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RE: Chassis battery

We have the same model as yours, just called an Itasca. Ours and likely yours has the equivalent of a trickle start installed at the factory. It keeps both batteries topped up when plugged in. I don’t recall exactly what it is called, but it does the same thing. If yours does not do this maybe it is broke.
georgelesley 09/01/19 07:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Balancing tires, what's best?

Centramatics work great. Times 2. Had mine for several years over 3 sets of tires and never a problem. X3.
georgelesley 08/30/19 02:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Modifying roof a/c cover

Wasn't this exact subject word for word, posted up a couple of months ago ?? Not by me. I did not see this subject before.
georgelesley 08/24/19 07:49am General RVing Issues
Social Security disability

Just talked to a friend of mine that just started drawing normal SS at age 62 last December. He is fully ritered and has been for over 5 years. Unfortunately, he now has cancer. He has been told by a friend that works in the SS system that he should apply for SS Disability. He asked me what I thought. I told him I would be amazed if he had any possibility of a claim since he was already drawing the normal age 62 amount. He asked if he should see one of the disability lawyers and I told him sure, nothing to lose but maybe a few hundred bucks, but I cannot conceive how he might be eligible. So he is going to see a lawyer soon. Why not, I guess but wonder if anyone here has had a similar experience?
georgelesley 08/23/19 09:12am Around the Campfire
Modifying roof a/c cover

I just watched a YouTube video about cutting out the rear of the a/c cover and replacing the air exit part with a hi flow metal mesh to improve air flow from the a/c. The idea is if the hot air exits faster more air can flow thru the condenser thus improving cooling. Makes sense to me, just wondered if anyone else has done it and what the results were. I really do not know how to post a YouTube link or I would have, but i found it searching by searching for “upgrading rv roof air conditioner” it is about 16 minutes but only about 10 pertain to the roof a/c.
georgelesley 08/23/19 08:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Escapees?

As said, the thousand or so campground discounts (15% with a few 50%) alone is probably not worth the dues cost, but the overall package is more than worth it. Beyond the discount parks, there's also the club owned parks and member owned co-op parks, both with very reasonable rates, plus the excellent magazine and the other available services such as mail forwarding and roadside service also at reasonable rates. And the topper is the Escapees non-profit CARE (Continuing Assistance for Retired Escapees) center that offers specialized facilities near Livingston, TX to assist fulltimers with illness or injury recovery either short term or long term as needed. No other RV club offers anything like it that I'm aware of. Escapees C.A.R.E. When we fulltimed that was our backup plan.
georgelesley 08/20/19 07:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Escapees?

If you are looking for the campground discounts only, not worth joining. We belong because of all the many other benefits, groups, unique rally’s, etc. the new programs called “Hangouts” just started this year all previous and future scheduled ones have sold out. The newest one in TX sold out in 5 hours. I know this because we got the last slot. Many other benefits and discounts plus information and lobbying for RV interests. Well worth supporting. They also offer a veteran discount I have never bothered to get because I believe in what they do and don’t mind supporting them. We met Kay Peterson, the cofounder, years ago and loved her at first sight. Unfortunately she has left us but her legacy lives on.
georgelesley 08/19/19 08:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Rock Guard To Protect Toad

I took our full width flap off and cut it into mud flaps right behind the duals. I used the mounting channel from it to fabricate brackets to hold the mud flaps. No problems since including a trip to Alaska last summer. Mud flaps will do the job.
georgelesley 08/08/19 08:47am Dinghy Towing
RE: The "three"happiest days...

