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  1. I purchased the SWM Upgrade parts so I can use my house Genie on the road in the MH instead of the older DVR/receiver suite I had installed back in 2011. I then plan to cancel the MH account and work off the house account we just got. I plan to have a "professional" do the upgrade because there are a few other wiring issues I want addressed (can you spell "rats nest" in my electronic compartment..). So, to beat a dead horse..Direct TV does not care if/when I move my Genie around from house to motorhome? Thanks, Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP 2012 Honda CRV
  2. We are part-timers now. I have an older Direct TV DVR setup in our MH that was installed in 2011 (pre-Genie) connected to the Winegard Traveler. We just had the Genie system installed in the house on a separate account (free new equipment, some free programming, etc.). I am trying to "downsize"/eliminate the MH account but still want to use Direct when traveling. From what I read on this thread, it is possible but depends on the existing electronics on my 6-year-old Winegard and Direct gear. My Genie home installer said wait a month or so and then reduce my older MH account as low as possible to retain the MH capability. That means I am still paying a fair amount of money and not using the MH service. But if I can take my home Genie in the MH I can simply cancel the MH account. Although I think I have a connectivity issue with Genie based on comments here, sounds like I need to call my installer back and do a sanity check on this. Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP At Home in Custer SD
  3. TRICARE Webinar on TRICARE Changes

    This weeks VFW newsletter has an item about a webinar on TRICARE changes coming Jan 1, 2018. Here is the text: TRICARE Changes Webinar: This month, TRICARE will hold a webinar on the upcoming changes to TRICARE, set to take effect Jan. 1, 2018. The webinar will be led by health analysts from the Defense Health Agency and is designed to help beneficiaries prepare for the upcoming changes. Topics to be covered include changes to the health plans, costs, enrollment, stateside regions and contractors, and accessing care. The webinar is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20, from 1-2:00 p.m., EST. Click here to register for the webinar. Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP VFW Lifetime/Custer SD Post 3442
  4. We were watching OTA live TV tonight during a major rainstorm (we were using the Direct Winegard satellite for other tasks). Suddenly the TV briefly pixilated, then picture and sound disappeared from both live and satellite feed. I accessed the back of the TV and found a small amount of water near the HDMI, Red & White RCA connectors and power cord connect. I disconnected and dried everything out. No life yet.the power bu The button on front of TV is blank (should have a red light when power is off). When I push this button (or try to power on with remote) I get a red light that always flashes 5 times but still no sound or picture. Are those red flashes a code? My 2nd TV (old Sony) in rear of MH is not affected. Should I naively assume this brief moisture exposure will pass/dry out completely and function will return? Or could the water really fry something I do not see? Samsung is 7 years old (2010/2011 model). I notice online that Samsung's back in 2009 were blowing boards like crazy in 6 months to 2 years. Hank Whitney SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP In Albuquerque NM on the way to Arizona
  5. Replacing 6 Volt House Batteries

    It's that time again to replace the 4 6-volt batteries in my diesel pusher. The last replacement I bought Energizer EGC2's from Sam's Club in Cheyenne WY. They now tell me that battery is a Duracell. Since it has been 7 years since I last bought batteries (!!) just wondering if a simple replacement is our best choice. We rarely are off the grid/dry camping for more than a couple days and keep the MH plugged into shore power when home. Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP 2012 Honda CRV
  6. Class A Diesel Annual Service

    I have been going to Freightliner/Western Star in Tolleson AZ (just west of Phoenix, off the I-10) for 10 years for diesel chassis service. They get very high marks from RV Park Reviews and others. They are an RV-specific dealership ("Oasis") so their mechanics know RV's. They also have a modern and clean RV parking area with 30/50 Amp electric for customers. The RV service manager is Kirk Ault; his direct line is 623-907-6642. Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP (Cat 350)
  7. Dometic NDR 1292 Not Cooling

