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  1. Hey BigJim, Thanks for your reply. If you're up there near Memphis I'm sure you get much colder temps than we do down here in Texas. So, have you been able to use your grey/black tanks all the way through the winter? I've put a couple of gallons of the pink RV antifreeze in each of my tanks but it sounds like that's not going to be very effective once we put in several gallons of waste water. DCD
  2. MnTom : Thanx for the "open sites" report - I'd like to head that way but, we're holding in here for grand parenting requirements. I used to work out of Port O'Connor years ago (offshore crewboat skipper) - how did PO hold up under the hurricane this year? I heard that Rockport & Fulton really got trashed. DCD
  3. Mntom: Thanks for the AF dilution chart - yep, it does look like the stuff goes flat pretty quick when it gets mixed with water - We also have stayed in our TT in temps down to the mid 20s and didn't have a problem but, the weather guys are now talking about temps in the upper teens with 25 mph winds - I suspect those temps & wind chill will go below the safe limit. Well, it may be a long, cold week ... Thanks again. DCD
  4. Thanx for your feedback SWharton - Yeah, the RV park is leaving their water systems turned on but, I insulated their faucet & supply pipe at my site and enclosed the connection in a cardboard box (the connection is under a slideout so the box should stay dry). So, all the RV supply stores are closed for the weekend and it's a too late to order anything online so, the only thing I have to work with is the the pink RV antifreeze and, if everything gets frozen, my wife's hair dryer. DCD
  5. OK - We're currently staying at an RV park in College Station, Texas ; apparently we didn't go south far enough to avoid the freezing weather - the forecast is for nighttime temps in the upper teens/low twenties for the next 3-5 days. Our Puma travel trailer does not have an enclosed underbelly nor, insulated tanks and we're trying to make use of the onboard plumbing. I've encased the water supply hose in insulating foam tubes and wrapped the fresh water and lowpoint drains. I have read comments on from campers who have used their exposed tanks and valves during freezing weather by pouring a gallon of the pink RV antifreeze in each tank after each dump and storing their dump hose in a plastic bag inside the RV to keep it from freezing and getting brittle. So, the local weather guys are now saying it might get a bit colder for a bit longer than they originally forecast (I want their job - they can say anything an still have a job the next day). The label on the antifreeze bottle (the pink, SuperTech antifreeze from Walmart) says it is "formulated to provide complete protection to -50°F. Some slush may appear at approximately 0°F, but this is not harmful to your water system." The wording on the label makes it sound like I'll be OK; however, I have just read some comments saying that the pink antifreeze looses its freeze protection when it gets mixed with water (although water is one of its ingredients) . That being the case, then there must be some dilution factor beyond which the pink stuff no longer provides any freeze protection - does anybody know the ratio of pink antifreeze/water that will still provide freeze protection to 20°F ? Has anyone else used their exposed tanks during freezing weather by adding antifreeze to the tanks? Thanks for any feedback. DavidCD
  6. Spoke with the Escapees mail room this morning. They are currently shut down due to the hurricane flooding in and around Houston. It sounds like US Postal service, UPS, and Fedex in Houston are all closed because of the flooding so Escapees can't very well forward anything through the Houston facilities. The Escapees folks advise that they are going to wait until Wednesday and see what the situation is and will send out notifications via email and/or Facebook to advise what may be done with the mail.
  7. VIP211k Receiver

    Thanks to everybody for the feedback. I found some small bungees with little metal hooks on each end - the hooks insert into the venting slots that run along the sides of the 211K and the bungee is passed thru the wire shelf & under the receiver with the remaining hook inserted into a vent slot on the other side of the 211K. Running the bungee below the receiver will avoid the heat that's produced from the top side.
  8. VIP211k Receiver

    Hi all - I have the VIP211K receiver and it's depth dimension is wider than the narrow shelf in our travel trailer so I installed a wire shelf up high near the TV/entertainment center. The 211K sits up there OK and the cabling & power cord are readily accessible. I need to come up with some sort of tie down to keep it in place while we're traveling. the 211K generates a lot of heat when it's operating so, I'm hesitant to use nylon or polypropylene straps. I could put them on when traveling and remove them when camping but, that's a pain and it would only take one forget to cause a problem. Does anyone here use tie downs for their electronics equipment ? If so, what is a good option that will handle the heat? Thanx.
  9. Texas Domicile Question

