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RE: Bathroom dispensers

Probably not what you are after but we use refillable small bottles for shampoo and a travel soap container. My wife made up bags out of netting material for easy drying with velcro to keep shut. She put a loop on the end to hang in the shower. Since our camper doesn't have a shower it is handy to take to bath house and we hang it on a hook in the camper to dry when we come back and it can hang there going down the road if needed. Otherwise it goes in the bag we take our towel and change of clothes in then we go to the shower.
JimBollman 07/19/21 05:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Chasing down gas leak?

A friend had a gas leak in his B and bought this leak detector. Said it took him no time to find the leak and it was so small that soapy water ran off before it could bubble. He only new it had a leak because he forgot to turn off at the tank when he put it away for the Winter.
JimBollman 06/09/21 07:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet

I'be opted out by not having any of those type devices in my house.
JimBollman 06/08/21 05:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Back before cellphones

I recently finished some volunteer work at a fairly remote Scout camp. I had water hooked up but used my Solar for power and I did not have internet. I don't like to carry my pay as you go, cheapo, cell phone while I work, I soon became use to the peace and quiet of living there. My DW likes to hear from me so between 4pm and 6pm I had strict instruction to phone home. Your mention of remote Scout camps reminded me of a trip I went on, as one of the leader, back in the early 90s. Our troop went on a High Adventure canoe trip in the back woods of Maine. We were assigned a guide to go with us and dropped off at a lake that was interconnected with several more lakes (Richardson Lakes). About half way through the trip we had to change plans because of some near hypothermia after a few days of rain. The guide carried a two-way radio to call in any problems or changes of plans. When he tried to call in he got no answer. Good thing we solved our own hypothermia problem. He even tried from the middle of one of the lakes, no answer. After a day of rest and warming we decided to hike to the top of a small mountain. He called in from the top and the other end wanted to know where he was at, said it about blew out their speaker he came in so strong. Turned out the batteries had went dead on one of their relay radios on a mountain top and they had not gotten around to hiking in to replace. On top of the mountain we had line of site with a working repeater or base camp. No one thought about being without a telephone for around 10 days. The boys were more concerned with how long we had to drive when we were back before we could find a McDonalds, since they had enough camp food and wanted "real" food. Can't imagine a trip like that now where ever boy and leader would have a cell phone. Wonder what the coverage is in the back woods of Maine?
JimBollman 06/08/21 05:13pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Level

When I had a LP frig I used the level app in my iPhone and/or a round bubble level in the frig. Now that I have a compressor frig, if it feels close enough that I will not roll out of bed it is close enough. I cut the number of leaving boards in half from what I use to carry, I haven't used any so far.
JimBollman 06/08/21 04:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Back before cellphones

I remember we had a party line growing up and if we wanted to make a private call we would walk a block uptown and use the payphone. Seems strange that standing in a closed box on main street was more private than in your own house. In college there was 2 payphones for the whole dorm, now there would be 2 phones per room minimum with cell phones. One big event we go to use to have a bank of payphones and we would stand in line to use them. There is usually 5 or 6 of us camping together, we were joking the last time we were together that they used to have a dozen or so payphones for about 5000 people to share, now we had 6 phones in our campsite.
JimBollman 05/17/21 07:06pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Microwave replacement options

Have not had to replace ours yet but plan on downsizing to one of the lower power dorm size. We seldom use it for anything but heating up coffee, leftovers and small meals. Figured it would be less load on the generator and I may be able to squeeze a little extra storage around it. From those concerned with heat and vents a smaller unit would give space for rerouting things and air circulating.
JimBollman 05/14/21 05:34pm Tech Issues
RE: forum

I still check activity most days but don't have any projects currently going. I did buy a new air conditioner shroud and decided it was going to be enough messing around to change it that I should install an EZ-Start as long as I have it open. It arrived a couple of days ago so will start that project soon.
JimBollman 05/13/21 05:57pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Cottonwood Trees and their Seeds

The cottonwoods I'm familiar with do most of their shedding early in the season. Can you just put a cover on the air conditioner till they are done or do you know you cooling needs overlap the cotton season?
JimBollman 05/06/21 04:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

We decided to ditch the coffee maker and to go with a Melitta Pour Over Coffee Cone Brewer that uses #4 cone filters. We have an insulated carafe that will hold about 4 mugs of coffee that we use to brew into. This allows us to use gas to boil water. By eliminating our biggest power user we bought a WEN 56125i Super Quiet 1250 watt inverter generator to charge batteries and such. We went this way for less space, weight and gas usage. Because of our lost year of camping we have not used the WEN enough to give a review of the generator long term but it is quiet and sips gas.
JimBollman 04/26/21 07:40pm Truck Campers
RE: 50 Amp Usage Question

Thanks to those that answered my question. Sounds like even though the total watts available on the 20amp 220v outlet is higher, the option to the RV to use up to 30 amps selectively would be better. I didn't know how the 30amp to 50amp adapter was wired that makes sense. As far as why I don't just put in a 50 amp service, access to my place is questionable to all but the smallest of 50amp RVs so probably would never be used. Accept for the 30amp RV box I already had everything else I needed to put in the the 30amp service.
JimBollman 04/22/21 07:11am General RVing Issues
RE: 50 Amp Usage Question

