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RE: Does RV antifreeze go bad?

I've found information that indicates that RV antifreeze has a shelf life of one year or two years depending on what source you choose to believe. Note that that info was for a sealed, unopened container. my search
RKW 09/24/20 08:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Most dont sanitize water heater?

The sulphur smell is caused by a non-toxic, sulfate reducing ( i.e. sulfur digesting) bacteria called Divibrio Sulfurcans. It flourishes when the right combination of conditions exist in your RV water system. These conditions are elevated sulfur levels, high levels of activated hydrogen, and low levels of dissolved oxygen. Sulfur is present in all water although usually in low levels. Occasionally, because RV water systems receive water from many sources, sulfur levels are encountered that are high enough to support odor causing levels of Divibrio Sulfurcans. Most of the the activated hydrogen necessary for Divibrio Sulfurcans growth is present as a by-product of the cathodic reaction within the hot water tank. The highest levels of activated hydrogen occur on the surface of the anode rod. That will be the first place that the bacteria will colonize. Oxygen impedes the bacteria growth, but the lowest levels of oxygen are found in the hot water tank, as hot water has a lower level of dissolved oxygen than cooler water. There will almost always be some Divibrio Sulfurcans found on your anode and this is perfectly normal. Usually routine tank flushes will prevent bacteria levels that are high enough to cause odor problems. However, my experience is that when once the bacteria film thickens and sloughs off in to the system and sulfur odors are detected, nothing short of draining and flushing the hot water tank, cleaning the anode, and performing a standard chlorine flush of your entire water system will solve the odor problem. The reason that the Divibrio Sulfurcans are rarely found in your home hot water tank is because colonies will not grow in water that is hotter than 138F. Home heaters are consistently above this temperature, but RV systems often fall below this. Although the temp must be lower than 138F to start growth, temps above 138F will not kill the colony once it's been established. A lessor factor that keeps this bacteria from growing in your home tank is the fact that the home tank has a higher turnover rate and hence the oxygen levels are higher. As I stated, the Divibrio Sulphercans bacteria is non-toxic. Most of the time it's growth is restricted to a light film on the surface of the anode rod and is not a problem. Presence of the bacteria indicates that the cathodic reaction is taking place, or more precisely, presence of the bacteria on the anode rod indicates that the cathodic reaction is taking place on the anode rod. The cathodic reaction is always taking place but is controlled by directing this process to the rod. If the rod is missing or has been significantly dissolved, the cathodic process begins to occur on the inner surface of the tank and the bacteria begin to colonize over the entire inner surface of the tank. It's then that the problems associated with Divibrio Sulphercans are exacerbated. One last thing: the lower the level of oxygen, the less sulfur needed to be present to provide the necessary conditions for this bacteria growth. Typically the older the water in your RV system, the lower the level of dissolved oxygen. So the low-sulfur water source that usually won't provide the conditions to allow the bacteria to significantly grow may support growth as the dissolved oxygen levels fall over a period of time. The proper method of dealing with this issue is to chlorinate your water system.
RKW 06/27/20 05:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Water heater keeps stopping

I once had the exact problem. Turned out to be a bad ground.
RKW 06/23/20 11:14am Tech Issues
RE: Suburban Water Heater electric heating element question

Thanks for the replies. After more research I'm fairly certain that the electric element needs to be replaced. I suspect that at some point I had the outside switch on, the RV hooked to shore power, and the tank empty. I've watched instructive videos and it's not much more difficult to change out than a anode rod would be. Total parts including a special tool runs less than $30.00. The heating element is a Camco part number 02143. The special tool is the Camco Water Heater Element Wrench part number 09883.
RKW 06/06/20 10:04am Tech Issues
RE: Suburban Water Heater electric heating element question

Both the outside and inside switch need to be on to heat with electic. Thanks for the response. When I turned on the inside switch, the gas burner lit.
RKW 06/05/20 07:37pm Tech Issues
Suburban Water Heater electric heating element question

There is an on/off switch located outside in the water heater(WH)bay. I understand this is to power the electric heating element should you choose to heat the water with 110v. If I want to heat with 110, should the inside switch for the WH be in the on or off position? I'm talking about the switch at the inside control panel. The model is SW6DE. Thanks.
RKW 06/05/20 07:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Proper generator for Lance 851?

