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RE: Black Tank Roof Vent and Bathroom Roof Vent Too Close?

I now see that the grey drains do not go into the black tank at all, so the black is all on its own. Not sure how the sinks and shower drains are vented. Double kitchen sink so that might be it for there if you don't plug both. Bathroom shower could vent via bathroom sink not plugged. No air admittance valves anywhere in the pipes past the Ptraps. (1991 RV) Good idea for a shower drain plug. You have to stand in the shower pan while at the bathroom sink. This is not a 5er! :) Got the drains all cleaned out so have to do a smell test later. The black tank is all cleaned out too so be a while before any tests. I have to rig a second tank under the TC overhang behind the truck bumper to be the grey tank. I did that before with our previous TC. Fairly simple job where it can be hanged from above and supported below with a towing piece in the receiver with a plank over to the side attached using the hole where the ball normally goes. Just have a short hose that goes from the sani-cap down to the grey tank. A tap to dump it if it doesn't have one. A plastic bigger gasoline can works for that if on it side. Its pouring hole on top to take the grey filling hose, and leave its vent screw- on cap at the bottom to be unscrewed as the drain. Good enough for sinks, but not big enough for shower of course.
BFL13 07/03/20 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank Roof Vent and Bathroom Roof Vent Too Close?

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BFL13 07/03/20 09:00am Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank Roof Vent and Bathroom Roof Vent Too Close?

Thanks for the ideas. I am working on confirming the source of the whiff, which will take a few days. I have closed the roof vent and cleaning the drains more to see if there is any whiff after that, then if not, I will open the roof vent and see if any then to confirm my original suspicion. The whiff is definitely black not grey when you can smell anything at all. The tank vent on the roof has the usual rain cap. The bottom of the vent at the top of the tank is visible and sealed, so it is not there. None of the grey drains has an air admittance valve, but that may not matter if there is no smell with the roof vent closed. I will know about that later. It will all get solved after a while. There is no rush, and thanks to all for things to check.
BFL13 07/02/20 06:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank Roof Vent and Bathroom Roof Vent Too Close?

"I think the vents open pointing aft so the lid won't blow off if you leave it open a bit while driving. With the vent hood on, that lid should be safe from blowing off." If the vent lid is open when driving You will have a ram air scoop into the bathroom True. So closed while driving even with vent hood. It could go on sideways as was mentioned. I could make the tank vent a little taller too a bit higher than the vent hood. It is not that bad so an Air Wick or whatever they are called would probably do it too. I will do some more work on the drains etc and see how it goes. Meanwhile they finally are opening the campground we like to use in the summer with the Class C, so there's that! :)
BFL13 07/01/20 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Question: Truck Battery Bank for Shore Power

Probably in all those adapters. You should be able to just put a 30/15 on the shore cord and plug that into the inverter. As it is, perhaps the 2000w has a protection that the 800 does not have, explaining the differt results.
BFL13 07/01/20 11:18am Tech Issues
RE: Old fresh water tank spout replacement help

These are helpful for that kind of problem. Going from good part of old pipe to new pipe for the spout end. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Fernco-2-in-x-2-in-x-2-in-x-2-in-dia-x-3-1-2-in-L-Flexible-Repair-Coupling-PVC-Fitting/1002464040
BFL13 07/01/20 10:25am Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank Roof Vent and Bathroom Roof Vent Too Close?

Opening, high end of the vent hood should face toward the rear. We leave our vent lids open a couple inches to get natural ventilation. This reduces or eliminates negative pressure inside the rig that can suck fumes of many types in. You are right that the opening should be to the rear so the vent lid can be raised. But that is right where the tank roof vent is. If I go all new maybe I can put it in backwards so the opening is forward. Not the right way for vortex and all that, as mentioned. Hmmmm. I think the vents open pointing aft so the lid won't blow off if you leave it open a bit while driving. With the vent hood on, that lid should be safe from blowing off. Good point about the sink. There is no grey water tank in the TC, it shares with the black when not on hook ups. (No hook-ups you can simply have the grey pour into a bucket and put a lid on that to dump the bucket somewhere later, if not suitable to let it drain out with a hose off to the side.) There is also a shower drain in the floor in front of the toilet. The TC has a sort of "wet bathroom". We don't use the blue stuff, which smells bad IMO. We just use soap down the toilet and that works in our other Rvs no problem. Just have to get this one in shape too. Good ideas, thanks.
BFL13 06/30/20 09:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank Roof Vent and Bathroom Roof Vent Too Close?

