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RE: Dry Camping Shower Valve Replacement

I would not want to tackle changing the main valve and an additional flow restrictor seems the best solution. Certainly it is simple and beats having a plumber do the work. You might want to look at replacing the shower head but the Oxygenics is not the way I would go. Look at the specs. It is designed to operate with a flow of at least 1 gallon/minute. When water conservation is needed I do an entire shower with 1 gallon. Good luck trying to get by with less than 3-5 gallons for a shower with the Oxygenics.
JimK-NY 09/19/21 05:31am Tech Issues
RE: Sediment in Freshwater System - Need Help!

If you can't get rid of this after flushing the tank a few times, then consider adding a few gallons of vinegar to the tank. That should dissolve any rust particles allowing you to flush out all of the sediment.
JimK-NY 09/19/21 05:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Question

...... That 100ah battery is nothing to sneeze at either. Here is a test where one powered an air conditioner for almost three hours. A relatively small A/C will pull about 8 amps; i.e., 80 amps @ 12 volts. A 100 AH lithium battery will last about an hour and a quarter. Recharging would be another major issue. Roughly 200 watts of solar would take well over a full day in the sun to charge at this time of year.
JimK-NY 09/18/21 06:56am Truck Campers
RE: Contracting out for re-caulking

I would ask around and try to find a good handyman. I think you will have better luck finding someone who will do a good job at a reasonable cost. Also how much re-caulking do you think is needed? Dicor and other quality sealants should last for decades.
JimK-NY 09/16/21 06:00am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic fox 990 rocking back and forth

This is an older thread so I have no idea if the OP has resolved the swaying issue. It does appear that in spite of all the arguments, I was about right on the overall weight of about 5600#. That is close to 9000# on the rear axle. With that amount of weight airbags and sway bars and HD shocks don't cut it. The OP needs a serious upgrade to the spring pack with something like SuperSprings or a complete rebuilt of the OEM spring pack.
JimK-NY 09/15/21 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: “Pathetic quality”: RV dealers are fed up...

Take a quick look at RVs and you will quickly see that poor construction is only part of the issue. Materials and parts are often poor. Design and engineering are typically very bad. I equate the RV industry to the American auto industry of the 50s and 60s. It took some serious foreign competition to shake up the industry. Even now American makers continue to struggle with quality; e.g., for Ford quality is still "job one". Considering the high prices and poor quality, the door is open for foreign competition.
JimK-NY 09/13/21 05:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Is there a quiet water pump?

If it's the middle of the night and I hear the pump cycling, I know there is a problem that needs to be sorted out. ..... When the temperature in the hot water tank drops, the pump will run to built up pressure. I turn both off at night.
JimK-NY 09/08/21 10:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Is there a quiet water pump?

Typically it is not the pump that makes the noise, at least not for me. It is the vibration and knocking sounds from the supply lines. That is best fixed with some insulation material.
JimK-NY 09/08/21 06:24am General RVing Issues
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Cleaned the front window with 0000 steel wool and alcohol.
JimK-NY 09/07/21 05:47am Truck Campers
RE: Propane gas lines that screw to the Tanks...

I have also had problems with the pigtails. The first set hardened and in the cold especially I thought they were going to crack. They were about 5-6 years old at the time. After a few more years I had issues with one of the pigtails. I believe there is a safety shutoff that stopped working and jammed closed. The neoprene was also getting hard so I replaced both pigtails a second time. Mine are in a closed compartment and not exposed to sun light.
JimK-NY 09/04/21 07:36pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

For every slow poke, there are 10 others pushing well beyond the speed limit, cutting in and out of lanes and putting everyone near them at risk.
JimK-NY 08/30/21 09:08pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do the gray and black tanks fill

There is absolutely no way to tell how much water you will need. Habits are the big factor. At home I leave the faucet running while I wash my face and brush my teeth. Habits like that will run through the fresh water tank and overflow the gray water tank quickly. When I camp and water is not available. I get by on about 3 gallons per day. Roughly 1 gallon for drinking, 1 gallon for dish washing and cooking, and the remaining gallon for a shower. I don't fall short but there is no wasted water in the processes.
JimK-NY 08/30/21 01:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: Roaches ugh!

