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Old 07-23-2016, 11:58 AM   #8441
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Just finished cleaning the carpet, I hate that job but it's done.
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Old 07-23-2016, 12:29 PM   #8442
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Keeping the roof cleaned will go a long way to help avoid the black streaks.
Just got the whole camper including the roof and the LP cover washed and had to replace the vent caps since they were dry rotted. Got the RCA cables in and working with the tv. Waxing will have to wait for later today or tomorrow.
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Old 07-23-2016, 12:44 PM   #8443
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I upgraded the axle and tires on my 35 gallon thetford smart tote 2
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Old 07-23-2016, 01:33 PM   #8444
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I upgraded the axle and tires on my 35 gallon thetford smart tote 2
How did you get the lock nut on backwards, that had to take some doing.
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Old 07-23-2016, 01:50 PM   #8446
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I upgraded the axle and tires on my 35 gallon thetford smart tote 2
Ready to take your poo off roading!!! 😁. Just kidding - looks good and will make for an easier tow over rough terrain for sure.
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Old 07-23-2016, 03:07 PM   #8447
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How did you get the lock nut on backwards, that had to take some doing.
I did not use the threaded shaft. Found the steel 5/8's shaft from home depot. Figured it's stronger than threaded. The four large lock nuts are just spacers, just slipped on the shaft.

I'm concidering drilling through the top edge of the inner washers and installing a screw to prevent the axle from falling out if I pick the tank up. The 1/2 inch original axle would fall out from time to time. It just snaps in. The only problem I had with the smaller wheels is my rubber strap to the ball broke when inching across a speed bump. With the larger tires it should cross the speed bump easier.

I might try jb weld in the moulded groove the axle pops in before screwing the inner washer into the side of the tank. I hate poking two holes in it.

Maybe the better idea is the screws in the tops of the inside washers with a bit of jb weld on the threads during install.

I just don't want the heavy axle popping out when I move it from the bed of the truck to the ground and back.
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Old 07-23-2016, 03:14 PM   #8448
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I did not use the threaded shaft. Found the steel 5/8's shaft from home depot. Figured it's stronger than threaded. The four large lock nuts are just spacers, just slipped on the shaft.

I'm concidering drilling through the top edge of the inner washers and installing a screw to prevent the axle from falling out if I pick the tank up. The 1/2 inch original axle would fall out from time to time. It just snaps in. The only problem I had with the smaller wheels is my rubber strap to the ball broke when inching across a speed bump. With the larger tires it should cross the speed bump easier.

I might try jb weld in the moulded groove the axle pops in before screwing the inner washer into the side of the tank. I hate poking two holes in it.

Maybe the better idea is the screws in the tops of the inside washers with a bit of jb weld on the threads during install.

I just don't want the heavy axle popping out when I move it from the bed of the truck to the ground and back.
How about using a larger diameter thin walled tube as a "sleeve" for the axle to go through? It would be the length equal to the distance between your two wshers. The larger sleeve would not pop out as easily.
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Old 07-23-2016, 03:32 PM   #8449
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How about using a larger diameter thin walled tube as a "sleeve" for the axle to go through? It would be the length equal to the distance between your two wshers. The larger sleeve would not pop out as easily.
The original shaft was popping out when I'd pick the entire thing off the ground. The original shaft was 1/2 inch diameter.

This one is tighter and hasn't popped out yet but I'd expect it will. Just looking to fix the shaft to the tank so I don't have to bother with it while camping. Also thought about wire up to the large nipple where the hose clamp is. If it didn't have the hose storage I'd just go over the top with the ratchet strap.
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Yeah, 5/8" is bigger than 1/2".

Guess I read 5/8", but thought 3/8".

Could still be an option, though. Maybe a 3/4" sleeve would stay in.
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Old 07-23-2016, 09:38 PM   #8451
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I upgraded the axle and tires on my 35 gallon thetford smart tote 2

When I bought mine the first time I used it one of the rear tires fell into a hole and popped the axle out. I was thinking about doing the same with the pneumatic tires but not sure what to do with the poor axle design. You would think they should have moulded it in.

I also cut reliefs in the bayonet connector as it does not seem to fit on very tight. Now it snaps on like the sewer hose. Also double check all your hose clamps, mine were kind of loose. For all the good reviews, I think they have a lot of room for improvement.
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Old 07-24-2016, 08:25 AM   #8452
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:43 PM   #8453
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Thermostat is set at 90 in the driveway, A/C is running hard. I hate to let the camper sit in the driveway and everything inside bakes.


I have a Fantastic Fan in the bathroom, does anybody ever keep one turned on all of the time to suck air thru from another roof vent? With the residential fridge I need to make sure it doesn't overheat.
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:58 PM   #8454
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Noticed that the black tank was always draining. So after a good flush ran a scope up the drain and noticed the drain only about halfway closed. Spent the morning pulling the valve out and inspecting. When I pulled the cable out of the guide. Right at the handle the cable has started to birdcage. Got it cleaned up and back together and adjusted enough to work while I get a replacement cable in from Amazon. Will take pics when I go back into replace the cable
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Noticed that the black tank was always draining. So after a good flush ran a scope up the drain and noticed the drain only about halfway closed. Spent the morning pulling the valve out and inspecting. When I pulled the cable out of the guide. Right at the handle the cable has started to birdcage. Got it cleaned up and back together and adjusted enough to work while I get a replacement cable in from Amazon. Will take pics when I go back into replace the cable
Is your old cable braided? The new one I got from Amazon is solid wire.
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Yes the original cable is braided. Should have the new one on Tuesday
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Old 07-24-2016, 08:28 PM   #8457
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Added a thing to the slide. Reckon this means we can't get rid of the camper for a while
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Found a really nice bumper mount from a fellow member that had removed it. Mounted our Aussie grill on it. Very sturdy design. Really wanted that greasy grill out of the basement.
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