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RE: Propane Problem

When we "wintered over" here in Billings in a 1988 32 foot Suncrest Class A, I bought a 100 lb. bottle from Costco, and had a 12 foot hose made up by Tractor Supply. I used the regulator from the motorhome tank with the 12 foot hose to connect to the 100 lb. bottle. When I took the bottle to get it filled, I put the regulator back on the motorhome tank so the furnace could continue as needed. We had no problems all winter long. Is it possible your two stage regulator doesn't have an output of 11 inches water column pressure? Is there an electric shut off valve in the line somewhere that is connected to the leak alarm? (It should be on the tank, if there is one.) Other than low pressure from the regulator I don't know what could be going on. We never had a problem like that. Edit: When I had the house tank filled this fall, I asked the delivery guy if he could fill the motorhome tank for me. He was glad to! Check with propane delivery companies and see if any will do the same in your area
mowermech 01/13/21 05:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Waste Tote Recommendations

Years ago I bought a 15 gallon tote, because so many people here said it was a necessity. Then I realized that most campgrounds where we dry camp didn't have a dump station, so it was useless. It sat under the workbench out in the shop for years, until I sold it for $5 in a garage sale. My point is, before spending the money on such a thing, be sure it is usable where you usually camp. It isn't much good when the nearest dump station is miles away! Conserving fresh water and using the provided (if they are) vault toilets helps avoid filling the waste tanks.
mowermech 01/12/21 07:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Employment VS Unemployment

There is a good reason to do away with tips. Pay a decent wage for the job, and do not rely on your customers to pay your employees! Yes, if you increase your prices to pay the decent wage, the tips will likely dry up anyway.
mowermech 12/29/20 08:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: Employment VS Unemployment

It seems that one of the common mantras these days is "We need a Basic Living Stipend!" or some other name for a guaranteed income payment. Let's think about that... If everyone is guaranteed an income (let's say $500 per week tax free for life), how will we ever have anybody working a minimum wage job? Can we afford to make the minimum wage high enough that after taxes it will pay more than the "guaranteed income"? If so many are living just fine on the BLS, who is going to be working to pay the taxes to support them? How long will it be before the BLS recipients begin to demand MORE? Think about it. Are we heading down that slippery slope now, with the seemingly never ending "stimulus payments?
mowermech 12/29/20 10:08am Around the Campfire
RE: Running CPAP Without Utilities

We both are on CPAP. When dry camping in the motorhome, we run the machines on 12VDC. The two T-105 house batteries will run both machines overnight with no problems. We don't mess with shutting down the humidifiers. During the day, I run the generator long enough to recharge the batteries, run the AC, use the microwave, etc. It works for us.
mowermech 12/20/20 06:36am General RVing Issues
RE: What does it mean?

Years ago, we spent a winter in a 32 foot Class A at a campground near here that was "winterized". In this case, it meant that they had heated water hookups. Instead of using a hose that could freeze, I built a water line out of hard copper tubing and installed heat tape on it. No problem in below zero weather. I did not heat tape the sewer line, and had no trouble with it.
mowermech 12/19/20 06:39am Beginning RVing
RE: NC Hauler

I have seen one post from Ro_sie recently, on another forum/thread (I do not remember which one). She said she monitors the forums, but seldom (if ever) posts. She did not mention Art.
mowermech 12/15/20 07:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: NC Hauler

"Friends from the oops thread". It died some time ago due to lack of interest. I tried to keep it alive, and so did a couple of others, but it just couldn't happen. Jim died, Ro_sie lost interest, and we gave up.
mowermech 12/14/20 06:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Complaints about Cost of Mhs vs Motels

As others have said, the money has little to do with it. The facts are: I know who slept in that bed last night, and when the bedding was washed last. I know who cooked my meal, and I know nobody spit in the mashed potatoes, and I don't have to tip the server for mediocre service. I know who bought the food that my meals were prepared from, and how it was stored. I seldom get served wimpy coffee. When I do, I know whose fault it is, and what to do about it. When I was working on fire bombers, I spent nearly all summer for years living in cheap motels, eating in restaurants. It didn't take long to realize that regardless of price for me they were all the same. It didn't matter if it was a cheap motel next to the airport or a Lodge-on-the-lake for twice the money (or more). The "thrill" wore off very quickly. Our motorhome is more than 11 years old, so there are no annual registration fees. The registration is PERMANENT! So, the only costs are annual maintenance, insurance, and campground fees. I can live with those costs. Also, since I can keep the RV at home, it makes a great guest house! You forgot to mention the open bar! Well, I suppose 6 bottles of Guiness and a couple bottles of wine COULD be considered an "Open bar"... That's about all you will ever find in our RV.
mowermech 12/10/20 12:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Complaints about Cost of Mhs vs Motels

As others have said, the money has little to do with it. The facts are: I know who slept in that bed last night, and when the bedding was washed last. I know who cooked my meal, and I know nobody spit in the mashed potatoes, and I don't have to tip the server for mediocre service. I know who bought the food that my meals were prepared from, and how it was stored. I seldom get served wimpy coffee. When I do, I know whose fault it is, and what to do about it. When I was working on fire bombers, I spent nearly all summer for years living in cheap motels, eating in restaurants. It didn't take long to realize that regardless of price for me they were all the same. It didn't matter if it was a cheap motel next to the airport or a Lodge-on-the-lake for twice the money (or more). The "thrill" wore off very quickly. Our motorhome is more than 11 years old, so there are no annual registration fees. The registration is PERMANENT! So, the only costs are annual maintenance, insurance, and campground fees. I can live with those costs. Also, since I can keep the RV at home, it makes a great guest house!
mowermech 12/09/20 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Second trailer size. Definition. double or triple tow.

