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RE: "Legal" question for Canadian Snowbirds

Don't know if this will help or muddy the waters. About half way down the page it touches on/about refusals to honor, and why. https://www.floridabar.org/public/consumer/pamphlet13/
MDKMDK 02/09/20 06:29pm Snowbirds
RE: BAE batteries?

I think if I were so inclined to switch to a 6V setup, I'd go with the Sam's Club Duracells. IMO.
MDKMDK 02/09/20 06:26pm Tech Issues
RE: BAE batteries?

They look a little on the heavy side - 148lbs filled? Each?
MDKMDK 02/09/20 06:22pm Tech Issues
RE: "Notify Moderator" on posts returns "system error" and fails

I have same problem. I go to forum by using "jump to forum" feature (top right) and then find admin. name (also top right) Click on admin.'s name and send a PM I don't see any "jump to forum" link upper right. I have Good Sam RV.NET logo upper left. Upper right I have " Welcome MDKMDK, My Forums, Private Messages | Help " Not a big deal. Don't worry about it. OK Maybe not "very upper right". Go down a bit. Look below advertisment bar. Search is on left and jump to forum is on right. Sorry, "forest for the trees" moment. I see it. Thanks.
MDKMDK 02/09/20 04:17pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Compact Class C

Here’s what I’m looking for. I know they exist because I’ve seen them, but I can’t seem to find any manufacturer making them new. And I’d like a new one. I’ve got a 15 year old Class A DP that I’ve had since new. Yeah it’s got plenty of space and is great when parked, but we don’t stay in one place a long time. What I’m looking for is a compact Class C motorhome similar to the ones you see on the Sprinter chassis, but not on the Sprinter Chassis. I want the capability of going on long cross country trips without a toad but I also want to be able to go on local trips and bring the Ford Ranger toad. The Sprinter Chassis just doesn’t have enough towing capacity that I feel comfortable towing the Ranger with it. So what I’m looking for is a Class C Compact, on a Ford F-450 or similar chassis with the V-10 gas engine (or GM equivalent. I want something in the 24 to 26 foot range with the narrow body. And I’ve seen them on the road, but I can’t find anybody making a new one. Seems like everything is on a Sprinter chassis or one of the Transit van chassis and they have the small chassis and only a few thousand pound towing capacity. Anybody have any idea which manufacture is making these new? "The Sprinter Chassis just doesn’t have enough towing capacity that I feel comfortable towing the Ranger with it." WTF? How heavy is the Ranger? If it's too heavy, get a Wrangler.
MDKMDK 02/08/20 09:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: "Notify Moderator" on posts returns "system error" and fails

I have same problem. I go to forum by using "jump to forum" feature (top right) and then find admin. name (also top right) Click on admin.'s name and send a PM I don't see any "jump to forum" link upper right. I have Good Sam RV.NET logo upper left. Upper right I have " Welcome MDKMDK, My Forums, Private Messages | Help " Not a big deal. Don't worry about it.
MDKMDK 02/08/20 05:48pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: "Notify Moderator" on posts returns "system error" and fails

I don't know I just got 16 because of the spammer. Must be my problem. I'm using Firefox, and it's been flakey lately. So, you got the SAT salesperson(s)? Cool. Which portal are you using to get on the forum? If I use rv.net I have problems. If I use Trailerlife I have no problems. I click the links I get in the notification emails, for the various forums and threads, to which I subscribe.
MDKMDK 02/08/20 05:45pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: "Notify Moderator" on posts returns "system error" and fails

I don't know I just got 16 because of the spammer. Must be my problem. I'm using Firefox, and it's been flakey lately. So, you got the SAT salesperson(s)? Cool.
MDKMDK 02/08/20 05:24pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
"Notify Moderator" on posts returns "system error" and fails

I'm trying to notify moderators about inappropriate posts, but the "notify moderator" option isn't working, for me, at least. Twice in 2 days. The latest post is here ... https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30038437.cfm
MDKMDK 02/08/20 05:13pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Best weight distribution hitch?

This belongs in the Towing forum.
MDKMDK 02/07/20 07:44am Tech Issues
RE: Panels don't run things

A helpful (but not too extended) reply could be something like "over the course of a sunny day, they generate about 2 kWh of energy, which is enough to power my fridge and television and lights" or whatever the details may be for you and your solar setup. The power does ultimately come from the solar panels, after all. The fact that the power is temporarily stored in a battery is likely not all that relevant in answering the casual question; it's just a detail of the implementation. If you ask the city how much water the municipal pump station supplies, you likely wouldn't care or need to know that it actually gets pumped to a water tower and the tower supplies the water to the city. Of course if they're thinking of putting together their own solar energy system (or you're setting out to design a large scale water supply system) then such details are well worth delving into. Another thoughtful way of dealing with the question at hand.
MDKMDK 02/04/20 11:25am Tech Issues
RE: Panels don't run things

My revised answer has become, "it depends", although I like pianotuna's response, as well.
MDKMDK 02/04/20 11:22am Tech Issues
RE: Panels don't run things

Mine run about $650 a pop.
MDKMDK 02/04/20 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Impossible RV specs... Help!

