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RE: Found it somewhat rude.

I'm just a weekend camper that stays close to home. I've found a small town park near me that has a dump station and no restrictions on who dumps there. I often carry my waste to it. That way I'm not in anyone's way and at the same time I don't have to wait for anyone else. If I can't do that I try to time my leaving to when I don't see anyone else getting ready to go. I agree with the OP that ; as least as he has stated it; that this behavior was rude. They should have been better prepared to get dumped quickly and then get out of there. Even if they were working as a team.
CavemanCharlie 09/02/14 08:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fridge settings during travel

Auto setting....swaps to propane upon loss of AC power. DC mode overrides auto select. IF RV is level..you can turn fridge ON day/night before to cool it down then load it up with pre-cooled items. (Off level operation when parked will cause damage to fridge) DC Mode is more for maintaining coolness in fridge while in transit. Not real good for all time use due to heavy draw on batteries. Once again Old-Biscuit nails it. Remember to always keep the fridge level. You will wreck it using it in a out of level position. While traveling the bouncing of the trailer will keep the fridge OK. I am just a weekend camper. I start mine Thursday evening, pack it with cold food Friday morning and then head out Friday evening packed and ready to go.
CavemanCharlie 09/02/14 08:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacement AC

My brother has a Coleman Mach on his 5th wheel. I do not recommend it. It is poorly designed and does not work well. Any air conditioner will fit in the same space. They are all fairly easy to install. I suggest you do some research and find one that will work for you the best.
CavemanCharlie 09/01/14 11:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Air Filter for Duo-Therm rooftop AC?

My AC just has little tabs on the edges of the grill cover that holds the filter in. It's amazing it doesn't get sucked up but, it never has. I always though it looked like it should have had some sort of wires going across it to hold it down but, it's never had any.
CavemanCharlie 08/29/14 02:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: PROFILE

You mean on the bottom of the post like many of you have? I don't know how to do that . If you click on the My Profile button below my name the info is in there.
CavemanCharlie 08/29/14 02:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Arrogance Personified

I guess I don't get the problem either. The guy was right, if you have the money might as well spend it on something that makes you happy. What do you want him to do? Set around at home and cry . Then die with the money buried in a can in his back yard?
CavemanCharlie 08/29/14 02:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lift trailer under frame or axle

I always put a floor jack under the u-bolts. If you were to lift the frame you would have to get way up in the air before the springs allowed the wheel to come off the ground. That would seem to me to be putting a awful twist on the frame.
CavemanCharlie 08/29/14 02:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Simple Winterization Procedure

I have done it that way. I used enough antifreeze in the fresh water tank to fill the water heater, then drained the water heater right away after. It can be done. Getting to your water heater by-pass is much, much , easier way. You say it's not accessible? Can't you find a kid to squeeze in there and get to it? Got any kids, or grandkids? A neighborhood kid you could hire? Last year I Drained everything. Put the plug back into the water heater and blew out all the lines with a portable air tank. It took a couple of portable tanks of air until I was satisfied. Then I put a gallon of pink in the tank and ran the pump to make sure the pump would not freeze. I keep my TT in storage at home so I kept a electric heater inside of it with the temp set to about 60 degrees. I made it through winter this way on -20f below nights. My water heater does not even have a by-pass. I wish it did.
CavemanCharlie 08/28/14 08:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer Brakes -- At What Size/Weight

I had a 1969 TT with one axel and it did not have brakes. In MN any trailer over 3000 pounds must have brakes.
CavemanCharlie 08/28/14 07:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Redecorated small trailer

I left the bottom cushion because it was tan vinyl. I reupholstered the back cushions. I took the old covers off, ripped the seams to use them as a pattern to make the new ones. I re-used the old zippers. Pretty easy. Next project is a new wood table top that matches the cabinets. Easy for you maybe. I can't even sew. Looks good. Want to make me some new curtains?
CavemanCharlie 08/28/14 11:57am Travel Trailers
RE: RV anti-freeze

I used the blow method last year and then left a electric heater turned on inside my Travel Trailer that sets inside a closed shed on my property all winter long. It did work but, I was nervous when it got to -20f. I did put a quart of pink in the tank to run through the pump though. There is no way to blow out the pump and the lines near it on my TT.
CavemanCharlie 08/28/14 08:05am General RVing Issues
RE: toilet paper

We do not put paper in the black tank, partly because the trailer is used but not moved and had a couple of issues with clogs in the dump line, from someone (not me) putting big wads of TP down with not much water. We use normal to generous amounts, fold it over neatly & wrap if necessary. Put it in the small bathroom trash can lined with a Walmart bag, which is emptied daily. All I can say to that is EEEeeeyuck! B.O. X2 on the yuck
CavemanCharlie 08/28/14 08:00am General RVing Issues
RE: toilet paper

You must use the right type of toilet paper that breaks down quickly or you will get a pyramid of toilet paper in your tank that is hard to remove. Here is a link to a video that shows you what to test for. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDLXXRVe2pc
CavemanCharlie 08/28/14 07:57am General RVing Issues
RE: A peeve of mine.

