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  1. I don't disagree. We custom-ordered a Hitchhiker in 2011 and full-timed in it for 9 years. It was solid as a rock, and still in fantastic shape when we sold it earlier this year.
  2. I won't try to characterize what "most of us prefer", but I will say that after many of years of full-timing with an adjustable regulator, I changed over to a fixed, high-volume regulator and now very much prefer it. They are compact, less expensive, and work very well. I use this High Flow Fixed Water Pressure Regulator from the RV Water Filter Store. My experience is that "most folks" with adjustable regulators set them once and then never again mess with them. I had one, but I got tired of the bulk, the need to occasionally re-build them, the fact that the pressure gauge will be damaged in a freeze and need to be replaced, etc.
  3. Just to clarify: A water pressure gauge is different than a regulator. Some regulators have gauges, but many do not. There is not really a reason to have a gauge unless you have an adjustable regulator and want to adjust it to a specific pressure. If you have a pre-set regulator you don't need a gauge.
  4. I suspect that this is an old site that hasn't been updated. For about a year after closing Hitchhiker down, they had Excel (I think) building for them. Then Excel went out of business and that was the end of that. I haven't heard of anything since. Kansas RV Center isn't even stocking RVs any more.
  5. My guess is that he got banned. This type of trolling (join, make several replies, go back and edit reply to include commercial link) has gotten a bit more common on the forum, but is easy to recognize. I've reported several and they've all been removed pretty quickly.
  6. This new member is going back and editing his responses with links to "rvweb.net" website. I imagine that he has an interest in that site. Reported.
  7. Yes, the "CT" part is simply the assembly of multiple images into a 3D rendering.
  8. Teri and I traveled to Costa Rica for two weeks in July, and just got back from a couple of weeks in Ecuador. We are scheduled to visit Colombia (South America) in February, a trip that will by then have been delayed almost two years. We are both fully vaccinated and will get boosters when available and appropriate. The airports and airlines are taking sensible precautions, and the foreign countries we've visited are frankly doing a better job of masking and social distancing than we see here in Texas. Our activities center around birding, hiking, and photography, and those activities are all outdoors and socially distanced. We are still taking sensible precautions, but we are getting on with our lives. We have additional trips planned within the US, but are always ready to change plans or pull the plug if indicated. The vast majority of hospitalizations and serious illness are among the unvaccinated, so we feel relatively safe. But nothing is 100%.
  9. I think that this is where "Life Member" used to appear. I hadn't noticed this before, but I'm guessing that Yes is a life member and No is not.
  10. I've not owned one, but the Chevy 6.0L engine was produced for ten years (until 2019) and has an excellent reputation for reliability. The 2018 Commercial Vehicle Guide from Chevy shows the E4500 chassis used for RV's can come with two different transmissions, depending on the wheelbase of the chassis. Both transmissions include a tow/haul mode and grade braking, so should be similar to what you had in your Ford.
  11. Updated forum software brings with it new features. It is very simple to ignore, or if you want to change your "rank", become more active on the forum. BTW - This change occurred a couple of months ago...
  12. I looks like Locast has shut down after a court ruled against them. Locast Shutting Down
  13. We had an occasion at a South Texas RV park where we paid for a week (electricity included in the rate), and then extended for another week at the same rate, only to be charged for electricity for both the first and second weeks when we checked out!! When I called to fix what I thought to be a mistake, I was told that all stays of over a week pay for electricity separately. No matter that I'd paid two separate weekly rates!!
  14. Really slow. You answered a post from 2018!!
  15. Unfortunately Kansas RV Center is no longer supporting the Hitchhiker trailers at anywhere near the level that they previously were. The last time I called to get slide seals (two years ago) I was told that they no longer maintained the records based on VIN numbers, nor were they stocking or selling replacement parts for Hitchikers. They had formerly been amazing about pulling the VIN number and supplying parts and information, but they told me that so much time had passed that they would no longer be providing that support. I ended up getting my slide seals from a vendor on Amazon. I hope that some of the maintenance guys are still around to answer questions, but I wouldn't count on it. To the OP: On our 2012 Hitchiker Discover America there was a process to bypass the electrical system and use a drill to "manually" drive the hydraulic pump. Our pump sat in a recess below the floor of the large forward storage compartment. If yours is the same way, you should be able to remove the "hatch" cover and access the pump. Mine had a plug on the pump that could be removed that allowed access to a drive shaft to manually run the pump. I never needed to try to procedure, but you might be able to figure something out. Also, it would still be necessary to have the correct valve open or else you could end up pulling the slide in rather than extending it out. I no longer have the trailer, nor the manuals, sorry. But for sure the best approach would be to contact Kansas RV Center and hope that there is someone left there to assist you.
