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  1. I'm just pointing out that here is a tool that makes quick work of steel cable.
  2. All it takes is one squeeze. That said, I do tend to run a coated 1/4" wire rope through my portable solar panel & grill propane tank, but often forget & have not had a problem.
  3. I carry a Ryobi 700/900 watt propane only generator that I only use to recharge the batteries if I run into a string of cloudy days. I have not used it since the combination of 320 watts (480 if I add a portable panel) of solar and a pair of 100 amp hour Battleborn lithium batteries has provided plenty of power without it.
  4. The campground maps with the new recreation.gov are a PIA. You can't see all the sites at once, and most of them do not show the bathroom / shower locations.
  5. Gouldings if you need hookups, in the Monument Valley campground if you are willing to dry camp. A couple of other near by dry camping areas are Goosnecks State Park - inexpensive, and Valley of the Gods - free. Both offer great views and are rarely overcrowded.
  6. I'm using a Victron SmartSolar 100/30 with a pair of Battleborn batteries. So far it works great. I did have to set the parameters as suggested by Battleborn...
  7. The last time I was there long enough to fill a couple of tanks (2015), I found some pumps that would not take my Capitol One mastercard, but if I took it inside the station it went through.
  8. I installed a pair of Battleborn batteries and so far am impressed. I documented the change here.
  9. 2X. While not a gimmick, there have been few times I wished I had one. On those rare times the voltage dropped enough that I needed one I simply shut off the AC (nothing else in my trailer is damaged by low voltage) & turned on the fan. I do have a Progressive EMS and have found it useful.
  10. I've been using this Rear View Systems Wireless for 2 years on a 21' Escape towed by a F150 with a 6.5' bed. Under normal conditions, no drop outs. 2-3 times in heavy city traffic it dropped a couple of frames, probably due to other transmitters in the area.
  11. 2X. I dry camped without a generator for years, as long a 91 day in a row. I do have 320 watts of solar, 480 if I dig out a portable panel. That said, I've decided I wanted a bit of backup. Like you, I don't want to mess with gasoline, both storage & the problems created by the ethanol mix. I purchased a Ryobi 900/700 propane only inverter generator. While it won't run my microwave or air conditioner, it does recharge the batteries after a string of cloudy days or when parking in the shade. Runs on either 1 pound disposable cans or, with a supplied hose, standard propane tanks.
  12. I spent the last 9 years traveling without a generator, including as long as 91 days of dry camping (in a row). Depending on the trailer, either 200 watts or as much as 480 watts of solar, and a pair of 232 amp hour 6V batteries. I usually make a 5 cup pot of drip coffee each morning, sometimes an electric toaster, and short runs of the microwave (all with a 1500 watt inverter). That said, after a string of cloudy days, even at Quartzsite in the winter, and a fair amount of furnace operation, I've had to go back to heating water on the stove for coffee and other electrically conservative steps. My reluctant solution - a month ago I purchased a Ryobi 900/700 propane only generator. It won't run the AC, in fact I have to put the refrigerator on propane when running it, but it does provide enough to recharge the batteries. I've used it once after 3 days in the rain, shade & heavy clouds here in the east. The ultimate solution will arrive today via FedEx - a pair of Battleborn lithium batteries. Hopefully, I won't need the generator in the future.
  13. My local library in Oswego, NY is part of the North Country Libraries network, which requires renewing your card every year. They use the Overdrive system for reserving books, etc, and use the Libby app.
  14. I follow a number of forums owned by Social Knowledge, and have not found the management to be heavy handed over the content. Let's hope that continues now that they own one of the more popular campground review sites... At to RVForum.net, the acquisition has not changed my status on that forum. I made the "mistake" of posting a link to my web page with photos of a campground when answering a question & received a notice that I was now banned for life: Sorry vermilye, you are banned from posting and sending personal messages on this forum. This ban is not set to expire.
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