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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

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
RE: 20# propane tank

I carry a 20lb tank for my generator. I have a front storage on my 5th wheel, I put it in there or in the bed of the truck. Haven't had any problems. I do tie it down when in the truck. I do tie mine down when it is on the bed of my truck. I put it in a milk crate and chain it to one of the loops in the side of the truck. I don't do it because I think it's going to explode. I do it because I don't want it rolling around in the back of the truck making dents. Plus, even in a minor fender bender I wouldn't want it getting launched into the air and landing on a little old lady pushing a shopping cart or something lol.
CavemanCharlie 11/15/21 06:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Furnace flames cycles off before temp is reached

Got back from our maiden voyage and spent some time on the furnace. Check the intake and discharge ducts. Found lots of saw dust in the floor ducts and even the cutout piece of plywood they didn't bother to remove. Blew out the blower wheel and intake. We made sure nothing is in front of the intake in the bathroom. The air volume is good on each discharge and I even removed the dampers on the floor grates so they don't get accidentally closed. There are only 3- 4" discharges on the furnace, pls a 2" for the basement. I did not clean the control board terminals but I will need to because it still short cycles. I've never heard of it causing Short Cycle problems. But, wasps love to build nests in the furnace exhaust and intake ports on the outside of the RV. I've had 2 different campers where I had to clean the ports out to get the furnace to work. Once I had to remove the furnace and I ended up dumping a whole coffee can full of wast nest material out of the furnace. You might want to check it out !
CavemanCharlie 11/15/21 06:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dragging a Trailer Up a Mountain to Snowmobile Camp

There is a really rich farmer surrounding me and eventually he will force me out. He hires about 5 guys to work for him and this is exactly how they do things. They were burning garbage this spring and set 100 of his big round bales on fire by accident because they are stupid. They bales burnt down to ashes. The fire departments from 3 towns had to come out to keep his house from burning down. I'm not going to watch the video because I could just drive 2 miles away and watch stuff like that in person. Where do these people get all their money ?
CavemanCharlie 11/12/21 06:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Refrigerator Smell - Yuck!

How do I eradicate the terrible fishy smell coming from my RV freezer? Scrubbing didn't work... Throw away the fish.
CavemanCharlie 11/12/21 06:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Scary GMC commercial

Personally, I enjoy driving my truck ... would not use a 'truck brain driver' even if it had one. Plus, driving is an art, not a science. Science is in the design and building of a vehicle, not in the driving of it. . I Agree One Hundred Percent. I love driving and sometimes do it just for fun. I've heard that in a few years Auto Braking will be required by law. Maybe that's OK but, I don't know how that works and I wonder if it will be a pain in the butt sometimes ?? How far from stuff will it begin to apply the brakes and how hard ? When passing cars on a two lane road you sometimes have to get kinda close to the vehicle in front of you. By using my senses I can decide when it is safe to do that. Will the auto braking system make it impossible to pass ?? Will the auto driving system stick exactly at the posted speed limit ? There are 2 lane roads in my area that are lightly used and posted at 55. On a clear, dry, summer day, with no traffic, I can go down them safely at 60. Will auto driving allow me to do this ?? I have a lot of questions about these systems.
CavemanCharlie 11/12/21 05:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

If the park has a rule like that it would not be the type of place I would want to stay at anyway. I use public parks and have never been asked. P.S. I will come pick up your worthless camper if you want me to.
CavemanCharlie 11/12/21 05:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: No heat / Furnace not working

The furnace heats using propane; are the tank valves open? And are they full ??? Have you used the stove or any other propane item ? Have you tried the stove to see if it will light ??
CavemanCharlie 11/12/21 05:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: My TT ain't so great for winter camping....

As much as I love my Tango, I have learned this week it ain't so great for winter weather camping. I have a project in Red Deer Alberta to build, so I brought my hotel with me. I found a really great place that is open year round! Westerner CG. Great people and a nice place to stay. So I arrive here, the nights are only dipping 6-8 degrees below freezing and I see a few issues. Ran water in the toilet yesterday and had a bunch of little ice lumps in the bowl. Hmmm... Furnace is working overtime to keep up. I am supplementing with a 750W electric heater. I guess the 12 foot slide doesn't help. My floor is very cold, I question the insulation factor. But! I was very happy to dewinterize in November and head out. So I burn a little more propane. Oh well, I'm warm, I'm in my favorite place, the RV, and I'm happy! Perhaps I should look at 4 season rated units. I won't buy a new one, prices are stupid. Maybe an Arctic Fox or something. But I like the Tango. I know they have a model made for winter, insulated underbelly etc. Life is good. Just don't drop a whole stick of butter into your heat vent !
CavemanCharlie 11/06/21 09:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wastewater Tote & Fresh Water Containers - Do you use them?

Showering is over rated. Keeps the neighbors far away no need for covid masks. Jesseannie Actually, I don't shower a lot when I'm camping. I'm often at the lake and why would I need to shower when I was just swimming in the water. ( Some people freak out when I say that lol) And, I sometimes just take a Sponge Bath when I'm out camping. It depends on what I have been doing and what I plan on doing after that. No use getting all gussied up if the next morning I'm just going to go fishing and get all dirty again right away.
CavemanCharlie 10/31/21 08:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Please help with solar and electrical questions...

If you boondock 30% of the time I would stick to the el/propane refer forget the solar for now and get 2 6v GC batteries. You will have more than enough power for 3-5 days dry camping if you just camp in the NP's. If you have don't have to watch TV our play video games or use electric devices while dry camping. As a data point I dry camp only and in 7 days my 2 Sams club batteries are down to 50% SOC without solar or genset usage. . I am just a weekend camper but, with my 2 6V GC batteries and Propane fridge I can go 4 days, easy! And have power left over. I changed all my lighting to LED's and I use the television for about 1 hour a day in the morning to watch the local news and weather. The furnace is the big power hog ! I just rarely use it. Sometimes I turn it on in the morning to take the chill off.
CavemanCharlie 10/29/21 07:45pm Travel Trailers
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