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RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

you might want to try out a wordpress blog site too. wordpress simplifies most of the html code behind the scenes. Ditto. Wordpress is awesome. Your current site looks like it was something from the 90s. As mentioned, I am using Wix. I'm not about to change over and start with another company. It was recommended to me so I got it. I have already paid for Wix, and my domain. I'm not looking for all kinds of razzle dazzle, I just want to put the information forward in a basic, simple, easy to read style. I don't want stuff that jumps around and moves all over the place with clouds rolling by in the background. It's distracting and annoying. And I started with a blank page, no template or theme. Is Wordpress better? Could be, I don't know. I didn't try it. I have a couple other website ideas later. I may look at Wordpress for those and compare. But do keep in mind that this is only an intro page, something I whipped up in a hurry to have my site started so everyone would know something is coming. You haven't seen the real thing yet. Can you elaborate on what you mean by something from the 90'S. I look seriously at all comments to see how I can improve it. I am open to all suggestions for any aspect of the pages. I am a novice at this. Thanks! I appreciate any and all comments.
BobsYourUncle 03/08/21 06:52am Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

Bob, your web site looks good on my 17in laptop. Thanks for the feedback, I sure appreciate all of it.
BobsYourUncle 03/06/21 09:31pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

Well!!! Am I ever tickled pink about todays efforts! :B:B It has been a lot of years since my old website was up. I do remember a lot of it, but obviously not all of it. I kinda wanted to more or less duplicate the old site here, but in todays more modern format. I hosted my own site on a dedicated old computer I had in the garage above my workbench. I have always kept it in hopes that I could one day put it back online again. This morning I dug it out of the garage where I live now after it has been in storage since I moved to Calgary in 2013. I brought it into my office, dug out an old PS2 keyboard, mouse, some cables and a monitor. Hooked it all up and it started right up. Password... Oh Oh! Got it right on the second try and got in. Wow, Windows 2000! Launched MS FrontPage, fiddled with it a minute and there was my entire website. Yahoo! - I'm a happy camper. I reviewed it and I am blown away by how extensive it was. I completely forgot how my work I put into it! Now, how do I save internal HTM files.... Got a piece of PDF freeware I downloaded and installed it on the old server. About 4 hours later, I have printed off my entire website to PDF, every page along with pictures, everything so I can see how I originally had it. I'm so impressed with myself I can hardly spit! :B I now have the whole thing in PDF on my laptop, to refer to as I do my new build. I won't have it finished anytime soon, thats for sure. Gotta rethink this whole thing. I'm seriously considering putting a lot of the same text in I had before, as written in 2003 through 2007 or so.
BobsYourUncle 03/06/21 06:17pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

Bob, I first started reading RV.NET in 2003, I remember the original thread and would check in every morning to see how the progress was going. Anyone that has not seen it, is NOT going to believe it! I am really looking forward to seeing all that incredible fabrication again! Wow, Thanks! I wasn't sure anyone remembered! :) See my next post here...
BobsYourUncle 03/06/21 06:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Chevy Shake

I actually had a shake in mine last fall, but a rear U joint totally fixed it.
BobsYourUncle 03/05/21 03:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy Shake

Shake shake shake, shake shake shake Shake your Chevy, shake your Chevy Oh, shake shake shake, shake shake shake Shake your Chevy, shake your Chevy LMAO!! :B:B I have never heard of Chevy shake either until I read this. Soooo, what is next? Ford Fumble? :B
BobsYourUncle 03/05/21 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

Looks fine on the 2 monitors that I tried, a 30" & a 19" in portrait mode. BUT, the font, colors, etc really look like a 15 year old website. Quite jarring to look at & not very attractive. Please do not take offence, this is meant as constructive criticism. Thank you for putting the site up & I'm looking forward to seeing the fully functioning product. No offense taken, I appreciate all comments, good or bad. I find the standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Courier and others drab, boring and hopelessly outdated. I wanted something with a bit of life to it and cheerful, easy to read. The background needs to be light and pleasant. Dark colors are horrible for website backgrounds. Very hard to look at. I am totally open to suggestions for fonts and colors if my choice is not appealing. Feel free to elaborate on the colors and fonts if you like. Thanks for your input.
BobsYourUncle 03/04/21 01:04pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

It looks fine on my 27" Monitors at 2560x1440 and the laptop's 17" screen at 1920x1080. On my phone, a Motorola One 5G-UW, the photos look fine stacked one after the other, but the font size should be smaller. -Michael Thanks for the suggestion. I reduced the font size on all the bottom text. I left the header alone. If you refresh your screen it should be smaller now. Don't want to make it too small so some need a magnifying glass to read it too!! :B
BobsYourUncle 03/04/21 09:09am Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

