Changes to Blog Site

After much thought, I have decided to delete most of the old content and start fresh with a new theme. Since I don’t have a Motor Home anymore, My focus will be Travel Trailers, 5th Wheels, Tow Vehicles, and RVing Adventures. I will be archiving most of the old content and will be deleting some of it.

Thanks to all of you and stay tuned for more while I transition the blog site..

Mel

 

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Abask Dash Cam Mini Review

Abask Dash Cam Mini Review

After my last post about “Why You Need a Dash Cam” I decided to get one Like what my Son has, a ABASK Dash Cam, Abask 4″ IPS FHD 1080p 170 + 120 Degree Wide Angle Dual Lens Car DVR Camera With Loop Recording G-Sensor Parking Monitor 6-Glass Lens Motion Detection WDR Night Vision Time-off Screen, with front and rear camera. After using it in my Jeep for a couple of weeks, Here is my experience with it.

First the Pro’s

Large 4 inch screen. Much better than the 2.7 inch that my other dash cam has.

Excellent picture quality in daylight and at night.

Excellent on screen menu easy to see.

You can set time to turn of screen 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min.

Loaded with Many Features, to numerous to mention.

Excellent playback on TV or Computer.

Can mark a segment for viewing later and it won’t be over written.

Now for the Cons

As soon as I opened the package I dropped the camera about 3 inches on the top of my desk. The Screen bezel came loose allowing the camera to open up exposing the innards and let the screen to hang by its wires. Lucky Nothing broke. I spent 30 minutes getting it back together.

Kind of flimsy built.

The Manual that came with it, is crap. The print is so small you need a magnifying glass to read.

Many Mistakes in the manual Identifying the various parts of the camera. I copied and enlarged the manual and corrected the mistakes while putting it in PDF format.

It does not come with a Micro SD TF card, You have to buy one which adds another $15 or $20 to the $40 price I paid, making a total cost of $60 for a working unit.

Side Notes

All in All I am very pleased with the unit and for $60 it is cheap insurance. Time will tell how well it holds up. My Son has had his for 9 months and no problems. You can get a 3 year warranty from “Sguare Trade” for about $9. If your computer or TV, does not have a SD card reader, you can get a USB cable with a Mini end on it to plug into your computer or TV if it has a USB Slot. $12 at most electronic stores. This is not a comprehensive review, Many others have written a more comprehensive reviews about it. This mini review gives you an Idea about what to expect from the unit.

Mel

Computers and Eye Strain

Computers and Eye Strain

I sit for long hours at the computer both day and night. Lately I have noticed that My eyes tear a lot at night while sitting at the computer, and sometimes during the day too. I was having a hard time sleeping after sitting at the computer for several hours at night and sometimes I would have a headache. I happened to run across an article about something called Blue Light and Eye Strain. My Monitor is a Sanyo 26 inch HDTV and even though it has automatic Light adjustment for Day and Night viewing I found it was not enough to protect my eyes from Blue Light. Another symptom was having a hard time going to sleep on many nights and headaches, which I never had before.. In reading the Article, it stated that the blue light fools the body into thinking it is daylight when in fact it could be the middle of the night. It will often time strain the eyes as well as make it hard for you to go to sleep, especially if you have spent long hours at the computer.

What is the answer you may ask. I found a neat little Utility called “F.LUX” for Windows 10 and Linux. What it does is filter out the blue light according to the time of day or not. You set it up according to your Location and it will take care of the filtering according to the time of day or night. There are several other Utilities that do the same. There are other Physical filters that slip on the screen to do the same thing, But I like this handy little utility and it does the job for me. There is also one for Chrome Browser called Midnight lizard that you can add to your chrome browser. The “F.LUX” has been a blessing especially on my Laptop with the glaring white screen. I would suggest that you read up on Blue Light and eye strain. Save Your Eyes.

Mel

RV Opinion & Viewpoints: RV Warranties and Accessories Rip Off’s

RV Opinion & Viewpoints: RV Warranties and Accessories Rip Off’s.

RV Warranties and Accessories Rip Off’s

 

Over the Years I have come to the conclusion That many of the RV Warranties and Accessories that Most of the dealers tout, and try to get you to buy, are big Rip Offs Both in Price and Usefulness. Most Items can be purchased else where for a lot less money. All you have to do is shop around online, and check prices.. Here are some examples.

