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RE: height warning device

Here's a cheap, easy and reliable electronic aide, buy an object detector like we have on the bumper of the DWs Explorer. They are about $15 on eBay and have 4 little sensors and the control unit and a visual/audio display for the dash. Because you won't be going 88 feet per second while entering a campsite, if you place one near the rear of the highest object and one slightly in front, you will be warned in plenty of time to stop. The sensors will start beeping at approximately one yard and the beeping increases in frequency until you are about a foot away from the object and goes to a continuous tone. I would guess that most of us pull into a site at about the same speed as we parallel park our toweds, this should give you plenty of time to stop and look before pulling in the site. My AC shroud is curved enough that I could attach one at about 45 degrees from vertical. My towed doesn't have a system so I bought one and when it comes back from the body shop I will install it. If your in need on the open road, I think Dennis(Executive) is correct.
D.E.Bishop 02/28/15 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: height warning device

Here's a cheap, easy and reliable electronic aide, buy an object detector like we have on the bumper of the DWs Explorer. They are about $15 on eBay and have 4 little sensors and the control unit and a visual/audio display for the dash. Because you won't be going 88 feet per second while entering a campsite, if you place one near the rear of the highest object and one slightly in front, you will be warned in plenty of time to stop. The sensors will start beeping at approximately one yard and the beeping increases in frequency until you are about a foot away from the object and goes to a continuous tone. I would guess that most of us pull into a site at about the same speed as we parallel park our toweds, this should give you plenty of time to stop and look before pulling in the site. My AC shroud is curved enough that I could attach one at about 45 degrees from vertical.
D.E.Bishop 02/28/15 09:43am General RVing Issues
Side seam molding

There is a seam in the Filon siding on the Bounder and being 25 years old, it is very brittle. I had the MoHo buffed out and waxed the other day and a piece broke off. I would love to replace it but cants find any place that sell it. I will use aluminum channel with the replaceable vinyl molding if I can find a local place that carries longer pieces. The passengers side is in short pieces but the drivers side is over 20 feet long. I will call Sherrie at Walt's in Rialto about the alum. channel but would like to use the original 3/4" wide, 3/16" thick vinyl if available. Any Ideas?
D.E.Bishop 02/28/15 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Sacramento RV show March 12-15

CalExpo probably.
D.E.Bishop 02/28/15 08:58am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: I remember when----???? (camping version).

This is kind of off topic but it something that came to mind as I read the posts here. It is a romantic thing thinking back to camping for the first time with our 4 and 5 year old daughters in the borrowed 1962 Ford Falcon, green canvas tent, stove and sleeping bags... Do you remember days Not so very long ago When the world was run by People twice your size And the days were full of laughter And the nights were full of stars And when you grew tired you Could close your eyes Yes the stars were there for wishing And the wind was there for kites And the morning sun was There for rise and shine And even if the sniffles Kept you home from school in bed You couldn't hardly Stay there after nine Do you remember campout Right in your own backyard... In memory of those days with my girls and John Duchendorf.
D.E.Bishop 02/28/15 08:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Sams Club?

There is other locations beside Walmart. Have to check at each location but Home Depot, Lowes and Menards allow overnighting at many locations. On our fall trip to the Maritimes and Minnesota , Maine the whole N/E area we would arrive only to find the campground we had reservations at was closed. One memorial night we stopped at a WM next to a HD and found out most HDs have Wi-Fi. Seems a lot of their customers(contractors) use it and so HD provides it. There were more RVs there than in the WM lot. We have used Sam's Club lots, nice folks directed us to a spot behind the building and up wind from the Semi's.
D.E.Bishop 02/28/15 12:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Wow, What a ride.

