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RE: Ceiling fan. install advice

Beside checking for cabinet interference, make sure the blades won't hit anything when the slide is in. A friend didn't and had to remove a blade every time he brought the slide in.
Clay L 03/27/17 12:52pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dish tripod

A lot of folks use the TV4RV tripod mentioned above, See HERE
Clay L 03/25/17 03:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Full Time, Selling Everything

We sold a lot of stuff, gave a lot to our kids and places like the Salvation Army. We did not follow the advice of many about getting rid of everything and put quite a bit in storage (10 by 30 storage unit). After 11 years of full timing we bought a house in western CO and had all of our stuff moved here from NH. We had sold all of the big appliances and most of the soft furniture but still had a lot of stuff. I am sure glad we did not follow the conventional advice and get rid of all of it. We have spent about $15,000 buying what we need for the house - stuff that we sold for maybe 10 percent of what it cost back then. If we had to replace what we had stored - like guns, complete woodworking shop, my wife's equipment for building miniatures, her genealogy research records and small appliances, desks and office equipment, and my electronic gear, it would have cost a lot more than what we spent for storage. Some things like heirlooms that came from as far back as our great grand parents could not be replaced at any cost.
Clay L 03/25/17 03:07pm Full-time RVing
RE: Camping with oxygen?

Check out the Inogen One.It's a small battery-operated concentrator. I've been using mine over two years with no problems at all. I don't leave pilot lights on anyway (too many years on boats), so I never give the propane a thought. I have Medicare and a supplement, so there was no cost to me. Get the double batteries, it comes with 12Vdc and 115vac chargers. I think you'll be pleased. Except as a satisfied user, I have no connection with this company. BTW, the flame for your frig is outside. A friend has one that works great and we checked on one for my wife who like me uses CPAP. The Inogen is a demand type unit - that is it provides oxygen when it senses you taking a breath. According to Inogen it can't used with a CPAP machine because it doesn't provide a steady supply of oxygen at a specific pressure.
Clay L 03/10/17 11:56am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Hot water tank bypass valves

Some companies (Winnebago for one) use two check valves. Here is a drawing I made of my Winnebago setup. If you only have one check valve it will be in the hot water out line. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Winnebagowaterheaterplumbingdiagram.png
Clay L 03/10/17 11:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windy day in Kansas

We once spent two days right off I70 in Russell Kansas waiting for the winds to subside enough to continue on west. That was okay though - Merridy's Steak House is there and they have one of the best (and largest) rib eye steaks I have ever had. After that we always made sure to stop in Russell on our way east or west on I70 :)Similar situation was stuck in Seibert CO waiting for wind to subside, not much there. No there isn't but the/a RV park in Seibert is the one we always stayed in on I70.
Clay L 03/08/17 11:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Windy day in Kansas

We once spent two days right off I70 in Russell Kansas waiting for the winds to subside enough to continue on west. That was okay though - Merridy's Steak House is there and they have one of the best (and largest) rib eye steaks I have ever had. After that we always made sure to stop in Russell on our way east or west on I70 :)
Clay L 03/07/17 10:12am General RVing Issues
RE: mail

We had the post office do a temporary forwarding to a mail forwarding service. The UPS Store is one service that is in many cities. You can do up to six months with an option for another six months. Most mail forwarding services have a web site or email address that you can use to tell them where and when to send your mail. We used to have ours sent every week but many friends used two week or one month intervals.
Clay L 03/04/17 10:35am Beginning RVing
RE: Tire Covers - Evidence or just belief?

Michelin agrees with Goodyear in preventing sunlight from striking the tires. The Michelin RV Tire Guide says to protect them from ultraviolet rays (sunlight). See numbers 4 and 5 below. From the RV Tire Guide. "Here are a few tips to help you protect your tires from these common damage conditions: 1) Keep your tires properly inflated. 2) Keep your tires clean. 3) Avoid prolonged exposure to heat, cold or moisture. 4) Avoid prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays. 5) Cover your tires when your vehicle is not in use. 6) Do not park near electric generators or transformers. 7) Do not store vehicle in an area where welding is being done or in a garage that has mercury vapor lamps."
Clay L 03/02/17 02:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: BAD smell in water

If the water only smells bad in the bathroom I doubt if its the water. As stated above the sink drain system could very easily be the problem. There is a air admittance valve on a stub off the sewer side of the drain trap. If faulty it won't seal properly and allows odor from the gray tank to escape.
Clay L 03/02/17 01:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Biggest Challenges

In addition to FL and TX you might want to take a look at SD.It is another state that is very accommodating to full timers. We used Dakota Post in Sioux Falls as our mail forwarding service. They have some good info on their web site HERE
Clay L 02/27/17 01:24pm Beginning RVing
RE: Day/night Shades Cleaning

