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RE: Soft spots in floors

I have a soft spot in my floor. I think it's from not enough support underneath. I've done a good job at checking for and fixing any leaks. I just don't worry about the spot as long as it's not getting any worse.
CavemanCharlie 04/05/20 02:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: We're using the TT's fridge as a "semi-lifeboat"

We've always thought that the trailer would come in handy as a "lifeboat" in an emergency -- so, for example, if an earthquake knocks down our house, we could stay in the trailer. (We live in California, not far from a major earthquake fault, so that is not a far-fetched scenario.) Well, in a much more limited way, we are now using the trailer to help us out in this emergency. DW and I are both in "high risk" categories, so we are strictly limiting our trips to the grocery store. DW got the idea to buy extra quantities of fresh produce and then to stick the extra into the fridge in the trailer. This means that instead of having to go to the market every week, we can cut back to every ten days or so. That reduces our cumulative exposure to the general public. Yes, it means extra wear and tear on the fridge in the trailer, which is not a good thing. (Most of the year, the fridge is off because the trailer just sits in the driveway.). But we figure that the reduction of risk of infection is worth the extra wear and tear. So there you have it -- yet another reason to own an RV! (Gotta look at the bright side these days, right??) Good idea ! I just quit eating fresh produce for now. I still have quite a few jars of things that I canned myself out of last years garden to eat on. I don't know if you are adding much wear and tear to your trailer fridge by using it a little more often. The change would probably be so insignificant to almost be immeasurable.
CavemanCharlie 04/05/20 02:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Should/will Glacier, Teton and Yellowstone open?

Tough spot to be in for everyone. My sister who lived in Boston for many years is snow birding in Florida right now. She has,,had, a friend from Boston that has died from this thing. He was healthy and in his late 50's. He contacted it at some sort of international convention held in Boston that he went to as part of his business. Hopefully, this all blows over by the 4th of July and then everyone can argue about how it really wasn't all that bad. But, if nothing is done and then people then die in large numbers people will still argue over how nothing was done. This is the first time in my 56 years that I feel bad for the politicians. Dammed if they do and dammed if they don't. There are 11800 people in my county. I figure best case 70 of them die from this. (Not so bad really). That is On Top Of what have would have died before from other things. Most likely 120 of them will die. That is the population of my town. Seems like a larger number when you put it like that. I would not count on any large parks to open before July. Most of them will be shut all year. Minneapolis already announced that all beaches and pools are shut for the whole summer.I think your calculations are off. In the hardest hit state, New York, there is approximately 120,000 confirmed cases with about 4100 deaths. New York state has a population of nearly 20 million, so the infection rate is less than 1% and the death rate among the confirmed infected is less than 4%. Even applying double those percentages of the most infected state to your county of 11800 Than would give you about 236 people infected out of which 9 would die. And since fatal cases are concentrated in the elderly with underlying health conditions at least a couple of those deaths would come out of the 70 who normally die each year. That makes your annual death toll in the county about 77 instead of 70. Significant to the families of the extra 7 deaths, but not an apocalyptic depopulating event. They could indeed be off. I'm bad at math. But, lets not forget this thing is not over yet. My figuring was that in a years time 60% of my county would have gotten it. With my bad math that is 7080 people. This thing kills 1% of the people that get it. That is where I got my 71 person number. And, 3% (If the death rate gets that high) of 7080 is 212. Um, I think Although, it does tend to kill the elderly and people with underlying conditions it doesn't always just kill them. It's kinda a weird thing. Some people hardly know they are sick and the next person gets really sick. The first person in MN to get it, and recover, was a 20 yea old. He describes it as the worst think he's ever felt and had to go though. Yet, the next person may hardly feel it at all.
CavemanCharlie 04/05/20 01:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Should/will Glacier, Teton and Yellowstone open?

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CavemanCharlie 04/04/20 08:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gag!

