Uploading your photos onto Club Motorhome
IMPORTANT - photos need to be smaller than your phone/tablet/camera produces..
This means that you need to reduce the size of your photos before you upload them to your timeline, profile, forum posts or article comments on Club Motorhome.
Uploading photos that are too big will just fail.
The good news is that resizing photos is a very easy process and there are lots of ways to do it.
The 2 easiest ways I use when we're on our own travels and want to upload my latest photos is simply one of these:
1. Email the photos to be uploaded to myself. This may sound daft but when doing this there is usually an option to reduce the filesize of the photo to email - just select the small version and press send. When you receive them in an email you just save them and use THOSE reduced images to upload.
2. If you already use social media like Facebook etc just upload your full size photos there and then download/save them back to your device. Then use the saved photos to upload.
The above processes take just minutes and don't involve any other software.
Using external software
Firstly, your computer system (Windows, MAC etc) may well already have options to edit your photos. However...
You can use various resizing programs to reduce your photos. Googling 'resize photos free' will give lots of options including software that you can download so that the job can be done on your own machine. Or, there are online resizing websites that allow you to submit your full size images and then download the reduced versions that they process for you.
An example of resizing software for your laptop/pc is: www.freesizer.com
An example for use on a phone/tablet is an app: Photo & Picture Resizer (Android) and Resizer Free (IOS)
An example of an online resource is: www.picresize.com
These are just EXAMPLES - there are lots to choose from because image uploading size is a common problem!
As a guideline for an acceptable size 100kb - 200kb per image is absolutely fine.
Another way to keep your photos a sensible size is to adjust the camera settings in your phone/tablet to take smaller images in the first place. There really is very little need to take photos that can be up to 10MB each for general use. Images of this size could even be printed off as wall posters and are not required for computer display.
As an example there was a photo of a plate of food uploaded to CM recently that was 10MB (that's ten megabytes!) - this was 100 times the size necessary and therefore took up 100 times the space necessary on our servers. Reduced to 100KB (that's one hundred kilobytes) the photo would display perfectly.
So please don't let this put you off posting your photos, it really is easy - certainly far easier than it was for you to learn how to use your computer/phone/tablet in the first place :) Just try any of the above methods yourself and you'll see...
Old Soldier's Guide for Newbie Chuggers
Admin Note: Club Motorhome member 'Old Soldier' has kindly sent in the following.... which are extracts from email correspondence that he had with a friend who was new to motorhoming and had asked for help and advice in the early learning days. All I've done here is to compile these extracts into the format of an article which may be of great help to other new motorhomers.
Thank you Old Soldier!
Owning an expensive motorhome can be expensive!! The cost of fuel, servicing, repairs, additional equipment, insurance, tax, habitation checks, gas bottles, tyres, campsites, are all in addition to your daily living costs of food, places to visit, cloths etc etc. A fortune can be spent if what you want are expensive brand name services and equipment, there are cheaper alternatives that have worked for Les and I for years.
If you have the space then keeping the van at home on your drive can save a fortune in storage costs, It also gives you the opportunity to keep your eye on your van, you can keep equipment in the van that you also might want to use at home or in the garden, and it makes loading and unloading simple and easy.
CHARGING THE BATTERY at home
If your water pump pulses frequently it's quite likely it has a leak or is drawing air into the system? One of the most common water pumps fitted in motorhomes is the Shurflo Trail King 7. Although spare parts are available, a complete new pump costs little more than the parts.
A short video showing how easy it is to replace the pump and also the inlet filter.
Motorhome service points basically come in two varieties. Purpose built, of which there are many makes but most work in similar ways. Some charge for water and/or electricity if they have it. Then there are custom built examples which are usually very simply made and are generally free to use.
The following videos show 2 typical examples...