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RE: More Stuck Camper Jacks

The times I've had a stuck jack was because the camper was not going up or down evenly. All four motors seem to run at different speeds I presume due to wire length and I/R loss. The more uneven or tilted the camper becomes, the more tensive rubbing force applied between inner and outer jack tube. Look at the tilt of the camper and try to raise or lower a different jack to level out and relieve rubbing pressure.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/29/21 04:45pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, Check this video out for fun. This guy is a technical wiz and created a NAS system from parts he had. He has a 5 volt power supply for his setup and a Raspberry PI is the controller. IT may or may not be useful to you but it is interesting to see what can be done if you have the knowledge. Hope you have your setup figured out by now. Looking forward to a full report upon completion and implementation... That one actually is rather neat :). Using low power 5v USB drives solves the 12 volt power issue that is needed with large 3.5" drives like the QNAP nas I have is. Have you dedicated yourself to any one solution yet? Keep us informed. This will be interesting to see your final installation and your review...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/26/21 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, Check this video out for fun. This guy is a technical wiz and created a NAS system from parts he had. He has a 5 volt power supply for his setup and a Raspberry PI is the controller. IT may or may not be useful to you but it is interesting to see what can be done if you have the knowledge. Hope you have your setup figured out by now. Looking forward to a full report upon completion and implementation...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/26/21 12:23pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, So I take it you're trying to eliminate a 120 volt wall cord and go straight into the 12 volt connector using the 12 volt system of the house which will be 14.4 or 14.6 at times. 13.7 or 13.2 at others. and 12.8, 12.6 and going lower as the evening progresses until the engine or generator start charging. Sounds like the Victron may be the solution you're looking for. Since this NAS is going to be rattling around in the truck camper, are you going to be using SSD drives? Will your NAS accept smaller 2.5 drives? I have a couple LACIE 4T USB drives RAID capable if desired. It's a much simpler solution than a hardwired NAS unit in the TC and easier to take with you if needed. Probably not as capable though as a true NAS designed to serve several work stations but will easily work for one person/computer. I saw the RV GEEKS on YouTube the other night, released a video on their electronic communication and NAS system. They had a NAS with I recall 6 full sized bays but I don't recall if they plugged into 120 volt or adapted to use 12 volt. They have a huge LION battery system so I suspect they used 120 volt and let the unit make it's own clean power. Hope it works out whatever you end up with. The nas in question is a small low power single drive qnap unit, it will easily use any 2.5 or 3.5 inch sata drive (it currently has a 6tb wd red pro nas drive in it, that will be getting swapped out for an intel ssd). Its primary purpose is to act as the house plex server (do it yourself netflix), that we'll be syncing what we want for a trip from the big plex server at the house. Its not really used for anything, I bought it for a short term project a few years back and its been collecting dust ever since. So, I'm combining it with the campers network extender as part of the Amerigos systems. Would not this be much simpler LACIE USB-C 3.1 5T $170.00 I have a couple of these and they work very well. Lots of storage, fast, cheap, ruggedized. Plays video to your laptop nicely. There is a Thunderbolt version. They also have SSD versions but the price may be unnecessarily scary. Best of all, it's portable, take it with you and use it where you need it. Just presenting ideas for you.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/22/21 04:09pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC converter for small electronics

Hey Matt, So I take it you're trying to eliminate a 120 volt wall cord and go straight into the 12 volt connector using the 12 volt system of the house which will be 14.4 or 14.6 at times. 13.7 or 13.2 at others. and 12.8, 12.6 and going lower as the evening progresses until the engine or generator start charging. Sounds like the Victron may be the solution you're looking for. Since this NAS is going to be rattling around in the truck camper, are you going to be using SSD drives? Will your NAS accept smaller 2.5 drives? I have a couple LACIE 4T USB drives RAID capable if desired. It's a much simpler solution than a hardwired NAS unit in the TC and easier to take with you if needed. Probably not as capable though as a true NAS designed to serve several work stations but will easily work for one person/computer. I saw the RV GEEKS on YouTube the other night, released a video on their electronic communication and NAS system. They had a NAS with I recall 6 full sized bays but I don't recall if they plugged into 120 volt or adapted to use 12 volt. They have a huge LION battery system so I suspect they used 120 volt and let the unit make it's own clean power. Hope it works out whatever you end up with.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/21/21 11:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Back to work part time.

