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RE: Most dont sanitize water heater?

I have found from servicing home water heaters, that its the anode rod going bad that is the cause of the rotten egg smell. OK, then what causes the egg smell in an Atwood water heater that has no Anode rod? Doug Bacteria. Naturally occuring in some water sources And they love hot water! Had my Atwood do this once. Had sanitized in the spring, but then for the rest of the summer used just CG water. All previous trips the water seemed fine. But then it sat for a couple of weeks unused, and a couple of days into the final two week trip the smell came. No idea which source they came from. From further research, not in any way a health issue. But the water does smell bad. Re-sanitizing fixed it.
Flapper 06/21/20 09:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Andersen hitch

I had one, and the only real issue was that it is not suitable for big trailers. Mine's 34 ft, with a tongue of 900+. I was easily able to get full weight transfer back to the front of my F-150. But, with that long of a trailer, it is easy to overpower the friction in the cone, so wind/truck suck were bad. Great concept, and I wish it would have worked out for me. For those with small to mid-size, I would recommend.
Flapper 05/15/20 08:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Yellowstone Lodges and Campgrounds to open in June

Although retired now, I owned restaurants, and managed restaurants, my entire career. All independant, none associated with any deep pockets. Once, when a patron was loudly upbraiding me in the packed dining room about the "outrageously" high prices of our sandwiches, I lost my cool, and said, so all could hear: "Ma'am - over 60% of my costs go to paying wages, taxes and benefits of the people you see working. Point out two of them right now, and I will immediately fire them, so you can pay less for your sandwich." That stopped the complaint. To turn that around, and to echo Gov. Cuomo: Dead is dead. From the next 100 people you see, pick the two you want to die, so that the businesses can stay open. These are terrible times, with terrible choices. But one is much clearer than the other. If I was back in that situation, there would be no choice. Somehow, someway I and my family would get through. And those other two people would have the opportunity too.
Flapper 04/24/20 09:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Question about having camper setup in near freezing temps.

To reassure yourself, fill an ice cube tray, and find a thermometer, and put them in the freezer of the RV. While it will be below freezing, it won't be as cold as your house fridge. Check how long it takes to make cubes! You'll be surprised at the time it takes. And the warmer it is outside above that temp, even longer.
Flapper 04/11/20 09:55pm Beginning RVing
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

This presentation (very short) by Chicago epidemiologist Dr. Emily Landon should be required for everyone: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-doctors-blunt-speech-about-covid-19-hit-home-across-the-country-read-her-full-speech/2241815/ The two key quotes: "If we let every patient with this infection infect three more people and then each of them infect two or three people, there won’t be a hospital bed when my mother can’t breathe very well or when yours is coughing too much." and: " Why ask so much of people for just a few hundred cases? Because it’s the only way to save lives. And now is the time. The numbers you see today in the news are the people who got sick a week ago. And there are so many people who got sick today who haven't even noticed that they got sick yet. They picked up the virus and it'll take a week to see that show in our numbers. Waiting for hospitals to be overwhelmed will leave the following week’s patients with nowhere to go. In short, without taking drastic measures, the healthy and optimistic among us will doom the vulnerable. We need to fight this fire before it grows too high. But these extreme restrictions may seem in the end a little anticlimactic because it’s really hard to feel like you’re saving the world when you’re watching Netflix on your couch but, if we do this right, nothing happens. Yes. A successful shelter in place means that you will feel like it was all for nothing. And you would be right. Because “nothing” means that nothing happened to your family and that's what we are going for here."
Flapper 03/21/20 11:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Recreational Border Crossing

Thanks Flapper and MDKMDK. We have been wanting to visit the area & check out the Fundy tides for quite some time. If it gets canceled due to circumstances, we'll just (hopefully) adjust, and keep a similar itinerary in 2021. Maybe even add a Gros Morne trip if we can squeeze it in. My wife insists it is all Anne of Green Gables fault. She REALLY doesn't want us to come visit! Hurricanes and now Pandemics.
Flapper 03/19/20 07:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Recreational Border Crossing

