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RE: Trouble shooting suggestions-Thetford Toilet/water pump

Couple of things you might want to do based on my experience. First clean and lubricate the spring in back of the peddle with silicone. Get some good toilet chemical that not only breaks down waste but also cleans your sensors and LUBRICATES your valves. Pour some of this chemical in the toilet and let it set. This will lubricate the valve in the toilet. So, every time you change your chems just let the lubricant do the work on the valve. Also, if you don't have one and are handy, install a shut off valve so if the toilet does leak you can shut the water off. I also purchased a battery water alarm at Home Depot for about $9-$12. You put it on the floor and if the toilet does overflow an alarm goes off as soon as the floor gets a little wet. SORRY. DID NOT NOTICE I RESPONDED BEFORE. LET US KNOW IF THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED.
joelc 01/25/15 07:29am Tech Issues
RE: best roof vents...what brand?

I am not sure if you are asking about the vents or the covers. I have had Max-Aire for years and love them.
joelc 01/17/15 07:17am General RVing Issues
RE: best roof vents...what brand?

I am not sure if you are asking about the vents or the covers. I have had Max-Aire for years and love them.
joelc 01/17/15 07:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble shooting suggestions-Thetford Toilet/water pump

It is probably the toilet valve. Purchase a good toilet chemical that has the properties of lubricating the valves, cleans the sensors as well as break down of waste. When you dump, pour some in your toilet and let it sit. This is so it will penetrate the rubber gasket and allow the valve to slide on it, fully closing. It the valve in the toilet does not close ALL the way the water valve on the side of the toilet won't close. Also, try some silicone on the spring after you clean it so cut down friction. If you are worried about the toilet overflowing, purchase an alarm available at Home Depot for about $9.00. You just set it on the floor and if there is water it emits a high frequency tone.
joelc 01/10/15 01:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Starcraft Questions

I would not purchase a Starcraft. Can't go into the reasons, but just take my word for it.
joelc 01/10/15 01:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Parking on concrete slab

5 Myths about flat spots. I had heard that concrete over a period of time can damage the tires. Whether it does or not is immaterial. Putting a place mat beteen tire and the ground won't hurt.
joelc 01/10/15 01:23pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: info on surge protectors

I have a Progressive that is hard wired in. While Progressive does just have a surge protector it also has surge/ems protection models. To answer your question: the greater the joules the better.
joelc 01/10/15 01:19pm Tech Issues
RE: States for Full Timing

I am going to look into the above too. We are full timers and my wife liked an area in NC to settle in when our travels are over. I have found NC NOT to be RV friendly as to insurance, Registrations, and driver's license. We have become a member of Escapees and they have address forwarding and domicile address in Texas and Florida.
joelc 12/27/14 09:35am Full-time RVing
RE: Carriage-Cameo by Crossroads?

I doubt very much if the public will be fooled, especially those who know the RV business. Copies of the original usually are just that... cheap copies. I am the proud owner of one of the last Cameo's that came off the assembly line and love it. When companies spread their products too thin, then quality does suffer.
joelc 11/16/14 06:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: A word of thanks to Keystone Ford in PA

Thanks for posting that positive report. As a fellow 6.0 owner, what was the diagnosis and fix? Please pardon the delay. Where I am now we have no internet and have t go to the library. They had to replace the ERG valve which caused the white smoke and the loss of fluid. That was the main problem. I asked them about the ERG by-pass kit and they said that if I was going to keep the truck long term, then that would be a good thing to do, but they could not do it because they were a Ford dealership. Here is a list of things I remember them doing. Some I asked them to check since they had the truck. Found a leak in the turbo which might have caused a limp mode fault a while ago. There is a duct that runs to the turbo on the drivers side that had some holes in it. They had to remove some stuff to get to it. Ran a full diagnostic. Updated software. Fixed the rear dually tire that another Ford dealer put on so I could not get to the valve. Replaced coolant.
joelc 04/23/14 08:55am General RVing Issues
A word of thanks to Keystone Ford in PA