We put ours in the shower and sprayed them - both sides - with Scrubbing Bubbles. After letting them soak for a while we sprayed them with the shower wand. It was amazing how much brown water rinsed out. We put them on a picnic table in a semi-closed position and let them dry overnight. They looked much better and the pleats were still there.
Clay L 02/27/17 01:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2005 Winnebago Journey flooring

Our Sightseer had the "shoes". They were wood 1X4s about two feet long with a beveled edge and were covered with the same material used to line the basement storage compartments.This may be of interest if you also have the shoes. I installed a laminate flooring - not vinyl like Alure but should pose similar problems with slide usage. I left the carpet under the slides with just enough sticking out so I could securely staple it to the floor. I attached door sweep strips to the edge of the slides to prevent debris from getting on the carpet as the slide was retracted and then attached baseboard strips to the slide edge. That hid the carpet. Before we retracted the slides we vacuumed and did a quick wet mop in front of the slides. Worked well for us for 8 full timing years.
Clay L 02/25/17 01:47pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Help with Wiring

Just need to make sure the converter is turned off when the inverter is operating. You may already be doing that with a transfer switch but I couldn't tell.
Clay L 02/24/17 11:14am Tech Issues
RE: By-Passing TV Power Booster For Satellite

There are several ways to do it. Winegard recommends the diagram below. Making the connections the way Winegard recommends does not require adding any coax connectors to the wallplate. Note that this assumes your front TV is connected to the coax connector on the front of the wall plate. If yours isn't, there should be a splitter in the line labeled "To second TV" that will send the signal to both the front and rear TVs (if you have two TVs). What Winegard calls a "power supply" below is the wall plate with the antenna booster switch and LED showing when the amplifier is on. If you still want to be able to use the external cable in for both cable TV and the external dish just add an A/B switch to switch the incoming coax from the sat receiver "sat input" to the sat receiver "TV input". If your receiver doesn't have a coax output (and many new ones don't) and you still want to use the batwing antenna you will need to use an A/B switch to switch the signal between the receiver and the antenna out connection on the wall plate. One thing not shown in the diagram is using the RCA type connections or the better quality "component" type output or the HDMI (best) output between the sat receiver and the TV. That will yield a much better picture with no interference from any local channels. You have to select a "video in" with your TV menu instead of using channel 3 (for example). Some newer satellite receivers don't have a coax output so you may have to use HDMI or component connections. If you have a video distribution box that will have to be taken into account. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Winegardsathookup.jpg
Clay L 02/24/17 11:10am Technology Corner
RE: Flooring Regrets .... Any ?

We installed Armstrong premium grade snap edge laminate planks throughout. Consumer Report rated it as having the best scratch/abrasion resistance. We put down a couple of washable throw rugs and a runner. After 6 years of full timing use with us,two dogs and one cat it still looked great. Very easy and fast to clean.
Clay L 02/24/17 11:06am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mosquito repellent tests

As a retired chemist: Permethrin is a type of Pyrethrin. Pyrethrins were first derived from a plant, a species of Chrysanthemum and have been in use since the year 1900 or so. Permethrin is a synthetic derivative that was first made in 1973. So that makes it's use in Viet Nam unlikely. That clears it up ! Thanks.
Clay L 02/18/17 10:31am RV Lifestyle
RE: Mosquito repellent tests

Back in 1963 in Vietnam the military issued us a Pyrethrin compound that was put on clothing and mosquito nets - not on skin. I believe it killed insects rather than repelling them. I wonder if it is still in use for that purpose? Could it have been Permethrin? That's how it works and it is available from Amazon. Our Vet says that you can use it on dog fur too. I Binged it and yes it appears to be the same thing - two spellings. HERE
Clay L 02/18/17 07:29am RV Lifestyle
RE: Mosquito repellent tests

Back in 1963 in Vietnam the military issued us a Pyrethrin compound that was put on clothing and mosquito nets - not on skin. I believe it killed insects rather than repelling them. I wonder if it is still in use for that purpose?
Clay L 02/17/17 10:54am RV Lifestyle
RE: Bitdefender Free Antivirus

I have been using BitDefender Internet Security 2017 for a few months (bought it in 2016). It has been getting good reviews in the PC mags for several years. So far it has worked fine. The only issue I have had with it is that you can't do a simple pause. Pausing it requires an involved process of turning each service off and is a real PITA. I gave up on Norton years ago when it started slowing everything down a lot. Dropped TrendMicro when they started insisting I uninstall the last version before I could install the new version and it took forever to do it. I also had trouble getting my wife's computer to be accepted (I had either a two or three computer licence) Used Kepersky for a few years and was happy with it but dropped them because my wife swore it slowed her computer down so much when it was scanning that she couldn't use it. I did not have that issue but it was easier to get a new program rather than listen to her complain.:)
Clay L 02/12/17 03:22pm Technology Corner
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