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Lou Schneider

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  1. Paul Evert RV fire

    On the plus side, damage was confined to the building and none of the RVs on the lot outside were damaged. Paul Evert's RV Country is open for business and their marquee now reads "Fire Sale Hot Deals!" http://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/refrigerator-to-blame-for-multi-million-dollar-fire-at-paul-everts-rv/985746731
  2. Free ice cream cone

    Last year Free Ice Cream Day was the first day of Spring (March 20). Maybe we should check back again closer to the event instead of writing it off in the middle of winter?
  3. RV Lots The Original SKP Ranch

    From the Home page, click on Leaseholders "Find Out More" to go to http://skpranch.com/lease-holders Now scroll to the bottom of that page and click on Lots Available "Find Out More" to go to http://skpranch.com/lots Or just go directly to http://skpranch.com/lots. Once you're there, you'll see "The Ranch Lots" with a large picture and a bunch of thumbnails below it. The first photo is the park map, the rest are photos of all of the lots in the park. Scroll down the page and you should see "Lots Currently Available For Lease". You don't actually purchase a lot, you purchase a share in the co-op, which gives you a lifetime lease on a lot. Click on "Current List Find Out More" to see which lots are available. I opened this in a new tab and just clicked back and forth between the list and the pictures.
  4. Antonito, CO to Chama, NM RT 17

    The only traffic on the tracks is the Cumbres and Toltec tourist trains, since the tracks are narrow gauge they don't interconnect with any other railroad. That said, you may get more than two trains a day depending on where you're there. But there won't be any overnight activity.
  5. Do you want to go exploring down forest service roads while you're boondocking for 10-14 days in one spot? If so, a motorhome pulling a 4WD SUV may be your best choice. It doesn't have to be a full sized Jeep, a smaller SUVs will go most places and also give you economical on road transportation on for local sightseeing, etc. Through a variety of circumstances, I have two sets of RVs. The first is a 1999 Ford F350 and a 2001 Sunnybrook 29 ft. travel trailer. The second is a 1994 25 ft. motorhome towing a 1986 Ford Bronco II. I retired last June, and spent 4 months exploring Colorado and New Mexico in the motorhome and Bronco II. This year, I'm taking the F350 and Sunnybrook on the road for 5 months, making a loop from my home base in NV through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas before winding up in Sedalia for the Escapade. Then I'll work my way back to my home base and swap the truck and trailer for the motorhome and Bronco II and spend another 3 months or so in the Colorado Rockies. What makes this work is both of sets of RVs were purchased used, and there are good deals to be found if you're willing to be patient and flexible. In my case, I bought the trailer to live in while I was working full time in Los Angeles, then I purchased the motorhome and Bronco to use for weekend and vacation trips. All told, I have less than $25k invested in both rigs.
  6. Couple of Questions for Experienced Boondockers

    A gallon of propane weighs 4.05 lbs, so a 30 lb. tank contains 7.5 gallons. The original poster said he had 25 and 40 GALLON tanks (for winter heat?). 65 gallons, or 260 lbs. of propane should last at least a couple of months.
  7. Couple of Questions for Experienced Boondockers

    Gas refrigerators are almost unbelievably stingy with propane. The flame that provides the heat to run the cooling process is about the same size as your oven's pilot flame. It should use about a gallon a week, plus or minus. Your other propane uses (stove, water heater, etc) will determine when you need to fill the tanks. Unless you use the furnace a lot, 65 gallons of propane should easily last all summer. If I'm in a monthly site where I pay for electric, I often run the fridge on propane to save a couple of bucks. The break-even point is 20:1. If a gallon of propane is less than 20 x the price of a kWh of electricity, propane is the cheaper fuel.
  8. Over night parking in vegas

    Not for free, Clark County specifically prohibits RVs from staying overnight unless the property owner provides access to water and a dump station. But there are a couple of decent RV parks on Boulder Highway for $20 a night. Kings Row RV Park is between Sahara and Desert Inn Rd, just north of the I-515 interchange. Road Runner RV Park is a few blocks south of I-515.
  9. Routes

    I use Google Maps on my smartphone for in-route navigation. The GPS in the phone is always active, even if you're out of cellular range. Google Maps will look at your proposed route and if you'll be going through areas of marginal or no cell coverage, it will ask if you want to download the routing maps in advance. I used Google Maps for several years while I was working in the Southern California area and their live traffic information was a lifesaver. It's gathered by tracking the GPS information anonymously from many phones as they report their positions to the cell companies (necessary to match them with an available cell tower). If a group of phones report they're traveling at 50 MPH along the path of a road or freeway, they use that to infer traffic is moving at that speed. If the phones come to a stop, they know there's a blockage. The information is displayed by coloring the road segments green, yellow or red. The network is now nationwide and is fairly seamless. You'll use some data doing this, but with the phone tracking my progress 4-8 hours a day and using it to browse the web while eating lunch I never approached my 3 GB monthly limit.
  10. Any Traveling Nurses?

    A housing allowance isn't taxed if you spend it all on housing. If you don't, the unused portion is taxable income.
  11. Lets talk inverters and wiring....

    Add up the power requirements of everything you'll have on at once and get an inverter of that size or larger. You'll need 1000 - 1500 watts to run a small space heater and that's a heavy draw out of the battery. Everything else is small change. You can find the power requirements on the device itself, usually on a label along with the model and serial number. If it uses an external power brick, the information will be on it. If it lists watts, just add them up. If a device doesn't list the wattage, multiply the input voltage x the current. I'm guessing somewhere around 100 watts for the laptop, maybe 5-10 watts for the phone charger. What kind of printer? An inkjet is in the same range as the laptop, a laser printer takes considerably more power. As far as finding an inverter, google "24 VDC inverter". You'll find all sorts of choices.
  12. Actually, the same is true for the floor mounted heater vents. They connect to an underfloor duct that either has openings to let air into the basement or at most has minimal insulation to the outside.
  13. Staying in a parking lot

    Don't put down the jacks and accept the slope as the price of being able to stay overnight. It only takes one dent in the asphalt to make the lot owner suspicious of all RVs. How much potential damage do you expect him to tolerate before he revokes the privilege of letting RVs stay overnight?
  14. how to replace propane tank float assembly

    Running the hot water down the flat end of the tank will let it get all the way to the bottom without falling off.