The combination of generator and solar is perfect for boondocking. Use the generator for the initial charging. When the battery gets to the later stage of charging it will not readily accept any more amps. It's no longer economical to run the generator. That's when you let the solar top off the battery.
RKW 05/31/20 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Proper generator for Lance 851?

Does your camper have a AC unit? If so, do you plan on running the AC with the generator? If that's the case, your AC BTU rating will dictate the size generator you need.
RKW 05/28/20 07:40am Truck Campers
RE: As to camper weight, what does this sticker indicate?

It also tell the rear gear ratio if you know the codes From the "CJ" code I'm fairly certain mine is 3.55 limited slip.
RKW 05/27/20 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: As to camper weight, what does this sticker indicate?

Thanks for the replies. I think I need more truck. I'm looking at a Lance 825 with a Wet Weight w/Std. equipment of 2155 lbs. Still, I understand I need to weigh the truck. 10,000lb means you have a F350 single rear wheel no? No it's a F250. SRW.
RKW 05/27/20 03:22pm Truck Campers
RE: As to camper weight, what does this sticker indicate?

Thanks for the replies. I think I need more truck. I'm looking at a Lance 825 with a Wet Weight w/Std. equipment of 2155 lbs. Still, I understand I need to weigh the truck.
RKW 05/27/20 02:36pm Truck Campers
RE: As to camper weight, what does this sticker indicate?

Can't see the image. Hows about now?
RKW 05/27/20 02:04pm Truck Campers
As to camper weight, what does this sticker indicate?

https://www.survivalistboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=304478&d=1590609095
RKW 05/27/20 01:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Full timing it in a Cirrus 820

I think their blog would be interesting for those considering buying a Cirrus 820. That model is too close to my max payload though.
RKW 05/23/20 01:01pm Truck Campers
Full timing it in a Cirrus 820

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK4u-nO4TNZCaWYKRbUD4PA https://wheresgunnie.com/
RKW 05/23/20 11:51am Truck Campers
RE: Odd statement in a review of the Lance 650

In an interview on truck camper magazine from the Lance guy.. The all-new 2016 Lance 650 has been designed from the ground up to work on half-ton beds as short as 5-feet. It even works with super crew cabs, and the 6-foot 8-inch Ford F150 short bed. Essentially, the 650 fits any short bed truck, in any configuration; standard bed, regular bed, crew cab, you name it. Thanks. That's a definitive, unequivocal answer. For those who maybe interested, the link to the interview is below. https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/news/tcm-exclusive-2016-lance-650/
RKW 05/22/20 01:48pm Truck Campers
Odd statement in a review of the Lance 650

https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/top-five-truck-campers-for-half-ton-trucks/ The Lance 650 is versatile enough to fit on both regular short-bed (except Ford’s longer 6-foot 7.5-inch-long short-bed) and mini-short bed pickup trucks." Is this a subjective statement by the author or statement of fact originating with the manufacturer? I ask because it seems a little odd that 2.5 inches longer would be a problem.
RKW 05/22/20 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: When this is over

http://www.bbcboards.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=52155&d=1366323780 http://www.bbcboards.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=52156&d=1366323718
RKW 04/28/20 11:07am General RVing Issues
RE: How does one charge a dual battery vehicle?

The driver side battery was dead. No measurable capacity. The passenger battery had a capacity of 550. I replaced both. I also bought a Battery Tender and will mount it somewhere under the hood.
RKW 12/12/19 01:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How does one charge a dual battery vehicle?

Thanks for the responses. I ended up charging a single battery while it was in parallel. I'll have the health of the batteries checked and will replace based on the results.
RKW 11/04/19 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
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