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  1. Thanks for the comments. The inverter installation guide makes a point of setting out the correct gauges. As to extension cords, a heavy gauge, high quality cord is a must, and should be replaced when it gets nicked or cut. The coffee thing may best be solved using the gas range, a kettle, and a french press or drip cone. I will not camp on instant coffee. We have not done any significant motorhome camping yet. Our previous experience was a tent trailer and camp stove outdoors. Showers depended on the weather. From a few weekend trips, plus all I am reading on the net, its clear that energy management is a key to traveling beyond camping parks and using the motorhome to its limits. Any suggestions on energy management would always be welcome. Paul
  2. I have a Class C Fourwinds Citation. I am installing an inverter. I expect to be camping more in parks than boondocking, but I feel I want to use my TV and computer when doing overnight or short term boondocking. I bought a 1750 watt modified sine wave inverter. I did not want to go the inverter/charger route. I don't want to get involved in changing the current set up in my unit in any way. I just want to have AC power for those occasions when shore power is not available. The inverter I have has 3 power points. I am thinking of mounting it inside the cabin, in a location keeping the line from the battery to the inverter as short as possible. I will run extension cords to the TV, coffee pot etc as needed. I will ensure the inverter is off when not in use. Any comments or suggestions would be welcome. Paul
  3. When not in use, my RV is stationed at a motorhome rental company. They rent it out and we split the income. Most rentals involve a minimal free KM allowance, and a per KM charge for extra use. There is also an option for unlimited KM at $77. per day. My motorhome is stationed near Toronto. Last November someone rented our unit for 14 days. In that 14 days the renters put on 14,000 KM. That's enough KM to drive from Toronto to Mexico City, and back, by way of Vancouver. When the unit was returned it did not seem to raise any eyebrows at the rental company. Nobody querried the renter. Nobody bothered to call me to tell me that one renter had used up a year's worth of milage in two weeks. I, of course, was suspicious. Who drives 1,000 KM a day for 14 days straight? The rental manager says it's uncommon, but some people do like driving vacations. Sure, in a Class A with big windows, maybe, but 1,000 KM per day has to be highway driving with no sightseeing aspect at all. The generator was not used, so they sure were not dry camping. Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome. Paul
  4. We bought a 2008 motorhome.The plan is to retire in a year and spend winters where it is warm. Summers we rent out our unit via a motorhome management company, so we have all the right insurance, etc. We need to stay in Ontario for five months of the year for our government health plan (don't leave home without it). Here is my thinking. Next December we are going to Australia for three months. We could leave the motorhome here and fly over from Toronto. My bright new idea is to drive it to California and go via LA. If we do this, then the unit will already be in warm weather when we get back. I could just store it somewhere, but I was wondering if there is a market for renting it in Southern California at that time of year? If I get really lucky I might find one renter who wants two months or so. Otherwise, I'd need an agent to oversee the operation, at a percentage of the revenue, of course. Is this a feasible idea? Any takers? You can e-mail me at pxr177@hotmail.com or post here. P.s. thanks to all you posters. I've found a lot of useful info here already. Paul
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