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RE: Is there an Air Conditioner using Inverter Compressor

I love the split systems that I have in my home. Now that I have the roof on my 2000 Bounder 34T cleared for recovering I'm wondering if anybody makes an inverter system unit for RV's. There are some 12VDC or 24VDC A/C systems designed for trucks, but nothing in the RV specific market. Some people have taken residential mini-split systems which do use inverter powered compressors and installed on RV. Not sure how well they would handle all of the bouncing around. If you are a HVAC person, it would not be difficult to build your own. All of the parts are readily available. You can of course run an A/C off of an inverter if you have a large enough one and sufficient battery power. The big win on 12VDC compressors is that they actually use 3 phase AC motors. 3 phase motors are much more energy efficient than straight DC or single phase AC. OP: Try a search on the Escapees Heavy Duty Truck ("HDT") forum. I recall some of the HDT owners (usually Volvo with integrated sleepers) using Mini-splits. Of course the cab is a small area. However, possibly some may have *also* done something similar for the 40ft 5th wheel trlrs they tow. ~
ol Bombero-JC 05/14/22 09:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boondocking in Ventura County, CA

Passing through Ventura County, CA. Anyone got tips on boondocking spots? Considering Walmart and other spots. Thank you! Apparently the Mods don't appreciate So. CA *facts*. Easy answer - No boondocking or Walmart "overnighting" available. No truck stops where you would like to spend the night. Rest areas are few and far between - and jam-packed! True: Most (if not all ) Walmarts ban overnighting - due to folks who have turned "overnighting" into long-term "camping" with run-down RVs. The So. CA city which I worked for (30 years) fought long and hard *not* to even allow a Walmart within the city limits! Why? The adjoining city had one - which became a homeless (with RVs) "campground". In San Diego, Orange, L.A., Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties (and any city/county close to the ocean - search out paid campground listings (off the interstates) and check for offerings and availability. *If* you are traveling inland (like I-5) - your chances greatly improve north of L.A. Campgrounds on or close to the beaches - sell out (filled) six months in advance when reservations open for summer. Trying to be honest - been in So CA for 80 yrs, camping (in RVs) since 1976. As the saying goes - it is what it is. ~
ol Bombero-JC 04/26/22 06:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Pad Size + turnaround space

Many/some property owners in Tuscon, AZ have an RV pad to rent out to the snowbirds - usually *not* in the hottest summer months, although some do year-long rentals (Canadians leave 5th wheel "on site"). Try searching for ads in forums that allow rental information (& Craigslist, etc.) and see what is available for comparison. Owners usually list "amenities" (space, drive-thru, etc.) as well as price. ~
ol Bombero-JC 04/21/22 11:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: ZEP Floor Wax Update

Thanks for the update. For anyone looking for old threads, before Zep - search on "Red Max Pro" in the archives (topics over 12 months old). Over the years there was lots of discussion & info. ~
ol Bombero-JC 04/21/22 11:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV recovery!

Knowing when to stop is a valuable skill. It can be learned. Sad story. Private pilots know - sometimes the most difficult aerial maneuver is a 180 !! Applies to ground travel also. ~
ol Bombero-JC 04/21/22 11:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Getting gas with long trailer?

Wow, so many people overthink this !! ......you can tell before you try to pull in if it is a good gas station or not. Along the interstate I would venture to guess 90% of gas stations can accommodate a larger rig. Not at the Diesel island, at all islands. I drive a diesel but always use the standard islands, don't like the dedicated truck islands and I'm not one to get in the way of a commercial trucker. I have never planned ahead other than to only stop for gas when I can see that there are multiple choices or that the station can accommodate me, this is easy to see before you take the exit. Also, if there is a Love's or other truck stop, I have found the gas islands are wide and easy to get in and out of. The OP - thread starter - is making (fueling) mountains out of mole (ant?) hills! I'm 55' long (truck & 5th wheel) & TTs before that. NEVER had a problem with various crew-cab gas & diesel tow vehicles. The OP shouldn't either.... if he simply pays attention to his options (as above)...and doesn't decide he "desperately" needs fuel when the gauge is on "E"..:S ~
ol Bombero-JC 04/15/22 12:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Interesting Product Coming RV-DE-FENDER

Here's an interesting new product coming to help reduce damage from tire blowouts. Looks like it will be available sometime this summer. Thoughts? https://rv-de-fender.com/lets-go/?referral=2dfh8xf&refSource=copy TT's since 1976. Couple of gas MHs along the way. 5th wheel since 2005. *NEVER* had a blow out !!....:) Of course, "Murphy" says a blow out is a possibility "sometime"...:( Pressure & Temp monitors, and pay attn to the tires = you bet!...:C However, I'll take the chance, run the risk *without* a/the "RV-de-fender"!..:W
ol Bombero-JC 04/15/22 12:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Selling RV, urgent help needed on proper process California

