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RE: Syracuse NY to Acadia National Park

There are several options for routing. The obvious (and probably quickest) but boring and toll-laden route is I-90 to I-290 to I-495. Things to see and do along this route include watching semi trucks, paying tolls, and admiring rest area architecture. Another reasonable route is to take I-90 to Fultonville/Fonda (exit 28), and then NY 30A to NY29 to Saratoga Springs. From there, I-87 north to exit 20, and NY 149 to US4 across Vermont until you get to I-89. I-89 to Concord, I-93 north a bit to I-393, and then rejoin US4. (You could of course also stay on US4 the whole way, rather than taking the interstates to Concord.) This takes one through the Lake George outlet store zone, slow driving but only for a short distance. Quechee Gorge (near White River Junction) is perhaps worth a stop, along with the nearby VINS nature center. Woodstock can also be a fun, if somewhat touristy, town. A third reasonable route is to take NY 7 from the Albany area, to VT 9 across Vermont, which magically becomes NH 9 at the border. You could either follow NH 9 all the way to Portsmouth, or catch NH 101 at Keene to go towards Hampton Beach. This goes near the Bennington Battle Monument, which on a clear day offers an impressive view from the top. There's also the Bennington Museum which is probably best known for its collection of Grandma Moses paintings. If going south along the coast from Acadia is an option rather than north to it, I'd suggest considering NY 360 to NY-8 to NY 9N, across the bridge to VT 17, and then VT 22A north to US 7. In South Burlington, the I-189 spur to I-89 to US-2 at Montpelier and that all the way to Bangor. Note that there are some significant hills on this route, particularly through the Adirondacks; the worst are probably on NY 8 between I-87 and NY 9N, where it's relatively steep and long and curvy. I've driven that stretch in my motorhome a few times without trouble, so it's not as though one's toying with death or anything, but some people aren't too comfortable with those sorts of driving conditions. (Downshifting and using engine braking are definitely called for.) It may look tempting to take VT-17 across to VT-100; you probably don't want to do that as the road over the Appalachian Gap between 116 and 100 is very steep and very curvy (and, I must say, quite beautiful). Along or near this route are the Shelburne Museum (very large and very eclectic), the Vermont Teddy Bear factory, Ben & Jerry's, the Fairbanks Museum in St Johnsbury (natural history mostly, but also a sort of meta-museum of how museums used to look) and an impressive little art gallery in the Athenaeum (public library). With a little extra time, once could duck down (or perhaps I should say up) into the White Mountains of New Hampshire; the Kancamagus Highway is one possibility there, among many.
DrewE 07/19/19 08:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Best pool or campground waterpark in the Northeast?

Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT, has Bear Creek Campground associated with it, and a water park area (that is new or significantly expanded within the last year or two, if memory serves). Knoebels, in Elysburg, PA, has a very nice big pool with a couple of water slides, too, and one of their campgrounds is right next to the park (and on the pool side). It's a decent drive from southern New Hampshire. Button Bay State Park, in Ferrisburgh, VT, has a fairly nice little pool with a slide etc., but it's certainly not a water park by any stretch. I'm sure there are plenty of other campgrounds with nice pools; it's just the one I'm acquainted with offhand.
DrewE 07/18/19 09:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Class C With Overall Length of 27' Or Less

If you're planning on launching the bass boat with the motorhome, I would suggest getting a front hitch installed for that purpose. The long rear overhang would make for interesting boat launching in many cases (and the imperfect visibility from a motorhome doesn't help any either). I would prefer an E450 or equivalent, even if not towing the boat. Edit: The Coach House Platinum 220 is smaller than you're suggesting and has no slide outs, but has two twin beds that can be made into a single king bed in the back. Their Platinum 271XL is about the size you're thinking of and has a single slide out and the two twin beds at the back, but the web site doesn't indicate that they can be made into a king bed; however, it might be possible, and I'd at least give them a call to find out before discounting it entirely. Coach House units are quite good quality...and, of course, priced accordingly.
DrewE 07/18/19 08:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: slow drain of freshwater tank

Something else to consider... Grease and oils from the sink and shower will congeal and line the drain pipe. Running some very hot water thru your empty tank and into the drain line can go a long way towards restoring flow in the grey line. That's reasonable advice in general; but it isn't a lot of help for a slow draining fresh water tank.
DrewE 07/18/19 08:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need help, upgrading Dometic Analog Thermostat to Digital

What Old-Biscuit and Chris said should work for you. The main problem you're having is using the +7.5 rather than ground as the common. It's a very understandable blunder as the Dometic system is somewhat unusual (certainly compared to normal domestic thermostats) in switching to ground/common. This thread describes what I did to update my thermostat; it's the same thing, but a couple of wire colors were a bit different.
DrewE 07/18/19 10:59am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Length and public campsite availability lately?

