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RE: Extended boarder restrictions, well into 2021

Soon you will need proof of a very recent test showing negative in order to fly. At that point your point about land border diesSure. That'll work well until you pass the first stranger on the street, go shopping for groceries, or Walmart for a present, drugs or any of a thousand other things. Just more pronouncements by the ignorant about topics they have absolutely no knowledge of and only are concerned about their political future. "You do it...I don't have to" has been their demonstrated attitude. Or, you get on a plane with some positive yet asymptomatic passengers who obtained fake test results. It’s already happened. :):)
NRALIFR 12/02/20 08:00pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: the ultimate truck camper truck.

Three-quarter ton, with a 350 CID V8. That’s pretty impressive even if it was just level ground. That’s more than two space shuttles. :C Yeah Jim, I thought I was going to have to get all uppitty defending the F450 pickups. But, I think I’ll just let Chevy have this one. :W :) :)
NRALIFR 12/02/20 06:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Replacement Scare Light Bulbs

Scare lights aren’t annoying, it’s the owner of the scare light that’s annoying you. You know what annoys me? Satellite dishes. Especially those tripod mounted dishes. Makes the campground look like the Jansky Very Large Array. :P :):)
NRALIFR 12/01/20 07:17pm Tech Issues
RE: One way valve on hot water in shower

Good call zurncompany. I’ll get right on that. As soon as I find a big enough spot for it, that is. :R https://i.imgur.com/TOTt6r2l.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 12/01/20 03:16am Tech Issues
RE: Quiet heater that doesn’t drain batteries ?

There is at least one vented catalytic heater manufacturer that I’m aware of. It’s just like any other catalytic heater in that it uses flameless combustion to produce radiant heat. It does take 12v DC to run the small powered vent fan. THE PLATINUM CAT :):)
NRALIFR 11/30/20 03:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: One way valve on hot water in shower

I tried most of the “All you have to do is just.........” suggestions given here, with very little improvement. I say “most” because when you dry camp as often as we do, and only have a 30 gallon fresh water tank, dribbling the water works against our need to stretch every resource needed to extend our stay. What finally fixed it for me was a Thermostatic Shower Mixer Valve. :):)
NRALIFR 11/30/20 11:50am Tech Issues
RE: My new to me camper.

Mine’s got an aluminum roof as well, although with the top surface painted white (came that way). I think Lance started using TPO roof membrane about 2005 when they started building the Max models with “Lance Lock” aluminum frames. I’ve always appreciated it. It’s got some nice hail dents in it. It’s also one of the handful of reasons I just continue to hang on to it, rather than buying a new TC. :):)
NRALIFR 11/29/20 08:01am Truck Campers
RE: Blue DEF

Here’s a helpful item if you typically use the boxes or jugs of DEF. this is a Ford part, and you can order it on Amazon for about $10. It fits on any jug or box of DEF, and I *believe* the DEF fill ports on vehicles are all the same, so the o-ring on the dispensing end of the spout will make a seal when it’s pushed down into it. You can then turn the DEF jug upside down if you want and there will be no leaks. The DEF tank will fill until it’s full, and nothing will spill out. It’s a handy item. https://i.imgur.com/UT864upl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 11/28/20 07:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Blue DEF

DEF is DEF, buy whatever has the lowest price. I do have concerns with dirty nozzles at truck stops, but many use it with no problems. Walmart most likely has the best price on their own brand. As noted DEF is DEF is DEF. It is all the same, save yourself some money and buy the $7 stuff from Walmart. So you are both certified chemist that have tested all brands of DEF on all counts including purity. The effects of less pure DEF likely will not appear right away, the same as using cheap engine oil will only build sludge which leads to issues down the road. As often as I need to add DEF I will use a brand name. I’m not a chemist, but I have a DEF refractometer and use it to check the DEF that I buy in jugs, and keep at home. Cheap DEF, expensive DEF, new DEF, old DEF, BlueDEF or Supertech DEF, if the refractometer says the urea is 32.5%, it will do it’s job in your exhaust system. DEF doesn’t get used in, burned by, consumed by, or run through the engine, so you don’t have to worry about any sludge buildup there. Because DEF is a legally required pollution control fluid used in literally millions and millions of Diesel engines, the urea used to produce DEF is already extremely pure, pharmaceutical grade. The only other substance in DEF is deionized water. Diesel Exhaust Fluid doesn’t degrade nearly as quickly as people assume. For example, at 86°F, DEF has a shelf life of a year. BUT REMEMBER: Don’t equate shelf life to spoiling like food, as DEF will not “go bad”. It will lose some effectiveness, and the SCR will dose at a higher rate, but it won’t “go bad.” If maintained at a constant temperature, DEF manages to stay for several months. For example, at 74°F Diesel Exhaust Fluid has the shelf life of 44 months. My garage supply cabinets get zero sunlight, and rarely if ever exceed 85 degrees. I don’t stockpile it, but I’ve usually got a 2.5 gallon box or jug of it my garage. I make note of the date code on it when I buy it. It’s always used up in less than a year. When my truck says the DEF tank is less than 1/2 full, I pour in 2.5 gallons when I get home, and buy a new jug the next time I’m able. If we’re on a long trip and it gets under 1/2 full, the next time I need to stop at a Walmart I buy a jug or box and dump it in. I have never used the bulk pumps because there’s never a convenient one when I need it. I’m not driving miles out of my way to buy such a low usage item in order to save what? About a dollar a gallon? Finally, ONLY product that adheres to the ISO 22241 specification and is licensed with the API can be called Diesel Exhaust Fluid…all other products are simply Urea Solutions to various concentrations and cannot be called Diesel Exhaust Fluid. :):)
NRALIFR 11/27/20 08:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How many have had Thanksgiving in a truck camper?

