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RE: Too big for a T/C ?

Off the TC topic, but ... I'm 6'2" at only a measly 220 lbs. ... and I need every internal cubic inch of our V10 E450 24 ft. Class C to be comfortable in - along with my DW. FWIW, we take it off highway on back country roads (most places where a TC could go), we shower in it, and I sleep in the overhead cab queen bed. P.S. We can both use the dinette at the same time, along with two others if needed.
pnichols 01/10/20 02:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Odd thing happening.

Would not surprise me. We have an Amazon smart plug that loses it's wifi connection when the microwave is on and my laptop looses it's internet connection as well. They all operate on the same (or close to) frequency so the microwave must leak enough to disrupt the signal. Maybe your light is interpreting the wave as movement. It may be possible to stop your interference: If your WiFi router and laptop can operate on the 5 GHz WiFi band instead of the common (and often default band when you get them) 2.4 GHz WiFi band ... then switch your router and laptop over to the 5 GHz WiFi band. The 2.4 GHz WiFi band is used by a lot of inhome WiFi "gadgets", so get off this band as much as you can for any and all WiFi equipment in your home - if your equipment and router are new enough to have 5 GHz capability.
pnichols 01/09/20 09:58pm Tech Issues
RE: 2020 Class'C' E-450 Ford V10 lacks power?

The only car I have had a K&N filter on was a 1965 Shelby AC Cobra that really needed to breathe. A 1965 Shelby AC Cobra is not a "car". As you know, it's the most simultaneously beautiful and wicked Demon to ever travel a road on Earth. P.S. I recently saw the new movie "Ford versus Ferrari" and it really brought back memories, such as: 1. I could have bought a new 427 Cobra roadster in the 1960's for around $6k. 2. I drove a 289 ci slab-sided Cobra roadster once - 110 MPH in 2nd gear before I gave up in fear. 3. I saw Carol Shelby in person up close way back when. 4. I saw some of the actual famous driver characters in the movie race Cobras in SCCA events at Laguna Seca decades ago. In one race, the winning Cobra roadster was an entire lap ahead of the rest of the field (which included many struggling Corvettes).
pnichols 01/09/20 11:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Norcold 641 Moisture Reduction Heater Question

Low Ambient Heater is for 'cold/freezing' camping It is a heated wire that is thread up/attached to cooling coils to keep the 'coolant' warm so fridge will operate in sub 32*F temps The .3 in your model (N641.3R) indicates a DC Heater (30A) The 'R'-----haven't a clue Well ... how often are the interiors of RVs at those low temperatures such that their absorption refrigerators are also exposed to those kind of low interior temperatures surrounding them? I have a good old Norcold 611 in our Class C and it even helps to keep the cabinet around itself warm from to it's system electric or propane heaters whenever it is cycling/operating. I can see an absorption refrigerator having problems operating in cold temperatures in, say, a shed out in the backyard in winter ... but inside an RV that is normally kept warm enough for us humans?
pnichols 01/09/20 10:54am Tech Issues
RE: Requesting solution from knowledgeable RV.NET collective

Yes, they are. And you can mount them upside down if you want. Try that with your "wets". :B Guess what happens if you forget to recharge them to 0.5a/100AH at 14.x volts until amps taper that low. (see that guide and the other brands' guides, same thing.) You need an ammeter and a charger that will hold 14.x volts for as long as needed to get that done, which many chargers/converters can't do. Also AGMs can be mounted sideways but not upside down. Hmm ... we've been over some of what you say above, before. Keeping lead acid (liquid or AGM) batteries as close to fully charged as much as possible is what makes them serviceable for the longest possible time. I've seen nothing in print from the experts as to why voltages above 14 are required - if one has the time to let them fully charge up using less than 14 volts. My 2nd set of AGM RV batteries in 14 years is doing as fine as the 1st set did (for their first 8 or 9 years) using only the stock 13.6-13.8 volt converter in the RV and the engine alternator when traveling to charge them. While in storage both sets of AGM batteries were/are continuously hooked up to the converter, since the RV is plugged in all the time during storage. I'm still looking for my first technical paper detailing the reasons why voltages greater than 14 are required to fully charge lead acid batteries - assuming that an ammeter shows the batteries have reached the low 0.5 amp fully charged current acceptance rate at whatever charging voltage was used.
pnichols 01/09/20 10:39am Tech Issues
RE: Off again off again, jiggedy jig...

