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RE: Is GasBuddy any use at all now??

What are you using to look at it with? I just went to the online site on my android pad and it worked fine. I just checked it with my Samsung phone and it's working fine and the map is working great.
whjco 10/04/21 03:42pm Technology Corner
RE: An upgraded option for the half ton Pickup crowd

I'm a big Toyota fan, and have been for a long, long time, however that front end does make me cringe a bit. Almost looks like it should say Tonka rather than Toyota. I'm sure it's a fine truck, however. Maybe when I see one parked next to a Chevy HD it will take the edge off it!! :C Regarding that Chevy HD, let's be thankful that the guy who designed the Pontiac Aztec apparently still has a job in the GM Design Department. :)
whjco 10/04/21 03:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

I replaced my halogen lamps with LED lamps from Carifex. It made a huge difference.
whjco 09/02/21 07:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Dexter Axles

I have a 1999 tri axel trailer outside that has well over 100,000mi on it and just went on an 1100mi trip. It weighs around 10,000lbs loaded and the Dexters have NEVER been greased or failed. I have EZ Lube axles but always periodically remove, clean, inspect and hand repack all of my trailer bearings no more than every couple of years. I recently pulled the bearings on my trailer I use for transporting my railroad motorcar and the trailer had been sitting for about a year. Condensate in one of the bearings had created a rust spot on the race and on a couple of the bearing rollers. Had I not found this, I could have ended up on the side of the road with a bearing failure. There's no substitute for proper maintenance.
whjco 08/22/21 03:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

I used my 2015 Ram 2500 CTD as a daily driver for the first 4 1/2 years that I owned it and had no issues whatsoever. Two years ago I bought a used minivan for a daily driver so that I wouldn't be running up the odometer on the pickup and to save it for pulling our enclosed car trailer and our travel trailer as I don't want to be shelling out the bucks for another one any time soon. I do love the truck and would buy another in a heartbeat. As for the gas vs diesel, there are certainly pros and cons but I much prefer towing my travel trailer with the diesel.
whjco 08/05/21 08:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheel Stop vs Wheel Chocks

I use the BAL-X chocks with the two rubber wheel chocks on each side. Very stable and safe setup.
whjco 08/01/21 08:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: The big anti virus lie

The reason I don't click on random links like this one! Best way to get a Virus. As a retired IT Professional, you're right on target with this advice!! The worst malware or ransomware attacks with which I had to deal were because someone clicked on a link that took their system to an infected or hacker site.
whjco 08/01/21 08:13pm Technology Corner
RE: RV navigation systemsl

Throw out the Garmin style GPS. Your smartphone and Google Maps and/or WAZE is all you need. Additionally, the information on Google Maps is years ahead of anything available on the standalone GPS's. As an example, I-70 here in Denver was closed for the weekend and Google Maps showed that closure and the correct route to avoid it. This would be impossible with a Garmin. We traveled out west earlier this year and many places had spotty or no cell service. If you're going to use only a smartphone for navigation then you'd better use a program like CoPilot or Sygic where larger map databases can be loaded directly onto the phone so that a cellular connection isn't needed. As to the traffic reports, all three of my various Garmins have a data link to my smartphone and receive immediate traffic updates so it IS possible to get dynamic traffic updates with a Garmin GPS. I have a Garmin DriveAssist 50 in one vehicle and a Garmin DriveAssist 51 in another. I use a Garmin dezlcam 785 LMT for my RV. It's a GPS that's designed for commercial vehicles and I have it because I drive charter motor coaches but it will support multiple vehicle configurations.. All three of these GPS units not only access dynamic traffic data but all three also have built-in dash cams. An added bonus is that I have Garmin's free Basecamp program installed on my PC. The program lets me design trips and then upload them directly to my Garmin so the GPS will then contain custom designed routes already installed and ready to go. If I encounter unplanned construction or traffic delays, the Garmin will automatically plot a detour around it if I want the device to do so. And then there's that problem when you're using a smart phone for navigation in a big city with numerous, fast approaching set of instructions and then you get a text or phone call at the worst moment possible. I have the above programs installed on my cell phone but they're only there for backup purposes or if I'm traveling on a boat or train and want to know my location. my experience as well on the Garmins. Yes, maps may not be as current as Google, and a few other things, but we very often travel in spots where we go 100+ miles with NO cell reception, and frankly the Garmin direction map and directions are as good as google, sometimes better. "Turn right at the next stop light on x street just after the McDonalds on the right" Or on freeways showing all the lanes you can use to turn and on a big screen. And the RV Garmins make it easy to find RV related items. Another plus is that you can download Garmin's free POI Loader program and install it on your computer. Then you can install custom POIs on your Garmin. I upload things like speed/stop light cameras, RV dump sites, Walmarts, etc. Many custom POI databases can be downloaded from www.poifactory.com.
whjco 08/01/21 08:07pm Technology Corner
RE: RV navigation systemsl

We have the garmin RV890 had a previous version years ago. Advantage: after entering trailer and TV info will help keep you from going down roads you shouldn't and won't route you on those roads Lots of info on campgrounds, RV related stuff etc. Great integrated optional rear view/backup camera and input for a optional camera Disadvantage: Google maps or our car display does a better job showing traffic and google does a fantastic job of direction display and test especially if you can link it to your TV nav display. But google looses some of it's value if your in areas with poor or no cell reception. for planning, we still use microsoft streets and trips. Old but still works well for us. You may want to download Garmin's free Basecamp program for your route planning. Once you plot a route (or multiple routes) you can then directly upload them to your Garmin device. You can also determine the vehicle configuration in Basecamp so that it will also take weight/height/length/width into consideration. One tip, if you do install Basecamp, attach your Garmin to your computer and then run Garmin Express and make sure that you have the latest map database installed on your GPS. Once this update is performed, leave your GPS attached (for the first local map install) and then also install the map database to your computer. This will allow the program to run much faster and you don't need to have your Garmin device attached to your computer to access the map database.
whjco 08/01/21 07:57pm Technology Corner
RE: RV navigation systemsl

