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  1. David, perfect time to be in Central Texas. Sorry we missed you - We left Austin the first of March and missed the bluebonnets. (Got to see the first ones pop out of the ground and then had to vamos). Check out Wildseed Farms just east of Fredricksburg to see the varieties that have Austin is our home. And please get plenty of BBQ (a bit too early for peaches but Blue Bell Ice Cream is good any time)
  2. Some Schemtics can be found on these pages in the Resource Guide. Resource Guide>Systems/Accessories>Air Brakes AND Resource Guide>Systems/Accessories>Trailer Brake Controllers/Systems>HDT Electric Brake Controller>BrakeSmart/MaxBrake Controllers
  3. Sorry to go off topic but a statement has been made that needs some important clarification for safety reasons... This could be a misunderstanding of the proper condition or state to set tire pressure which could be doing damage to the tires by under-inflating them. Tire psi should always be measured when COLD (meaning before driving). All tires heat up once driving starts (rolling). Due to physical laws the increase in temperature will cause psi to increase. This driving or "rolling" increase of PSI can vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle but is often somewhere in the ballpark of 8-15 psi (sometimes more or less) and should stabilize after driving a while and is perfectly normal. However, inflation pressure should not be adjusted down to account for the psi increase once tires have warmed up after driving. Lowering inflation pressure for this reason or condition may be resulting in under-inflation of the tires which is unsafe and will damage tires. (There is more to this subject but the intent here is to help understand the specific issue of NOT setting inflation pressure for the driving state of warm tires. Instead pressure should be set and measured before driving or COLD, which is the term tire engineers use to convey this instruction.) As far as TPMS - lots of opinions. They all work pretty good and do what they are supposed to do. Different bells and whistles. We have tested a number of brands (not including Tire-Safeguard) and they all work as expected and as with everything each will have some dissatisfied folks.
  4. The Federal certification label requires only the GVWR and the GAWR of the axles, so Federal Certification sticker is complete. GCWR is usually given by either the chassis manufacturer or the RV manufacturer in a towing guide or owners literature (owner's manual/diesel supplement/website). The E-350 GCWR can be found in 2008 the Ford Towing Guide on page 25. E-350 Cutaway/Stripped chassis GCWR is as follows ... (more details on page 25) 5.4L V8 GCWR is 13000 lbs. 6.8L V10 GCWR is 18000 lbs. 6.0L Turbo Diesel is 20000 lbs. These are ratings which means the maximum allowable weights for the axles, vehicle, and the sum of the vehicle plus anything connected (being towed). As Kirk stated the best thing is to take it to a scale to get the unloaded vehicle weight and account for the fuel level. (cost ~ $12) If the vehicle is owned then fill with fuel before measuring weight and put any passengers that would normally ride in the vehicle. The difference in the measured weight and the GVWR is the real Cargo Carrying Capacity of the vehicle. Care should also be taken to not overload either axle. CAT scale readings at a Truck Stop give axle weights if the axles are placed on different platforms of the scale.
  5. In Phoenix, AZ (Peoria) for a couple of weeks (Spring Training - Play Ball!).
  6. We have our residence in Austin. They allowed a significant delay in reporting. Online we were able to postpone the appearance to a date when we would be back in the state.
  7. We use Tablo. They have a 2 channel and 4 channel version. Requires episode guide fee. Monthly/Yearly/Lifetime (We chose Lifetime) And you would need a Roku (or other streaming device) to connect to TV and a portable hard drive. Small - Easy - low power. (And light for those of us who are RV weight conscious ) Works great!
  8. RVSEF provided instructors, supported, and honored the work of Gaylord Maxwell. Walter Cannon, RVSEF Director as well as other RVSEF instructors participated as instructors for various classes at Life on Wheels for many years. Howard and Linda taught at Life on Wheels in 2006.
  9. Other opportunities are the RVSEF RV Technical Education & Safety Conference and the RV-Dreams Education Rally. These were part of the former Life on Wheels set of classes. The RVSEF conference focuses more on the technical aspects of RVing and the classes are conducted primarily by industry specialists. The RV-Dreams Education Rally involves a comprehensive coverage of Full timing topics classes are mostly taught by Howard and Linda Payne who have been full time RVing for about a decade.
