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RE: Texas winterizing...

I don't understand why all the house flooding because of busted water lines. Do people not think anymore. You know your not going to have power for several days and know you have no heat and it's below freezing. Turn the dang water main valve off! At least you you may have to repair a busted pipe somewhere later but it's not going to flood the house. I think you'd be surprised to learn how many people have no idea how to turn the water off to their house. Most of my neighbors in our previous house didn't know where it was. At several, our house included, the landscaping installed by the builder completely hide it. -Michael
mgirardo 02/23/21 07:45am Around the Campfire
RE: CG in Central FL With Golf Cart Access to Stores

Publix is right across the main highway, about 1/4 mile, but I haven't seen golf carts there. The highway might have something to do with it. I don't know of any state that allows golf carts on highways. -Michael
mgirardo 02/23/21 07:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Magazine

I subscribed to Motorhome Magazine when we first bought our Class C. It was an okay magazine. I kept the subscription for 2 years and then cancelled it. There is so much more useful info on the internet that the magazine is not very useful. Want a review of a particular RV, go to YouTube and get a video walk through. Have a problem? Go to YouTube, someone else most likely already has had it and created a video about fixing it. Between YouTube and all the different RV message boards, there is nothing a magazine can provide that would top what is on the internet. -Michael
mgirardo 02/23/21 07:13am Beginning RVing
RE: CC&R dated 1973 says no RVs, trailers, boats can be stored

I'm not sure I'd want to live there either. If she's already told you she will complain about the Motorhome, what else will she complain about? Just knowing you have the Motorhome will probably keep her on edge. You would need to check with the county/state to find out whether the CC&Rs are enforceable if there is no HOA. In some states, they are. In other states they die with the HOA. In some states, the CC&Rs expire after so much time if they aren't renewed. In other states, they automatically renew until they are dissolved. You should check to make sure you have the complete set of Covenants and By-Laws. We live in Georgia, we used to live in a HOA. We had the Covenants and a separate set of By-Laws. The By-Laws explained how the HOA was made up, described the requirements of the Board of Directors and things like that. On our copy of the Covenants and By-Laws, on every page, it had the Book # and Page # stamped on it. You should be able to go to the County Records and pull up the original documents, based on those Book and Page #s and confirm what you have is complete. I have been told that at one time in Georgia, the CC&Rs had to be renewed or they expired after a specific amount of time. That is no longer the case in Georgia. If it were me, I'd avoid paying an attorney as this is all information you should be able to get from your Town/County/State government. -Michael
mgirardo 02/22/21 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Best Cell Phone App

Google maps will cache an area for you. Google Maps has offered this feature for a long time. Just create the route on your phone while you have internet access and it will ask if you want to download it for offline use. The data will stay on your phone for a few months. Google will ask if you want to keep and update the stored maps as the expiration date nears. We use our Garmin regularly. If we are going to an unfamiliar location or if I think Garmin is steering us wrong, I will confirm with Google Maps. -Michael
mgirardo 02/22/21 06:30am Beginning RVing
RE: Signs of Cognitive Decline

It's not necessarily an age thing-I am only 60 but I can't remember why I go into rooms or where I've put stuff all the time! I'm 47 and I have been doing that since I was a teenager. -Michael
mgirardo 02/12/21 08:04am Around the Campfire
RE: Stone Mt Ga

We were there in the winter and did the Snow activities which the kids enjoyed. We all concluded winter must be the better time to be there. You can take a cable car up to the top of the mountain and hike back down or take the cable car back down. We found several hiking trails in the park. The downtown village area has some shops, a 4D theater and a museum of sorts. I believe there is also a Paddle Boat and a train tour which were not in operation when we were there in January of 2015. We enjoyed our visit, but we did spend more time in the campground than we were expecting. -Michael
mgirardo 02/11/21 07:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: central vacuum

We have a Dirt Devil Central Vac in our TT and are very happy with it. We replace the bag at the end of the season, so as to not attract unwanted visitors while we are away from the TT. If we didn't replace the bag each season, it would probably take a few seasons to fill. We have the Dirt Devil Central Vacuum CV1500. We used to use a Shop Vac in our Class C, but the Central Vac is so much nicer. Our TT is 40' long and the hose reaches every inch of the TT. -Michael
mgirardo 02/10/21 07:29am Tech Issues
RE: Spare on Class C

