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RE: 2014 Travel

Just a slacker by Veebytes standards but my wife and I managed 6300+ miles and 50+ days in our popup Shadow Cruiser this Summer. Really was sad to put it in storage for the Winter.
JimBollman 10/30/14 06:28pm RV Lifestyle
RE: New GPS App for IPHONE and Android

We have used the free version of Copilot on my wife's iPad for a several years as a secondary navigation aid. We have a Garmin as our primary but Copilot lets my wife check our routes and make suggestions of side trip or alternate routes. She use to do this with paper maps but spent all her time finding where we were on the map, now the iPad does that part for her.
JimBollman 10/29/14 06:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Want iphone for pay-as-you-go Verizon

Arizona Kid is right both my H20 and PagePlus plans are only 3G on data. For the cost and our needs 3G is plenty fast, at 10cents/MB you don't want to use it a lot. We have a pay as you go plan for my wifes iPad that is 4G for our primary network access on the road with a hotspot. We only turn the iPad plan on when we are on the road. PagePlus just announced a 4G plan but it is only available on the monthly plan, still pay as you go but more expensive.
JimBollman 10/28/14 05:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Slammers

I can take a certain amount of slamming but that BEEP BEEP every time that a person goes to and leaves their vehicle they have to set and disarm that "blanking" alarm. Its Slam,BEEP BEEP then return BEEP BEEP open, Slam BEEP BEEP. Over and over and over.........................http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/smileys-and-emoticons/confused/smileys-confused-483915.gif That's my cripe to. If they push the lock button on the door before they slam it, then it will not beep beep.
JimBollman 10/27/14 08:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Want iphone for pay-as-you-go Verizon

My wife has an off plan iPhone 4 on PagePlus a Verizon reseller. $80/year and she pay 5 cents a minute for calls and 10 cents a MB for data. If she use the $80 before the year is up she can add more dollars to account, $10 minimum. I have an off plan iPhone 4s with H2O an ATT reseller. $100/year and I pay 5 cents a minute for calls and 10 cents a MB for data. If I use the $100 before the year is up I can add more dollars to account, $10 minimum. Both plans roll over any money at the end of the year, I use mine so little that I had over $200 in my account so I switched to $10/3 months plan till I use up some of the extra cash. PagePlus is even better if you build up a surplus, $10/4 months. Both have other plans for heavier users that gets a better per minute cost but no roll over.
JimBollman 10/27/14 08:45pm Technology Corner
RE: movie storage

Bought two 1TB USB powered drives for $50 each shipped from Amazon on sale a couple of weeks ago. I bought them for offline backups but it shows the prices are falling on the smaller drives now that 4TB are becoming common. We don't watch TV in the camper but if we did I with proper compression (yes you loose some quality but you're camping rough it :-) you should be able to get them down to less than 1 GB each so you could put a bunch of them on a thumb drive. I bought a cheapy 32GB thumb drive off eBay for $8 shipped a few weeks ago.
JimBollman 10/26/14 07:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Sometimes I feel like a "freak"...

You guys run in the wrong circles. We spent the week of Oct 6th at Hershey PA at the National AACA Fall old car flea market. Hundreds of truck campers of all styles, years and models. They make the ideal flea market camper, especially the shorter ones with no slides since the spaces are 10X30 feet, my 20 foot rig fits in the back 20 feet giving me 10 feet out front to sell my junk. I actually have 3 spaces that I share with friends, there were years when we had 3 truck campers on those spots.
JimBollman 10/26/14 07:27pm Truck Campers
RE: LED night lite solutions?

Here's a small license plate fixture I have used with a "194" Led bulb that I believe used only 1 watt (or less) of power. I found the LED bulb at an auto supply store. Worked great as a night light with very little power usage! I installed a small separate 'flip' switch to turn it on at night... and off next morning. Here I went a similar way, I bought mine from SuperBrightLEDs. I have 4 installed in my slide in camper on 3 different switches. I use them mostly for sitting around mood lighting. Two are under the toe area close to the floor under the cabinets. I have one mounted with a switch that I can reach from bed if it is dark enough that I need it when I get up. The other one is mounted by the sink and connected to the water pump switch, gives us a little light by the sink when we don't need a bright light and reminds me to turn off the pump when we leave the camper or go to bed. I like them because if it is mounted where you don't want upward light you use the hood, if it is mounted back under something leave the hood off and the whole fixture glows. They draw 1/2 watt each. Usually there is enough indicator lights on between detectors and chargers that I don't need anything to move around in the camper but I need a pee light to hit the target. I bought some very small battery operated tap lights. One is mounted in the proper spot for aiming, the other I mounted in a dark corner cabinet so we can see what's in the back. They have run for over 4 years on the original disc batteries.
JimBollman 10/25/14 06:58pm Tech Issues
RE: old school observation.... tire whacker

Another angle is he is just doing a walk around and wants an excuse to carry a club in case someone tries to jump him at the stop.
JimBollman 10/24/14 08:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Social Security question/ help please if you know

I just heard about this option and don't know if it is real but the link below says if you file at full retirement age for you (66 for me) and suspend at any time after that if you need the money you can start and get all back benefits or take the higher draw rate. Social Security Safety Valve This doesn't get you the 62 option but protects the later part of your SS if you get sick before you reach 70.
JimBollman 10/22/14 06:22pm RV Lifestyle
RE: GPS App ?

