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M380 (Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your M380 model coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it.....list your M380 Parts here too.

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Old 07-10-2018
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Default Watts Flo Pure Water Softener Details

Although I have yet to do it, the procedure described in the owners manual (attached) seems straightforward. Says you can use 2# of ordinary table salt. Took RonR’s advice and mounted it with brass quick disconnects on all three ports. That way I’ll easily be able to change the hoses around to do the backwashing, which the instructions say to do twice a year. This YouTube video shows it (FF to 3 min into video): https://youtu.be/UBNbVz1cT78

Have seen it for less, but Amazon has them for $190: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0050EITTK..._t7srBbK7KYSWP. Picked up the three brass quick connects at Ace. Being brass, I think they were around $9 each. A pair of stainless washer hoses was around $20, also off Amazon. I had the 3rd drain hose on hand and used an old Come-Along through an eye bolt to mount the bottle.

Someone in another WOG thread said they own one of these and really like it.
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I decided to keep my original hose storage. But borrowed from Van the idea of an IKEA basket. I added a bracket to the hardware which hangs one of the rear air tanks just behind the hose storage area. The bracket supports the inner portion of the basket. It is made from 1/2” aluminum angle too.

And then added the aluminum angle to use as a hanger for the front edge of the basket. I will keep my second dump hose for a hookup site there.

The angle is installed in such a way that the basket doesn’t rub on steel tube member.

The aluminum angle has four holes for zip ties.

Thanks Van for the inspiration!
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At the same time I installed new rubber door stops and bumpers. Thanks to DonB, I think, for researching those.
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I decided to keep my original hose storage. But borrowed from Van the idea of an IKEA basket. I added a bracket to the hardware which hangs one of the rear air tanks just behind the hose storage area. The bracket supports the inner portion of the basket. It is made from 1/2” aluminum angle too.

And then added the aluminum angle to use as a hanger for the front edge of the basket. I will keep my second dump hose for a hookup site there.

The angle is installed in such a way that the basket doesn’t rub on steel tube member.

The aluminum angle has four holes for zip ties.

Thanks Van for the inspiration!
Did you use the same basket Van used or did you need another size to fit in there?
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Default Save the shower water - link to WOG write up for QuickHot

For those that off-grid & boondock allot - if you haven’t seen the “Save Your Shower Water” thread and in particular details of what I call a QuickHot modification (not to be confused with InstaHot), check it out HERE (Posts #35, 40, 44 & 59).

This modification eliminates the need and mess of saving those buckets of Cold water, while you wait for the Hot side of a faucet or shower to get Hot. However it is NOT one of those injector deals that pump cold water from the hot side back into the cold line (Watts-Premier Water Saver, Chilepepper...). It is a simple mod that works with your existing coach demand water pump and it costs less $$ than those injector systems. Lastly, if you spend the majority of your time in FHU RV Parks/Resorts this mod is probably NOT for you.

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Did you use the same basket Van used or did you need another size to fit in there?
I used the same basket as Van, but only 1. Van riveted two baskets together for his setup.

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Default Fixed too small diameter Water Softener hoses

Discovered that SS washing machine hoses used to connect the Water Softener (#19, prior page of this thread), were too small in diameter and unnecessarily long. That too small diameter translated into long water tank fill times and reduced pressure when connected to city water. Wasn’t a problem at the Bird House, but it took too long to refill the tank at public facilities. Also, recharging does not require that the WS cylinder be pulled out of the coach so the long lines were unneeded.

To fix I replaced those lines with short but large diameter braided SS water heater connection hoses. Tank can still be easily removed if needed thanks to the quick disconnects previously installed. However, when in use it remains safely locked behind it’s bay door (keeps it from walking away ). Tank fill times and pressure are now back to where they should be .
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Default Power Wash Your Waste Tanks & Waste Tank Chemistry 101

Power Wash The Inside of your Waste Tanks

Just ordered this nozzle for my Pressure Washer - Challco 4000psi Sewer Jetter Nozzle, 1/4” Quick Connector https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077PYSLQJ..._fD.6CbPBCJA3C.
To see why, check out ‘Deep Power Clean by Bubble Guy’ video below. Less than $17 & looks like it will do the trick. Might be a good tool for the house too. Just need to wear gloves & maybe a HAZMAT suit!


Since it applies here, am copying the below from another thread. Good stuff!

Time for a review of the basics. Set aside an hour, pop a cold one, then sit back and watch these older RV Geeks Videos. I guarantee you’ll learn something :

https://youtu.be/I6sv4d3PsTo
https://youtu.be/gZFyfsy4ptw
https://youtu.be/dslcXoydeY4

These (from others) are also good if you have multiple beverages to “Pop” :
https://youtu.be/zYJCLzGaaB8 - FitRV Rocket Scientist Builds Waste Tank Simulator
https://youtu.be/5YW7AsVr3Jc - Deep Power Clean by Bubble Guy

Special “plumbers anaerobic bacteria” is called Rid-X. It’s available off-the-shelf at any Walmart or via Amazon. The RV Geeks use the Liquid style but the powdered version also works as long as you give it a couple gallons of water. Been using Rid-X for 40+ years in RV’s instead of all the nasty and often caustic (to you and the environment) chemical concoctions. Most of those either sterilize or kill everything good that should be happening in BOTH your waste tanks. There’s even a more expensive RV version of Rid-X with citrus added, but I’m allergic to that and find the well proven standard liquid or powder types work just fine for less $$. Amazon says it’s $.36/oz so your tanks will be happy for less than a dollar per treatment . Use it in BOTH black and gray tanks, though if you are using dish detergent with a high phosphorus content, bugs in the gray tank will die. If you notice some odor near the end of a long stay in the boonies, simply add a little 20 Mule Team Borax and/or Baking Soda to “the mix”. It’s natural and will help with the smell. Some also use Calgon Water Softener too. Never used them but this site talks about “Tank Bombs” . Cheap fabric softener works just as well and is cheaper. It also works well in dishwashers to clean all the scum inside. However and unless you are a chemist, keep in mind that after Rid-X the more “stuff” you add to your tanks the less your enzyme bugs will like it!

As to special mods I’ve done to enhance our off grid stays - on the Waste side not much to add to the RV Geeks Videos. BB installed a built-in flush line for the black tank but I added one for the Gray Tank. The extra Tornado Sprayer is nice for the Gray because sometimes when long-term boondocking I combine the two tanks to gain additional days between dumps. Having internal sprayer systems in both tanks is helpful when this is done. It’s also described in my Water & Waste thread post #10 HERE. One of the first things I did to the coach was install 360 Venturi tank vents up on the roof - see post #56 HERE. When the wind is blowing from the rear of your coach, the original ones BB used can actually pressurize your holding tanks causing odors inside if your P-Traps aren’t filled completely. Open the toilet too long and you’ll definitely notice when the wind is blowing just right! This is sometimes worse with drop toilets but the fix is easy. Then you’ll be set regardless of which way the wind blows.

That’s it! TMI for sure... Bottom line? Follow the RV Geeks recommendations and your experiences will be clean & simple. Now go pop that cold one and watch their videos...
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