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RE: Adding Inverter for dry camping

Just go buy a small portable inverter that will plug into a 12 V outlet, if all you need to do is charge electronics. I have one for my car, to charge camera batteries, bluetooth devices, phones, laptop computer, whatever. When I was a partner in a travel trailer, we had 2 extra 12 V outlets added, one in the bedside wardrobe and one near the dinette. Very handy for charging all kinds of things, or using the laptop.
coolmom42 12/21/14 07:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Affordable vacation strategy

If there are national forests near where you are going, they are the cheapest sites around. Some of them have electric sites, too. Do any of the state park systems some type of season pass? Be sure and take plenty of drinks & snacks during your day trips, even pack a lunch if you will be near a place to picnic. Drinks & snacks are seriously expensive to buy on the spur of the moment. Each kid can carry some in a backpack. Do a lot of meal planning & pre-cooking, avoids wasted food. Do your food shopping while traveling at a discount store like Walmart, and stick to the list. Don't take kids with you, LOL. Take your laundry detergent etc with you, avoid the laundromat vending machines.
coolmom42 12/20/14 07:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford Motor Company/Liven Lite Truck Campers

Looks like a great combo.
coolmom42 12/20/14 11:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Avoiding Atlanta and Nashville?

Hit Nashville between 9AM-3PM or 7PM-5AM and traffic is not bad. Check the TDOT SMARTWAY site for incidents and traffic. If you are coming in on I-24 from the west, you can pick up Briley Parkway (SR 155) on the north side of Nashville, take it east to I-40. Take I-40 east to SR 840 (great road), get on 840 WEST (although it's really more straight south) and get back on I-24. It will be about 10 miles further but will avoid lots of traffic. Take a good look at a road map and the route will make sense.
coolmom42 12/18/14 07:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV disposal...

I see really decrepit motor homes/campers advertised as "great for hunting camp." Also a lot of parts for sale on Craigslist & Ebay. Depending on where you are, you could part it out and sell the frame etc for scrap.
coolmom42 12/18/14 06:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: Frommers 100 places to take your kids

IME Frommer's is more of a city guide.... which is great if you are going to a city. They are invaluable for big cities like NYC & DC. i like Moon Guides for less urban areas, although they are not really oriented towards children.
coolmom42 12/18/14 06:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nashville Road Construction

Construction season is about over in Tennessee. There is one short stretch on the north side that you may not be able to avoid. Try to avoid rush hours. 9 AM-3 PM, or 9 PM-5 AM are the best times. But you can check on TDOT SMARTWAY MAPS before you leave for traffic flow and construction. Coming from the north, you can take Briley Parkway (SR 155) and I-440 to avoid downtown, and pick up I-65 or I-24 south or eastbound, depending on where you are going. Thanks for heads up. We will be leaving Clarksville the day after Christmas and heading south through Nashville. I was guessing there wouldn't be as much traffic that day (Friday) around 8:00am. Would you still go around on Briley Parkway to pick up I-65? Check the TDOT site for incidents & current construction.... you never know. You are right that on the 26th there will not likely be much traffic. Either route will likely be OK barring wrecks or lane closures. Going straight through will save you a few miles. So I would check the TDOT site and go on through downtown if there are no obvious issues.
coolmom42 12/17/14 12:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Idaho campgrounds

Jim & Mary's RV Park in Missoula is the best value in town. Very nice, less pricey than other RV parks in Missoula. Pleasant staff, nice laundry, landscaping, etc. Quiet, very little traffic noise.
coolmom42 12/17/14 12:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: new ford chassis coming???

If you look up the Ford Towing Guide, and look on page 21, you can find the Transit GCVWR - it is limited to only 12,000 with the 3.7L gas V6 or 13,500 with the inline 5 Diesel. They do not list the Ecoboost with a Transit cab and chassis. Why I have no idea why they will not put the best engine in the cab and chassis. 2015 tow guide Good luck! Fred. The Transit that I drove had the 3.5 L V6 Ecoboost in it. Maybe it's just not listed in the towing guide. Scroll to the bottom of THIS PAGEfor available Transit engines.
coolmom42 12/17/14 11:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Office area?

