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RE: Long distance purchase

I am constantly amazed at the lengths that folks are willing to go to buy an ordinary common object like a RV.. One must ask themselves, "is this REALLY worth the hassle to get this one layout?" Some people know what they want, and if they are going to spend $50K - $200K on it, they want what they want, not whatever happens to be local. Traveling half way across the country for something you're spending $100K on and might own for a decade seems reasonable. Some folks like myself REFUSE to waste hard earned money on an extravagant purchase of a $50K-$200K depreciating asset like a RV.. Like I said, people want what they want. Some people can afford a $200K RV *and* retirement. Some may be willing to defer retirement to buy the RV. No one buys an RV because it's a good financial investment. $20K/year of depreciation is only a waste of money if you're not getting $20K/year of value out of it (and no one can determine that value except the owner) And maybe people don't *need* a $200K RV, but there are certainly benefits to it -- those bells and whistles you don't want like slides, TV's and stereos and slides are things that some people *want*. Not everyone wants the same RV experience. And the best thing about those $200K RV's is that in a few years I can buy it for $100K after someone's already eaten the initial depreciation and got most of the nagging warranty issues fixed.
rlw999 01/27/21 11:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Code SPN 5246 FMI 0 Derate

If you clear the code (and the derate) without fixing the SCR temperature sensor, don't you run the risk of damaging the exhaust system, turning a sensor replacement into an expensive SCR replacement? Any answer other than "tow" seems like it could cost you a lot more than the 5 mile tow. (which could be "free" if you belong to a roadside service club)
rlw999 01/26/21 07:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Long distance purchase

I am constantly amazed at the lengths that folks are willing to go to buy an ordinary common object like a RV.. One must ask themselves, "is this REALLY worth the hassle to get this one layout?" Some people know what they want, and if they are going to spend $50K - $200K on it, they want what they want, not whatever happens to be local. Traveling half way across the country for something you're spending $100K on and might own for a decade seems reasonable.
rlw999 01/26/21 02:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV cover vs shed?

I can put the ADCO cover on our class C by myself -- but it sure is easier with a helper. To self-cover, I roll it up and put it on the hood with the back end facing up, then I climb up on the roof, reach down with a broom, then pull it up and start walking to the back, shaking out the cover as I go to get it to drop down to the sides. Removing is the pretty much the reverse -- unhook the back, push it up to the roof with a broom, then climb the ladder, then loosely roll it up as I go forward, using care near the front so I don't walk off the front while it's obscured by the loose cover. (I have a vent over the front bunk, so that's where I stop walking and just kneel down and push off the front onto the RV hood. The worst part is if the side of the cover gets snagged on the wheel well or something, then I need to climb down and unsnag it before continuing.
rlw999 01/25/21 11:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Federal Mask mandate

Fauci said just today regarding double masking: “ it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective," OK, let’s stipulate that’s true. Then, why not six masks? After all, it just makes common sense. If two is better than one, then six is even more better than one. It’s just common sense. Why aren’t we wearing six masks? There's a point of diminishing returns -- if wearing a second mask gives a 20% additional protection (I don't know the real number), then another one just adds 4% additional protection. And since these are cloth masks, the seal itself is a limiting factor. Real N95 masks have a rubber gasket to make an airtight seal against your face, but cloth masks don't seal well along the edges, so even if you had so many layers that the mask material was equivalent to an N95 mask, you'll never approach the effectiveness of a real N95 mask.
rlw999 01/25/21 06:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Federal Mask mandate

Does it open up the door to "probable cause" leading to searching your car, RV and campsite looking for who knows what? Personally, I don't want to be stopped by the highway patrol on the interstate under the pretense of "you weren't wearing the mandated mask". No. It's a mask mandate to wear a mask around others, you're not going to be stopped while driving on the interstate because you weren't wearing a mask in your own vehicle.
rlw999 01/23/21 10:38am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Federal Mask mandate

Why link to a news article at a source that's not known for its balanced reporting, when you can link to the actual source: LOL, all news outlets are biased. Can anyone name one outlet that isn't? Remember back in school and your teacher told you to use "Primary Sources" when you write your research paper? Thanks to the internet, those primary sources are easier than ever to find. But it takes some care, make sure that you're really reading from the source and not a lookalike or scam site. So for example, when you hear about some mask mandate in an Executive Order and how it's going to change your life, you can read the actual Executive Order yourself (which is the link I provided earlier). Or when you hear that the CDC is publishing numbers that are impossible, go to the CDC website yourself and read the background behind their numbers. Even medical journals post abstracts (or entire papers) to the internet, so if you hear about a promising new treatment that no one else knows about, you can find the studies that support it (or not).
rlw999 01/22/21 10:33am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Federal Mask mandate

