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RE: Arizona Sites

Monument Valley
stevenal 11/23/16 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: lead in water

It's a private outfit. Found a list of certified labs on a state website. They can run all the tests you might want to do on domestic water. USPS handled the transport, and the results were obtained via email. Testing kits are available from Amazon, but they appear to only detect the presence of lead, not the amount.
stevenal 11/16/16 09:10am Tech Issues
RE: lead in water

State certified testing lab.
stevenal 11/15/16 01:08pm Tech Issues
RE: lead in water

The best advice I have ever seen is to let the water run a bit before filling your glass., or rinse the glass first. And now you know why. If the lead source is the hose bib you're hooked up to, rinsing the glass will only move the contaminated water a bit down the hose.
stevenal 11/15/16 08:55am Tech Issues
RE: lead in water

My provider is me. The before and after flushing tests confirmed the faucet is the lead source, and not the spring I pump from. 30 seconds works pretty good if the faucet you're standing at is the lead source. Depending on how long your hose is, 30s may not be long enough to clear the faucet you hook up to. Even the 2006 faucets in my house complied with the old standard, but evidently hose bib faucets are exempt from all standards if the manufacturer claims it never anticipated human consumption of the water supplied. I also grew up with exposure, breathing exhaust fumes from leaded gasoline. All the more reason to limit exposure going forward. It all accumulates.
stevenal 11/14/16 01:42pm Tech Issues
lead in water

With lead in water making the news lately, I decided to do some testing at home. With all new 2006 cpvc plumbing, I didn't expect to see much of a problem, but was concerned about the 2006 brass fixtures. Sure enough, the first draw off of a bathroom sink faucet exceeded the federal limit. It looks like the newer versions of the very same faucet models are built to stricter standards, so I'm starting to change them out one by one. Looking a bit further out, the camper water supply is my next concern. The camper has Quest plumbing and plastic faucets, so I should be in great shape. However, I generally fill the tank prior to leaving home from an outdoor faucet. Using the same logic as before, perhaps I can perform an exact swap. Looking at http://www.woodfordmfg.com/woodford/LowLeadLaw.html, I see the manufacturer has easily sidestepped the law by claiming they don't anticipate anyone using these faucets to supply water for human consumption. And not even a warning label on the new faucets to indicate this determination. So there you have it. Not only must we take our chances on the road with old pre- safe water drinking act equipment, the newest equipment may not be any better. I suggest we start informing the manufacturers how we use this stuff so they can adjust their anticipations. And in the meantime, let the water run awhile to flush out the lead before filling your tank or taking a drink when hooked up.
stevenal 11/14/16 11:27am Tech Issues
RE: Gas storage for Generators

I converted my home generator for use with propane, and it works well. Plugs into a quick connect fitting on the tank with a short piece of hose. Why not do the same for a portable camping generator? No fuel storage issues for those already using propane.
stevenal 10/27/16 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Survey on new technology for truck campers

Yes, I'm complaining. Searching the site for "bigger on the inside" only turned up illusions, effects, and computer simulations. Still waiting for the real deal.
stevenal 10/25/16 01:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you unload you camper from truck when camping?

Haven't unloaded yet. Nice to have all our stuff during the day trips, and a charged battery when back at camp. Steep boat ramps are easily handled with 4 wheel low, and a bungee comes in handy to keep the back door open for visibility when backing down a ramp.
stevenal 10/24/16 09:04am Truck Campers
RE: Survey on new technology for truck campers

Still waiting for TARDIS technology to come to TCs.
stevenal 10/24/16 08:49am Truck Campers
RE: How much propane does your fridge use?

I found the Dometic in my 'foot was not baffled properly. The slanted exterior wall makes a baffle necessary for proper performance. See Dometic Venting
stevenal 10/05/16 08:59am Tech Issues
RE: bug removal

I recently used a long handle scrub brush with undiluted Simple Green from the jug. Very little effort was needed, just moved the brush easy while the Simple Green did the work. I did notice it faded the already well faded decals, but that just adds to the character.
stevenal 10/04/16 01:36pm Truck Campers
RE: 20lb Horizontal Propane Tank out of date....

I used to take my SCUBA tanks to the local fire suppression system guy for hydro testing. Cheaper than a dive shop, who would ship them off somewhere else anyway. Might be worth a call.
stevenal 09/30/16 09:01am Truck Campers
RE: WD hitch help with TC load?

To overcompensate for the tongue weight, you'll end up with continuous upward force at the ball which I'm not sure a hitch is designed for. Suggest running this by Torklift. I stand corrected by others. Bedlam stated it better: You are now putting a constant upward force on components designed for downward force. I'm not sure the trailer tongue or truck receiver were engineered for negative weight. I think it is really a moment you are applying to the trailer tongue, with forces pushing up on the coupler and down at the bar attachments. My question is how much moment can be applied before the tongue bends.
stevenal 09/28/16 09:09am Truck Campers
RE: How do you level when needed

After nearly needing to strap ourselves in bed one night earlier this summer, this thread was timely. After reading here and some reviews, I settled on a set of Hosspads. No way they will break, and were handy to have on our last trip.
stevenal 09/26/16 02:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Do You Lower Your Jacks When Parked

Way too time consuming even with powered jacks. My beverage is waiting. Not with HJ4600's with quick release. Flip the lever, step on the jack and its down in 3 seconds. No such animal in '98 the year of my 'foot. Something a bit scary about a quick release on a jack. Would hate for it to vibrate into the release position when underway. Retraction would still be time consuming, unless that quick release goes the other direction too.:)
stevenal 09/26/16 01:55pm Truck Campers
RE: WD hitch help with TC load?

To overcompensate for the tongue weight, you'll end up with continuous upward force at the ball which I'm not sure a hitch is designed for. Suggest running this by Torklift.
stevenal 09/26/16 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Spare Tire

Raise the camper! You already have a flat and most don't carry a jack strong enough to lift a truck with a TC on it. Don't not complicate it. Isn't the factory jack rated to raise a truck loaded to its GVWR? Easy to raise the camper as you say, but what if you were carrying gravel?
stevenal 09/26/16 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: TV or tablet in your camper?

My wife expressed an interest, so I bought a BluRay player that would attach to her laptop. It has stayed in its storage pouch through three trips this summer.
stevenal 09/23/16 08:42am Truck Campers
RE: Do You Lower Your Jacks When Parked

Way too time consuming even with powered jacks. My beverage is waiting.
stevenal 09/23/16 08:37am Truck Campers
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