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RE: Water heater flameout: cleaning the electrode

SDcamper, we found that this was happening even at sea level, so I ruled out the air supply issue. But if this re-occurs, I will have to play around with the intake.
profdant139 02/24/18 10:40am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Water heater flameout: cleaning the electrode

Scott, I wanted something that would fit between the prongs -- not sure a brass brush can get into that gap?
profdant139 02/23/18 06:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mammoth lakes, CA camp grounds

There are RV parks available in Bishop, at 4000 feet -- not so cold there. The Railroad Museum nearby would be fun for kids. I think late March is before fishing season, so that's not available. If we finally get some snow, there are snow play areas up at Mammoth, about an hour north of Bishop. I think that Mammoth has a small tubing park -- great for kids. If the road to the Bristlecone Pines is open, that is pretty cool -- the oldest living things on Earth. (High altitude -- 11,000 feet??) . The rangers will know what is available and what's not. There are good ranger stations in both Bishop and Mammoth.
profdant139 02/23/18 06:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Water heater flameout: cleaning the electrode

Sigh. I posted this in the wrong place -- should be in DIY. Very sorry for the inconvenience. Dear Moderator, can you rescue me from my own incompetence?
profdant139 02/23/18 06:40pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Water heater flameout: cleaning the electrode

Yes -- wow, you are fast -- I clicked edit to add the tag line, and you had already posted!!
profdant139 02/23/18 06:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Water heater flameout: cleaning the electrode

My five-year-old Suburban water heater started to act up: it would light, and then go out, and relight, and go out, several times, until it would finally start to burn steadily. I did the usual Google research and discovered that this is fairly common on home water heaters, when deposits build up on the ignition electrode. Surprisingly, I couldn't find any "how to" postings on this site (or anything specifically about cleaning RV water heater electrodes), so I decided to document the process. (If I'm repeating something that's in the archive, please forgive me.) The first thing is to remove the shroud or cover over the burner assembly. On my water heater, the shroud was attached with three screws. This is the center screw: https://i.imgur.com/HQrZAsCl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. This is the right side screw (which was kind of hard to see): https://i.imgur.com/iOZaiSAl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. And this is the left side screw: https://i.imgur.com/lgl3NmYl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. Once the shroud is off, the burner assembly with the electrode is very easy to see. In this picture, I have already removed the burner. Frankly, I don't think it was necessary to do so, but I wanted to make sure that I would not damage the electrode when removing it: https://i.imgur.com/9ssmzSml.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. I then slid back the orange rubber end-cap to gain access to the screw. I unscrewed the single screw holding the electrode in place (use a quarter inch socket or wrench). Finally, I rotated the electrode by 90 degrees to extricate it carefully from the bracket: https://i.imgur.com/XG3z53fl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. When I pulled out the electrode, I could see a grayish powdery deposit on the tips and the sides of the electrode. This picture does not show the deposits very clearly: https://i.imgur.com/mbn5fBDl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. I then took a small piece of 100 grit sandpaper and gently scuffed away the deposits on the metal prongs: https://i.imgur.com/zqE89x2l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. Reinstalling the entire thing was pretty simple - just reverse the steps. Problem solved -- it works fine now.
profdant139 02/23/18 06:36pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bears and garbage

ppine, you are right -- the photo makes it look lower than it really was. We have used this "trash in the sky" method a half dozen times in bear country -- so far, not even a squirrel has bothered the hefty bag. But there could always be a bear with a stepladder . . . .
profdant139 02/23/18 04:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Moraine Park RMNP to Aspen

I towed my small trailer over Trail Ridge Road with no problem at all. I have been on many roads that were more difficult. We did it early in the morning before there was a lot of tourist traffic. We stayed for a few days on the west side and then moved over to the east side. However, a trailer longer than about 20 feet could be a problem on the hairpin turns on the west side of the park.
profdant139 02/23/18 09:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Bunk "ledge"

Velcro pajamas!
profdant139 02/22/18 10:39pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: N Nevada/S Idaho - Jarbidge and Murphy Hot Springs Area

Riff raff?? Please -- I much prefer to be called "trailer trash." ;) But the good news is that even if hordes of us RVers descend upon Northern Nevada (not likely!), there is an awful lot of room out there -- I'm guessing we will be pretty spread out. So the bad news is that the wilderness areas of Northern Nevada are hard to get to. The good news is that they are surprisingly beautiful. We traveled to Great Basin National Park a couple of years ago and were startled by how much of that whole part of Nevada is made up of very high mountain ranges. If the only part of Nevada you've seen is Las Vegas, you are missing some great stuff.
profdant139 02/22/18 03:57pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bears and garbage

