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Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports Yesterday, 01:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 505
Posted By johninsd
Variable pricing at hotels and motels is part of...

Variable pricing at hotels and motels is part of the reason I no longer take long motorcycle trips. Also I find an RV much more comfortable in my old age. It drives me nuts to always be subject to a...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-26-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,049
Posted By johninsd
I do the same with my 2004 - the "dummy" won't...

I do the same with my 2004 - the "dummy" won't start the engine so leaving it in place is no security threat.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-26-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 4,170
Posted By johninsd
I figured out a long time ago that all organisms...

I figured out a long time ago that all organisms affect their environments - and vice versa. The planet will survive whether we do or not - and to think that we can imagine what might happen 100 or...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 11-20-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,124
Posted By johninsd
RVs and other items (houses for instance) aren't...

RVs and other items (houses for instance) aren't really going up in value - money is going down in value -
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-19-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,049
Posted By johninsd
Any gear other than neutral -

Any gear other than neutral -
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 11-17-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,283
Posted By johninsd
OK - lastpost on this - I did hear back from MB -...

OK - lastpost on this - I did hear back from MB - here's what they said -

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I have an RV built on a 2015 Sprinter 3500 chassis. It has the 3.0 liter diesel...
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Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 11-16-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,283
Posted By johninsd
Just out of curiosity I drove around the local...

Just out of curiosity I drove around the local area looking at diesel pumps. None of the other stations nearby had the same stickers on the pumps, not even another Chevron station a few miles from...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 11-13-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 337
Posted By johninsd
I agree with winterbagoal - if you can, install a...

I agree with winterbagoal - if you can, install a few hundred watts of solar on the roof and include a Trik-L-Start to keep the chassis battery charged. Doing it yourself it should only cost about...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 11-13-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,283
Posted By johninsd
Well I heard back from Chevron - here's what they...

Well I heard back from Chevron - here's what they wrote:

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Consumer Connection Center <cccweb@chevron.com>
Fri, Nov 12, 11:14 AM (1 day ago)
to me
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Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 11-09-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,283
Posted By johninsd
I've emailed Chevron and MB to ask about this -...

I've emailed Chevron and MB to ask about this - will post any replies/updates -
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 11-09-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 570
Posted By johninsd
I'm happy with my Dyson V6 - don't know that I'd...

I'm happy with my Dyson V6 - don't know that I'd buy it at today's prices though - over $400 for a used one on Amazon. Other Dysons are similarly high priced. They do work well and hold up over time...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-07-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,777
Posted By johninsd
Glad I no longer live back East - but when I do...

Glad I no longer live back East - but when I do go back that way I tell the google lady in my phone to "avoid tolls". San Diego to Boston a few years back I did have to pay a dollar somewhere -...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 11-07-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,283
Posted By johninsd
99% Biomass diesel at Chevron

Stopped at the Chevron where I've been buying gas and diesel for years, noticed this new sticker on the pump - 348341

It states that the "Diesel" fuel is "99% Biomass ...".

As MB says to use...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 11-06-2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 439
Posted By johninsd
I use the FMCA (T-Mobile) hotspot at home and on...

I use the FMCA (T-Mobile) hotspot at home and on the road - $50/month unlimited. If that doesn't work I use my Verizon phone as a hotspot. One or the other usually works - if neither has a signal I...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-03-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 643
Posted By johninsd
Another vote for the Ready Brute Elite. Been...

Another vote for the Ready Brute Elite. Been using one for several years, works great. Before that I had the Ready Brake and a cheap, rigid towbar - worked fine but was a pain to hook up, especially...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-18-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,178
Posted By johninsd
I trust my RB but prefer to "trust but verify"as...

I trust my RB but prefer to "trust but verify"as discussed in this thread:

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f85/toad-brake-indicator-light-saved-the-day-530311.html
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-17-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By johninsd
I suggest paying the extra and getting stainless...

