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RE: Fool Proof Prime Rib

propchef 03/21/21 06:32am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Best time to buy new?

It depends on what you're looking for. A Super C or Class A? Short supply. TTs? Tons of them unless you're stuck on one particular TT, and even then a patient buyer can find deals. Be willing to buy from a distance and not relying on RV Trader expands your choices. Know what floor plan you want and have a budget that includes EVERYTHING, including replacing the mattress or upgrading the suspension if that's your plan. "35% off MSRP" is useless if you leave the lot and you still have to spend to get "camp ready"
propchef 03/17/21 03:22pm Beginning RVing
RE: Dutch Oven Sweet Biscuits (Scones)

propchef 03/16/21 09:02am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Boondocking Etiquette

This *is* the "Beginning RV" section. Maybe a little gentle education rather than ridicule? Unless, of course, you're just doing it to entertain yourself, in which case, carry on. Karma is always watching. Maybe someone should post the Official RV Dictionary in this thread to help out the newbs, myself included. That way I won't embarrass myself.
propchef 03/12/21 01:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: Boondocking Etiquette

Grit Dog, If by pompous and/or self-righteous you mean those that refuse to think of lot-docking and black-topping as boondocking instead of dry camping, then you could well be correct. People have gotten away from the old fashion thinking of "words have meanings" if favor of "any word means what I want it to and if you don't understand it's your fault". Recently someone asked me if there was anyplace to boondock near where we live and I told him there was not. He said he was surprised that there were no Walmart or other. To which I replied that there were plenty of places they could over-night-park for free, but those sure were not boondocks. If someone has a different definition, he is welcome to it but he should have no expectation of his private meaning being universally understood. Matt You understand you're talking about slang, jargon, and lingo, right? The meaning of which is literally words or expressions used in particular situations or professions that are hard for everyday people to immediately understand. If you are demanding that everyone use the literal definition of a word then you're using "boondock" incorrectly, and "boondocking" isn't even a word. Neither is "lot-docking" or "black-topping." Making a noun a gerund does not make it a verb. You knew what they meant, you were being intentionally obtuse.
propchef 03/11/21 04:24pm Beginning RVing
RE: Need Feedback on 2021 Vibe 28RL - Please

Heavy kitchen on a slide is a non-starter for me. $.02
propchef 03/11/21 07:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Exterior/Interior coatings on new travel trailers

You'd probably be better off having a local detailer do ceramic coating on it and pocket the savings. Or, if you're feeling froggy, ceramic coat it yourself and buy a new bbq! This right here.
propchef 03/10/21 07:13am Travel Trailers
RE: CC&R dated 1973 says no RVs, trailers, boats can be stored

My question would be, "If there is no HOA, who is she going to complain to?" And who is going to enforce it? This. I was the president of my HOA and I can tell you that even with an active HOA, enforcing these covenants are difficult. They cannot themselves remove it, the only thing they can do is fine you, which typically goes against the property in the form of a lien. Yes, people may complain but in reality, there's very little they can do, especially since you can show the covenants haven't been enforced. The developers put covenants in place, and depending on the state, the defacto HOA is turned over to the residents at some pre-determined sales level (75% sold, 90% sold, etc). If there is no active HOA board, it may be that at some point the HOA was dissolved or abandoned. How are the common areas maintained? Who pays for that? Is there an HOA assessment? Where does that money go? We will never live in another HOA community. The story about "protecting property values" is complete BS. We had a covenant against "trucks" that was originally written to specifically to ban WORK trucks with logos and equipment, but it was (illegally) expanded to include ALL trucks, even brand new ones (like mine). But it was OK to keep a POS 20 year-old rust bucket of a Buick Regal that was never washed. You should have heard the arguments when I told them that body-on-frame SUVs were classified as trucks and had to go. That was a fun meeting.
propchef 02/22/21 07:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Lance Travel Trailer v. Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailer

