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RE: Good all-around sleeping bag / mattress

Avoid under all circumstances cots or hollow-tube air mattresses for cold weather. They are designed for use inside heated enclosures, so you'll need a heater or heated mattress pad or electric blankets unless you plan on bringing 6X the sleeping gear to compensate for their 0.75 thermo-negative R-Values.
tplife 08/23/16 11:16am Tent Camping
RE: Good all-around sleeping bag / mattress

Companies like NorthFace, Marmot, Mountain HardWear, Sierra Designs, A16, REI and EMS sell quality sleeping bags for a variety of cold climates. Whatever your choice, synthetic or down, mummy or rectangular, if you plan on sleeping in the cold make sure your self-inflating sleeping pad or mattress has an R-Rating of 5.0 or higher so you don't freeze.
tplife 08/23/16 08:06am Tent Camping
RE: Bought Ozark Trails tent, any good? / Camping in hot summer

The gel products are good for short-term use like day trips, they won't soak into your sandwiches, but since they aren't solids as they begin to melt, won't last as long as regular blocks of ice. Igloo and their "techs" can say whatever they want, but unfortunately for them, they can't suspend the laws of science, and better coolers (just like your grandfather's icebox) have drains to make the ice (solid) last longer than when suspended in water (liquid) and instead air (gas) that transfers heat slower (the reality of the world we live in). Prove the law to yourself by taking a mesh bag with a cube of ice inside it. Use a chopstick and string to partly suspend it in a glass of cold water. After a little time passes, lift the ice and notice how the bottom melts faster than the top. Why is that? Because the solid ice melts and the air insulates the solid surface to slow the melt. Your cooler and its contents stay cold longer by removing the fastest heat exchanger, i.e.; the melted water... This experiment is used to illustrate to students this law of science. The same law of thermodynamics is why you don't sleep warm on cots and big air mattresses. Hey, why not take some techs advice vs. career science people, whatever turns you on, LOL. :)
tplife 08/16/16 09:10pm Tent Camping
RE: Tent Cot Camping

...Huh? New, it is $280. I paid $75. Seems a good deal. As for wintertime, I don't care, I live in the heat. I care about summer cool with 100 degree days and 78 degree nights. And why is this particular cot so bad for R-value in winter, is it this model or just tent/cots in general?... All cots and those big hollow-tube air mattresses are heat sinks as temps fall below about 50-degrees F at night. Their hollow space and empty air are the way heat is drawn away from your body to match equilibrium with the cold outside air. Small cells stop the transfer just like a solid surface. At the extreme end of summer camping (I'm typing this from the Everglades right now) you WANT that kind of relief, possibly along with a fan to be comfortable. This is why the US military still use cots overseas in locals like Iraq and Afghanistan, but use ThermaRest self-inflating sleeping pads in the cold.
tplife 08/16/16 08:56pm Tent Camping
RE: Tent Cot Camping

I bought a used Cabela's tent/cot that is like new. I have never used it but, new, it was expensive. Like, $280. It looks like this... http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Deluxe-Tent-Cot-Single/1591313.uts More expensive than you think, lol. At a 0.75 negative R-value, you need like 6 times as much insulation to stay warm vs. a 5.0 R-Value self-inflating sleeping pad. Now THAT'S expensive, LOL. The person who sold you that cot deserves a Staten-Island Smackdown! :B
tplife 08/14/16 10:36pm Tent Camping
RE: Bought Ozark Trails tent, any good? / Camping in hot summer

Sorry NYC Girl, but the Gel Packs make the ice melt faster. You're adding materials that will transfer heat to the ice and make it go away! The air (gas) transfers heat almost as slowly as a solid (ice, or the cooler walls) Keep the lid closed, melted water out, and only the slower transferring air in and your ice lasts longer and the food gets a longer time under refrigeration. Having gel packs inside a cooler introduces the melting issue the same way frozen jugs do unless you drain the melted liquid out. Hate to ruin your party though, sounds like Beer & Skittles all the way lass...
tplife 08/10/16 11:24pm Tent Camping
RE: Bought Ozark Trails tent, any good? / Camping in hot summer

I'd take that tent back ASAP, as I mentioned on that "other" web site, it has poor structural integrity due to its size vs. number of poles, poor site choice due to size, lacks modern features, etc. etc. I'd be looking at a Eureka! Tetragon 6 or 8, preferably something with a footprint no larger than 10 X 10. By the way, due to the night time air temps being a bit over comfortable, this is the ONE TIME when you do want a massive hollow-tube air mattress or cot. Due to the large air volume underneath, you'll sleep cooler as it pulls warmth away from your body temp to match the outside air. Just keep in mind, once the temps drop below about 50-degrees F, those two evil inventions (without a heater, heated mattress pad or electric blanikets) will turn you into a Popsicle at night, requiring several times as much insulation to stay warm and comfortable. There you want to insist on an R-Value of 5.0 or better (cots and air mattresses max out at at 0.75).
tplife 08/07/16 10:31pm Tent Camping
RE: How to set up 8x8 dome tent video

If there's no colorful language, it's not camping! But waterproofing spray? I'll assume you mean seam-sealingto achieve waterr resistance, throw it in the dumpster and get a new tent. Sprays quickly de-laminate upon UV exposure, making very ugly leopard prints and tiny snowstorms. Don't ask me how I know this, LOL.
tplife 08/02/16 04:24pm Tent Camping
RE: Which way should my TV antenna point for best reception

