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Old 11-16-2019, 01:02 PM   #381
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Part, for me it has very little to do with saving money, it is more for the convenience, as finding and getting to a real campground, while making distance and time, can be tough and often a big hassle.

Besides, I have yet to stay in a campground where I found a local newspaper stuffed in my truck door handle, but I have had that happen at a Walmart.

We each have our own practices, feelings and desires on how we do things. There have been many folks expressing concern about their safety in many situations related to RVing. I know stuff can happen, but my choice is to not worry about it very much unless very serious situation. May be weird, but works good for me.
Jim things actually were going down . You know what though I think men and women really think differently about this stuff . When we were younger could drive longer distances and in the night too. That was already covered . Now we just take more time , get off the road earlier , rest up and cover more miles the next day . I guess for a lot of newbies want them to know to be aware . On the road with our trailers, stuff , money etc we are very much a target and the not so nice people out there know it. Pat
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:08 PM   #382
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Part, for me it has very little to do with saving money, it is more for the convenience, as finding and getting to a real campground, while making distance and time, can be tough and often a big hassle.

Besides, I have yet to stay in a campground where I found a local newspaper stuffed in my truck door handle, but I have had that happen at a Walmart.

We each have our own practices, feelings and desires on how we do things. There have been many folks expressing concern about their safety in many situations related to RVing. I know stuff can happen, but my choice is to not worry about it very much unless very serious situation. May be weird, but works good for me.
What, they've never given me a morning paper, I'm going to complain.

Gee, do I have to say that I completely agree with Jim? When you're making tracks and just want to stop for the night going to a campground is probably the last thing I'd want to be do, other places along the way offer complete flexibility when you stop for the night.

Sometimes you meet fellow Escapes and sometimes like at the Valley Center mall in Oregon, where you're given two nights stay in the back parking lot by the river. We don't just stop anywhere. After a while you get to know the good spots.

And, of course, there's the difference is risk tolerance among folks. Some may not have visited a South American city after they read the tourists warnings about "strangle muggings" . Have to say it did add an edge to walking the dark streets at night.

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Old 11-16-2019, 02:14 PM   #383
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Just curious. Do you check exits for a fire escape route when you go to a campground? I've had to evacuate one campground at 2am ( leaving tent trailer behind ) and my buddy has had to evacuate the same campground twice. There is only one road in and out. Second fire, my buddy and the other campers had to leave their trailers, cross the river and walk out.
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Old 11-16-2019, 04:57 PM   #384
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Worked on re-purposing my old tilting-swiveling solar panel mount from the 19.

The bottom section, up to window level stays permanently in place. Who knows, I might also use it for one of those tall, tall poles that folks use as flag poles at Q'site. Maybe 5' higher so the Canadian flag is the highest.

The lower section allows me to swivel the panel to follow the sun during the day. Yah, I know, it sounds like more work than most folks would want to do. But I've been doing it for almost 30 years and it's second nature to me. I can walk by, tweak the panel aim and keep going without thinking about it.

On the 19 I had a solid panel and it was getting heavier by the year to put up and down. I'll by using a flexible panel on this set-up also with flexible on the roof.

In the unlikely event that I'm in total shade the tilting panel can also act as a portable panel.

Amazon, where are you? I need my panels now.

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Old 11-17-2019, 05:56 PM   #385
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Still thinking about ways to cut down on condensation. One item that's always caught my attention is the inch of protruding window frame. On the window by the bed that's .87 of a square foot of colder area for moist air to condense on.

So I had a surplus of foam tape. I wrapped the rim of the window by the bed, the one most likely to have condensation after a cool night, with foam. Didn't cost anything, can't hurt and I'll see after our first night in cool weather if there's any visible difference between it and the other windows.

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Old 11-17-2019, 06:03 PM   #386
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Ron, which windows do you have framed or frameless?
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The ones that you can open and get good ventilation. (framed)

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Old 11-17-2019, 07:05 PM   #388
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Just normal Escape Bath with my youngest son.

Anyway, During our LA trip, we have witnessed a shocking car accident in a crossing road. Of course we help as we wait for emergency/ first aider to arrive. Later on they found out that the driver of 4x4 ranger was in the influence of alcohol.

Then it came to my mind if this happen to me, a car accident los angeles or somehere - how can we handle this kind of situation.

So what basically I did for my escape today was to post a list of rights and laws regarding car accident. I also create a list of attorneys with good reputation handling car accidents reports.

So now my RV is equipped with knowledge. Just wanted to share this to you guys.

