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RE: RV Refrigerator

Absorption refrigerators are efficient users of electrical power, which powers the control unit, and propane (for cooling), but are slow to cool down from startup. Adding fans, both inside and outside, will improve efficiency and uniform cooling. Since RVs are frequently used where electricity is limited to batteries, household type (using a compressor and Freon) refrigerators are impractical. If an owner has a large enough coach with a large (six or eight 6 volt batteries), and is willing to recharge this battery bank frequently, then a residential type is preferred.
Fishinghat 09/28/14 10:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: May have to replace my House Batteries, what's good?

Costco and Sam's Club are both good resources for batteries. If you can locate the Interstate Battery Distributor in your area, call them and ask about returned or blemished batteries. You can save up to half the retail price.
Fishinghat 09/23/14 09:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fisher Paykel DW/generator

You'll have to change the setup. For some reason, the difference in voltage requires a different setting. Call Fisher-Paykel. They are very customer friendly. (I installed a FP "dishdrawer" 10 years ago and the wife LOVES it.)
Fishinghat 09/22/14 03:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Favorite Arizona winter RV parks for 55+?

Check out Yuma. Just to the east of town, called the Foothills, are perhaps 50 RV parks. We stayed at Shangri La, but there are many others just as nice with pools and 50 amp service.
Fishinghat 09/22/14 03:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toshiba leaving us in the dust.

Keeping the processor cool is the key. The heat sinks installed by the manufacturers are just enough to make it work briefly. I install after market cooling fans with bigger heat sinks. Also, make sure you vacuum out the case frequently. Dust is a great insulator. Finally, I've had better luck with ASUS computers than HP, and all of my latest purchases have been of ASUS desktops and laptops. (That having been said, I'm using an HP desktop right now but with the cover off and an Enermax cooling system installed. It's my machine of choice.)
Fishinghat 09/22/14 03:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Holley four barrel carb exchanged for same list # NO!

Since you indicated you don't know much about carburetors, something that may interest you is filters will normally take out dirt that gets pumped up from the gas tank, as others have mentioned. However that is not normally the cause of a problem. The normal cause is old gas that has turned to varnish by being allowed to sit for some time. The volatile part of the gas evaporates leaving the varnish behind, and that gums up the little holes, called "jets", that allow gas to flow to the engine. Another cause is water left over from the alcohol that is now added to gasoline to meet emission standards. Stuff grows in the water and that can block the jets. Also, water won't go thru the jets unless it is mixed with alcohol. So, change the filter. It probably looks like a very short cigar and is right at where the fuel line connects to the carburetor. (It may be on the top right on the Holly if I remember correctly.) I don't think your Holly has a drain plug at the bottom unless it is very old, but if it does, you could drain out the debris and water. Taking the top off of the carburetor is a job better left to someone familiar with rebuilding a carburetor, so removing and exchanging it with a rebuilt would be the better choice. Good luck.
Fishinghat 09/22/14 02:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: HWH jacks not leveling properly.

My HWH jack sensor is the size of an upside down small saucer, about 4 inches in diameter, and located in my basement air conditioning bay. I understand HWH doesn't supply the sensor, but each manufacturer buys and installs whatever they want. My sensor has three screws on top that are adjusted to change the level settings. If the sensor is moved or bent by something (as happened to me), you'll have to reset the sensor to teach it what is level. As DSDP Don suggested, it is probably a wet electrical connection and not the sensor.
Fishinghat 09/16/14 08:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Removing Shower Doors

You'll get spots on the door by using soap. Instead, try "body wash", which doesn't contain the product that produces the scum or film left on the door and walls. Sure makes cleaning easier. We use the Kirkland brand from Costco, but I'm sure other brands will work just as well.
Fishinghat 09/10/14 06:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trade RV parts and supplies

Other than at a rally, I would suggest using Craig's List.
Fishinghat 09/08/14 09:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hydraulic Jacks

I didn't have them on our Class C, but do have them on our Class A. They are definitely worth it to me, but that's me. I had thought of fabricating in some portable hydraulic jacks on our Class C, but decided it was easier to just blocks and jacks as needed. It was a pain but cheap. The automatic system on our Class A is fantastic.
Fishinghat 09/04/14 09:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Leveling jacks won't work

