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RE: Mysteries of RV design

Since so many rechargeable devices are around today, why aren't there more 12V or USB ports in RVs? The only 12V outlets are at the TV hookups.AGREED! Mine had one 12v plug on the dash, and one next to the passenger seat. Nowhere else in this 30' RV did they add a 12v outlet. Of course there are tons of 120VAC outlets throughout...only problem is we spend 80% of our time boondocking. I added 3 double-USB ports (1 on dash, 2 in bedroom). Silly part is that even when we camp with hookups, I have only ever used 1 120VAC outlet, for the coffee maker.
4x4van 10/30/19 04:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

My brother in law is very high up at the DWP in Los Angeles. He told me those tree trimmers only trim the tree back a few inches from the lines. That keeps them employed because they need to be called again next year to trim again.No offense to you or your BIL, but I highly doubt that. I work for RPU (Riverside Public Utilities), and we have a constant, ongoing tree trimming program that costs us more than $100,000 per month. LADWP's territory is many times larger than Riversides', so they are undoubtedly spending even more. Also, it is State Law that trees are trimmed a minimum of 18" from electric lines. Just thinking what was said for a extra 50 million isn't worth it after all the the homes that were burnt the the ground not just a few and over the past 5 years or so really makes little sense IMO that is.50 million dollars wouldn't underground even a half mile of high voltage transmission lines. Just how many miles of overhead lines do you suppose there are in California? 25,000 miles of transmission lines ($150 million PER MILE) and 160,000 miles of distribution lines ($1 to $3 million PER MILE). Do the math: it would cost over $4 TRILLION to bury all of the electric lines in CA.
4x4van 10/30/19 03:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I replace a DSI HWH with something (anything) else?

I've been RVing for 30+ years, 3 motorhomes (first was a pilot type WH, 2nd & 3rd DSI type). Only failure of a WH occurred on my first, a non-DSI type, and it was solved with a control board. Occasionally, I get an ignition failure; I simply turn it off and back on, and it lights up. Methinks something else is going on. To the OP; what do you mean by "DSI fault"? If mine fails to ignite, the LED next to the switch comes on (indicating an ignition failure). Turning it off and back on usually solves it and the WH is back in business. I do know that on my 2nd RV, after sitting unused for awhile, I sometimes had to try it several times simply because it took a bit to get LPG through the lines to the unit (same with the fridge); running a burner or two on the stove sped the process up.
4x4van 10/29/19 12:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mysteries of RV design

On my '04 Itasca, the range hood & light are built in to the underside of the microwave...and they are 120VAC. So unless I have hookups or use the generator, I have no light/fan over my LPG stove! :S
4x4van 10/29/19 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

Burying lines would cost a fortune. One of the main reasons power lines are in the air is something called "free air insulation". In short, you can use a MUCH thinner wire than if it was buried. True. I work for a municipal electric utility in SoCal; Putting normal distribution lines underground costs around $1 million+ per mile. Putting high voltage transmission lines underground costs upwards of $150 million per mile. No one could afford electricity to cover those costs.
4x4van 10/29/19 08:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

I don't live in the central valley and I don't live in the mojave Or the inland empire, etc But I can't remember anytime there w was five days non stop high winds I think they are stating the worst possible case, Instead of the most likely disruption Very good idea to keep the RV readySoCal routinely gets 5 (or more) days straight of hot, dry winds; they're called the Santa Ana's. In fact, it's what we are going through right now, and yes, there are fires going as well. This morning I heard that over 300 fires have started in the past 20 hours. Most are knocked down quickly, but a few get out of control.
4x4van 10/29/19 07:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trouble with California

A visual inspection for such things on a watercraft is a total joke and waste of time. It's nothing more than a Government sponsored feel good measure like a firewood quarantine. You might feel different about that firewood thing if you saw the millions of dead trees in the forests of CA due to the drought taking a toll on trees that were weakened by Bark Beetles. And watercraft & boats? They only check to make sure that the drain plug is removed so that any Quagga Mussells (go ahead, look them up) will dry out and die before being transferred to another fresh water body. Amazes me how adamant some can be about their "rights" to not be subject to a 1 minute delay in an effort to prevent major problems down the road.
4x4van 10/24/19 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Late check out

