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What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby Squigie » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:04 am

As the title asks...
What aspect of the TD life, camping life, nomadic tiny trailer life could be improved by a simple gadget, gizmo, tool, or some other improvement?
What do you feel is common and "accepted" but is outdated and should have been improved by modern technology by this point?


I won't cast my own vote for quite some time, as I don't want to influence the responses. But I am genuinely curious about the potential answers.
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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby Pinstriper » Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:09 am

I’d like a small cold fusion reactor the size of a soup can that puts out 6kw.




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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby booyah » Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:14 am

An android to do my day job for me, forward pay checks to my account so I can camp more often? :R

That would be awesome, otherwise my TD does an excellent job as it is.
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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby slowcowboy » Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:53 am

I am in the procces of building a cowboy hash knife for out door cooking this winter...slow..
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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby slowcowboy » Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:55 am

What needs improved is a working cell phone that should have been fixed by the modern tec long time ago...slow..
Plans. there was supposed to be plans to be followed when I built this thing. Opps! AH, gee, tum,tee tum. I think I forgot about the plans 2 years ago. ------Tow vehicles, 1995 ford explore, 1994 ford ranger, 1993 ford F-150, 2009 4x9 Off road teardrop, on harbor freight greatly modified frame.
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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby Tom&Shelly » Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:15 am

Howabout a vent fan that can be turned up so high you can put your teardrop into a hover, and then push it into a "backup" camp spot? :FNP

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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby Philip » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:20 am

Cell phones work pretty good Slow. In your area they just didn't put any towers up. You live vey close to the largest travel destination is the U.S. and there seems to be only a couple of towers a long way away from it.
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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby Cosmo » Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:54 pm

Stepford Wife option with remote control and multiple USB ports.


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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby slowcowboy » Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:21 am

Nope here in pavillion i live 100 feet from a cell tower even on a clear day i get dropped phone calls and even slow internet even if i go over and hug the dam tower!....slow.
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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby Philip » Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:41 am

slowcowboy wrote:Nope here in pavillion i live 100 feet from a cell tower even on a clear day i get dropped phone calls and even slow internet even if i go over and hug the dam tower!....slow.



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I bet your phone has a bad antenna. The wife's 1st I phone was like that. You could be insight of a tower and it wouldn't connect to it. If it did it would drop calls. Same with internet. She got lucky and gave that phone a bath. The replacement works much better.
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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby Squigie » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:27 am

slowcowboy wrote:Nope here in pavillion i live 100 feet from a cell tower even on a clear day i get dropped phone calls and even slow internet even if i go over and hug the dam tower!....slow.

Sounds like Sprint.

When we bought our current house, my wife and I used Sprint, because, at the time, they had far better coverage in the boonies.
But here, in town, where I can see the closest tower 2,400 feet across this little valley (I've measured it on satellite images), reception was so poor that family and friends stopped trying to communicate with us at times when we were likely to be at home. ...Because it never ended in anything but frustration.
Sprint wouldn't do anything for us, however - such as providing an in-home repeater/'booster', which was free for people in 'dead' zones' at the time - because their coverage map showed a perfect signal at this address.
"Oh, yea? Come test it..." :NC

Poking fun at Sprint's poor choice of frequencies in the spectrum aside...
Where you're at, you're probably too close to the tower, and actually out of line-of-sight.

I've run into that issue with a rental house, as well as several places I've visited or camped. The directional antennae aren't built to 'look' down. So there's actually a dead zone around them, if there's no overlap with another tower.
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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby tony.latham » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:31 am

Nope here in pavillion i live 100 feet from a cell tower...


You need to find out who's tower that is and switch carriers. Your phone's carrier isn't capable of using it. You might ask around town to find out who's carrier works well.

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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby tony.latham » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:43 am

And here's a gizmo-matic I'll probably grab this spring:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C5RQJHS/?coliid=I2ATNMDCKKB3SD&colid=3DIEP78B3UWPM&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

It's a $34 Bluetooth enabled propane tank level indicator. It magnetizes to the bottom of the tank and you can check on the fuel level with your phone.

Does anyone have one? :thinking:

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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby DoctahDeane » Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:09 am

Pinstriper wrote:I’d like a small cold fusion reactor the size of a soup can that puts out 6kw.




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Re: What gadget/gizmo/tool would make your TD life better?

Postby twisted lines » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:36 pm

April, a battery, and Monstraliner :)

maybe a BFH

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