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RE: Which of these 3 Ala state parks are the best

X2 what BIRD FREAK says. Love the DESOTO site the best. Also just some 20 miles up the road from DESOTA is CLOUDLAND CANYON off of I59 which is much like DESOTA.. Both state parks up on the Lookout Mountain. Have not ever been to OAK MOUNTAIN. Roy and Carolyn
RoyB 11/26/14 07:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Keeping Batteries Charged in Winter

I never pull my batteries when parked at home. My batteries do just fine in freezing times if they are charged up up to begin with. I have one trailer plugged into my garage 120V 15A/20A house receptacle which keeps its batteries charged all the time. My other trailer usually is just parked. Sometimes I do hook it up to the garage as well on a separate 120VAC 15A/20A house receptacle. I make sure the batteries are charged and then switch them completely OFF LINE. I will check them at least once a month to see how the charge is holding. If needed I will charge them again. Roy Ken
RoyB 11/26/14 07:47am Tech Issues
RE: winterizing trailer but still using it in winter.

We use the blow out methed in our small water system... Drain the fresh water tank and other things using the low point drain. Opening both sink spigots when draining.. Then use our 12VDC tankless air compressor at the city water connection using an air adapter. This blows out all of the water in the lines down the sink drain. Then I add just a tad of the pink stuff at the P-trap. http://www.title-3.com/images/Winter1.gif height=200 Pretty much our popup trailer water flow system http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hYwPsge1L.jpg height=200 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41JjZ9BsviL._SL500_AA300_.jpg height=200 Tankless type air compressor is slow to come up to pressure which is perfect for this app... We always carry our own drinking and cooking water water - Fresh made bean coffee requires same water for best taste results... We can reuse our water system by just adding water to the fresh water tank... Granted we are not in a heavy freeze area but does freeze at nights around here but most often warms up the next day... Roy Ken
RoyB 11/26/14 07:33am Beginning RVing
RE: Is there a good tow vehicle that also gets good MPG?

For what ever it is worth - my 2010 F150 SUPERCAB 4WD truck gets great gas mileage pulling my 2008 OFF-ROAD Camper in my signature block. We can make it from King George VA to Gatlinburg TN on one tank. Fillup when we first get to Gatlinburg, visit the town sights for a week while staying the Smoky Mtn ELKMONT camp. Then fill up again usually around $20 for the trip home... The Gatlinburg trip is usually around 1100 miles counting running around town for about a week in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area I'm guessing 2 1/4 tanks of gas consumed (60 gals)... My 4000lb loaded up camper of course offers very little wind resistance when being pulled and I am a very easy driver when on the road. The supercab truck having two captain seats in the front and full seats in the rear is very roomy for us. The truck bed covered with our hard plastic fold-a-cover bed cover and the 5X8 front deck of the camper provides us room for all the camping supplies we need for out outings... Works great for us with this setup... http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx22/roybraddy/WestmorelandOCT07004.jpg height=400 Roy and Carolyn
RoyB 11/26/14 07:02am Folding Trailers
RE: battery detonation

Could you tell us what converter/charger unit you was using. Also type of battery 6VDC or 12VDC
RoyB 11/25/14 06:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Driveway camping at my own house

Just be cautious that you are not doing something against the country trailer laws. We have a county NO HOUSE TRAILER residence law here except at a regular trailer park. We spend the nights in our trailer quite a bit here as well... Parking our RV at home is allowed... Spending the night here is one thing but actually living in the trailer would be a big NO-NO here. I guess connecting up to permanent sewer would be a give-away. We are connected to the garage 120VAC 15/20 amp service using the shore power cable and the appropriate RV30a-15A adapter. We are not hooked up to sewer or water here in the back yard. Just saying might be something for you to check on... Roy Ken
RoyB 11/25/14 03:56pm Truck Campers
RE: I'm guessing an A/B/Both battery selector sw is okay?

