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RE: Cleaning Water Jugs

I usually use Hydrogen Peroxide. It's not caustic or harmful like bleach and still disinfects. Pour a bit in the bottles, fill with water, let sit for a bit and dump and let air dry. Thank you
Surgtech94 06/30/22 10:16am General RVing Issues
Cleaning Water Jugs

We have a couple of 6 gallon Water Jugs(Camco) that I’d like to clean/disinfect the inside of. So we can use these to add additional water to the camper. What’s the best way? We have a water filter, but won’t attach to the water jugs. Thank you
Surgtech94 06/30/22 09:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Thank you everyone for the information. Yes, forgot our fridge was Automatic. But I believe I have to turn propane on and light stove to make sure propane is flowing to fridge? How do I know if fridge ignited on propane? TY
Surgtech94 06/30/22 09:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Yes, we always ran with LP on UNTIL we stopped for fuel. I would pull over before we got to the station and turn it off at the cylinder. After fueling, I would pull out of the station, or at least away from the fuel pumps, and turn it back on. Then I would enter the TT to make sure the frig was lit again. Safety first!! Thank you. Have you ever had to relight the stove to make sure propane was still flowing to the fridge? One last question, at home do you start off with the fridge on electric and then switch to propane when you leave ? Or just start off with the propane at home before you leave? Thank you
Surgtech94 06/29/22 06:17pm General RVing Issues
Traveling with Propane on

Do you travel with the propane on to run the refrigerator? What safety measures need to be taken? We haven’t been traveling more then 1 1/2 hours from home, so our fridge hasn’t cooled down much, but planning on some longer trips. Thanks In Advance
Surgtech94 06/29/22 05:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Awning Repair Kit Recommendations

Thank you for the replies. I’m going to order some tape tomorrow. We’ve got a trip end of next week.
Surgtech94 06/17/22 06:51am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Awning Repair Kit Recommendations

The dealer told me there’s a tape or glue/sealer. The TT isn’t quite 2 years old so the material isn’t in bad shape. We have about 4 or 5 trips this year
Surgtech94 06/13/22 10:05am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Awning Repair Kit Recommendations

Looking for a recommendation for an awning repair kit or tape. We have a less the a pea size bigger then a pin hole in our awning near the top of our camper. We don’t want to replace the awning. We’re going to be either going to a motor home or a smaller TT. Thank you in advance
Surgtech94 06/13/22 07:46am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Blackstone Griddle or ?

Thanks everyone! I think we’re going to do the Blackstone 17 inch. I saw a griddle called a Fire Disc, but quite expensive IMO. I came across a YouTube video on how to season the Blackstone, along with accessory kit. We do have a small cast iron Weber gas grill, but never use it, we use the electric skillet and this Blackstone should be a nice replacement for both.
Surgtech94 05/12/22 02:39am Around the Campfire
Blackstone Griddle or ?

I’m thinking about getting a Blackstone 17” Gas Griddle for the 2 of us. Or any other griddle we should look it ? Thank you
Surgtech94 05/11/22 01:50pm Around the Campfire
30A Surge Protector Recommendations

Looking for recommendations for a 30A Surge Protector for our 2020 25 foot KZ Connect . Thank you in advance
Surgtech94 05/08/22 12:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

Thank you everyone. I really appreciate all the replies, advice and information. Any long trips we take won’t be till September, so I need to start looking and doing some planning. One place we would like to visit is Hocking HillsSP in Ohio the end of April and maybe Smokey Mountains in September
Surgtech94 01/03/22 05:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

Most RV parks set aside at least some sites for overnighters. The only reservations I make are at our destination otherwise we use the RVPARKY app to find parks on our route. It also shows gas stations and Cracker Barrels and other places. It gives you all the info you need to find an overnight park. We start looking at around 2 or 3 pm to find a place to stay. We call them and then have them hold a site with an estimated time of arrival. I have the luxury of owning my own time because I am retired so I can take as much time as I want to going somewhere. You will find it very difficult to hold to a schedule if you try to make reservations at every park you think you might stay at...and sometimes you might lose your reservation deposit if they require one and if you don't make it. Get better acquainted with how your RV systems work. Water pumps, slides, lights and furnaces work off of your 12 volt battery. Depending on if you have to run your furnace while you are not on shore power you will deplete that battery in one night depending on how cool it is out and frequency of running it. At some time you will have to settle for staying in a Walmart parking lot so understand how to conserve your battery. Like others have suggested, upgrade your battery to a better deep cycle marine battery with a high amp hour rating. Your air conditioner requires 110 volts to run so if it's hot out and you can't plug into a shore power source you will not have that available to use. Thank you. I guess I missed the battery upgrade. We just need to get out of our comfort zones of staying in state parks A better idea for you to learn how to use your trailer is to go to the place you have been going to. The difference is when you get there, pretend the water and electric are not there. Use your fresh water tank, and propane. If things go bad for you, plug in or hook up. That way your time isn't wasted and you can learn what to do next time. Actually, you can do the same thing in your driveway just to learn how to use your rv in ways you haven't before. It may sound strange to some here, but when I pull in to a full hookup rv site, I am lost. We have only done that two or three times, and it just feels like cheating to me. 8) We have never done full hook up camping. I watched a video on how to do full hook up camping. Lol
Surgtech94 01/03/22 05:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

