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RE: How long does your Surge Protector LAST???

The electronics in most RV's are identical to those found in a house and in fact are far more vulnerable being in campgrounds often located at the far end of the local distribution station with old and often under-rated facilities. Missing is any electrical concept to validate an empty and barren denial. A perfect example of rationalization to justify a feeling. First, a surge is not defined by its victim. Surge is defined by the anomaly - which you completely ignore. 'Surge' is a vague term for many completely different and unrelated anomalies. Why do you assume all surges are same? If you know typically destructive anomalies in campgrounds and homes are same, then define them with voltage, time, current path, and other numbers. Don't just deny because you feel otherwise. Your rationalization (without facts) is how junk science get promoted. An anomaly that typically causes damage in a campground is completely different from an anomaly that typically does damage in homes. If you know otherwise, then please explain why protectors necessary for campgrounds are not found in homes. Where is a protector that disconnects your home when high voltage, floating neutral, open ground, or sags occur? Does not exist because that 'surge' does not exist in homes. Why do you assume otherwise? If campgrounds routinely suffer damage from microsecond transients, than all protectors are at the pole; not inside a camper. Why do you ignore that fact? "That is wrong because I said so", is classic rationalization. Please deny using substance (ie numbers). Please explain why so many without damage have no protection from microsecond transients. Please stop posting subjective denials. As if all 'surges' are same. Empty and barren denials are insulting; not informative. Again, summarized were two protectors implemented in campgrounds where destructive 'surges' are a different anomaly. Disconnecting is the typical solution for campground 'surges'; not for home 'surges'.It seems you have lots of theory under your belt and zero real world experience either in a Campground or industrial/ residential use because I shouldn't have to sit here and justify anything, you should already know the numbers. And if you have all this claimed knowledge you know full well that all MOV's are not the same, so what's your point with these novellas? Surges are surges, transients are transients, they are not the same (right?), and the OP's question has been answered.
SCVJeff 02/05/16 05:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: SK-3005 can't find DirecTV 110 ?

Winegard didn't say a word when I talked to them.. It seems that Direct has routed one transponder (x10 IIRC) either into the CONUS antenna, or a spot beam antenna as I can now see carrier out in here in Cochella. Alls I can now tell you is that the Traveler is now way happier that is has something on 110 to look at. It would be nice if someone at Winegard could tell us if that antenna looks for a pilot ID carrier or transponder carrier..
SCVJeff 02/05/16 05:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking for WASHABLE day/night shades

Replace them and be more careful next time. :) How in the world are you going to "wash" pleated shades and expect the pleat to resemble anything close to its former self? We like these better than roller shades too, but they do have issues. I have front pleated curtains in addition to the shades and will,likely be replacing those as well someday.
SCVJeff 02/05/16 12:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Traveling with an infant

He's asking WHERE to install the carrier.. And I gave him a suggestion based on the toter home cab configuration Between the captain chairs in cab. Toter home is a SEMI cab with a 'sleeper' compartment (not just a sleeper but also living room/kitchen/bath -----an extended sleeper) There is NO conventional place to put an infant carrier. Less so then a motorhome. SO new straps/belts properly mounted on floor to secure a quality infant carrier in cab I normally agree with everything Biscuit says but not this time. A seat belt bolted to the floor alone will not work. Car seats (baby type) rely on the rest of the seat also when they are strapped in. Basically the belt holds it tight against the bottom seat and the back seat plus a tether that attaches above and behind the back seat.. Passenger seat is the way to go. There are usually 2 seats in toter Driver & Passenger The car carrier/infant seat has a bottom that can be strapped down and infant seat attaches to the carrier. Straps/seat belts installed to hold carrier in place. Otherwise........there is only a booth seat (dinette) and a 'couch' in toter Not a lot of options............better than what we survived thru as youngsterssince none of us have one, only the owner can answer any of this. The only place in my coach rated for an infant carrier is actually on the dinette seat since that's where the center restrain strap hook is located. Not what I would do, but that's where it is and there's no reason his wouldn't have that attachment somewhere either.
SCVJeff 02/05/16 12:19am General RVing Issues
RE: How long does your Surge Protector LAST???

