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RE: Extendable Antenna Mast

I like your idea, but I boon dock at the beach so a dipole isn't very practical. I was thinking of a buddypole or the Alpha antenna, on top of a flagpole mast. This will be my first season trying it out. Should be fun. I also use two 6v T125 Trojans so I wondering what the power drain will be. When on SSB typically we only chat for a few seconds. It will be interesting exercise. I did just start doing digital at 30 watts less of a drain...
Crabbypatty 05/20/16 05:02am Technology Corner
RE: Skidaway or James Island?

I was at James Island and the shuttle was free. It leaves the camp store I believe at 10 and has a pickup point in Charleston at around 3. It was free. We didn't go to Folly but that's just another reason to return. Great CG, great people easy in-out of Charleston.
Crabbypatty 05/19/16 04:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How many use HAM vs C/B for rig to rig etc?

I have had my ticket just over a year and intend on bringing my rig with me. Not just for over the road but when parked as a hobby. I purchased the smallest hf vhf rig the Yeasu 857d. Its the size of a car radio. From my QTH I have spoken out 5,000 miles and routinely much closer. Soon we will be expanding our trips from FHU to the park system as there is so much to see. (no facitlities) Traveling already I have been in spots with zero internet and zero cellphone service. Ham radio I can get a message out if needed even email and texting. I will be analyzing antennas and soon will pick something that I can set up in a flash as well as something on the tv when moving. Recently I was turning the knob and came across the "RV Services Net". A net, which is a just a frequency and time that like minded individuals meet, they are a net by and for rvers. Whether your over the road or in your qth.Soon I will become a member and start meeting people like us. CB I use as the truckers squak about traffic issues. I leave chan 19 on. When traffic gets nasty a call out usually provides a good work around and has saved us countless idling hours. It can be a little spicy but the truckers know how to get from a to b asap. PS What portable antennas does everyone use? I was thinking about a Buddi Pole or an Alpha both are multi band and fold up into a small bag. A dipole could present issues if no trees are around. Happy trails & 73's k2bkr
Crabbypatty 05/19/16 04:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: My first RV wheel bearing replacement

I have used redneck-trailer.com for all my brakes bearings seals etc. They know all there is to know. Just take measurements diameter & width of brakes. Note the axle serial numbers and make and they can supply at a reasonable price all you need. I repack my bearings every year. Its not hard one wheel at a time takes just a couple of hours for 4 wheels.
Crabbypatty 05/13/16 04:33am Tech Issues
RE: New England trip in July

For Boston Area Minuteman CG in Littleton Mass. Bar Harbor KOA right near Acadia is A+ make sure you stop at Trents Lobsta Pound right on the causeway. Best 2.5 pound lobsta I ever had. Lower VT Brattleboro KOA we stayed there last summer Rte 9 will take you through the mountains to Albany NY and points west. Lots of fun
Crabbypatty 04/25/16 01:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Easy way to see Long Island, NY?

We live on LI and take the Cross Sound Ferry all the time with our TT. They are careful and will tell you which boat you can fit on. The ferries are very large. Driving into and off of LI is horrible on a good day. Best time to do that is between 10pm to 5 am! No real cgs on LI except for County Parks but there is a CG in Greenport. You need to plan and make reservations as you cant just show up in an RV and expect to get on. PM me if you want to get into more specifics. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 04/25/16 01:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Days for Boston area?

We stay at Boston Minuteman and they can direct to the commuter rail nearby to go to Boston. This though will place you 30 minutes north and west of bean town. If you wish to visit further south then Normandy Farms might be better for you. There is an aweful lot to do and see, so plan your days. 12 Days is not enough to do it all. In addition we have stayed on Cape Cod and there is a good CG just north of Falmouth. Cape Cod Camping Resort. From there you can do the entire Cape, Ferry to Marthas Vineyard, Rhode Island as well as areas south of Boston. Boston was only 1 1/2 hours from the cg as we brought our daughter to college there and stayed in Cape Cod. If you go to Cape Cod in Falmouth is a little restaurant down an alley called Shuckers. Biggest best lobster roll I have ever had! At the other end of the Cape in P Town take the whale watch tour and you will see them.This year we are considering Rhode Island and want to do Newport etc. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 04/25/16 01:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mt.Washington N.H.

While a little far we chose Danforth Bay Camping Resort. We day tripped to Mt Washington and surrounding area attractions. We also vegged out and relaxed at the CG which had to many things for the kids to do. That gave us valuable adult downtime. If you do this I will recommend Yankee BBQ order "the feast" Its for 4 persons but we had enough left over for lunch the next day even though we were 4! Its on the road on the way in. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 04/23/16 05:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Charleston to NJ, 95 or 77 to 81?

