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RE: Propane question

I have an older couple (California fire victims that lost their home) living in my 5th wheel right now that do exactly what you are asking about. Our temps are 30-50* now, so the furnace stays on most of the night. They have 3 different size tanks sitting out there they use. What are your propane and electric rates? For me here in Ohio with electric at $.12/kWh and propane at $4/gallon it's 50% cheaper to heat with electric than propane. I think that is kinda rare. Here in southern MN electricity heating is never cheaper then propane. (Unless you are getting the electric for free at a campground.) I'm really bad at math but, I wonder if you are doing your math right ? You need to know how many BTU's you are getting for those prices to do a accurate comparison.
CavemanCharlie 01/21/22 02:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Calculated MPG

When I was a lot younger I had a car that I loved and had rebuilt myslef. I always kept track on the mileage at every fill up. If it suddenly went down I knew that I had a problem somewhere and needed to check it out. Of course this was back in the days of carburetors. These days, I'm old and I just read whatever the dash display tells me and figure it's close enough for me. I understand why people driving RV's across the country might want keep a close eye on it. If I was living that lifestyle I think I would probably write it down by hand too.
CavemanCharlie 01/16/22 09:00am General RVing Issues
RE: I Winterized ............. but then this happened.

Have had this happen. Use the "slam" technique. Pull the handle and just "let it go" several times. Can reseat itself, doesn't hurt and costs nothing. Boy,,, on my old 1993 TT the spring on the handle is awful strong. I don't think I would want it to slam back from the full open position. It would break something. Maybe from the partly open position would be OK.
CavemanCharlie 01/02/22 09:15am Travel Trailers
RE: strong winds- tornados

Scamp trailor- pickup truck What if- you know there are very strong winds coming and you can put yourself in safety. Is it better to unhook camper from truck or to leave camper hooked up to truck. Or does it really make any difference. You have too much free time if this is a concern in MN in winter….suppose you could be down in the SE where there may be some tornadoes again here soon. But you’re from MN and haven’t ever heard of what to do in a tornado warning or in a storm? I’ll give you a clue. If you have time to hook up or un-hook your trailer but don’t think you have time to outrun the tornado, your priorities are 180degrees out of sync with normal thinking. Gtfo of your vehicle/camper and seek shelter. If this is a hypothetical “what if it gets windy?” IDK I'm from MN too. Yes, if a tornado is coming you should go to the safest place. Most campgrounds that is the shower house. But, we have a lot of time in advance of high winds. Haven't you ever heard of a weather report Grit dog ? Though you are from WA so maybe you don't have as good of ones out there. Thunderstorms and high winds don't sneak up on us. We have advance warnings of those. We have some advance warning for tornadoes too but, they can't predict the exact point where one is going to form or touchdown. Maybe he is just asking so he is prepared for next summer. Nothing wrong with that.
CavemanCharlie 01/02/22 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Stop using AIOW please!

Caveman Charlie -- OFF is not an acronym, it's just the OFF position, as in the opposite of ON, which is also not an acronym as in the ON position, the opposite of OFF. Merry Christmas CC, which is not an acronym either ... :) OOooooo I get it now. He was so used to acronyms that he didn't realize that Off meant, Off. lol That's funny.
CavemanCharlie 12/28/21 10:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Stop using AIOW please!

I was an aircraft mechanic in the Navy. Everyone who served knows the military is big on acronyms. The pilots would write up descrepancy reports on problems with the Jets. One of the new pilots wrote up one, "The Fuel Transfer Switch does not work in the OFF position." I had to pull him aside and explain it. I don't get it.
CavemanCharlie 12/25/21 07:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Finding a TT that does not have Bunkhouse

I've thought about just buying a Bunkhouse model and then tearing out the bunks.
CavemanCharlie 12/25/21 07:06am Travel Trailers
RE: The RV Demand Continues

There are no lots near me so I have no idea how many RV's are setting on them. All I know is that I could use a different used one and they are hard to find around here. When you do find one the prices are crazy these days.
CavemanCharlie 12/19/21 08:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Stop using AIOW please!

I hear you Larry. I often come across ones I don't understand. I have fun trying to spell them out in hilarious ways.
CavemanCharlie 12/19/21 08:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Grey tank ABS pipe leak

Glad you got it fixed and thanks for letting us know the solution. This is the reason I love this board. I wonder if you got a long 1/4 inch bolt, or threaded rod, and put it through the holes in your pipe strap if you could then put a little tension (not to much) on the strap by tightening the bolt and squeezing the strap closer together. (If you know what I mean, I'm bad at explaing things.)
CavemanCharlie 12/19/21 07:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

Wow, looks great !...Except for the "priciest" part. How many people "down under" will be able to afford to buy it, I wonder ????
CavemanCharlie 12/09/21 07:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trouble finding alcohol free RV antifreeze this season?

