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RE: Not destroying the awning

Our Class C had a Carefree by Colorado electric awning. Ours did not have a wind sensor. When we started camping seasonally, we decided to tie it down. The system we owned had large, heavy duty springs that allowed the awning to move gently and evenly when it was windy. Our seasonal site was directly across from a farm. The entry door faced due west and we would get winds that would just come out of nowhere, all hours of the day. If we expected a storm, we brought the awning in, but there were plenty of times that we'd go down to the lake or the pool or run to the grocery store with no bad weather forecast and then out of no where, our site would get windy, but still no storm. After a while, bringing everything in every time we left the site got very old, especially since we were there for 5 months. Our awning went through many storms, some pretty strong that came out of nowhere in the middle of the day or night. When we sold the Motorhome, the awning worked just fine. -Michael
mgirardo 10/10/22 06:45am Beginning RVing
RE: External hard drive info??????....UPDATE

I don't see my BOOKMARKS saved or can't find them on the drive.... is there a way to download all my bookmarks onto the ext drive.... thanks That depends on what Web Browser you use. They will be stored in different locations depending on what Browser you use. It might be easier to just Export your Bookmarks from your browser, then you can import them into your next computer. Just Google "where are my bookmarks stored for INSERT YOUR BROWSER HERE". -Michael
mgirardo 10/05/22 06:08am Around the Campfire
RE: Closer to a head on then you ever want to be...

I see people are confused by the story Road was two lanes at that point. One north, one south bound This line from the the OP's original post is what confused me: "Suddenly as a large class A approached in his left lane...". Saying the Class A was in his left lane implies that the Class A had a right lane. Whatever the case was, I'm sure it was a harrowing situation and not one anyone would have wanted to be. I'm glad it ended well for all parties! -Michael
mgirardo 09/16/22 06:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Stops Catalytic Converter thefts! (inexpensive method)

Sorry that happened to you....it sucks! I'm curious, what did you do next? Did you move your trailer to a safer storage location (harder for the criminals)? Did you do anything to deter future criminals like install motion lighting? Did you just get your trailer fixed and put it back in the same storage with zero changes (hoping nothing happens again)? Or do you now store your TT and just leave the doors unlocked to make it easier for the criminals? One thing comes to mind here... It doesn't sound like the people who hit your TT were criminals in the sense that they were looking to steal items for profit/$$ (maybe). It sounds like it might have been (as you mentioned) someone just looking for a place to sleep, or do drugs, etc. Or maybe it was kids/teenagers out causing trouble. I hope they have moved on to somewhere else and leave you alone (or better yet, gotten caught in the act somewhere else). It sucks when people mess with our stuff. -Chris Thanks Chris. When I got home from work (not self-employed at the time), I brought it home, even though the HOA did not allow it. Oh, well. I put it in the backyard out of view and then replaced the door. Eventually, we took it to another lot where it stayed for years without incident. We stored our MH for years at the new lot without incident. I was skeptical about the Police's assessment that someone was looking for a place to stay. We had nothing of value in the HTT other than pots and pans, silverware and plastic dishware. I thought it was odd that someone looking for a place to stay would have the tools necessary to cut a coupler lot. The door, delivered, was cheaper than the insurance deductible and I was able to easily replace it myself. -Michael
mgirardo 09/08/22 06:34am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: America's first automated RV park

It doesn't seem like a place I'd want to choose as a vacation, but for an overnight when full hookups were needed, it definitely fits the bill. We've paid more at KOA's for a quick overnight stay (10+ years ago). It would be nice if they had an eight hour rental for when we just want to get some rest and empty the waste tanks and refill the fresh water tank. I like the contactless check-in. I've used it at Hotels in the recent past and it is nice not to have to wait in a line to check-in. No need to hold onto a key either, just use my phone. -Michael
mgirardo 09/07/22 06:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Stops Catalytic Converter thefts! (inexpensive method)

I've heard this philosophy before (don't anger the criminals). I understand why someone would suggest this as yes there is a chance that someone *could* do something out of anger if you've protected your property. I 100% understand that logic. Chris I've experienced it. Our Hybrid TT was broken into. It was in a storage lot. I was driving by one day and saw the door wide open. I went to take a look and noticed the door lock had been pried open. I only locked it, did not put the deadbolt on. It didn't look like anything had been touched. The police thought they were probably just looking for a place to sleep. I closed the door and put the deadbolt on. A few days later, the Storage Lot called and told us it was broken into again. This time, they couldn't get in, so they broke the window on the door and even tore the metal skin of the door a couple inches. Then they cut the coupler lock off and cut the tether for the fresh water fill's cap. Just for fun, they went to another TT and cut their coupler lock off as well. So yeah, don't piss the criminals off. -Michael
mgirardo 09/07/22 06:08am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Thor or Forest River - Warranty and reputation

I'm asking if there is a difference bettween the brands when you *do* have an issue. Which is better for warranty/customer service, etc. Or is this more the dealer and/or extra warranty? Thanks! It really depends on the dealer. The dealer is your starting point on Warranty work, unless you can get the Manufacturer to authorize a mobile repair or other shop to do the work. Every dealer is different. You need to do your research on the dealership. Some will not do warranty work on a unit that wasn't purchased at their dealership. We did not need warranty work with our Forest River Rockwood Roo HTT, but we really liked the dealership and feel they would have taken care of us. We've owned 2 Jayco products from new. The Class C was the only one that needed warranty work. The nearest dealership wouldn't touch our Class C, so we drove a little further (200 miles) and found a great dealership that had no problem doing the warranty work. -Michael
mgirardo 07/27/22 05:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Best security cameras for travel trailer?

