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RE: Reflective Caution Tape

I'm sure there are other good reflective tape manufacturers but this is a case where you don't want to cheap out, big difference between cheap and really good tape. Years ago I had a retired Ohio Highway engineer tell me to only buy 3M reflective tape, that it was the best and that is what I have on all my trailers and a strip visible under my slide in camper on the truck. The tape lights up like it is a powered light when any light hits it, much more attention getting than any lights or small reflectors that you can add. On his recommendation I have orange/white stripes the full length of my trailers, low on the sides and red/white stripe across the back, again low. Higher would probably be better but this is a compromise between appearance and visibility. You see the stripes much sooner than you see what they are attached to.
JimBollman 11/18/15 07:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 12 V Led inside light strip.

I solved my late night reading a few years ago by switching to eBooks on my smart phone while camping, then eventually bought a Kindle Paperwhite which was even better since it works in bright sunlight as well as in the dark and runs a week or more between charges. When we bought a newer camper a couple of years ago we didn't even put reading lights in the bed area. PS: I mostly read free and very cheap books from Amazon.
JimBollman 11/14/15 05:10pm Truck Campers
RE: ZZZZZZZZ...every time!!

I agree with a lot of the comments. We moved just far enough South this Summer that I'm leaving my slide in camper on this Winter parked under the carport. It feels good seeing it almost ready to go everyday when I go in my shop instead of in storage with snow drifts in the way. I admit I have crawled up in a few times since it's last trip just to relax. No winter trips planned yet, but I fell a trip coming in January/February time frame.
JimBollman 11/11/15 07:58pm RV Lifestyle
RE: How do I keep my old land line phone number?

We have had the Verizon Home Phone with a number we have had for 45 years and have used it for travel and now a move to a completely different state. Most people don't bat an eye when we give them a strange number with all the cellphones from all over. I didn't think about some of the people in our new location having to pay long distance fees to call us. In this day and age how many people still have phone plans that still charge long distance fees?
JimBollman 11/05/15 07:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Sleep under a camper shell instead of truck camper?

Our first camper was a 67 Ford Ranchero that I made bows for the bed out of electrical conduit and we threw a tarp over it and straped it down with bungies. Rolled out a foam mattress and threw some sleeping bags on top. Used it for a couple of years then bought a camper van that had been wrecked. Body was repaired but the interior camper mods were mostly destroyed so it was gutted and I built a minalize camper inside the van shell. It had a popup top so it was a comfie upgrade and we used it for years before graduating to our first slide in popup camper.
JimBollman 10/27/15 07:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Avoiding winterizing

This will be our first Winter in our new location and the Winters have enough breaks we may take a Winter camping trip further South. Our slide in has a lot less to Winterize but my plans is use water jugs and a porta pottie and leave it Winterized accept for drain and grey water tank and that will be easy to re-winterize in minutes as needed.
JimBollman 10/27/15 06:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone utilizing space forward of the wheel wells?

My 2006 Shadow Craft has doors on both side and I make full use of them. I have some square plastic pails that just fit through the door. I keep a small gasifier stove with enough scrap lumber pieces in one bucket for a couple of evening fires, makes a little camp fire with almost no smoke. In the same wheel well is a second bucket with extra paper towels, tp and other misc stuff. That door also gives me access to a few extra 2X8s on top of the wheel well for extra leveling if needed (primaries are behind the wheel well accesable from outside). The other side, all the way to the front, there is an extra battery I added that plugs into the side of the camper and is wired to a switch to flip between main battery and reserve. A basket for misc and we also put dirty close in plastic grocery bags and stuff them in that area. I also built cradles that hold our bag awning in that side of the truck above the wheel well and everything else, the full length of the truck. Wouldn't know what to do with all my **** without the wheel well storage.
JimBollman 10/26/15 08:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Small TC on bigger truck

I moved from a 6 cyl F150 to F250 7.3L Diesel to carried a pop up Palomino 1200 about 8 years ago and now carry a pop up Shadow Cruiser on the F250. It is very nice having an over powered truck instead of under power. When I had the F150 I took the camper off any time I was going to use it and was limited to flat lands when pulling a trailer. With the F250 I take the camper off when I need the truck, don't really even think about it being back there except for rear view mirror is useless. Truck actually rides better with the camper on.
JimBollman 10/25/15 07:55pm Truck Campers

beemerphile1 you beat me to the explanation. I think the low current flow of LED lights also leads to the dirt problem also. I find I'm popping batteries and rubbing the contacts on my jeans often. The bigger problem I have seen with LED lights is I have them everywhere, therefore I never/seldom use up a battery, they do last forever and the batteries go past their use date and start leaking. Not a problem on the free/cheap ones but when it happens to one of my good ones.... So I try to remember to pop out batteries on a regular bases to check the date on the batteries. I have several favorites but none that were super expensive. I have a 3 D cell unit I got on sale at HomeD a couple of years ago for $25 that is the brightest flashlight I have ever owned., 1000+ lumens, it lights up the night. I have a couple pocket flashlights that were in the $10 range, on sale, that I like a lot one is a Coast. I find they make a flashlight that feels and work enough better than the free ones that I will grab them first. Also have a few Maglites in different sized from AAA to D. Oh I also have some head lamps, 3 cheap one slightly better with focused beam. Boy I have a lot of flash lights :-)
JimBollman 10/19/15 08:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: EZ Pass issues

