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RE: House Water Pump needs assistance priming

I had to prime the pump after every refill of the fresh water tank. It was easy - a syrup bottle with small cap filled with water, squirt into the hose used to pull antifreeze into the pump. I got tired of that and went to an RC parts store with my story and the clerk sold me a new diaphragm for less than $10 - haven’t had to prime it again. Easy to install.
Harvey51 07/03/20 11:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Flashlights

I bought this LED one at Princess Auto, a chain discount store in Canada, on sale for $12, complete with AC and 12 volt DC chargers. Very bright. https://i.imgur.com/NIkrIZMl.jpg
Harvey51 07/03/20 10:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Small Class C with out tow car

DW and I have a 20 foot C, have never wished for a toad and very rarely have trouble parking. We would be a bit horrified at leaving our home away from home parked while shopping or site seeing. It takes all kinds of us.
Harvey51 06/27/20 05:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Campsite Photos. Show your stuff.

Kiskatinaw Provincial Park 30 km north of Dawson Creek, BC on a stretch of the original Alaska highway upgraded to pavement but still a bit rough. The park is at the site of the curved wooden bridge built in 1942, which carried all highway traffic until the late sixties and is now restricted to 8000 kg or less. We did drive across it and went back to Dawson on the new bridge. The campsite did not require a reservation. The charge is $20 per night . No showers or flush toilets but it’s right on the river with interesting rocks. A hike upstream is quite interesting. Kids like floating down the river past the campsites. Kiskatinaw Park is 30 km north of Dawson Creek, BC. We live in Alberta east of Dawson Creek. We always enjoy Kiskatinaw on a few miles of the original Alaska Highway, paved but a bit rough to make it seem more genuine. The park and campsite are on the Kiskatinaw River which is a good place to look for interesting rocks, float down the river or hike upstream along interesting rock formations. The big attraction is the curved wooden bridge built in 1942 to get the highway across the river efficiently. https://ouralaskahighway.com/?portfolio_item=historic-kiskatinaw-bridge https://i.imgur.com/jUJTqbxl.jpg
Harvey51 06/27/20 04:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Black Tank Valve Replacement

I had the annoying small leak that made removing the drain cap a messy job. I followed advice from this forum to put a tablespoon of vegetable oil in the toilet and sink after every tank dump. No more leaks!
Harvey51 06/08/20 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Battery question

I think 13.75 volts is too low to revive an unhappy battery. I have a Black & Decker smart charger that automatically goes up to 16 volts when needed. It also has a desulphate mode. It works very well! I used to keep the batteries in the house but they got too heavy. I live in northern Alberta. Now I leave them in the motorhome and disconnect the batteries when not using them for more than a day unless the solar panel is keeping them fully charged. They stay over 12.6 V for at least a month. I’ve had poor results with trickle chargers.
Harvey51 06/07/20 07:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble With RV.net Am I Alone?

I also abandoned the RV.net address in favour of http://forums.goodsamclub.com/ All these portals have the same members, topics and posts so you will be right at home when you switch to a less buggy portal.
Harvey51 06/03/20 09:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rear View Camera vs Backup Camera

Another vote for a switch. I mounted the switch on the base of the driver’s seat so I can conveniently reach it to power the camera and monitor. My first camera was designed for a license plate mount but I soon put it on the inside of our class C looking through the top of the rear window, adjusted so I can just see the hitch on the kayak trailer and most of a campsite when backing in. I can safely back up to well within a foot of the trailer or a tree. With the camera angled about 45 degrees down the horizontal distance is easy to judge. I can keep good watch on the kayaks on the highway. On our first trip with the camera we actually used it when camped in a remote campsite On the Grande Cache highway in Alberta. A few inches of snow on the ground making it easy to see a fox visiting our site without scaring it away.
Harvey51 05/18/20 08:40am Beginning RVing
RE: Solar trickle charger fail!

I disconnect the batteries for the winter, check voltage about once a month, until the 100 watt solar panel is clear of snow. It doesn’t charge fast but does well over a whole sunny day. Being in a cold winter region, I bought a smart charger, Black & Decker 5, 10 and 20 amp maximum settings. It goes up to 16 volts so I usually disconnect vehicle batteries while charging. An hour or two fully charges a battery from a very low state on the 20 amp setting. I have used trickle chargers but they are frustrating. Better to disconnect the battery until you can use a real charger.
Harvey51 05/05/20 09:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone here upgraded their headlights?

Thanks for the tip on polishing the headlight lenses, Ron! I went back to the auto parts store to see if I could buy an entire headlight but it was closed. I expect, if available for a 2004 one it will be very expensive. When I put the headlights back on, it was easier to do with the signal light lens removed - two screws. One bulb. https://i.imgur.com/3ixgX0cl.jpg I intend to buy a couple of those bulbs, too. Likely that number on it will make it easy to find. LED should be good for that.
Harvey51 05/03/20 11:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone here upgraded their headlights?

