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RE: A Commercial Vacuum Sealer Might Be Just What You Need

Gdetrailer I do not have to put a thing other than a filled bag on my counter top to vacuum seal it. I do not have that much counter top space for another temporary appliance. The hand held pump drops into the drawer of miscellaneous cooking tools. If I have ground beef I put the valve on a cutting board. So when I see the juices coming up to the valve and can stop the process or even suck some of it into the vacuum pump reservoir on the pump. That then needs to be cleaned. But there is no air in the vacuumed bag. I never have to freeze before I vacuum seal anything. But then again I do not freeze baked goods. Most baked goods last a good amount of time in the freezer with a normal Ziploc bag. I know it cost more. But FoodSaver figured out a different process that I really like.
AJR 07/26/20 05:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: A Commercial Vacuum Sealer Might Be Just What You Need

I think I have to clarify what I use now. The bags I buy zipper seal air tight. The bag has a one way valve on it. I fill the bag with whatever, zipper it closed. Then apply the hand held vacuum pump to the valve. Suck all the air out of the bag and then normally I put the bag in the freezer. If I have opened up and used some of a pound of bacon. I remove the packaging and put what is left into a one gallon bag. Remove the air and put it back into the fridge or freezer. The bacon lasts longer in the fridge with no air around it. I can open the bag. Use some of the bacon and repeat the vacuuming process and put it back into the fridge. It will last well over six month with no freezer burn in the freezer. Another handy use is frozen mix vegetables. I buy sale items. When frozen vegetables are on sale and I have low inventory. I buy and add them to the one gallon bag in my freezer. Take the air out and put them into the freezer. If I want some I just open the bag. Take what I need seal and vacuum the bag again. By the way, you can also do the above with meat, fish or whatever you do not want freezer burn on. I use FreshSaver bags & hand vacuum pump. Both are made by FoodSaver. Available on Amazon. I started using a FoodSaver in the early eighties for freezing food the Scout troop would use on “Winter High Adventure”. It was always a pain to get the air out of the bags of things like Shrimp Dejon (we ate well). That old FoodSaver is still in its original box. I know it costs more. But the convenience of no big thing needed on the counter and the real simple re-sealing of a bag knowing it will last a long time in the freezer is worth it to me.
AJR 07/26/20 03:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: A Commercial Vacuum Sealer Might Be Just What You Need

I switched to reusable vacuum sealed bags years ago when Ziploc came out with them. Today the hand held vacuum pumps are super-fast and rechargeable. You only need the filled bag & the pump on the counter. I am sure it costs a bit more. But the ease of use is great.
AJR 07/26/20 09:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Cleaning a Dutch Oven after use

Using liquid soap on the outside of cast iron when cooking over wood is what our Scout troops have done forever. Makes cleanup real easy.
AJR 07/26/20 08:31am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Walkable TT roof

Around 2004 Arctic Fox & Nash had an advertising picture of a group of people standing on the roof of one of their trailers. I think it was a 22H.
AJR 07/17/20 07:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Fish Chowder

Deb, glad you enjoyed the recipe. It sounds like a long process but really it is not I think. I do carry a frozen container in my camper when I want comfort food quick. I find any good bread works fine as a side dish.
AJR 07/02/20 03:59pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Black Water Accident

I had the darling kid from next door think it was funny to open & close the black tank valve. So when I took off the cap…… What a mess. Told papa and got deer in the headlights.
AJR 07/02/20 03:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Water heater problem

If the stove lights. I would go right to the burner tube and push something through it till it comes out in front of the gas orifice. The hope is you have pushed through a spider web and the tube is open. A mud dauber nest would be more work to remove. Then try turning it on. Still no flame? Lots of good suggestions have been provided above. I had the spider thing happen overnight once. I now put part of a dog flea collar in the outside access bay of the water heater and have not had a problem with spiders since.
AJR 06/29/20 06:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Ac question

OP, I just connected my camper with the heavy camping cables to a 20A outlet so my kids can run the A/C when they get here for the 4th. Been doing that for years. They know just one heavy load at a time. No A/C and microwave at the same time kind of thing. The fact nothing is heating up for you cable wise is great.
AJR 06/22/20 07:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie - Class A or Class C

Class C’s on a Chevy chassis do not have passenger seat leg room issues because the dog house is smaller. I agree with Bumpy that the Tiffin brand is more respected. I had a class A. One of the reasons I prefer a class C is when I stop I can open the door and get out. Be that for gas, food or whatever. A second reason is fewer steps to get in & out. As said before, once the slides are in what is not available to you and do you care. While inspecting a possible purchase take your shoes off and get into the shower and pretend to take one. Can you? Is the floor firm? The same is true for use of the toilet. Is there enough kitchen counter space for you to prepare food? A pre-purchase inspection is a very good idea. I drove my current rig 70 miles so my trusted mechanic could have a look see before I bought it. As far as pricing goes I look at rvtrader.com for a benchmark.
AJR 06/18/20 08:02am Beginning RVing
RE: ClassA to small TT set up.

