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RE: Camper (and Ham Radio) helped with a rescue....

Hooray for you and ham radio!! Had my license since I was 15 years old, which was decades ago. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 06/19/22 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Got on the road for Ramblin' 2022 (my 17th year)! First stop at an RV Park in Gilroy, CA. This weekend I'll start a one week campout with my 2 kids in the beautiful E Sierra. After that TBD, but to heck with gas prices!! Safe travels to all, https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/miscphotos/Ramblin2022-1_.jpeg
Ramblin' Ralph 06/07/22 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

I'm 80. I don't have time to wait for lower prices. I'm starting Ramblin' 2022 next week for 5 months! :)
Ramblin' Ralph 06/01/22 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: My campsite map now up to 740 sites

Glad to see some of you are already using it! I travel in the warm part of the year and don't like humidity, so that's why it's West U.S. biased. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 04/27/22 12:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

timdan95: Nice! I've got a measly 225w, but it's good enough for me. Sure love the bluetooth in my Victron. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 04/25/22 08:00pm Truck Campers
My campsite map now up to 740 sites

I just updated my map of everywhere I've camped in the last 16 years of 5-6 months/year of ramblin'. Very few commercial ones, as I'm usually in USFS/BLM/State CGs and boondocking spots. Point at a pinhead and you'll see the name of the CG. Click on a pinhead and you see a summary of the CG, including fee (when I was there). GPS coordinates are also shown. The map is here. Works best on a large screen, vs. a phone. I'll be hitting the road in early June for my 17th year of ramblin' about 1/2 of the year. Hopefully I'll add a few new sites to the map. Hope you can find some new sites from the map. Safe travels.
Ramblin' Ralph 04/25/22 03:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

I travel solo, so having a Net connection at a campsite gives me something else to do. To increase the chance of having a cell Net connection in the boonies, I installed a weBoost cell booster system. Confirmed it does increase the strength via my phone "bar meter", but haven't had a chance to get a dBm reading yet. Photos are: 1) Booster antenna in the up position when at a campsite 2) Antenna at the down position when traveling or exiting a woody campsite 3) Inside electronics hookup. Kit came with longer cables than I need, so the excess is hidden behind the seat cushions. I only had one cig lighter output where I wanted to install the system, that I plugged a USB charger into. So, I installed a device with multiple 12v and USB outputs. Will be hitting the road in early June for several months, so the booster will get plenty of use. :) https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/miscphotos/InstalledUp.jpeg height=600 width=800 https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/miscphotos/InstalledDown2.jpeg height=600 width=800 https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/miscphotos/InsideText.jpg height=600 width=800
Ramblin' Ralph 04/25/22 01:01pm Truck Campers
RE: How to manually light a Dometic RM2353?

If she is solo, have her jam a toothpick between the depressed Safety button and the panel while she goes outside. Been there, done that. :) Edit: Prior post might negate my comment.
Ramblin' Ralph 03/06/22 09:33am Tech Issues
RE: Temporary Cell Service

Try Visible, which uses Verizon towers. No contract. $40/mo but easy to get it down to $25/mo.
Ramblin' Ralph 03/04/22 08:34am Technology Corner
RE: Bedding in overhead beds in T/C

Just turned 80. Had my TC for 16 years and solo travel 5->6 mo/yr. Have always used a sleeping bag. Can't imagine trying to make a bed. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 02/02/22 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: Simplest battery monitor and shunt? Advice for non-expert

I installed one these a couple of years ago and am very happy with it. No shunt to wire. Only pass the negative lead through a coil. Mine was shipped from US, but now from China, so longer delivery. Also, no bluetooth, but only $40. Battery Monitor Edit: Forgot to mention that it's wireless between the monitor electronics and the display.
Ramblin' Ralph 12/15/21 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Camping 3 months with single 100Ah Lithium

Thanks for the comments folks: Camper Jeff: 3 hours doesn't sound like very long with only a laptop plus other small draws and dual AGMs. I don't run my furnace at night. I just pile on the extra blankets, get up in the a.m. and turn on the furnace and get back in bed until the inside is warm. Although the mandatory middle of night bathroom visit is a bit nippy. :) NamMedEvac 70: I never turned on my DC-DC charger powered by the truck alternator. Used solar only. Thanks for saving some of my photos. If you ever want any "full resolution" ones, just let me know. Kayteg1 & pianotuna: I mentioned Lithium because that's what I have and is becoming very popular. One reason I switched from lead-acid is because I'm old and can't lift much anymore. )
Ramblin' Ralph 10/31/21 11:19am Tech Issues
Camping 3 months with single 100Ah Lithium

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 30292774
Ramblin' Ralph 10/30/21 07:00pm Truck Campers
Camping 3 months with single 100Ah Lithium

Before I started ramblin' this summer, I replaced my two lead acid batteries with a single 100 Ah lithium. I also added a second solar panel to go from 125w to 225w. I was on the road almost five months, and three of those were dry camping every night. Usually at the end of the day my battery was down to around 90%. The next day it was quickly up to 100%. On Labor Day weekend I camped in a shady spot for four days. At the end of that my battery was down to a little less than 70%. It took a couple of days to get back to 100. I don't have any high power devices on my camper. My furnace draws the most, at 4 to 5 amps. I only ran it for about 15 minutes in the morning, when needed. All my lights are LED. My fridge was running on propane the whole time. I installed a DC-DC converter before I left home, but never used it. FYI, my setup is a single AmpereTime 100Ah 12v LiFePo4 ($540 last Jan when bought and $400 now, on Amazon), 225w of solar panels, Victron MPPT 75/15 solar controller and battery temperature/voltage sensor, and an eBay purchased battery monitor that records amp hours. Turned out the battery doesn't have low temperature charge protection, but the Victron solar controller takes care of that. I'm very happy with my installation and doubt now that I'll ever need other than my solar charging. Now I don't have to remember to check battery water and strain my old body to lift a battery. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 10/30/21 07:00pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Dump Station in/near Lone Pine

Tuttle GPS: 36.563667,-118.129267 Map link here
Ramblin' Ralph 10/07/21 11:45am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Roadside Assistance

I had AAA for a few years...till I found out the hard way that they don't go off-pavement at all. Even if it is a good dirt/gravel road they refuse to respond to those. Yep, I found that out the hard way when stuck in sand boondocking in the CA Mohave Desert. Had to pay their normal tow service, which was about an hour away, $1200! :( Took him about 15 minutes to winch me out. I was a whopping 1/4 mile off a paved hwy on a very good dirt/sand road.
Ramblin' Ralph 07/24/21 05:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance lite 845

I bought my 2001 Lance 845 used 15 years ago and have put 135K+ miles on it. It's held up very good and I love it. Did have a problem with one of the tie down eyelets moving down. Took it to the factory and had that repaired. Probably a combo of poor maintenance before I bought it and after. Currently on the road, so I checked the ceiling for AC wiring. There is a plate near the bathroom door that says that it is for AC wiring. Note: I don't have AC. Good luck in your search.
Ramblin' Ralph 07/14/21 05:27pm Truck Campers
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