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Will B.

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  1. We had plumbing issues at the house before we sold. Tree roots loved to creep into our main sewer pipe out. At that time, we started using the Scott 1-ply TP, to reduce blockage and reduce the frequency we had to have a plumber come out and "rooter" the pipe. When we sold and went to the RV, and read about various issues, we used the same TP. We haven't had a single blockage in two years. Others are correct, though, that plenty of water in your flushing makes all the difference. You can find it at almost every grocery store, Walmart, etc.
  2. There's also Arlo. That one has a base station (which you can wire to DC with an adapter). But like the suggestion above, you'll need Internet. Also, I don't know the draw on the base station, but I suspect it'll run your batteries down after a time.
  3. You just need to update your eyes to the 2.0 version. Kidding aside, have you contacted their support to see if there are options you can't find?
  4. When we were looking, a year and a half ago, I think there were only three Class A toy haulers. (We ended up getting a fifth wheel toy hauler, and an F-350 to pull it.) Thor Outlaw was one. There was a Newmar, I think, too. Found this article while looking up the names: https://campertrailerreport.com/best-class-a-toy-hauler/
  5. You should check this attached white paper. Provided by Avanti Lalwani at Briter Products. I WILL be re-doing my 4x Battle Borns this way. Okay, couldn't attach (too big), linked instead. https://dwo.net/BatteryWiringDoc.pdf
  6. I can comment on some recent roads. I-80 in WY, like another commenter said, was really pretty good. Yes, there was construction, but those sections are still better than a lot of roads we've been on. I can say that I-70 (at least westbound) from Kansas into Colorado was complete shite. Not sure who is building the roads there, but they need to go up to WY and learn from them. I-80 east and west around the Chicago area.... just junk. It's like every time they moved the paving rig, they had no idea how to make a "seam" in the section. We spent a lot of time on the motorcycles yesterday between Sheridan and Chicago and my back is killing me. Bump.... roll for a bit, bump, roll for a bit, repeat. Closer into Chicago proper, the pavement turned to a more "concrete" style and wasn't bad. It amazes me how some of the backroads, some of the US and state highways can be SO much better than the interstate. Also, if you're in the Chicago area, be sure to "avoid tolls" in your Google maps. When we were here a year ago, we got onto one of them, and I think it cost us something like $30 plus. That was the first one. There was another right after (some "skyway" or something), cost us more and it was only like a 2 mile stretch! I've also heard that 285 between Texas and Roswell, NM is a very, very bad road. Talked to several people about it and they said that's all oil field hauling through there and big rigs all day, every day. Apparently potholes abound. Glad we missed it.
  7. Was told by one of the organizers that the magician/comedian had some flight delays, had to drive up 6 hours from Denver. Unfortunately, she missed the sound check. They do perform them, but travel delays are generally unforeseeable.
  8. Thanks for the info! We'll be coming up I-25 from Cheyenne, then takin' a left on I-80. We'll be the ones with the big Momentum and the wife on the stingray sidecar!
  9. We are fulltime insured through Progressive.
  10. May I make a recommendation for future things like this: If you're a Google user, set a reminder in the calendar when you know a date. We do this, almost religiously. For when the registration opened for Escapade, as well as when it opened for the Grand Design National Rally. We know there'll be a rush, so we set up a Google Calendar event, with reminder 2 days out, 1 day out, 6 hours and 30 minutes. Nag, nag, nag. It works! Now, if you didn't plan to be there or go, but now you find yourself there, well, this isn't a helpful solution! Safe Travels!
  11. Not my post, but @Kirk W, thanks for all you do to help folks like us that have questions! I see your responses in here all the time. Thanks from a stranger!
  12. You could just tape the area, if it's not too late. Like blue painter's tape, etc. Then you could just peel it off. When in doubt, that's what I do. Protect all the things!
  13. Glad to hear. Reading the RVTravel newsletter this morning, the editor addressed that he talks about campground crowding a lot, but many readers are writing in to say the opposite. I'm sitting in the CMA Iron Mountain campground, and there are PLENTY of spaces. Across the street at Shadow Mountain, too. (Mena, Arkansas.) I think the "campground crowding" must be Yellowstone and the like. I'm either working at the computer or on the motorcycles or in the truck seeing things. We don't stay at "resort" campgrounds. I'm not retired, so... not gonna spend the kids' inheritance completely on a $125/night park. If I can get to $400/mo with electric included, I'm absolutely ecstatic!
