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RE: Quality Question about Small Inverters

But here's the deal on inverters; The cheapest have dirty power and are not thermo-controlled, and have noisy fans that run all the time. The better ones are pure sine wave, clean power, that have thermo- controlled fans that run only when needed. The top tier (expensive) inverters (like Morningstar) don't have fans at all. I have a Samlex 300 watt PST series inverter that I bought from Best Converter about 5 years ago and am very satisfied. Very quiet thermo-controlled fan, when it comes on at all. They go for about $145 now. I'm looking ONLY at pure sine wave inverters. And the one that I'm looking at in the <$50 range also says it has a thermostatically-controlled fan. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/11/20 04:37pm Tech Issues
Quality Question about Small Inverters

I'm shopping for a small, pure sine wave inverter. I'm interested in one that provides about 300 watts. Prices vary wildly, from around $40 to over $150 for a seemingly similar product. I'm not naive. I know you generally get what you pay for. But why this wide range of prices for similar-sounding items? What are the factors that determine quality in a small inverter like the one I'm shopping for? Thanks, -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/11/20 01:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Newbie Seeking Some Information

I don't think I'm going to find a dual axle under 5K GVWR, Not sure why this is necessary. For analysis and illustration: my trailer has a UVW of 4337 and a CCC of 1527. So, if I'm understanding things correctly the GVWR would be 5864. Which I take to mean that if I loaded it to capacity I would be exceeding your 5000 lb desired max. However, I have discretion about how much to load it. If I load it with 663 lb I'll be at the 5000 lb, yourself-imposed max. Just because the trailer CAN carry more doesn't mean it has to. What am I missing here? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/06/20 11:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Seeking Some Information

The best place to look? I'd say RVTrader.com. You can set filters to screen out trailers that don't meet your criteria. You haven't said whether you're looking for new or used. Most used units on the market are probably listed in RVTrader. Many new ones are as well. However, if you're looking for new, there are dealers that don't list there. You're on your own to find them in your area. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/06/20 08:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Odometer error

This post veered off topic quickly! If the speedometer was set to kilometers you would know. 60 mph is approxamatly 100 kph. Do you regularly drive at 100 or more on the highway? Yes different size tires can make the speedo read differently. It also screws up the odometer. Do a ten mile test and you will know how much off the speedo is. The SPEEDometer part of it is in both scales. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/06/20 08:41am Class A Motorhomes
Impact of Coronavirus on Parks?

I've got a 6-week trip planned starting in a couple of weeks. Since a large part of it is in FL state parks, some of our planning has been in the works for the better part of a year. What's going to happen to campers like me if the fear of this new bug continues to spiral out of control? If the authorities decide they need to close the parks, where will we all go? I have no intention of cancelling my trip at this point, but I'm concerned about where I might find myself if I'm 1500 miles from home and being evicted from a campground. I envision Walmart parking lots being inundated with displaced RV'ers. What plan B's is anyone developing? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/06/20 05:58am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Odometer error

I had a rental class C in Alaska. The first couple of days the mileage readings were driving me nuts. Turns out it was made in Cananda, and the odometer was in km. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to set it to miles, and I finally gave up. Not sure it can be done! -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/06/20 05:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2020 Milepost

Yeah; I would argue that it still has great usefulness. When we did our AK trip a few years ago we rented a motorhome at ABC in Anchorage. They had a section of the shop where previous renters left things behind that they weren't going to be using and/or couldn't bring home on the plane with them. Among other treasures we found a slightly used, but current Milepost. Snatched that up quicker than you can blink. It was great to have, although I will agree that it had TOO MUCH information. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/03/20 03:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tongue Jack Needed

You'll wonder why you waited for your shoulder problem to get one of these. Best upgrade ever! Get well! -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/01/20 05:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Any Return on Investment?

It's routine maintenance I would expect it but not pay more for it. Agreed, but between a trailer that has been maintained and one that hasn’t been I’ll take the maintained one even if it’s priced a bit more! But every trailer similar has the same value of a properly maintained vehicle. You are assuming the others are not maintained. Why would someone pay extra for the same vehicle condition. Like I stated earlier. It may make it easier to sell. But unless you work some dealership upsell tactic it is not worth more. It's an interesting interaction between "easier to sell" and "worth more." The final price is a function of what a competitive marketplace is willing to pay. If I market it as having had meticulous maintenance, provide documentation, and price it at the high end of similarly available trailers, I think I'll have more people interested in buying it. More people = more demand. More demand = less pressure to negotiate the price down. Basic free market economics. -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/29/20 10:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Any Return on Investment?

Putting something in the advertising like: "new tires, brakes and bearings in 2020." Do you think buyers of used trailers would see how enhancing that is? -Speak Since I am a self-proclaimed (just now) advertising guru..... It will break (no pun) down like this: 60 percent will care...:C 30 percent will not...:( 10 percent either won't pay any attention to that info, or don't know what you're talking about...:h Bottom line: Why not include the money spent on upgrades and mechanical work in "for sale" info? (Save receipts!). :@ . So.... I guess that means 60% will care and 40% won't? In any event - thanks to all for playing along. Your responses were mostly what I expected, and I learned a couple things along the way. -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/27/20 05:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Any Return on Investment?

