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RE: Travasaks on sale at CW.

That's good news. The last I heard they had gone out of business.
Shearwater 04/17/14 05:10am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: coffee maker?

Everybody has their own style of coffee-making. We use a plastic Melitta filter holder with disposable paper filters. The coffee goes into an insulated carafe. This is the drip method that preceded all of the Mr. Coffee type systems. Advantages: Makes good coffee - at least as good as the electric drip systems. Doesn't require electricity. Easy cleanup - toss the filter paper and rinse out everything else.
Shearwater 04/14/14 04:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: SE Utah in March?

Yes to ceramic electric heater - just don't aim them at anything flammable. Big yes to comforters. The owners and staff of the campground will know where to find propane - they may easily have a propane fill station on site.
Shearwater 03/13/14 07:14am Beginning RVing
RE: GPS for Class A

It is worthwhile getting a unit with free map upgrades. Routes and roads change with time.
Shearwater 03/12/14 08:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Your Best Gadget That You Bought at a RV Show?

Interesting - went to the Cutco website and looked up the customer reviews. Out of about 179 reviews, 174 "customers"rated them five stars and 4 rated them 4 stars. Is it possible that they rigged the reviews?
Shearwater 03/10/14 08:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Are there many like this?

I've been on the forums for about 8 years, first as an eager newbie and eventually rising to my current august title of Senior Member. I've always found the forums to be extremely helpful and have rarely encountered the kind of behavior you describe. I view and participate in the class B forum because we have a class B van. I go to the beginning RV'ing forum perhaps to be helpful but mostly find that a dozen people have already given the advice that I planned to. I look at the general RV'ing forum for information and also visit the ATC forum for no good reason whatsoever. However, I rarely or never visit the Tech or towing forums and do not know how how the people that reside there behave.
Shearwater 03/06/14 02:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Using an anchor

i second the concern about using rope - particularly nylon. This stuff stretches 20-25% pretty easily and if it broke it would come back like a rubber band. Chain would be a safer, but much heavier material.
Shearwater 03/01/14 11:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Portable Toilet/Tent??

There is a thing called a PET toilet which consists of a seat that holds a plastic bag full of a highly absorbent material. It can be used a number of times and then disposed of in a trash container. Sorry I don't have info on where to get them but you could do a Google search.
Shearwater 03/01/14 05:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Good Grief

I read some of the articles in the magazine that this article appeared. It appears to be one of the British tabloids that specialize in publishing sensationalist material. The story may be true, but I have my doubts. In any event, if true, the suit won't go anywhere if the napkins are indeed the focus of the suit.
Shearwater 02/28/14 04:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: Class B: Driving on Parkways and Tolls

It varies with each tollway. Some charge by number of axles so you pay the same as cars, others charge by weight or something else. The Ohio turnpike charges by vehicle height of all things. The last time we were on the W. Va. turnpike, we were charged 3 different rates at 3 different tollbooths. I don't know about the NYS system.
Shearwater 02/28/14 10:39am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sprinter B

Try the Sportsmobile site (www.sportsmobile.com) for used vans.
Shearwater 02/28/14 10:33am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Canon T5i opinions?

One can never have too many cameras or lenses! I can tell you from experience that that is not a good attitude to have. Tele-extenders are normally used on the big, expensive supertelephoto lenses like a 500mm f/4 or 300mm f/2.8. They are not that useful on the more common lenses and are particularly poor with zooms. If you want to extend your lens collection, consider the lenses from Sigma, Tokina, or Tamron - some of these are as good or better than the OEM lenses. A good review site is Photozone The question of buying locally vs. buying by mail order is a tricky one. On the one hand, I hate too see the local camera shops go out of business but, on the other hand, they don't necessarily stock what you want and may charge higher prices. My general opinion is that if I see and handle the item in a camera shop, I buy it from them. However, I do buy the majority of my equipment over the internet. A highly recommended vendor is B+H B+H They are very reliable and have a very liberal return policy.
Shearwater 02/23/14 10:26am Around the Campfire
RE: Olympics - beat a dead horse

I've always loved watching the Olympics - it is fantastic to see the people who are the absolute best compete. This winter the coverage and the events just turned me off - what I dislike is that these Olympics seemed to have morphed into a made for TV special. They doubled the skating coverage by introducing a "team" competition in addition to the regular events, probably to increase the time given to figure skating which has always been popular on TV. It also seemed like half the time was given to the new "hotdog" events -snowboarding and skiing as copied from the skateboard crowd. Last night, they devoted a half hour on the heart-rending story of a very pretty American girl who was reunited with her Russian relatives. However you view this, it is not sports. There were many events that were not covered at all - perhaps they could have used that time to expand their sports coverage a little.
Shearwater 02/23/14 10:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Sprinter B

We purchased a 2006 Sportsmobile Sprinter van and currently have 93,000 miles on it. We have had 2 problems - the turbo resonator failure common to that model Sprinter and we also needed to replace the EGR valve (under warranty). If you buy a pre 2007 Sprinter make sure that the turbo resonator has been replaced or else have it replaced. There is an aftermarket replacement that is reliable, but you will have to search this site to get the specifics. Service costs don't seem that much out of line - certainly not the $1000 quoted by one respondent - but the engine does take 9.5 qts. of synthetic oil which is a little pricey. Our Sprinter came with the "Assyst" option which calculates when you need service based on how the van is driven. We generally run about 14,000 miles between oil changes. Our van is a custom conversion done by Sportsmobile in Texas. When we compared the floor plans available on the Ford/Chevy platforms to the Sprinter we found that the Sprinter platform was far more versatile than the others and this was our primary reason for choosing the Sprinter.
Shearwater 02/23/14 09:45am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

Absolutely nothing. I can't find it in the snow bank.
Shearwater 02/22/14 12:17pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Should RV parks take cards as payment.

The troll strikes again. Please don't feed the troll. X3 This thread has nothing to do with RV'ing. It is a thinly disguised attempt to advance one political agenda. I don't understand why the moderaters have not close it long ago.
Shearwater 02/21/14 09:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Canon SL1: What Memory Card?

B+H has SanDisk 8 GB class 10 SDHC cards for about $10 each. Cards of that that size have enough capacity for a number of trips unless you take a lot of pictures.
Shearwater 02/17/14 04:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: propane smell

We heat our home with propane and we notice a slight odor of ethyl mercaptan when our tank is near empty.
Shearwater 02/11/14 09:31am Beginning RVing
RE: What is your non tow vehicle?

An AWD VW Tiguan.
Shearwater 02/09/14 02:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Paddleboards and Paddleboarding

On a paddleboard your weight is very concentrated in one area and I suspect it would be very difficult to design an inflatable rigid enough. Off topic, FWIW I think that paddleboards are faddish and kind of silly. I've done lots of sailing in both small and large sailboats, a fair amount of canoeing, and a little bit of kayaking and I understand some of the physics involved in small boats. Basically, the lower the center of gravity, the more stable the boat. Next, It is easier to propel a boat that is long and narrow than one that is short and wide. Because you stand up on a paddleboard, it is either going to be unstable or slow.
Shearwater 02/09/14 02:08pm Around the Campfire
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