My new Class C does not have a spare tire. When I asked the dealership about it, they told me I wouldn't be able to change it anyway. Yes, I know that but it doesn't make sense to me NOT to have one for Roadside Assistance to change it for me. Or do they have tires in stock to bring with them ? When we owned our Class C motorhome, we had AAA Plus with RV. The with RV portion covered replacing spare tire and towing if necessary. AAA, however, would only cover removing the flat tire and putting my already mounted spare tire on. The spare had to be mounted on a rim. Although any mobile tire repair guy could bring a spare tire to mount, AAA would not cover it. I was chatting with a fellow camper once that told me he had a spare for his Class A, but it wasn't mounted and with his road side assistance either CoachNet or GoodSam, I can't remember which, he had to pay $100 to remove the flat from the rim and put the spare on. So check with what your Roadside Assistance Program offers. -Michael
mgirardo 01/27/21 06:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rear View Camera - Cell Phone Hotspot as Wifi Booster?

I tried to tether the Nokia 2.1 phone to the iPad using a USB hub to connect the two cables that charge each device, and I couldn't get it to work like I can with the phone and laptop. That won't work, you can't split the tethered signal. The USB cable needs to go directly from the phone to the device. Since you have to connect directly to the camera's SSID, creating a hotspot on your phone isn't going to help you with the camera. However, you can watch this video to show you have to turn on Wi Fi hotspot on your phone. -Michael
mgirardo 01/15/21 08:10am Tech Issues
RE: Rear View Camera - Cell Phone Hotspot as Wifi Booster?

Would this thing do the job? It has three modes, but I am confused whether it needs wires as a repeater. https://www.amazon.com/1200Mbps-Extender-US754-Amplifier-Extender/dp/B08NZGJFT7/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3TC69AKYAJ855&dchild=1&keywords=wifi%2Bbooster&qid=1610636461&sprefix=Wifi%2Caps%2C265&sr=8-5&th=1 This one should work just fine for you: click. It does have an ethernet port, but that's to use to wire directly to it instead of using wifi, which is a nice feature. -Michael
mgirardo 01/15/21 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: Rear View Camera - Cell Phone Hotspot as Wifi Booster?

I have looked at wifi extenders (lots of those) but can't make out how they can pick the right wifi signal to extend by wireless and then relay that to the farther along device. Some(all?) have LAN from the extender back to the first wifi source box and then they wifi from there, (I think) What you are describing sounds more like an Access Point, not a Wi Fi Extender. All the Wi Fi extenders I have used get plugged into the wall. Then there is either an App or a Web Interface that you connect to the Extender with. Then you tell the Extender what SSID you want to connect to. It connects to that SSID. Generally, you would give the Extender's SSID the same SSID you normally use, however, if you have older Wi Fi devices that don't auto select the strongest signal, you can name the Extender's SSID something different so you know you are on the strongest signal. With that being said, there are Access Points that can act as Extenders/Repeaters that don't need to be wired. Just be careful as some may require being setup wired directly to the router, then used wireless. -Michael
mgirardo 01/14/21 06:37am Tech Issues
RE: I Was Stimulated Today

We ain't gitten narra one. We haveto file and maybe we'll get something back by summer. We got the first one, but the IRS' Get My Payment site claims "Status Unavailable" for second payment. I've read that means we won't get one and will have to request it when we file our 2020 return. I still haven't gotten my refund from 2019 that I mailed in on April 14th! -Michael
mgirardo 01/13/21 09:00am Around the Campfire
RE: St Augustine Campgrounds

This time of year St. Augustine is hard to get into without advanced reservations. We've stayed at North Beach Campground before. We enjoyed our stay. Good luck. -Michael
mgirardo 01/13/21 08:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Just got back fro the local bike shop

