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RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

I'm picturing more of a cow pasture, 20 miles from the nearest gas station situation. But maybe that's because I'm used to the West. Me too ... we don't need to camp near any "attractions" other than what Mother Nature supplies ... but it sure would be great to have full hookups out there so we could save up for and stay put for, say, a couple of weeks. I'm thinking of a, say, 500 acre or more ranch out in beautiful country (and with a private lake too) that had maybe 50 FHU sites scattered throughout it, with a two week maximum stay to eliminate wealthy squatters, and at a price of around $70 per day. We'd of course leave the rancher's cows and/or sheep around us alone ... but might insist on being able to fish the lake! There are private fishing arrangements out in wild country similar to this - but they would be drycamping and are expensive.
pnichols 02/09/20 11:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Question about Onan Generator

Something I have never understood about generators (I have an Onan 6.5 Emerald III.) A 12-volt DC battery is used to start the generator, which then produces 120V AC. The battery supplies the energy needed to run the generator, right? So, while the generator is running, does it send a 12-volt DC current back to the battery to keep it charged, or does the generator just continue to drain the battery until the battery no longer has enough voltage to keep it running? So if the generator drains the battery, then there must be a converter in the circuit to keep the battery charged, just like the alternator on a car engine. OK, I'm no electrical engineer, I just want to be sure that I understand this correctly. Thanks for your tolerance on this post. I don't understand the why of your question ... and some of the responses to it. Our motorhome's built-in Onan generator is started by power from the coach batteries ... so however the coach batteries are kept charged is also ensuring that they are kept charged up enough to always start our generator. Aren't all motorhome (and some towables') built-in RV generator setups similar to this? If so, of course a follow-on question of yours could be "... then how are RV coach batteries kept charged up?"
pnichols 02/09/20 11:20am Tech Issues
RE: New satellites are messing up our night sky

Hmmmm .... I wonder how folks are going to like the latency issues with satellite Internet?Geosynchronous is 22,236 miles. The Spacex satellites are at 217 miles. BTW, how's the research going into the/any subtle RF effects on humans?If you are really worried about that, stop using your cell phone and turn off your wireless router. Turn off your computer while you are at it! So ... satellites up there at only 217 (342?) miles are going to stay in orbit for how many years? (Of course Elon is probably developing a ground or spacecraft based laser cannon to melt them away near their end of service.) That reminds me, what line-of-sight RF frequency bands will those SpaceX satellites transmit/receive at ... as compared to a cell phone, a wireless router, and a laptop computer? (I assume the medical research covers both cumulative RF strength and blended frequencies that bombard us humans?)
pnichols 02/09/20 11:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: AC heat element in Norcold Fridge

I'm in the process of troubleshooting a failed AC heat element in my Norcold 9182 fridge. Before I dig out my test meter I wanted to see if the element would move in its mounting sleeve. Mine appears to be rusted solid and will not twist. Has anyone come across this and how did you free up the element? I wonder if a soaking of PB Blaster would be OK to use? Any thoughts? ______________ Naval Jelly has ALWAYS worked for me to dissolve rust. Since it's a "jelly" instead of a liquid, you just have be patient and wait a bit on it eventually penetrating in between tight fitting rusted parts.
pnichols 02/08/20 04:48pm Tech Issues
RE: New satellites are messing up our night sky

Hmmmm .... I wonder how folks are going to like the latency issues with satellite Internet? The last time I checked, so far there's no way around the "C" in Einstein's equations accept to reduce distance between transmitter and receiver. In fact satellite Internet puts up-down 2X C between transmitter and receiver. Transmission latency is one of the reasons I recently chose cable Internet instead of satellite Internet for our stick house. BTW, how's the research going into the/any subtle RF effects on humans? :)
pnichols 02/08/20 04:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: pp space heater in a rv

What's wrong with using the furnace? Drains your battery when boondocking without power Probably the more important negative to using your RV furnace much when drycamping is it's consumption of valuable propane - which is also needed to keep the refrigerator cooling and the cooktop cooking. This is especially true considering that many small to moderate sized RVs these days only have skimpy little (IMHO) propane tanks. One can recharge coach batteries way easier than recharging the coach propane tank(s) when drycamping! As for our exclusive use of our RV's furnace for coach warmth - we only drycamp continuously for few days here and there, so our 18 gallon propane tank and several ways of recharging our coach batteries make use of the furnace a comfortable and safe no-brainer.
pnichols 02/07/20 03:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

