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Old 07-18-2009, 08:23 PM   #15
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I also bring a small electric heater for when hooked up so I don't have to use the furnace to keep the trailer warm at night. A cheap $10 one keeps my 28' trailer warm even in high 30 degree temps...
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:47 PM   #16
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The electric heater's a good idea. We got a ceramic disc unit and use their electricity instead of our propane when we can. Got it at the end of winter on sale real cheap. I also have a 2' latter I bring which makes reaching the awning locks and washing windows a lot easier.

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Old 07-19-2009, 05:26 PM   #17
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A few questions:

What type electrical cable do you use at home to charge up the battery, for example the day before going on a trip. I've seen 15 Amp at Walmart, is that enough for just charging and running the referigerator running?

Sewer hose: I've only seen the twist on fittings with hooks sticking out, I don't know what Thetford fittings look like. And where do you store that 90 deg. elbow that goes into the sewer drain?? I think my AS has a hose storage tube, but not sure about the elbow. Thanks.
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:02 AM   #18
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A few questions:

What type electrical cable do you use at home to charge up the battery, for example the day before going on a trip. I've seen 15 Amp at Walmart, is that enough for just charging and running the referigerator running?
I suspect, that in the long-run, you will be better satisfied with a dedicated outlet for your coach. With a dedicated 30-AMP 120-Volt AC circuit, you can safely run your air conditioner while loading/unloading your coach --- I know that it certainly makes those two chores much more pleasant here in the Midwest. If you choose to go with an extension cord, be sure to use an extra heavy cord (I would just use an RV 30-AMP extension cord and place the adapted right at the outlet on the house). Charging the batteries and operating the refrigerator "should" be possible on a 15-AMP circuit.

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Sewer hose: I've only seen the twist on fittings with hooks sticking out, I don't know what Thetford fittings look like. And where do you store that 90 deg. elbow that goes into the sewer drain?? I think my AS has a hose storage tube, but not sure about the elbow. Thanks.
Thetford fittings can generally be identified by their color. Most (if not all) Thetford fittings are white, while most (if not all) Valtera fittings are black.

My solution for the sewer hose and fittings is determined by the coacch. My Overlander doesn't have a bumper storage compartment as it was removed by a previous owner, so I carry all of my sewer fittings in a large, green Rubbermaid box -- when towing with the Suburban it rides in the rearmost corner of the cargo area -- when towing with the Cadillac, it rides right at the door and is the first thing removed when the door is opened. The Minuet has a bumper storage compartment where the sewer hose and fittings are stored as well as the electric cable.

Enjoy your new adventure!

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Old 07-20-2009, 05:14 AM   #19
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I've got an 08 Safari with that storage tube. It's a joke. About all you can do is store a spare waste water hose in it. I keep my working hose in a tube that goes in the back of my truck. What was AS thinking when they did away with the bumper storage?
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I like the tube'r.

After storing the slinky in the bumper locker for 18 seasons I was happy to get the "tube". It would slink all over the compartment taking up a lot more room than necessary. Plus it was always wet, and whatever else was stored there had a good chance of getting a little cr@pie.
I bought a 25 footer when we got the Classic, only had to cut about three feet off to get it in the storage tube. Haven't really needed anything longer....yet.
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