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RE: % bleach to sanitize fresh water tanks

If you have the whole house water filter installed in your rig, be sure to remove the filter cartridge before sanitizing and put in a brand new one when you are done. The activated carbon in those filters will remove chlorine, and the massive amount of chlorine in the sanitizing solution (as compared to normal city water) will exhaust the filtering capacity of the cartridge. That is exactly why you should think twice about getting a whole house water filter. It is really a bad idea to remove the chlorine. Instead consider a sediment filter and then a final filter for drinking water either at the tap or use a Brita or other similar system.
JimK-NY 07/05/20 10:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Who's hitting the road this summer?

.... Bathroom had electric hand dryers and no paper towels. :S It is past time to get rid of these things. There is plenty of literature showing that they disperse germs into the air and throughout the bathrooms. In spite of that they have been in widespread use because of the low maintenance as opposed to filling paper towel dispensers and removing the paper waste. With paper towels you also have a way to open the door on your way out of the bathroom to compensate for the large number of people who use the bathrooms and never even wash their hands.
JimK-NY 07/05/20 01:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Painfully slow internet

I almost never stay in RV parks, but the few times I did, the Wifi either did not work or barely worked. My solution has been to use my cellphone as a computer hotspot. With any decent signal that works well. I have been able to do YouTube and Skype.
JimK-NY 07/04/20 03:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing land to live on in DC area - zoning questions

You need to talk to a realtor. I strongly suspect your plan is not going to work out. Costs of land and restrictions are going to be prohibitive.
JimK-NY 07/01/20 12:55pm Beginning RVing
RE: Purchasing land to live on in DC area - zoning questions

I have never understood the idea of having an RV and then buying a piece of land and living there more or less permanently. An RV to my thinking is a vehicle, not a prefabbed house. To each his own, but this does seem strange.
JimK-NY 07/01/20 05:45am Beginning RVing
RE: shower head

Oxygenics might be a good shower head if you are hooked up or have ready access to water. If you boondock and need to conserve water it is not a good choice as it normally operates at about 1 gallon/minute. One gallon is the total amount of water I typically use for a shower.
JimK-NY 06/30/20 04:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Timbren SES

Timbrens are quick and easy to install at a more or less reasonable price. They work well. If not you could also add Supersprings and the combination will definitely work.
JimK-NY 06/30/20 04:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Flashlights

Years ago my wife bought a Costco pack of flashlights. One of them is amazing. It takes C cell batteries but it has an adjustable lens that can tighten up the beam of light which is already amazingly bright. I rarely use this light. It is just way more powerful than needed. For walking in the dark the flashlight that really works is the one you have with you. I second the recommendation for Harbor Freight flashlights. You can get them for about $1. They put out plenty of light and I have never had one fail. They run for a great many hours on a set of batteries. I also like the fact that they are simple. One click and the light goes on. Click again and it turns off. Sounds simple but it seems a great many LED flashlights are way more complicated with low beam, high beam, and intermittent settings. You need to push the switch many times just to get the unit to turn on and then off.
JimK-NY 06/30/20 05:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Water Heater Help

You did not mention the model or manufacturer. It sounds like an Atwood which is prone to similar behavior. Forget about air in the lines. Once the unit has run for a few seconds or minutes, any air is very likely to have been purged out. The first step is to check the sensor/ignitor unit. You can pull it out and clean it and also check to be sure the gap is OK and the unit is properly positioned. Even better just replace the unit. As I remember they only cost about $15. There is a good chance that will fix the issue. If not, and for Atwood models, the next most common issue are the electrical wiring connections. Many people replace the control board with a 3rd party, Dinosaur unit. They think they fixed the problem when the only issue was poor electrical connections. The connection with the problem is the main ribbon connector to the control board. Just disconnect, clean the contacts, and reconnect. Mine still kept acting up so 10 years ago I put pressure on the connection with a 1 1/2" standard paper binder clip. That does not seem like it should be necessary, but it fixed my issue without the need to replace the control board.
JimK-NY 06/30/20 05:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Several questions

An RV has a lot of advantages over trying to stay in motels. That is especially true if you travel a lot and want to see more remote areas. It seems many people get talked into or otherwise buy large RVs. They are going to be expensive, require maintenance, are way more difficult to drive and park and will greatly restrict where you can stay. Forget the laundry. Instead think about a much smaller unit. What do you really want or need? For me it is a comfortable Queen sized bed, a small refrigerator/freezer, a 3 burner stove, a sink, and definitely a wet bath with a shower. A medium sized truck camper worked fine when my wife and I were full timers with a couple of cats. Laundry is easy and an RV park is usually the last place I would go. Every major town will have a laundromat. We needed to stop about once a month and filled up a bunch of machines at once. Even living at home I have grown used to the advantages of having a month's worth of underwear, socks, and pocket T shirts. They do not cost a lot or take up much space or require me to do laundry more often than every few weeks.
JimK-NY 06/24/20 01:55pm Beginning RVing
RE: Dropping Camper at KOA campground?

