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  1. Rich&Sylvia

    Another CG Ettique Question

    I put out a big seed block near the camper and went away. Came back that night and a dozen javelinas, including babies, were eating away at the seed block. I had a scary time getting past the herd and inside through the camper door. I won't do that again. Palo Verde and Mesquite trees are in the legume family and produce beans. Pack rats, ground squirrels, rabbits (and possibly others) eat the beans. Those small mammals are, of course, a food source for snakes, coyotes and birds of prey.
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    Shipping your RV and Truck Cross Country

    Part of the expense for the drive-away companies is getting their driver returned home. You, the owner, will bear the expense of getting the driver back home - an expense that is built into the cost. I spoke with an owner of one drive-away company and learned that that particular company did not have a return route that would pay them - thus the driver's return to home was part of my cost. I did not pursue the matter. (I was trying to get my garden tractor shipped to Arizona from Washington. Still haven't done it.)
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    Why can't DP owners learn the basics

    "Sticking with the wrong choice" research from the University of Minnesota may explain why it's better to NOT try to educate people.
  4. Retired at 62, DW at 57 - both in pretty good shape - nothing to slow us down. We've always been worker bees. Can't seem to stop doing projects, saving and investing. But finally did a detailed analysis of our financials; expenses, income and projected income. The outcome was that our modest lifestyle will probably never eat through our incomes/savings . . .short of a devastating illness. The advisor to the advisors posted this article: Retirees Aren’t Spending The Way They “Should” - It might help with your decision.
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    Free eBooks

    I've been happy with the Kindle "Paperwhite". Both it's brightness and text size are adjustable. At night I turn brightness way down. It's light enough that I can hold it with one hand while laying down. Tons of literature available for free download at the libraries - available online anywhere in the country. Trick: Manuals, or anything on one's computer can be "printed" to a pdf file. The pdf file can then be manually transferred to the Kindle by a USB cord. This allows me to keep many reference manuals on a wafer thin ereader. The downside is that one cannot easily and quickly thumb through the pages. I find it cumbersome to do so.
  6. Rich&Sylvia

    Ripoff Report?

    I'm familiar with it but and sometimes us it. Mostly I Google something into the ground if I have questions - which will often lead to the RipOff Report page. You might also find this website useful: https://www.scamadviser.com/ when it comes to checking websites. And I try to stay ahead of the techno security curve with https://krebsonsecurity.com/
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    Recommendations for Trustworthy Mobile RV Techs in AZ?

    There's a guy at the Escapee's North Ranch in Congress, AZ that is a mobile tech. He snowbirds between there and someplace in Montana - so he's probably up north right now. I've used and recommend him. He is a member of this forum and I can't think of his name right now. Maybe someone will chip in with it?
  8. Rich&Sylvia

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    Testing a PNG image upload by dragging from the desktop to the "Reply" window:
  9. Rich&Sylvia

    deep cycle battery maintenance

    Best answer right here ^^^
  10. Rich&Sylvia

    Excellent, but easy, cooking technique

    Why did you pick the Anova brand over other brands? Has the Anova requirement to have an email connection true? How does that work?
  11. Rich&Sylvia

    generator in truck bed

    We always try to avoid being near a pickup with a generator in the bed unless it's a Honda. A lot of campers do as you plan, spend a lot of money on truck and camper and then cheap-out on the generator to ruin the camping experience with a very loud contraption (not that you actually plan to do that). It's an easy trap to fall into. Just be sure to go for the quietest genset that you can get. It will serve you well in more aspects than one might imagine.
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    Cheap places to live...

    I find the "top 10", "best 5" type of stories entertaining - but they are basically filler material that writers write because people will read them. Distance from an international airport is important to me, as well as healthcare facilities - as others have noted, "Omissions" in these sort of articles need to be considered. Even so, useful information can sometimes be gained if good source quotes are included in an article such as this example: https://taxfoundation.org/
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    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    That was also my thought. And I would coat the screw thread with Locktite or other similar product. The other two panels barely visible in my roof photo were mounted to the roof using neoprene well nuts and stainless steel machine screws. (installed August 2016) The roof surface under the solar panel cannot be easily cleaned and never has been.
  14. Rich&Sylvia

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    Regarding your image; I right clicked on it and selected "Open image in new tab". No image shows because the url has no file type (meaning that the file name does not end in a ".jpg", ".gif"", ".png", etc.)
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    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    If you uploaded a picture and it does not show in the post then try this: Edit the post in question, click "Insert other media", then from that small menu window pop up, click "Insert existing attachment". At that point a big window will pop up and will show all the photos that you have uploaded. Click on the photo that you want and then click "Insert selected". The upload photo has a size limitation of 0.1MB (100kB). If it's too big then the system won't accept it.