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RE: More campers than parks

Maybe some "definitions" are in order at this point? i.e.: 1. What is a Mobile Home park? 2. What is a Recreational Vehicle park? 3. What is a Campground? IMHO, 1. and 2. appear to be getting really mixed up lately whenever we're out and about for recreation in our Recreational Vehicle - whether it be weekends or during the week. I know it's probably expensive to have signs repainted ... but it sure would be helpful to us if many of the "RV Parks" would change their signage to read "Mobile Home Park" so that we would not waste our time pulling in to register for a night or two or three, only to be frustrated with no sites available. :) I agree completely. I think some people that own the land, whatever you want to call it, are starting to think along the same lines that you are. I say that because some of the parks that I was looking at in various cities are now starting to be listed as mobile home parks. Not many but a few. And I was confused because they kept coming up in my RV searches. I called a couple of them and they explained that you couldn't pull in a double-wide but they were long-term RV parks.
stevennlv 11/02/19 10:55am General RVing Issues
RE: More campers than parks

Lot of people full time by choice. When I got a seasonal site on a lake up North 14 years ago I had always dreamed of a cabin on the lake. I quickly realized the expense and maintaining a property for a few months a year wasn't worth it, so I went the seasonal route. The only thing I'm responsible for is the RV. Water, Sewer, Trash, Electric, Property tax, Yard work, and Roads are all maintained by the campground. I know a couple of seasonals there that have a spot there and one in Florida for the Winter and sold their homes. Even with my very modest home paid for I have property tax, insurance and utilities that amount to over 600 a month then add in maintenance on top of that. It would be financially better for me to get another spot in Florida or Georgia and get rid of the home. I just can't do it at this point. I have found the Collies and I can live in a RV very comfortably. Other then the seasonal I keep a couple of RV'S to travel with. With the large expensive of a home and the fact a lot of people can now do their job from anywhere campgrounds are filling up with young people as well as retirees. This makes it more difficult for Weekend Warriors to get spots. Yeah I didn't even get into the younger folks. We've got some that are living in here now that part of their decision to go with an RV was climate change because they believe having a tiny home makes less environmental impact. Whether you agree with it or not a lot of the young people believe in it and I believe that will be a factor in driving this problem even further.
stevennlv 11/02/19 08:38am General RVing Issues
RE: More campers than parks

I think it might have to do the fact that a lot more people are becoming full-timers. A lot of us have never recovered fully from the great recession. That's a big part of why I became a full timer. I live in a mid-range nice park. It has good amenities and is extremely well maintained. It's not high scale or upend, it's mid-range priced. I've been living here about a year. I think we have about 150 spaces. I have not counted but if I had to take a guess I would say roughly 110 of those are long-term full-time residents. I know we have a waiting list for the month leases that's a year long. We have so many long-term families in here that we actually have a school bus stop inside the park. I was looking at maybe relocating. I was spitballing a few ideas on job markets and doing some research. I looked at several different cities in a few different states in the northwest. The parks that appear to be similar to what I'm in now had waiting lists for month leases that ran anywhere from 18 to 24 months. A couple of years ago I was up in Boise. I stayed in a mid to lower end park at the time. It was by far not the worst I've seen but nowhere near as nice as what I have now and significantly cheaper than what I have now. It was not a meth lab / biker kind of place, which I have seen. But it was definitely full of a lot of older trashy units and folks on hard times. Even that park now has a two-year waiting list. My personal opinion is that a lot of people are finally starting to figure out that modern homes are not worth it especially in uncertain economic times. I did construction when I was young. Most stuff built before the 50s or 60s (before my time) in this country was built with durability in mind. I've got a buddy that's a contractor now. He tells me that modern houses are basically just slapped together and are only designed to last 30 years, basically the life of the mortgage. And as soon as you pay it off it's a falling apart piece of junk and you need another one. One example I love, when I was a kid stucco was done with metal lath and a mixture not dissimilar from concrete in texture and "heaviness". Now so-called stucco is thin-crete sprayed over styrofoam and chicken wire. Unless you go all high scale / up end your average track home now is built with no more quality than your average RV. And while both are going to fall apart an RV cost a lot less and if taken care of might even actually last as long as the 30-year house. Even if it doesn't I can buy an RV every 10 years for 30 years and still come nowhere near the price of house that is designed to only last 30 years.
stevennlv 10/31/19 06:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: a paradox

