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  1. Gave up on trying to harden an iPhone about 2 years ago. Bought a CAT S60. We are highly active with outside activities, so I spent the money up front for a “rugged” cell phone. It is Mil-Spec 810G, IP68, IP69K rating. It has gorilla glass, exceptionally good battery life which means it weights a lot. I didn’t think I would use the F.L.I.R. gadget much until I had an engineer (has a S60) properly show me how to utilize this F.L.I.R. tool. Now, the whole volunteer fire department now have the CAT phones ( S60 or S61) because of the F.L.I.R.. When we stop to refuel, I walk around the trailer and take a quick look thru the F.L.I.R. at each hub/wheel bearing and compare it to a previously known baseline. In addition, the F.L.I.R. has proven to be valuable in finding wiring faults and leaks around windows and roof. I bought mine from all places Walmart.com, unlocked and at time would only work on the AT&T network. I do have to admit that I am somewhat disappointed with Google Play. IMHO the iPhone world has much more apps.
  2. Please explain the why and how you accomplished the task. Why-My hobbies, kayaking and fishing and then hurricane Ike and Harvey hit. How- I’m still flooded lead -acid. Two detachable 90-watt panels on the camper shell of the Tundra wired in parallel feeding a five-year-old Trojan SCS225. Additional two portable 100-watt panels wired in parallel feeding the battery bank on the trailer. The trailer has as primary two five-year-old TrojanT-105 hooked up in series. As back-up to the trailer it has a trojan SCS225. A Blue Seas-Series Selector Battery Switch 9001e switch handles the switching between the two on-board 6-volt battery, the single Trojan SCS 225 battery or both. I have two controllers that I have made portable so I can move the between truck and trailer One Morningstar PS-30 PWM and a Morningstar PS-MPPT-40M. All batteries are maintained via these controllers and a monitored via a portable Bogart Engineering Tri-Metric Meter TM-2025-A . Both the truck and the trailer have Power Tech-On 2000-watt pure sine wave inverter wired via #00 fine wire welding cable. All other wiring is either #4 or #00 fine wire welding cable. Are you happy you added Solar? Yes. Content? We have learned what we can run and for how long with the current set-up but would always want more amp hours and panels. What has your experience been since going Solar? We are experienced off girders. We have over 7K of panels at what is now, after Harvey, our home 20. Experience has been very positive and albeit very expensive.
  3. Had real good performance form this link to HooToo travel router.
  4. For the last five years I have had good service from this link to Viair air compressor for my trailer tires. It does read tire pressure. I modified the power cord with 2 pin 10-gauge SAE power pig tale so I can plug it into the trailer battery so I don’t have to use the alligator clips every time.
  5. My son-in-law was in a similar situation. Military family of four with a greyhound they needed more room than what we have in our Nash 17K. They liked the Nash but this brand, even used, to fit his family and a usage as a monthly warrior and maybe one or two extended trips a year was way out of his price range. I advised him to buy a reasonable platform and we can “tweak “ like I modified my Nash. He found a very similar 2019 Forest River 27’ travel trailer that had a fantastic price, so they bought the Forest River. I mean this is a basic bunk house trailer. I think it’s around fully loaded weight of 6,000# with twin 3,500# axles. By “tweaking” I mean isolating the air conditioner to where it can be the only thing plugged into shore power or small generator, swapping batteries, adding a true battery motoring system like a Tri-Metric Meter TM-2025, adding a good large pure sin wave inverter, and adding solar/associated solar equipment. Their first outing was a 10- day round trip Scott AFB to Air Force academy. After the alterations we made they name the trailer the “Bunker”. Long story short after the mods they say it met their needs perfectly. Regarding the anti-sway. Their tow vehicle is a ¾ ton 2005 Dodge Cummins diesel. They wanted a Hensley Arrow like we have but again based on their anticipated usage it was priced out of their range. They decided on a Fastway e2 with Integrated Sway Control. He said even across the plains of the Dakotas and Kansas the trailer NEVER swayed or got sucked in by passing semis. We followed him westward for a while in our Tundra-Hensley-Nash 17 combo out of Scott AFB before tuning south to heading back to SE Texas and I can confirm that I never saw their combo get sucked in or sway.
  6. I saw one of these, link to Aura A-23TH while dry camping in close to the Buffalo river in norther Arkansas. He had all his yaks and fishing gear in the toy hauler section. He said the only thing that was not his favorite was the queen bed as not a walk around. Don't know if it big enough for you.
  7. trailertravler is correct. I was wrong when I said the stinger stays on the Hensley. The stinger says on the tow vehicle and like trailertravler said “ It does take some practice to put a square peg into a slightly larger square hole”.