Our 2004 E350 former rental is probably using the original headlight bulbs. For $43 I can get 2 much brighter LED ones, much easier on power. https://www.amazon.ca/Extrêmement-Lumineuses-conversion-9007-HB5/dp/B07Z5353CY/ref=sr_1_8?crid=2F6KEL5A8TMOA&keywords=headlight%2Bbulb%2B9007&qid=1588201497&sprefix=headlight%2Bbulb%2B9007%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-8&th=1 Am I correct in thinking there is only one bulb in each headlight? I would hate to have a headlight fail on a trip and not have a replacement. I think I should buy these LED ones. It looks like the whole headlight comes out easily for bulb replacement, though 3 of the 4 clips seem to be stuck, so I might as well install them before the 16 year old ones fail. Update: I looked at LED bulbs, and demonstrations of them. Apparently one has to find a LED bulb that has the LEDs in the same configuration as the filaments in the original bulbs to have a chance of getting improved lights. Some of the LED bulbs have a built in fan for cooling. They claim thousands of lumens so probably not much power saved and probably are too bright. The original bulbs are still working after 16 years, so I shouldn’t need greater longevity. I went to the local auto parts store and got two 9007 filament bulbs for $20. This video was helpful in installing them. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4jyMuPsjXOY&time_continue=266&feature=emb_title I regret not going for a whole new light to get a clear lens. Our previous camping vehicle was. 1992 GM van 3/4 ton. We nearly had to let it go to wreckers when a sealed headlight failed at age 20 years. Luckily the local parts store had two headlights in their attic.
Harvey51 04/29/20 10:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How many Ah

If you mean energy from a 12 volt battery, conversions from 120 v to 12 volts will mean ten times as much current. It will require at least ten times as much current from a 12 volt battery to convert to 120 volts fridge 1.3 amps @ 120v for 48 hours AH = 1.3 x 10 x 48 = 624 electric blanket 200 watts @120v 8 hours 200 watts at 12 volts is 200/12 = 16.67 Amps. AH = 16.67x 8 = 133 AH
Harvey51 04/26/20 11:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Drive train failures, tire failures. Warranty vs None

When we bought our 2004 class C, a former rental, in 2008 at a reputable dealer near our home town in northern Alberta the salesman was very nice and helpful. No warranty was mentioned until we met the accountant to do the paperwork. She offered a warranty at “half price”. Luckily I hung around to watch the guys checking the vehicle. One of them was a former student of mine. I asked him about the warranty. He said, “better read the fine print” - that warranty is void if you ever drive on a gravel road. We had arranged to pay and take it home the next day. The accountant halved the price of the warranty again but we didn’t take it. The MH has just had its second visit to a mechanic for routine maintenance like spark plugs, coolant change,I transmission fluid change, rear end and shock absorbers.
Harvey51 04/24/20 09:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Down hill grade

I learned this lesson by experience with a Hill too long and steep decades ago http://www.explorenorth.com/library/roads/bella_coola_hill.html We had a 1992 3/4 ton GM van pulling a tent trailer. I started down in 2nd gear, using the brakes on each switchback curve. My daughter had her window open and said there was a burning smell. I stopped and found there was indeed a hot smell from the wheels. A few minutes later I bravely proceeded in low gear and soon came to a rest stop where I could safely park. There was a melted car there. The aluminum engine had the shape of a puddle on the ground. After a good rest to cool down we proceeded down in low gear. A good lesson!
Harvey51 04/24/20 08:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: back up cameras which one is best for class c

I bought this monitor and camera a few years ago and it has performed flawlessly. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B004Y3FE6O/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0079R2MH6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Our C has a rear window. After trying the license plate I moved the camera to the inside top of the rear window frame and set it so I can see to back up very close to a trailer or a post. I mounted a switch on the base of the driver’s seat to power up the camera and monitor.
Harvey51 03/23/20 07:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

So when testing for parasitic draw, do I connect the multimeter to the battery? If there's parasitic draw how do you know which device it is coming from? You don’t know where the current is going and risk damage to the meter. I lost a range on one of my multimeters when checking a lady’s car that way. The draw was a few mA until she leaned on the car - her under-hood light went on and the meter went off. Now I always use a DC clampmeter to measure current. No chance of damaging the meter on an RV, and the measurement is nearly as accurate as a multimeter. It is possible to detect a current going through a fuse by measuring the voltage across it. Zero current will have the full battery voltage across the fuse. If there is a smaller voltage then check the current with a current meter.
Harvey51 02/29/20 10:03am Travel Trailers
RE: First Timers

We first bought a used popup tent trailer in poor shape. Then a new one in 1992, which was loved until our youngest child grew up. Then we got a bit of motorhome fever when camping at our favourite BC park and visited a German couple next door who spent their months of maternity leave in North America, buying a used one in California and driving to Yukon and back. That MH looked really comfortable in the rain. Water shortages are due to showering. We use campground showers and stop at swimming pools. Our water tank and waste tanks last 5 or 6 days for the two of us so we only need to find a dump and fill site every 5 days. We never hookup to water, sewer or electricity. One solar panel (100 watt) provides all the power we need. If you don’t have solar, I recommend a battery monitor that shows the per cent of full charge for the house batteries. LED lights make a big difference.
Harvey51 02/26/20 10:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: engine longevity?

I’m one of those who bought a former rental class C - a 2004 in 2008 wth 70 000 km. Everything worked then and its still working. In 2019 I got thinking it is probably at the half way point in our use so I took it to a garage for the first time and got the serpentine belt replaced. This year I took it to the same local garage for coolant, transmission and rear end fluids changes. Also, the dreaded spark plugs. It’s at 120,000 km. I asked around for a mechanic that had experience with Triton engine spark plugs. I said we won’t need it until spring so the work is proceeding slowly as it is the busiest garage in town and it has been a tough winter here near where the Alaska Highway begins. The spark plugs are replaced with no problems.
Harvey51 02/26/20 06:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dually Valve Stems

X2 on Kluchdust’s tools. I asked Costco tire shop to use slightly longer rubber stems and have no trouble checking pressures or airing up.
Harvey51 01/18/20 12:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Stabil or Seafoam for long term gas can storage?

So Seafoam for gasoline and Diesel engines is the product best for keeping my grass trimmer carburetor clean. Thank you!
Harvey51 12/07/19 09:52pm Tech Issues
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