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RE: Roadside Assistance

we always had GS. used it several times, no complaimts.
rk911 01/23/23 11:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: best route, West to East?

I-70 thru Denver has the Eisenhower Tunnel climb and descent. I-80 has the EB climb over Donner Pass and the EB climb over Parley Summit east of Salt Lake City. all are very doable and there is a much easier bypass around Parley Summit. we headed back to Chicago from San Jose in August of '21 using I-80 in our 40' class A gasser towing our Jeep SUV. the EB climb up Donner Pass was a lot easier than the WB descent a few months earlier. the RV's cruise control actually held a steady speed going up. and the EB descent from the summit was a total non-event. but in hindsight I should've taken the I-15 bypass for Parley Summit. we made it to the top but at a crawl. a lot will depend on the weather, road conditions (construction delays, etc).what you're driving and your experience driving that vehicle. you might want to get a copy of the Mountain Driving Directory https://mountaindirectory.com/. I have that book and it seems that there are afew more grades to climb on 70 than 80. Thoughts are US50 to Fallon then 95 to 80. there are. i forgot about Vail Pass (west of Eisenhower @10,600') and a 5-mi descent into Mt. Vernon canyon (7800') east of Eisenhower. the first time we drove east on I-70 from CA was in the mid 80's in a 25' class A. wife was driving in those days. she took it thru the tunnel and down the mountain. it was September and bright sunshine on the west side of the mountain but as we exited the tunnel it waa snowing and, further down, raining. she did a great job getting us down safely but it was nerve racking for a pair of Illinois flatlanders. in those days we were young and stupid. our motto was...how hard could this possibly be? lolol
rk911 01/21/23 12:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: PayPal Money Request Scam

Not a reflection on PayPal. This junk is all around. Nothing looks legit. Maybe drop the AOL. agreed but we dropped paypal after their little TOS event where they were gonna fine people who posted "disinformation" (AKA a different opinion). and eBay is no longer about small, individual sellers. hasn't been for a while. since i no longer use eBay I no longer needed PayPal.
rk911 01/20/23 08:07pm Technology Corner
RE: PayPal Money Request Scam

we no longer have a PayPal account. or an eBay account for that matter.
rk911 01/20/23 06:50pm Technology Corner
RE: best route, West to East?

I-70 thru Denver has the Eisenhower Tunnel climb and descent. I-80 has the EB climb over Donner Pass and the EB climb over Parley Summit east of Salt Lake City. all are very doable and there is a much easier bypass around Parley Summit. we headed back to Chicago from San Jose in August of '21 using I-80 in our 40' class A gasser towing our Jeep SUV. the EB climb up Donner Pass was a lot easier than the WB descent a few months earlier. the RV's cruise control actually held a steady speed going up. and the EB descent from the summit was a total non-event. but in hindsight I should've taken the I-15 bypass for Parley Summit. we made it to the top but at a crawl. a lot will depend on the weather, road conditions (construction delays, etc).what you're driving and your experience driving that vehicle. you might want to get a copy of the Mountain Driving Directory https://mountaindirectory.com/.
rk911 01/19/23 07:40am Roads and Routes
RE: RV insurance claim - flood

depends on your policy but if you can't live in the RV while it's being evaluated or repairs you're still going to need a place to stay regardless if those expenses are reimburseable. call your agent.
rk911 01/18/23 07:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: lighter weight four down toad?

Yes that's exactly what my calculations revealed. The published 11,030 is the figure I found from Lichtsinn RV. A 2022 Honda CRV curb weight is ~3600 lbs. + 90 lbs for 15 gallons gas + ~40 lbs (strictly a guess) for towbar and bracket would give me a gross weight of toad vehicle of 3730. Well under the 4,220 lb. figure. I'm an old pilot so I'm used to figuring weight and balances. Now, back to my original query. I'm looking for a four down toad in a certain size and weight parameter. Any suggestions?? i’m an old pilot as well. we used to tow our ‘03 2d Jeep Wranger (TJ). tows really EZ with no speed/time/distance restrictions (unlike other mfgs). Jeep made the TJ between 1997-2006 with curb weights that are less than your max weight limit. the TJ models include an extended length version (still 2d) called “Unlimited”. they had curb weights around 3800-lbs IIRC. later model Wranglers started getting heavier bur i have no personal experience with them as we still have our ‘03.
rk911 01/17/23 03:30pm Dinghy Towing
RE: lighter weight four down toad?

the basic rule of thumb is that the max weight you can safely tow is the LESSER of the following: - the difference between the GCWR and GVWR. both are published numbers by the RV mfg. if you can't find the GVWR you csn get a good approximation by adding the GAWR (gross axle weight ratings). - the weight rating of the hitch - the weight rating of the towbar. is the 11,030 the GVWR of the MH? assuming it is then the maximum weight you can tow,is 4,220-lbs. and that assumes that your MH weighs no more than 11,030-lbs when fully loaded for travel. fully loaded includes everything in the MH...food, fuel, water, LP, clothes, supplies, food, people, etc. it also assumes that neither axle is overloaded...each axle has it's own weight ratings. a 5000-lb towbar would be fine and when flat towing there is negligible tongue weight (no significant downward pressure on the hitch). but the 11,030 is a weird figure. GVWR's are usually even numbers like 18,000, 24,000 or even 19,500-lbs.
rk911 01/16/23 09:11pm Dinghy Towing
RE: lighter weight four down toad?

what is your GVWR, GCWR, weigjt rating for your hitch and towbar?
rk911 01/16/23 07:20pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Where to Find Used RV Appliance Parts

Colaw has many used RV parts. +1 ^^^^^^
rk911 01/15/23 03:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Slides out or autolevelers down first?