Many (Many) years ago we were hanging around at the end of main street one evening at a gas station. One of the guys had to pee so he peed in a empty beer bottle. Another friend else showed up saw what he thought was a open bottle of "Beer" just setting there so he started drinking it. We didn't notice until he complained about how bad and warm that bottle of beer was. After we realized what it was we laughed so hard that I couldn't stand up and had to lay on the ground laughing. The one girl laughed so hard that she started to hyperventilate. We were actually kinda worried about her but, she was OK after awhile. The guy who drank the free "Beer" started puking and went home. He never lived that one down. I wonder what ever became of him?
CavemanCharlie 04/04/20 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Should/will Glacier, Teton and Yellowstone open?

Tough spot to be in for everyone. My sister who lived in Boston for many years is snow birding in Florida right now. She has,,had, a friend from Boston that has died from this thing. He was healthy and in his late 50's. He contacted it at some sort of international convention held in Boston that he went to as part of his business. Hopefully, this all blows over by the 4th of July and then everyone can argue about how it really wasn't all that bad. But, if nothing is done and then people then die in large numbers people will still argue over how nothing was done. This is the first time in my 56 years that I feel bad for the politicians. Dammed if they do and dammed if they don't. There are 11800 people in my county. I figure best case 70 of them die from this. (Not so bad really). That is On Top Of what have would have died before from other things. Most likely 120 of them will die. That is the population of my town. Seems like a larger number when you put it like that. I would not count on any large parks to open before July. Most of them will be shut all year. Minneapolis already announced that all beaches and pools are shut for the whole summer.
CavemanCharlie 04/04/20 05:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stimulus Check , what are you going to do with yours ?

I won't be getting one, which is fine. As someone else stated the purpose of this is to jump start the economy. My son plans on spending his eating out in order to help out what restaurants survive. However, there will be many who will need to replenish savings or use it on bills. Ditto. I've got a feeling a lot of people may not have read the fine print about those stimulus checks, or maybe they're living a bit too close to the edge financially to be RVing. I guess that depends on what you consider RVing. You don't have to be making 90000 a year (or whatever) to purchase a Pop Up, a Travel Trailer, or even a cheaper 5th Wheel, and go camping at your local parks.
CavemanCharlie 04/04/20 04:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stimulus Check , what are you going to do with yours ?

Very generous idea regarding the amusement park but giving money to the county? If the county needs money it will raise taxes, beg the state. Specifically, to the county Parks Department. They would have gotten it anyway by my camping at their parks. And, by helping out the Parks Department they won't have to raise taxes or beg the state; as you put it. But, now that you mention it, it would be best if I ear marked it for the new playground equipment. They have a fund raiser going on for that now and the park does need some. I do agree with some of the posters thought that said "Don't count your chickens until they are hatched". The money isn't here yet. And, I am going to use some of it for local business and parks, some of it I will save.
CavemanCharlie 04/04/20 04:37pm General RVing Issues
Stimulus Check , what are you going to do with yours ?

I know that many people are going to need it to pay bills because they are layed off. But, I plan to donate much of mine to the places that I would have spent it at if I could have. For example, I am usually camping at a local county park on the weekends by now but, it is closed. When it opens up again I will calculate how much money I would have given them for camping and then send that amount to them. I feel that's only fair. Another example is a small amusement park near me called Arnold's Park Amusement Park. They are not open for the season yet and I wonder if they will. Even if they do I bet their income for the year will be down. I will probably send them some money too. Or, maybe purchase a couple of tickets and either give them away or throw them away. I would have ended up buying a couple of tickets there anyway so I feel that this is a good thing to be spending the money on. Try to spend your stimulus check local and help out the places that you would have spent it at anyway. It's only fair.
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 04:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dometic AC unit

ok, the pointy copper thingy. On my unit it was tucked in behind the air flow. I moved it into the airflow and my short cycling went away. I froze my wife out, it was working that much better. Such a simple fix. I like this name the best. I've had to do the same thing on a Window Air Conditioner once.
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 04:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Polyester-mites

Just be careful that you don't feed the mites after midnight or else they become ROUS's
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 04:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gag!

