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    We began full timing on December 1st 2014.

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  1. Jim Gell

    MyDakotaAddress.com is shutting the doors

    Cathy and I are weighing our options. Does anyone domiciled in SD, and uses the Escapees mail forwarding service in Livingston TX, have any pros or cons to share? Jim
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    HDT Members On The Road, Including Their Current Locations

    Willard, OH It's about midway between Sandusky and Mansfield,
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    HDT Members On The Road, Including Their Current Locations

    Cathy and I are parked in her father's backyard in Ohio. Besides seeing family and friends, we are working on clearing out 2 rented storage sheds, or more likely, getting rid of enough stuff to fit what's left into one shed. We are not sure how long we will be here or where we are headed next.
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    Anyone planning a trip to Alaska next year

    Cathy and I are talking about going. Our general plan would be spend couple weeks in the Icefield Parkways on the way up in May and arrive AK about first of June. Once in AK, likely spend most of our time in the Kenai and probably stay in a Seward for a few weeks surrounding their Fourth in July festivities. Would like to finish somewhere northern to catch the Aurora’s before heading south. It sounds like a too good a plan not to copy it, Jim and Wilma!
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    Brake controller

    Yes, the manual air brake lever works with the Hayes. I have a used one I would sell, but I must say that I took it out because I found it difficult to adjust . But then I am challenged when it comes to following written instructions. I may have just been been turning the knob the wrong way. It was not intuitive for me. If you still want to buy my used one, PM me. Jim
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    Water tank

    crazybanshee, How did you plumb into the tank from Tractor Supply? If it's like the one I looked at, it has a 3/4 inch NPT drain and a 5" screw on cap on top. I assume you pump in and out the drain hole. How did you install a vent line to the top? Thanks, Jim
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    Passenger Assist Elevator

    JPL, With some help from a friend, I removed it yesterday in a couple hours. The mechanism bolts to the frame with two existing holes and two drilled holes. It also attaches to one of the fairing supports to help support the custom fairing door which I am keeping. The 12 volt hydraulic pump and reservoir sit on a plate mounted across two other fairing supports. For now the lift is intact and could be bought to mount on an older Volvo, but they would need to modify their own fairing into a door. Anyone who wants it, should speak up, because it may get parted out for other projects in the future. It will be in Ohio. I don't get on this forum often, so best bet is private message me. I should get an e-mail saying I have the PM and will read it. Jim
  8. Jim Gell

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    I clicked on the option to "copy link" to get the URL I pasted in here. I may need to convert it to a shorter URL using Tiny URL. I have a love hate relationship with computers. I don't know know what I would do without this frustration.
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    Catskills or Adirondacks?

