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RE: What is the Passport America plan

You might also want to check to see what other discounts are available. We found many places that were listed with PA also gave comparable discounts with AARP or AAA memberships.
JimK-NY 05/09/21 03:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12v to 6v review?

When it is too hot to park in the sun, then it is time to move on.
JimK-NY 05/07/21 04:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Ready Camper Help!

Exactly! Wire size needs to be large enough to minimize loss. .... Thanks. It seems typical to see "solar ready" wiring that is only 10 gauge. That just doesn't cut it. For a typical install, even a small solar system would be in the 20-30 amp range. The panels are likely to be at least 10 feet from the battery bank and 6 gauge should be a minimum.
JimK-NY 05/05/21 05:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Is There a 24’ Version of These RVs available?

I’ve had a lot of bad experiences with my truck camper and its frame mounts. The mounts, the truck bed frame, all tear apart all the time for me. Do some people more permanently just bolt truck campers to the frame the way the bed is. using doublers and backing plates, instead of the whole weak link (in my experience) of standard frame mounts and fast guns? My frame mounts last about a year of full timing typically before they shred apart. Or: would a more permanent bolting down to the frame cause some other problem I’m not aware of? I am not sure why you are having problems. I have had no issues with years of use for my truck frame or mounts. Mine are Torqlift frame brackets. They are very well engineered, heavy 3/8" steel and well made. Fastguns are spring loaded and are designed to give and flex with heavy bumps and stresses. Perhaps you are greatly overtightening the fastguns. For the same reason, it would not make sense to weld or permanently attach the truck camper. The whole idea is to allow some give to avoid any damage of the truck or mounts. If you do not want a removeable truck camper, then there are different options including the example you gave. EarthRoamer is another option made for serious off road use. Don't plan on getting one without spending serious money. https://earthroamer.com/
JimK-NY 05/05/21 08:45am General RVing Issues
RE: 12v to 6v review?

Yup that is true you would have only 235ah in a two 6-sixer set up. But you'd only have 200ah in two-12er set up and they both have the same "safe draw down to 50%". The weight is about the same, the sixers being about 2 pounds heavier. The 12's will take up more space as their foot print is a little larger. ...... I found 2 batteries that compared closely for AH ratings. The first was a 6 v Duracell @235/2=117 and the second was an Apex 12 v with 115 AH. Two of each would be comparable. The weight for each was identical @ 68#. The 6 v took 794 cu in of space and the 12 v tool less at 729 cu in. The biggest difference is in height of the batteries. Typically 6 volt batteries are higher, in this case by almost 3". My battery box will not accommodate the extra height so for me there is no choice but to stick with a pair of 12v batteries. At least I found a pair totally 300 AH that will just fit.
JimK-NY 05/04/21 11:42am Tech Issues
RE: Starting Over - Heart Attack

I am 75 and have cardiac issues that are likely to kill me, hopefully not for a number of years. I am not about to sit near a hospital just in case. Any sort of travel can take me hours from medical care. In addition I often hike alone in the backcountry.
JimK-NY 05/04/21 11:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery & cut off switch

If you do not have a bad battery, then obviously your shutoff is not doing its job. You need to trace the wiring and find out what is still live. It will be way more than just a propane leak detector. In any case, it sounds like rewiring is in order. I would not want even a propane detector running with the RV shutdown. I would want to kill all possible battery use.
JimK-NY 05/04/21 08:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Best Cell Phone App

I have not had issues with Google Maps when I lose cellphone coverage. In fact the big issue with Google Maps and other similar programs is the huge use of data if you travel with Maps running continuously.
JimK-NY 05/04/21 08:29am Beginning RVing
RE: 12v to 6v review?

..... Nonsense? No. Good advice, but go do an easy forum search as there are many post on this same topic and easy easy to find with a few keystrokes.... I am still trying to locate some facts and studies, not just opinions. Forum searches have not been any better. Instead I have seen even more myths, fallacies and unfounded opinions.
JimK-NY 05/03/21 09:25pm Tech Issues
RE: 12v to 6v review?

