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RE: swamp cooler

Back in the 60s when living in Tempe AZ that was the way to go. The trick of keeping cool was how to vent-in the outside air. Granted you could not get real lows temps goings but I would take a 10 degree drop in temperature any day... I use to experiment back in my creekside tent camping back in those days with a car radiator or car heater fan using cool water from the creek being pumped thru the cores and dumped back into the creek. Then using a DC Fan blowing behind the radiator or heater cores into the tent... Surprisingly cool temps could be had... In Arizona all of the air conditioners were roof mounted and were hugh with water circulating through the coils. Then you would close all of the outside windows except one or two on one end of the house just cracked open a tad. This was best sleeping of my life at night haha... Somehow you would figure out which outside windows to keep open and which to keep closed... The only bad thing I hated to do was climb up on the roof to change out the air filters. You had to fight off black widow spiders all the time... The old wives tail of only finding one black widow was false where we lived in the outskirts of Tempe AZ... TurboKool came out with this model for RV's but I never looked into them. How to handle the water sounded like a bad thing for something like this... https://i.imgur.com/Skh1oDS.jpg height=300 AS Don is seeing the only DC Current to deal with is running the pump and the fans... No A/C compressor motors to deal with for sure... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 06/23/18 07:16am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for Campground

When we are driving we like to goto GOOGLE SEACRH and you can type in ST LOUIS i.e. and this will bring up a google map of the surrounding area. Then in the search window type RV CAMPGROUNDs.. and then the map you are seeing will then show up all of the RV Camping areas... Then you can click on one of those and it will take to that campground home page... We also like to ZOOM down on some of these RV CAMPGROUNDs and switch to SATELLITE MODE and then can see the campground. Will give you a good idea if this will be good for you to use... You can continue this going from Point A to Point B and letting the GOOGLE MAP update as it get moved. This is great for us as well when driving through the mtns roads. If you see RV's or Big Trucks on the road using the map then you get a pretty good idea it will be safe for you to go that way... These satellite modes are updated regularity so they will be pretty much up to date on what you can see... Sometimes I will just set down with my LAPTOP and track my whole road from point A to point B and see what it looks like on the road maps... Just another good tool you use to your benefit... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 06/20/18 12:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thought you guys might find this interesting!

Its not a new idea for sure... I have looked at this photo on google search a few times. Lots of built-in storage space on the trailer... https://i.imgur.com/49ZtpyN.jpg height=400 Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 06/20/18 07:48am Truck Campers
RE: 30 amp outlet

I've been just plugging in a long extension cord with a 30A to 15A Long Adapter Cord from WALMART into an unused 20AMP SERVICE 120VAC receptacle that was installed in my garage for an Air Compressor at one time... This has its own 20A Circuit Breaker in the power panel in the Garage. I am always checking my connection that is laying on the ground to make sure it is never getting hot on me... I probably should do the same thing and run it to the outside of garage like you did... Nice Job... I like these two helpful drawings on GOOGLE showing how they would be wired up for the 30A SERVICE CONNECTION... Typical 50A - 30A Campground PEDESTAL setup wiring. https://i.imgur.com/NgktbLl.jpg height=300 Google Image https://i.imgur.com/nczS41N.jpg height=300 Google Image Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 06/20/18 07:14am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 6v batteries from Costco (or somewhere else)

X2 on the DURACELL 6V GC2 batteries. I just got four of them from local BATTERIES PLUS BULBS store for around $85 each. This was the SLIGC110 model which are 215AH Deep Cycle Golf Cart Batteries... I was able to give them 12VDC battery cases for the core charges... The other good deal thing here is you don't have to belong to any store like COSTCO or SAM's CLUB... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 06/19/18 12:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging 50A 5er with Generator 30A Receptacle

You should be able to find a 30A-50A long Adapter from WALMART but can also be ordered from AMAZON. This is a diagram what you need to pickup. The 30A side has MALE connectors and the 50A side has FEMALE connectors. https://i.imgur.com/TlLz94y.png height=300 Google Image You can see in the diagram that the two hots are tied together so the 30A SERVICE will feed both of your 50A legs in your trailer. Here is another diagram showing this example. https://i.imgur.com/QJCDaYi.jpg height=300 As stated above you will have to watch which high wattage appliances are being used at the same time as you only have a total of 30AMPS to use from the generator. If you try to use both air conditioners at same time it will trip the 30A GENERATOR BREAKER. Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 06/16/18 07:17pm Tech Issues
RE: VIDEO: Installing Ditch Flood Lights - No More Dark Roads