I see the picture too but this isn't a post about pictures, it's a back to work part time post. What sort of work are you doing. Curious because I'll be entering the world of the retired in about 2 months after selling rental houses and washing my hands of that business. https://i.postimg.cc/d1317KNM/volvo1.jpg I haul the US Mail from 10 rural post offices to a main distribution center, take a 90 minute break, reload and drop off the next days mail. I drive four nights for just over 50 hours total, 4 days on and 10 off. 540 miles every night. I took an early retirement back in 2016 due to some needed surgery. This is my old job but just part time. I never planned on going back to work but after a divorce and fighting cancer for 10 years this is actually a pretty good gig. ;) Sounds like a great gig. Sorry about the other **** you had to deal with. It's amazing how well the success rate curing and treating cancer has become. All my friends who have had it have won their battle though some are still receiving periodic scans monitoring it. May God bless and keep you well. J&K
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/19/21 01:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Back to work part time.

I see the picture too but this isn't a post about pictures, it's a back to work part time post. What sort of work are you doing. Curious because I'll be entering the world of the retired in about 2 months after selling rental houses and washing my hands of that business.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/18/21 02:35pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

Does anybody really know how much "Stuff" actually grows in an RV fresh water tank? Typically, it's full of or has water in it and is somewhat sealed from the outside. It's always dark in it's compartment which to algae means no light to produce food and grow. There are trace amounts of nutrients for stuff to grow from. The RV fresh water tank is really an inhospitable place for life. I'd guess that airplane freshwater tanks have a similar environment - tanks are sealed and dark, are refilled frequently, and get plenty of agitation. https://www.cntraveler.com/story/study-shows-airplane-water-is-dirtier-than-you-think But a new study shows it's not just the tray table or seat-back pocket that could be harboring germs and bacteria. The tap water on both major and regional U.S. carriers was found to be contaminated with varying levels of E. coli and coliform, according to the newly released 2019 Airline Water Study conducted by DietDetective.com and Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center. Interesting article. This quote is pretty much what reasons I think airline water may be more contaminated. ""Because aircraft water comes from locations via temporary connections, aircraft drinking water quality depends on a number of factors (e.g., the care used to board the water, the water transfer equipment (such as water cabinets, trucks, carts, and hoses), and the operation and maintenance of the onboard water system)," the EPA said" The care we take with our own water system is much higher during handling than a commercial airline's employees give to the aircraft.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/18/21 01:00pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

I'm glad that I'm not paranoid. Maybe if I was drawing water from a stagnant pond but really as long as the water is turning over fairly often, it goes thru a filter before going in the tank. I've got bigger things to worry about than building a rube goldberg vinegar still out of an RV. If we haven't used the RV for a month or more or the taste has gone off, I might consider consider running a little bleach thru the system and then flushing it out. If you are ever on city water, you will get some chlorine flavor anyway. We usually keep a pitcher for drinking water in the fridge so the chlorine flavor mostly evaporates anyway before we drink it. It would make me proud to know that Rube Goldberg is looking down upon me with a smile of satisfaction...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/18/21 12:51pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

....... The "Dufas" is happy with the results. No smell, no taste, just good clean drinkable water coming out of the TC water system. .... The concern is that the water treatment does not give "good clean drinkable water". Not with a strong possibility of bacteria and mold still remaining in the system. If you are determined to avoid household chlorine bleach, then Purogene is a good alternative. It is still chlorine based and just as effective. You also need to rinse it out of the system as you would with household bleach. The MSDS reads pretty much like you will find for bleach: "Corrosive Harmful if swallowed Avoid Breathing vapor or spray mist Causes moderate eye irritation Remove contaminated clothing and wash clothing before reuse Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling Handlers applying chlorine dioxide must wear gloves This pesticide is toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates" Does anybody really know how much "Stuff" actually grows in an RV fresh water tank? Typically, it's full of or has water in it and is somewhat sealed from the outside. It's always dark in it's compartment which to algae means no light to produce food and grow. There are trace amounts of nutrients for stuff to grow from. The RV fresh water tank is really an inhospitable place for life. Obviously some stuff does manage to scrape out a living but how much is that? Is it just stagnant water with a plasticy smell and taste or is it water riddled with all sorts of nasty stuff? Many of our fellow TCers simply rinse out the fresh tank with water and rarely or never chemically or otherwise clean their fresh tank and water system. Usually, I rinse out monthly if not going anywhere and when traveling, there is new water introduced regularly and agitation/aeration from the road motion. The water in the tank is 3 days old now, still tastes and smells fine as of this AM. The method I used isn't perfect but it's also not without merit. Water at 125 degrees does kill bacteria, it just takes longer like a couple hours and I'm sure I met that mark. The vinegar, though diluted still introduces acidity which is unfriendly to the stuff that may be in the tank. The two, heat and acidity do work together, along with duration of time to create a hostile to deadly environment to stuff in the tank. In that time, I'm sure one or two or more of the stuff were killed. Not perfect, but not without merit. Nobody is going to deny that bleaching kills best but this is a viable alternative for those who want one. Having actually done this and currently experiencing the results, I can say that the real world results of this experiment, worked to my satisfaction. That is a real world determination from personally experienced results. There will always be hardliners who will insist on stay the course of RV tank cleaning with bleach doctrine, never realizing or admitting, there are several paths leading to the same destination.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/18/21 12:39pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

