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RE: "All-terrain" step stool??

I think I just found a possible solution -- it is kind of low to the ground for what I had in mind, but it's a start: Possible solution We have the same step and love it. We use it on our B with double side doors and I made a mount for it on the second door for storage. To minimize rattles my wife made a sleeve for it out of soft naugahyde like material.
JimBollman 10/12/21 07:40pm Tech Issues
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

Over the last couple of weeks the B has had lots done to it but only a few things by me. My 1999 E250 based B with the 5.4l Triton engine developed a ticking sounded like a lifter but with over head cams it doesn't have traditional lifters and it only has 75K miles on it. Ford garage scratched their head agreed it sounded like it was coming from the top of the engine and finally tore in and took off both valve covers and everything looked like new, even scoped down in all the cylinders no signs of problems. What they did find was a bracket that had something to do with the pollution control inside the passenger side cam cover had come loose and was at times appeared to be hitting the cam. They actually found a new valve cover with the bracket welded by the factory instead of depending on epoxying the old one back together. They are not positive that was the problem but the noise is gone. Lots of labor costs to tear that far into a van engine with no clearance to work. I added an OBD-2 scanner to give me gauges on my smart phone so I Could keep an eye on the engine, paranoid now. I then changed the cabin battery, bough a low clearance aluminum jack at Harbor Freight and it paid for us over the last time I dropped the battery from underneath. 60lbs of battery is no fun to mess with while flat on your back. The old one had a little life left left but getting ready for 4+ days of dry camping and decided even if it would get us through I would have to change it next year. Then it was a quick wash job and lots of sorting and packing. Only our second outing in a year and a half.
JimBollman 10/04/21 04:50pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: AT&T no more Wireless Home Phone

We have had a Verizon Home Phone since they first came out. We have his and her cell phone and a home number this way. We also like having phones everywhere for the home number so currently have 9 phones scattered around. I assume at some point Verizon will drop support also unless they come out with a new version. I have looked into the Bluetooth paired phones a few times over the years and they seem to always have mixed reviews.
JimBollman 09/01/21 06:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Hersey PA RV show

Never been but familiar with the grounds since we go to the be antique car flea market and car show in October. The car flea market takes all the paved parking lots from the football stadium all the way past the Giant Center to road on the West side. What area does the RV show cover?
JimBollman 08/18/21 07:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Truck Camper carport

Not sure if they are National or only East Coast but I have Carolina Carport that I am very happy with. You can design as little or as much as you want. I went with heavier steel and extra tie downs to get their longterm guarantee and the peace of mind. I had 2 sides that don't show enclosed with steel and put wood siding to match the house on the 4th, front is open. Some I have seen do just hold walls so things will not blow in.
JimBollman 08/16/21 05:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Thinking About Winter Storage

Run the tank low and fill it with alcohol free gas (assuming it isn't a diesel) add some red Sta-Bil and run long enough to be sure it is all through the system including the generator. You still may want to run the generator on a regular bases because some are very fussy sitting for more than a month. I would not start the motorhome. If you have power where you are storing you could but a battery tender on the batteries.
JimBollman 08/10/21 06:01pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Bathroom dispensers

Probably not what you are after but we use refillable small bottles for shampoo and a travel soap container. My wife made up bags out of netting material for easy drying with velcro to keep shut. She put a loop on the end to hang in the shower. Since our camper doesn't have a shower it is handy to take to bath house and we hang it on a hook in the camper to dry when we come back and it can hang there going down the road if needed. Otherwise it goes in the bag we take our towel and change of clothes in then we go to the shower.
JimBollman 07/19/21 05:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Chasing down gas leak?

A friend had a gas leak in his B and bought this leak detector. Said it took him no time to find the leak and it was so small that soapy water ran off before it could bubble. He only new it had a leak because he forgot to turn off at the tank when he put it away for the Winter.
JimBollman 06/09/21 07:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet

I'be opted out by not having any of those type devices in my house.
JimBollman 06/08/21 05:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Back before cellphones

I recently finished some volunteer work at a fairly remote Scout camp. I had water hooked up but used my Solar for power and I did not have internet. I don't like to carry my pay as you go, cheapo, cell phone while I work, I soon became use to the peace and quiet of living there. My DW likes to hear from me so between 4pm and 6pm I had strict instruction to phone home. Your mention of remote Scout camps reminded me of a trip I went on, as one of the leader, back in the early 90s. Our troop went on a High Adventure canoe trip in the back woods of Maine. We were assigned a guide to go with us and dropped off at a lake that was interconnected with several more lakes (Richardson Lakes). About half way through the trip we had to change plans because of some near hypothermia after a few days of rain. The guide carried a two-way radio to call in any problems or changes of plans. When he tried to call in he got no answer. Good thing we solved our own hypothermia problem. He even tried from the middle of one of the lakes, no answer. After a day of rest and warming we decided to hike to the top of a small mountain. He called in from the top and the other end wanted to know where he was at, said it about blew out their speaker he came in so strong. Turned out the batteries had went dead on one of their relay radios on a mountain top and they had not gotten around to hiking in to replace. On top of the mountain we had line of site with a working repeater or base camp. No one thought about being without a telephone for around 10 days. The boys were more concerned with how long we had to drive when we were back before we could find a McDonalds, since they had enough camp food and wanted "real" food. Can't imagine a trip like that now where ever boy and leader would have a cell phone. Wonder what the coverage is in the back woods of Maine?
JimBollman 06/08/21 05:13pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Level

