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RE: Battery weight

My Optima BlueTop 34M 50 AH AGM weighs about 42 pounds, and far outperforms big heavy lead-acid batteries for safety, mounting options, deep discharge capability, no need for a battery case or outside mounting, etc. I'd buy one again, but this one is going strong after many years of tent-camping. http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb296/firetender69/2009-06PARTY013-2.jpg
tplife 02/08/16 06:23pm Tech Issues
RE: San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico and points south

You couldn't pay me to go to Mexico these days although I went to TJ and Ensenada many times in the 60's and 70's Thanks for your uneducated input I live 20 miles from the border, and yes, many times we also visited, traveled, and stayed to south of Ensenada in the '70s and '80s before the Narcotrafficante wars - I owned a home and lived in Peru in the late '80s, know the risks, and wouldn't chance my life or my family's in Mexico, outside of the security-ringed tourist enclaves like Cancun. My buddy's caravan was stripped of everything by bandits, high-end Prerunners, tools, RVs, 4X4s, and all their gear and belongings. My daughter's high-school friend...well, it's been seven years and she's never been heard from again. You go right ahead and go, just don't say you didn't know the risks. There are too many other great places to go, and hopefully for the vendors y nuestros amigos en Mexico, the time may well return in Mexico when we would return. The Zonkeys of TJ, for example, are at risk of disappearing altogether, see them while you can.
tplife 02/08/16 06:16pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Smart Car

W3ozwizard, get this month's (3/16) Consumer Reports independent ratings and go to page 59: "Still Not a Smart Buy...harsh ride and jet-blast noise levels will probably drive you crazy....still a mediocre, compromise-laden vehicle with a suspension that delibers a stiff, buckboardlike ride, and a tiny engine that hesitates from a standstill...engine idle that shudders through the floor and seat and is reminiscent of an old combine tractor...the interior has several design flaws...Highs: Easy parking, access, turning circle, fuel economy. Lows: Ride, noise, acceleration, requires premium fuel..." We steered clear of this car when buying in 2011 and are happy we did.
tplife 02/08/16 06:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Which GPS Unit?

If you know the difference between a Pilot gas station and a Mobil, consider the Garmin Nuvi 3597 lmthd. It's about $320 at BestBuy, has a 5 inch pinch-to-zoom screen, 9 mm thin as a cellphone with all the bells and whistles like voice-activated navigation, bluetooth, traffic and weather, etc. Best of all is its magnetic mount, just pull it down and take it away - no annoying cords to mess with when removing just the unit. We also have a 1450 and another older Nuvi, and this is worth the extra cost in our estimation.
tplife 02/08/16 05:54pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery Question ; time watching TV

Planning it out beforehand would provide a lot longer viewing time. The largest 12V HDTV would be the 32-inch Jensen, $ 417.55 new. An Optima or Lifetime or whoever's AGM battery would tolerate deep discharge and offer a lot of other advantages over an old-school lead acid as well. The 12V HDTV gets you away from inverters that waste a lot of power to convert, rather than a converter, which wastes a fraction of power vs. an inverter (i.e.; convert a 19V laptop to 12V). 32-inch Jensen HDTV
tplife 01/26/16 02:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Sea foam test

We use this once a year in our 10.5:1 compression 97 cu. in. Road King. It's cheap insurance, and after 20 years of trial-and-error testing of various "recommended" fuel injection cleaners (we do like Marvel Mystery Oil, smells good!), this skeptical O-chemist says it's the first one that obviously works. After seeing the proof in my hi-comp Hog engine, we decided to use this as an additive in the X3, Prius, and Kiddie-Car Honda/Lexus clones. Good Stuff!
tplife 01/23/16 09:20pm Tech Issues
RE: need a good cabinet cleaner

Clean with Windex and once dry, treat with Armorall Original. Products like Murphys or Beeswax Oil are intended for wood, and we're talking vinyl over pressed wood here I'd wager.
tplife 01/21/16 06:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winter Battery maintenance?

Can't afford to let my AGM batteries rot on the Harley or the RV Power Supply, each gets its own Schumacher Float Charger from WallyWorld.
tplife 01/21/16 06:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: air bags

No issues with my Firestone system, although it's manual-fill. Only had to replace a single air hose due to some undercarriage off-road debris, cost about $ 1.00 to fix, LOL.
tplife 01/21/16 06:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Little Buddy Heater

I'm leaning toward an Olympian WAVE heater due to the safety advantages vs. the Buddy series. Flame issues at higher elevations might explain issues with the Buddy brand.
tplife 01/17/16 08:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for some help deciding on which batteries.....

What I'm replacing are two older group 27 Kirkland batteries. The only info they have, besides cranking amps, is 115 min reserve. Nothing pertaining to amps hr. KATOON: Those batteries were not a deep cycling battery. CCA (Cold Cranking Amp) are listed on 'Starting' batteries like you have under the hood in a vehicle and most likely the reason they've failed on you. Whether you go with a 6 or 12 volt battery make sure it's a true 'Deep Cycle' battery sometimes refered to as 'golf cart' batteries. I myself chose Crown, here's a link Golf & Electric Vehicle BH, is it really a good idea to mount non-AGM batteries in a compartment that is below (what appears to be) a living area? Explosive gas and corrosive liquids are why I went with AGMs that can be mounted upside down under a dinette, safely. TPlife: We're a little off topic here I'd say but if you went through my build thread (a page or two prior to the page in the link) you'd see that the battery compartment is well ventilated. As for it's location, that's the garage. The compartment access panels will be sealed with foam tape and the floor will be covered with a one-piece vinyl mat. Again, sorry guys for getting off topic ....:o BTW guys, Trojan batteries are now made in China and personally I'd stay with a US manufacturer. Thanks BH,I suspecteded that was a "toy hauler" setup, but the forum rules don't prohibit you from telling me that, LOL. Don't worry about apologizing for going off topic, if you start doing that, you'll be spending all your time 24/7 apologizing to every other person who objects to anything outside their own narrow personal interest. BTW, I just put 6 Trojan T-105s in my Club Car, I can afford to avoid our previous experience with the Crown brand this time around.
tplife 01/15/16 11:56am Tech Issues
RE: Sans mattress

