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RE: kwikee step

Unless you can tell exactly when the steps have reached their full in or out extension you will draw a lot of current when they reach the stops. I suppose you could rig a couple of micro switches at the stops to interrupt the current. A diode in series with each micro switch would also be needed so that the opened switch would not be bypassed by the closed one. i have read posts by other people that have done what you are talking about and they didn't mention using micro switches and diodes so maybe that isn't a problem.
Clay L 04/17/14 10:54am Tech Issues
RE: Lost my awning on the highway - high wind

Our friends lost their awning in similar fashion. After that, we took a long velcro strap and put it around the awning arms about half way up so they can't come open on their own. It has worked for a number of years now. Easy to remove and put back on when needed. It has "worked" because they haven't had enough wind from the side. The wind comes up under the awning and unfurls the fabric by striping the ratchet that holds the awning rolled up. The arms are still locked. To do the job the roller tube has to be locked in place somehow.
Clay L 04/16/14 10:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Need new captain chairs

We found it was cheaper to reupholster them but we did the work ourselves. Brad and Hall in Elkhart IN sells a lot of Flexsteel seats. See HERE We stopped at their showroom/shop and they have a lot of stock. They will remove and replace the seats in their shop.
Clay L 04/16/14 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Home sprinklers.. busted

We have a home security system with freeze and flood sensors along with the usual door and window sensors. We leave the heat set at 50 degrees. The system uses the Verizon data network to notify us and the monitoring company of any issues. The only notification email we got was for a one hour power outage. When we got home a week ago the batteries in two of the three thermostats were dead.It appears that the units held the 50 degrees though since it got down to minus 19 or so and I don't think the one zone with good batteries would have heated the whole house. I replaced all the batteries with new date codes before we left and they are supposed to be good for three years or so. They held up fine the winter before so I guess I got a bad lot of batteries.
Clay L 04/15/14 11:03am Snowbirds
RE: Coaxial TV cable getting hot / Need wiring diagram

Below is a picture of what John described. The DC line is fused and I don't think there could be enough current getting to the park cable to get it warm much less melt. Unless your cable shield is somehow shorted to 120 vac the problem just about has to be with the cable coming from the park. There is supposed to be a small capacitor in the feed from the park amplifier/distribution box to the pedestal and there should be no measurable dc or ac voltage on it. The same is true of your cable. The only instance where a dc voltage should appear on your cable is if you have a satellite receiver connected. That voltage would be 13 to 18 volts and is a high impedance source with current limited to a very small amount and could not cause any heating if shorted. Since you don't have a satellite receiver connected that is a moot point anyway. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Winegardwallplatebackside.jpg
Clay L 04/15/14 10:39am Technology Corner
RE: DirectTV / Wineguard

OK , great ....I might call my installers whose numbers I still have. Thanks ! If you are close to Palisade CO (abuts Grand Junction) I have an 18 inch dish and tripod you can have for free if you pick it up. Sorry - not interested in shipping it.
Clay L 04/14/14 11:55am Technology Corner
RE: towing 4 down question

This is from the Blue Ox web site. "Blue Ox's recommendation is that the receiver hitch of the motorhome should never be more than 4 inches higher than the baseplate attachment points. Four inches or less keeps the tow bar level with the ground or slightly angled up towards the coach from the car. The tow bar should never be angled "up" towards the car from the coach." HERE
Clay L 04/14/14 11:37am Class A Motorhomes
Reboot TV?

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 27647544
Clay L 04/12/14 09:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Reboot TV?

We got back from our winter stay in AZ couple of weeks ago. A couple of days ago I bought an indoor antenna to pick up OTA TV stations. We bought the TV two summers ago and used it last summer for the first time. We have Direct TV and hadn't bothered with local stations until now. The menu item that allows a change from the Direct TV HDMI input to an OTA antenna was grayed out and clicking on it yielded a "Not Available" message. I called the Samsung customer service line and within a minute or so was connected to "Max". He was in MN and spoke English. What a pleasant surprise! As a first step he had me do something that had not occurred to me - unplug the TV for a full minute to reset it. I did that and as he was telling me what to do next the call was dropped. I was far enough along to see that the grayed out items were now accessible so I changed the input to the antenna and did a station search - picked up five channels. One was a VHF that was 27 miles away and another was a UHF channel 27 miles away. I got all five channels the two locating sites that I use say I should get. I guess the cheap un-amplified antenna will suffice. After I completed the OTA setup Max called me back to continue helping me. That was also a pleasant surprise. The point of this post was that it probably should have but did not occur to me to reset/reboot my TV. Computers yes, TVs no. Will keep it in mind for the future for sure. Moved to Technology forum from DIY
Clay L 04/12/14 09:54am Technology Corner
RE: Can you jump the coach to chassi batteries to charge

While parked at at RV park my chassis battery will discharge in about three weeks due to keep alive currents required by the engine/transmission computers and probably other stuff. I have used a BatteryMinder Plus for many years to keep the battery charged. It has a de-sulphate feature. See BatteryMinder It will handle up to four batteries at one time and we used one for many years at a CO commercial peach orchard to keep equipment batteries charged during winter months.
Clay L 04/08/14 11:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: DO I NEED A LADDER?

