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RE: Onan 4000 generator cranks but won't start

Normally, you would spray the starter fluid while you starting the engine. Basically, start cranking, then spray it into the intake while it is cranking. It definitely sounds like a fuel delivery issue. Less than a month after we bought our brand new Class C, with 3 hours on the generator, the fuel pump failed. Had it replaced under warranty. I don't know how much work it is to replace, but it isn't a very expensive part. -Michael
mgirardo 07/23/21 07:09am Tech Issues
RE: Input on Selling RV

We had a lot of success with both Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. The key to Craigslist is don't let your listing stay on the site for long. Our experience is not to leave the listing up more than 3 days. We rotate the cities where we list the item. We start in our local city, then switch to Jacksonville, FL and then to Savannah, GA. Rinse and repeat until it sells. If you don't get any takers, it is most likely priced too high. -Michael
mgirardo 07/21/21 06:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone have an all elec. car

I am not opposed to an EV, but not as our primary vehicle. Both my wife and I work from home. I own my own business and work out of the house while my wife works remotely. So for local travel, an EV would be fine. However, since we can work where ever as long as we have internet access, we travel to NJ multiple times through the year to visit family. The trip is right at 800 miles. Without traffic, I can usually make the trip in 11 - 12 hours. In our current "family car", we make one stop to fuel up, bathroom break and food. That same trip, according to Tesla's trip planner, would require 3 stops and would add almost 3 hours to our trip without traffic. We leave for this trip at 3 am, which gets us to the worst state to travel through, Virginia, early enough to avoid heavy traffic (although over the past few years, it seems traffic is always bad through the entire state of VA). With an EV, we'd get to VA too late and it would take 4-5 hours to get through a state that should normally take 2.5 hours to get through. Right now, my wife and I share 1 car. We have shared 1 car for the past couple years when our second car died and we decided not to replace it. If we decide to get a second vehicle, an EV might be considered. The more I read about the F-150 Lightning, the more appealing it becomes. -Michael
mgirardo 07/20/21 06:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Walmart selling LiFePo4 batteries $539

Gdetrailer, Yes, I thought it was being backed up by Walmart. GD is basically correct, they kind of operate like Amazon. But, every once in a while they have a great deal I can't pass up and I just have it shipped to the local store for free. Don't know what their return policy is but it's assume it's pretty liberal like their in store returns. Never had to return anything. I think you can do returns at the store but somebody should check me on that. That has not been our experience. The return process with third party sellers has been a headache compared to returning third party seller purchases to Amazon. We no longer purchase from if the seller is a third party. We have made several purchases from third party sellers on and have not had a good experience. One time, we got the item in the 2 day time frame, but we could NOT return the item to our local Walmart. They started the return process for us, but they told us we had to go home, print out the label, put it on the package and have it shipped back to the seller. -Michael
mgirardo 07/20/21 05:58am Tech Issues
RE: Should Be Simple But..

They have an internal water leak in the area of the furnace, exterior shower. Have they verified that this is actually where the leak is coming from or is this just why they are finding the water? Leaks can be tricky. When we bought our Destination Trailer back in 2017, we found water leaking into the kitchen from the end of the counter shortly after we took delivery. Looking under the counter, the water just appeared, in the middle of the floor. It turns out, the water was coming from the half bath's hot water connection at the sink. This was 10 feet away from where the puddle was. There was no water between the sink and where the puddle started. The water flowed along the pex from the sink to where the puddle started, which happened to be where a tee in the pex was. Over the years we have found puddles which was the result of a leaking connection at a sink or toilet. In our Class C, we found a leak while traveling, coming from the hot water heater's hot water line connection. In most cases the connection would just be a little loose, so I disconnected the line, put some thread tape on and retighten. -Michael
mgirardo 07/20/21 05:45am Tech Issues
RE: Double Chargng

His tips included NEVER using a debit card anywhere except at your bank, and especially never at a merchant of any sort. His reasoning: getting your money back should fraud occur was a long, tedious, painful process; whereas all credit cards have strong consumer protections from the feds, debit cards do not, and the banks will jerk you around. The second tip was to never let your credit card out of your sight. Not at one of those gas stations that insist you must leave the card with the clerk while you go pump gas, not in the hands of the waiter/waitress, nowhere. His reason; skimmers were then small and easily hand held. The wrong person gets hold of your card, it'll be duplicated and fraudulent charges made by the time you get back to your car. And that was then, it's even faster now. We use our Debit Card for everything except online purchases. We did have a problem a few years ago with fraudulent charges on our Debit Cards. Had both our cards effected and had them both replaced. Less than a couple weeks later, my wife's card had fraudulent charges again. So we knew it was a vendor in the area where we camp seasonally. Had her card replaced again. The stopped using the debit cards that summer. Two summers in a row we had fraudulent charges on our Debit Cards. We haven't had an issue since. With those instances, we got our money back in our account within 24 hours of returning the affidavits to bank. The first year, we had to print the affidavits, sign them and then fax them back. The next year, everything was done digitally. Years ago, on an Easter Sunday, I got a call from PayPal that they suspected a fraudulent charge on my PayPal account that was deducted from our Bank Account. This was about 12 years ago. Getting our money back then was a little more tedious and took about a week. But things have greatly improved since then. -Michael
mgirardo 07/09/21 07:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Kings Bay RV Park hit by tornado...

