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RE: Bears

When be bought our house in NE TN, that has the Cherokee National Forest about 40' from our back door, we didn't think about bears. The weekend after our offer was accepted we saw a news report of a state campgrounds being closed because of bear problems. Out of curiosity we looked on a map to see where it was. Turned out to be a little over 5 miles from the soon to be our house. Looked further and discovered this part of the National Forest is a bear preserve. The first week or so after we moved in I was on high alert every time I went outside. Was almost a year before I saw my first bear. I've seen in person one other bear and we pick them up on the trail cam wandering around sometimes, mostly in the middle of the night. We try to make a bit of noise when we go outside but I pretty much forget that there are bears around. Does make friends a bit nervous when they visit. We exchange bear sitings with neighbors but no one is very concerned. We do keep the garbage inside the garage.
JimBollman 12/12/17 05:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: When , how long must I wait ?

You have to get the tattoo first.
JimBollman 12/10/17 04:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Replaced the Airconditioner with a MaxxFan Deluxe Vent

I installed aa MaxxFan in my popup slide in camper and love it. Never had a RV with AC and like you camp of grid a lot and couldn't use AC anyway. We are now looking for a Class B and AC is not high on the required list.
JimBollman 12/06/17 05:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Alternative to MS Office

I used OpenOffice and switched to LibreOffice maybe 10 years ago. I never used MS Office but have exchanged documents and spread sheets with MS Office users for over 20 years with only a few minor problems.
JimBollman 11/28/17 06:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Trickle Charger for Ford Diesel

They make float chargers specifically for your needs. If the batteries start in good condition one should be able to keep both topped off. For about the same price you can buy a smart charger that will bring up a battery that is partially run down and then go into the float mode when the battery is fully charged. I use one of the smart chargers on an old tractor that has a bad generator. It stays on any time I'm not using it and floats most of the time but brings the battery back up after I have been using it. I also have several vehicles that I don't use in the Winter. Instead of using float chargers on them I just top off the charge with my smart charger mid Winter and in the Spring. Sometimes just the Spring when I forget. Works for me.
JimBollman 10/27/17 06:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Does owning a camper make you rich or a cheap tightwad?

11 year old popup truck camper on a 17 year old truck. No doubt in any bodies mind about me.
JimBollman 10/26/17 07:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Self-driving home anyone?

I'm from the generation where cars were simple and the driver complex. Now the cars are complex and the drivers are simple.
JimBollman 10/26/17 07:14pm RV Lifestyle
RE: One of the added costs of owning our B

I made a similar decision when I added a carport to our house to park our truck camper under. We have a popup and have no intention of going to a hardside so when we laid out the car port and it looked good attached to the house at a little over 9 foot we called it good enough. Now we are going to be switching to a Class B and finding out how high most of them are. Your garage came out nice.
JimBollman 10/26/17 06:03pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Using a infrared thermometer gun

I have notice a significant variation between the sunny side and the shady side when going North/South.
JimBollman 10/25/17 07:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Durango Colorado

Sounds like you may be too early for a lot of what is going on in Durango. We were their a few years ago in June and picked a commercial camp rounds on the edge of town close to the railroad tracks that go to Silverton, don't remember the name. Part of the reason we picked this campgrounds was the free town trolley/bus stopped at the entrance as part of their loop. We have a truck camper so it worked great for us. the free trolley makes getting around with out a car easy. We did the train to Silverton and could see our camper as we went by. Everyone seems to wave to the tourist on the train, we joked it was probably a law to keep the tourist coming. We froze in an open train car in June going up the mountain, so take warm coats.
JimBollman 10/22/17 06:35pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: delete

I thought the no propane frig models used compressor style refrigerators that were a lot more efficient and ran directly on 12 volts.
JimBollman 10/20/17 06:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery disconnect

I added a shut off switch to mine and decided to add one that supported two batteries and added a second battery in a battery box in the wheel well. Since I don't have matched batteries I use one battery till it starts to get low and then switch to the other. I never run them in parallel but could if I ever replace both batteries at the same time. I would still probably use them one at a time since I know how much reserve I have left when I switch batteries.
JimBollman 10/18/17 08:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Rusty hitch ball vs stainless -- worthwhile?

