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RE: People sure are getting petty with their park reviews

There is no way I can tell you how many reviews I have written over the last several decades, I written for both Rvpark Reviews and RVParky (yes, they have a place for reviews). Most of those are 3+ marks. I use full plus rarely and when I do, I am sure to tell why. The same goes for low marks. What I had a problem with may not matter to someone else. You just never know. What I can tell you is that I will not go negative for a single issue without talking to the management about it. When I do that, I often get a thank you for bringing the issue to their attention. When I see a review that has a mostly good, but one low flyer, I be sure to read it and it is usually a situation like mentioned where the writer got bent out of shape for something that he could have avoided. Park owners are not in business to annoy clients. Matt
Matt_Colie 07/09/20 09:42am General RVing Issues
RE: How many miles a day can we go?

Randster, By now you should have figured out that there is no simple good answer to your question. First, there are a few questions that you have to answer (honestly): *Do you plan to enjoy the journey? *Is the rig comfortable to sit in? *Is the rig comfortable to drive? *Will there be only one driver? *Do you plan to use non-campgrounds for overnights? So, *If you plan to enjoy the journey, then you need to plan to take your time and look up interesting stops along the way. This can add a lot of time to the travel, but also add immeasurably to the memories. *If the driver's seat is not long term comfortable, while this can be changed, being less than comfortable can wear you down. *If the rig is not a one finger drive and requires constant attention, then how comfortable the seat is does not matter, you can only maintain that attention lever for a given period. *If you have two drivers, the days travel can be greatly extended. If you have a driver and a navigator, this can also unload the effort of driving to a great extent. Just having someone to bring you a beverage on demand is a great advantage. *If you will only do overnight stops at a campground, you had best add in the time to get to the campground and in your slip to the day's travel. There are huge variables available here. This is all from a guy that has logged more that a few 1000+ miles days even some in recent years. We travel now in an antique motorhome that is very comfortable and can co-drive if the situation requires, but we try to avoid Bonzi runs as they are not something one can enjoy. At one time, I was draging a competition sailboat all over the country. The truck was not comfortable and neither was the excursion. I did, however, learn the value of planning. Things are easier if you have at least an idea where you are stopping and when. On these boards, you will find RVers that are 2-2-2 people. If this is your plan, then it can work for you. These are usually full-timers that -Travel 200 miles -Are at the campground at 2pm -Stay there for 2 days. If you don't have anywhere to be, that is just fine. What you really have to do is work a few excursions and find out what you are comfortable with doing. The one big caution here is that driving tired is a very good way to end up dead. Matt
Matt_Colie 07/08/20 08:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Coleman Mach 15

Spin, If the question is will it fit where the old one was, then yes. All the roof mount things are designed to go through a 14" square opening. That has been that way for decades. Matt
Matt_Colie 07/07/20 07:22am Tech Issues
RE: Fuse for Stabilizers and other electronics

Heather, The coach is 8 years old and the blade fuses are completely interchangeable, so there is no reason to expect that there is still a 3 amp fuse in that slot. I can't tell you where is should be, but I can offer a possible quicker way to find the open fuse. According to the SAE specification, the blades are supposed to be though the back side of the plastic. This is so you can put a tester of some variety there and determine if the fuse is good. There are test lights made just for this they are available at most storefront auto parts stores. Fact is any test light or meter will do. Matt
Matt_Colie 07/06/20 11:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Working online while in motion

Over the years, I have done a lot of work in the right front seat of our coach. Even with the 3watt ERP repeater for the phone (hot spot), we can't stray too far from the blue roads. Coverage is still an issue in mountains or the western states. Fortunately, if I was watching and about to finish something that needed sending, we could hold up somewhere until I hit send. Receiving can just get slow or you may have to wait for a connection to arrive. Two immediate warning that result from experience: Don't even try to run a normal mouse. A trackball can work, but even touchpads can be a problem on a rough road. Back everything sent on an independent solid drive. This means SSD or thumb drive. Conventional HDD get undependable with vibration. If you and your consort can make this work, it has lots of peripheral advantages. It becomes easy to do travel research underway and reviews and reservations can be a spur of the moment thing.
Matt_Colie 07/05/20 08:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Class C vs Trailer for Cross country with family? Help

