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Old 07-03-2014, 06:34 PM   #1
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First time owner here on a used unit....

Just purchased a used 2008 17 foot Ultra light, so far the family has loved it but we have run into a few things and am looking for suggestions.

In the back where the fuse box is there is a carbon monoxide detector built into the back wall, when the batter is dead the detector goes off. This is annoying the owners of were we store the RV when we are not using it. Is there a way of disabling the alarm?

The hot water is giving off an egg smell and i see its because of the heating element and its recommended to drain the hot water tank and put some cleaner in it. Just wondering how I can get the cleaner in the hot water take to remove the smell?

The fold down sleeping sections that are covered by a tent like vinyl, should i put any kind of sealer or protective spray on it like you do with tents?

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Old 07-03-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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Regarding the CO detector.....just disconnect the battery to the camper.

For the hot water heater, depending on the make/model either remove the drain plug or the anode rod to drain the tank. You can then spray out the tank through the drain hole.

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Old 07-03-2014, 07:48 PM   #3
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Shouldn't have to put anything on the tent ends.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:59 PM   #4
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Hello and welcome,
Regarding the CO detector, when storing your RV, disconnect the negative lead from the battery. The detector won't go off without any power (it alarms because of low voltage) and you won't drain your battery completely. Running your battery that low really shortens the life of it. If your camper still has the original battery (2008) it is probably due for replacement.
The water heater smell is caused by a bad anode rod. This screws into the tank near the pressure relief valve. A hex head will be almost flush with the top of the tank and will unscrew with a socket wrench. For a description of what it does check out:
They are available at most camper parts centers. I think etrailer.com will have them and it is OK to cut it off with a hacksaw if it is too long. When you sanitize your fresh water system with bleach (through the holding tank) let the solution stay in your system a few hours and that should be all the cleaning you need. While you have the anode rod out, you could spray a strong jet of water into the heater tank with the drain plug removed to flush out any tank sediment.
I wouldn't do anything to the vinyl tent ends other than clean with detergent. From the inside, you could put some tent seam sealer on the seams if you want to.
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:20 PM   #5
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Our carbon Monoxide detector kept going off for no reason, had it brought to the dealer TWICE and could find "nothing" wrong with it, except that it would go off in the middle of the night, every....damned ....time.

We disconnected it from the battery and then just plugged one in from home depot into the outlet.

As for the egg smell, we had the same thing, used the cleaner, and many other "home remedies" still an egg smell, then out of desperation we ended up pushing pure bleach through the system, let it sit for like half an hour, then ran water through it till clear....I know its not something you should do all the time, but we have only had to do it once so far in two years, and honestly, it was the only thing that worked.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:21 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help and suggestions.

Question will a 20 Amp site be enough to run the A/C and everything else or will i need 30 amp?
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:41 PM   #7
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You will definitely need 30amp. The A/C will use about 15 amps. Your microwave usage will pop the breaker with the A/C running and your refrigerator will use 2-3 amps. Enjoy your export.....that is what we had prior to our current TT.


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