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RE: Critters - Just a Rant

Lol - the best part of that video was indeed the comments. A dog is out of the question. I'm not home enough to properly care for one. But thanks for the suggestion! I watched some videos from a guy that has an '87 P30-chassis motorhome with the same Jet Ride air suspension I have. He has very detailed videos of removing the system and replacing the bags. My main objective is to air it up enough to move it to where I can safely work on it and diagnose the issue. After watching the video, I realized that each side has a valve for draining moisture. Each bag has a solenoid that has it isolated from whatever happened between the tank and valves (presumed to be critter damage). I tried to remove the left side valve first because it was easier to get at. It snapped off in the housing. So now I have a bigger mess. It needed replaced anyway, but now I need to drill what's left of it out and re-tap it. THEN I can put a Schrader valve on there and air it up manually. Friggin squirrels
turbojimmy 02/09/19 02:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Critters - Just a Rant

If squirrels didn't have bushy tails, people would call them rats. I pay no mind to folks who say "but their so cute" I had them do so much damage to one of my rigs it took me weeks to repair. They chewed entirely through the main wiring harness on my E 350 based Jayco. That harness is as big around as your wrist and a couple hundred wires. After you splice all those, you won't have any love left for those tree rats. There are a number of ways to get rid of them. Search youtube. Here's one and there are many others. I like the squirrel pole idea, but there are way too many squirrels. I'd never even put a dent in the population. They haven't chewed any wires yet. Just hoses. They chewed through my extend-a-stay tank hose a few weeks ago. I don't have any evidence that they chewed through the air lines yet, but there can't really be any other logical explanation other than a line popping off (which has never happened before - they're all compression fittings and very tight).
turbojimmy 02/09/19 11:30am General RVing Issues
Critters - Just a Rant

I've tried just about everything to keep mice out of my RV. Cab Fresh works, but I've fallen behind in replenishing it. So I just put poison out, which seems to be effective in driving them out. But the poison attracts them in, then they go out and die. I've found 2 on the ground outside the RV. Anywho, the inside situation is what it is. I've also got issues outside. I think there are squirrels living, or at least hosting parties, between the gas tank and the floor. I went out there the other day and a herd of them scattered from underneath. It was then I realized that the air suspension wasn't working. The pump runs and runs but doesn't build any pressure. I hooked a compressor up to the manual fill and couldn't air it up. I can't hear, however, where the air is going but the line runs over the top of the gas tank and into the air valves above the axle. I think the squirrels chewed them up. I can't get to them because all the air leaked out and the back end is sitting on the ground. When the weather gets warmer I'm going to have to carefully pull it out onto the blacktop so I can jack it up. It's on a pretty good slope right now and I can't get a jack safely positioned under it. Today I started it for the first time in months. The starter has been sketchy and I haven't had time to fix it. I turned the engine a bit by hand and the starter finally engaged. Once it started to heat up there was smoke pouring out from the engine compartment. I shut it down and took the cover off. There was so much smoke (steam, it turns out) I couldn't see anything. I let it cool down and saw what I thought was antifreeze filling the valleys on the left side of the intake manifold. It was boiling from the heat of the cast-in exhaust crossover. I put my finger in the liquid and sniffed it. It was greenish and sort of smelled like antifreeze. So I figured I'd start it back up and let it boil off. Then it occurred to me that antifreeze shouldn't be boiling like that. I looked again and noticed that the liquid was in places it couldn't possibly get if it were an intake manifold leak. I think it was critter pee! It's only 20 degrees out today so I guess it was frozen. After running for 15 minutes and after all the liquid boiled off, I let it cool down for about 30 minutes. I went back out and everything is bone dry. I started it again and let it run. No leaks. It had to be pee - I've never seen so many mouse droppings in one place, but there was no nest. I don't know what to think. I never had this problem at my old house where I had it parked on a paved spot. I plan to pave a spot for it in the Spring so hopefully that will help. In the meantime I have to figure out how to move it with no air in the bags, or find a way to safely jack it up in the dirt where it sits.
turbojimmy 02/09/19 10:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Is an RV generator worth it?

I apologize. I neglected to mention (a) I have 2 solar panels on the roof feeding 5 marine batteries to augment my inverter and (b) both the mechanic and I saw at least some of the rat/mouse chewed wires. I wonder if that might have changed some of your responses (which I appreciate). Unless you saw mouse/rat chewed wires in the generator compartment then that's not likely your problem. There are a lot of threads on this subject but thankfully I haven't had this problem so I don't know what the recommended fixes are. I would try EVERYTHING before I resorted to pulling the generator out.
turbojimmy 02/09/19 10:31am Tech Issues
RE: Is an RV generator worth it?

