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RE: Generator year.

Customer demand drives what equipment is offered on RV's at what cost. If there was enough demand for so called "eco-mode" generators in RV's they would be offered, at least as an option. For me personally, I find it much more annoying to listen to a generator throttling up from idle every time the load changes than listening to the low rumble of my 7KW Onan's near constant 1800 RPM.
Dutch_12078 04/20/14 01:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bathroom Door Lock?

The simple answer is that some manufacturers don't use a locking latch set because there isn't enough customer demand for it. The fix though, is as simple as a trip to the hardware store for an appropriate lockset or a simple hook and eye, whichever works better for you.
Dutch_12078 04/19/14 05:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: dish which one to buy

ok looks straight forward, thanks for the input. Anyone use dishpointer app on your smartphone The app doesn't work on my phone, but I do use the dishpointer.com website to get my settings and azimuth view.
Dutch_12078 04/19/14 04:57pm Technology Corner
RE: dish which one to buy

Dutch, do you ever cover any two of your LNBF wave guides with aluminum foil and zero in on one particular satellite with the third one? I read where one person did this to simplify the aiming setup. I did that at one time when I was using a cheap analog signal meter on the eastern arc, but since I switched to a meter that identifies the satellites, I haven't needed to.
Dutch_12078 04/19/14 04:54pm Technology Corner
RE: dish which one to buy

All I do to change the LNBF's is remove the two self-tapping Phillips head screws that secure the LNBF to the arm adapter, unscrew the coax, and reverse the process with the other LNBF. After the change, it is necessary to run the "Check switch" utility on whichever receiver is being used, so it will pick up the new satellite info. The only tool I use for the 4-5 minute swap is a small pocket screwdriver. For dialing in the dish aiming, I use an SF-500 Digital Satellite Signal Meter. There are several vendors selling them, so this link may not be the best price. I particularly like the SF-500 because it identifies specific satellites, and sounds a tone when you have a signal lock. A compass and angle/elevation gauge are also handy tools for finding the right direction and holes through the trees when necessary. I haven't found eastern arc aiming to be much more difficult than western arc aiming using the meter.
Dutch_12078 04/19/14 03:30pm Technology Corner
RE: dish which one to buy

I use a Dish 1000.4 that I've modified for easier setup and aiming. As you can see in the photo below, I replaced most of the assembly and adjustment nuts with large or standard wing nuts, making it a no tools needed setup. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-IwCe9ClKg6I/UupzH2C3jkI/AAAAAAAAo7g/FpzCMnmZCMQ/s512/2014-01-30%252009.48.56.jpg width=300 I also carry both eastern and western arc LNBF's with me for increased aiming and programming selection opportunities. For a tripod, I use a low cost roof mount tripod that I've modified for easy setup and leveling, using common hardware store items. The pictures below show the mods. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-h6ZDRUdNZNk/Uif5c9pK68I/AAAAAAAAo7g/VQjRZomBM5w/s512/0831131334.jpg width=300 https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-owN4ZAxcN5U/Uif5cBellLI/AAAAAAAAo7g/im_Wi63ridM/s640/0831131326.jpg width=300 https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-TyK6v0ig5Vc/U1KwYIVruiI/AAAAAAAApEA/cQyU-zXHiSw/s640/2014-03-08%252014.11.11.jpg width=300 I'm currently using a VIP211k in the coach, but I have a Hopper and Joey running in our cottage that will be moving to the coach eventually. For your Hopper, you'll need a Dish Solo Node connected to two of the LNBF ports, either at the dish or by running two cables into your RV. If you install the Solo Node at the dish, then you'll only need a single RG6 run into the RV, with a Dish "Tap" on the inside to feed the Hopper. The unused client ports on the Solo Node and Tap should be fitted with 75 ohm terminators. I hope that's enough info to get you started, but ask away if you have any questions.
Dutch_12078 04/19/14 11:26am Technology Corner
RE: TV recepytiom

My personal favorite TV tower locator is "TVFool.com". I've found the data to be quite accurate, and the directional graphic to very helpful.
Dutch_12078 04/19/14 06:47am Tech Issues
RE: Removal of seatbelt bolts

The couch seatbelt bolts in my Coachmen have a large washer welded to the carriage bolt head. The washer has a small hole in it with a screw into the bay sheet metal. Removing the screws allows the bolts to pull through the floor.
Dutch_12078 04/19/14 06:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Installing Ready Brake in Ford C-Max Energi

Hi All, We have about decided to install the Ready Brake in our new toad. Definitely think it's a great option! We are not so excited about drilling a hole through our new motor home dashboard to install the monitor. When we talked to the Ready Brake tech he said we could "tape" the monitor to the dash instead. Am having a hard time visualizing how well this would work!! Could any of you who have installed this system please share how you dealt with the monitor? Thanks!! Also, did you have to cut the carpet in the toad. Feeling a little protective of my week old car!! :) Appreciate any feedback you can share! You could fabricate a small plastic or metal bracket to attach the LED under the dash where the screw holes would not be seen. In both of our RAV4 installations, I rolled back the carpeting to drill the hole and install the cable sheath. I then just punched a small hole through the carpet with a screwdriver for the cable to pass through. Once the cable is removed for vehicle resale, etc., the hole is invisible in the carpet nap. The hole in the firewall gets plugged of course.
Dutch_12078 04/18/14 06:10pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tips on keeping mud daubers at bay!

