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  1. Glacer NP To Vancouver CA

    The few times I need to stay at an RV Park I use: to check out places with full hookups. We mostly dry camp in National Parks and other places or boondock so not a lot of help with RV Parks.
  2. Homer, Alaska RV Parks

    If you like salmon fish to eat, look for a small sign on the road just as you start out on the spit. It pointed to the left and said "Fresh Salmon 3 miles". Twice a week they had fresh salmon on ice which came off the boat the evening before. The commercial fishing regulations limited the fishing to twice a week. So this guy would get 5' x 5' x 3' tubs of salmon from the commercial fishermen. He usually sold out by noon or early afternoon. You could reserve some fish a day or two before the sale day. You can't beat the price, especially paying for a license and a charter boat to take you out. Even if you had you own boat the fish would probably be cheaper. Of course you would not have the experience of the chase after the fish and the excitement of hauling the fish in.
  3. Homer, Alaska RV Parks

    Hope you have deep pockets. Have you checked the prices? $68, plus 7.5% tax, no weekly rates. This is for a gravel spot w/o much room between you and your neighbor. Or if you are experienced with dry camping you can stay next door for $15/day (unless they have gone up since 2016). Dump station & water available in the CG. Wind??? That side of the spit is leeward side, so wind is not usually very bad. We stayed for a little over 2 weeks on the other city park right where the spit branches off the mainland, on what seemed to be the windward side, right on the water. We did have some wind, but nothing over about 10-15mph. Mornings were usually calm to a light breeze. This was from about June 17-July5.
  4. Christmas Not Allowed On Another RV Website

    Merry Christmas to all. Also Happy "Winter Solstice Celebration" to all, which was celebrated for thousands of years earlier. I hope everyone has a joyous time no matter what your reason for celebration this time of the year. Be happy and be good to one another.
  5. Full Timing Annual CG Fees

    Since the cost of RV Parks will be crimping your budget, consider volunteer work in National Forests, National Parks, State Parks and other places. Generally you get free parking with utilities for around 24-30 hours of work a week. Also people work camp at commercial RV Parks to supplement their income. I do have to ask, though. Did you buy too much of an RV for your budget if $12,000 a year for RV Park fees is a problem. A 44 foot long diesel pusher is not an inexpensive rig. Should be very, very comfortable though.
  6. Changing TVs

    Do you have clearance to mount the new TV just outside the hole the old TV was in? I replaced our old 26" picture tube TV with a 32" flat screen by mounting it outside the hole. It is only about 2 1/2" farther out, and not much farther out than the cabinet doors on each side. For mounting I attached a piece of 3/4" plywood across the hole and attached a swing arm to the board. When traveling I have a buckle strap to pull the TV back to foam blocks to take the weight off the swing arm.
  7. Heat Loss In Furnace Exhaust

    Absolutely. If you are in a location where the temps are well below freezing for many, many hours, (12 to 36 hours or more) you must make sure to get heat to where your water pipes are and your water and waste tanks are located. However if the outside temps are above freezing at 1am and the temp only drops well below freezing through a couple of hours after sunrise, usually your basement will be fine. Every RV is different so you MUST educate yourself on the configuration of your RV. A couple of years ago in our Class A we were camped overnight just outside Gallup, NM. The temps were right at 32* about 7pm and dipped to 9* right at sunrise. I had a remote thermometer in my water fill compartment. It was down to 27* with the outside temp at 9*. No problems. The 27* for 2-3 hours was not going to freeze the water in the pipes. I did kick on the forced air furnace to put some heat down there when we got up. Something a lot of folks forget about. If the outside temps are down to 20* or well into the teens for 6-12 hours, you better open up the cabinet doors beneath your sinks so the air from inside the RV will circulate to the pipes along the outside wall. Yep. Be sure to open a window a couple of inches and the ceiling vent 2-3 inches for ventilation. All the heaters I have seen have ample warnings about ventilation. Yep. The RVIA code is one of the things why RV shops will not install an unvented heater. I am not sure why the CO (Carbon Monoxide) keeps being talked about with the catalytic heaters and everyone ignores the CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) which is primary reason for the ventilation requirements. I have never had my CO detectors register a high level of CO or have the alarm go off with the use of a catalytic heater in about 14 years of use. Absolutely, everyone should research the proper use and ventilation before using a catalytic heater. That also means not just accepting comments from people stating "Don't use them!" Or comments from others saying "No problem. They work fine. No worries." Do your research, read the info in the owners manuals for the heaters. Manuals for most heaters are available on line. Then make your own decision.
  8. Heat Loss In Furnace Exhaust