Camper Jeff - I was always doing things like this back in my Jeeps days and always had to pay the price of ripping things off the jeep so it could pass DOT safety Inspections.. On on my off-road POPUP trailer... I ran into problems mounting my own version back-up lights. was not DOT approved and I had to remove them to pass inspection... I think the main reason on the back-up lights is they are required to only come on when you place the tow vehicle in reverse... A separate ON-OFF switch not allowed... Of course these lights did not have aDOT approved lens on them either... I think you can mount almost anything to the sides of the road vehicles but not sure if that is good in every state.... My 5thwheel has the two large 8-inch scare lights mounted on the side at the roof height and no one has said anything about them at the State inspection Station not being approved lights... Just bringing it up hehe... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 06/10/18 11:37am Truck Campers
RE: Latest WIN 10 Update

I have been ignoring the cloud ever since I have heard about it hehe... Sounds like I better get started to using it... I'm probably using the cloud and don't even know about it... For some reason I just feel better having my backup files on my own hard drive here in my hands... Who knows who is viewing my files when in the cloud... I remember way back when in the early 1960s WINDOW days MS was sending everybody's files to a place in Australia for whatever reasons... Roy Ken
RoyB 06/09/18 11:19am Technology Corner
RE: Confirming electrical set up

The rest of us are seeing the pictures, so perhaps you need to check the Settings on whatever device you're using on RV.net j-d Did my photos show up OK. Haven't been on the RV NET much of late... Maybe you was referring to something else... I am using free IGMUR to post my photos... Roy Ken
RoyB 06/09/18 10:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Confirming electrical set up

Show these drawings to your electrician... He will understand it... I would also hope he is a licensed guy with Insurance. If he ends throwing 240V at you in the wrong spot and burns up a bunch of things then his insurance will pay for it. If it is your friend or father-in-law etc... guess who gets to pay for it... Typical camp ground Pedestal hookup https://i.imgur.com/NgktbLl.jpg height=400 What to measure using the multimeter for RV 50AMP Circuit https://i.imgur.com/9WRy4YT.jpg height=400 What to measure using the multimeter for RV 15/20A and 30A Circuit https://i.imgur.com/nczS41N.jpg height=400 Are you sure you only need the 30A service? Check your shore power cable connector to see if will plug into the sockets shown here for 30A system setup... For some reason I have always thought the motorhomes were mostly 50A Service requirement... Typical Service Pedestal at camp ground https://i.imgur.com/Zugn85W.jpg height=400 All photos google images Also check with your surge protector setup if you have one. Some have that built-in to their house setup. I don't use one on my simple off-road setup but have read this may not fit well into your house pedestal setup... Don't let your Electical friend install anything based from 'his house wiring' experience. This is for RV's and there is a slight difference. NOTE: DO NOT PLUG IN YOUR RV SHORE POWER CABLE until you read exactly what is shown using the multimeter chart readings. It can get expensive in a instant. Read up on it on-line... Lots of stories... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 06/09/18 06:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Has Photobucket released your photos held hostage last year?

I got a message from Photobucket last week that my FREE account was unblocked and then they listed their new sign-up deal. I looked on their site and saw I had all the same photos on my Hard Drive they had of mine. Then I deleted my FREE Photobucket Account and sent their email to the Junk E-Mail folder I have here... I am quite happy with the IMGUR free posting site at this point... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 06/07/18 11:52am Technology Corner
RE: Where to go in September, maybe October

For us Tent Trailer guys late SEP/OCT is perfect time for us to head down to Myrtle Beach SC and visit family and then come back up through Gatlinburg-Smoky Mountains TN to catch some outstanding fall foliage... Kids are heading back to school and you have the shopping streets all to your self... Good way to spend two or three weeks... The most time we spend on the road is usually 5-6 hours between stops. We are definitely not into the RV Travel mode... Color us RV Campers not RV Travelers hehe... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 06/01/18 07:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Venting for Battery adequate?

