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RE: My dinette light fixture fell down

All of these are helpful. The problem is the screw actually bites into something I cannot see. The dinette ceiling is a layer of something like reinforced foam board. And then the screw passes into something presumably a wooden slat where the stripping might have happened. But none of that is visible. The Teflon tape didn't work. It's a little uncomfortable enlarging and drilling into something I cannot see. An alternative would be a shorter screw, with an anchor installed in the ceiling itself.
rvshrinker 07/12/20 09:34am Beginning RVing
My dinette light fixture fell down

And now I can't get it to stay up. It has the Robertson screw heads. I tightened them both, but it seems one is stripped (probably why it fell down. I hadn't touched them in the almost three prior years since I bought it). Since it is set rather deep into the ceiling, I can't really see what I'm doing back there. Any suggestions on how to get that screw to stay put?
rvshrinker 07/11/20 07:45pm Beginning RVing
How do I know if my trailer coupler is adjusted correctly?

For about a year I had a very hard time getting the coupler to open or close over the ball. Then I learned these couplers are adjustable. I loosened mine a little and now it opens and closes (and locks) easily. But how do I know it's not too loose? I certainly don't want the hitch bouncing off the ball while traveling down the road. Also some places say to add a little grease to the ball; most don't. One source said to add a non grease graphite. And some say to cover the ball when not in use to keep it clean and preserve its life. How do you care for your hitch ball?
rvshrinker 07/11/20 07:33am Travel Trailers
RE: When I'm driving do I run my fridge on propane or electric?

Switch to electric 12 volt. OP didn't say if his fridge is 2-way (propane / 120 VAC) or 3- way (propane / 120 VAC / 12 vdc) How would I know? Fridge has a "gas" or "auto" option so I'm guessing two way.
rvshrinker 07/03/20 10:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: free or low cost overnight near Spokane?

Thanks, fyi eastbound this weekend the Sprague exit has a big "closed" sign pasted on the camping sign. So it appears out of commission right now. Unclear if covid related, and I can take a look next week when I pass back through.
rvshrinker 06/30/20 10:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: free or low cost overnight near Spokane?

Yes. Sprague Lake has a free fishing area I've used many times. 47.245108, -118.077122 It says 1.75 miles off freeway, from there is it pretty obvious where I can park? Or is it like a wide open lot, just park on one side?
rvshrinker 06/26/20 07:17pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: free or low cost overnight near Spokane?

Super helpful everyone, thanks
rvshrinker 06/26/20 07:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
free or low cost overnight near Spokane?

We will be just stopping for the night, not needing any services, not wanting to make any friends. Just want to park, take a shower, heat up some food, sleep. Some reviews say there may be a Costco, Cabela’s, Fred Meyer, or other store in Spokane which accepts overnighters but it’s hard to find confirmation. Or any BLM land west of town where we can just park. It seems silly to pay $50+ for a developed spot when we don’t need any of the hookups, etc., we just need a place to park. Any ideas for this area?
rvshrinker 06/26/20 12:52am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: When I'm driving do I run my fridge on propane or electric?

Thanks for all the tips. We'll use propane. Have boondocked for 4 days before without problems. Will not need ac or furnace for this part of the trip.
rvshrinker 06/25/20 02:32pm Travel Trailers
When I'm driving do I run my fridge on propane or electric?

We will have 48 hr of boondocking so need the battery to last that long.
rvshrinker 06/24/20 09:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Filtering water for my travel trailer

blue torpedo?
rvshrinker 06/08/20 07:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Filtering water for my travel trailer

our HD and Lowe’s have nothing in stock. What about that Amazon filter. Is the Camco inline filter helpful or a waste of money?
rvshrinker 06/07/20 07:53pm Tech Issues
Filtering water for my travel trailer

I’d like to add 2 filters to my trailer. One, a hose attachment that filters all the water coming in. Two, a drinking water filter at the kitchen sink. Easiest would probably be a Camco inline filter for the outside, and a water pitcher for the inside. Would be open to something better if not too difficult, especially for the kitchen sink as I don’t really want to have to bring a pitcher with me on all my trips. But that is admittedly pretty simple. We just sanitized our tanks. We normally go to known locations in the mountains with pretty clean water, but we will be traveling across country this summer with less known water supplies (not worried about disease, more about inorganic contaminants). thank you
rvshrinker 06/07/20 10:59am Tech Issues
RE: In bed diesel tanks

Actually the five gallon jug helped me. I have a long trip coming up and no time to get a larger option installed. My tank has only 26 gallons so I have under 300 mile range towing. money hasn't been available for some of the nicer replacement of the OEM tank and I don't want to give up any of my short bed space, at least not permanently. So the portable plastic tank and jugs might meet my needs. Have to think about how to securely transport those five gallons because I don't have a locking toolbox either.
rvshrinker 06/06/20 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: first time sanitize fresh water tanks

Chlorine disappears basically 4 ways. Time, UV / air exposure, chemical neutralization or dilution. Since the system is not really exposed to open air and sunlight, you can either wait, use dechlorination tabs (sodium sulphate, vitamin C , etc) or dilute it. When disinfecting pipelines I use dechlorination tabs. Small quantity like a Camper water tank, just fill and drain a couple times. FWIW, google is your friend here. You can learn a lot about this with a little research. i figure it was 50 ppm when sanitizing, i drained it all out, so if there’s less than a gallon left in my 80 gallon tank it would be diluted to 100:1, which is 0.5 ppm, probably about the same as municipal water. so i guess i’m done. i guess if it tastes too much like chlorine in a week or so i’ll drain it one more time.
rvshrinker 06/04/20 04:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: PORTLAND OR en route to South Dakota, and back

thanks, why do you choose that southern route? how do you get from I80 to Rapid City? we do have reservations at a private CG in Custer as well as at the Badlands KOA. we are in the area for ten full days.
rvshrinker 06/04/20 12:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: % bleach to sanitize fresh water tanks

That sounds great. I used 10% bleach and used 1 cup for 80 gallons. Drained, filled, ran faucets, let it sit overnight, drained again including water heater, filled with fresh, ran faucets till no bleach smell. I think I'm done, but the water heater has a very slow leak, so I need to pull the anode and tape the threads and close it up again.
rvshrinker 06/02/20 03:39pm Beginning RVing
PORTLAND OR en route to South Dakota, and back

Hi, We are looking for two nights en route, and back, on the above trip. One night will probably be east of Missoula. Another closer to Little Bighorn BF, but we're flexible. We plan to see the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Little Bighorn BF, and Devil's Tower during the trip, either on the way out or back. We have ten nights in South Dakota. MOTR is only open Wednesday through Sunday right now and reservations are required so we need to plan carefully. How would you split up the trip/where would you look to stay? Have never driven east of Bozeman before.
rvshrinker 06/02/20 02:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: first time sanitize fresh water tanks

when i drain the water and water heater, and then refill - do i refill completely full, then drain all that water out, including the water heater? onlline i see people talk about just draining the water until the bleach smell is gone, but wouldnt some of the bleachy residue still be mixed in with my fresh water?
rvshrinker 06/01/20 09:19am Travel Trailers
RE: % bleach to sanitize fresh water tanks

great, i liked the bleach in the hose idea and went with it. will rinse out tomorrow.
rvshrinker 05/31/20 09:05pm Beginning RVing
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