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RE: Replacing my microwave....

I have replaced two microwaves with convection types, one in my last motor home and one in my present unit. Unless the one you get is designed for a built in installation and exhausts out of the front, or your current installation has a way of exhausting through the wall I would highly recommend getting the "build-in kit" for whatever brand microwave/convection you get. In convection mode, convection micros get much hotter than the standard ones. When it was first installed, the temp behind mine got up to 200 degrees F after 45 minutes in convection mode. I did not get the build-in kit for my first installation and went through a lot of hassle getting the temp behind the unit down to a reasonable level. I ended up adding a grill above the microwave and an exhaust fan blowing air through the side of the motor home. This involved a lot of work and cutting through the side of the motor home. The second time I got the kit and the job was much easier. There was additional sheet metal in the kit that formed ducts to move air in from the front and back out the front. It also came with decorative grills that make the installation look like it came from the factory with the unit already in place. Note that there are some minimum clearances in back and on the sides that must be met. You should make sure the convection micro you buy is small enough to allow for the proper clearances.
Clay L 07/27/14 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: coil-it for water hose

The product is "Coil N Wrap". See HERE
Clay L 07/27/14 10:10am General RVing Issues
RE: sewer hook ups

We are going to stay in a RV park in Colorado this fall. This will be our very first stay in a park. Our new camper came with a sewer hose. Im assuming all the conections are standard and it will fit. Would it be wise to get a longer one as I dont know how far I may need to go to hook up. Sorry for the stupid questions, but its our first time. Thanks for any help or pointers!!! Lee Where will you be in CO ?
Clay L 07/27/14 09:59am Beginning RVing
RE: deionized water versus distilled water

Deionized water is no better than distilled water for use in batteries. It can be produced by ion exchange resin cartridges or reverse osmosis according to Wikipedia. Tap water can shorten the life of batteries according to the battery manufacturers, so using distilled, DI or OR water in batteries is a good idea as far as I am concerned. I get distilled water for my CPAP humidifier and batteries at Walmart for less than $1 per gallon. RO/DI water has been higher when I looked at the prices.
Clay L 07/26/14 09:13am Tech Issues
RE: W22 or W24 chassis

You can also check the placard by the drivers seat. The W22 has a GVWR of 22,000 pounds. The W24 has a GVWR of 24,000 pounds.
Clay L 07/23/14 10:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2004 Workhorse R-Vision TrailLite Motorhome Dash LCD Display

Here is one place HERE
Clay L 07/23/14 10:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: No excuses, no backup, but would like to recover HD data

When I had a laptop drive that would not boot up I installed a new drive and operating system then put the old drive in an external housing. I was then able to get data from the drive. As I recall the external housing and circuit board was less than $50.
Clay L 07/21/14 10:15am Technology Corner
RE: Steps to full-time.

SD, TX, and FL are the most popular states for full timing. We chose SD and use Alternative Resources as our mail forwarding service. See HERE for their web site. There is some good info about SD there. Also see HERE for info on setting up your legal domicile. I don't see many people full timing in TT. Probably because of lack of storage. Most are in 5th wheels or Class A motor homes.
Clay L 07/20/14 09:17am Beginning RVing
RE: An estimate on the number of Full Time Rvers?

As of today, there is one less full-timer. My job was just eliminated and yesterday I was told I was done! I guess I will be living full-time in my RV for awhile while I try to pick up the pieces but I would no longer consider myself a full-timer. Just a guy living in an RV. Sorry to hear that Bill. Hope you come up with something quickly.
Clay L 07/18/14 01:17pm Full-time RVing
RE: Changing State of residence to Texas ???

We hear good things about South Dakota and are thinking about checking into it, anybody have experience with this? We chose SD. We use ALTERNATIVE RESOURCES HERE in Sioux Falls SD as our mail forwarding service. There is some good info on their web site at the link above.
Clay L 07/18/14 10:02am Snowbirds
RE: When Do You Leave Arizona in the Spring ?

