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RE: Hot Water Heater?????

Outside shower spigot closed? Could be getting cold water feedback into the hot system. Might not be open enough that you would notice when the water was at full hot temp. But enough that you would notice before the water heater was up to temp. It is closed off. After three hours of being on you can hardly notice any heat in the water. I just turned it on to propane, and it started with no problem. I will see how long it takes to heat. Thanks. Mike
mike-uswest 12/29/14 03:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hot Water Heater?????

Recently de-winterized? I did winterize it previously, but ran the hot water faucet to fill the tank before the electricity was plugged in. I am going to drain it and see how fast it heats now. Thanks. Mike
mike-uswest 12/29/14 12:01pm Fifth-Wheels
Hot Water Heater?????

I have a Suburban water heater in my fifth wheel. We normally run it on propane, but when we stay in a park we use the electric element. It has always worked fine, but we set up at a park yesterday, turned the water heater to electric, and the water was just luke warm after 6 hours. This AM the water is hot. Does this mean that the element is going out, or is there other problems going on? Can the element be replaced, or is the whole thing shot? Thanks. Mike
mike-uswest 12/29/14 10:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Firearms in RV

I would like to thank everyone for the links, and answers. What got me thinking about it was the article in the NRA American Hunter about the women in New Jersey that had her life destroyed because even with a concealed permit from her home in Pennsylvania, when stopped for traffic offense she mentioned to the New Jersey patrolman that she did have a weapon in the car, and ended up in jail and in hot water that essentially ruined her life. I carry a pistol in the truck, and one in my fifth wheel. It sounds like the one in the truck will have to go when not in Oregon. Again, thanks for the replies, I haven't been on the computer since yesterday, and this has been extremely interesting. A lot of new sites in my favorites. Mike
mike-uswest 12/21/14 09:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Firearms in RV

I was wondering the same thing for California, is there a website to give a listing on that? I do have a concealed permit for Oregon. Mike
mike-uswest 12/20/14 11:56am General RVing Issues
RE: For those that resist giving up their flip phone...

flip phone versus smart phone is really no debate. One is just a phone while the other is a pocket computer. The new devices have desktop grade 64 bit power and large high res screens. The functions include full web ability, gps, VoIP, excellent photo and video quality, huge library of programs, text over sms with video and picture, video calling, cellular hotspot, ac wifi, nfc payment, e reader and the best call quality I've ever heard with hd calling. With a good carrier these devices are the very best of a computer /tablet/ camera/ gps /phone hybrid and a joy to use. They now can replace many one trick devices easily and match if not exceed those devices in quality and function. Does everyone need one? No. Once you have one and actually use it they are very hard to not have - like any modern convenience. See, now that is the reason I don't get a smart phone. Being an old coot, I don't understand 90% of what you are talking about. Mike
mike-uswest 12/04/14 08:59am Technology Corner
RE: For those that resist giving up their flip phone...

I seldom even take my flip phone with me. If someone wants to bother me, they can wait until I am at home and relaxed. Mike
mike-uswest 12/03/14 08:42am Technology Corner
RE: Looking for a late sleep stop in Roseburg Oregon

.. Agreed! I'm going to start going to the RV Resort (or whatever it's called) forum and post parking lots that they can stay in. Pat Love's sounds like what is called for here. Not all of us require four star accommodations for a quick nights stay. Mike
mike-uswest 11/07/14 05:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Timbrens or Air Bags

Timbrens you just put them on and forget them. Easy choice. Mike
mike-uswest 10/29/14 08:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replacing a 55 amp converter with a 45?

I went to a 45 on my converter to make it possible to charge my batteries using a 1000 watt generator in the case that there just wasn't any sun for an extended amount of time. Rare, but it has happened a few times. I have 3- 12 volts, and it works fine to keep things working. I have no room for a larger generator. Mike
mike-uswest 10/28/14 08:44am Tech Issues
RE: Grants Pass, OR via 140 and I80 to Ogden, UT

You hit 140 above Medford, and it is 2 lane most of the way. Not bad road and very scenic if you like the desert that most of it is east of the mountains. Antelope, horses, and donkeys along the way. I haven't found anything bad for the road. It should be a good trip, have fun. Mike
mike-uswest 10/19/14 05:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rear ladder that doesn't go to the top

I have known several people that were like that also!!! Mike
mike-uswest 09/22/14 08:16am Truck Campers
RE: Fresh water tank - do you drink water from it?

....I'm waiting for a valid report from someone getting a real illness from drinking water out of a properly maintained RV tank. ...) That is because most people write off a case of diarrhea to something they ate or that they partied too much around a campfire cookout. A "properly maintained" fresh water tank? Cleaning a tank periodically has nothing to do with the safety of the water you put IN the tank. You put spunky well water in it or leave the water in it for long periods and bacteria can and will grow in it. The tank takes on the ambient temperature of the outside air allowing any bacteria that is in it to bloom. That's were the diarrhea will come into the picture if you drink it. And BTW harmful bacteria is odorless and tasteless It doesn't have to smell to be harmful. And small children are at a greater risk of getting sick. Me, I don't drink the water from the tank or CG hookup. I don't want to be laid up for one minute while I am RV'ing! :C That is why I get small children to try it before I drink it. Mike
mike-uswest 09/18/14 08:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Fresh water tank - do you drink water from it?

Only when I'm thirsty. I use home well water and I drain it before winter each year. Only problem I ever had was when I hooked up to local water when camping. It would be better to limit to bottled water in that case. Mike
mike-uswest 09/18/14 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Search tips for finding cheap solar panels

I just checked on Amazon, they don't have them, through DM solar, they are 158 watt panels, 2 for $268, I don't know what shipping would be. The only problem, is they are out right now. Mine have been great. Mike
mike-uswest 09/14/14 06:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Search tips for finding cheap solar panels

I got my DM solar panels on Amazon a couple of years ago, 2 panels 145 watt for under 300 shipped. They are 150+ watts now. Check on Amazon.
mike-uswest 09/14/14 06:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Wave 3 Propane Heater

I have had different units over the years with the 3, 6, and 8 that I installed. The way you mentioned would work fine, but don't put it in an area that you have to stand in front of, they put out a lot of heat. Crack a vent or window open, I have never had a CO problem in many years of camping with one. No noise or electrical waste. If worried, you can go to the Cat heater they have shown. Mike
mike-uswest 09/14/14 09:01am Toy Haulers
RE: 100 watt solar panel

It's not worth that much money, but I put 290 watts on my fifth wheel myself for a lot less than that. Solar is the best thing I have ever done to my camp units. Mike
mike-uswest 07/28/14 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: When To Unhook

Camping is relaxing, why cause more work? No need to unhook, if you don't need a vehicle to go out. Mike
mike-uswest 07/17/14 05:05pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Ethanol

Here in my town, it is $1 a gallon higher for the non ethanol gas over the ethanol. There are only a couple of stations in town that sell the non ethanol gas. I use it for boat motors, saws, lawn mowers, or any small motor. Mike
mike-uswest 07/07/14 02:20pm Class C Motorhomes
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