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RE: What's a decent battery charger?

2004 Ford courtesy light in cab stays on all night, need a boost every morning. It is supposed to go out if the light switch is turned to half way but this one never goes out unless I disconnect the battery.
Harvey51 07/28/21 09:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Old automotive battery charger question

Thanks for the first post. I was getting our class C ready for some short trips and somehow drained the engine battery. No problem I thought I’ll just use my Black & Decker smart charger. But it refused to charge. After reading the first post I borrowed a dumb charger and got it charged enough for the smart charger to top up.
Harvey51 05/15/21 09:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery & electrical questions

Thank you for finding it! I still haven’t found the fuse that has voltage only when the engine is running. I have the E350 manual with names and numbers but it doesn’t seem to help. Just a matter of time, though. I should have saved a photo of the connection. I have some other DC problems (rear view camera). I will be 70 next month and I’m not as able as I was. Darn!
Harvey51 04/17/21 08:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery & electrical questions

Slightly off topic, sorry. I set up an alarm for the house door steps that rings when the engine is running and the steps are down. Unfortunately it quit working and I’m having trouble fixing it. I initially found a fuse in the fuse box under the steering wheel that provided 12 volts only when the engine is running. Anyone have a fuse chart to help me find it again? A few years ago I posted the whole thing in this forum. I would appreciate a link to it.
Harvey51 04/15/21 10:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

We bought our 2004 Ford E350 Canadian 20 foot class C former rental in 2008. It has been very reliable. In 2020, I found a local repair shop, owner a mechanic with a great reputation and got them to change the spark plugs, transmission fluid, etc, replace all shock absorbers, change gear oil in the rear end, and change coolant. Wonder of wonder there was no problem with the spark plugs and the owner mechanic knew it in advance. It cost $2500 all told. We have one problem I would like help with. We had never used an RV when we bought the MH and knew nothing about the hot water heater. It got turned on while plugged in to electric power and the switch smoked and smelled. In the next 13 years we never had water in the heater. Looking into the tank it looks rusty. I would like to upgrade to a new water heater. Anyone know if it would be possible? Estimate of cost to have it done at an RV dealership?
Harvey51 03/12/21 08:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

How to find the polarity on insulated wires? Follow the wires to a light or switch and use a voltmeter touching the probes to the contacts. If this is awkward use a couple of straight pins to penetrate the insulation and contact the insulation and contact the copper. Then use the meter. When Current is flowing a clampmeter can indicate the direction of current flow.
Harvey51 03/12/21 07:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Changing Spare Tire

I’m age 69 and comfortable changing a front wheel with the tools I carry all the time. In 12 years of RVing I have never needed to change a wheel on the road but we often travel away from civilization like the trip to the big waterfall and spectacular rock formations south of Tumbler Ridge, BC. I have had to change a wheel on smaller vehicles about 3 times in 30 years of driving so it won’t happen often. I am afraid to try changing a dual wheel. I would like to view such a change with the two wheels stuck together and see how to handle that problem. Meanwhile, I have upgraded my wife’s Alberta Motor Association membership to cover RV wheel problems. Are there short term coverages available for a month cruise in the USA?
Harvey51 01/10/21 10:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best tire inflator for dually tires

I used the Milton inflator tool on the right for a couple of years until it started leaking air. Note the post in the business end: it tends to slip away from the Center of the opening for the tire valve and fail to open it - allowing the compressed air to leak away. There is a black rubber ring that is supposed to hold the post in the center that seems to be worn out. I went back to the same store to complain and they sold me an identical new one. Stupid. It leaked, too. Same problem. Turning the slotted business end gives access to the rubber ring so it could be replaced if I could find or make one of the right size I could make it work again. I bought a new DILL USA from another store which worked. It works well new and hopefully will last for a longer time.
Harvey51 01/10/21 09:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lake Louise trailer park or Icefield parking lot.

Pianatuna’s post is right on. I must add that a short drive, bus ride, or long uphill walk takes you from the roomy campsite to the beautiful lake. Take time to walk to the far end of the lake.
Harvey51 11/29/20 07:54pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
B.C. man drives stranded American family 1700 km to Alaska

A Fort St. John, B.C. man is earning praise for driving an American family in need from northern B.C. to the Alaskan border near Beaver Creek, Yukon. The roughly 1,700-kilometre trip up the Alaska Highway in winter didn't deter him from volunteering to help out, said Gary Bath. Bath said he noticed an online plea for help last week from an American woman driving to Alaska who was overwhelmed by the winter driving conditions and couldn't drive any farther. CBC story
Harvey51 11/29/20 07:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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
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