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    Old People with semi-old pop up!!

    My first PUP was an '89 palomino pony. Super simple, had to "military press" the roof up by hand, But less stuff to break. Anyway, a couple things. The "jackstands" are actually stabilizers. You should not use them to get the PUP "off the wheels". The wheels are where the weight should be...
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    Popup Electrical Power

    davido has given really good advice. Solar is your best option. If you can swing it, a solar panel and a solar "generator" ( jackery or other brand), makes things really simple, as far as charging phones or tablets. Otherwise, just use the panel to top off your house battery. If you haven't...
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    Are pop ups a dying breed?

    Yeah, I'm in the same boat. Started out backpacking but its not easy getting off the ground any more. I've had both knees replaced. They are working fine but my hip is now a bit wonky. I had a hard time today carrying a 40 pound sack of topsoil into the back yard. I used to relish carrying...
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    Are pop ups a dying breed?

    WE camped 2 weeks ago next to a family we are acquainted with. Not close friends at the outset of the trip. My wife and I have 3 kids, plus we brought along an additional kid. 2 kids slept in a tent, 2 in the PUP. Anyway, the other family also had 3 kids. They were in a giant class A with 3...
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    Let's talk about Knee pain. Anybody else?

    Don't underestimate a true unloading brace. It bought me 3-4 years of skiing before I finally had to have the replacements. Just don't bother with a cheap off the shelf model. True custom fit is your best bet. There is supporting evidence: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6028281/
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    Let's talk about Knee pain. Anybody else?

    Hi Grandpa Don, I'm a 61 year old physical therapist who has had bilateral total knee replacements. I treat this kind of thing a lot. Arthroscopic knee surgery is almost certainly a meniscectomy, not an actual repair. Usually a true repair is only done in people under 40 or so, and results...
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    1 Lb. Propane tanks.

    One other thing. I already do have several adapters to run multiple devices off of a 20# tank. I mostly use them. But it is still sometimes nice to have the convenience and portability of a one pounder. Using a lantern to take a walk in the woods at night, or using a single burner...
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    1 Lb. Propane tanks.

    ALL mechanical devices will eventually fail. It is likely the 20# tank which supplied the propane causing the fire in the video you posted was within its 10 year window. Anyway, your point has been made. I have taken many risks in my life, some of which have saved lives. I will continue to...
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    1 Lb. Propane tanks.

    So what happens when I attach a lantern to a bottle, run it for a time, disconnect it, reconnect it the next night, disconnect again...perhaps 8 or 10 times, then disconnect again for the drive home. Do the seals "become weaker" and make it more likely I will die in a horrible accident? I kind...
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    1 Lb. Propane tanks.

    @PopUpSteve This is exactly right. As a general rule, I'm not in favor of increased government regulation, but this is something I agree with strongly. They could have a deposit system like with cans and bottles, or just build them better. It seems silly that these 1 # bottles can stay in my...
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    1 Lb. Propane tanks.

    Back to the OP... 4.99 at Cabela's yesterday, several cases in stock. 4.97 at my local Walmart, also good stock. I have a few already in the camper, plus 3 20# tanks in the garage, so I didn't buy any. I haven't started refilling yet, but probably will get the refill gadget, just to keep my...
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    replaced regulator, no gas flow.

    FIXED! Thanks for the ideas everyone. Anthony, I checked the directionality 3 separate times, it is and was correct. SJM, I thought about that, I used tape but didn't want to disconnect and reconnect until I exhausted other possibilities. Ray, I tried the slow opening a few times. Then I...
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    replaced regulator, no gas flow.

    Went camping with the family last weekend. Opened the propane tank, heard and smelled a leak. Diagnosed a failed and leaking regulator. Ordered a replacement from etrailer, which seems suitable, and fits. Tightened all connections. Opened the tank again, Didn't smell anything or hear any...
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    Sale on Jackerys

    My kids (and wife) burn through cell phone charge in a day. My wife is working on her doctorate and will need to work from camp this summer, so will need to keep a laptop charged. My solution is a 100W solar panel to charge my Ninjabatt (Jackery knockoff), and a second 100W solar panel with...
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    Vaccine

    Um, just because the DNA has been sequenced does not mean the virus no longer exists in nature. Genomes have been sequenced for many organisms which still exist in nature. Also, just because your family "made the documentary" doesn't mean you know much about it.




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