I have stenosis and before they could get a scan done I used OXY all the way from Norco up to the strongest stuff available. I am now on a nerve pain med and doing pretty good. Sure beats all the side effects of OXYCODONE. I do have a balance problem in the morning but it beats all the meds I took to counter OCD meds. What the problems the OP has sounds like it is stenosis or bulging discs putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. I have had two lumbar epidurals and the second one has done more good than the first which means that the MD may have found the best location for future epidurals. As far as military service and support from the Feds, I can't comment for fear of being poofed. I am a Cold War Vet and according to the VA none of us suffer from PTSD. Tell that to my family, friends and civilian Doctors.
D.E.Bishop 02/26/15 05:58pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Electric step

Kwikee makes two controllers.. one extends teh switch when the door switch is open (I think this is the new style) and the other when the door switch is closed (I think this is the old style) If you are replacing the step controller (Old with a new style) one way to get the steps to follow the door is to reverse the motor leads. So Out is in and in is out. Not the best idea because the ignition override would then EXTEND the steps but you can disable that. I can see a short cutter doing it that way. This is about the only thing I can think of. I don't really know what you said and I have very high regard for your knowledge but what are you suggesting? I don't think he should change anything. He should follow the step by step trouble shooting instruction in Kwikee manual 888. That is if his steps are Kwikee steps. The Kwikee steps are so simple mechanically and electronically, oh my goodness why try anything else. If they don't work as they should repair them don't jury rig them except to get to a location to get them fixed and even then jury rigging is questionable. Once again I respect your knowledge very much and you seem to have a great background in electronics, but, I don't agree. If they aren't working repair them and don't use them until you do. There is also the fact you said "OFF" There are two swich functions for the Kwikee steps Old style it was clled POWER and OFF meant.. Well.. OFF new style it is called OVERRIDE and OFF, means steps follow door ON means it stays out (or in your case in) Strongly suggests an old controller replaced with a new one, but still using the old door switch.
D.E.Bishop 02/26/15 05:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Favorite Camping Location

I have found 2 very special secluded spectacular CG's in my travels......but if I posted it here on a public forum read by millions of campers, it wouldn't be special anymore!:B There are only 2 or 3 of us left on here! :W Yeah DJ, that's why there are only four pages of responses so far:W and why our favorite is so crowded we seldom can get in.:(
D.E.Bishop 02/26/15 09:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Favorite Camping Location

I'm not going to post it here as it is now so popular we can seldom get in and have to reserve 6 months in advance, but, I will tell you of one right here in California. It is Kirk Creek on Hwy One. Many times each year I like to go somewhere and unwind from all the stress of family, Doctors and the S&B and just watch rocks grow. A beautiful spot over looking the Pacific and the hope of a Green Flash at sunset makes places like Kirk Creek irresistible. For everything else that drew us to the life style, we are still looking for the "everything camping spot". Going to Grand Canyon in May, we will go to the north rim after the Association meeting is over, we hear it is spectacular, it is always possible that it is the one.
D.E.Bishop 02/26/15 09:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Changing t12 fluorescent to t8

I replaced a T12 fixture with a four foot LED shop light. Almost as much light and it only cost $40. Saved a lot of time over changing ballast. Ballast alone was $32 at Lowes and Home Depot. I am replacing a four tube/four foot fixture and figure I'll make the cost up in short amount of time.
D.E.Bishop 02/26/15 08:50am Tech Issues
RE: Yosemite and Death Valley Routes

As the Tundra Driver said Tioga may be closed. It is not normally plowed until June but this year may be different. Lack of snow may open it in June. The route over the Sierra and the over to DV is a fine route. Bicyclist and endurance runners take it from DV to Whitney Portal. I think it is south to 58 ar north to 50 over the Sierra.
D.E.Bishop 02/25/15 12:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Legalities regarding firearms for bear safety in wilderness?

"The purpose is to deter the bear if possible and if the bird load doesn't stop it from attacking, then kill it with the slugs." I can only assume you are kidding or have a serious death wish. :h Firing a weapon is always a last resort and only when when your life is in imminent peril. If you shoot an aggressive Grizzily bear (that is putting your life in peril), with birdshot.... like the man said/sang: "Turn out the lights, the party's over! :S PS: Flash bangs for a 12 gauge are also good when a bear is posturing. I don't know how often you get out and shoot a shotgun , but if a bear were intent on eating me(they seldom do eat people)I would still fire that first shot at his face. Bird shot will slow a bear down when the shot hits its face and the next two rounds will be in the bear before it even knows it had been hit. My intent was to put some info out there regarding a posturing bear. A posturing bear and a charging bear are two different situations. If the bear is charging, I would hope at least one other person had something in the .40 to .44 Caliber pistol or a 308 or larger weapon standing behind me. During a charge a bear does not present a really good target, the head is usually down and that hump draws a lot of gunfire, those who have been trained about what to do during bear encounters generally know when to fold them and kill the bear.
D.E.Bishop 02/23/15 03:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Kwikee Step

