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RE: When I'm driving do I run my fridge on propane or electric?

for all of you who have traveled for years and never had a problem I say two words,"NOT YET". One fire we had that involved a motor home and a UPS truck and the station and a 5000 gallon propane tank, he said I turn off my propane so I thought I was safe, turn out after questioning him and seeing the location of the fridge in relation to the gas filler, the propane was off but the fridge was still on. so it was trying to light and one spark lite the gas fumes up and the rest is history. Oh yes, the 5000 gallon propane tank was a propane filling station and our second truck in hit a hydrant and used the mounted steamer nozzle to keep the tank cool. other wise we would probably be replacing half the town not just a gas station. being that close to a large propane tank is just plain scary as all get out and I'm glad I'm not fighting fire any more You can get hit by lighting too. No use worrying about it. Actually, I don't know for certain but, you are probably more likely to get hit by lightning then you are to have a RV fridge propane fire.
CavemanCharlie 07/02/20 10:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Why 30 amp and not 50 amp

I wish we could still get those old convection furnaces, no noise, no battery use.??? Very much available for self install. Combine with a Mini-split A/C for efficiency and you should be very comfortable. I've looked into them but, for 970 dollars I can figure out a way to charge may battery or do something else for the few times I need heat and don't have electric. I would love one if it was cheaper. I also think that maybe they are way to many BTU's for small campers.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 01:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toilet seats

Will a standard residential toilet seat work on the RV toilet? Not in my Travel Trailer. The toilet is smaller and the seat fits around the edge in a lip.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 01:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is camping Fun Anymore

In MN state parks are usually the quiet parks. They don't allow alcohol but, I've seen people have a few beers as long as they stay quiet. There are quiet hours I think it's from 10 pm to 7 am or something like that. Now, the county parks I frequent can be a little louder. But, not to bad. If people get out of control someone call the cops who show up and yell. That usually settles things down. I like to do both types of camping. When with friends I prefer to set around their campfire. Then If the people I am with are getting to loud and I'm afraid of trouble I just go back to my own camper and relax. To each their own. It takes all types to make the world go around.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 01:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water Heater Help

Maybe I read your post wrong. I often do that. If you are running on electric and propane at the same time is it possible that it is simply shutting off because the water got hot enough and it didn't need to run anymore ???
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 01:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flashlights

I buy about 10 of those $1 things at Wal Mart and toss them when they dim. Can't buy batteries that cheap I kinda do the same thing. Except I will add batteries to them when they get dim. But, if I lose them or some kid breaks it I figure I am not out very much.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 01:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Extreme Mold & Water Damage: I need help!

Good to see that you don't let the crab-apples spoil your resolve. I agree. Sorry I can offer no advice. Except, Just dig in and do the best you can.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 12:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mach 15 a/c not cooling well

Lots of things you can do to improve temperatures. Put reflective insulation on the windows and keep the blinds closed, single pain windows are very poor heat/cold barriers. Park in the shade from the afternoon sun. Don't open and close the doors a lot. Use a fan for circulation of air. You do these things and it will improve temperatures. Parking in the shade is the single biggest thing you can do to improve conditions. If you look at a tour bus you will see as many as 6 A/C units on them. I'll disagree about opening a vent your letting cool air out and drawing warm air in. This is good advice. You might also try cleaning your inside filter and getting on the roof, remove the housing, and use a air compressor to blow out the condenser. Colman Mach Air conditioners are sucky. Poor design.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 12:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any new developments in hitches?

Short answer—no. However, if your tongue weight is about 700 pounds or less, it’s lots easier to use an Andersen Hitch. Still have to back up straight, stop under the ball and attach everything. Takes me about 5 minutes. Takes longer to load all of the adult beverages required. I agree, that and a electric jack too
CavemanCharlie 06/24/20 07:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Transporting RV batteries in your TV

Just make sure they don't tip over !!!
CavemanCharlie 06/24/20 07:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why 30 amp and not 50 amp

Why not build all RV’s with 50 amp service ? With AC, microwaves, electronic water heaters plus numerous other electrical appliances we take with us it seems to make More sense to have 50 amp I'm wonder if it doesn't, at least somewhat, have to do with History. There were once campers that had no electric at all and had things like Propane Gas Lanterns build into the camper. Then they had 15 amp campers. (I once had a camper that had no AC and only had a 15 amp plug.) Then there was 30. Now they have 50. Times change and it takes awhile for the infrastructure to catch up.
CavemanCharlie 06/24/20 07:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Over the air antenna

Just remember no matter where you are or how far from a tower you will always get a PBS station. Haha , ya, you will ! At least around my area. That's OK though. I enjoy the PBS Create channel with shows like This Old House and the PBS kids channel usually has some cartoon on it in the morning to keep little kids entertained. Heck, they might even learn something.
CavemanCharlie 06/24/20 07:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling partner

How about a dog ! Best traveling partner you can ever get. They are not perfect but, after awhile you get used to each others idiosyncrasies. And, they won't talk your ear off about things you don't want to talk about.
CavemanCharlie 06/24/20 07:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Air Conditioning how many do not use it.

