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RE: Trouble with my Honda 2000 genset

It sounds to me like it may well be an internal fault, perhaps a shorted power transistor in the inverter circuit or something along those lines.
DrewE 10/25/20 09:15pm Tech Issues
RE: questions.... I have them.. :D

That fitting would be fine for blowing out the lines. I assembled a veryd similar one from various adapters and fittings from Home Depot (male garden hose to 1/2" NPT, 1/2" NPT to 1/4" NPT bushing, 1/4" air quick connect fitting). There's nothing particularly noteworthy about blowing out the water lines for winterization; just take your time and go through everything a couple times to get as much water as possible out (operating one tap at a time). Obviously it's also necessary to drain the water heater and fresh water tank, etc. I generally set the compressor regulator at 40 psi, but the actual pressure when the lines are being blown out drops a whole lot, and that's just fine. Adding a gravity fill might be hard depending on where your water tank is. You need to have the fill port higher than the water tank, and if it's directly under the bed (for example) that can mean finding a way to get the gravity fill port up perhaps five or six feet above the ground...and having to put water in from that point as well. If you don't have water pressure available, it is possible to pump water into the tank with a winterization inlet port by setting the valves to winterize and opening the fill valve.
DrewE 10/25/20 08:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Asking for a friend

Sounds like the water heater bypassing valves are not set up properly, or (depending on the system) malfunctioning. The only malfunction I can think of that would cause the problem as described would be a check valve on the water heater if it's so equipped and it's a one valve bypass setup. My guess is that it's a three valve bypass setup, and the middle valve (that connects the hot and cold lines) is not being set properly.
DrewE 10/24/20 02:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Disconnect Switch not turning on!

Locate the solenoid that clicks when you operate the disconnect switch, and investigate there (specifically, the big terminals for the power connections, not the little ones for the control wires). With it on and not connected to shore power, you should see 12V on both sides. With it off, one side--connected to the battery--should have 12V, the other nothing. If you always have 12V on only one side, then the disconnect relay is bad and needs replacement. In the meantime, you can get power by bypassing it by connecting both heavy wires to the same terminal. Of course, you should do this reconnecting only after disconnecting the battery, say by removing the ground wire from it. If you have no power at either terminal, the problem must lie in the connection between the battery and the solenoid, or in the battery's ground connection. If the solenoid is operating properly, your problem must lie between the solenoid and the DC distribution panel.
DrewE 10/24/20 09:35am Tech Issues
RE: Should I buy a Class C or not for this specific situation?

Congratulations! I hope this works out really well for you and proves to be as trouble-free as possible. And thanks, too, for taking the time to give us an update.
DrewE 10/24/20 09:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Humming sound in 5th wheel??

I'd also suspect the converter. If you have a ferroresonant converter (somewhat doubtful with that new of an RV, I'd think), they can hum quite distinctively all the time if the transformer or its windings are at all loose. It's not a problem beyond the possible annoyance. Other converters can also make various noises from fans and such.
DrewE 10/22/20 10:21am Tech Issues
RE: City Water Tank Bypass Issue

There are only two possible options: 1. Leaky (or not fully closed) fresh water fill valve, if you have such a valve to fill from the city water inlet. Some RVs only have a gravity fill, and this wouldn't apply to them. 2. Leaking check valve in the water pump. This most commonly is due to a bit of dirt or other buildup getting stuck in the diaphragm, and sometimes heals itself with a bit of pump use as the speck of foreign material is washed out. It can also be due to wear, in which case the solution is to either rebuild the pump with a new diaphragm (not too hard or expensive), replace the pump, or install a secondary check valve in the suction line to the pump.
DrewE 10/22/20 09:25am Tech Issues
RE: Received new vehicle with nail implanted in tire-maybe.

