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RE: Removing old caulk

If the caulk is not dried and crumbling and does not peel off, why remove it?
JimK-NY 11/11/21 07:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: waterfilter for eagle cap 1165

I am also confused. What is a 1/4 line? Is that the supply line for the sink and has it been cut? Why do you think a filter is missing? Is there a filter holder? If the line is merely cut, then I would get an appropriate connector and splice the line. I don't use a filter on my RV or on the sink. Instead I have a Brita or similar to purify drinking water.
JimK-NY 11/11/21 07:42am Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Question on removing small Lance

This depends on the truck and the camper. Unfortunately over the years the tailgate opening on many trucks has become smaller. My camper will not even fit in the back of a Chevy truck. I have a slight clearance of about 1/4-1/2" with my Ram. Needless to say, loading can be difficult and slow. I need to be in near perfect alignment before I even start to backup and maintain that throughout the loading process. Other truck and camper combinations can provide several inches of clearance making loading and unloading very quick and easy.
JimK-NY 11/08/21 08:24am Truck Campers
RE: LED Lights

We all have preferences for the color (warmth) of lighting. When I first replaced my RV tungsten bulbs I went with warm LED lights. It is what I was used to. Over time I changed to cooler more blue lighting. Now the old bulbs seem to give everything a dingy appearance and I have switched all the lighting to cooler LEDs. I have done this in the house also. Instead of continuing to replicate the yellow, dingy look of tungsten lighting, you might want to give bluer, daylight bulbs a try.
JimK-NY 11/08/21 06:46am Truck Campers
RE: Furnace flames cycles off before temp is reached

Mine also runs about 10 minutes, then the flame cuts out for a few minutes and the cycle begins again until finally reaching the temperature set by the thermostat. This is something I hardly notice unless the temperature is cold and I am impatient for the heat.
JimK-NY 11/07/21 12:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Jack leg help - Happi jac

Yes, check the fuses. My control board has at least two.
JimK-NY 11/07/21 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: LED Lights

Actually, LEDs can get very hot if they aren’t good ones and can burn their circuitboard. Certainly, they could start a fire with most facial tissue. It would be better to take the cover off and spray it with some opaque paint. My household, 120v, LEDs do generate a surprising amount of heat. The camper, 12v, LEDs don't seem to put out any heat.
JimK-NY 11/07/21 05:56am Truck Campers
RE: LED Lights

One issue with them is hard to explain, they cast a white and yellow striped pattern on everything. It's subtle but I notice it. I had the same issue. I put a small rectangle of facial tissue on the lens and solved the problem without any noticeable decrease in light output. Since they produce no heat, there is no fire hazard with paper between the lens and lights.
JimK-NY 11/06/21 05:03pm Truck Campers
RE: pick up Eagle Cap 1165

If you just went to pick it up and drive home, I would not be surprised to find that the usual GVW is going to be another 1000 pounds over what you weighed. Did your weight include solar panels/generator? Tools, cleaning supplies, food for a couple of weeks, clothing, cosmetics, lawn chairs, screen house, BBQ grill, pots/pans/plates/glasses/flatware, extra bedding and towels, laptops/cameras/hobby gear, leveling blocks, extension cords, compressor, etc???
JimK-NY 11/01/21 07:41am Truck Campers
RE: Heki 2 Skylight Inner Frame Failure

Pictures would help.
JimK-NY 10/31/21 12:53pm Truck Campers
RE: More fun with Renogy MPPT and LFP

There seems to be a lot of confusion here. First start with the Reflectix. What do you really expect this to do? The insulation value is very minimal. You will likely need an inch or two of good quality insulation foamboard to see any effect. Next I am totally confused on the complaint. If the output of the panels drops below 12.6, I can understand the solar charger shutting down. I have never seen a controller which actually shut down the draw on the batteries and certainly doing so at 12.6 would make absolutely no sense. Even fully charged batteries could easily drop down to that level with just a compressor fridge and another load such as a furnace blower. Instead it is highly likely that the compressor refrigerator/freezer has a shut down when voltage drops to somewhere around 11.0 - 11.5 volts. If that happened right away then your initial battery charge was low and/or the wiring to the refrigerator was insufficient.
JimK-NY 10/30/21 08:06am Tech Issues
RE: Truck tech

It’s not a silly post for someone that’s never had a TC and decided to order all the towing bells and whistles offered to find out half of them won’t work once the TC is loaded,,, JJ You might want to reconsider placing an order. In addition to a substantial delay it is highly likely that you will pay a lot more. When we bought, there was a $1500 Ram incentive. The truck we looked at had a high level of trim/accessories. I told the sales manager I was not interest because there were $4k in accessories I did not want. He reduced the price $4k and we immediately bought the truck. As I said many of those accessories are really nice including memory adjustments, heated/cooled leather seats, and the electronics. Even if you order a custom built truck, you will find that you cannot pick and choose each individual accessory. They come in trim packages. Mostly you will just be ordering specific colors.
JimK-NY 10/30/21 07:47am Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

