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Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 01-20-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 332
Posted By ThomB
Routing wasn’t too bad, but not exactly “fun”. ...

Routing wasn’t too bad, but not exactly “fun”. The Mini has a dual firewall so I had to get a big bit for the internal wall and a smaller one on the outside. Getting a hand up in the engine bay to...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 01-19-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,896
Posted By ThomB
I still ride, in Florida no less, and found that...

I still ride, in Florida no less, and found that installing an air horn on my tall orange Trumph (that no one seems to see) helped them at least hear me. I was next to the driver door of a gray-hair...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 01-18-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 332
Posted By ThomB
We tow a 2013 Mini Roadster. (6-speed "S") ...

We tow a 2013 Mini Roadster. (6-speed "S")



We're using the Blue Ox base plate, a Ready Brute Elite tow bar (mechanical surge brake) and a TowMate 22" remote tow bar for lighting.



The...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 01-15-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,896
Posted By ThomB
This post should be titled. "Why I Use a Dash...

This post should be titled. "Why I Use a Dash Cam". Stories like this are why I bought and wired into the ignition switch!!! If the engine is running, so is the dash cam!
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 01-13-2021, 02:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 134
Posted By ThomB
We were able to find a couple of Cracker Barrels...

We were able to find a couple of Cracker Barrels and Cabela's that we were able to stay in the few times we went across the us on the more southern routes (I-40, I-10/20). We normally do every other...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 01-13-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 208
Posted By ThomB
We have used the app Turo when we were near Bryce...

We have used the app Turo when we were near Bryce Canyon. We have a toad, but it's only a 2-seater and we needed a car that could take one of our kids with us so rented from Turo.

It's like...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-18-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 989
Posted By ThomB
We full-timed in a Winnebago Vista 32K (2010). ...

We full-timed in a Winnebago Vista 32K (2010). It's a bunk model that the previous owner renovated to have a washer/dryer and extra storage in place of the bunks. It's 32.5 feet long and suited us...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 12-17-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 758
Posted By ThomB
I use Locast in the Tampa area and it works...

I use Locast in the Tampa area and it works great. I also have a VPN loaded on my fire stick and can set that to other cities to pick up the Locast channels there (worked on the case where my local...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 12-14-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By ThomB
I recently returned to our house (after being on...

I recently returned to our house (after being on the road for 3 years) and found that my cable bill had been climbing for quite some time to reach $170/month for basic cable and internet). I know...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 12-11-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 2,965
Views: 340,219
Posted By ThomB
Yes, it will go in but you will need the PUK 1...

Yes, it will go in but you will need the PUK 1 and 2 to make it work.
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 12-11-2020, 02:21 PM
Replies: 2,965
Views: 340,219
Posted By ThomB
IN the 2.75 years we used it full-time in the RV...

IN the 2.75 years we used it full-time in the RV I think I was deprioritized 2 or 3 times. The only time we really had any issues with it was when we were in a park in Orlando with about 1100 other...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 12-11-2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,284
Posted By ThomB
I think it's awesome. I use a VPN...

I think it's awesome.

I use a VPN connection that is defaulted to my local area (Tampa) but this past weekend I wanted to watch my Cleveland Browns football game that was nationally televised...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 12-11-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,284
Posted By ThomB
Fire Sticks for me. I have a couple in the house...

Fire Sticks for me. I have a couple in the house and can move to the RV as needed.

In recent days I discovered that there is an app (non-profit) that streams local OTA stations in 25...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 12-10-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 590
Posted By ThomB
Is that for a specific model? I only need water...

Is that for a specific model? I only need water to rinse the tanks for mine? If I don't need to rinse the tank there is no need for fresh water to dump.
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 12-10-2020, 07:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 590
Posted By ThomB
One of the first things we added to our Winnebago...

One of the first things we added to our Winnebago was a Thetford box system macerator. We've had it installed nearly 4 years with only minor disassembly to clear the gray water bypass when it gets...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 12-10-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 735
Posted By ThomB
We spent a morning there 2 summers ago. Once we...

We spent a morning there 2 summers ago. Once we finished the tour we set out to see as many of the quilt gardens and murals that we could in a day (the RV was in for service so we stayed close for...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 12-07-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By ThomB
I saw one when we were at a park in FL. The RV...