Gary ... Is that a boat rack that I still see up on top? If so, when is there going to be a boat tied down up there just before you unload it at some remote lake where only a 6X6 Class C go? (Just giving you a hard time, but really ... a great rig like you have shouldn't find itself anywhere near a city.) P.S. We're about to head out for AZ to do some exploring and rock hunting.
pnichols 01/07/20 10:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Now up to 715 campsites

Finished my 5 months of 2019 ramblin' in early Nov. Tallied up my new campsites and found I'm now up to 715 total for 14 years of ramblin'. You can see the map here. Hope you can find a new place to camp from it. Safe travels and good camping in 2020! RR, do you have a .csv version of your 2019 camping spots? (I'm old school and still use a Garmin navigator in our RV - and it sure does work well with custom POI .csv files loaded into it ... no Internet access required, either.)
pnichols 01/06/20 11:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: LifePO4 video

here he opens one up Man Oh Man ... look at all those little batteries and all those inter-connections that have to be made, and stay made, year after year ... or else. There is a whole corner of science concerned with the reliability of complex systems - one type of which is a system with only simple inter-connects but a lot of them. When or when are Group XX sized vehicle lithium batteries going to consist of something like maybe 5 or 6 or 7 individual large cells - so system complexity can be greatly reduced? (In addition, there is a fairly "complex" BMS system required to take care of all those little cells!) When an RV'er is out and about on the far side of beyond, reliability of the RV systems becomes ultra important - whether it be exploring in the Western U.S. outback or over-landing in Siberia. I'll think I'll wait until lithium RV batteries become both cheaper and much simpler inside.
pnichols 01/06/20 11:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Rt 99 Thru Bakersfield

That can’t be true as California has the highest taxes and fuel pricing just to keep the roads in perfect condition.... Hmmm .... then I must be getting what I deserve when driving on our CA potholes. :S (My property taxes are in the basement thanks to Prop 13, and I don't pay any CA income tax. Those two savings easily swamp out our high gas prices.)
pnichols 01/04/20 11:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Neat little fresh water in an ABS pipe idea

A good garden sprayer painted black is a great shower in the rough and needs very little water to do a GI shower. That's an outstanding Quick-And-Clean minimalist showering solution!! Most garden sprayers are in the 3 to 5 gallon range. A 4 or 5 gallon model might be good for at least 2 hot showers. (But to get around that I donated our camper van away years ago and went the small motorhome route ... and have been clean ever since. ;) )
pnichols 01/01/20 04:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Heated Mattress Pad

Over many years I have tried out various 12v appliances From bottle warmers to instant water heaters, to defroster / heaters Fans and radios and tv worked Everything that produced heat was a big Flop I know there are travel blankets and such things And some people have had good experience with them But not me I'll stick with 120vac items on an inverter They use more power and there is conversion losses But they do the job As I understand it, an electric blanket consumes around 80 watts. This equates to only around 7 amps at 12 volts (when it's "on" ... but they cycle continuously, so AH draw averages less). What this means is that a 12 volt electric blanket (and mattress pad) should work far better than the 12 volt appliances you are referring to that require far greater 12 volt currents in an attempt to match the wattages of similar 120V AC powered household appliances. A 12 volt powered electric blanket/mattress pad should functiton as good in an RV as a 40-50 watt TV functions in an RV. Inverter losses would thus be eliminated when using them night after night in an RV for comfortable drycamp sleeping so as to be able to maintain lower coach interior air temperatures ... and thus saving overall energy.
pnichols 12/30/19 04:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Down a truly rough road in my class C?

