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RE: Verizon Hot Spot

Much more secure that public WiFi, for sure. We've never had any issues using a VZW hotspot. The Orbic doesn't get as good reviews as the VZW Inseego 8800L, though (we've used an 8800L since they first came out and it has been flawless). Rob
Second Chance 07/06/22 06:19am Technology Corner
RE: No CD player in new coach

The CD is pretty much dead. I ripped my entire collection of music to MP3 format a long time ago. iTunes and other music players can do this easily, then you can save to a USB thumb drive. My entire library is about 10k songs and roughly 90GB in size, a larger thumb drive lets me take everything, but normally I have 44 different play lists that I keep on a thumbdrive in our various vehicles, plus through Apple I can download the playlists to my phone as well. This ^^^. Another advantage is you don't have to carry CDs around. Rob
Second Chance 07/03/22 08:27am Technology Corner
RE: Can trailer tires be patched?

A gentleman who spent 40 years with a major tire manufacturer told me that they can be patched (not plugged) - but, for safety, it reduces the load rating by one letter; e.g., if it's a load range E tire, patched it becomes a load range D tire. Rob I think I would need to know what positions that gentleman had in the tire industry. Lifetime I have used a lot of tires though few where ST. I have never reduced the load I carried because of patch. If the tire got a hole in the first tread I would plug from inside then patch. When due for 2nd re-cap I would trade the patched carcass let somebody else take the chance. Tire engineer/designer. He sure knew his chemistry, too. Rob
Second Chance 06/28/22 03:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can trailer tires be patched?

A gentleman who spent 40 years with a major tire manufacturer told me that they can be patched (not plugged) - but, for safety, it reduces the load rating by one letter; e.g., if it's a load range E tire, patched it becomes a load range D tire. Rob
Second Chance 06/28/22 06:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Hot Water Replacement

Since Grand Design started putting OD water heaters in some of their units (the Solitudes and Momentum fifth wheels still have 12-gallon standard WHs), there have been many, many posts about problems with them over on the (older) GD forum. There are the problems that dougrainer mentioned plus: 1) without the option to use electric, they go through propane rapidly, and 2) the Furrion units are not insulated and are notorious for freezing and cracking the coils when the outside temps drop or the units are not properly winterized. I would never install one. Rob
Second Chance 06/21/22 11:02am Tech Issues
RE: Overnite-er in the Hagerstown MD area

If you are going to the KOA just south of Hagerstown, there used to be a warning in their ad to NOT follow the GPS directions. don't know if that has been corrected however. bumpy The warning is still on their reservations and the GPSs have not been corrected. The one-lane bridge (and the turn at the end of it) and the 1-1/2 lane roads leading to it are not negotiable by larger RVs. (Was there two weeks ago.) This is also not a KOA we will visit again. Rob
Second Chance 06/19/22 09:19am Travel Trailers
RE: AC on or off?

It depends on how high the humidity is where you are. Moisture and mold will do as much or more damage than heat. ACs are great dehumidifiers. If you have good power, I would leave them on set low enough that they run off and on to pull out the moisture. Otherwise I would run a dehumidifier. If the average relative humidity is below 45%, just set the ACs where you want them to not cook the interior woodwork. Rob Rob
Second Chance 06/14/22 11:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2022 campgrounds

We just completed a 3,650 mile trip through NM, AZ, UT, CO, WY, SD, IA, IL, IN, OH WV, PA and MD from 1 April through 11 June. The parks were all busy. It did appear, though, that the number of people living in the parks permanently has increased since the last time we were in these areas a few years ago. (Of course, the last part doesn't apply to state and national parks.) Rob
Second Chance 06/13/22 10:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Residential refrigerator outside temperature below 40°

Don't just close off the vents but insulate. Since the residential fridge will need airflow around it, the vent and lack of insulation would let a lot of cold air into the RV. Lots of folks over on another forum where I'm a moderator have done the conversion and are very happy with it. Be sure to research the reliability and customer ratings on the new fridge you are considering. Sorry about your health issues. Rob PS: we have a factory-installed residential fridge and have experienced temps in the teens without any issues at all.
Second Chance 06/13/22 06:23am Tech Issues
RE: best way to sell

I would second Facebook Marketplace. Craigslist will net you more scammers than potential buyers these days. I did sell a travel trailer on RVTrader once, but that's been about 10 years ago. Rob
Second Chance 06/08/22 09:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Reliable camper

As Thermoguy said, at 30K you are in the used market. Some manufacturers may have a slightly better reputation for build, fit and finish, but in the end they all use the same appliances and accessories. In the travel trailer market, 90+% of them use the same chassis manufacturer and one of three axle/suspension makers. The common components are the ones that fail most often, so it goes across all brands. Rob
Second Chance 06/06/22 02:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do you in the S/E handle high humidity inside your rig?

