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RE: Observations from the road

I'm sorry to say that your observations have brought out too many incendiary responses and I need to close the discussion. I'm quoting you here to give you the last word in a way will hopefully unite us instead of dividing us. This is a beautiful country.
dedmiston 10/27/21 03:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: "Solar" Sub-Forum

Hey Perry - I don't see any other "Yes" votes yet. That doesn't mean it's a "no", but I don't see enough support for the idea yet. Did you check out Class A and browse through the categories yet? What did you think? Did the format make sense for you? Do you think the benefit is worth the extra work? I'm eager to hear your feedback.
dedmiston 10/27/21 12:54pm Tech Issues
RE: "Solar" Sub-Forum

Try this in Google. “ solar (battery etc)” and it will give you a list of every “solar, battery etc.” title in Substitute full URL for confused face. Use for any site search. The confused smily makes me giggle. Here's a link to the search that joshuajim suggested:
dedmiston 10/27/21 10:07am Tech Issues
RE: Wind!

Why is there so much hate on this forum now? Settle down people! Hate? Hmmm, I must be immune because I don't see any hate here. Then it worked as intended. I deleted the offending posts.
dedmiston 10/27/21 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Wind!

Why is there so much hate on this forum now? Settle down people! Agreed. Brandon. You wore out your welcome. You're done in this thread. If you can't play nice, you get the penalty box. Don't post in this thread again.
dedmiston 10/27/21 07:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Observations from the road

Let's please keep this about RVing. No mask debates and no vax fights. A couple of y'all missed this admonition and got deleted. Please re-read and please don't get this thread shut down.
dedmiston 10/26/21 08:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Observations from the road

Let's please keep this about RVing. No mask debates and no vax fights.
dedmiston 10/26/21 05:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wind!

I agree with pianotuna. I don't do it every time, but I usually take a lap around my storage yard to visit the few rigs that use covers. None of them ever last a year, because the wind whips them to shreds. And the RVs are more beat to hell than any of the other rigs in the lot. I'm willing to admit that all these covers I've gawked at over the years were installed incorrectly, but that also means that I've never seen anyone who knows how to do theirs right. I guess that means that I agree with pianotuna AND grit.
dedmiston 10/26/21 04:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Glacier National Park and Mount Rushmore campgrounds

Can you still see enough of Glacier if the Road to the Sun is not open or don't have an entry ticket for it? In my opinion, no, you really don't see much of it without going to the top. It's like driving to Rushmore to look at the parking structure. That's just my opinion though.
dedmiston 10/26/21 12:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: "Solar" Sub-Forum

Sure, anything more specific is better than wading through the "Tech Issues" forum. Who is the moderator, site administrator that can add that sub-forum? Thanks, Perry Is it really that bad? Show me on the doll where the rest of the topics hurt you. :B Sorry. Just giving you a hard time. But still, I'm trying to figure out where the pain really comes to play. Which of the other topics are so annoying. And are they really annoying enough to make it worthwhile to have to browse through individual categories to avoid the ones that bug you? Do me a favor, if you will. Check out one of the other forums here that use Categories and tell me how the experience works for you. Check out Class A or one of the other ones and let me know if it's pleasant to you to browse that way or if it's more annoying than you'd think. Obviously, I already know the answer for myself, but that doesn't mean you'll have the same experience. Let me know your opinion after you follow that exercise for a few days. I'm honestly eager to hear what you think. I think it's an idea that sounds better on paper than it turns out to be in real life. But my viewpoint as a moderator (and a guy who has committed to reading every single post) my habits are different than others.
dedmiston 10/26/21 12:11pm Tech Issues
RE: "Solar" Sub-Forum

I'm not opposed to the idea, but it needs more thought. This Tech Issues forums doesn't have any other sub-forums (or "categories", as they're technically called). You can't really have a Category A though without having Categories B through X. The way the forum software works, any of the forums that allow categories don't just allow them, they actually require them. This also means there's an extra step to creating a new post, because you would need to create the topic title, pick a category, and then write the post. So at its most basic level, to create a Solar category, we would have to have this minimum organization: 1. Solar 2. Not-Solar (or "Everything Else") That's obviously a lame solution and wouldn't be workable. It's a bad solution just to add a Solar sub-forum. This means that to add a Solar category, we'll need to figure out what the rest of the categories should be, which is a ball of yarn I'm not looking forward to. The more I think about this, the more I'm going to drag my feet. Not that I'm opposed to categories in principle, but my experience shows that nobody really uses them. In the Toy Hauler forum where I got my start as a moderator, we've had six different categories for the past 10-15 years (I can't recall when we started them). The categories were kind of popular for a year or so, and then people quit using them and went back to browsing the "Show All" version and ignored the categories. Think about how you'll browse Tech Issues and ask yourself which type of visitor you'll be: "Man oh man do I love me some Solar posts. I love Solar and hate everything else, so I'll only look at the Solar sub-forum." "Man oh man do I hate me some Solar posts. I hate Solar and love everything else, so I'll click through each of the other sub-forums to read those posts and skip Solar." "Don't care. Seriously don't care. I'll never click into any of the sub-forums because it's a waste of my time. It's easy enough to look at the 'Show All' list and see which threads seem interesting enough for me to open and read." You get the picture. The value of the sub-forums/categories, in my opinion, is negligible and they're actually more trouble than they're worth. But by all means, please keep the conversation going. If there's enough demand for it and if y'all can propose enough meaningful Category topics, then we'll make the change. The only other caveat is that this forum software is so old and busted that there's no guarantee that we'll even be able to make this particular dream come true. But please share your thoughts. Even though I'm personally biased against it, I'm still all ears.
dedmiston 10/26/21 12:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Glacier National Park and Mount Rushmore campgrounds

