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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 John "T" Nordhoff's blog post Solar Update Cost
" Ralph, I use those fold up silvery car windshield heat deflectors WOW DO THOSE MAKE A DIFFERENCE.......  Thanks for the tip on Space Blankets I will have to look into those.   REGARDLESS still if its say 80 to 85 in the day but…"
Jul 12
Ralph Javins commented on John "T" Nordhoff's blog post Solar Update Cost
"Good morning, John;       Thank you for the break down of your solar energy system costs.       Regarding the noticed temperature rise when parking out in the sunlight for solar panel charging, I…"
Jul 11
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Russ Johnson's discussion Ramblings
"Russ, theres alllllllllllll kinds of free beach dry camping between South Padre Island Natl Seashore all the way up to Galveston and Bolivar Flats. I plan to be there between Dec 3 and Dec 11 this winter and Austin rest of the time. Who knows maybe…"
Jun 13
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Russ Johnson's discussion Ramblings
" Hey Russ, will you be back in Texas anytime this November December time frame?? I plan to be in the Austin area and/or one of the many free beach camp sites between Galveston down to Padre Island..................  Have a safe trip,…"
Jun 13
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Patricia O'Brien's discussion SOME RV PARKS DON'T ACCEPT RV'S OLDER THAN YR 2000
" My position is I DONT WANT TO GIVE ANY MONEY NOR STAY WHERE IM NOT WANTED. They can kiss my grits. If I'm not wanted somewhere why would I beg them to take my money NOT ME....Why would I  want to park where snobby snooty…"
Jun 13
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Russ Johnson's discussion New LED Light in the Hallway
"NICE and bright fixture. I've bought all shapes n sizes of LED replacement bulbs but never get as much illuminations as a brand new factory original LED fixture it seems.  John T "
May 18
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Russ Johnson's discussion Annually inspect pigtail
" Good advice Russ. When one is wired and all is in place and tightened down it can help to coat the insides with Dielectric Grease. As you and most already know on trailers it's so often a poor, resistive or  inadequate frame ground…"
May 18
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Cyn 's discussion Pulling my hair out--4-Pin trailer wiring
" I can't say not being there, but OFTEN on the older 3 wire systems, the White is frame Ground,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Green is Right Turn & Stop,,,,,,,Yellow is Left Turn & Stop,,,,,,,,,,Brown is Tail/Marker.  So many trailer…"
Nov 25, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff commented on Russ Johnson's status
"Thanks Russ, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and all here also. John T  Currently (in RV of course) in Austin Texas where my "favorite" daughter lives but headed further south to Sebring Florida in the near future. "
Nov 23, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Shakedown Shook Out More Than Bargained For...
"  Dawn, as I best recall NO WARRANTY In later model fuel pumps in order to address the vapor lock issue the pumps and system had a third return line so gas was recirculating HOWEVER if your pump is still a two terminal In and Out …"
Nov 11, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Shakedown Shook Out More Than Bargained For...
"  Mornin Richard, I agree a carb (unlike modern fuel injection)  engine uses low fuel pressure because if its too high it can over ride the carb bowls needle valve and seat mechanism. I never used any fuel pressure gauge on a…"
Nov 11, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Shakedown Shook Out More Than Bargained For...
" My mechanic had a fuel pressure gauge he plumbed in then we started the engine. I don't think its quite as critical on the old carb engines versus later fuel injected, but you have to have enough fuel flow to keep the carbs bowl filled…"
Nov 10, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Shakedown Shook Out More Than Bargained For...
" Great work and pics  but SHUCKS that shoots down all my suspicions lol  Id insure all the lines and hoses from pump back to tank are good and no air leaks maybe blow n clean and purge it all out and insure a good inline…"
Nov 10, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Shakedown Shook Out More Than Bargained For...
"  GOOD PLAN even if its there and has been by passed, all the jury rigged fittings and splices and rubber hoses may be enough of a restriction its hampering the mechanical pump. On the low pressure SUCTION side of a mechanical pump you just…"
Nov 10, 2017
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Dawn Michelle's discussion Shakedown Shook Out More Than Bargained For...
" Daniel, You state   " Any RV I had (Dodge or otherwise) when you turned the key before starting you heard the pump kick in. A low whine or vibration for about 4-5 seconds. It was pressurizing the fuel…"
Nov 10, 2017

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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 — 4 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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