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RE: Compartment door latch

I agree with enblethen. A propane compartment is not supposed to be lockable. That way, in case of some emergency, emergency personnel can turn off the propane tanks. Doesn't take much effort to open a locked RV bin.
dave54 04/26/23 01:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Weird sounds at night

It's a chupacabra. Nothing to worry about.
dave54 04/10/23 05:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pilot credit card needed ?

Pilot is higher compared to Bubbas Discount Gas and Liquor down the street. Every Pilot/Flying J I have seen is competitive or few cents cheaper than other brand name fuel nearby. You know what you are putting in your tank. With the no name discount fuel you are not always assured of the quality. Often, the no name gas is cheaper because the distributor sold him the sludge from the bottom of the bulk tank. We paired our Pilot account to a regular credit card that pays 6% cash back. Combined with the 6 cents, it comes to 25-30 cents per gallon. We
dave54 02/28/23 03:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can the grid keep up with EV use?

California's problem is not limited to EVs. The state is also proposing to end heating homes with natural gas. Presumably electric heat will replace it. The non-highway ICE engine ban. The state wants all electric power produced in state. Currently about half. The state wants all energy from renewable sources. Currently about a third. The state just changed the solar panel net metering rules. This has effectively eliminated any financial incentive for homeowners to install panels on their existing homes. The state is removing hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River, with more planned. These are old obsolete dams that no longer produced very much power, but they still produced some. That power will need to be replaced. The only nuclear power plant is ending its life and will be decommissioned. The state population is projected to increase 25% by 2050. Electric power demand will increase proportionately. All combined, in the next 20 years California needs to at least triple its current in-state power production. Very laudable goals taken individually. I doubt the state can meet all of them.
dave54 02/21/23 05:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: Best leveler for travel trailer?

I used wood for years. It works OK. No slippage. Wood can soak up water. That makes them weigh more when transporting, and make a wet spot in the bin. But they are cheap, and if they break you throw them on the campfire (assuming you haven't painted them.) Now I almost exclusively use the Lynx blocks. They are lightweight. Do not soak up water. Hose any mud or dirt off, leave in the sun for few minutes to dry. We have 4 sets, we got them for free. Each rig we bought over the years came with a set. One set came via a door prize at a RV show, another was a gift. I carry 4 pieces of plywood 18x24 to put under them on soft ground or grass. Give them a bigger footprint and do not sink into the ground. The two different brands of plastic blocks (Lynx and Camco) are not interchangeable. They do not interlock with each other. So you must keep buying the same brand if you want to interlock them.
dave54 09/02/22 10:31am Travel Trailers
RE: tire pressure

I use the pressure noted on the tire, not the pressure printed on the vehicle.No, no, no...just no.:S So if one tire on my dual axle trailer is flat, I should inflate the other tire on the same side to 160, right? The two of them average to 80, which is the recommended. I would be good to go without changing the flat! ;)
dave54 09/02/22 10:13am Beginning RVing
RE: Sticks and bricks security question

Good neighbors you trust. We have a Ring System, cameras front and back, window and door sensors, broken glass and flood detector, motion detector inside. Monitored 24/7 and viewable on phone app. The sheriff dept does not recommend any specific system, but strongly urges homeowners to get one. It's handy when UPS or FedEx makes a delivery while we are gone. The front motion detector tells us someone approached the door. We look on the phone and see the package. I then text my neighbor to retrieve it for us. I do the same for him. He has a similar system. It has a SIM card and battery backup, so if the internet and/or power goes down (frequently) it still works via the cell system. Our homeowner insurance gave us a 25% premium break after we installed the system. Also handy when I was working in front yard and my wife was gone for the day shopping. She tried to call me on my cell but it was inside the house. She opened up the app and saw me on the front camera. She then called me over the camera speaker, told me to call her on my phone. We notify the Sheriff Dept and they put us on a vacation watch list. The patrol drives by more frequently and looks over the house as he slowly drives by. The other poster claimed 'Police will not do anything unless it is murder'. That may be true where he lives, but not here. They post burglary security video on their facebook page and "If you recognize this person please call us" with a reward offered. Sometimes it is a person already known to law enforcement. "We recognize him. We will go pick him up right now." :)
dave54 08/04/22 06:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: Are RV sewer hose supports necessary?

Carry one. Seldom use it. Only if the ground is uneven or gravel (low spots and gravel poking holes in the hose). I have run across a few campgrounds that require them. One time the hookup was so far back behind the site I had to go buy a second support to reach. Another time the site was so uneven the in-ground sewer drain was above the rig drain port. Had to repeatedly walk the hose to the drain.
dave54 07/29/22 10:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Trip report: Sequoia after the fires

We drove into the Dixie Fire to see how some of our favorite boondocking haunts fared. Not well. All our old favorite campsites are all nuked. Even the soil is cooked. I had hoped some of our spots would have been spared or only lightly impacted, that the mosaic effect of many fires would have protected something. No such luck.
dave54 07/12/22 10:23am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

Too many other RV forums. I get confused on which thread is where and when I visited them last.
dave54 07/11/22 06:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire longevity

The Rule of Thumb for ST tires was 5 years max. Mine were manufactured in 03/17 and have been on the ground since 02/18. They are due for replacement now, but a lot of other unexpected expenses have slammed us in the past few months and the budget for new tires is simply not there. I have babied the tires, kept properly inflated, covered when not in use, never drove hot, etc. They are G rated tires, way overkill for my rig, so never overloaded. I am hoping I can get another year out them.
dave54 07/05/22 02:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Credit Cards For Fuel Discounts

Some stations offer the cash price for debit cards, some don't. For those that do, you can set up a separate debit account just for your fuel, and only use that card for all fueling. Transfer money into that account as needed. OTOH...rare is the debit card that offers cash back, and many credit cards do. So... is the cash/debit discount greater or less than the CC cash back?
dave54 06/29/22 12:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: The price of fuel is not nearly high enough

No one likes the price of fuel. What most people like less is cocooning at home and forgoing the activities they want to do because of the fuel prices. We all have only so many years we can go RVing before health and age force us to park the rigs. I am not going to waste those years worrying in fear over the cost of fuel. I'll cut back elsewhere and continue to enjoy life. I'll save fuel when I am in my rocking chair and reliving my adventures through memories.
dave54 06/12/22 09:17am Around the Campfire
RE: Thanks to the VA Healthcare....

I use dental floss. Push it through so it comes out the other side, and pull back and forth.
dave54 06/10/22 09:26pm Around the Campfire
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