The problem I see is your 5th wheel bedroom is directly above your installed battery compartment - At least that is the way mine is... Probably not the best of circumstances haha... Even LOWES has the vent tubes with hose assemblies... I'd try to rig up some positive venting... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/31/18 03:51pm Tech Issues
RE: coffee 'Therma Carafe'

We have good luck with the CUISINART Grind and Brew Thermal 10-CUP Coffee maker. I am using the DGB-650BC model... https://i.imgur.com/EmhncaB.jpg height=400 Google Image This works great in our OFF-ROAD camping as it only needs 120VAC for the around 5-minutes for the GRIND and BREW operation and then it pours up the fresh made coffee into a thermos Cafafe. This fits into our normal off-grid camping scheme just fine by running all the things we want to run directly off our batteries or from a Power Inverter. It is planned to run down our battery battery bank to its 50% charge state by the next morning and this is when we connect up our 2KW Generator when allowed to our POPUP converter setup to recharge the battery bank back up to its 90% charge state with a three hour generator run time. During this this three hour run time we get to make our coffee for the day and like stated above this only needs the generator for about five minutes to grind and brew our coffee... Since the whole world has gone to K-CUPs now it seems I probably should look into some of that for making our coffee but for the present time using same band name bottled water we bring with us we get to enjoy our fresh Ground Bean Coffee taste every day... Definitely keeps our coffee hot all day long... Probably one of the downsides to the CUISINART type coffee makers is the cleanup before making fresh coffee again... ALot of components needs rinsed off it seems... We have been using the Cuisinart Coffee makers for several years now for both camping and in the house... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 05/24/18 09:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Replacing tail light

Just be aware the TAIL LIGHTS fixtures are required to be DOT TYPE APPROVED. These are safety lights and need to be approved by DOT and be sure they have the DOT ID NUMBERS stamped into the lens... If the tail light is not DOT TYPE APPROVED then it may become an issue during SAFETY INSPECTION time... We ran into this all the time back in my early JEEP DAYS when we all changed out safety lights alot from running off-road and getting them damaged... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/23/18 05:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Amber lens cover for 2003 E450 Ford Fourwinds

Just keep in mind these SAFETY LIGHTS lens are required by DOT and must show the APPROVAL DOT Stamp on the lens. If the DOT statement is not present you may not be able to pass your safety inspection... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/22/18 04:30pm Class C Motorhomes

My Cuisinart grind and brew coffee maker is only drawing power for about five minutes then it pours up into a thermos carafe that keeps the coffee hot for a pretty long period of time... We camp alot off grid using the batteries so having a short time using power is important for us.... I have never looked into those K-CUPS coffee makers but they sure are popular in the various stores like WALMART... Since we have our favorite fresh ground bean coffee taste I guess we could grind our coffee beans using the MR COFFEE grinder and get to use the K-CUPs for almost instant coffee when we want it... Probably should look into those since they seem to every where you look in the various stores. My Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee maker does just fine for us camping off grid like we do... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 05/19/18 03:43pm Family Camping
RE: TV bracket outside

Every TV SET I have ever seen has a standard four holes arrangement on the back of them. You should be able to go to WALMART or any big store and find something that might help you come up with a wall mount that will work for you. There are many versions available all using the standard four hole mounting scheme... This is a typical HDTV swivel wall mount using the four screw pattern on the rear wall mounting scheme... https://i.imgur.com/o5JqKpn.jpg height=300 Google image Also note that depending on the age of your HDTV SET it may not be compatible anymore with the HDTV digital TV signals that is being transmitted over the airways these days. Even some cable hookups at the camp ground cable connections are now converted over to the somewhat new digital TV format... You might want to make sure your present TV set is working first with the available HDTV signals as you may want to purchase a new HDTV for your trailer that may require a different mounting scheme to work for you... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 05/17/18 04:47am Travel Trailers
RE: cant find part needed

Good point what BUD says... These are regulated by DOT as safety lights and MUST be approved type lens which have a DOT NUMBER stamped on them. If you search AMAZON for the stamped-on DOT number you should find exact lens right away... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/14/18 01:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ten Years On RV.NET - 2501 Posts

WOW - I joined RV NET in Apr 2008. Time does fly when you are having fun... I think the RV NET was the first RV forum I joined... I also joined Jayco Owners, POPUPPORTAL, and Starcraft Owners... I actually hangout on POPUPPORTAL most of the time as it is very big with POPUPS and actual RV CAMPING more so than RV TRAVELING. I very seldom get more than a couple of hundred miles away from home anymore... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 05/13/18 02:03pm Truck Campers
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