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RE: New LED's

OP, can you tell if the LED R20 are using the older round leds, the SMD square chips, or a single CREE chip? The little round ones that I bought 6+ years ago for $13 are still working (25,000+ hours of use) but are only putting out about half the light. I couldn't tell on the R20's that I bought but I looked up another light on the Feit site and they have the SSC chip in them. (They don't seem to have the specs for the exact high CRI's that I bought on the site.) So I looked up the SSC chip and apparently CREE has brought an action against Feit for copyright infringement and misleading the public on their Energy Star specifications. Cree brings suit against Feit I did read that the problem with LED's is not burning out but reduced light quality over time. I expect these bulbs will only last about 6 or 7 years, not the 22 they advertise. But they are saying 3 hours a day. I figured it for 12 to be safe. Not that we leave the lights on all night! You were really ahead of the curve getting LED's that did not burn BLUE six years ago. I didn't know about color temps when I bought the first set of bulbs. I have not really used them except in special situations since they were so white they appear blue.
EMD360 03/29/15 09:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New LED's

Still hunting for something affordable and as bright as an incandescent 921 bulb. I looked up 921's and they are only about half as bright as 1156's in our RV. RV bulb spec sheet My original LED order came with wedge connections as well as too small bayonet that I had to hack into regular sized bayonet--a pain and not very pretty. You would be happy with 2700k 48 led panels that have the right connectors.
EMD360 03/29/15 09:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New LED's

The little spots R20's are great for our recessed but not for the DW's spot on the couch. She wants a spot not a flood. It is a lot harder to find a spot than a flood LED. I downloaded the list from Energy Star. Feit does make a PAR30 that is available at Amazon pretty reasonably. Feit High CRI SpotBut these are 15 watt! I like the 8 watt and they make one but I have not seen it for sale. Feit Energy Star Certified Spot
EMD360 03/29/15 09:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New LED's

I have 100% LED's on my Lance trailer (except for the fridge) Yeah, the fridge and the night light which is some weird kind of bulb that looks like a fuse. We use the night light all the time and I don't know what it is drawing.
EMD360 03/29/15 08:56am Class C Motorhomes
New LED's

The 48 LED panels in 2700K color temp have gotten very reasonable in price since I first switched to them in the RV. Panels Back then I ordered from China through ebay. This time I ordered from Bellevue, Washington. I got them in a couple of days before the promised arrival date. I also replaced the hacked connectors I used. 1141/1156 connectors Different seller but the same shipping address--probably was the same vendor. Some of my hacks had stopped working and for $5.00 I was able to replace all of them and have more on hand. I am amazed. Just bought expensive LED's for the stick and brick too. Feit R20 LED bulbs I cannot tell the difference between the 60 watt incandescent and the 40 watt equivalent "true color" LED's. (They have a color temp of 2700 but a Color rendering index of 93.) In a couple of years they will be much cheaper and even better. But I prefer to go from 60 watt incandescents, bypass more 15 watt CFLs to the higher quality of light in the 8 watt LED's now.
EMD360 03/28/15 08:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water system upgrade ?

I finally replaced the tiny accumulator tank with a residential 2 gallon and I think it works a lot better. I had to change out the pump so I did the tank too. The new pump directions said it didn't need a tank but it didn't say it wouldn't work without one. I put the pump on blue rigid insulation but it is still a bit noisy. It runs a bit less often now though and we can usually make it through a night without it turning on.
EMD360 03/28/15 12:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need advice on motorhome for touring band

You might also combine suggestions--perhaps a passenger van and a toy hauler? Then you could park temporarily near the venue to load and unload and take the passenger van back to park closely. The cool thing about toy haulers is the bunks they have in the back. Otherwise I like the class C with a couch, a sofa and bunks in the back. Financing a new something is easier than an old assuming you have the backing. I've also seen Class A toy haulers but they are $$$$.
EMD360 03/25/15 08:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Went to the car wash today and stopped to fill up the gas tank. There is a great car wash here that has a 6 foot high platform on each side with steps both front and back, and a mat hanger--love that place! Takes a credit card and I spent about $16.75 taking my time pretreating the dirt, scrubbing it top to bottom, soaping it up, and rinsing. I really should take off the old Red Max Pro and retreat it with the new Zep that I bought last fall. So nice to have great weather again.
EMD360 03/24/15 08:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Re-stringing the day/night shade

I took off the top rail and checked the spring--it seems that the spring is what is moving back and forth on both the short and long string sides. The loops that are not knotted seem to be holding tight and not slipping. My guess is that the shorter string just started out shorter. I've got the strings coming out at the bottom correctly--so maybe it will work when I hang it. Getting the tension right is a bear--or at least it was the last time I took it down and rehung it. Basically, I like the shades--think they work very well and I like the two options for privacy. I don't like the metal blinds on the back/kitchen window though I have not taken them off. If I didn't have a $10 off coupon from Camping World, I may have ordered the string by itself from Dirty Blind Man--since that string is stronger. Seems that the plastic was all in OK shape, although I broke one of the ends taking it off. Maybe I'll send for replacements for that.
EMD360 03/24/15 08:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Re-stringing the day/night shade

