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Kirk W

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    Seasonal traveler, now based in Mesquite, TX.
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    Volunteer work-camping, most outdoor activities.
    Writing for RV magazines especially for Escapees Magazine.
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    Grandchildren! (we have 5 grandsons & 3 granddaughters).

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  1. That is true when you change plans. Pam was on one occasion declined for a change in Medigap coverage. For that reason you make any changes in October/November to take effect Jan. 1, then do not cancel the present coverage until after the new policy has been accepted and approved by the underwriters.
  2. Sorry! I edited it to say many. ☺️
  3. Not at all. You can even quote me if you wish. It is something that I have been telling people for more than 20 years now. In our nearly 12 years on the road, we had a daughter-in-law hit by a car while giving first aid at a n auto accident resulting in time in the ICU, my mother passed away, a son's wedding, another son in combat, the birth of several grandchildren, and all of the other things that families experience. Sent you a PM.
  4. Well, I married a girl from Redlands(next door to San Bernardino) and we spend our wedding night in her parents cabin in Big Bear. She still has sisters in that area so I am quite familiar with the area. I also made a living driving around WY, CO, & NE for 21 years before we transferred to TX so am pretty familiar with bad weather and snow condition driving. I do believe that extra licensing for RV driving would probably be a good idea and that renewals are probably too easily acquired, but I don't see any easy answers for either problem.
  5. Welcome to the Escapee forums. In checking with her profile, it doesn't appear that Jennifer has been back since she made that post. Hopefully some of the other members will comment. I have never used a cover so have no experience with them.
  6. A water pressure regulator is a very important thing to have as some areas have much higher water pressures than RVs are designed for. Many of us prefer one of the adjustable regulators similar to the one in the attached picture. I would consider a high flow regulator like the second one as the minimum but if I were to buy today I'd get this one from Amazon. On the surge protector, there are a lot of products that you will find with the surge protector name and the lower price ones only protect you from power surges. As a retired electrical service tech I consider one of the better units that has high & low voltage protection, and electrical fault protections to be very important. Electric power issues seldom take out your equipment on the first experience but each time such happens the result is a shorter lifespan for any equipment in use at the time. To me the purchase of one is just like doing preventive maintenance. I have been using one since 2001. What I recommend is that you get a 50A or 30A as your RV needs in either a Progressive EMS or one of the Southwire Surge Guards. There are several other brands which I have no experience with but that may well work and there are also many cheap devices that do much less by way of protection, if this becomes a budget issue.
  7. While that converter can supply more than the battery needs, it will not force it on the battery. That is a function of applied voltage. But when you have a converter that can supply more than the maximum current needed by the battery it can supply current to other loads at the same time as the battery is being charged. Remember that your converter is more than just a battery charger, but it supplies all of the 12V power to the RV at the same time as it is charging the battery.
  8. If the 2 wires he is asking about do come from the furnace. There is no guarantee that they do.
  9. Not really. When you open a 1 liter bottle of wine, you do not have to drink all of it.
  10. I am not familiar with that specific control but a typical situation is that the thermostat leads from the furnace will run to a control board in the air conditioner and the thermostat does everything through that. The RV furnace typically has 2 blue wires that control the furnace by being open and when the two are connected together it begins the heat process. If the wires in question go to the furnace they probably are the control but the more common is for the thermostat leads from the furnace to go to a control circuit board in the air conditioner. The key is to determine where the wires you are looking at go. Wiring schematic from Atwood
  11. The thing that people need to remember when going fulltime is that anything that can happen at home will also take place while traveling, plus the issues that can happen to the RV and vehicles. All too often people think of fulltime living as an extended vacation but you can't leave your problems behind when home is your RV. Your personal and family baggage travels with you.
  12. The 2 blue wires are normally from the furnace but to be sure we need to know what model your furnace is in order to check the schematic.
  13. Welcome to the Escapee forums! I believe that Linda has given a good answer, I am wondering if you really understand what domicile is because it can be a very complicated thing. I suggest that you start by reading Domicile for Full-Time RVers, which was written by a practicing attorney. As indicated by Linda's reply, you can not change your domicile just by getting an address somewhere to register vehicles to and California is one of the more aggressive states about enforcement of their vehicle registration laws. Every state has its own set of laws about who must register their vehicles and when and has the legal authority to enforce their laws over vehicles which stay in the state beyond just passing through. The action of registering vehicles in SD(or any other state) and placing their license plates on them does not give you any protection from CA laws if those vehicles are located in CA. You haven't said if you plan to go on the road fulltime or not and that makes a big difference in what will work for you.
  14. I had those on our last motorhome and didn't have a problem with that as long as I used the T wrench for them to get the two tight. It should be pretty easy to see if the threads of the studs are stripped, when seems unlikely to me. Maybe a little bit more involved to see if the nuts themselves could be stripped. If all looks to be good, I'd start testing by trading one of those simulator nuts with the front wheel on that side and the second one with the right side rear. I would also mark the ones that you move with some tape to be sure that you can identify which nuts they are. As you travel you can then observe if the nuts are the problem, or something about the lugs they are on.
  15. So are you saying that we should be restricted to driving in climates and terrains that we are familiar with? At present, every state allows any driver who is legally licensed in his home state to drive anything he legal for at home anywhere that they wish in every state and at every season. As one who has spent a great deal of life in places with serious winter, I can appreciate your example but that same thing could be said for most drivers from the most rural parts of the country when they find themselves in one of our major cities, at rush hour and driving a very large RV. Even if everyone was tested at every renewal, it really wouldn't change much.
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