We were interested in getting Kayaks. We started looking for a pair early July. Finally found a pair at Sam's Club at the end of July and quickly ordered them. It took almost a month to get them, but they were finally delivered towards the end of August. I had been in need of a Bicycle for a little while. I found one on Amazon at the end of 2019, but was waiting for the price to come down from $500. Then the pandemic hit and it was out of stock for about 10 months. Just before Christmas, the price came down about $75 and Amazon listed it as Temporarily Out of Stock, which means it can be ordered, so I ordered it the day after Christmas. I got an email about a week later that stated expected delivery was mid to end of February. Then a few days later, I got an email stating it would be end of January, beginning of February. The bike arrived on Friday, Jan 8th. It's a Schwinn, made in China. According to the bike's box, it was 1 of 270 bikes in the shipment. After mine shipped, I noticed it was in stock on Amazon. Then a couple days later, it was out of stock again and still is. There are lots of things that are difficult to come by. We wanted to get a set of Adjustable Dumb Bells for a 17 year old son for Christmas. We found a great pair at Bowflex, but their web site stated it could take up to 4 months for delivery! Laptops and Computer components are also difficult to come by. I've built a few desktops during the pandemic and have had to use brands I'd never used before, because the brands I usually use did not have items available. It will probably be a long time before supplies return to normal levels. -Michael
mgirardo 01/11/21 08:39am Around the Campfire
RE: question about service

I had to do some work on my toilet and was surprised that everywhere that there was a threaded fitting it was only finger tight. Check connections and keep flushing the toilet until you discover where the water is coming from. This is my suggestion as well. When we bought our Bungalow, we had a long demo with water hooked up and all was fine. A few days after we took delivery, I discovered a decent sized puddle in the kitchen about 3 feet from the edge of the counter shortly after the shower was used. I found the water was coming from the hot water fitting on the sink in the half bath about 15 feet from where the puddle was (followed the plumbing from the half bath towards the puddle). I put some thread tape on both hot and cold fittings at that sink and tightened them both. Problem solved until the next summer. Puddle again, same place. This time is was the hot water fitting on the kitchen sink. Again, put thread tape on both hot and cold fittings and tightened down. No more puddle in the kitchen. Water will flow to the lowest point it can get to. Water may be near the shower, but it maybe coming from somewhere entirely different. -Michael
mgirardo 01/05/21 05:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Granddaughter is a simple country girl...

I have replaced all our timers with smart outlets. They are wirelessly connected to the home network and can be controlled from anywhere, as long as I have internet access where I am and the internet at the house is working properly. We use them mostly for lights, but also have a fan in the garage that gets turned on during the hottest part of the day to help circulate the air. Even if the internet goes out, the smart outlets remember their scheduled on and off times and will still work properly. I just can't manage them until the internet comes back on. We also have several smart switches that control whatever is connected to the switch. -Michael
mgirardo 12/31/20 08:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Boondocking Etiquette

Well I guess I don’t know what the difference is either. Can someone please explain? My definition of true boondocking is going out to the middle of nowhere and camping. There's no map to follow, there's no sign indicating where to go and there is no one else for miles. There's no established campground, no hookups of any type, no paved roads and also no neighbors other than wild animals. I do not consider dispersed camping on BLM Land Boondocking as it is on the map. If you are boondocking, there wouldn't be a need to save your spot since there is no established spot, it's just a patch of ground in the middle of nowhere. Dry Camping is camping in an established campground without hookups. Overnighting at Walmart or other parking lot/truck stop is Dry Camping. If there is an established site to save if you leave, then it isn't boondocking. Dry Camping just means you are providing your own water, electric and sewer. You can Dry Camp in a $200/night RV Resort or on Dispersed Camping site in a National Forest. Others will probably disagree, but that's my definition. -Michael
mgirardo 12/31/20 07:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Employment VS Unemployment

If the hotel pays so little the housekeepers do better on unemployment Then the hotel is exploiting their labor force. Although I do not believe the housekeepers are quitting to get unemployment since you can't get unemployment if you voluntarily end your employment. However, with the $600 extra per week that the federal government was supplying, that's equivalent to a $15/hour job. Add whatever the state was providing (in GA, the max unemployment is $330/week), unemployed folks could be making more than $20/hour NOT working. The latest stimulus package recently passed provides an extra $300/week unemployment benefits. Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25/hour. $300/week is $7.50/hour (and they may still get state unemployment), so still better than the Federal Minimum Wage. -Michael
mgirardo 12/30/20 07:18am Around the Campfire
RE: February trip south on the East Coast

I would recommend making a stop on Jekyll Island, GA before leaving the state (I95 exit 29). Lots of history, lots of walking/biking trails, quiet beaches and some decent restaurants. In the early years of the 1900s, 1/6th of the world's wealth wintered on Jekyll Island. February might be tough to get a site in the campground, but there is Coastal GA RV Resort and Blythe Island Regional Park and Campground both within a few miles of I-95 exit 29. -Michael
mgirardo 12/16/20 11:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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