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RE: Carbon Monoxide from Furnace

On a home furnace, I'd suspect a cracked heat exchanger. Not totally sure the same logic applies to an RV, but I suspect it does. Jim, "Why do I wear loud socks? To keep my feet awake!"
Handbasket 04/24/14 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Van used to tow

Also be sure to read the fine print on any tow ratings. Not sure it still applies, but some B makers used to rate towing capacity for an empty B... that is, without options (like generator or awning), supplies, or passengers, and with minimal fuel onboard. Jim, "Vote early, and vote often!"
Handbasket 04/24/14 09:19am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products & Gizmos

Pins and TP. Sounds like too much potential for a painfull oops. Flatting the TP roll sounds less dangerous. I never knew it could be so complicated, pins and needles and flaps, oh my.. ;). The Tiger came with a toilet paper holder, and I added a similar paper towel holder. They swing like a trapeze, pivoted from the wall, so the roll is always held by gravity against the wall. They're made of white plastic, but otherwise similar to this on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AOK8SE/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller= I'm sure no one has a stiffer riding RV than the little Tiger, but I've never had even so much as one square of TP unroll going down the road. Jim, "I'm not hard of hearing. I'm hard of listening."
Handbasket 04/23/14 07:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Van used to tow

I very much doubt any full-house B will have the tow capacity. You may want to look at a small C, the Tiger Bengal CX & TX. They can be built on the 1-ton pickup chassis from any of the big 3, with any drivetrain offered, SRW or DRW. When I bought mine in '06, the max towable weight was 8,000 lbs on the Chevy 3500. They've since started offering the Dodge & Ford, and I think tow ratings are up for all 3. But they are pricey, and used ones are hard to find. Jim, "I never finish anyth...."
Handbasket 04/23/14 01:34pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: LP vs AC

Check the door gasket, paying special attention to the bottom portion. Jim, "Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?"
Handbasket 04/23/14 09:51am Tech Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Busy with springtime house & yard chores. Also getting ready for first overnight in the Tiger at the private mountaintop observatory north of town, coming up this weekend (Yay!). And planning a week at the Outer Banks in May if all goes well. Then there's overnighting at the NPS stargaze at Purchase Knob in the GSMNP on May 30th, if the clouds stay away. Weather today is clear & coolish, with a chance of frost tonight. Guess I'll wait a day to dewinterize. Doubt anything would be hurt, but I have no reason not to wait. Need to fill LP before the weekend, too. The best LP distributor in the area just opened a new branch on my side of town, so I'll be trying them out. Y'all take care and have fun! Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Handbasket 04/23/14 07:46am Around the Campfire
RE: COG - I broke a cardinal rule...go easy on me

If it won't put you beyond weight limits on the front axle, maybe add a winch mount & winch? Or any of several other heavy front end accessories. Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Handbasket 04/23/14 06:55am Truck Campers
RE: conversion of camper vans to 4 wheel

Based on the best of my knowledge, I think both of your choices are on the Sprinter. From dim memory a few years old, I think I recall that the 4x4 Sprinter conversions didn't work because the traction control & anti-lock (& maybe stability control) computers won't play nice with the 4WD hardware. Sportsmobile may or may not have a successful version. B's based on Fords and Chevys can easily be converted if you have the $$$, tho' it's easiest done on a new van. Sportsmobile makes 4x4 Fords, and Quigley used to do Roadtrek Chevys for RT; they may still do one-offs to order (?). I think I'd expect about a $15K upcharge. The next generation of Sprinter is supposed to come to the US with optional 4WD. I don't know how far in the future that will be, and I'd expect it'll be with a hefty price premium. How soon B's hit the market on that platform I have no guess. I'd caution that rumors of 4x4 Sprinters have seemed to be mostly made of vaporware. You should look at the Tiger Bengal CX & TX. I bought mine after 2 RT's, and still love it after 8+ years. On edit: Try this link from the C forum. IIRC from reading it a while back, there's no real mention of which chassis weight rating they're talking about. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27619768.cfm Jim, "My typos, mistakes, and misspellings are intentional and copyrighted."
Handbasket 04/22/14 03:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Coupler Lock by reese

I'm lucky enough to have never had a reason to research locks. How easy is it to defeat a 'boot'-type lock like the police/ meter maids use for illegally parked cars? Not suggesting the OP buy one, just curious. Jim, "Very funny, Scotty. Now beam down my clothes!"
Handbasket 04/22/14 07:16am General RVing Issues
RE: 96 Onan 2500 microlite

