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RE: child safety seats hook up

Are there existing adult seat belts in the positions that you want to install the child seats?
opnspaces 10/08/14 05:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Will this get me thrown in jail?

Yeesh, I didn't intend to turn this into a cop bashing thread. I mainly wanted to make sure about some oddball inconsistancy on a forum as opposed to having to deal with it on some part of I-10, or California court. Different states have different vehicle laws. Texas has the "move over or slow down" law where if a police car is pulled over with the lights on, if traffic doesn't go 20 miles under the posted limit in the right lane, it can be a $2000 fine. It is always good to ask and check around. One surprise that I found in CA by reading is that they disallow right turns on red and U-turns. Here in Texas, they are allowed, so it is always good to find that info out firsthand. Ignorance isn't an excuse. Just what are you reading? You keep getting some really bad info. Right turns are allowed on a red. Must stop first and be safe to do so but is allowed. U-turns are allowed unless posted that it is not. Except in California it's not legal to U-turn in front of a fire station. Turning Near Fire Stations 22104. No person shall make a U-turn in front of the driveway entrance or approaches to a fire station.
opnspaces 10/08/14 03:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Black water valve leaking, NOT a simple valve replacement

Can you cut off the elbow and the valve? Then just rebuild with a new elbow and flange and a new valve.
opnspaces 10/07/14 11:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Help with retensioning Carefree topper awning

opnspaces 10/07/14 10:46pm Tech Issues
RE: DC circuitry in an RV

Don't call the professional yet. Since you have a meter do a few things. They're all easy and quick so what have you got to lose? :) Disconnect shore power. Check across your battery for battery voltage (write the voltage down). If you have voltage then continue. Grab your negative battery cable right at the post. BTW it should be white :). Using your hand follow the wire until it goes to the frame. If the wire on the negative terminal does not go to the frame you're hooked up incorrectly. Find the wire that does go to the frame and put it on the negative terminal. Any wire that does not go to the frame is probably positive. Follow each wire until it goes into the trailer. If there are any bumps or rectangles in the wires you have probably found a circuit breaker. http://www.delcity.net/images/photos/72101_primary.jpg width=320 Check for battery current from each post of the circuit breaker (CB) to the negative battery post. If you don't have voltage on each side, the breaker is tripped or bad. Anything less than battery voltage on either side is bad. Check for a small reset button on the side of the breaker. If you find a fuse careful inspection will reveal that there are two holes on the back of the fuse, one on each side of the amperage rating. (silver dots on either side of the 10 in the picture below). http://image.made-in-china.com/43f34j00LskteQpWJgco/Automotive-Fuse.jpg width=320 These holes allow you to probe the fuse for voltage without disconnecting it from the holder. As with the CB above check for current from each hole in the fuse to the negative post of the battery. Anything less than battery voltage on either side is bad (either fuse or holder). If everything checks out fine then temporarily plug into shore power. Now go into the trailer with your meter and find a good ground. You're looking for a place in the fuse panel where you can put your positive meter probe into the back of a working fuse and touch the black (negative) probe to ground. If you get 13+ volts you have found a good ground. Okay now go unplug the shore power cord and go back into the trailer and check each reverse polarity fuse (green 40 amp fuses) to ground. Check both holes on the fuse to ground. You should get battery voltage on each hole on the fuse to ground. If your battery is connected you will get battery voltage on at least one of the two holes in each 40A fuse. If you get voltage on only one of the two holes then your fuse is bad. If you get no voltage at the green 40A fuses take a digital picture of your fuse box. Look at the picture and make sure you can see where every fuse goes. Go verify that you are not connected to shore power. Now pull all the fuses out and remove the panel that covers the wiring behind the fuses. Look for a thick black and white wire near the fuses and connected to the circuit board that the fuses are plugged into. You will probably see markings on the board for + or POS and - or NEG. Use your meter to verify that you have battery voltage. these are the wires coming from the battery. If you do not get voltage there is a problem with the connection to the battery. At this point you'll probably either want to call in a professional or go check at the battery one more time.
opnspaces 10/07/14 10:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Few more ??? and then I'll leave you all alone. I promise.

My only advice is to make sure you have a place to sit and put on your shoes and that everyone is comfortable doing business in the bathroom. Yes, you need to actually sit down on the thing if it looks tight. This is so true. When I bought my trailer nine years ago I performed this test and it passed. Now that I'm a little bit older it still passes the test, but it just seems to be a bit tighter in there than I remember. So make sure you both can sit comfortably with the door closed (one at a time for the salesmans sanity) :W and pretend you are doing your business before you accept the trailer.
opnspaces 10/07/14 08:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: newbie,want to buy a old popup trailer,is it safe?

