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RE: Interior windshield privacy curtain and door screen

When we bought our B last year it came with 3 ways of blocking the front windows Shouldn't quote myself but remembered we had a 4th way of blocking the front windows that we used a couple of times, it was a vinyl cover that had pockets that fit over the corner of the doors and across the windshield blocking the sides and front. Worked ok but was a pain to put away and transport when it was wet.
JimBollman 08/24/19 07:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Interior windshield privacy curtain and door screen

When we bought our B last year it came with 3 ways of blocking the front windows and we have tried all 3 and have settled on a fold up foil/foam front window block and my wife made curtains with super magnets sewn in the seams for the front sides. We also have a 3 sided curtain that goes up with velcro, this a bit of a pain to put up. Both of these do not block the front seats. The third is a curtain with rod that normally hangs in the back, pulled back, but can be move to the front and hooks into side hangers. It is nice for short stops like in rest areas and Walmart where you don't want to be obvious you are sleeping in the van. I like the fold up ones that pasusan suggested, I may replace the foil with one, takes up less space when put away.
JimBollman 08/22/19 03:29pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: How High???

8' 8" and it is on a label attached to the instrument cluster in my face every time I glance down at the speedometer. It is even illuminated at night in the location I put the label.
JimBollman 08/15/19 07:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Service and Repair??????????????

Having a similar problem between price and just not wanting to do the work, which may mean they can't and don't want to admit it. I wanted to have a bigger battery box made under my B and add a small gray water tank, it currently doesn't have one. The first place I went was recommended by a neighbor. I just wanted them to put it on a lift take a look and tell me if it was possible and give me a back of envelope estimate. Silly me I expected to just drive up and have them do at least the inspection while I wait. I had to make an appointment for 6 weeks later, when I showed up they had no record of the appointment but told me to drive it around back and they would squeeze me in shortly. This was an early morning appointment, when they had just opened. An hour or so later they had me go back in the shop and the B was where I parked it and they sent a fellow out to look underneath on his back asking me what I wanted them to do. He couldn't figure out how they could do it, I made a couple suggestion that I had thought of, he agreed they might work but I would have to come back when their fabricator was there to see if it would really work and how much. He had spent maybe 15 minutes and had told me nothing. Minimum 1 hour labor $117. I have not gone back. Second place, smaller, 2 man shop plus a wife running the office. He came out and looked shortly after I got there. Made a couple of good suggestions but said it was his busy season and would not be able to get to it for months. No charge, had my hopes up. Stopped back Late Winter early Spring he made some measurements and said he would get back to me with a price after he talked to his fabricator, no charge, and also no return call. I called the next week and he said his fabricator was very busy and it would be a few more weeks to get the estimate. I did get him to put a MaxxFan in place of the original fan and he did a good job (did use mismatched screws, he must have lost one of the ones that came with it) and price was fair. I have called every week or so since with either the same answer or boss is not in and he will call me back but doesn't. Guess what we are in his busy season again, year has passed. I'm looking into doing it myself or getting the parts and see if a local garage will do the lift work for me. Third option is to reach out further from home for a good shop, these two were within an hour drive. Anyone know any good shops within a few hours of NE TN?
JimBollman 08/13/19 08:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mat rant

Door mat for use if needed. Large mats take up to much space to haul.
JimBollman 08/10/19 06:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

