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RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

Preconceived notions? Stereotypes? I don't think so. We're not sure who discovered water, but we're certain it wasn't a fish.
TechWriter 11/21/19 04:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

We all have the same opportunities in this country. Not hardly. How not hardly? How so? You have a ton of preconceived notions, many of which are based on common stereotypes.
TechWriter 11/21/19 03:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

We all have the same opportunities in this country. Not hardly.
TechWriter 11/21/19 11:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

I have a nice practical solution few would like, but here ya go. Camps/compounds with free food, free housing, and even free drugs. Very compassionate and caring of these poor downtrodden, they don't go hungry and have a roof over their heads. They can come and go as they please but they cannot go hang out on the street and be the typical homeless menace. Repeat offenders of violating that rule go to different camps where gravel is produced from large rocks using large hammers. Ah, special homeless camps. Maybe to keep track of them we should just issue papers documenting where they've stayed and for how long. Or, to keep it simple, just make the homeless wear special armbands or insignias on their clothes so the rest of us can tell with a glance who they are. However, I do draw the line at rock breaking. Since about 2.5 million homeless are children, they should only have to break small rocks into pebbles, don't you think? If these people want to drop out of life, then so be it. I don't believe the homeless who are mentally ill or the children or those who don't earn enough had much to say about it.
TechWriter 11/20/19 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

'homeless' is a group of problems. Need a separate solution for each. Amen. According to the most recent annual survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (2018), major cities across the country report that top causes of homelessness among families were: (1) lack of affordable housing, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty, and (4) low wages, in that order. The same report found that the top four causes of homelessness among unaccompanied individuals were (1) lack of affordable housing, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty, (4) mental illness and the lack of needed services, and (5) substance abuse and the lack of needed services. Source
TechWriter 11/19/19 10:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: What a bunch of junk.

You can download the complete NHTSA/ODI recall database. It's a tabbed text file (145,795 lines) that you can drop into Excel. Holiday Rambler defects are my personal favorites . . . THE WELDING OF THE MOUNTING BRACKET OF THE GASOLINE TANK COULD FAIL TO PROPERLY SECURE THE FUEL TANK. IF THE MOUNTING BRACKET FAILS FUEL LEAKAGE AND POSSIBLE SEPARATION OF THE TANK FROM THE VEHICLE MAY OCCUR. (1978) THE L.P. GAS HOSE MAY COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE SPRING HANGER ON THE CHASSIS SUSPENSION SYSTEM OR THE SHIELD BETWEEN THE L.P. TANK AND THE EXHAUST SYSTEM. THIS COULD CAUSE RUPTURE OF THE L.P. GAS HOSE AND ALLOW RAW PROPANE TO ESCAPE. (1975)
TechWriter 11/19/19 09:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer brake controller wireing

Here's what I did
TechWriter 11/14/19 06:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

The Damon is a nice coach but the F53 it's built on is pretty much limited to 5K lbs towing and maybe even less depending on which chassis model. Your at 4,500 lbs for the Jeep add in potentially 1500 lbs for a light trailer and golf cart puts you beyond the chassis limits. Trailing the Jeep and golf cart will put you well beyond the limits of the chassis. Spot on summary . . . which has unfortunately been pretty much ignored. I'm guessing OP has disappeared for good.
TechWriter 11/13/19 07:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Going from Direct TV to Dish Need information

So if I was to say I was at my son's house in the Baltimore service area, I would receive the Baltimore locals anywhere I go? I very seldom switch my antenna to the eastern arc so I use 119 almost all the time. I can't figure out why a small market like Springfield, MO would be broadcast nationwide. In fact many of the cities listed are very small markets. To have them available across the nation seems like a waste of bandwidth. Your reply reminds me of the story about the guy who gave a panhandler $20. Then the panhandler complained that the $20 bill was wrinkled.
TechWriter 11/13/19 10:14am Technology Corner
RE: Going from Direct TV to Dish Need information

. . . why are they charging me $12.50 for the St Louis locals? As I travel around and request locals from the area I'm in, I'm charged different rates (and taxes) depending on which state/city I'm in. My bad. The rate is now $12/month for local stations, not "distant locals". For me, that price is good everywhere as I've changed locals many times while traveling. Please enlighten us as to how to go about getting distance locals. I'd prefer some on the east coast so I can watch late night TV at a reasonable time. You're confusing two different things: Local TV coverage ($12/month) -- your local TV stations will appear in your DISH programming guide. When you travel outside your local TV station coverage, then you can change to other local stations. Distant Network (like All American) -- a non-DISH service that used to provide East or West Coast TV stations (LA or NY I think). As you travelled around the country you could always count on receiving these stations because they were on CONUS sats. Though DISH Distant Network service is no longer available, CONUS service is available for these TV markets: https://rvseniormoments.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/conus-locals-on-dish.jpg For example, if you have a Sacramento, CA address, then you could receive Sacramento locals in HD all across the country . . . as long as you can receive sat 119.
TechWriter 11/12/19 08:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Going from Direct TV to Dish Need information

I say all this to let you know you don't need to switch locals as you travel across a state. Sometimes the spot beams overlap and you can make use of that. If you're 500 miles out of a market area, you'll have to switch. Also, the cost of locals may change from one market to another and that will be reflected on your bill. There are several DISH CONUS markets that you can receive anywhere in the US -- Sacramento, CA for example. Also, DISH locals cost a flat $10/month.
TechWriter 11/12/19 03:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Is a fuse a fuse?

