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RE: Starter Batteries

I doubt anyone is likely to have a schematic showing the battery wiring on a 1999 RV, and even if they did, it is likely to have been changed in 23 years. 12v batteries or 6v batteries? 12v system or 24v system? 1 chassis battery or 2? 1 house battery or 2? Maybe a pic or 2 of what you are looking at could help us. You will need to follow the large battery cables out to see where they go. The starter battery POS goes to the starter. The house battery POS will head for the power center distribution panel. The NEG of both should go to the chassis somewhere, either separate locations or possibly the same location. Keep in mind that I have little to no experience with DPs, so I may be way off here. Again, pic(s) could help us help you, but you will need to follow the cables.
4x4van 11/23/22 07:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anything other than silicone..

So you seal your RV exterior with silicone caulking, or replying to hear yerself speak. Bottom line, don't use silicone, use a urethane product or something intended for the use.Speaking of replying to hear yerself speak....:R I never said that silicone should be used on anyone's RV. I said I used silicone for 22 years, without failures. I also said that I've switched to Dicor for the last 6-7 years, more because everyone says that's what I'm supposed to use than for any other reason. My initial post in this thread was simply to counter the oft-heard argument that silicone won't stick to itself. In my experience, that's a false statement, proven (albeit to myself) over the course of 22 years. I never even considered that it wouldn't work until I started reading the claims on RV forums, and that was after using it for at least 10-15 years without failure. In fact, a quick google search verifies what I already know to be fact; silicone WILL stick to silicone, quite well in fact, as long as the old silicone is clean (which is required for ANY sealant, including Dicor). Will other sealants stick to silicone? Nope, nor did I ever claim such. Use what you want, I never said otherwise.
4x4van 11/10/22 12:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anything other than silicone..

Simply put ...far more people have had issues with certain types of silicone's than have had good luck with them. We also have service experts tell us what they found works and what didn't. Not all silicone is the same. See my reply above for a explanation why some silicone products stick and other didn't. Acetoxy vs natural cure silicone....there is a difference in adhesion quality according to the pros that use sealants in their line of business.And yet I've never seen the words "Acetoxy" or "natural cure" on a tube of silicone. I've always bought simple "100% Silicone" (not "siliconized caulk"), and it has indeed smelled like vinegar. Yet your description suggests that is not what should be used outdoors, and you really don't clarify which one will (or won't) stick to itself. :S
4x4van 11/09/22 01:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stops Catalytic Converter thefts! (inexpensive method)

Personally I did not go through insurance for it, just bought a cat from NAPA and had a local muffler shop zap it on. Under $1000 total, and done in a week. You're lucky. In Southern California, the SCAQMD doesn't allow universal Cats to be installed, nor do they allow used or aftermarket. Has to be new OEM only.
4x4van 11/08/22 01:49pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Anything other than silicone..

Not sure what to tell you all, but on my last 2 RV's, I used plain old Silicone for the roof seams exclusively for about 22 years. Never removed the old, simply went up yearly and touched up any areas that looked suspect (after cleaning with a wet rag). Never had a leak over that 22 years. Never had a problem with the new silicone sticking to the old silicone. It wasn't until about 6-7 years ago that I started using Dicor, after I found out(?) from numerous forums that silicone shouldn't/couldn't/wouldn't/WON'T work, the RV will leak like crazy if it comes anywhere near silicone, especially the next time time you try to add silicone, not to mention that you will NEVER get all of it off in order to seal it RIGHT (with Dicor)! Sorry, but that just hasn't been my experience. And it seems that I usually had fewer areas to touch up each year when I was using silicone that I have using Dicor. So I have to wonder why we are all convinced that Dicor is the holy grail of RV sealants? :h
4x4van 11/08/22 01:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anything other than silicone..

Ive learned on RV forums new silicone caulk will not adhere and seal to old :h... Yet a Youtube search says the opposite.
4x4van 11/03/22 03:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which one of you put a water filter here?

