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Information useful to the recreational and full time RVer - tips, tools and supplies


  • Operating Propane Appliances Safely
    • Approved and properly adjusted appliances are very important. Improper flame adjustment (which you can detect by a yellow flame at the burner tip) is dangerous. With adequate ventilation, an operating burner gives off mostly harmless products such as carbon dioxide and water vapor. However, a propane appliance starved of oxygen can quickly produce dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide and may result in asphyxiation.
  • Refueling Propane Cylinders and Tanks
    • Procedure for refueling propane cylinders and tanks.
  • Propane Cylinder Capacities and Estimating Propane Consumption
    • Tables of average propane cylinder capacities, the properties of propane and unit conversions for estimating propane consumption.
  • Changing Propane Cylinders
    • Procedure for changing propane cylinders.
  • Propane Cylinders and Tanks
    • Propane is sold and stored in containers that, when properly filled, contain about 80 percent liquid. The remaining 20 percent of space above the liquid contains propane vapor. It is this vapor that burns in your appliance when mixed with air. DOT cylinders and ASME tanks are different. And all propane cylinders are not alike. The differences are important.
  • Propane Two Stage Regulators
    • National code requires a two-stage regulator on RVs. The second stage of the regulator receives a relatively uniform pressure from the first stage, which helps the second stage maintain appliance pressure at a nearly constant 11" W.C. A two stage regulator also greatly reduces the possibility of freeze-ups.


  • On Campers and Camping
    • Here I've collected a few references on campers, camping, and places to camp.
  • Departure Checklist
    • This is a list of things to check while breaking camp, before every departure with the Airstream.
  • Visit to Harrisburg RV Show 2004
    • My friend Jane & I went down to the 2004 Harrisburg RV show on September 10th, 11th and 12th to have a look about. Here are a few observations on the show
  • Alternative Heating Systems
    • As an alternative to the standard furnace in my '69 Tradewind I'm thinking of using the propane fired hot water heater to build a hydronic heating system.
  • Airstream Trailer Information
    • I'm using this page as a place to collect bits of information I think might prove useful in the renovation and use of my 1969 Airstream Tradewind.
  • Rear End Separation
    • Ah, yes, REAR END SEPARATION. Once I got this old Airstream Tradewind trailer in the yard I started looking around. Hooo boy, this ain't gonna be fun. This poor puppy has a case of rear end separation and has it BAD.
  • How to Seal Leaks
    • Yes, Airstreams can leak. All motor homes and travel trailers can and probably will leak as they age. Here's a bit of information I've gathered as I begin trying to understand where and why Airstreams leak and what to do about it.

Lazy Daze

  • Electrical System Upgrades
    • I'm gradually upgrading the electrical system in my 1992 Lazy Daze 26-1/2 MB Class C motorhome. I had naively assumed the generator would be used to charge the house batteries and was quite taken aback to learn otherwise. This discovery lead me to consider making extensive electrical system upgrades and I've decided to devote a separate page to them here.
  • Onan BGE Generator Information
    • Onan BGE operating, and parts manuals and RV generator operating tips
  • Some Useful information
    • Here I'll be collecting useful information, specs on my Lazy Daze RV, resources, sources of supplies etc.
  • Repair and Maintenance Log
    • This page will serve as a repair and maintenance log for 1992 Lazy Daze 26-1/2MB Class C motor home. Some day I may put up a separate log of the repairs and maintenance activity performed by earlier owners that I am able to glean from the maintenance records that came with it.
  • Major Water Leak Repair
    • When I first looked at the Lazy Daze in Memphis I noted blistered paint around the refrigerator service vent. This is generally recognized as a sign of water behind the aluminum skin etching its way through the skin over time and pushing the paint off.
  • A Tale of Two Leaks
    • Woe is me. My precious Lazy Daze is leaking again. Last fall I discovered two leaks in my 1992 Lazy Daze Mid Bath RV. I sealed this - I sealed that. The leaks, they go on leaking.
  • Upgrading the RV
    • Here I'll be logging the upgrades I've made to the Lazy Daze and my impression of whether they are successful for my purposes. I'll also keep a list of ideas and pending upgrades here. And perhaps some references to how others have improved their rigs.
  • Leather Wardrobe Pulls
    • Lazy Daze Motorhomes have square plastic pulls or, on later models, rectangular ones glued on the mirrored doors of the wardrobe. At least in the Mid Bath models those doors are in a narrow hallway and the pulls can be quite annoying. I have a better idea. Leather straps.
  • Winter Boondocking
    • I have some thoughts on winter boondocking and power consumption after my experience living without hookups for most of the month of December 2010 in southern New Mexico.


  • Night Camps
    • Traveling and living full time in my Lazy Daze RV for a couple of years, here's where I've made my night camps.
  • Walmart Parking
    • One thing that makes this mobile life economical is Walmart's willingness to allow RVers to park in their lots overnight. Here are some Walmarts I've overnighted at.