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Old 07-27-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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New Surfside Owner few random questions

Hi all:

I'm a proud new owner of a 14 foot 1978 Surfside.

With no experience in this stuff, we've quickly realized we're in over our head... but look forward to many family memories.

We've got more things working, but I'm hoping some experts can help with newbie out on a few things.

1) The hose hookup adapter is broken. I've tried googling the part, but not knowing how to describe it or where to look has proven challenging. Any tips on where to look, or what it is called

2) I know I can run off of battery power, but I have no idea how to do it. How should I do this? Previous own said it can run off of my car battery, other than the truck tail light hookup connector, I don't see any way for the trailer to connect

3) I'm having trouble getting the fridge to work. I don't hear anything happening when in 110v mode and turning the 0 - 10 dial on the back of it. Is there anything I'm missing that needs to be done to turn it on?

Any help you can offer would be much appreciated!
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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1. Is it something like this? RV City Water Fill Connection - PPL Motor Homes

3. If the fridge is one of the propane/110V types, you're not going to hear much; there are no moving parts. The 110V just runs a resistance heater, which heats one portion of a very subtly designed bit of plumbing containing ammonia; the ammonia moves from here to there, producing cooling. (Obviously, my understanding is at a pretty primitive level ) Operation of the fridge is a frequent topic her eon the Forum, and a search will produce lots of info.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:06 PM   #3
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1) It doesn't look like that, but that gives me some part names to look for.

3) Ah makes sense. I'll go play some more, and do some searching.


Thanks!!
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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Remember too, the refrigerator may take a lot longer to cool down than you expect. Don't keep opening the door to check! Get an indoor/outdoor thermometer with a lead or sensor and put that inside the refrigerator. In my Scamp's case the trailer must be level for the refrigerator to work efficiently (like it takes twice as long to cool down if it's one-half a bubble off... level to the bottom of the refrigerator).

Let us know how it goes.
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I've tried googling the part, but not knowing how to describe it or where to look has proven challenging. Any tips on where to look, or what it is called
Welcome Matt,
(That sounds weird.)

A picture is worth a thousand words. Take a picture, post it and ask what it is and where to find one. We've resolved many a thingamajig and doohickie that way.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:01 PM   #6
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Welcome Matt,
(That sounds weird.)

A picture is worth a thousand words. Take a picture, post it and ask what it is and where to find one. We've resolved many a thingamajig and doohickie that way.
hahah

Sorry for the slow reply - I've been distracted fixing stuff (will post renovation pics shortly), and getting ready to welcome a new kid. Busy times!

Thank you for the tips on #3, the fridge is working great now.

For #1, the water hookup, pics are attached. Any suggestions on what I should be replacing, or better yet advice on how I can fix it myself would be much appreciated!

Thanks again!

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Old 08-06-2012, 08:10 PM   #7
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I wonder if it could be a broken one of these?

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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That looks like the one. To fix, do I need to replace the whole unit? Or can I get a new dewhicky thingy (the piece in my hand that the hose screws in to)?
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #9
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You'll need the whole shebang. Yours is broken, and I don't see how it could be fixed. Looks like you'll have to drill out the existing rivets,then rivet (or bolt) in a new one, using that putty-like butyl tape behind it to seal it.

Before you buy a new one, take a look at the backside of the old one and see how the plumbing is connected to it; I suspect there are several variations, with different types of pipe connections.

Also, shop around a bit; $25 seems a bit steep to me.
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You will most likely have to get the whole thing. You can switch the cover / door so your old one matches.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:18 PM   #11
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Thanks all - will do.
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If you have a local RV lot they will no doubt have a parts department. That's where they make the serious money. A visit there will most likely yield a rather thick catalog that you can then spend hours drooling over and help you identify all the whatchamacallits. Buy a couple of things you need and get to known the parts guy. It will be time well spent. Good luck, Raz
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Matt, here is a link to the parts Catalog that BC RV places such as Fraserway use. Have found it helpful in figuring out what my replacement options are on various items and shopping around.

Re your question on running items off of battery power - does your trailer have its own battery? Does it have a power converter? If so you should be able to run any of the 12volt items in your trailer off the battery - dont recommend running your fridge 12v though as they are real power hogs. If the trailer doesnt have a battery then I suspect the only way the previous owner was doing it was by plugging the trailers tow connection into the tow vehicle and draining down the tow vehicle battery.

There is a Surf Side owners manual here looks like they originally built the trailers to run the 12 volt off the tow vehicle only- something I would consider changing.
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If you have a local RV lot they will no doubt have a parts department. That's where they make the serious money. A visit there will most likely yield a rather thick catalog that you can then spend hours drooling over and help you identify all the whatchamacallits. Buy a couple of things you need and get to known the parts guy. It will be time well spent. Good luck, Raz
I wil give that a go - thanks!
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