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RE: Black Tank Fills Quickly......

I think there's a misunderstanding here so let me try again. We currently have a 32.5 gallon black tank and not a 22 gallon tank. I guess I still have our old camper in my profile. When we leave the campground we'll dump, we'll use the sewer flush, we'll close the dump valve to fill the tank with fresh water and dump again. We actually do this a few times. We have a clear connector so it's easy to see what's coming out of the black tank. Even after filling and dumping 2 tanks of fresh water you'll still see some tiny bits of debris coming out but the water is clear. We always try to keep our black tank as clean as possible and 4.5 years later everything still works well, including the tank meters. No issues there. Right after our last dump we'll put water into the black tank either by the sewer flush or the toilet itself for about 15 seconds and then drop in a tablet. That was when we leave the campground we only have a tiny bit of water in the tank along with a tablet. The next time we go camping a few weeks later we'll have three people in the the camper. After about 3-4 days our 33 gallon black tank will be full by looking at both the meter and by looking directly down the toilet so we'll dump, run the sewer flush for a few minutes with dump valve open, then close the dump valve for a few minutes with the sewer flush on and then open the dump valve with the sewer flush still running. Once you can tell that the only water coming out is from the sewer flush then we'll close the dump valve, leave the sewer flush running for 20 seconds to get some water in the tank and then shut the sewer flush off before dropping another tablet down the toilet. That means there's only 2-3 gallons of fresh water in the black tank and about 3 days later it will be full again. My gripe is not really about that. My gripe is about that last day when we really do a good cleaning of the black tank. We'll dump it but then it seems to take 15 minutes to fill up the black tank again whether it's by using the sewer flush or by simply standing on the foot pedal constantly. I understand that in daily use you are adding more stuff down the toilet but the numbers just don't' seem to add up. In reality, how much liquid is going down when you do a #1? 2 cups of liquid?
cm11599ps 05/22/17 12:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Black Tank Fills Quickly......

Some RV's have the bathroom sink plumbed into the black tank. This is done to make sure that there is enough water getting into the black thank. Are you using your bathroom sink a lot ?? Interesting. I'll have to see.
cm11599ps 05/03/17 07:32pm General RVing Issues
Black Tank Fills Quickly......

There are usually 3 or 4 of us when we go camping. On a 7 day trip we will usually have to dump the black 1/2 way through the trip because it's near the bottom of the bowl. When we are leaving after 7 days the tank is almost full again but I'll step on the pedal to get some more water in the tank before dumping. Now here's my issue. We'll dump the black when we are packing up to go home and then run the black water flush line for a few minutes with the black valve open. This gets a lot the **** out. Then we'll close the black and shut the flush off. We really like to clean our tanks so we'll have someone stand on the toilet pedal for a few minutes to fill the black up with fresh water again. Filling up the tank this way takes FOREVER! I can't believe how long it takes, 10-15 minutes of standing on the foot pedal to get the black filled up again. Why does it take so long to fill up this way when it only takes 3 days to fill the tank up under normal use? Yes, I understand that more than just water is going down under normal use but the numbers just don't add up. Does anyone else experience this?
cm11599ps 05/03/17 07:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mail delivery

I'm a mailman by day and a camper by night. Yes, mail is supposed to only be held for 30 days at the post office. If you go down to the post office and speak with the postmaster then they might be able to work with you to extend that but that's a case by case basis and depends on the person.
cm11599ps 05/03/17 06:04pm RV Lifestyle
RE: No Lights When Running On Battery....

OK, here's the final outcome. I was off today so I just brought the trailer in to the dealer which is only 20 minutes away. I still have the extended warranty so I figured if it was anything major than it might be covered anyway. It took 3 guys about 30 minutes to solve the problem. While my 30A fuse by the battery was fine, the wires themselves were corroded under the wire nut. They ended up replacing the whole fuse setup and we were on our way free of charge. When I got home I checked the camper batteries and they were about 12.46 A few days ago they were only 12.31 but jumped to 12.35 when plugged in. Today they were finally 14.06 after I got home and plugged in. Saga over. :-)
cm11599ps 05/01/17 04:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: No Lights When Running On Battery....

I currently have the batteries disconnected and the camper unplugged from the house. I'd like to see if the batteries can hold the charge cause like I said, I think they're on their way out anyway. I'll play with things again in a few days when I get some time.
cm11599ps 04/27/17 07:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: No Lights When Running On Battery....