At that age, I think they were still using the low oil level shut down switch. Very first thing would be to check oil level. All 3 of my 2800's (gasoline version of 2500) have required checking the oil with the stick _NOT_ screwed in, just resting on the edge of the hole. I assume yours would too. If you do this wrong, you'll be low. The common issue with the small LP Onans is the regulator vent tube. Some insects are apparently drawn to the faint smell of LP, and love to build their nests in the tube. This keeps the diaphragm from breathing. It's more likely to happen when sitting idle, tho'. I've never heard of this happening when running. Onan finally started adding a foam 'sock' over the end of the hose, but IIRC that wasn't until sometime in the 2000's, AIUI. Good luck! Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Handbasket 04/22/14 05:53am Tech Issues
RE: power vent

We use the Maxx Air all in one power vent Here is a link.....Maxx Air We like it as you can use it in bad weather and not worry about rain getting in. Seconded. I've had one for 8+years now. Can be left open, running or not, driving or parked, rain or shine. Jim, "90% of the job takes 90% of the time allowed. The remaining 10% takes the other 90% of the time."
Handbasket 04/21/14 04:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: HELP!! - Fleetwood Jamboree Side Mirror?

If you're just looking by RV name, you may have better luck looking by _chassis_ name (Ford? Chevy?), model (E350? G-30?) and year. Jim, "Hello! Incontinence Hotline! Can you hold, please?"
Handbasket 04/21/14 12:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Have you gotten a call or text from 202-506-9060???

.... Jim check your phone bill. If you can on-line do it now or call the phone company. Back several months ago there was something about a call that came in and no one talked to the person but somehow there was billing from another country that showed up for about $25 a minute. Just saying check... you never know. Jax, thanks for the warning. I've been checking on a regular basis anyway, since I just had a fairly major change in service, and wanted to keep tabs on it. Nothing strange has showed up, but I've heard of similar scams. Dunno how they'd work with 'unlimited calling', but there's probably a way. Thanks again. Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Handbasket 04/21/14 06:20am Around the Campfire
RE: Too good to be true?

The low hours on the generator are not good, contrary to what the ad implies. Onan wants you to run them 2 hours a month under load when not in regular use. This prevents issues with gas varnishing and corrosion from condensation. Be sure it starts, runs smoothly without hunting once warmed up, and can take the load of the roof A/C. It can easily cost $500 to have a neglected one put right. Also research Ford handling issues here, so you'll know how important the test drive is and what to look for. Jim, "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."
Handbasket 04/19/14 09:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Have you gotten a call or text from 202-506-9060???

This thread came to mind when I got a call earlier this week. Just a recording, repeating "A representative will be with you shortly." No real pause, just that phrase over and over. I let it run for about 3 minutes, expecting a telemarketer to come on the line. Nope, just the recording, over and over. I finally hung up. I tried doing a reverse lookup, no luck. Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Handbasket 04/18/14 07:36am Around the Campfire
RE: Travasaks on sale at CW.

I wonder if they're back in production, or if CW is just clearing out their left-over inventory (sizes & colors that didn't sell)? Mine are 8+ years old and still holding up, knock on wood (taps skull lightly, 'Dang, got a splinter!'). Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Handbasket 04/17/14 06:24am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Surprise at the scales

It won't explain away 1,000 lbs, but... wonder if there was some wording on the camper's weight tag about "xxxx lbs, excluding options"? Roof A/C, generator, awning? Dunno about yours, but those are options on some RV's, and add up. Jim, "The only thing worse than paying taxes is not having to pay taxes."
Handbasket 04/16/14 05:44pm Truck Campers
RE: non- working Dometic fridge

The typical small 3-way reefer used in class B's before about 2000 does not use 12V when working on propane. I've owned 2, and worked on another. They have a manual 'clicker' ignition, and use either a flame window or a needle gauge to indicate that they're lit. They're completely independent of 12V power, other than using it when set to 12V operation (heating element only). Jim, "Laughing stock: cattle with a sense of humor."
Handbasket 04/16/14 04:46pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Chrome trim

It _may_ be (or be similar to) what's commonly known as 'door edge trim'. Try driving the van (so you can show them what you mean) to a big-box auto parts store (NAPA, or similar) and asking one of the older countermen to take a look at what you have now. Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Handbasket 04/16/14 07:45am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: walmart

Local WM Super Center is located close to I-40 & I-240, and not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Has a city river park on two sides, and Cheddar's restaurant in the same lot. Cafeteria & Chinese buffet close by, and several fast food places. Very, very pleasant. RV overnighting was fine for several years. Heck, _I_ even spent the night there once when my then-fiancee and I were arguing! But then a few of the 'RV homeless' & 'van/car dwellers' became full-time residents there (one old C didn't move for 'way over a month), and now we're all banned. Sucks, but there it is. I really can't blame WM. Jim, "I left my laptop on the floor last night, and mistook it for the bathroom scale this morning. Turns out I weigh about $1250."
Handbasket 04/15/14 05:26pm General RVing Issues
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