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RE: 12v outlet question

So I'm just sayin, but I used this inverter in my last rv's 12v outlet under the tv that was about 13' from the batteries for the last 4 yrs with no problems. That does suggest that your TV uses a lot less than 600 watts. Any halfway modern TV will use a lot less than 600 watts. Something around 25-50 watts is probably more typical, depending on screen size, etc. If you pick up a 100-150W inverter (well under $50) and wire in a 12V outlet near the TV, you could be done. My radio is 12v and is in next to the TV. I've already added a USB outlet. Next is a 12V outlet for my 150W inverter.
RickLight 04/03/20 04:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12v outlet question

A lower wattage inverter would make this easier. Add up the load of the TV and anything else needed (antenna amplifier? radio?) to do what you want. The chances are very good it's a lot less than 600W.
RickLight 04/01/20 10:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Questions on using a Dutch Oven

CeeDub did a PBS series on dutch oven cooking.
RickLight 03/27/20 10:41pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Portable suitcase solar panels

Mine is an Accu Power 120W, flexible and light weight! It came with a 10A cheapy charger which I mounted in my forward compartment with my batteries. All the wiring is set to simply plug in the 3 fold panel. Note that large panels can be quite awkward to handle. I've also added a steel cable along my wires to lock the panels to the trailer. It can be cut, but should slow most thieves. We may add fixed panels later and have some of each type.
RickLight 02/29/20 09:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Southern Ca to Coeur d’Alene Idaho

Sawtooth area and Salmon River, ID 75, 21, 55 to US95 are phenomenal areas. Way off the beaten path! Some of the best scenery, hiking, fishing, hot springs, etc. in the region. Craters of the Moon should not be missed! "Unique" barely starts the description!
RickLight 02/05/20 11:10am Roads and Routes
RE: Lights

I've been in lighting 40+ years. Cree is far from the only good brand. LEDs rarely fail, but their associated gear fails frequently. If one dot of a set fails replace the unit. If all the dots blink then check the wires!
RickLight 01/23/20 09:59pm Tech Issues
RE: good Sam VS AARP.

So I guess I'll discount all the opinions based on politics. You don't like a group fine. That has nothing to do with whether they're a good deal, and actually prevents you from knowing either way.
RickLight 01/23/20 09:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Smart Light Bulbs

"Smart Lamps" is a category, not a single product. Almost all the answers will depend on the exact product you pick. So choose wisely!
RickLight 01/20/20 08:34pm Technology Corner
RE: Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park.

Glacier is 3 or 5 different parks. Don't limit yourself!
RickLight 01/09/20 10:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Missoula, MT to Columbia Falls and W Glacier

I took US2 from Glacier to Spokane last summer. Parts over the Idaho border are rougher than preferred. Passes are reasonable. There are a few things along the way to relieve the boredom. Cabinet Mountains, rivers and lakes galore, cedar groves and more.
RickLight 01/08/20 08:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon or what to do after Glacier

All good suggestions above. I'll add San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, Port Angeles and the Dungeness Spit. Whale watching, sea and mountains together quaint history, native culture. Something for everyone!
RickLight 01/04/20 09:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Solar wiring through vent, how to seal hole in vent line

"lacking skill or training" is hardly an insult unless the target is a professional. To my ears your own attack is unwarranted and your advise better taken than given. I understand your sensitivity and wish to keep things civil but you may have gone too far. Running wires down the vent is well known and common with DIY and cable installers, but hardly a top quality method.
RickLight 12/30/19 10:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking For Campground Near Wallace Idaho

There are a few NFS campgrounds along I-90. My fav is Cabin Creek (very quiet,) though it's more like 35 miles from Wallace. NO hookups in any of them as far as I recall.
RickLight 12/29/19 09:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone / Old Faithful area

A guide book for free! Maybe we should have a sticky of posts like that for the Major sights.
RickLight 12/27/19 05:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: water heater

There was a bad run of controller boards. Get a dealer to check your board and install a replacement. (30 min job all told) A good shop will do all the warranty paperwork for you. (Thanks Xtreme RV Idaho)
RickLight 12/23/19 10:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Yellowstone / Old Faithful area

Last June we did several days leaving the trailer in W Yellowstone, and driving in. +1 to all above. There is beauty and wonder in every foot of the park! Don't hurry, enjoy where you are while going somewhere just as great.
RickLight 12/21/19 02:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for under-cab LED panel - milky shade

I recommend you go with a strip or ribbon type. LEDs are more than just energy savings, they are fundamentally different so let you do entirely different things. Under a kitchen cabinet you want light spread out as much as possible. As you say, bulky fixtures aren't any good either. Tuck it in carefully and you'll see better no matter how bright or dim the fixture. You can buy whatever cheapy ribbon, or research some really bright stuff. I found some in with Home Depot Xmas lights! How does 1000 lumens per foot sound? This site has it all and at reasonable prices. They also have mounting strips and diffusers. And stick with the lumen output rather than comparing to incandescent wattage. There really isn't any reliable conversion anymore. Commercial products are routinely 120 l/w but sometimes half that. Your 40W bulb may put out 400 lumens, but about 250 leaves the fixture. Does it all go where you want it to go?
RickLight 12/20/19 06:29pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Visiting Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton Ntl Pk,s

So what do you like? Hikes, views, animals, camping style, travel style, personal goals, shopping, art, history, science, privacy, meeting people... Specifics in questions will get you specific answers. There is no 'best'
RickLight 12/20/19 05:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Auxillary Fuel Tank ?

The digressions on bio tanks are amusing. I'm sure we all wish for a more convenient solution. Don't we all drag our own private facilities along with us?
RickLight 12/14/19 06:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV Camp Suggtions around Burley Id. 84 hiway area?

Last summer we stayed a night in American Falls at a marina/campground. Not very close, but a was the best we could find. Under new owners so don't let old reviews throw you. We did consider Minidoka Wildlife Refuge. No hookups but not too far off the path. If you haven't seen it Craters of the Moon is a must! Nothing like it!!
RickLight 11/30/19 03:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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