Nobody is out with a tape to verify every vehicle. Although parking might be extra tight at the visitor center about midway over. You could take the TC and not worry a bit. JMHO However I recommend one of the bus tours. Will pick you up right at the campground and all can enjoy the scenery together as the driver talks about the local history. I highly recommend this and should be some what less than $300. Get reservations early, maybe before you arrive. Tape measure? The rules are there for a reason, be a good example and OBEY them. Don't count on it. I had my truck camper measured at Zion in order to travel through the tunnels without an extra fee. The first time, they decided I was OK. A few days later they measured again and said no. I guess they did not include the width of the mirrors the first time.
JimK-NY 06/22/20 11:20am Truck Campers
RE: Dropping Camper at KOA campground?

What's wrong with the free NP buses? They leave from both Apgar and St Mary's and meet at Logan Pass. There are numerous stops along the way.
JimK-NY 06/21/20 04:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Most dont sanitize water heater?

For the first couple of years owning an RV, I skipped sanitizing the water water tank. Then about the third year, the hot water really stank. It took much use and several weeks to settle down again. I also avoid taking my HW to maximum temperature. In fact I often set a timer for about 20 minutes which heats the water to a comfortable shower temperature. Then I just turn on HW and do not struggle adjusting the temperature. That approach is really bad for killing bugs so I now sanitize my complete system including the HW tank.
JimK-NY 06/21/20 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Why 30 amp and not 50 amp

Why not buy an RV with the 50 amp service you want? If an RV does not meet your requirements then just move on. Personally I am happy with 30 amps and rarely use any shore power.
JimK-NY 06/21/20 07:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Okay How many RV'ers here use CB-Radio's?

waze and google maps have their place but usually warn far too late about a traffic backup or wreck to avoid it. happened several times on our snowbird trip. old school tech has its advantages. I suppose, if you are willing to listen to the cursing and blabber by the hour. Actually I have been amazed at how fast Google maps updates with a traffic situation or accident.
JimK-NY 06/20/20 12:33pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Why 30 amp and not 50 amp

My A/C needs a 15 amp circuit to start up. I suspect it runs on a fraction of that juice. We use the microwave for storage and it has only been used a handful of times in years of RV use. We have no other electrical "appliances" and rarely even have electrical connections of any type. I try to avoid RV parks.
JimK-NY 06/20/20 12:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Deciding to full-time RV with family

I think your first step is to find jobs or money making opportunities that will work when you travel. If so you also need to decide what facilities you will need. For example will you need high speed internet constantly or can you get by with using a cellphone hotspot and sometimes not having any coverage? Going on the road and then looking for job opportunities is not a good idea. You might also want to consider socialization opportunities for your kids. Even at 1-3 kids need to be around other kids at least with some frequency. Also consider how you can work from the RV while tending to a couple of toddlers. Next consider what you mean by full time. For me RV travel of a few months is an extended vacation and full time means years of RV living. If you are going to travel for years are you going to stay in expensive RV parks? Are you going to stay in one location for extended periods or travel constantly?
JimK-NY 06/20/20 08:08am Full-time RVing
RE: Okay How many RV'ers here use CB-Radio's?

I used one 30 plus years ago and still have it, but not in use. The range on mine was not 5 miles, more like a mile or two. Years ago it helped me out when there were highway shutdowns. Now my cellphone nav system does the same thing only much better. It does have some amusement value but that wears thin in a half hour or so and then it is just annoying.
JimK-NY 06/20/20 07:57am RV Lifestyle
RE: Bat Wing Antenna & Driving

The old style batwing definitely needs to be down. At slow speeds the antenna can be torn off, bent or damaged by tree limbs, etc. At highway speeds, the wind and vibrations can damage the antenna, mount and even the camper roof. If I use the batwing, I have a strip of red cloth I tie on the steering wheel as a reminder.
JimK-NY 06/20/20 07:51am General RVing Issues
RE: RVing with no mechanical capability

2oldman, that is quite a list. I did replace the refrigerator in my RV. That was actually pretty simple, but rebuilding the cabinets above was a bigger task. I don't steam clean carpeting. Instead I have a vinyl floor and covered it with indoor/outdoor carpeting from Home Depot. I pull the whole carpet out and wash it on the driveway. Eventually I will just replace it with new. The cost was very reasonable. Wash/wax is a whole other issue. Five years ago I switched to ZEP. That was the end of the work for both washing and waxing. The RV washes clean with just a hose. There aren't even any black streaks. I use a rag dampened in ZEP to refresh the surface every year or two. Most of the work is just moving the ladder or I guess I could get a long handle for the rag.
JimK-NY 06/19/20 02:14pm Beginning RVing
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