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RE: Transfer switch popping every 15 seconds

The voltage is fine and I have tried at 3 different plugs so far. All have been 30 amp so I have been using an adapter to plug my 50 amp surge guard at the pedastal. I am wondering if the surge guard could have gone bad and perhaps I should try plugging it in directly?Have you tried a different adapter?
4x4van 07/22/20 12:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator vapor locking

If it was vapor lock, it would not start right back up; it would require a bit of cooling down time. JMHO.
4x4van 07/22/20 12:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New camper coming has nitrogen filled tires

Everything you never wanted to know about nitrogen in tires. OK - I didn't watch this entire video here - but the only point that matters is that he is talking about paying for Nitrogen. I have had it in 3 vehicles and have never paid for Nitrogen. The first time I used it they were going to charge me 5$ for all 4 tires, but after doing it, they didn't charge me. I had him do 2 cars. So, if it is free, why not. There are some benefits.I love it; "I didn't watch the whole video, but...":S No, the points that matter are the scientific differences between 100% nitrogen and air (which is already 78% nitrogen). If it's free, fine, but there are NO measurable benefits.
4x4van 07/17/20 08:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Toilet with a chute ?

Sometimes I think that people don't read the whole thread,the splash factor has nothing to do with the tank but in the design of the toilet itself as shown in the pictures on the link that I posted Look at the pictures and he green arrow, clicking on them make them larger and easier to read the graphic,start at the top then scroll down the last few pictures will show how the splash ends up between the inner and outer wall of the toilet. You're right; while I did indeed read the whole thread, I missed your link that explains it. Wow...I've never seen (or would ever expect to see) such a horrid design. My first 2 RV's used Thetford toilets, the last one was indeed an Aquamagic (don't remember the model of the first; but I think it too was an Aquamagic), both used a knife-valve operated by a side-mounted foot pedal, but neither had that cavern design (perhaps because of the vintage? First was a 1979, second a 1988). Current RV (2004) uses a Sealand; it uses a ball valve; also no cavern. I'm blown away by that link, and am amazed that any toilet manufacturer would actually produce something that bad. Even if it didn't "splash", just the likelihood of "crud" building up on an inaccessible area inside the toilet should've been enough to stop that design from ever becoming a reality.
4x4van 07/17/20 08:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Toilet with a chute ?

I've been RVing for 32 years, and have absolutely no idea what you guys are talking about. WTH is a "chute" in an RV toilet? On every RV I have owned, the toilet bowl flushes/opens to the tank directly below, and I have never experienced "splashing" when flushing the toilet.
4x4van 07/16/20 01:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: New camper coming has nitrogen filled tires

Everything you never wanted to know about nitrogen in tires.
4x4van 07/16/20 12:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: How many miles a day can we go?

What I don't really see here is "hours" per day, only "miles" per day. THAT is what you need to figure out. Some years back, while we were still young, we drove straight through from SoCal to Eugene, Oregon in a 23' class C. Switched out drivers each fuel stop (one slept while the other drove), prepared/ate meals while on the move, only stops were for fuel; nothing else. 1,000 miles, 17.5 hours. It averaged out to about 57 miles per hour. 60-65mph over the long haul is just not reasonable in an RV; just fuel stops alone will drop that number significantly. If you are going to stop to eat, or even to just stretch your legs occasionally, then figure on 50. So while 500 miles is just over 7.5 hours at 65mph, at a much more realistic 50-55mph average it is 9-10 hours. Are YOU comfortable being behind the wheel for 10 hours? If you are, then more power to you; I'm not.
4x4van 07/16/20 12:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2020 Heritage Glen HL grey tank size(s)?

