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Stimulus Check , what are you going to do with yours ?

I know that many people are going to need it to pay bills because they are layed off. But, I plan to donate much of mine to the places that I would have spent it at if I could have. For example, I am usually camping at a local county park on the weekends by now but, it is closed. When it opens up again I will calculate how much money I would have given them for camping and then send that amount to them. I feel that's only fair. Another example is a small amusement park near me called Arnold's Park Amusement Park. They are not open for the season yet and I wonder if they will. Even if they do I bet their income for the year will be down. I will probably send them some money too. Or, maybe purchase a couple of tickets and either give them away or throw them away. I would have ended up buying a couple of tickets there anyway so I feel that this is a good thing to be spending the money on. Try to spend your stimulus check local and help out the places that you would have spent it at anyway. It's only fair.
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 04:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dometic AC unit

ok, the pointy copper thingy. On my unit it was tucked in behind the air flow. I moved it into the airflow and my short cycling went away. I froze my wife out, it was working that much better. Such a simple fix. I like this name the best. I've had to do the same thing on a Window Air Conditioner once.
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 04:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Polyester-mites

Just be careful that you don't feed the mites after midnight or else they become ROUS's
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 04:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gag!

Yes it pays to look at what you use. Years ago a friend of mine did something similar. He had lots of hair and always greased it with Brylcreem. They left to go out for dinner, couldn't figure out what that awful smell was. He soon figured out it was coming from his hair. Back into the house, found out he grabbed his wife's tube of Neet instead.... So did he loose his hair ?
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 03:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12v outlet question

Are you sure that their are no 12 volt outlets anywhere in this RV ? Almost all of the antennae boosters in a RV that I've seen have a 12 volt outlet on them right near where the switch is to turn on the booster. (Maybe some of the new ones don't do that anymore thought I suppose)
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 03:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fire tools

I have one of these Blow Pokes, . It works well and when kids are around they have great fun with it. https://www.amazon.com/Firedragon-Blow-Poke-Fireplace-Tool/dp/B000BYRP9Y/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Blow+Poke&qid=1585950509&sr=8-2
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 03:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Well, They gone and done it

I figured this was coming and got my hair cut before MN started the ban. I'm good to go for about 6 weeks. That is about how often I get a haircut. After that if things are still shut down, or if I'm afraid to go to my small town beautician, then it's just going to get long.
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 03:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Floor plan: Front Bathroom, Middle Kitchen, Rear Lounge

I've seen similar postings, but not the same layout. We have been looking for a small, less than 24ft travel trailer, floor plan which has the bathroom at the front, the kitchen in the middle and the living/bed area at the back. Most every manufacturer has a queen bed in the front with a small variation of the rest of the layout in the back; bath, bunks, etc. There will just be the two of us travelling the states. Here is why would like this plan: 1. The living area is at the back of the trailer with lots of windows. 2. The sofas are opposite each other for conversation. 3. The entertainment centre is at the back with easy viewing from either sofa. 4. The entertainment centre could be a pop-up, or wall mounted unit depending on the need for a rear window. 5. The Free Standing Table may be used inside or taken outside and used with the exterior camp kitchen. 6. The large pantry remains. 7. There is now a good sized food preparation area between the cooktop and the refrigerator. 8. There is a desk beside the door for laptop use. ( or where things can be placed as they are moved from the main kitchen to the camp kitchen.) 9. There is a linen closet beside the door that can be used for coats and shoes. 10. The microwave could go under the cooktop instead of an oven. 11. An awning is not interrupted by a slide and could go over top of the outdoor camp kitchen as well. 12. Outdoor shower and plumbing could be placed at the linen cabinet beside the shower. 13. The kitchen sink, stove, and refrigerator area could be flipped to keep the plumbing closer together. 14. Lots of overhead cupboard space. 15. Roof could be pre-wired to mount at least four solar panels (26” by 56” ea 195W?). and most of all 16. Easy to get in and out of older campsites! Here is a photoshopped Coachmen Freedom Express 19RBS floor plan that illustrates what we are looking for. Has anyone ever seen such a plan? Comments? https://www.lethbridgefx.com/img/192RBSCustom.png I like it. I could use something like that too.
CavemanCharlie 03/24/20 04:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Water damage under shower.

Don't panic. It's hard to tell what you mean but, first, fix the leak ! Then dry the floor. If the only place that got wet is under the shower, the shower floor is still firm, and the rest of the camper floor is still solid then I would not worry about it. But, that's just me. Little things happen. I don't worry about them.
CavemanCharlie 03/22/20 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery maintenance questions

Weekly is to much. A few times a year is good. How often do you check the water level in your car battery ?
CavemanCharlie 03/22/20 07:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: New rv's

I am not sure that the new ones are any less Ugly then the old ones. I think people that flunk out of interior design school go to work for RV companies. A few years ago I checked out a Travel Trailer that looked good on the outside but the interior upholstery was PINK !! I ran away from that one barfing as I went. Actually the one I have now is Blue, I'm not really happy with that upholstery color either but, you have to accept some things when you purchase used.
CavemanCharlie 03/22/20 07:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Impact of Coronavirus on Parks?