We use a larger (22 pt., I think) compressor type dehumidifier in addition to the two 15K ACs. Some days the dehumidifier will pull 1-1/2 gallons of water out of the inside of the RV. That's a lotta watta! And it's not just in the southeast... we just had to use it in Iowa and Illinois with similar results. Rob
Second Chance 06/04/22 04:58am General RVing Issues
RE: black tank not venting?

Sounds like the black tank vent pipe was installed too far down in the tank or has fallen there. Rob
Second Chance 05/30/22 04:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Furrion Convection Microwave

Furrion = Low grade junk. Just slightly above LCI in quality, but not by much. Lippert owns Furrion... Rob
Second Chance 05/30/22 10:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Furrion Convection Microwave

Not the best. Our Furrion convection/microwave is fine, but has worn the switch holder (latching mechanism) and started blowing fuses. It was warrantied out by the manufacturer. The only way to cook evenly in convection mode is to use the turntable and round rack. My wife had me remove the Furrion cooktop and gas oven altogether (the oven was useless). I am installing a convection cooktop and will turn the oven space into storage. We will continue to use the Furrion convection/microwave until it dies again (with the turntable and round rack) and replace it with a Whirlpool when this one dies. Rob
Second Chance 05/30/22 08:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential vs Gas/Electric Fridge?

We have experience with both RV absorption refrigerators and 120VAC/compressor refrigerators. Our first 4-1/2 years full-time were with a Norcold 1210 absorption refrigerator. We had nothing but problems with it and had to have the entire cooling unit replaced once (in addition to other failures). Even when it was working correctly, it did not do a good job of keeping food frozen in the freezer. The last 2-1/2 years have been with a Samsung 18 cu. ft. "residential" refrigerator. Our new rig has 300 watts of solar on the roof, to 100AH LiFePO4 batteries, and a 2,000 watt inverter. We don't boondock and have no expectations of running an AC without shore power, but the solar/battery combination will run the refrigerator indefinitely... as long as the sun shines every day. More batteries and solar would overcome that situation. We have had very long (12-hour) travel days with overcast and drizzle and the batteries were still almost fully charged on arrival at the next destination. There's no way we would go back to an absorption refrigerator. Of course, there are those who are fully on the other side of the fence - it all depends on how you use your RV and your expectations. Rob
Second Chance 05/25/22 08:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Va16 from Volney to Marion

According to The Mountain Directory, the portion of 16 you're talking about is described this way: The grades range from 5% to 8% but they are short hills. The longest is about 2 miles of 6%. Rob
Second Chance 05/18/22 06:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Theoretical heights.

Someone with a CDL and experience straightened me out on this on another forum recently. There is no such thing as a legal "DOT height" from the Federal government. 13'6" is the minimum height for overpasses on the interstate highway system. Some states have their own regulations. That said, there is no such thing in my books as a "theoretical height." The only thing you can rely on is an actual measurement with the trailer on the truck on level ground. Rob
Second Chance 05/12/22 01:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing first TT, need a bit of sanity checking advice

Plug your numbers into this calculator: Changing Gears Travel Trailer Weight Calculator Rob
Second Chance 05/11/22 02:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Junction Colorado Traveling North on CO-139

If you purchase and download a copy of The Mountain Directory (or get The Trucker's Atlas), you could answer these questions yourself. Going north on 139 from Grand Junction, you'll have to contend with Douglass Pass. The route involves 3 miles of steady 7 - 8% grade with 20, 25, and 30 MPH curves. On the southbound side, there are numerous 15 MPH curves and switchbacks. Out the south side, there are grades as much as 10 - 12%. Rob
Second Chance 05/08/22 10:32am Roads and Routes
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