I've seen people start with a bunkhouse model and modify that area to fit a lightweight desk or work table.
coolmom42 12/16/14 04:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Must see destinations

Shenandoah National Park and surrounding area Smoky Mountain National Park and surrounding area You can use the Blue Ridge Parkway to see both. I agree. For Washington DC, stay at Cherry Hill RV park and take the Metro. EVERYWHERE. No need to drive in DC. Go in the spring or fall. DC is terrible in the summer. Outer Banks islands are pretty amazing. Those 3 would be at the top of my list.
coolmom42 12/15/14 08:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nashville Road Construction

Construction season is about over in Tennessee. There is one short stretch on the north side that you may not be able to avoid. Try to avoid rush hours. 9 AM-3 PM, or 9 PM-5 AM are the best times. But you can check on TDOT SMARTWAY MAPS before you leave for traffic flow and construction. Coming from the north, you can take Briley Parkway (SR 155) and I-440 to avoid downtown, and pick up I-65 or I-24 south or eastbound, depending on where you are going.
coolmom42 12/15/14 10:36am Roads and Routes
RE: new ford chassis coming???

The cab of a Transit is NICE. There are a couple of trim levels and the higher one has lots of bells & whistles for driving comfort and convenience. It looks like it belongs in a 21st century vehicle instead of 1990s. IMHO it's about time. I think the Transit will be a huge boost to the class B market. The extended body and high roof, straight from the factory, instantly provide head room and body length with no mods necessary for the upfitter. Also a great option for the DIY crowd, especially as used ones become available.
coolmom42 12/15/14 10:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Making toast

I've had some success with grilling in a hot skillet. It will take a little practice with your specific heat source & skillet.
coolmom42 12/15/14 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: Trip report: Chattanooga & GSMNP April 2014

Sounds like a fun trip! I pretty much agree with your kiddos on the random statues in fields thing, LOL. But Lookout Mountain is pretty cool, between the cannons and the view. Glad you had a good time.
coolmom42 12/11/14 11:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: LED lights????

You want a light temp that is 3200 or lower, or it will be a very cool light. Also check the light output---find the lumens on your current lights and check on these. My guess is that it is rather low. We got LEDs at LEDtrailerlights.com and they were great.
coolmom42 12/11/14 04:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Florida state parks B class in tent sites

My guess is that it varies hugely according to park and specific sites. MOST tent sites in TN state parks have driveways in front of the tent pad, and they are all long enough to accommodate a full-zize pickup or van. But there a few tent sites in almost every campground where parking is not really close to the tent pad. And there are some where the driveway is so sloped you could never level up a van. Best thing to do is look for a photo of the site, or call the specific park. TN state parks have photos of all sites on the reservation website, that show the driveway/tent pad/hookups etc. Maybe Florida has the same.
coolmom42 12/10/14 04:36am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where to dispose used motor oil?

Dump it on the manure spreader so it won't freeze this winter or spread it under the electric fence so the weeds grow up to the wire. What? That's what RoundUp is for. Eventually that oil and all its contaminants will enter the water table. OP - Just about any Walmart, Oreilly, Autozone, or Advanced Auto Parts will take it. Well, I guess I'm as good as dead, then. For many years, all the farmers around my area dumped their used engine oil on the dirt roads to help keep the dust down. Of course today that is taboo as well as illegal. For good reason. You really DO NOT want that stuff in your well water.
coolmom42 12/09/14 03:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Don't want to use wireless - Update - all OK

Go to the icon in your task bar that has the bars for the wifi connection. Click on it. A list of wifi signals will show up. (Yours and possibly your neighbors.) Right click on yours, and choose DISCONNECT. Plug in the Ethernet cable before you do this. When you choose DISCONNECT, the Ethernet icon will replace the wifi bars in your task bar.
coolmom42 12/09/14 03:33pm Technology Corner
RE: SQUIRREL!!!

If you are in city limits of most towns, you don't want to be discharging a fire-arm of any type. Simplest & most humane option is to live-trap him and relocate him far far away.. Squirrels are just rats with bushy tails. I have no problem with terminating them. Relocating them simply makes them someone else's problem. I have no problem with terminating them, either, if they are 1) a meal or 2) impossible to relocate. One squirrel is not worth dressing for a meal, and almost everyone lives close enough to a state or city park to find a good relocation spot. I'm more interested in live and let live, no point in killing an animal just because you can.
coolmom42 12/07/14 10:46am General RVing Issues
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