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RE: advice please - re: old software

+1 for ebay. Otherwise can it.
smkettner 01/28/15 10:34pm Technology Corner
RE: Dedicated 20AMP outlet from Generator

I've got a new ATS but I had a thought. Couldn't I switch the ATS so it defaults to the genny instead of shore power? I can let the gen warm up on my own. Sometimes I have to restart the gen 10 times to get the ATS to kick over.... Any thoughts??Seems really odd. Although it does take a minute for the ATS delay to expire then switch over. I believe some you can disable the delay. How long are you waiting? Exactly what transfer switch model did you get?
smkettner 01/28/15 10:30pm Tech Issues
RE: How rough a road will you drive down for a place to camp

If heavy washboard I would not go too far unless the place was known to be uniquely special or was in a group. Otherwise it is about ground clearance and not ripping the tanks out. More inclined to go in mud and sand if with a group to help if stuck. Yea pretty much I would go. Reality is a couple miles of fairly smooth dirt road is the worst I have been on with the trailer attached.
smkettner 01/28/15 08:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Edmunds 'Hammers' The New F-150

I assume about any dent from collision will be $3,000. Big whoop. What he did not mention is how an insurance adjuster will chisel them down at every corner and get 20% to 50% off the price vs. cash customer.
smkettner 01/28/15 07:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What if RV's had an "Insane" mode?

I look forward to the day we have ~600 HP electric in an RV or 350/3500 truck. Only need about 180 HP diesel to get down the road. If Tesla was to do it, so much the better.
smkettner 01/28/15 04:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Question for the electricians out there.

Geez guys! He just wants to rough-in a conduit for now! Thanks, but it is never that easy. I asked the question so I do not go through the effort and expense just to find out later that it does not meet code or I can't get the needed wires through. This is why you need an electrician on-site to consider all conditions and requirements even if you do the work yourself.
smkettner 01/28/15 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: Question for the electricians out there.

Just pull the wire. May as well have an electrician do it based on expected use. Include a permit and inspection. I think there is more to it than just conduit size.
smkettner 01/28/15 08:52am Tech Issues
RE: Help! Foolish me playing mechanically inclined again.

Went and purchased a 15mm combination wrench. It would be correct size, and fit into the tight quarters where the nut is located. And (another :S) the poor nut is too messed up for the wrench to grab. Mind you, it would grab if I were turning the other way and attempting to tighten. A lot of good knowing that. Back to the drawing board.Put the wrench on and get a couple pictures to post.
smkettner 01/27/15 11:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Why I NEVER drink campground water

If the campground has a well in the city it could be the safest place to drink.
smkettner 01/27/15 10:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chain on a c class motor home

put the chain on the back passenger wheel because it is so called your driver wheel what do you think about that!Actually both sides have equal torque applied. If the right seems to spin first it is due to the drive shaft torque pressing the driver side tire to the pavement and lifting the passenger side. This does not allow you to chain just one corner.
smkettner 01/27/15 10:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chain on a c class motor home

Check your state for chain requirements but you will need to chain both sides of the drive axle.
smkettner 01/27/15 10:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Inverter draw

With a 1000 watt draw it will not last long. What is the actual load on the inverter?
smkettner 01/27/15 10:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Newbie fed up with so much misinformation on set up of a TT

Forget about using the floor or counter surface for leveling because they can be very wonky.That is where I walk and cook so that is what is important to me. Really do not care if the frame is slanted if the interior is level. ;)
smkettner 01/27/15 08:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie fed up with so much misinformation on set up of a TT

I use the kitchen counter as my level surface. Why? Because it is easier than lurching down on the floor. Once it seemed level enough I stuck a bubble level on the exterior... even easier now.
smkettner 01/27/15 08:54am Travel Trailers
RE: 50 amp generator

50 amp as in a full 12,000 watts. That is basically 8 Honda 2000 (1600 rated) generators strapped together. What exactly is your definition of portable? Full 50 amps is generally an installed on-board generator.
smkettner 01/26/15 11:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: what is reasonable profit for the dealer

Thank you all for the replies. I am doing my research, and this is part of it. My question stems from the fact that, after I did my research on a particular model, I made an offer, and was pretty much shown the door. No counter offer, no haggle, very much unlike any negotiating I had done for a car or truck. Since there is no "consumer reports" service available that I am aware of, I just wondered if there was some protocol that I violated in my negotiating. I know the dealer has to make some profit, but it's my money, and I'm kinda attached to it.Don't worry the dealer is not offended or bothered. If you do not get run out by at least three then you did not really try. Go back in a few weeks and check again. And plan to walk out again when they give you their best price so that you can think about it. RVs do cost a bit of money. Try another dealer in the mean time.
smkettner 01/26/15 10:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newbie fed up with so much misinformation on set up of a TT

1) Blocks under one tire two tires does not matter much. Although I would keep them within an inch or two. The important thing is wheel chocks. Be glad you do not have 3 axles ;) 2-5) Stabilizer jacks are just that, stabilizers. Just snug them up and you are done. The tongue jack should be used to level front to rear. Yes you can use regular jacks up and down the entire frame if you like but usually this is reserved for a seasonal or multi-year spot. 6) The springs are stiff enough that lifting the tire lifts the trailer. Or it would just sag to the ground. I believe you are way over thinking all this. If the RV is secured and comfortable just let it be. Go on a hike and see something. Sometimes I don't level or use the stabilizers at all... just park it and go have fun.
smkettner 01/26/15 10:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help! Foolish me playing mechanically inclined again.

PB Blaster 24 hours and hammer on a 6 point impact socket. Some heat may work too. Don't let materials beat you.
smkettner 01/26/15 09:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Palm Springs to Disneyland

Don't come in early on weekdays. Early afternoon is best to hit DL about 2 or 3p.
smkettner 01/26/15 08:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: The mysteries of Horsepower and other things explained

Wow, lots of info.. Lots of conflicting info... So somebody is right and somebody is wrong? But who's who?? :h I am looking at you____________:B :B :B Sure glad the guys at PickupTrucksdotcom do their hill climb pull tests .........All discrepancies of right and wrong are covered in the OP. Basic torque and horsepower are defined by laws of physics. Drivability opinions are fine but do not change the physics.
smkettner 01/26/15 04:18pm Tow Vehicles
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