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  1. My experience with DTV for 20 yrs is that the answer to any question always depended on which CSR answered the phone. Its also been DTV policy for many years to try to discourage mobile users from frequent service address changes. I got a letter 10 yrs ago stating they would no longer allow service address changes for mobile users, long before any AT&T involvement. If you didn't run into this issue in the past, you were just lucky in who answered your calls. But hang-up and call back and you'll get a different answer.
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    Hot Tire Pressure

    The pressure rises about 2% for every 10 degrees F. Get yourself one of the Digital IR (non-contact) Temp Sensors to read the tire surface temps (if your TPMS doesn't give temp readings). Like others, I also carry a portable compressor good up to 125 psi, since my MH tires need about 90 psi and many fuel station air outlets either don't have room for a 38 ft MH plus towed, or they don't work well at 100 psi. I made my fall transition from summer home to winter home this week. when I left the Colorado mountains early morning it was 24 F, and the normally 85-90 psi tires were reading 75 - 80. I did not add any air and 500 miles later in southern NM it was 80 F ambient and the tires were reading 105 psi. As the experts advise its the cold temp pressure that matters, never let air out when the tires are hot. But when your "cold" varies from 24F to 80F you should adjust accordingly. Most TPMS allow some flexibility in setting your base pressures and the range or % variation before setting off an alarm.
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    No reply button?

    a) "Grand Adventure created a topic in Travel Logs " <<< yes it is in the Travel Logs Forum b) there is no reply button there because no replies are supposed to be allowed there. You can see that almost all of Posts in that forum have 0 replies. The question is how did a few folks manage to post a reply where there is no reply button.
  4. Here is a reference published by the RV industry assoc listing max motorhome length by state, almost all are 45 ft. But that's the overall limit, each state & locality can further limit the length on local roads. A 48 ft single coach would seem to be a violation in most states. Whether you would ever get pulled over & cited is a different question. If you're not commercial, enforcing equipment regulations is not a priority unless they already have you stopped for other reasons. RVIA Max Length
  5. I don't personally use either of those, so have no first hand experience. But I have read here in previous posts that some have had issues with Chas Schwab. As I said above, most folks don't run into problems on an existing account when just changing the mailing address. But when opening a new account, the institution is required to verify your physical residence address. That's part of the "Patriot Act" that setup a Customer Identification Program (CIP) that all federally regulated banks & financial institutions are required to comply with. However, that same act allows those who have no physical address to use the address of a close friend or relative, purely for CIP compliance, not as the account address of record or mailing address. "How would they know" - all CMRA (commercial mail receiving agencies) operate under permit & regulation by the USPS. There is a publicly available listing of all CMRA which many businesses run computerized checks to see if your address matches one of the listed CMRA.
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    I'm still using a DJI Phantom Pro I bought several years ago. I take it with me on summer ATV & Jeep rides through the mountains to get overhead views of the trails. Since I now spend winters on my sailboat in the Bahamas, I've taken the drone aboard for some great overhead shots of the boat & the islands. But landing the Phantom on a rocking boat doesn't work well, so I've had to learn to catch its feet by hand while hovering it near the boat. On a sailboat you've got the mast, sails & all the rigging lines to avoid during takeoff & landing.
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    Propane use while traveling

    It is simple, its your RV & your life, so you get to decide whether to turn the propane on while driving. Just like you get to decide where & when to drive, cross the street, go for a hike, go kayaking, go bungee jumping, etc. They all involve some degree of risk. If you're the type who needs to obey all safety rules to the full extent, then you'll be sitting at home a lot. Driving with the propane on involves some risk if you have a crash and break a propane line. If your sys is in good shape, inspected for leaks regularly and you turn it off at gas stations, then the risk is minimal. Just as I wouldn't tell you that bungee jumping is 100% safe, I wouldn't tell you that driving with the propane on is 100% safe. But lots of us have been doing it for many years. You should also experiment with how many degrees your frig will lose in a day of driving. For most RV frig's its about 4-5 degrees in an 8 hr day. But more everytime you open the frig. So driving with it off is not a major problem for most, unless you're driving across the Mojave Desert during summer. If you have an onboard genny, another option is to run the frig on the genny each time you stop for a break, then turn it off again while driving. lots of options and you get to make the choice
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    Insurance Liability question

    Its not your insurance company that you need to worry about. Its the lawyer representing anyone you injured in the accident. If you're at fault your insurance company will pay up to the policy limit, which for most folks is way too low. Any good accident lawyer will thank your insurance company and then go after you personally for as much as he thinks your assets are worth. That's where showing that you intentional drove while significantly overloaded comes in to play, in proving your negligence. But a couple hundred pounds over the weight rating would not make it to court if that's all they had. This personal liability also varies by state. Some states have no-fault laws that limit personal liability suits. Each state has slight variations on whether they can go after your house, your savings, your retirement account, your personal possessions, etc If you have assets that you don't want to risk losing in a liability lawsuit, which can easily be millions in a personal injury case, then you should get a Liability Umbrella Policy" for xxx million. The vehicle manufacturer or the tire manufacturer may deny warranty coverage if they can prove you routinely drove overloaded. But no insurance company is going to try denying coverage unless you violate something specifically prohibited in the policy and I've never seen or heard of GVWR GAWR or GCWR being mentioned in a private non-commercial vehicle policy. Things that are in most standard policies that can get coverage denied are: drunk driving, fleeing police, using the vehicle in the commission of a crime, allowing an unlicensed person drive the vehicle, intentionally causing an accident for fraudulent purposes, etc
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    Road advice New Mexico

