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RE: Harbor Freight Predator 3500 Generator On Sale!

I agree with Gdetrailer. I have a small house with a 100 amp service & a 15K stand by generator wirth an automatic whole house transfer switch. Since it runs on natural gas, it produces less than 15K. 50 amp 2 pole breaker on the generator that has never tripped, even running an electric range along with the rest of the house. Longest run was 5 days during an ice storm...
vermilye 11/19/20 09:05am Tech Issues
RE: Best mouse trap?

I use one of these in my garage. If you can check on it every couple of weeks, it should do the trick in an RV... 5 Gallon Bucket Mouse Trap
vermilye 11/13/20 09:44am Tech Issues
RE: Is my converter dead?

It is likely your Casita is equipped with a Parallax Series 7100 Power Center. Many Casita owners have had a problem with this converter - a pair of capacitors (black cans) break off from the circuit board due to road vibration. This results in the output of the converter dropping to 4V - 6V. As wa8yxm suggests, changing out the bottom section to a Progressive Dynamics 4600 is a good solution if you find the converter voltage is low.
vermilye 11/12/20 09:11am Tech Issues
RE: Range hood fans

Any body use that fan how do you like it.The expensive diesel RV use them?I installed the SAM-1 & love it. That said, I've read that the manufacturer is no longer making them so availability is limited. It is still listed here.
vermilye 10/29/20 08:39am Tech Issues
RE: Fire in Grand County CO - 10.31.20 update

Firefighters have been put up in the Stanley Hotel in Estes. They had a down day, as pointed out, due to the extreme cold and poor road conditions. It was interesting to look toward the foothills this morning and see what appeared to have been steam rising from the western view. And in Grand Lake area, the Sheriff over there organized a certified group of folks to go in to evacuated houses and do everything they could to winterize the houses. His department put these folks in touch with homeowners to winterize as many houses as they possibly could, given the current weather conditions. HUGE KUDOS to Sheriff Brett Schroetlin of Grand County for thinking outside the box for a solution to a monumental problem. Let's hope they do better than the folks who stayed there when it was called the Overlook Hotel in the Shining...
vermilye 10/27/20 09:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fridge/Freezer door opening while driving

Jon, that's a great photo you put on your fridge!! Where did you get such a big print, and how did you mount it to the curved surface of the door? Wild guess -- is that Chaco Canyon? And just to stay on topic, how do you tighten the strap and how is it attached to the sides of the fridge? The Atwood Gas Tank Hold down strap comes with all the hardware necessary to attach it. I just tighten it by hand. The photo is one I took of "House on Fire" in Mule Canyon off UT 95 between Blanding & Natural Bridges National Monument. I had it made by Poster Brain, however the last time I had a large print made by them I was not happy with the result, and no longer recommend them. The print was dry mounted to 1/8" foam board and replaced the plywood panel the trailer manufacturer used. In a small trailer there are not that many places to hang a photo, so I've used the refrigerator door on my latest trailer as well: height=480
vermilye 10/19/20 08:11am Tech Issues
RE: Fridge/Freezer door opening while driving

I added a strap to keep the door on my Dometic RM2510 refrigerator closed. height=480
vermilye 10/14/20 08:01am Tech Issues
RE: Later and Later Check-in times

I don't know if it is all of them, but the last two New York State Parks I've stayed in had a 5:00 check in. They did let me in at 3:00 at one of them.
vermilye 10/10/20 09:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Craters of the Moon, ID

I've stayed in the monument a couple of times. Dry camping, but wonderful dark skies. Interesting hikes within the monument, including lava tube tunnels. Some of the monument's attractions: Craters of the Moon Visit An interesting side trip is the EBR 1 museum if it is open. Outside are a couple of atomic aircraft engines. Night Sky width=640 Aircraft Engine at EBR 1 Museum width=640
vermilye 09/28/20 08:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 50 Amp service question

It depends. If they are both on the same leg, yes, but they should be on opposite legs of the 50 amp 120V/240V connection. A 50 amp RV service has 2 50 amp legs, for a total of 100 amps. If the loads are equally divided between the legs, you can actually draw 100 amps from a 50 amp service. Somewhat confusing, but that is the way it is...
vermilye 09/25/20 04:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Border closure extended

Where did you see November 21? The latest report I found is October 21. CBC Report
vermilye 09/18/20 10:21am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: North Toledo Bend & South Toledo Bend State Parks Louisiana

