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RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

Funny thing...my morning email had a Harbor Freight ad; guess what it said? 10% off everything, no exceptions, and if you're an Inside Track Member ($30 yearly fee) you get 20% off, no exceptions. Good today thru Monday. I guess they read my post from last night and decided to send me a coupon!
okhmbldr 02/26/21 06:35am Tech Issues
RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

I remember when J.C. Penney's always had coupons and special sales, BOGO, etc. Then a new CEO decided to do away with coupons, and you can see how that helped them. Near bankruptcy. I really think Harbor-Freight is going in the same direction. They are rebranding a lot of tools, and painted them in exciting colors, but they're the same tools; just cost more and you think you're getting a premium tool. I'll miss them!
okhmbldr 02/25/21 08:47pm Tech Issues
RE: CC&R dated 1973 says no RVs, trailers, boats can be stored

Once this neighbor finds out what a great neighbor you will be, she'll let it go. I would take photos of all the other neighborhood offenders. Park your motorhome next to your house. If she complains show her the photos and let her know you will gladly place the motorhome in storage when the other folks do likewise. Covenants only mean something if there is an enforceable body to take action. Take her some sticky buns when you move in and play nice. And enjoy your new home.
okhmbldr 02/22/21 10:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Harbor Freight Tailgator generator review

OK, here’s my Harbor Freight 800/900W generator story. I had purchased one for $88 in about 2010 (It was the red version). I used it a few times on small projects. Always started. Mixed gas wasn’t a problem because I always had a few gallons around for my weed eater and leaf blower. About seven years ago we had a huge wind storm and power lines were down everywhere. (It’s Oklahoma, June, and a lot of tornadic action that evening). For my personal use I had a 6000W Generac that I fired up, ran extension cords and I was fine. After getting stuff up and running I hurried to my 90 year old Mom’s house about 1.5 miles away, her electricity was out also. (This was after 9:00 at night). Her house was dark so I told her she needed to come home with me…..she wouldn’t budge. Said, “I’m staying in my own house! I got plenty of flashlights so I’m not going anywhere”. Yes, she had several flashlights….all batteries were dead! I had a few out in my truck so I gave them to her. So, I headed home, got the Harbor Freight generator, gas, and went back to her house. I thought it would be good enough to handle some lights, her lift chair and TV. Put the generator on her patio, fired it up and began running a few extension cords. She was good, so I left. Early the next morning I headed back to her house to gas up the little generator. It was still running. I turned it off, gassed up and restarted. Now here is the “rest of the story”…. I go in the house and Mom says, “Can that thing make a cup of coffee?” I didn’t know so I checked her coffee maker and on the bottom it said 1100 watts. I’m thinking probably not. But she really wanted her coffee. So I unhooked everything else, and plugged in the coffee maker. The little generator was just humming on the patio, but as soon as it hit the on button to start the coffee maker, you could hear the generator really start to strain, but it kept running and after about five minutes her coffee was ready. I turned off the coffee maker and plugged in the other items and added a cord for the refrigerator and the little generator worked fine for five days. Every morning we did the coffee routine and mom was happy! When power came back on Mom’s first words were, “I want my own generator…. Big enough to make my coffee”. So now she has a 3200/4000 watt generator (also Harbor Freight) in her garage….never been used! I run it under load every three months. So, that small generator gave me my $88 of value. I gave it to my grandson a few years ago.
okhmbldr 02/01/21 07:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Shower size

RV Showers come in two sizes Too small and WAY TOO SMALL There are even smaller showers too. I think they are "micro showers". And remember; you can't run the Micro-shower and the A/C at the same time......
okhmbldr 01/31/21 06:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to put generator in 21' travel trailer

You might try this test before moving forward. Get a really good scale and position it under the hitch at the ball point then check the tongue weight. Then get a 100# kid/person to stand on the rear bumper. Check the tongue weight. Add another 100# person, check the tongue weight. That will tell you how much tongue weight you will lose by adding the generator/carrier to the rear area. Then you can compensate any tongue weight loss by loading the inside of your trailer heavier at the front to get back to a good balance for your trailer.
okhmbldr 01/21/21 08:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

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okhmbldr 11/15/20 06:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

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okhmbldr 11/14/20 06:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

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okhmbldr 11/13/20 03:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome vs travel trailer for cross country with pets??

First, sell the Nissan Rogue, towing capacity is only 1100#. Use the money and purchase a larger SUV. My wife has a 2014 GMC Acadia, towing capacity is 5100# (Has the tow option). Several SUV's meet similar towing capacities. Then purchase a small 18-24 ft. travel trailer, weighing about 4000# dry. Smaller the better. Travel with the (two medium dogs, a cat, 4 small birds, a bunny, a tortoise, and a snake) in the SUV, seats fold down so all should fit. Most of your luggage can be stored in your Travel Trailer. With this arrangement you don't need to find a way to get your Nissan to Washington. You will have a pretty good Travel Trailer for future adventures without spending a lot of money. Look for the new tow vehicle first, then find a suitable trailer for towing. When you find what you want, check back on this forum and these fine folks will let you know if your selections make good sense. Also, when you check into a campground you don't need to tell the camp host about all the animals, dog and cats are sufficient. I doubt that you will be taking the snake, tortoise and birds for a walk! Good luck on your adventure.
okhmbldr 11/11/20 08:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Take-out in Yellowstone...

