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RE: Frog in fresh water holding tank!

Assuming the OP isn’t pulling our leg, she’s probably talking about a tree frog. Those dang things can crawl and hang on to any surface, vertical, horizontal, or upside down. You wouldn’t believe some of the weird-a$$’ed places I’ve found those around and in our house. I wouldn’t leave it in the tank if it was me. I’d figure out a way to use the overflow line to fill the tank up till it was flowing out the fill port and hopefully float that thing out of there. :):) That's what I'm thinking, reading the OP's post - a tree frog got in the fresh water fill spout when he left the fill cap off. They are not very big and can indeed climb almost anywhere with their suction-cup-like feet, and are fond of hiding in damp confined places during the day. I expect he would come out at night - others have already addressed how you might be able to figure out if he left or not.
Woodtroll 03/28/20 06:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Replacement Seals/O-rings for Portable Propane Cylinders?

Thanks, Agesilaus. Like you say, I don't want to cobble this up since the risk is high. But yes, I am a big fan of the true "hardware stores" where you can buy just about any kind of oddball part you might need. Any RVer should be familiar with their closest hardware store (NOT the same as Lowes or Home Depot).
Woodtroll 09/21/19 05:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Couple jailed in Iran

Who thinks its a good idea to vacation in Iran? Oh well, good luck to them. If you choose to put yourself in untenable situation the results are no ones problem but yours. Some people insist on bringing problems upon themselves and then wonder "why do bad things always happen to me?". Apparently they either weren't thinking, or lack any shred of commonsense. Oh, well.
Woodtroll 09/21/19 05:38pm Around the Campfire
Replacement Seals/O-rings for Portable Propane Cylinders?

Hello, folks, I have a 30-lb. propane cylinder that has a bad gasket/O-ring that is causing a leak. This is the seal that the nose of the fitting presses into and seals against. (It is the newer OPD valve on the cylinder, with an Acme fitting on the pigtail hose). I've searched for a replacement and can only come up with replacements for fork lift systems, which I don't think are the same thing. Are these seals universal, and are they available to the average person? Safe travels! Regan
Woodtroll 09/21/19 05:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Rewiring Trailer Brakes - How to Allow for Axle Movement?

Thanks very much, everyone. I haven't had time to replay back to all the posts yet, but there are a lot of good ideas here. And yes, the factory wire is pitifully tiny. "Myredracer" mentioned 18 gauge, and that's probably about right. The factory splices were terrible - just crimp fittings with no weather protection - so one of the first things I did to my new trailer all those years ago was to solder and seal those connections. And no, there's no way 12-2 cable will run through the holes on my axle. Good points about following the springs, countered by the likelihood of damage by blown tires... Hmmm. I'll come back to this when I have a little more time, but for now a sincere THANK YOU to all who took the time to answer. Safe travels, Regan
Woodtroll 08/25/19 06:50pm Tech Issues
Rewiring Trailer Brakes - How to Allow for Axle Movement?

Hello, folks, I am planning to rewire my travel trailer axle brakes using a 12/2 commercial brake wire such as this: I'm going to run a separate wire from a junction at the front of the trailer to each hub. Two axles means four hubs, so there are eight flex points in the wire (frame and axle on each wire) that will be moving constantly. I know that stranded wire is much better at handling flexion, but what else can I do at the point where the wire leaves the trailer frame to help ensure that the wire won't eventually break? Are there any "best practices" that would apply to this installation? Many thanks! Regan
Woodtroll 08/23/19 12:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Painting Galvanized Metal Roof?

Vey good information, folks, I really appreciate the help! I know that galvanized material is problematic, and I figured someone here coud help.
Woodtroll 08/10/19 06:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Painting Galvanized Metal Roof?

Thanks, folks, I appreciate the help. I forgot to mention that my wife wants a light blue color, not silver, which rules out the usual fibered silver "tin roof" paint. This is my house roof, not a rubber RV roof.
Woodtroll 08/10/19 04:09pm Tech Issues
Painting Galvanized Metal Roof?

It may be slightly OT here, but it's a "Tech Issue" and I'm betting someone here can help... I put a galvanized metal (the old 5-V "tin" roof) on our farmhouse when we moved into it almost 35 years ago. I've painted it a couple times since with an alkyd enamel paint that stuck okay to the rusted parts, but sloughed quickly from the parts with zinc still on them. Now it's in dire need of painting again, but it still has some patches with zinc left on them. I'd like to paint the roof again, preferably with an epoxy or something durable, to make it last this time, even if it is expensive or time-consuming. Has anyone had any good experiences doing this, and what product(s) would you recommend? Many thanks! Regan
Woodtroll 08/10/19 03:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone Make a 2-Tank Regulator that is Not Auto-Changeover?

Except for bears and cougars :) Send your dog out first! Haha! Yes indeed, some places are riskier than others. We do have an increasing population of black bears that cause nuisance problems in many of the places we stay, but the most persistent animal problem we usually face is entitled raccoons that believe they should have access to our locked wooden food box! They get kind of grouchy when they can't get in, amd sometimes tear up things in apparent spite. :B There are rumors of mountain lions here in the Eastern Appalachians, but no proven populations. Safe camping, sir, and thanks again!
Woodtroll 08/09/19 01:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone Make a 2-Tank Regulator that is Not Auto-Changeover?

And so what if it did ever happen, it's not like death is on your doorstep if you do go outside! :S Exactly; I’ll take that risk! :) Thanks again, everyone.
Woodtroll 08/09/19 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone Make a 2-Tank Regulator that is Not Auto-Changeover?