Antenna pointer apps are nice to get in the general area, but it's not unheard of to find a solid reflection off the side of a mountain. The Sensar Pro is a great tool for fine tuning things like this Signal meters are nice, although TVFOOL does include 3-D terrain "Coverage Maps" that indicate coverage dropouts and reflective angles for rception and a lot of "signal analysis" tutorials for those just starting out.yep.. The day job (still) is TV Engr. :( And your point is....Wait! I remember you, you were waving at us during the Love Ride! :)
tplife 07/28/16 08:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Portable gas can rant, and a really good solution

We still have the CARB-compliant vapor recovery hoses at EVERY gas pump here in The People's Republic. Of course, those were mandated due to older vehicles not having vapor recovery systems to minimize vapor loss upon refueling. Now mind you, those particular cars are now 40 years old and older - but I guess you never see them because "they only come out at night", when you can't see them, sneaking down the freeways, and spewing hydrocarbon vapors as they top-up in the dark of night, LOL! And one of the CARB legislative authors even had a fake pHD... The Kalifornia corruption just goes on and on.
tplife 07/26/16 02:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Tent Cot Camping

LOL, like sleeping on a cold stone slab. Might be the way to go if you added AC in the Everglades about now though! :)
tplife 07/25/16 02:01pm Tent Camping
RE: Which way should my TV antenna point for best reception

Antenna pointer apps are nice to get in the general area, but it's not unheard of to find a solid reflection off the side of a mountain. The Sensar Pro is a great tool for fine tuning things like this Signal meters are nice, although TVFOOL does include 3-D terrain "Coverage Maps" that indicate coverage dropouts and reflective angles for rception and a lot of "signal analysis" tutorials for those just starting out.
tplife 07/22/16 03:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Produce inspection California

seems its best to just aviod this rotten state all together. ...you really don't mean this right? California has the best cops, spectacular beaches, epic mountains, forests with giant trees, great food, and happy sunny people. I moved here in '78, we had the best schools, best highway system, best growing biotech/pharma community, decent wages, reasonable property taxes, fair civil rights and a governor named Brown. Now we have (almost) the worst schools, crumbling highway system, collapsing economy, dropping wages, new fees for everything imaginable, far fewer civil rights, and...wait for it... again, a governor named Brown whose public service union allowance the first time around gave us what we've got now. Some of us stay here to finish our kid's education and tell the story as a warning to other states visitors... :)
tplife 07/21/16 02:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which way should my TV antenna point for best reception

I installed this app on my smartphone to use it as a pointer: Antenna Pointer I use this site to input my address to see what channels are in range, and to get the direction in degrees: TV Fool Reception Guide Then simply adjust the antenna to match the direction of the pointer in the Antenna Pointer App. Don't sweat it if you have your (VHF) antenna pointed backwards, it will still get nearly the same FM signal. Just don't try that with the UHF antenna, It's like "wearing your (bow) tie backwards, LOL. :B
tplife 07/21/16 12:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery - Learned something new

I just went out and got a new one. Ok. Because it technically should have worked, but as mentioned, if the battery is completely shot, no, the conv. can't get the voltage up to run things. An AGM might be a good choice for you next time since your battery maintenance seems to be a bit lacking! :) I used to check the water levels on the battery frequently, but it had probably been several months since I last checked it. Batteries in the Florida heat aren't known for their longevity. The longest I have ever had a battery last in any of my cars or boats (and now RV) has been 6 years. +2! :B
tplife 07/12/16 11:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Two Cycle oil

Or you could have used your American Express or Citibank Visa credit card for the extra 2-years on the warranty, and just bought 2-stroke oil at WalMart, LOL. Thanks Funny. Believe I will stay with Stihl. Agreed. Stay away from the YouTube comparisons. We need to keep comeraderie among campers here, my brother. As a biker, I've admired Husqvarna for years, but I've never ridden a Stihl. If you see one, send me a note and I'll put on the leathers. :)
tplife 07/04/16 01:38am Tech Issues
RE: Two Cycle oil

Or you could have used your American Express or Citibank Visa credit card for the extra 2-years on the warranty, and just bought 2-stroke oil at WalMart, LOL.
tplife 06/28/16 01:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Two Cycle oil

I like the Huskqvarna 2-stroke whackers, blowers, and chain saws vs. Stihl, if for no other reason that I can't get them online or without a huge markup in price. I do run some SeaFoam through my equipment once a year and they are so old now I can't remember when I bought them. Interestingly, my Rancher chain saw has a larger engine (55 cc) than my first Honda motorcycle from 1970. I also rode a 2-stroke triple 750 Suzuki GT-750 in the '70s without issue, it had that nice automatic injector system so no mixing, and had to keep the radiator full, LOL. Wing-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding!
tplife 06/28/16 11:58am Tech Issues
RE: US Pickup Trucks trying to copy VW?

We need to whack all the enviro-nazis in this country, roll back emmissions to Y2K standards and let the economy breathe, for once. Here in SoCal we understand that it's not about cutting emissions, but control. No more "freeways", dangerous vehicles we don't want to buy, "smart" cities where sardines will live, "redistribution" by crippling taxes to create a two-class society. Our vehicle emissions are 99.9% cleaner than they were decades ago, but we still have stupid summer/winter gas blend and evaporative controls on every gas pump because 40 years ago cars didn't have evaporative recovery cans on their fuel systems. 2/3 of all pollution is caused by static sources, and with "mission accomplished", the whackos are calling carbon dioxide a pollutant and a pond a "navigable waterway". Sheesh! (39 year career science pro).
tplife 06/21/16 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: when boondocking do you bring a weapon ?

I agree with the NRA as a first source of advice. Pay particular attention to the NJ law regarding "lockbox transport", and then legal use in your campsite, considered a residence under most state laws as it's a rented space of habitation.
tplife 06/20/16 08:08pm Beginning RVing
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