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RE: Crossing into Canada

Caveman: Here is my advice regarding email: Start over at gmail. Make a new name and account. No dots except before "com". I have about 5 gmail addresses and it is not a problem. I use one for things I really want, and the others are for the hucksters and morons out there to use. Yes, that would be for the best. Then I will have to move everything over to the new one. It was best when I had just one and life was easy.
Caveman Charlie 07/25/22 04:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Crossing into Canada

Officially you need to use the ArriveCan. I used it 3 weeks ago at Detroit/Windsor and it worked fine, though a bit fussy. However, I'm hearing that if you get to the border and claim "it didn't work/no internet access/old and stupid", the border person will in all likelihood approve you. You still need your passport (or enhanced DL) and your covid card. So if they don't, not a lot lost. Turn around and come back. Coming back, you need your passport (or enhanced DL). Ya, I think your right. I will give it a try and if it doesn't work it doesn't work. What about all the people I know that don't have the internet or a e-mail address ? I in a real pickle with my e mail. I always used internet explorer to get it. One day, without sending me a notice, internet explorer no longer support e mail. So my computer guy says what is your e mail address. I tell him it's with CenturyLink and I give him my user name and password (which I have written down). Seems Centurylink doesn't think that is my user name. They will gladly send me a new user name,,,,,by e mail....But, I can't get my e mail without the user name and I can't get the user name without the e mail. :M So I have been trying to switch everything to gmail. But, my gmail address has a extra Dot in it. Some websites ( including apparently the government of Canada) won't accept a e mail address with a extra Dot in it. I'll give someone a 100 dollars to get the whole mess straighten out. No one will do it for that low price though. I'm about ready to move out into the woods of Canada and live like a hermit. Except,,, OH, that's right !!! I can't get into Canada because I don't have A FLIPPIN E MAIL ADDRESS. :M
Caveman Charlie 07/17/22 06:18pm General RVing Issues
Crossing into Canada

I will be camping on the North Shore of Lake Superior in MN from July 18-23 . I will be close enough to Canada that I could drive across. What requirements do I need to cross ?? And what to cross back ??? I have a Passport (never been used) I have a photo copy of my Covid Card. But, on-line I see all sort of places saying all sorts of things I have to sign up for. Something about ArriveCAN ? I tried and I can't make that thing work. Maybe I'm doomed. I only have 2 days to figure it out.
Caveman Charlie 07/17/22 05:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: TT When Solo....OR Truck Camper?

I love my short 22 foot TT. It's so easy to unhook and go places if I want to. You may find that when you are by yourself there is much less stuff that you need to bring with. That makes going places easier. As much as I love camping with the girlfriend, her grand kids, kids, and extended family I also love just hooking up to the TT and going out with a couple of changes of underwear. Just use what you have without all the extra stuff that a large group need to bring with. Just hook up and go !!!!!
Caveman Charlie 07/12/22 08:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sometimes you don't need to camp to see critters...

Wow, None of them around here. I think I would be nervous if one of them wandered though my yard. I'm glad I don't need to have a fence that big to protect my garden.
Caveman Charlie 07/12/22 08:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

FWIW, there is an "Old-Biscuit" on IRV2. OK forum if you can stomach a heavy dose of politics. No I can't. Thanks for letting me know. I won't be checking that out.
Caveman Charlie 07/12/22 08:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Our trip from BC to Quebec city in our Tesla/T@B combo. Pics

Thanks for the photos. It looks like it was a lot of fun !
Caveman Charlie 07/12/22 08:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel cost in your area

I got 20 gallons today for $3:98 in Spirit Lake Iowa by using my grocery store Cents Off Per Gallon card. If you buy certain groceries you can save on gas. The certain groceries you buy are marked up to make up for it and then some, but it makes folks feel better. Sometimes yes !! You do have to watch out for that !! It takes a little figuring out each week to see what is the best stuff to purchase. For a lot of people it might not work but, I check out the advertisement on line each week on Wednesday when it come out and then check the prices compared to other sources. You also have to decide if you can or want that item ! Sometimes you can save on gas if you purchase things like 4 boxes of cereal. I can't eat 4 boxes of cereal before it gets stale. It takes me a little time on computer each week to do some checking but, then again it takes me a little time on computer each week to check this site too. To each their own.
Caveman Charlie 07/05/22 06:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Everybody must get stoned, rock on...