If this counts, then yes. We’ve done it! :B https://i.imgur.com/treoTPZl.png :):)
NRALIFR 11/25/20 12:46pm Truck Campers
RE: TC Horizontal LP Cylinders

But....but....but...... I love the smell of propane in the morning! It smells like......propane. In the morning! :B :):)
NRALIFR 11/25/20 10:30am Truck Campers
RE: Has anyone seen this Monolith?

Wonder how much C-4 it would take to dislodge that? :W :):)
NRALIFR 11/25/20 09:58am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TC Horizontal LP Cylinders

............. NRALIFR: I bled (rather, purged) our horizontal cylinder myself (with a qualified gas tech), the first time it was filled. That end cap on the bleeder spigot is interesting. I can't recall if our tank has that. On edit: OK, I can remember now; I have no cap, and the screw is indeed exposed. On edit: was the 12 year initial requalification period reduced from 12 years to 10 years in 2017? And, the subsequent requalification period lengthened from 7 to 10 years? Also, a question to everyone: do you have your brand new propane cylinders "purged" before first filling? Silver, here’s a better picture of the new valve. I suspect the screw you loosened to purge your tank was the bleed screw, rather than what is under the red cap on my valve. https://i.imgur.com/plSsoCBl.jpg I looked at the OPD valves on all of my old tanks, and guess what? NONE of them have that red cap. Maybe that’s a recent thing on them, and will just be phased in as the old valves are replaced. My second old horizontal cylinder still has its original valve, and it looks like this (no red cap): https://i.imgur.com/ineeKldl.jpg All of my older cylinders have a valve that looks more like this, with no red cap. Did they ever have that, I can’t say but I find it hard to believe that they all just fell out. I’m going to guess that the purpose of the red cap is to give a visual indication that the pressure relief valve has vented. It seems like you’d want to know that. With the older valves, the relief valve could vent and you may never know it. As far as the requalification period, I can only refer you back to the two links I posted earlier. They only mention a 5, 7, and 12 year period, and it’s totally dependent on what type of qualification test is performed. I do remember that when I brought my two new horizontal cylinders to be filled the first time, they were purged as well. What they did, I couldn’t tell you because I left them and came back a few hours later to pick them up. :):)
NRALIFR 11/25/20 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: TC Horizontal LP Cylinders

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NRALIFR 11/25/20 05:16am Truck Campers
RE: TC Horizontal LP Cylinders

Looking at the above post my tanks never had a red plug and more times than I can remember technicians have loosened the adjustment screw to fill the cylinder. Instead of using the OPD they allow a small burst of gas to flow from the valve. That screw they are loosening is the one labeled “Bleed Off Valve” in the picture below. The screw under the red cap is the adjustment for the “Pressure Relief Valve”, and it needs to stay at the correct setting. That’s why the cap is supposed to be there, to indicate that it hasn’t been touched. The pressure relief valve is a safety device to vent the tank in case of over-pressurization, like in a fire. https://i.imgur.com/0lMjJVhl.gif But, I’ve got some old 20 lb cylinders as well that are missing the cap, and I can’t swear that they ever had one either. I suspect they did when they were new, and it just fell out at some point. I’ve gotten the distinct impression from some of the documentation I’ve read that if you wanted to go to the time and expense of having your LP cylinders tested using the “External Hydrostatic Expansion” method, you could then go another 12 years before recertification. But, where would you go to get such a test? Probably the same place that inspects scuba and welding cylinders. Considering how cheap (frugal) and lazy (energy conserving) most of us are, I think I’ll just stick to the 5 year visual recertification. Now that I think about it, Ferrellgas didn’t charge me ANYTHING for recertification of the two horizontal cylinders. They charged me for filling each one, and $5.00 each for replacing the valves that I had ordered and carried in. :):)
NRALIFR 11/25/20 04:51am Truck Campers
RE: TC Horizontal LP Cylinders