Now that I went down a rabbit whole, back to the original post. I have also had problems finding the non alcohol pink stuff. But since I drain my water, flush with pink, then drain that, I am not very worried about it. It just gets too cold here to trust only air. With draining the lines after the pink flush I have no problems with flushing in the spring, since there was almost no antifreeze left in the lines. The feel good thing I get from it is if there was an elbow that was a low point I don't have to worry about it cracking at -30 f. I do the basically same thing. I drain, flush with antifreeze, and then blow the antifreeze out with air. I've been doing this for over 10 years on this Travel Trailer with no problems.
CavemanCharlie 12/03/21 04:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

My TT is a 1993 . I am just a weekend camper that stays close to home. I've used this TT almost every weekend in the summer for the last 10 years. It's been through 2 hail storms and has lots of dimples. I do keep it clean and I keep any rust that shows up painted right away. I imagine that it would not be allowed at most of the places many of you frequent and some people would look down their nose at it. To heck with them. It's paid for. I stay at local public parks. Though it is getting difficult to get into them. I would love to get a Newer one. (I can afford it) But, I can't find one within 500 miles of me that would work as well for me as the one I have now. The prices right now are just really crazy for them too. I will be using the one I have for one more year.
CavemanCharlie 12/01/21 07:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble finding alcohol free RV antifreeze this season?

The only difference between "Combustible" & "Flammable" is the flash point. That is actually a big difference. I hauled hazmat for 17 years, mainly gas and diesel, with a bunch of propane and some natural gasoline thrown in. So how would you feel about hauling a truck load full of pink antifreeze ? What is Natural Gasoline ??
CavemanCharlie 12/01/21 06:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best exterior tape

12 volt....Eternabond. 120 volt....plastic conduit Actually, there is no reason you couldn't use plastic conduit for the 12 volt wires. If you could support the conduit in a couple of places it would do the trick. Depending on how far your run is maybe you could just support it on both ends ?
CavemanCharlie 12/01/21 06:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: For those that like this style air compressor

Horrible freight has put one on sale for Black Friday Small comp OK, now let the haters begin. If you hate Harbor Freight so bad why do you bother with sales ad's? How do you come to the conclusion the original poster "hates Harbor Freight"..:h . Probably because he called it "Horrible Freight" in his post.
CavemanCharlie 11/21/21 02:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel consumption too high?

Your mileage sounds about right. 55 is to slow on the interstate stick to the back roads. 65 is not to bad on interstates though. With my 2011 F-150 and 5.0 Engine I get about 9-11 towing a 22 foot 4600 pound Travel Trailer at 65 .
CavemanCharlie 11/21/21 01:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winter battery maintenance

Our tractors run 4D and 8D batteries, big honkin’ FLA batteries. They typically get parked about this time of year until around Easter. Most are never touched or have any charger on them that whole time. Some of those batteries are well over 10 years old. The 2 tractors we do use in the wintertime have a cheap 6 or 10 amp charger on them plugged into a cheap lamp timer that powers the chargers for an hour a day, around 3 or 4am usually. No need to make stuff complicated. On older tractors this was what we do. On our newer tractors the parasitic draw will drain the battery down after a month or so. One of the newer tractors has a built in switch so you can shut the battery off. On the other one we have to put a battery maintainer on it.
CavemanCharlie 11/19/21 11:33am General RVing Issues
RE: TV

I use a Over The Air antenna. I watch very little TV when I'm camping anyway. I'm out and camping why would I want to watch TV ? I click it on in the morning during breakfast and watch the news. That's about it. That being said. I do keep a few DVD's in the camper or rainy times and such. I also keep a couple of kids DVD's in there for times when the kids are suck inside. I also read books and listen to the radio in the rainy times. The DVD's are mostly for the girlfriend, somebody's kids, and company.
CavemanCharlie 11/15/21 07:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: 20# propane tank

This thread reminds me of a 'Red Green' skit years ago where he loosely bolted down an empty 20lb propane tank on the rear roof of his class C so it would wobble and bounce around just to keep people from tailgating him :) Red Green was the purveyor of back-woods Canadian logic, kind of like a northern hillbilly... We love that show. I don't' know if they get it nationally ?
CavemanCharlie 11/15/21 06:57pm General RVing Issues
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