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61  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Another Crazy idea from CrazyG.. on: January 11, 2015, 01:58:26 pm
Tony:

There is another thread on the forum somewhere regarding induction units you might want to look at as well.

We own a Fagor portable induction unit (1800W) which we purchased on Amazon (from Sur La Table) for about $150 and we love it for many reasons. We can use it inside the rig, outside the rig or even at home (like outside at the bbq area when we need another cooking surface). It doesn't take up much room at all (12x14x2) and so it stores easily.  It does require compatible cookware, but our nesting pots/pans were already compatible.  It does a great job overall...fast and efficient.  The fan is a bit noisy, and the cooktop will indeed get hot (from the pan of stuff being cooked, obviously)  Since we have 50 amp ability in our rig, the electrical is not an issue.

Even though we love our unit, I don't think we'd change over our gas cooktop to induction.  I cook quite a bit and haven't found the 2-burner gas unit to be a hindrance at all.  We haven't done much dry camping yet, but anticipate doing more and the gas cooktop would be indispensable for us.  If we were never going to dry camp we might consider a change to induction.  Hmmm....then again, one of the things we like best about the PC is that there are many options and ways of using it.  Got power? Use the convection/microwave, put the fridge and water heater on electric. No power? Start the generator.  Don't want to start the generator?  Put the fridge and water heater on gas and use the cooktop. 

I guess this is another one of those 'How would you use your PC' questions.  Everyone is different. If you are considering a portable induction unit, I would advise shopping around.  Although the unit you posted is a bit bigger than the Fagor, there is a huge price difference.

- Mike



62  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Fisherman on: January 03, 2015, 01:07:23 pm
 LOL
Funny!
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tank monitor not working correctly on: December 27, 2014, 01:43:10 pm
I thought Tom had a problem with the propane tank sensor, not the holding tanks.  I agree with you about not messing with that type of electronic thing unless you know what you're doing (and I'm not an electronics expert by any means), but it's good to know what might be there and what it's purpose might be.

  - Mike
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tank monitor not working correctly on: December 27, 2014, 12:09:19 pm
Tom:

Not sure how much help this might be, but I had read a while ago that there are usually five IC's (integrated circuits) like these at the display panel somewhere, one for each tank and one for the battery....

http://www.onsemi.com/pub/Collateral/LM339-D.PDF

There are usually resistors in the line as well (between full and 2/3, 2/3 and 1/3, etc)  Some panels may have small adjustment potentiometers below the LED's on the panel.  I'm not at the rig and don't know if mine have these.

- Mike
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wheel cover installation problem on: December 07, 2014, 09:53:40 am
I had a bit of a struggle with this myself when I was installing tire pressure sensors.  It took a few attempts, but I found that I had the best success by trying to keep the wheel cover as parallel to the wheel as possible.  I put my hands at the ten o'clock and two o'clock positions and my knees at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock positions and applied pressure a bit at a time without allowing any one position to get too far ahead of the others.  Once the wheel cover is halfway in it became much easier to use the heel of my palm to tap in each position.  If this hadn't worked I would have thoroughly cleaned the rim and wheel cover and applied some lubricant to the tabs on the wheel cover.  I'm guessing that if they are abnormally tight there might be a problem with the wheel, or the tabs need to be bent a slight amount.

   - Mike
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water under the slide on: November 28, 2014, 12:27:20 pm
Ditto!  Gonna check mine out today for future reference.  Helpful from me too!

  - Mike
67  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 22, 2014, 11:24:23 pm
Yup, that stretch is all very nice now.  In the Sierras there are two seasons:  Winter ......and summer highway construction preparing for winter.

I don't think it ever did get as bad as the highways in Jacksonville, or I-95 through Jersey and NY.  Those potholes could easily swallow an RV.

  - Mike
68  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 21, 2014, 07:54:30 am
One thing that folks should know if traveling in California....there is a statewide speed limit of 55 MPH for any vehicle that is towing anything.

- Mike
69  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 11:54:55 am
Ron:

Hard to deal with those restrictions!  Not sure if there are similar restrictions at all other state parks here.

