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RE: Oil headed for 70 bucks s barrel. Here we go.

I don't think I saw a single RV related post in this thread. CLOSED
jplante4 01/06/20 02:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tires with Kevlar

Not with tires, but sails. I found out the hard way that all the strength in Kevlar fibers is in the warp - with the strands - and it takes nothing to break it across the grain. I would say that a Kevlar belt wound around the tire would be best, but if wound in the direction of rotation would not take a hit on the side. The local fleet champ was one of the first with a Kevlar mainsail. The sailmaker said that if you took good care of the sail and didn't let it flog, it should last 2 seasons. The end of the last race on the second season, the main came apart. There wasn't a big enough piece to wipe your butt.
jplante4 01/02/20 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: Kwikee Stairs failure rate

Mine are original to the 24 year old coach. Do you lube up the joints on a regular basis? I use motorcycle chain lube on the steps and the battery tray slides. One more thought. My coach has a high voltage cutout on the step motor. It would kick in every once in a while. I solved this by leaving an interior light on and flipping on the battery switch pulled the volts down far enough to go under the trip point.
jplante4 01/01/20 07:56am General RVing Issues
RE: I expect a 10 cent price increase in diesel

How will you rate that problem: Not doable at all or impossible? Will take time and huge investment? A must do regardless of cost? Having lived through several region wide blackouts in the northeast, I would rate it as unwise. Imagine a northeast blackout taking out the entire nation. The grid is split for a reason, not because some engineer forgot to install a cross-over.
jplante4 12/29/19 06:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: I expect a 10 cent price increase in diesel

But half seriously, Elon Musk proposed a single site 100x100 miles solar in an empty part of a state like Arizona and it will generate enough power for the entire nation. The problem with that plan is that the power couldn't be distributed to the entire nation. The power grid isn't that interconnected, plus resistance loses would reduce the power getting to the northeast where it's needed. Apparently we use all the fuel oil in the world to heat our houses increasing the diesel prices in tropical Montana.
jplante4 12/29/19 06:08am General RVing Issues
RE: roadside service providers

Just to be clear, the travel assist and emergency relocate programs from FMCA are club benefits and the RSA is an additional cost program. So the actual cost of their RSA is $159 a year.
jplante4 12/27/19 04:34am General RVing Issues
RE: roadside service providers

I haven't heard many horror stories about CoachNet. Supposedly, they all use the same providers.
jplante4 12/26/19 11:34am General RVing Issues
2019

I guess we can start this now that Christmas is over... Post your best and worse memory of camping in 2019. Best: Prince Edward Island. Beautiful scenery, nice people, great seafood, excellent french fries. Worse: Driving home from PEI in a hurricane. We left early because we wanted to be off the bridge before they closed it, but we still hit about an hour of high winds and heavy rains in New Brunswick.
jplante4 12/26/19 06:17am General RVing Issues
RE: “Oh Oh, I’m not going to make it” stories that ended well

I've had the cruise control refuse to kick off a few times trying to stop for a light. Makes for an interesting stop. The scariest incident was a TomTom selected route through the Catskills to West Saugerties. This was before I knew about shortest route vs. fastest route and RV friendly GPS apps. The road is a 13% downgrade, lane-and-a-half gravel road in my 28 foot gasser. About half way down I was smelling brakes. Stopped and let things cool off, then just went down in 1st gear, stopping on the flats. I didn't know it at the time, but only my front brakes were working. All I could think was "Jeez, I hope there's not a 10 foot bridge at the bottom of this". https://i.imgur.com/s0wP4sal.jpg
jplante4 12/24/19 07:35am General RVing Issues
RE: US post new Mexican travel warnings

Maybe we should tell the Sun that there's a level 2 travel advisory for the UK as well.
jplante4 12/21/19 11:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Repairs and Upgrades

I do as much as I can at my age, mostly upgrades in the house part. Right now all the draws and cabinet doors are in the basement being refinished. I replaced the rotted out couch and the floor and wall that rotted out under that corner, which means I needed to pull up some carpet. Pulled up some, pulled it all and replaced with vinyl planking. Looks good, but I've been eyeing teak and holly boat deck stuff. Chassis service, filters, oil etc I leave to Panhead Mike in the shop at the RV parts store where I work part time. He has the lifts and it fills in his schedule for a few days each winter. https://i.imgur.com/NopmYpFl.jpg
jplante4 12/20/19 04:49am Class A Motorhomes
ToGo a No-Go