CoPilot GPS. Maps are stored on your device, so doesn't rely on net connection. Try the free version. A premium version is also available with added features. Another vote for the free CoPilot, my wife runs it on her iPad, we use a Garmin as our primary but Copilot has helped find different routes and points of interest to stop at. The free version does not have voice directions so you would have to pay for the delux version if you want that. I also have CoPilot on my iPhone and it has come in handy when I leave the Garmin in the other vehicle and need some help getting where I'm suppose to be.
JimBollman 10/22/14 06:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Cost of staying connected.......

Will not get into a price comparison in all the categories because as someone else said everyone has different priorities and needs. Here are places we save for our needs. We have Verizon Home Phone Connect at $25/month unlimited calls, we take it on the road with us and connect it at night to collect messages and make long calls when needed. We have two smart phones that we bought used off contract for a couple of hundred each. Mine is on an ATT reseller called H2O at $100/year, my wife's is on PagePlus a Verizon reseller at $80/year, both cost 5 cents/minute and 10 cents/MB (not cheap data but we use them mostly on WiFi and it works for us). Both of these have a cheaper mode if your cash reserve builds up to much, I currently am only paying $40/year and my wife could cut back to $30/year. We also have an iPad with cell service and hot spot that we pay for with no contract for our primary internet when we don't have free internet, we pay $40 for 4GB and that has been plenty while we are on the road and we just turn it off when we are home and don't need it or drop back to the 1GB for $20 or 2GB for $30 if we are doing a few short trips.
JimBollman 10/17/14 08:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stuff to do while camping.

This is our mode also. We are travelers not campers. The only time we are in one place for more than 2 days is if we are at some kind of event and then we have plenty to do. A few years ago we tried to take a couple of days off to just camp while we were in the middle of a trip, even paid for 2 days of camping, after one day we moved on down the road, boredom got to us. We just spent 9 nights in one location, piled up the wood day one, took day trips most days, out of the campground 6-8 hours at times, fires at night. Have talked about traveling but but to set up and take down every couple days takes away some from relaxing. If we go to DC or the falls next year we will probably stop at the half way point but will spend 5 or so days at the location. We have a simple setup and if we have a flat spot can be setup in under 10 minutes and about the same time to pack up. I can relax at home, we travel to see new things and go to events we enjoy.
JimBollman 10/17/14 07:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Question for the planners?

In 35+ years of traveling we have never made advance reservations accept when we have a destination event where we have to be there by a specific date and camping is limited because of the event. In all those years we were only left out in the cold once. With not even a Walmart like place to park for the night, we went to a motel. We almost paid for the room to camp in the parking lot but decided to actually use the room. We do call a few hours before we arrive in high traffic areas.
JimBollman 10/16/14 06:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Concrete pad and hook ups

If you can conveniently run water just put in a frost free hydrant. It drains when you shut it off so nothing above the ground to freeze. I have had one for years by my barn and it gets a lot colder in NY than TN. Enough colder that we have been thinking of moving to TN. :-)
JimBollman 10/16/14 06:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Stuff to do while camping.

We seldom stay in one place more than a day or two. We like to travel, see and do things. This is our mode also. We are travelers not campers. The only time we are in one place for more than 2 days is if we are at some kind of event and then we have plenty to do. A few years ago we tried to take a couple of days off to just camp while we were in the middle of a trip, even paid for 2 days of camping, after one day we moved on down the road, boredom got to us.
JimBollman 10/15/14 08:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Misc items needed

Take the very basic stuff and add and subtract from the list as you learn. My DW severely overpacked for our winter trip south last year and this year she is packing the very minimum knowing that WAlMart, Target and Kohls will carry whatever needed. I second the basic stuff only, we have very little spare space for things we don't need but as a traveler more than a camper we seldom go more than a day or two that we can't stop at WalMart or somewhere to get what we forgot or didn't know we needed. Even after 30+ years of camping we still find things we need and things we no longer use each year or each trip. We have a few items that go in for standard trips to specific destinations and stays home the rest of the time. If you plan to camp some place for an extended time your first time out you may want to camp in your drive for 24 hours and see how many times you run into the house for things you needed.
JimBollman 10/01/14 03:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Pop-Up Truck Camper

I also love my Popup, we have had 3 over the years with one hardside thrown into the middle for comparison. We miss some of the storage we had in the hardside but love the open airy feel of the popup. And when you open all the upper windows it is almost like sleeping outside without the bugs. My latest popup I have installed a MaxxFan which is great for ventilation and it sucks the sides in when closed up so tucking is minimal. My wife and I have taken several 4-6 week trips and still were talking when we got back.
JimBollman 09/25/14 08:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Attn Pop-up TC overlanders: gray water reinforced saddlebag?

I would think the draining of the bladder would be slow. I found a small tank used to drain oil in that fits in my back wheel well, I run a 90 degree hose adapter out the bottom of the camper overhang then run a short hose to the tank. I wedge it upright in place with extra blocking (it will stay put when we are stopped without wedging). I think it holds about 4 gallons. I pull it out every day or so and if I have to carry it somewhere to dump, no problem it has a cap and a handle. If we are real careful we can make it last 4 days but 2 is normal.
JimBollman 09/25/14 08:21pm Truck Campers
RE: What Garmin GPS Model?

I jump from Tom Tom to Garmin about 5 years ago and will be buying another Garmin in the near future. You pretty much pay for the features and size you want. Life Time Maps has kept my unit current and I highly recommend the small extra in price. The feature many don't want to pay for and I will never own one without again is the voice commands. It is great being able to tell the GPS where you want to go and find places to eat while going down the road. Being able to toggle the voice on and off without trying to find it on the menus while driving is worth the extra cost alone. Not perfect voice recognition but good enough, even fun with some of the misunderstood words.
JimBollman 09/22/14 07:39pm Technology Corner
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