Commercial screens are advertised as for " flying insects" because they don't stop the spiders from getting in. More problems are reported from cobwebs than wasps. "Mud Daubers" only eat spiders, one reason they get into vents-that's where the spiders are. Metal window screening circumvents these problems. Good Luck, Mike Since installing the commercial screens in 2008, I rarely see any cobwebs in any of the protected areas.
Dutch_12078 04/18/14 06:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tow vehicle

The rubber smell has been noted for many years by many people towing vehicles, and the logical explanation is that the rubber particles that constantly wear off the thousands of tires that use the highways stick to your toad's exhaust system as it passes over them, likely stirred up by the coach. When the toad is then started, it takes a few minutes for the accumulated rubber to burn off. In normal operation, the particles burn off as fast as they hit the pipes, making any smell virtually unnoticeable. I've noticed the same smell over the years towing multiple vehicles, but I've also noticed that the smell rarely occurs when the bulk of the towing trip has been on wet roads during or right after a rain or snow storm.
Dutch_12078 04/18/14 12:43pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Reserve America - my problem or theirs?

I'm seeing the same thing here. Trying different browsers, and even different operating systems, made no difference.
Dutch_12078 04/18/14 10:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tips on keeping mud daubers at bay!

Dutch_12070 -- Never heard of commercial mud dauber screens. Where did you find them? How do they differ from other types of screens? Here's one source, but many of the online RV accessory stores also have them. RV Mud Dauber/Insect screens
Dutch_12078 04/18/14 10:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Whadda you think...a bit extreme...............?

Apparently the federal government has dictated that post-treatment water storage facilities must be covered, but the city is not yet in compliance.
Dutch_12078 04/18/14 10:15am Around the Campfire
RE: TV question

Running the gain to max can also cause enough intermodal in the amp that the TV scan gets stupid, I've seen it. My Samsung seems to be happy around 12-13 Yep, I ran into that just recently after installing a Pro for someone else. As I said, sometimes it works better when it's dialed down a bit... :)
Dutch_12078 04/17/14 08:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Title and Registration

Registration fees not only vary from state to state, the basis the fees are calculated on vary. Some states charge based on the vehicles value, while others charge based on the weight. Here in NY for instance, any passenger vehicle (includes motorhomes) weighing 6951 lbs or more is charge $70 per year. California, on the other hand, uses a more complicated fee calculation than just the weight of the vehicle. This link will take you to the California fee calculator pages. Indiana charges a flat $28.75 for a new motorhome registration, and $29.75 per year for renewals. That may seem low compared to NY perhaps, but then Indiana charges a yearly excise tax that NY doesn't. Any way, as you can see, without more details to work with, such as the RV size, weight, and value, there isn't a lot we can tell you.
Dutch_12078 04/17/14 07:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: Whadda you think...a bit extreme...............?

After reading this article, I'll take back what I said about the water being subsequently treated. It appears that this reservoir holds already treated water waiting to be distributed. The feds have told them that the reservoir needs to be covered, but that hasn't happened yet. I still think draining it is extreme and an unnecessary waste of the taxpayers money.
Dutch_12078 04/17/14 07:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: Whadda you think...a bit extreme...............?

Given that a healthy persons urine is essentially sterile, the extremely high dilution ratio, and the fact that the water is treated before distribution, I'd say draining the "pond" is pretty extreme. I'd think the bird droppings that enter the water daily would cause more of a risk. And if there's any fish swimming about...
Dutch_12078 04/17/14 07:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tips on keeping mud daubers at bay!

I installed commercial mud dauber screens on my water heater, fridge, and furnace vents, and no longer have any problems with them.
Dutch_12078 04/17/14 06:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish RV Customer Service #?

ALSO: "Dutch", thanks for the link to the DIRT, but I can't log onto that either! Idiots! You can register for an account on the support forum. You do not have to be a Dish subscriber. All I've ever done when I didn't want service for the next month, is not pay the next bill. Once, they did send me an over due notice, but a call to CS straightened that out quickly.
Dutch_12078 04/17/14 03:50pm Technology Corner
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