The grey water capacity is 64 gals which is total capacity so will likely be 2X32 gallon tanks.Good guess, but only a guess. BTW, while Forest River's website shows grey capacity of 64, their downloadable brochure lists it at 62. The black is 32; I suppose that it's possible (likely?) that they simply used 3 identical 32 gal tanks for all the waste needs, but again, it IS useful information to know for sure. Having the 2 dump outlets (rear black /grey, and front grey) separated by at least 10' is a really stupid design which will complicate and delay the dumping process. I guess we'll need to contact FR for the clarification on tank sizes. Sure wish they had bought a Winnebago; then they would be able to get tons of documentation on the entire trailer, from wiring diagrams, to plumbing diagrams, to complete parts lists. Oh well.:C
4x4van 07/16/20 11:06am Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 Heritage Glen HL grey tank size(s)?

Are your daughter and SIL concerned?I'm not sure what your point is, but knowing the capacities is certainly not a bad thing. The shower would likely be the highest volume user of grey water, and combined with the bathroom sink, it may be easy to fill that tank while boondocking, and with separate dump outlets at significantly different locations on the trailer, combining them while camped is not a realistic option.
4x4van 07/16/20 10:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Black tank dump plumbing replacement?

Only reason to keep them separate is if you are somewhere that only allows gray water dumping. At one time it was considered acceptable to dump gray water on the ground but not black water. That was many years ago...now it all needs to go into a dump station and I've yet to find one that has separate drains for Black vs Gray. Who cares if it's all a Black water tank? On the contrary. There are several reasons to keep them separate. First is, as has already been mentioned, the possibility of black tank smells coming through the sink and shower traps while driving. However, the biggest is that if you happen to overfill the grey, it comes up in the shower. It's one thing to have grey water in the shower, it's another entirely to have sewage in the shower.:(
4x4van 07/14/20 01:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Question about solar panels

What are you planning on using the inverter for? Solar panels are dc, your battery is dc, most of your components in the trailer are dc (with the exception of your air conditioner, your microwave, and possibly your TV). Inverters convert 12vdc into 120VAC, and you need a very large battery bank to run anything other than small items from an inverter.
4x4van 07/14/20 12:23pm Travel Trailers
2020 Heritage Glen HL grey tank size(s)?

My daughter and SIL just purchased a 2020 Wildwood Heritage Glen Hyper Lyte 22RBHL (Forest River). According to the specs, it has 62gal grey capacity. However, there is actually 2 grey tanks, 1 for the kitchen, and 1 for the bath/shower. I'm assuming that the 62gal spec is the combined total, but would really like to know what size each one is. Anyone here with that knowledge?
4x4van 07/14/20 12:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: % bleach to sanitize fresh water tanks

Wow, alot of people spending alot of time/effort/worry. I live in the US, which has arguably among the best quality domestic water supplies in the world. If you are using well water, then I can see the use of bleach for an occasional sanitizing, but otherwise? I've owned 3 RVs, over the course of 32 years. Never sanitized any of the 3. Drink/cook/bathe using the onboard tank. Store with the water (remaining after a trip) for a month or more between trips, simply top off for the next trip. In fact, I only drained the tank once, after the RV had sat for about 2 years during the time when gas was $5+/gallon, since there was a bit of "plastic" taste. Otherwise no bad taste, no sickness, no issues. Of course, we also grew up drinking water out of the green plastic garden hose as well, so...
4x4van 07/07/20 05:49pm Beginning RVing
RE: slide vs no slide

31 years, 3 RVs (first 2 no slide, current 1 two slides); I will never go back to a no-slide RV. The "walk around" room that a slide provides is something I will never consider giving up, it really is that significant. I do agree that the RV must be usable with the slide in; ours blocks only the dresser drawers below the closet, nothing else; the RV is fully usable with the slides in or out. Although I hear alot of people who "worry" about kitchen connections in slides, I have seldom if ever read reports of actual problems with them. Ours does indeed house the kitchen sink, stove, microwave and dinette (not the fridge), and we have not had a single issue with water lines, drain lines, gas lines, or electrical lines. Since it is now 16 years old, I assume that it would have had issues with those lines by now if it was prone to them. The slide mechanism itself (HWH Hydraulic, both slides and jacks) has also been trouble free, although it does have a way to manually retract them.
4x4van 06/25/20 04:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: FORD 460 Overheating Mystery

I'm adding my vote for a defective fan clutch.
4x4van 06/25/20 11:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: White hose

Buy a 50' hose (of your choice), then cut it at 15'/35' and add new ends. Now you've got a 15', 35', or 50', depending on need, without wresting more hose than you need at any given spot. The 15' is usually enough for most campgrounds that I've gone to, although the 35' has been needed a few times. Haven't needed the full 50' yet, but it's all there just in case.
4x4van 06/17/20 04:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Most expensive camp chair!

