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  1. Hair Stylist or Barber or Other

    Do it myself. That $40 I spent on clippers 15 years ago has paid for itself many times over.
  2. What would proper wifi cost a park?

    We were just in a fairly small park that was looking to upgrade their system so it was more usable. I'm not talking 100% streaming here, just usable normal surfing. They were throwing out numbers in the tens of thousands of dollars, $30-50,000 minimum!!! And they weren't even sure a decent system was possible in their rural location. I don't know how a business could justify that expense without charging guests for usage.
  3. Winter Reservations

    We are winging it in FL on our way to Wauchula where we have reservations for Jan/Feb. Have been able to piece together three night stays at State, County, National Forest campgrounds. Finding a week in one place is already getting difficult. Remember that Florida State Parks try to hold 10% of their sites for walk ins. Call ahead and show up early for your best shot at these sites. Elks lodges have also been a good resource for us but you have to be a member. Keep calling private campgrounds, month long sites may open up as people call in with cancellations. Long term options will be more difficult as the winter progresses.
  4. Water heater won't light/ stay lit

    I just went through a similar issue over the past few months. This thread has a lot of info and tips. I'm pretty sure my problem ended up being low voltage to the board due to a bad converter and undercharged batteries.
  5. Atwood water heater won't light

    UPDATE: After a week or so my heater went back to the same intermittent mis-firing. I went through all the connections and adjustments again without much improvement. In the meantime, I discovered my converter was bad and had run down the batteries. I am wondering if low voltage on the batteries couldn't provide enough juice to get a nice spark at the water heater even though my 12V lights and accessories were working normally. Since replacing the converter the water heater has been flawless with immediate ignition whenever I turn the switch on. Thoughts?
  6. Dentists while on the road

    The only issue we've had is that most dentists require full X-rays for new patients which jacks up the price when we only needed a cleaning. We shopped around before finding a dentist with a reasonable deal for new patients that included the required X-rays. They are near our daughters house so we will schedule appointments for when we are in town for a visit.
  7. Domicle Address Question

    We had several "official " letters addressed to our Bushnell mailing address when we went to get our DL, registration and change our domicile to Florida. Bank statements, insurance cards, Florida Blue correspondence should do the trick. The folks at the courthouse in Bushnell were easygoing and we didn't have a problem. It was a very enjoyable morning after all the stress of getting our ducks in a row. We used this excellent post by Lynne at Winnieviews as our bible. https://winnieviews.blogspot.com/2015/12/how-to-move-to-florida-in-1-hour.html
  8. Opinions on warranties & protection plans??

    We purchased an esc on our 2002 Class A but thankfully have not had the need to use it. Most problems have been minor and easily fixed for well under the $200 deductible the plan has. We still feel better having it on this older rig that was an unknown when we purchased her. It will be a tough decision whether we renew it next year. We have road service and have used it twice for our pickup truck. It is a great plan that covers all of our vehicles including the motorcycle. I would recommend always having some type of road service. We also have a TPMS. We haven't run into an emergency tire situation on the road but again the peace of mind it provides is worth it. It's also a convenience to not have to manually check air pressures as often.
  9. Atwood water heater won't light

    I seem to have solved my problem with the water heater, it has been working normally for the past week. The last thing I did was clean the ground and re tighten. I also adjusted the position of the new igniter tip closer to the end of the burner tube. Thanks for all the help and suggestions, it was more frustrating than difficult but following all the tips here should get most heaters up and running again.
  10. Atwood water heater won't light

    Yes, the lights on the switch are working as they should. The last thing I did was clean and tighten the ground and reseat the plug on the board, have had normal operation for two days in a row. Maybe I hit on the right combination somehow. I'll let you know if this continues.
  11. Atwood water heater won't light

    Yes, I have installed a brand new igniter with same results as the old one. I will recheck the gap and position. One thing I have possibly noticed is the heater will work more normally on a rainy day or damp morning, leading me to think there is a poor connection somewhere that the moisture in the air improves. I tried some dielectric grease on the igniter connection but that didn't seem to make a difference. I don't think using the grease on the board connection and plug would be a good idea. I also need to remove the ground screw and scrape down to bare metal. Running out of ideas but hate to buy a new board if that's not the problem. I checked out the Dinosaur website but didn't see any Atwood parts listed, can someone provide a link. Thanks
  12. Atwood water heater won't light

    I am also having problems with this same model water heater. Mine has an intermittent problem igniting. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes will light after several tries. It will light every time if I shove a clicker into the burner tube to use as a pilot and has a perfect flame once it's going. Sometimes it will relight on its own when it calls for another heating cycle. I have replaced the igniter hoping for a relatively inexpensive fix but it acts the same with the new igniter. I have checked the connections and cleaned the terminals on the control board as suggested here. Could the board be intermittently bad? I would think it either works or doesn't work. Any suggestions on what I could try from here? Thanks
  13. Mail Forward Service

    We've been using the FL Escapees mail service for almost two years. In spite of our best efforts, we are just now getting some of our contacts to use the Texas mailing address instead of the Florida "residential" address. One of our financial institutions requires we update our mailing address every 9 months or they revert to our Florida address, unfortunately when we update they send confirmation letters to BOTH addresses. They send separate letters for each account so we end up with three letters going to Florida. Frustrating. I think you can expect some unexpected mail going to your residential address, at least for awhile. We use the Florida address for Florida DMV, health insurance, IRS but other mail still sneaks through occasionally. Overall, we've been very happy with the service. A nice perk might be allow 2 or 3 letters per month before the $1 surcharge kicks in.
  14. Thanks very much, will do.  Hayley 

  15. Nova Scotia

    Don't miss the Fundy Bay tidal bore, we saw it in Truro. Amazing!