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RE: RV mattress replacement

I just got home on July 3rd 10 PM after being stuck in NY for almost 2 months, I think I am going to scratch the 250 pound bed off my list. I am under 250 myself but my 2 dogs add 70 pounds and although I don't a steady girlfriend at the moment I hope things change before the trip I plan on taking in the fall. I guess it will come down to one of the two major companies. I am planning on getting one for the house also so maybe I can get a deal if I buy 2 of the same model.
silvercorvette 07/05/13 11:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: advice, where can I fill up water tank while on the road?

We always travel with a full tank of water as well as propane...you just never know. If 500# is over the top for you, you may want to consider trimming weight elsewhere...... Ditto, thank God I had a full water tank when I arrived in NY. I am parked in the drive way of a house I am selling and expected to be able to hook up to water when I arrived but vandals / thieves damaged the water meter and I not only used all the water in my 50 gallon tank plus the 5 gallons I store in a cooler I had to flush with bottled water until the guy from the water company repaired the connection. I always travel with a full tank unless my last C/G stop is less than 200 miles from home
silvercorvette 06/30/13 08:27am Full-time RVing
RE: RV mattress replacement

Do a search. Lots of posts on mattresses I am glad someone brought this topic up again because I posted a thread a while back and I am getting ready to make a purchase I noticed this have changed forum member trnfla found a mattress that costs way less than the ones I have been looking at. I am considering a PERSONAL COMFORT mattress which seems to be a less expensive better quality mattress than the sleep number bed. But the link to THIS $850 MATTRESS has me tempted to go with that one instead of the other two more expensive brands
silvercorvette 06/30/13 08:06am General RVing Issues
RE: efficiency of the heater/furnace

Thanks for the replies. When I stand outside and feel all that heat pouring out it bothers me. I don't do very much cold weather camping but if I was every in a situation where there would be a problem finding a propane filling station I would pull in the slides to have less area to heat. I also have a front and rear A/Cs and the heat ducts are part of the A/C system (similar to a 2 zone heating system in a home) so if I run the front furnace I'll only be heating the bedroom. If I am hooked up at a C/G I can use the Electricity to run the A/Cs heat pump, I am concerned with being in a situation where I am boon docking in an area where there is no place to refill my tanks. Not only is running out a concern but I am paying $26 for a 30 pound fill up at BJs in LI and that has been lasting about 7 days. If I do not run the furnace it would probably last a month. Right now I am running the fridge and water heater on propane because the circuit breaker in the house I am plugged into keeps popping if I try to run too much stuff on electricity.
silvercorvette 06/29/13 10:32am General RVing Issues
RE: efficiency of the heater/furnace

You didn't say what make/model your furnace is, but the quote below applies to the Atwood/hydro-flame 8500 series furnaces used in many RV's. NOTE: Furnace efficiency rating is a thermal rating determined under continuous operating conditions, independent of any installation. Efficiency rate is given at 77% minimum, actual efficiency rating may be higher. Atwood 8500-IV Series Furnace I am not sure what furnace I have, when the rain stops I'll go outside and see if I can find the manufactures name, 77% seems pretty good maybe all that hot air pouring out of the exhaust is a small percent of what is being delivered to the interior.
silvercorvette 06/29/13 07:45am General RVing Issues
RE: How fast do you honestly tow?

I tow the speed limit +-5mph. Never a blowout or even a flat tire in over 60K miles.. I have had 3 blow outs in the past 8 months so I am very conservative. The blowouts were cause by tire that had dry rot. I have 4 new tires on my RV and am not worried about a blow out, I just made up my mind that driving at 55 instead of 70 is not going to make a big difference in how long it takes to get where I am going, slow down and enjoy the view
silvercorvette 06/29/13 06:54am General RVing Issues
efficiency of the heater/furnace

I haven't had this experience with the camper I am using now (the 2009 H/R may have a different type furnace than the 20006 Jayco but I doubt it) but last year it was cold outside and I was at a campsite. The dogs told me they had to go out side to poop (yes they have a way of letting me know they need to go out) since it was cold outside I hooked them both up instead of taking them out one at a time that way I would not have to only stand outside 1/2 as long. I did not have much in the way of warm clothing because I expected to be home before this unexpected cold snap. The RV furnace was running and I could feel the nice heat fro the exhaust warming me up as I stood outside. But this made me wonder how efficient the furnace is, all that wonderful heat pouring out of the RV keeping me warm was wasted heat. I have read about RVs designed for cold weather use that have better insulation and thermopane windows but what about furnaces? I would think that with all the improvements in home furnace technology there must be a way to design an RV furnace that does not waste all that heat by dumping it outside. I have noticed that when I used the oven or stove the RV gets hot inside and the A/C has to work hard to keep things comfortable obviously all the heat from the oven and stove is remaining inside the camper. Are there options for more efficient heat exchangers? MY RV is a 2009 are the newer ones more efficient?
silvercorvette 06/29/13 06:43am General RVing Issues
RE: How fast do you honestly tow?