Occasionally, we will arrive early. If the campground agrees and the site is vacant, I've never had a problem getting an early check-in. If the site is not available or the campground prohibits it, no problem; I can wait. Occasionally I ask for a late checkout; again, IF the campground agrees and IF no one has reserved the site; great. If it cannot be accommodated, no problem; I leave. I don't really understand the angst. The decision of the campground owner is the final answer, although it's certainly nice to spend my money where the management is willing to extend some hospitality if possible. HOWEVER......we got reservations a month ago for Friday thru Monday. Sunday afternoon I asked the camp ground owner if we could get a late check-out. He obliged. The lady proceeds to tell me that we were in their spot. Duh! She also tells me that they were supposed to be there Sunday. Based on my highlighted sections above of the OP, the campground owner screwed up. On Sunday afternoon, the campground agreed to allow a late check-out for Monday, even though they had reservations from other campers for a Sunday check-in.
4x4van 10/24/19 04:36pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

Love these threads, there's always someone who thinks sanitation is no big deal because they haven't died yet.And there's always someone who thinks that dumping your black tank requires a full hazmat suit and decontamination facilities. BTW, I've seen it mentioned here a couple of times that "manufacturers recommend sanitizing RV water tanks every 6 months..." Hmmm...I've never seen that recommendation from an RV manufacturer. I've owned 3 RVs over the past 30 years, all 3 purchased used...and I've sanitized the freshwater system maybe twice...just because the water got a bit stale after sitting a couple of months.
4x4van 10/22/19 12:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Show type of RV on question page

I'm really not sure what has your chonies in such a bunch? There are multiple thread categories that are specific to certain types of RV, and there are others where the postings can be applicable to many (or all) types. Really have no clue what you are talking.asking about.
4x4van 10/16/19 03:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Almost lost a mud flap...

I ripped one off, like JRscooby said, by backing up over a makeshift ramp to get over the curb into my parking spot at home. I simply cut the top 1 1/2" off (just above the now ripped holes) and drilled new holes. I went ahead and shortened the other side to match, but it probably wasn't entirely necessary.
4x4van 10/15/19 03:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New LP/CO detector needed

There is varying recommendations on WHERE to place a CO detector. A quick Google search will turn up answers ranging from 5"-20" above the floor, to 5' above the floor, to the claim that since CO mixes with the air equally, anywhere (including on the ceiling) will work. My Itasca does indeed have it on the ceiling in the bedroom; I know for a fact that it works, as it went off several times last year at Nascar when the RV next to me was running his generator without a Genturi.
4x4van 10/08/19 09:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2 Years with a Older Class A

Wow, I feel lucky. In 2016, I bought a 2004 Itasca class A. Dealer had replaced tires, batteries, generator carb, awning, slide toppers. In 3 years, I've done: Rear camera replacement: $250 Oil/filter changes: $130 Air Filter: $15 Transmission fluid/filter change: $150 Heater control valve & heater hose: $18 Roof repair (the infamous Winnebago edge issue): $120 New DVD player: $65 Total: $748 Not bad for 3 years; $250/yr maintenance/repair. Of course, doing all repair/maintenance myself certainly saves cash, and we don't put alot of miles on it (only about 2500 miles per year). And yes, everything works and everything is clean. I have made a few additions, but don't consider those part of the "cost of ownership" since they are 100% optional/upgrades: Electrical monitors (120VAC, 12vdc house, 12vdc chassis) USB ports Trans temp gauge Flag Pole/mount LED lighting throughout LED Light Bar in grille Outside campsink/hookup LPG hookup (for BBQ) Interior/Exterior thermometer Future upgrades planned: New TVs (already in the works) Solar 2nd roof A/C Suspension (TracBar, Sumo Springs, shocks)
4x4van 10/08/19 08:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Camp Kitchen with Sink that connects to outside shower?

