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  1. Hello All, I wanted to get an idea for everyone’s thoughts on Blind Spot Detection either coming standard on all RV mirrors straight from the RV manufacturer, or as an option to upgrade mirrors currently on your RV. Note: When referring to BSD, I mean having an icon in your mirror that flashes if someone is in your blind spot when making a lane change. Questions are as follows (please reply to any or all): 1. Do you think BSD will benefit RV drivers, increasing their awareness and safety? 2. Do you consider it a useful technology? 3. Do you think BSD should come standard on all RV’s out of the factory? 4. Would you prefer to purchase an RV with BSD or the same model RV with no BSD option? 5. Everything else being somewhat comparable, would you prefer to purchase one RV model with BSD over the other RV model with no BSD? 6. Would you prefer a visual blind spot icon flash only, or a subtle audio cue as well? 7. Does your RV currently have BSD? 8. Would you replace your current RV mirror with one that offered BSD built in?
  2. I would like to hear from others about if and under what conditions they have their pets ride in the front seat of their vehicle. I was reading a blog the other day and I came across a picture of a van that had its front seat facing backwards and it looked like that was the way they travelled - allowing the dog in the picture to look out the window, be close to the driver, and have a barrier between it and the front windshield. I am anticipating a purchase of a class B rv and want to employ this idea for Matilda, my australian shepherd mix. Has anyone tried this? Has it worked - to your and the dog's satisfaction? Any ideas from others about this?
  3. I know this does not affect anyone on this forum, since we all make darn sure we are legal at all times. BUT tell your friends about it. I have never heard of this but I'm new here and I defer to anyone who has more experience than I do. Big5er might be in training (like a pro boxer not job training) this week but I would welcome his perspective. https://keeptruckin.com/blog/cvsa-international-roadcheck-2017/
  4. I'm curious if anyone has ever had issues boondocking along I-8 near Gila Bend or around Ajo, AZ. We pulled over onto state land/BLM area last night and within an hour a BLM ranger came by to warn us that it's a drug trafficking area, that we may see people wandering through at night and they might even approach our RV. Then he says "And I hope you have a big gun with you too." Then I asked, "Well would you consider Ajo to be just as dangerous?" and he says "Without a doubt." Knowing that many SKPs go there (and we have too), at that point I realized he might have been slightly overstating the risk. We've stayed in Southern AZ & TX areas with signs warning about illegal activity and never had an issue before. Just wondering if anything has changed recently?
  5. See article - http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/business/nearly-grand-design-rv-trailers-recalled/article_ace0b407-8b7f-528d-8a4b-8a0b3f881431.html
  6. Good day. I am looking for 1 RV owner in Southeast Texas (preferably the Houston area) who would like a no cost, in-depth NRVIA “Essential Plus” inspection of their Motor Home. Why am I offering this no-cost inspection? I am becoming certified as an RV Inspector by the NRVIA - National RV Inspection Association. During the inspection, up to 352 line items are checked on a towable and up to 367 items are checked on motor home. As a part of the advance training I attended recently, we each inspected a towable RV. To complete my training, I must also perform an inspection of a motor home. My family and I have been RV-ing for 20+ years. I know first hand some of the “opportunities” RV enthusiasts are challenged to resolve. For a buyer, an in-depth RV inspection provides facts to make an informed “go/no-go” purchase decision. It greatly enhances the probability the buyer will have the kind of RV experience they were expecting / hoping for. For a seller, an indepth RV inspection helps emphasize the value to the buyer and potentially minimize the sellers liability. For a current owner not looking to sell, the biggest benefit is piece of mind about the current condition of your RV, NRVIA requirements are that I complete the motor home inspection by the end of this week, April 17. Would you be open to having a cup of coffee to meet me and to discuss what the inspection would entail? Did I mention that this will not cost you anything? I am also able to provide telephone numbers and names of people with NRVIA who can vouch for my quest to become a top-notch RV Inspector. Please call me at 832-493-3540. Regards, Tim Lerchbacker TexasRVInspections@gmail.com tlerchba@sbcglobal.net 832-493-3540 © National RV Inspection Association - www.NRVIA.org 855-472-9948 Info@NRVIA.org
  7. Good day. I am looking for 1 RV owner in Southeast Texas (preferably the Houston area) who would like a no cost, in-depth NRVIA “Essential Plus” inspection of their Motor Home. Why am I offering this no-cost inspection? I am becoming certified as an RV Inspector by the NRVIA - National RV Inspection Association. During the inspection, up to 352 line items are checked on a towable and up to 367 items are checked on motor home. As a part of the advance training I attended recently, we each inspected a towable RV. To complete my training, I must also perform an inspection of a motor home. My family and I have been RV-ing for 20+ years. I know first-hand some of the “opportunities” RV enthusiasts are challenged to resolve. For a buyer, an in-depth RV inspection provides facts to make an informed “go/no-go” purchase decision. It greatly enhances the probability the buyer will have the kind of RV experience they were expecting / hoping for. For a seller, an indepth RV inspection helps emphasize the value to the buyer and potentially minimize the sellers liability. For a current owner not looking to sell, the biggest benefit is piece of mind about the current condition of your RV, NRVIA requirements are that I complete the motor home inspection by the end of this week, April 17. Would you be open to having a cup of coffee to meet me and to discuss what the inspection would entail? Did I mention that this will not cost you anything? I am also able to provide telephone numbers and names of people with NRVIA who can vouch for my quest to become a top-notch RV Inspector. Please call me at 832-493-3540. Regards, Tim Lerchbacker TexasRVInspections@gmail.com tlerchba@sbcglobal.net 832-493-3540 © National RV Inspection Association - www.NRVIA.org 855-472-9948 Info@NRVIA.org
  8. RandyA

    OUCH! This Hurts.....