I think if you went for a comparison chart that showed pounds of battery per amp/hour you'd find that 6v golf cart batteries have the advantage. If I added up 4 100ah 12v batteries vs 4 235ah 6v batteries you'll be ahead with the 6's and also use less space and right at the same weight. Sorry but that is a common fallacy. Looking at specs it seems that for batteries of roughly the same size and weight, the 6 v seems much better. That is because the amp draw is based on 6 v, not 12v. If in your example you have 2 235 AH 6 volt batteries, you only get 235 AH total for both batteries wired for 12 volts. If you compare size of batteries, typically 6 v batteries will take up much more space than the equivalent 12 v batteries. The weight will be about the same.
JimK-NY 05/03/21 09:20pm Tech Issues
RE: 12v to 6v review?

I assume you researched and already know that two 12's will eventually not like each other. One will go bad first, then drain the other one making it just as bad. 6's will never consume each other. Short answer is , use two 6's. Your'e welcome. Absolute nonsense!! If you have two 6 volt batteries and either dies, your battery bank is useless. If you have two 12 volt batteries and one dies, you might be able to remove the dead one and get by with limited power. Either way, batteries of the same age typically age out similar to each other and need to be replaced as a set. With quality batteries of either voltage that is not likely for quite a few years of service.
JimK-NY 05/03/21 05:49am Tech Issues
RE: Volunteer camphost needed

When I campground hosted at a National Park, I got a hat, shirts and jacket, plus full hook ups. I worked 4 days on and had 4 days off. I got paid $15 for each of the days I worked. Personally I think it is way too much work to be a campground host for free and especially when the job is often 7 days a week.
JimK-NY 05/02/21 05:44pm Workamping Forum
RE: Ugh wet wood in Bigfoot

I bought a used camper on consignment at a dealer. Sure I paid more, but the dealer had a commitment from the seller to fix any issues. The dealer was really careful because he would profit from any problems found.
JimK-NY 05/02/21 03:24pm Truck Campers
RE: INSTALL TILE TAKE UP CARPET

Laminate flooring is a synthetic product designed to roughly simulate the appearance of a wood floor. It consists of an upper plastic wear layer, a printed layer or in rare cases a hardwood veneer, and a substrate of synthetic material which is typically made from plastic impregnated wood pulp. Advantages are the long wearing surface and consistency. Some people like the appearance and the endless choices of patterns and colors. It is much heavier than real wood which as far as I am concerned rules it out for RV use with travel in mind.
JimK-NY 05/02/21 05:58am Tech Issues
RE: INSTALL TILE TAKE UP CARPET

Laminate wood weighs a ton. No thanks. I try to keep the weight down especially for non-essentials.
JimK-NY 05/01/21 04:40pm Tech Issues
RE: How to boost charge AGM batteries in storage?

Maintenance not in use. I think I need a Mex to English translator. maintenance - not in use, not being discharged, stand by. in use - being discharged or used! This makes even less sense. I feel like I landed on an alien planet.
JimK-NY 05/01/21 12:20pm Tech Issues
RE: checking exterior lights

The exterior lights on the trailer operate off of the truck, not the trailer batteries. You need to plug in the truck to verify correct operation. Do you have issues with burned out bulbs? What are you trying to check before a trip? Most RVs use LEDs and have for a great many years. A burned out LED bulb is rare. I have never had one fail even after years and years of use.
JimK-NY 05/01/21 12:18pm Tech Issues
RE: How to boost charge AGM batteries in storage?

Maintenance not in use. I think I need a Mex to English translator.
JimK-NY 05/01/21 07:01am Tech Issues
RE: How much is too much voltage from chargers 14.6v?

If you look at the label, each device will give the acceptable voltage range. But I wouldn't be too worried as that's not unusually high for a charger. That does not seem to be the case. My LED bulbs and NovaKool refrigerator are rated to at least 15 volts, but I could not find specs for other devices including: furnace, water heater, Flojet pump, toilet pump. No, the 14 plus volts is not high for charging but that does not mean that devices are OK with that voltage. Many older LED bulbs would not handle it.
JimK-NY 05/01/21 06:21am Tech Issues
RE: 12v to 6v review?

After 4 pages of opinions, it is interesting that there does not seem to be any data or studies cited which show proven advantages for 6 volt batteries. The closest was someone mentioning that Trojan considered 6 volt batteries to be more durable.
JimK-NY 05/01/21 06:00am Tech Issues
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