Not sure how detailed, expensive, or DIY you want it to be.
You can make one with one of those small solar (sidewalk) lights that they sell at Walmart, and just stick it into a 3/4" piece of PVC pipe that has been put into the ground.
A "Tee" in the upper section would allow you to put a horizontal pipe, with a sign hanging from it.
All told, you could probably make it for about $20-25. Of course, you can also get more elaborate, and "supersize" it, but that is up to you.
The nice thing with the PVC, you don't have to glue it together, so you can pull it apart to store it in the RV
You can also get a piece of 1/2" rebar rod, to drive into the ground with a hammer, and then place the 3/4" PVC over it.
Not really sure about whether you can rent or even try the systems before you buy, but how about just bringing some DVD and maybe some board games or cards with you.
I like TV as much as the next guy, but when I'm camping....especially out in the areas where there is no TV signal, I'm figuring to enjoy that remoteness, rather than just sit back and watch TV....heck, I can do that at home:)
Do you have DirecTV or DISH Network at home? If you do, you can always buy an extra antenna(dish) and just bring the controller from your house with you.
You can find used (but still good) dishes fairly cheap on Craigslist or E-bay.
Probably best to try CraigsList or E-Bay, depending on what it is that you are trying to sell. They are good for small parts, as shipping might make or break the transaction.
Large items, such as an RV, you may also want to try something like RVTrader.com , or even the link at the top of this forum (RV Sales).
Like downtheroad, we also bought the 50' hose. we got it because of it's light weight, as DW doesn't want to haul around the heavier garden hose.
As mentioned, it's not for potable water...not to be use for drinking!
As far as a spare hose to use to rinse off the RV or sewer line, I guess it would be fine. But, you can buy regular hoses for a lot less money, and there is less chance of having problems with the fittings.
As for the fittings, they are plastic, and probably won't take much abuse, but if you are careful, you should be fine.....but again, it would probably depend on just how lucky you get when you buy it. We have already had the plastic fitting come apart, but it wasn't under pressure at the time, and I just screwed it back together.
We got ours at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and use one of the discount coupons that gave us 20% off the $19.99 price, so it was a pretty good deal.
I haven't done this, but would guess that it probably comes with some pretty good instructions, and if you are handy, you can probably do it yourself without to much trouble.
You can probably contact the mfgr. of the replacement skylight, and ask them to e-mail you a copy of the instructions, to see for yourself, before you tackle it.
If you do decide to do it yourself, please take pictures, and post your experience. You know how much we love to see these projects!!:)
We've got a couple of them....and love them!
I don't know if it matters what the color is, as much as the fact that you want the ceramic skillets (there are several brands, in different colors). Ours are different colors, because we wanted different sizes, and the Green one is 10", and a Blue one is 12-14", and I forget what color the smaller one is?:)
We got rid of the Teflon, because of some health concerns about them...they break down, and you are ingesting the stuff...and these ceramic pans work so much better than the Teflon does!
I love cast iron too, but these are great for those times when you just want a quick use pan, AND, if you are trying to keep the weight down in the RV:)
I don't know if this is small enough to stick in the oil spout or not. Maybe you can check and see, pick up tool
That particular one has a wide (blue) tip guard, but you can find them without any guard on them at some places......those might fit into the opening, but it's still gonna be tough to get it.
Personally, I'd recommend doing "whatever" it takes to get it out, as even paying a couple hundred bucks to have it pulled, would be less expensive than the cost of a new genset, if that were to cause a failure.
How long were you parked there?
I would expect them to apologize for a tow when you were only there a day. Heck, with DW, it sometimes seems like we're there 24 hours....and that is just shopping with the van:B
Glad to hear that Walmart is doing the right thing!
Now, if people would not abuse their hospitality........
Cooking outside is a good idea, and keeping your foods sealed up inside the RV is probably good too.
If you are not sure, ask the Ranger's at the CG....
Probably not a bad idea to use a "Bear Bag" and hang it from a tree, same as if you were camping in a tent. After all, I'd imagine a bear would have about as much trouble getting into the TC as he would a tent, if he REALLY wanted to!
If you can get a fan that will pressurize your RV (I'm not talking much pressure, in fact, you may be able to do it with the bathroom vent fan blowing IN), you may be able to spray around the windows, seams, etc. with soapy water, and you'll get some bubbles, to indicate where the leaks are.