55 MPH but sometimes I may reach 65 or 70 for a minute or two
silvercorvette 06/28/13 03:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Summer arrives in Arizona

What is the wind chill factor? :B :) In the summer, when the winds pick up in AZ, it's more like a convection oven. I have been there a few times to visit a childhood friend that now lives in Tucson. Many years ago I visited him and his wife and there infant daughter. It was about 110 to 115 during the day but at night it dropped down to about 85 to 90. We decided to go to a drive in movie (do they still exist?) at night and I was shocked when the bundled up the child in blankets so she wouldn't be cold. I was wearing shorts and "T" shirt but a lot of people were wearing sweaters and light jackets with temps near the 90s
silvercorvette 06/28/13 03:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Headlights vs DRL in safety zone

History In some countries, DRLs have been mandatory or in use since the 1970s, and some have noticed a decrease in only one or maybe two types of motor vehicle crashes. However, under reanalysis, the benefits of DRLs in these countries has been called into serious question. The countries that currently use and have used DRLs for many years are very different from the United States in culture, in government, and, most importantly, in latitude and climate. Scandinavian countries were the first to impose DRL regulations on manufacturers and on consumers. But Scandinavia, which is located in the far northern latitudes (i.e. North Pole,) has much less ambient lighting than the United States, especially in the winter. Naturally, then, DRLs would have a different impact on motorists and on highway safety. Yet it is to 20 year old studies from these countries that our government and our automobile manufacturers point to in support of DRL regulations. Sweden enacted mandatory DRL laws in 1977. Norway followed in 1986, Iceland in 1988, Denmark in 1990. Canada has required DRLs on new cars since 1989. Anyone with even a basic knowledge of geography, however, will see the plain and apparent differences between these nations and our own - their distance from the equator! Initially, NHSTA said safety experiences in northern countries had no direct application to the United States. But, in a strange reversal of tradition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began embracing DRL regulatory proposals at the request of petitions from General Motors. One need only follow the money trail to see why this has happened. The automobile industry has seen the massive economic potential of marketing their products to your fears, and has convinced the federal government to throw reliable data -- and common sense -- out the window. Because there is no conclusive evidence that DRLs present any real safety advantages, and because the United States does have more ambient lighting than countries where DRLs have been embraced, DRLs are NOT currently required in America. But if some people -- including the amazing special interest of the automobile industry -- have their way, we'll all soon be paying for their unique but unfounded marketing concept. Strangely, the road toward DRL acceptance by government regulators has been a twisted one. In 1987, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety proposed that NHTSA permit DRLs. NHTSA rejected the idea, but the Insurance Institute proposed the concept again a year later. Still, it was rejected, and NHTSA said that DRLs do not improve highway safety and may, in fact, INCREASE HIGHWAY HAZARDS. Quite simply, if most vehicles have DRLs, it's harder to spot those who do not. NHTSA also said glare from the DRLs of oncoming vehicles could bother some drivers. But in 1990, General Motors pushed NHTSA again, asking for a national standard permitting an optional DRL system. NHTSA complied two years later, and therein lies the problem. NHTSA regulations take precedence over any and all state laws, so now DRLs are legal in all states, when two-thirds of the states had previously banned DRLs altogether. Even worse, NHTSA permitted DRLs to be implemented on high beam headlamps at up to 7000 candela. This is well above the threshold for discomfort glare. Why? So that GM could make DRLs on the cheap. GM began installing DRLs immediately on some models in 1993. By 1997, all GM vehicles had installed. GM has kindly offered to SELL you a kit to convert your current vehicle to DRLs. How thoughtful -- and how very profitable. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING
silvercorvette 06/28/13 03:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Headlights vs DRL in safety zone

Click I have disconnected the DRL on every car I own that had them NHTSA FINDS NO SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT FOR DRLS Big news: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently released a technical report finds DRLs are of practically no use, and further admits that DRLs have negative safety consequences. In NHTSA's own words: "The analysis found that DRLs have no statistically significant overall effect on the three target crashes. When combining these three target crashes into one target crash, the drl effects were also not statistically significant. When examined separately for passenger cars and light trucks / van (LTVs) , drls in LTVs significantly reduced LTVs involvement in the target two vehicle by 5.7 percent. However, the remaining drl effects on these three target crashes were not statistically significiant. Although not statistically significant, drls might have unintended consequences for pedestrains and motorcycles. Particularly, the estimated negitive effects for LTV's were relatively large and cannont be completely ignored. "Currently the NHTSA is in the rulemaking process in response to General Motors (GM) petition to mandate DRLs. This report will affect the rulemaking decision. Therefore the report is considered to contain 'highly influential scientific information'." The document can be found at www.regulations.gov and entering 2008-0153-0004 in the Search field.
silvercorvette 06/28/13 03:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: No Coffee! ARG

I posted a thread about 12 volt coffee makers and discovered THIS COLEMAN and THIS COLEMAN I haven't had a chance to buy one yet but I have been using THESE MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE BAGS. They are like tea bags only they have coffee in them. They are week if you use a large cup. If I am drinking a mug I put in 2 bags
silvercorvette 06/28/13 01:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: How many people have never drank water from the tank?

