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Roswell NM

Youngest son wants to see the Aliens in a couple of weeks. I just called one RV park and they're full apparently. Two more parks to call. But if we have to boondock it - does anyone know the area and have some suggestions for boondocking out by Roswell? thanks!
pconroy328 03/04/20 10:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dr Doug cbd oil verus pain meds

It can and does work, but we don't really know effective doses and doses that create side effects. This would be my concern. I tried it for hip pain. But I started with 80mg, then 250 then 750 (if I recall correctly). I have no idea how you'd assess dosage for an animal other than using some rough correlation on body weight. Many many people up here swear by it as a Miracle Drug. I have no opinion one way or the other.
pconroy328 02/13/20 11:37pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Need some advice

Bienvenue!! Let me see if I can help with some answers and suggestions : Renting a RV is expensive. Prices vary enormous. Can anyone help us with finding a good and reliable rental agency in the neighborhood of Denver? Yes – it is expensive. There’s a daily rate and a mileage surcharge. I believe you pay $0.25 for every mile over 100 miles per day. 4000 miles over 5 weeks – is 4000 miles over 35 days. About 114 miles per day. So you would want to consider the additional expense.\ Last time I looked there were two rental agencies in the Denver area. But that was three years ago. Bear in mind you will fly into Denver International Airport and then need to get transportation to the Rental Agency. There should be plenty of Uber and Lyft cars available for you. We think an RV with a length of 20 feet is sufficient for a couple. I get the impression that 25 feet is very popular. But it seems to big for just a couple. And it consumes more. Any advice in this matter? Our first RV was 23’ and we were a family of five. I would let price dictate my choice. If you can afford a bit more, then I’d prefer the 25’. Our National Parks will be easier to navigate as long as you stay in the 20-27 foot range. Smaller will be easier to drive. Compared with a large car, SUV of something like that is a RV limited in the roads you can taken? Yes – you may encounter a road in a National Park that says “No motorhomes (Rvs) allowed” or “No RVs over Length X” You will be able to visit more places if you’re in an SUV or a Van. Our current RV is a 31 foot Class C and if we know we’re going to need a car, we often rent one at that location. Lots of agencies talk about standard and additional assurances. What is necessary and what is advisable? Are you referring to additional Insurance coverage on the RV? If so the rental agency will have some advice. You may want to call them way in advance and post what they tell you here. Then we can add our opinions. Is it difficult to find camping places and should they be booked in advance? Further I have seen free camping places (including Wall Mart). What are the experiences with these places? Yes. I’m sorry to be so blunt – but yes. It is difficult to find places to camp without making reservations. Many of our Walmart’s out here no longer allow Free Overnight Stays. There are Rest Areas and Truck Stops along the interstates that allow free overnight camping. But we use them only if we cannot find a camping spot. My suggestion would be to really plan out your trip. And make reservations with campgrounds at each day’s destination. Camping (caravaning) is very popular here and campgrounds fill up quickly. I wish you Bon Voyage!
pconroy328 02/09/20 01:00pm Class C Motorhomes
Winter camping...

Our Jayco 2016 Greyhawk 31FK has exposed pipes underneath which cramps our style. When the temps hit low 20's (farhenheit) things will freeze. I've been goofin' with some Heat Cable - the kind you put on the roof to prevent ice dams. After a dozen experiments, I've figured out that the hot-est the cable gets is about 150*F. I bought some PEX from Home Depot, some temperature sensors and some timers. I placed temp sensors in the pipe (immersed) and outside next to the heat cable. What I've come to the conclusion is that pulsing the cable on for 30 mins, off for 30 mins keeps the water in the pipe well above 60*F. The pipe itself seemed to reach about 80*F. In fact on for 30 and then off for 60 minutes seems to be fine too. 60' of this branded Heat Cable consumes 300 watts. So it's not a power hog. I'm planning on taking this to the next step. Climbing under the doggone RV and see if there's a way I can wrap the exposed pipe with the heat cable. Unfortunately, it might be Spring before I get under it. :)
pconroy328 02/09/20 12:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: I give up..NEW PC

\is this a good program to transfer data from old to new or is it just better to copy files, etc to thumb drive and then place them on new PC. I truly appreciate all help I have received on this forum recently.. Remember programs like PCMover and other "Cloning" programs can move your applications as well as your data. Assuming you want them moved, assuming it's the same OS, etc. A USB Thumb Drive works perfectly well for transferring data files. Plus you get the benefit of doing a little cleanup when you put them back down.
pconroy328 02/02/20 02:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Trip out west, YNP, Glacier. Which cell booster to get?