No, I don't have a battery disconnect.
cm11599ps 04/27/17 04:22pm General RVing Issues
No Lights When Running On Battery....

My deep cycle Interstate batteries have been giving me problems recently. They really haven't been holding a charge anywhere as near as long as they used to. They're over 4 years old now. You could be plugged in for days as as soon as you unplug then then battery gauge in the camper would read 2/3. I wasn't overly concerned because we rarely dry camp. Last week I was at a full hookup but as soon as I disconnected on the last day my battery gauge was at 1/3 so new batteries were in my future especially since I've got a dry camping trip coming up. 10 minutes later I was hooked up to the truck and leaving the campground. About an hour later I had the camper backed up in my driveway. I was not plugged in yet and I was not attached to my truck at all. I had no lights in the camper. The lights, alarm, radio, etc. were not working. At this point I thought new batteries were imminent. I plugged into my house and everything began working again and I've been plugged in ever since. I finally broke out my voltmeter today to test the batteries since this was the first day we've had when it's not raining. I was getting 12.33 on the batteries. My brother just purchased a new camper last week and has the same exact batteries which are stored in my garage since the camper is in storage. That battery gave me a 12.56 Same exact battery as mine but 4 years newer and basically not used yet. Now for more testing. I unplugged the camper from my house and all the lights in the camper stopped working instantly. The battery gauge in the camper was showing no signs of life. I then went to test the batteries and I was still getting 12.33 which is the same exact reading I was getting when the camper was plugged in. At this point I tested the light on my power tongue jack and that was working just fine, even though none of the other lights in the camper worked. What could be my issue? Everything works fine when plugged in but only the tongue jack (I assume since it's wired directly to the battery) works when I am not plugged in.
cm11599ps 04/27/17 03:47pm General RVing Issues
Getting Serious About Weight.....

I've got a 2013 Ram 1500 rated for 10,500 towing and a payload of 1,290. For the past 4+ years I've been towing a 2013 Jayco 26RLS with a sticker weight of 6,767 and a dry hitch weight of 820. The bed of the truck usually has the BBQ, a dog cage and other assorted items with a combined total of less than 100. In the bedroom we usually store the HD satellite dish, 2 zero gravity chairs and a bunch of cut up 4x6 blocks. Maybe a case of water too. We don't keep much weight in the back of the camper besides the plates and stuff like that which sit pretty much right over the axels. We do have a sliding back rack under the rear bumper of the camper that usually has about 8 pieces of firewood that we keep there for reserve. I've never had an issue with towing the rig and everything looked fairly level. On my most recent trip I ended up coming back with a lot more firewood than I originally brought out. We camped about 20 minutes from home so 1/2 way through the trip I stopped back to load the bed with more firewood which I never ended up burning anyway. On the way home with the rig I stopped at my local RV dealer for something and couldn't help but notice the rear of the truck was sagging a lot more than it ever did before. I'm sure all that additional firewood was the culprit since that was really the only thing that was added. Anyway, I just ordered a tongue weight scale to get a better idea of how much weight the camper is putting on my truck. The sticker weight on the camper is 6767 and I can only assume the actual weight is 7,500-8,000 since I've never weighed it. I'd love to know the actual tongue weight and I know I could probably do a much better job distributing the weight better in the camper.
cm11599ps 04/26/17 04:32pm General RVing Issues
LED Light Panels

About 4-5 years ago I replaced all the incandescent light bulbs in my camper with the LED light panels which were all the rage back then. They were fine but after 4-5 years of use some of the LED's on the boards are no longer working or the entire panel is out. Another issue is that that the ridiculously thin wire they used is easy to break. Have they made any improvements on these things or should I just go back to incandescent? We only camp about once a year or once every other year without electricity.
cm11599ps 04/24/17 08:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Emergency Window Latch

Thank you. I ordered it a day or two ago. It broke off going to the campground last week. As soon as I left the campground today and got on the highway I could see the window flapping open and the entire window lever hanging out. I pulled over ASAP and got the lever back in the window before grabbing a zero gravity chair out of my truck and leaning it between the bed and the window. I had to put some pillows there to keep the chair from moving and to keep the lever parallel with the wall but it worked and I got home without another issue.
cm11599ps 04/24/17 08:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need New Camper Batteries....

