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RE: Who Leaves the on-demand Pump On

I fall in the camp of shut off when we are not around because of possible leaks. Ours didn't have an on indicator and I wanted a low power light by the sink so we didn't have to turn on bright lights just to use the sink so I mounted a very low draw (40ma) LED light that is shaded so it points down at the sink and connected to the pump switch. Now it is obvious when it is on and we have low level evening lighting if we are sitting around reading on iPads or Kindles.
JimBollman 03/27/15 07:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: netflixs

I agree that streaming Netflix at a campgrounds is not a good idea, but I just found out something a few weeks ago that may make it possible on better CG networks (I think I have seen 2 or 3 good networks in the last 5 years). If you go into your Netflix account setting you can change the quality of your download and use as little as 1/20th of the bandwidth depending on what you are currently set at. I experimented at home and could barely tell the difference from best to worse setting on a 40" flat screen. I can believe you could see the difference on a bigger screen but it would still be very acceptable.
JimBollman 03/18/15 06:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Bedbugs!

Another tool you might look into is an ozone generators. In high concentrations it kills all kind of bugs, maybe in combination with some of the other suggestions it would do the trick. They can be bought or rented. A friend has a large one that I have borrowed a couple of times, it also kills mildew and mold. Just make sure you ventilate completely before you go back in, bad headaches or worse if you breath too much ozone.
JimBollman 03/17/15 07:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: It must be a sign

I guess the geese must be the problem with our weather. We have a flock of several hundred that Winter over in a large swampy pond about a half a mile from my house. They go up flying around anytime the weather gets close to freezing. They have been doing it for years.
JimBollman 03/13/15 05:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Road Service Wonder

I have had AAA Plus with RV rider for 20 years and have only needed to use it a few times, but they have always towed where I asked them to. One time they towed me twice on the same problem. It was on a Sunday no garages open so to a shopping area with an auto supply that was open, I thought I could fix the problem, he suggested the location. It was within walking distance of a motel. The next day he towed me to a Ford garage that said they would get me right in. All paid for.
JimBollman 03/01/15 06:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Home internet

I have never tried any of them but I have seen programs for recording what is showing on your computer screen. Assuming they don't have a time limit on recording you could record a movie while you sleep, or in the case of a series, Netflix can be set to auto start the next episode after a few seconds. Quality will probably be lower but it might work.
JimBollman 03/01/15 04:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Home internet

We are thinking of relocating to the same part of TN and several of the houses we looked at have had a similar problem to what you are having so I have been looking into other options. Most of the Satellite network solutions looked a bit limiting for the cost but I found one that I will look into if we end up with a place with no broadband options. Exede has ok rates compared to others but does have unlimited use in the middle of the night. I figured I could use the free times for some of the bigger scheduled downloads. Other thing I discovered in some areas to my surprise was Century Link, very fast fiber optic phone and internet.
JimBollman 02/28/15 07:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Maps Alternative

So what happens when you don't have cell service? I have an ipad. Then I bought a gps puck that works with apples version of Bluetooth. Theres an app.. I think called galeleo for a few dollars.. You download all the maps of the states onto your ipad. they are resident on your ipad. so if you don't have cell service, they are still there. Pocket Earth, CoPilot and several others have the maps local (if you have the space) and do not need cell service or WiFi after the maps are loaded, only the GPS.
JimBollman 02/06/15 07:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Maps Alternative

We haven't used it enough yet to give it a review but take a look at Pocket Earth Pro, $3. It works offline and free maps of the world. Only negative I have so far is it's POI are pretty poor.
JimBollman 02/05/15 06:51pm Technology Corner
RE: Audio Books

Not for the original poster but others that don't mind computer downloads. I have gotten some good books off http://podiobooks.com/ if you like the book you can make a donation. I also subscribe to a bunch of pod casts some are serial books others are short standalone shows that I stack up. I'm starting to switch over from MP3 Cds to thumb drives know that I have a radio that does both. Working out a system to find things when you may have a dozen or more books on one thumb drive is still under refinement.
JimBollman 01/30/15 08:14pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Check this nice one out I found by the road

Saw this one in the parking lot next to the area that the Tin Can Tourist were having a gathering. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/Misc/Gypsy-Trailer.jpg
JimBollman 01/28/15 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Verizon vs AT&T

We have both and that works for us. For a while we also had 3rd carrier MiFi. Even with 3 carriers we found a places that had no coverage, you just live with it. Out West there is a lot of interesting areas with no coverage. Only found a few place in the East.
JimBollman 01/28/15 07:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Unusual places you have stayed the night.

No place unusual for me but my parents have told the story many times about how after driving all day and very tired, all the campgrounds were full up. In desperation they stopped at a local police station to see if they had any ideas. They told him to pull around back and setup in their parking lot. My grandmother was traveling with them and she couldn't believe they were spending the night at a police station.
JimBollman 01/20/15 07:38pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Looking for an iOS App

Arrow is very simple it tells you direction with a compass pointer and distance. You can put in GPS coordinates or street address.
JimBollman 01/14/15 02:45pm Technology Corner
RE: old 150 new 250

Nice upgrade. I did a similar thing a few years ago. I was hauling a Palomino 1200 on a 1998 F150 with the V6. I upgraded to an F250 with 7.3l diesel. Everyone thought I would go with a bigger camper but I really liked being way under capacity and having more power than I needed, so when I upgraded I went with another popup that was almost the same weight. You don't even notice the camper is on the back after a few days.
JimBollman 01/14/15 02:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Back to the dinette thing

I removed all cushions (stored in plastic for the next owner). I covered the bare wood where the cushions were with rug runners that you buy by the yard. I mounted the two post bases on a finished board and used two short posts for the table to mount on and the table sits on the side wall seat area, we position it in different positions for eating or more counter space. I have some anchors on the wall to strap it to if I leave it up, or we just disassemble and stash it away for travel. We use some thin stadium cushions to sit on when we use the table to eat. With the table out of the way there is room for two folding lawn chairs in the floor area for my wife and I to sit. Not an ideal setup, but it works for us, we have taken several multi week trips and were comfortable when we needed to be inside.
JimBollman 01/04/15 06:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Roadtrip Journals

I use a program called MacJournal on my lap top and my iThing. They sync together and have lots of options. I'm not as good at keeping daily notes as my wife is but I start but using it to layout a rough itinerary of the trip and then add in additional items as we go we notes. It also has connections to upload entries to several blog sites.
JimBollman 01/03/15 05:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Gas or diesel filling side

1950 Ford F1, filler on wrong side and no indicator :-)
JimBollman 12/21/14 06:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Affordable vacation strategy

Was going to say something like ToedToes. We try to buy things we will use in the long term instead of normal souvenirs, unless they are free. For myself it is usually a new tool, every time I pick it up I think about the trip I bought it on. My wife does patterns or material at quilt shops and makes something special. Kids you have to be more creative but as ToedToes said pick a favorite hobby or something to add to. As far as money savers, these are the only ones I can think of we do and they don't save a lot. We drink mostly water when traveling and more to save space than money but it does both, we now have a Brita filter pitcher in our frig and fill our water bottles from that so we don't have to buy bottled water and haul it. The other one is putting together our own snacks, instead of prepackaged, we can save a little money and make them a little healthier.
JimBollman 12/21/14 06:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Diesel fuel additive ---- WOW !

Makes you wonder what taking the sulfur out of our diesel fuel did that we don't need to do when it is burned in jets. I assume it was to reduce some pollutant, doesn't it get created in the jet? Does the aircraft industry have better lobbyists?
JimBollman 12/14/14 06:55pm General RVing Issues
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