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RE: Short Term Winterising

SImilar situation for me in Michigan. DUe to medical issues I am physically limited. I did drain all the water including the water heater. Nothing in the toilet. So only the lines have some water. I never thought about leaving the faucets open to allow for expansion - seems good. I've never blown out lines, always used the pink stuff. Still need to buy some, but cannot drive yet. I was hoping to use it over Thanksgiving, but my recovery seems too slow to allow that. I can't reach the water heater bypass valves. Need to find someone to do that. May hit 19 here next Monday night, and be below freezing for 48 hours, 20 degrees below normal.
steveh27 11/06/19 05:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mobile hot spots

Barney, As long as I keep buying service time I keep everything. Been doing that for a decade, just not with the smart phone.
steveh27 11/02/19 09:37am Technology Corner
RE: Mobile hot spots

Barney, I have a tracfone now for making calls when I travel. It is not a smart phone. I am thinking of buying one of those reconditioned smart phones from tracfone, but not getting the plan as I would only use it when on the road. I would buy service time, minutes & data as needed like I do now for the phone, for less than $20/month.
steveh27 11/02/19 06:16am Technology Corner
RE: In-Depth RV Lithium Install & Wiring Film - Mike Mas

Thanks Mike. The battery draw from propane detector, etc is about 0.2 amps or about 5 amps per day. So without being plugged in it can draw down the SOC in a month.
steveh27 11/01/19 05:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mobile hot spots

I will not use a smart phone as a tv. Probably no more than an hour a week looking at radar & checking email. I do have Dish sat tv and a sat radio as well.
steveh27 10/31/19 11:27am Technology Corner
RE: Mobile hot spots

I do not stream anything. Have no smart phone now. If I went with comcast I would only use it to check some news and weather now & then. And then the unlimited free phone calls if on wifi or by a hotspot.
steveh27 10/31/19 08:39am Technology Corner
RE: In-Depth RV Lithium Install & Wiring Film - Mike Mas

I installed 200 ah of lithium lifepo4 batteries in my small battery box in my 1997 Xplorer 230XL (classB) in early July. Then I fractured my hip & have been diagnosed w stage 1 multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. I had a partial hip replacement & am still recovering, was in the hosptial & rehab 3+ weeks. My Trimetric showed the batteries were almost totally discharged. Plugged the van in to shore power & it has been recharging slowly. The PD charger people told me to charge it full I should manually push in the boost button for lithium batteries. I have not been able to climb into the rv let alone reach down neaar the floor where the charger boost button is. The state of charge on the Trimetric shows 67% SOC with a little charging ongoing. So I think I'm OK with the batteries and it may be best to just leave it plugged in with the slow charging as the batt mfrs said it's best to store them near 50% SOC. Any thoughts on this?
steveh27 10/31/19 06:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mobile hot spots

My neighbor said with his comcast internet he can use a smart phone he bought from them for free if using wifi or any of the thousands of comcast hotspots country wide. If he is out of range then it costs only $12/mo for 1 gb data. I'm still trying to learn the details of this.
steveh27 10/31/19 06:11am Technology Corner
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

My experience dealt with Long Pine cg in the everglades. I had stayed there twice using my senior pass. There are no site hookups. They do have a communal water fill & dump site. The toilets are good and they have solar showers. A couple years ago I checked about going again & a private concessionaire was now in charge & refused to honor the senior pass discount. Almost seems like fraud to change it after the fact. I called & emailed complaints to the NPS but never heard back. I have not returned. I found other free boondocking sites. Just sad they want to take away our senior discount. By "change it after the fact" do you mean the price changed between when you made a reservation and when you arrived, or that the price basically went up (due to there no longer being a discount offered) between your previous stay and your inquiry? The former seems questionable, the latter in my opinion is nothing at all near fraud, any more than a store or restaurant raising their prices substantially. You, of course, have the option of taking your custom elsewhere, as indeed you did. Change it after the purchase of the senior pass which promised the discount. Now it's gone. They should have said the discount could betaken away at any time at their whim. That cg has no reservations.
steveh27 10/16/19 12:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

My experience dealt with Long Pine cg in the everglades. I had stayed there twice using my senior pass. There are no site hookups. They do have a communal water fill & dump site. The toilets are good and they have solar showers. A couple years ago I checked about going again & a private concessionaire was now in charge & refused to honor the senior pass discount. Almost seems like fraud to change it after the fact. I called & emailed complaints to the NPS but never heard back. I have not returned. I found other free boondocking sites. Just sad they want to take away our senior discount.
steveh27 10/16/19 07:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Generator pros and cons

