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136  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full-timers on: September 14, 2013, 07:21:40 am
My Trip Journal offers a travel log through Good Sam.  Its free and pretty easy to use.  We used it for our Route 66 trip:  and Pacific Coast Highway trip (back-to-back).  There are thousands of trips at that site included full-timers.  Were seriously considering driving The Lincoln Highway next year and will probably use My Trip Journal again.  Thats our picture you see at the top of this forum page (if you're logged in).  It was taken on Adams Street in the heart of the financial district in downtown Chicago under the street sign, Begin Historic Route 66, (dont try that in a Class A or Fifth-wheel).

Thats also us in the Phoenix brochure:  The travel log is free but has a paid option for more features, mainly no advertising.
137  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems accessing forum? on: September 07, 2013, 07:31:06 am
I use System Mechanic which backs up the registry, cleans the cache, and hundreds of other maintenance things continuously and automatically.  Keeps things running smoothly all the time.

And for backup, I switched to Carbonite several years ago.

Keeps files backed up continuously online and nearly immediately.  I then upgraded to Carbonite HomePlus about a year ago.  In addition to continuous online file backup, it backs up the entire hard drive once a day to an external hard drive (you furnish).  Its a mirror image: files and programs and operating system.  If theres a crash not caused by a hard drive failure, just restore everything.  Get a virus? Just restore everything to an earlier date.  Takes a few hours to restore, but it works perfectly (more than once).  I use a Seagate GoFlex 1 TB Portable External Hard Drive; it goes along in the PC just fine:

And I did have hard drive failure three months ago.  Dell replaced the hard drive under warranty.  Six hours later, I had everything restored on the new hard drive exactly as it was before the failure.  Although Ive never tried it, Carbonite claims you can access files anytime, anywhere from any internet connected computer, smartphone or iPad.
138  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: LED LIGHT FOR TANK HEATER SWITCH on: August 12, 2013, 08:45:18 pm
I need to do this project too.  We have three switches located there, and my wife frequently picks the wrong one.  The top switch turns on/off the vanity light (see pics).  Which, by the way, was one of the best changes we made when we had the coach built.  The vanity light is far, far better than the overhead light for shaving, my wifes makeup, etc.  We rarely use the overhead light.

When I recommended to Stewart that the light be made standard on the rear bedroom configuration, I only got a curt, unfriendly reply.  Still, I feel it should be standard.
139  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: CB Antenna on: August 02, 2013, 01:50:04 pm
Actually, this is my second PC.  On the first PC, I drilled a hole above the driver's door, running the wire into the storage area above the drivers seat, and did the same basic installation.  Of course, wasnt able to run it through the wall like the factory did, but pried up the trim and ran it down that way. Its a No-Ground Plane:

Also, have a Quick Disconnect when I store it so that the antenna isnt exposed to the weather during storage (no inside storage, unfortunately):
140  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: CB Antenna on: July 31, 2013, 12:57:47 pm
Here's our antenna.  Factory installed when built.  The box to connect the antenna and CB is under the driver's seat.  Power wire under the floor mat.
141  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 08, 2013, 11:15:14 am
   Try this website to help you find the location of your local stations.Click on the station to get the compass direction.

A big "Help" for you.  This great info!
142  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: May 24, 2013, 11:34:13 am
We had the same problem while traveling in Florida.  Called Norcold.  They shipped a new door to the nearest repair shop.  The shop replaced the door, all at no cost to us.  Thumbs up to Norcold for customer service, but a thumbs down for design.
143  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 31, 2013, 05:05:45 pm
Carolp495  I see Adventure Caravans has an all new website, so the link above no longer works.  The new link for Southern Exposure caravan is  What you have signed up for is a rally; staying in one spot for the duration.  We have done three rallies (one in the Smokies) and two caravans.  Enjoyed all of them.  Everything planned but there are open times to do extra things you like or just take a breather.  Lots of activities, many meals, and all campgrounds reserved with driving directions.

Were also signed up for Waltz Across Texas next year:; it would be cool to have another PC along!
144  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 28, 2013, 03:50:35 pm
Were currently on a caravan trip with 20 other rigs: (Day 29).  We dont travel with a pet, but probably more than half on this caravan do.  Mostly dogs but a few with cats.  However, we have one single woman in a large Class A that is travelling with six dogs.  So that you wont think thats a typo, shes travelling with six dogs.  nod
145  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Gun Control on: January 31, 2013, 11:29:02 am
Gun Control. It already has started at Cabela's

There was a bit of confusion at the Cabelas Sporting Goods store this morning. When I was ready to pay for my purchases of gun powder and bullets the cashier said, "Strip down, facing me.  Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control whackos running amok, I did just as she instructed.

When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to my credit card.  Embarrassed  I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.

They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little clearer!

146  Main Forum / General Discussion / Satellite TV on: January 16, 2013, 09:41:16 am
Ugh!  Time-Warner just jumped our monthly cable/phone/internet bill over 26%!    Considering satellite.  Is there an advantage between DirecTV and Dish TV for RVers? Assume both offer some way to connect to the internet a cable/phone/internet package?  Is the satellite part a do-it-yourself project to set it up for an RV?
147  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 16, 2013, 09:04:06 am
Jim, so happy to hear you took the plunge.  I remember meeting you and showing you our 3100 in Oct. 2011 in Sevierville, TN.  You will love it, I know.  ThumbsUp

148  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on: December 26, 2012, 02:10:34 pm
Yep, keep the Son in the sea'son'.
149  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Refrigerator Temperature on: November 27, 2012, 09:31:22 am
I have this thermometer:  Takes a single AA battery, no wireless sensor with another set of batteries to worry about.  Mounted it above the fridge with Velcro, ran the probe down into the freezer.  Works great.  I also have a wireless thermometer for the outside temperature.
150  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: toilet paper holder on: November 17, 2012, 08:45:55 am
I mounted a holder per attached picture - works great.  Easy on/off.  And a matching towel bar on the door.
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