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  1. Maybe a bit far, but you cannot do better than Kansas RV Center in Chanute, KS. This was where the NuWa HitchHIkers were built. Great service. They are usually book 8 weeks out. Talk to Daryl Dennis. Ken
  2. Nothing from Keystone. As noted above, look for a higher end used unit over anything entry level and new. You will be money ahead. Ken
  3. We have had a 50 amp Surge guard and a 50 amp PI, both at the pedestal units. Now we have a hard wired PI 50 amp unit. I much prefer the had wired PI unit and the warrant and service is great. Ken
  4. Dutch, I feel the pain. You cannot educate someone that is not open to education. I am a amateur radio (ham) operator and on the same antenna, I can operate side band (voice), CW (Morse code Which is actually a digital mode), AM (amplitude modulation), FM (frequency modulation) and digital mode. It all boils down to the receive/transmitt equipment that is attached to the antenna. When it gets down to the final performance, you cannot beat the batwing style with the Wingman or the old Yagi style antenna and elevation. Ken
  5. Anytime we have anything critical or time sensitive to send we use Fed-EX Ground service. It cost a bit more than USPS, but they are much more reliable. Most recent USPS screw up was we had the mail forwarded from Escapees to and address in Tomball, TX. It was sent Priority One so we could track it. Normally it was in Tomball in a couple of days. Well it was snt to a center outside of Dallas and being a weekend now, it was 5 days. Ken
  6. mptjelgin, we have seen the same change you have and pretty much given up using state and corp parks unless we can book months out. It has taken the fun out of the RV life style. But when we had long term lived in a 34 ft motorhome and another time in a 36 ft 5th wheel when moving and building a house. When we decided to go full time, the 5th wheel mad more sense to use. It offered better storage and a more residential feel, plus you did not have the giant windshield as a heat gain or loss source. Another thing is only one drive line to maintain since we were towing a dingy behind a motorhome. We get along fine with our only vehicle as a 1 ton dually. Ken
  7. I have served on 3 juries in Harris County, Texas. Two were criminal and one civil. All three were interesting and I was jury foreman on two of them. The whole process was interesting and nothing like TV trials. I was on a fourth jury panel and we were sent to lunch and when we came back we were dismissed due to a plea deal. What was always aggravating was getting called for jury service and never even get to go out on a jury panel. One trial that would have been interesting to me as a mechanical engineer was a product liability case. As soon as the attorney found I was an engineer, he used a strike on me and sent me home. I guess he did not want anyone that was trained to think logically. Everyone should serve on a jury just for the experience and see how the system really works. We have had several jury notices over the years for Polk county and it was always when we were across the country. A simple call and were told to let them know when we would be in the area and could serve. We let them know and were never called while we were there. Now that we are over 70, we just send them back the form marked with the age exemption.
  8. In the amateur radio community we say that an omnidirectional antenna performs equally bad in all directions. When it comes down to the basics, it all comes down to metal in tha air and high up. The old batwing style and Yagi style are still the gold standard. The Winegard Sensar IV has the Wingman extension to aid in the UHF frequencies and makes the antenna more directional. There are several phone apps that tell you where the local off air stations are located referenced to your location. Use an app to see where the closest stations are and start by pointing the antenna toward them (broad side of the Wingman 90 degrees to the station).. Ken
  9. Oldcodger, The way the state looks at it is add the GVWR or the truck (14000) to the GVWR of the trailer (20000) and you get 34000#. Right or wrong, this is the criteria. Ken
  10. My wife and I switched to a G plan this year after having the F plan for about 5 years. With the F plan no longer offered to new enrollees the charges per year are sure to accelerate faster than they have been with the plan pool shrinking rather than growing. With G you are responsible for the part B deductible. For us, the reduced G plan premiums save considerably more than the deductible for G plan. But everyone needs to look at the options for their particular situation and location. Our other reason to change was we also changed Part D coverage. Optum Rx is horrible and we finally had enough of dealing with their mail order system. We switched to Silver Script and we can now get our 90 day supply at Walmart. Ken
  11. We are back to the Houston area where we had lived. We see all the Doctors and relatives and our stationary friends in November and December. After that hit the road. When on the road, and need basic medical care while on the road, we look for an urgent care facility in the area. I look on line at the ratings for near by places and pick one. We are on Medicare and a Supplement G plan so we only need a place that takes Medicare. Ken
