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As some may know, we've been doing a 'gate attendant' job at Newman Lake, Washington for the last month but we need to find a replacement. It's beautiful there and a very easy job to do, but the Lord has called us to go elsewhere.
It is a paid position and has septic and water. You will need a generator for power. Contact Shelley Tschida (pronounced cheetah) at 208-623-2539 or 1-866-437-7711 for all info. You can also visit www.quality-service-inc.com
The physical campsite address is 20111 N Thompson Creek rd, Newman Lake, Washington if you want to google it.
We need to be able to leave by the end of the month if possible. Thanks a lot. Please contact Shelley asap if interested.
Thanks. I know the battery is 3 years old. Maybe we'll get a new one. We replaced the batteries that the generator charges, should've done the same with this one.
We'll pick up the testers.
We drove 250 miles yesterday on our maiden voyage & towards the end a strange smell started filling the RV. Father n law said that the battery was starting to boil because the alternator was overcharging it & that we should run with the headlights on and that will take care of the issue. Any thoughts??
Okay, no WD-40! I'm from Texas & we fix everything with duct tape, baling wire, & WD-40 LOL! I'll have to look & see what furnace we have.
Okie dokey! Water it is. I do not care for the smell of the chemicals.
What is your favorite product for breaking down waste and deodorizing the black water tank?
The people we bought the rig from told us all the tanks were empty...... not!!!
When we got around to checking the water system and flushed the toilet, you can see down into the tank and there's a big mountain of dried nasty-ness in there. Since water hit it, oh my goodness!!!
Went to the store to find something and there seems to be several choices. I've also seen that people use yeast and peroxide. We need something that's going to work good.
Thanks again for your help. Turns out it was just a fuse. Replaced it and it all works again... We never seem to think to check the simple things first LOL!!
Now all we have to do is get the squirrel cage in the furnace working and we'll be set. We tried the furnace yesterday and that thing went to squalling so loud I grabbed my lil dog & bailed out of the rig! LOL! Too bad it's located behind everything. I personally think a good dose of WD-40 would take care of it but hubby doesn't think so (aside from the fact that I can't get to it).
Thanks Rich! Is it hard to get in there to check that? I'm assuming you had to pull it out of the dash?
1987 Fleetwood bounder 31ft on Chevy chassis.
There is a panel on the dash that shows all the water tanks, the L.P. Gas, and the battery amounts. All you had to do is push a button and it would tell you how full/empty each one is.
They worked until hubby put new batteries in the R.V. Now they don't.
Maybe coincidence but any idea why they stopped working? I'm reading the manuals but not seeing it.
Thanks for the links! I'll check them out :-)
Good morning fellas! Thanks for your answers Rich & Herman! I'll look at the manuals again, I see where the fridge is at in the outside bay.
Herman, blunt is good & I appreciate it When I was in my 20's I actually lived for over 5 years in an old, leaky class C (I think it would have been considered a short wheel base) with a hubby (now ex), 2 young kids & a cat. It was so bad that when he bought it, it didn't even have skin on it & we salvaged the hide off an old trailer house to use. It had no air, generator, or furnace.
I remember cooking on the stove so it must have had propane & I think the fridge ran on propane also but we couldn't hook up to electric or water. We always had about 4 tires riding inside with us because it seemed like we had a blowout everytime we went somewhere. So to answer your question about experience.... yes and no LOL!! I have some experience, but not in a fully working, complete rig.
My hubby Tim has quite a bit of experience, but in typical husband fashion... "Don't worry about it sweetheart, I know what I'm doing"... are my usual answers. (He doesn't ask for directions either) LOL! Soooo...I find it easier, and much more reassuring to ask here, where I know I'll get straight shooting answers. Not that I don't trust hubby.... LOL! I just like a 2nd opinion or 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. I suppose I tend to get a little paranoid about things nowdays, when as evidenced in my 20's, I didn't give things a 2nd thought.
Where is the furnace located in a 31 ft 1987 Fleetwood bounder? We looked all around it & don't see it. All we see is the thermostat. Would it have a pilot light or electronic igniter?
Also, where would the spare tire be at? Do they have them?
And finally, the rear air is the original Coleman & only works when the generator is on. The front air (not sure what kind) works w/electric AND gen. Is there a switch on the Coleman or do they only run on gen?
Good grief!! There is SOOOO much stuff you just cannot get rid of! ACK! Boxes of memories... no way I'm giving those up, even though they live in a box and I only look thru them once a year (or 2). Crud!
I don't want to have storage somewhere. We're going to live in the motor home...I just have to figure out how to make our life fit in it. Unnecessary stuff takes up vauable room
Ziplock bags won't work because they will get all knotted up in there. At home they are on a special hanger made for necklaces (has 12 hooks on it) & that just hangs on the wall. i don't know how well that would travel.
I've been going thru my jewelry and selecting what I'll keep. I have several necklaces that I love but I don't have a clue how to travel with them. I'm thinking of something like a paper towel roll? Threading them thru it? What do you think?
I don't think the fridge and microwave have been updated. We have a 20 gal propane tank.
