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  sour cream powder
Posted by: Kaylee - 10 hours ago - Forum: Cooking - Replies (1)

Here's my latest food experiment: Hoosier Hill sour cream powder

Last winter, when I started prepping for van life, Amazon had a sale on "ReadyMeal" retort meals, so I had bought a lot. Frankly, they've all been "meh", so I decided to buy something to pump 'em up. Smile

Here's a "Santa Fe style steak" pouch beside the sour cream container:
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closeup of what the powder looks like:
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both prepared, ready to eat, on a (store bought) tortilla:
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It definitely improved the taste, and added a bit of protein & calcium. Smile
As some of the Amazon reviews mention, there was a moderately odd after taste, but I did not find it bad.
It was easy to prepare just one serving worth, so is ideal for non-refrigerator folks.

It costs about $14 for a pound at Amazon (around $12 if bought as part of a 5 item subscribe & save order).
There were cheaper options, but I like the square space optimizing container, and had wanted to try a Hoosier Hill product.

In a few days, I'll take another picture beside a better scale item and showing the "Nutrition Facts" label.

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  Gmail w/o the Internet?
Posted by: TrainChaser - 11 hours ago - Forum: Wifi/Cellular - Replies (1)

As I mentioned, I am doing a month-long cell-only trial with T-Mobile.  No data.

Someone said that you can check your Gmail even without have Internet service.

Is this true?  It doesn't sound right... Google is internet.  Am I missing something?

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  Big Dodge high top f/s
Posted by: ratfink56 - Yesterday, 12:09 PM - Forum: Passenger - Replies (1)

Not mine.

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  Truck camper anyone?
Posted by: ratfink56 - Yesterday, 12:06 PM - Forum: Recreational - Replies (3)


Not mine.

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  What Do Ya'll Think? 1994 Dodge 1 ton
Posted by: Texjbird - Yesterday, 02:48 AM - Forum: Commercial - Replies (8)

I've been lookin' at this off and on for a month.

1994 Dodge 1 ton work van 360cu,  automatic,  221k, newer ladder/roof rack, original owner.

It looks like it has two recessed areas in the front bumper.  Maybe pullin' or towing points?  
IT'S RED!    I LIKE RED   Smile

It's sitting in the guys shop and doesn't look  wrecked/dented & the paint looks good
The owner sez it runs and drives great, good tires and brakes.

I'm thinking that with a 360 I should be able to drag just about anything that I'd ever want to down the road with it.  Flat roof with rack in place for a solar system.  No conversion van add ons taking up interior space, the rear ac/heat in the Safari is nice though.  The Dodge is probably big enough that I will not need a T.T..  With a roof rack and cargo carrier I sould be O.K

I spoke to a loan officer at my Credit Union last week and as long as I stay under $10,000 and 250k miles I'm good.  I told her I was looking at mid 1980s as the oldest but mainly 1990s or newer and she said the age wouldn't matter as much as the condition of the vehicle.

So what do ya'll think?
Be gentle....remember that I'm a Delicate Southern Flower....Older Than Dirt and known to Shoot Folks in the Butt.........With a Good Reason of course  Angel

Delicate Southern Flower is Where Friends & Family often say " OMG! Whatever R You Up To Now!! "

Jewell Ann

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  Back on the road with Honey
Posted by: RoamingKat - 10-14-2018, 09:32 AM - Forum: Travel Log - No Replies

I feel like what I did these last 12 months was to complete a circuit.

Left Grand Junction last Thanksgiving and after spending the winter in the desert of AZ...visited a few parks in NV and UT.  

In April I had a few upgrades done to the RV, and then departed for the “East Coast Friends and Family Tour”.   6000+ miles later, returned west to Albuquerque to look at some properties.

Returned to Grand Junction to get another round of repairs (primarily nuisance items...except for smoking my brakes on the way in).    

Which brings me full circle.

I plan to spend a fair amount of time by Lake Mead once I leave here next week.    

I’d like to hook up with people looking to do Canada this coming summer...(Vancouver to PEI?). 

See ya all in the desert!

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  HF 3 in 1 Centek jump booster on sale
Posted by: TWIH - 10-13-2018, 04:36 PM - Forum: Solar/Electrical - Replies (7)

It is down to $44 from $53. I pd $53 just before Hurricane Florence came through, now they are on sale through tomorrow for 30% off.  Oh well but maybe someone wil benefit.

I actually like mine, its the no air compressor model but has two 12v outlets and a 2.1 amp usb connection. The 17 amp hour SLA battery took about 2 hrs to fully charge and then I left it on another 6 to make sure. I checked it a week later, its at 13.1 volts (reading off the booster cables)., so I presume its at 100% SOC. Seems a bit high but that could be the multimeter as well.

Anyway, if it helps someone, great.

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  Cricket Hotspot
Posted by: Blanch - 10-13-2018, 02:39 PM - Forum: Wifi/Cellular - Replies (1)

I have been using Cricket wireless since going Nomad. It is a prepaid cellular company that uses AT&T towers. I have a $60 ($55 with autopay) a month plan with unlimited talk/ text/ data. It has deprioritazation at 22gb of data I believe. I have never experienced a slow down on my phone and have often gone over the 22gb.

Cricket is now allowing folks with unlimited to add hotspot tethering to their phone for an additional $10 a month. The tethered devices can use up to 10gb of high speed data and are then throttled to 128kbps.

So with autopay, for $65 a month, on AT&T towers, is unlimited data and 10gb tethered hot spot usage.

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  National Forest Signage
Posted by: Blanch - 10-12-2018, 11:27 AM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (12)

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Some folks seem to be unaware of the standard NFS signage. This is what we have in the Six Rivers National Forest. Burn permits are always required. You get them at the local NFS office and they are free. It is a way to make sure you know the fire regulations in the area. When one type of burning is banned a line is seen across the activity.

