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About kathydavidb

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  • Birthday 02/11/1950

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    traveling,exploring new places,hiking,enjoying the outdoors.

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  1. My owner's manual says I need to do a battery cut off switch when towing my 2017 Ford Edge behind my motorhome. The only problem with that is my Patriot brake system plugs into the cigarette lighter plug.(12V). Did any one ever use and additional 12v. battery for the Patriot to plug into? I think Ford does not want a charge line to the MH due to the many electronic devices it now has. So, I want to do as they wish but then need to have another 12v. battery source to power the Patriot brakes. ANY help or info. appreciated. Dave
  2. This year mine is a 2006 when I check in. Next year it is a 2007 when I check in (& so on). The point being that no one asks for proof of it's age and more often is concerned more about how it looks on the outside. I guess they don't want junkers in there park. Mine looks good so I'm always OK.
  3. How about a class c motorhome pulling a trailer that contains the side by side atv?
  4. I've seen this sort of thing a few times now. It seems people would rather keep going to a repair shop rather than deal with it themselves, no matter what the outcome.
  5. My blinds in our 2006 Coachmen have plastic brackets at the bottom. After spreading the brackets outward to remove the pin in the bottom blind rail, just pull the cord like any blind and they raise up. The day/night shades just push up & down. Hope this is what you meant.
  6. I also think that checking the water level in the batteries is probably the most important maintenance item for them. Use only distilled water which is easily found at most grocery stores. Also keep some on hand for easy use when needed. It doesn't take very much water so just add enough so that you can see the water level in there. If they were just serviced then look in each cap now to get an idea of proper water levels. I leave my converter/charger on all the time when hooked up to electric. As long as the water level is up then I've never had an issue with the batteries.
  7. We too use dish soap to slosh around before we dump. It really works well and cleans the sensors as well as the tank. (Note: Don't use too much soap or your vent pipe for the tanks will be blowing bubbles as you drive down the road. - Lots of strange looks there!)
  8. We had a 19ft. Airstream & loved it. - Pulled easy and very well made. The nice thing about the 19ft. was the price. The Bambi is a classic & thus gets the higher price tag.( referring to used) If you can find a 17 or 19 ft. it will be a lot less pricey.
  9. Besides the roof, check the caulk around the windows. I once stored an RV outside in WI. for the winter. All was OK except the melting snow ran down the sides of the RV and one window was not caulked around well. The water leaked in and later I had delamination of the fiberglass below that window. Also mice can be a problem.
  10. Duals should be matched to each other so personally I would not put the fronts on the inside of the duals. I would do all 6 the same tire.
  11. This is good advice. To me the maintenance record is very important. Ask to see what has been done over the years. A 1997 is 18 yrs. old now and things have needed to be repaired/replaced or updated. Ask.
  12. We have the Honda 2000 and it does have the power to run everything but the roof A/C. It is a pull start and it usually starts on the first pull. I've never had it not start right away as long as I run it once a month or more. Also it uses less than a gallon of gas for 5-6 hrs. use. The batteries of my RV get fully charged also.
  13. Just a word about RV park memberships. - Check out their contract closely. We had a "lifetime" membership and thought that as long as we paid the yearly dues & park maintenance fees we were OK for life. Turns out what it really meant was that we were OBLIGATED to pay for life. They even said if we quit paying they would come after our kids for the yearly costs. We got a lawyer to send a nasty letter but they kept sending us monthly bills and past due notices even though we were paid in full at the time we sent them the letter stating we wished to quit using their park. Long story short, they sent a letter from their attorney for collection and we contacted the State Attorney General office. That ended their harassing letters. Never again will we get a park membership.
  14. On the topic of weight, - We removed the big old heavy color TV that came with our 2006 RV & installed a thin flat screen in it's place. I bet we saved 75 lbs. there. Also we took out a sofa that was a couple hundred pounds due to it's metal fold out bed frame. (It was a very uncomfortable sofa anyhow). We put in a desk that is much lighter weight. With every improvement we always look at the weight issue as part of our decision.
  15. We used to have campfires when the kids were still at home with us. It was kind of a tradition when we camped to have an evening campfire & roast marshmellows, etc. Now that we are retired we seldom have one. However the urge to sit by the warm fire on a cool night has us making one every now and then. Usually like some others have said, we like to build a campfire in Quartzsite, Az. It's a good way to meet your neighbors. We like it when they ask to sit by our fire and we often talk late into the evening. (Sometimes we have liquid refreshments too) A campfire is a good way to get together with others.
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