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RE: charging us for air

Well I have always said I'd pay to get to the boondocking areas before I'd stay at a campground for free, now it might happen. Lets hope not.
JiminDenver 09/02/14 12:28am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Gulf Stream Amerilite bumper question?

I have a 2011 Ameri-lite 25bh and the first thing I wanted to do is get a bolt on hitch and use the storage rack we have. Luckily I read a few threads on the subject here before I acted on it. Not only can it damage the bumper, it can throw off the tongue weight. We love our Ameri-lite, 3 seasons and no issues yet.
JiminDenver 08/31/14 05:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: another source for inexpensive panels

Mono is great for a grid tied situation where you have back up when the clouds roll in, but from side be side testing with two different mono panels vs a poly, the monos produce far less in cloudy situations.
JiminDenver 08/31/14 10:23am Tech Issues
RE: Best place and time of year to get deals on new RV

When you get a great price at the dealer, depreciation isn't as much of a issue. Our three year old trailers NADA is less than a grand less than what we paid for it.
JiminDenver 08/31/14 09:54am Beginning RVing
RE: anyone else not camping this weekend?

We were to be but Monday brought a call of a death in the family so we put it off.
JiminDenver 08/30/14 02:50pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Best place and time of year to get deals on new RV

We bought at this time of year and the lot was really dropping their prices as to not have any hold overs with the new rigs coming. They had just dropped the price on our trailer $500 and I took them down another $500. Then they gave us 6 options for financing including a 5 1/2 year loan with interest so low the payments were the same as other lots 12 year loans. I could have bought two trailers with what I could have paid in the end at the wholesalers and their financing. (not to mention the 2600 mile round trip to get it)
JiminDenver 08/29/14 09:01am Beginning RVing
RE: Solar Charge Controller

My twin 245w set ups are only different in that one has a 25 ft set of 10 awg cables, the other fifty feet. The system with the longer cables is always a few 10ths of a amp lower than the shorter. Worth it because the longer set up is easier to avoid the shade with. wbwood Every rig/user is different so it's hard to say this will be enough. We used a 230w system last year for the loads you are talking plus a considerable amount of furnace run time. It was overkill even with the afternoon storms we had except for one cold and cloudy weekend, and even then it kept us off the generator. Some of the places have 200w kits for $300 including shipping. I would toss the mounting hardware, hinge the panels and run the cable to the controller near the batteries. A little more work than the premade portables and twice the power. We are not going to mount the panels...I am leaning towards getting 2 - 100 watt panels and hinge them as you mention. It's just as cheap (if not cheaper) to get a kit with the controller. Usually it's a 30 amp PWM controller. One kit has a 20' cable, but some of the others don't mention it. I know they sell different length of cables. I'm looking at getting a quick connect/disconnect and mounting it underneath (or there abouts) near my batteries. That way, I can just pull out the panels, place and point them in the right direction and plug it in. We don't do a lot of dry camping. (Actually have only done it once in the last year), but want to be able to do it and not have to run the generator if we don't want to or need to. We are not trying to power everything in the coach and not for extreme periods of time. The 30 amp controller states you can go up to 400 watts. So that gives the ability to add another panel or two later on. When the 2 group 27's die, we will replace with a couple of 6 volts...so that will help a little more. By then, who knows, we may be true solar converts....lol I just want something to play with, learn with and help out some. I also like the idea of possibly starting a battery bank at the house and being able to use the solar panels and an inverter to run a few things with power outages. We have a small portable generator at home to use, but we get a lot of sun, so why not harvest it! Depending on what you can get the panels for you may be able to beat the kit cost or at least get better quality components. My 25 ft set of cords with connectors was $32 shipped and the 59 ft were $50 or so. Longer and heavier than those in the kits. BFL uses a inexpensive PWM controller that would work well. Newer ones can use a temp probe too.
JiminDenver 08/28/14 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Solar Charge Controller

The only time I have seen a difference in output with my panels is when it is sub freezing. The 220w mono saw 12.75a instead of the 12a I see at any other temperature including 90s and above. Then again it could have been as simple as the air on a clear cold day is cleaner than on a smoggy, hazy summer day.
JiminDenver 08/28/14 09:33am Tech Issues
RE: Using an RV in chilly, but not fridgid weather

Our trailer is a 3 season meaning less insulation, single pane windows and no inclosed belly or heated tanks. We see freezing temps nightly as early as Labor day and as late as June. Some years have seen snow on the 4th of July. We have never frozen up even when the daytime highs only reach the high 30's/ low 40's.
JiminDenver 08/28/14 09:12am Beginning RVing
RE: Solar Charge Controller

My twin 245w set ups are only different in that one has a 25 ft set of 10 awg cables, the other fifty feet. The system with the longer cables is always a few 10ths of a amp lower than the shorter. Worth it because the longer set up is easier to avoid the shade with. wbwood Every rig/user is different so it's hard to say this will be enough. We used a 230w system last year for the loads you are talking plus a considerable amount of furnace run time. It was overkill even with the afternoon storms we had except for one cold and cloudy weekend, and even then it kept us off the generator. Some of the places have 200w kits for $300 including shipping. I would toss the mounting hardware, hinge the panels and run the cable to the controller near the batteries. A little more work than the premade portables and twice the power.
JiminDenver 08/28/14 08:50am Tech Issues
RE: 50 Ways to Lighten Your RV

