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RE: Did you ground your PD 9200 series converter?

You can download the manual HERE It shows two grounds - a chassis and a battery negative - and warns that they must be two separate wires. My new PD4655 has the same setup as did the old Parallax 7500 I was replacing. I used the same wires that went to the Parralax for the PD4655. They both end up going to the same place but two wires are used. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Public/PD9200_zpsa6394003_1.jpg
Clay L 01/26/15 11:43am Tech Issues
RE: Firewire on digital camcorder to laptop

Best Buy has a couple of capture devices that will do the job. I bought The Dazzle unit. It comes with Pinnacle software and worked okay the only time I have used it. It cost about $60. There was at least one more brand available at BestBuy - Roxio maybe? - that had a Firewire input but it wasn't clear that it had it and I found out later it did.
Clay L 01/26/15 11:25am Technology Corner
RE: "popping" jacks

That happened to me twice. Both times when the two rear jacks were extended way out. The second time I put some leveling blocks under the jacks so they weren't extended so far and that stopped the noise.
Clay L 01/26/15 10:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Making Ice Cubes

Our Norcold has a defrost cycle in the refrigerator part but not in the freezer. We had to defrost the freezer a couple of times per year. From the Norcold Quick Start Guide "Does your model have frost limiter? Norcold N510 and N6, N8 and 1200 series refrigerators are designed to limit frost build-up on the fresh food compartment’s cooling fins. Periodically, a temperature control system automatically adjusts to remove most frost from the fins and the water drains into a collection cup in back of the unit. Heat generated by the cooling system then evaporates the water."
Clay L 01/20/15 11:28am Beginning RVing
RE: Rude buyer towards sales person - seeing the other side

What most buyers will 'never' understand is the dealerships take trade ins at "Wholesale" price. It's how any business stays in business. I called cars for a few dealerships. Meaning I had the book and I told the salesman what the trade in was worth wholesale before he started his negotiations. Dealserships have their very own book for that is not on line. When I sold cars it was called the black book. Came out quarterly to reflect the going chute prices or auction prices that vary up and down just like any commodity. Since people do not understand the way of doing business. They take your trade in at wholesale and then take the discount on the purchase and add it to your trade. So people think they are getting retail for their trade. The buyer that is upside down on their RV. I.E. owes more than what's it's worth wholesale is pretty much screwed. And are sadly the ones that complain the most because they don't understand how trade in's work. Exactly!!
Clay L 01/19/15 10:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone retrofit convection oven for external venting?

SNIP Thanks for sharing your experience. Did you do anything special in terms of ducting from the back of the oven to the external vent? That's really my biggest question - how air tight of a seal between the two is achievable and how. I didn't do any ducting. The exhaust fan I added moved plenty of air from the room through the area behind the microwave outside through the vent. I also added a grill above the microwave to get air from the room. When it was first installed, the temp behind mine got up to 200 degrees F after 45 minutes in convection mode.The fan and vent kept it way down to around 120 degrees or so as I recall.
Clay L 01/19/15 09:04am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone retrofit convection oven for external venting?

I used an electronic stud/ac wire finder to check the area. Then I used a Rotozip tool set to just cut through the 1/16 inch luan and pulled a square section loose from the Styrofoam in the wall. Then I could check for any DC wiring and verify that there was nothing in the foam I had to worry about. Then I cut a matching section from the outside and cut the foam piece out. I drilled a hole in each corner so I knew where to make the outside cuts. I used an exhaust fan in the space behind the convection/microwave to pull air in from the room and push it out of the vent I installed. I used a vent that was flap type that tipped out when the fan was running. There were a couple of tabs on the outside that turned to hold it in place while in transit. I got it from an RV store.
Clay L 01/18/15 02:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Butane lighters

I bought several at Quartzsite for $1 each. NO child safety and they are refillable. Selling the motor home in the spring and don't need them. If you get close to Palisade CO (abuts Grand Junction) stop by and I will give you a couple.
Clay L 01/17/15 02:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Tank gauges seldom work correctly!

Get the See Level system and all those issues go away. Works well every time. Accurate, easy to install. The guy next to me last winter had the SeaLevel system and when the black tank wall got bad enough it would quit indicating. The manual said that would happen if enough crud built up on the tank walls. He hired a guy with a pressure washer/video camera system that went up through the dump valve to clean the tank. It worked after that for the rest of the winter.
Clay L 01/17/15 02:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: soft water tester

The RV Filter guy told me that the TDS units will not measure hardness - and he sells them. See HERE He is usually pretty accurate although his recommendation for a magnetic water softener based on a one season very non-rigorous test is silly.
Clay L 01/15/15 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: draw back to fulltiming in NH?

