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RE: Camping Lights

I have been told that lights UNDER the rig discourage insects and other pests. How true is this???? (Frankly I have no clue). It’s far from a scientific conclusion, but, a group of us that routinely travel together are split between under coach LED lighting (white only) and the regular OEM ‘porch light’. It seems like the under body lighting attracts far less bugs, moths in particular.
JaxDad 01/20/20 05:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping Lights

I prefer the dark, but I do like a small ground light to mark my door and steps, because it's hard to see sometimes. Ditto here. I mounted a couple of $5 LED license plate lights just under the edge of the body, they shine down and a little out. More than enough light to see by, no ‘fish bowl’ effect.
JaxDad 01/19/20 06:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Circle route in Labrador

More of a issue is electric camping spots, driving a class C and not really set up for dry camping more than a night or two. Use a C-pap machine. Any info is appreciated! In case nobody has yet told you, most C-Pap machines are 12 volts, the plug in power supply is just a 12 volt power supply. I have several friends who made up or bought power cords and run them off anything from a cigarette lighter socket to a portable booster pack type battery. One of those Li-Ion boosters runs a C-Pap for a week at a time with no problem. Then recharge as you drive.
JaxDad 01/17/20 06:11am Roads and Routes
RE: 12 v to 12 v trickle charger

Don, it’s rather (ok, VERY) low-tech AND redneck, but it works, kinda. A length of very light gauge wire with an alligator clip on each end. I have two that live under the hood of my C. Putting them in as a bridge across the solenoids provides a trickle charge limited by the capacity of some 24 gauge bell wire. Better than nothing ...... even if not by much.
JaxDad 01/16/20 06:36pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Skylight Shade Above Shower

I use a piece of static cling tint film. It’s widely available and normally used as temporary window tinting in something like a minivan to keep the little ones temporarily shaded on sunny days. I think the pack I bought was $20 and had 3 sheets, 1 each, light grey, dark grey and silvered / reflective. I just used a razor blade to cut to fit my skylight and swap them out in seconds.
JaxDad 01/08/20 05:32am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: bryn mawr ocean resort st augustine beach fl.

It would be nearly impossible to close it, the sites are individually owned.
JaxDad 01/02/20 05:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thinking of replacing ASME propane tank

An ASME tank is made of thick steel. Unless it’s never been touched since it was made I highly doubt there been anything but some surface rust and peeling paint, certainly not enough to be of ANY concern. What would be concerning is how much you’d pay to change that tank. LOL. A typical tank of the size found in motorhomes is well over $1,000 for just the tank, if you’re replacing the tank you can be sure the nice man who has to certify the install is going to want a bunch of other parts changed too. Then there’s the labour on top. An acquaintance of mine who’s kid is big into snowmobile racing added an ASME tank and a heater to their enclosed trailer. The bill was north of $3k by the time they were done.
JaxDad 01/01/20 06:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Ontario to Whitehorse, route advice request.

I wouldn't get too excited about the route, from Edmonton on there really is only one route unless you like traveling dirt roads at 25km/h and have several days of fuel capacity on board your rig. Between Winnipeg and Edmonton there are a couple of routes but they all merge back together again, so they're really just detours. You're going to take 1 from Winnipeg to just west of Portage la Prairie and get on 16, that will take you all the way to Edmonton.
JaxDad 12/30/19 12:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is dash cam evidence allowed in an investigation

Funny I read this post yesterday and just last night as I was babysitting my granddaughter while my son went to the doctor, my son called me on his way home to tell me that he was delayed because he was a witness to an accident. He captured it on his dashcam and mentioned it to the officer. The officer took his memory card form the dashcam as evidence. So now he has to buy a new memory card. My dashcam on the other hand allows a wifi connection to my smartphone so I can transfer the video file to my smartphone and then do what ever with it. Like email it to the officer. The officer aint going to go for that. Its a chain of evidence thing. He'll get his card back (may have to be a pest in some places), but it'll be a while. Hardly worth the effort when a micro sd card is so inexpensive nowadays. Same thing happened to another camera we had in my wife's store when someone broke in. The officer took the sd card and we never saw it again. At least this time the video was also uploaded to my phone. Agree totally with you. Good friend of mine was in charge of the evidence locker at my local county PD. He told me of several incidences where he couldn't just return someones property as the judge was making the guy jump thru hoops for 1 reason or another. It depends on WHAT it is that's in evidence. A local trouble-maker was pinched a couple of years back for 'suspected' jack-lighting (illegal night hunting), his rifle was seized as evidence in the case. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. The owner asked a few times when he would get it back and was told 'right after the trial'. I understand he still hasn't asked for a trial date.... Justice is served!!!! LOL
JaxDad 12/30/19 12:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Neat little fresh water in an ABS pipe idea

I’m surprised none of the PC grumpy-pants in the crowd here have mentioned that the van is illegally parked. :B
JaxDad 12/29/19 07:26am Tech Issues
RE: Class C vs Class A - Length

How does the living area length of a Class C compare to a Class A? In other words: How much longer would a Class C be to have the same living area length as a Class A? One important factor that you don’t mention is the use and by whom? A friend of mine got rid of his 34’ A and got a 24’ C for he and his wife, son & daughter. In his case the fact that the much shorter but had 3 beds (2 set up full time) instead of just 2 was huge. It also means he has a queen bed in a unit with no slides. Once you’ve driven both in an urban environment you’ll see the other difference, it’s like driving a cube van instead of a school bus. Try parking a school bus in a standard space in a parking lot. If you’re a ‘camper’ who wants a mobile hotel room with big screen TV, you’ll want the A, if you’re a camper who wants a hard-sided tent with washroom, kitchen and beds and spend most of your time outside, you’ll be very happy with the C. BTW, I have 1 of each, for all of the above reasons and more.
JaxDad 12/29/19 07:10am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Typical problem we all see in RV parks.