  14. Bear in mind that along with your 6 months back home, you'll be storing your rig here in the states for that time. Ensuring you have a safe storage facility is important (and a cost you'll need to factor in). We often hear about travel trailers being stolen from storage lots, so definitely do your research, ensure the rig is as battened down as it can be. Depending on what part of the country you plan to store it in, you may need to consider winterization, too. And battery storage. No batteries will last 6 months unattended without a trickle charger. Removing them is likely your best option. I have no idea of the costs, but you might considering renting initially, as you indicate you have no experience with them. If you outright purchase one, you'll definitely "worry" about it while you aren't around to take care of it.
  15. Also, forgot to add, that we are generally planned out for at least 8 months, if not longer. Since we build our itinerary around bike rallies, family visits, other events, it's easy to know where we need to be.
  16. We've been fulltiming for the past year (since March 2020, NOT Covid related, I always feel the need to explain). In addition, we went from "zero to hero". Fulltiming is ALL we've done! My wife is a planner. (Her business is as a cruise agent, she's not been too busy for the past year and a half.) As a travel planner, this is all a no-brainer to her. We say "we would like to see X" or "attend this motorcycle rally" or "see this family member". And when. From there, we use tools like Campendium, The Dyrt, etc. to determine campgrounds around the area. Since we don't care too much about the campground quality beyond having water, sewer and 50amp, we generally get a good deal, especially since our stays are almost always a month. Anything in between two stops is usually a Harvest Host. We haven't felt the need to stay longer at a location because that month gives us the ability to really explore an area. Since we ride, some days are rainy, some days require more work hours, etc. If we only stayed a single week, we would miss out. Plus, uprooting the rig once a month means far less fuel usage. (Though we're in a fifth wheel, and we do take the truck to go places almost as much as the bikes.)
  17. Bear in mind that, as a general rule, "unlimited" plans rarely apply to hotspot data. They almost always apply to "data from the phone". (The phones know how you're using it.) To spend the good money, this is what we used: https://www.mobilemusthave.com/Ultimate-Road-Warrior-Bundle-with-Poynting_p_168.html (Currently, we only have AT&T but are adding Verizon soon.) Changing Lanes has a video on their installation, which very similar to ours.
  18. Was there a problem using the reseller that MMH connects you with? That's what we did with our Pepwave from them. Sure, it's like $140/mo, and initially was unlimited, now AT&T has it limited to 500GB/mo. I'm hitting under that with a decent margin, though. For you, needing 30GB, you'll never likely have any bandwidth issues.
  19. Setting up your own blog is quite easy, and free. Unless you're super technical or otherwise care about things like domain names, etc. Just starting here is probably the simplest thing you can do: https://wordpress.com/ Like someone above said, this is more of a discussion area. Just "putting it out there for others to read and share", well, definitely better suited to a blog. Millions are using Wordpress, and you get something like "yourOwnPrefix.wordpress.com" Before we got into the RV (over a year ago), we focused heavily on bikes, and I did a few here: https://twowheelsonebike.wordpress.com/. (Of course, that turned into 5 wheels and two bikes, but that's another story!) Setting up a blog this way, you can say whatever the hell you want!
  20. A lot of people have said "The best Windows machine I ever owned was a Mac."
  21. It definitely gets dirty, but is super easy to clean, in my opinion. (Not counting having to actually GO up on the roof; that's the hard part!) But a little mineral spirits cleans it right up. I had to remove some Dicor to re-run an antenna wire. While I was up there, I cleaned several spots that were starting to show its age.
  22. If you're asking if you can keep Michigan plates on your car now that you're a resident of Indiana, the answer really is "no". Not if you own the vehicle, and certainly not if you don't have a permanent residence in Michigan still. Just change 'em out, do the work.
  23. Some RV makers (I know that Grand Design is one of those, no Class C's, but just an example) offer full on custom paint jobs, as opposed to "white with decals".
  24. We went with this one, pretty happy with it: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08XLQ8ZNB/ One thing I will say about these extension ladders, though, is that when you don't need the full height, that last step can be tough, as you'll have several "steps" collapsed to make one BIG step. You said 12-15', but I find that this one works just fine to get up on top of my 13'6" (all things height) fifth wheel. Hmmm. Well, I went to my Amazon orders to see what I had gotten, mine is actually 15.5 feet. Either they don't sell it anymore or.... I don't know. Mine is also not orange like the picture. Here is my order pic: Sorry, this post might not have ben a lot of help. I will say that I bought it, primarily, because I HATE the ladder on our rig. Not this ladder specifically, but rather how close it is to the rig, and just so vertical. We have a toy hauler, therefore the ladder is on the side. And it folds out and in. I take the telescoping ladder, at an angle, and hook it over the top of the rig's ladder. Just feel so much safer to me. Good luck in your ladder-hunt.
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