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Solar Install

Solar Install

In a previous post I discussed the design of the solar system I was going to put into the RV.  This is our Christmas present for the RV this year.The work was done by Greg who runs RV Solar Solutions.  We agreed to meet at Lazy L&L campground near Canyon Lake,  which is north of San Antonio, just in the start of Texas Hill Country.  The closest town is New Braunfels, Tx.  The campground sits right on the Guadalupe River and…

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Coach Automation 101

Coach Automation 101

So most of the coach controls for lighting, vent fans, shades and such are controlled by several touch panels that are around the RV.  Each panel is set to control those things nearby, so the shades control is in the main salon panel.  But what if your sitting down and don’t want to get up to change something? Two Tiffin owners got together and created a simple computer to plug into the control system used on the RV to allow…

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Solar and other possible future enhancements….

Solar and other possible future enhancements….

One of the things we have learned is that when doing the parking lot camping, we were running the generator to keep the batteries charged and to run the AC.  The plan in the future is to reduce the AC need by either moving North or gain more altitude when it is so hot we need AC.  As for keeping the batteries charged, we have some major electrical draws like the refrigerator that will such down the batteries in a…

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Photo Gallery Options

Photo Gallery Options

So I wanted to find a simple way to display images in a stack so you would not have to scroll down to the bottom of a page to see them all, so here is my first test of the different ways to use a Gallery Plugin: This is the Image Viewer, where you have a stack of pictures and you can click through them: Another way to display then in a Masonry Style Grid and when you click on…

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Why set up a blog and web domain

Why set up a blog and web domain

One of the questions was why did I go set up a blog, why use WordPress software and go with a separate domain?   I was using Facebook to keep friends and family up to date on the RV plans and such.  But there were several things that I didn’t have control over, such as how things were arranged and how they were displayed.  Facebook was always changing the way it organizes your news feeds and more and more advertising…

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Ouch, the bright lights….

Ouch, the bright lights….

So, with all the added equipment in the bedroom electronics, we have created a problem that I needed to address.  I added some power strips, the Hopper and Joey, a HDMI switch and what did that all add up to?  Well, heat is a good guess and yep I am sure that is part, but the real bothersome thing is all the devices have some bright LED indicators and with the front of the cabinet having louvres, it added some…

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In a text centric world…

In a text centric world…

So early on I added a way to use email so folks can sign up and get automatic email notifications when I post something to the Blog, and a few number of folks have signed up for this service.  But recently, I was talking to a family friend who basically does not use email at all, she is more often than not using text to communicate. As I thought about my kids, text seems to be the easiest way to…

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Satellite TV and other creature comforts…

Satellite TV and other creature comforts…

So for the past decade or more we have gotten into the bad habit of not watching live TV other than sports..and it has to be in High Definition. All of the stuff we like to watch gets recorded on our DVR and we purposely watch things later in the evening or the next day so we don’t have to sit through commercials.  So what are we to do with the RV and how is that going to work out?…

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Rig for Silent Running….

Rig for Silent Running….

Yep, another Submarine term to decipher: Silent running is a stealth mode of operation for naval submarines. The aim is to evade discovery by passive sonar by eliminating superfluous noise: nonessential systems are shut down, the crew is urged to rest and refrain from making any unnecessary sound, and speed is greatly reduced to minimize propeller noise. As for this Blog, I am going to have to go in “silent running” mode,  and therefore I will not be posting for…

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New email subscription form

New email subscription form

Now that I am getting more experienced at Word Press and how to add in plug ins to the Web Site, I added a different plug in for the email notification, that was improved over the one I had.  The new one forces the receiver to acknowledge the sign up to try and cut down on spammers signing up and it would also allow someone to opt out.  I do not expect someone to really want to opt out of…

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