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Kirk W

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  1. Remove the fuse that supplies power to the furnace? If that isn't practical you could also lift the 12V lead from the terminal block where it connects, usually found inside of the rear access panel for the furnace.
  2. First of all, the anode is there (if you have a Suburban water heater as Atwood doesn't use one) has nothing at all to do with the electrical operation of the water heater. They should be replaced annually but that is to extend the life of the water heater's tank, by preventing galvanic corrosion. As to needing a new solenoid, I have no idea what you are thinking of unless you mean the propane supply valve and in many years of working with RV water heaters, I can only remember replacing 2 of them so that is not a common problem. What I do not see in your post is an indication if you have used a volt/ohm meter to verify that there is 12V-dc electric power to the water heater? That sounds like a strong possibility of being your problem. If the ignition probe never sparks then it isn't possible to get any heating so that is the first thing to see why it don't happen. The spark probes do fail and are one of the more common items to need replacement, but if you don't have 12V then nothing will ever work, not even a new water heater. That problem could well be something as simple as a fuse in the supply to the water heater. In my experience as a service technician, randomly changing parts is a very expensive way to troubleshoot and it usually isn't successful. You need to start by verifying that you have a 12V supply (somewhere between 11V & 14V) and then if you do not have one, get a copy of the service manual for the water heater that you have from Bryant RV Service, where you can download a copy. If you were to give us more information, starting with the make and model of the water heater in question and verify that yours is getting 12V power, we may be able to give you some help.
  3. Are you planning to come to Rock Springs, WY and Escapade next June? It will help you a great deal and you may want to consider also attending RVer's Boot Camp.
  4. You may find this article on Investopedia to be helpful. 10 Steps to Becoming a Day Trader
  5. I haven't done that but see no reason that you can't do so. I would not use wood because even treated wood is likely to degrade over time. I think that I would prefer to use aluminum at least for the framework to support everything. I might look into the issue of dissimilar metals before doing this, if you know someone with metallurgy knowledge. Do you have access to any of the structural members that support the existing storage bays? If so you may want to study them and how they are assembled.
  6. This basically agrees with what Barb (an organic chemistry professor) has said and it agrees with what I have experienced as well. I have years of experience of owning a septic system, and most recently of being very involved in the operation of 10 septic systems belonging to a 65 home co-operative community, where I served as a director and also as corporation president. My maintenance director there holds a TX license as a septic system design engineer. The breakdown of materials in the waste tank is exactly the same as takes place in the early stages of a septic system, even though it doesn't normally stay in the tank long enough for the completion of that process. It is the very same bacteria that start the process when the bear poops in the woods that makes his disappear. If you visit a sewage processing facility, you will discover that aeration is a major part of how that is done. There are several products made for placement on the waste tank vent stacks whose purpose is to keep a slight vacuum in the waste tanks. The reports that I have seen indicate that they do work. Cyclone RV Sewer Vent Cap- Vac-U-Jet RV Roof Vent- solar powered RV Plumbing Vent Cap I have not personally used any of these.
  7. Like most things in life, there isn't any single answer that fits all of us. I stopped doing my own investing back when we retired and went on the road. What works best and gets best results depends on my things, like the amount of money you are investing, what your goals are, how much of your time are you willing to put into your investing and a host of other issues. These forums have a lot of self proclaimed experts and several here regularly claim to make vastly better results than any professional, yet I never seem to see any of them traveling in the style that would indicate wealth?? Your questions make me suspect that you plan to be a day trader, which is something that is far beyond what most people here get involved in. I can only tell you what we did and our experience, then you make your choices. We very carefully researched financial managers and placed our investments with him. While our first experience was not all good, since we settled with our current manager we have done very well. We are past the age requiring "required minimum distribution" and have been for 5 years now and yet our investments continue to grow at a rate that exceeds our withdrawals, so we are happy with the result.
  8. There is no specific list of things that make you a resident or that define domicile. The only time it is a problem is when or if someone should challenge your domicile claim. In such a case the more ties that you have to the location that you claim as domicile, the better. I suggest that you read The Issue of Domicile, written by Shawn Loring.
  9. My bank refunds any ATM fees that I get charged while traveling. They have done that for a long time now.
  10. I have been doing that for years and nearly everything is liquified and Barb indicated the same. There are many others of us who just let the natural process begin in our waste tanks and it does work.
  11. Where in a septic system would you find DHMO or Hydric acid, if it has to have some?
  12. I suspect that it is bad for a septic system too.
  13. If you have fulltimer coverage that also has liability coverage similar to your homeowner's policy to cover visitors injured in your home and similar things normally covered by homeowners policies. Do you keep collision insurance on your vehicles? It is much the same way with them as with the RV.
  14. It would seem that you are but that may be because you are not a member of the Escapees RV Club and so can not access the member links? But you can get there as a non-member if you use the direct link to RVER Insurance Exchange.
  15. Like Barb, we only use generous amounts of water when we flush and no chemicals of any kind, but because I do know that there is often some residue left behind on the walls and sides of the waste tanks, I do like to do some preventive removal of that material and have found a pretty easy way of doing so. Once a month or so when traveling and just before we store our trailer for a period of not using it, we fill the tanks about half full of water and then add a generous amount of cold water laundry detergent, just before we will be traveling for several hours. I then dump the tanks as soon as we arrive at the end of that trip. I really doubt that there is any need for the cleaning but it does make us feel better. 😊 We stopped using waste tank chemicals more than 15 years ago while we were fulltime.
  16. And do not forget that no matter where you travel there will be days that weather is bad and you are cooped up inside all day or longer. Consider what you will do when you are ill and all of the various problems that you deal with now as all of those issues will travel with you.
  17. For many people, health insurance has become the primary consideration in choosing a domicile because the state plays a major part in available policies and premiums.
  18. Starter motors do fail and it is very common for the first indication of failure is for the starter to draw excessive current which can show up as needing to jump start. I don't recall having seen that happen with generator, but it used to be pretty common on the old P-30 motorhome chassis. My on-board generator experience has all been with Onan and I can only remember 1 starter failure in that time so if yous is an Onan, it isn't a high probability.
  19. Airstream does build a good trailer but be very careful about the amount of storage and your towing weight. As to the price, how good it is depends upon which Flying Cloud you are looking at since NADA lists them from as low as $45k to as high as $84k, depending upon which model.
  20. Welcome to the USA, early! 🤤 You may want to look at this truck advertisement from this forum. It is for a Peterbilt fifth wheel hauler.
  21. Those two facts pretty clearly point to the power from the chassis batteries as the problem, even though it may not be the fault of the batteries. Did the generator start as it should since you replaced the house batteries? If not there may be some issue with the way those batteries were connected, or some connection not properly made. Most battery level indicators are not very accurate voltmeters and some drop in voltage read as you engage the starter is quite normal. You quite likely would see some of that even with the engine running. When the engine is running there is a relay that ties the output from the alternator to the house batteries so you are basically jump-starting the generator. I would start by cleaning and checking the connections at the house batteries as that is the most easily done of the possible causes.
  22. If you are certain that you will never need to remove it, you could glue it in place. I would look for some way to prevent it turning that you can change if you should wish to remove it. If there is a mounting bracket or something near to it that you could fasten it to or even add an extra bracket.
  23. The big advantage to a travel trailer over a fifth wheel is the flat floor. Since my wife has problems with stairs, that is important.
  24. Amazon has replacement mirror glass if you know the size and dimensions.
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