Bob it fits good and looks good, on my 10" Lenovo android tablet, resolution is 1920×1200 using landscape mode, I haven't checked it on my 17" HP laptop But I know it's only 1440 wide, and the site as is, will be too wide and require side to side scrolling LaptoPS TVs and pc displays, are physically huge compared to tablets and phones, tend to be higher structural quality, and pricy , and replaced less often, so that many of these items , remain in use for many years, and consequently have lower resolutions than most tablets and phones A 1400 ? Wide webpage will reduce side scrolling for most users and still look good on smaller devices that have higher resolutions, You can have higher resolution pictures resized or displayed at lower resolution and enlarge to original resolution when clicked on by a viewer One of the challenges I am facing is finding a happy medium that works on most devices. All the newer ones have a much higher screen resolution, which makes all the difference in the world. I would hazard a guess that the average person doesn't really understand screen resolution and what it does. Change to 640X480 and it will be way off the screen, forcing side scroll. But then take my 17" laptop that I am building this thing on at 1920 X 1080 and everything looks small with lots of excess room on the sides. There is a setting in the Wix software where I build the site in normal desktop view, and stay within the suggested boundaries they have in the work area and it should format properly to most devices. There is a further setting to format it for mobile so it will work on phones and tablets. But what I don't know here is how it determines if you are on a desktop, be it a PC or Mac, or if you are on an ipad or a phone. Somehow it gets determined by the device I guess. Some sites I visit have a button click here for mobile. You shouldn't have to side scroll to see any site - that is very annoying! Last night I fixed the vertically stacked text that says Coming Soon. I opened it on my phone and it reverted back to the way it was. I'm sure I saved and published it... I just re-did it again. You mentioned the pics and the sizes. I will look at that too. I didn't pay a lot of attention to it when I first set it up. One of the many things I have to refine. But the picture of the old trailer is a huge crop of a larger one, and it is saved as only a 77K file, at 640X477, small. I cannot find the original pic at 1.5 megs or whatever it was. Thank you for your input. It really helps! :) I will keep playing with it and tweaking the settings etc.
BobsYourUncle 03/04/21 09:04am Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

The page looks good on an iPad mini. Bob Thanks.
BobsYourUncle 03/03/21 07:49pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

How do I determine resolution? "Do you know what res it runs at?" LeRoy Right click on your desktop, no programs open, then select Display Settings" A few items down it will say Display Resolution" My 17" Win 10 laptop runs at 1920 X 1080. This is likely why I had it so far out of whack the first time. It looked perfect on my screen!
BobsYourUncle 03/03/21 07:49pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

I just opened your webpage on my 15" Win10 laptop and the pics were still out of bounds. It makes it so hard to read that I wouldn't follow the website. On the very positive side, the type face, size, and color selection are very good. It makes reading very easy. Please continue with your good work, LeRoy Thanks LeRoy, I appreciate the feedback. There are some dotted margins for me to follow to adhere to the screen size parameters. When I edited it 10 minutes after posting, I made sure I was within the lines. I am wondering why it is out for you... All I can think of is that perhaps your laptop runs at a lower resolution than most. Do you know what res it runs at? I will do whatever I can to make sure it works on all devices. Hitting F5 will reload it to the latest changes too. Thanks.
BobsYourUncle 03/03/21 07:31pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

Thanks to all of you for your feedback. It all helps a lot. NatParkJunkie, Wix has all those features too. So far I am really impressed with it. Being a WYSIWYG site, I don't have to concern myself with HTML coding and all that. I did consider Wordpress, but chose Wix. I think it will work out ok. Thanks.
BobsYourUncle 03/03/21 06:05pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

great idea I checked your link from a 27" iMac The page is too wide for most screens I think. Looking forward to following this David Thank you. I discovered that about 10 minutes after I posted this. I opened it on a 15" Win10 laptop and the pics were way out of bounds. I did a quick edit and re-published it. Please check again - it should be better now. Thanks for pointing this out.
BobsYourUncle 03/03/21 05:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Wix for blogs: Do I start a blog or a website?

I decided to go for it. New thread here.
BobsYourUncle 03/03/21 04:36pm Technology Corner
RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