.... Looking at 2,000 to 2,500 watts. Mainly for coffee maker, nebulizer and recharging phones and computers. .... The first step should be to do an energy audit and reduce consumption if feasible. There are plenty of great coffee maker options that work with water heated by your propane stove. Get rid of the electric coffee maker and the need to run a generator just to make coffee. Power consumption for the rest of the items you mentioned should be minimal and can be done directly at 12 volts or with a very small inverter and little consumption of power. That is certainly true for charging cellphones. There are plenty of nebulizers that operate on built in batteries which can also be easily recharged with little power consumption. We have 12v chargers for out Dell laptops and power consumption is low. You should not need a 2K or larger generator unless you also want to run a a/c unit or microwave. If you do need a larger generator, then I also recommend a Honda.
JimK-NY 10/30/21 07:38am Tech Issues
RE: Truck tech

This seems like a silly post. Clearly a tailgate camera, an automatic rearview mirror and rear sensors are not going to be of any use. Nor would a skylight. My truck came with all sorts of other accessories, many of which are really nice. I like the voice activated electronics including audio, nav and climate control. I thought the heated/cooled seat and heated steering wheel would be of little use. I was wrong. I really like them. My wife and I like the auto seat/mirror adjustments and we can easily push a single button to make the adjustments when we change drivers. Even things like the rain activated wipers are minor conveniences.
JimK-NY 10/29/21 07:26am Truck Campers
RE: Potential Pop-Up TC.....Thoughts on a Hallmark Guanella?

The price seems very high, but is it what you want? I would not buy a camper without a toilet, shower, etc. I would not buy one that had to be setup in order to be used or taken down to be moved.
JimK-NY 10/25/21 01:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Atwood water heater problem

I still have the manual that came with my 2004 Atwood water heater. The manual includes a warning to avoid changing the circuit board except as a last resort. Cleaning connectors and cleaning the ignitor and adjusting the gap might help temporarily when the ignitor starts to fail. When the heater fails to light or lights and shuts off, it is time for a new ignitor. It is cheap, quick and easy to replace and is very likely to solve the issue.
JimK-NY 10/24/21 06:37am Tech Issues
RE: Full Time RV living as a S Corp/1099 employee

This has little to nothing to do with RV living. You need appropriate financial and legal advice which you are not likely to get here.
JimK-NY 10/22/21 08:59pm Beginning RVing
RE: Question about gray water...?

The biggest step that can be taken to deal with gray water, is to conserve water in the first place. Big rigs can use a lot of water and that makes dumping gray water an issue, especially if there is a convenient source of water but no dumps. I do a lot of remote camping and have learned to conserve water. When water and dumps are not available, I get by on about 3 gallons of water a day. That includes a shower, drinking, and washing dishes. Each takes about 1 gallon per day. My gray tank is 15 gallons and I generate about 2 gallons per day. If I have ready access to water, I might back off and use a bit more but I am so used to getting by with little, I still only "waste" another gallon or so a day usually on a longer shower. I take a couple of other steps in dealing with gray water. First I have a fine mesh screen on the sink drain to minimize food particles in the gray water. Second, I frequently add a small amount of bleach to the waste tank. With 2-3 gallons of relatively clean gray water a day. Keeping up with emptying the tank is pretty easy. I usually empty the tank before it is half full. My kitchen trash container is a 5 gallon bucket which used to hold kitty litter. It is easy to make a couple of trips with 3-4 gallons in the bucket. Finding a place to dump those relatively small amounts if rarely an issue. Many campgrounds have an area designated for tent campers to dump their waste. If not, absolute worst case, I might need to dump in the bushes somewhere. I try to avoid doing that anywhere near where people actually walk or camp. I suppose dumping in a toilet or outhouse is an option but I usually try to avoid adding the waste volume. Another option is to ask the campground host where you should dump "dishwater".
JimK-NY 10/21/21 07:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Wheel Bearings - re-grease?

Are you also thinking about re-greasing the hubs of your truck?
JimK-NY 10/20/21 05:02am Tech Issues
RE: Replacement Water Pump

An RV water pump can last for decades. If you want to be prepared for any failure are you also going to carry a spare solar controller, battery charger, extra generator, propane pigtails and regulator, kitchen faucet, toilet parts, and slide motor? The last failure I had that required immediate attention was a broken door lock. I don't carry much in the way of spare parts. When something breaks, it can usually be replaced by a trip to an RV supply store or waiting a couple of days for general delivery from an online purchase.
JimK-NY 10/09/21 06:20am Tech Issues
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