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stevenc 03-25-2020 06:13 PM

Cross country w/travel trailer
 
Evening all,

I will be be driving cross country soon & towing the Geo Pro 19FBS. I would appreciate any insight in terms of using the RV as my overnight for likely 4-5 days. Given the current state of affairs, the more self-contained the better.

Unsure about navigating fresh, grey & black tanks. Weight is not an issue in terms of towing (F150), but I have never used the RV in this fashion (vs. show up @ site, use, dump upon leaving). I will be solo, so usage minimal. Wondering about fresh water fill level. I am able to dump at final destination at a later date.

Hoping to hit the Walmarts, Cabelas, Cracker Barrels of the world for overnight parking.

Thinking about using ice in the fridge vs bringing a cooler? Travel food? Will likely only have use of LP stovetop, so soups etc seem in order with minimal cleanup.

Hoping weather is cooperative to allow solar to maintain as I will likely need furnace overnight.

Don't mean to be vague, but appreciate any pro tips...

Thanks & stay safe all

Flybob 03-25-2020 06:28 PM

Most RV fridges are not set up to handle ice as they are not watertight and do not have a low point drain. I may not travel with a full water tank but rather 2/3 and refresh periodically. Maybe plan a stop at a stat park half way to dump and refill tanks.

Reverse_snowbird 03-25-2020 06:29 PM

When you say 'cross country', what states will you be passing through? How many days do you anticpate being on the road?

TitanMike 03-25-2020 06:31 PM

4-5 days in a self contained trailer shouldn't be a problem.

Fill the water tank before leaving and have holding tanks empty.
I wouldn't want to count on water and dump stations being readily available "in these times".

Since you will be driving every day the tow vehicle WILL provide some charge to the batteries. Unless you use a lot of power at night for TV, lots of lights, there should be plenty for the furnace and recharging will replace all or most the next day of driving.

Yes, the vehicle charge line won't produce high current flow into the battery but it will be continuous while driving. If it only provides 5 amp of charge current (as a guess) that will amount to 40+ amp hours during a day's drive. That's all I use in a 24 hour period of boondocking, watching TV, running furnace, fans, lights, and charging accessories.

A tip, since the furnace is a large current draw at night, you might want to turn the night time temp down to 55-60 degrees and use a sleeping bag on top of regular bedding.

stevenc 03-25-2020 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Flybob (Post 2293799)
Most RV fridges are not set up to handle ice as they are not watertight and do not have a low point drain.

Doh. Valid point that I did not initially consider, thank you

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Originally Posted by Reverse_snowbird (Post 2293800)
When you say 'cross country', what states will you be passing through? How many days do you anticpate being on the road?

MA--->UT

4'ish full travel days would prob get it done, but I'd rather not ruin myself. I'm not on a fixed schedule & 6-8hr drive times would be less taxing then 10-12hr grinds.

camper70 03-25-2020 07:01 PM

The truck stops are staying open and Loves offer a dump station for $10. The others may also.

BarabooBob 03-25-2020 08:17 PM

My wife and I travel longer than that without hook ups all the time. It should not be a problem. Doesn't your TT have a propane refrigerator? Why reinvent everything? Use the TT as it is designed and enjoy the trip. I work part time in a c-store and we will let people fill their fresh water tank if they ask. Be polite, it pays.

debit 03-25-2020 08:52 PM

I think I would carry a quiet Honda 2000 inverter generator for an emergency source of power. Even using it one hour during the day could do wonders if your battery is low.

We always carry extra 5 gallon water jugs also for emergency use.
As one person also wrote, I'd skip using the furnace and get into the bedroll with covers on top. We have used one lighted candle, vented, of course, for night heat.
We use an ice cooler that is completely covered with material that is used to insulate heating ducks. (duck taped together) We add a plank of 2" insulation under the cover. This would last for your entire trip.

