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RE: Propane tank

I'm not a fan of the auto-switchover regulators. I want to know when that first tank runs dry, even if I have to get up and go out in the cold to switch tanks. To me that's preferable than to wake up in the cold to find that I have TWO empty tanks.Well, if you couldn't remember to fill one tank when it ran out, why would you remember to fill one when it ran out and you had to switch it over? And then you run out, go out to switch it over and find they're both empty. Can't blame the mechanism for human error. Maybe I'm dense, but I don't follow you. One way allows you to run halfway empty and one way allows you to run all the way empty. I prefer option #1. Different strokes though.
dedmiston 12/02/20 06:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane tank

My car has a reliable gauge that I can see all the time. There's even a thing that tells me how many miles I have left (mas o menos). My RV has a series of disappointing gauges that have let me down over the years. I'm pretty good about refilling before trips when I think I need it, but having a reserve tank is a great failsafe for me. Regardless, I'd never put myself in the situation where I might carelessly run both tanks dry. I just don't trust myself or the rest of the family. I've caught my wife forgetting to turn off the oven too many times.
dedmiston 12/02/20 12:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hello, Need a Laredo 274RB weight sticker image

Have you tried submitting a picture of your faded sticker? The sticker is what it is. It may be inconvenient to them, but that's the sticker you have.
dedmiston 12/02/20 12:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane tank

I'm not a fan of the auto-switchover regulators. I want to know when that first tank runs dry, even if I have to get up and go out in the cold to switch tanks. To me that's preferable than to wake up in the cold to find that I have TWO empty tanks.
dedmiston 12/02/20 12:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are TT or 5vr Toy hauler handling better with trike loaded?

Where did the OP go?
dedmiston 12/02/20 06:19am Beginning RVing
RE: Are TT or 5vr Toy hauler handling better with trike loaded?

Hi KingDad - Long time Toy Hauler owner here. We've owned two toy haulers, and both of them were/are big. There are a lot of variables to look at, but one general rule is that the bigger the hauler, the less impact the toys will have on towing. Our first hauler was a 30' bumper pull (Weekend Warrior FS2600). We owned it for about twelve years and traveled plenty with it both loaded and unloaded. My truck at the time was a RAM 2500 Cummins. The truck pulled the trailer well, but I could definitely tell the difference when I was "heavy" or not. Loaded up for a week long trip, we would have five bikes in the hauler, plus 120 gallons of water, a full bed of firewood, and however much gas fit in the fuel station (I don't remember anymore). Honestly, the bed full of firewood was the biggest factor in being "heavy". I had a good Reese Dual Cam anti-sway hitch and it worked well, but I could definitely feel the big rigs push us around on the road. Again though, having bikes in the garage or not didn't ever make a difference in the handling. The trailer was long enough with enough weight up front (and the axles were placed just right) that having the bikes in the garage or not really didn't impact us. That was then. Now we're HUGE. We have a 44.5' fifth wheel and a full ton dually to tow it. We're a big slow dumb pig cruising down the road. We cruise great though. The whole thing handles way better than the shorter bumper pull did. The fiver is so heavy that it makes zero difference whether the garage is full or empty. Our two fresh water tanks are over the axles, the three waste tanks are in front of the axles, and the two fuel tanks are in the rear. I honestly can't feel any difference between a loaded garage or not. Same goes for full or empty fuel tanks, or full fresh vs full waste tanks. The fiver is heavy, period. I've camped with two people who had the side-loading toy haulers and both of them absolutely HATED the experience. The bikes were right there in the living area and it made a mess. The geometry of the ramps was also completely different than a rear ramp, and the angle was always too steep to be comfortable going up or down. If the trailer wasn't on perfectly level ground, then the side ramp was always tweaked too far out of square to be comfortable with. With a rear ramp though, you can easily block one edge of the ramp if the ground is uneven from side to side, and you can jack up the nose to make the rear angle less steep. My advice is to study the weight capacities closely and look at the layout of the tanks and inside furnishings with respect to the axles. Also look for user groups for that brand and look for feedback from actual owners. My guess is that your trike will be so heavy that any hauler designed to carry that much weight will also be designed to tow well whether it's empty or full. The two most common misconceptions that I see about toy haulers is: * How could you load a motorized vehicle into your RV without the whole thing constantly stinking of gas? * You can never tow a toy hauler without the toys loaded in the rear, because it won't have enough tongue weight when it's empty. The first point is definitely not true unless you actually leak/spill gas all over the place. Our side-by-side car has big tires and there's definitely a tire smell while it's loaded, but there is zero smell back there once you unload the toys. Opening that ramp lets a ton of air into the space, and any possible smell is 100% gone by the time you've unloaded the toy(s) and all the other stuff (chairs, bbq, etc.). And the second point is hyperbole. Yes, you will see a difference in the numbers if you weigh the tongue/pin full vs. empty, but the delta isn't as large as you'd expect and it rarely translates into a noticeable difference in handling. There are definitely units out there that were engineered poorly and they're too close to capacity even unloaded, but those are rare. Just make sure to pick a manufacturer who has been building toy haulers for more than a year or so. I hope this helps.
dedmiston 12/01/20 12:57pm Beginning RVing
RE: Replacement Scare Light Bulbs