I just want to know; was it Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy????
okhmbldr 11/05/20 02:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Out the door....

Enjoyed your photos and info. Nice final picture of you, your daughter and the dog!
okhmbldr 10/23/20 09:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Replacing a A-frame Jack, need to enlarge 2" hole to 2-1/4"

Use a grinder bit in your drill....just keep going round and round until the hole is the size you need.
okhmbldr 09/28/20 06:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Need a new tank for my Atwood G16-EXT

Since you just want a tank, what's the problem with the old tank? I had one freeze and split. I had it welded back together, and it worked great. https://i.imgur.com/sEorp8Bl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Wsr1sqkl.jpg
okhmbldr 08/24/20 02:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Question on buying a "prior salvage tilte" RV

My only experience with a salvage/rebuilt title was on a car. I got a really good price because of the Rebuilt designation, but when it came time to sell I almost couldn't give the car away because of the title. The car looked perfect, but the pool of buyers for anything with a clouded title is diminished. But if you decide to go forward it will probably serve you well, just be prepared when the time to sell comes. I actually really enjoyed driving the car but locals wouldn't even look at it. Sold on eBay no reserve auction and sent it on it's way.
okhmbldr 08/02/20 07:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Transporting Raft from Campsite to Launch Ramp?

Would something like this carpet carrier work? carpet carrier
okhmbldr 08/02/20 07:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing Camper with A/C Running.

I'm sorry you're having a problem understanding what I did with a battery an inverter and a portable A/C. What I described is exactly what happened. The inverter would shut off when the battery power was drained too far to proceed. I don't know how all that works. I just hooked it up and it worked for me.
okhmbldr 07/27/20 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: Towing Camper with A/C Running.

It really depends on how bad you really want to cool down the trailer. One option I did for my boat about 10 years ago; I took it down the Arkansas River from Sallisaw, OK, to the Mississippi River. It was July, and very hot. I had a portable 12,000 btu A/C but no real way to power it on the boat. So, I bought a really good battery, hooked it up to a 2000/4000 watt inverter and did a test with it hooked up to the battery/inverter for power. It ran about 6 hours before the battery couldn’t power the A/C, but it was perfect for my purpose because it was long enough to cool off the cabin and make sleeping comfortable. During the day as I traveled the river I had a set of cables that recharged the battery so I could have some cooling each night. So, if that would work for you, just stop a few hours before you reach your destination, turn on the battery power and cool it down a little. Note: it worked for me, your mileage may vary. This story needs details...it is possible to run an air/con on batteries. It's just not practical. What size battery bank? Only one battery, Interstate Batteries Deep Cycle 840 Marine Cranking Amp Battery I picked up at Academy Sports. After the trip this battery was used for the trolling motor in my small lake boat. How big are the cables from the alternator and what size & type of alternator? The cables were about the size of my little finger, plenty large enough. I don't remember the size of the alternator, but it was on a 454 Mercruiser engine. A lot of boats have upgraded alternators that put out 200-300amp @ 12v continous output. Assuming the cables are sized right, it's possible to continually recharge with the motor running. Your typical truck alternator isn't designed to put out anything close to that for long periods of time. Then it typically runs thru little 12-14 gauge wires with bad connections to get to the trailer. You'll be lucky to get 20-30amp @ 12v back to the trailer. If you are claiming a battery bank sufficient to run 6hr without the motor continually charging, you are probably looking at at least 500lb of batteries. On a big monohull power boat, not a big deal. On a typical RV, there's no where to put them and you just ate up a huge portion of the cargo capacity. Just a couple of additional notes; the alternator on the boat while cruising during the day just ran the engine and recharged the additional battery, no additional electrical items were running. And, the A/C was set to about 78 at night, so the compressor would cycle on and off, the fan ran continuously.
okhmbldr 07/26/20 06:43am Tech Issues
RE: Towing Camper with A/C Running.

It really depends on how bad you really want to cool down the trailer. One option I did for my boat about 10 years ago; I took it down the Arkansas River from Sallisaw, OK, to the Mississippi River. It was July, and very hot. I had a portable 12,000 btu A/C but no real way to power it on the boat. So, I bought a really good battery, hooked it up to a 2000/4000 watt inverter and did a test with it hooked up to the battery/inverter for power. It ran about 6 hours before the battery couldn’t power the A/C, but it was perfect for my purpose because it was long enough to cool off the cabin and make sleeping comfortable. During the day as I traveled the river I had a set of cables that recharged the battery so I could have some cooling each night. So, if that would work for you, just stop a few hours before you reach your destination, turn on the battery power and cool it down a little. Note: it worked for me, your mileage may vary.
okhmbldr 07/25/20 06:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Bad Dometic AC

You need to be going after RVtech on Ebay for a replacement. "Once installed, no warranty"...what a crock. Get Ebay involved, they have standards for their sellers. RVtech should make it good, and they can go after Dometic.
okhmbldr 07/19/20 08:59am Tech Issues
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