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RE: Sticks and bricks security question

For the most part a home security system is a placebo. It makes you feel better without really doing anything. Well, it will give you a video record that you can keep like a diary so you can go back and review and feel bad again. The police can't and won't do anything with it unless someone is murdered. If you want to do something, buy a few of the cheapest exterior cameras you can find and mount them conspicuously around the house; no need to connect them. Then buy signs that say video security system installed. There are plenty available on Amazon. That should be enough to move the thieves to a different house, and you have no ongoing costs.
Seattle Steve 07/22/22 01:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Magnetec converter part

I also would just replace that ancient unit. The manual does have part numbers and descriptions if you want to repair
Seattle Steve 07/21/22 04:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Noisy dogs

I sense your frustration. Frustration is the result of unrealistic expectations. The secret is to never expect courtesy from a dog owner. I've yet to be frustrated using this approach.
Seattle Steve 07/21/22 09:49am Around the Campfire
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

^^Agree with above, no need to block anyone. Just continue posting, bite back if bitten, or ignore! :) Jerry Sorry, but I have to vote for ignore. When a thread digresses into two people bickering back and forth about minutiae (and that happens far too often) it not only makes me leave the thread, but I usually get so frustrated I stay away from the forum for a few weeks.
Seattle Steve 07/17/22 11:02am General RVing Issues
RE: You tube Fulltimers getting squeezed

The good YouTubers are following a teaching format, which if done correctly isn't easy. Then you MUST commit to a regular release of interesting content to build viewers, the lifeblood of any channel. After moving my classes to an online format, I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who can create and sustain content to a point where they actually make money, NOT an easy task. Think its easy? Open a channel, buy the equipment, learn to use video and sound editing software, learn to use YouTube Enterprise, learn marketing, court sponsors, learn to compete against your competition. Its 100% a legitimate job. While I don't disagree with you that it is a lot of work, and perhaps a 100% legitimate job, I have also learned that over the last two years most channels are 90% legitimate garbage, and often presenting incorrect information. I have followed many channels, but it's just not worth going through the garbage to get to something good. It's probably been a year since I regularly watched a channel, and it's down now to maybe watching one video a month and usually quitting it a minute or two in. It might be true that success always means hard work, but it is also true that hard work does not always mean success. Too many people trying to have a youtube channel that just don't have what it takes. As I said, it's to the point where it's just not worth weeding through the bad to try to find the good.
Seattle Steve 06/18/22 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: You tube Fulltimers getting squeezed

I also think a lot of people really believed the stimulus money would keep coming, at least for four years, and they would be able to continue their lifestyle.
Seattle Steve 06/16/22 04:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winterhaven ca

Bring sunscreen.
Seattle Steve 05/14/22 09:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground near Monticello, Iowa

If you can drive about 10 miles further, I found this: Cascade Riverview Ridge.
Seattle Steve 05/11/22 11:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Change Cell companies

That's really SOP for changing carriers. Giving them the PIN lets Verizon know that you authorized the change and T-Mobile isn't doing it on their own. Nothing nefarious going on here. No carrier can risk taking a hit to their image by doing something wrong when they transfer thousands of phone numbers daily.
Seattle Steve 04/29/22 01:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Inspection/repair facility near Millersville, Maryland

National RV Inspectors Association You can do a search in your area.
Seattle Steve 04/10/22 04:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery tender & storage

My advice is to disconnect the negative battery cable. I do that with my car, and 6 months later it starts right up. Pretty amazing that it starts right up with the negative battery cable disconnected! ;)
Seattle Steve 04/09/22 02:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Extended trip planning

Maybe the boom will taper off when the pandemic newbs find out that it is not quite as seen on TV & they will be on to the next fad thing. Nice thought, but the problem with this is that when the newbs give up they aren't going to just drive their RVs to the scrapyard and have them crushed, they will sell them. So the same number of RVs, just different owners.
Seattle Steve 04/07/22 06:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Flying J / RV Lanes

My experience is that the website does not usually list the RV lanes. The app does show them because I setup my user profile as RV.
Seattle Steve 04/05/22 03:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: mb diesel oil mistake

Sprinters just sip DEF. MB estimates the standard 4.9 gal tank is good for 10,000 miles. DEF warning light comes un when half empty, so driver had 5,000 miles to figure out what the warning light means. I don't know about limp mode, but I really doubt anybody gets that far. Probably just get it filled at the 10,000 mile service.
Seattle Steve 04/05/22 11:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rear/ bunk ladder

After 30 years in the sun it's possible the plastic has gotten dried out and too brittle to flex at all. Keep trying, but don't be too disappointed if it breaks, because that might be the only way anyway. There's always heavy duty velcro to hold it in place.
Seattle Steve 03/27/22 09:41am Tech Issues
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

I always quit there and move on. If they don't trust me more than that I am not going to make any extra effort either. Because driving to another station to finish topping off is far easier than swiping another credit card in the reader... ;)
Seattle Steve 03/17/22 05:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ever done a 1031 Exchange?

It seems to me that before making any serious decision related to your current situation. Since this thread is more than 4 years old, I seriously doubt that this "current situation" is really a current situation...
Seattle Steve 03/07/22 07:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Locking gas cap

I also use locking gas caps on 3 trucks, but they are easy to break off with a screwdriver. YouTube post many videos of how to do this and it works in less than a minute. Not too noisy unless they also use a hammer. I have done it when lost a key. Not only is it easy, but they couldn't care less about how much paint damage the do taking it off. Cheaper in the long run to just let them take the gas.
Seattle Steve 03/07/22 03:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Books on disk

I use a USB CD drive on my computer, but I don't believe you will be able to plug it directly into the USB port on your truck. Well, you can plug it in, but it won't do anything. It requires drivers and software to play. My wife is legally blind, and lives off of audiobooks. I used the computer's built-in software to convert all her existing CDs to MP3 files. Your computer will just look at them as any audio or music CD. I then loaded them all on an iPod, I think 128GB. Plenty of room. She also uses a lot of audiobooks from the library, probably 3 or 4 a week. They are all loaded over the internet directly to the iPod. I can either keep the files on the iPod, or delete them. Since there's plenty of room I just keep the files on there. They expire in 3 weeks, but she frequently checks the books out again months later to listen to again and they don't need to be downloaded again, they are just activated for another 3-week period. The iPod uses the same OS as an iPhone, so it can connect to your truck through bluetooth or a a USB cable and play through your truck's audio system. (She normally just listens with her earbuds since we have different tastes.) I also have a lot of old time radio broadcasts loaded on her iPod. About 500 Gunsmoke, all of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, various others she likes, mostly westerns like Hopalong Cassidy, all episodes of Jimmy Stewart in the Shooter, etc. It works for us, and she never runs out of stuff to listen to.
Seattle Steve 03/06/22 02:01pm Technology Corner
RE: U.S. Forest Service closures

Agreed. The quality of the journalism was sad indeed. The comments show far more intelligence and truly address some of the issues and the irresponsibility of the campers causing this problem.
Seattle Steve 02/27/22 09:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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