A couple of months ago we got a letter from Forest River stating the fire extinguisher in our trailer was likely being recalled due to a safety issue. We checked our model and sure enough it was part of the recall. We went online and completed the 'paperwork'. About four weeks later the new one showed up. If you have a Kidde fire extinguisher in your rig you might want to check their website to see if you are eligible for a free replacement. (https://www.kidde.com/home-safety/en/us/support/product-alerts/recall-kidde-fire-extinguisher/ )The biggest issue was apparently the plastic pins in the handle mechanism. The could break or jam when you tried to use the extinguisher.
|The old 'defective' extinguisher. This one was recalled and replaced for free. Apparently the plastic pin actuator could fail.|
|The new extinguisher with a metal pin and a much more durable handle actuator. Kidde replaced defective extinguishers free and paid to have the old defective one returned to them.|
Our water regulator woes were getting out of hand. I had been using a high pressure (50 - 55 PSI) one for over a year with no issues. Then one day it stopped letting water through it. I ordered a new one and it lasted less than two months. So I bought a real cheap one from the RV Dealer. Well, the pressure through it was unacceptably low. I even tried removing the regulator entirely. (Note to self: don't do this again!) This campground has VERY high pressure. In fact I found a couple of fittings leaking inside the trailer! I reverted back to my old standby regulator that I have had for over five years. It worked but it is much nicer to have slightly higher pressure at the taps. So, after chatting with a neighbour in the campground that showed me his adjustable water regulator I was quick to order one. The adjustable regulator has a gauge so you can see exactly what pressure is heading into the trailer. This is by far the best water pressure regulator I have used! It was under $40 on Amazon. Should have bought this one first!
One of the issues with fridges mounted in a slide out is there is no roof mounted chimney to remove heat from the cooling coils. To aid with heat removal the manufacturers often install a cooling fan that blows the hot air out. When the trailer is exposed to full sun on the slide out the internal fridge temperature gradually rises. The cooling fan kicks in (thermistor mounted to the cooling fins controls the fan) and so far we haven't experienced an unsafe temperature in the fridge (except when the thermistor screws got loose and didn't sense the temperature and therefore didn't turn the cooling fan on), however many folks have installed a second fan either beside the existing one or at the bottom of the coils to push air upward.
I picked up a 12 volt computer type fan from Princess Auto ($5) a switch, fuse, and some metal pipe strap to make a mounting frame. I can switch the fan on in hot and/or humid weather to help move hot air out of the cooling cavity. So far it works well. With our trip to the East Coast and down to Florida this winter I hope this will help keep the beer/milk cold.
I noticed the tape (Eternabond I believe) that Cedar Creek installed along the outer edges of the slide out roofs had some screw heads that had begun to wear through exposing a potential water entry point. I had a roll of 4 inch Eternabond tape on hand so after cleaning the roof area I placed an additional strip directly over the existing tape. Hopefully the tape will adhere well and help prevent any leaks. Of course I didn't get a 'before' picture.
|A second layer of Eternabond was added to avoid screw heads from wearing through the existing strip of tape. Do what you can to avoid leaks!|
I added an attachment to the TV antennae on the trailer. It is supposed to improve the VHF reception where digital TV channels reside. Some US parks we were in would receive dozens of digital channels but would pixelize, break up or freeze. I am hoping this attachment will improve our reception. We'll see.
|Supposed to increase VHF reception. Should help with digital channel reception in the US.|
We've had a very busy summer helping with child care duties. Picking kids up from school, helping with field trips, and now since school is out we've had kids at least three days a week. Flying kites, riding bikes, sleep-overs at the trailer, and visiting every playground in a twenty mile radius! We expected to be busy as we won't be here after the third week in July so we packed in as much kiddo time as possible! Fun times!
I have two blow-up kayaks that the kids love. We go to Gull lake which has a very sandy beach and shallow water. Perfect for learning paddling skills, or if they get tired then Grandpa has to pull them back in to shore!
|C'mon Grandpa, hurry up!|
I haven't had good internet connections that are readily available to me so blogging has taken a back seat to other online priorities like paying bills and making campground reservations. I am now using my Verizon Jetpack but the speed is very slow. It uses the Bell system in Canada. It is marginally better than campground internet, when it's available. All this issue will go away when we get into the US and on to the Verizon system.
As of July 23 we headed out from Red Deer on our next adventure. Still catching up on the blog so be patient!
......and that was Our View From Here!