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RE: Would you back a camper for someone?

I have jumped in and helped by driving several times over the decades, although I've not backed someone else's trailer yet. I have helped such cases by providing directions of the "turn the wheel left/right" sort. So, yeah, I don't think the OP need worry that she'd be left stranded at a campground. Campers are usually helpful folks, in my experience (which -- scary thought -- now stretches back 65 years or so).
naturist 03/04/21 05:20pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Moderna vaccine (Personal experiences)

DW and I got our first shot of Moderna vaccine last weekend. Both had tender arms, but that's a small price to pay. I've had a friend in his 40s die of COVID, and professional colleagues (one whose wife is currently in ICU, though just on oxygen, not a ventilator, thank goodness) who've spent time in the ICU. All the side effects noted here are tiny, tiny potatoes compared to the possible consequences of catching this virus. Unlike some naysayers claim, this ain't no "mere flu." What's more, it seems that it is possible to catch it twice, and the second bout seems to be even worse than the first. I'm looking forward to the second shot at the end of the month, and I don't care if it makes me feel off for a day or so.
naturist 03/04/21 05:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: No Pain, No Gain!

Inspiring tale, thank you for sharing, @Mr._Ed. Good on you for keeping after it, and for your PT keeping after you. Never give up!
naturist 02/27/21 04:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Parting with my faithful Class C after 16 wonderful years

Sorry to learn of your loss. I gather no one was injured, which is a blessing. I know the old gal will be missed, and I hope you can find another rig at least as suitable for your needs.
naturist 02/27/21 01:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery Question..

Since you don't say what type battery you have, I can only assume it is a flooded cell lead-acid battery. Such batteries require being fully charged at least once a month lest they slowly die all by themselves. If you are storing the RV for 9 months where there is no power, you would be best served by removing the battery, taking it home, and either putting it on a battery charger once a month, or using one of those battery minder devices. This would be both a LOT cheaper and much less hassle than making periodic excursions with a generator. Just my humble opinion.
naturist 02/26/21 03:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Jeep towing questions.

For me I can accept that the dealer has to install "something" to make the vehicle flat towable. But I would not accept a condition like "disconnect the negative battery terminal". Since a flat towable vehicle cannot be backed up it's enough should a quick disconnect need arise without having to open the hood, find a wrench and reconnect the battery cable. Very simple fix for THAT: install a battery disconnect switch on the toad. Don't even have to open the hood, although simpler install if you do put it under the hood.
naturist 02/21/21 09:40am Dinghy Towing
RE: Advice for the best printer cartridge.

I'd go with one that fits in your printer. X2
naturist 02/19/21 03:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Texas winterizing...

I got news for ya: cold snaps of this ilk happen in Texas every 10 years or so. It happened in 2011, it happened in 2002 (or thereabouts). With climate change (whether you believe in it or not, Ma Nature does not care), expect it more often and more severe. Any takers on whether Texas will be in better shape next time it happens? And it WILL happen again.
naturist 02/19/21 03:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Cost of engine replacement or rebuild

Totally irrelevant and off-topic, but may provide some relief of the shadenfreude sort for the OP: my son in law recently blew the engine in his Porsche: a rod came through the block. His new engine is going to cost him $40,000. Be glad your RV isn't powered by Porsche.
naturist 02/19/21 02:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: No power

Heat pumps don't work at 0F and I would not leave them on at 0F. In fact I have 2 dedicated 20A circuits for ceramic heaters. The water area includes both a DC heater and AquaHot register. This leaves the fresh water tank which is only protected by the AquaHot. Therefore in really cold weather I'd use the electric heaters and Aquahot or winterize. X2. Heat pumps are more or less useless below freezing, and actually lose function starting around 40 degrees F.
naturist 02/16/21 06:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing Capacity Question

It seems very few run up against max tow weight before running out of payload. You are not alone there. BTW, don’t forget to add the weight of a full tank of fuel to the weight of passengers, etc. At 7.2-7.4 lbs per gallon, a 20 gallon tank is going to add around 150 lbs to the mix.
naturist 02/16/21 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: oh joy...........

