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RE: Questions on using a Dutch Oven

I purchased a Lodge Dutch Oven with short stubby legs a while back and never got to use it. I don't even remember how big it is and will have to go to the RV to get it out. I bought this knowing absolutely nothing on how to use it. Last year we started traveling with my brother and another couple (6 of us). We take turns preparing the meals and I thought using the Dutch oven would make for some good meals as well as some entertainment while preparing a meal. My problem is I have been spending this time at home to look up all kinds of stuff and have been overwhelmed trying to learn how to properly use this oven. Can you recommend a website that would start me out slow and allow me to get comfortable cooking this way? I can safely get the oven from the RV and start using it in my backyard. That way once we are able to return to camping I could be a little proficient at using it. I'm open to all types of cooking as we rotate main course, sides and desserts as well as breakfasts. Thanks! Dave Lots of good info available on D.O. Cooking. Another source to consider is watching the Kent Rollins videos on Cowboy Cooking. Kent has lots of videos on Cowboy cooking with a D.O. Lots of easy recipes. Before you make a lot of burnt crop circles in your yard, go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy a large patio stone to cook on...
OleManOleCan 03/28/20 10:29pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Help choosing something like Cougar

Start off with where do you believe you’ll be camping. Private RV parks usually can take all sizes. Boondocking down a dirt forest service road may be 4x4 and 20 foot TT...or even TC only. I picked a 22 foot TT box with a 4x4 TV to go many places...but I can’t go everywhere. Most federal, state and local government websites list their max lengths. Lots of RV sales people are like Car Sales People. They will say anything to make a sale. A long time ago I was in your position. Hard to tell which was the biggest liar. I was sold too much trailer for the Under powered Chevy 1500 I had. One trip to the mountains (Harrowing) and I came home and traded my nearly new Chevy for a F-250 Diesel. I never had a problem towing when I got Enough Truck. If you trade your 'Grocery Getter' for a Tow Vehicle, you will see how badly sales people lie to you.
OleManOleCan 03/22/20 11:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wall mounted AC units

Thanks everyone, she did her walk through yesterday, I couldn't join her but she said it went well and for the first few months we will be camping with her and her grandson so we can teach them as much as we can. Her biggest fear now is backing. I plan to take her to a closed dept.store parking lot for practice.... Lots of practice. I used a couple of traffic cones when I taught my wife to back our trailers. Worked very well.
OleManOleCan 03/11/20 10:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wall mounted AC units

I put a new wall mount air conditioner in my Vintage Camper. It had an old one on it's last leg. The new unit is slightly larger than the last one, so i had to open the hole a little and re-frame it. Works great. My new air conditioner, like all the other wall mounted units I have seen drains on the outside.
OleManOleCan 03/11/20 10:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone use a Solo Stove

At two different hunting clubs I used a 15" truck rim and a 16" grill grate from Walmart. That was a cooking machine. The last club i was a member of I used a rim off of an old ice cream truck. It took a 24" grill grate from Walmart. It worked great, but it may have made a better small fire pit. I cooked on tire rims off and on for 10-15 years. Worked great. BTW: A used tire store gave me both rims. When I left those clubs I gave the rims to buddies who were still members there. (RECYCLING)
OleManOleCan 03/11/20 10:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

What are your thoughts on a surge protector I have a 50amp hookup & the parts department highly recommended one. Not sure if because the just wanted to sell me something or if there are alot of issues with sensitive electronics or what? It's about... Is your trailer worth protecting. One of my buddies didn't think he needed one... Lightening struck the campground he was staying in and... Lightening ran in on his camper, and fried just about everything. Cost him right at $2000 to fix his camper back like it was. NOW HE USES A SURGE PROTECTOR.
OleManOleCan 03/11/20 10:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Enough truck?

