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General Discussion / Re: Starting battery going dead!
« Last post by sc4668 on November 14, 2018, 02:16:46 PM »
Here are a couple thing to try. Disconnect the house battery and see if the drain persists. If it does disconnect the alternator. If the diodes in the alternator are bad you have a path for the battery to discharge. You can take the alternator to Auto Zone or similar auto parts store and it can be tested. Let us know what you find.
Motorhomes / Re: Willing to comment on 3 Class A models?
« Last post by Laura & Charles on November 14, 2018, 02:16:32 PM »
Back to topic, looking at coaches far in advance of being ready to buy is fine and the best way to zero in on what are your ‘wants’ and ‘must haves’ and ‘wish list’ features. I think it best (as others have indicated) if you don’t give much attention to brands at this early stage. Look at as many as you can. (Things we looked at and ruled out—but might work for you—included toy hauler and bunkhouse floor plans; using the garage or remodeling the bunks as office space.) As has been said, level of quality changes over time. Our coach was Fleetwood’s top of the line gasser when it was made.  But since all the higher end coaches are DPs, that made ours, in the bigger picture, midrange at best.  (At least that’s how I see it... others may not agree.) You can do this... just be patient and the right coach will find you.
(Among other things in your future questions are bound to be about reliable internet and phone service, but you’ve still plenty of time for those...  )
Rallies, Shows, & Events / Re: KOFA 2019
« Last post by Heli_av8tor on November 14, 2018, 02:14:50 PM »
Theresa and I are looking forward to seeing all y’all there.
General Discussion / Re: Upside down :(
« Last post by jackiemac on November 14, 2018, 01:51:48 PM »
Because my wife had gone back to the States and I wanted it inside. We had five sets of French doors in the kitchen so I could drive through.
General Discussion / Re: Upside down :(
« Last post by Oldgator73 on November 14, 2018, 01:49:01 PM »
Nice new rig Amanda.

Gary & Amanda - Wow scary experience rolling. That might put me off!

Gator why is your motorcycle in the kitchen😲

Because my wife had gone back to the States and I wanted it inside. We had five sets of French doors in the kitchen so I could drive through.
General Discussion / Re: Removing my water tank
« Last post by SpencerPJ on November 14, 2018, 01:43:25 PM »
I plan to go out to the camper every weekend and so Ill bring a 5 gallon bucket of water with me every time I go.

I dont use much water and Im sure it wont be a big deal to keep it topped of once its full

Not sure what you mean by outdoor shower? I plan to live large and use the shower thats in the camper.

Im 5'11 ish ( depending how far out of whack my back is that day ) 6 ft 225-245 pounds so it ought to be interesting but it will be better than what I have been doing up until this time for sure

I'm a bit taller than you, and to only use 5 gal to shower, props  :))

This is the outdoor shower I was thinking of https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Removable-Switchable-Traveling-Cleaning/dp/B071CDCK8B?ref_=Oct_MGiftedC_3401561_5&pf_rd_r=P8NG5APTS0FBEK0GDKY5&pf_rd_p=2902fad9-09e5-511e-a8fe-adb34fe3c5ec&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-6&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=3401561&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I will agree that my wife is the water hog, but it will take 1/2 gal just to get the water lines delivering warm water.  You might need a tad more than 5 gal, but you're thinking  :))
Newcomers' Corner / Re: Water heater runs but doesn't heat water
« Last post by Linearmotion on November 14, 2018, 01:41:21 PM »
Thanks again folks!  That was it!  I was looking at a control board and it was just the bypass valves.  Perfect example of  newbie mistake!  I kept reading and hearing about the bypass valves but just couldn't find it and I wasn't told about it when I bought the trailer.  Finally pulled out a drawer in the bathroom and it was in there.  Turned the valves, the tank filled and heated up in about 30 minutes.  I knew it was somewhere, just couldn't find it!  Problem solved.  Thanks again!  I had to pull the drawer right next to the toilet and right above the water heater.  Pulled that drawer and I had full access to the top of the water heater.  Yes, one valve on the bypass line connecting the hot and cold side and I'm guessing the other valve was on the hot side to fill the tank.  The bypass was open and the other was closed.  I closed the bypass line and opened the other and could hear the tank filling instantly.  Such a simple fix, yet super annoying problem! Yes, couldn't take a shower in here and washing hands or rinsing my mouth with super cold water is not that fun!  All better now. 😁
General Discussion / Re: Replacing a leaking water heater
« Last post by andonso on November 14, 2018, 01:33:51 PM »
 I guess I could make some modifications to the existing water heater location.

There's a piece of plywood that covers the water heater and storage compartment, approx. 14" high x 24" wide x 19" deep.

So I could remove the plywood cover, creating a space approx. ~24" wide x ~19" deep. and then build some sort of water heater  box shaped cover out of plywood.


I did find a new Atwood aluminum  replacement tank for ~$150.00 and could replace the 400 watt heating element with a 1400 or 1500 watt screw in type, using the existing thermostat.

 The existing Atwood 6 gallon water heater with alum. tank was used mostly on a daily basis for around 28 years until the tank developed a pin hole leak.

However having 20 gallons may be worth the additional expense. Though I'm uncertain if the 20 gallon water heater is built to last ~25 to ~30 years?

I found another 20 gallon water heater from home depot that should also fit, however there is no drain port. From what I've read you can drain it by installing a T-fitting with spigot on the lower cold water inlet.

It's manufactured by Rheem I'm not certain how the quality compares to a Reliance, both come with a 6 year manufacture warranty.

Reliance is a subsidiary of A.O. Smith.


I found another one that's 28 gallons and approx. an inch and a half taller however  requires a 240 vac service.

Reliance Water Heater 6 30 Eols Low Boy Water Heater, Electric, 28-Gals

I've found online for as little as $323.00 with free shipping.


So I don't think I'm going to be able to find any water heaters close to 30 gallons that use 110 VAC, as most have higher watt heating elements, some use two heating element instead of one. such as 2 x 4500 watt heating elements.

General Discussion / Re: Photos of members' rigs
« Last post by jackiemac on November 14, 2018, 01:33:04 PM »
You are brave driving that beast around!
General Discussion / Re: Upside down :(
« Last post by jackiemac on November 14, 2018, 01:31:19 PM »
Nice new rig Amanda.

Gary & Amanda - Wow scary experience rolling. That might put me off!

Gator why is your motorcycle in the kitchen😲
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