I use my Honda 2000 once or twice a year. Does what I need. I follow the manuals instruction for storage; full gas tank with stabil, drain the carb, and it's good for up to a year. Pull a few times to get gas through the carb & she starts. Also used it when my house lost power for 3 1/2 days. Ran extension cords to power fridge, sat tv, computer, lights, and my neighbors fridge and a light. I used an extended tank to run it for over a day before refueling. I'm thinking of having a transfer switch installed or getting the furnace powerline altered to have a plug end so I could use an extension cord for it.
steveh27 10/12/19 12:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Comments on cancel your car Insurance

I have AAA insurance. In Early Dec I park the rv and will not drive it for months. I have AAA cut all coverage except comprehensive which covers damage to a 'stored' vehicle. I reinstate full coverage when I head to FLA in late Jan. That's when I cut all coverage to my car except comprehensive and leave it in Michigan. This saves almost $100/month, course Michigan has the highest insurance rates.
steveh27 10/01/19 07:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV toilet with a self contained holding tank

I have Thetford's recirculating toilet with it's own black tank.
steveh27 09/26/19 05:14am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: propane tank removal

rv jj, I see you are in my neighborhood. am interested in this as well. I have a 1997 Xplorer 230XL. I sand and paint my propane tank under the van every 2 years or so. But I'm thinking I should have it replaced. It seems only RV shops do that. None of the propane or tank places I have called do that. I would not try this myself. I found the tank for $470 or so, but the one rv shop, Klines in Warren, said they would supply the tank (to make the profit on it) and would charge $130/hour for the labor. Here is the tank. You can see where it is mounted. https://www.rvautoparts.com/6814-Manchester-Tank-Propane-Tank-ASME-Permanent-Mount-Tank_p_34213.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI38e8-trz4wIVy8DACh0sygokEAQYBSABEgIZMPD_BwE We should meet to show each our Xplorers.
steveh27 08/17/19 05:29am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B on a Dodge Chassis - When did they go bad?

I have a 1997 Xplorer 230XL on a Dodge chassis. I put rear wheel spacers on it. I love it and it runs well and I'm keeping it forever. I got it in 2000 and now have 192,000 miles on it.
steveh27 08/06/19 05:39am Tech Issues
RE: A new trend in RV fridges?

Yesterday I sent Dometic a request to go back to making at least one model 3 way small fridge without electronic controls so when boondocking on propane it will not draw power from the house battery. My 1997 has a Dometic rM 2310 which does not draw power. But it's getting old & I had to repair it this summer. When I checked into replacements they drew so much power when on propane that I could not camp anymore. My Class B does not have a built in genny & I usually do not drag along my Honda 2000. I do have a portable solar panel which worked well in Fl for 33 days this winter, but that would not have kept up with the newer fridge draw. Hope mine holds together as I doubt Dometic will see the needs of a few boondockers.
steveh27 08/02/19 05:26am Tech Issues
RE: Hehr window replacement for an older Roadtrek

I just replaced my Hehr window operator. I think I got it from Lippert, but there are some on ebay. If that is what you need make sure you get the right one.
steveh27 08/01/19 05:38am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Real small motor homes; value?

I've had my Class B, a 1997 Xplorer 230XL, the best of the B's when it came out, since 2000. I got it for $27,000 and will never sell it. I sleep in it 60-75 nights a year, and full time in FLA for Feb-Mar. I am single & usually travel solo. I usually stay in one spot for 6 days or so. I do not like the Sprinter vans for several reasons; diesel not gas, seem too narrow and tall, and too expensive.
steveh27 07/28/19 07:00am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: LIFePO4 batteries - interesting challenges

SOC seems to work OK with the Trimetric and my lifepo4.
steveh27 07/24/19 05:18am Tech Issues
RE: LIFePO4 batteries - interesting challenges

My invertor is only 400 watts, so I'll not be having a huge draw, but will have much more usable power. I'll try to attach a pic. It's not pretty, but it's working. https://www.michigan-sportsman.com/forum/media/img_2664-1.121275/full
steveh27 07/23/19 10:37am Tech Issues
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