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RE: What does having an appointment mean?

I learned about appointments with RV dealers last year. All I initially wanted was a rough idea if it was possible to add a second battery and a gray water tank to my 1999 B Van. Went to one of the bigger RV dealers in the area (not Camper Word) about 30 miles away. SIlly me I thought I could just drop in and they could either crawl under or put it on a lift and give me an idea if they could do the job. They said the first opening that had was in 8 weeks, so I made an appointment for first thing in the morning. I showed up about 30 minutes before they opened, walked in behind the person unlocking the door. They said they had no record of my appointment, but would try to squeeze me in. In about an hour they had me pull around by the service door and in another 30 minutes or so a fellow came out and asked what I had in mind. Told him and he crawled under. Had no ideas how they could do what I wanted. I told them a couple of ideas and he said yea that could work. Maybe spent 15 minutes with me and gave me no info other than their fabrication guy was on vacation so couldn't tell me if they could build what I suggested. Went back inside and found that the great consultation cost me $140, they had a 1 hour minimum charge. I never went back and never will. Second place I went was smaller, friendly enough and did crawl under and gave me some good suggestions and told me why one of my ideas was not very good (all for free). I also added having him put a MaxXFan in place of the single speed fan that was there. He took some notes and said he would get back to me after he talked to his fabricator. Sounded good. After several phone calls over the next few weeks, his fabricator was to busy to even give him a time to build what he needed, I made an appointment for the fan replacement. That went well and he and his son did it while I waited. Over the next 6 months I checked in a few more times, still not fabricator time, or would not return the calls. Now a year later I still don't have my mods done and go back and forth from trying to do it myself and finding another RV place.
JimBollman 03/28/20 05:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products & Gizmos

I have several magnetic strip lights, no motion detector, I solved the nothing magnetic for one of them by putting some large washers under some trim screws. The the one lives inside the range hood to give a cooking light.
JimBollman 03/27/20 06:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas prices

Went by the Ingles we usually buy gas at today in Jonesborough TN and regular was $1.84. 15 cents less than 10 days ago when I filled up last.
JimBollman 03/23/20 07:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: My Sprinter stealth ClasB

I have an all electric B that I bought 2 years ago and still sorting out the occasional time that I don't have electric hookup. Haven't tried to push how long the compressor refrigerator will go on my one battery, I intend to add a second but I think that still will only get me about a day. When I know I am going to be off grid I carry a small 1000W inverter generator to recharge as needed. I solved the cooking problem with a small Butane stove, doesn't take up much room and I carry a few extra cylinders. The one I bought below, can also be used with propane and I cary the adapter but no cylinders, I can buy them anywhere if I run low on Butane.
JimBollman 03/14/20 07:19pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Has Truck Camper Magazine Ceased to Exist ?

I seldom go to their website, I subscribed(free) and a couple of issues a week show up in my eMail and if I see something interested there is a link to open the full article online.
JimBollman 03/14/20 05:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Swing away Honda bracket.

Is the storage trunk underneath? I have been thinking of removing my Onan since I don't really use it and either try to build a storage compartment underneath or move the spare back under and make the whole van shorter. Haven't come up with a good way to make waterproof useable storage underneath. Sorry for the delayed response Jim. We went on a little RV trip and just got back. To answer your question, yes, the trunk is just forward of the rear bumper and is accessed through a hinged hatch under the night stand. You have to open the rear van door to get to it. We have the EXCEL TD model. I'm not sure how it is configured in the TS model. Thanks. I hadn't thought of going in from the top, but that would be a lot handier than crawling underneath. Be a more major modification since I would have to fabricate a door.
JimBollman 03/05/20 02:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Best gadget buy in a long long long time

Reciprocating saw even with an aggressive blade is much slower than a chain saw. My first chainsaw 40 some years ago was electric. It was a plug in the wall type but I cut many cords of wood with it before I added a gas model. I would by truck loads of 12-16' slab wood dumped by the shop and go add it.
JimBollman 02/23/20 08:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: How noisy is your A/C?

My B's AC is loud but I can get use to the fan and air noise after awhile but every time the compressor cycles on it makes a bang that wakes us up. Was wondering if adding soft start kit it would make less of a bang. Don't need it for running on a generator just to get more sleep.
JimBollman 02/23/20 07:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Swing away Honda bracket.

