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RE: Do you regret getting rid of your RV cornices?

One positive comment on them is that they eliminate the ability of your neighbors who are parked next door - often VERY close by next door, from seeing into the trailer from the edges of the shades or curtains. Without them, it is very easy to look inside at night, even without trying. In many campgrounds, the sites are very close together and people like to sit outside at night around a campfire. Can't help sometime seeing inside a persons trailer or motorhome because of the gap in the curtains edges. Just thought I would bring this up since there are so many who are against the things and to answer the OP's question, NO, we did not get rid of ours mainly because of the reason I stated. Barney I made curtains for my windows, and set the rod brackets a few inches wider than the window. Makes the window look bigger, lets in more light when the curtains are pushed back, and blocks light and visibility when the curtains are closed.
coolmom42 02/15/21 06:27pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: FOB keys and theft

I would like to see actual verifieable data of the number of times ANYONE has been able to intercept the signal from a car remote, then unlock the car, let alone drive it away. (other than some demonstration using exotic equipment costing way more than the car to show it is possible) Well how about asking the people that have their vehicles stolen and shipped overseas never to be found again. We have had a rash of them where the thieves get close to the front door of the house, manage to intercept and clone the FOB and leave with the vehicle. One case was actually video taped and shown on the news. theft of vehicles There is at least one inaccurate statement in that article: That the vehicle will run indefinitely without the fob in it, once started. That is not correct. My Toyota Sienna and my friend's RAV4 will only run 10 minutes without the fob inside. If you leave the vehicle running and walk off with the fob, the car beeps at you several times, and then shuts down in 10 minutes. You also have to be in the car with foot on the brake and pushing the start button, before it starts. And the fob has to be really close. Sometimes mine won't start if my purse is in the back seat. The diagram in the article also states that the thief's transmitter "pings" the car locking system. How does it ping the locking system unless it's set up correctly? I personally do not leave my fob anywhere near the front door. It's in my purse, which hangs on a hook in the hallway in the middle of the house. That's a much more simple solution than a blocking envelope and having to remove the key from it for use. I feel that when I'm away from home, my personal security is enhanced by having the car door open for me, instead of having to stand and fumble a key in the lock. So the slight chance of some sophisticated ring operating is worth the trade-off to me.
coolmom42 02/15/21 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

I do have a couple of cautionary financial notes: First of all make sure that you will not have to pay capital gains on the sales profit on your home. I don't know what the limit is in your state, but in some it's lower than the Federal limit. The Federal limit is $500k profit on a couple. Without the RV option, you would immediately be re-investing your home $$ in another home. At some point, you will be past RVing and want a traditional home. But if you have spent a big whack of your home profits, you won't have $$ on hand to buy another one. You also can't sink those profits into a RV/truck combo, because those are DEPRECIATING assets. The smart thing is to invest most of your home sale funds in something fairly conservative, but with some growth, so you will be able to keep up with home prices and buy one when you need it. Something like a conservative growth mutual fund is a good option. I've read of a few people being caught with nowhere to go and it's not pretty. Another big consideration is medical insurance. It's not trivial. One option is a health-share ministry, the drawback being that it won't cover pre-existing conditions for a year. Sounds like you have a great plan and ability to earn a living almost anywhere you go.
coolmom42 02/15/21 05:55pm Full-time RVing
RE: Wishlist of RV features

Up to date decor! No more ugly window valances or pelmets, no more light-blocking side valances. No more brown shades. Just put in some normal curtains, cellular shades in a light color, or decent quality blinds. No more super-ugly bedspreads. No one buys a house with a bedspread in it. People can pick their own bedding. Go for some light-colored cabinets and neutral/light walls. Why make a small space even darker and smaller? No more skylights, only a couple of vents. Just put in decent LED lighting. Put the water pump in a location that someone besides a contortionist can access it. No more carpet. Put a 2 burner stovetop in smaller RVs. I have never used 3 burners at once, and they just take up too much space. Go with a more modern design, with sealed burners, too. Either make a better oven, or don't put one.
coolmom42 02/15/21 05:40pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Wishlist of RV features

