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  1. The anode rod (Atwood brand does not use an anode rod) should be replaced when it is 1/2 gone/eaten away. That normally happens at least once a year, especially if you leave water in the tank during storage. When you remove both drain plug and over-pressure / relief valve, use an water heater flushing rod to clean out the bottom of the tank, you may add more water via the pressure relief valve opening too for additional aid in flushing.
  2. Welcome to the discussion forums! I'm too late, the horse is out of the barn already; you now know the reason to never lift the rear wheels off the ground. The rear wheels keep coach from moving when parked and jacks are down.
  3. When our TriMark remote system died, Camping World replace it with the newer version. The new key fobs have the basement door button, however we have no electric compartment locks. Wayne, after losing the TV antenna to tree limbs one time, DW bought me these steering wheel reminder slappers from rvminders.com. I think she also reminded me I'm old.
  4. RayIN


    Back at you Carl, and everyone! Happy Christmas and Merry New Year! My mechanical shop got a pretty good Christmas present from me last week $2,183 for installing a new primary fuel pump and new air dryer system. Guess what I'm going to get , the CC statement. The extra labor was because the only access to the pump was to remove the starter first.
  5. When the Michelin dealer removed the failed tire, did he offer any explanation as to cause? When replacing just one dual tire, they must be within 1/4" in diameter: pg 73 of, https://commercial.bridgestone.com/content/dam/bcs-sites/bridgestone-ex/products/Databooks/Bridgestone-TBR-DataBook-v17.1-06-13-2017.pdf As to service life: https://www.michelintruck.com/assets/pdf/bulletins/TB_Service_Life_RV_Tires.pdf
  6. What Bill said, X2! If your valve is leaking, when you remove it, soak it in vinegar for a few hrs. Re-install and see if that corrects the leaking. If not, you only wasted a few minutes of time and 1C vinegar, then you may spend money for a new valve. FWIW, they usually leak when the air pocket/pressure cushion that is supposed to be in the top of the tank is absorbed by the water. Your valve removal, or simply opening the valve handle, plus draining about 1G of water, restores the air pocket.
  7. What richard linked-to is a press-fit, IF the groove is cut to width properly.
  8. Read my reply to richard, I think I explained it correctly. The pressure difference would be small IMO. FWIW, my tires have such a pressure increase, IMO it is due to the tire shops air compressor "water trap" efficiency and level of maintenance.
  9. My apologies, profound was the wrong word, significant would be more suitable to the sentence and subject matter. As to the size of the container, in this instance a truck tire, it is immaterial, as all ideal gas's have the same size molecules and occupy the same space when at the same pressure. ref: Avogadro's Law Normal pressure change is (where is tireman9)2% for every 10° tire temperature change-using dry air/nitrogen. You may calculate that for your specific tires, then factor in Dalton's law. (I'm not up to doing the calculations at my age) Using SgtJoe'''s tires for the example, tires set at 100psi; 2% = 2psi for a 10° temperature change. Now assume his cold tires are at 60° before he begins a trip, an hour into that drive/trip his tire temperature is 120°, a 60° temperature change = 18° when hot- with dry air/nitrogen; then Dalton's law (water into vapor expansion rate) comes into effect to further change pressure. I forgot, each brand of tire has different characteristics due to construction materials and methods, which is an un-calculable variable to this subject.
  10. richard, Daltons law defines the expansion rate of air that contains moisture.As previously stated, if no air dryer is used it can have a profound effect on air pressure. We cannot ignore the fact that ALL tires are mounted at current atmospheric humidity, so some % of moisture content is always present, even when the tires are then pressurized with Nitrogen. When I was in high school I worked part-time at the local Goodyear store as a tire changer. It was not uncommon to break down a tire and see an ounce or more of water in the tire.
  11. When we owned a 5er, I would determine where the roof braces were by observing the roof on a cool morning when there is dew on it. The roof braces will stand-out, I remember their locations, and try to only step on them when I was on the roof. If I was really working on the roof I hauled up a 3' sq piece of 1/2" plywood to stand/work on. Our MH is not made so lightly, I can step anywhere without the roof deflecting.
  12. Nearly all RV transport companies prohibit using anything in the RV, including sleeping on the floor.
  13. RayIN

    TIRE Balance

    This is concerning putting anything other than air inside a Michelin tire. Reference page 4 of : https://www.michelintruck.com/assets/pdf/MLN_Truck_Tire_Warranty.pdf Personal experiences with Tyron bands: https://community.fmca.com/topic/778-tyron-bands/
  14. RayIN

    Open Cummins campaign

    I remember both! You're right, engine # is a public thing, like VIN. That reminds me, I created a document right after we bought our MH(took a few months) listing all the serial numbers for everything in/on our MH that has one, and I could find. Might be helpful if the MH is ever stolen or destroyed.
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