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RE: Vacant winter house: drain traps

You can buy pure propylene glycol at a farm store, about $20/gallon. I'm about at the point where I'm just going to forget about the whole thing. I wouldn't be surprised if that's what most people do.
Snowman9000 10/19/17 06:32am Snowbirds
RE: Vacant winter house: drain traps

Interesting tidbit about evaporation of RV antifreeze. This matches my experience, that RV antifreeze evaporates almost as soon as water. The evaporation rate of a liquid is directly proportional to its vapor pressure. At 25 °C the vapor pressures for water, pure propylene glycol and pure mineral oil are, consecutively, 24 torr, 0.1 torr and <0.01 torr. Be aware though that the properties of "RV antifreeze" which has propylene glycol in it will be different than pure propylene glycol because alcohol, water and other ingredients are in it. One manufacturer of RV Antifreeze gives the vapor pressure of their product as 17 torr at 20 °C. This material, if placed in a drain, will evaporate almost as fast as water. Some makers of RV Antifreeze will list the vapor pressure of their product as 0.1 or <0.1 torr. This however is only for the propylene glycol component, not the mixture that comprises their product which can be mostly water. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trap_primer
Snowman9000 10/19/17 06:29am Snowbirds
RE: Vacant winter house: drain traps

Are you leaving the heat on? If not then pink stuff. If on vege oil. The house will be heated. Why veg. oil then? Thanks. The veg oil will lay on top of the water and help keep it from evaporating. I don't think it will. It will cut the evaporation in half, but the water on the back side of the trap is open to evaporation. Unless we fill the trap with oil. Right?
Snowman9000 10/18/17 09:15am Snowbirds
RE: Vacant winter house: drain traps

The house will be heated. What kind of heat? The reason I ask is because I had a problem with low pressure in a forced hot water system over the winter we were gone because I shut the water off and there was no way for the boiler to make up for normal pressure loss. There were no leaks in the system, but the pressure went low enough to burn up a circ pump. Since then I've learned that you should pipe in a makeup water supply before the main water cutoff. However if you do this, be sure to run the P/T valve overflow to a sump. I had an expansion tank go when I was home and in 20 minutes the P/T valve put an inch of water in the basement. I hope to keep this thread on the question of drain traps. :)
Snowman9000 10/18/17 09:14am Snowbirds
RE: Vacant winter house: drain traps

Also, if using any oil on top of the water, what about the water simply evaporating from the back (vent) side of the trap? Should you plunge as much water as possible out of the trap before filling it with oil?
Snowman9000 10/18/17 07:38am Snowbirds
RE: Vacant winter house: drain traps

Are you leaving the heat on? If not then pink stuff. If on vege oil. The house will be heated. Why veg. oil then? Thanks.
Snowman9000 10/18/17 07:34am Snowbirds
Vacant winter house: drain traps

I read the FAQ on winterizing, but this topic didn't get much coverage. In a 5 month absence, I'm pretty sure the sinks, baths, and toilet traps will end up uncovered as the water evaporates. I know some people say to pour vegetable or mineral oil in, or RV antifreeze. What do you do? (Other than have someone stop by to keep them full).
Snowman9000 10/18/17 06:49am Snowbirds
RE: Leaving 5th wheel for a month in Vegas

We had to do this recently in AZ, and did just what netjam advised above. We used a perimeter storage spot at a mid-tier RV park.
Snowman9000 10/17/17 06:51pm Snowbirds
RE: Hitching/Unhitching Checklist (Fifth Wheel)

I sent you one It is just what I needed. Thank you.
Snowman9000 10/16/17 05:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitching/Unhitching Checklist (Fifth Wheel)

Thanks Barney. I have been here so long that I forget there are FAQs!
Snowman9000 10/16/17 11:14am Fifth-Wheels
Hitching/Unhitching Checklist (Fifth Wheel)

I would like to see some fiver checklists. I deleted mine because we had not had a fiver for a few years. Now we bought a used fiver for snowbird use. I used to love using the checklist for the hitching process because it was too easy to skip a step without it. If you have an actual document file, if you can email me at [email protected], that would be great! Or if you can point me to a post here, whatever, I'll be grateful. Or post it here. I did search but couldn't get it narrowed down to where I could find actual lists rather that mentions of using lists.
Snowman9000 10/16/17 07:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Snowbird park recommendations?

