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RE: Spring Break West Texas?

Did Big Bend at Spring Break one year before COVID - never again! The place was packed with college students. Almost no sites were available. Always do Big Bend over Christmas and this year it was showing "full" on both the web site and on entrance to the park, but over half the spaces were unoccupied because of the requirement for "social distancing" I guess. They've also pretty much eliminated the non-reservation sites so a reservation is needed and unless you book about six months ahead of time you'll probably be out of luck. We did book our Christmas reservations as soon as we could but weren't able to get the spots we normally get every year because there was such a crowd waiting to hit the "send" button on their computers when reservations opened up. BTW, Davis Mountains State Park is a nice place to stay if visiting the McDonald Observatory, but some of the same problems getting into State Parks because of COVID. Need reservations, need to be made WAY ahead of time, and the parks are usually almost empty because of the COVID restriction hysteria.
bob_nestor 02/19/21 03:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Comparing 3 Class Bs

Thank you for your helpful advice and support. These three were listed as class Bs and I knew the GulfStream wasn't, but I thought the Kodiak was, until I looked closer. (And I still think the Chinook is a Class B - or maybe B+?) Anyway - appreciate the responses. The Kodiak is still top of my list. Looks perfect for me. I'll have it checked out and ask a lot of questions. Thanks! By RVIA rules, they are all Class C because none of them were built inside a vehicle that came from the factory as a van. I don't believe that Chinook ever built any Class B's, but they did great small Class C rigs. I was sad when they went broke. There is actually no such thing as a B+ - that is just salesman hype because they think it sounds better than calling what it is... A Class C minus the bed over the cab. But it is still a C. Sigh, so here we go again with the pointless never-ending argument about what the RV Classes are and how salesmen, dealers and manufacturers are all "wrong" if they mis-identify their RVs as B's, C's, B+'s, C-'s, RUV's, Super-C's, etc because RVIA doesn't recognize those terms. Reminds me of the time I owned a Roadtrek 210 which was sold as a Class B and recognized by RVIA as a Class B. I pulled into a campground that didn't allow "van conversions" and the gal at the counter insisted my RV wasn't a Class B motorhome but was in fact a "van conversion". Didn't see anyone from RVIA show up and argue with her and her definition though, so I just left for another campground. RVIA Classes are nothing more than general guidelines which may or may not apply to any specific model of RV produced.
bob_nestor 01/19/21 10:11am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Using a Cellular Tablet?

Why pay for two cell plans? Go for the less expensive WiFi only version of the Tablet and use your cell phone as a hot spot for it. That way you only have to pay for one cell plan.
bob_nestor 01/12/21 02:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Traveling to Alaakska later ths year or next.

The last Canadian press release I saw on this recently seemed to say they really think the borders will remain closed thru 2021. If so, the other choices are to fly and rent an RV there or ship your RV from Seattle to Anchorage. At that point you *may* be allowed to drive it back thru Canada to return to the Lower 48. Previously this has been allowed to let US Citizens return to their homes - if they have proof that their destination is their primary home. That could always change though, and some who have made the trip this way say it was the worse experience they've even had on the Alaska Highway - you're given a short time for transit, can't visit anything or anyplace along the way and are only allowed to stop for fuel or short stays where you're required to remain in your RV. Bad economic times for Alaska which relies on tourism, fishing and the gas & oil industry. (The population is declining as people are leaving too.) With the borders closed tourism is in the dumps and with the low energy prices and fracking in the Lower 49 the oil industry is on life support there.
bob_nestor 01/12/21 07:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chevy Spark

Thought Chevy and Ford were getting out of the car business and there weren't going to be any 2021 Chevy cars. Did have an RVer stay with me via Boondockers Welcome and they flat towed a manual Chevy Spark and said they never had any problems. Based on that I looked at and bought a 2019 Spark but it was a CVT automatic. The Chevy documentation indicated it was flat towable, but I questioned that and had the dealer verify. They came back with a different story that only the manual was flat towable. I did buy the automatic and trailered it to Alaska and later drove it back to Texas. It was a fun little car that wasn't a race car or capable of doing 0-60 in under 5 secs, but I never felt it was underpowered for what it was. I ended up trading it in on a new Wrangler after selling my old Wrangler to a friend in Alaska. I might have to look at a 2021 manual Spark.
bob_nestor 01/02/21 06:10am Dinghy Towing
RE: summer in a national forest RVnet classic. I guess some assume the entire country has been locked down at home, or working from home, and no one has been going out in the bad scary world every day for the last 9 months to earn a living? Yeah, it's pretty pathetic when someone posts an opportunity allowing others the freedom to decide for themselves if they want to avail themselves of it, then a bunch of nay-sayers jump all over it trying to shut it down, scare people away from it just to enforce their own narrow view of the world. It's like the novel "1984" has come to life and we're living it.
bob_nestor 12/15/20 06:04am Workamping Forum
RE: radio unit upgrade?

