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RE: Portable gas detector

There are 10 year co and smoke detecters , but i have never seen one for combustible gas. I do this for a living, as a paid firefighter. Best bet is to replace the one in the camper with a similar one. All the above advice is good.
Sjm9911 07/30/21 05:00am General RVing Issues
RE: New 4" heavy duty bumper cannot fit Rhino drain hose inside

Wow, the dealer installed a bumper that would not fit the hose? Even if you rotate the hose end? Fence post will work, over or under the bumper. Or a pvc tube on the tounge, not sure what type of camper you have.
Sjm9911 07/28/21 08:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

People may buy elsewhere, my co worker just put a deposit on a rivian. Delivery in January i think.
Sjm9911 07/27/21 03:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6.6 gas

I would wait untill they fix the bugs in the ford. Guy at work bought one and it was in the shop for like 2 months, he just got it back. One sensor after another kept failing. Maybe bad luck , but who knows. I think we're talking about the GM 6.6 here Well I did post on that first, maybe you read the comment above?
Sjm9911 07/25/21 02:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6.6 gas

I would wait untill they fix the bugs in the ford. Guy at work bought one and it was in the shop for like 2 months, he just got it back. One sensor after another kept failing. Maybe bad luck , but who knows.
Sjm9911 07/24/21 09:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6.6 gas

My camper is light. Way too light for the 2500. But it tows a world better then the 2012 sierra 1500 i had with tow package. The sierra had no power up steep grades,l and i think the variable cylinder thing hampered the power. The 2500 can pass things. Its huge inside and out. Hitch camera is an upgrade for me. I get 12 mph towing like 5500 lbs, and the truck is usally loadded up pretty good( 3 bikes, 2 scooters, table, 2 20 lb propane bottles, 2 creats of wooden levelers, cooler with 2 cases of drinks in it, etc. )I get 14 to 18 highway going like 80ish not towing. I have the 2000 chevy hd 2500 gasser.
Sjm9911 07/24/21 01:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Brake Wire

I get the principles and practices, i just figured the manafature has allready considered the drop into the specs. So its designed to work woth the guage it has and to upgrade it will not nessassarly equate better stopping. The trailer manufacturer only goes by published minimum specs. Those specs are based on total current draw over the distance from the axle manufacturers. Dexter Axle used to have a chart calling out the MINIMUM wire ga for certain distances for a certain quantity of brake magnets. Not sure if they still have that on their website. Because the magnets are rated 3A draw at 12V,each axle can draw as much as 6A. So a single Axle trailer typically is rather short you could get away with a minimum of 16 Ga which would handle the max current of two magnets. Longer trailers with two axles means you have the potential for 12A at 12V and typically the minimum recommended wire is 14 Ga because of the current. RV manufacturers let the wire selection go to the frame manufacturer that they buy from (RV manufacturers typically "farm out" the frame building to a third party). That frame manufacturer will typically use the minimum recommended wire ga from the axle manufacturer. Using the minimum basically is to cover only the max amperage draw, not the best performance. The brakes will work, just not as well as they would if you were to have less resistance in the wire run. This gets very apparent with folks who have larger and heavier trailers like 8K-12K 30ft+ trailers. Many of those folks end up scrapping the drum brakes in favor of disc brakes using Electric over Hydraulic system.. Your talking a $1K overhaul of the brakes.. In low voltage world wire resistance is a major problem, with 12V a .1V loss can make the difference of a device working or not working. The magnets strength is directly affected by how much current flows through it. The current is controlled by the resistance of the magnet and the voltage across the magnet. If the resistance of the wire going to the magnet is increased, the voltage at the magnet is reduced which reduces the strength of the magnet. The less strength the magnet has it will not grab the drum surface hard enough to mechanically push the brake shoes against the drum. That all equals far less effective brakes. So, in reality, reducing distance of wire and/or increasing the wire size can have a huge impact on improving your drum brakes braking power. Since you can't shorten the wire length, increasing the wire size is the only way to go. I have made this mod to two trailers, 20ft and 26ft both dual axle and both rated 7K GVWR, in both cases the wire upgrade resulted in better braking, enough that I was able to reduce the brake controller output considerably. This explains it well. And probably why i had a smaller wire hooked up. Actually i was thinking about what i did, and forgot to consider other facters. Like other campers may have larger runs and more wheels and larger magnets. All in all that would lead to a generic more is better approach. So my first statment may be only good for me and my size unit. Thats for the detailed explanation.
Sjm9911 07/21/21 09:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Brake Wire

