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RE: airtabs

Here's a link to a NASA study of Airtabs: NASA The real issue is cost vs benefit. For long-haul truckers, even a fractional increase in mpg justifies the expense. (And yes, we often see trucks with Airtabs.) For recreational RVers, it is a closer call -- how many miles would you have to drive in order to break even? However, if the Airtabs not only increase mpg but also improve handling, then the cost may well be justified. That is a matter of personal preference.
profdant139 08/10/20 05:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Oregon State Parks to add surcharge

As someone who would have to pay that fee if traveling to Oregon, I think it's fair. I don't pay taxes in Oregon -- so why should Oregon taxpayers subsidize my recreation? And California universities certainly impose extra tuition for out of state students. So this practice, albeit discriminatory, is well-established. Plus, frankly, the Oregon State Parks are usually much more nicely kept than those in California (which is where I live). Admittedly, "better than Calif" is a pretty low bar. ;)
profdant139 08/09/20 09:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Portable solar installation has me stumped

For whatever this is worth, we connect our portable solar panel directly to the battery with alligator clips on the battery terminals. The controller is mounted on the underside of the panel. The cable runs from the controller to the battery. When it is time to move to a new campsite, we unhook the alligator clips, wind up the cable, and fold the panel.
profdant139 08/06/20 05:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Yosemite

If you need hookups, I'd recommend Mono Vista RV Park in Lee Vining. If hiking at high altitude is not an option, then definitely plan on driving Tioga Road at least as far as Olmstead Point, stopping frequently at the pullouts to enjoy the views. You could also do day trips to June Lake, Lundy Canyon, and Virginia Lakes, all fairly near Lee Vining. If you and your vehicle are feeling adventurous, the ghost town of Bodie is north on 395. Bring warm clothes -- the nights can be very chilly! The stars in the Eastern Sierra are amazing.
profdant139 08/02/20 03:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Kind of a dumb question, but I'm new

I've got nothing to add that is on topic, but here are a few important points: Your question was not dumb. There are no dumb questions, except the one you don't ask. Keep asking questions -- it provides guidance for other folks with similar issues, and it gives us old timers something to do! ;)
profdant139 07/31/20 09:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dry/Tent Camping spots in Eastern Sierras

Lots of boondocking around Obsidian Dome near Mammoth. A little hot and dusty, though, with a lot of ATVers. Not that there's anything wrong with that! ;)
profdant139 07/29/20 09:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Northern Calif in October - wildfires, COVID, etc

We use this map during fire season -- one year, we were in Idaho. Wanted to go to Montana. Nope -- the map showed too much smoke -- changed plans and headed for Mt. Rainier instead. Clear skies for a week! And then more smoke. ;) NOAA Smoke Map
profdant139 07/27/20 09:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Refrigerator cold air catcher

Joe, that is a good point. And really, it should not be a light beer -- a stout would have a lot more thermal mass!! ;)
profdant139 07/27/20 09:24am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Refrigerator cold air catcher

This could be a major advance in the world of RV fridges -- I will see if I can replicate these results. I have a remote radio bbq thermometer but it does not have a computer-readable output -- I would have to graph it by hand. Well done!!
profdant139 07/26/20 01:06pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Electrical - smoked up the cabin

BigWapiti, I still don't have anything useful to add, other than that I really admire your careful "matrix" approach to the multiple problems. Hang tough!
profdant139 07/23/20 06:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Fridge and water heater not working

I can't help you with the electrical stuff, but this great app designed by our moderator, 1492, is life-changing. Just click on the link, select your photo, copy the URL that pops up, and paste it into your message: Easy way of posting photos
profdant139 07/23/20 09:49am Tech Issues
RE: Electrical - smoked up the cabin

The technical term for what you are smelling is the "magic smoke:" Analysis of Magic Smoke Good luck! I wish I could be more specific as to the exact origin of your smoke. Hang in there.
profdant139 07/23/20 09:43am Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator cold air catcher

So, this must be the origin of the phrase I used to hear from my mother: "Close the dam fridge!" ;) I am not sure the OP's invention is accomplishing anything, but he gets a lot of credit for thinking inside the box. ;) No, seriously. This is the kind of smart "what if" thinking that has driven the pace of technological progress in the last two centuries. The idea might not pan out, but creativity has to be applauded.
profdant139 07/21/20 09:28am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Expert Towing Advice

The real issue is not climbing hills -- it's descending hills! You want beefy brakes and a competent transmission, so that you can use the engine compression to slow yourself down. Good luck, and stay safe.
profdant139 07/21/20 09:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Another Mile, Another Day

There are usually two phases to our trips -- the "mileage" part and the fun part. So, for example, when we go to Utah from Southern Calif., we streak across the desert for 450 miles in one day, in order to get to the fun part. Then things slow down -- we camp for a few days in one spot, move a couple hundred miles to the next spot, etc. When it comes time to get back home, we shift back into overdrive and streak for home. This pattern could be a result of geography -- Southern Calif is bordered by desert on the north and east, and DW is not a desert person.
profdant139 07/19/20 09:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Measuring battery condition

There is the right way (install a proper voltmeter), and then there is my way -- I disconnect the battery. Let it sit for 15 min. Take out my little multimeter and hook it up. They say you need to leave the battery resting for quite a while to get an accurate reading. But I tried taking a resting reading after 5 min, 10 min, 15 min, 30 min., etc., and found that the reading was very close to correct after only 15 min. If you try to take a reading when the battery is connected to your RV, you will probably get an artificially low reading. It'll say 12.2 volts when it is really 12.5, for example.
profdant139 07/19/20 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: What is boondocking and dry camping?

In case you are interested in the origin of the term, here we are: The origin of the term "boondocks"
profdant139 07/17/20 05:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking Resources - Tips, Tricks, and Information

Well, it's been a long time since anyone has posted a tip in this thread, but I just wanted to alert folks to ihikegps, a really useful phone app. It has downloadable topos that work without cell coverage -- they are satellite based. It is very easy to use. We often use it to pre-mark waypoints for potential boondocking sites, which speeds up the scouting process a lot. Here is a link: ihike And no, I have no connection to this app!!
profdant139 07/17/20 01:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Lesson learned lol

Thomas, did you use the tap to cut new threads, or just to clean out the old ones? Thanks.
profdant139 07/16/20 06:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Lesson learned lol

This may help in getting it started -- instead of holding it in your hand, hold it in a socket of the right size -- I think 1" and 1/16?? That enables you to keep the rod perfectly horizontal, which is not easy by hand alone. And if the nut is too loose in the socket, put some masking tape on the nut so that the socket fits more tightly. As soon as the nut begins to thread into the hole, take the tape off the nut. Hope this helps!!
profdant139 07/16/20 01:51am Tech Issues
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