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  1. JohnDar

    raising a 5th wheel - newbie

    This sounds like the better idea. Dig a shallow pit so the top of the tank is below the axles, then pull the trailer over it. Bonus is you won’t have to fiddle around jacking/blocking the trailer if you need to move it or access the tank. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. JohnDar

    Hi everyone from my husband and myself

    Nearing retirement and wanting to get into RV’ing. Sounds great, but answer a couple of questions first. Are you physically able to climb a ladder to get on the roof? Are you adept at diagnosing a problem and doing repairs? Can you work in tight spaces? Things break, stop working and leaks...
  3. JohnDar

    Water pressure in sink/ shower not strong anymore after I opened blue and red valves underneath.

    The only times you need to open those two low point drain valves are if you are winterizing or need to cut a plumbing line to repair it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. JohnDar

    Trailer brakes disconnecting

    Check the connections in the junction box the cord goes into. They use wire nuts to join the cord to the trailer wiring and one may have come loose. Another cause could be some corrosion on the truck socket terminals. Some electrical contact cleaner and working the plug in and out will clean it...
  5. JohnDar

    Is FoodSaver V3840 Vacuum Sealer Worth It?

    We’ve used one for several years to repackage meats to freeze. We periodically stock up on meats at Sam’s Club and separate the packages into meal size portions. When we had the rig, we took frozen meats from home to use. And if you search, you can find parts and instructions to repair them...
  6. JohnDar

    Day/Night Shade No Spring and Screwed Flat against the wall

    The spring is inside the plastic “bar,” if I remember correctly. Had to restring one of ours before converting to Levelor vertical blinds. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. JohnDar

    Black tank flush

    One other suggestion. At the inlet, there should be a cheap plastic check valve. Make sure it’s not in backwards. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. JohnDar

    Black tank flush

    Depending on your floor plan, it’s a good possibility that the ASV is hidden in a wall space behind the toilet with no access through the wall. In that case, you grab the lines and rip it out via the basement. Then install a Sharkbite check valve, as I had to do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. JohnDar

    kitchen faucet

    It's pretty simple to install a new residential faucet, IF you can access the underside back of the sink to remove the nut holding the OEM faucet in place. If it's an overmount sink, it may be easier to actually remove the sink with the faucet still attached (after disconnecting the supply...
  10. JohnDar

    Black tank flush

    Find the Anti-Siphon Valve (maybe behind a circular close out in the shower) and make sure the genius installer didn't install it backwards.
  11. JohnDar

    Slide cord holder

    Back when we had our rig, the one under the entertainment slide broke in the middle. Heartland replaced it at the 2011 rally, but it broke a few months later.. I used a piece of inner tube and attached it with pop rivets to join it together. Stayed together for years until we sold it. Sent...
  12. JohnDar

    Water leak from underneath the shower

    Identify the supply lines to the bathroom, cut them and install Sharkbite valves. That way you can shut off the water to that area only until you can fix the leak. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. JohnDar

    Tire pressure question

    If you have a TPMS, you will notice pressure and temperature will rise as you drive. And the tires on the sunny side will be higher than the ones on the shaded side. Set the pressure when the tires are cold and only worry if it drops as you drive. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. JohnDar


    For 11 summer seasons, I put these blocks under all jacks and the rear stabilizers. They were made from 3 - 12" sections of 4x4 topped with 5/4 board. Our seasonal site was mostly sand and grass. No problems.
  15. JohnDar

    Black tank flush issue

    If you drop the underbelly cover enough to get a look at the end of the black tank opposite the outlet to the sewer pipe, you might be able to fix it yourself. You might find it close to the side of the trailer.
  16. JohnDar

    Hot Water Doesn't Last

    You might want to check the heater element, too. If it’s encrusted with hard mineral deposits (also white), it may not be transferring enough heat to the water. If it passes the conductivity test, you can clean the crud off by immersing the element in white vinegar for a while. Do not immerse...
  17. JohnDar

    323 BR washer drain

    Maybe that “shut off valve” is actually the drain valve for the gray tank (which filled with water from the wash cycle). Ergo, the foot bath when opened. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. JohnDar

    Black tank flush issue

    When you run the flusher, does water come out of that red pipe? With the rig we had, the ASV was in a blind wall cavity behind the toilet, not behind the shower wall access port. Where is the black tank relative to the photo? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. JohnDar

    Black tank flush issue

    The color of the PEX is meaningless when installed by untrained floor sweepers at the plant. When my ASV failed and flooded the interior floor, the lines were red. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. JohnDar

    Trim that's curved part under bed area on 5th wheel

    If you mean the vinyl insert in the molding track, yes it will shrink/harden over time. Cheap fix to get a roll (measure the width, it comes 3/4” or 1”) and replace it. No glue needed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. JohnDar

    3 Dump Valves

    Possible that it’s for a second gray tank serving either the kitchen sink or the lavatory/shower. Check your rigs floor plan specs for how many holding tanks it has. Each one should have a separate valve, even if they drain to a common sewer outlet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. JohnDar

    Rain water in basement?

