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RE: Gets-you-home insurance?

Thank you for the heads up, WatsnJa89! I ended up going with the FMCA. And I ended up having to use it, this spring. I put in my claim in March, and haven't been refunded for my expenses yet. But they are still communicating by email. They said they are just extremely swamped because of covid. I'll try to update here if anything ever happens.
Naio 06/26/20 12:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Should I be concerned about this?

I don't think I can do pictures of the screws. It would be necessary to get up on a ladder, and I have knee issues. I'm happy to describe, though, if there's anything that is unclear. (I'm not really sure that the attachment situation is relevant.) The raised roof is attached to the original van structure all the way around, with screws about every three inches. It was a professional install.
Naio 06/25/20 08:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Hauler to get my trailer from Florida to Canada?

There are always local guys who have a business hauling RVs. you can find them on Craigslist, or RV parks can suggest somebody. Make sure they are bonded, etc, of course. In my experience it generally works out to about $1 a mile., when you factor in their gas two ways, meals, motels, etc.
Naio 06/24/20 09:46pm Snowbirds
RE: Snow Birds ??

I'm trying to plan for going and staying, both, so that I can decide at the last minute. Added complexity is that I have a relative who's having some sudden health problems, not covid related. If I do go, I might not go as far away as I usually do. it's really hard to know how to make any future plans right now.
Naio 06/24/20 09:43pm Snowbirds
RE: Should I be concerned about this?

I'm trying to visualize the result. I hope you will bear with me here, and not think I am being overly critical of your suggestion :-). I'm trying to figure out what exactly it is that worries me about the current situation, and what effect the angle iron solution would have on it. I'm concerned that the weight of things I put in the loft right now is pulling the entire loft downward, and especially the front center. I worry that by pulling it down, I am pulling the sidewalls inward and putting stress on the seam between the raised roof and the side walls. I don't know whether this is something I really need to worry about. The raised roof is held on to the side walls by screws, about every 3 inches. So I guess downward pressure on the center of the loft is resisted by all those screws along both sides of the van. If it is a problem, how would the angle iron sandwich change the situation? I think it would transfer all the stress to the two section of the loft edge, one at each end of the angle iron. The loft metal would want to tear at those points. I don't think it would change the stress the loft contents put on the side walls. I think that would stay approximately the same. Also the weight of the angle iron and the strap bouncing around up there as the van goes down rough roads might not help matters. -- Maybe one of you will tell me that I'm worried about the wrong thing, and that the angle iron project is a solution to a different problem, one that I am not aware of. I'm used to thinking about houses that are made out of wood and don't go down the road. I also feel like I don't really even understand what holds the box of this van together. It seems like it is about tension rather than obvious post and beam weight bearing. Either that or nothing is holding it together and it's just as flimsy as it sometimes feels...
Naio 06/24/20 09:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Should I be concerned about this?

These are interesting ideas! The original roof, which is now bent, is two layers of metal. The top layer is the corrugated layer closest to the level, The lower layer is not corrugated. They aren't consistent distance apart, along the whole span. In the center of the span they are maybe an inch and a quarter apart and then at the edges they are touching. So if I were to put some kind of stiffening at the lip I would have to fabricate a complex shape to stick between the two layers of metal. Not impossible. I have a bunch of insulation foam board that I might can do it with. Or maybe I could just spray a bunch of great stuff in there?
Naio 06/24/20 07:32pm Tech Issues
Should I be concerned about this?

When the raised roof was installed on my van, the original roof was cut away, except for a bit above the driver and passenger seats. That bit now forms an interior loft, for storage or for a child bed. pretty typical, I think. what worries me is that the original roof sags down in the middle. When I got it at had a little sag, and after a winter of travel it has more sag. I only put lightweight things up there, but it's a large space and the lightweight things add up. It's a little hard to see what's going on in this picture because there are a lot of layers. The worst sag is the headliner, and you don't need to worry about that. But the first layer below the level, the corrugated metal, is the original van roof. You can see it's down about an inch from level, and it used to be probably an inch above level. So it has come down a couple inches. Do I need to do something about this? If so, what should I do? 1. Put a piece of 3/4" plywood across the whole loft floor? That would add a lot of weight up there, but would shift the load to the edges of the loft near the side walls. 2. Put a vertical 2x4 post next to the passenger seat? I could make sure it is supported under the floor, and add blocking between the loft layers. 3. Get a welder to build a metal arch for support? This would be a lot of hassle due to allergies -- and possibly expensive. 4. Something else? Thank you all for your advice! https://i.imgur.com/CT4oAGvl.jpg
Naio 06/24/20 12:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Storing with gas in tank, for a year or more?

In my wet climate, it's recommended to store vehicles with a full tank to decrease condensation inside the tank. I forgot to respond to someone's comment about batteries. I do have trickle chargers hooked up on the AGMs, and the chassis negative terminal unhooked. Is it ok to leave the trickle chargers on long term?
Naio 05/05/20 01:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Storing with gas in tank, for a year or more?

