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  1. docj

    Hurricane/Tropical storm Nicholas.

    We are in Rockport, about ~160 miles SW of Houston and we were very happy that the storm stayed offshore. Being on the West side of the eye we had only occasional rain and even some sunshine by Monday afternoon. Today was mostly sunny and hot. After what Harvey did to Rockport four years ago...
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    Soft kids generation

    I agree that losing is an important part of "growing up." When we started awarding "participation trophies", we tried to pretend as if no one ever has to lose. Unfortunately, that's not how life is.
  3. docj

    Connectivity in the boonies

    When RVers complain that there was no cell service at a particular location, what they often mean is that the cellular carrier they were using didn't have service there. There's a lot to be gained by having an account with a second (or even a third) carrier. Sometimes there's perfectly fine...
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    What electrical protection do I really need?

    We have a hardwired Progressive EMS in our MH and it has kept us out of real trouble several times in the past ~10 years. It's usually not "surge" problems you have to worry about, but, rather, miswired or poorly wired pedestals. Once I had to get the power company to respond when my EMS kept...
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    New Mexico in winter

    Agreed! If there is snow on Sandia crest, you can access the ski slopes by taking the tram from the city up to the top of the ski run. No driving on snow-covered roads required. That's how our daughter was able to ski all through high school, long before we would have let her drive to the ski...
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    Splendide washer/dryer combo delete

    We've been full-timing for >10 years and my wife lists the Splendide as one of the key reasons she enjoys the lifestyle. You get used to the small size by washing more loads. It's a lot better than not having one IMO.
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    Dometic 15K Brisk II AC Dead on Arrival - Checklist

    I'm not so sure about that. Last year I had two new Coleman Mach 8+ heat pumps installed. One of the two that were shipped was DOA. One of the reasons I went with Coleman was that my mobile mechanic said that they had had multiple DOA's from Dometic.
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    Should I consider Diesel?

    These discussion about how long diesels can sit always seem to ignore the many thousands of agricultural and construction equipment that sit for many months at a time and then fire up just fine when needed. As has been already noted, diesel fuel is more stable than gasoline and a little biocide...
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    NPS Institutes Mask Mandate

    Even if I believed that unattributed statement to be true, which I don't, having a PhD is not evidence of knowing anything about epidemiology or medicine, in general. I have a PhD, in physics, which gives me absolutely no authority to provide useful insight into the COVID situation. Having a...
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    Carrier Rooftop Air Conditioning Units

    I had involvement with a 2008-2009 Monaco Cayman that had those awful A/C's.
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    GPS or map provided by campground?

    Most of the time we use the directions provided by the campground for traveling those last few miles. More than once we have found them to be better than what the GPS suggested. Even an RV-GPS doesn't "know" if one exit off the interstate will be on an easier to drive road than another exit.
  12. docj

    Fantastic fan question

    Yes, I have the Maxxair cover that is sold for use with powered vent fans. I've had them for >10 years. They work well.
  13. docj

    Fantastic fan question

    We have Maxxair covers on both of our fans and never worry about the rain. Personally, I wouldn't want a rain sensor since that would limit when I could use the fans.
  14. docj

    6v vs 12v

    It's really pretty easy and is done all the time. I have four 6-volt batteries in my motorhome bay. Connected end to end a pair provides 12 volts. The biggest issue I can think of is do you have the space for them?
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    Obsolete thermostat

    There appear to be places on the internet who have them for sale. Here's one: Atwood Hydro Flame 38535 RV Heater Furnace Digital 2 Stage Wall Thermostat
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    looking for suggestion for Rockport TX

    There are literally dozens of parks in and around Rockport. One of the popular ones is called Lagoons.
  17. docj

    '20 Buick Envision as a Towed Vehicle

    We tow a 2014 Honda CR-V and I got tired of battery drain issues even with a charging line, so I finally took the bull by the horns and install a battery cutoff. Since we use a ReadyBrute tow bar it doesn't matter if power is on in the toad. The only downside I can see is that the CR-V's clock...
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    Need replacement AC w Heat pump number

    I have two Coleman/Airxcel 15k BTU heat pumps that were installed last summer. I just looked at the extended warranties I purchased for them and they specify this model number: 47004B876
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    Why limit yourself to just two distillers? There's an entire Bourbon Trail to explore! We didn't finish the Trail, but explored about half of it. Each tour is a bit different and you'll end up tasting some marvelous spirits.
  20. docj

    Class A air conditioning

    I don't disagree, but that having been said our new Coleman/Airxcel Mach8+ heat pumps provide far less compressor noise inside the coach than did our old Dometics. If the fan is running continuously I can barely hear when the compressor cycles on and off. As for air movement noise, I noticed...
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    AC unit freezing up

    The technician who installed our Mach8+ heat pumps said the same things. I commented that with the heat pump in use there is ONLY a high fan speed and his comment was that "you shouldn't be using the low speed for A/C anyway!"
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    AC unit freezing up

    Right, our new Coleman Mach8+ are prone to freezing unless you run them on high. Even on high they're less noisy than the Dometics they replaced.
  23. docj

    Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors

    Exactly what I'm concerned about. Creating "tunnels" into otherwise secure systems seems as if it has the potential for disaster. No thank you; fortunately, it's easy to disable.
  24. docj

    WiFi Booster/Extenders

    That is true of the basic WiFiRanger configuration, but most rooftop and indoor Rangers now include the capability for integrated cellular modems. Therefore, there can be a lot more to a Ranger than the NANO Station you used previously.
  25. docj

    Rookie DP Driver seeks advice

    I've driven ~70k miles in my Beaver powered by a humongous Cat C12. Instead of being fearful about your engine you should learn its strengths and limitations. Within reason, nothing you can do to it will hurt it. Depending on the weight of the MH and the power of the engine, driving DPs can...
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