Owner of multiple YETI coolers, multiple YETI cups and a few other brands of similarly constructed coolers. I a.ways chuckle when people say they aren’t worth the money and that the product is over-hyped. The brand is irrelevant to me, but the quality of the product speaks for itself. Brand equals status, confidence, spirit of accomplishment, pride, etc. It sometimes also equals a statement of quality. Everyone on this board is guilty of it to some extent. Raise your hand if you have never ever, EVER paid more for something just because it was a certain brand...perhaps even because you expected it to be better based on the name. Maybe you paid $5K or $10K more to get that truck with the certain trim package that made you “feel better”. Maybe you buy your shoes from a department store instead of WalMart. Maybe you like Charmin UltraSoft instead of the commercial quality stuff you can get for a fraction of the price...which does the same job. But maybe you just haven’t YET decided to spend a little more on a camping chair.I was right there with you...until your last sentence. A "little" more?????? A “little” more is relative, of course. Maybe it’s 3 times more money, but lasts you 5 times longer? You and your wallet should decide what’s a little and what’s a lot ;-) These discussions are often comparable to those related to other products of varying price ranges. For example, as an avid saltwater fisherman, I’ve come to the conclusion that spending $200 on a quality fishing reel is a wise investment vs. spending $50 on a lesser quality one. The money trade-off is valid because the better product lasts longer, works better, and requires less maintenance. Plus, as an added bonus, it makes me look cool LOL. On a recent fishing trip, a friend used my “fancy” rig for a few minutes and immediately realized and commented on how much better it is than the cheaper rig he was using. He’ll replace his rig in the next year or so when it fails, and I’ll still be going strong.Oh, I agree that you (most times) get what you pay for. However, there is always a limit to that theory, as well. My $30 chairs have no problem lasting at least 5 years (and still going strong) in boondocking use in the desert, at the river, in the sand dunes... Will the Yeti last 50+ years? Doubtful, and pretty sure I'd get bored of it anyway by that time. So if the longevity is not relevant, what about features? 10X more comfortable? Doubtful. Will it fetch me a beer and open it for me? Hmmmm...nope. Just nothing really there that is worth 10X the cost (to me). But of course, to each his own.
4x4van 06/12/20 01:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12v Refidgerators

Interestingly, Forest River's brochure lists 2 different "Surveyor Luxury" models. The Surveyor Luxury shows a 10 cu.ft. 12v residential fridge, while the Surveyor Luxury West Coast shows an 8 cu.ft. gas/elec fridge.
4x4van 06/04/20 01:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Most expensive camp chair!

Owner of multiple YETI coolers, multiple YETI cups and a few other brands of similarly constructed coolers. I a.ways chuckle when people say they aren’t worth the money and that the product is over-hyped. The brand is irrelevant to me, but the quality of the product speaks for itself. Brand equals status, confidence, spirit of accomplishment, pride, etc. It sometimes also equals a statement of quality. Everyone on this board is guilty of it to some extent. Raise your hand if you have never ever, EVER paid more for something just because it was a certain brand...perhaps even because you expected it to be better based on the name. Maybe you paid $5K or $10K more to get that truck with the certain trim package that made you “feel better”. Maybe you buy your shoes from a department store instead of WalMart. Maybe you like Charmin UltraSoft instead of the commercial quality stuff you can get for a fraction of the price...which does the same job. But maybe you just haven’t YET decided to spend a little more on a camping chair.I was right there with you...until your last sentence. A "little" more??????
4x4van 06/04/20 12:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery wiring ???'s

On my '04 Itasca, positive is yellow, negative is white.
4x4van 05/27/20 04:40pm Tech Issues
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