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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
RE: Movement in Camper

Doesn't bother us to rock, I don't even bring jacks with me. When we went from an old Class B with no Jacks to a slide in we used the jacks a couple of times, but since we usually only stay in one place for one night we thought why bother and haven't ever since.
JimBollman 09/18/14 05:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: What 1 Thing Should Every RVer Have

Can I list two? Needed a square drive screw driver while on our summer trip, started looking for one at a hardware and found a great screw driver that was called a 11 in 1. It had flip bits, when you took out the bit it was a common nut driver then the end of the shaft pulled out giving another common nut driver size and 2 more flip bits. Then the whole shaft flipped giving another nut driver size and two more flip bits. I had multiple size phillips, flat and square drive plus the 3 nut drivers. Nice quality tool and it was $8.95. It is now part of my camper tool box. Used 3 of the 11 before we got home. Other item which we forgot was a small box matches in a ziplock bag for when the spark lighter runs out of fuel. Costs less than the change left from buying the 11 in 1 screwdriver. Is this the what you are referring to? See eBay listing 271605044554 Different brand but same functionality and more expensive. I think it was an ACE hardware where I found mine. Mine doesn't have the cushion grip.
JimBollman 09/14/14 08:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where do you hang your garbage bag?

As long as a bunch of us have mentioned reusing plastic grocery bags. A tip on this board a few years ago on storing plastic bags in the camper is what we do. I cut the tapered part of a plastic water bottle off so I have a cylinder with a bottom. Just start stuffing the bags in as tight as you can. You will be amazed how many bags you can stuff in a water bottle that you would throw away or in recycling. We started a 6 week trip with two bottles stuffed and with what we added from groceries we bought along the way we never ran out.
JimBollman 09/14/14 07:17pm Truck Campers
RE: What 1 Thing Should Every RVer Have

Can I list two? Needed a square drive screw driver while on our summer trip, started looking for one at a hardware and found a great screw driver that was called a 11 in 1. It had flip bits, when you took out the bit it was a common nut driver then the end of the shaft pulled out giving another common nut driver size and 2 more flip bits. Then the whole shaft flipped giving another nut driver size and two more flip bits. I had multiple size phillips, flat and square drive plus the 3 nut drivers. Nice quality tool and it was $8.95. It is now part of my camper tool box. Used 3 of the 11 before we got home. Other item which we forgot was a small box matches in a ziplock bag for when the spark lighter runs out of fuel. Costs less than the change left from buying the 11 in 1 screwdriver.
JimBollman 09/13/14 07:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where do you hang your garbage bag?

We found a plastic container that is about 8 inches in diameter and 14 inches tall with a flat side so it can sit closer to the wall. it fits nicely on the floor with most of it under the overhang created by the frig. I put a large round piece of velcro hooks on the bottom so it sticks to the carpet and doesn't fall over. Just the right size for the plastic grocery bags (actually a little too small but when you pull the bag out it settles to the bottom for the last few things you want to throw in). If we are in one place for more than a day (very seldom) we hang a larger bag on the jack bracket so we don't have to make as many trips to the dumpster.
JimBollman 09/13/14 06:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Jack removal

I take my jacks off all the time, not a big deal. Not sure it is important but I labeled the jacks so I always put them on the same corners. I store mine on a trailer and the spot I store them has a hill to go over to get to the storage area and the jacks drag on the ground.
JimBollman 09/06/14 05:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Sno Plow Prep Pkg.

It is kinda like the 'law' that you needed to have someone with a red lantern in front of your car at night in New York in 1903. The 'law' might still be on the books, but in reality,.... Fred. You mean I can fire my lantern man? Wow that would save me a bundle, but it's NY they probably are still enforcing it and it is probably a felony.
JimBollman 09/06/14 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: The price of wanting a "stick"

I drive a F250 with the 6 speed and love it and am disappointed Ford no longer offers that option. My knees are getting old but hope I never have to give up on my manual transmissions, only one in my fleet of 7 vehicles is my wife's car. I bought the F250 cheap because of the combination of 6 speed, standard cab and 2wd. Local car dealer said I would have paid nearly double if it had auto, extended cab and 4wd, but I got exactly what I wanted. Of course the truck I sold when I bought this one, I got about half for also, but I had pretty much worn it out so didn't care that much. I have always believed the difference in the towing between auto and manual is the auto company assuming the average driver doesn't know how to start with a heavy load and will burn out the clutch. With the low gearing in the low and reverse gear it is easy to maneuver heavy loads. Have had observers surprised when they found out it was a manual.
JimBollman 09/04/14 07:02pm Truck Campers
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