Wasn't really asking for advice on wiring, I can handle that. I asked how a 50 amp RV setup distributes their power use. I know they sometimes plug into 30 amp outlets at campgrounds, does half the camper not have power? I assume if you have more than one AC unit that you can only use one if you're plugged into 30 amp service. For those worried about my generator use, the previous owner had it wired to back feed, I wanted outlets and put in full 4 wire service to a 4 wire outlet that I could plug a commercially available adapter into to get two 120v circuits for use outside. I used this approach rather than putting in a couple of duplex outlets because it is mounted in a stone veneer wall and didn't want to get into masonry work just to change the use and I could mount the 4 prong outlet in the accesting box. I figured in the future if I wanted to connect a generator I could add a transfer switch. So unless you can answer what I asked, don't bother posting.
JimBollman 04/21/21 09:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: 50 Amp Usage Question

I installed a 4 wire receptacle with the proper wiring so I would have 2 fully independent 110 volt circuits that could be combined when I needed 220v. It is not a generator style plug.
JimBollman 04/21/21 07:06pm General RVing Issues
50 Amp Usage Question

I occasionally have friends visit and stay in their camper. I have installed a 35 amp RV box by the back driveway. I also have a 4 wire 20 amp 220 outlet by my carport for an emergency generator which also acts as two 110v circuits with an adapter which is how I normally use it. I have never owned an RV with 50 amp service so the question is if you had the choice of plugging into 220v 20 amp or 110v 30 amp, which would better serve your needs? I plan to pick up an adapter for the 220v 20 amp if it would be better for a visiting RV if it would be used. I figure they would have an adapter for the 30 amp since it is a standard RV outlet.
JimBollman 04/21/21 06:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anybody Using iPad as a Laptop Replacement?

I have a MacBook Pro and iPad Pro with keyboard and trackpad cover. I use the MacBook many hours a day (to many), the iPad a few hours a week when home. The percentages reverse when we are camping because I do more surfing the web and less real computer work when we are camping and the iPad uses less juice. It all depends on what you use your computer for. If you mostly do web surfing, FaceBook, eMail and maybe some word processing and spreadsheet work, yea probably an iPad will take the place of a laptop. I do a lot of photo editing & scanning, video editing, web development and other things that may be possible on an iPad but not easily.
JimBollman 04/10/21 06:59pm Technology Corner
RE: DVD and Blu Ray being discontinued?

We don't watch TV or movies while in our RV, we listen to music, read surf the web.... I have ripped a lot of DVDs over the years some I own and just want them easier to get too on the computer (I use plex to store moves from TV and that I own) because some we watch ever so many years and others are just in the que to watch and delete. Moves we have gotten from the library or rented, I try the to follow the intent of the law and store till we watch then delete. That all said I would say it is the opposite of what mileshuff found, maybe it is the type of movies he likes versus us but I would say less than 10% have copy protection. Most all DIsney DVDs for the last 10 years or so are protected.
JimBollman 03/31/21 06:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Cant find a place to stay near Harrisburg, PA, help!

Some good suggestions. I'd do my homework first to see what's available in my price range before spending money parking my rv somewhere. What I would do is use realtor.com or zillow.com to pick out a couple of candidates to look at. You can make an appointment with the realtor through those websites. You may want to contact a good realtor in the area to help you look. Houses are not staying on the market long and a brick and mortar realtor will know of houses ahead of Zillow. I have been trying to help my son find a house and several already had offers on them when they showed up on Zillow and several more were gone the first day. A good realtor may even have suggestion for where you can park your RV.
JimBollman 03/27/21 04:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fantastic fan or maxxair ?

MaxxFan for me too. I have replaced the original 1 or 2 speed fan in my last two campers with 10 speed MaxxFan with remote control. The slower speeds pull very little current for when you are on battery but can still pull a little air across you on a hot night. I keep the remote by the bed for middle of the night comfort changes. The fold down rain hood keeps a low profile when down and can be used open in the rain in anything less than a monsoon.
JimBollman 03/12/21 05:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Math question for any engineers out here

I had a sloped area I needed to bring up level that was going to need about an 8' retaining wall. After some thinking I decided I didn't care if the area behind and beside the flat area was usable so I had about twice as much fill brought in and let the back and sides just taper off. I used shale which locally was very cheap, topped off with crushed stone and it worked fine. Been about 3 years now and everything is still stable. PS: I did put a low wall around 12" at the bottom edge so the bottom edge would not keep spreading out. It is just pressure treated straked in place because it doesn't have a lot of weight pushing on it. would be optional but I had another flat area at the lower level that I didn't want to spill into.
JimBollman 03/09/21 06:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: And so it begins. (In North America).

They need to get the range out to 500-700 miles to be practical as our main vehicle for trips. That is our range when we have a destination. 350 would be ok when we are just wandering on vacation. Both still requires enough charging stations. Would hate to sit for 40 minutes getting a charge in the middle of an already long trip. Longer if there is a line at the charging station. I could see going hybrid where are normal driving would be electric but trips the engine could take over. Friends have a Volt and love it, when they are home they go for months on a tank of gas but can get in it and drive cross country if needed. I heard that a 115v charger can take 3+ days to get a full charge on the new Mach E Ford and a 220v charge still takes 12hr or so. You need a special high current charging system $$$ to get it down under an hour.
JimBollman 03/07/21 06:47pm Around the Campfire
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