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RE: Electronic equipment post winterization ?

Devices with moving parts (dvd/bluray players) would benefit from moving to a warmer environment. They also last longer if you use them once in a while. I leave the TV and other various electronics in my trailer which is stored outdoors all winter in north Idaho, where I'm sure it gets just as cold.
BillyW 09/20/14 02:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram 6.4 reviews

Dave Smith? My experience with Dave Smith was terrible. They were slow to respond and when I told them I was comparing against Costco prices they never emailed back :(They've told me that they don't want to do quotes in writing that I'm going to take to the competitors. However, beyond that they were very responsive to my wants and questions. And I still got my quote emailed to me.
BillyW 09/18/14 10:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sony Xplod 10" subwoofer GRILL Needed?

Maybe this?
BillyW 09/17/14 02:06pm Technology Corner
How to install Wasp screens?

I know the subject is covered here often, but I didn't come across any good posts about the "how to" part. Often there are screens manufactured for specific furnaces, water heaters, etc., but that doesn't seem to be the case for most of my trailer equipment. I bought stainless screen material and am wondering about the best way to install it. I'm going to start with my water heater since I just got stung while servicing it. Any recommendations on securing the mesh in place? Epoxy? Nuts and bolts? If I use epoxy, any recommendations on one that stands up to heat? Good old JB Weld? I have rolls of aluminum tape. Don't know if that adhesive would hold up though.
BillyW 09/14/14 01:15pm Tech Issues
RE: RAM - 0-60, mpg, and tow test (pt 3) Hemi vs Cummins

Finally went back and watched the 0-60 videos. Both are informative, and very easy on the ears. The hemi one could have been a Ram commercial. I would be totally satisfied with that performance, and it sounded so sweet while doing it! First to second is quite a transition though.
BillyW 09/12/14 08:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Charging car battery, how high v is too high?

Yup, it read 14.3V while idling. This was my first regular starting battery that died a premature death without my helping it along.
BillyW 09/09/14 08:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging car battery, how high v is too high?

I thought it pretty strange for a battery that was down to 8 volts, to be reading all the way up to 15.7 in only 15 minutes on a 10 amp charger. After disconnecting the charger and waiting a while, it started the car and still had a resting voltage of 12.7. I tried to start the car again and got the telltale clicking noise. Now the meter says 10.3 volts. Off to replace the battery. Thanks for the feedback!
BillyW 09/09/14 07:31pm Tech Issues
Charging car battery, how high v is too high?

Not specifically an RV issue, but... Our two year old car wouldn't start today. A quick check of the battery showed just over 8 volts. I connected a Harbor Freight 2/10/50 charger on the 10 amp setting. The multimeter immediately showed 14.3v and was at 15.7v 15 minutes later. I disconnected it, fearing it was climbing beyond what was safe. Thoughts?
BillyW 09/09/14 06:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Ram 2500 coil vs Ram 3500 leaf: squat test

I, for one, would love to hear more about the results of your experiments. Keep 'em coming! :)
BillyW 09/09/14 01:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: My Rogue Wave install...

His b/g router is limited to 54Mbps. which is faster than what most service providers can provide. The speed is good enough, but I was wondering how long will the b/g 2.4Ghz be supported? At work we are phasing out the hardware that's limited to those older standards because it lacks adequate security. Perhaps I'm making a big deal about nothing.
BillyW 09/07/14 12:45pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: My Rogue Wave install...

That looks like a pretty nice solution. Are there any concerns about the age of technology? It appears to be 802.11 b/g only. That's pretty long in the tooth. Or am I making a fuss about nothing?
BillyW 09/07/14 11:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Big Buddy Heater

Not to hijack the thread, but I was also considering the Mr. Heater. If I hook it up to the low pressure feed on the trailer via the BBQ outlet, do I need the Mr. Heater fuel filter that they recommend when connecting to the 20lb tank? Apparently you can get some debris & oil from the plastic hose, but the RV system has the regulator at the tanks, so..?I would use the filter any time I used a hose. I didn't at first and ruined one.
BillyW 09/04/14 09:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Big Buddy Heater

