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RE: Trouble with California

Just be glad they weren't looking for plastic bags or straws :E :B
jfkmk 01/25/20 08:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Zoning Law

I spent the better part of two years in a friend's driveway in SoCal. I wasn't in your exact jurisdiction, but I can tell you about my experience. First of all, unbeknownst to me, my friend was in a bit of war with the neighbors and inspectors before I got there. He had lived in the neighborhood all his life, and it was now in the middle of being gentrified. People didn't like his non-traditional front yard. When I got there with my van, it was just another thing for them to complain about. Not sure what you mean regarding a “non-traditional front yard”, but having someone living in a van in the driveway has a definite negative impact on the surrounding house values. As someone who worked very hard to purchase my house, and work hard to maintain it, I’d be pretty pi$$ed if my neighbor had someone living in a van in the driveway.
jfkmk 01/24/20 03:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble with California

People live in squalor in some kalifornia cities, it is OK to pee and poop in the streets (to the point where there is a poop map app for San Francisco). The esteemed governor wants to give free healthcare to people who are not in the country leagally. Yet try to sneak in an apple and they become the Gestapo. Definitely some strange priorities.
jfkmk 01/18/20 08:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Lemon camper

Sorry for your issues. For folks in eastern PA, Stoltzfus RVs and Marine in West Chester is not the same as Stoltzfus in Adamstown PA. The business in Adamstown has a great reputation.
jfkmk 01/14/20 01:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires?

Yes. I had these on my last TT and were very pleased with them. I’ve not heard any bad reviews on these tires.
jfkmk 01/14/20 01:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a 2640lb 16ft TT with a Ford Ranger 4.0L?

My dad had a 2008 (I think, somewhere around that vintage) and it was the biggest piece of [email protected] he ever owned. It was the 4L with 4WD. It broke down constantly. Most of his driving was around town (but not city driving) and he was lucky to get 15 mpg. Also, no factory tow package, at least not on his truck. I had an 06 GMC Envoy that I towed a 3500# tt with. Body on frame SUV, 4WD, and I think they all came with a factory tow package. It had a very torquey straight 6 that pulled the tt with ease. Yeah, it had some nickel and dime types of issues, but with you tube it was all diy repairs. They’re still around and relatively cheap.
jfkmk 01/08/20 06:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Self Driving 18 wheeler Going 75 MPH

I wonder if AZ has a “no truck in the fast lane” law. What happened to drive right pass left? What’s the obsession, on a limited access highway where there are very few exits to worry about, to ride in the middle lane? The problem with the autonomous vehicles is they can mis interpret situations, like braking for bridges mentioned above. I’ve driven many vehicles with all kinds of drivers assists (braking, lane keep assist, etc) and none of them, regardless of brand, is very accurate. I’m sure technology in an autonomous vehicle is more refined, but still not 100%.
jfkmk 01/04/20 06:46am Around the Campfire
RE: Can installing weight distribution hitch be a DIY project?

It can be a DIY project but you may need some uncommon tools. In the case of the Equal-i-zer, a 1-7/8" thin wall socket and 320 lb torque wrench are recommended to install the ball. If you’re at all handy, it is an easy install with the exception of this. I was fortunate when I did my install in that I was able to bring the hitch head to work where they had a big a$$ torque wrench.
jfkmk 12/31/19 12:53pm Towing
RE: Getting cold {er} in southern Arizona...

Why the HELL would you winterize in the 30's??? He did it so he'd have a reason to restock the BAR! Certainly as good a reason as any!
jfkmk 12/17/19 03:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Everyone's gotta see this VW.