....... Thanks for the thoughts. I guess the market reaction is "meh". It's funny because I'd never use Harvest Hosts because I don't want to buy stuff or have long chats with the hosts. I want small, individual, private campsites without all the people involved. It doesn't exist. I apologize for the clipping above from only a portion of your latest post. It does exist, but it's VERY RARE. Here's a partial description of one we have been to here in Northern CA (I omitted it's name to protect it): "Here at ---------- we have a large campground consisting of 113 sites located on a 100 acre portion of the facility that is surrounded by shade giving Oaks. Most campsites have running potable water, some have electricity and many sites are located on the waters edge when the lake is full. There are hot showers and flush toilets located throughout the campground and some sites located by swim pond also have free WIFI access! All sites can be reserved and reservations start the second Friday in February and go through Labor day weekend. All reservations must be made a week in advance and are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome as well." It's campsites are spread way out, with our favorite ones having only a water faucet and a 120V 20 amp box sticking out of the ground next to the RV pad. Here's a photo of one of the campsites: https://i.imgur.com/n92Fqitl.jpg
pnichols 02/07/20 10:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

Would you camp at a place like this? *Quiet, Private land holding only one or 2 other RVs, if any. You might have the whole thing to yourself. *Full Hookups, but absolutely no facilities. Just your campsite. *Within an hour (or even much less) of major destinations like the beach, Disney, a big city, or other attractions. Grocery stores close by too. *Same price as a big, crowded campground with pools and neighbors packed in next to you. $50-$80 a night depending on location. Basically, very private, relaxing camping instead of being in a small village of RVs with all the commotion and neighbors. Please tell me why you would or wouldn't like this. If you'd use it or not. Thank you! Yes I would ... if the place where I could park and camp with the motorhome was right at places like these: https://i.imgur.com/K9sKFDLl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/47HW1tnl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/HR0WzaNl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/gRRuZSIl.jpg
pnichols 02/06/20 04:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: dry camping

How to avoid coach batteries being drain while running furnace during dry camping Since this is a Class C motorhome forum, and since you said "furnace", I assume that you mean a situation where A) the amount of propane for the built-in furnace is not an issue and B), the ability for the main engine alternator to quickly charge the coach batteries exists. When dry camping during chilly enough weather, we ALWAYS rely on on our safe, relatively quiet, multi-ducted and adjustable ducts hot air outlet system, and the excellent 25,000 BTU built-in furnace to keep us toasty warm -> that's what this system is for. We close all window shades to create a trapped layer of insulating air between the window glass and the shade, we leave both roof vents open just a very little bit for fresh air ventilation, we cover the cab windshield with an outside cover, we make sure the cab air system has no outside vents left in their open position (by turning the cab air routing knob to OFF before turning off the V10 engine), and we block off the cab area from the coach area with a clip-on curtain so as to somewhat trap a bubble of insulating air within the cab area. In addition to the above ... we monitor the propane level in our 18 gallon built-in tank carefully and ... we idle the very quiet V10 coach engine every morning for 1 to 1 1/2 hours to allow the big Ford 130 amp alternator to pump 50 to 60 amp-hours of electrical energy back into the coach battery bank. This idling consumes from 0.7 to 1.0 gallons of gasoline each day - and there is no noise to bother any neighbors who might be camping nearby while the engine is idling. BTW, while the V10 engine is idling, the coach furnace can be turned off and insteand the cab heating system can be used to heat the entire coach area - thus saving some propane and permitting even more current from the alternator to be dumped into the coach batteries being charged. If more battery charging than this is required each day, we can use the built-in coach generator to charge the coach battery bank (which charges the coach batteries slower than the alternator due to the small built-in stock converter and makes more noise but uses less gas than the idling V10) ... OR, we can charge the coach battery bank each day using the small 650 watt ultra-quiet Honda generator we carry along for backup. We don't use any solar, and we don't have any moisture built-up or safety issues inside the coach while it's being kept warm. However of course, certain other Class C motorhomes with gasoline powered or diesel powered main engines shouldn't be idled much for coach battery charging like the Ford V10 can be.
pnichols 02/05/20 03:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24’ Class C. Chevy 4500 or Ford 450?

I 2nd the comments above regarding a Ford E-Series under a Class C motorhome. Ours has been spectacular for 13 years now. It's a 24 footer that underloads it's E450 chassis, so initially the ride in the rear was rough. I fixed this easily with some special shocks that adjust themselves automatically in order to better compensate for the stiff leaf springs in the rear. We specifically wanted the E450 instead of an E350 under the motorhome for several reasons. Since the chassis is overkill for the average weight it has to carry mile after mile, we haven't experienced any handling problems whatsoever. It doesn't matter how much camping gear weight we load it down with and where we put this weight in or on the motorhome. The cab floor has never over-heated due to the steel heat shields under the cab floor and due to us directing the cold air conditioned air to the floor vents whenever traveling in hot weather.
pnichols 02/02/20 05:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anybody Know of a Class C With This Floorplan?