Is the storage trunk underneath? I have been thinking of removing my Onan since I don't really use it and either try to build a storage compartment underneath or move the spare back under and make the whole van shorter. Haven't come up with a good way to make waterproof useable storage underneath.
JimBollman 02/18/20 07:23pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: WEN inverter generators on today only

I bought a Wen 56125i Super Quiet 1250-Watt last year because I wanted something smaller than my Honda 2000 just to charge batteries when I camp off grid a couple of times a year and I didn't want to start the nosey 2800 Onan or haul the Honda. I have not ran it enough to give it a quality rating other than it has good reviews and it is quieter than the Honda running full power but not as quiet as the Honda in economy mode.
JimBollman 01/27/20 07:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie with a jackknife bed question

I have a 1999 E250 Jayco with jackknife couches on opposite sides that make a full width bed. Not sure what bed extensions are and what you need to know?
JimBollman 01/01/20 07:18pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: dedicated charging station for phones, wifi, tablets

I happen to have a couple of small compartments that are not useful much else over the cab area of my B camper. I installed 2 cigarette lighter outlets and an 110 volt plug in the back of one and a single cigarette outlet in the back of the other, I can mix and match either USB chargers or other charges. Have not needed the second compartment for charging so far but the main compartment works well for charging a laptop and a couple of iPads. on the wall outside the compartment I gave a small shelf with a rail around it, just big enough to put two iPhones on end leaning against the wall. Above the shelf I have a double USB outlet that has a voltmeter between the outlets just to monitor the cabin battery. I also scattered a couple of more cigarette lighter outlets in convenient places around the camper just in case, not used often but nice to have already installed to cut down on cables draped around.
JimBollman 01/01/20 07:09pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Coil on plug # 6 on Ford V10

Probably not related, but my 5.4L V8 1999 E250 had number 6 coil pack go at 74K miles, had the pack replaced and all the plugs and wires replace while they were in there. At 76.5K miles number 8 coil pack went out. Decided with the labor to work on an E250 I had them just replace all 7 remaining. hopefully that takes care of the problem for a long time. Not cheap having it done at Ford but that was the convenient place to do it.
JimBollman 01/01/20 06:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i gen. Disassembling

Good resource for Honda 2000i questions and info, including manuals in the files section.
JimBollman 12/19/19 06:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Do you think a front cargo rack is too dangerous?

This is an old photo but I use the same setup on my E250 B now. The front hitch is rated at 500lbs and the straps are my backup for a failure and stabilizer for wobble. They hook into the front tow hooks and the bumper. I carry about 200lbs.
JimBollman 11/13/19 08:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Roadside America.

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap in Ishpeming, Michigan is one of my favorites. This is Big Ernie, one of many items on display, including a V8 chainsaw and other interesting items. Lots of tourist trap stuff in their gift shop but clean restrooms and free cold water and all the displays are free. There is a Offbeat Tourist Attractions point of interest file at the for your GPS with over 20,000 places listed.
JimBollman 11/13/19 08:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: A camper window with a view

Shipshewana, IN a few years ago.
JimBollman 11/09/19 05:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

There are many posts on this subject. Start searching including other forums and there are many options. Basically it's like moving to another state except you might have to periodically return to your state for whatever like DL, health coverage, etc. Many FTers use a mail delivery service. One popular choice is the TX Escapees. Whatever state you select involves much more than you've posted. You'll get lots of opinions and while you're awake do your online research. like others have stated 6 months or so is like a long vacation. For us we do not know exactly what month we will start this trip since we have to sell our house first so it could be the end of the summer; beginning of fall when we finally move out of our MI home. so we will just keep an address in MI and pay our taxes here. Come Jan. 1 we will get a rent contract from a relative in Tn and start the new year with residency there, this avoids multiple tax returns and so forth. WE DO NOT want the responsibility/expense of a house during this trip, we also don't want to spend time looking, finding the right home will be hard for us plus there is a chance we may want to build. I am assume you live in Franklin, that's very nice. My SIL lived there until recently when she moved to Spring Hill, we will be there for this Christmas. The area we are interested in is Lake Tellico, have you been to Tellico Village, beautiful community. Where did you move from? I felt some of your answers/questions were addressed to me instead of ghooos so here goes. Not from Franklin, if you google State of Franklin you will see it was an attempt at statehood before TN was a state for an area that is now NE TN. We moved from Western NY, close to Lake Ontario. Our criteria for the move was less snow, less taxes and less politics, TN was a good match. Since then we have added more BBQ and more Bluegrass music to our list, TN again was a good choice. I have been in the general area of Tellico Village but not in it.
JimBollman 11/05/19 08:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

Back to one of your original questions, what state? If you're reasonably sure you will end up in TN why not make that your new home state. It checks most if not all the boxes for a good place as a base, no income taxes, no car inspections, reasonable RV registration, etc. Then if you do settle in TN you have that part already done. We moved to TN 4 1/2 years ago and love it down here. The Hall Tax has an exemption if your 65 or older and have a joint income of less than$68000. It will only be 1% next year anyway. The one thing you may want to consider if your pretty sure where you want to be when you come off the road you may want to buy before you go on the road, real estate is going up fast in most parts of the state.
JimBollman 11/02/19 06:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Air conditioner dripping during downpour

May not apply to your system but on my Class B the AC sometimes tripped in a heavy rain even when it wasn't running (or running and water is condensing out). I discovered that the way it is mounted, if I am parked with the back high by a few inches that water collects and runs over the lip into an area of the AC that eventually runs out the vent. No problem driving or if the camper is relatively flat or nose high.
JimBollman 10/31/19 06:59pm Tech Issues
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