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  1. I use "unit" also, though I use a different mail forwarding company, as I am domiciled in Louisiana. It's how it reads on my driver's license, credit card statements, bank statements, vehicle registrations, insurance, etc. I haven't had a problem with anyone. If an astute official, say a national forest ranger (trying to prove I live in my RV full time so he can boot me out) were to ever google the address, it would come up as a strip mall (I have checked, to get my story straight ahead of time.) If they say something like, "Hey, this is not a residence, but a shopping center." I would reply. "Yes, I live in the apartment complex right behind it, on Michael Ct., but our mailboxes are all at a mail center by the business office in the mall." That should satisfy any overly curious ranger. I don't have any FMCA, Escapee, US maps with the states visited colored in, or any other stickers on my RV indicating I might be a full-timer. I just don't want to be a target. I've had a conversation with them a few times. NP rangers are always super friendly, super polite and usually too busy to care. NF rangers are typically friendly, but more direct and business like. We'll wave and smile and 9 times out of 10 they will wave back and just drive on. If they stop and engage in chit chat, they are fishing. That is if you didn't give them a reason to stop, such as boondocking in a place you aren't supposed to be. We never have a campfire when boondocking, even if it's allowed. It's too dangerous in a NF, IMHO. YMMV When they stop, the conversation usually starts with. "So, where are you from?" I reply, "I'm from Louisiana and am having the time of my life vacationing in your beautiful state." (Trying to sound super excited.) Sometimes they will ask, "How long have you been away from home?" I will reply with, "Time flys, it's been over a month now, we've seen a lot." (Actually it's been over a year, but "over a month" is also true.) If they ask, "How long have you been here?" I'll tell the truth, as I never overstay the limit. He'll then say something like, "You know we have a 14 day camping limit here." I'll smile and say not a problem, I'll be gone before that. It's not that this isn't a beautiful here, (compliments don't hurt) but I've got lots to see and a little left time to see it." (Which is true and implies urgency to move on. Who knows when their RVing days are over, right?) I never had a problem after this (as I always keep a clean camp, so it looks like I might have just pulled up.) They generally end with something like "Have a great day; enjoy your stay." I've never had my home address questioned, or even been asked to show my DL, but I know what to say if I ever do. If I were ever asked directly, "Do you live in this motorhome full-time?" I might reply with, "You mean there are people who actually live in these things full time? Boy I wish. You don't know my wife." (Chuckle, chuckle.) I never lied. In fact I never answered their question, just misdirected it elsewhere. But so far, it's never come to that. Chip
  2. I paid $1.82/gallon at the HEB supermarket gas station where I bought groceries yesterday in Harlingen, TX (in the RGV.) It's $1.67 at a nearby Walmart, but I wasn't going to drive over there during this mess just to save a few pennies. Chip
  3. After using my Franklin hotspot reliably for about a year it quit working. I took it to a local Sprint store and they reprogrammed it for me for free. I works great again. I wish it had an external antenna jack though, to pull in signals from farther away when I'm in the middle of nowhere. I'm sure Sprint's 8000 MiFi hotspot (their version of Verizon's 8800l) is far better, but it should be for $240. I wouldn't want to buy one though as it will soon be obsolete when 5g comes out. I heard of problems with the FMCA Verizon plan that uses the 8800l hotspot. Several users reported it shut down frequently for no apparent reason and had to be rebooted. I actually called Verison about this known issue a little over a year ago and asked them about a solution. At that time they said they had none but were working on a software upgrade that would fix it. I asked them to call me when they did and I would sign up, as the Verizon is definitely faster and supposedly has better coverage. I can drop the Sprint plan any time as it is monthly with no commitment, unlike the 2 year commitment that Verizon required. They never called me and FMCA eventually dropped their Verizon plan. To be fair, I don't think this was a hot spot problem, but an issue with Verizon's software, as many others use this hotspot and it works great for them.