Most RV parks set aside at least some sites for overnighters. The only reservations I make are at our destination otherwise we use the RVPARKY app to find parks on our route. It also shows gas stations and Cracker Barrels and other places. It gives you all the info you need to find an overnight park. We start looking at around 2 or 3 pm to find a place to stay. We call them and then have them hold a site with an estimated time of arrival. I have the luxury of owning my own time because I am retired so I can take as much time as I want to going somewhere. You will find it very difficult to hold to a schedule if you try to make reservations at every park you think you might stay at...and sometimes you might lose your reservation deposit if they require one and if you don't make it. Get better acquainted with how your RV systems work. Water pumps, slides, lights and furnaces work off of your 12 volt battery. Depending on if you have to run your furnace while you are not on shore power you will deplete that battery in one night depending on how cool it is out and frequency of running it. At some time you will have to settle for staying in a Walmart parking lot so understand how to conserve your battery. Like others have suggested, upgrade your battery to a better deep cycle marine battery with a high amp hour rating. Your air conditioner requires 110 volts to run so if it's hot out and you can't plug into a shore power source you will not have that available to use. Thank you. I guess I missed the battery upgrade. We just need to get out of our comfort zones of staying in state parks
Surgtech94 12/31/21 07:55am Roads and Routes
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

Surg, You may not plan on Boondocking, but drycamping is almost necessary in many cases. The thing is, if you are ready to do that, it opens an amazing number of options. If the trailer battery charges off the Tow Vehicle (TV) and it should, then you won't need the generator for a simple Over Night Park (ONP). You will have lights, water, your reefer and the gas stove. Your bed is right there, as is the euphemism. What more do you need before morning? Example: You go west along I-94. Late in the day you will be in Hammond (IN). There is a friendly Cabela's there. After asking the manager, park on the west edge of the lot. Other than the casino, there are not many other quiet places to spend the night. This is why being self-contained can be important. In the morning, have breakfast and fire up. You are now past the south end of Lake Michigan and there are a huge number of open options. Cabela's is just one option. RVparky can lead you to many more. Matt Thank you. Appreciate the reply and information. Can’t wait for winter to be over and start camping. Lol
Surgtech94 12/30/21 12:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

The 1000W pure sine wave inverter is a generator? Is there anything like adding another battery? Our TT does have the ability to add solar. I might have to check this out No it is not. To make an inverter work, you need an inverter, battery bank (large enough to feed a 1000w inverter) and a means of recharging (often solar but it doesn't have to be) The real question is are you interested in boondocking...if not, you don't need solar or generator at all. While driving, you truck will charge the battery and when connected to shore power, the onboard charger will keep the battery up. If it's just a quick overnight and you don't need air/con or other high power items, you can get by with just the single battery that comes standard. It's when you want to stay off grid for multiple days where solar & generators start becoming standard items. As far as water, it's nice to have a bit in case you need to use the bathroom while on the road but unless you are planning on being away from utilities, no sense carrying a full tank. As retirees, look to slow down. We shoot for 100-150miles per day and rarely travel on back to back days. This avoids a lot of need to stop frequently. We usually have a rough plan a week out and call up a day or so ahead of time to make sure they have sites. Also look at weekly or monthly rates. They are typically much cheaper. Another option especially if only staying overnight is Passport America or Boondockers Welcome (there are some other programs also). These are discount/free stops but typically have significant limitations that make them unsuitable for family holiday travel but for full time travel, they can be used to your advantage. Thank you. Appreciate the information. No we probably won’t boondocks unless absolutely necessary. What I would like to do, is to have an end destination and on the route to get there stay maybe 2 days at each site along the way, and on the way home, maybe stay a little longer at some of those places depending on location, spending may 5 days at the end destination,
Surgtech94 12/30/21 04:15am Roads and Routes
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

Load her up & head on out. No need to go overboard. If you bought everything recommended here you would need a tractor to pull it. Keep it simple. A portable genny is good to have. Never know when you will be in a no choice dry camping situation & need to charge the battery bank. Solar is great for the hard core boondockers but for the average long distance traveler who only dry camps occasionally solar is a stretch. Enhancing your battery bank & installing a 1000W pure sine wave inverter makes life much more pleasant for using the no services BLM & other great camping areas of the west. Carry some basic tools that you know can be used on the trailer but don't go overboard. Bring what you need to change a tire yourself. Roadside assistance could be hours away, even near a major city. Basic spares too. Fuses, lightbulbs, that sort of thing. Push comes to shove look around the CG somebody has the tool that you need. Just look for the campsite that is obviously not a newb. Right there is your rolling Lowes. The 1000W pure sine wave inverter is a generator? Is there anything like adding another battery? Our TT does have the ability to add solar. I might have to check this out
Surgtech94 12/29/21 05:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

