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Mike H

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    Mike
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    Monaco
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    Executive 45 CAQ
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    2005

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    185 Stewart Drive, Merritt Island, 04/25/2019, Florida, 32952
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  1. Bob, I have been using RV Trip Wizard for several years and in my opinion it is the best service available and worth every penny for the annual subscription. It is now incorporated with RV Life and is continually being improved with new features. They offer a free trial of it to try. You can also Google it and find quite a few YouTube Videos about how to use it. After you establish your route it will identify every campground available, park or whatever, that you set as your desired criteria. You can then pull up reviews, costs, photos, their website, etc. for which campground you ma
  2. What I notice with the rear camera is that it's hard to see things in bright sunlight due to glare, and maybe the exposure control for the camera. On overcast days it works quite well. Some sort of sun shade may be a great improvement.
  3. Very informative video. Many thanks for posting it Darren. As he says, the door should have an access to the adjuster nuts. This almost wants me to go out and drill holes in the top and bottom of the door and seal them up with rubber plugs. Either that or get rid of the screen door but I don't think I want to go that far. If this ever happens to me at least I now know what I'll have to deal with.
  4. If you have a Glendinning hose reel there aren't many easy options. I had about 15 ft of my hose that had aged and gotten brittle from exposure. I called them to see about replacing the hose and they will only sell you a complete spool assembly ($132 as of today). At the time I didn't want to deal with the hassle of tearing out the old one so I just cut the bad section off and re-terminated it with the original end fitting they had on it. It appears they have some sort of proprietary hose connection inside of the spool, or it takes maybe a special tool to terminate it there. Splicing in a
  5. RV Trip Wizard is now part of RV Life and you can get it all bundled together. I take photos of every campsite we've stayed at, annotate them with the name and date, and upload them to a digital photo frame we have in our coach just for that and also upload them to Campground Reviews. Seeing some of those old photos brings up memories of the places we've been ................... sometimes I even get surprised 🙂 .
  6. There's a book you can buy called Big Rig Best Bets that lists the really nice campgrounds/resorts around the US. https://www.big-rigs-rv.com/Home.html I've found our campsites using RV Trip Wizard. It lets you filter out what you want for a campsite and you can even pull up photos and reviews for them. It's web based and costs like #39/yr but in my opinion well worth every penny, and then some.
  7. Theo, We travel the same way although I really need to make use of the Harvest Host membership we have had for 3 years now (need to replace all 8 of our house batteries first). Here is a list of 20 of the nicest campgrounds we have stayed at. They all have nice paved and landscaped sites. We have stayed at many other campgrounds with level FHU sites that were very nice, mostly KOA's. I think 5 nights is the most we have ever stayed at any campsite as we have been mostly on the move traveling to see as many magnificent sights our wonderful country has to offer. In the 2-1/2 years we have
  8. I'm doing the same thing Steven. Yesterday I discovered I may have a refrigerator problem so that's something else I need to look into.
  9. Mike,

     

    My Interstate Dealer installed my new AGM house batteries for free and still gave me a Military discount on the batteries.  That convinced me to choose Interstate.  Not all Interstate Dealers install batteries in Motor Homes but mine did.  Maybe yours will.

     

    Dick

    2015 HR AMBASSADOR 

    1. Mike H

      Mike H

      Unfortunately last July when I had to replace my Interstate Chassis batteries they charged me $20 to 'install' each battery.  Final bill was $381.88 just to have the 2 batteries dropped down into the engine compartment.  That's the last time I will be using Interstate.  I plan on replacing my 6 yr old Interstate flooded house batteries with AGM's and it appears I'll be going with the SAM's Club Duracells that are currently $179.93 each and I need 8 of them.  I've been waiting a year for them to go on sale ($20 off) again but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.  I have time as I don't plan on doing any boondocking and we always stay at FHU campgrounds anyway but I would like to take advantage of our Harvest Host membership.

  10. I have been waiting a full year for Sam's Club to put those batteries on sale again and was really disappointed that they didn't put them on sale for Christmas again. I need 8 of them and with the $20 off sale that would give me a 'free' battery 🙂 Actually the $179 isn't to bad of a price, especially over the Interstate batteries. I'm going to go with the AGM's so I don't have to continually maintain them every month. Not looking forward though to having to wrestle those 70lb batteries into where they have to go.
  11. John, where did you get your stressless lounger from? Is it an Ekornes or a Lafer Gaga ?
  12. I'm about to do the same thing. Just curious, do you change your AGM setting before or after you change the batteries or does it even make a difference? I've been waiting for SAM's Club to put their Duracell's on sale for Christmas again so I'm standing by.
  13. One across each house battery bank and another one on the chassis batteries. They're only around $35 - $40.
  14. I'm with you. I HAVE had to drive at night only twice in the 3 years since we've owned the coach and I must say I DID NOT LIKE IT AT ALL !!!
  15. Dennis, are you installing just the 'stock' Dodge Ram headlights or are you also upgrading them in the process. BTW, we should be coming through your area in about 10 days. Will be picking up the taillights from our friend. Thanks again.
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