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RE: Microsoft finally prices Windows correctly.

You know, at 74 and dyslexic, all I need it another new system. I'm using my laptop which has 8.1 and it's a pain to learn everything all over just for a travel computer. DGD's promised me help on my android phone and finally after six weeks I learned how to retrieve voice mail.
D.E.Bishop 01/22/15 12:45am Technology Corner
RE: RV travel to Canada

We were "casually" searched once going into Canada, we have an older and somewhat smaller rig and the Officer wanted to see what was there. He said so in so many words. The one thing I make sure to do is remove my sunglasses while the Officer is looking at me. I'm useless without glasses and put my prescription glasses on before I move forward. It has been 15 years since we drove up to AK and I did have a shotgun and paperwork. None of the male officers questioned me, a female officer did when we were entering CA from Hyder, but no search. One officer asked if I had any guns and I told him yes and that it was stored as the permit said, gun in a locked case and ammo in another cabinet. His reply was it wouldn't do much good if I needed it, my answer was "but is your law". He laughed and sent us on our way. American BP, not always friendly but as someone said we all have bad days. I'm just happy they are there and doing their job.
D.E.Bishop 01/22/15 12:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Evidence of water - deal breaker?

My DW and I looked at a Southwind at Canejo RV, she pointed out to one of the sales staff the ripples looked like water damage. As we3 were leaving another rig we heard the salesman telling a work type to replace the panel that was rippled. That was the end of looking at that dealer.
D.E.Bishop 01/19/15 06:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: NADA Pricing

I found an older Southwind that I loved and I mean loved, the owner came down on the price to a level 6K over Low Retail on NADA. By the time my DW agreed to go look at it with me, it was sold. There have others that started between average and low NADA that I would have been willing pay more than the asking price for and some that I wouldn't give a second look to at lower than LOW NADA. You just have to find the one you want and decide what it is worth to you.
D.E.Bishop 01/19/15 05:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Western National Parks

Lauren we have been to 52 of the NP's and I'll be darned if I can pick just three off hand. I can definitely say Canyonlands and Grand Canyon, trying for the third but just to keep it simple I'll pick Carlsbad Canyon. Can I update my choices after I mull it over?
D.E.Bishop 01/14/15 11:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nightlights under some rigs

My DW's family has owned a desert home since the 50's, and never had problems with critters eating the wiring. We do have problems with the packrats setting up nests in the innards of the Servel and outhouse. Seeing as how the nearest power pole is over $20,000 away we only have generator power. All the wiring in the cabin is romex and it is exposed. not entirely NEC but then again in over 50 years of ownership we've never had an inspector come knocking on the door.
D.E.Bishop 01/14/15 12:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: Utah & Colorado State Parks

Dead Horse SP is very scenic and it is has easy access to Canyonlands and Arches. The list from trailertraveler is a good one. You have the site for the parks so all you have to do is look at them on line to find out which are of interest to you.
D.E.Bishop 01/13/15 03:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping with PTSD

It's funny about PTSD, no one in my family knows that several of my friends and I suffer with it. We are all Cold War vets and never had direct contact with enemy forces. My DGD without knowing what she is doing, senses when I am having a panic episode and tries to comfort me and get me to relax. She has been doing this for about five years now. My cat used to do that too. It may not be much help to you but all of us that have suffered through it, have found that peace and quiet sure helps calming the fears and panic. Good luck and easing into longer and longer times away from home may just give you the ability not to panic and require being druged.
D.E.Bishop 01/11/15 11:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: What makes RV'ing special to you?

It's hard to put it into words without being sappy. We have traveled the world with the exception of Africa and no matter where we were, I always wanted to go someplace else. Now that we're limited to the No. American continent, I like going to someplace where I can look at the wonders of home(USA). It is true what my signature says, "To go is the thing". The others who are nomadic like us and that we meet in passing are the nicest folks and are quick with providing help and information on places we haven't been. Dinners in RV park diners, coffee around the campfire, our grandkids making s'mores, the green flash at sunset on the beach. Visiting a temperate rain forest where the moss seems not only to grow all the way around the trees, but seems to grow in the air. Photographing a herd of wild mustangs or walking through the fresh spring grass in a meadow. And most important, being able to relive all those memories with each other, our kids, grandkids and friends. I could go on and on but this isn't an autobiographic forum so, yes it is all those things other travelers have said and more.
D.E.Bishop 01/10/15 02:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Subaru Did What GM Wouldn't

I crawl under my trucks with a can of black paint and spray everything that looks rusty. I would assume then that you clean the rust off and primer before you use the black paint, because we all know that just applying paint doesn't stop corrosion by it's self.
D.E.Bishop 01/09/15 11:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mt Rushmore-Yellowstone

Several years ago we drove our then 15 to 18 year old Bounder over the Buckhorns to Cody and we were pulling the Suzi Sidekick. We came from Mt Rushmore and we stayed at Crooked Creek Campground which is about a 1/4 mile closer to Hill City than Rafter J. It's a small campground but less expensive than RJ and easier to get in at the last moment. We couldn't get reservations at RJ so had to look elsewhere. Doing it again I'd stay a Custer. Being self contained we didn't need full hookups at Yellowstone and Fishing Bridge was full. The DW got us a space by calling the Park rather than the reservation website. The gal she talked to got us three nights in the same site when the website said there were no spaces available. We wanted to stay an additional day and for that we did have to move to another campground. The journals we keep are in the garage in boxes while we refurbish our S&B so I can't give the names of the campgrounds, all I know for sure is it wasn't Fishing Bridge and the access road around the loop was very narrow and getting in and out caused a traffic jam no matter what day or time of day. Have fun and let us know how it went.
D.E.Bishop 01/09/15 10:33am Roads and Routes
RE: 72 days 9 hours 21 minutes...