Hi everyone. Years ago I had my own website to illustrate and describe the process of rebuilding an old TT from the frame up. It was very popular and I got a lot of great feedback from people all over the US and Canada. I took the site down a dozen or so years ago for reasons beyond my control. I posted a thread a few days ago asking about a website vs a blog. I decided to go for it. I bought a Domain, signed up for a Wix account and started. Easier to use a WYSIWYG site than try to code it on my own. I have launched the preliminary part of the site, one page with what will be the basis of my Home Page on the new site, with Under Construction and stuff on it, and a little explanation at the bottom. I'd like to know how it looks to users with various different devices. What looks great on my 17" laptop may not necessarily look OK on your phone or ipad. There is a place in the Wix software to format it for a mobile device. It'll take some trial and error to get it right. I will likely post from time to time asking for users to critique it and let me know of any issues they can see. When I am all done, I'm hoping it can be a useful resource for the RV community. It's going to take some careful planning to make it useful for everyone, I have to organize the tabs and try to make it all easy to navigate. I'm a little rusty, it has been 15-16 years since I built a website so bear with me. Another thought I have is to dedicate a section for tech tips and little articles or something. I'll consider that. I have written lots of little tech articles over the years. It would be nice to have a resource location for all of it. It will have no ads, and no commercial side to it. I am paying for everything myself. There will be a place where users can contact me. Anyhow, check it out, let me know what you think of my venture. I put a link in my sig too. RV-Rebuild.com
BobsYourUncle 03/03/21 04:35pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Ferry cost to Vancouver Island?

Just curious if you have to watch the tides up there for crossings? Over at one by me, if the tide goes to low your out of luck if pulling a TT. The ramp sits to low and you bottem out on the grade. They may have fixed this with a diffrent ramp, but it was always a concern in the past. Not sure how it works with 5ers. I have never had an issue with that. I have traveled at all times of the day, various tide levels. The ramps are designed to go up and down with the water. I have always been on the bottom deck when towing.
BobsYourUncle 03/02/21 03:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Wix for blogs: Do I start a blog or a website?

Mike, I have been doing some reading on the topic, and as 1492 mentioned, go with a blog if it will be updated regularly. I'm still working on which way I am going to go for my rebuild site. We actually have a blog for our life together and our mutual love of the RV lifestyle. Haven't launched it yet, as we are still building it. Takes a while to go back 6 1/2 years and get things in the right order. And yes, it is fun! I have always enjoyed doing things like that.
BobsYourUncle 03/01/21 10:06pm Technology Corner
RE: RV Ferry cost to Vancouver Island?

I'll be happy to help you out..... Yes, BCferries.com has all the scoop on the costs and all that, if you can in fact figure it out from all the various pages to wade through. Easier to ask here for someone with personal knowledge. I used to work all over Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. I had a solarium business based in Surrey. I would drag my 27 foot TT with me everywhere I went there. My rolling motel. It has been a number of years now, since I have left Surrey and moved to Calgary. So the prices i remember will be outdated and will have gone up. My TV in sig is an extended cab dually, and with the TT I think I was somewhere around 50 feet long. Maybe 49, I forget. Yes, you get classified as overheight, and you have to go on the bottom deck with the semis and buses. They will check you at the toll booth. There is a sensor there for that. You can't do the ramps and sharp bends on the sides and upper decks like a car can. And yes they charge by the foot. There is a base rate plus so much a foot for anything over I think 20 feet long. When I was doing the ferries regularly, my cost was around $290. or so one way to the Island. They charge you extra for passengers too. Different rates and charging methods for the Sunshine Coast and the Gulf Islands. So yeah, you'll likely be over 300 bucks now. Ouch. 600 round trip. Last time I was there was in think the summer of 15 when I paid the 290. My trip of 2015 was holidays, so I made sure I spent 2 weeks there to make it worthwhile. Bring your own food, sandwiches etc. They charge you through the nose for something as simple as a piece of pie. Food isn't too bad, but horribly expensive. Then there is the lineups to get the stuff. Everyone parks their car and makes a mad dash for the food lines. I would just go into the RV and relax. Not supposed to, but I always did anyways. Can't cook, propane has to be shut off and tagged.
BobsYourUncle 02/28/21 07:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Wix for blogs: Do I start a blog or a website?

Thanks. The purpose of the site is to bring back online something I had going over ten years ago. My purpose back then was to learn how to make a website, and to offer help to the scores of people who want to fix their water damaged rigs. It was a practice run for building a family website. Technology has advanced so much that I put my original thoughts on the shelf. The family website idea was scrapped, because there is a lot of really good genealogy software out there. So back to the TT rebuild, aside from the personal enjoyment I get out of doing a project like that, the aim is to bring back to life something that can assist many forum members here, and anyone else who happens to find it. I have had a lot of people ask me about it over the years, and have had a few PMs and posts looking for the site. It will be totally funded by me, with no ads, no commercial venture, no intention of making money from it. It will be a static site, and likely seldom ever updated once I get it the way I want. It is to help those who don't have the knowledge or confidence to rip into their RV to repair it. Maybe I could run a blog alongside it, still thinking about the logistics of it all. Wix does have SEO features built in. But I don't care so much about traffic, as it is non commercial. I can point people at it. I will have a contact page where visitors can reach me. I am considering a feedback feature where comments can be left. It won't be fancy, just pics and explanatory text. I'll put a link in my sig.
BobsYourUncle 02/28/21 07:23pm Technology Corner
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