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RE: Cost of staying connected.......

=CavemanCharlie I hear you. There are so many options these days it can drive a person batty. Or, you can go outside, sit in a chair or take a walk, read a book (remember those?) and forget about battiness. How many years do you figure you have left and how many of them do you want to spend staring at one screen or another? Just sayin'. THINK I was just trying to help the OP with his problem. I only have OTA TV in my camper. I have Satellite TV in the house but, I rarely ever watch it. Your preaching to the choir. True, I have one of those fancy smart phones but, the only time I use it is when I'm so board and have no other options or other things to do. (Which is strangely enough,,, at work) In the mornings when I get up I check out this site. I do the same thing before I go to bed in the evening. Since I see you are here you must be staring at a screen too!! Remember that before you yell at me THINK..... Just Saying.
CavemanCharlie 10/20/14 07:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: DEF addative

Yup, DEF goes into a separate tank. All modern Diesel engines have it. It's kinda a pain but, you do not have to fill up the DEF tank that often. DEF stands for Diesel Exhaust Fluid.
CavemanCharlie 10/20/14 07:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water Heater Question

While camping this weekend, I experienced something scary with my water heater. I was using electric to power my water heater. The water heater had been on the entire time, and was working perfectly. When I woke up on day three, I smelled a strange smell. I couldn't pinpoint where the smell was coming from, so I thought the smell was coming from outside. It wasn't an overpowering smell, but there was a strange smell. About 4 hours later, all of a sudden, smoke started coming out of the compartment that houses the water heater. Quickly, I turned off the water heater, and opened the compartment that houses the water heater. At this point, I could tell that the strange smell was coming from inside the compartment. I didn't see any fire, smoke, or any signs of anything burning. I opened the outside door to the water heater, and didn't see any damage either. I kept the water heater off, and only turned it on when I needed hot water. Every time that I turned it on for the remainder of my stay, I checked the water heater compartment for that strange smell; but I never smelled it again. Has anyone else experienced this before? Boy, if you have smoke I suggest not using it until you get it serviced. You know the old saying; "Where there's smoke there's fire". Now, that may not be true in this case but, I bet if "There's smoke there's going to be a fire" . What was the color of the smoke?
CavemanCharlie 10/20/14 06:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Maiden voyage was a success

Congrats. Don't expect there to be much of a owners manual if any. The appliance in the TT should each have their own manual but, most TT don't have a manual for the TT itself.
CavemanCharlie 10/20/14 06:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: 37 RV Hacks

The trash can looks interesting. I wonder how much weight it can hold. Thanks for the post.
CavemanCharlie 10/20/14 06:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cost of staying connected.......

I am no nearer to stretching my connectivity dollar than I was when I posted this question... I hear you. There are so many options these days it can drive a person batty. My local small town newspaper also has a service for selling and fixing computer/phones etc. They also can tell you your TV options and help you find the right service. Can you find a local dealer near you that can help you?
CavemanCharlie 10/19/14 06:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Waldo Fl. speed trap update

I went to Chicago about , oh heck, probley 20 years ago now. Anyway, as you got closer and closer to downtown the speed limit was dropped slower and slower. The traffic got heavier and heavier. Problem was, everybody was going faster and faster. On the edge of town everybody was driving the limit. By the time you got close to downtown everybody was 20 over. It was weird. Don't try that in Minneapolis / St. Paul.
CavemanCharlie 10/19/14 06:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Check your valve stems!

I'm sure this is all true. You say when you bought the trailer you put on new tires. Does this mean you bought a used trailer? If you did when you had the new tires put on did they install new valve stems? Or, did the cheapen out and used the old ones? If they did the age of the stem might have also contributed to the failure.
CavemanCharlie 10/19/14 06:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help with furnace!

The pilot is such a low pressure small flame just blowing at it with you lips will often clean it off good enough to solve the problem. We have also had good luck on the farm by banging on it (Gently) with a pair of pliers.
CavemanCharlie 10/19/14 06:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Our camper is haunted!

I don't have ghost's but, I have gremlins that like to steal my keys and take one sock at a time. Do you have a Great Dane?.........LINK No , I have a lab/springer mix that goes outside eats wood and plastic... Then pukes it up on my kitchen floor at night.
CavemanCharlie 10/19/14 06:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Our camper is haunted!