Holly/John:

I'd be awfully remiss if I didn't put in a plug for our favorite place: Lake Tahoe...one of the highest and deepest alpine lakes in the world.  It's readily accessible on the north end via I-80, and on the south end via Hwy 50.  Weather permitting, of course.  It's about 2-1/2 to 3 hrs from the Napa area, so a day trip or overnight from the Bay Area is easy and a gorgeous drive. They do have a number of RV parks on both the CA and NV sides of the lake, as well as campgrounds (Fallen Leaf, Nevada Beach, Tahoe Valley, Campground By The Lake, Sugar Pine Pt State Park, etc). From the lake there are many easy day trips to Virginia City, Carson City, Reno.

The north side is more rustic, the south side more touristy (major casinos, Heavenly Valley Ski Area, shopping). The Heavenly Valley tram to the top runs most of the year with some spectacular views.

Just so much to do and see any time of year in that area.....fishing, horseback riding, sleigh rides, hiking, paddle wheel cruises to Emerald Bay, kayaking, etc.   Oh, and the best Bloody Mary anywhere?  It's at Cabo Wabo inside Harvey's Resort.

    - Mike
70  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mapping Software on: October 20, 2014, 10:53:20 am
On our last long trip we used Google Earth, Google Maps and the AllStays App.  We liked the routing features of the Google Maps app (not for navigating, but general planning ) and the RV-related locations on the AllStays app.

  - Mike
71  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 10:46:45 am
That would be Samuel P. Taylor State Park, between Pt Reyes and San Rafael and it is indeed very nice.  Unfortunately with the CA drought there are some changes/restrictions there...

At Samuel P. Taylor State Park, in order to meet the park's basic water needs, and comply with water conservation, the park has taken the following actions:
 As of 1/20/14, and until further notice, the park dump station will be out of service.  RV's/trailers will not be able to fill their water tanks at the park.
 Beginning the week of 7/20/14 the restroom building next to site 58 will be closed and some water spigots in Orchard Hill Loop will be turned off.  Additionally, all park showers will be closed.  Chemical toilets will be available until this restroom reopens.  These service reductions will remain in effect until futher notice.

    - Mike
72  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 19, 2014, 02:36:37 pm
Wow, Bill....I might be talked into taking my rig (and toad) north on Hwy 1 from Jenner to Manchester.....might.  I would never take that route south though.  I'm sure vertigo would set in and I'd take us crashing over the edge of the cliff!  We've done it in our SUV a number of times and it wasn't the most pleasant driving experience, but the scenery cannot be beat.  I would advise anyone that takes that route to stop by Fort Ross and also the Timber Cove Inn (gotta see the quirky totem, and the trails along the cliffs are amazing....they also have a great bar and food). One thing to mention, though...we've had to stop on the road and wait about 15 mins until a herd of cows decided to cross the road and graze along the cliff.

Very envious of the vertigo-free drivers out there!

   - Mike
73  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 18, 2014, 10:43:25 pm
Many National Parks parks are still open, or open year round out here, like Pinnacles and Lassen.

Lots of state and local parks with RV sites as well.  Skyline Wilderness Park is ideally located close to downtown Napa and the southern end of Napa Valley.  Quiet place with lots of hiking trails and great views.  Full hookups.

Doran Regional Park in Bodega Bay offers RV sites with no hookups, right on the bay and across the street from an ocean beach.

A number of Army Corps campgrounds sprinkled around some of the lakes (like Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino... And I think Folsom Lake)

If you plan to stop a bit up here in the SF Bay Area / Napa Valley Area, give me a shout and we can chat about all the things accessible from around here.

    - Mike
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Reunion in Colorado on: September 18, 2014, 07:59:49 am
Nashville....awesome!  Love that little city!  Marking the calendar....

   - Mike
75  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pet Ramp solution on: September 03, 2014, 11:14:58 pm
Hey, that's pretty slick!  This would be great for our tiny Pomeranians!  Won't have to lift the little things in and out.

  - Mike
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