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Ram 2500 / FR Surveyor 251rks

Reverse_snowbird 03-25-2020 08:55 PM

Make certain that your propane tanks are full and maybe carry a spare in your truck if you think you'll be using the furnace. Furnaces use lots of propane and furnace fans use electricity. You might need to carry a sleeping bag. :)
Refrigerators use vey little propane, so you should be able to leave that refrigerator on with no problems. Perhaps carry a small cooler for drinks during the day.

You don't have to limit yourself to soups unless you want to. We've fried steaks in a skillet on the stove and served with fried potatoes, a salad and bread.

How much water you carry will depend on what you think you'll use. Personally, we don't like to carry a lot of water due to the weight, but we take very short showers and drink bottled water.
Since it's only you, you probably won't need to dump grey and black water on the way, but Loves and Pilot usually have dump stations.

Sounds like you've got a good timeline and aren't going to get overtired.
Safe Journey.

TheWolfPaq82 03-25-2020 09:28 PM

Groceries are going to be a problem. Stores are being hit pretty hard, all across the nation. I haven't seen a roll of TP in over a week now.

Reverse_snowbird 03-25-2020 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by TheWolfPaq82 (Post 2293897)
Groceries are going to be a problem. Stores are being hit pretty hard, all across the nation. I haven't seen a roll of TP in over a week now.

Good point. Definitely carry enough food to last your entire journey (and rv TP)

dalford 03-25-2020 09:52 PM

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Originally Posted by TheWolfPaq82 (Post 2293897)
Groceries are going to be a problem. Stores are being hit pretty hard, all across the nation. I haven't seen a roll of TP in over a week now.

You must be hard to be around...:roflblack:

rsdata 03-25-2020 11:13 PM

I have done this in the past... get a regular cooler, line it with some foam insulation from HDepot ( xtra on the bottom), then get some dry ice. Freeze chili, hot dog stew, soup, whatever, into portions in zip lock freezer bags and store in the cooler. Pull out what you are going to eat for the next day that night, and store in refrigerator along with drinks, pudding cups, veggies, etc.

As the meal bag thaws in the fridge it will keep the other things in the fridge cool. Depending on the amount of dry ice and outside temps the dry ice might last 3-4 days. Meanwhile you have heat and eat bag meals using just a pot of water and stove. I would supplement your fresh water tank with gallon jugs of spring water that usually cost about 80 cents at Walmart for drinking/cooking/coffee. Buy as you go along.

Finally, although some might disagree, I use a Big Buddy heater in my trailer for heat when electric is not available. Keep a ceiling vent partly open and you will be fine. And good luck to you.

AlaskaErik 03-25-2020 11:43 PM

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Originally Posted by TheWolfPaq82 (Post 2293897)
Groceries are going to be a problem. Stores are being hit pretty hard, all across the nation. I haven't seen a roll of TP in over a week now.

I totally forgot about my RV toilet paper stash! 20 rolls in the garage and probably another 10 in the trailer.

BigH 03-26-2020 05:35 AM

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Originally Posted by AlaskaErik (Post 2293940)
I totally forgot about my RV toilet paper stash! 20 rolls in the garage and probably another 10 in the trailer.

Sshhhhh….
Good lord man, don't tell everyone!:eek:

hinkle_e 03-26-2020 08:57 AM

Download the Pilot/FlyingJ app. You can search and sort stations that have RV fuel lanes equipped with dump and fill right at the fuel pumps.

JimMorrell 03-26-2020 02:27 PM

I don't understand! Why don't you use your refrigerator? You have propane. Also, you have a 36 gallon water tank. Fill it half way and carry a 5 gal water can and funnel with you in case you need more. Toilet tank seems adequate for one person.

SailorSam20500 03-26-2020 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by TheWolfPaq82 (Post 2293897)
Groceries are going to be a problem. Stores are being hit pretty hard, all across the nation. I haven't seen a roll of TP in over a week now.


DW scored a 6 roll super mega roll pack today at our regular store when she shopped - after noon. Also general foods, meat and chicken are back in regular supply. Seems the rush is tapering off and stores are starting to get back to normal stock levels. :thumbsup:



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Originally Posted by AlaskaErik (Post 2293940)
I totally forgot about my RV toilet paper stash! 20 rolls in the garage and probably another 10 in the trailer.