Seems Lance is experiencing sagging suspensions in the non-lifted versions of the 1575 and 1475, with some TTs experiencing rubbing when the TT is loaded and with water (not over the published capacities). The problem as I see it with lighter frames is capacity. The capacity of the Lance 1985 is just over 1900 lbs, the carry capacity ORV 22FQS is 3800 lbs. That's where your heavy frame comes in and is a big plus in my book. YMMV
propchef 02/21/21 05:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Lance Travel Trailer v. Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailer

Just get a functional floorplan that you both like and keep a mobile RV tech on speed dial. I'm also retired and just the wife and I camping with our Border collie. We actually upsized our trailer for longer excursions and extra comforts. Lance makes a quality trailer but their floorplans were on the small side for us but could make perfect sense for someone with little towing experience and wants to travel more compact. Hope you find something you both enjoy. Thanks. As others note, the Lance, while probably the best from interior materials and wall construction standpoint, the layouts are cramped (for us). We really like a lot of things about the Lance, but it likely won't be the one we go with. I just can't justify spending that kind of money and not getting a layout we like. All of these manufacturers use the same equipment: heaters, refrigerators, electronics (Furrion or Jensen), water heaters, etc. and they're all barely adequate showing the same issues across all major brands of TTs. While we're new to modern TTs, I'm not starting from zero. When my kids were small we had a Coleman pop-up we loved, and as a working chef I towed a 32' x 8' commercial kitchen trailer with two AC units, 2- 100lb propane tanks and a generator on the tongue, freezer, fridge, 3-compartment sink, commercial stove, oven, grill, etc. It was a heavy beast that I pulled with a Ram 2500 Hemi. I took that trailer all over Florida and brought it to CA when we moved. It now resides in Hawai'i. It was my experience with that trailer that taught me a lot about trailer suspensions and loading. I simply won't own a 7-9k lb TT with only leaf springs and no dampers. Just the shackle design alone makes me run away, which is why we like the Lance and the ORV.
propchef 02/20/21 06:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Lance Travel Trailer v. Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailer

I own an ORV and no way is the quality on par with Lance. I've walked around and through many Lance products and while they have some quirky ideas the overall fit and finish is above ORV. Walk on an ORV roof and it will flex too. 3/8" ply is not that strong. Lance roofs are now slightly crowned and have no attic where mold can grow. They also use Azdel and are less susceptible to delam and mold in the walls. Lance uses GY tires but has torsion axles. They're not apples to apples. ORV is designed for a different clientele. Fair points, especially about the lamination process but I'm not sure I agree with the last sentence. How do you think the market demographic varies? We're looking for a couples TT that has good counter space (eliminates Lance right away) and is under 30 ft. The suspension is another big seller for me, since we will be pulling long distances on a regular basis. Yes, the torsion setup is far better than the cheap leaf springs that come on most TTs, but it's still suspension tech from the 50's. I think Hyundai was one of the last major manufacturers to use it in modern cars (in the Elantra). The downfall to most TTs is the suspension. The constant harsh jarring is terrible for everything from the leaf spring hangars to the exterior door. I want to mitigate that as much as possible. We're still considering the Lance, but we like the interior layout of the ORV much better.
propchef 02/19/21 10:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Air Fryer Polenta Fries

Air fryers and Instant Pot Duo or Ninja Foodi ? Which is the best all round favorite and why? All have their strengths and weaknesses. We use an Instant Pot Duo and we love it. The only thing it doesn't do is air fry which is a fad and really just an oven with a strong fan. I can do the same thing with my counter-top Kitchenaid oven. One of my favorite things about the IP is that I can pull stuff from the freezer last minute and have dinner ready in under an hour. The Instant Pot and Ninja are mostly the same, and AllClad makes an electronic cooker like this as well. Air-fryers are single-taskers, where the Instant Pot and Ninja are multi-taskers that can include air-fry depending on the model.
propchef 02/19/21 07:15am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Lance Travel Trailer v. Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailer

