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Old 04-24-2013, 10:52 PM   #197
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yeah Im thinking as well about getting the BAL leveler since I boondock mostly and rarely is the ground flat and I want the fridge to run properly. Ive seen them on ebay a bit more reasonably priced.

This weekend Im going to see how it goes with the cargo carrier on the back of my ParkLiner's receiver. Since its apparent the real issue on the last trip was I needed an anti-sway bar from the high winds I wanna see how it goes. I did ratchet strap the left and right side to my bumper to serious limit how much it can move around. If all goes well I will get a receiver tamer and try it without the straps. I have a small trunk, probably weigh's 40 pounds..I can carry it with 1 hand so its not very heavy...has 2 hoses, extention cord, some cedar blocks, tent stakes, a hatchet and my rocket stove... if all goes well I can get a real trunk and bolt it down. I have my fingers crossed.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:03 PM   #198
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Alternative is to carry a shovel and dig a hole for the tire on the high side.

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:35 PM   #199
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I'm guessing that my nylon case containing 10 oversize, bright yellow Legos, doesn't qualify as a gadget. I'm going to have to check that out.
I've got the same Lego set, Brian, and a Bal leveler, too!

A word to the wise:

I've had the blocks since the beginning of my adventures with my trailer (+/- 7 yrs) and they've served me well...but I bought the Bal thinking it would be an improvement. Little did I know it was not only heavier, it takes more space than the blocks!

It's a great gadget, but since the blocks are multi-use and I have to apportion space carefully, the Bal usually stays at home....

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I bet it would fit in the closet...Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 4 inches ; 12 pounds... might add a few pounds to the tongue weight but not enough to make a difference. I carry a few wooden blocks with me (cedar, so its light) but Ive read alot of reviews and seen some video's and it looks like a good deal.

On my little gypsy caravan I just slept on the side that was higher never really cared. Now tha I have a 3way fridge I really want to be able to use it without messing it up. I might still carry 1 longer block that I could drive onto if the spot I was planning on camping in is real bad. I have heard buying an insulated pizza bag makes a good case for it since the threaded rod is greasy.
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Yes the Bal Leveler fits safe and snug in the front closet. I think that is where we will put ours.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:44 PM   #202
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One item at the NOG event that i saw and wanted to set up for our Parkliner was a small ~3 to 5 gallon exterior dump/holding tank i saw on Donna's rig. She had a 3" hose from her holding tank dump-fitting, but since all we need with Parkliners is a small garden hose (even for those with the marine-macerating-toilet...a standard garden hose is all you need to dump into a park or dump-site) i went a different route:

With the smaller hose in mind (taking off from the stock PL fitting) i went to home depot and picked up these standard items in their plumbing department to attach to a 3 gallon reliance water tank:



Here is the unit ready for use:



and sealed up ready for storage:



I replaced the reliance tank's stock spigot with a brass fitting that fit into the plastic lid perfectly and then had a male garden hose thread which i then connected the 4' washing machine hose and then to the garden hose outlet on the PL dump fitting.

When done i screw on the garden hose cap, put the 4' hose in a gallon zip lock bag and store in PL

Another fun and easy project...total cost with tank and parts about $25.

The reason i wanted something like this is there are occasions where we can dump legally the shower bio-soap-water (remember our build does not have a marine toilet). We don't _do dishes_ because everything is paper plates and simple wipe-clean utensils type of eating (i.e. no food stuffs down the kitchen sink into grey tank). So this is fine with the Park Rangers in nearly all areas we camp in and appropriate use of resources. This way i can dump the ~gallon or so shower water after each use and it is super easy clean up.

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Great setup, Thom!

I put together something similar, only in my case I used a collapsible jug since storage is a big issue for me. The one I use mashes flat so it will fit in one of the side hatches I put into the trailer corners. (For obvious reasons, I did make sure it's a different color from my freshwater carriers)

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interesting....im wanting to pick up a siphon....have the same water jug for increasing my water supply mid weekend. between dishes and 2 showers and of course drinking water just as i finished my quick military shower sunday morning i ran out of water. cheapest way to extend the tank....might eventually add a 2nd smaller tank next to the water heater one day....but in the meen time this will work for me.
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Here's my harebrained idea for a gravity-feed extra water supply:

I'm actually thinking about strapping the fourteen gallon tank from my Trillium to the top of my Kia. It's more flat than boxy and would fit on the roof just fine...idea being that when I'm in camp I could just hook up a hose between car and trailer and have fourteen gallons of gravity-fed water!

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Not an entirely original idea- they do make portable "bladders" for similar purposes...

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Well I own the water jug already so just need a siphon to transfer it. I've installed tanks into sailboats so I know I can do it...but that's not gonna be a summer project...maybe fall.
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Francesca, thx for the tip on the collapsible jug...i might be able to fit the same brass fitting on one

You know me...if there is a gadget to be found...no matter the exorbitant cost! HaHa...my solution down by the river/lake to fill the fresh water tank camp/curb side water fill...



and in action (example)



this set up yields about 1 liter every 15 minutes by gravity filter into fresh water tank.

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Rat Own, Captain Boondocks!

I have an assignment for you:

Please devise a "ram pump" system for use in streams/rivers/irrigation canals that's compact enough for me to stow/haul in my trailer. Nothing fancy...just a little gadget that will achieve, say five or ten feet of lift, transport water 500 feet, and fit in a shoebox when not in use.

Also, it would be good if it was invisible so as to avoid attracting the attention of pesky authority-type figures.

Fresh running water, here I come!

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As an in-context FYI on gravity fed water items...

(Thom's note to self...DO NOT DO IT...Just say Nooooo to gadgets!!

When i was contemplating doing some solar water heating stuff on our van conversion i was really tempted to get one of these! They are pretty cool & certainly fall under the rv gadget category. When reading the above posts on gravity water stuff and putting jugs on tow vehicles i thought it might be appropriate to share this link/info:


RoadShower.com



there is even a video:

Road Shower Demo - YouTube

Never enough time for all the gadgets!
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LOL Fracesca... that's a _tall_ order! Sounds like we'd need an upstream dam to get'er done.

I once contemplated getting a hydro-generator...but the ~100 to 200 foot 110 volt extension cord running from river to camp might draw some attention to what was on the other end in the water...and didn't feel like baby sitting a $2,000 dollar item while lounging under a shade tree reading a good book!

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