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Tip of the Day
How to carry extra propane safely
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
It can be a problem for many RVers, but especially those with truck campers: Just seems like in some cases there’s never enough room for propane. We had a smaller truck camper years back that had but a single LP cylinder, and once it ran dry we were up the creek. Others have two, but they’re usually five gallon (20 pound) cylinders, and if you run in cool country you can use up 10 gallons of LP in a big hurry.
Where can we carry an extra cylinder or two of LP?
Today’s RV review…
The Jayco Jay Feather 22RB is very nice
Tony writes that this is “…a great couple’s camper that has the advantages that come with the Jayco brand. At 5,530 pounds, this camper isn’t tremendously heavy, but features a first-rate bathroom and a completely private master bedroom.”
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Recipe of the Day
Crock Pot Mango Chicken
by Sue L. from Cincinnati, OH
We love an easy Crock Pot dinner recipe and this is a delicious one! The chicken is super juicy. Pouring the mildly sweet mango sauce on top adds a lovely flavor to the chicken. There’s a hint of curry flavor throughout but it’s not overpowering. We loved how it pairs with the mango. A simple meal.
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Bruiser is a 2.5-year-old Havanese who loves traveling with us in our Class C Coachmen Prism. His favorite place is to sit observing the campground from his blanket on the corner bed. He gets so excited that whenever I am in the RV parked in the backyard he races in and settles in to observe me preparing the RV travel like a king on his throne watching his servants. And when it is time to pull out he jumps up into his crate as soon as I open the door—no treat bribery required.” —Stephanie Eldringhoff
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I have a great rv tech guy that is helping to figure out the hot water electric part. I never thought I would be using a tech guy at an rv campsite. But we are. Very helpful when you do not want to tow the thing to the nearest dealer and have no where to sleep.
When interviewing for the job that became my career, my soon to be boss told me that procrastination was a good thing because some problems would just go away by themselves. Well…. he was right. He would ignore problems and then they would fall to me to solve. He procrastinated and I solved the problem and it went away. In other words, I spent my time working for him by bailing him out.
I really liked your “Leave here with a laugh”. As an 81 year old male and single I hate to admit it but it is probably true!!! LOL
The article, I found, causes one to think. Thinking is not an automatic process for some people. What I got from the article is the hazards when you do it wrong and how to look for options on how to do it right. I don’t carry extra tanks so I’m not searching for a solution to a, for me, non-problem.
So I read Russ and Tiña De Maris story on How to carry extra propane safely, and although they had some cute anecdotes, I seem to have missed the “how to carry” part! I was hoping to find a possible solution on how to carry an extra 30 lb. tank in a pick-up with a TT behind it. Any ideas, would REALLY be helpful. BTW, I DO have 2-30’s on the front of the trailer.
I’ve been using a milk crate for years.
I tow a 5th wheel with 2-30’s in the front. I also have 2 milk crates that I use to bring extra fuel with me. I stow them upright in the front of the bed of the truck and have them secured with ratchet straps. They are stowed upright with a base protector around them and strap to keep them secured during bumpy rides.
The milk crates are a very good idea as they are plastic, and the tanks will set down in them and being plastic, they will help to keep down sparks of carrying them instead of just strapped the bare tanks in the bed, and when the crates are secured down, they will hold the tanks and help keep them and you safe.
Man, the editorial critics are out this morning. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, critique.
I realize you may not have control over this part if the newsletter, but the ad line indicating we will find sale prices for “RV PARTS” on Amazon is misleading. If possible strike the “RV Parts” since the offerings are just about everything except RV parts. Just a suggestion for your consideration and not meant as a complaint.
You are correct, they have NO control over that.
Just search on “RV Parts by price” and you’ll see what’s on Amazon
Suggestion to the editor:
Using a statement in a positive voice is usually more effective. For example, “Will you help support us?” instead of “Won’t you…”
The article about storing an extra propane bottle was a whole lot of nothing, you could’ve saved that article for the closing article of your newsletter. All that writing just to say carry it in a milk crate on your roof, don’t even mention securing it in the milk crate, just set the milk crate up there and set the tank inside it and you’re good to go. Way below your standards!
Same thought here, almost looks like an article that Chuck could get from Johnny Robot.
Exactly. Johnny Robot was the first thing I thought.
Ditto. Welcome to journalism 2022.
Bob, When will we see positive contributions from you instead of the daily complaints? Give it a rest.
As campers know, sometimes a little common sense goes a lot further than ignorance.
Lack of common sense is why we have so many rules and regulations now days. Remember when you could go outside and ride a bicycle without a helmet? Now you need that with knee and elbow pads to keep you safe.