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RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

We’re at our winter runaway rv park. Dog friendly with the usual rules. Campers next door have 3 dogs and are in the habit of leaving them unattended for several hours at a time. Wow! Those critters can be heard all over the park! So last evening the lady walked by with her 3 dogs and my Wife struck up a conversation since we had not yet met. Very friendly, so we let her know that their dogs bark constantly while home alone. She had no idea and thanked us for telling her. We’ll see what happens. No complaints from us. We’re dog people too. But ours go with us.
richclover 11/14/20 08:00am RV Pet Stop
RE: Battery questions for boondocking

Hello all, Per my other posts, we started getting heavier into boondocking this year. As such, I quickly noticed the importance of good batteries. We always bring a portable inverter set but when we are deep in the woods we really prefer to use it as little as possible. This past weekend the nights got down to upper 30's and apparently the furnace fan eats a lot of battery because it was dead by morning. Currently we have the battery that came on our camper 2 years ago which is a single deep cycle. I have read many threads about batteries including 6v vs 12v, Optima / high end battery, etc etc. My question, specific to boondocking is bang for the buck. I'm not interested in spending $700 on batteries at this point. So would I be better off buying 2 12V batteries from Wal mart (or wherever)to replace my single, or a single "high end" battery such as Optima or similar? Or, is the 6v difference so big that it makes it worth it? My guess for next year is we will boondocks 5 or 6 weekends total (2 or 3 nights each time). With that said, what would you do keeping cost in mind? Not trying to find the literal cheapest way, rather I'm looking for "bang for the buck". Thanks! You’ll need a pair of batteries. Marine/RV deep cycle. Mine are 12V. And a way to charge, too. A battery status indicator will help. Solar panels help, too, but you’ll need to run your generator every day. Up to 4 hours total based on experience. A couple of hours in the morning and another hour and a half in the evening got me through a 6-day camp 10 days ago with nighttime lows ranging from 20’s down to 10. I have a pair of deep cycle Interstate batteries and a 15 watt solar panel. Champion remote start generator took care of the morning coffee and burned through most of a 5gl jug of gasoline. I emptied a full 7gl, 30 lb, propane tank and went through most of the second setting the furnace thermostat at 58 degrees overnight. I was surprised and happy that nothing froze up in my 5’er. Good luck, safe travels and have fun!
richclover 10/28/20 04:54pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Maximum towing

Published truck capacity is one thing. Engine performance is another. Lotsa discussion about half ton trucks towing at capacity. My concern would be engine performance. I’ve been loaded heavy in a Dodge 2500, gas 5.7l, doing 25 mph in the right lane, engine “screaming”, getting passed by 18-wheelers doing 35. On the hills, I-80 in WY. There is no substitute for power. 7000# and up trailer, I’ll take the diesel. Cruise control set 65-70, long hills on I-15, UT, and watch it run. JMHO. PS My next truck will be a 3500 4x4 Ram Cummins ;)If you had the 1500 with same engine you would be 1000/1500 lighter and would be keeping up with the loaded semis. Doing 35...
richclover 10/25/20 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Maximum towing

Published truck capacity is one thing. Engine performance is another. Lotsa discussion about half ton trucks towing at capacity. My concern would be engine performance. I’ve been loaded heavy in a Dodge 2500, gas 5.7l, doing 25 mph in the right lane, engine “screaming”, getting passed by 18-wheelers doing 35. On the hills, I-80 in WY. There is no substitute for power. 7000# and up trailer, I’ll take the diesel. Cruise control set 65-70, long hills on I-15, UT, and watch it run. JMHO. PS My next truck will be a 3500 4x4 Ram Cummins ;)
richclover 10/25/20 05:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Maximum towing

