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BrianT

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  1. Thanks, Jack. Life really has thrown us a lot. And it hasn't really been the kinds of things that made for good fulltime travel. Spent most of the last year in Pennsylvania with my parents. Mom's health was failing and they needed help. Basically, moved in with them for a while and put the RV in storage mode. Mom passed in April and we were able to resume our lives but neither of us really wanted to travel, we wanted to settle down. My wife loves having people over and we are finally able to do that again. Had kids and grandkids running around the house and property not even a week after we bought the place. Had to scramble for enough beds and furniture for everybody to be comfortable. But my wife was in heaven! (And she has a schedule of visitors that will be coming. I think she needs a calendar for her new B&B. LOL!) I finally have a garage to work in again, a place to change oil and work on the vehicles, and a place for my woodworking shop. Plus there's a barn and a place for a good sized garden again. I've missed that. So we've started another chapter. But the end of the book hasn't been written yet. Life has a habit of taking us in directions we hadn't thought of so who knows what comes next?! Safe travels!
  2. Thanks for the kind words! I'm not quite sure what the future holds. Could be an RV in there, haven't ruled it out.
  3. Fulltiming has ended... after 12+ years living in an RV. It started in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina went rambling through south Louisiana and made a mess of our house. It continued when after a year being parked in our own driveway we decided we did not want to live there anymore. The RV (well, three of them actually, we upgraded twice) has been in LA, MS, AL, KY, TN, VA, and PA for varying amounts of time. Never was inclined to take it westward. And today, it sits on a concrete pad at our new place in north central TN, awaiting it's future. We bought a few acres with a house, garage and barn and are thrilled not to be spending another winter in an RV. Fulltiming was fun for a while but it's time for a new chapter for us. It was great meeting many other RVers, including three years at the Campbellsville Amazon FC working the peak season. (Interestingly, that FC is only a little over 100 miles from where we ultimately ended up buying our place.) I'm not sure what is in store for the RV. It's way too big for us to want to use it for a weekend camper. (It's a Titanium 34E39QS.) And it needs some work as it's a 2006 model and we lived in it for quite a few years. It's cold out, though, with night temps in the single digits so any work will have to wait! It's been a pretty decent unit for general living, though, can't really complain about much as it's way roomier than our 32' Jayco TT (no slides) that we started out in. I don't check in here very often anymore but do have a few friends that may still frequent the forums. Thought I should update, just in case someone may not have heard. Wishing all of you safe travels, where ever the road takes you! Blessings, and Happy New Year!! Brian
  4. Hi Guys, Just thought I should update the thread and tell you what ultimately happened. I made the decision to go with a NEW RV cooling unit that I replaced myself. It ended up somewhere in the $700 area, which seemed a bit steep, but it felt like the best of the options that I had at the time. It's a new cooling unit, not a rebuilt one. It was a pain installing it and it took me longer than I thought it would. But it's in and working, and I have no complaints about it. It seems to cool better than the old one did. I went looking at 120v units and found that for the ones that would fit in the old hole, they had horrible reviews, even worse than the RV units. They were also more expensive than larger ones that there just wouldn't have been room for. I looked at the possibility of cutting out the hole to fit a larger fridge but there just isn't much room to be had without MAJOR renovation. Just wasn't wanting to do that. Had it been practical to enlarge the opening, I'd have definitely went with a 120v unit. As it is, the old unit fit right back into it's old space and looks like it belongs there, no cabinetry modifications needed. I hope it lasts long enough that I won't have any need to replace it again. It does have a warranty if I have to. So that's how it worked out. Figured it was only right that I update the thread and let you all know what happened. Safe travels!
  5. Funny thing about it, I wasn't originally going to get a spare pump. But an rv supply store I was visiting for a few other unrelated items had it discounted to something like $40 at the time and I just couldn't pass it up. I think the cheapest I saw it lately was more like $60.
  6. A few years ago, I bought a Shurflo Revolution pump as a spare. It got put in when the old one died and it's been doing a really good job. 55psi, 7.5amps, 3GPM. I'm quite happy with it. Granted, it can't keep up with multiple draws all at once as well as a 5+GPM pump could, but that doesn't happen here. Good showers, often just as good or better than being on a city water connection. (I do have a regulator for the city water connection and don't want the psi numbers up much above about 60psi. Not sure what the RV plumbing is rated for but above that seems too much to me. Others might disagree.)
  7. The problem comes when you're smack in the middle of 6 lanes of traffic, roads ahead are merging in some fashion you can't exactly figure out since you've never been there, and the GPS decides it's time for a nap. I wish I could say I've never had that happen. Fortunately, the road I needed to be on was a continuation of the lane I was in. If it hadn't been, it might have been a much more exciting story. That GPS went bye-bye shortly thereafter...
