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What is "Dry Camping"?

This term is pretty vague. This paragraph describes it pretty well however: Dry camping means different things to many people. The common definition I hear from people is camping in a location ...
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Vaseline or Teflon grease near potable water?

Teflon is a brand name. The scientific name is Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Searching more I find there are food grade PTFE lubricants available. (Super Lube) Points making PTFE appropriate ...
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Setup for solar powered battery generator

Charge controllers are your friend here. A good charge controller will monitor the circuit such that the battery gets the appropriate charging current at all times. This allows you to set up all ...
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Can you put a tow truck stinger on a motorhome (RV)?

One reason not is tongue weight. Over 60% of the vehicle weight is on hitch. A truck is designed to take a load in the bed so there is extra capacity. Most tow trucks are double rear wheel. On an ...
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Electrical supply at camp site, what are the risks?

The biggest danger is a broken ground wire, and some leakage path from the hot to the chassis of your camper. That puts the whole chassis of the camper at high voltage. That's actually no danger to ...
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What is "Dry Camping"?

In the UK, the form of camping you are referring to is known as Wild Camping. This is pitching up where there are no electrical, water or sanitary facilities. The term applies equally to camping in ...
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How to get rid of RV awning/canopy stink?

If it's mold based, then my understanding is that borax or hydrogen peroxide are effective remedies. Soap is not very effective against mold. If you don't think it will damage the awning, I ...
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Is there a fuel cell that would be clean and quiet enough for RV/Camper/Trailer use?

There are fuel cells with 12V output designed for this application, at least considering it as a battery charging task (random internet example at 100W). Methanol cells are more expensive but the ...
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What is the life expectancy of Propane/CO detector?

It depends on the device but 5-7 years seems like the max with some as short as 2 years. The gas sensors in CO alarms have a limited and indeterminable life span, typically two to five years. The ...
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Leak proof ice container, for RV fridge

I'd use food storage boxes - yes, plural, for flexibility in arranging the fridge. The good quality ones with an o-ring in the lid should seal tight (in practice they're not always airtight for long ...
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Setup for solar powered battery generator

I have a setup like this in my VW campervan. The vehicle was originally equipped with a charge controller that receives input from both the vehicle alternator and a 240V mains hookup and charges ...
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What is "Dry Camping"?

Just for reference: in thru-hiking terminology, dry camping is camping far from any water source. It basically means that you have to carry all the water you'll need for the evening and the next day (...
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Should I travel through freezing areas with hot or cold water in my RV tank?

Ideally the hot water tank should be plumbed in a manner in which it can be drained without affecting the rest of the system. Typically this means either nothing comes out of the hot water taps when ...
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Should I travel through freezing areas with hot or cold water in my RV tank?

it doesn't matter, your pipes will freeze long before the tanks will. At best the Mpemba effect buys you another hour before freezing sets in, however your pipes will simply not take an hour to ...
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How to get rid of RV awning/canopy stink?

For marine covers there are some cleaning products made on purpose that you could use on the awning too. The DIY route consists in solutions of bleach+water or ammonia+water that tend to be nasty to ...
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Should I travel through freezing areas with hot or cold water in my RV tank?

A lot depends on how the water system in your RV works. Some RV's really aren't made for winter use. Others are designed from square one to be usable at cold temps. These will have heat tapes on ...
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Leak proof ice container, for RV fridge

For traveling we will pre-freeze pop bottles with ice or juice. When we stop at a motel, we refreeze the bottles. This works well. As we drink the juice, we will refill with water. For your use, ...
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Tenting, and want to hookup my laptop to RV power hookup

I'd advise against plugging in a 30 to 15 amp converter and using it directly. If something short circuits in your 15 amp cabling it might not be enough to trip the 30 amp breaker (if there even is ...
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Tenting, and want to hookup my laptop to RV power hookup

Notice that the ad says: For use when RV has 15 AMP power and needs to plug into 30 AMP power source Now notice the 15 Amp receptacle side of the adaptor: This is a standard household outlet, ...
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Setup for solar powered battery generator

I bought a complete set, containing a foldable solar panel, the charge controller and the cabling from https://www.phaesun.com/ about 4 years ago for my boat. Setup was very easy: Connect solar panels ...
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Should I travel through freezing areas with hot or cold water in my RV tank?

This seems like a contradiction, if you are worried about freezing, then it would be better not to have any water in the tank/pipes where it could freeze and cause problems, and if not then it really ...
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What is the life expectancy of Propane/CO detector?

I ordered the new detector linked in the question, when it arrived I read the directions and learned about the 30 day reset window for end of life. Question says: The Propane/CO detector in my camper ...
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Electrical supply at camp site, what are the risks?

I am not an Expert the following is the result of a basic knowledge of electricity and extensive research, specific to this issue. I welcome constructive review and suggestions there is a lot of ...
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Is there a fuel cell that would be clean and quiet enough for RV/Camper/Trailer use?

I'm not totally clear on your power requirements, but what about solar? For smaller applications there are companies like Goal Zero that provide camp-friendly, turn-key battery and solar panel ...
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