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RE: Dry Camping - Heat with Propane, or electrically w/Inverter?

We use a Big Buddy to heat our RV. It is much more efficient than the furnace. Same here. I will not use an unvented combustion heater. There are plenty made that do vent. I agree in theory, but I also think it depends on the cubic feet volume of the trailer. Ours is a 44' fifth wheel with three slides and high ceilings. Our buddy heater won't burn through all that O2 in one night. People need to be careful with those heaters around pets though. We had an old (and not very bright) dog who singed her tail on the heater once. That was a scary lesson for us. She was a good ol' girl whom we inherited after my mother in-law passed, but she was "as dumb as a bag of hammers", as my pop used to say. She was lovely though, and we adopted the same breed after she passed.
dedmiston 09/25/20 12:04pm Tech Issues
RE: 2-way refrigerator operation without a battery

Solar is the easy way to keep a battery charged. He's on shore power, which is even easier.
dedmiston 09/25/20 11:54am Tech Issues
RE: Curious: difference between a WD hitch and Hensley Arrow

Moved from Roads and Routes.
dedmiston 09/25/20 10:42am Towing
RE: Anybody: highway 42-S from Coquille Oregon

Hi Jelly Belly Bean, Welcome to the forum. I hope you find years of helpful info and friendly community here like so many of us have. I hope you don't mind, but I edited your original post to add more of a description for you. When is your trip? I hope the weather, fires, etc. cooperate for you. Good luck, Dave
dedmiston 09/25/20 10:38am Roads and Routes
RE: 2002 Ford E350 V10 Transmission Fluid

Moved from Tech Issues.
dedmiston 09/24/20 05:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone traveling to Vermont for leaf season?

I've deleted all the comments from TxGearhead. It's safe to return to this thread now.
dedmiston 09/24/20 05:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Firman 1500 generator issues

REMINDER: Please refrain from any Legal discussions. Posts are not allowed in which a local, state, or federal consumer action board and/or legal counsel is/have been involved. This includes posts related to future, ongoing or past lawsuits. Any Legal discussion will cause the thread to be closed or deleted.
dedmiston 09/24/20 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: Recent wonderful trip

:) I always enjoy reading about other RVers trips so here is ours. We took an 11 day vacation beginning at Black Water State Park, WV. Then we spent a few days in Shenandoah National Park, then a few days in Northern Pa in the Alleghany National Forest at a beautiful ANF campground, Willow Bay, then finished at Cooks Forest State Park. We Love CFSP but pet sites are limited and not in the best part of the campground. We no longer have a pet but there are always many sites where pets cannot go, sad. During the trip we saw 3 black bears, 1 bob cat, and multiple deer from the truck. There were bear where we hiked but they stayed away. We heard and smelled their musty smell. We hiked 8 mountain hikes totaling 40+ miles. We love hiking and I was proud that we did it all. Not bad for a couple of old people. We are so blessed to have Nat'l, State Parks and National Forests in this country. I didn't mean to hijack your thread with an emoji discussion. This trip sounds fantastic. This is such a great time of the year to travel. Many years ago our kids used to get a week off every October for Fall Break. Every year it was the same week, the last week that National Parks were open. We were there for closing day/night at various parks over the years and they even locked the gate behind us at Mesa Verde NP as we pulled out in our little popup. After traveling this same time of year for so long, we started joking that "it's only us, the geezers, and The Germans" (sorry to use that word, but we were young). All these years later, our kids are grown and it's just the two of us traveling, and somehow "us" and "the geezers" morphed together into one and the same.
dedmiston 09/23/20 10:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wine Refrigerator; Not RV related

As an aside, I have to confess that our fiver came with a wine fridge. It's ridiculous. Our fifth wheel is a toy hauler and we mainly dry camp out in the desert, and the wine fridge only runs on 110. Our friends give us grief for it and make the "pinkies out" sign when they come inside with us. And no, we don't keep wine in it. :B
dedmiston 09/23/20 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: Recent wonderful trip

