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RE: 1982 Coachmen 15' rebuild

I restored a 19' Starcraft. The link is in my signature line. Photobucket has captured my pics and is ransoming them. Images can be sent on demand. You will need to either move the waste tank or keep the toilet close to its present location. I moved mine about three feet, the limit to use the same tank location. Good luck with the restoration. Make crude layout plans and schedule the work involved. Even a simple plan is better than no plan.
westend 07/02/19 10:02am Travel Trailers
RE: A/C on 20 amp

We don't know how long the total circuit is from distribution box to trailer inlet so advice on cord length and gauge is problematic. One of the better things you can buy for your RV'ing (and other household use) is a Kill-a-watt device. One side is connected to the power source and the KAW has a receptacle for the device needing power. Mine will measure amperage, voltage, and watts consumed. Handy thing to have around when there is a question of amounts of power needed and what is happening inside the copper wires. FWIW, I power a table saw with a longer cord. I bought a length of 8 AWG and attached an industrial male plug to the cord. I've never measured the power consumed since it has never tripped a breaker or sagged under the biggest loads. I mention it as an example of how larger wire gauges can bring reliability to the application.
westend 06/29/19 12:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Terrible factory splices in brake wiring

What you've done is a series connection. You have both drums in series on one side and have two drums in series from one end of axle to the other. A Star pattern typically has each drum having it's own pair of wires. The power can be distributed by a series wire connection to the source of power or, as I did, through a distribution block so that each brake assembly has its own pair of wires. I pulled it through heavy plastic flex-conduit and plastic boxes located against the frame. There are still two splices near the drums to power the magnets. I soldered mine and covered with heatshrink. The 12 ga you used is definitely an improvement and you should notice better braking, immediately.Thanks for the clarification. What did you use for a distribution block? Does it have a watertight cover? I had a multi-terminal block laying around. It has about 20 terminals. It resides inside a box that I added to the trailer tongue. I split the (-) and (+) leads on the block, the trailer umbilical and emergency braking leads are apportioned to the block with jumpers between terminals. On the same distribution block, I have the light connections. There are sealed distribution blocks if you feel the need. FWIW, at one time, I worked on a fleet of trailers and trucks. The trailers, which were continually abused, were a pain to diagnose electrical problems. I learned from that experience and added the 12V distribution block on my travel trailer. If I experience a potential brake or light problem, diagnosis of the electrical part is easy. Good luck on the brake electrical. Your renovation to 12 ga may be all that you need to get operation at a reliable level.
westend 06/26/19 04:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Terrible factory splices in brake wiring

What you've done is a series connection. You have both drums in series on one side and have two drums in series from one end of axle to the other. A Star pattern typically has each drum having it's own pair of wires. The power can be distributed by a series wire connection to the source of power or, as I did, through a distribution block so that each brake assembly has its own pair of wires. I pulled it through heavy plastic flex-conduit and plastic boxes located against the frame. There are still two splices near the drums to power the magnets. I soldered mine and covered with heatshrink. The 12 ga you used is definitely an improvement and you should notice better braking, immediately.
westend 06/24/19 01:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Figuring this power stuff has my head spinning

Running A/C--You need 3000W of generator power. Break it down any way you want. Running cell phones, TV's, laptop chargers, lights, water pump, and furnace--You need sufficient 12V power to accomplish it. Add up the draw of all your 12V devices and size battery bank/charging potential accordingly.
westend 06/08/19 11:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Residential Fridges

I use a 120V fridge. It is small and draws 80W, when running. As Pianotuna states, there is a duty cycle. Mine is 1:4. I have solar and many batteries but two 6V and a small charging source would provide a day of two for fridge power (depending on door interval openings). On the road, your truck powering through a 1000W inverter, will handle the load.
westend 06/08/19 11:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Panel Mounting Advice Needed

I used a similar mantra as Techwriter when attaching 235 W panel but I used aluminum "U" channel because I have a tilting mount, I determined truss interval (I have wood) by measuring back from a vent opening 16" OC. I drilled the aluminum and through the metal roof into the roof truss. I then fastened through a piece of Eternabond tape, (3) #12 metal screws through each "U" channel and into the (3) trusses. The Eternabond tape seals the screw as it is driven and the #12 size insures against any movement. Good luck with your install.
westend 06/08/19 10:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Attaching screws to aluminum floor joists

Put some never-seize on the screws. It will act as a minimal barrier for electrolytic corrosion. Yes, you can attach wood to aluminum. You could even attach aluminum to aluminum if there is a source that is close to you and you can work with aluminum.
westend 06/08/19 10:33pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Ford V-10 plug problems

Will a V10 computer put it in "safe driving" mode if it encounters a continuous misfire in one cylinder? My 5.4 V8 went into "safe driving" when it overheated from an unobserved coolant leak. Max speed of 30MPH tipped me off that I had a problem, lol. Good luck on your transport issue and the plug replacement. Ford really blew it with their plug design of these earlier modular engines.
westend 06/08/19 10:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery maintenance

