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RE: Wilson Sleek came in today.

I use a WirEng Boat Antenna combined with a 4G Sleek. The combination covers most of the Verizon & AT&T frequencies, and the gain figures are better than those of the Wilson Trucker antenna.
vermilye 04/29/16 05:11pm Technology Corner
RE: What are your favorite state parks to camp?

I have a number of favorite state parks, but #1 is Ricketts Glen State Park in PA. 21 waterfalls along 7 miles of streams filled with cascades. More Photos http://lakeshoreimages.com/images147/ASE_1212.jpg width=640 Some other favorites include some to the Utah State Parks including: Kodachrome Basin More Photos http://lakeshoreimages.com/images228/ASD_2718-Edit.jpg width=640 Goblin Valley More Photos http://lakeshoreimages.com/images114/ASD_2437.jpg width=640 Dead Horse Point More Photos at the bottom of the page http://lakeshoreimages.com/images375/_DSC2095.jpg width=640 Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA More Photos http://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images335/ASH_3417.jpg width=640 While there is no campground, Chittenango Falls State Park in NY has my favorite waterfall. More Photos http://lakeshoreimages.com/images13/chittenangofalls.jpg width=640
vermilye 04/28/16 02:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Dislike of 'Reservation Only' camping

I do lots of long trips (111, 138, 304, & 193 days) and make as few reservations as possible. For example, on a June & July trip to Alaska, the only reservation made ahead of time was for the Teklanika Campground in Denali National Park. Over the 74 days we only had one stop where the planned campground was full, and found another a mile down the road. I want the flexibility of being able to stay longer or skip new parts of the country, depending on what I discover in the area. My solution when campgrounds start to fill is to call in the morning to check availability for campgrounds in the area I expect to reach that night. Most campgrounds are honest about the likelihood of them being filled for the night - if they are close, I'll make a reservation. In the few cases where everything is booked, I just go somewhere else. I do have the advantage of being retired so my schedule is more flexible than most, and I generally stop by 2:00, early enough that there are usually non reserved sites still available.
vermilye 04/28/16 09:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How to Order the Right 220V MALE Plug?

Try IDing your connector at this page - scroll down for the NEMA configurations section...
vermilye 04/22/16 07:03am Tech Issues
RE: Days with out electric hook up?

While the longest stretch of dry camping on our recent Alaska trip was 4 days at Denali, I spent 95 days dry camping at Quartzsite, AZ this winter. A pair of 6V batteries, 195 watts of solar on the roof & a portable 160 watt panel. No generator, and I did make a pot of drip coffee each day. As to Alaska, most of the commercial parks along the way have hookups with at least electric & water.
vermilye 04/08/16 10:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Southern California Campgrounds

One I'd add to the list is Red Rock Canyon State Park 25 miles northeast of Mojave on Highway 14.
vermilye 04/08/16 09:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trailer is tripping a GFI in my garage....

And, depending on finding non GFCI receptacles in campgrounds is something you can't depend on. While rare, I've stayed in 2 different campgrounds (one the Trail of Tears in Missouri) that had GFCIs on all the receptacles, including the 30 amp. As Bobbo said, your RV should operate correctly plugged into a GFCI. If it doesn't, something is wrong & it should be fixed. Among other problems, the fault that is causing the GFCI to trip could put the frame (and any other metal) of the RV at line (120V) potential. An open ground would then result in anyone touching the earth & the RV becoming the ground conductor, resulting in a shock. This is one of the faults a GFCI is designed to protect against.
vermilye 04/08/16 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: Trailer is tripping a GFI in my garage....

Most "how GFCIs work" posts on the Internet are clueless about how neutral-to-ground detection works. There is a second fault detection mechanism in the GFCI, apparently unknown to almost all of the experts. Read about it here http://www.rhtubs.com/GFCI/GFCI.htm, scroll down to "How does a GFCI work:" . If that's not convincing enough, pull the lm1851 datasheet at www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/lm1851.pdf, and read the same thing on page 6. There's a newer technique where the chip is somehow able to measure the impedance between the downstream neutral and ground without the additional ground-neutral coil. The ncs37000 chip is an example of this. Its datasheet www.onsemi.com/pub/Collateral/NCS37000-D.PDF mentions it on pages 4 and 6, but there's no explanation of how it is implemented. One of the reasons there is confusion about GFCIs & neutral/ground faults is the original GFCIs did not have the feature to detect neutral/ground faults and only detected the >5ma difference between hot & neutral. I don't remember the year it was done, but modern GFCIs have the ability to detect neutral/ground faults. I remember watching a demo of one of the original GFIs (they didn't call them GFCIs then). The engineer wired a light bulb through the GFI, dipped his hand into a fish tank of water. When his fingers touched the water, the lamp went out. No latch, so when he took his fingers out, it came back on. Impressive, and he sure put a lot of trust in his work!
vermilye 04/07/16 09:02am Tech Issues
RE: Camera for back of trailer

