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RE: Best RV trip planner

X2 on Delorme Street Atlas. Best trip planner out there. However, in 2016 Garmin bought Delorme and promptly discontinued it. I use the last version 2015. I also use CoPilot on my tablet for up-to-date maps, and also for trip planning. But Delorme is my primary trip planner.
zigzagrv 02/24/20 01:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Your Favorite Browser?

X2 on BRAVE! I use it on all my devices. With their ad blocker, some of the sites I visit look new without all the ads. Also, I avoid Google as much as possible. For a search engine, I use DuckDuckGo.
zigzagrv 02/22/20 06:39am Technology Corner
RE: DUAL BATTERY CONNECTION

They are wired correctly. RV systems, lights, furnace, water heater, fridge etc. run on 12 volts. Your two 6 volt batteries are wired in series, meaning the voltage is added together. 6 Volts + 6 volts = 12 volts.
zigzagrv 02/20/20 11:04am Tech Issues
RE: Mh Interior 12 volt LEDs

I also got led replacements for the halogen puck lights (G4's) under the cabinets for around $10 for a pack of 10. So far I like all of the leds. They are poleriized positive and negitive. Don't assume that the ones that don't light are bad. turn them around. I thought about that as I was plugging them in, but all six I replaced worked the first time. Just lucky???
zigzagrv 02/18/20 07:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mh Interior 12 volt LEDs

I just replaced all my 1156 type bulbs (14) with 'cheap' leds from Amazon for @ $20 for a pack of 20. I got both white and warm white bulbs. The bright white I will use in my compartments and the warm white in the interior. Though I haven't used them much yet (the MH is in storage) I have not found a bad one. If one goes bad, I have plenty of spares. I also got led replacements for the halogen puck lights (G4's) under the cabinets for around $10 for a pack of 10. So far I like all of the leds.
zigzagrv 02/17/20 07:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water Fill up - Flying J?

Most Flying Js have potable water in the RV lanes, which also includes a dump station ($10...$7.50 with GS card). We've stayed at FJ's all around the country and have never had a problem. Safe Travels! As an added note, get the Pilot/Flying J app and it will tell you what amenities are available at the FJ's as well as the fuel prices.
zigzagrv 02/10/20 10:07am Roads and Routes
RE: WEN inverter generators on woot.com today only

I remember when stuff made in Japan was considered 'junk'. We, the U.S. helped them recover from WWII and gave them the technology and help to produce quality products we see coming from them today. China, on the other hand, stole or was given the technology by companies to produce cheaper (less expensive) products, However, I must say the quality of China made products has been improving, much like Japan in the past.
zigzagrv 01/27/20 12:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

There is no brand name anywhere on the lock....only'Made in China' HERE is a link to the lock on Amazon. Here you go, Fastec AKA Wesco......... $13.95 which means they cost about $1.50 or less to manufacture. Wow! Thanks for that! Guess I didn't go far enough in my search.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 05:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

Regular shots of silicon spray on the handle pivots and latches helps the mechanisms stay lubricated and last longer. Slamming the doors, . . . . . NOT! Chum lee There's a reason they are called 'slam latches', and are made to be closed without using the handle. As I have said before, when you close the door on mine, the striker pushes the bolt UP AWAY from the cam. The cam is there only to move the bolt up with the handle. Do what works for you. Thank you and yes, I'm very familiar with how the handles/strikers/latches work. Slam latches? I guess we went to different schools. Who is this "they" you refer to? (rhetorical question) Chum lee Rhetorical answer; the 'they' refers to the slam latches themselves. Read carefully.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 04:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

There is no brand name anywhere on the lock....only'Made in China' HERE is a link to the lock on Amazon.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 02:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

Regular shots of silicon spray on the handle pivots and latches helps the mechanisms stay lubricated and last longer. Slamming the doors, . . . . . NOT! Chum lee There's a reason they are called 'slam latches', and are made to be closed without using the handle. As I have said before, when you close the door on mine, the striker pushes the bolt UP AWAY from the cam. The cam is there only to move the bolt up with the handle.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 12:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

