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RE: MIA - Mexico

...tarnished by the racism so prevalent in the US."So prevalent"? Sorry, but I disagree. The US is one of the least "racist" countries on earth. Are we perfect? Heck no, but I'm a firm believer in the adage that you WILL find what you spend most of your time "looking for". If you are looking for racism (or other things to be offended by), then that's certainly what you will find/see, even if you are in reality wrong.
4x4van 11/15/19 03:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Evolving Canines, de-evoloving people?

SF hands out a half million free needles to heroin addicts every year, most of which are discarded onto the streets (along with all of the human urine & feces). In fact, all of the restaurants/bars use blue lighting in their restrooms...so that the junkies don't shoot up in there (they can't see their veins under the blue lights). But yes, don't you dare use a plastic straw, or a single-use plastic bag!
4x4van 11/15/19 03:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Personally, I'll never be dependent on ERS, when I can change a tire myself IF necessary. Spotty cell coverage, long wait times, high replacement tire prices... Sorry, not for me. As an example of just the "time" issue; a few years ago, had an electrical issue with a Chevy Suburban, about 2pm. Called AAA for a tow. While we had good cell coverage, we were in Blythe, CA, and there was only limited tow companies available; and AAA wouldn't go off the pavement. Had a local "non-AAA" towtruck get us from where we were located (on the beach along the Colorado River about 150' from the pavement) to a parking lot in town (about 5 miles). Then we waited for AAA. And waited. And waited some more (Keep in mind that it was Sunday afternoon, after a day on the river, tired, ready to head home, AND it was still 115 degrees in the shade!!). AAA's only contracted truck in the area was coming back from a run into Encino (near Los Angeles). After more than 6 hours, he finally showed up, and then his winch caught fire while trying to pull the Suburban onto the flatbed. Waited some more for his shop to come out and fix the winch. Finally got it loaded and hit the road at 10pm, to begin a the trip home to SoCal, arriving home at 2:30am. No, this has nothing to do with a flat tire. But it DOES have everything to do with time. There is nothing in ANY ERS documentation that guarantees a "timely" response. Did AAA respond? Yes. Did they get my vehicle home? Yes. Would I consider it a successful "transaction"? No, and I'll never rely on them again unless there is NO OTHER CHOICE, PERIOD. Of course, YMMV.
4x4van 11/15/19 02:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Suburban Furnace No Delay

The startup is functioning as it should. As for the shut down, it may be that you have not allowed it to get hot enough for the fan to stay on when shutting the unit down. Try letting it run for 10-15 minutes, then turn it off. At that point, it should be hot enough that the fan will continue to run for a short time.
4x4van 11/12/19 02:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Campground Theft

Thieves steal things that they can quickly convert to cash. A plastic bed rail doesn't fit that bill, Hubcaps maybe. Electronics, jewelry, generators, bicycles definitely.They also steel things they need. My daughter once had her car ('93 Civic) broken into; they took the ashtray and the owners manual. Obviously they owned a Civic with a missing ash tray! My guess is that the OP's bed rail found a new home on the thief's truck.
4x4van 11/12/19 01:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

I was told by an Asplundh tree trimming supervisor the standard used by most power companies is 18 feet, not 18 inches. Asplundh is a line clearance contractor that works for many power companies in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.In CA, General Order 95 (GO-95) states that radial clearances of bare line conductors up to 22.5kV (22,500 volts) from tree branches or foliage is 18" (I'm looking at the GO-95 specs as I type this; Table 1, case 13). Higher voltages are typically Transmission, and are usually on very tall poles/towers, and as such are not normally an issue for tree clearance. As Dutch said, those clearances are based on a formula rather than a fixed number, and are more based on clearances between the lines themselves rather than between the lines and vegetation. I am not as familiar with the rest of the country, since they go by NESC rather than CA's GO-95, but generally speaking, GO-95 is usually even stricter than NESC. In a cursory search, I can find no reference to clearances from trees in the current NESC.
4x4van 11/07/19 02:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

Love these threads, there's always someone who thinks sanitation is no big deal because they haven't died yet.And there's always someone who thinks that dumping your black tank requires a full hazmat suit and decontamination facilities. BTW, I've seen it mentioned here a couple of times that "manufacturers recommend sanitizing RV water tanks every 6 months..." Hmmm...I've never seen that recommendation from an RV manufacturer. I've owned 3 RVs over the past 30 years, all 3 purchased used...and I've sanitized the freshwater system maybe twice...just because the water got a bit stale after sitting a couple of months. There's an independent packet or notice I read that said to sanitize the tank every 6 mos but the big manual says every year. We tend to camp about every 2-4 weeks throughout the year (empty nesters) so the water in the tank doesn't sit long. From our manual: Sanitizing the Fresh Water System Keeping the fresh water system clean and free of any potential contaminations should be a top priority. Sanitizing the system before initial use and thereafter annually, or whenever water remains unused for prolonged durations, is recommended. This will help keep the water system fresh and discourage harmful bacterial or viral growth. Keystone RV Company Owners Manual 4/1/2018 I'm a big fan of using the fresh water tank as well. We usually do 2-dayers Fri/Sat so we try to keep it simple at setup and get into the woods or off fishing. We did 3 trips of about 1,000 mi one-way and on those we just keep enough to pee on the road. No sense in beating up the tank bands with the extra weight, fuel mileage, etc.I stand corrected: In my owner's manual, it does indeed address sanitizing the freshwater tank, although it gives no specific time frame: "DISINFECTING FRESHWATER SYSTEMS ON RECREATION VEHICLES (As approved by the U.S. Public Health Service)To assure complete disinfection of your fresh water system, it is recommended that the follow-ing procedure be followed on a new system, one that has not been used for a period of time, or one that may have become contaminated." I travel with a full tank, filling from a safe treated municipal supply at home, and seldom if ever refill on the road from campgrounds.
4x4van 11/04/19 03:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