Sorry, this Dufus is not at all convincing with a statement that this procedure "is supposed to" sanitize. If you could hit 130 degrees in the entire system, there is no documentation that this would work and in fact there is plenty of literature that states neither vinegar or a full 130 would be effective. If you don't care, fine. Personally I want a system that is sanitized and free of the worst of the nasties such as Legionella. Legionella thrives in hot water but does not withstand bleach or boiling, but 130 is a long way short. The "Dufas" is happy with the results. No smell, no taste, just good clean drinkable water coming out of the TC water system. It was interesting to try the method. Next time, I may try the water system cleaner suggested by another poster earlier. I believe it is a non bleach based product and airlines use it for cleaning their drinking water holding tanks. Purogene Water Treatment Preserver Take care...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/18/21 02:21am Truck Campers
RE: Trying different method of fresh water tank sanitization

We typically are out twice a month with the camper and draw from the tank to keep the water fresh. We may fill from city chlorinated water or from well, but I avoid filling any water that is heavy in mineral or smell. We have not gone more than three weeks without use, so I have not treated or cleaned the fresh tank. I flush the hot water tank one or twice a year and have not seen enough build up worry about cleaning it. You can pump a vinegar dilution into your hot water tank by using the winterizing siphon and not running the tank bypass if you don't want to pickle your fresh tank. "Pickling" the fresh tank was one of the objectives. Certainly a lot of detractors to this method but it is an experiment and I'm the one who chose to try it. Seemingly, the process worked. No smell or taste in the water now. Had hotter than my hands could stand water flowing through the entire system at 130? for 30 to 40 minutes plus ambient time afterward for as long as the water held temperature. I figure the water was scalding hot for perhaps an hour total combined with the acidity of the vinegar water solution. The heat itself in the system is a big plus for any attempt at cleaning. I rather doubt there is any significant bacteria left in the system, no more than there ever is. I've been drinking the water from the TC for a couple days now and no ill effects. I may take the TC down to the waterfront tomorrow to hang out, do some work, and bake a couple loaves of bread using the water from the fresh tank. Next time, I may try this Purogene Water Treatment Preserver. Hope all's well with you guys...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/18/21 02:13am Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

That's where the heat comes in. Even if the water temp doesn't make it to the 130 degree mark, The hot water and vinegar will still create a good cleaning action rinsing out the system removing some crud from inside surfaces and rinsing stuff out the drain pipe. I looked at your other thread where you describe the process. Are you actually able to bring the overall temperature up to a decent amount by recycling it? I have never done this, but with a small HWT with limited heating capacity, I would be inclined to think there would be too much temperature loss in the fresh tank and the lines to be able to bring the whole thing past lukewarm. Just wondering.... It took a couple hours but the TC water heater did get the water hot enough that you didn't want to hold your hands in it. The water heater did shut off when it reached temperature. I kept the pump running until the water heater cycled again and I considered it mission accomplished. I think the fresh tank doesn't lose as much heat as people may think. It's a big volume with a small surface area. The bottom and front side have 1/2 inch Styrofoam insulating. That is nearly half the fresh tank surface area is insulated. So the main heat loss is from the fill hose and the other half of the fresh tank. It's kind of like an elephant versus a rabbit for heat retention. Take care...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/17/21 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

While vinegar does kill some bacteria, it does not come close to what bleach does. That's where the heat comes in. Even if the water temp doesn't make it to the 130 degree mark, The hot water and vinegar will still create a good cleaning action rinsing out the system removing some crud from inside surfaces and rinsing stuff out the drain pipe.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/17/21 10:45am Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

I opened your youtube link and it takes me to an ad for a local grocery store..... No thank you. When I see an ad it gets closed immediately. I like the concept and idea of what you are posting here. Good work!:) I don't like putting bleach in my fresh water. The smell lingers even after flushing the system. I use vinegar to clean my Keurig coffee machine. Works good. No reason why not to use it in our RV water systems. Thanks for posting this. I don't care for the several tanks lingering of bleach either. Simple rules for watching videos, click to SKIP ADS and fast forward through boring parts. Just click to skip the ads. Fast forward in the boring spots.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/17/21 09:23am Truck Campers
RE: Trying different method of fresh water tank sanitization

