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RE: New RVer with some diesel fuel issues.

Algae and other water-related contamination of diesel fuel is a common problem on boats, so I'd second having a marine fuel-polishing service give it a go. And if the fuel has those issues, expect to have to replace the fuel filter frequently. Keeping that gunk from fouling your fuel injectors, which can be very expensive, is why there is a fuel filter in the first place.
naturist 10/18/20 06:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Propane Coffee Pot

We've been using a stove-top percolator on the propane cook top in the RV for years, one of the stainless steel ones. The secret is to use one of these Gormay wrap-around coffee filters clicky. Note the 100 pack is not wrap-around, pick the 24 pack. For the record, a pack is 99 cents, but I have seen these very same filters listed on Amazon for $15 to $20 per pack. Think about THAT for a bit.
naturist 10/18/20 06:12pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: New to RV'ing, need a new vehicle

Yup, tow vehicle payload is going to be the limiting factor. Midsize suv probably has a max payload around 1200 lbs. A tank of gas will take 150 lbs of that, five people at an average 150 lbs takes another 750 lbs. That only leaves 350 lbs for games and snacks and drinks and maps and books and “stuff,” never mind the trailer’s tongue weight of 400-600 lbs and oops, you are overloaded.
naturist 10/17/20 02:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Manufacturing and Marketing Genius

The goal of all food processors is to sell you as much air and water as possible. Example, ice cream is sold by volume, so whip that stuff to a froth. Look on the label when you buy a ham. Note where it says “water added.” I worked with the chemist responsible for inventing the precise salt combination needed so they could inject that water and not just have it run right back out. Think about it. What ingredients are cheaper than air and water?
naturist 10/14/20 07:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: fan Clutch on Diesel

Fan clutch on my Jeep Liberty diesel went south at around 80,000 miles, and word on the interwebz was that was a common experience for fan clutches supplied with that engine.
naturist 10/12/20 05:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Wood question

Retired chemist here. Old pressure treated wood should NEVER be burned, as it contains arsenic, which is not only toxic and carcinogenic, but also quite volatile, so it is going to go up in the smoke. Such wood should only ever be sent to the landfill.
naturist 10/12/20 12:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: water pressure regulators

I have tried several over the years and agree the small inline ones commonly sold to RVers are junk. A step up is the $60 Valterra mentioned above, but I’ve had two of them and found them ridiculously fragile. I now have a Watts that is adjustable and has no gauge but is built like a tank. I got it at the orange home improvement store where it was sold for home use.
naturist 10/10/20 05:49am General RVing Issues
RE: 140 PSI Water Pressure

Who sets water pressure that high, never seen it. Did you gauge the pressure your self with a reliable gauge. Edd, Nobody "sets" a water pressure that high. It is a result of the local terrain as city water system. The storage tank is up a mountain somewhere because the land was cheap and it was a convenient place to locate it. The city has to pump the water up there to make it available. Nobody with any sense is going to pay money to pump the water mains to that pressure. If it does get pumped to that pressure, someone should be replaced. Matt This. We camped once in a campground on the side of a mountain in West Virginia. The camp well was on top of the mountain and our site was downhill about 500 feet vertically. I didn’t have a gauge to measure it but I did have a pressure regulator so no worries. I did hook up a hose to the spigot and with no nozzle, shot a full-hose stream of water easily 50 feet. Thirty feet of drop translates to fifteen psi, do your own math. (Yes, there were surely camp regulators between levels in the campground, but obviously not enough of them.)
naturist 10/07/20 07:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 140 PSI Water Pressure

The plumbing in my TT is officially rated for only 80 psi. It says so both in the owner's manual that came with it and on a sticker inside. So I always use a water pressure regulator set to 50 psi. Once stayed at a campground where we were informed at check in that a water pressure regulator was required to hook up because the city insisted on supplying the campground at 150 psi.
naturist 10/06/20 01:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sliding Door off Track

Pocket doors are brilliant . . . until they aren't. They seem to come off the track all too often, and if you don't know exactly how to get them back on the track, they can drive you nuts.
naturist 10/03/20 05:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Charging 4 batteries with external charger.