Being that you are not the orig owner, it might serve you best to use bottled water for drinking. At least start your trip that way and refill your water bottles from a safe source as you go. Still can't understand why people are afraid of drinking water from their RV, regardless of what type of piping material was used. My last 2 RVs used the grey lines; we purchased the rigs used, flushed the system once when we bought, and then used them for 10-12 years each (yes, even "DRINKING" the water, OMG!). There is no danger from those grey lines other than they could become brittle over time depending on the water quality and develop leaks. The undersink filter that is there, on the other hand, I would remove since you have no idea of how long it's been there.
4x4van 11/03/22 03:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Which one of you put a water filter here?

You might want to ask who put the polybutylene supply lines here. That's some bad stuff and 28 years ago was the "pipe of the future" until it wasn't. Hope it was not used with high chlorine concentrations for extended periods of time.I'd be willing to bet that the manufacturer "put those lines there".:S
4x4van 11/03/22 03:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: System check up panel. What do these mean?

Typically, the "Water Heater Pilot" led should come on momentarily and then go out when you turn your water heater on. If the led stays on (or comes back on shortly), that means that the pilot light is out (or didn't light) and needs to be relit; cycle the switch and try again. Battery switch is likely giving you the battery charge level on both the house battery (top) and the chassis battery (bottom). Or the bottom is for a separate generator battery (unlikely)?
4x4van 11/03/22 03:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2009 Damon Avanti No power ?

If it's at the dealer's, let them figure it out. We can't possibly solve the issue when you are not working with it in the first place. Or am I missing something?
4x4van 10/20/22 02:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stops Catalytic Converter thefts! (inexpensive method)

Nice work, Chris. Many areas of the country are experiencing skyrocketing CC theft. Anyone who poo-poos that because they haven't personally had it happen to them has their head in the sand. CC thefts can and do cost thousands to repair, not to mention causing travel plans to be cancelled, etc. And the whole idea of not wanting to piss-off or annoy the thieves? Please; pacifism is not the answer to deal with criminals. I'm reminded of a truism: If you are out hiking with a friend and a bear starts chasing you, you don't have to outrun the bear, you only have to outrun your friend! In other words, if a thief wants what YOU have, you cannot stop that. But if a thief only wants "something", then you can indeed simply make your neighbor's stuff more attractive than your own. That is exactly what Chris has done. I, too, would be concerned about rattling while driving, and the paint won't last (CCs get upwards of 1500+ degrees), but what Chris has done WILL deter some (admittedly not all) CC thieves.
4x4van 10/18/22 10:10am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Good potable water hose?

Whatever brand you decide on, just make sure it's "drinking water safe". I bought a 50' hose, cut it into a 15' and a 35' (adding the required ends). Usually the 15' is sufficient. Sometimes the 35', and rarely the full 50'. This way I only have to have what's needed out.
4x4van 10/18/22 09:06am Beginning RVing
RE: Cikira 18CC grey water pump?

One possibility is that the previous owner had a pump to pump grey water into the black tank. Many people fill their grey before their black, so transferring some of that grey into the black extends their camping time before needing to dump. Just a thought.
4x4van 10/18/22 08:53am Travel Trailers
RE: CARB smog testing motorhomes Every 4months by 2024

