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RE: Do propane fire pits put out any heat?

The portable pit we carry is rated for a maximum output of 52,000 btu - it keeps us warm in most cases...
Alan_Hepburn 10/20/20 05:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: California DL towing an Exactly 10,000 lb GVWR trailer

As an aside, I'm rather surprised that they codified it based on the GVWR rather than the actual weight, but that's not really relevant to the question. By specifying GVWR it can be checked during a traffic stop by simply reading the data placard on the vehicle; if it were codified as actual weight then all stops would require a scale to be available in order to determine the actual weight.
Alan_Hepburn 10/13/20 02:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: Blown engine

Thirty-five grand would have made a fairly good downpayment on a new coach. ...and then there's the monthly payments that go along with that down payment.
Alan_Hepburn 10/07/20 12:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow vehicle specs

yeah, the A/B switch is not a precise analogy. :@ For a true "A/B Switch" option, check out this system from Cooltech - uses the lights from the Jeep, but adds in a switch so you select either the Jeep or the towing vehicle as the source of power for the lights. It's a bit on the expensive side, but looks like it would work quite well.
Alan_Hepburn 09/27/20 04:42pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

Have you looked at Verizon's "Visible" subsidiary? Unlimited talk, text, and LTE data for as low as $25/month. Tethering is allowed... Visible.com Many years ago there was a company called "Millenicom" that bought Verizon bandwidth and resold it for data use - they provided a Verizon mifi and 20 GB of data per month for a reasonable fee (I forget what we were paying back then) but after some time Verizon saw that it was eating into their customer base so they put Millenicom out of business by cancelling their contract. I am hesitant to jump to another company that is using a third party bandwidth knowing that the third party can shut it down whenever they want. It doesn't matter to me if Verizon owns Visible - they can still shut it down at their discretion.
Alan_Hepburn 09/22/20 05:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

If it is unlimited only to a specified cap, it is not really unlimited. Regardless of what marketing chooses to call it. Doesn't matter if it's a marketing ploy or not - if it's all that's available we're stuck with it. Those of you with truly unlimited plans are fortunate, but those plans are no longer available for a reasonable price, so we peons must make do with what is available today, or wait until someone invents a time machine so we can go back in time and purchase one of those grandfathered "real unlimited" plans...
Alan_Hepburn 09/21/20 04:54pm Technology Corner
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

And as people change the landscape of their campsites around me, my lot is being impacted and is receiving more over the ground water because of it. So, he allows others to change the landscape of their sites, but won't allow you to change the landscape of yours? The landscape changes include adding more gravel to pad, fencing, pulling trees, etc. All the small changes to landscape around me cause water to redirect, was the point I was trying to make. The point remains: the owner is allowing your neighbors to change the landscaping, which redirects water onto your plot, but he won't allow to to change the landscaping to redirect water OFF of your spot... Seems like a workable option would be to build a French Drain along the perimeter of your plot to direct the water from your neighbors off of your plot before it even gets there.
Alan_Hepburn 09/19/20 04:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

And as people change the landscape of their campsites around me, my lot is being impacted and is receiving more over the ground water because of it. So, he allows others to change the landscape of their sites, but won't allow you to change the landscape of yours?
Alan_Hepburn 09/17/20 12:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

Elon Musk is working on that is it will be up and running very soon, also the government has invested millions into rural internet and check your phone line service, many offer good internet thru the phone line.. The problem is that the phone line doesn't stretch very far when we connect it to our RV...
Alan_Hepburn 08/30/20 12:16pm Technology Corner
RE: CA’s Big Basin Redwood State Park...

