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RE: Cribbing a trailer

Jack up the trailer slightly at each corner, one at a time, stack lumber under each corner, make sure each corner is level with the others, set the trailer down on the stacked lumber. Doesn't have to be exactly at the corner, can be in a couple of feet, whatever works out best for supporting the trailer. Personally, i would but cribbing under the axles also to keep pressure on the axles where the load was originally intended. But be careful where you crib the axles at, you don't want to bend them. How do you level the trailer?
swimmer_spe 06/25/20 08:38am Tech Issues
RE: The one thing I hate working on is...

I’d rather wear my electrician hat than my plumber hat any day. Don’t have to be as concerned with nasty infections when I’m pretending to be an electrician. I prefer making sawdust to either one, though. :):) I'd rather deal with a black water leak any day. I can see it. Nasty infection, or death? RV voltage and current is enough to kill you.
swimmer_spe 06/25/20 08:33am Tech Issues
RE: The one thing I hate working on is...

One thing aboot utility trailers you can bet a couple buddies they can't tip it up on it's side... wa la. Access to wires from your chair... Unless I need to run new wires, my chair is comfortable at the height off the lights.
swimmer_spe 06/25/20 08:32am Tech Issues
Cribbing a trailer

I will be getting a new(er) RV for my seasonal site likely at the end of this season. I have been told it needs to be cribbed. How do I do it?
swimmer_spe 06/25/20 12:08am Tech Issues
The one thing I hate working on is...

..electrical. I was working on rewiring a utility trailer. In the process of replacing the broken lights, I found out my 4 pin wire connector on my truck is broken. Now to fix the tow vehicle..... Still need to fix the wiring on my old camper in the bush...... Did I mention I hate working on electrical?
swimmer_spe 06/25/20 12:07am Tech Issues
RE: Red wire, black wire and white wires

Ohm test is a start but may not be adequate and yield low ohms on both - and + wires. The option I use is a series load and I've used a light bulb as suggested. You may need a load that draws more amps and find and turn off switches etc that could lead to false conclusions on the positive side. Once the weres are connected With a 50 year old RV it would also be a good idea to leave a heavy draw load in series while while you turn on and test everything inside with the view that the series load will have a voltage drop. That second set of wires could also be for trailer brakes. The trailer brakes makes sense.... So, is there a common wire code for them?
swimmer_spe 06/19/20 10:50am Tech Issues
RE: Red wire, black wire and white wires

Set your multimeter to ohms. Ground one probe to the frame then touch the other probe to each wire separately. A reading of zero to 1 ohm means that wire is negative. Be sure that no wires are connected to the battery's positive terminal. Touch a hot wire like this and you will damage the meter. I know how to use one. I was hoping that it would have been simple as white is always ... The idea of the ohm test on the frame and wires will help.
swimmer_spe 06/18/20 10:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Red wire, black wire and white wires

Set your multimeter to ohms. Ground one probe to the frame then touch the other probe to each wire separately. A reading of zero to 1 ohm means that wire is negative. Great idea! I never thought of that.
swimmer_spe 06/18/20 10:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Red wire, black wire and white wires

OP here. A few things... 1) No shore power available there. So, that test is out. 2) No power jack. 3) I do have my truck, so plugging in the wire will work. I also own a multimeter, but I was hopeful that there was some sort of standard....
swimmer_spe 06/18/20 03:50pm Tech Issues
Red wire, black wire and white wires

I am hooking my battery to my trailer. I have 2 sets of cables. One has a white and a black wire. The other has a white and red wire. Which is negative and positive? I don't now, and when I hooked them up, I may have crossed them. The trailer is a 1975, so there are no circuit boards to fry.
swimmer_spe 06/17/20 10:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Furnace not working well

Make and model of the furnace? Duotherm. I might have the manual on it here. I'll go digging.
swimmer_spe 06/13/20 05:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Furnace not working well

