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RE: Domenic Air Contioner

If you have the capacitive touch Dometic thermostat, many have had problems with it. A couple of owners I know have removed the cover & "touch" the metal contacts to make changes. If you replace it, consider the Hutch Mountain replacement. More expensive, but it is easier to "touch" and will do both Bluetooth & WiFi. There are a couple of different versions - check with Hutch Mountain to determine which matches your existing thermostat.
vermilye 04/16/21 08:22am Tech Issues
RE: Should I gamble on a salvage yard RV furnace?

The Atwood 8012 is a great small (12,000BTU) furnace for dry camping - it has the lowest current draw (1.8 amps) of any, and is one of the quietest fan powered furnaces. The biggest problem I've seen with them (like most RV furnaces) is the motor bearings failing & getting noisy. Relubricating doesn't provide a long term solution - before installing, I'd fire it up to check for noise. Replacement motors are available for around $70.00.
vermilye 04/03/21 09:37am Tech Issues
RE: Reservation Entry RMNP 2021

This is a bad idea. These are our NP's! We should be able to go when we want! we were there last year and trying to get in was terrible because of the timed entry. We ended up with a 3:00 entry. And they are charging to get the timed entry. Hopefully this practice will stop.The problem is too many people are trying to go "when & where they want". I once made the mistake of driving along the Virgin River at Zion the day before they stopped vehicles & switched to the busses. Traffic jams, impossible parking at the turnouts, and single lane near every attraction. It was a zoo. I have no problem with the National Park Service trying to limit visitors to a sustainable amount.
vermilye 04/01/21 09:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Finger Lakes NY or surrounding areas

Check out Letchworth State Park. No lake, but some great waterfalls & scenery.
vermilye 03/30/21 01:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Computer Location..Where am I?

I've had problems with both Lowes & Home Depot checking inventory on line. While I have a "Home Store" when not traveling, if I'm trying to find an item at other locations, I use their map to select a store. Almost every time, when I go back to the item I'm searching for, the selected store reverts back to my home store, or, sometimes, to the store I previously selected. A bit of a PIA. I've also found that the inventory on line is often a long way from what is actually available. I don't know how many times I've been told once I get to the store not to believe the on line # of items, particularly when it is down to one or two.
vermilye 03/28/21 09:24am Technology Corner
RE: Storms and Tornados

For those that want to know what county they are in, and have an internet connection, This Link to the GIS Geography County Map of the US had individual state county maps. Individual states can be downloaded ahead of time.
vermilye 03/26/21 11:22am RV Lifestyle
RE: Trying one more time to see a Casita 17 deluxe trailer

You might try asking on one of the Casita forums - Casita Club (not all that active) or Casita Travel Trailer Forum. Another forum that might be useful is Fiberglass RV. There are also a number of Casita groups on Facebook.
vermilye 03/17/21 03:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Free overnight camping in small towns

A useful source for free or inexpensive campgrounds is the Ultimate Public Campground Project. AllStays also lists some, but not all the small town campgrounds.
vermilye 03/17/21 07:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Truly towable with 1/2 ton?

We are looking for a lightweight 5th wheel that can truly be towed by a 1/2 ton truck. I would buy a 3/4 ton if I could find one, however they seem to be hard to come by these days, unless you want one that has been well used, or was a Fleet/Rental truck. A number of the lightweight trailers (we like the Rockwood Ultralight) are pushing the limits of 1/2 ton trucks and require "max trailering" packages, which most trucks don't have. The trailer will be for two - no pets. I would love some ideas on trailers from this experienced group! Time is of the essence, as we would like to get one before summer. TIA Look for a Casita 5th. wheel. Small and light for your 1/2 truck. There is no such thing as a Casita 5th wheel. The Scamp 19 is a very light one, and Escape Trailer Industries makes a larger, but lightweight 5th wheel. Either can easily be towed by a 1/2 ton truck with the proper payload specs. Both have wet baths, which may be a problem for some, although I'm fine with my Escape 21 tow behind.
vermilye 03/13/21 11:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fry's Electronics shutting down 30 stores in 9 states

While I was impressed with the first Fry's I entered, I still prefer our local electronics parts shop. Stewart W. Smith will have what ever you are looking for in the way of parts. A bit of a mess (check the photo in the link) but somewhere, what you are looking for is there.
vermilye 02/24/21 07:40am Technology Corner
RE: DC-DC Charging ?

