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RE: sliding windows - does the direction of slide matter?

The crank out window in the kitchen is, like QCMan suggests, probably to allow cooking in the rain. However, the different styles on the overhead bunk (crank out on the left/slider on the right) is perplexing to me. Wonder why the manufacturer did that? BTW, sliders are manufactured in both directions as well. However, as others have suggested, you should be able to fix/rebuild the crank mechanism relatively cheaply.
4x4van 05/18/22 11:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water Pressure Regulator

I'd much rather use the silent water service from the camp. Silent is nice, but that same silence will be responsible for major damage inside the RV if a line or fitting breaks, especially in the middle of the night. There will be nothing to alert you of the leak other than water pouring out of your RV.:E
4x4van 05/18/22 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Cracked Propane fittings

I'm not arguing the potential failure of the parts, nor the danger that a cracked fitting would present. But the author of the original article that the Youtube video refers to claims that 22,000 RVs have fittings that ARE leaking. That's a lie. And he makes that claim twice. And until the NHTSA actually announces a recall (along with the commensurate fix), it is premature for the manufacturers to "announce" anything. That's not "trying to keep it quiet", but rather following protocol and waiting till the full situation/remedy is known. I'm on the NHTSA recalls mailing list, and get notices almost daily of various vehicle related recalls. RV's of various makes and models have been on the lists numerous times over the past several weeks for the cracked QD issue.If that's the case, then it would seem that owners of these RVs are indeed being notified, and the fittings will indeed be replaced. Again, exactly the way the system is supposed to work.
4x4van 05/18/22 10:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Cracked Propane fittings

I've read that initial article from Ron (referenced in the Youtube video). Yes, this is serious, however... He wrongly states that all 22,000 RVs have cracked/leaking fittings. In fact, he states that twice, in both the first and second paragraphs. Finally, in the 4th paragraph, he admits that these fittings "could" crack when owners torque them down. If they were all cracked/leaking, then the recall would already be under way. Not to downplay the seriousness, but over stating the danger is usually counter productive. The NHTSA is aware and is following the proper protocols; there is no reason to panic.
4x4van 05/16/22 02:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water Pressure Regulator

^^I agree, there is a reason the Watts regulator costs more. The RV Guard model looks like the Valterra regulator. Bad thing about a cheap model, just more expense, when you decide to toss it, and get a proven high quality one. Myself...I quit using any, just fill my 60 gal fresh tank as needed, and have a great, consistent water pressure. Nice too, in case you ever have a water leak, you catch it right away. Jerry I curious....How long have you used this approach, and how many water pumps you replaced? I like this idea, but am always hesitant to, as I'm concerned that the water pumps they put in RVs, like many other RV components, aren't meant for prolonged use. I'd be concerned that if we used the water pump all the time for everything water related like you are advocating here, we'd be replacing a lot of water pumps. How has your water pump held up under this kind of constant use?I do this as well. Only use campground water to fill the tank (if needed; I always leave home with a full tank to start). 32+ years, 3 RV's...have not had to replace a single water pump.
4x4van 05/16/22 02:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV recovery!

All of the people here blaming the GPS conveniently overlook the fact that the couple was using printed maps, not GPS.
4x4van 04/29/22 11:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Shout out to another of the Forums boards here

To each his own. Not everyone agrees with the tire blowout video, but it's been discussed/argued ad nauseum here, so...
4x4van 04/29/22 11:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yuma Arizona

I plan to camo in Yuma Arizona this coming winter. Any recommendations?Browns and beiges. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
4x4van 04/26/22 03:35pm Family Camping
RE: Laminate flooring install

Be ready to remove about 10,000 staples holding the carpet down!
4x4van 04/19/22 10:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leveling blocks on dual rear wheels

Duplicate post; mod please delete
4x4van 04/15/22 11:00am Tech Issues
RE: Leveling blocks on dual rear wheels

My owner's manual says to always block both dual tires.
4x4van 04/15/22 10:59am Tech Issues
RE: Travel trailer necessities