I'm fusing my solar panels individually in the combiner box before they are combined . . . OP, I suggest checking out the MidNite Solar Forum. These are the guys who manufacture, test, and install solar equipment . . . actual experts. The advice you get on this forum may be well-meaning, but it can be mixed, and even outright dangerous . . . for example, one of the current posters suggested that using a piece of wire was just as good as a fuse.
TechWriter 11/10/19 04:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Circuit Breaker on Solar

Check out this MidNite Solar article on DC breakers.
TechWriter 11/05/19 08:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Internet

What do you use for Internet? We are going to probably use a streaming service for TV Viewing. I have read a little about OTR. Here's what I used this summer. Campground Wifi networks are notoriuosly overloaded so you will likely not be able to use them for streaming. That's not what I found.
TechWriter 11/05/19 05:00pm Full-time RVing
RE: Full-time in the Arizona heat

If you don't have two ACs, I wouldn't do it. You might be able to install a swamp cooler in an RV window. Buy an autoformer because sure as shooting the park voltage will dip during the summer months. If you have a dog, buy pet shoes otherwise you risk burning the dog's feet. If possible, try a summer getaway to a mountain campground (> 7000') as it's cooler up there. Keep in mind that when the summer monsoons hit, it becomes very humid as well as hot.
TechWriter 11/05/19 04:52pm Full-time RVing
RE: 2020 ACA ("Obamacare") Update for Full Timers

Income of prior years doesn't figure in at all. You will need income (like taxable 401K / IRA distributions) to qualify for a subsidy. I don't think SS counts as income under ACA rules. Better do some more research on ACA subsidies if you are planning on one. You need enough taxable income to rise above 140% of the poverty level to qualify. Otherwise your only option is Medicaid which brings in a whole other set of rules. What's included as income
TechWriter 11/02/19 12:47pm Full-time RVing
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

My husband and I are planning to retire in the spring, sell our house and buy a used 40+ Class A and live it in for at least 6 months or maybe longer . . . We live in MI now . . . We have a lot of equity in our house and he will fully retire when he turns 63 in May. As mentioned previously, health insurance will be very important while on the road . . . and it sounds like both of you won't be on Medicare, so you'll have to get individual health insurance for both of you, right? If you have health insurance through your employer, then I believe you can continue that same insurance through COBRA for 18 months. That's what we did when we started full timing in 2013. I was 63 too. After that? If you haven't paid for the full cost of your health insurance, prepare for sticker shock. Our pre-Obamacare COBRA plan (a BCBS PPO) cost about $1,000/month for my wife and I. I went on Medicare in 2016, but my wife signed up for an AZ Obamacare plan for $1150/month -- just for her. Now she's also on Medicare. For full timers, you want a "portable" health plan . . . one that operates (and costs) equally in every state. Some more info from my blog: 2020 ACA Health Care Options for full timers.
TechWriter 10/31/19 01:57pm General RVing Issues
2020 ACA ("Obamacare") Update for Full Timers

2020 ACA Health Plans with Nationwide Networks
TechWriter 10/31/19 01:09pm Full-time RVing
RE: Sale of Direct TV to Dish TV

May be time for all of you to toss your TV's and get back to camping. :) We're long past our "camping" days, now we're "RV'ers" with all the comforts that come with most homes. ;) x2
TechWriter 10/29/19 08:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Starlink supposedly will be available in 2020

Spacex has said previously that the sats and ground terminals would work well for mobile operation, and that seems to be born out by the aircraft test transmissions mentioned in this article. That bodes well for the RV and OTR trucking markets it seems. StarLink will probably use flat panel antennas (phased array) which may have to be gimbaled for some mobile applications. For in-motion use, that's a possible solution, but for parked use the flat panel terminals would be similar to roof mounted sat TV dishes like the Trav'ler except with much fewer aiming issues. As long as there's enough sky view, regardless of the direction, they should work... This may be the antenna -- about 6" x 6" capable of 20 Mbps: https://rvseniormoments.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/possiblestarlinkantenna01_20-mbps_15-antenna-in-200-300-user-terminal.jpg height=512 width=384
TechWriter 10/28/19 10:10pm Technology Corner
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