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RE: Near Disaster Propane Refuel Experience

Is this a portable cylinder, or attached tanks? If they are portable cylinders, the safest thing to do is remove them from the camper for refilling. And you are right, an abundance of caution is wise when refilling propane. Assume something is going to go wrong and you will be prepared.
coolmom42 09/26/16 12:05pm Truck Campers
RE: 1/2" pex is not 1/2"?

UPDATE: It says "Tuffpex by uponor 1/2" on the pipe. It must be 1/2" inside diameter. The pex at Lowes must be 1/2 outside. Traditionally, tubing is measured OD and pipe is measured ID. I guess it then depends on whether pex is considered tubing or piping. I always thought it was tubing, but I'm not a plumber. I assume that since it needs to interface with piping somewhere in a water system, they went ID. This is correct, as I discovered during a recent plumbing project at my home. Pex is listed as ID.
coolmom42 09/26/16 09:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best plumbing materials for a leaky 2012 bighorn

A properly installed PEX fitting will not leak. Emphasis on PROPERLY. But it's a good idea to use a pressure regulator when water pressure is an unknown.
coolmom42 09/26/16 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Going to be working from home!

Why are all these people talking about WiFu..... You want to go right away and look up cellular internet. This is not Wifu. This uses a 4G network to provide service, it can be hardwire Wifi, or Bluetooth. It has nothing to do with open Wifu junk. So, start there do not pick the carrier by price. Look at the coverage map and stay inside it. (Yellowstone is out except at Mammoth.) Now, if you want better and need better, there is satellite. That isn't cheap, but it will be deductible. I abandon Wifu years ago. I still carry an Alfa box out of habit, but I haven't been out of Verizon 4G where there was anything else to use. Matt No one is talking about "Wifu." Phones, dedicated hotspots, and tablets are the only options for devices that connect DIRECTLY to Verizon (or any other cell carrier.) They are not exactly devices that a professional can work on. To connect a PC to a cell carrier network, you need a wifi signal from one of the 3 types of devices I just listed.
coolmom42 09/25/16 07:29pm Beginning RVing
RE: Going to be working from home!

Thanks for bringing that up. I currently have ATT U-Verse and my internet connection is Wifi, as the modem is connected to the TV via Cat 5 wiring. I'll see what IT has to say about that Monday. If your home wi-fi is password protected, that is adequate. If you use your cell phone as a hot spot, you can set the hot spot so that no one can connect without your permission. That's pretty secure.
coolmom42 09/25/16 07:25pm Beginning RVing
RE: Going to be working from home!

Many National Parks have little or no internet or cell phone service. IMHO you would do best by planning to stay in a nearby town, or commercial campground, that at least has a good cell signal, and use your cell phone data. You will have to figure out how much you need and if you can afford the cell phone data. (Figure that into your cost of travel.) Sometimes campground wifi is OK but it is not usually secure,and often very slow or weak. In a town, you can often also find free wi-fi to work from, using your equipment, at places like a public library it is sometimes pretty fast. In your shoes I would look for a small trailer with a floor plan that suits you. You don't mention if your truck is set up for towing. Even with a light trailer you will need a hitch receiver, transmission cooler, and brake controller, plus a hitch with weight distribution and sway control.
coolmom42 09/25/16 03:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing with full fresh water tank?

If you have any doubts about the integrity of the mounting hardware for your freshwater tank, I'd recommend filling it with only a minimal amount of water for a trip of this magnitude. The inconvenience of a missed shower pales in comparison to a 500-800 lb. tank dropping down on top of the axles, or worse, down to the ground at 60 mph on a bumpy road in the middle of nowhere. If a "minimal amount" of water won't cut it, you could fill-up some 7 gal. Reliance Aqua-Tainers and store 3 or 4 of them inside your trailer or in the bed of your truck for later use. Good luck! I agree, and this is what I would do.
coolmom42 09/25/16 11:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Observations from recent searches

I've seen the Olivers at their factory, and they are top-shelf. They are also top-price. They are set up for boondocking & 4 season use. If that's what you are interested in, they are worth it. Lance also has a very good reputation.
coolmom42 09/25/16 07:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Forest River Wolf Pup 16FQ?

