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RE: Remove mini blinds in 2001 Lance?

Success! Without taking off the valence, I pushed and pulled on the correct parts of one bracket and the blinds came out!! Now I just hope I can get them back in after cleaning them. They are in the bathtub now. :) https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/miscPhotos/blinds3_s.jpeg
Ramblin' Ralph 05/30/21 12:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Remove mini blinds in 2001 Lance?

Thanks, sure looks like what I have! From seller pics looks like piece w/o holes is what rotates out to allow blind removal. From my pic looks like something (maybe valence) would block rotation. Will find out tomorrow. :) Thanks again, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 05/29/21 07:42pm Truck Campers
Remove mini blinds in 2001 Lance?

Need to clean the mini blinds on my 2001 Lance 845. Did it a long time ago, but don't remember how I got them out. I stuck a fiber optic camera up inside the valence and below is what it looks like. I'm not sure if the photo shows what's holding the blinds. Any tips would be appreciated. Would like to get blinds out w/o removing valance, if possible. https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/miscPhotos/blinds2.jpg Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 05/29/21 05:36pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Added a 100w panel to my existing 125w to help keep my new 100Ah lithium battery charged while ramblin' this summer. https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/MiscPhotos/NewSolar_s.jpeg
Ramblin' Ralph 05/08/21 09:44am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Installed a variable speed control on my vent fan. Factory lowest switch setting was too fast. https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/miscPhotos/FanController_s.jpg
Ramblin' Ralph 05/06/21 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: Find cross pieces under metal roof to mount solar panel?

Thanks for all the tips. My camper definitely has a wood frame. I'll surely try okan-star's method that correlates the inside trim to the horizontal hidden framing members. Very useful to know the framing width, also. Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 03/12/21 02:37pm Truck Campers
Find cross pieces under metal roof to mount solar panel?

I'm going to have someone install a second solar panel on the top of my 2001 Lance 845 TC. I installed the first one (see pic 1), but I'm too old to crawl around on the roof now. Is there some device or technique that I could use to find the cross pieces under the aluminum roof to attach the panel securely? For the first panel I got a drawing (see pic 2) from Lance that shows the roof structure. It's been 15 years, but I think I used it to find the cross pieces by measurement. I'd like to confirm this by a device/technique rather than drill tiny test holes. https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/MiscPhotos/Camper%20002_s.jpg https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/MiscPhotos/CamperRoof_s.png Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 03/11/21 06:54pm Truck Campers
RE: What do you guys use for communication in your truck camper?

I've been using a SPOT device for most of my 15 years of ramblin’. It's worked out very well, including a trip to Alaska in 2012. I just use it to tell my kids where I am, since I don't travel with an itinerary. SPOT really ticked me off, though, a few years ago when they started charging everyone the same price, which includes automatic tracking, like hikers use. I don't need it, but now I'm subsidizing the hikers. :( I think I'll look into the Zoleo, where I could create short messages on my smartphone. Also can put it on hold for the six or seven months I'm off the road. Another good find on RV.net. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 03/10/21 10:39am Truck Campers
RE: Broken ladder - repair or replace?

Thanks for your comments. I agree that internal tubing would be the best fix. I also agree a new ladder is not that much. However, finding an exact replacement has not been easy. If I could find one, it would mean drilling no new holes and make the job much easier. I'll probably go with a new “universal” ladder and hope it's not too hard to modify and install for my application.
Ramblin' Ralph 01/28/21 03:50pm Tech Issues
Broken ladder - repair or replace?

Last summer I had an encounter with a tree and it won, resulting in a broken ladder on my truck camper. The attached pictures show the remaining part of the still attached bottom section and the broken off center section. The top section is also broken from the top of the center. I'm wondering if I could put the ladder back together successfully and not have to install a new one? That would save quite a bit of work to remove all the old caulking at the bottom and the above standoff and put on new. I was thinking about either a sleeve to go over the ends of the two broken tubes or an insert that would go inside the two tubes. A sleeve on the outside might cause a problem at the standoff though, since the sleeve diameter would be bigger than the ladder and possibly affect the proper flat attachment to the top. Do either of the above ideas seem workable? Thanks, Ralph https://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/MiscPhotos/LadderLower_s.jpeg https://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/MiscPhotos/LadderMiddle_s.jpeg
Ramblin' Ralph 01/27/21 07:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Bluetooth Extender?

