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RE: roof cleaning

I also just use the same car wash soap used on rest of camper and truck. I caution you NOT to use dish soap such as Dawn. Though it is a great cleaner, it will remove the wax on the sides of the camper/RV as spills over. If you are going to wax the whole unit anyways, then I guess it would be fine to use dish soap etc.
ripperoo 03/26/14 02:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: traveling with firearms

Like I have said before, if you are so afraid or RVing and so incapable of making good campground choices that you need a deadly weapon at the ready 24/7/365 maybe you should consider another hobby. We camp remote a lot, LEOs are hours away, If you can contact one, There are many Illegal Immigrants poaching game in the state forests and tree farms. They do not value your life very much. I like the camping and do not believe I'll stop because of them. There are many places to camp where illegals are not and the chances of needing a handgun are slight to non existent. I think I will stand by my earlier point-in all but a few states harming someone (or worse) and the legal and financial consequences far out weigh carrying a handgun. Camp in better places-and pay more for that campsite-it will be far cheaper in the long run. I think it's real easy to say-"I'm going to carry my handgun because it's my right no matter how the laws are written." Yep, shoot or kill someone and you will be asking yourself if it was worth it. CKNSLS, I would love to live in your delusional world where criminals announce where they are going to be, so you know where not to be. Oh, and your advice of pay more for a better campsite. Brilliant. Because it's a fact that criminals only hit the houses of the poor, not the wealthy. I don't carry my handgun because it's my right. I carry because I have the right to. Big difference. The world is not as rosy as you seem to think. And guess what, no one has ever been robbed, assaulted or killed.... until that first time. Your logic of "I've never needed a gun before" is flat out illogical. Yep, I am either delusional, smart, or just plain lucky. You already picked one so I won't ask you to. I been on this Earth over a half-century. Never robbed, mugged, beaten, or even felt unsafe. I am not delusional what the effect will be on you should you fire and shoot someone with your weapon. Obviously, the retired LEOs know the score. Based on my experience, you carry a weapon is an illogical choice. Well good for you. I will add one, lucky. You see, I've been on this earth for almost a half century. I've been the victim of a stabbing in my own home by someone I did not know. This was many years before I even had a gun. Had I had a gun at that time, and the circumstances being what they were, I do know what the affect would have been, I most likely wouldn't have been stabbed. I just don't get where you actually believe that because "it never happened to me, it won't" fits into any realm of logic. NO VICTIM WAS EVER A VICTIM UNTIL THE FIRST TIME THEY WERE A VICTIM. Can you dispute that statement, that logic? I will choose my life or the life of an innocent any day over whatever inconveniences may arise from possibly having to use a weapon in defense. Legal fees may break me, but I'll still be alive. A gun does not guarantee survival or even a positive outcome. But it sure puts the odds in my favor. Oh, and I find it very disrespectful of you to speak on behalf of all retired LEOs. I know for every one you quote, I can find one that will disagree. As a matter of fact, most LEOs I've talked to, retired or not, will agree that the public needs to be able to take care of themselves. LEOs are not always able to respond in the time it takes for you to die. Seconds count. If you are not able to or willing to take care of yourself, that's your perogotive. Don't put those constraints on those of us who recognize reality. A criminal will use whatever tool he has to accomplish his task. An illprepared victim is his greatest asset. I truly pray you can come on here and boast your "never happened to me, so it clearly never will happen" mantra for a long time without ever having to deal with crime. Peace
ripperoo 03/12/14 04:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: traveling with firearms

that DIMWIT will use a knife or hammer or piece of pipe IF he intends to kill someone he will find a way Don't blame the firearm blame the 'person' , blame the society, blame upbringing and mental health yada yada Statistics and facts on Suicide, homicide, and gun accidents show that this just isn't true. I can show research to support this (and will if you want). Can you support your claim? Maybe you were just being sarcastic. Here's one of mine. http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf Let's see yours...
ripperoo 03/12/14 03:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: traveling with firearms