Light grease as needed. As soon as I uncouple the trailer I put a plastic bag over the ball and pull the hitch. It gets dropped into a denim bag and put behind the seat or in the trailer. No greasy pants, no banged shins, no ugly ball.
JimBollman 10/11/17 06:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Truck camper alternatives

I can't tell you how well it will work yet but we decided it was time to switch from our popup truck 8' camper on a standard cab F250, 20' long and 7.5' tall. It still fits our needs as far as size but the wife is starting to have knee and hip problems and the end of getting in the upper bunk is coming. We will be going Class B. We are travellers more than campers so we want 20' or less and standard van Class B not the so called B+ (really a C-) so it can be parked in any standard parking spot. I would also like 9' tall or less so it will fit in our car port. Jim...
JimBollman 10/11/17 05:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Toll By Plate - A Unique Challenge for RVers!

I resisted getting an EzPass for a long time. What convinced me was one trip when I stopped to pay and it was pouring down rain. The water was draining off the top of my truck camper and the wind was blowing it in my window. I stopped and signed up on the way home.
JimBollman 09/26/17 07:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toll By Plate - A Unique Challenge for RVers!

NY has EZ-Pass will issue multiple boxes on one account and issue to out of state users. I may have paid for each unit, been to long, but there is no monthly fee and they put $25 in the shared account from your CC. When it gets below $10 they put in another $25, so worse case you have $34.99 in the account doing nothing. They send you an eMail each month if there has been activity telling you to log in for your statement listing all the tolls. You can register more plates than you have boxes and move them around if you want. After moving out of NY it was 2 years before it was used again and I was nervous if it still worked, but it did. We also skip interstates in general when we are on vacation or not in a hurry. We also skip the OH Turnpike if we are pulling a trailer, the extra charge gets it over 10 cents a mile and with the construction that is usually going on you can go faster on state roads.
JimBollman 09/19/17 06:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Capacity of Mercedes 2.7 Liter 5 Cylinder Diesel

Normally I only tow on one big trip a year and maybe a few local trips. The once a year trip is normally around 1000 miles but this year was 1700. Our normal trailer trip is driving out of the mountains so less than half the trip is hilly. The rest of the time we leave the trailer at home. Very early in the learning curve. Currently have slide in 8' popup camper on a F250 with 7.3l diesel so no problem towing now. Problem is as my wife's knees gets worse she doesn't think she will be able to get into the overhead bed. Being happy in an 8' popup truck camper should make it easy to move to a smaller B. Had 65 Ford van in the early 70s with pop up top before we moved to truck campers. It had been a commercially conversion but had been wrecked before we got it so we started with an empty shell after it got out of the body shop. Was crude when I did the conversion but served us well for many years.
JimBollman 08/31/17 07:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Tow Capacity of Mercedes 2.7 Liter 5 Cylinder Diesel

Thanks AsheGuy. Good to know it could do the towing. The height would be a problem because the carport that it would live under is only 9'6". I had already figured that a B Sprinter with roof air might be to high, now I know. Jim...
JimBollman 08/31/17 03:54pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Tow Capacity of Mercedes 2.7 Liter 5 Cylinder Diesel

Just starting my search for a used class B. I see the Mercedes 2.7 Liter Turbo Charged 5 Cylinder Diesel in some of the units and wonder what is it's towing capability. On some of our trips I pull a 12 foot enclosed trailer that load is around 3000lbs. I don't need to pull this through the Rockies but do need to pull in the mountains in the East. I will be picking a B that is around 20' or less that isn't overly tall, I would like no more than 9' tall and would rather be down around 8'.
JimBollman 08/30/17 07:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Question on using a tailgate

My previous camper fit so I could leave the tailgate on and closed, loved having the back porch. Always worried about the same thing and was going to drill a hole through the hinge post and just drop a bolt in it. The casual person messing around would never see it if they were trying to lock you in. I instead wrapped a short ball bungie around the latch assembly so the tailgate wouldn't close the few times I was concerned that it might get shut.
JimBollman 08/29/17 06:54pm Truck Campers
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