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RE: 120 days and counting

120 days and counting in my 22' trailer. June 1 onsite. I started running my generator to run a baseboard heater before bed.....but other than than I have survived with 2 40W solar panels charging my 2 6V batteries. I'm in the process of building a house North of Montreal. One of the rules is that you need a porta pottie onsite. So I've been using that.....thus the trailer hasn't moved. I get my water from the lake and dump my gray water behind the trailer. All good....but I have another 6 weeks to go.......brrrr..... Your living the good life my friend. You need to look up Bob's Your Uncle on other parts of this site and ask him about winter camping in Canada. He has some good stories about melted butter in the heat ducts and frozen underwear. :)
CavemanCharlie 10/03/20 06:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: 6 Volt Interstate batteries

What are u guys doing that you kill GC batts in 4 years? GC should be able to cycle about 2,000 times. Are you full time? Do you run them dead all the time? Do you keep water (distilled) topped off? Do yo have a smart charger? My first set lasted about 5 years. Now, when I took them out they were still going and not dead per say. I still them under the bench in the shop. I top them off once and awhile. It's just that they would run down a bit quicker and not keep their Voltage up for quite as long as when they were new. (Actually, I'm not sure what to do with them. They are to good to throw away) I am just a weekend camper. I never go out for more then 3 days and rarely ever more then 100 miles from my home. My main reason for battery problems is that I have charging problems. I threw away the crappy converter / charger charger that came with my TT and upgraded to a newer style with a 3 state charger. But, with the poor wiring that came with my TT I can never seem to get it to Float Charge ! So I am just keep am eye on the volt meter, that is plugged into the cigarette lighter socket at the Antennae Booster, and I kick the converter on and off now and then to keep the batteries charged. It's a bad way of doing it,, I know. But, I have other issues to deal with so I never have found a easier solution.
CavemanCharlie 10/03/20 06:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Germs while traveling

We live on an island that at this time of year is finally becoming isolated once again. Three weeks ago the locals held an end-of-summer party on the beach with 120 people. 20+ known cases from that. Two weeks ago a local church group held a gathering where they had a communal meal. 15+ cases from that. Will they die? Unquestionably the odds favor their survival - talking about deaths is just a way to distract attention from the real problem. Will they have lingering effects? Unknown. Did they cost all of us serious $$$ to treat them and, in 3 cases, give them a helicopter ride to a mainland hospital that could deal with the severity level. Yes, that it did. We are all paying, in one form or another, the cost of all of these people getting sick and requiring medical attention. Will masks stop this? The mosquito and fence analogy is just silly because of course a mask can't stop a virus, they are meant to limit the velocity of the particles that the virus is catching a ride on. Quite frankly after reading comments on these forums I truly believe we haven't a prayer of stopping this, so we may as well just figure out how to pay for it. Dave I want to say Thank-You and I agree. Have a nice Day to all.
CavemanCharlie 10/01/20 08:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: My TT was wrecked by a hail storm.

I'm sorry your camper got damaged. I to got hit with Hail this summer but, not that bad. I just have a dimpled TT now. I agree with the Part It Out suggestion. I helped a friend do that once to a TT. After he parted it out and sold everything salvageable from the inside he then used the frame of the trailer to build a utility trailer. He made money all around. I will never forget the butter story. I tell it to people around the campfire sometimes. It's always good for a laugh.
CavemanCharlie 10/01/20 07:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Get me out of here! PLEASE

Have you tried Alcohol to help with your condition ? There is something else on the market now that would maybe help you too but, it is not legal in every state so I'm not going to say what it is. Sorry that I can not help you with the roads. I have never been to that part of the country.
CavemanCharlie 09/30/20 06:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Stud Finders

I'm a stud will it find me ???? (Sorry, I know this post was not helpful to the thread but, I've always wanted to say that.)
CavemanCharlie 09/30/20 06:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: King Jack Directional Antenna Protection

