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RE: They are gonna total my baby, :(

The awning side is not really bad. The front would take a lot of dry ice. Lol. In the beginning we were not going to turn it in. So living with it won't be so bad. I was just hoping for a better payoff price.
JiminDenver 08/21/14 01:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: They are gonna total my baby, :(

Is it fiberglass or aluminum siding? aluminum I just called the DMV here. They say i will be able to plate it because in Colorado they don't allow salvage titles for hail damage.
JiminDenver 08/21/14 09:42am Travel Trailers
RE: They are gonna total my baby, :(

I finally got the numbers for the trailer. First off, it has held its value much better than I expected. The shop says NADA said it was worth a grand less than we paid new, the insurance says 2 grand less. Not bad for 3 years old. They did total it but the buy back is not the few hundred dollars the shop thought it would be. The insurance wants $3300 to buy it back. We might have enough to fix the awning after paying off the loan. I'm waiting for the DMV to open to check on plating. So if it is usable we have the choice of getting the trailer and never making another payment (a savings of over $8000) or taking the near $4000 and dropping it on a more comfy trailer. Aside from the hail damage our trailer is in perfect condition. A new trailer would be nice but the thought of starting over is scary after reading the forums. I checked CL and what you can get for the money looks like junk. I am glad we all most emptied it. It would have taken two truck loads to unload it at the shop. As it is we still need to get our mattress and max airs back.
JiminDenver 08/21/14 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Late Fall boondocking?

We keep camping until it either start freezing day and night or the heavy snows come. Our 3 season rig needs the warm up to keep from freezing up and I have no desire to pick my way along 10 miles of ruts after a foot of snow has come down. Our first trip in late fall we tried to do it like a hard sided tent. We used the furnace at its lowest setting at night to keep us from freezing in the 26 degree temps. The only heat in the daytime came from cooking. We put rugs on the floor and at night put towels on the windows/ stuffed the vents to cut down on the heat loss. It wasn't too bad if it warmed up but on the 40* rainy days we stayed bundled up. When the battery ran low, I used the truck and jumper cables to keep it up. We were going to stay longer but caught a weather report calling for a foot of snow that night and without saying a word, both of us started packing up. After that we decided we bought the trailer so that we didn't have to be cold and miserable. I added battery, got a generator and then solar. Last fall we had the same conditions and we set the stat at 74* and left it there. BTW We tried to use a portable propane heater that first trip, luckily it was during the day. Even with four windows and a vent cracked it made me sick. There just isn't enough Oxygen above 7000 ft to use them safely and we were at 10,000 ft.
JiminDenver 08/20/14 08:35am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: RV NET solar install?

Hmmmm Currently I am working on a motorized skylight system. The 24v motor operates a chain drive that will lift a 140 pound skylight. It could also operate a screw drive or scissor lift. You can even run the drives manually with a pole.
JiminDenver 08/19/14 10:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Light weight bunkhouse options

Are you saying you have a tongue weight limitation of 550-600? The tongue weights you listed with those trailers are for the dry weight. It will go up when you load the trailer. My 4200 pound trailer has a 400 pound dry tongue weight but loaded to it's 7000 pound capacity it has a 900 pound tongue.
JiminDenver 08/19/14 06:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Big freshwater tank for boondocking?

Yeah you can always refill the fresh water tank with extra jugs, we carry up to 6 five gallon jugs each trip. Those and the 30 gal FW tank gives two of us a week of daily navy showers and we don't have to panic over every drop. I have room to double my FW tank at the cost of some storage. I still only have 54 gal of waste capacity so it doesn't change the limitation much.
JiminDenver 08/19/14 05:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping Altercations?

after reading through the thread again I can see why people don't need a TV. There is nothing on it that can compare to what happens around you in a campground. It actually gets boring at times when you are boondocking by yourself.
JiminDenver 08/19/14 12:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: New owner - Genny questions??????

It's not just the noise, it's the smell too. We hardly ever saw wildlife near camp when we used a generator for charging. Now with the solar we see daily visits from all kinds of critters. One suggestion I haven't seen is to rent until you know what your needs are. You will have a hard time beating the Honda EU3000is for noise while running the air but that's over 2 grand for something you may not need.
JiminDenver 08/19/14 11:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Generator Options for Boondocking

Reviews of Champion 3100 watt Gen I bought one of these and am pleased so far, but honestly haven't used it much yet. The Champion that I saw and talked about earlier in this thread was NOT this one. It was probably a 3500/4000 like I have. It is inexpensive, powerful and compared to other open frame generators, quieter. Great for boondocking if you can take the noise but in a campground.....
JiminDenver 08/19/14 08:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Light weight bunkhouse options

We have had a Ameri-lite bunk house for three years without issues. It's not fancy but it is well built and handles the rough roads we take it on.
JiminDenver 08/18/14 08:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Small trailer with oven

I wouldn't have a trailer without a oven, we use ours every trip. It is wonderful on those cold rainy days where I'll fire it up in the morning and we will use it all day.
JiminDenver 08/18/14 08:52am Travel Trailers
RE: RV NET solar install?

Solar panel talk is is worth checking daily just to see what poor newby sunking will be ripping a new one. I don't care what gear you have when you go in there, you are just wrong. lol
JiminDenver 08/17/14 04:29pm Tech Issues
RE: RV NET solar install?

It's like being in the candy store with all of the options and combinations possibleI was on the roof yesterday looking for more space after watching 'Transcendence' and seeing that array. Since we have the tailgater, I could remove the antenna and fit four 270w panels on our roof. Unfortunately the panel would be the only affordable part of it. Us occasional low power boondockers have it a lot easier than some of you.
JiminDenver 08/17/14 03:41pm Tech Issues
RE: RV NET solar install?

Hi Reed, My inverter is 12 volt so I'm more or less "locked in" to a 12 volt bank. I did the same thing only because the RV is 12v. Higher voltage would be better for both large banks and larger inverters but ultimately I don't want to have multiple banks.
JiminDenver 08/17/14 01:48pm Tech Issues
RE: RV NET solar install?

It's a blast seeing all of the different systems, especially the huge ones. It's like being in the candy store with all of the options and combinations possible. I know we don't use that kind of power, nor could hold the bank to justify it.
JiminDenver 08/17/14 12:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Expected Solar Yield, Key West

Soooooo How many amps? I can pull down between 16 and 17 amps at peak with a 245w/ Eco-w combo but usually only with a load. I guess we need to start handing our membership cards to the Eco-worthy fan club. :)
JiminDenver 08/17/14 11:39am Tech Issues
RE: Do the trailer outlets run off the batteries?

It is my understanding that the 12v plug by the TV may not be wired to handle much.
JiminDenver 08/16/14 10:41am Tech Issues
RE: RV NET solar install?

You will get little charge driving down the road even if you beef up the charge line.
JiminDenver 08/16/14 08:23am Tech Issues
RE: boondocking

You will get a much better charge via the jumper cables than the 7 pin.
JiminDenver 08/15/14 06:08pm Travel Trailers
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