  8. When I purchased my used Nash 17K it came with a link to Hensley Arrow. If your budget can handle the cost, and your tow vehicle gross vehicle weight (GVWR) rating can handle additional weight of the Arrow or Cub it is by far the best anti sway hitch I’ve used. I thought the Hensley products were smoke and mirrors until I towed the trailer back from Baltimore to my home in deep east Texas with the Hensley. The Hensley makes a notable towing experience difference but is a little tricky to hook and unhook up since the stinger stays on the Hensley. I’ve towed the Nash with a link to Fastway e2 hitch as well as the Hensley. When the trailer does not sway much with the e2 I can see it the trailer being “sucked in” a little with trucks pass me. The trailer does not move at all with the Hensley. My tow vehicle is a long bed long wheelbase 2010 Tundra extended cab, 5.7 V8 4x4.
  9. A little over the top and way to long for me but check this link to converted horse trailer
  10. We have been using a Max Amp Mobile Truck and Trailer Package since about 08/2017, or soon after we lost our pre- Harvey house. Works extremely well when traveling or stationary. The first reason we went with MaximumSignal is our primary internet is Mobley and my Cat 60 phone are AT&T, our backup internet is Version, and my wife’s phone is Sprint. So far, the MaximumSignal has handled all three carriers. The second reason is our home 20 is in a very remote area of deep east Texas no INSP and we don’t watch enough television justify the cost of HughesNet. The portability of the Mobile Truck and Trailer Package allows us to move the actual amplifier and trailer side of both outside external antenna and inside omni direction antenna from the trailer to our post Harvey house. The third reason is the excellent customer service we received form Gord. We did have some feedback problems with the trailer side of the initial install and our home 20 and Gord worked with us tirelessly to resolve the problem.
  11. Depends on your definition of “full size”. We are NOT full-timers but 25’ is full size to me. Here a link to Bigfoot makes two trailer that are 25 feet long. There was a rear bed 25 foot one at the hunter’s camp in Montana. He was checking out my solar setup on my 2014 Nash 17k and we were comparing trailers 4 seasons capability between my Nash and his Bigfoot. Bigfoot is price proud of their product and rightfully so as it looks to be a very well-built trailer.
  12. Looks like great progress is being made. It took use over a year to "tweak" (solar panels,controller, batteries, wiring, inverters Trimetric battery monitor,etc) our new to us 2014 Nash 17K and we started with a usable very usable platform.
  13. ogaddcb

    Baton Rouge CG

    When have stayed one maybe two nights at link to Farr Park several times. The park is right next to the Mississippi river and it's kind of neat to hear the tug boats/barges go by. Just don't try it during a LSU football home game weekend. The park is packed.
  14. Several years ago, for a project I was on I needed a Mil-Spec laptop, so I purchased a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 - Intel Xeon E3-150, 170 W AC, 6 Cell (90 WHr) battery. I have yet to find any compatible DC chargers. I have two batteries, so the laptop can easily run all day, but I do have to depend on my Pure Sine Wave inverter to recharge the batteries overnight.
  15. I've used this link to Jake-E-Up on my previous Casia trailer and my current Nash. With the tailgate down on my 2010 long bed/long wheelbase Tundra the tailgate would still hit the propane bottles on the Casita but clears the propane tanks on the Nash.
  16. I know this doesn’t sound like much to a qualified electrician, but a perfect example of one thing leads to another. Not being overly interested in the super bowl and related hype this weekend I finally decided to install the Perko Heavy Duty Battery Selector Switch 8603 on “Harvey”. “Harvey” is the new AmerLite 21’ trailer we bought in July because that’s where we spent 3 solid months after hurricane Harvey. We are not full timers but spend about 6 months of the year dry camping in various places. The Perko switch would allow us to run “Harvey” off battery 1, battery 2 or both in parallel. Positive from battery 1 to Perko switch, positive from battery 2 to Perko switch. Then power out from the Perko switch to trailer. I had ample supply 4-gauge fine wire welding able and Anderson S50 power Poles. Simple right? Leads to another #1 - The instructions said mount the Perko switch as close to the battery as possible. The battery on “Harvey” is outside behind the propane tanks in a typical battery box. I did not want the Perko switch sitting out exposed to the environment, so I mounted the Perko switch inside an ammo box which sits on top of the OEM battery box. Leads to another #2 -To properly install the Perko switch, the instructions also advised a fusible link between the batteries and the Perko switch. There is already a fusible link from the OEM battery to the trailer. So, inside the ammo box I wired in two fuses from the batteries. I said to myself, “Well that wasn’t so bad”. Then I started thinking (“Danger Will Roberson”). The on-board monitoring system just shows battery voltage and since we dry camp I like to monitor amps. I currently use a Trimetric TM-2030-A Battery Monitor System and related shunt on the auxiliary battery in my truck, on the old single battery from the travel trailer that we lost in a fire and on my solar system. Since I’ve already