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NCSU Dad, you mention buying a small travel trailer in case RV'ing is not for you.  This thought process seems a bit backwards to me, RV'ing covers a wide variety of activities, and life styles.  Instead you should ask yourself what sort of RV fits your life style and intended use.

I know for example that my wife would be miserable in a small sub-20ft camping trailer, or even most small class B motorhomes.  So those were quickly removed from the shopping list when started shopping for our first RV together a couple of years ago (I had previously owned a couple of camper vans before we met about 15 years ago).  Simply put, she would hate anything that had a toilet in the shower, she also demanded a functional kitchen, so we ended up with a coach with nearly 7 ft of kitchen counter top space, and a bathroom where I can't touch opposing walls with my arms outstretched (barely).

This goes both ways, someone that loves remote off grid boondock camping would probably be miserable in a newer all electric class A diesel pusher with only a few inches of ground clearance.
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General Discussion / Re: Pre-purchase inspections
« Last post by Isaac-1 on February 18, 2018, 11:52:41 PM »
Yonder, I had much the same sort of experience, though I did commit to the deal earlier into the inspection, perhaps I should not have, but I had seen enough to know I was not going to walk away at the price I was paying even if issues came up.

Having said that, an important thing to remember is that a proper RV inspection, not counting the engine/mechanical/power train inspection should take 6-8 hours by a professional and cost something over $500-$700 depending on region.  Anything short of this and you are risking getting caught with unexpected major expenses, which if you had known before hand might made you walk away from the deal.
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Destinations, RV Parks, Routes / Re: JAX, FL to Seguin, TX in mid-March ??
« Last post by Isaac-1 on February 18, 2018, 11:39:30 PM »
Careful about that with Texas Toll roads not all allow pay by mail see https://www.hctra.org/MissedAToll
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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Maintenance for upcoming camping season
« Last post by RGP on February 18, 2018, 11:37:30 PM »
I have about 4000 mile on a new set of axles that were installed last year. I am going to use the handy dandy grease zerks and adjust the brakes without pulling the drums and replacing the seals.

Usually I dismantle and re-assemble but that will probably wait until this fall. De-winterizing and checking the roof seals for leaks are also on list.
     
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PCs, Communications, Electronics / Re: Pet monitors over my cell phone
« Last post by Isaac-1 on February 18, 2018, 11:35:39 PM »
If you are going to use a camera to remote monitor the pets, you may want to also place an easy to read thermometer within the field of view of the camera.
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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: App for That
« Last post by RGP on February 18, 2018, 11:24:50 PM »
I was a feature on some of the Garmin GPS models but my TT is a bit over 9 feet. Plus the AC.

It has never been much of an issue except for trees in the campgrounds.
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Tech Talk / Re: T8 to LED strips - so simple right?.... maybe
« Last post by WA6CAL on February 18, 2018, 11:23:41 PM »
I always recommend a 'Buck' adjustable voltage regulator when doing this kind of conversion. 

I have heard this from others.  I have ordered these units - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GJ0SC2C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I will install one as a test.  I have read that some of these regulators emit noise that can severely affect antenna TV reception.  We shall see....
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Here is a question, when I fill my 6 gal. hot water heater and turn on the hot water tap, the air trapper inside rushed out blowing mist and spray all over the sink. So, I keep the hot water tap open until the tank fills.

That would mean the only air left in the hot water tank is the few inches of space between the outlet pipe and the top of the tank. Is that air cushion you are referring to?   ??? 
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Tech Talk / Re: T8 to LED strips - so simple right?.... maybe
« Last post by WA6CAL on February 18, 2018, 11:20:23 PM »
Have you re-checked the voltage after the yellowing? Is it the same as when you first installed them?

Yes, the voltage did not change.
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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Electric PU trucks
« Last post by RGP on February 18, 2018, 11:03:32 PM »
If the hype about the newest development in batteries is true, the electric/small generator vehicle will certainly be available in a few years.

Current battery technology is works well with hybrid vehicle like the Prius, and Volt and it is encouraging to see it being scaled up to greater payloads.

My grandkids will marvel that folks would actually use the old 8N Ford tractor in my shed. Of course I use to listen to my father-in-law talk about stream threshers. :) :)       
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