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RE: Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

Alaska sounds GREAT. With the mechanic and parts shortages a long trip worries me. But it’s something to consider. Oh and I didn’t get “the juice” so I probably wouldn’t be allowed through Canada. I’ll think about it but it probably won’t work for us.
SlowBro 11/14/21 03:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

You'll need to look for altitude; 2000 feet isn't high enough in mid-summer once you're well away from the Florida seabreeze and afternoon thundershowers. Where do you recommend?
SlowBro 11/12/21 01:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

North of Crystal River in FL, we're staying in Chiefland for $440/mo plus 15 cents a KW. I find the 6000 watts of solar unlikely tho, that is 50 plus panels, you sure you don't mean 600 watts? Anyway this park is new, has pickelball and so on, paved sites, and lots of springs and such in the area. No pool yet but one is planned. But the next place down is about $1000/mo I doubt any park would let you set up 6000 watts tho. If staying in a park we'd prob not deploy any of them or very few. Only mentioned because boondocking. We're paying 10 cents a KW, but with the rising prices I thought I'd better buy 24 x 230W panels and also a few 170W flex panels for the roof on a separate system, all that comes to yes, about 6000W. Could prob get by with half those but I got the panels for dirt cheap, the charger/inverter minimum for 220V I could find was 5000W, thought might as well rack 'em up. Better to have them and not need them. I might travel with half those, don't know yet. Thanks for the recommend on Crystal River but where do you go up north in the summer? We already have a year-round Florida home.
SlowBro 11/12/21 01:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

May go for a low-priced Thousand Trails membership and yes, I've been reading about the many pros and cons :)
SlowBro 11/12/21 05:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

If you had to go somewhere to spend a few months that's got a comfortable summer climate and is low-cost (under $400/mo if electricity is included), where would you go? Preference for low population density and closer to the east coast; Prefer no further west than Iowa but willing to consider any location. Would rather not have to move a lot. Don't need touristy things nearby, a Walmart/grocery store/auto parts store/mechanic/hospital/etc. within half an hour will be fine. Looking for moderate summer humidity and temperature. Maybe somewhere up in the mountains? A low-priced mountainside RV park with monthly or quarterly rates would be wonderful, assuming the humidity and temps and bugs aren't bad. We're the opposite of snowbirds, living full-time in Florida. All the articles I see about full-timing seem to be aimed at snowbirds, but we're sunbirds :) We can boondock if the location is exceptional. We have a compost toilet and 6000W of solar (no, it's not on the roof, LOL) but a small battery bank. Can run the air con on solar only during the mid-day. We do have a generator but running it is pricey, especially with the price of gas. So would prefer a destination that hardly needs any air con in the summer, and fans at night. Would rather not have to move a lot, as packing all 26 of the 45-pound panels into the trailer every time would get to be a chore. So a long-term RV park may make more sense than boondocking and moving every two weeks, although boondocking isn't off the table. It just has to be very good. And given the mechanic and parts shortages going on, I want to minimize the driving. In case you're wondering why so much solar and not so much battery: To offset the price of Florida air conditioning :) And to have some emergency power during a blackout. The majority of power load in FL is mid-day with the air con so I didn't bias toward a lot of batteries, just needed to offset costs and give emergency power. It's "hybrid" in that it switches between grid and solar panels/batteries as needed, so unlike grid-tie we have emergency power available mid-day; Better to have some power in a blackout than none. We may buy more batteries if we boondock a lot, but for now I'm going to stick with what we have.
SlowBro 11/12/21 05:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mount 100lb mini-split condenser to rear wall?

Forgot to mention the rear hitch also hauls the spare tire. I’ll probably weld something to the frame for all three.
SlowBro 10/12/21 03:39am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mount 100lb mini-split condenser to rear wall?

Nice. How might I do that?
SlowBro 10/09/21 04:01pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mount 100lb mini-split condenser to rear wall?

I would advise against doing so. Ditto It would look really bad, and no one would buy it when you decide to sell it. This style of heat pump is a far nicer looking option and won't destroy the rear wall (or resale value) of your RV That's a conventional air conditioner with a heat pump for winter but I really need to save electrical costs so I'll think of something. Maybe weld mounts down into the frame, I dunno.
SlowBro 10/04/21 07:40pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mount 100lb mini-split condenser to rear wall?

Thanks everyone, I'll figure out a plan B
SlowBro 10/04/21 09:48am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Mount 100lb mini-split condenser to rear wall?