This is just me spitballing, but since RV manufacturers are getting hit yet RVs are still selling sounds to me like everybody's buying used. And the trend does not surprise me one bit. There are a lot of us that have never fully recovered from the great recession. Me being one of them, and that had a lot to do with me becoming a full timer because it's so much cheaper to live this way if you do it right. I am seeing more and more full timer nuclear families with 2.5 kids and a dog in units they just purchased that are 3 or 5 years old.
stevennlv 10/31/19 05:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: More campers than parks

You're in a very populated area. Go north into Oregon or east into Nevada and you'll find all kinds of wide open spaces to camp in and explore. Forget about Idaho, though. Nothing to see there but potato fields. What??? You just killed our spring plans! Twin Falls and onwards.:( Somebody is either full of stuffing or trying to set a decoy and keep everybody away. Pretty much anything north of Boise along the rivers in the summer time is gorgeous. Head up to McCall and check out the hot springs.
stevennlv 10/31/19 05:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

There are serious advantages to DSI water heaters... but one problem which you seem to have (DSI Faults) I had to replace the control board on mine. But to answer your question.. YES. you can replace it There are basically 3 types of water heaters (or 4) 1: Propane only manual pilot light. these have to be manually lit and many folks have problems doing that. and they burn gas all the time (pilot. not much but some). 2: DSI. 3: Tankless (Also DSI however often a better quality). I appreciate the info. Being inexperienced and this being my first DSI I just thought they were junk. But most folks here, and from stuff I've read on the net most other people too, seem to think otherwise. The regulator and pig tails got here today. But the stupid mounting bracket won't be here for 7-10 days. So I'm on hold until then. From my reading it could still be a control board problem even if the electric heater still works. They are supposedly on "separate circuits".(?) But, as I've learned on this project smelling even faint gas around your tanks is not normal. So I want to replace the regulator any way. Hopefully that will fix this too. If not I *may* try doing the board myself. I have mobility issues due to multiple spine injuries. Bending, reaching and twisting into odd, small spaces is not good for me at all. So depending on where my control board is I may not be able to get to it to swap it out. But, one thing at a time. The regulator first. If I have to do the board too from what I've read it's no more difficult than changing out a card in a PC; something with which I am very familiar. If I can get to it. I'll let everyone know what happens with the regulator. If I have to do the board too and can get to it from what I've read I'll go with a dinosaur.
stevennlv 10/30/19 04:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

To the OP; what do you mean by "DSI fault"? There is a little red light next to the switch that is labeled "DSI FLT". When things do not work as intended that light comes on. When I search for that I get a bunch of returns on a DSI Fault that tell me to clean various parts of the system (combustion chamber, etc). When that does not fix it there are a million suggestions on troubleshooting, like turn the stove on before the water heater to "clear air out of the line" or to turn off the electric heater and either bleed the tank or wait for it to cool before turning on the gas water heater b/c if the water is already hot the thermostat/control-board(?) will prevent the gas from igniting if everything is already hot, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc. Last year I had to fiddle with all that junk for about a day, maybe two and the fault finally went away and everything worked for a year. As I get deeper into describing everything, people asking me questions here and I continue to research based on info folks have suggested here I too am starting to think the problems is at some point in the gas supply. So the new regulator and pig tails will be here tomorrow. I ordered them first thing this morning. Wish me luck, b/c if this don't fix it I'm going to have to take it to the shop.
stevennlv 10/29/19 03:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

OK, so IDK anything about this stuff. We all have to learn sometime. I was researching regulators and I found a very interesting comment from someone who bought a Fairview @Amazon. They said that with their old regulator there was always a faint smell of gas around the tanks. After they installed the new regulator that went away. I have that problem too. I've done several leak tests and have never been able to find the source. I thought it was just normal. So I have a new Fairview regulator, mounting bracket and two 12" braided steel pig tails on the way for $100. I've watched the install vid. This is a project I can do. If this does not fix it then it's a trip to the shop. I'll report back to hopefully help the next person.
stevennlv 10/29/19 09:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

