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  1. You don't have to use cat5. Look at security wire. That actually is a little heavier and can be used for multiple things. Or, take the easy route and buy the CabCam switch.
  2. Darn Rick....I gained 10 pounds and no one was here at all.
  3. RVS and other providers have quad monitors that handle 4 inputs. They also have DVR-based systems that handle 9 or more channels of input and then display those on a monitor, using the DVR remote to switch between views. Let's ignore the DVR system and go back to the quad system. With that, if you wish more than four views you have to use a switch that accepts the additional inputs and outputs onto one of the available channels on the monitor. So you get a 4-way switch and you can send a total of seven images to the monitor - four from the switch and three from the remaining channels on the monitor. Cabcam sells a reasonable switch, as do others. Or you could build your own and support even more channels of input. In the past, I've used Cat 5 cable to run cameras to the switch and switched as many as 6 channels off that. With a rotary switch; all of which I custom built. Just depends on how complicated you want to be.
  4. The "grey market" ones that were initially imported by Pensky where. But all of the Mercedes imported ones were over-width. So in the US, the gen1 is legal width (grey market) the gen 2 (ending in 2015) is overwidth and the Gen3 2016+ is overwidth.
  5. It is a very nice range, with a very active club. Just about any shooting discipline you want. Plus there are a bunch of active competitions in the Valley. So lots of opportunities to participate as broadly as you wish. There are certified instructors at Retama (I'm one when there) for people that want to learn or to refresh their training.
  6. They are all too wide. But it has not been a problem if you load them centered on the cab (sideways) so they do not look like they are hanging over too much. Only you can decide if that works for you.
  7. Jack Mayer

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    Yeah probably was us. We worked there and tended to hang out in Moab. We got our first Volvo in 2003. Double towed a Jeep for over 8 years - thus the "Moab Lifestyle".
  8. Are you sure that Umbrella will cover a fuel spill? I tend to doubt it. The umbrella that I had a few years ago would not - I specifically had them check with the underwriter. It would be nice if it would - but you better be sure.
  9. I second Rear View Safety. I've used a wide variety of brands over the years. RVS is as good as it gets. We use them exclusively on our truck builds. One thing to note - they use a 5-pin connector, NOT a 4-pin. There are adaptors for both Voyager cables and for the 4-pin. Their monitors and DVR systems are very good. I'll answer any questions you might have if I can.
  10. I get it Ken. I was confident you could find someone locally. Feel free to contact me directly if you feel we can help you.
  11. HOA is 416/quarter for the lot shown (or about that, it might vary by a couple of dollars). You cannot legally live in the Coach Houses - they are occasional use only. There are other products there that you can live in - larger casitas, etc. There are a wide variety of properties at Retama, that should meet most peoples needs. The amenities are typical of an RV park. Retama does have one thing that almost no other parks do - a VERY nice shooting range and active club. Training can be provided. The rental website is retamarentals.com. If you have questions I'll try to answer them.
  12. Really, you ought to be able to find someone locally. Or bring it to KS and we can help you out. But that does not seem a "reasonable" choice given the distance.
  13. You might want to investigate Google again. Over the years it has changed a lot. While all the photo storage systems have limitations, the Google photo storage combined with an Android phone is about as convenient as it gets. It automatically uploads phone photos and stores them in high resolution (if you want) or it can store them in reduced resolution for free. The high resolution counts against your Google free storage limits - the reduced resolution does not. It is quite convenient and you can send a link to an album to someone and it works flawlessly as far as I can tell. But Google does have little really good documentation, so some of their features - that are there - are hard to find. A search usually gets you what you need. The system is intended for cloud storage. Manipulating those images on a local hard drive and managing them also in the cloud is probably not its "sweet spot". If you are doing more professional photo image management I'd likely not use Google for management.....but for most hobbyists, it works pretty well. At least for me - I have thousands of photos in the Google cloud - its tools make dealing with them pretty easy. But I never try to do anything locally....only in the cloud.
  14. Glenn, it mostly depends on how much money you want to spend, and how often you use it. When I was doing solar installs and actively working on electric in RVs I had both a hand hydraulic crimper, a hammer crimper, and a nifty electric (battery) hydraulic crimper that really did a nice easy job. You can get a decent hydraulic crimper at Harbor Freight - but I'll tell you that the 4/0 die on the one I have is not accurate and makes it difficult to crimp 4/0. The rest of the dies are fine. So buyer beware.
  15. I find it amazing that even today, "professionals" install solar systems without a cumulative amp-hour meter. Of course, they are not professionals. When considering enhancing your off grid electrical capabilities the FIRST THING you put in is a battery monitor. A TRUE battery monitor, not a voltage meter. Period. Otherwise, you have no way to collect critical data. The Victron with BT is a great meter. As is the Trimetric, and some others. The Magnum BMK is OK, not great, but has some advantages if you are already going "all Magnum". It depends on how demanding you are. But for a standalone meter, the Victron is now my first choice. For what it is worth.
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