1. Extended Warranties In most cases they really are not necessary, and they make a lot of money for the dealers that sell them. Had a 5 year extended warranty on a TT that cost $5,000 had it for 1 year 3 months, and sold the TT. My refund for the unused portion was only $1,500, that’s not a very equitable Prorate of the remaining Time left on the warranty which was never used. I could have replaced or repaired anything that would have went wrong for a lot less money. You are better off putting the money in the bank in case something goes wrong after the warranty runs out. If you feel you just have to have one, Shop around for the best price that meets your needs. Up to 50% cheaper if not bought from a dealer.

2. RV Toilet Paper. What a money maker and rip off, It is not needed period. Toilet paper even the strongest kind will break up and turn to liquid, in a few miles or a trip around the park a few times. Don’t fall for the scare stories. It is not the toilet paper that Plugs Up. It is the Brown Sludge That is caused by not enough water when Flushing, and not enough water in the Black Tank when emptying it.

3. Black Tank Chemicals. Over priced and most don’t do the job anyway. A cheaper alternative method is to make your own. Here is a recipe that I have used when needed for over 15 years.
1 cup arm and hammer baking soda or 8 Oz box

1 cup Pine Sol

1 cup of fabric softener Any brand I use whatever the dollar store has.

1 cup of household ammonia.

put contents into a Gallon plastic Jug add water to fill and shake well. pour a cup or two down the toilet and put some in each drain Sink or Shower. I have been in death valley dry camping for 2 weeks with temps over 100 deg and never had a smell or problem. This mixture not only keeps the smell away but lubricates the Valves and keeps the sensors in the tanks clean.

4. LED’s Light Emitting Diodes. When replacing your Light bulbs with L.E.D.s don’t buy from CW or the dealer. Although prices have come way down in recent years, why pay the dealer or CW $24 for 6 bulbs when you can buy them off of the Internet a lot cheaper. I bought 20 LED’s for my Motor home from a company here is the  USA shipping took 3 days. 20 of them cost $33 a far cry from the $300 I paid at Quartzite 3 years ago. THe same amount at CW or a dealer would have been over $65 Plus tax.

From time to time I will add to this. Lets have your comments Pro or Con and anything you would like to add.

RV Tires Three Out of Five Bad! Made in USA.

I have Preached for a long time to Change tires on a RV when they are 5 years old. I know that it is expensive, But it is cheap insurance against disaster. On a recent trip to Ogden Utah, we encountered tire problems on our return 235 mile trip to Wells Nevada where we spend the summer. I had added 15 Lbs of air to one of the tires that was low on my Jayco Designer 5th wheel. I was a little hesitant about starting the return trip without having the tire checked for leaks. I was in a hurry and late for an appointment in Draper Utah, 58 miles from Ogden. I wanted to be there early, so we could get some work done to the 5th wheel and be on our way.

Continue reading “RV Tires Three Out of Five Bad! Made in USA.”

Are RV Parts Cheaper Online, Not Always

When Looking for RV Parts I usually go Online unless I am in a hurry for the part that I need. Many Times the Local RV Stores have to order what I need and cost more money than the same Item purchased online including shipping. Sometimes it is a proprietary Item and hard to find or in some cases has to be ordered through the RV Dealer. I found this out with parts for my Jayco 5th wheel. The other day Continue reading “Are RV Parts Cheaper Online, Not Always”

ST Tires Versus LT Tires on a TT Or Fiver

There are many different opinions on tires for Travel Trailers and 5th wheels.  Below is the reason I stick with ST Tires.

ST Tires Versus LT Tires on Trailers

Here is what Goodyear saysTrailer tires are considered a special category in the current global design standards of Tire and Rim. The major difference is that trailer tires are required to carry 10% more load than an equivalent P-metric size tire. LT type tires are actually on a lower formula and would require a significant size or load change to meet the trailer load requirements.”

Also ST type tires are rated for a Max operating speed of 65 mph. Exceeding that speed rating can result in tire failure. Continue reading “ST Tires Versus LT Tires on a TT Or Fiver”