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RE: Advice to omit the auto change LP valve

I once bought a propane bottle gauge for $20 from Costco, thinking Costco was a reputable business. Just screw it on any bottle! Then I thought about it : how does it sense the volume or weight of propane in the bottle? The pressure is always the same unless it is empty. On advice on this forum I bought a suitcase weigh scale and calculated the number of pounds of propane in a bottle by subtracting the weight of the empty bottle. It has served me well for years. I recently saw that gauge in Home Hardware for $30 and informed the new owner that he was selling a scam. Costco IS reputable: I recently bought a 20 pound bottle from Costco with a gauge on top AND a float inside the bottle to sense the amount of liquid in the bottle. It works! Good price. My regulator tank switching mechanism doesn’t work either. I don’t mind switching bottles when I see the one in use is running low.
Harvey51 09/19/20 12:34pm Tech Issues

When I needed a hitch to pull a utility trailer to carry 3 kayaks I went to a local welding shop. The welder asked how strong I wanted the hitch to be. I said it would be nice if strong enough to pull the MH out of a ditch. His take on it was that I might want to tow a river boat. I added that I heard the spare wheel mount on motorhome’s rear bumper aren’t strong enough ... how about welding the mount and rear bumper together with the hitch? He did that, claiming that nothing he welded ever broke. Sure enough, no trouble with the spare wheel mount in 16 years.
Harvey51 09/01/20 10:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newbie with old leaks. Please help....

Our roof leaked until I bought a roll of Eternabond.
Harvey51 08/25/20 10:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Got the bugs off...

I find Awesome orange all purpose degreaser from Dollar Tree works well on squashed bugs. It’s very economical if you buy one spray bottle and one refill jug.
Harvey51 08/25/20 09:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Issue fueling 1994 Jayco Eagle on E350 chassis

I noticed this problem for the first time this month. It happened at two different ESSO gas stations using the same pumps. This pump is really sensitive to back pressure so it stops pumping when trying to fill reasonably quickly. No problem at other gas pumps. Maybe sensitivity has been set too high for some reason like spills.
Harvey51 08/25/20 08:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chassis battery

There is another possibility: relay, starting motor and solenoid that engages that motor. It’s not a big or expensive job to replace those with reconditioned parts. It happened to me when parking at our local hall. I left it overnight and replaced the starting motor in the morning still at the hall.
Harvey51 08/20/20 08:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Strange signal light problem when towing

Got it working in an hour or so. Wiring diagrams and colour codes on the web were no help. What works . . . MH Utility Trailer function ---------------------------------- white white ground brown green/black right signal ? yellow yellow left signal ? green dark green running lights brown/yellow N/C the trailer is from Home Depot The cause of the MH signal lights going rogue was, of course, one wire connected to another wire from the MH, because of colour code confusion. I have not yet tried using the trailer on the van where the problem didn't occur.
Harvey51 08/19/20 08:51pm Class C Motorhomes
Strange signal light problem when towing

Our class C often tows a utility trailer with 2 kayaks. Something happened to the wiring in the hitch area and I had to reconnect the wires from the trailer to the 4 wire plug. I must have made a mistake because using the right turns signal light now causes both left and right signal lights to flash on the MH and the driving lights on the sides and high up on the back. When I use a different tow vehicle to pull the same trailer, everything works. Does this mean the problem is in the hitch wiring on the MH? I have a little 4 wire tester plug and it shows everything okay.
Harvey51 08/19/20 11:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: water tank help

Got a fresh water tank drain tap? I attached a clear plastic hose to the tap and routed it up to the bumper. If I open the tap and the water level goes up to the top of the bumper, I know I have a full tank.
Harvey51 08/16/20 04:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: Propane tank

If you have bottles holding 20 pounds of propane, a suitcase weight device is very accurate. Costco has 20 pound bottles with built in gauge which works very well. Beware of add on gauges - there must be a float mechanism inside the bottle to work.
Harvey51 08/16/20 01:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Should I connect my sewer line when camping?

