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RE: Dumb Things We Did as Kids on 4July

We forget, don't we, that when we were 18ish, our brains had not yet gelled, and we were prone to doing stupid things, at least in part because we knew we were invulnerable. There is a reason we don't let 17 year olds sign contracts, drink, etc. I am not going to tell you about any of MY peccadillos even though I do have a 6 inch scar from one of them. All I'm going to say is God I'm glad none of them actually killed me, even though I was threatened by such a penalty a couple times by parental units.
naturist 07/17/22 03:45pm Around the Campfire
RE: Power cord connections melting

When I've had such a problem in the past, it has proven to be a bad receptacle into which I had plugged the power cable. Given that melting/burning on one side of the junction will cause melting/burning on the other side. Replace both plug and receptacle when you have that issue. This being the simplest and probably cheapest fix, I'd start there before looking into more exotic/expensive potential problems.
naturist 07/17/22 03:23pm Fifth-Wheels
Solar power cart v2.0

So almost 2 years ago, I built a solar power station on a folding aluminum hand truck. With 2-125 AH AGM batteries, 400 watts of rigid solar panels, and a 2,000 watt pure sine wave inverter, the whole business weighs about 250 lbs and provides up to 125 AH (1500 watt-hours) of power which is replenished daily on good days. I'm now building v2.0, which features a 300 AH LiFePO4 battery, 2,000 watt PSW inverter, and 500 watts of flexible solar panels. It will weigh in under 100 lbs, hand truck included. I put them both on hand trucks to facilitate moving them around. We don't full-time in the RV, but we do experience power outages at the sticks 'n' bricks. Twice this last week, btw. It sure is nice to be able to still have power where we need it even when the other 471 AEP customers who seem to go out with us go dark. That 300 AH LiFePO4 battery cost only $1079 (plus, of course, tax). This is about what 100 AH lithium batteries cost just 2 years ago when I built v1.0. So I'm here to tell y'all that not everything is suffering the throes of inflation.
naturist 07/03/22 12:14pm Tech Issues
RE: UH-Oh! Akin Cancer

I had a basil cell carcinoma on my chest about ten years ago. It was small, a couple millimeters, and the doctor removed it with a small incision. At the time, he told me that almost nobody ever dies from either basil cell or squamous cell cancers unless they ignore them for a long, long time. I required no further treatment. I do see a dermatologist annually, since at 74 I'm old enough such things are common. Every year he freezes one or several spots that at worst are pre-cancerous. And yes, the left side of the head is often involved, no doubt because years of driving have exposed that side to more sunlight than the right. Take care of it and you'll be fine.
naturist 07/03/22 11:53am Around the Campfire
RE: Note to Newbies with Children

I agree they are good reminders but the same can be said for the seniors who are hard of hearing and are yelling at each other at 5:30 a.m. Etiquette goes both ways and then some. Indeed it does. At the same time, I have noted that there seem to be a lot of people who do not realize how their voices carry when there are no loud traffic and other city noises to drown them out. We camped once next to a family whose adolescent kids wakened each morning at the crack of dawn, and proceeded to quietly play games until their parents got up to fix breakfast. They were trying hard to be good, they really were, but their whispers back and forth were the finest stage whispers I've ever heard. They just did not realize how loud they were. Mom and dad slept right through it, but we in the next campsite, inside our camper, heard every word.
naturist 07/03/22 11:42am RV Lifestyle
RE: Why do I need a W/D or sway control

You probably don't. I wouldn't spring for one if the truck doesn't sag and you have no problems with sway. Whoever told you you needed one was either trying to sell one or has too little TV for their rig. Just my humble opinion. I do not have either TV or trailer like yours. I tow a 21 foot, 5000 GW TT behind a diesel SUV rated to tow 6,000 lbs without a WD or sway control. Works fine. No sway, tows straight as an arrow.
naturist 07/03/22 11:32am Towing
RE: Need recommendations of SUV to tow 4700lb TT in the Rockies

