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RE: Bad air quality--finally taped a house filter on the A/C

No, take it off. Unfortunately the home filter is not going to filter out small particles like smoke, just dust. You do know that the AC is recirculating inside air, it is not taking in outside air? The air inside should have less smoke than outside air in a house but in an RV it just depends for how much less. I agree on an air purifier. A quality hepa or similar filter will pull pollution out. These silly mask people wear also will NOT filter out smoke particles, no more than they will filter out tiny virus particles people are so afraid of. You need a respirator with a canister made for those particles, and even then they have a useful life of only a few hours, maybe 8 max if I remember, and that was ones for working with harsh solvents/ fiberglass resins...
ajriding 09/17/20 09:37am Tech Issues
RE: Advice to omit the auto change LP valve

You do you, but if you go to sell the camper then having the auto regulator will be something a buyer will want. Not a good sign to a buyer that little details, like not having the dual reg, is missing. Those send up red flags for me as a used buyer... makes me wonder what other cheap-o compromises have been made. I understand that one camp trip for you will never consume a tank, and u start full. I looked into the differences. I have no idea why RV industry does it this way, but all the regulators seem to have NPT type female threads, ALL, and fall within two sizes that I have seen *. The dual-regulators then use a brass inverted male flare fitting that screws into the NPT thread on the regulator, and bam, you have an inverted flare fitting on the regulator and now need an inverted flare hose. Sp, the dual regulator still uses the same fitting as the single, it just has the flare fitting already installed. If there is a difference in the quality or performance needed in a hose for a dual vs a single regulator then I am lost on that. The regulator threads are called an FTP not an NPT. Solution is to take the inverted flare fitting out of the regulator and screw in your FPT hose. If your regulator is fine and you want to use one tank then just put an FPT plug in the empty side and use it as a single tank reg. *1/4 inch FTP on the inlet side is the most common I have seen. That's a little bigger hole than 1/4 of an inch. There may be regulators out there i have not seen, but I have looked at all the current popular ones on the market and these are my findings.
ajriding 09/17/20 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Great Smoky Mountains Bear FoundScavenging On Human Remains

All bears found eating human are killed. No questions asked. Doesnt matter if they did the kill or not. Black bears are usually seen running away if seen at all. I have heard more bears than have seen bears. The sound is a fast running animal making a lot of stick breaking sounds. Black bears are not typically dangerous in the wild as they like to run away (they are dangerous if you get involved personally). This is not something to get alarmed over.
ajriding 09/15/20 07:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane leakdown

I put a new hose from the tank to the regulator. Soaped it up and no bubbles on the hose crimp, or the connection at the reg. No bubbles anywhere. Everything is new except the furnace. The Nylog means the flare fittings are not leaking too. The only thing unknown is the furnace solenoid gas valve. No propane smell though. So, the pressure dial still goes down in pressure within hours. Is this normal, again??
ajriding 09/15/20 07:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Flying Floating Flooring

Absolutely no problems with this method. You might need less glue than you think. There is no need for a floor 18 or 36 inches wide to float, only a house sized room. The "expansion" will be so insignificant. Glue away. Sometimes engineers are the least intelligent people I ever talk to..
ajriding 09/13/20 09:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery observations

13 years is impressive and sounds like you do not maintain them as well as you should. 6-7 yrs is a long batt lifespan. Yes, do keep a trickle charger on them over the winter. I have a little device called a "de-sulphator" or something. Plugs into any DC outlet in the car, RV and desulphates the batteries. I can't substantiate if it works or not or what it is doing. It is supposed to keep the crud off the plates, i think it sends a little pulse to the battery to "shake" or "vibrate" or in some way remove the scale. It has been years so I forgot all the claims and details. I run it in the truck every month or so and in the Rv, but not constantly. It only works when batt is at full charge (or being charged, so over 13v) I thought I would throw this tidbit in..
ajriding 09/12/20 10:56am Tech Issues
RE: 4x4 roll over and recovery

In California Nancy says, "people are gonna do what people are gonna do". She was referring to ignoring the crime in her town and ignoring the rioting, looting and killing, but I guess applies to dumb drivers too?
ajriding 09/07/20 01:47pm Truck Campers
Fantastic Fan Temp Sensor Isues

The temperature sensor is out of calibration or something. It will only turn the fan off if the temp is cool, and that is with the temp dial almost all the way to the coldest setting (in the blue). It used to work perfect. On a hot day I cannot turn the dial enough to get it to turn the fan off. Is there an adjustment? The temp probe is in the correct location, unmoved, in the airflow. Also, bonus question... The fan has 3 speeds. High speed is full amount of power to the fan, the other two speeds have the 12 volts pass through a heating element first to burn off some of the power so the fan gets less power thus turns slower. A small heating coil for medium speed and a bigger heating coil/element for the slow speed. So, on any speed the fan must be using the same amount of power? Is the high speed is most efficient at moving air? OR do the slower speeds use even more power than high speed since they are heating the coil as well?
ajriding 09/07/20 01:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Repairing damage to fibrglass.

