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RE: Do ice cubes in the black tank really work?

My sensors quit working because the switch that you push to read them got broke. After that I didn't have to worry about cleaning the tank to try and keep them working. It's bee 4 years now and everything is just fine. I should have broken the switch sooner.
CavemanCharlie 07/07/20 10:12am General RVing Issues
RE: need help with electrical

Give these guys a call. They sell replacement converters and can answer your questions. I think it's owned by someone named Randy Here us a link to their site. http://www.bestconverter.com/
CavemanCharlie 07/06/20 10:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Flashlights

I have a handheld spotlight with 1,000,000,000 candlepower not sure how many lumens it is but it will light up a football field...only problem...is it plugs into a cigarette lighter. I wonder if they make a 12w volt batter pack that would handle it. The Sear Diehard is just too heavy. Back in the day, when I was a boy, I had a friend who had something like that. He plugged it into the Cigarette lighter on my wore out 1964 Chevy Biscayne. After awhile the light went out and flames started to come out from under the dash !!! (The dash was made of metal so it didn't hurt anything) I had to slide under the dash and blow the flame out. The lighter never worked again.
CavemanCharlie 07/05/20 11:56am General RVing Issues
RE: marginal park power on hot days

The voltage will be the same at both the 50 & 30 amp receptacles. No Not Always. I've tried it out. It could be because the 30 amp plug gets more use and is more wore out but, I know of one park in particular that I always have to use the 50 amp plug to get the voltage high enough to make me feel more comfortable.
CavemanCharlie 07/05/20 11:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Black Water Accident

So what if a little "Stuff" stays in your black tank . As long as you keep a little water in the tank to keep it moist the "Stuff" will come out the next time you dump. I never try to get mine perfectly clean and I've had this, made in 1993, TT for 10 years now.
CavemanCharlie 07/05/20 11:42am Travel Trailers
RE: When I'm driving do I run my fridge on propane or electric?

People; this isn't the 1960's anymore. No more mini-skits. Sonny is dead and Char is old. ALL vehicles have VRS on them. They work so good that some VRS on gas pumps are going the way of the dinosaurs. I used to love the smell of premium gas being pumped at the gas station in the 1960's. Starting in the 1970's the gas smell started to disappear. Why? VRS! In both the pump and vehicles. VRS are the reason you don't smell gasoline fumes in the station while pumping gas. There is no fumes to catch on fire anymore. A little reading about VRS's. You link it to VRS on gas pumps. No gas pump in MN has anything like that on them. You did say that vehicles have them. That could be, I don't know. I do know that I had a Chevy pickup and could not get that gas to go into the tank faster then a trickle. My mechanic said that it was because all the modern cars force the gas fumes from the tank going through a filter and my filter was under the truck and had become plugged up. To fix it he had to run a hose under the hood and move the filter to that location . Common Chevy problem. The filter under the truck is in the dirt and gravel roads plug it up so it has to be moved to work. This was on a 2008 truck they may have fixed that problem by now.
CavemanCharlie 07/03/20 05:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: marginal park power on hot days

My Travel Trailer has a 30 amp plug. I've had good luck at some campgrounds by buying a 50 amp to 30 amp cheater plug and plugging into the 50 amp receptacle. I almost always keep the power converter shut off, (I charge my batteries at home before I leave), I run the fridge on propane, and my water heater only has propane. I am just a weekend camper so I am never out camping for more then a few days.
CavemanCharlie 07/03/20 04:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Painfully slow internet

Most places around here are like that. It's a part of life once you get very far from a big city. I think my download speed is 4 GB or something like that. It's blistering fast now. But, It was for the longest time 1.5 and a lot of people still have that. With 1.5 you just had to wait awhile for things to start loading before you could start watching. Before that I had dial up.
CavemanCharlie 07/03/20 04:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: When I'm driving do I run my fridge on propane or electric?

for all of you who have traveled for years and never had a problem I say two words,"NOT YET". One fire we had that involved a motor home and a UPS truck and the station and a 5000 gallon propane tank, he said I turn off my propane so I thought I was safe, turn out after questioning him and seeing the location of the fridge in relation to the gas filler, the propane was off but the fridge was still on. so it was trying to light and one spark lite the gas fumes up and the rest is history. Oh yes, the 5000 gallon propane tank was a propane filling station and our second truck in hit a hydrant and used the mounted steamer nozzle to keep the tank cool. other wise we would probably be replacing half the town not just a gas station. being that close to a large propane tank is just plain scary as all get out and I'm glad I'm not fighting fire any more You can get hit by lighting too. No use worrying about it. Actually, I don't know for certain but, you are probably more likely to get hit by lightning then you are to have a RV fridge propane fire.
CavemanCharlie 07/02/20 10:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Why 30 amp and not 50 amp

