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RE: Direct to stop SD transmission on Dec.31

Keep in mind that you simply cannot move a card from 1 receiver to another. If you want to pursue that route you will need a new card. However, here's some info I posted elsewhere....... IF THIS FINALLY DOES HAPPENS, as DTV had been promising for about 2 years, domes and 18" round dishes will not stop working. However ALL SD receivers will quit working. The other issue is that dome and 18" antenna users will now receive programming in full HD (with an HD receiver) but what programming will be available is still unknown. You will still only be able to receive programming from the 101 satellite and the majority of programming is currently on 99 and 103. The 101 will still be around for many years to come so if they cut out the SD they can move more programming to 101. What makes the most sense to me, however, is that they would no longer need to duplicate channels on multiple satellites so, at best, less than 1/3 of the DTV programming would be coming from the 101 satellite. So NO NETWORK programming at all and a highly reduced channel list would be available to those to continue to try to use the outdated dome technology. When this change finally takes affect, I will no longer be able to use my SD receiver with it's audible signal strength meter to aim my 18" antenna. The HD DVR I carry unfortunately does not have an audible meter so it's tough to aim. Can you suggest a relatively inexpensive coaxial inline signal strength meter?
pulpwood007 12/09/20 04:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Diluted RV Antifreeze

As you say, it is already cheap. Why risk it? agree. at $2.50 a gallon how cheap can you get? But if saving $.050 per year is worth the risk. Go for it. How did it get to this? Yes......I agree. Go for it.
pulpwood007 12/09/20 04:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Diluted RV Antifreeze

RV antifreeze is already mixed with usually de-ionized water and should be used straight from the jug. It will freeze at low enough temperatures, but the mixture does not expand to cause damage to fittings. Adding more water could upset that no expansion balance. I don't suggest risking it... Thank you. That sounds like an accurate explanation. I never had any intention of experimenting with it in my trailer. Just an academic question for those interested in chemistry.
pulpwood007 12/09/20 09:18am Tech Issues
RE: Diluted RV Antifreeze

WHY! Reading the first sentence of my OP will tell you why.
pulpwood007 12/09/20 09:15am Tech Issues
Diluted RV Antifreeze

RV antifreeze is cheap, but I've always wondered if you diluted the antifreeze with 25% or 30% water, at what temp would it begin to freeze, and fail to protect RV plumbing? Walmart's SuperTech RV antifreeze states it offers protection to -50F. For folks that live in warmer climates where winter temps never get below +10F, it may well be that a diluted concentration would still offer excellent protection. I think I may run an experiment in my home freezer...............
pulpwood007 12/08/20 07:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Future Used RV Market

Found RVIA wholesale delivery figures through October. Year over year sales are actually down slightly vs 2019, but primarily due to idled factories in the spring. Towables lead sales, motorhomes are down around 5% from 2019. You are correct. By record sales, I was referring more to the reported rush by first time buyers to get into camping. I don't know if the trailer market can be accurately compared to the automobile market. There is no doubt a car or truck depreciates rapidly, but it may be that a trailer depreciates even more rapidly, and the market is not as liquid. Another issue to include is how well these currently built trailers are. What will many of them look like in a couple of years.
pulpwood007 11/29/20 04:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Future Used RV Market

Please...my OP had no intentions of politics or statements regarding the pandemic. It only concerned the future of the RV market in relation to current buying habits. Thanks,
pulpwood007 11/29/20 02:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Future Used RV Market

I think it will affect the supply and demand scenario. With a bunch of used RVs on the market, dealers won't be selling as many and they will have a glut of RVs, sitting on their lots. They'll have to cut prices to compete with the used market. At least, that's what we're hoping for, since we're planning on going to a 5th wheel next year. If buying a new unit, I'll bet you can find some good deals for the reason you stated.
pulpwood007 11/29/20 01:41pm General RVing Issues
Future Used RV Market

There have been record numbers of RV's sold during the past year. Many are first time buyers who hope to enjoy the freedoms of camping during the pandemic. Many of these buyers have paid top dollar for trailers because of supply and demand. They have financed entry level rigs for 10 to 12 years. More expensive trailers can be financed up to 20 years. Many will take 3 or 4 trips and find camping is not for them, or the pandemic will end and they will go back to their previous ways of vacationing. They will find how difficult it is to get into campgrounds without reservations months in advance. Will we see many of these buyers decide to sell their new RV's within the next couple of years? What will the used market look like for sellers who have over-paid and financed a rapidly depreciating asset for long periods? It may well be a good market for buyers, but sellers who are "under water" in their financing may not be able to afford such a "beating".
pulpwood007 11/29/20 10:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Any deals?