BTW, I have a theory regarding how a washboard road surface comes about: Maaaaaaybe from folks down through the years before the washboard existed driving too fast on the road surface. Perhaps related to the torque on drive axles being applied via a series of pulses from an internal combustion engine's up and down piston motion? I'll bet that roads didn't get "washboarded" in the good old horse-and-buggy days. The engine vibration has nothing to do with washboarding; it's at a wildly different frequency (at least a few octaves higher). According to the very quick "research" I've done, the main contributors seem to be the speed of traffic--below maybe 5 mph or so it doesn't occur at all--the amount of traffic, and the susceptibility of the road material to be moved about by wheels going over it, which in turn depends on its makeup and the general climatic conditions: whether it's muddy, dusty, etc. It was likely a far less prevalent problem in horse-and-buggy days due to the slower speed of travel. That does not mean the roads were not rough, of course; horse shoes and skinny iron-bound wheels can tear up dirt pretty well under the right (wrong?) conditions. I wasn't referring to engine vibration. The (heavy) engine flywheel notwithstanding, what I had in mind was the diameter of the drive tires - versus vehicle speed - versus crankshaft RPM - versus piston up/down motion causing their power pushes to make the crankshaft torque come in a bunch of "rapid spurts" ... all this interacting together to cause the drive tires to kindof "hop" down the road and hence eventually carve out a series of lateral ripples in a flat and soft road surface that originally was smooth. As time goes on, the lateral ripples only get worse as drive tires continue to hop more violently and dig out the ripples deeper and deeper. I've scene how vehicles rip down those desert roads trying to "smooth out" the washboarding -> washboarding that maybe was itself originally started by vehicles ripping too fast down those roads when they were smooth, long ago. There's always an excuse to drive fast everywhere and always an eventual price to be paid, IMHO. :S
pnichols 12/30/19 04:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small George Foreman Grill on Inverter

Got one of these as a gift to use in MH but dubious about electrical draw off-grid to cook something. Anybody have any experience with these? (This is about battery draw, but also cooking times, to get expected AH, so not in cooking forum.) So far, I put it on inverter in MH, Kill-A-Watt, and Trimetric to show what it does, not cooking anything. Before voltage 117.8, after starting the grill got: 116v, 5.78a, 670w, PF 1.0, and DC draw 65 amps. Took about two minutes to heat up, light went out and amps dropped to 1.8a draw. Sat like that for a while then light came back on, amps back to 65 amps. Only stayed on briefly, then back off for a time, repeating. Most of the time it was off between short hits of power. After approx. 10 minutes AH 4.64. I watched a couple of youttubes and they said more like 15 minutes being typical to cook something. So it cycles but might act different (more time power on?) with food in it? Anybody know what to expect there? BTW, it has that grease drip tray, but then what to do with the grease/water in that while RVing? I am thinking have an empty jam bottle (with a lid) to pour it in, and then when that fills up, put the bottle in the garbage? Hmmm ... that great appliance gift you received sounds like a start-up-the-genny-briefly appliance to me ... just like with a microwave! (Just kidding -> I realize that you have a large battery bank and inverter setup in your rig for off-grid and off-generator camping.) BTW, I use a little propane Weber grill when we're camping and so far have paid no attention to what happens to any grease from it. There's no grease under it on the table after using it ... I wonder where the grease has been going all these years?
pnichols 12/29/19 02:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Down a truly rough road in my class C?

Morning...two different critters. The 20..I thought it was 25, miles into Chaco is washboard. On and on and on...and one sand wash to cross. There is no fear of contacting the underside, at all. It is heavily used, etc. You know when you get to the park boundary..the road is paved. I have been in 6? times...once from the south west..Crown Point Agency, in my VW Westy. You want to be in for a 3 or 4 days Phil. It is a very different place. Gary Thanks Gary for the Chaco info! We may give it a try eventually, as we like visiting Native American historical areas. Washboard is no problem for us (even though we hate it) - as we've had to travel long distances on it in Death Valley and Oregon - usually at 5-10 MPH speeds in our Class C. Having to travel in/on the stuff that Robert's photo shows above is where I draw the non-4X4 line for us ... however, you could probably deal with that kind of guck in your lifted 6WD Class C. ;) BTW, I have a theory regarding how a washboard road surface comes about: Maaaaaaybe from folks down through the years before the washboard existed driving too fast on the road surface. Perhaps related to the torque on drive axles being applied via a series of pulses from an internal combustion engine's up and down piston motion? I'll bet that roads didn't get "washboarded" in the good old horse-and-buggy days.
pnichols 12/29/19 02:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Heated Mattress Pad