I'd keep your address secret! :roflblack:

bikendan 03-26-2020 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by JimMorrell (Post 2294238)
I don't understand! Why don't you use your refrigerator? You have propane. Also, you have a 36 gallon water tank. Fill it half way and carry a 5 gal water can and funnel with you in case you need more. Toilet tank seems adequate for one person.

I agree. We use the propane side of our fridge all the time, especially while traveling.

Richy R 03-26-2020 03:01 PM

QUOTE] I haven't seen a roll of TP in over a week now.[/QUOTE]


I'll need more than 6 feet of distance between us :)

Tundra 2014 03-26-2020 03:10 PM

Trip
 
I would put a couple of gallons of water in the black water tank to start W/ a scoop of something like Happy Camper. Prevents building a "cone" in the tank as stuff drys.
I also suggest stopping at a campsite w/ services every 3 days to refill water, dump and charge batteries.Many of the state parks are requiring you to make reservations on line. The refrigerator uses very little propane, the furnace will use propane up in several days, depending on the weather and size of your propane tanks. The electricity for the furnace fan would be the biggest power drain and concern, especially w/ 1 battery. You only want to bring the battery down to half charge w/o shortening the life of the battery.
Enjoy your trip.

Richy R 03-26-2020 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by hinkle_e (Post 2294045)
Download the Pilot/FlyingJ app. You can search and sort stations that have RV fuel lanes equipped with dump and fill right at the fuel pumps.


You don't have you don't have to use your toilet exclusively. Along the way use the state rest areas and commercial travel plazas for the call of nature. There will be ice and 20 pound tanks of propane available. Purchase a shower at

a truck stop. there will be plenty of restaurants that will deliver it to your vehicle aka the drive-thru. Hope this helps.

SailorSam20500 03-26-2020 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by debit (Post 2293875)
I think I would carry a quiet Honda 2000 inverter generator for an emergency source of power. Even using it one hour during the day could do wonders if your battery is low.

FWIW, Honda is a very good generator. With that said, if you've been following this or other RV sites, the Champion and Predator inverter generators are also getting good reviews. Predator is from Harbor Freight. Both have substantially lower prices.

Kimber45 03-26-2020 03:48 PM

Not sure why you are traveling but with the way things are right now I would be staying home. Truck stops, gas stations and rest areas are going to be a crap shoot for exposure in some parts of the country that are hit the worst.

Chuckinca 03-26-2020 04:25 PM

Why not spend a few bucks at RV Parks with power, water and sewer and your problems are solved.


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SJB 03-26-2020 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by stevenc (Post 2293806)

MA--->UT

4'ish full travel days would prob get it done, but I'd rather not ruin myself. I'm not on a fixed schedule & 6-8hr drive times would be less taxing then 10-12hr grinds.


Do you plan to drive through Colorado on your way? If yes, be cautious of the weather on I-70 through Colorado. It can be winter throughout May in the mountains of Colorado. The chain law can go into effect during spring storms. Does your truck have 4-wheel drive?

We drive 2,100 miles from the mountains of Colorado to Boston several times a year and WITHOUT towing a trailer it takes us at least 3 - 3 1/2 days with two drivers. It's a long drive made longer if you run into a spring snow storm.

Good luck and safe travels!

stevenc 03-26-2020 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by SJB (Post 2294329)
Do you plan to drive through Colorado on your way?

Will likely go I80 which is also prone to weather closures this time of year. Fingers crossed...

stevenc 03-26-2020 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by bikendan (Post 2294252)
I agree. We use the propane side of our fridge all the time, especially while traveling.

I've yet to travel further than 3-5hrs at a clip with the rig, so the fridge has always maintained without operation. A lot of mixed reviews & am uncertain about running LP while driving.

MCTroy 03-26-2020 05:14 PM

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Originally Posted by TheWolfPaq82 (Post 2293897)
Groceries are going to be a problem. Stores are being hit pretty hard, all across the nation. I haven't seen a roll of TP in over a week now.

