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RE: non- working Dometic fridge

The typical small 3-way reefer used in class B's before about 2000 does not use 12V when working on propane. I've owned 2, and worked on another. They have a manual 'clicker' ignition, and use either a flame window or a needle gauge to indicate that they're lit. They're completely independent of 12V power, other than using it when set to 12V operation (heating element only). Jim, "Laughing stock: cattle with a sense of humor." I wish the newer ones had the manual, "clicker" override.
mlts22 04/16/14 06:04pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: LORAD Sirens

So, someone and their kids that the speeder is passing gets nailed by that too (LRAD is not a pinpoint tool.) I can see the lawsuits flying already... Might as well toss a flash-bang at windshields.
mlts22 04/16/14 01:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lance 855S on a SRW F-350 (2015 model year) opinions?

This is very good info. Will I encounter any weight problems with this configuration, assuming 11500 pounds GVWR on the F-350? I did see a post about one being 200 pounds overweight on the AF model which is 600 pounds lighter, so this might be an issue. I plan to get at least a 4:1 axle ratio to maximize the relatively limited torque that the gasser produces.
mlts22 04/16/14 12:45pm Truck Campers
RE: water pump silencing kits - do they work

An impeller type (like that is used on a macerator pump) would burn itself out quickly if run dry. A diaphragm type will be able to be run dry for a while and still be usable.
mlts22 04/16/14 12:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Plumb in a propane quick connect ?

If you do tee off your propane line, put in a valve or petcock before the quick connect. That way, when the line isn't in use, you have additional assurance against leaks.
mlts22 04/16/14 08:51am Tech Issues
RE: Maybe a cracked heat exchanger.

I'd recommend getting the good CO detectors with the display of parts per million. That way you have more info than just it buzzing or no buzzing. At the minimum, have at least two detectors. CO isn't something to take lightly.
mlts22 04/16/14 08:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Before everyone loved Windows XP, they hated it

When XP came out, I was mainly using Windows 2000. So, installing XP and putting it in "classic" mode pretty much gave me what I was used to. Compared to Windows ME, which was the typical OS at the time, XP was leaps and bounds ahead. I remember how happy we were, as IT people, to have gotten all users onto XP so we didn't have the 16/32 bit issues and driver incompatibilities.
mlts22 04/16/14 08:24am Technology Corner
RE: New life for old XP

I have some old apps that I run in a Hyper-V virtual machine on XP... I also use XP for a dedicated Web browsing VM (if it gets infected, I can restore to a previous snapshot.) I personally run Windows 8.1 (technically Windows Server 2012 R2) on the desktop because it has some nice security features. However, this is opinion, and likely would be annoying for others.
mlts22 04/16/14 08:20am Technology Corner
RE: PC Cleaner

The only program I use as a cleaning utility is CCleaner, and have used that going on a decade. Other utilities may bring unwanted functionality. Sometimes registry fragmentation causes performance issues. This can be solved by imaging off the copy of Windows, erasing and reloading the backup. It doesn't hurt, if one has multiple PCs, to save a backup image off, then scan the image with an antivirus utility. This is good for finding rootkits.
mlts22 04/16/14 08:17am Technology Corner
RE: What's everyone using to remove mal ware?

For daily use: Malwarebytes. 2.0 is out and seems to be a bit better, although an AV product on the top of the heap today can end up at rock bottom tomorrow. If I find malware: I wipe all drives, reload from a known safe backup. This takes about an hour or two, and gets all my files and such back exactly as before. For recovering a machine without backups: I save all files (and try to save off serial numbers and CD keys) off to 2-3 USB flash drives (so I have multiple copies), put USB flash drives in a safe place, boot up a copy of DBAN (Derik's Boot & Nuke), wipe all hard disks, then reinstall from scratch. That way, any malware is well gone. If I have to use software to de-louse a machine, I'd use Malwarebytes as well, but I far prefer a clean install so there is no chance of some executable stub lurking in some odd place being able to reinstall the bad stuff.
mlts22 04/16/14 08:12am Technology Corner
RE: slide out on jayco

I think that is normal behavior of a slide mechanism, so it ends up flush with the floor once extended.
mlts22 04/16/14 07:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Suggestions on strengthening jack attach point.

