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  1. Hmm - now I know what to do with those back issues of FMC magazine we've been toting around...
  2. We are full timers 8 years. Now in Tucson at Lazy Days, it is open and functional, but most indoor facilities are closed (gym, rec room etc.) some outdoor facilities closed. They have toilet paper in their store! All the parks along our eastward path to VA are commercial and are open and planning to stay open - some are offering "we'll bring your check in paperwork out to you". We are wondering if we should just find a congenial spot and hunker down until the restrictions are lifted, but we can at least go visit the grands in VA. Freezer is full so we are good for a couple weeks at least. Congratulations on the life transition, come on out it will be okay!
  3. I'd also recommend cleaning battery terminals before spending a lot of time diagnosing. And it's just a good thing to do anyway ... A bad or intermittent connection can cause all sorts of "interesting" behavior. The fact that the shock of equalizer mode clears the condition might indicate the high voltage temporarily removes a high impedance condition.
  4. It's that time again to head to the Coachella Valley for another great Western Area Rally! The theme this time is At The Hop. Registration is open for the 32nd annual Western Area Rally in Indio, CA. • 4 Nights of Camping • 3 Nights of Entertainment • 2 Ice Cream Socials • Parade • Ladies' Sock Hop Luncheon • 1st Time Attendee Orientation • $500 Blackout Bingo • Pet Extravaganza • Pickleball • Commercial Exhibits & New/Used RVs on Display • Chapter Fair • Seminars & Crafts • Door Prizes • The Frustrated Maestros • Free Coffee & Donuts Served Daily • Optional Bus Tour: Palm Springs Windmill Tour Early arrival OK. Private golf cart rentals available. More Rally Info here: https://wafmca.com/?page_id=167
  5. These folks have such a product: http://TellMeDaily.com They present a seminar on it almost every year at the Western Area Rally in Indio.
  6. Your choices are good ones. In Santa Clarita area, I'd recommend Valencia Travel Village - FMCA chapters have Rallies there as well. If you want to do Disney/Knotts Berry Farm, or just "the OC" - try Orangeland or Anaheim RV Park. If you like beaches, check out Ventura County parks: Rincon Parkway, Faria Beach Park or Hobson and if your rig is smaller any of the CA state beach parks. Rincon is dry camping but you park right along the ocean on old Pacific Coast Highway. I think Ventura County takes winter season reservations for Faria and Hobson. CA state parks are on ReserveAmerica. I know most every SoCal location is booked up this Winter, but Hemet is huge so you may have luck there. In Chula Vista, the San Diego Metro KOA is good and they sponsor FMCA events if you can't get in the marina. If things get really tight - take a look at the Palm Desert area - dozens of RV resorts. If you're already booked - way to go!
  7. All good advice. We had an issue where the inlet pipe was inserted too far and was close to the "step" in the black tank, I kept a coat hanger nearby to poke it if stuff/paper clogged up. On ours, the inlet tube slides down into a sealing collar on the tank top which is then sealed with silicone - so an over-eager installer can leave too much pipe in the tank. We had an unrelated tank failure and the new tank had the inlet hole away from the "step". Our inlet has 2 45 degree bends, but otherwise it is right over the tank and we've had no clogs since (well once when too much paper and not enough water was used). That could explain why no one else has the issue. Herman's advice on a camera would be the way to tell. Some of the RV flush services have cameras.
  8. Now get one of these Frig-Fixers to hold the doors closed: https://www.recubed.solutions/
  9. Just put in an RF-20 in that <-- Safari Cheetah Neither the RF-18 or the 20 will fit through the door. They took out the drivers window. It will generally fit in Norcold1200 width but may need cabinet work, check the height yourself, we took out the propane furnace below the Norcold to get it to a user friendly height.
  10. Welcome! Did this accidentally once - the Even-Brake caused some serious tire chirping a few times - enough to get my attention... Are you sure it's non-tow-able? always check with Remco - there may be a kit.
  11. Welcome to the forums! Ditto with manholt US6 is a long way around. The climbs on 395 are doable in your rig - at Bishop you're already over 4000 ft, the highest on the route north of there is around 7300
