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RE: Interior Design – Painting

Yeah, I'm a semi-retired professional, so I made my suggestions from that point of view. But it's definitely not something as simple as painting a room in an S&B
Naio 02/15/20 04:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Cheap fix for muddy sites

Florida black mud at a state park campsite. I made a stepping tile walkway out of them from the door of the 5er to the truck. Ya'll have no imagination, the black mud here is worse than the NC red clay at home. They came from Lowes in the flooring section. At least 2 neighbors have commented and gone to get some. Rarely does anything for an RV cost so little. They are 12x12 BTW, big enough for most feet. I'll post a pic later. I figure you mean those 12 x 12 x 2" concrete stepping stones. Great solution! And you can leave them for the next person at the campsite :-). I'm a shoes off in the van person, myself. My van has an interior step which is the perfect place to leave them. I travel with a pair of mud shoes.
Naio 02/15/20 12:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Internet

I was lucky to get a Mobley when they had a good deal, thanks to folks here on the forum posting about it. Before that I used my phone's built in hotspot. With a little bit of rationing on TV watching, I was able to keep it down to 10 gigs a month. When I'm camping I don't really watch that much TV. When I want to download a large file, like something on video, on campground wifi, I do it in middle of the night. I tend to stay up later than other campers, so I might set it to download at midnight and then turn it off when I get up at 3 or 4 in the morning to pee. Or on an early bird schedule, you could do the other way around -- turn it on in the middle of the night and turn it off when you get up at dawn. You could also do like RV Sue, and buy a VHS player at a thrift store and buy super cheap VHS movies as you travel around :).
Naio 02/15/20 11:57am Full-time RVing
RE: Interior Design – Painting

TEST your primer before you commit. Do a little patch, then come back in the morning and see if you can scratch it off with your thumbnail. If not, see if you can scratch it off with a butter knife. You should not be able to, without damaging the surface underneath. If you have several kinds of primer around, do a test patch of each. Personally, I have never seen Zinsser 1-2-3 primer successfully stick to anything other than drywall and maybe bare wood. Killz is good. It comes in oil-based or water-based. Gripper is also good. Also Z-prime. Once you find a primer that works on your surface, do a test patch of primer plus paint. Let it sit for a few weeks before you do more painting. Sometimes the areas you want to paint turn out to have a surface coating, or glue or something underneath, that offgasses and causes paint to bubble up. If that's going to happen, you want to know before you paint a large area! BT;DT.
Naio 02/15/20 11:51am Truck Campers
RE: ??? MOLD ??? Damp Area. ??? SOLUTION ???

Or, depending on how big your rig is, a small dehumidifier might work. I got one of the little tiny under $20 ones for my van and I'm amazed at how effective it is! I have to turn it off when my nose dries out too much :-). If you have mold on soft furnishings like clothing, cushions, etc., wash them with non-chlorine ( = all-fabric, or peroxide) bleach. It removes the stains and the odor, and kills the mold. If it's something you can't put in the washing machine like carpet, front seats, headliner, you can use a carpet cleaning machine. Put the bleach in the first wash, and then put distilled vinegar in the second wash to deactivate the bleach. If at all possible, wait till warm weather to do this, so that you can dry it out with outside air. Otherwise you will definitely need a big dehumidifier :-). Ammonia is good for killing mold, too. Put a little bit in a bucket of water and use it to wipe down solid surfaces. Window channels, of course, but also just any walls or ceiling areas or whatever that get moldy. Or use Windex, which is basically ammonia mixed with water. I had a windshield leak on a previous van when it was in storage. By the time I saw it, the entire headliner, front to back of the van, was covered with mold. Also the seats,seat belts, carpet, etc. I used a carpet cleaner with non-chlorine bleach and vinegar, and got rid of it! I was surprised that it worked, TBH. I camped in the van for years afterwards with no problem.
Naio 02/15/20 11:40am Tech Issues
RE: Van Camping