FLA 6V batteries will lose electrolyte during charging. I would suggest to start with a three month interval and observe levels within the cells. Usage and temperature dictates electrolyte loss so there is no standard interval. My 6V's tend to use up more electrolyte as they are charging off a solar panel each day. I check them about every three months for the correct level.
westend 06/08/19 10:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: 6 volt battery question

you will probably want to consider upgrading your battery charger. Common WFCO chargers will not properly charge the 6V batteries I installed thisGreat suggestion. 6V batteries like high charge voltage, they thrive on it. If you use a charger incapable of 14V, your 6V's will start to lose capacity.
westend 06/08/19 10:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Leveling blocks

FWIW, I raid construction dumpsters (I ask permission, first) for LVL scraps. The engineered wood is not prone to rot and won't break if you hit it with a sledge hammer. A couple of longer pieces, cut into blocks and leaving one or two longer with angle cuts serves well. The LVL is typically 8" or greater in width.
westend 06/08/19 10:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Got acid on my roof.

It's not difficult to cover an RV roof with roof paint. Buy a couple of gallons and do the whole roof. The area that is acid drenched can be neutralized with baking soda, prior to painting. In fact, I'd suggest to clean the whole roof with Spic and Span or some other phosphate based cleaner.
westend 06/02/19 05:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Northwood Runaround Rant

Maybe I need to amend my original post. I am not as cheesed about not being given a schematic, because as others noted I can work around it if I'm just careful about planning my mods. What is unacceptable to me is being lied to for 30 minutes, being told that an outlet location chart is a schematic, then being told one does not exist and then being handed off to an a**hole who finally admitted they just wont hand it out and then threatening to dox me if I post about the service department's crappy way of handling the request.Yeah, that is certainly not the way to build customer goodwill. The last guy in line of your conversations should have known that you had been handed off to him by a company guy and the threat was out of line, totally. From a company standpoint: Their wiring diagrams or as-built drawings may be proprietary from a few different viewpoints and that could have been stated, initially. I would think that there is also a measure of liability in handing out drawings for a customer to start modifying, especially mechanical systems. Having said that, Starcraft emailed me every piece of product information they had on my 40 yr old trailer, including brochures of alike models in that year. Provision seems totally mfg dependent, it seems. With the new wiring scanners/tracers and some careful inspection, a guy could make his own electrical diagrams fairly easy. Beat the mfg at his own game and sell them online for a few bucks, lol.
westend 05/24/19 10:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Vultures!

Birds will imitate behaviors from other birds in their flock. It doesn't take long for the flock to learn a new behavior. Ravens and blackbirds seem to be very fast learners but vultures also have a strong sense of "community unity" and are opportunists to a great degree. On the farm, we had to remove a flock of domestic geese as they wouldn't stop trimming the wires off the trucks and cars. They were a pain, within a few weeks all the vehicles needed new rear brake light or license plate wiring.
westend 05/19/19 04:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Water pressure leak

If no water leaks are evident, disconnect the pump and thoroughly flush it. The small pumps are susceptible to the check valving not closing from even small debris. Good luck!
westend 05/19/19 04:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Sanitizing Waterlines

There is a reason to periodically sanitize water plumbing in your RV. If water is allowed to sit in the pipes, pump, or water heater, there is a chance of bacteria propagating. Depending on the water source, there may also be a chance of algae growing. Adding bleach to the water system is easy and painless and a whole lot of bleach isn't necessary. Bleach's sanitation qualities are related to the time after it is mixed with water. Allow at least 12 hrs of the bleached water to sit in the system. Then rinse. You can also add in baking soda or hydrogen peroxide to eliminate bleach taste and odor during the rinse. Good luck with your water system!
westend 05/19/19 04:00am Travel Trailers
RE: fresh water tank bracing bending down

Replace or amend the original, lackluster supports with steel of sufficient size. You may wish to add cross braces to better support the weight. Others have done this with good success. Good luck!
westend 05/18/19 07:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Should I replace my batteries?

6V batteries can last a long time, even when somewhat abused. The history stated, that you have babied them from new, means they will still have some life if voltage and SG checkout OK. 12.35V is not 70% of charge, BTW, especially with 2-6V's. Your terminal full charge will be in the range of 13->14v. Still, they seem to give good service so you may wish to use them and carry along your new batteries or replace them with the new ones and sell/gift the old ones away. Good luck with your batteries!
westend 05/18/19 07:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: The black wire on my plug is burnt up...

In wet conditions dielectric grease helps but it is really a non conductor. If you keep your plug blades shiney clean with emery cloth and use DeOxit you will have a better connection. Deoxit is conductive, and a cleaner. deoxit This "service temporairly unavailable" problem is sure getting old. Can't even make a link. Best advice but the dielectric grease will work, too. Mr OP, your blades on that plug may be made from two different metals. I have seen brass blades corrode faster than their plated steel counterparts. A small amount of moisture or inadvertently dropping a cord end onto the ground is enough to start oxidation. We don't need to get into electrolysis for further causes. Extension cords go bad all the time. Replace with a stout repair plug and see if your luck gets better.
westend 05/07/19 01:07am Tech Issues
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