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RE: Books for first time RV owners?

Amazon carries "the Idiot's Guide to RVing" and "RVing for Dummies"; plus they have trip logs, and guides like "The Next Exit", and National Park info books which are also nice to have.
Deb and Ed M 10/28/20 12:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: TT Lengths

When I was looking at TTs, I lit up on a floorplan that was basically a 19' box length. The model I ended up with was a Rockwood 2109S - same size as the others, but the 2109 designates the overall length of my trailer. I almost ignored it, assuming it was 2' longer than what I wanted....
Deb and Ed M 10/28/20 08:16am Travel Trailers
RE: What are the top 5 advantages of a TC?

Top 5: hmmmm.. 5: can do all that and still be sexy Well, since you brought it up....LOL! My #6 would be "I feel badazz in my truck camper" and I can't even explain why?? Maybe at age 67, it's my last grasp at being "fiercely independent"? Deb
Deb and Ed M 10/28/20 08:05am Truck Campers
RE: Jesse Pt 2-coping with the blindness

As my late Aussie aged, I had to help him up and down the stairs. He would wait at the top (or bottom) for his "handle" - a padded band with a loop on the top that went around his chest. Sort of turned him into a suitcase. Because he knew I could catch him if he stumbled, he went more boldly. Fortunately, his eyesight was great right to the end of his life. Jimmy was my blind dog - as his cataracts progressed, I knew he would need guidance, so I started teaching him different verbal commands like "step up/down", "go slow", and most importantly - "be careful!" which meant there was an object in his path. When he would get into the car, I would pat the floor so he could hear/know where to jump. But once they realize you are being their "eyes" - you have to do it! More than a few times I was distracted and Jimmy would crash into something while playing and I'd feel horrible.... My late Cattle Dog had developed cataracts, and I had noticed that the sun shining into his eyes made him completely blind. With Jimmy being part poodle, I left his "eyebrows" long so he had a built-in sunshade; and he learned to walk with his head down so he could see high-contrast things (and if he bumped into something, it was head-butted, not nosed-smacked) Like your Jesse - he was one happy boy. He still insisted on playing fetch (a ball with a bell inside helps), he would run around and chase Ben; and he loved to snuggle. Sometimes he would sit and put his face very close to mine, as if he was saying "Can you do something about why I can't see?" in case I could fix it - that was heartbreaking :-( Also, it helps them follow you (or at least know where you are) if you wear noisy shoes or flipflops. Best wishes! Deb
Deb and Ed M 10/27/20 07:49am RV Pet Stop
RE: Outdoor Storage and Snow

I would park it so there's a bit of an angle to let water run off (so you don't have a combined snow/water load sitting up there all winter). My neighbor, who knew how to shrink-wrap boats, used to shrink-wrap a little "cap" on his trailer roof....
Deb and Ed M 10/26/20 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Removed a ceiling vent and replaced it with a Fantastic Fan and a Maxx-Air II rain cover. No more "stuffy camper in a rainstorm" :-)
Deb and Ed M 10/23/20 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Etiquette and Courtesy for Tourists & Visitors

one more thing about the Amish. When I see all the TV ads to buy stuff I often think about the Amish who don't worry about whether they have the latest and greatest electronic gadget, cell phones, video games, largest and best TV, newest car, etc. Electronic stuff? No - they have little interest. But they still put on a show, in subtle ways. My sister lived among them in LaGrange, IN and would point out signs of her neighbors' "status" like a high-stepping carriage horse, or a fancy harness; she said the women cherished having high-dollar cookware....LOL! None of this was ever flaunted - but still was on display. And none ever turned down the offer of a ride in a car or truck when offered. My sis always said they were the best neighbors ever!!
Deb and Ed M 10/22/20 09:05am RV Lifestyle
RE: MaxxAir II Vent Covers - Installation

I've installed vent covers - and the directions always say to screw into the vent frame. I'm about to do that again :-) But that being said - I just tore out a non-powered vent and replaced it with a Fantastic Fan. The good news/bad news: the Dicor used to install the original vent back in 1998, was STILL sticky/gooey (a true PITA to remove) and there was no sign of water intrusion anywhere. I have a LOT of faith in Dicor to keep things sealed up tight.
Deb and Ed M 10/22/20 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Etiquette and Courtesy for Tourists & Visitors

