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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
RE: Adding another 12 volt Battery

I added a second battery in the wheelwell this year and added a heavy plug through the camper side into the battery box, that I can reach through the access door to disconnect. I put a switch in that lets me run them independently or in parallel. I plan to mostly run independent so I can use it as a gauge of how much power I have left. Also currently my batteries are mismatched, this gives me the option in the future to go parallel when I have matched batteries. I also mounted a meter by the switch to keep track of the state of the batteries. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/Camping/BatteryShutOff-1.jpg
JimBollman 08/25/14 07:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane heater

Lots of good ideas. The one I did was mentioned a few pages back and I have had it in my last two campers. A remote switch for or the thermostat mounted where I can reach it without getting out of my warm sleeping bag. If it gets so cold that the sleeping bag isn't enough you can turn heat on for a few minutes to get comfortable. In the morning you let it run long enough so you can stand to get out of the bag. Once up making coffee helps get the chill off (sometimes it takes more than one burner :-). I also carry a small Cat heater but seldom use it.
JimBollman 08/25/14 06:56pm Truck Campers
RE: HANDY TOOL to carry

I like even better at a flea market a couple of years ago. It is a handle that a sawzall blade will snap into and the handle pivots so it can be used straight like the saw shown or at 90 degrees for a pistol grip like saw. Added advantage is all the types of blades available for sawzall. Oh...., yeah. Pretty sure that's the Bad boy RJCarazza mentioned, post before yours. Got one of those in my kit, too! (See below pic). http://www.plumbersurplus.com/images/prod/1/0603999007_lg.jpg width=200 Between the two of these saws I could build a house, beginning with harvesting the trees myself! If I had to. Assuming I'd lost my credit card or the world was otherwise coming to an end or something. ;) Pretty much, didn't see RJCarazza post, (I should remember to hit refresh before I post) mine is a little different, probably a knockoff no brand.
JimBollman 08/18/14 08:18pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: HANDY TOOL to carry

Well, I for one must be computer illiterate, because I never saw a hacksaw on that web site. If the above photo is what the thread is about, those have been around for years and decades! Its not a new invention, maybe there's just renewed interest in them. Just went out to my garage and sure enough, there it was hanging on my peg-board. Blade rusty from lack of use, but still in good shape! It's a "Stanley". I had this little tool as long as I can possibly remember, and I'm almost 60 years old now. But because it's got a plastic handle, it's probably manufactured in the last 1970's. That's about the same time I started accumulating my own tools. I have one just like yours and have also had it for years. I still use it often but found one I like even better at a flea market a couple of years ago. It is a handle that a sawzall blade will snap into and the handle pivots so it can be used straight like the saw shown or at 90 degrees for a pistol grip like saw. Added advantage is all the types of blades available for sawzall.
JimBollman 08/17/14 07:58pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: new York propane ban?

NY has so many bad/stupid laws and regulations along with fees and taxes to go with them it is easy to believe these far fetched stories.
JimBollman 08/09/14 08:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Audio Books

Newer Radio/CD car receivers can play regular CDs, MP3 CDs (allows whole books on one CD), have USB inputs for thumb drives or smart phones (mine has 2), sometime SD cards, sometime Bluetooth streaming from a smartphone or iPad. All possible book inputs. I usually use MP3 CDs that I make and thumb drives. Besides the audio books from the library I downdownload books that are release as Podcasts a chapter at a time, I collect them till I have the whole book and PodioBooks where you can download full books. I also subscribe to several PodCasts that do radio plays, they are shorter but also have a place in our collection for trips.
JimBollman 08/09/14 07:32pm Technology Corner
RE: eBay Beware Of Shipping Cost Game Playing

I always shop around, sometimes eBay is cheaper, sometimes Amazon and sometimes another source. I also keep an eye on where it is being shipped from, if you want it in a reasonable time for a project and the eBay guy is shipping from China it might be a month.
JimBollman 08/03/14 07:55pm Tech Issues
RE: A Better Plug In AC Volt Meter

I bought one part way through are 6 week trip when I realized the only way I could tell the AC was working was if the voltage on the battery was 13+ volts. Had it shipped to my MIL where we were going to be in week 5. Works good to immediately see if the box you plugged into is working and makes a good night light when you're on AC.
JimBollman 08/03/14 07:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products & Gizmos

Just a thank you, I'm sure I read it here but didn't try to find it. Someone suggested a Brita filter pitcher that would fit in the frig instead of hauling bottled water. After some looking around my wife found a Target branded filter pitcher that fit our small frig and it saves us hauling bottled water on our 6 week trip this Spring. We would fill our stainless insulated bottles each morning from it and then refilled to filter as we drove. Worked great and saved us space.
JimBollman 08/03/14 06:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Shadow Cruiser Truck Campers - Any Info?

Didn't realize the one you were trying to buy was a popup. Ours is a 2005 popup very similar to yours but with the new style lift system that you crank up from the outside. We keep a porta-potty in the front cabinet. Paid $4300 a year ago in very nice condition. No dickering with the owner, he didn't care if I bought it (think it was his wife's idea), but I had been looking to upgrade for 2 years and had looked at a lot of used units and none were anywhere as nice, so I bought it, no regrets. If you really want it, maybe offer a little more if it is nice as it looks and not loose the rest of the Summer using it.
JimBollman 07/29/14 08:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Terminology Question

State/County/Town Park = $ Campground = $$ RV park = $$$ RV resort = $$$$ to $$$$$
JimBollman 07/28/14 07:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Shadow Cruiser Truck Campers - Any Info?

Can't help much, we have a 2005 Popup Shadow Cruiser and it seems to be well made. $5800 does seem high for a 1999 unless it is like new and was stored inside when not in use.
JimBollman 07/28/14 07:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Has anyone replaced a bedroom privacy curtain?

Doesn't answer the OPs question but I always thought they were worthless with just the two of us and removed it in our previous camper. Discovered two uses now. With two of us in the overhead we found that closed it retained a little more heat up there without needing the furnace, one didn't work when I was camping by myself. Other thing I noticed was all our electronics and such it is never dark in the camper and the curtain helps.
JimBollman 07/28/14 06:55pm Truck Campers
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