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RE: Bring beer into Canada

They can get a case of 24 for around $15. Some states charge over $20 per case. That's still less than a buck a can. How much is a 24 in Canada? $40+ $50+ ? Not exactly giving it away.... Toyota Corolla sedan = $25k Mercedes E-Class sedan = $50k So you are saying they are both the same and one is just prohibitively expensive?
JaxDad 07/18/19 07:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Keeping cool

I don’t know about all the above said. I do know in my two class Cs with only the engine AC working. The cab and the living space up to the kitchen area were cooled. Past that when I stopped I had to turn on the coach AC to get the bedroom cool also with the house AC. I do insulate the cab from the house when stopped. When I had a class A I had to run the house AC on the road when driving into the sun. The chassis AC did not compare to the AC in a class C. Just me experience with a gasser Class A. Which is EXACTLY why I was trying to share some knowledge. The Ford E-Series A/C is incredibly powerful, but it’s ability to blow air around is severely lacking. It has a puny little 12 volt fan that just isn’t up to the task of moving enough air to cool a M/H. However, using the above-noted method of opening the rearmost roof vent allows the vacuum to overcome what the fan can’t, getting cool air to the back and draw out the hot air back there at the roof level. Some people however prefer to argue instead of learn, nothing new there.
JaxDad 07/17/19 05:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Selling Canadian MHome in US with no title

I’ve done exactly this process, luckily BEFORE sale, a few times now. The comments about importation are spot on. It’s illegal for a Canadian to drive an RV into the US and then leave it there when they go home unless they own real estate and it’s left there. They vehicle MAY be allowed to be ‘imported’ through a non-border CBP Point of Entry if the agent on duty is unaware of the process, but even then the owner must process themselves since a vehicle brought in for tourism is considered personal property, like really big luggage. On my first attempt we tried to process it through a Florida Point of Entry and were refused and told to drive the unit back to Canada and re-enter “properly”.
JaxDad 07/17/19 06:31am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: In search of a heater !

Princess Auto, there’s one in Victoria. Fantastic customer service and product in store so you can get hands on before buying. I’ve bought a few of them from PA for aux heating in snow removal equipment. I even put one on a wood splitter so there’s an extra source of cooling in hot weather and a hand warmed / glove drier in cold wet weather.
JaxDad 07/17/19 06:16am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Keeping cool

That's pretty amazing, the engine driven AC compressor doesn't diminish gas mileage. OK, that's good to know. You were thinking the additional part-time (compressor cycles on & off) load of maybe 1.5 hp would have a significant effect on the fuel consumption of a 6.8 litre V10 that’s already pushing what is basically an 8’ x 8’ brick that weighs ~15k pounds at 60+ MPH?
JaxDad 07/17/19 06:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Keeping cool

I guess we have a choice to believe the conclusion of "somebody's" test a few years back vs some "expert's" silly statement about use of RV generator and roof AC. It would probably be difficult to get reliable results comparing gas mileage with generator running vs use of dash AC, but we could try it on long runs over relatively flat land. The “somebody” was Consumer Reports and their mileage on the small car was identical to that of the EPA’s testing. But if you need a more reliable test, Jamie & Adam did a Mythbusters episode on A/C and couldn’t measure the loss in fuel mileage running A/C or not with the windows closed. With the windows open yes, the parasitic loses are significant. I know that several on units I’ve come across including my 2 m/h’s and several of the V10 fleet units we have the OBD data stream doesn’t show any difference in mileage with A/C on or off.
JaxDad 07/16/19 06:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Was rear ended on the highway

If you're going to buy another RV why take a beating on selling it used then buying it again new? The ins. co. should give you a suitable rental truck / van to load all your possessions home or pay to ship it. I've done this for friends a few times now.
JaxDad 07/16/19 01:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Keeping cool

