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Al F

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  1. Dealers (salesman???) have been known to "tell" buyers most anything the buyer may want to hear. Most any sales man would respond to a buyers question about checking out the rig with something like the quote above. It would be very difficult to verify that the dealer actually did spend a week going through the trailer. That is not to say the dealer didn't have a tech spend 20-30 minutes looking through the rig for any glaring problems and/or having a non technical worker(s) clean the rig so it looks pretty. Another thought is: With a walk through, it is likely the slides were not actually brought all the way in, or maybe not even a little way in. Probably, "here is the button you press to bring the slide all the way in or out". Unless the buyer insisted the slides be operated all the way in and out, maybe even several times, chances are the slides were not operated during the walk through.
  2. Did anyone else get a PM from member "natash223" not wanted a reply via PM, just via email. No question from her to answer, just wanted a reply. Also no member content in the member info area. I am wondering if she is phishing for email addresses? I did "report" the PM.
  3. From my experience over the last 7 years, the "hold mail" is local to your post office and mail carrier. When you go online and submit your hold mail request someone prints out a 8x11 sheet of paper to put where your carrier picks up your mail. If that doesn't happen then your carrier doesn't know you submitted a hold mail request. About mail forwarding. The yellow sticker with your new address gets put on your mail at one of the automated mail sorting facilities close to the origin point of the mailing. I believe there is an exception when mail originates in the same local area and doesn't get to an automated sorting facility. Then it would get to your local post office.
  4. In late August 2019, we stayed O/N at the WM in southern Colorado Springs on I-25 Exit 135. Called and asked permission and lady that answered the phone said: We parked back by the auto service area. There was quiet a bit of room back there. Three 18 wheelers joined us for the night. They parked a little ways away from our RV so there wasn't a noise issue. There are signs all over the main parking area about no O/N parking, but no one bothered us. Also this WM is shown on at least 2 lists as allowing O/N parking. BTW, the WM we stayed at is the only one in CS that shows as allowing O/N parking.
  5. For as least the the last 5-7 years USPS has charged the $1(or $1.05) to your credit card to set up mail forwarding as a way to verify identity. They charged me the $1.05 last May (2019) even though I am signed up for informed delivery.
  6. Yep, the individual postal carriers and post offices, can and do give very poor service sometimes. The online system sends some sort of notice to the individual post office. However, somehow the notice needs to get that notice to your carrier so they know to hold the mail. I think service is even worst when you live in a neighborhood that has centrally located clusters of mail boxes, instead of a mail box at each house. I make it a point to meet and get to know our mail carrier. As a precaution I also personally tell our carrier that I have submitted a hold mail request and when we set up mail forwarding I let him/her know that as well. Once I submitted a hold mail or forwarding request (I forget which it was) to start a couple of days before we left. Our regular mail carrier was on vacation. I caught the backup mail carrier putting mail in our mail box and when I told him I submitted a hold or forward request, his response was, well your regular carrier is on vacation. I just stared at him, until it dawned on him that he should have paid better attention when he was picking up the mail that morning. He then told me he would be sure to take care of it. Screw ups happen. However it is really great that the post office holds or forwards the mail for free. Also, all it takes is a couple of minutes on my computer to set it up. It is also easy to change the end date when I need to.
  7. The sign up page asks for your zip code to verify if that zip code is eligible for informed delivery, so maybe your zip code isn't eligible. There is no requirement to have a mobile phone, that I know of. I have informed delivery notification come to my computer via email.
  8. If you don't know what the USPS "Hold Mail" is: The post office will hold all the mail for your address for up to 30 days. When you return they will deliver all the held mail to your house, or you can pick it up at the post office. If you return early or your return is delayed, you can change your return date online. Just be sure the save the confirmation email you receive when you sign up for the hold mail. There is a link in the email to click on to take you to the change process.
  9. The USPS (Post Office), starting in early October 2019, will start requiring "ID verification" in order to complete a "hold mail" for your address. They caution that it may take up to a week to complete the ID Verification. They do say that if you are registered for "Informed Delivery" then that can/will be used for the ID Verification. To sign up for "Informed Delivery" go here: https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action Here is a quote from the email I received:
  10. Just sent the message to my representatives. I am not real sure if this applies to local channels that we change by supplying a new service address to Dish Network when we move to a "different market". "Different market" to us is when we move out of a spot beam area. Years and years ago we did use the DNS (Distant Network Service) with Direct TV, but when we switched to Dish Network we just started changing our Service Address.
  11. Has anyone had experience with the Hughes Autoformer, 50Amp Power Monitor and emergency disconnect? https://hughesautoformers.com/product/pwd50-epo-h/ This power monitor has "bluetooth" capability so you can monitor with your smart phone. It also has a user replaceable surge protector board. Sounds pretty nice. The hardwire install looks very easy compared to the Progressive. The Hughes has externally accessed screw connectors for the input and output wires. No need to open the case and route the wires inside. About 9 years ago I had a Progressive model in my DP and am looking for a power monitor for my current DP.
  12. For all those discussing the pros and cons of this plan, it would very useful to go to Medicare.gov and read what the official web site has for rules and payments. https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/types-of-medicare-health-plans/medicare-medical-savings-account-msa-plans It kind of seems like much if not all the discussion is based on info from non Medicare.gov sources. Note, I have not read or researched the MSA plans. Just recommending that those interested, try to find out as much as possible from Medicare.gov and then go to companies offering the product and see if what they offer is better than what they have now.
  13. Very selective listing to or watching of news reports, or possibly only watching one side of the news????? Many reports of problems and closings reported in many, many news outlets. The following is quoted from: https://www.npca.org/articles/2029-how-is-the-partial-government-shutdown-affecting-national-parks If you really wanted to be very biased to one side of the news reporting you could say that technically the parks were not shut down. That doesn't mean that there was little impact to the NP's, the employees and those who wanted to visit.
  14. For those newly eligible for Medicare starting on 1/12020 Medicare Supplement plans C & F will NOT be available. This is age and disability eligibility restriction only. That is if you turn 65 on or after 1/1/2020 or become eligible (disability is an example) on or after that date you can not enroll in Plans C or F. If you already have Plan C or F you may continue with your current plan. Link to more details: https://www.ahip.org/medicare-supplement-in-2020/ There is a PDF file to download with good info.. This may be old news. I just received a notice from my insurance company about the changes, so thought I would share the info.
  15. The LiFePO4 batteries WHEN they have a BMS are very safe. The BMS will cut off the charging if any of the cell voltages get above a set limit, and the same when discharging. Additionally when you set up your charging devices you program them to limit the upper voltage setting they won't over charge, unless the charging device fails, and then the BMS will protect the battery.
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