Discovered on our last trip that the overhead cabinet doors have screws that go all the way through. The way they were discovered was we decided to roll a days worth of clothes up and stuff a weeks worth in the overheads so we could just pull out everything to get dressed in the morning. I think the first day my shirt got snagged on a screw. Got through the rest of the week with no more rips by being extra careful. The idea worked well accept for the exposed sharp pointed obstacles. So now I have thin strips of wood above each cabinet to use up the extra screw length. Can't imagine why I never noticed the screws before. Second project was a dripping Shurflow faucet when running. Didn't look repairable so was planning to replace. In doing a search online I found that Shurflow has a online chat service for repairs. After I posted the model number and that it was leaking at one of the joints and wondered if it was repairable, they asked a bunch of dumb questions like when did I service the hoses and what RV I had, I finally got forwarded to someone to answer my question as soon as I gave them my credit card number, I left. Found a comment in one of the reviews of the product that there was an o-ring in the joint that was leaking that you could get to by pulling harder. Figured worse case it would break and I would have to replace it. Came apart and I found replacement o-rings at Lowe's 10 for $2.50 that with a little silicon grease fixed the drip. Maybe just the grease would have fixed it. The rest of my B projects for now are longer term but I hope to get to before our next long trip but are only niceties, not priorities.
JimBollman 08/09/19 05:27pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Good RV Navigation apps for iphone?

We keep CoPilot as a backup since the maps are local to the smart thing and doesn't require a cell signal to use. First we use dedicated Garmin. For a quick look Apple Maps or Google Maps if we have cell service.
JimBollman 08/06/19 05:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Replacing all my bulbs with LEDs

Over the years I have fully converted 3 campers and the majority of the LEDs came from https://www.superbrightleds.com/ They tend to be a bit more expensive but they stand behind what they sell. I have had two premature failures and they were replaced free very quickly. Go with the warm bulbs and don't be afraid to add a few low intensity LEDs as add ons or in fixtures that tend not to be used for mood lighting when your just sitting around in the evening. We read on Kindles or iPads or do stuff on the laptop so we don't need much light after supper and the low lumen LEDs draw almost no power for off grid. I especially like lights mounted low, below counter level so you get mostly indirect lighting when not actually doing things in the camper.
JimBollman 08/03/19 06:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Real small motor homes; value?

We went from small popup truck camper to B last year because the wife has bad knees and couldn't get in the overhead bunk anymore. We went older and simple for our B and found one in very good condition with 67K miles. It is 20 years old but runs well and didn't break the bank. No wet bath just a porta potty, has roof AC, frig, sink, microwave and one burner stove, works great and is only 19' long and 8' 8" tall so we can go most anywhere with it. Works as our second vehicle when needed. Went to a B rally back in May and parked with the high $$ Bs and some older than mine and we all got along great. Different approach to RVing most consider themself travelers not campers.
JimBollman 07/27/19 07:50pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Haven't seen this asked

One of mine that was looking poorly but still solid and not leaking I advertised as a good hunters camper either on the truck or take off and leave in the woods. Sold for $350. I helped get in up into a lifted 4wd truck. I told him I would only help after he owned it. We piled up lumber and extended to the max we got it on.
JimBollman 07/06/19 07:10pm Truck Campers
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

Time to bump this thread to the top again. This isn't just todays work but a few projects the last week or so. We came back from the May trip with a list of things we wanted to do to the B. I added a fold down counter extension to the counter behind the driver seat. If I move the seat all the way forward I can now pull up the extension and add 18" to the counter beside the sink. I used a white plastic cutting board for the top. Wife loves it. Bought a short folding step so the wife's bad knees don't have to work so hard getting in the side door. Wife made a sleeve for it out of some scrap fake leather/naugahyde stuff and I added some mounts to the inside of the second side door to hold the step when not in use. Converted the last 3 tungsten bulbs in the van to LED and wired in a spare switch so I could turn on the lights between the seats when the doors are closed. Since the switch is powered from the cabin battery I added a diode so the chassis battery would not try and charge the cabin battery if someone opened a door when the switch was on. Added two magnetic rechargeable strip LED lights, one in the range hood and one above the sunvisor on the passenger side. Resealed the seam between the fiberglass top and steel body. Helped the wife make some magnetic blackout curtains for the front side windows. We bought a pair of Skreenz that slide over the front doors so we can leave them part way down without getting skeeters. Cleaned the carpets getting ready for next trip in a week or so. Been a good couple of week, looking forward to our next outing.
JimBollman 06/27/19 06:34pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: How to Open Light Fixture?