I'm a father of a child with Autism. The phone and Youtube are his lifeline and his way he copes with the outside world. We can do NPs but with some acomodations. There are plenty of Chuck's out there. Usually it's a disapproving look. Sometimes they're bold enough to open their mouth. My son's going to have to learn that this world is still full of folks who talk first, think later.
pconroy328 01/31/20 03:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Got a Amazon fire TV stick

My Firestick has started locking up the remote - religiously. Happens now about every 3rd day. Extremely annoying.
pconroy328 01/29/20 11:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Make a "Smart" RV ?

I'm talking about technology. Touch pads, internet, cell phone, auto on/off lights appliances, etc.. voice commands... ie: Siri, Alexa...etc. what would you want, need, find cool to have Let's take 'em one by one: - touch pads: hold that thought - internet: easy to do with a SmartPhone Hotspot or a dedicated HotSpot - cell phone: spend a couple of hundred buxs for a dash radio unit with bluetooth and you'll get what you want The rest. It can be done - but you're going to have to bust out the soldering iron and roll your own I would guess. You'd have to be a Nerd at heart. I'm up to, um, five Raspberry Pis in our RV doing "stuff"
pconroy328 01/25/20 08:11pm Technology Corner
RE: Can you get a decent browser on Windows XP?

Computers are the only things, as far as I can tell, that can still perform their original functions flawlessly but become worthless overtime. XP is still used by quite a few companies for specialized applications. Companies invested millions of $'s and labor to develop custom software for XP. When MS comes out with new OS's that are not fully backwards compatible it is painful for these companies to start all over again. Of course this doesn't affect the casual home or office user so few realize the significance of such problems. I have a multitude on PC's running every OS including good old DOS! One runs native XP, another running XP under HyperV on Windows 10. Working on redeveloping software but it will take time. Sure. Yes. You're right! There's OS/2 out there! But show me ONE corporation that says "Oh, we're happy to be on XP in 2020! We're thrilled." No it's because they're stuck - they can't (or won't) recode. XP (like any operating system) still has a number of open holes. Exploits never closed, never fixed. If a company wants backwards compatibility, I'd pick UN*X over Winders in a heartbeat. Even some of the Motif apps I wrote in the early 90's still run on Linux. ;)
pconroy328 01/24/20 12:03am Technology Corner
RE: Cellular Hotspot

2nd, two whip antennas. Not only did it not improve signal strength, speed test showed a 20% drop in data transfer speed. Talked to the smartest electrical engineer I know, he said even with the short (12") coax, the signal loss on that cable may overcome any advantage I might get out of the antenna. This. I'm not a EE and I'm not an antenna engineer. But there's a Youtube nerd I watch regularly that will occasionally test antennas with his gear and a spectrum analyzer. It's painfully clear that most attempts to mod ("improve") the antennas on an off-the-shelf piece of gear will likely make things worse. I've had two good successes in increasing range. First was to take just the outside antenna that shipped with the Alfa Camp Pro and plug it directly into my laptop. That's a nice outdoor antenna with good dB gain. The second was to take a decent Asus router (RT-AC3100) and use it as a range extender. It's pretty good.
pconroy328 01/22/20 10:46pm Technology Corner
RE: Lights

If this is a Forest River product, they got a bunch of LEDs that failed. If you contact the dealer, they would replace for free. In our fifth wheel, we had 8 out of 14 go out within about 2 months. We had another issue and when we took it to the dealer, they replaced them. A month after that, several other original lights went out. Again, I called the dealer and they just shipped us the remainder of the lights that replaced ALL the originals. This - our 2016 Jayco came with a ton of bad LEDs. I contacted Jayco and got SIX replacement fixtures. Then four more failed. This time I called the Light manufacturer and they sent me FOUR. Now a couple more a failing. Clearly a bad batch from China. What pains me is that these are hardwired fixtures. Replacement isn't difficult but you need a screwdriver, wire cutters, wire strippers and some wire nuts. Silly. Jayco made it difficult to save a few pennies.
pconroy328 01/22/20 10:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Can you get a decent browser on Windows XP?

