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  1. For what its worth, I just "chatted" with Florida Blue's support via their website. I asked, "I travel outside of the state quite frequently. Do the BlueSelect and BlueChoice plans have access to the BlueCard nationwide network?" The agent responded - "Yes, same BlueCard nationwide network for both, BlueChoice has a bigger network within Florida."
  2. While I'm glad to see the club is making an effort to help ... as a soon-to-be self-employed, full-time RVer in my 30s with a wife and child... this new offering is, well... a bit disappointing.
  3. Lowering my asking price from $14,900 to a no-haggle price of $13,000! Need to sell this unit ASAP! Thanks!
  4. Sorry, been operating on a severe lack of sleep the past week. It is in fact a 2017 model, but we purchased it in 2016. Sorry for the confusion.
  5. You're right; purchased in 2016, but it is a 2017 model.
  6. We purchased this RV new in July, 2016. We bought it to try the RV lifestyle after we sold our house. We ended up living in it for about a year, and decided we liked the lifestyle enough to upgrade to something a little roomier. Now that we have our new 5th wheel trailer, we need to sell this 2017 Prowler, which is in very good condition.This trailer has been towed no more than 200 miles. We purchased it from the dealer, towed it to a campground, and then towed it to another campground in the same town. Almost no wear and tear from travel!- Interior kept very clean- Power tongue jack- All systems function- Added two wall-mounted electric heaters; included- Added three TV wall mounts; included (TVs are not included)- Replaced common exterior storage compartment locks with high-security Medeco locks- Includes ultra-high security hitch lock by AMP Lock- Includes Flush King tank flushing attachment- Includes E2 weight-distributing/stabilizing hitch/sway control system- Bunkhouse- Sleeps 7-8 comfortablyBasic specs:- Just under 34 feet long- GVWR 9,000 LBS- Dry weight 6,672 LBSFor information on the included hitch, see: http://www.fastwaytrailer.com/e2-hitchThe manufacture's website is located at: https://www.heartlandrvs.com/brands/travel/prowler-lynx/prowler-lynx-30-lxA complete photo gallery is available at: https://imgur.com/a/3zCI7Located in Front Royal, VA.Lowering the asking price from $14,900 to a no-haggle price of $13,000!
  7. I actually called Progressive first. The rep I spoke with was borderline rude and obviously in a hurry to get me off the phone. My question was simple, what is the tolerance of the voltage sensor in the EMS units? Like anything else, I can only assume that they are only accurate within a certain threshold. I asked if they could be calibrated. He didn't want to hear any of it, and simply told me its a problem with the campground. Not too impressed with Progressive so far. My unit is brand new, so hopefully its OK. I'm going to do some research and upgrade my El Cheapo multimeter to something that can be calibrated by a certified shop. Also, for a lot of campers, it would seem. As I walked the park, it seems I'm probably the only one that has an EMS.
  8. Well, I just spent the last 30 minutes walking the campground and speaking with as much staff as I could in an attempt to "map" the infrastructure. I also called the electric utility, and they were willing to put in a work order to look at it, but they required a meter number, which is why I set out on my journey. After collecting intelligence, I am almost 99% sure that the campground owns and "maintains" their own transformers. There are probably close to a dozen or so small transformers located throughout the park, usually accompanied by a breaker panel. I could find only a handful of electric meters; only one near a breaker panel for a handful of sites (which did not include mine). The other meter I found was on a large, utility-owned high voltage transformer, which I suspect supplies the 480V or 240V feeds to the smaller transformers scattered throughout the park. The park's transformers are so old, the manufacturer's (GE) placard is completely faded on every unit I checked. Staff suggest that the power company can't do anything because the utility does not own the transformers. On the other hand, staff is completely uninterested in having a qualified electrician do anything about it. One guy, knowing I have a new rig, asked if it had "one of them surge protectors." I said yes, and of course he lit up and said, "well, that's your problem right there!" Ugh. At this point I suspect my original hypothesis is correct - the transformers are tweaked to put out voltages higher than they should to make up for crappy wiring and high occupancy during peak seasons. Right now, the campground is pretty sparsely populated, and since the problem happens when everyone's asleep, I'm almost positive this is the issue. One of the many "joys" of the full-time lifestyle, I guess. My last recourse is to track down the senior-most "maintenance" guy (security guard) who might know more, but he isn't working for the next few days.