I have a popup that would probably suit your needs. No it's not for sale. 1986 Coleman Columbia popup. It has two full size beds and the table folds down into a third bed. You could put both children in one bed and the parents in the other. Or one parent in each bed with one kid each. Trailer has an 8 foot box and weight 950lbs dry. It has one battery, one propane tank, a 2 burner stove, and a 5 gallon water jug for the sink. In all truth though I never use the stove or the sink, I use the trailer as a rolling tent. It has NO heater and NO bathroom. http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc469/Temporal6/Coleman%20trailer/IM_A0105.jpg width=320 http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc469/Temporal6/Coleman%20trailer/IM_A0104.jpg width=320 http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc469/Temporal6/Coleman%20trailer/IM_A0107.jpg width=320
opnspaces 10/07/14 06:53pm Beginning RVing
RE: Road Trip Review

Thanks for the trip report, glad everything went well for you. Hopefully one day I'll be able to get out of the daily grind and take a long trip. Until that time though I can only read other peoples reports with envy. :)
opnspaces 10/02/14 08:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Harbor Freight Battery Maintainer Mod

Thanks, I'll pick up a few of the cheap Radio Shack diodes. I'm usually pretty thrifty but I guess I can spare $1.50 each for an experiment. My guess though is that as you say it will drop the charge voltage too low. But hey it's something fun to try and the parts are cheap, so why not? :)
opnspaces 10/01/14 10:29pm Tech Issues
RE: problems with satinizing the water system.

I would remove any water filter and then put bleach solution in everything including the water heater. 7/8 is usually the same socket size as 22mm. 24 mm is approximately 1 inch. You might have the wrong drain plugs if they don't thread in. I install my Atwood drain plug finger tight. Grab it with an old rag if needed to turn extra tight (with your fingers). I haven't had a problem with mine in 9 years.
opnspaces 10/01/14 10:22pm Tech Issues
RE: 4X4X4 4 pole wiring plug

Sounds like you need something like this. or this. What is the make/model of the vehicle? I'll bet Hopkins or Curt make a direct plugin version of the ones I linked above.
opnspaces 10/01/14 09:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Harbor Freight Battery Maintainer Mod

I've got around 5-6 of those maintainers floating around my garage and I've also been bothered by the LED being on when power was disconnected. I figured it could use a diode, but not being sure which diode to get I just left it alone. After this thread though I figure I can do it too. I looked online for 1A Schotky diodes and I see them in 30 and 40V ranges which seems like it would be too high. Could someone on here give me a lead to a description and maybe a part number that I can pick up a diode? Or can I just go to my local Radio Shack and pick up any 1A diode from their parts drawers? Thanks.
opnspaces 10/01/14 12:21am Tech Issues
RE: Hail! Trailer is a write off

Howie, do you know that you can't insure it or that your current insurer said they won't insure it. It might be worth a few phone calls to find out. Call your current adjuster and ask them if the $12,000 gives you a salvage title. If so will they insure it for anything at all? Then depending on the answers call a few insurance companies and say you have a salvage trailer (or not depending on your adjuster) and will they insure it.
opnspaces 09/30/14 04:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fixing or Replacing the underside panel

The coroplast comes from many places like sign shops, plastic warehouses online, and home improvement centers. Manufacturer Home Depot I don't know what they are using for tape, but there might be something on the manufacturer website.
opnspaces 09/30/14 02:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hail! Trailer is a write off

I'd be on that 12,000 without a hesitation. At that point you have a $4,000 trailer that looks and performs like a $16,000 trailer.
opnspaces 09/30/14 01:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gray Water Question

yep that's it. here's the same one at Home Depot. link
opnspaces 09/30/14 11:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Water heater by pass question

If it's a missing handle the shaft that is sticking down would have a threaded hole in the center. Try removing the handle form a different valve and see if it can slide on and turn the part in question.
opnspaces 09/30/14 11:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery and Power Problems

Man you guys are great. Thanks for all your help. I now have several things to try. Two quick questions, my new battery could be hooked up wrong, as memory serves me there is a white and a red (faded pink) wire and I probably have the pink as positive. Also, if the battery is hooked up backwards would the tongue jack still work? Thanks, Rick I had to edit my original post (thanks for spotting the error westend) as others have stated, your red wire should be positive and the white wire ground.
opnspaces 09/30/14 11:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery and Power Problems

I would say 1 of two things. 1) Your battery might be wired incorrectly. Most trailers the white wire is negative. The red or black wire is usually positive. I would grab each wire at the battery and hand trace it until it either goes to the frame, or into a junction box. 2) You have a blown fuse or circuit breaker. Follow the positive battery wire from the battery post until it goes into the trailer. Somewhere on that wire is either a circuit breaker or a fuse holder. If it's a fuse holder, try swapping in a known good fuse like the one for the tongue jack to see if anything changes. If it's a circuit breaker try wiring around it or look for a very small reset button. Last thing is to open the fuse panel in the trailer and check the two big 40 amp reverse polarity fuses. It's possible that one of them is blown. In a pinch you can put in a smaller fuse like 25A and see if the lights come on. It's perfectly safe to put in a smaller fuse than designed, just don't put in a larger fuse. Do you happen to have a multimeter or 12 volt test light?
opnspaces 09/29/14 10:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any Fridge Damage?

If it really was 2.24% I'm going to say no damage or at worst very limited damage. In my opinion you dodged a bullet on this one.
opnspaces 09/27/14 08:50am Travel Trailers
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