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RE: External hard drive info??????

Joelyn, I suggest that you look at, or at least estimate the amount of storage you need. There are, as been said above, some differing possibilities. These all have variations in convenience, reliability and cost. One and two terabyte drives either mechanical or solid state are very available. Mechanical drives are still a cost advantage, but they have parts and in hard work they have a limited life. They can also be damaged by mechanical shocks like being dropped. Solid State drives have a slight cost penalty (today), but they don't have parts that wear out. They can be damage by electric surprises so care must be taken to prevent this from happening. USB thumb drives have also been mentioned. When you come up with a requirement, this is something you should consider. The storage cost used to be high, but it has come down. They have an access speed disadvantage but very high durability. I believe the oldest I still have in service is over 20 years old and very small. In all that time, I have only had one actually fail. (I can't blame the one that the puppy chewed up.) I hope this has been some help to you. I do suggest that you buy a name you recognize from a known supplier. There is some junk out there. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/27/22 12:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Alcohol Detection Systems in All New Vehicles

I think this is just one more case of the government wanting to throw more of our money at a problem that does not affect enough people, but will get some thinking that they do care about us more than a rat's ass. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/26/22 10:03am Around the Campfire
RE: Just Asking

Bluedog, I think the better question is should he be called mentally unstable if he ever bought an RV. Motorhomes are the worst..... In reality, if you have to get top dollar and you are not paying storage fees, you might wait until people have their tax return in hand and are thinking about spring. If you need to get rid of it fast, this is the time to sell it because the bargain hunters are always looking. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/24/22 05:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: November travel

Bert and Heather, Because of our strange circumstances, we used to often travel late in the year. Yes, we got snockered in a couple of times. Fortunately the first time it was early in the excursion and we had fully provisioned. That was really good. We just hunkered down somewhere out of everyone's way and watched the chaos unfold through the warm windows. About a day and an half later, we ventured out onto the highways again. At the first opportunity we refilled the LP and other provisions to in the case that we might get hit again. (We didn't that time.) Ever since, when traveling late in the year we always have three solid days of provisions so we had hold up rather than be in the mayhem. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/20/22 07:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

Synergy, You do not include very much information except California. If you do not have to have an FHU site, you might investigate Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome. They are two very different versions managed by the same group. HH places you at commercial establishments. Most are limited to a single night and it is hoped that you will buy some of what they are selling. BW is just people with room to park for a night (or maybe more - usually in the profile). We are BW hosts in Michigan and we get to meet a lot of interesting people. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/19/22 10:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Finally replaced my propane regulator

Joe, Watch out for that one. There is one size pipe thread that will seem to go into one size of inverted flare fitting and it may even seem to "make up". But the pipe thread is taper and the nut for the inverted flare is not. If you are unsure of a female fitting, look in and if the bottom is nice looking, it is a most likely a flare. If the threads just "run out" it is a pipe fitting. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/18/22 05:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Handling home office equipment - hanging files

I had to move such a box several times. The first time, folders did jump off the rails. Then I packed the top with several layers of bubble wrap and even the box that fell upside down stayed engaged. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/13/22 10:21am RV Lifestyle
RE: OH to CT- I-80 or I-90?

OK K, You don't tell us where you are starting, but you want to stay clear of NYC at all cost. I-80 was rough as hell the last time we drove it, but it you run it to I-81 and take that to Scranton then you can run I-84 to Hartford. No tolls except the bridge. Be sure to check the toll rates before even considering the NYTW. They see you coming and they love it. If you want a nice ride, the southern tier is nice. That takes you a bit out of the way. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/13/22 10:15am Roads and Routes
RE: AAA Roadside Service

Our story is much like some others here. Yesterday (Sunday September 12) we had a problem that forced a shutdown on I-96 about 20 miles east of the state capitol. I called AAA. I gave them all the information. We had not heard for an hour when My wife called them again. This time she was told that they had nobody to send to get us off the highway. I was a AAA member for nearly 50 years. This is the second time I have had an RV policy there. This time just short of 20 years. I tried to use it twice before and one of those was also a failure, but at least that time they called and told us. This current mode of operation I find completely unacceptable. If someone else had not started this thread, I would have. We did get help after my wife called the police and asked for a lead. That worked our great. An officer came by and said he had one on the line. We and the coach got home. The nearest place than could do what she needs is another 100 miles, so I will do it - just not on the side of the road and I will have to order parts. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/12/22 07:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: EV jump start

Our local (SE Michigan) has at least a few "EV Rescue" trucks. Since you can't being anything like a "gas can" to an EV, they have several roll-backs with largish generators mounted on the deck. They can go and pick up the dead EV and occupant and charge the EV enough to be self propelled and deliver both to a destination. I don't know if the service is covered by their standard coverage. Matt
Matt_Colie 09/06/22 08:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Natchez Trace State Park

D1H The Trace is a worthwhile drive just for itself. Never mind the 444 miles of low speed limit and NO cross traffic at all. The free campgrounds along the route are all nice but be there early there are not a lot of spaces. There is a historical marker about every other mile. Buy the guide book before you go or at the south end visitor center. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/31/22 12:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Does anyone have the specs for the Linear LS6050 stereo?