Furnace not getting enought fuel but fridge works (I assume on propane) Water heater and stove as well. Ok suspect list 1: Propane tank may have what is called an Excess Flow Valve. This would likely NOT bother Fridge (though one poster said it did) but would water heater and for sure would the furnace if it's closed. If that is the case close tank valve. Pause for oh. about 1 cup of coffee. then SLOWLY open the valve till you just hear gas start to flow.. pause till you don't hear any more flow. Repeat till valve fully open. Next is the orifice (The small hole from which stuff spews forth, Gas in this case) there is a spider that loves to nest there.. Clean it out. Next is the spark gap on the Direct Spark Ignightor Make sure it's set per the manual The Thermocouple normally lasts forever.. but the key word is Normally The control board may fry. Mine did. I think I know why.. I replaced it with a Dinosaur board replacement and .... It appears they have the same theory as on the Dino board is a device designed to prevent what I think happened. The solenoid valve can also have issues. That about covers most of the more common issues. There are a few "Exotic" ones too but those are the most common. Oh and the Sail switch.. To make sure it does not overheat there is a "Sail Switch" when the T-Stat calls for heat the control board starts the blower (I occasionally have an issue there and I have a detector installed for when it happnes) when the blower is blowing enough air the sail switch sails closed and heat is then generated. Low battery Aging blower Clogged ductwork/vents Can prevent sail switch from sailing. Water heater is not used. Stove may be fine, but couldn't really tell. same with fridge. It did keep things cold. The furnace I have is from 1975, so, no circuit boards, ducting or much else. Propane tank is old, but had a new valve installed 6 years ago.
swimmer_spe 06/13/20 05:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Furnace not working well

Could be a bad regulator, as posted above. Or it could be that the regulator just needs to be adjusted. I wasn't aware, until a couple years ago, that the regulator had any adjustment to it. But when our furnace refused to keep running I called the repair guy and that's what he diagnosed. A minor adjustment and all was well. Hope this helps. Makes some sense... Is this something I can do? The trailer is a seasonal site in the bush about an hour from a repair shop.
swimmer_spe 06/13/20 04:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Pumping from the lake.

https://powerequipment.honda.com/pumps/models/wx10 $330US at Lowe's The 5gal bucket w rocks and strainer tied on is an easy way to keep the strainer off the mud no matter which pump you choose. There are other similar pumps for a few $$ less than Honda. Why would I go gas when I already am running a generator that can easily take the load. The tank would last all season. Did you check the reviews on the pumps you listed in the OP? Versatility and not mixing electricity w water are 2 other reasons. It's an option; perhaps someone other the OP might find more suited their application if they happen to stumble upon this thread in the future. I am the OP. I am not pumping different things. I am pumping water from a lake. I have no issue with electricity being use to pump water. It would be used once a year.
swimmer_spe 06/13/20 04:11pm Tech Issues
Furnace not working well

1975 trailer. Furnace issue, but may be a propane issue? For the last few years, I haven't had a working fridge. This year I finally do, and it works well. For the last few years, the furnace would always heat the trailer well. This year, not so well. It seemed like the furnace wasn't getting enough fuel. Why would this be the case? We did not plumb in anything that was not already plumbed in. We simply replaced a non working unit for one that did.
swimmer_spe 06/13/20 03:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Pumping from the lake.

Don’t over-think it, get a $uo sump pump from CDN Tire / Home Hardware Princess Auto. Put a rock or concrete block on the bottom with a rope tied to it, empty bleach or laundry detergent bottle as a float, pump hanging just below the float. Garden hose for the output. Easy peasy, citronella squeezey. (Citronella to keep the skeeters away.) That's the plan..... Just don't want to buy it all and find out it won't work.
swimmer_spe 06/12/20 06:46am Tech Issues
RE: Pumping from the lake.

https://powerequipment.honda.com/pumps/models/wx10 $330US at Lowe's The 5gal bucket w rocks and strainer tied on is an easy way to keep the strainer off the mud no matter which pump you choose. There are other similar pumps for a few $$ less than Honda. Why would I go gas when I already am running a generator that can easily take the load. The tank would last all season.
swimmer_spe 06/11/20 09:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Pumping from the lake.

would definitely use a jet pump that way you could have water on demand and forego the use of your tank. Lake water is not chlorinated so it will go skunky in your tank within a few days in the heat of summer. OP Here I do plan to pour some bleach in the tank when I fill it and it will be drained each winter. As far as the idea of keeping it off the bottom, I know I need to. The bottom is muddy and I'd rather not suck the mud in. Power will be supplied by a generator.
swimmer_spe 06/11/20 05:20pm Tech Issues
Pumping from the lake.

I have a camp set up, and I wish to pump water from the lake to a holding tank to be used for things like dishwashing. The elevation is about 20 feet, but about 50 feet of a hose run. Would a submersible pump like this work: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-1-3-hp-submersible-utility-pump-0623409p.html#srp Or, would I need something like this: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-convertible-jet-pump-1-2-hp-0623590p.html#srp I don't care how long it takes to pump it up, but I would like to do this as inexpensive as possible.
swimmer_spe 06/10/20 02:34am Tech Issues
RE: digital thermostat

NOTE: Even fresh batteries don't like being below 20F. Went to the trailer to do a little bit of work today, thermostat was cold and wouldn't start up. Now have lithium batteries in it. So, fresh batteries every spring?
swimmer_spe 12/07/19 09:55pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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