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Old 03-04-2016, 06:41 PM   #31
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Re: Water Pressure Regulator Location

Our city water inlet flange is brass female thread not plastic. We keep the brass pressure regulator and 45 degree elbow attached to the inlet all the time.
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Old 03-11-2016, 11:32 AM   #32
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195BH Water Tanks When Dry Camping

The wife and I just returned from our second trip. Towed our 195BH a 100 miles to an RV Park for 4 days. We wanted to use our hot, fresh, grey and black water tanks and pump as if we were dry camping. We wanted to know how many days our tanks would go (for two people) before having to refill/drain them. We used the hot and fresh water tanks primarily for a daily shower and brushing teeth. There was very little water used for dish washing. This is what we found:

6 gal hot water tank and pump worked great. Shower hot water lasted about 6 min with shower head on all the time. This was plenty of time for each of us to shower. The water heater took about 15 min to re-heat the 6 gal tank.

26 gal fresh water tank was almost full by Day 4. We think certainly by Day 5 the fresh water tank will have to be refilled.

25 gal grey water tank was full on Day 4. This is the first tank that needed action (draining). The hot and fresh water tanks are 34 gals. total. You will fill up the grey tank well ahead of using up the hot and fresh water tanks.

25 gal black water tank was about 1/4 full on Day 4. Added 2-3 gal of water plus chemical to this tank before using toilet. We think (for two people) this tank would go two weeks before dumping, but just guessing.

Per the owners manual, sanitized the fresh water tank with chlorine at the RV Park (first time it was sanitized). We filled and flushed the hot and fresh water tanks, sink and tub faucets twice to get rid of the chlorine odor. Suggest it be done a third time if there is still a strong odor.

Using the city water hookup filled and flushed the black tank twice through the toilet. We use a separate hose and a "Y" adapter at the outside spigot for black water flushing using city water.

We plan to dry camp 14+ days this summer and trying to understand how far our tanks will go before a refill/drain is needed.

Appreciate any comments from 195BH owners on number of days dry camped, how many people used water, how your tanks held up, any problems? or tips when dry camping.

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Old 03-12-2016, 11:45 AM   #33
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Changed Single Entry Step to Double Entry Step

We changed our single entry step to a double step. After leveling our 195BH the single step was 16 inches from the ground. We also have taller 15 inch wheels. The single step was too high for us. Installed a double entry step (Lippert Part #341500).

Also added two brown Prest-O-Fit Wrap Around Radius RV step rugs (22 inches wide), Part #2-0201. If you buy a step rug, be sure it is the 22" radius (curved) one, as there are two types.

Both the Lippert double step and Prest-O-Fit step rugs are on Amazon.
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Old 03-12-2016, 03:56 PM   #34
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We changed our single entry step to a double step. After leveling our 195BH the single step was 16 inches from the ground.
Camp4two - I want to change my single step to a double step. I have a 2014 Salem Cruise Lite 195BH. Is this the same camper as yours? Will this double step retro-fit where my single step is located?
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Old 03-12-2016, 06:25 PM   #35
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RE: Changed Single Entry Step to Double Entry Step

Ktsmom: Yes, our trailer models are same except ours is a 2016. The double step should fit your trailer. To be sure before you buy, give Lippert Components a call, 866-524-7821. They are the manufacturer of our step.

The double step is shipped w/o hardware. You use your existing bolts, washers, nuts. Just be careful not to overtighten the nylon tightening nuts. Accidenly broke one bolt and had to replace it. No additional hardware is required. The double step mounted up to our frame perfectly.
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I am wondering if adding the double step closes the gap between the last step and the trailer floor? That is the step that my wife has the most problem with. I do have an adjustable/portable first step that I purchased from Camping World. A double step would eliminate this nuisance, and that would be just fine.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:43 PM   #37
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RE: Changed Single Entry Step to Double Entry Step

Hi Gary: Here are the measurements of our 195BH double step entry and a couple pics. This should answer your question and give our readers some more information.

Ground to bottom step: 10"
Bottom step to top step: 7"
Top step to trailer floor: 8"
Note: Measured heights include our step rug.
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LED Bulb Numbers

Replaced our 195BH factory incandescent interior, porch and tail lights with LEDs. Here are the bulb numbers:

#921 (T10 wedge type) for 8 interior lights (4 double/4 single). 12 bulbs.
#1141 (socket type) for the porch light.
#1157 (socket type) for the tail lights (stop/turn signal/brake/running)

Did not replace the small running lights around the trailer.

The plastic covers for the incandescent bulbs felt like touching a heat lamp (just too hot). Our battery must be much happier now.
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:34 PM   #39
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Hmmh something really wrong with our 195BH then. We just came back from week long Colorado trip and stay in one RV park the whole time. This is with brand new 2016 195 BH. Here is what we noticed:
1. We could take a shower with hot water for at most 2 minutes straight. With a comfortable temperature combined hot-cold water spraying out.
2. at most, 4 times shower would fill up the greay water tank.

What could be wrong here ?

Overall we love our Cruise Lite 195BH. No major problem after towing 1600 miles !!
Coming from little 2000lbs camper, this feel like a luxury for us

We ended up using eaz lift without the two bars installed.
Basically using eaz lift for sway control only. I think it made a difference.




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The wife and I just returned from our second trip. Towed our 195BH a 100 miles to an RV Park for 4 days. We wanted to use our hot, fresh, grey and black water tanks and pump as if we were dry camping. We wanted to know how many days our tanks would go (for two people) before having to refill/drain them. We used the hot and fresh water tanks primarily for a daily shower and brushing teeth. There was very little water used for dish washing. This is what we found:

6 gal hot water tank and pump worked great. Shower hot water lasted about 6 min with shower head on all the time. This was plenty of time for each of us to shower. The water heater took about 15 min to re-heat the 6 gal tank.

26 gal fresh water tank was almost full by Day 4. We think certainly by Day 5 the fresh water tank will have to be refilled.

25 gal grey water tank was full on Day 4. This is the first tank that needed action (draining). The hot and fresh water tanks are 34 gals. total. You will fill up the grey tank well ahead of using up the hot and fresh water tanks.

25 gal black water tank was about 1/4 full on Day 4. Added 2-3 gal of water plus chemical to this tank before using toilet. We think (for two people) this tank would go two weeks before dumping, but just guessing.

Per the owners manual, sanitized the fresh water tank with chlorine at the RV Park (first time it was sanitized). We filled and flushed the hot and fresh water tanks, sink and tub faucets twice to get rid of the chlorine odor. Suggest it be done a third time if there is still a strong odor.

Using the city water hookup filled and flushed the black tank twice through the toilet. We use a separate hose and a "Y" adapter at the outside spigot for black water flushing using city water.

We plan to dry camp 14+ days this summer and trying to understand how far our tanks will go before a refill/drain is needed.

Appreciate any comments from 195BH owners on number of days dry camped, how many people used water, how your tanks held up, any problems? or tips when dry camping.

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I haven't used the built in heater with our previous camper.
This time we used the heater in colorado, 2 nights, night time only.
after the 2 night, the propane ran out (came in full when we started the camping)
Maybe it is normal that built in heater uses that much propane ?
Or is this not normal ?
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