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RE: How to empty fresh water tank without pump?

I am with the person who asked if the winterizing valve was turned to the proper position. look on youtube for the procedure to dewinterize and check that valve too.
ken56 08/02/20 04:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: How to empty fresh water tank without pump?

There should be a low point valve under the trailer for the tank. Why do you need to empty the tank to replace the pump? Why do you think the pump is not working? Whats it doing?
ken56 08/02/20 10:51am Beginning RVing
RE: Water heater

Everything is OK. Fiddled with the connections to make sure no corrosion and disconnected the LP tanks, reconnected LP tanks and flipped the switch and it lit off.
ken56 08/01/20 06:19pm Tech Issues
Water heater

OK, we were out in the trailer cleaning after a trip and forgot to turn the gas off for the heater. Propane ran out and don't know if the ignitor tried to keep things going so now I find out today I have no ignitor so now it won't light. Electric side works fine. Any ideas? Did I kill the board? Did I kill the ignitor? I tried pushing the reset buttons too and no movement on them. Its a Suburban gallon.
ken56 08/01/20 02:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Water Accident

If you have a wife like mine who uses copious amounts of paper then using the tank flush many times is a necessity. We have had the use a little less paper talk but I don't want to die on that mountain. I also use a tank wand to flush even after I have used the built in tank flush and things run clear and guess what, a whole bunch more solids come out. I only do that a couple times a season and when I am putting it up for the season. A clean tank doesn't stink so for me its not about the dreaded poop pyramid or a squeaky clean tank, it's about stink control.
ken56 08/01/20 02:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wasp Nest Behind Fridge

Yes, turn them 90 degrees. They do not unscrew so dont turn them like a screw. Then pull the cover out gently
ken56 07/25/20 04:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Well won’t be going to the other site ever again...

Corona virus/covid-19 is a virus not a disease. A disease is cancer, MS, or some other malfunction of an organ or system in the body. Lets use the proper nomenclature as there is enough misinformation out there to fill an ocean. Wearing a mask is a feel good measure in my opinion. Half or more of the people wear them incorrectly anyway.
ken56 07/23/20 06:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Enclosed underbelly

As you can see it's personal preference.....but that comes from having some experience which you don't have. Mine is enclosed and heated, no tank heaters though and the heat going to the underbelly consists of a 2 inch takeoff from the furnace stubbed off about 2 feet into the underbelly...that's it. It's kind of like the lightbulb in the wellhouse, it's enough heat to keep the important things from freezing up usually. While you may not think you will ever do any cold weather camping there is always the possibility of running into cold weather. On one trip home from Florida in January we stopped in Georgia for our halfway overnight...it hit 23 degrees that night. Better to have it and not need it than not have it and need it. I had dumped the black and gray tanks before we left FL thank goodness and used the CG facilities but kept the fresh water until we arrived home.
ken56 07/23/20 06:09am Travel Trailers
RE: RV awning cleaning

Just did mine today and it was the dirtiest I have ever let it get...meaning bad. I used Awesome, about 4 ounces diluted in a 1 gallon sprayer. Bottle says dilute it 10 to 1 for vinyl. Sprayed it down generously and rolled it up and let it marinate for 15 minutes. Then I filled my car wash bucket with car wash soap and unrolled it and liberally used the car wash water and soft brush to break any dirt loose. Still has some faint dark spots on it but it worked quite well.
ken56 07/21/20 06:59pm Beginning RVing
RE: Gatlinberg, TN and Ashville, NC

Need a bit more info on what you are looking for. As said, in G'burg you can find CG's from 20 bucks a night to 75 bucks a night so how fancy do you want? Do you want G'burg proper or is Pigeon Forge or Sevierville or Townsend OK? Nothing fancy like Dumplin Valley gets you a field behind the horse barn with hookups. Been by this one many times but have never stayed and it is acceptable, its clean and safe really. High end gets you Anchor Down or The Ridge RV parks, 2 of the newest and best rated parks in the area. There are so many choices all over the area that you need to narrow it down to what your expectations are. As for Asheville we like Asheville west KOA in Candler. We have stayed at Bear Creek in Asheville and its a nice park but can be noisy being situated in the middle of the I-40, I-26 and I-240 interchange.
ken56 07/21/20 04:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Another Mile, Another Day

In my younger days when time was limited I was a get there guy. The wife hated it because I could do 14+ hrs on the road and I refused to get a motel room, (didn't have the trailer then) rare instance when we did. I am retired now and the wife has retrained me to leave at 9ish and off the road by 3pm. I am much happier now. I try to avoid the interstates also because the secondary roads through the small towns are way more interesting and we stop to see the sights whatever they may be. Google knows everything. We use RVPARKY and start looking for a park on our route or close to it around 2pm and call ahead for availability and have never been shut out of a campground. Granted, some CG's have not been even close to 'luxury' but filled the need. Never felt unsafe.
ken56 07/17/20 12:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-40 Anything worth seeing