Throw out the Garmin style GPS. Your smartphone and Google Maps and/or WAZE is all you need. Additionally, the information on Google Maps is years ahead of anything available on the standalone GPS's. As an example, I-70 here in Denver was closed for the weekend and Google Maps showed that closure and the correct route to avoid it. This would be impossible with a Garmin. We traveled out west earlier this year and many places had spotty or no cell service. If you're going to use only a smartphone for navigation then you'd better use a program like CoPilot or Sygic where larger map databases can be loaded directly onto the phone so that a cellular connection isn't needed. As to the traffic reports, all three of my various Garmins have a data link to my smartphone and receive immediate traffic updates so it IS possible to get dynamic traffic updates with a Garmin GPS. I have a Garmin DriveAssist 50 in one vehicle and a Garmin DriveAssist 51 in another. I use a Garmin dezlcam 785 LMT for my RV. It's a GPS that's designed for commercial vehicles and I have it because I drive charter motor coaches but it will support multiple vehicle configurations.. All three of these GPS units not only access dynamic traffic data but all three also have built-in dash cams. An added bonus is that I have Garmin's free Basecamp program installed on my PC. The program lets me design trips and then upload them directly to my Garmin so the GPS will then contain custom designed routes already installed and ready to go. If I encounter unplanned construction or traffic delays, the Garmin will automatically plot a detour around it if I want the device to do so. And then there's that problem when you're using a smart phone for navigation in a big city with numerous, fast approaching set of instructions and then you get a text or phone call at the worst moment possible. I have the above programs installed on my cell phone but they're only there for backup purposes or if I'm traveling on a boat or train and want to know my location.
whjco 08/01/21 07:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Ram 3500 DRW Tires

Has anyone replaced the factory 235/80R17 with 255/80R17? It looks like they are 1.2" taller and .7" wider. If so do you have plenty of space between the rear wheels? Is your truck a 4 x 4? If so, you'll need to replace all six tires as they must all be the same size.
whjco 08/01/21 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chinese RV tires... holding up!

"GY has suspended production of the Endurance and they are out of stock nearly everywhere." That's a shame for those who want a quality US Made tire. I just did an online search and found multiple outlets still selling Goodyear Endurance. I even made a selection of a pair of ST225/75R15 E-Rated on Walmart.com and they're in stock. Just an FYI.
whjco 07/22/21 07:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winegard 360 replacement

I replaced our damaged antenna with a new Winegard 360. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NBWDRT6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
whjco 07/16/21 08:14pm Technology Corner
RE: Offline navigator for Android phone (BC Canada)?

I'm not Canadian, but I think this one will work for you: https://copilotgps.com/en-us/rv-navigation/ Here is a free option if your more into tech stuff: https://osmand.net/features/start I'll second CoPilot that allows you to load the map database on the phone so you don't need a cell/internet connection to have navigation. Another app is Sygic.
whjco 07/07/21 06:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Travel Trailer Brake Problem

I had trailer brake problems and found it in the crimps on the wires connecting the axles to the feed from the brake unit.
whjco 06/03/21 09:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: 30A adapter

This is the generator I am considering for the following reasons... - We live in south central Texas and lost power for almost 4 days during the winter storm that knocked out the power grid...no heat. A generator would allow us to run an electric heater in one room of the house to stay warm as it could happen again and also power the fridge as we lost all our food. - The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has already stated we could see rolling blackouts this summer during the hottest days as the grid is not likely to handle the load. A generator would allows us to run fans and the fridge (see above). - Multi fuel allows us to use what we have available. We have a natural gas line at the house for the grill, so theoretically we could run the generator continuously without needing to refuel (we had no disruption to the natural gas). - We have a Grand Design Imagine XLS 21BHE (30amp) which we could "live" in during prolonged power outage if needed. However, powering things at the house was needed this past winter as we were not able to get the trailer during this last winter storm as 1) roads were hazardous and 2) we wouldn't be able to open the storage facility gate (no power). So I know it is not an "RV generator" I wouldn't even consider this generator for RV use. It's far too noisy for use in areas where anyone else would be camping near you. I have a 3000 watt Yamaha inverter generator that is very quiet but supplies enough power to run our 15k btu AC unit and any appliances in our travel trailer.
whjco 05/07/21 05:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: New Mattress

We bought a mattress from Brooklyn RV Bedding and we absolutely LOVE IT!!! It sleeps as good if not better than our expensive Tempur-Pedic at home.
whjco 05/06/21 05:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Garmin RV GPS

I have a Garmin 785 lmt and a Garmin DriveAssist 51. I always use the phone data with both. The traffic info is a minimal amount of data.
whjco 05/06/21 05:22pm Technology Corner
RE: First Tow with 2500 Ram

Good report. Next time leave TH on all the time along with full EB. Use cruise control to maintain your speeds by setting it and using the up and down to maintain the speed you actually want. While descending lock in the gear you would have came up in this will keep rpm's up and let the EB work well. My 2015 Ram's EB will automatically downshift the transmission when needed.
whjco 04/30/21 07:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to listen to MY own music on my phone?

My wife and I both have Samsung phones. I've put an SD card in both phones and we've each created a Folder named "Media". I then use a program on my computer to convert the tracks on a CD to .mp3 files. I create a subfolder for each album and copy the .mp3 files in to each corresponding folder using a USB cable connected between the phone and the computer. I downloaded Musicolet and use it to create playlists in the phone.
whjco 03/21/21 09:29pm Technology Corner
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