Hope this could help.
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Old 11-17-2019, 07:14 PM   #389
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The ones that you can open and get good ventilation. (framed)

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Okay, now I understand why you need to make the changes,,,,,
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Old 11-17-2019, 07:49 PM   #390
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Okay, now I understand why you need to make the changes,,,,,
Donít know if Ronís front window where the bed is but our front window is only single pane , not like the rest of our framed windows , double pane .Made that better by insulating the outside cover . So when closed not much condensation . Using the max fan and kitchen window open really cuts condensation everywhere else in trailer . In any case , we love our framed windows and donít see that a problem . No worries they might fall apart either . Oliver and many high end rvís still use framed . I prefer function over looks . I know lots of you love your new windows , but we also love ours . Pat
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:43 PM   #391
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Here is a quickie - I added a spacer under the bottom of the EMS display so it tilts up enough so I don't have to stand on my head to see the top element of the digital display.
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:53 PM   #392
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Drove into mainland Mexico today, down to San Carlos, Sonora, it is 5 hours south of Nogales, AZ. Spent about an hour at Km 21 importing our truck and trailer. If San Carlos is your destination all you need is your tourist card, about $32US these days. A 10 year import of the trailer is $50US approx, when you leave Mexico with the trailer turn this import paperwork in, or else you cannot enter again. We also paid about $400US to import our truck for 6 months. When leaving Mexico this deposit, less $50US is returned to you.

We'll be in the San Carlos area for 2 nights, then head further south to Mazatlan. Our last night in Nogales, AZ was cool in the mid 50's, looks like San Carlos will be slightly warmer. This part of the Sea of Cortez has very cool winters. We have seen snow here in Dec before.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:17 PM   #393
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Fred, the absolute best night's sleep I've ever had in our 19' out of hundreds of nights of camping in many states was at a K-Mart at Pismo Beach, CA. I don't know why but for some reason it was just great. However, I alway C.C. while camping in places unknown!...

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Over the past 5 years of traveling full-time, we have parked overnight in many Walmarts, Cabelas, Flying Js, Loves, Cracker Barrels and never felt like we were in danger. Just my two cents.

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However, I alway C.C. while camping in places unknown!...

Is that code for concealed carry?
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Old 11-18-2019, 02:14 PM   #395
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Played detective. I had already removed the small panel at the foot of the bed to do my hot water tank switch mod. It came off in 5 pieces. So I made it into a one piece easily removable panel. I may want to run more wires back to front on that side.

Couldn't help but notice that the exterior light appeared to be in that area. So I measured, using the window as a reference point, and sure enough it seemed like it would be directly behind the panel. Not visible so I pulled the white foam out and sure enough, there's the wiring for the light. Much easier location than the 19 was. So I'll tap into it and run the wires to a switch on the same panel that I made for the hot water tank. Nice to catch a break sometimes.

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if i'm sleeping anywhere that seems the least bit worrisome (which rarely happens) I keep my car keys near me at night. hitting the red button would certainly bring attention, and presumably, help.
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Old 11-18-2019, 04:32 PM   #397
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if i'm sleeping anywhere that seems the least bit worrisome (which rarely happens) I keep my car keys near me at night. hitting the red button would certainly bring attention, and presumably, help.
Thatís a great idea , Barbra ! Pat
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Old 11-18-2019, 04:39 PM   #398
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if i'm sleeping anywhere that seems the least bit worrisome (which rarely happens) I keep my car keys near me at night. hitting the red button would certainly bring attention, and presumably, help.
Having camped in a trailer lots for almost 30 years, and a tent hordes for 15 years before and during that time, this has fortunately never even been a concern. I have to be honest though, I am the type that prefers not to worry.
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:03 PM   #399
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For us it is not worry as much as being selective and not wanting unnecessary annoyances- bright lights in a parking lot would definitely be one of them. Also, try to avoid any herd mentality.
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Old 11-25-2019, 02:30 PM   #400
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My F150 tailgate and the handle of my tongue jack were way too chummy for my liking. I could have extended the stinger but I like to keep it as short as possible.

So I adapted the jack to take a removable handle. As others have, I've done this mod. before. I don't do it to be able to use my impact drill to raise and lower it, I don't think that the quality is good enough for that. However I might use it for fast up and down just not for the final tweaking. And don't chime in how much you love your power jack. I don't want one, now or ever.

I was happy to see one tiny increase in quality. Last time I did this mod. the rear end of the gear shaft used the thin sheet metal as the bushing. Pretty low quality. However now they've started putting in a rear bushing. However I don't see any evidence that they put a dab of grease on it.

So still have to make the crank. Maybe I'll keep it simple but the wood handle part might look nice in Tennessee Aromatic Cedar. As always for my mods. it depends on what I find in the scrap box.

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