A tornado hit Downtown St. Mary's, GA and did some damage, but no injuries. Shortly after, Kings Bay Naval Base was hit with a Tornado. I did see an article about the Base getting hit on Navy Times News, but everything else is just local reporting from Jacksonville, FL. I have not heard of anything about Crooked River State Park. It is a very popular park here and I would expect I would have heard something if it did get hit. There is nothing on their web site about the storm. -Michael
mgirardo 07/09/21 07:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Kings Bay RV Park hit by tornado...

The Kings Bay RV Park on the Kings Bay Naval Base was hit by a tornado on Wednesday during Tropical Storm Elsa. Lots of overturned RVs. I haven't heard of any casualties. This video shows the damage. Shortly after this, the Jekyll Island Campground was evacuated. Not sure if others followed suit. Stay safe. -Michael
mgirardo 07/08/21 06:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Kings Bay Sub Base

Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Cumberland Island National Seashore and the Okefenokee Swamp. For the Okefenokee, you have a few options. Outside of Folkston is the National Wildlife Refuge which has Swamp Island Drive, which you will usually see Gators handing out on the side of the road and sometimes in the middle of it. You can stop along Swamp Island Drive and check out the Chesser Homestead and also the viewing platform that has a great view of a swamp prairie. You can also take guided swamp boat tours as well as rent kayaks (or use your own). You can also fish there too. Kayaking in the swamp is a surreal experience. If it was a little closer, I'd be there all the time to kayak. They also have lots of hiking trails throughout the refuge. You can also visit Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, GA. If you want to stay on the cheap, you can walk around and see some gators in a semi-natural setting. They also have a Viewing Platform (I think it is free) at the end of a 3/4 mile board walk, which is not as tall as the one in the Refuge and it is not as cool a view, but still nice to visit. If you don't mind spending some money, they also have guided boat tours, a guided train ride as well as a reptile house were you will learn about the swamp and then get to hold some swamp critters, turtles, snakes and yes a small alligator. You can purchase each separately or purchase all three. I can't remember if you save anything buying all three. I believe they offer a senior discount. If you don't mind driving, about an hour south is St. Augustine, FL, which is definitely a must see, if you haven't visited before. There is so much to do in St. Augustine and every restaurant I've ever eaten at is great. Savannah, GA is about 90 minutes north, but I don't care for it as much as St. Augustine. If you go to St. Augustine and Savannah, go to Savannah first. Otherwise, you will be disappointed. Although, if you like Trains, Savannah has a nice Train Museum. There is also Old Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski. Tybee Island has a lighthouse. Hope that helps. -Michael
mgirardo 06/26/21 04:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Scamming the Scammers

No, that's not what the YouTuber does. The scammers are pretending to be Computer "Tech Support" folks. Lots of them use AnyDesk, UltraViewer or similar software to "help" with the problem. These programs allow them to remotely access your computer. Once they have access to your computer, they can do whatever they want. The YouTuber turns this around and while they are trying to do whatever they are trying to do, he deletes their data using the very software they had him install. I've only watched a couple, but it is funny to watch as the Scammers realize something isn't right. Some of them beg for their data back. It really is funny to watch. I am not familiar with Kitboga, but there are several out there that do the same thing. -Michael
mgirardo 06/17/21 07:01am Around the Campfire
RE: Tires - Freedom Hauler

Looking to replace tires on TT. Local dealer said they cannot get Goodyear Endurance but provided me with a quote for Freedom Hauler tires. Company that makes them is Transamerica based in Memphis, TN. Anyone have any info on these? Did you checked Tire Rack? I don't know what size you need, but they do have some in stock at their Midway, GA warehouse. They'd ship free to Ridgeway, SC and you'd have them tomorrow. Check out this page: They list 7 different size Endurance tires. Of the 7 sizes listed, 5 of them can be shipped to you free by tomorrow, the 18th. The other 2 sizes won't be available until March of 2022. -Michael
mgirardo 06/17/21 06:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Disaster-AAA

We had to have the tow vehicle and trailer towed twice. Both times we used AAA Plus RV. Both times we were out of our area. The first time we did have to wait a few hours because the only truck that could handle our combo - Astro Mini Van, 20' Hybrid TT and a family of 4, was a couple hours out. The second time, it was a Sunday and I waited about 1.5 hours. Both times, the tow was over 75 miles and didn't cost me a penny, except for a tip. That being said, I have also had a problem with AAA in Georgia. Our motorhome had a blow out, the inner dual on the rear of the passenger side just south of exit 94 of I-95, heading south. I called AAA and they insisted on finding a company that could tow the motorhome incase it wasn't safe for the mobile tire guy to make the repair on the side of the road. The first person I spoke to told me she could only call 3 companies before handing it off to a supervisor. All 3 companies she called couldn't handle the tow (or didn't want to). Finally, after a few calls - I called them, they called me, after 2 hours I got a call from a mobile tire repair guy. He got to us about 2.5 hours after my first call and had no towing capabilities. He stated he got the call right before he called me. So it took AAA 2 hours to find someone that could do a mobile tire repair in Savannah, GA. The reason I stick with AAA is because they will tow me where I want to go. Coach-net, Good-Sam, they will only tow to the nearest repair facility. They won't let me pay more to go where I want, only to the nearest repair facility. Plus the discount we get being a AAA member usually pays for membership. -Michael
mgirardo 06/01/21 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer or Motorhome...For a Boater/Fisherman-Which Rig?

