Fixing My Portable Icemaker and Making Clear Ice

This post will take me longer to write up than it did to actually do the project.  I have a portable icemaker that’s several years old sitting right behind the passenger seat.  It keeps a fresh batch of ice ready all the time, but it recently started showing the “add water” light even when the…

Health Care Sharing Ministries Comparison Part 2: Medical Qualifications

Ok, you’ve survived the ethical and religious qualifications test.  Next up is an overview of what medical qualifications you’ll have to meet, or what might be excluded from coverage based on your medical history. Will you qualify? Unlike traditional health insurance under the ACA, health sharing organizations can (and do) ask a series of medical…

Hosting Pictures on your own Domain with DreamHost

This is intended to be a step-by-step tutorial for getting your own website up and going for the primary purpose of hosting pictures that you can link to from other sites (including forms such as rvnetwork.com). The intent is to get you in control of your own information, and get unlimited storage and bandwidth for…

New Awning Fabric, Under $100!

It’s new awning time!  After a tear in the Sunbrella fabric that was put on in 2012, it was time for something a little different.  I was never happy with the Sunbrella material–it tore easily, and was too tightly woven to allow light breezes to pass through.  In other words, it was always fluttering.  At…

The HCSM: Healthcare Sharing in General

After a couple of dense, long posts that were kind of dreary in tone, it’s time to shed some light on a set of viable options for RVers.  Generally, what I’m referring to in this post are Health Care Sharing Ministries (HCSMs). WARNING: This series of posts about insurance contains some political commentary, along with…

“Insurance” for Full-Timers

Phew!  Yes, this post and the ones that follow on this subject are going to touch on some sensitive subjects, but dealing with medical care is both sensitive and plays a large role in our comfort, security, and freedom to travel.  This first post is intended to outline some of what conventional insurance is and…

Camera for Hood-Mounted Mirror

NOTE: This post is something I wrote back in May 2015, and was published on the Escapees HDT Forum.  Here it is with a few minor updates.  Still my most-used electronic driving aid! After adding a Volvo hood-mounted mirror, I still wasn’t quite happy with how well I could see my front right corner. I…