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RE: Anode replacement

There are five to six penetrations in the water heater tank. Each penetration has steel threads. The area immediately surrounding the threads is unprotected by the porcelain lining of the tank. Each one of these connections has an item threaded into it which has metal that may react with the steel body of tank, especially around that threaded penetration including the threads. Penetrations are for the water heater cold water inlet, the hot water Outlet, the outlet for the drain plug / anode rod, the relief valve Outlet, the gas control / temperature sensor. There may also be a electric heating element which is screwed into the tank. All of these require protection by the anode rod. I have a Suburban water heater that was leaking through the gas control which also has a copper thermometer well that extends into the tank for the temperature sensor. I personally wouldn't go more than a few weeks without installing a new anode.
mobeewan 01/09/20 03:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Where are you guys/gals getting your battery cables?

I get my cables made at a truck Fleet Supply Store. They can make any size gauge or length then I need. They have a sticking tools to stake the ferrules to the cables and will also put heat shrink tubing on the ends sealing the ends of the cables making them waterproof.
mobeewan 01/07/20 08:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Neat little fresh water in an ABS pipe idea

You can make a similar adapter to pressurize the ABS version too. You can also thread in a freshwater blowout connector to the water inlet connection. You just have to be careful not to over pressurize it. But you don't need much pressure anyway.
mobeewan 01/07/20 07:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Changing Atwood water heater plug to brass

The biggest issue with using the brass plug is it's harder than aluminum and you could damage the tank threads if you're not careful. Some people worry too much that the brass can also cause galvanic corrosion with the tank. Galvanic corrosion is a problem when you have metals that are too dissimilar causing them to react with each other. Although brass and aluminum are dissimilar metals they are closer together on the galvanic chart and should not react too badly with each other. Steel and aluminum are very far apart on the galvanic chart and will react badly with each other. This can be seen by the white chalky deposits when using stainless steel fasteners with aluminum material. Steel and aluminum are the worst. As far as galvanic corrosion the Atwood tanks also have a bronze relief valve, a gas/temperature control valve which is made out of pot metal with a copper probe that extends into the tank and whatever the material the fittings that screw into the water inlet and water outlet of the tank are made of, so over all the brass is not going to be that harmful. The tank already has dissimilar metals threaded into it that don't cause a serious problem. For a long time I had a brass nipple with a brass ball valve screwed into an Atwood Tank with no ill effects. Someone on The Forum had a wire braided hose screwed into the tank drain hole that had a valve on the opposite end of the hose and it seemed to work fine for them. They were able to lay the hose over the door on the water heater so the valve could drain directly to the ground. You are best off using the plastic plugs if available but as long as you're careful getting the threads lined up brass will be okay, just don't crank down too hard when you install it.
mobeewan 12/30/19 12:46am Tech Issues
RE: Neat little fresh water in an ABS pipe idea

That system is sold commercially or it used to be. They still are, but they are based on the original do it yourself ideas. One is commercially known as the Road Shower and as made of aluminum and sells for around $400. Yakima owns the brand name now. 4 inch ABS and DIY is a lot cheaper.
mobeewan 12/27/19 12:38am Tech Issues
RE: potty without the rv

I've got plastic bags, a roll of toilet paper in a ziplock bag and a small folding shovel in the cab of the truck under the rear seat just for an emergency. I have also carried a porta potty and a pop up shower tent in the back of the truck when I was going to be driving up to my father's property for most of the day.
mobeewan 12/27/19 12:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Is dash cam evidence allowed in an investigation

if you're at fault destroy the video I guess you don't realize that would be a crime in itself of destroying evidence.
mobeewan 12/25/19 02:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: car shipping...

