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RE: Reliable Walkie Talkie?

I am well aware of the legality of using a marine radio for shore to shore comms. My ham 2M radio can receive everything from the aviation freqs all the way up through the marine freqs & I have some of them programmed to scan sometimes. Quite surprised to hear marine channels used far from any water & obviously non water related use. Not saying it is OK however a handheld radio on low power is not having a range of more than a few miles at best. For CG parking & not losing each other in a big box store the best to use is a cheap FSR. If it gets destroyed by dropping it or getting it soaked, no big deal.
Veebyes 11/25/20 06:57am Tech Issues
RE: Reliable Walkie Talkie?

Double post. SRI.
Veebyes 11/24/20 03:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Reliable Walkie Talkie?

Of course you could always get a couple of basic marine radios, pick some obscure channel that nobody uses & go at it that way. Range is going to be basically line of sight, the same as ham 2M or the commercial VHF band radios.
Veebyes 11/24/20 03:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Reliable Walkie Talkie?

The rechargables are a pain.The AA or AAA last longer. You just need to turn them off when not using them. What sort of range are you looking for? We use them for parking. The spotter talks. The driver listens. Maybe if one of us is going wandering around the CG. Sometimes use them in a big box store. Saves hunting each other down. Knowing the limitations of the radios helps. Both of us are ham radio operators however there is little point in having something expensive with a range in miles when a 1/4 or 1/2 mile will do.
Veebyes 11/23/20 02:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Painting the Walls of the 5er

As a cleaning product naptha is a seldom mentioned but very effective product for removing anything on the surface before it. Lacquer thinners or Acetone work well too.
Veebyes 11/22/20 07:11am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Recomendation for campground near Memphis.

Tom Sawyer across the river, beautiful views Been there a few times. Best was when they did not have any sites so we dry camped right next to the river. No need to go outside to watch the tows go by. Stayed at Fuller too. Be warned. If the wind is in the wrong direction you get the aroma of the nearby sewage plant.
Veebyes 11/21/20 05:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Underbay Storage Slideout - need design

Have a factory installed one in my 5er. Wonderful having the thing. Don't know the cost. It was a standard item for the model. I would imagine the aftermarket purchase would not be cheap. Course buying readymade is no labour on the owners part. Who knows how many hours for a DIY?
Veebyes 11/20/20 12:25pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Jacking up an RV

So this will be a semi permanent raising? Bottle jack under bottom spring leaf next to axle & lift as planned. Up, transfer weight back to wheel, re block, lift again, transfer etc. till you are at the height you want to be.
Veebyes 11/14/20 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: Maritmes phone coverage

The phone I have is an unlocked phone. At home in Bermuda a Bermuda provider sym card goes in. While in the US a Straight Talk sym card goes in. Looking at coverage maps it appears that either Telus or Bell have the best service. Not needing much data either. Not a gamer, a movie watcher or one to be posting pictures of every moment of my day. Not much of a phone yapper either. Data needs are CG research, since we rarely make reservations days in advance, & a few forums such as this one.
Veebyes 11/07/20 11:27am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: On the road breakdown stories..

Filled up both near empty tanks at a busy Amarillo, TX. truck stop. Off we headed N on 287 to CO. 1 1/2 later, DW driving, the truck died. Just died in the middle of the TX panhandle. Nothing there. Not even a cell signal. A TX trooper stopped & arranged a tow to next town. Flat towed, with trailer, no power to brakes or steering to a Chevy dealer where they tinkered & got us started. Off we went. 1 1/2 hours later the truck stops dead. OK panhandle this time, even more remote. Got towed by proper wrecker to next town. Spent night at his garage. Very much an old school diesel mechanic. Got truck started, topped off tank that we had been using (important) & continued to CO. Night in Seibert, CO E of Denver. Next day CHANGED tanks (100% Amarillo fuel) & headed to Denver. 1 1/2 hours later truck died in the middle of one of Denver's busiest interchanges. Finding a wrecker capable of towing us was near impossible so this shade tree mechanic & a 25 year veteran of marine diesel engines was left scratching his head to save himself. Brain fart! Changed tanks (to Amarillo/Oklahoma tank MIX). After repeated starts & stops with priming in between, the truck was running smoothly. Bad fuel from Amarillo. At next fillup, (that tank had 3 hours burn taken out of it) added all kinds of diesel additives. The engine has been fine ever since. Moral of story. Don't count on a busy truck stop having good fuel.
Veebyes 11/06/20 06:45am General RVing Issues
RE: travel during covid

Just got back from an 87 day trip. Covid crimped our style but did not stop us in our tracks. Travelling by RV is inherently a solitary activity. You travel in your own vehicle, sleep in your own bed & eat at your own site. There is no need to be running off to a store every day. If there is any socializing it is done outside at a respectful distance. We only covered about 5000 miles this trip which were very flexible in route & time spent. Plans are already in the works for next year. Newfoundland is plan A. A western trip is plan B. Be adaptable & go with the flow & be careful out there.
Veebyes 11/06/20 06:16am General RVing Issues
RE: How to cap an old roof antenna hole?