What is happening with your water heater? Can you hear the gas valve open when it is trying to heat? Can you hear a snapping noise from the spark ignition? The Dinosaur replacement boards seem to be a lot tougher than the OEM control boards. I've had to replace bad factory boards on a couple of our RVs over the years. Never had to go back and replace a dinosaur board. I don't have any help so I can't be outside next to the heater with someone flipping the switch. When I am inside the only sound I hear is the switch clicking. When it did this junk at the same time last year I did all the cleaning then had to play around with turning everything off and on in different orders maybe 2-3x and then it started working and worked for a year. But not this time. I even went ahead and disconnected from shore power just b/c I hadn't tried it yet. It didn't make any dif. If it's going to come down to replacing a control board that is a trip to the shop for me. It's beyond my skill level and I have a warranty. Is there any tests I can do to determine if the problem is the regulator or the control board? Also, when I was going through my trouble shooting I had a different problem for a minute. I was turning everything off and on, etc. One thing I read is that the water being hot in the tank when you are trying to fix this can cause the DSI to not "turn on"(?) and throw a fault. It was recommended to turn off the electric heater (which works, but not as well as the gas when it works). So on several occasions I bled the HW tank so it would fill with cold water. At one point I thought I had run out of propane on the first tank b/c the furnace was not coming on. (My furnace just does not fire up if it is sucking on an empty tank.) So I flipped tanks and it was no problem. Then when I went to fill the propane tanks it turned out that first tank was only half empty. ---------------- Edit: Did I just answer my own question? Would the electric water heater still work if it had a "bad" control board?
stevennlv 10/29/19 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

This time of year the diaphram in the propane regulator gets stiffer so on a bad regulator it makes it harder for appliances to work I was wondering about things along this line. I did not go into all my troubleshooting. It has been extensive. One of the times I was turning things off and on in different orders I ended with the DSI fault cleared but the furnace would produce no heat. The furnace would come one when the temp dropped and it would blow air, but no heat. So I turned lots of things off and on again until the fault came back and my heat worked as expected. The regulator that I have now is a Cavagna Group 52-A-890-0007 Automatic Changeover Type 924N . I can't find any reviews on it other than the three on the Amazon page saying it's junk and you should not buy it. After looking at some reviews I was looking at a Fairview RV Camper LP Propane 2 Stage Automatic Changeover Regulator . Evidentially they use a lot of really super cheap parts on this thing. Last year, when it was only one year old, I had to replace both the pig tails within a month of each other b/c they both started leaking where the hose was mounted to the coupling for the tank. The folks in the parts dept said they should have lasted a lot longer than a year. Should my next troubleshooting step be to replace the regulator?
stevennlv 10/28/19 06:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

clicky I went to Furrion's home page. They don't have the heater listed as a product that is available. It is only listed as an article, with a link to their media release announcement about it, in a section listed as "test".
stevennlv 10/28/19 03:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

I sure wouldn't do it but you could always replace your DSI water heater with a manual, pilot light version. Thing is, most of this stuff is new to me and IDK what my options are and if they are any better or worse than what I have now. One of the mods linked to a different type of on-demand heater and I'll look in to it. I just want something that is not going to give me two week of headaches every 12 months like clockwork. I'd rather spend a grand or two, if I have to, to replace it and just be done with it b/c I'm a full timer. This is my house. I don't want a hot water that "dies" EVERY YEAR!
stevennlv 10/28/19 03:22pm General RVing Issues
Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

I have a fairly new unit, 2017. It has a DSI hot water heater. I hate it with a passion. It is nothing but problems and headaches. About this time of year, for the last two years, it starts to develop DSI faults. Last year I watched some YT vids and was able to get it to clear after a couple of days of headaches. I cannot get it to clear this time. I have done everything I can think of and tried a bunch of stuff off the web and I cannot get it to clear. I have cleaned the combustion chamber and the igniter. I have replaced the anode rod and flushed the tank. I have let it set with the gas shut off at the tank for hours. I have followed all kinds of suggestions, like resetting / restarting things in a specific order (ie furnace and stove before HW) to "clear air out of the lines"(?), resetting breakers, etc. About the only thing I have not tried so far is disconnecting from shore power. (Would that make any difference?) All I know is that every year, so far, like clockwork it goes to **** after about 12 months of operation and this year I can't fix it; which means unless I get some brilliant advice here then it's a trip to the shop. If it's a trip to the shop I'd just rather replace the entire thing with something far more reliable and easier to maintain. Does such an animal exist (easy to care for HWH) and I can swap one of them out for the hunk of junk I have now? I'm in a Outdoors, Black Rock 20rd, 2017 with a Suburban DSI HWH.
stevennlv 10/28/19 03:09pm General RVing Issues
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