    Without going into detail embarassing myself with "how" it happened, let's just say that there are a lot of places on a HDT where one has no business sticking a finer or hand. Heavy parts, close quarters, high torque air tools, etc. all pose a risk - even when you think you are following safe and sensible practices. This happened 3 weeks ago. End of little finger pretty much hamburger. Bone broken above kunckle. A trip to the local ER, 21 stiches. Billing to my insurance is currently enough to buy a full set of new Michelin tires. Pretty much puts an end to doing anything mechanical due to loss of use of left hand. Visit to the hand doctor today and x-ray showed bone not fusing. Now, scheduled for sugery next week to put a pin in. The thing husrts constantly. Care will have to be transfered to a doctor in Orlando after Christmas as we are NOT canceling our annual winter trek South. Be careful, this isn't my idea of having fun.
  9. 2004 Volvo VNL 670 This is a project I've been complicating for several years - I just never decided on a final design until last week. What's behind this project is safely using the top bunk for extra storage. Even with the safety webbing in place I've always been concerned about the possibility of items stored "up top" coming down during a panic stop. Or, worse yet, an accident. Normally items placed up top are soft in nature - extra pillows, blankets, clothing and a plastic tub in the center filled with smaller items. The safety webbing was pulled over the cargo and buckled in place. Still, gaps on the ends, bottom and the large openings in the safety webbing created opportunities for "stuff" to come out. Books, boat anchors, and toolboxes are not to be stored above. We have never used the top bunk for sleeping. Plan A was to take the top bunk completely out and replace it with a 3/4" piece of plywood. Plan B was to cut the cover off the bunk, take out the padding and screw a piece of plywood on top of the metal framework. Plan C (which I elected) was to leave the bunk intact and place a piece of 1/2" plywood on top which would be screwed to the new "wall" with a 2"x 2" full length cleat. This plan required the least amount of labor and allowed for the return of an upper sleeping bunk should our needs ever change. The vertical part, or the solid wall, was bolted against the back side of the cabinets with a door sporting heavy-duty hardware that would keep it closed. Since the cabinets are just plastic, a steel cable with anchors in the upper 2" x 4" structure of the wall was attached to the safety webbing mounts on the upper back of the cab (safety webbing removed and stored). The hatch openings on the front of the wall were trimmed out with 3/4" polished aluminum trim and foam back covering that matches the OEM interior gray covering. The steel hinges and latches were also polished then covered with clear coat. Getting the parts for the wall up onto the top bunk required temporarily removing the left overhead cabinet. Putting it back without help is a challenge. Even with the cabinet out the largest solid piece you can get up there is 58" x 29", which dictated the size of the assembled wall. The wall is set back from the cabinets 1-1/2" so as to not interfere with the OEM cabinet latches. I won't pretend the addition of the wall is the best looking thing in the world, especially with my choice of heavy duty hardware, but I am reasonably confident that anything I choose to store up top will not be flying off into space, or my head. Upper bunk with safety webbing in place (cabinet has been removed) Cabinet removed from side wall on driver's side to allow extra room to install parts. Bench construction of wall and access door. Steel cable running from cab webbing anchor to wall for extra support due to plastic cabinets having questionable strength. Safety wall with access door bolted in place. Now completed: Gas struts to hold access door open, light inside, carpet on plywood floor inside to reduce sliding of cargo and noise, loading it full of cargo. Still remaining: Relocation of speakers.
  10. Big grateful props to DIY Guy today. Here's why. We'd just arrived at our first HDT Rally in '08 before we had a trailer or truck. DIY Guy was the first to greet us and immediately following, "Hello. Welcome. I'm DIY Guy," gave us two incredible lessons: 1) Put your adult beverage in an unidentifiable cup when you are walking around the Hutch fair grounds, and 2) THREE POINTS OF CONTACT AT ALL TIMES when climbing into or out of an HDT. Today I was backing out of the truck and my foot slipped just as I stepped down onto the first step. My weight had already shifted and my other foot was no help. I hung on for dear life with both hands, searching that no man's land between steps for something safe and solid. My head is still hurting from the hard stop my brain made when I caught myself, but I'm blessing DIY Guy because to this day I always hear "3 Points of Contact At All Times" before I start the climb or descent. If not for that great lesson, I would have cracked my head on the edge of the slide behind me and finished the back dive on the concrete pavement below. Rock probably would have found me in a messy puddle when he got home, or at least by dinner time. So, thank you Mark for a lesson well learned. Thank you, Father, for two opposable thumbs that work. And thanks to everyone at that first HDT rally which set us on a new course for life. We've attended every year since, and we always learn something awesome. If you are planning on attending the HDT rally in Hutch and haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for? Gail Dixon is making final preparations and the deadline to order T-Shirts is fast approaching. Who knows if something you learn this October will save your life 7 years later? (I have not been paid for this post by any rally planner, and no adult beverages were involved in today's incident.) Don't know if Mark is still on the forum, but if you know him and can get in touch please pass on my most sincere thanks. All kidding aside, it was a close one today.
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