I don't have ghost's but, I have gremlins that like to steal my keys and take one sock at a time.
CavemanCharlie 10/19/14 12:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Waldo Fl. speed trap update

Ten to fifteen over is allowable, in most places now. Would you, or someone, explain why this is? And further, why it is acceptable in some areas more than others, if indeed that is the case? Why bother with speed limits at all if what you describe is true? 70 in a 55? 85 in a 70? Well sure, go for it. I'd love to hear from a LEO about your statement. Further, if you drive 70 in a 55 zone, over my hour you will get to your destination 15 minutes ahead of me. 15 MINUTES! Was it worth the cost in terms of always having to look over your shoulder for LE and the increased wear and tear on your vehicles (presumably since you are posting in a general RV issues forum you utilize one)? Just on a practical note, given that 15 mph differential between 55 and 70 with a few exceptions (don't go there and miss the point) most vehicles will experience a significant increase in fuel mileage at the lower speed to the benefit of everyone. I (and pretty much everyone else) run 70 on a 55MPH-posted highway every day. The low speed limit is idiotic (it was never changed when the road was improved and widened a few years ago) and totally ignored. (About a mile past where I exit to go home, the speed limit goes to what it should be, 65.) My Caddy doesn't use any less gas at 55...it's constantly hunting in and out of overdrive and TCC lockup at that speed. 10 over around here may get you pulled over but, you will most likely get a verbal warning unless it's during one of the this states extra police on the roads periods. (Holidays are one of those examples) 15 over will get you a ticket though. I usually drive about 8 over in a 55 zone. I don't speed in town and around here you will get pulled over for a little as 4 over in town. My Lincoln actually gets better gas mileage at around 65. I allow it to gain 3-4 mph going down hill and scrub off 3-4 going up hill. It stays in OD this way and gets it's best mileage. My pickup get the same mileage at 65 or 55 if I use the above method.
CavemanCharlie 10/19/14 12:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Another reason NOT to use the "Water Thief"

I disagree with this. I've found that most people if told the rule and politely explained the reason for the rule will be understanding and not only follow the rule but, bend over backward to see that it is followed fairly by everybody. It seems some of you have no faith in humanity. I'm sorry you feel that way. It's not a lack of faith in humanity, it's being realistic. Look through this thread. After the OP posted the reason behind a decision, folks are still saying "well, they just mean X, so I'd still do it because I'm not doing X, I'm doing Y" - when in reality, they are still connecting to a spigot against the posted rules. They've just justified it in their minds that it's OK for them to do. And somehow I don't think most park rangers want campers to "bend over backward to see that it is followed fairly by everybody". I suspect that most rangers would say "put your effort into making sure you follow the rules and let us worry about all the others". Therein lies the real problem. One approach is, "You are trying to solve/avoid problem X, which I am making sure I relieve or do not contribute to by some sort of accommodation/procedure/equipment" The other approach is, "I am the Law! Respect my Author-i-tie!" The first is a cooperative community working to help each other. The second is authoritarian oppression. I know a number of rangers and have only met ONE who wasn't in the first category, and he had some major personal stress at the time so it probably doesn't count ;) So I would invite all to do their best to stay in the cooperative community and not blindly follow the "becaue I told you so" crowd. More of a general approach really. Yes, I agree, You maybe came across in this post a little harsh. But, I still believe if everyone is told the reason for the rule that in most cases they would understand and work together for the benefit of all. You will always have a few that don't but, that's' life. Most people are good people. Let's not judge everyone by the actions of a few.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/14 07:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Another reason NOT to use the "Water Thief"

I would politely suggest to some member that they don't make this personal/ regional/ political / or anything like that. After all why? If you do this thread will end up locked, and I understand and believe in that rule. See how easy it is to be polite?
CavemanCharlie 10/17/14 07:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cost of staying connected.......

I've never added my prices up, I should. All I want to add to the conversation is that with the switch to Digital TV there is a lot more TV stations out there now then there used to be. Now, I hated digital TV when it first came out because you have to be so exact in pointing the antenna. But, as time has gone on and I see all these extra stations coming on air I think it may end up being a good thing. Still, you will need to get a good, and I mean good, antenna set up on your camper. If you have one of those you might be surprised how many OTA channels there are now, even out in the sticks like where I live. Some of them are even better then cable. You have to be set up right to get them though. How many channels do you need when traveling? If I'm out in the camper I can get along with less. I'm too busy outside doing things to watch TV. And, After all you can always rent a movie from Redbox.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/14 06:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: $300 for 1977 17ft. prowler?

