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  1. Terrific info. Armed with your replies and my phone traffic app, we'll be in good shape. Thanks!
  2. Maybe it will help if I travel on Sunday, instead, and avoid the construction activity. Thanks for the replies!
  3. Need to get from Montgomery AL to Nashville TN and all roads lead through Birmingham. Looking at the map, there doesn't seem to be a reasonable roadway around the actual city of Birmingham. For those in the know, how bad of a road is I-65 once you get into the city? I would be aiming for late a.m. on a weekday. Tips and advice welcome. Thanks!
  4. If you have a smart phone, check for a leveling app. My iPhone has a compass app that came standard and if you open it up then swipe left, the phone becomes a level.
  5. Which lifetime? The longer I live, the more all those places and peoples and situations feel just like that. Another lifetime.
  6. I also can access my outside shower water lines from under the bathroom sink so, in freezing weather, I leave that cabinet open so the warmth of the RV gets to the pipes. On the outside, I put bubble wrap into the outside shower compartment to help insulate against the cold from the access door.
  7. How long since you last used it? If it's been a while, try spraying some lubricating oil down there from the rooftop mount, then go inside and try to spin it.
  8. Spot--Re the chickens, I lie not... Had a family with half a dozen chickens stay for a few days at a Virginia state park. They were lovely creatures and very well behaved. Stayed outside and, even when the family was away from the site having fun, the chickens stayed close to their RV, toodling around, clucking a soft song, and entertaining the passers-by. Also saw a fellow camping in a Texas park with a goat. Delightful!
  9. What was the problem and the fix?
  10. Anyone ever use an air horn in an aggressive dog situation? I got one for bears and have started to carry it all the time now for off-leash, aggressive dogs, too, but haven't had a chance to test it (hope I don't get the chance!). I suppose another benefit is it would immediately call attention to the situation in case help is needed.
  11. Here's the skinny for anyone else with a similar question. Norcold's 7 cu ft NA7LX will work in the N621 opening with no modifications necessary. It is also a 2-way unit. It also isn't a full 7 cu.ft--more like 6.5. Important to note: Buy a trim adapter kit for the old frig's door panels so that they will fit the larger unit, unless you want to buy new doors. Thanks for your help, ya'll.
  12. Thanks, Kirk. I was quoted a price from a repair shop for a new cooling unit, plus labor, that would approach the cost of a new refrigerator. Also when researching what goes into installing a new cooling unit, it looks like it can be a complicated process and if it is not done right, I would be no better off than before... just way poorer. So it made sense to me to go with a new frig at this point. Good idea, though, if it were more economical.
  13. My 6 cu.ft. Norcold N621 is dying. Trying to shop for a replacement and it looks like, not only is this model not made any more, Norcold doesn't make a 6 cu.ft. 2-way RV frig anymore (unless I am missing something). Closest things I find are the Dometic DM2652 and DM2662 (6.3 and 6.11 cu.ft), but they are slightly wider (1/2") and taller (3/4") than my Norcold so it looks like I'll have to pay to have the opening enlarged somewhat, in addition to the expense of the frig and installation. Hopefully it will be worth it! Questions: Anyone have feedback on reliability of that Dometic model (or other similar models)? And am I overlooking another option? (Oh, and I did look up the Norcold conversion chart which shows what new models can be used to replace old ones, and they don't even list the N621.) Thanks for your input!
  14. Please let us know if/when you find the solution to the problem. I have had a similar issue for a while now. Thanks!
  15. Here is one that a friend of mine in Rainbow's End uses regularly (and which he highly recommends): Price Mobile RV Svc & Repair, Chris Price, 936-215-1537.
  16. Lake Barkley Canal Campground (270/362-4840) was real nice when I stayed there a year ago. Be careful which loop you pick--big difference in size of rigs they can take, shade, spaciousness, etc. From my notes, the loops that can easily handle larger RVs were the Canal View Loop (several pull-through sites here) and Fisherman's Row. There are full hookup sites in Browns Point loop but those sites looked pretty cramped to me. Woods Loop and Beach Loop looked to have some decent sites, too.
  17. Guilty as charged. Hi MrsSquid! I agree with everything Solo18 has to say about full timing in a C, although mine is a B+ as some call them--the difference being that instead of a bed over cab, that is where my TV and a couple of storage cabinets are (makes things more streamlined). Mine is 25 feet long (model 2351) with no slide, a decision I made in the interest of simplicity. That also makes for larger storage cabinets in the area where you do not have a slide. Like Solo18, I do not tow a car, a decision I have only momentarily regretted a couple of times in four years. All the posters here have legitimate points. Only you know what will work best with your travel goals and budget. Good luck with your decision, and keep us posted!
  18. SWharton--for tires, I had good luck with Casa Della Tire, 1009 N.Washington, 936/327-9110. They helped me with one of my valve stems that had come loose from the wheel cover, a job too little for anyone else to bother with. No charge. Talked with Robert there about possibly replacing my flexible stems in the future, too.
  19. Big Orange Tire did mine a couple of years ago. 352/793-8552, 520 N. Main. Very conveniently located to Sumter Oaks/Bushnell.
  20. Another solo traveler here. In my opinion, $2K is easy to meet with some left over if you camp host or workamp at least part of the year. The biggest line item in my budget is nightly camping fees, but they fall to a big fat zero when working at the campground. This also works well for someone who likes to stay a couple of months at a spot then move along. Another benefit is you get to really know the campground and the area where you are working and you will have time and opportunities to forge new friendships. Right now I am averaging 7 months workamping and the rest traveling between jobs or just traveling for the heck of it. It's a great life--have fun with your plans!
  21. My deepest condolences. May you find comfort in the knowledge that you did your best for him and he had a good, long life.
  22. On days you want to splurge, many public laundromats have a "Wash & Fold" service. The one I used while camp hosting in TN charged $10.00 for 10 lbs, which was one good-sized load. It was only a few dollars more than if I used my own money to wash them myself. I could drop it off, go do other errands or explore the area, and pick it up on the way back. It is a bit of a splurge, but since I had no nightly camping fee for several months while in that area, it was a lovely treat.
  23. Do you happen to have a four-way water input valve (the kind that you can switch between using city water, using the tank, filling the tank, or winterizing)? The one used by my rig's manufacturer has been causing a lot of problems for customers lately. It can cause cycling of the water pump as you describe, as well as other problems. Sorry I don't know the brand name of the valve, but I suppose any of them could go bad. Mine got so bad that the pump cycled every couple of minutes or so and if I turned the pump off so that I didn't have to listen to it, when I turned it on to use the water, it cycled a full half minute or more to get water back into all the pipes. You could hear the water flowing near each faucet. Anyways, just a thought.
  24. Yarome--That was one of the most informative, balanced posts I've read here on any topic. As a solo traveler, I just wanted to toss out a thank you very kindly!
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