  4. I built a Kentucky long rifle when I was in college, back in the mid 70's. I browned the barrel myself and it came out far better than I expected, being my first attempt at browning. Remember, there was no internet back then to learn how to do any of this. Just be sure to remove any file marks and polish the metal with finer and finer grades of emery paper (wrapped around a file to keep it flat) - down to crocus cloth and the finish will be beautiful. I also built a Philadelphia derringer, but had the barrel professionally blued, more in keeping with style of the piece. Inletting the wood, bedding the barrel, etc. was easy compared to getting the trigger group to work on the derringer. Back then the "kits" were not made very well and several parts had to be redone for it to work reliably. Chip
  5. I don't know what size your IH 4700 takes, but if they are a 4 x 6 headlight, like most trucks use, I bought a set of 60w LED headlights similar to these last year for my MH and love them. https://www.amazon.com/COWONE-Rectangular-Headlights-Replacement-FREIGHTLINER/dp/B074TCM8LZ/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=4x6+60w+led+headlights&qid=1584981323&sr=8-10 They easily produce 3-4 times the light of sealed beams, and it's a bright white light, not yellowish like sealed beams. Low beam is 3,000 lm and high beam is 6,000lm - even brighter than HIDs. I haven't used these, but they make even more light: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VSNCZHT/ref=sspa_dk_detail_4?pd_rd_i=B07VSP8HLS&pd_rd_w=ZVkeu&pf_rd_p=48d372c1-f7e1-4b8b-9d02-4bd86f5158c5&pd_rd_wg=Fs1XU&pf_rd_r=XFVMVM19GANJMYCJR15V&pd_rd_r=9b1d02b7-b454-4d6d-8eeb-12317d6d6674&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExUlNFU0dQWlJSWUdSJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDMwNTU5MVRYRTNZQjNDSjhDUyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjk4MzA3M1MwSFA3S0FJWEJFUiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbCZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU&th=1 Chip
  6. I use Sprint through FCMA. https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/gear/fmca-sprint/ It is an unlimited $50 a month plan with no commitment and no hard throttling once some preset limit is reached. I used 85g last month with no slowdowns experienced. You can stream Netflix and video in normal resolution, but not in high-res as there's not enough throughput - usually only 4-5mbs. I spend 5 months boondocking in wilderness areas of Arizona and Utah last year and the coverage was decent, though it did roam a lot. There were only a few places where I couldn't get a signal. In fact my wife's verizon phone had more problem getting a signal in some places than my Sprint hotspot did. There's no hard throttling, though they will slow you down on congested towers.
  7. Sehc, I like that your pump is self priming up to 4 ft of lift. That's why I went with a submersible pump so I don't have to worry about priming. But at 1.2 GPM it sure would take a long time to transfer an appreciable volume of water. A few months ago I stayed at an Indian owned RV park (and I use the term loosely) by Canyon De Chelly. To get water there, they had a large water tank that I had to use to fill my portable water containers, pump into my RV and complete the process 6 times to fill my RV tank. With my little 5 GPM pump, the process took about 45 minutes. It would have taken me a couple hours if I only had a 1.2 GPM pump, which is why I'm now looking at upgrading to their 8 GPM pump.
  8. If you are considering an inline Rule pump, the manual says, "For drinking water applications sterilize regularly." I just let the water run out of mine, for it to dry between uses. I've been using mine since 2007 with no problems. https://www.boatid.com/images/flojet/items/pdf/slimline-pumps-guide.pdf The best price I've found on the 500 GPH Rule (Flojet) pump ($48.97 including an attached hose) is here: https://www.boatid.com/flojet/500-gph-in-line-and-submersible-pump-mpn-il500p.html?view=595745&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrriTyoDi5wIVDdbACh3scgy_EAkYAyABEgJBifD_BwE They will just fit inside the opening of a Coleman 5 gal collapsible water carrier like these: https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000014870-Water-Carrier-Gal/dp/B000088O9Y/ref=asc_df_B000088O9Y/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=194884170462&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6346778682680760514&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1026481&hvtargid=pla-310752838282&psc=1 Chip
  9. I use one like this: https://www.go2marine.com/Rule-Inline-Submersible-Pumps-200-to-500-gph-12-volt The difference is that I bought mine with a garden hose fitting attached, so I just screw my RV fill hose onto the pump, drop the pump in my 5 gallon collapsible totes (as the pump is the perfect diameter to fit inside the fill hose) and plug the pump into a cigarette lighter 12v receptacle. In about a minute it pumps 5 gallons from the trunk of my car into my rv tank. 3 minutes and I can transfer 15 gallons from the trunk of my toad up to my fresh tank without any lifting. Mine is an older 360 gph model they don't make anymore. If I were going to get a new one it would upgrade to the new 500 GPH (8 GPM) model. Chip