I left chlorinated city water in my fresh tank for 3 weeks, and it was a swamp in there when I went to use it the next time. It was a late night flushing it out with bleach to get the funk and algae out of the tank. There have been a few times my TC sat for over a month, this being one of them. Usually I fill the tank full of city water when I get home from a trip. This time was different. I was going to make a quick turnabout and head out again but my fridge cooling unit died and I was stuck. The last tank of fresh water was from a clean mountain glacial spring. I did not fill the tank as per usual M/O. This time I did smell the slightest bit of funkiness. Well I was reading recently about cleaning water tanks and I came across this Vinegar and Hot Water Heater Method and thought Hmmm, I'll give it a try. The water smells clean and tastes fresh now. I'm happy with the results. Take care...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/17/21 09:19am Truck Campers
RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

https://external-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQGdJ5XGfZqwARn_&w=500&h=261&url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FZglm6RQkYNk%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&cfs=1&ext=jpg&ccb=3-5&_nc_hash=AQHzW8A_lt0r466R I'm starting a new thread on this topic. The previous thread was the suggestion of doing this. This thread is having done the vinegar and water heater cleaning sanitizing method. Previous Thread: https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/186454817_10221239648000939_1010711022258074080_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=dbeb18&_nc_aid=0&_nc_ohc=Oq18HwxnoBEAX8xXYZU&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=74f18251d84ad5998cc51a666a64cb58&oe=60C6A213 I tried a new method to clean and sanitize my Truck Camper Fresh Water System. This is a safe method, no bleach. Bleach as you know is a powerful time proven method of cleaning and sanitizing. If you don't want nasty chemicals in your water system this is a good alternative. It's a little more expensive, time consuming, and requires some mechanical know how, but the result is very good. No nasty chemicals in your drinking water from bleaching. Also, Vinegar is food! It doesn't want to kill you. TC - RV People, Enjoy...
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/17/21 09:03am Truck Campers
RE: Trying different method of fresh water tank sanitization

Will it hurt the pump to run 130 degree water through it? I think it is designed for cold / room temperature water. The pump is working fine. 120 to 130 isn't that hot. I felt the pump and the motor itself never felt hot or even warm. I did rest it a couple times a couple minutes. I've had it since 2007 .
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/16/21 06:34am Truck Campers
RE: Trying different method of fresh water tank sanitization

I figured it would take about 2 hours of continuous water heater operation and recirculation to reach the required temperature of 130 degrees F. 15 minutes per 6 gallons, 35+6=41.I don't have a thermometer to measure that but I figure I'll run the system till the water heater reaches temperature and shuts off. That should be about 2 hours to hit that tempAt the 2 hour point it is Hot to touch. I have a total of 2.5 gallons of vinegar in the system. I kept the recirculation going about 15 m8 ures after the water heater shut off. It did not restart. I rocked the TC side to side pretty good, loud sloshing sounds, then drained the system completely. I refilled and there is no order of vinegar but there is the slightest vinegar tartness taste in the water. I'm going to leave it sit overnight then drain and refill in the Azm. I expect it to be fine after that. It seems to have worked well especially due to the hot water recirculation. I'd call it a success. A bit more expensive than bleaching and time consuming but if you don't want nasty chemicals in your system, vinegar and hot recirculation is a great alternative.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/15/21 11:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Trying different method of fresh water tank sanitization

First, vinegar does kill salmonella, E coli and some other bacteria but overall it is not a great disinfectant and certainly no where near as effective as chlorine bleach. Why not just use bleach since it is much more effective. Hot water tanks can develop quite a bit of scale. Pumping some vinegar into the tank and letting it soak should help, but I would certainly not pump that residue into my fresh water tank or even through the hot water pipes and faucets. Pull the plug and let it drain out of the tank instead. I have never had an issue removing the bleach from the water system. I drain the tank, add a partial tank of fresh water, drain again, and then fill up. There are plenty of campers who do not sanitize their fresh water tanks. Most of them do not drink water from the tank. Even so I recommend reconsidering. Sanitizing helps to remove the pink slime (pseudomonas bacteria) that grows in water tanks. It is relatively harmless for most people but can start to clog faucets. I am also concerned about Legionela. I had a friend who was very sick from Legionnaires and that bacteria is often found in RV hot water systems and the shower head. It takes little cost, time or effort to sanitize so I cannot understand why anyone would skip this. When I've used bleach in the past, the bleach needed several rinsings to get the bleach smell out which is fine. The vinegar may require the same. The vinegar is hands down safer. This is a test don't forget. I plan to put a filter between the faucet and the water fill port. The water system is supposed to be brought up to 130 degrees which is supposed to be the main killing component of this method. The hot water will flow through both hot and cold pipes since it flows out the faucet.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 05/15/21 02:16pm Truck Campers
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