Dealers? NO. Dealers can barely fix regular RV issues. Any auto body shop can repair fiberglass. Corvettes are particularily fiberglass, so that is a start... This is just the flat siding panel of fiberglass, not a molded fiberglass like a boat? Either way, you can make the repair. Fiberglass is really easy to work with. Sand it down, sand it deep enough so your new fiberglass resin will be able to have thickness and still be flush with the surface. Apply the fiberglass soaked resin according to directions. Let dry, sand smooth, paint. How good you want it to look will be a big factor in if you want to do it or have a pro do it for very large sums of money. This will be an odd fix so a body shop might charge more and take longer to get to...
ajriding 09/07/20 09:29am Travel Trailers
RE: hitch lock??

The Proven industries is the best I have seen, but to tow a trailer all one has to do is connect the chains to the tow vehicle and drive off. Yes, the trailer will bob and buck and bounce, but it will tow just the same, far enough to get to a private place to cut/grind/chop the security locks off. Heck, a thief can just chop the entire tongue off and weld a new one on for that matter (after they steal it). If you need to be serious then look into those wheel locks like the cities use for parking violations. A braided cable can be cut easily by any ghetto bike thief, so you need heavy treated steel that requires serious grinding to chop off if you want real protection. If I was a thief and you had a wheel locked, I would just remove that wheel if on a tandem axle and drive away, or maybe just drive away with that one wheel dragging, why would I care, something will eventually break, but I still have most of the trailer... Think like a thief to catch one.
ajriding 09/07/20 09:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Propane leakdown

Thanks all. I think everyone is fine if someone does not want to use a sealant on their lines, copper flares should seal almost all of the time if done right, good luck. The Nylog is not a thread sealant, though works great as a thread sealant, rather it is designed to seal more than that. It looks and feels like snot, and it does not dry ever, and does not blow out. This is not a glue, but more of a gasket that remains tacky and liquid, but will restrain very high pressures. Adding Nylog to a connection that does not require a sealant is harmless, and will ensure you have the best and most long lasting seal possible. I have been able to re-use crush washers because of Nylog with no leaks. On my current new copper piping the Nylog even held pressure with just a hand tightening of the flare nuts, something that could never ever happen without it. I highly recommend using this product on your pipe fittings. There are two types, Red and Blue. I use the Red for this application. It is also "food safe" and used in the refrigeration industry on large units. I do not work for or represent the brand, but just sharing good info. I got mine on Ebay for about $9. thanks
ajriding 09/05/20 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: Propane leakdown

So, it is not normal for the pressure to leak down overnight? This is not a red/green indicator as on a two-tank system, it is a dial, green range is full tank, as tank pressure lowers the dial moves into a red colored background (not unlike the red in your rpm tachometer). The dial measures psi and shows this with a needle. I should have explained this more clearly at first. Nylog is the stuff. It is cheap insurance for sealing things. It is used in the refrigeration industry as gospel. Use it on all your propane fittings from now on. Teflon tapes are of the past now unless you need to lubricate the threads.. I did not use Nylog on the tank fitting, possible that is a leak? I will go bubble check that and nylong it and retest. **also, this tank I have had sitting in garage for 6+ months so I do not suspect it is leaking when closed. Temps change very little overnight here during summer, not enough to swing psi this much. If this is not normal then I will assume it is the pigtail, which is the only used part in the system other than the heater.
ajriding 09/04/20 05:09pm Tech Issues
Propane leakdown

I put a pressure gauge inline between the tank and regulator for the first time ever. After I shut the gas off the pressure on the gauge will drop overnight from green (pressurized) to the red (meaning low low pressure). Should the pressure on the high side remain high for days/weeks or is it normal for that to drop? Im not sure if the regulator is venting it or if I have a leak after the regulator. Nothing bubbles, but there is one fitting I cannot get to. I used Nylog on every fitting. 3/8 copper and flare fittings. There is only a space heater (has solenoid valve) and a stove. I cannot detect any odor.
ajriding 09/04/20 02:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator storage for travel trailer

https://photouploads.com/images/EQMk.jpg width=555 The $189 rack that puts the gen over the propane tanks is not a bad price after all the work it took to custom build mine, but I like having the gen at the front of the truck, on the front receiver hitch, so it is as far away from my sleep as possible.
ajriding 08/31/20 09:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Travelling with Bathroom Fan Running

