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Old 05-28-2018, 09:55 PM   #13421
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Today, not much. Yesterday I got the furnace reinstalled, again. Back in November we camped in Townsend in the snow. The furnace died in the night. Got home and changed the control panel with a Dinosaur brand board. Went camping in South Carolina for spring break when the furnace stopped heating again. I figured sail switch and it wasn't it. Changed to high limit switch and was good to go. When I first pulled the furnace I installed a 4 pin automotive connector. When I pulled it one of the male pins wasn't seated. So I cut it out, spliced in a 30 inch extension. And used spade connecters. The next time I have to pull the furnace the job will be much easier.
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:30 PM   #13422
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Sanitized the water system. Our hot water got pretty funky.

Also got a reminder that my Atwood water heater takes a different size socket than muni suburban. If I saw it right, seems like it’s 15/16”.
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:22 AM   #13423
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Sanitized the water system. Our hot water got pretty funky.

Also got a reminder that my Atwood water heater takes a different size socket than muni suburban. If I saw it right, seems like itís 15/16Ē.
RVgeeks have some good videos on maintaining an Atwood WH.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:43 AM   #13424
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Gave it a much needed bath!!!!!!
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Old 05-29-2018, 01:51 PM   #13425
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Spent a couple hours in the heat pulling my brake drums and checking the brakes and bearings.
I was concerned because on our first outing, the brakes were smoking and stinking when we got to our site. Wheels hot to the touch. I eased off on the electric signal to the brakes, but the one side was smoking by the time we went down the last long hill into our home town. I eased off the brakes more. By the time we got up the long hill out of town to our house & parked the TT, the wheel that was smoking was just very warm but you could leave your hand on it.
So I inspected the brakes, blew out all the brake dust from the backing plate and drum with my compressor, deglazed the brakes with some sandpaper, blew them off again, checked movement, cleaned of the magnet actuators, reassembled and torqued the lug nuts to 100#. I used my old beam scale torque wrench, did not remember buying a micro-click one ;( Got to find that and keep it handy.
Now I just need to find a good spot to properly adjust the brakes. Thinking about going back to high school, it's just a mile down the road, on top of the same hill we live on. School will be out next time we hook up for camping.
At least I am confident the brakes & bearings are good, and the wheels lug nuts are properly torqued.
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Old 05-29-2018, 01:57 PM   #13426
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Also got a reminder that my Atwood water heater takes a different size socket than muni suburban. If I saw it right, seems like itís 15/16Ē.
Indeed, my Atwood plug is 15/16".
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Old 05-29-2018, 03:32 PM   #13427
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Gave it a much needed bath!!!!!!
I did that also, then loaded everything up and drove out to Gettysburg.
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Old 05-29-2018, 03:33 PM   #13428
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Spent a couple hours in the heat pulling my brake drums and checking the brakes and bearings.
I was concerned because on our first outing, the brakes were smoking and stinking when we got to our site. Wheels hot to the touch. I eased off on the electric signal to the brakes, but the one side was smoking by the time we went down the last long hill into our home town. I eased off the brakes more. By the time we got up the long hill out of town to our house & parked the TT, the wheel that was smoking was just very warm but you could leave your hand on it.
So I inspected the brakes, blew out all the brake dust from the backing plate and drum with my compressor, deglazed the brakes with some sandpaper, blew them off again, checked movement, cleaned of the magnet actuators, reassembled and torqued the lug nuts to 100#. I used my old beam scale torque wrench, did not remember buying a micro-click one ;( Got to find that and keep it handy.
Now I just need to find a good spot to properly adjust the brakes. Thinking about going back to high school, it's just a mile down the road, on top of the same hill we live on. School will be out next time we hook up for camping.
At least I am confident the brakes & bearings are good, and the wheels lug nuts are properly torqued.
I hope you had a dust mask on when you blew them off!
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Old 05-29-2018, 03:42 PM   #13429
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Finally able to try out the Q mounted on a swing arm.
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:15 PM   #13430
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I hope you had a dust mask on when you blew them off!
supposedly asbestos long gone on OTR vehicles. A fine mist of water and a drain pan will make short work of brake dust...and fluid for that matter.
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:42 PM   #13431
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That dust itself is not good to breath in, not knowing what is in there!
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:56 PM   #13432
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Spent a couple hours in the heat pulling my brake drums and checking the brakes and bearings.
I was concerned because on our first outing, the brakes were smoking and stinking when we got to our site. Wheels hot to the touch. I eased off on the electric signal to the brakes, but the one side was smoking by the time we went down the last long hill into our home town. I eased off the brakes more. By the time we got up the long hill out of town to our house & parked the TT, the wheel that was smoking was just very warm but you could leave your hand on it.
So I inspected the brakes, blew out all the brake dust from the backing plate and drum with my compressor, deglazed the brakes with some sandpaper, blew them off again, checked movement, cleaned of the magnet actuators, reassembled and torqued the lug nuts to 100#. I used my old beam scale torque wrench, did not remember buying a micro-click one ;( Got to find that and keep it handy.
Now I just need to find a good spot to properly adjust the brakes. Thinking about going back to high school, it's just a mile down the road, on top of the same hill we live on. School will be out next time we hook up for camping.
At least I am confident the brakes & bearings are good, and the wheels lug nuts are properly torqued.


