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RE: Amazing apps that alert me to rain and ligtning

I just have a Weather Alert Radio. That works for me. Some of the best , new ones, have SAME function that will only alert you for your area. It is true that if you use the SAME function you will need to know that area you are in and that could be difficult, I suppose, if you are traveling. So, I would just use my normal one that picks up alerts from the local National Weather Service radio station. To each there own. I have a hard enough time just trying to figure out how to keep my smart phone working without ever trying to get it to do other things. Takes me 3 minutes to make a call just trying to get past all the stupid adds of junk it is trying to sell me. Be worthless in a emergency.
CavemanCharlie 07/01/15 06:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: loading and unloading supplies

Trailer is in storage lot, truck is about 80 YARDS from the front door... four wheel wagon to load the following: propane tank, propane fire pit, propane fryer, ice cooler filled with food, laundry sack with clothes, grocery bags with more food than we will eat, misc. stuff we bought at Camping World or Walmart, anything else my DW thinks we need but probably won't use. Note: We don't pack anything from Camping World we order online, because it hasn't arrived yet! I'm curious as to why you remove the propane tank, propane fire pit, and propane fryer? I would just leave them in the RV. I also don't take more food then I can eat. Wherever I go there is a grocery store close enough nearby to get items I want. I'm just a weekend camper and I often take just enough perishable food for the first night. Then I purchase the rest the next day. I use the tank, fryer and pit at home as well. As for the food, where we camp there is no "reasonably priced" grocery store and DW can never settle on what she wants so a bunch of goodies come just to come home with us, lol. OK. I understand and respect that. I would buy a second propane tank though, there cheap. I get why you move the rest though. To each there own.
CavemanCharlie 07/01/15 06:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: controlling my sway control

Sway control bars act as dampers. Tighten firmly but not as tight as you can possibly get them. I tighten mine until the handle stops and then back off slightly. You can tighten them so tight they will break the little balls off. Play with the adjustment and you will find the sweet spot. If they moan a little they are working. My wife calls them the whale. Definitely don't lube them. Thank you for answering the OP's question.
CavemanCharlie 07/01/15 06:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: controlling my sway control

OH God, once again some of you have started a argument without answering the poor new members question. Sorry OP. I don't have a sway bar so I don't know the answer to your question. I don't know the OP's reason, but for me it is price. I can not justify 500 dollars or more just for a better hitch. $45,000 for the truck, pulling another $30,000 worth of trailer. $500 to control it is peanuts. Not to mention the priceless (to me anyways) family on board. I use a $3k Hensley and it is worth every penny in my book. Skip the dual sway bars and get a proper hitch with built in sway control. Equil-i-zer or Reese dual cam are still reasonably priced and better suited for the job. Not everybody spends that much money on a set up you know. You can get a decent house around here for that kind of money. Not, a exceptional house but, a decent one.
CavemanCharlie 07/01/15 05:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why do people have such large trailers?

I didn't read all 5 pages of this thread. But, I love my 22 foot TT. It is so easy to tow and so easy to hook to. No WDH , no sway bar, hook up in 10 minutes and head down the road at 65 mph. Using my 2004 half ton Silverado pickup. Hardly even know it's back there. And, that is with a gas engine that is only about 325 Cubic Inches. In my opinion if you get much over 25-28 foot you should go to a 5th wheel and 3/4 ton pickup.
CavemanCharlie 07/01/15 05:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Water!

How often do you clean your water tank? Once at the beginning of the season I disinfect the trailer's entire water system including the FW holding tank with a bleach mixture (about 1/3 cup in a gallon of water for every 15 gals tank capacity), fill the tank with water, run the system, let it sit overnight, then drain and flush it out the next day. Thereafter the tank always has some water in it, the water system remains pressurized for the entire season, and I don't empty it at all until I winterize. This. This is what I do too. But, I'm a weekend camper that goes out almost every weekend. I keep enough fresh water flowing through the system that mold doesn't grow.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/15 06:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: loading and unloading supplies

Trailer is in storage lot, truck is about 80 YARDS from the front door... four wheel wagon to load the following: propane tank, propane fire pit, propane fryer, ice cooler filled with food, laundry sack with clothes, grocery bags with more food than we will eat, misc. stuff we bought at Camping World or Walmart, anything else my DW thinks we need but probably won't use. Note: We don't pack anything from Camping World we order online, because it hasn't arrived yet! I'm curious as to why you remove the propane tank, propane fire pit, and propane fryer? I would just leave them in the RV. I also don't take more food then I can eat. Wherever I go there is a grocery store close enough nearby to get items I want. I'm just a weekend camper and I often take just enough perishable food for the first night. Then I purchase the rest the next day.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/15 06:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is this true?

spray coyote urine around the engine and that will keep them away guaranteed. just the smell will also keep you away. so just put the urine on cotton balls and remove them when you drive off. the heat will make the urine unbearable if you forget. And coyote urine is available where? Not many people keep a pet coyote and even fewer have them trained to pee in a bottle. I guess that would depend on what sort of coyote you are talking about.
CavemanCharlie 06/29/15 06:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: loading and unloading supplies

I leave everything inside. Why take it out???? I do remove it in the winter to keep it from freezing. I keep all the canned food in a small tote to make this easier.
CavemanCharlie 06/29/15 06:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dump Station Story.

