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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #450 on: November 10, 2014, 02:01:56 AM »
The best gaget I've bought recently is a low bridge warning addon for my Garmin.

I like to get off the interstates and be a bit more adventurous so it's great for that.

another choice for finding low clearance bridges and areas for weight restrictions on the bigger motor homes also some of the width restrictions. look for a Big Truck map from rand McNally.  you do not have to get one of the new ones matter of fact find a old one or ask a driver if they have a old one and tear the low clearance section out of the front of it.

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« Reply #451 on: November 25, 2014, 08:24:13 PM »
Great stuff. I added to favorites so I can go back later and read them all! Thanks to everyone that shared their ideas.
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« Reply #452 on: December 03, 2014, 02:13:50 AM »
This fan made a great replacement for those originally included in my hurricane. http://www.12volt-travel.com/12-volt-heavy-duty-metal-fan-p-5059.html The drivers side fan worked but made a horrible noise. The passenger side had never worked. I picked up two of the road pro fans, trimmed the lighter plug off and wired them in. Worked / still working great. Cheap too!

Anyone know about undercoating? I figure it will add some weight, but how much could it really add? It must be worth carrying a few extra pounds to protect the undercarriage, right?
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« Reply #453 on: December 03, 2014, 10:18:24 AM »
Anyone know about undercoating? I figure it will add some weight, but how much could it really add? It must be worth carrying a few extra pounds to protect the undercarriage, right?
Unless you travel a lot of "salted" roads in the winter time, undercoating would be a big expense for very little return.
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« Reply #454 on: December 03, 2014, 03:28:56 PM »
Undercoating can be good or bad.. if moisture gets under it,, It is BAD as it will trap the moisture there and make it worse.

As Gom or Joyce or Ditto said... Unless you spend a lot of time on salt roads,, Forget it.
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« Reply #455 on: December 03, 2014, 08:51:42 PM »
If you have ever driven on salted roads, you should fear damage to aluminum and especially the radiator if it is AL.  Don't ask  me how I know!!
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« Reply #456 on: December 06, 2014, 12:37:54 AM »
Unless you travel a lot of "salted" roads in the winter time, undercoating would be a big expense for very little return.

Makes sense, thank you I'll keep my money!
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« Reply #457 on: December 06, 2014, 08:37:56 AM »
A long time ago, in another life, I installed undercoating.  Mostly a waste of money unless you are doing it for sound deadening.  Poorly installed undercoating can lead to salt getting under the coating a doing more damage than no undercoating. Save your money.
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« Reply #458 on: December 28, 2014, 04:22:56 PM »
This is not a genius solution, fairly simple really.  But maybe it will give someone an idea or at least save them some time in fixing a similar problem.

One day, about a month after I bought my used 5ver, my kitchen sink decided to stop draining.  I did what anyone would do, removed the p-trap, cleaned it out, and re-installed it.  Still wouldn't drain.  The clear 45 elbow I have on my 3" sewer line was empty so I knew my sewer hose wasn't clogged.  I used a plumbers snake to verify no obstructions between the sewer outlet on the RV and the outlet on the gray tank.  So I knew the problem was in the interior pipes, somewhere between the p-trap and the tank.  My snake wasn't long enough to go all the way through, so I had to devise a new plan.  I decided a nice flush of high pressure water might free whatever the obstruction was.  So now the problem was how to use my 3/4" hose to put pressure on my 1" plumbing.  After much research, I could not find an adapter that would work so I went to the hardware store hoping to make something that would work out of PVC.  First I found a 3/4" female GHT x 3/4" female slip. Then I found a 1" female thread x 1" female slip.  Then it was just a matter of finding the adapters and bushings I needed to go from 3/4" female slip to 1" female slip. It ended up being a 1"x" bushing, and a 2" piece of " pipe.  Put it all into place, test fit, then glued it together.  Now I could run my hose through a window and attach it directly to the plumbing without losing pressure or making a mess/getting wet.  The water in the sink did drain slowly so I wasn't too worried about a complete seal which might cause the pipe to bust under pressure, but just to be safe I decided to use a ball valve to slowly introduce pressure to the line, so it wouldn't bust if a complete seal occurred.

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« Reply #459 on: December 28, 2014, 06:30:48 PM »
They actually make that commercially,  Plus there are some "Power Shot" type products, compressed gas same theory.