Congrats on completing the sale....hassle free!..:C Especially the CA DMV part!...:B Hope the learning curve goes well for the French Tourists!..:W ~
ol Bombero-JC 04/13/22 09:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Selling RV, urgent help needed on proper process California

HOWEVER---I don't live in CA. Wow - that says it all !! HOWEVER---I *DO* live in Orange County, CA. You didn't say gas or diesel. You (or the buyers) can have it smogged. Theoretically, it's up to you. Take it to a test only station. DMV - the buyers will pay sales tax and vehicle registration at the DMV. That is supposed to be within ten days. Note: BE SURE you get the buyer's info (Name, address, etc.) to include on the notice of sale YOU will send to the DMV. Blank forms available at any DMV and AAA (if you're a member). I won't go into the "how to" part - for funds. Figure you already know that, and advice from folks from other states should apply. (I would do same - the transfer of funds - at your bank). Hope all goes well with your transaction! On edit: *If* the buyer is taking the RV out of CA, there is no need to have a smog check or visit the DMV. Whatever is req'd by his home state would apply. Just make sure you notify the DMV of the sale with the new owner's non CA *residence* info. (so you are not obligated to have it smogged in CA and removed from the title). BTW - poster in FL saying, "just call the DMV"....is hilarious, ROTFL :)
ol Bombero-JC 04/05/22 07:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dish network internet

We started with WildBlue many years ago. Then moved to Excede for faster service sometime along the way. Viasat bought out Excede but we are still using our Excede account and hardware. I knew there was one name I was forgetting EXCEED. that's what Bob used.. I never used it but Bob did. (K9EID, Robert Gene Heil, member Rock and Roll hall of fame, Producer of Microphones, accessories and sound systems. Noted amateur radio operator. Theater organist, (among other instruments) and electronics engineer. Wow, gee whiz! Bob is quite a guy, even if I never heard of him, LOL. Wonder if he/you know the story of Leo Fender, the Stratocaster, the "Showman and Dual Showman" amps, & Dick Dale..."King of the Surf Guitar"? Maybe Heil Ave. in Huntington Beach, CA ("Surf City") is named after Bob - like Fender St. in Fullerton, CA - which *was* named due to Leo Fender and his many famous guitars. BTW - more worthless trivia...as a lowly "Computer Operator" back in the 60's I worked with Jules Schwartz - the originator of the JOVIAL computer language - at SDC (System Development in Santa Monica. Another "think tank" spin-off from the Rand Corp, which is still in business. We would time share every morning (about 6AM), two IBM 360-65s, with the Pentagon. JOVIAL (Jules Own Version of the International Algebraic Language) is still in use in some military applications. (Google any of those!) :B..:R .
ol Bombero-JC 04/03/22 01:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Fulltiming Coming to an End, But Travelling Is Not

MtnMike - notice that *this* forum receives only a small number of replies. They're all good....just not very many. Suggest you post (as a new thread - duplicates are not allowed) in *at least* "General RVing Issues" forum, and/or the Class A and Class C forums - as lots of the posters (in the A & C) have had both. When(if) you go for a ride in either style of MH - make sure you take a cruise on a "local" road/highway - - rather than a smooth freeway or well-maintained blvd.....to get the "real feel"!! Good luck with your search.
ol Bombero-JC 04/03/22 01:26pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Can you jump your 5’er with your truck?

GEEZE My first impression was you were talking about jumping the 5er like the Dukes. Maybe I need more coffee. "Can you jump your 5'er with your truck?" From the side would be best. Calculate the required speed & a launch ramp of appropriate length..:W Check with Robbie Knievel. All kidding aside, if you "jump" your 5'er *batteries* with your truck, chances are the trlr still won't start. .
ol Bombero-JC 04/02/22 08:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trailer caddies

Caddy for 15K FW? I'm thinking modified fork lift, or bobcat? Jerry Explored all the same Bobcat in decent condition = very expensive & may need accessories. Fork lift - there are ready-made modifications available. Many/most dealers -and many repair facilities- use fork lifts to move 5th wheels. Ask around. Expect to pay about $2K or more. Downside = *if* you need repairs that aren't DIY, you may need to transport an inoperative fork lift to a repair facility. Could be expensive! Also, used (cheap?) fork lifts may have seen better days. Answer = Parkit 360. Mfg in Canada - Very impressive, but pricey! Caveat/s from Parkit: Do not exceed dolly's rated capacity. Do not operate on more than a 4% grade. The reps can (usually) be found at larger RV shows. Good luck with your dilemma! ~
ol Bombero-JC 04/02/22 06:30pm Fifth-Wheels
Apple Assistant Siri - Glitch - FYI & beware!!