I have a hard wired camera on my trailer from Rear View Safety. Like others have suggested, it isn't all that useful for backing into a site, but I do use it while driving to see in the blind spot behind the trailer, and it has been useful for the rare times I have to back up in a gas station or parking lot. Since I travel solo, I don't have a helper to get out & check.
vermilye 04/06/16 08:53am Technology Corner
RE: Need A Jumbo Size Terminal Strip

Any NAPA store should have those Not in my area. I've been looking for these for awhile. Thanks Mex!
vermilye 04/01/16 05:24pm Tech Issues
RE: First website is 25 yrs old

An interesting favorite early interactive camera on the net was the Rome Labs Snowball Camera. Not quite 25 years old, but it was a big "hit" (no pun intended).
vermilye 03/14/16 03:03pm Technology Corner
RE: Staying at fairgounds

Another app useful for finding city, county & fairground campgrounds is the Ultimate Public Campground Project. The range of services at fairgrounds goes from a parking spot in a field or paved parking lot to individual spaces with full hookups. Usually inexpensive, but you do have to check schedules. Many sponsor events other than the fair that restrict usage.
vermilye 03/01/16 10:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah national parks

Be sure to check out some of the Utah State Parks in the area. Dead Horse Point, Kodachrome Basin & Goblin Valley are all worth a visit. As long as you are into April for Zion (when the shuttles are running) the parking won't be bad, however since they start on April 1st, the last couple of weeks in March are a madhouse. Almost no parking anywhere along the Zion Canyon road.
vermilye 03/01/16 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: looking for a used 17' fiber glass trailer

If you can deal with 2 more feet in length, an Escape 19 might be a trailer that fits your needs. Standard is a queen sized bed in the rear & a 4 person dinette in front that can be made into a bed. It is within the 5000 pound tow capacity of most Honda Ridgelines. While rare, they do come on the market used - here is an example with photos. The floor plan.
vermilye 02/26/16 09:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Garmin Basecamp: exporting route

Like a fool, I keep trying Basecamp for planning trips, usually on non interstates. No matter how you set preferences in Basecamp & your Nuvi, unless you add a waypoint at every intersection, the recalculation done during the transfer will change your route. As Lou stated, the route is going to be recalculated during the transfer so if you want it to follow your planned route you must use "tricks" to fool it. Why Garmin can't make laptop mapping software that actually works is beyond me...
vermilye 02/21/16 10:06am Technology Corner
RE: Can I get help with battery math...batteries-inverter-coffee

If you are willing to go to a 5 cup drip coffee maker, it can work. I have 2 6V, 232 amp hr Interstate batteries & a Xantrex 1000 watt pure sine wave inverter. Starting in the morning with the batteries at 12.6V, I can use a 900 watt toaster to toast an English muffin, then brew 3 cups worth of coffee in the drip coffee maker that draws around 65 amps. The combination will draw me down 10.5 amp hours, around 6 amp hours for the coffee maker alone. If I do both toast & coffee, the inverter will sometimes alarm during the coffee making, but does not shut down.
vermilye 02/18/16 02:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Glacier National Park

If you visit the west side of Glacier, be sure to drive out to the Polebridge Mercantile for a sticky bun or cinnamon roll. A great bakery!
vermilye 02/05/16 10:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I'm getting tired of El Nino.

Well, I guess I've now had both extremes. Two years ago it was the "best weather ever" for the Quartzsite/Parker area, and this year I've been told it is the worst, although it is finally warming up here in the "Q". In either case, it is much nicer than upstate NY winters! I don't know about that one. Spent Christmas in the Motorhome on the Tug Hill Plateau. (just outside of Pulaski)Tomorrow it's suppose to be in the high 50's in the Finger Lakes. I, for one, kind of enjoy the El Nino. :) Yea, I suppose I should add "MOST upstate NY winters"! My son in Oswego is laughing at me...
vermilye 02/02/16 10:52am Snowbirds
RE: Cellular phone Coverage

It would be helpful if those describing coverage include how far off major roads they get. Many cell companies only provide a narrow band of coverage along interstates & some major US & state highways, as well as large cities, but fail to cover secondary roads, and, of course, boondocking areas. Over the last 5 years of hauling my trailer 75,000 miles around the US, carrying both a Verizon hotspot & AT&T phone, the Verizon service has been superior. AT&T has improved remarkably over the last 2 years, and has better service in Alaska, but if I was going to go with one carrier, it would be Verizon. They are far more often the only carrier present once you get off the main roads & out of the cities.
vermilye 02/02/16 10:21am Technology Corner
RE: NY Finger Lakes CG's

If you go to Letchworth (and I suggest you do), be sure to take the fairly long drive (but short walks) to the three waterfalls at the other end of the park from the campgrounds. Some photos from a couple of trips here.
vermilye 02/01/16 10:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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