  16. On our Grand Designs trailer the switch for the rope light on the front of the trailer is actually down in the storage compartment, and not with any of the other switches. I have bumped them on just by moving things in that compartment. I plan to disconnect the power to those lights permanently as I really dislike them.
  17. And it doesn't bother me one iota. Any more than the reduction of post counts that has occurred several times with software updates does. It simply doesn't matter. It becomes very clear, very quickly who the active posters on this site are, with or without badges. Look at the few folks that have reached "collaborator" level at this time. None of them come as a surprise to me. Research has shown that presenting statistics, accruing points, and earning ranks or levels on social media sites increases user engagement. It doesn't occur with every user, and especially in the case of entrenched users can create the kind of backlash that we are seeing from a few on this site. But overall, across the board, it is likely to result in more posts and a sense of accomplishment or achievement for some. These platforms don't create or implement these changes in a vacuum. There is a reason for them...
  18. Almost every other forum that I frequent has some version of this. I don't care if it is a photography forum, a truck forum, a disc golf forum, etc. they likely utilize some type of counter and "ranking" system. The only reason that this is getting any attention at all is that it is a recent change, and folks react to change. This forum has presented post counts for as long as I have been on it. Do those bother you as well??
  19. It is simply a new "add-on" that tracks your number of posts, since the recent software update. Post more and your "rank" increases.
  20. These pumps have always vibrated in our trailers, and if one (or more) of the rigid plastic waterlines are against any wooden structure it can really resonate. I've had good luck with placing foam pipe insulation, or just a piece of soft foam between the water line and any structure that it is touching. In the left side of your picture it looks like two lines are lying directly against a piece of wood. The solution may be as simple as isolating those lines with foam.
  21. The original convection oven in our Hitchhiker heated unevenly. A pan of 12 muffins would always have a corner where the 2-3 muffins were slightly burnt and obviously taller than the other muffins. The pan was too large to allow the turntable to operate, and it was always the same corner. After 8 years that unit failed and was replaced with an LG unit and we no longer had the uneven baking. Perhaps you have a similar situation with uneven temps causing the issue.
  22. I'm curious if you looked at any of these links? From the first link: The #1 heater is a natural gas unit clearly intended for sticks and bricks type home. The #2 heater is an ordinary tank-type RV water heater. The #3 unit is intended as a stand-alone, portable water heater for camping. It uses D-cell batteries for power (3 volts) and has garden hose fittings. The #4 unit is likewise a stand-alone, portable water heater. Etc. As far as I can tell, only their #7 unit, the Precision Temp RV-550 is actually intended as a direct replacement tankless RV unit. As far as I can tell, the second link is similar. The 17 best tankless water heaters? I think many of us know there are nowhere near 17 tankless water heaters suitable for use in RV's. A quick glance shows a number of conventional tank-type units, along with stand-alone portable units, house units etc. And the third link is a little better, but not much. Unfortunately many of these "The Best..." articles are generated for clicks only, pulling information from other websites and combining them into an "article" with a bunch of links to Amazon or other stores to generate revenue for the site. I very much doubt that anyone at "RV Know How", "RV Hometown", or "RV Web" has actual first-hand experience with any of these units.
  23. We just returned from Costa Rica, and the US requires a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of your return. There was COVID testing available at every pharmacy, and even at the airport itself. We did our test at the airport and had results within 30 minutes. The cost was $65. Once testing became required for travelling between countries, the testing facilities were put into place very quickly and made quite convenient. As Barb says pretty inconvenient for a quick day trip, but certainly not enough to stifle travel for those who really want to go. But if you happen to test positive, things will get interesting...
  24. That is too bad. Nothing worse than not being able to hear/understand a performance or presentation. Unless it is the venue being unbearably hot and stuffy...
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