Yeah. Run. don't walk. I just completed (finally) my floor/bathroom rebuild project. I started with a 2004 that I had bought used in 2008, so I was still paying for mine when I discovered the floor rot. I needed to rebuild it and try to retain most of the factory components like the galley, fridge, dinette, sofa, etc etc. But with a gem like this prowler, you actually could gut the whole thing and feel good doing it. Frankly, to start from scratch would make the project go a WHOLE LOT FASTER. not to mention, if you gut the thing, you know exactly what you're getting yourself into, and will have the opportunity to build it right. I always say to people: "You either need to be wealthy, or real handy if you want to be an RVer." Just do not kid yourself - this ole girl will have PLENTY of problems! The decision you really need to make is... "do I want to fix it, or do I want to live with it until my foot steps through the floor, then I drop it off at the junk yard?" Sure, I rebuilt my trailer. but would I recommend it to anyone? Absolutely not! I'd much rather had been camping with my family. Welllll, I wouldn't go quite that far. I guess it's all about how perfect you want it to be. At 300 dollars it's going to be far, far, far, from perfect. If it useable or not I don't know because I haven't seen it. As for wealthy? My first TT 15 year ago was 500 dollars. I sold it to a friend. It's still in use but barely. My second, TT was 1000 dollars. I sold it to a friend. He used it for 2 year, and sold it to a frind. It' still in use on a fairly regular basis. My third TT was 1700 dollars. I sold it to a friend, he drags it all over the Midwest and uses it 7-10 weekends a year. My forth, I still have , I paid 3200 for it 3 year ago and I use it every weekend. I never go more then 120 miles from home but, I use it probably over 50 nights a year. I'm not sure a 21 year old TT being pulled by a 10 year old pickup makes me wealthy. I guess it depends on you idea of wealth. Some of my friends think I'm rich, some don't.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/14 06:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: First Time Winterizing and I'm Nervous

There was less steps to launching a Saturn 5 rocket then that.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/14 06:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Flojet to Theford

I may be missing something here but, you should be able to tow the Thetford Portable Tank using your hitch and the handle on the portable tank. Of course what you suggested would work IMHO it would be time consuming. Well, I do that now, but the problem is that sometimes the dump is quite some distance away from the RV, and it seems like everyone's watching me drag it. :) Putting it in the back of the truck just seems easier to haul. Everyone is watching you drag the tank because those little plastic wheels on the tank make a terrible noise on the road. lol I sometimes camp at a campground that is a mostly seasonal campground with a few weekend sites mixed in. It has water hook-up but no dump hook up. Just a dump station over in the corner of the park. First time I camped there, around 8 AM, on Sunday morning I start to hear this terrible noise going by my TT while I'm sleeping. It wakes me up. I think nothing of it. A little while later it happens again. Then again, and again. By this time I'm fully awake and jump out the door in my sweat pants to see what the heck is going on. I find a whole line of pickups pulling this little blue tanks to the dump station. Bump, bump, bumping along on the gravel road as they go. Looked like a parade. They should have been throwing candy at us gawkers as they passed by. I've gotten used to it but, it is kinda annoying. Your pump idea should work. OR, maybe you could put small rubber tires on the tote so that it doesn't make that terrible noise. It ought to be a law. lol
CavemanCharlie 10/17/14 06:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why is towing my little trailer so stressful?

The trailer weighs 2500 pounds. If the Toyota can't handle that without a Weight Distribution Hitch I'd get rid of it. I wouldn't be the least bit afraid to tow that behind my 1984 Lincoln Mark VII car. That being said, I agree take it to a scale and get a tongue weight. You may be loading the trailer wrong. As has been said, check the pressure and types of the tires. The right tires and the right pressures will make a big difference. And, I say again, if everything else checks out ok, then check for a bent axel. It happens quite often and if things are out of alignment it will tow like crap. Been there, done that.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/14 06:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Foldable/removable shelf extension (pix)

That looks like a good idea. Nice job.
CavemanCharlie 10/16/14 07:54am Travel Trailers
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