Actually the the city fathers of Payson had the foresight to deal with the issue of water years ago. They built a reservoir that's sole purpose is to ensure Payson will always have a reliable water source unlike many areas of the southwest. Water is diverted from the reservoir into the Verde River every year ensuring its continued flow year round. Additionally at 5,000' we get lots of rain {as shown in the photo I posted} and even decent snowfall most years. As for my yard it is a small lawn {see my previous post from 6/29 on page 1 of this thread} and 5 minutes a day a few days a week are all I need to run the irrigation system, during the Monsoon and less during the colder 5 months of the year. Other than my 20' X 20' garden {4 fruit trees, Blackberries, Raspberries and a few tomatoes} every tree {Ponderosa Pine, Juniper, Oak, Manzanita etc} and plant on our .57 acre lot are all native that do well in the drier years. I paved our driveways and have used stone and gravel extensively to help control runoff and keep the dust down. When we lived in Tucson the entire yard was rock with all of the plants on drip irrigation but then the High Sonoran Desert is a totally different environment. :C Thank you for your answer
Caveman Charlie 07/05/22 06:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel cost in your area

I got 20 gallons today for $3:98 in Spirit Lake Iowa by using my grocery store Cents Off Per Gallon card. If you buy certain groceries you can save on gas.
Caveman Charlie 07/04/22 07:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Everybody must get stoned, rock on...

You betcha! I confess to spending a fair amount of time taking care of my garden and the lawn...cheap entertainment. Happily the Monsoon has arrived. We have had a quarter inch of rain or more 4 of the last 5 days. We just finished a monster thunderstorm that dropped .75" in 45 minutes with lots of very intense lightning directly overhead. Funny story... When we were looking for a place here in Payson the Realtor said this one had a "Seasonal stream", turns out it is just a drainage ditch but fortunately it works quite well. It went from bone dry to this in about 15 m minutes: https://i.imgur.com/YiVl6xjl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/sbMkaKgl.jpg :B Isn't the Colorado river levels so low that Lake Mead and Lake Powel going dry? Wouldn't it be better to put natural plans in your yard that don't use so much water ? Soon a lot of the southern states will have little water and limited electricity and people will have to move somewhere else. I don't know what part of the state you are in though.
Caveman Charlie 07/04/22 07:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can trailer tires be patched?

I've had a lot of tire plugs in my life. My local mechanic says that the insurance won't let him use them anymore. Too bad. Then the right circumstance they would work fine. But, the picture of the tire with the big bolt in it is not something I would do. It's to big of a hole. A nail is fine but, a bolt is to large of a hole for me to feel good about it. To each their own. Have a nice day.
Caveman Charlie 06/30/22 07:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cleaning Water Jugs

I'm sorry... I've drunk out of too many garden hoses. When I finish using my extra water containers, I rinse them and let them dry out and then recap them. When I want to use them again, I just rinse them out several times and use them. Been doing that for a couple decades. Not dead yet! Me too. You must let then get really dry. If they are dry then a lot of nasty things can not live without water for very long.
Caveman Charlie 06/30/22 07:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Everybody must get stoned, rock on...

Cool :C
Caveman Charlie 06/30/22 07:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: My Fridge Died

Up to you of course! Gotta take the fridge out anyways to fix it, wouldn't take long to try it. It's actually not that bad to remove. I had mine out on the floor in about half an hour. Short term fix? Like anything, it's a tumble of the dice. 6 years later mine was still going strong, and I know the guy I sold it to. Last time I talked to him it was still working. Good luck on your repair, hope it doesn't cost too much. :) Let us know the outcome. OK, I will give it a try. I think the fridge will fit though the door of the camper. I will take closer measurements this weekend. The camper is at Gull Point State Park on Lake Okoboji Iowa right now. That is about 1.5 hours south of me. To get a spot for the 4th of July I had to set it there 14 days in advance at $16 a day. When I am down there this weekend I will take better measurements and look for a plug to put in the propane line. After I come back from that park on the morning of the 5th I work until Friday the 8th and then I have a camping spot at a county park only 35 minutes from home. I will remove the fridge at the park and try your suggestion. I'll take along a old car battery and I should be able to tell if it works at the park. After that I come home and work for a week. Then the weekend of July 16th and 17th I'm taking some kids down to Arnolds Park Amusement Park on Lake Okoboji Iowa. It's a small amusement park but, in the 80's the were going to turn it into condos. It was saved by chartable events and is now a non-profit. I try to support them by taking some low income kids there every year and paying for their day at the park. The week of July 18-23 I'm towing an old pop up camper I bought that I named "Plan B" to the Minnesota's north shore of Lake Superior that's about a 6 hour drive for me. I have 6 days to see the whole north shore and Duluth. It will be a busy week. I come back from there on a Monday and work Monday afternoon until Thursday morning. Then I hook up to the main camper again and head to MN Whitewater State Park 3 hours east of me for 3 days. Then I have a wedding the first weekend in August and a concert to go to that weekend. Then I have to stay home for a week while my boss takes a week off to go camping. Then I have the weekend of August 19-20 planed to go to a county park a hour south of me. Then I work for a week. Then I go to MN Camden State Park 1.5 hours north of me for a weekend. Then I don't have anything planned in September. So, as you can see this was not a good time for something to break. I wish I could just hire someone to fix it for me local but, there is no one around here. Hopefully shaking it around fixes it. It really sucks that it broke but, ship happens, I guess.
Caveman Charlie 06/28/22 01:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas regulator