Not all "bug bombs" are equal. Most are aerosols that leave a nasty film within several feet but fail to penetrate in cracks and hiding places. They are no better, no actually much worse, than spraying household insecticides. There is a pesticide that truly works, penetrates every possible location and then is easy to clear and does not leave a gooey pesticide film. Get Raid fumigator/fogger. It is water activated with a delay and the canister generates a smoke that will stay in the air for hours and penetrates everywhere. After a few hours, you open windows, turn on exhaust fans and the smoke entirely clears.
JimK-NY 08/29/21 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Fiberglass polishing

I am a fan of the ZEP floor wax system, but first you need to prep the surface. I recommend using a Scotch kitchen scrub sponge with a very mild abrasive, either Bar Keepers Friend or Bon Ami. It will be a slow process because you need to go over every square inch with light scrubbing. Odds are there is still some old wax on the RV. You also need to scrub that off using a dilute ammonia solution. If you take your time with the surface prep, you can then apply ZEP finish that will last and last. Mine is still going strong from 2015. The Zep finish is easy to apply. You can use a sponge floor mop, but I did mine by hand. Lightly dampen an approximately 10 inch square rag and apply a thin coat. Make sure you do not get any drips and sags. The first coat or two will not look good. You will need to apply at least 4 thin coats. The Zep finish will prevent further oxidation, will give the RV a moderately good shine, will prevent the black streaks, and will last for years. Zep works so well I barely have to wash my RV. I do wash it about once a year and apply another thin coat of Zep. Again, surface prep is important. If the surface prep is skipped or done poorly the Zep surface can flake off after a few months or years.
JimK-NY 08/28/21 05:31am Full-time RVing
RE: Absorption vs. Residential refrigerator

If you want to switch to a compressor refrigerator, spend the money and get a compressor refrigerator made for 12v use. You will need way less solar, or way less generator when the sun does not shine. I would recommend Nova Kool.
JimK-NY 08/25/21 12:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Do pass-through windows leak?

No water leaks, but my "donut" is old and I am having difficulty getting a good seal between the camper the truck. BTW, I would not buy a camper without a pass through window. When I arrive after a day of driving the camper is a moderate temperature. I crack one of the vents so I get some air flow and heating or cooling as needed.
JimK-NY 08/25/21 12:11pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

And what is that guy going 48 mph supposed to do? I see there is a passing lane in the other direction. So it might not be long. Fortunately with a diesel I am not underpowered. A gentle hill like that would be 65 mph in 5th or maybe topped out at 6th gear.
JimK-NY 08/24/21 05:47pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

I have gotten over 16 with a tail wind :E 16.4 is the best I've ever done with my truck empty at 65 mph. I've done it a few times so I know it wasn't just a fluke. I don't think I've ever traveled very far at 55 even back in the '70s when the speed limit was lowered to 55. Mine only weighs about 10,500 fully loaded. It makes little sense to compare your gasser with a CTD. I don't drive much with an empty truck but it should do close to 20 mpg @ 65. I don't think I can remember doing 55 for any period of time so I would be guessing at 14 mpg with the camper.
JimK-NY 08/22/21 02:30pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

Not to drift off topic but gas mileage has never been a concern as to how fast I drive. I drive at speeds that I am comfortable at and the gas mileage is what it is. It makes a difference to me. My next trip is planned for about 15k miles. Fuel costs will be close to $4000 at current prices. Cutting back a bit on speed can easily save me 20% or $800. That is in addition to a safer, less stressful trip. Of course I will spent more time driving, but probably not by much. Less stressful driving and better fuel economy means fewer rest stops and fewer fuel stops. The best gas mileage I have got hauling my camper was 10.8 mpg. The camper was empty, 180 miles non stop, cruise set at 72 mph. Not so sure how much better it can get than that without crawling down the road at 55 mph. Something that I will never do. But then again, $800 is $800. That's still a lot of money to us poor people. My rig is about 13,000 pounds and I pull my camper with a CTD. I get about 13 mpg at 65 mph. If I drop down to 55, the mileage will improve only a little, maybe to 14 mpg if I am lucky. Increasing the speed is a different issue. At 75 mph I would be lucky to see better than the 11 mpg you got with an empty rig. It is not weight so much as wind resistance. Even a consistent head wind or tail wind makes a difference. I have gotten over 16 with a tail wind and around 10 with a head wind.
JimK-NY 08/22/21 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Cracked rim on 2007 2500hd classic

With a name and model number there should be a way to trace the specs. Beats me why anyone would buy a wheel without that information.
JimK-NY 08/20/21 07:04pm Truck Campers
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