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Newcomers' Corner / Re: City water connection won't work
« Last post by luvyrpets@gmail.com on Today at 11:27:55 AM »
I am having the same issue where when I am hooked up to city water, the water is going to my holding tank which eventually overflows out of the potable hose entrance.  I have a 2004 Fleetwood Jamboree Class C.  I will check for the check valve and try to troubleshoot.

Thank you
Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Electric PU trucks
« Last post by SeilerBird on Today at 11:11:16 AM »
Taxes for road maintenance will also have to be addressed.  Right now electric vehicles are getting a free ride on the roads, they contribute just as much congestion and wear as a gas powered vehicle but they aren't paying the fuel taxes that build and maintain them.
That is an urban legend being pushed by the oil companies. Fuel taxes pay only a small percentage of those taxes. And a lot of states are currently addressing that situation by increasing other taxes.
If the back flow valve on the hot water outlet works (mine does) that won't work.
Trailers & Fifthwheels / Hot water only gets to warm water
« Last post by pa bell on Today at 11:06:02 AM »
Hot water heater 6-gallon Suburban SW6DEL only heats the water until it is mildly hot. We can not get a decent shower out of it now. I have switched to LP and it works fine. I replaced the heating element but that is not the problem. Any ideas?
Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Electric PU trucks
« Last post by Lou Schneider on Today at 11:00:50 AM »
Electric cars carry the same amount of stored energy as a petroleum car with the same range.  This energy can be released in a controlled manner, to propel the car down the road, or in an uncontrolled manner during a crash.  So yes, an electric car can catch fire in a crash just like a fuel powered car.
See no problems at either end with the blue or black hose. All other hoses appear to be good. Pulled cover from rear of dash and all hoses appear good. My pump runs on and off for maybe a cycle of 5 seconds which makes me think it is a small leak maybe pin hole size. Could it possibly be the pump going bad? Also how do you check to see if switch on the control panel is bad. Pump does not run when A/C or heater is on. Any way to check the black reservoir?
Uh, why not just open one of the hot water faucets when draining the tank?  No suction at all...
Currently I'm based down in Lake Havasu City for the winter where the water isn't fit for human consumption. Total dissolved solids coming out of the faucet down here range from 700 to 900 parts per million. I do have a water softener resin tank which I rent from Rayne Soft Water but the water still plays havoc with my water heater over time requiring at least a yearly clean out and here is where my cautionary tale begins...

For several weeks i was noticing a less than pleasant smell in my hot water, especially when I turned on the shower. This is a good indication that it's time to flush out my hot water heater with vinegar and use the clean out wand to get as much of the crud cleaned out as possible. As is my practice I cooled off the water heater then pulled the plug to drain it. Since I'm one of those people who refuses to open the over pressure valve to release the vacuum while draining the tank for fear of boogering up the valve I've developed a little trick to get the water heater to drain efficiently. In the past I've used the flush wand for the water heater disconnected from the hose. I just insert it into the water heater drain and it allows air to pass through the flush wand and release the vacuum. This time for some reason known only to people who should wear a helmet every time they go outdoors I decided to use one of those bendy drinking straws. As it turns out the bendy drinking straws works even better. That is until I decided to take my eyes off of it for five seconds to reach for my coffee cup sitting on the steps. When I turned back I was horrified to see that the vacuum inside the water heater had actually sucked the drinking straw right into the tank!!

I can't print here most of the thoughts that were going through my mind when I saw what had happened and after mentally flogging myself for my own stupidity I began to imagine what was going to happen to that straw should it remain in its new environment forever. Things like melting onto the electric heating element (unlikely by the way) to finding its way to the hot water outlet and plugging up the check valve (more likely) and causing me to execute a surgery on my plumbing that I'd rather avoid.

After resigning myself to whatever fate awaited me and my bendy drinking straw as well as concluding that I really should start wearing a helmet when outdoors I proceeded with flushing out the tank. Each cycle of flushing yielded the expected flotsam that one would expect with continually heating water of extremely poor quality yet alas no bendy drinking straw appeared with the grayish chunks exiting the drain. Finally as the crud leaving the tank was diminishing I had given up all hope of ever seeing that stupid bendy straw again I stuck the wand back in and gave the tank one good final rinse. This time to my total surprise and amazement when I pulled the flush wand back out what should poke its head out of the drain but that evil bendy straw which had elevated my anxiety and blood pressure beyond its reasonable limits for the last thirty minutes!!

Yes ladies and gentlemen there is someone up there looking out for us occasionally when we do stupid things. I'm still not totally convinced that it's okay for me to wander about in public without my helmet and I'm quite sure that my beautiful wife up in Heaven is shaking her head and smiling down upon me but I will NEVER use a bendy straw while draining the water heater again.

Please take this little tale for what it is, nothing more than a humorous tale of an old RV'r who learns things the hard way once in a while. Have a great day,..

Joe H.
Towing and towables / Re: Tire recommendations???
« Last post by Gary RV_Wizard on Today at 10:42:27 AM »
Are there any benefits to that other then a stiff ride and a broke pocket?

Short answer: No.

An LT tire already has stiffer sidewalls than a P (passenger) tire and that should be sufficient to handle cargo and trailer towing duty.

I honestly can't remember what the factory tires were...

You don't have to remember - there is a tire placard on the driver door post. Check it out.

Load Index 115 is 2679 lbs/tire and a good choice for a  4050 lb axle. The sum of the tires on the axle needs to be greater than the axle rating because the load isn't always exactly 50/50 across the axle, but 2500 or so lbs gives you a 25% safety margin. Increasing that to 50% or more gains nothing of practical value.
If you lose the air pocket at the top of the water heater's tank between tank flushing, an easy way to replenish it is to drain your fresh water hose, i.e. make it full of air.  Connect the air filled hose between the shore water spigot and the RV and turn on the shore water.

Now go inside the RV and turn on a HOT water spigot.  The air in the hose will be drawn into the hot water tank and replenish the air pocket.  If you get a little sputtering at the faucet, it's confirmation the air pocket is full and the excess air in the hose is flowing to the faucet.

There's no reason to open the overpressure valve by hand, as has been noted this can lead to leakage if debris gets caught in the valve.

So why does an RV hot water heater need an air pocket, but a stick house water heater doesn't?  Water expands when it's heated, in a stick house it just pushes back and displaces some of the incoming cold water.  That's why home water heaters specify there must be a minimum distance between the last branch in the incoming cold water line and the inlet to the heater's tank.

An RV's water system is a closed system, with one way check valves at the water pump and at the city water inlet.  Unless you have an accumulator tank, or the air bubble in the water heater tank, there's nowhere for the water to go when it expands, so the pressure rises until something gives and relieves the excess pressure.

If you're lucky, this will be the overpressure valve on the hot water tank.
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