I parked my trailer in storage last week and just went to check on it today. The black tank was about 1/3 full when I parked it and I left the toilet bowl filled a few inches up with clean water. When I checked it today, the bowl was filled with dirty sewer water. How could it get from the black tank up into the bowl?It can't,(shouldn't) unless;
1. Your flush seal is bad, in which case, it probably wouldn't have held water in the bowl in the first place.
2. Your tank was much more full than 1/3, it would have to have been FULL (over full) in conjunction with a bad seal.
Do you have water hooked to the trailer? Or,water in the fresh water tank & the pump left on, is there a cap on the black tank vent pipe,
Are you sure it was sewer water?
you say you only have 1 battery, what size?
I had 2 27 series batteries, when we went to yellowstone, back in '08, it was 32°, I set the furnace at 65, (big mistake), dead by early morning. I now have 2 31 series batteries, & know better than setting the furnace that high, or for that long.
Also, watch your light usage, especially if you don't have LED lights.
I pay a monthly phone bill for MY convenience, not anyone else's.
Between the cell and the land line at home, we get calls from scammers claiming to be the IRS, from the "warranty department" about our out of warranty cars, as well as the "last chance" to lower my CC interest rate. I've pretty much quit answering calls from unknown numbers, except for on the land line. My bride quit paying for caller ID.X-2, I've put both cells & the land line on the Do Not Call list, (What a Joke), we get more calls now. Fortunately on the land line, We have caller ID , so we don't answer any number we don't recognize, the best ones come up as "Unavailable", well, if they're unavailable, so are we, or "Private", I don't know anyone in the military (anymore) who would call me, especially a private. :M
We have a brand new (only 2 weeks) travel trailer-2017 Coachman Apex Ultralite 300bhs. We are also brand new RV'ers.
A few days after being in it, (we still are), we turned the fan on in the bathroom, and the CO2/propane detector went off full blast continuous beeps. (We DID NOT flush the toilet with the fan on). We re-set and fanned it to get whatever "smell" it might be detecting away, it finally stopped. This happened several more times. (Upon reading the pamphlet with it, we found it was installed, ankle height, only 8 inches away from the bathroom door, when the recommendation is 4 feet from any doors.) Does that make sense? Is that normal installation for a CO2 detector to be installed near the floor THAT close to the bathroom and any possible gases that may waft out?
Also during this time (this past Weds), we discovered after cleaning out the black tank, that we left it accidently open for 1 1/2 days (uggh) and had a not so lovely stench wafting through our place for a few days (yes-paranoid now about closing it, but complete lesson learned).
We gave a thorough cleaning, filling, rinsing, and bought Rid-X for the black tank thinking that would stop the weird, fan/CO2 beeper action.
Fast forward to today, Sat., 430am of course, we get woke up to the CO2/propane detector beeping full force. This time no fanning in the world made it stop. We did what everything says to do-open all windows, turned off propane, and call the fire dept. It DID stop then. They came, checked for leaks with their gadget that read 0 the whole time they said, and concluded it must be a faulty CO2 sensor.
Of course 10-15 mins after they left and we started closing windows, it crazily went off again. Now confident there are no leaks, we took out the fuse to get some peace. I know this is NOT the solution.
It is a Saf-t-Alert (MTI Industries) alarm. Is that even a good brand?
Any insights? Toilet gas? Bad placement? I have read other posts that have said to replace the alarm with a different one. Is that more feasible than having the company or my dealer who is 90 miles away (under warranty) replace me with a new one? IS there a "better" brand because now I'm leery of what I've got! Any help would be appreciated.
CO is lighter than air and tends to rise. All CO detectors should be installed higher up on the wall or on the ceiling.
Propane is heavier than air and tends to sink toward the floor.
Did the fire department check just for CO or did they check for all combustible gases. Each meter is designed to do a specific task.
I suspect you may have a slight propane leak somewhere in one of your systems. Turning the fan on would change air flow patterns and possibly cause propane at floor level to activate your detector.
It is not likely that off gassing or hairspray or deodorant is causing your problem.
If you are not smelling propane it's probably a good idea to replace the detector. It may be simple as that. If not you'll need someone with more sophisticated metering capabilities to identify your problem. Any fire department should have sufficient meters for the task.This is where mine is mounted, about 6" from the ceiling, don't know why a CO monitor would be mounted near the floor,are you sure you're looking at the CO monitor and not the Propane monitor?
Probably not the only one to be flooding this week. When you get 6+" of rain on saturated ground, you're going to get some flooding. I feel for the folks parked there. It will be a mess and, hopefully, the insurance companies open the checkbook.More than likely, they will tell you to check page 5 of your policy, where it says, Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah. :(
Hhmm.. and I had Oregon on my RV "Bucket List"? Is this pic representative of what I will find there?
Don't let that put you off, we never saw that place in Oregon, (or anywhere that looked like that), but then we didn't go through Bend, instead we saw some great country, like this, http://images56.fotki.com/v124/photos/7/1474187/13835873/photo12-vi.jpg height=600 width=339
http://images108.fotki.com/v1221/photos/7/1474187/13835873/photo22-vi.jpg height=337 width=600
(Not to mention the many pics we took of Crater Lake)
We found out in 2011 while in Yellowstone National Park in November, that we had to have the heat turned down to 50 at night, or the 2 batteries would be dead by 2am. We learned to snuggle under the comforter, and turn the heat back up in the AM.That is exactly the place I learned about running the furnace & batteries.
As a NewB in '08 we were at Madison CG, it got down to 30F, so we ran the furnace at about 65 all night, sometime in the early AM, DW noticed that the furnace was no longer running, granted, it was only 2 27 series batteries, but they were dead in the morning,
As a side note, this is also where I learned about the Altitude adjustment on the Onan generator. :B
We came Out 198 with the toad, I certainly wouldn't recommend doing it with any RV. Having said that, I'm sure that someone has taken an RV on that road.
We stayed outside the park at Sequoia Resort, because it was the closest CG with hookups, which came in Extremely handy last August, as it was in the mid to upper 90's.
Yes, there is always gas in the RV lanes, but if one isn't open when you pull up, don't wait. You can always beat the price. (Even when we had the FMCA discount.) And most times, the coach in the lane is going to dump, fill water, wash the windows and then go in to a nice dinner before they will move the coach.
MattThat would depend on Where, any where around here, Flying J is usually the cheapest, but they are not the closest. Sometimes, a little cheaper, sometimes quite a bit cheaper.
Here in central Virginia we had a very wet winter and spring. Came the first of August and the rains just stopped. Got a quarter inch on August first, not a drop since, so we've had neither the horrible drought nor the floods. But our garden was helped a lot by the inch we got Monday. Now I gotta mow for the first time in over a month.Come East a bit, rained here since Sunday, & gonna rain tomorrow, BUT, it's the first rain we've had to speak of since sometime in early August.
"Arctic Package" usually refers to electric heating pads on the holding tanks and sewer drains, and sometimes on the fresh water tank (In my unit, there is a heater outlet in the fresh water compartment). They are designed to help keep the parts of the system that are most exposed from freezing when you are camping in cold weather, but they will not keep the water lines from freezing if the heat (or power) is off. True, it does nothing to protect the water lines, mine has the "Arctic Package, luckily my fresh water tank & All water lines are above the floor, so a heated house, (at least above 32F) will keep that from freezing.
If you're going to be in the "Frozen North" country for very long, you might want t do a search for a "Four Seasons" RV, I'm sure someone on here has one to recommend.