To clarify, I do plan to run the van every month or so, but keeping it up on its leveling blocks. I don't think that I can rock it back and forth while it is on the blocks. I like the idea of mixing the stabilizer into a can of gas and pouring it in. Maybe with a second can of plain gas to mix it down into the tank. I only drove about half a mile after filling the tank, but I assume there is room for a little extra? This brings up another question, though. I do have several gas cans, but I have picked them up at garage sales over the years and I've never cleaned them out. For all I know they have been used for gas/oil mixtures or something. In a normal year I would probably rinse them out with rubbing alcohol and let it evaporate, but sadly I did not do that in a normal year, and rubbing alcohol is no longer a thing that exists. Paint thinner? Or would a gas station let me use a little gas to rinse them and dump it out somewhere?
Naio 05/05/20 12:21pm Tech Issues
RE: National parks balancing demands for cell service, silence

Like a lot of solo female travelers, I'm rarely willing to camp or noondock somewhere without cell service. I grew up way out in the mountains. I know what local boys can be like when they've been drinking. I lucked out and have never been caught by a group of them, but I don't want to be in the future. When I was younger and stronger I wouldn't have been concerned about cell service, but now I feel it is pretty essential for boondocking. Cell service is prob not going to help you in remote areas. Perhaps a weapon and training is in order if you happen to live in a free state. I have weapons and training, but I also like to be able to call someone. It's not either/or.
Naio 05/04/20 07:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: National parks balancing demands for cell service, silence

Like a lot of solo female travelers, I'm rarely willing to camp or noondock somewhere without cell service. I grew up way out in the mountains. I know what local boys can be like when they've been drinking. I lucked out and have never been caught by a group of them, but I don't want to be in the future. When I was younger and stronger I wouldn't have been concerned about cell service, but now I feel it is pretty essential for boondocking.
Naio 05/04/20 02:45pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Storing with gas in tank, for a year or more?

Hi folks, I'd like your advice! I probably won't be driving my van in the next 12 months. It has a full gas tank, regular gas. It's up on leveling blocks and I would like to keep it that way, because it was level when it was loaded for travel and I have since unloaded it. I want to build some cabinets in there and I want to maintain my sense of what is level when loaded. I have some startron, and possibly also some seafoam. I didn't add anything when I filled the tank. If I add some now, and leave the engine running for half an hour or so, will that mix the startron in well enough? Or is it going to eat a hole in my gas fill tube or something?
Naio 05/04/20 02:36pm Tech Issues
RE: When this is over

Hope it’s over soon. Real bad for us full timers. We are still in Arizona but it’s starting to get real hot here. Hopefully stuff will open soon so we can go to Oregon and Washington. I don't think much will change until they have a vaccine or cure, which is expected to take another year or two. I know what it's like to be stranded in a hot place in April, knowing that heat is going to get worse. But I think you need to make a long-term plan. They won't be stuck in Arizona for a year or two. There are many other options. Yes, that is my point. They may need to consider some other options.
Naio 04/28/20 12:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: When this is over

Hope it’s over soon. Real bad for us full timers. We are still in Arizona but it’s starting to get real hot here. Hopefully stuff will open soon so we can go to Oregon and Washington. I don't think much will change until they have a vaccine or cure, which is expected to take another year or two. I know what it's like to be stranded in a hot place in April, knowing that heat is going to get worse. But I think you need to make a long-term plan.
Naio 04/28/20 11:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Trapped?

I stayed put in deep south Texas. Many fewer cases of COVID here than in my NJ summer home. Yes it is hot, but much safer. Glad I decided to stay. There is some talk that COVID does not do well in heat and humidity. If that is the case this (Texas) is the place to be now. My goodness, I am so glad you are not in New Jersey! But you must have people back there you are worried sick about. Texas has much more time to prepare. I hope they are doing so wisely.
Naio 04/28/20 10:38am Snowbirds
RE: When this is over

When all this is over, I intend to remember what a miracle it was that we all shared this time of patriotic love for our country, how we gave up our normal routines (and our money) in order to save each other.
Naio 04/27/20 01:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Trapped?

I came to my summer home a month early, and I'm glad I did. It's in an area with fewer cases, and with a local government that is taking things very seriously and has been very successful keeping things sane. But I'm stressing already about this fall. I have health issues that get very bad if I'm in a cold location. But I don't know if going south for the winter is going to be feasible this year. All I can do is wait and see, I guess.
Naio 04/27/20 12:51am Snowbirds
RE: Success insulating cabinets?

Speaking of wine cellar, if you can increase the thermal mass of the insides of the cabinets, that will slow the temperature changes a lot. Pack them very full :-).
Naio 04/24/20 01:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Success insulating cabinets?

In theory, the little air space between the outside wall of the camper and the reflectix will be hotter than the air space on the other side of the reflectix, inside the cabinet. I'd be surprised if it made a huge difference, though. I have a similar problem in the winter. I get a lot of condensation on that cold exterior wall, because of the reduced airflow inside the cabinets. I think what I'm going to do is, 1. Make new cabinet doors with an outer frame of wood, and the panel portion is screen. And, 2. Make boxes that fit the inside of each cabinet, including the curved outer walls, but a bit smaller, so there is about an inch air gap between each inner box and the original cabinet. I'm hoping that if I do both these things, I can put my clothes in the cabinets and they won't get moldy. If I were concerned about food storage, I think I would do the grill doors and some sort of thin insulation, and not the inner boxes. Reflectix would work. I think the grills are important, so that cool air from the inside of the living space can get into the cabinets.
Naio 04/23/20 10:44pm Tech Issues
RE: 55% efficient printed solar panels

It's always hard to tell, when someone is writing in a language that is obviously not their own, whether they actually know what they are talking about. If I were writing in Chinese, I would sound like an idiot, whether my invention was awesome or complete vaporware. For example, when they say, "designed to be produced," that sounds like it's just conceptual, and has not been produced anywhere yet. But is that actually what they mean, or do they not understand English verb tenses?
Naio 04/21/20 01:34pm Tech Issues
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