Side note: I have the after marked cover, not the maxxair. The covers typically have a little air gap under it. In heavy heavy rain water can run under the cover and get into the opening. It did not flow in of course, but the wind tended to splash it in a little bit. My solution was to just seal off the front edge of the vent cover so water cannot pass under, but has to go around, this solved any water issues. I just used electrical tape, temporary as that is, but easier to deal with if the cover needs to come off than dealing with Lap sealant. The only time the vent gets closed is when the AC or the heater is running inside.
ajriding 08/28/20 10:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Water refill when dry camping

My solution is those 5 gallon jugs that have a tube that can draw water off the bottom of the jug. It has a garden hose thread as a cap and you can attach a hose, or make one out of vinyl tubing and hose end repair pieces (so you dont get that hose taste). A water bag with any way to attach a hose to it will work too as bags do not need gravity to empty. To do this I had to splice in a 3-way "T" upstream from the water pump, thats between the pump and the RV water tank. This can be a "selector" valve, or what I ended up with is two ball valves, one on each pipe, one pipe from the RV tank and one pipe from the portable jug. I jut put the jug on the floor near the RV pump and pull from the jug. My vinyl hose can just be pulled out when needed, or coiled back up when not. The ball valve is at the very end, so it does not lose water when detached. The ball valve I used is from HD and in the PEX isle. Probably 3/8 pipe size. Brass. You can get a selector valve from RV supply also that are made for hot water heater bypass so should let you chose which pipe to open, but the PEX ball valve let me close the end of the hose so worked for me, and also made it easy to slide a vinyl tube over the valve conncetion. I close or open these valves depending which source I need to pull water from. I pull from the portable first before using the RV tanks. This is similar to the solution of the diagram above, but is a little more closed-system, and I can always have a full RV tank if I am able to keep filling the jug. This is nice for boondocking as you always know you have a full tank when the water spigot runs dry or you don't have access to one...
ajriding 08/28/20 10:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane Pigtail, NPT or flare?

Shoulda hosted on Google. :B Here's an alternative photo solution if your host is still down: I saw "DeadMentally" as your name for some reason.
ajriding 08/26/20 09:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane Pigtail, NPT or flare?

RV history: Here is parts from a 1972 Winnegabo. It uses solid copper to connect the tanks to the RV. What a nightmare, though if careful it should work fine. https://photouploads.com/images/EcR8.jpg This is the line that ran from the tank to the reg. https://photouploads.com/images/EcRA.jpg This is the adapter to let a flare fitting fit into an NPT. The copper pipe goes through the nut and flares out at the end. https://photouploads.com/images/EcRQ.jpg This is a fuzzy pic, I was trying to show the inverted male flare that is inside the nut. You can't see it but the smaller hole is the tip of the flare.
ajriding 08/25/20 02:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane Pigtail, NPT or flare?

I would never use google, goodness with all the hate stemming from those people... there are many many other internet search options that do not hate our country. so, problem solved, but why would a two tank system need to add an adapter and have a flare hose fitting vs having the NPT fitting? Both styles have the NPT on the regulator it seems, just that one has an adapter thread into the NPT so you can thread in a flare hose instead of threading an NPT hose directly in. What am I missing? I have a very old reg that prob has the adapter in it. This seems to be a left-over from ages past when the dual tanks used solid copper lines to go from tank to regulator instead of rubber hoses. These copper lines/tubes were flared so needed to have a flare adapter to fit into the NPT of the regulator. It is not the regulator that is different, it is the pigtail. The official description is that single tank systems use NPT and dual-tank systems use flare, but this is misleading... Both tank systems use NPT regulators but the dual-tank regulators have flare adapters already screwed into them so are called "flare" not NPT. You can unscrew those and use two NPT pigtails just the same. What am I missing (as in RV companies are stupid)? All this sounds about right for the backwards thinking RV industry.
ajriding 08/25/20 01:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane Pigtail, NPT or flare?

Solved Video Explanation Typically the Change-Over regs have the flare fitting and the single inlet regs have the NPT, It's the first thing this guy explains... The change-over ones seem to have a brass adapter screwed into the regulator, and it is the brass adapter that has the flare fitting, not the regulator. I suspect that the regulator has a 1/4 NPT on all types and the change over has the brass flare fittings installed so they use flare hoses, would taking the fitting out make it wok with an NPT hose? This is not my issue, but I just wonder this now... Guy above mentioned an adapter and was this the adapter?
ajriding 08/25/20 09:09am General RVing Issues
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