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RE: Starting batteries instead of deep cycle

It kinda seems like maybe a set of regular starting batteries might actually be better. If you draw your fully charged battery(s)down to 50% state of charge before recharging back to 100%; deep cycle batteries will survive a thousand or so of such cycles. Starter batteries maybe 40 or 50 cycles.
Optimistic Paranoid 09/28/19 02:08am Truck Campers
RE: Back hurting from bed in travel trailer - need advice please

+2 on the Froli. Here's a link to their web site: Here's a review of the system on Truck Camper Adventure: I use the Froli with a latex foam mattress I bought from The Foam Factory: Lots of useful information there about foam grades, foam density, etc. and you can buy whatever grade and density you want, rather than buy something with just a brand name and no idea what you are really getting.
Optimistic Paranoid 09/14/19 03:58am General RVing Issues
RE: How come?

... and my Doc can't call in anything when I'm out of state. ??? If you use a chain drugstore like CVS, Rite Aid, or Walmart, your Doc can call the prescription in to your local pharmacy and you can pick it up at the nearest branch when you are traveling. (Unfortunately, I don't think this works if you are in Canada)
Optimistic Paranoid 09/09/19 06:31am RV Lifestyle
RE: Question about tire pressure

I will state again, there is no down side to running the rear tires at max psi. Actually, according to Michelin, "A tire that is overinflated for the weight it is carrying is more prone to impact damage". Michelin RV Tire Guide
Optimistic Paranoid 08/29/19 03:21am Truck Campers
RE: Accidentally plugged into 220v

Well said, sir! Or as Theodore Roosevelt said: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles; or where the doer of deeds could have done them better ..."
Optimistic Paranoid 08/27/19 03:17am Tech Issues
RE: Phone numbers on important things

I’ve always put phone numbers on things that might be misplaced or otherwise might get out of my possession. I figure there are plenty of honest people in the world, I put a military-style dog tag on all my key rings. It reads: REWARD IF FOUND MY NAME MY CELL PHONE # MY EMAIL ADDRESS I'll gladly slip someone $20 for returning vehicle keys that would cost $50 to $100 to replace. I also put bright colorful plastic cap covers on all the keys. Makes it easier to find them if they are dropped in snow, tall grass, etc. Of course, the reason you don't put your address on the dog tag is because your house/apartment key is on the ring. Why make it stupid easy for someone who ISN'T honest?
Optimistic Paranoid 08/25/19 03:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Will GFCI work with items without equipment ground

I replaced the $12 GFCI and had no more problems. And this is the other reason why GFCI does not obviate the need for a third grounding wire. They fail way too often, and according to that bastard Murphy, they're going to fail when you need them the most!
Optimistic Paranoid 08/23/19 05:15am Tech Issues
RE: Will GFCI work with items without equipment ground

......nor would I ever put one on a sump pump, even though the electrical code requires it. That second one requires you to be VERY careful when you wade into the water if the sump pump ever does fail. They make 12 volt sump pumps, primarily so they can keep running off the battery if a storm knocks the power out, but I imagine they would also protect you if you were wading in the water.
Optimistic Paranoid 08/23/19 05:12am Tech Issues
RE: Any American full-timers have experience w/ Tax Exclusion?

Passing the physical residency test is the standard, not paying taxes elsewhere. Are you planning to somehow get a Canadian or Mexican Drivers License, Vehicle Registration, and Vehicle insurance? To get an American Driver's License, Registration, and Insurance, - not to mention Health Insurance - you're going to have to give them an address in one of our 50 states. Absent proof that you rented an apartment or something in Canada/Mexico, I rather suspect that the IRS, as well as the state government involved, are going to claim THAT address is your legal residence. In any event, you really should stop asking strangers on the Internet for free legal and tax advice and find a good tax attorney to give you the straight scoop. Now, if you want free MEDICAL advice, most of us here would be happy to tell you how to treat that painful rectal itch you've developed ...
Optimistic Paranoid 08/22/19 06:34am Full-time RVing
RE: Need Help on how to get health insurance while traveling