Brian, the motor can be purchased much cheaper directly from the manufacturer. I'll have to look up who made it, they are in OR and if memory serves me right the guy to talk to was butch. The odds are if you have a late model rig the motor Mr Wizard suggested is correct but it really depends. If you have a bad motor and it is all aluminum, the one with the phenolic housing won't work and it becomes a******shoot as to which one will fit. If lubing doesn't fix it, come back on with a new post and give series and year of steps(RV) and what the motor looks like. Aluminum or phenolic gear housing on the motor. Then you will find out what you need.
D.E.Bishop 02/23/15 12:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oregon 42 from Roseburg to Coos

Having driven that road many times I have come to be a little critical of caravans of RVs. Two RVs traveling together and trying to stay together can hold up traffic for miles. If you do take any road from 5 to 101 please don't jam things up, drive spread out, please separate your rigs by 3 or 4 hundred yards and use the pull outs.
D.E.Bishop 02/22/15 11:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Advice on driving Oregon's coast road?

Just to let you know that ODOT installed so many turnouts so that RVs can stop often to remove the bicyclists from their rearview mirrors. All kidding and quotes from the funny, funny books about Oregoonians aside. The drive is fantastic and there are a lot of turnouts so visitors can stop and smell the roses while letting the speed demons rush by. If you do a search for The Oregon Coast, you will have a months worth of reading. There are so many places to stop, eat and commune with whom ever or whatever you wish. The Oregon State Parks are great but especially crowded during the summer. There are many, many private parks too so look for them in Trailer Life, and AAA camping books.
D.E.Bishop 02/22/15 11:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Roof Safety and Preventing Falls

I have the solution, the DW and the DGD. They won't let climb up there. And yes the 14 year old DGD has a lot of say in the matter. She tells the DW aka Nana if I don't follow the rules. Because she who must be obeyed stated, no more working on the roof, "She" pays the storage yard crew for doing it. So now I have and excuse for having the rig polished by the crew from the storage yard and other sundry chores that require using a ladder. She pays for it. Bought a new vent cover for the fridge, storage yard crew again. She pays for it. I'm liking this getting older. Oh!,I'm paying for that.
D.E.Bishop 02/22/15 12:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best route central Oregon to Reno

I would go east on US 20 then south on US 395. Another option would be south on US 97, then OR 139 to CA 299 to US 395 X2
D.E.Bishop 02/21/15 12:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Legalities regarding firearms for bear safety in wilderness?

I don't think a 'shotgun' will have much affect on a Grizzly, bear spray maybe? I'd rather have a high caliber rifle than a shotgun in these situations. Another question to ask is are weapons allowed in national or state parks? And what are the laws and regulations when a weapon in your possession when passing through them? A 12 gauge shotgun loaded with slugs will be effective.... birdshot, not so much. :B The purpose is to deter the bear if possible and if the bird load doesn't stop it from attacking, then kill it with the slugs.
D.E.Bishop 02/21/15 12:06pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Legalities regarding firearms for bear safety in wilderness?

I don't think a 'shotgun' will have much affect on a Grizzly, bear spray maybe? I'd rather have a high caliber rifle than a shotgun in these situations. Another question to ask is are weapons allowed in national or state parks? And what are the laws and regulations when a weapon in your possession when passing through them? Okay, I've got to respond to this one. There are several Federal and Local camping sites in AK where it is suggested that you carry your shotgun even while fishing in the river or lake. A shotgun with a bird load followed by two rifled slug loads will certainly deter a bear. If I lived in AK I would certainly carry a 40 caliber magnum ss pistol, but, try carrying that in your country. As far as parks are concerned, "come on". Don't show and don't bring it up but once again in your country the OP will have no problems, right?
D.E.Bishop 02/21/15 12:02pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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