The vent hood could help, thanks. Not one there now. The hood opening facing forward is away from the tank vent in back. The vent now does not have a fan, which is unusual, but there is a bathroom window that opens. I guess the idea to clear the air is open the window and the roof vent. Kind of silly in February! I will get the whole deal new with the fan and the vent hood next project. BTDT with a previous RV. I can steal 12v for the fan from the ceiling lamp.
BFL13 06/30/20 08:46pm Tech Issues
Black Tank Roof Vent and Bathroom Roof Vent Too Close?

In the TC (see sig) there can be a whiff of tank smell that apparently comes from the open roof vent by way of the tank vent nearby, but not positive that is the source. It is not coming from the toilet or from where the toilet is sealed to the flange, which has been renewed. Is there a trick to this, like make the tank vent higher or a different sort of cap on it? Of course we can keep the bathroom roof vent closed except when necessary, but like it open in hot summer weather. Thanks.
BFL13 06/30/20 08:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Missing Running Lights

Having the same problem with the old camper we just got. I found the problem so maybe same thing with yours. The positive wire(s) in the camper clearance lights are connected to the tail light wires. The clearance lights get their negatives from the metal skin of the camper. The lights all need the positives to have 12v and they are in a string so if one has a break in the positive it can stop the others from working. But each light has its own ground from the skin. So if one has no ground the others can still work ok The ground is by a metal screw with the thread into the skin and the head touching a metal plate by the bulb. Scrape that plate so the screw head has good contact and use a new screw that is not corroded. If the screw goes into a corroded hole in the skin, move the whole light over a bit so it gets new contact hole with the skin for ground. On the positive wires, I found part of it would not work and no way to see why inside the skin up there, so I went outside with a new wire from a working light's positive to the positive wire of the string that didn't work and that got 12v to them. So all now work as one string. OK, what if your skin is not the ground for all the clearance lights, but has individual ground wires? Then I suppose you can do the same thing if there is part that does not work. Run a new wire from a good ground to the neg side of any light that has no ground. Any by-passing wires on the outside of the camper get covered with white Gorilla tape so it is not so ugly. :) BTW--I blew the 15a fuse in the truck that is marked for "trailer park" a few times until I smartened up and turned the truck lights out while working on the camper lamps. Also the truck lamps turned off by themselves after a time, so I had to keep turning them back on. Lots of going up and down the ladder for your fitness work-out!
BFL13 06/30/20 01:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Shore Power 12V to vehicle

Your Ford does not seem to have the relay that only lets power to the trailer plug when the ignition is on. Chevs are like that, but they have a fuse you can pull. If your truck does not have a fuse like that, then you could snip the power wire that goes into the camper's plug (pin #4) which will mean no alternator charging, but no connection between camper "house" 12v when parked. The camper tail lights etc would still work. Or perhaps you could put one of those relays in the Ford like newer Fords have if yours doesn't have one.
BFL13 06/30/20 12:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Question: Truck Battery Bank for Shore Power

So it is not a low voltage alarm, but one of the other "protections" shutting it down. Might be in the manual what protection it is that makes the inverter do all that as its signal. It is annoying when the inverter does not have a display that shows a code for which fault it is not liking. Leaves you with trial and error for trouble shooting.
BFL13 06/30/20 09:49am Tech Issues
RE: 2008 Silverado door locks

Our 2003 LT Chev truck has some of that. You go through the menu pushing buttons and all these choices come up for each thing like leave the lights on for a time after you park, etc. If the door lock choice you want isn't there when you get to that part and have to pick something, it isn't there. You can find what the truck came with by all those codes on the label in the glove box
BFL13 06/30/20 09:39am Tech Issues
RE: Question: Truck Battery Bank for Shore Power

Want does "works" mean? You are getting low voltage alarm and shut down with the 2000w but not with the 800w. Are you trying the 2000w with a big load like the water heater on electric, but not when using the 800w? Does the 2000w "work" with the same load as the 800w? If all it is that makes the 2000w not "work" is a big load, you can reduce the voltage drop so it stays above 11v under load, by using fatter wire between inverter and battery bank, balancing the bank better with no "downstream batteries", and making sure the batteries are well charged up (needs an hydrometer for that to be sure) BTW that red plug above is not supposed to be used in the Code ISTR.
BFL13 06/30/20 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Decent inexpensive modified sine wave inverter

Mex, I only run laptops and with MSW there were no visual artifacts. The power bricks did run hotter. Apple laptops do NOT play well with MSW, letting out the magic blue smoke. ....... A laptop uses a brick so why would an Apple care if were MSW?
BFL13 06/28/20 07:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Trick the WFCO converter into not entering 14.4v?

