John "T" Nordhoff
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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by david craft Jun 4, 2015.


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John "T" Nordhoff commented on Daniel Long's status
"Daniel, ifffffffffff the engine battery is good but it requires a boost (house battery or a jumper) to crank the engine fast/good enough to start it, Im thinking a starter solenoid or a starter problem. I don't see that as lightning related but…"
Jun 10, 2020
John "T" Nordhoff commented on Daniel Long's status
"Many auto parts stores and especially any battery suppliers (Interstate, Batteries Plus, etc) will perform a Load Test for free but the battery needs to be charged. However, I'm sure they could charge it (if you're not able to correctly)…"
Jun 9, 2020
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Daniel Long's discussion 110V issue
" Indeed if the genset itself is working but there's no power to the coaches AC distribution panel, I suspect:   The gensets onboard circuit breaker is tripped (can be hard to find on some units)     If you have an…"
May 29, 2020

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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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AGM Battery Upgrade

  I have four solar panels, do a lot of dry camping, and  wanted to replace my four old flooded lead acid 6 volt Trojan T-105's (450 Amp Hours) with AGM technology so I don't have to be constantly checking and adding water etc. etc. I went with two Renogy AGM12-200 (200 Amp Hours at 10 hr rate, 208 Amp Hours at 20 hr rate = 416 total) which I picked up at Walmart (they even loaded them for me, 129 lbs each) free shipping for $247 each. On the Renogy website they are $399 each !!!!!!!!!!!  It…


Posted on November 29, 2018 at 12:08pm — 3 Comments

Vintage Trailers on You Tube

I came across these on You Tube and bet yall will enjoy watching as I did.

 Im back on the road again headed to Texas then later Florida for the winter

John T

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 3:25pm

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 1:15pm — 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 9:19am — 3 Comments

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At 6:47am 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 1:04pm 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 3:53pm 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 1:20pm 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 4:28pm 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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