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RE: Costco 100W 18V solar blanket: which controller to use?

I used a DOKIO 300 watt folding panel over the winter in Quartzsite. Made a 3/4"PVC frame to keep it tiled in the correct angle. It came with a controller, although I didn't use it - tied it in with the rooftop solar panels.https://www.lakeshoreimages.com/22trip/images2210/IMG_2281.jpg width=640
vermilye 06/20/22 03:44pm Tech Issues
RE: New River Gorge NP

Babcock State Park is about 20 miles from the New River Gorge National Park. A campground with electric only first come sites (bathrooms with showers) and a very pretty grist mill: https://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images148/ASE_1299.jpg height=480
vermilye 06/12/22 09:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TV & 30 ft TT to Mini Van and 17 ft TT

While I tow a 4700 lb 21' Escape fiberglass trailer with a F150, I often travel with friends that tow a 16' Scamp with a Toyota Sienna mini van. No need to sleep in the van - a bed, bathroom with shower & a pair of bunk beds in front and a bed/dining table in the back in the Scamp. They leave the rear area set up as a permanent bed & eat at lap tables or outside. Well under the 3500 lb limit on the Sienna.
vermilye 06/07/22 12:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hughes Auto PWD50

looks like normal pricing - even cheaper at eTrailer & Amazon. I prefer a built in EMS rather than external...
vermilye 06/03/22 08:46am Tech Issues
RE: RV Park recommendations for Alaska

Along with the Milepost, which I find a bit too commercial, check out The Traveler's Guide to Alaskan Camping by Mike Church. Far more useful. If you start the Alaskan Highway at Dawson Creek, stop at the visitor center for their fuel & campground guide handout. Probably the most up to date list available (if they are still doing it). We made the trip in 2015 and found the Teklanika Campground in Denali a good location - you can't drive after hauling your trailer to the campground, but you have a open pass for the buses for your entire stay. Even in 2015 Teklanika was "full" (with lots of empty sites) by the time we got there. We made reservations in December for a July visit. Our Alaska Trip.
vermilye 05/28/22 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hot water element

It might, depending of the device. Again, I'd use an adapter & plug the trailer into a GFCI just to be sure the heating element isn't shorted to the tank water. A short to the water might not draw enough current to trip a breaker, but be enough to trip a GFCI.
vermilye 05/05/22 03:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hot water element

If he destroyed the cladding on the element it may still work, but cause a GFCI receptacle to trip due to electrical leakage to the water. I'd plug the trailer into a GFCI to check before he ends up in a situation where he needs to plug into one.
vermilye 05/05/22 01:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Antelope Canyon

While it has been awhile, here is a link to my Upper Antelope Canyon Photo tour. It also has a link to a tour of the Lower Antelope Canyon. I know they have stopped the photo tours, and there are probably many changes, but I'd do my best to visit off season (when ever that is) since it can be very crowded. While there check out Horseshoe Bend.
vermilye 04/14/22 04:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Parking permits in the GSMNP

I was at Zion and thought the shuttle system was the WORST I have seen anywhere in the world. I will NEVER use them again. I will only go when I can use my own car to get around.Well, I was at Zion the day before the shuttle system opened for the season, and every parking pull off was full with cars parked along the road for a half mile or so either side of every pullout. Many sections were reduced to one lane with volunteers trying to guide traffic. A complete zoo. While the shuttle system isn't perfect, it is far better than the results when there is nothing.
vermilye 04/08/22 09:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: time to get vehicle after ordering

Just be glad you are not ordering an Escape 5th wheel (21' fiberglass trailer). Order today & the expected delivery date is August 2024.
vermilye 04/01/22 12:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Butt splice connector to join 10 gauge to 12 gauge wire?

I have no problem using WAGO connectors for low voltage wiring, particularly if it is wiring that needs to be disconnected/reconnected a couple of times, but be sure you are using actual WAGO connectors. There are imitation versions that are junk. While they are rated for 120V use, I don't use them for AC wiring.
vermilye 03/30/22 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: Books on disk

I have to vehemently disagree. A good narrator can add a lot to a audio book. Listening to the "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" read by the author is wonderful. I can't say that the text-to-talk app doesn't work okay, since I've not tried it, but I would warrant it can't compare to a real person, and I mean a "GOOD" narrator. You do realize, "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is a radio program that was transcribed into a book, so yes, it's a special case that benefits from mimicking the original media source. For most books, there is a minor improvement but hardly noticeable.I didn't know that, and fail to see how it's relevant. He's not doing a radio skit, he's reading the book. How does the computer voice differentiate between different people? Male and female? We'll just have to agree to disagree. Warning thread drift: A radio skit built around various exaggerated voices will benefit from maintaining those separate voices even when converted into the audiobook format. Most audio books simply have a single narrator and he reads the text verbatim something like: Narrator reads: “I like the cover," Arthur said. "Don't Panic. It's the first helpful or intelligible thing anybody's said to me all day. ” Since the narrator said that Arthur said it, it's readily obvious who said it. The narrator typically doesn't effect a feminine voice for female parts if he is male (or vice versa with a female narrator reading male parts). If the narrator doesn't use differences between characters, be they be male or female, they are not effective narrators. While a male narrator will not turn into a female when reading a female character, a good one will change his voice to make an obvious female. Same for a good female narrator when voicing a male. If they don't, there is little difference between a narrator & a computer voice. Nothing as boring as a narrator that just reads. If you want a good example of character voices, listen to Will Patton reading James Lee Burke's The House of the Rising Sun.
vermilye 03/10/22 02:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Solar MPPT and lithium batteries

