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  1. Since you have Verizon you can add Canada to your plan for a minimal charge. Don't bother with the wifi, it's extremely expensive. Most of the campgrounds we used while traveling there 5 years ago offered wifi, either at the sites or at the office. I would imagine even more of them do now. We were in Western Canada last summer & had wifi at almost every campground we used. If wifi is important, make sure you search for that when you look for a campground. Have fun. It's beautiful up there.
  2. We also started with a tow dolly in 2010, since our car couldn't be flat towed. Used it for 2 years. It was ok, but as one other said, we'd have to tighten the straps along the way, get on the ground to get everything attached properly & if you were on a really rough road, you really had to watch it. Last year we bought a Chevy Equinox & a Ready Brake tow bar & brake system. It's so easy now. We're hooked up & ready to go in about 5 minutes. Instead of pulling the fuse, we installed a homemade switch, so we never have a problem with the battery. We do run the car before hookup, during our lunch break & after stopping or unhooking. It is definitely easier. We'll never go back to a tow dolly!
  3. I too am slow to respond. We've had Good Sam extended warranty since we bought our used motorhome almost 3 years ago. They've paid some rather large claims for us, including $3000+ just a few weeks ago. Yes, they did ask us for our maintance information for the past 2 years, which we did have & there was no problem. They are rather expensive, but for us the cost has been worth the price.
  4. We've been full timers for just over 2 years now. Can't even imagine living in a "bricks & sticks" house at this point. We've been traveling the west coast this year, setting up for a trip to Alaska next year. We plan to spend about 3 1/2 months on that trip. One thing we've found that works for us, try to stay any where from a week to 2 weeks in one spot. Then we do our sightseeing trips with our car. By staying for that length of time, we don't have to sightsee everyday & we can just kick back & relax in between. Of course, we won't be able to do that in Alaska, but for the rest of our travels it works well. We also don't travel at night. If we find we won't make our destination in the daylight, we try to find a Walmart, truckstop, etc to stay the night. Usually we don't go more than 350 miles in one jump anyway. Happy travels! Enjoy your new lifestyle!
  5. The cabinet for our receiver had a glass front. We ended up removing the glass & replacing it with a decorative screened sheet of tin we purchased at Lowes. It made a huge difference in the heat up there.
  6. We've had Good Sam for the past 3 years. Had to use them last year when our tow car had a flat. They came within an hour. A few months later, we couldn't get one of our jacks to go up so again, we called Good Sam. They sent a guy who ended up having to remove the jack in order to get it raised. Good Sam paid for the guy to come, but not to do the work, we expected that. A couple of months ago, our motorhome died at a busy intersection. Called Good Sam once again. The agent we worked with was very helpful, but it was late Saturday afternoon & she couldn't get anyone to guarantee help before 2 hours. Luckily for us, the police showed up & said 2 hours was unacceptable & they could have someone there within half an hour. The lady at Good Sam said we would have to pay the service but to send in the bill with an explanation & most likely they would cover it. In the meantime, she tried to find a service provider for us to be taken, but everyone was closed. She did find us a campground & said they would call us Monday morning to set up a tow to service. We took the names & #'s of the police officers & all pertinent info for our letter to accompany the $600 towing bill. On Monday morning, Good Sam called us with the name of the company who would come for us & basically asked where we wanted to go for repair. They were very good about all of it & did pay the first tow bill with no problem. Another time We had them send someone to a campground to fix the valve stem on one of the motorhome tires. They paid the service call & we paid the labor. So far, we've been pleased with our service, but we've never gotten stuck in the middle of nowhere, so don't know how that would go. I guess they all have their good & bad points.
  7. Depending on what's wrong with your awning, I may have a cheap fix for you. Our Carefree slide awning came loose at the RV. We realized the stitching had come loose. My husband & a friend removed it (carefully- read the directions, you can find them online). I took it to a shoe repair store & they restitched it for us. We had them stitch it with the small vinyl strip inserted. My husband & our friend remounted it & it's good as new. We then took some RV glue & put it on all our awning stitching. The sunlight breaks the threads after awhile. Maybe this will be helpful to you. If it's a carefree, you have to stick a pin in one end before removing the awning to hold the tension.
