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  1. We're headed to SD to renew our licenses and I made an appointment at DPS in Sioux Falls a month in advance. We'll see how that works out.
  2. Cellular devices have numbers associated with them that are called IMEI (International Mobility Equipment Identifier). The IMEI unique identifies a particular device. If is quite common to have specific cell phone plans be associated with the IMEI of devices authorized to access the plan. It sounds as if your Pepwave is not an authorized device for the FMCA Sprint plan and, therefore, the network is disconnecting it.
  3. Personally, I'd trade the vehicle for something you can tow 4-down. Having full-timed for >10 years I simply wouldn't want to be bothered with a trailer, or a dolly (which can't be used in your case, anyway). Sure, if you can always get long pull-through sites a trailer wouldn't be all that bad, but that's simply not always possible. Having to deal with trailers on back-in sites or having to move the trailer to a storage area on a long term stay is more than I want to be bothered with. I know that some people pull trailers and don't mind it; this is just my opinion.
  4. Several years ago we had a hardwired 50A Surgeguard in our motorhome and periodically it would turn the power off for a minute and then it would come back on. We were on a site we own so it wasn't a matter of going to another location. This went on for a couple of weeks and we couldn't find anything wrong; the Surgeguard seemed fine. Eventually, I bought a new Progressive hardwired unit and installed it to replace the Surgeguard. Sure enough, within a day or two the same thing happened. But the Progressive has a display for "Previous Error" which, as we learned, is very useful for tracking down intermittent problems. In our case, every time the Progressive cut and restored the power the previous error showed as "High Voltage" on one of the lines. I called the power company and a technician gave our pedestal a full going over. His equipment showed there was a 2 volt difference between the two legs of the 50A which was out of spec. So he tightened every connection all the way back to the distribution transformer. Sure enough after he had done that the difference between the two lines was on the order of half a volt and the Progressive no longer cut off the power. His explanation was that there were multiple "loose" connections which were creating essentially a floating neutral situation where one of the two legs can read high and the other low. The issue was intermittent and the Progressive and Surgeguard were noticing the high voltage and then were resetting and restoring power after the "event" was over. The delay in getting the power back on was just the built-in delay time of the device. The technician said to me "you RVers are the only people who ever have equipment like this sensitive enough to notice this sort of thing!" After that I resolved never to disregard a reading on my Progressive. If it says there's a problem there probably is one!
  5. Having gone through reupholstering my original captain's chairs and then replacing them, I would be cautious about accepting that bid unless you know specifically what fabric is going to be used. The reason so many Flexsteel (and other) chair fabrics fail after a couple of years is because the RV manufactures force the furniture companies to meet "price points" in order to get the work. As a result they don't use the highest quality materials. One of the best upholstery materials on the market is Ultraleather but the last time I checked it cost $60-80/yard. You're not going to get that in most consumer market RVs. What you do get is less expensive polyurethane-finished fabric (that's the fabric family that Ultraleather belongs to) or, even worse you get a "bonded leather" fabric which is real junk. The first time around we paid a local shop ~$1200 to upholster our captains chairs but be didn't know enough to reject the bonded leather material. Those lasted a couple of years and then we bit the bullet and bought two top--of-the-line, full power Flexsteel chairs upholstered in "real" Ultraleather. They weren't cheap, but it's been ~four years now and the fabric looks like new.
  6. At the moment T-Mobile is offering 100GB for $50/mo plus a free 5G Inseego M2000 hotspot with a Cat 22 modem and something like six layer carrier aggregation. As far as I know the FMCA plan is still tied to Sprint which was always the most limited of the major carriers and I believe the hotspot being used is a several years old model. Sprint customers can use T-M towers but it's not clear if they receive all the features of the T-M network.
  7. You can get batteries for most hotspots from Amazon. You can have your replacement in a day or two.
  8. Although some Samsung models have this capability most Android phones don't. However, with iPhones a small adapter will permit HDMI output while still allowing for charging. Apple charges an outrageous price for its adapter but I've been told you should avoid the cheap ones because they don't all comply with Digital Rights Management issues and don't always work.
  9. Michelin engaged in an extremely successful ad campaign when radial ply tires were first introduced for passenger vehicles. I think they've been riding that wave ever since to command a price premium relative to most other brands.
  10. We had a 2000 Versatile on the Dodge chassis and we really enjoyed. Of course, unless it has been upgraded the TV and other electronics will be totally outdated. The original TV was an old analog unit and I think it operated on 12V so you will have to find a similar 12V one or use a small inverter.
  11. An excellently written explanation of the current situation! My wife and I had our Pfizer vaccine shots a couple of months ago and we're ready to hit the road to see grandkids. The only thing keeping us from doing that immediately is the fact that I'm supposed to get a new knee next week. Although I know the process will involve some pain, it is sort of akin to getting new bushings installed on your automotive front end! One thing that often seems to be overlooked is that it's important to get the virus to an endemic level from a pandemic one because that will reduce the likelihood that a truly bad variant can propagate. The virus is constantly mutating as it spreads. Statistically, most mutations aren't particularly harmful to humans and can even result in "harm" to the virus's ability to replicate and infect. The danger is that some small percentage of mutations can make the virus more transmissible or more serious once you catch it. In an absolute worst case, some variations could even give the virus a pathway "around" the vaccines that were just developed. That's why it's important to establish enough of a herd immunity that dangerous variants don't find "hosts" that they can infect which is why it's important for as many people as possible to get vaccinated. There's a big difference in having 75-80% of the population vaccinated vs just 50%.
  12. I just had Miller Insurance in Oregon write a policy on my RV site in TX. I had previously used a different company; Miller's quote is significantly less. I strongly urge you to contact Roxanne at Miller; she's very competent. ROXANNE M. SUTTON5805 SW Willow Lane | Lake Oswego, OR 97035(800) 622-6347 toll free | (503) 636-6347 main | (503) 699-9348 fax
  13. Thank you for that explanation. I have a "sister" coach, a 2000 Beaver Patriot Thunder, and I've always puzzled over the location of the salesman switch relay. There probably isn't one!
  14. Although I haven't heard of anyone doing this, I know that Rixen Enterprises in Sandy OR had been installing a German-made hydronic heating system. Jim Rixen is pretty knowledgeable about these systems and might know the answer to your question.
  15. The Hurricane was the predecessor to the Oasis and both are made by ITR in Vancouver WA. Ours has two zones and, as delivered, didn't have an electric backup. We had a Comfort Hot electric system installed by Jim Rixen in Sandy OR so our functionality is now roughly the same as an Oasis.
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