New TT user. I'm considering purchasing a Lance 2185 TT (https://www.lancecamper.com/travel-trailers/2185/specs/) or similar size and weight TT. Before I buy (used) I plan to rent one next month using my current truck to pull the trailer to try this trailer out. I have a 2008 Ford F150 2x4 Supercab with 4.6L V8, 145" WB, tow package and canopy. According to the door jam sticker this truck has a GVWR of 6700# and a payload capacity of 1568#. The Lance has a weight of 4565#, payload of 1435 for GVWR of 6000#. The hitch weight is 755#. It will be just my wife and I in the truck for this trip. If I add up our weight (200# each) + 200# topper + 745# hitch weight I'm at 1345# which is within the 1568# max payload. Is this too close? If I use the 15% of the 6000 TT GVWR as the hitch weight I get 900# plus the weight of us and the topper (600#) which is 1400# just barely below the 1568# payload. Too close? The truck rear GAWR is 3800#. If I decide to buy the TT after the week trial, I plan to replace my current F150 truck with a newer (2015-2017) F150 SuperCrew 4x4 145" WB truck with greater max towing rating. I was thinking of the 3.5L Turbo V6 engine (10,700# towing) or should I find a truck with the 5.0L V8? Am I ok to tow the Lance with my current truck for the week trip? Advice on a used F150 truck? Thanks The 3.5L Echo Boost Turbo will pull that with no problem. Even in most mountains. Have a good Hitch/Sway bar setup. and good electrical brakes and you shouldn't have many problems. The 3.5 Turbo and the 5.0 V8 are good motors. Either will get the job done. The 5.0 v8 is first cousin to the 5.0 Coyote motor in the fast Mustangs. It's set up different, different rear ends ect. If I got rid of my Echo Boost Turbo, I'd hunt for the 5.0 V8. Just my opinion, but the 4.6 V8 may not be strong enough. It will tow if you stay out of mountains, so start truck hunting.
OleManOleCan 03/10/20 10:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: SHANK question

I have a 23ft trailer and I recently went from a GMC Yukon to a Ford F150/Raptor. The shank and old hitch works fine after some adjustments, but I noticed today I can't open the tailgate without it hitting my tongue jack. The fix would be to go from a 12 inch shank to a 18 inch shank. Not a huge difference, but was curious if others have done this and does it compromise ride, etc.? I've always had motorhomes and 5th wheels so I'm sorry for the NEWB question and thanks in advance for your thoughts. Here is a picture of it with the 12 inch and it rides great. Hate to compromise that, but I would like to be able to open the tailgate while hooked up. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/eBepQDIw6I1ENa8geXg1ceOhL3xLxNGy2Ds1o7BfR1hfZR2MZezNkdDeT6tIn1Rtfkaa7H0Pm2CESqN5ZRUH7kprBsHdvU-tRbCztOOfERr0vcN7eIWmUHUEvNsGHGA501yk32Dv7yfeO14mTdERFVK-mG89a9nvamvdlIR9MxQhSfBSnZWCj3ezxi99rXq6caBJ-SPmCxQv49URys92JbBbHo07dPK7c2ekvTri_sxfnfv5_7n-KXwiAJRRY0RL5RZC4ybrMzbkK4CVvTHS6UIcJejW7LyqQi05gXAwmzrK6hPYyCnfPm9czHJ0m3jMAd_x3vFmIZbLYh1qttTfMwmB2SXqPjLFYzTvhdbeIzPh8ugS-SfnKnOuzeljAO-4k6VGcyH6nwB1luZHO0X381myZ-6PIZw76UxTX5TiNWRVxVRa9HYaYPHYGez-QG3ajPLOWtBBxy4toRqEbRZmT1sFQbAtlaiKTOItqqTBllCJCO3WsmCvHrB1rvSTvGvhWJwBkg93n0OQ0scKBqoDVmAR73Dt_McJqlcFDFxdTHGSifUnOAyANMzyo9tcnFQJCTby83UFDxdM0-UlADmhtToUwLQT7YOfLxlOaVvTLcMva1R0CYU2y628ODsgFJ5mVC4jf7rF-3xsGrkv12DgpQ3COx4v4nlUyfKiCQAcJpwvQ1TUE4QajYU=w620-h465-no You could try to go to an 18" shank so you can open the tailgate. It might not tow as nice because now the trailer is another 6" further from the truck's rear axle. I have always had that problem too so I just lived with it and it never bothered me. I always wanted to get the trailer tongue as close to the rear axle as possible for towing stability. Try it if it doesn't tow as nice you will only be out the price of the shank. Rob A longer Shank will mess with the Tongue Weight. I had that problem with my last trailer and vehicle. I lived with it. I don't like the idea of making towing and backing up a little different. Why make it more difficult? My simple hack was to put things in my F-150 before I hitched up, and to unload my truck after I unhitch.
OleManOleCan 03/08/20 11:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: SHANK question