    Turns out I had a senior moment and parked the MH in our gently sloped driveway "after" I had let the battery voltage drop rather low. After 24 hours (and an awkward visit by my mobile RV tech Jim) the unit started cooling again. Although I had parked this way before when getting ready for a trip, Jim said the age of the cooling unit contributed to a likely temp blockage which eventually freed up. Lesson learned - even with "newer" RV absorption frig's, keep 'em level. Hank SKP67414 2005 Mandalay DP In Lusk WY On the Road to Arizona
  8. I have display lights and unit works on both gas and electric. Cooling unit is not blown (I have had 2 blow out and know the symptoms). I did accidently run the batteries down to at least 11.4 yesterday while having service. I am running generator now for batteries and have frig on gas (was told gas works faster..?). I will check freezer in a couple hours for signs of cooling.I have one of those ARP units which is on and seems OK. I checked the only frig fuse I could reach and it is OK. The MH is on a slight incline (2-3 degrees) in driveway, but that has not been a problem before.Would low voltage cause the cooling unit to go off line? Should I expect to see some signs of cooling in freezer in a couple hours?Supposed to travel today and need frig to keep insulin and other essential stuff.Any thoughts appreciated. Hank Whitney SKP 67414 At Home in Custer SD 443-799-0045
  9. I just got my renewal from Progressive and they raised me 15% overall on my "fulltimers" policy, quite a jump. Most of that is Comprehensive due to an increase in claims (they say). I put fulltimers in quotes because I kept my "fulltimers" coverage when we bought a house in 2010 in SD after some haggling with a couple supervisors. I wanted to keep my Full Replacement Value; they agreed since I was already a policyholder; I pay most of a FT premium and get all the FT coverage except the FT Personal Liability Coverage. I pay 30-40% more year but have the assurance of a Full Original Purchase Price (almost as good as Full Replacement Value). And Progressive does have a "disappearing deductible" on Comprehensive and Collision. Hank SKP 67414 Custer SD
  10. Changes to TRICARE Standard

    Just read an article in one of my military magazines about changes to TRICARE Standard as of Jan 1, 2018. I am on TRICARE for Life, but know of lots of folks who use Standard. It talks about enrollment and, starting Jan 1, 2020, an annual premium like TRICARE Prime starting at $150 for individuals and $300 for families. This change was in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay Currently home in Custer SD
  11. The item below was in the latest edition of the RV Travel Newsletter (the full text of which can be found at): http://rvtravel.com/rv-travel-newsletter-issue-792 "We reported last week that Montana legislators were trying to pass a new law that would lump a 1 percent tax on RVs and autos with a retail price of $150,000 or more. The so-called “Ferrari tax” took a lot of heat from RV dealers. To keep everybody happy, the lawmakers are now cutting back the proposed tax, sticking buyers of the higher-cost rigs with an $825 fee per year for a decade – in addition to all existing vehicle registration costs and taxes." Hank SKP67414 2005 Mandalay DP
  12. The Rapid City Journal is reporting all South Dakota Driving Exam stations will be closed April 28 and 29 for annual training. As you probably know, you can usually renew your license online if you already have a "federally compliant" license. Here is a link to the SD licensing web page. https://dps.sd.gov/licensing/driver_licensing/Renewing_Your_Driver_License_Online_or_by_Mail.aspx Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP At Home in Custer SD
  13. Direct TV "New" Fees

    I just had a lengthy chat with DTV. The CS rep assured me they DO NOT charge for suspended service. So I got a Spam e-mail - 1st time for that from DTV. The CSR said he would report it to management. I offered to send them the e-mail (as I have done with other spam), but he said they do not have an e-mail address for that...!! Sorry y'all - false alarm. Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP 2012 Honda CRV
  14. I just got an e-mail notice from Direct TV that they now are charging "Residential Customers" a monthly fee if you suspend your service ($5) and a "turn-on" fee if you restore service ($35). There are a bunch of other things too. Since we switched from full-time to part-time RV-ing we periodically start and stop our DTV service but have never been charged any fees. We even got them to suspend our service this time for a total of 17 months until we can get back on the road this coming September. We only use DTV in the RV. So, I guess I don't have a real beef here, but suspect others might not be so happy. I shall see if my next bill shows these fees. Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP At home in Custer SD
  15. Escapees Member List?

    Thanks for the help...members helping members. I am trying to verify some names so I can send them Chapter 45 rally info.