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RE: Follow-up to our troubles at Freedom Shores (Isla Aguada)

Which is better the Progressive Industries RV Power Protection Device or the Hughes Autoformer? Or the same? rocmoc n AZ/MexicoThey are completely different animals. The Progressive or Surge Guard (the top end ones)not only contain GE-MOV's to control surges, but also look for incorrect phasing, voltage too high, voltage too low, no ground, missing phase, etc. The Hughes does contain GE-MOV's for surge protection (I don't remember it's Jolue rating), but thats it. It's a boost transformer to correct for low incoming AC.
SCVJeff 07/24/14 01:36pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ford navigation system

I really like the system in my 2014 Explorer. Probably my only complaint and I know it is at least partially my fault is; I have problems hearing the voice directions and I don't seem to be able to turn it up enough to help.when its talking, turn up the volume. At that point you are controlling only the GPS
SCVJeff 07/24/14 11:13am Technology Corner
RE: Follow-up to our troubles at Freedom Shores (Isla Aguada)

Progressive Industries RV Power Protection Device........don't leave home without it. And cheaper than replacing burnt up/fried electronics in RV.Agreed 100% with the above. But your (OP) comment that you shouldn't be expected to use a DVM is a cop-out IMO. This is no different than knowing how to check your oil, or simply checking the holding tanks and knowing how to dump. You are clearly aware that this can be a problem anywhere, not just Mexico, so why would you say it's not your responsibility to be on the lookout for problems? While there apparently are attitudes on both sides (and it sounds that's your main gripe), if that happened to me I would blame myself for hearing this story many times on the forums and knowing that the equipment was available to prevent these failures and chose not to have it. Fix your damage, buy a surge protector, and chill.. PS- Reading through the closed post, there was ONE person claiming you shouldn't know how to use a volt meter, and several with the opposite comment. Interesting how that got turned around.
SCVJeff 07/24/14 12:54am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Dual water pump upgrade in 85 Pace Arrow

I'm not sure why you would want to deliver that kind of volume with the current of 2 pumps and a 40gal tank that you could be refilling every other day or better. The Oxygenics shower head delivers residential power at a fraction of the volume, current, and price. I have a mobile home supply clues to me where I found the OEM clamps and joints, after age got to a few. If I didn't know where my 27Y was I'd swear that was it
SCVJeff 07/23/14 11:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford navigation system

Now that they squashed the bugs on the vehicle OS, it's not bad. Every revision gets a little better
SCVJeff 07/23/14 10:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Weather Radio recomendations?

Interesting that you mentioned this. My provider, Verizon Wireless, started automatically giving severe weather alerts about a year or two ago and I noticed that sometimes the phone alerts before my Midland Weather radio does.That is interesting since EAS Wx alerts are generated from the NWS office. That means their own servers probigate slower than that cell provider. Btw- I was on an FCC Advisory committee for two years looking at EAS for broadcast, but there were others dealing with cellular distribution, and several other outlets. I met the guy that owns and runs the company that supports Weather Radio for smartphones. All those things I've been nitpicking are things we talked about as potential problems that might kill an otherwise bulletproof system. So it's not just me being negative about this stuff.
SCVJeff 07/23/14 09:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Weather Radio recomendations?

For the last four or five years we have used an app on our iPhones called Weather Radio. Think I paid $9.99 for it originally. Don't know what it costs now. It tracks your location and will wake up my iPnone if there is a weather alert where I am located, when traveling. We have a standard weather radio but you have to turn it on at bedtime and know what county you are in as that seems to be the way weather warnings are given. The app keeps track of our location. Best weather app I have found. Having grown up in southern Oklahoma, I have a very healthy respect for what tornados can do to RVs, buildings, etc.And what happens when you have flakey service, or incoming storms knock out cell service before those alerts are released, or what if it was simply missed? There is going to be inherent latency from the NWS release before it makes it to an SMS alert. If you can hear the originator first, why wouldn't you?
SCVJeff 07/23/14 07:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Solve all your data storage problems with a personal cloud

