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Started this discussion. Last reply by So ska noname Jul 19, 2015.

Expensive Campgrounds
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  This was a question posed on another Forum and is so out of touch with my typical chosen campgrounds (Natl Forest, BLM, Army Corps, Water Management Districts, Fish & Wildlife, City or County…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by John "T" Nordhoff Apr 1, 2016.

Dielectric Grease revisited, I stand corrected
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  A while back I CORRECTLY posted that Dielectric Grease is an INSULATOR (that's still true) so I didn't like to coat wires with it prior to splicing, as I wanted metal to metal contact and NOT have…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Thomas Jul 8, 2015.

Cracker Barrell Overnight
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 Were on the way to Jekyll Island Florida around Asheville NC so last night I pulled into a Pilot FULL NO PARKING EVEN AROUND EDGES.........Drove to a Travel Centers of America FULL NO PARKING IN…Continue

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John "T" Nordhoff commented on Seth Caron's blog post So Many Questions!
" Seth, WELCOME good questions  "Also instead of two six volt batteries powering the home amenities I have two twelve volts. Is that a problem?"  Its NOT a problem. It's how many who don't dry camp often operate…"
Oct 22, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Ralph Javins's discussion 14.8 V DC and Dawn's BlueTooth to FM Radio Converter
"Ralph, its NOT like me to be concise, but it was late and I was plum tired out lol Looks like we were thinkin along the same lines John T "
Sep 25, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Question about propane...or rather, propane accessories...
"The distance isn't a serious problem, its just that bigger cables are less resistive and less voltage drop so the batteries will get a better charge off the alternator when driving. Sometimes as an engineer I may over worry or over think things…"
Sep 25, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Question about propane...or rather, propane accessories...
" While that 14.8 is a tad on the high side, often after some time passes the VR will back off and charge at maybe 14.2 or so. I doubt 14.8 will stay on for a long time UNLESS you have a battery or battery cable problem. Sure a new regulator may…"
Sep 24, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Question about propane...or rather, propane accessories...
" Got here late, I see Ralph has offered some good advice, good to have some help on this lol Its getting complicated and long winded so I will ONLY add my two cents to your first post then we can go from there. Here is what I'm…"
Sep 24, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Question about propane...or rather, propane accessories...
" Good Morning Dawn, by the time you're through refurbishing your RV you should be qualified to offer seminars at RV shows yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy   Okay, FIRST I DO NOT recommend connecting a flooded lead acid and an AGM in…"
Sep 23, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Question about propane...or rather, propane accessories...
" Those figures aren't quite what I'm used to. Amp Hours is an ENERGY parameter. Its impossible to say a hydroflame uses 2.9 Amp Hours because to compute amp hours you have to know how many AMPS it pulls and for how many HOURS it…"
Sep 22, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Question about propane...or rather, propane accessories...
" When placing detectors as I recall ??? CO is slightly lighter then air so place detectors upwards, while LP Gas is slightly heavier then air so place downward and in locations NOT roomed off like a bathroom. YOURE…"
Sep 22, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Question about propane...or rather, propane accessories...
" NO apologies in order, I often change my mind half way through a project. If there's a better more energy conserving method GO FOR IT.  I will tell you this. A forced air RV furnace isn't very efficient as a huge amount of the…"
Sep 21, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Question about propane...or rather, propane accessories...
"  Wow, I know how to do this and did it and will try to explain how LOL but this gets soooooooooo complicated over the net trying to type/describe how, especially when I'm not smart enough to post pictures BUT HERE COMES MY BEST. NOTE the…"
Sep 21, 2017

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Bloomington Indiana
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Retired Electrical Engineer and Semi retired Attorney (aka The Country Lawyer). Took up the 5 string Banjo 3 years ago learning Scruggs Finger Picking Style of Bluegrass.

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Texas Gulf Coast

 Anyone here camped much on the Texas Gulf Coast between Corpus Christi and Galveston?? I'm asking because I may try some free boondocking along the beach starting at Magnolia Bay (Port Lavaca)  working North in early December. Will it always be windy and maybe cooler ???

 John T

Posted on May 28, 2017 at 12:15pm — 2 Comments

Solar Update Cost

 Mornin gang, I have been absent for a while too busy updating my latest RV. While I don't currently own a good "old" RV (its a 2006) that's all I had for like 40 years lol so I feel right at home here.


 So, we do a lot of dry camping and in my last RV I had 400 watts or solar which kept my four deep cycle 6 volt golf cart batteries well charged. However, in my latest 2006 29 ft, Class I initially installed 470 flat rooftop solar watts (with…


Posted on May 14, 2017 at 8:19am — 2 Comments

"The National Parks, Americas best Idea" by Ken Burns

  I just got done watching the last Episode 6 (each 2 hrs) of the Ken Burns Film  "The National parks, America's Best Idea" on PBS. Second time I've watched it.

 WOW what a great emotional and almost spiritual experience. If you haven seen it GO GET IT AND WATCH IT.

 I have been to several Natl Parks and LOVE THEM but now I want to start visiting some of the smaller lesser known and less crowded parks on my next journey. With your Senior or Access Pass admission…


Posted on May 1, 2016 at 9:14pm — 2 Comments

After Market Electric Hot Water Heating

 So, my buddy bought an after market add on electric hot water heating element to his LP Gas fired hot water heater then shamed me into buying one so I can "keep up with the Jones's" lol. He and I have a friendly rivalry regarding who has a certain after market goody on their RV, and if one buys something the other…


Posted on October 21, 2014 at 7:20am — 9 Comments

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At 5:47am on October 16, 2014, R. Randall Halton said…

Hi John;  Thanks for sharing the photos of the NP's. Wonderful Places and Wonderful times. If you have a Twitter account, each one of the NP/s have a personal account and Canada has the same with their Parks. Very informative.  The other photo's on your blog are interesting and Avon area is too. Those tractor pulls sound exciting,,, crazy. Thanks to you and your Wife John for sharing those experiences and destinations.


At 12:04pm on August 17, 2014, R. Randall Halton said…

Hi, John;

   Yes new electrical and harness's are pretty extensive. Allot of plug's, intersections and loads involved. You can see a rv parts supplier called that acquires damaged motorhomes. And see the possible wiring incorrectly designed or installed. has some really good deals and a large majority of the offerings are fairly new. I just picked up some Thermal windows and saved about a grand. It helps me afford new Sharpie markers. I got tired of people climbing on the restore, so a attorney suggested to write  No Trespassing on it. It's a felony. I dislike vandals' and thieves.

  See Ya 


At 2:53pm on August 16, 2014, R. Randall Halton said…

Hey John! How much to do a complete electrical pla on my Travco 270? I sat down with, and came up with several different options.

 In simplicity, System runs on solar. Has a multitude of different systems connected to the power providers'. Cameras, Motion sensing camera track systems. Retractable solar panels (both sides), you know, the common crap. Turbine generator , like the Yamaha / Kawasaki whisper system. And the typical electronics interfaced with inverters.

Can you do this.

  Let me know and  we can talk...


At 12:20pm on June 9, 2014, Franco F Fontanero said…

Here is a picture of the Essex Solenoid I removed and compressor ? stopped running.

At 12:39am on January 3, 2014, Lakota Wolf said…

Awesome set up with the triples John,,, Looking good..

At 1:02am on November 27, 2013, mark danieli said…
Man that sounds fun .be smart and safe good luck
At 3:28pm on October 15, 2013, Kim Christensen said…
Thanks for winterizing information! This year in Arizona, I won't need to use the info; hooray! Perhaps if I can afford the cost of fuel, I'll drive north and try it out next year.



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