Bob and Lynda Roberts

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  • in reply to: Alaska #54894

    Nice photos.  We took a trip on the ferry from Bremerton to Ketchikan and then on to Prince of Wales Island, where we stayed for a week or so with family a couple of years ago.  Wonderful trip – good fishing and magnificent scenery!

    in reply to: Looking for some battery box help #52182

    If you cannot find a ready-made box that fills your need, you can build a box out of fiberglass.  It takes time, but is really not that difficult.  For sure, I’m no fiberglass expert, but I built both a battery box for a boat and a fender for a travel trailer out of fiberglass.  I used 1/4 inch plywood to build the box and then fiberglassed it.  Added a wood clad-in-fiberglass lid to cover it.  You can put holes for vents/cables anywhere you want.  Also, tabs for mounting, handles if necessary, etc.  (BTW, for the trailer fender, I just patched up the old, cracked fender, waxed it well, and applied fiberglass right over it.  Came out great and much more durable than the original!)

    You can make a box lighter and thinner if you are short on space by building the box, rounding corners with some kind of filler and then covering it with mold release or just old engine oil and fiberglassing it.  Remove the fiberglass box from the mold when finished.  Of course, in this case, you have to be sure that you have an easy way to remove it (you can use a wood frame around the top, however, and just cut it off so that fiberglass box can be removed.)

    There are lots of Youtube videos about it and you can get some great West Marine booklets that show how to do it at your local marine supply store or online.  To get you started, check this out:


    in reply to: Running Rv with a Tarp on it? #51546

    It would not be efficient if you are talking about leaving a plastic tarp covering the air conditioner and bathroom fan.  The air conditioner works through heat exchange which requires that outside air move over the coils inside of it.  If that air cannot escape (it just re-circulates under the tarp), it will build up heat (and moisture) under the tarp and not function well.

    Same for the bathroom fan.  The air needs to escape into the atmosphere, and to function well there should be an inlet source (say a partly opened window) in the RV where air can come in to be exhausted to the outside.  Some air may escape around the sides under the tarp but it really would be best if you remove the tarp before running either the AC or the bathroom fan…

    If the roof damage is not too extensive, perhaps you can just cover the damaged part and leave the AC and fan open to the air until you can cover it entirely again.  Another alternative might be to put some kind of spacer such as buckets or tires between the tarp and the trailer to provide a clear channel for air to escape.

    Thank you, Ray.  I did not think about the mixing panels issue.  I’m not sure if I can set up the same custom charging profile for both, but I’ll look into it.

    When I get down south in March, I’ll play around with it a bit to see if anything weird happens with two controllers working on one pair of batteries at the same time.  You’ll know it wasn’t a good idea if you see smoke rising over Death Valley.


    I’m no lightroom expert, but one thing comes to mind.  The image would have to have internal metadata to transfer to a new computer and still show camera info on a new computer.  (Although you would think the lightroom catalog might also have this information internally)  Is there any chance the metadata was stripped when she exported the photos (if she did export them as jpg or something else)?  I moved lightroom to a new computer a while back and used this guide by Lightroom Queen:  I didn’t have any issues after moving to the new computer (with Windows 7).

    You might just check her instructions and see if all the files were properly transferred.

    Good luck!


    in reply to: What to eat? Extended stay. #49996

    Hi Terry,

    My wife and I eat just about the same way when traveling with our camper as we do at home, using the same recipes. This is the cheapest and healthiest way to go. We used to have a camp trailer with plenty of room, but have recently switched to a short truck camper for more mobility, so we don’t have much space. We do have a 5 cubic foot refrigerator with a freezer, and a little storage space here and there. Even if we decide to stay in one place without moving 4 or 5 days, we can manage just fine with fresh vegetables, fresh meat, cereal, fruit, milk, and a few cans under the seat or some frozen vegetables/meat in the freezer. Keep in mind that many items do not require refrigeration – potatoes, oranges, and other items sold at groceries stores in the non-refrigerated section. Unfortunately, you cannot buy bargains on sale or in large quantities, and stock up, so food costs will go up at least a little.

    Out exploring or boondocking longer periods of time, it is usually not far to some kind of mini-market where essentials can be found. A quick trip to town or village provides some relief from those monotonous snow-covered peaks reflected in clear mountain lakes, or brilliant red sunsets over the desert.

    Water or power may be more of a limiting issue. We try to stop at a full hookup RV campground to flush, fill, and wash at least every 4 or 5 days, but could get by longer if necessary. (You need solar or a generator to go longer than that anyway and our solar/generator resources are small).

    It is great that you are going to be able enjoy your retirement through RVing.  Just jump in and have fun!

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