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RE: Broken Spring

The second spring has found a semi-permanent home residing in the bed of our truck. On another forum an RV'r posted regarding the difficulty he once had when he had a broken spring while traveling and could not easily find the correct size. From that point on he ensured that springs were part of his spare parts inventory. In trying to learn from others, I have done the same, and 2 spares with bronze bushings inserted reside under our bed in the RV.
Planning 10/12/19 09:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Deceptive traffic citations

I made call to the Tullos mayor’s office...In addition, I have attempted to locate a website or email for the Tullos LA Mayor’s office Law enforcement is an executive branch function. The court is a judicial entity. The mayor is analogous to the legislative branch. Communication with a legislative type of functionary is not the appropriate venue for an issue dealing with either law enforcement or judicial review. An intelligent and wise mayor (or other legislator) will refrain from getting involved in a law enforcement or judicial matter. Once executive functions are completed (no longer detained by LE), your recourse is in the courtroom with the judge, either with an attorney (preferred) or by yourself.
Planning 10/08/19 08:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Splendid Washer/Dryer

Also, do not neglect manually initiating a lint-cleaning procedure (as recommended by Splendide) to prevent the dryer air duct from clogging: Obtained in 2011 from Splendide’s Technical operation, Westland Sales in Oregon 800-356-0766 (#5), or 503-656-2280 (#5) technician San Saechao PROCEDURE FOR CLEARING LINT FROM MACHINE’S INTERIOR DUCT 1. Run the unit, without clothes, and with the dry time off, on cycle #11. 2. When the water stops entering the unit push, and hold the start button until all the lights come on, then release the button. 3. Next, move the cycle knob to cycle # 2 and press the start button once (do not hold). The unit will resume filling with additional water. 4. Let it run through that complete cycle. 5. Do this twice. If in frequent use, do this once each month to avoid buildup. If the above treatment fails, try it again, adding a cup of white vinegar to break down the deposited soap and fabric softener. FALL BACK PROCEDURE IF THE ABOVE PROCEDURE FAILS 1. Pull the unit out and remove flexible exhaust duct. 2. Pick out as much lint as you can from the air outlet on the back of the dryer. 3. Put a garden hose in the outlet and blow the blockage into the washer. 4. Run the washer on a short cycle. The blockage breaks up and goes out the drain.
Planning 10/03/19 08:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Disc brake pads

Just put new pads on our Titan system: Napa UP7136M Excellent performance.
Planning 10/03/19 06:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: US Border agent gave my passport to.....??

Political? The very premise of national borders, internal and external security practices, and the travel liberties of citizens is nothing but political. Politics and "political" is from the Greek "polis", the term used to describe the city-state and all of the issues that flow from the existence thereof. To avoid "politics" while discussing the instant issue is like trying to avoid discussing water while treading and drinking it.
Planning 09/28/19 07:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Vinyl plank flooring - snap lock with history of success?

To those who have used the click-lock style (floating plank), how did you negotiate the edge adjacent to the slide-out. The slide-out comes in and out on rollers. Is it appropriate to fasten (glue/screw/nail?) the first course of planks that functions as the leading edge where the rollers come up onto the floor (when retracting the slide)?
Planning 09/20/19 09:11pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Disappointed in Disc Brakes

Trip report:> The Titan actuator is smooth and strong. The pairing with the Ford IBC is very adequate. The combination will definitely stop the combined rig... Although it is a tad light on light braking, it does come on pretty quick, and is fairly well matched to the truck. I am glad you were able to resolve this. I do not remember where I read it, but I seem to recall that tow vehicle speed is a factor (within the brake controller algorithm) for output to the actuator. IOW, "faster equals more". Thanks for closing the circle on the thread.
Planning 09/20/19 08:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Buying a New 2016 trailer in 2019. What’s it worth?

what it is really worth For any towed RV, just approach a dealer with the same hypothetical rig and ask them how much they will give you for trade-in value. People are often quite surprised at how little value there is in towed RV's, and how much they depreciate. When ours was less than 6 months old, we were not able to obtain a trade-in number more than 1/3 of our original purchase price when we were considering buying another model.
Planning 09/02/19 09:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Let's talk generators - again.

