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RE: Good morning - travelaround - 10-19-2019

Good morning... in far-northern CA still.. rained all night. I love the sound of rain on the van's roof. I'm up earlier than usual.... waiting for dawn so I can go get coffee down the street. Still happy to be back in the Camp. Wish I could stay longer but Arizona . . .

I'm getting that feeling of adjusting better to #vanlife. I think it is because I put a lot of my load into the cargo trailer, so now I have empty spaces and room for table and camp chair. Much better! More comfort, and I'm no longer afraid to use the heater... even got out the propane burner and have been making tea in the afternoons. I will try the personal heater via Hot Logic Mini idea, thanks.

RE: Good morning - crofter - 10-19-2019

"showers" included pea sized hail today in OR. I would hate to have hail in my shower!! 49 degrees, working on a sewing project.    ~crofter

RE: Good morning - travelaround - 10-19-2019

Crofter, are you going to the Parker van build? Anybody?

RE: Good morning - B and C - 10-20-2019

Good morning. Took a little while off and did some youtube binge watching.

Got out for three days last weekend for my Great Niece's wedding. Reminded me how old I am getting but had a good time seeing family. Woke up to 31 degrees up by Denton, TX last saturday morning. Made me want to get on the road sooo bad.

Dean, I don't always respond just to you I know but please don't stop posting.

TA, this^ is what happened to me.

Weather continuing to improve. Starting to feel like fall. Highs in the upper 80's and lows in the lower 70's. We have had a few days where it got into the 50's and lower 60's at night and 70's in the day. Better weather to come.

RE: Good morning - travelaround - 10-20-2019

Good to see you back Brian. This weather.. too cold.. it is paralyzing as it only lets me think about how to get warm again. No rain here right now but already typical Happy Camp winter weather which I characterize as "murky dismal". Oh well.. it is only 9 and I'll probably get sunshine this afternoon. Like yesterday.

Can anyone tell me if it is safe to leave my van for a few hours with the buddy heater pilot light still burning?

RE: Good morning - maki2 - 10-20-2019

As a safety precaution I never leave a heater on when I am away for more than a few minutes. But if it was freezing and the plumbing was at risk if the temperature could get below freezing then I might do so if I was going to be gone for a few hours. Obviously for gas stoves the pilot light typically stays on until the tank valve is shut off. But that pilot light is inside of a metal structure where noting can get next to it. That is the same for a propane furnace. The buddy heaters do have a tip over safety shut off. You are not going to have anything combustible close to it. You are not traveling with a pet or a child. Those are the things you need to evaluate in making a decision of risk.

Of course any product can become defective at any time so that brings into the decision another risk to assess. Only you will know what risk you think makes sense to you as being one worth taking or not taking.

RE: Good morning - travelaround - 10-20-2019

Right. I think so long as there's no product failure it would be safe. It would just stay on until it runs out of propane.

Just got word this morning I might be here all winter. I need to get busy insulating. Cold enough already.

I went to a charity bingo party last night... more fun than expected. So nice to be with friends and neighbors again. It benefitted a children's sports team to buy them jerseys and a community cleanup group that helps property owners clean up their land... something that was very much needed here.

RE: Good morning - crofter - 10-20-2019

(10-19-2019, 11:18 PM)travelaround Wrote:  Crofter, are you going to the Parker van build? Anybody?
I am not going, nothing left to build until I invest in BIG SOLAR. I will do that when I move to the south country, someday.  Locally 52 degrees and rain off and on. We had a tornado warning along with the hail yesterday, which is unusual for OR.    ~crofter

RE: Good morning - SheketEchad - 10-21-2019

53 here in NE TN on my way home to restock for my next trip. My first Walmart overnight - highly recommend the kind people here at this location in Kingsport right off 81. RV and van friendly, open 24/7. However, they do clean the parking lot by leaf blower and street sweeper beginning at around 3:30 AM, so if you're a light sleeper, watch out Smile

I've had quite the temp swings in my last three weeks out - I'm not sure I could pack for all of these variations all of the time!

RE: Good morning - travelaround - 10-21-2019

Good morning. 46 now with a high of 72 expected later today. I want to start insulating this morning. I've been here a week already.