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RE: Strange Electrical Issue

Converter is DOA. Replace it before your next trip. Contact Randy at Bestconverter.com. Get his recommendation on what you should replace it with. I just replaced mine on a 4 year old unit. It stopped charging the battery but everything else worked, even the 12 volt appliances when I was plugged into shore power. It's not a difficult project to replace it yourself...just unplug it from shore power and disconnect the battery. All will be dead so no electrons to worry about.
ken56 08/30/20 07:14am Tech Issues
RE: Small mistakes can make big problems

I know an experienced RVer who made a similar mistake. He hooks up to the spigot with a wye and then hooks up his city supply with one hose and then he connects the tank flush with another. He had finished setting up camp and they decided to go into town and left, what he neglected to notice is the shutoff on the wye was open to the tank flush. When they returned they had a flood and black water coming out the roof vent. S**t happens to the best of us, we tend to get complacent because of all that experience we have. We were camped at a nice CG and a young couple pull into the site next to us a couple days after we had arrived. I watched discretely as he tried to unhook from the ball and was having trouble so I feigned needing something from my truck and went there and he noticed me outside so he actually asked me for help which I had hoped he would do. I didn't want to embarrass the guy by barging in. He explained he had borrowed the trailer and really didn't have any experience and did not know how the hitch latch worked so I said "are you ready for this?" lifted it up and pulled it back and the ball dropped out of the coupler...that simple. He laughed and we had a good conversation and I told him not to hesitate to ask me if he needed help with anything else. They had a nice stay.
ken56 08/29/20 10:28am Beginning RVing
RE: 2 months in florida or south ga

For the warmer temps you have to be below Tampa/Orlando. Above that you can see temps in the upper 30's sometimes worse depending on how aggressive a cold front is. We have stayed at Rock Crusher Canyon and it's very nice with a nice pool and club house and it has spacious sites. Crystal River is a nice little town that basically revolves around fishing and the Manatees. I've also been in south Georgia when the temps have been mid 20's in January. I am not sure the Canadians will be coming down to FL this year so you might try calling a few resorts and inquire about openings. Be prepared to pay big bucks.
ken56 08/27/20 05:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Slide out.

Well I have not waxed the side walls as yet. The baby powder or talc seems to make some sense also. Replacing both circuit breakers will be the last thing I do. Will the circuit breakers show a lower voltage from one side to the other? I did not check that so I suppose I can do that also. They are only 4 years old. I did not say the slide was gear driven but yes, it is a gear driven slide. The other 2 slides are cable driven and seem to work fine so that leads me to believe it's drag related. Waxing will commence shortly.
ken56 08/25/20 06:38am Tech Issues
Slide out.

I have one slide that seems to operate slower than it used to. New battery fully charged, disconnected and cleaned all electrical connections at the circuit breakers on the tongue, cleaned and conditioned the rubber gaskets. Not sure what else I should look for on this. Ideas?
ken56 08/24/20 02:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Foolish Things We’ve Done as Kids

I grew up in Middleburg Heights Ohio when I-71 was being built. We used to play on the bridge steel before the concrete deck was poured. We walked the steel all the way across the bridges. Tons of fun. Rode our bikes on the new road bed before concrete was poured. Back then we even rode our bikes without helmets and rode in cars without seatbelts. Amazing huh?
ken56 08/22/20 07:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Best route around/thru Nashville & Memphis

840 around Nashville is a bit longer but will avoid the crazy trying to go straight through Nashville. Unless you plan on stopping there for an over night or sight seeing for a couple days 840 is your best bet. Stay on 40 for Memphis.
ken56 08/22/20 07:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: STL > SD > WY Route

I admire your enthusiasm to go camping and see the country but....when you say one night at some place when does that give you time to see anything? One night for us is just a passing through stop over. If you want to see things then its a 2 night stop at least. How many full days have you allowed to see things? Think about that. Just because the speed limit on the roads up in SD and WY are 80 mph doesn't mean you have to go that fast either especially when towing. You have your family in the vehicle remember.
ken56 08/13/20 04:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: How to empty fresh water tank without pump?

I am with the person who asked if the winterizing valve was turned to the proper position. look on youtube for the procedure to dewinterize and check that valve too.
ken56 08/02/20 04:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: How to empty fresh water tank without pump?

