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RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

We RVers need to Boycott places that don’t allow a special part of the camping experience...”campfires”. It’s bad enough that so many places don’t allow wood fires but not allowing propane campfires is beyond ridiculous! We carry in our RV a variety of equipment and supplies for a campfire and it’s so disappointing to not be able to use them and enjoy that experience. I own a small RV park and when we are in a burning ban I have had people cancel their reservation...”Really, we can’t have a campfire?...we will book another time” I will not book anymore places that don’t allow a campfire. We carry along a propane firepit and an extra 20 lb. propane tank to power it in order to solve the "no campfires" problem! No fire ring to clean out or messing with firewood is required. The flame is adjustable and comes up through the bricks in the firepit to look just like a the real thing. It puts out heat just like the real thing, cooks S'mores and hot dogs, emits no odors to bother other campers, and you just turn a knob to shut it down when going to bed. It works like a champ for providing carefree campfires everywhere. Amazing the number of people who apparently did not read and understand the OP! "It’s bad enough that so many places don’t allow wood fires but not allowing propane campfires is beyond ridiculous!" Seems to me that is pretty clear: Banning wood fires is OK when necessary, but banning propane "campfires" is ridiculous. I agree. I carry one of those things along with a 5 pound propane cylinder. There is no smoke, no sparks, no embers, nothing but a little propane fire. I also carry a small propane grill and a two burner propane cook stove. If the campground or RV park tells me "NO!", well, once again I am on wheels, I can leave quite quickly, never to return. I'm sure they really do not care if I leave, and they do not care about the comments I might make on a website. Y'know, I do not care whether they care or not!
mowermech 10/12/19 04:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Weather is supposed to get cold and snowy tonight. High tomorrow will be in the mid 20s, they say; overnight low tomorrow will be in the teens. Possibility of up to a foot of snow, depending on who we listen to. I'm sort of ready. I put the snowplows and tire chains on both ATVs, poured anti-freeze in the drains and toilet in the motorhome, etc. Should go find the snow brushes for the vehicles, I guess. I know where two of them are... I think our chat thread has run its course. This will be my last post until somebody else posts a comment. It's been fun, y'all...
mowermech 10/08/19 04:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Hottest October day ever !

Just remember, that is local WEATHER, not global climate! Just like the three to four feet of snow in Browning and East Glacier, Montana last weekend.
mowermech 10/02/19 05:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Yep, truck is totaled. I bought it back, reduced the insurance to liability only. I don't care if it looks like a golf ball. I will drive it until the wheels fall off, or I die, whichever occurs first. Still waiting to hear about the motorhome...
mowermech 09/30/19 09:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

It appears the truck will be totaled. I should know more by next week.
mowermech 09/26/19 07:03am Around the Campfire
RE: Cigarrette Addiction

...And then there are those who never smoked, never chewed, never lived near a smoker or chewer, yet came down with, and died from, lung cancer. Nearly every time, the "experts" could not find a definitive cause for the cancer. It seems like cancer is not like a pearl in an oyster. You can't cut to the center of it and find the little speck that caused it to form!
mowermech 09/26/19 07:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Cigarrette Addiction

I was addicted to smoking cigarettes for 40 years (started during a mortar/recoiless rifle attack in Viet Nam). then the State decided that they needed money for CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), and added a $1 per pack tax. So, I finished what I had on hand, and quit. The State lost money on that one! They didn't collect any more of the existing taxes from me! Ennyhoo, yes, I did smoke outside, fair weather, rain, snow, or below zero temps. I can sympathize with the lady having to go out in the rain due to the rules established by fear mongers. IMO, her rights have been violated, forcing her to endure getting wet and cold, and possible health issues, to participate in using a legal product. Oh, by the way, all those claims the health fanatics make about things getting better when one quits smoking? In my case, all lies. None came true. However, I do not have lung cancer. Yet.
mowermech 09/24/19 03:14pm Around the Campfire
KOA, Cody, WY