When I had a LP frig I used the level app in my iPhone and/or a round bubble level in the frig. Now that I have a compressor frig, if it feels close enough that I will not roll out of bed it is close enough. I cut the number of leaving boards in half from what I use to carry, I haven't used any so far.
JimBollman 06/08/21 04:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Back before cellphones

I remember we had a party line growing up and if we wanted to make a private call we would walk a block uptown and use the payphone. Seems strange that standing in a closed box on main street was more private than in your own house. In college there was 2 payphones for the whole dorm, now there would be 2 phones per room minimum with cell phones. One big event we go to use to have a bank of payphones and we would stand in line to use them. There is usually 5 or 6 of us camping together, we were joking the last time we were together that they used to have a dozen or so payphones for about 5000 people to share, now we had 6 phones in our campsite.
JimBollman 05/17/21 07:06pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Microwave replacement options

Have not had to replace ours yet but plan on downsizing to one of the lower power dorm size. We seldom use it for anything but heating up coffee, leftovers and small meals. Figured it would be less load on the generator and I may be able to squeeze a little extra storage around it. From those concerned with heat and vents a smaller unit would give space for rerouting things and air circulating.
JimBollman 05/14/21 05:34pm Tech Issues
RE: forum

I still check activity most days but don't have any projects currently going. I did buy a new air conditioner shroud and decided it was going to be enough messing around to change it that I should install an EZ-Start as long as I have it open. It arrived a couple of days ago so will start that project soon.
JimBollman 05/13/21 05:57pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Cottonwood Trees and their Seeds

The cottonwoods I'm familiar with do most of their shedding early in the season. Can you just put a cover on the air conditioner till they are done or do you know you cooling needs overlap the cotton season?
JimBollman 05/06/21 04:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

We decided to ditch the coffee maker and to go with a Melitta Pour Over Coffee Cone Brewer that uses #4 cone filters. We have an insulated carafe that will hold about 4 mugs of coffee that we use to brew into. This allows us to use gas to boil water. By eliminating our biggest power user we bought a WEN 56125i Super Quiet 1250 watt inverter generator to charge batteries and such. We went this way for less space, weight and gas usage. Because of our lost year of camping we have not used the WEN enough to give a review of the generator long term but it is quiet and sips gas.
JimBollman 04/26/21 07:40pm Truck Campers
RE: 50 Amp Usage Question

Thanks to those that answered my question. Sounds like even though the total watts available on the 20amp 220v outlet is higher, the option to the RV to use up to 30 amps selectively would be better. I didn't know how the 30amp to 50amp adapter was wired that makes sense. As far as why I don't just put in a 50 amp service, access to my place is questionable to all but the smallest of 50amp RVs so probably would never be used. Accept for the 30amp RV box I already had everything else I needed to put in the the 30amp service.
JimBollman 04/22/21 07:11am General RVing Issues
RE: 50 Amp Usage Question

Wasn't really asking for advice on wiring, I can handle that. I asked how a 50 amp RV setup distributes their power use. I know they sometimes plug into 30 amp outlets at campgrounds, does half the camper not have power? I assume if you have more than one AC unit that you can only use one if you're plugged into 30 amp service. For those worried about my generator use, the previous owner had it wired to back feed, I wanted outlets and put in full 4 wire service to a 4 wire outlet that I could plug a commercially available adapter into to get two 120v circuits for use outside. I used this approach rather than putting in a couple of duplex outlets because it is mounted in a stone veneer wall and didn't want to get into masonry work just to change the use and I could mount the 4 prong outlet in the accesting box. I figured in the future if I wanted to connect a generator I could add a transfer switch. So unless you can answer what I asked, don't bother posting.
JimBollman 04/21/21 09:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: 50 Amp Usage Question

I installed a 4 wire receptacle with the proper wiring so I would have 2 fully independent 110 volt circuits that could be combined when I needed 220v. It is not a generator style plug.
JimBollman 04/21/21 07:06pm General RVing Issues
50 Amp Usage Question

I occasionally have friends visit and stay in their camper. I have installed a 35 amp RV box by the back driveway. I also have a 4 wire 20 amp 220 outlet by my carport for an emergency generator which also acts as two 110v circuits with an adapter which is how I normally use it. I have never owned an RV with 50 amp service so the question is if you had the choice of plugging into 220v 20 amp or 110v 30 amp, which would better serve your needs? I plan to pick up an adapter for the 220v 20 amp if it would be better for a visiting RV if it would be used. I figure they would have an adapter for the 30 amp since it is a standard RV outlet.
JimBollman 04/21/21 06:58pm General RVing Issues
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