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RE: Removing pine pitch

They make a product called Goo Gone which is good for removing glue. I don't know if it would work for tree sap but, it would be something to try. I would try it out in a inconspicuous place first to make sure it doesn't damage the paint.
CavemanCharlie 10/20/20 12:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Long term storage

It is to late now but, if I had been you (and I'm not I understand that) I would have taken it camping locally this year during the pandemic just to get out of the house and have fun. That is what I did. I am just a weekend camper. Partly do to the pandemic and partly due to my brother have rotary cuff surgery I never got far from home this year. Twice I made it up to 70 miles away but, every other weekend I was within 40 miles of my home. We still had fun. You want to come camping down here and I want to go camping (or move to) Canada.
CavemanCharlie 10/20/20 11:53am General RVing Issues
RE: 1/2T/huge TT vs strong cross wind = BAADDD DAY

What's a bar pit ???? Old Railroad slang for borrow pit....or median I spose if the median was a borrow pit for the road grade. Thank you as well.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/20 07:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1/2T/huge TT vs strong cross wind = BAADDD DAY

Bar pit, Bar ditches are a shortened phrase for barrow. When older highways were built they “barrowed” soil from the side of the road to elevate the roadway and provide a place for rain water to collect. I guess it depends on the source. I was always told it was a "borrow" pit because of the dirt "borrowed" from there to make the road bed. If it is a "barrow" pit, it is because of the dirt that was hauled from there in wheelbarrows to build the road bed. Whatever... As for the OP, near Livingston, MT on I-90 the winds can be so strong that the freeway is closed to "high-profile" vehicles. Semis and RV trailers often get blown over along that stretch of highway. If an 80,000 pound truck/trailer rig must stop, your RV behind a pickup doesn't have a chance. I don't care if your truck is a half ton gasser, a 3/4 ton diesel, or a one ton diesel dually, you better get off the road! Well, here is another explanation and I am only up to page 2. I guess it is one of those things we will never know for certain.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/20 07:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1/2T/huge TT vs strong cross wind = BAADDD DAY

Bar pit, Bar ditches are a shortened phrase for barrow. When older highways were built they “barrowed” soil from the side of the road to elevate the roadway and provide a place for rain water to collect. Ohhhhhh. Hum. Around here we just call them ditches. The center one is called the medium (I'm not sure why) . And we borrow stuff to take from one place to another not barrow. Thanks for letting me know.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/20 07:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Jump starters

I think they will spin the motor over about 3-5 times and the die quickly. That's if,,, the battery in the vehicle was only partly dead. If it is dead, dead, as in not enough power to light a single 12 volt tail light bulb, then I don't think the Jumper Pack (as they are called around here) will do much. Quite a strong opinion for no experience with them, but this is the internet... They would surprise you with how many jumps you get out of a single charge, even with diesels. Yes, your right I have no experience with them. From what I am reading on here they must be better then I think. I wonder how they work ? Why not replace the batteries in cars with something like the ones in a Jumper Pack?
CavemanCharlie 10/17/20 06:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Light lenses

If you are talking about the side marker lenses and if they are the old style like mine are with incandescence bulbs. Then you might as well get a couple of spare lenses and carry them with you. They are cheap and fall off often for no real reason. You can glue them on but, the bulbs fail often too and then you can't change the bulb out. If it's not the bulbs then it is the socket getting weak and not holding the bulb tightly anymore. If it's not the socket getting weak then it's corrosion and a bad ground (they are grounded to the skin of the camper) Dammed things are always broken in some way or the other. About 2-3 times a year I have to do a check and fiddle with them to keep them working.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/20 06:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are other drivers killing your RV experience?

People are people. When I was a cop we were told a speeding ticket might change someone for a few weeks then they're back to normal. What sometimes bothers me is there is nothing I can now do about such driving. Wished I written more tickets when I had the chance. lol When I was young all a speeding ticket did was piss me off . You would get that cop with the attitude that when he saw a young person, just starting out, and therefor driving a older car he would pull you over for little things just "To Teach That Kid A Lesson".. All they taught me was to not like cops. But, In those days they would give you a ticket for a few miles over the limit and it was 55 ever where. Even on the interstate. Now MN has all there speeds for the roads set about right and there is no reason to speed. And, I'm a old man if they see me a going little over the limit by accident they don't care. I have a few friends with kids though and it seems that the cops still like to pull the young people over and shake them down often. But, none of these kids have ever gotten a ticket so some things have obliviously changed. They used to write us up for any thing.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/20 06:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: 6 Volt Interstate batteries

Thanks to teejaywhy bought a couple of Deka GC 15's for the $144 each. They are rated higher than the Les Schwab's I was looking at. After I added water and charged them up, connected them to the TT. Right now we are sleeping in the TT as the new short queen mattress we bought a week ago showed up as a short king size. I had built a bed frame for our park model bedroom so we got rid of our old old mattress expecting the new mattress within a week. Figured we'd sleep in the trailer which has a great mattress. Now it loooks like another week or so. Anyway, I hooked up the 6 volts and turned off the shore power to test out the batteries to see how long they'll last. I've heard its good to run them down a time or two to break them in proper. We'll see. I'm not sure that you are suppose to run them down to break them in. i would start another post to ask about that. It doesn't sound right but, I'm no expert .
CavemanCharlie 10/17/20 05:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: 120 days and counting

