dp26

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  1. RV site near Omaha Nebraska

    Contact their security department for the fastest answer... most will allow dry parking for a few days.
  2. Do I need leveling jack/pads/chocks

    By weight! Michelin has a weight chart. Add 10% to account for side to side variance. (Axle weight / 2 plus 10%, plus 10% to the chart pressure.) Or, get a real 4 corner weight, and use the beaver side of the axle plus 10%. The lower the front is, safely, the better it will ride and track. Personally, mine is 55/65, including 10% safety factor. For the expert, look for Roger Marble, aka tireman9.
  3. The environmental cost of batteries and burning coal to charge them is significant. Plus, we have no idea what really happens in the countries which accept waste products. I saw at least one study showed our old expedition was less damaging over its life than a prius. The tipping points were the useful life of the dino vehicle and the damage to mine the battery chemicals and to dispose of them.
  4. Do I need leveling jack/pads/chocks

    Funny about the cup. DW likes the tilt towards the back of the stove. Helps keep the mess limited to the stove when food jumps out of the pan. Mates up well with where I like the a.c. condensation to drip
  5. Do I need leveling jack/pads/chocks

    It means there is no tool in the world which can prove we are level when she says we are not, and I am veteran enough not to waste time arguin'.
  6. Do I need leveling jack/pads/chocks

    Most sites are not level (drainage). A c will tend to be nose down, so even on a level-ish site, you may need an inch or so of blocking under the front. I use a leveling app to tell me how much to adjust each corner. I use the stabil-lite system to cut down the wiggles. I factor our preferences (most will want one corner or end slightly low, for drainage, doors to not swing open) and to account for a small change of opening a slide as well as the stabilizers, into the level app results. For an overnight, I do not use blocks at all, and park in the site as best I can. No matter what physics say, my wife is more accurate and must be obeyed... which I factor in as well.
  7. Mr. Walker, Better late than never (joining and posting). While likely not a representative group of FMCA members, those that post here appear to be a vocal and knowledgeable group. I do not find your first post - or that it "is" your first post - to be appalling at all. I am happy to know you at least know the forum is here. Hopefully you will take advantage and continue to participate. The recent vote may have proven, at present, this space is a vocal minority (meaning not the majority), as my impression is the majority here were not for including towables. I could care less what the magazine title is, what font is used, etc. I have not delved into the numbers, but I assume the magazine is at worst revenue neutral, and probably revenue positive, and helps offset expenses. Those that read the forum probably see little new at all in the magazine, and maybe, like me, do not even open it (have already read the online version), and instead, leave it somewhere hoping someone may enjoy it. I would like to see an opt out option (for the magazine), since I am fine with digital, but lower "numbers" would probably lower the ad rate... since the mailed copies is usually a large factor in ad rate... Like at least some here, I have volunteered to lead an affinity group, and other similar organizations. I know there are few who will, and appreciate your willingness and efforts. I know that unless you find personal satisfaction in your efforts, you will not last long, as there will be what the kids call "haters", who will loudly voice their opinion, but rarely, if ever, step up to govern.
  8. Ca dmv had the steps and process in place, specifically for dollies. A plate is optional, which means available. Troopers may not always educate themselves before a stop... see posts of those using a class 8 rig (HDT) for personal use. I have the certificate of origin, and the dmv confirmed the vin matched, so plate was easy. If I did not have the Cert, a statement of facts and a clean vin would have done the job. IIRC, WA does not require a plate unless the dolly is towed unloaded, so a WA trooper not familiar with CA law might initiate a stop for no plate. I am a stickler for not giving cause for a stop.
  9. The lawmakers in each state may know, but not all troopers know every law. Probable cause is something many prefer to avoid.
  10. Foe me, Acme. I use vinyl covered cable through wheels as strap backup. For a license plate, i pop riveted it to the, center of the rear of the dolly, and bent the plate around the frame, which leaves the numbers and letters visible. Note, my state does not require a plate, but i got one to avoid issues in other states.
  11. Are the wheels spoked type, where you could put a vinyl covered cable though them?
  12. Bad Loves Fuel Stop

    A brand specific card is less hassle should it get skimmed...
  13. Registered For Gillette This Morning

    I was able to register (at least as confirmed by my charge card company, shortly after the email was received on the 9th... Looking forward, and had already planned out and reserved our stops out and back from the Left Coast. First timers!
  14. FMCA Roadside Assistance

    Personally, I try not to identify myself in a public, searchable forum. My employment used to require my name be known. My name is just unique enough, with location knowledge, to find me. One disgruntled customer, currently a guest of us taxpayers at a federal institution, made threats against me and my family. The person was easily able to get my address. It took quite some time to scrub as best anyone can do. There are still some old posts I cannot scrub, but they are not as easily discerned. So my choice is just enough online anonymity to keep the nuts away, while allowing me to participate. I have disclosed my information in private communication. My problem, for certain, not others, but unless you walk in my shoes, I think a blanket statement that using a moniker is hiding, is not appreciated. This sort of tatic (implying those who do not use their actual name are hiding) could be why many members don't participate at all. Unless the post ability is tied to paid members, we are all anonymous.
  15. Proposed Change To FMCA's Governance

    Used to belong to a regional MC group. Inside that group were local clubs. Those not in a local club were called outriders, and they had vote power in the regional group... so Wayne has a the seed for an international chapter, to at least get a director voice, for those who do not fit in the current chapters, but want to participate in a "non-chapter" chapter. In the case of the recent vote, all had the ability to vote per member number.