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RE: camco wave 3 heater QUESTION

Safe if you follow directions and crack open a couple of windows a bit; they do use up oxygen over time which must be replenished, but as long as they get proper oxygen they produce considerably less carbon monoxide than other non-vented, open-flame heaters.
rexlion 09/29/20 02:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Arctic Fox Says no off road????

I can imagine some of the complaints the mfr is worried about. "You said it would be okay off-road! Your lousy product popped a seam on the Rubicon Trail, so you should pay for the repairs!" ;)
rexlion 09/29/20 02:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Crater of Diamonds State Park, arkansas

How does one spot a diamond amongst all that dirt and other stones?
rexlion 09/25/20 05:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

Might be best to use a U-Haul thruck or van. I've seen U-Haul box trucks towing cars and small trailers when people move. U-Haul does rent pickup trucks and regular vans. Tell the insurance you want a U-Haul rental or reimburse the cost of your trip and reservations. Several years ago someone spun out and hit the right rear tire of my SUV after we had 14 inches of snow, sending me into a guardrail doing $1600 worth of damage to the left front. I was going to pick up my old TT to bring it home since deer season was ending. I told their insurance I needed a truck or an SUV because I had to bring the trailer home. They provided me a rental pickup from Enterprise. When I went to pick it up and sign the papers they told me I couldn't tow with it. So I had a brand new Silverado extended cab to drive around and had to wait over 2 weeks untill i got my SUV back to pick up the trailer. A couple years ago my truck broke down and I needed a vehicle for a couple days to get back and forth to work. I also needed to take a few loads to the dump in my utility trailer while i had someone available to help me. I rented a practically brand new pickup truck from U-Haul for a couple days. I was told there was no problem using it for towing. My comment is a little off-topic, but... I have vowed never again to rent anything from U-Haul. A couple years ago my cargo trailer broke down mid-day during work (selling and delivering books and other items to schools) and I needed some way to finish up. So I drove to the nearest U-Haul dealer to rent a trailer. The guy took my driver’s license and credit card and was inputting data into his computer, then he told me he needed the name and phone number of someone he could call right then to verify that I am who I say I am. I wasn’t about to bother one of my customers, and of the only two people I could think of (my wife and my son) neither answered their phone. He simply would not rent that trailer to a 60 year old small business owner dressed in business-casual. I did not appreciate this and wrote an email to U-Haul management, but the responding manager told me this was routine, proper anti-theft procedure and he stood behind the action taken 100%. They basically treated me like a criminal. I will never need a trailer rental badly enough to rent from U-Haul.
rexlion 09/25/20 05:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Settle this for Sequoia and 4Runner owners...

I don’t think Toyota is using CVTs in anything that is rated to tow. Nissan has a CVT in their Pathfinder, though, with a 6k lb tow rating... not sure i’d be that brave. I put 140k towing miles on a 2008 Highlander. I like to downshift to 3rd or even 2nd (it’s a 5 speed and I don’t use 5th for towing) wither up or down steep hills. The odd thing is, the manual says to leave it in 4th, and when i asked the service writers they claimed that cooling was best in 4th (better than if manually shifted to 2nd or 3rd). I never found out if they were blowing smoke, but I suspected it.
rexlion 09/24/20 08:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping in cold temps, bad idea?