  8. Have you gotten enough of an excuse to buy one yet, Chuck?? LOL!! Mine is getting pretty old, too, but I haven't sprung for a new one yet either. I figure it's probably time, though, since there are an awful lot of roads we travel that it doesn't know are there. "Please drive to highlighted route." Yeah, yeah, yeah... I've thought about updating the software but am convinced that the hardware will take it's dirt nap within the first 100 miles of the update and I might as well have just bought a new one anyway. I'm hoping the new ones have a few more features on them than the old basic Garmin that I have. Routing me around major cities, letting me plan out trips ahead of time, those kinds of thing would be a step up from what I have.
  9. Have kinda lost touch with the Amazon group. Worked several years in Campbellsville but broke a leg very badly only a couple of weeks after our last gig, a little over 2 years ago. Not sure I could handle that much time on concrete anymore. Amazon tries what Amazon things will work well for them. If it works, they'll go with it. If it doesn't work so well, it will be tweaked.
  10. One thing about Camco is that their name is out there in every Walmart in the nation plus a good many other stores.
  11. Thanks, Roger! I hadn't considered more than one depth of refrigerator but now that you mention it, they're not all the same. I'm really not sure if I'm going to be keeping the RV for a long time or not. I had thought I was going to need to sell it soon as a part of a deal on a small farm. The deal pretty much fell through so we're here, at least for the time being. Might as well enjoy the extra space of the larger residential fridge. ... Right now, it's a tiny 3.3 cu ft refrigerator that's keeping a minimum of stuff cold, in addition to the 5 cu ft freezer we've always had. My dear wife will be very glad when there is a better setup... Mama wants her kitchen back. LOL!
  12. That's the one I think I've seen on occasion, too. It seemed to happen fairly often when sitting in my chair watching TV in the evening, after it has gotten towards night time outside and the blinds are closed and inside lights turned on. It would just be the standard automotive incandescent bulbs in the light fixtures we'd have on as we don't typically have the fluorescent bulbs lit then. The change wasn't obnoxious, but the lights got brighter enough that we would actually notice the change. I honestly don't know if fluorescent or LED lights would give any reaction at all. (?)
  13. Thanks, Greg! The sears refrigerators (Kenmore) tend to have pretty good ratings. Thanks for your input! I appreciate it.
  14. Thanks for the post. One of those would fit into the slot the old one would be coming out of with pretty minimal effort. I might have to shave the sides of the cabinet just a tad, not quite sure, but it wouldn't be much.
  15. Definitely leaning in the other two directions but with an open mind. Thanks!
  16. Won't there be small voltage changes between equalize mode, float mode and absorption modes during normal operation of a converter charger? That's what I always blamed for the lights getting brighter or dimmer all of a sudden for no other apparent reason. It's never obnoxious but it can be noticeable in our RV.
  17. Thanks, John. It's been pretty rare that we've needed the cooling capacity of propane power with the fridge as we're rarely unplugged. But you're someone who would probably appreciate the dual power option. At this point, even though we're still living in it, I'm just as concerned about resale as I am livability for us. Spoke to the owner of the RV park where we are. He basically said it's "6 to one, half a dozen to another" and that lots of new RVs are coming through with residential refrigerators anyway. It being a 12 year old RV, I wondered whether having a new residential would be a plus not to have to worry about a 12 year old RV timebomb. And thus, the post...
  18. Thanks, Doc. In my case, I'd have to do some pretty serious cabinet renovations to get an extra 6 inches. My opening is aprox. 60" high, 24" wide and 22" deep. I might be able to carve out an extra half inch on the sides or an extra inch, maybe two, in height, but more than that will be major cabinet destruction time. Sticking out an extra inch or two from the front wouldn't be an issue. ETA: I went and looked. The old fridge is 8 cu ft. The ones I'm looking at to replace it are a little over 10 cu ft. So it would be bigger. Thanks for making me go look.
  19. Greetings, Hoping a few of you who have been down this road can offer a suggestion. After 12 years in an RV, it was bound to happen eventually, and it did. The RV refrigerator is dead. It has offgassed it's ammonia and there is still a residual of stink that we get inside of the RV at times. I discovered the yellow powder after noticing it wasn't cooling and the sound of what sounded almost like an air leak coming from the outside refrigerator cover kinda reiterated that it's definitely dead. Three possible alternatives seem to be presenting themselves. 1) replace the refrigerator with a brand new unit, 2) replace the cooling unit with either a new or reman unit (Amish built seem to be popular), or 3) replace the refrigerator with a residential model that fits in the hole. #1 is about $1200 + shipping. #2 is about $500. #3 is probably close to $500, maybe a little less, maybe a little more. The old fridge (RM2862) is a 2005 model so it doesn't matter if the cooling unit is new, the rest of it is still 12 years old. I've read varying reports of the replacement units, some good, some not so good, but none all that recent. Kinda sounds like a bit of a crap shoot. New residential seems like about the same inside space, at least pretty similar, so there wouldn't be any significant increase in refrigerated space. I would also lose the propane option that comes into play on occasion. The power was just out for about 7 hours this weekend. But that wouldn't be the end of the world if one kept it closed. The difference between a new RV fridge and a new residential fridge would probably be enough to put a serious dent into buying a small inverter generator. Also, I wondered about how changing to a residential unit might affect resale value. I am seriously looking at making a change soon. This being a 39' fifth wheel with 4 slides and a rear deck, it's not a unit that lends itself to boondocking so running off of propane may not be a big deal. I doubt many would care, especially if someone wanted a solar setup with the batteries and inverter to run it. So which way would you recommend? Replace with OEM? Repair? Or replace with residential? Or... something else? Thanks for the thoughts!
