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RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

Propane bottles need to be mounted somewhere where they won't be damaged if someone rear ends you - or you rear end someone who stops short in front of you.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/11/19 03:11am Truck Campers
RE: Traveling Alone

In addition to the Escapees BOF, there is also Loners on Wheels.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/04/19 02:58am RV Lifestyle
RE: Do you think a front cargo rack is too dangerous?

what about all the snow plows installed on pick up trucks? Apples and oranges. Snow plows are not mounted to a single point in the center. They are mounted at TWO points, each directly on the frame, so they can't oscillate from side to side as you drive down the road. I have, in fact, seen an online post by a guy who fabbed a front carrier that used the snow plow mounting points on the front of his truck instead of a front trailer hitch. It was way more stable than one mounted to a trailer hitch would be.
Optimistic Paranoid 11/14/19 03:07am Tech Issues
RE: Club Memberships

Technomadia did a pretty good YouTube video on this subject:
Optimistic Paranoid 11/13/19 05:05am Beginning RVing
RE: Location of the voltage regulator needed

Most later model voltage regulators are built into the alternator. Actually, on most later model engines, the voltage regulation function is handled by the engine control computer. Whether a 2002 model did it that way, I couldn't say. Older model GM products did indeed use a regulator that was built in to the alternator, while Ford and Dodge vehicles still had separate voltage regulators. You could buy the GM regulator as a separate part if you were willing to disassemble the alternator to replace it. (I used to sell auto parts.) Bottom line to the original poster, you may not have a separate voltage regulator.
Optimistic Paranoid 11/10/19 07:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Be careful out there. There are some bad people

Over the years, I've seen a number of debates here over whether or not it is safe for gringo tourists in Mexico. I just want to add that, whether or not it USED to be, things change. I've seen some reports that the previous boss of the Mexican cartel, El Chapo, used to forbid the cartel members from messing with the tourists because: A: There was little or no profit in doing so. and B: It would attract a lot of extra action by the American government. Now that El Chapo is enjoying life in an American Supermax, various factions of the cartel are battling for supremacy, and the old rules are no longer being enforced by anyone. Plus, some members may be willing to kill Americans as payback for us locking El Chapo up, and to send a message to the American government that they aren't afraid of us. I don't know whether these reports are accurate or not. But, as I said, just a reminder that things change.
Optimistic Paranoid 11/08/19 06:39am General RVing Issues
RE: health insurance

I'm a retired state employee from NY, and we paid Social Security. I'm frankly surprised to see all the posts of civil servants who didn't have to pay in to it. I hadn't realized that was possible.
Optimistic Paranoid 11/02/19 04:29am RV Lifestyle
RE: Trouble with California

Nobody asked me, but I'm going to add my $0.02 here. :) A friend of mine, who is a lawyer, has told me to never, ever, under any circumstances, consent to a voluntary search. So if I am eve r asked, I'm going to refuse. That said, if an Ag Inspector or a Border Patrol Officer asks to take a look in my rig, I'm going to cooperate. I understand why the want to look, and I approve of what they are doing. There is a lawyer in Michigan named Steve Lehto who makes interesting YouTube videos on various legal subjects. For a good, not overly long video of his titled WHEN CAN THE POLICE SEARCH YOUR VEHICLE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD see: For those of you not familiar with the sovereign citizen movement, there are a bunch of videos on YouTube showing them at traffic stops claiming they aren't driving, they are "traveling", they don't need a driver's license because they are not driving commercially, asking the cop to "show them the law" and demanding to know why he stopped them if he doesn't have a warrant. They always refuse to exit their vehicle, and they always end on laying on the side of the road in handcuffs, under arrest and with a smashed window. Kind of fun to watch, actually. They are as delusional and out of touch with reality as people who think the world is being run by a cabal of leprechauns and unicorns!
Optimistic Paranoid 10/23/19 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Starting batteries instead of deep cycle

It kinda seems like maybe a set of regular starting batteries might actually be better. If you draw your fully charged battery(s)down to 50% state of charge before recharging back to 100%; deep cycle batteries will survive a thousand or so of such cycles. Starter batteries maybe 40 or 50 cycles.
Optimistic Paranoid 09/28/19 02:08am Truck Campers
RE: Back hurting from bed in travel trailer - need advice please

+2 on the Froli. Here's a link to their web site: Here's a review of the system on Truck Camper Adventure: I use the Froli with a latex foam mattress I bought from The Foam Factory: Lots of useful information there about foam grades, foam density, etc. and you can buy whatever grade and density you want, rather than buy something with just a brand name and no idea what you are really getting.
Optimistic Paranoid 09/14/19 03:58am General RVing Issues
RE: How come?

