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    Posted: 05 Oct 2017 at 4:13pm
DavMar,

you didn't mention all the wonderful things they do to boats and anyplace there is a hole they can build on. Can't imagine a life without the character building of a Mud Dauber:)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jato Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Oct 2017 at 7:24pm
Definitely a great idea to install screening type material on the inside of your two removable vents that allow for cooling of the fridge.  I noticed since doing this my 2 muffin fans run a bit more than they used to, probably since I have now slowed down the amount of air that can flow naturally with the addition of the screens.  However, I am now confident that no flying critters (bees, wasps, or other) can now enter those vent openings (they are 1/4" square) with the screen over them.
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Originally posted by mcarter

DavMar,

you didn't mention all the wonderful things they do to boats and anyplace there is a hole they can build on. Can't imagine a life without the character building of a Mud Dauber:)


mcarter,
Ah yes Daubers are creative little pest are they not and get into places to build their nest you would not imagine!

jato,
I would definitely like to see a mod write up, with detailed photos, by you on how you installed two computer fans to help refrigerator cooling. I believe a good detailed write up on how to do this would help allot of Pod owners. 
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Well...thank you all!  
Who knew!!!....and as far as I know we've never had much of a problem with them....yet.  I would be interested in seeing the screens as we plan on being back in the UP next summer.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jato Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Oct 2017 at 5:25pm
DavMar, the 2 muffin fans came standard equipment when we purchased our 177.  I have seen quite a few pods (171 to 178's and as far as I know, they all come with 2 fans mounted behind the fridge to keep the coils cool when temps get hot.  Probably the 179 and 180 has the same setup.  The only problem we encountered was the bi-metal switch having to be re-positioned so that the fans would operate.  On ours the switch was mounted so low that the fans never came on, by moving the switch up, closer to the top of the exhaust stack (and where the temp is significantly warmer) the fans then operated.  I didn't know they existed for the first 4 years I owned my pod.  The problem began when we were noticing the interior temp of the fridge was not very cool, outside temp was close to 100.  Fortunately my brother, camping next to me asked me why my fans weren't coming on.  I gave him that "deer in the headlights look", after that the rest is history.  He moved the switch up about 3" and the fans almost came on immediately, problem solved.

The screen thing is a simple process.  The screen we got came from the local hardware store, slightly larger diameter than window screen.  Cut it to fit over the inside of the removable grills located on your slide behind the fridge.  Used hot glue gun to attach.  Took about an hour from start to finish. 
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jato,

Your revelation just gave me the "deer in the headlights" look. I guess I need to pull off my refrigerator vents and really take a good look since I've never seen the fans inside.

As for our pesky friends this is what I did to keep them out.
 

http://www.rpod-owners.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=10469&title=vent-screens

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bill-J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Nov 2017 at 2:20pm
Welcome to the club.  The only proper way to fix this is to completely remove the shower.  The current base is a thin plywood and supported ONLY in the corners so the whole shower flexes AND rigid plastic plumbing cannot be flexed.  I think you will also find that they ONLY used silicon sealant on the surface, they did not bed the curtain rails as should been done.

What I had to do.
Replace the thin base with 3/4" plywood and build a 2X4 grid that fits under the shower base to prevent flexing.  Be sure to cut the drain hole for the drain ONLY large enough fit the drain fitting.. (In mine they had cut a 8" hole when a 1-1/4" IS NEEDED)
Use a good sealant and properly bed the curtain track at the bottom.
Replace and use quality components.

Also DO NOT think that in any way Forest River will do this under warranty.  Their reply to me was, "It was built according to spec."  What they do not tell you is the spec is crap.

Hopefully you purchased from a dealer who will make this good, if not you are totally on your on.... sorry. 

I took mine to a good privately owned RV repair center and it cost about $200 parts and labor to totally rebuild the shower compartment.  It now is solid and put in the way Forest River should have installed it, but I forget to do it correctly is not their spec.

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Well, as far as the shower leak goes, turns out FR never installed a rubber gasket in the P-Trap.  Also, had a problem with water heater not firing up on propane.  This was due to a bad control module putting out an intermittent and very weak spark.  Both warranty repairs diagnosed and repaired by Bob's RV in Hancock, MA., of whom I highly recommend if warranty repairs are needed and you're local.  They are a FR dealer but didn't turn me away (as did two closer dealers) because I didn't buy my 180 from them.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mjlrpod Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov 2017 at 4:32pm
I had trouble with my hot water heater not running on propane. It would cycle 3 times and then shut down, just like yours. Mine turned out to be the electronic igniter. If you look near the end of the gas feeder tube, you will see what looks like a fork with 2 tines. That is the igniter electrodes. The space between the two electrodes might be just big enough that it cant generate a spark. If you try to push the electrodes closer together, it will cause it to spark and light the fire. Do Not have any of your body right infront of it when you try to light it. It gives off a little bit of a " whooosh" when it ignites. Let me know if this helps. 

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