  12. Have to go south then back up. Stay on I-40 to Barstow, take 58 to 99 then north to 140. You can't get in or out of CA without some long 6% grades
  13. That relay is what is controlled by the "salesman switch". Mine was replaced twice due to failure. I bypassed it on the third failure (which happened in the middle of the night). Also beware of the big fuse (200 amp) between this panel and the house batteries. My 200 amp fuse turned into a very large resistor and caused the inverter to shut off.
  14. We full time in a 38' w/4 slides - would not consider smaller. Agree with above - most if not all NPs have nearby full service RV resorts. Some folks consider not having 50 amps as boon docking.
  15. 85 deg F here in So Cal today. Might get down to 53 tonight. Just sayin'
  16. Do as I used to do, run an extension cord out the window to run a heater. A small towel in the sliding window will seal the gap. Now... I just move to a warmer climate.
  17. If you haven't got new tires yet, try Pete's Road Service. Michelin dealer and FMCA commercial member. They have a shop in Victorville. http://www.petesrs.com/ We have a similar coach and while our Goodyears were okay I love the Michelins and with the FMCA discount 275-70R22.5's are about $550 each before taxes and installation. Keep them clean and use 303 on them once it a while. If you have a 4 bag suspension, look underneath and see if your trailing arms have been upgraded from bent tube to these:
  18. The MS2812 is a 23 amp continuous current box - it can provide 3900 watts (~30 amps) momentary. Toaster, Heater, Coffee pot could present an overload condition in any event. You may need to find a non-inverted outlet to run the Lasko heater which by itself it is close to half available (12 amps) on your inverter. Such is RV life. I'm a little confused when you say you have 2 inverters: "...the normal AC set up is like Carl's...two separate sets of 4 each 6 Volt AGMs each with a PSW inv/charger" << Is this what you have? It likely is what you want and move half your inverted outlets to inverter #2.
  19. Our usual stops: Portland Fairview RV Park, Fairview (Portland), OR Premier RV Resort, Coburg, OR (near Eugene) Seven Feathers, Canyonville, OR Yreka RV Park , Yreka, CA Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, CA Up/down 101: Gilroy Garlic USA, Gilroy, CA Flying Flags, Buellton, CA Up/Down I-5 Boondock between the freeway and the Shell station at Harris Ranch (go in for steak dinner), Coalinga or Sommerville Almond Tree RV Park, Coalinga Disney: Orangeland RV Park, Orange Anaheim Resort RV Park, Anaheim
  20. Welcome to the Forum! Pick up CA-210 in Redlands, well marked right exit off I-10. It turns into I-210 in Glendora. Watch out in Pasadena as 210 requires you to take a right single lane exit in a pretty busy stretch. Stay on 210 to I-5. If you're not in a big hurry, take 126 in Valencia towards Ventura and then US-101 into San Jose. Otherwise I-5 and over the Grapevine to 152 over Pacheco Pass to 101. Keep an eye on weather as the Grapevine does close from time to time with snow and So Cal folks don't do well in snow. But you're not really avoiding LA traffic anyway, just the guts of downtown/405/I-5 corridors.
  21. wajames

    2019 Rallies

    Indio is in New California!
  22. wajames

    2019 Rallies

    Indio has no traffic to speak of -- it's 120 miles to Quartzsite and 60 miles to Slab City. Plus 350 days of sunshine a year, no humidity, no bugs big enough to be pets, no tornadoes, no hurricanes, far enough from the fault that it could be beach front property, fresh produce all year, and home to the biggest and best Area Rally... We will miss you I guess...
  23. wajames

    2019 Rallies

    We're just now coming up for air after the Western Area Rally in Indio... Our 2019 rally: Riverside County Fairgrounds, Indio, CA Arrival Area Opens: January 6, 2019 Noon Rally: January 9 to 13, 2019 Our Rally theme for 2019 is “Once Upon A Time” http ://wafmca.com
  24. Whew! Persistence does pay off! I got a good rep first try I guess (Alex). He took a moment to search for the info and came back with the plan and did it again when asked about getting the Jetpack.
  25. Success! After going through the "Existing Customer - Register your line to receive discount " process the other day. I was this afternoon able to follow the new directions: Member calls Verizon customer service at 800 922-0204 The rep was able to change our plan to Plan ID 11454 and also able to add the Jetpack for a penny.
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