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RE: I have to start ALL OVER... And it's my fault completely

I always wanted to do something like what you are doing for my Off-Road ECOM Radio OPs. My OFF-ROAD POPUP TRAILER is slowly becoming dedicated just for OFF-ROAD ECOM alerts... Starting from scratch you could really get setup just exactly like you want and need to be.... I would have to get that new trailer abit higher off the ground for my needs however... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/27/15 04:37pm Truck Campers
RE: solar location on Truck camper

Be sure to read up on MELLO MIKEs Solar Power 101... MELLO MIKE's TC Solar Installs These guys live for the OFF-TRAIL Days with their TC campers... I would start out with two 100WATTS panels installed on each side of the ROOF FAN setup for starters. These SOLAR panel kits are not all that expensive and will let you get your feet wet on everything that is required to use these to charge your Battery Setup. This is my plan for my OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer solar upgrade... http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-X-SXgQpUOp4/TwdRooaDEXI/AAAAAAAACDY/AFWR5Qm5vEY/s1600/P1060505.JPG height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 04/27/15 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Electrical issue

I found having a couple of TEST ADAPTERS keeps me ahead of the game trying to figure out if it is a truck connector problem or trailer problem. If the ADAPTERS work good plugged into the truck connector then I I know the problem is with the trailer. A good resource for trailer wiring pointers is ETRAILER. Check out their wiring diagrams too... I carry these two TEST ADAPTERS in my toolbox... 7-way ADAPTER Plug http://www.etrailer.com/merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/T/R/TR20117.jpg height=300 4-way ADAPTER Plug http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server4600/584d2/products/11143/images/10227/4_way_light_tester__50689__63699.1329501307.1280.1280.JPG height=300 These are available from ETRAILER or AMAZON I also always squirt some W40 into the truck connector side and work it around a few times to clean up the contact blades/pins etc before using. Roy Ken
RoyB 04/27/15 07:00am Towing
RE: 7 pin trailer connector - no 12 volt for charging

My 2010 Ford F150 had a envelope in the glove box with a 12VDC FUSE and RELAY in it with no instructions. Turned out these were required to be installed in the main fuse panel on top of the radiator to provide TOW VOLTAGE when the ignition key was turned ON.
RoyB 04/26/15 06:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Charging lithium batteries with solar

X2 on using a small INVERTER for all of your must have chargers and things. I use my 600WATT PURE SINE WAVE Inverter and route a 120VAC Extension Cord to my home entertainment area and my bedroom night stand area. This provides me 120VAC PSW for all of my emergency items I need to have powered up at all times. Roy Ken
RoyB 04/26/15 05:43pm Tech Issues
RE: When and where to find Rhododendrons

Blue Ridge Parkway and SKYLINE DRIVE... The Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel thrive best in the mountain areas around here.
RoyB 04/25/15 07:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Solar panel on roof?

My OFF-ROAD POPUP CAMPER roof doesn't support any drilling into the roof area except on the edges. I will want to do something like these google photos mounting two 100 or 120WATT PANELS on the front of the roof area on either side of the fantastic fan and then a larger 240WATT panel on the rear roof area. Also my roof use an electric motor to raise the roof when setting up and it already has a 13,500 Roof Mounted Air Conditioner so I will most likely have a weight problem when raising the roof. I am hoping the two smaller front mounted solar panels will be ok and perhaps the larger rear mounted solar panel will have to added after the roof is raise at the camp site. This panel could serve as my portable solar panel to setup on the ground as needed... I want to mount the ALUMINUM mounted UNISTRUT sections across the roof where needed and bolt these in place on the roof edges or maybe even using a mounting support down the sides of the roof. I have already mounted several things on the side of the roof up near the top with no problems with screws doing damage. I can actually go all the thru the side panel and use bolts with washers and nut on the inside if necessary. These photos from google search pretty much show what I may have to deal with getting my two solar frames mounted across the roof of my POPUP. Working with the POPUP roof in the down position will make it a piece of cake getting it all mounted. http://i.imgur.com/HmgahF3.jpg height=300 http://i.imgur.com/4DsdpWC.jpg height=300 http://i.imgur.com/89cjwCU.jpg height=300 NOTE The spring loaded sliding nuts inside the UNISTRUT will allow for easy mounting of the panels with their right angle supports. Roy Ken
RoyB 04/25/15 08:35am Tech Issues
RE: Elkmont Fireflies dates for viewing will be June 2-9.

