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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 replied to Timothy's discussion Top driving speed in a vintage camper?
"  Tim, back in the day (past used RV dealer and lifelong user)  I drove a ton of Class C Dodge based RV's with the 360 and 727 tranny all over the USA usually with the cruise at 58 to 60 MPH and never had a problem or excess…"
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…"
Jul 20
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…"
Jul 20
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…"
Jul 20
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…"
Jul 20
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Jack Wasmuth's discussion Planning A Trip
"  Jack, excellent question and there are sooooooooooo many variables plus personal preferences its hard to give a general one size fits all answer in my opinion. For example, a few years back I took a 6000 mile trip to eight national parks over…"
Jul 17
John "T" Nordhoff commented on Lakota Wolf's blog post F.Y.I. on LED conversion
"  Good Wolf Man, I'm in a hurry before din din and Miller Time, but FYI I would at least START WITH solid state flashers if you don't already have them, similar to those below: 12 Volt 2 pin LED turn signal…"
Jul 12
John "T" Nordhoff commented on Lakota Wolf's blog post F.Y.I. on LED conversion
" Yo Brian WELCOME,,,,,,,,,,,, VERY NICE AND HEAVY DUTY METHOD TO WIRE UP A TRAILER so ALL the lights (truck & trailer) function properly. As either an Electrical Engineer or Electrical hobbyist over 60 years I…"
Jul 12
John "T" Nordhoff commented on Pat Daly's status
" Ken and Cindy. It used to be ANY Federal park or monument had them for sale, that's where I bought my Senior Pass, the Access pass was free. You don't really need the Senior Pass if you have the Access Pass.  I think you can…"
Jul 12
John "T" Nordhoff commented on Pat Daly's status
" Good info for those not yet with the pass Pat, it saves you a TON. Free entrance to Natl Parks and 1/2 price on most campgrounds. Years ago to be on the safe side I got BOTH the Access Pass and the Senior Pass, I didn't wanna take…"
Jul 11
John "T" Nordhoff commented on Lakota Wolf's blog post F.Y.I. on LED conversion
" EXACTLY, I'm sure there are several different methods such as use of some sort of an electronic flasher, simple resistor to form a current divider, simple loop circuit etc. etc. ALL OF WHICH ARE MUCH CHEAPER THEN $29.99 LOL Some…"
Jul 11
John "T" Nordhoff commented on Lakota Wolf's blog post F.Y.I. on LED conversion
"PS to my first post  Good Wolf man, I like your post and bet if we put our heads together we could come up with a MUCH CHEAPER THEN $30 solution. Resistor is maybe a dollar or a few at most subject to rating and quality ???   I…"
Jul 11
John "T" Nordhoff commented on Lakota Wolf's blog post F.Y.I. on LED conversion
" Mornin good Wolf man......... Part of the problem with LED use as turn signal lights is that for a gazillion years mechanical flashers used a bi metal strip which as it heated it flipped/toggled opened then it cooled and closed IE On and…"
Jul 11
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion More Electrical Questions...
" Congratulations Dawn and thanks for the feedback. To avoid corrosion and oxidation when you have spliced wires or they are exposed to the ambient in any way YOU NEED TO KEEP MOISTURE AND OXYGEN AWAY (causes oxidation DUH lol). I use the…"
Jul 10
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Signal LIght Question (w/ Pic)
" Dawn, Looks like I agree with the good Wolf man again. As I noted earlier the alligator clamp end of a 6/12 volt test light to a known good ground and the sharp pointy end stuck thru the insulation down into the wire will answer many questions…"
Jul 8
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion More Electrical Questions...
"  Dawn, looks like I agree with the Wolf Man and Russ and FWIW here's my explanation.    The house battery is ONLY wired to those B and C terminals (that feeds your 12 VDC power outlet) and it works ONLY if the house battery is…"
Jul 8

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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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