The store got a notice from Winegard yesterday about the ToGo. In case you missed it, ToGo is a WiFi/Cell antennas and booster with a built in wireless router and a SIM card from AT&T data service. The data price was $360 for the year and that got you unlimited, unthrottled data. From the to-good-to-be-true department, the notice from Winegard said that AT&T was dropping the unlimited on Jan 15 and the new data schedule is in line with their normal data service prices. Surprise, surprise! I was planning on getting one of these in the spring but now I will pass. You would need another cell provider as a backup anyway because AT&T's coverage isn't everywhere. I was going to drop the FMCA Verizon plan and use my Verizon cell data as a backup. So, if you want to get in on the grandfathered price on the ToGo data plan, you have until Jan 15th to activate.
jplante4 12/18/19 06:20am Tech Issues
RE: senior pass

We're pretty far from the original topic. CLOSED
jplante4 12/17/19 05:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Where to sell stuff ?

First place I look is Craigs List. Found a Blue Ox tow bar and an RVi2 brake for $900. These 2 items were the last things the fellow had from a lifetime of great memories RVing. I thought he was going to cry.
jplante4 12/16/19 03:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Coach/chassis battery replacement

I have 4 years on my Interstate GC2s and I have 2 with a bad cell. My fault - I had a bad solar controller that overcharged them over the winter. I expected to get 5 years. Make sure the batteries are at rest (not charging or discharging) when checking the specific gravity. If the specific gravity is still within limits, keep 'em.
jplante4 12/16/19 04:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar panels

I'm running 4 GC2s with 200 watts of solar on the roof and another 130 watts in a portable panel. I can go until the tanks fill up (about 5 days, but we're not anal about water usage). I do need to run the generator for a hair dryer ;), so I top off the batteries then.
jplante4 12/15/19 06:49am Tech Issues
RE: Best Fuel Preservative for Pure Gas ???

in case it makes a difference to you AvGas is low lead not no lead...fyi I pump a lot of 100LL this time of year into 5 gallon containers. Just a warning; if you have a Honda engine, it's ok to use 100LL to store it, but don't run more that a tankful through the engine. The valve clearance on Hondas is tight enough so you'll get lead buildup and a stuck valve.
jplante4 12/15/19 06:40am Tech Issues
RE: No Warranty on your RV? Don't buy new?

There's a big difference between people who bought new prior to 2018 and after. The shop at the RV parts store where I work has seen a big uptick in late model (<2 years) rigs. We do some warranty work, but do not sell RVs. Mostly they come to us to just get it fixed. Imagine buying a new trailer in March and being told that the dealer can't get to your warranty repairs until September. That's the situation in this part of the world. We sold 30 air conditioners last summer. Half went to rigs 2-5 years old. One owner of a new fiver came in with a small leak. It was hard to locate so we put the Seal Tech machine on it. They counted 20 separate leaks, mostly around windows. There's a lot of junk out there. Buying new is no longer a guarantee of problem free RVing, and the wait to get the warranty work could be all summer.
jplante4 12/14/19 07:10am Beginning RVing
RE: Why was the Mexico beach thread moved: Resurrected

Resurrection... I'm not sure why the mod over at the Mexico forum deleted it instead of moving it to Snowbirds or Parks & Campgrounds. Posted on 12/11/19 02:09pm by AikenRacer. I have seen several pics of neighborhoods devastated by the hurricane where RVs are sitting on scattered sites where homes once stood. I wanted to see if it is possible to buy one of these razed homesites for us to use to park our motorhome on during visits. I am sure that zoning, etc would have to be checked. Has anyone bought any of these lots for RV use only?
jplante4 12/13/19 03:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why was the Mexico beach thread moved: Resurrected

It was moved because we are all human, even the moderators. Personally I would have PM'd the moderator and asked this question, not gone out and broadcast it to the general public.I tried to notify moderator and all I got was a error message. Depending on which portal you use, the notify mod function is broken. You can always send me a PM. I saw a reply that said there was a Mexico forum so I assumed we were talking Mexico. My bad. I only had about 30 minutes before work this morning to mod the 2 forums I have. Now I can't find it, so go ahead and repost it here. Also, I can't get into the deleted threads to see if it's there, so gimme a mulligan 'k?
jplante4 12/12/19 01:50pm General RVing Issues
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