"Dave", the generator expert at Smith Powerhouse, Inc, recommended using the RV generator and roof air conditioner while underway as the generator uses a lot less gasoline than the dash AC requires. I'm not sure how much faith I'd put in an "expert" that makes such silly statements as that one. A basic 4kw genny at idle uses 0.3 gallons per hour, 0.5 at half load. I saw a test a few years back where they concluded thata V10 in a large vehicle would consume an extra 1% in fuel. That makes sense since they figure an econo-box will use an extra 3% with A/C on, smaller engine, proportionately larger load. If an RV then gets (for easy math) 10 MPG, running the A/C compressor will decrease that to 9.9 MPG if said RV is going 60 MPH then it will use 6.06 gallons per hour instead of 6 gallons. If somebody thinks 0.3 to 0.5 gallons is "a lot less" than 0.06 they're no "expert" in my books. A politician maybe, but NOT an expert.
JaxDad 07/16/19 01:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dogs

Dogs like to protect their space, their owners, and the way they do that is go out to the full extent of their leash and bark. What surprised me was the 2-3 (or more) dogs per campsite, and the constant barking followed by the owners "barking" at their dogs to hush them. After 35+ years of breeding & training Parson Russell Terriers I’ve come to realize that the vast majority of ‘really well trained and behaved’ dogs (and children) are rarely either. People would constantly say things like ‘A Jack Russell? OMG, how do you stand it?’. Then they would meet one of my dogs....... This was my last personal companion who probably had more nights camping experience than most adults do. https://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a392/Murf921/295913A2-F45B-43D8-B6F4-C93CDAF02604_zpsgoeqvrpu.jpeg People would walk up to see if he was a live animal and not a stuffed toy when he ignored a yapping ‘well-behaved’ dog walking by.
JaxDad 07/15/19 03:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Keeping cool

If you’re asking about cooling as you go down the highway, open only the rearmost roof vent and set the dash A/C to point as many vents as possible straight down the back with the fan on highest setting. Do NOT set it to ‘max A/C’ which will close the air intakes and defeat the point of the rear roof vent being open, which is to vacuum hot air out and replace it will cooled / dehumidified air. A Ford E-series dash A/C system is nearly as much cooling capacity as 2 rooftop units.
JaxDad 07/14/19 05:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

Well you drivers who close up and tailgate but don’t pass, or tailgate 2 or 3 tailgaters thereby creating a 400 ft long parade no one can pass should quit that habit. There eventually is an impatient driver who chances it and goofs it and there is braking and evasive manoeuvers that are totally unnecessary. Sheeple. Sheeple with ‘magnetic bumper syndrome’, even on a multi lane highway they slide right up the back of the car ahead and just sit there, far too close for highway speed. They won’t pass even with nothing in the left lane. Just drive along mesmerized by the back of the next car.
JaxDad 07/14/19 05:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Was rear ended on the highway

Mr. Mark, no worries whatsoever, I realize you were just clarifying the OP’s comment. Likewise, I was just trying to point out that what the speedo stops at is a meaningless number. I agree, everyone’s OK really is the important point. They make new trucks & RV’s day, they’re easily replaced.
JaxDad 07/13/19 03:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: HERCULES tires

I replaced my Goodyear G670's (after 2 blowouts on the same day with less than 4 year old GY's) with Hercules. They rode better than the GY and no blowout. When it was time to replace the Hercules, I went back with ANOTHER set of Hercules. I think they were good times and afterall, I replace them every 5/6 years anyway. I’m sorry, but your first-hand real life experience is meaningless...... A guy with no experience says they’re junk. You MUST believe him, you read it on the Internet after all.
JaxDad 07/12/19 07:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Was rear ended on the highway

JaxDad, Here is what the Original Poster posted on page one...... Thank you all for your advice. The adjuster should be at the camp site in about an hour. Some information. The police could not give me any info on the diver related to insurance. But he said that the speedometer was stuck at 82. There was no skid marks. I was in the right lane going 55-57 mph when I was hit. This has put me into a depression and I have been in menu. I got a rental on Tuesday then went to ER. Had to go back this morning. I just don’t know how they determine if it’s totaled or not. Manyat the park that heard all the noises my truck and trail made coming in.came over to look. But if my slide is connected bolted into the frame and with the thrust of the impact could it affect the frame? Guess I will know this evening. I was told it’s a cost ratio for everything. I know the officer told me it was not my fault and was the other drivers 100 percent at fault. I am hoping this doesn’t go on my records. Because having a Trumatic brain injury TBI I am evaluated every two years. Thank you all again and will post after the adjuster finishers. Oh the adjuster is from usaa. MM. What number the speedometer stops at is meaningless, it only means one thing, where the needle stopped. If something jammed the needle it could just have easily jammed it at the wrong speed too. Very few speedo’s these days are mechanical, with a cable to the trans, most are electronic giving a reading based off a speed sensor. The ONLY reliable method is to download the ‘crash data’ from the cars computer.
JaxDad 07/12/19 03:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Was rear ended on the highway