I guess drinking out of a cold mountain stream is out of the question, right? Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream. W. C. Fields
silvercorvette 06/28/13 07:38am General RVing Issues
RE: How many people have never drank water from the tank?

You can drink water? I thought that was what beer was for? I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it. W. C. Fields ============================================= Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water. W. C. Fields
silvercorvette 06/28/13 07:38am General RVing Issues
RE: How many people have never drank water from the tank?

We use the water from the tank. We also drink the water out of our 50 year old pipes at home and the 100 year old pipes at work. I'm not sure where this fear of water came from but it is making some companies rich. x2. Do the recommended maintenance on your water system, make sure of the source of water that you put into it, and then just think of your tank as a really, really, big bottle. If you ever drank water from Lake Conroe you would rush out to the closest store and buy bottle water. The house I owned in TX got it's water from Lake Conroe, my house in SC get's it's water from Lake Hartwell. One lake had terrible tasting water and the other could be consumed without a filter but a filter just tasted better
silvercorvette 06/28/13 06:25am General RVing Issues
RE: How many people have never drank water from the tank?

I drink tank water every day that I camp. What makes the bottled water any different? You know, there is no new water on this planet. It has the same amount of water that it has always had. Every drop you drink has been drunk previously. and recycled. Think of all the pollution caused by producing those bottles, transporting them across the country and then filling landfills. At one time I thought I would never waste my money on bottled water. but about9 or 10 years ago I bought a house in Lake Conroe TX as a winter house. The plan was to spend summers in NY and winters in TX but that plan didn't work out. When I was at the local walmart looking at houses I noticed everyone was drinking bottled water, I did not realize why until I moved in and tried to drink the water. I did taste the water in one of the houses I was looking at and it was fine but I didn't realize it had a special filter. I tried using a regular filter in my house but it didn't make the water taste OK, what I needed was whole house filter which would probably cost around $1,000. When I am home SC I drink filtered water and I bring 5 gallons with me along with cases of bottled water. The house I am parked in front of had the water pipes damages by vandals trying to steal the oil burned boiler. I ran out of water in the fresh water tank before I was able to get the water fixed and wound up using bottled water to flush the toilet. Some people like to travel with an empty or near empty fresh water tank but I not only travel with a full tank I bring along extra water because sometimes you never know if you will be in a situation with no opportunity to replenish your supply. Not only was the water undrinkable at my house in TX, it also formed a brownish scum of bubbles in the tub when you turned on the jacuzzi. When you travel in differed parts of the country you never know what the water quality will be like at the next place you stop off at.
silvercorvette 06/28/13 06:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Summer arrives in Arizona

What is the wind chill factor? :B
silvercorvette 06/28/13 12:16am General RVing Issues
How many people have never drank water from the tank?

Back In the 70s and 80s I drank water from the fresh water tank but after a 30 year break from RVing I started back up and this time out the past 3 years I have been using either bottled water or water from a 5 gallon cooler that I filled up using filtered tap water. I use water from the fresh water tank for flushing washing dished and showers. Myself and my two dogs drink bottled water that I buy in 2 gallon containers or in a case containing 36 12 ounce bottles. When you add up the cost of fuel and other camping costs using bottled water probably only adds about 50 cents a day to my camping expenses.
silvercorvette 06/27/13 11:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Induction Cooktop

How do you cook without electricity? If I am stopped at a truck or rest stop I can cook something without firing up my generator. It would be nice to have in addition to a propane stove as an option but I would never give up the ability to cook with propane. EDIT They do make portable induction cook tops, the best option is to keep the propane stove and have a portable induction cooker that you can use when you need it. The NuWave is a portable...we still have our propane cook-top and oven but hardly ever use them. Oh....we don't cook at truck stops. If I am on the road and stop at a rest stop for lunch I will fry up a burger for lunch and take a short nap or lay in bed and read a book to relax before getting behind the wheel again.
silvercorvette 06/26/13 09:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Induction Cooktop

How do you cook without electricity? If I am stopped at a truck or rest stop I can cook something without firing up my generator. It would be nice to have in addition to a propane stove as an option but I would never give up the ability to cook with propane. EDIT They do make portable induction cook tops, the best option is to keep the propane stove and have a portable induction cooker that you can use when you need it.
silvercorvette 06/26/13 08:56pm General RVing Issues
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