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  1. Water pump mystery

    Do you happen to have a four-way water input valve (the kind that you can switch between using city water, using the tank, filling the tank, or winterizing)? The one used by my rig's manufacturer has been causing a lot of problems for customers lately. It can cause cycling of the water pump as you describe, as well as other problems. Sorry I don't know the brand name of the valve, but I suppose any of them could go bad. Mine got so bad that the pump cycled every couple of minutes or so and if I turned the pump off so that I didn't have to listen to it, when I turned it on to use the water, it cycled a full half minute or more to get water back into all the pipes. You could hear the water flowing near each faucet. Anyways, just a thought.
  2. Yarome--That was one of the most informative, balanced posts I've read here on any topic. As a solo traveler, I just wanted to toss out a thank you very kindly!
  3. Cleaning as a necessity

    On the food-trash side of things, I put anything remotely food-related, including the crumbs from the toaster (brushed out after each use) into a grocery bag in the freezer. Hoping that keeping the inside free of tempting smells will keep all nuisance critters from coming inside.
  4. How many tour without a toad?

    Kudzu--I have been happily toad-less for three years of full-timing in a 25-foot B+, primarily for reasons of cost and simplicity. As others have rightly pointed out, whether that works for you depends totally on your style of travel. One suggestion if you are still in doubt when the time comes to purchase your rig, etc: Try without a toad at first. You can always add one later. That's how I approached the dilemma and it worked well for me.
  5. Sorry about your kitty and good luck with all your efforts. On the diet side and her reluctance to eat the prescription KD food, have you googled for ideas on home-cooked meals for kitties with kidney disease? I have done so for my dog and settled on a recipe for ground beef (with high fat content), white rice, sweet potatoes, and green beans. She loves it and is doing quite well on it. I mix in lots of water at serving time to help with her fluids (I flunked the sub-cue procedure and am unable to do it). It will possibly be different for a kitty, but just as an example from the dog side, beef was recommended over chicken because of lower protein and lower phosphorus content. Best of luck to you and your sweet pet.
  6. Dirty power??

    I have a built-in SurgeGuard with a display panel inside the rig. While staying at Rainbow's End in Livingston this past winter the SurgeGuard cut off the electrical supply sometimes several times a day. The display panel indicated low voltage. I asked staff to check my power post and was told everything there was fine. A workamper told me the park is very old (I was camped at one of the 30 amp sites in the old section) and that they have "dirty electricity." I imagine if you don't have some kind of EMS system and are camped for very long in a spot like that, your appliances will surely suffer.
  7. I rarely make reservations. I try to show up to the park that I want to be at for the weekend no later than Thursday. I also call ahead to make sure nothing is happening in the area or the park that will fill it up mid-week and if they are likely to have spaces left for the weekend if you get there by Thursday. That said, it probably depends on the kinds of parks you want to visit and how large they are. Again, call first, have alternatives, and you should be fine. Part of the beauty of full-timing is you have the leisure of flexibility.
  8. Usually state parks (which is where I do most of my workamping) require so many hours from you for your site. In Texas State Parks they require 25 hours. Virginia is crazy, requiring 30 hours. Tennessee requires 20. I travel solo, so I work all the hours. Couples can split the hours between them or one person of the couple can work all the hours, so there is some flexibility there. Mike and Claudia are spot-on about TX state parks looking for more volunteers due to a hiring freeze. In addition to calling the volunteer coordinators directly, it is also very helpful if you visit a park in person when making your workamping inquiry. I have stumbled into work that way simply because there was an unexpected opening at the time I was there. This way you can also check out the feel and suitability of a park for your own needs. Once you settle into a situation, I am sure your son will become a welcome part of the park community, especially if it is a smaller park. Also, as others have noted, getting jobs will become easier once you start gathering experience and references. Good luck!
  9. RV Service Reviews

    Thanks for posting the link. I finally got off my lazy tail and posted a review for my favorite service center in Northern Virginia (AA Truck & Auto, Lorton, VA).
  10. I have a recommendation for any RV'ers visiting Livingston who need to get their inspection done. This place will inspect vehicles, motorhomes, towed trailers, and fifth wheels. There is ample room in front of their shop to maneuver your rig (unlike a couple of the other local inspection places). The fellow who did my inspection was knowledgable about travelers who may be showing up to get their inspection done well after they got their registration (unlike another place that told me I didn't have to get inspected at all). Soda's Auto Repair 936-563-4234 6709 Highway 190 If you are coming from Livingston, head east on 190. Soda's is 6.2 miles after the intersection of 190 and 146. It will be on your left as you near the top of a hill and is across from a cell tower.
  11. Setting Up A HomeBase

    Just a shot in the dark, but have you contacted the SKP co-ops that you might be interested in about that 2 adult rule? Perhaps if you explained your son's situation, an exception could be made. Just a thought. Good luck on your search.
  12. Thor Chateau 28Z 2016

    Another quality C (actually a B+) is from Phoenix USA (www.phoenixusarv.com)
  13. 2 ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

    Will do. Have a happy holiday, and thanks for sharing.
  14. 2 ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

    Great little recipe, just right for a simple RV kitchen and cook. Thanks! Have you ever tried it with chocolate frosting instead of white?