A furnace that mixes a little heated fresh air from outside with the recirculated air inside to cut down on interior humidity and for fresh air in the coach. Does a small class c absolutely need a tiny sink in the lavatory or could one brush their teeth in the kitchen sink and the lavatory space be used for additional pantry or clothes storage. NO. Must have 2 sinks! I do not want people washing hands or spitting in the sink where I also do food prep and do dishes. I don't allow it at home, either.
coolmom42 02/15/21 05:33pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Price increase at our KOA

There must be some corporate standards, possibly not about contracts and customer relations, but I see a number of ex-KOAs around the country and they got the boot for something. Customer complaints may start their slide on the way out. If they are still a campground, what might be happening is after a few years the owner is tired of KOA corporate dipping into their pocket and dictating how things are run. They can use the KOA advertising and eventually separate themselves from the corporate chain. I've stayed at several former KOAs where this was exactly the situation.
coolmom42 02/07/21 05:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Do you regret getting rid of your RV cornices?

We removed ours for a cleaner look. RV designers seem to think that the inside of an RV should look like a bordello. This. I would never ever have that type of cornice in my house, and don't like it in the RV. I removed the cornice and ugly shades. Replaced them with some curtains that I made, on rods.
coolmom42 02/07/21 04:55pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV cover vs shed?

Have you asked for a Variance from the City ? Often not that hard to get. Yep. The location is too close to a blind curve. Never mind that about 2 vehicles per week come around that curve.
coolmom42 02/03/21 03:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Television

OLED screen is nice. Powered USB outlet, so you can power a Roku stick. Or add an external hard drive if you have movies downloaded to it, or want to do a photo slide show from it. A couple of HDMI inputs. Definitely built-in wifi. A lot of TVs will have their own apps built in for things like Netflix, Hulu, Youtube etc. I prefer to use a Roku for apps, because they generally work better than the TV apps, and there are lots more options. So you don't need to worry about what apps are built-in.
coolmom42 02/03/21 02:48am Technology Corner
RE: Fantasizing, I suppose

First of all, Tacoma tow ratings range from 3500 to 6800 lb. As a general rule of thumb, it's good to keep your trailer at no more than 80-90% of max. Payloads go up to 1440 lb but not all are like that for sure. So get the exact specs on your specific vehicle before choosing a trailer. The higher end of the tow rating will get you in a 16-18 foot trailer. So you have a lot of options. For full timing, IMHO the main thing you WON'T find in a small trailer is a comfortable place to sit. Dinettes suck for that, and the other option is the bed. Consider getting a used trailer (with careful inspection) and don't be afraid to modify it to suit your needs. A single recliner with a straight chair and small work table is a good combo for a single person.
coolmom42 02/03/21 02:40am Full-time RVing
RE: Home dryer help needed

You can't operate a dryer in a closed room with a closed door. The dryer functions by moving hot moist air out the vent and outdoors. The room can create a vacuum and reduce airflow. Usually it is a 4" round exhaust vent so 25 square inches of window opening to allow air into the room. Not meant to be complex. This is correct, if the room is tightly sealed. Very few rooms are that tightly sealed from the rest of a home. However, I know people who run tons of laundry through a dryer in a closet installation with the door closed, and no special ventilation. Mine is in a 5x10' room with usually a door cracked to the rest of the house, and has been fine for 25 years, for sometimes 20 loads a week. Seems as long as you have something as much as a decent crack below a door that keeps the laundry room from being sealed, you're good. I think this is kind of the usual CYA language that takes up half of owner's manuals any more.
coolmom42 02/03/21 02:31am Tech Issues
RE: Dishes for RV

Corelle. You can get sets or open-stock individual pieces. Walmart.com or Amazon.com.
coolmom42 02/03/21 02:24am Beginning RVing
RE: Painted the inside of storage

Good idea. Lots of people install battery operated lights, too. Black is almost impossible to light well.
coolmom42 01/30/21 10:07pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV cover vs shed?

