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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
RE: Sta-bil for diesel fuel?

I have used Diesel Kleen pretty much ever since I bought my F250 used 7 years ago. The few tanks I skipped seemed to get a little poor milage. I use the Winter blend starting about now and the Summer blend starting in the Spring. It raises Cetane rating a little and I can make myself believe that it runs with less rattle when I use it. Yes I carry it with me in small pre-measured bottles that I fill from a large jug at home and I dump it in before I start pumping. Do I needed it? I don't know, but it is cheap insurance. I have tried several other brands but have always come back to Diesel Kleen, available most everywhere.
JimBollman 11/04/14 04:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Google is Hogging my Data Allotment

I had 4GB disappear overnight with Verizon back in early Oct. I called them and after being on hold off and on for 30 minutes they apologized and said they were changing software and a bunch of accounts got reset. By the time I was off the phone it had been restored.
JimBollman 11/02/14 07:25pm Technology Corner
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
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