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  1. carstrom

    Artic Fox 5th wheels

    We currently own a 2007 29-5E Arctic Fox, 32 foot (which has since been discontinued). We have had very good luck with it in our 10 years of full timing. I would suggest you check out the AF forum but I believe you need to pay a nominal fee to make posts and look at ALL the entries. You can look at only some of the posts. If you have specific questions, feel free to PM us.
  2. Hello, Can anyone recommend a free QR reader that is ad-free for my Samsung S7? Thanks, Art
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    Hotspot recommendations

    We just purchased an 8800L and were able to get the prepaid unlimited plan. We purchased the 8800L at a Verizon Corporate store ($200) and they handled getting the prepaid plan setup for us..
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    High Desert RV Park near Albuquerque

    Glenn, We were at High Desert in mid-September 2018 for one week. Many of the sites are big-rig friendly. Roads are paved, sites are gravel. Two things to note...voltage was on the low side during our entire stay - around 110 so we didn't turn on our air conditioner. Also, there are many long-term renters and management has been lax on enforcing some of the rules. I recognize that if you are working and staying at a place for a while, you'll put out "stuff." However, it seems that some of the sites were junky - old sewer hoses, pallets, ripped sofas, parts of awnings that apparently blew off in the wind and stacked under the rig along with other "stuff". We've been to the park a couple of times before and noticed the tidiness was a bit more lax. We stopped by Enchanted Trails to check it out. Noise level is higher there because you are at right next to the freeway but sites at the back might be quieter. At High Desert, the freeway is not as close and there is a wall to buffer some sound. Enchanted Park is all gravel and sites vary greatly in length and width but there were big rigs there in some of them. The layout of the sites looked kind of kludged together which explains the variety of length and width. In addition to Enchanted Trails, you could also check out American RV Resort down the street. Their newer section is big-rig friendly but their daily rate is more expensive. Perhaps the monthly rate is better. Connie
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    Discontinuing of 3G devices

    Thanks for your comments and insights including link from AquaDawg confirming what our local rep says. Being Verizon, I hate to rely on just one source We'll probably move forward this year to replace our phone and old aircard both of which are 3G. You may see more posts from me with questions on Smartphones, etc.
  6. Greetings, We currently have a “dumb phone” – a Convoy3 3g phone. We were told by the local Verizon rep that this particular phone, and other 3G phones, would no longer work on the network by the end of this year. I certainly expect that to happen with the eventual rollout of 5G but I’ve read that we would have until the end of 2019, not 2018, to purchase another phone. Has anyone else heard about the 3G device discontinuation? Thank, Art
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    Abiquiui, NM to Farmington, NM

    Thank you all for your responses. Connie
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    Abiquiui, NM to Farmington, NM

    After our stay at the Abiquiu, New Mexico COE, we need to make a stop in Farmington, NM before heading to Durango, CO. We’re trying to figure out the best route. Can anyone comment on taking US-84 from Abiquiu to US-64 west to Farmington or offer an alternate route? I also see there is another route NM-96 to NM-112 to US-550 but looks like my first route might be better. We drive a 32’ fifth wheel. Thanks, Connie
  9. We are looking for an Northwood Arctic Fox 27-5L, model year 2015 or newer. Two features that we DO NOT want is automatic leveling system and automatic dump valves. Send Private Message. Thank you, Art and Connie
  10. Hello all, Other than the obvious height difference, is there a mechanical difference between a low profile and a high profile air-conditioner? Thanks, Art
  11. Greetings, The Waste Ball Drive Arm (part# 42048) on my Thetford Aqua Magic Style II has snapped off. The instructions state that I have to remove the toilet to replace the waste ball drive arm. http://www.thetford.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/1449/Service-Kit-34106-Pedal-Cable.pdf It looks to me that I could possibly unscrew the Waste Ball Drive Arm and replace it with a new one without removing the toilet. If anyone has done this job, is it possible to replace without removing the toilet. (The link above reads “pedal cable” replacement but that description is incorrect.) Art
  12. A friend of ours told us about a no-throttle ATT sim card and hotspot that he bought online on Ebay. This sim would allow you to have unlimited 4G access without a contract. You pay the seller directly each month. Has anyone purchased one of these hotspot/sim card from Ebay? Assuming the seller is legit, what is the downside of a purchase like this one? Here’s an example of what I am talking about: https://www.ebay.com/itm/AT-T-UNLIMITED-Data-Hotspot-NO-THROTTLING-Home-Or-On-The-Go-INTERNET/173135241780?hash=item284faa2234:g:zHgAAOSwLjxaT74T Thanks for any insight. Art
  13. I have this question about keeping my fifth wheel batteries charged. We will be away for 9 weeks this summer - May and June, and 1 week in July. I will be leaving my fifth wheel in the Tucson area. I am concerned about keeping the batteries charged while gone. I was thinking about keeping the rig plugged into the pedestal (I have a surge guard). My other options would be to use a battery tender. Someone also mentioned using a battery trickle charger. If we went the battery tender/battery trickle charge method, would we need two battery chargers – one for each battery? Finally, is it even necessary to worry about keeping the batteries charged? We have a battery kill switch, just fyi. FYI, we have two Group 29 wet-cell batteries. Thoughts? Suggestions? Pros and Cons of each option? * Right now, we are concentrating on the batteries and know there are more things to do when temporarily storing the fifth wheel. I’ll make a separate post to get that feedback.
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    Yep, we do that although not every year. This year we specifically targeted a number of music festivals in the Pacific northwest. We use festivalnet.com as a starter to find such events.
  15. My husband will be on Medicare starting July 1st. South Dakota is our residency. There was no problem signing up for Medigap Plan F through AARP/United Healthcare and Humana for Plan D. Check out what you'll have to do when you change residency. Perhaps your policy price will change but, obviously since he got this coverage, United HealthCare and Humana as offered in SD.