Gjac For me hooking and unhooking a car is allot easier than a TT. I ended up with a class C because there are two steps to get into it and three doors to get out of it. It is so nice to pull up to a gas pump and just open the door and get out. Plus I found a floorplan I like that is very livable with the slide in. It also has more inside & outside storage than I will ever use because I travel alone with my dog. Should you consider a class C. If possible drive the same unit on a Ford & Chevy chassis. I have found the Chevy handles cross winds better.
AJR 06/12/20 05:36am Travel Trailers
RE: ClassA to small TT set up.

OP, I would look at the OD RV 21RVS. I only suggest this because it has a bigger shower and a 60x80 queen bed. As far as auto leveling goes. I would call the company and ask. The truth is I had a 2004 Arctic Fox 22H, made by the same family, and took it from Wisconsin to Alaska and then to Maine then back to Wisconsin in one year and never had a problem with it other than the poop valve started to drip. For one person & a dog it was a great TT. Why? Because you parked it and everything inside was ready to use without slides and you knew you would be comfortable, hot or cold outside. I know one would have to take a trip west to get one. Well worth the time and effort. Just a thought… If I were to go to a TT again. I would be looking for a heavy duty window van of some kind as a TV. A 4x4 if there is such a thing.
AJR 06/10/20 07:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Odd power issues on 2000 Jayco Eagle

All I can say is my 2004 TT thermostat was DC. It looked just like the thermostats on older ones I looked at. In fact my 2013 class C had the same looking thermostat. The air conditioner runs on 120VAC but is controlled by DC.
AJR 06/09/20 03:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: ClassA to small TT set up.

If I were to go back to a TT. I would get an Outdoors RV. As said above they really have all the right features. Auto leveling option would be a must have. But I there is no way I am going back to a F250 ¾ ton diesel for my daily driver.
AJR 06/09/20 02:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: wind

When I had a 27’ class C on an E350 chassis. Setting the alignment into the plus five degree range and adding a Safe-T-plus made a major improvement cross winds and big rigs passing.
AJR 06/09/20 02:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Help with A/C freezing up ..

The only time I had the main AC start to blow cool air slowly. I removed the filter. Took a flashlight and peered into this hole with a mess of wires in it. I could make out the surface of the cooling coils (if that is what they are called) covered with ice off to the side. Hum… I guess I need to run the fan only till the ice melts. I started to look at the connections I could see hoping to find something lose. Then I noticed a wire dangling that looked like a sensor. After the ice melted I could see where the sensor must have been placed in the cooling fins. I picked a spot close to the original and pushed the sensor into the fins. Problem solved. I have always run the fan on high speed.
AJR 06/08/20 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: ClassA to small TT set up.

Around age 70 I went from a 22’ TT to a 36’ class A. I did not like the change and went to a 28’ class C and now a 29’ class C. The TT was becoming more difficult to set up and tear down for me. We all age differently. Now on a bad day I still can hook or unhook the toad in less than 15 minutes. Plus, like the TT, there are only two steps to get into the rig.
AJR 06/06/20 05:16am Travel Trailers
RE: From motorhome to travel trailer

At 77 if I was going to do just short trips. Maybe I would consider a TT. If I did I would buy a TT from: Nash, Arctic fox, Outdoors RV. My second TT was an Arctic Fox 22H. I have judged every other RV I have owned to it when it comes to how it is built. What thoughts were put into making it four season, maybe. Basic things like a usable bathroom space, cooking space, tank size and such. Looking at their websites I see even they have changed some of their layouts to the detriment to offer things other competitors are offering. Smaller showers was one thing I noticed on some models. One of the subtle thing I have noticed is my 22H was quieter inside than any other RV I have had.
AJR 06/03/20 03:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Southeast Florida to Sheboygan, Wisconsin RT

I am confused. Your topic says “from SE Florida”. In your post your say “from SW FL”. Oh well, I would suggest getting to the intersection of I10 & Rt 231. Take Rt 231 north to I65 junction in Montgomery. Take I65 north to I24. I24 north to I57. I57 north to I294. I294 north to I94. I94 north to Milwaukee. Then I43 to your destination. Kettle Moraine State Forest is a bit west & south of Sheboygan. I294 is a tollway. If you have the spiffy Sun Pass that is recognized by E-ZPass you may be fine. I know Illinois toll roads recognizes E-ZPass.
AJR 05/17/20 07:38am Roads and Routes
RE: 2021 Ford E-Series No V-10

The 6.0 diesel was a great engine.:R Every time you took it in it was $100. Oil change was more. At the 100k mile mark I dumped it.
AJR 05/16/20 04:54pm Class C Motorhomes
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