To the OP - don't continue to use XP and the Internet. You put yourself and others at risk. Ever since I tossed my 486/33MHz system in the trash, a system I paid $3500 for in the lat 80's, I've wrapped my head around this tenet: Computers are the only things, as far as I can tell, that can still perform their original functions flawlessly but become worthless overtime. That 486/33 machine was working as well in 1998 as it did in 1989. But it was *worthless*. No charity wants an old laptop. IDE drives that aren't supported. A BIOS that can't boot from USB. A screen that maxes out at 1024x768. A power supply that sucks 90 watts. For $5, I can buy a Raspberry Pi Zero W that kicks an old laptop's b*tt by every measure. If I wanna splurge, I'll pop $35. I hate throwing away old hardware. It pains me. But those things become worthless - $0.00 or worse.
pconroy328 01/22/20 10:35pm Technology Corner
RE: MIA - Mexico

any check in from Mex? Hope he's well!
pconroy328 01/22/20 10:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help with Computer issue

Modem, as in dial-up connection? Probably as in DSL modem.
pconroy328 01/09/20 10:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Tankless water heater

This is a hot topic (pun intended) over on the Jayco forums. Seems like Jayco lead the pack with widespread use of tankless water heaters. Two main manufacturers get the most discussion - Girard and Truma. Girard came with many Jayco's starting around 2016. People either love the Girard or hate it. No one's in the middle. The latest Girard (Gen III) is less quirkly than the earlier models but it's still something you have to learn to use. People who love tankless but hate the Girard quirks replace their Girard with a Truma. The Truma's about 3x the cost of a Girard and has to be installed by a licensed Truma dealer. We have a Gen II Girard in our Jayco and really like it. Yeah, it took a while to figure out how to make it work well - but we figured it out. That said, if it ever dies, I'll consider replacing it with a Truma.
pconroy328 01/09/20 10:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 25' 30 amp extension cord

Wire quality can be a concern. Copper coated aluminum for example. This will be the driving factor in lowering cost. As a woodworker, there's a saying when it comes to buying equipment: Cry once. Meaning one $100 cord, that lasts 20 years, might be a better investment that buying a $30 cord that lasts five. Thirty amps is a lot to push down a cord. I'd lean towards once I'm confident is a quality cord. YMMV
pconroy328 12/23/19 10:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Firewall vs entry in Hosts file ????

Frankly using 'hosts' was a new one to me and I've been aware of / etc / hosts for 30 years. :) Never would have occurred to me to try that. I'd always block a domain at the firewall, router level. Seems to me you've got more flexibility; easier to wildcard, easier to manage, no reboot etc.
pconroy328 12/15/19 01:44pm Technology Corner
RE: ATT Mobley IP address and VPN ??

My Android phone thinks it's in Dallas too. And I'm in Denver. A VPN won't fix that. In fact, my VPN server is in Dallas, so the best I'd do is break-even. :)
pconroy328 11/30/19 11:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Time to hang up the keys...(consignment ?)

This is a bit of a tangent but I wanted to share our experience. We bought our motorhome from a gentlemen in a similar spot. It was a nearly new motorhome but he too felt it was time to pursue other paths, at his age. My wife, I and our special needs son saw his ad on craigslist and took the RV out for a drive. We loved it and I think he took some solace in knowing it was going to a family that would enjoy it for many years. That was about four years ago. We still enjoy this RV and I think fondly of the gentleman's kindness. Maybe there's a special family out there too that will take over your motorhome and care for it too.
pconroy328 11/19/19 11:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: MIA - Mexico

Still no sign of Mexiowanderer? I too hope he's well.
pconroy328 11/10/19 09:18am General RVing Issues
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