... and my Doc can't call in anything when I'm out of state. ??? If you use a chain drugstore like CVS, Rite Aid, or Walmart, your Doc can call the prescription in to your local pharmacy and you can pick it up at the nearest branch when you are traveling. (Unfortunately, I don't think this works if you are in Canada)
Optimistic Paranoid 09/09/19 06:31am RV Lifestyle
RE: Question about tire pressure

I will state again, there is no down side to running the rear tires at max psi. Actually, according to Michelin, "A tire that is overinflated for the weight it is carrying is more prone to impact damage". Michelin RV Tire Guide
Optimistic Paranoid 08/29/19 03:21am Truck Campers
RE: Accidentally plugged into 220v

Well said, sir! Or as Theodore Roosevelt said: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles; or where the doer of deeds could have done them better ..."
Optimistic Paranoid 08/27/19 03:17am Tech Issues
RE: Phone numbers on important things

I’ve always put phone numbers on things that might be misplaced or otherwise might get out of my possession. I figure there are plenty of honest people in the world, I put a military-style dog tag on all my key rings. It reads: REWARD IF FOUND MY NAME MY CELL PHONE # MY EMAIL ADDRESS I'll gladly slip someone $20 for returning vehicle keys that would cost $50 to $100 to replace. I also put bright colorful plastic cap covers on all the keys. Makes it easier to find them if they are dropped in snow, tall grass, etc. Of course, the reason you don't put your address on the dog tag is because your house/apartment key is on the ring. Why make it stupid easy for someone who ISN'T honest?
Optimistic Paranoid 08/25/19 03:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Will GFCI work with items without equipment ground

I replaced the $12 GFCI and had no more problems. And this is the other reason why GFCI does not obviate the need for a third grounding wire. They fail way too often, and according to that bastard Murphy, they're going to fail when you need them the most!
Optimistic Paranoid 08/23/19 05:15am Tech Issues
RE: Will GFCI work with items without equipment ground

......nor would I ever put one on a sump pump, even though the electrical code requires it. That second one requires you to be VERY careful when you wade into the water if the sump pump ever does fail. They make 12 volt sump pumps, primarily so they can keep running off the battery if a storm knocks the power out, but I imagine they would also protect you if you were wading in the water.
Optimistic Paranoid 08/23/19 05:12am Tech Issues
RE: Any American full-timers have experience w/ Tax Exclusion?

Passing the physical residency test is the standard, not paying taxes elsewhere. Are you planning to somehow get a Canadian or Mexican Drivers License, Vehicle Registration, and Vehicle insurance? To get an American Driver's License, Registration, and Insurance, - not to mention Health Insurance - you're going to have to give them an address in one of our 50 states. Absent proof that you rented an apartment or something in Canada/Mexico, I rather suspect that the IRS, as well as the state government involved, are going to claim THAT address is your legal residence. In any event, you really should stop asking strangers on the Internet for free legal and tax advice and find a good tax attorney to give you the straight scoop. Now, if you want free MEDICAL advice, most of us here would be happy to tell you how to treat that painful rectal itch you've developed ...
Optimistic Paranoid 08/22/19 06:34am Full-time RVing
RE: Need Help on how to get health insurance while traveling

I'll throw out one more idea that I've read about but have no personal experience with. On the RV Dreams website,on a page devoted to RV Insurance: Understanding the Coverages They talk about something called Medical Payments insurance. They say: Medical Payments (aka MedPay) This is an optional coverage* which pays for the costs of medical care for you, your family, and any passengers resulting from a covered accident. It may be used regardless of fault. This coverage is fairly inexpensive and may be a great supplement to your health insurance especially if you have a high deductible health insurance policy. If you have medical costs resulting from an accident, this coverage pays quickly and may save you paying for a high out-of-pocket deductible. It may also be worthwhile if you have no health insurance. It's certainly not a substitute for health insurance and only kicks in if you are injured in a covered accident, but it may be worth the premium. * - Some states require insurers to include a minimum amount of this coverage.
Optimistic Paranoid 08/05/19 01:37pm Full-time RVing
RE: Need Help on how to get health insurance while traveling

