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RE: parking on a slight driveway

It's true that the trailer can be slightly out of level without harming the fridge, but I am one of those ultra-cautious folks -- why take a chance? So because our driveway has a definite slope, I always level the trailer as best I can when we park it. If the driveway is level side to side, leveling the trailer is easy -- just use the jack to move the nose up or down. If the driveway has a "right to left" slant, you could use Lynx blocks -- we call them "giant Legos." Or just a piece of wood of the right thickness. Pro tip: cut a slanted edge on the board so that the tire can ride up the slant onto the flat board. Otherwise, the board might just scoot down the driveway when the tire hits the square edge. Don't ask how I learned this.
profdant139 07/26/21 10:22am Travel Trailers
Iron air battery -- too heavy for RVs, but interesting

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profdant139 07/23/21 09:59am Technology Corner
Iron air battery -- too heavy for RVs, but interesting

This could be a game changer for energy storage, and it sounds like it's not just pie in the sky. I think it's too heavy for RVs, but still interesting: Wall Street Journal article
profdant139 07/23/21 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

April, 2021, Virgin, Utah, not too far from Zion: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 07/20/21 01:27pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tent camping

Bait or fly? Catch and release or for keeps? My advice would be to find your kind of fishing, first, and then choose a campground near that fishing spot. Maybe talk to your local tackle shop??
profdant139 07/20/21 09:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Does closing most A/C vents create back-pressure?

Lots of helpful comments -- thanks! Although we do live in southern Calif, we live in the semi-humid part -- a few miles from the coast. (Can't afford a house on the beach!) But the a/c does reduce the humidity -- it puts out plenty of condensation that drips off the roof. It is true that this a/c unit has no ducts -- it just has several small vents that can be opened or closed. We could put up a baffle, but I am baffled about how to do that without destroying our already-limited headroom -- I am 6'3" and can't stand up under the a/c unit, although I can stand up in other parts of the trailer. We tried the solution of closing most of the vents a couple of times, running the a/c for about 90 minutes at a stretch, during the hottest part of the afternoon. As far as I can tell, we did not experience any icing. We haven't tried running it during the whole night -- the temps where we live get down to about 70 at night, so we just leave the windows open. Thanks again for all of your collective wisdom!
profdant139 07/18/21 09:48am Tech Issues
Does closing most A/C vents create back-pressure?

We have a very small trailer and a fairly big a/c unit -- over 13,000 BTUs, I think. (That's the way the trailer was equipped.) It gets cold in a hurry in there, which I personally like. But DW does not like it when the cold air blows on her, which I understand. Aside from turning down the fan and turning up the thermostat, we have also tried shutting some of the various vents that are built in to the a/c unit. My question is a simple one: if we close almost all of the vents, does that create back-pressure within the a/c unit? And if so, is that harmful to the unit? Thanks in advance for your wisdom!
profdant139 07/15/21 07:21pm Tech Issues
RE: RV campground closing

Hmmm. Their website does not say they are closing -- but there are no reservations available after Oct. 17.
profdant139 07/15/21 05:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is Lance the “gold” standard

For what it's worth, I've been happy with my two Fun Finder/Cruiser RV trailers. They are not perfect, but they have been rugged and reliable. And they are much less expensive than some other brands. Dollar for dollar, I am satisfied. But they don't look as great as an Airstream. ;)
profdant139 07/14/21 11:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Is Lance the “gold” standard

For what it is worth, my son bought a new Lance truck camper. Both he and I are blown away by the "fit and finish" -- all the corners and edges are crisp and precise. Their manufacturing techniques appear to be far superior to anything else I have seen. Is it golden? Don't know -- time will tell.
profdant139 07/12/21 07:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pics from our Alaska trip

Wow!! Great photos. Thanks for posting them!!
profdant139 07/12/21 04:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Thoughts on a weird/unique way to empty holding tanks.

Turnkey, you are probably right -- it'll work, except for a few dribbles. As they say, "There's your trouble."
profdant139 07/12/21 11:47am Tech Issues
RE: do LED interior lights have bulbs that can be replaced?

Some LED bulbs are hard wired, and some are plug-in. The plastic cover may just slide off. Pro tip: have your wife remove the cover. She is much less likely to bust the plastic tabs than you are. Don't ask how I learned this valuable lesson. Anyway, once you get the cover off, you will know what kind of LED bulb you have. I've had great luck dealing with M4 -- they are a USA-based company, and they actually answer their emails and will answer technical questions. Their bulbs are not the cheapest, but they are high quality: M4 LED supply Good luck -- let us know how it goes.
profdant139 07/12/21 11:00am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Thoughts on a weird/unique way to empty holding tanks.

That might work, but might not. (Bear in mind, of course, that many vault toilets prohibit the draining of cassettes, let alone black tanks!) The problem will be at the end of the process. Let's assume you have "milked" as much as you can. There will always be a residue at the upstream end of the hose, since the vault is above the level of the black tank valve. So when you go to remove the hose from the black tank valve, the chances are really good that there will be a little surprise waiting for you. Let us know what happens -- good luck!
profdant139 07/12/21 10:53am Tech Issues
RE: Super frustrating AC issue

Great news -- well done!!
profdant139 07/12/21 10:49am Tech Issues
Solar storm -- possbile aurora?

Folks in the far north probably already know this, but there's a storm coming. The news focuses mostly on the disruption to GPS, but there are some mentions of auroral activity: CNBC news item The aurora forecasts are "active," and there is a new moon. On the minus side, the night is short at this time of year. Good luck!
profdant139 07/12/21 10:37am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Super frustrating AC issue

So here is an idea, based on your last comment about the absence of a click on the T-stat. Is there a way to "jump" the t-stat? In other words, a bypass? My thought is that if you can "hotwire" the t-stat, maybe the compressor will start? And that would mean there is a problem in the t-stat? Bear in mind that I know NOTHING about electricity, so don't rely on my advice unless it makes sense to you. And if this is something you have tried long ago, please forgive the redundancy.
profdant139 07/11/21 01:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Super frustrating AC issue

kfp, I don't have a clue what to do, but I have to say that I admire your persistence and your level of skill. Yes, you are not an HVAC tech, but you clearly know how to use those meters. If you end up having to take this to a dealer, you will at least have the satisfaction of knowing that you gave this your best shot and did not give up prematurely. Hang in there!!
profdant139 07/11/21 01:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Benchmark atlases or ???? Hiking trails on something else?

We really like iHikegps, which is an app for your phone. It works without cell coverage, as long as you have pre-loaded the USGS topo maps when you do have coverage. We use it primarily for hiking and for forest road navigation. When we are driving on pavement, we usually use Google Maps, because there is usually cell coverage. The iHike app is very easy to install and use. And the maps are very easy to read, much better than on our earlier Garmin devices.
profdant139 07/11/21 10:23am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Looking at a Lance 1475 sold the TC

Have you watched the Lance videos? Very impressive. My son just got a Lance TC -- excellent construction. Very precise computer-controlled manufacturing. I am sure they use the same methods on their trailers.
profdant139 06/29/21 09:31am Travel Trailers
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