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RE: Class ‘A’ motor homes FORD chassis.

First of all - the warranty starts at the first retail sale of the complete vehicle, so either the Ford dealer is misinformed or something else is going on. Maybe it was only covered by a 1 year warranty?
Alan_Hepburn 09/28/22 10:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Queston on towing Smart Car

We towed our 2008 smart car probably 50K miles over the years - parking brake off, transmission in N, and key turned as far counter-clockwise as possible. In 2009 the manufacturer recommended adding a battery disconnect because some people towed them without making sure the key was in the proper position and had major warranty claims.
Alan_Hepburn 09/22/22 10:18am Dinghy Towing
RE: Charging line to F150 toed

You say you've got +12V at the end of the umbilical - do you have the same +12V at the back end of the connector on the toad? Did the installer wire it up to the wrong contact on the connector?
Alan_Hepburn 08/15/22 12:19pm Dinghy Towing
RE: New Member, need your advice!

Another quick google search shows average rent for outside RV storage in the San Jose area for a 25' RV is $300 per month. What google doesn't show is that pretty much all storage facilities are at 100% capacity, with a waiting list. We had our RV in a storage facility about 5 miles from our house for the past 30+ years - last year they doubled the rent so we started looking to relocate. The ONLY place we found was about 15 miles away and we grabbed it - within a couple of months he was full, with a waiting list. Even facilities farther away, in Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Hollister are full.
Alan_Hepburn 08/07/22 12:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: Colorado Hwy 50 @ Monarch Pass

We did Monarch Pass east to west a few years ago in our 2007 Fleetwood Bounder 35E Workhorse towing a smart car. Going up we were doing about 25 mph in the right lane and going down we used the Grade Brake built in to the Allison transmission and kept the speed to around 35-45.
Alan_Hepburn 07/22/22 12:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Are RV sewer hose supports necessary?

There are some municipal codes that require the sewer hoses to be elevated off the ground, so it's wise to at least carry a "stinky slinky" for those times where the campground requires it...
Alan_Hepburn 07/12/22 12:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: New Member, need your advice!

The RV Park at the Fairgrounds is pretty much a dump, in a sketchy area of the city. I don't know of any trailer parks that do short-term RV parking. For RV parks you need to go south to Morgan Hill and beyond, or over the hill to Pleasanton and beyond.
Alan_Hepburn 07/05/22 10:42am Beginning RVing
RE: best way to recover a roof

We just had our roof done by the folks at RV-Armor earlier this year - it costs a bit more, but it's one that has a lifetime warranty tied to the vehicle's VIN so it's transferable. It took a total of 3 days to complete the job, and they came out to where we were parked. Very happy with the results so far.
Alan_Hepburn 07/03/22 10:52am Tech Issues
RE: Fuel cost in your area

I plugged my car in five hours while at work today. Not sure what the company cost was. Maybe $4 to pick up 50 miles of range. So, plugging in for 5 hours gives you 50 miles of range? At 6 gallons per minute (the pump capacity of most commercial gas stations) I can pump 1800 gallons of gas - a LOT better range than yours!
Alan_Hepburn 06/28/22 10:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel cost in your area

According to Gas Buddy within 3 miles of our home in San Jose, Ca the price for regular ranges from $5.85 to $6.69...
Alan_Hepburn 06/27/22 11:47am General RVing Issues
RE: My Microsoft Mail has suddenly been reformated

How would I do a screenshot? Look on your keyboard for a key that is labelled "PrtSc" - on my Lenovo it's in the top row, toward the right hand side.
Alan_Hepburn 06/12/22 11:05am Technology Corner
RE: RV Life RV Safe GPS

Ever think that missing couple that was found, one alive the other dead, might have been following Google Maps and that's what got them into a world of S????? Actually, they were using a printout from Mapquest, along with an atlas...
Alan_Hepburn 04/21/22 11:26am Technology Corner
RE: RV Life RV Safe GPS

If it is 100% "cloud based" then it must have 100% Internet connection all the time and to use it on a iPad that means you would have to have a cellphone Ipad or a Ipad tethered to a cellphone data stream.. It has the ability to download maps for the states you're travelling in so it can be used when there's no cell signal. Why go through all that hassle and expense, why not just use your cellphone Internet and use Google Maps? Its free.. Can you explain how to input your RV dimensions into Google Maps so that it doesn't route you on roads that are not RV-friendly?
Alan_Hepburn 04/21/22 11:24am Technology Corner
RE: Bluetooth question

I just got new hearing aids from the VA about 2 months ago - they are Signia brand and the connect to my Samsung Galaxy S20FE phone with no problem. When I got them my audiologist took the time to call Signia to verify that they were compatible. The 4 year old Signias that they replaced needed an external pendant to talk to my phone - I kind of prefer that because to answer a call I just had to push a button on the pendant; now I have to retrieve my phone and swipe the screen to answer a call. These new ones also talk to a small streaming box that is connected to my TV set so I don't have to have the TV volume up at ear-splitting levels anymore!
Alan_Hepburn 04/20/22 12:44pm Technology Corner
RE: roof seal

Check out the folks at RV-Armor - they provide a lifetime warranty, tied to the vehicle's VIN.
Alan_Hepburn 04/08/22 11:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Campgrounds around Seattle

Several years ago we stayed at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. We've been told it can be problematic concerning homeless, but we never had an issue - we spent a couple of weeks there, and it seemed to be used as a meeting spot for RVers taking cruises from Seattle.
Alan_Hepburn 03/18/22 11:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pinnacles National Park, California question

According to the website, if you're going to the campground, you want to go in the East Entrance only. The website is correct: the campground is accessed from the East entrance only. Depending on when you go, if you decide to wander through the caves you can expect to see some tarantulas - they make their homes in the caves...
Alan_Hepburn 03/12/22 01:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Multiple Buyers. Who gets the RV?

All this talk makes me feel like we made the right decision by selling our Jeep Wrangler to Vroom instead of dealing with a private sale! And back when we moved from a fifth wheel to a motorhome we ended up putting our F450 tow vehicle on a consignment lot - got what we wanted out of it and let someone else deal with any issues!
Alan_Hepburn 02/01/22 10:16am General RVing Issues
RE: new towed vehicle - Jeep Wrangler

Hmmm.....I read some bad reviews on that one, saying that when they bolted the blue ox brackets on, it deformed the bumper and cause the powder coat to flake off. That was other reason I was a bit afraid of that one. Have you not had any issues with that? That, and I read where the company that made it openly admitted their bumper was not designed to do such. I'm not sure how the bumper could deform - it's basically a solid piece of steel, placed between the brackets and the frame horn, with the mounting bolts going straight through into the frame. The only deformation I could think of would be possibly squeezing it, but that would take a LOT of torque on the bolts! Once the brackets are installed any force from towing would be placed on the mounting bolts and not on the bumper. When I contacted Rugged Ridge they didn't say that the bumper wasn't designed for towing; rather they said they had not tested it for towing - a subtle difference. Since the bumper is really nothing more than the center layer of a 3-layer steel "sandwich" there should be no problem - it's the mounting bolts doing the work. Hadn't seen those, but looking at it, not sure how you'd attach Blue ox style Clevis attachments to it? They offer the adapters, which apparently replace the ends of the Blue Ox tow bar arms and mate up with the loops.
Alan_Hepburn 01/28/22 01:00pm Dinghy Towing
RE: new towed vehicle - Jeep Wrangler

I doubt the Blue Ox base plate will be any lower than the differential is right now. Well, no, but it's not ground clearance so much as it's the approach angle that is a concern.
Alan_Hepburn 01/27/22 01:05pm Dinghy Towing
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