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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Where is everyone going?
« on: October 29, 2020, 12:32:05 AM »
Same here, the condensation can get up there as well. But sure is nice to have.

Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Where is everyone going?
« on: October 28, 2020, 11:17:00 PM »
Hi David!

Gota say we love your plan for skiing and camping. Since we are not able to winter in AZ this year we are getting ready for our ski season. We havenít booked anything yet for our powder getaways, probably see what the conditions will be like. Staying in Banff gives us perfect access to our ski hills, powered  year round sites with full showers and washrooms. It is going to be a very cold winter here in Alberta or so they say, 15 AMP is a definite requirement.

We installed a Wave 6 last year and use an electric heated mat to help dry our ski boots.

Have fun and enjoy!

Powder Hounds

Trip Report/Photos / Re: Because I love Merlin....
« on: October 11, 2020, 05:05:09 PM »
Great pictures!

Perfect set up!

BLM type camping in Alberta is now a bit crazy. There is a section of mountain road that will inflict some harm on any type of vehicle traveling too fast. This happened one mile from our camping spot. Typical Friday rush to go camping. Gives you perspective on how a tent trailer is made.

Well, back at another section now. From the entry door back to the wheel wells. I had a substantial wall gap closer to the wheel wells approximately 3/4Ē. Does not give me the warm fuzzy feeling.

The extra fun part was removing all the over torqued and corroded screws, most of them had to be extracted because they instantly stripped. Very time consuming. My all time favourite part was removing the aluminum sheet metal from the cabinet below the stereo. I think it had 8 screws and double sided tape. They use a couple screws to hold a wall but go well beyond to hold a piece of non structural sheet metal. Frustrating. I had to get in there before to caulk the wall gaps, easier the second time. Now I know why I had this problem to begin with.

Very slow going getting the diamond plate off, it was tucked under the door frame. As with all the silicone caulking. Bonus, figured out why my plastic wheel wells cracked all in the same spot, will show that on another post.

This situation just gets worse with time, if you see gaps around the cabinets or at the floor/ wall area you know what has to be done. Dust and dirt inside after driving is the tell tail sign.


Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Calcium battery
« on: June 09, 2020, 10:30:23 PM »
Solar companies here sell them for around  $1500.00 CAD, your probably around $1050.00 US. Just noticed from the data sheet that they have their own electronic status indicator. 

Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Calcium battery
« on: June 09, 2020, 09:22:20 PM »
I would like to know who is going to be the test subject with Trojanís Ď new Ď Trillium battery. TR 12.8 110. It can be charged at the same profile as an AGM battery but is considered a Lio-ion unit. Having to change your solar controller to a lithium capable unit would not be required. It does sound appealing.

Camping General Discussions / Re: Camping in a COVID 19 Environment
« on: June 06, 2020, 02:01:02 PM »
A few things we do when we will be away from our camping spot.

Leave a cheap chair out, indoor/ outdoor mat, stack of fire wood, old bowl with water. The bigger the bowl the bigger the dog. Our best trick is our Black Diamond camping lantern. It is a ReMoji rechargeable little hiking accessory, has multiple coloured settings and will operate for a while. USB charging cable is included as well. The best thing is when set to the scrolling option the colours will change over and over, with your blinds up at night/ evening someone walking buy and looking at your entry door glass will think your watching TV. The obscure patterned glass really helps with the allusion as well. The battery charge will eventually die and just recharge on the next visit. We use it a lot just adding some atmosphere, has some magnets on the bottom so we put it under our entry step when sitting out at night. Once you start using it the more you will enjoy this little lantern. You would just have to plan a check for early evening to get it set up.


Camping General Discussions / Re: Camping in a COVID 19 Environment
« on: June 06, 2020, 01:35:09 PM »
Sounds like a pretty good road trip!

Livin Lite General Discussion / 7 Way Trailer Plug
« on: May 23, 2020, 06:23:26 PM »

I was having an issue with our 7 way connection, sometimes loosing our right break light on the rig. The plug was shot, the overall install was a bit sketchy, yellow wire was just cut and left as is. Might be good idea for owners to unscrew your plug and have a look.

Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Battery replacement
« on: April 23, 2020, 03:00:06 PM »
Enjoy! We have the same batteries, picked them up last fall.