If we were to start using a heated blanket or mattress pad on our RV trips, we'd skip the efficiency loss of an inverter and plug them directly into a 12 volt recepticle coming from the coach batteries ... as can be done with these:
pnichols 12/28/19 09:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Neat little fresh water in an ABS pipe idea

pnichols 12/28/19 01:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Neat little fresh water in an ABS pipe idea

Saw this down in sunny San Diego. There is a hose bib on the right side. My buddy said its common for the surfer guys to do this. Water gets warmed a bit in the black pipe. If its 4", and roughly 60" long, it holds around 3.25 gallons. If the steering wheel and coach door were on the other side (and the engine was supercharged), I'd rather have this VW instead ... it probably comes with a built-in water tank and water heater ;) :
pnichols 12/28/19 01:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Down a truly rough road in my class C?

Several years ago we took our Class C to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It was about 20 miles of some of the most rutted road I have ever driven. It took me about an hour and a half to get there and our rig was "shaken and stirred" but fine. The guy in front of me was pulling a nice travel trailer and he was oblivious to the road due to the fact his pickup could handle it just fine...but not the trailer. When we got to the campsites at the park, we camped close to the poor fellow and his wife. I loaned him some of my tools for him to try to put his trailer back to gether. Cabinets had been knocked loose and stuff strewn over the floor. The moral to the story is simple: drive slow and read the road. What was an hour and a half in and the same out as opposed to less time?? A rig that survived without any problems, that's what. Heck of a drive, ain't it. Gary Haupt Gary IYHO ... is the drive into Chaco Canyon worse than getting down onto the valley floor loop in Monument Valley? The whole valley floor road is signed as "Not Recommended for RVs", but we took it anyway and got by fine by taking it very careful in our Class C. I'd like to try Chaco Canyon eventually when we're out that way.
pnichols 12/28/19 10:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Down a truly rough road in my class C?

Need advice please. I've been offered a FHU on a remote ranchette where I go horseback riding, but the easements, which are very rutted and rolling, sort of up-and-down lumps in the road, are enough to jar the kidneys out of an elephant(to put it graphically). I took my Ford Taurus, heavy duty car, up there and after that trip have the feeling that with my 27 ft. Class C it would jar and twist and perhaps not be the brightest move I ever made. It's got airbags, good tires, and is But I'm apprehensive about going down that long horror of a road. Has anyone had this experience, and how did you deal with it, and give me an idea of what to check and look for before I decide to give up the site, which is really beautiful. I have no qualms about saying "NO" to it, just need some other C RV folks' thoughts on it. Thank you! Donnis We do it whenever necessary when out and about looking for rocks in our small Class C. The method is to GO SLOW!! We once went 25 miles into and out of the Oregon Outback at only 7-10 miles per hour each way. Also, you can cross road washouts far easier and safer by taking them at a slight angle ... if the road width/shoulders permit taking them at an angle. I consider our 24 foot Class C as just about no different than a 2WD pickup truck when on dirt/gravel roads ... except that our Class C has far better traction than a 2WD pickup because of the tremendous weight on it's rear dually tires. Camping out there on the far side of beyond with all the comforts of home is way over the top and well worth it!
pnichols 12/27/19 11:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: IRA and new SECURE Act

This is NOT a political posting. It is an estate planing posting. Many of the RV friends I know have a large IRA that they expect to pass on to there children in the hope that the children will be able to withdraw (stretch out) funds from the IRA over the child lifetime. The new SECURE Act which is part of the spending bill to prevent a government shutdown next week will require ALL the funds in the IRA to be withdrawn in 10 years after a person death -- not the beneficiary child's lifetime. You may want to Google SECURE Act. I think I need to die before the end of the year. The SECURE Act notwithstanding ... can't the receiving children or their guardians draw out all the funds within the ten years and then merely use the money to reestablish their own new IRA? :h
pnichols 12/27/19 11:43pm Around the Campfire
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