The only thing that I can think of---Keep checking your rear mirrors. Now that's funny. Anywho, in Amarillo there is the Big Texas Steak House that if you stay anywhere near Amarillo its a must go and have a steak. Palo Duro Canyon is a nice overnight spot. New Mexico there is the Meteor Crater and petrified forest and a lot of open beautiful country. Some Native American shops to get some pottery or other neat things. Oh, Nashville there is the Hermitage. Andrew Jacksons home and museum. Be aware though Nashville is a big Covid 19 hot spot. Check to see if the museum is even open. Have patience going through Memphis, it will feel like it takes forever. Of course there is the Grand Canyon NP in AZ and on to Page and Lake Powell
ken56 07/14/20 06:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pet Peeves long road trip

I just don't understand the need for people to be 2 feet off the bumper of the guy in front of them. Busy on ramps are the worst. Everybody is right on the arse of the guy in front of them so how do they expect to merge into a one car gap? I do not agree with "go with the flow of traffic no matter how fast" philosophy. I'm towing a 10,000 lb trailer and can't stop on a dime if need be. Minimum is 45 on the expressway, max is what ever the limit is set. I don't do the minimum and I don't do the maximum either. I drive at what I think is safe for the conditions and amount of traffic. I leave a large gap that people think is there for them to fill. You need the patience of a saint to drive on the expressway today, that's why I avoid it when ever I can. Sorry in advance if you ever get stuck behind me.
ken56 07/12/20 03:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow weight

Ejraste, any "hobby" is never an inexpensive undertaking. RVing and towing is a constant learning process. The numbers truck manufacturers and traile manufacturers give you, while accurate, is mostly directed at sales. My truck can pull a 747.....ok, impressive but likely blew the engine doing it. Your truck will pull what you are looking at BUT, as others have said it will be a stressful workout keeping things under control. Short pulls 8 to 10 hours away on mostly flat terrain will be OK. Longer cross country getting into mountains will be a struggle for you and the truck. No matter what engine you have you'll get 9 to 13 MPG every time you tow. More truck to handle the trailer is always a good thing.
ken56 07/08/20 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: 30amp Y Splitter for 2 RV's

I had friends visit a few years back. They stayed in the yard and plugged into a 15 amp outlet approx. 50 feet away. I told them to be careful with their electrical usage because of it. Well, it got hot out enough they needed to use the air conditioner. After they left I noticed my outdoor portch light had stopped working so I took things apart and using that outlet with such heavy current draw melted the connections to the light enough to stop it working. Even with a 30 amp outlet there will be very high current draw using 2 air conditioners and will likey melt some wires if not cause a fire. I was lucky as my outlet did not cause a fire but it was too close for comfort. Be very careful. Sounds like an improperly set up circuit. The circuit is protected by the breaker and everything downstream of that breaker should be rated for at least the tripped load. It was. I fixed it. New switch rewired properly and new GFCI outlet. They had passed the current for the outlet off the hot side of the old switch instead of a pigtail directly to the hot wire. Have since put in a dedicated 30 amp hookup.
ken56 07/07/20 05:19am Tech Issues
RE: Tow weight

Your first trailer will not be your last. You say you want to park it a destination campground in the future but how far out in the future? Are you going to pull it to places while the kids are young like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone and Mt. Rushmore, you know , long trips cross country? You will find that by taking longer trips and really using your trailer if it suits your lifestyle to the point of parking it for long term use. Floorplan is critical to function and how YOU use it. we started RVing in 2012 and are on our 3rd trailer. We like this one, finally. Your truck will handle towing a trailer in the 5000lb empty range but the payload number is the one to watch as others said. I pulled a 6500lb trailer with my Chevy 1500 just fine.....most of the time. I did tow an 8000lb trailer for a friend and it was a struggle with my 1500. Get the best hitch you can afford. Equal-I-Zer is a good one for fair money. Make sure you size it for the heaviest tongue weight possible for your combo. A 1000/10,000 should do it for you but you might consider a 1200/12,000 if the tongue weight is anywhere near 1000lbs.
ken56 07/07/20 05:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Removing Eternabond

Mineral spirits. I had an RV Armor roof put on my trailer and that is what the tech used to clean it with.
ken56 07/06/20 05:05am Tech Issues
RE: 30amp Y Splitter for 2 RV's

I had friends visit a few years back. They stayed in the yard and plugged into a 15 amp outlet approx. 50 feet away. I told them to be careful with their electrical usage because of it. Well, it got hot out enough they needed to use the air conditioner. After they left I noticed my outdoor portch light had stopped working so I took things apart and using that outlet with such heavy current draw melted the connections to the light enough to stop it working. Even with a 30 amp outlet there will be very high current draw using 2 air conditioners and will likey melt some wires if not cause a fire. I was lucky as my outlet did not cause a fire but it was too close for comfort. Be very careful.
ken56 07/06/20 04:59am Tech Issues
RE: RV park close to Farragut, TN

Go to Oak Ridge and see the Museum of Science and Energy. I see Lazy Acres RV park in Lenoir city has good reviews and is also near Yarberry lake. Both are not all that far from Farragut. I have no first hand experience with either but have been through the area a few times to know its peaceful and pretty countryside. Being near the lake fishing is BIG there and the prevelant activity. Downtown K'ville is very walkable and also has a museum plus lots of great restaurants. Your grandson should have some ideas for you.
ken56 07/02/20 03:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Got a call from a friend...

It was the 40 amp circuit breaker. We took apart all connections and cleaned the corrosion and replaced the circuit breaker and all is well now.
ken56 07/01/20 11:47am Tech Issues
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