Hopefully this is in the right location On April 1st we were traveling North on I-81 from NC to MA towing a 40' 5th wheel when our 2006 Ford F-350 diesel dually started to throw white “smoke” from the tail pipe. We pulled over and upon checking the radiator found no water. No water in the oil, and no broken hoses. Well, we were stuck and panicing. We looked up and noticed we were ½ mile from the next exit and saw a Ford dealer sign. I checked on my smart phone and found the Ford dealership. From the moment I called them my wife and I were treated like kin. The receptionist quickly got me to Tracy who confirmed for me they had a diesel mechanic and although their lot was very crouded went outside to see if there was somewhere I could unload my 40 5er. She not only said I could unload it so the truck could be serviced but I could park it there until the truck was repaired. I limped up to the dealership where she met with me and guided me to the area where she arranged for the camper. The 10 star service did not end there. The moment I unloaded the camper, they brought the truck in and before I got the camper set up told me what was wrong and how long it would take to fix. Not only did they have the truck diagnosed but the parts department had the right parts at the right time. They went overboard being sure we were as comfortable and welcome as we could be under the circumstances. I know that there are many persons on their team that I forgot names, but a special thanks to Darian for being sure we were okay, Tracy from arranging everything, the mechanic, Dave, who did an excellent job and also came in special at 4 A.M. the next morning to compete the repair early so we could be on our way, the managers, and other staff that assisted. I highly recommend Keystone Ford @ 301 Walker Rd, Chambersburg, PA (717-709-6276) as your dealship or if in need for service or repair. I can not give them enough credit for what they did. I give their people, team, service a 10 star rating out of 5 stars. The Ford company ought to be very proud of this dealer and hold them as a “candle” for other dealships. They deserve Ford's highest award for execllence in all areas. Joel Cohen Full time RV camper
joelc 04/11/14 02:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing at 75mph

Glad to see we have some sane folks on this site. Your salesman and mechanic evidently are trying to sell you another RV soon. I have had a Class A, 34' 5er and now a 40' 5er. Let other folks pass you. Don't go over 65mph tops. If you had a blow out you will be deep 6 going 70.
joelc 03/25/14 09:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Diesel and Gasser question in terms of cost

If you are doing short runs stick to gas. I have a Diesel and not only is it more expensive initially for purchase, but diesel is more expensive than gas. For a diesel to get good MPG you have to run it. The only major benefit I can see with the diesel is torque.
joelc 03/25/14 08:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Transfer pictures from cell to pc

You are not stating what kind of phone you have. The pics are stored in the phone. If both phones are the same brand you might have a chance, but if one is old and one is new your chance is slim. I am not an expert, but my wife's old phone (not a smart phone) would not work. I have a Samsung III and using Kies on my computer I can download photos. My wife's I-Phone will not work on the Samsung software. Go to your manufactures' web site and see if they have a program that will install on your computer to download photos. If you still had service you would have been able to either text or email the pics. Good luck!
joelc 03/25/14 08:48am Technology Corner
RE: mice... how the heck.

There have been several blogs on this site about mice. I had one a year or two ago. Use PURE PEPPERMENT OIL in the RV. They don't like it. Put it underneath, in closets, draws, etc. They can fit though a space smaller than a nickel.
joelc 03/18/14 11:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: ? Sewer Slinky Questions

I carry more than one and on occasion had to join them without problems. Just be sure to rinse them well after usage. If you are camping and do not have sewer having to use a dump station, use your grey water after you dump the black water. It will clean it out better than a hose.
joelc 03/18/14 11:15am Beginning RVing
RE: Richmond area

We just came home to Eastern Canada from Florida.We went 81 to 64 to 288 on the way down and 288 to 64 to 81 on the way back. 288 is the best way to bypass Richmond X2
joelc 03/16/14 05:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Richmond area

I love a good puzzle, and I'd really like to solve this one, but maybe just a touch more info first. 1. Where are you coming from and where do you want to go? 2. Which Richmond? I quit counting at 36 states that had a Richmond. 3. Are the numbers Interstates, US highways or State roads? 4. Your overnight stop. Side of the road? Rest area? Flying J? National or State park? Commercial RV park? Boondocking? FHUs? Going from NC to MA. Traveling stops include: The RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads, Roanoke Rapids, NC 252-538-9776 Shenandoah Valley Campground Riner Lane, VA 800-310-2580 Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Williamsport, MD 301-223-7117 I had never been to the first two CG, but all are near the respective interstates and look really good.
joelc 03/16/14 04:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: Richmond area

I am taking the same route the end of this month, and will be stopping off in the same area. There are few CG in the Richmond area, especially near Richmond. I had found some using Google and MapQuest. If you need assistance and can't find anything I would be happy to let you know where I will be staying.
joelc 03/14/14 07:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Auto Level & Tripod?

The leveler is just to do that. Level your RV. I have Big Foot on my 5er and it does a great job, but it does not keep the RV from motion vibration. I do not have a tripod as any motion does not bother me. I have heard by some that it does eliminate MOST motion. There is also a stabilizer that does attach to the front and rear levels that does a better job, so I have been told.
joelc 03/12/14 05:15pm Fifth-Wheels
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