There are people who will re-string the shades for you. I was successful on the larger side window shade but it was not easy and was confusing with all the long strings, requires some ingenuity, masking tape, long piece of stiff wire, etc. I laid the shade on the bed while working on it. I had the luxury of a kitchen table in the S & B. But I also used stiff wire which I thought made stringing much easier. No tape though, maybe this time. :) I didn't find it particularly difficult--I'm pretty patient, but did not realize the importance of two little knots! As a DIY I hardly ever "do it once, do it right" but my ego is not deterred.
EMD360 03/24/15 10:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Re-stringing the day/night shade

Tie the strings to the spring. Do not loop them through the spring. You should have 4 separate strings. 2 on each side of the spring. Center the spring in the top "rail" then follow stringing diagram. You could loop them through the spring but tie them so they do not slip. They need to be fixed to the spring. So NOT magic. I didn't tie them and don't relish the idea of taking it all apart to "fix" again. Is this what I get for not watching YouTube? I am so old I would rather read--isn't that humbling? Especially since I skipped the knot part? So now my brain doesn't hold the WHOLE ENCHILADA either? I wonder if the strings in the set are not the same length though? And why would only one string slip? If not Magic still a Mystery...at least to me. Thanks...
EMD360 03/24/15 09:56am Class C Motorhomes
Re-stringing the day/night shade

I bought a kit at Camping World today to restring the shade I had "fixed" last summer. I just shortened the cord to bypass a broken area, but it broke in a different place last trip so I bought the new string and springs etc. I followed the instructions on the internet including a set from Winnebago. But I think I may have gotten something wrong. I never read that the shade required one longer and one shorter string and I can't see why it would. Also when I pull on the string on one side, the other side gets shorter and that shouldn't happen looking at the drawing. At least I don't think so. I used two strings of the same size from the kit, and doubled them to loop through each side of the spring. I restrung as directed with the outer strings crossing over and threading through the inner day shade holes and the inner strings crossing over and threading through the outer holes, and after reassembling the day shade to the night shade and putting the pull bar back on, I tried to even up the cords to tie them. The result is that one string is definitely shorter than the other one by several feet. AND pulling on one side shortens it on the other. Why? I have not rehung the blind yet but I hope the shorter string will be long enough to do the job. I wonder if I got the strings "crossed" somehow inside? Maybe when I was putting on the bottom pull--I had all the strings to one side until I slid it mostly across. Maybe I pulled out the wrong two strings at the bottom. But still can't see why four separate strings should somehow connect at the bottom??? Maybe at the spring, the string is slipping through the loop? Magic. http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac316/EMD360/Four%20String%20Shade%20Restring_zpss3kzo5kq.jpg width=600
EMD360 03/23/15 10:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: So many parts. So little space.

Mostly US sockets and a small metric set. I have a bunch of stuff I've added due to posts like these. Why does everyone carry a serpentine belt? Do those break a lot? The darned extra oil got punctured in the rear compartment and I still haven't gotten it out of the carpet lining. I now put it under the bathroom sink instead. I have the scissor jacks and tire changing stuff. Hope I never have to use them. Also a tire patch kit and the DeWalt compressor. Two water hoses, 30 amp extension cord as well as a 20 amp outdoor cord. I have a charger that does not have an internal battery and no jumper cables but it will jump start plugged in with the generator running. I bought extra tools for the RV--screwdrivers, pliers, vise grips, hammer and a plastic weighted mallet, etc. and I have a large plastic tool box that goes under the dinette seat. I have been glad I have them many times, just for small stuff mostly that would not interrupt the trip but nice to be able to take care of right away. I carry an 18 volt system--drill, vacuum, lantern with a couple extra batteries and a charger. Use them regularly too. I also have a hand winch from Harbor Freight and I think I have a chain in there. For winter I bought tire chains too since we moved to Colorado. I have several small plastic drawers (two sets) in one overhead cabinet with "stuff". Fuses, electrical connecters with shrink wrap, crimp rings, spare pex parts including end caps and--can't have everything. I had the plumbing under the sink break once and had enough to stop the leak until we got home. Tapes, eternabond, scissors, pens, pencils, sharpener, note paper, matches, lighters, assorted screws and nails, 3m hooks and velcro, string, flashlight. All kinds of odds and ends including a killawatt and the multimeter--could be overkill, but I like being prepared. The tools are part of RV fever too. I bought the socket for the drill that raises and lowers the scissor jacks for instance--have used it once since we don't stabilize much anymore--don't stop long enough for most trips. I have an extra awning pull since I thought I lost ours. I have a bunch of water stuff, like a "cheater" that uses a rubber end for water spigots that don't have threads--also used that once. I have a drill pump since once we were at a park (Arches) that had some kind of spigot that would not take back pressure from a hose and we ended up having to drive 40 miles round trip to get water. Interesting how much or little people carry. I also have the credit card and road emergency service. I forgot the air tools--an impact wrench in case we do have to get a tire off, and a blower/duster that I have altered to use for the connection between the compressor and a fitting to blow air through the plumbing system. I'm sure there is more too if I actually cataloged every "tool" in the rig.
EMD360 03/23/15 09:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Getting ready for an end of week spring break trip with the grandkids. Last time out the door to the bathroom was bent inward from a fall--getting clumsy in our old age. We were stopped too! The trim popped off inside and the hinges bent. So I tacked the trim back on and took the hinges off and straightened and rearranged them. Door seems like it is back to normal.
EMD360 03/23/15 09:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Just purchased my first RV! Tell me what you think.

