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This is an XML content feed of; R-pod Owners Forum : Podmods, Maintenance, Tips and Tricks : Last 10 Posts
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    Author: mcarter
    Subject: Mattress Advice
    Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 3:13pm

    +1 to SH, we also have the 10" and it just to heavy to manage when changing bedding. Takes the both of us to manage.

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    Author: offgrid
    Subject: Concept for cold weather use of rPod water systems
    Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 3:35pm

    I'm not familiar with the plumbing arrangement on a 182g but if its anything like the 179 FR conveniently runs the hot and cold lines together. My endpoint is at the hot and cold low point drains by the fridge. 


    I would suggest doing away with all the low point drains and sealing the holes with closed cell foam insulation. If you want to winterize with antifreeze just open the valve at the far end and run the antifreeze through the whole system that way. You'll want cutoff valves for your outside shower too. 

    The second valve is just an inline valve to cut off pressure from the pump to the cold water line, a tee isn't required. Then the solenoid goes between the cold water line side (not the pump side) of that valve and drains into the fresh water tank. When the thermostat calls for heat the solenoid valve will open and the pump will pump water out of the fresh tank, through the hot water heater and out the hot water line. The hot water will return via the cold water line from the far point, run through the solenoid valve and back down into the fresh tank, thereby completing the loop and warming everything up in the process.  Hope that makes sense. 

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    Author: offgrid
    Subject: Mattress Advice
    Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 4:27pm

    The 50 lbs is a turnoff to me too both due to handling and to increased tongue weight. I just have a topper right now, not very comfortable. StephenH, please let us know how the 6 inch one works out for you.   

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    Author: lostagain
    Subject: Mattress Advice
    Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 5:23pm

    I've said this before, but it's worth repeating.  We use a 4" piece of seat cushion foam that's real firm.  My wife made a couple of covers for it.  It's light, very comfortable [this foam comes in various densities to meet your hard/soft mattress preferences], and easy to move.  Being relatively light, it's easy to get at the space below the bed where we have a lot of stuff stored.  Cost:  just a tad over $100 including the cloth to make the covers.

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    Author: texman
    Subject: Concept for cold weather use of rPod water systems
    Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 5:44pm

    am i on the right track ?Confused


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    Author: offgrid
    Subject: Concept for cold weather use of rPod water systems
    Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 6:14pm

    Yep, and you raise a good point on the city water. I really never use that so I hadn't considered it. You'll want that disconnected for the recirc system to work correctly. That shouldn't be a problem because that connection would be the first to freeze up in the winter anyway. Just refill your fresh water tank with the city water if you run out. 

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    Author: texman
    Subject: Concept for cold weather use of rPod water systems
    Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 7:02pm

    So the solenoid is triggered by thermostat A.  The opening of the solenoid relieves pressure which triggers the pump to come on and cause recirculating water to flow through system.  Thermostat B controls the water heater and triggers the water heater to come on as the recirculating water is cooled by running through the lines and fresh water tank. At this point the water heater is on, the pump is running and the solenoid is open. The water heater will reach the set point temp and turn itself off according to set point of thermostat B. Thermostat A will cause the solenoid to close at the set point.  Thermostat A should be a low temp like 60 deg, for instance. Thermostat B should be normal hot water temp of say 125 deg. The pump will continue to run until pressure is restored to system.  Correct?

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    Author: texman
    Subject: Adjustable thermostat for water heater
    Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 7:19pm

    Good write up.  Thanks for posting. 

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    Author: voisj
    Subject: Concept for cold weather use of rPod water systems
    Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 8:05pm

    I remember one time somebody just put a skirt around the bottom of the trailer and put a little buddy in there on low. Seems like an elegant simple solution.

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    Author: texman
    Subject: Concept for cold weather use of rPod water systems
    Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 8:41pm

    One other question.  If I just use one thermostat to control the solenoid and keep the hot water at the130 deg, wont I have to open the valve on the cold supply to keep from getting scalded?