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RE: Blackstone Griddle

Don’t know if this has been brought up before but has anyone used a Blackstone griddle while camping. My son has one at home and he raves about it, making breakfast, lunch and dinner on it. Uses propane to run it and they even have a table top model that they advertise for camping. Read a lot of good reviews but none from campers. Just curious if anyone has experience with one, good or bad. Thanks for any replies. I own a couple Blackstone Griddles. I have a 36" model on my patio. It's fantastic. I also have a 17" Blackstone Griddle that I use camping. Ease of cleaning is a big thing. There have been a couple of times I have cooked on the stove in our camper, the rest of the time I cook, grill, BBQ, under a cooking fly outside our camper. My only Blackstone complaint is that I have not converted my 17" to run off of a tank. My fault. I'm no fan of canisters.
OleManOleCan 11/27/19 10:47pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Blow out water lines question

Fixing the Pex is generally easy enough. It's finding the leak and gaining access to it in order to fix it that is the challenge. That does not include any damage caused by the leak. Murphy's law dictates the leak will not be in a easy to access spot! For the record standard insurance policy procedure is to pay for damage caused by a leak but they don't actually pay to fix the leak itself. The damage is generally a bigger problem than the leak! My point is use anti freeze and avoid any issues. Antifreeze is cheaper than shark bites. Easier to use than a saw, requires less effort than removing the underbelly. Does involve drying anything out. Antifreeze is also much cheaper than replacing, fixtures, valves,pumps or a host of miscellaneous parts :R Silly person you are, just can't wrap your head around this dirt simple way of clearing the lines. You simply repressurize the stupid water system WITH AIR in the spring time to TEST the system! Yeah, it IS THAT simple. I have to check and fill my tires anyway in the spring, tires lose pressure over the winter months so I do BOTH things at the same time in the spring. Or perhaps you NEVER check and air your tires, perhaps that is why so many folks grumble about tires blowing out on them? Put 30 PSI of air on the system then let sit for an hr then check the pressure, no drop, no air noise and you are good to go with water. AIR will not do any damage and you WILL hear it hiss if something is wrong. A $39 Harbor Freight compressor can easily do both jobs or like I do, add 50ft of air line hose to my shop compressor. I have done it both ways. EVEN if I were to use RV antifreeze I WOULD STILL PRETEST WITH AIR ONLY in the spring. That is how you test brand new plumbing in new homes, stub out then add a air gauge then pressurize with air. Wait an hr and check for pressure drop, no pressure drop you are good to go with water. As far as finding and getting to lines, no, they are not hidden in walls, they are run in a chase at floor level (fivers and some MHs might be under the floor in the basement but still not all that hard to access) in a RV, sometimes may run under the tub but pretty good chance that they WILL be not all that hard to get to.. At least in the several TTs I have had they both have been very easy to get to, out in the open under a couch, base cabinets and such. Fixtures? Really, $50 at Home Depot or Lowes will get you FAR BETTER faucets than what RV manufacturers use, first thing I do is remove and toss the RV faucets, they are Dollar General quality stuff. LEAVE the faucets OPEN and absolutely NO water will be trapped in the faucet, PERIOD. Do YOU fill your water heater up with the pink stuff? Perhaps you should, perhaps you do not realize that when you drain the water heater, the drain IS above the bottom of the tank, it leaves at least 1 inch of water in there (water can't go below the drain hole). Like I said, IF YOU feel better using the pink stuff then by all means use it. HOWEVER, there have been and are plenty of other folks who do not and never have any issues for many years. I use a Turkey baster with a piece of rubber tubing to remove most of the water left in the water heater after it's drained. Mine has about 3/4" of water after I drain the tank. I get all I can get, and I have never had a problem with freezing and expansion doing damage.
OleManOleCan 11/23/19 10:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Voice Controlled Travel Trailer

Sometimes my camper is voice controlled. My wife will say get me another cup of coffee while your up. I get up and pour her coffee. 45 years of marriage and counting...
OleManOleCan 11/23/19 10:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Plumbing HELP..?

VickeB66, Simply run new lines made from Pex. Then there will be no leaks--and you can route the lines inside the heated area of the RV. The lines can be "fished" past obstructions. When I rebuilt my 1975 Fleetwood Prowler, I put in Pex. Works great. Now all my lines are inside...
OleManOleCan 11/15/19 11:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Got to Winterize my old camper.