A good point above on outlet duck locations for the furnace. Also, many Class C motorhomes have either the furnace and/or water heater appliances taking up valuable space underneath dinette or coach seats, which robs you of large storage spaces. You might want to check where these appliances are installed before you buy.
pnichols 02/02/20 04:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Windows 10 Email Program suggestions

I have been using Thunderbird email program on several of my Windows 10 PC's.. Lately the program is not responding / halting on ALL of the Windows 10 computers. Want to switch to another program but what? Outlook? any other free email programs other than G-mail worth the time effort? I use Outlook all the time and have for years. I find nothing to "not like" about Outlook. The thing I most like about Outlook is that whenever I "clean up" my emails in Outlook, the emails are merely eliminated in Outlook - but NOT ELIMINATED on my main account I can access at my email provider's website. I can go to that website to check emails that for instance, I may have erased by mistatke from the large library of Outlook email folders I normally keep on my laptop. I can also keep certain important informative emails stored for years in my account at my email provider's website with no concern for running out of space. I hate the email app on my smartphone: Whenever I clean up emails on my smartphone THE EMAILS ARE ALSO ERASED AT MY EMAIL PROVIDER!! :M this sounds terrible, why would u want multiple versions? if you delete a email by mistake it goes in the trash, you can recover it right from outlook. that being said if you really want this design, change your phone app from imap to pop3 and this issue will go away, emails will delete on the phone and stay on the main email server for the guy who said gmail doesn't support imap, it most certainly does. "...that being said if you really want this design, change your phone app from imap to pop3 and this issue will go away, emails will delete on the phone and stay on the main email server..." ... And how do I switch between IMAP and POP3 within the native "Messages" app (that I otherwise like) on my new Android phone? I've searched extensively on the Internet regarding how to do this and so far it's a bunch of garbly-goop on how to do it in any straight-forward way (and I've been messing with computers for decades). So far the best I can tell, the "Messages" app DOES NOT permit choosing between IMAP and POP3. I want to deal with emails on my phone the same way that Outlook does - anyway I want - while at the same time NOT affecting them on my main providers site (Earthlink Webmail).
pnichols 02/01/20 12:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Anybody Know of a Class C With This Floorplan?

If you find one with a dinette where the chairs and folding table are, and there's no RV systems hiding in the dinette base, it should be pretty straightforward to replace the dinette with chairs and a drop leaf. That ought to open up the possibilities some. (For what it's worth, basically no motorhome has very good safety in a serious crash, if only because there's a whole lot of stuff inside that can come loose in a crash and go flying all around.) Here's what the inside of our traveling friends' 24 foot Class C looked like after it was totaled by being hit from the side (no serious injuries ... Thank Heavens): https://i.imgur.com/l3hF1XFl.jpg
pnichols 02/01/20 12:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anybody Know of a Class C With This Floorplan?

I found a floor plan I like but it's in a Class A and I was wondering if anyone had seen this in a Class C. I've scoured the Internet and can't find one. This is a 24ft 2003 R-Vision Trail Lite motorhome with a rear corner bed, sofa and two chairs with a foldable table between them. Here's one on Craigslist (this link might be gone) https://orlando.craigslist.org/rvs/d/davenport-2003-vision-trail-lite-24ft/7062719826.html Here's a photo of the sofa and chairs: https://imgur.com/a/E9B8l7I https://imgur.com/a/E9B8l7I This is a nice RV but I'd prefer a Class C for the crash safety aspects. Thanks. Here's the Winnebago brochure on our 24 foot 2005 Itasca 24V Class C containing that model's specifications and floor plans. Notice that on Page 5 they show a floor plan option with a dinette in the rear, a sofa in the middle that can be made into a bed, and the usual Class C overhead cab bed: http://www.winnebagoind.com/resources/brochure/2005/05-Spirit-bro.pdf
pnichols 02/01/20 12:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: engine longevity?

When I was in engine school, about when electricity was introduced, we we're taught that engine wear is most proportional to the amount of fuel that's put through it. The number of miles is a very loose metric. Plus throw in the number of cold starts. All things being equal, a V10 in a motor home will probably have more wear on it at 100,000 than a pickup truck, just by virtue of the fact that the motorhome uses more fuel. Then if it sits too much, all bets are off and anything can happen. Problem with this theory is even most passenger cars go to the junkyard with functional engines in the modern world. It's other things failing and then it's not worth fixing...if you have a 20yr old car that needs $2k in suspension work, you are usually better to put that $2k towards a newer used car...same thing with RVs. It is very much the oddity to "wear out" an engine, so it really isn't a consideration. Apparently ... some vehicle manufacturers take pride in it not being acceptable for certain parts of their vehicles to ever fail: A few weeks ago the transmission in our 18 year old Lexus sedan - with over 195,000 miles on it - failed completely. The Lexus dealer installed a remanufactured transmission in it for FREE after getting approval from Lexus headquarters. That's "free" as in no charge for the transmission and no charge for the labor -> an over $3600 Christmas gift! I had a college professor who maintained that "the least expensive way to own a vehicle" is to maintain it, and keep it, and use it - as long as possible. IMHO, a complex and expensive piece of equipment such as a personal transportation or recreational vehicle should not be considered as a "disposable item" (... other than we need to soon come up with vehicles that don't destroy the Earth's atmosphere ... and therefore replace a bunch of vehicles on a world scale).
pnichols 02/01/20 10:18am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Windows 10 Email Program suggestions

