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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
RE: Plamosa Rd.\ Bouse

I got stranded one time for several months, with no access to stores -- but there was UPS delivery. I got all my food online. I understand there are places in Quartzsite that will accept packages for RVers. Maybe that's what some people are doing. I agree with leaving the desert spots for fulltimers, if possible, although I appreciate that Tuna is planning to be very self-contained and not stop for food or gas or anything.
Naio 04/15/20 11:21am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Kirkland Signature synthetic 5W/30 ??

It is indeed wonderful to hear from you, Mex! Much love and good luck to you :-). BTW, calling it the China virus is leading to assaults on asian americans in the US. You might not want to encourage that. Is there anything we folks on the forum can send to you? Abrazos!
Naio 04/13/20 11:32am Tech Issues
RE: Problems with past RV Parks you've stayed at?

Off-leash dogs. My camping cat and I sometimes resort to taking turns getting up every 10 minutes or so, to look out the window and see if the dogs have finally been taken in, so he can go out.
Naio 04/11/20 11:56am Family Camping
RE: We're using the TT's fridge as a "semi-lifeboat"

my trailer experiences an earthquake every time i tow it. thats what suspensions for. Yes! When I was in SoCal and a small earthquake got me thinking about the Big One, I figured that in my van, without tree branches or power lines above me, or a tall building next to me, I was in pretty much the safest place I could be. The van is designed to be shaken and twisted and flexed. Even if an earthquake managed to tip the van over onto its side, it was full of pillows and everything else was pretty well tied down :-).
Naio 04/08/20 09:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: We're using the TT's fridge as a "semi-lifeboat"

Waaaayyy bigger than my house! I'm kind of doing the opposite, fridgewise. I have two freezers in my van. I grow a lot of fruit and vegetables, and during the summer I freeze and preserve things, and utilize the van freezers for overflow. Then I bring a lot of homegrown food south with me in the winter. I garden at my winter place too, and bring stuff north to eat before the summer garden starts producing. But this past week, I have moved everything out of the van freezers and decommissioned them. If I get really sick, and something happens to the power, I might not be out there checking on them and catch the problem in time. Could be a disgusting moldy mess. If I'm healthy and end up needing the space this summer, maybe I will get a freezer alarm. but for now, I feel more secure knowing that I don't have to worry about the van freezers. Don't worry, I have multiple other freezers, all stuffed to the gills now. I keep making soup and freezing it just in case! But the other ones are where I can more easily keep an eye on them.
Naio 04/08/20 09:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: 50 Amp Receptacle to Inverter

Continuing to read through the reviews, it seems quite a few people have had theirs catch on fire.
Naio 04/06/20 12:05pm Tech Issues
RE: 50 Amp Receptacle to Inverter

...and is that the reason that this other reviewer experienced a power draw with the inverter switched off? I have found that I was having a power drain when the converter is shut off. I found the converter takes power when it is switched off. I seem to have about a .68 amp constant draw from the converter, I plan to remedy this using a circuit breaker with a throw switch. When I switch the converter on with no load it uses a approximately 2.65 amps.
Naio 04/06/20 11:38am Tech Issues
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