  8. We're having the same problem with our ready brake, which I think is the same thing
  9. We bought our first motorhome a little over 2 years ago & hit the road as full-timers. It was scary what we didn't know! Everyday we had a "learning curve". We're learning more everyday & I'm very thankful for the forums & the many other RVers out there who are willing to share their help & knowledge. We try to help someone else whenever we can to pay it forward. I would also suggest attending Rallies. We have learned so much from them & you meet a lot of really nice people! Enjoy your motorhome & don't let the little things along the way get you down.
  10. The copper tubing on our class "A" rooftop Dometic Duo Therm A/C is icing up between the motor & front of the unit, while the tubing from the motor to the back does not ice up. I can't see any blockage anywhere. After running for awhile it leaks water into the unit. We were told awhile ago if we run the fan on high, which we do, we shouldn't have freezing problems. Any suggestions?
  11. Thanks for the info. The only thing the first company installed was the break away, They installed it improperly & the cable was too tight & it pulled on the brakes. Good point about checking the hubs & tire temps at stops.
  12. I called yesterday & the guy told me that unless I put it on a dolly or a trailer it would register.
  13. We have a ready brake & did have a battery disconnect mounted on the battery-- not sure if that is the same thing. We put the car in neutral & turn on acc, but it still racks up the miles.
  14. We just bought a new 2012 Chevy Equinox & have flat towed from TX to San Diego & all the miles are on the car's odometer. I called Chevy yesterday & the guy I spoke with wasn't particularly knowledgeable, but did some checking & came back & said there was no way to avoid that except use a dolly, which we don't want to do since we bought this to flat tow. I sure hate to think about using up my whole warranty on a car I'm not even driving that much. Anyone have any experience with this. Thanks
  15. When recently bought a new 2012 Chevy Equinox to flat tow. After doing some research we decided to purchase the Ready Brute Elite, which includes the tow bar & braking system. My husband & friend installed the base plate but did not want to install the actual braking system, since my husband isn't good with that kind of stuff & our friend didn't want to drill thru the firewall of our brand new car. We called a local RV dealer in Willis, TX, Convenience RV, & asked if they would be able to install it. They assured us it would be no problem so we took the car & tow bar to them, along with the instructions & DVD. When they finished, they called & asked us to bring the RV so they could check it all out. They hooked up the tow bar & the line for the brake & said, yes, it was good to go. They gave my husband back some wires & said, this one you can hook up inside the RV & it will show you when the brake is on, but it's really not necessary. Figuring they knew what they were talking about, we said OK & off we went. BIG MISTAKE!! We never unhooked it & the next day we left TX for AZ. At a rest stop just outside Phoenix we stopped & I went to the car for something. I told my husband I could smell rubber burning. We pulled into a nearby RV center & asked them to check the hookup. The guy said they didn't know anything about that system but could tell the line to the brake was too tight. We unhooked the car & went to our site. The next day we took the car to the Chevy dealer to have the brakes checked. You can imagine our shock when they told us the brakes & rotors we completely destroyed on our 3 week old car. We then called the dealer we purchased the tow bar & braking system from to find out what we had to do to make sure it never happened again. After sending him several pictures & answering some questions, he reached the conclusion that the only thing installed was the break away & it was pulling on the brakes the whole trip. He gave us the name of a guy in Mesa, AZ who installed them a lot & we made an appointment to take it there. Needless to say, the whole thing was wrong & the line into the RV was important. They installed it correctly & charged less than half the price of the ones who did it wrong. I will admit, we should have read the instructions ourselves, just to know what was going on, but when you aren't mechanically inclined, & you hire someone who says they know how to do it, you feel you've made the right decision. Of course, we will try to get reimbursed the $1500 for new brakes & rotors but we will probably have to hire an attorney to get it & we don't live in TX. Our advice is to call the company where you buy the tow bar & brake & make sure you hire someone who knows how to install the system.
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