There should be a low point valve under the trailer for the tank. Why do you need to empty the tank to replace the pump? Why do you think the pump is not working? Whats it doing?
ken56 08/02/20 10:51am Beginning RVing
RE: Water heater

Everything is OK. Fiddled with the connections to make sure no corrosion and disconnected the LP tanks, reconnected LP tanks and flipped the switch and it lit off.
ken56 08/01/20 06:19pm Tech Issues
Water heater

OK, we were out in the trailer cleaning after a trip and forgot to turn the gas off for the heater. Propane ran out and don't know if the ignitor tried to keep things going so now I find out today I have no ignitor so now it won't light. Electric side works fine. Any ideas? Did I kill the board? Did I kill the ignitor? I tried pushing the reset buttons too and no movement on them. Its a Suburban gallon.
ken56 08/01/20 02:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Water Accident

If you have a wife like mine who uses copious amounts of paper then using the tank flush many times is a necessity. We have had the use a little less paper talk but I don't want to die on that mountain. I also use a tank wand to flush even after I have used the built in tank flush and things run clear and guess what, a whole bunch more solids come out. I only do that a couple times a season and when I am putting it up for the season. A clean tank doesn't stink so for me its not about the dreaded poop pyramid or a squeaky clean tank, it's about stink control.
ken56 08/01/20 02:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wasp Nest Behind Fridge

Yes, turn them 90 degrees. They do not unscrew so dont turn them like a screw. Then pull the cover out gently
ken56 07/25/20 04:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Well won’t be going to the other site ever again...

Corona virus/covid-19 is a virus not a disease. A disease is cancer, MS, or some other malfunction of an organ or system in the body. Lets use the proper nomenclature as there is enough misinformation out there to fill an ocean. Wearing a mask is a feel good measure in my opinion. Half or more of the people wear them incorrectly anyway.
ken56 07/23/20 06:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Enclosed underbelly

As you can see it's personal preference.....but that comes from having some experience which you don't have. Mine is enclosed and heated, no tank heaters though and the heat going to the underbelly consists of a 2 inch takeoff from the furnace stubbed off about 2 feet into the underbelly...that's it. It's kind of like the lightbulb in the wellhouse, it's enough heat to keep the important things from freezing up usually. While you may not think you will ever do any cold weather camping there is always the possibility of running into cold weather. On one trip home from Florida in January we stopped in Georgia for our halfway overnight...it hit 23 degrees that night. Better to have it and not need it than not have it and need it. I had dumped the black and gray tanks before we left FL thank goodness and used the CG facilities but kept the fresh water until we arrived home.
ken56 07/23/20 06:09am Travel Trailers
RE: RV awning cleaning

Just did mine today and it was the dirtiest I have ever let it get...meaning bad. I used Awesome, about 4 ounces diluted in a 1 gallon sprayer. Bottle says dilute it 10 to 1 for vinyl. Sprayed it down generously and rolled it up and let it marinate for 15 minutes. Then I filled my car wash bucket with car wash soap and unrolled it and liberally used the car wash water and soft brush to break any dirt loose. Still has some faint dark spots on it but it worked quite well.
ken56 07/21/20 06:59pm Beginning RVing
RE: Gatlinberg, TN and Ashville, NC

Need a bit more info on what you are looking for. As said, in G'burg you can find CG's from 20 bucks a night to 75 bucks a night so how fancy do you want? Do you want G'burg proper or is Pigeon Forge or Sevierville or Townsend OK? Nothing fancy like Dumplin Valley gets you a field behind the horse barn with hookups. Been by this one many times but have never stayed and it is acceptable, its clean and safe really. High end gets you Anchor Down or The Ridge RV parks, 2 of the newest and best rated parks in the area. There are so many choices all over the area that you need to narrow it down to what your expectations are. As for Asheville we like Asheville west KOA in Candler. We have stayed at Bear Creek in Asheville and its a nice park but can be noisy being situated in the middle of the I-40, I-26 and I-240 interchange.
ken56 07/21/20 04:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Another Mile, Another Day

In my younger days when time was limited I was a get there guy. The wife hated it because I could do 14+ hrs on the road and I refused to get a motel room, (didn't have the trailer then) rare instance when we did. I am retired now and the wife has retrained me to leave at 9ish and off the road by 3pm. I am much happier now. I try to avoid the interstates also because the secondary roads through the small towns are way more interesting and we stop to see the sights whatever they may be. Google knows everything. We use RVPARKY and start looking for a park on our route or close to it around 2pm and call ahead for availability and have never been shut out of a campground. Granted, some CG's have not been even close to 'luxury' but filled the need. Never felt unsafe.
ken56 07/17/20 12:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-40 Anything worth seeing

The only thing that I can think of---Keep checking your rear mirrors. Now that's funny. Anywho, in Amarillo there is the Big Texas Steak House that if you stay anywhere near Amarillo its a must go and have a steak. Palo Duro Canyon is a nice overnight spot. New Mexico there is the Meteor Crater and petrified forest and a lot of open beautiful country. Some Native American shops to get some pottery or other neat things. Oh, Nashville there is the Hermitage. Andrew Jacksons home and museum. Be aware though Nashville is a big Covid 19 hot spot. Check to see if the museum is even open. Have patience going through Memphis, it will feel like it takes forever. Of course there is the Grand Canyon NP in AZ and on to Page and Lake Powell
ken56 07/14/20 06:53pm Roads and Routes
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