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  1. We do the same. Didn't work for us. All 3 doors opened up. Large container of applesauce spilled from refrig to freezer. Not a pretty site.
  2. We have found it difficult for us not to have long term reservations in the southern parks. Because of our 45' toyhauler & HDT we find it to be challenging to find parks that can accommodate us. Many parks have chosen to either pack in as many trailers as possible or have not upgraded to the newer & larger RV's. Our next winter tour will take us into AZ for the first time. We had to commit to a 3 month stay or some of the parks wouldn't guarantee a site. I suspect that we could have opted to do as some & taken a short term site but my comfort zone is for knowing I'm not going to get bumped off of a site by a longer term renter or have to move from site to site for the same reason. I appreciate those that are more mobile than we are & hope to one day do the same. My intent was to be that way from the get go but FHU sites are very comforting for us on the long term. Todd
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    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas to all. Todd
  4. It's been 3.5 years but I'm pretty sure you need to use the address that you used for your proof of residence. In other words, the place you overnighted in to establish what SD considers is your address. We used a campground address. I've been known to have CRS so hopefully someone who has recently been involved in this situation can confirm what I believe to be true. Todd
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    Purchasing Fuel

    One of us will take a credit card in to the cashier & indicate a $3-400.00 credit to get the pump turned on. Kind of a pain but it works. Todd
  6. I started with through the wheel with D rings on either side. My car had a tendency to move around more than I cared for. Went with over the wheel with tread blocks. Not sure how you're using through the wheel. Have to look at Jacks 's website to see if there's something new out there. I've had my tie down system fail on 1 or 2 wheels in the past. Roads don't seem to be getting any smoother. Todd
  7. As for the OP, we have an older Volvo with the D12. Put a lot of money into the motor. I understand that's not common. It usually takes a Volvo garage for some of the engine work but I've had repairs done at Ford dealerships & many other independent shops. Moresmoke nailed it when he said, find a dealership to work on your truck 24/7. I've been to truck shops that said to get in line your next or can you bring it in tomorrow? Yesterday I had a rear bag leak. Drove down to an independent truck shop with my car & was told to go get the truck, I'll put a guy on it. Todd
  8. A couple of years ago I drove up to a roadside check. Tried driving by with the other traffic but the guy with the flag waved for me to pull over. I was pulling my camper & had "Private RV" on the truck. When I got up to him he decided to wave me through. I won't start any arguments about why that particular time I was waved through I can only assume it was because if we are properly licensed, we are not prone to these inspections. Todd
  9. Larry & Donna Bitter/sweet, for sure. Great that you found a buyer & more than that, you are able to provide to your family what truly matters most. Best wishes. Todd E
  10. I hope someone that has one might chime in. At first glance I don't know how the electric wiring that's mostly in conduit & inside the walls of a trailer is going to do better than a roof mounted antenna. Todd
  11. We are first time "Winter Texans" in the lower RGV area. Our park filled in right after the 1st of Jan. & as people move out others fill in within a day or two. Been looking at other parks in the area & seems as though they too, are full. Todd
  12. You're right Glen. I had a bad experience with a small solar charger this past summer. 4 "dead" batteries. I need to buy a better system. Todd
  13. Not cost effective & usually not practical. If the site is too small for the 5th wheel & truck, it's probably too small to get into from the get go. Over flow parking for the tow vehicle is an option if there is electric available to keep the batteries charged. Todd
  14. We fulltime & are almost always in the North. We head South when the campgrounds start closing down, usually from 15-31 Oct. The earlier the rally the more days we end up double paying for campsites because we pay either seasonally or monthly in the North. Later works better for us.
  15. Not sure what type of jacks you have but here's what I did. I bent one of the level-up legs on my rig. I found a hydraulic repair guy (Oshkosh WI). He replaced the aluminum leg with a steel one. I believe the cost was around $180 maybe? Lippert or heartland wanted somewhere around $700 for a new complete leg. Todd
  16. I did not get the email. I did see your posting of the change that you had on the forum. I'll send a PM with my email address if you would like to resend. Todd E.
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    My TS did the opposite as yours. After being hooked up for a couple of days I couldn't get the jaws to release. After much & I mean much persuasion, we were able to get them open. It then required even more work (heat & hammer) to remove the jaw pins. Had to take it to a fabrication shop. Not sure how he did it, I couldn't. Cleaned & never seized the pins, replaced the springs & all is good. Todd E.
  18. We domicile in SD with mydakotapost in Sioux Falls. Never had a issue with Fidelity, local WI Bank or anything else. I would expect you to experience the same wherever you choose to use a mail forwarding service. Todd
  19. You should be able to go to the SD DOT for this info. I'm not sure if the County you choose to domicile makes a difference in licensing. We chose Minnehaha Cty at Sioux Falls. Mydakotapost helped us with the change of domicile & licensing. If you haven't done so, take a look at a post about domicile written by Kirk Wood, a moderator & contributor to the escapees forum. I believe you would be better off leaving Washington & choosing one of the top three full time friendly states. Todd E
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    Dash cluster rebuild

    Big5er I looked into this a couple of years ago. I believe the Resource Guide had one vendor listed & after contacting them I seem to remember(?) they wouldn't repair my '99. I ended up having my "center" section replaced. Don't recall the price. A quick look at the links that were provided to you would make me think that it may be possible for a repair on a Gen1 cluster. Would appreciate it if you'd let us know of your experience with the repair. Todd E.
  21. My reply was to help get you started. I was hoping that MDT registration would be similar. My suggestion to check on the MDT forum might serve you better. Todd E.
  22. If your MDT is already licensed in another state as a "motorhome" or "totorhome" the transition is very painless. They have recognized & transferred these in the past. Without me being able to create a link I would suggest the following to get you started. Also, if you are going to use a mail service out of SD, they can most likely navigate you through the process. For starters: Drop down to the HDT forum on the Escapee's Forum Site Click on Heavy Haulers Resource Guide Click on-The HDT Decision which brings up a drop down menu Click on-State Listing of HDT Registrations Click on-South Dakota I'm not sure if all of the info. will pertain to your MDT but it should help you to look there & to also check with the MDT site on the forum, as well. Todd E.
  23. We traveled through Canada & into AK this past summer. Best advice is as stated, check the border crossing website. There you will see that you are allowed to clear customs with "long guns" but no "handguns". A permit & I believe the fee was $25.00 Canadian for the permit is required & can be downloaded from the website. I also believe your guns need to be locked (as in trigger locks) and not immediately accessible from the drivers seat. Depending on your return, (I think it was 60 days) you may be required to renew (pay) the permit. Read & adhere to the border crossing rules & you should have no issues. Todd E.
  24. Lurch We have a '99 780 D12 & can only tell you what my particular experience has been. Our major problem occurred when pulling our new trailer home from the dealer in Kansas. Something apparently went wrong in the "head" (valve or valve spring) and caused damage to the head & 2 pistons. Towing, parts & labor plus 4 new batteries came to $17,000.00. Since then it's been mostly age issues as in rear brake cans, alternator, starter & tires I believe we were in the 600-700,000 mile range. My truck started out in Canada so we are seeing the results of salt damage. My original investment was quite low so although the repairs seem high I'm still OK. I doubt that others with similar models have had the same experience as us. (dumb luck) I expected to see 7-10 MPG so rarely check it. Not always having the need to fill both tanks. The couple of times recently that I checked, it was right at 7 MPG. That's singled & pulling a 20,000# trailer. Just telling you what I have experienced. Good luck in your search. Todd E.
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