Humm,, never thought of it before but, it is probably not a bad idea to cover it with a box or tub as the other posters have said. Skylights too.
CavemanCharlie 09/30/20 05:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winterizing Travel Trailer

Actually, I do the opposite of what some of the posters here said. I run the pink antifreeze through first, and then I blow it out. That way the pink stuff is not setting in the lines all winter long and it's easier and quicker to get rid of the smell of it in the spring.
CavemanCharlie 09/30/20 05:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flashing rope light

Certainly better than a spinning glass disco ball with very bright colored spot lights throwing sparkles thru the trees in every camp site around. Yeah, saw that at a state park in Arkansas. :S Ooooh, I want one and some of them sparkely rope lights.I think I've got some strobe lights left over from Halloween:W Cool, I think i still have the Saturday Night Fever sound track somewhere. But, do you still have you White Leisure Suit and platform shoes ??
CavemanCharlie 09/30/20 05:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: 6 Volt Interstate batteries

I have 2- 6 volt 105's golf cart Duracell Batteries I bought at Batteries Plus Bulbs. I'm happy with them for what I use them for and the price. I only occasionally dry camp for 2-3 days at a time and they have worked well for that. The extra price of the Trojans was not worth it for my use.
CavemanCharlie 09/30/20 05:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Water lines

Bypass the water heater, or you will need a lot of air. Not if you drain it first. That is what I do and then use air to blow out the rest.
CavemanCharlie 09/23/20 08:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Shearing the sheep

It's reminiscent of the housing bubble. Shame on the lenders for lending at those prices. Especially now with interest so low, it seems like the lenders are just asking for trouble but with little upside. On the one hand, they'll get low interest payments from the borrowers, and on the other hand they'll be facing tons of repos that will just end up going to auction.It's not a lender's job to determine fair market values. Unless the Dealers are putting guns to the heads of the customers they are responsible for their decisions. How would you feel if you went to Ruth's Chris, had a nice steak dinner and your credit card denied the transaction because they felt you should have went to Sizzler. Is there actually any evidence prices have risen or is it just speculation. Have the MSRP of rigs actually risen dramatically or are dealers just not discounting as deeply as they have done in the past? Just because an RV listed for a price 5 years ago doesn't mean a similar RV today will be the same price. Prices do rise over time. Yes, except... :B So yeah, I'm totally a free market guy, but the steak analogy kind of falls apart since it's a durable good with a residual value. Ruth's Chris doesn't have to worry about you eating a third of the steak, loosing your job mid-meal, and then them having to repo the unused portion of your steak. I wasn't so much criticizing the banks for lending too much money to gullible people as criticizing them for making risky loans that are likely to blow up their books when the borrowers start to default and so many repossessed RVs flood the auctions. The attraction of the lending kind of made more sense to me back when the rates were higher and the lenders got so fat, but now with rates so low, I don't see how it could be worth the risk. I guess they have to sell new business though.But your argument falls all apart if the economy doesn't tank, sales remain strong, and borrowers don't default on their loans. The economy ALWAYS tanks !! It may not be today, or tomorrow but, it will again someday. Though, You could be right that maybe it won't tank until people have their RV's paid off. Hopefully they are paying them off quickly and not with loans that have the RV wore out before it is paid off.
CavemanCharlie 09/18/20 06:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water lines

I have a portable air tank. I just put 40 PSI in it to blow out my lines. If I run out of air in the portable tank then I just fill it back up. I have a small TT but, it never takes more then 2 tanks.
CavemanCharlie 09/18/20 05:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: A V-10, a Scan Gauge and lots of good karma...

When my check engine light comes on I, look at the gauges to make sure they are OK, then I open the hood and "Check the Engine" to make sure it is still there, then I put a piece of tape over the light and keep driving. lol This is a joke of course,,, kinda. I also stop the engine, pull the dipstick, check the water level, look undernieth the vehicle, and stuff like that.
CavemanCharlie 09/16/20 08:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: TT tire pressure - sticker or tire PSI?