One of the nice things about being debt free is that if an emergency comes along and forces you to borrow some money unexpectedly, you can pay it off very fast and be debt free again quickly. We had to buy a new toad when the old one crapped out last year. Ford Focus owners will feel our pain. We had planned on keeping it forever. After trade we had a $24000 new car loan. We took the company financing and saved $500 and immediately refinanced with our credit union at a much lower rate. That was in Dec 2018. In Dec this year we will be debt free again because we have been paying an extra $1500 a month on the loan. We did upset the dealer when we refinanced the car so fast because the $500 price discount we received by company financing went back to them to make good. At the time of purchase I asked what if we pay it off early? The finance person then hemmed and hawed and eventually told us that we needed to keep it for three months or we would lose the “insurance”. I do not like being lied to and upon further investigation found out that if we kept the loan three months the dealer would not be charged back the $500 discount. You guessed it, in three months you will have paid almost all of the $500 back in interest. We never made a payment to them and saved several hundred $$ by doing that and have paid little interest this year by getting a much lower rate locally and accelerating the payments so fast which we could only do since we are otherwise debt free. Another benefit of being able to save for routine expenses like insurance is now paying annually rather than by the month is about a 10% savings on the premium. The peace of mind is priceless.
georgelesley 08/02/19 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Winnebago vs Tiffin

Winnebago will likely have more squeaks and rattles, but once you find and fix those you will enjoy the lower Winnie price.
georgelesley 07/20/19 08:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish Hopper 3

I don not plug in the hopper or DPH42 switch until the traveler has locked all three sats. Then plug in the DPH42 and then the hopper 3. Any other way causes problems for me.
georgelesley 07/13/19 04:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Water Heater

If we have 50 amps available, on. If less on as needed.
georgelesley 07/06/19 08:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Length restricted rv parks

Many National Forest Service parks have limited length restrictions. If you like to boondock you will find many such restrictions.
georgelesley 07/05/19 08:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flying J Dedicated RV Lanes

Where they are available, we have found most but not all Centex stations are easy in/out.
georgelesley 06/21/19 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Frods V10 engine

Now on our second V-10. IMHO a good dependable motor. It likes revs and is noisy when it downshifts in cruise for overpasses, etc. a quick tap on the brakes before hills that will cause the noisy downshift is easy to do. Also learn to use the tow haul feature it really helps. Ours is always on. Maintenance is not difficult or costly. In a newer class A gasser, it is the only game in town. Good luck.
georgelesley 06/16/19 06:48am Class A Motorhomes
Demco tow bar shield

Anybody use the Demco toad shield that fits onto their tow bar?
georgelesley 05/19/19 09:59am Dinghy Towing
Sale at Lowes on hex head wrenches

For you tool freaks (like me), i stopped by Lowes today to pick up a stud finder and passed by a sale on hex head (used to be called Allen wrench). They are in a jack knife style packet and have three sets available, metric, sae, and star heads. Were 8.99 each, now 3.98. I had the same three in my Amazon wish list for $27. Needless to say I scooped up one of each. They are under the Kobalt name, looks to me like they are switching to Craftsman named tools and cutting back the Kobalt named stuff. They are actually a but more robust than the set I bought from Amazon several months ago. And planned to buy another set soon. Get the vet discount and they get real cheap! Thought I would pass it on.
georgelesley 05/10/19 03:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: CHF 2018 Thor, F53, Rear do I need Z brackets

We have all been using 66 lbs of torque with blue locktite. Don’t forget to check the sway bar bracket bolts as well, many of us from seemingly all years have been finding them loose on the rear. Remove and use blue locktite as well retorque to 66 lbs. our 2014 with 10,000 miles were loose and falling out when I did them three years ago.. since then no problems although I do check them once a year. i did our CHF front and rear separately and could notice a substantial difference in handling after doing each end. There is a guy who makes excellent brackets specifically for the CHF and they allow a variety of user settings. He can be found on IRV2. You may also consider a rear trac bar, it also made a huge difference in our 2014 F-53.
georgelesley 05/08/19 07:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: FMCA Michelin tires program.

Just used the program last week. The Michelin program price was $50 or so less per tire than the dealer that installed them could sell them for before he had to add taxes. His installation cost to me was the same whether he sold them or not. He had just got the tires in the week before so they were very new. I bought them. Maybe could have saved a few bucks somewhere else, but i put $$ in savings every month just for RV maintenance and the tires were less that I had budgeted anyway.
georgelesley 05/01/19 04:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need a bit of 'educating'...

One more reason to use it is a bit more braking in a panic stop no matter where you are, that seems like a good idea. Don’t ask me how I know this.....
georgelesley 04/30/19 10:36am Class A Motorhomes
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