I suggest paying the extra and getting stainless steel wool instead of plain steel wool, which rusts easily. Or use copper wool. But I think rats may be able to chew through copper wool, not sure.
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 10-14-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 834
Posted By johninsd
Did MB San Diego do your alignment?

Did MB San Diego do your alignment?
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 10-14-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 834
Posted By johninsd
Got mine done today at MB San Diego. Took about...

Got mine done today at MB San Diego. Took about an hour.

2016 Navion G (2015 Sprinter 3500 chassis)
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-11-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 8,416
Posted By johninsd
An excellent idea - I recall a Mad magazine...

An excellent idea - I recall a Mad magazine catalog spoof from years ago that featured a "Battery Charger" for charging two flashlight batteries. The description stated that it wouldn't run up your...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-11-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 8,416
Posted By johninsd
A battery powered generator would be silly - more...

A battery powered generator would be silly - more likely the state will require that all generators must be of the plug in type - or maybe that they run on pixie dust -
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 10-10-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,952
Posted By johninsd
Here in San Diego we'd build about 9 single...

Here in San Diego we'd build about 9 single family homes on that 1.3 acres (my lot is about 6k square feet, or 0.14 acre). So 15 RV spots doesn't sound all that crowded to me - a matter of...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-30-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,830
Posted By johninsd
Can you post a link to the news story? (If it...

Can you post a link to the news story? (If it actually exists).
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-06-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 719
Posted By johninsd
I've been using a separate 12 volt...

I've been using a separate 12 volt refrigerator/freezer for drinks - they are sold for vehicle use, some have 2 separate zones for fridge and freezer, the one I have is only a single compartment that...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-06-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 719
Posted By johninsd
My fridge works much better since I added inside...

My fridge works much better since I added inside and outside fans. The outside ones pull hot air up and out the top vent and the inside ones keep the air in the fridge circulating so the temperature...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 09-06-2021, 11:52 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 8,848
Posted By johninsd
I see posts often that say insurance won't pay a...

I see posts often that say insurance won't pay a claim if the vehicle or combination of vehicles involved in a crash was over the GVWR or the GCWR. But I've never seen any post citing an actual real...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-04-2021, 03:05 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 13,961
Posted By johninsd
I used to smoke - quit a 20 year 3 pack a day...

I used to smoke - quit a 20 year 3 pack a day habit with the aid of nicotine gum - that was 1984. I've always thought that if I could quit anyone could - but I realize now that that is not the case-...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-01-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 770
Posted By johninsd
Naugahyde is still around - and on their website...

Naugahyde is still around - and on their website they have Nauga stuffed animals available for "adoption". I wonder why we don't see Naugahyde used on RV furniture. It wears like cast iron as I...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-31-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 10,839
Posted By johninsd
Considering the age and physical condition of...

Considering the age and physical condition of most RV campers I doubt that there are many who would be interested in peeping...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 08-31-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 8,848
Posted By johninsd
Is there a bus/train/airline that you can use...

Is there a bus/train/airline that you can use instead of driving to go get it? Sounds like more risk than I would be willing to take with an unknown RV.
Forum: Just Conversation 08-31-2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,261
Posted By johninsd
My take on road rage is that it is a loss of...

My take on road rage is that it is a loss of control on the part of the person who is so angry that he (or she) does dangerous, reckless, aggressive things without thinking through the possible...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-29-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,845
Posted By johninsd
Took a 5800 mile trip last month - no...

Took a 5800 mile trip last month - no reservations - between Passport America, Harvest Hosts and KOA and various other websites I had no problem getting campsites. Usually called a few hours before I...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-26-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 28,978
Posted By johninsd
In San Diego and most of SoCal any time you have...

In San Diego and most of SoCal any time you have to stop on a freeway is an emergency - if you don't agree try parking five feet from 80 mph traffic with the drivers paying attention to pretty much...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-18-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By johninsd
Stayed at the Rio Chama RV park several years ago...

Stayed at the Rio Chama RV park several years ago then took the steam train from Chama to Antonito CO and came back to Chama by bus - package deal with the RR. Were we to do it again we would take...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-17-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,486
Posted By johninsd
On my old F250 I had the transmission refuse to...

