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  1. Al F

    RVing South of the Border - see Argentina

    Well our 30' Winnebago Class A probably could, marginally, make the trip, but DW is definitely not up to the trip. I have a fair amount of small tight bumpy road experience, including taking this RV more than half way (233miles) up the haul road toward Prudhoe Bay in Alaska. I feel very certain that I would want a smaller more maneuverable vehicle for your trip. For my enjoyment of the trip a 4x4 truck camper would be ideal. High clearance, maneuverable, etc.
  2. Al F

    RVing South of the Border - see Argentina

    I read the 120 day South America trip on the website. Sounds like an amazing trip. I don't think we have quite the RV for it.
  3. Al F

    RVing South of the Border - see Argentina

    Here are three links to folks who have done trips similar to this: Sprinter Van Diaries Our Open Road Van Build – Sprinter Van Diaries
  4. Al F

    RVing South of the Border - see Argentina

    Are you leading a tour group, or just looking for a group of informal travelers?
  5. Al F

    Maine

    I would pick up I-40 and head east to a little past Knoxville where you pick up I-81. Take I-81 to I-84 in Scranton, PA. From there take I-84 and I-90 to Boston. That should put you in Boston about mid April. If you are comfortable running your RV on 15-20 amp service, a really great place to Camp is Wompatuck SP a little south of Boston. Since you would be there in April you won't need to run your air conditioner and 20 amp service should keep the rest of stuff going. The great thing about the SP is that it is about a 3-5 mile drive to the train/subway station taking you into Boston. You can easily spend 10 days to 2 weeks exploring Boston. Salem, MA is worth a stop. Coming into Acadia NP in early May is a good time to miss the crowds. Some RV Parks along the coast don't open until mid May. The interior of the state probably doesn't open until June ?? Have you considered touring the Atlantic Provenience's in Canada: Specifically New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia. Additionally, a 4-7 week trip to Newfoundland is a great place to visit. Don't go to NL before about July 1st. A NL native told us, June in NL is cold, foggy and rainy. The cold ocean currents from the north hits the warmer Gulf Stream and makes a mess of weather. Basically this is what we did in 2008. We left Texas in late March, stopped in Lancaster, PA, then Boston, Maine, NB, NS, and NL. We spent 7 weeks in NL and loved it.
  6. Al F

    Camping in Acadia National Park

    If you are looking to stay this summer season, probably any campsite you can still get a reservation for. While I have not specifically checked Acadia for this year, these very popular NP's fill up very early. Many times they fill within minutes or a few hours of the reservation window opening.
  7. I would think "instant" is it would only take minutes to break the encryption code instead of hours or days of computing time. Breaking encryption code is not free, so someone would have to have a good reason to spend the money read the files we have encrypted on our computers. The cost of quantum computers would be pretty expensive. For the super computers in use today, it still costs quite a bit of money to buy the computer time to break the code.
  8. Al F

    Keeping RV Fridge Cool While Driving

    Thank you for the great article on propane tanks and traveling with propane turned on: http://home.earthlink.net/~derekgore/rvroadiervfulltimingwhatisitreallylike/id44.html
  9. Al F

    Keeping RV Fridge Cool While Driving

    Absolutely! Far more danger from the fuel line from the fuel tank to the engine than the propane tank and lines in the RV. To be safest, we should only drive electric vehicles.
  10. Al F

    RV Quality & Lemon Laws

    It is interesting to note that 4 of the brands (Airstream, Heartland, Keystone & Thor) on the list (http://www.ohiolemonlaw.com/lemon-laws/vehicle-type/rv/most-common-lemon-rvs/ ) are owned by Thor Industries. There has been quite a few comments I have seen about Winnebago's poor quality in the last few years.
  11. I just found a link to a listing of newer (mostly 2017) RV's which have had the most calls to a law firm which specializes in Lemon Laws: http://www.ohiolemonlaw.com/lemon-laws/vehicle-type/rv/most-common-lemon-rvs/ The source of this info is from an online RV Newsletter from RVTravel.com. Links to articles about RV Lemons and Lemon Laws: How to avoid buying an RV Lemon. When the Dealer hands you a Lemon. Got a Lemon RV? Help is available (sometimes).
  12. Al F

    Tire Pressure Loss

    Even though you soaped the sensors, it is well worth swapping the sensor to a different tire, "just to be sure". You don't have to reprogram the TPMS system, just make a note on a piece of paper which tires have the switched sensors and tape it to the dash. It is not easy to see a very slow leak. When I soap valve stems and TPMS sensors I always use a flash light and dental mirror to look very closely at the places that are not obviously visible. Slow leaks make very, very small bubbles.
  13. Al F

    Tire Pressure Loss

    SWharton, Congratulations, you are now an expert. 😁😁
  14. A new rubber seal or gasket would have been preferable.
  15. A follow up with my fix for the loose glass in the window frame. See the original post for details of the problem. My eventual solution was to order the rubber gasket or seal which goes around the glass and replace it. Easier said than done! There was no way to work the gasket all the way around the glass. Even taking the frame apart didn't appear as though it would help. The groove the gasket and glass fits in doesn't split apart. My final solution was to work the gasket across the bottom of the glass and then use clear window sealant caulking from Lowes/Home Depot and squeeze the sealant into the gap between the glass and the frame on both the inside and outside. To support and position the glass, I used a suction cup glass puller/holder like this: https://www.amazon.com/Qadira-Premium-Quality-Aluminum-Professional/dp/B01G5K7XL2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1526555994&sr=8-3&keywords=suction+cup+glass+lifter First, it took over 30 minutes to work the rubber gasket across the bottom part of the glass. I didn't use the sealant across the bottom, but used the rubber gasket instead, because all the weight of the glass presses on the sealant and would allow the glass to settle down and leave a gap at the top. After installing the rubber gasket, I used pieces of the gasket material to push in between the glass and the frame on both the inside and outside of the glass to center the glass in the frame. This is necessary so I could squeeze the sealant into the gap between the glass and the frame. After letting the sealant cure for about 24 hours I removed the small pieces of the gasket material and squeezed the sealant into the small gaps to complete the job.
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