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RE: Fighting off boredom on the road

I think most of our methods have been covered - All our audio sources of entertainment have been converted to MP3 and put on thumb drives since our two travel vehicles both will handle thumb drives now. Thumb drives are cheap enough we split stuff into categories. We do audio books, Old TIme Radio and Podcasts. I download a bunch of interesting Podcasts when they get released and stack them up for future trips. When all that fails and we haven't stopped at something interesting along the way we talk to our GPS. We switched to GPS that you can give vocal commands to about 7 years ago and would never own one without that feature now. The voice recognition is ok but it makes lots of mistakes so we ask it to find things and see how it screws up the names. You'd be surprised at how long you can laugh at a GPS. Our is called Veronica.
JimBollman 05/03/16 07:08pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Best length for a TC?

I want my total rig to be no longer than 20 feet so I can park anywhere a full size car can park. The total length is key, we can adapt to the space. My secondary preference is the camper does not extend beyond the bed but if I had a short bed pickup I would probably accept that as long as we stayed under 20 feet. I had an 8.5' for awhile and it was a pain having an extra set of taillights to keep working. I eventually modified the back so the truck lights could be seen. Our previous camper was just short enough we could leave the tailgate on and shut it. That was nice because we had a built in back porch. Current one we have to leave the tailgate at home. We don't spend much time in the camper we sleep and cook in it and that is about it.
JimBollman 04/30/16 06:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Slow down and smell the roses directions

Sounds like a great trip. When we vacation we always stay on state and US highways as much as possible and don't over plan. We never get campground reservations more than a few hours before we arrive if at all. Only got shut out once and had to get a motel room because we didn't want to go any further and almost stayed in the camper instead of the room just so we didn't have to haul stuff in. By not having reservations we are free to change routes, make extra stops, etc.
JimBollman 04/30/16 06:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Best campers for seniors?

Friends have a Class B based on a Dodge Sprinter van. Diesel that gets around 20mpg, 2 steps up from the ground, 20 feet long park anywhere. A used one might fit your budget. I believe there bed has storage under it so you don't have to tear down the bed all the time.
JimBollman 04/30/16 06:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Cicadas invasion

Either Cicadas take turns on their 17 year cycle or other varieties are on a different cycle because we hear some every year just more some years. About 6 years ago we were camped close to where we ended up moving to last year (when we first fell in love with East TN), and they were deafening. In less than a minute after sundown the woods went silent, it was like a switch was thrown. Very peaceful sleep.
JimBollman 04/16/16 08:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travels With Charlie, something many do not know

If you're into Travels with Charley you may want to look into Dogging Steinbeck: Discovering America and Exposing the Truth about 'Travels With Charley'. Kind of exposes Steinbeck book as really a work of mostly fiction. Good read. You can get the gist of the book doing a Google search and read some of the stuff written about the book. http://www.amazon.com/Dogging-Steinbeck-Discovering-America-Exposing-ebook/dp/B00A6X9ZR0/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1460251564&sr=1-2&keywords=travels+with+charley Jim...
JimBollman 04/09/16 07:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Bad Fuel Disposal

Been a few years so if it is also a bad thing to do I'll plead stupidity. I had a couple of gallons of bad gas to get rid of so after having it around for awhile I used a heavy open top can that held probably 4 gallons I dumped in about 2 gallons of bad gas and set it out in an open space away from everything and pitched a burning piece of paper in it and let it burn. Burned for a long time and removed all the paint from the can but it got rid of all the gas. In the case of the OP I'm not sure what you do with the water that is left but it may just evaporate.
JimBollman 03/23/16 07:55pm Tech Issues
RE: First website is 25 yrs old

Working in high tech at the time I was also an early adapter. Went to an internal seminar on the web in early 90s and a few weeks later I wrote my first web page for the intranet we were running in the building. No one outside of the company could get to it but it was kind fun to have my own private Home page with my favorite links on it. Taught my Son how to write simple html to create his own local Home page in early 93 (High School Senior). He works in internet service now for a big IT company that bought his small IT company a few years ago. Back then there was a web site that listed all the new websites that came online each day/week. Can you imagine that those numbers were so low that you could scan through them every once in awhile to see if anything interesting had been added. JIm...
JimBollman 03/13/16 06:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Second battery

