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Open Discussion Area / Re: Memory foam mattress
« on: August 08, 2019, 07:18:06 AM »
Hi everyone,
My mother is suffering from arthritis for a while now. She is doing physiotherapy and yoga for the pain. But still, she is having a difficult time and can't even sleep at times. Her physiotherapist has recommended her to get a water bed or airbed if she is having trouble sleeping. She is against the concept of sleeping on a water bed. She believes that it is for somebody who is too old or has conditions that are critical than her. I did some research and came across memory foam mattresses, which are very popular. I went through online portals who sell memory foam mattresses in Mississauga. The mattresses are expensive. I was wondering, what is the average durability of the mattress? Does it last long? Is buying that online a feasible option, or should I personally confirm and buy it? Please do provide your opinions on this matter. I am open to suggestions.
Thank you.

Never heard about this particular brand before. Though, I'd recommend you to try them only if they have a trial period, since you'll never know if the mattress ordered online will suit your mother.
I've got spinal arthritis and other pain issues (fibromyalgia and such) so I'm also in need of a new mattress, but I know what kind I'm getting. I bought Sealey brand hybrid beds for my sons a few years ago and love them. Good support but soft. One son went away to college for the fall and I slept on his bed for a few months and It really helped. Guests have all loved it, too. So, I'll be getting a hybrid for me and my husband soon!

QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: replacing mattress
« on: June 07, 2019, 01:53:36 AM »
I have a 6.0 with the queen bed. Mattress is crap.  I would like thoughts from anyone who has use high density memory foam as a substitute in terms of what thickness did you use as well as whether certain materials increase condensation.  I read on this forum that someone used a fire blanket underneath so curious what others have done! thanks

We're in the same boat but our mattress won't last nearly as long as yours did - after only ten nights in our truck, mattress is junk and has two large dents worn in it (we weigh 170 & 130).
We installed a 4" memory foam + pillow top topper in our last RV and were pretty happy with it but I'd really like something lighter. Though, we haven't looked back. Just moved it from the old camper to our new one.

Another option is just to use 2 inch memory foam topper (I mean, without mattress), it's pretty light and easy to store. But it could work if you prefer firmer bedding.

Upgrades and Modifications / Re: Olympian Heater Install
« on: May 23, 2019, 04:33:15 AM »
Fellow QuickSilver Owners.

We do a lot of the grid boondock camping/fishing/boating in colder weather up here in Washignton State. Regularly in the 20's at night in the spring and the fall. The batteries don't last long with the furnace cycling every and running in cold temps and I HATE generators while sleeping (or any other time for that matter). So I bit the bullet and installed a Camco Olympian Wave 8.

Thought I would share my experiences with the heater install.

Step 1- Found a place to plumb in supply line. This was a tricky step as I found out. The propane manifold located near mid-trailer under the floor seemed optimal as it had a 3/8" NPT plug that I was hoping to remove and tap into. However, it became evident after my point of no return that the supply lines were Locktite glued in place and I couldn't remove the plug in place and had to rebuild the manifold. This involved a lot of fittings and some real thinking about reassembly. The original supply lines were male NPT and changed them to a swivel female for assembly purposes.

Step 2- In order to get this whole thing done I had to cut each of the supply lines and crimp new fittings on each end. I borrowed a crimper and went down to the local hose shop and got the parts. This step was a huge P.I.T.A. Had the plug been removable none of this would have been necessary. I'm not sure why these lines cannot be removed from the factory. Maybe there is something to them coming loose after driving or something, but it would not budge.

Step 3- I plumbed the supply line to the quick disconnect inside. The Camco Wave 8 heater can be mounted or on feet. I wanted to move it around and have a quick disconnect for storage under the front bed. Using a 3/8" Nipple Supply Kit purchased on Amazon, I was able to clamp the nipple to the floor solidly to support the quick disconnect on the inside of the trailer.

Step 4- Plumb supply line to the heater which is 3/8" flare male. I chose a 10' hose to allow me to set the thing anywhere out of the way.

Hope this is helpful to somebody looking to put one of these in. After running it, I couldn't be happier. Seems like less propane consumption and we were comfortable in the low 30's with the unit running on low. Inside temperature hovered around 60 with the furnace cycling once every hour or so.

Thanks for sharing, David!
My two cents - Olympian heaters are advertised as being suitable for both vertical and horizontal installation. However, I've been working on installing an Olympian Wave heater in my trailer and, after mounting it horizontally, couldn't get it to work. Although this contradicts the mounting instructions and everything else I've found online, it appears to be the case since mine works perfectly when mounted vertically. I'm posting this so that others don't spend the fruitless hours I spent troubleshooting my installation.

General Q & A / Re: Sewer Hose Carrier to short fix
« on: April 12, 2019, 05:53:24 AM »
Thanks for sharing!
I replaced my OEM sewer hose with a "Camco 39631 RV HTS 20' Heavy-Duty Sewer Hose" and a "Camco 39543 Twist Connect Kit Sewer Fitting", both from Amazon. (Am I allowed to say that?) All 20 feet of the new hose fit into the tube without any problem, and it extends at least twice as far as the original.

To prevent the clamps from digging into the hose, I wrapped the hose with several layers of duct tape before putting the clamps on. Works like a champ!

CampLite Travel Trailers / Re: 2018 cl21 rbs plat dry camping
« on: April 12, 2019, 05:46:47 AM »
We used to do dry all the time in the tent trailer (it had full shower / rv toilet as well).

In our 21RBS we have been using hookups more, but, are now leaning back to dry as we got it figured out now for our Weekend getaways.

Propane, just filled a tank, can't remember the last time (not last year so...), and there are 2 up front, so, this is not a limiting factor.

Power, we have an 80 folding solar panel, even running the furnace over night, this will give us a full charge each day, so this is not a limit (remember, no AC or Convection oven).

Water, one full tank, 2 people, 2 days (with showers). We also have a way to add water from buckets, and drain gray, without moving the trailer, so we can extend this until black is full (about 5 days, but by then, you want to dump that anyway :P)

Give it a try.

First about "cheaters". Unless the electric box in the campground is ancient it likely has a GFCI 20 amp and a 30 amp RV receptacle. If you use a 20/30 cheater the GFCI will trip. It is not worth the effort to go find a cheater plug. At one time that may have worked, but codes today require the GFCI. (That's the kind of recepticle with the two buttons, and it will trip if there is a ground fault, not to be confused with an overload which will trip the circuit breaker)

If you are in transit and just using the campground for overnight 30 amps will be more than adequate. Unless temperatures are too hot or too cold and you have to run an AC or have a heavy electric draw to run heaters you should be fine. Limit your current draw to about 24 amps and there will be no problem.

If your batteries do run down a little overnight because you would rather have heat or AC rather than charging the batteries, they will get recharged as soon as you start the engine and start driving.

We often dry camp overnight only running the generator for a few hours while we use the ACs and the batteries are still good enough to watch some TV or make coffee.

Equipment / Re: Battery charging in off season.
« on: April 12, 2019, 05:38:06 AM »
A battery in good condition will stay charged for many months if you are absolutely sure that there are no parasitic losses. Self discharge of 5% per month is normal.
A trickle charger can hide a weak or failing battery. Or worse, if you have a bank of batteries, a trickle charger can overcharge and damage the good batteries while trying to charge the failing battery. On the RV, I have two batteries and in storage, I leave the master switch off, disconnecting the batteries from everything and from each other. If I were to come back and find one of those batteries discharged . . . I would want to know this so I could replace the failing battery.

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