I wish we could still get those old convection furnaces, no noise, no battery use.??? Very much available for self install. https://www.ecomfort.com/heating/williams-direct-vent-furnaces.html? Combine with a Mini-split A/C for efficiency and you should be very comfortable. I've looked into them but, for 970 dollars I can figure out a way to charge may battery or do something else for the few times I need heat and don't have electric. I would love one if it was cheaper. I also think that maybe they are way to many BTU's for small campers.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 01:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toilet seats

Will a standard residential toilet seat work on the RV toilet? Not in my Travel Trailer. The toilet is smaller and the seat fits around the edge in a lip.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 01:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is camping Fun Anymore

In MN state parks are usually the quiet parks. They don't allow alcohol but, I've seen people have a few beers as long as they stay quiet. There are quiet hours I think it's from 10 pm to 7 am or something like that. Now, the county parks I frequent can be a little louder. But, not to bad. If people get out of control someone call the cops who show up and yell. That usually settles things down. I like to do both types of camping. When with friends I prefer to set around their campfire. Then If the people I am with are getting to loud and I'm afraid of trouble I just go back to my own camper and relax. To each their own. It takes all types to make the world go around.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 01:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water Heater Help

Maybe I read your post wrong. I often do that. If you are running on electric and propane at the same time is it possible that it is simply shutting off because the water got hot enough and it didn't need to run anymore ???
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 01:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flashlights

I buy about 10 of those $1 things at Wal Mart and toss them when they dim. Can't buy batteries that cheap I kinda do the same thing. Except I will add batteries to them when they get dim. But, if I lose them or some kid breaks it I figure I am not out very much.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 01:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Extreme Mold & Water Damage: I need help!

Good to see that you don't let the crab-apples spoil your resolve. I agree. Sorry I can offer no advice. Except, Just dig in and do the best you can.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 12:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mach 15 a/c not cooling well

Lots of things you can do to improve temperatures. Put reflective insulation on the windows and keep the blinds closed, single pain windows are very poor heat/cold barriers. Park in the shade from the afternoon sun. Don't open and close the doors a lot. Use a fan for circulation of air. You do these things and it will improve temperatures. Parking in the shade is the single biggest thing you can do to improve conditions. If you look at a tour bus you will see as many as 6 A/C units on them. I'll disagree about opening a vent your letting cool air out and drawing warm air in. This is good advice. You might also try cleaning your inside filter and getting on the roof, remove the housing, and use a air compressor to blow out the condenser. Colman Mach Air conditioners are sucky. Poor design.
CavemanCharlie 06/30/20 12:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any new developments in hitches?

Short answer—no. However, if your tongue weight is about 700 pounds or less, it’s lots easier to use an Andersen Hitch. Still have to back up straight, stop under the ball and attach everything. Takes me about 5 minutes. Takes longer to load all of the adult beverages required. I agree, that and a electric jack too
CavemanCharlie 06/24/20 07:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Transporting RV batteries in your TV

Just make sure they don't tip over !!!
CavemanCharlie 06/24/20 07:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why 30 amp and not 50 amp

Why not build all RV’s with 50 amp service ? With AC, microwaves, electronic water heaters plus numerous other electrical appliances we take with us it seems to make More sense to have 50 amp I'm wonder if it doesn't, at least somewhat, have to do with History. There were once campers that had no electric at all and had things like Propane Gas Lanterns build into the camper. Then they had 15 amp campers. (I once had a camper that had no AC and only had a 15 amp plug.) Then there was 30. Now they have 50. Times change and it takes awhile for the infrastructure to catch up.
CavemanCharlie 06/24/20 07:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Over the air antenna

Just remember no matter where you are or how far from a tower you will always get a PBS station. Haha , ya, you will ! At least around my area. That's OK though. I enjoy the PBS Create channel with shows like This Old House and the PBS kids channel usually has some cartoon on it in the morning to keep little kids entertained. Heck, they might even learn something.
CavemanCharlie 06/24/20 07:27pm General RVing Issues
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