I had a problem with the overhang and lowered the sensor a couple of inches on the windshield and it has not had a bad reading since. Before I solved the problem I found out NY was good about fixing bad readings with a call to an 800 number. PA on the other hand wanted all kinds of paperwork and proof for 75 cents.
JimBollman 10/12/15 09:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pop-up Truck Camper tool question

Last two campers I had homemade adapters.
JimBollman 10/12/15 08:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Great r\Roadside Service

You ask if this great service is normal, the answer is no, it varies all over the place as does any business that depends on subcontracted service. I have been with AAA at one level or another for over 20 years and have used it several times. I have had service just as great as yours, some ok service and one really bad. The really bad left me sitting on the side of I-81 in PA for over 2 hours with a promise of under an hour. I had a flat and very little road edge. I also had not checked my spare in a long time so suspected it was low. I told them I had an F250 with slide in popup camper, kind of the minimum for the the RV service I pay for. When the fellow showed up he had what looked like a Harbor Freight jack that would not lift the truck camper combination. We ended up using his jack to lift the truck body up as far as he could and my Ford standard issue jack to lift the axle. Ok so we got it up. Pulled out the spare which was very low, he pulled out a little plug in to the cigarette lighter powered air compressor (probably also Harbor Freight) and it pumped for about 20 minutes and blew it's overload thermo breaker. It was sitting at 30lbs, he said close enough, I said not even close to the 80lbs I need. He said that was to much pressure that was probably why I had a blow out. We limped to the first exit and pushed a bunch of quarters into an air pump at a convenience store and decided to take the slow road home instead of finding a tire and continuing since it was only a 3 day weekend trip and we had just lost most of the first day and would loose the rest trying to find a replacement tire. Still renew every year, because when you need it you have one number to call no trying to figure out who to call and they are usually ok to great.
JimBollman 10/01/15 07:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Simple truck camper

When I saw this I thought it would only be worth while if they made it into a popup so it would be about cab height when down. Also needed to be lighter. Then it would be a nice minimalist camper for travelers that just want a place to sleep and make an occasional meal.
JimBollman 09/30/15 07:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Remote thermostat control?

Not exactly what you are asking for, but it is cheap. We depend on the bedding to keep us warm at night but don't like to get up in the cold. I took the existing thermostat a part and attached wires inside to the on/off switch contacts and ran them to a spot I could reach from bed and installed a mini-toggle switch. The wires can be very thin not much current flowing. I leave the thermostat set to a reasonable temperature and the on/off switch set to off. Now I wake up and if it feels a little cold, I just reach out and flip the toggle switch and take a short nap till the temperature is about right.
JimBollman 09/22/15 08:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Recommend me a tool?

I have this Makita set, no need for the old heavy drill anymore. If you want to go light leave one at home and since the battery will last a long time for your limited use leave the charger home to.
JimBollman 08/23/15 08:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Look Ma, no Jacks !!

Leave mine at home. Since it is a popup the few times I have needed service I found places that could do it without unloading. We moved to a new state this summer and I left the jacks on for the move since they needed to go anyway. Really don't like them on, blocks my rear view as well as the width problem.
JimBollman 08/12/15 08:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Hotspot Overage

I use Chrome almost exclusively and I run AdBlock, AdBlock Plus and Ghostery extension. I really "diss". Almost completely blocks ads and tracking. I do have to turn one or more off for some sites that have wired interconnections with things to block content if you block one or more things. You can whitelist sites for these extensions if you go to them a lot.
JimBollman 08/04/15 07:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Connect to Cell Phone

Verizon and ATT both have a Home Cell Phone that plugs in. After you disconnect the house from the wired line coming in just plug the house into the new box. Now all your house phones including wireless phones can be used just like you had a wired line. My Verizon version costs me about $25/month for unlimited calls in USA. It runs on a 12 volt wall wart so we take it along on vacation and plug it into the campers 12 volts with a homemade cord. You can also forward it to a cell phone if your not going to be home. Had ours for about 5 years now. We recently moved to a different state and are debating if we should keep the number from our old address so we don't have to change numbers everywhere or stop confusing the locals and switch it to a local number.
JimBollman 07/05/15 04:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

I normally don't secure my trailer hitch but when the trailer is going to be unattended for a few days or more I put the light weight yellow one above on and then a case harden pad lock on the hitch so if they popped off the first line of defence the hitch would still have a ball inside it and they would have to cut the lock off to. I figure visually that gets the majority of the bad guys to look for different low hanging fruit. Also in my case it is a tag along trailer with my toys inside, they can easily cut a hole in the thin aluminum skin to see if it is worth their trouble.
JimBollman 06/05/15 08:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: I need an Ereader.

Kindle Paper White is my primary for all the reasons stated by other owners and I keep my books synced with my iPhone Kindle app for those times you just get stuck waiting. Amazing how much you read in a day if your current book is always in your pocket and synced to the book you read at home. Also a fan of eReaderIQ you can tag authors or books for when the price drops and you can sign up for a custom daily mailing of free and reduced price books that match your profile. They also have an add on for Chrome to make it easy to tag books and check past pricing.
JimBollman 06/05/15 07:54pm Technology Corner
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