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RE: California vacation

CalTrans length info: Note that it says "What is a 45-foot bus or motorhome? On this website, it refers to a bus or motorhome that has a length greater than 40', up to 45'." Huh??? Anyway, yours falls into that range. Here's a link to CalTrans interactive map of restrictions: http://www.dot.ca.gov/trafficops/bus/bus-map.html
Tiger4x4RV 03/30/17 11:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tracfone Upgrade Won't Allow International Dialling

Tracfone website says Basic International comes with a Tracfone, no sign-up necessary. http://www.tracfoneild.com/index.html?_ga=1.182627750.1201718840.1484086726
Tiger4x4RV 03/29/17 03:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Doing a change up to a Class B

I looked at the Colorado Campervans website you linked. Nice. Sort of like Sportsmobile but maybe a bit simpler interiors which I think is maybe good. You might ask on Expedition Portal if anybody has one. I have not seen any here in California; this is definitely Sportsmobile country. The Sportsmobile website has tons of plans and an online design tool. They have a branch in Texas and sometimes have used SMB's for sale. Also, there are tons of vanlife build videos on YouTube. The trouble with the custom build brands is that the design is pretty much all you see until the day you pick up the finished item. You could build yourself a cardboard mockup, but it's still not like going to a dealer and testing to see if your aging bones can get in and out of what seems like a great design on paper. I spent several hours last weekend doing just that on some Class B's which had been on the short list for my next RV (in a couple of years, but early starts are needed in this business) and in the process eliminated most of them. BTW, some of my short-list B's might interest you: Roadtrek Zion, Travato 59G or 59K, maybe Hymer, maybe some of the new models on the Ford Transit chassis. They mostly have solar or generators and large battery banks, often have small electric refrigerators. As to the AC/DC refrigerator, I'd vote yes. You have enough experience with solar to know how to size a system for that. Read posts on RV.net and also on Mello Mike's Truck Camper Adventure for some analyses of pros and cons of the compressor frig. Also, Expedition Portal, which did an evaluation article on them last fall. I have added a tiny portable Dometic compressor frig to my equipment for those times when the 3-way refuses to cool in hot weather. I am very happy with it. It cools quickly, stays cold, and uses very little power. Good luck with your search!
Tiger4x4RV 03/25/17 07:12pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My interview in Truck Camper Magazine

I was surprised at how many of your best that I have not yet stayed at. Plenty of material here for future trips. Thank you for the maps, the photos, and the campsite info.
Tiger4x4RV 03/10/17 05:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Do I really need a $200 Battery Monitor??

I like this one: Innova 3721 battery and charging system monitor Plug and play. Portable. I can monitor any battery which has a 12V bayonet socket in its circuits. RV engine battery, coach battery, even my car battery. I use a 12V CPAP machine all night every night and need the reassurance of being able to monitor the battery when I want to.
Tiger4x4RV 03/10/17 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rv entry for person on walker

...Mom is 94 and uses a walker and we are wondering if there are any ideas how to get her up and down the steps. DW and I can assist her so the use of a walker for that purpose would not be needed.... We are thinking of moveable step pads to make each step about 1/2 normal rise. One of us would steady her and the other would move one pad at a time and raise her up a bit at a time. Any other ideas? I have mobility issues, but can get myself up and down the steps with good assist handles firmly attached to the RV. Backing down/out is easiest for me. I can stand for short times, just cannot walk far without rollator or cane. When people have tried to help me up or down in various settings, those well-meaning but unskilled attempts have resulted in some strained muscles or other smallish injuries to either me or them. Maybe try out Mom's abilities on the actual MH steps before buying any new equipment? If she can haul herself both up and down, with one of you below as a spotter but not touching her, that would be best.
Tiger4x4RV 03/09/17 12:46pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: truck camper or class c?

My vote goes to the idea of a TT and a truck with a small TC or shell. Most versatility and living/working space for the money.
Tiger4x4RV 03/06/17 02:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Naciemento-Fergusson Road from Hwy 101 to Hwy 1

It's pretty too! Right, Tiger? Pretty does not even begin to describe it. More like SPECTACULAR!
Tiger4x4RV 02/27/17 06:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Naciemento-Fergusson Road from Hwy 101 to Hwy 1

I've driven it several times in the rig shown in my signature. 20 feet long, 87 inches wide. No problems, although this is not a road for the chicken-hearted. Low gears, good brakes, and careful driving are a must. The road is narrow and winding. The pavement was improved a few years ago due to this road being the only coastal access during another of Hwy 1's perennial long shutdowns. Check current conditions carefully before setting out. http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ This CalTrans Quick Map is showing a number of issues on Hwy 1 right now, some north and some south of N-F Road.
Tiger4x4RV 02/27/17 04:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: TR: Treasures of Anza Borrego

Thank you! I haven't been able to get out there lately. Seeing your photos helps.
Tiger4x4RV 02/23/17 11:30am Truck Campers
RE: Who Drives? The Man or the Woman?

