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RE: Camping off-grid & batteries/propane/solar

We dry camp as much as FHU. For your first trip out you should buy a Honda or Yamaha 2000 watts inverter generator. When dry camping every time you use electric, your draining the battery and need to replace it. If you drain your battery below 50% rated charge then you are shorting its life. So I would safe for your first trip, have a generator and start to get used to it. Look around your trailer and see if there is a way to use less electricity. After that two 6 volt deep cycle batteries, I have Trojan T-125's are great. Your trailer is small so unless you need the heat for a weekend one 20lb propane will work. I have twin 30's but my trailer is twice the size. Later on if you can afford it, solar is great. I have 428 watts soon to increase to over 600 and as long as your in the sun, no generator needed. In my current set up typically dry camping for a week at a time, without heat, I use maybe a 1/4 of one 30lb propane, but we drain a 65 gallon water tank. Typically on day 5 I take the portable poopy tank and make a dump run. Mind you I dry camp with 5 people. My batteries are fully charged by 3-4 in the afternoon. 5 people 5 phones and other items to charge, ie each college student comes with a laptop, phone etc... Last you did probably the most important thing you can, you joined rv.net and there are plenty of people ahead of you that figured it out. So search or ask a question and most of all have fun! Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 02/16/17 04:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Head Northeast for the Summer from Texas?

In New York. Lake George Camping Resort is a short distance to Albany which has a larger airport. Further South. KOA Newburgh in the Hudson Valley wine country you have four to choose from Stewart small regional or the big three Laquardia, JFK & Newark. Cape Cod Camping Resort in Massachusetts, your an hour to Boston Logan or Providence RI for Regional Service. Also in Mass is Normandy Farms 45 mins from Logan or a small intimate CG Boston Minuteman. Once you head further up into the mountains of Vermont,we stayed at Brattleboro KOA about 45 minutes east of Albany, you then run into small regional and you would have to drive. Bar Harbor Maine has a small airport now linking to larger cities but service is only a few days.We also spent a week in the WHite Mountains at Danforth Bay CG on Lake Ossippee, but thats about 2 hours to Manchester NH airport of 3-3.5 hours to Boston. On balance the North East is pretty easy to drive around. Just stay off of I95 coming and going and take I81 up before turning east. I95 is a mess on a good day. Happy Trails sounds like fun!
Crabbypatty 02/02/17 04:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Our Lemon Forest River just squeezed some more juice

I'm just wondering. Did you energize all systems before signing on the line and paying for it? I see to many people complain when in fact its on them as they didn't check it all out before paying. That's when the dealer is paying the most attention as they can small the money, but you have just one more question. Regarding the broken pipe, did you use a restrictor on your garden hose to limit water pressure? Full house pressure can rupture plastic pipe. FR is a good brand but quality control today on everything isn't good. So perhaps one slipped through. Its up to the consumer to fully check everything out today, not believe the seller before buying anything. Just my 2c
Crabbypatty 01/31/17 04:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Catskill campgrounds

We spent one night in KOA Newburgh. Comfy but sites are tight.
Crabbypatty 01/27/17 04:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2016 3500HD Suburban

We had a k2500 Burb for 10 years. 3/4 ton, 8.1L 4wd. Towing Capacity 12,000. Loved it. Couldnt find another so we now tow with a 2015 F250 3/4 ton short bed. The Burb was a beast and there wasnt anything it couldnt do, or tow the TT just about anywhere as well.
Crabbypatty 01/27/17 04:38am General RVing Issues
RE: More Solar for "Us"

I had 100 watt panels that I took off the house that I moved from. From what I have been reading here on the net is that there seems to be two schools predominately. Trickle charge and re charge. So I have noticed that most who dive in for recharge go with 400+. I have a Morning Star controller, Bogart Engineering Tri Metric Battery Minder and they charge up two Trojan t-125 flooded wet cell batteries. The Tri Metric tells you your battery state, watts in, amps in and what kind of charge. The panels lie flat on the roof in full sun they deliver 8+/- amps with the sun over head. The meter indicates that we drawn down to 70-75%. It gets up to 88-90% quickly then levels off. The last bit to 100% takes the longest. This was with 3 college kids charging everything possible, phones ipads laptops, plus ours and we even got lazy and brought the electric drip coffee pot. The only other use and biggest draw is the water pump. I do have two more panels which will bring me to over 600 watts. I noticed that a fair amount for person here where they go to 400 increase to 600. I would like to add two more Trojans but Im getting close on the tongue weight.
Crabbypatty 01/24/17 04:37am Tech Issues
RE: adhesive for solar panel to rubber roof

The issue is not the bond to the rubber roof, its the rubber roof bond to the plywood. I can just visualize the panel flying off and tearing peeling off a long strip of rubber roofing. I bought 1.5 x 1.5 inch aluminum angle from the hardware store and made an "L" bracket for each corner. Cheap effective and set into a blob of dicor. Then I topped the screw with Dicor. Doesnt leak and now the panel is mounted to the plywood, like it should be. Happy Tails
Crabbypatty 01/23/17 04:40am Truck Campers
RE: Largest Used RV Dealers In Northeast?

