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RE: Olympian wave catalytic heaters

The catalytic surface provides for complete combustion of propane so that it produces CO2 (carbon dioxide), not CO (carbon monoxide). CO2 is what you breathe out all the time. The only possible danger with CO2 is that the heater could deplete oxygen, which 1) is bad for you and 2) cause the heater to start producing CO instead of CO2. Adequate ventilation will prevent this. CO is inherently dangerous because it displaces oxygen in the blood, even though there is plenty of oxygen present in the air. The OSHA 8 hour limit is 50 ppm, possibly being lowered to 35 ppm. Above those points almost anyone will feel some effects; those with heart issues, pregnant women, and people with respiratory problems will start to feel them well below that point. ANY heater can malfunction. I would not risk my life with an unvented propane heater. I would use an Olympian wave heater or similar only while awake, and with an extra CO detector for backup. Get the RV toasty warm before going to bed, and have some extra blankets handy. If necessary, have someone wake up at night and stay awake for a while to run the heater.
coolmom42 05/23/16 05:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Refrigerator Question

Switch your fridge to electric so it will cool. Close your propane tanks and open them SLOWLY. Then light a stove burner and let it burn for a couple of minutes. Then try your fridge on propane.
coolmom42 05/23/16 07:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Re securing the cab/cabover joint/seam

As a potential class C owner, I am interested in this repair as it seems to be a common problem. I see the washers and lock nuts sticking up on the upper side of the cabover. It looks like a very effective repair, but don't they damage the cushion that fits in the cabover? *just a little confused* Look closely at the last picture. The plastic molding slides over the top of the nuts and the cabover mattress lays on top of the plastic molding. Most Class C manufacturers use basically the same construction technique as Nexus, nothing unusual there. Here is another pic that may help.... http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1120_zpsyikrursw.jpg As you can see the left piece of molding is in place with the decorative buttons covering the screws that secure it to the seam. The center piece of molding is overlapped by the left hand piece and has not been drilled (note the dimple on the left side), but both pieces are covering the nuts on top where the 2" bolts protrude. hope this clarifies. If you are wondering if you have some movement, and you probably do, place your hand firmly on the cabover while driving down the road. You may be surprised at how much the cabover moves. It is fairly easy to troubleshoot, you just have to strip away whatever covers the seam and then check the condition of the screws (loose, broken etc.), and then take the appropriate corrective action. As noted larger/longer screws tightened up is at best a temporary solution. Also when you open things up look closely for any evidence that water has gotten in/migrated and take the requisite corrective action there as well. I had zero water intrusion. Hoping that the use of through bolts, lock nuts and washers will solve the problem. :C Thanks! I see now that the molding is thick enough to cover the nuts etc. Makes sense. And that is a nice repair job.
coolmom42 05/22/16 01:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Help! No hot water.

Are you trying to run the WH on gas, or on electric? Most people use electric when on full hookups, since you're already paying for the site and that saves your propane. If you are trying to use propane, then light a stove burner and let the propane flow to it for a minute or so, to clear any air from the lines. Then the fridge burner may light correctly.
coolmom42 05/22/16 01:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: fresh water tank stinks!

I second the aggressive sanitizing procedure, and driving around with the bleach in it. Even if you don't drink it you want it to NOT stink, for other purposes.
coolmom42 05/21/16 06:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: DW's new PC - smokin'!

I agree a good processor makes all the difference. You can add more RAM and upgrade the storage, but you are stuck with the processor. I've also noticed that Win10 seems to run faster than Win7, even on the same computer. It seems to be a much better operating system.
coolmom42 05/21/16 06:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Re securing the cab/cabover joint/seam

As a potential class C owner, I am interested in this repair as it seems to be a common problem. I see the washers and lock nuts sticking up on the upper side of the cabover. It looks like a very effective repair, but don't they damage the cushion that fits in the cabover? *just a little confused*
coolmom42 05/21/16 05:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacing inside lighting with LEDs

I prefer the warm white--color temperature 2700. Daylight is about 5500. A color temp of about 3000 is not bad. To my eye, anything more than 3000 is very cool and harsh.
coolmom42 05/20/16 03:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trip report, Yellowstone.

Sounds like a fun trip and a great time of year to go!
coolmom42 05/20/16 11:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Our year long trip has begun !

gbopp , We have been very flexible on our rules. When we got to Gros Ventre, the south entrance to Yellowstone was still closed. So, we just hung out for a few extra days and enjoyed the Tetons and Jackson. Thank you Alabama Jim. I will stop in and give some updates and pictures and videos. Sean Flexibility is the key to having fun! Sounds like a great trip!
coolmom42 05/20/16 10:11am Roads and Routes
RE: How do you flush out the fresh water tank?