And there is a rubber bladder like thing that comes in 3 sizes, you shove it in the pipe after you open the pipe up,, I've blown some serious clogs out with those.   Most hardwares will have them.
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« Reply #460 on: December 28, 2014, 07:49:00 PM »
They actually make that commercially,  Plus there are some "Power Shot" type products, compressed gas same theory.

And there is a rubber bladder like thing that comes in 3 sizes, you shove it in the pipe after you open the pipe up,, I've blown some serious clogs out with those.   Most hardwares will have them.

It seems to me like a reasonable thing to produce commercially, but I have never found one anywhere. Can you link me?

I did see the rubber bladder thing, but as a rule water is much more powerful than air.  150psi from my compressor didn't clear my clog.  The hose did though.

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« Reply #461 on: December 28, 2014, 08:47:52 PM »
They actually make that commercially,  Plus there are some "Power Shot" type products, compressed gas same theory.

And there is a rubber bladder like thing that comes in 3 sizes, you shove it in the pipe after you open the pipe up,, I've blown some serious clogs out with those.   Most hardwares will have them.

I used a canned pressure clog remover on an old house with PB piping.  It looked like an aerosol can with a cap that looked like half of a racquetball with a hole in it.  When you placed the ball part in the sink you pressed down and that shot a blast into the sink to clean the clog.  Instead, it shattered my pipes and I had quite a mess, and much plumbing work to do.  Apparently those pipes were involved in a lawsuit and were no longer made.  They told me I should replace full runs of that grey pipe wherever I found it.

I don't know if the plastic pipes in MH's are made of the same material.  They look just like PVC pipes as they are all white, but other than color, they looked the same as my "water explosion" experience.  I'm very careful now when trying to clear clogs.  I like to use plastic snakes whenever practical.
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« Reply #462 on: December 28, 2014, 09:52:51 PM »
I don't know if the plastic pipes in MH's are made of the same material.  They look just like PVC pipes as they are all white, but other than color, they looked the same as my "water explosion" experience.

Good bit of advice there.  If you have white plastic plumbing they are certainly less capable of handling pressure than the black ABS plumbing being used in the more recently manufactured and/or higher end RV's.  Whoever started putting PVC in RV's in the first place did not think that decision through, which is why so many are black ABS now.  That being said, if there was some sort of flaw in those pipes (given the lawsuit you mentioned, and likely a recall) I would be more likely to blame the "explosion" on that instead of the canned air.  Even standard schedule 10 white PVC ought to be able to hold whatever pressure a can like that could hold.  Though I certainly understand your hesitation to implement the method again in the future if it's avoidable, and I suppose the good side of using air instead of water may be that in the event of a burst you may be left with less water to clean up.

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« Reply #463 on: December 29, 2014, 05:11:56 AM »
Afraid I can not link to one as It has been a long time since I saw one, but basically it was a stiffer than you'd expect plunger with a hose adapter in place of the handle.

I prefer a straight plunger since it is the SUCTION that clears the clog in most cases, not the pressure.
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« Reply #464 on: December 29, 2014, 06:17:22 AM »
I suppose this is what is being suggested.
  see here >>>>  http://tinyurl.com/mh7ybwc   at ACE Hardware

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« Reply #465 on: December 29, 2014, 01:13:22 PM »
I think my screw on application is much better than the rubber bladder idea.

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« Reply #466 on: February 09, 2015, 09:46:56 PM »
Great ideas. We just traded in our  1978 mini MH for a new 2015 TT.  When we first got our mini MH, we had trouble with spiders getting in the furnace and clogging it up with their nests.  Someone suggested to us to get a dog flea collar and set it next to where the gas goes into the hot water heater. We also put one where the gas goes into the frigerator.  We never had another problem with the furnace after that.  I didn't see that tip in here but maybe the newer trailers don't have that problem anymore. 
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« Reply #467 on: February 20, 2015, 12:11:07 AM »
Drastically increase your hot water capacity for less that $20!

While reading a thread on boon docking, I learned about a trick seasoned boon dockers use to conserve water. Basically, it's a re-circulation valve between the hot water line and the fresh tank, for the purpose of not wasting those several seconds of cold water that comes out of your tap before the hot water kicks in.

Using this extremely simple trick I have increased my hot water capacity to over 85 gallons, which is only limited there by the capacity of my fresh tank (75) and my hot water heater (10).  I just finished a half hour long hot shower that only ended because I drained the tank.  