I added a second battery (in a box) in the wheel well that plugs into the side of the camper and wired into the main battery box. I added a switch that allows Bat 1, Bat 2, Bat 1 + Bat 2 & off. wasn't very expensive off eBay and now I have all options. My batteries are currently mismatched so I run one at a time. I may not even switch to parallel when I eventually get matched batteries since switching batteries gives me a good indication when I have used roughly half my power. I usually run off the old weaker battery first. When I'm on the road and plugged in every night I switch between the batteries every few days just to keep them both topped off. Same time I put in the battery switch I added a meter beside the switch so I could quickly decide if I needed to switch batteries.
JimBollman 02/29/16 06:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Carrying chairs without a ladder

Not an outside storage but what works for us is the back side of the dinette. We don't sit back there any way so I put tie down loops on the far ends of that area and sit the chairs on end against the outside wall and run a bungie between the loops to hold the chairs against the wall.
JimBollman 02/18/16 05:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reading lights?

Kindle Paperwhite and/or smartphone with Kindle app fix my need for reading lights.
JimBollman 02/17/16 06:51pm Tech Issues
RE: What are these things?

The two white pieces look like shelf brackets from the frig.
JimBollman 02/13/16 05:40pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Made a USB charging station this weekend

I went with the USB 12volt plugs also. Figured I always have 12 volt if I'm running on battery or 110v, then I don't have to think about which USB port to use.
JimBollman 02/10/16 04:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How I my key count

I loved the years before the smart keys. We had two Ford products with the double side keys. Just cut one side for each vehicle. Worked great and the trick worked for several vehicle changes till we bought one with a chipped key. Key cutter looked at me funny when I request the keys made.
JimBollman 02/06/16 08:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dirty laundry - where does it fit in a TC?

We use plastic grocery bags, put a day or two in each one and tie it shut and put it in the wheelwell.
JimBollman 01/21/16 07:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Merry Christmas

JimBollman 12/25/15 07:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wet Bowl or Dry Bowl?

100LE AvGas, no additives needed, I drain the carb after use and put the generator away till I need it again. I have left it unused for 6+ months and the only problem is you have to slow pull the starter rope a dozen or so times to prime everything before you do a couple of serious pulls to start it. Gas is not cheap but I don't use that much. I keep about 15 gallons on hand and run it in my other small engines and replenish as needed. Shelf life on Av gas is 3+ years according to the manager of a small airport I use to buy from.
JimBollman 12/22/15 08:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Wife drives dead husband

Good for her. Rules and laws make it hard to die on your on terms anymore. An acquaintance died while working in the woods during the spring maple syruping harvest with his sons. He had always said he wanted to be buried on his farm. The sons argued with the state police for several hours before they finally got hold of someone that explained to the police that in VT the law was on their side. He did not have to go to a mortuary, they did have to have a coroner come out for the death certificate. They built the coffin from lumber that they had harvested from their land and had been drying and buried him close to where he died. And the mortuaries were cheated from their fees. Recently moved from a state that insisted you had to be embalmed even if you were cremated. My wife and both just want to be turned to ash and scattered.
JimBollman 12/15/15 05:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Palomino Doors

We had a 1998 Palomino, I actually like the camper but you have to be careful about leaks. One of the problems with the two piece doors has a design flaw that allowed water to leak inside the door and rot out the bottom. I replaced the wood in the bottom of my door with a piece of pressure treated that I planned down to the right thickness. I think they eventually fixed the problem, but not sure when. I think it was when they changed the design so the top came down over the top of the door when closed. This seemed like a bad design because you had to unlatch the top and lift up a little to open the door but it may have been a way of keeping water out.
JimBollman 12/14/15 06:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford SD 99-04 Regular Cab Truck Camper Pictures

Here is our 2000 F250, 7.3L Diesel, 6 Speed, 2WD, 8ft box, Reg Cab. Hauling our 2005 Shadow Cruiser Popup. I like being way under weight, I leave it on most of the time and hardly know it is there. We picked East/West sleeping so we didn't have the huge side overhang. Also like the narrower body and no over hang on the back so we can park pretty much go anyplace the pickup will fit. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/Camping/SCatPickin.jpg
JimBollman 11/28/15 07:34pm Truck Campers
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