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Why consider 12v fridge for boondocking?

So I want to offer up this question out about 12v compressor refrigerators. I'm going to post this on other forums too, so your "forum tramps"(like me)may see this spread around some other pages. Not interested in thoughts regarding space savings, preferance due to fear of propane gas or performance of a 12v vs. propane fridge. Taking all those criteria out, we are left with why or why not. Having said all that this is the base of the question: I keep seeing people use the words "boon docking" and "12v compressor fridges" in the same sentance as though there is an advantage to having a 12v fridge while boon docking. I believe that an absorption fridge is the best boon docking choice because propane nearly lasts forever(at least a month) compared to 12v fridges that are dependent on recharging the battery bank daily. When responding...........not interested in anything other than energy sustainability while boon docking. I also am not interested in peoples opinions on performance between the two as I've never had any issue with any absorption fridge keeping things cool event in 110 degree temps. Just energy sustainability while boon docking. Thanks!
Vintage465 01/15/22 09:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Good battery for Boondocking Palomino Puma 19RL

Just my 2cents. Agreeing with the idea that the best bang for the buck is two 6v golf cart batteries. True 12v deep cycles are really hard to find. Anything that mentions "starting amps" isn't real deep cycle. Knowing you mentioned no solar, but if you plan on doing any type of long term or regular boondocking, solar is really the ticket. Many posters have different opinions on the value of solar, but I believe many people don't really have their solar sorted out correctly(though they think they do). Apart from all that, getting a small 2200/1700 suitcase size genny would charge you batteries up. I run 450w and four 6v Golfer's and never want for power. I think these are great batteries: https://www.batteriesplus.com/productdetails/sli6v210s
Vintage465 01/08/22 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Maintaining batteries

I didn't notice any mention of the battery's age. That being said, they may not take a charge due to age or mis-use. Beyond that it's a matter of making sure there 120v into the converter and 12v-14.4 volts out of the converter. I'm not much of a fan of maintaining batteries with a converter, but there are decent ones out there like Progressive Dynamics. I have a WFCO and have little good to say about it. I mean, it works but I'd never trust it to care for my $600.00 worth of 6v golf cart batteries.
Vintage465 12/31/21 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford Gas 6.2 vs 7.3

Easiest thing to do here is keep the Diesel and not worry about mileage, gear ratios, 6.2 vs 7.3 or any of that stuff.
Vintage465 12/05/21 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.6 GM. Gas

That works too! Lol. But I am serious about the millage,14.2 average over the last 400 miles. So, I do half highway and half city. Thats dictated by where I live. If the site was easier to post a pic, i would. The towing was averaged, over the last disney trip. So, 1200? Miles each way. It will also depend on the driver and if you ride the brakes I guess. But its a real figure. As close as I can tell. So I'm wondering here. I don't use the dashboard computer to get my mileage. I take the miles driven, divided by the fuel used in gallons. How do you guys calculate your actual mileage?
Vintage465 12/05/21 08:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Removing built up sealant?

Actually own a heat gun with a low setting that does the trick. I also tape off before reapplying Dicor. I also use a heat gun on a "carefull setting". That means a low setting and keep the gun moving back and forth. I also took an 1-1/2" putty knife and rounded the corners substantially and the "edge" and use that to scrape up the old material. Works fine, I can clean it right down to the rubber and not do any damage to the rubber....or should I say "noticable damage" cause we really don't know what goes on when applying heat to anything. But I beleive there is a better chance of cutting or tearing the roof without heat. Dont be impatient or in a hurry
Vintage465 12/05/21 08:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Toilet broke loose!

Not sure why anyone would unscrew their pipe from the tank and risk a potential leak. Simply use the thin plate shown or the bolt/lags I mentioned and get er dun. Well, I did it for a couple reasons: 1. You're there, it's apart, might as well fix it completely. 2. It's never a bad idea to know how your coach is put together. 3. If you're a reasonably good wrencher, and if it's put together correctly, it can be disassembled and put back together without fear of leakage. 4, If it's not put together correctly, like mine wasn't, now's the time to fix it right and I know what is there and what I'm dealing with...if there is a next time.
Vintage465 11/11/21 12:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Toilet broke loose!

I had the same thing happen to mine. It is not glued in I can just about promise you. Tanks are generally polyethylene and sewer fitting are ABS, so gluing them in is not an option. Mine had a one piece flange with 3" NPT that screwed into the tank. It was tight as heck largely due to the fact that some type of non hardening caulk was applied to the threads. I had to take a heat gun and heat up the threads from the inside(oh yeah, smelled great!), then I could unscrew it. https://www.shelllumber.com/united-states-hardware-p-110c-plast-m-toilet-flange.html?feed=Froogle&gclid=Cj0KCQiA-K2MBhC-ARIsAMtLKRvb0khxziBLSkzUn00TPdprJTxcOs8GqIDKvxkLvoivw5RnqpES_WUaArC9EALw_wcB
Vintage465 11/10/21 08:07am Tech Issues
RE: best method for maintaining batteries

I have 4-6v batteries and just let my solar maintain them. I have 3 years on this set doing this. So I'm really still in the testing stages of this, but so far my batteries are staying in good health. I think it is a good idea to equalize the cells every few months of use too, but that'd be after you use the battery and have a couple discharges/charges in the batteries history.
Vintage465 11/04/21 08:16am Tech Issues
RE: Made real sourdough bread camping!

