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  • WyomingDebbie
    WyomingDebbie :
    What’s the best tool ever! Combo bottle opener, screen scribe, ... love the multi purpose rule!
    • Thu at 8:14 AM
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    • BLP and 8 others like this.
    • WyomingDebbie
      Hank & Shirleen Spec’s? Is that a liquor store bag! OMG. LOL.  Hide 1 Reply
    • WyomingDebbie
      Birdie Caught her Hank! Come on Debbie, what’d Ole Man Spec have you couldn’t live without? Hide 1 Reply
    • WyomingDebbie
      Happy Hobos Debbie,
      I love it when a creative mind concurs a problem. 
    • WyomingDebbie
      Gdad Leatherman and a bud light
  • Donna&Darren
    Donna&Darren:
    Argghh! Can anyone help me to figure out how to get cable tv in my bedroom and outside tv? I can get reception with the antenna but cannot get cable i have cable in living room i have a cruiser fun finder any suggestion would be appreciated. Thank you in ...  more
    • Wed at 11:33 AM
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    • Donna&Darren
      KurtO I believe you have to run separate lines to them with a splitter where it comes in. Hide 1 Reply
    • Donna&Darren
      Corkey and Hallie I have found It could be any one of several reasons. The most common is that the antenna booster switch has not been turned off. This is also the antenna/cable switch. I have also seen new RV's that have been wired incorrectly or screws/staples put throu...  more
    • Donna&Darren
      Donna&Darren My husband believes this may be the problem. He may have to rewire. Thank you.
      • Wed at 3:20 PM
    • Donna&Darren
      Jim & Sharon Ham In my Gulf Stream motorhome, the rooftop antenna is on the passenger side and feeds down to a switch above the dinette labeled antenna/cable.  The cable input jack is on rear side panel on the driver's side above a cargo bay.  As wired by the fa...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Donna&Darren
        Donna&Darren Very helpful,thank you so much Jim.
        • Wed at 4:31 PM
    • Donna&Darren
      TheClearyClan Some TVs need to switched between Antenna or Cable for the input on the same cable jack. The setting may be in the setup menus.


      Bob
  • WyomingDebbie
    WyomingDebbie :
    How does one fix the screens w/o a screen tool:)
    • Wed at 9:15 AM
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    • WyomingDebbie
      Mark & JoAnn Here is the amazon link to the tool. It's 3.99 with free shipping with Prime.
      https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Line-7503-Screen-Rolling-Wheels/dp/B002YGOGHG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1513214067&sr=8-3&keywords=screen+tool+roller
    • WyomingDebbie
      WyomingDebbie Awesome team work, thanks peeps:)
    • WyomingDebbie
      Larry Holbrook - LEGALLY SINGLES ALUMNI FWIW, I covered the bottom of my screen door with a decorative piece of expanded metal - I got tired of replacing the screen damaged by my dogs trying to get out before I opened the door -
      • Wed at 11:12 PM
    • WyomingDebbie
      BLP Duck ? tape Hide 3 Replies
    • WyomingDebbie
      WyomingDebbie And today’s victory goes toooo... my favorite bottle opener/ other uses tool:) got em done! (screens on windows)
      • Thu at 8:07 AM
  • Drifter
    Drifter :
    • Wed at 1:41 AM
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    • Bruce and Carol Shephard and 8 others like this.
    • Drifter
      Jess Keopke 2 glasses of Merlot fixes everything!
    • Drifter
      RVerDavid Keep that up and you'll go blind. Hide 2 Replies
    • Drifter
      RVerDavid You'll get hairy palms if you do.
      • Wed at 6:30 AM
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      • Drifter
        Jess Keopke only when I exceed the 2 glasses of merlot fix it method is when I go blind, and feel like I have hairy palms!
        • Wed at 6:36 AM
    • Drifter
      Bandit455 Did you check the wiggly pin on the wobbly shaft?
    • Drifter
      TheClearyClan Having been a Senior Systems Analyst, Senior Software Specialist and Application Administrator for about 40 years I have had thousands of problem calls that sounded exactly like this and the caller expects the first words you speak will fix their problem....  more
  • Meeska
    Meeska:
    today my friends J&G took out the rod in my water heater. Don't know what it's called, but I'm so glad they did. I've had the trailer 1.5 yrs and this was the first time it was done. The one going in was a solid steel? cylinder about the size around of ...  more
    • December 5
    • Hank & Shirleen and 6 others like this.