Also, it is State Law that trees are trimmed a minimum of 18" from electric lines. That's a stupid law, only in California could they have something that. Here they clear cut the entire right of way easement back to a vertical line, at whatever the edge of the easement is. It's a heck of a lot further than a foot and a half. You can have an 80' white pine on your property with half of it in the easement, and they'll trim the entire one side of it off to a nice plumb straight vertical plane so fast your head will spin. https://i.imgur.com/UQ5IrQAl.jpgI agree, 18" is not nearly enough. But you also have to remember that CA is inhabited by environmental tree-huggers; they'd prefer that nothing be done to a tree in any way. :S
4x4van 11/04/19 03:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What happened to

I've never seen Good Sam's actual body, so how can we be sure that he's fat? And I don't believe that I've ever made a purchasing decision, yea or nay, based on a company's logo.
4x4van 10/31/19 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble with California

California has a multi-billion agricultural industry that the state is trying to protect from pests. The mandate extend to invasive species that could play havoc on it's forests and bodies of water. Hence, CA's borders have inspectors. Yes, those produce and firewood can be asked to be off loaded. Yep yep yep. California is the only state in the country with multi-billion agricultural industry.Nope, but it is the highest; nearly double 2nd place Iowa ($50 billion vs $27 billion).
4x4van 10/31/19 08:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble with California

But thanks, I always welcome someone from the east coast "educating me" on my home state and what is important here on the west coast. :R Don't mention it. Hopefully you're far from the fires and have not had your power shut off. Maybe you all could use some education from the East coast. Just keep the snowflakes with an attitude home.:B And that education, would that involve sweeping the forest to prevent forest fire and wanting Pleasure in Paradise city?:S I agree that decades of CA forest mismanagement and liberal environmentalist policies are to blame for the fires, although CA's vegetation and environment is not in any way similar to the east coast, so any comparison is invalid from the get-go. I know people often ask why would anyone live in CA with the fires and earthquakes; but the same could be asked about those in the Mississippi river valley who continue to rebuild after the river floods every few years, or those along the east coast who get hit with hurricanes over and over, or those in tornado alley, or... Although I'm still not sure what any of that has to do with a 30 second delay at an AG station. I may be old, but I think I can spare 30 seconds or so once in a blue moon. Will the inspection actually make a difference? Maybe, maybe not; that is indeed debatable. But will that 30 seconds lost degrade my life in any way? Certainly not, although YMMV.
4x4van 10/31/19 08:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble with California

A visual inspection for such things on a watercraft is a total joke and waste of time. It's nothing more than a Government sponsored feel good measure like a firewood quarantine. You might feel different about that firewood thing if you saw the millions of dead trees in the forests of CA due to the drought taking a toll on trees that were weakened by Bark Beetles. And watercraft & boats? They only check to make sure that the drain plug is removed so that any Quagga Mussells (go ahead, look them up) will dry out and die before being transferred to another fresh water body. Amazes me how adamant some can be about their "rights" to not be subject to a 1 minute delay in an effort to prevent major problems down the road. I won't. Because a Pine Beetle, or what your calling a bark beetle, is not an invasive species, it's native. Its current explosion is due to forest mismanagement. A single female mussel releases up to a million eggs per year that are transferred by birds from one body or water to another.Firewood bans are in place to prevent native species from invading non-native areas. And as for Quagga Mussells, although transfer by birds is theoretically possible, it has never actually been demonstrated, and considering the millions of tax dollars that have been spent because of the destruction to watersheds that they have caused, I'm not so arrogant to claim that 30 seconds to a minute of my time at a California Ag station is more important than helping to fight something that could possibly cause millions of (my) dollars in damage. Maybe google "Asian Citrus Psyllid", or "Mediterranean Fruit Fly". Free and easy travel has created many issues, not just the ones we are discussing here. But thanks, I always welcome someone from the east coast "educating me" on my home state and what is important here on the west coast. :R
4x4van 10/30/19 04:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mysteries of RV design

