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RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

The fact that anyone is unhoused in the United States is a structural failing and should bring elected officials on all sides of the political aisle a good deal of shame. People living in unsafe conditions anywhere in one of the wealthiest countries in the world is uniquely unacceptable, and yet as I type this, we all know there are tons of unhoused people, including veterans, disabled people, children, pregnant people, and folks living with chronic mental and physical health conditions, among others. One example comes to us from Tennessee, which is set to become the first state in the nation to make it a felony to camp in parks and other public property spaces, as reported by the Associated Press. The law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2022, will serve one purpose: It will make unhoused folks felons. It will do no good. How will the law work in practice? It’s important to keep in mind that it’s already a felony to camp on most state-owned property in Tennessee, as of legislation that went into effect back in 2020, so this is essentially an expansion of the existing law. In this case, unhoused folks must be notified at least 24 hours before being arrested. Because it’s a felony charge, the long-term ramifications are incredibly steep: up to six years in prison and the loss of the right to vote. The law also makes it a misdemeanor for someone to solicit or camp along highways in the state. Now, whether or not prosecutors actually pursue these charges is another story. But even if the law is rarely enforced, it could easily still be harmful to people who are already most vulnerable when it comes to law enforcement and the court system, like Black unhoused folks and sex workers, for example. Bobby Watts, who serves as the CEO of the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, told the Associated Press in an interview that this law will do “nothing” to solve the homeless crisis, and in fact, will only make it worse. “Having a felony on your record makes it hard to qualify for some types of housing,” Watts explained. “Harder to get a job, harder to qualify for benefits.” He went on to add that housing subsidies and social services aimed at unhoused veterans have helped reduce the number of homeless vets in the last decade, saying it’s “not magic” that helping people access safe, stable, and secure housing will help keep people off the streets. You might remember that Daily Kos covered the exciting and encouraging move happening in California, where a resort was actually transformed into long-term housing for unhoused military veterans and their families. That housing includes on-site support services, too. Again: This approach working makes perfect sense. Many shelters have had to limit capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which hasn’t helped matters, but it’s also true that some unhoused folks don’t want to be in a shelter. This can be because of criminal records, immigration concerns, substance use, paranoia or distrust linked to mental health issues, shelters not allowing pets, and other concerns. Unhoused folks are as diverse and varied as everyone else, and do not lose the right to their preferences and priorities just because they are unhoused. Obviously, the solution is not to simply shrug and say, “Well, if you don’t like the shelter, we give up on you,” which is essentially what these felony threats serve to do.
pianotuna 05/24/22 05:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: SiO2 Batteries and High Amp Draws

Every extra connection causes some additional resistance and a possible failure point.
pianotuna 05/24/22 07:13am Tech Issues
RE: It's been fun and informative but....

Please come back with a new unit!
pianotuna 05/23/22 06:40pm Truck Campers
RE: SiO2 Charging Profile

Ty BFL13, Useful information. I'd be tempted to stop at 80% myself.
pianotuna 05/23/22 06:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Best 30 to 50a adaptor?

Make your own dog bone adapter with larger wire. Keep the tines bright.
pianotuna 05/23/22 06:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

Hi Don - It looks like this only applies to Tennessee. I added "TN" to your topic name to make it easier to see that this isn't a federal mandate. Speaking of that, I didn't read the article closely enough to see if this only applies to state & local land or does it also apply to Federal lands. It looks like it's geared more towards local parks to address homelessness. And also because I'm a trouble-maker, I'm moving this to "RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions" since this really isn't a "Roads & Routes" topic. I had no clue where to put it--so Thank you! I should have include Tennessee, too.
pianotuna 05/23/22 06:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Beginning RVer: Is this Scenario Doable?

