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RE: Credit Cards For Fuel Discounts

Our Chase Visa card changes what gets bonus kick backs every quarter. This next quarter we get 5% on gas, that helps a little and when we combine that with grocery store kick backs it is almost real money.
JimBollman 06/27/22 06:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Any Van people out camping

We camped for a week at a bluegrass festival 2 weeks ago. Great week of music but it was cold and wet most of the week so the down time was mostly cooped up in the B. Since cellular service was marginal we got a lot of reading done when there was not music acts going on. Leaving in a couple weeks for a week long old car event at a county fairgrounds. Great pictures J.
JimBollman 06/12/22 05:24pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Solo fire pit

Already posted my support for the Solo but with some of the comments I wanted to address some of the concerns. I can see where the Solo is not ideal for a larger group because you would be sitting further away and the sides would block the view. In our case 2-4 people is our normal group size sitting around so we sit closer and are looking down into the fire instead of across to the fire. The one time we used it for a much larger group because everyones wood was wet accept my little chunks of wood sealed in a plastic bucket. We just feed more wood in to keep the flames higher. Since I cut up scraps from wood projects it is all kiln dried so no bugs, not a problem transporting it to areas that have restrictions. If you don't do enough wood projects to feed the stove I'm sure if you ask around someone will give you all the scraps you can use. Just don't use pressure treated, plywood or particleboard scrapes, bad fumes. Someone mentioned easy cleanup, depending on how long we burn the Solo but our normal fire generates about a 1/2 cup of dust when I clean it out in the morning. Easy to dump most anywhere and then wipe out with a piece of paper towel. I don't sell Solo stoves, just a happy owner. There are plans online for making your own smokeless stove if your handy.
JimBollman 05/21/22 06:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solo fire pit

We have the Campfire model as a compromise in size. Bought in 2015 on the recommendation of a friend that now has the Campfire and the largest model. We like it a lot and originally carried it in a small slide in camper and now in a B. I care it in it's bag in one of those square plastic buckets that are around 5gallon I think. Has a sealable lid. I cut all my scrap lumber into roughly 1"X1"X4" pieces and store them in the same buckets on the shelf. If I put the stove in a bucket with the bag open and fill the stove and all the edges of the bucket it gives me 2 or 3 fires in the evening of a couple of hours, supplementing with any dead twigs around the campsite. If it is a longer trip I throw an extra bucket of wood in. Becomes nearly smoke free within a 5-10 minutes of starting. I carry some small wax fire starters, I light one and drop it in then start adding my mini logs. My friend bought the bigger one for when they are going to be in one place longer and for home use because it makes a bigger fire and will take bigger chunks of wood. I have been teased about my mini camp fires but after a wet day when everyones fire wood is wet mine becomes popular. I had a homemade small mini camp fire setup years ago but it wasn't smokeless but showed how useful it was to carry your own campfire.
JimBollman 05/14/22 07:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1157 LED Bulb question

I buy most all my LEDs for RV and trailer use from https://www.superbrightleds.com they are a bit more expensive but they last and are guaranteed. As it has mentioned you can compare lumens for brightness and you need to decide what color temperature you want. I like a color temperature in the 4000-5000 range for food prep areas, it gives closer to outside daylight. 5000 close to consider high noon daylight. For sitting around and reading I like in the 3000-3500 range, not as yellow as tungsten but more cozy than 5000. I don't like the ones higher than 5000. Tungsten is around 2800 if that is the feel you are looking for. You may have to buy a couple before you find the right balance. I did add two of these magnetic strip lights that are dimmable and rechargeable so they can be used where you need them. I have one tucked up in the range hood and one above the spot I usually sit in the evening. Unfortunately they currently are marked as out of stock but I'm sure other brands are out there. Here is the Link. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51TVppgq4cL._AC_SL1001_.jpg width=600
JimBollman 05/07/22 05:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Winch Battery