Another who haven't had issues, but since it sounds like replacing them is a pretty big hassle.. can you buy the replacement and then just salvage the parts? I'm not willing to pay $40+ to replace a 50 cent part. For the rest of my doors, it would cost me over $400.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 09:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

At first, I thought letting the door slam is what put stress on the cam. After taking it apart and watching it operate, slamming it shut does not involve the cam. The cam only comes into play when using the handle to open it. The cam itself is made from brittle pot metal which breaks at the pivot point.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 09:11am General RVing Issues
Compartment Door Slam Latches

Is anyone having a problem of the above slam latches breaking and not being able to open the compartment doors? I have had two of my twelve latches that have broken cams, which operate the lock bolt when you lift up on the handle. It is a difficult process to get the doors open, including drilling a hole in the bottom of the assembly and inserting a long, thin screwdriver to push the bolt up to open the door. There is no name on the latch assembly, other than 'Made in China', to find out who makes them. I did find a picture of a similar latch on the web and it appears to be made (imported?) by AP Products. However, there doesn't seem to be individual parts available for them. I ended up making a cam from steel (5/32" thick) for the first one that broke, which required a lot of time cutting and grinding it to shape. I have since had a second one break while on the road. This time I used aluminum stock to recreate it. New latches are available at prices for 40 bucks and up. However, they would have to be painted to match your color. Now, I have ten more to go. Let me know if anyone else is having a problem with these type latches and if you have found parts for them.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 08:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Coil on plug # 6 on Ford V10

I have the same year V10 on my 2003 class A and was not aware of #6 coil/plug going bad. I had to replace coil pack on #8 at around 85k miles. #6 plug is the front plug on the driver's side. If that is a common problem on Ford trucks (F350) I would suspect an air flow problem. On my class A there is nothing blocking airflow to the engine since there is more room to put the coolant tank, air intake, etc.
zigzagrv 12/31/19 12:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

Started noticing that'syndrome' about 10 years ago as DW and I were hiking on a well traveled trail in Glacier NP. Most would turn their heads or just look straight ahead as we passed as if we didn't exist. Mentioned it to my wife and she began to pay attention to it. In campgrounds, it became more prevalent since then. We recently spent 10 days in a campground with the same neighbors during that time. The only folks we talked to were the campground owners during that time. Even close encounters with other campers failed to elicit any response other than a quick 'hello' usually followed by a hurried departure. Began to think it was me.........nah! :h
zigzagrv 12/31/19 10:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Tablet Battery Charging

I use a Samsung cord that plugs into the 12v accessory receptacle (aka cigarette lighter).
zigzagrv 12/24/19 10:19am Technology Corner
RE: Tablet Battery Charging

My Samsung TAB A went a whole day (12 hours) with Co-pilot running without being charged. Charged it overnight. Battery life is very good on that tablet.
zigzagrv 12/24/19 10:19am Technology Corner
RE: Co-pilot for RV's App

Co-Pilot will allow you to custom build a complete trip with individual stops and routing preferences as you want and save. Co-pilot does not require a WIFI or cell connection to operate, only access to the GPS satellites. X2 Co-Pilot is my main GPS on my 8" Samsung tablet. Only costs $30 a year with free updates.
zigzagrv 12/21/19 07:24am Technology Corner
RE: Denali NP-probable shutdown 2020 season-Updated 2/19/20

I would not cancel a trip to Alaska because approximately half of Denali NP is closed. We spent 3 days at Teklanika and took the long 10 hour bus tour from there. It was a grueling trip and didn't se much of interest. Grizzlies, sheep, goats were seen, but were hundreds of yards from us. Teklanika is about 26 miles into the park, so that leaves about 18 more miles to see before the road closure. Really, there's not much more to see beyond that point that can't be found elsewhere in the state. If your goal is to see Denali Mountain, you can actually get better views driving through Denali STATE Park on the way to Talkeetna.
zigzagrv 12/21/19 07:13am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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