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  1. Eric Webber

    What’s the best pop up camper made from 2000 - 2010?

    We have a fleetwood Arcadia. A 2008. Basically the Niagara high wall but with a couch/bunk where the Niagara has a microwave counter. I think it’s a hair better of a design because I don’t even use the microwave we have at home (yes, my wife laughs at how I have no idea how long to put...
  2. Eric Webber

    Camping Kitchens! Let’s see ‘em!

    For sure! If I'm doing a weekend, or even a couple of week trip, there is no way that 90% of that stuff comes along. Likely just the camp stove and maybe one grill. Plus a folding table The "camp kitchen" weighs entirely too much and is just a hassle for a short stay - but its a game changer...
  3. Eric Webber

    Weber Smokey Mountain

    Jumbo Joe is the best kept secret Weber has (besides maybe the 26 inch kettle)
  4. Eric Webber

    Camping Kitchens! Let’s see ‘em!

    Not the fault of the lantern if someone tried to top it off hot
  5. Eric Webber

    Need help with amp hours

    More and more sources are saying that a healthy AGM gets 75% or even 80% DOD safely. 50% is very conservative but a good way to have your batteries last If it was mine, I would aim for 50% DOD 90% of the time, but I wouldn't stress it if I occasionally drop into the 75% territory with AGM
  6. Eric Webber

    Need help with amp hours

    Trust me, if you are using an inverter up to 120VAC, but also doing some things in DC, and possibly also using a step down converter to handle 12VDC devices and even some 5V USB, life gets a lot simpler if you just convert everything to watt hours. 50% depth of discharge is a good rule of thumb...
  7. Eric Webber

    Searching for an original Coleman / Fleetwood awning

    They are! I got mine at RV Part Shop Canada I’m in Montreal
  8. Eric Webber

    Searching for an original Coleman / Fleetwood awning

    Sure! Lots of places sell them, but the manufacturer website is https://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/products/campout.html (Awning) And https://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/products/buena-vista-plus.html (Add a room - choose the bag awning options) Sizes are in meters, pick the one closest to...
  9. Eric Webber

    Searching for an original Coleman / Fleetwood awning

    It’s completely waterproof. Been through a lot of rain- never minded it at all It’s also plenty sturdy. I like it more than the original but - to each his own
  10. Eric Webber

    Searching for an original Coleman / Fleetwood awning

    Fair enough! Here’s a pic or two of mine
  11. Eric Webber

    Campground Rules? Or really just suggestions to be ignored?

    I have a seasonal campsite and so go through a lot more wood than the average camper. I have racks for two face cords at a time, that I buy locally (to the campsite) from the place that supplies the campground (although much drier than the wet crap they clearly request for a better margin)
  12. Eric Webber

    Campground Rules? Or really just suggestions to be ignored?

    Sometimes. It's also often a thing at provincial parks in the "quiet/radio free" loops - nobody cares if you drink, but if you cause trouble, the booze gets you kicked out without them needing to prove anything subjective The one that consistently gets me is the loud music and lights from...
  13. Eric Webber

    Had to cut the rivets - now what?

    You may need to fully drill out the old rivets if they are still partly there (drill bit into the hole in the middle of the rivet)
  14. Eric Webber

    Had to cut the rivets - now what?

    No problem. Amazon will get you a rivet tool for about $20. Dead simple and frankly handy to own. I have a second one (maybe $50) that connects to my drill and makes it even easier, but the cheaper manual one is fine if you only need to do a few
  15. Eric Webber

    Searching for an original Coleman / Fleetwood awning

    I went with a Carefree Campout Awning and their Buena Vista Add a Room for my Arcadia (and before that, for my Coleman Santa Fe - I still use the smaller Santa Fe one on the road side of my Arcadia for longer stays now) Highly recommend and I think it was quite the upgrade over the factory Add...
  16. Eric Webber

    Are solar panels all the same?

    I agree with that, but keep in mind that (depending on serial vs parallel) if you are mixing different panels, it will always need to match something. In parallel, they match voltage, so if one panel gets there at 20v (12v nominal) at up to 5amps, and the other gets there at 17v at about...
  17. Eric Webber

    Weber Smokey Mountain

    Sometimes. But I'm more likely to bring along my homemade version that uses an 18 inch jumbo Joe plus an aftermarket midsection (I built mine, but there are many 3rd party ones you can buy) It gives me a grill and a smoker. The WSM can grill in a pinch, but it isn't great Or I bring a baby...
  18. Eric Webber

    Multiple Solar Panels - Series or Parallel?

    The higher voltage of Series is an advantage (if your controller can handle it) in that the same wattage can be transmitted at lower amperage, reducing the needed wire thickness (or allowing a longer run with fewer losses) Higher voltage also means that you can be collecting some small amounts...
  19. Eric Webber

    Gas prices

    Sure. Eventually we will realize that Myanmar, Liberia, and the USA were right all along ;) The reality is that both eventually become what you get used to. An inch might be about the length of my thumb (tip to first knuckle) but a cm is roughly the width of my pinkie. Equally relevant Same...
  20. Eric Webber

    Gas prices

    Seriously The metric version is "backwards" but I find it really shows efficiency in a linear way. It's Litres per 100KM. So with gas around $2 a litre (premium stuff), the math is really easy to do. My car is around 10L/100km on average, so $20/100km or about a dollar a day on my little...




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