I have camped at Lake Thompson , SD Recreational Area That's an awful setup. Have you inquired with the park as to why they have it that way? Perhaps they don't realize how difficult and messy that can be. I'd be interested in their reasoning. I'm going to do that when I'm out there on the 10th. I may even write a letter to the SD DNR and complain (politely) about the set up. It takes so long to dump this way that there are campers backed up 5-7 deep waiting for their turn.
CavemanCharlie 06/26/15 06:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dump Station Story.

I have camped at Lake Thompson , SD Recreational Area a couple of times. Nice park, I enjoy it and will be out there again on July 10th. The only thing I don't like about that park is the dump stations. The drain hole the waste goes down is covered by a grate. There is a back splash and the grate is opened on the bottom of other side from the back splash and up 8 inches from the bottom of the cement. But, there is no way for me to put my hose into the dump hole. And, if you had one of those 90 degree bend on the end of your dump hoses not only would you not be able to get it into the hole it would not fit under the grate. The only way to dump is to put the hose near the hole under the grate and let the waste flow the last few inches down the hole. Problem is, the waste comes out with such force it can't get down the hole ;using this method; fast enough and it ends up backing up unto the cement beyond the grate and you have to then watch where you are standing. There is a hose provided so you can wash everything down after but, it's not a pleasant site, or smell, to dump there. I wish the grate was removable so I could lift it up and put the end of my house down the drain hole. That's how it is everywhere else I dump. Sorry, if I didn't explain this very well.
CavemanCharlie 06/26/15 10:23am General RVing Issues
Dump Station Story.

I'm not one of the germ phobia type people. And, I usually try to mind my own business. But, I've been on this site for to long and I've become slightly corrupted. So, last weekend, at my favorite park, I drive by the dump station and see someone dumping there tank without a hose. The dump station is in a cement pad and the dump port is lower then the edges so everything has to run down into it. I drive by and don't care. Later on when I go to dump I see the man ahead of me get out of this RV and put on gloves to open his dump ports as his wife watches on. Fine, I don't have a problem with that. Then I see his 10-12 year old son jump out of the RV and run around the dump station BAREFOOT ! It is still wet around the dump station from the previous persons dumping without a hose. I debate with myself if I should say anything and then I decide I just have to. So, I very politely approach the family and tell them of the previous persons dumping method. When I do the man doing the dumping , wearing gloves, looks at his flip flops and says "Yuk, is this what all this stuff I'm standing in is?" I say yes. Then I politely point out that their kid is running around in it barefoot. The wife thanks me and tells the kid to go put on shoes. Before they leave the man uses the provided fresh water hose to wash off his feet and flip flops. I just laughed and proceeded with my dumping next. No one is going to die and I don't care but, after being on this site for awhile and some people on here treating dumping holding tanks like your getting rid of some radioactive waste or something, I got a kick out of this story and thought some of you may too. (Sorry for the misspelling and typos. I'm not good at writing and if someone wants to fix them for me it's all OK with me.)
CavemanCharlie 06/25/15 06:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: KEEPING SEWER HOSE OFF THE GROUND

I'm with the people that only bring their hose out when dumping. And, I only dump when the tanks are full or when I'm leaving the park. No reason to dump any other time. It's just a waste of time. I also don't have a connection on the end that goes into the dump port. I just stick the hose in the port and set a piece of firewood on it to hold it temporarily in place. After dumping I put the hose away and burn the firewood. Why make things more complicated then they need to be?
CavemanCharlie 06/25/15 06:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Using ethanol free gas.

All the gas in MN is E10. No matter what it says on the pump. If it says otherwise it's just to make you feel better. If you think you are getting better mileage using non-ethanol gas around here then you are just imagining it. It's like someone taking a drug that they say makes them feel better. When in reality the doctor just gave them a placebo.
CavemanCharlie 06/25/15 06:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ice in the A/C

Don't you hate it when someone starts a thread and never resolves it? Well not here my friends. :) Our last race of the first half of the season was June 14. But instead of ice or cold air, the AC was blowing only a mediocre cool breeze. We already had an appointment at the dealership after that race so I wasn't too mad. They said they were just going to replace our unit. Well, sure enough, when they tested it today, it was extremely low on freon. Somewhere, somehow, this sealed unit had a minor leak and that was the source of our problems. I ran the new unit today for almost an hour when we got home. Nice and cool, no ice, or anything. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. But I wanted to follow up in case anyone else goes through a similar problem. :) Thank you for your follow up !
CavemanCharlie 06/24/15 07:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fixing driveway/road dip

Even with your neighbor in the way, is there some way you could back the trailer onto the grass part of the way, then pull ahead again and get a different angle at it? Instead of trying to make the corner all in one turn, make it into 2 or 3 different small turns. Sorry if I didnt' explain that very well.
CavemanCharlie 06/24/15 07:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: dry camping/boondocking question

If you don't use the the radio often I would find the wire that feeds electricity to it and add a switch to shut it off when you don't need it.
CavemanCharlie 06/22/15 08:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Refer Fire Extinguisher??

This may be common sense or general knowledge, but if not, a little tip... A couple or few times a year take your fire extinguisher and shake it, knock the stuff loose, it tends to accumulate and settle. You want it to work if you ever do have to pull the pin. X2
CavemanCharlie 06/16/15 07:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Allow me to introduce meself...

Welcome
CavemanCharlie 06/16/15 07:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: success!

It don't get any better than that. :C X2
CavemanCharlie 06/09/15 09:13pm Travel Trailers
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