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RE: toilet treatment for black water tank

The truth of the matter is...ignore the sensors. They are NOT reliable. Try to keep them operating properly is futile and a source of frustration. The answer is...the black tank will begin to make life unpleasant with it's odours after a week, if you are underway. It will not natter how much chemical you throw down it..after 7 days, it will overpower anything. So...dump on day 6, if you can..or day 7, latest. If it will put your head in a better place, toss down a cup of a dish soap or vinegar. Won't hurt anything..also will not clean your sensors. And for sure..after dumping, put in water. How much? I open the spigot and count to 10..slowly. Please don't try and win the "clean sensor" battle. You cannot. You 'may' get them clean...once...but not forever. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/16/19 10:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Between Portland and The Dallas

The Washington side of the Columbia is so much nicer than the Interstate. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/11/19 11:55am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Raduim Sheep, or Salmo / Creston sheep? Radium for the first and Grand Forks, the second. T'was a Grand Forks city park deer. Gary
garyhaupt 11/09/19 11:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

You should try a 'hair wash powder' no water I had it when a spent a stretch in the hospital. It's not high fashion but it works. Look it up. I would..if it was my hair...but what mama wants/needs/desires? If I want her to put up with my stuff, then I gotta do the same for her. Besides, in her eyes, I'm a hero. I'll take that. But, thanks for the suggestion. Someone might be looking for that very idea. Gary
garyhaupt 11/08/19 01:51pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
A fall week in the Kootenays

Took off for a weeks fall wandering in BC, doing a hot springs/craft beer loop. Leaving Penticton, to the Fauquier Ferry..Nakusp...Revelstopke, Golden, Kimberly, Creston and last overnight in Grand Forks. Perfect weather..a couple minus 0c nights. No traffic, to speak of.] Ferry park boondocking.] Halfway Hotsprings] Critters...]]]] Luccier Hot Springs] Train history in Fruitvale] Golden..Whitetooth Craft house.] Rossland Craft Beer] We travel a pretty barebones style..boondocking and making our own meals. One of the biggest hurdles we/I had to overcome was the need to arrange for a hairwash/dryer adventure every 3 or 4 days. Yes, the rec centers are fabulous, but only if you are in a town. Out in the weeds, less so. I had a plan...and it works like magic. I picked up a 3000w inverter, had it wired with a good heavy wire. When needed, clamp to truck battery, run an extension inside, start the engine...and let'r rip.] Such a nice time! Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/08/19 09:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska Marine Highway

Don't hold your breath. A recent federal election ended with Canada remaining under socialist control. No guns allowed, and climate change issues sealed the deal. That will undoubtedly place permanent roadblocks on the Prince Rupert docks. If we had less restrictive firearms laws like yours, CBP could do their own security, which is the real root cause of this issue. Sort of related. At some point in the near future you'll find that transiting Canada with some types of firearms that were formerly allowed will be prohibited. Your only options will be to ship them in future. Sorry. I am guessing you will be happy in your new home. Which state is it, that you are moving to? Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/30/19 12:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: travel to Haines Alaska

Most people never come back here with the outcome.....well done. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/26/19 09:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: travel to Haines Alaska

If you want to be proactive? Maybe invest in an InReach. They carry it with in the car...can send daily updates, plus messages and a call for help if needs be. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/25/19 10:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: how do you keep sewer tank clear

Where are these RVers getting this Formaldehyde? “Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical widely used to make home building products. Most formaldehyde produced in the United States is for the manufacture of resins, such as urea-formaldehyde, used to make the adhesives for pressed wood products, such as particleboard, furniture, paneling, cabinets, and other products. Formaldehyde is also commonly used as a preservative in medical laboratories, mortuaries, and consumer products, including some hair smoothing and straightening products. It is also a by-product of automobile combustion and is produced in small amounts by most living organisms, including humans.” I suspect that people are working off out-of-date knowledge. Wasn't that long ago that all black tank chemical treatments were formaldehyde based. People don't read the contents of what they buy, just assuming that it is what is always been. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/22/19 01:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winter RV'ing in Northern NWT/Yukon