What I did:

My water pump is located beneath the kitchen sink, as is the fill tube for my fresh tank.  Yes, this setup makes this easier, but if yours is in a different spot it is still possible it just may require a little extra effort running the tubing.  First I tee'd into the fill tube and then tee'd into the cold water line, connected the two with tubing and put a ball valve in the middle as an easy way to fill the fresh tank via the city water connection from inside the RV. If your rig already has this capability you may wish to skip that step. Then I tee'd into the hot water line and led it to the tee in the fill tube as well, again with a ball valve in the middle.  Now, with your fresh tank filled, your city water OFF, and your pump ON, open the ball valve on the hot line dumping your hot water tank directly into the fresh tank.  This takes the chill off the water in your fresh tank.  After only two circulations I obtained a temperature of 90?F in my fresh tank.  The "trick" behind it is that the warmer the water is going into your hot water tank as you empty it, the less energy and time it takes to heat that water to the optimum temperature, as well as the less it cools down the hot water already in your tank.

I just had my first long, hot shower in a long time in which I did not have to rinse off in cool or cold water, and even had time to shave and otherwise just enjoy the shower!

Do NOT over do it.  90? or so should be safe for any holding tank, but I am not responsible if you over do it and melt a hole in your fresh tank.

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« Reply #468 on: February 20, 2015, 07:11:27 AM »
Some rv's come with a recirc pump,, it hooks to the farthest point in the water system (usually the shower) and the water heater INLET, and very slowly pumps water around the loop (it is a very small pump) just enough to keep the lines warm.

The flip side is that it costs you fuel (propane or electricity) to keep those pipes warm, and electricity to run the pump.
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« Reply #469 on: February 20, 2015, 07:36:49 AM »
The flip side is that it costs you fuel (propane or electricity) to keep those pipes warm, and electricity to run the pump.

Exactly. Since mine is a manual recirc, no extra electricity to speak of (water pump runs a tad extra, negligible). But those recirc pumps do nothing to increase your hot water capacity like mine does.

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« Reply #470 on: April 10, 2015, 10:08:25 AM »
Here is a different type of battery tester that is inexpensive and does a better job at testing batteries than load testers. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017R5EQK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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« Reply #471 on: July 18, 2015, 04:39:59 PM »
Yup, I used to have a Window A/C that ran fine on a Genrac 1000 (Traditional generator not inverter but enclosed so it is quiet) wish I still had that genreac. Still own it but it grew legs and wandered off.. I think I know who's but can not point the law at him till I prove it.

But there are not as many options for Roof air

I know when one of my 13.5 K BTU Carriers went blewey (Major catastrophic failure of top unit) I replaced it with a 15K BTU (And glad am I that I did that now that I'm stuck in the sunny south)  Checked the applique to see how much more power it needs compared to the old one.... Both the same 13.5 amps  More cool, Same power YIPPIE.
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« Reply #472 on: November 21, 2015, 09:58:37 PM »
I use the "air bags" that come when items are shipped, for instance from Amazon, to keep food, cans, jars, etc. in the fridge from sliding around.  Before I leave, I pack the fridge with the bags, then when I get to my destination, I pull them out and store them till I'm ready to leave then put them back in the fridge.
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« Reply #473 on: November 21, 2015, 10:03:17 PM »
I use an indoor/outdoor thermometer, the kind with the readout at one end of the wire and the sensor on the other end, to see how cold my fridge is.  I just put the sensor over the door so the end is inside and leave the readout hanging on the outside of the door.  Keeps me from looking inside to check to see if it's cold or even too cold!
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« Reply #474 on: November 21, 2015, 10:06:24 PM »
I keep a couple spare gaskets for my sewer hose.  I unknowingly lost mine which made the next time at the dump station "interesting."
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« Reply #475 on: November 22, 2015, 07:08:14 AM »
i have appreciated your tips.

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« Reply #476 on: November 22, 2015, 11:43:54 AM »
Funny you posted this. I just bought a 4 pack from Amazon this week.

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« Reply #477 on: November 23, 2015, 09:37:19 PM »
What a great idea.  Can use in the cabinets also.  We use amazon alot and have the "pillows" for our grandsons to pop.  Think I will start keeping them for the trailer.  Thanks for that tip!
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« Reply #478 on: November 23, 2015, 10:07:56 PM »
Here is another idea - dont drive like a yahoo ond there wont be a problem lol just kidding sorry i couldnt resist BUT here is another idea pack the fridge full of food and it wont move THEN eat all the food before you come home and the fridge will be empty lol - im just kidding
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #479 on: November 23, 2015, 10:22:08 PM »
Just roll up a towel and do the same thing, put towel back in drawer when done. Nothing to store, you already have towels on board.
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