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  1. With all due respect. Using SDCars is no more complicated than paying any other bill online and you only need a connection for a few minutes in order to use it.
  2. I don't understand why you would prefer to do this rather than to use the SDCars.com website. That's what it's there for.
  3. YouTube TV provides essentially unlimited DVR capability. You don't record programs to your PC; they are stored in a Cloud DVR. You can retrieve them whenever you wish.
  4. Historically, RVIA shipments to dealers have tended to outpace sales. Just because RVs re sitting on lots awaiting shipment doesn't mean there's anyone at the other end waiting to buy them. At least for awhile a manufacturer can show product going out the door in excess of what its dealers can sell. In the '08 recession one of our then local dealers was sitting on several MH's that were 3-4 years old but which had never been sold.
  5. I've yet to find a section of the TX code that states that. As long as my insurance company is happy with the arrangement, that's all I really care about.
  6. What you have cited is the section of the vehicle code that applies to people coming into TX with the intent of becoming a resident. Yes, they have to register their cars within 30 days. However, I am not a TX resident and the following is the section of the code (502.0079. VEHICLES OPERATED BY CERTAIN NONRESIDENTS) that I believe applies to our situation and that of other "winter Texans": A nonresident owner of a privately owned passenger car that is registered in the state or country in which the person resides and that is not operated for compensation may operate the car in this state for the period in which the car's license plates are valid. In this subsection, "nonresident" means a resident of a state or country other than this state whose presence in this state is as a visitor and who does not engage in gainful employment or enter into business or an occupation, except as may otherwise be provided by any reciprocal agreement with another state or country. The key point is that I am a "visitor" who does not engage in gainful employment or any other activities that would indicate that I am seeking TX residency.
  7. With all due respect, I'm not sure your example need be the only way this issue can be handled. We own an RV lot in Rockport TX and have a second car which stays at that location all year regardless of whether or not we are traveling in the MH. Both our cars are registered in SD which is our domicile state. The deal that Miller insurance worked out with Progressive Insurance is that our TX-based car would be insured at rates appropriate for where it is garaged--Rockport. The car that is our toad is rated as being garaged in SD. We are not TX residents (property ownership doesn't make you a resident) and my understanding of TX law is that I can keep my vehicles in TX as long as they are properly registered in my domicile state. If this is an incorrect interpretation of the law, no one has objected to date about it.
  8. I've been renewing my SD registrations online for years and it sure doesn't cost me an extra $25 to do so. The renewals are mailed to my PMB which is also the address on my license. Haven't had a problem yet and you don't have to deal with the county office where you are registered: SD Cars website
  9. My suggestion is to run, not walk, away from these dealers. What they're trying to do is hold you hostage to your deposit when they can't or won't produce the financing they promised. They'll come tell you that "we couldn't get you to quality for that really low interest rate we talked about, but you won't mind this one will you? It will only cost a few hundred dollars more per month! " 😂😂 If they have your money they will "slow roll" ever giving it back to you if you want to kill the deal. "Oh, the manager has to sign off on all refunds and he's away on a 3-month vacation!"
  10. With all due respect, if you want power tools that truly last IMO there are better tools available these days than Craftsman. I usually buy brands such as Porter Cable, Milwaukee or Dewalt. Ir doesn't cost all that much more to step up to a true professional-quality tool.
