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RE: For those that resist giving up their flip phone...

flip phone versus smart phone is really no debate. One is just a phone while the other is a pocket computer. The new devices have desktop grade 64 bit power and large high res screens. The functions include full web ability, gps, VoIP, excellent photo and video quality, huge library of programs, text over sms with video and picture, video calling, cellular hotspot, ac wifi, nfc payment, e reader and the best call quality I've ever heard with hd calling. With a good carrier these devices are the very best of a computer /tablet/ camera/ gps /phone hybrid and a joy to use. They now can replace many one trick devices easily and match if not exceed those devices in quality and function. Does everyone need one? No. Once you have one and actually use it they are very hard to not have - like any modern convenience. See, now that is the reason I don't get a smart phone. Being an old coot, I don't understand 90% of what you are talking about. Mike
mike-uswest 12/04/14 08:59am Technology Corner
RE: For those that resist giving up their flip phone...

I seldom even take my flip phone with me. If someone wants to bother me, they can wait until I am at home and relaxed. Mike
mike-uswest 12/03/14 08:42am Technology Corner
RE: Looking for a late sleep stop in Roseburg Oregon

.. Agreed! I'm going to start going to the RV Resort (or whatever it's called) forum and post parking lots that they can stay in. Pat Love's sounds like what is called for here. Not all of us require four star accommodations for a quick nights stay. Mike
mike-uswest 11/07/14 05:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Timbrens or Air Bags

Timbrens you just put them on and forget them. Easy choice. Mike
mike-uswest 10/29/14 08:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replacing a 55 amp converter with a 45?

I went to a 45 on my converter to make it possible to charge my batteries using a 1000 watt generator in the case that there just wasn't any sun for an extended amount of time. Rare, but it has happened a few times. I have 3- 12 volts, and it works fine to keep things working. I have no room for a larger generator. Mike
mike-uswest 10/28/14 08:44am Tech Issues
RE: Grants Pass, OR via 140 and I80 to Ogden, UT

You hit 140 above Medford, and it is 2 lane most of the way. Not bad road and very scenic if you like the desert that most of it is east of the mountains. Antelope, horses, and donkeys along the way. I haven't found anything bad for the road. It should be a good trip, have fun. Mike
mike-uswest 10/19/14 05:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rear ladder that doesn't go to the top

I have known several people that were like that also!!! Mike
mike-uswest 09/22/14 08:16am Truck Campers
RE: Fresh water tank - do you drink water from it?

....I'm waiting for a valid report from someone getting a real illness from drinking water out of a properly maintained RV tank. ...) That is because most people write off a case of diarrhea to something they ate or that they partied too much around a campfire cookout. A "properly maintained" fresh water tank? Cleaning a tank periodically has nothing to do with the safety of the water you put IN the tank. You put spunky well water in it or leave the water in it for long periods and bacteria can and will grow in it. The tank takes on the ambient temperature of the outside air allowing any bacteria that is in it to bloom. That's were the diarrhea will come into the picture if you drink it. And BTW harmful bacteria is odorless and tasteless It doesn't have to smell to be harmful. And small children are at a greater risk of getting sick. Me, I don't drink the water from the tank or CG hookup. I don't want to be laid up for one minute while I am RV'ing! :C That is why I get small children to try it before I drink it. Mike
mike-uswest 09/18/14 08:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Fresh water tank - do you drink water from it?

Only when I'm thirsty. I use home well water and I drain it before winter each year. Only problem I ever had was when I hooked up to local water when camping. It would be better to limit to bottled water in that case. Mike
mike-uswest 09/18/14 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Search tips for finding cheap solar panels

I just checked on Amazon, they don't have them, through DM solar, they are 158 watt panels, 2 for $268, I don't know what shipping would be. The only problem, is they are out right now. Mine have been great. Mike
mike-uswest 09/14/14 06:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Search tips for finding cheap solar panels

I got my DM solar panels on Amazon a couple of years ago, 2 panels 145 watt for under 300 shipped. They are 150+ watts now. Check on Amazon.
mike-uswest 09/14/14 06:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Wave 3 Propane Heater

I have had different units over the years with the 3, 6, and 8 that I installed. The way you mentioned would work fine, but don't put it in an area that you have to stand in front of, they put out a lot of heat. Crack a vent or window open, I have never had a CO problem in many years of camping with one. No noise or electrical waste. If worried, you can go to the Cat heater they have shown. Mike
mike-uswest 09/14/14 09:01am Toy Haulers
RE: 100 watt solar panel

It's not worth that much money, but I put 290 watts on my fifth wheel myself for a lot less than that. Solar is the best thing I have ever done to my camp units. Mike
mike-uswest 07/28/14 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: When To Unhook

Camping is relaxing, why cause more work? No need to unhook, if you don't need a vehicle to go out. Mike
mike-uswest 07/17/14 05:05pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Ethanol

Here in my town, it is $1 a gallon higher for the non ethanol gas over the ethanol. There are only a couple of stations in town that sell the non ethanol gas. I use it for boat motors, saws, lawn mowers, or any small motor. Mike
mike-uswest 07/07/14 02:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Soliciting calls on home phone.

I guess these guys are just like bad weather, they are going to happen. You just have to learn to ignore them. Thanks. Mike
mike-uswest 07/04/14 08:09am Technology Corner
RE: Soliciting calls on home phone.

I have been away from the computer, thanks for all of the answers. I am going to look in to some of them. The only thing wrong with the caller ID plan, is you have to stop what you are doing and go to the phone to see who is calling. If they quit calling after awhile, at least that will help. Thanks for the help. Mike
mike-uswest 07/03/14 08:12am Technology Corner
Soliciting calls on home phone.

This isn't RV related, but people on here seem to have a lot of information. On our home phone lately, we have been getting a ton of calls trying to sell us home security, computer stuff to make our computer safer, begging for donations to everything under the sun. We put all of our phones on that no call list a couple of times over the last few years, and that seems to get no results. Has anyone had any luck with any source?? Mike
mike-uswest 07/02/14 06:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Eternabond Tape for Wire Holdowns ?

I tried it, but not that close together, and it didn't hold. I had them 2-3 feet apart. Mike
mike-uswest 06/26/14 08:23am Tech Issues
RE: Dumping tanks at home??

I dump at home with a macerater into our septic tank when we tailgate or dry camp rather than stop. 60' uphill. If I had clean out I would use it but it indeed may be against some city ordinance. It's sewage going into a sewage system so it won't hurt but most places charge for sewer so the would consider it a theft. You have your own septic tank. The OP wants to put it in a storm drain/curb drain. From what I am reading, the OP is saying that he has a sewer clean-out, not a storm drain. When they put sewers in my area, I had them put a clean-out near the street and use it all the time to dump. It goes right into the sewer with the rest of the unmentionables from our house. It works fine, but I have it within 5' of the curb. Sounds like without a macerater it would be a chore for you. Mike
mike-uswest 06/16/14 05:53pm Beginning RVing
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