True Story. This was around 1971 give or take a year.> Temps in Lower Lower MI hit -40 and then some (past -40 in the negative direction) Propane would not vaporize. Fuel oil gelled.. Many people .. Er.. Froze their... you know what. One gentleman in I think Wisconsin had made a bet.. He claimed (in advance) that on what by coincidence turned out to be the coldest night in a long time He'd be comfortable in a sleeping bag in a pup tent on the xx Green at the local golf course.. And he had the most comfortable night's sleep of anyone in that town... (He had the proper bag you see.. artic grade). As for me.. Well we had heat (natural gas) where I was so it was not too bad but then I went to Church, where the sign said "For your health and comfort the FUEL fund deserves your generous support" It was Fr's annual State of the Parish financial sermon... He explained how the parish had had to invest in a physical (heat) plant due to the closure of the commercial steam plant that used to serve Downtown Battle Creek (MI) and how for the first time in the Parish history they had to borrow money to do it.. But Greyhound had decided some land the parish owned that was not good for much other than wearing out lawn mowers (Land there is terraced and the parish owned land on 2 levels. this was the lower level and a fairly narrow strip) was the perfect palce for a new Bus Station. So the boilers are paid for They don't work... but they are paid for. MAN was it cold in church.Hmmmm. I grew up in MI (closer to Bay City, a ways north of Battle Creek) and I don’t recall any -40F or anything close to that, in any winter. As an 8th grader on a farm, I had to get up well before dawn to feed the cattle in ‘71; I think I would have noticed temps that low. Are you sure this isn’t one of those fish stories, like where the fish gets bigger over time? ;)
rexlion 09/18/20 06:53pm Beginning RVing
RE: AGE old AC question.

I can’t resist staying current on voltage issues. Watt a guy I am.
rexlion 09/18/20 06:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Idle Jeep Wrangler while towing?

This is my 2nd Stay-in-Play. Just had the new one installed this summer. Didn’t have a battery issue with the 1st one, so already have a charge line installed. I was concerned maybe the installer made a wiring issue. I’m hoping it was just time for the 4 1/2 year old battery to give out. When I unhooked the toad, it started up and we drove it a couple hundred yards to our site, but it was dead the next morning. So, hopefully, it had received enough charge through the MH before dying overnight. I like the idea of a volt meter that plugs into a 12V outlet in the Jeep. Where do you get those? EzgoinAmazon, search for ‘voltage tester lighter plug’ and a bunch will come up.
rexlion 09/16/20 08:16pm Dinghy Towing
RE: New to RV/towing. Whats my best option for a towing setup?

I’m pretty sure the van’s max hitch weight is 350 lbs. The dry hitch weight of the TM exceeds that. Add LP and battery and some other stuff, the real world hitch weight is likely to be 450-500 lbs, maybe more. You’ll be overloading the hitch receiver and maybe the rear suspension as well. Do you really want to take the chance on the receiver ripping off the van’s underside at highway speed, sending the TM careening into oncoming traffic? I wouldn’t attempt this without, at minimum, a custom reinforced-mount receiver. Even then I’d load the trailer very minimally to keep the total trailer weight under 3500 if at all possible. And expect to drive 35-40 mph up and down the long, steep grades.
rexlion 09/16/20 08:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Idle Jeep Wrangler while towing?

Use a voltmeter to check your Jeep’s voltage at each stop for at least the first day. That should tell you if it is being drained enough to matter. If not, don’t worry about idling it. I have a meter that plugs into the cigarette lighter. Easier than raising the hood.
rexlion 09/16/20 03:23pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Outlook/Google Issue

When Outlook isn’t cooperating for you, is there any reason why you couldn’t log into Gmail directly and read & respond to emails? It may not be your preference, but at least it should let you do what you need to do. Just a thought. But hopefully you’ll find a solution to the Outlook situation. Over the years I’ve had both Outlook and T-bird rather abruptly quit working correctly. But Gmail has been plugging along for, I think, about 9 years without a hiccup. Not that I’m too excited about having my emails sifted by them for marketing (and profiling?) purposes, but I haven’t worked up enough gumption yet to find something that might be better. Although... my son suggested that he knows how to set up an extra computer to act as a personal email server; if Hillary could have one in the bathroom, why not me? :)
rexlion 09/15/20 08:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Are the campgrounds full in your area?