Ouch. Sorry for your ride and the financial pain to follow. But to inject a little levity, you reminded me of a sports car race I attended back in the day. The driver who lead the entire race dropped out on the back straight of the last lap and didn't finish. When towed in and asked what happened, he replied "I had electrical failure: a connecting rod sheared the battery cable."
naturist 02/12/21 01:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wire gauge for a 200 ft run on 30 amps or 50 amps?

I'll second what @Old-Biscuit said. Don't scrimp on wire. As wire is expensive in those sizes, it is none the less the cheapest part of the whole deal, when you consider also the just the hassle of blown fuses/breakers, brown-out damaged gear, etc.
naturist 02/12/21 01:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Drove UBER for a year to help granddaughter

I'm also not intending to be political, but college used to be very nearly free back in the day. When I started college at a state sponsored school everyone here has heard of before, tuition for a "full-time" student was $225 per year. Granted that was back when a brand new Chevy was around $2,000 to $2,500, so call it 1/10th of the cost of a "reasonably priced new car." So, would you call a "reasonably priced new car" to be around $25,000 to $30,000 these days? I know you can get into a few econoboxes for less, but I'm trying to stick to apples to apples here. So equivalent tuition would be, what today, $2,500 to $3,000 a year? And what is it these days? For that same state school, I think we're talking in the $10,000 to $12,000 range, at least 4 times equivalent, right? Back in my day, a student could pay tuition in full working a summer job. Try that now, eh? Look, of course the student who gets a good education benefits by it. I posit that society benefits even more by having a more valuable and productive member. It's not all benefit to the student. Not at all. I think that having a well educated doctor to tend my ills, a well educated mechanic to fix my car, a well educated plumber to tend my pipes, all these are greatly to my benefit. Yours, too, truth be told. So I'd as leave have all education free to the student. We do it with the public schools. We should do it for colleges, universities, and trade schools. Yes, it means I would be paying more in taxes. It also means our society will benefit as well. Heck, if the Germans can do it, why on earth can't we?
naturist 02/12/21 01:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Have to wonder how this will effect the EV aficionados

Is it just me, or has it gotten political in here? (he asks, fanning himself vigorously) The weird thing is that like it or not, the markets are moving (and always have been) and you can either join the bandwagon or get dragged along, kicking and screaming all you want. But whichever, you, too, are going in that direction. What that direction is, of course, is up to you to figure out. From where I sit, it looks like battery technology is making great strides, and things are looking solar and wind. No artificial upward pressure is needed to send oil prices upward, the markets are capable of that by themselves, as easy oil becomes more scarce and the cost of production rises. But please feel free to choose your own path and celebrate/bemoan as you wish.
naturist 02/07/21 10:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Again

Happy hunting!
naturist 02/01/21 12:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: Unnecessary Warnings Shown on Products

You only have to get sued once for more money than you’ve ever seen to develop an aversion to risking tangling with either fools or sharks.
naturist 01/22/21 07:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Federal Mask mandate

What rlw999 said. Folks, please stop panicking over things found on Faux News. Everything there has been carefully spun to throw you into a rage. Go to the source to get information that is actually useful. Your blood pressure will thank you for turning Faux News off.
naturist 01/22/21 06:27am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Credit Card Fraud

I, too, have set my preferences at my card issuer’s web site to text me every time any charge is made to any of my cards. I do not find the ding of a text coming in as I walk away from the register to be anything but soothing. I have had credit cards compromised in the past. And I’ve had to go through the hassle of disputing fraudulent charges. Then, I found out there was a problem when looking over the monthly statement, after a number of bogus charges were made. Now I will know immediately. And if you get on it within minutes, you not only have less to dispute, it is also very much easier to get fraud removed from your account.
naturist 01/19/21 07:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Biltmore

I agree that visiting the Biltmore is pricey. It is also beautiful and worth seeing. It is a rival to the palace at Versailles in many ways, but smaller. Be sure to do both the house and gardens.
naturist 01/17/21 04:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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