I replaced the factory in-dash unit in my 2010 Chevy 3500 based RV with a Kenwood/Garmin unit that had GPS, HD and SirrusXM (no Apple CarPlay or Android Audio at that time). It was simple to find a unit and all the cables necessary. Also replaced the in-dash unit in my 2016 Sprinter based RV with a very similar unit. A bit more difficult to find the cables since the Germans use different connectors, but I finally found everything I needed. A bit more difficult to do in newer vehicles like my 2020 Jeep since many manufacturers have less space available behind the dash so one needed to find a half-depth unit. That wasn't an issue when I did the replacement in my 2011 Jeep though.
bob_nestor 12/09/20 10:26am Technology Corner
RE: Latest Dish News Blackout ???

Not really sure how Nexstar thinks they're in a good position here, although I'm not defending Dish or Direct in these annual fights. I have Dish and live in the Dallas area but about 30+ miles from most of the transmission towers. Yes I can get *most* of the local channels OTA, but reception isn't rock solid. But on Dish all they offer are the primary local digital channels and none of the secondary channels, i.e. I can get 4.1 on Dish but not 4.2. So I'm not getting all the locals in the Dish/Nextstar agreement. Given that the broadcast range on the digital channels is so pathetic compared to the old analog, Nexstar looses a large broadcast audience by dropping Dish and by not including the secondary channels in their Dish contract. Audience size relates directly to what the broadcaster can charge and get for commercials, so a smaller broadcast range would seem to hurt Nexstar the most. Now Nexgen or ATSC 3.0 should change all that by combining OTA with Internet reception, but so far it hasn't gone completely mainstream. It is available in my area, but there are very few new TVs supporting it yet.
bob_nestor 12/06/20 03:29pm Technology Corner
RE: New Service Animal Ruling

Wish the rules were also applied in other areas as well. It's really annoying to be told I must wear a face mask when entering a store for "health reasons", but then allow people to take the non-service pets into those same stores in clear violation of health code regulations. Worse yet is seeing someone plot a lap dog into a grocery cart while doing their food shopping.
bob_nestor 12/02/20 06:59pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Portable Smoker Ideas??

I have a Traveler Country Smoker. It's the smallest I could find that would easily fit into the space available in my RV, but it has a fairly large cooking surface (about 12x13 in). It does use 110v to run the igniter and fan but it can be run on an inverter. The power draw was too much for my RV inverter, but since the igniter is the big power draw and only runs during startup it can be disabled. This is actually recommended or suggested by the manufacturer when doing dry camping or tailgating with the unit. Doing this requires manually starting the pellets and I use a small butane torch for that. After that the inverter in my RV supplies power to run the fan. I've dry camped and smoked meats with this setup and the power draw is so minimal that my solar panels more than keep up with the power needs. One modification I made to the unit was to install a small switch on the back to disable the igniter circuit so I can use it dry camping or enable it when I have power. That saves me having to remove the side panel and unplug the igniter when dry camping.
bob_nestor 11/13/20 05:52pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: LP hose needed

For just about anything needed for propane (high or low pressure) and natural gas fittings, hoses and adapters try: Calore Equipment
bob_nestor 11/12/20 01:37pm Tech Issues
RE: CDN Snowbirds getting their RV's across....

I really do not understand why people act this way. The selfishness just drives me 'round the bend. Gary Well, rules allowing one to fly into the US but not drive into the US are a big part of the problem - unless you've absolutely convinced that the COVID virus only hitches rides on land based vehicles, not planes. I used to have this "discussion" with Security over their rules when I worked in Defense. Kept trying to get them to see that their massive set of rules defining what I could and couldn't do were like a picket fence and all they did was let me know what things they'd be looking for to determine if I'd violated Security. There was almost always a way to accomplish something that didn't violate their rules but was in fact a violation of the intent of their rules that they'd never discover.
bob_nestor 11/11/20 10:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Temp. go before freezing pipes on class a

Seriously? You have to worry about pipes freezing if you have the heat on and the temps drop into the mid-to-upper 20's? I'm sure I've read on this forum where people have camped in single digit temps successfully. Not all RVs put water pipes or tanks inside the heated space. Where they're located does make a BIG difference.
bob_nestor 10/28/20 09:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Temp. go before freezing pipes on class a

There is a lot of latent heat in the water in the tank and lines. As a general rule you don't need to worry about lines freezing up unless you're facing a "hard freeze" which is defined by the temps dropping into the upper 20's (or below) for more than 2 to 3 hours. I've camped in the winter in my RVs and never had a problem following this rule.
bob_nestor 10/28/20 07:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Purchasing to know if it is stolen or not?