Ive had a 4TB WD MyBook NAS for awhile now and as far as I can tell, this is a rebadged cousin. It was bought to back-up my big Mac via Time Machine, and even though both sides say it works great, it doesnt, and there are pages and pages of complaints across the forums with people trying to get it to pair with Time Machine. I have yet to hear anyone make it run. While its OK as a storage device, its not (at least mine isnt) a true plug n' play NAS because every device needs a driver, and it doesnt appear on either the Mac or PC directory as such, I wish it did. As a stand alone cloud server it seems OK, but data is data, and pulling something off this while on the road can add up fast. I only have one device left thats unlimited data.
SCVJeff 07/23/14 08:27am Technology Corner
RE: Lithium Ion vs Lead Acid

If anyone follows American RV'er (both video and stand-alone audio Podcast), they did a pretty good show about Li-on batteries in RV's about two years ago. The manufacturer installed it in the coach to run and test for free because they had no idea how to price it. Lots of information, problems, and fixes discussed.
SCVJeff 07/23/14 12:01am Tech Issues
RE: Solve all your data storage problems with a personal cloud

Wait till that data bill comes in...
SCVJeff 07/22/14 11:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Should you cover bathroom fan with vent cover?

Since this is the Beginner forum, quick reminder - turn off the bathroom vent fan before flushing. ....otherwise you might get light-headed when you open the flush valve...after the first sniff..
SCVJeff 07/22/14 11:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Low voltage at campgrounds? I found the solution.

Gil, in the middle of everyone going round about who does and doesn't allow boost transformers, very nice write-up !
SCVJeff 07/22/14 11:36pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: stolen RVs, post missing?

Yes they are; unfortunately, you can't receive valid title from a thief. Ah. But u can. The thief can play the system and get a title from a different state or country. Using forged docs or tampered vin. Once legal its sold across state lines. The victim has a valid title but on stolen property. Then revoked.yep, happens all the time. Nobody watches American Greed around here?
SCVJeff 07/22/14 12:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Should you cover bathroom fan with vent cover?

---snip--- Yes! I am getting the bathroom vent cover. and then the super fanoh, so there IS something you don't wanna talk about... :)
SCVJeff 07/22/14 12:10am Beginning RVing
RE: Refrigerator vent fan

Pretty easy set up but $30 X 2 is a lot more than computer fans ($2 X 2 plus $6 for a snap switch) and less airflow too. Thanks for the link!Never said it was cheap but it's done, and the fans are dead silent unlike most PC fans. Those two on the back of the 1200 are already a distraction.. The whole point isn't to create a hurricane, but keep air flowing. That's all that's needed. BTW- When I bought those they weren't nearly that expensive.
SCVJeff 07/20/14 11:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Refrigerator vent fan

Camco or Valterra make a ducted fan with the snap temp sensor built on it. The decide is built to go right below the screen, and the tube containing the fan has a couple of 'wings' that allow you to give it a twist and it wedges into the roof on either side of the vent. I have two up there. Found It
SCVJeff 07/20/14 09:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: HWH Hydraulic Jacks

Time to break out the volt meter and see where you lose it. Go to the end and work backwards: Pump> Pump Solenoid > Control board output relay> Logic Relay. Depending on the age there are lots of LED's on the board to tell you what's going on.. (Edit iphone spelling)
SCVJeff 07/20/14 08:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: GPS is wacky

It's not a re calibration per se.. You simply need to turn on the GPS and let it rebuild its almanac.. Usually it's so fast you won't notice. I go from LA to Texas, and even Puerto Rico and it happens very quickly. (Edit: spelling)
SCVJeff 07/20/14 07:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1989 Pace Arrow Stove Burners Not Working

Hi Thanks for the replies, I will try a few things. Can anyone tell me what this solenoid looks like or where exactly it is mounted.Mounted next to the regulator on the main tank. It's the one with the wires on it.
SCVJeff 07/20/14 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Please Review my Inverter and Charger Install

Hi, I would want a little more clearance between the inverter and the wall. Perhaps turn it 90 degrees? A 1500 watt inverter can draw 150 amps going flat out.Good point.. It's hard to see if either box can breathe
SCVJeff 07/20/14 07:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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