what does the owner manual say? we always leveled first before deploying the slides.
rk911 01/15/23 08:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: leveling blocks

we only used our jack pads when we were on soft ground. we carried 4-1.5", 15x15 blocks with a hole drilled in one corner into which I inserted a long piece of cord. i would place the block under the jack and then level. the cord made it EZ to retrieve the pad when breaking camp. i also carried a few smaller pieces for those really out-of-level spots.
rk911 01/06/23 12:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leaf Spring Failure - Replace the Others?

i'd replace the other because, a) if one side is bad maybe the other side is also bad. (that's why I always replace both headlight and other bulbs, shocks in pairs, brakes in pairs, etc). and b) because the leaf springa are not of equal weight bearing load. i'd also have your shop examine the "new" spring to see if it's a keeper.
rk911 01/03/23 05:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Flying J / Pilot to install megachargers for med/heavy trks

It seems like the fan base for EVs has become nearly cult-like, but what about the human rights abuses? What about all the adults and children forced into slavery by the Chinese owners of the cobalt mines in the Congo? We're supposed to believe that it's all unicorns and rainbows, but purchasing an EV is literally supporting slavery. Is everyone OK with this? If you're on the fence and considering buying an EV, check out Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives and/or listen to Joe Rogan's recent interview with Siddharth Kara. This isn't some abstract concept. It's forced child labor and adult slavery, practices our so-called advanced societies have sworn to stomp out. But instead we let the green movement propel us into committing to a technology that we know deep inside ourselves is wrong. There are no unicorns. And there aren't any rainbows for the slaves in the cobalt mines. The smugness of the electric vehicle owners is based upon lies after lies. And we're all expected to buy into it without questioning anything. Mr. & Mrs. Reisender: I've been reading your posts for years now and I consider you to be highly intelligent and somewhat thoughtful, but I was surprised by your response to a well thought-out challenge to EV technology last week: Unfortunately I am not knowledgeable in any of those areas so can’t really contribute an intelligent comment. For someone who has researched the tech as much as you have, I can't believe that you haven't researched the counterpoints. This tells me that either your bias is preventing you from doing the research or you actually HAVE done the research and don't want to admit that there are many valid obstacles that still need to be overcome. We treat the pros as if there are no cons. We pretend that it's a black and white issue, but it's full of nuances and consequences that we aren't allowing ourselves to discuss. But there's no nuance to slavery. Nobody is sort of enslaved or kind of free. History won't be kind to our generation for pretending this is all OK. The hypocrisy is unacceptable. (Disclaimer: Cobalt Red isn't available for a few more weeks. I've pre-ordered it, but I haven't read it. I've listened to the author's interview and read articles, but I haven't read his book. I assume the book only underscores his points though. Time will tell.) nobody wants to hear about that. for the cult members it IS rainbows and unicorns. nobody wants to think about from what the electricity is generated just as long as the end user isn't using fossil fuels. nobody wants to think about food production, storage and transportion, either. one of two things is true. either the country, indeed the world, will awaken from this drunken green nightmare and see what their blindness has done to our society and then actually plan a multi-year transition based on reality; OR, the country and western society will crumble. i'll be 73 this year, not old but i'm almost actually glad I likely won't be around to see the end game either way. but my 33-yr old nephew and his wife will reap the world we are leaving them and I hope it will be option 1.
rk911 01/03/23 03:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Iowa to Mesa,AZ- I40 or the "southern route" with 5th wheel

us? we'd take the extra time and head south. when we were snowbirding we'd leave home in NE Illinois right about now and head south on I-55 to I-12 and then west on I-10. Usually, when we were at or south of Memphis we would lose the really cold (<32) temps. When we would head out to Mesa in March for Spring Training we'd take I-57 south to I-70/44/40 and west from there. There were a few years when 40 was closed around Flagstaff due to a spring blizzard. Plan B was I-25 south from 40 in ALB to I-10. In your case I'd head south and pick up I-10. you still might encounter a bit of snow and/or ice (we did in 2020 at San Antonio and again in Las Cruces) but it was minor. the big issue was the lack of highway snow/ice removal equipment. So, we hung around for an extra day to let the sun take care of the roads.
rk911 01/02/23 03:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Foggy windows help please

this is a common problem. your best bet is to do a google search on foggy RV windows that should return several companies around the country that specialize in this. we had ours done at and recommend Suncoast RV in Florida.
rk911 01/01/23 12:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Arctic Blast

this was the temp on lur deck west of chicago this morning around 8am https://i.imgur.com/ColfXMKl.jpg
rk911 12/23/22 05:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: Arctic Blast

Recently posted by the NWS...The Arctic cold front that will surge through our area (Chicago) tomorrow recently passed through Cheyenne, WY, where the temperature dropped 40° in 30 minutes! buckle up!
rk911 12/21/22 06:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Shore power question

What’s your thoughts about leaving a RV plugged in to shore power when not in use. I read it not good for the house batteries.thanks for your input. depends on your battery charger. if it's a "smart" 3-stage charger with a float mode then, sure, no issues. if the batteries are lead-acid then I'd still check the water level once a month. but if you have an older "stupid" charger (my term) that just keeps pumping and pumping a charge into the batteries then, no. that will kill your batteries. our MH has AGM batteries and a "smart" charger. other than when it's in winter storage (no elec hookup available) it's plugged in here at home 24/7. when we snowbird in AZ the MH is plugged in for 10-weeks straight. no issues.
rk911 12/19/22 12:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: My absence

Welcome back! very sorry for your losses. that’s a lot to bear but your spirit is encouraging. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and best wishes and good health to you both.
rk911 12/17/22 04:35pm Around the Campfire
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