Reolink makes several cameras that use 4G. I don't know any that use satellite. -Michael
mgirardo 07/26/22 05:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Rentals

I don't have personal experience with it, however my cousin and her husband used it multiple times when visiting Yellowstone. They'd fly out from the East Coast to Bozeman, MT. The RVShare owner was in Bozeman, so they'd take a cab/Uber to his house from the airport and spend 2 weeks exploring. They did it for 4 or 5 years before finally getting a RV of their own. -Michael
mgirardo 07/19/22 06:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Valve Disconnect Flat

Must be some killer tires you got on that rig, to not notice you were running with a flat! When we had our blow out (outer dual), I only knew because of the noise. The Class C handled just fine and I easily got over to the shoulder. -Michael
mgirardo 07/19/22 06:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fuel cost in your area

$4.39 for regular, Brunswick, GA.
mgirardo 06/27/22 06:17am General RVing Issues
RE: programing of Mercedes key fob

Maybe they changed something. This was about 10 years ago. That something was that Automakers realized they were losing a revenue stream by letting their customers program their own keys. -Michael
mgirardo 06/22/22 05:25am Tech Issues
RE: programing of Mercedes key fob

We encountered the same thing with our son's Volvo. We bought key fobs on Amazon and took them to the largest and oldest Locksmith in town, after confirming they could do it. One of their machines was not capable of programming the fobs. The other machine would only program the key to start the car. Digging a little deeper, the tech found that the car's Immobilizer system had to be decrypted to get the 4 digit code needed to program the fob to unlock the doors and start the car. Volvo would not provide the locksmith with the 4 digit code, so we made an appointment to come back since the decryption process took several hours. They charged $50 to program the key fobs. It took about 5 hours to get the key fobs programmed. The only other option for us would have been driving an hour to a Volvo dealer and pay close to $300 per key fob. We bought 2 fobs on Amazon for $70. -Michael
mgirardo 06/20/22 05:30am Tech Issues
RE: What's up with CGs?

Am I headed to the redneck oasis or is this just the state of RVing in 2022? It sounds like they are trying hard to not be the redneck oasis. I'm thinking the park is under new ownership and they are trying to clean up a mess. -Michael
mgirardo 06/01/22 05:55am General RVing Issues
RE: leaving the stick and brick for the summer

Around here, most Climate Controlled storage facilities keep the A/C set in the high 80s, just enough to run it to pull out the humidity. When we camped seasonally, we had the A/C upstairs set to 85 degrees, downstairs was off. We would turn off the water, the refrigerator (and left open), and the hot water heater. We had a couple lights on smart switches/outlets inside and out and we left the internet on so we could monitor cameras and the smart switches/outlets. -Michael
mgirardo 05/23/22 05:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Propane shut off valve opens on its own

Grit dog, my biggest problem is with my computer, as I will type out a paragraph and the unit will delete everything I just wrote or write back over what I am writing. Assuming this is a laptop, keep your palms up when you type. It sounds like part of your hand is swiping the mouse pad as you type and causes the cursor to move, possibly selecting text. Then when you type the next letter, whatever text was selected gets deleted. You can also buy a desktop style keyboard (wired or wireless) and you won't have that problem anymore. If going wireless, might as well get a keyboard and mouse combo, then you don't have to use the laptop's keyboard and mouse pad. Some laptop mousepads are a real hassle. -Michael
mgirardo 05/17/22 05:31am General RVing Issues
RE: My key fob quit working

Call a locksmith that programs keys, they might be able to find fobs. My son bought his first car, a used Volvo with push start a couple years ago. The dealer only had one key fob. The locksmith wanted $200 for 1 key fob. We were able to find key fobs on Amazon, $70 for 2. They look identical to the OEM key fob. The same locksmith charged $50 to program them. -Michael
mgirardo 05/09/22 05:47am Tech Issues
RE: Travel through Atlanta

Atlanta area drivers follow too close and drive too fast for the conditions. They also change lanes too often. I seriously doubt many could pass a driving test. I've been going through Atlanta since the late 60s. It has steadily grown worse and now I refuse that route. That's pretty much any big city along the East Coast (and probably the rest of the country as well), it's not just an Atlanta phenomenon. -Michael
mgirardo 04/22/22 05:57am General RVing Issues
RE: No more photo posting... huh?

Google Chrome 100, works fine for me https://i.imgur.com/mWttF74l.jpg -Michael
mgirardo 04/18/22 05:42am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Destination Models - Replace Vertical Blinds with Drapes?

Our Bungalow Destination Trailer came with Black Out curtains, attached with a normal household curtain rod. -Michael
mgirardo 04/04/22 06:40am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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