I agree with the consensus; get the longer motorhome if that's what you really are interested in. I don't think the extra six feet will too often mean not being able to get a site. Of course, it does mean that fewer sites will fit you, but at least in my limited experience the two basic conditions seem to be "pretty much nothing is available" (in which case one is out of luck regardless) or "there's at lest something available for various sized RVs." If you're willing to be somewhat flexible in terms of where you end up going and what ammenities you require, or else to plan farther in advance for things you don't care to be flexible about, you should have few problems at 30'. Here in Vermont, we may very well have the fewest large sites proportionally of any state park system. I have yet to encounter a time when I wished to go camping in my 32' class C when I couldn't find a suitable site at a state park, even on short notice (a couple days or the same day). I have sometimes had to be a bit flexible about which state park I camped at. When traveling out of state, the main problems I've had are more along the lines of pulling in to a public park and finding it's closed for rennovations for the season or something like that.
DrewE 07/17/19 06:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Battery Bank - wire for 12v, 24v, or 48v?

If you plan on a large inverter definitely jump to 48 volts. I'd pick Outback or Victron with a hybrid (load support) feature. Mind me asking why? What's the benefit to the higher voltage? Less wiring power/voltage loss, basically. First, the currents are correspondingly lower (for the same power consumption), which means one may use smaller wires safely. Second, the voltage drop in wiring is relatively less, i.e. a one volt drop is a smaller percentage drop. It's the same basic reason, though on a different scale, that utilities use 7 kV or higher voltages to distribute electric power down the street rather than 120/240V. The wire costs much less, and the overall losses are much lower. It's also why it generally makes sense to mount an inverter near the battery and run a longer AC power line from it than to mount it near the device being powered and run a long DC power line.
DrewE 07/17/19 08:55am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: In search of a heater !

Surplus Center has a few suitable-looking units available at the moment. Since this is for the engine coolant loop, and not tied into the potable water system, there's no need to be concerned with it being drinking water safe.
DrewE 07/17/19 08:49am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Selling Canadian MHome in US with no title

Pardon me if Im missing something but What is the difference between Registration and Title? Isnt it the same thing? No, they are not the same thing. A title is a document proving that you (or the bank, or whomever) owns the vehicle. A registration is a permit to operate the vehicle on the public roads. If you lease a vehicle, you will have the registration, but (I think) the title would be held in the name of the dealer. If you don't drive the vehicle on the public roads at all, it may very well not be registered at all, but you'd still hold a title on it, generally speaking. In my case, for my motorhome, I have a valid Vermont registration, but do not have a Vermont title because Vermont does not issue titles for vehicles sixteen years old or older. Maine and New Hampshire, at least, have similar policies. (It is possible in Vermont to obtain an "exempt vehicle title" for vehicles over 25 years old if one so desires, but strangely enough there seems to be no way at all to obtain a Vermont title for a vehicle between 15 and 25 years old.) Very often when buying a vehicle the DMV will issue both at the same time and as part of the same overall transaction.
DrewE 07/16/19 10:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Things to do in Alaska?

Near Anchorage, I quite enjoyed visiting the Independence Mine state historical park. Interesting stuff, and a beautiful setting in the mountains.
DrewE 07/16/19 06:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Class C rear end sag and banging!

Note that the rear leaf springs on (some? all?) E series chassis of that vintage are rather flat by design, and appear on casual inspection to go straight on a slight diagonal rather than having much or any obvious smile shape. I'm not suggesting you don't have some spring issues to look into--it certainly does sound like you very well might; but going merely on the spring shape can be misleading on these vehicles if you're not familiar with the design. If the shocks are worn, it would be a good idea to replace them as well. A weak or worn shock is going to allow the suspension to bottom out more easily on a sudden transient than a new one (among other things). The rear shocks are not hard to replace on the Ford E series unless the motorhome builder has done something silly to limit access.
DrewE 07/16/19 12:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: private land camping questions, cell booster suggestions

The legality depends on locally applicable zoning laws, sanitation/environmental laws, and probably a few other laws. The answer would likely vary from place to place (and sometimes also depend on how many sites are involved), and possibly on whether this is done commercially for income or not, etc. In Vermont, the environmental agency requirements (sanitation and potable water and such) recognize four or more sites as a "campground" with specific requirements, while three or fewer are just camp sites and have much less regulation. That is in addition to any applicable town zoning regulations.
DrewE 07/16/19 10:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Sailun Tire inflation tables

Look up the tire inflation chart for any manufactuer of the same type, size, and ply rating of tire. The pressures and weights are the identical, or close enough to identical to not matter for practical purposes. (If they were not consistent across tire manufacturers, the vehicle makers would not be able to give their recommended tire pressures on the sticker without specifying a specific tire make and model.) Here's the relevant data from Michelin; note that these weights are axle weights, and so must be divided by two or by four for a single tire's weight rating at the pressure:  75 psi: 6780 lbs single, 12840 lbs dual  80 psi: 7140 lbs single, 13520 lbs dual  85 psi: 7500 lbs single, 14200 lbs dual  90 psi: 7850 lbs single, 14860 lbs dual  95 psi: 8200 lbs single, 15520 lbs dual 100 psi: 8540 lbs single, 16160 lbs dual 105 psi: 8880 lbs single, 16800 lbs dual 110 psi: 9220 lbs single, 17440 lbs dual 115 psi: 9550 lbs single, 18080 lbs dual 120 psi: 9880 lbs single, 18700 lbs dual Of course, you should never exceed the maximum pressure rating for your wheels, nor the maximum pressure stamped on the sidewall of the tire.
DrewE 07/16/19 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Campground Breakers - EDITED Impedance is the reason current draw goes up as voltage goes down. Impedance is the AC equivalent to DC resistance. A constant impedance would mean that the current goes down as the voltage goes down, rather than up. (And that of course is also true in the DC case with a constant resistance.)
DrewE 07/15/19 11:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Campground Breakers - EDITED