jfkmk 12/15/19 01:03pm Tow Vehicles

Change oil on millions of vehicles, likely to have thousands of mistakes. Change oil on 1 vehicle a month or less, easy to do it right, and the mistakes made will be fixed, not reported. The other differenced is thed kid at the jiffy lube place, who was flipping burgers last week and whose main goal is to up sell whatever he or she can, has no skin in the game when it comes to your vehicle. When i work on my (or a friend's vehicle) I make sure I do everything correctly. Most people that change their own oil brag about how simple the process is, but you don't think the guy that is paid knows enough to do it right? As to the "upsell" The last time I took my pickup in to the dealer, I pulled in while it was raining. Setting in waiting room, guy carries in wiper blades to tell me how bad I need new ones. I explained if I needed blades I would of seen it. 3 days later, get in dark and rain, turn on wipers, 2 swipes, blade falls off. Yes, the service manager heard about why they would never see my truck for anything I would have to pay for. I never said the $8/hr. junior mechanic assigned to oil changes is incapable of changing oil - it IS very easy - I said they don’t have the same interest in making sure it is done right that I do. I’m confused by the second part....someone recommended changing wiper blades, you refused, the blades fell apart and you blamed the service manager?
jfkmk 12/11/19 03:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Starcraft AR-One and Satellite

We had an AR-One 17 RD for 6 years prior to buying a slightly larger trailer. The 17RD was a great little trailer, and we never had any issues at all. We towed it all over the north east and really enjoyed it. We traded it in (for a pretty decent price) primarily because it didn’t have a couch. The dinette was not the most comfortable thing to sit in all the time, and there was a little bit of a “pinch point” between the kitchen and bathroom.
jfkmk 12/11/19 03:39pm Travel Trailers

Change oil on millions of vehicles, likely to have thousands of mistakes. Change oil on 1 vehicle a month or less, easy to do it right, and the mistakes made will be fixed, not reported. The other differenced is thed kid at the jiffy lube place, who was flipping burgers last week and whose main goal is to up sell whatever he or she can, has no skin in the game when it comes to your vehicle. When i work on my (or a friend's vehicle) I make sure I do everything correctly.
jfkmk 12/10/19 07:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wish us luck, pray for the marriage

We’ve done it, and my wife and I moved UP to a 192RBS! It all depends on your RV’ing style, we use the tt as a base for sight seeing. We spend very little time in the tt, we would rather be enjoying the outdoors.
jfkmk 12/07/19 06:00am RV Lifestyle
RE: What do you want Santa to bring for your camper this year

I’m thinking a propane fire pit.
jfkmk 12/06/19 03:05pm Family Camping
RE: 4-Corners

We enjoyed it. Everyone is right, there's a small fee to get in and there's not a whole lot in the surrounding area. I wouldn't make a trip just to see it, but I would deviate from a route to go. It's unique- where else can you be in 4 states at once? (Ignoring the fact that the marker may be slightly off position, the idea is there.) We went and will likely stop again if we pass near by. This pretty much sums up our experience as well. As long as you’re not going too far out of your way, why not?
jfkmk 12/03/19 03:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

I bought the Amp Research and couldnt be happier. There are cheaper alternatives, (Bestop) but i didnt care for how low it hangs when not in use. The Amp Research was on sale when i bought it and there was a rebate. Still pricey for a step, but i think it is one of the better options out there.
jfkmk 12/03/19 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Yellowstone 2020

Hi, we were in Yellowstone in July of this year (entered through the north entrance). While we got to see everything we wanted with one exception, the park was very crowded. Parking is definitely st a premium, and i couldnt imagine trying to get a spot with anything other than a small vehicle. The larger spaces are there, just limited. The last previous time I had been there was about 30 years ago. It was quite how you described it. We tent camped and got sites with no reservations. Not so much anymore! Id suggest renting a car so you make sure you can see everything you want.
jfkmk 12/02/19 03:43am Roads and Routes
RE: 4 year old Forest River vent covers already failed

The Maxxair covers were the first thing i installed on my last 3 RVs. I never had a problem with any of them, and it allows me to keep the vents open 24/7. Any plastic will eventually fail due to sun exposure, but ive had these for up to 12 years without a problem. Replacing the current lids is easy. Unscrew the lifting mechanism form the vent,slide it off the vent lid. Go on the roof, flip the lid up and remove. Thats it! Installation is reverse.
jfkmk 11/28/19 07:09am Tech Issues
RE: Repairs and Upgrades

Yup, it’s amazing how unhandy some people can be. Keeps others receiving a paycheck, though!
jfkmk 11/24/19 05:21pm Class A Motorhomes
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