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RE: Velcro uses

I keep a roll of the velcro that sticks to itself, loops on one side hooks on the other around for projects. I made two straps that I put around the awning on our B just as extra insurance that it doesn't open going down the road. We have two jackknife couches that makes a full width bed. The crack between the back and cushen when folded down was uncomfortable to sleep around so we bought two self inflating air mattresses, one for each couch and they pretty much fill the width. Problem is where to store them in a 19' B. I put a single loop tie down on each wall at the end of the couches and used a strap of the velcro to strap them vertically to the wall out of the way. Another piece of the velcro material secures the power cord in storage. Used stick on velcro to secure the remote for the refrigerator thermometer so it and be by the frig when camping and on the dash when going down the road. Probably more velcro in the camper but those are the ones that come to mind.
JimBollman 09/07/20 05:54pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Filled up with alcohol free gas so it wouldn't go bad before I could use it up. First fill up since March. Probably will dump some stabilizer in too. We use it as a second vehicle so it does get a few miles put on most weeks.
JimBollman 08/14/20 05:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Portable Jump Starter

I have an old school sealed lead acid that I have used for years replaced the battery in it twice over the years and still use it around the shop. Just have to remember to plug it in every few months to top it off. About 6 or 7 years ago I bought one of small Lithium units after a friend swore by his and have carried it in my truck or B camper ever since. I top of the charge once a year or after I use it and it works great I have started large V8s and our Honda CRV when the OEM battery died unexpected and left my wife stranded. I showed up with the B expecting to get the jumpers out but remembered the little lithium in the back. I hooked it up and got her started in nothing flat. Followed her to AutoZone and had a new battery installed. I also use it as a backup USB charger when camping.
JimBollman 07/11/20 05:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: I want a pair of magic shoes!

the magic shoes you are looking are made by merrell under the name jungle mocks. leather gortex lined, easy step in step out good tread, warm in the winter, cool in the summer, great shoe I have always liked Merrell's so I had to look up Jungle Mocks, turns out I have had a pair of them or the earlier version for years. I tend to only wear them in the Winter but they are very comfortable. I may have to use them year around so I have a chance at wear them out.
JimBollman 07/03/20 06:45pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Flashlights

I recently bought this pair of COB flashlights. They are stupid bright on full, have both a magnet and a hook, and are USB rechargeable. $20 for the pair. They're so bright that one of them is now permanently attached to the hutch on my toolbox in the garage and plugged into the USB socket in the power strip. It allows a great view into the drawers including the cavernous bottom drawer. I have 2 big LED tube lights, 200W of led bulbs in the garage door opener, and this little $10 flashlight easily outshines them all. I couldn't be happier. Thanks for the pointer. I bought a pair and they arrived today, great task lights and very versatile in positioning the light. Rechargeable lithium battery is great. My wife is already trying to claim one for her sewing room.
JimBollman 07/03/20 06:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Culling the herd....

Some folks know how to do it right. Some years back my wife showed a fellow camper an "up close and personal" photo of a bear and cub she took at Cade's Cove in the Great Smokey's. She then was treated to a 5-minute tirade about how stupid she was to put her life at risk just get a picture along with a list of all dreadful things that could have happened to her. My wife waited patiently until he finally ran out of stream and then said just two words: "Zoom lens"... :) Had a similar experience in Alaska and grizzlies, everyone thought my shots were great but stupid. Then I would say long zoom from the window of the Denali bus.
JimBollman 06/30/20 07:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: The newest and shortest Interstate...

Try I390 in IL. It may not be he shortest, but it's the most with tolls! About every 2 miles!!! There is a I390 in Western NY also, do they reuse these spur numbers? I'm also close to I-26, very strange Interstate, but one of the best views from an interstate in the East.
JimBollman 06/22/20 07:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: First Aid Kit Contents

My Wife is a retired RN so we carry more than most. If you go beyond the basics consider breaking up your supplies into multiple kits. I think we have 4 in our B camper. We keep a small basic kit in the front of the van within reach quickly. There are two in the bathroom that have other items and a 4th we hope we will never need in an under bed storage area. Other that the basic one up front there is a list of what they contain so you only need to open the one that has what you need. So far as what is in each, my wife knows and I can read.
JimBollman 06/14/20 06:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Basic questions about Class B's

Another thing we do to save water is to use baby wipes for washing up - can even take a sponge bath with a couple of those. You really can learn to live with less water and not feel like you are suffering. An even better option is the adult bath wipes like they use in nursing homes. Like these: Bath Wipes We discover "Dude Wipes" last Summer, I assume they are similar to adult wipes, they were great. Much better than the baby wipes, more expensive but you use fewer.
JimBollman 06/10/20 05:51pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Basic questions about Class B's

We are like most B owners, we are travelers and usually have plenty of nights that we can refill our water supply which is good since I don't think fresh water tanks come much smaller, ours is 3.5 gallons. We don't have a shower and use a porta potty that has it's own water tank. Most trips we use Arizona Tea jugs for extra water. They are very heavy plastic and narrow so they fit in spaces in the camper that don't get used for much else. You would pay as much or more for an equivalent jug at a camp store and it comes with tea to drink first. After you drink the tea fill with water and a cap of bleach and sit it in the sun for a day to get the tea taste out or you first 4 or 5 fillings will have a slight tea taste. The one yearly place we go for an event without water available that we stay for most of a week we have two blue 5 gallon jugs we take for extra water and they are just in the way till we get there, then they sit outside.
JimBollman 06/09/20 05:52pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Rear View Camera

On my B, I have a Garmin wireless backup camera connected to my backup lights. I have it aimed fairly low so I can back close to things and for hooking up my trailer, I can see my hitch. I have been thinking of adding a second power feed so I can turn it on anytime, it would be handy for checking on the trailer when towing.
JimBollman 06/07/20 06:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear Differential Locker

I had a Eaton Truetrac put in my 2000 F250 and it made a world of difference. Highly recommended. Wish I had done it years earlier.
JimBollman 04/29/20 06:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Rear Differential Locker

I had a Eaton Truetrac put in my 2000 F250 and it made a world of difference. Highly recommended. Wish I had done it years earlier.
JimBollman 04/29/20 06:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Stimulus Check , what are you going to do with yours ?

We already started buying gift certificates from the restaurants we frequent, $100/each for two and plan to do a couple of other restaurants. Don't really want them to go under. Also a big check to local food bank, they have doubled their output of food. Since we didn't figure we would get a stimulus check, if we do we will probably spend most of it locally as we get the chance. Hard to spend money locally when you are suppose to stay home.
JimBollman 04/04/20 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: What does having an appointment mean?

Businesses are able to use the difference in some repairs vs others to their advantage. One guy may have some scheme of adding a tank to his van, which is not standard and maybe **** near impossible but assumes mechanic = fixed. Sounds like a snowflake thinking milk is grown in the grocery store....this type of thing probably should take days or weeks. Neither guy needs a water pump replaced which should be a shelf item and a couple hours work, but gets the runaround because the dealer is busy, backed up, lazy, inefficient, doesn’t care, or doesn’t have the quality of employees to pull it off. Yet they all get lumped in the same by people who don’t know how to fix it themselves thus have no idea how complicated or time consuming it is. And it’s RV dealers. They are generally not under the same scrutiny as other institutions. I don't know if this comment was pointed at me but if an RV shop can't/don't want to do a modification all they have to say is we don't do that kind of work, not charge you an hours charge to tell you nothing or lead you on for 6 months that they can do it. I understand not all business can do all things but be honest with your customers.
JimBollman 04/04/20 05:19pm General RVing Issues
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
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