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RE: Driving our homebuilt rig to Alaska....questions

I’d just wait out any snow. We found that the fast drivers were the locals and many tourists. Traffic was light so they could pass as desired. Rocks from passing or oncoming traffic are another concern. Oncoming truckers generally moved as far right as possible because they didn’t want your rocks. Fuel is usually available but if you get it at the smaller locations expect to pay more and maybe a lot more. The general advice is to not go below 1/2 full which would be 150 miles. Consider carrying 15 additional gallons. If you have an unmounted spare carry it and let the tow truck change the tire. Without it the time and cost will go up.
CA Traveler 02/22/17 04:28pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New Toy

Dave, That would do the job. I had some PVC so trying that first. I did find some round metal rings at Tractor Supply, maybe 3/8" diameter. All that I was trying to do was keep it in place while driving and using it.
CA Traveler 02/21/17 04:10pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: New Toy

Has anyone replaced the crazy spring feet? I can see myself doing something different, don't like them at all and I haven't even used it yet.I was wondering if they serve some purpose like reduced heat transfer? One camper told me the grill can char a wooden picnic table and he uses a metal plate. In the picture above the feet rest on an aluminum plate and they are held in place with a round section of PVC glued to the plate. Time will tell if the PVC holds up.
CA Traveler 02/21/17 09:32am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Members Solar Installations With Pics

Updated Fisherguy to 480W.
CA Traveler 02/21/17 09:00am Tech Issues
RE: Spare tire on the roof?

I'll go against the tide here as I think the above picture is a better choice than the roof. And storing this large tire in the storage locker takes a lot of space but perhaps OK for weekend warriors. This rig like mine has a side radiator and I've measured my rear vent temperature at 140F about like my tires on a hot summer day. I do agree that the visual design could be better. And of course if you never need a spare then why carry one?
CA Traveler 02/18/17 06:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Getting to Teklanika CG

Unless rules have changed, you will be unable to go back to the gate area to get her. She will most likely have to spend the night somewhere near the gate and wait on the next day's bus. She might be better off staying in Anchorage or Talkeetna and coming in the next day. When the time gets closer I would call the park and ask them your best option.Plus talk to them when you get there. Perhaps a better option would be for you to delay going in for one day and meeting up elsewhere even another Denali CG.
CA Traveler 02/18/17 05:54pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Spare tire on the roof?

This is a spare tire solution by another RVer, no rim just the tire so that's it's available if needed. http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/oo134/catraveler/DSCN0292_zps7faa32cd.jpg
CA Traveler 02/17/17 08:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Asheville NC to Santa Cruz CA family of 5 and a pig :)

Consider stopping at the GC, Bryce and Zion NPs. All are spectacular and close to I40. The distance back to them from Santa Cruz might put them lower on the priority especially since there is much to see in CA.
CA Traveler 02/16/17 08:50am Roads and Routes
RE: Running A/C with extension cord into 20 amp outlet.

I'd use a 10 ga cord or upgrade to 30A cord and circuit. Also is it really a 20A plug on a dedicated CB? Most home circuits are multiple 15A plugs on a 20A CB which means there can be additional loads on the circuit.
CA Traveler 02/14/17 12:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Alaska 2017 Road Conditions

We went in 2013 and did not encounter "massive mud" in that area. Timing has a lot to do with the experience.
CA Traveler 02/14/17 08:43am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Getting older MH road ready

Oil and coolant levels, battery, starting fluid, look for critter damage then give it a try.
CA Traveler 02/12/17 02:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trimetric 2030 battery monitor

The very popular 24V panels with 60 cells are about 30V+. Parallel 60 cell panels do not match up very well with 24V batteries which need 29.6V for bulk charging. This is not analogous to 12V panels which are 36 cells and 18V for 14.8V bulk charging. 2 12V panels in series or 72 cell panels would be much better.
CA Traveler 02/10/17 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel placement

Shipping prices for large panels will always be high. But what about buying 6 panels and now the price is 106 + 50 = $156 per 235W panel - Western states area. And sell the excess panels for a little more. Or up to 14 panels for $315 S&H. My impression is that Canadian Solar is very good quality and that is what I'd do. My son has 160W solar, I'd give him 2, buy a controller, help him install them and - Merry Christmas 2017 son.
CA Traveler 02/08/17 01:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel placement

Canadian 235W Solar $106 Click.
CA Traveler 02/08/17 07:46am Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel placement

My raised panel choice was determined by: 1. The best panel location involved one panel over a vent. That dictated that the immediate adjacent panel be at the same level. It then made sense to also raise the rear panel. 2. Removing a few bolts would allow the panel over the fan to swing up for vent service. Or just remove all the bolts. Not intolerable to me. 3. Less A/C shadows was a benefit. Essentially rig orientation is not a factor. This is not a major factor as early morning/late afternoon sun is limited anyway for flat panels. 4. Air flow for raised panels when driving and/or storms was not a factor. 20K miles and 2+ years with no issues. Plus air flow when stopped is a benefit for hot temperatures. Of course I could run the fan to cool the panels - Oh wait! That would take more power than saved. :h There are many different choices with solar to improve our camping experience.
CA Traveler 02/07/17 07:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel placement

Click for a list of member solar installs.
CA Traveler 02/07/17 03:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel placement

Mine is higher for the vent and to reduce A/C shadows. See the 4th picture. Click.
CA Traveler 02/07/17 01:47pm Tech Issues
RE: planning a trip to yellowstone, road driving help needed

You should be fine for seeing the sights. Yes parking can be a problem but you are flexible, just park when you can and come back to those that you can't or ask if someone is going to leave. Just be flexible.
CA Traveler 02/06/17 10:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trimetric 2030 battery monitor

Charger and solar off, turn a light etc. on/off and note it's draw. Handy to have a table of battery loads. The monitor reflects the battery amps only and not charger/solar amps. For example with the charger off assume solar shows 20A and with 5A house loads the 2030 will show 15A to a discharged battery.
CA Traveler 02/06/17 08:50am Tech Issues
RE: Trimetric 2030 battery monitor

I had to tweek the settings a little for it to register 100% SOC with a fully charged battery. I have the 2025 RV model but essentially the same monitor.
CA Traveler 02/05/17 06:51pm Tech Issues
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