Minnesota just announced that they plan to keep the State Parks open. (At least for now.) But, the visitor centers will be closed, no large groups or parties allowed, and everything ; like reservations; is going to be done remotely by phone or internet. (No one is going to be in the offices at the parks) MODERATOR'S EDIT: Per the site Admin's request, I am closing all COVID-19 threads and directing future comments to one thread in Around the Campfire. 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS
CavemanCharlie 03/18/20 04:37pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Impact of Coronavirus on Parks?

I found this. I have no idea how accurate it is: https://www.campendium.com/camping/covid-19-state-by-state-campground-closures-responses/?fbclid=IwAR1nGYfQo72COLSEVz_7NiCSncj-N2BjyEGiewWybE26WdnBpFoxGpmCOE8
CavemanCharlie 03/15/20 03:49pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: FL state parks open events canceled

All these cancellations and bans are designed to NOT overwhelm the hospitals with sick people: if a hospital has 40 ventilators, and 50 people need them - then what? Do YOU want to pick who is liable to die? One point that is being missed by many is healthcare staffing. My wife and I both work in healthcare, at different hospitals in our area. We also have school-age children. I am part of EP planning at my hospital and have been to all the meetings discussing this. 40% of the hospital staff has school-age children without alternate childcare i.e. they are staying home with schools closing. In your example, 25 of the ventilators will likely sit unused because half of the ICU is closed due to staffing shortages. Working in healthcare is different than working for Google, Nursing and RT can't work remotely from home. And healthcare employees are knowledgeable enough about this they aren't sending their kids to Grandma's. I have been thinking about that for some time. I know they would never do this. But,,, if we assume everyone is going to get sick wouldn't it be best to take volunteers from the health care workers and expose them to the virus right away ? Then they could get over it be able to help others.
CavemanCharlie 03/14/20 04:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Coronavirus practical issues

They are closing parks now. Hopefully it will all blow over before we get into later summer camping season. I'm not so sure. I wish I was. It might end up being a year to stay at home and camp in the yard.
CavemanCharlie 03/12/20 08:24pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Spittoon? in a shower Wolf Pup camper

The rest of the RV is not what I'm looking for but, to each their own. It wasn't what I had in mind either but I've reconsidered. I want a small TH yet be able to haul SxS. Then I saw this and though ehhh leave the SxS at home and now will be able to haul my dual sport motorcycle in there instead of the pickup. Occasionally in travel mode I see an area I want to explore so why take the truck. Then there's the whole ordeal of unhooking the truck to unload the bike. The one thing that is a turnoff is water capacity is a bit small for the boondocking I do. My TT also has a smaller water capacity then I would like. I fill up a couple of 5 gallon jugs of fresh water and haul them in the back of the pickup. It helps in 2 ways. First I have more water. And , second, I have more weight being hauled in the pickup where I have more capacity anyway. Plus, it doesn't slosh around as much. (Um, I guess that's three isn't it.)
CavemanCharlie 03/12/20 08:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Spittoon? in a shower Wolf Pup camper

I think my mom has a black and white picture of me probably less than a year old being bathed in the kitchen sink at my Great Aunts farmhouse. That was the normal way to do it. Who ever heard of a baby bathtub? I still know moms that bath the baby in the kitchen sink. What is wrong with that? You really want to freak out. I sometimes go swimming in the lake and don't take a shower afterwards !!! (I have friends that go out of their minds over that.) In fact, I only wash my swimsuit about once a year !!! Let the comments begin.
CavemanCharlie 03/12/20 08:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Spittoon? in a shower Wolf Pup camper

I really don't see anything wrong with that compromise. RV's are small and you have to get creative with where you are going to put things. That sink is out of the way and gets the job done. The rest of the RV is not what I'm looking for but, to each their own.
CavemanCharlie 03/11/20 10:21am General RVing Issues
RE: killer air conditioner

I know that you said you are not rich. Neither am I. But, you should probably have a electrician come out and check to see what the problem is. Tell him that you want a diagnosis and a estimate but not a repair until you think about it and save up some money. You will still have to pay him some money for this of course. Not just because of the threat of fire but, you don't want to give your family a electric shock either !! Or worse. It's a regular system just like in a house. You do not need to have a RV place take a look at it. In fact, most RV places don't have a licensed electrician around anyway. If the first electrician you call says that he can't do it, then call another. Sooner or later you will find one that will at least give you a diagnosis and a estimate.
CavemanCharlie 03/10/20 07:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where's the bypass for the water heater?

Does every water heater have a bypass? Seems like an easy way to save manufacturing cost by not supplying one? My water heater does not have a bypass. I think that because it is mounted under the bed where it is difficult to access they thought it was not needed. I wish it did have one it sure would make life easier. I could add one but, I'm afraid to mess with the plumbing on my 27 year old TT. It still has the original water heater. Which still has, what looks like, the original anode rod screwed into the back of it. I'm afraid to try and screw it out. I must ask, How are you draining the WH without ever removing the anode rod ? It's 27 yrs old so something is working. Lol The anode rod on this water heater is on the back of it and not even on the bottom !! It's screwed in about half way up. There is a drain for the tank on the bottom of the camper that is plumbed into the bottom of the water heater right where the lower water line hooks up. It looks like a standard RV water heater but, I haven't seen one with this configuration before.
CavemanCharlie 03/10/20 07:12pm Travel Trailers
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