I agree that transients from the pedestal would be "best" caught at the pedestal but there are other factors. Joules is about how much energy a protector will 'block' or 'absorb'. Near zero protectors (also in homes) are rated in joules. Surges that do damage can be hundreds of thousands of joules. How many joules is your protector rated to absorb? Hundreds? Thousand? How do near zero joules 'absorb' a surge that is hundreds of thousands of joules? How does that 2 cm part 'block' what three miles of sky cannot? It doesn't. Common campground anomalies include open neutral (in campground wiring), reverse polarity, missing safety ground, sags, etc. These are averted by disconnecting in milliseconds or seconds. A microsecond event (a completely different anomaly) must make a low impedance (ie as short as possible) connection to earth. Earth is where effective protectors harmlessly connect hundreds of thousands of joules. Is a neutral in a 50 amp power cable failing? One would know that long before that neutral failed. For example, incandescent bulbs would change intensity when other appliances (ie air conditioner) power cycle. Long before a neutral opened, the defect would have been apparent and getting worse. Protectors that disconnect from more common anomalies (in campground wiring) can be located inside. Protectors that avert damage from that microsecond anomaly are located at a pole. That low impedance (ie single digit feet) connection to what harmlessly 'absorbs' hundreds of thousands of joules is essential. Campers generally do not worry about microsecond transients. Homeowners do. Surges that concern homeowners are completely different from most common surges found in campgrounds. A word 'surge' defines numerous unrelated anomalies. Each unique 'surge' may require completely different solutions. Defined are common campground anomalies.You're arguing semantics.. Allot of us are well aware of what these do regardless of what you want to call it. One comment you are completely wrong on it that transient damage is different for campers vs. a residence. The electronics in most RV's are identical to those found in a house and in fact are far more vulnerable being in campgrounds often located at the far end of the local distribution station with old and often under-rated facilities.
SCVJeff 02/05/16 12:07am Travel Trailers
RE: 25 MILES WiFi Booster!!!

Not to get too picky but... Isn't the horizon only 3 miles away, after that everything drops out of sight. You would need a very tall tower to see something 20 miles away. This is assuming WiFi needs line of sight to work. From my home in Idaho I can see the Grand Teton which is about 80 miles away. So it all depends on where the antennas are mounted.Doesnt really matter anyway. As has been proven over and over again, 2GHz penetrates and wraps the horizon far better than anyone expected 30+ years ago. Back in the 70's they thought UHF was line of sight too
SCVJeff 02/04/16 11:00am Technology Corner
RE: Traveling with an infant

He's asking WHERE to install the carrier.. OP- don't know what that vehicle is, but wherever it's mounted it should be installed backwards facing into the seat. Any of the new carriers are built to be strapped in with conventional seat belts and come with shoulder belt securing clamps as well. Tell him to go to a place like Baby's R Us and talk to one of the moms that work there. This forum is about the last place to get good info on babies.
SCVJeff 02/04/16 02:09am General RVing Issues
RE: 25 MILES WiFi Booster!!!

Pretty sure they were only running 1 watt - the FCC limit for Wifi. As a ham for many years, I can tell you we're careful to stay within legal limits on or off the ham bands. As far as I know, the limit for Wifi is 238 miles! http://www.cnet.com/news/new-wi-fi-distance-record-382-kilometers/there is no limits for range, only records to beat.
SCVJeff 02/04/16 01:54am Technology Corner
RE: 25 MILES WiFi Booster!!!

It's only a 4 watt amplifier.....But like he says, the parabolic antenna increases this power many times.I didn't bother to watch the whole thing, but at first glance my guess is the gain of that parabolic is somewhere between 18-23db. If you average that to around ~20db with 4watts into the feed horn, that's 400 watts ERP. So a 25mile link is nothing, but where do you plan on mounting it on an RV? AND.... likely the claimed 25 mile link is with a pair of these in open and unobstructed space, right? So talking to the local CG "free WiFi" will likely be reduced to hundreds of feet, not even miles.
SCVJeff 02/03/16 02:17am Technology Corner
RE: Where to buy crimped battery cable

LINKA little late for this thread but here is good info on making your own cables. http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/battery_cables LINK This guy did a very good review right up to the review of the Harbor Freight crimper. He went out of the way to use only one die in the box and if it didn't work it didn't work. I have 4/0 crimps all over the coach done with TWO different sized dies that I would put up against anything he did with his favorite crimper. Does it take longer? Yep.. But it's still an ultra sanitary crimp, and there are plenty of us on this form that have the procedure down flat.
SCVJeff 02/02/16 10:12pm Tech Issues
RE: How long does your Surge Protector LAST???

