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Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-24-2018, 06:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 905
Posted By JFNM
I suspect everyone already knows this so please...

I suspect everyone already knows this so please ignore if so. Otherwise and just in case...

A step up converter is far more efficient power option for an 18VDC or 24VDC CPAP than converting 12VDC...
Forum: Full-Timers 09-24-2018, 06:04 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 16,016
Posted By JFNM
I'm homeless. :thumb: I know this because I...

I'm homeless. :thumb:

I know this because I am unable to give a succinct answer when someone asks where I live. Instead it's some wordy silliness about spending the winter near (some southern...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-19-2018, 06:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,166
Posted By JFNM
Righto!! Plus, if doing your own conversion, you...

Righto!! Plus, if doing your own conversion, you get to carry all the tools and materials for that little project!

Toolbox
Cordless drill, driver, sawzall, circular saw, etc.
Coach tools...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-14-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 17,196
Posted By JFNM
Not sure if you are looking for parts or a...

Not sure if you are looking for parts or a system. If it helps, I installed two 10" filters between shore water and holding tank and two more between holding tank and house. Yes, all water in the...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-14-2018, 05:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,745
Posted By JFNM
TriMetric TM-2030-RV...

TriMetric TM-2030-RV...
Forum: RV'ing On A Budget 09-12-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,203
Posted By JFNM
I guess I'm a bit dim but I don't understand the...

I guess I'm a bit dim but I don't understand the question. None of us have any control over the price of fuel - nothing you can do.

You do have some control over how much fuel you consume to...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-11-2018, 06:24 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 17,703
Posted By JFNM
That is exactly why I find this thread very...

That is exactly why I find this thread very valuable. There are some of us (certainly NOT the majority) that are still employed and MUST have an Internet connection. An even smaller number of us...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-09-2018, 05:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,745
Posted By JFNM
I hate to beat the 'get a good quality battery...

I hate to beat the 'get a good quality battery monitor' drum again but this seems like a good time. Details matter in this type of scenario. Without checking battery SOC with a hydrometer or using...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-08-2018, 05:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,267
Posted By JFNM
You'll likely get a wide range of answers to such...

You'll likely get a wide range of answers to such a question. There are many different types of booster/amplifiers and they each address different situations.

I've used both the Wilson Sleek...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-05-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 839
Posted By JFNM
Howdy Bulldog, I seem to use RV parks in two...

Howdy Bulldog,

I seem to use RV parks in two modes - traveling and sitting.

When traveling, an easy in/out, close to highway, with an electric only pull thru spot is wonderful. I don't care...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-05-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 747
Posted By JFNM
HA!!! Boy, I sure mis-read that!!! :banghead: ...

HA!!! Boy, I sure mis-read that!!! :banghead:

Terribly sorry... please ignore me. :whistling:
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-05-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,645
Posted By JFNM
A lot depends on where you plan to need this...

A lot depends on where you plan to need this service/access. If on the beaten path, you likely do not need to worry about amplifiers and antennas. If off the beaten path and out west - you will.
...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-05-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 747
Posted By JFNM
I suspect I'm missing something but... You...

I suspect I'm missing something but...

You can't charge one 12VDC battery from another 12VDC battery. A higher voltage is required.

The size (gauge) of the cables depends on how much current...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 09-04-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,302
Posted By JFNM
I'm converting a coach and it did not come with a...

I'm converting a coach and it did not come with a screen door. I installed one of these magnetic screen door curtains...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-04-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 16,005
Posted By JFNM
Never in five years with 46,000 lbs.

Never in five years with 46,000 lbs.
Forum: Boondocking 09-03-2018, 04:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,411
Posted By JFNM
I think the question is 'how many of us boondock...

I think the question is 'how many of us boondock on public land?" Afraid I can't answer that but I certainly do it.

Each person has their own idea of what a 'good spot' is. Finding them is...
Forum: Boondocking 09-02-2018, 04:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,180
Posted By JFNM
That is the correct. What is the problem? ...

That is the correct. What is the problem?



Negative. One's power budget is how much power you use over the course of a day. It does not matter where that power comes from. The sizing of your...
Forum: Boondocking 08-30-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,180
Posted By JFNM
I may not exactly understand what is being said...

