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Old 11-21-2015, 10:58 PM   #1
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Hi,

My wife and I decided to go full timing. We've done it. We've downsized and are currently living in a 2715VS Rockwood.

I've got so many questions. I've never done anything like this before. We spent 3 hours trying to figure out how to unhitch.

I'm parked at a site with 50 amp service. I have a surge protector. I have a water filter, and spent the day getting a hose wrapped.

I was told that the tank water heaters would protect my unit from the cold (yes, I now suspect I was lied to).

I'm looking at skirting the unit now with some bubble foil insulation.
(Can someone tell me the best cheapest, easiest way to attach that to the rv without damaging the paint).

I know I have 3 tanks to drain. Can someone help me understand what to do? I'm going to order a better drain hose. I know the one that came with it isn't very useful (I can't even get the coupler in the hose).

The dealer filled it with potable water. Should I leave that there for now? We are staying in place until May.

As cold as it gets around here is 20ish, and it always warms to at least 40-60 the next day. Any advice here is appreciated.

Are the long metal pipes from front to back that are visible from the underbelly water or propane pipes? If they are water pipes, should I put heat tape on them?

This has been a dream for a while. My wife and I have always wanted a tiny house, but they are never allowed anywhere near here due to zoning.

We live in central AZ, around 5000 feet. Not as cold as Flagstaff, but not as hot as Phoenix.

How long does a 7lb propane tank last if you run the heater on 60-65 at night and cook a little? Just averages is what I'm looking for.

I know this is idiotic, but I've never even had a propane grill. When you bring a tank to someone do 'they' fill it?

Like I said, I'm in over my head - but having fun so far (I think).

Thanks so much for ANYTHING you can tell me or advise me as a complete newb to this full timing.
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Old 11-21-2015, 11:09 PM   #2
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If you are staying in an RV park / campground, look around or ask and you'll probably find a "Camp Host". All you questions will be answered.
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Our thought and prayers are with you ... perhaps you should have eased into full timing just a bit to see if it's your cup of tea before fully committing especially this time of year. Like said ... RV'ers are generally a good bunch most always willing to help ... just ask. 30# tanks last about 3-5 nights in a 35' RV with temps in the 20's to 30's. Figure on buying a ceramic electric heater to supplement the propane. Skirting will definitely help. Some install snaps along the bottom of the RV to secure the skirting others partially rely on straw bales plus skirting. Metal pipes about 1" or so in diameter are propane lines. Water lines are PVC or PEX ... drain lines are 3" to 1.5" black PVC. Do not leave your black tank drain open ... leave it closed and dump as needed when it gets near full. Grey tanks are OK to leave open when hooked to a sewer.
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If you are staying in an RV park / campground, look around or ask and you'll probably find a "Camp Host". All you questions will be answered.
We have kind of a unique situation. A lady has created 2 small rv pads on her private property and rents them out. So hence, no large community to ask questions of. It is nice that we basically have this private pad in the middle of the country, but yea, I was thinking that the other day - all alone, all alone. Until I found this forum.
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Old 11-21-2015, 11:27 PM   #5
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If you are staying in an RV park / campground, look around or ask and you'll probably find a "Camp Host". All you questions will be answered.
This is GOOD advice! Youroo!!
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Old 11-21-2015, 11:29 PM   #6
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Our thought and prayers are with you ... perhaps you should have eased into full timing just a bit to see if it's your cup of tea before fully committing especially this time of year. Like said ... RV'ers are generally a good bunch most always willing to help ... just ask. 30# tanks last about 3-5 nights in a 35' RV with temps in the 20's to 30's. Figure on buying a ceramic electric heater to supplement the propane. Skirting will definitely help. Some install snaps along the bottom of the RV to secure the skirting others partially rely on straw bales plus skirting.
I believe this model has 2 7lb tanks.

There is a thing in the middle to switch which tank.

Does anything bad happen if the propane runs out? I know that you'd need to go outside and switch to the other tank. If I'm understanding right, you'd then need to run the stove to clear air out of the line.

I'm not even sure how you get the propane tank off. I know there is screw thing on top that releases it, but the green coupler - not sure how you get that off.

Yea, we are in for quite the education I'm afraid haha.
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Our thought and prayers are with you ... perhaps you should have eased into full timing just a bit to see if it's your cup of tea before fully committing especially this time of year. Like said ... RV'ers are generally a good bunch most always willing to help ... just ask. 30# tanks last about 3-5 nights in a 35' RV with temps in the 20's to 30's. Figure on buying a ceramic electric heater to supplement the propane. Skirting will definitely help. Some install snaps along the bottom of the RV to secure the skirting others partially rely on straw bales plus skirting. Metal pipes about 1" or so in diameter are propane lines. Water lines are PVC or PEX ... drain lines are 3" to 1.5" black PVC. Do not leave your black tank drain open ... leave it closed and dump as needed when it gets near full. Grey tanks are OK to leave open when hooked to a sewer.
still trying to figure out the amps vs watts thing. Is it ok to run the ceramic heater on high? We bought one, but have been keeping it on low because we were not sure we'd overload the rv. Our heat tape on the water hose is 144 watts, too - plus normal living in the rv.

Can you quantify how much we can run? For instance, would a standard coffee maker while a space heater was running mess something up?

So many questions. . . haha
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YouTube is your friend here. There are many videos on various subjects. Also, just type your questions in Google and follow the threads.
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Sounds like they seriously have never ever camped,
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Old 11-22-2015, 12:29 AM   #10
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Sounds like they seriously have never ever camped,
We've camped in tents alot. Always primitive. I know it is a little crazy what we did, but I was hoping you guys could share your knowledge. We both have jobs, and we plan to pull this thing around all summer (I'm a teacher, she works from home) - just need help to get through the winter. Little things are stumping us. Once I'm shown, I know what to do. For instance, it sucked trying to get the vent hood thing open because I didn't know what to do. It seems that from the factory they put this adhesive on it. I was pressing hard and scared to break it. We actually got in our truck and went by our dealer and asked to see how the vent a hood was supposed to work. Once I saw it, I got an exacto knife and removed the junk that was put there by the factory and got it open.

You guys would have all laughed at us trying to get this thing off the hitch. I finally figured out the release (I just didn't know how to do it). I'll never forget now.

We bought a truck and rv the same day, and gave up our month to month apartment. This is home now.

We can learn, and we are willing. Just need some common sense help with things. We are able to afford things, but are not rich (if that makes sense). We decided to do this in our 40's rather than get a house. So this was a pretty big deal for us.

Thanks everyone. Maybe we are crazy, but so be it we already did it, haha.
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