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RE: Turlock California to Orlando FL in 12/21

If you take I-10, maybe spend a few days in Cajun Country -- the music and the food are amazing.
profdant139 01/13/21 07:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: California Sierras - Yosemite etc - July 2021

This might be of some interest -- lots of photos, too: Tioga area blog post
profdant139 01/12/21 09:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Long Trips And Medicine Damage

Shouldn't this thread be in DIY -- it's sort of a mod, after all! ;) Seriously, this is a good idea -- pills in an RV get badly shaken and are often chipped.
profdant139 01/11/21 02:29pm Tech Issues
RE: California Sierras - Yosemite etc - July 2021

Tuolumne Meadows Campground is not big rig friendly at all -- I'm not sure a 28 footer will fit there. Going to the high country of Yosemite is a great idea -- amazing hiking, much cooler, less crowded than the Valley. Maybe stay at Mono Vista RV in Lee Vining and commute to the high country up Tioga Road in your tow vehicle?? We have done that many times, when Tuolumne is full. Maybe check out Saddlebag Lake Campground, a forest service facility at 10,000 feet -- I think it accommodates bigger trailers. You mentioned boondocking -- there is no boondocking in Yosemite, and the nearest forest service boondocking for bigger rigs is off Highway 395 south of June Lake, near Obsidian Dome.
profdant139 01/09/21 11:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Chock RV on snow/ice. NEED HELP!!!

Bob, those are good suggestions. But if you crank your jack down to serve as an anchor point without the jack wheel, and if the trailer then shifts a little after you chock the wheels and unhitch, the stem of the jack can be bent a little, making it impossible to retract the jack. Please don't ask how I know this. The good news is that replacing a bent jack is not that expensive or difficult.
profdant139 01/09/21 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Camco sewer lugs out of spec? An easy fix but very odd

Those are very discouraging stories -- it sounds like quality control in every sector of the economy is in decline. That seems strange, since the advent of the Internet has supposedly "democratized" consumer opinions -- we leave bad reviews, and that should alert other customers (and the suppliers) that something is wrong. The same thing is true for website design -- it so often happens that I have a technical question about a piece of RV equipment, I visit the manufacturer's site, and there is no good way to navigate the site to resolve the problem. And the "chat" function is no substitute for good, useful, easy to access content -- chats are hit or miss, depending on the quality of the customer service representative. The companies could save themselves so much time and money by providing the customers with a decent interface, filled with useful info. But that is the exception, not the rule. Grumble. Frown.
profdant139 01/02/21 10:06am Tech Issues
Camco sewer lugs out of spec? An easy fix but very odd

I just got one of these little fixtures: https://i.imgur.com/ScVCzlzl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. I was surprised that the lugs, those nubs that slip into the bayonet fitting, were out of spec -- just a fraction of a millimeter too fat. The lugs on all my other sewer hardware (Valterra and Rhino) fit just fine into the various bayonet items that I own. But the Camco didn't. I took a calipers (caliper singular??) and measured the lugs -- sure enough, the Camcos were wider than all of the others. Fortunately, the fix was easy -- I used a flat file to reduce the circumference of the four lugs. It took about a half hour of filing, and trying the fit, and filing some more. Eventually, it worked just fine. But here are my questions (and you knew they were coming) -- aren't these items designed and manufactured to be interchangeable? Isn't anyone in China (where this was made) in charge of quality control? Don't they test these items out before they are mass-produced? This is emphatically NOT a China rant -- whether we like it or not, they are the world's manufacturer for the foreseeable future. Instead, this is about the company's puzzling failure to act in its own self-interest -- isn't it cheaper to do it right the first time, rather than to wait for a wave of consumer complaints?? This is not rocket science.
profdant139 01/01/21 05:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Fresh h2o backing up and overflowing fresh h2o holding tank

One other low-tech possibility -- if the flexible fill tubes run under the dinette seats, and if someone has put bulky cargo items into the storage hatch below the seat, and if that cargo bends the fill tube upward, then water may shoot out of that fill tube when you are trying to fill your tank, thus soaking your pants. Remove the offending cargo and try it again after changing your pants. Please don't ask how I know this.
profdant139 01/01/21 09:19am Tech Issues
RE: Trip report: Boondocking in Mojave Desert -- blog post

Thanks for all of the kind words! JDC correctly mentioned that 85 percent of the folks see nothing but "nothingness." Sadly, for many years we were among the 85 percent who had just driven through the Mojave Desert, going to and from Utah, never thinking about stopping in all of that nothingness. And then we tried it, basically because we were forced into it -- because of Covid, there was literally nothing available other than boondocking on BLM land. What did we find? Nothingness -- but a great kind of nothingness. Silence. Isolation. Huge horizons and astonishing stars. We'll be back, for sure. (But only in cool weather.). ;)
profdant139 12/28/20 07:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Trip report: Boondocking in Mojave Desert -- blog post

We took a quick trip to the desert -- boondocking at Kelso Dunes. Here's a link to our blog post: Mojave Desert blog post
profdant139 12/27/20 04:51pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How about THIS instead of using more and more energy?