I may not exactly understand what is being said but I do not believe it is not accurate in all cases. I have a Samsung RF24FSEDBSR which is a 23 cu. ft. counter depth 4-door refrigerator/freezer (a...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 08-29-2018, 10:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,412
Posted By JFNM
I grew up in the very rural west in the days when...

I grew up in the very rural west in the days when you always stopped to see if assistance was needed (most certainly during the winter months). I find it hard to just pass folks these days. However;...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-29-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,466
Posted By JFNM
Most/Many truck stops/travel plaza's have a CAT...

Most/Many truck stops/travel plaza's have a CAT scale that you can use (typically about $10). Drive on and position the wheels as required (usually three separate 'sections') and push the intercom...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-29-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,301
Posted By JFNM
I've been alone in all my MH's. As said by...

I've been alone in all my MH's. As said by others, give yourself some time to get used to it. If unsure, don't. It is better to get out and look than do damage. Yes, you may ruin another motorists...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-23-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By JFNM
I drove my sisters fancy hybrid car this week. It...

I drove my sisters fancy hybrid car this week. It was certainly "odd" in that (using the cruise) it had some sort of "driver assist" that would pull up to 2-3 car lengths behind the vehicle ahead and...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 08-23-2018, 03:31 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,587
Posted By JFNM
Mark is right on! I often state it as 'SLOW...

Mark is right on! I often state it as 'SLOW DOWN!!'

I see many class A's being driven like they are in a race. It seems to me that damage occurs when rushing. Blocking traffic because you got into...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-23-2018, 03:22 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 24,381
Posted By JFNM
Crazy? Probably yes. :whistling: ...

Crazy? Probably yes. :whistling:

Nonetheless, I think it is doable if you pay attention to all the good advice that has been given. Hopefully this is not the year for one of those 1000 year,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-22-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,480
Posted By JFNM
... and the two hots are 110VAC. I sure...

... and the two hots are 110VAC.

I sure hope that doesn't cause confusion. :whistling:
Forum: Full-Timers 08-22-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,316
Posted By JFNM
Exactly. Not much point in debating what is...

Exactly.

Not much point in debating what is required or stating what is required somewhere else.
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 08-22-2018, 05:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,083
Posted By JFNM
Thanks for the follow-up John! $1k for bolts...

Thanks for the follow-up John!

$1k for bolts seems pretty silly. :sad: However; it is better than a $30k overhaul??? :eek: :eek: Not sure if that makes you feel better though... ;)
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 08-22-2018, 04:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,581
Posted By JFNM
I assume "adding solar" means panels, charge...

I assume "adding solar" means panels, charge controller, mounting, and cables. Some folks like to include batteries, inverter, battery monitor, etc. but that makes no sense to me.

You gotta know...
Forum: Going Green 08-22-2018, 04:48 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,294
Posted By JFNM
Right - least possible shading. :thumb: Any...

Right - least possible shading. :thumb:

Any shade on a panel will effectively prevent it from producing power. We all wish power output was proportional to the amount of shade but it isn't. In...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 08-21-2018, 03:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,661
Posted By JFNM
Howdy Tom, There are Wranglers with a...

Howdy Tom,

There are Wranglers with a steering wheel lock and Wranglers without a steering wheel lock.

If you do NOT have the lock (or defeat the one you do have), there is no need to have a...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-20-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 17,970
Posted By JFNM
It appears this topic has been SERIOUSLY beaten...

It appears this topic has been SERIOUSLY beaten to death. So, to add some levity... it reminds me of a time...

I was sitting in a fairly remote and unimproved Corp of Engineers campground. I'm a...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-20-2018, 04:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 752
Posted By JFNM
Possibly not relevant but I mean this...

Possibly not relevant but I mean this constructively... :angel:

If looking down/away is an issue, perhaps you are going too fast??

I'm not saying you are one of them but I see big RV's moving...
Forum: Hobbies, Passions & Pastimes 08-20-2018, 04:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,644
Posted By JFNM
Old thread but regardless... I have an RV-4...

Old thread but regardless...