    It really depends on your starting & ending points. from near I-25 & 152 where you started the conversation, most folks would use the Hatch exit and head to Deming then I-10 W and then cut back north depending on your destination, US 70 for example. But if you're starting further north on I-25 then US 60 is an option. Although the chance of some light snow during a Dec-Jan-Feb winter storm is just as likely at certain points along that route. We rarely get snow in Nov in the area. Most of our winter storms in the southern half of NM are short & mild until you get up over 6,000 ft elevation. My winter ranch down there is at 4400 ft and I only see snow once every 3 yrs.
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    Road advice New Mexico

    Since they are one lane bridges, there isn't a lot of difference. Here is a DOT site discussing their poor condition, with photos clearly showing the 12' 8" and 12' 5" warning signs. you can debate where that measurement is taken, but to me its not worth blocking that one lane traffic while you test it. Unless you're in a sports car or motorcycle, there are better options. https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/nm/152-bridges/
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    Any CamperForce vets?

    It varies widely from site to site and year to year. I only did it once, years ago, and that was enough for me. But I've known others who did it for several years at different locations. Its hard physical work, 10-12 hrs on your feet with minimal breaks and some assignments require constant walking back & forth for those 10-12 hrs. Your productivity or lack of, is constantly monitored. It can also be a bit frustrating, since you're a temp they are not at all interested in any feedback on how to improve their system, which at times can seem a bit disorganized. The attitude of management and fulltime staff toward the camperforce folks also varies from site to site, year to year. The work hours can vary widely. You may be sent home early some days, you may be told they don't need you for 2 days, you may be forced to work overtime some weeks or you may not be offered any overtime at all. Its purely up to their needs and not yours. The campgrounds they expect you to stay in also vary widely. Some are nice, some are barely usable, some are open dirt fields fields with some temp utilities used only for camperforce, & some turn into mud piles when it rains. Amazon doesn't manage the campgrounds, they just pay the bill. They have little interest in getting involved with problems at the campgrounds. Many years their designated campgrounds filled up quickly and you were left on your own to find something else. Maybe a lot has changed since I tried it, but I wouldn't go back for double the money. Try to find & read lots of reviews from different folks who have been through it recently. I may be overly harsh, everyone has a different perspective and there are lots of them online & in various RV forums. If you get a good location and need the money, it can be a great option. But if you get a bad location, its been hell for several folks.
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    Road advice New Mexico

    there are 2 separate RR bridges just east of Kingston on NM152. Both about 12' 6" max clearance. But each year they seem to modify & add steel to those old bridges, I'm not sure how accurate those heights are. I know that my 13' 6 motorhome would never fit. It is a fun ride on my Harley though.
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    South Dakota or Florida

    You must have your SD mail forwarding address setup first. You do not need a SD drivers license to register your vehicle. You will need the original Title, bill of sale and certified weight if its an RV. You will also need some document showing any previous state sales tax payment on the same vehicle (if that's not shown on the bill of sale), if you want to receive credit against the SD 4% tax on vehicles. All vehicle registrations are done at your local county treasurers office, depending on where your SD mail forwarding address will be. You don't need to have the vehicle with you when registering, as long as its already been titled somewhere and you're not changing the class of the vehicle. I've always been with Americas Mailbox, so my experience is in Pennington County. There may be slight variations in other SD counties. Most but not all of the SD mail forwarding services also offer a vehicle registration service where you don't have to go there yourself, You send them all the original paper work, sign & notarize a power of attorney doc and they go stand in line and get your registration & plate and send it to you. (there is an extra fee for that service) The receipt for an overnight stay in SD is a requirement when getting or renewing your SD drivers license, not vehicle registration.
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    Classes of 2008 and 2009

    So sad to hear that, I really liked that lady. PS: I'm still around (an original 2008'er) just shifted focus a bit. I still have my motorhome, but its use is part time these days. Still have my summer base camp in the mountains of Colorado. I bought a live aboard sailboat and have spent the last 2 winters sailing around the Bahama islands. Living on a boat is not all that different from RV living, just a different mode of propulsion.
  15. There are just as many reasons a TT or 5'er may need to spend a few days in the shop. Of all the various factors that go into deciding on your choice of RV type, days in the shop for any reason is not a major one that swings the decision one way or the other. If your TT or 5'er has to stay in the shop, you drive your truck to the motel. If your MH has to stay in the shop you drive your towed vehicle to the motel. Your "home" is still in the shop, assuming the shop won't let you plug in in their parking lot overnight, what's the big difference? In the 10 yrs I used my class A DP fulltime or extended time, I never spent a night in a motel for any reason. PS: I have 2 5th wheels in addition to my class A MH, so I'm not biased one way or the other. I have different type RV's because I think each type fits a certain type of travel pattern better than the other.