An RV carport type cover is the simplest and easiest. And no struggles with a cover when returning from a trip or putting it away for the winter. More expensive but nice looking is a raised center aisle barn type structure. And gives you lots of room for other storage, but may be too large for your lot. It would be too large. I have a decent size storage building on the other end of the lot. The biggest problem is that the driveway and house are all on one end of a wide shallow lot, why the builder did that was beyond me. I can't get vehicle access to the other end without driving through the yard, or putting in another driveway, which the city won't let me do. All of this is complicated by water, sewer, and gas lines which run in apparently random locations through the back yard. This is the sort of thing you don't figure out until you live in a house for several years.
coolmom42 01/26/21 09:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV cover vs shed?

x2 rv port is the best. its covered,gets air, stays dry.easy in out. I agree, and definitely more convenient.
coolmom42 01/26/21 09:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV cover vs shed?

Could you build a covered cover (carport) that closely matches the style of your house? Attached or standalone? I have a log cabin and built a wood carport next to it matching the colors, shingles, roof style. It’s big enough for the MH, and two cars with room to spare. I am going to investigate this a little more. The big issue is height. What I'm thinking about is possibly not a standard shed. I can extend the parking area so the rear of the RV is even with the roof peak of the house. In other words, the RV would be parked beside the back half of the house. If the shed roof started at that point, but sloped at a more shallow angle than the roof, then it would be tall enough for the RV, without dwarfing the house. My house has a metal roof and I'm sure the shed roof could be done in the same or similar color, which would look OK. That would make the rear of the RV shed taller than the rear of the house but not by a lot. And the front of the RV shed would be the same height as the house gable, or close. I have to get out and do some measuring and some basic geometry to see if this would work.
coolmom42 01/26/21 09:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

The main energy source remaining is gravity. Pay attention to that and all should be well. That is the biggest one that worries me. My hope is to be able to direct those forces in a controlled manner. A hard hat might be your friend. Not a bump cap, a real hard hat with an internal shock absorbing suspension.
coolmom42 01/25/21 10:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RV cover vs shed?

I'm still stewing around about a good parking spot for my class C. There is no off-site storage I would trust within a reasonable distance of my home. The city will not allow me to add an additional driveway entrance, which was one option. I would have liked to add a gravel pad and shed at the lower end of my property, but am concerned about getting stuck in mud, without a driveway. So that option is out. Another option is to extend my concrete parking area beside the house. However, I am somewhat concerned about the aesthetics of a tall class C shed next to a one-story ranch house. If necessary, I'll do that, but still have some reservations. Is it feasible for one person to put a cover on a Class C, with no assistance? I'm pretty strong generally so that is not the issue. But somehow I'm thinking this is not a one-person job. I really want to get my RV covered when not in use, in some way. We get a LOT of rain sometimes in my part of TN, plus some ice/snow.
coolmom42 01/25/21 10:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: US Hwy 412 across Arkansas & Oklahoma

Planning a trip to to southern CO & northern NM this year and am looking for an alternate route to I40 or I70. Thinking about taking US 412 from Hayti MO across Arkansas and Oklahoma to Guymon OK. Will be driving a Class C with a Jeep toad. We like to take our time and enjoy small towns. Last trip we took US 60 and US 50. What kind of road is it? Any campgrounds or stops you would recommend? Planning on staying at Corral Drive-In RV park in guymon. You are not alone in having issues with the highway signage in Tulsa. It's not clear at all. We missed a turn even with a Garmin GPS.
coolmom42 01/07/21 08:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Durability of Command strip hooks and hangers?

Sounds like a much better solution than what the twits that owned our Tango did before we bought it. They ran long screws right through the wall, protruding outside, to hang an ugly decoration that weighed maybe 12 ounces..... That is exactly what I do NOT want to do.
coolmom42 01/01/21 12:22pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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