Whether the forum software will display them or not is another question though. ?? No cigar. The poop emoji was translated to "??".
dedmiston 09/23/20 09:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recent wonderful trip

:) I always enjoy reading about other RVers trips so here is ours. We took an 11 day vacation beginning at Black Water State Park, WV. Then we spent a few days in Shenandoah National Park, then a few days in Northern Pa in the Alleghany National Forest at a beautiful ANF campground, Willow Bay, then finished at Cooks Forest State Park. We Love CFSP but pet sites are limited and not in the best part of the campground. We no longer have a pet but there are always many sites where pets cannot go, sad. During the trip we saw 3 black bears, 1 bob cat, and multiple deer from the truck. There were bear where we hiked but they stayed away. We heard and smelled their musty smell. We hiked 8 mountain hikes totaling 40+ miles. We love hiking and I was proud that we did it all. Not bad for a couple of old people. We are so blessed to have Nat'l, State Parks and National Forests in this country. For jdc1 :) The little-known shortcut for adding emojis on Mac and Windows Click on any text field. Position your cursor in any text field where you'd like to add an emoji. ... Press Command + Control + Space. ... Choose your emoji from the list. ... Click to add the emoji to your text. Whether the forum software will display them or not is another question though. ??
dedmiston 09/23/20 09:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Awning Fabric Replacement

Yes you must order the exact replacement because the wiring for the light strip and the electric motor are sewn into the edge of the fabric.Are you sure about that? I've never heard of anyone running the wire in the awning fabric. All that I have seen runs the wiring up one of the arms. We got our awning fabric for our 20' awning from ShadePro.net. Excellent product. About $200 for the heavy duty vinyl. But I didn't see anything on their website about ones with wiring. I've always wondered where the wiring is for our motor and lights. I've always assumed it was in the arms. I'll take a closer look next time we're out and see if there's any signs of ours being in the fabric. I wouldn't put money on it though.
dedmiston 09/23/20 09:53am Toy Haulers
RE: Solar charging - can it be so?

Issue: can an artificial light cause a solar panel to create a charge? Yes It's strange to recall this now, but back when I used to travel daily to this thing called an "office", I'd see something in the men's room that always cracked me up: The soap dispenser and the automatic water valve (turned on and off by a beam that detected your hands) were both solar powered. The lights in the bathroom fed the little panels in the soap dispenser and water fixture. It was one of those things that I had to force myself to not think too hard about, because I didn't want to blow a fuse.
dedmiston 09/21/20 05:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Foliage Season in New England

It’s hard to believe that people can’t find fall colors in the state in which they reside. Why one must travel to see colored leaves in the Covid era is puzzling and selfish to me. My region has many things to offer, but fall colors isn't one of them. We have to travel someplace to peep the leaves. Last year we were in Michigan and Ontario for the fall colors and they didn't disappoint. But yes, it's probably safe to say that the southern third of the nation needs to head north to see any fall foliage. It's not selfish. It's just geography.
dedmiston 09/21/20 05:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Furnace running requires hookup or engine running?

I rented a trailer twice. Same guy. He told me i had to bring back the trailer with both drain valves open. Which means spilling feces onto the street. I hope you waited until you got to his property to open the valves. :E I wonder if he intended you to leave the cap on? That would have saved the street, but the next guy would have been sorry when he opened the cap.
dedmiston 09/21/20 01:41pm Tech Issues
RE: cover for a 40' older toyhauler