My answer to lighten the rig was to separate the different types of gear. We don't full time it so we wont see FHU one week and boondocking the next. The things we can only use with hook ups went on a shelf. Likewise with the gear we used before the trailer for tenting, including the 56 pound tent went on a self. We trimmed the dishes, utensils, glasses, etc. down to four each. Last was thinning out the duplicates, old stuff that had been replace or just never used anymore. Weight wise we probably only dropped 100 pounds or so but weight wasn't the issue. I was tired of having to dig for everything I needed. Now most of the storage areas are only half full and one is even empty. I can open a door, see whats in there, grab it and go. NO MORE DIGGING! It was odd seeing the trailer empty though. I'd have to lose or move more stuff but I can double or triple the fresh water tank capacity. That empty compartment would be great for batteries too. It's nice to have options again.
JiminDenver 08/28/14 08:28am RV Lifestyle
RE: Good News!!!

Congrats
JiminDenver 08/28/14 07:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar Charge Controller

This is the easiest explanation of MPPT vs PWM. click I don't feel that a smaller portable would benefit that much by the expense of MPPT. The Eco-worthy works well with the larger panels but its VOC limit wouldn't match up with two smaller panels. The Morningstar 15a MPPT may work but it's twice as much. You would be better off getting a third panel.
JiminDenver 08/27/14 09:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Insurance Company giving me a hard time

I just found out that it doesn't take much to get a rv totalled. They will once the repair hits 70 percent of the value.
JiminDenver 08/27/14 10:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Insurance Company giving me a hard time

It sounds like the best you can hope for is a good leak test. It's sad that insurance companies look for any reason not to pay. It started out making sure they were not being defrauded and turned into lets see just how far we can push it. Good Luck
JiminDenver 08/26/14 09:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cheap Sway Control

I use a friction sway bar on our 25 ft and it is rock solid.
JiminDenver 08/26/14 04:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Travel Tow Capacity for Ford Expedition EL

Overloading the truck may affect you legally too. I talk solar with a guy on you tube that decided to move his 6000# trailer 500 miles through the Washington mountains with a Ford Ranger with no WDH, no sway control, no trailer brakes. Like most he was doing fine over loaded until he was changing lanes and someone cut him off, forcing him back over too quickly. The trailer started swaying, then jack knifed, popped off the trucks hitch and rolled on down the highway. He got a huge ticket for not having enough truck for the trailer, no sway control, no brakes and no tow mirrors. Will he learn, not at all. The accident wasn't his fault, it was the guy that cut him off. He now has a slightly smaller trailer and plans on making the same run, again without any safety gear. He will be fine as long as nothing goes wrong again.
JiminDenver 08/26/14 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Inverter questions.

We borrowed a B&D 500w inverter for a long weekend last year, it worked fine and did everything the OP is asking. All of our smaller inverters have been MSW including the 150w unit we ran the flat screen, satellite and phone chargers with last trip. Things did get a bit warmer than usual but nothing died.
JiminDenver 08/26/14 07:23am Tech Issues
RE: Financing Survey

1. Did you make a down-payment in cash, if so what percentage? 2. What length of loan term did you go with? 3. Did you accept the lender offered by the dealer or bring your own? 4. How much percentage of your monthly income would have been too much? We were going to put down 15% and pay the taxes out of pocket until the dealer came and said we could get a better rate on a shorter loan if we put down less and financed the taxes. So we took the loan and used the down to set up the trailer. Loan was 4.5% for 6 years. The credit union we went thru was one of the six options the dealer offered. Most dealers were offering 7.99% and 12 years, we would have paid twice in the end. We could have paid cash but didn't. I can get a personal loan with great rates any time. As a small business I would have to jump thru hoops and that is if the opportunity lasted that long. Having cash in the bank means that I can jump on a deal or get needed equipment when I need it. Everyone handles their finances differently for their own reasons. Our decision worked out well for us because a small amount of hail damage got our trailer totaled. The insurance gave us our trailer and a check and 8600 in payments went bye bye. The original money is still in the bank and the trailer is ours.
JiminDenver 08/25/14 08:55am Beginning RVing
RE: Yeti cooler vs a second fridge

I would get the mini fridge if you were going to parks with electric. The cooler if you were going to parks without. On the ice, don't use store bought cubes for a few reasons. First they keep the ice at a higher temperature to cut down on the cost of running the freezer it is stored in. Just bringing it home and putting it in your freezer for a day or two will make it last longer. The second is that cubed ice is great at getting drinks cold quick but with all of the surface area, it melts fast. We have a very old Coleman standing cooler that takes a 10# block and it will last 5 days at least while the food stays cool and dry. Any more we just rinse and fill gallon and half gallon milk jugs, fill them with water and put them in the deep freeze in between trips. I've seen those last over a week and still have ice in them and you have fresh, clean ice water any time you want.
JiminDenver 08/25/14 08:18am Beginning RVing
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