Our Kroger store in Troy, Ohio is stocked again - even TP. Maybe the craziness is over.

stevenc 03-26-2020 05:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kimber45 (Post 2294291)
Not sure why you are traveling but with the way things are right now I would be staying home. Truck stops, gas stations and rest areas are going to be a crap shoot for exposure in some parts of the country that are hit the worst.

Work related. Not betting on having a ton of resources on the road, which is what prompted me to 'ask the experts' here.

Limiting exposure is certainly a priority.

stevenc 03-26-2020 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Chuckinca (Post 2294321)
Why not spend a few bucks at RV Parks with power, water and sewer and your problems are solved.


.

Hit or miss this time of year. Still winter in some parts & parks may or may not be operational due to weather & plague.

I did locate a couple park possibilities in Nebraska just off the interstate.

catcottf 03-26-2020 05:21 PM

Hi, Just another day in Paradise. If you don't want to dump black water, put a trash bag in your toilet and some kitty litter and you can through it in the trash can. Might want to drop down to I-70 for better weather. 85 in Missouri today....
Fred

Tiguan Tow r 03-26-2020 05:30 PM

If you choose to use ice in the fridge put it into large zip lock bags. We do this when we set out to take out the trailer as it is in storage. It works well and is a no mess solution.

Dirt Sifter 03-26-2020 06:29 PM

I agree with using the fridge on propane and I'd also use the hot water tank since you will be washing your hands a lot. When traveling like you are, I am a fan of MRE's and Mountain House freeze dried foods. Ten minutes from the time you heat or add hot water and the meal is ready. In the case of Mtn House, there's enough for tomorrow too. I take a flat of bottled water in the pickup to complement the 5 - 6 gal I put in the fresh water tank, now that hand washing more often is a must I'd probably double that amount of water in the FW tank. Safe travels and enjoy the trip.

EnjoyingLife 03-27-2020 01:14 AM

Cross country with travel trailer
 
Why do so many people think an rv is inoperable unless it is parked in a full service campground? Stevenc, Fill your fresh water tank, turn on your fridge and hit the road. When you want to eat pull over and make lunch. Use the toilet and even take a shower if you want. Your trailer has all the amenities for a reason, use them.

AlaskaErik 03-27-2020 01:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Richy R (Post 2294267)
You don't have you don't have to use your toilet exclusively. Along the way use the state rest areas and commercial travel plazas for the call of nature. There will be ice and 20 pound tanks of propane available. Purchase a shower at

a truck stop. there will be plenty of restaurants that will deliver it to your vehicle aka the drive-thru. Hope this helps.

A lot of rest areas are closed and I'd much rather be self-contained and have as little interaction with the public as possible during the current situation. I believe being self-contained was important to the OP for just that reason. Two 20 lb tanks should be more than enough propane to make it cross country. No need for ice. The fridge will stay cold even if the propane is turned off while driving since OP is planning short days.

AlaskaErik 03-27-2020 01:24 AM

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Originally Posted by EnjoyingLife (Post 2294605)
Why do so many people think an rv is inoperable unless it is parked in a full service campground? Stevenc, Fill your fresh water tank, turn on your fridge and hit the road. When you want to eat pull over and make lunch. Use the toilet and even take a shower if you want. Your trailer has all the amenities for a reason, use them.

^^^ This. This is exactly what I would do.

AlaskaErik 03-27-2020 01:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckinca (Post 2294321)
Why not spend a few bucks at RV Parks with power, water and sewer and your problems are solved.


.

A lot of parks are closed, especially for transients.

DouglasReid 03-27-2020 11:58 AM

Pretty soon, if you put everything suggested in that thing, you wont' have any room to walk from one end to the other. :roflblack:

stevenc 03-27-2020 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by DouglasReid (Post 2294848)
Pretty soon, if you put everything suggested in that thing, you wont' have any room to walk from one end to the other. :roflblack:

Right?!

I should have known better than to leave such a vague initial post.

:rolleyes:


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