First things first - thank you for your replies. I will double check to see if I can swap the repaired summer tire for the spare. Next, I 3will ask the dealer to cover half the cost or at least 1/3-as they (dealership) delivered the vehicle into my posession with 700 km. already on it. So, the nail could have been there at the time of delivery. Maybe!! BB Don't expect the dealer to cover any of the cost. They undoubtedly do a pre-sale inspection; whether or not that would thoroughly cover the tire condition is another question, but I've no doubt they would assert they delivered to you a car with good tires all around, and you have absolutely no evidence to suggest otherwise. Personally, I'd feel a bit scummy even asking them to do so, since road damage is not a defect in materials or workmanship. Tire problems happen on occasion; it's a simple fact of vehicle ownership and driving on the open road.
DrewE 10/21/20 05:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking for a place

Mama Gertie's Hideaway Campground near Asheville, NC might be a possibility; their premium mountaintop sites look wonderful with a spectacular view. This is not a fancy resort campground with all sorts of amenities and activities, but would be superb for relaxing and taking it easy. The premium sites are unavailable November through March.
DrewE 10/21/20 11:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: ID black water tank outlet?

Pipe to flange is standard ABS pipe cement (not technically a glue, but a solvent welding process--the plastics are dissolved by the cement a little and resolidify together as the solvent evaporates). Pipe flange to tank is also probably solvent welded, as the tank appears to be ABS, but it could also be a friction or heat weld (and would definitely be if the tank is, say, polyethylene).
DrewE 10/21/20 11:06am Tech Issues
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

On edit - that's also a dealership I would avoid. Not allowing you to look under the hood/doghouse of an RV you are considering buying is ridiculous. Did they say why? No the salesman would not give me a valid reason even when I pressed him on the issue only to say the technicians would not allow the dog house to be removed. My thinking is MH's are really selling now and someone will buy it without scrutiny. I stopped at a Camping world in St Augustine Fl. and looked at several 24 ft Class C's and wanted to take one for a test drive. The Mgr would not allow a test drive until an offer was made. I said to the sales men why would I make an offer unless I liked the way the MH handled. His answer was the are selling like hotcakes this year by first time buyers because of the corona virus. So next year when the fear of the virus ceases it may be a buyers market again. Shenanigans of this sort would make me walk away from the dealership more or less immediately. There's a reasonably good chance they might change their tune when they see you aren't willing to put up with the silliness. Even if they don't relent immediately, I might wander back in a couple days if I was particularly interested in a particular RV; maybe they'd be more reasonable, maybe not. Asking to look under the hood of a vehicle you're considering (which is basically what the doghouse is), or take a test drive before making an offer, are both perfectly reasonable and ordinary requests. If the reason for refusing a test drive was something appropriate, such as "you don't have the appropriate driver's license for this vehicle," that would be a different story; but not letting you test drive until you've made a commitment (even if somewhat tentative) to purchase is not reasonable.
DrewE 10/21/20 11:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fairbank AK -- Northern Lights ????

I flew to Fairbanks around Christmastime a couple decades ago to visit a friend who was attending UAF there then (and still lives in the area, but that's irrelevant). There's no guarantee that you'll have northern lights, or that the sky will be cloudless, but it's a better chance than many other areas and times. During those weeks around the solstice, Fairbanks has about twenty hours of full-on night and four hours of twilight per day; and, as mentioned, it can be very very cold outside. Don't expect to see much of the scenery or enjoy the outdoors too much. If you do go and decide to get a rental vehicle, make sure you plug it in when you park for very long...and remember to unplug it before driving off.
DrewE 10/20/20 07:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 1998 V 10 Trans

Four speed for sure. No tow/haul mode; all you can do is lock out upper gear(s) if needed (via an overdrive off button and the usual automatic shifting).
DrewE 10/20/20 11:16am Tech Issues
RE: Bangor Maine to Burlington Vermont via. rt 2

