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  1. Thanks! I also got a link from WME. I really appreciate this.
  2. Thank! This looks like the one. Also got a link from Linda for one at e-Bay.
  3. My mechanic drove my Dolphin into a bay door and broke the plastic cover for my roof top AC. They aren't having any luck finding a replacement. Anybody know of a source for this item? It's a Coleman 6727A series rotary mini-mach. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  4. Whatever you decide, I hope you will keep in mind that whenever you run a generator, you are disturbing the peace and quiet of other campers around you. Even the most quiet of generators are very intrusive to people who are there to listen to nature, not to some droning machine. We have had to leave more than one campsite because of inconsiderate people who think their "whisper quiet" generator can't be heard 50 feet away. Nonsense.
  5. If they are the same as mine on our 85 Dolphin, the plastic things that pull up have little O rings on them that get brittle over time. With mine, I can pull the T valve handle up and completely remove that T thingy. I little scary the first time, as it seems like you are breaking something!. Then off to the hardware store to find just the right size O ring. This solved my problem.
  6. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Renogy-10A-Solar-Panel-PWM-Dual-Battery-Charge-Controller-Regulator-12V-24V/301106194644?epid=1127922573&hash=item461b53e8d4:g:TMcAAOSwEnlZ4F9z This is the one I have. I've been using it for 4 years with no problems. We only have one 100 watt panel though. You may need something with higher amperage for two panels. I'm not an electrical guy. A friend set up our system for us. There are other dual controllers at eBay. I haven't checked Amazon. Good luck with your install. Joe
  7. If you are going to replace the controller you may want to consider getting a dual controller (with two charging outputs). That way you can have your solar panel trickle charge both the coach battery and the vehicle battery during the winter months. That's if you live in a cold climate. We use this kind of system for our Dolphin and it works great to preserve the batteries during the off season. Also, we didn't mount the panel on the roof. It hangs on the wall in the bathroom while we are on the road. The cable which connects it runs out from the electrical door on the side and is about thirty feet long. That way we can plug the panel in when we are set up and move it around to capture the best sun. I have a simple wooden stand attached to it so I can place it at the optimum angle for the sun too. Since parking in the shade is always a priority when camping, you won't get much in the way of charging with the panel mounted on the roof. All depends on where you do most of your camping. If you are always going to be in the sun, then roof mounting would work okay.
  8. I've used a similar method in my Dolphin to convert the grey plastic pipe (I believe it is polybutylene pipe) to standard size threaded pipe so I could connect new kitchen sink and bathroom faucets using standard home-size no-burst braided hose lines that then screw easily onto the faucets' connection points. I used standard garden hose, which fit snugly onto the grey pipe, then a galvanize threaded pipe nipple which fit inside the other end of the piece of garden hose. Then I connected the standard no-burst connection lines to the threaded galvanized pipe. Where the galvanized nipple goes into the garden hose, one clamp was fine because the threads on the galvanized pipe provide a good grip to the garden hose. But one hose clamp didn't do the trick where the garden hose connected to the grey pipe. You can't tighten the hose clamp enough to make a solid connection because the grey pipe begins to become malformed and the water pressure then pushes the pipe out of the garden hose. What I found that worked was to rough up the surface of the grey pipe with a few shallow jagged slices all the way around the grey pipe to provide some grip with the garden hose. Then I used three hose clamps at each connection point. Two might do it, but I didn't want to take any chances. This has held just fine for us. We can now connect standard fixtures to the lines in the Dolphin. No muss, no fuss. Sharkbite does make an adaptor fitting that fits the polybutylene pipe and adapts it to regular pex plastic tubing. I didn't find out about this fitting until after the fact. I made my jerry-rig modification the first time while on the road, using whatever odds and ends I could find in the small town where I was at the time, to replace a leaky faucet connection. But I used my jerry-rig method anyway on all the other lines, including the line to the toilet, even once I had access to the Shark fitting because I found that by the time I used the Sharkbite fitting, then added a piece of pex, then added the adaptor I needed to add a threaded connection to the pex tubing in order to accommodate the no-burst hose, I had more joints than just using the garden hose/galvanized nipple method. It's not pretty, but it does the trick, and it's cheap, too! A real plumber would scoff at me, I'm sure. But I'm more of a function-over-form kind of guy. If it works, I don't care how mickey mouse it looks. That polybuthlene pipe which most of our toy homes use is notoriously unreliable, particularly the fittings. The pipe itself is less suspect. Back in the 80's (or thereabouts) polybutylene was used in home plumbing and mobile homes. But there was a class action lawsuit at one point because of failure of the fittings used to connect the pipe. A bunch of people had flooded homes and a bunch of lawyers made a bundle of money. Good luck. Remember, if it works, it works. Just don't look at it!