For a new camper, the Stablelift system looks useful. It would make it not necessary to put cinder blocks or boards under the center of the TC. I've not seen one of these in real life, and I wonder what the downsides are.
mlts22 04/16/14 07:50am Truck Campers
RE: Is having a battery in a TC necessary?

I am almost certain that you have a single stage, "battery boiler", converter. I assume the rig is over five years old, which almost makes it certain that a single state is present. I'd put it a priority to double-check this, and replace the converter with a multi-stage charger. This way, you won't be tossing batteries every season. Plus, if you don't mind ponying up a bit more, you can get a converter/inverter so you can use low-wattage items without needing to fire up a generator.
mlts22 04/15/14 09:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 855S on a SRW F-350 (2015 model year) opinions?

Very sensible advice. Everything stated, I agree with. Ford's factory TBC is excellent (it will autobrake the trailer if it starts to sway, for example.) Since this is going to be a daily driver, gas is going to be easier to find, and if I pack a couple five gallon fuel cans, the fuel can go either for the truck or the generator (AFIAK, a 2000 watt Honda should be enough for a 11k BTU A/C, so between that with an extended run tank coupled with an inboard Onan propane generator, I should be good for boondocking.) Right now, I'm figuring what truck to spec out, likely a custom order F-350 like a former cow-orker has. Most dealerships either go for the budget work trucks or the upper end ones with a crew cab. Not many short-bed, extended cab gasser F-350s sold, I guess... but the foot or two saved by a shorter cab will help on the daily commute. The AF offering is also tempting. It has a single slide as well. A local dealership to me (Princess Craft) might be a place to compare them (or more accurately, let a relative compare them.) I'd like a four season rig with an inbuilt Onan for short trips and keeping the TC cool (or warm) when on the road.
mlts22 04/15/14 09:36pm Truck Campers
Lance 855S on a SRW F-350 (2015 model year) opinions?

The truck configuration (supercab shortbed, 6.5' bed) I'm looking at for a gasser F-350 has a payload of 3900-4420, depending on axle ratio. Dry, the Lance 855S weighs 2650 pounds (and I'm assuming I'll be adding another 1000 pounds due to water and other stuff.) What I'm wondering is if this configuration would be adequate for off-road use and heading to higher elevations in Colorado? The 6.2L gasser has half the torque than the new PSD, but since this truck will be a daily driver, I'm having to compromise in some areas (length for example), and a gasser is a lot easier to find an empty pump at a crowded gas station then a diesel. However, if this configuration is borderline or just doesn't have the oomph to be able to handle off-road use, it would be good to know. Would it matter that this is an 8 foot, 11 inch camper on a 6.5' bed?
mlts22 04/15/14 02:06pm Truck Campers
RE: ? Pickup Truck Ques -- Rail Capacity ?

I'd not want to use bed rails for anything that is load bearing more than a truck cap and a ladder (200-300 pounds.) They tend to be made from sheet metal and more for looks rather than carrying capacity. If you need load bearing bed rails, I'd consider a cab chassis and a custom bed from an upfitter.
mlts22 04/15/14 01:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class A with a Salvage title

There can be legal issues with salvage titles, especially getting them registered and street legal. I'd get some advice about your home state's laws before I'd risk the cash.
mlts22 04/15/14 12:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: walmart

It is good to read the reviews. One of two reasons cause Wally Worlds to deny overnight parking. The most common is that the local municipality ends up banning overnight parking in order to get another source of income from unwary visitors. Same stuff as a lowered speed limit sign hidden behind bushes, but aimed at RV-ers. The less common reasons is that the WM itself either has an issue of 18-wheelers or RVs overcrowding the parking lot, the WM is in a bad neighborhood, or the parking lot isn't owned by the WM, so they can't set the rules.
mlts22 04/15/14 12:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: TV placement...

There is always the option of a TV that sits on a table. Easy to view, although may be annoying to hook up to an OTA antenna or satellite.
mlts22 04/15/14 11:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C purchasing decision...

The overhead bunk can be more useful than an entertainment center. Even if there are no kids, that space can always be used for storage for lightweight but bulky items (linens, bedding.)
mlts22 04/15/14 09:46am Class C Motorhomes
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