My winch is fairly small since I have light weight cars and I use it only a few times per year so I don't have a dedicated battery. I use an old jumper battery box that I have had for 30 years or so and just keep replacing the battery inside every 5 to 10 years. It has an ExpertPower EXP12180 12V 18Ah Lead Acid Battery in as of 2 years go. It runs the winch and gives me a 12 volt battery for other uses around the shop, I just plug it in after a heavy use.
JimBollman 04/17/22 04:54pm Tech Issues
RE: 30 to 50 amp adapter

If you open just the image on Amazon or other site then use the advance post feature you can insert a link that shows the photo like the above Amazon link. Put something like 600 for width so you don't blow up the image to much. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61LiH7SF36L._AC_SL1500_.jpg width=600
JimBollman 03/26/22 05:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Is it common to remove your truck camper at your camp spot?

Since you haven't bought a TC yet you may want to consider that part of your reason for looking at truck campers was getting into tighter spots. We had a series of truck camper softer the year and found that popup 8 or 8.5' that did not hang beyond the back of our 8' truck box worked the best for us. It was only 7' tall and about 7' wide. We ran a standard cab to further the mobility and park ability. We could park nearly anywhere a normal truck could park. Our style was to seldom stay more than one night in the same place and get all our sight seeing and such done before we setup camp. Even when we had full hookups we only connected AC to charge batteries and never dropped the jacks, in fact on our last camper I took the jacks off while it was on the truck so it was easy to setup and take down the camp. We found that you almost forgot it was on the back and I usually loaded in the Spring and unloaded in the Fall unless I needed the truck to haul something. We stuffed so much in the wheel wells, including an ancillary battery that plugged into the side that it was a bit of a task to take off and get everything packed back in when reloading. Unfortunately a few years ago my wife's knees would not allow getting in the overhead bunk anymore and we switched to a 19' B camper and it serves most of the same needs our truck camper did as far as easy to park and maneuver in tight spots. We purposely got as low as we could and are now 8' 8". Would have liked a popup B but could not find one when we were looking.
JimBollman 03/26/22 05:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Where is EVERYONE??

I managed to get my last Falls list of problems checked off earlier this week. A couple of lights that stoped working (bad connection). Faucet switch failed, bought a new faucet set but old one magically started working and I could not get it to fail, so new one is on shelf for now. Dropped a couple of panels and vacuumed out a bunch of mouse leavings and torn up insulation and TP, I have plugged all the holes I can find with steel wool but will look some more just in case. Only flushing out antifreeze and reinstalling porta-potty before first outing. Almost forgot topped up the gas tank before the prices hit $4/Gal.
JimBollman 03/23/22 06:47pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Happy Campers no longer available in CA?

I also use HC and been "happy" with it. Don't know why, for sure, CA band this product but have heard on several other items. That CA has laws that the companies have to pay to have their product tested for certain types of carcinogens and it is very expensive. If they don't sell a lot of products in the state or it is a small company it is not cost effective to pay for the testing so they just don't sell in CA. As I recall their is nothing in the laws that says you can't buy these products in a different state and cary it home but the company just can sell it in CA.
JimBollman 03/16/22 07:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Books on disk

I have been putting books on thumb drives for awhile now by coping the book CDs in to the computer then out to the thumb drive. Pretty much every vehicle or radio that has a USB port can play books from a thumb drive. I put a bunch of books on one thumb drive and keep each one in a small zip lock bag with a list of what's on it. I have a few I keep in a pouch along with a few with some of my favorite music. I also play books and podcasts from my phone over bluetooth to my radio or plugged into the USB. Most libraries have audio books you can borrow for 2-3 weeks and play with the appropriate app, there are a couple of different systems.
JimBollman 03/06/22 05:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon $50 unlimited internet

