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  Ain’t right
Posted by: Cammalu - 4 hours ago - Forum: YARC - Replies (7)

I received this in a text this morning. It was a lot to handle before I even had coffee. I guess I’m still naive enough to be surprised.

It ain’t right so it belongs here. Besides, why should I suffer alone


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  Wishlist thread for different types of "thanks"?
Posted by: RiotRose - 11 hours ago - Forum: Forum Issues/Suggestions - Replies (5)

As per Kaylee's request and my previous comment:

What are y'all's thoughts or suggestions on buttons we might request to be added?

Here are Kaylee's suggestions: LOL, Virtual Hug, Geek Point
I suggest: Like, Laughing Face, Light bulb, Smirk or Sheesh, Ding (when someone gets it or is right) or a Nail (for nailed it) and of course OMG!

Granted many of these are emojis we can add but that requires adding a comment and causing a thread to get too long.
Many times something makes me laugh, or someone makes a great suggestion, which doesn't really need a one-word comment but an acknowledgement would be great to give to a post.

I, not being computer savvy in that sense, have no idea how complicated a process this might be.

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  100° in Ehrenberg today and it's getting hotter...
Posted by: Wabbit - Yesterday, 05:47 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (6)

I'm stuck in Ehrenberg for at least a few more days. This heat is getting brutal! I feel like such a wuss when I go into town and the locals are saying the weather is "comfortable" lol. Four more days of doing nothing but sitting in front of a fan with my misting bottle. I'm waiting on someone sciatica pain to settle down. She's finally able to get out of bed and kinda stand, but walking and driving her vehicle aren't possible. I'm hoping by Monday it settles enough to make it to Kingman area. About 10°f cooler there. After that Flagstaff area for summer!

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  some food just ain't right
Posted by: Kaylee - 04-22-2019, 01:19 PM - Forum: YARC - Replies (4)

Chocolate-filled-marshmallows, the ultimate in Manufactured Pseudo Food:

If they're safe for raccoons, I expect record sales in Kentucky. Wink
I know one isn't supposed to give chocolate to dogs, but have no idea about masked bandits.

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  Utility Trailer Questions
Posted by: MN C Van - 04-20-2019, 08:49 PM - Forum: Commercial - Replies (7)

The condo is burning me up; there's a guy from HI buying up all the units to rent, and now he's gotten his company's VP (from HI) to buy a unit (more votes on the board). So, selling and hitting the road is sounding better all the time.

The van works fine- I'd like

something that I can insulate. A cargo trailer seems simplest, and you don't have to drag your house with you, if you want to go to town. I also like that they're super secure, and nobody would think someones living in it.

Can you get a normal type latch door, instead of semi- door latches? no need for rear doors. I'd like to have small windows up high so passersby couldn't look in, then have a side or two open for boondocking.

I know everyone would suggest tandem, but I don't want the added weight or expense.

Anyone know if someone sells something like this?

And inexpensive, too, of course.

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  Beginner Tips, fresh from my Newb Brain ;)
Posted by: Kaylee - 04-20-2019, 08:08 AM - Forum: Down sizing and Getting ready - Replies (28)

It sounds like RiotRose is getting close to making The Leap, and Jewell Ann is close to making some trial trips, so figured I should pay it forward. Here goes!

These are general tips:

