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Old 05-02-2014, 10:34 AM   #1
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First time out this afternoon, few last questions

We're packing up to head out for the our first ever popup trip this afternoon for the weekend. Heading 30 miles from home to give it a go. I'm still trying to learn everything I have to do. I have a few last questions.

  1. What is the on/off switch below the converter in my picture below? I'm assuming it's for the water holding tank.
  2. So the follow-up question, my holding tank appears to have mold in it. I haven't sanitized it yet, but if the campsite has a freshwater hookup, I don't even need to use the holding tank, correct?
  3. The other picture shows a loose wire on my dinette slide-out. There's one on both sides and neither are attached. Any idea what these are supposed to attach to? Nothing stands out as an obvious place for them to be attached.
  4. I had a brake controller installed (brand/model in my signature) so I have to learn how to use that. I haven't read the instructions yet. Any simple advice for how it works?
  5. Battery question: Last weekend I was setting everything up and had the pup plugged into the house all day (is this called "shore power?"). After unplugging to fold the pup up, I tested an interior light to see how the battery was doing. It didn't come on. I'm assuming my battery is dead? Also assuming I can buy something to install on it that'll show me the charge at a glance?
That's all for now! I may have more "popup" as I prepare throughout the day.

My propane wasn't working (posted in another thread, which I'll update) and had an RV service center check out my regulator. Regulator was bad, so I'm picking up a new one later this morning. I'll give my propane system a go when I get it.

Thank you!
Jason
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:41 AM   #2
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Eh darn, just noticed the campsite has no water hookup. Looks like I need to sanitize asap. I'm going to put a bucket full of water diluted with one cup of bleach into it through it a funnel.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:26 AM   #3
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Okay, answered my first and second question. On/off switch was for water pump.

I filled bucket full of water, put a cup of bleach in and poured it into the holding tank. I repeated this process. Then I put a hose in and filled the tank full with fresh water. I turned the pump on, opened all the faucets until I could smell bleach coming from them, then shut them off. Now I'm letting it sit for awhile.

Should I let it sit for a few hours, then repeat? Or let the current solution sit for longer?
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:28 AM   #4
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1. Yes. The switch looks like it should be the one for the water pump. Self priming pump so with water in the tank simply turn on pump. As water reaches faucet turn off tap. If there is antifreeze in lines they will need to be flushed before closing taps. Once lines are full and flushed this is the time to open lines to water heater and close bypass, if you have a water heater. Once pressurized the pump should shut down so you can leave pump switch on while set up.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:32 AM   #5
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First off, I recommend you just bring some jugs of water this weekend and use those. Properly sanitizing is going to take ~24 hours, and I assume you're heading out this afternoon? Besides, if it is mould you'll want to clean it out as much as possible prior to sanitizing.

As far as the switch, it's probably for the water pump, but not knowing your trailer I can't say for certain. Flick and see what happens?

I doubt your battery was bad to start with, more likely you have a battery disconnect somewhere. In our TT it's next to the convertor. (Actually right about where your switch in question is). Most other people have them outside closer to the battery. Another possibility is the main line from the battery has an issue. Either fuse or current limiter (aka breaker) is popped. Trace from the battery back to see if anything is amiss.

If your dealer setup the brake controller right you shouldn't need to do much. Just use the brakes like normal (giving more stopping room of course) if you feel a slight tug then the trailers brakes are working. If no tug turn it up, if a lot of tug, turn it down. The only time I ever needed to manually hit the controller is in a bad sway situation (which I only encountered pulling my dad's old TT, never with this one.). The basic principle there is to get the TV moving faster than the TT by either applying the TT's brakes or speeding up the TV.

And lastly, welcome to camping! I hope you have fun this weekend.
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2. To get rid of mould. Clean out mould. Bleach @ 1/4C per 15gal. of water. Run it to all faucets. Let sit for 12hr. repeat if necessary. Like another said it might be better to carry jugs at this point.
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3. The loose wires should have R clips, or retainer pins on them to go into holes drilled into slide out lock pins. They hold the slide out in place.
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4. On a quiet level street get vehicle and pup to low speed 10-15mph. Engage brake controller. It should gently stop you. Once this is set use vehicle brakes at same speed. Should feel pup pull a bit but should not skid tires. Use inc. and dec. to set these points. Rarely use except tough situations.
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Thanks for the replies!

I'll let the current bleach sit in the tank until we arrive at the campground. That'll mean it's been in the lines and tank for 8 to 9 hours. We'll plan just to use the tank for shower/sink and plan on drinking from jugs.

I wondered if that's what the wires were supposed to be holding. Wonder what happened to the R-clips.

Okay, driving 30 minutes away on level, easy roads to the campground. I probably won't even need my brake controller to be engage, but I'll give it a test run around my neighborhood to feel if it's pulling enough or too much.
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Old 05-02-2014, 02:15 PM   #10
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Discovered my propane problem. Picked up the new regulator and put it on...nothing, didn't work. Took the regulator and hose assembly off of my gas grill and tried it, and everything works.

So it's one of the two hoses (or both) that aren't working. Couldn't get the gas grill to light with my pup's regulator/hose assembly.

On my way to the hardware store for propane hoses.
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