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  1. And it qualifies for AT&T's Airstream Unlimited Internet access. Essentially the Mobley plan allowing up to 10 devices using hardware built into the trailer. $360 a year for unlimited access, or $25 a month for 5GB. https://www.att.com/plans/connected-car/airstream.html
  2. I bought a used mohilehome in a park when I was in my 20s, also as the most affordable housing in the area. It was a fixer-upper that had been foreclosed on from a cat lady and her two alcoholic sons. I rehabilitated it and lived in it comfortably for several years until I took a job in another city. Just as I was getting ready to sell, the owner converted the park to "55 and over" destroying the home's resale value. Existing families and underage tenants were grandfathered in place, but the home could only be sold to someone over 55. I hung on for another 3 years paying the monthly space rent (which did not increase) while the house stood vacant. Eventually a tenant's suit overturned the 55+ edict and I was able to sell it for a price that let me break even on the original purchase price and the extra 3 years of space rent.
  3. Several years back I rented a space in a 1960s vintage mobile home park that was a mixture of nicely landscaped and well maintained single and doublewide mobilehomes. As the owners moved out, the older doublewide homes were replaced with new units while the singlewide spaces were converted to RV rentals. Each space had a 50 amp pedestal and a dual 50 amp breaker, but if you traced the wiring it went to groups of electrical meters with 20 amp breakers underneath. Yes, the park's entire electrical system was designed to allow only two 20 amp circuits per space, despite the 50 amp outlets. The doublewide mobilehomes survived on this, major appliances like stoves, clothes dryers and furnaces had to be gas operated. Air conditioners and electric space heaters were prohibited and each home could only have a single swamp cooler. My 30 amp trailer plugged into one side of the 50 amp outlet using a 50 to 30 amp dogbone adapter, and once I understood the 20 amp limitation I didn't have any problems. I ran my RV's air conditioner when it was hot, used an electric space heater when it was cold, microwaved my meals and used a hair dryer on my long hair. I just made sure I used one, and only one, of these at a time.
  4. Basically, buying a mobilehome in a park where you only rent the underlying land can be financial suicide. A mobilehome is a depreciating asset like a car or RV, the problem is once it's put in place it's extremely difficult and expensive to re-locate, often exceeding the value of the home itself. About 20 million Americans, or about 18% of the housing market, lives in mobilehomes. Lately major private equity firms have taken notice of this captive market, buying up existing mobilehome parks from mom-and-pop operators and then dramatically increasing the rents to maximize their profits. One entrepreneur even holds day long seminars showing individual investors how to do this. As part of the session they take busloads of prospects through local parks to see the potential first hand. One quote from the organizerr characterizes mobile home park tenants as "Waffle House patrons chained to their booths", unable to leave without abandoning their homes, which then become abandoned property subject to taking by the park owner. Buying a mobile home or a manufacturered house on a piece of property you own is fine, just avoid buying one where someone else owns the land underneath it. Zulu's link jumps in 3:35 from the start of the 15 minute piece. It's worth backtracking and watching it from the beginning. Here's some supplemental reading and videos: The Mobile Home Trap: How A Warren Buffet Empire Preys on the Poor (Seattle Times) Mobile Home Economics (Frank Rolfe) Trailer Park Millionaires
  5. I was a part-time traveller for some 20 odd years even though my RV was my only home. I had a couple of motor homes, a 5th wheel and a travel trailer. I worked full time and travelled in my RV during vacations, planned breaks of up to a year between jobs and during one job where a fluke in the union contract let me take month long unpaid leaves of absence. The rest of the time I lived in long term RV parks for a fraction of what it would have cost to rent an apartment. Since I retired, my RV continues to be my only home and I have a permanent lot in an Escapees co-op park that I visit a couple of times a year for anywhere from a week to a month or two at a time. Does that make me a fulltimer or a part-timer? Who knows, I certainly don't care one way or the other. ☺️
  6. Just a bit of a nit-pick. You don't add electrolyte to a wet cell battery, you add distilled water to keep the electrolyte level where it should be. Electrolyte is a mixtute of sulphuric acid and water. The water portion is what "boils" away in normal use and is what needs to be replenished by adding distilled water. Adding more electrolyte will change the chemical composition of the battery and not for the better. Gel cells and AGM batteries are two very different technologies. Both are lead acid batteries, the differences between them and a traditional wet cell is the composition of the electrolyte. Gel cells replace the liquid electrolyte with a solid gel that won't spill, letting the batteries be used in any position. They aren't recommended for use where they'll be subject to movement or vibration because this can cause the gel to seperate from the plates, creating air pockets and killing that portion of the battery's capacity. After the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles, many UPS systems using gel cell batteries failed because of the shaking they received during the quake. Because of this, gel cell batteries are a poor choice to use in an RV. AGM stands for Absorbed Glass Mat. The electrolyte is incorporated into a fiberglass mat that's tightly pressed between the active plates. This lets an AGM battery withstand vibration that would kill a gel cell. Since there is no free electrolyte, like a gell cell an AGM battery is spill proof and doesn't need to be vented.