Yes, the PM3s didn't but the PM4s do.I believe the OP needs this replacement assuming OP has the 8900 series WFCO with the integral converter down in the lower slot of the distribution panel. https://powermaxconverters.com/product/pm3-mba/ I asked Errin at PMX about that unit being an LK and he admitted that when installed you can't get at the adjustable controls like you can with the regular deck mount units through the two holes in the side. He wasn't worried about that--it is just how they come with the same guts as the deck mount. I was saying there was no point in changing it from a PM3 to an LK if you can't get at the controls. So that one will be "stuck" in the regular three-stage mode same as the old version. It could still work for this OP. I think the three-stage mode in these LKs does 14.6 every time at first, but only for 30 minutes then does 13.6. Read the user's manual to confirm. To get 13.6 straight, and use that unit, you could set it to single voltage and make that 13.6 before installing it. Then it will do that whenever it is turned on and stay at that.
BFL13 06/27/20 01:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Trick the WFCO converter into not entering 14.4v?

I believe that you have the one WFCO converter that ever went into 14.4 mode. :D As there is no battery involved there is nothing to hold the voltage down. With a battery the voltage won't be 14.4. I suppose any bigger load would do that adds enough resistance. The WFCO chooses whether to go to 14.4 when it is turned on and sees what it is facing. A battery that is say 12.1v and so is lower in R will spike to say 13.1 and thus the WFCO go to 14.4v If the battery is higher in SOC and so is higher in R with say 12.3v, its voltage will spike to say 13.3 when the WFCO is turned on. So the WFCO will go to 13.6v Since longer thinner wire converter to battery adds to the total R, that makes the WFCO think the battery is higher in R even if it is low, so the WFCO sees 13.3v and stays at 13.6. You can use shorter fatter wires to reduce R and then maybe the 12.1v battery plus the wires will spike to 13.1 and let the WFCO do 14.4v Or you can add a battery to the bank, which lowers the R so now the WFCO will see 13.1v. Or, if it is a 55 amps WFCO that is spiking the small bank too high, you can use a 35 amper instead and maybe it will spike to 13.1 and do 14.4, but of course then it will take longer to do a recharge than the 55 amper would at 14.4. So it is really about total R that triggers the 14.4 on WFCO start-up. That means the OP's fans do not have much R so it goes to 14.4. If you add a battery that is enough R to add to the fans' R, then the WFCO should stay at 13.6. But if it is indeed just about the total R, then you don't need the battery as such, but just more of a load to add to the total R. I think :)
BFL13 06/27/20 12:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Decent inexpensive modified sine wave inverter

You need to say the wattage you want. I can't believe I forgot that ! 4000W surge capability So that would be a 2000w inverter with 4000w surge. Can't help with brands, not a clue. I still have my MSW 2000w Vector I got 12 years ago that still works well that is like Don's Cobra that can run motors and MWs, but Vector is long gone. I put it in the used TC we just got.
BFL13 06/27/20 07:10am Tech Issues
RE: Trick the WFCO converter into not entering 14.4v?

Yes, the PM3s didn't but the PM4s do. However they have been replaced by the by the newer LK models. I don't know what they do if anything as a "fourth stage". They do have the 13.2v "storage" stage. Anyway, I thought all of the brands that do that only did it in the "storage" 13.2v mode, so the OP would not see that when running his loads, which would keep the converter at the 13.6 "normal" mode.
BFL13 06/27/20 06:56am Tech Issues
RE: Trick the WFCO converter into not entering 14.4v?

Connect a battery. That should keep the voltage above the 13.2v trigger that makes the WFCO go into boost. Then the WFCO will likely refuse to do 14.4 and stay at 13.6 like several others with WFCOs say theirs do. Worth a try. Now the fans are showing the WFCO less than 13.2v with their load voltage drop. The battery will support the converter in running the loads so not so much drop and stay above 13.2 on starting the loads.
BFL13 06/26/20 10:50pm Tech Issues
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