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RE: Towing a towed and a boat behind mh

The solution to your problem is simple. Buy a boat that is large enough to have sleeping quarters, a bathroom and holding tanks, and kitchen facilities. Then you only need to tow one thing. :B :B Oh, you might also have to buy a ladder.
Shearwater 11/25/15 10:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Top 10 RV tools

I carry one thing that I have never needed - a folding camping shovel. If you really need a shovel it's not that great but it sure beats no shovel at all.
Shearwater 11/17/15 07:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Automatic Macerator Pump on Airstream Interstate

double post
Shearwater 11/17/15 07:08am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Automatic Macerator Pump on Airstream Interstate

Some (most?) class B's have waste tanks that are slung under the van. I've noticed that a lot of dump stations have short walls surrounding the opening that are higher than the waste valve on the RV. This makes it difficult or impossible to dump. The macerator solves that problem.
Shearwater 11/17/15 07:08am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Rats!

Hire a professional exterminator. Take his advice about sealing up the access points.
Shearwater 11/15/15 03:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Problems with Class Bs used as second cars where restricted.

Why didn't you check on the regulations before moving in? At this point, I would just keep your RV at home and wait for repercussions. If they say you can't have it there, then rent/borrow a parking space somewhere else.
Shearwater 11/15/15 03:27pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My camper came with tires filled with Nitro air

I'm sorry folks but nitrogen and oxygen react to changes temperature in EXACTLY the same way. This is taught in every freshman chemistry course as the ideal gas laws. If you want to check on this, look up ideal gas laws on Wikipedia and see what the math very clearly says. If you don't want to believe in scientific principles that were established 150 years ago, that is your privilege.
Shearwater 11/12/15 01:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: The thrill of the hunt...have camera, will travel.

I'll try a few posts and see how they work. Common loon https://farm1.staticflickr.com/606/20497580008_fa4ce31ef0_b.jpg width=640 Cactus wren https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5331/16904239943_9165711c2e_z.jpg Brown pelican https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8744/16902310104_26e94bc029_z.jpg Gator https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5447/17338234649_1d87b0ec0e_z.jpg width=640 I've pretty much given up posting pictures on RVnet because the moderators only allow pictures that are 640 pixels wide, which pretty much destroys their impact.
Shearwater 11/02/15 01:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: 2016 Health Insurance Premiums

Yes, you are right, there are botched surgeries on all sides. But, I will take my chances with our current medical system. You see, in Germany, for example, the "government" pays everyone the same for a procedure. So, there is NO incentive for one doctor, or surgeon to be the best at his craft, because he gets NO additional compensation for being the best. The only incentive is to get more procedures done than the next guy. That encourages cut corners and sub standard performance. In this country there is also no financial incentive to be the best. Insurance companies or Medicare set a price for every procedure and the physician gets paid the same whether they are the best or the worst. The only way to get paid more is to do more procedures, just like in Germany.
Shearwater 10/29/15 12:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2016 Health Insurance Premiums

Please, let's stop saying that business is responsible for all of the advances in medical care. It simply is not true. Almost all health care research is funded by the NIH with a much smaller contribution from charities.
Shearwater 10/29/15 10:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Considering a Class B

IF you want a class B, look at this link.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBuKRu6q0HQ Looks more like a class C to me.
Shearwater 10/29/15 10:01am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 2016 Health Insurance Premiums

As of 2013 per capita spending on health care exceeded $8000 and I can safely assume that this has increased. We all will have to pay that in one form or another if we cannot rein in costs. In our area, hospital systems are all building new hospitals and more and more outpatient centers to increase their market share. In other parts of the country, for profit hospital management companies are buying up the local facilities. Most medical costs are paid through insurance companies - that adds about 30% to total costs. Drug companies charge much more for drugs in the US than in countries that negotiate drug prices. We are subsidizing cheap drugs for the rest of the world. I see no likelihood that any of this will change.
Shearwater 10/28/15 02:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Considering a Class B

The first reason B's are more expensive is that it is harder to work inside a body composed of complex curves, like a van has, than to put furniture into a box with all right angles. The second reason is quality of workmanship. The less expensive class C's are really slapped together, often using inferior materials. For whatever reason, all of the class B makers use better materials and more careful assembly.
Shearwater 10/28/15 12:30pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Senior Member

No sense of humor?
Shearwater 10/28/15 06:15am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Senior Member

Most of us who inhabit this site are seniors, it just takes RV.net a while to figure that out.
Shearwater 10/27/15 10:05am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: considering Florida residence with Montana llc

Good article Moderator - all light, no heat.
Shearwater 10/26/15 02:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where are the tanks on a Sprinter?

The black tank is likely to be right underneath the toilet. Gray water is likely to be somewhere between the front and rear wheels under the van. Fresh water might be under the van or inside. In our Sportsmobile, freshwater is under one of the settees inside the van. If you are really interested, go back to the dealer and ask them or else look under the van yourself.
Shearwater 10/24/15 09:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Camera reccomendation?

Every time that the "what camera should I buy" question comes up a whole bunch of people will tell you to buy the camera that they have. Surprisingly, they are all probably correct - the point and shoot camera market is extremely competitive and bad cameras have disappeared. My best advice: Go to B+H photovideo B and H and navigate to either compact cameras (or better for kayaking worryfree) waterproof cameras and see what is listed. You can peruse the list by price. Compare by features and price and by user reviews.
Shearwater 10/23/15 12:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: ProStar, Sprinter, Ford Transit Reviews

Interesting comparison but not totally relevant to class B conversions. Most conversion vans are built on the longer wheelbase models and the Sprinter long and extra long bodies are larger than either of the other two. On the other hand, the Ford and Dodge are appealing because of larger dealer networks. I would have a hard time shelling out the bucks for an expensive class B RV built on a Fiat chassis, but that just represents my prejudices about Fiats from long ago. The rust problems seem to me to be confined to the 2006 and earlier Sprinter bodies - I haven't seen much rust on the later models.
Shearwater 10/20/15 11:55am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Greedy FedEx and UPS Boost Surcharges

It's obsolete, it should be privatized. Prices would go up because the Post office get subsidized by the tax payers for billions of dollars each year. The Post Office is financially independent but cannot set their own prices without congressional approval. They deliver to every place in the US. FEDEX and UPS, on the other hand, only deliver to selected areas. If you want to ship something to a remote area of Alaska or even a small town in Arizona, forget them. Only the US Post Office delivers to those areas. FEDEX and UPS are for profit companies and they decide what types of services to provide, which areas of the country get serviced, and what they charge for those services. There is nothing wrong with that but there are a lot of people dependent on the Post Office for any kind of delivery.
Shearwater 10/16/15 03:34pm Around the Campfire
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