    I bought it at a small RV dealer in northern Michigan, near where we kept the rig. Used butyl tape under it, screws into the wall and caulk along the top edge. Finished it with the vinyl bulb trim insert to cover the screws. Wasn't just rain, but snow melt in storage that contributed to the...
  23. JohnDar

    Black water tank flush

    Word of caution if you’re not aware: waste tank sensors are spin-welded to the plastic tanks. You cannot remove them to clean them. Most internal cleaning methods are ineffective at best. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. JohnDar

    Toilet Paper Holder

    That was our solution in the 3670. Pocket door on one side of the throne and a glass shower wall on the other left no place convenient for a TP holder. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. JohnDar

    Rain water in basement?

    This is how I eliminated water running down the sides and into the door frames. I installed the gutter on both sides after having to replace the two large cargo doors and the smaller propane and hydraulic cabinet doors. They absorbed water from the bottom and swelled due to freeze/thaw cycles...
  26. JohnDar

    Rain water in basement?

    Check the gaskets around the door frame to be sure the door is actually seating into them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  27. JohnDar

    Missing something under the kitchen sink

    Kind of strange. In the photo , it looks like it’s joined to the sink drain. That would be weird for a vent, the way it’s positioned. If you could run some compressed air or water (seal around the opening), you might be able to determine what it leads to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  28. JohnDar

    Water coming up through the floor!

    You may have a bad fitting or leaking PEX pipe under the floor that supplies the sink. Not familiar with your model, but if you can remove or loosen some of the underbelly covering in the area of the sink and turn on the water supply, you may be able to see it.
  29. JohnDar

    Lucky me with brake problem

    That or some corrosion on the umbilical connections. Lost brakes once on our way to the National rally years ago. Used downshifting to control braking without burning up the truck brakes. Ended up being corrosion on the terminals. Sprayed with electrical cleaner, worked the plug a few times and...
  30. JohnDar

    Why hasn't this recall been posted

    You can buy an inexpensive gas detector and check your system for leaks. I used mine whenever I extended the kitchen slide or changes tanks. Helped to isolate loose fitting after the TV furnace was serviced. Now I carry it in my truck to use on residential gas odor calls before the rig gets...
  31. JohnDar

    Front Cap Light Switch

    Try looking up JR Products. They have most of the electrical RV switches. Used them for mods I did back when we had our BH. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  32. JohnDar

    Valve Replacement

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  33. JohnDar

    Valve Replacement

    To answer the OP’s question, No, you do not have to drain the tank. Simply turn off the city water and your water pump, then hold the toilet flush open until all the pressure is relieved. Opening the cold water low point drain will help drain the line, too. Then cut the line coming up through...
  34. JohnDar

    Overflowing toilet

    Short of C-4 and a detonator, you may need professional help if you have a Poo Pyramid blocking the pipe. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. JohnDar

    Made a BIG Boo-Boo/No-No on countertop

    If it’s the Hanex type material, you can polish them out. Had to do it years ago when thieves broke in while in storage and stole the TV’s, leaving scratches on the countertop. Using wet sandpaper, starting with 800 grit, gently work your way up through several grits by hand to a 3000 grit...
  36. JohnDar

    Overflowing toilet

    Is the toilet ball opening or not? Possible that there is something blocking the tank drain, too. Not unheard of to have the cutouts from tank installation falling into the tank to give owners grief at some future date. Backflushing at the sewer connection may knock it out of the way. Based...
  37. JohnDar

    Water heater anode rod

    While we had the BH on a seasonal site, we primarily ran the water heater on electric, even though we paid for it. Eliminated the recurring hassle of frequently wrestling a 30lb. tank out and into the compartment under the bedroom slide. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. JohnDar

    Water heater anode rod

    Socket is 1 1/16”. The threads are standard for any anode rod and a 9” rod should suffice. Use some Teflon tape on the threads when installing it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  39. JohnDar

    Need wiring diagram - 2011 Bighorn 3185RL

    If you are going to DIY the rewiring, do not use wire nuts to join them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  40. JohnDar

    splendide washer and dryer

    Oopsie! 50A mentality.