Something simple like a piece of formica sealed down would do the trick. Inside I would put up a nicely varnished piece of wood to cover the hole. Does nothing but looks better than trying to match whatever the ceiling covering is.
Veebyes 11/06/20 06:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Maritmes phone coverage

Unfortunately I don't have a US provider, such as AT&T. For the months that we are in the US we use Straight Talk & TracPhone. Straight Talk offers a plan for calls from the US TO Canada but nothing for use IN Canada, hence the question about a pay as you go provider IN Canada. More research needed. Phone options these days is bewildering. One option definitely out is my roaming with my Bermuda phone. Might as well get a satellite phone for their charges.
Veebyes 11/06/20 05:51am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Maritmes phone coverage

Subject to covid & border opening of course plan A next year is a trip to the Maritimes with at least a month on Newfoundland. The plan is to take our unlocked phone with us & get a pay as you go sym for the 3-4 months we hope to be in those provinces The question is, which service provider has the best all round coverage for those provinces?
Veebyes 11/05/20 02:20pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is it a good time to sell?

Boats & RVs are summer toys. Selling in the fall, not such a great time. Buying in the fall, a great time. Sitting on something that is not being used is not a good idea any time.
Veebyes 11/05/20 07:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Rving coming to an end

Wishing your wife well. The day will come when we all have to give up the RV lifestyle. It won't be a happy day. We went into it with a plan to have it 4-5 years. 14 years later we are still at it with no plans to stop but realise there will not be another 14 years. Something will give. Health, finances, tired of it, run out of places to go, truck wore out, trailer wore out. Something will demand that we stop. Even if that time is next year it has been one helluva ride. There are thousands of pictures to remember it by.
Veebyes 11/05/20 07:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Updating 5th Wheel?

As of last estimated night count we have put nearly 2000 days on the road in 11 years with our 5er. As expected the carpet is looking tired, even with using runners for the life of the trailer. The new flooring desire has been kicked around & we are willing to tackle it ourselves. Trouble is, the job has to be done while we are living in it. We don't have a house to live in while we park the trailer on the side.
Veebyes 11/02/20 07:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How do you value your RV?

It is worth what a buyer is willing to actually pay for it. That is the hard truth. Expensive upgrades mean very little to most buyers. For example my upgrade money went into important stuff. I upgraded springs from a 6 pack to a 7 pack. The spring hanger areas were massively re engineered to make the whole running gear far stronger than the stock frame. Do I expect any return on the $3000 plus upgrades? No, but I have had years of peace of mind. The cheap & nasty converter came out & a programable multi stage charger went in, along with a 1500W pure sinewave inverter. Unseen big bucks upgrades that the average buy will know little to nothing about never mind appreciate what has been done in an offering price. What makes a difference? Make sure it is super clean, right down to the tire sidewalls. Make sure the inside is clean too & smelling nice. Set it up like you see in the fake brochures, with flowers etc. on the table.
Veebyes 11/02/20 07:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Finished! Roof Coating/Maintenance Report with Henry's 877

A question to anyone having used this product over 2004 to 2008 TPO roof membrane: Q: has the coating adhered well over time (1 year? 2 years?) ? Q: is the Tropicool coating easy to keep clean (ie. does it accumulate and retain dirt over time (weeks? months?) that is difficult to wash off) ? BTW, OP: NICE work! Cheers *Note: ours (with TPO roof) is stored indoors in a heated marina facility 7 months a year, but contemplating coating roof in ~2 years Time will tell on durability but I assume that the product has been around for some time & I have not seen any complaints. It is a smooth finish, slippery when wet, so I anticipate easy cleaning & expect to continue with my usual cycle of at least twice a year cleaning. Do not get these two similar products confused. I started with 3 coats of HENG'S rubber roof coating. Not impressed. My roof had a milder case of 'roof pox' than the OP. The HENG'S did not cover well at all. Roof pox showed through even after the three coats as recommended. One coat of Henry's, as instructed, did the job over the Heng's. Live & learn.
Veebyes 11/01/20 06:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: cleaning the outside of the 5'er

As a saltwater kept boat owner since 1981 I have learned a thing or two about gelcoat & the maintenance of it. First of all, there is no such thing as EASY. The more oxidation, the tougher the job to restore & the tougher it is to keep it looking good. Lots of products will make it look better, not good, for the short term. You get what you pay for. Your labour will be the same so you might as well pay for the quality product that will last first time around. Keep that pressure washer far far away. It will do more damage than good. Start with a good wash to remove long sitting road grime & bugs on the front cap. Easy step. Next is the tough one which depends on the deterioration of the gelcoat. For relatively minor chalking of gelcoat either 3M Marine cleaner wax or Maguires Marine cleaner wax does the job. The work is in working the stuff in to remove the chalking. You will need a proper polisher to remove the product. One of those two handed cheap automotive buffer won't do the job. I carry a Makita polisher around. One of those buy it for life tools. By now you are at the end of day two, maybe into day three, & looking pretty good but not finished yet. The last step is the Meguires Flagship POLISH. This goes on easy but does absolutely nothing to remove chalking or stains, hence the importance of doing a proper job with the cleaner wax. The Flagship produces a visibly better shine & gives the protection for longevity of the shine. My Alpenlite spent it's first 2 years of life in a storage lot in CO. I got it before the chalking set in. Eleven years later, it is looking almost new after many thousands of miles use. The method here is frontcap cleanerwax & Flagship twice a year, mainly because of bugs. The rest of the trailer Flagship once a year. Every 3 years or so cleaner wax then Flagship. Two weeks ago it got the full cleaner wax treatment then was put into indoor storage. Next spring it gets a wash off then the full Flagship treatment before it goes travelling. Regarding ghosting, the original frontcap decal took a beating so I replaced it with a custom photo. The difference is in the quality of the material. Over three years & thousands of bugs beaten into it & it is looking like new. You have to look really really hard to see any evidence of the originl https://i.imgur.com/LbYxlJQl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
Veebyes 10/30/20 06:33pm Fifth-Wheels
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