  9. Thanks Kirk and Biker56. I'll call the electric utility and see if I can convince them to look into it.
  10. I was under the assumption that the electric utility supplied high-voltage service to the campground, which in turn, stepped it down using their own transformers. Maybe this is incorrect; I'm really not sure.
  11. We're staying long-term at a campground where we just moved into our new 5th wheel. I purchased a Progressive Technologies EMS to protect the new RV. Much to my dismay, every evening, sometimes beginning sometime between midnight at 3AM, the EMS kills power to the RV due to a high voltage condition. The EMS is reporting a voltage of up to 133 volts - I've seen this on both legs; but typically only one leg is at 133 volts where the other might be at 130 or so. Of course, the campground is totally unwilling to invest any real troubleshooting into the problem, but I suspect one of their transformers is probably delivering too high of a voltage and during the day, when everyone is using lots of electricity, the voltage drops to acceptable levels. At night, when everything is off except air conditioners, the load is reduced on the faulty transformer and our voltage creeps up. The only thing the campground did after complaining was to send a security officer out with a digital multimeter to check the voltage of our pedestal - during the day when we don't have the problem. His meter's reading matched pretty closely what the EMS was reporting, so that made me feel a little better in knowing that maybe the problem is real and not just a faulty EMS. (When I checked with my low-end radio shack meter, I was seeing voltages about 4 volts less than what the EMS was reporting). Being a bit of an electronics enthusiast myself, I am mostly familiar with DC components and systems, but in that realm, it is not uncommon to have voltage regulators that can take a higher voltage input and regulate them to a lower, consistent voltage output. I've been searching for a similar concept to use in RV applications; but the only thing I'm finding are "voltage regulators" that BOOST low voltages; they appear to be of no use for slightly high voltages. I know that even if such a device did exist, it isn't the "right" solution -- that would be for the campground to fix their problem; however, they probably won't do anything about it, and I'm in a bit of a pickle because we're not in a position to move somewhere else just yet. Any suggestions?
  12. My apologies for the slow delay; we just got back from a whirlwind 1-day trip to northern Pennsylvania and back. The RV is located in Front Royal, VA. Thanks
  13. Just to share my experience in our travel trailer in northern Virginia last winter... If you do prep work, like getting a good hose, getting heat tape, and insulating it, put some kind of skirting around the RV (we used foam insulation board from Lowes), put heat pads on the holding tanks, and have heat lamps on the ready for when the pipes might freeze, you can pull it off. We usually didn't have problems in freezing temperatures until the temps dipped down into the mid to low 20s. Then we had to deploy the heat lamps to make sure the pipes (which are run underneath the RV with no insulation) didn't freeze. Our TT basically has no insulation, and we made it work. But it did take a good bit of prep work. Also, keep a hair dryer handy in case you need to thaw something out.
  14. We are full-timers who purchased this Prowler Lynx 30LX brand new as our first RV about a year ago. At the time, we weren't sure if we were going to adopt the full timing lifestyle; it was really more of a stop-gap measure after we sold our house and needed a place to live. However, we don't see ourselves going back to a "traditional" life anytime soon, so we're purchasing a new 5th wheel trailer in a few days. It will be several weeks before we actually take delivery of the 5th wheel, but when we do, we'll have our gently-used 2017 Prowler Lynx 30LX travel trailer available for sale. No pictures at this time; once we get all our belongings cleared out, we'll have some to post. Since the rig has only been lived in for about a year, it's in overall very good condition. During the time we have owned it, it has only been on the road a grand total of two days - once when we purchased it, and once when we moved to a different campground. Maybe a total of 300 miles. We made one noteworthy modification to the "kiddie dinette" in the bunkhouse - we removed the booth closest to the pantry. This opened up a lot more floor space in the bunkhouse for our daughter to play. Despite the trailer's low price, it even managed to survive last winter in northern Virginia without too much trouble. I would not recommend it for hardcore four season camping, but with a little preparation, you can make it work if needed. Includes some extras like receiver hitch, sway control system, hitch lock, etc. Rig is located in the Front Royal / Winchester, VA area. If you might be interested, please shoot me a message, and I'll let you know when the pictures and additional details are available. The floor plan and display model photos can be found here: https://www.heartlandrvs.com/brands/travel/prowler-lynx/prowler-lynx-30-lx#&gid=1&pid=1 Asking $15,000 or best offer.
  15. We haven't purchased the truck yet, but if all goes as planned, it will be a 2011 or newer F-350 DRW, ideally with the factory "puck" tow package, 6.7L diesel.
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