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Old 05-15-2016, 08:49 PM   #71
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I think that grass and leaves are fine for, ummm, a "woodsie," i.e. pe-ing in the woods. The other might be a bigger issue, unless you're up to digging a proper latrine!
Depends how deep in the woods (i.e. away from people, habitations, civilization). After all, where do the bears go?

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Old 05-15-2016, 08:51 PM   #72
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I do not think I have ever seen a magazine review that was ever even close to critical. Trailers, fishing gear, and many other hobbies all are reviewed by "professional" writers who are paid for writing articles by the manufacturer of that item. In the spirit of continued paychecks, these writers accentuate the positive, and that's all. With all the internet reviews, you get some solid information, but some of the product reviews seem to be written by someone who has a financial interest in the product. I've noticed that a glowing positive review of a product in a magazine is often accompanied by a full page, or even 2 page advertisement from the same manufacturer of that product. <_<
Jack L, I was kind of worried about that possibility. I think forums are the best option for a review, although even on the forums, I have received msgs from an owner/ manufacturer. It wasn't in the least bit offensive though.

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Old 05-15-2016, 08:53 PM   #73
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Depends how deep in the woods (i.e. away from people, habitations, civilization). After all, where do the bears go?

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Old 05-15-2016, 09:13 PM   #74
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Margaret, did you see this 2012 Casita Liberty Deluxe in Hendersonville, NC, advertised for $15,900?

Casita Travel Trailer Forum -> Classifieds -> 2012 Casita 17 Liberty Deluxe

Don't know your budget, but this is par for the course these days. See the Casita website for the different bed/seating arrangements you can make with the Liberty model.

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Steve Dunham,

Can you explain? Are you unhappy with the Parkliner camper and company, or just with the topic? I would love to know, since I'm thinking of buying one.

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I do not own or have I ever owned a Parkliner. In the past there were many long , unproductive and heated threads dealing with Parkliner trailers and their ownership . Hopefully the new owners of Parkliner have nothing in common with the past ownership except for the Parkliner name . Having viewed several Parkliner trailers , in my opinion they are a well layer out travel trailer.
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That's interesting. No fumes in a Fiberglass?

Margaret

Of course there are fumes, especially when it's brand new, but I find the smell inside a new sticky much stronger than in a molded fiberglass trailer. Thus my comment. But in fairness, I can only go by my own nose...


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Of course there are fumes, especially when it's brand new, but I find the smell inside a new sticky much stronger than in a molded fiberglass trailer. Thus my comment. But in fairness, I can only go by my own nose...


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Well, I just came back from a dealership a few days ago, where I looked at a Livin Lite and a Lance,

Both were completely out of the question, due to fumes, although in the Livin Lite, the fumes came almost exclusively from the vinyl couch.

The showroom itself was almost unbearable. I felt like I was swimming in a chemical soup!!

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I sure wish yall could capture that smell and bring it to me! I love the "new" smell of RV's, houses, automobiles....I held on to my Scamp's new smell as long as possible. It sure beats BO, mold, mildew, OLD musty RV's that's been sitting.,.... that's just me.

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Well, I just came back from a dealership a few days ago, where I looked at a Livin Lite and a Lance,

Both were completely out of the question, due to fumes, although in the Livin Lite, the fumes came almost exclusively from the vinyl couch.

The showroom itself was almost unbearable. I felt like I was swimming in a chemical soup!!

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Old 05-21-2016, 04:33 AM   #79
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Margaret, perhaps your best bet for controlling hazardous to your health interior items is to find a restorer of vintage FBRV who will work with you to only use eco friendly products to put in a brand new interior. As to those choices of materials there are professional designers specializing in interior design for chemically sensitive persons. They are going to have catalogs of suitable materials for mattresses, fabrics, cabinetry, flooring, insulation, etc.

A composting toilet system is not actually odor free. You have to provide ventilation to remove the odors from the toilet. A composting toilet such as Natures Head needs a powered vent to move sufficient air out of the toilet chamber to the exterior of the RV. You can purchase solar powered units that cap off a roof vent tube but you do need a solar vent cap that has a decent sized, good quality, storage battery to power it 24/7 or else you need to install a vent fan into the venting system that is powered from your house battery. You must also obtain the higher cfm solar vent fans. There are several sizes so get the one with the more powerful fan. You will also need to do frequent emptying of the urine container as urine quickly breaks down into a very foul smelling substance.

As to chemicals for the toilet, nowadays there are many new eco choices for holding tank additives that won't cause you any respiratory issues. They are done with enzymes and bacteria rather than the old perfume to death chemicals. There is a lot of science behind breaking down waste products and keeping odor under control. Basically you need oxygen, bacteria and enzymes to break down the waste and keep the process moving along without a lot of stinky gas forming in the waste tank. There are articles on the internet about the bio chemistry of it, rather interesting to read in some ways and it certainly will help you when it comes to evaluating those various product choices of waste tank treatments.

So here is something to ponder on that I learned a number of years ago. Nowadays the companies that empty septic tanks are instructed not to empty them completely. That is because there needs to be sufficient residual bacteria in the tank to get the waste digestion going. Our own bodies also constantly need bacteria in our intestinal systems so we can break down the food. Look at what can happen to us after taking antibiotics that kill off the good bacteria as well as the bad ones. Holding tanks also need to have "good" bacteria in them that will digest the waste properly.

What happens in RVs is the holding tank often gets completely rinsed out. A complete rinsing is needed if you only use the RV now and again or if you are winterizing it. In that situation when you want to bring your RV out of storage for a trip you then need to be using a liquid waste tank treatment that contains enzymes and also very importantly it should contain bacteria so that the bacteria can go into immediate action rather than waiting a number of days to get a powder dissolved. If you live full time in an RV or are taking a long vacation trip then resist the temptation to completely rinse your holding tank out every time you dump the waste, it is good for it to stay a little dirty in there as that means you have a sufficient amount of bacteria you need for the waste digestion process to start over again.

Portable toilets also need to have enzymes and bacteria to keep the odor under control without the need for those harsh smelling chemicals. I don't know about the rest of you but I hate that smell from the holding tank chemicals that were the standard just a few years ago. Because you have to absolutely have a vent in the toilet's holding tank for any type of contained toilet system to work it is a very good idea for the trailer compartment you store your portable toilet in to have a fresh air vent built in it that goes directly to the outside to provide an air exchange for the inside of that cabinet. Some closed cell foam for a gasket at the cabinet door and face frame, caulking all the joins to other cabinets or spaces and the installation of that fresh air vent to the outside will help keep odors out of the living space.

You have to be careful what you put into a holding tank. Do not use bleach or antibacterial soaps or strong cleaning products. Those kinds of chemicals can also leave behind a residue if you are using them to sanitize an empty tank for storage. So you will have to triple rinse before you use the tank again. Those useful bacteria and enzymes in the tank are your friends, if you kill them by being thoughtless about what goes down the drain into the tank then they will get revenge for it!
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I hope to use solar panels eventually. What is an LTVA?

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LTVA stands for Long Term Visitor's Area. There are 8 areas (6 in California & 2 in Arizona) that are designed for winter camping. You pay either $40.00 for 2 weeks or $180.00 for 7 months, can move between the 8 areas, and, depending on the specific area, have access to fresh water, dump stations and dumpsters for trash.

I stayed at LaPosa West in Quartzsite, AZ, and Imperial Dam in California.

My journal of the stay at both (plus 2 weeks at the free BLM site at Dome Rock for the Quartzsite Fiberglass Trailer Rally) starts here.
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