I think it makes a difference. When we sold our 2003 Jayco three years ago, the first guy who looked at it bought it, and paid the asking price. The buyer--a certified auto mechanic--was impressed by the new bearings, brakes, tires, and tongue jack, as well as the fact that I was the original owner. Don't know if it really affected the price I was able to ask, but it made for a quick sale. The guy did mention that he'd passed on several that showed signs of neglect. Did he take your word for it that it had these new items, or did you give him some documentation? Do people test drive these things to check out the brakes? Having seen how mine had deteriorated, I will certainly want to see working brakes when I make my next purchase of a used trailer. -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/26/20 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Any Return on Investment?

Btw, I recently went to replace brakes on my motorcycle trailer. It turned out replacing the entire hub assembly was only a few dollars more than just the brakes. New brake pads, springs, adjusters, etc....much easier install also. And Yes, doing this work would matter greatly if I was buying your trailer. But only if I felt a DIYer knew what they were doing. Right. I discovered the same thing, and I'm replacing the whole unit. In fact, my brakes were basically inoperative - frozen. So I would have had to replace the entire unit anyway. Sure is a simple job that way! -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/26/20 07:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Any Return on Investment?

Very helpful. keep all receipts as proof. Good advice. Thanks! I wouldn't have thought of doing that. -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/26/20 06:52am General RVing Issues
Any Return on Investment?

I just replaced my 6-year-old original trailer tires with new Goodyear Endurance tires. As we are preparing for an upcoming 6-week, 4000-mile trip, I discovered that my trailer brakes are in need of replacing. Since I'll have the thing in pieces already, I am replacing the original bearings with new Timken bearings as well. So everything from the axles down (out?) will be new and high quality. Here's my question: If I go to sell this thing in a year or so, will any potential buyers care that I invested $1000 on it? Will buyers care? I'm not talking about adding $1000 or even $500 to whatever asking price I would normally start with. Mostly I'm thinking in marketing terms. Putting something in the advertising like: "new tires, brakes and bearings in 2020." Do you think buyers of used trailers would see how enhancing that is? -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/26/20 06:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Florida Keys

We didn't have much luck with Florida's state park website or on the telephone. We ended calling Bluewater Key and got site with little problems. We had a site on the canal. I've been able to get a place at Curry Hammock a few times over the years, but it's very rare- We too go to Bluewater Key and get a spot on the canal Nice if you can pony up for the big bucks! State park 1 night: about $35. Bluewater Key for one night? $150? more? Stay for a week: $245 or $1050? I'm retired. I have to make my money last for the next 30 years or so. -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/25/20 06:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Karaoke & Sing-along around Campfires

I always travel with my guitar. I'm always trying to improve my playing, which means I have to "practice" every day. When camping, I generally bring the guitar outside. Years ago, I was playing next to a campfire at Yellowstone, in the Norris Basin campground. At a minute past 8:00PM the host came over and told me to knock it off, because it was now "quiet hours." Sheesh. Last spring, at a campsite in Fort DeSoto Park Campground near St. Petersburg FL, the neighbor's dog howled (inside their RV) every time I was playing. Again - sheesh. I'm a pretty good guitarist, although the evidence in these two stories would suggest otherwise. I'm always happy when someone stops by and enjoys the music or joins in. -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/24/20 04:55pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Florida Keys

Yup; you're in for a real learning curve fighting for a precious site at the Florida State Parks in the Keys. The method of going online for the 8:00AM (eastern) lottery is the standard way to get a site, but you have to be really really really really lucky to get one that way. The two or three (normally) available sites each day disappear within SECONDS of the clock striking 8:00AM. The alternative is to try to get a site through a cancellation. Many people grab their site reservation and do a lot of overbooking, just because it's so difficult to get a site. Then, when they refine their plans as time gets closer, they cancel. Cancellations can happen literally at any time, so there's no way to plan it. Again, you have to be lucky. But in my opinion, the luck needed to get a "virgin" site at 8:00AM is far greater. Join me and thousands of other people vulturing the cancellations. There are other secrets that I just can't bring myself to tell you about, just because the competition is so fierce. You'll have to figure them out yourself. Sorry! But it's all part of the fun! We'll be staying a week at Pennekamp and a week at Bahia Honda in late April. Can't wait! We've had these reservations since last May. We'll be staying at Topsail up in the Panhandle at the beginning of April. We got 4 nights there through a cancellation, and we're hoping to expand it to 6 nights. We'll have to move sites after 4 nights, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/23/20 06:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: replacement hand held shower

I've replaced mine with one marketed for the home. However - in the RV I really need to be able to shut off the water at the shower head in order to conserve water. Most of the ones for the home do not have a shut-off valve as part of the shower head. Fortunately, I discovered one of these which allowed me to install a shutoff valve even though the shower head I bought was without one. -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/20/20 05:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: Secluded RV Sites in Florida

Alexander Springs? Packed like a sardine can right now isn't it? And everytime we've been by in the summer it is always busy. Was only there once - two years ago - in April, and there was plenty of space then. Live and learn -Speak
SpeakEasy 02/19/20 03:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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