I made reservations for Fundy NP, Cape breton Highlands NP a month ago, and was planning on a few Provincial Parks in Nova Scotia as well. Wait & see is all we can do. They'll probably refund the money due to circumstances. Yep, me too - have a few reservations in Fundy, NS, and PEI. Last year Dorian canceled the trip for us. Now this. Not actually canceling yet, but since trip is mid-June to mid-July, odds are pretty good I will be doing so in a month or two. Probably will not bother with the April 2 reservation opening date for one of the CG's I wanted to get in to....
Flapper 03/18/20 09:42pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Montana vs. Arctic Fox vs. Grand Design

I've only had a Jayco, and now a Grand Design. Both from excellent dealers. While there are some reports of poor customer service from Grand Design, I have also seen many, many, many for outstanding service. In my limited experience, a couple of calls to Jayco were immediately turned into a "talk to your dealer" directive. NO attempt to assist, or provide any information. For GD, there were reports at the time with greased brakes on some units when I was waiting for my newly ordered unit to arrive at the dealer. I called, and they immediately sent me an authorization letter to give to the dealer to remove/inspect/repair as needed - this before I had actually bought the unit, and before they issued a later recall. In five different calls for information, they called me back very quickly and gave detailed answers each time. One time the rep even going out to their lot in a full-on blizzard to investigate how a unit was wired! Last fall I called to get specific part information for a wonky thermostat. I was long out of warranty. Just wanted the mfg part number. I got an entire replacement parts kit at home, two days later! They are well known for authorizing any certified repair place/mobile tech to work on their units (except Camping World!). The Winnebago purchase happened several years ago, and all my contact has been subsequent to that. They've grown really fast, for a reason. And I expect that contributes to some of the reports of less than perfect service. Is the product itself superior? NO - as related above, they are, at best, only slightly better than the competition. But they do, generally, continue to provide superior after sale support direct to the customer.
Flapper 03/03/20 02:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nova Scotia

Yep, waiting for the Graves window to open too. Had reservations there last fall (and then Cape Breton and Cavendish). Had to cancel a week ahead due to illness on the road. Good thing - our first night at Graves would have been the day Dorian made landfall.....
Flapper 03/01/20 12:16pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Masseys Landing DE

We were there for about 5 days, two years ago. High rates, but pretty good amenities. Plan on dodging all the golf carts, although there is not really that much reason to have one - it's large, but not that large. It is only slightly above sea level, so if there is rain, many of the sites get pretty soggy. Didn't have to wade, ever, but glad I was in an RV, and not a tent like some of the kids in other sites. As noted, a bit of a drive to get to the main beaches.
Flapper 02/21/20 08:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

For basic use, the charger you have will be fine. Yes, there are better built ones on the market, but just increasing either the size of the battery or going to 2 6v may only mean that your current charger will take longer to charge. Yes, it will fully charge the batteries - but may take a few hours more. I've used the stock WFCO chargers for several years now with 6v batteries. My old Jayco did have a "glitch" with 2 6v, however. They saved money by using smallish wire from the converter to the battery. And protected it with an in-line fuse. If the batteries were deeply discharged, the converter tried to supply more current than the fuse could handle, and it would blow. Per the master tech at the dealer, the cheap solution was to buy a resetting circuit breaker. It just plugs into where the fuse goes. If it blows, it automatically turns itself back on and charging continues. My current Grand Design has "beefier" wiring and fuse, so that has not been an issue.
Flapper 02/11/20 04:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Attention Grand Design Owners...