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ripperoo 03/12/14 03:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: traveling with firearms

There are a lot of car accidents where people die...should we not drive anymore and ban cars ? There are a lot of over weight people in America ....should we ban forks ? I carry concealed and travel with my family and hope I never have to use my weapon but should I ever need to defend my wife and kids I will have the means to do it. If you proudly carry a firearm why do you conceal it as though you are ashamed? Where do you travel you need a handgun hidden on your body to protect you from what? You do know an armed assailant will make you dead before you can uncover your hidden gun? Cars when operated as designed are not designed to kill. Guns are. Overweight people do not enter schools and murder children with the fat on their belly or legs. Cite how many people have been murdered by a fork in past 300 years? It won't reach the number murdered by guns in 2013. BTW I own and use and am very proficient with firearms. I am just not coward enough to carry one. I have that right as a retired Police Officer. Good post. As a retired LEO you know all the consequences involved firing your weapon. However, based on the content and tone of posts by others on this forum-many do not have your experiences. Thank you for your past service keeping the bad guys at bay. No, ignorant post. One does not conceal a gun out of cowardice. I don't want anyone knowing I'm carrying either on my person or in my vehicle. Why give your hand away? You let a criminal know you're carrying, and you've just given away your advantage. Seems more like strategy than cowardice. A proactive move not a reactive one. Sure, they might steer clear of you if they know, but then again, they might just be better prepared to carry out their attack. That just doesn't make sense. And no, I don't know that "an armed assailant will make me dead before I draw." Do you? Really, do you now see into the future? I as many choose not to be a victim if at all possible.
ripperoo 03/12/14 02:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: traveling with firearms

Like I have said before, if you are so afraid or RVing and so incapable of making good campground choices that you need a deadly weapon at the ready 24/7/365 maybe you should consider another hobby. We camp remote a lot, LEOs are hours away, If you can contact one, There are many Illegal Immigrants poaching game in the state forests and tree farms. They do not value your life very much. I like the camping and do not believe I'll stop because of them. There are many places to camp where illegals are not and the chances of needing a handgun are slight to non existent. I think I will stand by my earlier point-in all but a few states harming someone (or worse) and the legal and financial consequences far out weigh carrying a handgun. Camp in better places-and pay more for that campsite-it will be far cheaper in the long run. I think it's real easy to say-"I'm going to carry my handgun because it's my right no matter how the laws are written." Yep, shoot or kill someone and you will be asking yourself if it was worth it. CKNSLS, I would love to live in your delusional world where criminals announce where they are going to be, so you know where not to be. Oh, and your advice of pay more for a better campsite. Brilliant. Because it's a fact that criminals only hit the houses of the poor, not the wealthy. I don't carry my handgun because it's my right. I carry because I have the right to. Big difference. The world is not as rosy as you seem to think. And guess what, no one has ever been robbed, assaulted or killed.... until that first time. Your logic of "I've never needed a gun before" is flat out illogical.
ripperoo 03/12/14 02:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Patio rug blowing away?

I always put the cooler full of beer on it. Would never go camping without that! Only problem is as I keep drinking the beer, the cooler gets lighter. To solve the problem, I now bring two coolers of beer. :)
ripperoo 02/26/14 12:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Full time as a both a necessity and a lifestyle choice