OK Surg... You have a lot of answers here, but it is clear that you are off into territory that you have not charted yet... You obviously know how to live in a TT, but you have never used what you have to it's full potential. You have a lot to learn, and none of it should be painful. You will discover some things that matter and some that are just small inconveniences. Those of us that were born knowing all about RVing never had to put up with this. (yeah, right) We traveled with two dogs (one has gone on ahead) in a motorhome shorter than your TT. We only made reservations when we were headed someplace we expected to be crowded (like Yellowstone) or a rally (those kind of come with reservations). At departure we always had an empty black tank, a full potable tank and provisions for three days. I always arranged the first travel day as a late start. Sailing taught me that departure mistakes often happen because your were in a hurry to get going. You (like us) are retired now, so don't rush for anything you don't really have to. First, about your new TT (in my terms). If it has a potable tank, it must have a water pump. This would be run off the house battery and there is probably a switch that needs to be on. Don't leave it on when traveling, if a tap rattles open, there goes all you fresh water. For the cost of the weight, fill it with good water before departure. If you have not used the tank, do a disinfecting pass before you do. Many use bleach for this and I use H2O2 and have for years. You have a refrigerator, use it as planned. I am guessing it is gas and electric. Either way, for a driving day in most weather, it can be off all day. If you are carrying a lot of frozen food, this may have to change. You are not practiced at long driving days. (4 hours isn't long) So, when you start doing that, look for highway rest areas to be "grass stops" for part of your contingent. Small city parks work too, but truck stops frequently have near zero grass. Carry the bags you will need. If you TT is like every other new RV I have seen, the installed house battery is inadequate. You will want to both upsize it and get a portable generator when you get going. There are myriad of other things you can do to make travel both more simple an less demanding, but you will have to come back here and ask questions when you can put words to them. Then we can be a big help. When you can fully understand what your TT can do for you, there is a world waiting out there. For long travel, find RV parks for a single night is a serious PITA and costs way more than it is worth. When you get a plan started, come back here for other ideas. You have enough to work with for now. Edit addition: You sort of asked about Boondocking/Drycamping. This also includes Lotdocking and Blacktopping (and stealth camping in our case). Boondocking is specifically (if you are to be accurate) camping someplace with nothing available but fresh air. Probably not even pavement nearby. Everything else is Drycamping or one of the others. You still have now utility support, but there is stuff nearby. This is what rest areas, Walmart and other welcoming businesses are for. Why by the whole farm when all you want are a few eggs?? You might look at the Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome sites for some ideas there too. If I can be of help, I'm here a lot or you can private message. Matt Thank you everyone! Yes, we have a lot to learn for sure. We definitely don’t use the TT to its full potential. We might start out with baby steps, instead of a long trip(Michigan to Utah), we’re thinking about going to Hocking Hills in Ohio and Smokey Mountains
Surgtech94 12/29/21 04:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

30 years of RVing without a surge protector. If you want to run your AC with a generator, you'll need 3,000+ watts. High end = Honda or Yamaha. Decent = Preditor or Champion. A lot of areas (Utah during spring and fall) get full fast, especially near national parks. Gotta have reservations well in advance for those areas. I just fill my water tank before I leave. I usually boondock on the first night of travel. Driving time should be limited...stop and smell the roses. It's those little out of the way gems that people miss that you might remember for the remainder of your life. Got a hobby? Check your route for the obscure towns that have something you are in to. My wife loves to quilt. Hamilton Missouri is nothing but a quilter's paradise. Yea...she made me go there for an entire day, even though it was 2 hours in the opposite direction of our travel. These are the things that make a real vacation more memorable. Slow down. You are retired now. No more having to be home on Monday to go to work. That 4 day weekend? Toss it. Take 7-8 days now. Not technically 30 years of RVing. We did 8 years tent camping, 10 years in a pop up, 10 years in our first TT, in October of 2020 bought our newest TT, 25 ft with a slide out. Boondocking mush be staying/camping wherever ?
Surgtech94 12/29/21 11:48am Roads and Routes
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

Also think about how you will charge your batteries, I like solar but a generator also works. We don’t have solar or a generator. What do you recommend for a generator? We will have water but not a pump? Sorry, dry camping? Is without anything? If we have a tank of water, but no electricity we can’t run the pump. ?
Surgtech94 12/29/21 10:05am Roads and Routes
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