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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: Today at 09:40:48 am
Welcome!

Rosy: we are also in Northern CA. (Napa/Vallejo/American Canyon area)  Let us know if you need any in-person help with anything. We may be available. You can private message us here on the forum.

   Mike and Joni
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SO JUST HOW FAST DO YOU GO? on: July 18, 2016, 06:22:29 am
We tow a Ford Edge which dictates speeds 65 mph or below.  Of course, in CA we are limited by state law to 55 mph while towing.

   - Mike
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions on: July 15, 2016, 10:19:54 am
There is one more option I didn't realize existed which I just stumbled upon....

I had removed both 6 volt batteries from the battery tray in order to clean and repaint the tray.  While waiting for it to dry I started up the engine and noticed that one of the ceiling lights in the coach turned on.  I hadn't turned off the inverter switch by the door, so apparently the inverter is also supplied by the Ford engine battery when the engine is running (at least when the coach batteries are disconnected) I wonder if this is 'normal' operating mode when the engine is running.  Didn't have time to investigate further.

  - Mike
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite on: July 06, 2016, 09:20:19 am
The outdoor cable tv connector won't work with satellite.  Satellite coax and connectors are not the same as cable/tv coax and connectors. Satellite uses high frequency cable (RG6). Satellite requires power to pass through the connector and coax, which is why even standard cable TV splitters won't generally work with satellite. i think the biggest problem is that the PC (and other Motorhome configurations)cable and tv coax runs through the amplifier which messes with satellite.  Here is an online resource :  http://www.thesatelliteshop.net/

A temporary solution is running the satellite coax through a window (using a FLAT  satellite coax)

Permanent solution might be to have a separate satellite pass-thru coax connector installed in an exterior wall, close to the television, and then run a short piece of coax to the tv.

   - Mike

This is all assuming that Kermit hasn't started 'prepping' the new PC's for satellite (i.e.: running satellite coax cable inside the rig, but burying it in a wall or ceiling somewhere with or without a connector)
5  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Minnesota/North Dakota on: July 05, 2016, 07:30:43 am
We had to travel through Minnesota without much time for sightseeing on our last trip, but can recommend Checkers Welcome Campground (Welcome, MN), right off I-90 for a good, cheap overnight stop.  Someone had also recommended we stop off at the Spam Museum in Austin, MN....also right off I-90, just southwest of Rochester......we passed on that one.  LOL

 - Mike
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: generator and air conditioner on: July 05, 2016, 06:43:09 am
Yep, what they said  exactly!. If you still can't find it,  look in your Onan manual.  There will be a schematic picture showing the location of the breaker.  If you don't have a manual, the Onan website will have it for your model.

  - Mike
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Music while traveling options on: July 05, 2016, 06:37:49 am
Ours runs off the house batteries/inverter and doesn't use that much juice to worry about.  But like Bob said a wireless Bluetooth speaker is probably an excellent option.  There are soooo many different types and price ranges available now (Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Walmart, etc) and the nice part is that it would be portable, allowing you to listen to music or books while in the shower, at the beach or hanging out under your awning.  The newer varieties allow you to use just one speaker, or if you buy another speaker it will pair with the original and provide better stereo.

    - Mike
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New recliners in place of sofa/bed on: July 02, 2016, 05:41:52 am
Those side tables are a great idea!  What is the name of the company you used?

    - Mike
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Modified the back DVD for cosmetics on: July 02, 2016, 05:36:17 am
Nice job!  ThumbsUp
10  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: 2016 Phoenix Rally - Washington DC on: June 30, 2016, 09:38:46 am

Great info, Holly!

When we visited the area we stayed at Cherry Hill RV Park in College Park.  We asked to reserve premium site 935 when we booked and were surprised when we showed up that they had actually managed to hold it for us.  The site was fairly roomy and shady with nice outdoor furniture and in close walking distance to a large dog run area, swimming pool, sauna, spa, laundry room, cafe and outdoor theater.  Cherry Hill is a huge place with many different types of areas to stay, some more rustic than others, and many amenities and services you don't often see at other campgrounds (like dog walking services). Public transportation (bus) stops at the campground and goes right into DC or to the Metro Station.  As Holly said, the Metro is quick and clean and we used it many times (only a five minute drive from the campground, with ample parking) There are also DC bus tour companies that leave right from the campground. We did the "DC At Night" Grayline tour, which was interesting but there was not nearly enough time to see things at many of the stops. There is a hop-on, hop-off Big Bus option around the mall area which seems like a great way of seeing many of the sites.  We did that in NYC and it was very convenient.

    - Mike
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Soundproofing the cab on: June 22, 2016, 05:32:27 am
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12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Soundproofing the cab on: June 20, 2016, 05:52:38 am
Great write-up!  Thanks for sharing!  Which part of the project do you think gave you the biggest bang for the buck?

    - Mike
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refrigerator Cooling on: June 15, 2016, 07:16:42 am
Same experience with our 2552.  No problems with the refrigerator, even in the 7,000-9,000 ft elevations.  Longest continuous operation has been about 1-1/2 months.  Like Tom, we keep ours at a setting between 4-6.  Anything higher and it gets really frosty in there.

   - Mike
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Campground Host on: June 12, 2016, 07:31:34 pm
Wow!  Awesome opportunity.  I wish we could free up the time to do that!  We aren't that far but have other commitments about now. That area is amazing!  Thanks for the heads-up!


---Mike
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How Much Are You Towing on: June 04, 2016, 05:01:57 am
We tow a Ford Edge, which is fairly heavy at almost 4300 lbs.  We've taken it cross country over quite a few different types of roads, including steep mountainous stretches (like over the Sierras) without much of a problem.  The steepest portions kept our max speed at about 40 mph or so going uphill, but that is really the only time I notice I'm towing anything.

   - Mike
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