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  1. Most electrical engineers design circuits at no more than 80% of capacity. This is a safety factor. If RV's followed that then 24 amps would be safe. That is only about 2900 watts. Many people live with 30 amps but it can be a problem if you are not used to it. I think 30 amp service is just another example of the RV industry cutting cost despite the safety concern. The average coffee pot uses around 1000 watts and the microwave may well use 1500. Add in the converter and that may be at the safe limit. I would have to think long and hard before I would go back to 30 amp service.
  2. I think cell coverage is very dependent on where you like to go. We like to camp in the mountains in Colorado and Wyoming in out of the way places. Cell service where we go is spotty at best. In fact we have some land we camp on a lot and the only way to get internet is satelite. We have Hughes Net setup there but our data is limited. Satellite TV is way cheaper than trying to stream.
  3. I am NOT a TV expert by any means but our built in TV antenna has a crank directly below the roof antenna on the ceiling. Most I have seen are that way. You crank it up and point it towards the best signal. It also has a 12v amplifier where the indoor TV coax connection is. There is a switch to turn it on. That system seems to work pretty good if there is over the air TV available. If you camp where there is limited or no over the air signal then a satellite system from Dish or Direct TV can be used most anywhere that the sky is open. The dome that you have may work but I would visit a satellite dealer to find out. My guess is that depending on what stations you want the cost would be $50 to $150 a month. Finally there are some internet streaming services available but if you are in an area where cell service isn't available it probably won't work and you need a really good cell service plan. The satellite TV covers nearly everywhere but usually requires you to do some setup. There are also some options for you to authorize the local stations wherever you are.
  4. Friends of ours had a DRV and it was bad from the purchase on. Trim fell off on the first trip and then it went really bad. The water leaks never stopped, the kitchen sink fell through the counter and then the Lippert no lube axle bearing failed sending the tire and rim out the back of the trailer. There was substantial damage. Even the end cap was dislodged and broken. The slides often needed help to move. The unit spent months at the dealer and DRV was not helpful. I know not everyone has these kinds of experiences but I wouldn't buy a DRV.
  5. We carry our Forester as I posted with a 5th wheel. Our travels are limited to just a few states but we are not over length in all but one of these states. Unfortunately being over length or over width with a Smart car is the choice many of us must make.
  6. Nearly every tire manufacturer has a chart for recommended tire pressure for the load the tires are carrying. As suggested earlier weigh your vehiclle axles loaded and check the charts. These are cold tire pressures before driving.
  7. Some states still require a back ground check even with CCP.
  8. We carry a Subaru Forester but I don't have a picture now. The car is loaded at an angle with the front overhang over the cab. The cab is a Volvo 42" sleeper with a low roof. I built this bed a number of years ago and it has worked great for us. We also frequently carry a small RZR crosswise under the car with the roll bar removed. The total height is 13'. It is registered in Colorado as a recreational truck so the MH requirements weren't necessary in the small cab.
  9. They are shutting down power in many locations. The repeaters are another communication source and they don't want to hear all of the complaints. So just shut them up?😶
  10. The last gun I purchased the Federal gun check system was down. Had to wait a day. Normally just an hour or less in Colorado.
  11. I had to send my phone in for some warranty work and was without for a little more than a week. I knew I would miss my phone but it was worse than I imagined. I use my phone for all of my internet activities such as banking and bill paying and much more. Hopefully I don't have to go through that again!
  12. I have a bank app on my phone but it still requires one to input a password. I have a friend who swore he would never do online banking. One time he wrote me a check and I used my phone to deposit it. He was not happy. Now his daughter is a bank executive and he uses online banking. Even has the bank app on his phone!
  13. I was the managing partner in a company that used a lot of lithium ion batteries in our products. One of our problems was how sensitive the voltages are. Our setup managed the voltage through software but the problem was the hardware was not always able to detect small voltage fluctuations. We had to reduce our charge voltages and increase our cutoff voltages to avoid occasional sporadic failures. Thus reducing the capacity capabilities of the batteries. Since the voltage parameters are so small even a .1 volt difference for charging and cutoff made a significant reduction in battery performance. These batteries are not simple to manage without sophisticated equipment and managing expertise.
  14. I also had a sale where they held approval until I contacted the card company. It was a rather high amount at an out of the way place. Left my phone in the truck and didn't get the message. I couldn't figure out why the transaction failed so I used a different card. Once back to my phone the answer was clear.
  15. We have a noncommercial policy from National General for our HDT. The rates are reasonable.
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