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  1. JimmyM

    Macerator pump rebuild whoopsie

    After last season I took my macerator pump apart to clean it out if needed and replace the impeller. It's flexible rubber impeller and needs to be replaced every so often. When I replaced the "intake body" on the studs I mistakenly had it turned 90 degrees. It turns out that the intake body only...
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    Lithium upgrade

    I've started the process of upgrading my dual GC2 batteries to LiFePO4. During a week of dry camping in VT in the fall the GC2s would be dead by the end of the week even with 310W of solar and sunny days. If we had, and usually do, cloudy days, the batteries are dead waay sooner. I have a...
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    New converter, no output

    Background... I'm going to replace my dual GC2 batteries with lithium. So I'm I replacing the converter in my camper with a PowerMax PM3-55LKL (was a WFCO 8735). This converter has 3 modes; 3-stage (for lead acid), 2-stage (for lithium) and Fixed voltage. I wired the converter to 120V power...
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    Keep those safety chains in good shape

    https://www.yahoo.com/autos/trailer-safety-chain-stops-couples-230500361.html
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    4G WiFi router

    I recently bought 2 4G WiFi routers to test them. A Mofi4500 and a KuWFi. The Mofi was about double the cost of the KuWfi. It also has a more feature rich GUI for setting 4G parameters. But ultimately I went with the KuWfi because in testing, it connected to the right cellular band without...
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    First Jimmy Rally

    After getting sick of cancelled trips, I joked that I would just have a rally at my house. But it sort of started to gain traction in my head. So I just sort of said, OK. I'm having a rally on my property. It was sort of short notice so only a couple of local fellow members could make it. But it...
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    Need a new door core my hybrid

    I found water damage in one of my hybrid bunk doors. The bottom 8-10" are wet. The other 2 bunks are fine. I have a 2015 Star Craft 239TBS. Has anyone else ordered a replacement door? If so, who did you contact, the manufacturer or dealer? Thanks.
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    Poll, What should ny next camper project be?

    I've got a 3 bunk Hybrid. So what should I do next?
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    Brake imbalance

    Today I pulled the drums to inspect, clean, adjust things. Bearings look great (didn't re-pack), brakes look great. Mechanisms are clean and free. All tires rotate freely with a little drag after adjustment. Backed up a lot activated the brakes repeatedly to cycle the adjusters. Great. all good...
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    How are you keeping busy?

    Here in the US, and in many other places, "Social distancing" is in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A LOT of things are just shut down. Some folks can't work. It tough all around. My 3 kids are home from school and my wife is home since she works at a school. What are you guys doing to...
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    New switch panel near the door

    My hybrid has the typical set of switches near the door for lights etc. But I want to replace the nearly useless tank level display with a SeeLevel. That would leave the existing panel with gaps. Also the Awning control switch was installed crooked. This is what I started with... So I decided...
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    Water pump short cycling

    Since I bought my 2015 Starcraft hybrid, the water pump short cycles under low demand. The pump sounds like it's chugging. on-off-on-off in real quick succession. The pump is a Shurflo 4008, 3GPM pump. On the label it says that it's cut-off pressure is 55 PSI. I bought a Shurflo surge tank to...
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    Equalizer hitch lubrication

    I have the Equalizer 4 point weight distributing hitch. But I'm looking for the best lubricant to use at the trunnion where the bars rotate. I know equalizer sells a "high-performance" grease. But what is it? It needs to be a high viscosity extreme pressure grease. The parts just rub against...
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    Aux CAN Bus module for new data

    I use Torque Pro to monitor engine coolant and trans temps while towing. I'm sure others do too. But there are some PIDs (parameters) that aren't available on my 2011 Ford Expedition. Like Oil pressure and oil temperature. There's an oil pressure "gauge" on the dash, but that's just like an...
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    Reflectix under Gizmos

    There are so many threads on reflectix and gizmos that I can't read them all to see if this was asked. Has anyone used reflectix under their gizmos to add insulation for the bunk end? It probably won't do anything to help with sun. But in cold weather, it should add some R value to the bunk...
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    The much maligned Harbor Freight Tailgator 700/900W Generator

    Last year, they were on sale for $88.99 and thought I'd give it a shot. So I got it (#63025) and the 1 year extended warranty. Fast forward to last week. 1 Year warranty is almost up. I finally got around to getting it out and breaking it in. Generator #1 prep - None. 40:1 pre-mix, a few pulls...
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    Reese SC has betrayed me for the third and final time

    On our way to our annual anniversary trip to the White Mountains my Reese SC threw the right hand weight distribution bar for the third and final time. Out it goes. Piece of crap. I had to hammer the bar cover back into shape after it was run over by a following car. Probably going to get an...
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    New Massachusetts Rally Location for 2019?

    With Rallies in the surrounding states, a Rally in MA is conspicuous in its absence. There used to be a rally at Wompatuck just south of Boston. Map Link Here It's pretty close to where I live, but to plan a new Rally I'd like to move it westward a bit. Maybe in the general Worcester area. West...
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    New towing mirrors on my Expedition

    I picked up a set of towing mirrors for my Expedition. They're F-150 style mirrors. Manual extending, power, heated mirrors. The real F-150 mirrors don't fit the Expedition. Expedition_Mirrors by JimmyM posted May 5, 2018 at 10:11 PM
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    Damaged solar panel

    Arrrrgh! My 2nd solar panel arrived today. Smashed. 160W Eco-Worthy. The first one works great. Figured I'd get another. Fate had other plans.




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