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About sushidog

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  • Birthday 07/31/1956

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    Wherver the road takes me.
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  1. I told the shop to put a winch on the front of my Jeep. I guess they misheard me. "having done a lot with 4X4’s, wenches for the most part are just dead weight. but when you need it, nothing else works." Ain't that the truth! 😁 Chip
  2. Would you rather pay more money to use your credit/debit card?
  3. I have Capital One but have a hard time finding their ATMs, especially out west. The RV park I'm staying at now in SC is only $300/mo including elec, cable, tax etc. but it must be in cash or they have a 3% service charge (they say it's what their bank charges them.) Instead of paying the extra $9 (OK, Im cheap) I went to the only local bank ATM but had to pay them $2 to get my money anyway. Oh well, I still saved $7 (minus the $1 in gas to go to the ATM). It's not much savings, but it's the principle. Sometimes I think I'm becoming my father. Lately I've found if I use a credit card for
  4. Since I was a Louisiana resident before I went full-time I chose to remain a LA resident. For my situation it made financial sense. Registration is super low. I just renewed my MH registration for 2 years and it was only $50 or $25 a year! My car renewal was also super cheap at only $34 for 2 years. Unfortunately LA has some of the highest insurance rates in the nation, but it's still not enough to offset the high registration renewals of some other states. LA does have a state income tax, but it favors seniors, exempting social security and most pension income. Though I must file LA income ta
  5. I'm still riding the roller coaster. I rode it down and am riding it back up but still have a ways to go, as I'm heavily in the energy sector (about 1/3 of my portfolio 🙁). The indices are catching up, especially the NASDAQ, giving me hope. I still have about 2 years before I need to take some out, so I think I'll be OK. Who knows what will happen by then, but I think there's still opportunity there. No? Time will tell. Chip
  6. I was with FMCA but switched to Escapees this year due to FMCA's huge price increase, making Escapees a much better deal since they are near identical Safe-Ride plans. I will not discontinue my FMCA membership, as both clubs offer unique benefits, such as the FMCA Sprint hotspot plan I use. Fortunately, I have not used either plan, but with a 20 yr old (though well maintained) MH I'm sure it's only a matter of time. Chip
  7. It was certainly worth it for me to have a wisdom tooth extracted in Mexico. I had it done February, just before this Covid-19 craziness hit. It was impacted pretty good. It took the doctor over a half hour to get it out. The total cost with a couple anesthetic injections, out the door (completo) was only $80. Prescription drugs are so cheap there it's almost unbelievable. The cheapest I've found my albuterol inhalers here is $50 per inhaler at Walmart, as I don't have insurance coverage. A couple years ago when I had insurance my copay for it was $35. I recently got a pack of 10 inhalers
  8. I agree with you Agesilaus, and I would never risk getting stuck going in to a campsite. If the road is that bad one simply shouldn't go. However, never having been at the location before, it's sometimes hard to tell what the road will look like after you are already in a spot that was relatively easy to get to before a heavy rainfall. But what do you do when you must leave because your 14 day BLM or forest service limit is reached and the roads have turned to mud? Wait it out, I guess. If the ranger says something just explain the situation telling him you'll leave just as soon as it dries up
  9. Thanks for the advice folks. It sounds like the receiver is a good attachment point for a winch or come-along. I have a roadside assistance service, if needed. I used to have it with FMCA (though I never had to use their service) as they were the cheapest. Recently, however, they had a steep price increase from $69/yr to $159/yr! So I switched to the Escapee roadside assistance program (since it's only $99/yr and I'm a member of both clubs.) They will pull you out if you get stuck within 100 ft of a "maintained road." I assume a graded forest road qualifies, and it doesn't have to be a blackto
  10. Now that you've heard all the virtues of AGM batteries you have to ask yourself "If I could have twice the battery capacity for the same price would it be worth it to go to flooded lead acid batteries?" But if you thinking goes something like, "I can afford to go with the best, so I want low maintenance, super low discharge rate so I can store it all winter without checking and batteries that be used on their side, don't gas at all, charge in half the time of either FLAs or AGMs, produce lots of power in a small footprint at 1/3rd the weight, then you want lithiums. I'd look at Battle Borns a
  11. I'm in Los Indios, TX near Brownsville, right by the MX border. I'll stay here one more month as the RV park owners have allowed everyone who wintered over with them to stay next month for free due to the virus. It goes without saying we must pay for the electricity we use. It's not like it is expensive here anyway, at only $190 for a 1 month stay. Still it's a nice sentiment. They charge $180/mo if you stay from 2-4 months and $170 for a 5 month stay. If you stay for 6, like we did, (not by choice as our reservations in LA and NC were cancelled) it's only $160/mo. We'll be staying for 7, so i
  12. Have you decided not to use an inverter charger, or is it so big it will only work on a 30+ amp hook-up? Most inverter chargers have adjustable charge rates, so if you choose one that has say a 60 amp max charge rate at 48v (that needs 30 amps input at 120v) you can just turn it down to charge at 30 amps if all you have is 15 amps DC available. Most can be adjusted from 20-100% of their rated capacity. Chip
  13. If the fuse blew there's no reason to think the panel is trash. Check the polarity of the wiring to make sure it's not wired backwards. If not check the continuity on the socket in the trailer to make sure there is not a dead short on the hot wire with a VOM. Of course you need to replace the fuse in the electrical box. I'll bet the trailer and solar panel wiring is reversed. Chip
  14. I use Sprint. Here's a thread where I post about the unlimited $50 a month FMCA plan that I use.
  15. I just use regular coat hangers and have never had a coat hanger come off the rod, nor any clothes fall off the hanger while traveling, and my closet is in the very rear of my MH - even going down bumpy and washboarded roads while boondocking. I have a gas motorhome. A diesel MH with airbags has an even smoother ride. Maybe someone with a fiver could report their experience.
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