We were residents of NH when we started full timing in late 2002. NH is not a full time friendly state for several reasons. We used a UPS Store in Concord for our mail forwarding service and NH would not allow their street address to be used as our address for auto, motor home registration or drivers licensing purposes. Same for voting . The yearly registration fee for the car and motor home was exorbitant also - almost $2000 per year for the car and motor home combined. About $180 per year in SD. We had to use our daughters home address where we "rented" a room, until we moved to SD - a state very friendly to full timers.
Clay L 01/10/15 01:46pm Full-time RVing
RE: Value of RV for trade

The actual trade in value will be close to the wholesale value. That is shown by NADA in the on-line info for cars I think, but not for motor homes. As stated above the dealers play with the numbers to fake you out. Years ago we used to use 70% of the low retail for the wholesale value but I don't know if that is still a good number or not. I have been told but have not verified that the dealer NADA books do have a wholesale value. If so you may be able to see one at a local library or friendly local bank or credit union.
Clay L 01/10/15 01:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Propane Furnace vs. Electric Space Heater

Thank u so much for all ur wisdom. I stink at math, but I will attempt to guestimate. Electricity 11 cts/KWH. Propane last time was $3.00 a gallon. Excellent points about keeping the furnance on when it gets below freezing to help with the sewer/water tanks, pipes and water lines. The output from the program I posted above says electricity is somewhat cheaper in your case. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/kwhpropane_zps6e3edfb8.jpg
Clay L 01/09/15 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Domicile advice for trucker

If you go HERE you can download/read an Escapees article that has great info on establishing a TX domicle.
Clay L 01/08/15 10:35am RV Lifestyle
RE: Propane Furnace vs. Electric Space Heater

If you go HERE you can download a small program that will make the simple calculation for you. It allows you to enter the appliance efficiency. According to an email to me from engineering at Suburban Manufacturing, the efficiency of RV furnaces ranges from 70 to 80 percent. Water heaters are 70 percent on gas. Note: Because Microsoft in their infinite wisdom didn't include the software to support the older help file formats, for Windows Vista and higher you will need to download and install a Microsoft program that allows you to use help files with the "hlp" extension for whatever operating system you are using - if you want to use the help file (not really necessary to use the program). You can download it here Microsoft Knowledge Base. Scroll down to select your operating system.
Clay L 01/08/15 10:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago roof blows off

Below is a cross section of the roof edge. As stated above the sealant integrity must be inspected every six months and the adhesive sealant replaced as necessary to maintain the ten year warranty. I had two sections of sealant about two feet long replaced at the Winnebago factory after about five years. To inspect it you push on the fiberglass and look for for a small crack between the sealant and fiberglass or rail. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Public/WinniebagoRoofCrosssection.jpg
Clay L 01/08/15 10:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: States for Full Timing

Note that in SD, and TX you can get removed from the jury duty rolls(SD) or get an exemption (TX). Don't know about FL. That could be important when you are 2000 or 3000 miles away.
Clay L 01/01/15 12:52pm Full-time RVing
RE: Dentist

I have used Dr Ricardo Carreon several times and have been pleased with him. He is in Progresso MX and is on the left a block or so after you cross the border. He has a stateside number to call for appointments. He has several associates but I asked for appointments with him. You can see his web site HERE
Clay L 12/29/14 01:34pm Snowbirds
RE: States for Full Timing

I would go HERE to see an article on how to become a Texan for full timers. It is on the Escapees web site.
Clay L 12/27/14 03:11pm Full-time RVing
RE: 000 000 0000

If the call is legitimate, they'll leave a message. I've been telling my DW that for years, she feels obligated to return a call to any number that calls her cell phone. I get unusual numbers, but not the 000 000 0000. I just ignore them, none of the callers have ever left a message. You might want to tell her about an active scam that waits for you to call to see who called (the phone may not even ring but the phone indicates a missed call) and then immediately puts you hold. While you are waiting you are charged 2 or 3 dollars per minute. As I recall the call originates in the Dominican Republic.
Clay L 12/25/14 02:15pm Technology Corner
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