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Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 11-09-2019, 07:56 PM
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Posted By skagitstan
DIY on a Ford Transit 350 HR EL Ecoboost. ...

DIY on a Ford Transit 350 HR EL Ecoboost.

400AH AGM, 540W solar, BlueSea ACR, Magnum MS2012, and 30A shore.
Biggest load is the 7CF compressor fridge.



We start out with full charge from...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 09-29-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,646
Posted By skagitstan
We also did our own conversion. We are very happy...

We also did our own conversion. We are very happy with the results, got exactly what we wanted. We can do upgrades without encountering some OEM's hidden cost-cutting.

And our $ outlay was way...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 08-18-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
Rather binary with your grouping, eh? Seems to...

Rather binary with your grouping, eh?
Seems to me that generally one prepares well for stuff that's likely to happen, less well for stuff less likely.


I don't carry a spare engine because...
Forum: Welcome Wagon - New Member Intros 07-17-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By skagitstan
Or, unless you're in the fortunate position to...

Or, unless you're in the fortunate position to build your own. That both greatly reduces costs and gets you a camper optimized for your needs.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 07-11-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
My preference would be to use something like...

My preference would be to use something like "unplugged camping" or "unhooked camping" to describe the entire set of camping without hookups or facilities.
Reserve "boondocking for the subset of...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 07-10-2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
Mutually different subjects in a thread entitled...

Mutually different subjects in a thread entitled "Security while Boondocking"?
OK.
To me, a place filled with family campers &/or rowdy drunken revelers...be it Wallyworld or a NF recreation...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 07-10-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
I was a LOT more concerned about safety the one...

I was a LOT more concerned about safety the one time I stayed one Saturday overnight at a Walmart in Spokane than I ever have been out in the boonies.
Seems to me that the security issues are a lot...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-30-2019, 09:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,228
Posted By skagitstan
Yes, the Nokians made a big difference from the...

Yes, the Nokians made a big difference from the stock Hancook tires.


The LSD also makes a big difference on our Transit when going up steep rubble/dirt roads. You do have to disable traction...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-30-2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,228
Posted By skagitstan
Our Transit van conversion does pretty well...

Our Transit van conversion does pretty well getting far into the PNW boonies with a limited slip differential, Nokian WRC3 tires, air bags, and picking our line carefully.


The ground clearance...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-16-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
I apologize for my part in the thread going off...

I apologize for my part in the thread going off course.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-15-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,847
Posted By skagitstan
I was persuaded by a lot of the pro-Transit...

I was persuaded by a lot of the pro-Transit arguments you mention.
Not to mention the low rear axle/support on the Promaster. The Transit's clearance isn't great because of the pumpkin and rear...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-15-2019, 06:59 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
I suspect that camping in an Advanced RV leaves...

I suspect that camping in an Advanced RV leaves little in the way of "necessity":lol:
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-15-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
So, are there "Wallydocking" specific security...

So, are there "Wallydocking" specific security concerns?

If someone wants to "boondock" in a white van by a school, what advice should we give them? Would carrying a gun be a good idea?:hatw1:
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-15-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
Well, stealth camping could be taken as not...

Well, stealth camping could be taken as not letting the local bear smell your dinner.

But yeah, I sure don't equate hiding with camping!:hide:
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-14-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,531
Posted By skagitstan
Another vote for nu-finish here.

Another vote for nu-finish here.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-13-2019, 09:41 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
In my younger days, I occasionally had to camp...

In my younger days, I occasionally had to camp out on a friend's sofa. So if someone wants to save some bucks by sleeping in a van in the city and call it "stealth" camping, it's fine with me.
Just...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-13-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
Fortunately, I'm not in your court's...

Fortunately, I'm not in your court's jurisdiction. I can't even make it through one of Wendland's Youtube videos without thinking "what an idiot".:facepalm:

I also think the firearm discussion is...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-13-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
I think its a lot more than "hair splitting". The...

I think its a lot more than "hair splitting". The security requirements are very different, for example, between city stealth camping and way out in the boonies camping, where stealth doesn't matter...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-13-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
I fully agree with this. I also...

I fully agree with this.


I also understand that not everyone concludes that storing firecrackers in your house is the best way to mitigate the risk of fire. YMMV.


So did you ever find...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-13-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
I don't like to generalize from my particular...

I don't like to generalize from my particular experiences, but I must say that mine seem to run counter to yours.

When I camp, getting from Point A to Point B usually involves travel in very rural...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-13-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
As with your first anecdote, I do not...

As with your first anecdote, I do not understanding the relevance to boondocking security, which I thought was the subject of this thread.

Wiktionary definition:
boondock (plural boondocks)
...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-13-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
I completely agree that "Because 90 MINUTES of...

I completely agree that "Because 90 MINUTES of parking in the EARLY EVENING in one of the MOST EXPENSIVE areas of Houston was too much of a risk for the property owner to allow." is quite...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-13-2019, 03:31 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
Probably in a position of imminent bodily harm,...

Probably in a position of imminent bodily harm, I'd have to find another solution, just like any unarmed camper. For example, bear spray is always easily reached. You know, because of bears.

Even...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-13-2019, 03:11 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
Sorry, I just don't see any contradiction. ...

Sorry, I just don't see any contradiction.

Here are the two comments I think you're talking about:



I take guns when boondocking.
My OPINION is that a gun is as likely to make a...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-13-2019, 02:34 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 33,578
Posted By skagitstan
As I said way back in this thread, I started...

As I said way back in this thread, I started carrying as a way to put down injured animals as painlessly as possible. Because I've had to do that more than once. And I don't ever want to do that with...
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