^^^ Custom ordered from Haulmark built to my specifications, 6 month build time. I'm a retired process engineer so I can get pretty anal but the Haulmark folks were up to the challenge and great group of people to work with. Showhauler also does custom builds. Thanks for this info. Gary
garyhaupt 10/22/19 10:06am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trouble with California

I am just tossing this out for my CDN not ever refuse a request from any authority to do a look-see in the RV. That could see you tossed out of the country. And if not that, then a very expensive lawyer tab. Never mind the YouTube stuff...if I were a resident and citizen of the US, I truly don't know how I would handle the stops, but as a visitor? C'mon in. I want to think that I would say "not without a warrant" for my home, but in reality? I don't know if I have that. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/22/19 10:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Winter RV'ing in Northern NWT/Yukon

2 years ago spent 2 weeks north of Edmomnton in January, temps -15 to 15 degree's. Rig is diesel and electric used alot of fuel but remained comfortable. Had my rig built specifically for winter camping, heated insulated tanks and all piping is heat traced an insulated, 6" insulation in the floors and ceiling 3" in the walls. Where did you have your RV built? I am thinking of upgrading mine. I have a Triple E Regal with the winter package..all well and good, but am considering upping the R value in the entire unit. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/20/19 10:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: how do you keep sewer tank clear

Water is key. If you don't have the outside hose thread to put in water while you are dumping, does your bathroom have a window? If a hose in and rinse from top down..if no window, walk a hose into the RV, into the bathroom and rinse, top down. After you are done and buttoned up? put more water into the tank. More than a generous. Whatever you flush down the toilet, will turn to liquid. No sludge. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/19/19 08:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Water heater leaking from side or bottom?

Not getting it fixed before your trip is just foolish. If nothing else, more water causing damage. Worse? The leak becomes a gusher out somewhere. Then, you will wish you had had it done. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/28/19 12:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone here upgraded their headlights?

I did, but I am lost trying to recall just exactly what. I bought Sylvania plug n big deal..except I had to go to a dealer to get the removal figured out. The other thing to be mindful of is the front plastic on the your headlights is probably fogged. You can some ideas on You-tube on how to clean and that alone will improve your lighting. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/28/19 08:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fall colours in Wa

Try crossing SR20 over the North Cascades Highway, Mazama, Winthrop, Twisp all should be colorful and make great stops. 20 is one of my all time favorite drives. This was a drive to Settle via a different route than usual. Gary
garyhaupt 09/26/19 08:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fall colours in Wa

Tumwater Canyon looked great this morning with the cloud cover.]] Gary
garyhaupt 09/26/19 08:26pm General RVing Issues
Border/passport issue

I have a post in General..that is titled Passport given to...?? It might be prudent to make yourselves aware of what 'could' and really did, happen. And in the telling...there is nothing I could have done to prevent the incident from happening. Skip to page 4 to my latest, for a short version. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 09/26/19 08:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: US Border agent gave my passport to.....??

For those that operate any kind of RV, you could/will encounter this scenario, where you are directed to any kind of secondary inspection. The kiosk agent retains all passports given over to them in the original interview. The agent that will do secondary, collects the passport pertaining to that particular vehicle. I have no idea what the process is for setting those passports aside while the kiosk agent continues to to work with other vehicles that are coming after you..remember, YOU have been pulled aside, other vehicle come thru after you and get passed thru. Yes..I was really lucky that the person that received my passport was known to the Border people and that by his history, were confident he was coming back, same day. Apparently Oroville is a training centre, and that might have been an new agent getting oriented. I have been back in touch with original supervisor advising that I was not filing a complaint and that I was more than satisfied with how it was all handled. In the end...I lost nothing and had a very unusual experience. Gary
garyhaupt 09/26/19 08:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Fall colours in Wa

Some pix from the journey so far. Similkameen River BLM.] Along 97 south, just north of Tonasket] On the Icicle River, Leavenworth] Gary
garyhaupt 09/26/19 08:23am General RVing Issues
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