Hello. It's been awhile since I've been here and I had forgotten how much fun this forum can be. Awhile back we decided to buy another travel trailer and we picked out one that weighed #5700 with a tongue weight of just under #800. We purchased a new half ton Hemi crew cab with every available towing option including 3.92 gears, Ram rates it to tow #11,400 with a bed capacity of almost #1800. Since we got this truck we started thinking maybe we could tow a little bigger camper and are wondering what would be a comfortable match to this particular vehicle. If you are towing with a 3.92 Hemi truck I would love to hear your story. I am not into anything approaching it's maximum values as I don't want to hear the engine screaming up every hill, just wondering if #7000 or even #8000 trailer was a reasonable option. I will say when I'm towing my small tractor and bush hog on a #1550 tandem trailer (total weight of about #4500) you can barely tell it's back there. Thanks in advance for your help. We traded our Coleman bumper pull camper last spring. I hooked it up to our Ram Hemi half ton to haul it to the dealership about 2 miles away. It was unloaded, but still at least 900# on the WD hitch and close to 7000# gross. No way I would be happy towing that rig with the half ton. Behind my Ram 2500 Cummins... no worries. The Hemi does very nicely towing the flatbed, loaded with the CanAm, total weight about 3300#. Well under limits, FWIW. Have fun and, as always, YMMV! PS. The only way to know what you are really towing is to load it all up and weigh it. Published numbers are... just that.
richclover 10/23/20 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Time to Prep the 5er

Yep, the best time of year to be boondocking! In just a week from now will be getting ready for a few weeks in the mountains! It looks like it may be a little cool when we “de-winterize” for our trip. With the weather, a lot can change over a few days.....we have lows predicted below zero F next Monday morning....will be loading the camper with gear/food and water on Wednesday. Hopefully, it will be 20’s or a bit warmer when I’m playing with the water hose! ;) memtb Hi, Todd! We put a test on the new 5’er last week. Boondocking near Cokeville. A couple of nights at 10degF. Went through more propane (house is bigger), but nothing froze. Happy campers! Winterized today, cold forecast, but loading up in 2 weeks for the season in Mesquite, NV. No boondocking there ;) Good luck with your hunt. We had 3 tags, cut all 3. Wife’s cow dressed 280. Lotsa meat in the freezer. Hunting buddies without tags got the other 2. Ps Wife’s the better shot ;)
richclover 10/21/20 05:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do propane fire pits put out any heat?

I like the heat and ambiance of a good wood fire when camping. But after more than 35 years of camping I'm finding that I'm starting to not enjoy constantly moving around the fire pit to stay out of the smoke. So I've been considering a propane fire pit, but I'm concerned about the heat output. What are your thoughts? Do the propane pits put out a decent amount of heat compared to a modest wood fire? The RV park where we “snowbird” doesn’t allow open wood fires but propane fire bowls are okay. Ours will burn for 5-7 hours (5gl tank), with a medium flame. It’ll burn your boots if you’re not careful ;) www.walmart.ca/en/ip/outland-firebowl-portable-propane-fire-pit/6000188246998#:~:text=Perfect%20for%20outdoor%20recreation%2C%20the%20standard%20Outland%20Firebowl,of%20a%20cozy%20campfire%20with%20you%20anywhere%20outdoors. EDIT: I made your link clicky so it doesn't break the page.
richclover 10/19/20 06:33am General RVing Issues
RE: AV gas for the generator

A Facebook friend just posted a spot hes getting AV gas at. Runs it in his generator. Any of you old school guys have advice on slight tuning changes? Lean out the altitude screw maybe? Different plug? I'm mostly just curious. Enjoy topics like this. Next camping trip maybe I will finally try AV gas. I've heard about people using it for offroad toys. Quite a thread! Yes, off road toys. Around here it’s custom built, turbocharged, high horsepower high compression snowmobile engines. There are a few guys who show up at the local airport with 5gl jugs every winter. Word is they go play in the snow at 10,000’ above sea level.
richclover 10/07/20 07:26am Tech Issues
RE: AV gas for the generator