have the Trimetric wired to be portable via CAD 5 cable and couplers and I have an extra shunt, CAD 5 couplers and cables why not wire in the Trimetric to move back and forth between the trunk to “Harvey”? Leads to another #3 – Locate a place and mount the shunt. Leads to another #4 – Locate a place for the Trimetric INSIDE “Harvey”. Leads to another #5 – Run CAD 5 cable from inside “Harvey” to the appropriate terminals on the shut mounted outside. Leads to another #6 - Wire both negatives to one side of the batteries to the shunt. Leads to another #7 - Create a negative bus terminal for ”Harvey” loads . Leads to another #8 - Wire that negative bus terminal to the appropriate side of the shunt. Results were PERFECT. Perko switch on position 1, Trimetric meter battery 1 reads 12.9 volts static and -4.5 amps when I run the electric tongue jack. Perko switch on position 2, Trimetric meter battery 2 reads 12.5 volts static and -4.5 amps when I run the electric tongue jack. Perko switch on position Both, Trimetric meter off Battery BOTH reads 12.7 volts static and -4.5 amps when I run the electric tongue jack. Anticipated negative amps when I run any 12V loads inside “Harvey”. I hook up my 400-watt solar array and the Trimetric meter starts reading + amps static. Both battery 1 and 2 are the exact same amp hour rating and within a month of manufacturing date so I’.ve programmed the Trimetric appropriately. This took all day Saturday 2/3 and most of the day 2/4. I even watched the start of the super bowl off the 12V TV inside “Harvey”. One happy camper here. I tried to upload a jpeg that is 83KB. I get a message that that is tool large
  17. We are still depending upon our Mobley as our sole form of internet access while recovering from Harvey. Mobley solely no router. How do you determine the 5 device limit?
  18. Thanks a lot for the information. As you can imagine the files being transferred back and forth are sometimes VERY large not to mention the ordering and scheduling on line deliveries. One of the agencies, not going to mention the specific one, will not accept our dropbox pictures so we have to send the pictures one by one with a date stamp. We will just keep plugging away. I want to make sure we don’t miss a flood related item. Heck we may even come 11/15 we may even stream a movie or something like that.
  19. Since August 30th we’ve been in our 2014 Northwood Nash 17K recovering from loss of the contents, sheet rock etc. at our home 20 from Harvey. Our sole form of internet access has been and will remain until probably year end 2017 the ZTE. September, October and November we received a message from AT&T stating in part “Your automotive Wi-Fi data usage this month has reached 16.5GB. If you exceed 22GB before your next cycle on MM/15/2017, you can still use unlimited data however your speeds may be reduced at times and in areas with network congestion.” This activity is not streaming TV shows and movies but actual Harvey communications and related activity. Very large files being transferred between FEMA and Flood Insurance. My question is, has anybody received these messages and if so has AT&T actually reduced speeds at times and in areas with network congestion? Our home 20 very close to Houston.
  20. Last summer the crew that put in the new windows at the recreation hall where I volunteer used see link to large wing wire connectors. They said just screw them on like normal, plus the wing wire connectors help keep the tube neck clean. They used them on all the chalk tube like containers including silicon/liquid nails tubes for months.
  21. Their this guy who has a tract of land next to my bug out location. It's a maybe a 2010/2011. I know he has modified his Volt to supplement his battery bank when there is insufficient solar. He's kind of a recluse but next time our paths cross I'll see if he can share what he has done. Last time we talked he said the one of his concerns was the petrol going bad in the tank since when he drives it's normally less than a 60 -70 mile round trip. At that time he was trying to get the Volt's petrol engine to run off either propane or natural gas. As soon as I can find a dealer that has a 2016 Volt in stock with the full back seat so it can carry 5 people I'll probably go and look at it.
  22. Well now I don't know whats going on. At 0936 on 09/17 I got a recall email request HSVWiFi would like to recall the message, "OmniLynx Wireless - Order Update".
  23. Ordered 9/11 I just got this 9/17. Dear OmniLynx Customer, Due to the large number of orders our office has recently received, the wireless device inventory is currently on backorder. Because we have not been provided with an approximate date for delivery by the supplier at this time, we offer the following accommodations for your account(s): 1) You may request a refund of your first month’s payment , which will be processed via PayPal. This should be done via emailed response to this message. Please include your order number and name in this email. 2) We will hold onto your first month’s payment and process your order as soon as devices are received. If at any point you decide the delay in delivery of equipment is too lengthy, you may request a refund. In the event we do not receive an emailed request for refund, we will continue to hold your initial payment and will process your order upon receipt of the inventory. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience and understanding in the matter. OmniLynx Staff
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