    • Meeska
      Travelinlady Rvgeeks did a video on cleaning the hotwater heater. Great video to watch.
    • Meeska
      TheClearyClan The anode rod keeps the tank from rusting. The metal that the anode rod is made of will corrode before the metal in your hot water tank. That is why they are sometimes called 'sacrificial' anode rods. Rust is the main reason for a hot water tank failure. ...  more
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    • Meeska
      Wolfe Rose Yes, sacrificial zinc anode rod. It's not for taste, and not steel. Minerals in the water attack the rod instead of your water heater. Life ranges from a few months in bad hard water to nearly infinite in soft water. Hide 1 Reply
      • Meeska
        Meeska My friend, who helped change it, told me but I forgot.Thanks, WR
        • December 7
    • Meeska
      WhereThe F AreWeTribe I may be little anel, but here's a great link for RV Maintenance/inspection Check for my own sanity... it may help you in the long run...
      http://www.rv-boondocking-the-good-life.com/rvmaintenancechecklist.html
    • Meeska
      Ken and Penny Owens We have the oasis system.  Does anyone know if we have an anode rod?  DH doesn't remember any mention during our walk-thru. Hide 1 Reply
  • Yoopers Don & Mary
    Yoopers Don & Mary :
    I have a question about the ceiling AC vents. My wife hates having cold air blowing directly on her, so she is constantly changing the direction the louvers are pointing on various vents, until she moves and has to change them again. I wondered about so...  more
    • December 5
    • Mike and Donna Wagner and 4 others like this.
    • Yoopers Don & Mary
      Larry Holbrook - LEGALLY SINGLES ALUMNI TruAire Round Ceiling Air Diffusers, SPEEDI-GRILLE Round Ceiling Air Vent Registers and Everbilt Round Diffusers all appear to be competing products and claim 360° air dispersion - the damper for the TruAire is optional - all three are available at Amazon...  more
    • Yoopers Don & Mary
      Christie P. following
      • December 5
    • Yoopers Don & Mary
      Yoopers Don & Mary Yes TravelinLady that was the one I found.  Good comments on maintaining air flow Larry.  I did note that the ones you mentioned only seemed to be available in 6, 8 or 12 inch diameters (much too big).  I also found the Speedi-Products EX-D...  more
    • Yoopers Don & Mary
      Larry Holbrook - LEGALLY SINGLES ALUMNI Yeah, the smallest TrueAire and SPEEDI-GRILLES were 6 inches -  Home Depot has a 4 inch Everbilt that looked very similar to Amazon's 4 inch Deflecto -  I dunno how to pick one over the other - fortunately they aren't terribly expensive -&nbsp...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Yoopers Don & Mary
        Hank & Shirleen Good thought Larry. Restricting in one place also increases the volume elsewhere. 
        • December 6
    • Yoopers Don & Mary
      Bandit455 Depending on the number of vents on your system would determine how many you need leave open for balanced flow. Also, you don’t want to have too many closed off to put a load on your blower motor. At the same time, you will find in some areas you will wan...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Yoopers Don & Mary
        Yoopers Don & Mary thanks for the comment.  I think I'll order one and see if it fits OK before ordering a complete set.  My wife is actually EXCITED about not have strong, directional cold air flows (grin).
  • Mike and Joyce
    Mike and Joyce:
    Need some help with our heated water hose. We've only used it once. We're not sure if we can connect our water filter to it. Our filter system is a stand alone one not the blue tube type. The blue one won't fit in the connection at the TT to be able to cl...  more
    • December 4
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    • Mike and Joyce
      Steve & Diane Our heated water hose freezes at about 7 degrees.  Even so, we don't unhook it.  When it warms up to about 10 degrees, the hose begins working properly again.  Nevertheless, we always keep some water in the fresh water holding tank.
    • Mike and Joyce
      Kayo  Big waste of money! We have been on the road for 14 years. I leave the water in the bathroom run (a steady stream) through a water filter and water softener. No freeze problems. It was 25 last night here in NM, and 30 deg as we speak. My only error ...  more Hide 4 Replies
      • Mike and Joyce
        Robbie & Alice Bet you did that only once...:-)
      • Mike and Joyce
        SouthParkSteve That may work with temps only in the 20s, but I would definitely be concerned about using this method in colder temps.  I have seen it happen up here....that drip from the gray tank freezes in the valve, the next one freezes on top of that one, and s...  more
      • Mike and Joyce
        Drifter Glad I’m wintering in sunny Palm Springs. Cold hurts.