older airplanes were built for leaded gas. Newer ones do not use leaded gas. if you can still get leaded gas it will be ONLY for those airplanes that HAVE to burn it. There are substitutes now, and I can't remember the details. The AV gas is color coded. I doubt u can get leaded gas for your generator, only the modern blends. I’m not aware of any substitutions for 100LL (aviation gasoline aka avgas), in my immediate area, but since I sold my last airplane 2 years ago, I’ve had no need. Yes there are some newer aircraft engines designed to run on unleaded Mogas (car gas), and certain conventional aircraft engines can be modified to use it but not many. The higher displacement/horsepower aircraft engines, 360 to 540 cubic inches and up to 350 hp, must use 100LL gas. That’s most of the light, general aviation fleet and it’s sold at all airports with fuel service. For now. Research on substitute fuel continues. $3.99 low to $6.85 high. That’s the price range for 100LL at airports in my area. Most from $4.50 - $5.50. Why anyone would pay that for a mower, generator, whatever, when non-ethanol gas is readily available, is beyond me. As always, JMHO.
richclover 10/07/20 07:21am Tech Issues
RE: AV gas for the generator

A Facebook friend just posted a spot hes getting AV gas at. Runs it in his generator. Any of you old school guys have advice on slight tuning changes? Lean out the altitude screw maybe? Different plug? I'm mostly just curious. Enjoy topics like this. Next camping trip maybe I will finally try AV gas. I've heard about people using it for offroad toys. Unless it’s an old generator I wouldn’t run 100LL in it. “Low Lead” is still leaded. All my small engines are designed to run on unleaded gas. I found a station in town that sells clear gas (ethanol free). That’s what I use in my small engines now. It’s cheaper than avgas at my local air patch ;)
richclover 10/04/20 06:30am Tech Issues
RE: Winter travel

I am planning to leave Massachusetts in late December (Covid permitting) for a 2 month vacation in Florida, returning in early March. I recall seeing a recommendation to leave the heat on in the trailer while traveling. I’m wondering if I can sleep in the trailer at night on the way down rather than a hotel. One concern that comes to mind is operating the slide in (possibly) freezing weather. Covid-19 permitting... And weather. Assuming your rig is already winterized (late December), leave it that way until you get further south. A couple of 5-gl jugs for washing and flushing should work. Start watching the weather forecast about 10 days out and pick a favorable window for escape. Safe travels!
richclover 10/01/20 07:22am Tech Issues
RE: Avoid drive thru Salt Lake City

Just curious if there is any way one can get from Northern Utah to Southern Utah without going through Salt Lake City or traveling on mountainous roads. We are a 40' Class A towing wanting to avoid the traffic, construction, and congestion that always seems to prevail on I-15. Thanks for any input! You’re probably already there but I would just avoid rush hour and drive it. Worst would likely be the construction, MP 284-279, Lehi area. 2nd lane from the right, avoiding the “must exit”, and drive on. Check this website over coffee before getting on the road after 9 AM: https://udottraffic.utah.gov/ Safe travels!
richclover 09/29/20 07:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Camping in cold temps, bad idea?

richclover, not if you get a twindow fan to replace the cold air return grill. Agreed and a good idea. That’ll take electricity, 12 or 110v. Generator or plugged in, shore power. Gotta pay for the heat one way or another ;)
richclover 09/20/20 07:59am Beginning RVing
RE: Camping in cold temps, bad idea?

Hi all, I realize there's a recent post about camping in the winter, but it talks about a better insulated fifth wheeler camping in NM subfreezing temps, my situation is different. My travel trailer (Prime Tracer 24DBS) comes with what the manufacturer calls an extended season camping that includes: Roof (R-14) Double Layer Fiberglass Floor (R-14) Extra Thick Bead Foam Front Cap (R-14) Double Layer Fiberglass Insulation Enclosed And Heated Underbelly Enclosed And Heated Holding Tanks I take it I can probably delay winterization until late fall and use it normally? I'm asking because we are planning our last trip of the season for the end of November (Thanksgiving), hoping to camp in the white mountains in NH. It gets pretty cold above tree line on the 4000 footers but in the valleys where the campsites are located the averages for that time of the year are 27F at night to 45F during the day. I wonder, will it be too late into the season for camping with my unit without taken any precautions? If so, what I should worry about to avoid a catastrophe? Thanks in advance! Mid-20’s night and 40’s daytime wouldn’t bother me. Especially if your days are sunny. “Heated underbelly” ... My last bumper pull and current 5’er had the same and heat is provided by the furnace ducting through the floor area, front and rear, to the furnace floor vents. If yours is the same I would be running the propane heat. 55-60 degrees nighttime on the thermostat works for me. Throw a “log” on when you roll out to fire up the coffee. 65 degrees daytime. If you depend on electric space heaters you may well freeze the plumbing in the underbelly/basement. An extra propane tank would be a good thing. Disconnect the city water and drain the hose after filling your tank for a couple of days needs. I never run my furnace while towing. It takes time for a rig to cold soak. Have fun!
richclover 09/19/20 04:53pm Beginning RVing
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