    Since I started the conversation about catalytic heaters I should add a few details. -- I installed our first one in 2004 in a 33' TT and have used them extensively as our only heating device unless we have free elect hookups. I have installed the heaters in a 5th wheel, diesel pusher, 26' Class C and now our 29' Class A. -- About needing wall space for the heater.....I always install a quick disconnect propane gas connection and use a flexible hose to the heater. This also allows me to aim the heater to where we want the heat. -- We also love to travel in the fall, winter and spring so we experience quite a bit of cold weather. Including one night that it was below freezing by 4pm and 12* at daylight the next morning. Lots of frost on the inside of the windshield that morning -- We use lots of blankets on the bed, so have only left the catalytic heater on while we slept 2-3 times in the last 14 years. When we do use the heater while we sleep we slightly open a window by the bed. -- Always, while the heater is on, the ceiling vent is open, usually at least half way. -- Needing to have the vent open usually brings a response about how much heat you loose with a partially open window and ceiling vent. Well, just go outside and stand by your forced air furnace while it is running. You are probably loosing a 100 times as much heat from the furnace than I loose through the ceiling vent and a window slightly open. -- We have two CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors, one in the living area and one by the bedroom. You should have one installed even if you don’t use a catalytic heater. -- The catalytic heaters produce almost no CO. The gas cooking stove produces many, many more times as much CO as the heater. -- The heater does produce quite a bit of CO2, hence the need for ventilation. You also need the ventilation for the water vapor produced by the heater to escape as much as possible. Anyways, that is my 13 year experience with catalytic heaters in a RV. We love their quiet efficient operation. A couple of additional comments. I have read many form topics over the years. There seems to be two sides to the issue of using catalytic heaters. Those of us who use them extensively and love them and are aware of their potential dangers. Then there are those who warn of dire circumstances that will happen with their use. I really doubt that those who are convinced we will have horrible consequences, by using them, have ever used them. If you dry camp or boondock in cool weather the catalytic heater is indispensable.
  9. Heat Loss In Furnace Exhaust

    That is why we use a catalytic heater. About 99.5% efficient. Also, quiet. We don't have to listen to the fan noise.
  10. Travelling I 10 East Coast to West Coast

    Please give us some info about your interests so we can provide better suggestions. Do you dry camp/boondock or do you prefer full hookups? Do you like cities and city attractions or do you prefer out of doors, like National Parks, National Forests, State Parks? Do you like to hike? What distance? 1/4 to 1/2 mile or two hours to 8 hours of hiking. Level ground or up to 1000' elevation gain/loss?
  11. Michigan to Arizona

    The steep grade is a 14% 1/2 mile grade, up and about the same down the other side. The width of the road is the normal width of highways. Should you take your RV? It all depends on how you feel about the short steep incline. There is a nice pulloff at the top with great views. I don't remember there being much in Presidio to see. However a stop at Fort Leaton Sate Historic Site some several miles east of Presidio is well worth while.
  12. Electrical Tech In Houston TX For Class A

    OK, sorry, I found your other topic about your problems. Try calling a mobile RV tech. A good one will be willing to talk to you about what they are doing and explain what they find as the problem. If you are in a RV Park see if others there have had a good experience with one. Usually taking to a shop for a problem like this you get to talk to the service writer who doesn't always understand the details of the problem. Then the tech gets involved and tries to trouble shoot not knowing for sure what the customer reported the problem to be. So the tech works on the problem, the chassis battery goes dead. Checks what they should and finds "something" not right and fixes that and sends you on your way. Or many doesn't find anything really wrong and replaces something to see if that fixes it. Intermittent problems are difficult to fix.
  13. Electrical Tech In Houston TX For Class A

    You stated that sometimes your batteries are dead in two hours. What did you use to determine that the batteries were fully charged at the start of the two hour time period. It takes a pretty significant load to kill a good battery system, which is fully charged, in 2 hours.
  14. Electrical Tech In Houston TX For Class A

    I would suggest you take a little time and educate yourself on RV electrical systems by reading these two links: The 12volt Side of Life Part Solar & Inverters Reading the above will not make you an expert, buy may help you understand how things work and help make decisions about repairs and if the repair folks are making sense. If you are just a little bit handy, go buy a volt meter at Walmart or Home Depot for under $20 and check the voltage at your batteries, using the above links for what you should be seeing. Also armed with the battery readings you could come back to this forum and ask for assistance. BTW, if your batteries are original they are about 8 years old and may not hold a charge very well.
  15. Michigan to Arizona

    I would recommend Big Bend in January instead of late March. Not sure you can change your plans for AZ though. Late March in BB is starting to get warm. You could have nice days with highs around 80-84 degrees or it could be close to 100* January is usually nice, but not always. Most days along the Rio Grande (Rio Grande Village (RGV) CG) are bright and sunny with highs in the 60's & low 70's and lows near freezing. There are lots of snowbirds in the park so make reservations. If a winter storm comes though you may get a little rain and high temps in the 30's. After the storm comes through and you have a clear night with no wind, I may drop below freezing for a few hours. At RGV you almost never see a day time high below freezing. Temps in the 60's or even 50's with little wind and bright sun makes for great sightseeing by auto, short or long hikes as well.