Someday, home insulation will drive the market for aerogels -- if there is a way to retrofit existing homes with blow-in aerogel (inside the walls and between the studs), that is a multi-billion dollar market. The RV market will be a fraction of the bigger market.
profdant139 12/27/20 09:53am Tech Issues
RE: Flojet macerator: is it reliable? Maintenance issues?

Well, I have unboxed it and am examining the contents of the package. And to answer my own questions, yes, there are procedures in the manual for repairs and maintenance to be conducted by the end user. But they are not simple tasks -- this is not something I will do until I have to. As far as I can see, there is no required annual maintenance. The instructions do not expressly say "this can be powered directly by an ordinary deep cycle battery." But since it requires a 12 volt power source, and it is designed for RVs, I think the answer is yes, direct-to-battery is OK. They also say that if the cable run to the battery is more than 10 feet, use 10 gauge wire, rather than the 12 gauge wire that they provide. Finally, they say that if you use alligator clips (presumably to the battery??), they have to be rated at 20 amps. So don't use a spare pair of flimsy clamps (which is what I was planning to do until I read the little manual carefully). ;)
profdant139 12/26/20 04:44pm Tech Issues
RE: How about THIS instead of using more and more energy?

Very cool (no pun intended)! Really a game changer, if it can be produced in commercially viable quantities and at a reasonable price point. If I recall correctly, similar materials were used in some of the "asteroid flyby" missions, in order to cushion the impact of space particles that were being gathered by the spacecraft. But I had no idea that aerogels could be insulators.
profdant139 12/26/20 04:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Flojet macerator: is it reliable? Maintenance issues?

mtofell, thanks for that tip -- I did not realize that the "guts" of the machine would be accessible without disassembly. And yes, we have no intention of getting rid of our dear old slinky. I will use the Flojet at home (because the slinky won't work uphill), but we will use the slinky while traveling.
profdant139 12/26/20 10:15am Tech Issues
RE: Flojet macerator: is it reliable? Maintenance issues?

Does anyone know if the manufacturer recommends maintenance at a specified interval? My macerator just arrived today -- probably won't get to unbox it tomorrow due to family obligations. Maybe the manual will shed some light on maintenance requirements. It's really quite a reflection on the mindset of an RV enthusiast that I am so excited about this sewer pump. I am sure that most non-RV folks would think that I have lost my mind. But by making it easy to clean out the tanks at home, this new toy will mean that we can much more easily use the trailer as a "guest room" when we have company visiting us. And we can stop using public dumps as frequently as we used to. OK, back to holiday preparations!!
profdant139 12/24/20 09:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Merry Christmas!

Back at ya, Barney, and thanks for all that you do for us! Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year!
profdant139 12/24/20 09:37pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Flojet macerator: is it reliable? Maintenance issues?

Thanks, OB!
profdant139 12/21/20 01:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Flojet macerator: is it reliable? Maintenance issues?

9/32?? What an odd choice by the designers -- not a quarter or five-sixteenths? Very few standard wrench sets include a 9/32 wrench. Oh, well. If I ever have the need to do that repair, I'll use your workaround!
profdant139 12/21/20 09:44am Tech Issues
RE: Flojet macerator: is it reliable? Maintenance issues?

More great tips -- thanks! I especially like the idea of giving the impeller a little twist before each use. I wonder how I am going to remember to do that each time. A checklist will help -- I have a lot of those for a variety of situations. But then, of course, there is the problem of remembering to check the checklist.
profdant139 12/20/20 08:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Flojet macerator: is it reliable? Maintenance issues?

Thanks for the info!! Old Biscuit, is that disassembly job easy or difficult? (Sometimes, manufacturers intentionally make it hard for the consumer to take a device apart, probably to discourage the users from fouling up the works with improper techniques.) Also, is the yearly maintenance "messy" (if you know what I mean)? Or does proper rinsing at the end of each use solve that problem?
profdant139 12/20/20 01:52pm Tech Issues
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