April 16, 2019
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Breathe, breathe in the air….
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
This morning I was reminded about providing adequate ventilation to electronic gear when my Internet access went down. My computer could still get to the router, but the cable modem was offline since there was no connection to the Internet. Hmmm… I quickly discovered that my wife had surrounded the cable modem with a tissue box, DVD storage box and a few other boxes to block a very annoying blue light on the front panel. But in the process of “going dark,” she had cut off all air flow to the modem which was REALLY hot.
Heat is the enemy of electronics and can, at first, cause what appears to be random problems, followed by a shutdown. Do this often enough and it can destroy the gear. Ouch! The lesson? Make sure you leave sufficient air flow around anything that plugs in and don’t bury it in a cabinet that has no ventilation at all. That includes shore power cordsets that shouldn’t be left coiled up in a small storage compartment when they’re supplying power to your RV. If it feels hot to the touch, then there isn’t enough air flow.
You’ve probably visited a small park before, but what about the world’s smallest park in Portland, Oregon? Read all about Mill Ends Park here. Oh, we should also mention that it’s the only other “leprechaun colony” outside of Ireland.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Busting boondocking myths: You can’t boondock without solar
Opting Out of Normal says: I’m here to tell you first hand, we did it [boondocked without solar] for eight months very successfully. We did, however, equip our fifth wheel with six lead-acid batteries and two generators to help with the important things like blow drying my hair, and running the vacuum. Ha! Small, lead-acid batteries are not too expensive, and to this day, they are still the ones we are using even though we have installed our own solar. We do hope to upgrade to Lithium, but we are having no problem with the ones we have now.
One big pro to fulltime RV living
• Freedom. You can live where you want to and move with the seasons. You are not tied down. You can change your mind tonight and live somewhere else tomorrow night. You can go wherever whim and chance might take you. • One of the things I like even more than going to different places is the freedom to know that I can go if I want to. • If you change your mind about the RV lifestyle, you can sell an RV in a matter of days or weeks instead of the months or years it can take to sell a house. • If you don’t like your neighbors, you can move to another location in a matter of minutes. —From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
From Outsideonline.com, here’s a guide to RVing with some great information. Even if this seems a little basic, spend some time exploring some of the other excellent articles on this site.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
An Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard, and a German are all standing watching an American street performer do some juggling. The juggler notices the four gentlemen have a very poor view, so he stands up on a wooden crate and calls out, “Can you all see me now?”
(*Say it out loud!)
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