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RE: Where are you camping for Labor Day?

We arrived today to spend the next week on a private lot next to Cass Lake near West Bloomfield, MI.
Dutch_12078 09/02/15 09:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Generator hours - when is it too much?

A couple of months ago, I replaced a fuel pump on an Onan Marquis 7KW that's installed on a mobile tire service truck. The generator has 17,000+ hours on it without a major overhaul.
Dutch_12078 09/01/15 02:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sound insulation of doghouse

On our F-53 based coach, I removed the cheesy 1/4" aluminum/foam liner that was originally installed, at least what was left of it. I replaced it with "B-Quiet Hliner", a 1/2" thick thermo/acoustic foam with a reinforced aluminum skin on both the doghouse and under the driver and passenger side floors. According to the manufacturer, "It reduces engine noise in the interior of the vehicle and also reflects the majority of the heat from the engine." My before and after sound measurements showed about a 10dB reduction at 2,000 RPM stationary. On the road, we've also found a noticeable reduction in the temperature of the dog house after several hours of travel. Dutch, How much 1/2" material did you order to complete the job and did you need additional adhesive to make it adhere properly? Gene I bought two 12.75 sq ft sheets, but one sheet got the job done, albeit I skimped a bit on the outer edges of the floors where the heat and sound have little effect anyway. Different sized dog houses will take more or less material of course. As I recall, the shipping cost was pretty reasonable, so you might order just one sheet first and see how far it goes. If you clean the surfaces well, the self-adhesive is quite strong. Make sure of your cuts and positioning before applying it, it doesn't pull away easily to reposition it.
Dutch_12078 09/01/15 12:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Satellite dish Vs receiver

My tripod is a standard roof mount modified for portable no tools use. The tripod cost about $20 and the added hardware about $15. I use the DishPointer app and on my smartphone and a signal strength meter for aiming. http://i.imgur.com/Y6z8iljl.jpg width=300 http://i.imgur.com/JmzBZ4sl.jpg width=300
Dutch_12078 09/01/15 06:50am Tech Issues
RE: Free Kindle RV book

Just bumping this for any that missed the free e-copy of this book. It does have a camping theme running thru it. Not the main focus. Go here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2OP0QTWMI2223 Then punch nominate button -- you get e-copy when book is released Maybe you should mention that you're the author???
Dutch_12078 09/01/15 06:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Sanitizing city water inlet

Since the only way I can add bleach to sanitize the coach water system is via the city water inlet, the internal part gets a good dose at the same time. As said, a spritz with a bleach mixture or other disinfectant would take care of the exposed portion. I use a spray can of Lysol hospital grade disinfectant for that and the park water tap if I feel the need.
Dutch_12078 08/30/15 01:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: LP Fill Fail

Vapor is supposed to come out. You can't fill a pressurized tank with a liquid gas without giving the air someplace to go and it goes out that valve. That bleeder valve gets opened and as you fill the tank you can hear the hiss from the vapor (air with a propane smell to it) coming out of that valve. When the first sign of liquid appears then the tank is full. That's why you don't smoke while filling the tank with propane. Everything sounds perfectly normal to me. Once a new tank has been initially purged, there should not be any air in it unless it has been emptied and the service valve has been left open. The gas that comes out of the open liquid level gauge (commonly misnamed the "vent" or "bleeder") is just that, propane gas until the liquid level reaches the valve at the 80% full point. And an LP tank can be filled without opening the liquid level gauge, but then you're depending on the overfill prevention device (OPD) to shut off the flow at the proper level, instead of it acting as a safety backup as intended. I suspect the OP's problem may be related to either a missing gasket on the fill port, with the leaking gas escaping close enough to the liquid level gauge to mask its origin, or the operator failed to close the pressure relief vent on the fill nozzle.
Dutch_12078 08/30/15 10:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: inside engine access

The two most commonly used RV barrel compression locks take either a Southco E3-5-15 (also fits E3-26-715-15) or an E3-26-819-15 key. Searching on both numbers will bring up numerous sources for replacement keys. http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server4600/584d2/products/13901/images/14942/Southco_715_Key__66174.1354473785.340.340.jpg?c=2
Dutch_12078 08/30/15 10:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

