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RE: How do you deal with trash?

Buy some heavy-duty Command hooks. Find the best places you can and hang plastic grocery bags from them. I can't be more specific without seeing your rig.
Shearwater 12/02/16 08:44am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Youtube Channel

For youtube all you have to do is search for RV related videos and open them. The next time you open youtube there will be all kinds of RV related videos. The more of them you open, the more that will show on your opening page.
Shearwater 11/30/16 03:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Shark Vacuum

Also check out Dyson - their vacuums are better but maybe more expensive.
Shearwater 11/26/16 02:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: Medicare question

The advantage plans work well - your payment will automatically come out of your SSS check. For us it is about $70/month. The downside is that each company has its own rules about what is offered. For example, what is covered by part D drug plans and what the copays are can vary from one insurer to the next. Another consideration is that each plan can and does have preferred providers - you have to check which doctor and which facility is on the preferred list - if you go out of plan you will have much a higher copay. This can make a lot of difference if you become ill while traveling.
Shearwater 10/17/16 07:34am Around the Campfire

My browser is Mozilla Firefox. It spell checks automatically.
Shearwater 10/10/16 08:33am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Trip to Sportsmobile Austin

We had a 2006 Sprinter from Sportsmobile. We replaced it after 10 years and 110,000 miles. They make a quality product at a very reasonable price. I suggest first going to their very extensive website to get an idea of how you can design your own van. You put in the options you want and can come up with a fairly accurate price. For custom built vans, a waiting list of a year is pretty normal.
Shearwater 09/18/16 11:20pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Exterior repair cost

I've done repairs on fiberglass boats and it is really quick and easy. it sounds like all that has tobe done is to cut a hole from the inside to remove the small rock, fill the hole with thickened epoxy, and repaint. There is no way that could cost $2600. Get more estimates.
Shearwater 08/20/16 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Used PW or LT for rough-road 4-season camping?

Used Class B's tend to hold value better than most RV's which makes them an expensive option. Another option is to buy a used van of your choice and get a custom outfitter like Sportsmobile install the systems that you don't feel like handling.
Shearwater 08/17/16 09:18am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Tire prices all over

A second vote for TireRack. Their prices are excellent and their reviews are worthwhile. One local garage that installed them for me told me that the TireRack prices were lower than the local wholesale price. TireRack has a list of shops that will work with them but you can check with other local installers if they will do the installation.
Shearwater 08/16/16 02:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Testing Drinking Water

Gordonthree's post is absolutely correct. Filters that retain bacteria need to have a size cutoff of around 0.2 microns to stop bacteria. Laboratories use Millipore filters of 0.22 microns to sterilize water and media used for culturing bacteria and cells. However, they are used in specialized, sterile glassware and are ONLY USED ONCE. Those filters do not remove viruses. Intense UV irradiation does.
Shearwater 08/12/16 09:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Testing Drinking Water

An inline filter will remove sediment but will pass bacteria and viruses.
Shearwater 08/11/16 07:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone do any Ancestry.com DNA tests?-RESULTS IN!

Your husbands Norwegian ancestry would not be at all surprising considering that the Vikings periodically invaded Ireland and England. Also they conquered part of France (Normandy) and their descendants conquered England.
Shearwater 08/07/16 11:48am Around the Campfire
RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

People using the Drake equation are just playing games with numbers. You can use it to get an educated guess of how many earth-like planets there are but we have absolutely no way to guess the probability that life would form. Given enough time and the right environment, it's possible that it would be a near certainty or so wildly improbable as to be almost impossible. Science works from facts - we only know that it happened here.
Shearwater 06/28/16 08:57am Around the Campfire
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

Most RV's use either a Fantastic Fan or a Maxxair as a ceiling fan. Both can be set to turn on and off automatically with temperature. You only need one for a class B. It's a really bad idea to have a direct connection between the starting battery and the house battery. Accepted practice is to have an isolator that allows both to be charged by the alternator but prevents the starting battery from supplying electricity to the coach. If you accidentally deplete the house batter(ies) you can still start the van. Also deep cycle coach batteries and starting batteries are made very differently and do not play well together. There is a lot of info on van systems in the Sportsmobile website (www.sportsmobile.com) but you might have to dig around a while to find what you need. They will also do partial builds on your van if there are parts of the conversion that you are not comfortable with.
Shearwater 06/28/16 05:33am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Pros/cons of class B and P/U slide in?

The 2 posts above are pretty accurate but I want to expand on what they wrote. When we decided to get an RV more than 10 years ago I researched small Class C's, pickup campers, and Class B's. Pickup campers range from lightweight popups with minimal facilities to large models that approach the liveability of a B. A 1/2 ton PU can easily carry the popups and is your best bet for off-roading. The larger, more comfortable campers require at least a 1 ton truck and most require dual rear wheels. They are not so great for off-roading because of their height, width, and high center of gravity. Overall, truck campers are great for people who already have a pickup truck or need one for other purposes. I decided against a pickup camper because I didn't need a pickup and because I didn't like the cabover sleeping arrangement. I didn't see any small Class C's that had a floor plan that I liked. That, plus the generally poor construction quality of C's, nixed them for us. That led us to a class B.
Shearwater 06/27/16 06:38am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

90 amps times 12 volts equals 1080 watts at maximum. That's not nearly enough even if the alternator always put out max amperage. A few lead acid batteries will put out even less amperage. Advanced RV models have Lithium ion batteries rated at 400-800 amp-hours together with a second alternator that is dedicated to charging those batteries. That system or a substantial generator are the only ways that I know of to power an AC while underway.
Shearwater 06/26/16 06:52am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

If you are planning on devising an electrical setup you should look at these: Part 2 Part 2 Part 1 is referenced here. Sorry - double post
Shearwater 06/23/16 09:05am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

If you are planning on devising an electrical setup you should look at these: Part 2 Part 2 Part 1 is referenced here.
Shearwater 06/23/16 09:04am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Decrease step rise.

The cheapest and most obvious solution is to use a short step stool.
Shearwater 06/23/16 08:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

Why do you think you need a second A/C unit for when you are driving? I've never felt a need for a second A/C and most people who drive B's don't either. those that want it buy a generator to power it. More important to controlling climate is insulation - figure out a good way to get proper insulation and you won't need an A/C while driving.
Shearwater 06/22/16 02:03pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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