They are all quite well intentioned and impressed with your considerate behavior but by the time they decided whether to put down the cell phone or the big mac so they can wave or flash their lights, you have disappeared over the horizon.... Yup, and even though you have pulled over the line of cars behind you now has to pay more attention to make sure they can safely pass you without running into one another. So everyone must quickly wake up and concentrate. By the time they realize that you were just being nice they are way ahead of you and accelerating away. Also, with the modern vehicles that I have with the air bag in the wheel, it's hard to bump the horn button lightly. Every time I try to beep it comes our sounding like a angry burst.
CavemanCharlie 08/28/14 07:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Good News!!!

Congrats. thumbs up !
CavemanCharlie 08/28/14 07:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric extension cord - what kind?

I also have the little voltage meter that RoyB has listed in his post. I keep it plugged into a outlet near my bed and I keep a eye on it.
CavemanCharlie 08/27/14 08:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: ford ecoboost

Here is the way I see it...the eco has a rated tow cap of 11300 with all the options...using 80 per cent rule I am at 9000...tt is 7300 so I have 1700 to play with..with 2300 on top of that...truck hauling cap is over 2600...ok here too...where am I going wrong not buying a 250 and going w the eco super crew....bo As I've said many times before, to pull a trailer of that size with a 1/2 ton V6 lightweight truck is not a good idea. Is the 11,300# number what they advertise? If so, that's absolutely insane. Just remember, there are way more factors involved in safe towing than just what TV claims it can tow. That 11,300# number isn't far off from what the 7.3 powerstrokes were rated at not too long ago. Don't be fooled by advertising. Tow capacities are developed by the manufacturer, not any sort of independent testing authority. Another thing is that I would wonder about what many people claim they are towing, in terms of weight, with their ecoBoost trucks. Of everyone that is claiming high tow numbers, are they legitimately verifying this with a scale, or is it just a guess? My trailer dry weight is about 4500 lbs. I'm going camping this weekend and I highly doubt I will have anything more than 350 to 400 lbs of loaded gear...that's a trip for me, the wife, and 3 kids. I'm big into offshore fishing. People go out and say they were in 5-6 foot seas. Truth is, they were in 2-3 foot seas and either don't know the difference or they are exaggerating. And I've also said before, I'm a highly experienced tower. I've towed with newer model 1/2 ton chevy's, fords, and dodges. I used to have a newer model 3/4 ton duramax and currently do have an older model 1 ton powerstroke. I'm not afraid to hook up anything behind anything and haul it from here to California, and in some cases, at high speeds. The 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks have a much greater comfort level about them with the larger loads. It's a comfort level that you just won't get in a 1/2 ton truck. I wouldn't count it out just because it's a V6. I'm not disagreeing with the rest of you points , nor do I care. I'm just saying that modern engines make more power then in the old days and the simple fact that it's a V6 alone is not a factor. If you wanted to say it's a bad engine for towing for other reasons that you could describe then I would understand. I'm just saying the V6 point is not valid. After all there was a time when people said if you want good power in your car then you had have to have a Straight 8. Again, I'm neither defending, or arguing, for the engine. I'm just saying the simple fact of the cylinder arrangement is not a issue.
CavemanCharlie 08/27/14 08:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Electric extension cord - what kind?

Why not just buy a long RV extension cord and then put your adaptor right on the end? Then buy a 50 foot 10-3 regular cord for those few other times. Oh, and as long as were on the subject of cords. I have a surge protector I plug my cord into too keep power surges from burning out all the circuit boards in my camper. Do a search on this site and you will get lots of information about them.
CavemanCharlie 08/27/14 07:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Electric extension cord - what kind?

I would buy 2 50' cords... No need to have all of that cord strung out if not needed. And it'll cut down on voltage loss when you don't need the whole 100'. I agree. You may not need the whole 100 foot much of the time so why get the voltage loss and have to drag the whole thing out all the time. 100 foot cords are always such a tangled mess that you only get 50 foot of useable cord anyway unless you want to spend 20 minutes each time you bring them out just untangling them.
CavemanCharlie 08/27/14 07:03am Travel Trailers
RE: First post, first TT, big project

I wonder if part of the roof AC problem is that when they installed it they did not have the belly pan. That is the part that bolts to the roof and keeps the water out of the camper. It also keeps the condensation water from the AC going outside the camper instead of running inside. After you remove the AC it will be apparent if the pan is there or not.
CavemanCharlie 08/26/14 12:11pm Travel Trailers
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