An unexpected cold front dipped temps. to 16 deg. Bad knees and hip... Job's got to be done. Got to winterize my 75 Fleetwood Prowler... I redid the plumbing this spring, so It's gonna get done today. My wife bought the Pink Stuff. Gonna get a cane and get with it. ==================================== I got the camper winterized. It was the heat of the day... Temps climbed to 32 degrees. I blew out the lines, drained the low points. The Black and Grey Water tanks were already empty. I put about a gallon of Pink Stuff divided into those tanks. I put Pink Stuff in the Lines, Traps and Toilet. I'm probably thru camping this year. Tomorrow I go back to my Orthopedic Dr. to see if they are going to do a Knee Replacement on my Left leg. That would keep me sidelined until Spring. I got the news from my Ortho Dr. today. Possibly Next Wednesday they are gonna take the pins and screws out of my left leg. These pins and screws have been in that leg since 1978... They will Let it heal for 3 months, then do Robotic Surgery on the knee. Maybe April before I get a new knee. I hope to go camping again maybe late summer, or early Fall. Guess I'll have time to catch up on my reading till then. On the plus side my Vintage Camper has been modernized and restored, so It's ready when I am. BTW: Fall and Winter are great times to camp in the Deep South. Campgrounds aren't too crowded, except on the Gulf Coast...
OleManOleCan 11/15/19 11:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Space Heater

1500 watts is about the maximum allowed in an electric heater, all of them will put out the same amount of heat. When choosing the brand or style, you just decide how you want to direct heat. If one is not enough, buy another if you have adequate wiring and power available. I have a 1500W Ceramic heater. I run it on a separate line. We have used it on some very cold nights. Part of the secret is to use it with a couple of blankets on the beds. The loudest camper heating system I ever tried to sleep thru was In the Grey-wolf we had. Very Loud Kicking on and off... That's when I decided to heat my camper on the campground's dime. Since we downsized the 1500w is more than enough for cold weather. I run it very low.
OleManOleCan 11/15/19 10:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Got to Winterize my old camper.

An unexpected cold front dipped temps. to 16 deg. Bad knees and hip... Job's got to be done. Got to winterize my 75 Fleetwood Prowler... I redid the plumbing this spring, so It's gonna get done today. My wife bought the Pink Stuff. Gonna get a cane and get with it. ==================================== I got the camper winterized. It was the heat of the day... Temps climbed to 32 degrees. I blew out the lines, drained the low points. The Black and Grey Water tanks were already empty. I put about a gallon of Pink Stuff divided into those tanks. I put Pink Stuff in the Lines, Traps and Toilet. I'm probably thru camping this year. Tomorrow I go back to my Orthopedic Dr. to see if they are going to do a Knee Replacement on my Left leg. That would keep me sidelined until Spring.
OleManOleCan 11/14/19 08:36am Travel Trailers
Got to Winterize my old camper.

An unexpected cold front dipped temps. to 16 deg. Bad knees and hip... Job's got to be done. Got to winterize my 75 Fleetwood Prowler... I redid the plumbing this spring, so It's gonna get done today. My wife bought the Pink Stuff. Gonna get a cane and get with it.
OleManOleCan 11/13/19 12:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: 27 footer vs 32 footer, towing/handling difference?

Many NP Campgrounds have a limited number of sites longer than 30 feet. So "lie" and say you are only 30 feet to reserve a site. BTDT... I've never seen anyone measure a trailer at a campground. I backed an old 30' into a couple of short spaces... (Real careful) I had a 28' that was almost as long as my 30'... Just go slow backing in...
OleManOleCan 11/13/19 12:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Broken key, locked out of TT, no spare :(

A simple set of Lock Picks gets you inside in a couple of minutes. Every Locksmith worth his salt can get in quickly. When I went to pick up my Vintage Prowler, the door was locked... It wasn't locked when I looked at it... Fortunately I have a set of picks. Took about 5 minutes. I also got an extra $100 off the asking price. With the door unlocked I took out the lock and carried it to a locksmith. They made me several keys. My advise is don't break anything. A couple of years ago in a large campground in Tennessee, a man bribed a skinny kid to crawl thru the hatch and open his trailer. Amazing what a kid will do for $20...
OleManOleCan 11/13/19 12:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Broken key, locked out of TT, no spare :(

A simple set of Lock Picks gets you inside in a couple of minutes. Every Locksmith worth his salt can get in quickly. When I went to pick up my Vintage Prowler, the door was locked... It wasn't locked when I looked at it... Fortunately I have a set of picks. Took about 5 minutes. I also got an extra $100 off the asking price. With the door unlocked I took out the lock and carried it to a locksmith. They made me several keys. My advise is don't break anything. A couple of years ago in a large campground in Tennessee, a man bribed a skinny kid to crawl thru the hatch and open his trailer. Amazing what a kid will do for $20...
OleManOleCan 11/13/19 12:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery storage