If she'll accept a 60" x 75" queen bed, maybe a used View/Navion 24G might work for you. They're 25'8" nose to tail, diesel powered, drive like a car/truck/van, and have a slide out rear bed as well as a slide mounted dinette/couch table combo that makes the galley area bigger. The rear bed can remain made up. Unfortunately, Winnebago dropped the 24G floor plan recently, so used would have to do, as well.
MDKMDK 02/03/20 08:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Hey Soup, you working part time at the Visitors/Welcome Centre on the Crowsnest at the BC/AB border? If not, they should hire you. That's a pretty comprehensive list of stuff to do out there.:B Great pics, too. Writing that was easy as I live in the area and have camped in the area and driving these roads for far to many years ( grin) The hard part was correcting all my spelling mistakes. Soup. I hear ya. If we ever get back out that way, soon I hope, we'll check out some of those places. Maybe next summer, who knows? Take care, Mike. (in Ontario)
MDKMDK 01/31/20 05:45pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Think about this round trip: Following Hwy 3 west: Take Hwy 3 west out of Alberta and stop and see Frank Slide continue on Sparwood see the largest truck in the world, Pass through Fernie towards Cranbrook. Following Hwy 3 towards Cranbrook and about 60 kms west of Fernie as you come down a long hill towards a bridge that crosses the Kootenay River, there is a turn lane on your right and a road called Wardner / Fort Steele Road, if you want to see Fort Steele. Follow this good paved road approximately 25 kms, where you will pop out onto Hwy 93/95 About 6 or 7 kms once on this road and on the left a sort distance down another rd, there is a Kootenay Fish Hatchery where you can feed the see fish. Located at the Jct of Hwy 93/95 there is a ESSO gas station and a Campground on the right just as you get to Hwy Jct. The ESSO has a nice big parking lot where the gas pumps are. I loved their big parking area around the pumps when I pulled my 35 ft 5th wheel. The Fort Steele Historical Site entrance is about 300 meters to the left ( south) of the Esso down Hwy 93/95. After Fort Steele follow Hwy 93/95 south towards Cranbrook where you will again join up with Hwy 3 west. If you choose to, you can drive the short distance to Kimberly and take the kids on the Under Ground Mining Railway. After Cranbrook follow Hwy 3 west to Creston. Depending when your in Creston the Hwy side fruit stands will be full of fresh fruit and some veggies. Most fruit stands are on the east side of Creston as you enter town. Once at Creston take Hwy 3-A north west following Kootenay Lake to the Ferry Landing at Kootenay Bay. Here you will board the Kootenay Lake Ferry to cross Kootenay Lake to Balfour. The Kootenay Lake ferry is the longest free ferry ride in the world, and the views from the ferry are spectacular. After getting off the Ferry and at the top of the little hill as you leave the ferry take a right hand turn and follow Hwy 31 west still following the edge of Kootenay Lake towards Kaslo. ( the top of that little Hill is actually Hwy Jct 3-A and Hwy 31) Along the way you will pass Ainsworth Hot Springs, they do have a large parking lot, however I have never pulled a trailer into that parking lot and it can get crowded durning cool or rainy days. In Kaslo you can tour the dry docked Paddle Wheeler SS Moyie built in 1898. Kaslo has a community campground on the lake shore. After Kaslo you will take Hwy 31 -A over the hump to New Denver. About 3/5 of the way over and as you start heading down hill there is a well marked gravel road on your left with signage pointing you to the Mining ghost town of Sandon. There is plenty of large areas to park rig. Once you head down into New Denver you will be on shores Slocan Lake they have a small community campground on the lake shore. After leaving New Denver take Hwy 6 north towards Nakusp. There are two campgrounds about 15 minutes from New Denver on the shores of Summit Lake. One campground is Summit Lake Provincial Park campground. The second is A small family owned campground called Three Islands Resort. Once in Nakusp which is located on the shores of The Upper Arrow Lakes ( Columbia River) there is a small community campground how ever it is not on the lake. There is also a great sandy beach in town as well as beautiful paved walking path following the lake shore. Nakusp also has the Nakusp Hot Spring which has a campground right at the Hot Springs which as about a 15 minute drive on a paved access road leading to the Hot Springs. This road is located just past the Esso station by 500 meters to the right indicated with Signage. After Nakusp follow Hwy 23, 45 minutes north to the Galena Bay / Shelter Bay ferry which again is free. This ferry is crossing the Upper Arrow Lakes and once off the ferry you are only 45 minutes from Revelstoke. After you visit to Revelstoke you can follow Hwy 1 to Golden to visit your friends and then into Calgary and home. Having driven the route from Revelstoke to Calgary many many times. My wife and I both like the views heading east more than heading west through Rogers Pass and Kicking Horse Pass, just our Opinion. There are tons of campgrounds private and BC Provincial campgrounds all along this route, you just have to decide where you want to stay, I only named a couple. Also there are hiking trails and mountain bikes trails all over the mountains around here. Also a great hike is up Idaho Peak, there is a shuttle service out of New Denver for a fee so you don’t have to drive your own vehicular up the mountain road to the parking lot ( YouTube Idaho Peak BC) What ever you decide to do have fun. Soup. SS Moyie https://i.imgur.com/zVUmX7Tl.jpg Summit Lake BC ( West Kootenays) https://i.imgur.com/6P2jfF9l.jpg Summit lake, fishing looking at Three Islands Resort. https://i.imgur.com/WBa81wfl.jpg Slocan Lake https://i.imgur.com/u1J7OEOl.jpg Hey Soup, you working part time at the Visitors/Welcome Centre on the Crowsnest at the BC/AB border? If not, they should hire you. That's a pretty comprehensive list of stuff to do out there.:B Great pics, too.
MDKMDK 01/31/20 05:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2020 Mercedes Sprinter based RV's