I will be the on the oposote side. Etrailor recomended 10/2 wire. Way to big and cumbersome to attache to the way smaller wires in the electric brakes. If i had to do it over 16 guage would be enough. I think my original stuff was that big or smaller. And this is why I compare getting information from a forum the equivalent of asking the folks sitting along the campground bar what they think. Same odds of wrong or right answers "I'm no expert but I play one online" Safe travels Right back at ya bud! Youn can always go elsewhere for your information.
Sjm9911 07/21/21 09:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Brake Wire

I will be the on the oposote side. Etrailor recomended 10/2 wire. Way to big and cumbersome to attache to the way smaller wires in the electric brakes. If i had to do it over 16 guage would be enough. I think my original stuff was that big or smaller. You cannot use a wire size that is the same as the wire size on the brakes. The trailer wire has to carry enough current (amps) to power all the brakes, not just one. Two trailer wheels takes less amps than a 4 wheel trailer. 6 wheel trailer takes more amps than a 4 wheel, and so on. Most trailer wire harnesses use #10 wire which is rated at 30 amps. On each individual electric brake magnet the amperage draw would be 3.0 to 3.2 max amps at 12 to 13 volts on 7-inch brake magnets and 3.2 to 4.0 max amps at 12 to 13 volts on 10 and 12-inch brake magnets. The max amperage draw for the brake magnets on a single axle trailer (2 brakes) would be 6.3 to 6.8 max amps on a 7-inch brake system and 7.5 to 8.2 max amps on 10 and 12-inch brake system. The amps will be higher if using a tandem axle or triple axle trailer. I never said to use a wire the same as the brake wires, just that 10 /2 was way overkill. I belive mine was a 18 guage wire run from the factory to the brakes on a dual axel. The magnets had much smaller wires. Maybe because my TT isnt that long or heavy and the brakes were smaller in size?
Sjm9911 07/21/21 08:57pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Hot Skin (Exterior electrification)

Reverse polarity is a just the white wires and black wires getting reversed. A newer extention cord should have the plug end that has one prong bigger then the other. This prevents it from beeing pluged in wrong. If it was reversed, i can not see how it would cause hot skin. Unless you shorted something broke a wire somewhere. Be careful, and make sure its fixed. Dont trust that it was just the extension cord. It could very well be something else.
Sjm9911 07/21/21 03:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Brake Wire

I get the principles and practices, i just figured the manafature has allready considered the drop into the specs. So its designed to work woth the guage it has and to upgrade it will not nessassarly equate better stopping.
Sjm9911 07/20/21 09:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Brake Wire

I will be the on the oposote side. Etrailor recomended 10/2 wire. Way to big and cumbersome to attache to the way smaller wires in the electric brakes. If i had to do it over 16 guage would be enough. I think my original stuff was that big or smaller.
Sjm9911 07/20/21 05:56pm Tech Issues
RE: learning about rving

Also, if intrested in having a group to go with or to, i know a lot of the pop up people join https://www.sistersonthefly.com/ . Not sure if they are active up north. But they may be a good resource for you.
Sjm9911 07/15/21 05:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Old Air Compressors-Safety Hazards-Heads Up

When used correctly they sould last and do fine. So they need to have condensate drained. They should also have relief valves. Like anything in life, if you dont know how to use it , maybe you shouldn't.
Sjm9911 07/14/21 09:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Problem with U-Haul refill. Time replace my propane tanks?

You do what you feel is good for you. But i will say the exchange tanks are fine. There is no records of then failing more then a reguler tank. ( and that os rare to non existent, so maybe the rules keep that from happening. And for the most part propane is pretty darn safe if used corectly. The most problems people have are with the conection lines. Have fun.
Sjm9911 07/13/21 04:05am Tech Issues
RE: Problem with U-Haul refill. Time replace my propane tanks?

Take them to any exchange place like Blue Rhino, located at stores everywhere. and only get 15 lbs of propane instead of 20lbs But you get a tank that is usable, and propane for 15$ better then 30 for a new tank and a fill.
Sjm9911 07/12/21 06:50pm Tech Issues
RE: black water tank treatments

I use the tsp stuff they sell at wallmart. Does it help break down stuff, i have no clue. But i like the smell, i got used to it when i had a cassett tolet in my pop up. So its habit i guess. A lot just throw some soap down the crapper. Whatever works for you.
Sjm9911 07/12/21 06:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Reminds me of the Tesla battery that caught fire and was about to get a full replacement.... until the bullet hole was found. Where did you see that?
Sjm9911 07/11/21 06:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thousand Trails allowing public access???

Ive booked at thousand trails campgrounds before and i am not a member. The campgrounds are not exclusively just for the members. Or at least they are not by me.
Sjm9911 07/08/21 06:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Propane alarms sounds at odd times

Mine is a combo unit, it tells you why its in alarm. If yours is a newer unit it will do the same. So , look for the directions and listen to the sound of the alarm.
Sjm9911 07/01/21 08:20am Travel Trailers
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