We have done this a couple of times - worth the crowds - both sides of the road outside ELKMONT Campground filled with on-lookers. Best bet is to camp at the ELKMONT camp site. This guarantees you passage beyond the road blocks. This is a big deal for this area. Synchronous fireflies are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns. Finding hotels in the Greater Gatlingburg-Pigeon Forge-Townsend areas will be almost impossible during this time frame. Roy Ken
RoyB 04/25/15 06:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 6V battery weight

Its like How do you get 4 Elephants into a Volkswagen beetle? — 2 in the front and two in the back... The good side is the heaver the battery the more AHs it produces... Two of those 6VC Golf Cart Batteries wired in series to produce 12VC will give you between 200 an 220 AH's of capacity. That relates to your batteries producing 12VC @ 25 AMPS for around 7 hours time. I would not however ever run them below their 50% charge state so in my case I would get around 3-4 hours of drawing 25AMPS of DC Current. 25AMPS is alot of juice by the way... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/25/15 05:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Battery Disconnect

Electrically wise there is no difference. Only a choice of convenience. In my case all of my multiple batteries NEGATIVE TERMINAL goes directly to frame ground an I use four position BLUE SEA battery switches in the POSITIVE path. These become my BATTERY DISCONNECT when I select OFF on all my BATTERY SWITCHES. In my automotive battery layout it would be best to have the BATTERY DISCONNECT switch in the NEGATIVE PATH so that when you open up the circuit while removing battery terminal cables you DO NOT have to worry about your wrench touching close proximity grounded items. With the NEGATIVE PATH OPEN there will not be a circuit path to ground to cause sparking.
RoyB 04/24/15 02:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: 7 way Plug tester

When stopped most newer trucks will not send BRAKE CONTROL DC VOlTAGES when pressing the brake pedal. My 2010 Ford truck has to be moving at least 10MPH before any brake control voltages is sent to the trailer brakes. Using the MANUAL SLIDER LEVER however overrides this feature.
RoyB 04/24/15 01:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Recommend a HTT for a family

I really like the idea of the outside fold down tent beds on these models. Really frees up alot of room inside the trailers not having the beds to walk around.. These models however may be prone to water leaks as the large bottom that folds out may slightly warp and be a water leak problem. The earlier models had this problems at any rate. Also it seems there isn't as much discussions on the hybrids on the forums as they used to be... The only model I really looked at up-close was the ROO's... I imagine they might be somewhat noisy inside from outside on-goings due to the fabric tent material. I know my OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer has this downside but we usually setup back off the trails somewhere and enjoy the day/night outside sounds... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/24/15 11:43am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Down grade

We are also in our mid 70's and still enjoy actually camping in the NATL FOREST areas around here in VA-WVA-NC-TN-GA-AL high country and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Never was a MOTORHOME RV TRAVELER much persay... We have the OFF-ROAD POPUP CAMPER setup and alot of times just load up the 4X4 truck and utility trailer with our three room tent setup and head for the mtns for the week... We can stay out a very long time running off the batteries and doing the daily three hour 2KW generator re-charge and have all the modern things with us to play with. Love the high country in the woods... I will say however this type of camping is starting to get more crowded off the power grid and maybe not the safest place anymore for a couple in their mid 70's. Almost have to sleep with one eye opened these days... Never use to worry about any of that camping lifestyle way back off the trails from the early 50's when we lived out West in Arizona. Times are truly changing now... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/24/15 08:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dinghy Battery

even getting one of those small wattage SOLAR PANELS KITS that sits inside the windshield area would help. They are inexpensive and might keep your towed vehicle battery topped off... These plug into the 12VDC lighter socket. Be sure the 12VDC socket you are using stays ON all the time - alot of them these days turn off a few minutes after the ignition key is turned off. Something like this from AMAZON... http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/2000x2000/279/27921_2000x2000.jpg height=300
RoyB 04/24/15 07:54am Dinghy Towing
RE: looking for a great spot in the Appalachians for one night