I have been using Thunderbird email program on several of my Windows 10 PC's.. Lately the program is not responding / halting on ALL of the Windows 10 computers. Want to switch to another program but what? Outlook? any other free email programs other than G-mail worth the time effort? I use Outlook all the time and have for years. I find nothing to "not like" about Outlook. The thing I most like about Outlook is that whenever I "clean up" my emails in Outlook, the emails are merely eliminated in Outlook - but NOT ELIMINATED on my main account I can access at my email provider's website. I can go to that website to check emails that for instance, I may have erased by mistatke from the large library of Outlook email folders I normally keep on my laptop. I can also keep certain important informative emails stored for years in my account at my email provider's website with no concern for running out of space. I hate the email app on my smartphone: Whenever I clean up emails on my smartphone THE EMAILS ARE ALSO ERASED AT MY EMAIL PROVIDER!! :M
pnichols 01/31/20 10:49am Technology Corner
RE: engine longevity?

Seems like most c's and b's run gassers. Also seems like they go up for sale around 50 to 60 k on the odometer. So what is the experience out there. Is that all the engines have in them for longevity...around 50 to 60 k? We have a gasser Class C based on the Ford E450 V10 chassis. Regarding reliability as the years add up ... I'm not concerned about coach components or the Ford V10 engine, itself, "failing". We sometimes take our Class C out into somewhat remote areas of the Western U.S. and don't tow along a 2nd vehicle and as such, are more concerned with the reliability of the overall chassis system so that we don't get left sitting way out there somewhere in a rig that won't move. Here are some things I loose sleep over on RV trips, occurance of which won't necessarily be prevented even by "good factory recommended maintenance" : - A failed/failing fuel pump, - A blown fuel pump fuse that I can't locate where it's at or don't have a spare along for, - A failed serpentine belt, - A failed/failing alternator, - A failed/failing water pump, - A leak that developes in the radiator or it's hoses, - A leak or rupture in a brake line, - A failed cooling fan clutch causing the fan to no longer spin, - A leak that developes in the fuel line,and - Etc.. As some degree of defense against those type of failures above, we carry along a satellite communication device for no-signal cellular areas, assuming we at the time have enough headroom left on our credit card and that some form of ERS help will even venture off highway to get to our RV.
pnichols 01/30/20 02:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Just 13 threads

I always get a kick out of the first responder quoting the entire OP. True ... if, and only if ... a so-called first responder can't be sure if they are going to be the actual first responder or get aced-out by another responder a few milli-seconds ahead of them in pressing/clicking their Post Button. :B P.S. Try being fast enough when selling a stock from home by rushing your key strokes in order to beat a price drop. :S
pnichols 01/28/20 03:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Alone or in a group?

I depends on where you want to go and camp: With a motorhome and no tow, and when out in the boondocks and with possibly no cell coverage ... you might want to be doing it with some folks for both companionship in the evenings and for backup coverage in RV emergencies! Such as places like this where we were following our RV'ing friends out there in front of us: https://i.imgur.com/iBWsiL6l.jpg
pnichols 01/28/20 02:59pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Which RV is right for you QUIZ

The quiz left out some important criteria that would provide a finer cut for just the right fit. For instance, what if two adults with no kids (i.e. like the DW and myself) want -> full stick house amenities without hookups (ducted A/C, ducted heat, wet shower, dry bath, etc.), no high steps to enter/exit, at least two good seats for crashing in the evenings, decent chassis ground clearance for occasional off-highway backcountry use, not too long and not too tall for occasional off-highway backcountry use, a gasser for ultimate fuel availability in the U.S., some redundancy in heating, cooling, and electrical charging systems in case of failure, and a common chassis that's been available for awhile for ease in locating parts and service everywhere in the U.S.? In other words, the quiz should have been structured such that in the end these kind of choices would show up for prospective buyers: Small as tolerable Class B and Class C motorhomes built on a well proven U.S. sourced chassis and with an available 4WD option. :)
pnichols 01/28/20 02:29pm RV Lifestyle
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