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RE: Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

I use both a tongue lock and a tire lock. The tire lock is much harder to defeat. Also, pull the license plate, if they steal the trailer, there is a chance that a cop will see a trailer with no plate and stop it. More than likely not but its a no cost option. A rather long chain on the axle lets say is also a warning to the cops if you should be lucky. Good luck. Which tire lock should I consider? My rims don't have enough room to pass a chain through them.
rerod 06/11/15 07:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Christening rv toilet

Using ice cubes gives the cubes a funny taste. Bwahahahahahaha! rich! Mrs: Vulcan Rider and rerod, the OP states that he has never used his toilet. navegator I am the OP.. That's basically what we've been doing for 11 years, although the wife likes the Thetford Aqua Kem powder. After watching "the fit RV" holding tank video's, Im wondering which chemical breaks up solids best since all the rinsing gadgets he tested left them behind. Also, which wand rinser cleans the tank the best. The camco Swivel Stik looks like a joke. I need a wand with a 90 degree elbow /nozzle I can aim.
rerod 06/07/15 11:18am Beginning RVing
RE: ~Post your campsite photos here~

Here was my camp site at Muley Point UT. Not a developed campground. Site #13 at the Pine Point Campground at the Vallecito Reservoir. Just outside Durango CO. You sure know how to pick em Xpd77. Thanks for sharing.
rerod 06/06/15 04:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

Do you guys really worry about trailer theft while boondocking? In all my time camping which has been extensive I have never had anything stolen Id have to agree with you if your at a camp site. But this year I need to scout out the road and the spaces I plan on parking in, are right off the main highway. I reversed the chains. They stay attached to the truck, not the trailer. I've had Abus locks cut off with a battery grinder/cutoff wheel. That's a great idea Sluggo. Which locks do you use now? I got a kick from This Bike theft video.
rerod 06/05/15 04:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

I use two pair of security chains (one on each side) with stout Abus padlocks. I use Abus padlocks because the cylinder is decently weather resistant, and it takes an average speedpicker 10-12 hours to get that mechanism open. Again, not 100%, but good enough to keep the rig from seeing meth lab duty. I'm trying to decide how to secure my tandem wheels after reading about plenty of people losing trailers with only coupler locks.. The Amplock looks great, but it's not much of a deterrent. So lets talk about chains and locks or other, better ways to secure your wheels. I cant remove my wheels when I'm out camping, so should I buy a boron alloy chain? And a few Abus padlocks? Thanks!
rerod 06/05/15 03:18pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Search for dry camp site with google maps White green area ?

Its funny how all the google images show empty camp rounds and dispersed sites.
rerod 06/04/15 09:00pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

I think the commercial solutions above could be easily foiled by a big crowbar. Whenever I must leave one of my trailers unattended, I will pull a chain thru the slots in the wheels to the axle or frame.With my tandem axle trailer I chain both wheels together, or use a very heavy duty cable equipment lock. jefe Thanks Jefe. A crow bar wasn't the tool of choice for the thief in the above video. Interesting story about your friend. But cant a cable or chain through the wheels be just as easily defeated with cable cutters or a cordless grinder with cut off wheel?
rerod 06/04/15 08:12am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Christening rv toilet

Don't worry; be happy. :B I usually am. But a huge tank of******could spoil anyone's day, so I cover my bases. I was told to never ever use the toilet unless absolutely necessary, like an emergency. I told myself that. It was more, "if the holding tank fails, your the one who will be cleaning and fixing it Mike" sort of mentality. And finding a public toilet isn't that hard these days. Before you go boondocking, the tank is totally empty, when you guys start peeing there will be enough "water" for the chemicals to do their job, no need to waste tank capacity and maybe one day out. navegator Id have to disagree with that as well, as my 40 gallon black tank has plenty of room for a few gallons of, what ever is best at breaking down the solids and suppressing the odor.
rerod 06/03/15 11:25am Beginning RVing
RE: Christening rv toilet

So its safe to say, my never used, 2005 septic system is performing like the day featherlite installed it. Maybe. One test remains. Trying to open the drain valve that hasn't moved in 5 years. And then checking for leaks again after it is closed. I operate both valves quite often. I left them open over the winter and had to dig some stuff out of the valve's rubber slot before it would close yesterday completely. Maybe I should take them apart and lubricate with vegetable oil. After researching more, sounds like allot of people have problems with the level indicator sensors gunking up and not reading. Even though my toilet sits over my black water tank and I can simply look down and see the level, is there a good way to prevent the probe's from failing? Should I get a garden hose wand with 90 degree elbow on the nozzle? Or finally install the Camco Quickie Flush I bought a few years ago? I don't think I can drill a hole in a position where it will rinse the probe's though.. Thanks again!
rerod 06/03/15 08:01am Beginning RVing
RE: Christening rv toilet

I never need to get up during the night to take a leak. And when I did need to go, I used a Gatorade bottle. Why didn't I use the toilet? A coworker told me about a camper he had which he could never get that smell out of. Lucky you. You must be under 60 :) And there are hundreds of us here to tell you there's never (or almost never) any smell. Amazing how one bad 'review' can turn a decision. Yeah Im 49, but I can feel it coming. I guess I should have researched more, but its been amusing. I checked the toilet when I got home and found water still sealing since last weekend. So, yeah.. http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu127/re-rod/th_C249035F-C314-4692-9B58-365CF04CC333_zpszxvpztt4.jpg And I filled the black water tank to the rim and not one drop coming out with the cap off. http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu127/re-rod/th_94C2954D-5555-443A-8A87-D8D1F7C77E01_zpsfm73uaha.jpghttp://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu127/re-rod/th_F8926CD7-3B4D-458D-9F6C-01B9515ABE33_zpsscg3usvn.jpg So its safe to say, my never used, 2005 septic system is performing like the day featherlite installed it. So now its just a matter of keeping it this clean.
rerod 06/02/15 04:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: Christening rv toilet