Spring is probably too early to see much at Glacier, but we had a good time at the nearby KOA on the west side. We also really liked a couple of the spots on the east side, but it's a very different experience. Make sure to bring your passport in case you decide to dip your toes on the other side of the border. For Rushmore, look for someplace in the nearby Black Hills. We liked Hill City.
dedmiston 10/25/21 05:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dry Camping Shower Valve Replacement

The steps to ***Link Removed***. {SNIP} Spammer. Sorry we didn't catch this sooner.
dedmiston 10/25/21 01:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge

I predict this thread isn't going to go well. Please prove me wrong.
dedmiston 10/24/21 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Diego RV Repair

Outstanding. Glad to hear you're all fixed,
dedmiston 10/22/21 03:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anybody else have bad issues with RV Value Mart?

Hey mkenyon2, They probably aren't going to spend a lot of time with you discussing a $6k trailer. Is this very far from you? Can you swing by and see it in person? Are you experienced enough to inspect it yourself to figure out all of the options and see where the bodies are buried? If not, search for a mobile tech in your area and see if you can hire him/her to spend an hour or two going through the rig for you. It would be money well spent, plus it might give you some negotiating points. It's a sellers' market right now, so there's no telling how much time they'll be willing to spend with you on this sale. Good luck! :)
dedmiston 10/22/21 12:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Replacement Sofas

I just noticed this thread in Fifth Wheels where people had mixed reviews about Rec Pro. Don't just take my word for it. Just because my wife and I are satisfied doesn't mean they're perfect. Check out the good and the bad.
dedmiston 10/21/21 04:04pm General RVing Issues
Replacement Sofas

I've seen a lot of chatter lately about the fake leather in RV sofas wearing out too quickly. It's really a shame that the pleather wears out so fast that RVers are having to send perfectly functional couches off to the landfills just because they're ugly and worn out. I don't have a solution for the low quality of the sofas, but we just had a great interaction with a vendor for the replacements. We found better quality sofas online at Just like everything else these days, the sofas were backordered because of COVID. But their website has a notification feature where you can pick out what you need and then they'll email you when they're in stock. It took about three weeks for us to get the notification before we ordered ours. After that, it took a week for FedEx to deliver the five boxes to us (one box for each section of the recliner, plus a fifth box for the center console). I thought the installation was going to be tricky, but the old ones came out pretty easily and the new ones went in even easier since they were still in pieces (ten pieces in all). The only hassle was getting rid of the old ones, but we were able to take them to our trash company for large item disposal. Best of all, we found our son's favorite hat (missing for years) under the old sofa, along with the spare key to his car that had been gone for ages. I hated having to replace the old sofas after only five years, but the new ones are a lot more functional. Hopefully they last longer than the originals. I would definitely recommend using RecPro if it's time to replace your couches. (This is an unpaid celebrity endorsement from a non-celebrity.)
dedmiston 10/21/21 10:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Question about gray water...?

I think the take-away from this topic is that water isn't really the issue, it's the presence or absence of a bunch of junk in it. While disposing of clean water is pretty much a victimless crime, dumping polluted water is horrible and we should all agree that it's the wrong thing to do. Dumping water with food waste, toothpaste, and detergents is wrong. It's littering and it's polluting. If you just dump a little bit, you're only polluting a little bit, but you're still polluting. The part of your conscience that tells you to look both ways before you dump it is the part of your conscience that should actually be telling you not to dump it at all. Pack it in, pack it out.
dedmiston 10/21/21 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Nice Story fellow RVer

I love this. Good people are everywhere. And we should all strive to be "good people" like the guy on the road was. The Good Sam ("Good Samaritan") logo with the halo is literally plastered all over this website and most of the public RV parks. I'm glad to see that the subliminal messaging worked on this one traveler. I took a trip to Florida last weekend and had two interesting interactions. There was a twenty-something young guy in line ahead of at a coffee counter. I noticed that he pulled a big wad of Benjamins out of his handbag and picked out a smaller bill to pay. He was trying to be discrete, but I couldn't help but notice. I was kind of daydreaming about how easy it would be to rob this kid, and the next thing I knew it was my turn to order and he was gone. I looked down and saw that his bag was still there. Yikes. I finished my transaction and saw that he was already on the rolling sidewalk and headed down the terminal. His gate was at the far end of the terminal and I had to pass my gate to catch up with him and get him his bag. He was just sitting down and I saw the lightbulb go on when he realized his bag was gone. He just about fainted when he saw me walk up with it. And then Tuesday we were at Coco Beach and I found an iPhone in the sand. The screen wasn't locked, so I looked up the owner's name and started texting the last few people she had texted and finally reached her son and got a description of her so I could find her and get her phone to her. It isn't that hard to do the right thing. It can take you a few minutes out of your way, but it's worth it.
dedmiston 10/21/21 09:52am General RVing Issues
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