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  1. Does anyone have any experience with the Costco Interstate 12 volt 24DC Battery ? How reliable are they? How long do they last? Are they true Deep Cycle batteries? Since they are marketed as Marine/RV bateries, I'm tending to believe you should not discharge them below 50%. I'm just beginning to learn about the differences in batteries, so am not clear as to which batteries should not be discharged below 50%, and which can be discharge down to 80%. Interstate also markets the 24DC battery. Nowhere on fact sheets at Interstae or Costco does it state the batteries AMP HOURS, but in talking with Interstate I'm told it is an 81 amp hour battery. This seems unusual, since Costco is sellling them for $73.00. I'm therefore confused as to whether or not the 24DC battery, at $73.00, is a good buy and will last more than a year as compared to batteries in the $200 range. I'm looking at the 24DC as the battery compartment on my class C will only hold a group 24 battery. I am planning on putting solar on my RV to help in keeping them charged. Thank you in advance for any help.
  2. Costco 24DC Interstate Battery

    Yarome, may I ask where you read the 58ah, as the mfg said they were 81ah?
  3. Does anyone know when the last year the 8.1 ltr Chevy engine was used in a class A? And what RV it was used in?
  4. Mac the Fire Guy ?

    Does anyone know how to get in touch with Mac McCoy? His website, macthefireguy.com is no longer valid. Thanks.
  5. Log Books

    Here is a program I have found very useful. It has a free trial. https://rvnotepad.com/
  6. Mac the Fire Guy ?

    Mac already has a video which is shown at bootcamp when he is not there. He has said we can put it on our website. I will talk with the powers-that-be during the Q event to have them contact Mac to formalize its use. It is sad to have someone who was such a help in the RV community have to leave, but it happens. I wonder if there anyone else in the RV community who does Fire Prevention?
  7. Mac the Fire Guy ?

    I talked with Mac. He is incredibly sick, having since last Oct had a heart attack, been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, + other stuff, and will be having major shoulder surgery next week for torn rotator cuff. This is all due to his 20 years of working with dry powder fire retardant at his shows, so he will no longer be doing any presentations.
  8. Overnight parking at Costco?

    I was in Missoula, Mt. and parked at a Walmart for a couple of days. I asked permission, as there was a sign posted, "no overnight parking." The manager said it was posted, and was also a city ordanance, but the ordinance left it up to the business to enforce it. This would then allow them to keep out potential undesirables. I later talked with the local police who were in the parking lot, who confirmed what I had been told. I guess the rule is, be courteous and respectful and your day will go well.
  9. Verizon yagi cell phone booster

