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RE: Catalytic Heater Install

I will definitely have a shut off valve on the supply to the heater. On the quick connect fittings, my trailer has one on the outside for a grill. I'm queasy about the QC's, but it sure would be nice to have a heater that could be moved from living room to bathroom. So I need a hose. And the QC's would make it easier to remove the hose when not in use. Thus my question about quality propane QC's - anybody know? Thanks for the Sturgis link. We would need the catalytic heater at most for two or three weeks a year. Since the catalyst pad needs to be isolated from dust, I think a portable heater that can be completely stowed in a plastic bag would be best for us. Certainly I would not like to wake up when dead, as I don't like to eat brains. :E I think that the Platinum Cat is the best heater for permanent install, but I want mine portable. New question, if I tee off the 3/8" line going to my 30,000 BTU Atwood heater, would there be enough propane supply from the 3/8 inch line to supply the catalytic heater?
daamac 12/19/14 04:58pm Tech Issues
Catalytic Heater Install

I'm going to be installing a Wave 8 catalytic heater in my fifth wheel and am aware of concerns and cautions concerning oxygen depletion, moisture condensation, propane leaks, and the need to protect the catalyst pad from dust. The heater will be portable, that is not attached to a wall. I have questions in three areas: 1) I would supply propane to the heater via a flexible hose. I'd like to have a quick connect fitting at each end of the hose. Is there any reason this connection method is not a good idea? Is there one type or brand of quick connect fitting that is best - that is, more durable or less prone to leaking? Is there one type or brand of propane supply hose that is best - more flexible, resistant to damage? 2) Can the heater be moved when it is on? Is there a grab handle on it of some sort? 3) Any vital piece of information about catalytic heaters that I need to know? Thanks for all replies.
daamac 12/19/14 12:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Plastic skink, SS basket strainer, what to use to seal?

And I was just about to thank everyone for not commenting on my plastic skink. :)
daamac 12/14/14 07:18am Tech Issues
Plastic skink, SS basket strainer, what to use to seal?

I'm replacing the pot metal basket strainers in my RV sink because the sink stopper will no longer seal to hold water in the sink; the pot metal is corroded and grungy. I've ordered two stainless steel basket strainers. The sink is plastic. What do I use to seal between the lip of the basket strainer and the inside bottom of the sink? Plumber's putty? Butyl? RV seam putty? Silicone? Something else?
daamac 12/13/14 01:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Long box vs Short box

We went with a towed RV so we could use the tow vehicle for side trips - shopping, museum, various attractions, transport to a trail head, etc. Our Chevy 2500HD Crew Cab standard bed (ie, short) is VERY long to use in parking garages or other urban parking or on narrow roads with sketchy turn around locations. I would not want the truck to be any longer for those sorts of uses. We have a Pullrite Superglide hitch which solves the problem of using a fifth wheel in a standard bed truck.
daamac 11/29/14 09:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Skylight Question

My question is why would you want to do this unless the cost of the replacement dome it too much? I had a mh where the po had done this and it did seem to collect more grunge than a domed one. Personally I wish they would make skylights in the bathroom optional but that would mean they need a bit more headroom. I'm looking for resistance to hail. Hail can crack or destroy an RV skylight and result in water damage. The interior dome above my shower could stay in place, so I wouldn't lose any headroom. I can see that a dome shape might shed more dirt than a flat sheet. However, the existing skylight on my trailer has turned from it's initial white color to a yellowish tan; I'm thinking that a non-yellowing clear polycarbonate with some dirt on it could transmit more light than a yellowed piece of acrylic. Besides, I do climb on the roof and wash it periodically.
daamac 11/14/14 08:22am Tech Issues
Skylight Question

I posted this question in another thread, but I want to ask it again and expand the question a bit. I think the skylight on my Jayco fifth wheel is just a formed piece of domed plastic with a flange. The flange is screwed to the roof, with lap sealant over the flange and screws. Is there some reason that a skylight needs to be a dome shape on the top of a trailer? If a dome skylight such as mine needs to be replaced, is there a problem with replacing it with a rectangle of flat plastic, installed on the roof in the same manner as the skylight? I can get a 17.5" x 25.5", 1/4" thick clear polycarbonate plastic sheet for $28.68; and an RV skylight of the same size for $72. I think the 1/4 inch polycarbonate plastic would be much more resistant to hail damage than the plastic of the RV skylight. The skylight in question is above the shower. The extra height in the shower that the interior skylight dome allows is nice. The interior dome is entirely within the roof, so it could remain in place with a flat sheet fastened to the roof. Any reasons not to do this?
daamac 11/14/14 06:54am Tech Issues
RE: skylight over shower

Instead of buying a replacement skylight, could the old skylight be replaced with a flat piece of plastic? Does the opening need to be covered for some reason with a domed skylight?
daamac 11/11/14 08:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Maggots in pipe that flushes into toilet...

