Thursday, September 5, 2013

Towing Dinghy? HOT Option For Water Heater. Thermal Storm Door. Cord Meltdown or Fire. RV Tips. Crazy Horse. Gerald Ford Survives. Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah.


For “tRaVersing Thursday”, or RV Day:

A tip about towing a vehicle behind a motorhome

“Jim Twamley provides a quick tip about how to tell when you are driving your motorhome that the vehicle you are towing is tracking properly.”


How to tow a car behind your RV

“In this video I will show you how to how to hookup a tow vehicle to your motorhome. I apologize for the wind noise on parts of the video. It was a windy day.”


Towing Behind A Motorhome Tip

“Jerry Dale, representing Blue Ox Towing, offers a tip to visitors of who tow a vehicle behind their motorhome. "Never do this," warns Jerry.”


Towing a vehicle behind a motorhome

“Walter Cannon of the RV Safety and Education Foundation discusses towing a vehicle behind a motorhome and the use of auxiliary braking systems.”


Need a new RV water heater? Try this HOT option.

“We have a standard RV six-gallon electric/propane water heater in our motorhome. It works great and we use it most of the time on the electric setting. The only time we run it on propane is when we overnight at a Walmart or at a boondocking campsite. The six-gallon capacity is not large enough for two people to take a shower in quick succession unless you take a "Navy shower." Forget about washing dishes just before or after taking a shower because the hot water is gone.

If you primarily camp with electric hookups and don't mind running your generator during your shower while dry camping, then an Ariston mini-tank electric point-of-use water heater may be just right for you.

The guy parked next to me has a Titanium 5th wheel and he did this replacement on his RV. He says it was easy to install and now he never runs out of hot water when he takes a long shower. You can purchase these units at Home Depot for around $200.00, which is much cheaper than a standard RV water heater.

These units are small and will fit nicely where your current RV water heater is located. Since the water lines are already there, it makes for an easy installation. My friend put his unit inside a plastic bucket in the event the pressure valve were to open, allowing water to escape. He insulated the exterior heater access compartment door and sealed it with silicon caulking.

If you hook the unit into your generator system, you can easily use it while boondocking.”  by Jim Twamley


Make your RV screen door a thermal storm door

“Our Keystone fifth wheel always seemed a little dark on those days when it was too cold to open the door and let natural light in through the screen door. Even on hot days, leaving the door open meant letting the air-conditioned air out — a bit much just to let a little natural light in.

The light finally came on for our "need-light-but-not-the-elements" dilemma. First, we attached small squares of stick-on Velcro hook-and-loop tape to the outside of the screen door frame. This gave us attachment points for a material that lets in light but blocks heat and cold: a piece of heavyweight, smoke-colored vinyl. You'll find this neat material at your local fabric store. Cut the vinyl to fit over the screen door, leaving a cutout for the door-opening slide.

We then attached the vinyl to the outside of the screen door by sticking the matching part of the Velcro to the vinyl and pressing the matching pieces of Velcro together around the door.  Now we can open the door and enjoy the natural light. With this setup we can see what's going on around us while keeping out the cold or heat, depending on the time of the year.

If the weather is pleasant enough that we want outside air to come in through the screen, we separate the Velcro spots and remove the vinyl, rolling it up and storing until it's needed again.  You could use clear vinyl, but we chose smoke-colored vinyl so that when we have the door open, we have some privacy.  People on the outside can't see in, although we can see out very well.  Plus, the darker vinyl helps block the heat from the sun if we have the door open on a hot day.”  by Chuck and Mary Culp


From Me:  I used smoke colored Plexiglas on mine, as I have a cat and I was worried that she might claw her way out of the RV when I wasn’t looking.  Also, because I am on my own, it gives me more security, plus I have a good slide bolt on the inside of my screen door.


How to avoid extension cord meltdown or even fire

“See what can happen when you overload an RV extension cord. This is of special interest to RVers who may use an extension cord to extend the reach to an RV park electrical hookup. As you will see, this can lead to a very damaging and even dangerous outcome.”

Check here for more articles about electrical safety.


How to keep RV toilet paper from unraveling

“Adrienne Kristine explains an old RVer trick that keeps toilet paper from unraveling as the RV rolls down the road.”

From Me:  That works with paper towels, too.


Why you should always have some water in your RV's tank

“Chuck Woodbury explains why you should always carry at least some water in your RV's fresh water tank even when you will be fully hooked up at a campground.”


RV Tips:

Pre-trip prescription advice
“Before leaving on a trip, scan a copy of your medical and eyeglass prescriptions. Attach them to an email that you send to yourself. That way they will be available at the nearest Internet connection, no matter where you are in the USA or the world. Include the name of the doctor who wrote the prescriptions as well.”