    Thank you Tom, a good article with plenty of info to help make a decision as to what I can do. Dan
  10. I've had COX cable at home for years. Recently, while traveling and getting Verizon Unlimited data I realized I no longer need cox cable, as I will use my iphone personal hotspot for my internet connection, thus saving $60+. BUT, I've also discovered I only get 2 bars at my home location so I need a cell phone signal booster. Not only will I need one for my home, but I'll need one for traveling and boondocking. For traveling a yagi is the optimum. Having a WeBoost or Ubiquity M5 would be great, but not for $400+. Are there any suggestions for what is being used as an inexpensive yagi setup? I know there are many good Chinese products, and which are inexpensive, but I don't know how to find them, or which one would be good. Any suggestions or comments? Safe travels, Dan
  11. An interesting article describing the plight of many retirees who are living in RVs and workamping. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/seniors-financial-insecurity/?deferJs=true&outputType=default-article&undefined=&utm_term=.6fe67a36d4a2&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
  12. Thanks for pointing me to the other posting.
  13. This was another exceptional topic. I’m wondering, though, (1) Will this post will still be available to relook at in 5-7 years? (2) Has the amount and type of moving changed over the years since Escapees started. (3) Do those belonging to Xscapers have the same criteria for moving, and move as often, as the older generation?
  14. I found this to be an excellent thread. I’m still in decision phase of going full-time next spring/summer in my 25’ C, so the rational everyone provided has been hrlpful. Before getting the C I had been looking at A’s. I like the smaller C, as everything is ‘close.’ But, as I start looking at STUFF I’ve accumulated over the years an A with more storage is becoming appealing. Like others have said, I like having everything available when I stop, so for me a 5th or TT is not appealing, and I van’d for many years so not going back there. Thank you for this topic, as it shows me what a wonderfully compatible and diversified group of people we are
  15. I have many gmail accounts. I use Mozilla Thunderbird to read my email, not webmail. Every time I move and open Thunderbird to read my email I get a messsge telling me my passwords have been stolen. Everytime I move to a different area, or city, or state, Before I can download my email to my computer I get the message “ your Passwords Have Been Stolen. You are required to log into Gmail to validate your password.“ Sometimes I have to log in and out of Gmail several times before Gmail recognizes my password at the new location. I have not found a way in which to contact gmail to get help fixing this problem. From what I’ve read on other forums, this is occurring to all Gmail accounts when they have moved from an identified location. Many one have a valid solution, or know how to contact a live person at gmail help? Thanks in advance. Dan them. Every time I move I get a messsge telling me my passwords have been stolen. Everytime I move to a different area, or city, or state, Before I can download my email to my computer I get the message “ your Passwords Have Been Stolen. You are required to log into Gmail to validate your password.“ Sometimes I have to log in and out of Gmail several times before Gmail recognizes my password at the new location. I have not found a way in which to contact gmail to get help fixing this problem. From what I’ve read on other forums, this is occurring to all Gmail accounts when they have moved from an identified location. Does any one have a valid solution, or know how to contact a live person at gmail help? Thanks in advance. Dan
  16. Are you using gmail’s webmail, or an email reader like Thunderbird?
  17. I'm wondering what kind of experiences others are having around the country with the incredible time we have been having so far with weather changes. Now we have IRMA following on HARVEYs footstep, battering the south with unbelievable damage. And then we are having the unexpected heat waves and fires in the western states. As a DOVE member, I'm working in Missoula, MT, for the Red Cross in their shelters. It is very sad to see the amount of fires in Montana, as well as Idaho. We are seeing new fires breaking out daily, and big fires are merging to create superfires. The air quality in northwest Montana is pretty much Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy, as seen by this link http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/AirDataMap.aspx. It is possible air might will hit hazardous conditions over the next week. What are your experiences so far? Any one going to volunteer at the fires in the northwest, or to IRMA and HARVEY, or other places?
  18. I've noticed my 2009 Norcold N611 evaporative freezer does not freeze many items, like ice cream and bread, even thought the temp is 20 degrees. Everything in the back of the freeze, where the cooling coils are located does freeze, but not in the freezer front. Norcold tells me evaporative freezers DO NOT freeze items with additives like sugar and fats, and that this is a normal process. Can anyone clue me in if this is normal for evaporative freezers? Thanks for any help.
  19. I did not get a response to what the difference is between evaporative and home fridge. And since I'm on the road I can't check my home to see what temp it is. The additive situation does make sense. I'll leave the situation like it is, and look at following what Ray,IN suggested
  20. Overnight parking at Costco?

    Pieere, can you tell us the name of the town which sided with the campground owners?
  21. Quality VS Speed

    I didn't see it mentioned, but Chuck Woodbury had an article in his ezine, RVTRAVEL.Com, about this issue. http://rvtravel.com/rv-travel-newsletter-issue-799/
  22. I am transferring to National General Insurance. When i got the paper to sign on-line I read a clause in item #1 which states that in signing the policy you agree the vehicle will be within the state where it is garaged 10 month of the year. This means, to my understanding, that with this insurance you cannot have the vehicle outside the state for more that 2 months. Am I reading this wrong? Does anyone have National General Insurance on the vehicle (which is also what Good Sam uses) who take it out of the state where it is registered to be garaged for more than 2 months of the year? Any comments?
  23. I have a new policy for my RV with Progressive, and was reading the Roadside Assistance portion and realized I needed to find out more about Good Sam and Coachnet roadside assistance policies. I've never had roadside assistance, so would like to have some stories about the experiences people have had between using the roadside assistance associated with their regular RV policy, versus purchasing a policy from GS or Coachnet. Progressive addon is $32, GS is $79, Coachnet is $179, all major differences. I know it is said "you get what you pay for," and I have heard many horror stories about roadside assistance from GS, but never anything about Coachnet. Any thoughts?
  24. National General Insurance Clause

    Check some of the past posts. There have been incidents where collision and comp have been dropped when in storage and then damage occurs through flooding or being hit by another rig, all while parked. With no insurance, they were total losses.
  25. National General Insurance Clause

    I am not full-timing, but did tell the sales person I would be traveling 5-6 months around the country. I offered this to the members to see if anyone had National General Insurance and by chance might not have seen this clause in their application and are driving around unawares they may not be covered. Now I'm wondering if other policies have this same type of clause hidden in their policies? I currently have Progressive, so have to check and see if by chance it was in the application I submitted, but not in the policy itself.
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