Well that RV was made the year my oldest child was born! I still think of her as a youngster though. Amazing that you have found it in good shape. Good for the former owners. It is a bit hard to spot rot if you are a newbie, but you can just be sure it is buttoned up with caulk and eternabond and prevent any from happening on your watch. In the meantime, can't think of a more fun hobby! Congratulations!
EMD360 03/23/15 08:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rest area dump stations

I have the Next Exit book and it shows which rest stops have dump stations as well as the flying J's that have them and which exits have propane etc. Only good for major highways though. You can buy the info yearly online too but don't think they have an app--yet. https://www.thenextexit.com/
EMD360 03/23/15 08:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying/shopping advice

It is not easy to find a good used rv at a reasonable cost, but it is also not impossible. You are in a good area--Las Vegas has a ton of dealers, Phoenix is not too far away and there are usually a lot for sale on CR in that town, plus we bought ours in Tucson. Retired lifestyles especially can change quickly through illness or moving from a starter smaller RV to something larger--also the opposite. So places where people retire, like Florida, Texas and Arizona and to a lesser extent Nevada, Utah, etc. are good hunting grounds. There is a lot to say for a Lazy Daze and I looked for one, but settled for a Winnebago that has been great for just two of us along with grandkids sometimes. The parents will join us but sleep in a tent. They like getting away...:) With our jackknife couch and fold down dinette across from each other we can make one big bed by using foldable tables in between and cushioning that with pillows and a comfort camping rollup self inflating air mattress (I'm being specific because I hate those inflatable air mattresses!) Then it is a huge sleeping area that can easily fit two kids and two adults. Plus the cabover bed for two more. So we have more room than most small RV's just because of the layout. I wouldn't look at anything older than 2005 right now and expect to pay at least in the high $20,000 range. If you are looking at something in the early 2000's you could stay under your limit but you would expect more damage and appliances with less life in them. The only thing I can think of that you can't easily add is an oven. Newer RV's often don't have ovens, just convection microwaves and stove tops. With a family you might want one.
EMD360 03/19/15 05:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Loaded Question: "How easy is it...?"

If you are not keen on replacing it, let DW know that lots of folks don't drink from their RV plumbing system. Even with bleach treatment and a filter, we are not sure of the quality of the water system so we have a 3 gallon water bottle with one of these on top that sits under the kitchen sink for drinking/cooking water. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41BGQXqJTQL.jpg width=400 We bought the bottle at a water store so initially it was filled, we refill from our tap water although we have refilled at campsites--we think the bottle is less likely to harbor yuck and we also clean it with bleach occasionally.
EMD360 03/18/15 10:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Our first RV - now what?!

I can sure remember the feeling of not knowing where to start with our new RV. I read the stickies here and watched a few YouTube vids too. Stayed in the driveway a few times. Learned to level it and found out how important that is to keep the refrigerator working. I flushed the coolant and changed the oil--using synthetic as most people recommend it. Had the brakes checked. Bought new tires. Luckily they were replaced in full under warranty and I have new tires again! I have a complete list of purchases from the first 3 or so years. I must confess I love RV stuff and seem to have a lot. But most of the stuff is very light weight--and foldable to fit in our little RV. This is the first page of the 9 page list--the rest is on photobucket in the same folder. http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac316/EMD360/Essentials/RV%20List%201_zpsk96rjhvo.jpg width=600 Hope it helps you get started!
EMD360 03/15/15 03:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Cabover Rebuild

Upload the photos to a public photo site, like photobucket. Then to attach pics you link to them using the add photo icon--in the advanced editor. That shows the pics in the post. I think DIY has a stickie about photos. Would like to see your rebuild pics!
EMD360 03/09/15 09:58pm Class C Motorhomes
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