We never hookup in a campsite. We only have a bathroom that gets wet when showering so we use campground showers and swimming pools. Dear wife and I can go 5 days between dumps and water refills. Solar provides all the electricity we need in a climate that rarely gets too warm so no need to run air conditioning.
Harvey51 07/12/20 07:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: 1990s 2000s Ford engines in motorhome

We bought a 2004 E350 in 2008. No mechanical problems so far. After reading about spark plug problems I looked for a shop with knowledgeable mechanic. Now my feeling that our beloved C is half way through its lifetime I asked the owner/chief mechanic to change spark plugs and their coils plus basic maintenance things like transmission and cooling system fluid changes. The mechanic said there was no problem changing spark plugs and no need for new coils. He appreciated me bringing it in during the not so busy winter time and bringing it Home when busy.. After 6 months it’s all finished except for shocks and rear end oil change. I changed oil every September, fuel filter once, and of course tires. I modified the radio so it can be used when the engine is off. Added a rear facing camera, house battery monitor, replaced propane leak alarm and CO alarm. My only worry is being afraid to change a dual wheel tire. Time to get insurance for roadside help as we camp mostly in remote regions.
Harvey51 07/12/20 07:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: House Water Pump needs assistance priming

I had to prime the pump after every refill of the fresh water tank. It was easy - a syrup bottle with small cap filled with water, squirt into the hose used to pull antifreeze into the pump. I got tired of that and went to an RC parts store with my story and the clerk sold me a new diaphragm for less than $10 - haven’t had to prime it again. Easy to install.
Harvey51 07/03/20 11:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Flashlights

I bought this LED one at Princess Auto, a chain discount store in Canada, on sale for $12, complete with AC and 12 volt DC chargers. Very bright.
Harvey51 07/03/20 10:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Small Class C with out tow car

DW and I have a 20 foot C, have never wished for a toad and very rarely have trouble parking. We would be a bit horrified at leaving our home away from home parked while shopping or site seeing. It takes all kinds of us.
Harvey51 06/27/20 05:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Campsite Photos. Show your stuff.

Kiskatinaw Provincial Park 30 km north of Dawson Creek, BC on a stretch of the original Alaska highway upgraded to pavement but still a bit rough. The park is at the site of the curved wooden bridge built in 1942, which carried all highway traffic until the late sixties and is now restricted to 8000 kg or less. We did drive across it and went back to Dawson on the new bridge. The campsite did not require a reservation. The charge is $20 per night . No showers or flush toilets but it’s right on the river with interesting rocks. A hike upstream is quite interesting. Kids like floating down the river past the campsites. Kiskatinaw Park is 30 km north of Dawson Creek, BC. We live in Alberta east of Dawson Creek. We always enjoy Kiskatinaw on a few miles of the original Alaska Highway, paved but a bit rough to make it seem more genuine. The park and campsite are on the Kiskatinaw River which is a good place to look for interesting rocks, float down the river or hike upstream along interesting rock formations. The big attraction is the curved wooden bridge built in 1942 to get the highway across the river efficiently.
Harvey51 06/27/20 04:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Black Tank Valve Replacement

I had the annoying small leak that made removing the drain cap a messy job. I followed advice from this forum to put a tablespoon of vegetable oil in the toilet and sink after every tank dump. No more leaks!
Harvey51 06/08/20 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Battery question

I think 13.75 volts is too low to revive an unhappy battery. I have a Black & Decker smart charger that automatically goes up to 16 volts when needed. It also has a desulphate mode. It works very well! I used to keep the batteries in the house but they got too heavy. I live in northern Alberta. Now I leave them in the motorhome and disconnect the batteries when not using them for more than a day unless the solar panel is keeping them fully charged. They stay over 12.6 V for at least a month. I’ve had poor results with trickle chargers.
Harvey51 06/07/20 07:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble With Am I Alone?

I also abandoned the address in favour of All these portals have the same members, topics and posts so you will be right at home when you switch to a less buggy portal.
Harvey51 06/03/20 09:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rear View Camera vs Backup Camera

Another vote for a switch. I mounted the switch on the base of the driver’s seat so I can conveniently reach it to power the camera and monitor. My first camera was designed for a license plate mount but I soon put it on the inside of our class C looking through the top of the rear window, adjusted so I can just see the hitch on the kayak trailer and most of a campsite when backing in. I can safely back up to well within a foot of the trailer or a tree. With the camera angled about 45 degrees down the horizontal distance is easy to judge. I can keep good watch on the kayaks on the highway. On our first trip with the camera we actually used it when camped in a remote campsite On the Grande Cache highway in Alberta. A few inches of snow on the ground making it easy to see a fox visiting our site without scaring it away.
Harvey51 05/18/20 08:40am Beginning RVing
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