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Old 07-10-2003, 10:09 AM   #1
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Angry Freakin' parts prices!

I'm relatively new to the TT thing, seeing as how I don't have my trailer yet, and I've just had a pop-up for a number of years.

But dang! The prices people get for parts! Something any fool can plainly see is worth about a buck goes for $9.95!

We need a list of alternate sources for some of this stuff. Like "RV toilet paper" - a buck a roll?!? What's up with that? There's gotta be some cheap stuff that dissolves just as well...

Black tank deodorizer... there's gotta be some bulk chemicals that you can buy for $.50 a gallon and mix up your own.

Let's gang up on this issue. It really needs some focus!
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Old 07-10-2003, 10:22 AM   #2
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Some folks swear by the rv toilet paper, I just use the same stuff I do at home. Never had a problem with it breaking up. Just need to be sure your tank is full enough when you dump.

The tank deoderizer is a tricky issue. With all of the new rules regarding no formeldahyde in the sewers or septic system you really can get by with an enzymatic powder. I use RV Trine. It is dry in a packe and one packet works for as long as it take me to fill and dump. I have considered getting the same stuff that they use to boost a septic system and see if it would work. One other option is to dump daily.

There are many parts that will shock you even more, like the early and mid 70's door latches that run close to 500.00

Many of the parts that are on an airstream can be purchased at a good marine store for less than the local dealer, or a good woodworking store. The standard RV stuff is standard RV stuff, it is the 'special" things that seem to be big $$.
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Old 07-10-2003, 10:26 AM   #3
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Re: Freakin' parts prices!

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We need a list of alternate sources for some of this stuff. Like "RV toilet paper" - a buck a roll?!? What's up with that? There's gotta be some cheap stuff that dissolves just as well...
I did notice at my local Walmart that they were now stocking Thetford RV toilet paper in the regular toilet paper area for $2.00 a four pack.


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Toilet paper?

LOL! With what comes out of me, the last thing I have to worry about is the paper breaking down!
Stay away from Camping World- what a rip off, and what is that Presidential Club BS? Just give us the damn discount!
I suppose if we all drove Prevosts, it wouldn't matter- unfortunately, I have a "tent" budget that I stretch beyond any imaginable proportion.
Does it seem like we who want to camp are being targeted by scammers and con men more often?
Maybe its time to take a stand against the Birchwood Beauties of the world.
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Trash that's a little more information than I needed to hear about.

I agree with you on the scam thing. It seems that they have what I call the movie theater complex. When you go to the movies, you pay huge sums for popcorn and pop and just accept it. Well, some other places feel the "me too" thing and try the same thing. The only difference is that they are boring and we have feet (and/or fingers) to shop elsewhere that doesn't try to extort money just because it's a recreational thing.

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I apologize for...

..the gory details about my waste disposal
Just seems funny that we have to worry about the paper- I use good ol' Charmin with Aloe and Vitamin E- its soft on my tush, and if it doesn't break down- WHO CARES!
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Let's see,last year I bought 2 4 packs of Thetford toilet paper. I am not about to get excited oveer saving 4$ a year on toilet paper.

Whenever you get involved in some kind of activity or hobby, there are always scam artists trying to make a buck on simple little items. I find RVing in general to be a reasonably priced activity. Wife is into horses, there are quite a few expensive items there. Harley Davidsons and boating are two more hobbies that can get expensive. John Deere parts are really expensive too.
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Old 07-10-2003, 11:14 AM   #8
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I have a friend who owns a machine shop...

...and I'll betcha he'd be really interested in reproducing door latches.... anyone got more info on that to send?
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We use Scott single ply exclusively. . .no problem. Yes, we may use more linear inches per use, but it still breaks down efficiently. We also bought a clear connector (we call it "the video") for our dump valve. We were amazed at how much didn't come out of the black water tank after what we thought was a long flushing period. We watch "the video" until the water runs clear and no "surprises" flow out. You will be surprised at how much was left in your tank after what you assumed was a successful dump. Well worth the less than $5.00 invested!!!
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Hey Pick...don't forget Farmall parts.

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I actually paid $31.00 for the screw that serves as the inside door lock actuator for my '71 Safari

They had it, I needed it, so that's what happens.
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Re: I have a friend who owns a machine shop...

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...and I'll betcha he'd be really interested in reproducing door latches.... anyone got more info on that to send?
Someone's already doing some of that:

http://hometown.aol.com/bjenkins1924/bdh.html

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paper test

Dr Boyd,

I, too, was an staunch supporter of RV toilet paper. This last January in Quartzite, friends we wer with gave me a ration..... for using RV potty paper.
He said, "give me 2 containers, add water, add 5 or so sheets of my FAVOURITE rv paper. Then he took 5 sheets of his favourite grocerystore bought toilet paper, gave them both a good shake, let stand for 5 minutes, and PRESTO. We could not tell the difference. Both containers water-soaked toilet paper had disintegrated evenly.
So, in our new '67 Globetrotter as well as our SOB motorhome, we use regular cheap run of the mill King Soopers(Kroeger) store brand paper. No more hyperventilating when we are out of Camping World's finest.
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Old 07-11-2003, 09:37 PM   #14
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I have been using some "Hecho en Mexico" paper from the el cheapo section of our supermarket. It comes in a plain white wrapper and costs about 1/5 of the cost of RV paper and dissolves in water as well as the expensive stuff.
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