I've stayed in South Toledo Bend a couple of times, the most recent in November, 2019. I was in site 15 for $20.01 per night with the senior discount. Somewhat sloped pull through site that required unhooking to level the trailer. width=640 Site 16, May, 2011: width=640 Site 55, November, 2016: width=640
vermilye 09/18/20 09:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Iphone vs separate hotspot box

Either will do the job under most circumstances. Some Jetpacks (cell modems) will get better reception, One plus for the separate modem - if you only have one phone and use it for the internet, when it is away from the RV, who ever is still there has no internet service.
vermilye 09/16/20 01:46pm Technology Corner

The Ultimate Public Campgrounds Project app can be filtered so it only shows COE campgrounds. While the AllStays app can do the same, I find the Ultimate Public list better for non commercial campgrounds.
vermilye 09/06/20 02:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Flaming Gorge to Page Az. Monument Valley, Escalante NP

There is expensive dry camping in Monument Valley at the Mitten View Campground in the park next to the visitor center. Definitely has the best views. The Web Site notes they are closed until Sep 19th... As Two Hands said, Gouldings is the closest campground that has hookups. Monument Valley KOA is a couple of miles from the park. Given the choice, I'd stay at Gouldings. Another location that has inexpensive dry camping is Goosenecks State Park about 30 miles northeast of the park. You can camp right on the edge of the overlook. width=640
vermilye 09/05/20 11:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Flaming Gorge to Page Az. Monument Valley, Escalante NP

There are many interesting, less traveled ruins in the Bears Ears National Monument. Two that I'd recommend checking are House on Fire & Fallen Roof Ruin. Both are reasonably close to Blanding, UT or Natural Bridges National Monument. Lots of maps & hiking info with a Google search. House on Fire, Mule Canyon off UT 95: height=480 Fallen Roof Ruin, Road Canyon off UT 261: width=640
vermilye 09/05/20 08:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Small Trailer Weight suggestions

I towed a 17' Escape fiberglass trailer with a 2016 Tacoma, 3100/360 pounds. No problems & a good combination. Switched to an Escape 21 and while the trailer & tongue weight were well within specifications at 4950/500 pounds, the truck itself was over payload by 200 pounds. I carry lots of stuff in the truck since I'm out 6-8 months of the year dry camping in the desert. These are loaded weights. The other problem was with the new 3.5L engine. The truck spent far too much time at 4000RPM sucking down gas and getting 10 - 11MPG. I switched to a F 150 3.5L EcoBoost and am getting 13MPG and well under 1800RPM at 63MPH. The 10 speed transmission, great tow mirrors and 36 gallon gas tank are a big improvement. I loved the Tacoma for off road, parking, and size, but it wasn't up to even a 5000 loaded trailer.
vermilye 08/29/20 11:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Lithium Vs. More Solar

Per Pianotuna: “I do know of one case where the battery management system totally drained an Li bank and destroyed the batteries over the time frame of one year.” I suppose almost anything is possible in ‘one case’ (or say, even several cases - ??) where a defect might be present, yet I don’t necessarily see that as an ubiquitous flaw that affects an entire genre of battery type - the literature I’ve read appears to suggest otherwise...Either way, leaving any battery unattended for a full year will not be one of my real concerns - lol! 3 tonsI agree that it must be either a poorly designed BMS or defective. I have a pair of Battleborn Li batteries, drained them to 80%, and let the trailer sit with the battery disconnect switch off. After 6 weeks, the Victron monitor read 79.9%.
vermilye 08/28/20 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Solar - Permanent mount or portable?

I also prefer both. With my small trailer, rooftop real estate is limited. I have 2 160 watt panels on the roof & carry a portable 160 watt. Most of the time the rooftop panels meet my needs - around 50 amp hours per day & a pair of 100 amp hour lithium batteries. The portable comes out when parked in the shade, and during December/January in the Arizona desert where even tilting the rooftop panels doesn't make up for the low angle sun & short days.
vermilye 08/27/20 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: Shore power question

As others have said, it is OK to do. I have found a couple of times I needed to use the 50 amp even though there was a 30. Once when the 30 amp was wired reverse polarity, and more than once when the 30 amp connector was damaged enough that the 50 provided a more reliable connection.
vermilye 08/26/20 01:42pm General RVing Issues
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