This is one way to control two or four T105 6VDC batteries... http://i.imgur.com/7pfft0C.png height=350 There is no real benefit of use a OFF-BAT1-BOTH-BAT2 four way switch for just two T105 6VDC batteries in series... Only ON-OFF like this setup maybe... The BAT2 side would be left for future expansion for two more 6VDC batteries in series... http://i.imgur.com/mffgm6C.png height=350 Roy Ken
RoyB 11/25/14 11:48am Tech Issues
RE: A or B selector switch

Sure... Just make sure it has the "F" female connectors on it. You will also want to feed the input side of the A-B switch from the SAT RCVR as this is where your +12VDC control voltage originates from. Shown as 'TV SET' in the below photo... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/710SXSNB83L._SX300_.gif height=300 Also be aware this type A-B switch only selects one or the other - not both at same time... This only works if you are switching only ONE RG cable. My DirecTV setup had two ports at the DISH and I ran one RG cable to the home entertainment location and the second RG cable to the bedroom setup. AMAZON probably best source... Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 06:46pm Technology Corner
RE: Cutting Fiberglass

If your RV is JAYCO brand just call JAYCO and give them the RV VIN NUMBER and ask them. JAYCO is one of the companies that will give you great technical service VIA emails etc to answer these kinds of questions... Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 01:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Portable Generator In Place of Onan Built In Generator

The built-in generator is usually big enough to run the whole system where the portable is only good for smaller loads... Depending where you are from East side or West side of the US you seem to be able to get away with running your generator anytime you want to if it is built-in. I guess no can tell if it is your truck motor running or the generator. This is really more of a problem on EAST side of the US since the WEST SIDE is more open country... The Portable Generator will not have a good place to store it with the truck camper and is more prone to thief... It is never a good idea to mount the portable generator on the outside in plain view... It is also never a good idea to leave your equipment in plain view unattended... We had to evaluate why we wanted to have the generator. In my case my 2KW Honda Generator is secured in the tail gate corner of my FOLD-A-COVER hard plastic lockable bed cover. When I need to use my generator I just pull it it out onto the tail gate. The generator is never left unattended at the camp site and goes where I go... http://i.imgur.com/YZMuX.jpg height=300 I only use my 2KW Generator to plug my trailer shore power into it at 8AM each day when allowed to run my generator using a RV30A-15A long dogbone type adapter. This re-charges my 255AH battery bank back up to its 90% charge state in a three hour run time so we can run some of our 120VAC items from a 600watt INVERTER and other 12VDC items direct connected to the battery bank. No air conditioner or high wattage items when camping off the power grid. You may want to evaluate some of these same ideas for your generator setup... Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 12:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Problems with laptop

We use the FREE ANTI-VIRUS software here... ADVANCED SYSTEM CARE VER 8 AVG 2015 MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE The Advanced SystemCare runs a SCAN about every two-three days... The AVG2015 runs a SCAN every time you turn it on Keeps our WIN7 Home Premium machine running fast all the time... Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 11:45am Technology Corner
RE: Service traveler Brake system

GOOGLE SEARCH took me to this forum discussion of the same problem.. Maybe it will be of some help for you... SERVICE TRAILER BRAKE MESSAGE Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 10:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: Trickle Charge 2 12v batts in parallel question???

Just make sure you are connecting to the correct POS(+) and NEG(-)- terminals. Can't always go by the color of the wires. Find the word POS and NEG or the symbols + and - on the battery case. http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/Wiring/Part1/images/Bat-Parallel.jpg height=200 http://www.zrd.com/faq/parallel.jpg height=200 Photos from GOOGLE SEARCH You should also learn how to check your battery fluids and do this every couple of weeks to be sure your small trickle charger is not boiling out your battery fluids... I would also pick up a inexpensive mulitmeter and keep tabs on your battery DC Voltages. A fully charged battery will read 12.6-7VDC across the battery terminals. You do not want the battery levels to EVER get below 12.0VDC for an extended time otherwise you will start doing harm to your batteries. Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 10:01am Beginning RVing
RE: Question: Favorite site in Lost Dutchman SP, AZ?

