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  1. Between showers and sink usage, I don't think our hose gets much time to dry. I do close the valve a day or so before dumping the black tank so I can give the hose a good rinse. Supporting it only takes a couple of minutes, so I don't have a problem with that. For shorter overnight or 2-3 day stops, I don't bother hooking up until dump time though...
  2. We're currently in upstate NY where the situation is much better than most states at the moment, but we are still minimizing our RV travel. We did get out to a NY state park campground for the week of the 4th, and we'll likely head out to our favorite private semi-boondock spot on an Adirondack tree farm for a week or so pretty soon. It's a great place to be in the hot weather we're currently having. We had plans to go see friends in Michigan this summer, but between the virus situation in their area and the closed Canadian border, that's not happening. A Labor Day week visit to a NY state park on the St Lawrence Seaway is still on the schedule. Our usual trip south for the winter is still a big question mark at this point of course. Georgia and Florida state park reservations are all in place just in case things get better enough. There's been no thoughts of hanging up the keys and selling our motorhome though as long as our health holds up well enough.
  3. Yep, I do the same thing, Kirk. Works great...
  4. What problems do you see with leaving the grey valve open for extended periods? We're often in one spot for a couple of weeks to a few months and have never had a problem with leaving the grey valve open. I do close it periodically to build up a supply for back flushing the black tank and flushing the sewer hose after dumping when needed.
  5. Quite a few of the "dedicated cargo" haulers like Walmart, etc,. offer back haul services to offset their shipping costs. I recall the warehouse crew at one company I worked for being very disappointed when a Lays tractor-trailer backed in to the dock and they learned it was only delivering an order of printer paper...
  6. I don't know of listing for state requirements, but I have seen individual parks requiring it regardless of any state requirement. My take would be to simply follow the park's rules on it.
  7. As mentioned above, the external sensor system used by SeeLevel is quite reliable. Instead of the common "Empty, 1/3, 2/3, Full" indications many of the OEM setups use, SeeLevel II monitors read in percentages for a much better picture of where your tank levels really are. The battery displays in actual voltage of course.
  8. The only highway weigh stations we've stopped at were a few over the years that were closed and we knew they leave the scales on and we could read our weight on the visible display. Not a good place to try for individual wheel weights though...
  9. We've had good luck with Walmart's pickup service as well, although occasionally we're told online an item is out of stock. Some spot shortage items like yeast, popular spices, etc., I've been able to source online at Amazon with fairly quick delivery. We also buy my wife's favorite Altoid mints through Amazon, since they have a much better quantity price than the individual container prices found in stores. Walmart's free next day delivery has also worked well for us for bulk items like coffee, sweetener, and other non-perishable items. I think they have a $35 minimum for the free delivery, but we always have a few items we use a lot of that we can tack on to an order even if we don't really need to restock yet.
  10. I was surprised this morning to see a bin full of 3M earloop procedure mask 10-packs on sale in a regional grocery chain drugstore section for $10. Procedure masks are not as effective as N95's of course, but those are still good quality masks at a fair price.
  11. Both of those videos overlook the fact that while the SARS-CoV-2 virus is about 1 micron, when we exhale, cough, or sneeze, the virus is carried in moisture droplets that typically are ~7-10 microns and within the range that many fabric masks will trap or at least trap most of it. When you and another nearby party both wear masks, the odds greatly increase that those droplets will be captured before reaching your nose or mouth to be inhaled. Want even better protection? Wear a mask and and a face shield...
  12. Glad to see you got it sorted out! Fortunately, I haven't had any need to contact Visible tech support so far, so fingers crossed...
  13. How do you know you are not asymptomatic and spreading the virus everywhere you go without a mask? Even a negative test is only valid at the moment the sample was taken...
  14. That's good to know, Randy, but it doesn't explain the stated 30 amp 240 volt service requirement for an apparent 800 watt load...
  15. Mini-splits usually have three motors, one for the compressor, one for the external fan, and one for the internal fan. The startup current for all three must be considered in the sizing.
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