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RE: Idea for filtered air into the RV

Many people have MaxxAir/ Fantastic Fans. Along with the stock bathroom fan. Normally air must enter through the window drip vents and cracks at the door to replenish the air leaving the RV. I’m not sure what kind of chassis you’re talking about, but most have massive air exchange capacity built in, both my E350 and F53 chassis’s do.
JaxDad 04/04/20 07:03pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Lighting suggestions for rv building

I don't plan on working in there just need some lighting for when backing in and when I need to get into the rv.. Get the cheapest outdoor flood lights you can find. LED’s are only energy saving when they’re on. All bulbs use the same amount of electricity when they’re off, ZERO. If the lights are only going to be on a few hours a year what does it really matter what kind of light is hanging there turned off?
JaxDad 04/02/20 05:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Furnace Short-Cycling

Also, to answer your question, system NEVER shuts down, just short-cycles. Regarding that restrictor inside the exhaust vent tube, which decreases the inside dimension of the tube to about 1/2" diameter, do you know it's purpose? When it's removed, no more short-cycling. Can I just remove that restrictor permanently? To my mind a constant short cycle is indicative of the high-limit sensor kicking in, it hits high temp, shuts down, cools off and repeats. You need to check first the obvious things like restrictions on air flow inside the rig’s distribution system, that would keep too much heat in the furnace itself. Even a blower turning slower than spec. would do the same thing.
JaxDad 03/30/20 06:47am Tech Issues
RE: bathroom fan

There are covers that can be installed to allow the vent to stay open; I'm not a fan of them. Thanks, Doug I’m of the opposite opinion, I can’t believe they still make RV’s without them installed right from the factory. I can’t think of a single situation where you’re better off without one. To each their own........
JaxDad 03/28/20 04:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Be Kind!

Did I post something wrong. If I did I certainly didn’t mean too....Sorry....Mike From another thread; We have been trying to funnel all of the Coronavirus discussions (including park & campground closures) into one thread in Around The Campfire (ATC).. Blue skies Mike.
JaxDad 03/28/20 03:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Diesel fuel additive for long term storage

nothing. mine sits all winter oct to may .fires right up .MB 5cycle diesel. I know about the first 4 cycles, intake (1), compression (2), power (3), and exhaust (4). but what's the 5th cycle? Rest? LOL
JaxDad 03/17/20 10:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Neat little fresh water in an ABS pipe idea

They sell black poly bags as ‘solar water heaters’ for camping, 5 and 10 gallon sizes. Pretty reasonable price and designed for sitting out in the sun so should be decent life span.
JaxDad 03/01/20 06:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Neat little fresh water in an ABS pipe idea

I'm thinking about getting one of these water bladders for the roof rack of my van. I would only fill it when parked, but it might make more sense for me than a water heater. Water weighs 8.345 pounds per gallon. That water bladder when full would then weigh 500 pounds. I saw in another post where you say your roof is fibreglass.. I think you’d very quickly have a new skylight if you put one of those on your roof.
JaxDad 03/01/20 05:59am Tech Issues
RE: Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

The group we travel with have been doing pretty much this same thing, but to airshows usually, for 35+ years now. We've tried lots of different ways to do it, the one we always come back to is this; The route is planned (we're sometimes more than a dozen vehicles) from the person who lives the furthest away to the destination. Sometimes the furthest few gather up at a closer persons place the day before departure. The drive is broken up into 4 parts per day, up to morning break, up to lunch, up to afternoon break, up to days end. People can drive at whatever speed they want, in sight or on ahead, but everybody stops at the planned points. If anyone has an issue, or potential problem someone else equipped and prepared to stop and help is always behind them just in case. It seems to take a lot of the tension out of the trip because everyone has a little 'wiggle room' but were still a 'group' and there's plenty of time to stop and chat, etc., along the way.
JaxDad 02/06/20 09:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Mount “ditch spots” on tow hooks? / legality / clamps?

I've got real driving lights on vehicles too. The kind that let you see a deer in the ditch 300yds away (or 250m for Jaxdad) those are not acceptable to use into oncoming traffic. But they're also useless in the greater Toronto area. Not where I live and drive though. It’s ok, I understand Imperial measurements just fine thank you, I’m an American after all. Oh, BTW, you probably don’t know much about your neighbours to the south but the Toronto area is about 150 miles east to west and about 100 miles north to south so I live much further from Toronto and out into the countryside than you do from Seattle, more than twice as far in fact.
JaxDad 02/04/20 06:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mount “ditch spots” on tow hooks? / legality / clamps?

The 07 Dodge is programmed all on with the tuner that's on it. My Chevy work truck fogs are enabled with high beams with a diode added to the right circuit. Anyone who hasn't tried it, I'd highly reccomend it unless you have superior night vision! There’s also no need to have my fogs on while my high beams are on, I don’t drive a 20 year old North American POS with useless $2 headlights. On my daily driver I have a mix of auto-aiming Bi Xenon low beams and halogen high beams.
JaxDad 02/02/20 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Alternative stove

Why would it matter if it meets today’s code or not? Compliance to the codes in effect on the date of manufacture is all that’s ever required. The law says I have to wear the seatbelt in my daily driver, my 1934 Ford doesn’t even have seat belts, so I can’t be ticketed for not wearing one.
JaxDad 01/29/20 05:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Mount “ditch spots” on tow hooks? / legality / clamps?