Just be sure to at least run up the Apache Trail paved road to the north and visit Tortilla Flats and have a nice meal in their bar there... http://www.arizonalodgingexperts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/AZ4Site7.jpg height=300 The roadway goes down hill after that and is nothing more than a very small two lane winding dirt road all the way to the Roosevelt Lake some 40 miles away http://www.americansouthwest.net/maps/apachemap.gif height=300 We visited the Apache Trail on a regular basis back in the late 60s-early 70s and did alot of camping back up off the trails in our Jeeps and Tents etc... Great get-away place and not all that far away from the bigger towns... http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Apache_Trail_06.jpg height=300 My working days brought me back to this area many times as late as 2005 and always found time to go visit the Apache Trail. Enjoy your visit to the Lost Dutchman SP and Superstition Mtns area Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 09:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jeep Toad accumulate miles?

X2 same here when I was towing my 99 Jeep Wrangler... Does not add miles to the Jeep when being towed. I would always use the transfer case to pull it out of gear. Some of the older jeeps had the hub locks to flip to keep the wheels from turning the gears. Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 07:22am Dinghy Towing
RE: Trailer Plug Won't Stay In

I had similar problems with my newer truck trailer connector. My 2004 model Truck the lid almost snapped down on the top of the 7-way connection and made a real firm lock on it. My 2010 model truck doesn't do that as well. It goes in ok but doesn't have that real solid snap when I lock it in place with the connector lid. I ended up wrapping some stretch cord around the cable and hooking both ends into the truck bumper to make sure it doesn't fall out... Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 07:16am Towing
RE: truck to camper power cord trying to melt

I guess you are talking about the 7-way trailer to truck connector... http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/H/2/H20046_1000.jpg height=300 I can't remember ever seeing one of these get hot. I have had bad connections where some of the trailer lights didnt work however. After spraying in some WD-40 and moving the plug around abit it usually clears up... Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 07:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Cellular Amplifier & Antennae

We use our secure Verizon MIFI 2200 sitting in a WILSON SLEEK CRADLE with external passive antenna setup and it works like gang busters for us. We can use this with 5 WIFI enabled devices inside and outside our trailer setup. The problem is all of the carriers have different takes on the GB data plans. We get by just fine with our 3GB DATAPLAN but it is just two of us checking emails, paying some bills, chatting with family etc. With the kids you would want a minimum of 20GBs I would think. Then who knows how much GBs you will need if you start downstreaming things... ALot of folks really liked the now defunct Millennium setups... The VERIZON carrier is the best for all over the US and you hear alot of folks still using the VERIZON JET PACK plans. http://www.where-rv-now.com/minishowcase/galleries/30000001-camper_connectivity/020-mifi.jpg height=200 Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 04:44am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mind boggled...

Have you checked in with RV RENTALS... I know of folks will rent a RV at their destination and have all their camping fun then get on an airplane to come back home. I'm sure you can rent just about every type of RV's and get a feel on which one you may like better... I've never rented one but shouldn't be too hard to find out how all that works... I have traveled with a friend on a couple of outing in his hugh truck camper. This is one with slide outs and side door entrance and truck was hugh with 4WD etc... There is alot of room inside on of those but it takes a big truck with duallys to haul it all... You also have to pull a util trailer to bring along anything extra. To me that the big downside for the truck campers - you lose your truck bed to bring along all that extra good stuff you just can;t camp without. The other thing to deal with is what to do when you want to go somewhere after you get everything setup at the camp ground. Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 04:28am Beginning RVing
RE: Unattended RV question

X2 on length of stays at most public sites.. Its usually 14 days... We run into this sometimes but since we usually stay at the same locations alot this can be stretched out abit. We always keep management in the loop... It is definitely a two way street hehe.. Private campgrounds have different rules. We looked into getting a permanent site in the Gatlinburg TN area one time and after you sit down and figure up the things you have to sign up for it was not a good deal for us. There was a bunch of upfront money involved... almost akin to buying a house sitting on a lot haha... Roy Ken
RoyB 11/24/14 04:12am Beginning RVing
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