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RE: Gas stations

What gets me is WalMart. When we stop we generally spend two or three hundred dollars on provisions etc yet only I can think of can we get into to fuel our diesel MH in Decateur ,Indiana. And they pile, in the spring tons of fertilizer and things so it seems they want to block RVs from filling up there. In the early am or late is when we fill after leaving the factory. Many more RVers would fill up...and buy a lot more groceries etc if they were welcomed. Clearly they let those they lease pr coop space for the fuel stations to keep put RVs.
down home 07/22/19 07:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas stations

I just came down I-75 through MI, OH, KY and TN and OH seems to be the worst. One exit I had tried 3 stations and had to get back on 75 and go to another exit. I disagree that "most PFJ's have dedicated RV lanes, I have seen only one in my travels. I have heard that Love's had dedicated lanes but the ones I tried, 2 of them, this trip didn't. I can agree that the secondary roads are more accommodating in gas station offerings. I can maneuver my rig just fine too thank you. I just find it irritating that gas stations can't bring themselves to provide just 1 pump to accommodate the RV community no matter what the numbers are. I bet this was the same exit south of Toledo, we tried to get diesel.One station we could hve gotten into except for one car in the way.
down home 07/22/19 07:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Vehicle for Pennsylvania to Arizona and back

Looked at Class Cs for Sister In law. similar thought as you. After our Fifth wheel and this motor home, not sure I want a smaller RV. We take trips just in our toad a Ford Edge Went to Mass last October, to Mayflower Society. If I can find one a nice Ford Crown Vic or Mercury or other car for long trips is what I would prefer But a larger car or an F150( We love our Sadie a 2005 F150,) rides better than any of the new scrunched up cars, and can stretch out, and just stay in motels.
down home 07/21/19 04:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hottest and most humid morning of the Summer !

We have had mid eighties here, for a while, during the day. Humidity is high as it has rained part or most of the days for a week. Wake up with condensation on all the windows. Low to mid seventies at night. Wind usually comes up and clears out most of the humidity during the middle of the day. This keeps up we will be in a jungle next year. Trees have added probably double their usual growth this year. Sitting on the porch with slight meandering breeze from the north, is really quite nice. Get rid of this belly I might walk a mile or two. Last month in Michigan it was fifties to mid sixties during the day and down in forties at night and...rain just about every day.
down home 07/21/19 04:15pm Around the Campfire
RE: Both AC's quit.

20 amp shore power??? I missed that. It will not bode well for your ACs and other devices. When we stored our unit on 20 amp we had to start the generator to use AC while preparing to head out. I might well run one ac and nothing else. We have an inexpensive volt meter plugged in near the stove.If ac power drops below 105 we cut on the generator. AC load handling system will shed devices to save them. We can run two ACs on 30 amp but but system will shed loads including one AC if necessary. if the volts are normal between 110 and 130. Don't try to run even one AC along with anything else on 20 amps.I think it takes 23 amps t start and goes down to 14 amps to run one ac.
down home 07/21/19 10:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Both AC's quit.

Quick history all. AC's were running, then back ac quit last week, Fan runs on high and low no problems , compressor wouldn't energize, slight hum. This morning, front ac fan was running, but compressor wouldn't start and a terrible odor, something melted maybe??? Anyway, after I open the windows and ran the fantastic fans a while, I ran both ac's on high and low fan, all was well,. Tried to run the ac's for cooling and heard compressors try to start, followed by a humming, I turned them both off immediately, oh and no breakers tripped and no fuses burned. Any suggestions will help, thanks. I got Rv on a dedicated 30amp / 125vac feed, and excellent line voltage / and amperage protection in the Rv, fed from my 200 amp house panel. Capacitors!Just about everyone has to replace one during ownership. The smell was the rubber/plastic capacitor case etc trying to burn. This has happened a lot over the last decade. Had a conversation with AC parts warehouse mgr. Home units RV units. He has those marked made in the USA but are identical to ones marked made in China because they are but cost $10.00 more. Home units replaced four in to years. So far on RV replaced two. Found old ones, made in the USA in Elkheart Indiana. We have two new units for home and so far in a year not replaced capacitors. They don't have to be identical to the old ones to work and ones marked with a higher rating will work as long as they have have the required spades. Extras on it don't matter is what he said. ..but they do have to fit need to be held in palace by that clamp or something.
down home 07/20/19 02:58pm Class A Motorhomes
F150 4x4