Jake, I fear that you have a recipe for disappointment. According to my old copy of Street Atlas, a running time between The Strong Museum in Rochester and Fishing Bridge in YNP is 44 road hours at RV speeds. This does not include any breaks. It is 2,000 miles. You will not be able to travel at passcar speeds. We have done it all. The advantage of a trailer is more comfort when stopped for the night. You pay for that with less comfortable and less convenience underway. The advantage of a motorhome is more convenience and comfort underway, things like with the Bonzi run you outlined, you can sleep the off watch. You will pay for it at the destination. At this time, I will suggest that you get out the guide books and work on a different plan. I don't know what that plan will be, but you still have time to work on it. Not being able to cross through Canada will be a significant impediment. Let us know what the new plan is and maybe we can help. Matt
Matt_Colie 07/03/20 08:14am Beginning RVing
RE: Shore Power 12V to vehicle

If it still has the 1993 converter, get it out of there. Since about 2000, a new line of smart converters has hit that will never boil a battery, will charge it hard when it needs it and burp it to keep it from stagnating. There is a company called "Best Converter". I have never done business with them, but others have. Installing an isolater would keep you from accidentally killing main engine (truck) battery and that may be very worth while having. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/30/20 02:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Shore Power 12V to vehicle

Baddog, You have a lot to not worry about there. If the converter is something newer dirt, then it won't care about the output from the main engine alternator. Again, if that converter is a decent piece, it will not hurt the vehicle battery any more that it would hurt the bank in the camper. What you should do is look up the model of the converter and find out how smart it is. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/30/20 11:59am Tech Issues
RE: Are all RV's noisy and rattle?

I was shocked. We had unloaded the coach for the winter, and then I needed to pickup the boon for a friend's sailboat. I can fit 13'6" in easily, but do not have a truck. So, I drove the coach. Without all the stuff in it, it was a lot quieter than usual. We do separate pans and stuff so I don't know what all that noise was, but it was gone. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/30/20 11:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Grey water pump into portable waste tank

Get one of these. With my Dewalt 18v drill it will pump 5 1/2 gpm and will work pumping gray water. I use one to transfer fresh water from a tank in my truck bed into my RV holding tank. Works really well and cheap.Drill pump Can you tell me why you want to put water INTO your holding tank? Matt
Matt_Colie 06/29/20 09:08am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Can an RV even get East of the Hudson?

This was a year we were supposed to go east (Down East as we say). It looks like apart from unloading the firearms and such, we may not be able to go through New Jersey, New York and Connecticut without stopping for two weeks. Is it really that bad there? Can we get a permit to drive through and not stop? Matt
Matt_Colie 06/28/20 09:59am Roads and Routes
RE: Decent inexpensive modified sine wave inverter

Pretty hard to beat Triplite. I have to disagree. I was a loyal Triplite client until I bought a UPS that with that name on it. After about four years the internal battery went bad. I tried to decase the unit to replace it. I could not figure out how that would not break some plastic, so I called them and was told that the UPS (not cheap one) was not a serviceable unit. It was intended to be scrapped. I didn't do that, I did buy an APC replacement and the Triplite is in my shop in pieces so I can salvage small parts from it. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/28/20 09:53am Tech Issues
RE: A Minor Consequence of Touch Screen Technology

I am close to Guy here. While I have been around this stuff since the beginning, I still fight to do things that used to be possible with key-strokes as opposed to letting go of the keyboard to find the mouse. The worst was my new laptop is one that can also be a tablet. The other day while trying to point out something to my wife, I touched the screen.... It took way too long to get back to where I wanted it to be. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/28/20 09:34am Around the Campfire
RE: Decent inexpensive modified sine wave inverter