  12. It will severely limit the appliances you can run. Add up the amperage on each appliance and when you hit 30 amps, that is all. One A/C and the microwave will max you out. If you want to run the coffee maker or a hair drier, yo will need to shut off the microwave or A/C unit. We have a 40 ft 5th wheel and 50 amps. I will only go to 30 amp sites in the spring or fall when I can get by minimal A/C. WE turn down 30 amp positions. Ken
  13. Stick on gutter. Try these Ken
  14. I do not understand why the idiots can't slow down in limited visibility conditions. No excuse except just plain old stupidity. Ken
  15. Before we changed to electronic statements, we received paper statements from our bank and brokerage to our Escapees address. We never had an issue. Make sure that they have the correct address, box number and zip code. If they have an isse with the term BOX or the use of the # symbol, tell them it is an Apartment and use APT. In 7 years, Escapees mail has been great. Our issue is that the mail must first come through Houston's North Central distribution center for the USPS and they are not the best by a long shot. Ken
  16. We are full time for 6.5 years now and have a 2013 HitcHiker Champagne ,,,one of the last ones built. We bought it from Kansas RV Center, owned by NuWa in Chanute, KS. They are no longer manufacturer, but have a sales for other brands and a great service center. The delivery and sale of the unit was great. I sure hated to see them stop manufacturing. We have had very few issues with the trailer. We lover the build quality and comfort. The Splindide washer-dries, convection microwave, dishwasher and satellite antenna are wonderful. It is a heavy tri-axle with Mor/Ryde IS suspension. Looks like the last RV we will have to buy. Ken
  17. Last winter we spent 3 months on the Texas coast in a city surrounded on 3 sides by salt water and salt marshes. We rinsed and washed the RV every week or two and still had corrosion issues. Key locks corroded and took lots of oil, some other aluminum and chrome suffered some minor pitting. We had to replace the Winegard antenna at it suffered corrosion on the internal circuit board. We have stayed south of Houston several winter and no issues as we were far enough from the salt air. We are not spending any more time on the coast again. My RV cost too much and suffered damage due to just 3 months. You get to looking at other RVs that are on the coast often or long term and you will not like the damage. Ken
  18. We strongly recommend the Progressive Ind, unit. It has saved us from power problems more than once. PI will provide surge protection as well as monitor power for low or high voltage, open neutral, open ground and power frequency. We have the hard wired unit mounted in the RV with the remote monitor panel. PI provides great warranty service and are very helpful answering questions. Ken
  19. The salt in the softener is used to regenerate the resin bed and release the minerals that they have captured. You then flush the salt out and there is NO MORE salt in the water softener. You do not get salt on the shin or corrosion in the shower. There is another problem here. I have found that you have to modify the manufacturers instructions.. First, I drain about 1/2 of the water out of the softener. Remove the top. Next, add the requires table salt Every other regeneration I also add Iron Out. Fill almost to the top with water ans attach top. Lay the unit over on it's side and slosh the water to mix the salt. Let set for about an hour or more. Attach the water hose and flush very slowly. Set hose flow to lust barely dribble out the out let for 15 minutes. Now put full flow on the softener and flush for 5 or a bit more minutes. Check to see that the salt taste is gone. Reinstall and enjoy the reduced mineral water. In front of our softener, I run a whole house 5 micron sediment filter and next a 10 micron whole house carbon filter. Depending on the water hardness, out On the Go Double will go 2 to 3 weeks and we have a washer drier and dishwasher in the rig. Great water. With the softener, I replace the water heater anode less often and the sinks and shower get less water spots. Ken
  20. If you manage to break or damage one, two or more wires, you will be forcing the other wires to carry more load than they are rated to carry. Don't Disney Land engineer it....do it right. Ken
  21. You need to be aware that Federal parks and most state parks prohibit drone operation within the park. Ken
  22. I had two Kobalt 12 volt compressors from Lowe's and both died after a few uses. Now have a ViAir 400PRV and it is still going over a year later. You pay your money and take your chances. Ken
  23. The Marceli is cell phone based, As said you choose AT&T or Verizon when you order it. The unit has a cell connection. And as I said, it monitors power, temperature and humidity. How it works... Ken
  24. Inspections in Texas are no big deal. The yearly tag registration is tied to the vehicles being inspected. If you are out of state, you simply go online and pay with a credit card and check the box that you are out of state. The state mails the new stickers. You then have 72 hours to get it inspected once you get the vehicle back in the state. Ken
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