    I grew up in the NYS and spent 32 years as a State Park Manager there. I would much rather do the southern route if it were me. Western NY and the Finger Lakes has great scenic state parks to visit. I would try to add the Ithaca area which has some state parks you may want to visit including Robert H. Treman (Not Allan Treman) and Taughannock Falls in Trumansburg (215 feet drop) a little north of Ithaca. I suggest walking up the trail to the bottom of the falls before taking in the view from the overlook above the falls. On your way from Watkins Glen to Niagara Falls (two great state parks) you may want to visit Letchworth State Park. It's known as the "Grand Canyon of the East". Other suggested stops include the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport and Corning Museum of Glass in Corning. Most New York State Parks and Historic Sites charge a vehicle use fee of between $6 and $10 dollars for day use including all the parks above including the US side of Niagara Falls (the nations first/oldest state park). For $80 you can buy an annual Empire Passport online at this link. You can also use the links at the top of that page to research NYS Parks and Historic Sites. If you decide you are more of a history buff rather than visiting gorges and waterfalls, you may want to visit some historic sites along the Hudson. Some of those are state operated and also honor the Empire Passport. Many others are Federal, such as FDR's Historic site in Hyde Park and you may be able to use a Federal Senior Pass if you have one. Note: As odd as it sounds, the Catskill and Adirondack State Parks are NOT operated by NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation which runs all the areas outside the Adirondacks and Catskills. Those parks, and all the state run facilities within them, are under the authority of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Both agencies accept the Empire Passport. Enjoy your trip! Jim EDIT: khantroll, I was typing this response as you sent your previous post. I feel bad you don't have more time to spend in NYS. When I think of Adirondacks, I think of trees....lots of trees and not many people. It is a designated wilderness area. Yes, there are isolated areas with populations like Plattsburg on the edges and some scenic and historic areas, but nothing that compares to the Finger Lakes. Hudson Valley has lots of history, lots of people, lots of traffic. If it were me, I would chose a smaller area to visit and not try to do Canada and NYS in 7-10 days.
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    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    Nice to know I am not the only one to see it. Maybe it's just too big a file for limited bandwidth. I thought I slimmed it down before posting it. It shows every time I look on my laptop.
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    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    Rich&Sylvia, I included my picture using a URL, rather than uploading the file itself. It's probably larger than 0.1 MB, but I didn't think that mattered if it was hosted someplace else. I don't understand why I can see it when I scroll back to my May 7 post, and apparently other's can"t. Did you look to see if you could see it? The only thing I can think of is that maybe only I can see it because it's mine. I am hoping someone else could look and tell me if they can see it or not. I may try to insert another picture and pay closer attention to what I do this time. Jim
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    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    I am too tired tonight to figure out why my pictures are not showing up. When I was trying, I noticed some contradictions to what I posted above in the photos and captions from back when I did the work. First I did not use channel, it was L, and may have been 4X3. Also, I left a bit of space between the door guard plastic I slid on the lower edges and the radius of the cap. I guess I was worried it would rub a hole back then too. I have an album on my Facebook titled something like "1060 Watt Solar Install" which includes some detailed pictures of how I mounted the diamond plate. So you can PM with your e-mail address and I will "friend" you so you can see the pictures there, or if you are patient, I will try in the next week or two, to figure out how to share pictures on here (again). Jim
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    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    gypsydan, I posted a picture of my diamond plate shield with my text and it shows up when I look at it. Can anyone else see it? Maybe I did not give it the right permissions? My diamond plate was about 1/8 inch thick or less. I bought it cheap by the pound as assorted scrap, so it wasn't labeled. I did a somewhat elaborate mounting with 3" or 4" X 2" channels cut at 45 degrees on the ends. I made some brackets that bolted between diamond plate and the channels. I then put clear plastic car door edge guard along the bottom and snugged that lower edge to the radius on the front of my trailer. Hopefully it's not wearing holes in my fiberglass cap. I may have more detailed pictures to post but I should figure out why you can't see them first. Jim
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    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    I installed four 265 watt panels of the size you are planning to use. I also needed to clear a sewer vent. I raised mine maybe 4 inches above roof and removed the cap over the vent pipe and inserted a little copper wool to keep animals out. I was surprised how much cooler the bedroom under our panels stays even in bright AZ sun. I was worried about tree limbs and wires being caught under mine, so I made a aluminum diamond plate deflector for the front edge. My trailer has a strong roof but I went ahead and attached my panel hardware through the roof into the rafters. I was able to mark the location of the aluminum rafters looking at the condensation on the roof on a cool morning. On the downside, if anything does take my panels off, the damage could be worse to the trailer. I designed to be able to tilt my panel, but after 3 years of use I have never needed to tilt them. Advice from Jack Mayer, and I agree with, is that when the wind comes up to the point you should lower the panels, you are NOT going to want to go up on your roof to do it. Mine are not quite flat, maybe an inch lower at one end lengthwise. It is not enough to keep the lip around my Grape panels from collecting water which can turn into little mud puddles. I sweep dust off when I sweep off my slide roofs before we move, maybe 20X a year, and also take a wet rag and bucket and clean them well maybe 5X a year.