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RE: Black Tank Dump Valve

Update: The difficult operation is not related to flushing the tank or pressure building up in the tank. I dumped the black tank and as usual the valve was easy to open. While dumping and for a total of 10 minutes, I ran water in thru the flush port. Then I closed the valve and tried to re-open it. It was very hard to operate. I think I am going to try the valve lubricant that you put in the tank one more time, and then, if that doesn't work, probably have the valve replaced.
CarnationSailor 06/09/21 10:15am Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank Dump Valve

I found that lubricating it during a dump as in this video works. I have used this method for many years to lubricate my valves and have had no problems with them at all. This Video will show how to do it Looks like a good solution for sure - if your dump valves are exposed and easy to get to. I would have to either drop the coroplast or cut a hole in it, and I'm not ready to go there yet.
CarnationSailor 06/03/21 09:51am Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank Dump Valve

Do you turn off the water to the black tank rinse before opening the valve? Could be the incoming water is building pressure inside the tank and binding the valve. Good thought. The tank has a vent thru the roof and can only build pressure if that vent is blocked. What can happen is that the vent pipe slipped down into the tank and is now under water, or even worse, resting on the bottom. If I recall correctly, the roof top vent cap is attached to the vent pipe with screws. So it seems unlikely that the pipe slipped down; however, if it did, then the vent cap should be missing. At any rate, I'll check out this possibility.
CarnationSailor 06/03/21 09:40am Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank Dump Valve

Do you turn off the water to the black tank rinse before opening the valve? Could be the incoming water is building pressure inside the tank and binding the valve. I think if this was happening, the vent pipe would also have to be mostly blocked, but not so much that normal usage builds pressure. I could test this by waiting 30 minutes or so after partially filling tank to give it time to bleed off. If it works easily after giving it time to bleed off, then I think this might prove your theory.
CarnationSailor 06/03/21 09:36am Tech Issues
Black Tank Dump Valve

When I dump a full black tank, the valve opens very easy, no problem. I flush the tank for 5 to 10 minutes, then I close the valve for 5 minutes to let it partially fill. When I then pull the handle to open the valve again, it is so difficult that I almost cannot open it. Been this way for a couple of years, and now I thought I might do something about it. I put tank valve lubricant in the tank periodically, but that doesn't seem to make any difference. Any ideas why full it is a piece of cake to open, and after flushing and partially filling, you almost need a gorilla to open it.
CarnationSailor 06/02/21 06:45pm Tech Issues
Satellite Pre-Wiring

I have a 2015 Crossroads Rushmore Springfield and am trying to understand how it is pre-wired for satellite. (I want to add an RF Mogul Eagle permanent-mounted antenna on the roof and connect it to a Dish Hopper 3 receiver.) There are 2 coax jacks on the roof. Does one go to the entertainment center and one to the bedroom? In the entetainment center, there are 3 coax cables in the cabinet above the TV. I assume one would attach to the receiver's input, but since the receiver's output is HDMI, what are the other 2 used for? (Maybe back in 2015 the receiver's output would have been coax?) There are 2 coax connections behind the TV. One goes to the antenna/cable TV input. Was the other intended to connect the TV to the satellite system? That is, does it connect to one of the 3 coax cables in the cabinet above? In the bedroom, there are 2 currently-unused coax jacks. Are they part of the satellite system pre-wiring. (Neither the jacks behind the TV or in the bedroom are labeled.) Any thoughts on this will be appreciated. Thanks
CarnationSailor 05/23/21 10:38am Tech Issues
RE: Back before cellphones

Remember when you could pick up a payphone, put in a dime, dial 0, ask 'information' for the number of Joe Doakes in Peoria, ask the operator to call Joe Doakes person-to-person, and if Joe Doakes was not able to come to the phone then you did not pay for the call and got your dime back. I grew up in Peoria across the street from Joe! Anybody know how he's doing? ;)
CarnationSailor 05/17/21 01:13pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Need new slide seals - where to buy?