Spent two nights at the Cody KOA last weekend. Tried to save a few bucks by getting a "regular" site instead of the "Deluxe" site. I won't do that again! Some of the "regular" sites looked to be OK, but the one we got was not even close to level, and the sewer connection was too far away. Since I did not want to buy another hose, when it came time to leave I had to back up the coach to dump the tanks. It appeared the "deluxe" sites were somewhat better; closer to level, and longer. Still have to park carefully to ensure the hose(s) will reach, but doable. Other than those two minor annoyances, it was a great place. Very nice little store, loaded with "touristy" stuff. Since it was near the end of the season, all that stuff was 50% off, some at 75% off! Friendly staff, military discount (as retired military, that is important). I allowed my KOA card to expire, and for a short term stay didn't renew it. Renewal is now $30, and the savings for 2 nights at the end of the season wouldn't be worth it. Perhaps next year...
mowermech 09/23/19 08:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Blue Ox Tow bar for Jeep Wrangler JK

I have towed several Wranglers and CJs (and a Datsun pickup) with a Reese stiff-arm adjustable width towbar ($165 at Walmart the last time I looked) for many years. In spite of the doom and gloom from the telescoping arm aficionados, it has worked just fine for me, I even hook it up by myself! Several years ago, I bought a Roadmaster telescoping towbar (6000 lb. capacity) to tow a Dodge 1500 pickup. Never did like that thing. When I got another Jeep, I went back to the Reese towbar. It simply works for me.
mowermech 09/22/19 08:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

No word on the truck yet. None on the motorhome, either! Took the "vintage" 14 foot riveted aluminum boat I recently acquired out to the lake the other day. My electric trolling motor seems to be draining the battery rather rapidly. I'll have to check the battery, and if it is good the motor probably needs replaced. Found a couple of seeps near rivets, so will have to get some rivets and practice my skills in removing and replacing rivets. It has been years, I hope I can still do it...
mowermech 09/18/19 11:19am Around the Campfire
RE: School me in public parks camping...

United States Forest Service campgrounds in Montana rarely accept reservations. There are a few near Red Lodge, MT that do, but they also have some sites set aside for first come, first served. Most FS campgrounds have vault or pit toilets, and one water faucet for each 5 sites. A "water thief" can not be used on most of those faucets; you will not be able to hook up a hose. There is no electricity. Most campgrounds do not have dump stations. In fact, the nearest dump station can be many miles away. Conservation of water is a way of life! Very few campgrounds will allow emptying your RV tanks into the vault toilets. This is a very good guide to National Forest Campgrounds:
mowermech 09/13/19 05:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tow Dolly VS flat tow

IMO, there is no "better" or "best", there is only what YOU are willing to do, and what YOUR vehicle requires. we towed our PT Cruiser on a dolly from Billings to Chattanooga and back. We did not experience much of what the naysayers and doomsayers tend to say. we tow our Jeep Wrangler four down, and don't experience much of what the doomsayers and naysayers say. For instance, if anyone mentions using a fixed arm adjustable width Reese towbar ($165 at Walmart), there will be many negative comments, the first of which will be "You can't hook it to the motorhome by yourself, you WILL need help!" UMMM... Golly... I do that frequently, no problem. Just keep in mind that there may be a huge difference between what others say can't be done, and what YOU can do! Another "for instance" (aimed at me); if you want an inexpensive non-steering dolly, go for it. Personally, I will never own one. I want king pin steering (Demco KarKaddy, expensive) or a turn-table steering (American Car Dolly, Mastertow, etc., comparatively inexpensive). Regardless of which way you go, there are many used ones available, often at half the price of new. Good luck.
mowermech 09/11/19 11:34am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Oh, goody! Rain! Cooler temperatures! We needed that...
mowermech 09/07/19 07:53am Around the Campfire
RE: Need TOAD advice ........................

