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RE: No hot water

Every RV hot water that I've worked with has at least two or three valves depending on configuration. If it's a three-valve system and the bypass valve is in closed position with the other two valves also shut off, no water will flow. I'd check for two other valves on the inlet and discharge side of the hot water heater.
whjco 09/19/19 07:36pm Tech Issues
RE: 2017 Ram 68RFE Question

Thanks for all the info. I pick it up tomorrow afternoon. Can't wait to hook to the trailer for the first time! Be forewarned. You'll have a really tough time wiping the smile off of your face after you feel how that Cummins pulls your trailer. :) I have a 2015 2500 CTD that has the same transmission. I've run up about 86k on it and the only problem I've had is an axle seal that needed replacement. The transmission has been trouble free. As for the mileage, I'll echo the comments of a previous poster. The mileage on a truck of that age were probably highway miles. I wouldn't worry about it because that's not many miles for a truck like that. Enjoy your new acquisition! Congratulations! Bill J. Lexington, KY
whjco 09/19/19 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC HD in the Wild

The styling of the 2020 GMC is far nicer that its Chevy counterpart.
whjco 09/15/19 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for quality

We bought a Forest River Cherokee 274vfk back in November. I've been very impressed with the quality and fit and finish. It's well insulated and last winter we heated it with two electric heaters set on 750w heat setting and didn't even use the furnace. The floor is 5/8" marine glued plywood and is rock solid. We toured the factory this past July and much of the assembly is performed by Amish craftsmen in the Topeka, IN area. We're very pleased with this travel trailer.
whjco 09/15/19 07:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV GPS Units / GPS Apps that ACTUALLY WORK???

I have to ask a simple question, did you program the Garmin with the profile of your RV and was the GPS set for this profile? I use the trucker version, a Garmin 785 LMT because I drive charter buses and I've been real happy with it. As a backup, I have Sygic Truck installed on my Samsung phone. Sygic installs the map database on the phone so that you're not dependent on a cellular connection to load maps. It save you from the frustration of losing navigation when you lose a cell signal and also saves on the data plan on your phone. Sygic Truck also uses the vehicle profile that you enter into the program.
whjco 09/11/19 07:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: On Call for Work While Camping

Yes. I'm also in the IT business. As long as my hotspot can connect, I haven't had any problems in doing any remote support work. The worst part has been the intrusion on a relaxing vacation! :)
whjco 08/22/19 05:56pm General RVing Issues

Congratulations! It's going to be a long 8-10 weeks. :)
whjco 08/21/19 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Outdoor GFCI outlet trips when using electric cooktop

You could possibly have a heating element going bad in the cooktop unit that's allowing AC current to leak to ground thereby tripping the GFI.
whjco 08/16/19 08:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Which Stand-alone GPS system to purchase?

I've been very pleased with my Garmin GPS units. Also, you can download Garmin's Basecamp program for free and use it to develop routes that can then be uploaded into the GPS.
whjco 08/16/19 08:19pm Technology Corner
RE: My favorite Generator

I've had a Yamaha 3000 Watt EF3000iS inverter generator for 6 years and it's been bulletproof. It's quiet and its 3.4 gallon fuel tank will run our 15,000 BTU AC unit all night long with enough fuel left in the tank the next morning to run it to mid-day or more. It always starts on the first pull. I run it in econ-mode and it still effortlessly starts the AC unit.
whjco 08/10/19 07:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Smoking GFCI outlet

Was the connection to the receptacle tight? Regardless, this outlet is toast (no pun intended :) ) and should be replaced. Any wire that shows signs of heat and insulation damage should be cut away and good wire spliced between the clean copper and the new receptacle. Any wire splice or junction should be inside of the electrical box holding the receptacle.
whjco 08/10/19 07:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Smoking GFCI outlet

Was the connection to the receptacle tight? Regardless, this outlet is toast (no pun intended :) ) and should be replaced.
whjco 08/10/19 07:29pm Tech Issues
RE: New GPS needed

I'm very happy with my Garmin. With a cell phone GPS app, you need to purchase a program that loads the map database onto the phone so that you'll have navigation in areas where there is no cell phone coverage. Second, you can download Basecamp from Garmin's web site, do your route and stop planning in Basecamp and then upload your trip into your Garmin and have it navigate you. Finally, you can get a Garmin that's designed for RVs.
whjco 08/03/19 08:27pm Tech Issues
RE: reading transmission fluid dipstick

Why not just go online and search for the owners manual for your particular vehicle? Then just follow the instructions in the manual. Simple stuff.
whjco 08/03/19 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer with fixed coupler so it doesn't pivot

You could get a set of these. Just stick them on each corner of the trailer before you back up. You could also get a fiberglass rod like a bicycle flag and mount one on each corner and have it stick up high enough to see it. You might also be able to mount a backup camera on your tow vehicle.
whjco 08/03/19 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
Goodyear Marathon Class Action Suit

Not trying to be negative, just sharing information. I had decided to purchase a set of Goodyear Marathons for my travel trailer as soon as my Castle Rock tires started showing any sign of problems. Then I ran across this information this morning. Food for thought. (Addition: I got the "Marathon" and "Endurance" line mixed up. So sorry for the confusion but thanks for the education.)
whjco 08/02/19 08:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone towing with a Honda Ridgeline?

My brother has been towing his VW beetle or van on an open trailer behind his Honda Pilot. It did a pretty good job but he ended up getting a Ram 1500.
whjco 08/01/19 05:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rotten Floor in my Outdoors RV

Yes. We purchased a 2006 Starcraft that was three years old. Several years later, the floor started developing soft spots. I pulled up the floor, followed the water tracks and discovered that there was a leak in the shower. The water was leaking into the space between the bottom plastic barrier and the chipboard floor and had saturated the insulation. I replaced the rotten floor with some marine glued plywood and replaced the insulation under the floor. I added venting and also ran a dehumidifier to try to pull all the water out of the lower wall plates. Once the water gets into those closed spaces, it's almost impossible to get it out. Several years ago I noticed that the front part of the frame was notching into the diamond plate on the front of the trailer and an inspection revealed that the frame was fine but the trailer was settling down on the frame. Last fall we had a 1' piece of rotten floor plate fall out of the back and we finally accepted the fact that the trailer was going to require more repairs than I wanted to put into it so we traded it in for a new one.
whjco 07/26/19 09:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bicyclist/RV Death

When you step foot in the ocean you become part of the food chain. Kind of the same on a roadway. Like it or not, as aggravating as they can sometimes be, a cyclist has the same legal rights to most roads as we do with our RVs.
whjco 07/26/19 12:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: How many people have cameras on trailer

I bought one with a wireless camera on eBay for $45. It works great and comes in quite handy when backing into spaces or stopping with the amount of rear clearance from some object at the rear of the RV. I have a CDL and am used to using mirrors for backing but the camera comes in real handy for filling in the blind spot between the mirrors and increases the safety factor significantly.
whjco 07/26/19 11:36am Travel Trailers
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