  7. There's nothing wrong with that. Kay Peterson started Escapees while Joe was travelling from one construction job to another as an itenerant electrician and they managed to see quite a bit of the USA, there's no reason a skilled tile layer can't do the same.
  8. Verizon doesn't have a very good record when it comes to supporting third party resellers and I would be leery of relying on one for mission critical Internet. I got burned a few years back when Verizon abruptly cancelled Millenicom's master contract in October 2014. We had 8 Millenicom routers serving mountaintop transmitter sites and got less than two weeks notice to find replacement service. Verizon said they would absorb the accounts, but it took over two hours on the phone with Verizon customer service to get everything transferred over. When all was said and done, we wound up with less data at greater cost than what we were getting from Millenicom.
  9. Long or short bed determines how sharply you can jackknife the truck to the trailer before the trailer hits the rear of the cab. With an 8 ft. bed you can get a full 90 degree angle between the truck and trailer for extreme maneuvers. However, at this point you're dragging the trailer tires sideways so it should be used only as a last ditch effort. With a shorter bed, the hitch will be mounted closer to the cab so you can't do a full 90 degree turn. The exact sharpness will depend on the truck and trailer geometry and can be determined by careful trial and error. Keep in mind bumper tow trailers can't do a full 90 degree turn either so that may not be as big a factor as you may think. The Ford 6.0 can be made into a reliable engine if it's problems are caught in time. The process is known as Bulletproofing, after Bulletproof Diesel who identified the weak parts and created the kit to fix them. Kind of like Banks Power for the gas engines.
  10. Question 3 on the SEP FAQ sounds a lot like establishing domicile in your new location: "For the purposes of § 155.305(a),”intends to reside” means that an applicant has a present intent to reside where he or she is living, and intends to remain in the Exchange service area where he or she is seeking coverage. Individuals visiting an Exchange service area for a transitory purpose, for example, to attend to a business matter, obtain medical care, or for personal pleasure, do not have a present intent to reside, and do not meet the residency requirement for Marketplace coverage for the Marketplace service area they are visiting."
  11. Actually, it's yuma.craigslist.org A tip for Craigslist is to look under Parking / Storage in the Housing banner. That's where you'll find live-in spaces in RV parks and on private lots in between the usual storage places. The Foothills area at the east end of Yuma has 1/6 acre individually owned lots separated by low Mexican brick fences. Many are seasonal homes with mobile homes or park models on them but there are many lots with RV hookups and maybe a shed/outbuilding that are put out for rent by their owners. Also many for sale starting at about $50k on Zillow.
  12. Where is the water? If it's on the floor of the cab it might be due to a plugged drain on the heater/AC fresh air inlet (those vents between the base of the windshield and the hood). If water getting into the air inlet can't drain, it will eventually come out the heater floor outlet or elsewhere. Again, on a 2019 this should be covered by the Ford vehicle warranty
  13. A couple of reasons. Golf cart 6 volt batteries are a huge market, leading to scales of economy in production so you get more battery for the buck compared to two 12 volt batteries of equal capacity. With only one path through a pair of 6 volt batteries, all of the charging and load currents pass through both batteries, helping to keep all of the cells evenly balanced. A pair of 12 volt batteries connected in parallel provides multiple paths for current to flow through the batteries. This is sort of like a teeter-totter ... fine if everything stays in balance, but if you get something like a slightly corroded connection that lets the batteries get out of balance, one battery will start working harder than the other, reducing the life and effective capacity of the pair. Finally, a pair of 6 volt batteries have half as many individual cells as a pair of 12 volt batteries of equal capacity. This means each 6 volt cell is twice as large as a cell in the 12 volt equivilent capacity bank. Bigger cells means larger and heavier plates, both of which are very good for deep cycle use.
  14. Batteries in series add voltage, the total amp-hours stay the same as a single battery. Batteries in parallel maintain the same voltage while the amp-hours add. Two Trojan T-105 6 volt, 225 amp- hour batteries in series are about the same size and weight as a 12 volt 245 amp-hour 8D sized battery. They just split the battery weight into two pieces for easier handling.
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