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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
RE: not sure where to post this.....

Assuming weight and other clearances check out here is a possible fix for the trailer jack being in the way of the tailgate. I bought Jack-E-Up for my car trailer so I could drop the tailgate with the trailer attached. Works good. http://jebs-stuff.com/Camping/Jack-E-Up.jpg
JimBollman 02/24/21 04:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Ford 150s Save the Day in Texas

Local Ford dealer has a daily car talk show and he was saying yesterday that all the F150s they order for the lot has at least the 2K generator opton. He just knows they will be a top selling option.
JimBollman 02/23/21 07:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where to put that pesky TV

I did the opposite. We have an older Class B that originally had a CRT style TV. A past owner removed that and mounted a flat screen over where the old TV was hidden. We decided we need the storage space more than a TV so I removed the flat screen and boxed in the area where the old CRT TV had been hidden and added a cabinet door. When we occasionally want to watch TV it is movies or TV programs we have recorded and have stored on a thumb drive or internal drive and watch them on our laptop. We are an Apple family and may try using Airplay to simulcast to an iPad so we can sit where we want and watch together in the seat we like best.
JimBollman 02/06/21 05:35pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Vintage Campers And Trailers

Good luck on that (the purchase)! IIRC - (Rules) you can link to an article(?) - ask a Mod. Most (all?) of the Hemmings mags are subscription only - which includes Hemmings Motor News ("World's Largest Collector car Marketplace"). Hemmings offers several additional "specialty" mags in advertised subscription offerings. BTW - When there still was "brick & mortar" book stores, "Motor News" was usually available. (Like Trailer Life & Motor Home, LOL). On edit: There is a *Vintage* Travel Trailer (sub-heading) in the Travel Trailer forum (here) - although not very popular....entering threads from the last 12 months helps, but will only get about 8-10 posts. ~ Hemmings does post some of their stories online, not this one so far. https://www.hemmings.com/stories
JimBollman 02/03/21 05:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Questions for Quilters

My wife is a big quilter but only brings her Singer Weather Weight if we are going to be in one spot for a few days for one of my events she is not interested in. Then she brings mostly precut materials for lap quilts or other smaller projects. We travel in a 19' B so not a lot of extra room on most trips. Most of our trips are road trip and never stay in one place for more than a night. We do have an agreement, we stop at any quilt shops she sees, either as we go by or on her iPad she wants as we travel and all car museums or other interesting spots I find. We can usually find enough space for the fabric and other things she buys, but mostly she just wants to look and feel fabric as often as possible. The best fabric shops have a husband corner with good chairs, coffee and free WiFi. We have done Paducah, KY, I luckily have a car friend in Paducah, so I dropped her off and told her to call when she was done with the museum and exploring downtown and I went spent the day with my friend.
JimBollman 01/23/21 07:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: What is the best safe for a TC?

As an alternative consider a “console vault” for your truck. These provide pretty good security and the one we installed was very easy to put in. Just google “console vault” for options If you have a vehicle with a built in console this is a good idea. I had one in my previous truck and it was great. It made the whole console into a safe with just enough room between the top of the safe and the lid to keep a few small things handy. It would be possible to break in through the side but the seats are in the way and would take awhile for someone to get in. If they stole the whole truck so they had lots of time they could break in. Wish I had that option in my current truck.
JimBollman 01/06/21 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Fluorescent to LED conversion

I decided not to spend the time creating a FrankinFixture and bought these replacement LED bulbs, just rewire to remove ballast. Much brighter than the old bulbs.
JimBollman 12/16/20 03:50pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Flag Pole

Mine uses a hitch mount for the flagpole. My pole is just a twist lock and if it is too windy it drops down a section or more. I have thought of drilling it for pins but thought maybe it was better to let it drop down if the wind was that high. even all the way down the flags are still off the ground. No climbing, just drop the pole in the mount, pull up the top section and put the mounts on then top ball and the flags and start sliding it up as high as you want. http://jebs-stuff.com/TGOPict/FlagsFlying-sm.jpg
JimBollman 11/16/20 05:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Temporary "driveway" over grass?

I agree with jrobert, I use to drive across the grass at my old place all the time, no problem unless there is a lot of rain. Another idea there is a grid you can lay do and fill with dirt and plant grass and mow as part of your yard. The grid supports the weight of the vehicle even when it is wet. Here is an Amazon link with several designs to pick from.
JimBollman 11/02/20 04:42pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any experience with a gas fire pit?

I went with a Solo smokeless stove with the top off for a small portable campfire. They come in a couple of sizes, one or more smaller and a couple of bigger. It doesn't solve all the problems the original poster was trying to solve but it solved some. I started carrying mine in an 8' slide in camper and now carry it in a 19' B. My needs: had to be small because of limited space, low smoke easy on fuel. I cut up scrap lumber into small chunks roughly 1X1X4" but end up with assorted sizes. I can carry the stove and enough fuel for a couple of fires in one of those square white pails they sell kitty litter in. Because mine is small you get a small fire that is still nice for 1-4 people and it burns down below the edges fairly quick when you are done. You can supplement your fuel supply with twigs around the campsite. By morning there is about a 1/2 cup of ash to dump out and wipe it out with a paper towel. After the first few minutes it is near smokeless. I have small fire starters that I use that I light then dump in some of my scrap wood. I carry an extra pail of wood if I I'm planning more fires. A friend has more storage in his RV and has the largest model and can burn small logs up to 12-18" long and is fine for a larger group.
JimBollman 10/18/20 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Jump starters

So... which is the best bang for the buck? Hoping that you won't use it. The lithium packs are my choice for a jumper battery. Small to tuck in your vehicle and hold most of their charge for a year or more. I keep my old wet cell jumper battery around with a fresh battery for a 12 volt source in the shop. When I bought it lithiums didn't exist. I carried it on camping trips, but didn't carry it daily in my truck, too big and it needed to be topped off every couple of months. If you want to use it on a diesel most people use two (may not need two for a small diesel). There are impressive YouTube videos starting over the road tractor diesels with two little lithium packs.
JimBollman 10/16/20 06:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Jump starters

Not sure why you wouldn't recharge at the first opportunity after using your jumper battery. I have both a wet cell older unit that I have replaced the battery a few times over the years and a new style lithium. I have started many cars with the old one over the years and a few with the new one. The new one has started everything from our Honda CRV to a small block Chevy with no problem. I recharge after use and usually top it off once a year. There was still charge left after starting the small block and would have probably started another one. I carry the lithium in my truck, the other one stays in my shop for when I needed it.
JimBollman 10/14/20 06:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

I drove into town and topped off my tank with alcohol free gas just in case it was the last tank full till next year. Second time since March. I have been driving it at least once a week to town and back just to give it some exercise and keep the batteries charged. When weather starts getting bad I probably will not make it every week.
JimBollman 09/25/20 06:22pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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