We have a 2009 Keystone Raptor 380LEV. ~40' long with 2 slides & 2 entry doors. Looking to get a cover that will cover the full length of our toyhauler and still allow access through at least one of the doors, preferably the main and garage doors. What has been your experience with one (pluses & minuses)? How do they hold up with the changing of the seasons...when it snows and the snow melts? Which material is protects your RV the best? Are they difficult to install and remove? Do they make them that allow you to put the slides out? Do they make a cover that allows you to put the rear ramp down? Some Manufacturers choices are 37'1" - 40'0". Our toyhauler according to the mfg measures 39'11". Would you recommend the next size up 40'1"-44'? Anything else we should know? cheers! Jason It's great to see you around again, Jason. I don't recall where you live, but is it very windy there? The wind is really the biggest enemy of the RV covers. When time permits, I like to take a lap around the storage yard after I park ours and put it away. There are a couple of oddball things that I see, so I like to watch them over time just to see "how's that working out for ya?" One of the nosy games I like to play is RV Cover Rodeo: When I see someone put on a new cover, I like to watch and see just how long they can ride that horse. Every last cover user in my storage lot gives up eventually; it's just a matter of how long they'll last. The owners who use their rigs often are the ones who quit the soonest. I can't tell if that's because they get tired of removing and replacing the cover, or if it's because they're more attentive and see the damage sooner. The owners who use theirs less often let the wind take over. The wind destroys the covers, and then the covers destroy the coaches. The trademark sign is the long upside down rainbow arc of damage caused by loose lashings that swing back and forth in the wind. It's so cringeworthy. There was one guy with an absolutely gorgeous motorhome near our dumpster, so I'd look at his rig after every trip no matter what. When he added a cover, I figured "this ought to be good". He worked so hard to tailor fit his cover to his beautiful coach, but his mirrors stuck out too far and he had to make cutouts for the mirrors. He was really diligent about strapping down his cover and adding padding beneath the friction points, but he quit after about nine months after it started rubbing the finish on the nose of his rig just beneath the windshield. It's not that they don't work for anyone, but I've yet to see one last even a year in our 28 years of using storage yards. I keep watching and rooting for them, but I haven't seen a real winner yet. I should note that we don't even live in extreme weather. We don't get extreme high or low temps (except for the usual hellish high temps for a week or two in August or September) and not a ton of precipitation either. The winds are pretty constant in the wide open parts of town where we have so many storage yards, but even those aren't very extreme. Those constant winds are too much for the covers though. Good luck with your shopping and your choice. It's good to see you again. Take care.
dedmiston 09/21/20 11:51am Toy Haulers
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

I was thinking about the deep drains, but I don't think they'd give you enough volume to make a difference. You've got more than 50 gallons of puddle there. When I was a kid our driveway was poorly designed and only about 1/4 of it drained to the street and the rest drained back towards the house and made a huge puddle by our side yard gate (not as big as your puddle though). I was probably 15 years old and had been taking music lessons for years and really wanted a new instrument, but it was more than I could afford. My dad told me he's pay half if I did a job for him. He brought home a 55 gallon drum with the bottom cut out of it and handed me a shovel. It took me days to dig a hole almost as deep as I was tall. Then we sunk the drum and surrounded it with gravel and topped it with a large drain fixture and grate to funnel the water into the drum. It worked great for us, but I don't think we ever had more than 55 gallons of water to dispose of. It's a whole lot of work and you'd need multiple drums. I think the only reason it worked for us is that we live in an arid climate and the drum was always empty until it rained. It's pretty green where you are though, so I don't think you'd start off with an empty receptacle like we did. You'd have to sink too many drums down there to make any difference.
dedmiston 09/18/20 09:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Food!

Moved from General RVing.
dedmiston 09/17/20 09:10pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Shearing the sheep

But your argument falls all apart if the economy doesn't tank, sales remain strong, and borrowers don't default on their loans. Yes. You're 100% right there. Hopefully I'm wrong. My main point was to compare the low upside to the lenders because of low interest rates with the risk of inflated prices during this temporary boom. But yes, hopefully the markets remain strong and there aren't a lot of defaults.
dedmiston 09/17/20 11:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Where to Camp in Wiickenburg, AZ

We want to visit Wickenburg, AZ. Any suggestions on where to camp? Appreciate your help. Betsy. Hi Betsy - One tip for you is to use the Edit function in your original post and then add to your topic title. Instead of "Where to Camp", try something like "Where to Camp near Wickenburg, AZ". This will draw more attention and get more responses from people who know the area. Good luck.
dedmiston 09/17/20 09:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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