Our Edge has 195,000 miles and still doing well but.... I have considered for our next toad an F1504x4 four door v8. How does it do as a toad? any problems?
down home 07/18/19 05:34pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Trojan T-105 Storage

We keep ours plugged in and float charge controlled by power management system. For over ten years we have had it stored at full service indoor storage. This fall it will be in enclosed but no services so we will have to travel and check batteries and other things ourselves every two weeks. So long as they are charged full and batteries are full they should not freeze. Those things weigh about 75 lb?? each I think and have to get down on the floor to take them out. not going to try to do that.
down home 07/18/19 03:21pm Tech Issues
RE: FanTastic bathroom fan?? ((UPDATE)){{{UPDATE}}}}

Another problem, is every time someone works on our RV. They pull the knob down and turn the fan on with the knob, then they must close by pushing the knob up and using the switch in the cabinets or something. Sometimes the covers are torqued down so tight to bite into the seal hard and motor struggles to open it. Other times, the knob is still down and switch won't do anything. Then other times motor will only open half way or not at all. have to open it all the way and let the motor cycle to open position and push knob up. Maybe not exactly spot on descriptions but they screw them up just about every time.
down home 07/18/19 03:13pm Tech Issues
RE: house batterys

yep you have a bad battery and it can explode! Is is swollen any yet. Last year wife had a very bad smell from car, stopped and it would not restart. Tech checked it and it was still boiling and swollen ready to explode.
down home 07/18/19 03:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Wheel bearings

I replaced bearings in boat trailer with Timken in 1990 American made but not long after they went to China. Take the drums off and take them to a parts store, that can handle it, most may not anymore or machine shop and have the races pressed out new ones in and rear seal and front. I have removed them, and you can buy tools that fit. I used big sockets from wrench set chisels, and big hammers, not easy for me to do anymore. Check the magnets and condition of brake shoes and wiring. Wiring on trailers that sit for a while are an usual target for rats and squirrels. When you buy bearing sets, the only way, they come with races. Don't know who makes bearings today in the US. If the bearing shells and races aren't perfect don't buy them, The Chinese I took off that trailer had gaps in the races and the bearings themselves were cracked and flaking. Peace of mind, you may won't to put new brakes and backing plates on the trailer, not expensive or use to not be, and may be needed, and the wiring if bad at any one point buy heavier wire and rewire the whole breaking system. Check the spring hangers and rubber bushings. Most likely the rubber bushings are toast, but hopefully not. And if not equipped with shocks kits that bolt in or on and shocks don't cost that much. They might keep your dishes from flying out of the cabinets and into the floor. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of the trailer and RVing.
down home 07/18/19 02:55pm Tech Issues
RE: We always unhook, even on an overnight stop

We don't unless we need to make a grocery run or to see something or eat out. It has gotten hard to plug in the electrical connection and air brake hose, for me, the last few years. This June I think I damaged my knee replacement kneeling on bad asphalt surface. If there is a young teenager hanging around the office next time we check in I'm going to see if for five dollars he will unhook and hook us back before we leave. Not a big or hard job before now. Nexxt vehicle I think will be a p/u with the plugins up high.
down home 07/17/19 10:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: They Better Not Screw Us Up

That is illogical! You are paying for your security our security our Country's security and who knows, you may be, ANTIFA or a Chinese agent. Anyway you don't need to know so it can be spread around or someone sell it to China or Russia or Iran or..... Your right actually desire, does not trump the needs and security of America, our home and all American Citizens..
down home 07/17/19 10:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: They Better Not Screw Us Up

The ones organizing this, behind the scenes are depending on the illusion, or reality, that our Government would not cause mass casualties, regardless of signs minefields. Supposedly a large number of people have committed or said they will invade area 51. This would compromise several/many development programs for National Defense/ national Security, which is what the organizers want. Anyone with cell phone taking photos of installations and technologies, would be doing so to compromise to damage our National Security and our National Defense. China and Russia and Iran and others would welcome whatever they would post or even expedite to them. I hope no one shows up and if some do, are dealt with as required including deadly fire. We are talking about, after all, our National Security, our home, our Security.The ones organizing this want our destruction, just as those at the ICE facility "protest" and subsequent terrorist attack. IMOPart of this I agree with, but there is waaaaaaay too much use of the phrase "National Security" and telling people they don't need to know this. Maybe a bit of transparency could be a good thing for some of this stuff. Put in the NYT so all they have to do is read it. China and Russia's hypersonic ballistic and anti ship missiles, they got the much of the info here, as in people selling it to them and Chinese agents at Berkley and UCLA and others. our development of it though put out to pasture by last Administration. Oh let us see we won't tell, I just ant to know, I'm curious aht you guys are doing is all and your neighbor and his friends at work, and the Chinese Agent working for your Senator and so on???
down home 07/17/19 06:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: They Better Not Screw Us Up

