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RE: RGV ten year trend

I get it that some people don't like Texas. But don't knock it for everyone else that does like the area. We all look for different things when we travel. It doesn't make it right or wrong, just different. I am glad that you found somewhere else that you would rather go. We didn't care for Florida or Arizona but I am definitely not going to knock the folks that do like those areas. Just find what makes you happy and let others do the same. Edited to remove members user name.
jrs1871 10/10/19 07:02am Snowbirds
RE: Do Flea Collars Really Repel Pests?

I don't know about flea collars repelling bugs, spiders, etc. But no pest strips work quite well. We keep them in our basement storage area all the time. You can get the Home Defense brand but we use a generic that works just as well. You just have to look for it in the animal meds/treatments section instead of the lawn and garden section. At least that is where we find it at our local farm store.
jrs1871 10/09/19 07:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Wally receiver with fixed dish?

I was actually thinking of getting the add on tuner to watch local channels in TX and just suspending the KS location for the winter. We did that with Direct for 16 years and then this year when we got back to KS they said we could no longer do that; we would have to pay for a separate account. Dish said we could do that when we signed up this spring. But that remains to be seen. For companies claiming they want your business, they make it danged difficult to work with. If all else fails, we can use Hulu in TX but It is nice to have a guide of upcoming programming available.
jrs1871 10/07/19 11:14am Technology Corner
Wally receiver with fixed dish?

After nearly thirty years with Direct TV, we switched to Dish this spring after getting jerked around royally by Direct. We have a Hopper receiver in the house and a Wally receiver with Playmaker antenna in the RV. We are getting ready to head to our house in Texas for the winter. I am thinking of taking the Wally receiver from the RV and connecting it to a roof mount dish antenna. Has anyone done this and how successful was it?
jrs1871 10/07/19 07:10am Technology Corner
RE: RGV ten year trend

Wow!!! I read some of these comments and don't know whether to respond but decided I would. Yes, occupancy in some of the parks took a hit starting about four years ago. That is also when the Canadian dollar took a huge hit in the exchange rate and even now that exchange rate is not great. Also our Canadian friends have to buy out of country medical insurance which can get prohibitively expensive as you get older or have health issues. True, the RGV doesn't have any professional football teams like CA, AZ or FL. But many retired folks are not into dropping $100+ for an afternoon at the stadium. The local colleges and the minor (instructional) league hockey and basketball teams do provide affordable experiences for the sports enthusiasts. The local golf courses may not be as immaculate as Palm Springs but they are also definitely more affordable. There is a plethora of activities available in most parks and through out the valley. While shuffleboard and pickle ball are quite popular, they are not the only activities available. And many of the parks, that I am familiar with, are adding activities at the request of the younger, more active retirees. The biggest problem is finding someone willing to head up an activity as not all parks have paid activity directors. Has the valley changed in the 16 years we have been coming down? You bet it has. One of the original attractions was affordability and it still is. But we also like the variety of attractions and activities within a relatively close distance. If the perception among some folks is that the RGV is Hicksville, USA, so be it. In the meantime those of us that choose to winter there will continue to enjoy all it has to offer.
jrs1871 09/19/19 06:00am Snowbirds
RE: Tires, again!

I second the Sailun S637T tire. We put them on our trailer in 2015 and have about 25,000 miles on them. They still look great. But we will replace them next year not because they are wearing out but they are aging out.
jrs1871 09/11/19 06:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Make moving the recliners easier

Our chairs are actually comfortable so we wanted to keep them. It was just turning them that was a PIA. The homemade glides took care of the moving part so all is good.
jrs1871 09/07/19 07:09am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Make moving the recliners easier

Our trailer is laid out so that we have to turn the recliners sideways each time we bring the slides in. They were not really hard to move but were cumbersome. I made a large circle (22")out of 3/4" plywood, put on four coats of urethane varnish and screwed it to the bottom of each chair. Just be sure the screw heads are recessed. These work like large furniture glides and make moving them much easier. Plus we don't have dents in the carpet from the recliner base.
jrs1871 09/03/19 07:09am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Slide floor mushing,,,

Sorry to hear of your problem. But Orvan Fry at Amish Family RV Repair is absolutely top notch. Not only will he fix your problem he will find and repair things you didn't even know were problems. We just got home from having him fix our CC. We knew the bedroom slide floor was bad. We kept caulking where we thought the water was intruding. It turns out that wasn't the source of our water intrusion at all. It was a design problem. Unbeknownst to us, the floor of the curbside slide was also de-laminating. This was also due to a design problem. He replaced the floors in both in one day along with other items he noted. His bill was quite reasonable(on a 2013 trailer) and he got the factory to participate in the repair because of the faulty design. We will be going back to him if we have any other problems crop up.
jrs1871 08/19/19 10:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those with 50 amp 5er's

We also have the 35 foot 50 amp OEM and we have a 25 foot extension cord. We also carry a 25 foot 30 amp extension cord and various dogbones. Like many others said, we have not needed to use the 25 foot 50 amp extension cord very many times. But when you need, you need it. We do use the 30 amp extension cord to plug in at home because our shed only has a 30 amp hookup. We had our 50 amp extension cord made by our local RV tech. It is much lighter than the OEM cord and was much cheaper than purchasing a ready made extension cord. One thing that has not been mentioned is that you get more power degradation with a longer length of 30 amp cord than you will with a 50 amp cord. If you must use a 30 amp cord, coil the excess cord length if possible.
jrs1871 08/15/19 07:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dish & Wally Receiver

