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RE: Testing for propane leak?

Thanks for the tip, but the leak is not at the tank end of the hose. It's at the other end that has a 1/4" brass/bronze fitting.
Ramblin' Ralph 06/10/17 10:19am Tech Issues
RE: Testing for propane leak?

Thanks for the tips. I used soapy water and got a bubbling where the hose from the tank connects to the internal piping system, within the propane tank compartment. Tried to tighten the fitting, but it didn't appear to move. Still get the bubble. Going to get a longer wrench and try again. If that doesn't work, I'll get a new hose. I've been leaving the tank compartment door open at my campsites and haven't smelled any propane inside since then. Conclusion: Not a biological problem. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 06/09/17 01:51pm Tech Issues
Testing for propane leak?

While sleeping in my truck camper last night, I smelled what I'm pretty sure was propane odor. No propane alarm sounded and my detector is only a couple of years old. So I got up at 3 a.m. (yawn) and turned off the tank. This morning no propane smell in same spot. Turned tank back on. No smell 5 hours later. Is there some way I could do a pressure check on the propane lines, or is that an RV service tech type of job? The smell was very localized. When I moved to the other side of my bed, it didn't occur there. When I smelled it, I was on the passenger side with my head near where the propane tank and fridge compartments are. Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 06/07/17 03:08pm Tech Issues
Three Lances in a Row

Went to a small bluegrass festival near me last weekend to start Ramblin' 2017. Parked my rig and went to listen to the music. When I came back, 2 other Lances had parked on either side of me. Looks like a dealer lot. :) http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/RVMay17 6.JPG
Ramblin' Ralph 05/15/17 04:28pm Truck Campers
RE: TR: Snowshoeing in the Eastern Sierra

Beautiful photos of my favorite part of California! Way more snow than when I'm normally there. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 05/10/17 09:47am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Remote controlled rear view camera installed

Thanks for the 2 thumbs up and marker light tip. I hardly ever drive at night with my camper on, so shouldn't be a problem.
Ramblin' Ralph 05/05/17 01:08pm Truck Campers
Remote controlled rear view camera installed

Got my camera all installed and can control the on/off from my cab remotely. Don't have to be in reverse or have headlights on for the camera to work. I came across this nifty wiring harness, with remote capability, when looking on the Web for ideas. It's here. My camera display is my Garmin GPS. When I turn on the camera, the display automatically switches to the camera video. When I turn it off, the display goes back to GPS info. I mounted the camera at the edge of my rear roof, on a small plastic block I glued to the aluminum roof. Ran the cable along the railing to the fridge vent. Down the vent and into the exterior fridge compartment. Also put the camera transmitter and remote wiring harness in the compartment and wired it to the 12vdc fridge terminal block. I did shorten the harness so it didn't take up so much room. So, no holes drilled at all and no wiring to the truck. I needed an extension cable for the camera and they only come in 50 ft lengths. Consequently, I have a bunch of rolled up cable in the compartment that I wish I didn't. The cable is so small I'm not going to try and cut-and-splice it, though. Almost ready to depart for my annual ramblin'. I'm looking forward to using my remote from the cab to see what's behind me. :) http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/MiscPhotos/camera3s.jpg
Ramblin' Ralph 05/04/17 06:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Leaky kitchen faucet

Yay, it's fixed! New o-ring did it. Went to local Ace store. Nice guy took out the old one, matched it to a new one, and installed the new one. All for 60 cents! Came home and put the spout back on and NO leaks! Didn't have to contort my old body to work under the counter, either. :B Spare parts I ordered came in same day. Now I have a backup o-ring.
Ramblin' Ralph 05/03/17 07:20pm Tech Issues
RE: TR: a few days of dry camping near Morro Bay, Calif.

Dan, As you drove through Los Osos, on the way to Montana de Oro, you were about a mile away from me. :) Wow, what a beautiful sunset picture in your blog!
Ramblin' Ralph 05/03/17 11:47am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Nifty remote on/off of any 12v device

I'm installing a rear view camera on my truck camper. I wanted to be able to turn it on/off from the cab of my truck, so I can use it for more than back-up viewing. Browsed the internet and found the perfect solution: A 12vdc wiring harness with a wireless remote fob. One end connects to 12vdc and the other to the device. I installed the harness in my camper. This simplified things, since I didn't have to run wiring under my truck to the camper. Nifty product at a very reasonable price. I'm speaking only as a satisfied customer here (NFI). :) It's here
Ramblin' Ralph 04/29/17 11:16am Tech Issues
RE: Leaky kitchen faucet

Thanks for the tips. I ordered a kit with spout parts, including an o-ring. I'll try the grease fix before the kit arrives.
Ramblin' Ralph 04/24/17 08:48am Tech Issues
Leaky kitchen faucet

The kitchen faucet in my 2001 truck camper has started leaking slightly where the spout enters the faucet assembly base. I pulled the spout out and there is an o-ring near the end. Would this be the only reason for a leak, or might there be others? Could I get a replacement o-ring at my local hardware store? There is a ring around the spout that tightens it down. I turned that until it was tight. I rather not put in a new faucet, as my old body has a hard time getting into the required position to do it. :) http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/MiscPhotos/Faucet2s.JPG Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 04/23/17 04:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Connecting backup camera to rear marker light?