15 minutes? My DTV SD setup was 2-4 minutes. But the difference might be the use of a tripod - I never used one. Just drop the PVC stand thingy, aim east, rotate right for a signal which sometimes was a dish bird, lock it in, done. HD is of course different because of skew, but these days I just push a button. On Dish or DTV, hitting all three satellites at once is quite different, starting with making sure whatever style portable mount you use for the dish is perfectly level and anchored against wind movement. Then the skew and elevation are set for our location. I have a single LNB manual crank up dish on the coach roof, and yes, when there's a clear view to one or the other arc I can raise and aim that one in a couple of minutes for a single satellite, but that one satellite won't carry all the channels I subscribe to. Sometimes it is adequate for a quick overnite stop though.
Dutch_12078 08/30/15 06:08am Technology Corner
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

One advantage for RV'ers that Dish has over DTV by using the two 3 satellite arcs, is the increased aiming options when parked in areas with trees or tall structures. We use a portable Dish 1000.4 dish, and setting up the tripod and dialing it in usually takes no more than 15 minutes. Switching from the western arc LNBF set to the eastern arc LNBF set adds about two extra minutes.
Dutch_12078 08/29/15 09:09pm Technology Corner
RE: When will you start the flight south?

We arrive at our Adirondack cottage a week or so before Thanksgiving, and then head south after spending the holidays with our kids and catching up on annual doctors appointments. We usually get going shortly after the first of the year and take a week to ten days getting to Florida. A few years ago, we could get to Florid in January with no reservations, and have no problems finding parks to stay at. Now we start making reservations as early as the parks allow to make sure we can get sites where and when we want them.
Dutch_12078 08/29/15 08:45pm Snowbirds
RE: What to do when stopping over night

Our lube pump shuts off when the coach engine is shut off. The dash mounted controller handles all that.
Dutch_12078 08/29/15 08:33pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Satellite dish Vs receiver

Have exactly same problem. From numerous conversations with sat TV folks including the directv RV section people at directv, the only solution I have found, short of replacing the satalite antenna on the motor home is to use the standard definition receiver in the coach and pay $6.00 per month for only the time you activate the service when using the RV. Just haven't figured out how to get directv HDTV with out a new traveler sat dish. Everyone says cannot do. A tripod mounted Slimline dish works for DTV HD, but you would have to set it up at each stop. With experience, that can take as little as 10-15 minutes.
Dutch_12078 08/29/15 06:51am Tech Issues
RE: 1992 onan on board generator operation startup

I don't recommend plugging in with the generator running for the same reason it isn't recommended to plug into a shore power source with the breaker turned on. Any load at all will cause some level of arcing at the plug/outlet contacts during insertion.
Dutch_12078 08/29/15 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Toilete paper

Plain old Charmin Ultra here. Never had a problem draining the black tank...
Dutch_12078 08/28/15 06:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Satellite dish Vs receiver

I don't know the specifics of the various DTV receivers, but I do know the RS-1000 dish will only pull in the DTV SD channels, not the HD channels.
Dutch_12078 08/28/15 06:24pm Tech Issues
RE: A comment on aging

My doctor is 16 years younger than I am. More and more people around me are younger then I am. I am not used to this. My primary doctor was our daughter's college roommate for her freshman year. :E
Dutch_12078 08/28/15 06:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: Who knows about Willard's water.......

After considerable research, I've found that "Willard's Water" contains large quantities of the known to be deadly compound DHMO. The dangers of DHMO are well known, and have been fully documented by the Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division.
Dutch_12078 08/28/15 07:00am Around the Campfire
RE: adding door deadbolt

Several RV's at a dealer's storage lot near our Adirondack cottage were burglarized by lowering a small child down through a broken out roof vent so he could unlock the door from the inside.
Dutch_12078 08/27/15 02:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Niagara Falls campgrounds in NY State.

Our favorite, and where we'll be for a couple of days next week, is Four Mile Creek, but Branches of Niagara is pretty nice if you need full hookups. A bit spendy though... Three nights at Four Mile cost a little less than one night at Branches.
Dutch_12078 08/27/15 02:32pm Roads and Routes
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