I used to do more boondocking, but lately I've been using my van mainly for snowbirding. It's a comfy portable cabin.
Naio 02/15/20 12:15am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Dr Doug cbd oil verus pain meds

Even among humans, there is no drug that works on everybody. And some peopleare over sensitive to some drugs. If I take 1/5 of a Vicodin I stop breathing, but CBD has no effect on me. (Other friends tried the CBD from my bottle and it worked great on them, so I know it's me and not the ingredients.) I assume all of this applies to dogs, too. All you can do is try it. CBD is considered to be extremely non-toxic, at least in humans. But that's true for the opiates, too.
Naio 02/15/20 12:12am RV Pet Stop
RE: black tank chemicals

One of the things I liked about happy camper is that it has no fragrance. It gets rid of the sewage odor without adding a perfume odor.
Naio 02/11/20 06:40pm Tech Issues
RE: black tank chemicals

I'm using a cassette toilet for the first time this year. Happy Camper made an enormous difference in the smell when I empty it. Very little smell now. I assume that when it says organic it means in the chemical sense, carbon-based, rather than in the no pesticides sense. (And yes,the definition of organic for foods is very tightly regulated.) Formaldehyde is a carcinogen. I find it hard to believe that anyone is going to breathe enough sewer gas to get hydrogen sulfide poisoning. Per the FDA - "FDA does not regulate the use of the term “organic” on food labels. " That's correct. The FDA doesn't regulate organics, and neither does my Aunt Sally. The regulation is done by the USDA: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/Guide%20to%20Organic%20Certification.pdf https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/CropProducersGuide.pdf For example, as you can see in the second document, organic farms must have their soil tested each year for 3 years before they begin selling their produce as organic, and every year after that. Lots of things are organic, that doesn't mean they are healthy. Asbestos is organic, so is Arsenic. You may be confusing natural with organic, but I see you agree with the point I was making. Formaldehyde and hydrogen sulfide are natural, too. I was assuming people reading this knew that ;-). And getting to the nitty gritty, the fairly dramatic warning label on Happy Camper says (paraphrasing) " Avoid contact with eyes, avoid prolonged contact with skin, do not swallow, avoid breathing dust, wash thoroughly after handling, flush thoroughly for eye and skin contact, get medical attention if any of the above occur" Of course, that is also the warning label required on cooking flour, if it is sold for agricultural use, e.g. as in an ingredient in organic pest control. Anything that is a powder has to have this warning. I'm not saying that Happy Camper is a natural or even a safe product. I'm just saying that this particular warning label, even though it sounds scary, is actually meaningless once you know how the requirements work. You get the point. Doesn't sound so warm and fuzzy to me. The fact there are all these warnings and unnamed ingredients - no thanks. Sounds more like they don't want to tell you whats in it and they don't have to since you don't eat it Yes. This is a massive flaw in the current regulation system. Ingredients labels are not required on everything. And then some of the ones that are required are ridiculously scary compared to the actual danger. I fully agree with you that we need better regulations on labeling. and they use "organic" because it's a marketing tool. If a product that's used to treat a condition invites greater risk than the condition itself - I'll stick with water. I think that's very wise. Did you know what I was talking about when I said that organic has two meanings, one that is used in chemistry and a different, completely unrelated, one that is used in agriculture? https://www.acsh.org/news/2017/10/30/acsh-explains-what-does-organic-really-mean-12045 I suspect that Happy Camper is taking advantage of the confusion that these two different definitions can cause. This level of disingenuousness does not give a very good impression.
Naio 02/11/20 10:47am Tech Issues
RE: black tank chemicals

I'm using a cassette toilet for the first time this year. Happy Camper made an enormous difference in the smell when I empty it. Very little smell now. I assume that when it says organic it means in the chemical sense, carbon-based, rather than in the no pesticides sense. (And yes,the definition of organic for foods is very tightly regulated.) Formaldehyde is a carcinogen. I find it hard to believe that anyone is going to breathe enough sewer gas to get hydrogen sulfide poisoning.
Naio 02/10/20 10:53pm Tech Issues
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.
Naio 02/08/20 10:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

