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121  Main Forum / Polls / Re: unsatisfied with performance of Air Conditioner? on: August 21, 2016, 06:08:16 pm
Yep!   ThumbsUp. Besides the Coleman, our largest benefit was to insulate both the cab area and the coach door.  Our next PC will definitely have two Coleman A/C units, because we do spend a good amount of time in areas close or above 100 degrees.
122  Main Forum / General Discussion / NatGeo USGS Topographic Maps on: August 21, 2016, 08:19:55 am
Ran across this and thought I'd share it for those interested in such things.  National Geographic has provided the USGS topographic maps in pdf format on their website.  Very easy to locate a quad using a map of the US, pull up a pdf and then print.

    - Mike
123  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 13, 2016, 07:22:36 am
Welcome, garmp!  Cheers
124  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tourer or Destination Camper? on: August 13, 2016, 07:17:02 am
We do a combination generally.  Spend a few days exploring at each stop until we reach the destination we really set out for, then we spend much more time there.

  - Mike
125  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dinette redo and final allure vinyl flooring on: July 31, 2016, 08:37:15 am
Great job .......and nice place for a maiden voyage!

After watching Earl's comparison video on YouTube I ran across a video from Winnebago showing off their 'View' Class C unit.  One thing it includes which seems like a great idea are two flip up/down ottomans at the end of each side of the bench seating.  This better allows for the bench seats to be used as pseudo-recliners. 

  - Mike
126  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 26, 2016, 09:40:48 am

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
127  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
128  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
129  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 :

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)
130  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
131  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
132  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
133  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
134  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Modified the back DVD for cosmetics on: July 02, 2016, 05:36:17 am
Nice job!  ThumbsUp
135  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
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