Short answer: yes. But only a little. These would be arranged 2 each in series, to make two pairs in parallel. Best practice would be to attach charger positive to the end terminal on one pair and the negative to the end terminal on the other pair.
naturist 10/02/20 09:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Poachng Season

Isn't it a crime to discharge a firearm within a specified distance from an occupied dwelling? Most places, yes it is. Doesn't stop them, however. Had some idiot shoot at something right outside my bedroom window once. He fled when I came out of the house. Idiot.
naturist 10/02/20 09:46am Around the Campfire
RE: EGR Deletes

You should also be advised that it is illegal to have it done, and illegal for the shop to do a delete.
naturist 09/28/20 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: House batteries

Lots of good advice above. Agreed that what you describe is normal. The furnace/fan suck down enormous amounts of power. Your batteries do not sound like they need to be replaced, but I agree also that they should be recharged fully before being stored away. Also, do be aware that for purposes of checking state of charge, the battery needs to be powering nothing for at least 5 minutes before being tested. This is because the battery voltage drops temporarily while powering a load.
naturist 09/26/20 09:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

No insurance is going to swoop in with white gloves and keep your life on track. Claim and repair will proceed as usual. Any immediate need will be on you to make arraignments. Yup, this. I know what a smack in the chops losing your TV just before a big trip. Been there, done that, although not due to an accident. My TV blew the head gasket a couple days before we were scheduled to head out to Yellowstone. Given that we'd planned to take two weeks to even get there, we had plenty of time to cancel reservations and make new plans. We wound up flying in to Salt Lake City, renting a car, and staying in hotels instead of camping. It was still a great trip, just not quite how we'd planned it. As @time2roll said, the only obligation any insurance company has is to do the standard rent-a-car and fix/replace your damaged vehicle. If you had a fabulous vacation planned, that's your problem, not theirs. While you can argue about it, you aren't likely to prevail in court, and that route will be years in pursuing.
naturist 09/25/20 04:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dry Camping - Heat with Propane, or electrically w/Inverter?

400 AH is 4800 WH. The most common electric heaters of plugin sort are 1500 watts. Just one of them will exhaust your 4 LiFePO batteries in just over 3 hours. Add 8 more of those batteries to run that heater overnight.
naturist 09/25/20 06:44am Tech Issues
RE: Solar charging - can it be so?

Detail. Solar panels in series would charge longer during the day. That’s the good news. The bad news is that any part of any panel that is shaded will reduce the output of the whole array. When I bought my panels, I bought 12 volt panels, and because I have shading issues all the time here on the highly treed east coast, I’ve chosen to put half the panels in each of two series and then parallel the two halves. This to try and get the maximum output no matter what. The controller can handle up to 150 volts input from the array, no need to buy 12 volt panels, so if I were doing it again, I’d buy 24 volt panels, but I’d still do the paralleled pair of series panels. If I were in the part of the country where shady campsites were the exception, I’d go series all the way. And here’s the beauty of those MC4 connectors: if you pay attention to connector placement during installation, it is simple to switch between parallel and series to change configuration for the conditions at hand.
naturist 09/22/20 06:31am Tech Issues
RE: Peak Blue Platinum DEF

Come on guys, you have $60, $70G invested in your tow what's $2.00 $3.00 more to protect your investment. Good arithmetic only if it actually works. If it doesn’t, it is still a waste of good money. And frankly, as a retired chemist, I, too, see zero cause to believe this is anything more than marketing hype.
naturist 09/22/20 06:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Deep cycle battery maintenance

Don’t need a watering system. Those are for helpful for folks with multiple batteries in a hard-to-reach place. Waste of money for us mortals with one easy to reach battery. Don’t sweat it. If you check the water frequently you are good.
naturist 09/14/20 06:12pm Tech Issues
RE: smoking diesel exhaust

I’d check the entire intake for blockages, starting at the open end all the way to the intake valves. It’s not a Cummins, but my 2001 VW Jetta diesel has a rodent blocking screen at the intake end under the wheel well. That screen keeps the squirrels out, a good thing, but it also catches leaves and other stuff and can restrict airflow if not cleaned out from time to time. It also has an issue common to diesels with egr systems (as all do now) in the formation of a hard carbon Buildup in the intake manifold down stream of the egr. It is quite possible you have such a buildup, which requires removing the manifold and hammer/chisel cleaning. No parts, just labor, but a lot of that. Or you could need a new air cleaner. Good luck. Do get it fixed, as the air we all breathe will thank you.
naturist 09/14/20 06:01pm Class A Motorhomes
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