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RE: Furnace black smoke

After changing out the propane tank once I turned the valve on the tank quickly and It triggered a valve that was built into the fuel line and stopped the flow of the gas . What a time I had figuring that one out. Also spider webs can interfere with fuel flow. I had that issue recently and my water heat was acting erratically, blowing black smoke. I just ran it on electric until I got home. Normally before each trip I use compressed air to clean out the fridge chimney and fuel chamber and water and furnace tunnels.
klutchdust 10/03/22 04:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Puck ceiling lights

Photo please
klutchdust 09/30/22 10:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Jacking/Lifting Trailer for Wheel Bearing/Brake Service?

No need to lift a bunch on frame. You only need to lift axle an inch, with a bottle jack, or floor jack. I have a 2x4 piece of oak, about 8"s long, with a da-do in center, that just cups a U-bolt. This works great at home, using a bottle jack under it. I also use my Trailer-Aid plus, which will lift front or rear tire high enough. Using some boards cut and stacked will work too, best if on solid surface. Hooking to vehicle is a good choice, adding stability! Jerry Do you have a pic of the wood piece you use with bottle jack? Thanks https://i.imgur.com/lGR7lVjl.jpg Here you go! Nutin fancy, just a heavy block, full two inches thick, that can be placed under either U-bolt. That is a good idea. I cut a piece of wood in a circle to fit on the pad of my floor jack. The wood against metal makes it less likely to slip. When moving heavy trucks at work, we would place wood on the forks of a forklift before lifting the vehicle by the bumper or rear ICC bumper .
klutchdust 09/30/22 10:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Mattress

My wife reminded me about the Custom Comfort store in our town where we purchased a mattress years ago. After looking at different mattresses and driving all over I stopped in before heading home. They make a queen that is 60 by 75. The platform is 62 by 78. The new sheets I purchased are 60 x 75. So, after sitting, laying on this mattress in the showroom it was a done deal. Be ready in two weeks, built similar to the guest room bed in our home. Thanks for all the responses.
klutchdust 09/29/22 04:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Jacking/Lifting Trailer for Wheel Bearing/Brake Service?

There was a post about this recently that was rather amusing. it drifted off to the point of questioning what the poster knew about floor jacks themselves. Look it up.
klutchdust 09/29/22 04:33pm Travel Trailers
Mattress

original one was humorous. reminded me of a pull out bed. Purchased a bed in a bag that was supposed to swell out, it did but not completely, kind of lumpy.So, I did see a combo memory foam with coil springs. My hesitation is not being able to lie down on it. Some are 12inches tall and the pedestal the bed sits on now is high, there is storage underneath. What would be nice is just a coil spring like at home.
klutchdust 09/28/22 02:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Recommendations? Good value inexpensive travel trailers.

I can answer using motorhomes as an example. BIL owns a Monaco, another friend leans towards Prevost, high end Prevost, the cost of a small house Prevost. They all have issues. The more options the more issues. Slides don't slide, cabinets loose, wiring nightmares. One Prevost the marble floor had to be partially removed to repair a slide cylinder. i purchase a 32ft. Wells Cargo gooseneck cargo trailer, ordered it with the roof to be one foot taller. i installed 12 ft. of living space myself. It was as nice as if the factory had done it at half the cost. I hauled my Jeep in it to the desert etc. That trailer was as rugged as heck and the frame and structure was strong because it started out as a cargo trailer. Sold it for a class C Cambria and now back to a toy hauler. I have a 25ft. Work and Play by Forest River. It too started it's life as a cargo trailer and then the living quarters are installed. It is rugged but heavy. I really like it. The frame and structure is solid. All RV's use basically the same appliances. Easy to repair if you have mechanical abilities. You tube is amazing to get pointers. i personally dislike aluminum sided trailers. I prefer the one piece smooth sides without slides. As was mentioned, hit the rv lots, look around. You can walk into trailers and immediately say " I would not buy this". If you look up trailers and related issues I think you will find they kind of even out with complaints. As a pickup owner....Ford, GM or Ram. Each has their good and bad.......
klutchdust 09/18/22 08:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing 4-wheels down.....braking required for vehicle?