Also, to complain, the mobile tire guy charged me $139 mounting fee on top of the tire cost, with Good Sam roadside insurance paying the "rest". 139 dollar mounting fee is robbery around here. I have a question . Did the tire actually "Blow" like boom ! Or did it just go flat ?
CavemanCharlie 09/16/20 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Watch those glass stove tops.

whats a dw? dear wife Or,,, Dumb Wife,,, But, I'm not married so I can say that safely. Thanks for the heads up about the cook top covers. I thought they were always made of metal. This thread is a great reminder to watch out for thermal shock.
CavemanCharlie 09/16/20 06:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Monitor Install

Cool :C
CavemanCharlie 09/16/20 06:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: My luck ran out,, Hail Storm.

Weather can definitely be scary. Your trailer doesn’t have dents, it has battle scars. It a source of pride! Happy travels!! What a great idea. If someone points out the dents I'll just say they are battle scars ! Of course he next thing they will say is "what was it in a battle with?" I guess I'll have to say the weather. Or how about a battle with a angry cloud ? Or pissed off ice ? Any other ideas for a answer to what the battle was with ?
CavemanCharlie 09/09/20 05:27pm General RVing Issues
My luck ran out,, Hail Storm.

Considering all the years I've been camping, starting with tents, and going through all 4 of my Travel Trailers that I have owned I have to consider myself weather lucky. But, my luck ran out this Labor Day Weekend. Saturday night I got hit by ping pong ball sized hail. I have had many other times when I was camping and got a little nervous. A few times I hid out in the bathroom at the park. But, this time was different. I was sleeping around 1 AM when I woke up to big winds and I thought that I better get dressed. (The alert on my phone had been going off but, I am so used to it that I did not wake up) . Before I had a chance to even think about heading for cover the hail storm was beginning. I was feeling emotional pain each time a big stone hit, I knew damage was being done to both my TT and my pickup. It only lasted a couple of minutes. After it was over, as quickly as it had started, I went outside to look. The tent campers had all made a run for the bathroom and were starting to come out. Some of them had wrecked tents and they headed for home in their vehicles. ( The more expensive tents from places like REI held up well. The cheap tents were either blown down with broken poles or shredded.) A look at my pickup trucks hood and camper sides found lots of small dents. A roof vent was broken out and the refrigerator vent cover on the roof was shattered. A taillight lens on the camper was broken. Not much I could do in the dark so I stuck the chuck of foam I use to keep the light out in roof vent and I tried to go back to sleep. The next morning I drove home to get a ladder. ( I was camping not far from home and my TT doesn't have a built in ladder) I had a old cracked roof vent cover in storage at home and I brought that back with me along with a roll of good duck tape. I replaced the vent cover and taped up the fridge cover best as I could. I spent another night at the campground but, there was a lot less people there. A lot of them had gone for home. Actually, I am still quite lucky. It could have been much, much, worse. The pickup hood can be repaired (Though my deductible is 250 so it is going to cost me some) The camper vent covers I can fix myself. The dents in the camper are just going to have to stay. It's to old to be worth fixing. Some of them show up easily, others you have to look hard to see. Could have been worse. I still feel lucky. But, It still sucks to be stuck with all the little dents in the camper from now on. Along with the cost of fixing the pickup. The TT doesn't look as good as it used too. Oh Well.
CavemanCharlie 09/07/20 06:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Watch That Diamondplate!

When I was 18 and living in my first house I was changing the element out on the water heater and never though about shutting the power off first. I welded the screw driver to the heater and blew the fuse. Darned Lucky I Wasn't Hurt or Killed. I never made that mistake again and now I make sure I shut off the power and use a test light just to make sure it's really off. I still have the screw driver with the bad spot on it where I welded it to the heating element. I keep it around as a reminder.
CavemanCharlie 09/03/20 06:39pm General RVing Issues
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