fridge and get a Gatorade or energy drink. We had to drink out of the lead infested illness causing water hose. How horrible. Every time I hear one of our kids say "I'm bored", I go off. They have no idea how good their spoiled little butts have it. All in all though, I'm glad I grew up when I did. I wouldn't trade the lessons I learned for nothing.
tomdinwv 07/29/13 07:11am Around the Campfire
RE: WD Storage

I use 2 Zip Lock bags (gallon size). Slide them over the business end of the bars and slide them in the pass through compartment. The hitch head stays on the truck unless we are going to take the truck out somewhere, then it goes in the pass through too. While in storage, it all goes in the pass through.
tomdinwv 07/28/13 07:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: What is so facinating about closing time?

I managed a retail auto parts store for several years. The emergency customers, I could understand and would do my best to help them out. The guy coming in 1 minute til closing, wandering around for 15 minutes and then buying a small $1.79 bottle of Armor All, I couldn't stand. Happened all the time. Some folks just didn't think we had anything better to do I guess. LOL
tomdinwv 07/27/13 05:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: What Do YOU do when it rains?

I will break out one of my Uncle John's Bathroom Readers and soak up some useless facts about many useless subjects. Naps are fun and refreshing. The DW and I will play Uno or Rummy until I actually start winning. That's when the argument start because she thinks the only way I can win is to cheat. LOL. The TT is well stocked with DVD's so that's always a good option. My favorite rainy day activity be far is sitting under the awning, making the beer cooler lighter. I'd rather go camping in the rain than work in the sun.
tomdinwv 07/27/13 05:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Single Axle vs Dual Axle

Take your time and find a floor plan that suits you. A slide is nice to have. It does make rainy days seem a lot less claustrophobic. As far a brake controllers go, get yourself a Prodigy P2 or P3. You will be happy with either of these controllers.
tomdinwv 07/20/13 06:27am Beginning RVing
RE: diesel repair

I've never looked for it, but I believe there are a couple of forums dedicated to Duramax engines. I frequented a Cummins forum when I had my Ram 2500 and learned all kinds of info specific to those engines/trucks. Google Duramax forums and take a look.
tomdinwv 07/18/13 05:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Most common campground complaints?

I've only been in one CG that I can complain about. The water connection was on the wrong side of the TT and at the front of the site. I just used it to fill my fresh water tank and we ran off it while we were there. The sewer connection was waaaay back in the rear of the site and on an uphill slope compared to the gravel pad the TT was parked on. I just used the dump station on my way out of the CG instead of trying to make the poo poo run uphill. There was also a couple of large trees that were close to the TT and I couldn't open my awning and the site had a bunch of holes and dips in it, making it a little hard to walk. Didn't let any of this ruin the couple of nights we stayed there. Just worked around everything.
tomdinwv 07/15/13 05:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Truck Sagging When Towing

Airbags. Just put a set on my Silverado and they made a world of difference.
tomdinwv 07/12/13 04:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Strangest thing asked to borrow

A few tools. Let a guy borrow my 2" ball and draw bar to pull his tote tank to dump it. I got borrowed one evening during a heavy rain to help put up a couples awning. They could not figure out how to roll it up and were panicking because it kept filling up with water.
tomdinwv 07/11/13 08:45pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Palomino Puma Stained shower help

I have a 2012 Puma. In the shower stall, there is a sticker that says to use NO products containing bleach and several other chemicals that I can't think of right now. It says something about bleach, etc... damaging or removing the finish from the plastic walls surrounding the tub. Be very careful what you use. Sorry I can't be more help.
tomdinwv 07/10/13 02:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dumping black tank - for stationary travel trailer

Can you install a fitting in your home's sewer line to dump your portable tank? Since you are loading your portable tank in the truck anyways, you could just bring it home instead of driving out of your way to dump.
tomdinwv 07/10/13 07:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Brake Controllers

Another vote for the Prodigy. I have a P2 and love it compared to the 2 time delayed ones in my old trucks. Go with the prodigy. You won't regret it. Where you set your controller will depend on the situation. Follow the instructions for set up and you'll be okay. Good luck.
tomdinwv 07/09/13 05:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brake controller

I had 2 time delay controlers in my last 2 trucks. When I bought my new truck, I picked up and installed a Prodigy P2. World of difference. Smoother stops. The Prodigy P2 or P3 is the way to go.
tomdinwv 07/09/13 05:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: getting older or smarter

Most of our trips are close to home. We only take 1 long trip a year and so far we've been lucky and not had to deal with some of the bad weather situations many of you have encountered. A bad storm is what got my family out of a tent though. We had went camping with our 2 girls 3 years ago. Last night there, a bad storm came up and soaked everything. Water in a little creek behind us was rising, getting close to tent. Dropped the tent, threw it in the bed of my truck along with everything else. A week later, we had a pop-up setting in the yard. It lasted less than a year. Every time we went camping, we had to drop it and bring it home in the rain. Got tired of drying the thing out. LOL. That led to our TT. I'm sure I'll run into some bad weather towing it on a long trip one of these days. That's fine. I'll just find a place to spend some time and enjoy another night in the TT.
tomdinwv 07/07/13 08:59am RV Lifestyle
RE: This scared me.

I'd have needed a new driver's seat in my car. Cleaning the old one would not be an option after that.
tomdinwv 07/03/13 07:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: walmart wipers

I sold car parts for several years. Many wipers are universal fit and come with several adapters to fit different applications. Some are exact fit and only fit specific applications. That's what you should be looking for when buying them for your MH. Pick up a set of the universal fits and the right adapter should be in the package. I'd give a place like Advance Auto, Autozone, or Napa a try instead of Walmart. The guys working at most of these stores will help you out and get you the part you need. During my years working retail auto parts, I installed wipers and batteries in several MH's, hundreds or cars, trucks and even a hearse. LOL. Next time, give one of these places a try.
tomdinwv 07/03/13 06:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Non-secured items getting loose during travel

One little round pillow on the couch always seems to find it's way to the floor on every trip. I have sat it down and had a talk with it about staying put while we travel, but I've been wasting my breathe it seems. Perhaps someday it will learn. Oh well. Everything else stays put. Our sink cover stays under one of the dinette cushions. We never use it, we just keep a dish drainer thing in the side of the sink it covers.
tomdinwv 07/02/13 03:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: does anyone bring coolers anymore with full fridges?

We carry a cooler on every trip. Food goes in the inside fridge, if there is any room left, we fill it with bottled water or pop. We have a small dorm fridge we put on a table outside. We split it with pop and bottled water. Love our little fridge. It'll get pop cold to the point where it gets just a little slush in it. Mmmmmm, cold. Beer goes in the cooler. Beer should always be on ice. LOL. When we drink beer at home, I'll put it in a cooler with ice over it. It just tastes better to me that way. We keep our TT in a storage lot because we can't get it up the hill we live on, so when we pack up to leave, any left over food goes into the cooler to keep it cool until we get home.
tomdinwv 07/02/13 06:16am Travel Trailers
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