Keeping the charger to house battery wires short will help preserve the charger's voltage settings for each type of battery as instructed in the manual for using the dip switches. Voltage variations on the longer run from the unit to the starter batt should be taken care of by the unit's buck/boost as I understand it. You could make the unit portable by using MC4s on its input and output wires? EDIT--the breakaway on a trailer puts the trailer's brakes on right from the trailer's batt (not to be fused), nothing to do with the 7-pin.While I agree that the break away switch should be an unfused run from the trailer battery, (and mine now is), my trailer came with the break away switch connected to pin 4 of the 7 pin connector. Maybe this is allowed in Canada?
vermilye 02/23/21 08:29am Tech Issues
RE: Light Switch

If you are willing to use an AC switch, Del City is the source I used to replace the single throw switch in my porch light with a double throw so I could make it a 3 way switch.
vermilye 02/23/21 08:23am Tech Issues
RE: DC-DC Charging ?

Do remember that if you have a TT with a break away switch and add a DC to DC charger in the 7 pin charge line, since it is a one way device the trailer battery will no longer be connected to the switch. Same problem if your electric tongue jack is connected to the 7 pin charging wire. You will need to add a new wire from the trailer battery to the break away switch.
vermilye 02/23/21 08:11am Tech Issues
RE: Info on Casita trailers or Lance 1475

There are a number of NY owners of Casitas. Check on the two Casita forums, The Casita Club and the more active Casita Travel Trailer Forum. There are many other small fiberglass trailers, including Scamps (made in Backus, MN), Oliver made in Hohenwald, TN, and Escape Trailer Industries in Chilliwack, BC (which makes a 17', 19', 21' and a 21' 5th wheel as well as an upcoming 23' with dry bath. I also boondocks in Arizona most winters, first in an Escape 17B, ad currently in an Escape 21C. The closest to you Casita owner I know is not too far from you in Patchogue, NY.
vermilye 02/21/21 01:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Will a 100 watt solar panel be enough

Our plans are for spending a month or two next winter in south Texas and Arizona, trying to stay where it is warm enough not to need furnace. If nights are cold and we need to run furnace, we do have a Honda generator for use if needed, but since a lot of our days are spent out roaming we need something passive for general use that also charges while on the road. I always thought that while towing, the vehicle would keep the charge up, but recently learned that this not the case. Still learning about the whole camper thing. You may want to plan on running your furnace during a winter in the Southwest or in the Texas Rio Grande area. Last winter in Quartzsite, AZ, I set my thermostat at 58°F and went through a 20 pound tank of propane every two weeks for much of December & January. As to power, while I don't run a generator, I have a pair of 100 amp hour lithium batteries & 480 watts of solar. This is in a 21' fiberglass trailer - not the best insulated, but fairly small. It was rare to run the furnace during the day, but the nights get cold!
vermilye 02/20/21 03:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Will a 100 watt solar panel be enough

The only way you are going to know is by doing an assessment of your actual use. A 100 watt panel will produce up to 30 amp hours per day under ideal conditions, less if you don't follow the sun, and on cloudy days. Many owners of small fiberglass trailers have no problem using a single 100 watt portable panel, others require far more. If you winter camp, and run the furnace, it will be difficult to keep the battery up.
vermilye 02/20/21 12:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Is Martha’s vineyard worth the cost & effort? Nantucket?

My parents moved to Nantucket in 1979 and my brother lives in the house now. I enjoy visits - great beaches, interesting museums, and there are still parts of the island that are beautiful. I'm not impressed with the restaurants, and the downtown areas are pretty touristy, but get out to Sconcet and other areas away from downtown & it is worth the trip. Taking your vehicle is expensive - over $500.00 round trip, so plan on walking around the town or biking (lots of bike paths) if you want to get out of town. Some journals of some of my visits: Nantucket Trips
vermilye 02/19/21 02:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cell coverage in Death Valley

It seems to change. In March, 2014, at Texas Springs campground I had Verizon 3G coverage, but no AT&T. In October 2017, no Verizon, but a very overloaded off network AT&T data coverage at Furnace Creek. You can purchase WiFi time at the Furnace Creek Village...
vermilye 02/17/21 08:13am Technology Corner
RE: Website ??

Website: www.billdelorey.com Alternate www.wildlifeUSA.net Both URLs opened fine for me in Firefox, redirecting to https://billdelorey.com/. No search page results. 'www' is actually a sub-domain to indicate world wide web in the early days of internet. Most hosts configure their servers to automatically redirect to your registered domain name. Same with Safari o n a Mac.
vermilye 02/10/21 11:42am Technology Corner
RE: GPS / CB Choices

As to a GPS, I've been using a Garmin 890 for about 4 months, and find a big improvement over my previous NUVI 3580. The large 8" screen (actually a modified Android tablet) has enough room that the maps look like the older Delorme Street Atlas maps, which I preferred over the Garmin maps. Lots of side street details, etc.
vermilye 02/04/21 09:52am Technology Corner
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