The view from my trailer https://i.imgur.com/MKkQoPyl.jpg Beautiful place coming together there! What’s under the cover? Monte SS? That's my 1983 Mercedes 280SL. Waiting for it's new garage. https://i.imgur.com/vfMqtuml.jpg Ohooo. I've never seen one of them in person. Not to many cars like Mercedes around here.
CavemanCharlie 10/17/20 05:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1/2T/huge TT vs strong cross wind = BAADDD DAY

What's a bar pit ????
CavemanCharlie 10/13/20 08:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Jump starters

Interesting about the booster packs. Perhaps I should look into them. Being old school, and a guy who has been turning wrenches since I was a teenager, I have a hard time wrapping my head around something tiny having enough oooomph to start a vehicle. Me too. I think they will spin the motor over about 3-5 times and the die quickly. That's if,,, the battery in the vehicle was only partly dead. If it is dead, dead, as in not enough power to light a single 12 volt tail light bulb, then I don't think the Jumper Pack (as they are called around here) will do much. Also, if the vehicle ran the battery down trying to get it started in the first place, then the jumper pack is going to fix what ever the original problem was. I used to get kick out of people back in the day that would set there crank , and crank, and crank, and crank, on the engine until the battery was dead and then ask for a jump start. Why not try and figure out why it didn't start in the first place ??? no use running your battery all the way down to that last partial crank. It's not going to magically start then. Fix the problem before you run the battery down. I still wonder about people like that. P.S. I am not talking about people who's battery got old and tired, left their lights on, or stuff like that. I am talking about people with good batteries that run it down cranking the motor over and over for no reason.
CavemanCharlie 10/13/20 07:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: 120 days and counting

The view from my trailer https://i.imgur.com/MKkQoPyl.jpg Beautiful place coming together there! What’s under the cover? Monte SS? Yup, Yup, I was wondering the same thing. Maybe just a regular Monet ??? Show me a picture of a covered up car and I want to know what it is.
CavemanCharlie 10/13/20 07:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thank You!

Thank you for posting this. It's great to hear good reports instead of just bad ones.
CavemanCharlie 10/08/20 07:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: dometic furnace problem

Try closing the valve on your propane tank and bleeding off the pressure, then open the valve very slowly. It sounds like you might of trip the excessive flow protection valve. I've had this happen. If you trailer has no propane pressure when you hook up a tank, then you open the tank quickly, it'll do this. Stove will make flame, though it's weaker. Big appliances won't work. OP - Are you getting airflow? Does the air warm up at all? I've seen some trailers where the intake was blocked, causing the high temp circuit to trip because there wasn't really air moving through the furnace. Or,, maybe all his outlet ducts are covered so that no air can get out of the furnace.
CavemanCharlie 10/08/20 07:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: The trashing of our public lands.

Humans have always been slobs. Many native groups lived in an are until it was just nasty and then built a new village. Our pioneer ancestor's tossed their refuse out the back door, or if they were lucky enough to have a flowing river, directly into the drink Where would archeology be if it wasn't for slobs? Certainly not approving of littering, but am merely pointing out that it is nothing new. ! No it is not something new. What is new is the amount of people on the planet now. It took 100000 years for humans to reach the population level of 1 billion. In the last 250-300 years we have gone from 1 billion to 7.5 billion. It doesn't sound like much but, a billion is a really big number.
CavemanCharlie 10/04/20 07:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: 6 Volt Interstate batteries

My first set lasted about 5 years.... 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) If you were not on the other side of the country I would be interested in so-so batts. I'm in GA now, anyone need to get rid of some 1/2 usd batts? I am building a backup system at home and need batts. I currently have starting batts that I also do not know what to do with, and have solar panels, so it all really runs on solar... I have a sump pump that is important to be able to run if power goes down, but I do not need mega amp hours, just something as backup... Anyone let me know if you want to trade or whatever.. I don't know where St. Clare is but, MN is not on the other side of the country unless you are in Louisiana. Still , it is to far to go for used batteries.
CavemanCharlie 10/04/20 06:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: My TT was wrecked by a hail storm.

The frozen underwear story is great too. If I'm in the right crowd and I tell the right people the story right I can get a Ewww reaction. I think you should sell the parts. Then get another camper. Then start all over again ! That way I can have more stories to tell about this guy I once heard about.
CavemanCharlie 10/03/20 07:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: The trashing of our public lands.

Yes the trashing of America is gonna continue UNTIL the government steps in and starts making trash disposal, recycling, energy conservation subjects that need to be taught to the public; won’t stop 100% of problems but will start to minimize the issues. Also companies need to look into packaging and how their products are winding up in places other than the garbage dump/recycling center.... We live on the road & camphost so we are very aware of this issue. No amount of government mandates will make a slob not be a slob! Maybe not but, it won't hurt. You would be surprised how many of my friends kids / grand kids were never taught in school anything about recycling or picking up after yourself. I know that stuff should be taught at home but, if it isn't where are they going to learn it ??? I try to purchase stuff with less packaging but, you really can't ! It's all over packaged and surrounded by ****. I'm depressed at how much of the **** we buy is surrounded by **** that we then buy. Plastic bags, in plastic bags, in plastic bags, surrounding a plastic hard shell thing, all for plastic toy.
CavemanCharlie 10/03/20 07:06pm General RVing Issues
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
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