Thanks everyone. Yes 3oaks, I'm surprised to. Thanks for pointing out ice cubes in black tank are a myth 06Fargo. There are so many great suggestions here, I cant respond to them all but will say I never need to get up during the night to take a leak. And when I did need to go, I used a Gatorade bottle. Something you never leave home without! Why didn't I use the toilet? A coworker told me about a camper he had which he could never get that smell out of. I will take a closer look at the seal, but last I remember it did hold water but Im not sure how long. I'll put some vegetable oil, or Crisco on it before I test it this afternoon. I really liked opnspaces suggestions and will follow them after work. Again, thanks everyone! Oh, almost forgot. I was on I70 and there was a accident up the road which closed down the interstate couple years ago. They let all the cars turn around and go back to the last exit because it was bad. You should have seen the expression on the huge female truck driver's face when I told her "she cant use my toilet because....." hahaha I almost got a black eye!
rerod 06/02/15 02:00pm Beginning RVing
Christening rv toilet

I apologize.. Im sure this has been covered many times, but even though Iv owned my toyhauler for 5 years, Iv never used the toilet. This year I have a female guest and we plan on boondocking, so no CG toilet. Do I simply dump in 5 gallons of water in the toilet before she uses it? Whats the best chemical, or chemicals, I should add to the 5 gallons? Iv read after you dump the black tank, add Ice and chemicals and go for a drive to clean it out better, but I'm nervous that after we use it, you will always know you did. Thanks!
rerod 06/02/15 05:21am Beginning RVing
RE: Search for dry camp site with google maps White green area ?

Try looking up Mushroom Gulch on road 308 above 38.850145, -105.976560. Looks like a decent road with a number of places to camp. Some larger looking rigs up there on the air photo. This is off of Highway 24 dropping down off of Trout Creek Pass toward Buena Vista. Is there a view of the Sawatch Range from mushroom gulch? That's my kick now.. A view from the back of my toyhauler and bed. Forests are peaceful, but a view is million dollar. Or a creek next to the camp Do they allow overnight parking at the top of cottonwood pass?
rerod 06/01/15 06:59pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Search for dry camp site with google maps White green area ?

I appreciate the info 4runnerguy, as I had 38.590853, -105.967021 marked as a road, ute trail, to take a look up maybe. to bad, because my girlfriend likes ghost towns. My latitude 40 map shows san isabel NF boarders, and I will transfer the possible dry sites from my google maps to it. My laptop at home is having a hard time zooming into the blm.gov maps like earlier at work. So no way of using those maps from my phone anyway. Im probably dreaming when thinking I can make it to most of my marked locations with 2wd
rerod 06/01/15 05:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Search for dry camp site with google maps White green area ?

Wow, that's allot of work determining who owns the land! What do I do if I just stumble across a dry camp site, but haven't researched before hand and dont have cell phone reception to check? Is it safe to say.. If there's a camp fire spot, its probably ok to dry camp there?
rerod 06/01/15 01:45pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Search for dry camp site with google maps White green area ?

Google Maps isn't very good with noting ownership of lands. Try this: Surface Ownership Map - Colorado This one, in which you can zone in, also shows BLM land and such. Thanks everyone.. But the Gunnison map dahkota linked wont open, let alone zoom in.. Can anyone open and zoom in?? At first, it opened but wouldn't zoom in.. Now it wont even open.
rerod 06/01/15 11:26am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Search for dry camp site with google maps White green area ?

Iv been searching the hills east of hwy 24 and 285 close to buena vista colorado for a secluded dry camp site with google maps. I dont look in the "white" areas when in map view.. Only the green area's. Is it fair to say this is land available for dry camping?
rerod 06/01/15 08:48am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

Thanks people. I think I know which ones best. Amplock But one thing to consider.. A thief doesn't care if I put a lock on the coupler, he simply hooks the safety chains up and goes. Wheel locks are the only thing that's going to keep my trailer from being stolen, IF someone actually attempts it. Then again, the price of a amplock isn't much compared to whats at stake. And locking your wheels sounds difficult
rerod 05/31/15 05:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Upgrade trailer tongue lock? Chain through the wheels?

Iv always left my van hooked up to my toy hauler when out and about while camping and boon docking.. But this year I have a guest, and she/we will need to leave the toy hauler unattended. Iv read, leave chairs and tables out to make it look like we just stepped away, but I wonder what's the best way to deter a thief who has cased my camp site and tries to haul my entire rig away. Or should I continue to trust the little master tongue lock, and my insurance? Thanks!
rerod 05/31/15 12:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Draining hot tub after boondocking? Grey water..

Bumpyroad and MrWizard have brought up good points, I'd have to say a little common sense in this matter would go a long way. Yeah common sense and a grain of salt. There's no way the water could make it back 100' to the water source. And if the tubs 250 gallons are drained slow, wont leave more than a wet spot in dry conditions. I'm wondering how Funky the water might get after a few days of soaking with no chemicals? And if a low dose of Bromine tablets (no chlorine smell) , would be safe to dump later? easy now.. Other question is regarding the Inflatable Swimming Pool.. Mainly the drain, which needs to flow freely to the Thermosiphon fire ring. Which I have the materials and skill to fabricate. http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu127/re-rod/th_9B2651EF-81B4-45D8-8CFE-86BB5B5F0ACF_zps4c1u0rvb.jpg Anyway.. I think this might be doable IF I can find the perfect camp site where the camp fire is lower than the tub.
rerod 05/24/15 08:22am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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