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  1. I have seen 12 inch squares of 3/4 inch pressure treated plywood used.
  2. I had the FloPuir Mark 8000 SEE HERE Cost is $182 and includes shipping if bought from the site above. Regeneration is done with a box of common table salt. It is similar to others like the "On-The-Go" water softener which is the one Camping World sells I believe. Both are 8000 grain units which means they will last longer than those with smaller numbers without requiring regeneration. Some folks use "Water Sticks" but the biggest one of those I have seen is only 1500 grains. The 10,000 grain units will last even longer before needing regeneration. I didn't have room for the bigger 10,000 grain model so I got the 8000 grain one. In AZ where we spent most of the winters the water hardness is about 50 grains per gallon. That means that an 8000 grain unit will soften about 160 gallons before needing to be regenerated. Since we use about 13 gallons of water per day we have to regenerate every 12 days or so. In our home in CO we have a water hardness of 20 GPG, there the softener will last about a month.
  3. During our 10 years of full timing we had doctors in NH and CO and our domicile was SD. Also had rotator cuff surgery done in Parker AZ ( near Quartzsite). Our docs in NH were the ones we had when we started full timing. Since we spent time each summer when we first started full timing we were there for our yearly visits. Also had docs in CO where spent time each fall visiting relatives. Had the rotator cuff surgery done in AZ because we spent all or part of winters there and waiting until we went to CO was not an option since the repair needed to be done before the tendon retreated so far it couldn't be reattached and I was not going to CO in the winter.
  4. I have the FloPuir Mark 8000 SEE HERE Cost is $182 and includes shipping if bought from the site above. Regeneration is done with a box of common table salt. It is similar to others like the "On-The-Go" water softener which is the one Camping World sells I believe. Both are 8000 grain units which means they will last longer than those with smaller numbers without requiring regeneration. Some folks use "Water Sticks" but the biggest one of those I have seen is only 1500 grains. The 10,000 grain units will last even longer before needing regeneration. I didn't have room for the bigger 10,000 grain model so I got the 8000 grain one. In AZ where we spent most of the winters the water hardness is about 50 grains per gallon. That means that an 8000 grain unit will soften about 160 gallons before needing to be regenerated. Since we use about 13 gallons of water per day we have to regenerate every 12 days or so. In our home in CO we have a water hardness of 20 GPG, there the softener will last about a month.
  5. Sorry you have to leave the road but 18 years is a long run! Ours was 11 years before health caught up to us. We sure enjoyed the lifestyle. We had put everything in storage and when we bought a house and moved everything here, opening the boxes was like Christmas. I spent 1963 in Vietnam (ASA - 3RD RRU - the ASA was the military arm of the NSA) and unpacking the box with mementos was great! I am planning on hanging the crossbow I got from a Moi/Montagnard tribesman in my office.
  6. The document I signed did not require me to say I would return and live in SD. It said I intended to return to SD at some point and I did. I passed through SD several times during our 11 years of full timing before we bought a house in CO when we left the road.
  7. One thing to note: Since most/all ( all that I have seen) RV ACs do not draw air from the outside but instead recirculate the inside air, the 20 to 25 degree difference is between air being drawn into the AC and the air coming out.
  8. When I got mine from Minnehaha county (Sioux Falls ) I called the court clerk, she told me to write "Full Time RVer" on the form and mail it back. She removed me and my wife from the rolls.
  9. I haven't tried one and won't. It doesn't clean anything. It blows some ozone through the hose and unit which might be enough to kill fungus and bacteria. To me there is no substitute for actual cleaning with detergent and disinfectant. Ozone in a high enough concentration damages plastic. Don't know if the concentration from the device in question is that high or not.
  10. I am using a dedicated external hard drive and the system repair drive disk saved to a USB flash drive to get the image restore function.
  11. I don't know if 5th wheel manufacturers are like motor home manufacturers, but with being a full timer and having the freedom to go where and when I wanted I took mine to the Winnebago factory for most issues.
  12. I use the clone (system image) app in Win 10. They call it "System Image". I have had to restore an image with it twice. Once on my desktop and once on my wife's laptop. It worked fine. I clone once a month and also do backups once a week using Microsoft's SyncToy - available free from Microsoft. System Image can be found at control panel/ file history - lower left corner as "system image backup". You need to make a system repair disk after the system image is made and you are asked if you want to make one.
  13. When mine broke I was able to use a thin screw driver pushed in from the front to work the broken one sideways to get it out of the way. Make sure someone keeps the opening latch out so the good plunger/bolt won't keep the door latched. They make metal replacements so it won't happen again. After the door is open you may have to drill the pop rivets out to remove the mechanism - some have screws, some pop rivets. There are 4 screws on the back of the center section that have to removed so everything will come out. This is the web site for the metal ones HERE
  14. Okay - sent you an email with info. Hope you can stop by.
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