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Help Me Make A Decision....
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Okay guys and gals - I'm at a juncture where I'm going to have to make a decision about what direction to go with the fridge, which in turn will drive the energy setup and although I've researched…Continue

Tags: needed, advice, generator, solar, refrigerator

Started this discussion. Last reply by John "T" Nordhoff 16 hours ago.

Where do I find, what do I call these different trim pieces?
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Hi all!!!  Hope everyone is staying cool???  Juno went into the shop today to get her sewer gate valves replaced and a modified ladder installed. More on that later.  In the meantime I have three…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dawn Michelle Jul 14.

Signal LIght Question (w/ Pic)
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On this one  - the turn signal works, but not the running/parking light filament.  I have switched the working side bulb with this one so verified the issue is with the socket/wiring not the bulb.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John "T" Nordhoff Jul 8.

More Electrical Questions...
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Happy 4th all!  Hopefully most everyone is out camping and not working on the RVs, but if anyone is around I am stumped on something.  Remembering my rig is small and simple, I have one 12v accessory…Continue

Tags: accessory, 12v, converter

Started this discussion. Last reply by John "T" Nordhoff Jul 10.

 

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John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
" Hi Ronald, I LOVE to hear from RV techs and FWIW (Nothing) I happen to agree if a person does a lot of boondocking I prefer an LP Gas fridge, BUT THATS NOT MINE TO DECIDE FOR DAWN. I also agree if set to operate at 12 VDC that's a pretty…"
16 hours ago
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"Thanks Dawn, as you provide us with more info such as you have above it helps us help you and our "best guesses" get closer to reality. Here's my response to your latest post:    1) I will ultimately have three…"
17 hours ago
ronald richardson replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"Hello Dawn , here is my opinion. We have a 85 chief and we almost always stay off the grid . I feel first always fix or replace the fridge so the gas works and sometimes still I think you can get a rebuilt unit. The older ones don't use elect…"
18 hours ago
Dawn Michelle replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"Fridge is too big I believe - I'm picking her back up today and they'll have the fridge out so I can measure more accurately but exterior measuring appears to be 40 x 23 x 23.  I will look on Craigslist before I pull the trigger.…"
20 hours ago
Dawn Michelle replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"John - this is all great information!!!  It does help to run through average scenarios then I can pick and choose what I need (ie no coffeemaker, no microwave - i am an instant/french press kind of girl and I can boil water).  You also…"
20 hours ago
Dawn Michelle replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"Except of course an ac/dc fridge won't require the inverter to run on 12v so that is a consideration.   Good to know about the fridge - I've pretty much decided to go residential/generator and add some solar later. Will report back…"
20 hours ago
Rich Thomas replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
https://columbus.craigslist.org/rvs/d/rv-refrigerator/6192038219.html.. found this today it has the dimensions on the add. Also thought i would mention that a lot of the small inverter gen sets can be stacked. Two linked together to increase…"
21 hours ago
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"PS Energy Management Typical Day  Dawn, when I had a set up similar to what I proposed above, here was my typical day: 1) Get up in the AM and immediately fire up the genny to give the batteries a good head start on the day as they will be…"
21 hours ago
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"  Good morning Dawn, gee I got here late SO MANY DECISIONS LOL  Not being there and despite all your great info I just cant make the exact perfect decision for you, but will provide some of my experience and thoughts.  1)  If…"
23 hours ago
Gary Rowe replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"Your good on your math. My fridge won't work on gas so I went with the inverter so I don't have to run genny all the time mine is 2000 I don't plan on boondocking much maybe walmart overnight.I test ran it for two days…"
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Dawn Michelle replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"Thanks for the offer Gary but doubt it would fit in the space and would probably fall right through the floor and flatten the tire - hahah.  The fixit guy was showing me a smaller one he was reconditioning but it was lpg and will have to watch…"
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Gary Rowe replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"Hi Dawn genny is the only way, solar is great but not sufficient. You may look into the inverter types ( small and quiet ) but expensive. I have a 4000 watt onan for $250 but you would have to come and get it heavy bout 300lbs. 1000 watt…"
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Dawn Michelle replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"I was thinking 2 AGM 100 AH?  I'm pretty sure I can squeeze those under the dinette (if you remember I moved the water pump.  I'll have to refig the plumbing again but I measured prior and two will just fit.  And I still…"
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Dawn Michelle replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"Good point - it seems solar in the out-west-boondocking-nomad community makes sense but here is a different story.  Okay one for onan gennie.  In your opinion, I assume that makes a residential fridge a no brainer?  Energy saver 4 cu,…"
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Russ Johnson replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"A big factor is that currently there is no room for more than 2 6v golf cart batteries"
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Russ Johnson replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Help Me Make A Decision....
"Being further south this is not a debate. Gotta have the generator for the ac unit or die in the heat. I am still deciding about solar but at this point it is really just a nice 'keep up with the Jones' thing."
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Western North Carolina
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Full-timed a few years ago, and although we made every mistake in the book, I didn't get it out of my blood. Or maybe I always had it, and the experience didn't deter me.