Late to the party. I have the 2017 version of this model. Tow with a 2012 F-150, HDPP. 2166 payload. 6000 miles on it. Can't speak to the latest model, but mine was very, very light on the nose, even with full water (10%). I had scary sway a few times during the early period of owning. Was using an inadequate hitch. Got the ProPride hitch, which settled it down. Current TW is about 920 (12.5%). Mostly due to the very heavy hitch. You may have to plan on figuring out ways to add lots of weight to the nose if not spending the big $$ for the hitch - more batteries, over hitch bike rack, etc. - if GD has not reworked it. Online specs lead me to think not - but they are bad about keeping those things current. If buying from a dealer, I would demand they scale the unit, to see if it is too light on the tongue, or not. 12% on the tongue is the bare minimum you want to see. I still get a bit of movement from "truck suck" as the big rigs pass me. Wife is not comfortable driving it, although I've gotten used to it. The spring project is to go over everything with ProPride, to see if it is all set up correctly. Milage on the Ecoboost is 8.5. Bummer, as my old fifth got 10. Different aerodynamics, and more sticking out behind. There is a lot of tail to wag the dog. No useability complaints - we had a few things fixed under warranty, and there were a couple of recalls for that year, but nothing that interfered with its use. While quality is on a par with similar priced other brands, GD does excel at customer response. The only thing I ever got from Jayco was "check with your dealer". GD will chase down answers to questions, step in if the dealer is dragging their feet, etc. They even will authorize anyone to do warranty work on it...(except for Camping World). I believe the weight of the hitch does not count as TW of the TT.. Most here seem to agree on this. I also believe that the weight of the hitch should be counted against the allowable TW as far as the reciever is concerned. In other words, the TT TW needs to be over 10% not counting the hitch WT. That is what will make the TT inherently stable.. But the reciever will be supporting/distributing the TW of the TT AND the hitch, so the total should be under it's rating. The propride will not let the TT sway, even if the TW is light... But it will just be masking the real problem of light TT TW. So that is likely why it feels unsettled when you tow it. This is the problem with some lashups with the propride/hensly design. A marginal TV that they would be perfect for, runs out of capacity pretty easy when used with a heavy TW TT, and the weight of the hitch. I don't know your numbers, but if you can add more TW temporairly as a test... See if it feels better. Also, I am a big fan of more than most like for TW. Depending on the design of the TT, and your specific usage of it.. Weight can shift around a LOT in the course of a trip. The GD has large holding tanks. That alone can be a major factor. And sometimes during a cold weather hunt, we return home with next to no propane in the tanks. Food gets eaten and becomes waste.. Many other items can move around as well. I like to be right at 15% or more when I start a trip.. Then I have no worries about the return trip. Well, just so the OP has a benchmark - for tongue weight, I am using the amount I got using a scale under the coupler, divided by the total weight as measured at a truck scale. This agrees fairly well with the numbers I calculate when weighing all the axels at a truck scale. for the full rig, and then again just for the unhitched TV. GD grey and black tanks are behind the axels in this model, and water is in front. So my 10% was with full water, and no waste - but pretty much otherwise as delivered, with the bad hitch. The 12.5% came with empty tanks, and loaded for camping, with the ProPride. Currently have switched to 2 6v batteries, so I might be a bit heavier now. Eyeballing it, the trailer seemed a bit nose up the last trip. My storage lot insists on being the one to move the trailer, and I'm suspicious as to the effect their method has on the alignment of the hitch. They may have caused some of the adjustments to slip....so time to remeasure and re torque everything.... I agree - more weight is better for preventing sway. The rest of the truck easily exceeds weight specs, so I have lots of margin, but getting close on the receiver max.
Flapper 01/13/20 01:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Attention Grand Design Owners...

