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RE: Suggestions for long trip

Skillet meals are easy--not the ones in the box but some you make from scratch. You can prepare the meat ahead of time and freeze it for various dishes. I like ground beef + dirty rice + gravy. One-Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice freezes well, too. Easy to divide for a small family or double for a larger crowd. Skillet Chili Mac is great too.
coolmom42 07/30/15 03:34pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Solar LED lighting for the shed

You could do that with rechargeable batteries. LEDs don't use a lot of power and you will only have them on a small fraction of the time. Something like this would work.
coolmom42 07/29/15 08:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Performance upgrade options for V10

Turn off your cruise control and shift down manually. Put it in whatever gear it needs--possibly 3rd on a 6% grade-- and leave it there to climb the grade. Nothing will trash your transmission faster than the constant shifting up and down. I've never driven a vehicle that wouldn't shift down on a 6% grade, regardless of engine size and/or load. ^^:B Can you explain why this is so funny? The post below mine says essentially the same thing.
coolmom42 07/29/15 06:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mail Hold--What do you do?

You can put in your hold online, it works great. Put in a hold for about half the time and get someone to pick it up. Then put in another hold.
coolmom42 07/28/15 10:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: All in one computer and RV ?

You need a fast processor and a lot of RAM to run CAD. This will have to be a high-end laptop, with at least a 17" monitor. Personally I would not want to do CAD on anything smaller than a 27" monitor. For your needs, the least expensive set up will be something like a Dell XPS tower with a large separate monitor. Not the smallest, but the least expensive.
coolmom42 07/28/15 09:29am Technology Corner
RE: Electric only sites

Michigan state parks have potable water spigots at the dumpsite island. The water spigots throughout the campground are specifically designed to fill pots and jugs only, even the water thief won't work. How are they made that a water thief won't work? Not arguing with you, just curious.
coolmom42 07/28/15 09:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Compressor fridge, Dometic or Novacool?

I have no experience with either... but have researched other brands for future use. You should also investigate Engel & ARB. According to the mfrs numbers and some tests I've read, they pull less amps than the number you quoted. HERE is some comparison info.
coolmom42 07/28/15 04:35am Truck Campers
RE: Pop-up TCs and Bear Boxes, etc

Call the park and ask. Glacier, Yellowstone, & Great Smoky allow food to be kept in hard-side campers and CLOSED, LOCKED vehicles. Yosemite requires no food be kept vehicles, locked or not. The bears there have come to recognize vehicles as food sources and learned to break them open. Not sure how this applies to truck campers.
coolmom42 07/27/15 03:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Performance upgrade options for V10

Turn off your cruise control and shift down manually. Put it in whatever gear it needs--possibly 3rd on a 6% grade-- and leave it there to climb the grade. Nothing will trash your transmission faster than the constant shifting up and down. I've never driven a vehicle that wouldn't shift down on a 6% grade, regardless of engine size and/or load.
coolmom42 07/27/15 12:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Boulder County Deputy's encounter near campground

Too funny!
coolmom42 07/27/15 05:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help with dad's purchase

How about a small motorhome with a cargo trailer for the bikes? He could look for a nice used Pleasure Way, or other higher-end brand. They are nice inside.
coolmom42 07/24/15 07:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Yellowstone in late September

We've stayed at Baker's Hole FS CG just outside the West gate near West Yellowstone and sleep at night with our windows open to hear the elk bugling and have even heard wolves howling. Enjoy! Been there done that !!!! . . . :B Me too!
coolmom42 07/24/15 03:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Changed price

The problems with those FALSE coupons is the require you to show them before purchase SO the CAN jack up prices. This has happened to me at a place other than CW Yep, you never would have had the $500 lower price if you had shown them the coupon before you started talking about price.
coolmom42 07/24/15 06:05am Camping World RV Sales
RE: Wild Fire in Glacier NP - this is bad

Glacier NP is a big place. If GTTS is closed and the tours are not running... there are other places to see. Take passports and get up to Waterton, have high tea at Prince of Wales or at least go inside and get a peek out those huge windows to view the lake from there. Take the boat down to Goat Haunt. Get off the boat for a few hours and take a different boat back. There's hiking to do around Goat Haunt..even if you just hike over to the tent / back country tenting area it's super fun because of the swinging bridge. Visit East Glacier Lodge... (the best one JMHO)... hike around Two Medicine Lake (the bridge on the trail at the other end of the lake is incredible)... then take the boat back. You can see mtn goats on the cliff face from the boat dock. If you have all the time in the world... take a drive to Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery 265 Polebridge Loop Polebridge, MT 59928 and have some of the most incredible bakery goods for 50 miles. (there is nothing else up there for at least 60 miles...) But it's a destination to aim for if you don't mind a gravel road at 10mph in a lot of places. We did it in our jeep one time and in our truck camper another time. Both times I said never again...but each time biting into the bakery stuff changed my mind. I agree still lot to do and see in Glacier, and lots of room to stay upwind of the smoke. Accomodations may be tight with 2 campgrounds closed, however. And I agree, Polebridge is worth the trip!
coolmom42 07/23/15 08:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Falling off step from rear of RV to kitchen area

You could put a strip of neon orange hi-vis tape on the portion where she normally steps up and down. Not the best-looking solution but better than an ER trip. Or... try a strip of ELECTROLUMINSCENT WIRE. I'm like your wife, would need a BIG reminder of the step. I probably shouldn't buy a RV that has one of those!
coolmom42 07/23/15 09:28am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: gMail warning

A heads up- if you use gMail, you may want to check the spam folder- Google has apparently changed the spam catching algorithm, and I'm getting a lot of false positives- it's catching legit mail. Me too.
coolmom42 07/23/15 08:23am Technology Corner
RE: It's hard to believe people are that dumb...........

SO far this season: Tourists............0 Bison...............5 GO BISONS! YES!
coolmom42 07/23/15 04:23am General RVing Issues
RE: After 15 yrs on ebay, acct. got hacked...

I would certainly change your PayPal password and make it very tough to crack. Also, if you have your PayPal account linked to any bank accounts or credit cards, I'd break those links for a while. This. If you have any money in your Paypal account, take it out. And if you have money in the linked bank account, take to a minimum. Change your linked account to a different one if you don't want to take that money out of the current one. If you have a linked credit card, remove it from Paypal. I have my Paypal linked to a checking account at a small credit union, where I keep less than $100 at all times. My main banking is at a totally different bank. And watch ALL your accounts carefully for fraudulent activity.
coolmom42 07/22/15 09:10am Technology Corner
RE: I wonder if it's overloaded Naahhhh

I think the person who is stuck with that piece of junk in his pole barn is going to have to pay someone to haul it off.
coolmom42 07/22/15 08:28am Folding Trailers
RE: Solar Panel for charging Coach Batteries

There is tons of info in this thread: Solar experiences You need to start with the calculator to determine your electrical needs. Then size your batteries for your needs. Then size your solar panels and controller to have ample capacity to charge your batteries to 100% in a reasonable amount of time. There are also lots of recommendations on panels and controllers in this thread and the links from it.
coolmom42 07/22/15 08:25am Class C Motorhomes
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