What you are experiencing with you Onan generator is a common phenomenon with gas burning Onans. It is electrical but usually it's something like brushes, voltage regulator, armature, circuit board, oil level or oil pressure sending switch. If rats chewing wires are your mechanic's first guess, you may want to seek other expertise. Richard Yeah - if the initial suggestion is removing the generator for inspection go somewhere else. There are a myriad of things that can cause this behavior that do NOT require removing the generator. Idling the engine for long periods of time, irrespective of whether you can rig up a way to match the output of the Onan, it not a good idea. In addition to less-than-ideal A/F ratios and cooling, you're also spinning your torque converter and pumping fluid through the transmission. Plus, engine idling for long periods is illegal in a lot of places. Bottom line is that it's ridiculously inefficient. In answer to the original question - is an RV generator worth it? I believe yes. If mine didn't have one I'd junk it. I'm all about self-contained and dry camp (tail gate) mostly. The generator is critical for me to use the rig for the reason I bought it.
turbojimmy 02/08/19 05:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Goodby Google Chrome (a rant)

Interesting article on Gizmodo about doing without Google for a week. Put together a vpn that filtered out Googles 8 million plus ip addresses. I ordered my first iThing today - a new iPhone to replace my Android phone. There will be a learning curve, but I'm divesting myself, albeit slowly, from all things Google. My latest frustration is yet another Nest outage (Google-owned company). Security cameras are useless if you can't see what they see.
turbojimmy 01/30/19 10:14am Technology Corner
RE: When the blackwater is full

Yes. My tank is cracked on top somewhere so I don't let it get that high. If you do let it get that high, you're really testing the limits of the seal between the tank and the toilet. I wouldn't recommend that.
turbojimmy 01/28/19 12:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Goodby Google Chrome (a rant)

Chrome has become pretty much unusable on all of my machines. It takes forever to load. Worse, is last year's gmail "upgrade" is awful. After waiting forever for Chrome to load, I have to wait another eternity for gmail to load. I've been with them from the beginning, too, but I've had enough. No issues on my Android smartphone, though. Just the Windows PCs.
turbojimmy 01/28/19 09:48am Technology Corner
RE: A drone while camping

I have a Phantom 3 SE. I've yet to take it camping because I always check the rules first and the rules always prohibit it. I do have great shots of lots of other landscapes where I am able to fly legally. The camera is 4K UHD so I can see great detail on the ground even from 300-400 feet up (where no one can see or hear it). I'm documenting a local Habitat for Humanity build. This is from 300 feet up: Habitat Build
turbojimmy 01/26/19 11:39am Technology Corner
RE: I want one===

I didn't even try to look at the link. Who comes up with these ideas like self driving etc which just drive the prices up and eliminates some buyers. It's actually a pretty good idea. It uses a series of cameras to stitch together a view of the road behind you that "sees" through what you're towing. So you can see what's behind you without being able to see what's behind you. If you don't want to pay for it then don't. I'm sure it's part of some huge, several-thousand-dollar option package. It's possible to order and buy a stripped down version of anything. Personally that's how I like my cars - the more simple the better.
turbojimmy 01/23/19 01:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: I want one===

Very cool use of technology! Clicky
turbojimmy 01/23/19 12:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: mice/rat repellent

two boats three rv,s sitting in a pole barn next to a corn field. I use peppermint oil couple times a winter. and a product called fresh cab. the farmers around me use fresh cab in the combines that sit for 8months and tractors with inclosures. can be bought on e bay or a farm store. I have no critters. x2 for Fresh Cab. You just need to keep it fresh (I believe the manufacturer says replace every 30 days). As soon as the scent starts to fade the friggin mice come right back.
turbojimmy 01/23/19 08:20am General RVing Issues
RE: The sins of the previous owners...

Regarding the top-nut placed with a wire leaving you to wonder how he could have tightened the shock. I assume this was the shock by the driver on an E-series. If so, I came up with a reasonable solution. Pretty cool, but it's the rear shock on a Chevy P30 chassis. The factory setup is a stud pressed into a mount on the frame. If/when the stud breaks off, you can't get another one in there from behind. Instead, you have to fish a nut up behind the mount and install a bolt. It's pretty hokey but gets the job done.
turbojimmy 01/21/19 12:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Too Big/Pricey/Soon for Me

It looks like that Raptor has it squatting pretty good in the back. Maybe air suspension not pumped up?
turbojimmy 01/21/19 10:56am Tow Vehicles
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