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RE: Possible relocation to Minnesota questions.

Choosing between Colorado and Minnesota is kind of a win-win. Each state has a lot of good things but those good things are very different for each. Minnesota ranks high when people compare "happiness" stuff and quality of life. Minneapolis has a vibrant downtown, the State Universities and schools are very good and the people are nice. No mountains but lots of lakes and very beautiful rivers. The cold is real and the days are very short in winter. On the other hand, the really cold days are bright and sunny which partly makes up for the below zero temps. It all depends on what you like.
Shearwater 02/28/15 12:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Spring maintenance? What's on your list?

Well, step #1 is to dig it out o the snow.
Shearwater 02/25/15 07:55am General RVing Issues
RE: What is that crop farmer Jones

How amazing. California is in the middle of a devastating drought and people are growing a cheap, water intensive crop like rice?
Shearwater 02/12/15 07:37am Around the Campfire
RE: Straight Talk phone service

Another vote for TracFone. Buy a phone for the Verizon network and pay $100 per year for service. The minutes you get are more than enough for a casual user like yourself.
Shearwater 02/12/15 07:26am General RVing Issues
RE: High altitude cooking

At sea level the boiling point of water is 212 degrees F. At 10,000 ft elevation the boiling point is 194 degrees F. Increase simmering time about 10%.
Shearwater 01/29/15 03:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sprinter 2500

Check www.sportsmobile.com - they list used units for sale and you may find one there.
Shearwater 01/25/15 11:12am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Moving from Class A to Class B

Mike raised some good points. I'd like to add my own observations. Probably the most important part about choosing a B is the floor plan. There is limited space so you have to choose a floor plan that suits the things that are most important to you. Some people want an elaborate bath with shower and lots of black tank capacity, others choose a Porta-Potti and primarily use campground facilities, etc. etc. Each feature you choose cuts into space for other features. Common chassis include the Chevy/GMC units and the Sprinter diesel units. Dodge has a new unit based on the Fiat van and Ford is coming out with Transit models. Check local dealers and RV shows to see how each model fits your needs. Are the driving seats comfortable? Does the unit make you feel claustrophobic? Lie down on the beds, sit in the dining area, pretend you are using the head and showers, see what its really like to prepare food. Can you kneel in front of the head in case you become ill? Currently all of the companies that make B vans have a pretty good reputation for quality work, so there isn't much concern there. There are a few companies that make custom or semi-custom units. Advanced RV in Ohio makes very high end units and Sportsmobile in Texas, Indiana, and California make affordable, but still high quality products. The Sportsmobile website (www.sportsmobile.com) is a good source of information about all the possible features and floorplans available for B's and I recommend it as a source of information.
Shearwater 01/25/15 11:09am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Can you sleep 4 in a class B

As said by others, check out the Sportsmobile website. You can design your own floorplan with whatever will fit in the space and get whatever you need without anything you don't need. They work with customers on a one to one basis instead of making a few standard models. They make a quality product and are fairly inexpensive, at least for B vans.
Shearwater 01/13/15 07:44am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Facebook

I use to be on Facebook and found it to be an easy way to keep up with family and friends. Despite that, I dropped it because of privacy and security concerns.
Shearwater 01/12/15 09:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee Grinder?

You want a burr grinder of some type. You can sometimes find them at specialty kitchen stores or on Amazon.
Shearwater 01/11/15 07:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Marine and Land GPS Recommendations?

You might get better answers on a boat forum. Almost everyone with a boat also has a car but there are very few RV'ers that also need a GPS for a boat. You might also check local boating supply houses or sites like www.westmarine.com
Shearwater 01/03/15 10:18am Technology Corner
RE: Motion sick while parked?

Very late reply - we were away. I've noticed an acute feeling of claustrophobia in some RT models. Could this be the cause?
Shearwater 12/20/14 10:38am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: would you pay $41 to enter a National Park?

Five pages of responses to the results of a poorly written poll? No one is considering increasing the fees so why the upset?
Shearwater 11/27/14 08:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Picture posting thread...anyone into it?

ddndoug - That is a very nice picture. No apologies needed.
Shearwater 11/21/14 03:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: YNP bandwidth controversy

How about highways to transport your exhaust spewing RV? Does that ruin your enjoyment of the park as well? Cell phone towers are not necessary. Highways are. By the way, my "exhaust spewing RV" spews a whole lot less than yours.
Shearwater 11/06/14 10:48am General RVing Issues
RE: YNP bandwidth controversy

A cell tower is about the last thing I would want to see in a National Park. I guess roller coasters, water slides, and McDonalds would be about as bad.
Shearwater 11/06/14 05:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Photo-editing Software

DxO is offereing an older version of their photo processing software for free. See software DxO is roughly equivalent to Photoshop - it may be far more than you need but, on the other hand, it's free.
Shearwater 11/05/14 07:02am Around the Campfire
RE: Photo-editing Software

Duplicate post.
Shearwater 11/05/14 07:01am Around the Campfire
RE: Photo-editing Software

The "best" sort of depends on what you want to do with it. Photoshop is the best but it is complex and hard to learn. It is currently not sold but can be rented from the Cloud. Adobe Lightroom is very popular with many experienced photographers but I have not used it. Photoshop Elements is a slightly watered down version of Photoshop but is still a very good imaging editor. It costs about $90. To get the most from these programs it is best to shot in RAW and develop the pictures in the program. There are lots of simpler programs that are mostly free. Some come with the camera. Programs that you use to view images frequently have limited but useful editing features. I have a Mac and use Preview - it allows you to crop pictures, adjust color and saturation, etc. These generally are the most useful editing tools that you need.
Shearwater 11/03/14 01:40am Around the Campfire
RE: Universities & Colleges Rated By Ave. SAT Score!

Ah, I missed the posting in Sports part. Sorry.
Shearwater 10/30/14 12:19pm Around the Campfire
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