Tent campers have known the solution for decades, it's called a "self-inflating sleeping pad", available in many sizes and thicknesses from companies like ThermaRest and MegaMat, and many others. The many cellular pockets of air inside insulate you from the cold of the ground, and more conductive air, as typically we sleep (comfortably) without heat during the night in fabric enclosures.
tplife 01/15/16 11:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for some help deciding on which batteries.....

What I'm replacing are two older group 27 Kirkland batteries. The only info they have, besides cranking amps, is 115 min reserve. Nothing pertaining to amps hr. KATOON: Those batteries were not a deep cycling battery. CCA (Cold Cranking Amp) are listed on 'Starting' batteries like you have under the hood in a vehicle and most likely the reason they've failed on you. Whether you go with a 6 or 12 volt battery make sure it's a true 'Deep Cycle' battery sometimes refered to as 'golf cart' batteries. I myself chose Crown, here's a link Golf & Electric Vehicle Here's a pic of my set-up http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/attachments/428086/ height=480 width=600 BH, is it really a good idea to mount non-AGM batteries in a compartment that is below (what appears to be) a living area? Explosive gas and corrosive liquids are why I went with AGMs that can be mounted upside down under a dinette, safely.
tplife 01/12/16 12:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Favorite Florida State Park

Ichetucknee Springs State Park. Good RV parks nearby, excellent tubing, and good boiled peanuts! :)
tplife 01/10/16 09:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How to avoid the dreaded "boondocker's fingertips?"

Use what the pros use, Aquaphor (a mixture of petroleum jelly and water-based ingredients) and nitrile gloves. The Aquaphor won't leave you greasy, and labs and clinics don't use latex due to the allergies (both patients and providers). In warm and cold labs we experience these same issues, after 36 years on the job this is what works best for me anyway.
tplife 01/10/16 09:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Air Mattress ?

This is due to the heat-sink effect of thermo-negative hollow air mattresses. They are only for use in heated enclosures, because they exchange heat to be the same temp as outside air, so if you're sleeping on them, they're working 24/7 to suck the warmth out of you. A cellular foam mattress would need to be 5.0 R-value or better to overcome this, while a hollow air mattress (or cot) is measured at a negative 0.75. But that doesn't mean there is no way no counter that. As long as there is no heat exchange between you body and the mattress you should be alright. Any memory foam topper would do the trick. ***Link Removed*** about how memory foam reflects your body heat back to you. Even though he's talking about back pain, it's still about keeping warm too. The only way to counter the effect is to heat the air around the mattress. Foil under and pads over still allow heat transfer. The memory foam will transfer heat down to the air mattress at a faster rate than it retains heat up. The reason is that the pad/sleeper/mattress are reaching temperature equilibration. They will stop when all are the same temp. This is why air mattresses are only intended for use inside a heated enclosure, and why they don't mention the negative 0.75 R-value at time of sale. A trip to the local UFO or commercial foam outlet will show just how many varieties of this "rises like bread" product is available in for firmness levels and covering options.
tplife 01/10/16 01:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying a new truck but trying to decide which...

Dynodragon, check your Purchase Order to verify if your deposit is refundable or not: Refusing to refund a deposit Next vehicle purchase, send $15 to Consumer Reports to get your advice on what to pay and why rather than on this forum. I am both Ford and GM Certified, but based on statistics I'd buy the Ram product. As stated, only the trim is different between them, but the GM has a higher resale value because...wait for it...they manufacture fewer of them than Chevys, so the GMC vehicle is worth more. :)
tplife 01/04/16 08:13pm Towing
RE: Air Mattress ?

I tried an air mattress a few years ago in my camper and gave it up as in the cooler weather it would never warm up, we had to put lots of layers between us and it to stay warm. This is due to the heat-sink effect of thermo-negative hollow air mattresses. They are only for use in heated enclosures, because they exchange heat to be the same temp as outside air, so if you're sleeping on them, they're working 24/7 to suck the warmth out of you. A cellular foam mattress would need to be 5.0 R-value or better to overcome this, while a hollow air mattress (or cot) is measured at a negative 0.75.
tplife 01/04/16 03:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Lightweight tent

Most folks leave the cot at home when the weather turns cold and take a self-inflating sleeping pad with a 5.0 R-Value or greater. Cots and big air mattresses (0.74 negative R-values)suck the warmth right out of you while you sleep due to how heat is exchanged to reach equilibrium.
tplife 01/04/16 02:06pm Tent Camping
RE: Coleman tent quality?

Eureka! carriers tents named Tetragon that while bottom-feeder in quality, feature a near-full coverage rain fly which is a premier feature in quality tents. It's what keeps rain out and gives weather integrity to tents.
tplife 01/03/16 07:27pm Tent Camping
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