I,ve never had trouble finding diesel. Not finding diesel fuel in general. Finding the right type. What do you mean "right type". ULSD is about all that is sold in North America - exc off road in Mexico. He meant B5 bio-diesel, or less. There are lots of diesel pumps with up to B20 (Minnesota, for example) in areas of the US, which carries a caveat from Mercedes regarding shorter oil/fuel filter change intervals, and a requirement for monitoring oil level more closely, or warranties may be voided. MB does not recommend B5 or greater, although someone said recently that they have relaxed that position on excessive bio-diesel use in their newer chassis/engine combo.
MDKMDK 01/31/20 03:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Williams Lake is nice, and has all the amenities.
MDKMDK 01/29/20 11:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Not enough space for lugs on post of battery isolator

What I would do is just get a short #1AWG and bolt (really tight!)all four lugs together, then put the #1's other lug on the solenoid. Wrap the bolt and four lugs in tape for insulation. Of course everyone will be appalled and want you to spend the $130 :) Not at all, Macgyver. That's simple and brilliant. :C
MDKMDK 01/27/20 03:15pm Tech Issues
RE: 2020 Mercedes Sprinter based RV's

Hey folks! It's been a while since I have posted. Sold by 2017 Winnebago View and tried the Class B craze for a while with a Coachmen Crossfit (no called BEYOND) and it was a great unit, but my wife and I need something bigger so we are looking at the Winnebago View again. I put about 25K miles on our last VIEW and it was flawless, but I was always scared about the sensors going out, DPF problems, finding the right diesel, etc. You know all the horror stories on these forums. While I never had one issue this was always in the back of my mind. Have they made any changes to these 2020's where these issues have been fixed or still same old things to worry about? We really love the really like the 24J floorplan. Last time we had the 24V. Hope everyone is doing great and looking forward to your thoughts on this. Thanks! I read all the same dire warnings on the various forums, and I've not had any problems with mine, bullet proof like you say. The newer 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel has supposedly been given the MB blessing to use diesel blends up to B20, although I've not seen it in writing anywhere. I think luvlabs mentioned it a while back after speaking to MB reps at an RV show. I also have never had any issues finding diesel. I live in Canada, but do most of my long drives in the USA, and quite a bit in Texas when I can get away, and never a problem. My year doesn't have a B20 blessing, B5 max according to my OM, unless there's nothing else available, and that comes with a warning suggests shortening the oil/filter change intervals, and watching the oil levels more carefully, as the bio-d can seep into the oil pan, or so they say. If I do get something over B5 I just follow the instructions in the manual. So far no issues using > B5 on occasion. I have a 24V and like the floorplan. I wasn't a fan of the bathroom sink being located outside the bathroom, in the 24J. What the newer chassis and designs have done is fix a lot of the simple little shortcomings of the prior model years. They've added a lot of convenience features to the 2020 models. I listed most of the upgrades in this thread....See posts number 5 and 6. https://www.sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=74404 The show stopper for me buying a new 2020 model was the cab over isn't deletable. We don't care for the overhang over the cab, which we deleted when we ordered our 2018 24V. Until WGO allows the cab over to be deleted, we'll stick with ours. :C
MDKMDK 01/26/20 12:55pm Class C Motorhomes
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