You need to look everywhere. Craigslist, RV trader, camping world etc. There is no ONE place. We purchased our new to us TT from CW in Kingston. Lot of listings on Craigslist locally and we sold our TT and TV on craigslist.
Crabbypatty 01/04/17 04:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Emergency Severe Weather Notifications

The weather radios have only a couple of frequencies, so you dont have to reprogram. Just flip the channel until you get a signal. I travel as well with one after getting caught in a lightning storm of epic proportions. They work on batteries. Just google it. As far as tornado warnings sometimes they only pop up as severe thunderstorms, which they are. If the weather folks dont see a turn they wont issue. Its not perfect. Any severe thunderstorm warning is something to pay attention to. Yes its very scary especially when your in a straw house like an rv.. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 01/04/17 04:24am General RVing Issues
RE: F-250 tire pressures

I never run the door pressure which is suggested with the oem tires. I always run what the tires say. When towing their rating is at full pressure and that's what I do and have done in my last tv a 3/4 ton 4x4 Suburban and now a 2015 f 250 CC short bed with the 6.2l gas engine. Under inflation is what causes the blowouts.
Crabbypatty 12/31/16 05:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: East Coast Family Camping Suggestions

In Upstate NY Lake George Rv Resort. Lots of fun on the Schroon river and they shuttle you into town.Lots of stuff for kids and adults. In Va we have stayed at Toms Cove, but depending on the site it can be very tight! This is located on Chincotegue near Assategue NP and the outer beaches. Better for kids another hour south on 13 is Cherrystone CG. Its the destination kids activities planned all day as well as adults. This by far is our favorite CG when we travelled with our daughter. You wont be disappointed. Both great choices it just depends on which way you turn the steering wheel. Happy Trails!
Crabbypatty 12/27/16 04:51am Family Camping
RE: Looking for RV park west of Wash DC near train to city

South and slightly west of DC is the Fredericksburg KOA. This is our first stop when southbound from NY. Quiet safe CG restaurants and stores nearby. We never went to DC from there but they say the VRE train is nearby along with bus tours. Call them to find out & Happy Trails http://koa.com/campgrounds/fredericksburg-washington-dc/local-area/
Crabbypatty 12/27/16 04:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Inept and incompetent at Camping World Charleston

As well as being noobies and inexperienced, one would think that they would write or contact directly the manufacturer instead of megaphoning on a forum. I find most of these complaints are self inflicted.
Crabbypatty 12/20/16 04:30am Camping World Service and Installation
RE: Fasteners for solor panels

I made my own brackets by purchasing a couple of feet of corner aluminum from the hardware store. I cut them 1 inch in length and sanded off any rough edges then drilled a hole on each side. I mounted on the panels first then placed panels on the roof.Once I located them I lifted it up, added a glob of Dicor sealant then shot a screw through that. After I Dicored the screw as well. Two years still looks great.
Crabbypatty 12/16/16 04:39am Truck Campers
RE: Art of Manliness: Prime Rib Roast

Xmas Eve Tradition. I cook up to 14lbs of prime rib roast for the family. Start the Weber Smokey Joe Smoker using the chimmney starter, (no petroleum products) using the minion method. Fill watertray with apples water and good lager beer Stabilize to 250 RUb prime rib with golden brown mustard which helps dry rub stick. Onion, garlic, sugar, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, paprika, cayanne pepper parsley, coat prime rib with rub. Leave out while smoker gets to temp. Place on smoker and add a couple chunks of cherry wood on top of the coals. Walk away for 3-4 hours. Stick with temp and take off when no greater than 130. Tent with aluminum foil and let rest for at least 15 minutes. Carve and enjoy. You get a nice smoke ring, juicy tasting roast every time. If you dont have a smoker you can gas grill it at the same temp and use a smoker box or can with wood chips. Adds a whole other dimension. Happy Holidays!
Crabbypatty 12/16/16 04:35am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Camping with the Sound Police

Here on LI we have many people who buy campers but arent rvers. We have great parks to go to and they use it for quick getaways. With that comes all the comforts of home like microwaves using every possible light etc. So during the summer season you just have to deal with it. In the off season the real rvers come out and its all quieter.
Crabbypatty 12/13/16 04:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Outer Banks

We stayed at Camp Hatterus on the ocean side, left side one site off of the dune line. There was plenty of room and it was great listening to the ocean waves at night. We would stay there again. My only sniglet is that after paying $83/night they wanted to charge me more for cable tv. I said why dont you just include it in the price! Seemed cheap to me after paying such a high rate. Any way I declined and set up my sat dish. Wouldnt you know the guy from the office came to verify that I wasnt hooking up to cablevision! Other than that stupidity I would go again!
Crabbypatty 12/11/16 06:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What do you wish you bought sooner?

Solar Panels! We dry camp on the beach and the generator is equal to packing food and bevs! Now second year with 428 watts and an invertor with 5 persons in the TT charging phones, laptops and making coffee with electric pot batts are full around 4 in the afternoon. No noise no work no effort. Ill be adding 2 more panels in the spring.
Crabbypatty 12/09/16 04:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Mass. To NJ Tpk.

Your not supposed be on the GSP sout of exit 105 regardless if you fit under the bridges or not. Take yourchnaces and ruin your trip! Last time southbound I took 78 to 81. SO Much better than 95. The only way I would change that is to take 13 south through Delaware. If I were in Mass I would go west to 81 South Happy Trails!
Crabbypatty 12/09/16 04:44am Roads and Routes
RE: Best Honey wagon

I bought the 30 gallon thinking that I would make less trips. Well not certain how much C**p weighs but water is 8lbs/gallon. Wish I thought about that before I bought it. So moving 240+lbs of poopy is alot! I now only fill the tank halfway. I use for dry camping on the beach and I have to drag it to the front of the rig as someone is typically parked next to me. Sometimes using a tow strap. SO if I had to do it again......it would be 15 gallons!
Crabbypatty 12/09/16 04:34am General RVing Issues
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