The law, which is pretty uniform across all of North America, says you must have a minimum of 2, and a maximum of 4 LIT lamps on the front of a motor vehicle. That is why on 4 lamp systems with fogs, the fogs won't come if the vehicle's high beams are on, or the high beams turn the fogs off. I've not seen anything that restricted how many lights you could have, just that you can't light up more than 4 of them at a time.
JaxDad 01/28/20 01:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Alternative stove

Nobody is saying work shouldn’t conform to codes, but nowhere in the codes you have cited is RVIA certification called for. You keep making that part up! Dave No Dave, with all due respect, I’m not making anything up, and I never said “RVIA certified” was required. I said, and the citations I posted said ‘proof of compliance’ was required. If it isn’t certified, how do you provide “proof of compliance”. Proof of compliance IS required, and in most cases, as I mentioned earlier, that is in the form of an “RVIA Seal”. The RVIA doesn’t certify anything, read the seal itself, it says “Manufacturer certifies compliance with standard for recreational vehicles ANSI/NFPA 1192.”
JaxDad 01/27/20 03:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Alternative stove

I really just don't understand why life safety laws are such a hard concept to grasp. If you build a S & B's it has to comply with building code, electrical code, etc., etc., and those are in form a permit which has been signed off on. If you drive a vehicle on public roads it must be built to a certain safety standards, the FMVSS, the proof of that compliance is a manufacturers certification label in the drivers door jamb. An RV, a vehicle / living quarters hybrid, must conform to BOTH of those type of safety standards with its tires. wheels, brakes, hitch frame, 120 volt electrical system, propane system, fire egress, etc., etc., etc.......
JaxDad 01/27/20 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Alternative stove

unless the vehicle owner provides reasonable proof of compliance with ANSI Standard No. A119.2... unless the vehicle complies with which ever applies... Compliance is required, certification is not. No surprise there. Dave Dave, your own quote makes you wrong. "unless the vehicle owner provides reasonable proof of compliance" Proof of compliance. With a typical RV that is the certification seal near the door.
JaxDad 01/27/20 11:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Alternative stove

Jax, you're still out to lunch on this one buddy. Noone cares about the propane stove certification installer when you check into the KOA, noone, except maybe you. Nope, in fact if you want get down to brass tacks on this, the Texas Transportation Code makes it illegal to tow a trailer on any public road if it has a built in propane installations, containers, or equipment, other than a farm trailer, unless the vehicle complies with which ever applies, NFPA 52, NFPA 54, NFPA 57, NFPA 58, NFPA 1192 standards and bears proof of same.
JaxDad 01/27/20 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Alternative stove

The RVIA certification is nothing more than a self-certification: the manufacturer stating that it was built to the appropriate codes. If you build your own RV, you are required to build it to the applicable vehicle and other codes, but there's no requirement in general to have it independently inspected or certified; you may just need to similarly self-certify that you've followed the code. That's not at all true, the compliance is required by life safety laws. No different than meeting building code / electrical code in a S & B's build. As an example, and trust me, there's a similar one for every jurisdiction, California's Statutes, at 18871.5 states; "(b) A recreational vehicle that does not bear a label, an insignia, or an insignia of approval, as required by subdivision (f) or (g) of Section 18027.3, may not occupy any lot in a park unless the vehicle owner provides reasonable proof of compliance with ANSI Standard No. A119.2 or A119.5 depending upon whether it is a recreational vehicle or park trailer....."
JaxDad 01/27/20 09:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Alternative stove

Nobody at a campground ever asked me if my stove or heat system was “certified”. Dave Jax believes that the entire world revolves around the "greater Toronto" Canada area which has totally over the top stupid laws and rules which require one to pay exorbitant propane gas plumbers to even light a pilot light. News flash Jax, absolutely no one, no Gov, no Gov agency, no laws care one bit about what Greater Toronto deems as law outside Greater Toronto area. If you don't like the laws you are under, move or petition your Greater Toronto area to remove such inane, over the top archaic laws. They are not there to protect you or anyone else, they are there to remove money out of your pocket. It is as bad as some cities which prevent you from pumping gasoline into your own car (yes, I live near a big city which at one time back in the 1980s repealed such stupid law).. Propane or any other gas can be handled without blowing yourself up and with minimal plumbing skills, isn't rocket science and doesn't require one to stay in a "Holiday Inn Express". Actually, the laws I’m talking about are American, although there are similar laws up here too. When you call your insurance company to arrange coverage on your newly purchased Ford or GM truck. Ditto if you buy a new Winnebago, towable or drivable. Why? Because they know that those manufacturers build units that are certified to be in compliance with the appropriate safety requirements. There’s no need to ask. On the trucks there’s a compliance label in the drivers door jamb, on the RV’s, there’s a (usually) RVIA seal next to the entry door certifying that the unit was built to the appropriate standards. The same thing applies to c/g’s as I mentioned above with the insurance company. If you register with a “2018 Winnebago” they won’t bat an eye. Try registering to camp there with a “2018 DIY MagicBus” and see if they have questions. Of course Gdetrailer of all people knows this, since this is about the 5th time it’s been pointed out to him, including citations of numerous laws and posted US c/g rules. I guess unwarranted ad hominem attacks are a hobby of his...... The past, clicky, clicky.
JaxDad 01/27/20 06:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Alternative stove

I like the idea of using a 2-burner RV stove and building it in a small tray of sorts on a hose or quick disconnect so i can cook inside or out on this. I have seen some on ebay for $65, so not cheap, but cheap enough Just keep in mind that if the unit you are building has sleeping quarters and including a built in stove with fixed lines, etc, you will need to have it certified if you plan to use it in a c/g. Boondocking you *might* get away with it, depending on where you stay.
JaxDad 01/26/20 05:24pm General RVing Issues
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