Honestly, I suspect it's more about how the questions are asked as opposed to the actual questions. I agree - I'm absolutely a nosy tourist :-) I love to learn about people/cultures/areas - it's why I travel the way I do (by RV). I guess I try to be respectfully curious? Haven't had anyone tell me to buzz off, yet ;-)
Deb and Ed M 10/21/20 07:53pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

Glad you got your fan wiring sorted out!....thanks for letting us know! When we bought this camper, the tent portion was heavily mildewed simply from condensation. Having had a previous TC with ordinary vent that "rained" on me one cold rainy night (condensation contacting the cold metal frame) - I swore that any future RVs MUST have a powered exhaust fan. IMO - it makes an enormous difference! Thanks for your help!
Deb and Ed M 10/21/20 08:35am Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

Hmmm....I think I would use a sharp point light tester and poke the black & green wires to make sure they all have power before tapping into them. Maybe one of them is the fan prewire to the fuse panel and is dead?... hard to say but just a thought. You win!!! After waiting for my 16 ga wire and Scotchloks to arrive, I set about trying to find a handy place to tap into the overhead wires. I removed a section of corrugated plastic wiring guard - and lo and behold, hiding inside there was a black wire not connected to anything!! I checked it for continuity to the in-place fan wires, and got a beep. :-) So I simply Scotchlok'd it to a black wire next to it (apparently the neutral had already been connected) - and TADA! the fan runs like a champ! So I spent the rest of the afternoon screwing the fan to the roof (the butyl tape had already pretty much locked it into place) and then drizzling Dicor over everything. Once that sets up for a couple of days, I'll add a rain cover. In case anyone who has ever made an instructional video is reading this: THANK YOU! I watched a couple of videos showing "how to replace a vent with a fan" and they were invaluable!
Deb and Ed M 10/20/20 02:38pm Truck Campers
RE: What are the top 5 advantages of a TC?

1. Nimbleness - on a "tour" of the fun spots in Portland OR (following my daughter in her car), there were many places we could NOT have gone with a more conventional RV (our TC is a popup) 2. Allowed on length-restricted highways and National Parks 3. Fun camping sites, including some pretty rustic ones 4. Good mpgs, everything considered 5. Fits in our storage barn with 10' doors Granted, we had all those advantages with our converted Transit van, except that it didn't have a kitchen, and with Covid, I wanted to be more self-contained. For $3300, I have what I need and it's probably not depreciating near as much as the Transit did....LOL!
Deb and Ed M 10/19/20 02:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

No worries if youre over it. But you should be able to remove the front of the electrical panel. Where ever your fuses are, the face of that panel should have screws holding it on. Post a pic of the panel? How many spots dont have a fuse? Borrow fuses to fill the empty spots and use your meter to see if you have 12v to the fan now. Each fuse slot had a fuse - there were 5 plus a master fuse for the 12v side; and 2 breakers for the 110v side. The entire "box" is about 12" wide x 8" tall x 6" deep. I unscrewed it from the cabinet and tried to pull it forward to see where the wires enter in the back, but I could only move the box about 1/2". Not wanting to yank on it and make something come loose....that's about the time I decided to Scotchlok into the wires I could see. I'm OK with using white vinyl tape to hide the fan wires as they run along the ceiling - this is still an old (but pristine!) TC.
Deb and Ed M 10/18/20 08:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

If it would give enough room possibly changing knob to a crank arm handle? I even have a spare crank handle from a previous RV, but nope. The thermostat knob has about 1/32" clearance, thank goodness. Fortunately, even at age 67, I'm still tall enough to be able to reach the ceiling :-) I'll be putting a rain cover over the fan, so needing to close it won't be critical.
Deb and Ed M 10/18/20 08:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