I'll throw out one more idea that I've read about but have no personal experience with. On the RV Dreams website,on a page devoted to RV Insurance: Understanding the Coverages They talk about something called Medical Payments insurance. They say: Medical Payments (aka MedPay) This is an optional coverage* which pays for the costs of medical care for you, your family, and any passengers resulting from a covered accident. It may be used regardless of fault. This coverage is fairly inexpensive and may be a great supplement to your health insurance especially if you have a high deductible health insurance policy. If you have medical costs resulting from an accident, this coverage pays quickly and may save you paying for a high out-of-pocket deductible. It may also be worthwhile if you have no health insurance. It's certainly not a substitute for health insurance and only kicks in if you are injured in a covered accident, but it may be worth the premium. * - Some states require insurers to include a minimum amount of this coverage.
Optimistic Paranoid 08/05/19 01:37pm Full-time RVing
RE: Need Help on how to get health insurance while traveling

The only thing my insurance covers out of state is emergency room. Well that's great but if its something that needs surgery or if you have a stroke or something, that emergency room coverage wont cover it. I'm not old enough for medicare yet. So basically no one knows of any policies or coverage that covers you out of your own state? And basically the way the insurance works nowadays, you are held hostage in your own state, or pray that nothing happens to you when you cross state lines. I'm coming to this kind of late, and being a retired state worker, I personally have good insurance that covers me anywhere, so I have no PERSONAL experience with this, but: Have you considered getting one of those Medical Evacuation / Air Ambulance policies that will fly you back to your home state where your regular insurance will cover you? Some allow your spouse or another family member to ride along with you. There are even a few that will arrange for your RV to be returned for you. Google Medical Evacuation Insurance and you will find a bunch of them. Here's one: Hope that helps . . .
Optimistic Paranoid 08/04/19 06:53am Full-time RVing
RE: Solar wire size

I would suggest that you go to Handy Bob's site and read all his articles. The RV Battery Charging Puzzle Here's what he has to say on wiring: *WIRING:* Resistance or impedance is the enemy. You have to overcome it and get the power to the batteries, not just to the output terminals on your charge controller. The system in my rig is efficient because I wired it with six gauge wire, for a total distance of only 12 ft from panels to controller. I ran #4 from the controller to the batteries. I spent about $30 for this wire and gained about $120 worth of added power when looking at what 6% of what my panels cost, which is about what I gained when going from 25ft of poorly routed #8 wire to 12ft of #6 wire. Big wire is even more cost efficient when you are looking at the difference in cost for a new installation. If your controller is located very close to the batteries like it needs to be, it will regulate the voltage to the batteries so they get what they need. You can run smaller wires from the panels to the controller than you run from there to the batteries, but make sure you can get nearly 16 volts minimum to the controller by looking at a voltage drop table. Big wire is cheap compared to the cost of panels, so err on the big side. You can either run big wire or install multiple smaller runs and split the panels up into several feeds. DO NOT tie the wires together at both ends. One wire will always have less resistance & carry more of the load. Find a voltage drop chart and limit your loss from the roof to the batteries to 3%. This way you can ignore the drop in the wires on the roof. You will find that voltage drop is directly proportional to the number of amps (higher amps equals more voltage drop), which is why you should wire for the number of panels you might need and not use the minimum size for the panels you initially buy. Use BIG wire, at least #8 for two panels and, and #6 for three panels and that is only for runs under 20 ft. I have installed a lot of #4 cable and wish I had it in my own rig. From the controller to the batteries the wire size is critical. The bigger the better. If you cannot design for less than a 1% drop due to the length of run, it is possible with better controllers (Morningstar Tristar & Prostar, plus a few others) to use remote voltage sensing and the controller will boost the voltage going out, so that the correct voltage reaches the batteries. Do not be tempted to use this as a way of installing smaller wires. Voltage drop in the run between the controller and the batteries equals wattage loss in charging. Fewer watts come out of the end of the wire than go in when the voltage drops. This means that using smaller wires here will cost you watts charging every day forever. This is a foolish place to save a few dollars. A word on the stranded wire debate: Yes, you should use stranded wire because it is better for DC power. However, the difference between stranded building wire and finely stranded automotive or welding cable is teeny, tiny electrically, so don’t obsess about it. The finely stranded stuff is easier to work with, but the main thing to worry about is a UV rated shield on the roof, protection against damage when routing through the rig and the price. Buy what you can find at the right price and what you can deal with mechanically. There is nothing wrong with running big, stiff wires and then splicing short, flexible leads on the ends to make it possible to connect to terminals. The big wire is there to limit voltage drop, not to carry amps. You are not going to load it enough for the splices to get hot and fail.
Optimistic Paranoid 08/01/19 12:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Correct inflation of trailer tires