Since your coach is 13 years old and you have two things that are inoperative when the rig is parked, I'd suspect you have a relay that has worn out. Most of the time they fail intermittently, but not always. Relay (or solenoids) look like little beer cans with large copper posts on each side and two small connections near the bottom. You probably have several in your electrical bay. (The are identical to the solenoids that were used for starters in most cars in the 50's and 60's.) The one that controls things that should be powered up when your coach is parked should "click" when you turn the key. Have someone listen for it when the key is turned. Just because it "clicks" doesn't mean it is working. You'll have to check it with a meter to see if power is being passed thru.
Fishinghat 09/04/14 08:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A or C, That is the question

Attending some RV shows as suggested by gbopp is an excellent recommendation. A common definition of the difference between Class C's and Class A's, is: A Class C sleeps 6, dinner for 4, drinks for 2. A Class A sleeps 2, dinner for 4, drinks for 6. Since you're going to have two teenage girls with you, a Class C would be the more obvious choice. But, how often will they be with you and for how many more years?
Fishinghat 09/04/14 08:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Charles Schwab won't let us open an account

Stick to Vanguard. Use any bank like Cap One that doesn't charge transaction fees. Transfer from Vanguard to banks works well. Why persist with a company that doesn't want your business? X2 Again, they don't want your business so go elsewhere.
Fishinghat 09/04/14 08:16pm Full-time RVing
RE: Looking for a convertible toad less than 3200 pounds

We previously towed a 2000 Mustang convertible that weighed about 3100 lbs. It had a V6 and a manual transmission. Even though the owner's manual said it could not be towed, we never had any problems and towed it many thousands of miles.
Fishinghat 09/03/14 07:06pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Securing my stuff - Outside storage.

I bought used aluminum "tool box" on Craig's List for $50 as a gift for my son's pickup. It cleaned up well and looked nice. Several years ago, I sold a similar box that I had bolted to a platform that attached to the trailer hitch on my previous coach. While the initial cost was something over $400, I sold it for $200 on Crag's List. You may be able to find something used like that. I also had attached boat cleats to the top and sides of the box to tie down things that were too large to fit inside.
Fishinghat 09/02/14 05:36pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Basement Air

We have basement air in our 21 year old HR coach and it has always worked flawlessly. We had roof air on our previous rig and, although it worked satisfactorily, we prefer the basement air. Roof air is far more common since it is cheaper. With basement air, you do loose one compartment. Our A/C is located up near the front, so it doesn't interfere with our sleeping. It is also quiet enough so it also doesn't bother us while visiting or watching TV.
Fishinghat 09/02/14 05:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replace 235/80R 22.5 XRV Tires

You're right. Michelin makes tires in sizes that no one else uses, but other tire makers make tires in almost exactly the same sizes. The tire stores I've been to all seem to know what sizes are compatible with your rims and will give you the same diameter and footprint as your present tires. Don't worry about it. You should have a choice of several sizes that will work.
Fishinghat 09/01/14 12:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Jacks will not go up or down

A potential cause could be the solenoid that powers up certain things only when the key is in the accessory position. Check your electrical bay for a small, beer can looking thing with copper posts sticking out on each side. (They look just like the starter solenoids used on cars when we were kids.) When someone else turns the key, it should click. Sometimes they fail intermittently, just due to age. Replacements are cheap. Just disconnect the power and unbolt. You probably have several of these. Each one performs a different function, and if one is failing, I'd replace all of them.
Fishinghat 09/01/14 12:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Full Time with COPD

I have three COPD machines, and all are 12 volt powered by a 120 volt transformer, much like laptop computers. I made a 12 volt power cord to bypass my inverter/converter in the event we ran down the batteries and I wanted to save what power I had left to run the COPD machine. I don't use oxygen or the humidifier, so my power needs are probably much less than most users. I also have four house batteries and two engine batteries, so we have a lot of capacity.
Fishinghat 08/31/14 11:28am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: toilet valve won't hold water

You can use the lime removal stuff (it goes by three initials, but I can't remember the name) by just pouring it into the bowel and letting it soak a few times. Many have used cooking oil to lubricate the seals once they are clean. Just pour a few teaspoons full into the toilet and let it sit. That normally keeps the seals working. If the lime removal stuff doesn't work, removing the toilet and replacing the valve and seals is actually an easy job, even for a novice. (The first time is time consuming, but once you've done it, you'll find it not difficult at all.)
Fishinghat 08/31/14 11:13am Tech Issues
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