I am not an electrical engineer, but I am a computer engineer (Master's from RIT) and that involved about 1/3 EE, 1/3 Computer Science, and 1/3 its own classes. Certainly there are many who know more than I do, but I'm not wholly ignorant of what I am saying...or at least attempting to say. It's very possible that what I think, and am attempting to write, is not quite making it into words very clearly. Power is defined as voltage times current (at any given instant, or an average integrated over time); I have no argument there, and of course the definition of power is not Ohm's law. Ohm's law relates voltage applied to something to current that flows through it, making the voltage proportional to the current with the resistance being the constant of proportionality. Many materials behave in this way in practical circuits, and so may be modeled as a resistor and analyzed using Ohm's law. This implies that the V/I curve for whatever being described is precisely linear, and passes through the origin. If the current through some device goes up when voltage goes down, then rather clearly Ohm's law does not apply to it, or at the least the resistance (or equivalent resistance) is not constant but is itself varying with the applied voltage in some fashion. For electric motors, the relationship of voltage and current also varies with the mechanical load applied to the motor, the speed the motor is turning at, and maybe some other things. A Thevenin equivalent circuit is a very handy analysis tool for linear circuits. It doesn't apply to circuits with components that have nonlinear behaviors, such as semiconductors, although often an adequate model may be derived by assuming linear response over some limited operating range. A silicon diode, for example, is hardly linear in its response, but can be modeled reasonably accurately by a pair of Thevenin equivalent circuits: a quite large impedance when reverse biased (the applied voltage is less than the threshold voltage of about 0.7V), and a small impedance with a voltage source equal to the threshold voltage when it's forward biased.
DrewE 07/15/19 09:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: austerlitz ny to promise land pa

That's probably what I'd to, too; NY 22 to NY 23 to I-87 to I-84. Possibly I migh take US209 rather than (much of) I-87, which is a little less distance and less toll but more time. Hopefully it goes without saying, but the Taconic State Parkway (NY 199) prohibits travel by RVs and thus I presume must be avoided. If by chance you're in a passenger car that would be a nice route to take.
DrewE 07/15/19 02:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Stove fan

Other than just looking for screws and using common sense, is there a right way or a wrong way to disassemble the hood and fan? If you break something or otherwise can't get it back together afterwards, you probably tried to disassemble it using the wrong way. Likewise, if you spend three hours getting it apart only to discover that doing things in the opposite order would have taken ten minutes, that's the wrong way. ;) If it's anything like my RV range hood, it's nothing fancy or complicated. (Also if it's like mine, the fan is more decorative and noisy than functional, which for me is doubly the case as it's not vented to the outside but just recirculates the air underneath the hood.)
DrewE 07/15/19 02:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Keeping cool

If you have a proper thermostat for the air conditioner, just set it to the temperature you want; it won't cool down faster with a lower thermostat temperature setting. What I generally do when driving is use the vehicle air conditioner and have a rear ceiling vent open (one with a vent cover over it) to help pull the cool air through the vehicle. The truck air conditioner is theoretically a good bit more powerful than a roof air conditioner, though it's somewhat limited by what sort of airflow you can get through the coils (and not helped by having the ductwork directly above a big hot engine). I think it's somewhere in the vicinity of 25,000 to 30,000 BTUs. Upon arriving at a camp site, if the interior of the RV is hotter than the outside air, opening the vents and windows will cool it down rather more quickly than an air conditioner can. I'm not sure running the air conditioner during that time has much bearing on things; the basic goal is just plain old air exchange. Maybe runnign the air conditioner's fan would help in some cases.
DrewE 07/14/19 05:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: thoughts on our 2019 Rubicon

What's your plan B if the mechanical key breaks? Or if the chip in the mechanical key breaks? A key fob is no different technology than a chipped key; it just doesn't have the mechanical pins and tumblers or equivalent mechanical doodads to get crudded up, break down, wear out, etc. Instead, you have a much more mechanically robust (or at least potentially more mechanically robust) pushbutton. The chances of it breaking down are lower than a mechanical key. On most if not all systems, if the battery in the key fob dies, you can still use it to start the vehicle through passively powered RFID technology; it just needs to be placed in a specific spot in the vehicle for the communication to work (rather than being anywhere in your pocket or whatever). If the vehicle battery dies, of course, you aren't starting your engine without help no matter what the key setup looks like.
DrewE 07/14/19 05:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cracked Water Filter - Freeze?

The hose itself is generally okay with freezing; it's stretchy enough to not burst. Fittings and such are a different story. Glad you noticed the hole before hooking stuff up and turning on the water!
DrewE 07/14/19 01:02pm General RVing Issues
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