  11. Not to reopen an old argument, but the Emergency Travel Assistance policy is a lot less than many people think it is. According to this document from Lloyd's of London, FMCA pays a 70 cent per month premium for each member for this insurance. Even though there is strength in numbers, one shouldn't expect too much from a policy with <$10 in annual premium. The key thing IMHO is that this is often referred to as a "repatriation" policy which it clearly is not. It is intended to ensure that you are taken to the nearest medical facility that can provide the level of care you need, but there is no expectation that this will be a facility in your domicile area. There is a proviso whereby if you are evacuated to a nearby medical facility and still require additional treatment the policy might pay for transportation to your home area, but that is clearly not the primary outcome. Furthermore, all other benefits such as returning your RV to your home area are contingent on you (or your spouse) having been approved for medical transport in the first place. I'm not saying that this coverage is without any value, but in comparing it to the coverage provided by SkyMed, MASA and similar companies (for a lot more money) one shouldn't overlook the huge difference in premium charged. If you really believe that a policy with a $10/year premium will pay essentially the same benefits as one that costs ~$500/yr, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you along with several other "too good to be true" deals! Here's the Lloyd's document:https://www.sevencorners.com/docs/default-source/fmca_docs/fmca_plan.pdf Joel (AKA docj)
  12. We've had nothing but good experiences with Coachnet, the most recent of which was in July. We had gotten ourselves stuck in the mud at an RV park up to our axles in a remote area of Prince Edward Island on Canada Day, a major national holiday. Within two hours Coachnet had a well-respected local wrecker operator on site and winching us out of the mud. The guy's wife was impressed that right off the bat she had been given a credit card number to cover all the costs. The bottom line for me is that I'm a very satisfied Coachnet customer; sometimes you do get what you pay for.
  13. I was only billed for the PSA one of the times. I told the lab company that I was appealing and then the process was as I described it above. The company didn't respond to Medicare, therefore, they were forbidden from billing me for the procedure.
  14. I am on a medication for which "best practices" dictates I should have a PSA test every 6-12 months. Regardless of how my physician codes the request, it always gets bounced by Medicare as not covered. However, each time it bounces I file a "level 1" appeal which takes only a few minutes. The appeals process results in Medicare directly the laboratory to provide specific information about the lab request. The interesting thing I've discovered is that neither LabCorp or Quest care about responding to these appeals in the time-frame specified by Medicare. When they fail to respond, the net result is that my appeal is denied but, at the same time, the denial letter states that the patient (me) can't be billed for the service (because they didn't respond). This has happened three times in a row so I know it's not a fluke. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a considered decision, that it is cheaper to lose the fee for an inexpensive lab test than it is to go through the trouble to respond to Medicare's paperwork. I can't think of a better explanation.
  15. Our current mail service, YourBestAddress, occupies a suite within an office building. Therefore, the proper address block is PMB 1234 within Suite 214. That's way too complicated for some address fields to accept so I concatenated it to Suite 214-1234 and that seems to be perfectly acceptable.
  16. Thanks for saying this. I've been saying roughly the same thing for years. Those who think their Escapees address (or any others) evades detection by these software packages are simply deluding themselves. What does happen is that some computer systems appear to be programmed to specifically reject the use of the term "PMB" and using this in an address field will result in an automatic rejection. I had this happen with my Wells Fargo account when I went to change the address online from the defunct MyDakotaAddress to YourBestAddress. Any attempt to use PMB in the address was rejected, but the same address was fine without those initials. However, I'm not fooling myself into thinking that the bank's computers don't know it's a PMB address. In fact, I was in a branch a couple of years ago when a bank "officer" accessed my account which clearly showed as a PMB even though I was careful to label it as an "apartment".
  17. The Progressive's remote readout displays both the current error code and the previous code. If there is an intermittent it will show as the previous code even if there are no codes currently being displayed. This feature is unique to Progressive and is invaluable for diagnosing intermittents. I know because we had one which manifested itself exactly as the OP first described. The power would turn off seemingly at random and then would turn back on. The Surgeguard I had at the time didn't show any faults so I assumed that it was bad and replaced it with a Progressive which demonstrated the same behavior but which was capable of showing the "previous error" which in my case was a high voltage intermittent being caused by loose connections in the pedestal. I'm not saying that the OP has the same exact problem I did, but the repeated behavior is evidence that the Progressive device is sensing a problem that then resolves istself so that power can be restored. Since it happens at multiple pedestals in different parks I would presume that the problem is within the MH and could relate to the "burned" plug which has already been discussed. I suggest that the OP start paying attention to the "previous error" display on his Progressive in order to resolve this problem.