I have a 23ft trailer and I recently went from a GMC Yukon to a Ford F150/Raptor. The shank and old hitch works fine after some adjustments, but I noticed today I can't open the tailgate without it hitting my tongue jack. The fix would be to go from a 12 inch shank to a 18 inch shank. Not a huge difference, but was curious if others have done this and does it compromise ride, etc.? I've always had motorhomes and 5th wheels so I'm sorry for the NEWB question and thanks in advance for your thoughts. Here is a picture of it with the 12 inch and it rides great. Hate to compromise that, but I would like to be able to open the tailgate while hooked up. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/eBepQDIw6I1ENa8geXg1ceOhL3xLxNGy2Ds1o7BfR1hfZR2MZezNkdDeT6tIn1Rtfkaa7H0Pm2CESqN5ZRUH7kprBsHdvU-tRbCztOOfERr0vcN7eIWmUHUEvNsGHGA501yk32Dv7yfeO14mTdERFVK-mG89a9nvamvdlIR9MxQhSfBSnZWCj3ezxi99rXq6caBJ-SPmCxQv49URys92JbBbHo07dPK7c2ekvTri_sxfnfv5_7n-KXwiAJRRY0RL5RZC4ybrMzbkK4CVvTHS6UIcJejW7LyqQi05gXAwmzrK6hPYyCnfPm9czHJ0m3jMAd_x3vFmIZbLYh1qttTfMwmB2SXqPjLFYzTvhdbeIzPh8ugS-SfnKnOuzeljAO-4k6VGcyH6nwB1luZHO0X381myZ-6PIZw76UxTX5TiNWRVxVRa9HYaYPHYGez-QG3ajPLOWtBBxy4toRqEbRZmT1sFQbAtlaiKTOItqqTBllCJCO3WsmCvHrB1rvSTvGvhWJwBkg93n0OQ0scKBqoDVmAR73Dt_McJqlcFDFxdTHGSifUnOAyANMzyo9tcnFQJCTby83UFDxdM0-UlADmhtToUwLQT7YOfLxlOaVvTLcMva1R0CYU2y628ODsgFJ5mVC4jf7rF-3xsGrkv12DgpQ3COx4v4nlUyfKiCQAcJpwvQ1TUE4QajYU=w620-h465-no You could try to go to an 18" shank so you can open the tailgate. It might not tow as nice because now the trailer is another 6" further from the truck's rear axle. I have always had that problem too so I just lived with it and it never bothered me. I always wanted to get the trailer tongue as close to the rear axle as possible for towing stability. Try it if it doesn't tow as nice you will only be out the price of the shank. Rob A longer Shank will mess with the Tongue Weight. I had that problem with my last trailer and vehicle. I lived with it. I don't like the idea of making towing and backing up a little different. Why make it more difficult? My simple hack was to put things in my F-150 before I hitched up, and to unload my truck after I unhitch.
OleManOleCan 03/08/20 11:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

Half dozen years ago my buddy, Wayne, questioned the need when I bought a surge protector. About 3 weeks later in an electrical storm, my buddy's camper got a over load when lightening struck something in the state park. The camper didn't burn, but every circuit and appliance was fried. Wayne bought another camper, and a quality surge protector. A quality surge protector is a cheap investment in protection.
OleManOleCan 03/04/20 01:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fifth Wheel to TT?

There are some really great things about a 5r, but we went the other route for our last 3 trailers. Travel Trailers. MY Cons against a 5r: We prefer trailers all on one level I have two bad knees and a bad back. Need Low steps... My wife has bad knees. When we camp it's just the 2 of us. I actually use the bed of my truck, so a 5th wheel is in the way. We don't have to carry everything we own when we go camping. My current camper is 20'. It fits in every camp ground. We have spent years simplifying our camping, so we don't generally carry things we don't need. AND... Being retired we prefer to camp during the middle of the week. When I show up on Mondays the campgrounds have lots of empty spaces. Camp grounds like to see people leave on Fridays so they can fill up on weekends. Lastly towing a 20' is a breeze.
OleManOleCan 02/28/20 10:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie here with a towing question

