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RE: Dexter Axle Electric Brakes

Your brakes were not adjusted properly, you would have known it the instant the brake away popped if they were!!! Which brings me back to my original question...these brakes are self-adjusting...what does that process look like? Is it automatic, or do I need to do something in the way I drive to make it happen?
jbrack 11/22/19 08:30am Tech Issues
Dexter Axle Electric Brakes

I have a 2018, 38' 5th wheel. Recently I was making a hard U-turn and apparently my break-away cable pulled out and my trailer brakes went on. I didn't realize it and drove approx. 1/2 mile and stopped. My trailer brakes were hot and smoking and I knew what had happened. Now, I have minimal braking occurring even though I set the brake controller to max braking inside the truck. I believe these brakes are self-adjusting which brings me to my question. Does this self-adjusting just happen on its own, or do I need to do something? Like drive and hit the brakes hard a few times...etc...
jbrack 11/22/19 07:31am Tech Issues
Slide motor/gear

Greetings, Asking for a friend...he has a 2004 National Sea Breeze LX, model 8321, 32 ft. Class A. The bedroom slide is operated by an electric motor that has a shaft about 12'' long that goes to a square metal gear box. There is a spiral gear on the end of the shaft that connects to a regular tooth gear and drives the slide in and out. The motor is fine but both gears in the gearbox are stripped. He has been unable to locate a replacement anywhere and I wondered if anyone here on this forum had any suggestions.
jbrack 11/09/19 11:14am Tech Issues
Water Heater Issue

I switched my water heater to gas for the first time in a long while and it fired up but I smelled a burning rubber smell and black soot came from the exhaust and up the side of the coach. The water heater is working and no longer has the smell or soot but it seems it doesn't burn as long as it should. Additionally, I noticed a red light on the inside control panel that I had never seen before the says DSI Fault. I googled that and read that my water heater attempted to light 3 times and failed and was now in a lock down. The cure was to turn the heater off for one minute and turn it back on, which I did. It lights as it should but I just feel the burn time is short. What is my problem?
jbrack 10/10/19 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: Norcold Fridge Problem

Ok...I located the fans behind the upper panel. Two fans and neither was turning. There is a 1/8"plywood coming up from below that completely blocks the view of the fans. The fins are out in the open but the fans are down behind the plywood. Should I cut that plywood out of there? Cant imagine what purpose it serves. Seems like it is just blocking air flow.
jbrack 09/06/19 09:49am Tech Issues
RE: Norcold Fridge Problem

The newer models are much more forgiving than the old ones BUT, leveling is still PARAMOUNT! The fluids that circulate inside the coils are dependent on the refrigerator being level to return and work effectively. Front to back is critical and side to side is very important. Operating very long off level can cause the fluids to solidify and if that happens, you've ruined your refrigerator. Having been on marginal power is not the cause of your problem. Great info...thank you
jbrack 09/05/19 08:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Norcold Fridge Problem

Is your rig level? It is critical on the norcolds that they be level in order to operate properly. It wasn't when I was recently doing an overnight in a parking lot and I was on propane. I suspected that might play a role in this but I have since relocated to an RV park and I am level but still with 30 amp and still having issues
jbrack 09/05/19 07:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Norcold Fridge Problem

Not properly cooling on electric OR Propane is NOT a low amp issue 30A is NOT low amp issue either Are the external fans running? Is fridge in a slide out? Airflow is CRITCIAL to cooling process...... IS this a Norcold 1200 model? What error/fault codes are you getting? What temps are freezer & food compartment achieving? The Fridge is a 1210 model. It is in the slide. I get no error codes, it just doesn't get very cold. On the #9 setting, it is currently at 38 degrees. I am in Alberta, Canada at the moment and the outside temp is around 75. There are no external fans that I am aware of or can find. The temp in the freezer is 28 degrees. And when I said I suspect I had low amperage on at least two occasions, I meant that the entire park was serviced by an auxiliary generator. I know I had low amps because my microwave was groaning when I tried to use it. I didn't have this problem until I stayed at those two RV parks
jbrack 09/05/19 06:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Norcold Fridge Problem