A Porta-Bote is a good solution if you decide to go with a Travel Trailer. It folds down to about the thickness of a Stand Up Paddleboard (7" at its thickest spot). We have the 12' version that weighs about 90lbs (without the benches) that I can put on the roof rack of our Honda CRV by myself. The 12' version can handle a 9.8hp outboard. A lot of people also use trolling motors on the rear. Works great on lakes and calm rivers. People use the Porta-Bote on Lakes, Rivers and the Ocean with outboard motors. They are very stable and float even when completely filled with water. I could unfold the bote myself and have it ready for the water in less than 10 minutes. With a helper, it went even quicker. When we first bought it, we carried it in our Motorhome. We put the bote in through the emergency exit window and laid it on the floor standing up. Our Class C was 32', so even with the bote in it, we could still move around and access the entire motorhome. Once we got the roof rack on the CRV, we carried the bote on the roof of the CRV. -Michael
mgirardo 05/28/21 07:10am General RVing Issues
RE: NADA guides price change

When we first decided to sell our TT, it was a few months before the Pandemic and the NADA Guide valued it at 15k to 23k. Now, it is valued at almost 10k more. We have it on consignment for $6k less than we paid for it 4 years ago. -Michael
mgirardo 05/24/21 06:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Tracfone Top Up from Canada

Thanks everyone for their replies. ...I guess it was my Aeroplan Visa that somehow would not go thru I think because of the ZIP/Postal Code issue....have no idea why but I tried another TD Card and it went thru Thanks for the responses....Ernie I am glad it worked out and you didn't lose your minutes. -Michael
mgirardo 05/21/21 07:21am Snowbirds
RE: RV Storage Fire

So how did the fire start (I don't wish to read the article) Was it an RV that started it or was it something like defective wiring in the storage barn? According to the article, the cause of the fire is under investigation. -Michael
mgirardo 05/21/21 07:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Tracfone Top Up from Canada

I'm not from Canada, but we have 3 Tracfones, one for my wife and one of each kid (almost 20 and 18). Calling Tracfone is a pain. Since they added it to their website, I have always used Online Chat for help and find it much more useful. Just don't mention that you are in Canada. -Michael
mgirardo 05/18/21 07:44am Snowbirds
RE: suggestions for screen door with dog

However, the single biggest issue is the frame itself. The RV screen doors are very light duty and flimsy. You can put the strongest screen in the world in there and it won't rip. But a determined dog will break the frame in his quest to get through it. I like the baby gate idea I agree. If pushed hard enough, the screen door will just fly open. I think baby gate or training the dog is the best option. -Michael
mgirardo 05/18/21 07:31am Tech Issues
RE: Adding 12V outlet questions (did I do it right)

I installed a very similar 12v outlet on our Jayco Class C. The only difference being, the one I purchased had a 12v meter in it. I pulled power from the LED lights over the sofa, which we rarely used. The lights were protected by a 10 amp fuse. The 12v outlet pulled less than 5 amps and we had no problems. We used ours a lot to charge phones and tablets. You won't be able to run an inverter larger than maybe 150 watts. If you want to run an inverter, run it directly to the battery. Get a larger one than you think you will need as you will probably want a bigger one eventually. -Michael
mgirardo 05/11/21 07:40am Tech Issues
RE: What do you use for an outdoor ground cover?

When we owned our pop-up we didn't use anything. We owned if for 1 year and only used it a handful of times. With the Hybrid, we used a 3'x3' piece of 3/4" plywood with AstroTurf glued to it. Our kids were little (4 & 2) when we first bought it and wanted to make they had a stable landing when leaving the camper and a stable platform when stepping into camper. When we bought the motorhome, we decided to get an indoor/outdoor type rug from Lowe's. It folded up pretty small and went under the bed in a trash bag. We had an 11' awning and the rug was 8' wide. When we moved to the Destination Trailer, our current RV, we bought this. The awning is 20' and this mat fit under it nicely. The weave lets water and dirt passthrough easily. Light doesn't get through very well, but our seasonal site didn't have grass where we put the mat, so no worries with killing the grass. The mat has held up very well after 3 years of use, but we have to make sure that all sticks and stones are removed from under it before laying it out in the spring. One of our Zero Gravity chairs did put a small rip in it, but it's not really noticeable and it hasn't gotten any worse since it happened. This thing cleans off very easily and dries very quickly. It folds up and is stored in a bag that it came with. It is light as a feather. -Michael
mgirardo 04/16/21 07:10am General RVing Issues
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