As far as I can read, the OP NEVER asked anyone's opinion, approval or assessment of their financial position. All he asked was about those who are out there fulltiming, living off retirement,social security, pensions etc., and how feasible it is. His question: "I would be interested to hear from those who are doing it on ss or small pensions, and is it doable, or a big struggle?" None of the remarks or attacks on his current position helps, nor is it anyone's business. Additionally, he did say he and his wife are trying to make a plan for the FUTURE. 5 to 10 years down the road. It always amazes me how quickly people like to get off topic and attack someone. Sounds like he recognizes their situation and wants input on the costs of a full timing lifestyle. NOT your opinion on whether or not he's guilty of poor financial decisions. Get off your high horses. If you can't offer any helpful suggestions to his original question, just don't post. Find another way to make you feel better about yourself. Sorry OP. I am unable to offer any help as I am not a fulltimer. There does seem to be some small positive strides in the housing market. I hope for you and all of us, this is the beginning of it coming back. Good Luck
ripperoo 02/15/14 04:18pm Full-time RVing
RE: Full time as a both a necessity and a lifestyle choice

the irony is everyone trying to show an accountant how to manage and generate income. LOL just awesome. Not half as ironic as an Accountant asking us to begin with, though. :@ WOW. A bit judgemental aren't we? Too bad everyone's life didn't turn out as perfect as yours.
ripperoo 02/13/14 02:13pm Full-time RVing
RE: Table Salt in Gray and Black Tanks?????

I don't understand the thought process of some posters. I know that they are different sensor systems on the market and that some of the after market systems work much better. I also know that my 20 year old sensors work just fine. So to say its a waste of time and energy to make them work, or to say you'll know when it is full, well, yep you sure will and it just might be to late. Yep, I agree. I did a lot of research here when I bought my used and then new trailer. To date sensors work perfectly, and I'm glad they do. Maybe I'm OC, but if it's there, I want it to work properly. It doesn't matter if I can also tell that the gray tank is full when it backs up into the tub. I want my sensor to tell me; and it does.
ripperoo 02/07/14 12:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: he said not to do it!

never had them on any of my rigs. never a problem. i hear just as many reasons to have as to not have. flip a coin X2 I hear folks complaining about them all the time including here. Just something else to spend money on. Yeah, not really. I see more questions about how to get******off the top of the slide or prevent it from happening in the first place, than I do about having problems. I've had one since new and would not do without it. So much easier not to have to drag a ladder out to make sure there are no branches or other debri on top before closing the slide and ruining the seal or bringing the debri insied. Additionally, the topper give another layer of sun/weather protection from the top seal, arguably the most important one when it comes to keep water out. To each his own, but I'd not do without it.
ripperoo 02/07/14 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: LT Tire vs ST Tire

Here is a link to a very good explanation of the govt. testing requirements for each tire type. The actual govt. regs are available, but are difficult and time consuming to research as they keep referring to different sections of the law. This person did all the work and put this together: Plain English Testing standards for ST and LT Tires That so-called "study" gives neither sources nor references of any kind for the information it purports to base its conclusions on. Well, except for nods to other posters here in the Forums. It reads more like a church bulletin than a scientific paper: preaching articles of Faith to The Converted. Best advice given here came early on: Consult a local tire guy you trust, and buy accordingly. What was this then? REFERENCES The references for my evaluation may be found at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) webpage: ST tire standard may be found at FMCSA Part 571, subsection 109. http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?chunkKey=090163348008f295 LT tire standard may be found at FMCSA Part 571, subsection 139. http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?chunkkey=090163348008f2a9 Part 571, subsection 139 references Part 571 subsection 119 which can be found at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?chunkKey=090163348008f29d
ripperoo 11/21/13 12:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do you handle grey water (family of 5)

This is why I created this Faucet in Box: Greatly reduced amount of water going into grey tank.
ripperoo 11/08/13 08:51am Beginning RVing
RE: Lesson learned, about winterizing using blow-out method

Well I doubt that the propylene glycol caused any "fumes" as it has a very low vapor pressure. The following is from Dow's website; they produce propylene glycol. I could see the compressor accumulating CO and dispelling it into the camper easier than any of the other thoughts. Environmental Information PG is not volatile, and is miscible with water. Concentrations of PG in the air are expected to be extremely low because of its low vapor pressure. It is readily biodegraded in water or soil (via aerobic and anaerobic mechanisms). If a spill should occur, PG partitions almost equally in water and soil. Relatively little will go into the air because of its low vapor pressure. PG is not expected to bio-accumulate and is considered to be practically non-toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates on an acute basis except at very high concentrations.
ripperoo 11/07/13 01:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: fair price for waxing a fifth wheel