Surge Protectors containing MOV devices can NOT be "reset", only repaired, warranty or not. Also they just don't "wear out" unless they are actively protecting the load (RV) against incoming issues on the power that could otherwise damage equipment. If you always have pristine power, they will last forever.
SCVJeff 02/01/16 12:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Where to buy crimped battery cable

Hammer Lug crimping tool: http://amzn.to/1nGfDx8 Why pay a high price for a tool you may only use once. This does the job for only $20 and once you are done, you don't have to worry about it taking up much storage space. Have you used one of those? They are terrible and under high inverter loads you would risk melting the end and damaging the terminal post. SorryX2 !
SCVJeff 01/31/16 04:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Flagpole suggestions

Bought this from a guy in Quartszite a few years ago right outside the tent. It's WAY more stout than anything else I have seen out there. The painted pipe is really heavy duty ABS that I laid at least 5 coats of paint and 10 coats of clear on and it's an almost identical match to the coach. This replaces the Poles and Holders base that I snapped in half in Quartzsite in the wind. The upper guide is also on the ladder, but this brute takes all the lateral forces and dead weight of the pole while the upper guide keeps it from slapping. http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r192/SCVJeff/37902592-63BC-4DBD-BA04-2B244B0F8810_zpsixrtonxo.jpg height=400 width=400
SCVJeff 01/27/16 08:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: (Yawn) Another day in Quartzsite

SCVJeff, drove past La Quinta, where you at 1000 Trails? I saw a casino just before, is there FREE over night parking? Didn't catch the name.Fantasy Casino is much better IMO. The RV parking is further from the freeway. We are currently at Lake Cahuilla on the hill above LaQuinta
SCVJeff 01/27/16 08:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Battery Question ; time watching TV

Planning it out beforehand would provide a lot longer viewing time. The largest 12V HDTV would be the 32-inch Jensen, $ 417.55 new. An Optima or Lifetime or whoever's AGM battery would tolerate deep discharge and offer a lot of other advantages over an old-school lead acid as well. The 12V HDTV gets you away from inverters that waste a lot of power to convert, rather than a converter, which wastes a fraction of power vs. an inverter (i.e.; convert a 19V laptop to 12V). 32-inch Jensen HDTV Yep, TV's all run on DC. That brick in the cord converts AC to DC. If it's not in the cord it's in the TV itself.And he said up front he knows very little about electricity. Probably wouldn't be good to give him a handful of alligator clips and turn him loose..
SCVJeff 01/26/16 10:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Reducing 12 VDC to 9 VDC

Before you do anything, measure the output of the transformer. More than likely it is going to be at least 12V.If the spec is 9V, why run it 25% over?
SCVJeff 01/26/16 10:24pm Tech Issues
RE: SK-3005 can't find DirecTV 110 ?

UPDATE After checking the sky at the storage facility, at home, 12 days in Quartzsite, and now at Lake Cahuilla, I have nothing coming off of 110 at all; UNTIL TODAY. We moved sites which meant redeploying the antenna, and it appears that xponder 10 is now active in the So. Cal area again. It's not strong but it's there.
SCVJeff 01/26/16 02:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Can a dual band router send 2.4Ghz/ 5Ghz at the same time?

Without needing to read this entire post,,the answer is Yes they can.
SCVJeff 01/26/16 01:33am Technology Corner
RE: Dish Network jusssst north of the U.S. border... ?

So I could give them an address just over the border in the U.S? Or so they care if you give them a Canadian address. Yes, I think Verizon would definitely know if I was over the border. They ping you.For Satellite you tell them nothing
SCVJeff 01/26/16 01:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: (Yawn) Another day in Quartzsite

NinerBikes, did you check out the HamFest down at La Posa or were they gone?I did during the week. It's amazing how many low banders were set up there, and me without ANY radio.... They had a swap meet that started at o-dark:30 on Saturday, but homie don't do early mornings anymore..
SCVJeff 01/26/16 01:22am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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