I, too, am in "The Jeep Wrangler isn't all that bad!" camp. Mine has nearly 200K miles, and has been fairly trouble free. Yes, J-E-E-P DOES stand for "Just Empty Every Pocket", but that is because of all the aftermarket accessories that are available to put on a Wrangler. I know of people who bought new Wrangler Rubicons and wound up with over $50,000 in accessories on them! However, since the OP is not at all interested in any Jeep, and wants a toad that will have few problems (there is NO vehicle that never has a problem), I can only recommend what used to be considered the ultimate towed vehicle: A Volkswagen Beetle, the original. A towbar designed specifically for the car is readily available, for less than $200. The car is light, with no towing restrictions. There are various iterations that can be found, with a little searching: The standard Beetle, the Super Beetle, a 2 seat Manx or similar vehicle, a 4 seat Manx or similar, the Thing (expensive), the Karmann Ghia (hardtop or roadster), etc. Any of the above can be found fully restored to better than factory new condition, with a little searching. Good luck.
mowermech 09/07/19 07:43am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

The truck may get totalled. The dent repair guy at the body shop says the roof can not be repaired, the entire panel must be replaced. I hope they tell me soon, so I can remove the inverter, winch, trailer brake controller, front bumper, etc. Maybe even the new lights I installed! Or, perhaps just buy it back from the Ins. company, if the price is right. Salvage title? Don't care!
mowermech 09/05/19 02:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: CO poisoning.

Seems to me a properly functioning furnace combustion chamber should not be emitting CO, it should be emitting CO2 and water vapor. If it is putting out CO, the burner isn't getting enough air (oxygen) for complete combustion. But then, I are jus' a dum ol' retired mek-a-nik, I know little about that there kemistrey stuff...
mowermech 09/03/19 07:09am RV Lifestyle
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

The weather has been great; a few sprinkles, but no storms. There was a wildfire Northwest of town, near the town of Molt, but they got it under control. the last I heard, no structures were damaged. It looks like my truck might get totaled due to hail damage that will require the replacement of a huge body panel. I guess it depends on what the insurance company thinks the truck is worth. Right now it is a waiting game. I went nutso and bought a 14 foot boat and trailer. Now I have to go to the RV service center and get the fishing gear out of the MoHo so we can take it to the lake this weekend. Oh, yeah, it is possible we can have the MoHo back by the end of September, all hail damage repaired. We might be able to squeeze in a trip or two before snow flies.
mowermech 08/30/19 08:27am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

ro_sie, by the time we went out to the coach, the storm had passed on through, so it was pounding people East of us. When it became obvious that power would be out for a while, we packed up our CPAP machines and moved out to the MoHo. Then I realized I had not fueled up after the trip to the Hamfest, so I only had 1/4 tank of fuel. I shut the generator down and went to bed.
mowermech 08/14/19 10:37am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

We survived the storm. The vehicles and the house didn't do so good, though. Both skylights on the coach are broken, the bathroom vent cover is broken, 4 or 5 clearance lights are broken, both airconditioner housings are broken, and the solar battery maintainer on the front A/C is smashed. I have the remains of an old weather station on the corner of the house. The cups on the anemometer are gone. The newer weather station has no anemometer rotor. the whole thing is gone! The PT Cruiser has a few dimples. The Subaru Forester haws lots of dimples on the hood. The Jeep has very few dimples. The Dodge truck has almost no dimples, but the door window vent shade on the passenger side is smashed. The passenger side tailight is broken. The little flatbed ATV trailer has a broken side light on the right side (yeah, the new one I just installed), and both taillights are broken. The 7X14 box trailer has dimples in the rear door, the vent cover is broken, and a couple of lights are broken. Both translucent fiberglas panels in the roof of the shop have holes in them. The roof and upper walls from the neighbor's barn is in my pasture. At least it missed the truck. However, a chunk of it hit my son's suburban and smashed the right rear door and glass. The roof of the house and gazebo looks like a flock of woodpeckers attacked. They were right about the hail. It varied from pea sized to dime sized to marble sized, and on up to ping pong ball and golf ball sized. They say the wind was 71 MPH. I believe it! No windows were broken. Power was out for several hours. We slept in the motorhome so we had power for our CPAP machines (they run on 12VDC). It was an interesting night!
mowermech 08/13/19 09:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: RVCampsite only 30amp - can we run AC in the Class A

Our coach has two air conditioners. It also has a 30 amp power supply cord. We run both A/C units at the same time frequently.. We also have a selector switch so we can run either the water heater or microwave, but never both. It works just fine.
mowermech 08/13/19 04:15pm Class A Motorhomes
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