I have a Coachmen class A and want to mount a 100lb mini-split to the rear wall. Is this too much weight? I know some people use a hitch carrier but ours is occupied. And this RV has no square bumper to put mounts on. I would use one of these wall mount kits. Maybe this exact model, maybe one like it. https://www.homedepot.com/p/DuctlessAire-9000-36000-BTU-Outdoor-Wall-Mounting-Bracket-for-Ductless-Mini-Split-Air-Conditioners-and-Heat-Pumps-BPC-3LP/205886666
SlowBro 10/04/21 04:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

The Hubbell plug will take #10 stranded wire with nickel plated clamp. Cord Grip Range .230" - .720" (5.8 - 18.3mm) https://www.stayonline.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=D6AC1C5C9D9C45019443C08AB1920082 Also available in 90 degree. Also a very good option.
SlowBro 09/09/21 12:09pm Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

NEMA 15A is a 15 amp plug should not neee 10ga go to an electrical supply house Skip google and go to a sticks and bricks electrical supply house. If you can take the cord, or a couple inches of it, with you. Sorry, SlowBro is slow. You said electrical supply house, I heard hardware store. Called an actual electrical supply house and aHa! Leviton 5266-C can support 10 AWG and it’s about $10. Problem solved.
SlowBro 09/09/21 12:04pm Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

I think I’ll slice the jacket lengthwise and look for wire labeling on that. Wish they had followed convention and put the label on the jacket.
SlowBro 09/09/21 08:34am Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

20A plugs are somewhat rare. My house has 2 and each is on a dedicated 20A CB. They were intended for golf cart charging. They will accept a 15A or 20A plug. I receommend using 10 gage copper not copper coated extension cords with 15A plugs for RVs because 10 gauge has less voltage drop. Yeah, it is 15A 10 gauge.
SlowBro 09/09/21 08:28am Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

Search for NEMA 5-15 or 5-15P If really is 10AWG search for one that uses "clamps" to hold the bared wire. No good on that search, only 12 AWG. I’m hesitant to try something not rated, not so much for the current draw as the size of the connector and jacket that it fits right.
SlowBro 09/09/21 08:12am Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

NEMA 15A is a 15 amp plug should not neee 10ga go to an electrical supply house Skip google and go to a sticks and bricks electrical supply house. If you can take the cord, or a couple inches of it, with you. I did that first before Google. Only 12AWG.
SlowBro 09/09/21 08:09am Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

You should be installing a 30-TT 30 amp cord body. cord body Then buy a dog bone 30-15 adapter. Adapter Not a bad idea. Also thought I might just use a short 14 gauge extension at the end, that short distance should be able to handle 15A, it’s rated for it.
SlowBro 09/09/21 08:06am Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

Look closely at the jacket of your cord. All cords, cables, wires, are labeled in size and type, most cords the writing/labeling is molded into the jacket. That was the first thing I did. Not there.
SlowBro 09/09/21 08:05am Tech Issues
[SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

I've stretched out Google (edit: and also checked a Lowe’s) but can't seem to find any replacement plug heads for what I am pretty sure is a 10 AWG extension cord which came with our used RV. (Edit: The jacket does not list the wire gauge.) Best I can find is 12 AWG. The plug head is missing the ground pin which causes it to slip out of the outlet too easily. I'm hesitant to cut the outer casing to confirm it's 10 AWG but the diameter is about 9/16ths of an inch which matches what I've seen 10 AWG cord is. And I don't want to cut the head to attempt to mate it with the common 12 AWG replacement heads because if it doesn't fit, it would ruin it. So. Anyone know of 10 AWG replacement plug heads?
SlowBro 09/09/21 04:37am Tech Issues
RE: Mechanics backed up for weeks all over?

I guess by these responses that there's not some nationwide state-of-the-industry report. I couldn't think of Google terms to search for it. What do full-timers do, if they can't have it in a park and must leave it for six weeks at the shop? This shop in particular has a gate and we'd either not be allowed after close of business, or we'd be locked in at night without hookups, or we'd have to store it somewhere else--maybe a park, maybe not, depending on the functionality of the vehicle to get it to a park. Seems like a real trap. I guess they'd either go to a hotel or go stay with someone for six weeks. In my instance I do have the ability to take it to our current home, but it got me to thinking.
SlowBro 08/24/21 03:23pm Beginning RVing
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