  10. Suggestion - view post by View New Content. link is on the op right side of the forum page. You will see the post about this topic just a few down from the top.
  11. We use OTA with a King Jack Antenna. The Winegard Batwing is a also very good antenna. We DVR with a Tablo. Then we use the Roku to access/manage the Tablo Recordings/Live TV and hook to TV via HDMI. It works well. We have been cord cutters since before there was such a term. We use Antennaweb to get the location of tv antennas in a new area. Been all over the country. Some places are great and some not so great. So, it does depend on where you plan to travel but we have survived on OTA for many years. If streaming is ever done it is wise to set to low bandwidth. Roku has settings to do very low bandwidth as well as Netflix and other services. As mentioned streaming has its own issues and costs to consider.
  12. You need to do some study and learn about RV weights. Start here - You need to learn about weight terms (GVWR GAWR GCWR) You need to know the capacities of your truck. Start with the Federal compliance label (door jamb - GVWR and GAWR of the front and rear axle) and the owners manual or here to find you manual. (GCWR look in the Driving and Operating section and the Trailering and Towing subsection - around page 333 you will find the charts needed to determine GCWR). You need to know what kind of tires you have. Passenger car tires or Light Truck tires. You will want Light Truck tires. In order to determine some basics of what you have and what you might be able to safely tow, find a platform scale - A truck stop usually has a CAT Scale that can work for these basic determinations. Load up the family and stuff you THINK you might carry in the bed and go to the scale and get a real weight. Subtract that weight from the GCWR of the Truck and that will let get you the max amount of trailer you might be able to tow. Do not consider a trailer with a GVWR near this amount. When you look at a trailer find the GVWR of the trailer (federal compliance label on front drivers side of trailer) and take 15% of that weight. This is an estimate of the tongue weight which will be added to the weight of the truck. Dry weights of trailers mean nothing. As a full timer the probability is that you will be near or exceeding the GVWR of the Trailer. You need also need to learn about trailer tires and their issues. These things will get you going in the right direction. We each are responsible to understand and know about the vehicles we drive, especially the big heavy ones. Happy studying!
  13. Stephanie Things to consider about Austin ... Not sure where you are coming from and how familiar you are with the area Travis County (Austin) is an emissions county, which means that if you register your vehicle(s) in Austin then you will have to have your inspections done in an emissions county and be subject to emissions testing. (Diesel engines are exempt) Voting might be an issue - you will need to look into that as far as absentee ballots and still being in the state. Traffic in Austin sucks big time. So if you have to travel to work daily you may want to be very picky about where you stay. The closer to town the more expensive. And its not limited to just the weekdays. Yesterday (Sunday) there was an accident on I35 and made I35 a parking lot North and South throughout much of the afternoon. It gets hot in Austin in the summer and the days are long so you need to understand that it may be hard for RV HVAC to keep up - meaning electricity included would be something you should consider. I would consider doing your registration and licensing Address in Livingston, then, when it comes to vehicle inspections you can go anywhere in the state to get your inspection. (and I would go a little south to Hays county to get your annual inspection).
  14. We have used the dental school for a root canal/crown (University of Nebraska) and a local dentist for a chipped tooth (Goshen, IN) both experiences were excellent. Walmart for eye appointments also very good. Emergency care for a few stitches. Every experience has been good.
  15. The benefit is that when campground wifi is a decent source using it can help with limited cellular data. Getting a ubiquiti bullet and a router (like the Rogue wave). Setting it up yourself reduces the cost but you will have to figure out how to connect it. IT is not that hard but it does take a little know how and some help from those who have done it before. RVmobileinternet and Jack Mayer can help with that set up. (Jack writes to help Chris and Cherie at RVmobileinternet) Another benefit is that when cell signal is not good there is another possible option. Internet access for RVers is partly about knowing and having options, especially if you need it for work.