It's always interesting to see the usual naysayers busting on the Buddy Heaters, even though they don't use them. We go through 10 or 12 one lb canisters every winter with our Buddy Heater in our sticks and bricks living room. No smell. No CO. There's no reason to bring a 20 or 30 lb propane tank into your living space. Why do people even entertain that? For an RV, given the choice, I would go with the Plat Cat first, Oly Wave second, then the Buddy. I don't have room for the first two in my current trailer, so the Buddy it is.
BillyW 09/04/14 08:51am Tech Issues
RE: Gotta Pay Before You Hike

Leave it to Fox to slant this story as if permits are something new and onerous.... slant is in the eye of the beholder. What a Fair & Balanced response! ;) Maybe I'll wait for a new knee before making that trek. It's on my list though.
BillyW 08/31/14 10:07am General RVing Issues
RE: The real pressing question about new pickups

In the cold climes, it's nice to have room around the tire to install/remove chains. It' much easier to clean out all the built up ice and mud before parking in the garage. And as mentioned it provides room for plenty of suspension travel. Oh and it does look cool with big meats added! ;)
BillyW 08/26/14 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Life helps perpetuate the 1/2 ton towable myth

For warranty purposes. And guidelines. :) I routinely go over my GVWR & GCWR, but try to stay under my GAWR. Stiffening the springs and improving the tires resulted in a very stable towing platform. The engine is the weak spot in my case.
BillyW 08/25/14 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newer tow vehicles and rear view cameras on trailers/5ers

Thats just what we need...a federal mandate for backup cameras. Right. More government intervention into our daily lives and personal activities. Like we don't have enough already. Goes along the lines of the TPMS. Like I need the government to mandate that the OEM manufactures install this thing on MY vehicle in case I can't figure out how and when to check my tire pressure, as the operator of a motor vehicle. Thanks. What on earth does a backup up camera have to do with your "personal activities"? I'm pretty sure I don't want to know. NOW back to the actual subject. So.. has anybody successfully tied a trailer rear view camera into their newer tow vehicle rear view system?
BillyW 08/23/14 10:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newer tow vehicles and rear view cameras on trailers/5ers

I would like to see rear cameras on every vehicle built. There is no reason that I know that they could not be mandatory. No reason except for raising the consumer cost for folks that don't care to have one. Personally, I'd rather have people looking around when backing instead of staring at the monitor in their dash. It doesn't tell you anything about what the front fenders are swinging in to. I've seen too many drivers let the monitor replace their mirrors and look at nothing else when backing.I like what you're saying but have you noticed how some of these newer cars are absolutely FULL of blind spots. Our Fusion is a joy to drive, but a terror to back up. Absolutely no way to see what's going on behind or even off to the sides. We creep backward very slowly relying on the convex side mirrors. Rear view cameras are in the same class as air bags and seat belts. Get used to them. Now if I could just tie into that system with a trailer backup camera...
BillyW 08/23/14 09:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: rear view camera

You may be able to find better prices, but here's where I went for mine years ago. It was hardwired and still works flawlessly. Looks like lots of wireless options now. Tim provided great customer service and even gave me the wiring breakdown so I could combine a different model camera into the system.
BillyW 08/23/14 01:02pm Tech Issues
RE: About long-term storage of Honda eu2000i

All my small engines from ATVs down to weed trimmers get stabil in every tank. They have all performed perfectly for years. I retired my 20 year old lawnmower this year, but it still runs and starts just fine. My 8 year old ATVs start easily and run fine after a long dormant winter. My generator goes unused for many months at a time and has always started and run well after 10 years. I forgot that I even owned a chainsaw and after discovering it on a shelf under heavy dust, it started right up and runs great too. Zero effort except for stabil in the fuel. Actually I think the 2 stroke fuel has a stabilizer added to it with the oil. The one thing I have learned is really important is shutting off the fuel petcock if one is present. Of course that won't matter if you run it dry. OK, done rambling. :)
BillyW 08/23/14 12:42pm Tech Issues
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