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RE: Black Tank only holds 1/2 to 1/3 of capacity

Typically there are three sensors on the holding tanks.They are typically spaced at 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 of the height/depth of the tank. Monitor panels are typically labeled 1/3, 2/3, and full. With this setup when the monitor panel shows full the tank is actually 3/4 full. Or leaving 1/4 of the capacity remaining.
msmith1.wa 09/12/23 06:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Unsolicited want to buy your RV people

I haven't had it happen, but it happened to my parents fairly frequently in the 80's. At the time my dad worked in the service department of an RV dealer. In talking to the salesman where he worked he found out that sales people from certain dealers would drive around asking people if the wanted to sell.
msmith1.wa 08/03/23 07:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Microwave removal discovery 40X

I removed one from a previous trailer. It had an angled piece on the top and bottom that was screwed to the face of the cabinet. Sounds like yours is different.
msmith1.wa 07/23/23 08:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Water heater replacement ?

I swapped the other way, tankless to tank. You can check the manufacturer to see if they have an installation kit to fit the opening. Or you can try to coble something together but that would likely be a challenge to make it look good. Unless you always stay at sites with full hook ups I would keep the tank.
msmith1.wa 06/30/23 07:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What are all of these battery connections on my 17k

Be careful just disconnecting wires some solar charge controllers can be ruined if disconnected from the battery when the panels are producing electricity. It is best to disconnect the panels from the charge controller first.
msmith1.wa 06/23/23 09:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Engine tune ups

For those old enough to remember the Chevy Monza. To change the driver side plugs on the V8 model It was recommended to remove the motor mount bolt on that side and jack up the engine for access.
msmith1.wa 06/15/23 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane tanks too heavy

On the ground they would be a little easier to steal.
msmith1.wa 06/15/23 08:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water heater replacement

I have done it. First make sure you have enough room for the tank. Mine had an Atwood tankless. I swapped it for an Atwood tank. The tankless was almost as deep as a tank, plus my trailer was built when tankless was pretty new and could have been ordered with either. Mine already had two switches in the control panel to turn on both gas and 120v heating sources. I did have to add a breaker and run romex to the tank heater to power the 120v element. Also check the size of the cut out in the wall to make sure the replacement will fit.
msmith1.wa 06/15/23 07:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Better/brighter interior bulbs?

I installed two of these above the table in my toy hauler.
msmith1.wa 05/21/23 09:05pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How critical is it to have a perfectly level trailer?

Moving the battery to the rear was mentioned. If you do this it needs to be connected to the electrical system so that the brake a way can function in case the trailer separates from the yow vehicle.
msmith1.wa 05/05/23 08:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Torklift Glowstep Revolution Review

Unless Torklift made a change to the steps. If you lift the locking lever the steps should come forward and down. There should be two more positions that they lock in. This does increase the step height from the top step to the inside. You still may need the 4th step, but this additional adjustment can be helpful on uneven sites.
msmith1.wa 04/12/23 07:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Twist-on sewer valves…

I leave mine on all the time. Prevents surprises from the other two valves if they were to leak.
msmith1.wa 03/23/23 03:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer Brakes Not Staying On

I am going to suggest you dig a little deeper into the plugs and actually take them apart and look at the inside for corrosion also. I had a brake issue that presented the same as you described. All of the terminals on the trailer end looked fine externally, but inside the brake terminal was corroded to the point that it was two pieces that would sometimes make contact but mostly not. Also don't go replacing parts until they are diagnosed to be bad. Do you know someone that would let you connect your trailer to their truck to try to isolate if the issue is the truck or the trailer.
msmith1.wa 03/21/23 06:37pm Towing
RE: Tankless water heater

Look into the Atwood XT water heater. It heats the water to a higher temp than others and has a mixing valve on the back to reduce the temp to the faucets. Atwood says a 6 gallon gas electric XT water heater will provide the equivalent of 19 gallons when using both gas a and electric heating modes.
msmith1.wa 03/04/23 09:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tankless water heater

Another vote for glad I took out the tank less water heater that cam in my trailer and swaped to a tank.
msmith1.wa 02/23/23 05:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can the grid keep up with EV use?

But saying that, if you charge every night, how much power are you using? According to google, it's around 3,000 watts. That's a whole lot more than watching TV or lights left on. More like a clothes dryer or an electric furnace. No idea. But a typical daily commute here uses about 6 to 8 kwh of power. So on a 32 amp 240 volt charge station like the one in the garage then it takes about an hour. And if it is a 12 amp 240 volt charge station like the one in our driveway it takes closer to 3 hours. Pics for clarity. Inside Also as the battery reaches 100% charge the rate of charge decreases. Outside.
msmith1.wa 02/15/23 06:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Couch ripped out of wall

On the Thor that I used to have the couches were attached to that aluminum frame with lag bolts and had the same problem you have. I ended up installing nutserts.
msmith1.wa 02/07/23 06:59pm Toy Haulers
RE: Calc. Turn Radius w/Truck + 35' 5er

This is what the road designers where I work use. Looks like an account is needed even for a trial. If you know someone that does road or even parking lot design ask them if they can run throughwhat ever software they have.
msmith1.wa 02/07/23 06:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires rubbing on camper 2 inch clearance ?

Those are beyond flat and appear to be arched the opposite of how they should be. You definitely need new springs.
msmith1.wa 11/07/22 07:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replace instant hot with standard water heater?

I did it. My trailer came with an Atwood on demand water heater. Replaced it with an Atwood 6 gallon gas/electric. The hardest part was removing the sealant so the old one could be removed. Fortunately for me, my control panel came setup for the gas/electric with the wires terminated at the water heater.
msmith1.wa 10/28/22 05:36pm General RVing Issues
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