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Old 07-05-2015, 09:15 AM   #57
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I have a 4A glass 3AG 1/4" x 1 1/4" fuse in each Fantastic fan.

My refrigerator does not have a roof vent, it uses a fan to ventilate the coils on the road side. The fan is protected by a 1A glass 3AG 1/4" x 1 1/4".


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Old 07-07-2015, 06:37 AM   #58
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This was an AHA
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Old 07-10-2015, 07:30 AM   #59
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A hookup AHA

Here is another AHA I thought of. When my trailer was delivered by the dealer the trailer brake emergency cable was connected to the hitch at the same point as the chain, in fact the cable was wound around the chain. I did not think anything about it because all of my previous hauling had been without electric brakes.
Months later I saw an article or a post somewhere that explained that if your hitch pulled off the truck, the cable was useless connected that way. Eureka!
I installed a separate attachment point for the cable, not attached to the hitch. But, I have casually noted many trailers in campgrounds with the emergency cable attached to the hitch.
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Old 07-11-2015, 05:46 AM   #60
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The dealer actually threaded the break away brake cable through the safety chain on ours. I didn't say anything. I didn't want to argue and didn't think it would do,any good. I just unthreaded the break away brake cable and attached it separately though the hole where the safety chain goes.
An ah-ha moment: Rather than unplugging the break away switch, running the plug through the safety chain hole and through the loop in the other end of the cable, and plugging it back into the switch, use a carabiner hook to attach the break away cable to the hole in the bumper where the safety chain goes. Pulling the switch every trip is still a good idea to make sure the break away brake controller is still working. You can actually hear the electric brakes engaging.
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:15 AM   #61
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I've always thought the breakaway cable should not be attached to the receiver, if a failure occurs the assembly could end up on the road with the cable still attached.


I attach ours to the lift gate latch.

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Old 07-11-2015, 08:19 AM   #62
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I attach mine to the spare tire under the truck. When I buy my own truck (I use company trucks now) I'll fab something inside the bed, so I don't have to crawl underneath.
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:57 PM   #63
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Hmm...
I can't imagine the whole receiver falling out. That thing has lots of bolts and welds.
I guess I will look for other options.


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Old 07-12-2015, 01:21 PM   #64
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Had a few "Helen Keller" moments when hooking up grey/black water tank connections in the dark.

Aha! moment was when I discovered there is a little light switch in said area.

And...it goes without saying...and am only saying it because my trailer does not have many miles on it.....but these things were built to move. When we do hit the road and I look in the rear-view mirror and the FaN is happily bobbing along, it truly is in its element. Aha! I really should try to get out more.
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Old 07-12-2015, 01:40 PM   #65
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uck lesson

When camped with water and electric only find a way to lock the black and gray drains. I removed the cover at the dump and got a gallon of black on shoes, legs, etc. Kids playing opened valves on several trailers.
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When camped with water and electric only find a way to lock the black and gray drains. I removed the cover at the dump and got a gallon of black on shoes, legs, etc. Kids playing opened valves on several trailers.
That just stinks! Figuratively and literally!
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Old 07-12-2015, 02:53 PM   #67
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Little creeps....

Thinking a thin cable lock running through the clips? Will have to take a closer look....
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:13 PM   #68
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Another thought on whats behind "That Cap"

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When camped with water and electric only find a way to lock the black and gray drains. I removed the cover at the dump and got a gallon of black on shoes, legs, etc. Kids playing opened valves on several trailers.
For whatever reason I added a 6 inch section of sewer drain line to my AS that is made of clear plastic. This way you can see if there is anything behind the cap before you unleash it. Also helpful to let you know when the drain process is over or when the back-flush has cleaned out the tank. It came in helpful to me when I first bought my 25 FC and right out of the gate there was a paper towel in the black tank that got hung up in the drain valve and would not let it close completely so it leaked a little. I could see this in the clear pipe section and allowed me to prepare before opening the drain line.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:26 AM   #69
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I learned to add "look under trailer and vehicle" to my "before driving away" checklist. My round AS jack post foot got left at the Minnesota Airstream Park after it somehow rolled under the trailer...
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:38 AM   #70
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AHA! Moments: What Have You Learned Lately?

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Toyota taught me quite a bit about 'visual control', hence the antenna monkey. It's not used only for the vehicles, also used for safety and other areas. It can be a sign, a flag, a pop-up on a computer, almost anything. It's just supposed to call out to you to prevent/remind you of something.

Now a poka-yoke is something entirely different.

As a TPS guy myself, maybe we should start a visual controls + poka-yoke topic?
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