Calicajun failed to mention that todays high in the LA Basin is expected to be in the 80's, tomorrow and the rest of the week we will in the 60's which is average for January. On edit, as far as camping; heading out for "Q" in about 10 days. It will be nice to be out as we've been refurbishing the S&B since early summer.
D.E.Bishop 01/07/15 10:05am General RVing Issues
RE: How Long a Learning Curve Driving a Class A

There are two things in the above comments that I can really identify with, the first is Tail Swing, the rear end will go out beyond what you expect and I have had two scrapes pulling out from being parked at a curb, the second is my placement in the road, I learned on my first trip to watch my mirrors and try and get in the center of the lane and then pick a spot on the windshield and place it on the white line. This took a couple of hours of driving to get used to. Now I use the spot on the windshield automatically to center the rig in the lane. I had to learn how to judge where the rig was in the lane when the DW was driving. I used a similar thing, found out if the right side line was in the right side corner of the windshield that she was where I hoped she was. I still have to consciously think about tail swing on almost every maneuver requiring more that a 10 or 15 degree turn. The best part of being in a Class A is, sitting up there and being able to see so much and anticipate what others are doing or might do. I love being the Captain.
D.E.Bishop 01/03/15 12:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is it time to downsize?

While our rig is already a downsize from a DP, We have been thinking of smaller and more stealth. I was just diagnosed with Stenosis and while it is easy to set up our Bounder, I can't get down on hands and knees to level and get stuff out of basement cabinets. We too have been most places we want to see, all 49 continental states and DGKs are almost drivers now and don't want to tag along. A "B" may be in our future.
D.E.Bishop 01/03/15 12:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much should I expect to pay for fuel pump?

Both our pumps were declared DOA while trying to get our smog certificate. Cost about twice that with the pumps, carb work and smog check. Of course as JRandall noted we had better than half a tank, about fifty gallons. Of course the shop replaced the engine pump first and then realized there was a regulator in the line back by the tank, which led them to figure, extra large tank in rear, with rail extentions and a Holley pressure/flow regulator meant in tank pump which they swear wasn't in the standard tanks on 1989 Chevy P32 chassis.
D.E.Bishop 01/03/15 12:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electric propane switch killing batteries

Do you have a Saf-T-Alert propane safety valve and sensor. If you turn it off, no current flows, if you leave it on, the solenoid is engaged and draws what would be called a parasitic draw and there is no specific lifetime for the solenoid only for the propane sensor so I doubt that it is drawing more than it did new. I agree with YC1, eight year old batteries should be load tested, I'll bet they won't hold a charge and need replacing.
D.E.Bishop 01/01/15 09:19pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 2004 Forest River Georgetown 370TS Under-Step Elec Schematic

I did a search for the installation manual for the LCI Coach Steps and the wiring diagram is pretty much the same a Kwikee and about as much use a a Kwikee diagram. Any schematic you get won't necessarily show exactly where connections are made. Following the wire from the line point to the load point is the only sure way of knowing where wires connect to the coach and chassis systems. The fuses may or may not bet in a fuse block, both of mine are inline fuse holders and not to fuse blocks.
D.E.Bishop 12/26/14 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 000 000 0000

I got a call yesterday from someone who wanted me to confirm the last four digits of my mobile phone number. While she had me on the line I had some fun with her and kept asking questions about her , her company and why they needed this number and what they would do with it. Finely I got tired of her and told her I would reply by mail after she answered all my questions in writing and to just send it to my home seeing she had my phone number she should have my address and said bye, bye. Point being she had my name, address and current home phone number. It is getting to the point where I won't turn on my cell phone unless I have to make a call and that we will start screening our land line andswering our phone for folks we know.
D.E.Bishop 12/24/14 07:38am Technology Corner
RE: 12V Electrical wiring - wire nuts vs crimp connections

I am not going to argue the merits of crimp vs wire nut or spike vs elliptical crimpers, what I will say is that in both wire nuts and crimp fittings, using the correct size splice for the wires being spliced is important. I have crimp fittings for 22 AWG to #4 and I have crimpers for all those sizes. I also have wire nuts that were designed for use with two to four #22 wires up to four # 10 wires. Actually the twist on devices I have for #14 and above are generally called Scotch Locs and not wire nuts. Same principle and same rules regarding size. I also have several "trailer splices", once again size is of the utmost importance. Use the correct size and install according to the practices for the splice being used. And finally, nothing is 100% foolproof.
D.E.Bishop 12/21/14 12:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Tail light diode how to question honda pilot

The first two supplies are your best answers. The diode kits are available in many RV stores and some trailer supply stores. Not knowing where you live (CITY) limits a lot of us. You did not mention if you would be using an aux brake system or not. If you do you will probably need to wire your Honda so that the Honda lights don't back feed into the RV. It's not a big thing but using the magnetic lights saves all that rewiring. I think I'm going back to my Magnetic lights as my towed is wired for that as well as the diode kit.
D.E.Bishop 12/21/14 10:49am Class A Motorhomes
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