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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)
RE: digital thermostat

Trailer has AC, but it is not controlled by the thermostat. If I could, I would....Well you most likely can however it may require A/C replacement and pulling thermostat wires and furnace control wires. I don't want it that bad. If it were simple, then yes...
swimmer_spe 12/02/19 02:14pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: digital thermostat

I have a 20 year old trailer that has an old manual thermostat for the furnace. Can I just switch it out for a digital thermostat? I know I need to make sure it'll work with the number of wires currently at it.No air conditioner? Otherwise yes you can buy a battery powered heat only digital thermostat. Trailer has AC, but it is not controlled by the thermostat. If I could, I would....
swimmer_spe 12/02/19 11:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: digital thermostat

Yes, it's pretty straight forward but does that stat also control the AC? If so you will lose the two speed fan function and will need to add a simple switch to get it back. Or just wire it so the fan is always on high speed. You will like the new stat. They keep the temps much closer to the set-point than the old ones ever did. Mine only controls the furnace.
swimmer_spe 11/29/19 01:52pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
digital thermostat

I have a 20 year old trailer that has an old manual thermostat for the furnace. Can I just switch it out for a digital thermostat? I know I need to make sure it'll work with the number of wires currently at it.
swimmer_spe 11/29/19 10:19am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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