Regardless of who drives, the other person should at least be competent enough to take over and drive to the next off-ramp in case of emergencies. X2 on that. Nobody gets to refuse to learn how to drive the rig for at least a short distance. When choosing your RV, be sure that the setup can fit either of you if heights differ greatly.
Tiger4x4RV 02/22/17 09:18am RV Lifestyle
RE: Disgruntled Millennials on the Road

Take a look at Campendium, which often has links to the blogs of people who contribute campsite reviews. Many are youngish couples living/working on the road. https://www.campendium.com/ You have to sign up for a free account to see the full records. Google "millennials on the road full time RV". Some odd stuff there, but some that appears that it would be helpful to you. #vanlife? Maybe a bit too non-mainstream for you? YouTube has many video blogs of young fulltimers I read somewhere that the Escapees RV club now has a sub-group for younger members, but cannot locate that info right now. Edit: Found it! https://www.xscapers.com/about-us Best of luck to you!
Tiger4x4RV 02/21/17 12:03pm Full-time RVing
RE: Sprinter Windshield covers--Inside/Outside (SOLVED)

I had an outside windshield cover for my first RV. Hated it! Doing/undoing got me all dirty and left me with the wet or dirty cover to store inside during the day. Plus, I worried about dirt on the cover scratching the RV. The only advantage I can think of is that the cover possibly protected the wiper blades from sun damage. I have been happy for many years now with interior covers which I made from Reflectix. Privacy plus insulation. Always clean. Roll up or lie flat for storage.
Tiger4x4RV 02/19/17 12:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Pre-paid cellular data with longest shelf life?

Take a look at Tracfone. I've used their voice plans for years. They have smart phones now, or bring you own, and data plans. See if they can meet your needs. http://www.tracfone.com/
Tiger4x4RV 02/18/17 05:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Spare tire on the roof?

I carried a spare on the roof of my former RV (sold in 2006). It was securely tied into a corner of the roof railing, with the tie-down ropes replaced annually. Got it up there by hoisting with a rope or pulling the RV next to something tall that I could climb on and then pushing tire onto RV. Was this a good idea? Probably not. At the time, I thought it was better than no spare, which was the other option. I never had to use this spare in 15 years of backroad driving, maybe 80K miles. If you took physics and remember about vectors, you know that putting something heavy up high is not a good idea.
Tiger4x4RV 02/17/17 08:38am General RVing Issues
RE: I Overdosed on Niacin Yesterday

Disclaimer here: I am a librarian, not a health professional. This means that I am good at looking things up. I am not responsible for what uses you make of this info. Here is the National Library of Medicine's page on Niacin: https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682518.html All supplement-taking folks need to check for reputable info, not just what they heard on an RV forum or TV or wherever. There is a supplement and drug info database at https://medlineplus.gov/druginformation.html. Access is free, and the language is usually not too difficult to understand.
Tiger4x4RV 02/16/17 01:25pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Serrano Campground at Big Bear California

Recreation.gov says "The campground offers more than a hundred sites for tent and RV camping. A couple dozen sites provide full utility hookups for RVs and a dump station is located within the campground. " I had to go all the way into making a pretend reservation before I could find out that these hookups are electric, water, sewer. 28 sites. It is good to check such details, because sometimes "hookups" does not include sewer.
Tiger4x4RV 02/11/17 08:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The 300 foot rule -- do they mean what they say?

My personal policy is to use established legal sites only. No guilt that way.
Tiger4x4RV 02/03/17 03:40pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The real cost of camping vs not

An RV is not an investment. It's like a refrigerator: you buy it, you use it, eventually it wears out. I have an RV because I like the style of travel it provides. I don't think much about mpg or cost per night.
Tiger4x4RV 02/03/17 08:45am General RVing Issues
RE: CPAP usage

...I went with a portable cpap batt. I can get about 14 to 18 hours cpap on the portable. Cheaper than adding more house power, ... Yes, the portable does seem to be cheaper than adding more house power. But how do you recharge the portable? My house batteries recharge from the truck engine; I have no solar, no generator, and rarely any shore power. I am not sure if I could recharge both the house batteries and a portable CPAP battery from the truck at the same time. I carry a Duracell 600 Portable Power unit to be used for non-CPAP purposes (light, charging small electronics) if needed. Such use would have to be planned in advance in a situation where I wanted to stay longer than usual in one place and wanted to conserve the house battery power to use for the CPAP. Conservation: minimal water pump use, LED lighting, minimal heater use, 3-way refrigerator. My house system is 2 6V AGMs. They normally provide power for both house use and CPAP with humidifier for 3-4 nights without taking the stored power down too far. In cold weather, they would probably not do this well. 3 years of CPAP use and maybe over 100 camping nights, no problems so far.
Tiger4x4RV 01/29/17 09:49am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
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