I tried a little more aggressively to pry at the wood interface and managed to get a big enough gap to peak in and could see I was flexing the whole fixture. Decided to poke around on the pivote parts and the outer pivots have enough flex to pop it out of the holes and the whole square fixture came down and the socket turns and come out the side. Just put in an order for the replacement LEDs. They currently come on when the door opens and can be shut off if you want to leave the door open. I will run a second power lead from an extra switch already in the console so I can override the power when the doors are closed. Thanks
JimBollman 06/24/19 02:30pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Is It???

SInce no one had an immediate answer that should have been obvious to me, I explored a little more this morning. I decided the gray area was a cap that might pop off. I gently pried with a small screwdriver and it came off. Big anchor bolt underneath that appears to go into the van body structure. I think it was a spot for a shoulder seatbelt strap if wanted. There was a removable 3rd bucket just forward from the anchor that had a lap belt. I decided I need an extra kitchen cabinet more than a 3rd seat so removed the seat and base plate. Thanks for the guesses, I was sure it was something obvious to everyone but me.
JimBollman 06/24/19 06:59am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Is It???

No furnace.
JimBollman 06/24/19 04:52am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Is It???

Nope, not a vent. Looks like something might slide over it. Rear AC vents for chassis air is on the other side.
JimBollman 06/23/19 06:34pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Is It???

I thought it might be something to do with a clothes rod but there is nothing across from it for the other end.
JimBollman 06/23/19 05:23pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
How to Open Light Fixture?

This light fixture is in the overhead console between the front seats of our Jayco B. I want to convert it to LEDs and was afraid to force anything in getting it to open without knowing how it is suppose open. The square parts pivot in both directions for aiming the lights. I have looked from the back and their is no obvious openings on the back. Any ideas? http://www.jebs-stuff.com/SuperBee/CabLights.jpg
JimBollman 06/23/19 05:14pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
What Is It???

This knob like thing is attached to the side of our Jayco B above the side windows on the passenger side. The outer gray area rotates but doesn't seem to unscrew. Any idea what it was for? http://www.jebs-stuff.com/SuperBee/What_Is_It.jpg
JimBollman 06/23/19 05:05pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Batteries

I have never had an deep discharge battery fail catastrophically but I have had 4 starter batteries short cells or suddenly open cell over roughly 40 years.
JimBollman 06/18/19 06:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Websites mapping free camping spots

Slightly off topic but several years ago I was going to end up about 250 miles away from home after work starting a 3 week vacation. From the rvparkreviews site it gave me the impression of a sketchy trailer park. Looking at maps I see a Missouri DNR spot further on down the road and not far off my route. I find the webpage and it allows camping at a spot with about 4 crude sites. It was not listed on freecampsites so when I had time that became my first entry to freecampsites. About a year later after another review that agreed with my original assessment I got a 3rd or 4th review. GATE WAS LOCKED WOULD NOT RECOMMEND!! Well I responded to that as there is NO gate so they were lost. A previous reviewer gave even more detailed directions. I travel with a dedicated GPS and my location was spot on. What I have learned after adding a few more new sites to freecampsites and also finding errors in other entries is that they are very responsive in correcting bad info. I added a site last year in Idaho that was very confusing with another pay site a few hundred feet away down in a ravine. I warned them about the confusion and they emailed me with some back and forth discussion. It is now published and they put my remarks in about the confusion as the other site is larger and not free. Off soapbox :) Another story of looking for unique camping spots not always working: A few years ago we followed GPS coordinates to a campgrounds that was listed as an off the beaten path inexpensive but nice campgrounds. I don't know if the campgrounds had disappeared some years before or the person that posted had messed up the coordinates but there was a nice pasture of cows when we got to the GPS location. We have learned that is all part of the adventure and we wandered cross lots on back roads for another hour or so till we found a backup location (lucky we only had a small truck camper so not a big deal). Backup was not as secluded but nice, the owners were off on an errand and their 90+ year old grandmother checked us in, all in paper ledgers, no computer visible anywhere. I asked if they had WiFi and she asked what that was :-)
JimBollman 06/10/19 05:41pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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