Hello, this was my third outing and the beginning of my vacation I have a 27 foot cougar fifth wheel 2015. I pull it with my ram 1500. I was driving on the highway and was rear ended by a car going 82 miles an hour and they didn’t even put their brakes on so it hit me with full force. If they hit your trailer at 82 mph like you said you would not even have a trailer. Thats quite a leap of faith. The OP said "I was driving on the highway and was rear ended...." but did NOT say at what speed he was traveling himself. If he was going 81 it would have been a little bump, if he was doing 65 it would have been a 17 mph speed difference. And that's IF the other vehicle was going 82, how does anyone know?
JaxDad 07/12/19 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: HERCULES tires

Chinese tires are junk. Look at the Goodyear Endurance. OK, but what does that have to do with Hercules? Hercules is a US company that started in Ohio in the 1950's, it's world HQ is still in Findlay OH. Sure they make some tires overseas, but I challenge you to find a company that doesn't. Chinese tires are trash. Just say no to Chinese trailer tires. On an RV, no Chinese tires regardless of reviews or what people say--the worst thing about Chinese products is quality control. In the OTR trucking industry Hercules tires are VERY well thought of, they’ve proven to be every bit as good as the North American tires. Double Coin is another hugely popular brand that has also proven very dependable. With a transport truck a blown tire is a very costly thing, they don’t mess around with junk tires.
JaxDad 07/12/19 05:54am Tech Issues
RE: HERCULES tires

Chinese tires are junk. Look at the Goodyear Endurance. OK, but what does that have to do with Hercules? Hercules is a US company that started in Ohio in the 1950's, it's world HQ is still in Findlay OH. Sure they make some tires overseas, but I challenge you to find a company that doesn't.
JaxDad 07/11/19 02:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Dead battery so quickly?

If the bulb stays dark then there is no parasitic load, at the time of the test. That is not to say that there was NOT a load, a light left on accidentally, an intermittent short, etc. My feeling is there IS some sort of load you were / are unaware of. If the battery was bad it would not have appeared to be fully charged and performed as such for a few hours.
JaxDad 07/11/19 05:40am Tech Issues
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

Missouri 304.011.1 - No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law. Peace officers may enforce the provisions of this section by directions to drivers, and in the event of apparent willful disobedience to this provision and refusal to comply with direction of an officer in accordance herewith, the continued slow operation by a driver is a misdemeanor. This LEO can pull me over, or stop me. But if I feel that I'm going the max safe speed for vehicle, road, and road conditions, I am willing to stand in front of the judge and let that county mounty explain why I should be going faster. BTDT, case dismissed. If you’re holding up faster traffic and a LEO pulls you over, there’s NO need to write you a ticket, they’ve already done what’s needed, to let the faster traffic go by you...... Oh, and good luck merging back out into that faster traffic now that you’re at a full stop.
JaxDad 07/10/19 05:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dead battery so quickly?

Use an “old school” ammeter, rated for unlimited current and dead cheap to buy, almost anywhere. Get a 12 volt sealed beam headlight or tractor work light bulb and a bit of wire. With a fresh battery (or not) and everything turned off, hook up the positive side of the battery, then connect the bulb IN BETWEEN the negative side of the battery and the negative lead. If there is NO parasitic loads, the bulb will NOT light up, not even a little bit. If the bulb even starts to glow, there is something drawing power. The brighter the bulb lights up, the bigger the draw. Class dismissed.
JaxDad 07/10/19 03:40pm Tech Issues
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