Have you considered purchasing (yes, I am spending your money) composite propane bottles. https://www.vikingcylinders.com/products/ Just a thought. Enjoy your retirement. Nice but they do not appear ready for prime time. The largest RV tank they market is size equivalent to a 30lb but only holding 22 lbs. That is about a 25% loss of capacity.
Planning 09/01/19 11:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water Pump

Update.....was able to just remove the front piece of the pump without removing the pump. Just had a little bit of water come out. Was actually a very easy job, about 15 mins total. It appears to have fixed the problem of city water filling my fresh water tank! $10 fix! Thank you guys for help/advice! Be prepared for the "fix" to fail again. It is a good pump with a weak check valve system. A stand-alone check valve will be a more semi-permanent repair. This is the check valve that I used, and you can see it plumbed in the following photos. https://i.imgur.com/mQdfb2Wl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/zB8X2u0l.jpg It is a Camco 23303 1/2" Back-Flow Preventer check valve connected to the output side of the water pump.
Planning 09/01/19 09:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Let's talk generators - again.

Your experience is greatly appreciated. Onan 5500 LP; dealer installed at purchase on "Generator Ready" 5th wheel. 2 each 40 pound LP tanks as standard OEM on the 5ver with OEM plumbing to genset. We do not dry-camp or boondock. On occasion we pull over (rest-stop) for a break, but all else is full hook-ups. We have zero intention for the smoke-sniffing side of RVing, so the generator is for pure convenience. I have on occasion brought a 2000w Yamaha and extra gasoline as a "just-in-case" type of mentality, but never once used it. The longest we have ever run the Onan is 2-3 hours while performing RV maintenance at the storage facility. We rarely use the gas range, our reefer is residential, and the water heater is a propane sipping Truma, so twin 40lb tanks gives us a good practical supply. I have zero problem lifting them while knocking on Septuagenarian age. As Cummins mentioned, the push button convenience is...convenient. Also, LP gensets do not foul fuel systems or oil like gasoline models, for whatever type (portable or installed) you decide.
Planning 09/01/19 08:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Vinyl plank flooring - snap lock with history of success?

Thank you gentleman all for your patient elaboration.
Planning 08/31/19 12:25pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Vinyl plank flooring - snap lock with history of success?

We used a lot of Tarkett Commercial LVT/LVP. Same exact product just different shapes/styles. "Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Planks" "Luxury vinyl planks and tiles offer complete design freedom with endless layout possibilities across a broad range of patterns, colorways, quality levels and installation formats." I went to the Tarkett commercial site (we are actively researching a RV flooring replacement) and I found this for installation instructions: "Room temperature must be maintained between 65F and 85F and the ambient relative humidity must be between 40% and 60%...Once the installation is completed, the service temperature of the space must never fall below 55F" Those temperature and humidity parameters are significantly different than what we would be able to maintain. During winter storage the unit could easily see single digit temps. Thanks for the information; it is frustrating because the product looks nice.
Planning 08/30/19 06:38pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Wireless Battery Voltage Meter

I’m looking for a wireless battery voltage meter. Just something to display voltage without having to pull wires. Haven’t found anything in my search so far. Anyone have ideas? https://www.thornwave.com/products/bluetooth-battery-monitor-dc-power-meter https://www.facebook.com/thornwave/videos/473549219741310/
Planning 08/30/19 06:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Vinyl plank flooring - snap lock with history of success?

^^^^^^ I agree, LVT "Luxury Vinyl Tile" is extremely durable, so much so we used it in mANY Dental Clinics. BTW it is a glued down product, no snap n lock/floating BS. https://i.imgur.com/mV2qpbul.jpg Cummins, What brand of glued down LVT (actually hoping for "LVP" plank style) do you recommend?
Planning 08/27/19 08:45pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Wet Bay Deck Plate

Based upon the excellent ingenuity and unbounded generosity from member 2manytoyz, I now have a deck plate in the wet bay with an opening appropriate for a hose. I have been concerned about how large the opening was, with the capability to allow all sorts of vermin; an eight inch deck plate is a welcome mat for opportunity. After seeing 2manytoyz previous post here, I knew that it was a viable answer to the issue. A few weeks later and the project is now completed. After removing the old deck plate I put an initial layer of butyl seal tape into the gap between the opening and the underlayment, and an additional layer overlapping that and covering the screw holes in the floor of the wet bay orifice: https://i.imgur.com/QFNkOlkl.jpg I pilot-drilled new holes and used stainless screws (and dipped into Dicor lap sealant) for the new deck plate flange: https://i.imgur.com/YmKqBi2l.jpg I keep a short "stinger" hose line attached to the city-water intake (I use Banjo fittings for all of my water connections). The hose fits perfectly into the hose portion of the new deck plate: https://i.imgur.com/ROdcimol.jpg https://i.imgur.com/iUw4kh0l.jpg The deck plate cover stores easily in the bay, and closes the hole while driving. The magnets still exert sufficient power to place the hose-port section securely on top as a storage position. https://i.imgur.com/qaGJoPSl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/EMgjGFrl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/TOxIBsil.jpg 2manytoyz modified his original files to fit my deck plate (and probably most Arctic Fox RV's), available to be downloaded from here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3823664 Public libraries frequently offer free 3D printing, and there are commercially available services on the net for any who would like to fabricate these for themselves. Thanks again to 2manytoyz for his imagineering and grace.
Planning 08/22/19 08:12pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Replace RV Refrigerator with Residental Model