Adding some new information that might be helpful regarding certification. As luck would have it, two days after making my last trip to Ferrellgas to pickup my revalved horizontal cylinders, my BBQ grill ran out so I had to go back. The same guy that replaced the valves was filling the grill cylinder, so I asked him some questions about recertification and how often the valves have to be replaced. He said the only time the valve is required to be replaced is if it’s not OPD, or if it’s malfunctioning. I told him that I thought he said the valve on my old horizontal cylinder “had to be replaced”, and I took that to mean that it was due for replacement based on age. He said no, that valve was missing this little red plastic cover. It’s covering an adjustment screw that you aren’t supposed to adjust. https://i.imgur.com/xjYQ0iel.jpg Ahhhh, got it. That’s why I needed two valves. One was defective, and the other was working but missing a required cap. We also talked about recertification requirements, and when I got home I did some searching for what we had talked about. The information I found Here, and Here agrees with what he told me. The important points are: 1- Per DOT regulations, cylinders from 1 lb to 120 lbs need to be recertified, typically 12 years from date of manufacture and every 5, 7 or 12 years thereafter depending upon how the last certification was performed. 2- When a DOT cylinder is manufactured, they typically will be tested using a “Volumetric or external hydrostatic expansion” test. This is an external water jacket hydrostatic test where the tank is tested at twice the marked service pressure. You can verify that the cylinder was tested this way by looking at the manufacturing date stamped in the top ring. If the date stamp has NO alpha character after it, then the cylinder was certified with a volumetric expansion test, and it won’t need to be recertified for 12 years. 3- If there IS an alpha character after the date stamp, it will probably be an “S”, and that means it was certified with an internal hydrostatic test, and it can go 7 years before it needs recertification. 4- Once your LP cylinder needs to be recertified, a certified technician will visually inspect it, and will mark it with the date, and the alpha character “E” to indicate a visual test was performed. You can see this on the sticker that was placed on my cylinder. The day, month, and year of the inspection, and the fact that the valve was replaced are all punched out. You can also see the big “E” on the sticker, indicating it was visually inspected. https://i.imgur.com/yHIJRULl.jpg So, I assume that as long as my cylinders can pass a visual inspection, I can use them indefinitely. :):)
NRALIFR 11/24/20 08:09pm Truck Campers
RE: TC Horizontal LP Cylinders

Silver, I got the impression from the Ferrellgas guy that at some recertification point, a valve replacement is required. Considering the cost of the valve, that didn’t seem too unreasonable as long as you can get a replacement valve. It looks like for the Manchester 20 lb horizontal OPD cylinders (10487TC) the correct replacement valve is V20691.1. Both Camperid.com And Highskyrvparts.com Are selling that valve for the Manchester 20 lb horizontal cylinders. :):)
NRALIFR 11/23/20 08:03am Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Duramax Regen

When Ford starts a regen that gets interrupted the regen is canceled till the filter reaches 100% full before initiating another attempt............. That’s the way mine works, and there have been a few trips that just weren’t allowing a full regen to occur. It’s maddening to see that happen several times in a row. I wish when the DPF gets above about 80% soot load, it would allow you to start a manual regen. There have been too many times that if the ECM would just start the regen at the beginning of a short trip, it would have plenty of time to finish by the time I reach the destination. Instead, it seems to wait until just a few minutes before I get to where I’m going. Then it only has time to burn off about 10% of the soot. :):)
NRALIFR 11/22/20 11:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Duramax Regen

You may need to drive it for a while as the new calibration may need some time to adjust. That’s what I was thinking. The regen frequency may change as you get more miles on the new code. The first year or two after buying my truck I was lucky if I saw 200 miles between regens. Now it frequently hits the 500 mile “Regen regardless of soot load %” limit. :):)
NRALIFR 11/21/20 06:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gone through 5 water pumps in 2015 cedar creek

Are you using a pressure regulator when connected to park water? Some campgrounds water pressure is pretty high. If you’re not using a regulator at all, that could be what’s causing the pump head to crack. If you are using a regulator, consider buying a higher quality adjustable regulator with a built in pressure gauge. If you remove the pump and just hook the water lines together, your fresh water tank is going to fill and overflow. :):)
NRALIFR 11/21/20 08:33am General RVing Issues
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