Thanks for all the info. Using the surge brake from NSA as well as breakaway cable in case the worst happens. Fortunately, the aftermarket metal front bumper with winch and D-hooks can be used instead of a Blue Ox mounting bracket which saves some $$. All in all, converting to 4-down isn't costing me the price I received selling my tow dolly. My 08 Jk had an aftermarket bumper. I removed the D rings and fabricated a hitch point for the tow bar. i hard wired the brake lights and mounted a plug on the front of the jeep. Using the NSA braking system i was ready to go in a short time. Sold the C and the Jeep. I miss the jeep. https://i.imgur.com/yhoE3c3l.jpg Of course then you see this....... WOW, your REALLY need a "rise hitch" on the tow vehicle. Tow vehicle to toad should be pretty close to horizontal. When I pulled alongside I was amused. No baseplate, just the chains going around the bumper.
klutchdust 09/10/22 09:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 Running hot

Don't overlook something as simple as plugged cooling fins on your rad. There is usually 2 or 3 things out front, the rad being the innermost. Your A/C condenser will be in front of the rad, and then a tranny oil cooler if you have one. Are you cleaning a lot of bugs off your windshield over the past couple years? If so, those same bugs could be plugging things up through the grille, restricting air flow. Take a peek through the front to see if there is a lot of schmoo in there. I use a pressure washer to remove bugs and junk from the radiator and oil cooler/trans cooler. Also, do you have your AC on when climbing hills? It makes a big difference. Water pumps tell on themselves when they need changing by the drip drip, however they still function. If it is not leaking I would pass that by.
klutchdust 09/10/22 10:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Towing 4-wheels down.....braking required for vehicle?

Thanks for all the info. Using the surge brake from NSA as well as breakaway cable in case the worst happens. Fortunately, the aftermarket metal front bumper with winch and D-hooks can be used instead of a Blue Ox mounting bracket which saves some $$. All in all, converting to 4-down isn't costing me the price I received selling my tow dolly. My 08 Jk had an aftermarket bumper. I removed the D rings and fabricated a hitch point for the tow bar. i hard wired the brake lights and mounted a plug on the front of the jeep. Using the NSA braking system i was ready to go in a short time. Sold the C and the Jeep. I miss the jeep. https://i.imgur.com/yhoE3c3l.jpg Of course then you see this.......
klutchdust 09/10/22 10:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Any of you been out?

Raining in Big Bear right now. YAY
klutchdust 09/08/22 01:10pm Toy Haulers
RE: Do you need to sanitize a water tank that's never been used?

I don't sanitize my tanks and I drive with my propane turned on to keep the fridge cold. Even drove with the water heater on and warming the water. I don't buy extended warranties, pick up raw chicken with my hands and make my own laundry detergent. Living on the edge..........even drank warm water from the garden hose as a kid.
klutchdust 09/08/22 01:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing 4-wheels down.....braking required for vehicle?

X2 on the NAS ready brake kit. Set up my 08 Jk wrangler and it worked exactly as advertised. The few people I know personally that have used braking systems that sat on the floor of the vehicle have had issues. The surge brake type are amazing.
klutchdust 09/08/22 01:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Discovered a serious problem

Post some photos, see if we can help.Also check around for a RV mobile repair service.
klutchdust 09/06/22 04:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Warm Fridge - Dometic DM2882

we still have considerable swings in temperature of the fridge from 28-42 degrees. The temperature really seems to go up when we open the fridge for only a matter of seconds. I am at a loss as to what to do next. I'd quit worrying about it. It all sounds normal for any of the absorbtion fridges we have had. I would not worry unless the temp gets up into the high 40s to mid 50s and stays there. 42 is plenty cold to keep stuff from spoiling. I agree. The air volume is small and the exchange of cold air with room air is high when the door is opened. That will make the air temperature measure high. Put a glass of water in there and measure the temperature with an instant read thermometer. I bet you'll find the water stays cold while the air temperature might go up after opening the door. Exactly. When you get groceries that includes dairy, frozen and chilled. It sits in the car for some time before it gets to the home reefer. It doesn't spoil. I am going to do the water test.
klutchdust 09/06/22 04:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Warm Fridge - Dometic DM2882