I can highly recommend the BMW X5 35d, model years 2012 to 2018. If possible, get one with the third row seats, as they also have rear air bag suspension (self-leveling). The diesel is no longer available for later model years. For those model years, the maximum tow weight is 6,000 lbs. and the turbo diesel drags it through the mountains easily. The 3 liter twin-turbo 6 puts out 265 HP and 425 foot-pounds of torque. If you do decide on the BMW, be sure to have the official BMW trailer wiring harness installed, as the aftermarket harness trailer companies push screws up the vehicle electronics. I have taken my 2012 with a loaded trailer at about 5,000 lbs across the rockies and back west of Denver twice as well as many times over a shorter mountain (rise of about 2,000 feet) here in the east that has a 15% grade on both sides. In 90° F weather. As to the cost of fuel, the diesel gets about 1/3 farther on a gallon of go-juice than the corresponding gas version, so as long as diesel fuel in no more than 1/3 more expensive than gas, the diesel is still cheaper to run. Today, gas buddy reports diesel at $5.49 and RUG at $4.49 at Sam's Club, which is 22% difference, thus diesel is still cheaper per mile. One thing to note is that coasting in gear, the ECU shuts off all fuel to the engine. This if you coast down a long slope in cool or cold weather, the engine will be stone cold by the time you reach the bottom, so don't be surprised to see a puff of black smoke or a check engine light (not to worry, goes away after a restart) when you finally step on the go-pedal. Driving the Jeep diesel I had before the BMW, an idiot tail-gated me all the way down Going To The Sun road at Glacier NP in 50 degree weather. I have no idea what he thought he was doing, you can only go so fast due to traffic. He stayed so close I couldn't see the top of his grill. I was delighted to watch him vanish in a cloud of black smoke when we got to the bottom. I think he entered another dimension, as I never saw him emerge from that cloud.
naturist 06/08/22 10:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Puzzling Plumbing Problem

This is just a guess, but if when you hear the pump, it makes a kind of machine-gun sound rather than a whir, it is a diaphragm pump, like most RV pumps. This works by throwing a magnet attached to the center of that diaphragm back and forth. If the pump is oriented just right, the bouncing of the rig going down the road could cause the weight of that magnet to bounce up and down just a little bit, so that over the course of a trip, the pressure is built up a wee bit on every bump. I would expect this to happen whether the pump was on or not, and only be prevented by leaving a faucet cracked. Minimal water would be moved, since it does not take much water added to a pipe to run the pressure up. Just a guess, just a guess.
naturist 06/05/22 07:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery wiring help, please

Pro tip: NEVER rely on color coding "traditions." Not on electrical wires, not on fuel pump handles, not on NUTHIN'. You never know when the guy ahead of you screwed it up. TEST, TEST, TEST. When doing anything involving electrical, you need a VOM, volt-ohm-meter, as a minimum. They aren't expensive, I've seen el-cheapo ones for $10-$15 that are perfectly adequate for the home handyman. Do NOT hook the battery up and pray. You have a 50% chance of being right, and chances are if you get it wrong you won't be able to disconnect until after you've put out the fire. EDIT: how to use that VOM for this job. 1) hook up RV to shore power, being careful to have the two battery cables suspended in mid-air and not touching anything metal. 2) set the VOM to read voltage, and in a range that will cover 15 volts DC. 3) one of the VOM leads will be labeled + and the other labeled -. Take a guess and connect them to the two battery cables. 4) the meter should read something in the 13-15 volt range. If it reads +14 volts, you guessed right, the positive lead is connected to the positive battery cable. If it reads -14 volts, the positive lead is connected to the negative battery cable. Issue solved.
naturist 06/05/22 06:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Health rant

I'm sorry to hear of the health challenges for you both. I do hope it all goes well for you two. A wiser man than I once pointed out that as long as you are still on the green side of the grass, it's all good. Enjoy the hell out of every day. You never know when that proverbial bus is going to fall out of the sky with your name on it.
naturist 06/05/22 06:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: What's up with CGs?