Mike we have taken both of those routes. Up the eastern shore is way more scenic and a little slower. Its a toss up but for certain anything is better than 95! Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 04/02/16 06:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Tongue Weight

I am going to unload and reload the front and rear compartments. Then test the tongue weight. I also have 4 solar panels up on the roof and they really don't weigh much but it must be cumulative. Once I determine the weight Ill see if I need to upgrade the hitch. I also will scout for a Sherline seems like an easier way to do it as we spend around 21 days in the unit.
Crabbypatty 03/31/16 04:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue Weight

Weighing the TT isnt going to give me the Tongue Weight but still would be interesting. They have a scale in the nearby quarry but they are busy I ll see if I cant get the TT weighed in as well. But for now I believe Im accurate and will see about moving somethings around in the unit to bring some of the weight off of the tongue. Im still undecided on upgrading the hitch or not...Thanks all for the constructive input.
Crabbypatty 03/30/16 05:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue Weight

According to etrailer you multiply the distance between the two pipes. In this instance it's 4 feet so it's scale reading X 4. I did it correctly. I guess what do they mean by dry weight? Two lp tanks are 65 lbs each. Two 6v batteries are also 65 lbs each right there is 270 lbs that's 1170 without the front storage, under the bed and essentially everything from the tires forward that are loaded in. Dishes and all.
Crabbypatty 03/30/16 11:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue Weight

I had it set up with the scale 3 feet left of the center point and the fixed point 1 foot to the right. Both on pipe rollers as it was illustrated. Trailer was level. This was how I saw it performed after googling and viewing on youtube. Im not about to go out and buy a $300 scale for just one use, so I used the bath scale technique.
Crabbypatty 03/30/16 07:40am Travel Trailers
RE: For you hams - less activity on 2M & 440?

As a new ham, 1 year old, I noticed in my qth that vhf/uhf traffic is spotty. Our club has its own repeater and I almost never hear anyone on it. I haven't really traveled with a radio yet but when we do go somewhere far, I am going to put the ft857d in the rig for its hf capability. More for needed communications if we travel where cellphone is spotty. 73 k2bkr
Crabbypatty 03/30/16 04:57am Technology Corner
Tongue Weight

My Sunnybrook 2008 298BHS manual states that the tongue weight "empty" is 906lbs. We bought a new TV and I need to adjust my hitch and wanted to figure out the tongue weight. I used the bathroom scale and a 4ft 4x4. I was very surprised to see the dial spin and indicate 340lbs x 4 = 1360 lbs. While I didnt expect 906 I also didnt think it was that heavy. Interesting I emptied the cargo bay and the scale didnt move even though I removed more than 100lbs of supplies. How accurate is that technique? I still need to adjust the hitch but I have a 1200/12000lb Reese dual cam sway. If that weight is true then I need to upgrade to the 1500/15000 hitch. Just curious what others have found out.
Crabbypatty 03/30/16 04:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Outer Banks

First trip to Myrtle Beach from LI thought I could do it in one haul. What an almost tragic mistake. The light on 501 was quick, my senses dull from 14 hours of towing. Both feet on the brakes and the TV stopped clean in the lane of traffic. After that it was never again. I95 southbound is Fredericksburg KOA. Its 8 hours from LI maybe a little more for you. Its a couple miles off the I95, quiet and peaceful. Alternatively take 13 down through the DelMarva, cross the Chesapeake bay Bridge and grab 17 to OBX. Toms Cove CG in Chincateague is 8 hrs from LI. Do yourself and all your going with a HUGE and SAFE favor by laying over someplace, before something really bad happens. The KOA looked nice but Camp Hatterus CG got the best reviews. We stayed in the oceanfront portion one rig from the entrance to the beach. Would definitely go back. Since that one big wakeup call, I never did that again and always make a reservation 8-10 hours at the max out and do the same on the return.Hopefully you will seriously consider it and we wont read about you in the news. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 03/29/16 04:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Getting ready to buy F250

We just bought a 2015 Platinum F 250 with the same engine gears etc. We are getting 13.4 round town. It doesn't move to much going into highway, but we havent done that much yet. I will be adding a K & N air box plus tuning it just like I did to my 2500 Burb. I got an extra 1-2 mpg but ore importantly it towed much better. After all thats why we bought it, not to commute but to tow. Wifey drives it exclusively until towing, thats when I get it :). Havent towed yet but cant wait. I heard that a 4.10 rear was better for pulling but Ill start out with this. My TT loaded should be around 10,000# Hope that helps you. Happy Trails PS the 6.2 is a gasser with a 6 speed
Crabbypatty 03/01/16 04:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: range extender

Hawkins smart repeater with roof top antenna works great, but that also depends on the signal from the Cg.
Crabbypatty 02/21/16 10:14am Technology Corner
RE: Air Intake Systems

I both tuned with a maxx tuner and added the k & n air take. I grabbed a couple of miles per gallon and more hp which was very useful pulling up long grades. Just sold my 2500 suburban with an 8.1 and ur new to us f250 with a 6.2l, will,also be tuned and a k & n air system added. I keep mys stuff on average of 10'years so it more than pays for itself. Happy trails
Crabbypatty 02/21/16 09:59am Towing
RE: last trip of the year. ....hard to believe. ..

Circumstances dictate our time and the last few years we haven't been able to get out much. Then we bought a new to us TT and the last two years we've been out more. Last year was 21 nights. This year was 26 nights. It seems we just get in the groove then the temps drop. Oh living in the Northeast. I haven't blown it out yet so maybe a couple more nights. We shall see. But it makes me yearn for more....and its always a good time whether we are 7 miles or hundreds of miles away. Away.....
Crabbypatty 10/28/15 04:52am Travel Trailers
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