OP should look at Outdoors RV. They're on the same level of quality as Lance but (IMO) have better floor plans and standard features. The fact that ORV comes standard with MorRyde suspension and Goodyear tires sets them apart and is a huge plus for me. Several models come standard with solar and are prepped to easily add more. The Lance has better options with interior choices and galley equipment. I don't like the Lance roof because it's flat and thin and is prone to flex when you're up there working on it. I really don't see how 1.5 of compressed foam is better than a truss system with pink insulation. Neither is really "4 season" and each has positives and negatives. The Lance is certainly lighter. The ORV, like their sister company Artic Fox, are some of the heaviest modern TTs out there because ORV assumes some use off of paved roads. The Transcend is the "entry-level" at GD with aluminum sides and the Imagine is the upper-end model with laminated walls and full walk-on roofs (all the GDs have the same roof structure). For the money, the GD is a great value. We've compared the GD, the Forest River and the Lance all at the same time. I don't see how anyone spends money on anything by FR, the fit and finish is terrible. My rankings: ORV Titanium>Lance>GD>anything by Forest River dead last
propchef 02/19/21 06:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Beyond the Boil: More Low Country Cuisine

As a Southern boy and a chef, the Lowcountry and Gullah is one of my favorite cuisines to cook and is the only true American cuisine. Rice, sesame (benne), okra, sweet potatoes, and local seafood are the stars! These are two of the recipes I teach in my Southern Foods class. NOTE: the proper mayo for ANY Southern dish is Dukes. Period. :-) Pimento Cheese 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated with a food processor or hand grater (not pre-grated) 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, finely diced 3 tablespoons Duke’s, Hellmann’s or other high-quality store-bought mayonnaise ½ teaspoon dried red chile flakes Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Combine all ingredients and season to taste. Adapted from Matt and Ted Lee, Charleston, SC Cooked Greens 1 lb cured pork shoulder, bacon, or streak-of-lean. 3 quarts water 3 pounds greens such as mustard, collards, or dandelion Salt and pepper to taste Various vinegars and/or hot sauces as condiments Add the pork to the water and cook for at least 90 minutes or until meat is quite tender. Remove the meat from the stock and discard. Add the greens and cook for 25-30 minutes. Greens should be tender but not overcooked. DO NOT COVER while cooking as this will make your greens turn very dark. Edna Lewis, In Pursuit of Flavor
propchef 02/13/21 05:02am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Chicken Bog

Once you get some knife skills and a decent food processor you whip up a homemade meal in the same amount of time it takes to do box dinners. And for far less $$
propchef 02/13/21 04:52am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Have to wonder how this will effect the EV aficionados