When our original refrigerator dies (of course a few days before a departure), I found a dorm reefer that would fit and then stopped at Hazard Fright and bought their 750/1500 modified square wave box (I refuse to use the word sine in this context). It was a complete success. Now comes the adventure.... I managed to repair the unit, a wife does not want it back as the new box worked better. But, she did not like the arrangement of the freezer compartment at all. So, a year or so later, we found one at a big box that she liked and the out side dimensions were about the same. In it went and I sold off the other two. Down the road a couple years, we were just barely out bound when the magic smoke leaked out the HF inverter. As we were actually closer to the store than home, for 39$us+tax we pick up a replacement and bought the warranty this time. I took the dead one back and the replacement has been riding with us for years now. It also serves to provide the AC to power the laptop and many other things as it has a lot of reserve power. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/27/20 09:05am Tech Issues
RE: UPDATED - Ran over Gator

Realtor Rick, I hate to tell you this but, the failure of retreads is not much different than that of first moldings. Retreads are prohibited on the steer wheels (I think that is DOT and not just state) and there are other limits as well. Time was I ran lots of retreads and had little issue apart from the fact that tires were an expense just a little below fuel. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/23/20 03:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: 220V circuit for electric dryer

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Matt_Colie 06/23/20 03:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 220V circuit for electric dryer

In 1973 I was an engineer at Thetford. The GMC motorhome was introduced. They were all built with for a 50 amp (14-50) service. It was widely believed that all campgrounds would be going this way and the simple reasons were that coaches were getting bigger and needed more A/C and things like microwaves were being installed. Well, flash forward 40 years and they were wrong. I would have thought that for the cost of the extra copper, no park builder would limit to 30 amp. I am wrong, I have even been in newer parks that only have 15 amp (R6-15) at the site and not even 20(R6-20) and yes, they are different. There were some GMCs that went for other upfitters that are only 30. Some have been retro fitted to 30 with another 15/20 cable for another A/C unit. I was told that this was because it was too difficult to wrestle that 50 amp cable. I don't have a problem with it. I did talk to one owner that was under the impression that if he wired the sites for 50, he would need to have a meter for each site. Well, Edison also sold the light bulbs, so he used to bill based on the bulbs you owned. Then he invented an accumulating watt hour meter for billing. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/23/20 03:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grey tank mysteriously filled

As soon as we moved to a boat with pressure water system, I decided I liked noisy water pumps. Shortly after departure, someone made a mistake and so pumped most of the potable water onboard overboard. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/22/20 07:30am Tech Issues
RE: How do you folks plan travel for long distances?

I have no good answer, but at 40$us/year RVtripwizard did not work for us. That was decided after paying for three years and only getting to use it for two and then it was still a failure. First off it is a webapp. Even though we do carry wire, we are out of good coverage (even with a 3ERP repeater) that it has zero value underway. This means that the day's route has to be loaded to the navigating GPS before departure, and if you deviate from that route, you better have a good way to deal with it. When any of our GPS would revise a route to meet the current situation, it has universally been a disaster. That has been true of Garmin, Rand Macnally and Magelan. Our newest as last Street Atlas is now 6 years out of date and wasn't very good then. I am waiting for either completely universal cell/web coverage, or a standalone planner/navigator to give us some good direction. As you can see I have disappointed by Garmin. They bought Delorme and then dropped that line. They still make a good GPS, but don't even try to read the device instructions or use it for more than an "This is where we are now" application. Well, I'll step off this milk crate and go about the day and continue planning at home only and on paper charts/maps. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/21/20 09:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Venting Indoors

OK Wines.... There are two very related issues here. The vents in a sewer system of an RV are for two purposes. The vents on the gray water runs are to keep the flow from pulling the traps dry. Those you could cover with an air admittance valve. But the vent on the black tank has to accommodate the outgasing of the biological activity. This is the one you need to get outside. That black vent does not need to be huge. It can actually be choked to something small and still function. Boats do this all the time because few can afford the 1-1/2 vent through a weather deck. Now, can you see thought some of the edge of ribs in the steel roof? Get the largest piece of plastic pipe that you can push though there. There may be places between the panel joints that are not nailed, go to one of those. Join that up to you vent header. If you still get anything back, go outside and put a Ell up and another foot of pipe so the draft over the roof takes the outgas away. Matt
Matt_Colie 06/18/20 09:31am General RVing Issues
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