I have an RV-4 and there is no easy way to trailer it so it stays mostly at home base. That means there are periods where I leave it behind. I don't like that. I've...
Forum: Boondocking 08-20-2018, 04:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,853
Posted By JFNM
I don't understand the question. You have a...

I don't understand the question. You have a house battery bank, generator, and solar. You SHOULD have a battery monitor/shunt so you can monitor the state of charge (SOC) of that battery bank. ...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 08-19-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,489
Posted By JFNM
Another tip, get the highest "N" value you can...

Another tip, get the highest "N" value you can find. N52 is stronger than N42 which is stronger than N32. Of course, be VERY careful with them - they have the potential to break skin! :-)
Forum: Going Green 08-19-2018, 05:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,705
Posted By JFNM
Howdy Aaron! Love the avatar pic! Looks like we...

Howdy Aaron! Love the avatar pic! Looks like we may have something in common (MTB).

I'm probably not a good one to comment as I LOVE solar and completely live on it (see links in signature for...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-19-2018, 05:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By JFNM
Ditto! My norm is very close to 3 gallons...

Ditto!

My norm is very close to 3 gallons per day. Little higher or lower depending on availability. That includes drinking water and coffee.

However; I can see how someone that does a lot...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-18-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,219
Posted By JFNM
Ditto! Some folks also scoop these up to harvest...

Ditto! Some folks also scoop these up to harvest the RV bits (regardless of the age and/or remaining life). Craigslist might be your friend.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-17-2018, 06:55 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,523
Posted By JFNM
VERY well done Clenz!! I agree, best money...

VERY well done Clenz!! I agree, best money you've ever spent!
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-16-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,213
Posted By JFNM
I may be totally missing the boat but here but I...

I may be totally missing the boat but here but I think you are suggesting/asking if you can use the same coax cable. That may or may not be the case. If you can find a repeater/amplifier that uses...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-16-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By JFNM
It seems many folks are picking up on this...

It seems many folks are picking up on this question. Sadly, it is impossible to answer as it lacks any detail. What size AC, how many, what duty cycle, how how hot/humid is it outside, etc., current...
Forum: Boondocking 08-16-2018, 04:31 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,935
Posted By JFNM
Well... no, not usually. Kind of OT but... The...

Well... no, not usually. Kind of OT but... The first thing to understand is that every setup is different and everyone uses power differently. Secondly, the amount of power available for harvest is...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-15-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 736
Posted By JFNM
Assuming you are asking specifically about the...

Assuming you are asking specifically about the campground/facilities and NOT the people that may be staying there...

I'd say friendly staff, wide spaces, quality/clean hookups (not falling apart,...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-15-2018, 04:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By JFNM
Many good comments already but I'd like to add...

Many good comments already but I'd like to add that there are many of us out here living on solar power. I don't mean roughing it either - living very comfortably. Like all options, there are pros...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-14-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,630
Posted By JFNM
Also... The Batteries Plus website offers a 10%...

Also... The Batteries Plus website offers a 10% discount if you purchase online and then pickup in the store.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-11-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,327
Posted By JFNM
My process has varied depending on the person...

My process has varied depending on the person (when I'm selling) and the item. I generally don't care for deposits and will refuse them. If someone comes along with cash and wants the thing right...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-11-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,169
Posted By JFNM
COMPLETELY Agree!!! That's why I have nearly...

COMPLETELY Agree!!! That's why I have nearly 1,720 watts of solar power and live from it. About as good as it gets!!
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-11-2018, 04:58 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,169
Posted By JFNM
Lots of threads about this but... Many CPAP's...

Lots of threads about this but... Many CPAP's (and BiPAP's) are 12V and can be ran directly from battery. If you can get by without the humidifier, it consumes very little power. I've ran mine...
Forum: Full-Timers 08-10-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,316
Posted By JFNM
I'm doing this as well. After full-timing for a...

I'm doing this as well. After full-timing for a number of years (mostly boondocking), it was time to have my own "boondocking" spot. I'm also including an airstrip and hangar so it's a project and...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-07-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,004
Posted By JFNM
Adding to the windshield shade item - the...

Adding to the windshield shade item - the exterior shades work best. Certainly in my opinion but I think this is actually fact. :-) Stopping the heat before it gets in is very helpful. I also think...
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