The activities are a campfire, BBQ with coals and a propane BBQ.

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  A home converted electric car
Posted by: BCGuy - 10-12-2018, 09:52 AM - Forum: Passenger - Replies (25)

1998 Subaru gets the shock treatment as a ‘self-charging’ EV
87-year-old Vancouver mechanic believes he has the answer to range anxiety with his home-made system

Joe Mizsak wears a lab coat like a professor from another era. His is blue instead of white and he looks very much the part of a learned old man. He should as he holds a U.S. patent from 1963 for a safety device that all modern cars have today: the brake wear indictor with a dash light shining bright red when a sensor on the brake lining detects problems.
This very clever Joe was also the first in Canada to build a practical natural gas-powered car. And then there is the Retro Electro: an all-electric 1958 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck he put together for Steam Whistle Brewery to deliver beer in a very green way.
Now Joe, who is originally from Hungary, believes he has found a practical solution for converting regular ‘lunch bucket’ gas-guzzlers into fully electric vehicles.
The big difference with his system is that his electric car is self-charging and can be plugged into any 110-volt household electrical outlet for additional charging.

  • This All Wheel Drive 1998 Subaru Forest with air conditioning and five-speed manual transmission has been converted to an all-electric vehicle.
  • A simple battery charger purchased from Canadian Tire using plug-in home power charges the batteries when the vehicle is not in use.
  • A readily available digital screen provides information on all functions of the electrified Subaru Forester.
  • The original five-speed manual transmission has been retained so the electric motor doesn’t waste battery power.
  • This inexpensive charge meter provides information on the state of the batteries which are charged individually through solenoids.
  • The batteries and bank of solenoids weigh less than the full tank of gasoline they replace.
  • The Subaru Forester looks completely unaltered with the original panels in place.
Because he is interested in simple and cheap, he picked a very used $1,800 1998 Subaru Forester with a five-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. Says Joe: “I like every day ‘lunch bucket’ cars that anyone can afford.”
He removed the engine and gas tank to install an off-the-shelf 71 horsepower electric motor along with batteries and other electronics worth approximately $6,000.
His labour, with a cost equivalent of $4,000, makes this a $10,000 conversion. But this Subaru will never visit another gas station, need an oil change, radiator flush or repairs to its old gasoline engine.
The concept came to Joe as he was listening to his washing machine change cycles.
“It’s all controlled by solenoids,” he says enthusiastically. “I got the idea to control the charging of each battery from a separate alternator driven by belt by the electric engine using the same type of solenoid.”
No high-priced computers here. Just a simple system where a timer controls a solenoid to allow each direct current (DC) 12-volt battery to charge individually at one minute intervals; just like a washing machine changes cycles.
Under the hood, the small electric motor looks right at home with a belt driving the charge alternator as well as the driving alternator so all the usual amenities like radio, power windows and gauges work normally.
The same belt that turns the two alternators drives the power steering pump. One charges the service battery and the other charges the batteries powering the electric motor. An inverter changes the direct current (DC) from the bank of batteries to alternating current (AC) to operate the electric drive motor.
Everything is home-built, including the plate that holds the alternators and power steering pump and the housing to connect the electric motor to the five-speed manual transmission.
The electric motor in the front weighs about half what the gasoline engine did. And the batteries in the rear weigh less than the full gasoline tank they replaced.
Driving the car, Joe shifts through the five speeds to ensure the motor doesn’t have to use as much battery power. The reverse gear means his electric motor doesn’t have to run backwards – again, saving power.
He lifts the tailgate to reveal his ‘electric gas tank,’ a bank of nine batteries that all charge individually. DC batteries cannot be charged in series. Extra charging comes from a small battery charger purchased from Canadian Tire that is loosely mounted under the hood. It looks quite out of place. But it does the job.
One very special feature of the all-electric car will come into play if there is a malfunction. Joe left the original starter motor in the car that can move the car out of harm’s way if it stalls in traffic.
“I can do this for any car – even vintage cars,” Joe says considering every market for his electric power conversions. “Changing everything will take only two days. You drive in with gasoline and drive out using only electric power. No gas tank. No tail pipe. No emissions. No extra costs.”
He opens the gas door on the rear passenger side of the old Subaru and plugs in an extension cord.
“This is all you do to charge your car. Plug it in to any normal outlet,” he says.
He has designed a feature where the electric motor will not start while the gas door is open, noting, “(T)his will prevent people from driving away with the cord.”
A digital screen mounted on the dashboard of the car monitors all electric functions including motor rpm, battery charging, how much battery power is left and how far the car can be driven with the current charge.

He believes his self-charging electric car will be able to travel 50 to 70 per cent further than conventional electric-powered vehicles. That would take it from the normal range of 200 kilometres to at least 350 before the batteries would need to be charged.
“There is no all electric car today that can charge itself,” he says. “This is the only one.”
He has only driven his electric ‘lunch bucket’ car a few test miles where it performed beautifully. But he knows it will be efficient and trouble free.
“I plan to drive it to the Hope Slide to test it on a steep hill,” he says of the proposed 250-kilometre round trip through the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver and into the mountains beyond.
Will he patent his latest automotive invention? Not interested.
“I’m too old to benefit from that,” he says. “I’m hoping smarter people come along and put this together with sophisticated computer-driven electronics so the car can do the same thing – charge itself.”
He’s glad to show anybody interested why his electric car is different than those that cost tens of millions of dollars to develop and manufacture.
“It’s simple technology but it works,” he says.
Alyn Edwards is a classic car enthusiast and partner in Peak Communicators, a Vancouver-based public relations company. aedwards@peakco.com

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