I paid about $420 for a 30' travel trailer. They inspected the roof (no wash, I did that), then washed the trailer, removed all black streaks, hand waxed entire trailer, and cleaned the main 20' awning. Awning cleaning was $19.99 of that $420. Had a disk fusion in my neck the 2 months before. I got as far as washing the roof and realized there was no way in he** I was going to do the wash and wax etc. Was surprised at the price. Think I'll just do that every spring from now on. I'll still wash it myself from time to time throughout the summer.
ripperoo 11/06/13 03:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Just had a brainstorm - how about a survey!

I blow first, then inject the pink. Will drink, but usually use bottled.
ripperoo 11/06/13 01:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: When I winterize do I need to...............

Guess I've missed a few labels that I should have read. Was always under the impression that RV Antifreeze didn't contain propylene glycol, but apparently was wrong. I know that auto antifreeze is toxic to animals and stress to dispose of it correctly so it can't be ingested. IIRC it's the prop gly that has the sweet taste that animals think is wonderful to drink. They usually have a horrible death. Our neighbor's truck had a water pump leak and until he got it fixed I found myself washing where it had dripped onto the concrete driveway several times a day. Guess we need to include the RV stuff on the long list of things to make sure our dogs or anyone else's can't get into. Thanks for that info. Dadmomh, I think you are confusing propylene glycol with ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol is commonly found in auto anti-freeze. Here is an excerpt about propylene glycol, found in RV anti-freeze: ""An interesting fact about propylene glycol is that it is non-toxic when ingested even in reasonably large amounts. Unlike its dangerous and frequently lethal cousin, ethylene glycol, PG is easily metabolized by the liver into normal products of the citric acid metabolic cycle, which are completely nontoxic to the body. Approximately 45 percent of any ingested PG is excreted directly from the body and never even comes into contact with the liver. The elimination half-life for propylene glycol is approximately four hours, and there is no bioaccumulation (buildup in the body over time). A few rare incidents have occurred where a person ingested a large quantity of propylene glycol and suffered some liver and neurological effects as a result, but these were short-lived and subsided once the material was metabolized and excreted. Both experimental and anecdotal evidence to date indicate PG to be completely non-carcinogenic, despite its “petroleum-based” origin."" Propylene glycol is also very commonly used in the flavored juice used in e-ciggs, the "electronic" cigarettes. It's used as a flavor carrier and to help generate the vapor you get when you exhale. So, propylene glycol is safe, ethylene glycol is not.
ripperoo 10/25/13 03:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: When I winterize do I need to...............

It is the propylene glycol that concerns me. You may want to avoid Mio energy drink! I don't drink that stuff either. DW and I read labels on our food. Reading labels is one thing, understanding what you're reading is another. You're probably "consuming" propylene glycol whether you know it or not: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is "generally recognized as safe" for use in food. It is used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, or food products. It is a solvent for food colors and flavors....
ripperoo 10/25/13 11:16am Travel Trailers
RE: reese weight dist bars ??

Remember, proper spring bar selection includes: Tongue weight of the trailer PLUS weight of cargo loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Here is a link to Reese's brochure with a spring bar selection chart: Chart
ripperoo 09/23/13 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: reese weight dist bars ??

I have an 1,100# tongue weight and was using 1,200# bars. Didn't seem to get much out of the dual cam sway control, and rig seemed to bounce a bit. I switched to 1,500# bars, and all feels a lot better. I figured, though according to the Reese guide I was ok, my 1,100# TW was to close to the top end of the 1,200# bars.
ripperoo 09/23/13 11:26am Travel Trailers
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