If it's not the regulator then you have a spare. There have been posts about oil in the propane lines which comes into the tank with the liquid propane.I've never heard of the oil issue. Interesting. Propane since it is a "byproduct" of refining/cracking crude oil and natural gas into other products (at one time, propane, Naptha (cousin to gasoline were considered worthless byproducts and was flared off at the well head in the early days of crude oil production) which can contain small amounts of oil. Generally very harmless but since the actual content can vary some depending on how much processing has been done may be enough to make it out of the cylinder as you consume the gas (liquid form in the cylinder converts to gas as you draw it out of the cylinder). I don't think so. Or, at least not all of what you said. What they were burning off at the well head was Natural Gas . That is not the same as propane ( Also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) ) which is made during the oil refining process.
Caveman Charlie 06/27/22 07:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Warm Fridge - Dometic DM2882

I'm sorry to tell you this but, that style of Dometic fridge SUCKS. My brother has one and has the same problem. My 29-year-old Norcold works a lot better than his brand new Dometic. I don't think you are going to be able to fix it. I'm sorry.
Caveman Charlie 06/27/22 06:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do NOT blow air into onboard water vent

I've had mine plug. I did the coat hanger trick. It worked fine after that. I know that what ever the plug was I pushed it into the tank but, I don't drink the water from the tank anyway.
Caveman Charlie 06/27/22 06:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Credit Cards For Fuel Discounts

Thanks for some of the suggestions but I am not looking for grocery stores to shop at for gas discounts. I ask about credit cards, so PLEASE keep the posts to that topic. That is what drives me crazy trying to get information on this forum. Chuck Gee dude I was just trying to help.
Caveman Charlie 06/27/22 06:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: My Fridge Died

Charlie this may be a long shot, but let me explain how I resurrected my fridge when it died. I tried everything to make it work, but no sale on that deal. It lit, the burner, 12V was fine etc but no cooling. I was FT for 2 Alberta winters and it was really cold out. The fridge died exhibiting the symptoms you describe. I bought a small bar fridge to hold me over until I could replace / repair my unit in the spring. I removed the fridge from the TT and took it outside to the parking lot of where I was set up. I then "took it for a walk" From the upright position, I laid it over on its side, waited I think about 30 seconds, may have been longer, a minute or 2, don't recall for sure. Then I turned it upside down and let it sit a for the same amount of time. Then on its side again, then back upright and so on, waiting in between flipping it. I repeated this process about 20 times or so (20 complete cycles from upright to upright), finishing with it in the upright position. I gave it about 15 minutes, then reinstalled it. I then waited for quite a number of hours, it may have been overnight, again, don't recall for sure. After the wait was over, I turned it back on and voila!! Success!! The fridge not only resumed operation, but worked 100% like a champ for the next few years until I sold it! It was I believe the spring of 2015 when I did that, and I sold the unit last fall, the fridge still working perfectly. I figure a chunk of something internal came loose and blocked a pipe, and "taking it for a walk" dislodged it. It's worth a try before you spend a gob of money and a bunch of effort on a new cooling unit or replacement fridge. What have you got to lose? Mine was a 1997 model Dometic. **On edit, I think it was maybe only about 10 times that I rolled it over, not 20. and I think I left it for at least a couple minutes in each position. Seems to me it took about an hour once the fridge was out. It has been a while, I forget exactly** I've heard of that before. I've also heard that if you flip it upside down and let it set for awhile that will sometimes loosen stuff up too. But, I've also heard that this is a short time fix. If it wasn't so hard to remove it then I would be willing to try it. But, I think I'll just bite the bullet and rebuild it while I can still get the parts. Before you know it they won't be making them anymore. If I sell the camper I will remove the fridge and keep it. The Da**ed thing just works so well!!!! My brother has a 2 year old 5th wheel and his dometic fridge with the adjustable thermister on the coils works poorly and doesn't cool well. I think I will fix this one and keep it. Thanks for the post though !!!
Caveman Charlie 06/27/22 06:30pm General RVing Issues
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