This thread which is 6 years old, was not started about transporting new or used vehicles for sale nor across International boundaries for sale. It is dealing with transporting a vehicle a person owns so that they will have it available at another location within the US. People can't drive two vehicles at once nor can they drive a vehicle when they're on a plane.
mobeewan 12/23/19 04:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leaking Bathroom Sink

Own a 2006 Fleetwood Bounder 35E Class A MH. Rear bathroom sink was not draining well. I took it completely apart and cleaned out the gunk in the drain tube and P-trap. I'm a little familiar with home sink repairs, so knew I would need plumber's putty. However, the "putty" that was there was very, very sticky. I had to use a solvent to get everything cleaned up. This had me worried. I pressed on with "regular" plumber's putty. After a few weeks of having a dry paper towel under the P-trap, I thought I was golden. Then a leak started. it is coming from where the drain and the sink connect. Took it apart and it looks like the plumber's putty was, I wouldn't say dissolving, but something like it. I cleaned everything up and prepared to redo the plumbers putty. Read the container. Says not to use on plastic components! Use Oatey Sillicone Sealant instead. Having an issue finding the recommended putty locally. Everything I'm working on is plastic!! Maybe that's why the previous stuff was very sticky. I don't know what that material is. Need your help identifying. Gonna use the normal stuff just so I can get the sink operational. Will have to redo once I get the "correct" stuff. They probably used grey butyl tape. It is stickier than the putty tape which is more like clay. It appears to be what they used in my trailer bathroom. They used it on the tub flange and in between the plastic sink and countertop. It works, it's water resistant and it's what they have on hand when they're building trailers. I used it when I took the tub drain out and resealed it. I also used it when I put a new Moen faucet in the bathroom. The tub drain was crooked because they did a bad job installing the drain piping under the tub. They used a long sweep tee with an inch stub of pipe connecting to the P-trap instead of a short sweep tee and correct length piece of pipe. The plumbing was actually pushing on the tub drain causing it to buckle the fiberglass tub floor around the drain. It hasn't leaked for several years. I check it from time to time and also have a piece of paper towel sitting under it.
mobeewan 12/19/19 03:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Good thing bad thing

What is the OP Talking about? What does the fan vent have to do with flushing the loo? If you are running the bathroom vent fan in exhaust mode and flush the toilet, air from the black tank will get sucked into the trailer making for a stinky situation inside the trailer.
mobeewan 12/13/19 03:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water filter upstream of the pump?

The pump may have a harder time pulling liquid through a filter as opposed to the simple strainer. Prefilling the filter might help to get the flow started.
mobeewan 12/11/19 02:52pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Old propane tanks on new RVs

It's not trivial if the dealer is ripping people off whether intentionally or unintentionally. If he wants to hold the dealer accountable he has every right to do it. He's just going to have a hard time proving it. No reason to call him a d bag whether you meant dirt or douche. Nobody said it was trivial for the person buying the RV. But for the dealer? The cost difference between the cost of new, and the cost of used that would not glare at buyer would not amount to a pinch of snot. If the OP had gone straight to fill the tank, and found them nearly out of date he might convince the dealer to look into maybe a employee wanted to make pocket money. But a year later? To many chances for something to happen after it left the dealer. And I don't think I called anybody names... Haha, that's what I was thinking! To the OP, big deal, find another place to fill them....or get re-cert for like $10/ea, exchange for about $15/ea. Whatever you do, don't be the d bag that expects the dealer to warranty something that trivial. He!!, you been getting them filled for 2 years now and didn't even know. 1st world problems He dismissed the matter as a trivial. Not only that but he made a disparaging remark towards the OP when he told him to not be a d bag. Is that a douchebag or a dirtbag, you fill in the d. As I said it is not a trivial matter if the dealer is ripping somebody off whether intentional or not. They are still getting ripped off.
mobeewan 12/10/19 09:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Old propane tanks on new RVs

Where was the trailer parked between dealer and propane store? No more than tanks cost retail I can not imagine a dealer messing with used. Haha, that's what I was thinking! To the OP, big deal, find another place to fill them....or get re-cert for like $10/ea, exchange for about $15/ea. Whatever you do, don't be the d bag that expects the dealer to warranty something that trivial. He!!, you been getting them filled for 2 years now and didn't even know. 1st world problems It's not trivial if the dealer is ripping people off whether intentionally or unintentionally. If he wants to hold the dealer accountable he has every right to do it. He's just going to have a hard time proving it. No reason to call him a d bag whether you meant dirt or douche. As far as the cylinders being used or not they very well might not have been used. They may have just gotten moved around constantly has they ordered and received new cylinders getting mixed in with the new stock and eventually installed on the OP's trailer with no one ever looking at the date. Then again it may have been known that they were going to expire and they were intentionally put on the trailer to get rid of them. I would think that the OP would have noticed if they were used when he had them previously filled.
mobeewan 12/09/19 04:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Old propane tanks on new RVs

