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166  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 15, 2014, 12:20:27 am
Our two Pomeranians love their car seats, so we also use them in the PC (attached with the sofa seat belts).  They are soft and comfy (so they tell me) and have storage underneath.  They also sleep in them at night.

http://t.brookstone.com/dog-car-seats-331892p?catId=L3_AutoSaleView%7CL2_AutoSale%7CL1_Auto

They are available at a lot of different places.  With a couple of rest stops, they have no problem between campgrounds.

  - Mike
167  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: March 14, 2014, 08:58:13 am
Well, at least you know the problem now...that's great!   If you want I can overnight a couple of Pomeranians....they can at least keep your feet warm. SadDog
168  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: March 13, 2014, 10:58:47 pm
Holly:

I agree with George, Sue, Tom.....  In my experience, all of these types of equipment (incl water heaters, home furnaces, etc) operate basically the same.  And most failures I've seen have been due to incorrect gap or bad sensor (sometimes a bad control board). I'm a bit stymied by the fact that it works in relatively warmer environments and fails in colder.  However, since the home systems are very similar I wouldn't necessarily wait for an RV tech to look at it.  I might opt to call a reputable HVAC tech in the area.  Might be quicker, and cheaper.

  -Mike
169  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 13, 2014, 10:41:24 pm
 Cheers  Welcome Earl and Rose!!   Cheers

170  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: still enjoying the southwest in our PC on: March 07, 2014, 09:39:34 pm
Yikes.  So I'm thinking there are two major issues to deal with getting there.  Keeping warm....which is the lesser of the concerns, given a generator, furnace and heaters, tank heaters, water inside the coach space.  The other is the roads.  Do you look for windows of opportunity and check road conditions all along the way?  We are going on a coast-coast-coast trip this spring/summer and I might be a little more brave after that, but at this point I'm impressed!

You must be having a ball in Arizona...our last trip there (not in an RV) we visited Sedona (side trip from our base in Scottsdale) which was beautiful, but they have a lot of roundabouts in the main road.  I wonder now about how RV-friendly those are if we ever go back.

When you do get back to Wisconsin in May/June you should realize that many folks (us for one) have that area on our must-see list.  We'll be doing Sturgeon Bay and Lone Rock this May.  I wanted to take in Lake Geneva as well, but time isn't on our side.

If you make it out to the Clarkdale, AZ area, the Verde Canyon Railway train tour is really nice.

http://verdecanyonrr.com/

  - Mike
171  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: still enjoying the southwest in our PC on: March 06, 2014, 09:07:51 pm
I'm sure we are pretty much all jealous!  But how the heck did you get out of northern Wisconsin in February in an RV?? 

   - Mike
172  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Decisions Decisions on: March 06, 2014, 08:56:22 pm
 Cry

Hope all goes well!
173  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 06, 2014, 05:52:17 pm
Omigosh, what a cutie!!!
174  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Decisions Decisions on: March 05, 2014, 01:09:18 am
Only thing I can add to what John/Holly said is that I would be sure to take a look at the cargo carrying capacity.  When I was looking at class A's I was astounded at how much cargo 'area' many had, but how little 'capacity' was available before becoming overloaded.  In a couple of cases, the CCC was as little as 600 lbs, but there was enough space to put thousands of pounds of stuff.

  - Mike
175  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: March 05, 2014, 01:01:56 am
Does the stove and fridge work ok?  I know you also have a propane connection in the passenger outside compartment.  It work ok too?

Determining whether the problem is related to a specific piece of equipment rather than all propane related equipment is important.

If just the furnace, it could be a number of things like air or moisture in the line, or something gumming up the orifice, or not sensing the flame or the ignition board is defective or a bad ground or possibly the flame rod is dirty, etc.

