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RE: Landscaping my campsite

Looks like it is well past time to sell the RV and buy or rent a house.
JimK-NY 05/13/14 10:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Potable Water - How do you manage

I use one two or three water filters and have a pump so I can pull water from a lake or stream. Short of distilled water you can not get cleaner. I stopped drinking water from lakes and streams 30 years ago. Many of our lakes and streams have been exposed to chemical contamination. Fecal contamination and giardia are present even in very remote locations. I would NEVER pump water from a lake or stream into my RV tank.
JimK-NY 04/30/14 04:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Potable Water - How do you manage

I am not sure why you seem to have a problem. I traveled fulltime for 2 years and never had an issue. I start with a clean tank, then bleach over night with 1/2 cup bleach for my 30 gallon tank. I drain completely and then refill. I have never had an issue with questionable water. I fill with a suitable hose at campgrounds, national forests, or from city water supplies. I use the water from the tank for washing, washing dishes, brushing teeth, making coffee, etc. For drinking, I do run water through a Britta filter. The filter will remove chlorine, many contaminants and odors. Since it removes chlorine you need to sterilize the container and replace the filter every couple of months or sooner. I also do a bleach treatment on the holding tank every 6 months or so with continuous use. If the RV and water sits for a month or so, I will rebleach.
JimK-NY 04/30/14 04:26pm Truck Campers
RE: NorthStar hard side owners- What would you change?

I would definitely get the pass through window. The main advantage is being able to heat or cool the camper from the truck while driving. If you travel in freezing or very hot weather, you will greatly appreciate the difference. I think Northstars are well made but my 2005 Igloo had a few issues. The paneling is really poor. The surface can easily abrade and wear. I do not know if they offer any options. We had problems with our counter top. The substrate is pressboard that is not water resistant. There was a 45 degree bevel on the joints that exposed the substrate. With very little use, the water dampened the substrate and caused serious damage. Ask about getting a marine plywood countertop. Next, I would look at the storage area under the sink. There is a fair amount of space but poorly laid out and hard to use. Using this for storage is risky because of exposed wiring, plumbing lines and pump and the need to keep open the electronic ventilation and fan. Lines from the bottom of the water tank and the drain cock are also unprotected. Also think about the TV. We have never tried to use ours and rarely camp where there is a signal. Without the TV, there would be space for additional clothing storage.
JimK-NY 04/19/14 09:52am Truck Campers
RE: Day 16 on the road

You are just getting started. You are still thinking about going back home. After 3 months or so, your RV will seem like home. The idea of driving back to the house will seem strange.
JimK-NY 04/04/14 10:04am RV Lifestyle
RE: Ordering New Dodge

As soon as you mention gas or diesel, the debates will start. I have a diesel and love it, but my truck is basically dedicated to hauling an RV. If you want to replace the truck at 100,000 miles then gas seems like the best choice at least for costs. If you do short trips and often are not hauling, then gas is also the best choice. Sounds like you have put a lot of thought into this purchase. Best of luck.
JimK-NY 04/03/14 06:14am Truck Campers
RE: Do You Use a Cassette Toilet

I camped full time for 2 years in a truck camper with a cassette toilet. On a few occasions I wished I had a large black tank and could go a long time between dumps. On way more occasions I was happy I had the cassette toilet. On the downside I need to dump every 2-3 days, but dumping is easy. I try to avoid dumping at crowded public restrooms. I would never abuse the privilege of overnight Walmart parking by bringing the cassette into the store. I have dumped in outhouses pretty frequently. I have used side entrance gas station toilets on rare occasions. In some States I have found rest stops with free dump stations. Most often I just use campground dump stations. Only once was I in the middle of nowhere and had to improvise by digging a hole. Whether cassette or black tank, dumping is no fun. At least with the cassette it is quick. Also no disgusting contaminated dump hose to deal with.
JimK-NY 03/25/14 10:59am General RVing Issues
RE: CR1110 Refrigerator install in my TC

I have a NovaKool compressor fridge. I think it is about 4.5 cu ft. It runs on a Danfoss BD35 compressor. These compressors can be set up for different ampere pulls but typically pull about 2.3 amps. Under about 75 degrees, the unit runs pretty efficiently...maybe about 30-40% cycle time. Above 80 or 85 the unit runs a lot...probably 75% of the time or more. That is about 40 amp-hrs. I opted for a much bigger solar system. There are plenty of cloudy days or days that I am parked in the woods.
JimK-NY 01/04/14 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: pass through window use?

We used it for our cats. They could travel with us or decide they wanted peace and quiet. The most important reason has already been mentioned. When it is very cold or very hot outside, the pass through window done a lot to achieve a reasonable temperature in the camper. Also I like to leave the doors open for visibility. The sliding glass on the truck has a very dark tint. I have a Fresnel lens on the back of the camper and like to watch the traffic behind me.
JimK-NY 01/01/14 01:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Laundry?

Going to the Laundromat on a frequent basis is a real nuisance. Before starting out as a fulltimer, I accumulated over 30 sets of underwear and socks. I also have a large number of T shirts. My wife and I usually hit the Laundromat every 3-4 weeks. In a pinch, I might have to rinse out a few items but can push it to 5-6 weeks. At that point we also have a couple of sets of bedsheets and towels. Every other trip we also launder the dinette cushion covers and the cat bed. It does not seem to matter how much we have it always takes about 2 1/2 hours. Costs are usually about $20 for the whole pile. Big deal.
JimK-NY 12/17/13 07:28pm Full-time RVing
RE: Dream TC Camp Spot

Little or no shade for me. I want the sun and so does my solar system. I want bright sunny skies with great sunsets, moderate temperatures, little rain, little wind and great scenery.
JimK-NY 11/28/13 09:49am Truck Campers
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