If anyone is interested in reading the whole article (titled "Bear Proofing Your Camp," excerpted from The Backpacker's Field Manual by Rick Curtis), here it is: Bearproofing
profdant139 02/22/18 10:47am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bears and garbage

ppine, what do YOU do with your garbage when you are boondocking for several days in bear country? I'm open to suggestions -- I'm the guy in the photo! A quick Google search shows that this is the preferred method when you absolutely have to have a place for garbage: "Suspend food and garbage in duffel bags, stuff sacks, or sealed plastic bags at least 12-15 feet (3.6 - 4.5 meters) above the ground and at least 8 feet (2.4 meters) from the tree trunk. The bags should hang from a point where the tree can still support them but bear cubs and other critters will have difficulty reaching them. Make sure the bags cannot be reached from the ground, either." So I am not the only fool who sets out bear bait, I guess. (This was published by Princeton University. You know how fierce the bears are in New Jersey, of course.) But seriously. What to do? Maybe tote along a bearproof steel drum? Obviously, when we are driving from our boondocking site back to civilization, we bring the garbage with us. But that is something that happens every few days, not every day.
profdant139 02/22/18 09:35am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: In a bit of a predicament (Black Water tank full and frozen)

I don't have any good advice. But I can give you some solace: when all of this is eventually fixed, you will have a great story to tell! Hang in there.
profdant139 02/21/18 09:18am Tech Issues
RE: N Nevada/S Idaho - Jarbidge and Murphy Hot Springs Area

ppine, that sounds like Heaven! There are some named trails on the National Forest website -- several near the town of Jarbidge. I am not sure they are suitable for us aging day hikers, though. For me, that is now the make-or-break issue. The jury is still out (or rather, the jury is still staring at topo maps).
profdant139 02/21/18 09:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bears and garbage

When boondocking for several days in bear country, this method has worked for us -- suspend a bag of garbage far above ground, and far from the tree trunk, and far from the branch: https://i.imgur.com/MoF9waxl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. If we did not do that, we'd have a big bag of garbage inside the trailer. Not a great aroma. And we can't put it into the truck bed -- the bears would tear up the truck.
profdant139 02/20/18 10:56pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: N Nevada/S Idaho - Jarbidge and Murphy Hot Springs Area

I've been fooling around with the MVUMs for this area, instead of doing what I am supposed to be doing (i.e., work). And I discovered that the individual pages are very difficult to navigate without the "Guide" page. But unfortunately, the Guide is almost empty of place names, so it is hard to get oriented. So here are a couple of tips to help you get started: Murphy Hot Springs (unmarked on the map) is on the border of the squares marked R9E and R10E, just north of the state line. (These squares are "ranges," I think, using the venerable "township and range" system of surveying.) You can trace the road to Jarbidge from that point -- the road first angles nortwest, then southwest, and then due south after it crosses the state line. On that map, the town of Jarbidge (also unmarked on that map!) is in the lower center of R58E, below the only intersection shown in R58E. Then, looking at page 3 of the MVUM, the town of Jarbidge is at roughly 41 degrees, 52 minutes N, 115 degrees, 25 minutes W. Major coordinates are marked on the margins of the MVUM pages; it is fairly easy to interpolate the town's coordinates. One would think that these maps would be more user friendly. I certainly found the Sawtooth area MVUMs to be much easier than the Jarbidge maps -- I guess the national forest cartographers don't use a uniform national system??
profdant139 02/20/18 03:27pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: N Nevada/S Idaho - Jarbidge and Murphy Hot Springs Area

Bizmarks Mom, can you provide a little more info about taking a trailer to Jarbidge? Did you come in from Rogerson? How long did it take from Rogerson to Jarbidge? Without giving away any secret spots, approximately where did you camp? What did you do there -- is there any good day hiking? As far as I can tell from a search of the archives, you are the first trailer person to post about a trip to Jarbidge! Sorry for all of the questions -- this is an area I have been wanting to see, but I've been unsure of the road conditions and the recreational opportunities. Thanks in advance!
profdant139 02/20/18 11:11am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: California hwy 299

Whenever Williams is mentioned, I gotta get a plug in for Granzella's. Really excellent deli sandwiches. They make a thing called a Muffletta -- it is a New Orleans style sandwich with a chopped olive spread. Very tasty. But kind of messy to eat while driving. Don't ask me how I know this. And I agree that 20 is an easier way to get from the 5 to the 101 than 299. But 299 is not too bad. Stay off 36!!
profdant139 02/20/18 09:33am Roads and Routes
RE: Washington East on 20 or West on 20 -- US2

If you like to hike, plan on spending several days along 20 -- so much to do and to see. We did not find much boondocking (which is what we prefer), but the campgrounds were uniformly excellent.
profdant139 02/20/18 09:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Wind River Mountains

OP, you probably already know this, but you can download the motor vehicle use maps (MVUMs) from the national forest website. Lots and lots of riding!
profdant139 02/20/18 09:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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