I agree with many of the items that people have listed, with a few exceptions. -Unless you are staying hooked up for long periods of time, a sewer hose support slinky is, IMO, a waste of money and more trouble than it's worth. I bought one, used it exactly once, threw it away. -In 35 years, I've never needed an extension cord for my RV, although I will admit that our friends did indeed need one last year. Once. -A 50A/30A dogbone (as needed for your RV). -Toilet chemicals of your choice, and remember to use some in your grey tank as well; it can smell worse than the black. If you want to try the "water only" or GEO method, more power to you, but I'm happy with my chemicals (I use Happy Campers). -Two 10' sewer hoses at minimum (I have a 3rd that I use at home to reach my sewer cleanout, but typically only carry 2 with me), with a clear elbow (at both ends, preferably). -Get a 50' water hose and cut it into a 15' and a 35'; add hose ends. You can use either the 15', or the 35', or the full 50' combined as needed without pulling out any more than needed. I've found that 15' is sufficient most of the time. -Water pressure regulator. -A camping mat helps to keep dirt/debris out of the RV. -Wheel chocks and leveling blocks. -Basic tool kit and multi-meter. As others have said, keep things simple the first few times out; you will figure out what you need.
4x4van 04/15/22 10:15am Beginning RVing
RE: Rear/ bunk ladder

Simple solution, leave the 32 year old ladder attached where it is, and not risk breaking your roof ladder, and spend $50-75 on a step stool or bunk ladder, or build one one for a bit less (or free, if you have any scrap lumber laying around)Agreed, although I'd still like to see a pic of the OP's ladder:h
4x4van 04/06/22 11:39am Tech Issues
RE: Rear/ bunk ladder

Interesting. I'm intrigued by the manual stating "Be sure that metal safety catch and bunk hooks face toward the motor home." I guess it's possible that the top half of the removeable exterior ladder is also used for the interior bunk ladder, though I've never actually seen that done. Would definitely like to see actual pics of the OP's ladder.
4x4van 04/01/22 10:11am Tech Issues
RE: Rear/ bunk ladder

Can you post a Pic? I have 43 years as a RV tech and I have NEVER! seen a inside bunk ladder ever attached to the exterior roof top ladder from the factory. DougSame here; something doesn't make any sense.
4x4van 03/29/22 05:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Happy Campers no longer available in CA?

Don't know if it is good as the type you are looking for but there is an "organic" Happy Camper tank treatment for sale on Ebay. I did not see any shipping restrictionsSadly, that is in fact the only Happy Campers treatment there is. Some of the vendors on eBay show the shipping restriction right at the top, some don't, although if you scroll down further, even most of those listings show "Not for sale or shipping to CA". I might try one that doesn't, but I assume that it will kick it back as not being able to ship to my address. I'll just ship it to my son out of state and have him send it to me.
4x4van 03/17/22 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Happy Campers no longer available in CA?

Loud mouths that know it all fit pretty good into your categories also. I think after roughly 20 years on this RV forum and the limited number of posts I've had, I think I'll just ignore your "****" if you will! Sorry if I went off a tangent on your on post. Geeus!!! But my post only offered info for those reading the forum and don't understand air pressure and it's effect on sewer gas. Sorry almighty one that you knew all this already!Thank you for proving my point...again...several of them, actually. :S
4x4van 03/17/22 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Happy Campers no longer available in CA?

Yay for StarkNaked and I for giving the correct answer; SB-317. without the extra bull*** ;) Sorry just had to get myself in print again..........:B:B;)
4x4van 03/15/22 05:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Happy Campers no longer available in CA?

Many of these comments prove, once again, how people can ignore a question but post anyway in order to see their words in print. If anyone knows the particular chemical in Happy Campers that CA has recently added to their "banned" list, I'd appreciate your input. If any of you want to continue to chastise those of us who use it (or other means), please don't bother.
4x4van 03/15/22 04:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Favorite travel game

Cornhole, Tipsy-Toss, Giant Jenga. Oops; missed the "board game" part of the OP. Cornhole is a "board" game by definition. ;-)Good point!:B
4x4van 03/15/22 02:53pm General RVing Issues
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