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John Parker

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  1. Rear Exterior Ladder for Diesel Pusher

    Thanks everyone. Bill, the RV Surplus places sound good. Pat and Pete, I search the web and found a picture of one on a Monaco I could use. Found another old Monaco in a campground that has a nice modification with pull pins on the bottom that would be fairly each to make. They might still sell them too. Thanks for the lead. I could put in a half ladder and hang and extension on too, but then I would have to store it. Thanks everyone.
  2. Rear Exterior Ladder for Diesel Pusher

    Thanks for your concern. Answer: I can look from inside the engine compartment and see blocking in the appropriate places. Universal ladders, and probably most other ladders, will allow me to put the standouts over the blocking where I need them. Actually I untended to deal with this issue myself later. The help I am looking for is a ladder for a diesel pusher that probably folds up from the bottom so I could open the engine cover. Or maybe there is a modification for one of the standard universal ladders being sold. Should be an easy answer for anyone that has added one.
  3. Another option. I have been using a Toshiba Canvio 2 Terrabyte harddrive for a couple of years now with no problems. I bought it on Amazon. It's not powered, so I have to run it through a Radio Shack a/c powered USB splitter.
  4. Rear Exterior Ladder for Diesel Pusher

    I would like an attached ladder. There are obviously a lot of diesels with full length ladders out there. I'm surprised these ladders aren't easier to find. I'll be watching RV parks for one.
  5. Rear Exterior Ladder for Diesel Pusher

    Thanks Pat & Peter. I have tried Stomberg-Carlson, Topline, and Surco. They don't make ladders that detach at the bottom and fold up. Surco told me that they will custom make something, but it would be expensive.
  6. Can anyone tell me a rear exterior ladder for a diesel pusher? One that folds up, so you can open the engine door. I'm going to need one for a rig that was made without one.
  7. Thanks, Chindog. Didn't know that the cover comes off so easily. I see what I can do with it.
  8. Greg, That is just the information I was looking for. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. This should be a big help to anyone else who wants to mount either of these portable dishes. Looks like no damage to the dishes from mounting them. It will be anchored very well. But I do mount mine temporarily, with clips, so I can turn it if the handle is facing South, and so I can remove it to another part of the roof or onto the ground to avoid trees, mountains, or other obstacles. Great information. Thanks again.
  9. Replacing DirecTV with Internet

    Something to consider is all of the nice outlying places that don't have cell service yet, like most of Yellowstone National Park. Satellite tv maybe your only connection to the outside world there. Even worse, there are congested places like Quartzsite that have great 4 bars of 4G signal, but there are so many people trying to stream at once that your signal keeps rebooting.
  10. I have had a King Tailgater Satellite Dish for several years. I drilled through the feet and mounted it to a 12 x 12 inch piece of plywood which fits into an angle aluminum bracket bolted to my roof. No storage or setup is needed, and I can easily move it when I need to. They say you can't do that, but mounting it has worked fine for years. . Reception is another thing though. I will be replacing it with a Winegard Pathway X2 Dish. But I saw in the manual that the X2 is supposed to be manually put in "stow position" before you move it. Of course, I don't want to have to go up on the roof every time we arrive or leave somewhere to do that. The Tailgater does it automatically. Is it critical to get it into the stow position? Is this just for my convenience, or is it for the protection of the dish? Am I going to have a problem if I just drive off each time without putting it in the stow position? Thanks in advance for your advice.
  11. Toilet Paper

    We like the Scotts single ply. It's cheap at Walmart in the 20-some packs. It is also wound more tightly, so it takes up less room. We don't like the Costco brand as much, because is wound less tightly, and seems to come apart more easily. (Also, Costo won't let us park overnight, and Walmart does.) We have been using it for years without any problems. I wouldn't use a two-ply. I hear they have glue in them which doesn't break down so easily. If you want to see how well your tissue breaks down, put some in a jar/glass of water and see. If you want to see how it will break down when you drive, give it a little shake.
  12. Garmin GPS

    We have a Garmin Nuvi 2557 LMT that we purchased in September 2014 for about $180. We have not updated software or maps. It worked as well in Alaska last summer as it does in the states. Some errors, but usually ok. I always look at a real map to get an idea of where were are going, and don't completely rely on the gps.
  13. Make an adapter. Camco makes one called the Water Bandit. But my experience with that one is that if you put any pressure in it, the rubber will split open. Also, it only comes in one small size. I made several in many sizes by using different diameters of clear plastic (potable) tubing from Ace Hardware, different adapters with hose threads on one end, and screw-down hose clamps. I like to put a blackflow preventer on it too, so if anyone complains I can tell them that they are protected. It seems that camp hosts really don't like to see you use one, even if they can't give you a good reason why. The other way is to "jug it" in. But if the faucet isn't just the right height, it is hard to get water into the jug in the first place. They are heavy to lift. Someone will have to hold a funnel for you (except Walmart has a nice 5 gallon jug made by Reliant that has a spout that will fit right into most gravity water inlets.) Or, especially if you only have a pressure water fill, you could use your water pump and the jug.
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