  10. sushidog

    Hamburger Soup

    Doesn't the bun get too soggy? 😁 Chip
  11. Here's a video of a motorhome driving the road. The tunnels are officially 15' 6". They were lower on the sides, but they did some repairs on them in 2001 where they widened them and lowered the roadway to give more clearance. I've driven it in my 11'9" MH. You should have plenty clearance, as I've seen 5ers on this road before. I lived in the area and used that road a lot. Lots of local traffic also use that road and they drive very fast. Coming from Cherokee to Gatlinburg, you will have a long, steep decent. Coming from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, there's a long climb. It's a beautiful road, but steep and twisty in a couple places. I'd go back and visit it in my truck If I were you. BTW, it just opened a couple days a ago. It was closed due to ice and snow, so if you do decide to go this time of year be careful as conditions can change daily. Chip
  12. I flat tow a 2006 Chevy Cobalt SS with the 2.4l LE5 engine and auto tranny. I just run a switched wire to the fuse box with an inline fuse (or pull the fuse when you tow.) It's the fuse that works when the key is on accessory (which is where you need it when you tow) so it doesn't run the battery down. It has 425,000 miles on it and about another 8,000 miles towing it. It used to be my tow vehicle, pulling my Aliner over 40,000 miles before I went full-time. I plan on keeping it till I die, as it's paid for and cheaper to repair than replace. The first engine lasted about 390,000 miles, so it has proven to be very reliable. It gets over 30 mpg and runs like a scalded dog, so I'm a happy camper. If it's stolen or set on fire tomorrow I will have already gotten my money's worth out of it three times over.
  13. Granted it's not perfect solution, but then again what is? I would have to use it with caution, going slowly and having my DW watch and alert me is something goes awry. The main thing going for it is that it is cheap and lightweight. What do you suggest then to recover a 26,000 lb MH? I like the mule and block and tackle idea, but the mule won't fit in one of my storage bins. How about a come-along? https://www.amazon.com/Neiko-02256A-Puller-Pulling-Capacity/dp/B000MBWCIU/ref=pd_sbs_263_1/139-8800684-4327450?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B000MBWCIU&pd_rd_r=51235e50-0e97-41b8-96ea-b7c0d8523c4b&pd_rd_w=mEXOP&pd_rd_wg=VKn44&pf_rd_p=bdd201df-734f-454e-883c-73b0d8ccd4c3&pf_rd_r=0WY6VV3ZEFD86PP422NZ&psc=1&refRID=0WY6VV3ZEFD86PP422NZ Chip
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    We visited there last year. I have a good boondocking recommendation there. Right after you turn in on 395, take the first road on your left, which is 545B. There are several boondocking locations down this road and the view is outstanding. I ended up camping right next to an extinct volcano cinder cone a couple miles down the road on the left, passing up several sites on the way. https://www.campendium.com/forest-road-545b This is the exact GPS coordinates of our campsite where we stayed in a 36ft MH with toad. 35.381992,-111.560695 The road that goes past it is very rough so gets very little traffic, but we did go down it a ways and saw a couple people camping with travel trailers in a beautiful remote valley. You'd probably have to have a 4wd to get your trailer there though. We barely made it with our little car. I think this is the best campsite on the road, but it was occupied for the entire week we were there. 35.378660,-111.555925 Directly opposite of Sunset Crater, on the west side of hwy 89 is a beautiful spot on top of Sugarloaf mountain called Lockett Meadow CG. You should not try to go there in a big RV as the road is steep and windy. But it is definitely worth a day trip in a smaller vehicle if you are not afraid of heights and don't mind narrow twisty mountain roads. There are a couple places to camp off road 553 before it starts to climb around here 35.379411,-111.589536. Chip
  15. Yes they will work, but you must program each parameter individually. Of course you only have to do it once. What the seller means is that they are not plug and play, like most people want these days. I'm sure he had some returned because there's not a button that says press here for lithium. They do make some other models of controllers (smaller ones) that you just press one button to select Lifepo4 and it sets it up for you. Sure, the Victron is the best but both work. It just depends on how much money you want to spend. If you are looking for a car to get to work you can buy a Honda or an Acura. Both will do the job equally well, IMHO. Of course the Acura is better, but you pay for the added features and quality. I'm on a budget, so I'll buy the Honda, but congratulations if you can afford the Acura and want to get it. It's a better car, no question about that. But if your solar system is limited by dollars rather than roof space you could buy an extra couple solar panels with the money saved on the cheaper controller. The choice is yours. Chip
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