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Old 10-20-2020, 05:23 PM   #21
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Ouch!

Maybe hot water is over rated anyway.

I spent the day under my 30’ making access panels to R&R dump valves. Black tank valve comes out tomorrow am. Pita but bandaid count is ZERO so far.

11.8 mpg she gets her own key. You’re now navigator.

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Old 10-21-2020, 07:36 AM   #22
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Ouch!

Maybe hot water is over rated anyway.

I spent the day under my 30’ making access panels to R&R dump valves. Black tank valve comes out tomorrow am. Pita but bandaid count is ZERO so far.

11.8 mpg she gets her own key. You’re now navigator.

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After taking cold showers for a couple weeks, hot water is very importation.

I'm still waiting for the last dump valve to be shipped and I'll be 'down under' too. Place I got my h/w tank part from said they can't get 3" PVC fitting right now. After I call Atwood again and waste 1 1/2 hour on hold to talk to a person and find iout what tank replaces the GH6-4E h/w tank I'll pull the trigger and buy it.



I turned the GPS on and programed it so she can have a visual guide. Sitting on top of the right front tire makes it look like you're going to hit every curb and mail box. Did get a few new pin strip down the side from trees.


My winder projects:
replace h/w tank (ordered)
replace dump valves (back ordered)
install in-cab AFC control(back ordered)
replace valve springs (back ordered)
awning pull straps replaced (or replace all the awning)
drop fuel tank fix gauge sender
fix generator
redo gauges and backup monitor mounts
replace all the ceiling light fixtures w/LED's
shower door
re-clear coat, replace left rear panel

cell booster
Of course as I check things off the list the list will grow.
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Old 10-21-2020, 06:37 PM   #23
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Sounds and looks like my list....or one of them from a few years ago, been there done that. Regards, Bob
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Old 10-21-2020, 10:50 PM   #24
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I often joke that my wife writes her “Honey-do” lists on a roll of teletypewriter** paper. That stuff was 9” wide by about 150 feet long!

** Yes, I did in fact at one time use a teletypewriter as a printer upstairs with my S-100 computer system. I knew the print job was done when the house quit shaking. And yes, I still remember how to maintain and repair those mechanical beasts. Yet another useless skill owned by the Department of Overkill Engineering!
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Old 10-22-2020, 02:35 PM   #25
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I often joke that my wife writes her “Honey-do” lists on a roll of teletypewriter** paper. That stuff was 9” wide by about 150 feet long!

** Yes, I did in fact at one time use a teletypewriter as a printer upstairs with my S-100 computer system. I knew the print job was done when the house quit shaking. And yes, I still remember how to maintain and repair those mechanical beasts. Yet another useless skill owned by the Department of Overkill Engineering!
I still have the tractor feed, fan folded paper. I used it for scratch paper now. I a life long long ago I used to service teletype machines as part of my job.
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Old 10-22-2020, 03:13 PM   #26
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mystery

Took the dinette apart to get to the hot water tank. Every time I tear into the Silver Bullet it amazes me how trashy the worker were. I've found metal shaving, coffee cups, rivet shanks and just plan trash in every cranny. I pulled the carpet up and under it was trash!

Going to grind the collars off the fitting. Re-plumbing may be a problem. Once upon a time I had the collars and the crimping tool. Wonder who I loaned it to?


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Then there's this double loop on water pipe that made me scratch my hear. Turns out to be the gas line is inside the gray plastic water pipe going to the frig and the WH. Can't do any more damage here till I find a w/t. replacement unit is a G6a-8e. Best price on line was $540 w/shipping. Called Camping World and with my Good Sam club they have one in stock for $444. I bought it!



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Next came the dump valve plumbing removal. pulled the 4 screws out of each valve and if fell to the ground. Hardest part was drilling what was left of the pop rivet on the gray water valve stem. note the connector hanging down w/o a wire coming out. This may be reason my fuel gauge don't work. Another pain in the bottom is all the cheap crimp connectors that was used. I emailed 'Big Sky RV part' yesterday asking about the black water tank valve that was back ordered 4 weeks ago.
Next week after I recover from cataract surgery I'll go get the tank and start the hunt for 3" sewer pipe fitting.


Ordered the bell crank bearings from Workhorse.com
Order 5 LED ceiling lights from WalMart too.
Should have some work to keep me busy indoors with winter coming on.
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Old 10-22-2020, 03:23 PM   #27
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Not a fun job, lol.

I had good luck with etrailer for all my plumbing fittings when I did that job
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Old 10-22-2020, 08:36 PM   #28
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Good luck on the surgery.
Here is what I did on the 350.
Most of the fittings found on Ebay. Just make sure you get a short length of 3" abs pipe, I almost did no find any local! The tanks have been full for over a month, and not one drop past the valves!
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Old 11-20-2020, 10:06 AM   #29
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Well I'm having a problem. I finally got the black water valve and it's the wrong one. Having a communication problem with High Sky RV parts on getting the right valve. The gray water valve is a 106149 which I got first. The black water valve needs to the same as the gray valve but with a handle. The valve 106150 has an o-ring Click image for larger version

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This is the WRONG VALVE.
I think the valve I need is 106147 or 087080.