I saw one when we were at a park in FL. The RV was attached to a 5th wheel dolly (4-wheeled) that the actual trailer was attached to. I think that gave them a larger towing capacity and extra...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-30-2020, 10:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 435
Posted By ThomB
So it's not just down here in Tampa. I saw a...

So it's not just down here in Tampa. I saw a small Airstream (2003) listed for $1200. It wasn't just a "cavity of a once nice trailer" so I knew it had to be BS because even a cavity of a trailer -...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-25-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,784
Posted By ThomB
I'm not sure I'd take the chance on that one.

I'm not sure I'd take the chance on that one.
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 11-19-2020, 07:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 183
Posted By ThomB
If it were me Iíd stick to I-40 rather than...

If it were me Iíd stick to I-40 rather than travel any other road in the mountains during December unless you have some other reason to go into Boone.
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 11-16-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,294
Posted By ThomB
I noticed that you mentioned not being able to...

I noticed that you mentioned not being able to connect an external antenna to the phone. Do you have a cellular booster? Does/ would that make any difference to what you are trying to do with the...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-16-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 321
Posted By ThomB
We've got a 2013 Roadster S (also in red) that...

We've got a 2013 Roadster S (also in red) that we've towed a bit over 32K miles.



I use a towmate light so we didn't have to wire anything special for lighting.
We have a ReadyBrute Elite...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 11-13-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By ThomB
I thought I saw on either this forum or the...

I thought I saw on either this forum or the Winnebago forum where someone had installed an air-ride system from these guys onto an F53. Might be a good place to start looking. ...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-02-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By ThomB
We flat-tow a Mini Roadster (2013) but they...

We flat-tow a Mini Roadster (2013) but they stopped making them. Mini doesn't specifically specify that you can flat tow, but we have done it for 30K+ miles. It must be a manual transmission. ...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 11-02-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,241
Posted By ThomB
I've done both. Sumo's before the shocks. If I...

I've done both. Sumo's before the shocks. If I were to do it again I think I'd do shocks then decide if I need Sumo's. In this case I'm not sure the mechanic is correct. The Sumo's added some...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 10-30-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 495
Posted By ThomB
How about this? Black: ...

How about this? Black: https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Solera-Black-50-Slide-Out-Topper-Fabric-For-RV-p/00-1602.htm
White: ...
Forum: Travel Supreme Owner's Forum 10-29-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 238
Posted By ThomB
I was just going to say the same thing. 2 things...

I was just going to say the same thing. 2 things I'd never expected to go together. Toilets and Circuit Boards.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-23-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 926
Posted By ThomB
I tried Bilstein's. A year later I switched to...

I tried Bilstein's. A year later I switched to Koniís (FSD) and they were night and day better than the Bilsteinís. The Koniís were much less harsh as far as the ride.
Forum: New Member Check-In 10-21-2020, 07:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 287
Posted By ThomB
Welcome! Since I've seen it from non of...

Welcome!


Since I've seen it from non of the other Buckeye's.... O - H!!!!



Born and raised in NEO (East of Cleveland on Lake Erie) and since relocated to warmer climates.
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 10-20-2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 557
Posted By ThomB
Koni FSD. We actually backed out the CHF when...

Koni FSD. We actually backed out the CHF when they were added. We tried new Bilsteins before that and they gave us a super harsh ride as compared to the Koniís.
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 10-20-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Posted By ThomB
Georgia is nice to travelers. There is a rest...

Georgia is nice to travelers. There is a rest area on 75 (or 275) on the south end of Macon that has a dedicated area for RV parking. Itís a one-way road with parking on both sides and enough room...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 10-20-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 889
Posted By ThomB
To use the CHF most just will turn that "z"...

To use the CHF most just will turn that "z" bracket around. The thread for the CHF is referenced above. You'll want to have a few hours and a computer monitor if you're going to try to get through...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-20-2020, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 176
Posted By ThomB
Since you're talking CHF (Cheap Handling Fix)...

Since you're talking CHF (Cheap Handling Fix) you're talking the F53 chassis. There is a sub-forum for the chassis that you might want to visit.


