Sounds like your problem is typical many of us have. We have problems with our vechiles, but once it gets to the shop, it runs perfectly and often returned with no solution. Then as soon as you pull in your driveway ... same problem! GRRRR....
The solutioni is simple! Your vehicles knows it's home and, like all kids, it hates going to the doctor. So, do not throw that thing out they hang on your mirror with the number the shop uses to identify your vehicle with the work-order. Keep it hanging on the mirror. And do not remove those plastic or paper floor mats they put down either.
Now your vehicle will THINK it's still in the shop and continue to behave!
(personally, I'd trade for another vehicle).
With so many people on these forums so concerned about germs and stuff in the water system, why would anyone want to re-use last years pink stuff. It sat in water lines all winter mixing with any bacteria and then it sits in a bottle over the summer where that bacteria grows, and then it's put back into the fresh water system? No wonder so many people complain about their water lines smelling, being yucky, and have to sanatize, sanatize, sanatize. It just dosn't make any sense to me why anyone would want to reuse the pink stuff? You spend a fortune on your RV and then you go cheap to maintain it and then run the risk of dilution and lines freezing anyway? Nope, just don't make any sense to me. Use new every year!
Take a wet towel. Fold it up several times and let it sit for a week. Now unfold it. What does it smell like? Standing water over time stinks. Any water left in your water heater over the winter can turn sour. It's not the water actually, it's the "stuff" in the water that decayes making it smell bad.
Simple fix for a common problem: Just flush your water lines and flush your holding tank, and flush your water heater. Sanatize with a bit of bleach, flush and you'll be good again.
Rather than using the hot dog stick (fork type) for a hot dog, you can also use them for link sausages, summer sausage, pork chops (you have to hook the pork chop several times like a sewing needle through the meet .... but it works), same with steaks (beef), and even chicken legs-wings-thighs can be poked with a hot-dog fork and cooked over a fire. Then you can get a popcorn popper for fires also. If you use a wire basket (for fires), you can cook hamburgers, although the handles can get hot. You can also foil wrap potatoes (whole) and toss them in the fire and bake them, or put them on top of a grill over the fire, or use that wire basket. Then there's an unlimited items of food that can be cooked in a foil wrap. Add lots and lots of butter and keep turning it over and over ... works wonderful for sliced potatoes, carrots, any other vegetable you slice, boil, or steam! Then, with that same hot dog fork, you can teach them to toast bread (poke the bread so it's flat and won't fall off). Don't forget about corn on the cob. Leave ALL the husks on the corn, soak the corn in a bucket of water a couple hours before cooking, then simply put the corn (with the husks) over the fire. The edges will turn brown and even burn some, but inside the husks ... oh hum! You can also husk the corn and wrap the cob in aluminum, but it's just not the same, the corn has a tendency to burn.
Anything that can be fixed over a stove can be fixed over a fire, and can easily be fixed using a hotdog fork. That's still my most favorite way to fix food when camping.
Important note: Remember, anything other than a hot dog takes time to cook completely. So you'll have to really teach the kids patients and that it takes TIME when they are holding those forks! Chicken and pork is not something that can be heated in 30 seconds when its raw.
I have heard it said when you get scam phone calls, play along with the caller as long as possible, but provide absolutely no information about yourself or anything. The idea is to keep them on the phone. The longer they are on the phone with you, it's costing them money for the phone service, and it's less time they can scam someone else.
I really like the idea of giving the phone to your 4 year old child or grandchild. You might play musical phone also, put them on hold, anything to keep THEIR line timed up as long as possible.
Thanks for the "heads-up!"
I've never disconnected the battery on my pup, or either of the 2 different TT's I've owned. I kept the camper(s) plugged into shore power 24x7x 365 (except when on the road traveling).
If you were camping in a campground, connected to full hook-ups and you were located at one spot for a month, would you be unhooking and disconnecting your battery? So what's the difference between being parked at a campground or parked in your driveway?
Congrats on your new purchase and hope you have lots and lots of fun and good memories. You've asked a lot of questions, not sure I can answer all of them unless this post becomes 126 pages long! The big thing is, you WILL learn how it all works, and you will have a lot of fun doing it too.
Your walk through class will teach you the basics, how to set it up, take it down, put up the awning, propane tank, electrical, water, hitching, stuff like the ... the mechanics of it all. "Camping" is something you learn by experience, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Think of your camper as an extension of your own home. Dress it out with things that make you comfortable and things you like. There's no magic bullet or no one single place you have to go to for camping supplies or gear. Don't over complicate. Keep it simple and start with basic items.