There's about six or so hours of driving total between Bangor and Burlington, so you have plenty of time to explore. Some things to consider doing include: Ascending Mt Washington, either via the auto road (if your truck does not have dually wheels), the cog railway, or hiking if you're especially intrepid and pretty fit. The White Moutnains in general have a lot to see and do. A detour to take the Kancamagus Highway (NH 112) is one nice option; it's entirely practical to pull the RV over this road, and even pull off in most of the pull-offs if they aren't too crowded. There are many overlooks, hikes ranging from a few minutes to a few miles, historic points, etc. along the road, and it's a very pretty drive. St. Johnsbury, VT has a couple interesting attractions: the Fairbanks Museum is a primarily natural history museum but with some other very widely assorted items, and is full of character. In some ways, it's kind of a museum museum, showing how museums used to appear a century ago or so. The local library ("Athenaeum")_is also worth a stop as it has a very nice little art gallery. Both were funded by Mr. Fairbanks, of scale manufacturing fame. There are a number of hiking trails and some State Park campgrounds in and around Groton State Forest. All the Vermont state park campgrounds have no hookups available--just a dump station and potable water fill. While it's a little out of the way, crossing Smuggler's Notch (VT 108 between Stowe and Cambridge/VT 15) is a really neat drive. DO NOT attempt it with your fifth wheel. There are parts of the road that are very narrow and very twisty. Every year a few semi trucks manage to get their trailers wedged between the rocks, despite not being allowed on the road at all and despite there being significant fines for their taking it. As far as campgrounds, the only one I have firsthand knowledge of staying at with hookups along the route is North Beach campground, operated by the City of Burlington. The beach is nice, the location is pretty convenient to Burlington, though the campground itself is unexceptional. If you have bicycles, it's right on the Burlington bike path. In the general Burlington area, one attraction well worth attention is the expansive Shelburne Museum with folk art and many rather random things (allow a full day). If you like baseball, and things are more normal next year and the team hasn't been eliminated by MLB/MiLB, catching a Vermont Lake Monster's game at Centennial Field is a whole lot of fun. The ballpark is one of the oldest minor league parks in use, arguably the oldest one depending on how you define things. It's inexpensive fun, if not always stellar baseball playing.
DrewE 10/19/20 08:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dielectric grease for 30 amp plug and receptacle?

Dielectric grease doesn't conduct electricity and probably shouldn't be used on electrical plugs. I suggest using a conductive grease such as Noalox which is inexpensive and can be picked up at any Big Box store. Hope this helps. Conductive grease sounds like a really bad idea to me for electrical plugs. If any grease bridged between the plug's pins, you'd have current leaking through it and heating things up. The act of inserting the plug into the socket serves to move dielectric grease from the actual points of contact in practice, so the electrical conductivity of the connection isn't noticeably impaired in practice. Its purpose is mainly to prevent corrosion on the rest of the contacts--which is sometimes valuable, but won't do anything useful to correct sockets that are loose or pitted or already corroded, which is likely the problem here.
DrewE 10/19/20 01:16pm Tech Issues
RE: house batterys not charging with engine running

Do you have 12V power when stopped and not plugged into shore power? In other words, are the house batteries actually connected?
DrewE 10/19/20 10:09am Tech Issues
RE: Propane Coffee Pot

Disclaimer: I'm not a coffee drinker; I can't stand the taste of coffee, either as a beverage or in most any dish/desert. Coleman has a few coffee makers available: one requires a direct connection to a disposable propane cylinder and has a built-in burner, and another drip coffee maker sits atop a camp stove burner. I suspect the latter would work on an RV stovetop, provided it physically fits on it decently enough. However, both are rather more expensive than the traditional stovetop percolator, which is available from a number of brands (including Coleman) and I gather can make a perfectly respectable batch of coffee. Percolators also appear to me to be rather less fiddly to store and less prone to breakage than drip-style coffee makers.
DrewE 10/18/20 05:47pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Are other drivers killing your RV experience?

Newer cars often have the dashboard lights on anytime the engine is running, and that can make it unfortunately hard to tell that your headlights are not on-I would think technology would be smart enough to turn your headlights on. Automatic headlight technology has existed for many decades, of course, but it's still not at all universal. After all, omitting the ambient light sensor needed for such systems probably saves several cents per car....
DrewE 10/18/20 04:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Coachmen Santara Capacities

Many of those should be on the weight (CCC/OCCC) sticker which is often on the back wall of a cabinet somewhere. At the very least it would have the fresh water and propane tank capacities. The propane tank would also have the capacity stamped on the data plate on the tank itself. You'd have to take care to read whether it's the so-called water capacity or the usable capacity (which is 80% of the water capacity by volume).
DrewE 10/18/20 10:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are other drivers killing your RV experience?

people driving (at night) without turning on their headlights. Just last night, during my 15-mile commute, I witnessed about 10 vehicles without their lights on .Can't say I've ever seen that. Newer cars often have the dashboard lights on anytime the engine is running, and that can make it unfortunately hard to tell that your headlights are not on--especially when starting out in an urban area with streetlights, etc. With daytime running lights, it can be even easier to mistake them for headlights when driving.
DrewE 10/17/20 03:33pm General RVing Issues
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