This time we are doing a few things differently. Purchased a cheaper (older) and smaller (key is MUCH smaller) RV to fix up This time we will have a "home base" we can always retreat to.

In realtime I am a going-on-gray web designer, am back in school studying anthropology and taking art and writing classes. I live with three rescues - a cat, a border collie mix and eccentric, but much adored, boyfriend.
What Interests you about the world of Good Old RVs?
Excited about this forum as everyone seems very enthusiastic and supportive about these "labors of love".
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Juno's Back!! And she now has a "face"

I am so ecstatic to report that I picked up Juno from the mechanic's last Thursday and she and I had our virgin trip together.  It was definitely a happy honeymoon.  Do you know I signed the papers on her in October and this was the first time I actually was behind the wheel on the road??!  Rick didn't get her here until January and then she sat in the yard until I could get the roof sealed, and finally the mechanic took pity on me and came and got her because of the stall on idle issue.  I…

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Posted on July 4, 2017 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Not Dead in a Ditch - Take Two - Part II - Curtains, Upholstery and Plumbing

While Juno is at the mechanics, mom and I are tackling the curtains and upholstery.  She'd finished one side of the dinette prior:

She used the old cushions as a template, and we salvaged the vinyl backings and the zippers.  That's five inches of high…

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Posted on June 18, 2017 at 11:46am — 4 Comments

Not Dead in a Ditch - Take Two - Part I - Mechanical Update

Apparently my previous post was lost when I did a couple of edits, so going to try again and split it into two parts.  If you think you've read it before, then you probably did! LOL!

Just wanted to give an update as it's been a little while and while progress is slow, it has been happening.

Most importantly Juno finally went to the mechanics!!  WOOT WOOT.  

My guy is awesome - he even came and got it for me since I was nervous about taking it on…

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Posted on June 18, 2017 at 10:05am

Just a short update, no pics :-(

It's been awhile, but fixes have been progressing at the rate of Methuselah.  

Mostly because of my lack of skills and knowledge.  How could plumbing be so complicated you ask?  It's actually not.  My rig is 21 foot - there's a couple of short runs and everything with a connection is accessible.  A couple of back twisters but only because I don't move quite like I used to :-)  For Lakota's young buck in the WalMart parking lot it would be a breeze!  And, seriously, my…

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Posted on May 17, 2017 at 6:40pm — 11 Comments

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At 1:27pm on June 15, 2017, Ken and Cindy Haney said…
Congrats Dawn.
At 11:05pm on June 14, 2017, Tina said…

I'm here to congratulate on you being "featured".  Can someone tell me what "featured" means?  Is there a page for featured RV'ers or something that I can read?

Congrats!  :)

At 3:31pm on January 11, 2017, Lakota Wolf said…

Dawn ,its best to tarp cover during cold rainy ugly nasty weather,,, roof sealers and such dont bond very well in wet conditions. Thats a project for better weather days.. The plus side,, it gives you the excuse to tinker on the inside,,, you know,, those little things that you want to do, but usually fall on a nice sunshiney day when you don't really want to be inside. This is the time to do those little projects. You sound as if its Christmas morning with a new toy and just cant wait to play,, I admire your enthusiasm.. Have fun and enjoy.. and dont forget, take pictures.

At 8:27pm on October 2, 2016, Robert Daggett said…

thanks for the comment back  i do love my old winnie  almost as much as i do Mount n Dew that's why its called the Mount n do me winnie i will let you decipher what it means my daughter named it that but its her first RV experiences and she is the same age now that i was when my great uncle introduced me to the RV world and been loveing it ever since

At 5:20pm on October 2, 2016, Robert Daggett said…

Dawn my advice don't delay every minuet you delay is 10 minuets of fun and enjoyment you are missing i have a 1976 Winnie and i wanted to buy one in 1976 when this thing was new instead i waited till 2015 to get mine so that is 39 yrs of fun and enjoyment i have missed out on all because i delayed for one thing or another. when you do jump make sure you will get one you can be not only happy in but also proud to own and as for repairs look at it this way your brick and morter home has to have repairs on all the time too so this way your investing in your enjoyment good luck and happy camping

 
 
 

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