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Old 05-15-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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Leaking H2O tank - Fixed

We found out the lower fitting on the back of our water heater leaked the morning of our first outing. We awoke to some wet carpet and wet tootsies.....

Luckily we were able to isolate the problem by shutting the off the valves for the water heater.... but this left us with no hot water.

Today I removed the lower fitting on the water heater and resealed it with teflon tape..... it's all good now and the h2o heater works perfectly.

Apparently, the leak emanated from the clumpy (or ill-applied) plumbers putty...




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Old 05-15-2011, 08:12 PM   #2
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What kind of tools do you guys bring with you when camping?
Like the bare necessities..........
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:26 PM   #3
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If Darren is anything like me - (very Resourceful) - which I think he is - he will have basic hand tools

I keep a bunch of tools in my truck box including a floor jack - for the most part I am always over prepared then under prepared - Must be the Marine in me
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:10 PM   #4
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I have a little cardboard box that contains my 'fix it kit' .... a screw driver, fishing pliers, electrical tape, a bandaid, and some wrenches.

This "fix" required no less than 3 trips to the local hardware store.... which is usually necessary under such circumstances. Any plumbing project requires a minimum of 3 trips to the local hardware store, don't you know!

Fixed and done....

Up next... a little 'lift' for the camper and some new shoes.... ::

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Old 05-16-2011, 04:45 PM   #5
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I kinda meant, what are the usual heads and sizings that FR uses on the trailers....Philips....etc.....?
Unlike Sherdep.....I am not interested in bringing the kitchen sink = p
Im talking bare minimum here............
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Better invest in some square bits (not sure of the size). That is the usual or standard for most RV/mobile homes screws. I keep a screwdriver with interchangable bits on hand as well as the usual vise grips and set of sockets and a handy voltmeter.
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I have a small combination tool set, includes metric and sae socket sets, screw drivers with multiple tips from square bits, phillips, strait and allen bits, I carry a 12 v test light and multiple fuses, pliers and a rubber mallet. Don't forget the lug wrench and bottle jack. I have a star lug wrench with multiple size sockets on each star, and test it to be sure it fits your lugs. Most star lug wrenches will fit both your trailer and your truck, but don't count on your truck and trailer to have the same size lugs. I also carry a tire pressure gauge.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:05 PM   #8
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Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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I have a small combination tool set, includes metric and sae socket sets, screw drivers with multiple tips from square bits, phillips, strait and allen bits, I carry a 12 v test light and multiple fuses, pliers and a rubber mallet. Don't forget the lug wrench and bottle jack. I have a star lug wrench with multiple size sockets on each star, and test it to be sure it fits your lugs. Most star lug wrenches will fit both your trailer and your truck, but don't count on your truck and trailer to have the same size lugs. I also carry a tire pressure gauge.
......and that's all.........?
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The question about 'what's in your tool box' will get varied responses.. as varied as the individuals packing their RV's.

Seriously, I have a small cardboard box with some basic tools. A few fuses for the RV, some glue, a multi tool screwdriver, a crescent wrench, some pliers, some zip ties, some twine, electrical tape. (yadda yadda yadda)

Normally, I would carry some replacement light bulbs for the RV, but I want these to blow so they can be replaced with LED's.

One of the best investments I made was a 12 volt impact wrench. The first flat I had on my old Salem, the tire was on sand and there was no way to get enough torque on the lug nuts by hand to remove the wheel.... I pulled out the handy-dandy 12 volt impact wrench. It was slow in removing the lug nuts, but got the job done.



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