When manufacturers calculate "max towing capacity", they do it without aftermarket accessories, passengers, or cargo. They also advertised that max tow weight with two key words, often missed by consumers. Those words are "UP TO". RV manufacturers are also guilty of advertising misleading information. They advertise trailers with their unloaded (dry) weights, along with some low hitch / tongue weights. Some of those hitch / tongue weights don't include a battery or propane, both of which add weight directly onto the tongue. They also don't tell you, tongue weight is not a constant number. It goes up and down during every trip. Your estimate of 500 lbs for stuff loaded in the trailer, could be a bit on the low side. Just filling a 30 gallon fresh water tank, adds 240 lbs. If you got in a situation where you had to tow with full black / grey tanks, you would have 500+ lbs right there. The average load (dishes, flatware, pots and pans, bedding, camp chairs, BBQ equipment, flashlights, batteries, groceries, water, etc) is about 1000 lbs. Average tongue weight runs 12 -13 percent of loaded trailer weight. Some trailers, based on their floor plan, or how you load it, can be a little higher. On your tire / loading sticker (on drivers door jamb), there is a number for "max occupant / cargo weight" (AKA payload). That is the truck's capacity to carry everything and everybody you put into, or onto the truck. The weight of added hitch equipment and trailer tongue weight are counted as cargo weight, on the truck. Any aftermarket accessories, you may have added to the truck, are counted as cargo weight. With these numbers and percentages, you can calculate how that trailer matches up with your truck. Take your payload number and subtract 100 lbs for hitch equipment, subtract you family weight, subtract aftermarket accessory weight (if you have any), and subtract any cargo that you would be carrying in the truck. Whatever is left over, is payload available for carrying tongue weight. If you divide that available payload by .13, that will give you a ball park number of what loaded trailer weight would put your truck at it's max capacity. Give yourself some wiggle room. Allow for those tongue weight fluctuations and the possible unexpected guest or cargo. The closer you are to going over weight, the more unpleasant your towing will be. You're looking at a trailer that will be close to 6000 lbs when it is ready to camp. Does it fit with your set up, only you can make that call. Do some of these calculations, and see where it falls. Not only manufactures lie about weights, but car/truck salesmen are the worst. Too many will tell you with a straight face that what they are selling will tow the camper. However there is a really big difference between calling, making a trailer roll, and towing with it. Then there is the issue of stopping the trailer that is too heavy. Lastly... Think about trying to tow in Mountains. Years ago I was where you are now... I 'Towed' my camper to the Smokey Mountains. Going North from Chattanooga, Tn. My under powered tow vehicle was going 65 mph when I started up the first long hill. I was going less than 20 mph before I got to the top... When I got home from that trip, I traded trucks. Being under powered and over loaded is dangerous for you, your family and everybody else on the highway.
OleManOleCan 02/26/20 10:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Xchocks question

X chocks are nice but I’d use wheel chocks also. Not plastic...Hard, heavy rubber. Five bucks each a Harbor Freight on sale Using both Wheel chocks and X Chocks is a good investment in your camper. Maybe that sounds like a belt and suspenders thing, but both types work together to make your camper more stable.
OleManOleCan 02/26/20 10:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: which size drinking water hose?

I replaced the plumbing in my 75 Prowler... Frozen and busted... Lowered the cost of purchase. I put in 1/2" water lines and a quality pressure reducer at the hydrant. What difference does it make? Not a lot, my inside hydrants all neck down to 3/8". I did have the peace of mind that the previous plumbing was gone, and My plumbing did not leak. Last Fall, I made dang sure I did everything when I winterized my trailer. I blew out the lines, then filled them with the Pink stuff. It will take a couple minutes to drain all the lines and run clean water thru them before I take it out this Spring. I'm fixing to have a total knee replacement in March, so my camping will come a little later, after I've done a bunch of rehab.
OleManOleCan 02/17/20 10:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: Newbie Pre Purchase Questions

Bunkhouse, why? My first and current TT has bunks. HAD to get them for the grandkids. Two seasons later, they have NEVER went on a trip with us. We have camped with our daughter's family several times, they have their own TT, and THEN we get a grandkid or two sleep over with us occasionally. I added a removable clothes rod to the bottom bunk to make it more useful. The upper bunk is a **** catcher. Love my grandkids but 90% of the time the bunks are a waste. I can strap up the lower bunk and use it as a storage area using the factory outside access door. We could have had a smaller TT or more living space for my wife and I if bunks weren't a key factor. I like my TT a lot but without the bunks as a must, so many more options would have been considered. Sounds like something I would have written when I owned a 28' BH. I had a lot of wasted space, because 99% of the time it was only my wife and I. These days when we camp, it's always just the two of us. When I down sized I dropped from 30' to 20'. I love the smaller trailer, and it will fit in every space, even in old State Park Camp Grounds. Smaller trailers are easier to tow, and require less truck for towing.
OleManOleCan 02/15/20 10:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Pre Purchase Questions