My number one pick would be SHERANDO LAKE near Waynesboro/Sherando just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Easy access to I64 at EXIT 99 Blue Ridge Parkway or EXIT 90 SHERANDO SHERANDO LAKE is an excellent well known tent camping site. You may want to stay a couple of days haha... The best tent sites is in the LOOP A area with just a toilet facility with water. There are also Electric sites in another area. Roy Ken
RoyB 04/23/15 06:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How to Hook Up to Cable TV in RV parks

My POPUP TV is portable and sometimes we like to use it outside sitting under the awning. I usually bring along a TV SPLITTER and a short RG cable to hook to the CG CABLE TV port. Then I also bring two RG cables one to connect to the CABLE TV port on the trailer and the other cable to throw under the trailer so I can use it on the outside under the awning. Be sure to bring along a RG cable as the campground will not provide one for you... Also don't rule OTA TV using your BATWING antenna pointed towards the local town. The NATL BROADCAST CLEAR TV signals is great now since they have gone to DIGITAL TV MODE. This is full blown HDTV signals...
RoyB 04/23/15 06:20am Travel Trailers
RE: RV parks with cable connection

I prefer the Natl BROADCAST CLEAR channels but sometimes the wife wants to see her USA and TNT shows. CNN and WX CHannel are also neat to get over the cable connection... The digital OTA has a full line of local stations including local RADAR and old movies and old TV series stations... ALL FREE to the public - Hard to beat that... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/22/15 03:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Batwing, amplifier, AC power?

If you want to get real serious about setting up an HOME antenna for the NATL BROADCAST CLEAR HDTV Channels order one of these Xtreme Signal HDB8X-NI 8-Bay VHF/UHF HDTV Bowtie Antenna. They are not all that expensive and have two 4-BAY separate BOWTIE panels you can zero-in on two directions and still get great reception. It works even better if you add a RCA TVPREAMP1R Pre-Ampllifier powered-up by the antenna feed line using a DC VOLTAGE INSERTED signal http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Sd1Xxm7AL._SX425_.jpg height=300 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61WIKDHdi1L.jpg height=300 I get great reception of the Washington DC CLEAR TV Channels 50 mile to the north from here and I can swing the ARRAY around to the south and get almost the same amount of CLEAR HDTV channels from the Richmond VA area which is about 50 miles to the south from here. I got similar results from the BATWING and KING Antenna as well before I got the 8 BAY BOW-TIE array. Roy Ken
RoyB 04/22/15 02:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Dark sky camping

Apache trail not any good... Too close to big towns... Did find the Wupatki Indian Ruins 30 miles north of Flagstaff, Az was pretty neat for star gazing... The view of the Painted Desert was great as well in the the early evenings... A couple of the ruins would be perfect place to setup cameras. We TENT camped back in there a couple of nights way back then just off the main roads... Never checked if it was legal camping or not - no one bothered us... Another strange event there was you could sometimes hear people talking and kids playing but no one around for miles. Must be perfect spot for sound to carry from long distances away... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/22/15 11:41am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Eggs left in refrigrator

Pure vinegar with several cleanups and followed up with a open can of MAXWELL Coffee. We always have a open box of baking soda in it as well... Once you get the bad smell it usually lingers on for along time. Even now after a couple of years we still get a whiff of it once in awhile. Probably because we know what happened haha... My situation was a week long power outage at home due to a hurricane coming thru the county. Forgot all about the trailer fridge that we use all the time when the trailer is at the house. Had a 14 lb turkey melt down on us haha... I was starting to smell things around the trailer about a month later and then it dawned on me what it was... All still working here now... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/22/15 04:40am General RVing Issues
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