She is now pulling out sooner and I've adapted to her schedule arising at 0630. That's 630 AM for you draft dodgers.It's 630 AM in the morning for high school dropouts. As opposed to 6:30 AM in the evening? Speaking of high school dropouts...........
JaxDad 12/21/19 01:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Typical problem we all see in RV parks.

I found this thread absolutely hilarious! Every time I mention Wally Docking, sleeping in a Rest Area, etc. (even after clearly mentioning it’s because I rarely get off the road before midnight and am always back on the road at zero-dark-thirty and am just too considerate to disturb al those folks in a c/g trying to get some R&R time) there is a couple of ignoramus’s who make ‘if you can’t afford a c/g sell your rig’ comments.
JaxDad 12/21/19 05:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best Fuel Preservative for Pure Gas ???

Your math is off. At one half of one percent you will have 6.4 ounces of water in 80 gallons. 80 (gallons) divided by 100 (one percent, or 0.01) is 0.8 (gallons). One half of one percent (or 0.005) would be 0.4 gallons. There is 128 ounces in a gallon. Therefore 0.4 of 128 (ounces) is 51.2 (ounces). Or if you look at it another way, 80 gallons is 10,240 ounces. One percent would be (10,240 / 100) 102.4 ounces. Half of that (one half of one percent) would be 51.2 ounces. Can you explain my error please?
JaxDad 12/17/19 05:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Best Fuel Preservative for Pure Gas ???

I am curious why some run premium when their small engines only require regular gas? Simple. Most premium fuel is also ethanol free gasoline. In bigger engines the benefits go far beyond not having gummed up carb’s, the net cost per mile is lower running premium gas than regular gas. The increased fuel mileage exceeds the increased cost per gallon. Someone smarter than me can please explain the above is simply not true. Ethanol fuels absorb moisture from atmosphere as ethanol is a dessicant and the resulting water contamination can be a serious issue. It loves water and can turn your gas into 10 % near beer. That ‘near beer’ is exactly the issue. The Ethanol is aggressively hygroscopic While it doesn’t seem like much, E10 gas can easily contain 0.5% water, but even that seemingly little bit means if you have an 80 gallon fuel tank it will contain 48 ounces of water. That water not only contains zero energy value but will be distributed through the gas. No engine has sensors to detect and account for water, the result is the sensors picking up the excess oxygen released when water is sprayed into a cylinder that’s at 4,000++ degrees then adjust the timing based on false readings. The real world end result is much lower fuel economy than what the greenies and politicians would have you believe. The end result, in my case, proven over many thousands of miles, is that the cost per mile is slightly lower (about $0.03 / mile) burning ethanol-free premium fuel instead of E10.
JaxDad 12/17/19 06:27am Tech Issues
RE: Best Fuel Preservative for Pure Gas ???

I am curious why some run premium when their small engines only require regular gas? Simple. Most premium fuel is also ethanol free gasoline. In bigger engines the benefits go far beyond not having gummed up carb’s, the net cost per mile is lower running premium gas than regular gas. The increased fuel mileage exceeds the increased cost per gallon.
JaxDad 12/16/19 03:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Long term parking Tampa airport/staying in RV

I do the same thing fairly often. I’ve tried a bunch of different options. The one I keep coming back to is, stay at LazyDays and either just leave the unit on a site (for a few days) or move it into storage yard (longer stays) and take a taxi/Uber/Lyft/shuttle to & from the airport.
JaxDad 12/13/19 03:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

To the OP. Do yourself a favor and ignore the opinions of those that have never owned a Sprinter motorhome. Some people like to spout about things they know nothing about. Test drive the Sprinter Winnebago View model you like, spend time in it to make sure it will suit your lifestyle. Good luck! We’ve got a few of the original dozen Sprinters we bought a few years back still in the fleet of my company. All the rest of them were replaced, mostly with Ford Transit vans, because the bodies were literally rotting off the Sprinters. One of them failed the annual safety inspection because there were so many holes in the body above and below the windshield they said it was no longer structurally sound. The drivers all agree the Transit is a far superior truck.
JaxDad 12/12/19 06:20am Class C Motorhomes

Just don’t forget, you have to get that 120 volt service inspected. Doing so before you close it up will be a lot easier (read cheaper) to do. Ditto if you install a fixed propane system and or plumbing.
JaxDad 12/11/19 05:41am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: diesel class c

OP...When discussing this topic with Sprinter owners, a few subjects seem to come up quite often; Fuel mileage......... Gary I’ve had that talk with several Sprinter owners myself. The tone usually changes when you point out how much the engine that gets you such fantastic mileage costs you in the first place. As with pickups, very, very few people ever keep / drive them enough to get anywhere near getting their purchase price back let lone saving any money. As an example, at $2.50 / gallon for both gasoline and diesel, a gas RV getting 9 mpg will cost ~$0.28 / mile, a diesel RV getting 20 mpg will cost ~$0.13 / mile. A savings of $0.15 / mile, or about $375 on a 2,500 mile trip. If the Diesel engine cost only $20,000 you would need to drive 135,000 miles to begin to save anything.
JaxDad 12/03/19 05:56am Class C Motorhomes
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