I'm kind of clueless when it comes to everything you guys talked about. Can you dumb it down for me and just link a great battery for me please? :-) We were camping with a full hookup site all week. When we left this morning I unplugged the camper power cord from the pedestal and went right to the battery light on the camper and it was reading 1/3. That was immediately after unplugging. About 50 minutes later I had it backed up in my driveway and checked the battery meter after unhooking from the truck and before plugging in to my house. I got nothing from the meter and my CO2 alarm wasn't even lit.
cm11599ps 04/24/17 07:59pm General RVing Issues
Emergency Window Latch

The latch that holds the arm of my emergency exit window broke off. I'm not even sure what it may be called. It's the part on the left. http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e191/yourbasicdj/DB3C4610-DDA4-4415-A5FB-72761B379C28_zpspgtecdai.jpg height=400
cm11599ps 04/19/17 07:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

... Today was the first time towing on the highway. If I got around 60 then the steering wheel felt squirmy and I made sure to put two hands on the wheel. I ended up dropping down to just over 50 and it felt better but still not as smooth as my old P tires. Truck tires were all at 48psi. For what it's worth, I know I was probably at max payload because the rear sagged a bit and I had more stuff in the bed than I normally would. Not sure if that had anything to do with the squirmy feeling. These are the LT-E tires, right? If so, up the pressure to 70-80psi when towing and see how it feels. LT's but they are D's.
cm11599ps 04/18/17 12:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

My first tow with the tires was when I left the campground last Thursday. Only about a 25 minute drive home on a two lane road with max speed of about 40. No issues. Today was the first time towing on the highway. If I got around 60 then the steering wheel felt squirmy and I made sure to put two hands on the wheel. I ended up dropping down to just over 50 and it felt better but still not as smooth as my old P tires. Truck tires were all at 48psi. For what it's worth, I know I was probably at max payload because the rear sagged a bit and I had more stuff in the bed than I normally would. Not sure if that had anything to do with the squirmy feeling.
cm11599ps 04/17/17 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New TT So Close, But So Far......

Camper arrived at the dealer on March 30 and we still don't even have our PDI scheduled yet. We told them we could do the PDI any day of the week and didn't have to limit it to just Saturdays when the majority of people want it done. Still waiting....
cm11599ps 04/17/17 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: New TT So Close, But So Far......

Wow, I find it hard to believe the dealer couldn't get it done sooner. We purchased our last to rigs during Spring when both dealers were extremely busy with sales and service, still they accommodated our schedule and PDI was performed on the date we chose. Hope the new rig gives your brother many years of quality service, waiting this long I would make sure all is fixed to my satisfaction at the time of the PDI. I blame it on the dealer. When my brother bought it in December they told him to call in February to arrange financing. When he did that they told him they would handle the financing once it arrives. He called about a week before it came in and the dealer was surprised to hear that he didn't start the financing process.
cm11599ps 04/12/17 12:01pm General RVing Issues
New TT So Close, But So Far......

9 months ago my brother and I booked a camping trip for this week which is spring break for the kids. We always head to this local campground to kick off the camping season every year in early-mid April. I have a camper and so does he. In early December he sold his 28' bunkhouse and purchased a 32' bunkhouse. They told him it should be delivered in mid-late April which could possibly cause a problem with our spring break trip. His camper arrived at the local dealership on March 30 and our spring break trip was set to start on April 7. We held a glimmer of hope that it would be ready by the day we were supposed to leave or shortly thereafter. I'm sad to say that the PDI is scheduled for April 14, the day we are leaving. Him and his family crashed in my camper with me anyway. The kicker is that the dealership is about 3 miles from where we are staying right now. The camper was brought almost 800 miles from the factory to the dealership but we just need it to go those extra 3 miles to get from the dealership to the campground. lol So close, yet so far away.....
cm11599ps 04/12/17 11:02am General RVing Issues
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

cm11599ps, I'm eager to hear what you think of those new tires compared to the OEMs. How much of a MPG hit have you taken? So far so good but I've put less than 100 miles on them and haven't done my regular day to day driving or towing with them yet.
cm11599ps 04/12/17 09:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e191/yourbasicdj/D5B085EC-94D9-45F9-89B8-D572DBCB7334_zpstclardhd.jpg height=400 Finally got the new tires. :-)
cm11599ps 04/06/17 03:48pm Tow Vehicles
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