It has a 3500# axle load range D tires ,empty tongue weight of 350# so add for battery and propane,I only add enough water for travel just enough to use the bathroom on way(my wife has serious medical issues) only have enough dishes and pans for the two of us and not a lot of gadgets. Spent two weeks in it this summer going from lake Erie to NC with no problems, a little cramped... at times but enjoyed every minuet. Pulled it with a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee V6, which did great averaged 18mpg. I would mainly be travelling with grandkids, so that would be easier than 2 adults. My BF has a larger trailer that we use for trips together.
coolmom42 09/24/16 01:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Forest River Wolf Pup 16FQ?

It may not have a Lippert Axle. My small Coachmen has a Dexter Axle. I have a 17BH. There will be some sort of ID tag on the axle, indicating what brand it is. Thanks, I will check into this on the Wolf Pup and on any other trailer I look at.
coolmom42 09/24/16 01:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Forest River Wolf Pup 16FQ?

So.... where does the tongue weight go when you are not hitched up? It's sitting on the axle, of course! No... it's sitting on the tongue jack when you are not hitched up. Well that was kind of a DUH moment for me! Thanks!
coolmom42 09/23/16 08:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for a dishwashing soap with very few bubbles!

I agree with the Seventh Generation. But you could also try using less of what you are using now.
coolmom42 09/23/16 06:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Factory Installed Integrated Brake Controllers

My TV is getting old. I am thinking about a new truck to tow my 32 foot TT. I know that many of the new TV have factory installed integrated brake controllers. What I do not know is how well do they work. I would welcome some "reviews" on how well they perform vs older user installed controllers such as the Tekonsha or Prodigy. The brake controller in my SO's F150 (2015) works very well. You do have to adjust it a little bit, like any other controller. The instructions in the Ford manual are all wrong, just ignore them. They were written by someone who has never towed a trailer, LOL. Just adjust it the same way you would any other controller.
coolmom42 09/23/16 03:51pm Towing
RE: Forest River Wolf Pup 16FQ?

That looks just like my 2015 Viking 17FQ also by forest river, have not had a single problem my wife and my self love it plenty of room for both of us. Great! So what is the weight rating on your axle?
coolmom42 09/22/16 08:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Forest River Wolf Pup 16FQ?

I know about the possibilities of shoddy workmanship. I intend to do an extremely thorough PDI and not sign anything until all the issues I find are resolved. I'm mainly concerned about the Lippert axle issues. Little things I can fix or deal with, but the axle is a big thing. How can I tell what the weight rating of an axle is? Your Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is just under 4000# so I would imagine you will have a 3500# or bit less axle. It should be listed on a sticker on the side of the TT towards the front. Yes, most manufacturers won't put axles on to equal the GRWR as they are counting on 10% of the weight on the hitch.I think this is exactly right. Given the specs, if you subtract the listed tongue weight from the GVWR, it is exactly 3500 lb. So.... where does the tongue weight go when you are not hitched up? It's sitting on the axle, of course! IMHO that is ridiculous, and just a disaster waiting to happen. This may push me back to looking harder at Jaycos. I don't know who makes their axles, but their frames are good. My closest dealer also has a very good reputation. A little more money up front but likely not in the long run.
coolmom42 09/22/16 08:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Changing a tire on tt what do you use?

If it's in a safe place (from traffic & criminals) I will use a jack, or call roadside service. If not, I will use a can of Flat-Fixer to get me to a safe place. Obviously that won't work with a shredded tire.
coolmom42 09/22/16 01:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Feeling sick since first day RVing

I would immediately suspect a carbon monoxide or propane leak, especially if you start to feel better outside. Sanitize your water system! Search hard for mold. Pull up carpet if you have it. But see a doctor ASAP!
coolmom42 09/22/16 09:07am Beginning RVing
RE: TV or tablet in your camper?

Using a tablet or computer to stream video will use up your data plan really fast, unless you have unlimited. And most park wi-fi is not adequate speed/quality to stream video. No data usage is why most people use a TV. I don't do much of either one while camping--just check email & do essential business. It's good to get away from that stuff sometimes.
coolmom42 09/22/16 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: Costco Card @ SamsClub

Membership card NO. They are 2 totally different companies.
coolmom42 09/22/16 05:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Forest River Wolf Pup 16FQ?

bumping this up for the evening crowd
coolmom42 09/21/16 06:50pm Travel Trailers
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