For those who didn't "live it"- I grew up on Southern California in the 60's and 70's. In the 60's we used to go to my Grandma's house in the San Gabriel Valley. The San Gabriel Mountains were 20 miles away as the crow flies. In the summer time I used to play outside and the air was so filthy I couldn't see those mountains just 20 miles away and my throat would hurt severely. Fast forward to today-the population has DOUBLED since I grew up there and there are more vehicles registered there than any where else in the Country. The air is cleaner than it's EVER BEEN. All because of CARB mandates-that were so successful by the way they were adopted by several other states. I have since retired and moved out of state-taking my massive equity with me. Yea say what you will but quite frankly you cannot by any stretch argue with the results. So yea-camp elsewhere.Sadly, it has gone beyond the idea of cleaning up the air and instead is about nothing more than money and forced lifestyle change. I, too, grew up here in CA, and still live here. I agree that the air is cleaner than it's ever been; I remember the smog alerts in the 70s, and it being difficult to breathe as a kid. However, CA's goal is to eliminate ALL internal combustion engines, and as soon as possible. And if they can't convince you to give them up voluntarily, they will gladly make it so that you can no longer afford to use them. 2 things prove that air quality is no longer the goal: 1. A few years ago, my sister-in-law's car wouldn't pass smog. Why? Because of a "misfire" that the computer picked up. Now keep in mind, that this "misfire" was so slight that it was completely un-noticeable while driving/idling, AND the car's tailpipe emissions were within acceptable levels. But she was still forced to spend several $100 dollars chasing down a non-problem before DMV would renew her registration. 2. Decades ago, in addition to the cost of the smog check, we also had to pay $8.25 for the "smog certificate". That hard copy printout had to be mailed (or taken in) to the DMV along with your registration in order to renew. Well, about 30 years ago, they did away with that paper certificate, and it is now transmitted online to DMV automatically. But guess what? We STILL pay an additional $8.25 "certificate" fee when getting our vehicles smogged! CARB is out of control and accountable to no one. The agency should be disbanded and the people at the top should be jailed for stealing more money from CA residents than any other organization in the state's history. Cars, RVs, lawn equipment, small generators...where does it end?
4x4van 09/29/22 04:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class ‘A’ motor homes FORD chassis.

As others have said, a MH warranty begins on the date of sale to the first retail purchaser, NOT when the chassis is delivered to the RV manufacturer. That doesn't apply sometimes, or even usually, but ALWAYS.
4x4van 09/29/22 04:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sealand toilet seat hinges...

Repairing clogged toilets is one of the most difficult tasks that plumbers love to do. But sometimes you need to find out the problems that ***Link Removed***cause of clogged toilets and you need to choose the best plumber who can easily solve this type of problem under your budget.Not sure what that has to do with toilet seats, but.......OK....?
4x4van 09/06/22 12:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tire pressure

I use the pressure noted on the tire, not the pressure printed on the vehicle.No, no, no...just no.:S So if one tire on my dual axle trailer is flat, I should inflate the other tire on the same side to 160, right? The two of them average to 80, which is the recommended. I would be good to go without changing the flat! ;)Not really sure what your comment has to do with my comment, nor have I seen anyone saying to "average" tire pressures. However I will clarify that my "no, no, no..." comment refers to motorhomes (which is what the OP was asking about), not trailers. A tire is not specific to any particular vehicle, and the tire manufacturer has no control over what vehicle it is installed on. The pressure on the sidewall applies to the max load the TIRE is capable of carrying, NOT the specific vehicle it is installed on, which is why load tables are published, and which is why ALL vehicles, including RVs, have a Federally mandated tire pressure label on/near the driver door. Simply inflating the tires to that max pressure on the sidewall will almost always result in a hard ride, uneven (centered) tread wear, and diminished handling/braking.
4x4van 09/02/22 12:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Lounge Chair / Recliner for a relaxing nap

...affordable, dependable, and durable choice. Pick any 2, but only 2.;)
4x4van 09/01/22 02:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sealand toilet seat hinges...

My Sealand took standard toilet seats.On the Traveler Lite 110, they'll fit, just not "quite" right. When I purchased my RV, the PO had installed a padded home toilet seat (elongated), but it stuck over the front a bit more than I liked. Tried a shorter "round" one, and it didn't quite cover the front of the bowl. Finally got the actual Sealand lid for a perfect fit, but at the current prices, I will just use an elongated one if this one breaks.
4x4van 09/01/22 01:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tire pressure

I use the pressure noted on the tire, not the pressure printed on the vehicle.No, no, no...just no.:S
4x4van 08/30/22 04:29pm Beginning RVing
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