We carry a 12' telescoping ladder that does everything we need. You only need to extend it as much as you need and when collapsed, it lays flat, is about 3" high and is less than 36" long. They are made out of aluminum and can be found for less than $100. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608036381305406517&w=100&h=176&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7 That is the one I have.
Clay L 04/08/14 11:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mineral Water Stains on Smooth Fiberglass Exterior

Try using CLR; http://www.jelmar.com/CLRbasic.htm That is what I use. I apply it with a nylon mesh covered foam pad.
Clay L 04/07/14 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Portable Ice Makers

Had 2 of them. El cheapo kind (about $100). One lasted a year almost to the date, and the other lasted about 2 years. I loved having them, as I like a lot of ice in my sweet tea, however, I'm saving up to get a better one. I would buy on price. I don't think the more expensive ones are any better than the less expensive ones. They all appear to be made by the same company in China with cosmetic changes as specified by the company selling them. I have worked on several over the years and they all had the same compressor and other parts. The first one I had died in six months and the replacement in about 14 months. I repaired the second with parts from the first and it has been working for about five years now.
Clay L 04/07/14 10:26am General RVing Issues
RE: 10th time across USA need ideas

NH is a good place to spend a week or more and take day trips. The tram ride through Boston. The Boston Science Museum. Sturbridge Village west of Boston. Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth NH - 10 or so acre open air museum with 250 year old houses containing exhibits showing colonial life. Queeche Gorge NH - huge building with tons of real old stuff - kitchen implements, tools - bottles, containers, furniture, etc etc. L.L. Bean, Freeport Maine
Clay L 04/06/14 12:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: installing a mud flap

I used a grass type for ten years and it helps with pebbles a lot. Both the grass and solid ones are supposed to be installed so that there is about six inches of road clearance. If they are too close to the road pebbles can be thrown up.
Clay L 04/06/14 10:41am Beginning RVing
RE: What is the best water pressure coming into the RV?

I have had my Watts whole house regulator set to 65 psi for ten years. I have spent three summers where the unregulated pressure was 140 psi so my plumbing and fixtures have seen extended periods of time at 65 psi. Early on I replaced the kitchen and bathroom faucets with residential units that are rated to 85 psi. The shower is still the original RV type and still works fine.
Clay L 04/06/14 10:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Driver Seat

I didn't know about Bostrom at the time but we did stop at Brad & Hall in Elkhart IN and checked out the Flexsteel line. Didn't see any thing we liked as well as what we had so recovered the ones we had with Ultra Leather Plus. Our foam was okay but new high density foam could be used. We got some for our dinette seats which we recovered at the same time. Not cheap (but is good stuff.
Clay L 04/03/14 10:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RGV

We stayed at Park Center a number of times. Most of the older sites are very narrow and some are not level and require blocks under the front tires before the leveler rams can do their job. Not all are unlevel,some are okay. I wouldn't go back if I couldn't get in the newer more expensive section. I suspect that it will be difficult to get in the new section because a lot of people want the larger sites. There are a lot of people that have been staying there in the winter for years. Because of that it may be difficult to get accepted by some of the cliques at first. We did make a few friends with some of the regulars and many newcomers.
Clay L 03/31/14 11:34am Snowbirds
RE: Recovering or replacing vertcal valances

I removed the vertical and top valances when we reupholstered all of our furniture with Ultra Leather and recovered them. Like the poster above we used the old fabric as a pattern and re-used the foam padding. A staple puller was helpful. It is like a flat blade screwdriver with a V cut into the blade and the blade bent at an angle. Three dollars or so at most hardware stores. Needle-nose pliers were also useful.
Clay L 03/30/14 11:42am Tech Issues
RE: Recovering or replacing vertcal valances

We have several scratching posts and pads around which the cats use but there are a couple of valances and one chair top/back protector that they sometimes like to mess with. We got some double sticky back tape at PetSmart that works very well to stop them. They hate the way it feels. We removed it after a couple of months and they didn't bother the places anymore for almost a year but we have had to put it on again this winter,
Clay L 03/30/14 11:32am Tech Issues
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