My Victron 100/50 with parameters set for lithium also starts each morning in the bulk mode, charges until the charging voltage hits around 14.3V, switches to absorption and brings them up to 14.5V while balancing the battery cells. After absorption, it switches to float at 13.6V. Throughout a typical night, using 30 - 40 amp hours, the battery bank typically drops to 12.8V by morning. Bank is 3 100 amp hour Battleborns.
vermilye 03/08/22 03:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Good Low cost Camping Map Books for The West?

For us, the tiny little phone screens aren't really usable ... plus often phone memories aren't large enough to hold detailed wide area maps in case the phone can't connect to a cell tower at any particular place. A laptop with a large memory holding, for instance, detailed maps of the entire Western U.S. - with the necessary GPS receiver plugged into one of it's USB ports - is the way to do it, IMHO. While I agree that a laptop provides the most flexibility, a large iPad or other tablet will do much of the same at a lower cost and, depending on the model, already has the GPS built in.
vermilye 03/08/22 10:38am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Books on disk

I have to vehemently disagree. A good narrator can add a lot to a audio book. Listening to the "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" read by the author is wonderful. I can't say that the text-to-talk app doesn't work okay, since I've not tried it, but I would warrant it can't compare to a real person, and I mean a "GOOD" narrator. I wholeheartedly agree! I listen to a lot of audio books and the narrator really makes it. Rarely though, the narrator can ruin it. I have to agree with Renee. While I still prefer reading rather than listening to books (although I have been moving to Kindle versions rather than physical books) the narrator of an audio book can make or destroy it. Speaking text is easy; telling a story with the author's intent is far more difficult - I doubt a computerized text to voice system will ever match a good narrator. Some excellent narrators include Nicholas Guy Smith, George Guidall, or JD Jackson.
vermilye 03/08/22 10:31am Technology Corner
RE: Books on disk

It the new truck radio has an aux input, you might look at using Bluetooth receiver/transmitter to listen to media on your phone (assuming that it has Bluetooth). I usually listen to audio files from a couple of different libraries downloaded to my phone using Overdrive.
vermilye 03/06/22 06:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Dometic thermostat replacement.

If you have the Dometic touch Tstat with just 3 wires, ONLY the Dometic will work. Did the OEM install a standard 6 to 8 wire tstat cable or just a 3 wire cable? If 3 wire, you will have to run a new control cable from the wall to the roof AC. You will also have to replace The Roof AC control box with the Analog Control box that will accept a standard wall tstat. You need an Analog control kit, but unless you can find someone that still has one from years ago, as Dometic has discontinued that control. You only have the choice of the TC control, which you have or a CCC2 control that requires a 4 wire phone type control cable. The link shows the discontinued part you need. Doug https://pdxrvwholesale.com/products/dometic-analog-control-kit-3107541009%20 There is an expensive replacement for the Dometic 3 wire thermostat - the Micro-Air Easy Touch. It comes in a number of different models; use their Web Page to see if they have a model that will replace yours. Easier to use the touch feature, can be controlled by your phone over Bluetooth or WiFi. As long a you do the software updates, it is far superior to the Dometic version.
vermilye 03/06/22 09:57am Tech Issues
RE: Digital T-stat Upgrade

Most home thermostats require 24V AC to operate. If you are going to use a home thermostat, be sure it has its own battery. A second problem is some Dometic thermostats that run both AC & the furnace connect to a control box rather than directly to the furnace & Air Conditioner. Mine is in the air conditioner shroud. The wiring for mine has three wires at the thermostat - Ground, +12v, and control. If you have that type, I doubt any home thermostat, battery powered or not would work. There is a replacement for the Dometic thermostat called the Micro Air Easy Touch . It has both Bluetooth & WiFi controls as well as the faceplate. I like mine, but their website shows a replacement for your thermostat "is coming soon".
vermilye 03/01/22 11:01am Tech Issues
RE: Garmin 890 GPS unit ?

I have the 890 in a F150. I love the large size & that it shows far more of what is along side your route than the smaller displays. Since it is an Android tablet with built in WiFi modified by Garmin, you don't need a computer to update the maps or operating system.
vermilye 02/13/22 04:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Unique eateries

Chopes Bar & Grill, La Mesa, NM - the best chile relleno you will ever eat.
vermilye 02/03/22 09:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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