Check all of your spare tires
“Out of sight, out of mind — until the day of reckoning. Every three months check ALL your spare tires — tow vehicle, motorhome, and tow car.”

Neat multi-purpose tool
“Here's a neat multi-purpose tool for RVers: Micro Flame butane torch (example: BernzOmatic 019133ST2200T from Shrink tubing, solder, "convince" unwilling nuts to part from bolts. Great campfire starter when your kindling is wet.”


On This Day:

Crazy Horse killed, Sep 5, 1877:

“Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse is fatally bayoneted by a U.S. soldier after resisting confinement in a guardhouse at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. A year earlier, Crazy Horse was among the Sioux leaders who defeated George Armstrong Custer's Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana Territory. The battle, in which 265 members of the Seventh Cavalry, including Custer, were killed, was the worst defeat of the U.S. Army in its long history of warfare with the Native Americans.

After the victory at Little Bighorn, U.S. Army forces led by Colonel Nelson Miles pursued Crazy Horse and his followers. His tribe suffered from cold and starvation, and on May 6, 1877, Crazy Horse surrendered to General George Crook at the Red Cloud Indian Agency in Nebraska. He was sent to Fort Robinson, where he was killed in a scuffle with soldiers who were trying to imprison him in a cell.”


Gerald Ford survives first assassination attempt, Sep 5, 1975:

“On this day in 1975, President Gerald R. Ford survives an attempt on his life in Sacramento, California.

The assailant, a petite, red haired, freckle-faced young woman named Lynette Fromme, approached the president while he was walking near the California Capitol and raised a .45 caliber handgun toward him. Before she was able to fire off a shot, Secret Service agents tackled her and wrestled her to the ground.

Seventeen days later, another woman, Sarah Jane Moore, a mentally unstable accountant, tried to assassinate Ford while he was in San Francisco. Her attempt was thwarted by a bystander who instinctively grabbed Moore's arm when she raised the gun. Although she fired one shot, it did not find its target. The bystander, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran named Oliver Sipple, was publicly thanked by Ford three days later.

Lynette Fromme, nicknamed "Squeaky," was a member of the notorious Charles Manson family, a group of drug-addled groupies who followed cult leader Manson. Manson and other members of his "family" were convicted and sentenced to prison for murdering former actress Sharon Tate and others in 1969. Subsequently, Fromme and other female members of the cult started an order of "nuns" within a new group called the International People's Court of Retribution. This group terrorized corporate executives who headed environmentally destructive businesses. Fromme herself was still so enamored of Manson that she devised the plot to kill President Ford in order to win Manson's approval.

Both women remain incarcerated today.

After Fromme's assassination attempt, Ford stoically continued on to the Capitol to speak before the California legislature. The main topic of his speech was crime.”



Feast of Trumpets, Feast of Trumpets 2013 - September 5, 2013

"Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever'" (Revelation 11:15, English Standard Version).

The Day of Trumpets heralds the intervention of God in the affairs of humanity on a global basis—a dramatic turning point in world history and the return of Christ to this world.”

Rosh Hashanah - The New Year

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation” (Leviticus 23:24)

“The trumpet was the signal for the field workers to come into the Temple. The high priest actually stood on the southwestern parapet of the Temple and blew the trumpet so it could be heard in the surrounding fields. The Old Testament saints who faithfully followed the Lord would immediately stop the harvest even if it was not finished and leave for the Temple to worship God.”



Jay called and wanted to go to the next town with me.  I called the chiropractor's office at 9.00 and the lady said that if I could get there by 9.30 that he would see me. 

I rushed down to Jay’s in the van, not even taking Misty for her walk, and off we went.  We arrived in time, and the chiropractor left me lying facedown on the bench with wedges under my hips, and a heating pad on my lower back.  He checked on me a couple of times while he was tending someone else in the next room.  Then he adjusted my back again, and this time I could feel it.  My back wasn’t tender any more, but my knee was still swollen and sore. 

Jay asked me to take him down to the PayDay loan place, and he paid off that loan.  Maybe that is the end of that, and he won’t do it again.  While we there we stopped at a thrift shop nearby, and he wanted to buy a brass and wooden barrel-shaped percussion drum for $35. I talked him out of that as it didn’t look genuine. (When I got home, I saw the same thing on eBay for $15!)  He can’t stand to have money in his pocket, so he bought a remote controlled car, and when I asked him to check the box, and he said, “Oh! No, it’s new”, but when he got home with it, the charger wasn’t in the box. Caveat Emptor.

Next, we stopped at Home Depot and I bought one more sheet of polycarbonate roofing to go over my front porch.  A quick stop at Dollar General to buy batteries for the car’s remote which Jay didn’t know that he didn’t need until later.

We had some much needed rain in the afternoon yesterday.

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