Not sure about weekends, but during the week I haven't had any trouble showing up at COE CGs around here (eastern Okla.) and having my choice of campsites. We had a cool front come through recently and the high temps through next week are supposed to be in the low to mid 80s. Come to Oklahoma, our skies are pretty much smoke free.
rexlion 09/12/20 08:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Sounds like you have a Class A, B, or C (some time of motor home). What about your starter battery on the RV? If you start your engine, it should begin to recharge the 'house' battery via the converter. Or, just to get you going again, are there any neighbors who can give your battery a jump? A solar panel of about 100W, if you can get decent sun (not too smoky), should keep a typical house battery charged. I'm also wondering whether the generator, once it's running, could power a battery charger (the kind you'd plug into shore power) besides your freezers.
rexlion 09/12/20 07:59pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Water damage **** floor

My feeling would be to seal the top of the plywood with the resin/hardener mix, but leave the underside bare so it can breathe (moisture can escape). Splash from the road isn't really the problem, it's water that sits on top of the wood long enough to really soak in. Anyway, the 'plastic fabric' or similar will keep splashes to a minimum. As long as you're at it, maybe use marine grade plywood?
rexlion 09/09/20 01:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: External shower ==> Garden Hose

If you're that lazy about it, forget the connectors; just use duct tape! :D
rexlion 09/09/20 01:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: My luck ran out,, Hail Storm.

Our old 2000 model SUV got hailed on pretty good a couple of times, and I didn't even bother having the dents fixed (saving the deductible). My wife still drives it (she doesn't want me to replace it) and the dents don't affect performance.
rexlion 09/08/20 05:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to get rid of soap streaks after washing a TT?

Hmm, maybe add some automatic dishwasher "Jet Dry" to the rinse water... ;) ...but actually, that stuff never even seemed to do much good in my dishwasher! LOL
rexlion 09/08/20 05:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: What is best AC unit for Tent Camping?

BurbMan has it right. I've been in plenty of state parks where people tent camped in some sites, people had RVs in other sites, and all those sites had electric available. So, OP, as you can deduce from the comments you've gotten, these folks have never seen a tent with an a/c poking out of it. But I don't see why you couldn't do it. After all, I've seen motorcycle trailers that had a factory-made place in the tent material, with proper supports, for a room a/c. Practically speaking, forget anything that's made to run off a battery, because it won't do much; the lone exception would be what's called a 'swamp cooler' which blows air through a wetted material, and if you sit right in front of it (but don't mind getting clammy) you will feel cooler. I'd suggest a basic 5,000 BTU room a/c. Bigger units will be heavier (thus harder to move and position), and the 5K should cool just about any tent (they're not that big, after all). But if the tent will be in the sun, hanging a tarp over the tent (or maybe even a rain fly as someone mentioned) should help quite a bit since there's no insulation. You might just zip the door around the thing. I would have something on the ground to elevate the a/c a bit, though, so water (condensate) has somewhere to drip without getting the thing muddy. The 'portable' a/c units on wheels should do about the same job, for a little more money. If you buy one of these, by all means get one with 2 hoses, not one. To function properly, it needs both an intake hose and an exhaust hose poking out of the tent. Otherwise it will suck hot outdoor air into the tent (creating a vacuum, even) as fast as it produces cold air, simply because the hot exhaust going out must be replaced by some air coming inside somehow, somewhere. Any portable that intakes air from inside the shelter is totally useless.
rexlion 09/08/20 05:35pm Tent Camping
RE: Did I ruin my water heater, please help!

The dealer was full of it. There are enough little power drains on a TT to completely drain a battery in just a couple of weeks. Your battery is now permanently impaired (the amount of charge it will hold has been reduced). It might continue to give you enough juice for lights, fan, water pump, etc. for a day or two of dry camping, but it might not. If you prefer to camp with electric hookup, it'll be okay for that. Leaving it plugged into shore power or a small solar panel while in storage is generally considered to be the best way to go, but some folks do disconnect (and sometimes even remove) the battery entirely and it will then keep its charge for a couple months (but temperature is a factor, and also dirt on the battery top can transfer a trickle discharge).
rexlion 09/06/20 01:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boat Rentals

Definition of a boat: a hole in the water that you pour money into. ;)
rexlion 09/03/20 03:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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