We are rarely plugged into shore power, but if we are treating ourselves I make sure to unplug a couple times a day. Maybe it is just me, but I donít like the converter going into equalization mode and charging at 14.4 volts for 15 minutes when the batteries are all ready at a full SOC.

Camping General Discussions / Re: Camping in a COVID 19 Environment
« on: April 16, 2020, 12:02:36 AM »
Here in Alberta all campgrounds are closed, provincial and national, only a few private locations are open. Crown land (BLM) is also restricted. Yesterday the government implemented a province wide fire ban and an off road vehicle ban, this covers 60% of the province. Because it is the start of our wild fire season the government does not want to risk any resources. Plus, if evacuations are required due to fires do you really want to have people confined and then quarantined? Small towns just donít have the resources to cope.  Usually in the event of forest fires resources are shared between provinces and some states. I doubt that would happen now with Covid. We are staying home! Maybe June 1st some parks might open but who knows.

A 10 minute walk from our home there have been 20 deaths in a care facility due to Covid. The virus is in our community, reports of staff testing positive in our local grocery stores as well.

The economic fall out will be ever lasting, IMO the states will not see many Snowbirds next season, only 6 months away! Insurance will probably not cover people, I doubt any Canadian would want to take that risk health, pre existing conditions and Covid, good luck people. Returning from AZ in March our insurance provider informed us we had 10 days of coverage and that was it. The provider canceled almost 30 days worth of coverage. That definitely raises some concern. Snowbirds provide billions to the US economy each year.

Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Thinking of moving to a motorhome
« on: February 11, 2020, 08:42:52 PM »
Hey, sounds like the new Volkswagen California would be a perfect option for you. Lots of talk about them, too bad they will never be sold in North America.

Have fun figuring it all out!

Camplite and Bearcat Modifications / Re: New Antenna on 2016 21RBS
« on: January 03, 2020, 03:37:14 PM »
I think I understand, you have to push the little black power button on the booster for the antenna to receive OTA TV signals or to receive better FM radio frequencies. Then, in your TV menu settings you must select the air mode and auto scan. This will scan available TV signals in your area.

If you connect your exterior cable plug to an RV park cable, or any available cable outlet you then have to turn your booster off, unless your listening to the radio then just leave it on. Select cable mode from your TV menu. Your TV must be in the correct mode to match the incoming signals. Cable TV or Over The Air signals. Maybe you just didnít have the TV set correctly, hence no reception?

Does this make sense? Hope I am not off base for you?

Camplite and Bearcat Modifications / Re: New Antenna on 2016 21RBS
« on: December 31, 2019, 04:33:10 PM »
Well I finally got around to finishing things up. Very happy with the results. The TV picture quality is superb and the FM reception is fantastic, the power  boost feature is pretty impressive.

From the pics you can see the pole mount and the bolt that allows me to rotate the antenna and adjust the height as well. Gives me room to lower it without any issues hitting the trailer.

I removed the original cable antenna in from the booster added an RCA adapter to run a longer piece of cable to the new booster. You can access the original booster specs from WG so you know what each cable is. Also depending on the direction of how LL mounted the booster makes things a bit confusing. Pretty basic though.

I also ordered another basic booster from Antop because it came with a USB power plug. The TV only provides power to the USB plug if it is on, so, if you want the FM feature to work you must power it. For the radio I just unscrewed the cable from the stereo and attached the new one from the Antop booster. Very easy to reconnect the original unit. My wife has a little inverter to charge here laptop so that is what we use to power the booster when listening to the radio. When watching TV we use the DC cigarette plug as usual and then just plug the antenna into the TV.  Couple more steps but much better than what came with the trailer. In Gilla Bend AZ we picked up one FM station with the WG unit and with the Antop we have six. No OTA channels though, too many mountains around. Decided to invert the mounting of the booster because it was just easier with the cables running into the stereo cabinet top down.

For the j pole, not sure I would use it but I can see that it could be used. Donít really like the idea of having it bolted on the trailer.

When you spend a lot of time in your rig it is nice to just chill and watch TV sometimes. With having more OTA channels now it just adds a little more comfort on those cold rainy days.

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