  18. It's not inexpensive, but quality rarely ever is!
  19. As a result of frequent rain in Atlantic Canada over the past couple of weeks, we managed to get stuck in the mud at our CG on Prince Edward Island. My fear was that on Canada Day, of all days, it would be difficult to get someone to winch us out. We do weigh ~34,000 lbs and there's ~20,000 lbs on our rear axle which was deeply mired in the mud. The only good news is that we were stuck while safely in our favorite PEI CG and the owner and others were involved helping us to figure out what to do. I called Coachnet early in the process and, although they didn't have any specific contacts in that part of PEI they were quite willing to take the CG owner's recommendation of a CAA-certified shop with heavy wrecker capability. Within an hour from the time I reported the issue Coachnet had arranged things with the local service facility and the owner's wife had called me to let me know they were on their way. She was impressed that Coachnet had already provided her with a Mastercard number to use to settle the bill. The wrecker showed up a bit later and with the skills of the owner and his helper we were extracted from the mud in short order. Cost to me--nothing!
  20. As I said before, I encountered this problem last year when MyDakotaAddress went out of business. For 7 years Lake County SD had had no problem with using our PMB address for voter registration purposes. However, when we switched to YourBestAddress in Minnehaha County we, initially, were refused the right to register. I had a phone conversation with a person in the registrar's office who told me that I would have to have a campground receipt in that county in order to register there. Shortly thereafter, when I called back to ask some additional questions, I was told that the County had changed its policy and that the receipt was no longer required. Contrary to what was stated in previous posts, this had nothing to do with the issue of whether or not the PMB address was provided by Escapees or anyone else. Apparently, counties in SD have some latitude on this issue so there's no reason to expect consistency on a State level unless someone in the capital steps in.
  21. Some SD counties used to not accept your PMB address for voter registration purposes. Minnehaha County where Sioux Falls is located used to be one of those and required a campground or hotel receipt. However, I think that all changed a year or so ago. At least we were able to register with no problems.
  22. We stay at KOA's quite frequently and do not consider them, in general, to be overpriced particularly if you buy the annual card to get 10% off. We always get the price of the card back through the discount and rewards points. IMHO KOA's are like what Howard Johnson's were during the years I was going on vacations with my parents. There is a general standard of consistency that they usually deliver. They aren't typically the fanciest park in a area, but we've never stayed at one that was unacceptable. I used to be surprised by the ferocity of the "we hate KOA" posts that show up in threads like these. IMHO many of them are from people who don't want to accept the fact that the going rate for full-hookup sites at attractive parks in the US is currently in the range of $45-55/night throughout the country. There still are nice parks in the $25-35 range but they're becoming more difficult to find. But that's not the fault of KOA. JMO.
  23. Could you please explain how you did this. I searched the Amazon site and all I can come up with on this subject is the following:
  24. Yes, the G2+ has a control box which allows you to switch between 101 and 119. The Wineguard manual for the dish does refer to this as a power inserter. But in DirecTV standard lingo, a power inserter is the device used to provide power to the LNB in a SWM configuration. This is an unfortunate choice of words. It should be noted that the Wineguard manual does state that the G2+ can be converted to SWM in accordance with the procedures shown in my previous link. Even though only one coax is provided, the manual clearly states that it is to be connected to the "primary" port which implies that there is a "secondary" port which can be used for a second coax which will be needed for SWM operation. FWIW because of the presence of the Wineguard G2+ power inserter, I would recommend using the Wineguard SWM conversion kit unless a wiring diagram for the G2+ using SWM can be obtained.
  25. With all due respect, this thread is a hodgepodge of misinformation. The G2 doesn't need a power inserter if it is used with a receiver that can operate in multiplex mode, which means any receiver or DVR with model number less than 25. Receivers with model numbers 25 and higher are SWM only, but the G2 can be used with those with the addition of a power inserter and a SWM switch, There are two coax outputs possible from the G2. Just follow the instructions in this document. Guide for using Winegard equipment with SWM receivers As for HD, the G2 cannot receive the Ka band transmissions from the 99 and 103 satellites which are where the HD channels currently originate from. However, within the next year (or two) DirecTV will be broadcasting most HD channels from the Ku band 101 satellite which the G2 can receive. As long as you have an HD receiver and pay the associated fee, you should be able to receive most HD channels with that device. It's my understanding that 99 and 103 will primarily be used for local channel programming which you wouldn't be able to receive because it will be on the Ka band. I hope this clears up some things. Joel (AKA docj)
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