What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

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What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby Dahlia47 » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:05 pm

They're not a necessity, but they are the things you bring along to make it a bit easier?

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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby tony.latham » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:41 pm

I'll bite.

A garbage bag holder for the galley.

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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby gudmund » Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:59 am

Tony beat me to the punch on this one - My garbage bag holder (just a bit different design than Tony's) I carry two of them that have been modified with a piece of scrap/excess side table holding material pop-riveted to it, so it can be attached/hung anywhere to the trailer where I have an --'opposite' mating piece of excess scrap-- mounted (side of tongue box/numerous edges of side tables on trailer /edge of folding side table on folding chair, etc.) 160680 (I forgot to say that I make this from a "InterDesign" brand-made 'Over Cabinet Bag Holder' that I cut the 'ear' of the cabinet door holder off of and this is were I install the piece of scrap side-table holding material to it with pop-rivets. I purchased mine from Camping World which are stocked in their housewares section)
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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby Cosmo » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:55 am

I was a resistor but this Jackery 500 Battery system is really great for the power hungry camper like me.

There are many makes and models of these power units. I just happen to land on this one.

I am still testing it here at home. So far it powered the X-mass tree, laptop and lots more in testing. This model is a 500 watt rig Lithium battery. Affiliate link https://amzn.to/2sskx8S That works out to about 41 amps at 12 volts. With lithium batteries you can drain to zero without damage. To put this in perspective I would need a about an 80 amp hour AGM to get the same usable energy out of it. I can power my Dometic CFX-35 about 24 hours on the Jackery, In a pinch I can power the entire trailer off the Jack for lighting audio etc. by plugging Jack into the Shore power connection.

I like high availability systems and this is a good addition to what I already have. I will have full portable power in the Clam Shelter or anywhere (120AC, 12V DC and 5 volt USB, full sine wave inverter built in)!

Lithium batteries are not for cold weather and can be permanently damaged if used below +20F. This unit wont function below +30F to protect it. my trailer is heated so not too much of an issue for me in the winter.

I like to edit video on my power hungry laptop at night while camping and this thing has enough juice to keep me running all night. While testing I drained and recharged my laptop a total of 7 times with one Jack charge.

I have not recharged it with a 100 watt solar panel yet and have not charged it using the car12V yet. once I am comfortable with it I will do an deeper review. But there are lots-O-Reviews on youtube available. It weights in at 13 pounds and many CPAP users are claiming success breathing with this thing (I am not a CPAP user). Obviously not all appliance consume the same amount of power. Your mileage may vary...

At 13 pounds its lugable and very versatile. I cant wait to get out on the road with it. Recharging 500 watts can take all day. On Grid AC power it took 8 hours to charge it from 20% to 100%. Other than long recharge time I like it. It is delivering what it promises.

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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby bdosborn » Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:16 pm

The lantern tree I made last spring:
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And the pole light that goes along with it:
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The jackery like battery pack I made for the DC fridge:
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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby gudmund » Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:55 pm

another item I like that I have added, now to both of the teardrops I have owned is the installing of the Stainless 'disabled' grab bars - on my 1st one, I had them mounted, one 18 inch one on each side above my side-tables using them for towel bars - place to clamp/tie too, etc. On my second one, today's tear, being this trailer has no ice chest/lower storage area in the rear as most tears do, it has the drop-in storage box below the counter-top instead, I found a 54 inch long SS 'disabled' bar on Amazon and mounted it width-wide across the back. It is used as the others were before, along with it now being another alternate place for mounting a 'side-table' - either of my side tables can still be mounted on the trailer sides, along with also being used mounted off the trailer back end - 'camp site' logistics' now dictate side-table placement - much more versatile!!
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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby Modstock » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:08 pm

Mine got cabinets last winter and the hatch area was finally finished.
My goal was to be more organized.
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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby halfdome, Danny » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:25 pm

My wife came up with this solution for the trash bag, recycle bag on the first teardrop I made, works great.
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We watch Amazon prime etc. in the TD, that's in our garage.
Since the router is centrally located in the house, the WIFI signal wasn't that reliable in the garage, so I added this HDMI cable outlet.
It was a lot of work, but well worth it.
Now no more WIFI issues.
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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby PCO6 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:41 am

Lots of "garbage" being discussed here. :lol:

I use a Trasheroo on my tow vehicle. I put an actual garbage can in it which makes it much more usable … plus it looks a lot better when it's empty.

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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby gudmund » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:08 pm

Garbage Bags ?? When it comes to 'garbage bags', us that have made 'garbage bag holders' have to get this info out there!! = when it comes to "plastic" garbage bags, their days could be numbered being so many areas' are 'out-lawing' them!! We have started loosing our supply' for the future!! ( :roll: maybe they will become a "collectors" item :roll: ) have to get them, while the getting is still good !!!!!!........................
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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby Cosmo » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:24 am

Great topic! What is the plastic bag alternative? This would be a great new topic.


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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby tony.latham » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:33 am

What is the plastic bag alternative?


We use these biodegradable ones at home. I was skeptical at first but they are fine.
https://www.amazon.com/UNNI-Compostable-Kitchen-Certified-Francisco/dp/B013XGQXVW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=biodegradable+bags&qid=1577812532&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-catcorr

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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby Cosmo » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:46 am

Thanks Tony for this and all the other great information you have provided. I am ordering the bags. I use the store type bag often called T Shirt bags. So I am ordering this model which I can hang off my table. Affiliate link https://amzn.to/2SMUB2u Now i have something new to pontificate about around the campfire!

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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby booyah » Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:28 pm

So I'm not sure about "Gadgets" per se, but i do love my toys!

Chairs for camp that pack up tiny into the tongue box
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail- ... /551958950

Lights for the Eazy Up
https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Vo ... /300508296

A nice way to keep the mosquitoes away
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Thermacell-L ... /518333107


These are a few of my favorite things :-D
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Re: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Gadgets?

Postby noseoil » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:10 am

Towel holder, with 1" marble inside. Drill a block for the marble on an angle so it can roll out of the block when held in a vertical position, then use an extra piece of wood to keep the marble in place with a small "cap" of wood, which leaves a gap between the marble & the outside. The towel will slide in, but can't fall out of the bottom due to gravity. If the towel comes out by itself, you have entered a "0" gravity situation & have other problems...

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