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  1. Omelettes In A Ziplock Bag, No Pan To Wash

    I think the point of this is the uniqueness and fun of preparing them this way. When I had them, it was in a party/family-get-together context. Everybody builds their own omelet and then they all cook at once in a big pot. They were quite delicious. I don't think it's a replacement for a good old pan omelet, just something different. The use of plastics aside (that's a whole other issue) this is a clever idea. Next you can try salmon cooked in the dishwasher! https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/cooking/bob-blumers-dishwasher-salmon-recipe
  2. RV extension cord

    At home, I use four standard 20 foot RV extension cords (#10 AWG) combined with the cord that is already attached to the RV, for a total of nearly 100 feet. I plug into a 30 amp breaker. I've had no problems with this setup. Been doing it for years. I run the AC and everything else.
  3. Propane Tank Leak

    Thanks to both Linda and Fred. Now that I'm learning some things, I can see that my existing regulator is improperly mounted. The vent does not vent downward. It vents to the side. Near as I can tell, this regulator is very old. Difficult to know if it is the original. It's hard to believe National RV would install a stock regulator that doesn't meet code specs for venting. But regardless, the regulator looks pretty old. So I will be replacing it with one that vents downward. In my wandering and reading about this I ran across something that said the maximum allowable divergence from directly downward is a 45 degree angle. Apparently this is to allow the vent to release moisture from the system without danger of it collecting in the vent and then freezing or otherwise compromising the vent. The way my tank is mounted, I can accomplish that with a horizontal mount, downward venting regulator. Here's what I'm thinking of going with. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0072L3AKC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's dual stage, 200,000 BTU max flow, and has a built in excess flow safety feature. As Fred mentioned, I also found several reviews that warn agains Camco regulators. Joe
  4. Propane Tank Leak

    Hi Linda, Do you have a link to a good regulator which will work for the horizontal tank in my '85 Dolphin? Thanks!
  5. Started up our 85 Dolphin today to take it into town for it's annual checkup at our mechanic. White to blueish smoke was coming out of the tailpipe as I drove up our ⅓ mile-long driveway. I almost wasn't going to drive it in. But then it stopped smoking and was fine for the 15 mile drive into town. Temp gauge was normal, drove and sounded normal, no loss of power or anything unusual. The mechanic said it's probably the valve seals getting old and letting some oil settle in the cylinders while the engine was idle. It has been several months since we actually took it out and drove it, but I did start it up every few of weeks over the winter and had just done that two days ago. I usually let it run about 5 minutes or so. I didn't notice any smoke coming out of the tailpipe two days ago, but I can't say I actually looked either. I just started it up and went into the house for about five minutes. So if it was smoking briefly the other day I may not have noticed. My mechanic seems to think its just the engine getting old and said not to worry unless we see black smoke, or huge amounts of white smoke that doesn't stop pretty quickly. This engine has been perfect since we got the Dolphin four years ago. Never burns a drop of oil. It has about 110,000 miles on it. It had 103,000 when we bought it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Check out T-Mobile. We recently came into the 21st Century and got smart phones. With T-mobile we are getting two lines with unlimited everything (even data) for $100. We supplied our own phones, an iPhone 6 and and iPhone 5 a friend gave us for free. We are using wi-fi calling at home, where our cell signal is poor, and it's working great. Not sure how things will be on the road. We haven't started the season yet. First trip coming up in April
  7. What are these wires with the blue plastic connectors on the end? Actually, the one on the right is not a wire, but an electrical plug thing which looks to be part of the vacuum line assembly. They don't connect together. The configuration of the plugs is different, and they don't reach each other anyway. The one on the left I found dangling down near my oil filter when I was changing the oil today. The other one I just never notice before that it doesn't have anything plugged into it. I'm not a mechanic. I change my oil myself, that's about all. My Dolphin has been running spectacularly for the last four seasons. So I don't imagine it's anything crucial. But it would be nice to know what they are for. By the way, this is the top of my engine, about a foot back from the oil fill cap. Thanks! Joe
  8. Can you share a link for the place where you bought the parts for this? thanks
  9. 1989 Itasca cook top

    As Linda said, new 3-burner cooktops are fairly inexpensive. I would highly recommend you replace your existing unit. The four-burner units have tiny little burners that don't cook evenly, and the spacing is so tight, it's difficult to fit even just two larger size pans next to each other over the burners. The 3-burner units solve the problem, for the most part. The burners are larger and the space around each one is greater. Still not like a regular house stove, but definitely an improvement. Also, you can get them with piezo igniters so you don't have to do any wiring or hand light the burners every time you use them. You may need to be handy as a carpenter though to adapt the newer cooktop to the original installation location. I know I did on my 85 Dolphin. The new one fit, but I had to do some modifications to make the counter top line up with the front edge, and also some trim work to hold it in place.
  10. Running AC with 15 Amp Service

    I use a 30 amp RV extension chord. Big ol' fat thing. Not sure the gauge. As a matter of fact, I use 4, 15 foot chords hooked together, for a total of 60 feet. No problems at all pulling the current I need.
  11. Running AC with 15 Amp Service

    Yes. I do it all the time. No problem.
  12. Solar power

    My 100 watt solar panel output drops off by about 80% in the shade. Even more if it's a cloudy day on top of being in the shade. And I have not noticed any drop in efficiency with the 30 foot cables I use. I even have an additional 25 feet of cable which I've used on occasion, and again, no significant drop in charging ability when the panel is properly angled in direct sunlight. I use the heavy, code rated cables and connectors. The connectors are soldered, not just crimped.
  13. Powering an AC with an inverter/PV array.

    Solar panels on the roof won't do you any good if you park in the shade. You will be wanting to park in the shade to keep your unit cool so you don't need as much power to cool it using the AC. Catch 22!
  14. Best Coach Battery?

    I use the dual controller to provide a trickle charge to the both the cab battery and the coach battery when the vehicle is idle for lengths of time. Otherwise, when we are using the Dolphin, the controller can be switched to provide 100% of the solar charge to the coach battery. This setup maintains both batteries throughout the winter when the Dolphin is in storage at my home.
  15. Mine drain out onto the ground. Sounds like maybe yours drain out onto the top of the holding tank, then onto the ground. Good luck with the fix. And welcome to the world of Toyota Motorhomes. Sometimes frustrating, but always interesting. Never a dull moment!
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