Welcome to the Nanny State, where multitudes of rules need shoved in your face and they have to keep you safe. The firewood rules are special. Invasive insects do not infest processed wood such as scraps from pallets, but you can conveniently buy our overpriced green bundles that will not light without 5 gallons of gas. No **** toys with remote controls or ones that require batteries lol. Sounds like a fun place. Um, excuse me, but there are a several pallet manufacturers in my vicinity, and NONE of them use the kiln dried wood that is safe from pests. ALL of them use strictly rough-sawn, "green" lumber.
naturist 06/01/22 06:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Time for change

Happy trails to you, wherever and however they lead.
naturist 05/30/22 03:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Turbo car engine in mountains

I have driven turbos exclusively since 2001, when we bought a VW Jetta turbo diesel. We’ve also had a 2005 Jeep Liberty turbo diesel, and now a2012 BMW turbo diesel. All told, I’ve put around 400,000 miles on these vehicles. I’ve driven them both towing and not towing over the Rockies several times as well as up and down slopes as high as 15% grade. The OP’s friend does not need to stop at the top and idle to cool off. The Lincoln will not only roar up heights and slopes better, easier, and probably faster than OP’s normally aspirated car, it’ll cool off quickly coasting down the backside. Modern cars, ie anything made since about model year 2000 coasts in gear with fuel to the engine shut off to suck every possible mpg out of the engine. This will result in cooling the turbo, engine, and exhaust system from within as well as without. It’ll cool off faster than sitting idling both because of exterior air flow but also because “the fire is out.” Now, if for some crazy reason, they decide to stop at the top, it would be wise to idle for a few minutes to let things cool off, having just charged up the slope. But such a stop for the purpose of cooling is not necessary, and actually counter productive.
naturist 05/30/22 03:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: RV recovery!

That is a sad tale, indeed. And to be sure, as marvelous as GPS devices are, there are limits to their helpfulness requiring discretion. For starters, if the road looks suspicious, don't take it, no matter how insistent that little box gets.
naturist 04/19/22 10:33am General RVing Issues
RE: one more thing to worry about

I have gone to the grocery store,left the keys in the ignition,windows down,other half in the passenger seat. Came back after shopping and it was all still there. Guess I shop in a safe neighborhood.:h My guess is they didn’t want your other half. ?? But seriously, there are places in this great land where all would be gone if you did that. Y’all clearly live in much more innocent places.
naturist 03/26/22 07:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Utah State Hwy 9

The height of the tunnel as well as the multiple switchbacks on that road argue against you. Even if you can drive it, it won’t be much fun. Lots of adventure, but not much fun.
naturist 03/24/22 07:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Storage RV lot with GFIC breakers

All breakers, including GFCI, get a wee bit weaker every time it pops.
naturist 03/24/22 06:44pm Tech Issues
RE: one more thing to worry about

I might point out that there are many valuable things one might choose to leave in the car besides cash and credit cards. For example, my wife and I enjoy riding bicycles, and both her regular bike and my folding electric bike fit inside the back of our SUV. Electric bikes are hot stuff right now, with many models being in the $3,000 range, and although mine isn’t that valuable, it is still both expensive and impossible to hide back there. It is also not something I’d recommend taking with you into the grocery store. So I don’t especially want someone easily entering my car to relieve me of it. I found a nice looking key fob pouch that is a faraday cage and blocks rf signals to/from the key fob for $5 on Amazon and made a perfect add on to get me into free shipping. I just keep the fob in the pouch while wandering the aisles. Do what you want with the information about how the thieves got into my friend’s car.
naturist 03/24/22 06:34pm Around the Campfire
RE: iPad as a GPS device

I think you are asking about using the iPhone as a hotspot so the iPad can go on the internet and use the various mapping apps, such as Apple Maps. On the iPhone, go to Settings and make sure WiFi is on and not connected to any network. Then go to Settings/Personal Hotspot, and turn on "allow others to join." Underneath that you will see the password you will need to enter on the iPad in order to join the network you are about to create on the iPhone. Finally, go to the iPad and hit Settings, and again turn on WiFi, this time connect to the iPhone using the password the iPhone showed you. You can also hook up to the iPhone via Bluetooth, so your phone could connect to another wifi network, but that would be silly.
naturist 03/17/22 11:47am Technology Corner
RE: Gas prices.

A friend has pointed out that since the lion's share of recent gas price hikes are due to the Ukrainian situation, perhaps one should consider those costs our share of the pain those people are bearing in defense of their freedom. And we should be grateful WE are not huddled on the bare concrete floor of a basement dodging bullets with a terrified toddler (or cat!) in our lap. I agree, go see your father. And since my tow motor is a diesel, I'm not looking forward to $5+ fuel.
naturist 03/11/22 02:29pm RV Lifestyle
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