Bob213, you are right, the current one has served me well. But it seems any of them, including Cavagna, Fairview, Marshall, and especially Camco, have their share of failures. Perhaps it is not as bad as it seems, since people are more likely to complain about a bad experience than they are to share a positive experience in the reviews.
Woodtroll 08/08/19 08:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone Make a 2-Tank Regulator that is Not Auto-Changeover?

DutchmenSport, that's interesting, thank you! I'll read up on it. BFL13, you made no answer to my question, just suggested I change the way I do things. I've been doing it my way for well over 30 years now and never run into those situations you describe, "Not a problem!" for me either. It's obvious we both have different approaches, but what we do obviously works for us. Thank you for your advice, just the same, I do see merit in your comments. The question remains - can anyone point me to a highly reliable two-tank valve of either type, in addition to the assembly DutchmenSport suggests? Someone here once recommended the Rego line as dependable American-made regulators, but the local Rego dealer tells me that Rego told him (upon trying to track down my part number) that they no longer make a regulator suitable for RV use. So the search continues... Thanks, folks!
Woodtroll 08/08/19 06:58pm Tech Issues
Anyone Make a 2-Tank Regulator that is Not Auto-Changeover?

I get an occasional propane smell from my 16-year-old Marshall two-tank, two-stage auto-changeover regulator, so I think it's llived its best years. It seems that all the regulators available as direct replacement have about a 20% chance of failure, either right out of the box or in the first year, based on Amazon and other vendor reviews. This is not encouraging when the tanks are a thin wall away from my head when I'm sleeping. I never use the auto-changeover feature anyway as I don't trust both tanks being left open at once, and running the risk that I run completely out of propane without realizing the regulator has switched over. Does anyone make a good, reliable RV regulator that can be switched over manually but lacks the auto feature? Alternately, can someone point me to an auto regulator that is at least, say, 95% reliable?
Woodtroll 08/08/19 06:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire Pressure Gauge

I prefer the Accutire MS-4021B that Ski Pro 3 already posted. I have one in each vehicle I own, and one in my shop. I also have an old Milton truck slide-type gauge that I check the Accutires against, and have had no problems with any of them. A couple of them I have owned probably 10 years or more, and all they need is a battery change now and then. I also like that because they have an angled head, they have better leverage than most for holding them tight on the valve stem. Good luck!
Woodtroll 08/04/19 11:52am Tech Issues
RE: Need help with a Exterior problem

No matter how cheap, it's not worth it unless you have money and a lot of your own time to put into it. If you don't have time and knowledge to do it yourself, that means you will be paying a professional to do all the repair work, which means you could spend that money on a different trailer. Short version, in most cases I would say PASS! Good luck with your decision.
Woodtroll 08/04/19 11:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Running your propane Refrigerators while fueling?

Link? I always hear this type of story, but I don't think I've ever seen it actually corroborated. I wish I could provide a link; I actually looked before posting this because I knew folks might be skeptical or dismissive. But this happened sometime, to the best of my recollection, between 1999 and 2003. It was in Wythe County, VA at a station off an exit ramp of I-81. "Googling" what I know only turns up some more recent unfortunate gas station incidents in Virginia, but these are not RV related. I was working at the time with two of the firefighters who worked this incident, who I trust completely, and I remember reading for myself the news accounts of this event when it happened and then a little later when the unfortunate gentleman died. I also remember that this whole scenario was being debated here on even back then, and it caught my attention because I thought to myself, "Well, that proves it can happen". I am not sure there are links to the average news stories at the beginning of the century; maybe someone slicker than I am can find it in an archive of the local paper, The Roanoke Times?. Vapor density (gasoline vapor being heavier than air) is only part of the equation; who among us hasn't smelled gasoline vapor while standing at full height at some time in their life? Anyone who has been in emergency services for a while will tell you that most catastrophic incidents don't have one single direct cause; there is usually a whole series or chain of events that lead to an incident. I certainly don't want to be one of the contributing factors in the injury or death of someone else, especially if I know better and can do something to prevent that possibility. I understand that others may not see the risk as significant enough to worry about, but I do. Safe travels, all! Regan
Woodtroll 07/17/19 04:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Running your propane Refrigerators while fueling?

Just because it hasn't happened to you yet, doesn't mean it won't or can't happen. A few years back, in our neighboring county, a gas station was destroyed and and employee lost his life when an RV refrigerator ignited a gasoline spill that the employee was trying to mitigate. The ignition source was confirmed by witnesses and the police investigation. So for those of you that are basically saying, "I'll do what I want to do, heck with everyone else", I would ask you how you would feel if your actions cost someone their life? Unlikely, yes. Possible, definitely.
Woodtroll 07/13/19 10:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Eternabod Tape - Gutters

I did the exact same thing you're thinking of doing, but the Eternabond had trouble sticking to the irregular surfaces of the inside track, screwheads, etc. The flathead screws, countersunk, do help, but there's still a lot of irregularities there. So I bought some "doublesided" Eternabond tape, ran a strip of that inside the rail over the screwheads, and then lapped the white Eternabond down over double-sided tape down to the bottom lip of the rail. Having that extra thickness made a big difference in how smooth the finished job turned out to be. Good luck! Regan
Woodtroll 06/21/19 03:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Virginia I -81 corrider gas tax.

This cracks me up. Someone from PA, who travels I-81 in Virginia frequently, is "outraged" by our fuel prices? I'm pretty outraged by the condition of PA's roads when I try to drive up there, and their fuel prices are higher. Perhaps you'd rather pay a toll to travel 81, like I-77 through West Virginia?
Woodtroll 06/21/19 03:05pm Roads and Routes
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