Not properly cooling on electric OR Propane is NOT a low amp issue 30A is NOT low amp issue either Are the external fans running? Is fridge in a slide out? Airflow is CRITCIAL to cooling process...... IS this a Norcold 1200 model? What error/fault codes are you getting? What temps are freezer & food compartment achieving? The Fridge is a 1210 model. It is in the slide. I get no error codes, it just doesn't get very cold. On the #9 setting, it is currently at 38 degrees. I am in Alberta, Canada at the moment and the outside temp is around 75. There are no external fans that I am aware of or can find. The temp in the freezer is 28 degrees.
jbrack 09/05/19 06:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Norcold Fridge Problem

Not properly cooling on electric OR Propane is NOT a low amp issue 30A is NOT low amp issue either Are the external fans running? Is fridge in a slide out? Airflow is CRITCIAL to cooling process...... IS this a Norcold 1200 model? What error/fault codes are you getting? What temps are freezer & food compartment achieving? The Fridge is a 1210 model. It is in the slide. I get no error codes, it just doesn't get very cold. On the #9 setting, it is currently at 38 degrees. I am in Alberta, Canada at the moment and the outside temp is around 75.
jbrack 09/05/19 06:03pm Tech Issues
Norcold Fridge Problem

I have a 2017 5th Wheel with a double door Norcold fridge. We have been up in Alaska and all around the Yukon, BC, and Alberta where we encountered RV parks with poor electrical service. At two places we were on generator power and I know I was not getting the proper amps I need. My RV is designed to run on 50 amp but I use a 30 amp adapter like everyone else does. My fridge has always performed perfectly but now I have to put the temp setting on 9 to keep the temp inside in the safe zone. My question is did I damage my fridge by using low amperage power? It won't stay cold on straight propane either.
jbrack 09/05/19 05:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Atwood Water Heater Question

Since 2004 Atwood combo WHs use common DC to control both electric & propane heating functions Running out of water in fresh water tank would NOT empty the WH Tank.... Common DC from a FUSED source goes to Both On/OFF switches then to the common circuit board Did the RED Fault Light come on? *Check the DC Dist Panel Fuse that supplies WH with DC... *Check the 2A DC fuse ON the WH Circuit Board *Check the 'thermal fuse' (in the clear tubing) that is connected to T-stat via Brwon Wire (Remove from circuit abd plug brown wire directly onto T-stat to test if WH will come on (One shot thermal fuse) Those items are common and would prevent either heat source from functioning Use a Voltmeter to follow the DC........... https://nebula.wsimg.com/obj/RTRCMkU0RDUzQ0M1ODE3RDgxMDg6YjcxODcxNGMwMGY1YjAzODVhNjY0NWNmMTFjMTg5YzY6Ojo6OjA= height=400 width=400 No 'resets' on WH except for Fault Light/Lock out (turn On/Off switch OFF---wait 30 sec---turn ON) You Sir...are a genius....it was the 2 amp fuse on the circuit boarx...back in service
jbrack 08/17/19 06:21pm Tech Issues
Atwood Water Heater Question

I was recently at an RV park that had power but no park water. I was operation off my fresh water holding tank which according to the gauge had over 1/3 of a tank. The gauge was apparently inaccurate and I ran the system dry while washing dishes. I inadvertently did not shut off the electric heater switch for an extended period of time. Now my water does not heat and I believe I burned out the heating element due to lack of water in the tank. I thought I would simply switch over to propane to heat water but it will not fire up. It doesn't even click and attempt to light. My question: Are the two heating methods not separate from each other? Would burning out my electric heating element affect the ability of the propane heater to operate?
jbrack 08/17/19 10:56am Tech Issues
Dalton Highway Conditions

We are currently in Fairbanks area and are considering driving up the Dalton Highway to maybe Coldfoot. Towing a 5th wheel and looking for any info on this stretch of road.
jbrack 07/29/19 09:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Current Road Conditions for the Dalton Highway

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jbrack 07/28/19 07:46pm Roads and Routes
Current Road Conditions for the Dalton Highway

We drove up from California for our first trip around Alaska. We are currently in Palmer and headed to Fairbanks soon. We have seen some pretty rough road so far in our journey and are considering going North on the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to maybe Coldfoot. Does anyone know the current road conditions on that stretch of roadway? It can't be much worse than what we had on the TOK cutoff to Valdez.
jbrack 07/28/19 07:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Black Water Tank Treatments

Just curious as to how long it takes for the drop-in holding tank treatment pods take to work? Does it do any good to drop one in if you will be dumping your tank within a few days? Do those things act that quickly or are they meant for longer periods of time between tank dumps? Just wondering if I'm wasting money on these things.
jbrack 07/05/19 09:15am General RVing Issues
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