Since so many rechargeable devices are around today, why aren't there more 12V or USB ports in RVs? The only 12V outlets are at the TV hookups.AGREED! Mine had one 12v plug on the dash, and one next to the passenger seat. Nowhere else in this 30' RV did they add a 12v outlet. Of course there are tons of 120VAC outlets throughout...only problem is we spend 80% of our time boondocking. I added 3 double-USB ports (1 on dash, 2 in bedroom). Silly part is that even when we camp with hookups, I have only ever used 1 120VAC outlet, for the coffee maker.
4x4van 10/30/19 04:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

My brother in law is very high up at the DWP in Los Angeles. He told me those tree trimmers only trim the tree back a few inches from the lines. That keeps them employed because they need to be called again next year to trim again.No offense to you or your BIL, but I highly doubt that. I work for RPU (Riverside Public Utilities), and we have a constant, ongoing tree trimming program that costs us more than $100,000 per month. LADWP's territory is many times larger than Riversides', so they are undoubtedly spending even more. Also, it is State Law that trees are trimmed a minimum of 18" from electric lines. Just thinking what was said for a extra 50 million isn't worth it after all the the homes that were burnt the the ground not just a few and over the past 5 years or so really makes little sense IMO that is.50 million dollars wouldn't underground even a half mile of high voltage transmission lines. Just how many miles of overhead lines do you suppose there are in California? 25,000 miles of transmission lines ($150 million PER MILE) and 160,000 miles of distribution lines ($1 to $3 million PER MILE). Do the math: it would cost over $4 TRILLION to bury all of the electric lines in CA.
4x4van 10/30/19 03:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

I've been RVing for 30+ years, 3 motorhomes (first was a pilot type WH, 2nd & 3rd DSI type). Only failure of a WH occurred on my first, a non-DSI type, and it was solved with a control board. Occasionally, I get an ignition failure; I simply turn it off and back on, and it lights up. Methinks something else is going on. To the OP; what do you mean by "DSI fault"? If mine fails to ignite, the LED next to the switch comes on (indicating an ignition failure). Turning it off and back on usually solves it and the WH is back in business. I do know that on my 2nd RV, after sitting unused for awhile, I sometimes had to try it several times simply because it took a bit to get LPG through the lines to the unit (same with the fridge); running a burner or two on the stove sped the process up.
4x4van 10/29/19 12:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mysteries of RV design

On my '04 Itasca, the range hood & light are built in to the underside of the microwave...and they are 120VAC. So unless I have hookups or use the generator, I have no light/fan over my LPG stove! :S
4x4van 10/29/19 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

Burying lines would cost a fortune. One of the main reasons power lines are in the air is something called "free air insulation". In short, you can use a MUCH thinner wire than if it was buried. True. I work for a municipal electric utility in SoCal; Putting normal distribution lines underground costs around $1 million+ per mile. Putting high voltage transmission lines underground costs upwards of $150 million per mile. No one could afford electricity to cover those costs.
4x4van 10/29/19 08:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

I don't live in the central valley and I don't live in the mojave Or the inland empire, etc But I can't remember anytime there w was five days non stop high winds I think they are stating the worst possible case, Instead of the most likely disruption Very good idea to keep the RV readySoCal routinely gets 5 (or more) days straight of hot, dry winds; they're called the Santa Ana's. In fact, it's what we are going through right now, and yes, there are fires going as well. This morning I heard that over 300 fires have started in the past 20 hours. Most are knocked down quickly, but a few get out of control.
4x4van 10/29/19 07:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trouble with California

A visual inspection for such things on a watercraft is a total joke and waste of time. It's nothing more than a Government sponsored feel good measure like a firewood quarantine. You might feel different about that firewood thing if you saw the millions of dead trees in the forests of CA due to the drought taking a toll on trees that were weakened by Bark Beetles. And watercraft & boats? They only check to make sure that the drain plug is removed so that any Quagga Mussells (go ahead, look them up) will dry out and die before being transferred to another fresh water body. Amazes me how adamant some can be about their "rights" to not be subject to a 1 minute delay in an effort to prevent major problems down the road.
4x4van 10/24/19 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Late check out

Occasionally, we will arrive early. If the campground agrees and the site is vacant, I've never had a problem getting an early check-in. If the site is not available or the campground prohibits it, no problem; I can wait. Occasionally I ask for a late checkout; again, IF the campground agrees and IF no one has reserved the site; great. If it cannot be accommodated, no problem; I leave. I don't really understand the angst. The decision of the campground owner is the final answer, although it's certainly nice to spend my money where the management is willing to extend some hospitality if possible. HOWEVER......we got reservations a month ago for Friday thru Monday. Sunday afternoon I asked the camp ground owner if we could get a late check-out. He obliged. The lady proceeds to tell me that we were in their spot. Duh! She also tells me that they were supposed to be there Sunday. Based on my highlighted sections above of the OP, the campground owner screwed up. On Sunday afternoon, the campground agreed to allow a late check-out for Monday, even though they had reservations from other campers for a Sunday check-in.
4x4van 10/24/19 04:36pm RV Lifestyle
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