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RE: Flashlight

Can't go wrong with Surefire or Fenix. Buy once, cry once. I have had great service from the Fenix lights I have bought. I get AA powered so everything works on same size battery. Favorite is the Fenix E12. Powered by one AA and so small it disappears in your pocket. I have another Fenix that takes four AA's that is ten times brighter. All of the Fenix lights have variable brightness.
paddykernahan 08/03/19 08:44am Beginning RVing
RE: Pop-up trailer for newbies.

We LOVED our little popup and pulled it behind our Subaru for years. My opinion on this and would give it to anyone who asked: 1. Get a fridge. If it can be accessed without lifting the top, that's much better than not, but those are few and far between. 2. Don't get one with a bathroom/shower. Use a porta-potty for nighttime use ONLY. (The less water, sewer you have to deal with, the better. Available at Walmart for less than $75). 3. Used is more economical and if they don't like it, someone else has taken the depreciation hit. 4. A small popup, about 10 years old, but taken care of shouldn't cost too much - less than $5k. 5. A small popup with go almost anywhere and be pulled by most anything that has a tow package on it. 6. They are just FUN! Craigslist in Pittsburgh In Wooster We had a bare bones Coleman for 25 years. Replace with new Coleman and used for 6 years. Pulled most of the years with a Subaru. Would think a mini-van would pull a pop-up with no trouble. Less frills the better. All you need is a stove, lights, heater, battery. Anything extra just takes up space and complicates things. Our refrigerator (propane/12VDC,120VDC) never worked very well and it was hard to get to because on the floor.
paddykernahan 07/31/19 09:12am Beginning RVing
RE: Keeping cool

We keep all rooftop vents and windows closely tight during hot weather travel in our 24 foot E450 Class C. We then keep the dash air flow and dash air conditioning system set to Max A/C so interior air is merely reciculated over and over - hence the Ford air conditioning system does not have to continuously cool new hot air from the outside - it just has to keep the already cooled interior air cool ... which is a way more efficient way to use the dash air's cooling capacity. What we wind up with is an entire coach interior that can be kept cool using only the Ford A/C system ... because it's so powerful and we're using it in the most efficient way. Our rooftop A/C system never is needed when traveling in even the very hottest outside temperatures. As a bonus, the interior of the coach stays dust-free much longer because there is no constant flow of outside air coming into it from the cab air flow set to constantly get new outside air ... which then flows throughout the coach and out any open vents or windows in the coach ... depositing dust inside while this is going on as we travel down the road. If we ever need to leave the roof vents open for some reason when traveling, they're protected from being ripped off via vent covers we've installed over them which still allow the vents to remain open. With vent covers, we can also leave the vents themselves open for fresh air ventilation when it's raining or snowing while camped. I just did the same as you yesterday. Small MB Sprinter class C. Vents closed, air on max, air on recirculate. Worked very well except MB decided to limit air recirculation to only 30 minutes and it resets to fresh air. When plugging in or on generator, we just start the RV air conditioner.
paddykernahan 07/15/19 12:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smaller Class C

Small on the outside (22'9") but big on the inside. Bigger bathroom with walk in shower than most big class A's. They do it with no slides and the use of a queen size Murphy bed. Wife and I together are close to 450-500 pounds and the bed is rock solid. I'm 6'0" and hang off the foot end slightly. Don't thing you will find anything small with a bed any longer. Pleasure-Way XLMB
paddykernahan 07/15/19 11:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

We deside what direction we want to go, tell the post office to hold the mail and then go. During the week there is always a camp ground close by that is not full. We never make reservations but don't expect to get into a national park when kids are out of school. We have found many places of interest where there wasn't supposed to be anything. Don't make your plans too strict, relax. We do the same. Sometimes we just decide to turn left and see what we find. Sometimes we pick a place to head for and find stuff on the way there and back. We travel in the fall and have never needed reservations. Correction, almost needed reservations at Yosemite NP but it all worked out. Wasn't on the radar to go there that trip until we saw it on the map. Relax and enjoy the ride.
paddykernahan 06/20/19 09:57am Beginning RVing
RE: Wife thinks I'm nuts...

I spent $130,000 for a MH. Keeping the engine bay clean is something I want to do. I autocross a Miata and do the same to the engine compartment. At every event there will always be someone that compliments me on how clean a 25 year old car is. Both the Miata and MH are hobbies, I will take the extra time to keep them clean.
paddykernahan 05/31/19 06:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gas Mileage Winnebago View / Itasca Navion

Have a similar size on a 3.0 Sprinter 2014. Get average of 16.5 mpg. Seems the smaller class B on the 5 cylinder Sprinter get better MPG (20+mpg?). Larger Class C-/B+ on 6 cylinder Sprinter get lower mpg (16-18mpg).
paddykernahan 05/21/19 08:41am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What's the one thing that you have but hardly EVER use?

Third year in MH. Outside TV/Entertainment center (Used once to watch the eclipse) Outside shower (Never used) Awning (used once for light rain) Outside lights (I like it dark) Outside mats (Don't even own one)
paddykernahan 04/16/19 09:47am General RVing Issues
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