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  1. Thank you all for the replies. Yes, we operate a business selling items at various events; we carry the inventory in the box truck. I tried calling Miller already, but they said they'd only help me if I also move my 5th wheel and tow vehicle policy over to them, which I do not want to do. They typically use Progressive (which is the company that is dropping us) and National General, which I already spoke with directly and they said they also would not cover us. FL-JOE, I agree, surely we can't be the only nomadic business out there. Insurance is such a hassle. But as soon as I explain that we travel full time and the truck is not parked in the same place for more than a few months (at most), they say they can't write the policy. I will try calling FCIS...
  2. All, I have a very specific insurance situation I need help with. We're full-timers with a business that's legally set up in South Dakota. Our business owns a small box truck that travels with us (wife drives it, while I drive the RV). It is registered in South Dakota. Our current insurance company is dropping us because we're nomadic. They want it to be parked in the same place every night. I'm finding this is the case with everyone I call. Can anyone offer any suggestions of a carrier that would be willing to insure us? It needs to be commercial since the truck is registered to the business. Thanks!
  3. Thanks for all the input. Seems like most have mail sent via Priority Mail or FedEx. I suppose this is what I should consider doing, as the stress of wondering if my mail will show up before we leave an area is becoming too burdensome.
  4. We use the Escapees Mail Service for our personal mail. The past few months, it seems like it takes our mail an exceptionally long time to reach its destination. Our mail is usually forwarded via First Class (large envelope). By comparison, we utilize America's Mailbox in South Dakota for our business mail. Lately, no matter where we are, we always get the mail from South Dakota more quickly than our mail from Texas. I will list a few recent examples: Livingston, Texas to northern Florida -- 14 days from Escapees (first class) Box Elder, South Dakota to same location in northern Florida - 3 days from America's Mailbox (first class) Livingston, Texas to Lewisville, Texas -- 7 days from Escapee's (first class) Box Elder South Dakota to same location in Lewisville, Texas -- 4 days from America's Mailbox (first class) Livingston, Texas to northern Virginia - 8+ days (still waiting!) for Escapees mail to arrive (first class) Box Elder, South Dakota to same location in northern Virginia - 3 days from America's Mailbox (first class) I am not writing to complain about the Escapees Mail Service itself; I suspect if there is a problem anywhere, it is most likely with the USPS facilities in the Livingston, TX area, but I was simply curious if others have noticed that it takes a LONG time for their mail from Livingston to show up. Almost any first class mail I get from anywhere but Livingston takes anywhere from 1-4 days to arrive, but lately its almost a guaranteed 7-14 days if its coming from Livingston.
  5. 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."
  6. 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.
  7. Lowering my asking price from $14,900 to a no-haggle price of $13,000! Need to sell this unit ASAP! Thanks!
  8. 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.
  9. You're right; purchased in 2016, but it is a 2017 model.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Thanks Kirk and Biker56. I'll call the electric utility and see if I can convince them to look into it.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
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