  • Start with whatever vehicle you have. You will learn tons, without making a huge financial commitment. Win-win.
  • As you learn what does & does not work for you, you can start deciding whether to stay with your current vehicle or what features you really need and/or want (for me, the issues included: better ventilation, the ability to stay completely inside for prolonged periods (i.e. tick free!))
  • Start with short trips, where you'll have access to some "facilities" (toilets FTW!), so you don't have to struggle with all the Big Issues at once.
    Do not feel you "must" go somewhere exciting or beautiful.
    Go somewhere close-ish.
    You can even start in your driveway. Smile
  • If you've never slept in your vehicle, it's a lot easier starting at home.
    Start with a nap at mild temperatures.
    Adjust your setup as needed/desired, and gradually increase your nap times.
  • Just buy the bare necessities, and repurpose as much of your existing Stuff as possible.
    For example: I lost my cold weather sleeping bag in the flood of 2008, and still have not replaced it.
    I survived many sub-zero nights in northern WI, just using blankets/etc.
  • Water: If you have weak hands, consider using some smaller sized bottles (e.g. 2L soda bottles, 1L "flavored water" bottles, plastic soda bottles).
    I have 4 one-liter sized bottles (Aldi/Walmart "flavored water"), and they're a LOT easier to deal with on a daily basis. When they're all empty, it takes a single gallon jug to refill them all.
    I will probably buy at least a couple more.
    Other Big Bonus: they're a lot easier to fill for free, both physically & mentally. Smile
    (i.e. I now have zero hesitation bringing one or two single-liter bottles into a fast food place, asking if I can get some water, then filling them. In contrast, bringing in a one gallon jug make me feel like all-eyes-are-upon-me.)
  • Practice "camp cooking" at least a bit, at home, before you Launch.
    Plan some simple recipes.
    Do not stress over nutrition. Make things that are both easy and morale lifting (cough Grilled Cheese FTW!). Wink
  • When you cook, either inside your vehicle or at a roadside grill/table, organize all your items before turning on your gas/fuel. Trust me, the very first time you cook, you'll learn this! Smile
  • If you've got a "shore power" outlet (or a portable power pack), you may be able to start without investing in solar power, which will reduce your Brain Drain. Wink
  • If you have one, try starting with just a cooler (unless you have Special Needs like meds that are highly temperature sensitive).
    I already had a small one, and use a couple of large soda cups filled with ice, which works ok for 2-3 days.
    A lot of items can go without refrigeration (there have been some excellent threads at CRVL).
  • For each of your Learning Trips, set specific goals, most of which are simple.
    Do not try to "do everything".
    Focus on a few key skills.
  • Bring something to do and/or entertain yourself.
    Boredom is one of the most off-sited reasons for "failure".
    For example, if you're staying close to your Library, get some books/DVDs/etc.
    Last summer, I decided to re-read the entire "Harry Potter" book series (which worked out well: I had finished all but the last book before my trip to Oregon, and by the breakdown had barely started the last book, but thanks to that forced 10 days, I was able to finish it Smile ).
    On my first local trip, I picked up some DVDs and a couple of other books.
    Blanch did an excellent write up on getting electronic books from your Library. I'll be trying that, soon. Smile
  • Check the weather forecast well in advance, and choose pleasant (by your standards) conditions. You've got options, embrace them! Remember my winter experiences. Smile

Aim Small, Miss Small.
That's a quote from the Revolutionary War movie "The Patriot". Yes, I'm channelling Gunny's Spirit. Smile

I'll be posting pics soon of my van in "submarine mode".
Jewell Ann: those will mostly be for your morale, so you'll know that your van is not messy, it's merely equipped for a Long Voyage. Big Grin

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  Eco-Friendly Solid Could Replace Conventional Refrigerants
Posted by: Blacktank - 04-19-2019, 03:31 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (1)

"Researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the Universitat de Barcelona in Spain have developed an eco-friendly alternative that may represent a quantum leap forward in air conditioning technology.  “Refrigerators and air conditioners based on HFCs and HCs are also relatively inefficient,” said Dr. Xavier Moya of the University of Cambridge. “That’s important because refrigeration and air conditioning currently devour a fifth of the energy produced worldwide, and demand for cooling is only going up.”

Moya and his colleagues in Spain have discovered a way to achieve cooling by changing the microscopic structure of plastic crystals. The changes can be achieved by applying a magnetic field, an electric field, or through mechanical force. For decades, this process has been inferior to the compression of gases but the researchers have found that using a plastic crystal known as neopentylglycol leads to results that are as good as conventional methods."


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  T. rex skeleton on eBay for $3 million
Posted by: Blacktank - 04-19-2019, 03:28 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (1)

"The 68 million-year-old remains of a young Tyrannosaurus rex are now up for grabs on eBay, appearing alongside 50-piece dinosaur play sets and fiery-eyed T. rex action figures. The 15-foot skeleton, possibly the only in existence, can be had for the “buy it now” price of $2.95 million"

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  cooling without energy
Posted by: Blacktank - 04-19-2019, 03:26 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - No Replies

"Physicists at the University of Zurich have developed an amazingly simple device that allows heat to flow temporarily from a cold to a warm object without an external power supply. Intriguingly, the process initially appears to contradict the fundamental laws of physics.'

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  tv and antenna
Posted by: Blacktank - 04-19-2019, 03:09 PM - Forum: Other Systems - Replies (14)

any recommendations for a 12v tv and antenna? looking in the 30+ inch size

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