The only thing my insurance covers out of state is emergency room. Well that's great but if its something that needs surgery or if you have a stroke or something, that emergency room coverage wont cover it. I'm not old enough for medicare yet. So basically no one knows of any policies or coverage that covers you out of your own state? And basically the way the insurance works nowadays, you are held hostage in your own state, or pray that nothing happens to you when you cross state lines. I'm coming to this kind of late, and being a retired state worker, I personally have good insurance that covers me anywhere, so I have no PERSONAL experience with this, but: Have you considered getting one of those Medical Evacuation / Air Ambulance policies that will fly you back to your home state where your regular insurance will cover you? Some allow your spouse or another family member to ride along with you. There are even a few that will arrange for your RV to be returned for you. Google Medical Evacuation Insurance and you will find a bunch of them. Here's one: Hope that helps . . .
Optimistic Paranoid 08/04/19 06:53am Full-time RVing
RE: Solar wire size

I would suggest that you go to Handy Bob's site and read all his articles. The RV Battery Charging Puzzle Here's what he has to say on wiring: *WIRING:* Resistance or impedance is the enemy. You have to overcome it and get the power to the batteries, not just to the output terminals on your charge controller. The system in my rig is efficient because I wired it with six gauge wire, for a total distance of only 12 ft from panels to controller. I ran #4 from the controller to the batteries. I spent about $30 for this wire and gained about $120 worth of added power when looking at what 6% of what my panels cost, which is about what I gained when going from 25ft of poorly routed #8 wire to 12ft of #6 wire. Big wire is even more cost efficient when you are looking at the difference in cost for a new installation. If your controller is located very close to the batteries like it needs to be, it will regulate the voltage to the batteries so they get what they need. You can run smaller wires from the panels to the controller than you run from there to the batteries, but make sure you can get nearly 16 volts minimum to the controller by looking at a voltage drop table. Big wire is cheap compared to the cost of panels, so err on the big side. You can either run big wire or install multiple smaller runs and split the panels up into several feeds. DO NOT tie the wires together at both ends. One wire will always have less resistance & carry more of the load. Find a voltage drop chart and limit your loss from the roof to the batteries to 3%. This way you can ignore the drop in the wires on the roof. You will find that voltage drop is directly proportional to the number of amps (higher amps equals more voltage drop), which is why you should wire for the number of panels you might need and not use the minimum size for the panels you initially buy. Use BIG wire, at least #8 for two panels and, and #6 for three panels and that is only for runs under 20 ft. I have installed a lot of #4 cable and wish I had it in my own rig. From the controller to the batteries the wire size is critical. The bigger the better. If you cannot design for less than a 1% drop due to the length of run, it is possible with better controllers (Morningstar Tristar & Prostar, plus a few others) to use remote voltage sensing and the controller will boost the voltage going out, so that the correct voltage reaches the batteries. Do not be tempted to use this as a way of installing smaller wires. Voltage drop in the run between the controller and the batteries equals wattage loss in charging. Fewer watts come out of the end of the wire than go in when the voltage drops. This means that using smaller wires here will cost you watts charging every day forever. This is a foolish place to save a few dollars. A word on the stranded wire debate: Yes, you should use stranded wire because it is better for DC power. However, the difference between stranded building wire and finely stranded automotive or welding cable is teeny, tiny electrically, so don’t obsess about it. The finely stranded stuff is easier to work with, but the main thing to worry about is a UV rated shield on the roof, protection against damage when routing through the rig and the price. Buy what you can find at the right price and what you can deal with mechanically. There is nothing wrong with running big, stiff wires and then splicing short, flexible leads on the ends to make it possible to connect to terminals. The big wire is there to limit voltage drop, not to carry amps. You are not going to load it enough for the splices to get hot and fail.
Optimistic Paranoid 08/01/19 12:03pm Truck Campers
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