Here in Montana, "double towing" is two trailers. "Triple towing" is three trailers. Maximum length is 75 feet. IIRC, the applicable law is MCA 61-10-104. However, "she who must be obeyed" says that ain't gonna happen! I will NOT tow the Jeep towing the boat trailer behind the motorhome! State law isn't always the final word...
mowermech 12/07/20 06:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Toad

I don't believe transmission pumps are an option anymore. Remco is no longer making them. Somewhere out in the garage is the LP-1 that I removed from the PT Cruiser. The motor runs, but the pump hasn't been tested. There are still some around...
mowermech 12/05/20 06:45am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dump Station Observations

Most of the USFS/USDA campgrounds near here do not have dump stations. Many of the State Parks don't, either. Dump stations are a maintenance nightmare which is why many are closing. People, as usual, abuse them with diapers, oil, and all manner of stuff that shouldn't go in them. "Flushable" items like baby wipes are a common problem. Yes, what you have said is true, but the dump stations at the referenced campgrounds/state parks are not being closed, they never existed. Those sites are PACK IT IN/ PACK IT OUT! No dump station, no garbage service, no dumping your waste water into the vault toilets. Oh, and don't put your trash bags in the first trash receptacle you find in the nearest town. If it is a private dumpster, that constitutes "Theft Of Services", and you might be fined.
mowermech 12/02/20 08:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Dump Station Observations

Most of the USFS/USDA campgrounds near here do not have dump stations. Many of the State Parks don't, either. Therefore, we frequently leave a day early and spend the last night at a full hook-up RV park. That way, I can dump the next morning in the privacy of my campsite without waiting. I can spend as much time as I like flushing and cleaning up, then go home. The nearest dump station to home is five miles away, the next nearest 10 miles away. There is no practical way to get access to the home septic system. The final night in a FHU RV park is the best bet for us, IMO.
mowermech 12/01/20 11:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Flat Towing 2012 GMC Acadia

Off subject, I know, but ro_sie where ya been? long time no see on here!
mowermech 11/23/20 01:04pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Washer and dryer suggestions

We lived with a Splendide combo unit, external vent, for a couple of years full timing in a fiver. It worked great for us. When space is at a premium, having a single unit instead of two stacked up was rather nice, in our opinion. YMMV.
mowermech 11/21/20 03:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Garmin GPS

after making a trip from Billings, MT to Moab, UT, following a GPS unit (not Garmin), and having the less-than-smart GPS tell me to turn right down in WY where there wasn't a road (I could see the right turn from the top of the hill, a mile or so on down the road)... I became convinced the fool thing was great for finding rummage/garage/estate sales in town, but I would never rely on it for long distance travel directions again. We now have Garmins with lifetime map updates. They don't show the latest reconstruction on our way to town ("traffic circle"). Yes, they both have been updated. Maybe next year. The last time I went to Great Falls, it didn't show the highway change up there, either. It showed me driving through a wheat field! That was two years ago. Maybe when I get the updates next spring... I will never allow it to tell me to go over Beartooth Pass this time of year. It is closed until late Spring/early Summer 2021! Don't let Garmin tell you to use the railroad underpass in downtown Billings. The clearance is only 8' 6"! Those things are a good tool, but only YOU are smart enough to stay out of trouble on the highways and byways!
mowermech 11/18/20 03:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Considering an LLC, looking for experiences

Why do you want a Limited Liability Company? Come to Montana. Find a UPS Store in a town that you like. Rent a PMB (personal Mail Box). You now have a Montana address, and the UPS store will forward any mail to you at whatever address you tell them. Register your RV using that mailing address. If it is 11 years old or older, you can get PERMANENT license plates for it. If it is a trailer, the PERMANENT plate is automatic, regardless of age, type, or size. You should get a Montana driver's license. If you find that a physical address is required, buy a lot somewhere in the country so that you can say that your address is 1501 Bumdiddly Road, Sometown, MT 59xxx. However, you will likely find yourselves liable for paying MT income taxes, and filing a tax return every year. But, you will not have to pay any fees to a firm of lawyers!
mowermech 11/18/20 06:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome vs travel trailer for cross country with pets??

Some more things to consider: When we were full-timing, we found several RV parks that would only allow two pets. We had two cats and a dog. Even though the cats stayed in the trailer all the time, there were occasions we were not allowed entry into an RV park. Of course, being as we were on wheels, it was not an insurmountable problem, we just went on down the road. There are also RV parks that have age limits on the RVs they will allow on the premises. Ten years of age is an oft quoted number. Any unit older is not allowed. We never encountered one of them, but apparently they exist. We even found an RV park near Everett, WA that did not want patrons to have weapons in their "rolling home". At the time, I didn't have any with me, but I did not give them any of my money anyway. In all of our travels in MT, ID, WY, CA, WA, OR, and NV that is the only park we found that had such a rule. As stated, one of the benefits of being on wheels is that if you don't like the rules you can get on down the road. Oh, and when you get to your destination, please be aware that many rental homes and apartments have pet restrictions. Good luck.
mowermech 11/11/20 11:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold Coffee

It is even more embarrassing to set the Keurig up, press the button, and then realize that you forgot to put the mug in place! Yes, the little catch basin WILL hold 10 ounces of coffee. It will be brim full, and it is likely to spill when you attempt to get it to the sink to empty it. I have one cup of coffee in the morning, which usually cools some before I finish it. I have two on Mondays, though. The second one is during the 0800 2 meter net. I am net control on Mondays. That cuppa gets pretty cool also...
mowermech 11/09/20 04:28pm Around the Campfire
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