Lost, Start with is this a 12V unit? It is probably designed for 4 to 10O and anything in that range will work. Speakers can't "require more power". All the ones I know are just happy with what you give them. The only thing to kind of watch is if the amplifier is capable of more power than the speakers can handle, you can rip the cones. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/30/22 06:04pm Technology Corner
RE: RV park in Las Vegas

We haven't been to Lost Wages since we sold out of our timeshare there. But there are a number of RVparks along the strip. The two at the south end were both too ritzi for us, but others are real. All those I saw were parking lots with service posts and maybe a little more. I looked at both CircusCircus and Main Street RV. Then I know that there are some farther north. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/28/22 07:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Pace Arrow cab air conditioner compressor oil fill

Hal, :? There something that has to be cleared up here... The sheave with the belt grove should spin freely. If it does not, take it back now. If you are trying to turn it by the clutch plate, it should turn smoothly wit some resistance until you pull the plugs out of the rear plate. If it does not, take it back now. It should have a tag or label indicting that it has oil for R-12 or R-134 on it Or NO OIL. R-134 oils are either PAG or Ester and they are not compatible. Don't mix them. If the pump frees up, you can empty what is in there out if you stand it on end and spin the clutch plate. O'Reilly bought out Murry back in the O's and the Murry name was finally dropped in about 2010, so that pump has been on the shelf that long. Were I you, I would be very cautious as you proceed. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/27/22 06:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ALWAYS something!

All of you people with you brand new coaches are not even close to my issues. Our wonderful coach will officially be 50 in a few weeks. As it is a very truly 50yo vehicle it requires all the love and attention that vehicles of that era required to stay reliable. Fortunately, I am very tuned to the regular services she requires and have tooled up and am ready for them. Yes, things do break and/wear out, but that is part of the charm of the old girl. While there is an incredible level of support available for the known needed parts, there are not may technicians that understand these coaches. As I do not mind most of the work, what I really don't mind is that if I do what is required, it will be done right. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/27/22 09:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Should I level the RV?

RJL, While I very much agree with all the above, but I have a different take. Time was I did a lot of boat work. Much of it was done when the boat was "on the hard". It may have been set down only level enough for the water to drain off the decks. This would cause me difficulties when I was working below. Tools or parts would roll off "level" surfaces. This can bring your thinking to a halt real fast and lost screws can be a nightmare. I once put a can of something (like glue or paint) down on a table and it dripped over the edge. I was barely able to keep that from being a disaster. Sailboats is doesn't really matter, but power boats want mounted things to be level when they are stopped and that is harder to do when you have no level reference. So, level or not is really your choice, and I personally would suggest that you cut blocks and an extra step to do this right the first time. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/27/22 09:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for Route MI --> Pheonix

Phil, Well, our starting points probably are separated by several hundred yards and about a dozen years or so. Then, we had two objectives. One was to travel the Mother Road Rt-66 and the other was to be in Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta. We managed both and had a great time. You will want to pick it up the other side of Chicago, and that is a great place to start. While Rt-66 technically no longer exists, the route is marked and most of it has been supplanted by more modern roads. This was a great and comfortable route and if you care, I can tell you a lot more. Our mailing address is Belleville, but we actually are in New Boston (Huron Twp). Matt
Matt_Colie 08/26/22 05:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fridge won't stay lit

Charlie, Before you start pulling hair out and definitely before you spend any real money, check the LP system pressure. You need: Some clear tubing that can fit over a stove burner jet A yard stick Rubber bands - at least 2 Use the rubber bands to hold the tubing to the yard stick. Put some water in the tubing. You just made a manometer to measure low pressures. Push the tubing onto a burner jet and turn the burner on. The water should shift. The difference between the two levels should be 11". You can probably adjust this at the regulator. If the regulator is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/24/22 01:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where to get Replacement Wheel Bearings -Old Camper

Gary, I don't know where you are in Michigan, but we have bearing stores all over the place. What you do need to do is get all 5 numbers. I don't know about your unit, but it may well have different numbers for the inner and outer bear sets and each of those is two part numbers. The seal is a third. I hope the spindle isn't damaged. That often happens when a bearing goes bad. When you get all 5 numbers, use a marker to write them inside a cabinet door so you will have them next time. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/24/22 01:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is Facebook killing this site?

There are several specific pages for our coach. Those that might offer advice I warn new owners away from. This is because I have seen three coaches that were probably very repairable go to scrap when the owner took the wrong advice. There may have been more, but I don't read those pages any more. It is too sad. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/24/22 01:26pm Around the Campfire
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