I use mine often in summer. I don't use it much in spring and fall. I am just a weekend camper that stays close to home. Last weekend I went to a small county park near me that doesn't have many amenities and is 10 bucks a night for electric and nothing else. (You can't even get water there) I was surprised at how many people were at this park. It's usually deserted. This caused the park to be more noisy then usual so I ran the AC at night so I could keep the windows closed.
CavemanCharlie 06/24/20 07:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: inverter to AC outlet!!

I've used the extension cord method to get power to other spots. I used a cord that was close to the same color as my interior trim and then ran it along side the bottom a cabinet and stapled it in place with some with some wire staples that I spray painted the right color. It didn't look to tacky but, then again I'm a Caveman.
CavemanCharlie 06/18/20 04:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: The Magnum Fire...

Glad you decided to get the heck out of the way and not become another statistic.
CavemanCharlie 06/18/20 04:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: First Aid Kit Contents

A first aid kit would would not do me any good because I don't know any first aid ! I keep a few simple things on hand like: band aids, triple antibiotic ointment, ibuprofen,and things like that. Bigredcav1 - followed by the ret doc covered things well. What do you mean by, "I don't know any first aid !".....:R C'mon, Charlie. Do you know how to stop (serious) bleeding? Do you know CPR? How about breathing - choking? Splint a broken bone? Any of these things could apply to *YOU* or someone else. You don't need to be a trained "professional", or take classes to render (or use) first aid practices. Many can be performed without a "real" first aid kit - just some basic knowledge of what to do in an emergency. The "simple things" you listed are just that....simple, and usually not requiring immediate action. They're most likely already in/on a shelf somewhere in your cave. Call Fred Flintstone at your local Red Cross chapter or Fire Dept., find out when (free!) CPR classes are offered. The other stuff can be found in basic first aid books/pamphlets. . I would like to take a CPR class and learn some other simple things to do in an emergency. But, whenever I look up for classes for this sort of thing in my area it directs me to First Responder Classes. That is no what I am looking for. I am usually camping with Lyla and she knows this sort of thing. I will ask her if she knows of someplace I could go to learn. P.S. for serious bleeding I have some Anti-Bleeding Gauze I got from somewhere. I've seen CPR on television. For choking I know to look down there throat to see for restrictions and I've seen the Himlick Maneuver on Television. I don't think I would do anything with a broken bone except to call a Fist Responder to come take a look at it. Then they would call a ambulance, then the ambulance would drive out from town and load them up. Quite honestly, in may area it's much quicker to shove them in the truck and drive them to town yourself. Of course, that depends on the severity of the injury. Another personal problem that I have is that I panic easily. That is why I am not a First Responder. I would not be of any help in an emergency. My best bet is to find someone that CAN help and then stay the hell out of their way unless they ask me to assist in some way.
CavemanCharlie 06/18/20 03:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Destinations during this Pandemic scare

The State and most County Campgrounds in MN are open. But, the bathrooms, showers, interpretive centers, etc remain closed. Iowa is the same way and I think South Dakota is that way too. You just have to look at the maps by county in each state to see where the hot spots are and then avoid them.
CavemanCharlie 06/18/20 03:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Storing with blank tanks 1/4 full???

Yes, as long as you keep water in there so it doesn't dry out you will be fine. Are you sure there is no where to dump closer to you then a 2 hour drive ??? I'm not from your area but, most of the small towns near me have a dump station some were. Though It might be behind a building or something and sometimes they charge you 5 or 10 bucks. Maybe call a few municipalities near you and ask.
CavemanCharlie 06/15/20 06:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: First Aid Kit Contents

A first aid kit would would not do me any good because I don't know any first aid ! I keep a few simple things on hand like: band aids, triple antibiotic ointment, ibuprofen,and things like that. Some things you might want to add to your list though is some sunbrun cream of some kind. I try to be careful but, thee have been times when I got burnt. Something with aloevera (sp) is nice and also some sort of bug bite, anti itch cream is handy to have.
CavemanCharlie 06/15/20 06:33pm General RVing Issues
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