I am talking only about tires on a towable. I know. That was directed towards the OTHER guy, who apparently runs his CAR tires at max inflation . . .
Optimistic Paranoid 07/30/19 04:31pm Beginning RVing
RE: If you had a month...?

Probably not doable from SoCal, but was me, I'd go to Newfoundland to L'Anse aux Meadows, the place where the Norse landed in North America. Plus, the fall colors will be fabulous throughout the Canadian Maritimes and New England, and the ocean ferry ride to Newfoundland would be an adventure all by itself. l'anse aux meadows
Optimistic Paranoid 07/30/19 07:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Correct inflation of trailer tires

Inflate to max inflation as shown on the sidewall. x2 no need to overthink it. has worked for me. autos, boat trailer tires, and motorcycles As far as cars, vans, pickups, and motorized RVs go, inflate your tires to maximum and go to a mall before it opens. Use a piece of chalk to put a line across each tire, and drive a couple of hundred yards. Then check your tires. In most cases - depending of course on your vehicle weight - I think you will see that the chalk is worn off in the center, but not at the edges, which indicates that not all of the tire tread is making contact with the road. It seems self-evident to me that this is NOT optimum for either steering traction or braking in the shortest distance. And I suspect you will also be more prone to hydroplaning in the wet than if your tires were making complete contact with the road. Both Goodyear and Michelin have downloadable RV tire publications, available here: Recreational Tire Care Guide RV Tire Guide They both warn against overinflating tires because of lessened traction, braking and steering. BTW, the Michelin Guide also says that an overinflated tire is more prone to impact damage
Optimistic Paranoid 07/30/19 07:26am Beginning RVing
RE: Correct inflation of trailer tires

Keep in mind that - if you have a dual axle trailer - and you have a blowout on one tire, the ENTIRE weight previously being carried by two tires are suddenly going to put on the single remaining tire. A good argument for seeing to it that each tire can handle the maximum amount of weight they are capable of.
Optimistic Paranoid 07/30/19 03:28am Beginning RVing
RE: insurance questions

Do I want to pay $500 annual premium for it, when I live in place with no tornadoes and no floods? NOPE Ah, but do you live in a place with no idiots who text while they drive?
Optimistic Paranoid 07/30/19 03:20am Truck Campers
RE: insurance questions

Where did the OP or anyone else get the idea that insurance on a truck provided ANY coverage for a camper? That would not be true for most insurance policies. You need a separate, additional policy.....Period. Since - in most states - a truck camper is considered CARGO being carried in the back of your truck, the question then becomes, does your insurance policy cover cargo, and if it does, are there any limits as to how much they will pay? Other limits - collision vs comprehensive, etc.?
Optimistic Paranoid 07/25/19 04:22pm Truck Campers
RE: insurance questions

When it is in the yard, it is covered by homeowners as property. When it is on the road, it is part of the truck and they do not care to hear from me about my adventures. I rather suspect that if you take it off your truck anywhere OTHER than your home and something happens to it, you will find that neither your truck policy nor your homeowners policy will cover it.
Optimistic Paranoid 07/24/19 07:57pm Truck Campers
RE: insurance questions

For a really good overview of RV insurance, I recommend you take a look at this site:
Optimistic Paranoid 07/24/19 03:17am Truck Campers
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