When I am not towing the tonneau cover is hiding the hitch, although if they want it ,they will get it, but with a locked tailgate they will have to cut the tonneau cover out of the way or break open the tailgate. It won't be easy. As far as the adapter, I suppose someone will steal anything , but I can't imagine those adapter being in high demand. Taking the time ,and having the allen wrench ,and wrenches to remove just doesn't sound likely. I think that lock is mostly to prevent the theft of the fifth wheel, and here again I like my odds they don't have an Andersen hitch . Agreed again, however, having had a theft or two, I feel better knowing the "house" and related "stuff" will be there when I get back. Perceived security is worth it. To me. As for the "hijacker" I'll bet he can't get that big heavy hitch out of his truck bed and re-installed in 15 minutes. I can. Tools/equipment required is, as you know, a torque wrench. One of the reasons I bought an AUH. I've got a short bed with tool box and I can use it easily.
richclover 09/16/20 05:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

“...With the popularity of the Andersen , that is not a bad idea if someone actually has the Andersen hitch, odds say they won't ,they will steal a fifth wheel with a convention pin box , having a convention fifth wheel hitch to do the stealing with ...” Agreed. The lock does makes it nearly impossible for the adapter to “walk away”. I also remove the ball from the top of my hitch and lock it in the toolbox when not in use.
richclover 09/15/20 08:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

Here's an advantage of the later Coachmen 5er's, "Turn Tec Engineering". Also shown is a Ft. Knox lock specifically made for the Andersen hitch adapter. Can be found on Amazon, among others. https://i.imgur.com/UK0pPVTl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/iRZkE1Kl.jpg
richclover 09/15/20 02:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

I responded to the OP on this, and I see he is also running the adapter with the fifth wheel closer to the cab, same as I am. If wanted he could run that 8 " further back. Without checking I thought with this new fifth wheel it looked like the pin box was a little too close to the tailgate , so I reversed the adapter putting the fifth wheel closer to the cab. Still I have no clearance issues with the cab. My previous fifth wheel with the Morryde pin box I ran the adapter putting the fifth wheel further from the cab. I started with the adapter in the forward position, pin box further back, since every one I had seen was done that way. I was not comfortable with the pin box to tailgate clearance so it was simple to reverse the adapter, moving the box forward in the bed. Had I followed the Andersen install instructions (measurements), I would have done it that way to start with. No dents... Yet!
richclover 09/15/20 10:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

Looking at a Ram. Can anyone comment that has an Andersen hitch with the 6' box? What kind of clearance are you getting between the cab and tailgate. What's the orientation of the pin adapter? Thanks A buddy and me installed a B&W Turnover Ball hitch in the bed of my Ram 2500 Cummins. Short box. Factory plastic bed liner. No problems with the Andersen Ultimate hitch so far. Torque wrench in the truck toolbox for checking the bolts every couple of days on the road. Hitch adapter is in the reverse position to get the long pin box inside the bed and the cutouts on the Chaparral front corners allow plenty of clearance. I’ve turned at least 60 degrees on dirt/gravel and might make 90 if I screw up and really need to. Hitch ball is in the lowest position since truck is a 4x4 and high. Photos to follow... https://i.imgur.com/9nT9pbBl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/m3HR04Ul.jpg
richclover 09/15/20 07:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: trip to mt rushmore

hope weather is better at end of month Already much better here. Yard mess is cleaned up. 30 degrees this morning but highs forecast 80 degrees through the weekend. Then very seasonal, 65-70, lows in the 40’s, no precipitation for the next 10 days. However, radar is showing snow, southeast part of the state.
richclover 09/11/20 07:39am Roads and Routes
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