Why link to a news article at a source that's not known for its balanced reporting, when you can link to the actual source: LOL, all news outlets are biased. Can anyone name one outlet that isn't? Remember back in school and your teacher told you to use "Primary Sources" when you write your research paper? Thanks to the internet, those primary sources are easier than ever to find. So for example, when you hear about some mask mandate in an Executive Order and how it's going to change your life, you can read the actual Executive Order yourself (which is the link I provided earlier). Or when you hear that the CDC is publishing numbers that are impossible, go to the CDC website yourself and read the background behind their numbers. Even medical journals post abstracts (or entire papers) to the internet, so if you hear about a promising new treatment that no one else knows about, you can find the studies that support it (or not).
rlw999 01/22/21 10:32am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Federal Mask mandate

I've read several articles and cant find any out for folks boondocking. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bidens-executive-order-mask-wearing-federal-land Again city folks think everyone lives in an urban cubicle. One size fits all I guess. Hopefully the rangers out there have better sense than the DC insiders. Why link to a news article at a source that's not known for its balanced reporting, when you can link to the actual source: Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing Here's the policy from that EO: Accordingly, to protect the Federal workforce and individuals interacting with the Federal workforce, and to ensure the continuity of Government services and activities, on-duty or on-site Federal employees, on-site Federal contractors, and other individuals in Federal buildings and on Federal lands should all wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in CDC guidelines. The key phrase here is "as provided in CDC guidelines". If you're not already familiar with the CDC mask and social distancing guidelines, you should be, and you should already be following them, whether legally obligated or not to help protect your fellow travelers. In short, those guidelines when outdoors is: stay socially distance as much as possible, if you have to be near people form outside your household, wear a mask if within 6 feet. I don't see how this new mask mandate will have a significant effect on boondocking if you're truly out in the wilderness with no one around but your own household.
rlw999 01/21/21 07:04pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: RVing with a parrot

Cannot testify as to the quality of any of these options, but they are all free from toxic chemicals: \ https://rvlife.com/diy-rv-cleaners/ Those cleaners may be non-toxic to humans but birds are sensitive to a lot of chemicals that humans can tolerate.
rlw999 01/20/21 03:05pm RV Pet Stop
RE: TireMinder i10 TPMS

When I was looking for a TPMS, I read a lot of review sites and didn't see a significant difference in reliability or satisfaction between the TireMinder and Eeztire systems. The Eeztire was slightly cheaper at the time, so I went with it and have been happy with it, but I think I would have been equally happy with the TireMinder.
rlw999 01/18/21 05:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone Installed a Bigger TV?

When we put in a TV that was 10" larger than the original, the new, bigger TV weighed less than the original, so we didn't replace the bracket, but did have to drill holes lower on the bracket to get it to fit in the same space.
rlw999 01/16/21 06:02pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Add a front cabover window - has anyone done it?

Cabovers are for sleeping. Sleeping occurs when your eyes are closed, therefore you really don't need a window. When you wake up, take the elevator down to the lower mezzanine and look out the windows that are already there. Depends on the owner. Our cabover is never used for sleeping (we put our bikes up there when we're traveling in the rain). If we didn't already have a window, I wouldn't put a window in just for the lighting, opening that front cabover curtain really does brighten up the interior
rlw999 01/15/21 12:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Apocalypse almost

What bugs me why they scrapped all public phones? Because installing an maintaining a public phone costs money and with the proliferation of cell phones, few people use them. But if you ask at a customer service desk, I'd be surprised if they wouldn't let you use their phone or at least make a call for you. My company doesn't even give desk phones to employees (except for a few, like sales people). Everyone else uses a cell. If you're traveling solo, you should probably carry a backup phone with a cheap pre-paid SIM from a different provider than your main phone (T-Mobile has a $3/month plan). Even if you didn't have this SIM problem, you could have dropped your phone in a puddle or lost it. When my wife and I travel, between the two of us, we have 2 phones, a wireless hotspot, a couple laptops, a tablet computer and an Amazon Echo, any of these devices can make a phone call with Wifi (which easy to find at coffee shops, etc). Our cell phones and hotspot are on different providers (AT&T, Verizon and Google Fi (sprint/t-mobile)). When my elderly parents went on a 6 month cross country trip, I sent them a Garmin Satellite communicator (which I usually take on backcountry hiking trips). They're relatively inexpensive these days -- cost is around $400 + $12/month for a basic SMS plan, but they work pretty much anywhere in the world where you have a clear view of the sky. The one I have is also a handheld GPS, so is a backup for phone based GPS's (it doesn't do street routing like a car based GPS, but at least you can see where you are and where the main roads are). This was great since they could send a message even when out of cell phone range like "Fishing is great here - staying another week", and we knew they were safe and could call for help if they needed anything. Even Satellite phones have really come down in price, last time I used one was over a decade ago and it cost thousands of dollars and several dollars a minute to talk. Now you can get one for around $500 + $50/month for basic plan, good for emergency use).
rlw999 01/15/21 12:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Yamaha EF1000iS Fuel Tank Conversion

