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RE: Headlight Lens Cleaning

I tried a product made to clean lens, lots of elbow action for a few months of clear lenses. A friend told me to use 0000 steel wool then spray with clear coat. I'm into about 2 months on this fix so far and they still look good. A lot easier and cheaper if I need to do it again. Deet idea even looks easier.
JimBollman 08/19/16 07:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Concealed Carry Permit for SD Nomads?

Using an App called CCW on my smart phone it looks like SD has two different resident permits, the standard one is good for 31 states, the enhanced permit is good for 37 states. Not sure what the difference is. You probably have other reasons for making SD your mailing address but the TN resident permit is good in 40 states.
JimBollman 08/04/16 06:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ah the simple repairs, that you should not have to make.

We had a fold down front like that on a past camper and it had a thin piece of wood that you slid over the doors when it was down and made an upper bunk for a child. My son slept up there till he was 10 or so. After he out grew it we often used it as a wide shelf and just left it down. Nice fix. Our old camper was made with those kind of cleats installed by the factory. If I remember right it was built in 1976, they tended to overbuild things more back then.
JimBollman 08/04/16 05:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Ahhhhh...retirement

I thought I was doing good retiring at 57, now I realize I was a slacker not retiring earlier as far as this group is concerned. To be fair I was prepared to retire at 55 but was having fun at the time at my job so I waited till the next buy out came along and let them give me a years salary to leave :-) I have a plaque on my desk that says "Retirement Takes All the Meaning Out of Weakends"
JimBollman 07/28/16 05:18pm RV Lifestyle
RE: The best camping drinkin cup I've ever had.....

We have two Walmart Ozark 20oz and a RTIC 20oz. They keep stuff cold pretty much the same even the lids are interchangeable. Love them. First think I had to learn was don't over fill them with ice unless you're going to be away from the ice supply all day. WIth less ice there is more room for beverage. I usually get by putting 4 or 5 cubes in twice a day and just keep refilling with more beverage as needed.
JimBollman 07/27/16 05:24pm Truck Campers
RE: fire ban

We took a different approach to a camp fire. We like a fire some nights but it doesn't have to be big. Also don't care for a lot of smoke. We bought a Solo Titan Gasifier Stove. We care small chucks of lumber from under the table saw and supplement with twigs around the campsite if there are any. After about 5 minutes of burning there is almost no smoke. With the windscreen off it has a nice little flame above the rim. It doesn't put out a lot of heat so you can use it in hot weather. I can carry the stove and enough wood for a couple of evening fires in a square 5 gallon bucket. Nice fire for 4-5 people to sit around. We would not use it if there was a fire ban.
JimBollman 07/24/16 08:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: diesel fuel nozzle

My 2000 F250 would not take the larger nozzles, not sure when Ford changed. I used a tail pipe expander to make the hole bigger so larger nozzle would fit. Now I'm run into the ones with the ring around the end and I have to hold it in place. May have to see if I can expand it a bit more.
JimBollman 07/16/16 06:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products & Gizmos

I just use One Of These Never unravels! That is the one we use to, was talked about on the forum a few years ago. Liked it so much in the camper (vertical mounted) we bought one for the house (horizontal under upper cabinet).
JimBollman 07/16/16 06:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Any issues with front storage when traveling?

Here is my setup. I added some home made brackets to the front tow hooks to stabilize the box. Made it out of used pickup box and parts of the aluminum carrier Harbor Freight sells. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/F250/Ft-Box.jpg The straps hook into the top of the bumper and into the tow hook brackets.
JimBollman 06/21/16 06:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Mosquitos

Road sign to watch out for while in the Carolinas. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/Misc/Mosquitos.jpg
JimBollman 06/13/16 06:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Slideouts @ WalMart Redux

If the trip is the vacation we stay at campgrounds (if available), if the vacation is at the destination we stay where it is convenient till we get there. We don't stay at Walmart's often but our experience has been good when we have.
JimBollman 05/30/16 06:27pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Date on Propane Tanks

I try to watch the dates and when they get close or the tank looks a little nasty I go for an exchange tank and pay a little extra than just refilling. Check the date on the one you are exchanging for that it has a few years on it, I have seen expired dates in the rack.
JimBollman 05/22/16 06:17pm Tech Issues
RE: making reservations

Compromise, agree that after lunch sometime you will call and make reservations where you think you will be when you're ready to stop for the night. We do this when we are on a road trip for weekend stops. Don't bother during the week.
JimBollman 05/10/16 06:00pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Question re: Pop up Truck Camper

If your friend wants lightweight but better than sleeping in a tent on the ground the QuickSilver is a good choice. A friend has one and it rides below the cab height and is light enough that 3 strong people can slide it on an off onto a stand.
JimBollman 05/09/16 05:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Using camper energy savings ideas (LED) in your house?

The problem I had with CFLs that last as long as they were suppose to, is they kept getting dimmer. I have moved a lot of CFLs to places that didn't need as much light.
JimBollman 05/09/16 05:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Using camper energy savings ideas (LED) in your house?

When I add new lights I go with LED fixtures because they are not that much more expensive anymore when you include the bulbs you have to buy for the non LED fixtures and then you have the operating savings over their whole life. I also have replaced bulbs in fixtures I use all the time and for long periods to LED. The rest I will replace as needed. Obviously bulbs that don't get used much, unless hard to get to, will stay with cheap tungsten. I will not buy any more CFLs but I will repurpose ones that I have replaced with LED. I did this with some can fixtures in the ceiling of our porch, the CFLs took too long to reach full light output in cold weather and they tended to be left on long hours when we are coming back after dark. I have also converted about half the outside floods that get left on when we are out for the evening or expecting company. I have lots of 4 ft fluorescent fixtures in my shop that will be replaced with LED as the ballast fail because a new LED fixtures are only slightly more than a ballast.
JimBollman 05/08/16 07:34pm Truck Campers
RE: stabil gas treatment vs seafoam for storage

Since I only use my Honda 2000 for emergency power during power outages: I want it to start easily, not require a lot of unneeded running just to be sure it will start, and in a normal year I don't use much gas so price is not an object. I switched to 100LL av gas about 6 years ago. Premium price, smells like gas did in the 60s, has a storage life without additives North of 3 years according to an airport manager I talked to. I drain the gas from the carb after every use and refill the tank and put it on the shelf till needed next, sometimes close to a year. Starts easily and runs smooth. I normally keep 15 gallons or so in tightly sealed jerry cans in the shed. I try to rotate at least 5 gallons a year if not in the generator I dump it in a tractor or lawnmower. I'm also a fan of Stabil, Seafoam and Marvel Mystery, I use them all from time to time in my old cars, lawmower and tractors, most of which I use E0 fuel. A dose of MM at least once a year, Stabil before storage, Seafoam if they are sounding a little rough.
JimBollman 05/06/16 06:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Tie downs for a flatbed

I have used something called Bed Bolts on a flatbed I have to tire down a small tractor. The eyes are removable for when I want them out of the way. The large ones are rated around 2500 lbs each. You have to put reinforcing underneath if you are not going into a heavy structural support. http://www.jebs-stuff.com/F1/BB_Installed-1.jpg Jim...
JimBollman 05/05/16 07:05pm Truck Campers
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
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