Yes it pays to look at what you use. Years ago a friend of mine did something similar. He had lots of hair and always greased it with Brylcreem. They left to go out for dinner, couldn't figure out what that awful smell was. He soon figured out it was coming from his hair. Back into the house, found out he grabbed his wife's tube of Neet instead.... So did he loose his hair ?
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 03:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12v outlet question

Are you sure that their are no 12 volt outlets anywhere in this RV ? Almost all of the antennae boosters in a RV that I've seen have a 12 volt outlet on them right near where the switch is to turn on the booster. (Maybe some of the new ones don't do that anymore thought I suppose)
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 03:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fire tools

I have one of these Blow Pokes, . It works well and when kids are around they have great fun with it. https://www.amazon.com/Firedragon-Blow-Poke-Fireplace-Tool/dp/B000BYRP9Y/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Blow+Poke&qid=1585950509&sr=8-2
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 03:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Well, They gone and done it

I figured this was coming and got my hair cut before MN started the ban. I'm good to go for about 6 weeks. That is about how often I get a haircut. After that if things are still shut down, or if I'm afraid to go to my small town beautician, then it's just going to get long.
CavemanCharlie 04/03/20 03:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Floor plan: Front Bathroom, Middle Kitchen, Rear Lounge

I've seen similar postings, but not the same layout. We have been looking for a small, less than 24ft travel trailer, floor plan which has the bathroom at the front, the kitchen in the middle and the living/bed area at the back. Most every manufacturer has a queen bed in the front with a small variation of the rest of the layout in the back; bath, bunks, etc. There will just be the two of us travelling the states. Here is why would like this plan: 1. The living area is at the back of the trailer with lots of windows. 2. The sofas are opposite each other for conversation. 3. The entertainment centre is at the back with easy viewing from either sofa. 4. The entertainment centre could be a pop-up, or wall mounted unit depending on the need for a rear window. 5. The Free Standing Table may be used inside or taken outside and used with the exterior camp kitchen. 6. The large pantry remains. 7. There is now a good sized food preparation area between the cooktop and the refrigerator. 8. There is a desk beside the door for laptop use. ( or where things can be placed as they are moved from the main kitchen to the camp kitchen.) 9. There is a linen closet beside the door that can be used for coats and shoes. 10. The microwave could go under the cooktop instead of an oven. 11. An awning is not interrupted by a slide and could go over top of the outdoor camp kitchen as well. 12. Outdoor shower and plumbing could be placed at the linen cabinet beside the shower. 13. The kitchen sink, stove, and refrigerator area could be flipped to keep the plumbing closer together. 14. Lots of overhead cupboard space. 15. Roof could be pre-wired to mount at least four solar panels (26” by 56” ea 195W?). and most of all 16. Easy to get in and out of older campsites! Here is a photoshopped Coachmen Freedom Express 19RBS floor plan that illustrates what we are looking for. Has anyone ever seen such a plan? Comments? https://www.lethbridgefx.com/img/192RBSCustom.png I like it. I could use something like that too.
CavemanCharlie 03/24/20 04:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Water damage under shower.

Don't panic. It's hard to tell what you mean but, first, fix the leak ! Then dry the floor. If the only place that got wet is under the shower, the shower floor is still firm, and the rest of the camper floor is still solid then I would not worry about it. But, that's just me. Little things happen. I don't worry about them.
CavemanCharlie 03/22/20 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery maintenance questions

Weekly is to much. A few times a year is good. How often do you check the water level in your car battery ?
CavemanCharlie 03/22/20 07:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: New rv's

I am not sure that the new ones are any less Ugly then the old ones. I think people that flunk out of interior design school go to work for RV companies. A few years ago I checked out a Travel Trailer that looked good on the outside but the interior upholstery was PINK !! I ran away from that one barfing as I went. Actually the one I have now is Blue, I'm not really happy with that upholstery color either but, you have to accept some things when you purchase used.
CavemanCharlie 03/22/20 07:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Impact of Coronavirus on Parks?

Minnesota just announced that they plan to keep the State Parks open. (At least for now.) But, the visitor centers will be closed, no large groups or parties allowed, and everything ; like reservations; is going to be done remotely by phone or internet. (No one is going to be in the offices at the parks) MODERATOR'S EDIT: Per the site Admin's request, I am closing all COVID-19 threads and directing future comments to one thread in Around the Campfire. 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS
CavemanCharlie 03/18/20 04:37pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
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