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RE: What is best AC unit for Tent Camping?

I like the window mount method, if you have a strong wind fly and a zip-able screen. Rest the bottom edge of the cooling unit on the lower tent window screen opening (use velcro or sew some small loops out of parachute cord, as it will hold LOTS of weight - military issue that is). Attach that same cord (or velcro stick-on tabs) to the underside of the rain fly where it extends outward near the top of its horizontal plane. Connect the hanging chains to those, and get good support, then attach the water-fill components, and add water to the proper level. I'm describing an evaporative cooler install, because that's best in the west and takes less electricity, which you're probably going to have to create with a small hand-crank generator. Because installing a gas generator is an option, but not really conducive to tent camping - if you know what I mean. Bring your water source to the unit from a gravity-feed 5 gallon water jug turned on its side, and with opened valve. The float mechanism in the water pan of the cooler will keep you from running out of water. Next, turn on the blower and enjoy the scientific wonder of the cooling effect of the absorption of latent heat while turning a liquid into a gas! Amazing! Alternatively, route water from a nearby mountain creek into the water pan. But really, if you're near a mountain creek you will probably have trees (shade) and elevation (cooler temperatures) and might not even need an air conditioner. That's kind of the idea of the great outdoors. And if this was a serious question, I apologize. But OMG. Perhaps a few more specifics for the exact situation a new forum user might encounter in our current weird world while perhaps trying to figure out how to cool the tent one might be living in. Of course you could be a troll.
Dave Pete 09/08/20 06:25am Tent Camping
RE: Front Window Yes or No?

I'm with ticki2. Of course we're both in old classics that might look odd without it. Come on naysayers, how else you gonna get good bare butt press for the other happy campers walking by? Oh that's right, most of you have N-S bunks. ;)
Dave Pete 08/08/20 02:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinion: 1986 Pace Arrow 27FT Motorhome Chevy Chassis

We considered a Class A used. Until we drove one. Before we all got spoiled with modern automotive comfort we didn't know any better.
Dave Pete 06/28/20 09:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery toggle switch

It's all guessing anyway. Online define says an actuator is a device that causes a machine or other device to operate. My guess is your unit has something or other that needs power during storage, or maintenance or whatever; a time when you want the rest of the house "Off". "On" of course being normal operation.
Dave Pete 06/27/20 05:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Question- truck tires or ST

I was always of your mind set. Truck tires better than trailer tires. I do not necessarily feel that way these days. A cheap quality truck tire isn't a good idea either. But a quality trailer ST tire from a reputable tire store (I like Big-O in my region of travel) is likely preferable. Why? I assume you have a tandem axle trailer. When you turn, those trailer tires (the tires on one side) are so close to each other, that one drags left across its pathway, and the other drags right across its pathway. The trailer turning pivot point is theoretically midway between where each tire touches the road. So unless you are only driving straight, your two tandem tires, on each side, are constantly dragging left and right across the surface. Tight turns are worse than slight turns. That wears tread and places great force on sidewall strength. Those side forces are what a trailer tire is designed for: stronger sidewall construction, differing tread rubber compounds to accommodate for those dragging forces. Truck tires are designed for stronger sidewall puncture resistance (I assume) higher cargo weight carrying capacity, etc. If you have a single axle, all those things need to be re-evaluated for your actual needs (and tire costs), but I have bought three or four tandem axle trailer tire sets from Big-O and never had a concern. My OEM (cheaper quality) tires seemed to wear out fast, but fortunately, I've never had one lose a tread or blow out. You can find affordable, good enough quality ST tires, and I would recommend them over a LT tire just because of the design differences. Also, trailer tires are usually designed with a tread that helps move water away from the footprint, as a towed unit being pulled by the truck and its "forward traction" design. While a truck tire is designed generally, for the type tread you buy (highway, all season, off road). If you have a LT tire with off road traction capability (maybe you think they look cool) you may well lose "pull behind, keep it in a straight line, no hydroplaning forward motion".
Dave Pete 06/23/20 05:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Propane Switch: Was Red, Now Green

The Red/Green is a pressure gauge. When you switched over the pressure rose. there may be a check valve to keep the pressure from "Bleeding" down into the empty tank.. So unless you draw propane off by some means it will continue to show GREEN till something turns on. Recommendation: Refill the empty tank. That's right. If you closed both valves and reduced pressure in the line (open stove, re-close) then opened both valves with the selector on the right empty one you could probably duplicate the entire experience.
Dave Pete 03/26/20 06:29am General RVing Issues
RE: virus

Here's how I see the virus using a shooter analogy. 1.Shelter in place means stop. Look around. Duck into the safest place and sit still. 2.Until we know better what we're up against, don't underestimate your chances (or bring attention to yourself and the hundreds with you). Maybe the shooter is right outside that door! And maybe he ain't. Maybe there's more than one! Maybe he's on the other side of the church. So get safe, get aware, and be ready for your safe escape. Don't open the door and yell "hey hoax shooter!" 3. Keep getting safer. Trust the facts. Leave your conspiracies on the shelf for the moment.
Dave Pete 03/23/20 11:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Interstate 80 thru Wyoming and Nebraska

You won't have any trouble across I-80 in summer, unless it's windy that day. ;) Seriously, our wind is worst in winter. Prevailing is out of the southwest, so like said, a nice tailwind eastbound. Winter jet stream usually near us, then migrates northward in summer. Summer can bring really cool looking distant Thunderstorms. When they are by you you can get bad winds (any direction). But those are not long lasting, and generally afternoon, not morning. Winter winds due to jet stream proximity can last weeks straight. Wyoming, especially southern, is best seen with a low sun angle (mornings and late afternoon, evening). Shadows give nice visual depth. Drive safe and have a nice trip.
Dave Pete 01/21/20 12:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: Extra long towbar instead of supertruss mod?

Hey Joe&Julie81, You're asking about a "draw bar" not a "tow bar". At least as I understand it, the parts from tow vehicle to towed vehicle in order are: hitch (as in a 2" square receiver hitch), then the draw bar (various drops/rises and lengths), then the ball (or ball mount of an equalizer hitch), then it leaves the truck and becomes the pulled load: coupler (or ball coupler), then the trailer tongue (or a flat-towed vehicle's "tow bar"). I think you were originally asking about a bit longer draw bar, not a vehicle mounted tow bar as you'd stated in the subject line. The welded chains loops and connections (with turnbuckles) are not a bad idea for the left/right side to side forces. If it's done by someone with some engineering common sense or greater. As I think you said you're aware, tongue weight isn't so much a concern, as it the side to side forces - in your case. Whatever you end on, I generally like to over engineer, and then under use. BTW, if you need a convenient "connect" to the bumper with your chains idea, you might look into the HappiJack bumper mount things generally used for rear camper tie downs. That might be a slick connector for the chains to the vehicle, but depends a lot on you bumper. Pulling outward on the bumper ends (rearward) is going to generate a different force on the bumper than the upward force the connectors are designed for on specific bumpers.
Dave Pete 11/23/19 06:06am Truck Campers
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