Should be able to get two brand new 20 lb cylinders and have them filled for between $70 and $100 depending on the cost of propane per gallon. Cylinders should run between $25 to $30 each. Check Walmart and the big box warehouse stores for best price on cylinders. Maybe even Lowe's and Home Depot.
mobeewan 12/07/19 07:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Plastic toilet and sink cleaning?

x3 on Soft Scrub with bleach or Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser for that fresh lemony smell.
mobeewan 12/06/19 05:57pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: exchanging propane cylinder that came with TT

I was once told I had a bad valve when they attempted to fill one of my cylinders. It turned out the valve actually wasn't bad. It was a threaded retainer inside the end of the outlet of the valve. It had partially unthreaded and did not allow the fill connection to seat all the way. The retainer had threads on the outside and a hole through the center to allow the propane to flow through. There were two slots 180 degrees apart. I was able to use a piece of aluminum flat bar that I used as a screwdriver to turn the retainer to retighten it. The retainer holds parts of the check valve that is supposed to stop propane from comming out of the tank when they valve is in the open position and there is no hose connected. The check valve assembly was added to the valve design around 1980. Before the check feature was added to the valve you could actually turn the handwheel of the valve with no hose connected and propane would come out. You might check to see if you have a loose retainer.
mobeewan 12/05/19 05:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stabil or Seafoam for long term gas can storage?

Star Tron is my favorite. X2 for Star Tron. I took two generators to a small engine shop about 4 years ago to get the carburetors replaced on both of them. They sold Star Tron, Stabil, Seafoam and about three or four other brands. They highly recommended the Star Tron over all the others. I've been using it ever since and haven't had any more problems in any of my small engines.
mobeewan 11/27/19 12:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Toilet Leaking

Could it be coming from the flush valve? I need to replace mine. It developed a leak and dribbles on the floor. Initially I thought it was coming from where the toilet mounts to the floor.
mobeewan 11/10/19 09:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water Heater Anode?

Per the Atwood manual: ATWOOD CLAD TANK The Atwood water heater tank is constructed of a core of high strength aluminum. The interior of the tank consists of a 15% thickness of type 7072 aluminum (pure aluminum and zinc) that is fused to the core during the rolling process. This material protects the tank from the affects of heavy metals and salts found in waters throughout the country. It is anodic to these heavy metals and acts much like an anode in a steel glass lined tank except it will last much longer. There is also no need to replace an anode on a yearly basis. Flushing the tank on a regular basis has been found to be helpful in insuring the best performance of your water hater and adding to the useful life of the tank. For flushing instructions see your owners manual or contact Atwood for a copy of our recommended procedures.
mobeewan 11/10/19 09:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pop goes the water heater!

“ fwiw the anode rod never did degrade over time“ Is it possible that the rod is not grounded (eg. threads wrapped in Teflon tape)? No current flow, no protection. Scrap off a few flakes and touch with a flame. Burns white hot, mag, melts, aluminum. Teflon tape isolating an electrical connection btwn the water heater tank threads and the anode rod plug threads is a fallacy. An urban legend. An internet creation. Teflon tape crushes btwn the male and female threads to fill the voids and imperfectionsin order to keep liquids from leaking through the threads. That's why it comes out in fine pieces and why some of it comes out in strings when removing it and cleaning it from the threads when the plug is removed. The tape is basically destroyed as the anode rod is screwed in and tightened resulting in plenty of metal to metal contact. Believe it or not metal can penetrate plastic under Force. If Teflon tape were so good at isolating the "electrical connection" btwn the tank and anode rod, the Teflon tape would be 100% intact and still look like a flat piece of tape when the anode rod is removed.
mobeewan 11/04/19 04:16pm Tech Issues
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