I read an article that said stab brakes hard to reduce speed by 10-15MPH versus long periods of mid pressure. Seems to work for me also transmission grade brake kicks in. I do have a 5.3L GMC gasser
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Old 05-29-2018, 05:30 PM   #13433
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That dust itself is not good to breath in, not knowing what is in there!
I converted my rig to hydraulic disc brakes. Every trip I make results a lot of brake dust showing on the wheels...more than what shows up on the truck wheels. Just a quick spray of McGuiars wheel cleaner and lots of rinse water gets rid of it. Iím pretty sure the internal drum brakes get as much or more dust but it doesnít get cleaned after each trip. It may be asbestos free now but probably still pretty bad to inhale.
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:28 PM   #13434
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Had a decent wind, just watched out where the brake dust was blowing.

Later, I decided to tackle the annoying dinette table movement. More involved than the initial plan ;(
Turned out the table was also off center between the benches so I removed and reinstalled both the pole fittings on the floor and both on the table bottom. Now my table is centered, there is enough room for a grandkid & an adult to straddle the posts each with a foot in the center, and the table butts against the wall. SWMBO approved!
I expect by the time I get done, IF I get another TV, I'll probably get a bigger TT to start on
New memory foam mattress expected tomorrow, according to Amazon.
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:38 PM   #13435
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Our garbage can used to go in a base cabinet. Every time that you needed to throw something away, you had to pull the garbage can out. This drove my DW crazy. So I built a slide drawer and attached the door to it.


Great job. Showed DW your pic...she added it to the TD list.
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:47 PM   #13436
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Today, installed a wingman attachment to the television antenna. Seems to make some difference in the reception. Or maybe the camper is in a better spot right now.

Prior to today.
Replaced the water pump. Old one quit working.
Installed paper holder inside lavatory cabinet door. In easy reach and doesn't get wet anytime.
Installed LED puck lights under the shelves in the pantry cabinet. It was dark in there and hard to see what was what.

Couple of to do's over the next couple weeks:
Have the Oxygenics shower head ordered, if CW will ever ship.
Install fishing rod racks on the upper aluminum frames inside the front pass through storage so we can carry rods out of the way.
Either remove completely or may replumb the on board water filter to the suction side of the water pump. Allows filtering the water from the fresh water tank and keeps pressure off the filter housing. Using an external filter for city water.
Want to replace the blanks in the cabinet over the dinette with matching doors to get better access.
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Old 05-29-2018, 07:27 PM   #13437
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Filled my camper water tank because our 3 year old water heater in the house died and the part won't be here until Thursday. It's nice always having the camper a spare tiny house parked in the yard if needed, in this case for hot showers.



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Gave it a much needed bath!!!!!!
I'm glad you took a bath before the rally..
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:57 AM   #13439
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I had 8 minutes, so I hung a couple hooks by the door...





My dad mounted his "old" batteries in his new rig. Mmmm, Trojan L16s.
I'll be getting some US Battery L16s eventually. Turns out my job ends soon, so we'll be putting that purchase off.

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Old 05-30-2018, 10:15 AM   #13440
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Got in the Zinus 8" memory foam mattress. Unpacked it before moving the old mattress, big mistake. What a clusterfred getting both out and then the new mattress back in.
Giving the old mattress (used three times) to my daughter to doublestack in her Toy hauler TT.
SWMBO had to take some peroxide to three spots I got blood on the new mattress from ripping the back of my hand against so wood edge while doing the Tetris ClusterFred (polite company version of an old term).
Anyways, new mattress is SWMBO approved.

Guy showed up this morning to work on my drive. Flattened it out some taking out the center hump and lessening the vertical angle in there and putting down gravel. Last gravel put in was in 2009. So a little more ground clearance for the hangdowns on the TT.
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