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RE: One thing you use ALL the time?

I'm going to say my lithium batteries. Go anywhere, do anything, without worrying about power (at least for several days), will the wife's cpap work, etc.
DarthMuffin 04/24/19 10:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dark Sky Camping

I would recommend eastern Oregon. There's not much between Bend and Boise, plus it's higher altitude and dryer. I have a favorite forest service CG there where there's no electricity for miles.
DarthMuffin 04/07/19 05:20pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Pull Through or Back in sites? Which do you prefer.

For a one-nighter, pull through because they're usually long and level enough that we can stay hitched. Also pull-through if arriving very late at night so we create minimal disturbance. Beyond that it doesn't matter, there are dozens of other criteria for a preferable campsite more important than pull through or back in. However, I do prefer angled back-in sites. I've been in a few campgrounds (forest service, mostly) where the sites are at 90 degrees and really narrow road with trees either side doesn't let you back in a decently sized trailer.
DarthMuffin 03/16/19 12:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: ? Instant Pot Questions

We have the 3 quart and it's a good size for two. With say a pot roast and some potatoes it's two hearty servings or a bit of left overs. With rice it's almost too much as you have to cook a set amount in it. As for time savings, it's a bit of a false economy. Add in 10 min for heatup, 5 for cooldown, prep time and all the dishes you still need to wash and it's not THAT awesome any more. Still a keeper though.
DarthMuffin 03/12/19 09:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: John Day Fossil Beds NM

I haven't camped that far south, we usually like Bull Prairie Lake campground as it's in the forest, by a lake, small, quiet and a little higher altitude than John Day so cooler in the summer. Facilities like your normal forest service campground, no reservations but never had a problem. It's maybe 45 minutes north of there and we make day trips down. April won't be an issue for heat. Shelton County Wayside may be another one to consider. It's also no hookups and is by a lightly used highway but down in a little valley beside it so not much road noise. There may be mosquitoes out by then, and there are ticks through mid summer, but no more than anywhere else.
DarthMuffin 02/25/19 10:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wireless 12v Battery Monitor/Voltmeter?

We have the Victron BMV-712 (bluetooth) and while a lot more expensive than that other one listed, and install is a little more involved with the shunt, but I think its worth it. Very good battery monitor with a ton of functions.
DarthMuffin 02/24/19 02:20pm Technology Corner
RE: What kind of gas can do you carry, and where?

10L (2.6 g) NATO style jerrycan in a jerrycan holder bolted to my battery tray on the TT tongue. It provides fuel for my Yamaha 2000 generator and emergency fuel for the truck when towing. I also use a 10L NATO style can. Bought a couple several years ago and can't find any now. 20L cans and good reproductions are available. It's nice because the 10L can is about exactly a tank of gas for my generator.
DarthMuffin 01/12/19 01:15pm Tech Issues
RE: gas hook up for big red on Grand Design gas port

I would contact the folks at propanegear.com. They make low pressure hose adapters for many other pieces of equipment (I have one for my blackstone grill), perhaps they have something.
DarthMuffin 12/16/18 08:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Portable Propane Fire Pits

During fire bans, most campgrounds I have been at have disallowed propane pits too. Not because they're dangerous or covered by the ban, but because other people see them and think it's OK for them to have a normal fire. So, fun ruined by idiots as usual.
DarthMuffin 12/10/18 10:11pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Does GM have it backwards?

The 10sp trans is probably weaker than the 6sp trans and wouldn't support the towing rating people expect from a 3/4 ton.
DarthMuffin 12/07/18 10:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Youtube TV, a positive experience

I wouldn't hold your breath for 5G. It's likely you won't get 5G service anywhere you'd want to camp. 5G is high frequency, high bandwidth, lots of simultaneous connections but the cost is really short range and being blocked by just about anything (buildings, trees, etc). It only makes economic sense for cell companies in urban areas. But, a 1080p stream takes about 2MB/s. No problem on 4G. I'm looking more forward to wide adoption of 600mhz (band 71) which is the antithesis of 5G.
DarthMuffin 11/23/18 11:43pm Technology Corner
RE: how to prevent dragging?

Get a cardlock gas station card (Pacific Pride, etc). You don't need to be a business, just pass a credit check. They're generally set up for large vehicles, and it's sometimes handy being able to buy gas in bumshart, nebrahoma at 1am.
DarthMuffin 11/20/18 10:59pm Beginning RVing
RE: LED Lantern Brightness and quality

I'm very happy with my Streamlight Seige lantern. Great quality, not too big or too small, good light output and excellent color quality (not harsh blue). It comes apart so you can easily hang it in a popup awning or tent and have the LEDs directed downwards. The D batteries in it last forever. This is the 300-something lumen model. Won't compete with a gas lantern but plenty to light up a table, porch, or workspace. Plus bonus red and red-flashy mode if you don't want to ruin night vision or are changing a tire or something. In fact even though it works fine I'm considering upgrading to their new 1100 lumen rechargable model.
DarthMuffin 08/15/18 03:32pm Technology Corner
RE: How to Secure Travel Trailer at Campsite?

The way I see it anyone out to steal a trailer has thought it through and will be equipped -- truck, hitch, bolt cutters, battery powered grinder, etc. It's not an opportunity theft like a bicycle or bbq. So all you can do is the coupler lock and things to slow them down like wheel chocks, stabilizers down, etc. A cable lock through a wheel or bumper if you are really paranoid. Or make friends with the neighbors and watch each others' stuff while out.
DarthMuffin 06/29/18 05:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Recommendations for Idaho

Priest Lake is I think the prettiest area on Earth. The state park there or any of the other campgrounds are great (Luby Bay is a good one). Coeur d'Alene area or Pend Oreille are also great areas, some are better than others but I can't think of a "bad" campground. You'll probably have to take what you can get not having made reservations already.
DarthMuffin 06/19/18 08:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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