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  1. Buy the suspenders in the men's department at Walmart under $10 or buy them at Camping World for $15+. Not sure what BB&B gets for them but if their called anything but pants suspenders, expect to pay more. You can cut the stitches at the Y if they bother you or use them as they come. Either way, they'll pull the sheets or mattress pad tight. I bought the biggest, widest suspenders they had. I cut the stitching on the first ones but didn't bother on the second pair. They both work great for the little they cost.
  2. Buy a couple of sets of suspenders. Clip them on the underside of the mattress to keep the sheets tight. One top to bottom and one side to side. Works great.
  3. When I measured the voltage at my headlights, I had a 2 volt drop between them and the chassis battery. I wired the original wires to the headlights to the coil of a relay that provided battery power directly to the headlights. Also, make sure the headlight ground is good. I ran a wire directly off the negative post of the battery to the headlights to make sure there wasn't any drop in voltage caused by a faulty ground connection. All the autoparts stores stock the relays but you can get them cheaper online.
  4. You're asking for a lot while not giving us a clue as to what RV (I'm guessing it's an RV) you're having a problem with. Many of us put that information in our signature but at least tell us what it is you're having trouble with and I'm sure you'll get a helpful answer. Year, Brand, Model??
  5. After being a Sprint customer for many years, I switched to T-Mobile for awhile. The T-Mobile coverage left a lot to be desired in our home area and I switched to Verizon. For years I sat around the campfire listening to lots of people rave about the service they experienced with Verizon. My experience hasn't been stellar. It's been okay but I run over my 15Gb unlimited data plan in about 10 days. I can still get my work done while throttled but it's a thorn in my side and is false advertising to claim you're selling an unlimited plan with limits. I've purchased my phones off eBay so I'm not under contract and ready to switch whenever the urge strikes me and that may be soon. The terms of my plan changed dramatically after I agreed to it - that never happened to me before. I believe they're all crooks taking us to the cleaners with overpriced services and under preforming networks. I've haven't tried AT&T mobile phones in almost 20 years but I had to deal with their Asian customer support staff for over 3 hours over the loss of U-Vision service at my church. It only took them a week to send someone out to restore the phone and internet service and patted themselves on the back for being so prompt. I won't put myself in position to go through that again. The pie in the sky talk about how wonderful 5G will be won't live up to the hype for many years to come. Mobile providers aren't in the habit of restructuring their networks overnight.
  6. You can try sending an email to Mailto: dan@sprint.com That email goes to the staff in the CEO's office and they'll contact you to see if anything can be done. At least that used to be a good address. Instead of trying to connect with someone that can help by working through the interactive voice response systems meant to discourage callers, using that email address will have them contacting you. The staff in that office will either put you touch with some techs to help you or let you know what you can do on your end to fix your problem. No guarantees but it's worth a try. Good luck!
  7. You're already a member of FMCA, why not shop your policy through their program? https://fmcarvinsurance.com/ It won't cost you anything but a few minutes of your time and probably will save you hundreds. It's a good practice to shop your policy every 5 years or so just to make sure what you're paying is reasonable. Your garaging address has more to do with your premium than just about anything else but your driving/accident record.
  8. I've been using a ReadyBrake with a BlueOx towbar longer than I can remember. Completely satisfied! I can't count the number of towed I've used it on and all worked great. I love the ease and simplicity with which it connects and disconnects. The proportionality of the system is wonderful. The harder I brake, the harder the pull on the towed's brake pedal. I highly recommend it to others but many choose to pay big dollars for the active systems and fool around with gadgets of all types. I see a NSA booth now and then at the shows and always stop in to say hi and ask if I ought to be doing any maintenance on my old unit. There is none. As you can see by my signature, I'm dragging an Aerostar with a driveshaft disconnect which is also super easy to prepare for towing. Pull the knob to disconnect the driveshaft, leave the shifter in Park and turn the key to ACC so the steering wheel can turn - done.
  9. Sorry to hear GM has once again pulled that trick with the Malibu. They did the same thing in 2011 and had to make sweet deals on the next year's models to avoid several law suits by people that bought the 2011 with an owner's manual that said it was towable but wasn't. The mailed out a page to all the owners in mid-summer to paste over the incorrect information in the manual. Since then you needed to make sure of the engine/transmission and body configuration to get one that's towable. It's a shame because the Malibu size, weight and seating capacity make it idea for use as a towed.
  10. My favorite is the inertial system by Ready Brake by NSA: ReadyBrake™ Towed Vehicle Supplemental Brake System (2" Receiver Style) That's the system I've used for well over 30 years. It's proportional and connects quickly and simply. The more your towed pushes on the motorhome, the more braking force it exerts. As soon as you're pulling on the towed again, the brakes are released. I've got an LED on the dash connected to the brake light switch in the towed to let me know when the brakes are being applied. If my became serviceable tomorrow I'd buy another one to replace it without a second thought.
  11. See what the Owner's Manual for your vehicle says about flat towing it. It should have a page or two about flat towing behind an RV.
  12. GM pulled that same crap on the 2011 Malibu. Mid-year after several transmission failures, they sent out updated pages for the owner's manual to paste over the section on RV towing saying it was not towable. They bought several back when the owners who had purchased them for use as toweds got lawyers. In my book the Malibu is the perfect size (holds 5 people) and weight (about 3500#) for towing. If only GM would get their act together before they started printing owner's manuals and selling cars as towable when they're in fact not. If I were an engineer and knew the design of the transmission, it seems like I'd know if towing it 4 down would cause damage or not.
  13. Simply because to most people UNLIMITED means just that UNLIMITED. If there was any truth in advertising, cell phone providers wouldn't be able to get away with lying in their offering like they do. I'll admit throttling is better than abruptly turning off all data when their arbitrary limits are reached but it's still a slap in the face to find out you've been reduced to dail-up speeds and it's still early in the month.
  14. I'd bet the microwave is on a dedicated circuit all by itself. Check for power at the breaker and make sure the screw on the breaker and the neutral wires are tight.
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