Listening to one of the call-in radio programs today. Caller was looking for advice. His 94 yr old mom is very(?) computer savvy - has various Apple devices. She asked Siri for a phone number for Amazon. Siri came back with a number which was a phishing (bogus) number for Amazon. Unfortunately, she trusted the phony number and allowed the supposed Amazon folks to access her laptop....:( Time for a data save, wipe & fresh re-boot. She is 94 yrs old - "we" all know better, right?...:W .
ol Bombero-JC 04/02/22 06:06pm Technology Corner
RE: On the road observations

This brings back memories of the 70s inflation gas lines and 55MPH national speed limit that lasted a long time along with sweaters. I actually missed all this as I was living in SE Asia flying commercial helicopters all over. No pain for me. YEP may happen again. People will spend more money faster thinking prices will continue to rise and this of course is like the dog chasing its tail. Faster and faster with ever increasing prices is definition of runaway inflation then leading to BA Finance & Tax Accounting, Former SEC CFP, Army Guard and civilian Pilot to Texas Governors, etc. etc. https://i.imgur.com/OBdR1dEl.jpg With your experience..... just volunteer your flying abilities to the Ukrainian Air Force and you'll miss it all again...:W .
ol Bombero-JC 04/02/22 05:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trade in values

Are most RV dealers giving top dollar for trade ins right now? Short answer, NO. They NEVER do. Any RV dealer currently in business attempts to buy their new/used stock at the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM PRICE AND SELL/TRADE IT FOR THE MAXIMUM PRICE. This is how they pay their bills and stay in business. Chum lee Correct, Chum! However, "Used Stock" = *NOT* !! What you didn't say, with the exception of exceptional clean, low-miles, high-end MHs.....most trade-ins go to RV auction/s - rather than the dealer's lot (the dealers want to sell you a *NEW* RV!). Used RVs take up valuable space - and may draw customers away from the real money-makers!!....:W ~
ol Bombero-JC 04/02/22 11:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Trade in values

Are most RV dealers giving top dollar for trade ins right now? You're joking, right ?? On *any* trade in.....as the supposed "value" of your trade in goes UP - the price of what you're buying does also!...:S You're negotiating against yourself !!...:S But, hey if you're willing to believe a salesperson's dog and pony sales pitch......say Hi to P.T. Barnam's kin (even though Barnam wasn't the guy who "coined" the phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute"!! Rotsa ruck !!...:R ~
ol Bombero-JC 04/02/22 11:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Dish network internet

Dish partners with a landline provider . They do not provide their own service. Correct. Also - you may think it will work, as you take your DISH service with you. TV = yes, Internet = no. Also - in re: COX cable. Cox will probably have an exclusive contract with the city (in AZ). That means, for example - if you would like to have some other company (ex: Spectrum, etc.) .....you can't. (you will even be told by them that you need to contact COX). DSL - over phone line - will work - maybe. Solution - use a hotspot from Verizon, T-Mobile, etc. Shop around for limitations and cost.
ol Bombero-JC 03/29/22 08:19pm Technology Corner
RE: New Outside Stairs

I park the 5th next to the house - house on one side, 6' wall on the other. I have *exactly* 32 inches of space on each side. With the 5th "centered" I can extend the bedroom slide completely, the living room slide "almost" all the way. The "original" 3 step pull-out steps put the bottom step about 2" from the side wall of the house....which means you step on the bottom step "sideways" to enter. (I built an "L" entry platform w/steps for my "at home" entry use. Remove when the 5th is out of it's storage space). So - not every product will work for everyone, Cummins - no matter what you like! When I get a Round Tuit, I will finish my own easily removable aluminum 4-step and still have the folding 3-step in the 'factory' location. (Have the materials & my wood "mock-up" does just fine). ~
ol Bombero-JC 03/14/22 08:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cost of FCC 2-Way-Radio License

What I was asking: His wife could carry the radio and neither transmit unless there is an emergency such as an attack by a rabbit or other aggressive animal. Only if it's the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog and she does not have the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. Tell her not to forget. Count to 3, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it. Is it OK to "fast forward" (the count) for an encounter with a Rabbaroo -or- a Chupacabra..:) .
ol Bombero-JC 03/08/22 11:00pm Technology Corner
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