Joe Hunnicutt

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  • There is a small thermocouple clipped to one of those fins and it’s not uncommon for it to fail, especially if a hair dryer has been used previously to defrost the fins.  If the thermocouple failed then it isn’t allowing your fridge to turn off when it gets to temp and the fins will collect frost.  I’ve had this happen twice and it’s an easy fix n…[Read more]

  • I will say that I also use a hand held signal strength meter in conjunction with the Satellite Director app but I only use it to zero in on the signal.  Most times I’m dead on with the app although when I got back from boondocking last week I missed because I got cocky and I was in a hurry.

    Keep in mind that the “skew” on the app is predicated…[Read more]

  • By Boondockers standards I’m probably not considered one the the serious ones. I tend to get out into the desert for a week at a time instead of long term but my rig is set up to meet my needs such as they are. I’m not a solar person and really haven’t felt the need but I do have my onboard genset which is seldom used as well as my little Honda…[Read more]

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    • They are work horses for sure.
      Same thing happened to both of mine. Noticed the red oil light before they completly died. It was cold wet and windy so changing oil was out until good weather.
      Put the recommended 10w-30 (spl ?) and they fire right up and stay running.
      Before that I could keep pulling the cord to get the oil circulated and after…[Read more]

  • Last winter I happened upon an app called Satellite Director (link below) and just for grins gave it a shot on my Dish HD system.  I nailed the signal the first time and figured that it was just a fluke, turns out it wasn’t.  I now use this free app to set up every time I move even if it’s just for a couple of days.  Look into it and it might su…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the great insight @fotojoe   :good:

  • Having kids that are in the business of sales (my son-in-law is currently working the LA Boat Show) I can tell you that them not wanting to “haul it back” is a fallacy.  The majority of sales generated by a show aren’t actually made there at the show, they happen at the dealerships over the next ten days to two weeks.  There can be manufacturer i…[Read more]

  • I put the spread sheet on my Google Drive and PM’d you the link.  Let me know if you have questions.

  • The spread sheet that I use has served me well and I’d be happy to send it to you if you like.  You could simply adjust it for your own needs, PM me if you’d like.

    After living in Havasu for 35 years prior to moving back to Wyoming I really don’t have much use for Quartsite unless I’m in the area and need parts or something.  My wife and I b…[Read more]

  • 264 is a nice drive and the route you’re talking about is only 150 miles or so.  You can get fuel in Tuba City but in between is pretty sparse so I wouldn’t launch without a full tank.

    Since you’re in the area I’d recommend taking a trip up to Monument Valley if you haven’t been there before.  There’s RV camping at Monument Valley but there’s a…[Read more]

  • I like the Hub-O-Meter idea but back when we bought our rig they weren’t available.

    I’ve written an Excel spread sheet that keeps track of mileage for the 5th wheel as well as logs my lifetime fuel mileage for the truck and notes maintenance and repairs.  If I had it to do over again I’d have bought a hub meter but since I’ve now got more than…[Read more]

  • Since you mentioned breweries here ya go.  The Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner Texas is a cool destination.  Shiner itself is a quaint little town with several antique stores including one that actually has a bar in it.  My wife enjoyed shopping as I imbibed in a Shiner beer.

    Also just a mile or so away is Green-Dickson park which has RV sites that I…[Read more]

  • Joe Hunnicutt replied to the topic Oven tip! in the forum The RV Kitchen 2 years, 1 month ago

    For years I’ve used an insulated metal pad in the rig oven simply because I didn’t have a pizza stone.  I do now have an inexpensive pizza stone from Ace Hardware but I still use the insulated pad.  I think the trick is more than anything else to just deflect the heat out and down so that the oven heats evenly so just about anything will work as l…[Read more]

  • As a serious part-timer I’ve made a number of modifications to the rig that not only help me whether boondocking or on full hookups.  One of the things that I did a few years ago was to install a Jabsco 1 liter accumulator.  The reasoning behind this stemmed from me witnessing and helping repair more than one RV water system that went KABOOM due t…[Read more]

  • Last Sunday I hooked up the rig and made my escape from Wyoming just in front of (kinda) the approaching weather that now has the state in the deep freeze.  Of course I had to deal with our typical Wyoming breezes (50-70mph gusts over South Pass) which forced me to divert 150 miles out of route just to get to Utah.

    The first nite was spent at a…[Read more]

  • I’ve got another month before I escape the ice and snow of Wyoming and head south but of course I’m already looking for places to escape to. I’ve got a house in Lake Havasu City but that’s boring, if I wanted to sit at a house I’d stay here in front of the fireplace.

    In reading some other posts I saw Painted Rock Petroglyphs and Martinez Lake…[Read more]

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    • What part of Wy. We are from the NEcorner of Wy over by the Devils tower. Left already. Making a round about trip to NC. Seeing family but boondocking almost all the way
      We stay in a lot of truck stops. But hope to be in the sw soon.

    • I live in Cody. Driving a truck for a living I tend to stay as far away from truck stops as I can.

      • We also go to state and national forest parks. Avoid truck stops if csn. Usually last resort. We understand truck driving. Eddie did it for awhile. More in the oil industry around Gillette, but not much work there anymore. Cody is a beautiful spot. Nice in the summer. Safe travels and Happy Trails!!!!

  • I’m a little late to the party and I don’t know if you’ve headed south yet but here’s my take:


    I migrate every year out of northern Wyoming usually during a raging snow storm (not on purpose) and it’s not that big of a deal as far as the cold is concerned.  My rig gets winterized usually sometime in October and I leave it that way for…[Read more]

  • No worries about the length of the post, I think it ties in nicely to the original post.

    You’re correct in that the majority of us look past or turn a blind eye to those we see on the street and deem to be “Homeless”.  Not all are there because of drugs, alcohol or mental illness.

  • If you want to drive a beet truck you’ll need a CDL and the good money goes to the guys who drive the B-trains (110+ feet long).  If you’re just looking at running a harvester or working the stackers at the dump point then no.

    My buddy is the picky one when it comes to trucks, I got out of tanker trains in 2013 when a trainee rolled the truck we…[Read more]

  • I’m going to assume you have your CDL and hopefully it’s a class A.  I have a buddy who did it last year in North Dakota and he didn’t care for it but he’s REALLY picky about work trucks.  Keep in mind that you will be driving stuff that’s held together with spit and string as DOT doesn’t bother farm vehicles like they do regular commercial t…[Read more]

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