    We just sold our place and are putting whatever we're going to keep in storage - we've got to be out by the 1st of May. We've got an Escapees membership with mail service and are planning on going full time in our travel trailer. I have started changing addresses on our various accounts and have found that some of these firms do not want me to use a personal mail box as an address. I've managed to get a couple of them to take the Escapees address when I told them that was a close as they were going to get to a permanent address. On other accounts, I just changed the mailing address and left the residence address alone (for now). Me question is, have any of you who are on Social Security/Medicare had any problem using the Escapees mail room address as your primary address? I've looked at their online address change page and they have a place to enter a new mailing address but then they ask if this new address will also be my residence. I'm hesitant to say it is my residence if they do an address verification and decide it's a mail box. Thanx for any info. Dave
  10. Domicile Pros & Cons

    10 years ago we sold our house, put everything in storage, and set our mailing address to be a mailbox in a nearby UPS store. We went hob-nobbing around the country with our Casita travel trailer for a couple of years and didn't have any problems with banking, insurance, prescriptions, etc. We'd call the UPS store periodically and they would forward our mail to wherever we were at the time. We didn't have any problems using the mailbox as our "permanent" address. So now, we've again sold our house and are putting everything that we haven't sold or given away into storage and are preparing to go full-timing in a larger travel trailer (this one has a slide out that's bigger than our Casita was). We've signed up with Escapees and have their mail service set up forward our mail and are getting ready to hit the road again but, now I'm reading that the mail service address may not be accepted by our financial and insurance providers because of Patriot Act compliance. !! Has anyone here had their accounts restricted or insurance denied because they don't have a "bricks and sticks" address anymore? We bank with Wells Fargo and the vehicles are insured by State Farm.
  11. Dish Service Address

    Hi All - Well, our new Pathway X1 arrived from Amazon this morning. The first thing I noticed as I was taking it out of the box is that if I tilt to unit from one side to the other I can hear and feel the mechanism moving inside the dome. From the online photos I have seen of an X1 with the dome removed, I'm guessing that what is going on is that the antenna dish is rotating around on its spindle to the lowest gravity point. Is this normal? Shouldn't there be some sort of locking mechanism to keep the dish immobile when it's not in use? Also, I think I have read other message postings saying that they have hooked up their antenna dishes to their receivers with as much as 100 ft of coax in order to get out from under trees at the camp site. The Winegard manual that came with the X1 says "Maximum cable length should never exceed 50 feet." Has anyone here used more that 50 ft of coax with their X1? Any problems? Thanx for any info. Dave
  12. Dish Service Address

    Hello everybody, I just putrchased a Winegard Pathway X1 and a Solo VIP211k receiver online (Amazon) and all the parts are supposed to arrive by this weekend. I need to setup an account with Dish TV and try to test this new equipment before we go travelling later this spring. I have two questions : There are a variety of customer service numbers that may be called to set up service : the main Dish number, Winegard has a number, DishFor My RV (a reseller ?) is shows up on Google searches and there must be hundreds of other resellers that offer to set you up. So, who is the best, most knowledgable customer service center (preferrably within the US) to contact? Once the account is set up, it's obvious from this thread that chat is the way to go with service area changes. Does Dish have a testing account that can be used to check equipment and operation without having to pay for a full month's service? Thanx.
  13. VIP211k Receiver

    Hi Chad, It sounds like you have the same coax arrangement that I have. Do you run your living room TV off the HDMI jack with the rest of your TVs on coax? There are a couple of posts that I have read on other message boards that say the 211k generates a lot of heat - do you have that experience? It sounds like the 211k would be good for our initial receiver and then, after I've had some time to figure out how these things work, perhaps add additional receiver or change out for a newer one. Thanks for the feedback.
  14. Hello everybody - We're trying to sort through all the information/dis-information about satellites, antennas, receivers, etc. For our first antenna, it looks like the Wingard Pathfinder X1 is the one we want. We plan on using Dish TV. We've seen a couple of bundle deals with the X1 and either the VIP211Z or the Wally receivers. Our travel trailer is set up with a HD TV located at the entertainment center and there are coax cables to 3 remote TV set locations. The VIP211K receiver has both, an HDMI output port and an RF coax output connector and would appear to be made to order for our setup but, I don't see the VIP211K being promoted very much. I see a lot of used and refurbished 211Ks. Are these receivers still being manufactured? If not, are they going obsolete? Thanks for any feedback. Dave