I'm going to weigh in on solar. I have an all-electric, 3,000 square foot home. I have no electric bill. I have a plug-in Prius. I will soon have an electric car, replacing the Prius. I have not paid for electricity in over 8 years. PG&E actually owes me money (which I do not care about). I have an 8.2K solar system on my roof. With net metering and grid connectivity, I do not worry about anything. Power outage? I just start my Honda generator I have for camping. My initial investment was $15,000. My return on investment (ROI) was just over 4 years (50 months). I will have saved over $100,000 in electric costs in 25 years (plus any increases of PG&E Costs). My system will last in excess of 40 years. All parts are warrantied for 25 years. Panasonic, the panel manufacture, has been around since 1918, so I do not see them disappearing anytime soon. Enphase, the micro-inverter manufacture, is a worldwide Fortune 500 corporation. There is no maintenance per se. I hook my RV brush to a hose. Climb up my extension ladder and brush off the dust and dirt twice a year. It takes less than 10 minutes. I can monitor each panel separately through my phone or computers. If I ever needed to replace a panel or micro-inverter, it requires removing 4 nuts and unplugging the panel. Yes....it is that simple. 95% of solar panels are recyclable, more than a car. Solar is here to stay. Electric cars will become the norm. It may take some time, but, it will happen. Somewhere along the line, a newer source of energy will replace solar, hydro, wind, fossil fuels, geo thermal, ect. My guess is hydrogen. So where does your electricity come from when the sun isn't up? And more importantly, who pays for it? You do realize the actual fuel is only a small part of the cost of providing a KWH at a house. Effectively, your neighbors are subsidizing your electric bill. When houses with solar are 0.1% of houses, govt initiatives like this work because they are so small as to be irrelevant. Germany has taken it further and now has electric prices that are around 3-4 times as high as the USA. Australia is facing blackouts when the sun doesn't shine. They are then buying large battery banks at huge expense because the spot price of electricity has gone crazy as they give solar first dibs to sell power undermining traditional plants, so it artificially creates higher prices from traditional plants. So far lots of folks saying the article is wrong but not providing any factual data to refute it. Like a camper, it likely comes from batteries. The TESLA walls are more than capable of providing power for about a week from a stored charge. f he depletes his batteries, then he goes to the grid, which he pays for. Renewable is more than individual rooftop solar. There are solar and wind "power plants" in TX and CA. TX in particular (NOT Ca, go figure) leads in alternate, renewable sources of power, with WIND exceeding nuclear power generation in TX by a factor of more than 2x. Solar seems to be around 1% but is growing quickly as costs continue come down. "Texas produces and consumes far more electrical energy than any other U.S. state. It generates almost twice as much electricity as the next highest generating state, Florida. Texas has an expanding variety of generating sources to meet consumption growth. Installed wind capacity grew to 28,800 MW and solar capacity grew to 3,100 MW at the end of 2019. Wind generation exceeded nuclear in 2014 and was near to surpassing coal in the number two position in 2019. Fossil-fuel and nuclear generation has remained nearly constant over the past two decades, with natural gas gradually replacing coal." I had a BMW 5 series plug-in hybrid that I loved. I never plugged it in at home, but always plugged it in at work where we had a large solar array tied into the charging stations. It was a huge and heavy sedan that was unbelievably quick and got 32 MPGs. The only thing I missed was engine noise, and many cars (especially higher-end performance cars) will "pipe in" engine noise through the speakers. There's no reason to fear solar, it's here to stay. People always resist change, but this is like trying to stop the tides. It's coming.
propchef 02/08/21 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Liability Insurance

If it was me, I would find out if these companies use OEM parts. I understand they don't and that is why they keep prices low. This is most important to me I'm thinking you mean OE, not OEM. OEM can absolutely be a crapshoot. OE, not so much. OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer OE = Original Equipment
propchef 02/04/21 06:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Liability Insurance

We were with Geico for more than 30 years. My wife was hit broadside, setting off airbags and nearly destroying the vehicle (wife was shaken, but OK). This was the only claim we ever made. Geico more than doubled our premiums. We're with Nationwide now and very happy.
propchef 02/04/21 04:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Small Grills

Weber and others make a small cast-iron plancha or griddle that can go over the grill. It works great for pancakes, bacon, eggs, etc. https://www.weber.com/US/en/accessories/cooking/griddles-and-planchas/
propchef 02/02/21 11:31am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Cicadas

You first :) If it hasn't changed up to 5% of a hundred lb bag of flour could be anything from plant debris to grasshoppers rat poop.That would be 4.5 oz on a five pound bag of flour, I think. Those small four and corn mills are just about all tourist sites now. When we find one if not too expensive we buy there. Flour and every thing else is best when fresh. Some on shelves have expired dates and if still dated as expired,maybe be months old. Eat corn bread, bread or biscuits made with fresh grains and see what the receipts in the old Cookbooks taste like. I have to chime in. I love seeing this word used this way, and it tells me a lot about you. :-) My guess is that you're from SC or GA, likely somewhere near the coast.
propchef 02/01/21 02:51pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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