We are also having reception problems with our Playmaker antenna and Wally receiver. We switched to this setup from Direct TV the first part of June. With Direct, we used the satelitte port in the wet bay and the internal connection with no problems. With the Playmaker and Wally, we do not get a connection is we use the trailer connections. We can only use a direct connection from the antenna to the receiver. I have not put a meter on the internal satelitte setup. But it seems strange it worked fine with Direct and will not work with Dish. And we have made sure to keep it to under 50 feet including trailer wiring. What we are doing works but I don't like the cable running out the door.
jrs1871 08/13/19 04:53am Technology Corner
Road closure (detour) questions

We are headed to Goshen, IN this weekend. But in checking travel information, there are a couple of bridge closures that will affect us. Our normal route is to take I70 to Kansas City, north on I435 to 152 and across to I35. This lets up miss all of downtown KC. But the bridge at 152 and I35 is closed for reconstruction. It looks like we would have to go east on 152 to I435 then north to 291 to get over to I35. Height restrictions is always a concern. Is there another way that would work or should we stick to this plan. We also take I57 in Illinois north to US24 then east on US24. There is a bridge closure in Remington. The posted detour is north at Goodland, across on 16 and south on US231. That detour only takes us four miles north so it would be doable. My question is if there are streets in Remington with sufficient height clearance so we wouldn't need to take the detour. Thanks.
jrs1871 08/02/19 07:39am Roads and Routes
RE: Front bedroom height?

I believe the shortest Cedar Creeks are the 29 IK or RE. But the actual length is closer to 33 ft. I am 6'6" and have plenty of headroom in the bedroom area of our 30RL (no longer in production). The only place I run into a problem is the shower but with the skylight directly over the shower, I manage.
jrs1871 07/15/19 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: There's a reason to get rid of six-year-old tires.

I think that is how folks get into trouble. Six year old tires can still have lots of tread and look great but they are not reliable. I know there are those rarities that run their tires 8 or 10 years and never have a problem. But far too many find out the hard way, it is not a good idea. We will be replacing our tires next year again. We put on Sailun S637's four years ago. They still look like new. But they have a 2014 build date so it is time for them to go. At least we should get a good trade in on them since they have plenty of use left for a utility trailer or hay trailer.
jrs1871 07/13/19 06:15am Fifth-Wheels
Encryption software

A website that I have to use regularly has changed their encryption requirements. They now require TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.2. My laptop computer, that I am using for this website, has Windows 7, SP1 with SSL encryption. According to the support bulletin that I downloaded, it appears that I have to manually update the registry to enable TLS encryption. The bulletin refers to an "easy fix" install but I am having trouble finding it. I hate to change the registry manually if there is an "easy fix" out there. Any suggestions on how I find the easy fix?
jrs1871 06/27/19 05:38am Technology Corner
RE: Las Vegas early transportation to airport from 4 Queens

You can use a shuttle bus like Gray Line or Bell Tran. You have to call them 24 hours in advance to schedule your ride. They run day and night and the pickup time is normally 15 minutes +/- from what they tell you.
jrs1871 06/24/19 05:51am Around the Campfire
RE: Wow! Dealer Comments!

Unfortunately that type of response is not that unusual in the RV world. I had a somewhat similar situation with a national RV dealer. I knew by checking online that they had the type of RV I was interested in. I had checked the brochures and specs fully and it fit what we were looking for but I needed to see the real deal. My sister and I went on a road trip to check them out(no man with us). When I talked to the salesman, it became rapidly apparent I knew more about the brand and trailers in general than he did. So I got moved up to the "sales manager". It was pretty much the same result. He kept telling me that the things I wanted, double pane windows, electric/gas fridge, DSI water heater, metal awning cover over the large awning were not necessary, added to much weight, blah, blah, blah. But the options that were on the unit he had in stock were just what I needed or were standard. BS. Needless to say, our conversation went down hill from there. When I walked out of there, I wouldn't have gotten a trailer from him if he gave it to me. We ended up buying from a small dealer, 200 miles further away, had a great buying experience and saved $3,000 to boot. And the few things that we needed repaired under warranty, we got authorization to have an independent RV repair facility to handle.
jrs1871 06/23/19 05:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Puzzling problem with Dish

Since we can get signal when we run direct to the receiver, I am inclined to believe that there is a splitter in the RV that is the culprit. That was my initial thought and most of the comments have affirmed that. So I will put the tester on the internal coax and connectors and see what I can find out.
jrs1871 06/21/19 05:39am Technology Corner
RE: Puzzling problem with Dish

We did get the 802 software downloaded so that shouldn't be the problem. Both domes were Winegard Playmakers; the only difference was about three years in age. In order to get to a clearing, we had to use the 50 foot cable. Maybe that is why we could get it to work wired direct. We were using standard RG 6U 75 ohm coax. Would different coax work better? Or maybe we need to get a 40 foot coax to get around the 50 foot overall length problem.
jrs1871 06/20/19 11:46am Technology Corner
Puzzling problem with Dish

We recently bought a Dish Wally receiver and Playmaker antenna for our RV. Last week was our first chance to use it. Since we previously had Direct TV in the RV, we knew our connections worked. We set up the Wally and attempted to activate it, acquire a signal, etc. No bueno. After several lengthy calls with Dish, we determined that we need a software upgrade. However we couldn't get the receiver to download the upgrade. Finally our neighbor hooked up his older model Playmaker to our Wally and we were able to download the update and watch TV. Our new Playmaker worked with his 211Z receiver although it cut out a couple of times. In both cases the Playmakers were attached through the satellite port on the RV. We switched back to our Playmaker. The only way we could get TV was to hook directly from the Playmaker to the Wally receiver. Since our Direct TV was SD and the Wally is HD, I am wondering if different connections are required. But why would we be able to get TV with our friend's older Playmaker and not our new one? Any ideas on how to track this down?
jrs1871 06/20/19 06:10am Technology Corner
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