Geez, the grey-water police sure showed up quick! The OP never said anything about running food scraps or grey water onto the ground. I use this, hooked up to my low point drain (cold water only). I simply extended the low point drain to a convenient location and added a garden hose quick-connect. The outdoor sink sits next to my Blackstone Tailgater grille/griddle, and is so handy that some friends just purchased one too. The drain goes into a collapsible bucket.
4x4van 09/24/19 04:54pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Good news... dreaming of BEV Class A

For an RV cruising at 70mph, it may have drastically less range. You'll get a ton of traffic tickets in the West Coast for this where speed limit is 55 mph. And high fees for these violations.No one, including Semi's and RVs, drive 55 on the West coast.:R
4x4van 09/24/19 04:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diminshed Value Claims

I think what many of you are overlooking is the fact that very seldom (if ever) are vehicles with major and/or structural damage actually repaired. Those are totaled, simply due to the high cost of repairing, and end up with salvage titles. "Repairable" vehicles are very unlikely to have major damage that will compromise the safety of it's occupants. So again, how does a vehicle with minor damage that is repaired properly sustain "diminished value"? It doesn't. At least it didn't, until "sheep" started drinking the koolaid and were convinced that they were "owed" something more than what traditionally was accepted. Not a whole lot different from outrageous court settlements for "pan & suffering" or "emotional distress" that are commonplace today. JALLEN4 explained the whole "Carfax" scam extremely well. Just a couple years ago, I purchased a 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha with a very clean Carfax. No accidents, no major repairs. I have since found evidence of significant right front end damage. Repaired correctly, it still runs/drives perfectly. "Diminished value"? I think not. Yes, I would have still purchased, for the same price, had I noticed it at that time.
4x4van 09/24/19 04:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Terrible Trucks

"Work like you're going to live forever, but play like you're going to die tomorrow." -my Dad (who is still alive at 87) "Try everything in life twice" -my Mom (who died in a motorcycle accident at 46). I'm pretty sure that how anyone spends their money is no business of mine, nor is how I spend my money any of theirs.
4x4van 09/18/19 04:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing

The OP also never clarified where his stated "tow limit of 3500 lbs" came from? Is that simply the difference between his GVWR and GCWR? If so, he could easily tow more if his MH weighs in at less that the full GVWR, as long as his hitch setup is up to the task, particularly 4-down.
4x4van 09/18/19 04:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diminshed Value Claims

The whole idea of "diminished value" payout is, IMO, nothing more than trying to get more money than is legitimately owed. Accidents shouldn't result in a windfall, only in being made "whole". Yes, I know, many of you are arguing that the vehicle, even if fixed, is now worth less, so they are no longer "whole". To that I would simply say: who decides how much less than "whole"? It is so subjective as to be almost a ****-shoot shot in the dark, nothing more. Perhaps for a nearly new vehicle, DV could come into play, but as the vehicle gets older, there are much more important issues that determine value. So should the person who receives a DV payout be required to return a portion of that payout each year until the age/condition of the vehicle become the deciding factor and the "loss" is no longer significant/relevant? Maybe I'm from a different generation/mindset, but DV just smells like a scam for more money. YMMV.
4x4van 09/18/19 03:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 8.1 Engine Running Hot

I believe the problem here is the water pump. Wrong one is installed. There are at least two--one designed with fins designed to run clockwise the other to run counterclockwise. if the wrong one is there the water will still circulate but not efficiently. Then---if the heated water in the block can't get into radiator quickly enough,the fan clutch doesn't feel the needed heat/temperature and does not engage. If i remember correctly this all started with a water pump replacement. My thoughts.This is not the first time I have heard of that "clockwise vs counter-clockwise" issue on this engine. Question is, are there 2 different part numbers? How do you tell which is which? How do you tell which you need (clockwise looking forward? or?).
4x4van 09/12/19 03:43pm Class A Motorhomes
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