Thanks for the suggestions. AnEV942, thanks for using my pic to clarify what I'm trying to do. :) I tried drilling some small holes from inside towards the marker light. Some sort of obstruction about 2 inches in. However, from the outside I can insert a rod, through the marker light wiring hole, about 5" into the "box", . I've asked Lance for a drawing. Now that I think about it more, though, I'd like to be able to turn the camera on and off from my truck. Probably not much harder than what I'd originally planned, as far as wiring. As far as mounting the camera, I'll probably just run the cable over my roof and down the fridge vent. Cable from camera goes to wireless transmitter. Transmitter is wired to 12 vdc. Results TBD. :) Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 04/21/17 05:24pm Truck Campers
Connecting backup camera to rear marker light?

I'm trying to install a Garmin backup camera on my Lance 845. Want it wired to a rear marker light, so I can use it when driving forward or reverse, with lights on. Tried to remove the center rear marker light to get access to power for the camera and also to see if there is room for excess cable behind the light. After cutting away the caulking I was able to pry the assembly away from the body partially. Then the lens popped off and I see 2 rivets holding the assembly to the body :M . I have a lot of cable to store somewhere and was hoping to use the space behind the light assembly to do this. Also was planning on drilling through to the inside of the TC from behind the light assembly. Then I would mount the wireless transmitter inside above the door and connect it to power and the camera via the space behind the marker light. I need the marker light off to see if my idea will work. If I drill out the center of the rivet, I'm assuming I could then remove the marker light. Any thoughts on this? BTW, I've already confirmed that the wireless transmitter above the door provides a good signal to the GPS screen. Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 04/19/17 05:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper running lights always on if truck running?

Thanks for unanimous vote that my memory failed me. Not really surprising at my age. :) Also, for the suggestions for getting power to the camera. I don't normally drive with my headlights on, but might do that. It would make getting power to the camera easier by tapping into the rear marker lights wiring. I want to be able to see if someone is behind me while driving.
Ramblin' Ralph 04/11/17 09:46am Truck Campers
Camper running lights always on if truck running?

I bought a back-up camera for my 2001 Lance 845. However, I want the camera to operate anytime my truck is running, not just when backing up. I seem to remember the running (aka marker) lights are on if the truck is running, regardless of headlights being on or off. Since my camper is off the truck I can't confirm this. Don't want to trust my memory and start the wiring. :) Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 04/10/17 08:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Taking the camper off the truck

For about 6 months, my TC is on the truck, then off for 6 months. When off-loading, I back into my driveway to the spot I want to drop it. Before raising and pulling out, I run a string along the edge of the driver's side tires. This becomes a guide for backing under it when I reload it. Still have to get out 1 or 2 times to take a look for "fine tuning", though. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 04/01/17 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: My map of 615 campsites I've been in

PM me with your email address.
Ramblin' Ralph 03/22/17 09:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: My interview in Truck Camper Magazine

Many thanks to all for the positive comments! :) Snowman: Thanks for the encouragement. Well before 95 I'll be in that "big campground in the sky". :) I admire your dad for keeping on going for that long. I too am a musician. At least I can sit in my rocker and do that after my RVing energy has left me. :) Hank: Very ironic that you live in AR and have stayed in Maple Grove before. Even more ironic is that I was born and raised very close to you, in Fayetteville. :) Maybe our paths will cross some summer in UT.
Ramblin' Ralph 03/11/17 08:22pm Truck Campers
My interview in Truck Camper Magazine

Truck Camper Magazine started ten years ago. I was one of the first they interviewed, after they found my website with tales of my first year of ramblin'. Other small articles about me followed over the years. For their 10th anniversary, they wanted another major article on me. They picked the "25 best campgrounds" theme, since they knew I was now keeping a map of all my campsites (now over 600). For some odd reason, the 25 best I picked are spread almost equally across the western states I've visited. :) The article is here. If you don't care much about the campground info, there are plenty of nice pictures.
Ramblin' Ralph 03/10/17 03:36pm Truck Campers
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