Any one know for sure?
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:15 AM   #30
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I figured it out. It's either 08708 or 106147. High Sky RV 106147 was 'out of stock'. Inland RV 08708 wanted $79 plus $22 shipping. Found it at homedepot.com for $47 free shipping. Walmart was a couple dollars cheaper but didn't list the 3" mechanical flexible. I like Home Depot better than Walmart.
Hope it's the right valve this time. Didn't mean to make this project last all winter.
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Old 12-25-2020, 03:37 PM   #31
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As I slowly work on the hot water tank I sidetrack to the bell cranks. It's so dang greasy under the Silver Bullet. Got the right tool and a big enough hammer to get the pitman arms to let go.
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I now have two NEW 'SUPER' Bell Cranks. Hope the steering is improved. I had to take the add-on 'steer safe' thing off. I don't see any reason to put it back on.

Now back to the hot water heater. Had to drain the radiator so all the radiator hose from the splice (was) to the under the couch heater that I didn't hook up 20 years ago when I replaced all the radiator hose is being replaced now. Had to replace the shutoff valve as the original didn't work any more. Pulled the piece of hose from the heater shut-off valve out and saw it was 3/4". So, bought 36 feet of 3/4" hose only to realize that the hose is 5/8" after I pulled the hose from the hot water tank out.
Now it's Christmas afternoon. Think I'll go drink some beer!!!
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Old 12-25-2020, 06:58 PM   #32
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I now have two NEW 'SUPER' Bell Cranks. Hope the steering is improved. I had to take the add-on 'steer safe' thing off. I don't see any reason to put it back on......

When Chris was visiting last week, I saw for the first time the "piston" type steering stabilizer. I am a big fan of the dual spring type that goes by the name "Steer safe" http://www.steersafe.com/ (second picture) . I have no experience with the piston type. I had 2 classics without and 2 with the spring steer safe and like what it does.
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An application for a Pickle Fork and a good sized hammer. A plan came together.

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Old 12-26-2020, 09:54 AM   #34
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I had to take the add-on 'steer safe' thing off. I don't see any reason to put it back on.
Cool work, you'll like the supersteer parts!

When I did my balljoints I had to take my steer safe system off. Driving before and after I decided it was worth ordering a new one, noticable difference in being able to track down the road in a straight line. And it's supposed to help prevent you from rolling of you blow a front tire by helping keep the steering straight. Supposedly, I haven't tested that thankfully
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Old 12-27-2020, 08:35 AM   #35
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An application for a Pickle Fork and a good sized hammer. A plan came together.

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Yep. Had to pull out the 8 pounder before it would yield.
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Old 12-27-2020, 08:39 AM   #36
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Cool work, you'll like the supersteer parts!

When I did my balljoints I had to take my steer safe system off. Driving before and after I decided it was worth ordering a new one, noticable difference in being able to track down the road in a straight line. And it's supposed to help prevent you from rolling of you blow a front tire by helping keep the steering straight. Supposedly, I haven't tested that thankfully
When I unbolted it it jumped about an inch meaning it wasn't centered.
I've noticed a lot of things the PO (or factory) installed wrong
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Old 01-02-2021, 03:35 PM   #37
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hot water

Got the new hot water tank in. Ended up with a 6 gallon tank with all the bells and whistles. Got LP, engine, and 110V heating.

Taking the old out turned into a challenge. Looks like they put the inside skin on after the tank was in cause it would not come out the hole in one piece. Had to cut about 3/4" off the inside skin to get the new one in. Not real fond of the way the new one is insulated. Had to get a little creative for the water line hookup.
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The top was without insulation so I added some before I put the seat back on. Now I can't find the screws to the seat board.

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The new tank came with this white door with all the instructions for every unit they make. The grill over the vent duct is in the white door on the new one. So as I had to disassemble the original to get it out luckily for me I didn't destroy the old grill. Took the new air duct off and put the old air duct on. Now the original door is on.
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Replaced the 5/8" heater hose back to where the under couch heater. The valve was DOA. So off to O'Reilly's and a new Dang hard standing on my head getting to that baby.
While I was at it I replaced the dash heater valve. Not sure why all these valves are 5/8 in and 1/2" out.
Wish I'd thought of putting a drain in the new radiator with intercooler I bought. Dang mess to pull the bottom radiator hose to drain it.
Now I have another marked off my list.
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ceiling lights

I had put LED bulbs in all the light fixtures. Was not satisfied with the light they produced. So, while I was doing the Bell Cranks, waiting for the dump valves and the hot water tank I also replaced the ceiling light fixtures with LED fixtures. Now I have light!
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These things are expensive and not as bright as the originally filament bulbs. They can go in the Good Will basket.
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Old 01-03-2021, 01:22 PM   #39
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new dump valves

After getting the right valves I got he sewer system up(or is that down) and running.
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Another one checked off the list.
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Old 01-03-2021, 01:33 PM   #40
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shower door

Next on my list is the shower door. Wife just wants to put a curtain up on a rod.
I'm think more on the line of a Shub Shower Screen: <http://www.newlinebathroom.com/shub---rvs/boats/shub-bone/shub-bone-36w-max-x-62h-p-59.html>
This thing is 36" max wide that would fit in the 20" opening. How easy would it fit? That's the first question. I would rather NOT cut the hole bigger. Anyone have a good/bad thought on this produce.
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