We've owned our Winnebago F53 chassis (2010) for...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 10-18-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,149
Posted By ThomB
I started using NordVPN about a year ago. Not...

I started using NordVPN about a year ago. Not sure it’s the best you can get but has been working for me. I can run it on the computer and all the streaming devices. I think one account is good...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 10-16-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By ThomB
I too went to the Nighthawk about 1.5 years ago. ...

I too went to the Nighthawk about 1.5 years ago. Itís a much better modem and router as compared to the Mobley. I was even able to relegate the Pepwave Surf on the Go router to a backup/extra...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-09-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 297
Posted By ThomB
Replacing and using existing brackets may not be...

Replacing and using existing brackets may not be possible unless you go with the identical system you already have.

We got caught in a wind storm and the awning arms broke. Luckily the tube was...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 10-07-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By ThomB
The only time when my alarm went off when driving...

The only time when my alarm went off when driving was when the hydraulic (ATF) was low. You may want to check the level in the reservoir.


I will usually retract, turn the system off and back on...
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 10-04-2020, 06:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By ThomB
We’ve got a 2013 Mini S Roadster with a 6-speed. ...

We’ve got a 2013 Mini S Roadster with a 6-speed. Does great as a toad.

Mini’s sit pretty low. If you have to use a dolly you could be replacing plastics after a while. You should research that...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-03-2020, 06:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By ThomB
Been there - done that. :hide: I just...

Been there - done that. :hide:


I just blame it on the batteries off-gassing even though it would be harder for those gasses to get inside since they are open to the under carriage.
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 09-30-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 400
Posted By ThomB
Not specific to the chassis/manufacturer but I...

Not specific to the chassis/manufacturer but I was able to purchase a replacement LED monitor and color rear camera from RVCams.com of the Voyager system that was installed in our rv from the...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-28-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,573
Posted By ThomB
It's a faster connection speed, allows for...

It's a faster connection speed,

allows for 15 connections rather than the Mobley's 5.

Can accept 2 external antenna's.


I moved to the Nighthawk about a year ago and was very happy with...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 09-26-2020, 09:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By ThomB
Weíve got a 32K that had 2 heat pumps. We ended...

Weíve got a 32K that had 2 heat pumps. We ended up replacing the rear with an A/C only unit when it went out. Didnít have to change out the thermostat, we just know that if we need heat to set the...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-26-2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,165
Posted By ThomB
IF youíre contemplating the Trails Collection I...

IF youíre contemplating the Trails Collection I suggest attempting to make your reservations for the holiday at one of the TC parks. The benefit we found doing that was that they assign spots so...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-25-2020, 03:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 373
Posted By ThomB
I created a spreadsheet on my ipad. I have all...

I created a spreadsheet on my ipad. I have all the gas stops with mileage, gallons, mpg and cost on one tab then on another I just logged the date, mileage, maintenance item whenever I did...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-25-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,165
Posted By ThomB
Ahhh, OK, I thought it was 90, my bad.

Ahhh, OK, I thought it was 90, my bad.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-24-2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,165
Posted By ThomB
If youíre serious about a membership you should...

If youíre serious about a membership you should just look at a camping pass. That has a longer booking window than 60 days. We originally started with a 90 day window and eventually upgraded that...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-23-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 567
Posted By ThomB
We upgraded an older membership in 2018. The...

We upgraded an older membership in 2018. The assessment was/ is not optional anymore. There is a stipulation that they can charge an assessment and they did. You pretty much have to pay it with...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-23-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 253
Posted By ThomB
I had my laptop suspended from the back cushion...

I had my laptop suspended from the back cushion of the dinette table with a couple small bungee cords. I had a couple of left over foam wedges that I would slide up behind it when it was powered up...
Forum: Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 09-22-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,189
Posted By ThomB
Go to Home Depot in the plumbing section and you...

Go to Home Depot in the plumbing section and you will find the same fitting. DON'T BUY IT! There is a better (read as more expensive) units that you can get. We replaced both of the cheap ones...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-11-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 244
Posted By ThomB
A friend that moved from Tampa to "the mountains"...

A friend that moved from Tampa to "the mountains" lives there. He put a parking pad in his front yard for when I come to visit! Great little town!
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