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RE: Water leak, we cannot find.

You could cap the pump inlet, close everything off and put a gauge and Schrader valve on somewhere and pressure test the water system with air pressure. That would tell if the leak is from the pressureized plumbing system without needing to see all Of it. Craig Why not simply pressurize the system with water from the fresh water tank and the water pump? If the pump cycles off and then back on, water is leaking somewhere.
wrvond 03/28/22 10:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Outside Stairs

Fact is there is no perfect step. Any steps can have problems due to irregular or unlevel ground or tight quarters - the list goes on. I didn't see it mentioned so will share for those considering solid steps - they now come with levers instead of pins to easily adjust the length of the legs. They also come with pins in the hinges so if the camper is too close to an obstruction the steps can be disconnected and removed. Not convenient, but certainly an improvement over being completely blocked out. I have had steel steps with their blind rivet hinges give way under me - not a pleasant experience. I've also seen four step Torklifts have problems due to ground slope - pretty common in state and federal parks. Solid steps do need to be cleaned before stowing for travel. Any step will collect dirt that gets tracked in on shoes and need to be cleaned periodically. Any step with a deeper top step will feel safer to the user. I used to be anti-solid step, but now that I've experienced them I've discovered that they are much easier to maintain than steps that are underneath the camper, and since they have fewer moving parts and are not exposed to the elements will traveling actually require less maintenance. I used to hate pulling folding steps out that were covered in road grime or ice. I've had the rearmost set of folding steps drag the ground on poorly maintained roads. There are pros and cons to every design but ultimately they all work pretty well. Next topic: friction hinge doors vs. doors that require a latch to stay open. ;)
wrvond 03/28/22 09:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replacement Fridge

Our camper came equipped with the Norcold N10DCX - 10 cubic foot unit. I've got a 200 watt solar panel and a single deep cycle 12v battery. The other day, while installing a hardwired EMS the refrigerator was on battery (along with the lights) for about six hours. It was a cloudy day and the refrigerator started beeping (indicating low power) after about five hours. When I purchased the camper, the refrigerator was turned on to maximum cooling on both the upper and lower sections. I drove from Michigan to West Virginia with no battery at all (dealer failed to install one), yet the refrigerator was happy to run on the voltage provided by the truck and/or solar panel. Since most of the drive was made in the rain, I imagine the unit was being powered primarily by the truck and would have run indefinitely while going down the road.
wrvond 03/28/22 07:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trailer Legs

I just saw these today. They have been out for years and never seen them. I was wondering if anyone has used these and what your thoughts are about them. They say they can be used to store your trailer with the wheels off the ground.I want to use them to lift my fiver. Www.trailerlegs.com I've never used them, but that doesn't stop me from having opinions about them. ;) On the face of it, they seem to be a pretty good solution for folks that want to get one or more tires clear of the ground - be it for storage, maintenance or to change a flat. My real concern would be taking the unit down off the stands. Imagine the stress on the leaf springs of the entire camper bouncing down on all four wheels at the same time. Considering that we almost universally believe the suspension under our campers is borderline safe, and we do see breakages of hangers, shackles and springs quite often, I am loathe to use anything that I think might add unnecessary stress to that system.
wrvond 03/28/22 07:00am Fifth-Wheels
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