While it is tragic to lose the buildings, it will turn out to be very good for the forest - redwood trees rely on the occasional wildfire to replenish themselves. The fires clear out the old underbrush, and the heat from the fires is what allows the seeds to pop open and sink their roots into the freshly cleared soil.
Alan_Hepburn 08/28/20 01:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Options for directv satalites

Winegard is not the only option - there's also RF Mogul...
Alan_Hepburn 08/22/20 01:23pm Tech Issues
RE: electrical problems

So you have a 50 amp RV and you are using a 50/30 RV adapter and plugging into a NEMA 10-30 outlet? Yea.... DON'T DO THAT. Many things have now been burned up starting with the converter. The supply is 240v and the adapter is 120v. Using a dog bone to plug 50 into 30 is done all the time.No problem. Nope - plugging an RV into a NEMA 10-30 outlet causes problems; plugging an RV into a NEMA TT30 outlet is what is done all the time...
Alan_Hepburn 07/21/20 01:03pm Tech Issues
RE: JEEP as TOAD

That link is for the JK but the website states that it is NOT rated for towing. I also checked the same bumper for the 2020 Gladiator and it also says it's not rated for flat towing. Other than that it is a nice looking bumper. The Rugged Ridge bumpers that are rated for flat towing are in the $800 range...
Alan_Hepburn 07/20/20 09:39pm Dinghy Towing
RE: JEEP as TOAD

A lot of people say to just get a new front bumper - if you're on a budget that's hardly a viable option. Blue Ox base plates run around $450 - a bumper capable of towing is twice that, and then you need to get the appropriate clevis to connect to the tow bar. I'll stick with the Blue Ox base plate!
Alan_Hepburn 07/19/20 02:03pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Black tank dump plumbing replacement?

If you overfill your shower, it's shower water you are standing in (unless you've put a recirculating pump from the gray tank in). The issue isn't the water from a shower backing up - it's the other direction: the shower pan is the low point in the system, so if your single waste tank gets full the only place for it to go is into your shower pan, bringing with it whatever is in that single waste tank. I'm sure your wife would not appreciate it if she's taking a shower when that happens...
Alan_Hepburn 07/15/20 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Travellogues

We've got the last two of our trips posted over on Wordpress if anybody is interested...they are long reads but you're welcome to read them.
Alan_Hepburn 07/03/20 02:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Possible CCC Upgrade

So it looks like your new coach (the house part) is probably heavier than your old one. Things like the type of wood used in the cabinetry, the number of cabinets, the size of the slides, and a myriad of other things are eating up your carrying capacity. While there is nothing you can do about the ratings given by the chassis manufacturer you can certainly allow yourself some capacity by changing the springs, or adding a leaf or two. It won't change the rated capacity, however. You say the axles are the same rating, but make sure the wheels and tires are rated for the extra weight as well.
Alan_Hepburn 06/19/20 03:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which route would be less higher grade

We did Hwy 50 from Dodge City, KS to Sacramento, CA last summer - Monarch Pass is a nice drive, but it can be a challenge for most RVs. Our 36 foot Workhorse Bounder, pulling a smart car, was able to maintain about 25 mph up to the top. My only regret is not stopping at the gift shop at the summit!
Alan_Hepburn 06/14/20 02:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Power problems

He did clarify that the RV plug end was what was correct, but that was the only link he could find that showed a 30amp RV plug end, so the 50 amp pedestal plug is not relevant. And Bobbo showed a 50 amp plug diagram which also would be irrelevant. The first photo clearly shows a 50A female receptacle; the cord that Bobbo showed is also a 50A cord, as clearly marked on the connector. The connector end with the 3 holes is a typical Marinco connector - the ground connection is a copper plate on the side of the connector (facing away from the camera) as has already been noted above (twice).
Alan_Hepburn 06/11/20 01:44pm Tech Issues
RE: NEW FIFTH WHEEL PURCHASE AND HAVE QUESTIONS

You will need a good 30A-to-50A "dogbone" to plug your new trailer into a 30A campground outlet. When running 30A you need to be aware of how much electricity you're using. Most newer units have the capability of monitoring your usage, and they will shed the loads as necessary to keep you under the 30A, but you can help out by not running multiple large loads simultaneously. For instance: you can run one AC unit and the microwave at the same time, but don't add in a washer/dryer, or hair dryer, or space heater.
Alan_Hepburn 06/04/20 01:22pm General RVing Issues
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