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RE: to many gps`s

I've been pleased with a Garmin RV890. Currently on sale for $100 off, at $399
obiwancanoli 08/30/21 10:34am Technology Corner
Lounge Chair / Recliner for a relaxing nap

I thought the chairs I bought with the fold-up tray and glass holder was a great choice, but I now find I've been wrong about this... something about taking a relaxing nap in the shade under the awning really appeals to me, and so, with the multitude of choices out there, I'm hoping those with experience will chime in to advise brand, style, durability issues and more, and guide me to an affordable, dependable, and durable choice. Any takers?
obiwancanoli 08/29/21 08:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Dometic portable fridge/freezer

Ok, the 75DZ is doing great, and the sliding tray I ordered just arrived today. Need to install the tray, but nothing came with it, so got to get over to Home Depot for the right screws. I assume the flooring in the bay is wood, and not especially thick... maybe 3/4"... but should I also include lock washers?
obiwancanoli 08/28/21 06:39pm Tech Issues
Absorption vs. Residential refrigerator

My current rig - a 2017 Newmar Ventana LE - has a 12 c.f. 4-door refrigerator/freezer. Runs on 120 or propane, and simply does not keep the ice cream cold enough, and even at the highest setting, previously frozen foods begin to thaw, though only slightly. Temporary solution to this was the acquisition of a Dometic portable cooler (75DZ) that does a much better job of keep the ice cream in an acceptable state. The issue for me is this: I'm considering trading up to a new MH, and my research suggests most if not all new coach's come with residential all-electric fridge. Since I boondock often, and will continue to do so, I also plan to move my current Battle Born Lithiums to the new coach (100Ah each, 4 total). I currently also have about 600 total watts of solar, and have room for another 600 watts (3 panels), and it's a given that I'll probably have an equivalent wattage output for solar on the new rig. I'm attempting to learn as much as I can about the differences between Residential vs. Absorption fridge's, and why I would want one over the other. Capacity isn't a big issue for me, but I wouldn't want to go smaller than what I already have... To be sure, I'll be spending time at traditional RV parks with shore power, but again, there's the ice cream thing... I'd very much appreciate your insight and experience in guiding me toward the knowledge level I seek to make an informed decision - TIA!  Michael
obiwancanoli 08/24/21 08:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing 50A Electric Cord

OK, so I replaced the 35'r with a 30 foot cord, and my electrician is making a 10 foot extension from the original. Feel comfortable now, and ready to hit the road again!
obiwancanoli 08/24/21 03:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Brand New, Just beginning process

All good advice that's been offered here... you might also check out Lazy Days RV and La Mesa RV... two of the biggest dealers in the country, and they have a search feature that allows you to narrow down some basic parameters. Do online searches to get some good ideas, and they generally include a lot of pics to offer you some visuals...
obiwancanoli 08/21/21 08:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for a small 50-80 qt. Freezer

https://www.dometic.com/en-us/outdoor/food-and-beverage/coolers
obiwancanoli 08/11/21 07:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing 50A Electric Cord

S O cord is what you want. Why?
obiwancanoli 08/07/21 07:17pm Tech Issues
Replacing 50A Electric Cord

Has anyone replaced the electric cord on their MH, the one you hook up to shore power? Is the cord specific to the MH, or will a generic cord work too? Can it be done easily, or is it something you'd have a service tech do?
obiwancanoli 08/07/21 10:47am Tech Issues
East Side of Sierra options

Planning to head out to Lee Vining - Mammoth Lakes - Bishop area to boondock... does anyone have recommendations for a 35' Class A with a toad?
obiwancanoli 08/02/21 07:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Has anyone noticed

I wonder... if they defaulted on the RV loan, is it considered a foreclosure?
obiwancanoli 08/02/21 08:53am RV Lifestyle
RE: Has anyone noticed

To be sure, new converts to the RV lifestyle have come from Covid remote workers, and some of them will stick to it. Most others, methinks, will eventually tire of the lifestyle, and will find it hard to leave an expensive RV in storage, seeing little use after 2022. That could leave a glut of affordable RV's for those looking to upgrade, me being one of them... keep an eye out...
obiwancanoli 08/01/21 09:15am RV Lifestyle
RE: Toilet Tissue...

Single Ply? Gotta use a ton of it to be of much use...
obiwancanoli 07/29/21 08:10am Truck Campers
RE: Solar panels

10W of Solar is probably for the chassis battery. Adding a 100W solar panel is a start, but better you should be thinking 400-500 W (3-5 panels). These would recharge your "House" batteries, which power your electric needs. There may be some small charging going on if the panels are under shade, but for all practical purposes, parking in shade won't do much to charge the batteries without some kind of portable panel you can place facing the sun.
obiwancanoli 07/29/21 08:06am Tech Issues
RE: East Side of Sierra options

That doesn't look very passable for my 35' Class A and toad...
obiwancanoli 07/27/21 05:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
East Side of Sierra options

Hi! Planning to boondock the East side of the Sierra, anywhere from Lee Vining to Bishop... Never been to this area before, any suggestions for a great site? Thank you!
obiwancanoli 07/26/21 07:30pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Dedicated Battery to power cooler, solar re-charged

Thanks
obiwancanoli 07/15/21 12:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Dedicated Battery to power cooler, solar re-charged

OK, it seems I'm not being clear in describing my need here. Let's try it this way... Assume the MH is not in the picture... just me, my SUV, and the portable/mobile fridge/freezer. I have a lighter-type plug in the cargo section which the portable will plug into, and it will run the cooler no problem while the engine is running. When the engine is NOT running, I could power the cooler via the plug, and the cooler has a battery protection system which shuts down the power draw when the battery gets to minimum SOC. In this case, the portable will keep things cool or frozen, losing about 1 degree per hour. My goal here is to set up a separate battery from which the cooler can be powered, and, to recharge the battery, I would employ a portable solar panel(s) with sufficient capacity to recharge the battery everything's attached to. If it's relatively easy to do so, perhaps a system which ties this independent battery to the alternator so that when the car is running, it will also charge the independent battery might also be worth considering... That help?
obiwancanoli 07/15/21 10:56am Tech Issues
RE: Favorite foods to make bulk and freeze for the road?

Update: I opted for the Instapot Duo Crisp, which comes with an Air Fryer lid, and so far, have made Chili, Beef Stew, Goulash, and Cabbage Rolls... a flat of locally grown strawberries also included for something sweet... Also found the Instapot will fit within my sinks, so, there's the option of taking it along when on the road. Probably not necessary, considering the amount of food I've made, and filled my Dometic 75DZ with - about a month's worth of prepared foods, not including what the MH's fridge/freezer will hold... I think I've got this pretty well organized, and appreciate everyone's help and suggestions. Though one doesn't really NEED the Instapot for most of these things, it does make the process easier, and takes much less time. And while I reluctantly committed to cleaning up my home kitchen, I'm much less desirous of this when on the road. If I can keep the ice cream from softening or melting, I'm good to go! Thanks to all for your contributions!
obiwancanoli 07/15/21 09:06am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Dedicated Battery to power cooler, solar re-charged

Agreed on the variables, and considered that... using house batteries would otherwise be workable, but in cases where vehicle isn't situated for easy access, I'd need a pretty long connection to reach those batteries, an inconvenience I'm hoping to avoid... installing a separate battery, say, in close proximity to the cooler using it, would require no more than the connection that comes with the portable solar panel. Further, when the vehicle is being used and driven, the connecting & disconnecting of said house battery connection would be unnecessary. Greater portability and access to sunlight of the panel is also a potential advantage
obiwancanoli 07/13/21 07:11pm Tech Issues
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