Rather than running a genny all the time night and day, perhaps take a look at the space in front and behind the truck wheel wells.. Should be enough space there to add in some additional batteries between the TC and bed.. Of course you would have to place and wire the batteries before backing the truck under the TC but there is unused wasted space there that could take care of your power issue.. One Group27 battery should easily provide enough power to run your furnace for 8hr-10hrs before needing recharged.. I don't know what loads he's running (maybe an electric heater or tank heaters), but he said he's only getting 4 hours at 900W with the generator -- 900W for 8 hours is close to 600AH with batteries, and with lead acid he'll want around double that. That's around 12 Group 27 batteries. His generator is rated at 12 hours at 1/4 load, so if he had a lower load he probably wouldn't have a problem with runtime.
rlw999 01/13/21 01:05am Tech Issues
RE: Heating pads

We have weathered temps in the 10F range at night without tank heaters and without the tanks freezing (enclosed, heated underbelly on a fifth wheel). With the tanks enclosed in a heated underbelly, wouldn't you expect them to stay unfrozen indefinitely?
rlw999 01/07/21 05:38pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Truck Camper Security

Happy new year everyone and hope you had a nice holiday Im going to be doing some street camping in the city until i find a suitable place to park so it would be nice to have some peace of mind when im away from my vehicle I want to secure my camper with motion sensors which trigger a camera, siren, and lights. I found a few systems that do each task separately. For example, i found a way to arm the camper doors and windows to a loud siren that goes off if triggered. I also found some security systems that have bright lights, motion sensors and camera's , but i havent found any all in one system that does it all. Also there is a lot of home/driveway security that i think can be applied to RV's but i dont see many RV specific units If you'll have reliable internet, something like a Ring Home Security System may do what you want -- they have cameras, motion sensors, lights, etc. The base unit+security system will work without internet (if you sign up for monitoring, it has cellular backup), but I think the cameras require internet for saved storage.
rlw999 12/28/20 02:16pm Truck Campers
RE: A top to bottom look at green energy

Solar and wind both have the same problem. The sun doesn't shine 24 hrs/day and the wind doesn't blow 24 X 7. There is no practical storage method in soght. Battery storage is very very expensive, I saw an estimate of Trillions to finance a battery storage system of large enough capacity. Plus there just is not enough Lithium or Lead available to build the required batteries. As you pointed out, batteries aren't a good choice for grid scale energy storage, but there are many more suitable options, and research continues to make them cheaper and more viable. So you want to end air pollution build lots of nuke plants and hope for fusion power. Fusion plants by the way would be intensely radioactive after running for awhile. The fusion process produces lots of neutrons which would activate the plant structure. Despite promising research, full grid scale Fusion reactors are still decades away, and as you point out still face the problem of disposing radioactive materials from the plant itself. Solar intermittent and it has major waste disposal expenses. If you're going to look at waste disposal, don't forget to include it for nuclear reactors too. Plus a gigawatt sized plant takes up square miles of land compared to 100 acres for a GW fossil or nuke plant. The advantage of solar is that it's distributed -- install solar on every house in the USA and you've provided half the USA's demand for power. The other half can go on otherwise undesirable land. It also kills tens of thousands of birds. solar kills comparatively few birds -- wind kills more but still a fraction of the millions killed by existing power sources (coal is the worst). But all of that pales in comparison to the billions of birds killed by domestic cats each year. Nuke causes loud and irrational NIMBY battles. There are both rational and irrational reasons to oppose nuclear, but the fact remains that it's going to be politically untenable for the next few decades, except perhaps some of the new small ~50 megawatt scale reactor designs that are coming out.
rlw999 12/27/20 10:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How about THIS instead of using more and more energy?

Take an RV in hot weather, proper use of this insulator would result in a NINETY PERCENT reduction in energy consumed. How would you like to use 10 gallons of LPG and comfortably pass 2 weeks at -40F ?? The only issue is THERE's NO MONEY IN IT. Who wants to invest in a zero-sum gain industry? You're right that there's no money in it but not because of lack of government involvement. A 10X better insulator doesn't give you a 10X reduction in heat loss since there's a lot more to insulating an RV than the insulation itself -- a lot of heat is lost through windows, air leaks, vents, etc. RV's *could* be much better insulated than they are with dual paned windows, insulated vent covers, fully sealed and insulated underbodies, etc. All of this is possible today, but few want to pay thousands of dollars to save $50 in propane each season for the few times they actually use significant gas for heating. For sure there are those that would pay a premium for a hyper insulated RV, but they don't need high tech aerogel to get it.
rlw999 12/26/20 10:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Any "Real" Unlimited Plans?

50GB streamed over a 10 hour day is around 11mbit/sec -- I think your first problem is going to be finding a cellular carrier that will provide a steady 11mbit/second all day long, especially if you camp off the beaten path where the cellular infrastructure is spread thin and you're lucky to get 1mbit/second. I assume that most of that is streaming video -- most streaming providers let you turn down the quality to reduce bandwidth usage. But even if you get that down to 10GB/day you're going to be hard pressed to find a 300GB/month plan that will let you use that much bandwidth without throttling.
rlw999 12/22/20 11:44am Technology Corner
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