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RE: New laptop?

I replaced my older, larger laptop (HDD, optical drive, etc.) with a Lenovo ideapad 330S. It has a solid-state drive (not a hard disc drive with moving parts), a good amount of storage, a reasonably fast processor, a nice screen, and a regular keyboard with a numeric keypad. The only thing it doesn't have is moving parts (no HDD nor optical drive). My wife has a late-model HP 17" with a large HDD, big screen, plenty of memory, etc... the ideapad boot/reboot about 20 times faster than her HP - all because of the solid state drive vs. the hard drive (similar processors). Being a Windows PC, it will run any of the Windows software your old one would. I couldn't be happier with it. Rob
Second Chance 10/20/20 07:11pm Technology Corner
RE: Need help on winterizing RV with residential fridge

What make/model is your residential fridge? If it's the Samsung RF18xxx, the icemaker has a test cycle button. Activate that several times while the lines are pressurized with antifreeze. Other makes/models may have similar features. Rob
Second Chance 10/18/20 08:36am Tech Issues
RE: Light lenses

If your sides are flexing enough to do this, you have a much bigger problem than lenses for running lights. The plastic in the lenses ages and degrades with exposure to UV light, but a 2018 rib seems a bit new for this to be the case. Rob
Second Chance 10/17/20 09:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Colors of trucks!

I don't know the answer to your "trend" question, but I can tell you that, on a hot August afternoon in Augusta, GA, there is a 40 degree difference in the inside temperature of identical trucks - other than one being black and the other being white (this test was done with calibrated thermometers). You can guess which truck was hotter... Rob
Second Chance 10/16/20 08:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are other drivers killing your RV experience?

Narcissism.
Second Chance 10/16/20 08:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: California DL towing an Exactly 10,000 lb GVWR trailer

The Handbook also states for a regular class C license: If the towing vehicle weighs 4,000 lbs. or more unladen, you may tow a: Trailer coach not exceeding 9,000 lbs. gross. I suppose the law says the same thing but don't know how to check that. "(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), a two-axle vehicle weighing 4,000 pounds or more unladen when towing a trailer coach not exceeding 9,000 pounds gross." Maybe this url will work better: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=12804.9&lawCode=VEH# Made your link clickable: Click
Second Chance 10/13/20 05:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: cleaning the outside of the 5'er

Pressure washing will not remove oxidization. The Mequiars products are excellent. I would use their marine oxidization remover on the gelcoat and then use Wash Wax All twice a year (it's a waterless wash, wax and protectant). The Wash Wax All is a much quicker and easier process for waxing the unit - it was developed for the aviation industry (I use it on the RV, the truck and the car). Rob
Second Chance 10/10/20 06:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need freezer seal ideas

I would take the old seals to an appliance parts outlet (the type that caters to appliance repair techs, etc.) and see if they can match it with something from bulk stock. Rob
Second Chance 10/09/20 09:43am General RVing Issues
RE: ? Which Dehumidifier?

We have a new 20 pint GE unit that we're really happy with. You'd want to go with one of the bigger units for the square footage you're talking about, though. The GE 20 pint and larger models all have a tube output on them. Rob
Second Chance 10/05/20 04:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fifth wheel towing

Is that 8,000 lbs. GVWR or empty on the fifth wheel? If it's empty (advertised weight), the answer is probably, "No." Use 23% of the GVWR for the trailer to calculate an estimated loaded fifth wheel pin weight. Then use that number to compare to the payload from the door sticker on your truck (remembering to also subtract the weight of a suitable hitch and all passenger and stuff you'll have in the truck). Payload is the killer on 1/2-ton trucks. Rob
Second Chance 10/04/20 03:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The trashing of our public lands.

I didn't read the whole article but I get the gist of the issue. There are just WAY too many people that could give a Rat's *** about anyone except themselves and there are even some people that don't care about themselves either! Therefore they don't care about public lands and what happens to them. they're going to break things and leave their trash behind because nothing will happen to them. Unfortunately, their deeds go unpunished most of the time and not many will confront them if they see it happen because they fear getting beat up or worse and by the time people report things, the culprits are long gone. This was my first thought ^^. I grew up in the Lincoln National Forest and never saw any campers or outdoorsmen/women behave like this. The type of trash in the photos looks much more like household garbage left there by people who are too cheap to pay for trash service at home. If I see things like this happening, I take a photo of the license plate and give it to local authorities. Rob
Second Chance 10/03/20 01:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Soundbar, speakers, or large portable for trailer?