Yum! That looks delicious. Well-hydrated and fully proofed. We call that a "miche," a sourdough loaf big enough to share. :-) That's 80% hydration. It's bulk rise was for 8hrs and it proofed upright for 2hrs-ish. 15% active starter
Vintage465 10/28/21 04:25pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Made real sourdough bread camping!

Made a loaf of sourdough bread from starter and flour I brought camping. Took me three tries to get it right, but if I hadn't been trying to "do it by the book" without sourdough bread making tools I'd probably got it the first time. I improvised the third time and made some tasty bread. Flour, water and salt is the only ingredients. https://i.imgur.com/JwW8f17l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Ga7XSBTl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/TIdRIsll.jpg https://i.imgur.com/XennBusl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/5yBGlnSl.jpg
Vintage465 10/27/21 03:36pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: over filling

I've never had city water get past my pump and back into the tank. If if did I'd do what CharlesinGA says.......if that didn't work, I'd put a Shark-Bite check valve on the downstream side of the pump and be done with it.
Vintage465 10/27/21 03:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Please help with solar and electrical questions...

For as little as you're going to boon dock, there is prolly not much reason to go with a propane fridge. I would absolutely NOT waste you money on a factory solar package. Just throwing money out the window. Get a couple 6 volt golf cart batteries, and a portable solar will possibly get you thru 3 days of off grid. We boon dock almost exclusively and rely entirely on 12v and propane, with 450w of solar charging four 6v golf cart batteries. We have a generator for emergencies, but never have used it. I think the DC to DC chargers are a real good thing to have too.
Vintage465 10/27/21 02:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: What causes soft floors

I noticed on mine there is a section right in the kitchen that is not as solid as the rest of the coach. Turns out that's right where the black water tank is...meaning there is not a cross beam between the frame rails for the width of the black tank...about 4 feet. So in that area, as far as I can see the 2x2 with 3/4" tongue and groove float happily over that span.
Vintage465 10/18/21 05:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Meatloaf

BBQ'd meat loaf is the best! It's best(in my opinion of course)if you mix it in bowl, then flop it out on a piece of foil. You can tidy it up and smooth it out with a rubber spatula. I use Zatarain's Creole seasoning in mine. The next day, slice a 1" thick piece and sprinkle it with more Zatarain's and fry it in a cast iron skillet........heaven.....
Vintage465 09/10/21 08:17pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Gas regulator issue, or Fridge?

I doubt if it's your fridge. Generally speaking the more use/flow thru a reg. will cause more singing(whine). I would think that your should be able to duplicate the sound using an alternate source of flow as rdhetrick mentioned. Though I've not noticed my reg singing, I do know factually that all natural gas regs sing under use. I may not hear mine 'cause I'm somewhat hearing impair.......well, my wife thinks so anyhow. You can have your pressure checked, or check it yourself for lock-up(no flow) and for flow. Should be real close to 11" water column when flowing. Or you can change it and see/listen if the new one sings to ya.
Vintage465 09/02/21 08:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Question about solar panel rack.

I think the regular brackets that come with the panels are sufficient. If you wanted to go the extra mile you can make sure you get at least one hold down screw into a rafter/trust or some substantial wood. Or you can also use "well nuts" that actually work like a rivet in the plywood when the hold down bolt is cinched up. Putty tape or non leveling goo under the bracket and self leveling sealant over the top. Don't think you'll have any problems of any kind.
Vintage465 08/27/21 08:31pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Rotating Trailer Tires

Correct. Reality for most of us, we will blow up the tires from age WELL before they are worn out. BUT, if you do a lot of slow speed manuvering, backing turning etc, you will notice this sooner. I did not notice this on with set of majority worn tires on my rv trailer. My equipment trailer which does not spend a lot of time on the freeway, one noticed the accentuated rear wear. When you literally jack knife the trailer half a dozen times in 40-50 miles of during, getting a bobcat, trackhoe or equal on and off if it daily, park it back at shop. This WILL be an issue. Did I notice this on tv tires? Yes after 50k miles vs 10-20 on equipment trailers. You decision. I also have never balanced a trailer tire, not dual wheels. Personal choice on that on IMHO. Marty I have them balanced because at America's Tire/Discount Tire, you pay balancing as it is included in the mounting and also in the regular rotating. So since I paid for it I make sure they do it
Vintage465 08/26/21 08:32pm Towing
Rotating Trailer Tires

I was getting some maintenance on my 4 GoodYear Endurance Tires. I told them to make sure they balanced and rotated them. The attendant said he would, but for my information he told me trailer tires don't need to be rotated. I assured him they do need to be rotated because only one set of tires(front axle)trails the tow vehicle on turns and the other one(rear axle)skids to some degree. So my question is; going forward, the front axle is the the trailing axle and the rear is the skidder, right? And in reverse the rear would be the trailing(even though it's leading now)and the front axle is the skidder....right? All this is assuming the WD hitch is set up so the front axle will have slightly more weight on it. Thanks!
Vintage465 08/26/21 08:00pm Towing
RE: Best Roof Coating

I'll be coating my roof in a year or two. I will be looking real hard at Crazy Seal https://crazyseal.com/advantages/?gclid=CjwKCAjw95yJBhAgEiwAmRrutJItNr3Oli1Y4r36rAp9R8jBgNBdvMEixobP5pW8I8rWMguKeYMKjxoCka4QAvD_BwE
Vintage465 08/26/21 07:49pm Travel Trailers
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