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RE: Help me plan our trip - The Dakotas

If you haven't been, it is worth a hop into Wyoming to visit Devils Tower. There is a dry campground in the monument or a KOA just outside at the entrance.
vermilye 01/27/22 10:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Site UP Michigan - Finger Lakes

While a bit west of the finger lakes, Letchworth State Park is worth a visit. 150 miles southeast of Letchworth is Ricketts Glen State Park in PA. 21 waterfalls along a 7 mile hike.
vermilye 01/12/22 03:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2022 Plans for themed trips?

If you get as far north as PA, my favorite state park is Rickets Glen. 21 waterfalls along a 6 mile trail. 2 campgrounds (dry camping) bathroom with hot showers. Some Rickets Glen Photos Second a visit to Letchworth - A Fall 2020 Visit to Letchworth State Park width=640
vermilye 12/30/21 04:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

I currently use a Garmin RV 890. It is an Android tablet with a Garmin overlay. I like the size since it sits further away on my truck dashboard, and the large size allows more side roads & route information along side your route than the smaller GPSs. Lifetime maps and you upload them directly to the tablet - no computer necessary.
vermilye 12/27/21 01:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Propane prices

$3.10 at the Quartzsite 76 station.
vermilye 12/24/21 04:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Simplest battery monitor and shunt? Advice for non-expert

Jon, your style of camping is fairly close to mine, so your comments are particularly persuasive. How do you recalibrate the Victron? Is it difficult? Do you have a bluetooth-equipped monitor? Thanks in advance. I have a Victron solar controller (which is a 100/50). I had to add a Victron dongle to it to be able to read the device from my truck. I have read that the Smart Shunt produces fairly weak Bluetooth & requires the dongle as well. My old 100/30 didn't need one; neither does the 712. As to a daily recalibration or sync, if the solar controller shows it reached 14.5V & the absorption stage runs at least 15 minutes, and it switches to float, I assume that the batteries (3 100 amp hour Battleborn lithium) are full. Most of the time, under these conditions, the Victron 712 battery monitor does an automatic sync, if not, I'll do it manually. If I was really concerned, I'd test the batteries every year by running them down to the BMS low voltage shut off & note the number of amp hours used, but to be honest, I don't bother. With lead acid batteries, it might be more important to know the true battery capacity, however I suspect that shortened discharge times before hitting low voltage would become obvious as the battery capacity drops. Not so obvious with lithium... Hope this is helpful. Jon
vermilye 12/20/21 11:26am Tech Issues
RE: Simplest battery monitor and shunt? Advice for non-expert

While long term tracking is useful, and, since the amp hour capacity of lead acid batteries drops over time, even the Victron or other shunt based battery monitors will need recalibration over the years. That does not make them useless. During a trip the day to day usage & replenishment is where a shunt based monitor shines. You can easily determine whether your solar has put back enough that you are comfortable using a high current device such as a microwave, toaster, etc. If you are recharging with a generator, you can see when your converter switches to absorption and save running the generator for hours just to put a few amp hours back in the batteries. I have used both voltage measurements and shunt based monitors, and am far more comfortable dry camping with the Victron monitor. I've gone as long as 91 days without hookups, relying on solar. Without a good method of tracking the battery conditions, that would have been near impossible.
vermilye 12/18/21 10:23am Tech Issues
RE: New cooling unit or refurbish?

I am NOT cautioning you. I am telling you the plain facts. OLDER Model Norcolds/Dometics/Servel/Sibir refer's used MANUAL controls to operate the LP and 120 function. NO 12 volts needed. Current RV refers require 12 volts to operate BOTH LP and 120. So, if you did go the NEW refer route you would have to get that 120 to 12 volt converter. BTW, Leisure RV in Winkler, Manitoba drives all their factory parts warranty and Customer Pay across the USA border to ship to USA Dealers. Saves them a bundle on UPS charges. Doug OK I understand what you are saying now. Thanks. About the 12 V. You mentioned new fridges require 12V to operate BOTH LP and 120V. What about for my situation where I will NEVER use gas? If I never use gas would I need 12V for the 120V? Thanks for the tip on Leisure RV. As Doug said, new refrigerators require 12V to operator on either 12V or 120V. The electronics card is powered by 12V & controls the temperature.
vermilye 12/15/21 10:24am Tech Issues
RE: Veterans Day-Got Any Pics To Share?

Here are 2 - Me & Joey Bishop width=640 Decorations: width=640 Was I ever that young?
vermilye 11/11/21 02:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: When do Snow Birds head south??

I'm on my way now from upstate NY (left October 21), but I take 5-6 weeks to get to Quartzsite. Lots of stops on the way.
vermilye 11/01/21 04:47pm Snowbirds
RE: Quartzite?

The closest (a short walk) is the La Posa West Long Term Visitor Area - dispersed dry camping @ $40.00 per 2 weeks. There are a number of free BLM camping areas within a couple of miles of the Big Tent, but parking at the tent is a PIA.
vermilye 11/01/21 09:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Albuquerque Balloon Festival?

In 2018, 2 months prior to the festival we were only able to make a couple of reservations for the dry camping area on the grounds for a Tuesday & Wednesday. We were not able to extend our stay past Wednesday even when we were on site. The rests of the festival we ended up at the Black Mesa Casino about 20 miles from the grounds. Inexpensive electric only site in a parking lot for $20.00 per night, but a hassle to get to the festival. Long lines to get off of I 25, expensive parking, and leaving the casino at 3:30AM to see the dawn launches, etc. Still, a great experience. Some Photos:
vermilye 11/01/21 09:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Electrical issue on 50amp service

Check all the neutral connections. A loose or open neutral can cause different voltages between legs.
vermilye 11/01/21 08:57am Tech Issues
RE: Quartzite?

If you are asking about the "Big Tent" show, it is scheduled for January 22 - 30th. I wouldn't call it a show with all manufacturers; more like a state fair with an RV emphasis.
vermilye 10/28/21 08:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Plans for winter camping?

I've just started my plans for winter camping. Left upstate NY on October 21, and will make a slow (with many stops) trip to the Long Term Visitor Areas in Quartzsite, AZ. I skipped last year, but have done the trip for the previous 5 years. The best way to winterize your trailer possible! 2021 - 2022 Trip To The Southwest
vermilye 10/23/21 08:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggestions for new wall mount stereo

2X on Crutchfield. They have filters that let you input your requirements, then list the available receivers.
vermilye 10/23/21 08:46am Technology Corner
RE: Puzzled by Refrigerator Problem

If you are hearing a roar from the refrigerator flame, even if it cools, you have a problem. I've never heard a refrigerator flame roar...
vermilye 10/23/21 08:37am Tech Issues
RE: Biden to restore 3 national monuments cut by Trump

Link Fixed. And they used a terrible photo of House on Fire. Here is one from my last visit: width=640
vermilye 10/08/21 08:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Can now run the A/C while boondocking

Another advantage of the Micro Air Easy Start is it eliminated the "thump" when the compressor starts. The thump is what stalls smaller generators, but in a small trailer it is an annoying noise. Glad to "hear" it is gone!
vermilye 09/25/21 08:21am Tech Issues
RE: Manufacture vs Dealership

Most of the small fiberglass trailers (Escape, Scamp, Casita, Oliver), are sold by the factory - No dealers. The exception is Bigfoot...
vermilye 09/24/21 01:53pm General RVing Issues
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