DO NOT. Those scare lights are an annoyance. We mostly boondock, and it's nearly impossible for friends to find you after sundown if you don't have some decent exterior lights.
dedmiston 12/01/20 11:10am Tech Issues
RE: Replacement Scare Light Bulbs

I ordered replacement LED bulbs last year and they worked great. They aren't holding up very well though. I think the road is too punishing for them and they're starting to burn out now (about 15,000 miles later). I'm not too mad though. They've worked well and this doesn't seem like horrible performance to me.
dedmiston 12/01/20 11:08am Tech Issues
RE: Dump Station Observations

I had a very Canadian experience last fall at a camp in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (just across the Michigan border). Our spot didn't have sewer, so we had to dump at the dump spot when we pulled up. A very nice older gentleman pulled up the other direction on the opposite side of the island and we struck up a conversation while I dumped. Not that I took a long time, but I warned him that I was going to spend an extra five minutes flushing the black tank before I'd be done. No problem. We stood there talking still after I was done, and we got to the point where I thought he was going to want to exchange contact info (I didn't want a new penpal though). The moment passed though and he stuck out his hand to shake, and I told him "One of my life-rules is to never shake hands at the dump island". What a nice Canadian man.
dedmiston 12/01/20 10:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Dump Station Observations

This forum resides in Snarkville. It doesn't have to be that way. Manners and empathy have been pretty scarce here in 2020 though. Lots of folks are taking out their aggressions online. Not cool.
dedmiston 12/01/20 09:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Blackstone 22" griddle for $99 at Walmart!!

We buy ours in 5# packs at Smart & Final. S&F BaconSmart and final rocks. Any those bikes in your sig for sale? Could trade 5 pounds of bacon, plus cash on our end. (my friend is looking, here in the west) I had somebody offer me "a whole lotta med grade weed" for a bike I listed on Craigslist years ago. My buddies still tease me.
dedmiston 11/30/20 09:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toad Service ??

I think we've gone as far as we can go in an RV forum, not a beemer forum. Best of luck and happy trails.
dedmiston 11/30/20 09:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toad Service ??

Let's cut out the snarky responses please.
dedmiston 11/30/20 01:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Blackstone 22" griddle for $99 at Walmart!!

We buy ours in 5# packs at Smart & Final. S&F Bacon
dedmiston 11/30/20 01:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Broken cargo door key

I'm pretty tall, slightly handsome Happy Thanksgiving. Tall, yes :) Happy Thanksgiving, Jerry Jerry, you need a new washing machine. The one you have is making your T-shirts bulge out in the front! :B:B It's even worse now during the pandemic.
dedmiston 11/27/20 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: Broken cargo door key

Are you sure you want to hug strangers? He's not a stranger. He's a very dear man and we've worked together for years now. And that was actually my point. Your local independent RV tech should be someone you have formed a relationship with. He shouldn't be a stranger. I'm pretty tall, slightly handsome, and tan year round. He's taller, way more handsome than me, and very dark skinned. I'm grateful that he considers me enough of a friend that he'd bail me out on such a busy day. He pulled a thorn from my paw and I owe him.I Happy Thanksgiving.
dedmiston 11/26/20 06:47am Tech Issues
RE: Blackstone 22" griddle for $99 at Walmart!!

My buddy brings out a mini treager. Runs a genny just to power that thing. Cooks tons of stuff for the group its always awesome to be downwind of him!! Awesome. It's great to have a friend with the toys who also cooks for you. He should look into getting a small inverter for his Traeger. They don't hardly use any power and it would cut down on the hours on his gen. I run my GMG grill off our inverter all the time and it hardly affects our batteries.
dedmiston 11/25/20 11:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane Tank Vacuum Purge

I dunno about that, Bobo. I grew up in a fire family, and dad and all his buddies really knew their stuff. They studied and drilled on this stuff all the time. I wouldn't discount their expertise for a second. Not that good LP guys aren't knowledgeable too, but the average propane monkeys don't seem to be. How many times have you had someone refill your tanks and not even bother wearing gloves or eye protection? They may have standards somehow, but I don't see it in practice, and I don't detect a lot of training or science in what they do.
dedmiston 11/25/20 11:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Blackstone 22" griddle for $99 at Walmart!!

I know this is a Blackstone thread, but I've seen a few mentions of other grills to complement the outdoor cooking arsenal. My family always gave me a hard time for taking forever to cook on my Webber Q (great grill, but the slowest cooker ever). I finally upgraded to a portable Green Mountain Grill pellet smoker. I love my little Traeger at home, so I thought this portable cooker would be a good choice for the RV. We've had it since July '19 and I love it so much that we got their behemoth huge smoker for home and quit using the Traeger. It's pretty heavy to lug around and it takes more space than the Webber did, but I've never regretted the switch.
dedmiston 11/25/20 11:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Dehumidifier overkill?

I have a dumb question and I swear I'm not trolling. Coming from the arid west, I don't understand what the issue is. I know from experience that I hate humidity combined with heat (yes, I'm talking to you Florida and Texas), but I don't understand the issue in the winter when it's cold. We have condensation on our windows sometimes in the morning, but it always goes away once we get up and warm the place up. How is the humidity affecting you all so much that you need dehumidifiers? What are the symptoms of heavy humidity in your RVs?
dedmiston 11/25/20 10:57am General RVing Issues
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