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Kirk W

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  1. We did that a lot with our first motorhome back when we still had jobs and even in our early days of fulltime. Eventually it became our practice to be stopped for the night by 3 pm so we used the method much less. Now that we have downsized to a small travel trailer, that is a feature that I miss.
  2. A very important point! And the incident of ours with the shorted cell did give us the odor so I have always figured that it was making H²S.
  3. There is one issue with satelliet TV which is the most reliable way for an RV to have a wide choice of TV programing in the US and that is that as you travel north the the ability to receive sattelite TV degrades due to the fact that all of the sattellites are located in GEO:- GEOSTIONARY EARTH ORBIT. That means that they are directly over the equator and traveling at a speed to stay in the same location, relative to our positions on earth. Because of the equatorial location, the farther north one travels the lower a dish elevation must be in order to receive the satellite signal and so you reach a point that trees, buildings ane even hills block the signal from the satellites to where you can't receive them. We traveled in Canada and northern US with a 36" dish, sattelite internet system using a tripod outside which I set up at each stop. Even with the large dish as we traveled farther north it became impossible to get internet and TV. (We received both from the same dish.) It may well be that this difficulty plays a part in the reluctance of your Canadian RV dealers to address it. The Nimiq satellites are a Canadian fleet of geostationary telecommunications satellites owned by Telesat and used by satellite television providers including Bell TV and EchoStar (Dish Network). Hopefully some of our Canadian members of the forum will join this discussion and comment on the availability to RV travelers in Canada as my experience was now more than 10 years ago.
  4. That is a new one on me, but as long as it works.😳 I hope it keeps working as the explaination sounds pretty strange.
  5. It doesn't appear that you have been back to see what has been suggested, but if you are still reading this I suggest that you also consider the Wifi Ranger equipment.
  6. Back when we were fulltme in the class A which the house batteries under the step, inside of the coach one battery developed a shorted cell and really did the rotten egg out-gas. That RV didn't use the combination CO/LP detectors but had the LP in the stair well and the CO was in the bedroom. The alarm that went off on ours was the LP, although it was also right next to the batteries, even though the battery box was vented out the bottom. I don't know that it would not have triggered the CO as well if allowed to continue, but I pulled off of the road and found the cause in a fairly short period of time and then isolated the defective battery and ventilated the RV. I used the one from MTI/SafeT Alert because there is a hole in the paneling that the original OEM combination was mounted in. Safe T Alert is not the same company(and costs more) as First Alert, which is commly found in department and home supply stores. Like RV I'm no fan of the First Alert units for RV use. I strongly suggest the Atwood CO detector because it is not only RV cirtified but it also has the digital display to tell you homw much it is sensing. It is normal for some small amount to be in all air but most alarms will trigger somewhere between 50 & 70 ppm according to what I recently read. Better sensors also consider the length of time a level has existed.The following comes from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  7. You may find this thread in the General forum about CO/LP alarm issues to be helpful.
  8. That is what I have now also. And my LP decector is now this one from Amazon. The LP detector mounts into the same hole as the original combinaation sensor and the CO is now about 6" away from it.
  9. You probably have a combination CO & LP detector as it is the LP side that can be triggered by battery outgassing. Hydrogen does not trip a detector for CO only. As an additional point, I have replaced the combination detector that came with our RV with one for LP and a separate one for CO which also shows the amount of CO. I did that because most of the combination CO/LP detectors alarm without any indication of which part is alarming. For some reason those have become pretty common in the RV industry and I suspect that it is because they are cheap, rather then working well.
  10. You will not. The GVWR where that begins is at 26,000#.
  11. Welcome to the forums! You may want to take a look at Shop4Seats or Discount Van Parts or any of many other suppliers of seats for those who customize vans. Just about any supplier of parts to customize vans or trucks will be able to get them for you and most will install them if need be.
  12. Thank you both for reporting it. As it happens, I too got one of her notes and she has now been blocked.
  13. Grand Design was founded in 2012 and sold out to Winnebago in October of 2016.
  14. Actually, the subject is covered in several other articles and posts and the reason is that the subject comes up over and over and sometimes more than once by the same person.
  15. First of all, I blocked her from the forums as soon as I want on line and found the early reports, as well as a PM to me. I also forwarded a copy of "her" PM to Thom Bruning in IT and he believes that her being blocked should prevent further private messages. If you should receive a message from Natash do not respond but do make a report or contact one of us, if that message was composed after midday today. The time when you read it isn't important but when it was written is of importance.
  16. It is unlikely that the CO detector is running your battery down as they draw only a tiny fraction of 1a. A battery should last months. You probably have some phantom load. You can verify that by lifting the negative battery cable. The alarm can’t sound if it has no power.
  17. The postmistress in Lindale, TX told me last spring that even when you put in an address change or a forwarding order at your local office, an employee then types it into the computer in very similar fashion to what you would if doing it online. She also said that all mail sorting is done at the central sorting center and it arrives at the local office, presorted by carrier and is only corrected if your carrier happens to notice some problem. I'm not sure if that is true for help mail as well.
  18. Perhaps NDSnowbird? ☺️ Just be careful to keep the tail feathers frost free!
  19. Interesting news! I had long wondered how long Newmar could continue as a family held business. After the founding family members pass away it becomes inevitable at some point when the number of owners grows too large and some members are not interested in the business or simply want the money it represents. It is kind of sad, but nearly always happens at some point unless the business gets passed from the founder to an involved heir and the other family members do not share ownership. That seems to happen eventually to nearly all family businesses, even the successful farm/ranch. A close friend of mine resently passed and left all of his farm and farm assets to only one member of his family as that son had been operating the farm for some years. He had told me of his plan to do that and leave only other assets to the other children. Pam used to work for a state cardealer association and that is yet another family business that is dissappearing into big corporations. Here is that same story but from Market Insider.
  20. And as of 10:25 today, Central Standard Time, it works just fine for me. The problem is not the USPS website.
  21. Are you sure that it doesn't use the same key as all of the storage bay openings? If the Prowler is a model that has only one bay and you have no keys for it, by far the most common key for any RV storage is the CH751 and that is probably what yours is.
  22. That shouldn't be a serious question. The reason many say to change earlier is so that you can file a partial year return, which sort of announces that you have left their previous tax jurisdiction. You could still do this if you think it important if you plan to be gone before then end of the year. I'm not sure how important that is for MD but do know that historically it has seemed to be helpful to those leaving the more agressive taxing states. If you actually move your business connections to FL and thus demonstrate that you have severed ties with MD, it should be fairly easily resolved if the issue happens to come up when you do not file the following year. Let me suggest that you take the time read and absorb the issues which are discussed in this article. The Ultimate Guide to Establishing Your Domicile as an RVer
  23. There are only 2 types of question that makes one look foolish. Those that you have and fail to ask, and the ones that you ask but fail to heed the answers.
  24. Kirk W

    Turkey Creek

    The name of the river through Branson & Hollister is the White River but that strecth of river is one series of lakes, with Table Rock Lake just above, empting into Lake Tanneycomo, which then emptys into Bull Shoals Lake, which then returns to the White River once more. I suspect it is one of the most contained stretchs of river in the US. Chindog is right about Turkey Creek which does back up to that area when/if Lake Tanneycomo reaches flood stage. I suspect that the RV park may be in a floodplain as RV parks often are. Upstream from Table Rock Lake is Beaver Lake.
  25. Are you changing from NDBirdman to SnowBirdman once you make the move? ☺️
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