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RE: Propane Switch: Was Red, Now Green

The Red/Green is a pressure gauge. When you switched over the pressure rose. there may be a check valve to keep the pressure from "Bleeding" down into the empty tank.. So unless you draw propane off by some means it will continue to show GREEN till something turns on. Recommendation: Refill the empty tank. That's right. If you closed both valves and reduced pressure in the line (open stove, re-close) then opened both valves with the selector on the right empty one you could probably duplicate the entire experience.
Dave Pete 03/26/20 06:29am General RVing Issues
RE: virus

Here's how I see the virus using a shooter analogy. 1.Shelter in place means stop. Look around. Duck into the safest place and sit still. 2.Until we know better what we're up against, don't underestimate your chances (or bring attention to yourself and the hundreds with you). Maybe the shooter is right outside that door! And maybe he ain't. Maybe there's more than one! Maybe he's on the other side of the church. So get safe, get aware, and be ready for your safe escape. Don't open the door and yell "hey hoax shooter!" 3. Keep getting safer. Trust the facts. Leave your conspiracies on the shelf for the moment.
Dave Pete 03/23/20 11:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Interstate 80 thru Wyoming and Nebraska

You won't have any trouble across I-80 in summer, unless it's windy that day. ;) Seriously, our wind is worst in winter. Prevailing is out of the southwest, so like said, a nice tailwind eastbound. Winter jet stream usually near us, then migrates northward in summer. Summer can bring really cool looking distant Thunderstorms. When they are by you you can get bad winds (any direction). But those are not long lasting, and generally afternoon, not morning. Winter winds due to jet stream proximity can last weeks straight. Wyoming, especially southern, is best seen with a low sun angle (mornings and late afternoon, evening). Shadows give nice visual depth. Drive safe and have a nice trip.
Dave Pete 01/21/20 12:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: Extra long towbar instead of supertruss mod?

Hey Joe&Julie81, You're asking about a "draw bar" not a "tow bar". At least as I understand it, the parts from tow vehicle to towed vehicle in order are: hitch (as in a 2" square receiver hitch), then the draw bar (various drops/rises and lengths), then the ball (or ball mount of an equalizer hitch), then it leaves the truck and becomes the pulled load: coupler (or ball coupler), then the trailer tongue (or a flat-towed vehicle's "tow bar"). I think you were originally asking about a bit longer draw bar, not a vehicle mounted tow bar as you'd stated in the subject line. The welded chains loops and connections (with turnbuckles) are not a bad idea for the left/right side to side forces. If it's done by someone with some engineering common sense or greater. As I think you said you're aware, tongue weight isn't so much a concern, as it the side to side forces - in your case. Whatever you end on, I generally like to over engineer, and then under use. BTW, if you need a convenient "connect" to the bumper with your chains idea, you might look into the HappiJack bumper mount things generally used for rear camper tie downs. That might be a slick connector for the chains to the vehicle, but depends a lot on you bumper. Pulling outward on the bumper ends (rearward) is going to generate a different force on the bumper than the upward force the connectors are designed for on specific bumpers.
Dave Pete 11/23/19 06:06am Truck Campers
RE: Space between cabover ant antenna

I lost reception on my 2006 dodge Sirius antenna with the cabover on. Very weak signal from space. Buy an aftermarket magnet antennae and mount it near the hood rear edge. Run the line in a firewall grommet and to you radio. That worked good for me. Then later I canceled the service and saved my money!
Dave Pete 10/17/19 03:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Planning a dry camp oriented DIY TC build.

There is nothing so satisfying as "making it yourself", especially when you have the support that comes with "personal capabilities". Sounds like you do. What you're describing can be done very lightweight. No matter how small (and lightweight) you make it, it will always feel heavier than you wanted (I may be reaching on that one, but it's a point to think on). Without water, sinks, tanks, etc., weight can be nicely controlled. I'd suggest (with your contractor, stick-built thinking) 1 by 2 framing laid flat. You might consider examining a little of our chapter on our small camper structural framing thoughts. Sorry for the missing pictures, but all I can say is "photobucket", maybe you get it. And my lengthy detailed narratives without pictures might cause brain damage! So beware! Even using a 1 by 3 on edge or a 2 by 2, would be overkill on a small lightweight house (camper), and the extra inch won't gain noticeable insulation affect, but will add to weight and/or cost. With small R values (less than a 2 by 6 house wall) your main target is to remove "drafts" completely. Make certain your venting is proper for whatever heater design you choose (more a factor for radiant heat like a Wave 3 or 6 than it is for a basic forced air furnace, which requires both propane and 12 volt electric), but even with proper venting, simply keeping the heater on throughout the user experience will keep the interior comfortable warm when you need it. A 1 by 2 wall will hold your interior panel and exterior board just fine. I'd keep the exterior board just as thin as possible for whatever the fiberglass treatment needs. And Fiber glass will add some weight, which you'll be mitigating with absence of appliances and tanks, etc. Build it! You got this! Target lightweight at every turn, and put your chosen floor plan and needs into reality! We did the same (although we've chosen more weight and greater luxury that you're planning), and we couldn't be happier. P.S. I have a .pdf file for each of my chapters, saved on my computer, which includes the pics. So if you MUST see photos, PM me and I'll fire off the .pdf to you so you can get the narrative and pictures together.
Dave Pete 10/10/19 06:16am Truck Campers
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