Anyone else seen this advertised? I wonder if it can be used in a RV also. I am not at all electronically smart and don't understand half of this stuff. But if I could use this at home, way cheaper than my current service, and also in our RV that'd be great. Thoughts? (in simple english, please) I assume you're talking about their Home Internet service. They only work in selected areas at this time. They are truly unlimited but probably will not work many places you travel at this time. T-Mobile has a similar product with the same problem.
JimBollman 03/06/22 05:36pm Technology Corner
RE: OnStar requires update due to 3G end of life

I think Verizon is December. I had one 3g device and they notified me that it would have to be replaced by sometime in December so I assume it is for all uses of 3g. Not sure if all 3g OnStar like systems can be upgraded. A friend said his car that was less than 2 years old wasn't upgradable. But then maybe he just wanted an excuse to trade up without the wife discussion :-)
JimBollman 02/27/22 02:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Tiny AGM, short life - not RV

I use much bigger UPS Cyberpower 1500 units that take two GEL batteries. Mine get cycled several times a year and last around 5 years or more. Last batteries I bought were $20ea. Does seem like they use to last longer.
JimBollman 02/26/22 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: 3d printed water fill adaptor

I have tried to talk myself into a 3D printer for a few years now but so far have resisted. I have enjoyed the design process and discussion. I have used the same simple filler adapter for years it has lasted at least the last 4 campers. $6 on Amazon. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61oTLfPToRL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=400
JimBollman 02/26/22 05:09pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Cabover on an SUV

Seen this parked out front of local store for a few weeks, Had to stop and take some pics. No details, virtually permanent so I guess this would be a class C but interesting. https://i.imgur.com/Uola3P7.jpg https://i.imgur.com/8XjNWsR.jpg I would think it would be a class B since the main part of the vehicle still has the original sides and all. It is just a high top B. :-)
JimBollman 02/15/22 06:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Where is EVERYONE??

I guess I should check in too. Not much to report as of late, very few trips in the last 2 year and most of the problems are not worth posting. I do have a list of problems to attack once it warms up a little more. I did order a new Shurflo faucet a few days ago. It was dripping a couple of years ago and I fixed an o-ring in it and now the on off switch died so I decided it was time to replace it. Unfortunately most of the rest of the problems are wiring. Last time I found some wires chewed off and that may be the problem again. I have been fighting a mouse problem for a couple of years. I thought I found the hole they were getting in but they must have found another. I tried a mouse repellent but that doesn't seem to work. I keep a partial roll of toilet paper in one of the cabinets as an indicator if they are back since they seem to like to shred TP. I keep a couple of sticky traps in the same cabinet. As far as FaceBook is concerned I don't like it either, but use my wife's account to read few things including a B forum. I usually find about one topic a week worth reading out of all that get posted. I just don't like the philosophy of FB, trying to have their gated community and harvesting all kinds of personal info.
JimBollman 02/05/22 06:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Calculated MPG

I'm also a bit OCD keeping track of expenses for all my vehicles including where/when/what. If I notice problems/milage that correlates to specific station or brand ion gas I avoid them. If I see a tread down that doesn't relate to seasons I start looking for something wrong. If I have a failure of a part or tire I can see if it happened before and when, etc. I have done this since my first car. First car was a little different since I did all the service and the fuel gauge didn't work so it was mostly to figure out when I needed to fill the tank. Since smart phones (iPhone for me) I have used an inexpensive app called "Road Trip" lets you keep track of multiple vehicles, does cheats and graphs of expenses and milage plus place to keep extra info on your vehicle like insurance, vin numbers etc. You can backup to Dropbox, a computer or mail. You can also setup for reminders for oil changes and other maintenance.
JimBollman 01/14/22 07:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Homemade RVs

My Dad built this one back in the late 70s. https://jebs-stuff.com/AACA_Forum/Ranchero%20Camper%201974%20-%201-mod.jpeg
JimBollman 01/07/22 03:32pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Data packages

Anyone using US Mobile? They have some unlimited plans and very flexible shared plans where you can dial in how much data you want at $2/GB.
JimBollman 11/29/21 07:37pm Technology Corner
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