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RV Education 101: Do this when replacing an LP gas cylinder
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When you change out an LP gas cylinder, there is a possibility air will get in the LP gas lines. A good habit to get into is to light the range burners after you replace a gas cylinder. This helps evacuate any air from the system, making it easier to light the other LP gas appliances.
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Possible solution for a noisy bathroom fan
Bathroom fan so noisy it drives you nuts? Look for a replacement fan with a 12-volt high capacity computer cooling fan. You may need to modify the mounting a bit to make it stay in the same place, but a little creativity can bring a “silent night.”
Random RV Thought
RV sales and rentals are booming. It promises to be a busy summer with travelers of all kinds figuring the safest way to get out is with an RV. That may mean crowded campgrounds. So be sure to make your reservations as far ahead as possible to help ensure you don’t get stuck “camping” in a Walmart parking lot (unless that’s your thing).
Website of the day
Camping and caravanning in Canada: Start your engines!
Time to take your RV out of its winter storage and head for new adventures (well, when we can). Canada’s network of national parks offers must-see destinations for road and outdoors enthusiasts. Parks Canada has highlighted some of its best RV destinations.
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Re Parks in Canada. Of course most folks know the border is still closed. Family in BC are telling me that the parks are opening but they are only taking reservations from residents. Non-residents can camp if there is space available but like here everyone is headed for the parks.
Per the Random RV thought of the day: Why does it seem to some that overnight parking in a parking lot (Walmart, Caballo’s, Cracker Barrel) is looked down on. I do it when ever I have taken a detour to see some attraction and can’t get to my planned destination before dark. I have had no problems, and a few times I>E> caught in traffic after a bad accident, that parking lot looked awful good to me… People seem to be so judgemental these days…
The “screaming memmy” bathroom fan: I replaced it with an adjustable speed controlled MaxxAir with automatic vent lid and it is virtually silent! A computer cooling fan may work also if left on for longer periods. I would check with a used computer or recycling place. They are Low cost, quiet and rarely wear out – also 12v. I put one of these in a former motorhome refrigerator roof vent with a switch control. It worked fine at removing heat.
FYI: Computer fans have brushless motors (an oscillator drives the static coils around a permanent magnet on the rotor — the opposite of standard brushed motors). Since there’s no brushes in physical contact, there’s less friction and the only wear surfaces are the bearings themselves. That’s why they are quieter, more energy efficient, and longer lived. 😀
I myself, being a hacker and RC guy, rigged up an RC helicopter’s brushless motor and 10″ multibladed propeller with a ESC controller… sucks about as much air as a shopvac when turned up… 🙂
Quick Tip, todays tip needs more information as to what it is & where to get it. I did a search & really didn’t see anything that looked like a replacement. Though the Tip did say possible replacement. Wondering if anyone has done this up grade!
Ha! Thanks for the great laugh of the day 😉 Too funny!
Noisy bathroom fan… Yes, a computer fan *will* work, and I’m sure you can modify one to fit.. however, keep in mind these were not designed for high moisture areas, so if you like a steamy shower, you might cut it’s life short. Another thing to watch for… Get a fan with ball bearings. It will last longer, and will be less likely to start making screeching or other noises. Lastly, be aware that many computer fans have lights, so be sure to get what you want. (I dunno maybe you like a light show when taking a dump.. your choice)
Microcenter is a good place to shop for a computer fan. http://www.microcenter.com
Mutton and Frank are adorable. Wonder how many photos it took to get them both sitting still and looking at the camera?
Any reason why articles are no longer displayed in a new tab, when you click them? It was much easier to navigate.
Trying to save on paper?
I complained about that when they first came out with the new format. They gave me some lame excuse. Then sometime later I discover that they had changed it so when you click on a link it would open in a NEW tab. Not too long ago I discovered that it has gone back to the original format which is a real PITA. I wish their Internet programmer would put it back to the way it is supposed to be. Most well designed Internet web sites will always provide a new tab for any hotlinks.
Thanks so much for asking this question. I was afraid it was a setting that had gotten changed in my Chrome and had not taken the time to going looking for a solution yet.
Yes please go back to the ‘new window’ way.
Agreed on the new tab when clicking being the preferred method. If it’s all the same, please go back to that method. Thanks.
Before you replace a noisy fan, check the balance and alignment of the blade in your current one. It’s likely that’s where the noise is coming from, and if so it’s pretty easily remedied.
Most computer fans are designed to run vertically not horizontally.
That may be true, but I’ve put computer fans in all my vents in a TT and run them constantly when out and overnight for years. An if they do fail, they are cheap to replace.
Actually, I find most fan noise is bearings. Sometimes a good relube will extend it’s life and quiet it down.