If it is affecting all equipment, it may be more related to the propane.  Keeping the tank warm can help in some situations.....(the following borrowed from another site)

LP Gas Pressure

A furnace is a consumer's friend when the outside temperature gets colder. Unfortunately though, cold is an enemy of LP gas. The BTU capacity of LP per volume decreases as the outside temperature gets colder. Therefore, based on how full the LP tanks are, the ambient temperature outside and how many BTU's the furnace is, there may not be enough gas to sustain ignition on the furnace. Using the charts below, let's say that a 40,000 BTU furnace won't fire up, and we also know that the 65 lb. LP bottle on the RV is 40% full and it is 0 degrees F. outside. One's first thought might be that the burner or valve is bad. However, if we use the chart, the vaporization capacity of the tank in these conditions is only 38,500 BTU's. The furnace is not going to perform very well because there is insufficient BTU capacity in the tank. If you were to put an insulated fire resistant blanket over the tanks and a 75 watt light bulb under that, you would probably raise the temperature of the bottles 10-20 degrees and almost double the BTU capacity of the tank. This in turn would allow the furnace to operate properly. So keep in mind that a furnace problem is not always a component problem.

20 lb. Bottle (*30 lb. Bottle multiply X 1.40)
% Full...+20 F..........0 F........-5 F......-10 F.....-15 F......Degrees
60%......36,000....18,000....12,750....8,500....4,250
50%......32,400....16,200....12,150....8,100....4,050
40%......28,800....14,400....11,400....7,600....3,800
30%......25,200....12,600....10,450....7,300....3,150
20%......21,600....10,800......8,100....5,400....2,700
10%......16,200......8,100......6,075....4,050....2,025

65 lb. Under Mtd. LP Gas Tank BTU available at
% Full...+20 F.........0 F.........-5 F.......-10 F......-15 F.....Degrees
60%......95,600....47,800....36,000....23,900....12,100
50%......86,000....43,000....32,250....21,500....11,750
40%......77,000....38,500....29,250....19,250.....9,625
30%......68,000....34,000....25,500....17,000.....8,500
20%......58,000....29,000....21,750....14,500.....7,250
10%......43,200....21,600....16,200....10,800.....5,400

Luckily, I don't think that the time or cost of having a tech look at it will be very much at all.  They are fairly simple pieces of equipment. 

I was advised to take a look at Trailer Life's RV Repair and Maintenance Manual by Bob Livingston (4th edition).  I did and eventually bought a copy, even though it has been out of print for years (got it on eBay).  Lots of great info for problems like this, but trying to describe the entire troubleshooting process is a bit difficult here.

Only other advise I could give would be....head south not north!

    - Mike
176  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 03, 2014, 10:12:58 pm
I hear ya!  When we get the harnesses out our 2 Poms go crazy for 15 seconds and then prepare to be outfitted. 

You have GOT to post a picture of what a chihuahua-papillon mix looks like!   I'm imagining a hot dog with wings, but I'm probably way off!

  - Mike
177  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: 1st checkup on Obamacare on: March 03, 2014, 10:07:18 pm
Ok, a little gross, but got a snicker out of us...

Would hate to be president!   Grin
178  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbies on: March 03, 2014, 10:04:36 pm
 chandelier Welcome Woot!

We love ours!  I'm sure you'll love yours!  Any issues, just call Kermit!  Wink

 - Mike
179  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New York's Amazing Adirondacks on: March 02, 2014, 05:23:19 pm
Thanks, Holly/John.  Did a lot more research and dug deep into my memory.  Once we started putting the coast to coast to coast itinerary together we decided to pick two spots in the area. There just isn't time to see everything in this country, dang it!  We'll be staying at Adirondack 1000 Islands RV Park, on to Lake Placid (good jumping off point for Whiteface Mt and Ausable Chasm). From there we are splurging and taking the ferry across Lake Champlain to Burlington VT before exploring New England and visiting family in the Boston area.  Our trip looks amazing on paper.  Hope it turns out better than that!  Only downside is hitting Lake Havasu when it will be about 106 in the shade.

We also couldn't resist scheduling one night at Clark Creek North COE Campground (Acworth, Georgia), since gradygal's posted picture of the place looked so alluring.

 - Mike
180  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Screen door protection on: March 01, 2014, 07:04:38 am
Oops...I gave the wrong link in my last post.  The latch is a snap-in, not a side-mount

http://www.southco.com/en-us/c3
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