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RE: Robust Digital Camera for Camping

You probably want a waterproof camera which can take a lot of punishment. DPreview, a well respected photo website recently reviewed a bunch of these - the link to their recommendations page is below. You can also go back and see what they say about each camera from that page. The review is about a year old and there may be new models but they will be similar to the reviewed cameras but with improvements. waterproof cameras
Shearwater 10/03/15 10:46am General RVing Issues
RE: battery deep cycle replacement

AGM batteries are truly sealed if that is what you are asking.
Shearwater 10/01/15 07:26am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: VW Deisel

Diesels inherently generate o lot of NOx emissions. Commercial truck diesels and MB sprinters inject DEF (a concentrated solution of urea) into the exhaust system to react with and eliminate the NOx. They shouldn't have the same problems as VW.
Shearwater 09/25/15 03:56pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Michelin XPS Rib tires installed

The ribs are supposed to be really great tires except in snow.
Shearwater 09/23/15 09:02am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Beginning the search for our next B - Lots of Questions

Compressor fridges get cold a lot faster than 3 way/propane. There's also 1 less way to die from carbon monoxide.
Shearwater 09/23/15 09:01am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Beginning the search for our next B - Lots of Questions

Look at the Sportsmobile website www.sportsmobile.com Figure out what you need, design it, and they will build it.
Shearwater 09/19/15 07:19am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Changing Email accounts

G-mail does an excellent job of filtering out spam.
Shearwater 09/11/15 06:52am Around the Campfire
RE: How come price of physical gold has not gone up ?

hourtz and moderator - I was in fact looking at longer term trends. If you look at gold prices over time, they hit a low of $400/oz in 2000 and 2001, then climbed rapidly to around $1800/oz in 2012 and have decreased steadily since then.
Shearwater 09/04/15 12:32pm Around the Campfire
RE: How come price of physical gold has not gone up ?

Well to start with, the stock market has just gone up substantially so we don't really have stock market woes. Employment has been going steadily up so the hard times that came with the housing bubble have largely disappeared.
Shearwater 09/04/15 09:33am Around the Campfire
RE: Robbed in Seattle

Sorry to hear that.
Shearwater 08/29/15 10:06am Around the Campfire
RE: Great visit to Advanced RV in Ohio !

We are in the process of looking for a custom B to replace our 2006 Sportsmobile Sprinter. My visit to Advanced RV convinced me that their products are superb - the best on the market. They use the best materials, cabinetry, and technology available. Their prices reflect this.
Shearwater 08/15/15 07:13am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: point & shoot camera recommendation ???

I went to my favorite online merchant, B+H photo, and selected P+S cameras, in stock, in the $300 to $400 price range with a viewfinder. This is what turned up. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Features_Viewfinder+Built-in&mnp=200&ci=8612&N=4288586279+35+4048356960&mxp=400 There are complete descriptions of each camera together with user reviews.
Shearwater 07/12/15 06:37am Around the Campfire
RE: point & shoot camera recommendation ???

Some of the newer cell phones like the iphones do a decent job but are pretty limited - no zoom etc. Point and shoots do a much better job and have a lot more features. Just about all of them are pretty good. Different models stress different things - some are extremely compact, some have very high power telephoto zooms, some are quite expensive, some are waterproof, etc. Rather than listening to everyone rave about their favorite camera (which might not be yours) spend some time looking at the reviews at the following: http://www.dpreview.com/ http://www.imaging-resource.com/
Shearwater 07/10/15 06:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Health Care Costs

Increased premiums since Obamacare are only the tip of the devastating iceberg! We are retirees on Medicare and we don't see anything like what you are talking about.
Shearwater 07/06/15 08:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Health Care Costs

Over the last 10 years I've seen more of our health care system than I ever wanted to. My quick (and relatively simplistic) observation is that increases are mostly due to: 1. Insurance companies 2. Drug companies 3. Hospitals (surprisingly). I agree with westernrvparkowner about MD salaries. The new MD's are starting out with education debts of hundreds of thousands of dollars. That can't be paid off with $50 per hour jobs.
Shearwater 07/04/15 08:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Sportsmobile

The earlier posters provided pretty accurate responses. Sportsmobile conversions are mostly about function rather than glitz. The furnishings in our 2006 Sportsmobile with 106,000 miles are still solid. There is another factor that you should consider. B vans have limited space. Road Trek, Pleasureway, etc. each make only a few different layouts intended that are intended to fit "average" customers. They may include features that you don't need and lack features that you want. Sportsmobile allows you to design your own floor plan so you only get the features you need and don't waste space on features that you won't use.
Shearwater 06/22/15 07:59am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Camera ?

Although cell phone cameras are getting better and better your X-20 should still take better pictures. Several posters have suggested possible reasons. Here are some more possibilities: Your lens may be dirty. Your lens may have fungus growing in it - this is very common especially in humid environments. If you look through the lens you will see a cloudy cast. To prevent this, I store my lenses in a closed container with a few 25 g packets of silica gel. Check your iso setting - too low and your shutter speed is not high enough, too high and you lose resolution. Camera reviews state that the resolution of your camera falls off at isos higher than 200. Maybe the best answer is to go to a camera repair facility or a good camera store.
Shearwater 06/03/15 11:13am Around the Campfire
RE: How do you secure your gps?

Suction cups, particularly those attached to windshields, do not age well. The rubber gets stiff and will fail to hold after a few years. They are OK if you can buy replacement cups and put in a new one every few years. For us, the Garmin beanbag works well.
Shearwater 06/02/15 05:53am General RVing Issues
RE: AGM vs Lead Acid

AGM's have plenty of advantages over conventional lead acid batteries including faster charging and the ability to withstand amp-hour drawdowns. However, routinely drawing down an AGM to 25% will shorten its life considerably. In your situation, I would recommend 2 100 amp-hour batteries of either type. If you want to spring for AGM's for their other virtues, go for it.
Shearwater 05/24/15 09:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Good Sam campground guide

This is getting out of hand. I started the thread and stated that the new GS book is not as useful as the old Woodalls and gave some examples (which, by the way, are still true regardless of what the GS PR person said.) I DID NOT complain about the amount of advertising in the book or how GS raters should go about their business or anything else that RVers or RV park owners have been arguing about. The new book is significantly less useful than the old one, period.
Shearwater 05/17/15 03:55pm General RVing Issues
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