You get what you pay for. I have a Polk Audio sound bar with wireless sub integrated into our entertainment center. Digital optical link from the TV to the sound bar means that anything that runs through the TV (satellite receiver, DVD player, etc.), is heard via the Polk Audio system. The sound bar is also Bluetooth capable, so we can stream music from any Bluetooth device if we don't want to turn on the TV to play music from the USB drive in the smart TV. Being a musician, I'm hard to please - and this is about as good as it gets in an RV. Rob
Second Chance 09/29/20 10:46am Technology Corner
RE: Where do you put your levels?

to pricey for me, but it looks like a cool idea. LevelMatePRO Wireless Vehicle Leveling System We had one of these on our previous fifth wheel (it didn't have auto-level). It was fantastic! I liked it so much, I moved it to our new fifth wheel (has auto-level) so I can find the most level spot on a site before unhitching and leveling. It's worth every penny. Rob
Second Chance 09/29/20 10:41am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone using Lithium batteries? Comments?

We have two Battle Born 100 AH batteries with 300 watts solar, automatic transfer switch and a 2,000 watt inverter. Our main intent (and the reason we don't have more batteries and solar) was to run the residential refrigerator on long travel days. The system has done very well at doing that and more. I put the thermostatically controlled heating pads on the batteries for cold weather (batteries are mounted in the enclosed but unheated front compartment/tool/battery/generator area of a fifth wheel). We have been extremely happy with the setup. I'm glad to be rid of battery maintenance and not worry about discharging the batteries all the way. Rob
Second Chance 09/29/20 10:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wiring for DISH Playmaker into RV

This is a common problem with automatic satellite antennas - no matter which provider or RV manufacturer. I've had to rewire and/or run direct coax runs for our Pathway X2 antenna in both of our fifth wheels. The factory uses inferior coax rather than quad shield and often uses splice connectors. These cause drops in the control voltage from the receiver to the antenna (and signal strength loss on the way back). In both RV, I found a way to run quad shield coax directly from the receiver to a port or connector underneath the RV directly under the TV/entertainment center. Things have worked perfectly since. Rob
Second Chance 09/29/20 10:33am Technology Corner
RE: What truck do I need to pull this trailer

There's no way that's going to have a 2,800 lb. pin weight loaded. The advertised pin weights are dry/empty. Count on a fully-loaded pin weight of around 3,900 lbs. and figure your truck payload numbers from there. Calculator Rob
Second Chance 09/27/20 02:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Options to Winegard Trav'ler

What Dish receiver are you using? The Dish Trav'ler That's your antenna. Your receiver would be a Wally, Hopper, etc. Rob
Second Chance 09/27/20 09:37am Technology Corner
RE: Fuel mileage 5th wheel vs travel trailer

The total package is less aerodynamic, the 5er has smoother air flow than a PU and TT. This ^^. There is much less of a gap between the cab and the front cap of a fifth wheel than between the cab and the front of a travel trailer. The longer distance with the TT setup allows turbulence to set up in the bed of the truck (coming over the cab) and air to slam into the front of the TT. On the fiver setup, the air flows more smoothly from the top of the cab up and over the front cap of the fiver. Rob
Second Chance 09/26/20 09:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Options to Winegard Trav'ler

You could get a Winegard Pathway X2 to have when you can't get a clear shot at the birds from your Trav'ler. It's a carry-out antenna (the largest reflector in the Winegard automatic portable line-up) and has the advantage of being both eastern and western arc capable. That means you can get HD locals no matter what part of the country you're in. We've been extremely happy with ours. Rob
Second Chance 09/25/20 12:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Can anyone identify this camper i have

Holy cow I didn't know there was a company that sold DIY camper plans! Might have been cheaper to build my own for what it's costing me to restore this Lance....probably less work too LOL... How do you get it on the truck without jacks? I don't see any in the plans pic either. Glen-L is a company that started in 1953 selling boat plans and kits. I've known about them since the '60s (avid boater) but didn't know they had camper plans, too. I learn something just about every day. Rob
Second Chance 09/24/20 07:38pm Truck Campers
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