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Old 09-06-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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Took a picture of some items I feel are essential to a safe trip. The IR thermometer, propane leak detector, waterproof match holder, tire pressure gauge, and weather radio. Although small, everyone of these items could become essential at one time or another.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:37 PM   #2
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We carry all these things except the weather radio and the waterproof matches. We always have a couple of propane fire starters that surfice for water proof matches, in the car we have a magnifying glass that can almost always start a fire and in our hiking back pack we carry a flint.

We used to carry a weather radio but now depend on our phone or internet service for the weather.

As well we carry 24 bottles of water in our tow vehicle (along with a small compressor and bottle jack.). If we're headed way out we usually carry a super water filter to make any water source drinkable.

Another way out valuable tool is our SPOT. SPOT is a hand held device that allows you to report your position just about anywhere on the surface of the earth. It can report your position when you push a button or it can do it while you hike. As well as reporting your position it can be used to send for help. We considered this essential for our trip to Labrador where you might really be stuck and there is no traditional cell phone service.

http://www.findmespot.com/en/

We also carry a can of Bear Spray, essential for old, unarmed hikers and two hiking sticks. We used to carry a Hiking GPS for Geocaching and to ensure we can get home. We now use our cell phone for this function.

My wife has one more emergency supply - a can of SPAM. We've never traveled without one and this year when Irene was threatening she bought two spares. (Also visit the SPAM museum in Southern MN, a real hoot.)

I just asked my wife what was essential to have in the trailer. She responded "you". You just have to love her.
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"I just asked my wife what was essential to have in the trailer. She responded "you". You just have to love her.'


Now that is cute...
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:09 PM   #4
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I would have to add a cork screw and a few bottles of nice red wine. just sayn...
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propane leak detector
Thanks for the heads up on this. I thought I found a new leak last weekend with the soapy water. Apparently I have not found them all.

I see CW has one on sale now for $20, not the same brand though. I'll have to call a local supplier tomorrow to see what one will cost.
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"I just asked my wife what was essential to have in the trailer. She responded "you". You just have to love her.'


Now that is cute...
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I just asked my wife what was essential to have in the trailer. She responded "you". You just have to love her......


Norm, you lucky s.o.b.!!!
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Thank you all

Ginny is a wonderful wife. She is a joy to be with and has taught me so much about life. She deserves a lot of credit for making me a better person, of course she would deny it but I know.

We have had a grand time traveling about in our rigs for 11 years, everyday we're thankful for each other and our truly wondrous lifestyle.

My dad said "make good choices". Ginny was my first.

As much as we love each other, life on the road has strengthened our love. When we're traveling, when we're away from the past and family we do love, we have so much time for each other.

There is a specialness to the RV life.
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Ginny is a wonderful wife. She is a joy to be with and has taught me so much about life. She deserves a lot of credit for making me a better person, of course she would deny it but I know.

We have had a grand time traveling about in our rigs for 11 years, everyday we're thankful for each other and our truly wondrous lifestyle.

My dad said "make good choices". Ginny was my first.

As much as we love each other, life on the road has strengthened our love. When we're traveling, when we're away from the past and family we do love, we have so much time for each other.

There is a specialness to the RV life.
No matter what our age, your words are a great inspiration for those of us just starting out on the road.
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Took a picture of some items I feel are essential to a safe trip. The IR thermometer, propane leak detector, waterproof match holder, tire pressure gauge, and weather radio. Although small, everyone of these items could become essential at one time or another.
Sorry... newbie... is the IR detector to check the wiring to see if it's overheating? Does it also work to see if the 13" wheels are hot or do you simply get out and touch them from time-to-time? Does the CO2 monitor serve the same purpose as the propane detector indoors and soap-and-water for the outdoor connections. If not, what model is shown in the photo (old eyes). Thanks!
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Sorry... newbie... is the IR detector to check the wiring to see if it's overheating? Does it also work to see if the 13" wheels are hot or do you simply get out and touch them from time-to-time? Does the CO2 monitor serve the same purpose as the propane detector indoors and soap-and-water for the outdoor connections. If not, what model is shown in the photo (old eyes). Thanks!
IR thermometers are unreliable and very unaccurate when used in air temperatures other than 72F. A simple touch of the hand is more reliable and less misleading.
Last time I checked there was only one the market that would work over a wide air temperature range and it costs over $500.
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Sorry... newbie... is the IR detector to check the wiring to see if it's overheating? Does it also work to see if the 13" wheels are hot or do you simply get out and touch them from time-to-time? Does the CO2 monitor serve the same purpose as the propane detector indoors and soap-and-water for the outdoor connections. If not, what model is shown in the photo (old eyes). Thanks!
The IR is for your hubs/bearings to see if they are hot, indicating a possible problem, propane is used around connections where soapy water can not be seen to check, particularly on older trailers, it does not replace your CO2 monitor nor your propane detector both of which are on all the time.
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Wives: nothing better than being married to the right one and nothing worse than being married to the wrong one. 48 years together and things seem to be ok so we're going to try it for another 48 & then decide if we made the right choice.
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