I would disconnect the batteries and take them to my house. I can set them on a shelf and put a trickle charge on them sometimes. Less chance of them walking off that way. ALSO... Make sure every door and Hatch is locked. Don't leave anything in your storage unit or camper that might be stolen. Wouldn't hurt to put a shackle on your trailers hitch too.
OleManOleCan 11/07/19 02:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery storage

I would disconnect the batteries and take them to my house. I can set them on a shelf and put a trickle charge on them sometimes. Less chance of them walking off that way. ALSO... Make sure every door and Hatch is locked. Don't leave anything in you storage unit or camper that might be stolen. Wouldn't hurt to put a shackle on your trailers hitch too.
OleManOleCan 11/07/19 02:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Filling Propane While Traveling

My tank are a few years old and I take them to my propane dealer in town. If I run out on the road, I swap them out for the best looking tanks at the local gas station LP exchange. If they were new tanks I probably would not do that. I do carry a extra tank in a milk crate secured in the truck bed. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When we go camping I put two full 20# tanks on and carry an additional 20 in the bed of my truck. The extra 20 usually powers one of my Blackstone Griddles or a single burner for Low Country Boils. I'd rather have a half dozen 20s rather than 30s. Easier to carry, easier to trade out when the Expiration date is coming up, And our local garbage men pick up lots of them on the curb. A case of beer and I can pick thru them for the best 4 tanks. Yep I bribe civil employees... I'm a retired LEO. I'm a little low on scruples since I retired...
OleManOleCan 11/06/19 10:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pre trip routines

Before we leave I fuel up my truck. I put my 'Slinky Box' in the bed of the truck. I put my 6x6 jack stands in the bed of the truck. I put more White Lithium on the Ball and inside the hitch. I hook up. Check the safety chains, and electrical connections. I check the air pressure in my truck, and on my camper. I check inside the camper to make sure everything is where it should be. I lock my camper, and all hatches. When my wife is in the truck, I make sure none of the Cats are under the truck or my camper, then we pull out of my yard. I pretty much do each of these things every time.
OleManOleCan 11/04/19 09:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blow out water lines question

Don't rely on just blowing out the lines. All the times I have winterized I blow the lines then put in anit freeze and there is a lot of clear water that comes out before the pink stuff does. Your trailer, your choice but be prepared to fix freeze damage. I have Winterized several campers this way. IT WORKS. I start off by making sure the Black and Grey water tanks are emptied... I open all the Low Point drains and drain em. Drain the Hot water tank too. I blow out my lines. This time of year Walmart always has a sale on 'The Pink Stuff'. I buy it to pump/run thru my lines until it comes out pink. I fill the traps with Pink Stuff. I put a gallon of the Pink Stuff in the Black Tank. I put about 4" of Pink Stuff in the Toilet bowl. I remove my White Hose and make sure it's empty. Then I roll it up and plug both ends. (I don't want a bug to find a hose to crawl into...) IT'S NOT OVER KILL IF IT KEEPS IT FROM HAVING FREEZE DAMAGE.
OleManOleCan 11/03/19 10:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: trailer size and campsites in National Parks

I've camped at a lot of State Parks, and several National Parks. Generally the older parks have smaller sites, and roads that are narrower. Many of the older parks are in bad need of limb trimming. BUT... Some parks have been updated and have more room now. Generally a 20-24' camper will fit most anywhere. 28s work on many, but you may need to lie about the length, and park carefully.
OleManOleCan 10/29/19 12:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bumper Grill

I cook a lot. I bring a Blackstone Griddle, A Weber, and a single burner for a Discada. I set em up on a table under a tent when we get set up. (I'm the guy who smells up the camp ground cooking a Low Country Boil. Or BBQs Ribs ect...)
OleManOleCan 10/25/19 10:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: how to level a trailer

Two stick on bubble levels at the right front corner of the trailer, one North/South, one East/West. Worked fine, no muss no fuss. Stick on bubbles work. I have used them on 3 campers.
OleManOleCan 10/25/19 09:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upgraded my tow vehicle, do I still need a WDH?

I can tow w/o a WD hitch, but I use my Equalizer... My truck Echoboost F-150 HD Package also tows much better with E-rated tires. So I tow with my Equalizer set up and my truck wearing E-rated tires. Towing 35-3800 to 8500 lbs. makes no difference. Set em up right and your safe, and have a better Tow.
OleManOleCan 10/25/19 09:40pm Travel Trailers
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