Grit dog, My line of credit loan is 3.45%. I guess things are different in USA.
pianotuna 05/23/22 06:23pm Beginning RVing
camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 30337446
pianotuna 05/23/22 08:02am Roads and Routes
camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

Hi All, Bad news. https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/mid-south/tennessee-becomes-1st-state-to-make-public-camping-a-felony/?fbclid=IwAR0Ou9mU0QxZnRG7_A7xCYYXRMnY3oiz53qo7IQKGMOQc5WD44mLXLwN0To
pianotuna 05/23/22 08:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: SiO2 Batteries and High Amp Draws

BFL13, AGM taper later than flooded. I suspect SiO2 taper later than AGM. There are now Li batteries using SiO2 anodes--for greater capacity and faster charging. I'm happy with low and slow. Only once every 30 days would I need to get to 100%. With dual banks that is easy with the current technology I have in place. I'd be tempted to get a pair of the largest SiO2 (270 amp hours), instead of multiple 100 amp-hour units. I would have to charge "one at a time" on that monthly schedule. It is more expensive to do so as there is a discount on multiple 100 amp-hour jars. I look forward to hearing the results of your testing.
pianotuna 05/23/22 07:49am Tech Issues
RE: SiO2 Batteries and High Amp Draws

When I added solar, I deliberately turned on EVERY DC draw in the RV. The lights had not been converted to led. It was enough to cause the automatic circuit breaker between the battery bank and the power distribution center to trip. Of course, with large inverters 2C from a 100 amp-hour battery is quite possible. My first inverter was 2500 watts (modified sine wave rated to run motors). The goal was to run the block heater for 3 hours in extreme cold. I did one test with the 875 amp-hour bank, and ran the roof air until it shut down--it took about 90 minutes. In my opinion it is better to have high amperage batteries--so two 200 amp, or one 400 amp may offer superior service to four 100 amp jars.
pianotuna 05/23/22 07:23am Tech Issues
RE: Beginning RVer: Is this Scenario Doable?

Hi Brad, Welcome to the forums. How about setting up a line of credit loan?
pianotuna 05/22/22 09:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: Hello from a new member and a question

Yinzer5097, Welcome to the forums. The search engine is fairly broken here. From google Try: Bunkhouse rv.net
pianotuna 05/22/22 09:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: SiO2 Batteries and High Amp Draws

High draw on LiFePo4 is limited by the battery management system. It depends on what the maker sets it at. Anyone know what is most common? 100 amps (1c)??? Seeing as my goal is a battery bank of at least 400 and possibly 700 amp-hours, the speed of charging of Li is not useful to me--as my fastest charger maxes out at 127 amps @ nominal 12 volts. Efficiency also does not concern me as I want to float the batteries between trips. SiO2 float nicely. Li, not so much. For me, the most important factor is full charging not required on each cycle. My understanding is that both Li and SiO2 are quite happy, if they are fully recharged once every 30 days.
pianotuna 05/22/22 08:59pm Tech Issues
RE: how to replace the charger inverter in a four winds

I'm having good success with reconditioned telcom agm batteries. What make and model is the current inverter/charger?
pianotuna 05/22/22 11:00am Tech Issues
RE: SiO2 Batteries and High Amp Draws

If price is the only parameter, along with no maintenance, then it is hard to beat reconditioned telcom jars. Mine are 4 years old. They will support the microwave at 170 amps. I just did bacon and egg in the micro at a fairly new campground (4 years old). On a 30 amp service the load support cut in and drew 95 amps. The toaster did not trigger load support. BFL13's test is not when the batteries are at 100%--and that's good because that's a real life scenario.
pianotuna 05/21/22 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: SiO2 Batteries and High Amp Draws

604 times to dead on SiO2 will reduce capacity to 80% of new.
pianotuna 05/21/22 01:12pm Tech Issues
RE: SiO2 Batteries and High Amp Draws

Thanks for the research.
pianotuna 05/20/22 08:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Renogy Battery Monitor vs Trimetric UPDATE- Camping Test

Hi BFL13, Thanks! That is the answer I hoped to hear.
pianotuna 05/20/22 07:54am Tech Issues
RE: Renogy Battery Monitor vs Trimetric UPDATE- Camping Test

Hi BFL13, 200 amp-hours of what type of battery?
pianotuna 05/19/22 08:35pm Tech Issues
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