Late to the party. I have the 2017 version of this model. Tow with a 2012 F-150, HDPP. 2166 payload. 6000 miles on it. Can't speak to the latest model, but mine was very, very light on the nose, even with full water (10%). I had scary sway a few times during the early period of owning. Was using an inadequate hitch. Got the ProPride hitch, which settled it down. Current TW is about 920 (12.5%). Mostly due to the very heavy hitch. You may have to plan on figuring out ways to add lots of weight to the nose if not spending the big $$ for the hitch - more batteries, over hitch bike rack, etc. - if GD has not reworked it. Online specs lead me to think not - but they are bad about keeping those things current. If buying from a dealer, I would demand they scale the unit, to see if it is too light on the tongue, or not. 12% on the tongue is the bare minimum you want to see. I still get a bit of movement from "truck suck" as the big rigs pass me. Wife is not comfortable driving it, although I've gotten used to it. The spring project is to go over everything with ProPride, to see if it is all set up correctly. Milage on the Ecoboost is 8.5. Bummer, as my old fifth got 10. Different aerodynamics, and more sticking out behind. There is a lot of tail to wag the dog. No useability complaints - we had a few things fixed under warranty, and there were a couple of recalls for that year, but nothing that interfered with its use. While quality is on a par with similar priced other brands, GD does excel at customer response. The only thing I ever got from Jayco was "check with your dealer". GD will chase down answers to questions, step in if the dealer is dragging their feet, etc. They even will authorize anyone to do warranty work on it...(except for Camping World).
Flapper 01/12/20 08:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Green Coating on Ends of Sparker Probes Over Burner ?

Salt air, and many other compounds in the air, can accelerate its formation also. Are you parking near something putting out an exhaust of some kind? Mild acid may do the trick - try vinegar.
Flapper 12/30/19 10:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Sway Control options - help please

So much unknown here... True sway is where the rear end of the trailer starts wagging back and forth (many times getting stronger with each "wag") and can get to the point of you going totally out of control. Wind, road bumps, deviations in steering, and a host of other things can make it start. The only way to stop it is to slow down (using only the trailer brakes, NOT the truck brakes). It is ONLY due to not having enough weight on the tongue. Fix that, and you fix the sway. All other measures are ways to try and damp it down so it doesn't get started. But with enough energy (speed) it can come back, and at the higher speed, it may be much worse. If using "sway control", the goal is to raise the threshold of where it will start to way above any speed you would be traveling at. Adding tongue weight is far better. You'll hear 10-15% of the weight of the trailer. But in most cases 12% should be your low end. Try loading more stuff up front, more batteries, over the hitch bike racks, etc. to get the tongue weight up. Side pushes (and "wobbly" handling) due to wind, "truck suck", rough roads and the like can seem like sway (at the beginning). Reducing those can also help reduce true sway from initiating. Sway controls, proper wd bars, better truck tires, better suspension, better weight distribution, bigger trucks and other items can all have a part in reducing/eliminating those issues. So first is to get to a scale, and find out what everything weights. Then look at your TRUCK load capacities (payload on the door sticker). Report those back. From there you can get more meaningful advice to assist with the issue. Be prepared for possibly some follow up questions - size/kind of tires, additional weight in the vehicle, etc. as people try to assist.
Flapper 11/07/19 11:09pm Towing
RE: Replacing 12-volt batteries with 6-volt

The rewiring, as noted, at it's most basic is very easy. Hardest part is adequately crimping terminals onto the bigger wire needed, but you can also find pre-made that will work. The rest depends on your rig - space to put them, finding an appropriate box (there are a few different ones - but the space you have may or may not allow them to fit), and figuring out adequate venting for them, may be a bit more of an effort. On my old fifth, it was all very easy. On my TT, a bit more of a challenge. While not the best equipment in the world, the converter your RV came with will charge them just fine. My fifth had an issue with blowing an in line fuse on the charging line if they became too depleted. Head mechanic at the dealer had me replace the fuse with an automatic resetting circuit breaker.
Flapper 11/03/19 10:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Country Ham

Here in Minnesota it is also an unheard of item. I used to go to Cracker Barrel, and they usually had a whole ham available for sale. Haven't done that for a few years now, though. Not currently listed on their website, but you could ask. It looks like they also offer various repackaged meat items from Berger's Smokehouse...so there is always mail order from that source. Not a Southern Boy by any stretch of the imagination, but when we made trips to the "East", my Dad insisted on driving back roads looking for farmhouses with roadside signs advertising "hams for sale". He insisted they were always the best, not like those "factory" operations. I'm sure those are long gone in this age of USDA inspections, etc.
Flapper 11/02/19 10:43pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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