I think your situation will be so much better if you can find a way to take a car with you. You can buy a tow dolly and tow pretty much any front wheel drive car with no modifications. You can even rent a dolly one way from UHaul.
Snowman9000 10/15/17 04:57pm Snowbirds
RE: Snowbird park recommendations?

There are two parks side by side outside of Tucson, called Justin's Diamond J Ranch, and Desert Trails. One of them, and I can't recall which, is quite rustic but has big sites and a more open, park-like feel. Most AZ parks are shoulder to shoulder. I believe the one I'm thinking of is Desert Trails. Their website says they have "a campground atmosphere". http://deserttrailsrvpark.com/ The parks I mentioned are a good 10-15 minutes out in the sticks from town. But there is hiking and such right out of the park boundary.
Snowman9000 10/12/17 05:19pm Snowbirds
RE: I found a used Lance selling for way below retail.

If it's too good to be true on Craigslist, it often is a scam. Not for certain, but often. Contact the seller and ask how to see it. If the answer is not straightforward, run. You can also try to see if you can find the same trailer listed in other parts of the country. Do a search on one of the nationwide CL search engines. If it is listed in other places, it's a scam for sure. You can use Searchtempest.com. I just went there and plugged in 2013 Lance 2185 and a lot of listings came up. Just a quick glance and I didn't see yours, but I did see a different one repeated all over the country, for $4200. And it is the same trailer at the same house as the one you found, but a different photo.
Snowman9000 10/01/17 05:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need help choosing a DVR for Charter Cable...

Thanks Tom, that looks good too. I now understand that programming for recording is not as slick as a cable or dish DVR, but it sounds good enough for our purpose.
Snowman9000 09/20/17 04:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Need help choosing a DVR for Charter Cable...

I have a homeWorx PVR, IT RECORDS OTA broadcasts in HD At what ever resolution is being broadcast 1080, 730, 480 etc. It's digital receiver, and records to USB either stick or external hard drive that has its own power supply You can record or watch and record even pause, but only one channel It only has one tuner It has hdmi and AV output for the TV You can record one channel with pvr And watch another channel using the TV tuner For $39 i have gotten a lot of use out of mine It does not do cable That sounds good, and simple. Thanks. I just went looking at it on Amazon. Can you tell me if there is a way to program it to record something a few days in the future? It's not clear that it uses a guide or something like that so you can select a future show.
Snowman9000 09/20/17 01:49pm Technology Corner
RE: Need help choosing a DVR for Charter Cable...

I have a question related to this thread... We are going to be staying at two parks for extended periods. One has their own in house cable system, analog. Yes, in house, not Charter or anyone else. It's a huge park the size of a small town. There is no hardware at the RV end, just connect the cable. The second one uses a bulk DISH Network system, so I presume it is digital. It also has no hardware at the RV end, just connect the cable. Because each of these do not have a box, is there a generic DVR I can use or make? My DW is gonna be unhappy if we can't find a way to record some things. :) Another thought: In each case we will be able to receive good OTA signals, which will have most of what DW wants. So what is the best DVR solution for us? I'd like to be somewhat budget friendly, this is a one-winter problem for now.
Snowman9000 09/20/17 10:06am Technology Corner
RE: Palm Creek questions

OK, I called Palm Creek. Their DISH system has no hardware on the RV end. And a DISH receiver cannot be connected to it in the RV.
Snowman9000 09/20/17 09:59am Snowbirds
RE: Palm Creek questions

That's cool, thanks!
Snowman9000 09/20/17 09:42am Snowbirds
RE: Rincon West questions

I decided why not call and ask. Imagine that! :) The Tengo internet is metered, if you exceed your 24 hour allotment you will be restricted in some way. Either throttled or something else. Streaming is not allowed. You are limited to 2 devices at any one time. I did not ask, but I assume they might not allow a router to be connected. So basically it is intended for regular web browsing and email. This is about what I expected. DSL is available at the pedestals through Century Link. The cable TV system is their own in house community system. It is analog, not digital. Additional comments are still welcome!
Snowman9000 09/20/17 09:41am Snowbirds
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