Bunkhouse, why? My first and current TT has bunks. HAD to get them for the grandkids. Two seasons later, they have NEVER went on a trip with us. We have camped with our daughter's family several times, they have their own TT, and THEN we get a grandkid or two sleep over with us occasionally. I added a removable clothes rod to the bottom bunk to make it more useful. The upper bunk is a **** catcher. Love my grandkids but 90% of the time the bunks are a waste. I can strap up the lower bunk and use it as a storage area using the factory outside access door. We could have had a smaller TT or more living space for my wife and I if bunks weren't a key factor. I like my TT a lot but without the bunks as a must, so many more options would have been considered. Sounds like something I would have written when I owned a 28' BH. I had a lot of wasted space, because 99% of the time it was only my wife and I. These days when we camp, it's always just the two of us. When I down sized I dropped from 30' to 20'. I love the smaller trailer, and it will fit in every space, even in old State Park Camp Grounds. Smaller trailers are easier to tow, and require less truck for towing.
OleManOleCan 02/15/20 10:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Pre Purchase Questions

RAM 1500 4X4 CREW ST 5'7" BOX your payload is 1840.. Pretty good. Is it just you and spouse in truck? 800 lb TW you may be up over 1000 lbs when loaded. Add more people to truck and youll be up there at limits. Thing with the rams I hear is the coil suspension is not that good.. May need to beef it up with sumo springs or air bags as people on this site suggest. Jayco cargo CCC is 1200. Not alot IMO. Grand design youll get a bit more 1600 and a 600 lb tongue weight.But pay the price for the name.. Better quality? My theory is find as light as you can with max cargo hold. yes sunset trails is a good option. http://www.crossroadsrv.com/products/travel-trailers/sunset-trail/floorplans/ss288bh/ You will have warranty work I am sure... I fixed all the stuff myself because I didnt want the RV tied up at the dealer for months as they are always swamped.. Only if there was something major would I bring it back. I bought the RV from a dealer that was 4 hours away. Its where I got a fantastic price. All my local dealers were 4000 more...those dealers were 1.5 hours away. Very good thing to know... Warranty work can run a month or more. I paid a small shop to do part of my work, it is about 1.5 miles from my house. I left it with them on a Monday and picked it up on Thursday. Lots of little things I did myself. Still do.
OleManOleCan 02/15/20 10:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: It has been 6 yrs since we sold our TT--back looking again!

So our youngest just graduated HS, so we are looking at TT's that are 3500 or less. What we're looking for preferably, is a dinette on one end, bed on the other in case the MIL wants to come along. I've been to two RV shows in the last month and was able to eliminate the $30k Intech Horizon and Little Guy Max as they are just too cramped and it's a no to wetbaths. If we were to spend 30k, we'd have to drive to New York from NC to get my favorite, the Holiday House 18RB. Here's my list so far for TT's under 20k, under 3500 lbs, fibeglass construction. Keystone Bullet Crossfire 1900RD, Gulfstream Vintage Cruiser 19ERD, and the Apex Nano 191RBS. They all have their pluses and minuses. The Vintage Cruiser is the lightest at 3090#. The Apex Nano is the least expensive at $16500 and has the nicer fiberglass/plastic end cap with aluminum wheels. I have not been able to walk through and put my hands on the Gulfstream. :) I hope to be a contributing member here again, I have done a lot of video watching and learning. We can't wait to go glamping! If you held out 6 years, you resisted twice as long as we did. In year 3... I settled on restoring a 20' 1975 Prowler. (I didn't go for fancy, just the features we wanted.) BTW: Rehabbing is a young mans game. I took way too many Tylenol while I was doing the work... NEVER AGAIN. I'm getting too long in the tooth to rehab another. Good luck finding something that meets your needs.
OleManOleCan 02/15/20 10:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for a propane setup for seafood boil cooking

Bass Pro and cabelas's routinely have the turkey burner and pot on sale for around $49. I use mine for everything from fish fries to large wok for stir fry veggies. I have a single burner and I have a double burner. The single burner gets the most use. It has gone camping and hunting with me for years. Low Country Boils, Craw Fish Boils, and mine sees extra duty cooking with a Discada. I first saw immigrants cooking with them in the Arizona Desert. I came home and got a welder buddy to make me one out of a 22" Plow Disc. He welded the Hole together, and welded on Horse Shoes for handles. Now people are selling those things. About $49 at Academy Sports.
OleManOleCan 02/14/20 11:00pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: TT television

go to walmart and get the cheapest one that fits. It will work for the next ten years... Last year I put a small Walmart TV in my 1975 Prowler. I think I bought a larger Walmart TV when the TV in our bedroom gave up the ghost. AND... I think I bought a Walmart TV when I had a Grey Wolf. No complaints... Don't skimp on your Coaxial cables, they really do make a difference in your picture.
OleManOleCan 02/13/20 10:51pm Travel Trailers
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