  20. Thanks! Interesting options, for sure. Guess I dropped enough hints that the family is looking into the possibility of installing a proper shower in this part of the house. If they don't, I may need to pursue a different option. Actually, I'd thought of seeing if I could alter that "battery powered sink pump" to add a remote on/off switch that I could use to turn the thing on and off while taking a shower. I can't see that it would be rocket science. Then again, it's hard to tell exactly how that thing is put together without getting one and taking it apart. We'll see. I do appreciate the thoughts. Thanks, all!
  21. I need to make a trip to the local Home Depot or Ace Hardware to see what I can find. There are lots of sink to shower connectors that are nothing more than a rubber boot to go over the spigot end and have the water exit at the end of a short hose with a shower head. But I think the dishwasher / washer connection would work a lot better. It's a positive and water tight connection. Then I'd just need to get the shower hose attached. Just might work! I do have in mind a fairly heavy watering trough from Tractor Supply that seems like it would do fine for a "shower base". Thanks for the thoughts! I think I can make something happen. :-)
  22. Thanks for the thoughts. I'm not sure how difficult it would be to run something off of the current sink faucet. It will require something on the order of a 10' hose and some adapters that I feel like I can trust. I hadn't seen the roadshower before. They're a little pricey. But it did get me to thinking about whether I could do pretty much the same thing with a 5 gal bucket. I don't need it to heat the water. Hmmm. Could I pressurize a 5 gal bucket enough to do anything useful and pretty much accomplish the same thing pressure wise? Thanks for the input!
  23. I hope you will forgive me for asking a question that isn't directly related to the RV. But I suspect some of the parts and pieces I may need could be RV parts. For the first time in quite a while, my dear wife and I find ourselves living in a house. It's not an ideal setup. We had to "move in" with my parents for "a time" because of health issues and we're not sure how long we'll actually be here. It's likely to be several months, perhaps longer. The part of the house we occupy has a small half bath with a sink and a toilet but no tub or shower. Right now, it is not so comfortable to use their bathroom for showering. We can, but it's much more communal and less private than we'd like. It would be so much nicer to have something more private, in the part of the house we occupy. We just are not in a position to be able to put in something permanent right now. We have hot and cold running water at the sink and could easily get a bucket of warm water for bathing use. We can easily dispose of waste water from a tub down the drain. But I'd sure like to have running water for a decent shower. I should qualify what I mean by a decent shower. We've lived in an RV for nearly 11 years and navy showers are the norm. I would guess that a luxurious shower would take about 3 gallons of water. And that's closer to what we're looking to accomplish, not the typical household type where 100 gallons isn't unheard of. I've seen some "camping showers" where there is a little battery operated pump that you drop into a bucket and a length of hose with a shower head on the other end to get the job done. They don't cost a lot but reviews on Amazon and similar places really suggest that quality is abysmal for such things. (I could be wrong.) I've seen one setup that looked kinda like a portable pressure tank like we might use to even out the pressure of the RV water pump where it got filled and pressurized from the tap. Unfortunately, those things only held 2 gallons and comments on Amazon suggest that after about 1.5 gallons, it's more like a dribble than an actual shower. I even saw a big bag thingy that you had a foot pump to pressurize a hose for a shower head, but again, reviews of cheap quality. I'm not opposed to a "tub" with a PVC framework surrounding with some shower curtains, a tiny bilge pump to get waste water into a drain and a 5 gallon plastic bucket for fresh warm water. But I'm not so sure about a good way to get a decent shower out of it without spending a lot of $ or getting something so cheep that it fails after the second use. An RV water pump with a shower hose (and a head that shuts off the flow) would probably do the job. I'd need a small battery to run it. I have a small charger to keep it charged if I'd go that route. But I figured maybe I'd run it past the group to see if I might be overlooking a good plan. Whatcha think? I just want a temporary shower with some privacy that we can use for a few months. Thanks!
  24. I figured on doing one piece at a time. For instance, I'll probably start with one of the skylights, start to finish. Then, if I'm taking too long or need a break or it gets too hot or whatever, it's no big deal. I figure once I've done a few smaller seams, I'll be a bit more practiced for the longer runs down the sides.
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