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Old 12-06-2011, 10:30 PM   #21
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...I lived in a 20' Itasca for about a year (well, that's another story) and the propane fridge worked "ok" ... but was cheap to run, and i was on shore power, but the 120 side did not work as well. So fridge is not as important as I may reflect that it is.. I am just used to having one 'very cold' all the time. The Bus will not be a live - aboard... yet So thank you for some options. Today i have to figure out if I have a 24 v system or 12...
In what part of the country were you living in your Itasca? How cold did it get? I'm sick of my roommate to the point of being tempted to move into my Winnebago if I don't get a job soon! But driving south for the winter seems a bit of an extreme solution. Was wondering how fast I'd go through propane in subzero weather. I think I know the answer already: just avoid spending time in the same room as said roommate as much as possible. Oh well.

The 1976 'Bago has a refrigerator made by a Japanese company. When using shore power I can get ice in my milk if I have the thermostat cranked up to max cold - and it's never been repaired!
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:16 PM   #22
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... But driving south for the winter seems a bit of an extreme solution. Was wondering how fast I'd go through propane in subzero weather...
You would need an "extend-a-stay" either store bought or homebrewed plus a 100LB tank at minimum. In NE, you would be going thru 100lb a week if you were conservative with the heating and used AC heat to supplement. One of the RVs in our current campground has a 250# tank sitting in front of their RV. Not all campgrounds would allow that. It's 9F here right now and I have had the LP furnace kicking on to help the poor electric heater. The furnace kicks on and heats for a while, the electric heater keep the furnace from cycling back on for a while. Also helps keep the heat up as the furnace blows icy cold air at first before the burners kick on. I hate RV furnaces.
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:59 PM   #23
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In what part of the country were you living in your Itasca? How cold did it get?
Eastern WA... Dry, but cold...
As lorna, I used electric and backed up with LP. LP frig and Water heater full time...
Used about 100# every 5-6 weeks (aprox 25 gal)
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:31 PM   #24
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... Used about 100# every 5-6 weeks (aprox 25 gal)
Wow! That's pretty good if real winter places (snow , ice and freezing temps). You must have a furnace like in the Class C (old but good on LP). When we were in Johnson City TN, we only used about 20# every two weeks and it was very cold that winter. Here in NM, our neighbour's furnace is kicking on every 15 minutes (runs 10 minutes, kicks off for 5 then back on again). Drives me nuts listening to it all night. On the RV forums, I read of others who blow thru a 20# tank in a weeks time and they are in warmer areas than we are in.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:13 AM   #25
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... Used about 100# every 5-6 weeks (aprox 25 gal)
Wow! That's pretty good if real winter places (snow , ice and freezing temps). You must have a furnace like in the Class C (old but good on LP). When we were in Johnson City TN, we only used about 20# every two weeks and it was very cold that winter. Here in NM, our neighbour's furnace is kicking on every 15 minutes (runs 10 minutes, kicks off for 5 then back on again). Drives me nuts listening to it all night. On the RV forums, I read of others who blow thru a 20# tank in a weeks time and they are in warmer areas than we are in.
If I forgot to mention, my electricity was included in my space rent, so I only used LP for refer and stove and Water heater... LP furnace was never used, but had 2 @1500 watt heaters going full time.
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:03 AM   #26
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I have bought many cars at salvage auctions, and there are a lot of refrigerator fires in the motor homes, especially the high dollar ones. While I have a nice rv como frig, and it hasn't caught fire yet... i have yet to enclose it in steel panels. I purchased them a month ago - just gotta move frig n enclose it. After seeing so many rv' frig fires, i figured this is the only solution. I do have 5 fire extinguishers both in bus and in compartments.
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:01 PM   #27
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I have used 3 different Dometic rv fridges since the seventies and can say I have never had a problem running them on propane. That said I have installed a new style dometic in my bus. I built a metal surround for it before I installed it. The business side of it is completely sealed off from the interior of the bus. I plan on installing a automatic fire suppression system in the back side of it. If done properly and the system ever catches fire, it is put out before you even know there was a fire. Talk to anyone who does fire suppression installs on buildings or kitchens. It is so simple to set up, I am at a loss as to why all RVs don't come with it. Older kitchen systems actually had tempetature sensitive link hold back a spring on a regular style extinguisher, link melts in fire, spring sets extinguisher off.
I am installing an underhood system as well as one in my kitchen on the bus. my 2 cents
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:12 PM   #28
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We went to a Southeast Cruisers bus rally at. WILDERNESS RV PARK ESTATES ,10313 NE 102ND ave,,Silver springs .FL
be advised ,,,SKOOLIE bus conversions ,and all BUS CONVERSIONS,are NOT WELCOME they told us that SKOOLIE bus conversions are a fire hazard...
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...That said I have installed a new style dometic in my bus. I built a metal surround for it before I installed it. The business side of it is completely sealed off from the interior of the bus. I plan on installing a automatic fire suppression system in the back side of it. If done properly and the system ever catches fire, it is put out before you even know there was a fire. Talk to anyone who does fire suppression installs on buildings or kitchens. It is so simple to set up, I am at a loss as to why all RVs don't come with it...
Steering the topic back to the original of the thread, there's the error in logic on the part of Wilderness RV Park Estates's management. Don't know how it'd hold up in court (I'm no lawyer and this post is not intended as legal advice), but it goes to show that you can't assess the safety of a rig by just looking at it.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:41 PM   #29
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We went to a Southeast Cruisers bus rally at. WILDERNESS RV PARK ESTATES ,10313 NE 102ND ave,,Silver springs .FL
be advised ,,,SKOOLIE bus conversions ,and all BUS CONVERSIONS,are NOT WELCOME they told us that SKOOLIE bus conversions are a fire hazard and are unsafe,,after 2days of travel from southeast AL and almost 400 dollars in fuel ...thanks to all for a long remembered lesson
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:45 AM   #30
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Are there state parks ( I live in WA) that can turn away a "skoolie" if it has current registration and classified as an "RV" , which means it passed a state inspection? I would think not... My bus is going to require an inspection by a state hwy official BEFRORE I can even register it other than commercial... That will make it a "State inspected" RV... (not sticks and staples)
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