We stayed through April one year and the last part was too hot for us. Through the end of March is what we settled on. We were about 25 miles from Quartzsite in Bouse.
Clay L 07/16/14 11:11am Full-time RVing
RE: Senior Moments

I don't want to insult seniors so I don't use that term anymore. I call them "liberal moments", I don't mind insulting them. :B
Clay L 07/16/14 10:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Cable TV

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 07/14/14 11:16am Tech Issues
RE: Sizing MOSFET Heat Sink

If you go to my dropbox you can download a small program that will calculate the heat sink thermal resistance needed. Heat Sink Calculator
Clay L 07/14/14 11:13am Tech Issues
RE: Tags

The 3 most popular states with full timers are SD, TX, FL. Take a look HERE for some good info on establishing a legal domicile. Also take a look at the full timing section of this forum. HERE
Clay L 07/13/14 08:21am Class A Motorhomes

It does mean they don't know if the lug nuts are properly torqued or not. That may not be important to some but it is to me. I don't know if all Walmart stores do it but our local Walmart sets the torque with a torque stick/air wrench and then the vehicle is driven around the block/lot and a different guy checks it with a torque wrench and initials that it is okay.
Clay L 07/12/14 01:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Awning gust lock

If we're driving in windy conditions, we use small bungie cords around the awning and slideout toppers. Works for us. How do you wrap the bungee cords around the fabric to keep the wind from unrolling it from the roller? Wrapping them around the arms does not work. SNIP For my slideout toppers, I hook the bungies to the little "sticky-up bit" you can see in the image below, and wrap it around the fabric. http://i61.tinypic.com/xemya0.jpg (PS: this is my first time uploading images in the forums, hope they're viewable) The little sticky up thing is an anti billow arm. If the wind tries to unfurl the slide topper it turns against a strike plate on the side of the RV and prevents it. If installed correctly it will make the bungee cord unnecessary. When the topper extends normally the arm just misses hitting the strike plate.
Clay L 07/10/14 03:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: leaving house empty

In addition to the usual things like turning the water off to the ice maker, washing machine, and all sinks/toilets and putting the water heater on "vacation", we set the heat to 50 degrees. We have baseboard hot water heat and were told that the water to the house should not be turned off. We got a seasonal insurance policy which was significantly more expensive than a regular policy. We also installed a GE wireless security system with very easy to install wireless sensors. If you have Internet while you are gone you can get a wireless camera you can access via your page on the security company's web site. The security company we use is FrontPoint Security If there is a power outage there is a 24 hour backup battery and an email is sent telling you when it went out and one when it came back on. If it is out for more than a specified time you will get a call. The system uses the Verizon data network to communicate with the monitoring company. It uses other providers like Sprint if there is no Verizon coverage. We have door/window sensors, motion detector, freeze detectors, and flood detectors. In exchange for a big discount on the sensors you have a 3 year contract at $50 per month. After the three years I expect the monthly cost will go down but don't know for sure.
Clay L 07/09/14 10:36am Snowbirds
RE: Changing State of residence to Texas ???

TX, SD, and FL are the three most popular states for full timers. There is a problem looming with TX that if not fixed will put them way down the list for many. In the past although TX required vehicle inspections,they did not make you go back to the state each year. They required you to get the sticker when you go back. They have passed a new law/regulation that requires you to have the sticker before you can get new plates each year, so you can no longer do an on-line renewal. If you plan to spend time there each year that may not affect you. SD has no vehicle inspection.
Clay L 07/09/14 10:00am Snowbirds
RE: full timing & mail

Most full timers pick a state friendly to full timers and use a mail forwarding service in that state. There are several things that make a state friendly - let you use your mail service street address on your drivers license, remove you from the jury duty rolls, make it easy to register to vote and to become a resident, no state income tax or tax on dividends or interest income. The three most popular states are SD, TX, and FL. We picked SD and use Alternative Resources for our mail forwarding. They can also provide help and services for your change in residency. They have some good info on their site in the link above.
Clay L 07/09/14 09:38am Full-time RVing
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