The ones organizing this, behind the scenes are depending on the illusion, or reality, that our Government would not cause mass casualties, regardless of signs minefields. Supposedly a large number of people have committed or said they will invade area 51. This would compromise several/many development programs for National Defense/ national Security, which is what the organizers want. Anyone with cell phone taking photos of installations and technologies, would be doing so to compromise to damage our National Security and our National Defense. China and Russia and Iran and others would welcome whatever they would post or even expedite to them. I hope no one shows up and if some do, are dealt with as required including deadly fire. We are talking about, after all, our National Security, our home, our Security.The ones organizing this want our destruction, just as those at the ICE facility "protest" and subsequent terrorist attack. IMO
down home 07/17/19 05:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dogs

We have had some excellent Friends. All have passed. Th last was Dakota. We never took him RVing, I'm sure he would have adjusted but..... He saved us from home invasion three or four years ago. He might have barked a bit but he obeyed. We have had people let their dog run free and pee on our chairs etc. Had one in Michigan have her dog come poop right in front of our steps of fifth wheel a long time ago. And hey get mad when the Camp host makes them put the dog up and clean it up to the point of the one whe peed on our chairs and things, making such a scene I comtemplated calling the Sheriff. RV Park banned them from then on. I like dogs. Neighbor last trip had two German Sheperds that wanted to ply. They barked a bit when approached. They ha them staked out and didn't bark otherwise for some time but took them in their RV. We had one dog that wore us out playing catch, us our neighbors,kids down the block. One our dead end street he was everyone's dog, at times. Til someon ran over him. He would wind up backwards like a top and take off chasing the few cars that came by. He would have been great company in our RV but that was before we had the RV. Some dogs are excellent campers, some dogs are your guardian and... some dogs just have to make noise 24/7. Most RV Parks Resorts won't tolerate unruly noisy dogs and Owners who won't clean up after them or keep them on a leash etc. But they have to catch them or someone tell them. One of our Friends from Florida had/has a Bulldog, I think it is. Grea personality but...we went for dinner come back and he had cut on the generator. Told him to not leave the keys or he would drive away with the RV.
down home 07/15/19 07:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anchor bolts or boats

I'm not sure the link will work. None of the others I posted did. This tells of where to go and what to look for of the remanents of the 1811-1812 New Madrid Fault Quake. Interesting things about more current shakes etc. Tour of New Madrid Seismic Zone. http://www.showme.net/~fkeller/quake/tour.htm ........................................... Try this for the link (Mod): http://www.showme.net/~fkeller/quake/tour.htm
down home 07/14/19 06:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: Anchor bolts or boats

Earthquakes don't kill people buildings do, Water well maybe we should all live on big houseboats or at least our beds on a raft under the stars. Actually, Daughter did a report for school on New Madrid Spanish Explorers and New Madrid fault eruption was included. A lot of people, however large a lot was back then and animals did disappear in sucks and whirlpools, and cracks where they probably remain buried to this day. I thought of touring the are to look for some of the features left by the Earthquake, such as huge sand blows, and tar pools but everyone says they are buried by time.
down home 07/14/19 04:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: 100 amp service

30 amp is 30 amp. 50 amp is two legs of fifty amps and a common ground not 100 amps total.
down home 07/14/19 04:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water hose storage??

I found one with only one search, I probably wouldn't it but it comes in different sizes and lengths. Hose . Sounds like from the reviews to fit everyone's bill. Price is a bit high until I count the other hoses I've bought and threw in the bay or thrown away. Don't want to always drag out a 50' hose unless needed, so will have to buy at least two more smaller sizes but 25' is the shortest they show. Maybe ebay has them cheaper
down home 07/14/19 12:46pm Class A Motorhomes
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