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  1. lenp

    Life remaining in Trojans

    I am certainly not an expert but I would think a battery monitor system would be very helpful in determining remaining life. My system (three Trojan T1275 12 volt batteries and 750 watts of solar) with a Pentametric battery monitor tells me the efficiency of the battery bank. Going on seven years of service they still show 96% efficient - about where they were when installed. I have never dropped the SOC below 60% so I expect I still have a few years left on them. The Trimetric TM2030RV goes for around $150. Might be cheaper than new batteries and always helpful in knowing where your at with your batteries. Lenp
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    rent or sell the s&b house?

    Initially we chose a house sitter the first four years we full timed. Couldn't have asked for a better situation. Unfortunately she had to move on so we decided to rent for a few years (four more). No issues to speak of with maintenance other than a drain field replacement that was due regardless. Decided we wanted to sell the place in 2008 so asked the renters to vacate. We did not use a rental agent but would highly recommend doing so. To avoid capital gains taxes we chose to once again have a house sitter for three years and officially call it our home base (we paid utilities and such). This house sitter was a second cousin and it was not a good situation. They didn't trash the place but close to it with dog stains all over the carpet and holes in the freshly painted walls where pictures had been hung. We ended up keeping the place and moving back in after eleven years of full time. Glad we kept the place as I now have my shop back and ten acres of pasture to keep me busy and healthy! Lenp
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    Texas Hill Country w/ Motorcycles

    The Lone Star Corral SKP park in Hondo is pretty close to the hill country and rates are great! Lenp
  4. I have a Garmin DashCam 20 that DOES record speed (can it be turned off, I do not know or care). Like you said speed can be determined other ways. On you point about where to place the camera for good visibility....I recently installed a two camera INNOV K2 system on my Harley that comes with two bullet cameras that are waterproof. They could be mounted anywhere on the front of your rig. Cable lengths might be a problem but I suspect that could be overcome. Google INNOV and take a look. They are not cheap but seem to work great. Lenp
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    Fulltimer moving into new rig?

    We have upgraded three times when full timing and each move was at the dealer lot. Lenp
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    Towing Ford Fiesta or Edge

    I tow a 2013 AWD Edge with no issues. Only requirement is to run the rig five minutes and shift into D and R before towing and every 300 miles. I did add a charge line to keep the battery charged as the aux braking system will run the battery down over time. Not all Edges are towable though. Do your research. Lenp
  7. My rig will loose about 1/4 of the tank out of the overflow while driving IF I am in hilly country. It does not loose any sitting level. Previous fiver also lost significant water in the hills. If your not seeing a puddle of water under the rig while parked I doubt you have a leak. Lenp
  8. I did the same for an older two door dometic several years ago. The refer door broke and a simple piece of aluminum flat stock worked great Lenp
  9. I used these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ARADQR2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 two on the frig and two on the freezer. attached with: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CC146DM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I tried the bungee and Velcro but found they did not keep the doors tightly closed on corners. Mine is a RF197 but basically the same door configuration. The freezer door "self-lock" feature did not work well on corners either but he RF18 may be better. Lenp
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    Best Penetrating Oil?????

    Best stuff I ever used was the purple liquid the Navy Non Destruct Test (NDT) guys used looking from cracks. Stuff was so thin it would soak through your skin! Had a small bottle that lasted me twenty plus years. Probably still used but not for us civilians. Sorry,, don't know what it was called. Lenp
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    How to winterize residential frig

    I simply connect the input (suction) side of the pump into a jug of RV antifreeze, turn on the pump and ice maker and let it sit until I see pink ice (slush). I have to do the same for the washer/dryer until I see pink water in the machine. Of course, the water heater is in bypass mode. Lenp
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    Fulltiming? What Regrets do/did you have?

    We started full time in 1999 and stayed on the road for eleven years and loved it! Fortunately, we did not sell our house - had house sitter and renters the whole time. When health issues hit us both we moved back into the house in 2010 and traded the fiver for a MH and travel south every other year. We had even bought into two SKP Co-ops with plans to sell the house but later sold them. Looking back I am VERY glad we didn't sell the house as I now have my workshop back and enjoying it along with being very active with the local VFW post. Just keep your options open if you can. Lenp
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    House batteries at 11.5? Sounds like they are not in good health either. Your inverter panel may be "seeing" low battery voltage and refusing to function. Try charging the house batteries and see what happens. Letting them get down to 11.5 is not good for them and it may be time to replace them as well. Lenp
  14. lenp

    Best place to register new Airstream

    Oregon works for me. Originally from Oregon and own a home there so no issues with residency requirements. Oregon has an income tax that can be around 9% but they don't touch my Navy retirement because it was all "earned" prior to 1991. Plus my VA agent orange related disability (what little there is) is not taxed by the state or federal. Establishing residency in Oregon may be a problem - I think you must own property and pay local property taxes. No sales tax (yet). Oregon does have a lifetime free vehicle registration or ONE vehicle for disabled veterans. I use it for my MH and it saves me significantly. Other vehicles are about $80 for two years. In addition, they have a property tax exemption of about $40k for disable veterans (over 30% is memory serves correctly) and the State Park system offers 10 free nights a month to disabled veterans (regardless of residency). County park I am currently has ten night per year free if you have the Oregon disable veteran pass. I probably would not have stayed here if it weren't for the tax situation. The only income I pay taxes on is what I draw from my IRA and I try to keep that low! Lenp