      • Mike and Joyce
        SouthParkSteve Drifter....we may drop below zero tonight......fingers crossed that I got all the water out when I blew out the lines, as there is no way my little space heater is going to keep up.....
    • Mike and Joyce
      John & Diana Why not do without the filter? Is the water in your area so bad?
    • Mike and Joyce
      Corkey and Hallie Letting the water run all night, even a trickle, is also a waste of money.......not counting the waste of fresh water.
    • Mike and Joyce
      Doug 'n Linda I've seen where leaving a small amount of water running can help prevent freezing, but just in the twenties and maybe high teens for a short time. Much below that and unless you are running hot water and just a short distance it will eventually freeze up....  more Hide 1 Reply
  • Gary Pugh
    Gary Pugh:
    Can I tow a Ford F-150 year 2000 with a manual transmission?
    • December 1
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    • Gary Pugh
      Tim & Tina Best to check the owners manual:-) safe travels 
    • Gary Pugh
      Curt & Isabel Most manual transmissions can be flat towed but, as T&T mentioned above, check you owners manual to be sure. Hide 1 Reply
      • Gary Pugh
        Bandit455 Don’t believe that, MANY manual transmissions circulate lube from the input shaft gear drives. When dingy towing, only the output shaft will turn, leaving input shaft stationary. Bearings will seize and you will end up with a huge oaperweight. In every in...  more
    • Gary Pugh
      SACnFrau Good info in the Motorhome magazine dingy guide:
      http://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/
    • Gary Pugh
      Brooker Smith I like so many sites like this one whivh is very good at getting advice from always go back tho the dealer they always have the most current info (sometimes)
      • December 1
    • Gary Pugh
      Bandit455 Another source http://www.remcotowing.com/Towing/Store.php
      • December 2
  • Bob long
    Bob long:
    Shopping for a motorhome with Cummins engine. Looking for expected fuel milage in 40 foot and under ISB 6.7 360hp and ISL 8.9 380 hp
    • November 29
    • · via mobile
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    • Bob long
      Bob long That's very helpful, I have a 42' with 400 Cummins, looking for my brother in law who wants a smaller coach.
    • Bob long
      Robbie & Alice What's fuel mileage?
    • Bob long
      Bob long 7-8mpg
      • December 1
    • Bob long
      Doug Steward 2013 Tiffin Phaeton 40 QBH .. drive 65 mph - 5000 miles - 10.3 mpg.
    • Bob long
      Campbell Marcia & Dave We have a 2013 Itasca Meridian 36M ISB 360HP Cummins and pull a Jeep Rubicon Unlimited. We average just about 8 MPG
  • janie hubbard
    janie hubbard:
    I'm a first time RV owner. Bought a new class C in April & until Oct. just made short trips close to home and never had a problem that we couldn't work out. On our first big trip to Colorado things started going south. We took the RV in for repair and 2...  more
    • November 29
    • Swtpea and 2 others like this.
    • janie hubbard
      TheClearyClan We bought our 2010 Gulf Stream Yellowstone Motorhome in 2013 from a dealer., with 3450 miles on it. He had rented it. That rental voided the manufacturer warranty. April of this year we brought the rig to a dealer in the Pocono Mountains to have one of th...  more
    • janie hubbard
      Bandit455 The ONLY way 2 1/2 month warranty repair could be even remotely acceptable is if the dealer or manufacturer were making the payments while you can not use it! Even then I would be demanding some additional kind of compensation like....maybe the longest an...  more
    • janie hubbard
      Birdie Some private repair shops do warranty work. You are not necessarily handcuffed to where you bought it or like type dealers. I took my new RV to where I bought it 2 times the first year. (Crest view RV in Buda, TX) They were snarky the second time for the ...  more
    • janie hubbard
      Bandit455 That is a good point, ANY manufacturer authorized repair shop can do the warranty work.
    • janie hubbard
      Russell & Linda I think rules are if dealer can keep RV in shop most of warranty period less issues will be found. After warranty runs out it can be fixed much quicker you pay
      • December 4
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      • janie hubbard
        TheClearyClan My $4,000 out of pocket repair took almost 4 weeks.


        Bob
        • December 4