Maybe you have sewer flies? And cute little baby sewer fly maggots?
daamac 10/30/14 11:38am Class C Motorhomes
Recycling in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a beautiful place that appears to have been designed by the best landscape architect ever. Although it is one of our older parks and the most visited, it is largely pristine. Visitors both enjoy and respect this national treasure. At the Cosby Campground dump station I saw an example of the care that visitors take - two pairs of used gloves tossed on the ground. Knowing that most RV'ers are interested in protecting fragile ecosystems I'm sure the gloves were left with the intent of recycling them. And whoever left the second pair saw the first and thought the ground near the dump was certainly an approved recycling location. I recovered the gloves; if whoever left them will send me a PM, I will gladly return the gloves to you. There were two pairs, one translucent vinyl and one black so be sure to state which pair is yours. Please state in your PM if you would like others to send their used gloves to you for recycling; I'd be glad to publicize your address.
daamac 10/14/14 08:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Questions Re: DirecTv Transponder Signals

Also, some of the transponders on 101 are spot beams so their readings will be location dependent. These transponders on 101 are: 4, 12, 18, 20, 26, 28.
daamac 09/20/14 11:37am Technology Corner
RE: Anybody had a Prodigy go bad?

After about 8 years the manual application lever on my P1 quit working; the company replaced it with a new one.
daamac 09/03/14 07:04am Towing
RE: WooHoo Jayco

My previous Jayco 19RD almost burned to the ground due to faulty wiring. No wire nuts or any other protective insulation on 12 volt wire connections in the walls. Cost me about $400 and they did not cover it. TT was about 6 months old. Local dealer re-wired my TT. I got to see how Jayco wies TTs I have a Jayco so I'm interested in this report. Do you mean that the 12 volt connections were just twisted together bare wire, without using any connector or wire nut? Just bare wire twisted together and not insulated with anything?
daamac 08/30/14 06:42am Toy Haulers
Trailer Wheels (rims)

My trailer came equipped with 15x6JJ Dexstar wheels part # 017-144. They are marked with a label stating a 2830 lbs rating and the Dexstar on-line product catalog confirms the weight rating, and further states 80PSI. I have load range E Maxxis trailer tires mounted to the wheels, and maintain a pressure of 80 PSI. I recently developed a crack in a rim, and an air leak. My local tire dealer could not find any trailer wheel in my size with a rating of 2830 lbs and 80 PSI. I ordered a Dexstar wheel from an on-line dealer and all will be good. But is Dexstar the only manufacturer that makes such a wheel?
daamac 08/27/14 06:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Rotochock

I have found Rotochocks to be very very dependable; I trust no other between wheel chock. That said, it surely seems like the cost is about double what they reasonably should be.
daamac 08/04/14 01:15pm Tech Issues

I went to the Rotochock site and found the message below. Anybody know what is going on with this company? ------------------------------------------------------------------------ IMPORTANT NOTICE Rotochok will not be taking orders from July 18,2014 through September 2,2014. If you have previously purchased our products; or are interested in Rotochok Inc., please contact us through our site for further information. All orders that were placed before July 18, 2014 will still be fulfilled and shipped.
daamac 08/04/14 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Generator/Progressive Industries EMS-LCHW30

With that installed in the camper will I have problems plugging into a Honda or Yamaha generator's 30 amp plug? Because of grounding issues, when you plug into the generator you have to switch the EMS into bypass - there's a switch on the remote. Also, should I expect to lose 18% to 27% of a generator's capacity at 6000' to 9000' altitude? Or, put another way, would a thousand watt gen become 750 watts at 9000'? For a Honda, there are high altitude main jets if this is a problem; of course, changing the jets is a problem, too. I have run my Hoonda 2000i with low altitude main jet at 8000 feet to recharge my trailer batteries with the on board converter and have not had problems. I'd like to buy a generator, but it's beginning to look as though it's going to take at least 5k to be of much use at our altitudes, and those are pretty darned heavy. Obviously, I'd want to run more than a couple of lights but not necessarily the 15k ; ac. We use our generator only to recharge our trailer batteries. If your planned use of a generator is mainly to recharge batteries, I think a 2000 watt generator is plenty; a 1000 watt generator may be a little small for some power converters at high altitude. If you want to run an air conditioner, obviously a much larger generator is required.
daamac 08/03/14 07:59am Tech Issues
RE: Shaw direct in Florida

Using Dishpointer with a location of Panama City Florida and Starchoice multilnb at 107W and 111W gives me readings of 46.5 elevation, 224.3 magnetic azimuth, and skew of 115.1. But does the Shaw beam pattern allow you to get a signal that far south away from their broadcast area?
daamac 07/19/14 07:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Source for Slip Plate graphite spray?

I use a graphite spray paint called EZSlide, available at Tractor Supply. I can find it readily there, and it is cheaper than Slip-Plate. It has not been tested nor approved by Pullrite, but it has worked well for me for several years. Rookie statement: Never heard of it. Rookie question: Is this in place of the lube disc, in addition to, or does it perform some other function? Slip Plate and EZSlide are spray paints with the "pigment" being graphite; it's used to lubricate and protect the rails on Pullrite Superglide hitches. You could use it on a standard hitch in place of or in addition to a plastic disc, but it's not necessary in that application and it is somewhat messy to use.
daamac 07/07/14 05:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tell me why they won't interchange???

... A DirecTv Slimline dish was a bit too large for my basement... It works well, but the signal levels are about 10 points lower than with the larger Slimline dish. :h Could it be because it "was in your basement"? ;) Dave Could be. I guess it depends on which way my basement is pointing.
daamac 06/20/14 09:10am Technology Corner
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