  9. Call me crazy, but I use 10 gallons of RV antifreeze to winterize our Dolphin. After draining everything and blowing out the lines, I dump the pink stuff into the fresh water tank and pump it throughout the entire system (no water-heater bypass, so I fill the 6 gallon water heater). I also run a bunch into the waste tanks, dump it in the drains to fill the P traps, etc. Then I still have some left over in the fresh water tank in case we take a day trip or something during the winter and I need an emergency flush while out and about. I can flush using the pink stuff. I usually can find antifreeze for about $4 a gallon. When I drain the antifreeze out in the spring, I drain it into a bucket and then put as much of it as I can back into the antifreeze bottles to reuse next season. With spillage, etc, I usually wind up with 7 or 8 gallons to reuse the following season. When I winterize the next season, I'm adding 2 or three fresh gallons to the mix. I've been doing it this way for 5 seasons now with no issues. We get sub zero temps here and I rest easy knowing I spent a few bucks on overkill for the winterizing process. Better safe than sorry is how I look at it.
  10. I go by the adage, "If you are comfortable, your refrigerator is comfortable" and the 3 degree rule. Anything more than 3 degrees out of level is probably not good for the frig long term. But it's also not comfortable for me for camping. I want to be at least within 3 degrees just for my own comfort so I'm not walking up hill in my camper or having stuff roll off the table and counters. Not to mention trying to fry an egg in a pan that's sitting at an angle!
  11. We have an 85 Dolphin with the 22RE (4 cylinder). Don't count on running at 65-70. You can, on the flat or downhill, but the slightest grade will set you back to 55-60. Any substantial hill will put you back to 40-45. At least that's our experience. Granted, we are at high altitude in New Mexico, and we are generally overloaded, weight-wise. I actually wouldn't want to go 70 in this thing. It's such a big weight on such a small vehicle, it just doesn't seem stable to me over 65mph. Also, stopping distance is a consideration.
  12. The valve on my 85 Dolphin was very hard to turn when we first got it. I spray a little WD-40 on it now and then, open and close it a few times to work it in, and that makes a big difference.
  13. Our 32-year old Thetford Aqua Magic IV toilet quit holding water. I guess once every 32 years or so you need to replace these things! Sad thing is, seems you can't get a decent functioning RV toilet for cheap anymore. I bought a Thetford Aqua Magic V, the latest version, and it was terrible. They redesigned it so that now it won't rinse completely around the bowl. It falls short by about a third, not touching any part of the back of the bowl. Plus, it's made from cheaper plastic than the old model. So I sent that one back and ordered a Dometic 300 series. It's also a disappointment. It's "360 degree" promised flush does go 360 degrees around the center of the bowl and rinses the back and sides completely. But it doesn't reach the top 6 inches or so of the front part of the bowl at all. And it's made of even cheaper plastic than the Thetford. I know these are both the low end models, but you would think someone would have tested these at some point to see if the design actually works. Too bad I already tossed the older Thetford. It probably would have been worth rebuilding to replace the seal and flapper. At least I would have a toilet that actually rinses the bowl. I suppose I'll keep the Dometic for now. Maybe if I'm feeling "flush" (pun intended) next season I'll upgrade to a more expensive model and hope it functions better than the low enders.
  14. Would anybody hazard a guess as to the possible ground clearance under an 85 Dolphin? I know it will depend on a lot of variables. I'm just looking for some kind of idea. We're going boon docking up an old logging road that has some amount of ruts, etc. Thanks!
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