Think of your pop-up as a tent on a trailer ... which is exactly what it is. As long as your "tent" is dry, there is no need to air anything out, apart from natural use. You can park them anywhere, but the advantage of parking on a hard surface instead of grass is because grass will die under the camper if it's parked for any long period of time. I think that's the only reason for not parking on grass.
One thing you REALLY REALLY need to do before you head out on your first camp-out away from home, is to do a "driveway camp." Spend a week end in your camper in the driveway, and try to live in it without any dependency upon your house (except for maybe bathroom and shower). Even in a campground, may people use bath houses for bathroom and shower and never use the facilities in their camper.
Just remember, don't over complicate it. BUT do have an immense amount of fun!
Not such an unworthy topic to get deleted. I think the question is a fair one. Not sure about your specific area, but CruiseAmerica.com is perhaps the most popular RV rental company going. Granted their prices are not the cheapest, but they are reliable and their equipment is reliable, and they back up any services you may need on the road in the event of a set-back.
Locally, you might check out Craigslist or do some detailed surfing on the internet.
Sorry, I don't live in your area, but here where I live, there are a couple Cruise Americas and I've known folks who have used their services and have had very successful and happy trips.
I'm not so sure about kids naming your RV. In "RV" the movie, the kids named the motor home "rolling turd" .... and it stuck through the entire movie ... Just a word of warning ... kids don't always think like adults do!
Yes, name it! But for the sake of your marriage, better name it a male name so the wife won't get jealous when you spend more time in the camper Monday through Thursday than you do with her! :)
The green indoor-outdoor stuff for steps has been on my TT since the first day I bought it and it's never come off. Did the same with our TT before that. If you loose as spring, you can always just use a bit of wire and wire through the eye-holes. When the carpet gets worn, you can make your own with just a scrap left over bit of carpet or rug. I had to replace one (have 2 steps) after years and years of service ... never removed. I had a bit of green in-door out-door carpet and just cut it out big enough to wrap around the step. Got the springs (extras laying around different campsites we've been to over the years .. quite obvious someone took them off and on and lost them). Another reason to never take them off!
Right after we purchased our Springdale, I was filling the black tank to flush it out. I have this round thing that slips in the toilet valve (bottom) and keep it from closing so the water will continue running. Well, I got carried away and forgot about the water running, and the wife started yelling ... WATER! WATER! WATER! Sure enough, the toilet overflowed and water running all over the floor.
We got it cleaned up, but unfortunately water also leaded through the walls, under the floor and into the underbelly where it pooled. Yuck. How do you get that out?
Got the trailer home and I used a screwdriver and punched one hole in the fabric-cloth-rubber underbelly "thing" and water started pouring out. I left it that way for an entire day until nothing dripped any more.
I then went inside the camper and took 2 of the floor vents for the furnace off, twisted the metal conduit so hot air would blow under the floor, and then placed heavy pillows on the top of all vents so the air was forced under the floor.
I cranked up the furnace, opened all the windows, and let it run for about 6 hours full throttle... OK I used up some propane. But with all the heat blowing under the floor (and the underside looked like a baloon ready to pop), it dried out completely. Also, I found every tiny place where air was blowing out from under the underbelly, marked it, and later went back and sealed up those spots.
The air blowing through the insulation like that, dried everything out, bone dry. I then took some gorilla type tape and simply taped the hole back up where I punched through the liner. Never had another problem, and I learned to always attend the toilet when breaking camp!
I replaced my battery a couple weeks ago. I went with a larger (longer) battery so had to get the new box for it to fit in. I didn't drill holes (actually never thought of it). But I did drill holes in my old (smaller) box ... 7 years ago! Old battery had caps that could be opened up. And in 7 I never had to add a drop of water. Even when I traded it in, it still had acid just below the top of the holes... never leaked. The new battery cannot be opened, so I'm assuming it should not ever spill out. So, probably will not drill holes in the new box.
But yes, they do get water inside. Those boxes are vented at the top and water splashes from your wheels and other vehicles in upwards directions and can get under those vents when it rains. Not to mention sweat from heat to cold and back again.
Holes? not sure I'll be dilling or not on the new box. I guess I need to wait and see how others continue to respond on this thread. Interesting... I let this slip. Thanks!