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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
RE: Retirement

Retirement ruins the meaning of weekend. Just passed 9 years myself and it is hard to believe where the time has went.
JimBollman 12/10/14 05:56pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Lanterns

Not exactly the same class of lantern but this is what I put out if we are setup for any length of time. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/Camping/YellowDogs.jpg They are called Yellow Dogs, I use Citronella oil in them. These are actually reproduction is a smaller size. You can google what Yellow Dogs were used for if you're interested.
JimBollman 12/03/14 08:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to cut data usage

I actually agree with ChopperBill. That is one of the ways I conserve my data plan. If I can download things while on free WiFi, that I know I want to read later in the day, I do. That doesn't stop me from using data when I need it. I have two ways to connect to the internet that I pay for. One is relatively cheap through my wifes iPad and the other expensive through a pay as I go iPhone plan. My laptop can only connect through the iPad. So my first choice is free second iPad third pay as I go and I try to balance need versus want for each one. Now even though the iPhone is my most expensive option I have it set not to download attachments so it is a good way to preview eMails and delete junk before downloading to the computer. Also the mobile versions of many web sites use less data, so even though the phone is 10 times more expensive to use it is sometimes cheaper. To further save data I have my computer based mail setup not to auto download attachments bigger than a certain size, my mail allows me to leave it on the server, I then download it when I'm on free WiFi. I also never watch any videos unless I'm on free WiFi.
JimBollman 11/20/14 06:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Two banks of two batteries - different size - no-no?

When I added a second battery I put in a switch that would allow separate and in parallel but planned only to use them individually to get around all the problems disgust so far. I also like the knowledge that when I switch I have used roughly half my capacity and can plan around that. I tend to use the older battery first and only switch to the newer one when we are off the grid long enough to need the extra capacity.
JimBollman 11/13/14 05:25pm Tech Issues
RE: And so it starts! (With some questions)

My B1200 jacks had square nuts, the bolt was inserted from the back of the bracket and was captured by part of the bracket. The nut was the same size as the jack drive so no extra tools were needed.
JimBollman 11/11/14 08:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Non electric coffee pot

Boil water on stove pour through a Melitta coffee funnel on top of an insulated carafe. Ours takes the common #4 filter.
JimBollman 11/09/14 07:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hope you are ready for Winter

Place I store mine wants it in by mid October so it has been tucked away for awhile already. Problem with packed storage and you have one of the good inner spots.
JimBollman 11/09/14 07:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: And so it starts! (With some questions)

I had a 1998 B1200, liked it a lot, but did have some rot to fix over the years, just sold it and upgraded last year. Most of my rot was caused by some damage to front from the previous owner that I initially didn't think was serious. The one place you might want to check is the bottom of the door. That vintage of 1200 seemed to leak enough water inside the door to rot it out. I cleaned out the rotten bottom and planned a piece of pressure treated to the right thickness to slide up into the bottom of the door. Yes you need to remove a bolt and loosen one to rotate the jacks up, then replace the bolts and tighten both bolts. I carry a collapsible walking stick with a ball like top behind the seat to push in the canvas and also emergency cain when needed.
JimBollman 11/09/14 06:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Firewood.. what do you do?

A big fire is nice but unless it is really cold out, you don't need a big fire to have an enjoyable evening around the fire. I made a little fire cap because I don't have a lot of extra space in my Popup camper for firewood and we don't want to haul what might be buggy wood. In the wheel well storage area of our slide in camper I have a 5 gal pail of scrap lumber, two coffee cans full of artificial log chunks and my fire cap. That is enough fuel for an evening fire for a week. I will scrounge small twigs to supplement when available. I find that the artificial logs, I have switched to the enviro logs so we can cook a marshmallow if we want, cut into 2 or 3 inch slices make a nice base fire to then add my scraps. If you have a very small camp fire the logs have to be small, so my scraps are cut to roughly 1"X1"X4" chunks. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/Camping/Fire-Cap.jpg This was when I was experimenting with just wax logs with lava rocks over the top. Better looking fire without lava rocks and just wood chunks on top. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/Camping/FordV8Cap.jpg This is what I started with, bought at a flea market for $2. I cleaned it up painted the main part with grill paint and drilled a few holes around just outside the stainless part to get some air into the base of the fire. Last month I picked up a couple of similar shaped caps off an English Ford but smaller. That is the next generation for next year. Even less space to store. Been using this system for 6 years now.
JimBollman 11/06/14 07:46pm General RVing Issues
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