OK, thanks everyone! I traced wires all over the place trying to find a terminal block or something similar (I can't get to the back of the electric panel). Since the camper's a popup, I can clearly see there are 4 wires going to the roof: 1 green, 1 black, 2 whites. I'm assuming the green and 1 white are for my marker lights; the black/white would be for ceiling lights. Even though there's a light about 6" from the "fan wiring", I can NOT see a connection, nor is there much room to poke around. Also - zero slack in the "fan wires". So I'm going to take the easy way out and simply Scotchlok wires from the Fantastic Fan over to where I can tap into the spot where the black/white ceiling wires are visible. I'm adding this next part in case anyone else is pondering installing an exhaust fan in an older popup TC (looks like the new ones don't have the same lift system): I'm glad I was setting the new fan in its hole from the top of the roof - when it wouldn't sit flat, I went into the camper, and wouldn't you just know it, the crank-up knob on the Fantastic Fan was hitting the bar that folds inward as the top is lowered. It's not a huge deal - I'll just have to keep the knob loose and use as needed.
Deb and Ed M 10/18/20 06:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

Oops - sorry I wasn't clearer: yes, I used my multimeter to test for 12v power (it will test to 1/1000th of a volt). I'll grab a worklight and go searching for the other ends of that wire......
Deb and Ed M 10/18/20 03:10pm Truck Campers
Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

OK - finally got around to removing the old overhead crank-up vent on our pop-up TC. I'm astounded how sticky the old Dicor still was on a 22 yr old camper! MUCH scraping later (and grateful for an aluminum roof), the new Fantastic Fan fit perfectly into the hole. I also discovered Northstar already had 12v wiring in place for a powered fan - bonus! Unfortunately, when I plugged the camper into 110v, there seems to be no power to the wires in the vent opening. :-( (The overhead lights worked, so I did have proper power) Ed tossed out some ideas - maybe there's no fuse in place for something that hadn't originally been installed; or the wires aren't hooked to ??? on the other end. I didn't even look at the fuse box - it was dark and my back ached and I was getting crabby. Getting old ain't for sissies. Tomorrow, I will contact Northstar and ask for advice, but I thought I'd throw my question out on this forum in case someone else knows the answer and I can start screwing down the fan. Thanks for any suggestions! Deb
Deb and Ed M 10/18/20 01:10pm Truck Campers
RE: no Can/US border opening for a long time

Currently with document, you can cross through Canada to and from Alaska by the most direct route. You must enter at certain points of entre. You must stay on that route and meet time requirements. Very hard to do in an RV! That's my understanding, too - it you dawdle or wander off the most direct route - it will be the most expensive trip you ever took :-( Steep Fine
Deb and Ed M 10/16/20 06:19pm Snowbirds
RE: class c in the smoky mountain national park

Ok I have the car reserved thanks!!!! You'll be happier - in our experiences with National Parks, some of the scenic turnouts can only handle a dozen cars (if that many) - being in a car might mean the difference between seeing something spectacular, and being forced to drive on due to not enough parking space for an RV. Have a great trip!
Deb and Ed M 10/16/20 06:10pm General RVing Issues
Mildew on popup tent insides

Just passing this along for others with the same problem - our new-to-us popup TC was heavily mildewed on the tent portion from being folded down while damp with condensation (it also doesn't have a vent fan, which I will solve with a new Fantastic Fan). I bought a spray bottle of "X-14 Mildew Stain Remover" (made by the WD-40 folks). I've used this stuff for years on our boat interiors - you simply spray it on and walk away. It works better than anything else I've ever tried. No scrubbing; the bottle says to rinse, but IMO you only have to rinse surfaces your clothes might touch, like boat seats which I would wipe off with a wet towel. Stubborn spots? Spray it again - if it's mold, it will disappear. Caveat: it smells strongly of chlorine - don't wear your nice clothes when applying; and protect fabrics (some will fade, some won't). Ventilate as much as possible - my "attack" was to spray-a-section-and-run. My camper tent parts went from dingy gray/black-mottled, to bright white. It looks like new again! If your local hardware store doesn't have it - Amazon sells it. (I have no affiliation with the product other than a happy customer)
Deb and Ed M 10/12/20 09:05am Truck Campers
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