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Second Chance

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  1. Google Maps for planning (setting parameters) and Garmin RV760 in the truck (with parameters set for the rig). I particularly like the fact that I can give the Garmin voice commands and find the distance to truck stops up ahead (to compare to the fuel range in the instrument cluster), rest stops, etc. The combo works very well for us. Rob
  2. We've been full-time in a Grand Design Reflection for 4-1/2 years and like it. The thing that sets Grand Design apart is the customer service (Grand Design - NOT the dealers). We've experienced that first-hand. We've been happy enough that, deciding this past year to stay on the road for the foreseeable future, we have a new Solitude waiting for us when we get to Georgia in two weeks. Rob
  3. We don't know either - nor when that will be. That didn't make any difference in where we decided to establish domicile. We chose Texas because: We have both lived in various parts of Texas in the past, I have family in Texas, We have family in the southeast and in New Mexico and California... we traverse Texas at least once a year, Escapees provides all the services we need with the Livingston address with no state income taxes and reasonable registration costs for the vehicles, And, finally, it will be no more difficult to change our domicile to a different state if and when we come off the road than it was to establish our Texas domicile. Rob
  4. There are 74 in California, now, and a bunch in Texas. You can use the Aldi store locator on-line to check anywhere in the US. Rob
  5. Did the same - and I'm with you. There's also less user control in the Edge Chromium browser... for instance: I'm having a lot of difficulty getting a new tab to open up to anything but Bing. I can get the startup page to do what I want, but not a new tab once the browser is open. I'm back to chrome. A British water engineer I worked with in Somalia in the early '80s would put on his best John Wayne imitation and say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Pretty good philosophy. Rob
  6. In "Auto World" it stands for technical service bulletin. It's below the level of a recall, but something that should be addressed when the vehicle is serviced. Rob
  7. Start here to get a little better understanding: ChangingGears.com weights Rob
  8. Mark, Those "hitch" weights (referred to as pin weight with a fifth wheel) advertised by the manufacturers are empty weights - NOT loaded weights. Use the math provided by me and others in this thread (20 - 25% of the trailer's GVWR) and don't be fooled into a false sense of security. Rob
  9. In our family, we used to say, "Great minds run in the same gutter..." 😉 Rob
  10. A 3/4-ton truck may be your first issue. A 2,495 payload capacity is not much and isn't going to get you anywhere near your 19,500 combined weight rating (that's not your max towing capacity, I'm certain). Fifth wheels typically put about 23% of their loaded weight on the pin. If you have only 2,495 lbs. payload (and that's after fuel, occupants, the weight of the hitch, etc.), you are limited to a fifth wheel with a GVWR of about 10,800 lbs. You are not going to find a drop-frame fifth wheel with a lot of amenities in that weight range. Diesel 3/4-tons are notorious for having low payload ratings. Rob
  11. The EFS fuel card is offered through TSD Logistics: https://www.tsdlogistics.com/services/fuel-program/ . It offers discounts at all the major truck stops. The Pilot/Flying J card is in conjunction with Good Sam Club and is only good at PFJ travel centers. Rob
  12. Our truck burns diesel. We have a Pilot/Flying J fuel card (an actual credit card - not a discount card to use with a credit card) through Good Sam. We have an EFS fuel card for all the other truck stops. EFS actually has better discounts than the PFJ card. Rob
  13. Good to know - and thanks. This experience is in my future (hopefully not for another ten years or so). Rob
  14. These are available for Coleman and Dometic models. Pretty pricey and amount to nice looking baffles: AC Silencers Rob
  15. I've never had to pay a TFL deductible of any kind. As a secondary payer, TFL has picked up anything Medicare didn't. Rob
  16. Read ALL of the first post in this thread: http://www.rvnetwork.com/topic/125345-texas-class-a-or-b-license-upgrade-faqs/ It has been updated and tells you exactly which parts of the manual you need to study. Rob
  17. My wife and I both use Live Mail (essentially Microsoft Outlook mail accounts) and calendars. The mail and calendars will sync across both of our laptops, our android phones, and my Kindle Fire if I want to. I just used the search function to go as far back in the calendars as we've been using Live Mail (about ten years) in order to establish a timeline on health care providers - worked very well. All devices are synced via the databases on the servers. Rob
  18. VA/MTF pharmacies work for those of you that have a home base and/or stay in one or two places for longer periods. For us rolling stones, Express Scripts and Escapees mail is the option that works best. Rob
  19. If you are eligible for a USAA membership, they can put a package together for you, too. They've been very good to me for 35 years and, when we transitioned to full-time, passed me off to a supervisory agent, licensed in Texas, and familiar with the ins and outs of full-timing. (Yes - the coverage includes VPP/valuable personal property coverage and an umbrella policy for additional liability coverage). I think they only cover towables now, though - if you have a motorhome they shunt you to Progressive. Rob
  20. Good thing I had just set my coffee down - that's funny! Rob
  21. Considering the safety issues of RV absorption refrigerators, their uneven cooling, and the fact that we've had the cooling unit on our Norcold 1210 replaced once, already, we will be ordering our new rig next month with a residential refrigerator. The basic residential configuration comes with a 1,000 watt inverter and is intended for two 12V batteries. We'll be ordering the manufacturer's solar option which comes with 300 watts of panels mounted, a 2,000 watt inverter, battery monitor, regulator/charger and transfer switch. Should keep the frig going even if we loose power for longer than overnight (as was happening in California over the past month). Rob
  22. What truck? Bed length? Model year? Payload capacity? Truck campers aren't completely generic. Rob
  23. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. We've been using an outdated copy of Office 2003 Professional that's not compatible with some of the new file formats - and the compatibility pack is no longer available for 2003, either. I had previously tried Open Office and didn't like it. I've downloaded and installed LibreOffice this morning and, so far, I like what I see. Thanks again. Rob
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