we still have considerable swings in temperature of the fridge from 28-42 degrees. The temperature really seems to go up when we open the fridge for only a matter of seconds. I am at a loss as to what to do next. I'd quit worrying about it. It all sounds normal for any of the absorbtion fridges we have had. I would not worry unless the temp gets up into the high 40s to mid 50s and stays there. 42 is plenty cold to keep stuff from spoiling. I agree. The air volume is small and the exchange of cold air with room air is high when the door is opened. That will make the air temperature measure high. Put a glass of water in there and measure the temperature with an instant read thermometer. I bet you'll find the water stays cold while the air temperature might go up after opening the door. What is happening is the outside temperatures are reaching 100 and above. Before this I have had few issues with my fridge, doing exactly as you have mentioned. My recent trip to the Sierras I had 100 degree plus temps. The fridge fluctuated from 40 to 60. (Based on my thermometer on the top shelf) So now the trailer is plugged to ground power and in the back yard. it's over 100 this week and fridge could get to 40 at night then warm up during the day to 50 or so. The fridge is empty btw. So I installed this.... https://i.imgur.com/1ixts9Fl.jpg This Am temp was 38* and it's been 40* all day so far and temps around 100 outside. Ordered a "snip the tip" thermistor replacement. It can be set like a thermostat instead of guessing by sliding the thing-a-ma-bob up and down the fins.
klutchdust 09/06/22 04:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Preparing to Leave in Hot Weather

As the fridge is plugged into 120V. Just turn it on a day or two ahead on time. As long as it is semi level. It should work as advertized. Mine does, ice cubes in 24 hours. What is happening is the outside temperatures are reaching 100 and above. Before this I have had few issues with my fridge, doing exactly as you have mentioned. My recent trip to the Sierras I had 100 degree plus temps. The fridge fluctuated from 40 to 60. (Based on my thermometer on the top shelf) So now the trailer is plugged to ground power and in the back yard. it's over 100 this week and fridge could get to 40 at night then warm up during the day to 50 or so. The fridge is empty btw. So I installed this.... https://i.imgur.com/rzBnGcZl.jpg Same out side temps, fridge was 38 this morning and keeping 40 all day so far. I wired it through the back of the fridge and used 12 v on the buss bar.
klutchdust 09/06/22 03:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Axle Bearing Service - Dos and Dont's???

I found a bad bearing and race about 2 years ago and bought Timken bearings and races for all 4. I did the bad one and had a heck of a time getting the races in even with the tools. I inspected the others without replacement and repacked with Mobile 1 full syn bearing grease, (red) and all is still OK. I remember when bearings and races were sold as a set and you never mixed them. With my new Timkens the bearings and races are sold separately and can be mixed. I am guessing once they have been installed and run it's best not to mix them. In fleet operations bearings were cleaned and re installed without regard for the position they were in during the disassemble. rarely did we have a bearing failure in a fleet of over 10K units.
klutchdust 09/05/22 10:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Jacking For Tire Change

at home Air/hydraulic 20 ton bottle jack. On the road, 20 ton bottle jack. A few blocks of wood.
klutchdust 09/04/22 09:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Warm Fridge - Dometic DM2882

Update...We have left the extreme heat of Arizona to the reasonable heat/higher humidity of Oregon for the next six weeks. I have replaced the thermistor, circuit board and heating element and have installed four fans on the back of the refrigerator and four inside the refrigerator and we still have considerable swings in temperature of the fridge from 28-42 degrees. The temperature really seems to go up when we open the fridge for only a matter of seconds. I am at a loss as to what to do next. I've tried everything I know to do and the fridge is only just over 2 years old. Any other ideas would be much appreciated. My fridge is doing the same thing. I have a hard wired fan coming for the inside of the fridge and will be changing the thermistor to a different type that you can adjust to the desired temperature. These absorption type refrigerators struggle above 90* outside temperatures. Propane is a better choice to get maximum results out of the fridge vs running it on 120 side as in plugged into ground power. As outside temps rise it is better to bring a cooler for drinks etc.and keep as little as possible in the fridge. At 100 degrees, these fridges will not maintain 38. Just returned from a week in Sierras and it was tough keeping it around 40. Hope you saved the parts you replaced because i don't think any were defective. Also i use compressed air and blow air up the chimney to get rid of leaves or whatever may accumulate when the trailer sits. My unit does not vent through the roof so leaves are not an issue. My last rig did have that problem though. Also have you checked your gas flame? easy to remove the cover and see if there is any carbon blocking the holes in the flame pipe.
klutchdust 09/04/22 09:29pm Travel Trailers
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