I had good luck with seals I bought by the foot from Steele Rubber Products.
CarnationSailor 05/16/21 09:43am Tech Issues
RE: IH-5 through Seattle options?

If you're not in a hurry and might enjoy a ride thru the country, here is an option that is 22 miles/34 minutes longer than I-5 thru Seattle: I-5 North to SR18 East to I-90 West to SR203 North to SR2 West to I-5 North SR20 West. Good Luck
CarnationSailor 05/08/21 10:33am Roads and Routes
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Slow down to 60mph or less and put a Hensley hitch on the trailer. Barney X2 and verify proper setup of WDH.
CarnationSailor 05/05/21 08:42am Towing
Satellite Antenna Installation in Seattle Area

I'm looking for advice on which satellite system to get for my 5th as well as recommendations for who to hire to do the antenna installation. Here is what I think I want, but am interested in hearing what others like and why: DISH because I can turn the service on and off on a monthly basis. A roof mounted antenna because I don't want something else to pull out and setup whenever we stop. An antenna that is NOT enclosed in a dome to avoid signal degrading by water droplets on the dome. A receiver that includes a DVR is a must. A system that will automatically point the antenna correctly. Installation by a mobile tech, but I could take it to an installer if they can guarantee same day installation. So what system did you go with and who did a great job installing it? Thanks, Gene
CarnationSailor 04/21/21 04:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Patching Coroplast

And the winner is........zip ties! They closed it up nicely and I didn't have to bother with cleaning off the old adhesive first! Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions. what did you use to seal up the crack so water doesnt get in? Steve It's too far from the tires for them to throw water up it, and any other incidental water that might splash up will not likely get thru the joint because the two edges are tight against each other. It would be necessary to seal it if water could accumulate on the surface, but it can't.
CarnationSailor 02/18/21 07:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Patching Coroplast

And the winner is........zip ties! They closed it up nicely and I didn't have to bother with cleaning off the old adhesive first! Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions.
CarnationSailor 02/17/21 10:26pm General RVing Issues
Patching Coroplast

Our 5th has coroplast covering the bottom of it. The factory cut a 8 - 10 inch slit in it to route a power cable thru it. The original tape job fell off after about a year, and now after 2 or 3 redos with Gorilla tape, I cannot get a tape patch to last longer than about 4 months. The coroplast is now coated with dirt/dust-imbedded adhesive residue which is probably why the tape doesn't stick very well. Not sure how I would get the coroplast cleaned up as it just pushes up when any pressure is applied to it - same problem when applying tape. Any ideas?
CarnationSailor 02/16/21 05:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Biting Insects

Rattlesnakes, scorpions, tarantulas, giant red ants, kangaroo rats and centipedes Been coming to the southern CA desert in the winter for 11 years and have yet to see a single one of the above.
CarnationSailor 02/15/21 12:08pm Snowbirds
RE: Front Cap Cover

A good coat of wax twice a year has kept my front cap looking like new for 6 years so far.
CarnationSailor 02/15/21 11:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Brake controller craziness, advice?

Brake wires shorting inside your axle can cause this. The wires chafe over time and short out in the axle tube. It can cause an intermittent problem, due to bouncing wires inside. Jerry X2 had similar problem due to wire rubbing on brake drum. Rubbed thru insulation and caused intermittent max application of brakes.
CarnationSailor 02/15/21 11:41am Toy Haulers
RE: Recommendation for Folding Hard Tonneau Cover

I've had a Fold-A-Cover on my Silverado 2500 for 6 years. No complaints and it is "virtually dry" when raining. Folds out-of-the-way when towing my 5th, and the front section folds open to access items in front of the 5th-wheel hitch. Very well-made and durable.
CarnationSailor 02/01/21 09:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Office 2016 - Outlook??

As the brother of another old Whiltsie sailor, let me ask, what is the format of the contacts file you are trying to import?
CarnationSailor 01/22/21 11:09am Technology Corner
RE: Superglide Hitch / Capture Plate Question

You could make delivery by the dealer part of the deal.
CarnationSailor 01/04/21 10:13am Towing
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