Of course, a more powerful fan will be more effective....and you will want to close all the windows, doors, and vents. You may be able to use a leaf blower, with a dryer hose fitted to a piece of plywood over the bedroom vent (sealed with duct tape)
Here is what a friend did with an old blower motor he had:
Getting results like this:
Skip is right....the price of Diesel right now, makes any savings in mileage a wash....so why spend the extra couple of thousand dollars for the diesel engine. You can try KBB.com to try and search out a truck in your price range.
As for how old is too old? Again, as you mentioned, it will vary greatly. There are trucks that are only a couple of years old, that have been abused, which are not worth the money....and some older ones that have been "loved" and cared for, which would be exactly what you need for your trip.
If you've been on this site for awhile, you know that you need to check tires, as well as maintenance of any vehicle you buy.
You would probably want a truck with a full rear bench seat....you may also be interested in a 3/4-Ton van, or a Suburban or Excursion, which may be more comfortable for you and the kids while you're traveling from site to site, because of the extra space in the back. Each will handle the trailer you mentioned, and mileage may be about the same.
Good luck, and have a great trip!
Boy, you really have to drive through.....and not stop for lunch:B
Guess Fido has to starve too, since I would imagine that it's tough to feed him without opening the bag:S
Thanks for the information....I guess we'll stay down in the "Lower 48"!:)
I don't remember seeing anything that would cause any concern for a typical MH. There have that special parking lot, so you won't be right at the casino, but I imagine they have a shuttle to/from the RV parking.
I don't know if I'd call those secondary roads, though I guess they are, but they have Casino Buses on them all the time, and most of those are larger than your RV, and probably weigh a lot more too. If you were coming from some other direction but I-95, I might agree that you'd have some questions.....but you should be fine the way you mentioned:)
Good luck!!! At the Slots!:B
I just did a quick Google Search......"RV Side Decals", and found several (well, actually 74,200 results:B)
This one looked pretty good....
I don't know if they have exactly what you are looking for, but it's a start, and maybe you want to make your RV unique:)
Yup! A lesson learned....and I'm all about P/M (preventive Maintenance), having to do it all the time on the Tugboat, but I guess I had the proverbial "brain fart", when it came to the RV....out of site (as in camping site, so the misspell was on purpose:B) out of mind!
I know that it wasn't so much what the tires were on, but since the ground was open, and we live in a pretty humid area, I'm sure it increased the rate of corrosion and problems. Maybe on concrete it would have taken longer, but I'd guess that even then, a 10 mile drive in the past 2 years wouldn't be good!
Expensive lesson learned.....and the Ford guy called today, said the RV will be ready on Monday. Of course, I'm at work, so can't pick it up until the first of the month....and then, it's gonna go for a ride:)
The past couple of years, we've not gone out with our MH, because DW had hip surgeries, and our Grandson was born, and he is living with us, so travel was put on hold. :(
I had only been driving the RV to the Ford Dealer, for it's annual State Inspection, and then re-parking it alongside our house. It is parked on some plywood (under the tires), but basically sitting in the side yard. I'm sure the moisture from the lawn didn't help any....and maybe if I'd been parked on concrete or pavement, I wouldn't have this problem.
I would run the genset every month, as we always talk about how important that is, here on RV.net....but I guess I should suggest that we should also have taken the RV out on the road a few times a year...even if we didn't go camping.
When I took the RV down for it's Inspection, I noticed that it wouldn't go faster than 45 mph....and the brakes smelled like a burned clutch, when I got to the Service Center (about 5 miles away).
I asked them to check the brakes just in case....
Well, $2500 later...... (the brakes were "cooked", pads had gotten so hot, they had turned RED! Calipers and shoes were frozen in place....discs warped....etc.) Yeah, I destroyed them! I feel like an idiot:s
So, now that my wallet is a lot lighter.....and my Tax Return gone!!, my advice to those of you who don't get out as much as they'd like, please be sure to get your RV out on the road a few times a year...even if you're only going down to the grocery store!:)
I know I will:)
Maybe a picture would be helpful?
I think, you are saying that you want to have a straight shot from the tank valve, but the edge of the compartment is in the way. Can you connect an angle pipe fitting to the valve, then connect your hose?
How about just posting the link.....and not putting it into the "photo" button.
I can see that there is a link there (when I put my cursor over your subject line) but not when I click on it.
Now, you've got me curious!!
If you have the battery size, you can probably call around to auto-parts stores, to see if they have that particular model....and usually they will install, if you buy from them.
And, I'd imagine that their price would be lower than Freightliner.
I would imagine that most RV Dealers that sell the larger coaches, would also carry the batteries. No idea about how they would price compared to Freightliner, but you can call and find out.