Background: Just purchased a 2021 TT. My shopping experience: Found the best deals from wholesalers, but RV Trader was my go-to place to compare new/used rigs. What exactly is a "wholesaler" ? I thought all manufacturers only sold through retail dealers. You are correct. The "wholesaler" tag is a marketing term. But, like RV Wholesalers for example, they deal in high volume sales, therefore getting better pricing from the manufacturer. Exactly, a marketing ploy. However, there used to be some internet based dealers that were great. About 12 years ago I purchased a Crossroads Cruiser from one of these dealers in Ohio. It was 1000 mile drive from my home in Texas. Price was about $7K less than the best deal I could find anywhere locally. They also could offer a better price because of their low freight cost from the factory (being very close). All units were special order so they had no money tied up in inventory. Folks willing to travel got a great deal. All that stopped a couple of years later when local dealers started losing business because of pricing, and having customers buy at these remote locations and then bring them into local dealers wanting warranty work. Manufacturers started cracking down on internet low pricing, and as a result, we also now have policies (supported by the manufacturers) where non-selling dealers do not voluntarily have to work on trailers. All good things must come to an end..............
pulpwood007 11/20/20 09:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Any deals?

Background: Just purchased a 2021 TT. My shopping experience: Found the best deals from wholesalers, but RV Trader was my go-to place to compare new/used rigs. What exactly is a "wholesaler" ? I thought all manufacturers only sold through retail dealers.
pulpwood007 11/19/20 12:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: 100K mile preventive maintenance

Yes, I flush my break lines about every 30K but that's probably too often unless the truck is used in very frequent start/stop applications. Last one was done simply because front break hoses were replaced.
pulpwood007 11/02/20 11:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: 100K mile preventive maintenance

I also service the trans,diffs,radiator, TC every 50K. The transmission can be messy without drain plug but all the maintenance items listed are fairly easy to accomplish. Clean the magnets. I've solved a lot of the messy component to the transmission service. Install a drain plug in the transmission pan. On service, open the plug and drain. If you are fortunate like me, and do not have to drive the truck everyday, let the transmission fluid continue to drain into the pan, through the drain plug, and into your catch pan for about 72 hours. By then, when you finally drop the pan, there will be very little fluid left to deal with. Very nice if you are adjusting the bands as I do every service.
pulpwood007 11/01/20 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 100K mile preventive maintenance

No trans service? No differential service? Hmmmmm......I put over 300,000 miles on my 2001 before passing it along. I usually serviced the trans, coolant and differential every 50,000 miles. I carried an older upper and lower hose and belt , just in case. See the OP. I stated ALL routine maintenance has been done. I'm asking about replacing parts before they break. I too carry extra hoses.
pulpwood007 11/01/20 12:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 100K mile preventive maintenance

If you bought an aftermarket water pump like Gates that's Chinese made YES replace it with a Cummins pump. While doing so buy a QUALITY US Made belt. Other than that have you changed the antifreeze? At 150k adjust valves. Yes the current one is a Gates. Has lasted 50K miles and has no issues. I'm sure the Cummins pump might be better at 3X the price. However, that's kinda like the Chinese wheel bearings. Some crater in a year and some last forever, Who knows??
pulpwood007 11/01/20 12:33pm Tow Vehicles
100K mile preventive maintenance

2005 Dodge CTD 2WD finally approaching the 100K mile mark. I've owned it since new and have done periodic routine maintenance. At 50K I preemptively replaced the water pump, serpentine belt, tensioner and pulley. Now at 100K I'm wondering if I should look at replacing any of these items again. I use the truck primarily for pulling my 5th wheel trailer so any potential problem is probably going to be when I'm on the road. Not a good place to deal with them! Any other items that I might look at replacing?
pulpwood007 11/01/20 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Roadside Assistance Programs

I've had Coach-Net since 2010. I've used them twice to tow the truck/rv combo and once to tow the truck only. In addition, they've come out to replace a blown tire, or one that was about to, 3 times. All it has cost me was my annual premium and the cost necessary to replace the damaged tires. Each time the service guys were quite capable and did things properly. I just don't have anything but good things to say about the service I've received from them; it's been well worth the cost of the premiums. Hope this helps. My research show comments of folks that have recently had bad results with Coach-Net being responsive or not paying the claim. Who knows......could just be their unusual situation. Apparently the company sold a few years ago, and not operating in the same manner. It's just that I don't get any better overall opinions for the other companies out there.
pulpwood007 09/19/20 05:39pm General RVing Issues
Roadside Assistance Programs

I have purchased Coach-Net for years, but have never really had need to use their assistance. My subscription lapsed and when I went to renew the price had gone up substantially. In addition I read many comments on a deterioration of their service. In addition, I read many negative comments on Good Sam service. That leaves FMCA. Priced in the middle and comments no better or worse. I know there have been many threads on this subject over the years, but since these companies change quality frequently, I'd appreciate any comments or thoughts on which might currently be the best value. Thanks.
pulpwood007 09/19/20 11:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Correcting flipped shackles

I too would pull a bolt, flip the shackle and put the bolt back in. That would be my preference, and particularly since I need to reposition a wet bolt that won't take grease. Problem is I really don't have large enough jack stands to support the trailer. That concerns me.
pulpwood007 09/13/20 12:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Correcting flipped shackles

I helped a friend get their shackles un flipped and it helped to jack the trailer back up a little and use bars, like you did. Craig I have never used a bar. What is the process? That's what my question is.
pulpwood007 09/12/20 11:07pm Tech Issues
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