For those who have replaced their fridge with a residental model, what model did you use and what was the approximate cost? The fridge I have is a NORCOLD 1200LRMD. Thanks. GM We bought the Fisher & Paykel RF170BRPX6 (discontinued and replaced with similar model Fisher & Paykel RF170BRPX6N). The fact that it has recessed side-of-door handles made it instrumental for our choice so as to deconflict with the slide-out. We rid ourselves of the continually problematic since brand new Norcold 1200 series. (I do not want to serve an appliance's needs; I want it to serve mine. I wanted no difference in performance than what we have in our residence.) The F&P is exemplary; it is an inverter model and uses little electricity. We are not smoke sniffers so we always operate on full hook-ups. With two 24 group 12 volt RV/Marine batteries and a pure sine wave inverter our batteries are at 12.7 volts at the end of a 10 hour drive. https://i.imgur.com/xgUaWAol.jpg
Planning 08/21/19 09:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Mechanical Bay Project

Thank you gentlemen all.
Planning 08/20/19 09:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Mechanical Bay Project

This project corrected multiple inadequacies/deficiencies in our 5th wheel. The basement storage area in the RV is quite large, and the aft port bulkhead has a semi-removable (screw-attached) panel that closes off and protects the mechanical compartment. It contains the water heater, shore line electric reel, water pump, hoses and manifolds, and electricity (automatic) transfer switch. One of the lesser items that I addressed was attempting to organize and loom various. I also placed witness/identification labels to mark specific feeds on both electric and water lines. The first element was to “let there be light”. The compartment is a quite dark cul-de-sac that has little penetrating ambient light. https://i.imgur.com/12kdC1Sl.jpg The basement itself has two LED ceiling fixtures, and I was able to parallel from one of those to accomplish two issues: power and switching. The switching issue was a requirement because upon completion the mechanical room light would need to be energized remotely. I purchased a pair of Kohree https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L8CW8Q2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 light fixtures and replaced the single fixture that was in the Kitchen. I used the single fixture that was in the kitchen as a ceiling light in the mechanical bay, and wired the light in parallel with the switch to an existing LED fixture in the RV basement storage area. This gave me the ability to turn the mechanical bay light on from the other side of the aforementioned screwed in panel. Why would someone want a light on in a closed-off compartment? So that you can look through the new window that I installed in the formerly solid panel. I wanted to be able to easily view this area to check for leaks, etc. without having to remove the panel. One 12” x 18” x 1/8” sheet of acrylic plexiglass, some Gorilla Brand Silicone caulk and Gorilla brand tape (belt and suspenders), and a 10” x 16” hole, and a window occurs. Here are several photos: Loomed, labeled and semi-organized: https://i.imgur.com/q39Stgxl.jpg Mech room compartment panel with window installed: https://i.imgur.com/zUEcMa6l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/spA9N8pl.jpg Straight and side views through the window: https://i.imgur.com/YapzGeal.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YihF5qFl.jpg In addition to the light, and window and the housekeeping items, I also added a Camco 23303 1/2" Back-Flow Preventer check valve to the supply side of the water pump. The pump is efficient and strong, but it’s weak point is a check valve that historically leaks/backflows and allows the fresh water holding tank to overflow. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EDUTN6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 is the check valve that I used, and you can see it plumbed in the following photos. https://i.imgur.com/mQdfb2Wl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/zB8X2u0l.jpg I have obtained lots of ideas from others, so I hope this might help someone.
Planning 08/19/19 06:54pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Ductless AC instead of roof mounted AC

Mini split Update Overall I am quite happy with the performance of the Mini split Would love to see a photographic overview of the installation.
Planning 08/15/19 07:41pm General RVing Issues
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