As someone said, using KOA for a comparison is pretty strange. My understanding is that often when people stay at KOA it's because they want the name brand experience. They want the extra amenities and entertainment options, and the predictability. So it's sort of like the OP here is saying that he can sell you some jeans that are just as good as Calvin Kleins but a completely different style and you have to drive an hour each way to get them. Many campgrounds (not RV parks) have electricity and water for around $15 a night. That might be a more appropriate comparison. Campgrounds usually have a central dump station you have to go to, but on the other hand they have showers, so maybe that evens out. A bigger barrier to business success might be the OP's personality. Assuming he is as belligerent and paranoid in person as he is in this thread, a lot of people might not choose to be alone or semi-alone in the boonies with him.
Naio 02/07/20 11:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Panels don't run things

I try to figure out what people are really asking, when they ask weird questions :-)Really. You have to filter that as to what answer will be meaningful. What I often find is that they ask a question, but they really just want to talk, and you listen. There are situations (not to do with solar) where I am tempted to ask, "Do you really want to know, or do you just want to tell me that I'm doing it wrong?" I've been asked to see my electrical system (since it's a bit unusual), but after a minute or so the person becomes bored and uninterested, doesn't ask any questions, and we start talking about his stuff. Then I become bored and uninterested. Lolololol
Naio 02/05/20 03:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Panels don't run things

I suppose another aspect to the question is that people are used to seeing solar panels that only run one thing -- for example those little solar garden lights, or a solar-powered calculator. Maybe they see a big solar panel and they think you are running one huge item with it. So maybe the battery answer is a good one. Maybe they don't know that you could use them to charge your RV's full battery system. I try to figure out what people are really asking, when they ask weird questions :-)
Naio 02/05/20 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Panels don't run things

I think people ask these questions because they have the impression that alternative energy is pretty much useless. They probably think you need a giant solar panel to charge your phone. The massive subsidies for oil and gas in the US give people the impression that nothing else is very worthwhile. I think it is a good deed in the world, to let people know otherwise.
Naio 02/05/20 12:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Passport America

It works out well for me for my north/south trips, snowbirding. My trips both ways are during the off season, and it's easy enough to plan to be at a park on a weeknight. I feel more comfortable at low rent parks anyway. I'm a low rent kind of person.
Naio 01/30/20 11:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: question on inverter use / 120 v refrig / other crazy ?

If his inverter is like my Harbor Freight one, it has USB ports that work to charge a phone even when the inverter is turned off. So there's not much waste of electricity.
Naio 01/29/20 10:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Zoning Law

That's a very good point, about the word of mouth between different people who work for the county, etc.
Naio 01/29/20 01:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: question on inverter use / 120 v refrig / other crazy ?

In my experience, small 120v fridges have a start-up surge around 1200 or 1500 watts. Once they get past that surge, their running wattage is about 75-150w. He will need a bigger inverter and more batteries. Or a large block of ice.
Naio 01/29/20 10:55am Tech Issues
RE: Zoning Law

My friend is definitely of the look-the-other-way variety. As far as two types of code enforcers, maybe that is a rural or urban thing. I have only dealt with inspectors in urban areas, and the ones I'm familiar with all have a policy that they don't go around looking for violations. They only go out when someone reports something. And while they are out, even if they see if a violation across the street they ignore it unless someone complains. It's more of a community standard than a letter of the law approach, I guess. Rural areas I have dealt with basically don't have land use codes that affect this sort of thing. They have building codes, but that's not what we're talking about in this thread. I suppose I could imagine a rural area with complicated land use codes and inspectors who were bored enough to drive around looking for violations :-). It's not something I have encountered.
Naio 01/28/20 01:56pm General RVing Issues
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