On my old F250 I had the transmission refuse to shift out of park - turned out to be a blown fuse but the temporary workaround was described in the owner's manual. It said to shut the engine off,...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-16-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 729
Posted By johninsd
https://truckcamperhq.com/2015/10/dodge-truck-limo...

https://truckcamperhq.com/2015/10/dodge-truck-limo-with-camper.html

Here's another oldie but goody - when a redneck wins the lottery -
...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-12-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,944
Posted By johninsd
Blocking the sun from the outside of the...

Blocking the sun from the outside of the windshield is much more effective than using internal shades. I use a Fancher windshield cover wih a piece of Reflectix between it and the windshield - can't...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 08-07-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,484
Posted By johninsd
I had the recall done just before leaving on a...

I had the recall done just before leaving on a trip - just got home from 5800 mile trip and my DEF use now is very close to 1100 miles per gallon. Before the recall it was about 1400 miles per...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 08-04-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 182
Posted By johninsd
Albuquerque Sprinter service

Just want to extend a huge thank you to Mickey, the owner of Jim's Fine Cars in Albuquerque NM. I had a message on my dash while approaching Durango, CO that said to check the coolant level. When I...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 07-29-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,167
Posted By johninsd
There are many variations on the emissions...

There are many variations on the emissions warranty - for example in California it is 5 yrs and 100k miles or 7 years and 70k miles and there is some other variation that extends to 8 years 80k...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-28-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 284
Views: 25,773
Posted By johninsd
You monster! That might be inconvenient for the...

You monster! That might be inconvenient for the entitled darlings....
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-24-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 335
Posted By johninsd
I've been carrying and using a propane fire (L'il...

I've been carrying and using a propane fire (L'il Red Campfire) for several years now. It's been my experience that anywhere a propane stove or barbecue is permitted the propane campfire is also...
Forum: Just Conversation 07-23-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 17,112
Posted By johninsd
This is a problem in one rest area near Flagstaff...

This is a problem in one rest area near Flagstaff - an unfortunate design for the rest area has angle parking for the cars along a curb to the right and the truck/trailer spots angling off to the...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 07-22-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 133
Posted By johninsd
If the battery is good and the electric stuff...

If the battery is good and the electric stuff works when plugged in that points to a wiring problem in my humble opinion. Can be a pain to find wiring problems - I'd start with the ground connection...
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 07-16-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 886
Posted By johninsd
I'm only 6' 4" but went through the same search....

I'm only 6' 4" but went through the same search. Ended up with an Itasca Navion G on the Sprinter chassis - much better legroom for the driver (I can actually put the seat back far enough that I...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-13-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 711
Posted By johninsd
Please drive to Sothern California - we could...

Please drive to Sothern California - we could probably set up a gofundme campaign if you promise rain!
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 07-01-2021, 10:59 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,472
Posted By johninsd
With my 2016 Navion towing a 2004 Wrangler...

With my 2016 Navion towing a 2004 Wrangler Rubicon (3800 pounds) the most challenging climb was up 9 Mile Canyon going west from Pearsonville, CA up to Kennedy Meadows. It's about 15 miles with about...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 06-30-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,059
Posted By johninsd
I'm considering doing the same thing- please...

I'm considering doing the same thing- please report how well it works for you. There are inside the coil air bags available for Wranglers - might help level things out. I have a substantial roof rack...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 06-30-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,703
Posted By johninsd
Putting shade material on the outside of the...

Putting shade material on the outside of the windows is helpful. ezsnapdirect.com sells kits for diy installation. No affiliation, YMMV etc., just a customer. There are probaby other companies that...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 06-28-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By johninsd
Hmmm - interesting - I do have ropes tied through...

Hmmm - interesting - I do have ropes tied through eyebolts on the panels and looped around my A/C unit, just in case. Might make a racket, maybe scratch the roof, but they'll prevent the panels from...
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