VIN numbers are stolen and duplicated all the time. Have friend in Alaska who has an original vintage T-Bird with all the original paperwork. He went to register for new plates and was told he'd sold the vehicle and it was registered in Colorado. Took him a year to prove that this wasn't the case and authorities finally nullified the Colorado title and re-instituted his Alaska title. As for checking with authorities on the state of a used vehicle, I have another friend who bought a good used car in a private sale after checking with authorities, running the VIN, doing a title search, etc. He financed it thru his Credit Union which did some of the same background checks. A few months later authorities knocked on his door to impound the vehicle and place him under arrest for having possession of a stolen vehicle. Turns out it was stolen in New Jersey, had the paperwork forged up for new title in Texas where he bought it. The original owner reported it stolen and paid off their note, so they no longer owned the car. The Texas authorities took the car, but released him when the found out what had happened, but he was still on the hook for his financing thru the Credit Union. He asked what he could do and was advised by the authorities to report the vehicle as stolen to get out from under the financing.
bob_nestor 10/08/20 05:52am Truck Campers
RE: Thinking about downsizing to a B

I’m still looking and recently found a 2013 Leisure Van Freespirit ss for sale that has everything I want, including low mileage and a dry bath. BUT it’s priced at $90+K !! So I looked it up on NADA and it appears that is the new price? I’m not sure how to find out what the used price should be? Help!! The Freespirit isn't made anymore, so they're rare. But still, that price is a bit to high. I think the original sticker price back in 2013 would have been around $120K. RV's aren't like houses that appreciate, or like cars that depreciate at a fairly slow rate. In general, after about 5 years an RV is only worth about 1/2 of what it cost new if it's in really good shape. My rule of thumb is to use depreciation figures of 15%, 10%, 10%, 5%, 5% for the first 5 years. But as a Leisure Travel RV owner myself I can tell you most owners really prize them and most that I've seen offered for sale used are overpriced. Nice if the seller can get it though. I'd suggest calling the PPL Motorhomes people in Houston and see if they can find you one or tell you what the going price for one of that age would sell for. They move a lot of RVs on consignment so they have a good idea of prices, and they're fair. At least I thought they were when I sold my previous RV thru them.
bob_nestor 10/05/20 03:28pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Converting Small BBQ to Propane (help needed)

48" in stock (72" and 120" Out of stock) MB Sturgis quick connect hose...replace 1 lb bottles A great source for all things propane is: They also carry both high pressure and low pressure connects - the two are NOT compatible. RVs made before about 2007 with quick connects typically used high pressure fittings because they weren't pressure regulated; RVs made after that typically use the low pressure connects since they are downstream of the main regulator. I believe the industry standards now require the quick connects to be pressure regulated thus the use of the low pressure quick connects.
bob_nestor 09/30/20 12:39pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Reverse Polarity code When Plugging in at Home

Whomever wired his EMS did it bass-ackwards. Anything reconnectable on the incoming shore power from plug to his breaker panel is reconnectable. But it is commonly it's in the umbilical cord. Or maybe the 30 receptacle in the garage is wired wrong and it always had a problem but was never checked. This is what I'd check first. Getting the Hot and Neutral swapped when wiring the plug is very easy to do. In the old days before the 3rd wire ground was introduced it usually didn't matter how you wired the plugs. But with the 3rd wire ground and with a lot of the newer electronics it does matter and can make a difference (it actually makes a difference on 2-wire connections too which is why most plugs can only plug in one way with the larger blade on one side of the plug). I always use a tester on any new circuit or plug I install just to make sure I did it right.
bob_nestor 09/28/20 06:28am Tech Issues
RE: Crater of Diamonds State Park, arkansas

Tried my luck there a couple of times. Nice RV spots in the park, but the only diamond I found was a big old diamondback rattler on one of the trails in the park. Didn't want to keep him though.
bob_nestor 09/25/20 07:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2-way refrigerator operation without a battery

1985 is probably stand alone propane, just like a home water heater. No 12 volt required. Richard Pretty sure piezoelectric igniters weren't widely used back in 1985 and without them you'd need another ignition source - either electric or a manually lit pilot light. But even with a piezoelectric you'd still have to manually get it started just like a pilot light.
bob_nestor 09/25/20 11:15am Tech Issues
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