Great ideas! I was trying to think of some foil packet meals to throw on the grill. We'll do sandwiches for lunch most of the time. Not sure about breakfast LOL! This looks like a good idea:
Boil in a bag omelets
I first read about Ziploc omelets online, and the idea is so great I wanted to share it with the eHow community. This is a great idea for a holiday breakfast, or a great way to help your kids get involved in meal preparation!
Boil a pot of water. The more people you have, the bigger the pot you will need. For a family of four, a large saucepan should do the trick.
Have each person break two eggs and put them into the Ziploc bag. More than two eggs may be too much for this recipe. Add seasoning, chopped veggies, cheese, and cooked bacon or sausage & whatever else you want.
Squeeze the air out of the bags and seal them. Each person should use their hands to mix the ingredients and scramble the eggs well. Place them into the pot of boiling water (it should be a rolling boil) and let them sit for about 13-15 minutes. Then, carefully pull out the bags with oven mitts, pour each omelet onto a plate, and enjoy. Cleanup is the best part
I do a lot of cooking here at home with electrical appliances (crockpot, NuWave oven) and since we won't be running the generator all the time when we move into the RV, things like using the crockpot won't happen.
I don't plan on cooking inside the coach much because I don't want to warm it up inside before we have to go to bed so I'll mostly be cooking outside on the grill and 2 burner coleman stove.
What do you find easiest for you to prepare? What are your main 'go-to' meals? I jokingly told my hubby it was going to be ramen noodles & hotdogs because of limited reefer space and storage but I hope it doesn't come down to that! LOL!
Please share your cooking ideas & even some recipes if you feel like it. Much appreciated!
Wow! I had it totally backwards! Thanks!
Okay, the water heater is pretty much a no brainer I suppose..... one you get set up in camp, you turn it on and leave it on, correct? Seems like that's the way it should be....other wise you'd have to wait for your water to heat up every time you wanted to wash dishes or take a shower. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Now for the water pump....
Since water will be brought to us & I'm not sure how that setup is going to be, I'm not sure exactly how to phrase my question...
My hubby said he thinks that if you are hooked up to 'city' water (pressurized) all you do is turn the faucet on or flush the toilet just like you would in your home.
MY question is, if you are running off your fresh water tank, do you turn the pump on every time you need water to flow (sink/shower/toilet) and then turn it back off? Or do you leave it on all the time? I'd think not, but it's better to ask than burn something up.
Thanks in advance! I love this forum and look forward to the day that I can help other newbee's
Thanks for the replies everyone!
ClayL, We are going to be gate attendants/selling permits in a day use only area 5 days a week for people to ATV/motorcycle/bike ride, pick berries, gather firewood, hunt, etc.
We will have sewer and the company will bring water once a week. Our refrigerator and hot water heater will run on propane and we'll only run the generator some in the daytime (& we have 2 deep cell batteries plus a backup generator). We have four 5 gallon gas cans to bring gas back to camp when needed.
I doubt that we'll be running the AC and we won't run any electric heaters. all in all, I think the setup will be pretty good.
Been reading like crazy all the manuals and info that came with the RV. So glad the people we bought it from kept all that stuff! Wow! Making some headway in getting it packed up (finally).
New questions, do y'all travel with water in your tank? Full or just 1/2? I'm just thinking about the weight. The books say we have a 100 gallon freshwater tank.
Also, do people travel with their refrigerator turned on? I suppose that would run off the battery while going down the road and then when we stop we'd switch it to propane....
Thank BillO! Lots of great info & I appreciate it! We're not going to have much heavy stuff, if any at all. Probably hubby's tools will be the heaviest. Definitely going to get some storage containers for the basement. Hubby used to be a trucker so he knows about balancing the weight.
I saw a spice rack at Walmart the other day. It's about four inches wide when in the cabinet, but you pull it toward you and it swivels sideways so you can see what all is in there. I think I'll look at the measurments and see if it will fit!
I do have my galley items set up with the non skid in between to keep from sliding/rattling when driving. I should have plenty of room for foodstuffs without having to use the basement. At least we're up north so we don't have the humidity issue. I was born & raised in central Texas & I know all about that humidity! LOL!
I'm selling all my kitchen gadgets at the yard sale. I hardly ever use any of them anyway. I was surprised to see what all I had stashed in my kitchen cabinets! LOL! As long as I've got a good, sharp knife I'm happy
We have a pretty good size closet so carrying plenty of clothes shouldn't be a problem. We're going to put our winter clothes in a space bag in the basement....no wait, under the bed! (maybe) I just found out today that there is a door at the foot of the bed and it's storage all underneath it. I just have no idea how I'd get the stuff out that ends up clear in the back
Anyway I really appreciate the advice! I'm learning soooo much! Y'all are making this a lot easier!!
God Bless y'all!
Anyone Want A Gate Attendant Job From Now Until Oct 21st?
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You'll need to contact Shelley for all pertinent info. The gate is open from 6 am to 9 pm. Really easy job though. Basically just checking permits. During the week it's pretty slow. Weekends are a litle busier but you still have tons of time to yourself. You get 2 days off a week. I'm only online once a week when I come to town to shop & do laundry.