You are right about what you need to do. Use 1/4 cup bleach for every 10 gallons of water capacity, including the water heater. Pump the mixture through the lines by opening all the water outlets, hot and cold. You want to fill up the water heater with this, too. Let it all sit for 4 hours MINIMUM. Then drain the tank, refill with potable water, and run all the water outlets until they don't smell like bleach any more. This may take a couple of tank fills. Before sanitizing is a good time to clean out the water heater tank. Remove the drain plug, drain all the contents (if any) and flush out the sediment. There should be a valve sticking down from the bottom of the motorhome, somewhere. Be sure the water heater is NOT on bypass. You want to fill it up with the bleach mixture. There are lots of good videos on how to do this. Just google "how to sanitize rv water system" or "how to flush rv water heater" and you will get tons of info. There should be a drain sticking down below the motor home to drain the tank. The valve may be visible on the drain, or it might be up by the tank.
coolmom42 05/20/16 10:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hints for Truck Camping at Glacier

There are numerous campgrounds in the Flathead NF, on the west side of Glacier. Many are on either Flathead Lake or Hungry Horse Reservoir. Devil Creek is almost right on US2, which is the southern boundary of GNP. Go to uscampgrounds.info and forestcamping.com for locations and info on NF campgrounds. The first site also shows state parks, city parks, COE campgrounds.
coolmom42 05/19/16 01:00pm Truck Campers
RE: roku tv streaming stick

PBS has great streaming on Roku. You can make a small donation to be a PBS member and get almost all their programs.
coolmom42 05/19/16 09:20am Technology Corner
RE: Over the top noise - Hellsgate SP in Idaho

Id go there just to watch the boats. You can find silence anywhere You can find NOISE anywhere, much more easily than silence.
coolmom42 05/19/16 04:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Over the top noise - Hellsgate SP in Idaho

That kind of noise is very annoying to me too. I learned the hard way not to get a waterfront spot at LBL on a warm sunny weekend.
coolmom42 05/19/16 04:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ever heard of this?

Dealerships make money two ways. The first is on the selling price of a vehicle. The higher they can take you, the more profit for them. The second is on the trade in. The lower they offer, the more profit. I'd suggest that if you're going to purchase using a fixed price system like TrueCar, you sell your previous vehicle via a private party. Once you have the cash in hand, then you can proceed with the purchase. Whenever you're dealing with a car dealer, you have to be willing to walk away from the deal. Another tactic is to pit two or more dealers against each other. X2 to being able to walk away!!! X3
coolmom42 05/18/16 08:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: storing propane canister under fifth-wheel

I store 2 1 lb propane tanks under the front of my fifth-wheel trailer. There are also 2 batteries under the same place, although the batteries are covered and vented to the outside. I have looked all over to place the tanks somewhere else, but where? I fear the batteries will give out a spark and/or the propane tanks will leak. Thus giving them to explode, right under where we sleep. Any suggestions, or am I worried about some thing that won't happen. You are worried about something that won't happen. If you want to feel better about it, have a small fan added to move more air through the compartment. You could also put a divider in the compartment, or get an airtight box for the propane cylinders. I've never heard of a battery sparking while in normal use. The sparks happen when being connected/disconnected or jumped. Also do a leak-check on your propane cylinders if you are concerned they are in bad condition.
coolmom42 05/18/16 02:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is there a QUALITY Travel Trailer still built?

Oliver Trailers are very well built. But they are pricey--about $42K or more.
coolmom42 05/17/16 06:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Yellowstone / Teton Alternative Camping Recommendations

Baker's Hole Forest Service campground is 3 miles north of West Yellowstone. They have one loop with electric and a dump. We were there several days in early June 2014. Get there mid-day on a weekday if you want to snag an electric spot. It will be full on weekends.
coolmom42 05/17/16 04:13am Truck Campers
RE: Going to Yellowstone? Don't do this...

There are signs and warnings all over Yellowstone about approaching bison. I don't care how good their intentions were, these people chose to disregard the warnings and do something they were practically BEGGED not to do. They don't seem to be the type of people who would have payed much attention to one more warning. MAYBE the fine got their attention. I do wonder if there is really any way to enforce collection of the fines, especially for people from another country.
coolmom42 05/15/16 08:07pm General RVing Issues
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