Doc stickdog: Thanks for the Rx. I agree. :) APT: I'm not sure about one way. Just got that impression from product info. Will look into it further.
Ramblin' Ralph 01/19/21 09:43am Technology Corner
Bluetooth Extender?

My camper is parked in my driveway, about 100 feet from my house. I have a solar controller with Bluetooth capability and an app on my smartphone that gives me all sorts of information on battery charging. I'd like to be able to check that information from my easy-chair versus walking ALL the way out to the camper. :) I see things called Bluetooth extenders/repeaters, but it looks like mostly they are for audio, which would be one way. Has anybody used one of these extenders or something similar for what I want to do? Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/18/21 01:03pm Technology Corner
RE: Connect small wires to auto battery post?

Many thanks for the ideas! I will look at them and decide which works out best.
Ramblin' Ralph 01/14/21 09:18am Tech Issues
Connect small wires to auto battery post?

I'm replacing my RV/marine battery, that has a wingnut terminal for small wires, with one that doesn't. So I'm looking for something that will connect to a large battery post (along with the battery cable) and give me a way to connect small wires under a wing nut. I don't want to replace the end of my battery cables to do this. Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/13/21 06:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium and DC-DC Charger?

Responses to comments since my last post: - I already have a battery isolator under my hood - Based on my previous experience with lead acid, I think a 100 AH lithium will fit my needs. No high draw items except for the furnace fan. All lights are LED. - Have a variety of reasons for not sticking with lead acid : Last ones didn't last long; Won't have to check the water; Lighter weight for my old body; Most likely this will be my last set of batteries, so I thought I would try the "newest trend". Was going to buy a $900 Battleborn, but checked Amazon and found a $540 one with very good reviews (due late Jan). Even if it doesn't last as long as a Battleborn, it will be long enough for me. :) Probably will put in a 20 amp dc-to-dc charger. Lithium Choice Thanks for the comments. Always good to get other opinions. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/08/21 07:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium and DC-DC Charger?

Thanks for the input. My “protect the alternator” question was because of the following video I saw from Victron. Evidently the lithiums can put a higher amp load on the alternator. In their lab study one of them started smoking because of insufficient cooling while charging a 300 AH lithium. Video here I was just checking to see if I might have the same problem with a single 100 AH. Thanks for the tip on the SiO2 batteries. I'll look into them. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/08/21 11:37am Truck Campers
Lithium and DC-DC Charger?

My two group 27 lead acid batteries need replacing. Even though I'm too old to get maximum benefit from lithium longevity, I am thinking about going with a single 100 AH LifePO4 lithium. Doing some research it appears that a DC - DC charger is needed between the truck alternator and camper battery to protect the alternator. Would this still be required with only one 100 AH battery? Truck is a 2006 GMC 2500HD. Also have 125w of solar. Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/07/21 08:03pm Truck Campers
RE: TC Horizontal LP Cylinders

My 2001 Lance 845 has one 20lb horizontal tank. Fills vertically. Have had tank recertified twice and all they do is inspect it visually. Since it's in a compartment, it doesn't rust much, so no problem with recertification. At $200 for a new one, hope current one lasts as long as I have the rig! :)
Ramblin' Ralph 11/20/20 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: Chumming for photo contest votes

Thanks! Sorry for the slow reply. For some reason your post msg didn't show for a while, even though I saw there was a reply. Has happened before.
Ramblin' Ralph 10/27/20 09:43am Truck Campers
Chumming for photo contest votes

Voting for the annual Truck Camper Magazine calendar photo contest just opened. I have one entry this year. Don't usually take photos from the back, but I like this one. Plus, the boondocking location is interesting. If you like the photo below, I'd appreciate a vote for my entry, #160 (in Part 2). Years back I was a winner and got on the calendar. Since then a couple of honorable mentions. See entries and vote here. First round voting (for top 25) closes at midnight (PST) next Wednesday, Oct 28. https://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/MiscPhotos/RvNetPost_s.jpg Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 10/24/20 12:35pm Truck Campers
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