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RE: Tripping solar panel breaker

All good answers. My RV came standard with a single 100w panel and a 10A in-line fuse. I had it upgraded at the factory to 3 100w panels, but someone forgot to change the fuse so I was constantly having to replace it. I contacted the factory and they confirmed the fuse should have been a 30A with the extra panels they had installed. (It is already wired for the optional panels.) Since the fuse is located in an inconvenient place, I replaced it with a Bussman CB221-30 (from Amazon) which trips on over-current, then after a period of time, resets itself. Haven't have a problem with solar since then.
bob_nestor 05/12/22 05:43am Tech Issues
RE: Planning a trip to Alaska sometime 2023

Some (not all) of the border States have a version of an enhanced driver's license that, up until COVID, could be used to cross the border. Not sure if that's still the case after COVID though. Since you're trying to get into Canada it's all up to their authorities. Getting back into the US (if you're a citizen or hold a valid Green Card) isn't as difficult but is much, much easier with a Passport or Passcard. The best advice is to get a US Passport and for an additional small fee, the Passcard. The Passcard can be used for land crossings, but a Passort was still required if traveling into the country by air or cruise ship the last time I traveled over, around and thru Canada.
bob_nestor 05/10/22 07:50am Roads and Routes
RE: Finding a 3500 series truck to test drive....

Seriously, I would make the effort and have the death wobble fixed. On my old 2004, it was ball joints, replaced them, no more wobble. As for reliability, I would take any 5.9 Cummins before any GM or Ford. Ford feels like driving a brick, GM's seats are like milk crates. I haven't driven a GM but I've driven two recent model year Super Duty diesels, an F-250 and an F-350 and honestly I didn't like the way either one drove very well. They felt very isolated from the road, the steering had no feel to it and the turning radius sucked. They're nice trucks and are certainly faster than my Cummins, and they shifted better. Roomier back seat too which matters to me with 3 kids. I'd definitely buy a new Ram CTD over the Super Duty again if I had a do-over, though. GM, I don't know - the current models look pretty nice on paper. I'm not a big Ford fan but I did own two 2004 E350 based RVs. One had the problem of absolutely no road feel at all - it was like driving a video game. The other drove perfectly fine. An engineer friend of mine who had worked for Ford at one time told me the drive systems used were "fly-by-wire" and a simple adjustment to the firmware could solve the problem which could be done by any Ford Dealer who serviced trucks. Got rid of the bad one before doing that though.
bob_nestor 04/10/22 07:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rip off prices from RV Dealers

We both purchased the new valve system from a reputable dealership in the area for $56 with tax and installed it ourselves. When I get home I see the same valve is for sale on Amazon for $9.99 with free shipping. I know these dealers need to make a profit to maintain their store but this much of a mark up is outrageous. You could have continued your camping trip without a working toilet and fixed it when you got home. But that probably wasn't considered an acceptable option, so you paid for the convenience and availability of the part when you needed it. And yes, similar if not identical parts may be available on Amazon or eBay at much lower prices with "free" shipping, but you have to be careful because many of them ship directly from factories in China and can take weeks before they arrive. One way or another there are costs involved - time, money, convenience, etc.
bob_nestor 03/28/22 03:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Delivery on new F350

I've heard that the manufacturers are prioritizing commercial vehicle builds over consumer models, probably because they have fewer options and because they address the larger markets for them.
bob_nestor 03/10/22 07:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Interstate rest area stops

Visited an uncle in New York State a few years ago and his neighbor was a Police Officer who came by to say hi. He asked me where I stayed at night when I was on the road, and I told him I pulled into Rest Areas for a few hours of sleep. He told me it was illegal to camp in New York Rest Areas and I told him I didn't have any beer in the camper and camping without beer was just sleeping outside. The next evening he stopped by with a couple of cold beers.
bob_nestor 03/08/22 07:45am Roads and Routes
RE: Lost Cruise Control

Had this happen to me on a Ford E350 RV that I owned. Turned out to be a loose connection in the wire harness under the dash that contained the cruise control wires.
bob_nestor 03/01/22 06:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ever hear of this camping company? Harvest Host

I was a member of Boondockers Welcome for a number of years and hosted quite a few campers over that time in my backyard. Always thought it was a better deal than Harvest Hosts (at least for me). But then Boondockers Welcome sold out to Harvest Hosts and HH quickly cancelled the Lifetime membership credits that I'd acquired with BW and now want me to join their organization for an annual fee. No thanks - cancelled my account that they'd transferred from BW to HH. HH seems more interested in having paying members camp at places of business who can offer some dry camping spots, unlike BW which allowed individuals to host others and for campers to find individuals willing to host them for a night or two. Members paid a small annual fee to use the resources and hosts paid nothing and acquired lifetime credits for hosting.
bob_nestor 10/11/21 08:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jeep Wrangler ReadyBrake Elite II Setup

I did the same with my 2011 2dr Wrangler (same color too), but in addition I installed a CoolTech wire harness. That allowed me to use the Jeep's brake, turn and clearance lights running off my RV. I did also install a battery cutoff in the Jeep, but was told by a Jeep Engineer that wasn't necessary for the 2011.
bob_nestor 08/02/21 06:30am Dinghy Towing
RE: My prediction for the future..

The original prediction posted here may be true but only time will tell. Since most people buying RVs finance them and try to get low payments with the longest terms possible, may are already "under water" before they drive it off the Dealer's lot. When they go to sell they expect to make a little something rather than loosing a whole lot, so they tend to hold out for close to their asking prices. That may find many of them spiraling into bankruptcy or repossession. No matter what scenario plays out, with a glut of RVs on the used market it signals some hard times ahead for the manufacturers as they try to compete with the "slightly used" market.
bob_nestor 06/26/21 01:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

I suspect the "studies" that were done showing roundabouts are safer probably compare them to 4-way stops but don't take into consideration that most drivers don't know how to navigate either one. Roundabouts are even more confusing to these drivers so they go slower thru them, stop and wait for everyone in the circle to clear out before entering or stop in the roundabout to allow others the chance to enter. Seems the the biggest selling point for many though is "it's just like what the enlightened countries of Europe use", so we need to have them too. The problem with many though is they aren't built large enough to accommodate more than two or three vehicles at any one time, so their benefit, even with knowledgeable drives, is marginal at best. Maybe the real solution (other than driver education) is to go back to the 4-way stop replacing the stop signs with red lights that allow one vehicle at a time to proceed, rotating the green light around the intersection.
bob_nestor 06/17/21 01:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Propane Firepit Restrictions - West Coast

Seems like the rules on fires cover a lot of territory and are open to interpretation by campers, authorities and a lot of those self-appointed who think they know everything about anything and go out of their way to tell you that. My solution is simple - I built an LED fire pit in a small bucket. Puts out all the ambience of a real campfire (flickering flames and all) without the heat or danger of starting a real fire, it can be totally extinguished by just unplugging, can easily run off the inverter when boondocking and as an added benefit there's no smoke, fumes or hot ash that always seems to follow some people with real campfires. The only downside is it can't roast hot dogs or do S'mores.
bob_nestor 06/04/21 01:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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